Beauty Monday: 5 minute makeup

Monday, July 28, 2014

The long task of growing out my hair from my pixie of 2 summers ago is going pretty well. It's at the point I can put it up in a short pony tail. It's great for days when I do not feel like blow drying this thick mop and spending a long time flat ironing it to make it smooth and straight. I work from home, so I do not have to spend time getting pulled together, but I just do. I love makeup and still want to look my best whether I am "bumming" around the house or out for a date with my husband. You can be pulled together without spending much time, though!

What am I wearing here?

Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer
Jane Iredale Amazing Base SPF 20 in Light Beige
Au Naturale Creme Concealer in Beige
Prescriptives Colorscope Lipstick in Champagne
Jane Iredale Pure Gloss in Beach Plum
Organic Wear Jumbo Lash Mascara in Black
NVEY ECO blush in Blushing Peach
Everyday Minerals  Pearl Finishing Dust

Oooh, and I changed my manicure just in time for Mani Monday!

Even though Kermit the Frog says "It's not easy being green," I will respectfully disagree. I am wearing Jamberry Nails Professional Nail Lacquer in Mermaid, which is from the limited-edition summer collection called Poolside Glow. Over it is the Jamberry Glitter Effect Top Coat. I didn't want it too glittery, so I applied a very light layer of this under the Ultra Shine Top Coat. What do you think? Love it or leave it?

Tips on minimizing dark circles under the eyes

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Dark circles under the eyes are something many women find frustrating. If you ask almost any sleep-deprived college student or mother of small children what bothers her the most about her skin, she will tell you that it is her dark undereye circles. Sleep deprivation is only one cause of dark circles, though.

Having dark circles under the eyes is actually a very common problem. We’re going to take a look at some of the causes of dark undereye circles and share some beauty tips and tricks that may just help eliminate the problem.
We mentioned sleep deprivation earlier. If you are chronically tired, you are more likely to suffer from dark circles. Other causes include seasonal allergies such as hay fever, having very fair skin, dehydration, anemia, and sun exposure. More serious health issues causing fluid retention also can contribute to the appearance of dark undereye circles.
Taking a two-step approach using both skincare and makeup products is necessary for treating dark circles.
Look for an eye cream with Vitamin K as a leading ingredient. Vitamin K is often recommended because it can help to fade the dark color and reduce the puffiness that is often associated with dark undereye circles.
Vitamin C also can have a brightening effect.
Retinol is also recommended because it not only has the ability to help with the discoloration, but it also can help reduce the dryness.
Hyaluronic Acid and Amino Acids are also recommended for dark circles because they have been shown to boost levels of collagen which takes away from that “hollow” look under the eyes that so many people with dark circles suffer from.
Years ago, the top recommendation for covering dark circles was to find a yellow concealer. We now know that this actually accentuates the problem. Avoid the thick yellow concealers. I think back to my college days when I would purchase the yellow wand concealer from Lancome, Maqui Complet, to conceal my circles caused by too little sleep. In reality, this only accentuated the problem.
  • Finding an undereye concealer with brightening properties is the best solution.
  •  You also want it to be a shade very similar to your skin tone. If it is lighter, it will only give the appearance of a light ring around the eyes. 
  • Products labeled “luminizing”, “brightening” or “light diffusing” work best to conceal dark circles.
  • Brush-on and roll-on concealers are the best formulas for dark circles because they apply seamlessly and will not accentuate darkness.
  • Apply damp mint leaves to the undereye area to soothe dryness or puffiness.
  • You can also apply tomato paste to the undereye area helps to increase brightness in the skin, which may help improve the darkness.
  • Drink 6-8 glasses of water daily. Not only is this good for your health, but it can help to fade the dark circles since you won’t be dehydrated.
Products I have tried and tested -- and recommend -- for dark circles:

Prescriptives Vibrant C Eye Cream
Au Naturale Creme Concealer


Monday, July 7, 2014

Lollapalooza creator and front man for the legendary rock band Jane’s Addiction Perry Farrell has teamed-up with Maestro Dobel Tequila to offer music fans the chance to win a rockin’ VIP experience for two to Lollapalooza in Chicago, August 1-3.

It’s easy to enter the promotion, all you have to do is visit the Dobel Tequila website and sign-up. Maestro Dobel Tequila is also adding a bit of cutting edge technology for the promotion this year called Platform3 from Vancouver-based 3 Tier Logic. Platform3 gives you the opportunity to earn rewards points that can be redeemed for additional prizes.

The additional prizes include extra entries into the sweepstakes, another rockin’ VIP experience for two to Lollapalooza, a Sony A 3000 Digital Camera Package, Apple iPod Shuffles and Nanos, and iTunes Gift cards .

To earn points you share content that is available for you on the Dobel Tequila site on your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages. Each piece of content has points assigned to it and Platform3 keeps track of your points, which you can monitor on the site as well. On the micro-site you can see how many points are required to earn each prize and you can redeem the prizes right there on the site. When you redeem the prizes they are mailed to you.

Maestro Dobel Tequila is pouring-on a premium promotion this year with their sweepstakes and rewards program, for sure.

There will be lots of news about it on the Dobel Tequila Facebook page and on Twitter at @dobeltequila, so make sure to stop by, or visit their experience at Lollapalooza.

10 Minute Makeup Routine

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

So this is me about before I went to lunch with my friend Krista today. I just HAD to try out some new makeup from some of the great companies who have sent me beauty products to try out.

I really wanted to play around and take a pic because some of my new finds REALLY are fabulous!

I started off this morning by washing my face with ZENMED Facial Cleansing Gel, Thayer's Alcohol Free Cucumber Witch Hazel, and Prescriptives All You Need+ for the Eyes. As a final skincare step, I applied ZENMED AVT Cream.

I waited a moment and put on Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation Primer, let it sink in while I brushed my teeth and was ready to begin! Confession-- yes, I know this is not green, nor is it considered a healthy and natural product. It is my own makeup weakness. I just love it. If you are 100% paraben free, do not purchase this.

I would like to say this about the next product --  I haven't used powder foundations in a while, but I was sent a product to try that I absolutely adore. Like other minerals, it does not irritate my skin. This one is called Mineral Hygienics and it is a loose powder foundation. I am wearing Medium. It doesn't cake, settle into any fine lines, sweat off when it is humid and 92. I apply this with my It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Foundation Brush. Just a very small amount is all you need and it gives a natural, healthy appearance.

Next, I applied my concealer. This one rocks my socks. Love it! It is the Au Naturale Creme Concealer and it blends so easily with my ring finger. I am not exaggerating when I say that this one blows away the competition. I used to think that Vapour was the best natural concealer. I was wrong. Trust me -- you have to have this for your dark circles and any skin discolorations. BEST CONCEALER on earth. Au Naturale is non-toxic, gluten-free, vegan, paraben-free, non-nano, and made in America in a USDA certified organic facility.

I then applied my staple eye shadow-- the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette.

Next up: mascara. Forever on the quest for that holy grail mascara, I have found one that is paraben free, non-irritating AND will not melt off on a hot and humid day. This one is Prescriptives False Eyelashes Plush Mascara. Truly the best!

Bronzer! It can be so hard to find a bronzer that doesn't make me look like an Ooma Loompa. I was using W3LL People and used it until it was gone. I have a new one I LOVE and as ong as your skin is normal/dry like mine, I think you will adore it as well. It is also a product from Au Naturale and it is called the Organic Creme Bronzer Stick. Just a swipe across the cheekbones and a quick blend with clean fingertips is all you need!

Brows were next! I use Silk Naturals Brow Medium Ash Brow Cream. A pot of this is just $6.50 and lasts almost an entire YEAR!

Hair color touched up -- it is $3.50 or so! Revlon Colorsilk Champagne Blonde. I also add in a couple streaks of Revlon Frost & Glow in the Light Blonde Kit for highlights. My hair also feels so much healthier since -- gasp -- returning to a shampoo with sulfates. It is SO much easier to style. I am using Biolage Volume Bloom Shampoo and alternating with John Frieda Sheer Blonde Everlasting Blonde Shampoo.

To condition, I use Featherweight from Original Moxie.

Styling-wise, I start with Redken Prepping Blow Dry Lotion, then I blow dry my hair. I apply some Redken Hot Sets Thermal Setting Mist and to finish, add shine with Matrix Biolage Color Care Shine Shake. All were purchased on the Buy 1, Get 2 Free at Supercuts.

And I LOVE the lip colors! Lipstick and gloss are both Au Naturale! And I adore them. Now when you go to the website and see this lipstick, do NOT panic. It looks VERY bright purple, but does not actually appear this way on the lips. What a beautiful lipstick and it feels divine. Some lipsticks tug across the lips and make them feel dry. Not this one. And, again, Au Naturale is non-toxic, gluten-free, vegan, paraben-free, non-nano, and made in America in a USDA certified organic facility.

Over the lipstick, I applied Au Naturale Lip Gloss in a shade called Orchid. Great on its own or layers, this is my new go-to lip gloss!

Lastly, I used a large powder brush to sweep my powder sunscreen across my face. It is called Jane Iredale Powder Me SPF 30 in Golden. This provides broad spectrum protection and is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.

So that's the summer routine. I will be back soon for an more in depth review of the rest of my fabulous Au Naturale products!

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