Category: Personal Care

My Favorite Nail Color for Fall and Winter

This fall I am a huge fan of mauve grey tones for for nails for fall.  They are such a fun neutral color.  Now whats particularly wonderful about this particular polish is that its also a nail treatment.  With every time you paint your nails you are treating and helping them to grow stronger.  Now my current favorite obsession is On The Mauve.

The staying power is great due to the brand and this color is super trendy but is still a color you can wear into any office.  Its neutral enough to go with any outfit.  Its just my current obsession!  If you are looking for a lighter option I suggest Tonal Taupe.

The strengthening formula in this nail polish isn’t ground breaking but anytime I can stop myself from biting my nails its going to help them get stronger lets be honest.  The colors are amazing so even if the strengthening part is a joke its totally worth it!

The Nasty Reality of WHY You Need to Wash Your Brushes

Serious beauty topic on the roster today…. WASH YOUR BRUSHES!!!

A very good friend of mine recently had to literally throw out ALL of her brushes (some of which I gave her) and start from scratch because she got an infection in her skin that grew in her brushes then on her skin.  ICK!!!

You should be cleaning your brushes every other week, thoroughly deep cleaning them.  Our eyes especially are susceptible to so much bacteria.  Our faces are literally full of millions of holes (pores) that its up to us to protect it from as much bacteria as possible.

Personally I am a huge fan of baby shampoo to clean my brushes with.  It avoids overly drying out the brushes too much and gets them perfectly clean.  I use the following technique to get my brushes squeaky clean.

#1 Dampen your brushes with luke warm water, using hot water is going to strip the brushes and dry them out further than necessary and shorten their life span, it will also loosen the glue on the brushes.

#2 Next add a tiny bit of the shampoo and work it into the fibers of the brushes working the makeup out of them

#3 Rinse the soap and makeup mixture out of the brushes and repeat as many times as necessary till the water runs clean

#4 Shape the brushes into the desired shape then lay flat to dry (if necessary continue to reshape while drying till they become the desired shape)

Its a pretty simple process but make sure that you keep them as clean as possible to avoid skin, eye infections and having to throw out your brushes!

Modern Princess Makeup Look

I get asked so often about a great day to day makeup look, this has a beautiful modern day princess feel to it. I love great warm tones and they are just so pretty and romantic and create a great look.  I used almost completely drug store products and I am so excited to share it with you.

PERIPERA Inklasting Cushion Foundation

So I’m a huge fan for day to day of Korean cushion foundations, they give great coverage that looks like your skin perfected.  This particular cushion looks like the most amazing skin ever.  Your skin glows, it brightens your tone and it stays really well.  (I grabbed the wrong color when I started this but hey were just gonna roll with it)

PONY EFFECT Pebble Blender

So the ultimate trick in my opinion to getting the best blended coverage that looks like you just have fabulous skin is THIS very particular sponge.  I love it far more than the beauty blender, it has way more edges and the density is perfect. You can use this one wet or dry (I prefer wet but it can be used either way) wetting it makes it a bit less dense and due to the thin nature of the product I would strongly suggest wet.

Press the foundation into your skin just like you would with any beauty sponge, another reason I love this sponge is all of the angles to get into every crevice of your face.  It does a great job of getting in everywhere.  I really love the job it does, it just hands down does a great job!

L’Oreal Paris Cosmetics Infallible Pro Glow Concealer

So unlike the princess makeup tutorials I don’t apply as much concealer as I do for that look.  I do apply all the way along the side of my nose on the inside because its still dark and all the way out however I don’t go all the way down were going far more natural with this look. Now blend, blend, blend (and blend some more).

Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder | e.l.f. Mineral Powder Brush

Next we powder, Im on the oilier side and I live in Florida so I absolutely have to powder my face and set it (and lets be real I love the effect this powder has on my skin) I use a fluffy brush and pat, then I buff over my cheeks and forehead.  This gives an amazing finish to the skin.  

Maybelline Fit Me BlushNYX Professional Makeup Powder Blush

So next is blush, I love a great pink blush.  It makes everyone look flushed, healthy and just pretty.  Now the key with blush is PLACEMENT!!  Wayne Goss on youtube has an amazing video on where to place blush so it looks natural and how your cheeks naturally flush.

Wet N Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow

So I didn’t see the eyeshadow on the end of my nose, oops!  But this color scheme is gorgeous!  Seriously 80% of my eyeshadow collection is in this color scheme.  They make such a great romantic eye look.

So take that white highlight color and put it all over the brow bone as well as the tear duct area and inside of the lid. This really opens up your eye and creates such a bright open look.  (Ughh isn’t it such a pretty highlight?!?!)

My face when I saw the makeup on the end of my nose… Needless to say I was super annoyed.  It was too funny not to share!

I then added the lid shade which is a gorgeous rose gold shade, I know how basic of me, which is so just pretty. I really pack it on with a flat eyeshadow brush like this one e.l.f. Eyeshadow Brush.

Next I used the darkest color in the crease and along the top lash line making a “V” shape.

I then take a brush like this one e.l.f. Smudge Brush and smudge the dark brown along the bottom lash line, this connects the colors together and ties the look very nicely on the top and bottom.  Its a small detail that I think adds something for more modern looks.  I would never use this for a princess look but I almost always use it for my day to day looks with eyeshadow.

e.l.f. Eyebrow Kit

Next I fill in my brows, this is such a critical step for everyone!  If you are light haired go two shades darker than your hair and if you have dark hair go two shades lighter than your hair.  Follow the natural shape of your brows and fill them in.

e.l.f. Cosmetics Brightening Eye Liner

Next is the eyeliner on the bottom I personally go 3/4 of the way across but I also have larger eyes.  If you have smaller eyes go 1/2 of the way across MAX. I just like to have this finish on my eyes.  I feel very incomplete without bottom eyeliner.

e.l.f. Cosmetics Liquid Eyeliner

This liquid liner is my JAM!!! It goes on super easily and stays like a dream.  Now don’t forget my favorite part, the little wing on the end. This really opens up the eye and gives that giant doe eyed look.  Yes I use that trick in real life too!

Last but not least is mascara, now my new favorite obsession is the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara its totally a dupe for the Better Than Sex mascara for a fraction of the price.  Now I start at the base of the lashes and wiggle to the root.  Apply two coats.  I then add a quick coat of lip color I recommend E.l.f. Moisturizing Lipstick

This is my favorite every day look that is such a pretty modern day princess look that I hope you fall as in love with as I did.

How to Apply False Lashes Like a Pro

One of my favorite makeup secrets to really make your eyes pop is false eyelashes, however everyone seems to struggle with putting them on.  Princess skills to the rescue!

The very first part is lets look at the size of lashes! I wear two sizes/ styles of lashes, theres a few variations within this but two basic looks and styles.  One is natural plus and the other is a more glam “natural” look.  These are the two basic shapes that are going to give you that amazing doe eye and making your eyes pop without dragging down your eyes or looking too over the top.

The ones you see me using in this tutorial are my more glam pair and they are these right here they are incredible and so pretty and perfect. Ok so lets get started!  I start with my makeup totally done, mascara and liner, some people layer mascara and liner over their lashes I’m just not one of them.

Piece one is most people have to trim their lashes, its not a ton but because I love to be a little extra I trim from the inside so I can keep more of the length from the outside of the lashes.  Knowing how much to cut I hate to say is purely trial and error for each person.  Start with a tiny bit and work your way up and eventually you will get it right.  This is about what I trim for reference its really not a ton. 

The next part is glue, I am a huge fan of the brush on glue that comes in a tube like this one here (yes it looks super rough its really well loved and used).

I take the little brush and just brush it right on the line where the lashes are tied together.  A nice thin strip is all thats needed, a little goes a really long way.

Heres an idea of how much glue I approximately use on each lash.  

Next you just have to let it dry for about 20-30 seconds till it gets tacky.

Next I line my lashes right up to the bottom of my eyeliner.  Its the easiest point to start to practice lining up to, trust me catching your lashes SUCKS!!! Get as close as possible to the lash line with out touching the lashes. Next press them in especially the inside corner and outside corner.  These tend to be the points that are the first to lift during the day so they are the most important to make stick.

The very last step is I press the lashes up so they don’t hang down they are pressed up like when you curl your lashes.  This final step really makes your eyes POP!!!!

Boom finished eye!!!  Its like having the worlds most amazing naturalish lashes.  Now you know how to apply lashes like a PRO!!!

For comparison one eye done and one eye without.

I hope this helped you feel more confident in practicing and applying false lashes!