If you're like me, you're always looking for the perfect neutral eyeshadow palette. But in the summer, it needs to have just enough shimmer to make you look like a Bronze Goddess, without an overpowering amount of glitter. Something easy to transition day to night is always a plus and of course the perfect golden browns for a summer glowing look. Since I am oily prone in the warmer weather, lasting power is EVERYTHING! I like to be able to create a look in the morning when I get ready for work and still be able to wear the same look out with minor touch ups at night.
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Recently, I was sent this bronzy gold palette from BA Star Makeup. It's a Day to Night Smokey Eye Palette with neutral, shimmery golds and bronze shadows. And here is the best part; It also includes two glitter gel shadows in gold and an almost iridescent shade, which are perfect to use as a glitter liner to really amp up any makeup look.
My first impression of these shadows are that they are super soft and silky. Color payoff is true to how it looks in the pot and they glide on easily without fall out, making them very blend-able. You don't have to pack on a lot of shadow in order to create whatever makeup look you are going for. The gel shadows do not stay wet or creamy for long, they dry fairly quickly to keep your look in place. This is a MAJOR PLUS, you guys!
So far I am loving what I see and feel with these shadows. In my tutorial I will touch base on the lasting power of these shadows. Below you will find some detail photos and swatches of the colors.
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I know this is not a beauty post or tutorial, but I love my friends here so much that I'm asking for your support in a personal venture. My husband and I have been selected as 1 of 3 couples competing to win the wedding of our dreams in a giveaway from a local radio station called Hot 102.7 FM. We entered our love story and to our surprise we got picked! Now we are enlisting all of the help of our family, friends, and of course social media to vote for our love story and ultimately help us achieve this amazing dream!! All you have to do is follow the link provided and read our love story, then vote once a day starting from now until the 29th. If you have more than one email address, PLEASE TAKE ADVANTAGE and vote multiple times. One vote per day/ per email address. Then Tweet or Instagram the link with the hashtag #dreamwedding4thejohnsons so we can see your posts and share your support!
Reese and I cannot do this by ourselves, so we are asking for all of the support we can get! We are just so excited to even be finalists in this amazing giveaway, but if we win we are promising to do a special giveaway for all of our friends and followers!!
With February already among us, the only exciting thing about this month has got to be Valentine's Day. I mean, why else would we be excited about a month with less days? Other than pay day comes sooner than the average month, I'm pretty sure February usually sucks for most people, aside from Valentine's Day (for some...the day's not usually all it's cracked up to be for everyone). Now whether you would like to openly admit it or not, most (and yes, I did say MOST for you girls who are "He-Man-Woman-Haters") of us ladies still look forward to celebrating with a Valentine whether we have a significant other or not. Of course movies have influenced us to imagine a romantic date night of some sort, where we get all dressed up and well...as the night progresses I'm sure you can figure out what most women expect from their Valentine's Day.
Whether you have a V-Day date or not, I'm here to share some tips on how to vamp up your V-day by making sure you look and feel amazing no matter the occasion.
Number One- Pamper yourself. Whether you have plans or not, giving yourself an at-home spa treatment can really change the way you look and feel on Valentine's Day. I suggest if you have plans to go out with a friend or your lover on the 14th, do this pampering sesh the night or day before your date. This will ensure that your skin has time to relax before you apply a full face of makeup. And a little bonus tip for all you girlies that are habitually late to everything like me, this ensures all you have to do the day of is get yourself glammed up. Pre-pampering the day before allows you to actually relax and to not be in any sort of time crunch. Give yourself a mini facial, and if you don't have the time or just want to save a little bit of money prepping for your V-day plans, an at home mani/pedi will be the perfect way to still ensure your digits look up to par for the evening events, but that you don't break the bank doing it. Besides, artificial nails are long gone and out of style. All natural baby! That's the way to go. And trust me, your man will surely agree. Yes, he may find long nails sexy and seductive in the bedroom, but that's probably about the only place. Of course you want your man to think you take care of yourself by having your nails and hair done regularly, eyebrows, lip and bikini waxes are a no brainer; but you also don't want to make him think that you spend a tremendous amount of money on these things. Now as women, we know the truth. But what he doesn't know won't hurt him. :) Enhance your natural features. You want to look like YOU! Crazy right?
Number Two- This tip kind of goes in hand with number one. Whiten your teeth AHEAD of time to give you a more confident smile. This tip is great if you spend from now until the 14th preparing for V-day because then you will see whiter results the longer you have been whitening them. I think this tip is so important because who doesn't plan to be locking lips on Valentine's night? Also, it just makes rocking a red lip on Valentine's that much sexier when your teeth are supppaaa white! :)
Now for Number Three- Send yourself flowers. No matter who you expect to surprise you on V-day, there's nothing better than a little gift from you to yourself to show your appreciation and love for all that YOU do! And if you've waited too late to send yourself a bouquet, then pick up a fresh one at your local Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. They have beautiful spring bouquets and roses right now for as little as $3.99!!
Number Four- Buy yourself a new outfit for V-day that will coordinate with whatever your plans are for the day or night. Staying in with girlfriends? Buy a new set of cute PJ's for your Girl's Night In! Going on a romantic date to a nice, intimate restaurant you've been dying to try? Go for a sexy, but sophisticated dress. You can't go wrong with black, red, or even a baby, blush pink. Keep it classy, Ladies. Going out with the girls? You can go for this same cute cocktail dress look! Let's not forget the lingerie and heels. You definitely can't go wrong with purchasing either. I recommend all three to really pull your look together!
Number Five- GO SIMPLE, yet sultry with your makeup. Stick with the "natural beauty" look as opposed to going all out for an evening smokey and bold lip. I can't stress enough that you DON'T, and I mean absolutely don't by any means, need to cake on the makeup! KEEP IT SIMPLE! BB creams, tinted moisturizers, or just a light weight foundation with build-able coverage are perfect options. You want to still be able to see your skin peeking through. If you need full coverage, use a concealer to build up coverage, but ONLY in areas where you need it. Using soft shimmery pinks and vanilla's paired with a matte taupe or soft brown to smoke out the crease are perfect shadows for a Valentine's Day makeup look. With the lips there is a little more room to play. If you really are itching to wear a red lip on your date, be sure to use a lip stain or matte lip stick that won't wear off quickly. And if you're looking to go a little bit softer or more natural, I suggest going for a soft pink or natural lip liner close to your natural lip color paired with a true nude or pinky nude lip and topped off with a soft pink gloss. Don't over do the lips though. Or else that could really be a V-day disaster and put a bit of a roadblock between you and your date and that Valentine's Day kiss.
If you have more tips of your own. Share them below!
Okay, I know I haven't committed A LOT of time blogging since the beginning of January like I said I would for 2013. But I have been filming more videos for my YouTube Channel. So maybe that can count for something right? I know I have some followers who are bloggers only, but I hope you'll check this video out too! This is my 'go-to' hairstyle for my everyday routine. Whether it be work, running errands, or lunch with my girlfriends, you'll usually always catch me with a bun on the top of this head of mine. I think what I love most is the chic, but effortless look it gives and can literally pull ANY ole outfit into a more sophisticated look. SO many of the girls I work with in the cosmetic industry are wearing their hair like this now too. I would get so many questions on how I style my bun, that I decided to make a video so I could have something to refer them to, rather than just try to explain what I do to every single person. With that, you guys get to see this tutorial as well! Let me know what you think of this look, and send me any pictures on Twitter or Instagram, comments here, or video responses of your sock buns! I'd love to see what you came up with or what works for you!
To love what you do, is to love what you love. I love being able to submerse myself in beauty every day of my life. You will never fully know what being happy with your job is, until your job involves doing something you love everyday. For me, I'm happiest when I'm surrounded by all things involving beauty. Makeup, skincare, hair, nails, fashion; some may say these are superficial things to love, but those people have never experienced being a part of a deeper kind of beauty. Never underestimate the impact that a tube of lipstick or mascara may have on the heart and the life of not only the person wearing it, but the person applying it. The "beauty" of being in the beauty industry is this: Change can be seen instantly. There is no waiting on life's indefinite timeline in order to see results. Therefore, something as small as an eyeshadow or lipstick can change another's life in just the same instance. The gratification you get from bringing to light a person's inner beauty to the exterior is a feeling that you cannot ever get tired of experiencing. This is why I named this blog, For The Love of Beauty, because beauty is what I am passionate about and I want to share my passion with all of you through these tutorials and posts, therefore adding the "101." Makeup is a skill that can be taught and learned by anyone.
Remember these two things; "Beauty is being the best possible version of yourself on the inside and out." & "A smile is the best makeup any girl can wear."