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.

 

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.

Story Book Cosmetics , Wizardry and Witch Craft Eye Shadow Palette

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“Once upon a time, there were three sisters who never stopped believing in Fairy Tales… and they all lived happily every after!”

I’ve been practicing witchcraft and spirituality since I was about twelve and when I first heard about this new makeup brand, I knew I had to have it. It took awhile for me to get it because it sold out right away but were able to get the witchy brushes right away. Last night I received my palette finally and had to do a a part one and two makeup tutorial today.  

The eye shadow colors are named, BROOMSTICK, SORCERER, CLOAK, POTIONS, PROPHECY, SALEM, MERLIN, BEWITCHED, CAULDRON, SPELLBOOK, CHARMS, AND  JINX.

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I hope you enjoy! Also to be sure to check out their website: https://storybookcosmetics.com/

Traveling in Style

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   I’ve been packing and unpacking a lot this past year, so much that I could do it in my sleep. My last excursion  was to the Midwest for a business trip. I was in a city that I had never been to before so the tips below definitely helped me. I think I’ve definitely become somewhat of an expert in making sure I have everything I need when I travel without over doing it by packing everything but the kitchen sink. With that said, I wanted to share some traveling tips to remember when you’re getting yourself ready for a trip, whether it’s overnight, for a week, or a month.

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1. Weather Check- It’s a must to check to see what the weather will be like for the days you’re traveling. Also this saves you time and energy from over packing and guessing what your destination is going to be like.  I always look up the weather on my phone anyways, but usually a week before, I look up the place I’m traveling to on week at a time so I can keep track of the conditions there and I have a better idea of what and what not to bring.

2. Organization is Key- I know I’ve said this m ore than once in the past concerning different topics,  but making a check list, whether you use a pen and a piece of paper or keep your list in your phone, it’s good to write or type out all the essentials. This stops you from having an “OH FUCK,” moment when you realize you left something important at your house and don’t have time or can’t go back to get it. 

3. Fashionably Comfortable- It’s very important to dress and be comfortable while traveling, especially if you’re flying. With that said, you don’t need to feel that the only way to be comfortable is to be in your pajamas or track suit if you don’t want to be. You can still rock your style. I usually will wear silk pants with a cute top or leggings with a rock and roll shirt. I also prefer to carry a good size handbag in case I want to bring my tablet or buy magazines, etc. I just stick them in my handbag and then my hands stay free and it’s more convenient.  I rarely wear shorts, skirts, or a dress unless they’re if flying because airplanes tend to be cold.

   As far as shoes go, make sure they will be comfortable the whole time you travel to your destination. Also if you’re flying, you will definitely be asked to remove your shoes while going through security so wearing a pair that can easily be taken off and put back on is the more practical way to go. Oh and try not to wear a lot of jewelry with metal because you’ll also be asked to remove it.

Here are some fashion ideas that I’ve worn while traveling: Leggings with a rock and roll shirt, silk pants with a crop top, etc.

4.  Packing your jewelry and small items- I pack my jewelry, hair accessories and other small items in clear bags such he bigger size Ziploc bags. This way I can see and find exactly what I’m looking for and not. Even if it’s a nice piece, I’ll pack it with it’s protective box in a bag. It also saves my jewelry from getting tangled up by me rummaging trying to find a specific item.

5. Editing your Cosmetics and other beauty products- For this part, I decided to do a small video to show how I edit and choose what beauty items to pack without  over packing on products bringing every single color traveling  my cosmetics and other.

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   I decided to do a video for this topic because I think it would be easier to explain visually how I decide what pack and what I use to pack my products in.

Think about what you need and use on a daily basis such as your cleanser, moisturizer, powder, etc., and focus on packing just that. When it comes to makeup, depending on how long your trip will be of course, you don’t need to bring every single color lipstick or eye shadow with you. Edit you makeup by what you wear the most. For example, I will definitely pack the foundation, concealer, and powder that I use the most.  Makeup palettes are definitely perfect for traveling because they have a variety of colors that usually all go together but are more compact than bringing a bunch of single pans. Some palettes, like the Rockstar palette by “The Balm Cosmetics,” even contain a blush, a highlighter, and lip/cheek stains.

6. Last Tip- My last travel tip is an obvious one but it’s to save some room in your luggage for any souvenirs you get while on your travels.

I hope this post and these tips work as ideas for the next time you travel. Thank you for reading.