Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A Lesson on Brow-Shaping

So yesterday, my friend Kirsten came over for part II of our quest for beauty!
She had never had anything waxed before!
This is exciting news for someone like me!
I was so excited when she agreed to be a model for
me to demonstrate how to shape your brows.
{I think that EVERYONE has some shaping they can do.
I have not met one person who has perfect brows.}
Anyway, onto the instructions:

Step 1: Using a small comb or make-up brush, comb your brows upward. You are going to trim anything that goes above your natural brow line.
This sometimes seems scary at first, but trust me on this one!
Step 2: Once you have both brows nice and trimmed, you will use an eyeliner pencil or make-up brush to determine where your brows should begin, end and arch.

Line the pencil up with your outer nostril, straight up. This is where your brow should start.

Step 3: Next, angle the pencil so it hits the middle of your iris when you are looking straight. This will determine where your arch should be.

Step 4: Angle it now a little further to the outer corner of your eye.
Where the pencil hits is how long your brows should be.

You can use a light eyeliner pencil to mark your measurements if you are tweezing.
We waxed Kirsten's, but I don't recommend you try that on your own!
Come to a professional!!
{Like me!!}

Here is the BEFORE....
And the AFTER!!
Ta da!
It totally opened up her eyes and gave her a very neat and clean look.

Thanks Kirsten!!
I hope these instructions make sense.
Please feel free to e-mail me or leave a comment with any questions!!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

...Hold the Phone!!

A fantastic discovery has just been made!
I may be late in discovering this, but I just have to share!

So, yesterday, my friend Kirsten and I,
adventured out to explore our local
Sephora & Nordstrom for the latest beauty finds.

While paying for my latest make-up purchase, {more on that later}
There it was on the counter....
Now let me tell you, a few weeks ago, my friend Stacy smelled so
wonderful when I saw her at a party. I asked her what she was wearing
and she lifted up her arms and said, "it's my deodorant."
Ever since then, this item has been on my radar!!
Needless to say, I was very excited... maybe more than I should be about buying deodorant. It seems to work really well as far as preventing sweaty pits.
Beware: If you use this product, you will not be able to stop smelling your armpits all night long and people will give you weird looks...

not that I was doing that or anything...
Anyway, I give this product a double thumbs up!

{$12 at Nordstrom}

Monday, June 28, 2010

A picture to prove it...

Well, I really don't want this to be a blog full of pictures of me.
BUT, I decided I had better try this out if I was gonna be preachin about it!
Sure enough, it took me MAYBE 5 minutes.
{It's a little bit of the sloppier version. Less formal}
This is the best picture I could get without the little man
yankin' on my hair or earrings!! :)
Gotta love Photo Booth!

So did ya try it?

It's Just Another Manic Monday...

And you are running late for work. What's a girl to do!?
Ashley Green shows us an easy way to look put together with a simple half-up pony.
So fast, so easy, so cute!!

{and it doesn't hurt that she is gorgeous!}

First, if you have time, I would quickly curl the ends, just to give it that additional look.

Second, backcomb the top section to give it that slight volume on top. Once finished, lightly comb back, and smooth the top layer back. {hairspray is very helpful here!} Get your section and secure loosely with an elastic band. I would use a light smoothing creme to smooth away any flyaways, and make it a smooth look.

Next, as you are securing in the elastic band, flip the hair around a couple of times to create the "loose bun" effect. The idea with this hairstyle is to create a relaxed, but sophisticated loose, half-up bun\pony!

I think she does a great job pulling it off here at the premier of
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

{p.s. I am LOVING her hair color! So gorgeous!}

Give this look a try! And let me know what you think...

Sunday, June 27, 2010

In honor of Summer...

I thought it would be appropriate to do a
"Top 5 must-haves for any beach or pool day."

So, let's get right to it with #1:
SPF 20
I had the opportunity of experimenting with all sorts of products, including SkinCeuticals, while I worked at a day spa for several years. SkinCeuticals proved itself in being a great facial sunscreen. It contains Zinc Oxide with provides protection from those harmful UVA\UVB rays. It works great under make-up and is fragrance free!
Don't even get me started on how important it is to wear sunscreen.
ESPECIALLY on our beautiful faces!
{you DO know, don't you??}
Next up,
Alright, this is just the beginning of my love and obsession for Pureology.
This product is a definite must-have for not only Summer, but all through-out the year!
This light and airy spray is best used before sun and environmental exposure.
{or before blow-drying}
It contains Pureology's Anti-Fade complex, which protects and prolongs the color of your hair.
It contains soymilk, which reconstructs and nourishes hair, and also biotin with helps strengthen the weak areas. Please, oh please, take my word...
this is a definite must-have!!
#3... Good ol'
Well, I feel like Burt's Bees is old news.
So, I will just say that it is, and always will be, a fantastic lip balm.
This one happens to have an SPF 8 in it.
A few featured ingredients:
Passion Fruit Extract: Soothes and Nourishes
Titanium Dioxide: has a white pigment to reflect light, so it's basically a natural sunblock!
{and heaven knows we need those lips to be kissable on a hot summer night!}
Next up, a HOT nail color, of course!
So much of the beach\pool is looking good.
Let's face it!
So I like to make sure I have a nice, bright color against my sun-kissed skin.
O.P.I is one of my favorite brands.
This one is OPI OPI on Collins Ave.
{you should check out their new summer line called "Summer Flutter."}

And last, but certainly not least,
a great hat.
Hats are so essential for any day out in the sun.
Not only do they look cute, but they also offer additional protection from the sun, and can cool you down by giving your face some much-needed shade.
I am loving this one by J.Crew.
It's their Crochet bucket hat. $36.50
Oh J.Crew, how I love you...
Happy Summer!!

And so it begins...

I have flirted with the idea of starting a "hair\make-up\anything wonderful that I love and want to tell you about" blog. After lots of thinking and brainstorming, I have decided to take the plunge and do it!
This is a place where I will be posting about my favorite hair products, make-up, beauty tips, favorite candles, singers, hair styles, etc. While being mostly centered on all things beauty related, it's really more of a place for me to talk about whatever is on my mind! I hope you will become a follower and come along for the ride!