Friday, November 30, 2012

My At-Home Microdermabrasion Recipe.

I have been on the fence about purchasing the Clarisonic for quite some time now. However, I was able to test out one for a few weeks, and it was so similar to what I ALREADY do! What you need for this recipe: -An electronic toothbrush such as the CVS Professional Clean Power Toothbrush in "Soft" -Honey -Non-coated aspirin (the cheap Dollar General bottle will do. You need it to be non-coated, so that you can dissolve the aspirin.) -Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Can be omitted for those with oily skin) Here is my personal Recipe: ALWAYS start with CLEAN hands! Take 3-5 aspirin in your palm or put into a small dish. Take a drop of water on your finger and dab each aspirin with 1-2 drops. This will cause the aspirin to dissolve. After the water has been absorbed, and the aspirin has expanded, use your fingers to crush up the aspirin into a grainy texture. Take a teaspoon of honey (or a tad bit more if you'd like) and mix it into the grainy aspirin powder. Take a teaspoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and mix this into the honey/aspirin mixture. Set the mixture aside. Now, wash your face as usual. Leave your face wet or damp. Take the mixture and apply it all over your face in big circular motions. DO NOT Over scrub your face! You will be using the toothbrush to do that! :) While it's still wet, take your electronic toothbrush and turn it on. Make small circular movements all over your face. Don't press it into your skin, just lightly scrub your face. After about 1.5-2 minutes of doing this, Take a wet warm or hot wash cloth and apply it on top of your face for about a minutes. Gently wipe off. Rinse with warm water afterwards if needed. And then pat dry. I would suggest doing this every other day or maybe twice a week. (Any more than that will cause skin irritation.) The Aspirin will reduce the appearance of acne and acne scarring, all while exfoliating your skin. Honey is a natural astringent, and will help cleanse whatever dirt and debris are left on your skin. The Olive Oil will soften your skin while cleansing it as well. :) Due to my schedule, I do this about once a week. It helps fight the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and discolorations while resurfacing new skin cells for a brighter complexion. Do any of you have any homemade recipes to improve the look and feel of your skin? If so, what are they, and how well do they work?

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Basic Face ELF Must Haves!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I Want To Feature YOU On My Blog!

I have been getting so many emails from you, Dearest Readers! You guys read my blog, and are so kind in your emails, that I want EVERYONE to hear and/or see your fave budget beauty products! If you want to be featured on my blog, here's what you need to do! Take a picture of yourself with makeup. Email me the picture with a list of ALL of the products you used, and list your FAVE budget cosmetic item and why you love it so much! This could be your favorite lipstick, eyeshadow, foundation, mascara, blush, etc. I will choose a new person each month to list on my sidebar along with the products you used and why you love your fave product. You guys read about the products that I personally love, so I want to know what products you guys love! I am so excited to see what you guys mail me. :) It will give everyone a chance to see what other people are crazy about, and maybe we can all share some information on new products to try. :) My email is listed in the sidebar of my blog in the "contact" section!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Double Eyeliner Look

Asmuch as I absolutely LOVE to wear some bright and bold eyeshadow, on my "lazy" days, I like to keep it simple. So, short and sweet and to the point: Double eyeliner. In this look, I used Elf's Studio Cream Eyeliner in Black and I made a silver eyeliner line using Elf's Mineral Eyeshadow in Angelic and Elf's Makeup Lock & seal. Step 1: Line your eyes with an eyeliner such as Elf's Black Studio Cream Eyeliner.
Step 2: Squeeze out a few drops of Elf's Makeup Lock & Seal in it's little cup or onto some plastic.
Step 3: Take Elf's Mineral Eyeshadow in any color. (I'm using Angelic) Put a small amount on your brush and Mix it with the Makeup Lock & seal. Apply it as eyeliner above the previous eyeliner.
And there you have it! Try using different colors, and be your own makeup artist! :)

Friday, November 23, 2012

TheBalm is on sale at Hautelook!

Okay, I am excited that someone posted this online, because I knew it was happening and completely spaced it! TheBalm has quite a few GREAT deals going on right now, and it's ending soon! So hopefully, you guys can get some goodies for really cheap if there are any left! Here's my invite link: www.hautelook.com/short/3H1ay If you already have an account with this site, then you already know how fabulous these deals are! ;) Things of awesome from TheBalm:

Bold and Punky Yellow, Pink & Purple Eyeshadow Tutorial

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Yellow and Purple Tutorial

I had so much fun putting this look together! It's a bit bold, but I will have to wear it to work this week just for the heck of it!

 Step 1: Prime your eyes with a white primer/base such as NYX Eyeshadow Base in White.
Step 2: Apply a bright yellow eyeshadow.(I'm using a palette from a brand called "Manly" ROTFL, that I purchased for cheap on eBay)
Step 3: Use a dark purple eyeliner such as Elf's Studio Cream eyeliner in Punk Purple. Trace your crease line with this using a small precision brush. Blend upwards quickly, as this product pulls as it's drying.
Step 4: Take the brightest shade of purple in the palette and layer directly over the Punk Purple cream Liner. Blend upwards and outwards.
Step 5: Take a pink shade, (Not neon pink, but a shade of pink that's closer to a purple color in shade) and blend that into the top part of the purple shade as well as blending it upwards and outwards.
Step 6: Use the matte white shade in the palette, and run that along your brow bone as a highlighter. Blend a tad bit downwards into the pink shade.
Step 7: Line your upper lash line and lower lash line and/or waterline with a black (or purple) eyeliner such as Elf's Cream Eyeliner in Black.
Step 8: Coat your lashes with 1-2 coats of mascara such as Elf's Lash Extending Mascara.
Step 9: add some blush to your cheeks. Here I used Elf's Blush & Bronzing Cream in St. Lucia.
Step 10: Pucker up, buttercup! Put light nude pink shade of lipstick or gloss on your lips. I am using Elf's Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick in pink Umbrellas.
There you have it! Would you guys wear this look?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Smoky Ivy Green Tutorial Using Elf Cosmetics

So, you guys have probably already figured out that green is my fave color of all time. Well, here's a very dark smoky green tutorial for those of you who love green as much as I do! Step 1: Prime those pretty eyelids using Elf's Eyelid Primer in Champagne.
Step 2 & 3: Take a black eyeliner such as Elf's Studio Kohl Eyeliner, and Apply heavily to your lash line and eyelid. This doesn't have to be perfect, we will be blending it with a brush! Blend with an eyeshadow brush.
Step 4: Take Elf's Mineral Eyeshadow in Earthy, and dab all over the entire eyelid, and blend upwards and outwards for a smoky effect. Run the mineral eyeshadow underneath your lower lash line as well.
Step 5: Use the green transformer shade from Elf's Studio Eye Transformer, and apply the color to the upwards edge of the earthy shade, so that there is less space between your eyelid and your brows. Don't fill all the way in however, we will be using one more color to fill the empty space with. Blend upwards.
Step 6: Use the yellow Transformer shade to fill in the the brow bone area. Blend into the lower green transformer shade.
Step 7: Use a Black eyeliner such as Elf's Cream Eyeliner to create a wing, and line your upper lash line, and lower waterline.
Step 8: Coat your eyelashes with a black mascara such as Elf's Lash Extending Mascara.
Step 9: Choose a light nude pink or nude brown lipstick such as Elf's Studio Matte Lip Color in Natural. Go over it with a nice light nude lip gloss such as Elf's Studio Minty Lip Gloss in Miami.
And there you have it! The green shades have iridescent shimmer and change colors in the light. It's an interesting touch to the usual "smoky eye look." The finished look!
What do you guys think? have any of you tried Elf's Eye Transformer?

Monday, November 19, 2012

Purple Rust Tutorial

I wanted to try something exotic and seductive, uncommon and interesting. I turned to my NYX Box of Eyeshadows and a few Elf products to throw something together. Well, I'm not entirely sure if I love this look or not, but I think I'm going to use it on a model for a photoshoot! It's purple and feminine, copper and grungy. Even if it's something you wouldn't personally wear, I hope that it inspires you to wear some creative and bold makeup, or brainstorm for something cool and unique to try out! Step 1: Prime your eyes with a good primer such as Elf's Eyelid Primer.
Step 2: dab your brush into the bright coppery shade of the NYX Box of Eyeshadows Palette. Cover your entire eyelid with this color.
Step 3: Take Elf's Long-lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in Festivity and apply it from the outer corner of your eyelid towards the inner corner...but stop a little over halfway to the inner corner.
Step 4: Take Elf's Mineral Eyeshadow in Golden, and dab it ONLY in the center of your eyelid, between the copper color and the sparkly purple shade.
Step 5: Dab some of the dark purple shade from the NYX Box of Eyeshadows and apply it gently over the Festivity Elf color. Blend upwards and outwards.
Step 6: Take a nude color close to your skin tone and blend from your brow bone into the purple/golden/coppery shades.
Step 7: Use a black eyeliner such as Elf's Cream Eyeliner in Black to create a small or big wing, and line your top lash line. Line your lower lash line as well.
Step 8: Use a good black mascara such as Elf's Lash Extending Mascara to coat your lashes w/ 1-2 coats.
Step 9: Dab some mauve blush onto the apples of your cheeks, and swipe back towards your hairline. I'm using Elf's Studio Blush in Berry Merry.
Step 10: Next is the lips. try to use a light or sheer berry shade. I'm using Elf's Conditioning Lip balm SPF 15 in Blissful Berry.
And there you have it! Finished Look:
What do you guys think? I'm kind of on the fence about it.
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