Appropriate Makeup…

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Hi! How are you doing today? I have wanted to sit down and write this for quite a while, but just haven’t! I often think about this and can’t come to a solid conclusion. Is their appropriate and inappropriate makeup? What do you think?

I have several thoughts on this. First, I want to say NO! There are no rules. This is something I totally feel when I put on makeup. I use bronzer for eye shadow and have even put mascara in my eyebrows. That is what makes playing with makeup so fun. There are no rules or if their are they were meant to be broken. Just because it says eye shadow doesn’t mean you can’t use it as a highlighter…something I often do!

The picture I used for this blog was a look I tried out just for fun. I don’t even think I left the house after applying. It is pretty bold, even for me! Should  I leave the house in something so bold? This is where I start to have mixed feelings on “appropriate” makeup. It is so situational!

I think the one time I feel myself solidly deciding YES there is appropriate and inappropriate makeup is when I am heading into work. I definitely choose carefully what I wear. Maybe I wear less. Maybe I choose a bold lip, but soft eyes. There is a level of professionalism I want to show at work. I think again this is also on a spectrum because it greatly depends on where you work and your comfort level with what you are wearing.

If we are talking about age then makeup and fashion come up a lot. I certainly  hope I always wear makeup,no matter my age, because it is fun! I don’t think age should eliminate any look from your choosing, but I can see how as I age I may not feel comfortable in certain styles. I think sometimes we judge someone on their fashion sense to harshly by their age. I won’t lie and say I’ve never been guilty of doing so.

What are your thoughts? Xoxo! Talk soon!

 

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Short Life Update

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Hi Everyone! I haven’t forgotten about you! …So here is the deal. Life is about balance and this is something I am not excelling in currently. I am struggling to find that balance for my work-life, home-life, online-life, real-life, and “me time.” The struggle is real!

I promise I won’t give up! I will keep practicing until I find that balance, because practice makes perfect? Right? I sure hope so!!

XOXO. Talk soon!

Beautyblender Mania.

O.M.G. The Beautyblender craze is no joke and it is  not a lie. It is AMAZING. I had read a little and watched a little on the tool the Beautyblender. I thought it had to be all hype. I mean $20 plus dollars for a weird looking little sponge…no way was I going to spend my hard earned money on that! Puh-lease!  (insert eye roll) Well folks, I am now a semi-huge hypocrite. I received the product in last months Birchbox and was honestly very excited to try it. I was also very doubtful of how it was going to work. I tried it for the first time yesterday and then again today to verify that yesterday’s outcome wasn’t a fluke. What were my results?

Drum roll please……It is effortless to use and now I have the urge to trash my foundation brush! (I won’t..but I could) This product makes putting on foundation effortless. I can imagine my girlfriends who struggle with cosmetics being able to do this without a problem. In fact I am going to text them once I finish this! It makes your face feel makeup free somehow. I don’t get it. It is like the makeup gods created this weird little sponge. I found it covers my pores and acne scares like my makeup brush can’t. Even with the great coverage my face did not feel heavy or coated in makeup, which I am not a fan of (what a perk!). It blended the foundation into my skin instead of painting over it. I feel airy, beautiful, and confident!

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Here were my steps to flawless looking foundation:

1. Apply primer -I used Makeup Forever HD

2. Wet Beautyblender and squeeze dry

3. Apply under eye concealer with small tip of blender- I used Maybelline Super Stay from Walmart

4. I applied a small amount of BB cream to help with pink acne scarring – I chose Sephora Collection

5. Apply foundation using the fat end of blender -I used Tarte and applied in a blotting & blending motion

6. Finish with a light powder – I chose Smooth Operator by Tarte

7. Go fresh faced or spice it up with bronzer and blush

I cannot wait to try contouring with the Beautyblender! I have no doubts this tool will now be a part of my daily routine. I will say I am so glad I received this product in my Birchbox! It is not a cheap product to purchase so I probably would have never taken the leap of faith. I have heard they are good for three months, so I will be taking good care of it. I want to get the full life span (Save them dollar bills, y’all) If you have any questions or comments let me know! I can’t wait to see your pics after using this AWESOME product! Talk soon!