Monday Poll

I think I’m going to start doing these – courtesy of my girl Karen over and makeupandbeautyblog.com. I love her blog – you guys should check it out if you haven’t already

1. Mood:
Excited to be headed home in two days; nervous for my final exams!


2. Your favorite Thanksgiving entrée or side? :
Definitely the mashed potatoes and croissants. I love me some carbs!


3. What’s one thing — beauty related — you feel thankful for? :
Eyeliner. It’s my beauty MUST. Pencil, liquid, gel, any kind, give me the eyeliner!


4. What’s one thing — non-beauty related — you feel thankful for? :
My wonderful family for supporting and encouraging my decision to move cross-country. It’s definitely made us closer


5. What’s been the biggest surprise for you so far this year?
: Loving being far away from home. I’m a homebody, so I didn’t expect to be this happy so far away from everything I knew.


6. When was the last time you were the recipient of a random act of kindness?
 : About two weeks ago, someone left a box of full pizza outside my door. That was fantastic.


7. Gloves or mittens?: 
Gloves, all the way.


8. What’s one thing you do to keep yourself motivated?
: Rewards, baby! Small, but they work. “If I go to the gym four times this week, I’ll buy myself a new ring from Forever 21” for example.


9. Have you ever been to one of your high school reunions? :
Not yet… but I did just graduate in the spring. I’m half looking forward to those though.


10. Weekly goals:
 Have a smooth flight, leave the room feeling organized and ready for winter term, enjoy my family, not stress about the dog, see a certain someone 🙂

Best Face Masques

Hiya partners 🙂 Hope everyone had a great weekend!

I want to talk about face masques today. I love those things. I’ve been using Queen Helen’s Mint Julep Masque for years now (10? yikes). I find there’s nothing better to deep clean my pores and draw breakouts up to the surface. (Gross I know.. sorry!)

Since I’ve moved to college, I haven’t used one yet, and it’s LONG overdue. I can’t wait to get home and use it, especially since my face has not been looking so hot in the last few days thanks to stress over finals. My skin is by no means “problem” skin, but since I’ve changed my location from a humid climate to an extremely dry one, I’ve noticed a huge difference. At home, I’d get the occasional whitehead and blackheads on my nose. Here, I get those big, painful, under-the-skin cysts that make putting makeup on a challenge. It doesn’t really make sense, considering I drink, I don’t know, five 24oz water bottles per day to stay hydrated here, but I think it has something to do with the lotion I put on my face to keep it from feeling tight.

I have yet to find a good hydrating masque that will also clean the gunk out of my pores. Any suggestions? I’m desperate.

Also – has anyone tried the whole gelatin-milk pore-strip thing? I’ve been reading a lot about it on various blogs and it sounds like something I should do when I get home, but I also have fairly sensitive skin and don’t want to completely freak it out.

MAC Blue Brown Pigment

MAC Blue Brown Pigment

MAC Blue Brown Pigment

(Photo courtesy of nerdygirlmakeup.com!)

I LOVE THIS. It’s my latest obsession. I saw it on a friend over the summer and was fascinated by how it looked like she had layered a blue/green shimmer over a brown. When she told me what it was, I HAD to go buy it. (Obviously). It’s absolutely gorgeous on all skin tones.

Lately, I’ve been using it with a wet angled brush as a thick eyeliner. I’m obsessed with how multidimensional and interesting it looks. Love, love, love.

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MAC Cream Color Base in Shell

Okay. I love this product.

I use it as a highlighter on the tops of my cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, and on the brow bone. It’s a beautiful pink-silver color, and it’s positively dashing on peaches-and-cream complexions like mine.

 

A lot of critiques I’ve heard of this color is that it translates as “GLITTER!” on the face. I haven’t encountered this yet, but I also use it super-sparingly. I’m from the less-is-more school of beauty, having to wash it all off before the return home from middle school so my mom wouldn’t see 🙂

I really like this as an eyeshadow, on the inner corner of the eye, though I will say that it definitely creases. My eyeballs aren’t particularly oily, and even after a primer and application of powder to my eyes, it still pools up in the crease after an hour when I apply it all over my eye.

Overall, I think it’s a worthwhile investment if you’re on the market for a natural-looking highlighter to illuminate and shade your face.

It costs $17.50. I think it could be less expensive, but it also lasts a long time. I’ve had another cream color base for over five years (don’t kill me!) and I JUST hit the pan, after near-daily use. Just something to consider.

 

Bow Rings, My Obsession

I have a lot of obsessions if you hadn’t already noticed. Braids, pink nails, nude heels…. the list goes on. May I know introduce you to another: bow rings.

My favorite is from Forever 21. (I’m a bargain hunter by nature, it’s not my fault!). It was $1.50, and is shiny black, and happens to catch my hair, but I still love it. I guess I just love the contrast of the ultra-feminine and the slightly edgy black plastic.

cuteness

Bow rings: too cutesy? What’s the consensus here?

Braided Hairstyles

Oh my goodness. I love braids SO much. I know they’re starting to get old and seen everywhere, but I still love them. I think they’re so fun and versatile, and perfect for my growing-out-the-bangs stage that I’ve been in since the summer.

Because they’re seen EVERYWHERE, I always try to find unique braiding styles to switch it up. I’ve done a rope braid, a Dutch braid, a waterfall braid, a French braid, a braided headband… the list continues.

French braid

My Hair for Prom

 

Are braided hairstyles becoming overdone? Do you know of any other braid techniques?

What is it about Hot Pink Nails?

Maybe I just never got through my Barbie phase, but I love me some hot pink nails. I don’t know what it is about them, it could be the brightest, most neon shade of pink, and I think it’s sexy.

I think it’s because there’s a pink for everyone. A subdued hot pink says “I’m ladylike but fun”, whereas a neon shade screams, “look at me! check out this hot chick!” to all the shades in between.

And they’ve been seen on tons of celebs lately.

Two of my favorite shades are: Sinful Color’s “Soulmate”, a creamy, grey-pink, and Sinful Color’s “920”, a neon, matte pink. Yes, I’m a drugstore nail polish junkie, and I’m not afraid to admit it!

Hot pink nails: yay or nay?

My Love Affair with Nude Shoes

Nude. The word is so taboo. But nude shoes are, in my opinion, one of the necessities in any woman’s closet.

“But what about black?” You might ask. Black is great too. But, I feel that the nude shoe has much more versatility than a black one.

First and foremost: Talk about having amazon legs. Girl, if your nude shoes are a close match to your skin tone, your legs are gonna go on for days. Seriously. Check out these ladies:

DAMN

I would especially like to draw your attention to Ms. Kourtney Kardashian. I think the effect is super highlighted on her here: her legs look super long.

The second thing is the versatility of nude heels. They can look innocent and sweet, a la Taylor Swift, or take on a sexier vibe, as seen on the Kardashian sisters. Due to their popularity, you can even buy ones with studs covering the heel.

Sam Edelman Heel

These may not be suitable to the average woman, but you see my point. There is a nude heel for everyone. I have a pair that I purchased on a whim from Marshall’s for $25. They are Madden Girl platform, patent-leather, Mary Jane pumps, and after a pair of gel inserts, I can wear those puppies for two hours before my feet start to hurt.

oh how I wish those were my legs

The last great thing? You never have to worry about matching your shoes to your clothes, because nude goes with just about everything! Especially for those who hate wearing tights – now you have a perfect excuse.

What do you think? Are nude shoes a worthwhile thing to have? Maybe even a necessity?

Summer Glow All Year Round

I’m depressed that it’s November 1st. Don’t get me wrong, I love the holidays and wintertime, but I hate being pale. And pasty. And having dry skin. I always feel healthier with a tan – even though I know that lying in the sun is the opposite of healthy.

That’s where St. Tropez comes in – and no I’m not talking about the beach (though if I could afford it…)

Come on - who doesn't want to be here right now

I’m talking about St. Tropez Self Tanning Mousse. It’s lightweight texture and instant color allow for a seamless application, though I recommend wearing gloves during application because it dries very quickly. This is great because there is minimal staining on clothes, but it also means that your hands and fingers will become stained orange – quickly.

It takes about six hours to fully develop on me, and I’ve had it last for over a week before it started to look streaky. It has yet to make me orange, and I’m pretty pale. If you’re looking for something to give your summer glow one last hurrah, or just prefer the way you look with a tan, I highly recommend this product. While it is a little pricey (around $40 for a bottle), the bottle lasts for ages, and it is one of the best self-tanners on the market. I got mine in February of 2011, applied it once a week from May – July, and sporadically otherwise, and I still have a few more applications left. For the guarantee of a streak-and-orange-free tan, I’d say the price is fair. I purchased mine at Sephora, but it may be available elsewhere.

Here are some tips that I have for the application:

  • Exfoliate, Shower, and Moisturize the day before you plan to apply the tanner
  • Use a latex glove to apply the product, and make sure all areas are reached using a full-length mirror
  • Start at the ankles and work in small sections to ensure that it doesn’t dry before you spread it all out
  • Wait at least five minutes after finishing to get dressed to ensure you don’t stain your clothes
  • Put it on towards the end of the day, when you don’t have to leave the privacy of your home for the six hours – towards the end, I’ve started to look a little oompa-loompa esque, which is scary!
  • When in the shower to remove the excess color, don’t use a loofah, which will scrub the tan off. Instead, I stand under the water until I see it run clear. Then I gently dab the water off with a towel and apply moisturizer
  • The more moisturizer you use in the next few days, the longer it will last!
Enjoy! Let me know if you’ve tried it and loved it, or if you have other suggestions!