Makeup Favorites

I did these videos because I was recently asked about what my favorite makeup products were in terms of my every day and/or emergency “go to” items, such as favorite lipsticks, powders, highlighters, etc. I did two videos because after filming the first one, I realized I forgot to include a few things. Oops. No biggie….hahaha. They were both fun to do and I hope you enjoy them.

 

“Tale As Old As Time” Beauty and the Beast Makeup

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   The movie, “Beauty and the Beast,” is one of my all time favorite Disney movies so when I was online browsing and discovered Disney’s “Tale as Old as Time,” eye shadow palette, I definitely needed to check it out. As you guys know, I am a sucker for creative and unique packaging, which I know I mention a lot, and when I saw this particular packaging, I had to get it. I received my order a few days ago and instantly began trying out and playing with the makeup. The palette looks like a fairy tale book, and when you open it up, on the left are the images of some of the movie characters and mirror looks like the magic mirror. It also comes with a little shadow brush.

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   This palette comes with twelve beautiful shades, six matte colors and six shimmery colors and they are all stamped with a rose, which I thought was a very pretty touch. All the shade names are all so cute and the colors are beautiful and all work well together which is something I look for when it comes to makeup palettes.

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   I was very impressed with the quality of this makeup, especially because I wasn’t sure what to expect. The eye shadows feel so smooth and creamy to the touch and blends beautifully with each other as well as other brands. When I first swatched the colors, I was very surprised and happy with the pigment. The directions written on the back of the palette say to apply each color alone or blend the shades to create a signature look. Layer for a bolder look, or sweep lightly for a hint of color. The shades complement all skin tones and the pigment is long lasting. It’s also cruelty free. You can find this palette online through Hot Topic and I believe even if you go on Amazon you might be able to find it also but might be a different price. 

   Besides the “Beauty and Beast,” eyeshadow palette, I also found these beautiful red rose makeup brushes through Sela Beauty but I think you can find other rose brush styles through other places online. You just need to look them up. They come in a pack of six and give a choice of what kind of stem you want.  I bought the brushes with the pink and green stem handle because they looked exactly like the “enchanted rose,” from the film. The brushes include two fluffy powder brushes, one kabuki brush, two blush and contour brushes, and one smaller brush which can be used for highlighting. You can also find and get rose shadow brushes as well. The only issue I had with these brushes is that you have to examine them closely to see which brush is which. Besides that, I thought these brushes were lovely. They aren’t super heavy but still have a good quality to them. They are so soft and apply makeup very well and not harsh on the skin. 

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These products aren’t a big luxury brand, but are definitely not cheap.  I still love it and definitely recommend checking it out if you’re looking for something different and fun. It’s fun, whimsical, and magical.

 

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Photoshoot

Audrey Hepburn is my all time favorite actress and the most beautiful actress I’ve ever seen. I have been a fan of hers since I was a little kid because of my mommy and I watched all her films. I even remembered the day she past away. That was a sad day for me.

Today I did a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” photoshoot and I loved it. I felt very in my element.  I actually did two versions of my “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” shoot which I’ll explain later. By the way, if you haven’t seen my Audrey Hepburn past blog posts, I definitely recommend you check them out. Here are my first batch of photos that I shot, channeling the most beautiful actress, Audrey Hepburn. Hope you enjoy!

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Hope you enjoyed  the first batch of my “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” photoshoot. The second batch is still the same style and look but I thought this new idea would be cool and fun. I have the liquid lipstick, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” by Jeffree Star that I got awhile ago and I thought it would be a fun idea and shoot to do my elegant Audrey photos with a dash of a baby blue lipstick called “Breakfast at Tiffany’s! Hope you like these photos too.

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Photos shot by N. Sorat

Items that You Don’t Realize Make a Difference

These are products that people don’t always think about to think to incorporate into their skincare and make up regimen. I was one of those people a long time ago until I learned about these products when they first hit the beauty market and tried them out. After I first tried them, I wondered how I ever went without using these. All these products can make a huge difference when doing your makeup and skin care as well as changing and improving your skin. Of course you can get away with not using any of these items but once you try them, I guarantee that you’ll have a hard time not including them in your daily beauty ritual.

1. Toner- One of the main benefits of toning your skin is that it rids your skin of impurities. Facial toners are used after washing your face and before moisturizing your skin and can be used day and/or night. If you use a toner at night after removing your makeup, you rid your face of any excess makeup and oil residue that your remover and cleanser might not get. If your skin tends to be oily or acne-prone, toners can help a lot in clearing up and improving the quality of your skin. 

To tone your skin, apply a dime to quarter size amount to a cotton pad/ball and gently rub it on your face. Never be harsh to your skin. You’ll be able to actually see all the impurities that were left behind on the pad. Once you’re done toning, apply your moisturizer as usual. Once you start toning on a regular basis, you’ll be able to see a difference pretty quickly in the appearance and feel of your skin. 

Here are some of favorite toners. You’ve probably seen and read my reviews on some of these in the past. That’s how much I like and recommend these.

FRESH Rose deep hydration facial toner with rose petal

FRESH Rose floral toner spray- infused with soothing rosewater

THAYERS Natural Remedies, alcohol-free witch hazel toner

BENEFIT moisture prep toning lotion

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2. Face Primer- The main function of a makeup primer is to increase the wear and longevity of your makeup. You apply it to your skin and usually wait a minute to let it work on your skin before you apply your makeup. Makeup primers even out the surface of your skin and doesn’t allow makeup to seep into your pores which can cause skin issues such as acne. Primers can help smooth any fine lines, wrinkles, and minimize pores. There is an endless amount of face primers on the market. They make them for all different skin types and some also have a “blurring effect,” which can camouflage imperfections and give you a flawless complexion. They can be worn with or without makeup. Some primers can also double as moisturizers as well.

Some of my favorite face primers include,

BOBBI BROWN Vitamin Enriched Face Base

STILA One step correct, skin tone correcting and brightening serum

SOAP & GLORY One Heck of a Blot Primer, instant perfecting power primer, with shine bloc 12 hr Matte Spheres and PORE-SHRINK technology 

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3. Eye Lid/Shadow Primer- You know when you wet your eye shadow brush to intensify the color and pigment of eye shadow? Eyeshadow primer does the same thing but better. People ask why you can’t use face primer on your eye lids and it’s because a lot of regular primers aren’t safe around the delicate area of your eyes. Lid primer like makeup primer keeps your makeup in place specifically your eye makeup from fading and shifting. It keeps your shadow from creasing as well which is always a good thing. A lot of people use their concealer as eye lid primer but I personally like the actual eye shadow primers better

Another purpose and tip for lid primer is to apply it under your eyes before you apply under eye concealer to keep it from creasing just like it prevents creasing on your eye shadow.

Suggested eye shadow primers,

THE BALM- Put a Lid on it, eyelid primer

M.A.C- Pro Longer Paint Pot

URBAN DECAY- Eyeshadow Primer Potion

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  4. Lip Scrub- Using a lip scrub definitely makes a difference when applying your lipstick. The purpose of a lip scrub is to get rid of the dead skin to make your lips smoother and easier to apply lip color and to make it look more even. It gently exfoliates your lips and leave them feeling extra soft and supple. If your lips are prone to to being chapped, scrubs can help that problem. Many lip scrubs also smell and taste yummy because of the sugar in the scrub and if the scrub is vegan, they are also edible. I prefer vegan edible lip scrubs.

   These are my favorite lip scrubs:

JEFFREE STAR COSMETICS velour lip scrub in Strawberry Gum

BURT’S BEE’S sugar scrub

CHAPSTICK hydration lip scrub

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HERE IS A LITTLE RECIPE ON MAKING YOUR OWN SCRUB AS WELL:

INGREDIENTS – Tablespoon of brown sugar or white sugar
-A dash of honey (just enough to make the sugar really stick together) OR a bit of olive oil/coconut oil
-A teeny tiny little drop of vanilla (it makes it smell yummy, but isn’t necessary.)
-A small container

DIRECTIONS AND HOW TO USE-

Mix a tablespoon of brown sugar with just enough honey (or olive oil) to get it to stick together. Once a week (twice at the very max) rub the scrub onto your lips, vigorously enough to loosen the dead skin.

Let it sit for 1 minute, and then wipe off with a damp washcloth. Apply lip balm after use.

5. Makeup Setting Spray- Setting Spray is the “TOPCOAT” to your makeup. It’s similar to a makeup primer. It keeps your makeup in place and keep it lasting throughout the day. Especially during this time of the year where the weather is getting hotter and hotter, setting spray is essential in keeping your makeup from melting and sliding off your face. You obviously apply setting spray when you’re finished with your makeup but you can also spray it throughout the day to refresh your look and to keep your skin hydrated.

My top favorite making sprays include, 

URBAN DECAY ALL NIGHTER long-lasting spray

M.A.C  Prep and Prime Fix

MAKEUP FOREVER Mist and Fix

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*I did not take these product photos.

Rock and Roll Fashion Essentials and Ideas

 Awhile ago, I did a post on Pinup and Rockabilly Fashion Essentials so I thought it would be fun to do a punk rock and roll version. I also love Rock and Roll, and music in general and I don’t know that I would do without it. 

   I’m all about creating your own style and look and not feeling like you need to look like anyone else or copy cat someone else’s look to feel like you belong or that you have to look a certain way. As long as you feel comfortable about yourself and what you show off and wear, that’s all that matters.

   These are just ideas and suggestions if you are trying to develop and/or expand your own rocker style. These ideas are just to inspire you to create your own rocker look. All of the items I mention are pretty easy to find and can be found in many stores as well as online.  I also wanted to mention that these “essentials,” are what I would personally start off with in creating a rocker look. You may have other things that you would consider an “essential” that differs from mine, which is absolutely great. The main purpose of this post is to get your creative juices flowing to build your own style.

   Again these are just ideas and suggestions to be used as a general guide line to inspire your own creative juices. Take whatever you like, leave the ones you don’t like, and rock your bad ass self! 

xoxo Carlie 

1. Leather Jacket- This seems like a pretty obvious rock and roll item. Depending on the brand, leather jackets can be really affordable to more designer labels that can be overly expensive. There are also a huge amount of styles. It really depends on how much you want to spend and the type of jacket cut you are looking for.

**For people who are vegan and/or against wearing leather, you still have options. Now a days, it’s very common for brands to make vegan, non-leather jackets and other clothing items. They’re very easy to find and I think it’s great that most places sell fake leather so people can enjoy wearing the “Look of Leather,” without having to wear the actual thing.

I also consider a leather jacket an essential item because not only do they give any look a rock and roll edge, from a pair of jeans and a t-shirt to fancy party dress, but leather jackets pretty much forever. I’ve had my coat for a long time and I still love wearing it. It definitely has a little wear and tear on the sleeves but very little, and for me, it looks more punk rock. 

2.  Studs and Spikes- Anything with spikes or studs  are perfect for adding some extra flair. Whether it’s a pair of shoes, a belt, a handbag, metal adornments keep you looking edgy. The same as with leather jackets, accessories or clothing, prices can vary. Again it depends on how much money you want to spend. Pieces with real metal spikes tend to be a little more pricey than dupe spike and stud items. For example, I remember buying my spiked boots (the pair in my photo below) years ago and I remember that right after I purchased them, I saw a pair of copy cat boots at Target with spikes that looked real but when you looked closely at them, you could see that they were just plastic made to look the real deal which is why they were half the price of mine. I also feel that sometimes accessories with real seem to last a lot longer than cheaper items.  With that said, I do have a piece or two with plastic decor that actually look cool and were made well. My black and gold spike and skull bra that I wear for dance aren’t real metal but looks and feels good.

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3. Fishnets Galore- If you know me at all, you know I have a nice collection of lingerie and stockings. I can’t even tell you how many pair of fishnet stockings I have.  They all have a different look to them though so I always have plenty of variety. Also fishnet gloves and clothing I definitely consider a rocker staple. Whether it’s a brand new pair with no tears, or an older pair of that have rips up and down the sides, fishnets will always be in style to me. You can find fishnet accessories almost anywhere, department stores, online, halloween and costume shops, etc.

4. Rock and Roll T-shirts-  This is absolutely one of the “TOP STAPLES,” for creating your own rocker look. I love my collection of rock and roll shirts. Some of them I had gotten rid of a long time ago and I still wish I hadn’t.  If you haven’t already, make sure to check out an older blog post I did last year titled, “GETTING CREATIVE WTH CONCERT T-SHIRTS,” which was all about wearing rock shirts in different and unique ways. Definitely go check out that blog post if you want any new ideas on how to wear your favorite musical tops.

5. Hair and Makeup- This is where you can get really creative! There is so much you can do with your hair and makeup to make you stand out from the rest of the crowd. 

For hair, they’re so many things you can do with it to make it look rocker chic. These of course are just a few out for MANY ideas for inspiration.  First, non-traditional hair color is always fun. Different and non-conventual colors, are actually more popular now than years ago where drugstores carry  alternative hair color in blue, pink, purple and a lot more. If you don’t want to  permanently commit , you can get semi-permanent hair dye. The first time I dyed my hair in high school, I used a semi-permanent color  from the famous brand, “Tish & Snooky’s MANIC PANIC,” in VAMPIRE RED, which turned out absolutely fantastic. Manic Panic is a great brand and I’m so glad it’s still around after all these years. Definitely check them out.

If you don’t want to play with hair dye, different color extensions is a great option, as well as wigs, dread falls, etc. As I”m writing this , I’m rocking my dreads today.

For Makeup, again there are no limits to the looks you can create. Glitter, dark smoky eyes, dark and/or  more “alternative ” lipsticks are always a good starting off point. You can find tons of rocker makeup images on Pinterest,  youtube, and more for ideas and tutorials. I’ll probably do a fun rock tutorial soon.

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Oh if you need any help or more inspiration on hair and makeup, I definitely would go on youtube to watch vids specifically on Rock and Roll looks.