Easy tips for better makeup application

I thought I would share these 5 tips that have helped my makeup application go much smoother as of late!  They are all super simple and don’t require you to buy many new products.

  1. Instead of soaking your beauty blender in water swap it out for this Rosewater.  I started doing this about a month ago and it makes for an even more luminous and even finish when applying foundation.  The rosewater is $10 and should last you a way long time

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2. Skip out on applying mascara to your bottom lashes.  Your eyes will look bigger and you won’t get the fallout of mascara on your face throughout the day.

IMG_5896 23. Apply MAC strobe cream or your favorite illuminator to the high points of your face and apply a matte primer (my fav primer!) to the areas you don’t want to appear dewy.  Example – around the nose, chin, middle of your forehead.  These tricks will help accentuate the areas of the face you want!

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4. Put on a good chapstick like this Sugar Advanced Lip Therapy one or lip mask like the Laneige to hydrate you lips before a matte lip color.  The two products will blend together to create to perfect matte and not cakey color.

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5. When applying concealer under the eyes avoid putting the majority right under the eye because you’ll get product built up in those lines we all have.  Instead apply a small amount about an inch under the eye and use a fluffy brush like this to slowly work a little product closer to the eye.

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I also thought I would share a few ways that I have been buying some skincare products on sale as of late.  I am loving that Anthropologie is now carrying beauty products.  They have a pretty wide variety of skincare and makeup.  I always wait until they have an “anthro day” which is usually every few months where they offer about 25% off anything and sometimes free shipping!  I stock up on essentials that they sell while this is going on.

Dermstore is another great site that frequently has sales and will give you a discount on subscribing for an item you know you use a lot of.

Hope you enjoyed this post!!

Diana

 

 

Everyday makeup favorites

I have found quite a few new makeup products the last month or two that I just have to share.  My favorite makeup to buy are skin products ie. foundations, concealers, contour highlighters, these might seem boring to some but there is such a difference when you apply good products, and it just accentuates your natural bone structure and skin tone.  I hope you guys love these products as much as I do!!

Below the links to products are written in bold.

 

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Everyday Makeup

  1. This glam glow moisturizer is perfect to put on before foundation.  Adds a perfect glow and evenness to the skin.
  2. I am obsessed with these Tiger Grass Camo Drops.  I have always had a red undertone to my skin and these drops are meant for color correction.  They are green when they come out of the dropper and then they turn a perfect beige color when they touch the skin.
  3. Sunday Riley foundation.  I initially reached for this foundation because if I’m going to put makeup on my face I don’t want it to affect my skin.  Because Sunday Riley is one of my favorite skincare lines I decided to try it out.  I love that its medium to full coverage but its super light!  Apply this with a beauty blender and you’ll have the perfect canvas for the rest of your makeup.
  4. The Fenty Beauty match stix are all so good!  This amber color is perfect for a light contour.
  5. Super into this Hoola bronzing stick by Benefit.  Its a cream-to-powder bronzer that adds just the right amount of warmth that makes you look sun-kissed.
  6. I have been stuck on this Nars soft matte concealer for months.  It stays put throughout the day and makes those dark circles we all have under our eyes disappear! I use the shade – vanilla for under eyes and the shade – creme brulee for blemishes.
  7. Cover FX custom enhancer drops are my favorite product on todays post.  I have been loving the color sunlight but to be honest I want to buy almost every shade because they are so creamy and add a natural highlight to anywhere you apply it.
  8. This Galifornia blush by Benefit is the perfect peachy blush and brings life to the cheeks!  I have the mini and its only $15.  I’m sure it will last me months.
  9. I have said before that I didn’t have a favorite brow product and now I have found my FAVORITE! This Kat Von D pencil is different than any other because it has a super thin tip that allows you to create a micro bladed look with individual hair strokes.
  10. Fav new drugstore mascara is the Loreal Voluminous Superstar.  I hear about this from Skinny Confidential.  I love that it has a built in primer that helps to add length and thickness to the lashes before you apply the final coat of mascara.

These everyday makeup products are some that I’m sure I will be using for years!  Hope you guys are into makeup as much as I am.

Below are photos and links to buy the products from above

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The 5 simple things I did to get my hair to grow.

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In the past I had such a hard time getting my hair to grow.  I felt like it was stuck at the same length and I couldn’t figure out what I was doing to cause its stunted growth.  I went to hairschool in 2012 and I learned that there were several things I could do to help my hair health.  It wasn’t until the last few years that I really started treating my hair better and seeing some results.  When it comes to my hair I really feel like “less is more.”  The more expensive products I put on my hair the more elastic and stringy it felt.  I decided I would let you know the 5 super simple things I have done to have longer, thicker hair.

  1. Wash it LESS!! This one was hard for me to get used to because I used to wash it everyday.  I have gotten down to 2-3 times a week.  Instead of washing it every time I shower I just put it in a big bun on top.  To get me from wash to wash I use this Batiste dry shampoo.  I love this dry shampoo because you make it as light or as heavy as you want!
  2. Always brush from the bottom when its wet.  I started only using a wide tooth comb like this one when my hair was wet to prevent breakage.  When I get out of the shower I try not to throw my hair up in a towel or really do anything to create more tangles.  I try to put the conditioner in and run my fingers through my hair before I get out of the shower to get it as smooth as possible.  Then I only use my wide tooth comb and brush out a bout 3 inch sections from bottom to top until I get to the root.  I think this has made a big difference in the thickness of my hair because I don’t do unnecessary pulling and brushing.
  3. Don’t blow dry it! So to be able to not blow dry my hair I kind of have to strategically plan out my day so that  I’m not running out the door with soaking wet hair.  I usually will wash my hair and spend the morning doing chores at home.  Obviously I still blow dry it sometimes when I’m in a hurry to be somewhere and look decent and I don’t have the hours to let it air dry.
  4. Hair oil.  I have had this Kenra anti-frizz hair oil for years.  It smells incredible!! I put a pea size in my palm and run it through the ends of my hair to help with tangles as it dries and to add shine to my bleached hair.
  5. Color it carefully and less!! I used to get my hair highlighted every 6-8 weeks! I was super super blonde and that came with a lot of breakage and hair stripped of keratin and protein.  I started coloring it less around the time I was pregnant with Gemma.  I had a hard time finding a stylist I trusted and I decided I was going to start doing the majority of my own hair coloring.  I know that this isn’t an option for everyone but I would just try to find an experienced stylist that is willing to take the time to be fragile with your hair.  I currently color and tone my own hair.  I highlight it every 3 months and when doing so try to avoid overlapping bleach.

Hope you liked this post.  Heres to having healthy hair!

A few of my favorite hair products are listed below..I’m super minimalistic when it comes to hair products but these are a few that I love!

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My Current Skincare Routine

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In this post I’m going to share my current skincare routine.  The products I’m currently loving…and why I use what.  In the last 6 months I’ve been completely obsessed with skincare.  I realized that no amount of makeup can really do its job when you don’t have good skin underneath to start with.  Products in bold are links to the exact products I’m using.

STEP 1 – my first step in my skincare routine is using this Garnier Micellar Water.  I drench a cotton pad in this miracle water and use it to take off my eye/brow makeup before anything else.  I thought I’d just copy and paste the info on this stuff off of the Ulta site so you understand why I use it.  ” A multi-purpose cleanser that contains Micellar technology. Like a magnet, micelles capture and lift away dirt, oil and makeup without harsh rubbing, leaving skin perfectly clean and refreshed without over-drying. ” There you have it!

STEP 2 – Double cleanse! First I grab a few pumps of this Clinique Cleansing Oil and gently rub my face with it.  I don’t use water, I just put it right on top of my makeup and let the oil do all the work taking my makeup off, after about 30 seconds I use hot water to rinse the cleanser off.  Then I’ll go in with a gentle non-foaming cleanser.  I switch off between the Youth to The People “Age Prevention Cleanser” and the Indie Lee “Rosehip Cleanser”.  I heard about the Youth to The People Cleanser from my friend Kerry’s skincare post! Thanks Kerry!  Its so gentle and effective.  The double cleanse really gets your skin squeaky clean, which helps prevent breakouts and helps the effectiveness of your serums/toners/moisturizers.

Step 3- Tone.  Toning helps balance out the PH of your skin and also removes any excess oil and dirt from the skin.  I switch around with 3 different types of toners.  The Pixie Glow tonic is one of my favorites!  It makes my face feel super refreshed.  The Indie Lee COQ-10 toner is one I use when I’m breaking out.  It has aloe, chamomile, and cucumber extracts that really help calm irritated skin.  I also love the Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel, it smells amazing and is super moisturizing for a toner.

STEP 4 -Exfoliate. 3x a week.  I have loved this Peter Thomas Roth Peeling Gel.  You only need about 4 pea size dots on your face and you just rub in circles and it gently exfoliates.  It’s weirdly satisfying because you literally see the dead skin thats being taken off.  Rinse with water after.

Step 5 – Serums.  I usually only use one serum at a time because I feel like when you add too many they can have conflicting effects.  Lately I have been loving the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum.  I only use this at night.  Its Vitamin C and collagen boosted.  It has made my skin significantly brighter.

Step 6 – Oil.  This Biossance Squalane +Vitamin C Rose oil is a GAME CHANGER.  So good.  It helps smooth fine lines and adds so much moisture.  I put a few drops on my hands and press it into my skin.

Step 7 – Moisturize. I have been loving the Kate Somerville Exfolikate Glow Moisturizer.  It really helps with dull and uneven texture while getting in major moisture.  I got the 1.7 oz three month ago and I still have about a 1/4 of it left.  A little goes a long way!  I only use a dime size at a time.  I’m sure you’ve already heard about this Lenaige lip sleeping mask because its all over the internet but its amazing.  I was having a way hard time keeping my lips hydrated and this is one of the things that saved my dry lips. Before bed I spray either my Herbivore Rose water on my face or the Mario Badescu Rosewater facial spray.  Both smell so good!  If I were to choose one I’d go with the Mario because it’s a better price.

The only difference in my skincare routine from morning and night is in morning I omit using the serum and I also switch out my favorite sunscreen for moisturizer in the morning.

I got that container with my cotton rounds from Urban..its actually a beer pint glass but when I saw it I thought it would be the perfect size for my trusty cotton rounds haha.  I couldn’t find this one online but I thought this “peachy” one was super cute too! and for $6

I also use face masks a few times a week..I’ll have to post about my favorites soon!! I’m always trying new products so I’m sure this routine will be a revolving door.  I’m going to keep sharing my current fav’s.

A good skincare routine is the best!  Sounds funny but its kind of therapeutic doing my skincare routine each morning and night.  Hope you liked reading along!!

-Diana

 

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My Makeup Bag!

I’m a major makeup consumer!   I love trying out new products and switching out old products for something new.  I’m no professional makeup artist but I thought I would start sharing my makeup/beauty favorites once a month.  This month I’ve tried out several new things that are seriously game-changers!!  This post has links to all my fav makeup products below in bold, but honestly no makeup looks good if you don’t take care of your skin.  I’m going to post about my skincare routine soon.

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I’m going to list these in the order that I apply my products

  1. Foundation – I’ve been loving 2 different foundations lately.   The first is L’orealInfallible Pro Glow,   I’ve been using this for months and been loving it.  Super light and skin-like.  The second foundation that I’ve been using for the past two weeks is the It Cosmetics CC Cream.  This one is a little thicker and more buildable than the Pro-Glow.  I bought shade Medium and its perfect for when I have a tan.  I need to pick up the light as well!
  2. Concealer – I picked up the Nars soft-matte concealer about a month ago and its a total game changer!! I wasnt the biggest fan of the Nars radiant creamy concealer because I felt like it creased under my eyes but the soft-matte is more thick and a little goes a long way.  I’ve been applying it with this Real techniques brushwhich makes it blend seamlessly into foundation.
  3. Contour – I’ve been loving this Anastasia stick foundation stick in a darker cool tone.  I only use this to sculpt my cheekbones and jaw. Not as a bronzer!
  4. Highlighter – I’ve already talked about this Ciaté highlighting balm – color (GLOW) on my glowy skin post but its honestly a holy grail item for me.  I just swipe it on my cheekbones and use my finger to tap it in.
  5. Blush – I’ve always really been drawn to pinky blushes. my fav blush lately has been this Tarte blush, in the color paaarty.  Its a perfect pink color and its great for everyday.
  6. Bronzer – I have had this Too Faced bronzer in color (milk chocolate) for about two years.  I love that its not too warm, just a nice neutral tan to make your skin look sunkissed.  Also it has cocoa in it and its smells so good!
  7. Brows – I have tried lots of brow products and I still haven’t found a “holy grail” product but I like the Anastasia dip brow pomade because it lasts FOREVER! and you can either make your brows look super sculpted or just lightly filled.  Make sure you have an angled brow brush to apply.  After I fill my brows with the dip-brow I use the Benefit Gimme Brow to make my brows have more texture.
  8. Lips -My absolute fav gloss is the Fenty Gloss Bomb.  Its not too shimmery, not sticky, it only comes in one color and it makes the perfect neutral lip.  Also leaves your lips feeling super hydrated!  My fav lipstick is MAC satin lipstick in SNOB, its pretty pink but I really love it.  The best lipliner for everyday is NYX in the color Nude Beige.
  9. Eyes – I have been using this L’oreal Luminous mascara the last few months and I really love how it lengthens the lashes.
  10. Setting Spray –  This All Nighter makeup spray by Urban Decay is great.  I spritz my face at the beginning of the day and I’ve noticed it makes a big difference in the longevity of my makeup

My makeup bag is from madewell..I love it!

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Mothers Day Gift Guide

May is a kind of a crazy month with celebrations, we have our anniversary on the 19th, my birthday on the 22nd and mothers day.  Poor Logan right? haha.  In the past I’ve kind of always wished that I could send him a “gift guide” like this to choose from.  So this year I made one that I thought would appeal to ladies of all ages.  This is basically my current wish list!  Send this to your hubs or use it to pick out the perfect thing for your Mom.

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This gift guide has a little bit of everything, some skincare, clothes, perfume.. the perfect pair of sunglasses! Everything that is pictured above is linked in the list below.

  1. Lack of Color is an australian based company that I have been loving for so long.  Thiswide fedora is the perfect casual hat.  It goes with everything!!
  2. This 100% percent silk, anti-aging pillowcase is supposed to prevent skin and hair friction, causing less hair breakage and skin creasing! sign me up!
  3. These sunglasses are part of Gigi Hadids collection for Vogue eyewear.  Just ordered these for myself!
  4.  This Stephanie Johnson jumbocosmetic case is perfect.  Looks big enough to fit all of my makeup, its waterproof, and its transparent so you can see everything!
  5. Sephora does fun Mothers day gift sets every year,  this Glam Glow supermud set is especially great!  4 of the best masks.
  6. This Jo Malone perfume is so good!  Haven’t bought it yet but like I said earlier this has been on my wishlist.
  7. Everyone needs a polaroid camera.  This mini oneis perfect to throw in your bag.  I took a polaroid of Gemma every month of her first year.  Its one of my favorite things.
  8.  A cute sweatsuit is actually harder to find than you would think, this top and bottom look so comfy.
  9. If its after 4 o’clock and I’m home I pretty much always have a candle burning in my room,  so many people have been raving about this one.

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I’ve been dying to get my hand on a pink purse.  This YSL one is so great!

Every mother deserves to be celebrated! Hope you like these gift ideas

Diana

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Glowy Skin – Products I Love!

In this post I’m sharing my favorite staple glowy skin makeup products that I’m loving.  I am a major beauty connoisseur.  I watch hours of youtube beauty videos in my spare time and I love roaming Sephora and trying out new products.  I have been perfecting my skincare routine which I will post about later but this post is more about some of my everyday makeup.  I try lots of different products but once I find something I love I’ll stick to it for a while.  I try not to overload my everyday routine, I like to keep it pretty simple.  This list is short but these staple products make a big difference!

Glowy-Skin Products I love!

  1. I put this MAC strobe cream in the color “pinklite” on the high points of my face before anything else.  It gives off a really pretty glow that isn’t “sparkly” or “glittery”.  I put this underneath my foundation and it still shines through.
  2. I have been loving this L’oreal PRO-GLOW foundation.  Its super light, just enough coverage, blendable, and cheap! I wear color 203.
  3. This Ciaté highlighting balm in color GLOW is a game changer, for real.  I have been on the hunt for a highlighter that wasn’t sparkly, tinted, or glittery.  I think makeup looks prettiest when it doesn’t look like makeup so I wanted a highlighter that made my skin look quenched and healthy.  This one does just that.  It just adds a healthy shine to the skin that STAYS looking shiny all day long.  Its kind of tacky so if thats not your thing, you might not like this one.  It comes in an easy applicator stick that you just swipe on the high points of you face and you’re good to go!
  4. This IT cosmetics Illumination eye concealer is one I always use when I want a dewy look.  A little goes a long way!
  5. Last but not least is this Sephora Perfection Mist.  I finish off my makeup by lightly spraying this on the cheek bones. Pretty natural shine. The best!

Hope you guys are into beauty products just as much as I am!! I’m going to keep post’s like this coming!

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