"High" -light it up
August 30, 2017
Blue powder highlight in photo above: Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit in the shade, "Orion."
So of course I have tried numerous brands of highlighters from Becca, to Anastasia Beverly Hills, to even eyeshadow from Tarte and Lorac . . . and they are all fantastic for natural looks, but what can one do to achieve a bold highlight? I'm talking blinding. I'm talking going out to the club on Friday night and others still being heavily struck by your glow in the damn dark. Well I have found the answer. The photo to the left doesn't do this technique much justice, as my camera at the time was not cooperating, but I will let you in on the secret.
There is a magical product by Urban Decay that is called, "Vice Special Effects," in the shade, "White Lie." It is a white shimmery lip gloss that has an iridescent, opal-y tone, in other words: BEAUTIFUL. So here's the trick. Dab this product on your finger gently rub it directly on your face, wherever you need your highlight. Now, a little goes a long way with this stuff, so use with caution. After you are done applying that and blending it out (as you would with any highlight) use your powder highlight of choice to dust over and set the lip gloss. This will matte-ify everything and blend it in a bit more. I do want to warn you, though, once applied, the lip gloss is very bright and has a prominent blue sheen. It is very pretty, but I would not use this technique if you are going for something more natural, as this should be used for a very intense highlight.
Try it out, use the same technique with a different product, tag me in your photos - I would love to see your looks! -- xoxo
The Great Minnesota Get-Together
September 4, 2017
I've only ever been to the Minnesota State Fair, so I don't know how unique and outlandish our foods really are. Pictured here is a deep-fried Twinkie on-a-stick. Yep, they took that squishy yellow sponge cake with cream on the inside and fried it. It sounds so bad that it could be good, but in my opinion, it wasn't super extravagant. It was like a bland mushy doughnut with chocolate sauce on the top. It didn't taste bad at all, but I probably wouldn't spend the money on it again. I would, however, like to try a deep-fried candy bar. I think they have Oreo, Reese's, Snickers, and Milky Way, and I've heard that the deep-fried Oreo is to-die-for. Definitely a must-try for next year!
Onto the infamous Cheese Curds. I bought a bucket of them for $15.00. Yes, a bucket. I won't release any information on the number of cheese curds I had consumed, because really I am ashamed of it. Though Minnesotans are not the ones referred to as "Cheeseheads," (hey, Wisco) Cheese Curds are one of, if not, the staple food of the Minnesota State Fair, and boy are they GREAT.
Other foods that I ate at the fair include; corn fritters, a pronto pup, mini doughnuts, beer (lots of it), frozen coffee, and Sweet Martha's Cookies!
Do you have a State or County Fair that you enjoy going to? What are your favorite foods there? Leave a comment on my photos on Instagram, I'd love to hear about all of the yummy/crazy treats out there! -- xoxo
I'm your "Other" Mother
October 2, 2017
Coraline, (2009) is a rather dark animated movie that is essentially about a young, curious girl who quickly grows bored of her new home and finds a hidden door that she ventures through every night where her "other" life is. There you find her creepy "Other Mother," whom makes repeat attempts to corrupt Coraline and sew buttons into her eyes to force her to become one of them. This look portrays the "less-crazy" version of the Other Mother, before she turns into a soul-eating, long, skinny spider monster. I was going to film a tutorial on how to achieve this look but it would have turned out to be more like a two-hour long movie, sooo I did not. Really the hardest part is making your eyebrows non-existent. Of course, I used a glue stick and concealer, yadda yadda,. But my eyebrows are so thick and dark, it took a lot of work. These are also real buttons used only for the photo, as there is absolutely no way I could open my eyes with these taped directly on my lids (yes, I took this with my eyes closed an hoped for the best). For my costume that I wore out on Halloween, I manipulated my own buttons to fit around my eyes, so that I could still blink, by wrapping felt around a couple times and super-gluing it around the back of the button. I then attached it around my eyes with liquid latex. It was exceptionally hard to see through the tiny button holes, but worth it for the look!. The rest of the makeup is pretty self explanatory. I used face paint from Michael's and work this sweater that my mom had in her closet. Don't forget the giant sewing needle and thread! What has been your favorite Halloween costume to wear?? Please share with me! -- xoxo
Colored Contacts OMG!!!
February 27, 2018
Have you ever wondered what you would look like with a different eye color? I know I have! I was born with dark chocolate eyes, which go with pretty much any type of makeup, but it can get boring at times! Sure, you can edit your eye color with various photo apps, but wouldn't it be cool to have a different eye color in the real life? That actually move with your eyeballs? That's what contacts are for! I was hesitant to try them at first, but they are not as scary as you would think (unless you place them inside-out, that hurts).
I just recently purchased two different pairs of colored contacts - a golden hazel pair and a grey blue pair (pictured to the right). I'm not going to lie, the blue pair makes me feel like a fairy princess, and the hazel pair makes me feel like a Marvel villain. The pair I choose to wear depends on my mood that day, I guess!
I'm going to be honest, I get a lot of shit in my eyes when I'm doing my makeup, which is not great but it happens, so touching my eyes is no big deal to me. You just have to get used to having the actual lens suction to your eye, and be sure the lens is completely clear of debris before placing it. Once the lens is attached to your eye, all you have to do is roll your eyeballs around and they will automatically maneuver into place - voila! One more thing to remember is ALWAYS keep your contact lenses moist and clean. Keep them tightly sealed and submerged in solution to avoid them drying out - because there is no saving them after that happens.
I purchased both pairs of lenses from a company called "Luminous Lenses." They run at about $45 plus shipping per pair and come with a full bottle of solution and two contact lens cases. I highly recommend purchasing from them, they ship super fast and their quality is superb - they last about a year if taken care of properly, and look natural!
Share your colored contact lens photos with me! Where do you get yours? -- xoxo
Things that are said to/about women vs. things that should be said
March 2, 2018
Too many times have I heard a person call myself or another woman "fat," "prude," "moody," etc., and I am not ok with it. Disclaimer: Men can and are absolutely labeled and called various names, but these are some things I have heard that have pertained particularly to women.
"She has gained weight." vs. "She looks healthy/happy."
"She is a prude." vs. "She has the right to make her own decisions."
"She dresses like a prostitute." vs. "She wears clothes that make her feel good."
"She is emotional." vs. "She may be going through something."
"She is annoying." vs. "She has personality."
"She is clingy." vs. "She cares."
"She is psycho." vs. "She has character."
The best of every type of makeup I've ever tried
March 7, 2018
Primer: Smashbox Photo-Finish Primer
Foundation: Estee Lauder Double Wear
Concealer: Tarte Shape Tape
Brows: Anastasia DipBrow Pomade
Setting Powder: Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
Lipstick: Stila Stay-All-Day Liquid Lipstick
Contour: Nars stick / Kat Von D Shade + Light Palette
Lip Liner: Covergirl
Eyeliner: NYX Epic Liquid Liner / Covergirl stick
Eyeshadow: Kylie Cosmetics Take me on Vacation Palette