DIY: MAC Fix + Spray

This DIY is going to be very easy and inexpensive! I already did a DIY on the Smashbox Primer Water that is so popular, so I decided to do another DIY for the MAC Fix + since it is more of a finishing spray (and probably one of MAC’s most popular products).

You will only need three things:

  • Distilled water
  • Glycerin
  • An empty spray bottle (I just reused my empty Wet N Wild setting spray bottle because the nozzle is AMAZING).

All you need to do is mix about a cup of distilled water with two tablespoons of glycerin. You can increase or decrease the measurements depending on the size of your spray bottle.

Yes, MAC Fix + does contain more ingredients than just water and glycerin, but water and glycerin are the two main ingredients in the product. This DIY spray will not necessarily make your skin look as dewey as the MAC one does (so this is actually good if you have oily skin and are afraid to look extra shiny) BUT it will take away any “powdery-ness” and help all your products to mesh together beautifully. This is also great to spray on the face before applying powder highlight for extra intensity, or on your brush to enhance your eyeshadow.

 

I hope y’all enjoyed this quick and simple DIY!

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DUPES DUPES DUPES!!

Here is a list of 13 makeup dupes that will save you a ton of $$$!

  • NYX Liquid Suede lipstick in Soft Spoken ($7) is a dupe for Kat Von D’s liquid lipstick in Lolita ($20)
  • Elf baked highlighter in Blushed Gems ($3) is a dupe for MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle ($32)
  • NYC matte bronzer in Sunny ($4) is a dupe for Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer ($29)
  • Prestige Cosmetics eyeshadow in Hocus Pocus ($7) is a dupe for MAC’s pigment in Blue Brown ($22)
  • NYC loose translucent setting powder ($4) is a dupe for the RCMA No Color powder ($10)- this is just a cheaper, easily accessible option for the RCMA which is already pretty inexpensive.
  • Essence Make Me Brow ($3) is a dupe for Benefit’s Gimme Brow ($24)- I swear this is the same product in different packaging.
  • ColorPop Ultra Satin lipstick in Mess Around ($6) is a dupe for Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick in Sepia ($20).
  • Mixing distilled water and vegetable glycerin ($6 on Amazon) is a dupe for MAC Fix + ($22)- the Fix + does have more ingredients than just these two, but water and glycerin are the main two and this basically does the same thing.
  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in London ($6) is a dupe for Kylie Lip Kit in Exposed ($30)
  • Aztec Secret Healing clay mask ($6-8) is a pretty good dupe for any of the Glam Glow Mud Masks ($70)
  • Wet N Wild Mega Last lipstick in Just Peachy ($2) is a dupe for MAC’s lipstick in Kinda Sexy ($17)
  • Wet N Wild Mega Last lipstick in Mocha-Licious ($2) is a dupe for MAC’s lipstick in Verve ($17).
  • Makeup Revolution matte blush in Nude ($5) is a dupe for MAC’s blush in Melba ($22).

Hopefully this post was helpful and you learned about some new makeup dupes!

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Hidden Gem At the Drugstore!

This is the Elf “Powder Brush” and I do not know where this brush has been all my life. I picked this up at Target for only $2 and it has become a brush that I have been using almost everyday. I am not sure why it is called a powder brush because it is not big enough to be an all over face powder brush. So, I do not necessarily use this for setting my face, but it has become my favorite brush for just about everything else.

This $2 brush is great for powder contouring, cream contouring, setting the under eye area, highlighting, touching up with powder, and probably a ton of other things. The brush hairs are dense enough to blend out contour beautifully, yet soft enough to apply highlighter to the cheekbones without it looking streaky. This is also a great dupe for an already inexpensive brush, the Morphe m530.

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I feel like the white brushes from Elf are not as popular just because the quality is not always as good as their studio line of brushes, but this one is a must-have in my opinion!

Must-Have Oils for Beautiful Skin! 

This is going to be a lengthy post but you might learn something new! 

I’m back with another skin related post, but I find that using oils on a daily basis is key to any skincare routine and, over time, will improve the appearance and quality of my skin. I do have oily skin and a lot of people think that addin more oils to oily skin just makes everything worse BUT it is the complete opposite! I like to think of it as combating oils with MORE oils. 

If you have oil my skin already, this just means that you have excess skin oil (also called sebum). By applying oils into your skin, it kind of works as a trade off and your skin will start to produce less oils naturally. 

1. The first oil is pretty common and one that everyone raves about. Yup, it’s coconut oil. As you already know, coconut oil has an endless amount of uses that are not just related to cooking. The main ways that I use coconut oil in skincare are as an eye makeup remover and as an under eye cream. Eye creams can be crazy expensive and a lot of people do not realize that the best eye cream money can buy is coconut oil! I apply this every night to the under eye area and I notice a difference almost immediately. 

2. Next is another oil that is quite popular. Argan oil. Aragon oil is a fantastic natural moisturizer and is also great for your hair. You might have noticed that a lot of makeup and hair care products are advertised as containing Argan oil because of its natural hydrating and smoothing properties. These products can be a little pricey and nothing is as good as just using the real thing in its natural form! I like the Josie Maran Argan Oil but you can find this oil at any health food store or Ulta for way cheaper. 

3. Next is tea tree oil. This oil is a dream come true for anyone with acne prone skin. Again, tea tree oil is advertised a lot in different beauty products that can be expensive. Purchasing tea tree oil itself is actually way cheaper and you get a much more concentrated, natural product when you buy the real thing. This oil is known for its acne fighting properties and can be used as a spot treatment that will work wonders! You can also add a few drops into your facial cleanser to help clear up your skin. ALSO you can add a few drops into your shampoo, focusing it on your scalp, and you will definitely notice how clean your hair feels and that there is none of that “residue” of product left in your hair. Be careful with this oil though because too much can dry out your skin and cause it to produce more oils! 

4. Next, rose hip seed oil. Rose hip oil is known for containing essential fatty acids that helps to reduce dark spots and scars while being very hydrating. I find that this oily absorbs into the skin easily and is not greasy. Rose hip oil is amazing for anti-aging purposes as well. I know I am young and do not need to be worrying about anti-aging, but I know I will benefit from this in the future. I apply this oil every night after my moisturizer and focus on pressing it into my skin rather than rubbing it. This is my favorite facial oil to use, but it can be used anywhere on the body and gives the same results. 

5. Last but not least, Vitamin E oil. This oil is packed with antioxidants that your skin loves. I like to use this as a body oil when I get out of the shower (I mix a little in with a body lotion). It makes my skin really soft and is great if you have dry skin. This oils is great for achieving naturally brighter and glowing skin. 

And that’s it for this skincare post! Hopefully this was helpful and you learned something new! 

DIY: Acne Spot Treatment

This DIY is going to be short,sweet, and extremely easy and affordable! I have tried quite a few store-bought spot treatments and the only one that has really worked for me is the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. The only thing is that this little bottle costs $17. Yes, you do get a lot of product and it will last a while, but I still wanted to play around with some of the natural products I had at home.

I apply two things to my skin everyday: Pure 100% aloe vera gel and tea tree oil. Both of these products are great for acne spots and acne-prone skin types. Both of these have anti-inflammatory properties and tea tree oil especially is known for its acne fighting capabilities. Because of this, I decided to mix the two together to create my own spot treatment.

The steps to this DIY are very simple. All you need to do is mix about a teaspoon of aloe gel and about 5 drops of tea tree oil. You could measure this however you want to, but this is just what I like to go by. I keep this mixture in a little jar and use it on pimples whenever they come up. I notice that overnight the redness has reduced and the pimple decreases in size or sometimes even goes away completely if I take care of it early enough.

I apply the mixture onto the blemish morning and night after my skincare routine with a Q-Tip and pat it in a little with my finger. Then, I use a daily moisturizer overtop.

I hope this post was helpful and you learned something new!

Natural Summer Makeup Look

I have been posting a lot of makeup looks recently, but I have been feeling really inspired! This is a quick and easy natural makeup look that I did on my best friend Caroline. As much as I love doing my own makeup, I kind of like to do other people’s more because I get to play around with different eye colors, bone structure, and skin tones.

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Since I wanted this to be a natural makeup look, I did not use any eyeliner or do any extreme contouring. Instead, I used a grey/brown eyeshadow to enhance the upper lash line and focused on bronzing up the skin rather than contouring her face. Also, instead of using foundation, I used a CC Cream for a more natural finish.

This makeup was really easy to do and is perfect for the summer!

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SWEAT-PROOF Concert Makeup

Going to an outdoor concert in the middle of the summer is equivalent to sitting on the surface of the sun, especially in Texas. I always get excited to do my makeup for concerts, but I struggle because I already have oily skin and the heat on top of that just makes it even worse.

BUT, I have figured out which products hold up against sweat and heat rather than just melting off of my face. These products stayed in place the WHOLE NIGHT and when I got home after the concert, my makeup still looked perfect and not shiny at all! I am not going to list every product that I used, just the ones that are typically the first to go. I will say, I did use a few different base/ priming products to really ensure that my makeup would last all night and stand up against the heat and sweat. It might seem like a lot, but it worked extremely well and did not feel heavy and thick on the skin at all.

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  • First, I applied the Murad Oil Control Mattifier SPF 15 all over my face and neck. I rubbed it in a little, then focused on really pressing this into my skin. Side note: it is extremely important to wear an SPF, especially if you are going to be out in the sun.
  • Then I sprayed my face with my DIY Primer Water (I have a whole post and ingredient list for this DIY in a previous post- check it out!). This stuff works extremely well, I definitely recommend making your own!
  • Next, I applied the Nivea Mens Post Shave Balm all over my face.
  • Then, last for the primers, I applied the Makeup Forever Step 1 mattifying primer to the areas of my face that I get really oily. This stuff is key to achieving this sweat-proof makeup. I cannot say enough good things about it! If you’re oily- buy this stuff, you need it in your life. When using it though, you want to make sure to only apply it to oily areas because it is pretty intense.
  • For foundation, I used my L’Oreal Infallible Pro- Matte liquid foundation and set it with the Pro- Matte powder. This combo is sweat-proof and feels lightweight on the skin while being full coverage.
  • The last product that is great for hot, sweaty days is the MAC Pro Longwear concealer. I used this under my eyes and as my eyeshadow primer. IT WILL NOT CREASE. The consistency is on the thicker side, but it will not budge and sets nicely.

These are all the products I used for my summer concert makeup! I cannot stress enough how well this combo worked for me, but if I could recommend one product that really made a difference, it would be the Makeup Forever primer. It is the best mattifying primer I have ever used and I was amazed by how well it held up. Hope this was helpful!

4th of July Eye Look + 2 Lip Options

I decided to do something bold for The 4th this year, so I came up with this shimmery, navy blue halo eye look. I also chose two lip colors that I think would go really well with this eye makeup.

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The lip colors kind of change the way the eyeshadow looks, which I thought was really cool! The bright red accentuates the lighter blue shadow in the center of the lid while the navy blue lip color emphasizes the grey, cooler tones in the shadow.

Products I used:

Eyes

  • NYX eyeshadow in “Galactic”- inner and outer corner of the lid
  • Makeup Geek eyeshadow in “Bitten”- crease/ transition shade & bottom lash line
  • I used a shimmery baby blue shadow from an old Sephora eyeshadow palette on the center of the lid and inner corner.
  • Used Maybelline black gel liner to create a wing. I did not want the eyeliner to be too dramatic because I did not want it to take away from the eyeshadow.
  • Applied Maybelline The Falsies mascara to my top and bottom lashes.

Lips

  • For the red lip option, I lined my lips using the Elf Matte Lip Color pencil in shade Riach Red and filled in my lips using Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in shade Standout
  • For the navy blue lip option, I just used Maybelline lipstick in Midnight Blue from their new Bolds lipstick line. For a little extra dimension, I dabbed a little bit of MAC Nylon eyeshadow in the center of my lips.

I hope y’all enjoyed this look and have a safe 4th of July!!

Makeup Guide: The Best Primers For Oily Skin

These are my favorite primers to use that I know will keep my makeup on all day while also keeping the oil and shine to a minimum. A couple of these options are unconventional products that are not advertised as makeup primers, but they still work great!

Vegetable Glycerin

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Glycerin is the key ingredient in any makeup primer, so having it in its purest form is the best way to prime your face for makeup. I mix a couple of drops in with my daily moisturizer and apply that to my skin before applying my makeup. It will get extremely tacky, which is a good thing because then you know your makeup will really stick to your skin. Glycerin is great for oily skin in general because it really controls oils while moisturizing the skin at the same time (without causing greasiness or extra shine). I got this Now Solutions 100% Vegetable Glycerin on Amazon for about $6.

Nivea Men Post Shave Balm

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Y’all are probably sick of hearing about this stuff but it really is a great primer for oily skin because again, glycerin is one of the main ingredients. It will moisturize the skin as well and lock makeup into place.

Monistat Chafing Relief Gel

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I have also talked about this odd priming product in a previous blog post, but again, it is a near perfect dupe for the Smashbox Photo Finish primer. It has all the same ingredients and is way cheaper! It might seem a little strange to put chafing gel on your face, but it works like a charm and wont break you out (unless the Smashbox primer does). It has that typical silicone gel texture that glides over skin and smooths out any large pores.

Makeup Forever Step 1 Matte Primer

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THIS STUFF WILL KEEP YOU MATTE ALL DAY! I feel that no matter how oily your skin is, this will be your best friend. It works so well that you almost need to be careful using it and only use it on the places that you get oily. If you apply this onto dryer areas, it might ball up under your foundation, so I recommend focusing this mainly on your T-Zone. This primer stands up against oily skin the best, in my opinion.

**Sephora hint: If you purchase two of the 0.5 oz tubes for $17 each instead of just buying one 1.0 oz  tube for $38, it ends up being a few dollars cheaper and they are more travel friendly! **

100% Aloe Vera Gel

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I have mentioned this product as a great primer in a previous post as well. Ale Vera gel is a great primer because makeup sticks to it very well and it will glide over skin, filling in any large pores. Aloe also has anti-inflammatory properties, so this is great for irritated skin that is prone to acne and inflammation. Just make sure that you are purchasing no color added, 100% aloe gel.

Murad Oil Control Mattifier

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Last but not least, this Murad product works as a great primer for oily skin! It is not marketed as a primer, but it basically is. It is a thicker consistency and feels more like a moisturizer/ sunscreen (it does have SPF 15), but it is tacky and does a great job of controlling oily skin. I love this stuff and I do not think  I can live without it!

** Another oily skin tip- remember to always wear a facial sunscreen under your primer and makeup or on no makeup days! This is extremely important and will also help with oily skin. **

I hope this post was helpful! All of these products can be used under makeup or on those no makeup days when you still want to keep your oily skin under control.

Glam Grunge- Makeup Look

I have been wanting to do a look like this for a while since black lipstick is still pretty trendy- so here it is! I did a dark, smokey eye and paired it with a matte black lipstick for a grunge-y glam look. This might be a little too dark for summer, but it is a fun look for music festivals, concerts, or if you are just feeling a little bold.

Keep reading to see the products I used to achieve this look!

 

 

 

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Eyes

My goal for the eye look was to create something very deep and smokey with shimmery purple tones. Because this is a “grungey” type of look, I did not want to create a wing or cat eye effect. I focused on blending the shadows out really well and not winging them out in the process (which is usually a habit of mine).

  • Applied Darkside eyeshadow from the UD Naked 3 palette all over the lid
  • Applied Swiss Chocolate, Soft Brown, and Corduroy from MAC in the crease to blend out the Darkside shade.
  • Applied Blackout eyeshadow from the UD Naked 2 palette to the top lash line and smoked it out into the lid shade.
  • Applied Swiss Chocolate, Soft Brown, and Darkside to the bottom lash line and smoked it out.
  • Applied MAC Nylong eyeshadow to the inner corner and brow bone.
  • Applied my Jordana Best Lash mascara to my top and bottom lashes. You could use fake lashes if you wanted to, but I just liked how my lashes looked naturally with this eye makeup since I also went with a dark lip color.

Face

For the face I did not want to bronze my skin up too much (also a makeup habit) because I wanted the focus to be on the eyes and lips. I prefer to do my face after I have done my eye makeup so I do not have to worry about any fallout from the shadows.

  • Too Faced Born This Way foundation in shade Warm Beige mixed with Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation in shade Natural Buff.
  • Used the L.A. Girl concealer in Creamy Beige for the under eye area and other places I usually highlight with concealer.
  • Set my face and concealer with L’Oreal True Match setting powder in shade Sand Beige.
  • Contoured with the Wet N Wild Contouring Palette in Dulce De Leche and with the Wet N Wild bronzer in Bikini Contest.
  • Applied Wet N Wild Color Icon blush in Mellow Wine .
  • Used the rose gold shade from the Wet N Wild MegaGlo Illuminating palette as my highlight.

 

Lips

I only used one lip product and that was the Katy Kat Matte lipstick shade in Perry Panther from the Katy Perry and Covergirl line. This lipstick is very creamy and opaque, but not quite as matte as I was wanting. So, I picked up the Blackout shade from my UD Naked 2 palette and patted that on overtop with my finger. Doing this will also set the lipstick and help it to last longer.