Quick Fix: Mascara

I don’t know about you, but I don’t go anywhere without mascara. It’s one of those things that takes 1 minute to apply and I swear it makes a world of difference. But because I use my mascara all the time, I find it dries out quickly. I’m pretty religious about throwing it out every 3 months (really, anything that close to your eye shouldn’t be staying around too long) but I still find the formula ages quickly. And believe me, I’ve tried just about every mascara out there. So I came up with what I think is a brilliant technique to get that “fresh out of the package application” with a mascara that is less than new. My secret? HOT WATER!

Before you apply your mascara, turn on your hot water and give it a second to warm up. The water doesn’t need to be scolding, just hot. Make sure your mascara is sealed tight, and hold it under the running water for about 10-15 seconds. When you’re done, open it up and voilà! Your mascara is good as new.

xox L

Glitter Nail Polish

I know, another nail polish post. I can’t help it! I’ve had an OPI Gel manicure for the past 3 months and just got it off over Easter weekend. Since I haven’t been able to experiment with polish for so long, I’ve kind of gone crazy recently. Just bare with me, I promise there won’t be many more!

My all time favorite nail polish is Mint Candy Apple by Essie and ironically enough I can never find it anywhere! So, I used my best detective skills and found a similar shade at the drugstore (Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Mint Sorbet). When my nails were finally free of gel I wanted to give them a fresh coat of my “Mint Candy Apple look-alike.” While  perusing the aisles of CVS I came across Milani Jewel FX Nail Polish in Gems. It immediately caught my eye because the polish is full of different sizes and colors of glitter making it (almost) like confetti! Anyways, I thought it would be fun to layer over Mint Sorbet so I gave it a try and loved the results.

If you want to try this glitter polish at home remember that a little goes a long way so stick to one coat. Also, if you ever have a super chipped manicure, it’s great to throw on as a topcoat. The glitter will distract people from your chipped polish and it dries in seconds!

xox L

Nailed It.

 

So it’s not breaking news, but nail art is in. In fact, the Spring/Summer 2012 runways were swimming with colorful varieties of nail art. From Aztec prints to minty stripes, artistic manicures are hot this season. But let’s get real, some of you (not including myself in this) may not feel comfortable sporting a crazy manicure. If this is the case, you’re in luck! I’ve come up with a fun (inexpensive) way to spice up your manicure for a day or two.

First of all, if you haven’t seen the amazing post from the beauty department about DIY Nail Stickers, you should check it out. If you’re like me and don’t have quite enough willpower to paint nail polish on tape, you can try the next best thing… washi tape! For those of you who don’t know, washi tape is brightly colored or printed paper tape that comes on small rolls. You can use it for just about anything (warning: once you buy it you’ll start putting it everywhere. My roommate currently replaced all of the magnets on the refrigerator with washi tape).

SO, if you want to sport a fun yet simple print without a long-time investment, try washi tape. It’s simple, first paint your nails with a solid color. I used Mint Sorbet by Sally Hansen (my drugstore version of Essie Mint Candy Apple). Next, select your print/color of wash tape. I chose neon pink but there are thousands of other options here and here. Pick your poison!  Cut the tape into thin strips using good scissors. I suggest cutting different widths to add dimension to your manicure. Lastly, lay the strips on your nail. Use a wood cuticle push to smooth out any uneven areas. (NOTE: You may find it hard to lay the strips down on your opposite hand so it can be handy to have a friend or a roommate around!)

The tape will last for about a day and can peel off without damaging your nail. So give it a try, and let me know what you think!

xox L

MY CURRENT OBSESSIONS

1. The Wet Brush
2. Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin
3. CoverGirl NatureLuxe Foundation

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you’re ready for the weekend and some beautiful spring weather. Just wanted to take a quick second to share some of my current obsessions. They all happen to be beauty related this week, but I promise they won’t always be.

To start off, The Wet Brush has literally saved my life. I have always struggled with brushing my hair. My Dad actually would blow dry my hair for me up until the age of 10 (bless him). It just seems like every time I brush it, I’m in pain trying to get all of the knots out. And then 10 minutes later it’s already a giant knot again. Well, I no longer have this problem. The Wet Brush is designed to glide through wet hair (just out of the shower hair) and detangle those nasty knots. I think it’s intended for kids, but if it works it works! I no longer need to use detangler and therefore my hair stays clean longer. Its only $6.89 on Amazon.com. Have you ever bought a brush for $6.89?!

I recently ran across the Goody Simple Styles Spin Pins and was a bit confused. First of all, they look like trampoline springs and are intended for your hair?  If you read the paragraph above, you’ll understand why I wouldn’t want to use them. I can barely brush my hair let alone pull a metal spring out of it. But, to my surprise, these little pins pop in and out without any pulling or pinching. They are intended to be used to hold a bun (instead of using a hair tie). I’ll post a quick video tutorial this weekend on how to use them, but I promise it’s really easy. And they keep your hair in place! If you’re putting your hair in a bun frequently (I feel like everyone is right now because they are in style), I highly recommend these.

Lastly, CoverGirl NatureLuxe foundation. I know, this has been out for almost a year but I finally got around to trying it. It’s super light and still provides good coverage. It also comes in my shade (see though/translucent skin -100) so that makes me happy! This also works great with the Beauty Blender.

Enjoy!

xox L

The Beauty Blender

Sephora.com

It’s not often I buy a beauty product and feel like it’s so revolutionary that I have to tell everyone about it. But finally I have an exception; the Beauty Blender. I have seen this little pink teardrop in magazines, makeup tutorials, and even in my friends makeup bags, but I never really understood all of the hype. For those of you who don’t know, the Beauty Blender is a non-disposable sponge applicator that helps you to apply makeup (like foundation, creme blush and even concealer). It’s meant to replace your disposable triangle sponges that you buy at the drugstore.

So, I took matters into my own hands and went out and purchased one of these little sponges. Brace yourself if you go out to buy one, one blender is $19.95 and two are $25.95  (I recommend 2). The sales clerk also tried to talk me into buying the cleaner, but I was still a little shell-shocked over the price so I decided I’d try to clean it myself (big mistake just buy the fricken cleaner for $17.95).

I got home and tried out my Beauty Blender and to my surprise, my foundation looked absolutely flawless. I couldn’t believe how airbrushed/ dewy I looked. I also loved that I only had to use a little foundation. Because you run the sponge under water before applying your makeup, the sponge doesn’t absorb extra foundation and you end up using a fraction of what you normally would.

Below is a quick description of how to use the blender.

  1. Take the sponge out of its case by pulling it THROUGH THE BOTTOM of the holder. If you pull it through the top you will most likely rip the sponge.
  2. Run the sponge under tap water (I usually use warm water) for about 10 seconds (you’ll notice that the sponge will double in size). Ring out the extra water, then wrap it in a towel and squeeze out any extra moisture. The sponge will feel moist but shouldn’t be soaking wet.
  3. Take your liquid foundation and put it on the back of your hand. This will serve as your working surface.
  4. Take the top (point) of the sponge and dip it into the foundation. Stipple the sponge on the back of your hand to be sure you don’t have excess foundation. Then, begin applying the foundation to your face using a sipping motion. Don’t drag the sponge across your face, this will leave you looking matte and blah.
  5. Use the smallest point to get those hard areas around your nose and eyes.
  6. Tada! You’re done (and probably look amazing)

Unfortunately, I wasn’t ready to dish out $17 for the cleaner, so I usually rinse my sponge out under the sink when finished. I have had my beauty blender for about 2 months now and have been so happy with my results. If you are thinking about purchasing one, I have a few tips. First, just splurge and buy the blender/ cleaner duo ($34.95 at Sephora.com). If you don’t buy the cleaner, your sponge does begin to get dirty and the more you wash it under the sink the more it starts to fall apart. I would also recommend buying two of the blenders. After two months, mine is about on its last leg. It’ll save you a trip to the store. On the bright side,  I use a smaller amount of foundation and my application time is cut in half!

Do you have a Beauty Blender? Do you love it? Let me know!

xox L

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