Thursday, July 31, 2014

I Woke Up Like This: DIY CC Cream

You decided to finally take your "face" and convert it to a portable sized version for your boo's house and you so dreading it. Why? Because you have a ton of makeup that you can't live without that makes you look fucken awesome and he doesn't need to know that you use 10 products alone just to conceal and cover your imperfections. Your eyebrows alone can literally take a good 10 minutes to perfect. But guess what? Guess what? I have a solution for you well I have a small but a significant solution... Semi-Homemade CC Cream.
Just the other day I had to make a small portion of a cc cream using 4 of my go to products for complete coverage and pre-contouring.

Here is what you need:
1 plastic container with lid
3 tbsp of a light face moisturizer like Oil of Olay Complete or Barielle
1 pea size amount of bb cream
1 tsp of a cream or liquid foundation that is 2 shades darker than your face and another tsp of a cream or liquid foundation 2 shades lighter than your face complexion.

Use a whisk or a cotton swab mash and thoroughly mix the products together resulting in smooth and creamy consistency for an easy application.
Apply only a dime size amount to a cleansed face and extend almost to collar bone.


OPTIONAL EXTENDED METHOD FOR CONTOURING

  1. To finish with a slight contour apply concealer under eye area and from the ball of the nose leading up to the forehead.
  2. Blend with your fingers or a beauty blender to conceal dark eye circles and to create a slight contour.
  3. Using a fan brush apply a bronzer that is more gold and brown to the hollows of the cheek, around the hair line, and the inner corners of the eyes leading down to the sides of the nose.
  4. Using a fluffy and full powder brush to apply a pinkish gold bronzer or blush to the apples of the cheeks blown out to the upper cheek bones and slightly blend with bronzer that was used to contour.
  5. Fill in eyebrows and continue makeup application or finish off with a setting spray and some Armour Beauty long lasting lip gloss.
Hello!!! I want my babe to think "I woke up like this!"

So lovees remember my model, "Quality over quantity. Fuck it. I'll try both. Meooowwww

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Moisturize and Illuminate

I love, love, love facial moisturizers. Like I literally go to the department store and I try to find the perfect one but I never do and that's ok which means more products for me to try and buy. Don't judge me!





I was recently in Sally's Beauty Supply when there it was. The sales rack. They had everything but more specifically they had Barielle, a skin care line that I'd never heard of originally $12, marked down to $7 with an additional 65% off. Score!
The packing of Barielle was similar to a luxury brand. The container was all glass and the lid was hard plastic. If I was in someone's bathroom and I saw this container, I'd think that it was a very upscale and luxury line that costed a pretty penny. But after trying it, it really should.

Since I purchased this product, I've been all about the "glow". Hello! It's the season of the glow and guess what? You don't even have to fake bake or get pregnant just to get it. Try this simple application method below.

Natural Glow Application Method
1. Prep skin by washing the face and neckline with Charcoal Face Wash by Bioré
2. Steam pores with my previous recipe for a Peppermint Steam Facial. (Hint. Hint. Try it if you haven't.)
3. Towel blot face with a white terry cloth towel
4. Apply a pea size amount of MAC's Lustre Drops or Forever 21's Face Luminizer and a pea size amount of Barielle Moisturizing Day Cream.
5. Using circular and upward motions, work into the skin and neckline
6. Brush brows with a brow gel or spooley dipped into a clear hair gel. Lightly fill in sparse areas if necessary with an eyebrow pencil or Anastasia of Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade or Palladio Herbal Pencil
7. Finish off by lightly brushing bronzer to the hollows of the cheeks, around the hairline, and on the collar bone

I really like face moisturizers because they have the ability to balance skin's texture, tone, and decrease damage due to the UVA and UVB rays but they also serve as a primer before applying makeup. When combined with pea size amount of MAC Lustre Drops or Forever 21's Face Luminizer it becomes even more amazing due to the fact that it also adds a little glow.

As I always say, "Quality over quantity. Fuck it. I'll try both."

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Oils For Your Hair


Have you ever had dry scalp, brittle and/or dry hair, so you book an appointment at the hair salon and you spend about $100 on a deep conditioning treatment, and 3 days later your hair is back feeling the same and you wonder why? Like wtf! Right!

Well first off the conditioning treatment was a temporary fix to a problem that takes either a good chop or multiple trims over the course of a year. And... since this is a Do It Yourself Beauty Blog, I am going to share with you one of my personal and favorite hair conditioning recipes I developed while going from relaxed to natural. And guess what? It's made from one of my favorite oils found right in my kitchen. Drum roll please...
Olive Oil


Olive Oil Protein Conditioner
Ingredients:
1 medium egg
1/4 cup of olive oil

Tools:
Wide tooth comb
4 butterfly clips
Hair tinting brush
Plastic hair tinting bowl
Plastic (shower) cap
In a color mixing bowl, whip the mixture together using a small color whisk, mix until the oil and egg is thin but smooth consistency. Set aside.

Application Method:
  1. Prep hair by washing twice.
  2. The first wash will be done with a clarifying shampoo to remove all the impurities and build up.
  3. The second wash will be with moisturizing shampoo like Redken All Soft Shampoo
  4. .
  5. Towel dry hair and part into 4 quadrants using the wide tooth comb. Comb hair thoroughly with the wide teeth comb. Do not use a comb with small teeth. It will pull the hair out.
  6. Start with the most damaged section first. Using the other side of the applicator brush to part the hair.
  7. Dip the brush in the mixture letting excess drip into the bowl for a quick second. Paint on entire hair strand.
  8. Once the entire section is complete, clip the hair back into the clip and complete the remaining 3 quadrants.
  9. Once all 4 quadrants are complete, remove all clips, put on plastic cap, covering the entire head including hairline. Let sit for 10-15 minutes.
  10. Rinse hair with lukewarm (almost cold) water. Do not rinse hair with warm or hot water otherwise you will have scrambled eggs on your hair.
  11. Towel dry hair and comb hair with wide tooth comb. Do not apply a leave in conditioner or a heat protector if blow dry styling afterwards. The hair has absorbed the oil and protein therefore any more product added with result in oily and unmanageable hair.
  12. Proceed with styling hair as usual.

Conditioning your hair doesn't have to be expensive and it doesn't have to be complicated. Make your own all natural products and compare them to what you would buy at the salon. Or as I say,"Quantity over quality. Fuck it. I'll try both."

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