With Mother's Day this coming Sunday, finding the perfect gift for your mom can seem like a daunting task that you tend to procrastinate on. I know for myself it is hard to figure out what to get my momma since she literally wears no makeup, and I wear a ton. Here are five quick gift ideas that you can get for your mom for the special day:
1. Sunglasses: No, I'm not talking the cheap ten dollar ones that you get at Walmart. I'm talking the one's that you buy at Sunglass Hut for like a hundred bucks; don't be cheap with yo momma's because you know they ain't never been cheap for you.
2. Something You Can Share: When I say this I don't mean a gift that you would share with your mother. Meaningful matching necklaces or bracelets would be the perfect thing to celebrate the connection between you and your mother and it would be an absolute steal to get a piece of jewelry for yourself while still celebrating your mother.
3. A Blanket: Even though it might be too late in the season to use a blanket, it's the thought that counts. To make it even more personal, try making the blanket instead of just picking up one from Target. Tie blankets are simple to make and require literally no experience to make. You can use patterns and designs that match your mother's personality and will leave them feeling all warm and fuzzy (literally).
4. Makeup: If your mom is the complete opposite of my mom and loves to wear makeup, take a quick trip to Sephora or Ulta and pick up that product that you have heard them talk nonstop about. Stray away from buying products like foundation and concealer because you probably have no idea what your moms shade is. Make sure you know exactly what you want to buy before you go to make your trip quick.
5. A Pottery Cup: You don't necessarily have to make the cup yourself, but going to one of those pottery painting places will do. Paint the cup to look like something your mom would like. This gift can have the whole package: it's useful and able to be completely personalized for your mom.
I hope these gift ideas were helpful!!! Tell your mom you love her, not just on Mother's Day, but EVERY SINGLE DAY. You wouldn't be here without her!! Happy Mother's Day!!
With graduation right around the corner for those of you who are seniors, you want to look your best on the big day. Rather than worrying about your makeup, following a simple makeup routine that gets the job done lowers anxiety for the big day and can make you look your best. The last thing you want is to look back at your graduation pictures and hate what you made yourself look like. Here are some tips to help you with your graduation makeup!
1. Wear minimal face products: This one is especially for those who have graduations that are outside. With it getting hotter and hotter daily, the last thing you want is for your makeup to be melting off in the sun. By wearing concealer instead of a full on face of foundation, you prevent yourself from feeling like your face weighs a hundred pounds.
2. Do a Simple Eye Look: Don't do anything super extravagant like winged liner or a cut-crease or anything like that because if you mess up, you're going to stress yourself out even more. Do simple eyeshadow, like a light day makeup, and if you feel confident enough in your abilities then do winged liner. If you are a pro at false eyelashes then definitely go for it because this is definitely an occasion to wear them!
3. Wear Minimal to No Lip Products: If you want a light wash of color on your lips, rather than swiping the lipstick on your lips, pat it to get the desired effect. A nude color would probably be most preferable, but if you can rock a red lip then definitely go for it.
4. Add a Pop of Color: To add a pop of color you can add a some highlight to your inner corner or even add some colorful shadow to the bottom lash line to brighten up your look.
5. Wear Setting Spray: One of the most vital steps in makeup is using a setting spray to make sure it lasts all day. For special events, use one that claims to prevent oil and shine. I recommend the settings sprays from Urban Decay or Skindinavia. They will make your makeup last all day long!!
Congrats to all of you who are graduating this year!! I hope this tips are helpful for you!!
As most of y'all know I am in colorguard and winterguard at my school, and for every show we do a different makeup look. Our show this year was about the flow of water, so it was only appropriate to make our makeup look ALL blue.
Our costumes were bright blue, as seen in the picture, and we adorned our look with blue lipstick, eyeshadow, and contour.
The products I used to create this look were as follows:
NYX Angel Veil Primer: $15.99
Urban Decay NAKED Skin Concealer: $29.00
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder: $3.40
NYX Brights Ultimate Shadow Palette: $17.99
Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner: $7.89
L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara: $8.99
Benefit Rollerlash Mascara: $24.00
The Balm Mary Loumanizer Highlighter: $24.00
**We did use a blue cream highlighter underneath this, but I cannot remember what the name of it is for the life of me. If I ever remember I will update this part of the post, lol. :)) **
NYX Liquid Suede Creme Lipsticks in Little Denim Dress and Jet Set: $6.99 each
Maybelline Masterfix Setting Spray: $9.99
Most of these products can be found at Ulta, other than the highlighter, which can be found at Kohls. I am so happy that the season is over, but I am really going to miss this colorful look!! I'm really looking forward to sharing our fall colorguard look with you all soon!!
Have a great weekend!!
I can't remember the last time I did a favorites post, so for this week's post I'm going to do one, lol. I haven't really been trying too many new products; I've mostly been sticking to my holy grails and favorites. Without further ado, here are my march favorites.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette: I have literally only had this palette since September of 2017, and I've already hit pan on my favorite shade, which is burnt orange. The entire palette has a great range of colors, and I've never had an issue with blending or color payoff. I highly recommend this palette to anyone looking for an everyday makeup palette. It retails for $42.00 and is absolutely worth every penny.
Anastasia Beverly Hills X Amrezy Highlighter: Online this highlighter looks like it would never match someone with as fair a skin complexion as I have, but guys I swear it does!!! I have worn this highlight on numerous occasions over the past month, and I have never noticed any fading or anything. It is pigmented, creamy, and easy to apply. It retails for $28 in stores and online. This highlight is limited edition, so get your hands on it before its gone!!
L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara: Because I wear glasses, mascara can seem like a total pain to me since I already have super long eyelashes naturally. This mascara does me a great justice by separating my lashes, preventing extra crusty mascara getting on my glasses and under eye area. Pretty much all mascaras get a little crusty and flaky on me just because I wear glasses, and they constantly hit my lenses, so that is not limited to just this mascara. What I really like about this mascara is that the wand is super long, but it doesn't make a mess, and it really separates the lashes so that they don't stick together. This mascara retails for $9.99, and I highly recommend it for those of you who want to look like you've got falsies on but don't.
I hope y'all enjoyed my March favorites and that you go try some of these products because I think they are so good!! Have a great weekend y'all! I'll be back after SRING BREAK!!
For most of us, it is easy to get stuck in the same old makeup routine and never spice things up a bit. We stick with the same neutral colors for our eye looks and fail to ever step outside of our comfort zone. The whole point of makeup is that you can be artistic with it because it all comes off at the end of the day. The use of color is a good idea because it forces the user to do something more creative than what they are used to. I come up with the best eyeshadow looks when I simply just sit down and start playing with makeup. Don't be afraid to try and create bold looks because you think people will judge you.
Makeup is all about self-expression and making yourself feel your very best. While neutral colors are amazing, and I myself wear them on a regular basis, it's always a good idea to spice things up every once and awhile. To help you all get started on your journey with color, I am going to include a short list of colorful products that I personally love down below.
1. NYX Vivid Brights Eyeliner: $6.99
2. The Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette: $38.00
3. NYX Brights Ultimate Shadow Palette: $17.99
4. Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow: $24.00
Of course these are only four things that I love, but there are TONS of other colorful products out there that I don't own but are more than likely great quality!! Don't be afraid to work with color, it will make you a better makeup artist in the long run!! Have a great weekend!!
One thing I know I struggled with when I started doing makeup was understanding how to do the perfect winged liner. Although eyeliner is distinct to someones eye shape, there is a basic method to getting the perfect shape for your eye. Below is a picture explaining this method:
If y'all have any questions about any of the steps, please feel free to use the information listed in the contact tab to ask me!! Have a great weekend!!
For many of us, routines take place everyday. From the time we wake up until the time we go to sleep, we are in a routine. When to eat, when to brush our teeth, when to take a shower are just a few of the things that people work into their daily lives and do on a consistent basis. One thing about routines is that they are different for everyone; one person may prefer to shower in the mornings, while another person may prefer to shower at night. Through all of these typical routine steps, skincare should one hundred percent be a part of everyones: no matter if they are a boy or a girl.
The skin is one of the most delicate things on the human body, without it our muscles and bones would be exposed to all the germs and bacteria in our world. In terms of the skin on the face, we must take care of it if we don't want breakouts and tons of acne. Following the steps of skincare are a vital aspect in keeping your skin healthy.
1. Cleanser: use one that won't dry your skin out too much and will get out all the grit and grime from the day; if you wear makeup, take it off before this step because you don't want the makeup products to mix in with all the good stuff that helps get rid of the dirt and oil buildup on your face; this step is very important because it prevents facial pores from getting built-up with dirt and oil.
2. Toner: unfortunately most people tend to skip this step of their skincare routines because toner has a negative connotation attached to it, that it irritates the skin and can cause dry patches; however, this is simply not the case. toner is important because it acts as a delivery system for antioxidants, vitamin B derivatives, and even toning acids. be sure to use a toner that is specific to your skin type so breakouts don't occur.
3. Spot Treatment: spot treatments are used for those pesky breakouts that you can't seem to get rid of. they don't necessarily have to be apart of your everyday routine since breakouts don't typically happen every single day. they are useful because they dry up excess oil and kill bacteria in your problem spots. to ensure that the spot treatment is working, wait about five minutes after putting it on so a different product doesn't knock off the benefits of the medication from your face.
4. Serum: serum provides the very much needed vitamin c that the skin does not produce on its own. it aids in reducing fine lines and prevents wrinkles from forming in the skin. in addition, it provides an extra boost of UV ray protection. it is better to put on a serum that is thin so it doesn't clog your pores and cause more issues. if there isn't one serum that is specific to your skin needs, then apply the thinnest one first and apply upwards from there.
5. Eye Cream: eye cream should be applied every single day, if not twice a day, starting in one's early twenties. it helps in maintaining the health and thickness of the eyelid skin, which ensures that the eyelid skin doesn't lose it's laxity and its smooth appearance later on in life. choosing an eye cream with SPF or any sun protection has proven more successful than any regular eye cream without SPF.
6. Moisturizer/ Face Oil: With all of the products you just put on your face, your skin is going to be inherently dry. Moisturizer is meant to be put on before bed because moisturizer helps the skin to repair, restore, and regenerate as we sleep. This is why creams are generally thicker and heavier; they are meant to absorb over the course of many hours, which if you don't want to feel it on your face throughout the day, putting it on at night will be your best bet. Even if you have oily skin, using a moisturizer is still extremely important. For oily skin people, the moisturizer is supposed to create a protective coating on the skin to block out the harsh outside conditions and infections. Just remember to keep in mind that no matter your skin type, moisturizing is so so so important.
I hope that y'all found this little skincare rant helpful because I am a strong believer in the importance of taking care of your skin.
Have a great weekend!!
For this weeks post, I'm going to be sharing a list of new makeup products that released in 2018 so far. I have not tried any of these products myself; I am just listing them off of the Sephora and Ulta websites and letting you all try them for yourselves for review. Enjoy!!!
1. Too Faced White Peach Eye Shadow Palette: $45.00
2. Kat Von D Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick: $19.00
3. Farsáli Jelly Beam Illuminator: $40.00
4. Too Faced Chocolate Gold Eye Shadow Palette: $49.00
5. Maybelline Total Temptation Eyebrow Definer Pencil: $7.99
6. NYX Holographic Halo Shimmer Sticks: $8.99
7. Tarte Park Ave Princess Chisel Palette: $46.00
8. Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick: $18.00
9. Tarte Shape Tape Foundations (Matte and Hydrating): $39.00 **EXTREMELY CONTROVERSIAL, I DON'T CONDONE USING THIS PRODUCT, BUT I AM LISTING IT FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE A PEAKED INTEREST IN USING IT**
10. NARS Radiant Longwear Foundation: $49.00
11. Maybelline Fit Me Loose Setting Powder: $7.99
12. MILK Luminous Blur Stick Primer: $36.00
I hope this list helps y'all in choosing what you want to buy from Sephora and Ulta!!! I'm thinking for my next post I will do my January favorites, so stay tuned for that!!! Have a great weekend!!
First off I want to say Happy 2018!!! This is my second year running this blog, and I am so excited to keep posting!!! For my first post, I am going to do a review on the NYX Vivid Brights Eyeliner.
This eyeliner is one of the easiest I have ever worked with. When I was a beginner at using makeup, I attempted using the black version of this eyeliner, and I struggled immensely with the application process. Personally, I think this eyeliner isn't beginner-friendly because the applicator wand is very long, which for a beginner, could make it extremely hard to make a straight line. However, after wearing makeup for almost four years now, I have a pretty good idea of how to compliment eyeliner to my eye shape.
With a 4.5 star rating at Ulta, this proves this eyeliner is worth your six dollars and ninety-nine cents. The color selection provides versatility when it comes to doing eye looks. There are nine colors total: envy, blossom, fire, violet, escape, halo, sapphire, petal and delight. Out of the nine colors, I only own envy, blossom, and petal. I have worn envy a bunch of times and out of the many times I have worn eyeliner, I have never gotten so many compliments in one day. Envy is pigmented, easy to work with, and long-lasting. At the end of the day, I actually have trouble getting this shade off, which for me is a good thing; it shows its longevity.
I have only worn blossom once, however I can tell already from that one time that I don't like it as much as envy. Blossom didn't give as much color payoff as envy; although it may have been the color eyeshadow I put it on top of. Throughout the day, I noticed it blending in with the eyeshadow color I was wearing, which for me is not the effect I was going for by wearing it. When I think of the name "vivid brights", I want the color to pop, not be dull. Compared to envy, this shade did not do the trick for me.
However, I have not had the chance to test out the shade petal. I will post a little update when I do though. :)
Overall, I really enjoy this product and would recommend it to anyone who is looking to brighten up their eye looks.
My Rate: 9/10
This weeks post is going to be a little different because I'm going to be talking about the reasons we as a society wear makeup.
Makeup as a whole is used to transform one's face to look the way they want it to look. You can literally use contour to make it look like you've gotten a nose job or even use eyeliner to elongate your eyes. However, at the end of the day, why do we all wear makeup? Is it to hide our personal insecurities? Or do we wear it to feel better about ourselves? I know for myself, I wear it because it makes me feel more confident, but I don't wear it to impress other people or to get attention.
To me, makeup is a form of art, and should be taken as seriously as someone who paints their art on a canvas or sculpts their art. There is no right or wrong reason to wearing makeup, but I do know that you should be wearing it for yourself, not for other people.
Another topic that is very prevalent in the beauty community is the fact of "wearing too much makeup." There is no such thing as wearing too much makeup. You should wear as much as you want to satisfy yourself. You don't wear makeup for other people's enjoyment, you wear it for yourself. So if you want to cake on the makeup, then go for it. It's your face, your life, your decision; don't let anyone tell you or make you feel otherwise.
No matter what, we are all beautiful with and without makeup, and we should remember that it is a form of art that can help anyone stay true to themselves. Boy or girl, makeup is not just for one gender, but for anyone to enjoy. You are beautiful inside and out, never forget that. :)
Tip of the Week
Put white eyeliner in your waterline to open up your eyes and make them look more awake.
Recommendation of the Week
MAC Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy: $17.50