Sunday, July 9, 2017

Semi Goth Makeup Look

I was heading out to a Goth Night event and ended up with a migraine after getting all done up to go out! So I thought I'd share the makeup look that I did with you all! Here's some of the pictures that I took! I was also playing around with taking different pictures at different angles as well! Enjoy!


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Video Review on the Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation


I just posted a Youtube video wear test and review on the Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation on oily skin! Check it out at: https://youtu.be/2izbbGutLUg

I know a lot of the beauty gurus rave about this foundation but I just could not get on the band wagon with it. See my full thoughts in the video!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Review on the Dermactin-TS Pore Refining Sheet Mask

I was at Sally Beauty Supply a few days ago to pick up some supplies to do my acrylic nails and noticed a sale they were having. It was sheet masks for 2 for $5. I love trying out new masks and since I was here I decided to grab a couple. I bought the Dermactin-TS Pore Refining mask and the Purifying mask.

A few days later I decided to try the pore refining one. I washed my face like usual and applied the mask to my face. This is a 2 piece mask, so you apply one sheet from your nose up and then one from your nose down. It says to leave on for 15-20 minutes so I left it on for 20 minutes.

Now I have very oily skin and large pores. There is not a single pore on my face that can't be seen ever. When I removed this mask I was in shock! There were patches of pores that were so small that you couldn't see them! And my larger pores were smaller! I couldn't believe it!

A few days later I tried the purifying mask and not only did it clean out my pores but it shrunk some of them as well. Not as many as the pore refining mask but it still visibly shrunk them!

So if you have large pores you need to try these masks! Even when they aren't on sale they are still only $2.99 a piece! And in the right hand bar I have placed a 15% off of your total purchase at Sally beauty. This should be able to be used online of in store! It is an affiliate code so I will make a small commission off of it.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

DIY Body Wrap


I discovered DIY body wraps last year. At the time I had just lost a lot of weight and was looking for something to help tighten my skin up and help with the sagging skin. I tried them out and it did work for a while.

I gained my weight back and then some. Now I have lost about 13 pounds and am needing to firm up again. So I decided to show you all how this works.


There are tons and tons of different recipes that you can try on the internet and Pinterest. But I have found that the most effective for me recipe is the simplest.


What you will need:


Coconut Oil

Plastic Wrap
Scissors
Ace Bandages

Yes, that is really all you will need. Now choose the part of your body you will apply this to. It is very tempting to decide to do your whole body but this is not wise. The main point is to make the part of the body that you apply this to sweat. So you will be building up heat. If you apply this to your whole body you many over heat yourself.


Today I decided to do my torso. Now you disrobe the part of the body. I first measured them for a "before". The widest part of my torso is about 3 or 4 inches below my belly button and it measured 44.25 inches. I also took before pictures.





Scoop out some of your coconut oil, which may look like butter at this point but the heat of your hands will turn it to oil. Slather is all over the part of the body you are applying it to. Do not rub it in. You will want a layer of it on the skin.


When you feel like you have a layer of oil on your skin then start wrapping. Take the Plastic wrap and wrap the area very snugly. Do not wrap it so tight that it cuts off circulation! Just nice and snug like a big hug. Wrap until you have about 6 or 7 layers of plastic wrap on that part and cut the plastic wrap.

Then take the ace bandages and wrap that area over the plastic wrap. Now I don't do this all the time. Today I just put on a warm, snug pair of sweat pants over top. The point is to heat up that area and make you sweat.


You can either attempt to sleep in this and leave it on over night or you can just leave it on for a few hours during the day. There's no way I could sleep like this so I choose to do it during the day. Now I would suggest doing something where you can be sitting down while you have it on. The reason being that the more you move around, the more the plastic wrap will move. It can slide around and no longer cover the area you were wanting to target. Maybe read a book or take a cat nap.


If you have dogs like mine, who LOVE to eat coconut oil, they will follow you around the house, trying to lick the ace bandages! Really, you would have thought I was carrying around a piece of steak in there!


Here's the biggest part: while wearing this drink TONS of water!! You do not want to dehydrate yourself!


After a few hours or until you just can't wear it anymore you can remove it. The best way I have found is to cut a straight line through all layers of the plastic and then you can just pull it off. Here's a helpful tip: remove it in the bathroom because you will want to jump straight in the shower. You will feel sweaty and greasy. The good thing is that coconut oil is good for your skin so it should be nice and soft afterwards.


Then measure the area again making sure to measure in the same spot as before. If you don't lose much or anything, don't lose hope. Just try it again in 2 days.




I measured my torso in the same spot and I am now down to 43 inches! 1 and a quarter inches loss of the extra flabby skin is fabulous! And I only left it on for 4 hours! Here are my after pictures!



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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Rainbow Gore Makeup


I wanted to do a makeup look in honor of the struggles that people in the LGBT community go through since June is Pride month. I have also been craving doing some good gore makeup as well. So here is the idea that I came up with!

It took me about 2 hours to do but I am very pleased with the results. It turned out just like I wanted it to. 

If you all would like a Youtube video tutorial on this then comment below. And be sure to follow using your email so you get updates when I post new blogs! You can do that on the right hand bar of this page. Here are some more pictures from the look. Have a beautiful day and happy Pride!









Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Review on the Wet n Wild Photofocus foundation!

Yesterday I posted a new Youtube video! It is a review and wear test on the new Wet n Wild Photofocus foundation! I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of photos that I got from it, but had different feelings on how it looked in person. Check it out at the link below to see my thoughts and how it looked!

https://youtu.be/UGy8qgixhGI

Hope you enjoy this tutorial and feel free to comment on the video or on this blog with any comments/questions/concerns/suggestions! Have a beautiful day!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Champagne Smokey Eye Tutorial

Today I posted an Eye Tutorial on Youtube. I absolutely love this look! The star of the show is the Naked Cosmetics Eye Pigment in Desert Sunset 02. You can purchase this pigment through the link in the right hand bar of this page. This is an affiliate code that I do make commission off of. Feel free to purchase from somewhere else if you do not feel comfortable using an affiliate code! Here is a link to the Youtube Video:




Hope you enjoy this tutorial and feel free to comment on the video or on this blog with any comments/questions/concerns/suggestions! Have a beautiful day!


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Sally Hansen Airbrush Sun Tanner Review

I decided to try out the new Sally Hansen Airbrush Sun self tanner. I have tried the Jergens self tanner before and was not happy with the color pay off and that the tanner faded off in patches in less than 3 days. I saw a review on this tanner on Youtube and decided to try it.

I bought it at Walgreens and it was $14.99. Not too bad for a drug store self tanner but not cheap. They only had medium and dark so I bought medium.

I am very fair skinned, especially on my legs. But I just love the look of tanned legs. It makes them look so much more slimmed and defined.

Here is how I look without any tanner on.



So I didn't get to purchase a mit because nothing local to me sells them. I would have to drive to a Sephora or an Ulta to get them and we are talking like over 30 minutes to drive there one way! So on Pinterest I found this hack. Cover your hand with a grocery bag and then turn a really soft sock inside out and put it over top of the bag. And you have a mit!



The way I prep prior to applying self tanner is I take a shower and exfoliate my whole body but paying extra attention to my elbows, wrists, knees, ankles and feet. Then I put a heavy, creamy lotion on those areas only.

Then I pump 2 pumps at a time onto the mit and apply it to my body. I start from my legs and go up. I apply it in circular motions, avoiding my joints until I have almost nothing left on my mit and then going over those areas.


Now the color guard on this one scared me a bit because it is very gray. I really thought I was going to turn out gray! But I didn't.

When I got done applying this I waited about 5 minutes and it was dry. I did reapply it to my legs for a second layer because my legs are so much paler than my arms and I wanted them to match.

I put on some baggy pajamas and went to bed for the night. When I woke up in the morning I took a quick shower just to wash off the guard. I just used my normal gel body wash and a loofah.

And here you can see my after pictures!

I absolutely love the results! It looks so natural and like a sun kissed glow! I would definitely recommend this to anyone! I will be repurchasing it in the future!

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

DIY Acrylic Dip Manicure

I stopped paying for manicures about 6 months ago. I couldn't afford them but despite my constant vitamin taking, my nails wouldn't grow in strong enough to stay long. Plus I love the look and feel of acrylic nails. So I went to Sally's and bought a gel manicure kit.

I had the hardest time applying this gel because you had to squeeze it on in an even layer and I just couldn't make it work. As I have said in previous blogs, because of my stroke my hands shake constantly. It is difficult enough just to paint them, much less squeeze gel onto them evenly. It was messy and uneven and I vowed never to do it again.

Then I went into Sally's one day to look at some makeup items for my kit and I came across an acrylic dip kit. I purchased this and gave it a shot. It comes with some white tips to glue on (though I prefer to use t he clear ones), nail glue to glue on the tips, Brush on nail glue, the acrylic powder, a setting spray and a very cheap nail file.

I have loved this kit and now continue to repurchase it. Here is my steps that I go through to do my manicure.





My nails are in pretty rough shape today, but here is what they looked like to start with.









I use this cuticle oil and push back and trim my cuticles.










I buy these nail tips and pick out a size that fits each nail and lay them out.





I glue the nails on using the stick of nail glue that comes with the kit. And then goof off and pretend that I might actually keep them this long before realizing that this is a completely ridiculous.














I then file down and shape the

nails. The major key is to file the tip down so that it is flush with your natural nail.











Now you get the rest of the kit out.







Here is the steps to applying this.

You paint on the brush on glue and dip your finger into the powder. I leave my finger in for about 5 seconds so that the glue can absorb as much as the glue as possible.

Then you use the body of the brush to tap the glue onto the powder. The powder will become soaked and turn a more clear color instead of a powder. But make sure that you wipe the brush off on a paper towel before you put it back into the container. If you don't, the brush will start to warp and get stiff and it makes it hard to brush on the glue.


Once the glue is coated in more glue you dip it into the powder again. Repeat this step one more time.

Once you have dipped your nail into the powder 3 times, you use the brush body and coat the nail in brush on glue once more. Now you spray it with the spray. Wait 5 seconds and brush on more glue and spray it again. After 5 more seconds you brush on and spray one final time. Do this on every nail. It will look uneven and dilapidated.




Now you file... and file... and file. I get a file a file at Sally's that is very coarse and then one that is less coarse and alternate between them. File them into the shape and thickness that you want. Then wash your hands and I advise putting on some thick lotion. Mine look like this when I am

done.

And you are ready to paint them! I just love this kit! If you enjoyed this tutorial give it a Google+ thumbs up! Follow in the spot on the right side of this page if you would like updates when I post new blogs! Have a beautiful day!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Migraines Suck

Hi there guys! This is another blog on me sharing my health issues and treatments that I have tried for them. I do this to share my experiences with anyone who may be suffering with the same or similar things. Ever since I had my stroke in 2014 I have been fighting with chronic migraines.

There is a lot of information and opinions out there about migraines. And a lot of people have a tendency to judge those of us who have them. They say "It's just a headache, why can't you function?" My migraines are totally debilitating. Some of the symptoms that I suffer from other than the pain itself are nausea, blurred vision, lightheaded and dizziness, and confusion. I will all of a sudden forget where I am and what I am doing.

Some of the symptoms that I experience are symptoms of having a stroke so there has been many instances where I will call my neurologist and she will send me to the emergency room to get checked out just in case it is another stroke. Thankfully that has not been the case so far.

After the stroke I was suffering from 5-6 migraines per week. We started off trying a medication called Topamax, which is a seizure medication called an anticonvulsant. This medication would cause my hands and/or the side of my face to go numb at random intervals. It scared me because it happened one day while I was driving! My doctor took me off of this right away.

They also advised me not to take anything over the counter for the pain of the migraines because it can make your body dependent on the medication to handle the migraines.

Next we tried a medication called Amitriptylin, which is a low dose antidepressant that doctors use to treat migraines with. This medication actually took me from 5-6 migraines a week to 4-5 a week. This was helpful but didn't get rid of them all the way. At the same time she also prescribed me a medication called Olanzapine, which is an antipsychotic that they use to treat the pain of migraines. This only got rid of minor migraines that I had.

Then the doctor added a medication called Candesartan, which is a blood pressure medication. They combined this with the Amitriptylin and they seemed to work very well together. I went down to having 2-3 migraines a week, which was a huge relief. The only problem was that I was indeed still having them and the ones that I was having were very severe.

At this point my neurologist suggested that I apply for intermittent FMLA because the days that I had the migraines I was not meeting my production at work. I stare at a computer and talk on the phone for 8 hours a day and my migraines were seriously affecting this. I applied and after a few months I was approved for intermittent FMLA. My job wasn't happy about it but at this point they couldn't do anything about it. The only downfall to FMLA is it only protects your job, not your pay. So the days that I was missing for migraines were unpaid days.

About a year ago my doctor decided that I qualified to try using Botox injections for my migraines. They can be expensive though and thankfully I qualified for financial aid through the hospital that administers them. You get them done every 3 months and they say that you have to have it done about 4-5 times before you begin to notice immediate relief when you have them. Below is a picture of how many and where they put the injections. I will admit that it sucks when you get them done.


I have had 4 rounds of the injections done and there for a while the migraines had diminished down to about 1-2 a week. However, for some reason I am back to 3-4 a week now. 

They also prescribed me with a medication called Metoclopramide, which is typically used mostly for stomach and esophageal problems but they prescribed me with it to treat the migraine pain. It does help with my severe migraine pain about half of the time. 

I see my neurologist this later month and hopefully we can discuss a new option or she may have me try more rounds of Botox. I am not sure what options we have left at this point because we are entering in our 3rd year trying out different things to get rid of them.

The main concern here is that having chronic migraines can cause damage to the brain. I have permanent but minimal damage due to having a stroke. The more damage that is done, the higher chance I have of having another stroke. So the goal is to get rid of them completely.

Having a chronic condition like this really sucks, there's just no other way to put it. But it does make you take full advantage of the days you have that are symptom free. I try to be a productive as possible on my healthy days and enjoy them as much as possible.

If any if you have gone through a similar situation, please feel free to comment if you are comfortable with it! Live every day to the most and know that if no one else does, I feel your pain and you are loved! You are not defined by your chronic condition, you are defined by who you are! I hope you all have a beautiful day! 

Friday, May 19, 2017

DIY Starbucks Iced Chai Latte (Light Ice)

Today's blog is a DIY. I love the Iced Chai Latte from Starbucks and would get one everyday if they weren't so expensive. Well I now can have one everyday and sometimes twice a day without breaking the bank. I have figured out how to make this delicious drink at home and want to share it with you!

There is only 3 ingredients. Your milk of choice (skim, 2%, almond, coconut, soy, etc), ice, and chai tea concentrate. The Tazo Chai Latte concentrate is what they use in Starbucks and the brand that I buy. Now it can be a little pricey, at Walmart it is $3.28 for a 32 ox box. But you can purchase it at Costco for $7.99 for 3 of the 32 oz boxes.









You start with a glass and fill it about a third of the way up with ice. Now I prefer less ice in mine so you may want to put more if you prefer lots of ice.





Next you fill your glass half way with your chai concentrate. You can adjust this to your taste. If you want the chai taste a little stronger than put more concentrate in it.





Then you top off the glass the rest of the way with your preferred milk. And then give it a stir and you have yourself a Starbucks quality chai latte! Yes, it is really that easy!








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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May Ipsy Bag


Just got my May Ipsy bag in today and couldn't wait to open it and do a review for you all!

First of all it came in this bag this month. I am not a fan of the bag this time around. It is cute but it is not my style and it feels like a very cheap plastic to me. My daughter is excited though because when I don't like my Ipsy bags she gets them.

The first thing that I pull out is this Global Beauty Care charcoal mask. It says that it is a 15 minute facial therapy deep cleansing mud based formula that unclogs pores and lifts away impurities and is for all skin types. I'll do a first impression/review on this item when I get to try it out.


The next item that I find is the Island Life eye shadow palette from Pacifica. It is a natural mineral eye shadow that is 100% vegan and cruelty free. It has 5 neutral shades and all shades are shimmer, no matte. 

I finger swatched the shades on my hand and find that the 3 lightest shades have almost no pigment at all. This palette will be going to my mom who has very little makeup 

experience so it will be good for her to play around with.









There is also a brush in this bag. It is by the brand Royal & Langnickel and it is the Precision Angled brush. This brush is super soft, it reminds me of the IT Cosmetics brushes because they are some of the softest brushes I have ever felt. This brush would be perfect for contouring the nose.



The fourth item is a matte lipstick by the brand tre'Stique in the shade Tuscan Wine. It is a beautiful berry shade. 




It is not long lasting or smudge free. It is the definition of a matte lipstick.





The last item int his bag is the Urban Decay Afterglow 8 hour powder highlighter in the shade Sin. I love the brand Urban Decay, I have several of their products. I haven't heard anyone talk
about their highlighters though. I finger swatched it and got almost no color payoff. It reminded me more of a shimmer eye shadow than a highlighter.





Overall I am less pleased with this Ipsy bag than I have ever been. Hopefully next month will be better.  If you would like to sign up for the monthly Ipsy bags you can do so through this link and I will get a bonus 250 points towards the rewards program! If you enjoyed this review please do me a favor and follow using e-mail notifications for when I release new blogs! You can do that by using the link on the right hand side of the page. Thanks and have a beautiful day!