Wednesday, November 27, 2013

D.I.Y Makeup Brush Holder

I've been really into making my makeup area cute and organized. Here is a quick and easy way to display your makeup brushes. These brush holders make it a lot easier to access and find what your looking for.

What you will need
Glass Jars - Michaels- $6
Adhesive Acrylic Gems - Michaels - $3
Beads/Stones/Sand - Michaels - $ 10 for a bag.. (1 bag was enough to fill up 2 jars)
Makeup Brushes - Your choice (My faves are Sigma, MAC and Real Technique)

*Michaels always has awesome coupons where you get 50% off. Make sure to download their app!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

The past few weeks I've been using this Hourglass primer. I got the travel size bottle for $21, its 0.33 oz.  I found it was pretty pricey for the bottle being so small. They have a bigger bottle for $60, its 1 oz. which I think is also small.

What is it?
Its a mineral based, water resistant primer with SPF 15. It creates a flawless canvas while minimizing pores and shine. I like that the formula isn't silicone based like most primers. I found that it helped a lot with shine control which is my concern around my T-zone. For application I usually find one pump is enough. I spread it all over my face using my finger tips.

Would I repurchase?
Yes I would, except I would save it for special occasions. Like I said before its a bit expensive for the amount that you get. For everyday my current fave would be my Laura Mercier primer. For days I want to feel more glam I would choose this. If there's something I really like but its on the pricier side, I usually will alternate between a less expensive product. I do this with foundations too. This primer can be purchase at Sephora. Click Here

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

OOTD - Casual

Today's outfit of the day is really casual. I dressed up my sweat pants by adding a scarf and flats.

Outfit details
Cardigan- Zara
2 tone Sweat Pants - Zara
Alexander McQueen Scarf- Holt Renfrew
Flats - Aldo

Monday, November 18, 2013

Dove Dry Shampoo

If you don't already know, washing your hair everyday is not very good for your hair. It dries out your hair, so unless its dirty there's no need to wash it. I'm speaking on behalf of myself. Everyone has different hair types, so what might work for me might not work for someone else. The thicker, curlier, more processed hair you have, the longer it can go between washes. My hair is pretty thick and has been chemically processed. I wash mine every other day to 2 days. You can go more or less, just use your judgement.

So.. what do you do when you have just gone to the gym or notice your hair is starting to look oily? Well dry shampoo is great for in between washes. It absorbs oils, helps the hair stay fresh, gives voluminous hair and also gives a freshly washed scent. I love to keep this in my purse. I use to work in the restaurant industry, and the worst was getting off work and having your hair smell like food! Well if you have that problem here's your answer.

The dry shampoo that I'm currently using is Dove Refresh+Care. It comes in an aerosol bottle. I got it from the drug store (Shoppers Drug Mart) and paid about $3 for it. There are many other higher end products you can purchase but in my opinion this works great, plus I rather spend more on shampoo and conditioner. Dry shampoo is for in between washes it should not replace shampoo. The fragrance of this product is great, I think most people would like it. For application shake the bottle well and hold about 8-10 inches away from your hair. Spray directly onto your oily roots.  Make sure your not too close or else your hair might look white. This is also great if you want to add a bit of volume at your roots.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Sigma Flat Kabuki Brush F80

So I ordered this brush online Click here. It was $21 which is reasonable for a good quality brush. Other brand brushes usually range from $25-50 for 1 brush! I had been looking for a kabuki brush for a while. I usually buy most of my brushes from MAC, but they did not carry one like this. I decided to order from Sigma because I have heard other Youtubers and Bloggers rave about this.

The quality of this brush is AMAZING! The bristles are very soft and they feel great against your skin. The appearance is very sleek. I'm actually in love with this brush. I now want to order the rest of their collection. The hair is synthetic, so It doesn't absorb product like other sponges and  real hair brushes do. I feel bad saying this because the beauty blender is amazing but this is now my go to brush for foundation. Don't get me wrong I still use my beauty blender for concealer under my eyes.

What is this brush for? I use this brush to apply foundation. It picks up the product really easily and doesn't absorb into the brush. All the product goes on to your skin, so your not wasting it. Once its on the brush, I spread and buff into my skin in a circular motion. It doesn't leave any blotchy patches or streaks. The finish is smooth and flawless. Before this brush I actually hated brushes for foundation. You can also use this brush to apply powders and creams as well.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Urban Decay Makeup Setting Spray

So I recently got the Makeup Setting Spray by Urban Decay. I got it in All Nighter, I think there's a few different ones. I decided to get the travel size to see if I liked it first. Well I do, so I soon as it runs out I'll have to go back for the big bottle. I got mine at Sephora. To purchase Click Here. Yes I do recommend this, another one that i tried which I absolutely loved as well was Ben Nye- Final Seal. Only downside to that was the smell was a bit weird. Kind of smelled like listerine.

So what does this product do? It keeps your makeup looking like you just applied it for up to 16 hours. I notice that after I apply it, it makes my makeup look smooth,  flawless and matte. This spray also features temperature control. It controls the temperature of your makeup for it to last in hot, cold, humid or windy conditions. 

When to apply? I apply this after I'm done done my makeup application. I hold the bottle about 10" from my face and spray all over. It comes out like mist. Then dries super quick.

Monday, November 4, 2013

My Must Have Hair Tools

These are my hair tools I use on a regular basis. I have other tools I use for other specific hair styles, but I would say these 3 get the general job done.

Paddle Brush
The one I have is by Moroccan Oil. I purchased it at the beauty supply store - Modern. I think I paid around $10. To shop at this store you need to have a makeup or hairdressing license. If you don't have one they also sell these products at hair salons. Only thing is it will probably be a bit pricier. The paddle brush is a flat shape brush. Now let me tell you about its features.

  • Flat shape is perfect for creating straight, smooth styles. 
  • Ions in bristles repel water causing them to evaporate quickly, enhancing drying time. 
  • Ceramic retains heat better, enhancing drying time. 
  • Ceramic loses and gains heat less rapidly than metal so the temperature of the brush is more constant. 
  • Strong and durable last 2 times longer than average brush. 
Wide Tooth Comb
The one I'm using is by Cricket, I bought it at Cosmoprof Beauty supply for about $3. The price is great price and I love how it works. I use this comb after I get out of the shower and my hair is still wet. It easily detangles without causing split ends, breakage or damage.

Teasing Brush
The teasing brush I have is by Dannyco. I also bought this from Cosmoprof beauty supply for about $5. I use this to tease the top of my hair so it doesn't look flat. This brush is made out of wood and has boar bristles. Boar bristles leave the hair smooth and shiny. Excellent for creating up-dos. It has a Slim design with a pointed sectioning tail.
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