As a woman with tiny little eyes, I’m forever grateful for the advent of mascara. Unfortunately for me, simply coating my lashes with mascara doesn’t always produce the result I want. I’m pretty sure that I own over 20 tubes of mascara. Each one of them promised to give me the appearance of false lashes but many failed to deliver.
Over the years, I picked up a few tips to help improve the end result. Some worked well, others, not so much. But today, I learned a new trick that made an immediate difference. Best of all, the solution is absolutely free and takes only a second.
This answer that I’ve been waiting for is so easy that I kick myself for not figuring it out sooner.
Most of us have half a dozen or more mascaras in our possession. The reason for this is because we’re steadily looking for the absolute perfect mascara. Little did we know that we may already have our holy grail mascara in our possession without even knowing it.
Let me explain.
I adore these three because each of them has something to offer. I’m addicted to Heroine Make’s long lasting, ultra black formula, but in all honesty, the wand is quite basic. Telescopic has this tiny little wand that has the ability to find and enhance my tiny lashes. And Charlotte Tilbury’s mega wand gives me volume like no one else but the formula isn’t all that great.
If only I could combine my favorites into one. That would be a dream come true. Today I realized that combining their qualities is actually possible. All it took was dipping Telescopic‘s wand into Heroine Make’s tube. The combination of my favorite wand and my perfect formula created magic, unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before. My lashes were ultra defined (thank’s to Telescopic’s wand) and very pronounced (shout out Heroine Make’s ultra black pigment). This combination far surpasses all the mascara’s I’ve ever tried.
If you have a mascara with an amazing formula but a so-so wand, it’s ok to experiment to find your perfect combination. Do a little swapping and see what difference it makes. This could be a real game changer.
The last thing I need is another lip gloss. I have dozens of them. With that said……I’m going to pick up one more.
Why? Because this lip gloss keeps appearing in my life and I’m finally going to take the hint. Everyone raves about this drugstore gloss and it’s now time for me jump on the bandwagon.
It all began when Kendra Bailey released her full skin reggie video. I’ve been on a few of her Instagram lives and people were always asking what product she uses on her lips which always appear so naturally hydrated. Imagine my surprise when she revealed that her holy grail lip balm was by a brand we all know and love.
Once the secret was revealed, I filed that piece of information away until later. Shortly afterward, this image flashed across my Pinterest feed.
After poking around a little in the comments I was bombarded by a bunch of people who praised the wonders of this amazing gloss-balm.
Not only is this lip gloss “super moisturizing,” it’s also enriched with SPF. Warmer days are ahead which means we’ll be spending more time outside. If you’re like me, you might be making the fatal mistake of layering sunscreen on your face but leaving your lips to fend for themselves. I have one lip balm enriched with SPF but it does a poor job of hydrating and I barely use it. Neutrogena Moisture Shine seems like the ultimate solution to all of my woes.
I’m picking some up today.
Back when the liquid lipstick craze appeared on the scene, I wanted in. These colors were bold, had a high color payoff and looked great on women of color. The first chance I got, I placed an order for a bunch of matte lipsticks from Colour Pop.
My first impression was that liquid lipsticks were phenomenal! But, they had one drawback. The final look was flat and left me with dry looking lips. Soon thereafter, my liquid lipsticks were neglected for more hydrating options. If only there was a way enjoy the bold look of matte lip color without the negative side effects.
As time when on, I’m positive that beauty brands wised up and reformulated their products. But what about all the unused tubes currently collecting dust?
I think I’ve stumbled on a solution that turns my matte liquid lipsticks into ultra hydrating formulas.
The idea stems from a product that’s been floating around on Instagram. It’s a “dry oil” meant to be applied prior to makeup application for a dewy base.
Here’s a glimpse
I wanted to learn more so I checked out their product description online. You can imagine how excited I was to learn that I already had access to their main ingredient (rosehip oil). But the kicker happened when I scanned the usage instructions and saw the recommendation to apply a couple drops to the lips before applying lipstick.
Immediately, the imaginary lightbulb above my head turned on. I rushed over to my stash of beauty products and searched for those long lost liquid lipsticks. But, instead of reaching for rosehip, I decided to try something different. I keep my trusty bottle of squalane oil front and center because this product can do no wrong. I’m honestly going to purchase a larger quantity so I can cover every square inch of my body in this universal moisturizer.
But I digress…
The experiment began with me swiping a tiny bit of squalane oil on my lips. I pressed them together to allow the nourishing goodness to better penetrate. Then came the big moment. I grabbed a tube of Color Pop’s TooLips and prayed for the best. The color glided on wonderfully. There was no compromise in the color payoff. My lips looked great!
Best of all, they felt ah-may-zing! So hydrated and so soft. And it didn’t look like I was wearing oil underneath my lipstick. The final outcome looked natural, not too glossy, not too matte. It was perfect. I’ll be honest with you, I probably gave up some of the long-lasting qualities of the original formula for this boost of hydration, but I don’t care. It’s better than rocking dry painted lips all day.
I can always play around with using less oil. A little goes a long way. And, did I mention how thankful I was for the reminder to incorporate natural oils into my winter makeup routine. How could I forget that?! Instead of spending $40.00 on an illuminating foundation, why not make your own?
You guys know that whenever someone reveals their beauty secrets, I’m all over it. Today, I’ve stumbled on a wonderful gem. Super model, Jasmine Tookes, recently uploaded a video of her entire night out makeup look.
Jasmine is such a beauty inspiration because she rocks very wearable makeup. Her end goal is simply to create a flawless finish. Isn’t that what we all want?
If you’re dying to know Jasmine’s holy grail foundation, what she applies before makeup for a natural glow and the Charlotte Tilburry lip color that’s an absolute must have, keep reading.
The short video features Jasmine doing her own makeup for a night out. Since the footage is sped up, we don’t get to see her explain each individual step. Fortunately, the products are clearly visible so we can easily identify them.
Step 1 of the process begins as Jas rubs a little oil onto her skin prior to applying foundation. I’m assuming that she’s already applied moisturizer and the oil is the final step to seal it all in while adding some luminance. Noni Glow Face Oil is a blend of various carrier oils and extracts. It’s rich in antioxidants and claims to nourish while promoting an even skin tone. One of the ingredients is rosehip, which we all know can help brighten skin over time. If you haven’t experimented with wearing a little oil under makeup, maybe this weekend is the time to give it a try.
Next, Jasmine reached for her holy grail foundation that’s been a staple of hers for years, Giorgio Armani Silk Foundation. You’ve heard me talk about this foundation before, it’s one of my favorites. So many celebrities have claimed this as their absolute favorite. Yes, it’s a little pricier than others, but if you’re looking for a smooth, natural finish, you don’t have to look any further.
After concealing, Jas executes her contouring routine with the help for FENTY Beauty’s Match Stix. To add a bit of richness to her skin, Jasmine dusts her face with Bobbi Brown’s Bronzer. This summer, while vacationing in the lovely country of Belize, I often admired my skin in the mirror while putting on makeup. I had this amazing glow thanks to a newly acquired tan. At that moment, I promised myself to pick up a decent bronzer when I returned home. Thanks to a timely reminder from Jasmine, I’ve picked up Tawny Brown bronzing powder. Someone in the reviews said that this powder can also double as a blush. I look forward to experimenting.
She completes the look with a lipstick that has been on my wish list since forever. I almost forgot how perfect Charlotte Tilburry’s Birkin Brown was as an every day lip color. Jasmine shows us just how effortlessly this color looks on brown skin. But don’t take my word for it, check it out.
Glowy skin and bolder brows for tonight’s look 💄 Using: Kora Organics Noni Glow face oil, Giorgio Armani silk foundation 8.5, Mac pro conceal and correct palette (medium deep), Mac prep and prime, Fenty (truffle), Fenty (rum), Fenty metal moon, Bobbi brown dark brown powder, Anastasia eyebrow pencil (auburn), Better than sex mascara, Bobbi Brown bronzer, Charlotte Tilbury(birkin brown) 💙 Song 🎶- Right to It by @louisthechild 💙 #jtookesmakeup