Holiday Fashion?

As much as I love to dress, style my hair, pile on makeup and do my nails – I really don’t dress up on the actual holiday.  You know what?  I don’t think you should either.  We work ourselves to the bone the rest of the year and deserve to sleep in, wake up looking a mess, make a huge mug of coffee and relax in our best pajamas.  This is what the holidays are really about.  Sit around, eat, socialize with family, eat some more then simply sit back and take it all in.  I see so many people stressed out because they didn’t iron their table clothes the right way, or they have to settle for using plastic plates instead of fine china as a table setting because their wondrous set was missing a piece.  All the fancy dresses, accessories and such, save it for those special holiday parties.

You know what I’m wearing to my Thanksgiving meal?   Leggings, fake uggs, a long sleeve tunic top, throwing my hair in a bun and calling it a day.  I’m all about comfort and functionality.  Who wants to suffer through a delicious meal in constricting jeans?  Ugh, I hate denim!

If you do get dressed up, I hope you look fantastic and all your effort was worth it!  Remember to pair your gravy stain on your top with the appropriate wine stain.  You would hate to appear gouache when Thanksgiving meal hopping today.

Stay safe & be thankful!!

From Caked to Cupcake

Sitting at your vanity, calmly applying the face you want to wear with the perfect light highlighting your visage  – Does this really happen to anyone?  My usual makeup routine is sandwiched between the other million things I have to do before I’m out the door.  That goes for any time of day too, even if I’m going out for the evening.  I specifically want to mention eyeshadow.  I absolutely love eyeshadow and using various colors to create a new shade or new look to compliment my outfit.  I’m a true artist and use my face as yet another pallet.  Does this mean everyone should have animal print eyelids?  No.

First things first, remember your audience.  What does that mean?  Is it a wise idea to cake on the makeup, go heavy on the lids for an important meeting or meeting new clients? No, not at all.  For most, if not all, work settings, it is truly best to stay as natural as possible, when it comes to your eyes.  Save the bright blues and coppers for a night out on the town.  A simple soft shade,  liner and great mascara go a long way versus trying to “express yourself.”   Even if your boss is more lax and encourages you to express yourself; still play it safe.  You never know who you will encounter and what new connections / networking can be made.

What about that night out?  Again, know your audience.  Are you going on that first date?  Play with colors but stick to something low key that enhances your natural beauty.  I don’t think he or she would appreciate dating a Monet painting – they should be getting to know you.  What if you’ve been married for what feels like forever?  Break out your colors and play around until you find a combination you love.  Spice things up, have fun – be someone different that night.  Just remember that too much really is too much and caked on isn’t cute.  I call it the “Cupcake” alternative.  It is just enough without being too much.

Also, don’t break the bank in search of the best eyeshadow.  The prices vary from very inexpensive to very expensive, and now there are brands that claim to last longer than 5+ hours on your face without issue.  I don’t recommend wearing the same makeup longer than 10 hours.  Your skin needs to breathe – but that is another topic altogether.  Do make sure you test products out to find out what works best on your skin.  I haven’t found that expensive brands work better than inexpensive ones, so don’t feel the need to splurge (unless you want to).  Don’t be afraid to try new colors either!  Mix, match and be fabulous!  The same rules apply to the brushes.  I find my cheap brushes do their job well and clean very easily so I don’t waste endless q-tips (I call them Q-Tip$) in the process.

Take a risk, beauty, don’t always be on your guard.  Life is too short to go along with the crowd.

Stay beautiful!  xox

LA Hair?

Gah, I hate to say I love a reality TV show because a lot of them are terrible!  This show showcases talented stylists for hair and nails and apparently makeup too.  I started watching it on a whim because I devoted my day today to mind numbing relaxation.  If you  haven’t watched, definitely check out a marathon at some point.

 

Anyone else watch this show? 

Best Makeup Remover? Yes

I know I have spent many hours debating on which brand to buy, which is actually worth its price, and if it really removes all the makeup as it claims.  There are different kinds of makeup remover to use.  Some will remove all of your makeup and some specify that it is only used to remove eye makeup.  We all know that it never really removes everything and you may end up with raccoon eyes before you have to wash, and in some cases scrub the stuff off your face.  We’ve all been there and done it.  I have to share with you a trick I discovered recently.

I’m a Mom so baby wipes are a huge part of my life.  One night, I didn’t want to use my usual makeup remover because it tends to sting my eyes.  I figured I’d use a baby wipe because it was there in the bathroom.  I have to say it wiped everything off easily and without irritating my eyes or skin.  When I say everything, I mean, foundation, eyeshadow, eye liner and some mascara.  It doesn’t dry out my skin either or cause any kind of reaction.  I still had to use a much smaller amount of my makeup remover on my lashes to get the rest of the mascara when I washed my face but since using less, it helped save my skin and eyes.  It’s definitely worth a shot and is cheaper than most makeup remover brands.

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The baby wipe brand I buy is Target’s store brand unscented wipes.  I use Avon’s makeup remover.  I only buy it when they are having a sale on the product.  It’s not worth the hefty price tag they put on it.  It’s not too effective and gets into your eyes easily, no matter how careful you are with it.  As soon as you do remove your makeup, wash your face with a light cleanser.  I usually use baby body wash because it works very well and doesn’t irritate my skin.

What is your favorite way to remove your makeup?