Reflection Friday

Hey, it's okay

I found this picture on pinterest and, I’m not sure why, but it spoke to me. Just plain and simple… it’s going to be okay. I tend to get stressed pretty easily. When I’m stressed I get cranky, mean, and usually end up in tears. Stress will pass, and everything is going to be okay.

It’s been a big week in baseball with the trade deadline. My Tigers even traded a few of their own. David Price to the Blue Jays, Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets. Speaking of the Mets, did you see how one of their players, Wilmer Flores, thinking he got traded and start basically crying on the field? It’s the sweetest thing, breaks and melts my heart at the same time. He had been drafted at the age of 16 and just really loves his team! Happy ending, he didn’t get traded and he hit a walk-off homer!

This week was my sisters bridal shower. The whole thing had me going through a roller coaster of emotions, mainly anger and irritability. She let me do her makeup so it ended up alright. (She won’t let me post it on here, or else I would).

Also, I saw South Paw this past week, very good. Strong language, but good nonetheless.

Now times for some of my likes, dislikes, wants, haves/recommend, and want to tries.

Like

  • I realllllllllly like this movie. So funny! I laugh and cry throughout the entire thing!

Dislike

  • This is a weird one, but I made ham rolls for my sisters shower (ham, cream cheese, and pickles/ green onions) and I HATE the feeling of ham. Also, ham water… disgusting.

Want

Have/ recommend

  • This mascara is my favorite & it lasts me a LONG time. The travel size lasted me like 6 months.

Want to Try

  • This Ice Cream looks so good! I’m going to have to try this pronto.

Have a wonderful weekend!

jun

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Highlight & Contouring for dummies

I absolutely love going to the movies, even movies that aren’t the best, like Paper Towns. I’ve gone to many movies solo, and it has become one of my favorite hobbies. My movie going obsession started in 7th grade. My sister started her first year of college, and had a fairly serious boyfriend she spent her days with. My brother was in his sophomore year of high school and was on the football team. My dad was working away. My mom was home with me. I was back at my old school after being gone for a year (Christian school to Public School & back again… post about mean middle school bullies coming soon (;). Everyone seemed to be busy during the weekends, except my mom and I. I think we went to a movie every Saturday night. It became our thing. We’d drive close to an hour to the theater, bonding the whole way. Even the movies that were complete crap, turned out to be really good times. We went to every movie from Where the Wild Things Are to 2012 to The Karate Kid to The Other Guys to Remember Me. Don’t worry, we still hit the movie theater together all the time.

Highlighting and Contouring. Everyone is doing it these days. While it may be old news for some of you, it may still be that scary, difficult technique that seems hard to grasp. Just look a the photos below, it’s such an amazing process to sculpt, and define. I’ll hopefully make it a little more understandable to those too scared to attempt it.

Highlight and Contour

Before you begin, I want to make sure you understand 2 things that are extremely important.

1. Products. You want to make sure you use sure you use a highlight color that is not too white. A white highlight shade can make you look chalky and ghostly. Also, a contouring too warm will make you look too orange and fake You don’t necessarily have to use the same products as I did, I’ll be making a drugstore highlight and contouring video soon.

2. Blending. Blending is key. You need to make sure you have no harsh lines and spots.

Collage

I thought adding a photo that shows the highlight, contour, and blush in the areas might help. I usually apply the contouring shade first. I apply in the hallows of my cheeks, around my face (top of forehead, along jawline, down neck), under my bottom lip and a thinner line down the sides of my nose. Then I apply the highlight shade to a triangle shape below my eyes, above my upper lip, above my jawline, on my chin, on my forehead, above my eyebrows, on my brow bone, up the sides of my nose, and down the center of my nose. I apply the blush on the apples of my cheeks/above the cheek contouring.

Sorry for the awkwardness of this video, it’s my first one & hey, they can only get better 🙂

The products I used:

Hope you all enjoy this post!  Any questions, just ask! 🙂

jun

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Movie Monday!

 

paper towns

So much truth in that. So much. I’ll post more on that later.

How was your weekend? Mine flew by in a flash. I didn’t really do much, unless you consider sitting on the couch watching Desperate Housewives reruns (guilty pleasure, I know). I’m going to keep it short and sweet today because I’ve been busy all day, actually busy, not just watching TV either. I’m working on something exciting that will hopefully be done and posted tomorrow! I do want something to share today, so I figured I’d share some of my favorite things as of right now, or just some things I want to try!

I’m going to see Paper Towns tonight with my two great friends, Becca & Kayla!

I’ve really been loving these huge temporary tattoos from etsy. This one and this one are my faves!

Speaking of tattoos, I’m completely in love with this world tattoo. It might just be my next. Or this compass one. It’s a toss up. I’ll just have to get both.

I’m really loving this super simple & sleek hairstyle.

Finally, I really like this bronze goddess look. I may have to do my take on it soon! 🙂

Have a wonderful Monday!

jun

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Troubleshooting a Smokey Eye

 

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What’s the difference in the two pictures above? Besides the obvious of course (lighting, awkward facial expressions, and headband), The first picture is what I believe scares most people off from a smokey eye. The second picture depicts some extremely simple, but crucial, tips.

1. Brows. The most important step of any makeup look is defined brows. Brows help frame the face, lift the eyes, and open them up. Adding defined brows shapes up any look. I use Mac Brun  and an angled brush to fill them.

2. Highlighting. Adding some highlighting concealer underneath your eyes, down the center of your nose, brow bone, upper lip, chin, jawline, above your brows, and in the center of your forehead gives you some extra light that your face needs with a smokey eye. I used Sunlit by Maskcara Cosmetics (applied with the small end of this brush).

3. Shimmer. This may be more of a personal preference, but I prefer to add a little illuminator to my brow bone instead of using a shimmery eye shadow. My personal fave is pearl by Maskara Cosmetics (applied with my finger tip).

4. Blush. Your face really needs some color so you don’t look dead while trying to pull off a smokey eye. These Maskcara Cosmetic blushes have been my favorite lately, they are to die for! I’m wearing Ruby in the picture above (applied with the large end of the same brush).

5. Lips. I’m not trying to say that you can’t ever pull off a smokey eye and a red lip, I just think that most of the time you should go with a nice nude lip. A nude lip and smokey eye is a classic look that honestly looks good on anyone. I’m wearing this moisturizing nude color.

6. Color. I tend to lean more towards a dark brown instead of a black for the base color. I think that browns are much more user friendly that blacks. You can really do this look with any color scheme that you like. I usually go for colors that are more…. smoke colored, but any color looks great with this technique. Again, I used Espresso and black from the Lorac Pro Palette (applied with a few Eco tools brushes).

7. Finally, technique. Smokey eyes have to be a little messy. Maybe people are a little afraid of them because when they try them out, they seem messy and not done correctly. However, they should be a little messy, and imperfect. Try it out for a full day, even just around the house, and believe me, you will love it! It just takes some getting used to.

If you’re still having questions, comment below and I will try to answer them to the best of my ability!

Hope you all have a superb weekend! Are you going to go see Paper Towns? My friend asked me to it, but then found out she has to work so I won’t get to see it until Monday :(. Jealous of all you that can go 🙂

jun

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Super Easy Subtle Smokey Eye

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For my first blog post EVER I have chosen to do an eye shadow technique near and dear to my heart. The infamous smokey eye. I think that many people are a little afraid to attempt a smokey eye, but hopefully my pictorial will show you just how easy it is! Now, my smokey eyes usually aren’t the super-black-burning-plastic-in-a-campfire type, but smokey nonetheless. As you’ll learn about me, I prefer a sort of natural, subtle look. All the products and directions listed below

smokey eye tutorial

 First, I primed my eyes with Too Faced Shadow Insurance, then I dipped my Blending Brush in Espresso from the Lorac Pro Palette. Then I built up the same color and blended it out with my crease brush (same link as the blending brush). I used a Cover Girl eyeliner right on my tear line (discontinued, similar). Finally, I used black from the Lorac Palette and the Eco tools smudge brush to smoke it up a little more on the top and bottom lash line. I wiped the excess eye shadow from the crease brush and highlighted my brow bone with cream from the Lorac Palette. I finished with a nice coat of mascara.

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

jun

P.S. If you’re still having problems with a smokey eye, I’ll be troubleshooting them tomorrow! See you then!

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