Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Road Trip! What's in my makeup bag?

My husband and I are in Central Oregon visiting my grandparents this week.  I've been trying to figure out what I could blog about quickly since I'd rather be visiting and not hogging the computer.  I decided to share what I packed in my makeup bag.

I don't pack much on trips, because I don't like to spend much time getting ready.  So here are the essentials to getting ready quickly while being picture worthy.  I discovered a while ago that not getting ready at all was not fun to look back on.

My basics are:

Foundation:  Revlon ColorStay Foundation for normal/dry skin

Blush:  NYC Mosaic Face Powder Color Wheel in Pink Cheek Glow, e.l.f. All Over Color Stick in Persimmon

Bronzer: e.l.f. Baked Bronzer in St. Lucia

Brushes: e.l.f. Studio Complexion Brush, e.l.f. Studio Kabuki Brush

Mascara: Maybelline Define-A-Lash Mascara, COVERGIRL LashBlast Luxe Mascara

Liner: Avon Glimmersticks Cosmic Brown

Shadow: e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow in Enchanting and Elegant

Eye lash Curler



Thanks for reading!!

What are your essential items for on a trip?  Comment below :)

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Is the expensive primer worth it? Make-up Review Series: Primer Edition

I believe I wrote in a prior post about wanting to do reviews on every product I can remember using. I'm going to start with primers. I've tried mainly just these four primers, so it made for a less overwhelming place to start. Plus if you use one it's the first make-up item you probably use on you face. Hence I'm starting at the very beginning :)

So here we go from left to right:

Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer: This was the first primer I ever tried. I expected it to work miracles. I bought it about 4 years ago, it was before drug store brands really started making primers. I had read in magazines how primers would smooth your skin, reduce pore size, and improve your foundation's appearance and staying power. 

 I really liked this product, but it never met all of those expectations for me. It was almost like a lotion. I felt like it was very good for my skin and that it helped my foundation go on smoother. I didn't ever notice much of a difference though in my foundation appearing better on my skin with this product nor did I feel that the foundation lasted longer.

felt good on my skin
smooth texture/smooth foundation application

didn't see much improvement in foundation performance with product

4/5 stars

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light: I tried this once I ran out of the auto pilot primer. Boy are they different! The auto pilot is more of a lotion like moisturizing primer. This is more of a mattifying gel/silicone like primer. I chose this one at Ulta because I felt the auto pilot maybe didn't do miracles because it was too much like a moisturizer. I also had (still have) oily skin at the time and felt this would help combat that and hence make my foundation last longer.

From the beginning I did not like how drying this was. It was very silky/powdery, which was nice in a way, but it was also a little too drying, even for my oily skin. Maybe if I would have gotten the regular version this would have helped. I also felt like my foundation and it did not get along well together. It was hard to get this applied evenly enough for it to be a good even base for under my foundation. For me this product was a struggle to use and I never mastered how to make it work for me.

silky finish

did not work with my foundation well

2.5/5 stars

Benefit the POREfessional Pore Minimizing Makeup Primer: I got this is in the fa la la flawless kit they did last year at Christmas. I had heard great things about its ability to shrink pores especially.
It was very, very silky and went from the gel to the dry product really really quickly, which made it difficult for me to blend it and apply it evenly. I never saw it do anything really with my pores, my foundation still applied over my pores basically the same.

silky finish

drying (not so great on combo skin)
not poreless
hard to apply

2.5/5 stars

e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer: I tried this about two years ago. I ordered it online and it is the only one of these primers that I have repurchased and that I would repurchase.
This was also slightly drying as it is a gel primer. It applied very silkily but I was able to feel like I could apply it evenly before it dried. I noticed a slight difference with foundation application and wear. The bottle does not come with a ton of product.

silky finish
easy to apply
not as drying as other gel primers
improves foundation application, wear and longevity somewhat

not a large amount of product
somewhat drying
not a huge difference in foundation appearance

3.5/5 stars

The bottom line is that the only one of these I would repurchase today would be the elf primer. I haven't noticed a huge difference with primers and I do not feel they are worth large amounts of money. I actually like the auto pilot primer better, but not enough to pay the price to buy more of it. Out of the three gel primers, I actually liked the elf primer the best. Most online reviews of the elf primer are as favorable as reviews of the smashbox and benefit primer so I must not be the only one who feels it is a good product.

Thanks for reading!!

Do you feel primer makes a difference?  Comment below if you want to share your opinion :)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Works in Progress...Other fun stuff to look at :)

I have been keeping up with my resolution!  Some posts take more than half an hour though.  I have two great ones that I've been working on.  One is reviews on primers and one is a cheapskate basic makeup kit. They both are proving to be kinda time consuming, so in the's some amazing blogs that I love to check out and read occasionally.

First here's a fun fashion blog:  J's Everyday Fashion


She posts inspiration pictures and then photos of her own outfits.  She has some amazing tips for building your wardrobe so that you can make the most and the best outfits possible.  Link for that:
Link for her tips on how to look great on a budget:

Another amazing and bargain minded blog is Pretty Providence

There post on traveling in New York made me want to go there, which is saying something, because usually I want to spend my money on going to somewhere like Mexico or Hawaii

Here's that post:

That's all the goodness I can think of to share right now.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Easy Day to Night Curls (Cheater Curls)

There is a super simple way to do your hair cute during the day and also curl your hair for a night out.  The best part is that it's super easy and only requires a pony tail band (or bobby pins if you prefer).

I brushed my hair out this morning and then parted it on the side.  I pulled all of it back at about the middle of my head and started twisting it until it started wrapping around itself.  I simply wrapped it around a few times to make the bun and then wrapped a pony tail band around it.

Tonight when I got home, I used the blow dryer to heat up the bun for a few minutes.  Then I took off the band and let my hair unravel and then used my fingers to separate the parts that were still all twisty.

I lightly sprayed it with Aussie Sprunch spray on each side and also flipped my head upside down and sprayed underneath, let it dry for a minute and then stood back up.  This gave me more volume.  Those who really like volume would probably also want to tease before the bun and maybe a little more while they were fixing the curls.

Here's a closer picture of the curls/waves:

The bun took me about two minutes to do and the curls took about five minutes to spray and fix.  Super low maintenance!

You can also totally do the bun the night before and have the waves in the morning :)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Easy Everyday Anti-aging Ideas :)

I think most of us walk around everyday with a huge to-do list and guilt about things that we never have time for.

We have so many things looming over us constantly.  One of those things might be that you feel you aren't doing enough today to keep yourself looking good in the future.  If that's ever something weighing you down I've got some super easy fixes!  I love doing these things because they make me feel happy that I am preventing possible future problems.  (even if this isn't something looming over you, it can brighten your day to know you are doing something positive for your future self)

#1  Wear moisturizer with SPF everyday

This is super easy to do and prevents aging sun damage in the future and burns/dry skin today :)

I also love to use enough that I can apply it to my neck and to the backs of my hands too.  These areas are also very prone to sun damage and premature signs of aging and it takes maybe 2 extra seconds to cover them too.

#2  Wear sunglasses

I used to never wear sunglasses.  I finally bought myself a pair once but never wore them.  Last summer I was able to find a pair that I liked and I started wearing them whenever I drove and then whenever I was out in the sun.  Find a pair that flatters your face and that makes you feel amazing and then simply wear them :)  They'll protect your eyes from the sun and help prevent cataracts and other not so fun eye conditions.

I bought these last summer at TJMaxx for $10

And these this summer at TJMaxx for $10

#3  Stay hydrated

This one is in some ways simpler than the other two and yet also harder to do.  I would recommend getting a water bottle that you like and take it to work with you, to the gym, or just have it around the house.  If you really hate water then find another drink that works for you.  Also you can eat more fruits and veggies and up your fluid intake that way.

I love target's simply balanced essence water.  It doesn't have very much sugar, no high fructose corn syrup, it has stevia instead of other sweeteners and a relatively short ingredient list.  Oh yes, and it's not too spendy :)

Thanks for reading!!

Know of other simple fixes for a beautiful future?  Share below by commenting :)

New Resolution! (New Years in August?)

So Christmas in July is something that is celebrated by some and joked about/known about by the rest of making resolutions in August isn't that weird right?

My resolution is to blog for at least 30 minutes every day.  Well here goes day one...I also have decided that maybe I need to start by taking pictures before each post.  Maybe then I won't get hung up on pictures and decide not to post.

I think I'm going to have to also decide to take pictures in the morning.  It might help me feel better about how I look, if I take the picture before working about ten stressful hours.  It just might help :)