Metallic Aqua Smokey Eye: Mermaid Glam 

I am so in love with this makeup look! The metallic aqua shadow is from the L’Oreal Infallible line in the shade Endless Sea. I paired it with Maybelline’s famous lipstick in the shade Blushing Beige to keep the focus on the eyes.

Keep reading to see product details AND as always, be sure to follow me on Instagram @marinaleebeauty (I post stuff on there that I don’t always post on my blog)!

Products Used:

Eyes

  • L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in Endless Sea
  • The dark blue shades from the Wet N Wild Poster Child eyeshadow palette
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in the shade Purple Velvet (waterline)
  • MAC eyeshadow in Nylon (inner corner and brown bone)
  • One coat of L’Oreal Carbon Black Voluminous mascara
  • Andrea false lashes

Face

  • Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation in Creamwhip
  • L.A. Girl Pro Concealer in shade Creamy Beige
  • L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte powder
  • NYX HD pressed banana powder
  • Makeup Revolution matte blush in Fusion (draping technique- I have a post all about this!)
  • Becca + Jaclyn Hill highlighter in Chanpagne Pop

Brows & Lips

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brow
  • Wet N Wild clear brow gel
  • Maybelline lipstick in Blushing Beige
  • NYX Mega Shine lipgloss in Frosted Beige
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5 Tips For Better Skin

I have been really into skincare recently and making sure that I am taking good care of it. I believe that taking good care of your skin at a younger age will prove to be extremely beneficial in the future. In this post, I am going to list out some of the skincare tips/hacks that I use on a daily basis to keep my skin as clear and even as possible! Most of these you probably already know of, but these are just the little steps I take everyday to take care of my skin.

I am by no means a dermatologist, but these are the steps I take everyday and they have worked really well for me, so I thought I would share!

Tip #1: Always wear a sunscreen. I use to never wear sunscreen, especially on my face, because I was so focused on getting a nice tan. But now, I never walk out of the house without wearing an SPF, whether it be in my foundation already, applied before I put on makeup, or on no makeup days. My favorite facial sunscreen is the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 45. This one is very lightweight and does not feel greasy at all. I am in college, so I am constantly outside during the day walking around campus to my classes. If you take away one tip from today’s post, definitely wear a facial sunscreen everyday if you do not already. It will help maintain the youthful appearance of your skin as well as protect it against skin cancer and discoloration.

Tip #2: Never sleep in your makeup. No matter how tired I am I always always make sure to take off my makeup before I go to sleep. I stopped using makeup wipes on a normal basis, but if I am that tired, I will use one to take off my makeup because it is better than just going to sleep with it on. Sleeping in makeup regularly can clog your pores very easily because it keeps your skin from renewing itself at night. Also, there is just so much bacteria that sticks to your makeup during the day that it is just nasty anyway! The best way to eliminate having an excuse to not take off your makeup at the end of the day is to keep a pack of makeup wipes or even a micellar water by your bed.

Tip #3: Prime your skin for skincare like you do your makeup. My favorite product to use for this is the Mario Badescu Rosewater facial spray, but any primer spray will work (I have a DIY recipe for a primer water on my blog!). After I have cleansed and toned my skin, I press warm water into my skin to open up my pores a little, then spritz my face with the facial spray and just let it air dry for a couple of minutes. The spray will help your moisturizer/ beauty oils soak into your skin better and stay in place, this way you can get the full benefit from your moisturizers.

Tip #4: Douse your face in oils before you go to sleep (any skin type). This might sound gross, but this tip is truly a miracle worker. Instead of using a typical moisturizer before going to sleep, I apply a bunch of oils to my skin. I like to use rose hip oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, almond oil, and jojoba oil. I do not use all of these at the same time, but I do alternate between them. I like these because they soak into the skin really well and will do wonders for your skin. Using oils as moisturizers are not only a more natural way of adding moisture, but all contain anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and brightening properties. This tip also works on all skin types. I know everyone with oily skin has heard that you fight oil with more oil, and yes it does sound ridiculous but it is so true! I have noticed that my skin does not get nearly as oily during the day as it used to. Push aside the expensive moisturizers and use a natural oil instead. My skin looks better every morning just by committing to this one step!

Tip #5: Don’t pick at your skin. I am so guilty of this, but recently I have been really good about staying away from the closeup mirror and leaving my skin alone. Constantly picking at your skin makes it heal much slower and causes acne scars to appear or existing ones to get worse. I tried so many products and hacks to try to reduce my acne scars and while they did help, the best and fastest way for them to fade is to just quit picking at your skin!