Fridays are a great day of the week. The weekend is upon us, and we have two glorious days to do whatever it is we want - or are committed to (haha). Whatever it may be, chances are your weekend has something enjoyable ahead. Even if your idea of enjoyable is sitting on the couch in your sweats binge watching Netflix, chowing down on some home made popcorn. I am not judging. That was more of a confession.
Moving on. In continuing with the good feelings Friday brings, I thought I would profile some beautiful women in my life on Fridays. I want to know what beauty routines you follow, and what are some of things you do to feel fabulous!
This Friday I thought I would profile my gorgeous cousin Lindsay. A busy mom on the go! Whom I am sure many of you will be able to relate to. Check out what Lindsay had to say:
Skin Type: Sensitive
What is your go to beauty routine? Wash, moisturize and BB cream! Then I throw on a little eye makeup, blush and I'm out the door.
If I took a look in your makeup bag what would I find?
Lise Watier powder (Sesame), Lise Watier Concealer Wheel (Normal), Smashbox Photofinish Eyelid Primer, L'Oreal Youth Code BB cream (Light), Smashbox Full Exposure palette, Gosh blush (though I don't love it), Stila Smudge stick waterproof liner, Sephora Kohl liner in nude (for my waterline).
If you could only have one makeup item to use everyday (deserted island style) what would it be and why?
Concealer is a must—especially after my niece asked me if I had a black eye the time she saw me without make up.
What is the best beauty product you've come across? Why do you love it?
The Lise Watier concealer palette. It’s perfect for covering dark circles and blemishes, and I use the purple shade for highlighting.
What was the worst beauty purchase you've made? Why was it awful?
Pretty much every lipstick I’ve ever bought. I’ve never found one I like. I always feel like it’s too dark or too light, and my hair always gets stuck in sticky lip glosses. I usually just stick with Burt’s Bees for my lips.
Do you have any beauty secrets you'd like to share? If so, please tell us:
Heating your eyelash curler! I remember reading that trick in YM when I was in high school (ha ha YM…is it even around anymore?) about heating up your eyelash curler with a hair dryer for a few seconds before using it to ‘set’ your lashes (kind of like a curling iron) and I’ve done it ever since.
Ha! I couldn't resist that play on words! In doing my usual beauty research, and tracking trends, I have seen the cat eye look becoming increasingly popular. So I thought I would look online at some tutorials on how to achieve a symmetrical cat eye look. I found a little trick I thought I would share with all of you. I tried it for the first time tonight and was impressed with how well it worked. I think I just might rock the cat eye look more often!
You will need:
Here is a step by step guide on how to achieve the 'perfect cat-eye':
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The other day my sister and I were chatting about the war against blemishes we had been fighting. Both being over 25 years of age we figured the worst of our skin troubles were behind us. Boy were we wrong! While working at Shoppers I saw so many women in their late 20's and beyond come in complaining about the same thing. Hormonal acne. It is usually found around our mouths and graces us with its presence in the form of large, cystic, painful bumps under our skin. When I told my sister about the 25+ acne she said "if that's the gift I got for my 25th birthday, I would like to exchange it for something else". I couldn't agree more.
The thing about this type of acne is it is really hard to conquer. It isn't what you're eating (my sister is the healthiest person I know), nor is it poor skin care habits. It's cyclical and very hard to control. So don't beat yourself up over it. I know that is easier said than done. Trust me. I get it. Completely. I read several articles (this one being the most informative - though the products are from the UK) on cystic acne hoping I could give you a miracle cure. But alas, I am forced to conclude that treatment is not only a long process but can be quite costly as well (laser treatment for scarring).
Don't worry though. It isn't entirely bad news. We might not be able to rid ourselves of these painful bumps as quickly as we'd like, or get rid of the scars overnight. BUT, we can cover them up.
I consider myself a bit of an expert in the cover up department. I would rather people not know about the war on my face. I'd rather cover it, so when I leave the house I still feel like my self. So, I thought I would share some of my beauty secrets with you. I know I have written a blog about covering a zit, but I thought I would make a confession about a recent, unexpected, find that provided me with pleasant results. Mineral makeup. I have always been quite skeptical about mineral makeup. I found it messy, and didn't think it would provide the coverage I was looking for. Well. I will admit it, I couldn't have been more wrong.
Eyebrows are important. I know I've said this before, but I feel it's important enough to be repeated. Don't overlook them. They frame your face and without them we look quite different.
Let me show you just how much...
Alright, I will admit it. When it comes to sports I've never been much of an enthusiast. It took me a while to remember the term personal best. Clearly I haven't set many new personal bests when it comes to sports....but I have when it comes to makeup!
What do I mean by personal best? Well you could think of it in terms of looking your personal best. In fact I hadn't even thought of that when I started to write this....zing! What I actually meant was a personal best in terms of getting your morning routine down pat. Time wise.
Let me start out by saying. I am NOT a morning person. It is best not to talk to me when I first wake up. For those moms out there - I give you serious credit. When sleep deprived I can be quite the bear.
Not to mention I wake up with hair that often times looks like I stuck my finger in an electrical socket (Again, refer to Exhibit A).
So to paint a picture for you, I wake up looking like I am stuck in the 80's, growling (no word of a lie) and give myself only minutes to get ready before rushing out the door. This is a daily occurrence which earned me the nickname 'hurricane B'. No judgement.
Okay, if you're thinking get to the point already! Here it is...
If you've been following my blog you will know that I am all about using makeup to help you feel like the best version of you. I mentioned in my last post that I would like you to try out a different makeup look.
That is my request for you this weekend. Try something new. A new look, a new product. Something that pushes you out of your comfort zone, but still feels like 'you' when you wear it.
Here is a few pics I took of a makeup look I did the other day, wearing a new sweater I bought at Marshalls (love that place!). Some people might call it being vain, I call it being FAB-ULOUS!
I would love for you to do the same. Send me a picture of you being fabulous. I'd love to see it!
Have a great weekend!
I love Bobbi Brown. I'm a big fan of her books and think that she has many great words of wisdom to share with women of all ages. I was reading her book Pretty Powerful and something she said really stood out to me about being comfortable in our own skin (and makeup):
Women look and feel their best when they are comfortable. But if you don't experiment with different looks, you can get stuck in a beauty rut. You will never know what looks, colours, or formulas you will fall in love with unless you try them.
Makeup is supposed to enhance our natural beauty. You should never feel uncomfortable in your skin because of your makeup. I have heard many stories where someone has paid to have their makeup done, only to leave and re-do it themselves. Makeup should not leave you feeling like an unrecognizable version of your former self, but instead should leave you feeling like an enhanced version of yourself. Even if it's just a bit of BB cream, blush, mascara and lip gloss. Makeup should leave you feeling confident and beautiful.
I know I've said it before, but please don't be afraid to experiment with makeup. I love the look on a person's face after I've finished a makeup application. I often hear, "I wish I could look like this every day!" I want you to know that you can. It is nice to splurge on a makeup artist for special events, wedding days, graduations, or any milestone where there will be a multitude of photos taken. Makeup artists have products that you won't find in the average makeup kit, that will create a long lasting look that photographs well. However, I don't just want you to feel great that day. I want you to feel great everyday! So try out new looks. If you have a quiet night and some free time try a new look before bed. If you don't like it, wash it off and start over! Don't try a new look with 15 minutes to spare before you have to head out the door. The last thing you want is to spend the whole day feeling uncomfortable in your skin.
Here is a day and night look that I've worn. Remember, everyone is different. My day look might be your night look and that is perfectly okay! As Bobbi says, wear what is comfortable for you!
For your first experiment, I would like you to try to change your makeup look from day to night. Many of us have our signature look (myself included!). For some that might be burts bees lip chap and a pony tail, for others that might be false lashes applied daily. That's fine, if that's what makes you feel your best. I just want you to push the envelope a bit when it comes to changing your makeup look. Here are a few things you can do:
Also, with Valentine's Day coming up it might be nice to surprise that special someone by changing up your look! If you have an evening out planned - try one of the day to evening tricks. Stay in your comfort zone and highlight your favourite features. Let your inner beauty shine!
Thanks for reading!
Favourite Bridal Makeup Artist
I am a freelance makeup artist who works out of Waterloo. I am an Ontario qualified teacher with a passion for makeup. I love to help people look and feel their very best!