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  Hi Ladies! I just wanted to say very quickly how sorry I am that I haven't posted in over a week. I have been crazy busy. I busted wanted to drop a note saying hang in there, there will be an update by Monday or Tuesday. Thank you so much for reading my blog.

Beauty Review Post #2 - Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara

  Hello Ladies! How is everyone? 

  Back in Januray, I was so excited to join Sephora's Beaty Club. They have such great benefits and you get a free birthday gift! So, I got mine about a week ago, since my birthday is in May. It included a mini mascara and lipstick from Make Up For Ever. Well, I love mascara and couldn't wait to try it. And it actually wasn't half bad. I'll give you the low down. 

  1. Great brush! Really separates the lashes nicely. 
  2. The color was very black, a huge plus with me. 
  3. It made my lashes look longer than they already are, which was slightly scary. Just kidding. 
  4. It went on very smoothly. I like to do two coats. 

  1. It didn't last. After a few hours, it started coming off. 
  2. It didn't curl my lashes and they wouldn't stay curled with a curler. 

  So there your have it. I included some pictures, so you could see what it looks like on. And in the mascara's defense, I usually can't use non-waterproof mascara. It just doesn't stay on my lashes. Sigh. 

  I hope this was helpful to some of you out there. And don't not try this mascara. Who knows, it might work great for you. :D

  (Sorry for the really creepy close ups of my face. I'm not wearing any make-up, so my skin looks kind of weird.)

  Linking up with Friday's Fab Favorites.

Summer Makeup Tutorial

  Hello Ladies! Summer is nearly upon us and I've been tweaking my makeup routine to so it won't be quite as heavy for the summer months. Also, with the weather heating up, I've been looking for products with more staying power. So, without further ado, here it is!

  1. Start with a blank canvas. I always wash and moisturize my face every morning ( see this post ). After doing this, I make sure the moisturizer has dried in before I go onto the next step. 

  2. Facial Primer. After moisturizing, you want to put a primer on so your makeup will glide over your skin. I use Clinique's  Super Primer Universal Face Primer. It's the only on that I have ever used that kept my makeup on all day. Even in the heat. It's very light and fragrance free, so it won't irritate sensitive skin.

  3. Foundation. The next step is to put on your foundation. I use Bobbi Brown's Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation in Beige (#3). It's really light, but has great coverage. It's also oil-free, so it won't break your skin out. The best thing about Bobbi's line is that they have a shade of makeup for just about every skin tone out there, so your makeup literally looks like your skin. It really gives a natural, healthy glow to your face.

  4. Eye Concealer. Always apply your concealer after your makeup. The reason for this is that you want to blend the concealer down into the makeup just a little bit to make everything look even. I also like to put a little in the corner of my eyes to brighten them up. I use Bobbi Brown's Creamy Concealer in Warm Ivory.  The best thing about this concealer is that is can be used on you face as well as your eyes. It's a win-win!

  5. Bronzer. This is the hardest part of makeup for me. Putting on bronzer can be tricky because you never know how much is too much until it's too late. So, I use a blush brush rather than a bronzer brush to apply bronzer. It goes on a lot lighter and you can angle it more when defining your cheek bones. The picture below this one illustrates what I mean. Suck in you cheeks and run the brush up and down the bottom of your cheek bone. Stop about half way down you cheek and go all the way up past you eye. If you really want to get fancy, you can put highlighter along the top of you cheek bone and blend the two together for a slightly more chiseled look. I use Clinique's True Bronze Pressed Powder Bronzer in Sunkissed.

  6. Eyebrows. I love the look of filled in brows. It really gives a nice definition to your eyes. Unfortunately, I never really learned how to do it properly, so I just use E.L.F.'s Lash And Brow Clear Mascara. You mold your brows into whatever shape you want and they will stay. All. Day. Long. They literally will not move. I love this stuff. Best part; it's only a $1!

  6. Eyelid Primer. Before you put on you eye shadow, prime your lids so you won't have to re-apply shadow in the middle of the day. It also makes the shadow's color a little bit richer. I use E.L.F.'s Essential Eyelid Primer. It's also only a $1, so it is definitely something to try. I mean, if you don't like it, you're only out one dollar. It's better than the expensive primers I've tried and it doesn't dry out my lids.

  7. Eyeshadow. For summer, or really for any time of the year, I like to use a really neutral shade of eyeshadow. My lids are a lithely bit deep set and when I would use a darker color, I ended up looking like I had two black eyes. Not good. So I started using a very warm, neutral shade of shadow and then using a liner over it for definition. I use Clinique's All About Shadow Single in Day Break. It's a great shade that can be worn with any lip color.

  8. Mascara. Mascara is one of those things that when put on correctly can pull the whole face together. I love how it brings my eyes to life. Right now I'm trying Makeup Forever's Smoky Extravagant Mascara. When applying mascara, make sure you start at the very base of the lashes and wiggle the brush slightly on your way up. The way, the whole lash is coated. I like to curl mine, but that's just a personal preference.

  9. Lip color. And last but not least, finish of your look with a touch of color to you lips. I usually wear lip gloss simply because it's light and natural looking. I wearing C.O. Bigelow's Mentha Shimmer Lip Tint in Bare Mint. I love these products! They are very soothing and moisturizing to your lips. They last forever as well. And you can't just buy one. I always have about 3 or 4.

  Or you can put on a light shade of lipstick. Here I have on Makeup Forever's Rouge Artists Natural in Copper Pink (#9).

  I hope this tutorial was helpful for you. It actually helped me to see all the steps I take documented in one place. I also never realized how bad I look in pictures with no makeup on. Yikes! Let me know what you think. What is your summer makeup routine?

*None of the above pictures were photoshopped*

Morning Beauty Regime

  Hello Beauties! How is everyone?

  Today, I thought I would talk about skin care products. What exactly should we be doing in the morning after hitting the alarm button six times to turn it off (not that I would know what thats like. Ahem). Skin care very day is really important for healthy, glowing skin. So, I decided to show you what I use everyday. This is a pretty basic skin care regime and can be added to. 

  1. Washing Your Face

  This is something that should be done everyday, morning and night, though I don't wash my face at night. *Bows head shamefully.* I have a type of dermatitis, which causes ugly, dry patches to pop up on my face whenever it feels like it. So, I have to use a really gentle face soap. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is literally the only thing I tried that didn't irritate the dermatitis. They have a great line of skin care products that range from very gentle to deep cleansing. 

  2. Exfoliating
  This is something that is very important for your face. All our faces build up layers of dead skin cells over time. Unless we remove these, our skin starts to look dull and lifeless. Also, bacteria starts building  up and can cause breakouts. Yuck! So, to avoid these horrible catastrophes, exfoliating is the way to go. I use a Walnut Sponge from Swisspers that can be purchased at any local drug store for about $2. I only exfoliate once a week, but you can do it 2-3 times a week depending on you skin type. I wouldn't recommend doing it more than that, as it can dry out you skin.

  3. Moisturizing
  After washing your face and exfoliating (if it's exfoliating day), you need to put back the moisture you've taken out. Enter facial moisturizer. Now, I'm not trying to be cheap, but I've tried the really expensive brands of moisturizer and they either broke my skin out or they dried my skin out (go figure), or they irritated it really badly. Once again, I bring you back to the wonderful world of Cetaphil. That brand is just the best. I use their Moisturizing Lotion for all skin types and it works really well. If you tend to break out when you use moisturizer, check to see if the lotion contains sunscreen. Sunscreen has a lot of oils in it and can be a little harsh on the face. I can't use it for said reason.

  4. Eye Cream
  And last but not least, we have to take care of our eyes. This is the area where I splurge. Bobbi Brown is my favorite make line to use and she has several great eye creams. The one I use is Extra Eye Repair Cream. It is a little bit expensive. I'm actually using a sample right now, but it is lasting for a while. I would definitely suggest you try it. It's super hydrating but also really light. And it's great primer for your eye concealer.

  I hope this was helpful for you. Again, this is a very basic morning routine. What do you like to use in the morning?

Beauty Review Post #1 - E.L.F. Eyelid Primer

  First post! Woo-Hoo! Well, now that I've gotten excited, lets begin. 

  I've been looking for a great eyelid primer that works and isn't going to break the bank. Well, ladies, I found it. E.L.F. Eyelid Primer is literally the best one I've tried. And guess what? It's only $1! 

  I was a little skeptical at first. I mean, come one, make-up thats only a dollar can't be that good. But, I decided to give it a try and it worked! I've have really moist eyelids, so just putting on eyeshadow doesn't work for me. After about 4 or 5 hours it creases in the middle and eventually just comes off. Not with this primer! I put it on and it didn't move all day. Also, when you put a primer beneath your eyeshadow, it gives it more pigment, so you can use less and your eyeshadow lasts longer. Winner! I would highly recommend that you try this out if you have the same problem I do. 

Without primer

With primer

After 12 hours (I'm not even kidding)

  *I was not compensated for this post. This was something I did on my own.*


   Hello and welcome to my new blog.

  Ok, you're wondering, 'New blog? Isn't this your only blog?' Well, no, I have a fashion blog too, but right now, I want to introduce you to this blog.

  In the past I've toyed with the idea of writing another blog and I actually did about two years ago. However, it sort of fell flat and I ended up deleting it.

  Now you may ask, 'Why do you want to write this blog?' Well, for starters, I love anything to do with makeup. Not saying I enjoy putting it on, but I love finding products that work, or tutorials that simplify something that I found to be really hard.

  But the real reason underneath all the make-up reviews (I will be doing a lot of those) and pictures is that I want to write a blog encouraging women to be happy and content with their own unique beauty. Growing up through middle and high school, I always felt like the ugly duckling of the group. The outsider. My nose was too big, my teeth were crooked (pre-braces), I had wires in my mouth (during braces), my eyes looked funny, etc. It took a really long time before I was able to look in the mirror and say, 'I am content with what I look like'.

  All of us are beautiful in our own unique way. So, smile at yourself in the mirror and say, 'I am beautiful, for God made me and God doesn't make ugly people'.

  I hope you enjoy this blog and if you do, leave me some comments to read. I love hearing from the people who read my blog. Comments are one of the main reasons that keep bloggers blogging. So, stay a while and give me feed back on what you see. You have ideas for a post, share them with me! I would love to hear them.

  Thank-you for reading and let me know what you think.

  And remember, no one else can be Beautiful You.

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