You are definitely out of shape if you feel like you are going to die after doing (well, kind of doing) a 10 minute thigh workout and one of Kathy Smith’s warm ups (yeah … I said warm up). I think I am going to just walk for a week or two before I attempt any more of my fitness DVDs from the library again. 😉
I completely abandoned this site and for that I am sorry. Uhg. I shouldn’t start things before I figure out how to incorporate them into my life, lol. But anyhow, I’m back and hope to start creating better content for the blog. I’ve gained a lot more knowledge since this site began which is a very good thing – I didn’t know very much about makeup in the beginning. >_< I knew only that I liked it and wanted to learn more … BUT, like I said, I’ve been learning and I’ve got some new products that I’ve been experimenting with (such as Everyday Minerals, Pure Luxe Cosmetics, Alima Minerals, and NYX – reviews/tuts coming soon, BTW!) and have come a long, looooong way. Don’t get me wrong, I am far from knowing everything (FAR!!), but I feel like I am now more at an intermediate stage rather than being so beginner. If that makes sense …
Anyway, I was completely blown away when I checked this site today to find that it had recieved 4,000+ hits. I still feel shocked. I realized this is something I should try to keep up even if I can’t spend 10 hours a day on it.
I’m also going to start up the YouTube videos again. It took me a little while to get over my camera shyness (I have to thank ExpoTV.com for that!), which was really weird, by the way. The last thing I expected from myself was camera shyness. I’ve grown up with a video camera in my face and my mom and my aunt and both my grandmas take pictures like crazy – I’m no stranger to the camera. But to get in front of it, put on makeup, and then post it on YouTube totally freaked me out at first.
But yeah, I think I have rambled on long enough now. 😉
Foundation Coverage October 17, 2007
Perhaps you have tried several different kinds of drugstore liquid foundations but are repeatedly disappointed with the level of coverage you get from them. Before you go all in and splurge on a high-end foundation, take a moment to examine the method you apply your foundation. Do you use your fingers or a sponge? These provide a more sheer coverage, which sometimes is fine, but other times you will want/need more than that. They key to getting really full coverage is to use a brush. A brush with synthetic bristles will not absorb or “rub away” any of your foundation and will give you beautiful coverage.
A foundation brush doesn’t have to be expensive, either:
ELF offers a foundation brush for $1.
AVON has one for $5.99.
You can even use paint brushes from the craft store, which is actually what I do. I get great coverage from a 3/4″ wash brush that came in a set my mom bought for $5. JoAnn has wash brushes on their site in a variety of sizes for $2.49 each. You can also use small shader brushes for your concealer.
Fergie and MAC! October 15, 2007
There are some MAC products in Fergie’s “Clumsy” video. Check it out! =)
Here is a great tutorial by EnKore on how to depot your NYX shadow trio. Enjoy!
Hey guys, you know those little sponge applicators that come with eyeshadow? Well, I don’t use them for applying eyeshadow and I feel kinda bad just throwing them away (especially the nice ones from NYX), so I was wondering, is there anything else that they can be used for? I sometimes use them to scoop out loose shadow from pots but they’re not spectacular for this. Let me know if you’ve come up with some creative way to use them!
I mentioned in my Fall Look tutorial that incorporating some high-end makeup into your collection can bring your low-end things up to a higher level. It doesn’t take much, just a few products, and you can look like a million bucks without braking the bank. Here are a few items from MAC that I suggest you buy to use along with your other cosmetics.
1. Get something you can use as a base for all your eyeshadow – this can be a paint, paint pot, shade stick, cream color base, or prep & prime. Pick something that you like the texture of and choose a shade that is close to your skin tone.
2. Pick two or three eye shadows that you can use on a regular basis and that work well with other shadows you already have in your collection. Don’t pick anything that, while it looks pretty in the pot, you would only use once in a great while. I suggest getting one that is white/off white/cream to use as a highlighter, but the rest can be whatever you choose.
3. Studio Finish Concealer.
4. Lipstick or gloss. Pick a color that is flattering to your skin tone, comes in just the right finish, and works well with your other makeup colors. You could also get a clear gloss to add over the lipsticks you already own.
I don’t recommend buying mascara from MAC (or anywhere high-end) if you’re on a budget because you have to replace it so often. Mascara needs to be replaced every 2 – 3 months because of bacteria and yes, even eye mites (soooo gross!!). If your mascara stings your eyes or is three months old, it’s time to toss it.
I suggest using a permanent marker to write the date you opened your mascara somewhere on the tube so that you can know for sure how old it is.
I recommend N.Y.C. mascara – it’s $2 for thickening, lengthening, or waterproof mascara and $3 for curling. You just don’t want to pay more than that because of having to replace it sooo often. Also, I’ve heard that drugstore brands actually work better than many high-end brands!
So there you go. I hope you have fun picking out your products. Please note that I can’t advise you on your skin tone/what looks good with your tone. It just doesn’t work over the computer. The best thing to do is go to a MAC counter and try out swatches to see for yourself, or, if you’re really unsure, just ask someone who works there. They are more than willing to help you out. =)