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.

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.

Summer Skin Care

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It’s that time of the year again, SUMMER TIME! So when one of my truly wonderful girlfriends, Sarah (lifewithlilred.com)asked me to be a guest blogger for her summer series, I was all for it. For my “Salute To Summer” blog post, I talked about how to prevent your skin from getting sun burned and damaged in the hot sun. Here are some tips to help you and your skin enjoy this summer:

1. SUNSCREEN: This should be a no brainer, but you can’t believe how many people, especially where I live in Southern California, don’t bother to wear sunscreen. Not only do a lot of them opt for lounging in the sun unprotected, but they also do tanning beds (which I refuse to ever try) and spray on tans. Sunscreen is a god send for not just my fair skin but for my girl, Sarah, who has such a gorgeous porcelain skin tone, herself!

As far as sunscreens go, I prefer a SPORTS Cream with an SPF around 50, (you can never be too careful!). They last longer and the Sports ones are waterproof. Spray sunscreens are great, too, especially when you don’t have anyone to apply sunscreen on your back! Despite how convenient spray sunscreens are, just be aware that you do have to reapply them more often than Sports waterproof sun screen.

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2. MAKEUP FOR SUMMER: If you feel like you need to wear makeup while on the beach, vacation, or lounging by the pool, first of all, DON’T wear a lot of makeup. It’s not a good look. I recommend a waterproof mascara, a lip stain, and also the brand, BARE MINERALS! I have talked about Bare Minerals since it first hit the market about ten or eleven years ago when they only had the Bare Minerals store – unlike now, where you can get it at many department stores. Bare Minerals is a great makeup brand, which originally had a powdered foundation, a cheek color, and a mineral veil (which gives an air brushed finished to your foundation.). The best thing about Bare Minerals, is that they all have SPF sunscreen in them without looking greasy.
 
I, of course, love the MATTE coverage foundation and mineral veil. Bare Minerals now has many different products, like delicate colored shadows and formulas. But, for me, I’m old-school and like the original powdered products. Another Bare Minerals bonus, besides the sunscreen in it, is that if you find your skin really dry during the warm months, they actually make hydrating foundations and powders. Plus, the coverage is fantastic. I recommend this brand for sunscreen on the face. You can even layer the foundations over a delicate swipe of regular sunscreen, let it sit for a minute, and then apply the sunscreen powdered foundation.
 
3. SUMMER ACCESSORIES: Whether you are at the beach or the pool, summer accessories are a must. Bring a big umbrella to cover your beautiful skin if you’re lounging on a bench with music or a good book. A big floppy hat and oversized sunglasses can also never hurt when it comes to covering up your precious skin. Oh, and of course, don’t walk out of the house without a cover up over your bathing suit!
 
XOXO Carlie

Pinup Mermaid Makeup Tutorial

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This was a fun summery look to try out. Enjoy!

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Here are the products  I used for this look:

Products:

Foundation- Giorgio Armani, luminous sil foundation in number 2

Eye Base- M.A.C pro Long wear paint pot in “Soft Ochre.”

Eyeshadows-

Sugarpill in “Tako.”

JeffreeStarCosmetics Androgyny palette in “Poison.”

KatVonD Metal Matte palette in colors, “Ignite,” “Watt,” and “Tinsel.”

Highlight- JeffreeStarCosmetics skin frost in “Princess Cut.”

Lipstick- UrbanDecay vice lipstick in “Twitch.”

Ardell lashes in “Demi Wispies black.”

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My Night time Skincare Routine

Since I did a blog post and video on my morning skincare routine, I thought it was only fair and fitting to do a video and blog post on my nightly skincare ritual and to again list the products I use that work very well. Most of the products I talk about in this post and in my last one, I’ve done reviews and write ups on, some awhile ago which means they work THAT well for me and that I still really love them. But as I said in my last post, the products used and my routine is to serve as inspiration to every one on how to keep their skin looking beautiful. If you use a product or have a different way of using skincare, by all means, do what works best for you. Enjoy this post and video and of course make sure to follow me here on my blog and subscribe to my channel if you haven’t done so yet. 

 

Products:

Garnier- skin active micellar cleansing water

Fresh- Soy face cleanser

Thayers natural remedies- witch hazel toner

Fresh- Rose face mask

Elizavecca Milky Piggy- carbonated bubble clay mask

Soap&glory- beauty sleep accelerator, night and flight moisture miracle

LilyAna Naturals- rosehip and hibiscus eye cream

Clean&Clear- persa-gel, 10% benzoyl peroxide acne medication, maximum strength

My Morning Skincare Routine

I get compliments on my skin all the time and one of my nicknames is Snow White cause of my fair skin, black hair, and red lips. I recently met a very sweet woman walking near me in the mall and we chatted about our tattoos, how pushy some skin care vendors are and more. This sweet lady complimented me on my skin and look so I decided to share my skin care routine, Here is how I do my skincare in the morning. I decided to do a video on my youtube channel besides writing and posting here because I switch up my morning routine. 

The products that I use are just suggestions to inspire you and what works can possibly work for you since these products and brands work for me. I hope this inspires you and enjoy. If you have any questions or concerns, leave a comment here below or on my youtube channel. And if you haven’t already, subscribe to my youtube channel and follow my blog here! 

HERE ARE THE PRODUCTS THAT I USE AND TALK ABOUT IN THIS MORNING ROUTINE VIDEO. STAY TUNED TO MY NIGHT TIME SKINCARE ROUTINE!

 
Boscia-detoxifying black cleanser

Origins- ginzing refreshing scrub cleanser

Fresh-Rose Floral toner spray

M.A.C-comfort cream

Origins-ginzing refreshing eye cream

JeffreeStarCosmetics- velour lip scrub in Strawberry Gum

Stila- one step correct, correcting and brightening serum.

BobbiBrown- vitamin enriched face base

Soap&Glory- one heck of a blot primer

Smashbox- photo finish foundation primer

Sheisedo- ibuki Smart filtering smoother

LUSH- cup o coffee, face and body mask

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