Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Updated Skin-Care Routine!

If you've been following me from the beginning, you might remember my first skin care routine post. While it was a good regimen at the time and I used that same routine for a while, I have recently discovered much better products that are more natural, and that are working wonders for my skin! If you want to know what I slather on my face on a daily basis, then keep on reading!

STEP 1: When I wake up in the morning, I feel like a zombie. Let's just say that I am not a morning person, whatsoever. In order to keep my skin feeling clean and refreshed and make me feel human again, I like to wash my face with a delicate cleanser that will get rid of all the gunk that has collected on my face overnight from my pillowcase (gross, but true. Always make sure you bedding is clean). I always reach for Boots No7 Gentle Foaming Mousse Cleanser. It's super gentle, yet it cleanses my skin so wonderfully without giving me that tight feeling. It's soap free, which I absolutely love. It gets the job done and it gets my face ready for the day.

STEP 2: Moisturizing your skin is possibly one of the most important steps you can do in any skin care routine. Not only will it quench your thirsty skin, but it will also prep it for makeup.This product has been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember. It's light-weight, oil-free, and fragrance-free. It doesn't sting my skin or eyes and doesn't leave a film behind. It absorbs in seconds, and my skin is happy. I use this on my body as well. Say hello to Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion.

STEP 3: Sadly, I have acne prone skin, and it is especially susceptible during that special time of the month. I have found a miracle product that has seriously cleared up my breakouts in record time, and it works so well for me. I have tried everything, and this by far has given me the best results. It's 100% natural, and this stuff is magic in a little glass bottle. Tea Tree Oil has multiple uses and has anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-septic properties. The oil comes from the leaves of the Melaleuca Alternifolia tree, which is native to Queensland, Australia. It has been used for centuries by the indigenous people of Australia to treat many things, such as colds, wounds, etc. This stuff is powerful, so a little goes a long way. Try diluting it with some water, and apply it to your blemishes with a cotton swab. Tea Tree oil is to be used topically only, as it can be harmful if ingested. Make sure you get 100% tea tree oil!

STEP 4: At the end of the night, all I want to do is get all my makeup off my face and turn into a zombie again. I like to shower at night, so I remove my makeup in there. My eyes are very sensitive, and many products irritate the hell out of them. Many years ago, my mom suggested I use Johnson's Head to Toe Baby Wash to remove my eye makeup, and that has been my go-to ever since. It's gentle, removes all of my eye makeup (surprisingly) and it doesn't burn my eyes. All I do is a apply a quarter sized amount in my palm, and lather it up into a foam, and remove my eye makeup. Oh, and it's cheap, too!

STEP 5: About 3-4 times a week, I like to exfoliate my skin. In my old skin care routine post, I had said that I liked to exfoliate every day. I have learned that I was basically abusing my skin and causing microscopic tears that were possibly causing more breakouts. So now, I use a much more gentle scrub, and only use it thrice a week. Exfoliating is great because it removes excess dirt, oil, makeup, and dead skin cells. I love Aveeno's Skin Brightening Scrub.

STEP 6: A few weeks ago, I made my very first trip to Lush, and let me tell you, my skin was quietly yelling, "THANK YOU". The young man working there was super helpful and listened to every thing that was wrong with my skin. He told me about this magical soap called Fresh Farmacy, and my skin has changed so drastically. My skin is in the best shape it has been in so long, and I owe it all to this bar of soap. I have an uneven skin tone, with lots of redness and this stuff makes it disappear. It's extremely gentle, and my skin is literally squeaky clean afterwards. It contains calamine and chamomile extract to calm and soothe, rose and lavender to tend to dry patches, and tea tree to treat blemishes. It smells very herbal, which I enjoy. Another great thing about this product is that it can be used as a spot treatment for blemishes, and even bug bites! It's amazing, and I don't know how I have lived this long without it.

STEP 7: When I'm out of the shower and my skin is super clean and refreshed, it's in some serious need of moisture...it's parched by this step! Since I am in my mid-late 20's, it's crucial that I use a night cream with anti-aging properties. Prevention is key! I hate products that feel heavy on my face, so I really enjoy this night cream by Neutrogena. It's lighter than most night creams, and it doesn't smell too strong, which is a huge plus!

STEP 8: A deep cleansing face mask can make a huge difference in your skin, even just by using it once a week! It will give you a nice looking glow and make your skin appear much more radiant. It works it's way deep into your pores and removes any left over makeup, dirt and oil that your other products missed. There are many awesome masks out there that I love, but the one I'm currently digging is Catastrophe Cosmetic by Lush. It's loaded with real blueberries that are packed with vitamins that are essential for your skin. I love this mask for it's prevention properties, too!

I hope this post was helpful to you, and that you try out some of the products I mentioned! My skin is so problematic, and I know how frustrating it can be. It's only right to share with you guys the products that are working for my skin. So if you have sensitive, oily and acne-prone skin like me, then give these a shot! Hopefully they work as well for you as they do for me. Best of luck!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Autumn Equinox

Tomorrow is the last day of summer, and you know what that means....Fall is finally here! It's no secret that Fall is my favorite season, and my favorite time of year. There's just nothing quite like the cool, crisp evening breeze pinching your cheeks, the crunchy, colorful leaves, the scent of toasty cinnamon in the air, pumpkin spice everything, Halloween, and finally getting to wear your favorite hoodie again. Everything about this season is perfection to me, and it makes me oh so happy!

So I decided to create a warm and sensuous smokey look inspired by the iconic colors of Autumn. These colors instantly brighten up brown/hazel eyes and makes blue and green peepers sparkle.

  • Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Buff and Sand Beige
  • Make Up For Ever Duo Matt Powder Foundation in #200

  • BFTE Eye & Lip Primer
  • Sugar Pill Eyeshadow in Flamepoint on inner half of lids
  • Sugar Pill Loose Eyeshadow in Goldilux patted over Flamepoint, with more Flamepoint patted over to subdue glitter
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Razzleberry,  blended with Flamepoint
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Burlesque on outer lids, blended with Razzleberry
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Corrupt to deepen outer corner and crease
  • Sugar Pill Eyeshadow in Midori on lower lids
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Pixie Dust on lower lids
  • Glamour Doll Eyes Eyeshadow in Ancestry on brow bone and tear duct
  • Wet N Wild Liquid Liner in Black
  • FAUX Lashes in Sasha

  • ELF Studio Blush in Berry Merry
  • Glamour Doll Eyes Eyeshadow in Ancestry as a highlight
  • NYC Bronzer in Sunny

  • Manic Panic High Voltage Lip Gloss in Naked
  • SugarPill Loose Eyeshadow in Goldilux
*DISCLAIMER*: Some or all products shown in this post may have been provided by the said brand(s) for potential review and/or use. For more information, please read my DISCLOSURE.
So are you all just as excited as I am for this season?! I'm ready to do some fall shopping! If not, maybe these photos will help get you in the mood:
Photos from weheartit.com
You're welcome.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Everyday Makeup Look Video Tutorial

Hi guys! I decided to film an impromptu tutorial on the look that I wear and rely on a daily basis. It's fool-proof, simple, cute and quick. It also flatters any skin and eye color. WIN!

Hope you enjoy it, and maybe even try it out! :)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Bold Bordeaux

Hello, lovelies! It's starting to finally cool off here and the smell and colors of autumn are beginning to emerge (anyone else obsessed with pumpkin spice everything, like me?). If you know me, you know how in love I am with the season. The colors, scents and atmosphere brings me lots of joy and plenty of good nostalgia. It's like Christmas-time to me! 

So in order to kick off the season, I decided to create a look that was dark, smoldering, yet vampy. I was originally going to focus on just the bold bordeaux colored lips, but I thought, "Nah, what the hell....let's go all out!". The turnout was a warm, and bodacious fall night look that I just love! Oh, and it would look absolutely breath-taking with green eyes!

  • Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Buff and Sand Beige
  • Make Up For Ever Duo Mat Powder Foundation in #200 - Opalescent Beige

  • BFTE Eye & Lip Primer
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Blackout on crease, lower lashline, and inner & outer corner to deepen colors
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Buck and Sigma Eyeshadow in Elysess on crease and lower lasline, blended out
  • Mixture of Elysees, a matte purple shadow from BH Cosmetics 120 Palette 2nd Edition, and a tiny bit of SugarPill's Love+ to create the shade on lid (any warm purple/burgundy shade will do)
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Foxy and Bootycall on browbone
  • Wet N Wild Liquid Liner in Black
  • Rimmel Kohl Pencil in Pure White on water line with Foxy patted on top
  • Rimmel Scandal Eyes Mascara

  • NYC Bronzer in Sunny
  • Sigma Highlighter in Lumiere

  • Mixture of Lime Crime's Glamour 101, Styletto, and Airborne Unicorn over a brown lip pencil

FAUX Lashes in Gaga, $10

MINI REVIEW: HOLY CRAP, these lashes are long! I feel like a porcelain doll while wearing these. They offer the best of both worlds-length and volume. Oh, and they have alternating lenghts, which just takes them to the next level. I love the thin band, which makes them extremely comfortable to wear for hours on end. So if you want to feel like a showstopper like Miss Gaga, then these are meant for you! Check them out, HERE.
DISCLAIMER: Some or all products shown in this post may have been provided by the said brand(s) for potential review or use. For more information, please read my DISCLOSURE.

I hope you all are well and are enjoying the changing seasons! I'm patiently awaiting rolling around in crunchy leaves, quite honestly. I saw my first pumpkin of the year the other day and spazzed a bit, haha. I just love this time of year!

What's your favorite thing about autumn?

Take care and see you soon!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Manic Panic High Voltage Lip Gloss Review + Swatches

Hello, boys and girls! 

A couple of months ago, I was contacted by Manic Panic and they had asked me if I was interested in trying out their lip glosses. I have seen them on other blogs and YouTube videos in the past and I've always been interested in them, so I went ahead and said, "sure thing"!

When I think of Manic Panic, I think of their amazing hair color collection. I was a huge fan of their hair dyes when I was in high school. I had Hayley Williams red hair, and it was BAD ASS. So when I found out that they actually offer cosmetics, I did a little happy dance. They sent me two High Voltage Lip Glosses to play around with. Now, these aren't just any old lip glosses. They are lighted lip glosses! The LED light is inside the cap, and is activated when twisted open. It is nice and bright, and helps you see exactly what you're doing.  Not only that, but they have a handy-dandy mirror on the side of the tube. Absolutely perfect and ideal makeup item to throw in your purse!

Top: Naked, Bottom: Power of Love.
The packaging of these are super nice; not too small and not too bulky. They are sturdy and well made. I love the sleekness of them, and of course the star of the show is definitely the built-in LED light!
The applicators are the classic, doe-foot variety, which are my favorites when it comes to lip glosses. You get a nice and even coverage.

Power of Love and Naked
Website Description: "Give your lips a spark with Manic Panic’s new High Voltage Lip Gloss! Packed with Vitamins C&E and jojoba (in addition to tons of goodie flower extracts), this cupcake flavored lip gloss will leave your lips shiny and sweet. Giving you the ultimate in color and shine, High Voltage Lip Gloss comes with a LED lighted twist tube cap and features a mirror on the outside….perfect for touch ups wherever you are. The highly pigmented cruelty free and 100% Vegan and Paraben FREE lip gloss applies flawlessly and have staying power."  

Power of Love: Light-medium frosty pink and cupcake flavor/scented.
I'm personally not a huge fan of frosty lip colors, but this is pretty nonetheless! The color is a light/medium shade of warm pink that will flatter lots of different skin tones. Great for highlighting your lips! 

Naked: Medium mauve with gold shimmer and cupcake flavor/scented.
This is THE perfect nude lip gloss for my medium-fair skin! It doesn't make me look like a zombie, and it keeps my lips hydrated. The mauve color is gorgeous, and there is a subtle golden shimmer that gives it an extra pop. Photos do not do it justice!

DISCLAIMER: Some or all products shown in this post may have been provided by the said brand(s) for potential review or use. For more information, please read my DISCLOSURE.

Overall, I really enjoy these glosses. Right off the bat, I am instantly drawn to the fact that they are vegan and cruelty-free. I am definitely more of a lipstick kind of girl, but I have been reaching for Naked a lot lately when I feel like rocking a nude lip. It's simply beautiful and really flattering on me. The smell is divine...they smell like vanilla cupcakes! They also last on the lips quite a while as well, and are not sticky whatsoever. There is nothing worse than sticky lip gloss! They're not greasy, either. They feel extremely light-weight and comfortable on the lips. Manic Panic's High Voltage Lip Glosses are a win in my book! They retail at $12.00 USD, and can be purchased HERE. Manic Panic also carries a variety of other cosmetics and beauty products!

I hope this review was helpful to you! If you're looking for a fabulous lip gloss with an edge, then you'll love these.

Hope you all are doing great! Besides patiently waiting for the fall season (I hate summer), I have been busy with a new and exciting project that will be coming up in the near future. I CANNOT wait to share it with you all!

Also, to my fellow Amurricans, have a safe and happy Labor Day!
See you all next week...