Beauty Self Care Tips 2017

Beauty Self Care Tips 2017

As many of you may know, self care is a big deal for me. I have an extremely bad habit of getting distracted and forgetting to take proper care of myself. That means I’m constantly on the lookout for new and improved ways I can keep up with maintenance on myself. You can check out my Tips of Daily Care for more ways I found that help me, but today I wanted to focus on some beauty-related tips because lately I’ve been noticing some new things I thought some of you would find helpful.

  • Pick a scent

As I mentioned in my Fall Beauty Essentials post, I like to pick a scent. Right now I’m sticking with honey, because I love the products I’ve found, and the scent is literally so nice. Doing this makes me enjoy the products I’m using, and gives me a weird sort of peace of mind that all of my beauty products smell the same. You can take it a step further and pick a scent that ties into aromatherapy. I know many people choose peppermint, or other essential oils to help them with things like anxiety, depression, or energy.

While we’re on the topic of aromatherapy, I know of this brand called Monq. They have these diffusers for essential oils. They have blends that are supposed to help with things like providing energy, making you feel vibrant, and other peaceful things. You can check out their website here.

  • Determine your favorite products

There are certain things I’ve noticed that when I wear them, I instantly feel better about my appearance. This gives me a sense of security because I know that I love the way I look. Personally, the redness of my cheeks makes me really insecure. Also, since I have really bushy eyebrows, it’s easy for them to get out of control. And then, there’s my constant worry of having chapped lips. Although the thought of wearing a full face of makeup everyday seems amazing, it also isn’t practical, at least for me. So I’ve caught myself thinking “Just do your eyebrows”. Sitting down to do my eyebrows also makes me take a second to realize I have time to put on my concealer, and my lip balm. Doing these tiny things everyday has helped me feel more confidence in my appearance, which makes me feel better in general. It’s step in making more time for yourself in the morning, as well getting to use your beauty products on a more day-to-day basis.

  • Exfoliate

I used to not be a believer in exfoliation, but now I’m a diehard fan. I love exfoliates so much, it’s gotten to the point where I don’t even want to buy the soap unless it has sugar crystals, microbubbles, or some other form of scrubby substance. Ever since I began using exfoliates on my face, I’ve noticed a drastic difference in the way my skin feels. My face is soft, smooth, and I can tell all the oils and pollutants have been removed. You can use an exfoliating wash on your dry areas like your knees, elbows, and the bottom of your feet. I like to use a body wash with sugar crystals to make sure I’m soft all over. I even use a lip scrub from LUSH, which has definitely played a part in the smoothness of my lips this season. Click for their Honey Vanilla scrub, but they also have seasonal flavors like Sugar Plum and Santa Baby. I want to finish out the one I have before buying another, but it’s really tempting.

  • Do (or do not) paint your nails

Painting your nails is a good way to make sure you feel proud of your look. It’s just an extra sum-sum to say BAM! But really, when that color starts chipping and my nails start breaking, my self esteem is an ugly sight. I can’t stand to see the tips of my nails all chipped and torn. Or when you’re painting your nails and nail polish gets all over the tip of your finger. Don’t you just hate that? What I’m saying here is: if you’re going to paint your nails, make sure you’re gonna keep up with it. When the paint starts chipping, remove the polish. Trust me. Just do it. I have a bad habit of letting my polish chip all the all down to my cuticles, and I feel bad about it the whole time. I hate when I’m feeling bad and boujee, only to look down at my hands to realize they look like s**t. Paint them. When they chip, remove the polish. It’s time consuming, but it’ll make you feel better.

  • Wear perfume

Honey, do you wanna feel extra? Wanna walk around with that little kick in your step? Sprints on some of your favorite perfume. Every now and again you’ll get a whiff of it and it’ll remind you of who you are. You are the little lady or gentleman that smells goooooooddddddd. It makes a difference. You’d be surprised.

My last and biggest beauty care tip is this:

Understand and appreciate yourself. Some days your hair is going to look like a mess. And sometimes, there’s just nothing you can do about that. Somedays, you really just aren’t going to want to take off your nail polish, and you’re gonna have to just say “I’m doing what I can”. I don’t always feel like putting on concealer, or maybe I simply don’t have the time. But that’s okay. The tips above are just little things you can incorporate into your life if you’ve been feeling a little down. Add one or two into your daily routine. It may turn some days around for you.

I hope this helps y’all little spirits out there. We’re all beautiful in our own ways, taking each day one step at a time. I like to share my tips as I see them making my life flourish, and spread as much help as I can. Thank you for reading. Until next time,

 

Fall Makeup Look: Golden Glitter

Fall Makeup Look: Golden Glitter

Good afternoon friends! I hope all of you have had a wonderful day, week, and year! It is coming to an end soon after all. NOVEMBER already???? Is October really over? I’ve checked the calendar 5 times and yes, Halloween was yesterday, and yes I’m distraught about it.

However, since we’re starting a new month, I figured I should change things up a bit. I burnt my pumpkin candle, so now I’m switching to my Hazelnut & Cream candle. I’ve used up all of my honey facial scrub, so I’ve switched to an unscented one I got from Ispy (surprise, surprise). Since all these changes are happening, I figure I should change up my color scheme too.

I don’t know if many of you do this, or if I’m the only weird one around, but along with changing out candles and products, I also include changing out colors. For the early part of Autumn, I really enjoyed red and yellow. Then, for October, I switched to oranges. Now that the leaves are officially dying, I’m going to be switching to browns and golds. I wanted to do a makeup look inspired by this change. It’s been awhile since I’ve done just one makeup look, so I made this sort of like a tutorial for those of you who may want to recreate this look at home.

The glitter eyeliner over black eyeliner trend has been surfacing for some time now. Lately, makeup enthusiasts everywhere have been getting more and more creative with how they wear their looks. I wanted to jump on the bandwagon because I love it so much, but wanted to make it wearable this fall season.

I love how the glitter shines subtly enough to be realistic, but dazzling enough to be glamorous. The neutral browns make it so your eye makeup isn’t too smokey, which I find makes this look sophisticated. Adding the pop of gold just brings your eyes to the top of the flattering pyramid. I’m going to go through this look step-by-step with you, showing what products I used, the order I went in, and some tips along the way.

(Gentle reminder that these steps are the ones I took to create the look that’s photographed. Feel free to add additional steps that fit you best and add your own unique beautiful touch.)

STEP 1:

You could start off with a primer, or toner, or moisturizer, basically just whatever you prefer. You could start with all 3 if that what makes you feel best. I usually start with a face toner. Since it’s more of a personal choice, I’m going to start this off by showing y’all my concealer:

This is my Maybelline Fit Me concealer. As you can see, I use it A LOT. You saw this in my Drugstore Beauty Haul not too long ago. This wonderful creation has done so much for me. It does a fantastic job at evening out my skintone and hiding my blemishes. This was definitely a good buy. I buff this out with my Face Expert Real Techniques brush and set it with my It! Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores powder that I got from Ipsy.

Step 2:

Next, I’m sure to go in with my ColourPop Brow Boss eyebrow pen and spoolie duo. I got this from yet another Ipsy package (click on the image above to read that post). This pen makes doing my eyebrows so simple that it’s easy to throw into my morning routine. I love this little guy.

Step 3: Now here’s the fun part.

Now, we get into the eyeshadow. For the actual shades, I wanted to be sure I stuck to the neutral browns, since that is the color palette I’m going for this November. I decided to put my ABH palette back in it’s adorable box and whip out my other Autumn palette: Kat Von D Shade and Light.

(Please excuse all the loose eyeshadow littering this palette)

As you may know, this Shade and Light palette comes with 3 quads. There’s this brown toned one on the left. The black and white quad in the middle. Last, there’s the red and orange group on the right. For this look, I utilized this brown quad.

I used the top light shade as a transition, so I applied it all over my lid. Then, using an angled blending brush, I went in with the light brown shade on the far left to darken up my crease and outer corners. To deepen the look, I used the middle darkest brown mostly in my outer corners with a fluffy brush in circular motions. This created a really subtle smokey look. You could also use the lightest shade in your inner corners and brow bone, but I decided to leave it out. If you’re someone that likes a natural look, a quad like this is perfect for you.

Step 4: Now the hard part.

This is a double liner look, but I really used three eyeliners. I used the gel eyeliner for my waterline, which I’ve really been loving to do lately. This just pulls everything together for me. It adds a little something special to the look itself. Then, to do the duo of glitter and regular black liner, there’s a couple different ways you could about it.

You could start with the golden glitter eyeliner, overdrawing it. Then, go in with the black eyeliner a little thinner, like you usually would. This way you could make sure you don’t get any glitter on the black eyeliner, but you have to wait for the glitter eyeliner to dry.

The second way is to draw your black winged eyeliner like usual, and then try to go on top with the glitter eyeliner. I think this is the process most people try to take when creating looks like this, and it’s honestly harder for me. I definitely prefer drawing the glitter liner first, then going back in with black. However, it depends on what kind of eyeliner you’re using.

I used The Color Workshop eyeliners with a brush tip. The brush makes it easy to get that sharp wing and to get as close to your lash line as you can get. It takes a little while to dry, but once it is complete, the black goes on top of the gold beautifully.

Step 5:

Top off your look with your favorite mascara, lip color, and setting spray. The mascara I used was the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes tester I received from (can you guess it?) Ipsy. I used my Stila matte beautiful liquid lipstick, and my revlon setting spray. I hope you all enjoyed this look, and that you’re as inspired by the season as I am.

Thank you for reading. Until next time,

Fall Beauty Essentials

Fall Beauty Essentials

Last week I did a post about 5 cozy fashion essentials you need this fall. I thought it would be fun to keep the theme going and write about some beauty essentials needed and loved by me. Fall isn’t only the best time to dress for. I’ve been upping my game this season, especially with hydrating my skin, so I wanted to share all the products I’ve been using in hopes you’d love them just as much as I do.


To start off, I wanted to talk about lip balm. Taking care of my lips is really important to me this time of year. I have a really bad problem getting dehydrated, and it’s always the worst during the fall-winter time. My lips are the worst tell-tale sign of this. Every year it’s “your lips are so chapped”, “you should drink more water”, and my personal favorite “you should like, lick your lips or something”. I think it has to do with the wind constantly blowing against my face. You’d think it’d be the other way around, where I’d get chapped lips in the summer, but that is not so. I’ve been making sure to exfoliate my lips and then apply this lip balm that I got from one of my Ipsy packages. I also put this on at the start of doing my makeup to hydrate my lips throughout my routine before putting on lipstick. It’s been doing a great job at taming my chapped lips lately, and the orange is very festive for the fall season. Click on the picture to get your own in either Rose Blossom, Mint, or Honey (like mine).

I got this nail polish in my most recent Ipsy box (they’ve been sending me such great stuff lately). If you read that post, you’d know I was skeptical of this polish. It claims to restore nails and protect against toxins. I still don’t know if that’s true, but I have to say I love this color. It’s beautiful for this time of year, and the application is so nice. You know how sometimes when you apply nail polish and there’s those streaks? This nail polish doesn’t really do that. I hope the other claims ring true. I’m planning on wearing this color for awhile. It stands out against the crowd because it seems like everyone is doing forest green or burnt oranges nails right now. While those colors are festive as well, to me they’re just not moody enough for the vibe of the fall time. The picture up above will take you where you can try this stuff out for yourself.

Hydration, hydration, hydration. This OH HONEY lotion smells so good. If you haven’t noticed already, I think I mentioned to y’all before that I’m trying to do this new thing where I pick a certain smell and stick with it throughout the month or so. I originally decided to do this to help me get through all of my lotions or perfumes of Christmas and birthday past. I chose honey for October and I’m glad I did. Doing this has brought me to new products I would’ve never tried before. Anyways, as mentioned before, hydration will be a big deal for me, as I believe it will for most people. There’s something so drying about the cold. I’ve really been loving this lotion lately. It’s a hand lotion, but I’ve been using it all over my body. It makes me all soft and smooth. It’s compact size makes it perfect for taking with you on the go.

You may recognize this picture from my Double Ipsy Unboxing. Did you think I was playing around when I said I pick a scent and stick with it? Because I really wasn’t. I’ve been using this exfoliate every shower to help remove my makeup. It helps my skin feel fresh. I’m running out so I guess I’ll have to buy the full version soon. This product has opened my mind a lot to the world of skin exfoliates. I love it so much. I’m so glad I decided to put it to the test. My only complaint is that it ran out so fast! I need more already. This honey exfoliate is so good, I’ve even added to my skin care routine. You have to try it. The picture should redirect you.




You’ve heard me talk about this palette before. And look at it. How could I not? You’ve seen me create numerous looks with it, and there will most likely be more to come.  What lies before you on your screen is the ABH Subculture palette. I’ve used this eye shadow palette nearly everyday since the day I purchased it. I love it, honestly, truly. There’s so many looks possible with this bad boy, from natural to dramatic, subtle to obnoxious. It’s great for building wearable looks. One thing I’ve loved about this palette is that it’s helped me blossom with wearing darker colors on a more regular basis. There’s something just so daring about this color selection that makes me want to master the art of them all. It is the embodiment of Autumn, if I ever did see such a thing. This has been one of the best buys I’ve ever made in my entire makeup-loving history.

Thank you all for reading, as always. These beauty essentials keep me feeling festive, and I hope they do the same for you! Until next time,