Thursday, April 26, 2012

Christina Aguilera-The Voice

Isn’t everyone obsessed with The Voice?   Not only does The Voice have really talented singers, it has the best judges (in my opinion anyways).  There’s Blake Shelton who’s hilarious, Cee Lo Green who’s amazing, Adam Levine who’s…I’m sorry…I…can’t…breathe…, and Christina Aguilera who I just love to stare at.  She’s either spot on or SO far off it’s not even funny. For the audition rounds of season 2 Christina was a hot mess, let’s be real.  But since the live shows started she’s been looking better and better!  So just for fun, let’s take a little stroll down Christina memory lane, shall we?

Here’s sweet, young Christina as a member of the Mickey Mouse Club…
…soon she grew into the semi-innocent “Genie in a Bottle” Christina.  This is probably when most of us remember seeing her for the first time….
…Then BOOM!  She’s the raunch-tastic X-Tina (not what the MM Club had in mind)…
… She got married and became a mother, so her look was classed-up with a retro-pinup vibe for a while…
…now she’s recently divorced and one of the star judges on The Voice.  Here’s a picture from the audition rounds from this season.  See what I mean?
No, Christina.  No.
Now here she is for the live shows of season 2—helloooooo improvement!
Doesn't she look so pretty here?  I love this makeup look too. 
Even though Christina’s overall look has gone through some major changes, I’ve always (usually) LOVED her makeup.  Yes, even in the X-Tina days.  It’s always been heavy, bold, and as of recently very sparkly.  All of which are right up my alley. I say all this just to lead into the Christina look I’ve chosen to recreate for you guys, it’s definitely a goodie!

The look I’ve chosen comes from last Monday’s episode of The Voice.  While watching I absolutely fell in love with Christina’s beautiful blue smokey eye look and I knew I would I have to give it a go myself!  In case you missed it here’s the visual from Monday’s episode…

Christina’s MUA (Jake Bailey) created a dark navy smokey eye with sparkle and lots of lashes.  The eyes were complimented with flawless skin, sculpted glowing cheeks, and nude glossy lip.

Here’s my version…

-MAC Paintpot in GroundWork to create a nice dark base for the shadow
-Mac eyeshadow in Contrast (pressed over the base and blended into and a little above the crease)
-SugarPill eyeshadow in Afterparty (over Contrast to brighten the color some)
-MAC MSF Natural in Medium (blended under my brow and to blend out the edge of the navy shadow)
-Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Zero (along the lash line, waterline, and tight line)
-MAC Reflects Pearl (pressed over top of the shadow for the extra sparkle)
-curled lashes and applied mascara
-Ardell Demi false lashes

-Contoured with Soleil Tan De Chanel bronzer (don’t be afraid to go a little stronger then usual)
-MAC Blush in Harmony (over bronzer and on apples of cheeks)
-MAC Cream Color Base in Shell (to highlight cheeks)
-MAC Silver Dusk loose powder (to set the cream color base)

-Mac lipstick in Hue 
-Palladio Herbal Lip Tint in Cotton Candy on top

Speaking of hot messes, who else is excited about Britney Spears being a judge on the new season of X Factor?!?!

For the love of beauty and Xtina,
…Casey B

Monday, April 16, 2012

Hair Flair and Products I’m Lovin’

As far as my hair goes, I like to keep it pretty long with lots of layers.  I’ve just never found the courage to chop it all off…not yet anyways.  With that being said I like to keep things interesting just like everyone else!  A few ways I try to keep it fun is by playing around with the hair styles, accessories, and of course the color.  I’m naturally a blonde and I think that’s what looks best on me, but I have ventured to the dark brown side before, put in feather extensions, I did the ombre look for a while, I’ve had the tips of my hair rainbow colors, and now I’m back to being blonde all over again. Well, blonde all over with a small exception…

The celebrity inspiration for my new color was Christina Perri.  I started following her on instagram a while back, which is where I feel in love with her hair!  Since I wanted to stay blonde, I decided to do the opposite of Christina’s coloring and I think it turned out pretty cool! 

See! How cute is she?!
I do work in an office environment full time and even though this probably isn’t the most professional looking hair I’d say it’s way better than my rainbow tips or feathers!  Plus I think it’s super fun (isn’t that what really matters?!).

To keep this hair theme going, I thought I’d share a few hair products I’ve been lovin’ recently!

The first is a whole line of hair care products that I found at my local CVS! 

What: Not Your Mother’s Range of hair products
Wallet: all of the products around the $6 mark!  Very affordable!
Where to buy: local drugstores
Why I’m lovin’ it: I haven’t tried every single product from the range (I want to though!), but I have tried the: dry shampoo, heat protectant, salt spray, and volumizing hairspray.  I love the packaging, the way all of the products smell, the quality, and most importantly the price.  I’ll definitely be repurchasing!  Such good products!!  The salt spray is probably my favorite for this time of year!  It’s like having ocean water in a bottle—perfect for beach waves and adding a little extra texture to the hair.  I spray it on my hair after it air dries, or even after curling my hair with a curling iron.  It helps to separate curls and make them look more natural.

The next hair care product is one that has been sitting in my “hair drawer” for a while, but I recently started using it every single time I wash my hair.  Now I really can’t go without it!

What: Organix Keratin Therapy Anti-Breakage Serum
Wallet: $8
Where to buy: local drug stores
Why I’m lovin’ it: Keratin treatments in a salon are used to straighten and de-frizz hard to manage hair, and can be quite expensive.  The stylist seal in the keratin treatments  using a flat iron which gives the hair a sleek, frizz free look for up to two and half months.  With my hair texture I would never need or want something like this.  Besides, I like having the option of letting my hair air dry into its natural waves. So why and how do I use this product?!  First let me say this IS NOT a kearatin treatment (be careful because Organix does have a 30 day keratin treatment that will straighten and de-frizz, and it happens to be in a bottle identical to the anti-breakage serum.  Read your labels carefully!).   I apply a quarter size amount of the product to the ends of my clean damp hair before letting it air dry or before blow drying it straight.  It makes my hair feel incredibly soft and healthy.  It also helps to prevent split ends and the keratin helps strengthen the hair which also prevents breakage.  If you have naturally oilier hair and the thought of serums scare you, don’t’ worry!  This doesn’t leave the hair feeling greasy whatsoever (just remember never apply it to the scalp, concentrate on from the middle of the strands down to the ends). Even though this product says “Ever Straight” on the bottle, my hair still curls up naturally when I let it hair dry and holds curl from hot tools which is why I use it no matter how I’m styling my hair for the day.

Up last is my new favorite hair tool…

What: Cortex 4-in-1 Curling Wand
Wallet: around $75         
Where to buy: and various other stores online
Why I’m lovin’ it: The best part of this product is that you get 4 curling irons in one (a 1.5", 1.25", 3/4", and 1/2") and for a great price! The rods are simple to change and work perfectly!  I’ve been really into clip-less curling irons lately because curling my hair goes faster AND for some reason the curls seem to last longer!  Another perk about this set is it’s a big space saver when packing or storing your iron!  Want to make your own clipless curling iron?!  Just follow these few simple steps.

What’s your favorite way to change up your hair looks?!  Any new hair products you can’t live without?  Let me know by leaving a comment below.  I’d love to hear about them!

For the love of beauty and adding a little flair to your hair,
…Casey B

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Color Me Happy

I posted this picture yesterday to my instagram (@caseymbarlow) and facebook pages to ask which one of the three pictures you would like to see an inspired look for.  First let me say, “Thank you!!!” to everyone for commenting and helping choose the picture for this post!  The winning picture is…the beautiful wave in the middle!

I recently purchased the Sugarpill quads so I knew I wanted to do something fun and colorful.  What better way to test out quads that that have colors like these…

Look at those amazing colors!! The pigmentation in these shadows is crazy good.  I can’t wait to try some of their loose shadows and glitters and anything else the offer.  If you’re into color you should check out their products at:!

For my interpretation of the look I tried to fit as many colors as possible from the image into the look itself.  Go big or go home right?!  This isn’t a tutorial by any means (I can hardly remember what I did at this point) but if you are interested in any of the products I used or have any questions about the look please feel free to ask and I’ll try an answer as best I can!  I hope you enjoy the look and maybe even become inspired yourself!  Let me know what you think about the look by leaving a comment below or share a photo of your inspired looks on my facebook page—I’d LOVE to see what y'all are doing! 

For the love of beauty and color,
…Casey B

Thursday, April 5, 2012

50th Post Extravaganza!!

IT'S MY 50TH POST PEOPLE!!!! Yayyy!!! 

Can you believe this is my 50th post?!  I feel like I just started blogging yesterday, and already we're at 50!  My lil baby is growing!!  I really wanted to do something fun and different for this post and finally after a lot of thinking (and asking people for ideas!) I decided on two parts to this post that I thought would be really appropriate for the occasion, and course a lot of fun to do!  I hope you all enjoy!

How about a little makeover on someone over 50?!  If this model looks a little familiar, it's probably because I look just like her!  It's my momsies!!

For my mom’s look we kept the skin pretty basic but added a bit of drama and excitement to the look by doing a dark green smokey eye (shadows used: Club and Sumptuous Olive by MAC).   We also filled in her brows and added a natural pair of lashes to really make her eyes pop!

*A few tips for makeup application on mature skin*

  • Moisturize!!!!! (That goes for everyone, even you high school lady with perfect skin!)
  • Use a face primer to keep the foundations from settling into fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Avoid shimmery skin products as they can emphasis fine lines.  If you are using a shimmery eyeshadow make sure to wipe away any fall out so it doesn’t leave shimmer on the face as well.
  • use blushes in brighter shades to add a youthful glow to the skin
  • Avoid dark lip colors as they tend to age you 
  • If you do want to use a lipstick (of any shade) make sure to line the lips first to keep the color from feathering outside of the lip line into smile lines around the mouth.
  • Wear a lip gloss!! Adding a nice shine to lips makes you look more youthful (especially in pink and coral shades) AND it makes smaller lips look fuller!

Part II
A 50s inspired look and mini tutorial on how to achieve the perfect winged liner!

Not sure what “50s inspired makeup” means?  Think Marilyn, baby!  She’s probably the biggest icon from that decade.  All 50s makeup wasn’t just like Marilyn’s—she was a celebrity who had a personal makeup artist to help her get ready every day.  The majority of women during that time were stay at home moms without all the fancy help.  BUT the makeup trend was all the same no matter who you were: minimal eyeshadows and blush which kept the focus of the look on the lips and liner.

I’ve already done a pinup look and Adele’s Grammy look (which is very similar), so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to share a few tips you can use to get the perfect winged liner.  It’s one of the two main features to these types of looks (aka: it’s important) and I know a lot of ladies struggle with it.  So, here are few tips to help you create the perfect cat eye every time!

Let’s prepare our canvas by applying your foundation, concealer, powder, and fill in the brows as usual. To prep the eyes I first applied MAC’s PaintPot in Soft Ochre, then applied MAC’s eyeshadows in Naked (from the lashes to the brow) and Copperplate (a little above the crease and blended out).

This picture is a little scary...
For the eye liner, black only please.  It’s important to use either a liquid or gel eyeliner for this look.  It’s going to give the intensity and continuity we want way easier than if we used a pencil liner. It will also makes it easier to get a good flick on the end!

Using a white eyeliner pencil draw a line following the natural curve of your bottom lash line, extending up and out towards your brow.  This is going to give the angle we are a looking for when it comes to the flick of our black liner.  It also helps to ensure the angels are even on both sides.  Since the white pencil is easily to blend in with your fingers, don’t worry about making mistakes.  If you mess up, simply blend it in and start over.  Disaster averted.

Take a thin angled eyeliner brush dipped in a black or dark brown eyeshadow and start to fill in the shape of the eyeliner. Again, this will be easy to remove or blend out so don’t worry about mistakes!  Keep the line thin on the inner corner and gradually get bigger towards the outside of the eyes.  Make sure to press the shadow close to the lashes first then gradually build up the thickness of the line.

Start with a thin line tracing along the lashes and over top
of the white liner to create the wing 
Add a little width to the wing
Now that you have the shape you want, take the black liner of your choice and simply trace over the lines we’ve already created and add mascara!

If you need to, you can easily smooth out any mistakes with your angled eyeliner brush and a matte black eyeshadow.  Gently press the shadow over the liner to smooth out the appearance and soften any edges that may not be as clean as you’d like.

See that's not so bad, huh?! (I used a gel eyeliner on an angled brush, flipping the brush over to create the fine lines on the flick and inner corner of the eyes.)

If you’d like to spice the eyes up a little more just pop on a pair of false lashes and voila!

To complete the look all you need to do is add a touch of blush to the apples of the cheeks (I chose Peaches by MAC) and your lip color! Just to switch it up a bit (and to try out a few of my new summer lipsticks) I’ve decided not to do a red lip like you’ve seen in my other post. Here are a few of the lipsticks I’m currently obsessed and will probably be wearing all summer long:

Lips: Watch Me Simmer (MAC)
Lips: Reel Sexy (MAC)
Lips: Quick Sizzle (MAC)
Wanna have a little more fun with your eyeliner?!  Give some of the shapes a try!  

For the love of beauty and my 50th post!!,
…Casey B

Big THANK YOU to my momma for letting me put her pictures on here and also to everyone who's been following my blog and liking facebook page!  It really means a lot!!