2013 Best of Beauty

Good evening Lovelies!

I didn’t get a chance to finish this blog post when I posted my Best of Beauty video yesterday, but here it is now! Below is a list of the products that I mentioned in my video and links where you can find them!  
I chose products based off of what I used for the majority of the entire year with the exception of a couple of products. Because there are a LOT of products, I’m just going to list them rather than go into in-depth reasons as to why I chose them. Otherwise we will be here FOREVER! If you want to hear my actual opinions on these products, the link to the video will be below! 
Haircare:
Skincare – Face:
Skincare – Body:
* Burt’s Bees Vitamin E Bath & Body Oil (AKA Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Bath & Body Oil)
* Philosophy Snow Angel – Limited Edition found anywhere Philosophy is sold during Holiday season
Makeup – Face:
Makeup – Eyes:
* MAC Eyeshadows – Satin Taupe, Charcoal Brown, Soft Brown
Makeup – Lips:
* Too Faced La Crème Lipsticks – Spice Spice Baby, Cinnamon Kiss
* MAC Lipstick – Plumful
* Chanel Rouge Allure – 99 Pirate
Lip Treatments:
* DIY EVOO & Brown Sugar (DIY video coming soon!)
Misc. Tools:
Fragrances:
If you all have any questions on any of this stuff, please feel free to leave me a comment here or on YouTube!

Click below to see my 2013 Best of Beauty video!

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Happy 2014!! New Years Resolution time!

Happy 2014 fellow beauty addicts!

So this is my first attempt at a blog post in 2014! Let’s hope 2014 fares better for my blog AND my YouTube channel than 2013 did!

2013 was a rough, rough year for me. A lot of difficult things happened between family, work and my own personal health.  BUT a huge positive happened in 2013 too. This little cutie came into my life! Meet Lexi Bear!

Lexi is a Chocolate Lab mutt. When I adopted her, the rescue group said she was part Chocolate Lab and part Pointer. She has a lot of characteristics of both breeds, but we also see terrier in her too – Pit bull or Jack Russell. She’s about a year and a half and only about 38 lbs. She’s only gained about 4-5 lbs since I adopted her in May, so I think it’s safe to say she’s full grown. She’s nowhere near the size of what a Chocolate Lab or Pointer should be and she jumps crazy high when she’s going after a toy (or hunting squirrels and birds), which makes me believe she’s got some Jack Russell in her. She’s playful, crazy smart, sweet and a HUGE attention pig. And we love every bit of her. Adopting her brought me out of a very dark place and I’m thankful to have my fur-baby in my life now!

A lot of my 2013 problems will unfortunately carry over into 2014, but I’m hoping to move forward this year rather than feel I’m at a complete standstill with everything. I’m not sure I’m ever going to be comfortable with going into the details of my health issue on the internet, so for now all I’m going to say is that it’s still on ongoing thing. The main part being my knee. Right now I’ve got 3-4 doctors going back and forth about what’s causing the problems and the best way to treat my knee.

Lexi was a great distraction for me in 2013. I was able to take the focus off the negative things and focus my attention on someone that needed me. This year, I plan to take the focus off of the negative things again and throw myself into something I love doing. I had a lot of fun making videos and blog posts when I first started and want to get back there again. So my 2014 New Years resolution is to really focus on my YouTube channel and then focus on my blog when I have that down. Or maybe tackle both at the same time? We’ll see how things turn out. Right now, I’m pumped to get started and have a lot of fun things in store for my viewers and readers!

I hope you are all having a fabulous beginning to your new year!

To see my New Years resolution video and a little bit of Lexi Bear, click below!

Get Ready With Me: Pink/Brown Everyday Neutral

So this has been my go to look for the last month or 2. I’ve rediscovered my MAC shadows…and basically have forgotten how great they are. And I’m talking the MAC shadows that haven’t been in my MAC quad that I keep my in makeup bag. I’ve got 2 or 3 palettes FULL of other amazing shadows! Mostly neutral, but hey! Does that surprise anyone?
If you would like to know what was used in this tutorial, keep on reading. If you’re interested in seeing how I put this look together, check out the video at the end of this post.
Face:
Studio Gear Enriched Eye Cream
Bobbi Brown Corrector – Light Peach
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer
Sibu Sea Buckthorn Nourishing Facial Cream mixed with MAC Pro Longwear Foundation – NC20
MAC Blot Powder – Medium Dark
Ben Nye Banana Powder
TARTE Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush – Exposed
TARTE Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush – Dollface
MAC Beauty Powder – Forever Marilyn
Eyes:
Tarte Clean Slate 360 Creaseless 12-hr Smoothing Eye Primer
Lid Color: MAC Naked Lunch
Crease: Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette – Naked 2
Transition: Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette – Naked 2
Outer V: Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette – Faint
Lower Lashline: Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette- Faint
Brow Highlight: Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette – Foxy
Inner Corner: Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette – Venus
Liner: Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette – Crave
Mascara – Maybelline Volum’Express The Rocket Mascara – Blackest Black
Lips:
EOS Sweet Mint Lip Balm (Before video)
Too Faced La Creme Color Drenched Lip Cream – Spice Spice Baby
Brushes/Tools:
E.L.F. Powder Brush
MAC 109 – Small Contour Brush – (Set concealer)
MAC 239 – Shader Brush (Lid)
MAC 217 – Tapered Blending Brush (Crease)
MAC 219 – Pencil Brush (outer v & Lower Lashline)
MAC 224 – Blending Brush (Blending & Transition)
MAC 227 – Large Shader Brush (Brow bone highlight)
MAC 263 – Small Angle Brush
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
Eco Tools Lid Brush (inner corner highlight)
Japonesque Heated Eyelash Curler
Real Techniques (Samantha Chapman) – Blush Brush (Exposed blush)
MAC 168 – Large Angled Contour Brush – Blush Brush (Dollface blush)
MAC 109 – Small Contour Brush – (Cheekbone Highlight)

End-result:

Get Ready With Me: Date Night!

I’m a little late for this post, seeing that I posted the video two weeks ago (yikes!). But I did get a couple requests to list the products used in my video, so here we go!

This particular look is a date night look (in case you couldn’t tell by the title….). Not something I would wear on a first date (I’m a big believer in keeping your makeup natural and just playing up a couple key features), but something fun to wear out to dinner or a night out with some friends. For this particular evening, we were going out in Atlanta for burgers (Yeah! Burger in West Midtown. SO yummy!), but it’s the exact same look I did for a night out at a club in Milwaukee with some friends back in November. So, pretty versatile if you ask me!

If you would like to know what was used in this tutorial, keep on reading. If you’re interested in seeing how I put this look together, check out the video at the end of this post.

Brushes/Tools:
Beauty Blender
Japonesque Powder Brush
MAC 224 – Blending Brush (Setting Concealer)
MAC 239 – Shader Brush (Lid & inner corner highlight)
MAC 217 – Tapered Blending Brush (Crease)
MAC 219 – Pencil Brush (outer v & lower lashline)
MAC 224 – Blending Brush (Blending & Transition)
MAC 227 – Large Shader Brush (All over/brow bone highlight)
Real Techniques (Samantha Chapman) – Blush Brush (Exposed blush)
MAC 168 – Large Angled Contour Brush – Blush Brush (Dollface blush)
MAC 109 – Small Contour Brush – Highlight
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
Japonesque Lip Brush

Face:
Sibu Sea Buckthorn Nourishing Facial Cream
Sibu Sea Buckthorn Age Defying Eye Cream
TARTE Clean Slate Poreless 12-hr Perfecting Primer
MAC Pro Conceal and Correct Palette – Light
MAC Pro Longwear Foundation – NC20
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder
Bare Minerals – Well Rested
TARTE Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush – Exposed
TARTE Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush – Dollface
MAC Beauty Powder – Forever Marilyn

Eyes:
Tarte Clean Slate 360 Creaseless 12-hr Smoothing Eye Primer
Lid Color: Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette – Suspect
Crease: Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette – Tease
Transition: MAC – Soft Brown
Outer V: Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette – Snakebite
Lower Lashline: Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette – Tease & Snakebite
Brow Highlight: Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette – Foxy
Inner Corner: Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette – Bootycall

Liner: MAC Fluidline – Dipdown
Mascara – Benefit They’re Real

Lips:
EOS Sweet Mint Lip Balm
Too Faced Borderline Anti-feathering Lip Pencil
Make Up Forever Aqua Lip Waterproof – 7C (Medium Plum Brown)
Chanel Rouge Allure – 99 Pirate

End-result:

Neutral Series: TheBalm "Neutrally" Dramatic Birthday Look!

So it’s been a while since my last tutorial…I’ve been a little MIA from YouTube and my blog, but I’m here now! And I WILL be purchasing a new camera very soon – a joint birthday gift from my Grampa, parents and myself. Can’t wait! 🙂

This is a pretty simple look that I threw together. I was in sort of a time crunch, so it’s not *quite* as dramatic as I would usually call a dramatic look, but it’s a LOT more makeup than I typically wear. I almost never wear liner and lashes, but figured I would add a little extra drama to my eyes. And of course, the lighting in this video sort of downplays the intensity of the shadow just a bit – we’ll work on the lighting too. 🙂 Promise I’ll come up with another tutorial that doesn’t really look just like all my other tutorials…lol.

Anyway, Keep on reading if you would like to know what was used in this tutorial. If you’re interested in seeing how I put this look together, check out the video at the end of this post.

Brushes/Tools:
MAC 227 – Large Shader Brush (All over/brow bone highlight)
MAC 239 – Shader Brush (Lid & inner corner highlight)
MAC 217 – Tapered Blending Brush (Crease)
MAC 219 – Pencil Brush (outer v)
MAC 224 – Blending Brush (Blending & Transition)
MAC 263 – Medium Detailer (lower lashline)
MAC 187 – Stippling Foundation Brush (Foundation blending)
E.L.F. – Complexion brush (blot powder)
Real Techniques (Samantha Chapman) – Blush Brush (blush)
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler & Japonesque Heated Lash Curler

Face:
MAC Pro Longwear Foundation – NW20
MAC Select Cover-up – NW25
MAC Blot Powder – Medium Dark
TARTE Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush – Exposed
MAC Highlight Powder – Crew

Eyes:
Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion
All over Base Color: Maybelline 24HR Color Tattoo Cream Gel Shadow – Bad to the Bronze
Lid Color: TheBalm Nude ‘Tude Palette – Stubborn
Crease: TheBalm Meet Matte Palette – Matt Patel
Transition: TheBalm Meet Matte Palette – Matt Gallagher
Outer V: TheBalm Nude ‘Tude Palette – Sophisticated
Lower Lashline: TheBalm Nude ‘Tude Palette – Selfish & Sleek
Brow Highlight – TheBalm Meet Matte Palette – Matt Smith
Inner Corner: TheBalm Nude ‘Tude Palette – Sassy & Snobby

Liner: MAC Fluidline – Blacktrack
Mascara – Benefit They’re Real
Lashes – not sure what brand. I bought a bulk package of lashes from a retailer in China 2 years ago. But any natural looking lashes or lashes adding a bit of length will do!

Lips:
EOS Sweet Mint Lip Balm
MAC Viva Glam Lipstick – Viva Glam Cyndi
Rosebud Salve

End-result:

Updated Skincare Routine (April 2011)

Ok, so I obviously suck at updating this website! I promise I will get better at this, once things in my life settle down a little more (i.e. possibly getting a new position at work, moving CLOSER to work so I’m not spending between 5-15 EXTRA hours a week in my car!).

As promised in my video, here is an updated blog about the products I use, their cost, etc. Look forward to a much more detailed review on the Seaweed face care line from The Body Shop, coming up soon!!

Listed below are all the products I use for my morning and night routines. I’ve also listed where you can find them and how much they cost. PLEASE NOTE: all the pricing I have listed (especially anything from the drugstore) may not be *exactly* what you will find it for, but should be pretty close! And at the bottom of this post, I have included links on where you can find these products online.

Morning Routine:
* Cetaphil Cleanser – Target/Drug stores – 8 oz – $6-$10
* Seaweed Clarifying Toner – The Body Shop – 6.76 oz – $12
* Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream – The Body Sop – 1.7 oz – $16
* Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing GEL – Department stores/CCO – 4.2 oz – $24.50
* Vitamin E Eye Cream – The Body Shop – 0.5 oz – $17
* Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Dark-Circle Roller – Target/Drug Stores – 0.5 oz – $12

Night Routine:
* MAC Wipes – MAC Stores/Counters – 100 wipes bulk pack – $26
* MAC Cleanse off Oil – MAC Stores/Counters – 5 oz – $24
* Camomile Gentle Eye Makeup Remover – The Body Shop – 8.4 oz – $14.50
* Cetaphil Cleanser – Target/Drugstores – 8 oz – $6
* Seaweed Clarifying Toner – The Body Shop – 6.76 oz – $12
* Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing GEL – Department stores/CCO – 4.2 oz – $24.50
* Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing LOTION – Department stores/CCO – 4.2 oz – $24.50

Scrubs/Masks/Treatments:
* St. Ives Apricot Scrub – Target/Drugstores – 6 oz – $3
* St. Ives Green Tea Scrub – Target/Drugstores – 4.5 oz – $6
* LUSH Bon Bon Lip Scrub (Limited Edition) – 0.9 oz – No longer available
* LUSH Sweet Lips Lip Scrub – 0.9 oz – $8.95
* Olay Pro-X Cleansing System – Target or most drugstores – $30
* Seaweed Pore Perfector – The Body Shop – 0.5 oz – $20
* Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask – ULTA/Target/Drugstores – 8 oz – $4
* Mario Badescu Drying Lotion – ULTA – 1 oz – $17.00

Websites:
http://www.target.com/
http://www.cvs.com/
http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com/
http://www.clinique.com/
http://www.maccosmetics.com/
http://www.lushusa.com/
http://www.mariobadescu.com/

Short, but sweet!

Hello to my lovely readers!

Since it’s almost 1:30 am, this post is going to be quick and to the point!

My cousin Gretchen and I are both LUSH fanatics (she is more than I am!). If there was some sort of AA meeting for Lushaholics, I would definitely suggest she go! Although I’m sure plenty of my friends would say the same thing about me 🙂 I will admit that I am the one who created the LUSH monster in Gretchen (she had no idea what LUSH was until I introduced her!) Ok, so that’s kind of off-topic…

Anyway! Gretchen and I decided we would do a LUSH order off the website and split the cost of products. This way we were splitting the cost of not only the individual itmes but the shipping as well. So my overall advice? If you want to order off the site, find someone to do the order with you!!

The items we ordered were:

* Canadiana Gift Set – $9.95

* Honey Lumps – $5.95

* Playdoze – $5.95

* Two Timing Tart – $5.95

* Marzibain – $5.95

* Happy Birthday – $6.45

* 17 Cherry Tree Lane – $7.95

* Gentle Lentil – $8.95

Alright, since I’m literally falling asleep at my laptop, I’m off to bed! Check out the newest video and I’ll talk to all of you later!!

Goodnight, lovelies!