Sunday, October 27, 2013

My Fall anti-aging skin care routine!

Hey everyone!

My latest video is all about my Fall anti-aging skin care. Since I am about to be 30, my skin really has drastically changed just in the last couple of years. Where I used to be severely dry, I now have combination skin. I also have enlarged pores, black heads, white heads, and wrinkles! Now, I am constantly on the hunt for items that will not only nourish my skin, but take care of my troubled spots, and even out my complexion.

Check out my video here:

Here are the items featured in the video and a little mini review of each product:

- Hill Country Essentials Invigorating Morning Facial Cleanser / compared to Neutrogena Morning Burst Facial Cleanser
I really love this facial wash. I can use it in the morning or at night and it gives the skin a slight tingle. The little microbeads do feel a bit like an exfoliant, which I love, and it smells really nice. It also removes quite a bit of makeup, so I don't have to scrub my face raw with a makeup cleansing cloth.

- L'Oreal go 360 clean for sensitive skin
This is my go-to holy grail of drugstore facial cleansers. I keep this one in the shower and love the little scrubletes that come with it, it makes it really feel like it's getting deep down into my pores and cleaning. I also think the scent is so light, its almost nonexistent, which I LOVE! It lathers rather well too. The sensitive skin one has never broken me out, however the exfoliating one has.

- Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque
This is THEBOMB.COM!!! I love this masque!! It has made my skin so much more even, less combination, taken care of many black heads, and enlarged I really need to go on? I love how it smells, very minty. It goes on cool, but dries a little warm and is easy to rinse off. I use this at least once a week.
- Hill Country Essentials Deep Cleansing Nose Strips / Compared to Biore nose strips
I use these little guys once a week to get rid of my pesky white and black heads. The only problem I have had is with them really sticking to the tip of my nose where I have the most black heads, but it most definitely gets rid of the white heads. CAUTION: these will make your pores on your nose "open" so you need to use a toner to close them...
- Aveda Botanical Kinetics skin firming/toning agent
So, since I filmed this review, I have purchased this toner, and let me say...I love it! It smells so amazing (as all Aveda products do), and it's so friggin easy to use! No cotton balls, no dry time, just spray and go! I haven't noticed any break outs, just a nice even complexion. No super oily spots, no crazy dry spots. And the best pores are looking super small and my black heads are almost nonexistent on my nose!!!
- St.Ives collagen elastin moisturizer

My new Holy Grail of moisturizer! My skin looks and feels firmer, and the lines around my eyes and the laugh lines on my cheeks are looking much less visible. I also feel like my skin doesn't look as red as it normally does, so that is a major plus for me. The only downside to this, like I said in the video, is the smell....yuck! Straight up OLD LADY! But if you can get past that for about 30 seconds while it dries on your skin, you are going to love this product...if you can't, sorry bout ya! You're gonna miss out!!!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Water Fairy Makeup Tutorial - Halloween Costume

This is Lagan's first tutorial up on youtube! She helped film, edit, and did all of the voice over, I am so proud of her! She even came up with the entire concept of the look and just told me what to do!

I think it turned out so cute! This will actually be her costume for Halloween this year!
If you want to see the water fairy tutorial watch here:

For the hair, we just did a simple sock bun, we will do a tutorial for this soon if you want to see how. Her wings are part of our Halloween Haul, we got them at Savers, but they can be purchased at any Halloween store! Her dress is from Victoria's Secret, and the shoes are from Target!

For the makeup we used:
MaryKay foundation in Ivory 3
Rimmel white eyeliner
NYX jumbo eyeshadow pencil in milk
NYX jumbo eyeshadow pencil in purple
NYX jumbo eyeshadow pencil in baby blue
NYC eyeliner in moody blue
Dark and Light blue and purple shadows from 88 palette 
CATTIVA eyeliner in black
Covergirl 24 hour mascara in very black
ELF liquid liner in silver
Essence glitter liner in silver
Jewels in different sizes and shapes, we used different shades of blue, purple, and clear...use lash glue to adhere them to the face. 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Fall Makeup Tutorial for 2013

Hey Everyone! This is my first look for Fall this year! I am so excited for the seasons to actually change here. This week has been in the 90's and last night we had so much rain that part of the downstairs of my house was flooded! That was not fun to clean up...I have rugs thrown over all my tables drying out and I am going to have to get my hardwood replaced! :(

But if the weather is cooler in your neck of the woods and you are looking for a warm makeup look that shows off the season's best trends, check out the tutorial below!

What I Used:
ELF liquid liner in Black
ELF studio golden bronzer
ELF studio blush in Blushing Rose
ELF e/s quad in luxe (for brows)

Friday, October 11, 2013

Evil Queen Costume and Makeup Tutorial

I'm feeling a bit EVIL today....this is my rendition of an evil queen! There are so many different evil queen's so I took inspiration from them all and made my own look!

Make sure to watch the tutorial and scroll down to see costume ideas!

Click here for the tutorial:

What I used for the Hair:
I curled the hair with a 1/2 in marcel iron
bobby pins
hair spray of choice

What I used for the Makeup:
ELF e/s quad in Day 2 Night
ELF e/s quad in Ocean Dreams
ELF liquid liner in black
ELF glitter liner in Copper
NYC waterproof liner in Teal
Lashes of choice (optional)
Covergirl lashblast 24 hour mascara in blackest black
Revlon colorstay foundation
cream contour and highlight color
Maybelline blush in Brick Rose

Costume Ideas:
Check out these amazing ideas for DIY costume ideas using everyday clothes!