Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Your Personal Make Up Collection

My train case Feb 2010

When I first started out with make up, I didn't know what I needed.  Now that I have a couple of years under my belt and I feel like I've reached the point in my life where I can say "no" when I'm at Sephora... I feel like its my duty to share what I've learned.  I want to share with you what I believe the essentials are and when  you know you've had enough.  The picture above shows my train case from over a year ago... I haven't boughten much since but honestly thats more than enough make up for ANYONE... unless of course you are a make up artist.  So please keep in mind that this article is just for the every day girl who isn't trying to be a make up artist and has no interest in collecting make up for fun.

Okay... I'm going to separate this into 3 stages. Stage A will be for very beginners... Stage B will be once you have items in Stage A and finally Stage C will be when you have most of the essentials and you are now customizing to your eye color, etc.

  • Stage A: Facial Moisturizer & Eye Moisturizer (depends on age), Foundation/Concealer, or Tinted Moisturizer (if you have really nice skin), blush, make up remover
    • Brushes: Foundation brush (if needed), Wedge Sponge, or you can use your hands (make sure they are super clean), & a blush brush
  • Stage B: Powder (if you have combination to oily skin), bronzer
    • Brushes: Angled blush brush, kabuki brush for more coverage, or you can get a stippling brush
  • Stage C: Highlighter, Face Primer, Correctors, and Finishing Powder
    • Brushes: If you feel the need to get concealer brushes or if you would like to invest in a beauty blender or you may find that you like alternative face brushes
  • Stage A: Neutral Eye Shadow Palette, Eye Liner/ Gel liner/Liquid liner, Mascara
    • Brushes: Flat eye shadow brush (2 to 3) and angled liner brush if you are going the gel liner route
  • Stage B: Eye Shadow Primer, Brow Filler, Eye Lash Curler, Eye Shadow Palette with "smokey colors"
    • Brushes: Blending brush, Crease Brush
  • Stage C: Eye Shadow Palettes that accentuate your eye color (ex. Navy/Purple Eye shadows for Brown/Hazel Eyes) and 1 or 2 fun palettes (I recommend one of those 88 palettes unless you want to spring for a fun Urban Decay one)
    • Brushes: There are sooo many brushes on the market.. at this point you can purchase better quality brushes or just get different sizes or cuts.
  • Stage A:  Very good lip moisturizer and 2 or 3 neutral lip colors and nude or neutral pink lipstick
    • Brushes: n/a
  • Stage B:  Lipsticks/Lipglosses in shades that aren't extremely bold but can work with a lot of looks... cranberry, brown, deeper pinks, etc. (3) and you can start purchasing a nudish lip liner
    • Brushes: If you feel like you would work better with a lip brush you can purchase it at this point
  • Stage C: Lipsticks/lipglosses in BOLD shades. This is the time when you probably are confident enough to pick out a perfect red or a deep plum.  This is also the time to build your lip liner collection if you like the way it looks on you.
    • Brushes: n/a
All in all I would say that for the average make up wearer you should own

1- foundation or tinted moisturizer
1- powder/finishing powder*
1- concealer 
1- facial moisturizer & eye moisturizer
1- face primer*
2-3- blushes
1-2- bronzers
2-5- lip glosses
2-5 -lip sticks
1-2- lip liners
1- lip moisturizer
3-12 individual eyeshadows or 2-3 palettes
1-3- eyeliners
1-2- mascaras
1- eye shadow primer*
4-7 - brushes for make up application

Tuesday, April 12, 2011



Image: Graeme Weatherston /
Hair is something that we have to deal with every day. :( Sometimes I just love playing with my hair but for the most part... I'd rather play with my make up. Its the truth. Over the years, I have developed some habits that have helped me stay out of the hair salon and yet keep healthy, shiny looking hair. I only have a few tips but I think if you put these things into your daily routine then you will surely see a difference in your hair.

  • Don't wash your hair every day. I know that sounds gross but sometimes its good to let your natural oils come out. At first you will find that your hair looks plain greasy but once you accustom your hair to not be washed every day... you will find that your hair looks less oily when it is not washed.  I was my hair every 2 to 3 days.
  • Why blow dry it when you can air dry it. Not only does this save electricity but it puts less heat on your hair therefore keeping it healthier.
  • Use heat protectants on your hair prior to using flat irons or blow dryers.  I can't stress this enough!! I recommend CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray - 8.5 oz.
  • Use leave in conditioners at least once a week. This will definitely help  you stay out of the hair salon. If you are interested in growing out your hair this could save you at least one trip to the salon. I do recommend getting trims regularly (I'll get into that soon) but using a leave in conditioner can really help you have less of a trim. I use Aveda Damage Remedy Conditioner, 6.7-Ounce Tube... its a little pricey but its worth it and will last you a very long time.
  • Get a trim!!  Nothing looks worse than long hair that is unhealthy or has nothing but split ends.  If you feel like your hair is damaged... get it cut. :)  I know it sounds like common sense but girls make the common mistake of growing too attached to their length even if the hair is in bad shape.  I try to visit the salon every 3 months to get a trim or just change up my style. This way I'm ensuring that my split ends are going up higher and that my hair looks nice. :)
Thats all I have for you... I know it isn't much but trust me these things help out a great deal.  Leave a comment if you have any great tips for hair!!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Do you believe in magic??

If you had a wand that could change ANYTHING... what would you change???

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It could be anything at all. :) Be honest!!  Remember to leave your Youtube username with your comment so I can put in your entry correctly.


1. Open to everyone!! All ages, world wide. If under 18 please ask parent/guardian if you can participate.
2. Give away ends April 21, 2011 11:59pm CST
3. You can only have 3 entries!! No exceptions.  1 entry as you tube comment to this video, 1 entry 
under correct blog post on, 1 entry as stated in  video on Be sure to leave your youtube user name for tumblr and blogspot entry.