11.18.2016

Weekly Roundup – Blessings and Thankfulness

Hello everyone! Long time, no see!  I have certainly taken a bit of an unplanned hiatus from the blog these last few months, so I guess this is more an Autumn Roundup than a Weekly Roundup.  Oddly enough, as the holidays are approaching I find life to be slowing down a little… maybe I shouldn’t say that out loud! 🙂  Here’s what we’ve been up to recently…

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  • I think I mentioned before that I started a new job.  This was a great move and I have really been enjoying it, but the work is more challenging and has resulted in quite a few more tired evenings.  As time has passed I feel as though I am better acclimating to the change in schedule, so here I am… back again!
  • Nate and I were blessed to be able to sneak away for another fabulous vacation this year.  We so enjoyed our trip last year to the Outer Banks of North Carolina that we headed back again!  We got to spend 10 lovely days soaking up the sun, strolling on the beach and taking some great hikes.  While the vacation itself was amazing, the best part of our trips is always the time spent together, just the two of us.

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  • Is it possible that Thanksgiving is next week?!  I feel like I left on vacation and came back to Christmas.  I am already feeling woefully behind this holiday season, but I do have one gift purchased… so there’s that.  The plan is to put my Christmas decorations up this weekend, so perhaps that will put me in a festive mood! The older I get the more I stop to absorb the blessings of the Christmas season and am so thankful that our families are close.
  • I have rediscovered my love for the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads!  This was a staple in my routine for some time, but as often happens, I let myself run out and didn’t repurchase.  I knew my skin has been rough and dull, but I just didn’t piece together that this was the missing ingredient.  I don’t know what’s in these things that makes the magic, but they have brought the glow and evenness back to my complexion.  This skincare staple really is a difference maker!

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  • Do you suffer from chapped lips in the winter?  I do terribly, and I shared last year how much the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask helped my extremely chapped lips.  Now that fall is here, I have purchased another tube and it is once again an essential item.  It truly is the only thing that will keep my lips hydrated in the colder months.  You can read my complete review of the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask HERE.

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Well, it feels so good to catch up after so much time away!  Thank you all for your patience.  Since we are headed into the busiest time of year, I am not going to promise any specific schedule at this point, but I will definitely be back more often.  Check back soon for a roundup of some of my favorite recipes I will be making for the holidays!

I hope you and your families have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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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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