Saturday, May 31, 2014

Twinkle. Twinkle. Dust Me in a Little Fairy Powder

I’ve indulged again and I can’t quite figure out which fairy powder... Uh hmmm…I meant finishing powder I like the best. To start, I’m completely obsessed with makeup and to top it off, I’m completely obsessed with watching YouTube and Instagram makeup tutorials.

I’m a brown beauty with a yellow undertone so I tend to watch and follow makeup artists who have similar skin tones specifically SonjdraDeluxe and MsRoshPosh. They have me completely obsessed with is finishing powder. Both ladies use the Banana Powder to finish and set makeup but since I am a DIY kinda girl, I found another finishing powder that I’m completely obsessed with as well.

Obesession #1

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Yellow in color, hence the name Banana, leaves a golden, silky and smooth matte finish. This product is one that is hard to come across if you reside in a small town, but very easy to buy if you are an online shopper like myself. After watching several makeup tutorials, I found that this product is absolutely gorgeous on people with a darker skin complexion, a yellow undertone or either the darker browned beauties can use this product to highlight and contour.

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Obsession #2

More of an illuminating finishing powder will leave the skin matte with a hint of pearl colored shimmer due to the minerals. I found this product at Sally’s Beauty Supply. Again, I was watching makeup tutorials and I wanted something that would highlight the key areas that the sun hits i.e. upper cheekbones, bridge of the nose, above the lips and under the chin. And this product did the trick.

Simple Application Method #1
  1. On a cleansed face apply a thin layer of face moisturizer like Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+
  2. Apply a nickel size amount of BB cream to entire face blending it down into the neckline. Make sure to coat evenly and quickly. The product dries within seconds.
  3. Apply concealer under eyes with a beauty blending sponge. Do not dampen sponge with water. It will leave spots.
  4. *You can also apply a concealer 2 shades lighter to other areas that you wish to highlight such as bridge of nose, above the top lip, under the bottom lip, and above the highest part of cheekbones closest to the outer corners of the eyes.
  5. Use a dense fan brush or an angled powder brush to apply Banana Powder or Mineral Effects to areas you applied concealer to earlier.
  6. Apply a bronzer with a blush brush in a circular motion to the hollows of cheekbones, sides of nose, and around the hairline.
  7. Proceed with eye makeup application and finish off with NYX Matte setting spray.

Contouring Application Method #2
Follow steps 1 and 2 from above.
  1. Using Maybelline or Bobbi Brown foundation sticks in 2 different shades (2 shades darker and 2 shades lighter), draw lines to where you will be contouring the face.
  2. Using a flat top brush, mist the brush with water and work the product in using circular motions.
  3. Start to blend in the foundation using the darker shade first and the lighter shade next. *This will insure that your contour will still be noticeable.
  4. Apply concealer under the eyes using a beauty blending sponge. Do not mist with water.
  5. Use a dense fan brush or an angled powder brush to apply Banana Powder or Mineral Effects to the lighter areas that was contoured earlier (above the top lip, under the bottom lip, and under the eyes).
  6. Using a less dense fan brush or a powder brush apply Mineral Effects Illuminating powder above the highest part of cheekbones closest to the outer corners of the eyes with light and small strokes. *You want to highlight and illuminate so be a little stingy with the product. No one should see that it is actually a pearl color.
  7. Depending on the color that you wish to wear on your lips, choose either a bronzer for a “golden goddess/glow” type of look or apply a color similar to the lipstick/lip gloss you will be wearing to slightly above the hollows of the cheekbones.
  8. Proceed with normal eye makeup application and finish off with a NYX setting spray.

Rather you like a shortened version or a complex DIY makeup application, low end or high end, both types of finishing powder will top off any look. And as I always say, “Quality over quantity. Fuck it. I’ll try both.”

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Coat Me In Your Liquid Gold aka Conditioner Baby!!!

It's almost summer and that means it is the season of wet'n go hair. So what are the best products for curly, natural hair? Curly, natural, never chemically straightened, coarse, dry, frizzy, and fragile hair. I'm talking about my hair. It is part Irish, Cherokee Indian, and a whole lot of African American. It has the spiral pattern commonly found in 3b hair and 4a hair. 3b has a spiral curl and 4a has a coil pattern. You can say, I have a spiral/coil pattern that is gorgeous when the right products are applied.

To those who have similar hair, here are my 2 top picks for leave-in conditioners that I am currently obsessed with.

It is one of the best conditioners that I have had in a long time. Found while I was working at Regis Salon, this one bottle will seriously last you months if you use the proper amount of conditioner. Meaning a few pumps to the entire hair is enough. More than that will cause the hair to feel grubby and very thick due to product overload. The key ingredient is keratin protein.
This is also a go to product for chemically straightened or naturally curly hair that is thirsty, color treated, or fried.

Out shopping and BAM! This little bottle of goodness was spotted in the speciality hair aisle at T.J. Maxx. It is a very light weight conditioner which leaves me guessing if I should even use it as a leave-in conditioner. Occasionally I find myself using it more as a cream moisturizer to apply with a gel when I do a wet'n go style. It leaves the hair a little hydrated with natural yet enhanced shine.

Application Method
1. Wash and condition hair with a moisturizing shampoo like Redken All Soft Shampoo and Conditioner.
2. Use the recommended amount of shampoo to cleanse but apply 2x times the amount of conditioner to evenly coat and saturate hair.
3. Comb through conditioning hair with a wide tooth comb with or without a plastic shower cap for approximately 10-15 minutes.
3. Rinse hair thoroughly.
4. Spritz entire hair with 4 even pumps of Regis Design Line Ultimate Radiance or 6 even pumps of MOA Melaleuca Omega-3 Argon Leave-In Conditioner to the 4 quadrants of the hair.
5. Use a wide teeth comb to divide hair into 4 even quadrants.
6. Comb through and proceed with normal style regimen.

Now as a professional cosmetologist I get to pick and choose what products I would like to try but I'm a little obsessed with just about all things beauty despite the price.O, well. "Quality over quantity. Fuck it. I'll try both."

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

I'm a DIY Brow Genius!

High-end eyebrow kits are what's in right now but what about all the goodies you already have in your makeup bag?

I absolutely love any and every product that I can get my hands on but what happens when I can't quite get to it quick enough. Well that's when I reach right on down into my makeup bag / big ass closet full of makeup and pull out some tools.

Here is my checklist:
  • 2 pencil eyeliners. NO liquid liners. One closest to your natural hair color and the other 1 shade darker
  • OR
  • 2 eyeshadows. One closest to your natural hair color and the other 1 shade darker
  • Gel mascara OR clear hair gel
  • 2 Swivel brushes
  • 1 Angel brush
  • Tweezers
  • Concealer (the concealer your use to hide dark circles or blemishes)
  • Concealer brush
  • NYX makeup setting spray
With these tools in hand I will give you 1 simple application method using a variety of the tools listed above to get that perfect eyebrow arch.

Application Method
1. Apply clear mascara to eyebrows. Brush brows up and with the natural direction of growth. (If using clear hair gel, evenly coat 1 of the 2 swivel brushes into clear hair gel and dab access on tissue paper).
2. Use the dark shade of pencil eyeliner to make an outline of the intended arch both under and above the natural brow line. (If using eyeshadows, use angel brush to apply dark shade first)
3. Lightly stroke upward filling in brows with first the dark shade and the natural shade of eyeliner (eyeshadow) last.
4. Use angle brush to blend, brushing in the direction of the natural hair growth.
Note: You want the eyebrow to look natural by having it go from light to dark with the the end of the arch being the darkest.
5. Use (the unused / dry) swivel brush to lightly brush eyebrows if they look too dark in some areas.
6. Tweeze any stray hairs that are under or above the arch you just created.
7. Use concealer brush with a small amount of concealer to underline and highlight under the new arch and above the end of the arch.
8. Blend concealer into entire eyelid and face.
9. Set arch with NYX makeup setting spray and woolah... The Perfect Arch

*To make the NYX makeup setting spray less oily, pour out 2tbsp of the spray and add 2tbsp of isopropyl alcohol. It will set the makeup perfectly and will leave your face feeling less oily and your look will last 3x as long.*

So take notes and be prepared to do what the pros are doing and become obsessed with the DIY method with products you already have. My model is "Quality over quantity. Fuck it. I'll try both!"

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Artist Palette

Finally, finally, finally. I have gotten the time to do a and a rash look for you are. So my in a rush luck this week is using the Anastasia Beverly Hills "Artist Palette. The "Artist Palette" is kind of different than all the other palettes I've purchased from this company and honesty I'll be obsessing about it a little later because OMG! OMG! I won't spill the beans yet. So without further ado here is my "In A Rush" look for you.

Application Method:
Apply all facial prep and prime makeup
Fill eyebrows and clean arch with concealer or founder.

  1. Apply Ben Nye "Banana Powder" under eyes for highlight and to catch any fallout
  2. Prime eyes with primer, I used NYX eyeshadow stick in "Milk"
  3. Apply "Buttery" all over the blending up towards the brow bone
  4. Apply "Orange You Fancy" in the crease blending into buttery
  5. Apply "Phresh" into the corners of the eyelids near the tear ducts blending slightly into "orange you fancy"
  6. Lightly "Baby I'm A Star" into the outer corner of the eyes into the crease creating a "v" shape blending slightly into "Orange You Fancy" and blending outward for cateye
  7. Creating a wing using a black cream or gel eyeliner
  8. Apply 5 coats of lengthening and volumizing mascara to the top lashes
  9. Brush away any fallout and use a beauty blender to look in the highlight from the "Banana Powder" and your look is complete

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