Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Full face highlight challenge (Video)

I love to bring you ladies something new. I do makeup videos to inspire and to teach you. Sometimes I like to be a little silly. When I saw the Full Face Highlighter challenge I had to do it! Highlighting is just one of those things I have to do when I'm doing my makeup. I'm not going to not highlight! So of course this challenge was perfect for me. The original video is by a girl named Mariya but the challenge was started by Nikkie Tutorials and Jeffree Star. Remember this is all in good fun and not meant to be taken seriously.

Sit back, enjoy and try not to let all the glow hurt your eyes.


Products Used
Becca Liquid Shimmering Skin Perfector in Rose Gold
Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector in Topaz
Wet N' Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals
BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Palette
Too Faced La Matte Color Drenched  Lipstick in Maneater
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Monday Motivation: The Word of the day is Hustle


   I’m on the east coast so it’s kind of late in the evening to be writing a Monday Motivation. It’s well after 8pm. I’m doing it anyway. Why? 1. It’s still Monday and 2. It’s still early in the week and we could all use some encouragement to get us through to the glorious weekend. Especially if you’ve had a rough start like I have.

   Ok so here it goes. We all probably have a lot going on. We’ve got dreams we want brought to life, goals we want to accomplish and people we want to prove wrong. So how are we going to do that when life keeps chucking these damn lemons at us?! How are we supposed to be happy and carefree if we can’t seem to catch a freaking break?! One word… HUSTLE. Hustle and hustle hard. Hustle your pretty little ass off because that’s the only way we’re going to survive! While we’re hustling dodge the damn lemons or better yet catch them and make a bomb margarita out of them! When you’re done with that don’t try to catch a break. Start making opportunities for yourself so you don’t have to rely on other people.

   There have been plenty of days in my life when I felt down. I felt like I was in a hole and couldn’t climb out of it. After a while I realized I dug the whole all by myself and then threw myself in. That’s right I did it to myself and you may be doing the same thing. Yeah I know some people can be assholes and they probably helped do some shoveling but only because we let them.


   This week make a plan for yourself. Set some goals and work towards achieving at least one thing on your list. Your goal might be to get a promotion. Do something to show your boss you deserve that promotion because you are worthy! Maybe you want to start your own business. Make a business plan. Lay it all out so you know what you’re working towards. I promise after you start your hustle and checking things off your list you will feel amazing. One of the best feelings in my life is feeling accomplished.
How I start every morning!
   Monday may not have been the best day for me and I’m sure a ton of other people but we still have a lot of week left to turn things around in our favor. So get out there and hustle.


In the words of Mary Jane Watson… Go get em Tiger.

BTW That awesome cup was made by my friend Alyssa. You can get your own over at her Etsy store. Use code Legendary Style to get 15% off!

Friday, June 24, 2016

How to use essential oils in your beauty routine


   When a new makeup product comes out I’m quick to jump on it and try any and everything I can. When it comes to non-makeup products I like to take my time, do my research, sit and think some more then after I’ve over thought it enough then I try it. That’s what happened with essential oils, or so I thought. I had no idea that things I’ve already been using were considered essential oils... That Paul Mitchell tea tree shampoo I love so much… made with essential oils! yeah I know it was a real duh moment.
  
   Anyway, about 2 months ago it seemed like everyone in my house was sick. None of us are too keen on medicine. It tastes horrible and makes you feel even worse. I’ve really been trying to go the natural route for beauty, health and skincare. So I hopped on Amazon and happened to find a beginner set of essential oils. At the time I didn’t know much about them but I knew Eucalyptus oil helps with colds. So While I waited on my Amazon order to arrive I went to Wal-mart (rookie mistake) and grabbed an oil diffuser and a bottle of Eucalyptus oil.

   I’ll be honest at first I was skeptical. The diffuser was pretty but I could hardly smell anything coming from it and the oil seemed to lose its scent after only 5 minutes. After doing more research I realized not all oils are good oils. So I continued to wait for my Amazon order and decided to get a new diffuser too!
Finally, the day came and I was like a kid with candy opening each oil and smelling them. I got the Top 6 Essential Oils starter set from Radha Beauty and I love them! All of them!

Left to Right: Lavender, Eucalyptus, Orange, Tea Tree and Peppermint
   Here are some of the most popular uses for these particular oils.

Tea Tree oil – As I mentioned before I love tea tree oil in my shampoo! It can clear up dandruff and relieve the itchiness that comes with it. It also unclogs hair follicles and promotes hair growth. I’m sure a lot of us would be happy with that!

Peppermint Oil –  I’ve become a bit obsessed with this oil! I even started buying the Magnaminty mask from Lush because it’s made with Peppermint oil. It makes my face feel so cool and refreshed! It also helps to brighten your skin. Oh and my favorite use... Peppermint oil is great for soothing an itchy scalp.

Orange Oil – I mainly like the smell of this one. I don’t use it very often but the smell is so fresh! I actually have a candle made with this. Orange oil is a great mood booster. If you’re looking for a way to naturally fight signs of aging add some Orange oil to your nightly routine. It helps promote collagen which can help with wrinkles and fine lines.

Lavender Oil – I’m sure you may already be aware that Lavender helps you relax and makes it easier to drift off to sleep.  Which is awesome if you’re like me and suffer from insomnia at times. I personally like to add a few drops of lavender along with sea salt in a tub of hot water. It seriously makes me feel like I’m at the spa. As an added benefit it has a natural antiseptic that helps fight acne.

Eucalyptus Oil – This is the oil I use for myself and my family when we get sick. Soak in a hot bath with some Eucalyptus oil and it helps clear up congestion and soothes coughs. No time for a bath? Add it to the shower floor. It also heals skin irritations and insect bites.

Lemongrass Oil – Lemongrass can help boost energy so you don’t need to reach for that soda or energy drink. It also helps relieve aches and pains during that time of the month that haunts all of us women. A lot of people like to add it to their soaps and other cosmetics.



   Even thou each oil can be mixed with a carrier oil (I use Coconut Oil) or put in your bath water there are a ton of ways to use them. My favorite is to put the oils in my diffuser from Organic Aromas. This diffuser is like nothing I’ve ever seenn. It really enhances the oils because I don’t have to add water to it. It lights up several different colors. That along with the potent amount of oil it diffuses creates a really relaxed atmosphere.


      The diffuser also came with Organic Aromas Signature blend of oils which helps promote relaxation. It’s not my favorite smell but my family loves it and it really does put you in a real chill mood.
  
   I am so glad I chose to start using essential oils. I can’t wait to start mixing them together on my own to see what I can come up with! If you already use them let me know in the comments what your favorites are! I need to step out of my comfort zone again and try some new oils!


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

My Favorite Liquid Lipsticks Volume 1


   By now I’m sure everyone is aware of the liquid lipstick trend. I myself am completely obsessed with them! Like I don’t ever want them to go away. Most days I refuse to let any lipstick touch these lips unless it’s a liquid formula. Yeah it’s that serious to me. At this point you’re probably asking me “What’s the big deal?!” Well I’ll tell you and as I do I’ll introduce you to a few of my favorite liquid lipsticks. Let’s get started…



   Dose of Colors Liquid Lipstick is so damn good I want every color they have! It’s staying power is a little too good! This particular color looks amazing in pictures but it’s really bright. When I tried it on the first day I got it I tried to take it off right away until I could match it with a lip liner and it really took some trying to remove it! Amazing right?! You don’t want anything that’s going to have to be reapplied all day! Down side? Most colors are usually sold out which means the secrets out and everyone knows how good they are.

Colour Pop Ultra Matte Lips – Rooch $6

   We all love a good quality product for less right? Well I’ve found it in this lipstick from Colour Pop. This color is from the Karrueche Tran collaboration. Great things about it? Besides the price tag the application is awesome. It goes on even with no patchiness and the deep wine color is beautiful. A little industry gossip? It’s rumored that Colour Pop makes the Kylie Lip Kits people are going crazy over! Hmmmm


   I feel like I talk about Kat Von D so much I have to put it out there no I do not work for her but I wish I did! I have loved her products for a looong time now. So far I have not been disappointed by anything she puts out including this pretty purple liquid lipstick. It’s comparable to Heroine by MAC. I usually wear this one when I’m going out at night. I have no idea why it’s my go to but it is.


NYX Cosmetics Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick – Ruffle Trim $6.99

   Ruffle Trim is the perfect day time color for any event. I love NYX mainly for their lip products and this is a really good lipstick but it doesn’t last as long as the other 3 and for the first few minutes after applying it, it feels a little weird. With that being said it does last a while and if you can get past that awkward feeling for about 5 minutes it’s a quality product with a super affordable price! The whole Lingerie collection is made up of nudes but from what I understand they pretty much all have a pinky under tone.

   Well that’s it for volume 1 of my favorite liquid lipsticks! I love them all mostly because they apply easy and last a long time. If you’ve tried any of these let me know your opinion in the comments below.



Monday, June 6, 2016

Motivation Monday: Life Happens


   I haven’t blogged in a while. I miss it. I could make a ton of excuses why my poor little blog has been neglected for the past few weeks but truth be told the only excuse is this… Life happens. Why are people so afraid to say that? I mean we’re all people right?! We live imperfect lives that at times are out of our control. Me personally, I’m a control freak and when I don’t have control over events in my own life it drives me effing crazy!
  
   I love social media because I love seeing other people and how they live, what they’re wearing etc. But at the same time I absolutely hate social media because just about everyone lives a perfect life. But in reality it’s just perfectly curated. Not everyone understands that and it can lead to people not feeling good about their own lives.


   I have met a fortunate few who do seem to have all their shit together and they’ve got the nice big house, white picket fence, dog and 2 ½ kids but it’s rare and even thou they’ve got all that I Know their lives aren’t perfect. Is anything really perfect?


   I think that’s the beautiful thing about life. Nothing is perfect. We never know what’s around the next corner and we don’t have control over everything. We just wake up each day and hope something amazing is going to happen to us. When the bad things happen we just have to roll with it and be ready for the next blessing. Isn’t that how it works? For every bad thing that happens 2 good things happen?


   No matter how things are going in your life don’t forget to see the beauty in it. If you focus on the bad you’re going to constantly feel miserable. You have to push through the bad times and learn from them. If it’s something that’s out of your control then focus on what you can control.


   Just remember everyone has rough days, weeks and months. No matter how perfect their Instagram looks. No matter how great their life appears on Facebook they’ve got shit going on too. They just choose not to share their bullshit with the rest of the world and that’s ok too.


Photo credit: dollen via Visual Hunt / CC BY-ND

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

How to: Everyday Smokey Eye (Video)

   One of my favorite things to do is share my makeup looks with you. YouTube is so much fun for me mainly because it gives me a reason to get all glam. Most of my days are spent chilling at home with my kids. This is my latest look I did and I really hope you like it. All of the products I used are listed below along with where you can find them. Remember you don't have to use the exact products I do. There are usually dupes if you want to put in the work to find them.


   Be sure to follow me on Instagram for more makeup looks. I also just started posting videos there too!

Products used/mentioned:
Affordable Makeup Brushes 
Manny MUA X Makeup Geek Palette (not sure if it is still for sale)
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette
Beauty Treats Sculpting Palette
Beauty Treats Bronzer Palette
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
Kat Von D High Voltage Eye Primer
Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Powder Foundation Deep 66
Wet N Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder Crown of my canopy (Walgreen's)
Wet N Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder Precious Petals (Walgreen's)
Ardell Demi Wispies 
Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray
NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream in Temptress
NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Black Cherry Tart

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Beauty Lover Tag


   I love tags whether it’s in the form of a blog post or YouTube video I think they’re a lot of fun and I like learning about other people. I came across the Beauty Lover Tag and figured “Why not?!”. After I answer all of the questions I’ll tag a few people at the end.

If you could have anyone in the world do your makeup who would it be?

   This is an unfair question because there are so many people I would love to have do my makeup. If I could I would have Anastasia (of Anastasia Beverly Hills) queen of brows work her magic while Scott Barnes gives me his signature J Lo glow.

What’s your makeup top tip?

   If you happen to get mascara or eyeliner on your lid after you’ve done your eyeshadow, let it dry completely then just wipe it off with a clean q-tip or gently use your nail.

What Skincare Product could you not live without?

   Currently I’m obsessed with the Mask of Magnaminty from Lush. The peppermint in it makes my face tingle and feel super clean! This mask exfoliates, soothes and cleans deep down in your pores!

What are you worst at when it comes to applying makeup?

   It’s not an actual makeup technique I struggle with but I actually still have trouble putting on false lashes. It was one of the first things I learned in the makeup part of beauty school and it continues to be the bane of my existence.

What's your biggest pet peeve about makeup?

   The only real pet peeve I have about makeup is how seriously people take it. It’s just makeup… it washes off. It is crazy how many fights I see in the comment section on social media about the big name beauty gurus. Everyone has their own way of doing things and what looks good on them. People should just chill.

What’s your Guilty Pleasure Product?

   My guilty pleasure product is my Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin  Perfector in Topaz. It’s a beautiful highlighter but because it’s $38 it doesn’t always make it practical.

What’s your underdog product?

   My underdog product would have to be Maybelline Great Lash Mascara. It’s an oldie but goodie. It’s the one mascara I always saw my mom use when I was a kid. It’s a really good product but it can be over shadowed by all of the big name mascaras in the pretty packaging but at $4 it’s comparable to $20 ones.

What’s your favorite Makeup product of 2016?

   I’m sure there will be plenty more products coming out this year that I will go crazy over but for now my favorite makeup product of 2016 would have to be… I think it would be more of a trend then product. It’s the liquid lip craze that’s going on right now. If you come across the perfect liquid lipstick you’ll quickly see what the fuss is all about. My favs are Kat Von D, Dose of Colors and Colour Pop liquid lipsticks. They’re all long lasting and they go on evenly!
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid lipstick in L.U.V. is my favorite!

   Alright so this wouldn’t be a tag if I didn’t ask some people to participate. This is totally up to them and my feelings won’t be hurt (too much) if they choose not to.


Julie from Nobody's Beauty Guru (I give full credit to Julie for my love of my face mask from Lush!)

   If you’d like to do this tag drop me a link in the comments so I check it out! I love finding new blogs to read. I’ll leave all of the blank questions in the comments.


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