Eyeliner Babydoll by YSL

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While shopping a few weeks ago for new makeup purchases, I ran into a sale on YSL products! For my makeup guru’s out there we know that this type of thing NEVER happens, so I took advantage of the “40% off everything must go sale” & purchased a few new items. One of the items was the YSL Eyeliner Babydoll in Light Blue #11  & I think that it is absolutely gorgeous! This liner is smooth in texture & the brush tip is very fine, making it easy to apply & perfect for winged liner.

No smudging. Very little flaking. Over all, I give it 4 out of 5 stars ****

Price Point: $34


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Don’t Let it Fade

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With SUMMER coming to a close & Fall just around the corner, your makeup routine might be changing, but don’t think that you have to relinquish that summer #glow that you spent all summer perfecting.

EXFOLIATE. First things first, in order to have healthy “looking skin” you must have healthy skin. Be sure that you are exfoliating regularly, at least 4-5 times per week. Exfoliating eliminates dry/flaky skin & cleans deep down into your pores to remove excess dirt & oils (which cause acne breakouts) that you don’t reach when hand washing. I like to use my Clarisonic to get a deep clean, especially after I remove my makeup.

MOISTURIZE. Next, make sure that you are moisturizing DAILY (Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream). You may use other products like serums & eye creams before your moisturizer but at minimum, you need to moisturize (even if you struggle with oily skin). Be sure to find a moisturizer that is going to work with your skin type. Gently massage & press your moisturizer into the skin & don’t forget your neck. Moisturizing leaves the skin hydrated & supple, this will help promote that natural glow.

ILLUMINATE & COVER. You are now ready for your foundation (Urban Decay’s Naked Skin #8.0). Choose a foundation that will set to a natural finish & preferably one that is medium coverage (I will explain why medium in just a min) . Try to stay away from foundations that dry to a matte finish, a foundation that is matte will eliminate the dewiness that we are aiming for. When I want a healthy natural glow but I still want coverage, I like to use an illuminator (MAC’s Strobe Liquid) that is thin in texture & I mix it right into the foundation. You could apply this directly to the skin after your moisturizer, but mixing will give the appearance that your glow is coming from within & not like you added it. Now, back to why I said a medium coverage foundation. When you mix your illumniator into the foundation it will immediately sheer down the foundation. If you were to use a foundation that was sheer in coverage, when you add your illuminator to the foundation & apply it to the skin there will be a minimum amount of coverage. If that is the look that you are going for then you are right on track, but I like to have just a little coverage when wearing foundation.

HIGHLIGHT. Now that you have gone through & taken care of the skin, don’t forget to brighten underneath those eyes (YSL’s Touche ‘Eclat Radiant Touch in #4). Brightening the under eye area will give you the appearance that you are well rested & make your eyes appear as though they have been lifted. Don’t be afraid to take you under eye highlighter & pull it to the upper plains of the cheek bones. This will lift the cheek bone & help it to stand out. Make sure that your under eye highlighter is not to light. Remember, you are going for a “natural” glow & sometimes if your under eye highlight is to light it can appear unrealistic.

POWDER. Finish off your foundation & under eye highlight with a loose sheer powder. Gently press the powder into the skin & under the eye. Be sure not to use heavy powders or full coverage powders. You want you skin to be the focus!

BRONZE. Lastly, find a bronzer that matches your skin tone (MAC’s Mineralized Skin Finish in Give Me Sun). If you have fair skin use a sheer rose/peach color bronzer. For ladies with olive skin tones try using sheer copper/earth tone colors. Ladies with deeper skin, use colors that are warm & rich, with subtle shimmer. When applying your bronzer, be sure to apply to the perimeter of the face (top & sides of the forehead, the hollows of your cheeks, jawline & neck) & not all over. Adding the bronzer to the perimeter of the face will create that beautiful sun-kissed glow.

Although summer is coming to a close, it doesn’t mean that your makeup can’t look like you are still living in the middle of June!

 

NOTE: *ALL PRODUCTS LISTED ARE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MY SKIN TONE & TYPE. PLEASE ADJUST PRODUCTS TO YOUR SKIN TONE & TYPE*

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Fight Oily Skin with Calendula

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First things first, let me give you a tiny bit of background about Calendula before I get into my review…

Calendula a.k.a the Marigold, is a plant that can be used in many different ways & in different forms. When the herb extracts are used, this plant can be used for treating acne, reducing inflammation, soothing irritated tissue, promotes fast healing & regeneration of the skin which is why it is used so frequently when it comes to issues with the skin.

Like many of you I suffer with oily skin. Because I get so oily, I tend to get clusters of tiny little white heads in the center of my forehead, on my cheeks, around my nose & on my chin. I exfoliate daily with Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant & use my Clarisonic about 3 times per week but I still was seeing a major buildup of those nasty little comedones. One day after a facial, where she extracted those tiny white heads, I stopped by the Kiehl’s store to try out some new skin care products (facial cleanser, toner & moisturizer) & it was there that I was introduced to their Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash, Calendula Herbal- Extract Alcohol Free Toner & the Ultra Facial Oil Free Gel Cream.

By using all the 3 products together, 2x daily, over the past 2 weeks, I have really noticed a significant difference in my skin. I am not as oily as I was before, there isn’t a buildup of comedones, & my skin feels moisturized but not greasy.  My favorite part about my regiment is that each product is fragrance free so I don’t have to worry about allergic reactions or fragrance induced breakouts. The cleanser doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight or dry after washing & the toner is wonderful because it is alcohol free  which means it doesn’t burn! Once I am finished cleansing and toning I apply my moisturizer, which is also fragrance free, to damp skin. Applying it to damp skin allows the product to absorb into the skin for deep down hydration. Once I am finished, I apply my eye cream & call it a night. My face feels refreshed & revitalized which is an amazing feeling when you have faced the world all day.

Product List & Pricing

Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash $29.00

Calendula Herbal- Extract Alcohol Free Toner $21.00

Ultra Facial Oil Free Gel Cream $26.50

 

Update Natural Hair Contest Giveaway!

Hey Beauties!

I got a great response regarding the Natural Hair Care Giveaway so I decided to extend the contest another week. The winner will be announced on Saturday April 27th giving you 1 extra week to enter! Check out the YT video for details on how to enter but REMEMBER THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED SATURDAY APRIL 27TH!

XOXO

Britt

CONTEST IS CLOSED!!!!!!

How To Enter the Natural Hair Care Giveaway…It’s a video!

Hey Beauties!

Check out the video I created on how to enter the Natural Hair Care giveaway!

CONTEST CLOSED!!!!!!!

Oh yea, & I apologize about the watermark being right there in the middle of the video. I used a free trial to make the video & that’s how they got me!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE “HOW TO ENTER” video —->

Enjoy!

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XOXOXO

Britt