July 15, 2017

The Super-Easy Tip You Never Thought Of to Avoid Cake Face

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Foundation can be a tricky thing. One minute, everything is looking great and your the base of your daily look is coming together, then you realize you need a bit more coverage. Suddenly, your face is finished but you feel like the makeup is just sitting on your face like a mold waiting to be cracked and peeled off.  It's totally sitting in your fine lines or pores and it is NOT cute. You can see every imperfection.

I know what you mean.

I mean, where is the skin in all this?  You just want your foundation to blend effortlessly into the skin and make you look nice. Not look like a reality TV housewife. So, how do you avoid the dreaded cake face?

You won't even believe how insanely easy it is.


Yeah, that's it.

A really good moisturizer Here's why:

Well-moisturized skin plumps up and creates a slight barrier against fine lines and wrinkles. It also makes the skin slippery, which will help your foundation glide on smoothly. A few weeks ago, I got a free jar of the Loreal Triple Power Deep-Acting Moisturizer from Influenster to try out and let me tell you, I was super skeptical of all the claims it made. I mean, I don't have problems with wrinkles or fine lines yet, but it promised to make skin look smoother in one week and in four weeks, my skin should look younger, firmer and more lifted.

When I first opened it, I was scared because it was so thick. I was thinking that it was going to be heavy and greasy feeling which in the sweltering Georgia heat, I was going to be able to fry an egg on my forehead. Turns out, my skin was severely dehydrated because it drank this stuff right up.
I started on June 15 and the last pic, I took on July 10. I applied it twice a day, morning and night after cleansing. You can see how much more radiant my skin looks.I dare you to zoom in and see what a difference it made on the hyperpigmentation from my acne scars on my forehead. I was shocked.

Just for my own experimental purposes, I decided to have fun and try it as a tinted moisturizer.

Y'all, listen... this was everything I didn't know I needed!

I mixed it with my Mary Kay Timewise Luminous foundation, because while I love the coverage, it is extremely thick for my liking. I got amazing coverage with a dime sized amount of moisturizer  and a dollop of foundation and continued with my regular routine. And it gave me this incredible finish.

Oily-skinned girls can try this with a gel moisturizer, like the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel (affiliate link: Buy It Here)

The trick is to work the moisturizer into the skin and make sure that it is fully absorbed. You don't want the skin to feel tacky before applying your foundation because that can add to the cake face look and leave you looking patchy. You definitely want to make sure that the skin is smooth to the touch first.

This could take anywhere from 5-10 minutes, so move on to other things in your routine like working on your eyeshadow or hair or getting dressed. After that proceed with your foundation and set all your creamy products with a slight amount of powder on a wedge sponge after blending.

Technically I moisturized twice, since I custom mixed it for my purposes, but as you can see, there is no cake face going on here.

If you are interested in giving it a try, you can click the link below. Even if you don't buy it through the link I'm providing, I do suggest checking Amazon because it's cheaper there than Target or Ulta, where it retails for $25 (affiliate link: Buy It Here)

I'm so pleased with the results, I'm planning to try the matching cleanser as soon as I run out of my current one. Thanks for this one, Influenster!

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October 27, 2016

The Best Way to Stop Your Concealer from Creasing Under Your Eyes

Concealer can be a tricky situation. Kim Kardashian really did a number on the beauty staple when she sort of created a frenzy around her extreme highlighting and contouring routine, using a light yellow concealer.

Do a quick google or YouTube search and you'll see tons of videos on her technique: Draw a triangle of product under your eye, blend it with a sponge, pack on a powder and let it sit  while you finish the rest of your face. Everyone knows it looks amazing on camera. But I'm not the biggest fan of it in real life application.

Don't stone me.

I've just become a huge fan of skin. I love when skin looks beautiful and radiant and real. Looking fresh and flawless is my jam right now. Powdering everything down to absolute matte perfection definitely has it's place in my beauty routine, but man do I love when it literally looks like you could've woken up like this.

The highlighting routine that Kim K. uses will definitely keep everything in place all day, but has a tendency to look very heavy, especially if you're only going for an everyday look. It adds a lot of layers of product to the skin which is how one ends up with that caked on look.  And if you aren't careful, all the powder can gather in any fine lines and wrinkles that are present, which will make you look older.

If the sidewalk is your catwalk and you have Instagram paparazzi following you everywhere, by all means, be as slayed as you heart desires. Majority of the time, if you're just trying to get to work or look decent to run some errands, it's unnecessary.

So I started avoiding powder under the eyes altogether because I'm trying to learn the less-is-more approach. And I'm also trying to preserve my relatively youthful almost-32-year-old face.

I just want to look 32, okay?

If I'm all but eliminating powder and trying to stop concealer creasing under my eyes, what am I using?

Setting spray and a latex wedge sponge. Seriously it's that simple. Here's what I do:

1. Take a tissue or the flat square edge of the sponge and blot away the excess oils from your concealed areas.
This is an important step as it aids in the longevity of the makeup. The more oil you can eliminate from the various layers of makeup on your face, the longer it will take for the skin's natural oils to break through. This will help it last longer on the face and stop concealer from creasing.

2. Spray  one of the flat edges the sponge with setting spray until it is damp.
I have used lots of different setting sprays with good results. The oil-control from Skindinavia ($29), NYX Matte ($8), and even Wet n Wild Photo Focus ($6) are all good options at different price points.

3. Press the sponge onto the concealed areas, applying a decent amount of pressure.
This will make sure that the products mix well together and adhere to the skin.

4. Allow to dry.
And you're all set to go!

I really like this technique because it cuts down on the layers of makeup on the delicate skin under the eyes. It doesn't weigh down the skin and keeps concealer from creasing in fine lines. It could totally be used on your entire face to allow for minimal powder. And we've already gone over how much I love fresh skin.

Well my loves, that's all I have for you today. I hope you'll give this a try and let me know what you think about it. Make sure you're following me around for all the latest updates, and while you're at it, tell me about your favorite setting spray.

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September 27, 2016

5 Insanely Easy Mascara Hacks for Big Lash Results

I have a problem. I'm not sure how many of you share this issue with me, but I need to put it out there. Are you ready?

I have four open tubes of mascara... and I use them all.

I can't help it. I love mascara. It's the one thing I can't leave my house without, yet I can't remember the last time I finished a full tube. It's a bit ridiculous really. But I am not ashamed.  You see, my current go-to is Covergirl False Lash Drama, but I like to try different formulas. Lengthening, defining, waterproof ( I've yet to find a waterproof one that I love) and sometimes, I layer all four of them to create mega lashes. The thing I've learned is: 

Almost nothing about mascara matters more than the wand.

True, some formulas are just bad. (Pixi, I'm looking at you) However, think about why you buy your favorite brand. You like the way it applies. Yet, you can't  apply it without a wand... so hey, there's some logic for you! Anyway, I have a tip that should help me you cut down on the tubes in your makeup stash and save you some time during your routine:

Change the way you hold your wand to maximize your favorite mascara and get your most awesome lashes!

I know that you already curl your lashes before applying it, which helps greatly. But I promise you that this works. 

1.  Clean the excess product off your wand to ensure that you get a nice thin layer.

2.  For thicker lashes, hold your wand horizontally and wiggle from side to side as you work from root to tip of the lashes.

3.  For longer lashes, hold the wand vertically and use the tip to work from the root of the lashes and pull upward.

4.  Always apply multiple thin coats and allow the product to dry in between each one. This helps to minimize clumping.

5.  If you want both,  just alternate the technique for each coat

Well loves, that's all I have for you today. What are some of your favorite tips and tricks for awesome lashes? What's your favorite mascara?  Let me know down in the comments section. Sharing is caring!

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