Are Some Essentials REALLY Essential?

The other day I was putting on my makeup and I started wondering…. were all these products really essential to the look I was going for every day? The answer to this question is NO! I came to realize that I had four brown eyeshadow pallets and yet I only wore eyeshadow on special occasions. Men (and honestly some women) seem to think that a girl loves buying makeup and wearing makeup. While it may be true that we like to wear makeup, buying makeup can hurt our wallets. So, rather than thinking that your makeup essentials are the essentials you should have. Here are the ones I think are a must have for any beginner:

  1. Mascara
  2. eyeliner (this is essential for me but doesn’t have to be for you)
  3. foundation (liquid or powder)
  4. concealer
  5. blush (give your cheeks a little color)
  6. setting spray
  7. lipstick (you don’t need many colors but it allows you to change up your look from time to time)

For your foundation, you can choose one or the other as well as both but if you choose both be careful you don’t overdo it with the application. Concealer is a good tool to conceal any dark circles or spots and can give your eyes a little highlight under the eyes if you decide to go with one shade lighter than your foundation color. Setting spray is an essential because it’ll keep your makeup in place all day. Lipstick is an essential but it doesn’t have to be. Find the essential makeup products that work for you.

Leave a comment below with your favorite essential product!

:-* MMB

Foundation Favs!

Foundation is one of my favorite makeup tools! And while I’m all for showing my natural skin and giving it some love, foundation is a great for those fancy days. Even in my early twenties I still have the acne issues I developed in my later teen years. So on the days that I want them to go away I like to use a foundation that will cover them well. The three I want to talk about have helped my roommate, my sister, and me through this fall weather.

The first one I want to talk about is the Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation. This is one that I have tried in the past. It didn’t cover my dark circles and by the end of day it looked like the foundation had washed off. BUT my sister uses this foundation daily and she says it works great for her skin and covers what she needs it to. For her it also stays on all day, which is perfect for the job she has. This foundation can be found at any major department store that sells makeup or at any beauty retailer. The cheapest I have found is around $12-15 which isn’t bad.

The next Foundation I want to talk about is the CoverGirl Aqua Smooth Foundation. Now if you have sisters you know that you sometimes tend to share makeup. So for me, one of my sisters is allergic to something in CoverGirl makeup so just in case I try not to buy it, but I don’t think this line of foundation is a bad one. This one is found at any drug store for at least $10. My roommate uses this one and she says that it applies smoothly and she likes that it is applied as a powder but has a liquid base to it. She is someone who doesn’t wear makeup too often but when she does she says that this one moisturizes her skin and gives her the coverage she needs.

The last Foundation I want to talk about is one that I have recently started using. It’s called Too Faced Born This Way. This one can be found at any beauty retailer and is a little more pricey, at $20-30. But I think this one is worth it because it is not an oil based foundation (which for me feels heavy on my skin throughout the day). This one has a base of coconut water and makes me feel like I’m not wearing any face makeup throughout the day. Also the coconut water hydrates my skin throughout the day.

So there you have it! These are three foundations I would recommend for the Fall/Winter weather, considering that these two seasons tend to dry out the skin more. Try them out! If you have any other Foundations you think I should try out, leave a comment down below!

:-* MMB

Why Are Makeup Remover/Wipes Important?

When I first started wearing makeup, I had NO idea how it can affected my skin. As I learned I came to know how important makeup whips/ remover was. Your probably thinking why is this girl going to go on a rant about makeup remover of any kind right? But removing your makeup is important!

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Did you know that when you wear makeup you can get 50% more dirt stuck in your pores? When makeup covers your face, it clogs your pores which doesn’t allow them to breath and allows them to open more, which makes them swallow anything they come into contact with (dirt, oil, etc). Sometimes makeup is stubborn, which is why makeup remover is great. The alcohol used in makeup remover/whips is gentle enough to work the makeup out of your skin as well as dirt without bursting the pores open. Although, makeup remover isn’t the only step you should take to allowing your skin to breath, it is the first and best step after wearing makeup all day. Next time you go to the makeup store to make your next big purchase consider purchasing some makeup remover/whips. The affect will eventually show you how helpful this tool can be to wearing makeup everyday!

Fall In Love With These Eyes

As I have stated before: Fall is a great time to change up your look! And one of my favorite ways is with the eyes! Add a little bit of eyeshadow to your daily routine! I’m not saying go all out and wear the same look to work as you would for going out. But if the leaves are changing a bit than why shouldn’t we?

A lot of my new eye looks come from Pinterest! It is so easy to find eye shadow looks that have the fall browns, golds, grey, and blacks in them!  Here are some looks that I would try if I was going out. (some I have tried and some I haven’t)

If you are looking for a more natural look… here is one I found and what I love about it is it is it’s broken down for me into a step by step so that I don’t have to wonder exactly what colors were used:

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This look is so easy and looks like it take no time. But look at the end product! Gorgeous no?

Lastly, I did find a photo when looking through these looks that I love because it is what I use to break down most of my eyeshadow looks when applying them! It is my secret weapon and I’m going to share it with you:

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Using this breakdown really helped me and I hope it helps you guys too! Let me know if it does in the comments below!

:-* MMB

Fall Into A New Eye Shadow Look

With Fall coming in just a few days, everything is changing! The leaves, the weather, style choices, & your daily makeup routine! This is the time when colors change so, browns, grey, yellows, & reds are becoming more prominent! This means your makeup should change too. Instead of going for the pinks and the whites like you did in the summer, go a little darker!

Use a little less of the bronzer and go more for the rosy cheek look. The rosy cheek look will give you the appearance of being in the cold as if you were exploring the beginning of fall all day! You should also start playing around with eyeshadow palette colors!

Some of my favorites around this time of year are ones with golden tones for the focal point. Using all different shades of brown will help the look. But sometimes you should change that up and put a little bit of grey or black into the mix. It makes it more daring and gives the look something new!

Following the trend or not is up to you! But for me, I love following it because each time I do, I put a little spin on it and make it my own! Make your eyeshadow look this fall your own!

:-* MMB

Back To School: Makeup Ideas

Back to school is a great time to reinvent yourself, Try new things. One of my new favorite things to attempt is changing my makeup a little. Most people who knew me in high school knew I always wore eyeliner on my waterline. So in my last year I changed it up and started working on my cat eye. By the end of that year my eye makeup looked very similar to this picture I posted of Lucy Hale.

Over the years I have slowly changed little bits of my makeup to fit my personality. And for some reason they always begin in the beginning of fall season. One thing that I encourage anyone, who doesn’t do this regularly, to try is eye shadow. I used to be opposed to eye shadow because I thought it was too dressy for everyday. But this fall I have started to try to work it just a little bit at a time into my daily routine. screen-shot-2016-09-06-at-3-19-39-pm You’d be amazed at how just a little eye shadow can enhance the look you are going for. Granted I still go back to my eyeliner at the water line or just cat eye. But by adding a little bit of eye shadow, my look has changed overtime.

One tip I have though is that eye shadow takes time to get just right. It also takes time to do every morning. I’ve made the commitment to add that extra time of applying eye shadow in my morning routine. Will you? Try it out. As you try new colors and new combinations you’ll see how different your look gets with every new experiment!

July Special

For those of us in the US today is a big day! It’s our Independence Day! This means everywhere you go will be surrounded by red, white, and blue! So I wanted to dedicate the first make up ideas in July to this day! Some do not think there are so many options to choose from but there are so many options out there! During this time Pinterest is your best friend! When I searched fro 4th of July makeup these are some I came across that you could give a shot:

You could also change things up and instead of doing one color on the lips, make it the focal point:

Try any of these ideas and you will be surprised by what people think. Most will probably tell you they “wish they had the guts to try it”. Try something new if you want to or stay with the classics of red lips and white or blue eye shadow! It’s completely your choice! Celebrate your 4th of July with some fun and how you want to!