Everyday Easy Glam Makeup

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Thank you for stopping by to check out the details of this makeup tutorial! I am so excited to share it with everyone! If you know me, you would know that I tend to do my elaborate makeup every single day! Some ladies tell me that they just don’t have time to do make up like that daily, or it costs too much, or it’s just not them….

Here is the cool thing about makeup, ITS NOT PERMANENT. So experiment, have fun and wear what makes you feel your own best!

I am so excited about this makeup palette from Mary Kay because I think its so amazing and you can have 30 different looks from it for every single day of the week! This look is simple and VERY easy to recreate! I will include all the links to the products below, but the entire look is under $100 (which most of the makeup you would re-use every day and it will last you for months and months!!!!)

But first, there is Marchesa.

She is my best animal friend and as soon as she hears my camera shutter on, she’s by my side no matter what part of the house she’s in. Meet my puppy (yes, she’s still a pup)!

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VIDEO TUTORIAL:

ALL the makeup I’m using:

Bare Palette – it has 6 eye shadows and it comes in a compact with a mirror.

Gel Eye liner in Black – comes with a brush to apply

Waterproof Mascara in Black

Cheek color in Ripe watermelon – comes with highlight

MK Bronzing Powder

True Dimension Lipstick in First Blush OR

True Dimension Lipstick in Sassy Fuchsia

 

I often choose my makeup based on what I want to wear that day, or sometimes I pick my clothes out based on the kind of makeup I want to wear on my eyes, sometimes it gets very specific and my look is all created from a lipstick shade, down to my shoes!

 

THANK YOU for watching the video, I hope you found some helpful ideas and inspirations on how to do your own makeup!

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xoxo

 

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Perfect Lipstick Shade 101

Do you ever go to the store and buy a lipstick, bring it home to put it on, and it looks funny on you?

Here is my lipstick 101, my top 5 tips. 

  1. Exfoliate your lips routinely. When you can see the natural beauty of your lip color its easier to find a perfect match of a lipstick. You can find many different ways to exfoliate your lips, my favorite is the Lip Mask from Mary kay because it also comes with a Lip Balm. I like that its scent free and very gentle.
  2. Lip Liner – isn’t for everyone, so don’t feel like you need to use it. If you do, stock up on 3 shades: neutral, red, and pink. Those colors will fit perfectly with most lipsticks and you won’t need to have 10 of them on hand. The key is to pick a neutral one that fits closest to your natural lip shade, so this one will vary based on your skin tones. One of my favorite ways to use lip liner is to outline my lips, and even fill my whole lip with the liner and use tinted lip balm to add moisture. Your lips will look like you have matte lipstick on, and its only lip liner! My go to is this lip liner – Clear! Yes, clear lip liner is the best! I can use it with every lipstick and it will give the allusion of bigger fuller lips without extra color, and you only need to buy 1 not a bunch!
  3. Application – use a brush if you have extra time, this will give you a softer look and the lipstick will look more natural.
  4. Blot – it will allow your lipstick to stay on longer and look fresh without being greasy. Blotting also helps your lipstick to be layered, so you can create an ombre effect by using more then one shade, and of course eliminates lipstick getting on your teeth!
  5. Know your colors! This is the color chart I like the most and find the most accurate to my decision making when picking color for myself or for someone else (which I do for my job):

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Here are my comments to each category:

FAIR skin

  • Red lipstick is classic, so pick a shade that has a cool tone to it, which will be the blue under tone, it will bounce off the pale skin and won’t make you look yellow. It is also great because it will make your teeth look brighter. Sometimes this shade looks a bit berry tone and often is very bright. Here is my personal go-to red lipstick, I actually have 2 of them because this is my skin tone and I wear red often. Really Red and Firecracker. (one is more moisturizing and one of them is more like a traditional lipstick)
  • Pink is a must for every lady! This color has a lot of variables and shades to pick from, if you’re new to lipsticks, pick one and stick with it as your go-to! In this case for fair skin, keep it light and bright, not too berry, because that can go very dark. This is a very girly shade, soft and romantic. Here are my favorites for this light pink category: Pink Passion (creamy and a tiny bit of sparkle), Pink Cherie (rich in moisture and a little lighter in shade then pink passion, gloss, no sparkle)
  • Peach is a good compliment and a general hue, for someone with light skin this is typically the color closest to their skin tone of their lips (not skin tone). This shade is perfect for summer and spring time! My favorite in this category are: First blush – I wore this color for weeks when I first found it. Its my no lipstick kind of look because its natural and very soft!

Medium complexion

  • Reds – typically this skin tone has more yellow then pink their skin tone, and blood red – a bold color looks great! I recommend Firecracker in this category! It’s bold, bright and compliments very well!
  • Pink is a great must have lip color and I’m recommending Wild about pink Shade – its creamy and has that perfect pink look!
  • Perfect peach color is going to highlight this complexion and it’s of course the color that will be the closest to neutral tone. Check out Color Me Coral  as my favorite for this category!

OLIVE skin 

  • Dark red – pick something that’s cool tone with a little of burgundy color in it. My recommendation is Sizzling Red, it’s rich in color and will go well with the skin tone.
  • Pink category turns into a berry for this skin tone. Because the lip color will be darker, you will find these shades to compliment your skin and lip color – it should be a dark pink version, which is basically berry tones. Check out this one (my favorite name for a lipstick) – Sassy Fuchsia or Rosette for a more natural look. This category is the natural looking lipstick. If you need a perfect nude for Olive skin stick with Rosette.
  • Apricot also means orange. It doesn’t mean this shade has to be bright or bold. But have fun with it! I would pick between Tangerine Pop  and Apricot Glaze.

DEEP skin 

  • Brown Red is your go -to here. Especially if you’re picking up lipstick for the first time in a red shade. You can also stick with a dark red. Check out Red in this shade.
  • Look for a Dark berry color instead of pinks, this one is also going to be close to a natural look for your lips, or a nude lip. Look for something like Berry Kiss  or Rich Fig .
  • Dark Apricot is basically a yellow/brown tone of lipstick. Look for a pop of color like Citrus Flirt or Sunset for a more natural look.

 

THE KEY TO A PERFECT LIPSTICK Shade:

CONFIDENCE! Honestly, these rules are really for someone who is new to wearing a lipstick. If you find a shade, if you love it, WEAR it! If you wear it with confidence you will look great it in! Use the tips if you need ideas and help, but most of all, enjoy yourself!

Did you find this blog helpful? Share it with a friend and let me know what your new favorite lipstick shade is!

xoxo

Bold Eye Liner

Are you sometimes so busy you skip on your usual full on makeup routine just so you can get out the door in time?

I find that my January has been that way, so I am looking for more ways to have a strong makeup look without taking a long time to get it done. Its definitely possible! One of my absolutely favorite looks is with a strong eye brow and a bold eye liner which makes a statement, great on time, and lasts all day!

It took me about 10 and a half minutes to film this video, and that includes the moisturizer and my winter foundation routine! I have a couple of different ways I like to do my eye brows so look for my brow tutorials coming up soon! Also, I’m not focusing on my foundation and will have a full video talking about my winter foundation routine coming up shortly!

I hope you find this video helpful, I’m committed to making these quick tutorials less then 5 minutes in length to give you ideas, inspiration and quick tips without taking forever.

Keys to success:

  • Practice
  • Good quality gel eye liner
  • Clean brushes, especially for the eye liner

It’s ok to take longer to apply the eye liner, especially in the beginning. Don’t try this look expecting it to be super easy peasy, I’ve had lots and lots of practice. So give yourself a break and have fun!

Total cost of my makeup today: $63

Lasting: 6 months -3 years. My gel eye liner lasts me longer then 2-3 years. I use it almost every day and its crazy good lasting! I’ve had mine for 2 years and it’s about two thirds out.

To get this eye liner and a personal consultation with me click on this link .

Stay fabulous and beautiful!

xoxo

 

Skin that gets you carded

Do you wish you had skin to go naked in public?

Do you want to shed off years from your face?

I may not be the doctor with all answers, but I’ve struggled with my skin for years and once I found a routine that changed my skin I knew I needed to share it with others.

Here are a few tips to keeping your skin glowing no matter what age, no matter the time of year!

 1. Pomegranates

This year my husband and I changed our diet to all organic, or at least as much as possible, and immediately noticed changes in my skin. My secret weapon this year is Bone Marrow Broth and Pomegranates. Seriously amazing! I eat 1/3 to 1 full pomegranate a day at least 6 days a week. My favorite meal to include it in is Breakfast with Sigi’s yogurt (icelandic formula yogurt), organic almond granola and organic ground flax seed. Super amazing for you! Here is more on the benefits of pomegranates: an article from shape.com

2. Bone Marrow Broth

Before winter came my husband and I decided that we would eat soup at least 3 days a week. I have actually enjoyed making soup from scratch and instead of water I use bone marrow broth. Bone marrow is incredibly beneficial for your skin, nails, eyes, and brain. Read more about the benefits of Bone Marrow Broth here: Article on Bone marrow broth from Shape.com

3. A strict regiment for your skin.

I used to fall asleep with my makeup on and wake up in the middle of the night on the couch only to crawl into bed with my mascara racing down my face. After college when I rented my first big girl apartment and for the first time in my life had buy a mattress, which seemed like the most expensive item ever, I decided to make some changes. Maybe some of you ladies are super regimented and disciplined about your life, not me. I made up rules to follow to trick myself into doing stuff I really didn’t want to. Like buying very expensive really white sheets to make sure that I would not ruin them by sleeping with my makeup on. It actually worked, no matter how tired I was, I would wash my face before going to bed just so that my fancy sheets and pillow cases would be stark white.

Point is, wash your face at night. Take your make up off. Allowing your skin to breathe and rest during the night is just as important as sleep itself is important, daily. You take the time to eat 3 times a day, and you know you need to work out to stay healthy, so I hope you get inspired to take your skin seriously this year too.

For more on what I personally use for my skin care stay tuned for my next post. Subscribe to my blog to get more ideas to beautify your life!

My winter foundation routine

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It doesn’t look so bad when its farther away from your face, but you feel it, and as long as you are on the subway, on the bus, want to kiss your date, getting professional head shots YOU feel like your skin is doing this:

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That’s not way to go into public feeling like you are loosing your face, which just makes you loose your confidence and who know how it could effect your day, your work, or that date you’re on.

It happens to my skin every year too. It’s normal. It’s your skin telling you that you need to change something. This year my skin started to dry less then in previous years and I believe its because of the food I have been focusing on eating. I talk about my food rules this winter here: Skin that gets you carded

Here is my advice on getting your skin to perfect complexion during the winter time.

Gentle Exfoliation

When the skin is already dry and flaky, even after putting on a really good moisturizer it will most likely dry up and start flaking off towards the mid day. Use a gentle exfoliator because at this time your skin will be more sensitive and anytime you’re switching the routine up, its better to be slow and cautious, depending on how sensitive your skin is.

I like to use a Cleansing brush from Mary Kay cosmetics. It has 2 settings and in the winter time I switch to the gentle setting. I use a Timewise Repair foaming cleanser because it doesn’t dry out my skin after and it leathers perfectly!

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Hyper Moisturize

I am a beauty consultant and every year I hear women complain to me about the dryness of their skin in the winter months. I always start by asking a few questions.

-What is your current cleansing and exfoliating routine? When was the last time you updated your moisturizer for the winter?

Once you know what you normally use, upgrade the moisturizer to provide more benefits and definitely more hydration. Personally I use the Timewise Repair Day Cream with spf 50 in the winter. Here are some benefits and why I love it:

  • Restores skin’s youthful cushion.
  • Formulated to help minimize skin reaction to external irritants.
  • Skin tone appears more even.
  • Helps protect against skin-aging UVA/UVB damage.
  • Increases skin moisture for 12 hours.
  • Sealed air tight to give the ultimate benefit of freshness and not effected by oxygenation.

Another one of my personal favorites is Mary Kay Intense Moisturizing Cream and a list of the benefits and why I love it, even though its my second favorite since there is no SPF in it:

  • Leaves skin feeling hydrated for up to 10 hours.
  • Infuses skin with a boost of intense moisture.
  • Helps soften skin with a marine extract and humectants.
  • Suitable for sensitive skin.
  • Clinically tested for skin irritancy and allergy.

Foundation Primer

One of the things I notice is how many women don’t pay attention to their foundation primer during winter and how big of a difference it makes in how your skin looks and feels with foundation on. When looking for a foundation primer make sure its lightweight, breathable, non-comedogenic, dermatologist tested and feels good when you put it on. The last part here is not as important for your skin as it is for you. I always think if you’re going to put something on your body, or on your face, you better love how it feels, how it smells and how much it costs.

Here is the Foundation Primer I use now in my daily routine: MK Foundation Primer.

Foundation Routine

I believe that the most important foundation is the one that makes you start winking at your self in the mirror. How you get to find that foundation is another story.

Of course you can reply below with your questions and with a comment about how you want your skin to feel and I will personally make sure to help you find what works best for your skin type and shade.

Here is my general rule of thumb:

Dry skin: Pick a foundation that’s extra hydrating, luminous, dewey finish, glowing, and has peptides in it. It will be helping your skin regain the glow without being oily. So on that note definitely read the labels to make sure the foundation doesn’t contain actual oils, they will clog your pores and that’s the most common problem with finding a foundation for dry skin – the oils in the foundation.

Here is my recommendation for Dry skin: MK Luminous wear foundation with 33 Shades

Normal skin: Pick a foundation that feels good on your skin. This is the skin type that allows you to have a dewy finish or a matte finish without effecting your skin’s dryness. So it’s all about personal preference. This is where my skin falls into. So I like to have a matte finish in the summer because when it’s hot outside and I sweat it doesn’t show on my face. In the winter I like to go between Mattewear foundation and Cream to powder foundation. The links include the shades I personally wear.

Oily skin: Pick a foundation that’s matte wear and again doesn’t have oils to clog your pores. I also include an oil mattifier, and translucent powder in a recommended routine. The oil mattifier helps with controlling the oils before foundation, and the powder takes the oily look off after just a quick brush on in the middle of the day, or at any time of the day really, I especially love this powder when I’m traveling thru the airport and my face feels like its collecting all the oils from everyone around me.

I hope you found this information helpful! Reply below with your comments and questions I would love to hear what you think! Subscribe to my blog and get the next detailed post with the video on how I do my own foundation application.