Sorry- I have been so busy lately- and have not been posting enough! I am ready to start again! I love BB cream in the summer- it is the perfect amount of coverage and includes SPF and moisturizer.
This is my BB cream process: I apply the BB cream with my finger or foundation sponge. Then I add some concealer under my eyes, MAC studio fix powder all over my face and finish with bronzer and blush. I find that the BB cream is a great foundation for the studio fix. Then through out the day I just add more powder as needed. This takes like three minutes- and I am ready to go!
I have four BB creams. Covergirl, Urban Decay, SmashBox and Tarte. I really like them all, but believe it or not my favorite is Covergirl. It is very moisturizing and great for sensitive skin.
I also love the shade of the covergirl BB cream. The fair to light one is great for my skin. The other BB creams weren’t the right color for my skin. Go buy this great product! I love to find a good drugstore deal.
There are several BB creams I want to try. Always looking for a great one- and Sephora has tons of options!
So many BB creams to try! I am excited. My old favorite before BB cream was Aveeno tinted moisturizer which I can’t find anymore. Hate it when a company stops selling a product! Hope this helps you find a great BB cream!
Lately one of my favorite looks is a neutral eye and a bright lip. It is an easy look. I recommend it for anyone in a hurry! You can just lightly line your eyes and add a light shadow and mascara. Then add your lip and you are done!
I have found great bright lipsticks, pigments, stains, etc. from drug stores and expensive ones! Here are some of my bright lip products and my review of them:
I can’t wait to buy more bright lipsticks. There are so many great colors out there! What’s your favorite bright lip product?
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If you had to choose one meal for the rest of your life, what would it consist of? It would probably be a salad with gorgonzola and balsamic vinaigrette with crusty french bread to soak up the vinaigrette- yum!!
Blush or Bronzer? In the winter blush is a must for me- it gives me that pop of color. In the summer I like bronzer because it looks more like I’ve had sun.
What is your favorite all-time lipstick? There are so many MAC and bareMinerals colors I like- I can’t pick one! I also love Bite Beauty’s violet lipstick. The color is so bright and pretty!
Have you ever been outside of the country, if yes, where? I lived in Canada when I was a lot younger and also I got the opportunity to study abroad in England when I was in college. I loved the experience and want to go back!
Who is your current role model? My mom is my role model. She was such a sweet, patient mother- it is the way I want to be with my two sons!
If you had the chance to raid a celeb’s closet, who would it be? I love the classy style of Katie Holmes- classic style.
Heels or flats? I always wear flats- heels unfortunately kill my feet!
What is your favorite show right now? My husband and I love Madmen and are in withdrawals now that it is over!
What is your staple piece of jewelry? I love just a pretty stud earring. I have some turquoise blue and silver ones that I love right now.
What is your favorite make-up brand? There are so many but right now I am very into bareMinerals. I love the lipsticks- the colors are all so great and they feel good on your lips- they are moisturizing and good for your lips. And I love all of their blushes and cheek colors.
Finally, If you had to be an animal, what animal would you choose? I would be a dog because they provide so much joy to people!
I am pale. Very pale. All through the year I use blush and bronzer- but during the summer I amp up the bronzer. I don’t get tan- I use SPF 85! So I fake it with bronzer.
One of my favorite ones is a bareMinerals product. Not surprising- I love their products. Warmth is one of my favorites. One of the best things about it is it is layerable. You can wear it lightly to just provide a little sun to your face. Or you can amp it up. It is great for my sensitive skin. Also one $20 container lasts forever. I love, love, love this product.
I also love their cheek colors. I have Giddy Pink, Laughter and Aubergine and they are all great. They provide beautiful color without irritation. I can’t rave enough about them. Also, as I talked about in my post Breaking the bareMinerals rules, you can mix and match them with any foundation!
Another bronzer that I just found that doesn’t bother my skin is Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends in Natural Radiance Bronzer. It provides a pretty light color- it is subtle. But if you are looking for a more natural hint of color- this is what you need. It is great no matter how sensitive your skin in. And for around $11- it is a great price.
Some bronzers I would love to get are:
What’s your favorite bronzer? I am always looking for a good one- and I am telling your bareMinerals Warmth is one of them!
Buying makeup can get expensive so when I was shopping with my sister and sweet nieces a couple days ago- I decided to go cheap. I have the belief that certain items you can go cheap on. Mainly lips and eyes. I don’t like too many inexpensive face products because my skin is sensitive and many make my skin break out. I stick to Clinique, MAC, Makeupforever, Lancome, etc. and I am okay with spending the money for these good quality products. I would love to hear of any face product suggestions for sensitive skin that are cheaper?
For eyeshadow I often buy more expensive brands too because I feel like they stay on longer. That is true for eyeliner too. I do like to buy some cheap eye shadows and eye liners to try out colors.
One of my favorite mascaras is Maybelline great lash in blackest black. Stays on and gives a full lash. Love.
Lipsticks I buy cheap sometimes. I find that some of the cheaper brands you have to apply more often- but reapplying lipstick doesn’t bother me too much! So this weekend I spent 25 dollars at Forever 21 and got a whole lot of stuff. Most of it lip items with a few eye liners and brushes. The lip crayon was great. Stays on for quite a while and the color is so vibrant.
I also got a lip pigment I love it. Great color and it stays on for a long time. Only problem is it is drying for the lips- so I put a moisturizing lipstick in a neutral color on top. I was surprised with the Forever 21 makeup– try it out!
The next time you just want to play around with different lip and eye colors go cheap! You can get a lot for not that much money- and some of the products will surprise you!
Ever since high school- which was a long time ago for me! I have heard about how great Make Up Forever makeup was. I remember hearing it was what all of the make up artists used and I dreamed about using all of the products.
Fast forward many years and now I am a wife and mommy- my life is so different- and I am still dreaming of a Make Up Forever! Through the years I have tried a couple items and loved them.
Their concealer is great- covers well. My sister loved it so much she took it from me!
I LOVE using their star powder. The light colors are so good for highlighting. I put it in the inner and out corners of my eyes and below the eye brow. It is great and there are so many pretty colors to chose from.
Up until now somehow I had never tried the Make Up Forever foundation! It seems impossible but I haven’t! I got it a couple days ago and am loving the coverage. I got the Mat Velvet foundation– and it really goes on like velvet! So smooth it blends in. You get full amazing coverage- put it on when you wake up and set with your favorite powder. It will be on and look great at the end of the day! It also doesn’t feel too heavy. I think it would be great for people who don’t like the feel of wearing make up.
Next time I want to treat myself I am getting two more Make Up Forever products:
What Make Up Forever products do you love? I for one am so impressed with the brand quality and can’t wait to get more goodies =)
I have always used lots of purples on my eyes. I thought the purples were great for my hazel/ brown eyes. I still use beautiful purples- but another color I have learned to love on my eyes is pink.
It is an easy look you can pick a pretty pink and use it by itself if you are in a hurry.
The Too Faced Bonjour Summer palette has a beautiful pink- Plumeria. It looks more intense but goes on pretty light and it is beautiful. This is one of favorite pinks to use.
You can add to the look by lining with brown and putting a light brown or copper in the crease.
Some pinks I would love to try are-
You can get all of these shadows at one of my favorite places ever- Sephora. I am going there later today with my sister and nieces! A great mother’s day gift- a shopping trip with people I love! And maybe it will include buying more pink eye shadow!
Some mornings are hard- as we all know! On Sunday night my one year old decided to wake up at least four times. Then my three year old woke up at 6. This would be okay if I hadn’t gone to bed past midnight- darn Mad Men!
My children were grumpy and I was feeling blah. I wanted to feel more awake. I did a couple quick on demand workouts and then I decided to get ready. With two whinny toddlers it had to be a quick getting ready.
I started with my favorite face cream- Eucerin Q10 anti-wrinkle- sensitive skin. It does not irritate my skin and keeps my skin moisturized for the whole day. I didn’t put any foundation or other face make up on. It is just one of those days =)
Then I needed color! I put Bareminerals lipstick in rose crepe on my lips. It is a great neutral pink. It is matte like and again stays on for a long time. It also moisturizes the lips too. Great product. Unfortunately I can’t find this color in stores anymore- but Make Your Move color of the Marvelous Moxie Lipstick would be a close comparison.
Then I felt more alive and ready to face the day with my boys in a more awake state! And it isn’t turning out to be a bad day at all!
I am a mom who loves a good deal. If something is 30 percent off it automatically appeals to me more. I was so proud of myself when I got both of my children a 2 pack of pajamas- that are cute!- for $20. That’s $5 a pair! Love! So when I saw eye shadow palettes at the MAC store for almost %50 off I couldn’t say no. So I bought my first MAC eyeshadow palette.
It was the most expensive single piece of makeup I have ever bought- but how could I resist. I love the quality of MAC make-up. These eye shadows stay on a long time and are vibrant. I wish that the colors in the palette were brighter and more exciting- but these are great for every day use. I love there are lighter colors like Flounce- a white and Pick Me Up- a pink, that you can use to highlight. And there are dark ones, like Black Tied and Blackberry that you can line your eyes with. It has everything you need.
I am known as the make up aunt with my nieces so I had to experiment with the palette on one my nieces. I used the Flounce and Pick Me Up and lined with Black Tied.
I also tried it out on my sister. She has hazel green so I put After Dusk in the corners. I highlighted with Flounce.
This palette is great for someone starting out with make-up- because you would have a lot you need for eyes in one. Also it is just fun to play with! All and all a great present to myself that I hope will last a longtime!
On a whim when I was at Ulta a few months ago I picked out a Bare Minerals eye shadow duo. There was a Bare Minerals free gift- and I am a sucker for a free gift! Well this on a whim purchase has become one of my favorite on the go eye shadow tricks.
When I have to do my eyes quick the first thing I do is line the lids with a black eye liner- my favorite is Lancome Le Crayon Khol Eyeliner. Blog post to follow soon about this amazing eyeliner. I go to as close to the lash line as I can.
Then I use my secret weapon- Bare Minerals eye shadow duo in The Hollywood Ending. I use the little sponge brush that is included and put the light color- Promise- all over the lid and below the eye brow. Then I take the darker color- Dazzle and go over the eyeliner with it. I also fill in the outside corner of my eyelid with it. I love this step. It adds this beautiful color to the eyes and it also fixes and blends the quick eye liner job I just did!
I recommend the Bare Minerals ready eye shadow duo. Easy application and beautiful colors. The loose Bare Minerals eye shadow makes a big mess and aren’t so easy to put on. I prefer the ready eye shadow! I think the dazzle- blue green eye shadow color goes really well with my hazzle/ brown eyes. A purchase that was well worth it!