09.21.2016

How To: Apply Bronzer & Contour

Welcome to the next segment of my How To series… each segment of the series will tackle a category of makeup and cover how to properly apply each one. For you beauty gurus out there this may be old news, but I’m hoping this will be helpful for beginners or those who have always dreaded makeup application.  Stay tuned as we work our way over the whole face!

Today’s topic is bronzer and contour. We will discuss the differences and cover the basics of formulation and application.

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THE DIFFERENCE

So what is the difference between bronzer and contour?  Bronzer can be added to any portion of the face and body that would naturally receive a tan, and is meant to mimic the bronzing effects of the sun.  Bronzers have a slight warm tone to create this effect.

Contour is meant to be used to create shadows, which will change the appearance of the face’s structure.  Contour formulas are a very ashy, almost grey, brown, and should have zero warmth.  Because shadows are rarely orange, you know?

FORMULAS

Like most beauty products, bronzers and contours come in both powder and cream formulas. Which one you choose will come down to preference and skin type.

Cream products usually impart a more luminous look, which may not be ideal for those with oily skin. Powders can provide a more matte, diffused look.

APPLICATION

For powder bronzers, use a fluffy brush to apply it to the places that would normally be touched by the sun, such as the face and neck for an all-over glow.  Apply bronzer after your base and powder, but before any additional color. Gradually build up the product until you achieve your desired color.

Application for cream bronzer is similar, except you should apply it after your foundation, but BEFORE any powder products.

You will need a smaller, denser brush for contour application because you will want to concentrate the color in a smaller area.  The most popular placement for contour is the hollow spot under the cheeks , which will create the illusion of more structured cheekbones.  Contouring is also possible on the nose, temples and jawline.  For some great instruction on contouring click HERE, HERE & HERE.

As with bronzer, cream contour should be applied before face powder, and powder contour after.

THE BRON-TOUR

This was always my preferred method of applying bronzer, but I never knew it had such an official name!  I take my bronzer on a fluffy brush, but I apply it in a rough contour pattern… around the perimeter of my face, on the nose, jawline, etc. This will not define or give the illusion of structure, but leaving some areas of the face untouched will add some lightness and dimension.

I hope you enjoyed these little tips for the perfect bronzer and contour application!  If you have any suggestions for bronzers and contours, either formulas or application, please comment! I would love to hear!

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09.09.2016

Weekly Roundup – Fall Frenzy

Happy Friday everybody! 🙂  It’s been a few weeks since I’ve checked in here, but I’m excited to be back.  Thanks for stopping by… please read on to see what’s been up here lately!  If you enjoy these weekly posts, be sure to check out some other great bloggers through the link ups below!

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The biggest thing that’s kept us both so busy this past month is work.  Since my sweet hubby is self-employed his schedule can definitely be undependable, and while he’s had a great month, his work has kept him working long hours and getting home late.  I have taken on a new job title at my 8-5, and have been training for the past three weeks.  I am LOVING the new position and the work involved, but it has meant later evenings for me as well, along with some seriously overloaded brain cells!  That’s life folks, and we’re loving it!

Since things have been so hectic lately, we made it a point to take a few days and get away over Labor Day.  We took a brief trip to Kansas City, and it’s a perfect town to sightsee if you ever get the chance!  They have a fabulous art museum for a town it’s size and it’s free!  Union Station always has great exhibits and things to entertain, as well being walking distance from other great attractions.

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Union Station – Kansas City

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Nelson Atkins Museum of Art – Kansas City

While at Union Station, we visited the somewhat controversial exhibit Body World.  While I wouldn’t personally recommend it for kids (although there were a ton of kids there), I think it is an extremely thoughtful and humbling experience for adults and definitely worth seeing.

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Because of it’s impactful nature, I couldn’t bring myself to take any pictures at the exhibit.

September made it’s way in with 90 degree temps, but that did not keep me from decorating for fall!  I am just simply ignoring the fact that it feels like the dead of summer outside.  Perhaps I’ll wear a scarf tomorrow!

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Glass Pumpkins – This season from Costco

After my little hiatus, I did manage to get one post up this week… another addition to my How To series.  This on is about powder and you can check it out HERE!  I will do my best to get posts up as regularly as possible during these next to weeks of continued craziness… I promise a post on how I use my planner will be coming soon!

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I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a snuggly, pumpkin-ey September!

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09.07.2016

How To: Apply Powder

Welcome to the next segment of my How To series… each segment of the series will tackle a category of makeup and cover how to properly apply each one. For you beauty gurus out there this may be old news, but I’m hoping this will be helpful for beginners or those who have always dreaded makeup application.  Stay tuned as we work our way over the whole face!

Today’s topic is powder, and we will cover the basics of formulation and application.

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FORMULAS

Powders come in more varieties than you might think!  You will choose between a loose powder or a pressed powder, and each has its own merit.  Loose powders typically have a lighter more flawless finish, while pressed powders provide less mess and are easily tossed in your bag.  I tend to reach for loose powders at home, and pressed powders for on-the-go.

Now that you have decided between loose or pressed, you can choose your finish!  Many people think they don’t like powder because they don’t like the matte look, but there are so many other options available.

Do you want your powder to provide some added coverage (MAC Studio Fix) or be completely transparent (Laura Mercier Translucent Powder)? Do you want a matte finish (Urban Decay De-Slick) or a luminous glow (Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder)?

There is a choice for every preference!

APPLICATION

Even if you don’t love the look of powder, a light dusting will make other powders (such as your bronzer or blush) apply more easily.

To avoid that cake-y powdered look, take a few minutes to let any cream products dry before applying powder.  Then apply powder sparingly with a big, fluffy brush.  While powder puffs and sponges are handy for quick touch ups, they can create a heavier look when used all over the face.

Baking is a new trend to the makeup scene, and is said to provide long lasting and brightening results!  After applying under eye concealer, pick up a generous amount of powder on a dry beauty sponge.  Press it into your under eye concealer… this will look heavy and obvious, but you will remove some later.

Let your powder “bake” for 15-20 minutes while you complete some more of your beauty routine.  Then using a big fluffy brush, sweep away the excess powder from the baked area.  You’ll be left with a bright, flawless finish that will last all day!

I hope you enjoyed these little tips for the perfect powder application!  If you have any suggestions for powders, either formulas or application, please comment!  I would love to hear!

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08.25.2016

How To: Apply Concealer

Welcome to the next segment of my How To series… each segment of the series will tackle a category of makeup and cover how to properly apply each one. For you beauty gurus out there this may be old news, but I’m hoping this will be helpful for beginners or those who have always dreaded makeup application.  Stay tuned as we work our way over the whole face!

Today’s topic is concealer, and we will cover the basics of formulation and application.

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FORMULAS

The consistency of concealers can range from thinner formulas to thicker versions that are almost paste-like.  Concealers can be found in squeezable tubes, small bottles with doe foot applicators, compacts containing cake formulas, and twistable sticks.

Choose a consistency that suits your preferences, but in general I would suggest a thicker formula for spot concealing and a thinner one for dark circles or pigmentation. In most cases, the same consistencies and shades should not be used over all areas of the face and this is a common concealer mistake.

A thick concealer will look heavy and makeup-ey if used under the eyes, so I would suggest a concealer that has a thinner texture and is a shade or two lighter than your skin tone to add brightness under the eyes.

On the same token, a concealer that is lighter than your skin tone will draw unnecessary attention to a spot or blemish.  For spot concealing I would choose a concealer that is an exact match and has a thicker formulation to reduce fading and wear.

For this reason I always have a rotation of at least two concealers in my makeup bag, so I have something suitable for every purpose.

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APPLICATION

To conceal dark spots under the eyes, choose a non-drying concealer in a shade or two lighter than your skin tone. For a natural look, apply the concealer just to the area of darkness… for a slightly more highlighted look, apply the concealer in a upside down triangle shape below the eye. Pat the concealer in with your fingers or a beauty sponge.

A beauty sponge is my personal choice for under eye concealer, although I will happily use my fingertips in a pinch. Be sure to gently pat the concealer into the skin. This will avoid pulling on the sensitive under eye area, and will also prevent moving or shifting your concealer.

To spot conceal, use your clean fingers or a small pencil brush.  Fingers are a great option for thicker concealers, as the warmth from your fingertips will soften the concealer and help blending.  Again, remember to pat the concealer on to the blemish… never rub!

A pencil brush provides the most precise method of spot concealing, and is often used by professionals. The small brush tip makes it possible to apply the concealer to the spot only, while leaving the rest of the base undisturbed.

COLOR CORRECTING

Color correcting has been around for many years, but has recently become quite the craze in the beauty world!  Color correcting is based on the science of the color wheel… meaning you should reach for a concealer in the color opposite the shade you are trying to camouflage.

For example, if you have purple shadows under the eyes you would reach for a peach colored corrector, because peach is opposite purple on the color wheel.  If you have red pigmentation or spots, you would select a green corrector… green is opposite red!

Of course, you would go over any color correcting with a concealer in your skin tone to disguise any colored shading that may be left behind.

I hope you enjoyed these little tips for the perfect concealer application!  If you have any suggestions for concealers and correctors, either formulas or application, please comment! I would love to hear!

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08.22.2016

Five Tips On How To Blog With A Full Time Job

I must admit, before I started blogging I had no idea the time and attention to detail it takes to do it well.  Whenever I read a beautifully photographed and written blog post, I am more impressed than ever before, because I know the work that is put in.

Many of these bloggers are fortunate enough to call blogging their career and devote full time hours to their content.  But how do you tackle a blog if you have another full time job?  I’m here today to share a few lessons I have learned about balancing family, work and blog.

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DON’T LET YOUR BLOG CONSUME YOU

Family, work and blog… you notice that ‘blog’ is last?  While there is nothing wrong with devoting time and effort to grow your blog, your family was there first.  Whenever possible, I try to stay away from the computer when my family is around so I can devote my time to them.

Also, I’m pretty sure your employer isn’t paying you to blog, so be sure to spend your work hours giving your day job your best.

PLAN AND SCHEDULE YOUR TIME

Chances are, you will only have an hour or so a day to work on your blog, so make your time count!  This was a tough lesson for me, as I am not naturally a self-motivated person.  But a few sessions of sitting down to work and spending my time sorting through a mess or gathering supplies caused me to change my ways pretty quickly.

I include a list of daily blog tasks in my planner and I review them every morning.  This allows me to sort out my priorities and tackle them first.  I attempt to limit my tasks to 2-3 per day, so I can keep things to a manageable limit, and I keep a notepad with ideas for photoshoots and props so I know in advance what I need.

KEEP AN ARCHIVE OF DRAFTS READY TO WORK WITH

I know how overwhelming it can be to try to come up with complete, original posts every week.  I conquer this by having a stash of posts drafted and ready to go.  Typically, I have 1-2 evenings a month completely to myself, and I use this time to write several posts to have ready for future use.  I will even shoot the pictures to edit later.  This way, I can easily assemble posts each week without much effort!

SCHEDULE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA

This is huge for a working blogger!  I definitely can’t be on my phone at work posting updates and scanning Instagram.  Scheduling programs like Hootsuite allow me to prepare my social media updates in advance so it looks like I am right there updating my accounts!  I spend a few minutes in the evening catching up with comments and any extra updates on social media… the rest takes care of itself!

KEEP YOUR POSTING TO A MANAGEABLE AMOUNT

Being a daily blogger is a huge commitment!  And one I feel incapable of tackling with a full time job.  I post twice a week, occasionally three times if I have extra content.

Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t post every day.  It really doesn’t matter… the important thing is to be consistent.  If your readers know they can count on you for posts on certain days, that’s what will keep them coming back.

I blog because I enjoy it.  I don’t ever want to push it to the point it becomes stressful.  Keep things manageable so you can love what you do!

I hope this helps you if you are trying to adjust to juggling work and a blog.  It took me some time to get a routine down, but it was so essential for me.  Please comment and share your best blogging tips!

 

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