Use it or Lose it. I’m Just Saying…


Be honest. How many of you go to (insert favorite cosmetic brand/store) and spend TONS of money on products of which you rarely use? Do you have 17 lipsticks in the same shade of red/pink/beige/purple yet you swear they are all “different?”  How many eye shadows and palettes do you own, yet the only time those colors looked good was when the sales person applied them?  Do you rush home from the store, play around in your new makeup, post 1000 selfies, and try to convince yourself that you DO look different (even though you don’t)?

If this is you, don’t be ashamed. We all have that moment when we approach those blushes, eyeliners, and such, and our eyes glaze over as we nod in the affirmative while the sales person adds “just one more” product to our order. Not that I’m blaming them, but sales people are supposed to SELL but you have to learn when to decline (it’s so hard and the struggle is real in these beauty streets). We have all had that exhilarating rush of adrenaline as we gladly hand over our credit card to pay for yet another treasure trove of makeup goodies. That rush…goes away when we look at our receipt later on and it goes like this:

Logical Me: DAMN! I spent THAT much???

Makeup Dazzled Me: Well, I really did need the..what does that say..oh yeah, the Miracle Make My Pores Disappear and Never Return and Oh Yeah Hide my Crow’s Feet Foundation for $90.

Logical Me: Take this stuff back to the store!

It’s SO easy to buy a bunch of makeup, but if you are still unsure of how to apply the products, or your makeup is just sitting in a drawer somewhere unused, then it’s time to stop wasting your money.  Use it or lose it. By this, I mean simply that you need to either learn how to apply your makeup properly, start learning how to combine products to create new looks, or get rid of unused and old makeup. If you’ve never used that 18th red/pink/beige/purple lipstick yet, give to someone who will. If you have old makeup sitting around, it’s bad for your skin anyway, so toss it out. Be honest. Use it or lose it. After all, you KNOW you don’t REALLY need the 19th red/pink/beige/purple lipstick anyway!

Until next time,

Tiffany

p.s. I just placed an order for Eyes on MAC and I SWEAR that I only have like…ONE of those colors already.

Blue is the New Black


Creating a smokey eye with blue palettes. I’ll let you in on a little secret. A smokey eye does not have to be done in black. I absolutely LIVE for playing around with different colors to “smoke” my eyes and this month, I’m going with shades of blue. I’d almost forgotten about my Make Up For Ever Aqua Eye Liner in Blue (metallic teal) since I hadn’t used it in a while. After combining it with some OCC pigment in Saturate and Inglot in #315, I got the look I wanted! When you make the switch from black to other colors, you’re also giving yourself the freedom to wear a smokey eye for the daytime, which looks really modern and sets you apart from everyone else. There are makeup rules, but some are meant to be broken!

MUFE Blue Aqua Eye Liner

MUFE Blue Aqua Eye Liner

Until next time,

Tiffany

A New Year Means A Fresh Start!


What do you plan to do for yourself this year? Any new beauty goals? Are you planning on treating yourself well this year? I am making this year one of discovery, change, growth, and preserving my pretty.

Santa dropped off some helpful gifts (shoutout to my niece Brittany for the Sephora gift card), and I’ve already started adding new items (and old standbys) to my personal makeup kit. Sometimes, I forget to splurge on things for myself, because as an artist, I’m always thinking of cosmetics that I can use on clients. This year, I’m allocating money toward my “pretty fund”, which is allows for beauty purchase per month on something that I’ve always wanted to try. I won’t be going berserk, as I am a bargain hunting superstar, or at least one who has learned how to maximize her beauty budget by utilizing industry perks, and requesting cosmetic company gift cards (hello MAC) in lieu of other gifts. I kicked off the new year right by gracing Sephora, MAC, and Nordstrom with my presence and treated myself to some of my favorites (and some new, instant classics).

New Year's Gifts

A new year should bring about new beginnings, a fresh start. Toss out any makeup you’ve been holding on to for years, go get a consultation or a makeover (if you’re in Chicago, you can always contact me), and start paying attention to what’s in style now for beauty. Little changes can totally transform your look, but the change starts with you. Sign up for exclusive deals from makeup companies and start actually using your discounts to score new, exciting products that can help you step into the new year the right way!

Until Next Time,

Tiffany

I’m Nailing it With OCC!


OCC Polish and PigmentI can’t help myself. I try to refrain from buying too many beauty products and for the most part, I’ve been pretty good this year. But since the year is almost over (where did the time go?) I decided to treat myself to a little cosmetic retail therapy by heading over to Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics to drool over some pretty polishes. I tried to trick myself by focusing on getting ONE bottle of NAIL POLISH but I was only fooling myself. I am literally obsessed with OCC’s vegan, non-toxic super shiny nail polishes. Not only are the colors bold and beautiful, but they go on smoothly and dry quickly. They aren’t toxic and that makes me feel good. The guilt kicked in immediately when I saw how quickly I had filled my shopping cart, so I had to stop, regroup, and remind myself that I should only be REPLACING my nail polish favorites! I’m proud to say that I only bought 4 new nail colors (“Tarred” is my standby black nail polish) and one pigment for my eyes (a bright magenta)!  I’m already trying to figure out which color to use for my next mani/pedi. OCC can be ordered from their website or you can check out your local Sephora store for some of the products.

Autumn Lip Colors. Yep, It’s That Time Again!


It seems like I was just creating my summer palettes and looks and all of sudden, the hot (or lukewarm for us Chicagoans) summer has swiftly become a cooler fall. As you all know, I am a Beauty Budget Babe, meaning that I love to make the most of all cosmetic purchases. I splurge sometimes, but I really try to use colors and products until the package/pot/compact is EMPTY!

Changing up your makeup according to the season does not have to be a daunting task NOR do you have to run out and raid your local cosmetic stores to create a new look. I am recycling last year’s “Black Dahlia Metallic” Lip Tar by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC), which is a super sexy, electric take on the traditional Black Dahlia. I call this color a deep burgundy with a hint of fuchsia and gold, while OCC describes Black Dahlia Metallic as,

Black Dahlia Metallic by OCC.

Black Dahlia Metallic by OCC.

“Blackened burgundy with red pearl.” Whatever the description, I love how this color looks on its own, or when I’ve paired it with MAC Lip Pencil in Vino, an old standby that I’ve used on countless folks. I bought mine via OCC’s website but you can also purchase lip tar at Sephora. If you don’t know, let me tell you this: PLEASE use a lip brush to apply this product. A TINY dab will cover your lips completely! The highly pigmented formula does just what it promises, and you won’t be disappointed.

Until next time,

Tiffany

Hair Be Gone!


Recently, I had to have a “come to Jesus” conversation with my new relatives Mrs. Beard and her brother Mr. Mustache.  They pop up periodically on my face like those relatives you don’t want to see! Both of them know that I despise their sneaky, pesky, and coarse facial hair attacks that decide to make appearances at various times of the month, but I’ve found an easy solution.

Olay Facial Hair Removal Duo

Olay Facial Hair Removal Duo

In a past post, I wrote about hair removal for the face and my thoughts on which products worked best for me. I’m officially hooked on Olay Facial Hair Removal Duo! I know that I’m probably late to the party but I’ve been busy trying so many other skin and cosmetic products that it’s only now that I’ve been able to use this product and report my findings. Unlike other home removal hair products, Olay does not include wipes and oils. Instead, the removal system (for hair textures ranging from fine to coarse) contains one balm that you massage into the area being treated before using the actual removal cream, which comes in a slim tube with an applicator at the tip. Olay did a great job with keeping the application process simple and they figured out how to almost completely eliminate that noxious odor that usually accompanies facial hair removal creams.

After removing the cream with a tissue and rinsing with lukewarm water, Mrs. Beard and Mr. Mustache had been officially evicted! On a serious note, I have dry, sensitive skin along with eczema, so I was elated to my skin felt smooth and suffered zero irritation issues. The removal system is available at your local mass merchandise stores (I purchased mine from Target) and the price tag was a little heftier than other brands, but totally worth every penny!