Sunday, November 22, 2015

Natural Makeup

Natural Makeup.
These 2 words together kind of crack me up. It's our way of saying "hey... I wanna look like I don't have to do anything to look this good, so what steps do I take to look like I didn't take any steps?"
Needless to say... I can dig it.

Tonight is FINALLY the long awaited premier of the final Hunger Games chapter.. The Mockingjay Part 2 (screaming fan girl over here!) And of course, I, like I have been every year since the beginning, and with Twilight franchise before that, and Harry Potter before that.. will be sitting anxiously in my seat snacking on my sour candies. Holla for some Sour Skittles! But first... I needed to naturally paint my face. Now, most ladies do their hair and outfit before they do these types of posts; but I just got out of the shower so you're getting the real natural version :)  I apologize for the terrible bathroom lighting. Let us begin.

Concealer: Hard Candy Glamoflauge in light
Powder: Femme Couture Mineral Effects in Neutral
Brows: L'oreal Brow Stylist Sculpture in Blonde
Mascara: WEt and Wild MegaProtein in black
Bronzer: Bare Minerals in Warmth
Lipstain: NYC Smooch Proof Lip Stain in Persistent Pink

I alwasy start by taking my concealer and making two small dots under my eyes. If you are using Hard Candy also, take note that a little goes a longgggg way. I then make the typical clown triangles under my eyes, rubbing in the concealer by lightly dabbing with my fingers.

Next I take my face powder, put some in the lid of the container, and apply it all over in light circular strokes with my favorite brush, the Multi-tasker Sonia Kushak face brush!

Next was time to add a little life back into my face using my Warmth bronzer by Bare Minerals. I lightly brushed this on with my EcoTools large blush brush in circular motions.

I then take my brow pencil (which this specific blonde pencil is PERFECT for us blondes who want a less warm shade of blonde). For this look, I use small hair strokes, without outlining the outside of my brows since we're going for a more natural look here.

I then took my cheap Wet and Wild mascara and blinked a couple times on the wand... nothing too crazy. We're not trying to get that falsies lashes look here ladies.

See... subtle difference between the lashes with and without mascara! Next is time for the lips. I used my favorite lipstain, which I'm almost out of! Wahhh! I love that I don't have to worry about smearing or smudging with this stuff, and it's a perfect pink shade that adds a little life back into my complexion!

Bow Chicka Wow Wow! All set and ready to go! Not too much, not too little... just enough to not look like a cast member of The Walking Dead, or to here what we ladies always love when we go a day without makeup... "Are you sick?" .... you all know it's true. Every time. I then threw on my favorite sweatshirt, combed my hair since it was completely dry finally, and was on my way! I didn't do any hair styling since I am in the middle of growing out this mane and heat styling is a no-no during this phase. Makes for a simple night of going out!
Happy Hunger Games, and May the Odds Be Ever in Your Natural-Makeup Favor!

Friday, November 20, 2015

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Happy Fresh Faced Friday!
I woke up this morning so ecstatic at the thought that our first subscriber newsletter went out this week! After much deliberation, it's been decided that the newsletters will be furthermore known as Subscriber Sunday, so make sure you get your email on the list before this weekend's comes out! :)
Ahhh yay! Okay moving on...
With our newly written post finally out and circulating on my DIY Makeup Removing Wipes (which my skin felt seriously amazing when I woke up this morning), it seemed only reasonable that we take this whole sanitary and keeping our skin happy to the next level. Yes, we clean and scrub and exfoliate our luscious epidermis on the reg, but how many of us take the time to make sure we're taking care of our skin BEFORE we lather on all of that makeup?? It all starts with those makeup brushes, friends! I undoubtedly am one of the makeup lovers in the world that sadly does this less often than necessary - I'm pretty sure I have a gnome living in my blush brush. So let's take a day together to clean all of those little babies, shall we?! Time to gather up those necessities!

I used:
- 2 Pumps Blue Dawn Dish Soap
- 1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Cup Warmest Water
- 1 Bowl for Cold Water
- 1 Towel for Drying

First thing's first, take a bowl, or in my case a Mason Jar and add the blue dawn. I personally like the mason jar because the high edges make for less mess and spills.

Now add your ACV and hottest water your tap will give you. You can mix these together before you begin if you wish, but I didn't even bother since it would take care of itself as soon as I started cleaning the first brush.

Take all of those nasty, haven't-been-cleaned-in-ages, why-am-I-still-putting-this-on-my-face brushes, grab your first one, and begin swirling those beauties into your cleaning concoction.

Yuck! Step 2... Take your bowl/jar/cup/glass/whatever you used to put your colder water in, and swirl swirl swirl to enter in our first round of rinsing.

After you have finished making your water twister, now it's time to complete the rinse! Easy peasy, take your recently makeup-laden brushes that are now sparkly and new, and run cool water through them to get off any remaining residue.

So much better! When you're all finished, your water concoction probably looks more like chocolate milk... and to think you've been using that on your face! If you have a lot of brushes, I suggest switching out your water and bowls halfway through.

Almost there! GENTLY squeeze off the excess water. Fluff the heads of each of your brushes out. Lay them out to dry on your nifty towel! Bam!! You now have beautiful brushes that are clean and ready to be used... and your skin will surely thank you!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Easy 2 Minute Cinnamon Apple Dessert

Happy Fall, Y'all!
Here I am, sitting on the sofa next to my sleeping puppy, with a full and happy tummy watching E! wondering why it took me so long to make something delicious, simple, and welcoming of the Fall weather?! I mean, honestly. It's been Fall for almost 2 months! Thankfully, I bought a big bag of juicy red apples to snack on throughout the week, only to be disappointed by the fact that they weren't extremely crisp - the only way I will eat them. And then a genius idea was born! I'll make a quick single serving dessert.. more specifically, the middle of an apple pie! Yum!

First thing I needed to do was to gather my supplies...

I used:
2 Small/Medium Red Apples
2 tbsp Grass-Fed Butter
1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1 tbsp Brown Sugar

I diced my apples into bite sized pieces, threw them in a microwave safe bowl, and topped them with the chopped butter. Popped this little beauty into the microwave and cooked them for 2 minutes.

They came out nice and soft; similar to the consistency of apples in oatmeal. Next was time for the spices! The great thing about this recipe is you can adjust the spice ratio to your liking. Want more cinnamon? Go for it. Want a sweeter, more brown sugar taste? Go ahead, put another tablespoon in there. After all it is the holiday season! 
Once added to the apples, I stirred the delicious-smelling concoction into a buttery-goodness.

Ta-Da! That was it! The perfect way to use up some going-bad apples! I was ever too eager to sit on the couch snacking on these while catching up with The Voice. It was simple, yummy, and only took 2 minutes to heat up! A perfect way to end the weekend. Happy Eating!