Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Oh Hello, Mr. Mailman

I finally jumped on the band wagon with all my girlfriends and purchased a Birchbox that they oh-so rave about each month. It's possibly one of the best ideas I've ever heard of and absolutely one of those that makes you go, "Why didn't I think of that?".

I really love this company! Not long ago they had an article in Cosmo about how they got started all the way to where they are now. Such an amazing story. I immediately ordered my monthly box!

After months and months and a few more months after that (seriously)of being outta the loop, I finally ordered it and received my samples for the month. My girlfriends haven't stopped talking about Birchbox for as long as I can remember and would talk about all the products they would receive each month. I was pleasantly surprised to find a ton of goodies. From nail polish to hair elixir, they give you tiny samples that are customized to your personality profile to try out and if you end up loving them (which I'm sure will happen with all the samples I get, I'm sorta a hoarder when it comes to products) you can purchase them through the website. How great is this?!?!

I highly recommend this deal to anyone and to jump on the band wagon a lot faster than I did. For just $10 a month you get a ton of stuff to try and you cannot beat the deal by any means! You'll love it and never look back!

Stila eyeshadows, Ageless perfume, Orofluido hair elixir,
Jouer luminizing moisture tint,  Color Club nail polish, renewal tea bags

Monday, March 26, 2012

Mod Monday

After a very eventful and busy weekend, this morning came way to early. This weekend was spent boating on the lake and grilling out with good company along with a fabulous wedding party in the early morning hours on Saturday. Kinda sad it all had to come to an end (tear:() So with all this said, I barely wore any makeup at all, but I love having weekends like this where I just throw on a bit of concealer, brows, and mascara and let all my freckles hang out without a care in the world. 

Then life hit hard on Monday morning when my alarm clock went buzzing-a-muck at 7 a.m. and after much convincing to myself I finally pulled my tired behind outta bed. Ugh, coffee where are you?!?! Even though it was a groggy morning, I wanted to spice it up a bit and do a look that I sometimes wear that adds a pop of color but yet it is so simple and fast to achieve. Simple and fast before coffee in the morning?? Done and done. I feel it's going to be a good day when I spice up my eyes for the day, especially since this past weekend they were pretty much naked. They definitely needed a little ooomph this a.m.. It's great for spring and upcoming summer for any outfit. Love this look and hope you will too. 

Line the bottom lash line with a pop of color
 and add a little spice to a drabby day

Misfit by Nars. Dust the nude color all over the lid then
 line the green shade with a thin wet brush on the bottom

My favorite thin brush by Trish McEvoy. You can use shadows
 or cream liners to get a thin line of  color around the eye

Great brand for waterproof liner. I only use a pencil to line the inner
 part of the eye. It tends to stay on longer throughout the day.

Love this mascara! Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara
 adds doll-like lashes to any look

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Homemade Facials

In makeup school, we were taught to make homemade facials using ingredients from our own fridge to apply to the face. Ingredients like egg whites and avocado can be used to tighten and moisturize the skin when left on for a period of time and the good news is it's all natural, so no chemicals or preservatives to aggravate your skin. Whoop Whoop!! 

It's citrus fruit season and this means great news for our skin. Living in Florida and coming from a long line of family citrus growers, I've learned the many benefits that citrus fruit has on the body, inside and out. Their loaded with tons of antioxidants and vitamins that are great for your body and your mood. Adding a little citrus to your diet can really make your skin glow and help keep skin clear. The natural citric acid in the fruits is so highly acidic, it easily sloughs off and exfoliates dead skin cells. The detoxifying antiseptic properties help heal stretch marks, get rid of acne, and fight fungus.

So before you snack on one of these delicious fruits, try it out on your skin and see the transformation take place. You'll notice a brighter and healthier complexion within the first week. Enjoy!

Mandarin Scrub
1. 2 tsp baking soda
2. 2 tsp honey
3. 1/2 tsp mandarin juice

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix. In the shower, apply to the face and scrub for 2 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Lime Acne Treatment
1. 1 cup whole milk
2. juice of one lime
3. 1 tsp glycerin 
Boil milk in a saucepan and add the lime juice and glycerin. Turn off the mixture and let it cool for 30 minutes. When cool, dab the mixture on the face using a washcloth and leave on over night. Wash off with warm water.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Va Va Voom


I'm in love with the new trend of red sultry lips these days. I'm rocking more and more of this look these days as well. The ladies of this years Academy Awards were loving it too. From Angelina to Emma, these girls were pulling it off fabulously. Everyone can pull off this amazing look only if you use the right shade of red. It's better to use a more pink red if you have more pink undertones in your skin and to use a more deep red if you have more blue undertones in your skin. 

Many women have been hesitant to work the vixen deep inside of them, but I'm showing you the ease of how to pull off this classic look. Now you can rock a red lip whenever your heart desires. Rock it out! 

My favorite red lipstick 

Best liner ever! Too Faced Anti-Feathering Clear Liner.
Perfect to use with every shade of lipstick

Line your outer lip to prevent feathering
 of lipstick in the long run

I add a little bit of moisturizer before applying my lipstick.
This prevents chapped lips and lipstick settling into creases

Fill in the lips for the most part with your
 lipstick avoiding the outer edge

Use a lip brush to perfectly line the edge of the lips.
This prevents smudging and mistakes

The fabulous end result! Now your ready for
a day/night on the town:)