The Beauty Blogger Tag

So I’m not exactly a beauty blogger — I like to do a bit of everything — but this was a really nice get to know you kind of tag. And some bonus outfit photos!
  1. IS YOUR HAIR NATURALLY CURLY OR STRAIGHT? I’m a curly girl! For anyone who knows the classifications of curly hair, I’m a 3B/3C depending on the day and how much moisture is in my hair. I do straighten my hair every so often but I’ve learned to love and embrace my curls after several years of learning how to properly care for curly hair in a market geared almost exclusively towards straight hair. I’ll eventually do a post about caring for curls as it’s something I’m super passionate about. I need to figure out how to get it all either into a post or a series of posts.
  2. WHAT IS YOUR NATURAL HAIR COLOUR? Dishwater blonde. But it looks perpetually greasy when it’s that color. So I like to give it some red!
  3. DO YOU DYE IT YOURSELF OR GO TO A SALON? I color it myself with professional quality dyes.
  4. HOW OFTEN DO YOU WASH YOUR HAIR? Every 3-4 days. Curls need even less washing than straight hair when cared for properly.
  5. DO YOU WEAR THE SAME STYLE EVERY DAY OR CHANGE IT? I mean, I dress in my own style? I take inspiration from a multitude of places and combine all of it into something that fits me. I’ll experiment sometimes but I like to feel like me in whatever I’m wearing.

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  1. DO YOU DO YOUR OWN MANI/PEDI OR GO TO A SALON? The salon is fun for a treat once in a while — I’m using that as motivation to stop gnawing on my cuticles so much — but I just do it at home usually. I never get my toes done. As a dancer, I need the calluses that are on my feet and the folks at nail salons don’t seem to understand that.
  2. HOW OFTEN DO YOU CHANGE YOUR NAIL POLISH? I like doing them every 2-3 weeks depending on how long the color lasts and how much I have been picking/gnawing.
  3. DO YOU POLISH YOUR TOES IN THE WINTER, OR JUST IN THE SUMMER? lol I havent painted my toes since August.

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  1. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PUT ON YOUR MAKEUP? While I like to think it takes 10-15 minutes, I think my lady would argue it takes closer to 20-25. And that’s on work mornings. If I have a slower morning or if I’m going out, I’ll take longer mostly because I’m being more deliberate, using more, or experimenting.
  2. WHAT DO YOU DO FIRST? FACE OR EYES? Primers first- tinted moisturizer for the face, primer potion for the eyes. But after that has set I go for face.
  3. DO YOU ‘COLLECT’ MAKEUP, OR JUST BUY WHAT YOU NEED WHEN YOU NEED IT? I am becoming a bit more of a collector but I’m trying to keep it to what I need when I need it as much as possible.
  4. HOW OFTEN DO YOU WEAR FALSE EYELASHES? Never ever. I never even used them for dance. Not about that life.
  5. DO YOU DO A FULL FACE OF MAKEUP EVERY DAY? Nope. Depending on the day, I can go as simple as mascara and lipstick all the way up to full face. Depends on what I’m doing, where I’m going, and how I’m feeling. With the new pup in our life, I’m probably going to be doing a full face much less often.
  6. DO YOU WEAR MAKEUP WHEN YOU ARE HOME ALONE OR WITH FAMILY? If I have to get work done from home, I will put make up on because it makes me feel like I am up and ready for the day. Without it, I tend to curl itno a ball and watch Netflix all day. NOT useful when I need to send out rehearsal reports.
  7. WILL YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE WITHOUT MAKEUP? I will and I do all the time. 
  8. HOW MANY HIGH-END PRODUCTS DO YOU HAVE? I’m a fan of drugstore brands but I have some Urban Decay, Sephora, and em cosmetics.
  9. HOW OFTEN DO YOU WASH YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES? Depends on the product I’ve used on them. The brush I use to apply my tinted moisturizer, I wash after every single use. I don’t like the idea of leaving something creamy sitting on a brush. I wouldn’t do that with paint and make-up is no different. Powdery product brushes, though, I’ll wash every week or two.

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  1. DO YOU PLAN YOUR ‘OOTD’ EVERY NIGHT OR WHEN YOU ARE GETTING DRESSED? If I have a lot of work going on, I’ll pick clothes out the night before. It’s so much easier for me to get up, throw on already selected clothes, and go about my day. Making decisions is extremely difficult for me at 6:30 in the morning.
  2. HOW OFTEN DO YOU CHANGE YOUR HANDBAG? Not very often. I used the same tote for years before I switched to my current Target handbag.
  3. WHAT TIME DO YOU GET UP AND GO TO SLEEP? Library work days, I’m up at 6:30 (earlier now because we have a pup to walk!), theatre or work from home days, I try to make myself be up between 9 and 10. If I’m particularly struggling with tiredness, I can get up as late as noon. I usually aim to be asleep between 10 and 11.
  4. HOW OFTEN AND WHEN DO YOU WORK OUT? At least once a week though I aim for more (hence the yoga resolution)
  5. LEFT-HANDED OR RIGHT-HANDED? Right-handed.
  6. HOW TALL ARE YOU? 5’6″.
  7. DO YOU SPEAK A FOREIGN LANGUAGE? Very broken Italian.
  8. HOW MANY PETS DO YOU HAVE? Well we just got our pup Zoe and then we also have a betta fish named Alton.

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  1. HOW OFTEN ARE YOU ON BLOGGER? Never, as I use WordPress! I’m on for at least an hour per day checking blog stats, reading other posts, responding to comments, etc.
  2. DO YOU READ THE COMMENTS POSTED ON YOUR BLOG? Absolutely every single one.
  3. AS YOU SEE OTHER POSTS, DO YOU KEEP A LIST OF PRODUCTS TO TRY? If by keep a list you mean a mental list that I sometimes remember to shop from then yes.
  4. HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR BLOG NAME? That broken Italian? I like using it where I can. The original intent of this blog was to post about style, photography, and food. Which it still mostly is, I’ve just incorporated beauty as well. The title comes from the Italian for those words.
  5. WHAT KIND OF CAMERA DO YOU USE FOR PHOTOGRAPHS? Canon EOS Rebel XS or just my iPhone with the ProCam app.
  6. HOW OFTEN DO YOU CLEAN YOUR HOUSE? Anywhere from daily to weekly. I’m a bit of a neatfreak and clutter/mess trigger some anxiety. I’m well known for stress cleaning the entire apartment within a few hours.
  7. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR? Bright green and bright pink.
  8. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BEAUTY/FASHION MAGAZINE? Elle.
  9. DO YOU SWEAR? Like a sailor. I just try to keep it off the internet.
  10. WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH THE REST OF YOUR DAY? Blogging, puppy care, cooking, eating, and rehearsal. Which I just remembered now.


 

Beauty Review: Urban Decay Naked

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Christmas sort of because the Christmas of Urban Decay. Lots of make-up and fun things to try out. I’ve entirely revamped how I do my make-up now and it’s wonderful! So I’m going to share with you lot what I’ve been doing and sort of review this palette. I know it’s already popular and everyone loves it but let’s call me basically brand new to make-up and reviewing it from that perspective.

I’ve been doing my makeup the exact same way since high school. nobody ever told me it was bad so i never saw any reason to change it. But now that I’m immersing myself into the world of blogging, I’m learning a lot about beauty and make-up and skin care. I’m really excited to try out the stuff I’m learning and share it. While I haven’t yet delved into the world of anything beyond eyes and lips (foundation, bronzer, and blush still baffle me), I still have plenty of things to experiment and try.

So I first started with the eyeshadow primer. Which I never knew was a thing. But this stuff it awesome. It creates a nice base for applying eyeshadow to that prevents weird creasing throughout the day and helps the shadow last even longer. I may have accidentally (read: was too lazy) left my makeup on overnight and most of the shadow was still right where I left it. Which meant good things for the cleanliness of my pillow. But I digress.

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So smear on the primer potion. You don’t need a lot. This stuff is SUPER thick. I only used this much:

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That’s it. per eye. Smeared from brow line all the way to lash line and a teeny little bit under my eye. Let that set up for 10 minutes.

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It doesn’t look like anything. There are some that are tinted and some that will even out tone. This one sort of dies that but it’s such a thin layer that it doesn’t do that much. If I’m getting ready in the morning, I will put the primer on and then go get dressed. By the time I go to finish my look, it’s al set up and good to go.

Next up is the shadow itself. I used the following colors:

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1 (sin) went on brow bone and inner corners. 2 (sidecar) went on crease. 3 (smog) goes down to the lash line and on under eye. 4 (darkhorse) goes in the outer corners.

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Yay shadow! This stuff is great. It’s super pigmented. The shimmer colors aren’t so shimmery i can’t wear them to work but are still perfect for a night out. The matte colors are awesome. I have been experimenting with a whole range of colors in this palette. I keep to the lighter side when I’m going to work and play with the entire range when I’m going out using everything from the very light end all the way to the darkest shades.

Add some eyeliner. I have been using the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Ink which is this gorgeous deep navy. I do it above my upper lash line and on my bottom water line.

Follow that up with two coats of mascara and I’m good to go!

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What are your favorite eyeshadows? Any make-up tips for a newbie? I’d love to hear them in the comments!

 

DIY Beauty: Vegan Scrubs

Per a request from a fellow blogger, Wild Hearts + Green Tea, I present my vegan DIY scrubs that you can make out of stuff you find in your kitchen! I’m a huge fan of scrubs and things but they cost more money than I think they should for a product that goes on your legs and down the drain shortly thereafter. At least lotion absorbs into your skin.

Many DIY beauty products include essential oils in the ingredients. By and large, these are mostly for scent. If I were making these as gifts, I MIGHT add EOs for the sake of scent but I prefer unscented stuff and that’s money I don’t have to spend.

You all have seen my favorite coffee and cocoa powder facial mask. I usually make these on the same day and have a pamper sort of day.

We’ve got two: Leg and Lip

Leg scrub:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c white sugar
  • 1/2 c olive oil
  • 2 tbsp citrus juice (i prefer lemon or lime)

Steps:

  1. Mix all your ingredients. It’s really a 1:1 ratio on the sugar and oil for however much you want to make. The ingredients above is enough for me to scrub twice and then to my upper arms and elbows.
  2. Soak your legs in warm water for at least 5 minutes. Read: An excuse to relax in a bath.
  3. Using a fresh razor, shave your legs. (If you’re not the shaving type, go ahead and skip)
  4. Apply the scrub gently rubbing it onto your legs making sure to take extra care where the skin is at its thinnest on your ankles, feet, and knees. Massage it on in a circular motion using your fingertips. I like to massage for a solid 1-2 minutes. Really get everything off.
  5. Rinse the scrub off.
    1. SAFETY NOTE! Be careful moving around the tub. The oil will make surfaces slick. Be sure to clean the tub after this scrub. We don’t want anyone hurting themselves in the name of soft skin.
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 again. Be warned, when you shave this time, the razor is going to be particularly gunky with a mixture of residual oil and dead skin. Rinse and rinse often. And be glad that’s not on your skin anymore.
  7. I wouldn’t judge you if you used some shower gel here to get the remaining oil off. But if you leave some on, it will just make your skin extra soft.
  8. Pat your legs dry with a clean towel.
  9. Apply lotion.

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Lip scrub:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Steps:

  1. Combine ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Take a small amount and rub on your lips with a finger tip using a small circular motion to lift dead skin.
  3. Rinse lips.
  4. Use a clean toothbrush and rub your lips again in the same circular motion.
  5. Repeat steps 2 & 3.
  6. Pat dry, apply a moisturizing lip balm, and go!

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What are your favorite beauty products to DIY? How do you make them? I would love to hear in the comments!

Holiday Nails!

Inspired by Ladies and Lace’s Festive Nails post, here’s my holiday nails!

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They definitely did not turn out as nice as I wanted but I will get into the details of that a little later on.

I used a shimmery red polish and a shimmery silver for this. Additional hardware includes top coat and masking tape.

Start with your base coat and two coats of the red. Make sure this dries thoroughly. You could even let it go overnight if you really wanted, just to make sure it’s really completely dry.

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Next, I used masking tape to mark where I wanted the line of the silver to go. This was where part of my mistake was. Rip the tape in half length-wise so you can use both flat edges and have much less tape to manage around your fingers. The full width made it extremely cumbersome and hard to work with. It also did not stick to my nails as thoroughly as I wanted it to- presumably because it was so big.

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Add two coats of your color block. Again, I used a shimmery silver.

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Wait for the silver to dry COMPLETELY before removing the tape. This was my other big mistake. I got really impatient and tried to take the tape off and it just smeared everything. Of the 4 nails I did this to, I only had one really clean line.

Once the silver is completely dry and you have removed the tape, add your topcoat and you’re good to go. Holiday nails!

Yep, that's an engagement ring. Saving that bit for a future post!

Yep, that’s an engagement ring. Saving that bit for a future post!

What I’m Wanting #1

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Fall is fast approaching its end and I’m starting to plan for colder weather and everything that goes with it. That includes changes in what make-up I’m using, different nail colors, different skincare, and an excuse to find new accessories.

1) Bag– I have this problem wherein I never actually go shopping for purses. I have one cross-body bag that was a birthday gift ages ago and doesn’t hold much and then I have this old Harry Potter print tote bag that I’ve been carrying around for years. I’ve been slowly developing a crush on this bag from Target, though. It’s reasonably priced (part of the reason I haven’t gone purse shopping in literally years) and it actually seems to hold a fair amount of stuff. With my theatre work, I need something that can hold a 1-2 inch binder without being too much of an inconvenience. This one looks like it might do the trick!

2) Watch– The big chunky watches that everyone seems to be wearing are growing on me. Add to that a quickly growing love of this rosey gold color and this watch seems right up my alley. Alas, I have incredibly tiny wrists. Most watches and other wrist wear doesn’t fit me and I often find I’m relegated to children’s sizes as even the smallest adult size is usually falling off my wrist or won’t stay in place. Maybe with a little luck and a lot of hunting, I can find something similar to fit me.

3) Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette– I’m a bit newer to the make-up game. My cousin introduced me to the Naked line of palettes and this one seems absolutely perfect! Its cost is a wee bit out of my price range right now but maybe the holidays will bring the ability to invest in this.

4) Lush Ocean Salt Cleanser Scrub– I’m a sucker for scrubs, particularly in winter. I’ve mentioned several times I have really dry skin? That means a diligent scrubbing regime once the temperature drops outside.  I’ve heard nothing but good things about this scrub and I love Lush. While I usually make my own scrubs at home, this one seems like one I will be trying in the near future.

5) Necklace– I love the chunky gold chain necklaces that have been making appearances everywhere. I haven’t wanted to commit to one just yet but winter- when bolder looks can be experimented with- seems like as good a time as any. With the ongoing relationship I have with Nordstrom Rack, this one seems as good as any!

6) Essie nail colors 1 & 2– I love deep nail colors for the colder weather. They match all the darker hues everyone is wearing. And with the love I have found for essie, these two colors are just perfect!

7) Lipstick- As with nail color, I like playing with darker makeup as things get colder. I’ve always been a little afraid to commit to a deep shade of lipstick. Perhaps this is the season it will happen.

The Best Bubble Bath Ever

_MG_6642On the list of ways I can actually relax, baths take a spot near the very top. There’s something wonderful about submerging into hit water and just completely unwinding. Or reading a book. Or having a glass of wine. As long as there is hot water, I don’t really care what else is involved. Finding a bubble bath I like has been a challenge, however. It needs to be the perfect scent, make great bubbles, and leave me feeling actually relaxed.

Cue Cream City Soap Company. I stumbled upon these guys at the Bristol Renaissance Faire where they had a huge table of soaps as well as some delicious smelling bath products including a wonderful lavender scented bubbler that looked promising. Curiosity piqued, I decided to take a tub home to try.

Holy bubble bath, batman! This stuff is amazing. The smell is absolutely perfect. Not overpowering at all and it makes the entire apartment smell like lavender. Add in a hot cup of aromatic coffee and you have aromatherapy to last several hours.

The bath itself was just as glorious. Mounds of bubbles everywhere. I like to pair with candles, relaxing, and a good book for maximum relaxation.

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Coffee and Chocolate on My Face

When it comes to cleansing or rejuvenating or scrubbing or conditioning or what have you, I don’t like products that I can’t make in my own kitchen. I want to know exactly what’s going in my hair or on my skin.

Admittedly, I’ve been pretty terrible about skin care for… well, I’ve never been good about it. I have been really lucky with my skin. A “bad breakout” for me is three zits at once on any given part of my body. I never did the acne thing and I don’t ever really wear a TON of makeup. My face gets flaky and dry in the winter but I dare you to live on Lake Michigan and not go dry when the temp drops below freezing. My skin, on its own without much help, is just soft and breakout free.

All the same, skincare is important. I may not take care of it as often as most and it doesn’t require much when I do but it’s still important. I’ve recently discovered how wonderful a face mask can feel. This one is one of my absolute favorites.

My issue, keeping a vegan kitchen, is that most of the homemade recipes call for animal products. This isn’t the same thing with cooking where you can swap out and get similar flavors. This is about what’s in each ingredient and what it does to your skin. I found this recipe, however (http://beauty.about.com/od/homemadefacemaskrecipes/r/Coffee-And-Cocoa-Facial-Mask-For-All-Face-Types.htm) and figured if I got enough of the ingredients, it would work well enough. I only made half as I don’t do masks often enough to warrant having leftovers.

My favorite tip for after a mask: use a really really hot washcloth for getting the mask off. Get your sink as hot as it will go, soak your cloth, wring out the excess, and press that to your face for a solid minute. The steam feels so nice and then everything’s nice and loosened and ready to go.

Ingredients:
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp fine coffee grounds (make sure they’re really fine. Coarse grounds can scratch your skin)
4 tbsp non-dairy milk (I used almond. rice, soy, or coconut would work well here, too!)
1 tbsp agave (for dry skin) or lemon juice (for oily skin) (I did agave because temperatures are dropping in the Chi and I want to be prepared for the impending chill)

Steps:
1) mix cocoa, coffee, and milk in a microwave safe bowl. Use less milk for a thicker paste.
OPTIONAL 2) I recommend warming up the agave before putting it into the mask so that it will mix in better.
2) mix in agave or lemon juice
3) warm up your mask! Pop it into the microwave for 30 seconds. Your face will appreciate the warmth as opposed to some chilly coffeemilk suddenly on your face.
4) apply to your face. Be gentle with the coffee if you have sensitive skin. don’t scrub too much. You’ll be able to feel what you can do. Just go gently.
5) let the mask dry. Should be 12-15 minutes, could be longer.
6) Heat and wet your washcloth, hold it to your face for 1 minute, and then gently remove the mask. Again, be careful with the coffee.