Wednesday, May 29, 2013

I Made a Video!

I finally made my first video! It is a tutorial, and you can watch it right here!

I have pictures of the look below and a list of all the products used to create this look.

I have a few things to say about it real quick:

  • This is my first video, so obviously it isn't the greatest thing ever, but I do think it's pretty decent. 
  • I know the quality isn't super awesome. I shot it on my webcam, so I could see myself while I was filming. Someday when I get better at this, I will use a real camera.
  • I'm really sorry about the sound. I didn't realize it did that until I uploaded it. I promise next time I will make sure the sound is better.
  • If you do like the video and/or my blog, please subscribe to my blog and my Youtube channel. I appreciate everyone who has viewed my blog so far, especially those who have come back.

Products Used:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
NYX Jumbo Eyshadow Pencil in Milk
BH Cosmetics 120 Palette 1st Edition
Lancome Le Stylo Waterproof Eyeliner in Amethyst
NYX Liquid Crystal Liner in Crystal Pewter
Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara in Noir Midnight
Milani Lip Flash Shimmer Gloss Pencil in Star Flash
Lancome Juicy Tube in Raspberry Ice

Friday, May 24, 2013

I Need Your Help + Look of the Day

Making videos is a lot harder than I expected. I need some advice and input from you all. What would you like to see me make videos about? Also, I would appreciate any tips on making videos. I don't have a super fancy camera and I have no idea how to edit videos.

Until I can make a video I am happy with, here is my makeup look today. I hope you like it and thanks for continuing to read my blog!

I used Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Liner in Bora Bora on my eyes and OCC Lip Tar in Strumpet on my lips.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Get the Most Out of Your Fragrance

Okay, so I promise I will have more makeup-related posts coming up soon. I also want to start making videos. We'll see how that goes.

For today though I am going to give some more fragrance-related tips. Like the last post, some of these you may already know, but you might find at least one new piece of information or something you hadn't thought about.

Perfume generally will last 3 to 5 years, but it can last longer if the bottle is darker or opaque and has good-quality ingredients in it. I have two big tips for expanding the shelf life of your perfumes:
  • Keep them out of direct sunlight and harsh lights. It can discolor the fragrance and change the scent. Many people like to display their bottles in their room, but if the sun is beating down on them, that's not good.
  • Don't keep your perfumes in the bathroom either. The frequent change in temperature can also ruin the scent.
I also have five tips to help you get the most out of your fragrance when you wear it:
  • If you spray perfume on your wrists, tap your wrists together to get the scent on both of them. Never rub your wrists together! That can break up the notes in the fragrance and change the scent.
  • Spray scents on your pulse points. These are the warm spots on your body that intensify the fragrance. These include your wrists, the back of your neck, behind your knees, the small of your back, the inside of your elbows, and your cleavage.
  • You do not need to douse yourself in perfume. Don't spray yourself constantly all day. Your nose adjusts to scents after a few minutes and you won't be able to tell how strong it really is on you. If you can smell the scent on you constantly, you are wearing too much. 
  • Layering body washes and lotions that match your perfume can help your fragrance stay on longer.
  • Be careful with spraying fragrances directly on clothes. Perfume can discolor clothing.
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Friday, May 10, 2013

Finding Your Signature Scent

With the perfume market heavily saturated with hundreds of brands and scents, it can be hard to find a perfume that really speaks to you. When you find one that you truly like, it often becomes your "signature scent" - a standby that smells good on you, so you wear it often.

I have some tips that might make your search for this treasure a little easier. Some of these might be, and hopefully are, no-brainers, but you would be surprised by how many people come to the counter I work at and have no idea where to start or what to do.

Here are my tips and tidbits of info for finding your signature scent:
  • Perfume that is on the little sample paper inserts from magazines WILL NOT smell the same once you try it in the store. Those have been pressed into those magazines and have been sitting on the paper for who knows how long.
  • Do not wear any perfume when you go to look for a new perfume.
  • Let the people working at the counter help you! You may not want or need their help right away, which is fine. Look around and see if anything grabs your attention. However, the people working are there to help, so don't be afraid to ask them questions or seek them out!
  • There is no way you could smell every perfume at the counter at one time. Fragrance "specialists" at the counter can narrow down ideas and make suggestions based on the types of scents you like (floral, fruity, woodsy, etc.) or notes you are looking for in a fragrance (vanilla, patchouli, etc.).
  • Do not pick fragrances based on name brands. Just because it's Chanel or Coach, doesn't mean you'll like it. It's fine to smell it, but don't count on liking it just because of the name.
  • The same goes for picking fragrances based on the fancy or pretty bottles.
  • Do not try to smell the perfume by just sniffing the nozzle on the bottle.
  • Also, please don't spray the perfume into the air to smell it. Once you spray it, the smell lingers and can affect how you smell the other perfumes. Also, people working at the counter have to smell it long after you've walked away.
  • The best way to test out perfumes is to spray them on blotter cards. If there are not any lying around, ASK for some!
  • Write down the names of the fragrances you spray on cards so you do not forget what they are or mix them up. Many times someone brings me a blotter card with something sprayed on it and asks me to identify it. Sometimes I can, sometimes I can't. 
  • Wave the card lightly a few times to try and eliminate the alcohol scent. Wait a few seconds before smelling the card. 
  • If you're not sure about the scent, come back to the card after a few minutes because the scent may change.
  • Do not spray anything on you that you haven't smelled before or didn't try on a blotter card first. If you don't like it, you're stuck wearing it until you can wash it off.
  • Most counters should have coffee beans out for you to clear your nasal passages after smelling each scent. USE THEM!
  • If you find the the scents are all starting to blend together or you can't smell them very well even after smelling the coffee beans, you may need to walk away and come back later or another day to be able to better judge the scents.
  • Once you have narrowed it down to a couple scents you like, try them on. Lightly spray one on each wrist. I would not do this with more than two scents because the smell may be too overwhelming or they may mix together.
  • If you have decided on one scent that you think is the winner, still TRY IT ON! I can't tell you how many times women come in to return a perfume they thought they liked only to try it on at home and hate it how it smells on them.
  • Wear it on for AT LEAST one full hour to see how the scent reacts with your body chemistry. There are countless perfumes that I love the scent of, but they just do not smell great on my skin.
  • Once you find a winner, make sure to ask about any gift sets the fragrance might have. They are almost always the best deal/value. If there are no gift sets, there may be lotions, shower gels, or travel sprays you can buy separately.
  • If someone working at the counter took the time to help you pick out a fragrance, try your best to buy it from them. Most counters make commission. If you come back a different day to buy it or at a later time and they are not there, tell the person working who helped you and ask if they could credit them. 
I do want to mention that even when you find your signature scent, it most likely will not be around forever. Perfumes have an average shelf life in stores of two years. Some are out longer than that and some are out less. You may find a perfume you really like and find that it isn't sold anymore the next you go to buy it. This can be super frustrating. In a case like this, I would search the internet to see if you can find it online. If not, search online to find suggestions of similarly scented perfumes.

I also want to direct you to an wonderful article Beautylish posted a few weeks ago. It discusses considering the other side of the counter and thinking about the salesperson. It was very relatable to what I experience at work, and I just wanted to share it with everyone. You can check it out here. To sum it up, here is a quote from it:
Be careful not to waste a salesperson’s time if you don’t intend to buy. [If you're merely just browsing] you need to communicate this to them so they will leave you to your own devices rather than waste their time trying to sell you something. You wouldn't go into a restaurant and take up a table ordering water for hours, would you?

Do you have a signature scent? Comment below and let me know!

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

April Favorites

I think it is time to start sharing the things I have been loving all month. There were quite a few things I found myself reaching for frequently in April, but I narrowed it down to 5 things to share with you.

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation - I bought this foundation in March and used it a lot in April. It has great, medium coverage and doesn't feel or appear cakey on my face. The color matches my skin tone almost perfectly, which is hard for me to find in a drugstore foundation. It wears well throughout the day and doesn't slide off my face.

NYX Liquid Liner in Extreme Blue - I absolutely love this liner! The color is a cobalt blue that is super bright.. The brush is easy to use and applies the liquid evenly. I wore this liner with light brown, barely-there eyeshadow and various bright lips in April. It adds a beautiful pop to the eyes.

CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara - I did a review of this mascara last month which you can read here. Basically, this mascara separates, defines lashes, and DOES NOT CLUMP. I reached for it a lot in April.

MAC Lipstick in Please Me - This is a really pretty, nude pink shade. It is the perfect lipstick for spring time. I wore it a lot the past month with pastel eyeshadow. It looks especially pretty with lilac eyeshadow.

Ralph Lauren Big Pony Number 2 Body Spray - This scent is a great blend of floral and fruity and makes me think of spring. The scent from the body spray doesn't last long, but it is enough to keep me smelling like spring for a couple hours.

What were you April favorites? Let me know in the comments below!

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I plan to start making videos to go along with my blogs as soon as I am done with the semester in a couple weeks. Stay tuned for that! :)