Thursday, March 29, 2012

Stroke of Genius: Foundation Brushes

Until recently, I had only used my fingers or a beauty sponge (nothing super-fancy) to apply my foundations.  Thanks to my burgeoning obsession with makeup tutorials on YT, I have set out on the trial-by-fire journey of finding my perfect foundation brush.
So many options!
The brushes I've used are, from top: POSH Foundation (from the 5 piece mini kit); Real Techniques foundation, pointed foundation and buffing.  I have used each of the brushes with multiple liquid and cream foundations, using varied application techniques.  My favorite is:
Real Techniques buffing brush
 Maybe it's from years of using powder mineral foundations with kabuki brushes, but this brush works well with my patting/buffing application technique.  It allows for full coverage with a minimal amount of product, and gives a poreless, airbrushed finish.  I have been using this with my Maybelline FitMe liquid and my M.A.C Studio Tech cream, and it gives fabulous finish to my skin with either product.

Foundation is capable of more than just covering your face.  It can give so many different effects, depending on what kind you are using and the way you apply it.  The options are only limited by your imagination.  Only ever used your fingers?  Try using a sponge!  Only used a dry sponge?  Try dampening it first!  Don't use foundation?  Start with a tinted moisturizer or BB cream!  (Please, just put something on!!!)  Try it, I know you'll like it!

Cheers to putting your best face out there,

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

M.A.C. Attack!

I am so excited I received my first M.A.C. Pro order today!  You can all get M.A.C. Cosmetics online, but certain products are only for licensed beauty pros, like moi!  I'll show you a peek at what I got...
Better than a new box of crayons!

I got an assortment of eyeshadows, lipgloss, foundation, concealer...all sorts of beautifiers, even brush cleaner!  I couldn't help but dive right in and do a fast look before heading outside with the kids! 

Just your average playing-outside-look!
Let me just tell you, this is my first hands-on experience with M.A.C. products and I am in L.O.V.E.  The shadows blended so smoothly, the foundation was the perfect combination of coverage and comfort, and the kohl eyeliner was pure bliss to skipping or smearing!

I can't wait to play with my new goodies even more!  I will let you know what else I love soon!  So excited.  Oh the plans...!

Cheers to playing with your makeup, even when you're covered in kid grime!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Workin' It (Out!)

I am never going to be one of those girls.  You know, the ones who don't wear makeup to exercise?  I know, I know:  clogged pores, raccoon-eye mascara, looking unserious about the gym?  I've thought of these, too, but I am a girly-girl at my core and I will not stop wearing cosmetics while I work out.  My solution?

Garnier Skin Renew B.B. Cream

I have been using this B.B. Cream (very affordable at about $12) for the last couple of months and I adore it!  It has slightly more coverage than my usual tinted moisturizer, UVA/UVB sunscreen, insane hydration and evens out my skin tone, all in one fresh-smelling cream.  I am so fond of this I could go on and on, but I won't...just try it and you'll see! 

So a swipe of this all over, a layer or three of any ol' mascara (waterproof if you're a sweaty sort!) and lip balm gets me feeling pretty enough to hit the grocery store with my post-run flush without needing a touch up!  It's definitely a win!

Here's to girly-girls not caring what people think!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Beyond Stylish

According to the American Heritage College Dictionary, third edition, there is one acceptable definition for the adjective stylish: conforming to the current fashion.  I find this rather unacceptable!

Growing up, growing into myself, I have struggled with fitting in.  I think we all have, at one time or another.  It is human and normal.  We, as gawky, limbs-akimbo teens, usually want nothing more than to be invisible, to follow the crowd, to fit in and belong.  Some want more than that.  Some want to stand out and be noticed, be themselves, be different.  I have seen both the advantages and the negative results that can come from either of these penchants, and what I've learned is I am glad I'm all grown up.

Conforming can be comforting, to be certain.  And then it can become a habit.  I am not telling you this is a bad habit, only to take a look at it once in a while.  Is there something you would like to challenge yourself with, beauty/fashion/style-wise?  Something you've thought about trying, but haven't dared step out of your daily uniform?  Have you looked at a fashion magazine, or a classic photo of a legendary starlet from a time gone by and thought, "How would I look if I did that?"

You don't need to conform to everybody else to be "stylish."  So what is there to lose by changing something?  It doesn't have to be a big change, or even obvious to anyone else.  The thing is, there is power out there, in that universe of beauty and womanly confidence.  It can be intoxicating, feeling good about yourself and taking charge of the version of you that others see.  Just wait.  You may be surprised what comes your way!

Here's to following a different path to Style-ville!