Chit-Chat with Me. /// July 2018

Hi everyone, it’s been a long time since I’ve wrote a blog post and I’m very sorry that I’ve been MIA for over a month, so much has changed the past month. Unfortunately, a couple weeks ago I resigned from my job due to many personal reasons, and it was a bit tough at first, however I’ve dealt with it and moved on.

Also to be quite honest, I lost a lot of motivation to write on my blog the past few weeks, it felt forced and I do not want to put out content if it’s not my best work. More recently, after having some time to reflect my life, I realized how much I missed blogging and how essential it is for me to blog. This is a creative outlet for me, and when I blog, I feel empowered that I am able to share my thoughts/info into the world. Therefore, I will be back to blogging for sure once a week, hopefully twice the next couple of weeks before I start college. I begin college in late August however I move in mid-August. Another few updates with you all is that I will be going on vacation to San Francisco in a couple of weeks, which is very exciting for me, since it’s my favorite city (outside of Chicago of course!). Lastly, before I finish this post, I just wanted to give you all the run-down of some of the next few posts I plan to write next (in no specific order):

  • Favorite Makeup Brushes
  • A Traveling Post
  • Spotify Playlist
  • Highschool Tips/Tricks
  • A Food Truck review

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Pride Makeup Look 2018/// Cruelty-free

Hello everyone, I know it’s been awhile since my last post, and I apologize for being so inactive. Last week I started work again (I work as a swim instructor at a local pool), and then some other things came up and because everything was so new again, I did not know how to balance my week out, anyways I hope to get back into my routine of posting at least twice a week.

I hope you all are doing well, and since I have hardly posted this month, I just wanted to wish everyone a very happy Pride Month! For those of you who do not know, June is known as Pride month for all those who identify as LGBTQ+, and today I am showing my support for the community and well of course celebrating Pride! I’ve been wanting to do a Pride rainbow makeup look for quite awhile and since throughout the month of June, Pride fests and parades are happening all over the world, I thought I’d show you one makeup look to try out. I will be attending Chicago’s Pride Parade this upcoming weekend, and I’m planning to complete this same makeup the day of. Anyways I hope you all enjoy this look and maybe even try it out for yourself.

Starting off with the eyes of course, since it happens to be the main action of our look. I decided to mimic the Pride flag on my eyes, a rainbow transition from red, orange, and yellow on one eye and on the other, green, blue, and purple. For today’s look, I used the BH Cosmetics “Take me to Brazil” Palette and the Nyx Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette in “Brights”. I used a few different brushes, that I will mention in the process of this look.

Before starting this eye look, I did apply the Urban Decay Skin Concealer onto my eyelids using my Beauty Blender, and then setting my eyes with the shade “Peach Butter” from the Too Faced Peachy Mattes Palette, (You can use any light neutral shade).

The first color I begun with was the yellow color, I started off towards the inner corner of my eyes, building it into my crease. I used a mix of the two yellow shades in the TMTB palette, using a “Beau Gachis Tapered Blending Brush” that I received in my Ipsy bag a few months ago. (I probably had the most trouble with the yellow, the pigment really was not showing up for some reason, which why it took me a little longer).

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The following color was the Orange that I used on the center of my lid, I used a blend of the orange from the TMTB palette and then the tangerine shade in the Nyx palette. To apply the orange, I used an It Cosmetics shadow brush, this is really good for picking up color. (Orange was the other color I struggled with for some reason, hopefully when I do this makeup look again, the color is more pigmented).

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The last color used on this eye, was the Bright Red. This is where the pigmented really started to show up. There is only one matte Red shade in the TMTB palette, and to apply the color onto the outer corner of my eyes/crease, I happened to use the “It Cosmetics Precision Shadow Brush”, another brush I adore.

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Once I had gotten all three colors onto my eye, I then blended them with the “BH Cosmetics V5 blending brush” to make sure that there was not any harsh lines and to give it an ombre effect. I also wanted to mention that if I use a repeated brush, I do clean it with the Vera Merona Mini Color Switch, to remove any of the previous colors.

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Next up is my other eye, which holds the other three colors of the Pride flag. I went ahead with the Green first, starting in the inner corner of my left eye working it into the crease. The first green was from the TMTB palette and then the darker green was from the Nyx palette to begin the transition for the blue. To apply the green colors, I used this thin brush that I also received in my Ipsy bag a few months back, by SL Miss Glam.

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With my blue shades, I used the same brush when I did the Orange. I decided to start off with a turquoise like blue and then darken it up with a midnight blue color, as it would be transitioning to the purple.

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Lastly, for my purple color, I kept it pretty simple and only used one color. Using my Wet n’ Wild Large Eyeshadow Brush. To compact and slightly smoke out the color.

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That completes my eyeshadow look, and now onto the glitter magic. (I finished the rest of my face makeup before starting on the glitter). For highlight, I used the cream highlight stick by Milk Makeup in Techno, I know they were promoting this for Pride Month, so I am unsure if this is sold only for a limited time. Next, I applied the Nyx Glitter Primer with a little precise brush by Real Techniques, where I decided to primarily focus on the highs of my cheekbones. I applied the Nyx Crystal Glitter with the same brush and just compacted a bit onto the primer. I decided to keep it to a crescent shape.

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Once I was done applying the glitter to both sides of my cheekbones, I finished off by highlighting areas of my face with the shadeChehoo” from the Babe in Paradise Palette.

 

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That completes the final Pride Makeup look. I am no MUA, but I was happy with the way everything turned out. I do hope that the colors come out more pigmented on the day of the Pride Parade and I will also be applying more Glitter than I did here. Hopefully you all enjoyed, and happy Pride! 🌈 I also wanted to say thank you to everyone who follows my blog, I hit 200+ followers!

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Smashbook with me: Seattle Edition!

Hi everyone, I’m back with another creative blog post today. I apologize for not posting the other day, I had an advising appointment to pick out my classes for College. Anyways, today’s post will be a smashbook with me, if your unfamiliar with a smashbook, it’s a more creative/less organized version of a scrapbook. I’ve had this smashbook for about two years already, and I usually use this only for my vacations or major events. Today, I am going to smashbook my Seattle trip! I hope you all enjoy and get some ideas of creativity to try out.

Things you will need: 

  • A smashbook
  • Pictures (I recommend printing them out on paper for a smaller size).
  • Scissors and a glue stick
  • Travel souvenirs such as; (tickets, Polaroids, stickers, hotel keys, dried flowers, etc.)
  • Pens of your choice

Starting off, make sure you have everything you will need in order to start.

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I started out by cutting out my Seattle header that I printed out on a piece of paper. I also used a fun print pair of scissors to give the words a cool look. Then I cut out any other pictures or words that I was planning on using.

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I then glued down a few pieces (a part of my boarding ticket) and started to have an idea on my layout. I added two cute plant stickers on top and then added a cute plant washi tape border around my boarding ticket.

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I then taped down my Polaroid photo in a spot where I thought it fit well.

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I then thought of this cute idea to cut a lavender colored paint sample panel for this idea I had in mind to put my dried lavender onto.

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Excuse the quality of the photo itself, it was zoomed in this photo, but I really loved the way it came out.

I then wrote “Emerald City” with a green marker to fill up some empty space. Unfortunately my handwriting is not the best, therefore I usually just type out what I want to see, but at least it gives my page some character.

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I then taped my hotel room key slot onto my page in the corner, where I thought it fitted perfectly.

One of the last things, I did was cut a photo and use this pretty floral background out of a magazine to layer the photo onto, to give it dimension.

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I also forgot to mention, on the bottom of this page, I taped down my admission ticket from the Chihuly Garden & Glass Musuem. I added a few other smaller details, that I did not document and then came with my final product.

Here is the final product of my Seattle trip on my smashbook!

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I am happy with the way it turned out, it’s not my best one, but I still love it! I had fun showing you all how I smashbook, and if you’d like to see more then do no not forget to like and follow my blog. In the future, I just may show you all the other ones I’ve done from previous trips. If you enjoyed this post then do not forget to like it and 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, I will follow back all other fellow bloggers!

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