Friday, November 28, 2014

Top Five: Repurchased Skincare


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Three Fall Outfits

If there is one thing I love, its a good look book. Fortunately enough for you I was only able to put together three outfits so you only have to spend a few minutes watching me gallivant around New Orleans.

All the info on the outfits is in the description box. Enjoy!

Click here to watch in YouTube. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Lighter Lips for Never Nudes

Swatches in the same order as the above picture

Friday, November 21, 2014

Concealer Foundation

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Lets roll things back to a few weeks ago. My skin was having quite a moment and was extra *ahem* textured and also red/oily/sallow. Things weren't looking too hot is what I'm getting at. I was in an every day routine of doing what I like to call "concealer foundation".

This is not just taking a super high coverage concealer and painting it on your face. No, no, my friends, that would be too easy. This is a more Lisa Eldridge inspired technique if you will. And it only takes a few extra minutes and three tools: A high coverage concealer that matches your skin, a small dense brush, and a blending tool.

When my skin is particularly bad, I do this step before mineral foundation but after liquid foundation depending on what I am wearing that day. The original intention is to do this instead of wearing foundation but sometimes that isn't going to cut it.

I put a glob of the Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer onto the back of my hand. I then take a tiny amount onto the concealer brush and dot it directly onto what spot needs covering. I blend right away because this concealer drys so fast! Using a damp sponge or a warm finger is a bit better for blending this specific foundation.

The goal is to use as little concealer as possible to make whatever redness/spot look like it is regular skin. This is why it is critical to use a concealer that matches your skin as close as possible. A lighter concealer that you would use on your under eye area would highlight whatever you are trying to concealer, just as it is supposed to do to your under eye bags.

I find doing this spot concealing method really helps on the cake face situation and gives me the coverage I sometimes need!

Do you spot conceal? 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Highlighting Oily Skin

It is a common misconception that highlighter must be glittery-dewy-shiny-poreemphasizing-flashy-etc and that people with naturally shiny faces should stay far, far away. And I am here to tell you LOL NOPE. It can be some or all of those things but it certainly does not have to be, and there is no reason to shy away if you are of a more oily skin type.

Since moving to the south my skin has decided to kick oil production into overdrive and highlighting has been kept to a minimum for public decency. Now as the temperatures are firmly out of the 80's and my skin is in a bit of a better place I'm playing around with the shiny stuff again. But during the warmer months, I did find a way to highlight without turning my face into a sweaty dewy disco ball.

We are stepping things back to basics here. Just like my post on contouring, highlighting is not too complicated. Instead of tucking things away with darker colors, we are bringing them out with lighter colors. And instead of glitter or shine we are doing it with a matte highlighter a few shades lighter than the rest of my face, above I'm using the Milani Highlighters stick.

A matte concealer or highlighter will be much more subtle than something glittery but it does give you the same lit from within glow that comes with a more dewy option. Its that extra somethin' that makes highlighting more wearable on a daily basis or in general for those of us blessed with over active oil production. nice.

How do you highlight? More subtle or all out?