Girl Talk: Sunday Evening Edition

Hey people! It’s Sunday evening, I’m looking at my calendar for the week and it’s not looking like a beauty post is going to happen. 😬 So I thought we could chat about girl stuff.  I’m outnumbered at my house, and my guys try to be a good sport about all my girliness, but really they just want to talk about tractors and tools and dirt and man stuff, so sometimes a little girl talk is nice!

  • I’m addicted to Pandora radio. Specifically anything Red Dirt or Frank Sinatra. I always seem to be more productive with music going. And my oldest’s new favorite song is, “Fuzzy” by Randy Rogers. Not sure if I should be worried or proud his jam is a song about a good night of drinking. 
  • Walgreens now carries Soap and Glory!  I’m excited to have another place to stock up on my favorite hand cream, body wash and scrub. 
  • Don’t forget to wash your new fall scarves. The chemicals in the fabric could lead to a very itchy case of contact dermatitis on your neck, jaw line, and ear lobes. And you know what the doctor will prescribe?  A steroid shot right in the booty. Don’t ask me how I know about all this. 
  • If you love baked potatoes, you need to try the smoked potatoes from Rudy’s BBQ. Top it with smoked turkey and a fountain coke on the side, enjoy, then write me a “thank you” note. (I’ve had two this week, and I enjoyed every bite.)
  • I’m running dangerously low on my can of Oribe Dry Texture Spray. I REALLY love it and want to repurchase it, but I REALLY hate how expensive it is!
  • If you are ink pen obsessed like me, try the Pilot Acroball pens. They are the smoothest writing ball point pen ever!  I do also enjoy the ink pen I got from my dentist’s office, but I don’t know where else you can get those! 
  • I really want a pair of ankle boots. Anyone have a pair they really like for under $100?  (No suede or fringe!)
  • I ran into Ulta today to grab a couple things, and I picked up a Bare Minerals lip gift set, thinking they were nude glosses. Nope. They were matte liquid lipsticks. And they weren’t cute on me. I’m having total buyer’s remorse. That’s what I get for impulse buying!
  • I also went to Victoria’s Secret to buy a new strapless bra to wear with my bridemaid’s dress. It was between one that was totally comfortable but made me look flat chested or one that was more “enhancing” but not quite as comfortable. After a 20 minute dressing room debate, I went with enhancing. We shall see if I made the right decision.  I also walked out with a pair of yoga pants because they’re comfy, and I like balance in my life. 
  • I need to start packing for my brother’s wedding this weekend, and I have a feeling my makeup bag(s) are going to be the bulk of what I bring. Anyone want to have a contest to guess how much makeup I’m packing? My guess is 28 pounds… Also, would you guys like to see a post on what I pack or a post on how I did my makeup? Both? Lemme know!

Welp, that’s all I have! I’m off to watch some Harry Potter with my fellas!  Let me know in the comments what’s on your mind?  Have a great week!

-L

Wedding Makeup Tips

In a week and a half, my brother is getting married to the most darling gal, and I couldn’t be more excited for them!  She sweetly asked me to be a bridesmaid, which I am pretty stoked about. Not just about the fact that I get to stand up at the altar to watch my brother marry the love of his life, but also for two words: wedding makeup.  I LOVE wedding makeup!  I did my own makeup on my wedding day, and I had the honor of doing many of my friends’ makeup for their wedding days. 

I would be lying if I said that I didn’t start thinking about how I would do my makeup for my brother’s wedding about 0.25 seconds after I was asked to be a member of the wedding party. I will also be doing my mom’s makeup and will offer my help (along with 85 pounds of makeup I plan on bringing) to any of the other bridesmaids if they’d like. I thought I’d share some of my tips for bridal makeup and even some of the prep beforehand. These tips can be used if you are a bride, bridesmaid, or are just wanting some glam makeup for a special occasion, such as prom, a holiday party, or professional photos. 

1.  Start thinking about how you want your makeup to look in advance. Do you want a red lip? Smoky eye? Soft and romantic look?  YouTube and Pinterest are great places to get ideas. This will help you or your makeup artist stay on track with creating the exact makeup look that you feel beautiful and comfortable in. 

2.  If you are going to change up any of your skin care, do it weeks or even months before the big day, that way if something makes you break out, you can swap out that product. Consider getting a hydrating facial, but be careful of most facials if you don’t get them routinely, since they can pull toxins from your skin, causing you to break out.

3.  If you plan on waxing your brows, do it at least two weeks before your wedding in case you break out any due to the waxing. (And maybe avoid trying a new person to wax your brows, just in case they are wax happy.)

4.  Do a practice of your makeup a few days out to make sure you have everything you need and that your foundation is still a good match. 

5.  Avoid alcohol. I know it’s tempting to have a few drinks while you are getting ready, but alcohol dehydrates the skin. Water is a gal’s best friend. It will plump your skin and help your makeup look smoother and apply better. If you do intend on still having a drink, just make sure you are getting in plenty of water too!

6. Get your beauty rest!  

7.  This is a day of pampering and fun: use eye masks, face masks and don’t forget to exfoliate your face and lips!

8.  Moisturize.  Moisturize.  Moisturize. 

9.  Make sure you wear waterproof mascara. 

10.  If there is a day that you should wear false eyelashes, your wedding day is that day. It will enhance your eye makeup and add volume and length to your lashes. If you are like me and don’t feel comfortable in a strip lash, try individual lashes. They add all the drama, but look so natural and are more comfortable.  

11.  Don’t wear any skincare or makeup with sunscreen in it. The particles in the sunscreen will cause a white cast on your skin when you are photographed with a flash.

12.  Apply your makeup a tad heavier than you normally would. I know, it sounds crazy. One of my bridesmaids kept telling me to add more blush when I was putting on my makeup, and it made me nervous, but I did it. Just wait until you see your photos. You will love it. 

13.  Fill in your entire lip with lip liner. This will help your lipstick and/or lipgloss last. 

14.  Set your makeup with a powder and use a setting spray. You want your makeup to stay out for hours!

15.  Use a fuller coverage foundation. You want to look flawless!  Makeup Forever has great foundations with good coverage, and they look beautiful in photos. 

And that’s it for my special occasion makeup tips!  Do you have any good tips you can add? Let me know!!

-L

Buy or Bye?!

Hello makeup junkies! Today I am rounding up a few products I’ve purchased in the past few months and letting you know if I think you should buy them or pass and say, “Bye!” Now if you have something I’m reviewing negatively, but you love it, it’s ok. This is just my opinion, and I’m pretty picky. Let’s get started!

Essie nail polish in Coconut Cove – All summer long I kept seeing manicures with white polish all over Instagram, and I was loving it! I saw where one blogger said she was wearing Essie’s Coconut Cove nail polish, so I tracked it down to add to my polish hoard. I generally love Essie nail polishes, but not this one. The color was beautiful, but this polish started chipping 0.25 seconds after it dried. Definitely pass on this shade.

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Covergirl Katy Kat Matte lipstick in Sphynx – This is one of those products that totally sucked me in with the packaging. I’m not a die-hard Katy Perry fan or anything, but I think she did a great job on this lipstick. It’s the perfect pinky peach nude. And even though it is supposed to be matte, the formula is creamy and not super drying, like most mattes tend to be. I don’t think I will by buying every shade in this line since I’m not a huge lipstick wearer, but I definitely think this lipstick is worth a try!

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L’Oreal Voluminous Primer – I saw this eyelash primer one day and immediately grabbed it. I love eyelash primers, and I haven’t really seen any from any drugstore brands, so I was really excited to try this. It has yet to disappoint! I apply a couple coats and let it dry for 30 to 60 seconds, then go in with my mascara. This adds volume and helps keep my lashes curled all day. I’ve tried samples of the lash primer from Dior, and I would say this one is comparable to it, not to mention it’s WAY cheaper!!

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Makeup Geek contour powder in Break Up– I’m a little bit late to the whole contouring game, mostly because I feel like it’s hard to find a good shade for my skin tone. And if I did find a shade, it came in a palette with a bunch of other shades that I would probably never use, and frankly, I didn’t want to waste my money! I was on Makeup Geek’s website a couple months ago and saw that they make contour powders. Since I’m a huge fan of the blushes, I decided to give one a shot. They have a shade for every skin tone, from warm to cool and porcelain to dark. I bought Break Up, which is a cool toned porcelain shade, and it’s perfect! This powder is super pigmented, so a little goes a long way. It’s also easy to blend. I’d definitely say BUY this!

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L’Oréal Lumi Cushion foundation – Cushion foundations are a popular product out in the makeup world right now, and I thought I’d give this one a try from L’Oréal. It is pricier for a drugstore foundation, I think around $15. It comes with a sponge to apply it, but I use my dampened beauty blender instead to dot it on my face and blend it out. It provides a light, dewy coverage (if you have oily skin, you will not like this foundation). It’s not super long wearing, but does hold up well throughout the day. Although I can’t say this is my all-time favorite foundation ever, I do think it’s pretty good and worth giving a try!

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Kenra Dry Thickening Spray – I saw a YouTuber/blogger, who has the best hair I’ve ever seen, rave about this product, so I bought it since I love texture sprays and her recommendations are usually pretty good. Okay, so I don’t know if I’m just not using it right, or I’m just so used to texture sprays, but I feel like this does nothing when I spray it in my hair. I’m going to keep playing with it, but for now, I’d say skip on this and get the Kenra Dry Texture spray instead.

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Tarte Shape Tape Concealer – This concealer was released a few months ago and it is probably one of the most talked about, hyped up concealers I’ve ever seen in my YouTube watching days. Naturally, I had to get my hands on it to see what the fuss was all about. It is supposed to be a great undereye concealer that can also be used to highlight with and contour with in the darker shades. I stalked visited my local Ulta and their website for weeks with no luck. Finally, it was in stock on Tarte’s website one day and snatched it right up. I ordered the shade Fair. And let me tell you, it’s pretty darn fair! I am definitely bright eyed and bushy tailed when I apply this! I like how it has a huge doe- foot wand and you get quite a bit of product (10mL). This concealer does take more effort to blend out compared to other concealers I’ve used, but it covers my dark circles very well. I did notice that this creases the least of any concealer I’ve tried, so I was pretty impressed with that. I honestly can’t say that this replaces my beloved Makeup Forever Ultra HD concealer as my favorite, but I do think that if you want a super full coverage concealer, give this one a try!

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Let me know if you liked this post and want to see more “Buy or Bye” posts in the future!

-L