How to Quickly Turn Your Everyday Makeup Into a Holiday Look

Since we are in the holiday season, there are usually a lot of events and parties to attend, but sometimes you may not have a lot of time to get ready or you need to go straight to a party from work and won’t have time to redo your entire makeup. Here are some tips, tricks, and ideas to amp up your daily makeup to a more holiday look. All of these are super quick to do and will save you a lot of time. All the items I talk about are small and easy to throw in your purse with no hassle. 

One quick tip: Besides makeup, it’s also a good idea to keep an extra outfit and handbag in your car so you can change on the go without having to stop at home. Also take a bag, even if it’s a ziplock bag that you can put your jewelry in it and put it in your purse so you can quickly take your work jewelry off and replace it with some sexy diamond and bling.

 

 

 

Feel free to use one of these ideas or all of them together. Whatever suits your fancy and will make you feel festive and fabulous!

1. Highlight: Even if you wear highlighter during the day, you can layer it to make it more blinding and beautiful. Use one that has more sparkle to it. You can also intensify you regular highlighter by wetting your brush with a makeup spray such as MAC Prime and Prep Fix or Studio Fix or and then apply it.  The highlighter shown here is “Gator Wings,” from Tarte’s “Swamp Queen” palette.

2. Pigments: Shimmery and glittery pigments are perfect for a glamorous holiday look. There are tons of pigments out there, pressed and loose, and come in every color you can imagine. Just make sure you get pigments that are for the face instead of just going to the craft store to buy a jar of glitter. You obviously don’t want anything to irritate your skin. You can wear and play around with pigments. What I like to do is to take a detail brush, wet it, and apply it over your regular eyeshadow. I think it’s a cool look to also apply a tiny bit on top of your lipstick. 

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3. Metallic Eyeshadows: Metallic shadows, especially liquid metallic shadows are very popular and come in a huge variety of colors. You can get very creative with these. I find that the liquid helps you control your application better. You can use them as eyeliner, put a little in the inner corners of your eye to brighten and make them pop more, or cover your entire lid. However creative you are feeling you should do.

Another thing I like is roll on eyeshadows. Especially when they have a little shimmer. Like liquid shadows, I feel the roller helps you control where you want to place your shadow. You can even use them as a highlighter.  

For metallic eyeshadows, I love Stila’s Magnificent Metals. I love rose gold so of course, my favorite metallic shade is “Rose Gold Retro.” I also like the roll on eye shadows by NYX, especially in the “Nude” color.

4. Waterline: This is the easiest tip to do. Applying eyeliner to your waterline instantly changes your day look into a smoldering sexy look. For this, I like “Waterline 24/7” by Urban Decay.

5. Lip Toppers: These are pretty to wear on top of your lipstick or even just by itself. It’s a two second way to glam up your makeup. Just apply a little to just the center of your lips to give them dimension. I love the lip toppers by Jouer cosmetics. The colors are lovely and smell delicious like vanilla. My favorite is again the rose gold. 

These  are again just ideas.

I hope you enjoyed these ideas and that everyone has a very happy holiday!

Updated Morning Skincare Routine

As many people do, I’ve updated my skincare routine, since I last talked about it a while ago. Your skin changes over time and the products you use might not be as effective as before. The weather and the seasons also play a big factor in your complexion causing you to maybe change up your routine with new products specifically for that time of the year. With that said, there are products that I have used for a long time that still work very well for me so it can definitely vary. Everything I use in both my morning and nighttime routines I will list below of course and are products I believe in and I recommend all of them to try. My skin is definitely happy with how it looks.

I switch off on two products I start with in the morning. One day I’ll start with “Boscia detoxifying black cleanser” and the next day I use “Origins Ginzing refreshing scrub cleanser.” Depending on your skin, you might not want to exfoliate  more than once or twice a week, especially if it’s a harsher scrub like St. Ives. The ginzing scrub is extremely gentle so I can exfoliate and not worry that it’s going to tear up my skin.

After cleansing, I use a toner to get rid of any impurities that might still be lingering and it  preps and clarifies your complexion. You probably already know my toner that I absolutely in love with which is, “Fresh Rose Floral Toner.” Fresh is my favorite skincare line, especially the rose collection. This toner is amazing and it is very calming and hydrating on the skin.

My next step is moisturize. This changes for me. If I’m going to use a primer that  has moisturizing properties such as “Bobbi Brown’s Vitamin-Enriched Face Base” or “Stila’s One Step Correct,” I don’t need an extra moisturizer. They can be used as both a moisturizer and primer. If you are using a primer that’s not as moisturizing, I use “Fresh Rose Hydrating Gel Cream,” which is something I started using almost a month ago and I’m really loving it. Also if my eyes are dark underneath, I use “Origins Ginzing Refreshing eye cream,” for de-puffing and brightening.

Next I brush my teeth and then apply a lip scrub to keep my lips soft and to prep them for lipstick. Like me talking about the “Fresh” brand, you can probably guess my favorite lip scrub because I’ve talked about it a lot. Yes it is Jeffree Star Cosmetics “Velour lip scrub.”

After I finish my morning routine, my skin is ready for priming and makeup.

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Why So Serious?

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This is something that I wanted to quickly talk about. I’ve mentioned this briefly before in the past videos that I’ve done but had never really gotten into it. This is just an observation I’ve had for awhile when it comes to the craziness with social media and the beauty world.

   Nowadays online, especially on youtube, I’ve noticed that many people get so wrapped up in the bullshit and drama in the makeup and beauty industry. It seems that they love to complain or get in a tizzy over things that really aren’t important or they harp on something that happened over a decade ago.

   Because social media is so big in today’s society, the drama is more prevalent. That’s why there are so many drama channels out there, a lot of which don’t know or speak of actual facts and just create false facts and bullshit. I admit that I watch some drama channels and have befriended a few of the creators, but the ones that I pay attention to have actual truth behind them and sources to back them up. They don’t make up stories or lie just to hurt others or try to bring them down.

   I believe when people say or make videos about lies about makeup gurus, especially when they are successful and huge makeup gurus, I think a lot it stems from jealousy. There are a lot of people who don’t want others to be successful. It’s like that old saying, “Misery loves Company.” It’s so unnecessary and instead of wasting your energy in putting people down, you should use your energy for positive things, like helping people or making someone smile.

  Why should there by any unnecessary negative feedback about beauty or makeup? Especially when there are so many serious things in the world. IT’S MAKEUP FOR GOD’S SAKE! Makeup is supposed to be fun and a platform for people to be artistic and to show off their creativity. You shouldn’t have to worry about being criticized or judged for liking certain makeup brands or creators.

  I don’t want to get into, believe, or follow the drama. I’ll just be on the side playing with my makeup and being my creative self.

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*The photos here were not taken by me.

Star Family Collection Velour Liquid Lipstick Colors

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As promised in my last post, here the new liquid lipstick colors from the Star Family Collection.

When it comes to lipstick, as most of you know, my go to color is a beautiful classic red but sometimes it’s fun to change it up, whether it be a sensual nude or a more funky different color like a barbie pink or periwinkle blue.

I love Jeffree’s liquid lip formula and was very excited to get these new colors to play and have fun with. I believe makeup should always be fun.

Here is me with all the shades and the color names in order from top to bottom as well as swatches from left to right.

1. Nathan

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2.Wifey

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3. Diva

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4. Diamond

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5. Delicious

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6. Baby Daddy

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Oh p.s, the Star Family collection box set is priced at $75.00 dollars which I think is a great price for six lipsticks or you can of course buy the lipsticks separately for $18.00. Jeffree and Nathan also came out with a new skin frost highlighter and a lip scrub which will definitely be my next purchase. Check it out at jeffreestarcosmetics.com or beautylish.com.

Jeffree Star Family Collection

Just got my fabulous and amazing Jeffree Star Cosmetic Collection and I’m so excited! Check out my video here with me describing the makeup inside the Family Collection. I can’t wait to try out all the lipsticks and stay tuned for pictures of me trying out all the new colors! Enjoy!!!!! And subscribe to my youtube channel, CarlieMichelle if you haven’t already. Thank you and again ENJOY!!!!!

 

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