New Years Eve Beauty/Style Tips

Happy New Years Eve!! Can you all believe in a few hours we’ll be in 2013?! That’s crazy to me.

I hope you all had a lovely holiday season. I enjoyed the time to pig out and spend with family and friends. Starting 2013, it’s back to the gym/eating healthy/bikini body mindset!

I know I’m late and probably should’ve posted these tips yesterday, but better late than never right? These are (as usual) just my opinions! Enjoy the New Years Eve parties, beauties!!

Tip Number 1: Don’t Forget the Legs. As ladies, we spend SO much time perfecting our faces. If you’re wearing a skirt or dress (or shorts!) tonight, don’t neglect your legs! This picture has been circulating Pinterest for a few weeks, from the blog Maskcara. Genius!!Image

A little temporary tan/shimmer, plus it makes her already incredible legs look fantastic! You already know I went out and bought this at Target today. 🙂

Tip Number 2: Don’t bust yourself in Heels. I HATE wearing heels. Especially where I live in New England, with all the snow and ice out there, it’s just not worth it to me. I’d rather be comfy in some sparkly flats! I actually saw a pair identical to these ones at Target today!Image

Tip Number Three: Try Some False Lashes. It’s one of a handful of nights where even the craziest falsies go! I prefer a more natural looking falsie, but hey – anything goes!Image

Tip Number Four: Whatever you wear, be confident in it! Just because your best girlfriends are all wearing sequin dresses, if you feel most confident in skinny black jeans and a flowy top, rock it! Confidence will always win! Same goes with makeup looks too!

Be safe tonight lovelies!

How To: White Eyeshadow

White eyeshadow is so pretty and clean, makes your eyes look bigger and makes you look more awake instantaneously.

It is also one of the infamous makeup looks that screams “MIDDLE SCHOOL” when done wrong, right up there with black eyeliner and frosty lipstick. All of which can be rocked with the right tweaks. Here are my tips to look more posh then frosh (ha ha ha.. get it?)

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1) Use Primer. I don’t care what brand, use SOMETHING to prevent creasing, crumbling, and general nastiness.

2) Stick to the lashline and inner corner. Using a shimmery white shadow here is what really makes the eye-enhancing qualities of white shadow come to life.

3) Try a cream formula. For easy gliding over the lashline and preciseness, I really like pen formulas, such as this one by ELF.

4) And then go over it with a powder. This helps prevent creasing, and also gives the look staying power. Use an angled eyeliner brush or even a q-tip to really push the shadow into the lashline and/or inner corner

5) Use mascara to give your eyes definition. Since white eyeshadow is a pretty soft look, using mascara helps give your eyes subtle, soft definition. Maybe not as much as Kim K., but a healthy coating should do the trick.

 

 

The Cosmo Voxbox

I got the honor of being sent the 2012 Cosmo Voxbox last week 😀

If you’ve never heard of Influenster , I suggest you go look at their website! It’s really cool, and you might get the chance to try new stuff like I did.

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This is a peek inside of what I got, and some mini-reviews.

A Venus Razor with a Venus + Olay cartridge (not pictured – but was in the yellow bag). It’s kind of hard for me to be unbiased on this one, because shaving can become a pretty dire situation. I’ve been loyal to Gilette’s Venus since I first ever started shaving, but with the price of razors only going up (and me being a broke college kid), I’ve been pretty stuck to the basic razor. I love the Venus + Olay cartridge, I definitely will purchase more of those. I find it makes shaving easier and I haven’t had my usual horrible razor burn on my underarms.

Sample Size of Bath and Body Work’s Forever Red.  Described on B&BW’s website as “our most luxurious fragrance ever”, it just was not my kind of scent. It was a little too… fruity or something. I’m not really good at determining what a perfume smells like, so forgive me, but I prefer the “clean” scents and this does not fall under that category. Don’t get me wrong, it smells good, but it just isn’t the type of perfume that I like to wear. I also try not to get too attached to Bath and Body Works’ perfume, since I fell in love with Breathe Romance back in sixth grade and then they discontinued it 😦

Ghiradelli Gourmet Sea Salt Escape Chocolate Bar. Um, YUM! This milk chocolate bar is loaded with almonds and a kiss of sea salt, so it hits on that salty-crunchy-sweet taste/texture explosion that I love SO much. This bar is really, really good.

Pilot Frixion Pens in Black and Red. These are nice. I like how smoothly they write, and the fact that they are ERASABLE! Whaaaaaaat?! It’s perfect for a student like me, because I’m a weirdo but I can’t stand taking notes in pencil, yet I make a mess of my notes with all my scribbling-out mistakes. This is perfect. I seriously love them.

 

Disclaimer: All of these products were complimentary, but reviews are my true opinion. I am not being compensated for writing these reviews.

Quick! Somebody Return Me to Starbucks…

…Because this caramel flecked mocha is on the LOOSE!

 

Yeah, sorry, I’m feeling corny. But seriously: the hair has been done. I love it so far, although I’ve never felt more pale

 

pretending to be normal for 3 seconds for the classic photobooth shot

Better go put on my St Tropez. If I’m gonna be pale, I’m gonna be orange baby!!

I’ve Got it All Figured Out

…. with regards to my face, anyway.

It’s been awhile since I’ve b*tched about my face on here, so let’s go! I discovered what causes those horrible blind pimples I seem to know all too well. You’d never believe the confession.

Ready for it?

That’s right, folks. That guy up there. All this time I thought I was “investing” in my face, “taking care of” my sensitive skin by using the gentle giant in terms of skin care. And all this time, it was my problem.

BS!, you say?

 

I don’t want to believe it either.

If you remember, I used the skin tone correcting moisturizer. Heck, I even wrote it a glowing review on here. I attributed the nasty skin to stress from school, the gross dorm food, blah blah blah. I finished the jar around the time I finished school, and never refilled it

Summer has been great, my skins been clear as could be, so nice to be on vacation, yada yada ya. I think, okay let’s get some more moisturizer, I haven’t bought a nice one since school.

GUESS WHAT FOLKS. I bought the plain old classic Clinique in the big yellow pump. Now I’ve got 2 blind pimples. Thanks a lot, Clinique! Thank goodness for Sephora’s return policy, is all I can say.

I can’t wait until my skin clears up again so I can buy a new moisturizer just to guarantee that Clinique is the problem. When I was debating returning Big Yellow, I looked online and found other people saying that this lotion broke them out too, so I don’t think I’m alone in this.

Have you ever had a problem with Clinique lotions breaking you out?

 

July Favorites

It’s hard to believe that July is almost over! This summer feels like a whirlwind to me.

Here’s my favorite things for July!

 

Kim K’s turquoise jeans. Love the way she pulled them off. There’s hope for us girls with hips and colored jeans!

St Tropez Bronzing products. I’m stuck in an office all summer, but I like to have a little cancer-free color on my face and chest!

J Crew Blazer. I love the preppiness and that it’s a statement while also being versatile and classic. I pair it with white jeans and a coral top for my overly air conditioned office!

A glitter tipped French manicure. It’s such a fun twist on the classic.

These Elle for Kohl’s heels. I just got them for $13.99 on clearance the other night! Score! Can’t wait to wear em.

Covergirl Liquiline Blast Eyeliners. I’m really loving the chocolate brown one right now. It’s smudgy perfection.

MAC Paint Pot in Painterly. It’s a great base for layering shadows in jazzy looks, but it’s also perfect on it’s own for a super natural look on my skin.

Megan Fox’s chunky turquoise necklace. It just screams summer,especially with a suntan and a strapless top or dress.

 

What are you loving this summer?

 

Sending love to anyone affected in CO.

Tips for Clear Skin

Hey guys!!

I just want to share some of my tips for keeping my skin as clear as possible and treating breakouts when they come up!

 

1) Invest in your face. For me, this meant buying a Clarisonic Mia and Clinique moisturizer. That way, I can save on the things I use frequently, like face wash! On that note, cleaning your face consistently before bed is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Your internal temperature naturally rises when you sleep, and so if you leave makeup on, it is absorbed deep into the pore where it can trap bacteria, causing a break out. For late nights, keep face-wash pads next to your bed so you can at least swipe off your foundation!

2) WATER! I know you’ve heard it time and time again, but getting sufficient water is easily the best thing you can consistently do for your body. Keeping yourself hydrated helps flush your system of toxins that lurk, and also enables you to produce sweat easier when working out, which literally cleans your pores from the inside, out! Drink up, lovelies!

3) More fruits and veggies, less dairy! This has been a HUGE one for me. I know I’ve blogged about it, but I really think it’s made a huge difference. The best way for me to do this is by having a smoothie everyday, made with frozen fruit, coconut milk, and spinach. It’s tasty (try 1 frozen banana, coconut milk,1 cup of baby spinach, 1 tsp. of peanut butter. NOM!), healthy, and totally satisfying, especially after a workout! After about a week, I noticed a difference in my overall feeling of well-being, and especially in the clarity of my skin.

shown is banana, spinach, and frozen cherries – the coconut milk isn’t in there yet!

4) Tea tree oil is amazing for treating breakouts, especially those horrible under-the-skin, painful ones. I have had one of those on my forehead for around a month and I tell you, NOTHING was helping! Hot compresses, benzyl peroxide, salicylic acid, even Tazorac – the thing would not shrink or come to a head. I finally pricked a little hole with a sterilized needle and smothered it in a cotton swab with pure tea tree oil on it before bed. By the next morning, it was almost gone. I’m seriously not joking. It’s still not gone, and it’s been 3 days of swabbing it nightly, but it is definitely on it’s way out. I’ve since used it on a few more minor breakouts, and also after popping (I know, I know, bad. So kill me, we all do it) and it works like a charm. The tingling sensation feels so amazing, and the pimple is dried up by the next day. I wish I had discovered this sooner.

So, those are my tips! (For now!) What are your best tips for keeping your complexion smooth and clear?

 

Makeup Story

 How old were you when you started wearing makeup?
I started wearing mascara and eyeliner in 7th grade, so probably around 12 or 13.

2. How did you get into makeup?
I always loved art and crafty stuff as a kid. My mom has the most amazing vanity with a drawer just full of makeup. I don’t remember exactly how old I was when I started playing with it, but I remember when I would be home sick or just on the weekends, she would let me just play with it. I’d come up with obscene look using eight lipsticks, wash it all off, and then do it again – for hours.

3. What are some of your favorite brands?
I love MAC, Maybelline, Sephora brand, Clinique, and ELF; among many, many others!

4. What does makeup mean to you?
I think it’s just something to boost self-esteem and confidence. But at times makeup definitely feels like an art form. It’s also a pretty good way to bond with people – by enhancing what other people have, and making them feel more attractive, you can create a good relationship. Also, it’s just fun!

5. If you could only wear 4 products on your face what would they be?
Maybelline Fit Me foundation, any mascara, MAC naked lunch eyeshadow, and Tarte Emphaseyes Gel liner. That’s pretty much my routine anyway!

6. What is your favorite thing about makeup?
Its so versatile: you can go from a very natural look, to a very ‘done’ look in a matter of minutes and products.

7. What do you think about drugstore makeup vs high end makeup?
There’s good in each one! I love both, though I do see a benefit in splurging on things that I use often, and won’t have to get rid of quickly, like eyeshadow, gel liner, and brushes. The drugstore always has gems though. I always get foundation, mascara, and more trendy colors there.

8. What is one tip of advice you can give to a beginner?
Get yourself a good brush set, and practice! Figure out what looks best, and don’t be afraid to play around until you find looks and colors you like.

9. What is one makeup trend you never understood?
Lipliner that is significantly darker than your lips/lipcolor. Why does one want to look like they have a dirty ring around their mouth?

10. What do you think about the beauty community on YouTube?
There are some really talented people on there! I can waste hours and hours watching their videos. It’s a great place to get inspirations, get reviews before you purchase something, and find looks to wear!

Lindsay Lohan: Her Hair Through the Years

Hello friends,

I apologize for my lack of posts in the last month. It’s been crazy. I promise that I will try to do better.

I have a soft spot in my heart for Lindsay Lohan – one of the first non-Disney cartoon movies I remember watching was Parent Trap. Let’s take a look at her appearance since then.

 

so cute as the long-lost twins. all natural red hair.
her “Mean Girls” days..
looking a little older, experimenting with some strawberry blonde highlights
Platinum blonde, with a thinner face and body
Auburn hair, center part, looking a little healthier in the face.
Back to platinum, but still with a healthy-looking body and smile.
At the 2012 Golden Globes, looking extremely gaunt and washed out. She looks much older than her true age of 25 years.