June 21, 2015

Brows On Fleek

By now you've probably heard of people saying something along the lines of "brows on fleek", this was originally said to be started by Peaches Monroee on June 21st 2014 (marking today as the "fleek" 1 year anniversary) from a viral Vine video in which she randomly thought up the word "fleek". "On fleek" is claimed to be the new version of "On Point" (which is basically said to mean perfected) except "on fleek" is mainly used in reference to eyebrows. A few celebs are already using "fleek" in their music such as Nicki Minaj, B.o.B., and Ariana Grande to name a few. Minaj and Christina Milian also got into an arguement over Milian selling clothing stating "Pretty on Fleek" which is a lyric from Minaj's song "Feeling Myself", however Minaj did not come up with "Fleek" itself so.. yea (give credit where it's really due ladies).

With everyone's brows suddenly becoming "fleek" it has seemed to actually adopt a perfected style of its own (at least from my own point of view). With the "on fleek" style brows they are usually kept clean and sharp, fairly normal to full in size, have a nice perfected arch, are well groomed, and the inner brow tends to fade inward toward the nose. Often I have found the main product used to create these "on fleek" brows is Anastasia Beverly Hills dipbrow pomade (which currently retails for $18 and is available in 10 different colors). Of course you don't have to use that product to achieve "on fleek" brows.

If you're wondering who does "on fleek" brows best than below you'll find several instagram'ers (in no particular order) whose brows I feel are "on point" for this, and a few of them have YouTube channels which show you just how they do their brows...

mellypatrice (uses Anastasia Beverly Hills).

_jessicaivone (uses Anastasia Beverly Hills dipbrow, brow wiz, and tinted brow gel).

ssssamanthaa (uses Anastasia Beverly Hills dipbrow, and/or brow products by Benefit).

sophiecash (uses Anastasia Beverly Hills dipbrow).

pala_foxxia (uses MAC dipdown fluidline).

March 29, 2015

5 Fave Beauty Products for Spring 2015

Lorac - Unzipped Gold Shimmer and Matte Eye Shadow Palette
I recently splurged on this item because the colors were really lovely ("Undressed" is my fave in this) and offer a mix of matte (love) and shimmer shadows. These are nicely pigmented and cover really well (esp. if you have the blue veins on your lids). The downside to this is, it is a bit pricey ($42) but reasonable in terms of similar competitors (like the UD Naked Palettes), the tiny primer that came with my set wasn't anything mind-blowing (but hey.. bonus, I guess), and honestly if you swatch the top colors and compare them to the bottom shades there isn't a lot of color difference.

It's a 10 - Potion 10 Miracle Styling Potion
I'm not sure what it is about this creamy (lotion-like) product but when I straighten my naturally curly dry dyed blonde hair and use this to finish it off I get so many compliments on my hair. My hair just has a healthy glow/polish to it (not greasy) and it doesn't weigh down my thin/flat hair and I do feel it helps a bit with fly-a-ways. The downside is... I have not found any other 'It's a 10' hair product (of the handful I have tried) that I have liked (at all) and this particular item I usually can't find in store (so I either have to order it online or find it at a certain hair salon).

Too Faced - Shadow Insurance Primer
I don't generally use eye primers on a daily basis but I have tried numerous ones and honestly I think this is the best one I have yet to use (muchhhh more so than UDPP which is a little cheaper in terms of the amount of product you get). If you want to help extend the life of your eye shadow or liner than you should give this one a go.

Urban Decay - Ink For Eyes Waterproof Precision Eye Pen
I was skeptical to try this at first as it isn't that cheap (and usually I go for the thin brush eye liners) but I went for it after hearing someone on YouTube rave about it. If you're looking for a felt tip eye liner that will stay put from any eye rubbing, etc than I highly recommend giving this one a try, it's by far the best liquid eye liner I have used. Once this dries (in like a minute) it just doesn't budge until I wash my makeup off at the end of the day.

Cortizone 10
This may be an usual product to consider for beauty purposes (right?) but I discovered that this does not just remedy an itch, as applied a few times a week you may notice any pesky red stretch marks begin to vanish (miracle in a tube!). On the flip-side I have read that cortizone can cause stretch marks although I'm thinking that may only be internally and not externally (so, use at your own risk).

March 26, 2015

What Order to Apply Makeup

You can apply your makeup however you like but for myself I do feel there is an order in which makeup should get applied onto the face. Now if there is a certain area of the face in which you perhaps don't feel like adding makeup to then you can omit those things from my 10 step order and continue on to the next makeup step listed on here.

Facial Moisturizer
The first makeup item I like to add to the face is moisturizer. By applying moisturizer first it allows the face to get hydrated which helps to plump the face by circulating the blood as you massage the moisturizer into the skin. This also can help reduce redness, reduce signs of aging from the sun (especially if your moisturizer has an spf), fill in skin, and help with dry skin. The other reason I do this first is because it gives me a slightly moist base to work with for the next makeup item I going to apply...

Brows
I like to use a brow powder to do my brows (you can use whatever you like) and since my skin is slightly moist from the moisturizer that gives the powder a better adherence to skin, especially if your brows may be a bit sparse. The other reason I do this is to better clean up under my brows with the next makeup item I am going to apply...

Eye Makeup
I do my eye makeup after my brows because this allows me to clean up under my brows with a nude eye shadow (or color of choosing). Here is also where you can choose to prime your eyelid and apply any eye shadow/s at this time. The other reason I do this when I do is to clean up any possible eye shadow 'fall out' with the next makeup item I am going to apply...

Liquid/Cream Foundation and Concealer
I start by wiping off any eye shadow 'fall out' with a tissue or makeup wipe, by doing this it keeps any other colored makeup from accidentally getting mixed into the foundation I am about to apply. You can start your foundation by first applying a face primer. Next apply a concealer to help eliminate any imperfections (like acne scars). Next apply a liquid or cream foundation. You can also use the concealer again as a highlighter on the face if it is a bit lighter shade than the liquid/cream foundation just applied.

Bronzer and/or Contour
Since contouring is part of skin coloration/correction much like foundation I like to apply it before blush. Contouring or Bronzing is generally in cream or powder form and to get the most bang for your buck it will adhere better on top of the previous foundation applied.

Blush
By applying blush after contour or bronzing you are allowing the color of the blush to speak for itself on top parts of the contour rather than having it get muddled down by it. It will also offer more color on top the liquid foundation and/or moisturizer and may reduce how much blush you will need to use otherwise.

Face Powder
Applying face powder after bronzer or blush allows you to tone down and clean up any harsh lines or strong coloring that may have occurred and in the long run doing this after saves on having to use more powder than you might have used if you did this before the two. Face powder also helps to set and soften any liquid makeup applied before hand. I also like to apply a bit of shimmery powder on-top the face powder to add highlight to certain areas of the face.

Facial Mist
This is best applied after all face powders have been placed onto the face to give an all over dewy finish to the skin. Applying it now also reduces mascara from running onto the skin later. Allow facial mist to dry before moving on to the next steps.

Eye and Lip Liner
Lining eyes and lips now keeps any powdered products from muddling down liquid or gel eyeliner, and any previous powder that may have gotten onto the lips can help in providing a base for lip liner.

Mascara and Lips
The last step is to apply mascara to curled lashes and adhere any false lashes. Complete lined lips with lipstick and/or gloss to finish off the lips.