May 26, 2011

Thicker Bolder Lashes

The one thing I try to accomplish with my makeup on a daily basis is to make my lashes look thicker and fuller. I don't normally wear fake lashes but I like the look of them so I rely on a couple of products to emulate that look.

The first, most obvious product is mascara but finding the right one can be challenging. There are 3 mascaras that I rely on. L'oreal Voluminous in Carbon Black, CoverGirl LastBlast Fusion, and Benefit BADgal lash. All three of these mascaras separate my lashes really well, make them look thicker, and overall give them that false lash effect.

The second product is a matte black eyeshadow. I typically use Carbon by Mac but any will do. Since I use a gel eyeliner my line can look a little too bold sometimes and my eyelashes tend to get lost instead of stand out. I like more of a smokey look so what I do is use the black eyeshadow to blend and smoke out the outer half of my eyeliner. This also helps my lashes look 10 times thicker!

May 16, 2011

The Coupon Craze

It seems as though coupon clippers are sprouting up everywhere. People are piling up their coupons to maximize their savings. After watching people save tons of money with coupons, I became interested in partaking in the savings too. I started buying the Sunday paper every week and building up my stack of coupons. I've heard people say that they spend so much time gathering coupons that it amounts to a full-time job! I don't think I could go that far with it, but if I can save a few bucks while shopping, I'm all for it.

So now I'm collecting coupons from the paper every week and printing a few out online when I have the time. I don't spend a crazy amount of time doing this and I only buy one paper at a time. I only use coupons for things I already buy. If I used all of the coupons I came across, I'd be spending way more money than I need to and have tons of things I didn't need.

I even find a lot of coupons for beauty products! I've saved money on products from brands like Revlon, Rimmel, L'oreal, and Pantene.

Do you use coupons? How often do you use them?

May 6, 2011

Hair Repair (Part 1)

My Hair Challenge
Recently I've set a goal for myself to take steps towards getting my hair to be more healthy. I want my hair to grow long and beautiful but in its current condition that's not probable. My hair is oily at the roots, dry at the ends and somewhat damaged from all the heat I use on it. So I've decided to create my own hair challenge.

These are the things I've realized I need to do for my hair in order to acquire the gorgeous hair I long for:

1. Wash less often. I'm one of those girls who showers and washes her hair daily. I like to feel fresh and clean everyday and since my roots are so oily I feel gross if I don't wash my hair, however, it is considered unhealthy to wash your hair daily. I want to wash my hair 4 days per week instead of 7.

2. Use less heat. My hair is wavy but not the pretty kind of wavy. Some partsof my hair are sort of straight, other parts are a little on the curly side and altogether it looks like one big mess! I use a hair dryer and a flat iron to tame it but they can be so damaging. I want to eliminate one of those heat tools.

3. Trim more regularly.  I'm not the type to get a trim every 6-8 weeks as recommended and that's because I feel like it doesn't have time to grow in that short period so I only get a couple trims a year. I want to trim my hair more often in order to keep it healthy and prevent dry, split ends.

4. Use a heat protectant. Using a heat protectant is key when using hot tools on your hair. I only use them every one in awhile. I want to use a heat protectant every time I use a hot tool on my hair.

So those are the steps I plan to take and I'm sure I'll try out some different things along the way as well. Feel free to take on the challenge with me and tell me the steps you plan to take!

I will be posting again in about a month to give an update on my progress and let you know how things are going!!

May 2, 2011

Summer Pink Nails

I found a great pink nail polish for spring and summer. Japanese Rose Garden by OPI (from the Far East Collection). It's hard to find a pink that goes well with my skintone. Bright colors, hot pink included, tend to make me look more yellow than I care to be so I have to be careful with bright hues.

This pink reminds me of  a darker barbie pink. It's a thick creamy polish that only requires one coat and dries fast. I think it would go well with any skintone and will definitely look great with a tan. It has quickly become one of my favorite polishes. It makes me so excited for summer!

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