New Skin Tips and Tricks

Here are some new TIPS and TRICKS for SKIN CARE. Some of these may sound logical and some of these may be new tips that maybe you haven’t thought about before. I hope these help for you. Enjoy!

1. If you have oily skin, apply your favorite moisturizer to ONLY the super dry areas! There’s no need to slather your moisturizer all over, UNLESS your WHOLE face is super dry.

2.  I think I’ve said this before in past blog posts but definitely use a PURIFICATION MASK once a week.

3. I believe I mentioned this briefly in a blog vid long time ago but after washing your face at night, use a toner to get rid of any gunk, impurities, or any excess makeup that your face wash didn’t catch.

4. Buy blotting sheets, there aren’t usually super expensive and I’m found the cheapest ones and one of the best ones are in CVS. If your skin tends to be oily throughout the day or your makeup is starting to sweat off you, blotting sheets are your best friends instead of caking on more powder which can clog pores causing breakouts and can be unhygienic.

5. I’ve talked about this in the past and might do a demo on this, but you must clean you beauty blenders at least once a week. Same goes for brushes otherwise you are going to cause more bacteria into your skin which is gross.

6. If you use a primer that can double as a moisturizer, you don’t need to add extra moisturizer before apply your primer.

7. If you get your eyebrows waxed or threaded, exfoliate your brow area the night before because if you exfoliate after you get your brows coiffed and then exfoliate, you can a lot of redness and a possible infection.

8. Last but now least, here’s a quick way to remove your makeup in the evening or if you are rushing to an event and need to do a another makeup look, use gentle makeup wipes, like the burt’s bees cucumber remover wipes, which are my favorite, and use a gently toner to either get rid of any excess dirt or to rehydrate your face. If you want to keep your eye makeup on, just gently rehydrate  a few inches away from my eyes and make sure they are closed and fan them with your hands or a pretty fan so it dries before opening your peepers!

My ritual is to cleanse my face with my soy cleanser and then use a cotton pad, or the other way around, to gently remove eye makeup, tone my face, and redo my makeup cause you all know I love my makeup and doing different looks.

But if you don’t have time for that, for instance, if you are going from work to a dinner, the makeup removing wipes are your best bet.

 

XOXO CARLIE 

My laser Eye-Surgery Journey

A few days ago I finally had my laser eye surgery that I had been wanting for awhile and I did a video to talk about my journey and the process of getting the surgery done. If you are interested and have any questions on how the procedure works of questions about anything else, leave my questions here or on my youtube vid! 

Please watch my journey and know that I’m so happy I got it done and that I can see 20/20 vision!

Don’t Let People Bring you Down

I did this video yesterday and wanted to also post it here besides my youtube channel to talk about fashion and style. I’m all about having confidence in yourself and to always exude confidence in whatever you’re wearing. In my video here, I talk about how to not let others try to bring you down or make you feel weird or bad if you look a certain way and/or dress well when you make a run to the store or something along those lines, as well as what to do when other people attempt to try to make you feel bad about what you look like or whatever your style is. Hope you enjoy it. I would like to thank all my friends and followers for not only supporting my blog but also my youtube channel. I truly appreciate it. 

My Top Favorite Accessory Brands

   In the past on my blog I’ve mentioned many things about accessorizing and that the right accessories can completely change your outfit and/or look. These are my top favorite brands to get all my favorite accessories, from pinup and vintage style to sexy boudoir, and high fashion.  I strongly recommend all these brands and think that everyone will enjoy them.

(Quick side note,  as many of you know, especially if you have been reading my blog for awhile now, I’ve mentioned, written, and modeled in photoshoots while reviewing fantastic companies such as Sourpuss Clothing, Hellbunny, and Kreepsville 666, which are also my favorite brands, so I decided to not include them here in this post because they will be in another article soon about my favorite clothing brands, and I have also done past blog posts about them but I love all their accessories besides the labels I mention below.)

1. Betsey Johnson- Betsey Johnson’s accessories can DEFINITELY change on how an outfit looks and can make it POP! I can’t even remember when I first fell in love with Betsey because it was so long ago. She makes the most creative and unique pieces, from her clothing to purses, to her fabulous jewelry. I’ve honestly have never seen anything from her that I didn’t love. Her jewelry pieces are probably my favorite from her. Both my mom and I collect her jewelry. Any kind of animal, theme, or popular images such as skulls, anchors, etc., she has made. 

I had to include a few pictures of Betsey’s items because I have so much stuff from her. The pictures are just a small taste to my collection. I also included my leopard purse from her because it was the first Betsey Johnson purse I ever got years ago from my incredible and wonderful mom. You can find Betsey’s stuff in stores such as Macy’s or online. If you are on a budget and/or can’t afford Betsey Johnson, I definitely recommend her other brand, BetseyVille. Betseyville has very pretty and wonderful items as well and is more affordable.

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http://www.betseyjohnson.com

2. Bettie Page shoes (From Ellie Shoes)- This is one of my favorite shoe brands. They are a vintage inspired and pinup shoe line. They have a HUGE selection of heels in every color and also have the cutest designs such as polka dots and flowers. They come in all different heel sizes so if you don’t want six inch heels, you can get a pair with wedges instead or a three inch heel. Bettie Page shoes are also Extremely comfortable. They have built in cushions which allow you to wear them all day long. Below is my sexy pair of red Bettie heels. 

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http://www.ellieshoes.com

3. Agent Provocateur- This lingerie line has the most beautiful lingerie. I remember the first time I ever walked into their shop. They had to fit me for my underwear and the ladies who helped me were the sweetest. It was the one of the best customer service I’ve ever had. It’s definitely not a cheap brand by any means and is a very luxurious line. Even though Agent Provocateur can be expensive, the quality of their lingerie is amazing and will last you a very long time. My two lingerie sets below are from when I lived in San Francisco and discovered their store for the first time which was about fourteen years ago, and it’s still in great shape. You can go online to find store locations as well as buy from their sexy website.

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http://www.agentprovocateur.com/us

4. Lux De Ville- Lux De ville makes absolutely fabulous retro and vintage style handbags as well as train cases and wallets. Their bags look like the vinyl inside of a 1950’s car and comes in all different colors and styles. They also have a shine and sparkle to them. They recently came out with a Black Widow collection which is all spiderwebs. I love the quality of their bags. One of my favorite things about them is that they come with cute keychains to attach to the handles.

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https://www.luxdeville.com

  Definitely check out all these cool and fun accessory brands and have fun shopping for them.

Tips and Tricks for Growing out Bangs

 

Most of you remember when I first got my “Bettie Bangs,” cut earlier this year. Now that they are growing out, I decided to post some tips on quick and easy ways on how to style and wear your bangs if you decide to grow them out and when they happen to be in that awkward stage before getting long again. Some of these looks are more of a cool retro way of wearing your hair.

Note: These styles work best on straight or slightly wavy bangs. If your bangs are really curly, I recommend quickly straightening them first..

1. TURN THEM INTO A POMPADOUR- Push all bangs forward and comb them so they are straight with no part. Then while holding them, gently tease them with a fine tooth comb to give them a little volume. Tease them as much as you want but make sure you’re holding the end of your bangs so no pieces fall. Then take some hair spray and spray on both sides of the bangs, on the teased part as well as the smoother part. Use your fingers or a smoothing brush to gently smooth out the hair. Gently do this so you don’t lose any volume. Then pull your bangs back to the top of your hair and pin with a bobby pin or small clip. This gives you a quick rockabilly type style.

2. HEADBANDS- A Head band is the perfect accessory when growing out bangs. For retro 60’s type of look, place your headband over your bangs, pushing them back. Then with the rest of your hair, using a rat tooth comb, tease the crown of your head as well as the sides. Spray all the teased sections and gently smooth with a soft smoothing brush.

3. TWISTING TO THE SIDE- First brush your bangs to the side. Find your pomade and rub a dime size amount between your fingers to warm up the product. Twist you bangs and push them to the side. Once you get to the end of your bangs, take a small section of hair near the side of the face and twist them so they connect with your bangs. Pin with a bobby pin and push forward your hair to cover it up. Place a decorative clip over it if desired.

4. HAIR DECORATIONS-  Decorative hair clips and small flowers can definitely be your friend when styling you awkward/or growing out bangs. Simply push you bangs to the side and attach with  pretty clip or a flower hair accessory that has a clasp clip on the back. You can also attach other pretty and different themed charms to them. Have fun with this.

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