A Beginners Guide to Contouring

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Contouring is pretty simple. Few things in life changed my entire makeup game like the idea of contouring did. In fact, I often wonder just what I looked like before I discovered the power of contouring with bronzer. Now, at the time I didn’t realize this was “contouring”. I thought I was just “using bronzer.”
The whole idea of contouring is to create a contrast between light and dark which gives the illusion of a thinner frame. Therefore there are highlights and lowlights.

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Mom and Me and Lipstick

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Life plays funny tricks on you that only become obvious as you get older. One of those funny tricks is how we turn into versions of our parents. As much as my teenage heart despises this notion it nonetheless proceeds to happen at an alarming rate.

It’s not so bad, which is why it’s a trick. All those years spent fighting and bickering because as Joan Didion explains “one of the mixed blessings of being twenty and twenty-one and even twenty-three is the conviction that nothing like this, all evidence to the contrary notwithstanding, has ever happened to anyone before.” (more…)

The Easiest Way to Figure Out Your Face Shape

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As far as I can see, there are lots of options for face shapes these days. Each of us have some idea of what our face shape is, however those things change over time and every once in a while it’s probably a good thing to revisit. When that Kardashian tribe brought contouring tricks into the mainstream there began the focus on face shape. It’s the first step in contouring. I will get to some simple contouring tricks next week so stay tuned. And, I think you know it will be easy and fast so, seriously, stop back by next week.

Here is my main problem with figuring out my face shape, I’ve now asked 10 close friends what my face shape is and it left me more confused than I was before.  (more…)

Night Time Routine Under 5 Minutes

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I love to read books. Currently, I am reading Joan Didion’s ‘Slouching towards Bethlehem ‘ It’s beautiful. The words jump off the pages. The way she sees such beautiful things in everyday life along with the concerns of everyday life that seem to fall through the cracks is perfect. She provides a voice into a life that might otherwise never be heard. Simple stories about John Wayne even hold my attention. Which is hard considering I grew up with a Father whose favorite television genre was Westerns. Needless to say, I’ve seen them, and developed quite a knack for blocking them out. But, Didion’s words make me want to re-watch those old films and look for the same details she describes.
But, let’s be real… It’s is soooooooooooooo much easier to watch TV vs. reading a book. It’s even easier to watch bad TV instead of reading a book. Especially, when House of Cards has new episodes on Netflix. (more…)

New York Fashion Week Staples

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10 Drug Store Favorites

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One of my favorite pastimes is reading magazines. It always has been. Something about all the beautiful models in beautiful clothes page after page has always given me such inspiration. Magazines give me hair inspiration, makeup inspiration, fashion inspiration, and much more. I still buy the hard copies of magazines vs. reading them on the internet which I am sure seems prehistoric at this point, however there is something to turning the pages… But, not much. (more…)

Eye on the Prize

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My feelings for eyeliner are still going strong. Looking forward to testing out some new looks during Fashion Week. Luckily, the snow has me trapped inside with plenty of time to practice. Have a great weekend & stay warm!

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