The Importance of Restarting

I cannot believe its been over a year since I posted. I’m kind of in a rut. A life rut. I’m in a position where I have the option to decide what I want to do with the rest of my life (career wise), yet I can’t seem to find a road to take. I’ve always been blessed to have the opportunity to grow in my job, but I’ve come to a point where I don’t think I want to pursue any more growth. As a matter of fact, I KNOW I don’t want to pursue any more growth.

My husband has worked very hard to get us to a place where I dont HAVE to work in a field that is not fulfilling for me. Do I go back to school? Am I too old to pursue what I love? Which, those of you know know me know, is makeup. I know I’ve heard “Its never too late” but is it really never too late? I know the field I want to pursue is very competitive. And I also want to make sure I am contributing to our household. But do I have the drive to make it work?  Will I invest so much in getting started, only to realize I don’t have what it takes? So many questions, so many insecurities. I think what I’m most afraid of is not contributing enough financially to our household. And I don’t mean that materialistically, I mean that in a way that won’t affect our future in the long run. Financially, staying where I am makes sense. Its safe. Maybe I just need to find joy in what I do. Change my attitude. Be grateful for the opportunities given to me.

I have so many people around me show so much faith in me. So many people who care. I’m one blessed gal. Maybe I just need to get out of my head and take a leap. A leap of faith. Its easier said than done.

I know this post is neither here nor there, and has nothing to do with what this blog is about, but I just needed a fresh start. I needed to express where this hiatus was coming from.  I just need to Restart.

 

 

 

 

DIY Makeup Storage Project!!

Ok, so I know this is long overdue!!! Thank you for being patient with me.

I recently got a vanity from my mom and let me tell you it was very exciting! It’s a vanity she’s had since she married my dad 35 years ago! So I was super excited to bring this heirloom home.

The only thing is that it only has one drawer, making it difficult to organize what I wanted to put in it. So I swiftly began to look up DIY make up organization videos on YouTube and I came across one that gave me the basic ideas I used in my project. I tweaked it a little bit to fit the supplies I wanted to use and to make it a quicker process.

So without further adieu, here is my makeup vanity organizer 🙂

Supplies used:

Liner paper

Foam Board

Ruler

Box Cutter

Hot Glue Gun

Scissors

Step 1: I found liner paper with a design I liked.

Step 2: I measured the drawer and used a box cutter to cut out pieces of the foam board that would fit snug when put together.

Step 3: I lined the pieces of foam board with the liner paper.

Step 4: I glued the pieces of lined foam board in the design I wanted.

Step 5: This is how I wanted the compartments to look like in my drawer.

Step 6: Lastly, once I inserted the piece in my drawer I just adjusted it to make sure it was straight and started organizing away!! I also lined the bottom of the drawer with the same liner paper.

As you can see it was pretty easy to do. You just gotta have some patience to measure everything out.

Hope you enjoyed this project and I’ll be back soon. Promise!!

My Skin Care Routine!

In order to achieve any beauty look, you must have a clean canvas to work with. To keep you skin looking it’s best, you must be diligent about washing, exfoliating, and moisturizing. I have used many many many products over the years and have found what’s working for me right now. I will say, for me, the less products I use the better so I stay on top of my routines and not slack off, but it’s all about finding what works for you and what keeps your skin looking it’s best.

For my night routine these are the products I use:

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The first product on the left is the Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash. This is just a mild facial cleanser that removes makeup really well and leaves my skin feeling really clean and not dry. This is actually my husband’s. He uses this and their moisturizer.

The next item is the Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub. I use this scrub 2-3 times a week and on days I really want my skin to look it’s best. It smells AMAZING. It removes the dead skin off my face and also moisturizes leaving my skin super soft.

After that, I moisturize with Boscia’s Super Charge Overnight Moisture. This stuff is just great. I love it so much. When you apply it, it just feels like your everyday moisturizer, but when you wake up and wash your face the next day…your skin feels soft, supple, and quenched. This has really done wonders for my skin personally because my skin can get dry in the winter months, so this helps keep my skin super soft.

Lastly I apply the Timewise Firming Eye Cream from Mary Kay. My BFF was selling it for a bit, so I got this amongst other skin care products. I like the consistency of this for night, but I find it’s too thick for daytime, so I need to find a lighter one that won’t make my under eye area crease.

Now, for day time I change up just a couple of items:

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In the morning I cleanse with Garnier’s Purifying Foam Cleanser . I use this in the morning because I found it wasn’t that great for makeup removal. So I leave it in the shower and use it to cleanse my face of the toxins it releases overnight. The scent is also great, it’s very citrusy so it helps wake me up 🙂

And as a moisturizer I use the L’Oreal Youth Code Texture Perfector. I opt to use a serum in the Morning because my skin gets oily in my t-zone and if I use anything heavier than that my makeup literally just slides off in a couple hrs. This serum I’ve liked very much because I feel it works very well in keeping the effects of the Boscia night time moisturizer throughout the day.

Hope you found this helpful and I look forward to recommendations from you in the comments!

Pop of Color!

I recently purchased 4 of the L’Oreal 24hr Infallible eyeshadows. I have to say these shadows are pretty amazing! They are super pigmented. They have the consistency of a pressed pigment, so you have to be gentle when picking up product, but a little goes a long way.

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The first one is a deep purple called Purple Priority, I saw Jaclyn Hill do a tutorial on a purple smokey eye that I thought it would be perfect for. Next is a beautiful garnet color called, wait for it, Glistening Garnet. Either I need to get better at describing these colors, or L’Oreal needs to be more creative! The third one is an olive green called Gilded Envy. And lastly the teal blue shadow is called Endless Sea.

So far I have only used Endless Sea in the inner corner of my eye. I am slowly venturing out to more colorful shadows and I not yet brave enough to attempt the Jaclyn Hill eye, but getting there! Here is the look I created with Endless Sea:

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A little at a time! As I get bolder I’ll start getting a bit more adventurous!

As a side note, sorry I have been so inconsistent with my posts! I promise to be more organized and diligent with my posts in 2015! Hope you all had a great New Years, and that this year brings you all that your heart desires!

Wet n’ Wild Lipsticks Review!

Ok sooooo I love these lipsticks. They are creamy, pigmented, and they last for hours. I bought 3. Oh, did I mention they are only 2.00??? My favorite was the red called Cherry Picking. It lasted hours and as it wore off it left a very nice berry stain. I also bought a nude colored one called Bare it All and a pink one called Think Pink. The pink was not a color I would normally gravitate toward, and although it wasn’t my favorite, I can probably mix it with a gloss to tweak the color a little bit. Bare it All on the other hand is the perfect everyday nude lipstick. They have a matte finish, and no scent or weird flavor. They are definitely worth the hype.

Cleaning my Brushes!

I know. This is probably the least favorite thing to talk about when talking about the makeup world. But ladies, it must be done. Brushes collect so much dirt and bacteria that you definitely DO NOT want to keep applying to your face. Sooo….here is my brush cleaning routine, and the product (yes, product, just one!) I use. I do this every couple of weeks. Some say it should be done more often, but since I only use my brushes on myself and I haven’t had any issues like break outs or anything like that, it’s worked for me.

First I gathered up all the things I would need. One bowl of warm water, one bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap, and lastly all my brushes.

This stuff is amazing! It not only cleans, but it conditions as well. My brushes end up nice and soft and with a nice rosy scent that is not offensive at all.

Dirty Brushes!!!

I take one capful of Dr. Bronner’s and pour it into about 2 cups of warm water. Yep that’s it!

Swirl, Swirl, Swirl…

I rub the brushes on my hand to try to make sure and get the soap all the way inside.

Yep, all of that came out of the brushes. Ew.

And just like that clean brushes! The last step is running the brushes under warm running water to get all the soap out, but as you can understand it would be a bit hard for me to take a pic of that, that and my husband wasn’t around to help me out!

Hope you gals found this helpful!

Drugstore Makeup Look

I have gotten a few requests for a drugstore make up look. So I gathered up a few of my favorites, along with some new products and created a look using only drugstore make up. Hope you enjoy!

I purchased Loreal’s True Match foundation in Creamy Natural recently because I have heard a lot of good things about it and I must say, they are all true. It gives great coverage without feeling too heavy. It has a matte finish, that is perfect for my combination skin. And I used Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind Dark Spot Eraser which I reviewed in My Everyday Makeup Look.

The eyeshadows I used Milani’s Bella Cappuccino and Bella Ivory. I used Bella Ivory on the lid and Bella Cappuccino in my crease. I like the shades of these shadows, but it takes a lot of product for them to show up. So I don’t think that I would purchase any more from this range.

I used Loreal’s True Match Blush in Innocent Flush on the cheek, Physician’s Formula Mineral Glow Pearls in Beige Pearl, and NYC’s Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny as bronzer. I loved the peachy color of the True Match blush. It blends very nicely, and is buildable. The Physicans Formula Mineral Glow Pearls acts as a great highlight. I thought it would be more similar to The Balm’s Mary Louminizer, but it’s not as creamy. And the bronzer is just so versatile, I often use it as a transition color on my eyes.

I lined my eyes with Maybelline’s Kajal Kohl Eyeliner, I filled in my eyebrows with Pixi’s Natural Brow Duo Pencil, and used Maybelline’s Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara instead of the one that comes with Pixi’x Brow Duo. These all work great, the eyeliner I like because it blends so easily and is so versatile. The Brow Drama eye brow mascara is great. Keeps my eyebrows in place all day and is very natural looking. The pencil part of Pixi’s Brow Duo is kind of hard and doesn’t blend very well.

I used Rimmel’s Scandal Eyes Curve Alert on my lashes and NYX’s Butter Gloss in Tiramisu. Rimmel’s mascara has a great brush. It grabs my lashes and coats pretty evenly without being clumpy. And NYX’s Butter Glosses are just amazing. They are rich and creamy and come in great shades.

Hope you found these reviews helpful!!

5 Minute Make Up Routine

So, I had my friend Melissa from Mora Pie over,  and we got to talking about her makeup routine.  As a mommy of 2 beautiful girls, she finds that time is of the essence and although she loves having her littles watch her as she does her make up, sometimes she needs a routine that will allow her to get on with her busy schedule.

So I got to thinking…Let me try to simplify my Everyday Makeup Routine. I myself, only allow myself enough time in the morning to roll out of bed, shower, brush my hair, and do my makeup. Quickly. So creating a 5 min face sounded like something right up my alley. Not just that, but I feel good when I like how I look, so I thought that this would be a perfect opportunity to give mommies out there 5 min to themselves to achieve a look that will not only bring out their best features, but give them precious time back that they can spend with their kids, or give them a few extra minutes to sleep. Whatever the case, I hope you find this helpful 🙂

I’ll be using my Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup and applying it all over my face using my fingers. Once that’s nice and blended I’ll apply my Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Spot Eraser on my undereye area and any areas that need a bit of highlight, such as my chin, outer corners of my lips, and the middle of my forehead. This too will be blended with my fingers. Just press the product on your skin for a more natural finish. Then I will use my UD Naked Flushed Palette in Streak. This beauty will not only save you major time, but it will make you glow! I will use the EcoTools travel face brush to place the bronzing powder below my cheekbones, at my hairline, and below my jaw. Now, we’re not doing any extensive contouring, we’re just adding a bit of dimension. This brush is awesome for this because it blends everything in perfectly and QUICKLY. Then I will swipe this same brush from the highlight down to the blush color and apply on my cheeks right above where I placed the bronzer, making sure I blend both colors. Then I will take the EcoTools eyeshadow brush and apply the highlight color from the Naked Flushed Palette across my entire lid up to my brow bone, from the same palette I will apply the bronzing powder onto my crease area with an EcoTools blending brush. This will add a bit of dimension to my eyes. I will go on to tightline my eyes with my Maybelline Master Kajal kohl eyeliner. I like tightlining my eyes with this particular eyeliner because it deposits color very nicely and I don’t have to go back and forth with it too many times. Perfect for when I’m trying to save time. I will then coat my eyelashes with the Josie Maran Argan Black Oil Mascara. This mascara is great because it’s very pigmented so it makes my lashes darker almost instantly. Ask Melissa, she saw how quickly you could tell the difference after I put it on. This is another product that works quickly without me having to do coat after coat. Lastly I will use the NYX Butter Gloss in Strawberry Parfait to add a hint of color to my lips.

Hopefully this was helpful to mommies who are in a crunch for time and/or ladies, such as myself, who enjoy an extra few minutes of sleep in the mornings! ! Make sure to go check out my friend Melissa’s Blog, Mora Pie, for fun ideas for crafts with the kids, and for more fun family activities!

How it all started…

As a child, I would take my mom’s makeup and pretend to be a makeup artist. I would put the brightest blue on her eye lids, the pinkest pink, on her cheeks, and the reddest red on her lips. I’ll leave that one to your imagination, but she would always let me. So now as I try to think back on watching her do her own makeup, I remember that she never wore any foundation. I want to say she did own a bottle, but never wore it. So as I grew into the age of exploring make up, I never thought to experiment with it. I would take my cousin’s Cover Girl pressed powders (that were never the right shade of course) and use that. We used to walk to the Kmart down the street from my house and buy Jordana lip liners. Yes the brown shade that was only a dollar or so. I know, that was very 90’s of me.

Then when I was 17, I spent a summer at my grandma’s house, and my aunt introduced me to concealer. Yep, under eye dark circles run in my family and she didn’t want me to live my life with them unconcealed. So shortly after that my makeup collection grew to Chapstick, Maybelline’s Great Lash Mascara in the pink and purple tube, and Jafra’s under eye concealer. Yes, I said Jafra. For those of you who have never heard of it, it was quite popular amongst the older women in my family. It’s essentially the same concept as Mary Kay or Avon. Any who, I felt I had a very well rounded collection that addressed all the areas that were important.

Fast forward to the Summer of 2002. I was fresh out of high school and went on a retreat that summer. That is when I met my beautiful friend Yvette.

Of course no friend of hers was going to walk around life with Chapstick in their pocket. She practically marched me into my first Sephora. First thing I purchased was a bottle of Caudalie Beauty Elixir. Yep, thats it. Nothing fancy, just spray for my face. It wasn’t until gradually I started exploring different brands, different colors, different looks. This came with the years. Little by little my curiosity towards techniques, towards what shades work best for me, towards brands, all developed to what they are now. And that’s not saying I can’t learn more.

I am currently contemplating becoming a Professional Make Up Artist. Now, I’m not planning some crazy career move, but I enjoy it so much I want to be able to do it free lance. So that is where I am now. As you can see its been an interesting ride going from Chapstick to Buxom’s Exhibitionist, but I’m taking all y’all with me! Hope you enjoy the ride!