Art Journal with me: Collaging

Hello everyone, I hope your Monday is going well! I thought I would kick off the week, with something a little different and throw some creativity at you all! For today’s post I will be art journaling: Collaging edition. For the many of you who do not know, I am very creative if I do say so myself, and one of my absolute favorite art activities to do is, collaging. I got into collaging a few months ago and it is something that I never get sick of because there is always new inspiration out there. Collaging is amazing because you can use different types of media to create a collage, making it personal and unique to you. Throughout this post, I will be sharing some of my tips on how to start collaging and my collaging process for today’s collage.

  • Get Inspired//Find Inspiration:

Inspiration is everywhere around you, whether it’s in nature, on the internet, or in a physical item. In my personal opinion the best place to get inspiration from is either magazines or on pinterest. There is so much out there that will inspire you or call your attention. I love when I flip through a magazine and it’s almost like something is speaking to me on the page, so whether it is an image or words, I cut it out to use in a collage of mine.  

  • Finding a theme:

Okay so this one is not an essential, however I find that when establishing a theme for the collage, it will help you be on the lookout for images/words that correspond to your theme when looking for ideas. A theme could be a mood board, aesthetics, a color, or feelings. Do not discouraged if you cannot find a theme, because sometimes they will form later on or sometimes it is just what you find exhilarating.  

  • Using what you have:

The best thing about collages is that you do not have to go out and buy materials, you can easily use any of the supplies you have at home. Look through old magazines, if you have paint then add paint to your collage, if you have a printer then find images on the internet, go outside to get flowers and leaves, use buttons, tissue paper, or whatever materials your heart desires. Be imaginative and mix your supplies together to create your collage.

Things you will need:

  • An art Journal or paper
  • Scissors
  • A glue stick or mod podge
  • Inspiration & any kind of materials you want for your collage

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Okay so now onto my collaging process. I went to an art journaling class the other night and I was inspired to create a collage that had a blue color scheme, it went really well with the page in my journal and I thought why not try it. At home I gathered images and background colors through magazines, cutting them out, I also used different shades of blue tissue paper to layer my pictures on.

I gathered some magazines I got earlier this year to flip through, my scissors and my glue stick. Look for images that speak to you or call your attention and then cut away!

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Once you have a good amount of images to choose from, start forming how you want your collage to look.

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Start gluing random pieces on top of each other, for an overlapping messy look.

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If you notice any gaps or empty white spaces that are not covered, then simply get coloring materials (in this case I used pens and colored pencils, to color in the white spaces or you can choose to leave them, the choice is yours. IMG-1320

Once you are done, you will have your masterpiece. Collaging is just this great way to be inspired and to express yourself. I find it ultimately relaxing and a creative source for inspo. So the next time you are feeling artistic, gather some supplies and your journal, play some winter acoustic tunes on spotify, and let your mind take you to another place.

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Final piece.

Let me know if you collage or plan on creating one to express yourself, I’d love to see it! If you found creative inspiration then please like this post! I will be posting a TMI tag earlier tomorrow, so keep an eye out for that. If you enjoyed this post then please subscribe with your email in the sidebar, to be notified of new posts through your email, (be sure to confirm subscription in email) also make sure to follow me on my social media pages, down below!

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Valentine’s Day Simple Glam Look | 2018

Hello beauties, Chicago’s currently having a snow day today, we are expected to have a foot of snow by tonight, I love snow so this is pretty great. Since there is a snow day today, I decided to take advantage of the day and work on today’s blog post and a few other ones! For today’s post I will be showing you a Simple Glam Valentine’s Day Makeup Look, (as a disclaimer I am not a makeup artist or anything, but I do love makeup and love to share my creativity with all of you). I hope this post gives you ideas for Valentine’s Day makeup, I kept today’s post shorter and I will also link down all the products I used down below.

Products Used:

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Close-up of the Modern Renaissance.

1st Step: To start off, I use the shade Buon Fresco as my transition color, using my Luxie 205 Tapered Blending brush. I blend the color to get a seamless base for my eyeshadow.

2nd Step: With the same brush I previously used before, I apply a bit of the color “Burnt Orange” into the crease.

3rd Step: With my Luxie 229 Tapered Blending brush, I apply the shade “Red Ochre” to the outermost and innermost parts of my crease, leaving the middle empty, doing this adds a bit of depth to my eyes.

4th Step: Taking my Wet n Wild Large shadow brush, I compact the shade “Love Letter”, on the center of my lid, working it into my crease. I make sure my lid is bright and fully covered. (The color really starts to pick up here).

5th Step: With the color “Venetian Red”, I use the Real Techniques Shading brush to apply along my lash line, slightly smoking it out, and to darken the outer corners of my eyes.

6th Step: Using “Venetian Red” again, I take my bh cosmetics V5 Blending brush to really blend out “Love Letter” and to make the shadow look seamless.

7th Step: Now for the shimmer, I use the dense side of the brush that comes with the Modern Renaissance and apply the color “Antique Bronze” first packing it onto the center of my lid, then taking “Vermeer” and doing the same thing, and lastly applying the shade under my brow bone to define it, and that completes the eye look!

 

For my face, I will not go into to much detail, since it is very similar to my Current Makeup Routine | Winter 2018, however for blush I decided to use the color “Breeze”  from the ABH Radiant Blush kit. For highlighter I used my mini Becca Rose Gold Highlighter and for my lips I used the Essence Prisma Glow Shine Lipgloss. A simple glam casual Valentine’s day makeup look.

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Here is the completed Makeup look. (excuse my hair, I am just staying home all day). The shimmer also does not show up very well in this photo, so my apologies.

I hope this look inspired you for Valentine’s Day makeup, and if it did then please do not forget to like. Comment down below what your plans are for Valentine’s Day! If you enjoyed this post then please subscribe with your email in the sidebar, to be notified of new posts through your email, (be sure to confirm subscription in email) also make sure to follow me on my social media pages, down below!

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Yesto 3 Different types of Masks Review!

Hello lovies, today’s post will be a review of three different types of masks by the brand Yesto. The masks are all different, from a clay mask, a sheet mask, and a multi mud mask! If you read my Beauty + Skincare Haul from last Thursday, then you would know that I happened to purchase two new Yesto masks. Yesto is a natural/cruelty-free/mostly vegan brand that sells skincare products. They are a high-end drugstore brand, but great quality, definitely one of my favorite skincare lines. Now onto my reviews of these Yesto masks!

#1 Yes to Cucumbers Calming Mud Mask

The first mask I used was the Yes to Cucumbers Calming Mud Mask (single use), made for sensitive skin with cool cucumbers and French green clay. So when I first opened the pouch, it had a strong cucumber scent, personally I liked it because it smelled very refreshing and the mask had a normal muddy clay consistency. It glided very smoothly onto my face with the application of my fingers, once I put it on I felt a slight tingle but I figured it was because my skin was dry from showering before, the tingle sensation went away in thirty seconds. I made sure that I had covered my faced completely and also some of my neck since there was a lot of product. The mask is to be kept on for between 5-10 minutes, I kept it on for 20 minutes though. The mask will dry onto your face like clay, however one thing I love that this mask does, compared to other masks is that it does not flake nor does it feel tight and dry. Towards the end of having the mask on I felt my skin feeling very calm with the mask. When I went to wash my face it felt great, like a facial massage mixed with the warm water you are cleaning your face with. I will say it did take a bit time to wash my face only cause when the mask is mixed with water it has a creamy feeling, which I do not mind. As soon as I had rinsed my face completely and pat dried it, my skin was feeling like 1000 bucks (cliche I know lol), very smooth, soft, and rejuvenated. The mask has a good portion in the package, definitely could work for two people. This was a high quality mask especially for the price of 3 dollars, you cannot beat that, so yes I would for sure repurchase again. Total Rating: 9.5/10 img-0996.jpg

#2 Yes to Carrots Nutrition Boosting vitamin-enriched kale Paper Mask

My second mask of choice was a sheet mask that is 100% vegan, Yes to Carrots Vitamin-enriched Kale Paper Mask.  This sheet mask is new to the Yesto brand, and claims it is made for depleted skin. The first thing I noticed of the mask was the scent, it definitely smelt vegan like a carrot kale green juice. The mask states that if it is tingling then it is working. The mask was tingling when I first applied it, feeling like a cotton sheet mask absorbing vitamins into your skin. The tingling was a bit strong at first and then it calmed down a bit during the process. The mask has flaps for you to put over your eyes if you choose to relax and close them, I thought that was pretty nice. I really felt the mask tingle on my checks, chin and upper lip, not really near the eyes or the forehead. After about 15 minutes of having the mask on my face, I removed it and softly splashed water onto my face to get rid of the excess mask-juice from my skin. I did notice my skin have a slight more of a glow from before, however my checks were a bit sensitive to this mask because my cheeks were a little redder than usual, I’m assuming the tingling of the product slightly irritated my skin. About three minutes after I took off the mask, my skin returned to its normal state. Overall my skin felt more smooth, slightly more radiant, and it was not oily from the mask which is a plus. I would probably/maybe repurchase again, but perhaps take off sooner since my cheeks were more sensitive. Total Rating: 6.8-7/10

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#3 Yes to Triple Masking 3 Mud Masks: Hydrate/Detox/Recharge 

The last mask I decided to use was the Yes to Triple Masking 3 Mud Masks: Hydrate/Detox/Recharge, it is a 3 in 1 face mask that uses coconuts to hydrate, charcoal to detoxify, and superblueberries/greek yogurt to recharge the skin. I first decided to apply the detox portion, where I applied the mask to my forehead and t-zone, It smelled very nice and felt good on my face. I then applied then the coconut mask onto my under eyes and upper lip for that hydration, of course I did not mind it because the mask smelled like coconut milk. During application of the coconut mask, I felt a slight sensation of a tingling feeling more than the detox. Lastly, I applied the blueberries recharging portion to my cheeks and over my upper lip to soothe the tingling from the coconut mask, the blueberry smelt like this delicious blueberry muffin ice cream I had over the summer. It was weird because I expected the others mask sections to tingle except the hydrating coconut one and that was the only one that gave me a tingling sensation. It most definitely dried on my face like a mud mask. I left it on for about 20 minutes, then went to wash it off. Going to wash it off, it was nice and creamy mixed with water, I definitely did like that it came off easier than some other masks. The end results were absolutely the best, I felt that my skin was just rejuvenated, so clean, hydrated, and smooth baby soft. The detox really helped I honestly noticed a difference in my nose and forehead, with blackheads no longer there. The hydration helped with my under eyes and my upper lip. The recharging mask really gave my cheeks a great soothing feel that made them look brighter. Overall this mask was probably my favorite, I definitely will buy again, I would only use the detox and blueberries one again and maybe the coconut one, it just depends. Total Rating: 9.7/10

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Okay so overall, I would recommend these masks to anyone, although I would say my first pick is the triple masking kit, then second is the cucumber calming mud mask, and my last pick would be the sheet mask. I enjoyed all masks, but it was a definite close one between the “Triple masking kit” and the “Cucumber calming clay mask”. Just remember to try the mask that best suits you for your skin type or what you feel your in need of. Check out the Yesto website! (not sponsored, I just love their products<3). I hope you liked this post and if you did then please do not forget to like and follow! Also comment down below what mask you would like to try! ⇓ If you enjoyed this post then please subscribe with your email in the sidebar, to be notified of new posts through your email, (be sure to confirm subscription in email) also be sure to follow me on my social media pages, down below! 

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