Girl Talk:”In A Hurry” Makeup Look

Most of my friends do not have the same passion for makeup as I do. In fact many of them cringe at the fact of having to put anything more on their face than mascara and lipgloss.  For me makeup is fun and is my “me” time. I know, that when you are busy, you can’t put as much time into your makeup routine as you would like. After I had my son I actually went to the store with NO makeup on…gasp!!! Some of you may do this regularly but, I am going to guess you don’t have a makeup artist for a mom and a Southern Belle for a Nana. Going out of the house without your makeup and hair done was a no no. I think back in the day women spent more time on themselves because, well they had more time. Most of us are running out the door to either work or taking our kids to school…or both! If you think you can’t look cute everyday I am here to tell you…you can! I want to challenge you to find 10 minutes each morning to put your makeup on. Just 10 minutes. Even if you have to wake up before the kiddos wake up or if you have to add some more time to your morning routine before work, I promise you will feel so much better. I got into a huge rut after I had my son. I also work from home so, not getting dressed until noon is a regular occurrence. I decided one day to get dressed shortly after I woke up and then get my makeup done. I even brushed my teeth…my hair…that’s another story. After a week of this new schedule I felt so much better about myself. I actually felt like a human being and not a Zombie.

I have felt the urge to share some makeup tips to get the most out of wearing a minimal amount of makeup. Everyone will be different as I know some of us have to wear foundation to cover up discoloration or blemishes.If youdon’t have these issues, you could even skip the foundation step!  I hope you can take some of these tips and make them work for you. I also hope you find a new love for makeup:)

Face:

I like to use either a powder(when I am really in a hurry) or a foundation, even if this is the only thing I put on my face. I wake up with a lot of redness. So this is a step I never skip. If your foundation is medium to full coverage you could even use it as a concealer. I also like to take a dab of foundation and use it as my eye primer.

Loreal Lumi True Match-this is best if you like a dewy finish. This is my all time favorite drug store foundation. The only problem is that I can’t use this as a concealer under my eyes because it is a bit sheer and has that dewy finish. It doesn’t look too great under the eyes. I would use concealer with this one. I have horrible under eye circles, so I add it anyways.

Maybelline Dream Wonder-if you like a more matte foundation(best for oily skin) this one is great. I just purchased it and although I tend to have dry skin, during the summer I can get oily. This one feels like silk going on.

***Tip-while your foundation is setting, brush your teeth.

Blush-besides lip products, blush is one of my favorite beauty products. Once you add your foundation, it can take away some of your natural color in your face. This is good and bad. Foundation covers some of that unwanted redness, but it also makes you look washed out. Adding a bit of blush will make you look awake!

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Eyes:

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Shadow-this is a cream product. I like these because they are pigmented and you don’t need a bunch of other eyeshadow with it. Just blend it with your finger all over your lid and you are good to go. I recommend Barely Bronzed, it will look great on every skin tone.

Eyebrows-if your eyebrows aren’t on point you will not look put together. Keeping them well groomed is a must. Even if you don’t want to wear eyeshadow just having your eyebrows done will make you look more polished. I like to fill my bows in with a powder. I feel naked without it!

Mascara-when polled…most women would say the one makeup item they wouldn’t go ot of the house with..is mascara. If you have whimpy eyelashes like I do, curl first and then add some waterproof mascara(holds the curl longer)

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Lips:

Lipstick or lip gloss-this is mainly a preference. A quick swoop of some lip gloss will finish off any look. I am a lipstick girl. It is my favorite item in my makeup bag. It looks like you took that extra step, even if you just swiped it on in the car. Stains are great too, as they last all day and you don’t have to keep reapplying.

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I thought I would get in on my own challenge and I put on foundation, concealer, blush, eye shadow, filled in my eyebrows,added  mascara and lip gloss. This took me a total of 6 minutes and 33 seconds, that included me brushing my teeth while my foundation set!!! I also wanted to see how long my whole makeup routine would take. I simply added two more minutes. In that time I added my bronzer, a brow bone highlight, cheek bone highlight and some eyeliner.

What are some tricks you use when you are in a hurry? I see women doing their makeup in the car while they are driving…ahhhh…that’s so dangerous and no fun. Take a little time in the morning to add some of these tips.

Happy Thursday Beauties!

 

 

 

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Girl Talk: Youthful Makeup Tips

girl talk youthful

This post was inspired by my upcoming birthday. I turn 30 something on Saturday and I don’t like it. Moments before my thirtieth I found my first  gray hairs. It was tragic. This year I found out my blood pressure was super high and I am now on a Vegan diet. Yeah, getting old stinks…but makeup makes it bearable.

Now don’t get me wrong… I am not obsessed with staying young. I am all about aging gracefully, as long as there is still hair color and sparkly eye shadow involved. I wanted to write about a few tips on how to look a bit more youthful. These few ideas don’t require botox, a nip and tuck, cutting or sucking. Exciting, right???

***With my new found Vegan life…I have sooo much more energy and have become very sarcastic. Just a warning:)

1. My first tip has to do with the eyes. I know the women in my family first see signs of aging in their eyes. I noticed that when I wore a thick  black eye liner on my lower lash line it made me look older. Many times a black liner can look hard. I found by simply using a light brown or taupe liner it made my eyes look more open and youthful. I don’t believe you can’t wear black liner, in fact I still wear it on my upper eyelid. I also will still wear it on my lower lash line, but I make sure to blend it out a bit. I simply draw on a thin line and go back and forth with a pencil brush to soften the black liner. The eye liner I love is by The Body Shop in Taupe.

 

The Body Shop Eye Definer in Taupe (Far Right)
The Body Shop Eye Definer in Taupe (Far Right)

 2. As we get older I hear we are not supposed to wear anything sparkly. This is quite depressing. I understand it though. Sparkle is used to highlight and it could highlight wrinkles and fine lines. I believe if your skin is healthy than go for it. That really is the key here. You have to have a good base and many of these rules may never apply to you if your skin is still looking like a 20 year old. For those of us who may have damaged skin or inherited Grandma’s wrinkles we do have to be careful. A highlight that is more satin is the best way to go. Something that makes you look  “lit within” is always a great way to look younger. Instead of looking for something with sparkle, look for items with a satin finish. I recommend MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle.

 

Mac Mineralize Skinfinsh Soft and Gentle
Mac Mineralize Skinfinsh
Soft and Gentle

3. Now that it is summer time we tend to think about being bronzed a bit more. Having a little color all year round is always a sure way to look younger and even a little slimmer. We aren’t talking super bronzed body builder, but just a hint of bronzer will bring life to anyones face. I like to add bronzer to a few areas on my face. I first contour with it under my cheek bones, then down the sides of my nose, my temples and finally my favorite: under my jaw line(this hides my double chin). I have a few bronzers that I love one high end and one drug store.

 

Smashbox Bronzer- Sunkissed Matte
Smashbox Bronzer- Sunkissed Matte

 

 

 

 

 

NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer in Sunny
NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer
in Sunny

I hope these few tips help. I joke about getting older quite a bit. I am not overly ecstatic about it but, I really don’t dread  it. Especially now that I have some secret weapons in my makeup drawer:). Have a great Wednesday pretty ladies!

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Summer Lovin: Friday Favorites



It’s Friday Favorites time! I am a Pinterest junkie. Seriously…I have 118 boards and I am just a few pins short of  6,000. It is such an inspirational site for me. I realized though… that I need to physically do more projects and not just stare at all the pretty things all day. Friday Favorites are great for me, because I can share all the goodness of Pinterest and other sites I spied great finds on during the week. 







Arrow Finials-You guys…. these are sold out! They were not earlier this week, but I am sure this pic went around Pinterest and everyone fell in love, as I did. The curtain is what really caught my eye. It is so bohemian and lovely. I have been contemplating changing up my little guys room. There is nothing wrong with it now… but I so want to redecorate it in a woodsy/cabin/hunting/lodge kinda feel. I thought these arrow finials would be great. 

Wet Brush-This brush is so great! I have long and very tangled hair. My scalp is also super sensitive, so this brush is great for painlessly brushing through my tangled wet hair. I don’t know how it works, but it is magic!

Thayers Peach Witch Hazel– I had to have this, of course, because it is peach scented. I was running low on my witch hazel(which I use as a facial toner) and saw this on Vitacost and put that guy right into my cart. It smells so good and gets rid of any extra dirt and/or makeup leftover on my face after I cleanse. It also adds a bit of moisture. 

Smashbox BB Cream– This is one of those products that I got a sample of and fell in love with and then realized it was a little pricey but I didn’t care because it is so good! I use this all Summer long. I don’t like to put on a bunch of face makeup during the Summer. This is great because it is a BB cream. So , basically it is a primer, concealer and foundation all in one. It is also wonderful because it has SPF35 in it so, I also don’t have to use a sunscreen on my face. I can’t say enough about this product. 

Zara Frilly Sleeve Top– I recently discovered Zara. Zara is one of the biggest international fashion companies. Their clothes are so unique. I saw my favorite Makeup Guru wearing this top and I fell in love. I really want to buy it but, I am hesitant to buy clothes online. The closest store to me is about an hour away so, I may venture out there and try it on. 

St. Tropez Tanning Mousse-This is another product that is a bit pricey, but nothing compares to it. It is a self tanning mouse that you use a mitt to apply. The mitt allows for a even coat every time. It is a gradual tanning mousse, so after about 4 hours you can rinse it off in the shower and it leaves you with a perfect tan. There is a darker bronzing mousse if you have a darker skin tone. This one is perfect for me and my fair skin.




Have a wonderful weekend! I have some fun posts coming up next week and I am excited to share them with you!

Summer

Summer Lovin: Friday Favorites

This week I wanted to do something a little different with my Friday Favorites post. I have been loving You Tube. You probably already know that I love to watch makeup videos on You Tube. In the past I thought You Tube was more for watching funny videos or for figuring out how to fix something. I was so wrong! I was looking for some info on how to do a smokey eye about two years ago. I stumbled upon a girl named Jaclyn Hill on You Tube, who is a professional makeup artist.I watched her video and then proceeded to watch every video she had ever made! Then I discovered all these other girls who do these videos too and my life was ruined changed.

Recently, I have tried to branch out and find videos on health, interior designing and organizing. There are not many home decorating channels that I can find( if you know of any..please comment below). So, anyways I thought I would share some of my favorites! Links to their You Tube Channels will also be below.

Makeup:

The girl who started my obsession: Jaclyn Hill. She is so knowledgeable and is a big goof ball. I wish we were friends. She is amazing and gorgeous! She is a professional makeup artist so she has a lot of great tutorials. (When I went to get her link I saw she just posted a new video!!! I’ll be right back!!!)
Makeup by Tiffany D. Tiffany is such a down to earth girl. She needs to be my friend too! I like her channel because it is not just makeup. She also posts about fashion and home decor. Her home is absolutely gorgeous! She has a blog as well that I always look forward to. 
Danna Ann is so beautiful. I love her personality She is easy to follow and always has great reviews and tutorials. She really goes into depth about the products she tries and I always check her channel out before I purchase something. 
Casey Holmes is again…gorgeous. They really all are but, they are also all very sweet girls. She is a Southern girl. She has a funky style and has awesome tutorials. Casey also has great reviews and is really honest about each product she tries. 
Kassie is another talented beauty guru that I follow. I am not sure if she is a professional makeup artist, but she is super talented. I love watching her channel because she tries out a large array of makeup and beauty products. Many of these girls are not professionals(but could be)…they just have a love for beauty and share it with all of us!
Health:
This is Summer and she is awesome! Number one she is a fellow Summer. Number two she is the reason I love Vitacost and has made me more interested in trying natural products and got me taking my vitamins again. Three she loves Jesus. I stumbled on her blog when I was searching for articles on anxiety She struggles with anxiety too and has shared a lot of great stories that have comforted me.  I could go on and on about how great she is!
Kendra Jorde is another down to earth girl. She shares many tips on how to stay healthy. She is also a Vitacost lover. Kendra uses a lot of natural beauty products as well and is a great resource when trying to find products that don’t have a bunch of junk in them.
This girl’s channel, Glutes N Glam, is new to me, but I already have learned so much. I recently watched he meal planning video that was very helpful. She also posts videos showing you step by step instructions of many different healthy recipes. 
Home Decor and Organizing:
Alejandra is all about organizing. She has soooo many great tips for every nook and cranny in your home. If you need help getting your space in order, I highly recommend her channel. She also has a website with even more helpful tips. 
This channel is a little different as it is not just one persons’ channel but a magazine, House and Home. They feature many different tips and videos about different makeovers. As, I mentioned before there are not a whole lot of channels that I have found on interior decorating. This is a great resource!
I have so many others that I follow. If you want to know of any other beauty You Tubers I follow I will gladly share them! If you have any you love please share!
Summer

Summer Lovin: Friday Favorites

Garden Grove Floral Watch-I saw this on Francesca’s site while searching for Mother’s Day Gifts I have to be honest. I have never stepped foot in this store. We have had one for awhile in our local mall and it just seemed like an “older lady” store. I saw some younger girls on YouTube who purchased some really cute jewelry there and thought I better give it a chance… while I was at the mall a few days ago. I am glad I did. They have the cutest clothes, shoes and jewelry!
Heart Coffee Mug Set– I would love to buy these mugs from the Etsy shop owner, but they are a bit too much for my pocketbook. I thought these were great inspiration for a DIY project!
Mac Blush in Melba-I did it. I went to MAC and bought my first blush by them. I was afraid I would fall in love, because again these are pricey…but they have the pretties colors. Of course, I fell in love. This shade, Melba, is a gorgeous peachy pink. Perfect for Spring! (At least that is how I justified it and I may have purchased another shade).
#redballoonsforryan Tote– My sweet friend Alyssa of Beckett’s Threads is donating all the proceeds of her red balloon stamped leggings, shorts and this adorable tote to the family that tragically lost their little boy last Friday. For more info and pricing you can follow Beckett’s Threads on FB or on IG. She makes the cutest stamped leggings, shorts and even came out with her signature stamp on a t-shirt. My little man loves his shirt.
Ikat Glasses Case-I wish I would have seen this case before I purchased my last sunglass case. This one looks super retro and I am in love. If you are like me and constantly wear sunglasses this is a must for protecting them from everything in your purse.
Palazzo Pants-Do you guys remember these? I can’t believe I am old enough for styles to be making another round! I wore these wide legged pants in high school. I personally love them because they flare out and distract from my booty and hips. They are also super comfortable and a great light weight pant option for the Spring and Summer.

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