Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Removing Halloween Makeup!

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Okay, so while everyone is posting Halloween looks (which are spectacular this year) I'm over here like, "What about removing all that stuff!?". So I thought the perfect post before all the Halloween festivities start would be about my favorite technique to remove face paint and heavy makeup. 

To remove a heavy layer of makeup whether it be skeleton makeup or bridal is no easy task. The best way I have found would be a cleansing balm or oil along with a warm cloth. Steam and oil help breakdown all the product on your face and body while lifting it away without having to scrub the sh*t out of your beautiful skin. 

I especially love Eve Lom's Cleansing Balm with their muslin cloth but for a more affordable option, Boots Botanicals Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm or Clinique's Cleansing Balm are also great! For a basic all natural option, use coconut oil! I really love the muslin cloth but I know there other ones out there made out of different materials. I have yet to try them though.

First you want to warm up the water so I usually let my water run for a while and get it really warm but not burning hot. While the water is heating up I rub the cleansing balm of choice all over my face and remove my fake lashes. I then take the cloth and dip it into the warm water and drape it over my face gently. I let the warmth envelope my skin and then repeat the process until everything is removed. 

This process is fabulous for anytime, not just heavy makeup days. It's giving yourself a little spa treatment at home. I love it. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

My Halloween Table Setup!

To complete my Halloween/Fall home decor for the season I wanted to spice up our dining room table. Here is a simple way to add something extra to your ordinary decor for the season.

I love the look of plants and natural inspired textures so I chose to incorporate black feathers and preserved dyed moss. The pop of purple the dyed moss brings really brightens up my black table. To add a little sparkle I tossed some crystals along the spread and it really finished off the look beautifully. Now for some witches brew! 

I think I will call this witchy glam.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Budget Beauty - A Brow Wiz

I was in search of the perfect affordable dark brown/natural black color eyebrow pencil for the days when I'm in a rush and want nicely groomed brows. I found L'Oreal's Brow Stylist Sculptor in the shade dark brunette. I was looking for a shade that wasn't too warm and blended naturally so my eyebrows didn't look harsh either. This pencil fits the bill. I'm not a huge fan of the wax end but I like the formula, color, and price at $8. I found mine at CVS but I know they carry this pretty much everywhere L'Oreal products are sold. 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops - A, C, & E

Cover FX is one of those brands that I think gets stuck in a not deserved corner in Sephora. If you haven't heard of them, you are missing out! It's a top notch "everyone's covered" type of brand. They keep different skin tones and textures in mind with all their products from foundations to primers and skincare. 

Here is the brand's philosophy from their website:


Cover FX creates makeup products that help you look your best while actually improving your skin over time. Foundation is our specialty and our mission is to give every woman her perfect match. With over 25 inclusive shades, our unique formulas provide a precise match, based on your undertone, for skin of all ethnicities.
Once you have found your right shade, you can be confident that our products will never irritate and can improve your skin during wear and over time. We take ingredient choices seriously which is why each product is packed with vitamins, emollients and redness reducers plus Free of the Inflammatory 5: parabens, fragrance, gluten, mineral oil and talc. To go a step further and ensure each product is safe for even the most sensitive of skin, all Cover FX formulas are developed under the supervision of dermatologists and clinically tested, for a truly healthy foundation. You can also rest easy knowing that all of our products are vegan and cruelty-free. A favorite among celebrity makeup artists, Cover FX gives you the option of flexible coverage, sheer to full, in the right finish and shade that is perfect for you.
Can’t Find Your Shade? We Can.
Lately I have been so drawn to their new line of drops. Cover FX has released Custom Cover Drops for foundation customization and now Custom Infusion Drops for skincare customization. I have purchased a few things from Cover FX in the past, i.e. their Illuminating Setting Powders. I love them so much when I saw this line pop up I was intrigued not only because it's the first of its kind (that I know of) but because this brand has top quality products. 

What I find so awesome about these little bottles of magic is you can add them to foundation, body lotion, primer, sunscreen... the list goes on. I don't find they make my foundation oily or ruin the finish in anyway. These drops are so lightweight they completely absorb. I only use about 2-4 drops when I use them on my face. My favorite way to incorporate them so far has been to add them to my foundation. I simply add a pump of foundation to the back of my hand, add a few drops of the infusion of my choice, and ta da perfect skin!

The Custom Infusion drops come in four different concoctions, vitamin A + jasmine (The scent is to die for jasmine! I use this one in my night cream.), vitamin E + chamomile (The first one I purchased for calming.), vitamin C + lemongrass (radiance in a bottle), and vitamin F + neroli (I have not purchased this one but I will since I love the others so much.).  

I consider my skin pretty sensitive but have not had any issues with these. I actually think my skin looks clearer and brighter since I started using them just a week ago. 

They retail for $48 a piece (ouch) but they will last f-o-r-e-v-e-r. You only need the smallest amount because they are so concentrated. 

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Halloween - The Raven

This look is a recreation of a handful of looks I've seen on Pinterest and Instagram. The combination reminded me of a raven and Mr. Poe's poem. I think it's a fun twist for Halloween and can be used for other costumes, not just a raven. I used two different liquid liners or the feathering around the eyes, fake lashes, and then added a Cailyn liquid lipstick in a metallic tarnished black gold color to add to the "midnight dreary" effect. To contour I used my new Lunatik Cosmetic Lab's contour palette (the grey shades). This was a dream for contouring!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Children's Skincare - The Multitasker

Disclaimer: I am not a dermatologist nor do I pretend to be. The posts in this series are from research I've done online and my own thoughts. If you or your child are experiencing any skin concerns, please seek professional help.

Coconut oil is what I would call a miracle multitasker. It has so many uses from internal medicine to beauty that the list goes on and it continues to grow as we speak. After posting about children's cleansing I got to thinking about this oil as a cleanser for that list as well. It would make the perfect companion for baby to kindergarten and beyond. It works well with its antimicrobial properties to gently cleanse away dirt and germs while leaving behind a moisturizer. You can also use the coconut all over the face then take a warm wash cloth and pat away the excess oil left behind if moisturizer is not needed.

I can see this working on children with sensitive skin or normal skin just like adults. I love to use it for my eczema or dry skin. It can also make a fabulous all natural lip balm/ lip protectant or chapped nose soother during the cold winter months!

* Make sure to purchase a cold pressed, organic coconut oil to make sure you are getting the purest form.