Mental Health: It’s a Real Thing

Mental health is something that affects society and has for a long time.  I think it’s time we start educating ourselves about it instead of just acting like it’s something so foreign that it doesn’t affect you.  Well, let me tell you something…..If you know someone with a mental illness (and I’m sure you do) it affects you.

Here’s an article I wrote for Syllabus Magazine and the stigma on mental illness.  Click here to read the article.

Confessions of a Makeup Artist/Esthetician

As an Esthetician and Makeup Artist I help people achieve a desired look, whether temporary or long term.  I offer a variety of services like waxing, full makeup application, facials, chemical peels, etc.  There are services that I offer/perform that I, personally, don’t enjoy or do myself.

These are my confessions……

1. I’d rather Nair my legs than wax or shave.

2. I only get rid of hair leg 3-5 times per year…..No lie.  My leg hair is super fine so it’s hard to see.  If people can’t see it I’m cool.  Yes, I’m that lazy.

3. I don’t like wearing fake eyelashes.  I can count how many times I’ve worn them.  They do enhance makeup looks and I encourage clients to get them, especially for special occasions, but me no likey.

4. I don’t wear makeup every day.  I used to when I worked in cosmetics because it helped me to sell more makeup, which led to me making more commission.  Now I work in a corporate atmosphere and have to be at work at 8 am and am NOT a morning person.  I’d rather sleep for the 20-30 minutes it would take me to do my makeup.

5. I’m either all or nothing.  When it comes to makeup if I can’t wear a whole face of makeup I won’t wear any, not even lipstick.  I don’t feel right.  At the very least I need foundation, filled in brows, blush, mascara, and a lip color.  Most of the time I put on eyeshadow but it doesn’t make or break anything.

My face is pretty much how I advertise and have gotten clients just because they liked how I did my own makeup so I don’t half ass it.  Go big or go home.

Product Review: Maybelline 24K Nudes Palette

I was sent another complimentary Influenster box of products.  This time I was sent the new Maybelline 24K Nudes Palette.  Just to be nice they also thew in a mascara and eye liner.

 

The Palette

According to the Mabelline web site “The 24K Nudes Eyeshadow Palette feature 12 expertly curated shades for custom eye makeup looks.”  Regarding benefits it goes on to say……”This 12-shade eyeshadow palette features dazzling colors infused with metallic gold pigments.  From sparkling gold and shimmering nude to gilded smoke and aubergine spark, this makeup palette is perfect for creating versatile eye looks.”

I’ll be honest.  This palette is decent.  I was surprised at the quality.  In the past, drugstore palettes haven’t been the best quality so my expectations weren’t that high.  The web site lists it at $11.99 for 12 shadows which is a good deal.

Here are swatches of what the colors look like on me:

The darker colors are pretty pigmented and have good color payoff.  Some of the shimmery shades could have been more pigmented.  Those colors had more shimmer than actual color.  I also wish there were more matte options.  There is no matte color that I wanted to use in my crease, which I usually use a tan or brown matte shade.

The Mascara – Falsies Push Up Angel

This mascara is very different.  The wand is plastic and has small bristles on one side.  The web site says its supposed to give “long, flared and flirty” lashes.  I was a little disappointed with this product because I’ve always loved Maybelline’s mascaras in the past.  Out of all the drugstore brands I think they do mascara the best.  This one gives a very natural looking lash, nothing over the top, and nothing like what the description says.  It does do a good job of combing your lashes and it doesn’t clump.

It’s not practical is you’re someone who puts mascara on your bottom lashes.  This brush would make that very challenging.  In fact, applying this mascara was a little challenging because the wand is so different, with bristles only on one side.

I could do without it.  I prefer a more dramatic eyelash.  If I’m going to wear mascara I want to see a big difference between my natural lash and the lash with mascara.

The Eyeliner – Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil

This eyeliner is amazing!  I actually already had this exact eyeliner in a vibrant blue color.  They sent it to me in black.  It’s super smooth and easy to use.  It reminds me of the Marc Jacobs eyeliner I reviewed in this post.

I would definitely recommend this eyeliner.  It performs like a high end product.

My Overall Thoughts

The palette is just ok.  On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the best I’d give it a 5.  Even though the price is good there are other drug store brands that are cheaper with better quality.

I would recommend the mascara to people who like a light application.  I wouldn’t buy it because like I said I like a heavier application.

The eyeliners are a YES YES YES!  They’re smooth and glide on so easily.

Let me know if you guys have tried any of these products and what you think.  Check out my Instagram for pictures of looks I’ve created with these products. Until next time!

 

Dating Over 30: Don’t Ask for My Social Media

Happy first day of May, my birth month!!!!

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Now that that’s out of the way I have a series I’m thinking about starting about dating as a woman over 30.  Here’s a story about a recent encounter…….

So I went out the other night with a friend and her boyfriend.  We went to a local bar that has a lot of adult games like Jenga, Corn Hole, pool, etc.  The atmosphere was super laid back and everyone was having a good time.  My friend and I were playing corn hole and by this time had had a few drinks so we were feeling good.

This guy was watching me and my friend play corn hole and asked if he could play me.  After a while he bought me a drink.  My friend’s boyfriend went with him to the bar because I’m super cautious about taking drinks from strangers.

We talked for a bit and at some point he asked me to walk with him to his car to get something, can’t remember what because I was indeed pretty tipsy by this point.  Before I could answer my friend and her boyfriend let it be known that was not going to happen.  As we’re talking a friend of his, KiKi, interrupts our conversation and they speak in code.  Sounded like an illegal transaction of some sort.  As she walks off he’s like “Oh, that’s my friend KiKi.”  I didn’t really care so I was like ok.

Then he asks me for my instagram name.  My IG is for business and I’m not huge on social media.  The only platform I post personal stuff on is Facebook.

I was a little confused as to why he asked for it.  Apparently that was his way of wanting to communicate with me.  I looked at him like he was crazy.  I had to know his age because this is some new age young Millennial type crap.  He’ll be 30 in July…..too damn old to be asking for my snapchat and IG.

Sir, I’m grown.  If you want to get to know me you’ll need my number.

As I’ve gotten older I’ve started paying more attention to the small things that let me know what kind of person a guy is.  Here’s what I came up with for this guy.  I can’t remember his name but that’s not important.

  1. He has an issue with communicating.  I wish like hell I would communicate with you through DM…..yeah right dumby!
  2. Regarding the interaction with KiKi……right before we left he was talking about how he wanted to get to know me and has nothing to hide.  That’s why he introduced me to KiKi.   STOP!  You didn’t introduce us.  You told me who she was after she walked off with her rude ass, interrupting our conversation.
  3. Why was he talking in code with this girl?????  The conversation between them that was obviously hiding something and the random trip to his car let me know you’re doing something I don’t have time for.
  4. He talked about himself way too much.  There were things I said more than once and each time he acted like it was the first time I said.  He wasn’t listening.

I haven’t gotten a DM and if I do I won’t respond.  But am I tripping?  Y’all, let me know!

 

Brand Spotlight: Soap & Glory

Soapy and Glory is one of my new favorite brands.  It’s been around for a while but has only been available in the US for the past 2 or 3 years.

 

 

A lot of my favorite  Youtubers were always talking about this brand and how great their body products smelled, so when it was available at Ulta I decided to try some body butter first.  Then I tried a face primer, then a makeup remover, then a cleanser.  Annnnd now I’m hooked.  Here are my favorite products from the brand.

One Heck of a Blog Primer

One Heck of a Blot is a face primer that works great for oily and combination oily skin.  It is not silicone based like so many other primers.  It keeps my face matte and absorbs excess oil throughout the day.  It also has Vitamin E, which is great for anti-aging and keeping skin soft.

Vitamin C Facial Wash

This is my new favorite face wash.  I was running out of my other one and wanted to try something new because my skin was getting used to it.  I love Vitamin C and Ulta was having a sale (like they always do) on Soap and Glory so I tried it.  I did read reviews and watched some Youtube videos before I tried it and heard  nothing but good things.  I love the way it foams just enough, not too much, on my sonic brush.  It’s a gel with small beads and leaves my skin feeling clear, refreshed and clean but not squeaky clean.  Your skin shouldn’t feel squeaky clean.

Peaches and Clean Cleansing Milk

 This claims to be a makeup remover/cleanser but I use it strictly as a makeup remover.  It’s very creamy and does a good job of getting off makeup including mascara and liquid lipstick.  This is the first step in my skin care routine and I follow it with the Vitamin C cleanser.  Whenever you wear makeup you especially need a makeup remover before using a cleanser.  Or you can cleanse twice; my preference is to use a makeup remover.

The Righteous Butter

This body butter is so heavenly.  It’s a great moisturizer and smells divine.  They also have a lotion version; I just prefer body butters because they’re thicker.  I used this in the winter.  Sometimes I would include a few drops of vitamin E oil if my skin was dry, but most times it was fine on it’s own.  And it’s not too heavy for the spring weather.

It’s scented with their signature “Pink” fragrance, which is very sexy.  I have no idea how to describe this scent and the brand doesn’t have a description for it.  Just go smell it the next time you’re in Ulta.

Let me know what are some of your favorite brands and products!

Skin Care Tips That Make Your Makeup Application Look Better

Skin care and makeup go hand in hand.  There are some who try to use makeup to cover up their skin care issues but the best way to deal with it is to get rid of skin care issues.  Taking care of your skin consistently can also help your makeup application look and apply better, and also last longer.  Here are a few tips that can help your makeup look it’s best:

 

Use an Eye cream

Using a good eye cream will help to keep your under eye skin hydrated.  When you apply concealer and/or foundation to any part of your face it should be set with powder.  If you set your dry under eye with powder that skin will look substantially different from the rest of your face.  If that skin is hydrated everything will blend, giving a natural finish.

Exfoliate your face

Exfoliating gets the dead skin removed from the top layer of your face.  Doing that on a regular basis helps all products penetrate and apply better, including your moisturizer and foundation.  Your foundation and powder will look more flawless with a natural look.

 

Moisturize/Prime Your Skin

This is a HUGE one for me.  Moisturizing your skin is a must, regardless of what the weather is like or what kind of skin type you have.  Your skin needs moisture.  After applying your moisturizer, wait for it to penetrate your skin before adding any makeup items.  Usually I wait about 5 minutes; I use that time to brush  my teeth, clean my ears, etc.  After the moisturizer penetrates a primer should be applied.  Both the moisturizer and primer help prep your skin for the foundation, allowing it to guide on effortlessly.

Exfoliate your lips

Your lips also need to be exfoliated.  Just like your face your lips are exposed to the elements and probably take more of a beating than your face does.  If your someone who wears lipstick, especially mattifying ones, you need to get rid of that dead skin and moisturize at least every other day so your lipstick and lipstick will always be popping.  I exfoliate my lips at least 1-2 times a week.  If you wear lipstick everyday you may want to bump that up to every other day.  After exfoliation follow with a good lip balm or Aquafor, which is a skin protectant.  You’ll notice the next time you go to apply your lipstick your lips should have little to no texture and last longer.

 

Everything you do or don’t do impacts how your skin looks when it’s bare and when you apply makeup.  Makeup is not a miracle worker; it can cover certain things but having a good skin care regimen will give you healthy skin that eventually won’t need a lot of cover up.

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Don’t Try This at Home

TGIF!!!!  I can’t tell you how excited I am that the weekend is only a few hours away.  Anywho…..

Certain things should be left to a professional and should not be tried by the average person at home.  For instance, I refuse to do my own hair.  I’ve relaxed my hair before.  It looked a mess and some of my hair even fell out.  Never again!

Before I went to esthetics school I tried waxing my own brows and it was a catastrophe. Now, I do it without flinching because I’m trained and licensed.

Some things we try to save money on and do ourselves, but certain things need to be left to the professionals.

I watch a lot of Youtube and came across this video of a girl who tried to wax her own legs.  She’s a comedic Youtuber so she’s super animated and started a new series where she tries weird products or products that are hyped up on Instagram.  Apparently this wax has been hyped up and people refer to it as “Instagram Wax.”  Here’s the video:

 

I was hollering with laughter when I saw this.  That brand of wax is actually really good.  She did everything so wrong.

First of all, it’s a hard wax which is different from soft wax, which is more commonly used.  With hard wax the room you’re in should be super cold because your body temperature gets hot during a leg wax.  In order for the wax to be removed properly your body temperature can’t be high at all.  When it is the wax doesn’t come off the way it should and sticks to your skin, like in her case.

I’m a firm believer in trying to save money and doing certain things on your own but some things really need to be left to the professionals.

Let me know in the comments…….What are some of the diy disasters you’ve tried?

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