What I Learned My First Summer Away From Home

Now, before I can actually start this, I think I am obligated to state that my college is only an hour and a half away from my home. In my defense, I didn’t have a car.

Though it is not that far away, it was like culture-shock for me. I grew up in a household where going out with friends after school was unheard of. I had to call my father when I left my house to go to school, when I arrived at school, when I was leaving school and when I arrived at home. I also was the kid that was terrified of disobeying her parents and getting in trouble, so you can say that was a homebody.

Being in college has been a wake up call for me. Staying at school during the summer was like a smack in the face.

1. Mommy and Daddy aren’t always going to be with me.
Now of course this is something that everyone knows, but I was the CfiFSqkUEAA_XqV.jpg-largefirst one to go away for college. My sisters stayed at home, working while they went to community college near our home.

That summer, I went through times where all I wanted to do was run into my parents arms right after I got out of work. I couldn’t do that. This has to be the hardest lesson. After I got home, I learned that I have to pick myself up, make some dinner and get ready for another day. All the wonderful things that my mom and dad did for me, I realized I had to do for myself.

2. Start saving. NOW.
I’m still learning how to properly do this. With beauty and life goal, Jaclyn Hill teaming up with BECCA Cosmetics, it was a difficult summer to save. Champagne Pop is one of the best things to grace this planet.

I’ve racked up my fair share of student loans and being ‘on my own’ for a summer made me realize I need to start saving for “what if’s” and “just in cases.” It’s easy to want to blow all your money on makeup, but it’s all fun and games until you run out of toilet paper.

3. Learn to love your own company.
Things got pretty lonely by week two when all my friends had packed up and went home. That summer consisted of waking up, going to work, followed by hours of Netflix and pizza. To get out of my monotonous work-then-Netflix funk, I decided to do something a little different. I decided to date myself.

I took myself on dates to the movies or to a local diner for lunch. I practiced new skills and techniques for applying my makeup. I read books. I learned to love to be alone and it was such an uplifting experience.

I can’t wait to do it again.

Pulling off the Spring No-Makeup Makeup

Though many of us have not had the opportunity to be able to sit front row at Fashion Week, a good portion of us have access to the Internet, which means that we have been able to see some of the many beautiful looks from the show. From Alexander McQueen to Zac Posen, it’s clear that the spring 2016 beauty trend will be the no-makeup makeup look.

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Photo taken by Sonny Vandevelde / Indigitalimages, Gucci. Vogue.com.

To all my lazy girls, can I get an AMEN?

 

The reason I say this is because the no-makeup makeup look is one of the easiest looks you can create. It’s all about playing up your features without a lot of effort. Pulling off the look is simple with the right products.

  1. Moisturizer
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    It doesn’t matter if you have oily, combination or dry skin. Moisturizer is an essential item for any person. It helps to replenish with moisture that you might’ve been stripped of after washing your face. Oily girls, still not convinced? Did you know that your skin is producing more oils because of a lack of moisture. (Weird… – Right?) Simple Skincare is an amazing line of products because they are great for all skin types, especially sensitive skin!
  2. Primer
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    Primer is the foundation for your whole look. It helps to keep everything in place and it will create a smooth base for you to put your foundation on. The Makeup Forever Step 1 Primers are amazing because they have a wide range that help with everything from oil-control to smoothing.
  3. Medium-Coverage Foundation
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    Alright, I know it might seem a little weird to emphasize a medium coverage, but for this look, trust me, it’s essential. The look is based around amping up your look. You’re not trying to hide anything, so definitely let your blemishes be able to show through! A medium coverage is just enough to cover up those problem areas without looking caked on. My go-to foundation is the Makeup Forever Mat Velvet + Foundation. It’s great for oily skin.
  4. Concealer
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    If you’re anything like me, you don’t sleep as much as you should. With that being said, you suffer from bags under your eyes. Opt for a shade or two lighter than your actual skin-tone to help brighten your under-eyes. It’ll makeup your cheekbones look lifted. The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is a great choice because it blends out like magic.
  5. Beautyblender or Similar Makeup Sponge
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    I am a die-hard Beautyblender fan. At first, I was skeptical and I really did not want to use it, but I just gave up and got it and it was the best decision of my life! The benefit of using a makeup sponge is that because it is used dame, it’ll suck up the excess foundation when you go a little heavy-handed, like I do a majority of the time. Another sponge is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and it’s much more affordable than the Beautyblender, but works great!
  6. Bronzer
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    Be careful with this one. You don’t want to have a bronzer helmet like Desi Perkins. (If you don’t watch her on YouTube, you are definitely missing out.) The idea of bronzer is to give yourself a little color and help you subtly sculpt our your face. We’re not contouring. Just giving our face a little dimension. You can’t go wrong with doing a ‘3’ on the sides of your face. Anastasia Beverly Hills has the best bronzers you can dream of. NYX is an affordable alternative.
  7. Highlight
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    This step is optional, but it really takes the look to the next level. For highlighter, you can use a cream, which will be more natural. If you use a powder, just spray a little setting spray like the MAC Fix + Spray to make it set into your skin and it won’t look like a powdery mess. Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfecter in “Champagne Pop” is God’s gift from heaven. You will look like a glowing goddess.
  8. Blush
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    A cream blush would be great for this, but a powder blush would work too! Blush will just give some color back to your face that might have been lost from your foundation application. Ever since I bought this ELF Blush Palette, I can’t put it down! Just be very light-handed because they’re really pigmented.
  9. Eyebrow Pencil or Powder
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    Major Key! Eyebrows are the key to success! Note that I said pencil or powder. These two products are much more natural than other products, such as a pomade or something similar. To get the natural brow, the main thing is to do hairlike strokes with your brush or pencil. I am a big fan of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, but a more affordable alternative would be the Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil.
  10. Cream  Eye Pencil
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    I promise this will make sense when I explain! When you use a cream eye pencil in your waterline, it not only opens up your eyes, but it helps brighten them and makes you look wide-awake. I say use a cream pencil as opposed to a white pencil because it’s less harsh and this look is all about soft and simple! Any cream pencil will do.
  11. Mascara
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    This one is self-explanatory. Just swipe on your favorite mascara and your lashes will love you!

After all of that, you’ve officially completed the no-makeup makeup look. Go on and conquer the world you with your “no-makeup” self!

The Art of Makeup

 

Last year has been a wonderful year for the island of makeup lovers.

We finally learned how Kylie Jenner overdraws her lips. Tom Ford blessed our lives with the infamous “Drake” lipstick (Even if it sold out instantly and none of us had a chance.). Lastly, it marked the era of people understanding the importance of making sure your eyebrows are on fleek. (Sorry, couldn’t resist!)

However, with all this good, we’ve got to bring up the bad: the fact that women with a full face of makeup are still ridiculed, mocked and questioned for their makeup preferences. (Note the fact that ‘preferences’ is italicized. That will be important later on.) 

In this article, the author looked at thirteen different male perspectives on makeup. Over half of the comments were utterly infuriating. (If you want to save yourself more of a headache, don’t read the comments.)

One male was adamant on the fact that wearing makeup is a lie. Another got his significant other to wear less makeup because she looked like she was, “trying too hard.”

Ultimately, the general male perspective on makeup is wear some to make yourself look presentable, but not too much because we don’t like that.

Well, thank you men for this very informative perspective, but I couldn’t care less and here is my open letter to anyone that sides with the men I described.

To the man that is adamant that wearing makeup is a lie: it is not my fault if you believe that I was born with naturally smokey eyes and bold red lips. Yes, I am wearing makeup, but no, I will not stop wearing it just because you’re confused.

To the man that coaxed his wife into wearing less makeup: I appreciate where your heart was coming from, but I have to say, it may have been poorly executed. If your wife was not wearing makeup for herself, I can understand where you’re coming from. However, if she generally liked the process of doing her makeup, for you to just say that she looked like she was “trying too hard,” that’s not only hurtful, but infuriating. If she liked makeup, you just rained all over her parade. Thanks a lot Debby Downer.

To any person that really believes women wear makeup for men: Don’t make me laugh. Why the hell would we buy 5 different nude lipsticks for a man that couldn’t tell the difference between MAC ‘Myth’ and MELT Cosmetics ‘Nood?’

Makeup is so much more than something to cover up a break out. It’s a means for one to channel their creativity. For me, makeup is this beautiful thing to be able to display the inner workings of my mind. It is an art.

If I’m feeling fierce AF, I’m going to an intense, sharp wing and bold red lips. If I’m feeling extra creative after watching a Nikkie Tutorials video, I’m going to go through my day with a double wing, sharp contour and a nude lip.

For any mood I’m in, creative or fierce, my face is my canvas, my Sonia Kashuk 116 is my brush, and my eyeshadow is my paint.

So, members of the human race, I’m going to end this rant here by saying this:

It’s makeup. At the end of the day, it washes off. It’s not this thing that should bring up this whole big conflict.

Makeup, like many things I this world is a preference. Some people like more natural makeup and that’s fine. Some people, like myself, like bold and in your face makeup, and that’s fine.

It’s an art that is continuously going to grow into  something larger than we can even think. If someone can’t handle that, then that sucks because I stand behind my brothers and sisters with contour sharp enough to cut through glass.

I’ll katch you on the next one.

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Why There’s Yet Another Post About Catcalling

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It’s that time of the year again. It’s warm outside and hemlines are getting shorter and shorter.

Despite what you may think, I’m not talking about summer, I’m talking about Catcalling Season. You know, that season when you finally decided that it is socially acceptable to wear shorts without getting side-eyed by that person across the street wearing ear muffs, Uggs, and a parka.

It’s that time of the year we finally are able to go outside in our cute skirt we bought two months ago when it was on sale for five dollars at Cotton On, only to be harassed by some asinine Neanderthal who thought it was perfectly acceptable to refer to us as “baby.”

I am not now nor will I ever be your “baby,” so I would appreciate it if you do not assume that you can call me that while driving down the street.

The fact that some men out there think that there is nothing wrong with hanging out their car window to shout at a woman that they are sexy is beyond me.

Now there may some people who roll their eyes and just comment that I should just “ignore them” and “just keep my head held high,” but it gets to be a little difficult to do that when there are women out there that are being stabbed to death for declining a prom invitation.

“Wear longer skirts,” or “Stop wearing makeup for men,” critics may say.

I shouldn’t have to wear a longer skirt or forgo my makeup routine in the morning to feel safe. Rather than telling the women of the world to cover themselves up, why not start telling the men to act right?

Now I am not saying that all of the men in the world are disgusting pigs, I am saying that there are those who are ruining women’s perceptions of the world.

Now for you that may say that it doesn’t happen that frequently, I have disagree yet again.

A video that is up on the Washington Post displayed a women wearing a black crewneck top and jeans walking around New York that was harassed 108 times. She was followed, yelled at, and given unwarranted catcalls throughout the video.

Granted, I have not had this much harassment in one day, it still has happened to me.

Walking in the streets to work, a man stuck his head out of his car and yelled, “Hey baby!” I ignored it.

Walking to grab some food after work, another man on the streets asked me so casually, “Where’s your sexy ass on your way to?” I ignored it and walked down another street.

While finally walking home, talking to my sister over the phone, a man came straight up to me just to wink and smirk at me. I averted my gaze and ignored it.

Mind you, this all happened in one day.

The fact that I cannot walk to and from work without having a man make me feel so uncomfortable that I have to walk down alternative streets, taking me an extra five minutes to get back home is ridiculous.

For the men that do this that explain that it’s a compliment:

It’s not a compliment if it is unwanted.

So you may ask, when will all these posts about catcalls end? It will when women don’t have to fear for their lives when walking down the block.

Repurchase or Not

Milani Baked Blush in “Luminoso”

Have you ever bought something because literally all the beauty bloggers were talking about it? Well this was my purchase. I heard NikkieTutorials talking about it in each one of her videos and I held off since I wasn’t sure how it would look on my skin tone. (For those of you who don’t know, Nikkie is very fair. I am much deeper in complexion than her.) I was content using my trusty mauve-colored blush from a BHCosmetics palette that I purchased some time ago. All of a sudden, I heard more people talking about it and even one of my close friends commented on it. It was then I decided that it was my destiny to purchase 10. Sadly, it was out of stock every place I went, but one day going to the supermarket, I saw one Milani Baked Blush on the rack and decided to test my luck. I guess it was my lucky day because it just so happened to be “Luminoso.” I have to say, I am fairly in love with this blush. It’s not too pigmented on my skin tone, but it does leave me with a glow that I am loving for this time of year. I think it was worth all the hype. I’m definitely going to by 10 more to give to people and save for myself.

Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow in “Made for Mocha”
This bad boy has been a favorite for me recently. I purchased it not too long ago when I was in RiteAid. I have been on the hunt for a new contour shade because although I am loving my Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit, some of the shades are too warm for a contour. It caught my eye and I knew it was love at first sight. It is the perfect cool tone brown, just right for contouring. I apply this right in the hollows of my cheeks right before I use my Contour Kit to warm up my complexion. It can be a bit hard to blend, but when I take the time to keep blending it out, it makes a world of difference. This has been a lifesaver and I definitely plan to go back to RiteAid and stock up. Now obviously people that are much fairer in skin tone should not go for this shade to contour. I say, find a taupe color, whether that be an eyeshadow or an actual contour shade to hollow out your cheeks and make those cheekbones stand out. (And pop on some “Luminoso” right on top of that!)

Maybelline Brow Drama in Deep Brown
Okay guys, this little beauty right here has been amazing. My eyebrows can get quite unruly and I feel like they have a mind of their own. I originally was wary of this product because I felt like there was no need to put a gel through your eyebrows. I got so frustrated with all the commercials that would run the brush over brows and they were instantly perfect. I just thought it was one of those things that would just pass, but soon enough, every company was coming out with their own eyebrow gel. From Tarte to Sonia Kashuk. I finally gave in and picked it up at my local RiteAid. I can honestly say that this product has almost perfected my eyebrow routine. I have to say, be careful with the brush, it sometimes can pick up a little too much of the product leaving you with one spot that is extra defined. I use my Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in “Black Brown” to fill in my sparse areas then run this through a couple of times to keep everything in place. Ultimately, yes, I would repurchase this product.

L’Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara in “Black Brown”
Before I begin talking about this product, someone please explain to me why companies don’t bold and type in 24 pt the color of their products? I meant to pick up “Blackest Black,” but being me and not really paying attention, I picked up “Black Brown.” It’s not bad or anything, but I wish I would have picked up “Blackest Black.”

Anyways, I am a bit iffy about this product. It is lengthening, for sure. One of my issues is that it is very flaky. As I went throughout the day, I found that there were black flecks of the mascara across my cheeks. I hate flaky mascara because it is just so bothersome to see that every time you go to the mirror. I have to admit, however, that I did slap on three coats when using it for the first time yesterday. I’m going to give it another chance and get back to you all.

I’ll Katch you all in the next one. Bye!