Makeup, hair, nails- oh my!

Hello long lost bloggers!

Sorry it’s taken me this long to put up a post, but it has been crazy lately. With my new job, boyfriend, friends, and only 24 hours in a day, my life has gone from 0 to 60.

So back to where I work- we have product trainings probably once every couple months and I thought maybe I could interest y’all in some firsthand experience and information about a few things.

Here are a few brands I’ll be discussing in the future:
Pureology
Dermalogica
Eminence
Too Faced
Smashbox
Jane Iredale
Bond No. 9
Moroccan Oil

To name a few…

So I’ll go ahead and put up my first one tomorrow! Hopefully I’ll be able to do this once a month.

Until then…

C

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Eye Makeup: Go big or go home!

Tips for goin’ BIG! Sorta…

Today I chatted online with a makeup artist from Smashbox and she gave me some great and easy-to-follow advice on what to use with blue eyes and how to apply makeup to small eyelids. I figured I would share this information since it’s from a true makeup professional!

Having learned all of this somewhat new information, I will now attempt to show you how to do it all!

Before you read the following steps, I want to point out that these makeup products aren’t cheap, BUT they do the job right. I went on a makeup shopping spree months ago and almost maxed out a credit card (what can I say, I’m a woman), but it was worth it. I don’t wear makeup every day, but when I do these are the steps I take. I figured I’d go ahead and show my “tools” to you so if you were suffering with a makeup product that didn’t work, these might could solve that issue for you. Hope they work for you!

Basic steps for applying eye makeup! Remember I am NOT a makeup artist and you will get a bird’s eye view of my lovely non decorated bathroom.

Now, of course, is the absolute worst makeup application I have ever done in my life. Go figure! These photos will be a rough view. The gold I used wasn’t gold enough so that experiment failed and my cream eyeliner failed so I added the liquid on top. Usually I add eyeshadow on top of the liner so it doesn’t look quite so clean, but this time I did not..as you’re about to witness…do I ramble like that a lot? Sheesh…

Step 1: Clean your face. I use CeraVe foaming cleanser every day. Although it doesn’t foam, it helps against aging so I guess that’s a fair trade off, right?

Step 2: Make sure foundation is applied to the entire eye area to set the look. I use a couple different types. When I feel like putting on serious coverage (usually for special events) I use Smashbox Studio Skin which is a liquid. On normal days, I use I.d. Mineral powder by Bare Escentuals with a mineral veil. Both of these cover very well and hide redness, which I have! And when I’m being SUPER lazy, I’ll just dab on Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream. I also got this as a sample for free with another purchase. I’ll be using this one today.

So sorry for how blurry it is! This is the BB cream if you can’t tell.

Step 3: Apply lid primer. I use Smashbox Photo Finish lid primer. I actually got it free with a purchase as a sample. I love free stuff!

Sorry AGAIN for the blurry photo. That’s the lid primer.

Hint- make sure you choose eyeshadow colors that work for your eye color and skin tone. I have blue eyes and I have fair (and pink) skin so I will use golds, blues, greens, pinks, and purples. Anything with metallic flecks in it will work for any eye and skin color. The flecks are supposed to catch light and make everything look good!

These are the colors I use.

Step 4: Apply darkest color to the lower lid right above your eyelashes. I am trying something new and applying a dark gold metallic by Cargo. I love gold!

Step 5: Next, blend the lighter eyeshadow to upper eye right under the eyebrow to highlight the eye. I am using a light pink by Lancome.

Hint: if you want a bold look, you can apply a thin layer of eyeshadow underneath your lower eyelashes.

Step 6: After that apply a highlighter to the inner corner of your eye. I will use a white eyeshadow in the same pallet as the pink.

Step 7: Apply a thin line of eyeliner by starting at the inside corner of your eye then going outward. This will give the illusion that your small eyes are bigger and make them POP! As for the bottom, start thick and get thinner toward the inner eye. For small eyes, basically stop the eyeliner in the middle of the lower eye to make the eyes seem bigger. If you want to do one or the other that works too, but to really make those eyes POP! do top and bottom. I use 2 different types of eyeliner because some days I don’t want to go through a bunch of trouble. The liquid is easiest when you don’t have a lot of time (I use L’Oreal Telescopic Waterproof). The cream liner is used with an eyeliner brush and works great, but requires a little more time. I use Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof.

Man, I sure do make funny faces when I’m concentrating…

After failed attempt #1

Step 8: Apply mascara to top and bottom lashes. I use Smashbox Full Exposure mascara in jet black. I also use a blue mascara sometimes when I want a more natural look. It’s not quite as bold.

Top and bottom lashes.

Step 9: Curl lashes right after applying mascara because it sucks when you sneeze and end up with mascara on your cheeks! I use a $3 curler from Walgreens.

This should be used as a torture device.

Hint: you should clean your makeup brushes weekly (especially if you use them every day) with a brush cleaner that can be purchased from pretty much any drugstore or department store. I will be getting some of this soon! I wish I had it already so that I could clean my brushes before I showed you all how dirty they were.

Here’s the horribly finished product…

Not what it’s meant to look like, but it does make your small eyes pop, right?

This was my first ever makeup how-to so I hope everyone can get some tips out of it and if not hopefully a giggle or 2 from my horrible camera skills and funny faces. 🙂

-Candice-

My Definition of TRUE Beauty

Beauty is such a hard word to define. Since I already stated the real definition of beauty in a previous post, I am going to tell you my definition. Beauty- “the appearance of one’s self in their natural state.” See, mine’s pretty simple. I think people are at their most beautiful when they are natural; that’s the real you. All your pimples, beauty marks, scars, freckles, birth marks, height, weight…you name it, that’s YOU and no one can ever take that away.

Since I am a celebrity news junkie, I have recently Googled what a few “it” girls look like in their natural states. It’s not as bad as you’d think. All of them look perfectly fine without makeup! Now for some of the older celebs like Pamela Anderson or Oprah…I’m afraid they’re a bit scary. I know that sounds so mean and judgmental. To prove that I’m not a hypocrite myself, I will be posting a photo of me with and without makeup for everyone reading to judge. I might as well since I am criticizing how other people look, right? Right! I want to point out these few female celebrities to show you that even though they may look perfectly glamorous on the red carpet, they are still only human like you and me. Plus, it’s just fun! Check it out…and choose which you think is better. Feel free to post comments with your thoughts on this. I will read them and respond to each and every one of them.

1. Katy Perry! I do love her music and wild taste in fashion, but the best thing about her is she looks totally and completely beautiful without a hint of makeup on.

2. Megan Fox. I am not a huge fan of her acting (except for Transformers), but you got to admit she is gorgeous and what’s even worse is she’s gorgeous without makeup on.

3. Jessica Alba. Of course everyone knows how delightful she looks and I know every guy does for sure, but just in case you weren’t already jealous here’s a reason that ay change that. Glowing skin without the heavy foundation or anything.

4. Leighton Meester. I will admit I am a Gossip Girl addict so naturally I love her. She’s fresh faced and pretty. She doesn’t try to hard either and looks stunning without makeup.

5. Emma Stone. She is one of my favorite actresses. Not only can she pull off the beautiful red hair but she also has a wit and charm about her when she acts that no one can resist. No one can resist how cute she looks natural either!

6. Kim Kardashian. I know she has aroused quite a bit of drama in the past couple years, but unfortunately I loved her family’s television show and I think she is absolutely beautiful. Her curves work for her and so does her practically flawless face that has no concealer on it.

And me…

Random finding…I couldn’t believe it when I saw what Pamela Anderson used to look like before all of the silicone. She was gorgeous! I have to share this because it blew my mind so I figured you’d want to see too. Remember these are the “before” pictures of Pam and Lindsay.

Another devastating (and random) blow I want to mention is Ms. Lohan. She used to be so naturally pretty with her gorgeous red hair, but now looks used up and  ragged. Plastic surgery sure can be a blessing and a curse. In this instance, it’s a curse.

Now that you’ve seen these photos, I want to talk about the other side of beauty. The dark side that does NOT in fact have cookies. Vanity. When a woman or man finds themselves to be a bit too beautiful they go off the deep end and become conceited (among other things). “You’re so vain, you probably think this blog is about you, don’t you, don’t you, don’t you…”

Facebook and other social websites that involve profile pictures have really blossomed into a mecca for the vain. “I think I’ll take a picture with pouty lips because today is Tuesday.” That kind of thing gets annoying very fast. I’m sure these poor people have plenty to be thankful for when it comes to their looks, but enough is enough. Cramming my news feed with your face isn’t exactly awesome.

Other tools that have helped vanity along the way involve plastic surgery and makeup. Yes makeup. I love putting on makeup because it’s like painting a canvas. Who doesn’t love art? Well, I’m sure a lot of people, but that’s not the point. It all comes back to the “can’t leave the house because I don’t have 10 pounds of makeup on today” concept. It really does break my heart to see beautiful women cake on loads of makeup because that is what society has portrayed as beauty. I won’t go in to that whole rant again, but it’s true.

Natural is in. Fake is out.

I really don’t know where I’m going with this…I think I’ve had too many cups of coffee although that is no excuse for my all-over-the-place writing today. I’ll blame it on what day it is. Yeah, it’s Saturday’s fault.

I have managed not to conform to society and not lose 50 pounds by eating a cube of cheese when I feel like I’m going to faint. It’s been somewhat hard, but I’ve managed to stay just as curvy (or chubby) for my entire life. It’s better than developing an eating disorder right?

I promise my next blog will be more thought out and not contain so many photos of celebrities that I bet you could care less about.

Have a great weekend readers. I’ll be back Monday.

-Candice-