Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Blackheads, Pimples & Breakouts Oh My!!

BAD SKIN--Lets talk about it.
Written by: Jessica M. - Guest Blogger

We have all had our run-in's with that unwanted tag-along, or mafia of zits that made home your chin. Gross right? But it happens to ALL of us! Matter of Fact I am dealing with quite the blowout myself!!

We each have had our fair share of unwanted skin troubles; as it always goes; we get ready for a big night, hot date or saucy function and somehow land ourselves the most unwanted third wheel, the crater breaking surface and demanding center stage on our face!! There is no ditching this guy...UNLESS...you had some helpful tips and tricks to have your night pimple free! Problem solved! Let's get crackin’...

First things first:

TIP #1:
We are what we eat!
- Good food in good food out!
  • Think pure, think Green, fresh fruits and vegetables think like an herbivore.

TIP #2:
Deal breaker numero dos:
- Skip the sodas and extra sweet tea, instead, opt for something a bit more hydrating like good ol’ H2O.
- Need that extra pep? Add fruit, or maybe lime or lemon--it's beneficial AND it adds some flavor (avoid sugars and Splenda- like the plague. Yeah the pink stuff, that'll kill ya).


TIP #3:
Now when it comes to topical applications, before you start covering your skin in something that Jane's moms cousins sisters aunt Sheila told her to use, YOU should get to know YOUR skin. Just because it works for them does NOT mean its going to work for you!
- That means everything down to cleanser, moisturizer, and whatever mess your coating all over your skin.

TIP #4:
Exfoliate! Sloth off that nasty dead skin. Once a week apply a warm wet cloth on your face to open the pores, then use a mask or an exfoliator and rinse clean. Part of my routine is using my Clarisonic with a frothy face wash followed up by a Vitamin C serum and moisturizer!
- Maybe bored at home? There are some great recipes for NATURAL face scrubs.
- YouTube some of my favs: Kandee Johnson or BeautySplurge!

TIP #5:
MOISTURIZE & SPF!! It doesn't matter if you think you are so oily you could fry eggs--find a face wash and moisturizer suitable for YOUR skin type. - Without moisturizing we are depriving our skin, NOT washing your face, applying a moisturizer, and a daily SPF? Yeah that will lead you down a LONG road where you will meet middle age you, with LOTS of Pre-mature Lines and wrinkles.

FINALLY! Make-up Trends
Clear up that skin because GUESS What SKIN IS IN this season!

What does that mean for you and me?
Well right back to hydration- Use more skincare rather than trying to use concealers and heavy foundations and powder. Let it breathe. Remember this advice is coming from a Make-up junkie. At first this will be hard you will feel NAKED but just give it a whirl--

I started adding skincare to my daily routine and limiting myself on make-up.
For Example:
Wash, Vitamin C Serums, and an awesome BEAUTY BALM -- (Asia has been holding out on this little guy and now the epic Beauty Balm is ALL OVER the market.)

BB creams are AWESOME cause they typically have moisturizer, SPF and they even give you a clean finished look!



Add a bit of lightweight concealer under the eye area and some mascara.

This look is perfect for those hot summer days and it really gives your skin a well-needed break.

I throw a bottle of MAC's FIX+ in my purse as a mid day refresher.



Give these tips a try and I can promise your skin will be SO happy!

Its cool…Thank me later : )



Jessica - Simply Everything
www.simply-everything.com

Meet Jessica M. - Guest Blogger


Photo ©
Simply Everything



Simply Everything
www.simply-everything.com

Jessica is a blogger, traveler, wife, sister, daughter, and friend. She goes by the name of Jessica McClendon and Make-up Artistry is her thing. She is an absolute junkie for cosmetics and all things BEAUTY related. Her roots are that of a true southern girl out of East Tennessee but at the moment she is blogging from Detroit, Michigan.

Currently Jessica is transitioning into a sweet little new married life, and her simply-everything blog is exactly that. She posts about traveling, loving life, doing a little reviewing & checking out the latest greatest beauty products, along with having cheesecake & a fine glass of wine. :)











Sunday, May 20, 2012

Influenster Box Intro



I received this product complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Hair Tutorial



Make-up Tutorial - Palette D'Antoinette #02





PRIMER:
    Too Faced Beauty Balm - Vanilla Glow

FOUNDATION:
    Mac Mineralize Foundation: NW20

CONCEALER:
    MAC Concealer - NW20
    Benefit - Boi-ing Concealer 02

EYE SHADOW:
    Lime Crime D'Antoinette Palette : Royal Flush, Absinthe-Minded, Macarooned, Ribbonesque, Mercurious

EYELINER:
    Revlon - Colorstay Liquid and Creamliner

LASHES:
    Ardell - Hotties
    DUO Glue - Black

BLUSH / BRONZERS / HIGHLIGHTERS:
    Benefit - High Beam
    Too Faced - Candlelight Glow
    Lime Crime D'Antoinette Palette : Royal Flush, Macarooned, Mercurious

POWDER:
    TEMPTU - Invisible Powder - Shade 2
    Merle Norman - Ultra Powder Foundation - Chiffon

MASCARA:
    Plā Beauty - Black Mascara

LIP LINER:
   Pla Beauty - Pretty in Pink

LIPSTICK:
    Lime Crime Lipstick - Airborne Unicorn
    Plā Beauty Lip Gloss - Showgirl


Make-up Tutorial - Palette D'Antoinette #01






PRIMER:
    Too Faced Beauty Balm - Vanilla Glow

FOUNDATION:
    Pla Beauty Foundation - Porcelain

PRIMER:
    Lime Crime - Eyeshadow Helper

EYEBROWS:
    Pla Beauty - Superwear Definer
    MAC - Shadow Omega
    MAC - Fling Pencil

CONCEALER:
    MAC Concealer - NW20
    Benefit - Boi-ing Concealer 02

EYE SHADOW:
    Lime Crime D'Antoinette Palette : Royal Flush, Absinthe-Minded, Macarooned, Ribbonesque, Mercurious

EYELINER:
    Pla Beauty - Onyx
    Revlon - Colorstay Liquid Liner

BLUSH / BRONZERS / HIGHLIGHTERS:
    Benefit - High Beam
    Too Faced - Candlelight Glow
    Lime Crime D'Antoinette Palette : Royal Flush, Macarooned, Mercurious

POWDER:
    Merle Norman - Ultra Powder Foundation - Chiffon

MASCARA:
    Pla Beauty - Mascara Primer
    Plā Beauty - Black Mascara

LIPSTICK:
    Lime Crime Lipstick - Centerfushcia
    Rimmel - Kate Moss #14
    MAC - Pretty Plush Gloss


Lime Crime - Palette D'Antoinette












SWATCHES: Pink: Royal Flush, Green: Absinthe Minded, Orange: Macarooned, Purple: Ribbonesque, Silver: Mercurious.

I absolutely love this palette. The pink and silver are my favorites. A few of the colors faintly remind me of the MAC barbie colors of green and pink, which I absolutely loved, but never purchased. The shadows are very velvety and blend amazing easily. I definitely like this palette of colors better than the China Doll palette, as they are lighter, but at the same time are still very vivid. I did notice the silver is the dustiest of the shadows, as it is sparkly and contains some glitter.

I am so excited to be able to use these colors through the airbrush, as that opens a whole new opportunity for creativeness. Thank you again to Lime Crime for letting me try out the latest palette. It's by far one of my favorite palettes ever.



(Plā) Story




Sunday, May 13, 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012

Toilet Paper for a Cause

I randomly came across this article about Cashmere, a supporter of Breast Cancer Awareness.  Cashmere is actually a toilet paper company based in Canada.  But each year they have a white Cashmere Couture Collection of dresses made out of toilet paper by various designers.  I truly can't believe some of these dresses are made from toilet paper, as they are stunning beautiful.

Check out the website here.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Flirty Aprons


Being the homebody that I am, I absolutely love to cook and I'm pretty good at it too.  But I'm always on the hunt for cute aprons, so when my hunny comes over I have dinner ready and look super cute.  I came across these adorable aprons from Flirty Aprons ( http://www.flirtyaprons.com ) and just wanted to share. You can follow them on twitter too: @flirty_aprons.  The prices are super affordable too.  These two are my favorites:


Photo © Flirty Aprons - Marilyn Sugar n' Spice

Photo © Flirty Aprons - Marilyn Strawberry Shortcake