Lashes for Days!

Anyone that knows me knows that the answer I give to just about everything makeup related will include the words “use a primer” in it somewhere. This goes double for lashes!

Did you know that by using an eyelash primer before applying your mascara you can quite literally DOUBLE the volume?! Yep, and the length of your lashes gets a kick in the pants too! I wouldn’t recommend this for waterproof mascara however cuz it can affect the “waterproofedness” yep it’s a word.

First CURL YOUR LASHES, then just apply your primer as you would mascara on your upper and lower lashes, wait 20-30 seconds and apply your mascara over top! I prefer 2 coats but it’s up to you the intensity you’re looking for. Just make sure you cover all the white from the primer or you’ll look like a weirdo.

Here are some options for you in the world of eyelash primers 🙂

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Legs As Smooth As Glass!!

We’ve all been there, we jump in the shower or throw our legs over the tub ledge and start shaving away. When we’re done we slather on some lotion only to notice that we still feel some stubble or bumps left behind. In an effort to help you get ready for those “leg showing days” of the future I thought I’d share a tip or two on how to get legs so smooth they feel like glass.

We all know to wash our faces, exfoliate & follow with a moisturizer to keep our complexion looking its best. There might even be some a night mask every now and then to make sure we’ve removed all dead skin cells or blemishes that may stand in the way of beautiful radiant skin. When it comes to your legs, it’s time we start thinking the same way. First things first, shave your legs at the END of your shower. Doing so, will give the steam from your shower a chance to soften the hair follicles which makes them loosen up the hold they have on your hairs. Next, invest in a body exfoliate. These grainy little wonders scrub and gently slough off the dead skin cells, forgotten lotions and anything else that might cause resistance in removing all the hair.

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Once you’re all scrubbed up (go ahead and use that scrub on your feet too btw, it helps to get rid of dead skin cells and you’ll emerge with soft supple feet), rinse your legs off and reach for your shave gel. Glide the gel all over your legs and rinse your hands (slippery hands mean the razor can slip and that can lead to a nasty knick so just rinse). Grab your razor and shave against the growth of the hair. Going against the growth instead of with the growth gives you a closer shave.

When you’re all done, pat your legs dry and reach for the body butter. I know there are plenty of lotions out there but in my opinion, body butter is where it’s at for locking in moisture ALL DAY LONG and helping with that smooth feeling. Honestly, my all-time favorite (aside from shea butter direct from the plant) is Clinique’s body butter.BathandBodyWorksBodyButter

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There you have it ladies, the smoothest legs you could ever ask for. Now just top those  stems w/ R.C.K (Red Carpet Kolour) and you’ll have the most amazing legs you never knew you already had.

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Fresh Dewy Skin for All! ATTENTION BRIDES!!

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Everyone wants the look of fresh dewy (not to be confused with oily) skin. One free of flaws and hyperpigmentation and not in need of concealer or foundation. Truth is it’s attainable but the other part of that truth is that it takes diligence and time. For those of us willing to take the time to care for our skin, I salute you/us/we??

Ever hear your friends (or maybe you utter these words as well) say they were so tired they slept in their makeup? I’m sure we’ve all done this at least once in our lives but let me tell you why this is probably NOT the way you’re going to get the skin you want.

Your skin needs to breathe. It needs air. Yes there are mineral makeup brands out there that brag you can sleep in it but lets face it, your face feels different with makeup on and without it. This “feeling” is what I’m talking about. You can FEEL when your face is clean and breathing and you can feel when it’s not. However, lets pretend that you don’t mind leaving your foundation, powder, bronzer and blush on. Lets also pretend that there is a makeup out there so perfect that it will in fact never make you break out even if you never wash your face and let it breath again. What about eye makeup?

Did you know that one of the reasons that you’re supposed to dab eye cream under and around your eyes with your ring finger is because its the weakest finger on your hand? This is because the skin underneath and around your eyes is so delicate and thin that it needs to be cared for in a particular way. Did you know that the skin is so thin that in fact the eye makeup that you were too tired to take off at night can actually be absorbed leaving a stain which looks like under eye circles? Neutrogena wipes people!!

With all that being said (little food for thought and a spring board for my suggestions) I’d like to point out that you don’t have to buy the most expensive skin care line out there. You simply have to dedicate time to properly wash and moisturize your skin.

Start small, say, Dove soap. Washes your makeup off, cleanses your skin, leaves it feeling clean but not dry. Moisturize,maybe with Aveeno or Neutrogena. They’re light and moisturize and keep your skin from feeling greasy. Lets not neglect those peepers. How about an inexpensive but quality choice like Clinique’s All About Eyes or Even Better Eyes?

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No matter what brand you use just make sure that you use something to keep your skin looking radiant. Before you know it all you’ll reach for on a hot summer day are sunglasses and lip gloss.