Archive | April 2011

Having a Bad Day?

I woke up today and realized it was “good Friday” and instantly my mind thought “hey, today will hopefully be a ‘good Friday'” but, as the title insinuated it ended up being a rough.. bad.. emotional.. day.ย 

I’m thankfully graduating from Cal Poly in June and one would think that I would be completely excited for this amazing step I have accomplished. However, I think they left out the part that said graduating college was extremely stressful and scary!!!!

I will admit it, I tend to be a pretty stressed out person and I get really caught up in the negative aspect of situations. Let me tell you though, that is going to end quickly! Yes, things will be a bit stressful and scary, they are supposed to be! Life truly wouldn’t be worth living if everything was extremely easy. So I decided to think about stressful events in a new fresh perspective. I will survive.. I have all the other times. I will make it through, and the places where I fail will be places where I learn. We all have so many things to be thankfully for, even when it seems the world is falling. I promise.

So, if you are having a bad day like I was.. think of the positive.. you are loved, funny, you have a purpose and tomorrow can’t be much worse than this!

Smile everybody!!!

Do’s and Don’ts

Here are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to make-up. Do you ever see someone walking in the mall and think to yourself, “who does her make-up?!?!” Or, there is the opposite thought of, “Oh my gosh she needs help!!” We always want to be the person that people see and have them say the first response and we really hope they don’t think to themselves the second! To avoid the second and get more of the first take these do’s and don’ts into consideration.

Do, Balance the eyes with the lips. What do I mean by this? If you decide to do a darker eye such as a smokey eye look, make sure if you wear a lip color in a lipstick or glass to keep it neutral, and vise versa, if you want to rock the red lip make sure your eyes aren’t rocking the dark look as well. This will cause the second response instantly haha.

Don’t, overdo the blush. I have seen some ladies walk around with beat red cheeks, and it’s sadly, on purpose! Or I’ve seen the really bright purple cheek. If you are using a brigh blush you want to make sure you use a light hand when applying this blush, make sure it blends and to not have it go all the way to where it touches your nose. Keep it on the apple of your cheeks when you smile so it looks natural and flush with your skin tone.

Do, stay in your comfort zone, if you are starting to think about going really smokey I suggest go slowly, take your time, and build it up. Don’t go straight for the black and plop in on, you will freak out! I know I did when I first started doing my smokey eyes. I suggest starting with a medium tone color. Then going for a very light application of black over that on the outter corner and build up on that.

Don’t, try to do a completely new everything. If you want to branch out to new fun ideas you see or learn start out small then go big! If you’re not used to having lipstick on, having a smokey eye, using blush, doing your eyebrows I suggest you take each of these new things one week at a time. Slowly introduce yourself to a new look by first wearing a nude lipstick. Then try to find a light blush to use and so on. I know I used to never fill in my eyebrows or wear blush and I then tried to do my eyebrows and blush on the same day and I freaked myself out! It was too much at once! A week later I tried the eyebrows and got used to it, then slowly I used a very light blush in my routine and now everything works together.

The point of using make-up is to accentuate the beauty that we already have, we use it to bring out our eyes, show of our great bone structure and to feel confident and proud to be who we are. Always remember that without make-up we are perfect, it’s just fun to do! ๐Ÿ™‚

Easy Steps to Healthy Skin

Today we are unfortunately subject to some very harsh environmental factors that can have a huge effect on how our skin ages. Living in California, we constantly have the sun beating down on us, we probably have the worst pollution I have seen in any state I have traveled, and when it get’s to be winter time I know a bunch of people who travel to snow board or ski which puts us in a cold climate that can really dry our skin out during the winter months.

It is important that we really take care of our skin because of all of these factors and, let’s face it (no pun intended) we always want to look our best and we want to stay away from having wrinkles and acne as much as possible, but how do we do it? Here are some easy and fast steps that anyone can do, let’s start from the point where we wake up!

I know it’s early, we don’t wanna get up to go to work or school, but what always helps me is a good washing of my face! I usually do this in the shower but if for some reason I took a shower at night I will still make sure to wash my face in the morning, it helps to wake me up and believe it or not we acquire a lot of dirt and oil while sleeping that can really build up. A product I love to use is L’oreal’s Go 360 Clean face wash for sensitive skin. This stuff is amazing! It comes with a rubbery cleanser pad that claims to get deep down into your pores to clean them out and it removes make-up so easily!! Also, about two times a week I love to exfoliate my face to get rid of the dead skin so my moisturizer can really soak in when I get to that step. What I use for this is St. Ives Green Tea Exfoliant Scrub. This is a great exfoliant that even helps to reduce redness in my skin that I deal with constantly. It’s so quick and easy and my skin feels extremely soft after wards. It is really important to wash off the dead skin because our skin cells are constantly being replenished on our face and if we don’t do this step they build up and can cause acne and bumps.

The next step after washing my face is applying moisturizer. Try and get a moisturizer with some SPF in it to protect you from the sun. Make sure that it really does make your skin soft and does in fact add moisture, otherwise, if your skin is dry it could start to flake and peel which can be really bothersome, and it will hurt, I promise! I use Olay Daily Moisturizer with SPF in it.

After this feel free to put on make-up and go on with your day. At the end of the day though, remove that make-up! If you don’t I can pretty much guarantee you will wake up with a zit or missing a few eye lashes. I know this is a hard step for me because when I return home after a long day I just want to sleep! Make sure to get a make-up remover that is oil free and for sensitive skin just to be on the safe side. I use Mary Kay make-up remover and it works well, and really fast! After this step I will usually wash my face again just to make sure I get it clean.

I hope these steps help you to improve your skin for the future! Any things you find beneficial to your skin? Let me know, I’d love to hear it!

Make-Up Essentials

I know I have a huge box of multiple eye shadows, mascaras, primers, blushes, etc. and I realize that a bunch of the stuff I have bought I haven’t NEEDED, but there’s a few items that are my MUST haves. Especially when I’m in a rush to get out the door to school, or work, for instance.

My most essential make-up item that I need at all times is my mascara, I really don’t go anywhere without at least my mascara on, if I don’t wear it I look so tired! The next item I can’t go without is a light application of any foundation, liquid or powder; especially because I like to keep my face protected from the sun I try to find a foundation that has some sort of SPF in it, if it doesn’t I try to find a moisturizer with SPF in it. This is such an important step in anybody’s routine whether or not you like to wear make-up, it is always smart to protect your skin, especially your face, because it is the thinnest skin on your body and takes most of the damage from the sun that can result in dark spots and wrinkles. Another good thing for anyone to have is a neutral eyeshadow palette, I say this because neutral colors look amazing on any skin tone. Light neutral colors allow for the lid to hide any veins or discoloration, and they can aid in making your eyes look wider and more awake. The darker neutral colors are great for at night to add a bit of dimension or even a smokey eye look. A good neutral palette that I own is from Maybeline and it cost me about $6 and I use it all the time! It has great light colors and some awesome browns and golds to add dimension in the crease or outer corner of your eye, even a pretty green to bring out any eye color!

Those are my four essentials that I feel anyone should have in order to look awake, be protected, and to accentuate the beauty we all already have!

What are your make-up essentials? Any suggestions for anyone who is just starting or do you have suggestions forย  the more experienced make-up guru!? Let me know! I’d love to hear your input!

Best Drug Store Foundation

I usually won’t go to department stores to get foundations for a few reasons, one being that they are usually REALLY expensive, I’m talking, $28-$60 dollars. These foundations would usually last me about 3 months and there formulas always feel too heavy for my skin or I become really oily after wearing them for even a few hours. My solution to being a poor college student looking for a good coverage foundation that won’t burn a hole in my wallet is going to the drugstore! There are a bunch of different foundations out there at the drugstore, but here I will tell you my top 3 picks when I go to the drugstore for foundation that I know have never let me down.

My #1 pick: Revlon Colorstay Foundation

Why: It gives me a full coverage and lasts me throughout the whole day, even when walking around campus during a hot day. It gives me medium-full coverage and they have a good selection of shades to suit all skin tones. They have different formulas for dry skin, combination/oily, and oil skin.

Cost: This foundation will only cost you about $10 depending on where you go.

My #2 Pick: Rimmel London Lasting Finish Foundation

Why: I love the consistency of this formula, it’s not watery and it’s also not super thick like some department store foundations I have tried. It gives me full-coverage and it claims to last you a full 25 hours, I don’t usually wear my make-up to bed so I can’t really agree to this statement, but the 13 hours I DO wear my foundation, this definitely stands up to the test! It come sin 11 shades.

Cost: This will cost you about $10 like the previous.

My #3 Pick: L’oreal True Match Foundation

Why: Holy toledo! This foundation has so many shades, I would say about 30! This foundation works very well for me because it has so many shades it is pretty easy to find the right one for you. What is also really nice about this foundation is that it is very easy to mix to colors if you find that your skin tone is starting to change because of the seasons. It’s light weight and gives me medium coverage.

Cost: This is about $11 at any drugstore

Just to let everyone know, I have used these foundations in the past so I feel I am giving a true testament to how they perform and I can assure you that you can’t really go wrong with these. Thanks for reading and I hope you find something that works for you!

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