Beauty Tips

grad/prom makeup

It is that time of year! Graduating from high school is a huge milestone…which means celebrating…which means party worthy makeup! Today I’m going to show you a dramatic eye look that’s perfect for graduation/prom. So let’s get started! First, I’d like to introduce you to my gorgeous cousin who is graduating this year.

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For her upcoming grad I created an eye look that was fun and glamorous. She wanted to play up her eyes so we agreed to go with a gold and black colour scheme to make her peepers pop.

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  1. Start with an eyeshadow primer. This makeup needs to last all night!
  2. Then blend a warm, matte brown just above the crease using windshield wiper motions. This swipe of colour above the crease serves as a gradient colour so that the darker colours on the outer V will appear to blend out smoothly.
  3. Use a matte black eyeshadow to shape out the outer V. Use a light hand and slowly build up the colour. Make sure you blend, blend, blend before you add more colour. We do want the eye makeup to be strong but we don’t want to look like we have a black eye. NOTE: Leave the middle of the lid and the inner corner bare! 
  4. Go back into the crease with a very small amount of the matte brown shade and blend like crazy!
  5. Use a gold, shimmery shadow all across the lid (where you left it bare). Keep the shimmery colour solely on the lid. Do not bring it up into the crease. We want to keep the crease and the outer V as matte as possible.
  6. Highlight the inner corner of the eye with a shimmery, iridescent, white or pale gold eyeshadow.
  7. Line the upper lashline with black liquid liner. I flicked the liner out just slightly.
  8. Line the outer 2/3 of the bottom lashline with the matte black eyeshadow. Keep the shadow as tight the lashline as possible.
  9. Use a small, fluffy brush and the matte brown eyeshadow and blend out the black shadow on the lower lashline.
  10. Coat the upper and lower lashes with two coats of black mascara.
  11. OPTIONAL: Pat some gold glitter on top of the gold, shimmery eyeshadow for some extra glam.
  12. OPTIONAL: Add some false lashes to the upper lashline to up the drama.

Here are a few more pics of the final eye look. I did not add false lashes yet as this was just a run-through. But we will be putting some on for the actual graduation day.

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I hope you liked this eye look! I will be doing an in-depth post on skin perfecting and face makeup for photos soon!

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Grow a pair…of eyebrows

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Lily Collins, Cara Delevingne, Kim Kardashian and Camilla Belle. These women rock a serious brow.

Bold brows have been popular for some time now. Some women are blessed with them, some women are like me and wonder where their eyebrows went every time they snap a selfie.

Operation “Grow a pair…of eyebrows” is born out of sheer envy of the brows shown above. I am determined to grow some serious eyebrows. However, I don’t want to be walking around with unruly, unkempt, unshaped brows for the next month. So this is for all you ladies out there that have been wanting to regrow those brows but refuse to have weird, unshapely caterpillars living above their eyes. Here are my secrets to growing out your brows without looking like this…

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Alright ladies let’s get started! Pull out the tweezers…wait I thought we were growing our brows out!? We are, but we don’t want to be joining the ranks of good ol’ Oscar while we strive for Delevingne-esque arches. So, like I said, pull out those tweezers and then study this picture:

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We’ve seen this diagram a million and one times. Which is good, because it’s a good diagram. It tells you exactly where your brow should start, arch and then end. But it doesn’t help you determine how to preserve thickness in your brows. I have updated this timeless diagram with my own additions to help us grow out our brows:

imagesCAYVXDFVIn order to grow out bold, shapely brows we need to preserve as many hairs as we can, but we also need to get rid of hairs that don’t NEED to be there. So we are only going to be plucking stray hairs that are more than 0.5 cm away from our brows. Any hair that falls within 0.5 cm is potentially part of our new brow shape, so we want to save them.

We CAN grow our brows without sporting a dreaded unibrow, and we WILL.

I will be updating you with my brow growth progress here and on Instagram. Thanks for checking out this post! I’d love it if you left a comment!

 

Body Beauty

You cleanse, exfoliate, treat, moisturize and protect your face everyday, sometimes twice a day.Well your body is jealous and it wants some attention too. If you are guilty of neglecting the skin south of your collarbones now is the time to change that. Spring is in the air and the hemlines are coming up and the necklines are going down, so let’s get all of your skin glowing like this…

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Cleanse. I assume that most of us use some sort of soap when we shower or bathe…If you don’t then maybe you should start. Soap is good thing. Use it. Use whatever type of soap that makes you happy. Bar soap, body washes, unscented, scented…blah blah blah. I buy whatever is on sale and smells good, so I don’t have any tried and true recommendations for you.

Exfoliate. Here is some magic. Use that soap with an exfoliating mitt or a loofah. Get rid of all that flaky skin that hangs out around your elbows, knees and ankles. Exfoliating the skin on your body can help heal and prevent bacne or chestne (is that a word?) and it can also help with those annoying bumps that live on the backs of your arms (you know what I’m talking about). Just like exfoliating your face leaves you all soft and glowy, the same will happen for your body. Who doesn’t want some extra glow?

Treat. This tip is for those of us that have body acne, scars, or stretch marks. I am blessed with all of these things. Le sigh. For body acne I use tea tree oil. Just a few drops smeared over the affected area once or twice a day will do the trick. I’ll be doing a post on the wonders of tea tree oil sometime soon! For scars and stretch marks I have used bio oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E cream, regular moisturizers, etc, etc. For fresh cuts and scrapes that you know are going to leave a scar I would suggest coconut oil. I had a really terrible spot of road rash a few years back from falling off a bike. I started putting coconut oil on it immediately. I applied the oil everyday at least twice. After about a month of use you could barely tell that I had slid 4 feet across some gravel. Very impressive. I have yet to find a product that helps with old scars so please leave a comment if you have any product suggestions or tips and tricks! For stretch marks I find that a regular regimen of exfoliating and moisturizing has lessened the appearance of any stretch marks on my body.

Moisturize. Go out to the closest Costco, buy an economy size barrel of body lotion, and apply liberally! Everytime you cleanse and exfoliate your body you should follow up with a moisturizer. This one is my all time fave, I have been using it forever. Moisturizing your skin will help keep it in tip top shape. You will glow. You will be less itchy. Healthy moisturized skin is less susceptible to irritation from your environment…that means less unexplainable rashes. Moisturizing is not just about beauty, it is about your health. HA! No but seriously

Protect. If you are not won over yet by this impressive blog post about the importance of treating the skin on your body just as well as your treat the skin on your face then please, please, please start pay attention to this one thing. PUT ON SUNSCREEN. That is all. This is probably more important than any of the aforementioned tips and tricks (except maybe soap). Sunscreen will not only keep your skin looking younger, longer, it will protect you from sunburns, sun damage and skin cancer. Melanoma is a serious thing and it is completely preventable with a little SPF.

Thanks for dropping in! Please leave a comment with your favourite body beauty tips, tricks or product recommendations. I’d love to hear from you!

bad skin blues

This is the first step I’m taking in chronicling my acne story. Over the course of the next few weeks, or months (who knows), I’m going to be talking about my acne and skin care successes and failures. Here goes nothing…

I have bad skin. There’s really no way around it. My skin complaints include, but are not limited to: oily, acne prone, cystic acne, enlarged pores, blackheads, fine lines (around my eyes), wrinkles (on my forehead), hyperpigmentation, and scars.

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These are the most recent photos I have of my bare skin. You can see how it looked a month ago here. My skin is much improved since the beginning of this year, but obviously it’s not perfect. Currently I have 2 or 3 active pimples (down from 10-15!). Most of the spots you see in the pictures is hyperpigmentation. This is a step in the right direction when trying to conquer adult acne.

Adult acne is a cruel joke. I had moderate acne when I was a high school student but a simple skin care regimen that included a prescription topical took care of that. Now, in my early twenties, acne has reared it’s ugly head yet again. The problem with adult acne is that a simple skin-care regimen is not going to cut it. Adult acne is closely tied to hormonal fluctuations and imbalances. So the key to reducing acne and improving the skin is to control the hormones. Easier said than done…

I have relentlessly researched how to balance female hormones related to adult acne. With hundreds of hours of research under my belt these are the changes I’ve made in my life to balance my hormones:

  • Staying hydrated: I drink 3-4 litres of water each day. I also drink a lot of green teas and herbal teas. Drinking water can help flush toxins out of the body.
  • Exercising: In the past I would have bursts of activity that last for 3-4 days and then I’d sit and vegetate for 5 days. Recently I have been trying to do moderate to intense activity every other day. I usually go to the gym or do a home workout.
  • Cutting down on sugar: This one kills me the most. I love chocolate and candy bars. I could literally eat them everyday and be so happy. However, sugar creates a stress response in the body. This stress response contributes to the wacky hormone levels that create ugliness on my face. So I had to break up with candy. I do still treat myself occasionally. Maybe 2-3 times a week. My goal is to cut treats down to once a week.
  • Sleeping: It’s hard to get adequate sleep. Everyone is well aware that getting 6-8 hours of sleep each night is good for you. Unfortunately, as a nurse, there are some nights when I’m getting zero hours of sleep. To combat this I’ve been letting myself sleep as much as humanly possible on my days off and then just sucking it up on the days and nights I work. So when I average out my sleep I’m still getting between 6-8 hours of sleep each night.

Each of these strategies is aimed at reducing physical, emotional and physiological stress. The less stressed I am, the less acne I will have.

Stay tuned, soon I’ll be sharing the skin care routine that has made the biggest impact on my skin.

Did you like this post? Let me know in the comments. I’d also love to hear some of your lifestyle beauty tips!

this one’s for the boys

With Valentine’s day coming up the beautysphere is abuzz with pink eyeshadow, pink lipstick, pink blush, pink, pink, pink. I absolutely LOVE this type of makeup! However the male species doesn’t always appreciate the art and effort that goes into a Valentine’s inspired makeup look. So for this Valentine’s day rock some boy friendly makeup.

This is a look I would rock on a first date and every date after that.

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This look is all about subtly enhancing your features.
Shimmery pink and shimmery brown shadows enhance my hazel eye colour.
I then used a black liquid eyeliner to make my eyes appear wider and to darken my lash line.
No statement brows here!
I went for natural looking skin and slightly flushed cheeks (no contouring!)
I used a “mylipsbutbetter” sheer lip gloss, but a lip balm would be a great choice if you’re hoping for a romantic kiss!

Here is my version of a boy friendly eye look up close:
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Here are some simple take-away rules to create your own “boy friendly” look:

Rule #1: Boy friendly makeup should be viewed as amped up natural beauty. Subtly emphasize your eyes and lips. A dude will never notice your flawless highlight and contour. They will notice how pretty your eyes look and how luscious your lips are.

Rule #2: Don’t put up any obstacles. While the male species is oblivious to the art of makeup, they are highly sensitive to “obvious makeup”. Red lips, fake eyelashes, sparkles, (basically all the things I love) are all viewed as obstacles by a dude. The truth is they might not want to get to close to you if they are afraid of being covered in red lipstick and sparkles.

For those who want to know here’s a
list of all the products I used:
Arbonne Makeup Primer (review coming soon!)
Clinique Stay Matte Oil Free Makeup
Benefit Fake Up Concealer
Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation
Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess
Clinique Blushing Blush Powder Blush in Cupid
Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
Clinique Colour Surge Eyeshadow Duo in Strawberry Fudge
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in 003 Brown
Maybelline New York Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner in Black
Covergirl LashBlast Fusion Water Resistant Mascara in Black
Elf Studio Eyebrow Kit in Medium
Stila Lip Glaze in Sugar Plum

Leave a comment and let me know what your best “boy friendly” makeup tips are!
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Makeup 101

Class is in session for all you beauty beginners out there.

Makeup can be overwhelming! Where do I start? What products do I need? How do I put them on? Why are there so many options? How do I pick whats best for me?

I remember when I was a beauty beginner. I had no idea what I was doing or how to do it. But I thought it was cool at the time. It was not good.

Even though Emma Watson is insanely naturally gorgeous without a stitch of makeup on, in this picture she is epitomizing the look I should have aimed for when I was a beauty beginner: fresh dewy skin, flushed cheeks, major lashes and a natural lip.

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Here are my top 5 tips for a makeup novice.

  1. Protect yourself. Moisturizer with an SPF of 15 or higher. Skin care > makeup. The sun is your biggest enemy in terms of creating and maintaining beautiful skin. Over time UV exposer will lead to discolouration, sun spots/age spots, wrinkles, sagging, etc. etc. So protect your skin! Moisturizer with SPF is easy to find. My current favourite is Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer SPF 15.
  2. Get your bases covered. BB creams are a great option for beauty beginners. They offer sheer to medium coverage and you won’t need expert blending skills and a toolbox of makeup brushes to create a smooth canvas. BB creams can be found at any price point, but don’t be fooled; a high price point doesn’t ensure a quality product. I recommend Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew BB Cream for combination to oily skin or Tarte Tinted Treatment 12 Hour Primer
  3. A pop of colour. A bright pink or peach blush will work on any skin tone. I find a lot of beauty beginners get stuck trying to pick a blush colour. My advice is to go bright or go home. It’s better to pick a highly pigmented bright pink or peach blush and apply it lightly with a medium sized fluffy brush like the Real Techniques Blush Brush. This will brighten up your entire face and give you a flushed, youthful and perky appearance. Who doesn’t want that…? My top pick for pink blush is Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Fresh Pink and my top pick for peach blush is /3/”>Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso.
  4. Flutter those lashes. Mascara! Mascara! Mascara! There is no other beauty product out there that holds as much power over me as mascara does. I feel naked without it. An inky black mascara will bring all sorts of good attention to your pretty peepers. This is one beauty product that I believe you never have to pay big bucks for. (I’m going to do a spend vs save post soon!!). Some great drugstore mascaras are Maybelline Volum Express The Falsies, Maybelline the Colossal Cat Eyes, and Loreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes.
  5. Pucker up. A lip balm that moisturizers and provides a hint of colour is the perfect gateway into exploring the plethora of lip products available to you. For beauty beginners I think a sheer tinted lip balm like Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm is perfect. Once you’re feeling a little more daring Maybelline Color Whisper offers the lip balm feel with a bit more colour payoff.

Did you find this post helpful? What are your best tips and product recommendations for beauty beginners? Let me know in the comments!