03.01.2017

2016 Favorites

Well now that March is upon us… here we are with my 2016 Favorites!  Better late than never right?  While I fully intended to post this in January, sometime these things do fall between the cracks.  The beginning of the year is a busy time for me work-wise, and I have also been helping my mom set up her new blog!  Be sure to click HERE to head over to her blog Midwest Storyteller to see all her new content!

For last year’s Favorites, I shared my favorite item from each beauty category.  Since I still enjoy many of those products today, I felt I would be repeating myself if I followed the same format.  So this year I have just chosen my best-of-the-best… the items that truly excited me last year and that I have used over and over!

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Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation in Shade 20

Even though I have oily skin, I tend to avoid the standard matte foundation.  The heavy coverage tends to sit on my skin like a mask, and I find that as the day goes on, the foundation begins to break apart and become patchy.  This is an exception to the rule.  The Dream Velvet formula give full coverage that looks natural, stays put, and prevents shine.  It had become my go-to base for long work days… I rarely have to touch up with powder!  You can see more details about this foundation HERE.

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Becca + Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette

This is really a beauty!  From packaging to performance, this palette really delivers.  I contains two of Becca’s famous highlighters and three stunning blushes.  A light hand is required, as the pigmentation is some of the best I have seen, and it looks stunning on my vanity table!  While this palette was sadly limited edition, you can by some of the items individually HERE.

Becca Champagne Glow Face Palette www.jilliandanielle.com

 

Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette

This was a gift from my husband, and little did I know how much I would love it!  A eternal fan of the all-matte eye look, I instantly made this a part of my daily makeup bag.  It contains a wide variety of matte shades, and the pigmentation and texture is perfect!  I think the size of the palette and the quality of the shadows makes this a great investment.  Get all the details HERE.

Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette www.jilliandanielle.com

 

Buxom Mascara

It always seems like the mascara hunt is an endless one, with very few checking off all the boxes on the wish list.  However, this mascara from Buxom is possibly the best I have found.  I provides the perfect combination of length and volume, plus it gives the feathery, fluttery lash I love with zero clumps.  As a bonus, it is the only non-waterproof formula I have found the doesn’t run off my watery eyes!  They have both regular and waterproof versions HERE.

Buxom Mascara www.jilliandanielle.com

 

Bed Head Dry Shampoo

I’ve said this before, but I am pretty picky about what I put in my hair… I hate the feel of “product”.  But I do like to sneek in an extra day between washings sometimes, and this is the perfect dry shampoo for me.  It comes out in a dry, powdery spray and it is clear… a bonus for you girls with dark hair!  It absorbs any oil, and gives my hair a bit of bulk, but never has that waxy feeling that makes me cringe.  While not online at Walmart.com, I snagged this at my local Walmart for around $12.00!  You can also find it online at Ulta HERE.

Bed Head Dry Shampoo www.jilliandanielle.com

 

Sephora Rose Sheet Mask

Even if this didn’t work worth a hoot, I would still buy it just because of the smell!  Oddly enough, to me it doesn’t smell like roses… it smells like you went and shoved your nose into a giant bouquet of peony blooms.  Quiet possibly my favorite smell on earth!  But by lovely coincidence, it gives wonderful results as well.  I like the fact that it is a sheet mask and there is no need to wash it off.  Just simply peel it off, rub the excess into the skin and head to bed!  It packs such moisture that I can still feel the results in the morning.  You can find it, along with many other versions HERE at Sephora!

Sephora Rose Face Mask www.jilliandanielle.com

 

Leather Jacket

This was another gift from my sweetie.  For quite some time I have been wanting a quality leather jacket, and I wanted something that was different but still had a classic feel.  This fits the bill perfectly!  It has a classic motorcycle shape, but the soft gray is more flattering on my fair skin than a traditional brown or black, and the silver zippers add the perfect amount of sparkle!  The jacket is from the brand Black Rivet, and the leather is butter soft!  I got mine HERE at Wilson’s Leather.

Wilson's Leather Jacket www.jilliandanielle.com

 

Planner

Several months ago I shared a review of my new 2017 planner from Rifle Paper Co.  I am so pleased that I have been able to stick with using this planner since August and things are still going strong!  The design is lovely, and the layout is just what I need.  I am so pleased I selected a planner that makes it fun to plan!  You can see the remaining styles of Rifle Paper Co planners HERE, and you can read my review of the planner HERE.

Rifle Paper Company Planner www.jilliandanielle.com

 

Mercury Glass

This lovely little number was a gift from my mother-in-law, who actually found it at Cracker Barrel!  What is there not to love?  It’s rose gold and it sparkles… enough said.  This particular style seems to be sole out, but never fear!  If you are a Mercury Glass lover like I am, it seems to be everywhere this year!  May I suggest a few options HERE, HERE and HERE?

Mercury Glass www.jilliandanielle.com

I hope you enjoyed these very late, but very loved 2016 Favorites!  Stay tuned, as I have plans for an Anti-Haul post coming soon!  Don’t what that is?  Be sure to check back!

Comment below and let me know a few of your favorite things from 2016!

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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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09.07.2016

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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08.19.2016

Weekly Roundup – Summer Nails & A Summer Series

Happy Friday all!  Thanks for dropping by… feel free to leave a comment and say Hi, I love to chat!

Weekly Roundup - Summer Nails & a Summer Series

Last Saturday I finally got around to giving my neglected hair some much needed TLC… it was time for a haircut!  It feels wonderful to be able to run my fingers through my hair and have a bit of brightness from some subtle balayage. My experience with my new stylist was great!  No tears, just smiles… a perfect visit!

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I guess this was the week of pampering myself, because I also sprung for a gel manicure!  I almost always do my own nails at home to save time and money, so I feel so fancy with this bright, summery shade!

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I got to spend last night go through some family history with my parents.  I love this darling picture of my Grandma’s aunt… this deserves to be framed on my dressing table!

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I have finally gotten around to starting Lost.  Nate has been a fan of the show for years, and after only one episode I’m excited to see how this unfolds!  So many different characters!

This week I shared my stash of product empties along with mini reviews and whether of not I would repurchase them.  The next installment of my How To series also went live, and this week’s topic was foundations!  You can read all about my empty products and my How To series HERE and HERE!

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I hope you all have a wonderful, relaxing weekend!  This post was linked with 5 on Friday and High Five For Friday… click the buttons below to read more fun Friday posts!

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