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Engagement Party OOTD

Hey everyone!

I know.. it’s been about a month since I last posted anything! I’ve been super busy with my sister’s engagement party and other events that I didn’t have the time or energy to do a post. But hopefully I can get into the swing of things again! Anyways, on to the post.

Last Sunday was my older sister’s engagement party and here is what I wore:

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*Awkward Pose 1* LOLOOTD, outfit of the day, engagement party, forever21, windsor, ann taylor*Awkward Pose 2* hehe

Outfit:

Dress: Forever 21 Ditsy Lace Fit & Flare Price: $29.80

— I bought mine at the store and it didn’t come with a belt 😦 I wanted to wear a belt but didn’t have one that matched the outfit.

Shoes: Windsor Nude Mary Jane Bow Pump  Price: $24.90

— beware these shoes are extremely arched! I had trouble walking in them (and I am not a novice to heels) but they were so cute I had to have them for the price! I also knew we would be sitting down, eating most of the time  😀

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Love the bows!

Earrings: Windsor Gold/Pearl Bow Earrings Price: $8.90

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Pearl bow earrings 😀

Bracelet: Ann Taylor Pearl Chain Bracelet Price: around $1.50 on clearance

Note: the link to the bracelet is an ebay seller I found just so you can see more pictures of it. I don’t recommend buying it for that price! You can find alternatives that are way cheaper 😀

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Pearl bracelet

 

My makeup was simple:

Face

-Make Up For Ever HD Primer

-MAC Face & Body Foundation in C4

– MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC35

– MAC Prep & Prime Loose Powder

– NYX cream blushes in mainly Orange & a bit of Natural

– Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray

Eyes

– Wet ‘n’ Wild Brulee all over the lid up to the brow bone (creamy color)

– NYC Sunny bronzer in the crease with Hakuhodo brush J5523 which is the softest brush I’ve ever used! (MAC 217 Dupe)

– Wet ‘n’ Wild Bronze Eyeliner smudged along the lash line with Royal & Langnickel Silk synthetic smudger.

– Rimmel Glam Eyes Day 2 Night mascara

– Rimmel Scandaleyes Nude eyeliner

Lips

– LipFusion Lip plumper in clear

— basically chapstick lol I didn’t want lipstick or lip gloss because it was going to be a lunch/dinner and I didn’t want to be reapplying anything.

For my makeup I was in a rush because we had a rough week making last minute preparations and favors etc. so, I didn’t get up early enough. I wish I had done something different with my eyes as it creased by the end of the party and I got oily from the weather being so hot that day.

For my hair I used my Infiniti Pro by Conair Spin Air Rotating Styler. This hair dryer is AMAZING. If you blow dry your hair using a round brush I highly recommend this as it will cut your styling time in half! The only downside is you really have to wait for your hair to be more than 70% dry if not it is difficult to use. Other than that it is awesome! I originally bought one for my older sister for her birthday and I loved it so much I bought one for myself. I also gave one to my mother for Mother’s Day this year!

I also have my younger sister‘s OOTD to show you! 😀

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So pretty! She should be a model 😀

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Beautiful!! ❤

Outfit:

Dress: Forever 21 Sequined High Low Price: $34.80

Shoes: Traffic Pink Wedges Price $25.00

— couldn’t find them on the website

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Blush Wedges

Wristlet: Windsor Gold Skull Wristlet Price: $7.50 on clearance half off originally $15

— can’t say enough about how much I love this wristlet!!

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Gold Skull Wristlet

Earrings: Wet Seal Chandelier Pink Feather Earrings Price: $1.20 on clearance

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Chandelier Feather earrings

Necklace: Sears 1928 Porcelain Rose Simulated Pearl Cluster Drop Price: $10.80 on clearance

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1928 Rose Pearl Cluster necklace

Bracelets: mix Wet Seal Bangle Set and Charlotte Russe Bangle set Price: about $8.00 each

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Rose, pearl, gold bangles/bracelets

For her makeup I just used the  Make Up Forever HD primer, yellow concealer from the Kirkland Borghese concealer wheel where needed, black shadow along the lash line and mascara. We were going to wave the ends of her hair but didn’t have enough time so she just left it down which still looked nice. 😀

Well that’s it for today! Make sure to leave any questions you have in the comment section, I’ll def get back to you!

Don’t forget to check my younger sister’s blog http://titanfood.wordpress.com/!

~~Andrea

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Dove Clinical Protection Review

Hey everyone!

I was at Target last week getting a few things that I ran out of and headed straight for the beauty clearance section. LOL I always check it out in case I see any great deals. Well I ended up seeing a bunch of Dove’s Clinical Protection deodorants on sale. They came in different smells but I chose the Clear Tone one because it said it would also help to lighten the dark parts of my pits! These were only $5.45 and came with a mini attached I hurried and bought one to try out.

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Clearance at Target, Dove Clinical Protection Clear Tone deodorant/anti-perspirant

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Clearance at Target, Dove Clinical Protection Original Clean Mini (attached to full size Clear Tone)

I have used Secret’s pH Balanced deodorant in spring breeze for about 6-7 years now. I like the smell and thought it definitely helped me out the most when it came to body odor and sweating. I never thought I was one who needed a clinical deodorant but have always thought I would like to try one. I am a heavy sweater, profusely at times, which is embarrassing and not to mention I do get stinky! Most deodorants I have tried (even another Dove one) have never been able to control the odor, which is my main concern. Some wouldn’t even last a few hours! So, I didn’t have high hopes for this but I am glad I was wrong!

This is labeled as a deodorant and anti-perspirant, which I think it does both VERY well! It comes in a twist up package like most, but is not a solid. It twists up as a liquid/foam and then you can spread it under your arms. It was a little strange for me since I am so used to solids. I got used to it fast though. It has a pleasant scent which isn’t overpowering. It smells a little like baby powder. The first time I used it I wore it for two days (I was at home the second day not leaving the house at all so I thought I would shower at night to see the lasting power).

Dove Clinical Protection Clear Tone

Dove Clinical Protection Clear Tone

Dove Clinical Protection Clear Tone

Dove Clinical Protection Clear Tone

The first day I wore it I had a final and it was rainy and humid out all day. When it is humid out, my sweating goes from normal to DRENCH mode! Someone even asked me if I was okay because I looked awkward. I think he was just trying to be nice because my face was dripping wet! I don’t know why the humidity does that to me but needless to say it was a great day to test it out!

The second day wasn’t really humid anymore but I was doing many things around the house which caused me to work up a sweat since we didn’t have the air conditioning on. This is cause in NJ the weather is crazy and it’s hot one day and cold the next! Thank you Spring!

The night of the second day I smelled myself and barely smelled at all! Not to mention the deodorant lasted the whole time too! I even made my boyfriend smell and he was like WOW that is amazing! HAHA

After about a week, I’ve noticed that it also isn’t as drying as my other deodorant is which is really nice on my armpits. Especially since it’s getting warmer out and I’ll be shaving more often, they will be happy that they don’t get dried out on top of the irritation from shaving! As for the lightening of the dark pits, I don’t really have dark pits to begin with and I haven’t been using it for long enough to see if it did anything.

Anyways, I definitely recommend this to anyone who tends to smell a bit more than usual, sweats more than usual, or for anyone in the Summer. I know some Targets have different sale items but check your local one to see if they are on sale there, if not I’m sure you can find one online. Also, if you buy 2 deodorants or more at Target they give you $5 gift cards! Since I went back and bought 4 more for the summer my bf ended up getting $10! 😀 Check it out and let me know what you think of it in the comments! 😀

TL;DR– If you sweat/smell more than usual, whether in the Summer or all year long, def try this out!

~~Andrea

How to: Cover Dark or Blue Under Eye Circles

Hey Everyone!

Brace yourselves! MY BARE FACE IS COMING! haha

Jokes aside, it is really scary putting your BARE, SICK face out on the interwebs.

Here is a little background for today’s post.

I am very sick! I have had a sinus infection for about three weeks now and it has reached its peak horridness this past week. I finally went to the doc’s and got some antibiotics but I am now feeling ten times worse! Hopefully it’s what people say ” you have to get worse before you can get better.”

I usually don’t have blue/dark circles at all. The most I have is bags/puffiness but not discoloration. However, due to being sick I have had really bad blue/yellow/ugly discolorations around my eyes. My skin has also been wreaking havoc. It seems like no matter how much moisturizer I put on my skin is just like a desert. SUPER DRY. Not to mention it has also been itchy, this may be due to allergies or eczema acting up.Just last night I put on a ton of Vitamin E oil (my holy grail for fixing anything wrong with my skin- dry patches, acne, acne scars, etc!) and my face is still quenching.

Anyways this sickness gave me the opportunity to do this post for you guys since last Saturday I came up with this because I don’t usually have discoloration. I liked the way it came out! My friend Bianca told me she didn’t even notice I was wearing makeup!! So here it is!

Bare Face! No Makeup!

As you can see above: I have super dry, itchy skin (esp in the cheek area), swollen in between the eyes from my sinusitis and that is where most of the discoloration is as you’ll see in a photo below, and my lips are also super dry! They usually have more color to them :(. Also, I have my hair back which is not the most flattering for my face haha AND I have thick, unruly eyebrows and really.. can anyone be bothered with that when they are having migraines, face pain, earache, dizziness, fatigue, etc!! So bear with me but I promise these tips are good!

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So to begin, you need to understand color theory. On a color wheel, directly across blue/purple is orange/yellow. Which means they are complementary. Placed next to each other, they make each other’s colors pop more. But placed on top of each other, they should cancel out one another.

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Taking that and applying it to skin, the most commonly used skin correctors are yellow and orange.

You probably have heard of salmon colored concealers to cancel out the darkness/blue/purple under the eyes. Well it works wonders!

The first product I use to color correct under my eyes is the Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer in Tan. I bought this in a set during their Black Friday sale and there were only four colors available. I chose tan, knowing medium would probably be too light. However, tan was just too dark! I have this problem A LOT! It is also a bit too orange for my skin tone. But it didn’t stop me from using this product. I made it work for me! Because it is actually very good at not creasing much and it lasts a long time.

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Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer Tan

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Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer Tan Swatch on NC35 skin

Here you can see I squirted out a tiny drop of the concealer but I will not even use half of that! Even with all the discoloration. (Usually I just use almost nothing) This product is highly pigmented. I wish I could squeeze out less, but this is the littlest amount I can usually squeeze out.

I applied the Tarte concealer in the inner corner area of my eye, where most of my discoloration is and tapped it out a bit, but not too far from its original place. This is going to cancel out the blue/purple. I also added a bit to the outer area of my eye because you could also see some blue there.

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I usually don’t even use this much!

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Added more because I wasn’t satisfied with coverage.. that’s how bad the discoloration is!

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Blended out, you can see it is quite orange against my skin. I have a very yellow undertone but I have a very red/pink overtone in my face due to rosacea/eczema. However, it has cancelled out the blueish discoloration fairly well. In the pic because the concealer is moist there is a glare but it doesn’t flashback (no SPF). Also, because of the flash in the camera the obvious orange color is not SO obvious in person.

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I noticed I also had some darkness/blue on the outer corner of my eye where I applied some more concealer and proceeded to blend it out.

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Okay so here it is all blended out. Now I want to do a bit of brightening in the inner eye area because the part of my nose between my eyes is a bit swollen and also it makes you look more awake. To do this I use MAC’s Studio Finish concealer in shade NC30 which is too light for me but I can use it as basically a highlight for the inner corner of my eye. It contains SPF but used lightly it won’t flashback.

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MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC30

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I’m not sure if you can see the lightening effect on the inner corner of the eye because it is creamy and flashes light at the camera but you might be able to see it after I powder it. So next I use a translucent powder to set it right under my eye where it tends to crease because of fine lines. Here I am using MAC’s Prep + Prime Loose Powder. I apply it with a brush that is called PP13 Blending Fluff from Crown Brush. If you have the Real Techniques Setting brush it is very similar in shape and size to that one. It is a perfect size to fit in the orbital bone area.

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MAC Prep and Prime Loose Powder

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Pink Blending Fluff PP13 Crown Brush

With the same brush I then applied Clinique’s Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder all over the orange-y area. This will brighten under your eye as well as blend the concealer better into the rest of your skin.

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Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder- a yellow powder used to neutralize redness; in my case, brighten the under eye area.

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That looks much better!

Now I didn’t want people getting upset that the rest of the concealer didn’t blend well into my skin. If I put foundation on it would be blended in and look great! So instead of going through my foundation routine, I just added a bit of MAC’s Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium-Deep to the one side of my face since it also has a more orange undertone (which I use more in Summer when I am tan and my undertone leans more towards orange).

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MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium Deep all over right side of face along with the concealed right eye.

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In the first picture you can see the left side of my face is bare while my right side is concealed and face is powdered; see the difference?

Here you can see that the eye that is covered up looks great compared to the one with no makeup!

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before and after close up of my right eye

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On the left is my before picture of the right eye and on the right is the after picture of my right eye. You can see the dramatic difference!

So anyways I hope you enjoyed this and learned something! Feel free to ask any questions or share your tips below!

I don’t want to leave you all with such horrendous photos of me so here are two that I like 😉

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I used to have blonde hair! haha

~~Andrea

DIY Makeup Brush Holder

Hello everyone!

This post is about making a brush holder out of… a mug! I got the idea watching Pursebuzz‘s video on a cute, pink, over-sized cup with attached saucer made out of iron. It was very big though, so she had to put a smaller cup in the middle with the actual brushes in it. It looks like it’s an outside decor item but it’s very creative to use it that way!

So I came up with an idea that would be perfect to add to the two gifts I was giving to my sister and boyfriend’s sister (who’s birthdays were coming up). I had bought my bf’s sister a bunch of Real Technique brushes (love them!) and my sister brushes/makeup I knew she would like (Milani Liquify Eyeliner, Covergirl Lash Blast original mascara (her fav), Ecotools brushes, ELF brushes, and a few other things I can’t remember).

I decided to head to the Dollar Tree to see if they had a glass or mug that I could decoupage. I have decoupaged other items as gifts and had tons of different colored tissue paper left over. I was looking for something that would be tall enough for long brushes but not too tall to fit the smaller travel sized/eye brushes. It also had to have a large enough rim but again, not TOO large like one of those big round cappuccino cups. This was probably the most challenging part of the whole project.

I finally narrowed my choice down to a shorter ceramic mug or a brandy type glass. In the end I chose the mug because I liked that it had a handle and grooves along the side.

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Dollar Tree mug!

Here are all the supplies I used and where I got them.

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Mod Podge mixed with some water in a plastic cup

  • mod podge and sponge came in a pack at AC Moore – I used a mixture of the mod podge with water in a plastic cup.
  • A stack of tissue paper which I got from AC Moore for pretty cheap as well a while back.
  • Two ribbons (a yellow and a silver) at AC Moore on sale for 50 cents each!
  • Mug and main tissue paper for the outside I got from the Dollar Tree.
  • I used a sparkly white tissue paper I received in one of my Birchboxes mixed with black on the inside.
  • Glue gun I bought at Walmart for around $10.

I decided the theme I would go for was yellow and gray. I think the combination is very classy/elegant and would match any bathroom/vanity/decor. At first I pictured making the mug gray and with yellow trim, but I found the perfect tissue paper at the dollar store that was the exact style I was going for!

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I started with the inside of the mug. I originally wanted it to be gray inside (after finding this cute paper for the outside) but did not have gray tissue paper and could not find it at the store. So, I tried to put black paper first and then the sparkly white.  It didn’t come out gray but I liked the effect anyway.

One layer of black and one layer of white (still wet):

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Mugs with black tissue paper and then the shiny/glittery white tissue paper on top

After a few more layers of white, the finished inside:

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DIY MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER DECOUPAGE TISSUE PAPER YELLOW AND GREY GRAY DOLLAR STORE DOLLAR TREE

After letting them dry completely (you can use a hairdryer in between layers), I started on the outside. For the outside I chose a pastel yellow (rather than a bright yellow) to go underneath the patterned tissue paper. I was afraid the bright one would show through too much and I’m glad I did the pastel because it was just the subtle effect I was going for, came out perfect.

One layer of pastel yellow:

DIY MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER DECOUPAGE TISSUE PAPER YELLOW AND GREY GRAY DOLLAR STORE DOLLAR TREE

DIY MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER DECOUPAGE TISSUE PAPER YELLOW AND GREY GRAY DOLLAR STORE DOLLAR TREE

DIY MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER DECOUPAGE TISSUE PAPER YELLOW AND GREY GRAY DOLLAR STORE DOLLAR TREE

I then added one layer of the patterned tissue. This was really tricky because of the grooves and shape of the mug. The mismatching of the pattern isn’t too noticeable though in the end result.

DIY MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER DECOUPAGE TISSUE PAPER YELLOW AND GREY GRAY DOLLAR STORE DOLLAR TREE

DIY MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER DECOUPAGE TISSUE PAPER YELLOW AND GREY GRAY DOLLAR STORE DOLLAR TREE

DIY MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER DECOUPAGE TISSUE PAPER YELLOW AND GREY GRAY DOLLAR STORE DOLLAR TREE

DIY MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER DECOUPAGE TISSUE PAPER YELLOW AND GREY GRAY DOLLAR STORE DOLLAR TREE

I made sure to put the yellow and patterned paper all the way to the bottom to make sure you could not see any part of the mug when it’s placed down. Also, I made the yellow and patterned paper overlap the rim of the mug because I was planning to cover it up anyway.

After I let it dry a bit, I made sure to go over the inside and outside with the mod podge a few times to make sure it was sealed and shiny (if left in the bathroom I didn’t want it getting ruined with humidity or water).

I then began with the ribbon. I first hot glued the silver ribbon along the inner rim of the mug to cover up the seam of the inside and outside tissue paper.

DIY MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER DECOUPAGE TISSUE PAPER YELLOW AND GREY GRAY DOLLAR STORE DOLLAR TREE

I was originally going to leave it at that and then add the yellow ribbon in the middle of the silver, but I decided to add another layer of the silver right below the first one.

DIY MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER DECOUPAGE TISSUE PAPER YELLOW AND GREY GRAY DOLLAR STORE DOLLAR TREE

I then added the bright yellow ribbon in between the two silver ones.

DIY MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER DECOUPAGE TISSUE PAPER YELLOW AND GREY GRAY DOLLAR STORE DOLLAR TREE

I picked the bright yellow rather than a pastel because I thought it needed a pop of color! I let it dry for a day or two and this is the finished mug!

DIY MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER DECOUPAGE TISSUE PAPER YELLOW AND GREY GRAY DOLLAR STORE DOLLAR TREE

DIY MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER DECOUPAGE TISSUE PAPER YELLOW AND GREY GRAY DOLLAR STORE DOLLAR TREE

I forgot to mention that I left the handles without anything on them. My sister saw me making them before I was done so I asked her advice on it and she told me she would rather it be bare. I figured it was probably for the best because it would be handled a lot (lol see what I did there?) and I don’t know how good it would hold up.

I hope you guys have enjoyed this post! Let me know what else you’d like to see and, if you tried this out I’d love to see pictures. I’m sure you can add rhinestones or glitter, even tulle; anything that suits your style! I have a few more posts to come. 😀

TL;DR — Just follow the pictures!

~~Andrea