In My Makeup Bag | Spring 2015

May 22, 2015

In My Makeup Bag Spring 2015

So far spring has been full of many wonderful things, including pretty makeup. The beauty bag I have been carrying around with me is full of my favorite products of the season, both brand new and cult classic.

MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish is an effortlessly beautiful highlighting powder that creates a very soft, shimmering glow to the skin. I lightly apply it with the e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush to the tops of the cheekbones, brows, as well as the cupid's bow to complete a look.

I picked up the Covergirl Brow & Eye Makers Pencil in Soft Brown on clearance and it has since become a staple in my improved 'quick brow' routine. I run it through each brow to fill in any bare spots and draw in a more defined tail. It blends well with my naturally dark hair color and the almost waxy texture stays put all day long. To set the brows, I sometimes apply a coat of the RapidBrow Eyebrow Enhancing Serum to comb the hairs upwards and create a fuller look.

Maybelline's Master Kajal Cream Kohl Eyeliner in Midnight Brown has been my go-to liner as it is forgiving on sleepy mornings and makes my light brown eyes just pop. I will typically draw on a subtle cat eye then top it with some matching eye shadow using a sharp angled brush.

In My Makeup Bag Spring 2015

The newest mascara I am using at the moment has easily become one of my top drugstore favorites. Rimmel London's Scandaleyes Retro Glam in Extreme Black has a dense hourglass applicator that creates thick, Twiggy-esque lashes. It doesn't flake and with one coat adds a lot of drama, which for me really opens up my eyes and gives a flirty, doe-eyed look.

With inspiration from the lovely flowers and plants that are blossoming everywhere, colors like pastel mint and baby pink have been painted on my nails since March. I'm loving the muted Wet n Wild Megalast Salon Nail Color in Retro Mint as well as the baby soft Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Totally Tulip.

The most used face product in my collection has been the Dr.Jart+ BB Dis-A-Pore Beauty Balm which replaced all my foundations since the weather began to warm up. It feels ultra light and covers any redness and all pores while maintaining a matte finish throughout the day. I will then dust on a little bit of the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder with the e.l.f. Complexion Brush to set the BB cream and provide more coverage.

For daily lip products, I keep it natural with either an EOS lip balm or a nude gloss like Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush Flavored Gloss in Pink Goes Pop to add a tint of color. If I'm in the mood to wear a lipstick, I'll reach for the dark peach Wet N Wild Megalast Lipstick in Sweet Cream, or the medium rose Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 104

What are your favorite spring makeup products?

Life-Changing Hair Routine for 3B Natural Curls

May 14, 2015

Red naturally curly hair

As anyone with naturally curly hair knows, it can take years to master the ultimate routine that suits your unique hair type and curl pattern. I myself have been through many painstaking months of experimentation with crunchy gels, limp styles, poufy frizz, and the many more woes that come with the territory of natural texture. Needless to say, I am always lurking around the internet, hunting for some new, perhaps radical, but overall better techniques. Recently I was casually wading through a sea of videos on YouTube to find tips from others on how they care for their hair and what products and methods worked well for them. I somehow stumbled upon the user DianasBeauty and her video called Big Curly Hair Routine which has since completely changed the way I treat and style my hair. Her tutorial wasn't completely revolutionary in theory, however I hadn't ever thought about changing up my techniques in those particular ways, and little did I know it would be the best thing that I have ever done for my these unruly locks of mine. I feel like I finally have a routine down that creates the best potential for my 3B curls to blossom into the beauties they are, and were all along. All curls are created differently, but this process works wonders for me and provides relatively standard results to fit my current (somewhat busy and carefree) lifestyle.

A Collection of Wondrous Insight #2 | Little Thoughts

April 17, 2015

Springtime by Claude Monet
Springtime by Claude Monet

In a word, I am absolutely discouraged, not seeing, not hoping in any future...I feel all too well the void that is being made around me.

You wake up every morning to fight the same demons that left you so tired the night before, and that, my love, is bravery.

1 PM: I need to sleep.
1 AM: I need to figure out what to do with my life.

She reminded me of crisp spring mornings and sticky melted honey on toast. Both of which, I found utterly irresistible.

Have you ever traveled to a mountainous part of the world when it was cloudy and rainy? You look out your windows and you can see almost nothing but the ground. Then the rain stops and the clouds part and you catch your breath because there, towering right over you, is this magnificent peak. But a couple of hours later the clouds roll in and it has vanished, and you don't see it again for a good while. This is what it is like to get to know a Christian. You have an old self and a new self. The old self is crippled with anxieties, the need to prove yourself, bad habits you can't break, and many besetting sins and entrenched character flaws. The new self is still you, but you liberated from all your sins and flaws. This new self is always a work in progress, and sometimes the clouds of the old self make it almost completely invisible. But sometimes the clouds really part, and you see the wisdom, courage, and love of which you are capable. It's a glimpse of where you are going.

Work until your eyes are tired and head is heavy, and keep working even after that.Take a shower, wash off the day. Drink a glass of water. Make the room dark. Lie down and close your eyes. Notice the silence. Notice your heart. Still beating. Still fighting. You made it, after all. You made it, another day. And you can make it one more. You're doing just fine. You're doing fine. I'm doing just fine.