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Friday, October 16, 2015

HALLOWEEN makeup!! Lily Munster!!

Hey guys!
Well I'm so excited for this post because as you can tell, it's Halloween makeup!! Just wanted to show you guys what I came up with. I don't usually get dressed up and do the whole thing on Halloween but I thought this would be fun to do. 

I'm sure you guys have heard the song "Uma Thurman" by Fall out Boy right? Well we were in the car a few weeks ago and I was telling my 6 year old that the song is part of a TV show I used to watch. If you are at least my age then you probably watched it as well; The Munsters of course. So we came home and I showed him a clip online from the TV Show. As we watched it, I was thinking you know it would be really cool to do Lily Munster's makeup for Halloween. So of course I had to do it! I didn't find a whole lot of images of her as a Halloween costume so I thought it would be perfect. 

I was able to search through Google and Pinterest and find a few pictures of her so you can check those out. She was really a gorgeous woman without the makeup as well. Look her up, Yvonne De Carlo. Just stunning. Anyway so here is my take on her makeup as Lily Munster. Let me know what you guys think!

*I do not own the rights to these images.*

I found these images through a simple search online. *I do not own the rights to these images.*

Friday, October 9, 2015

Easy DIY Acrylic nails

Hey guys!
Alright so today I wanted to do another DIY. This is so easy, I promise. If you like to get your nails done but can't afford going to the salon or don't have the time, this is the DIY for you. Now, I am a professional nail tech but I don't post a whole lot of nail stuff on here because most of the items I have are professional use only. There are ways of purchasing certain products but you always want to be careful when you are using something that frankly, you don't know how to use. These are chemicals we are talking about so safety should be the most important thing. Anyway, all the items in this DIY are available at Sally beauty supply so you shouldn't have issues getting them but like I said, just be mindful when using these and of course if you have little ones around, don't let them get a hold of anything.

As trends come and go, I've noticed that acrylic nails are now becoming popular again as they were in the 80's/early 90's. I have seen tons of girls on Instagram and Youtube that are all about the long acrylics. They are even making press-ons to look like high quality acrylic nails now. Go figure. Anyway, I've always been a big fan, even when I was in the military, I would get the pink and white acrylics. After I went to school and became a nail tech, it was hard for me to keep acrylics on because I was doing services at the salon and you know, your nails get damaged. Shellac and gel nails were really popular and everyone wanted natural nails so acrylics kind of faded out so I'm kind of excited that they are back again. : )

Ok so to make a long story longer lol- let's get into this DIY. Super easy and pretty affordable considering how many uses you will get out of this. So if you don't know what the "dipping" method is, I will put the link HERE. You are basically using the same powder for acrylics but no liquid. Instead, you use glue. You will also need an activator to cure/dry/set the glue when you're done. (It will eventually dry but takes forever so just buy the activator.) So here's what you're gonna need for this:

Brush on glue (resin)
Nail file
Nail buffer
Acrylic powder- any color you'd like, or just soft pink for natural nails
Activator (Nail glue dryer)
Cuticle oil (any kind)
Tips (optional) if you want enhancements- you don't need to add tips if your nails are in good shape and the length you want

Supplies for acrylic nails "dipping" method

These are the tips I used, like I mentioned, I already had a lot of this stuff. There are so many different types of tips so I would suggest asking someone for help if you're not sure what kind to get.

Nail tips

So you first want to start by giving yourself a basic manicure. Clean off any old polish, push back and clip cuticles and buff your nails a bit to get rid of the shine. Using nail polish remover, clean any dust and oils from the nails.

Apply tips if you'd like and cut them to length. 
Apply the resin just to the natural nail (apply as smoothly as possible) and dip your finger in the powder. Tap off the excess. 
Continue the same steps with all nails

Apply resin over the entire nail and dip again into the powder. Tap off the excess.
Continue with all nails

Apply another coat of resin over the entire nail and dip into the powder. Tap off the excess. 
Continue with all nails

Apply a final coat of resin to each nail to seal everything in and spray with the activator. 
File your nails and shape them as desired
Apply some cuticle oil and buff the nails to smooth out any imperfections

Acrylic nails "dipping" method
 Excuse my man hands- hence the need for tips and acrylics. lol.

After filing and buffing- diy acrylics
Here's what my nails look like after filing and buffing.

I do wear my acrylics fairly long, it's really personal preference so do what you'd like. If you don't want to add the tips then just follow the same steps without them.

From here you can polish with any regular polish or just put a clear top coat on if you'd like. I decided to polish mine with Maybelline's Color show polish in Plush plum. I also used my Twinkled T nail vinyls for the accent nail. What do you guys think?

Final look DIY acrylic nails

The whole process took me about an hour to do myself and I think they came out pretty good. They are also a lot stronger than regular gel nails and not as thick as the acrylics you'd get at the salon. I am really hard on my nails so the fact that they are holding up at this length is a good sign. 

So I hope you try this DIY. Let me know if you have any questions about the process. It's fairly simple once you get the hang of it and think of the money you are saving by doing it yourself! Thanks for reading! xoxo

Saturday, October 3, 2015

DIY Dry brush cleaner (makeup brushes)

Hey everyone!
So I'm here with a really affordable and a bit unconventional DIY. If you follow pretty much anyone in the beauty community on Instagram, you've probably seen similar products like this. I will say now that I don't own anything like this, I have seen products like this online but I do not know what they are made of or from. Because I don't own anything like this, this is not a dupe; I am just giving a cheaper alternative if you are looking for something like this.

So here is what I'm taking about. It's basically a dry brush cleaner. You can use this for your makeup brushes to "clean" them in between shadows.

DIY dry brush cleaner

I know a lot of people, myself included, that use a rag/towel to "clean" their brushes when trying to switch shadows. This little gadget works the same way but allows more of the powder to be removed from the brush so you're basically "cleaning" it. You can use a shadow then rub your brush in here to remove excess product then change to a new color shadow.

This DOES NOT replace actually cleaning your brushes or washing them. This is not for use to sanitize your makeup brushes either. You will still need to clean/wash them but this helps when you want to change between shadows. This makes it so easy especially if you only have a few brushes to use while applying your makeup.

Ok so here's how I made it. I was able to get this container from Target in the Dollar section at the front of the store. You know they have random items in there sometimes so I grabbed a few candles which were only $3.00 each. I burned the candle then just cleaned it out later so I could use it for this DIY.

Materials for DIY dry brush cleaner

 I was able to get the "sponge" like material inside from The Home Depot. El Hubbs and I were there looking for stuff for a home project and I just so happen to see this material in one of the aisles we were in so I grabbed it. It comes in long 5 ft sections and ran me around $6.00. I didn't realize what this was actually for until my sister told me so I looked it up. It's a gutter guard. Check the link so you know what I'm talking about- Gutter Shield from Home Depot. Yup. So it basically is a sponge type of thing that you put in your gutter to block debris from collecting in there. It does come in this triangle shape so a round container like I have is not the best but it still works either way.

Then, I just cut a section to fit in my small container and that's pretty much it. Now of course you can use any container you 'd like and any shape. These candles were really cheap so that's what I went with and then I just used some duct tape to cover the outside and kind of make it my own.

Here's a close up of the "sponge" material.
Materials for DIY dry brush cleaner

Now this material is made of some type of plastic and in the description on The Home Depot website, it says that coated with something so this should hold up nicely. That also means it's easy to wash. I just take mine out of the container and wash it with some soap and water, ring it out and let it dry before putting it back in. You'll want to rinse out the container as well because all the power from the shadows eventually collect in the bottom after they fall through. 

Anyway, I thought this was a cool DIY and like I said, really affordable. It's really lightweight too and you don't need much for your brushes so it's easy to take with you when you travel. It's made the process of applying my makeup that much easier and faster so I hope you guys will try it out and let me know if you do. Thanks for reading! 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Fall makeup pictorial (Wet n Wild Comfort Zone)

Hey guys! 
Since we are officially in fall now, I wanted to do a quick eye tutorial (pictorial) for you guys. I had tried something similar to this look when I did my swatches for the Wet n Wild Fall Lipsticks but it didn't come out exactly how I wanted so I figured I'd give it another try. I used Vanity, the purple shade from my Vice 3 palette and a few shades from the Wet n Wild Comfort Zone palette.

Here's a few swatches of the Comfort Zone palette. The blue shade on the bottom right is supposedly a dupe for Mac's blue/brown pigment. I don't own it, so I can't say if it is but this is a pretty shadow. 

Wet n Wild Comfort Zone palette Swatches
Sorry, it was cloudy when I took these, I had to take these pictures inside. The swatches are shown with flash. 

So of course you want to start by priming your eyelids with either a concealer or primer. I like to set that with a translucent powder before applying any other colors. This helps the shadows blend easier.

1. I first applied the brown shade (2nd on the left) in my crease and slightly above it. 
2. Next, I used Vanity- from the vice palette- all over my lid and blended the two together. 
3. I added the blue/brown dupe on top of the purple color, just on my lid and blended again. You can use glitter glue or eye drops on your brush to make this color really vibrant.
4. I used a brown eyeliner on my lower lash line and smudged it out with Vanity. 
5. I used a bit of the highlight shade from the palette in my inner corner and brow bone and a Rimmel eyeliner in my waterline. 
6. I applied mascara and used Stardel lashes in FS600. These are really affordable lashes and so pretty. 

Fall makeup pictorial.

That's basically it. I really like how it came out with the shades of the purple and the duo chrome shadow. Here's a full face shot so you can see what it looks like with the rest of my makeup. I hope you guys try this look, it's easy to do and this palette is so great and pigmented. I paired it with my favorite nude, Maybelline Creamy matte lipstick in Daringly Nude. A bit unconventional for fall compared to all the warm orange colors right now but I liked it. I hope you did too.  What's your fall makeup go-to look? Let me know in the comments. Until next time...

Fall makeup eyeshadow using wet n wild comfort zone

How I cleared my skin (with drugstore products!)

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Hi guys! 
So I wanted to jump on here and give a kind of updated skincare routine. I would say within the last 6 months or so my skin has been horrible. I had been getting really bad breakouts on my jawline that would come and go. It seemed like as soon as some started to clear up all the way, bam, another breakout. Now, I've never had issues with acne in my life. I had the normal teenage skin but after that, my skin was great. I always had people compliment me on my complexion and never really thought twice about it. So I'm not exactly sure what the cause of all this has been, you know there are so many factors that go into the causes of acne. I'm not a doctor so don't freak out on me about what I'm saying but I have found something that helped tremendously!

Acne Free Clear skin treatment

Acne Free Brush

Acne Free Advanced Deep Cleansing Duo

I found this after an appointment with my doctor actually. I was fed up with my skin so I made an appointment and the doctor suggested that I try a brush like the Clarisonic. Now, I wasn't really up for this idea since I had already tried all kinds of toners and washes and scrubs but I figured if I could find one pretty cheap, then I would try it out. So I went to Target (who doesn't love going to Target) and found this kit in their beauty section. It was cheaper to just buy the brush with the cleanser than trying to buy a different brush separately. This kit is available at the store, online just the brush. For me, this has made a huge difference in my skin. Not only have the breakouts gone but the texture of my skin is nicer, smoother and it seems to have evened out my skin. I'm not sure if it's the wash or the brush or both but either way, this has saved my skin. It's not harsh either. I would say my skin is more on the sensitive side and this did not irritate it at all.

I'm not saying my skin is perfect now but it is way better than what it was. My scars have even faded a lot. ( I have been using Derma E Scar Gel along with this routine.) I can tell a difference which is what really matters. The only downside to this brush is the placement of the batteries. I used it for around 3 weeks and now I have to replace it because water has gotten into the battery compartment and is no longer working. So if you have any suggestions on what I should purchase, please let me know! Now that I know this works well for me, I'm going to continue using it until it doesn't. lol.
Before and After Clear skin
Anyway, I just wanted to give you guys another suggestion if you are struggling with skin issues and have not tried this. It can't hurt to just try it and see if it works. This kit was really inexpensive (under $15.00) so it's worth a try, right?

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

New Younique 3D Fiber lash Mascara review

Hey guys!
So I'm back with another review as you can tell from the title of this post. I recently purchased this new Younique Mascara which I know people have mixed feelings about. I have heard so many good and bad things about the representatives and the company that sell this fiber lash mascara. Personally, I have been a fan for a while now. I did purchase the original fiber mascara from Younique last year and have a full review if you'd like to read it HERE. The girls that I purchased these items from are nothing but sweet and very professional. I have had absolutely no issues with them at all which is why I think I love this even more!

Younique 3D Fiber lashes

So if you have never heard of this company or mascara, let me tell you that Younique is a newer company that sells various makeup items online. It's kind of a Mary Kay type of thing where they have representatives sell the product to you and make a commission off of it. Everything is online though so there's no old school Avon, door-to-door selling. Like I said, I purchased the original Fiber lash from them last year and loved it. This year, they have changed it and of course I had to try it so I purchased it from one of their reps, Alexis. I will link her page here if you'd like to purchase one for yourself or just browse the other items they have.

So this is what the mascara looks like. It comes in a nice matte tube with a clear window on one side so you can actually see how much product in in the container. It comes with what they call "transplanting gel" which is the mascara and "fibers" which are now Rayon. Let me quickly mention that another thing I like about this company is that they list out the ingredients in each product and tell you what it is and how it's used.

Younique 3D Fiber lashes Packaging

On the left I wanted to show you what the fibers look like compared to their previous fiber mascara. On the top is the new Rayon fibers and on the bottom are the green tea fibers from the old version.
This picture on the right shows the "window" on the container. You can actually see the fibers in there, kind of cool right? 

Younique 3D Fiber lashes- FibersYounique 3D Fiber lashes

So basically the process is almost the same as it was before. You apply the "transplanting gel" then the fibers and then another coat of the "transplanting gel". The idea is to use the gel first then the fibers will stick to your lashes and by using the gel again, you are sealing in the fibers.

The first thing I noticed about this is that the "transplanting gel" (mascara) is not the same formula. Actually, it's not even the same brush. I personally liked the previous formula. It seems like this one is more wet and the brush is a typical mascara wand. The old wand was more of an hourglass shape similar to the Too Faced Better than sex mascara. I really like the old one, in fact, I would use that on it's own sometimes because it gave me a lot of volume and length even without the fibers.
The fibers in here are also different. You can see from the pictures that there is quite a bit more on the brush and they are made from a different material. I'm not sure I like these because to me, they almost seem like I'm just putting fabric on my lashes. lol. It seems to apply better in that there is not as much fall out but on the downside, it applies in larger chunks.

Even though it's not like the original, it's not a bad system. I still feel like it does give good volume and length better than a regular mascara on it's own, can. Here's a few pictures, tell me what you think. If you've tried it, let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Younique 3D Fiber lashes

Younique 3D Fiber lashes on my eye

Excuse my weird eyelash in the center. I am missing a few and the others clumped on one side. : (

I have yet to put this head to head with my a few of my favorite mascaras so I will update once I do that. All in all, I would say it's still a good product if you are looking for something like this or have really sparse lashes. It retails for $29.00 and you can purchase online

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

New Wet n Wild Megalast Lipsticks (Fall 2015) and a dupe!

Hey everyone!
Yes it's almost Fall!! Let me tell you, living in Texas, I can not wait for it to be Fall and cooler weather! So now that it is almost Fall, there are tons of new beauty products coming out for the holiday season, drugstore included.
I personally love Wet n Wild products, their eye shadows, lipsticks, eyeliners, etc. so when I saw these, I knew I wanted them. Here are 4 of the 6 new Megalast lipsticks in their Fall 2015 collection. 

Wet n Wild Megalast Lipsticks Fall 2015. Swatches
Celeb sighting, On the Ave, Photobomb, and Coffee Buzz

I was able to purchase these at my local Walgreens on the buy one get one 50% off so they only cost me about $7.00. They are just like the original Megalast lipsticks but they do come in a matte container and the formula is the same. They are all very pigmented and creamy and even though they are supposed to be matte, I would say they are more like demi matte. They are not like the liquid lipsticks that are popping up everywhere, they don't dry out your lips or cling to dry patches.

Here are the swatches of all of them.
Celeb sighting and On the ave

Wet n Wild Megalast Lipsticks Fall 2015. Celeb Sighting and On the Ave

Photobomb and Coffee Buzz
Wet n Wild Megalast Lipsticks Fall 2015. Photobomb and Coffee Buzz

I wanted to mention as I was swatching these, I noticed that Coffee Buzz looked almost like a shade I already had in my collection. Remember that review I did on the NYX High Voltage lipsticks? Yup. This shade is a dupe for Dahlia. It's a deep purple color which I love! So if you weren't sure about it but wanted to try it, now you can for only a few dollars. 

Dupe for NYX High Voltage lipstick in Dahlia

Here's a closer swatch on my lips. You can see the right side is just a bit more glossy but basically it's the same shade. 

Comparison of NYX High Voltage lipstick in Dahlia and Wet n Wild Coffee Buzz
Excuse the messy swatch and photo. I just wanted to show you the difference.

So who's ready for fall and all things Pumpkin and yummy? I know I am with these colors in this collection. Go check them out at your local Walgreens or CVS, I know you'll love them. Til next time...

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

DIY Crayon lipstick

Hey guys!
Ok, I know what you're thinking... Did she really say Crayon lipstick? Seriously? Those were my exact thoughts when I heard of this DIY. I promise you, it's really cool. So cool you will be making these as soon as you're done reading this- at least that's what I did. : ) This DIY is super easy and you probably already have everything you need at home. The best part? You can make any color you ever wanted!

Now, I don't know how many of you have heard of this crayon lipstick thing but I have not seen it anywhere! I actually found out about it a few months ago and expected to see it all over Pinterest or other sites but haven't. So for all you who have never heard of it, this is gonna be a super quick and easy how-to DIY crayon lipstick tutorial.

Things you'll need:
Double boiler
Coconut oil
Crayons (any colors you like)
Skewer (or something to stir with)
Container (to put your lipstick in)

DIY Crayon lipstick- things needed

Start by measuring 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil and putting that in your double boiler. Cut about a 1/4 of your crayon and peel the paper off. Add it to your coconut oil and turn on the heat to low. (If you want to mix colors, cut smaller portions. ) It won't take long for the two to melt together. Stir them up with your skewer to make sure the mixture is well combined. That's it. Pour it out into your container and wipe out the left over reside inside your bowl with a paper towel. (You DO NOT want to pour any left over mixture down the sink) Let your lipstick set up at room temperature or put it in the fridge to speed up the process.

Here are the colors I made for this tutorial. I used some single colors and a few combinations to create the shades I wanted.

Here's a few tips:

You can add your own personal touch to these by adding glitter (or using glitter crayons) or essential oils to give each one a unique look or scent.
You can use any container that will fit the product- try using a contact lens case, old lipstick container, or you can do as I did and use a weekly pill container (under $4 at Walmart). This works great because you can fit up to 14 different colors and each section pops out in pairs so you could travel with it if you wanted to : )
When pouring the mixture into your container, work quickly; It is such a small amount of product that it will set before you can get all of it in the container.
Apply the lipstick with your finger or a lip brush for a more precise application.
The possibilities are endless on colors- Crayola makes tons of different shades of each color so you can mix and match until you get your perfect shade.

For those of you that are wondering- Crayola crayons are non-toxic and made of paraffin wax and color pigments. They have recently released a statement saying that they do not recommend using their products as makeup or to be used on the skin. You can read it here if you'd like. I personally don't use these everyday, it's more of a fun DIY and there are far worse chemicals in the makeup/skincare products that I do use so I don't have an issue with it. If you do, I DO NOT recommend this DIY for you.

And now, the swatches:

Here's what they look like on my lips: 

As you can see, some of them are really pigmented. It's kind of a hit and miss depending on which colors you choose. The pastel purple shade only came off as gloss once I applied it to my lips but I was surprised by the black and white shades. All the rest were pretty bright, and I really liked the berry/red shade a lot. Which ones do you like? 

Has anyone tried this DIY? Are there any good color combos I should try? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks!

Friday, July 17, 2015

31 Days of beauty catch up

Hey guys! 
Sorry I've been slacking on my #31daysofbeauty challenge. Last weekend was my son's 2nd birthday so I had family here and I'm now just catching up on everything. : ) 

Family pict
Me and my boys : )

Birthday boy got too close to the candle and he had already stuck his fingers in the cake!

So I figured instead of blowing up Instagram with all the days I missed, I'd post them here. 

Day 11 What's on your nails

Here I am wearing L'Oreal Hint of Lavender, Sweet Nectar, and Garden Bouquet along with some stamping on my ring finger. This is from the spring collection that L'Oreal released at the beginning of the year. Anyone else buy these? 

L'Oreal What's on my nails. Hint of lavender

L'Oreal What's on my nails

Excuse my man hands and yes I do have acrylics on. ; )

Day 12 Worst Beauty Mistake

OMG well I'm sure we've all been here but I'd have to say wearing foundation that is like 5 shades too light for my skin tone! I remember using my sisters foundation when I was around 14. I wore it to school and looked completely ridiculous because one, I had applied way too much and two, it was so much lighter than my skin. What's your worst beauty mistake? 

Day 13 Best Hair Product

I rarely go all out with my hair but I do like the Batiste Dry Shampoo. This one comes in a dark shade so for all you brunettes, you won't see any white streaks with this one. I like this for days that I don't wash my hair and especially gym days because it actually gets that sweat and any smell out and leaves your hair with tons of volume. Try this one if you haven't already. : )  Also, the L'Oreal Blow Dry It primer spray is nice. It leaves your hair really soft and smells good. Check out my review on it HERE.

Day 14 Brows

I did a brow post not too long ago but have since already changed my routine. Anyone else change it up like every few months? I've been using the Covergirl Pow-der in two different shades, it's really easy to apply and faster (for me) at least. I use the light shade in the majority of my brow, brush that through and then use the darker shade with an angled brush on the tail of my brow. I use an old mascara wand to blend the front of my brow and add some Gimme Brow to set everything. (By the way, best product ever invented!!)

Brow routine, covergirl

Day 15 Guilty Pleasure

This one is hard but I'd have to say "boy bands." LOL. I was obsessed with Hanson from the time I was 12 (you know you liked them too) then went on to NSYNC throughout high school. My room was plastered with posters- you could not see an inch of wall in there and I had to buy anything having to do with them! Honestly, I still follow them on social media and listen to their music. : ) Love me some JC and Taylor Hanson! lol.

Day 16 What's in my bag- beauty

I honestly only carry a few things with me- beauty related anyway. I usually have some type of chapstick like this EOS Lip Balm in Sweet Mint. I have this old school bath and body works roller perfume in Twisted peppermint. I'm pretty sure they haven't sold these for a while but hey, you never know when you might need to smell good : ) I also carry this Aveda Blue Oil. I've had this forever too, got it when I used to go to school (nail school)- it was an Aveda salon. This is supposed to be used on pressure points to help relieve stress. It's nice to keep in my bag so I can rub a little on my wrists or behind my ears and it smells like peppermint. Yum. Lastly, I usually always have this NYX Butter gloss (the original) in Strawberry Parfait. This gives such a nice color and shine to the lips, and you don't need a mirror to apply so it's quick and easy.

What's in my bag- beauty

That's it guys! I will try and continue to finish up the #31daysofbeauty on my Instagram account and if not, you can find any days I missed here. Have you joined in yet? Let me know what are some of the things you carry in your bag or what your guilty pleasure is! Til next time...