Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lip Prep for 4 Different Lip Formulas

I had a few of you request my lip prep process mentioned in my first tutorial
here it is! 

Lip Prep for 4 different kinds of lip products. 
lip gloss, 
colored lip balm, 
and lip stains. 

It's basically the same thing but I just leave steps out for certain formulas. 

The video shows my processes for lipstick which is the most complex of the 4. 
My process for the other formulas can be found down under the steps from the video 

Thank you so much for watching guys! 
And again, 
if you have ANY requests or questions
hit me with them! 


(Each step is linked with the product I used from the video. Enjoy!) 

I use this little exfoliating lipstick almost every day. It is perfect for getting off any flakes or dry skin that might get in the way of creating the perfect lasting lip. 

Use small circular motions combined with large sweeping motions back and forth across your entire lip to exfoliate to perfection! Then using a damp cotton round wipe off any leftover sugar scrub from your lips. 

You do not by any means need to plump your lips on a daily basis. I usually don't. But for this video and for the sake of showing what this E.L.F. product can do, I used it. Feel free to just use basic chap-stick in place of the plumper here. The main thing that needs to happen is returning moisture to your newly exfoliated lips.

Quickly sweep your plumper/moisturizing chap-stick across your lips. Not too much now. Just enough to make them baby soft but not slippy. 
Wait for it to soak into your lips before moving to the next step. You don't want too many products building up under your color.
(I basically use any moment of pause in my routine to I would encourage that :) 

3. Prime
Priming your lips before applying color helps keep the color true to what you see in the tube and helps it last longer throughout the day. You can also use concealer or foundation to neutralize. I just choose to use the primer for it's added staying power. 

Apply the primer like you would a lip-stick. Cover your entire lip area to completely neutralize your natural lip color. I use my finger to blend it in a little and to make sure it is evenly spread over all my lip. 

4. Line
I got this liner a few years ago when this literally was the only clear liner I could find. Now there are many drugstore options available. I choose to use clear liner instead of colored because really, who has the money to buy a liner that matches every-single-one of your different lip colors. It just seems like a waste to me. Plus if your lipstick wears off sooner then the liner you get left with JUST the liner....not my favorite look. SO....clear just makes it all way easier. It matches everything I have and still keeps my lipstick in place. 

Line right on the edge of your natural lip line. This liner won't show so you don't have to be perfect about it. Just make sure you line where you don't want your lipstick to bleed past. 

5. Color
In Hawaii all of my lipsticks started to melt so I placed them in those little contact cases so I could still use them. Kind of weird, but it works. 

After choosing a color, use a brush to apply an even coat to your entire lip area. I love this brush because it's retractable, so I can take it with me wherever I go for an anytime touch-up. 

That's it! Your lipstick will go on smooth and stay looking fabulous for hours. 

Like I said above, the processes for the other formulas is very similar. I just leave a few things out. 

1. Exfoliate
2. Moisturize
3. Line
4. Color

1. Exfoliate
2. Balm

1. Exfoliate
2. Moisturize
3. Line
4. Color

Thanks friends! See you next week!!! 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Everyday Makeup Part 2: Focus on Eyes

I seriously cannot say thank you enough! 
You ALL have been so nice and 
SOOOOO supportive! 

Thank you all!!!

I am still trying things out and am kind of excited to be trying out a few new methods of getting the information out there. 

Today I bring you....
A video!?? :) 


I seriously sat here at my computer for a good solid 30 minutes just thinking about pushing the publish button on that youtube page before I actually hit it.

In any case...there is a video now.
With my face in

Let me know if you all like the video better then the pictures 
or if having a picture of each step was more helpful
or if you'd like it better if I just spoke in the video to make that whole connection easier....

I'm seriously learning as I go here
So if you have ANY suggestions 
I would love to hear them!!! :) 

I want to make these the best I can for YOU!!!! 
cause I kind of like you all.
A lot

ok now scroll down and watch that video in all it's awkward weirdness :)

Music in this video is just what I happened to be listening to while putting on my makeup today....
some days it will be normalish
some days it will be a total throwback.
jesse mccartney....
it's going to happen so just be warned. :)

List of product links and what I did....
Draw a triangle connecting the bottom of your nose, inner corner of your eye, and outer corner of your eye. Fill in with little strokes and blend blend blend away those dark circles. 

This stuff primes your lids to hold your shadow in place ALL day! Plus it is colored like a concealer so it helps cover those pesky little veins and discolorations that pop up on your lids from time to time. bye bye! 

Cover any spots you want
Lightly use the bronzer directly under your cheek bones to add a little more dimension. (A little goes a LONG way here) You just want to enhance the natural shadow of your cheek bone. Nothing drastic. Next use the Blush on the apples of your cheeks and blend back toward your hairline staying above the bronzer/cheekbone line. 

This eye brow gel is great! it's super easy to use. Just brush with a light hand and voila! Naturally thicker brows! :) 

6. NYX Eye Shadow Palette in Dusk 'til Dawn
Use the copper/bronze shade to cover your lid. I like this color for me because I feel the color enhances my eye color. If you have blue eyes this one is great for you. If your eyes are green I would recommend something a little more red based and if your eyes are brown maybe more purple toned.
This palette would look amazing with any eye color, just if you want a color that will have the same eye "pop" effect...go with one that's a little more your eyes complementary color. 

I love this brush because 
1. it works and 
2. it was $1.00. 
SOLD! :) 

8. Avon Glimmersticks Eye Liner in Blackest Black
Use an eyeliner that matches the color of your mascara. I use black mascara, so obviously I use black liner :)  Fill in your lash line by running the liner back and forth inside the lash line. Try to keep it in the lash line. Filling in the waterline will result in transfer of product to the lower lashes waterline. It's weird at first but it really helps enhance and create the illusion of a thicker lash line without the harshness of actually lining the eye. I am all about the sneaky natural looking. 

Lining the waterline of your lower lash line really opens your eyes and creates a bright eyed effect. Some people use white liner or one that is noticeably lighter then their skin color. To me, for an everyday look it's a little harsh. I use a darker shade but still nude to just keep the waterline clear of any wandering black liner from above and it really helps keep my eyes bright looking all day long. 

10. Covergirl LashBlast Volume Mascara in Blackest Black
I love this mascara!!! I have used it for years and have yet to fall as hard in love with any other mascara since while folks. :) Love it! 

Nude lipsticks are hard. This one is pretty cool toned but it's still one of the closest to a perfect for me nude lip color I have found. It goes on like a gloss but stays like a lipstick and I kind of love that about it.

That's it.

Let me know if you guys like photos, videos or would like videos with just my voice over better? 
again I'm still working this thing out as I go

Thank you all again for your support!!

You all have been so kind and so wonderful.

Thank you! 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Everyday Makeup Part 1: Bold Lip

This is my everyday basic makeup routine. 

Sometimes I like to draw focus to my eyes.
Sometimes I like to draw focus to my lips. 

Here's my basic routine with the emphasis on lips. 
I will post another soon with my "focus on eyes" look soon. 

This look only takes a few minutes making it perfect for school, moms or just someone who doesn't have the patience for "real" makeup everyday (like me) we go. 

Start with a clean and moisturized face.  
(no makeup Margeaux! AH! please keep scrolling!!)

I don't like to wear foundation, bb cream or tinted moisturizer on a regular basis. 
If I'm going out on a fancy date....sure. 
But it's too heavy for my skin for everyday. 
(my skin is ultra, mega, super sensitive and acne prone little as possible is best) 

 I find the things that I do want to cover up on a daily basis and cover JUST those things. 

Like my dark circles under my eyes....
They need HELP!!
It's a nice and thick but blend-able concealer that stays put all day long. 

I like to draw in the full triangle under my eye from my nose to the outer corner of my eye, and a little around the bottom of my nose. 
It covers the dark and makes you look a little more naturally lit at the same time. 
2 in 1 
AND keeping it natural lookin? Perfect!  

But honestly who can take themselves seriously while they have their face painted like this. 
So go ahead and make some faces and let out a war cry. 
It's all part of the process...

This is Husband's favorite step :)  

Using my finger I just blend blend blend away those little dark spots. 

The yellow tint of the W1-2-3 color of the concealer stick is perfect for neutralizing my dark circles. 
You might need to experiment a little to find out what color would work best for you. 

(We can go into this in more detail if you guys have questions about what colors to use to neutralize dark circles and discolorations. 
Let me know in the comments if you do and I'll start working on that asap) 
If not just pretend I never said anything :) 

Up next is my favorite concealer stick. 
This little stick is MAGIC!
It is waterproof so it stays all day but doesn't clog my pores up. 
MAGIC I tell you!   
I kind of am obsessed with it. 

(Target carries only a few colors so if you don't match any of the ones there don't worry. find your closest ULTA store and they tend to carry a lot more options. They're just usually more expensive so I tend to try and find things at Walmart or Target first :) Sorry ULTA.)  

After you have perfected your skin in the most "oh so natural looking" way, 
it's time for a little color. 

I found this palette through my sister-in-law.
It's awesome! 
It has a bronzer AND a blush in it for 3 dollars!
Let me say that again...

I have been using a sample of the benefit hoola for a long time now and this bronzer is so similar it's not even funny.
Plus at 1/7th the price...I can live with a TINY bit of difference for that price.  
(I'll post a picture if you're interested later. Seriously, they are the same!)

And the blush is a beautiful color. Perfect for everyday wear. 

Just a little bronzing powder right under the cheek bones.

And a little blush right on the apples of your cheeks.  

$3.00!! Why are you still reading this!? 
Go get it, come back and THEN we'll finish the rest. 
I'll wait for you to get back...


Up next is the eyebrow scene. 
I've used this same product for years. 
As long as you keep it sharp it'll be your brow's best friend. 

Use a light hand and lots of little strokes mimicking the look of your natural hair. 
I think I just got my pencil too dark this last time. I sometimes struggle. 
So fill them in and if it feels like too much.....

Use an old mascara wand, 
CLEANED of course, 
and brush brush brush to natural filled in perfection.  

Next is where I decide if I am going to go with a bold lip or eye for the day. 
Today we're talking lip crazy lipstick it is. :) 

I put this here because If I choose to do eyes I put liner on before mascara. 
but since I'm not...
On to mascara! 

This mascara is bomb! 
I have used the Covergirl LashBlast Volume mascara since what feels like forever. 
I have yet to find one that works as well for me and my lashes. 

But you use your favorite mascara. 
You know, the one that makes your lashes exactly how you imagine them looking if you were granted one eyelash wish by a magical mascara/eyelash genie....that one. Use that one.  


Up next is lips. 

This lipstick is my favorite for those days that I want to wear a bolder lip color
but don't want to fuss over it all day. 

I found this lipstick at a walgreens for 2 bucks when we lived in Hawaii...
problem is they don't sell it on the mainland. 
But you can buy it online. 
And i'm sure they have similar products around somewhere....right?

Prep your lips...
This is a stain so if you have any uneven-ness or dry skin it will SHOW! 

(I'll post another tutorial if y'all are interested in my prep process)

and then swipe on a layer of this crazy green lipstick and watch what happens.  

It reacts with your body's heat to create the perfect pinky shade for you. 
It's great
Plus it's a it doesn't budge ALL DAY! 
(I'm really all about putting it on once and being done for the day) 

So play with your hair while you wait for you lipstick to turn it's perfect, all day strong, lovely shade of boldish pink. 


And that's it.
It takes me about 7 minutes to get my makeup on for the day
and oh what a difference it makes. 

Let me know what you guys think or if you have any questions on anything. :) 

Would you be interested in seeing more more tutorials like this?
leave a comment below and let's be friends :) 

 All the products and what shade I used:

Monday, November 17, 2014

What to do with 3 day old hair...

I am not a hair person
I have always had issues getting anything actually to happen up there. 

 I have been trying to keep my hair healthy while I grow it out 
and one thing I have been trying is not washing it as often. 

So when day 3 rolls around I need a little help sometimes with ideas of how to keep it out of my face.
You can only top knot it so many times a week :) 

But today I found a tutorial and thought I'd try it out.
And seriously 
If I can do it...YOU can! 

It only took about 10 minutes to do 
and totally took my every day white t and skinny jeans routine to a new level.
WAY classier feeling then my gym pony-tail from this morning. 

If you get the chance to try it out let me know! I'd love to see the results! :) 

Also, if anyone has tips for growing out hair to be strong and healthy that you've tried and love 
I'd love to hear them! 

Thanks Friends!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Christmas Packing

I will be away from home for 21 days this coming Christmas time
That is a long time!!
 I'm hoping to fit everything I need for those cold weather 21 days in a cary on

-wish me luck-

It will be two years since I have been in actual cold weather and let me tell you 

So much so in fact that i've already packed. 

Well the clothes are still sitting in my closet 
but I did spend an entire afternoon picking them all out and making a list so I could be prepared

i like lists

a lot

So here it is
The packing list

Some are actual shirts that I have
some are not
but it's all pretty close

Christmas Packing

Bring it on winter!
I think I'm ready for ya! 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Favorite Nouns

Favorite Person


I will never get enough of this guy. 
I love you to the moon and back Mr. 

Favorite Place

I have been missing this pretty hard core lately
We need to go back soon

Favorite Thing

This Album
It has been playing on repeat all day long
I can't get enough

I am excited for it to be the soundtrack of our weekend. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

The last two weeks have been some what of an emotional roller coaster for my family. 

We have lost two amazing women in our family. 
Sharon Lewis and Lousie Holt.
Two grandmas in two weeks. 

It's been rough. 
But they were both such amazing women

Grandma Holt 
I love you. 
I will miss you. 
I am certain that the reunion on the other side has been amazing
you had such a love of genealogy
and I know they were all anxious to meet you too.
Thank you for raising my amazing mother. 
For teaching her what you did.
Thank you for always teaching us the importance of education, family and religion. 

Sharon Lewis
I love you. 
You made Grandpa so happy. 
You were so full of spunk and life! 
We only met a few times but I always felt so much warmth from you
You accepted us instantly and I hope you felt that same acceptance and love from us. 
You will be missed.