Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Review: Esqido Mink Lashes

   I remember when I was first introduced to false lashes. It was the makeup application semester of beauty school. We learned how to apply strip and single lashes. Let me tell you I hated it! Only because it wasn’t something that a lot of people requested at the time so I didn’t get the practice I needed to become an expert at false lashes.

   Fast forward to now when hair is a thing of the past for me and makeup is my main passion. I now love a great pair of lashes! They can be the perfect finishing touch to a makeup look. I’ve always had a few brands of lashes that I really liked but I’m open to trying something new. So, I was excited but skeptical when Esqido reached out to me to try their mink lashes.

Variety of choices
   When I first went to the website I was impressed with the wide variety of Esqido Mink lashes. It took me quite some time to decide which ones I wanted. They are all so pretty but I usually go for a specific type of lash. I love one that starts out tapered at the inner corner and flares out toward the outer eye. So of course, I had to go with Lash Named Desire.

Not sure where to start
   If you’re still new to apply lashes or just have trouble choosing one that looks best on your eye shape they have a lash guide on the website. It’s really easy to follow and leads you to the best lashes for your personal style. I tried it out just to see where it would lead me, and it recommended Lash Named Desire after I had already chosen it. PERFECT!

Don't forget the glue
   Once you’ve chosen your lashes don’t check out without grabbing your companion eyelash glue! It is latex free, so it doesn’t have that awful smell to it most lash glues have. It dries clear and has the perfect fine tip want which makes for a perfect application every time. A pet peeve of mine is when the glue comes rushing out of the tube and gets all over the place!

Pretty packaging
   My lashes and glue showed up so fast! I’m pretty sure it took about two days to get to me. When I opened the package I couldn’t get over the packaging. I am a sucker for pretty packaging! Everything was white and rose gold. Esqido had me at rose gold!! The box the lashes came in was hard and sturdy! No way are they going to get crushed but if you’re like me and want to keep the box it will get dirty being with the rest of your makeup.

Easy to apply
   I waited until the perfect time to try out the lashes. Date night!!! I did a pretty neutral makeup look so my eyes could be the main focus. I first applied a couple of coats of mascara so you could get a before and after or should I say a with and without. The first thing I noticed about the mink lashes was how soft they are! The band is very stiff but not overly stiff. I personally like a stiff band because I find it easy to work with and most times I don’t need tweezers to apply the lashes. The Esqido lashes are honest the easiest lashes I have ever applied! The Lash Named Desire gave just the right amount of glam and drama.

   Overall, I really love these lashes! They’re pretty, easy to apply and were comfortable to wear. The companion lash glue didn’t have any harsh odor, dries clear and the applicator was perfect.

To see me use these lashes in other makeup looks be sure to follow me on Instagram

Until next time!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Monday Motivation: Finding the Romance in Possibilities and What Ifs

   Oftentimes possibilities, what ifs and the unknown can be so romantic. I don't mean the nerve-wracking stress-induced what ifs. I mean the kind of what ifs that gives you butterflies and goosebumps. The kind of what-ifs and possibilities that keep you up late at night tossing, turning and dreaming before you even fall asleep. The kind that make you smile to yourself. Those are the kind of possibilities that I like. The kind of possibilities that just make you wonder how much better life could be. What if I get that new job I want? What if the cute guy at the coffee shop likes me back? When we start each day on a positive note and wonder about the endless possibilities of life; things can change drastically. If we would just push the negative thoughts out and replace them with positive life-changing thoughts our whole entire outlook on life will change.

   Anytime I start a new Journey or plan a new adventure for my life I always fantasize about all the things that could happen. Not the bad things but the good things. The good thoughts are what makes everything worthwhile. Thinking about the good things is what keeps the fear away.

   Romance is so much more than a significant other. Romance can be the way you think and feel about life and about the future. It's even how you think about the present. When I think about traveling to Italy and staying in a villa and traveling along cobblestone streets it's romantic! It's like having a love affair with myself. You know when you find a job that you really want? It's the job of your dreams and it's the pay that you want and the pay that you deserve?! It's in a part of town that you're crazy about and it's close to home and there's just so many amazing people there!? There's so many possibilities it gives you butterflies! You know the prospect of a new job gives you the same feeling as a prospect of a new lover? When I'm getting ready to go somewhere and I'm going to fly across the country the night before I can't sleep because I'm tossing and turning, my mind is racing, and my stomach is full of butterflies. I get so excited! That's finding romance and possibilities. What if I have so much fun when I get to my destination?! What if I see so many things and what if I meet so many people??

   Romance is what you make it. There are so many Endless Possibilities.  If we can just stop thinking about the negative things that hold us back and way us down. If we can stop thinking about the things that make our head hurt and stomach ache and keep us up at night and anxious for all the wrong reasons. I don't know about you but I'm so tired of negativity I want nothing but positive amazing thoughts that just make my soul sing. I want to find the romance and possibilities and what ifs of life. Now and always.

Here’s to what if!

Photo credit: Jonas Weckschmied on Visual Hunt / CC BY

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

My Top 3 Favorite Foundations for Oily Skin

   I talk to a lot of women and give a lot of makeup advice. One of the first questions I ask is Whats your skin type? More often than not they tell me their skin is combination to oily. Im starting to wonder if its due to the environment. I have dealt with oily skin for the last 5 years. Prior to that my skin was normal. Since oily skin is not something I was used to; it took a lot of trial and error to find the right products for my skin to help combat that annoying oily t-zone.

   One of the things that I have found that helps is the right foundation. I pretty much have a whole foundation routine I plan on sharing with you in a video just so you have a visual.
But first the products.

   I have a few foundations that I swear by. Ill list them for you in order of lower price to highest. Keep in mind no matter the price tag they are all worth it!

Maybelline Fit Me Matte+ Poreless
   I absolutely love this one. It does just what the name says, leave you matte and looking Poreless. For $7.99 you cant go wrong. Its for normal to oily skin and medium to full coverage. It gives a really natural look and it is buildable for a more flawless effect. I still feel that no matter how much I put on my skin still looks like skin and Im not caked up. Out of the wide range of 32 shades mine is 355 Coconut. Usually Ulta has a sale so you can buy one get the other half off.

Kat Von D Lock It
   Shade range has been a big issue for some companies but not this one. The Lock It foundation comes in 30 shades. It may not be 40 but that aint bad. It gives a matte finish and claims a 24-hour wear but Im not willing to test that. It is full coverage like you wouldnt believe! Sometimes a little too full coverage. With just one application my imperfections are covered up but so are my beauty marks and I like them to be seen but thats not a bad problem to have. My shade is Deep 74 warm, and it retails for $35.

Huda Beauty #FauxFilter
   Beauty blogger turned cosmetic brand owner Huda Kattan knows what we want because she has been in our shoes. The #FauxFilter is meant to have a Satin and Matte finish and is medium to full coverage. Ive found it to have a cream to powder finish. Which has pros and cons. The pro is I dont have to use a setting powder. The con is if I plan on doing any contouring with a cream product I have to use a damp beauty blender otherwise the foundation starts to come off. Once you get around the learning curve you will love this foundation! The trick is to catch it while its in stock because its always sold out. Also 30 shades, mine is 440G Cinnamon and retails at $40.

   I really hope this helps you girls out there dealing with the same issues I am with having oily skin. Look on the bright side, Ive always heard it takes oily skin longer to show signs of aging. Hey, you gotta take the small wins when you can.

Stay matte,


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Palette Tutorial

   2017 was a year of some pretty unforgettable products. There was launch after launch of hits and misses. One of the hits for me was the Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism palette. I love the color stories so much in this palette! With the mix of mattes, shimmers and satin finishes you can come up with countless looks! The colors are also suitable for girls of any skin tone. 

   I plan on doing a lot more tutorials this year starting with this one! So grab your palettes and makeup brushes and follow along as I walk you through this blue smokey eye. 


Monday, November 27, 2017

Early Lessons in Fashion

   I learned the importance of clothes quickly as a teenager. When I was a kid my mom picked out all of my clothes. I would grumble under my breath because I would prefer something else but didn't want to come across ungrateful. Being raised by a single mom meant all of my clothes came from the thrift store... ya know before the thrift store became cool to shop at. Every time we went shopping I'd hope it would be to one of the cool stores in the mall or a department store. Nope, it was always Value Village or some other place full of someone else's memories. This went on until middle school. 

   The summer before high school I was given money to buy my own clothes at the stores of my choice. I don't remember how much it was. I think it was $100.

   That is when I also learned $100 doesn't get you much at the mall. It can get you damn near a whole new wardrobe at the thrift store but NOT the mall. I didn't care thou. I carefully picked out a few outfits spending my money strategically. I was careful to spend my money on key pieces that could be mixed and matched like jeans and t-shirts. 

   I didn't come out with much but what I did buy I felt good about. I remember even sneaking in a cute white crop top that zipped up the front. I made sure to keep a jacket with me at all times to cover my stomach. 

   The weeks leading up to the start of school I was so damn nervous I felt sick to my stomach. "Are people going to like me?", "Did I buy the right outfits?". Basically all the important things a 15 year old girl worries about. The first day of high school came, I put on a cute pair of jeans, the white crop top I had no business buying and some cute sandals. My confidence was soaring. I was a freshman and I looked fresh. You couldn't tell me anything! I loved the feeling so much, when I got my first job you better believe I spent a good amount of money on my clothes. 

    Did I need the clothes to define who I was? Not at all but it helped give me the confidence boost I needed to feel more comfortable in a new setting with new people. I knew early on to take care of my appearance. It is true "You only get one chance to make a first impression". 

    Still, to this day I know I have to dress according to what my mood is or how I want to feel. If I'm feeling sick baggy sweats and holey ass t-shirts it is. Am I feeling sexy? Lace and something black always! Clothes are not a guarantee you will be liked. You definitely have to have a good attitude and a personality to match. However, there is nothing wrong with looking good because, in turn, it will make you feel good too. 

Photo on Visualhunt.com
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