Spring time, baby!

Dear Newbies,

Spring is here. And being that I am a native to Florida, I love love love it! I get to spend more time outside by the beach, pool, at theme parks and festivals and just enjoying the weather. This makes Year 2 of my make-up/beauty obsession and I have to say, I have learned a TON since last year. Here are my Top Spring/Summer Tidbits for Newbies.

Wear Bronzers

I’ve stopped wearing face make-up but that doesn’t mean that I don’t want some kind of glow. My new Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick is perfect for a Springy/Summer glow.

And I know it’s a bit on a pricey side (ahem, $42) but yall gotta trust me on this one. Such a great investment! And I’m sure there are better dupes out there (namely Milani) but I’ve been having dreams about this Shimmerbrick since December of last year. I swirl my MAC 182 brush in this and lightly brush it on the apples of my cheeks. A little goes a long way and it gives me a noticeable but subtle shimmer. I love it! I didn’t think that darker skinned women could pull of bronzers, but honeyyyyy, we sho can. I’ll show you in the FOTDs to come.

Minimal Eye Shadows

I already have oily lids so going through the hassles of putting on 1-2 bases and 2-4 eye shadow colors on just isn’t something that I look forward to in the summertime. Instead, I just sweep a highlight under my brows. I still look “made up” but with little effort. Vanilla pigment is my HG highlight and looks great when applied with a fluffy brush.

Pretty Pouts

My lips aren’t always so hot in the winter time because they tend to be drier. But during spring/summer, I love bustin’ pretty and rich colors. Yes, girl…even at the beach while sippin’ a pina colada. Pretty lips give the face instant glam! And lip products don’t even have to be top of the line.

Ya feel me? $1.72 for N.Y.C. Gotta love it!

Fab nail colors with cute sandals

And when I say fab nail colors, I mean alllll colors! Orange, green, yellow, pink, purple, fire engine red….any and every color. And I love designer shoes like a lot of females but I also love to save some money and get twice as many pairs at Payless. Shooo…..I ain’t shame. I think these are mad cute for only $10.

And with colors like these….

 

(thanks Yums)

You couldn’t tell me anything…

 

So, see, newbsters…spring/summertime is great for us! Last year I spent a lot of time coming up with make-up designs with my terrible skills. This post is a great example of that. This time around I plan on taking it easy on the face, checking out new collections and perfecting liner on the lower lash line. That’s my project of the season!

 

What’s yours? Do you have any tips/suggestions for fellow newbies? Share them!

 

Image Sources: viewpoints.com, payless.com, chinaglaze.com

Honey, I Love

I play around with a lot of products. Like, a lot. But not because I’m some product junkie. I really stay faithful to a handful (or car-full, whatever…) of goodies. Those would be the following:

  •  Clarisonic Mia face brush-Speaking of acne-prone skin…this pricey but fantastic face brush is the best thing that ever happened to my skin.
  • Castile soap-Because it’s natural and is the one product that I can clean my face, hair, kitchen, bathroom and clothes with. Multi-purpose is an understatement.
  • Lip balms-Lipstick? Okay. Gloss? Sure. Lip balms? Can’t live with it and give it to me now!

Newbie News!

To my beautiful people who have found themselves just stumped with make-up application/techniques….these beginner level posts are just for you!

  • Blending: Practice, practice, practice! And stay motivated!
  • Blush Brushes: Wait…there’s a certain kind of brush for blushes?
  • Mascara 101: Learn how to apply mascara for your specific lashes! And this video is for everyone. Especially for the ladies with jacked up lashes like myself. HA!
  • Konad Nail Art: Want to jazz up your nails without spending a crap load of money getting them done at the salon? Try konading!
  • Workplace Look: You’ll be so fly that NOW you’ll give your co-workers are reason to talk about you. Hahaaaa!