Springtime Style on a Budget

I recently had another guest blogger spot on my girlfriend Sarah’s blog, https://lifewithlilred.com/. You all remember the fun style swap her and I did, her as a pinup rockabilly chick and me as a preppy princess and I always love collaborating with her. 

This morning she posted the blog I wrote for her spring edition on her site and it had such a nice look and turn out that I wanted to put up my post here as well.  The topic of course was Spring and I decided to write a blog post entitled, “Springtime Style on a Budget.” Here it is. Hope you all enjoy and make sure to follow my blog if you aren’t already and to check out my fabulous girl Sarah’s blog as well.

SPRINGTIME STYLE ON A BUDGET:

If you are yearning for some new spring style items to add to your wardrobe but can’t afford or don’t want to buy new clothes or accessories, here are some ways to celebrate springtime without hurting your bank account:
1. Affordable Shops – If you are wanting some new floral clothes or just a new item in spring colors, check out shops like Ross or TJMaxx. They get new cute tops, bottoms, and even shoes for each season plus have designer items with prices that are a steal. Sometimes you have to scour the clothing racks for the perfect thing but you are guaranteed to always find something that you’ll love.
2. Accessorize – You can celebrate and update your spring fashion with cute little accessories such as hair flowers, floral head bands, scarves, jewelry, and more. Stores like Claire’s or similar places carry an enormous array of cute seasonal accessories for great deals.
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3. Makeup – If you don’t want to go crazy with a new wardrobe just for spring, you can celebrate the season with your makeup. This time of the year, you can find pastel and springy colored makeup like eye shadows and lipsticks in pinks, greens, and pretty shimmery colors. You don’t need to go to department stores or even Sephora if you don’t want to or are on a budget. CVS and Walgreens drugstores always have a huge selection of great quality makeup in every color that you can imagine for amazing prices.
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4. Hair – If you’re interested in trying more of a punk or rocker look for spring, you can buy clip in extensions in an array of different colors almost anywhere, including online. Or you can get hair chalk, which is temporary and can be found in drugstores and beauty supply shops. You’ll definitely have your own original look for the spring, while utilizing the “it” colors like jewel floral tones and pastels.
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5. DIY- If you’re an artistic or creative person, then your spring style ideas are pretty much endless. You can use your talent to make your own items and accessories with affordable supplies from places like Jo-Ann’s or other craft and fabric shops. Some examples include chokers made with silk ribbons in floral colors with cute charms or your own flower hair pieces, brooches, and corsages.
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These are just a few ideas to help you create your own original look and style for the upcoming season. Let these ideas and tips inspire you. Have fun with them and have a most wonderful spring.
*all pictures shot by me except photo of hair extensions.

Sexy Mother Pucker

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I discovered the brand, “Soap and Glory” not too long ago and I immediately knew I’d love it. I’m all about packaging and when I saw the their website with the beautiful colors and vintage look to it, I knew I needed to try their stuff. The first thing  I bought was, “Sexy Mother Pucker XL, Extreme Plump Collagen lip gloss. Don’t get me wrong, I love the shape of my lips but sometimes I get curious to see what I would look like with fuller lips and how to enhance them without getting anything injected.

I’ve tried other lip plumpers in the past and all they ended up doing was making my mouth feel extra sticky. Mother Pucker is definitely different. First, it has a nice smell and taste to it. It almost has a chocolate aroma to it but isn’t overpowering. Second thing is that after you apply it, you can feel the collagen working almost instantly in plumping and making your lips fuller.  It isn’t sticky and gives your lips a tingly vibrating feeling which actually feels nice and cool and again isn’t too overpowering.  

   This collagen plumper is wonderful at making your lips look naturally full and plump which is what I was looking for. It doesn’t make you look fake but instead kicks your natural beauty up a notch.  I think “Soap and Glory’s Sexy Mother Pucker XL,” is a great product. Soap and Glory is a U.K brand and can be ordered online at their lovely web site, http://www.soapandglory.com where you can see all of their wonderful products.

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A Few Tips and Tricks

  This is a little youtube video of me talking about some makeup and hair advice. I’m going to be making more youtube vids for my channel, CarlieMichelle, but want to show off them here too. 

Here are some tips and tricks and photos on creating your own look and style, whether you want to create a pinup, vintage, psychobilly or regular everyday look.

First tip is that when you want to practice a new makeup or hair look, make sure you give yourself enough time. Don’t do it before work or if you have to be somewhere fast because god forbid you don’t like how your look looks, you probably won’t have enough time to fix it. This is also a good tip so you don’t stress yourself out by having to re wash your face or brush out your hair and make your self late.

Another good trick is to practice your makeup and hair looks on a day where you don’t have to work or do a lot so you can work on the particular style you are trying to create. You won’t have to worry about rushing or give yourself anxiety or stress. This will give yourself enough time to practice.

Here are some closeup pics of me in the style I’m rocking in my vid above! Hope you enjoy and hope these tips help.

Makeup, hair, and style should always be fun and not a stressful event. Practicing will of course help but the best and MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER IS TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN WITH YOUR LOOK! THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT!!!!  

Hair Must Have Tools

 

   For any kind of hair looks, especially the pinup, vintage, and rock and roll looks I like to do, I feel there are certain hair tools and essentials that are definitely necessary to have in your repoirtare. These items I can definitely not live without but it you think of any extra goodies that you should have in your arsenal, please post them in the comment section. Enjoy! 

1.  BOBBY PINS- I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have these pins. For pinup or rock styles, bobby pins are estential , I have them in both of the smaller and larger I use both but since my hair is so thick, the bigger ones I usually more.

2. HAIR SPRAY-A good hold spray is what you need to help set and finish  certain looks such as victory rolls, barrel rolls, etc.

3 THERMAL SPRAY- You can find this everywhere and its purpose to protect  your hair follicles and helps seal them in before you use hot tools. It also protects  from any dryness an/or damage from your hot tools.

4. POMADE/WAX- Smooths away any flyways and like hairspray it can help set a hair style but it’s a bit lighter and  more flexible than hairspray.

5. CURLING IRON- This is probably the most  tool for pinup hair. It helps sculpt the hair and gives your fabulous hair looks. Size wise, if you want tighter curls use a smaller iron and if you want more of a wave use a bigger iron.

6. HAIR STRAIGHTENER – I sometimes use a straightener to curl my hair. It’s a neat way to do it. Obviously it’s mostly used for straightening  hair. Also if you have really curly hair, sometimes, depending on the hair style, it’s better to straighten your hair before styling it.

7. PIN CURL CLIPS- You definitely need these to pin your hair to hold in the curl. When you do pin curls, make sure they’re all cool before taking the clips out. After that, you can lightly brush them out.

8. RAT TAIL COMB- This is for teasing your hair and definitely a tool you can’t go without. The backside of the comb is perfect for parting your hair in sections.

9. SMOOTHING BRUSH- Help to smooth your teased hair without pulling it and smooths  any baby hairs you may have.

10. HAIR COMBS- Combs are nice to hold your hair in styles,  especially if you don’t want a bunch of bobby pins stuck in your hair.

 

Like I said at the beginning here, these are must-faves  for pinup/vintage hair but if you have any other ideas or tools you love to use, please feel free to post in my comment box below.

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Make your Mark with Dita Von Teese

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   Everyone who knows me knows I absolutely love Dita Von Teese. She was, and still  is such a big influence  and inspiration in my life, especially when I first started burlesque dancing and performing.  I love everything about her, from her look and style, to the way she performs, to her glamorous personality. I had the pleasure of meeting her a few years ago at “Strip Strip Hooray,” in Hollywood and she is so sweet. Her insides absolutely match her outside beauty.

I have all of Dita’s books and just finished reading her latest one, ” Your Beauty Mark, the Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour,” and it’s an absolutely fabulous book. 

There are so many things I love about this book, but I think the thing I love the most about this read, is that it is not just a style/beauty guide book or a “how to” book. Dita covers every aspect of her life and mixes her wonderful tutorials and information with wonderful anecdotes such as her life growing up and how she first discovered the ladies of Old Hollywood and how much they inspired her to develop her own spectacular lifestyle.  The book also contains stories of all the wonderful people she has met and worked with in her career and life which was really fun to read.

The tutorials in “Your Beauty Mark,” are very descriptive and are very detailed and easy to follow which is not always the case in beauty guides. She covers everything from how to do her makeup looks from foundation to finish,  to creating her different hair styles, and fabulous fashion tips.

Completely separate  from the beauty tutorials, Dita also provides stretches and exercise to help you stay fit and tips on having a healthy lifestyle, all of which are very helpful.

I really could go on and on about “Your Beauty Mark” and how much I enjoyed it but it would take too long. If you are looking for the perfect guide on how to be your best glamorous self, or just want to read about Dita Von Teese, or even just to go through and see a beautiful  variety of photos of her, this is the book for you. Whatever reason you have , “Your Beauty Mark,” is a definite MUST HAVE and I highly recommend it.

New Beauty Faves

I’ve been wanting to do this post for a few weeks and finally getting a moment to write before work this morning and drinking coffee in my Pink Octopus Mug. Some of these products I just purchased recently and some I have been using for awhile and hadn’t had time to post them right away.

1. BEAUTY BLENDER- Of course this is an ingenious product and have stocked up on a few pretty pink ones. I also got yesterday for free, a flat egg shaped blotter to blot shine throughout the day which is great and better for your skin instead of caking on powder every time you have to touch up your shine. If you don’t know how to use the beauty blender just pour some water on it and squeeze it out until it is damp and it expands. Once you’re ready to put on your foundation or over makeup just use your damp blender to blend your makeup flawlessly. IMG_0321

2.  ORIGINS Ginseng Eye Cream- I just started using this and I absolutely love it and have already noticed a difference under my eyes. This cream has a Ginseng and a little caffeine to make your eyes brighter and get rid of and dark circles or any puffiness you may have in the morning. 

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3. Porefessional Matte Rescue- I am a HUGE fan of Benefit Cosmetics and have tried their different primers but this one and the PORE PROFESSIONAL are my two best. I’ve used pore professional for a long time and use it for traveling but this new pore benefit primer is wonderful. Your rub it on you skin, (with clean hands of course,) and you feel the tingly refreshing gel to your clean skin. I also love it that it is a Matte primer and the best is to put it on your clean skin, wait ten minutes, then apply makeup. 

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4. KAT VON D TATTOO LINER IN TROOPER- I’m very picky about using liquid eye liner. I have been using Laura Mercier cake liner for years but discovered a liquid liner pen that I use almost every day. I even layer it on my cake liner sometimes depending on my eye look for that day. I first tried Kat Von D’s liner last month and love it. I love the felt tip pen that always stays sharp every time I apply it which is very important to me. The pen tip is the best at giving a clean eye look and doing the perfect “CAT EYES!”  

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5. MAC LIP BRUSH- I really like how this brush is retractable and always keeps it shape when applying lipstick.          * Here’s a great tip, take your lip brush and lipstick and get plenty of the lip color on your lip brush. When you’re out and need to reapply your lipstick, all you need is your lip brush. Leave the tube of lipstick at home. 

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6. LUSH MASK OF MAGNAMITY, face and body mask- This is my new favorite mask because you can use it both on your face and on your body if you ever have any red bumps or blemishes and it clears them up right away. I use this mask at least once or twice a week. I mix it up with my black charcoal sugar scrub. 

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7. RO’S ARGAN BODY CONDITIONER- Another LUSH product that  I love. I’ve been using this for about 2 months now and can’t get enough of this stuff. This is used the same way you would you a hair conditioner. You slather it on your body, let it seep in for a few minutes, then rinse your body off. At first I wasn’t sure about this product because I thought it would be greasy but it’s the very opposite. It leaves your skin super soft and smelling yummy and you don’t need to apply another moisturizer after your bath or shower if you don’t want to. Play with this conditioner to see how you like to use it.    *Another tip is to when in the bath, apply this conditioner to your legs before shaving. It’ll leave them baby soft. 

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Bring your Style to Work Day

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A lot of us have or had jobs in the past where you have a certain dress code or uniform that you need to wear such as Staples, Starbucks, some restaurants, etc. which doesn’t leave a lot of room to show off your personality. Here are some simple but creative ideas to help merge your work look with your beautiful personal look. It shows that with just a little few touches and tweaks, you can project your unique beauty.

Jewelry:    Jewelry, especially unique or handmade pieces can change a whole outfit and look. If you have to dress a certain way to work or stuck in a uniform, accent it with some hot pieces, a cool ring, earrings, bangle bracelets, a unique brooch, necklace that makes a fabulous statement, or whatever turns you on to make you feel good.

Hair Accessories:    My next blog will be more on hair accessories but wanted to introduce it here. I love wearing accessories in my hair such as flowers, scarves, hair combs, and more. When getting ready for work, add a cute item to your polished hair. Don’t feel that you have to clutter your hair with accessories, especially depending on how strict your dress code is. One simple accessory is a perfect balance between our work and personal style.

Modifying your Uniform:     If you can, push your dress code a little over the line. For example, if you have a job that requires you to always black pants, get some black capris or cuff the bottom of your pant legs to channel your inner rockabilly or pinup girl. Or if you wear a white button down shirt, forget buttoning the last few buttons and tie at the waist. Or if you need to wear sneakers because you’re on your feet all day and you can’t wear your hot heels, get a pair of sneaks with a cool design like Ed Hardy’s or a designer pair of sneakers like Coach. Or if you can wear your high heels, wear a pair that POPS, like bright red or animal print. What ever inspires you, and you can get away with at your job.

Makeup:     Makeup definitely completes any look or outfit. Trace your eyes with eye liner to give you sexy cat eyes, wear your bold lipstick, or sport some whimsical glitter shadow. Again whatever inspires you and makes you happy.

These are just a few ideas to act as guidelines in showing off your own world with your professional world. The most important thing is that your feel good, comfortable, and confident in your own skin when you go out into the world for work.