Thursday, June 21, 2012

One Lovely Blog Award!

You may or may not have noticed the new picture added to my blog on the right side...You know the cute little pink one that reads, "One Lovely Blog Award"?! 

I'm so excited about this cute little award!  Lexi from Smokin' Colour awarded me this and now it's my turn to spread the love and send the "One Lovely Blog Award" to a few blogs that I really love!  Before all that I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Lexi, this means more to me then you know! Or...I think  you do know since we are in the same boat--both of us having relativly new blogs and a love for all things beauty! So thank you.  Thank you!  Now everyone else, go check out her blog! If you enjoy mine, you will definetly love hers!

So how does the award work?  Here's the rules:

1. Post the award image to your blog (Check!).
2. Link the person who awarded you (Check! But just in case you missed it you can click here for Lexi's blog.)
3. Post 7 random things about you.
4. Nominate another 8 relativly new blogs

Now for the fun part, 7 random things about me...

1.  I am the youngest of 2 girls.  My sister, Jesi, is 4 years and 2 months older then me (down to the day).  When we are out together everyone thinks I am the oldest!
Here we are!
2.  My neice and I share the same birthday!  We are July 18th babies!  I've never believed in all of that astrology stuff...until Charley.  We have a lot of the same quirks and personality traits, she's my little mini me.  Not to say she isn't a lot like her mom and dad, but she is definitly like her Aunt Casey. 
See, she's even hilarious just like me. HA!
Just look at that face!
3. I do not like noises.  Loud noises usually but I tend to hear everything so any tapping, smacking, chewing, clicking sound in like a 10 foot radius makes me feel like I'm going to explode.  Believe it or not I still plug my ears to watch fireworks (serisouly, how old am I again?!--I know, I know.).  I truly belive I have sensitive ears...that's what I'm going with anyways.
Yep, I even plug my ear here.
4.  Along with #3 if I see something scary (movie, tv show etc) I don't close my eyes, I plug my ears. They noise scares me more then the visual!  (Charley does this too.  She always has.  I told you she was my mini me!) 

5. My favorite icecream combo is cheesecake with strawberries. 

6. I love all the smells of summer: fresh cut grass, pool water, beachy air, tanning oil....They make me so happy!

7. My New Year's resolution for 2011 was to not wear jeans to work except for Fridays.  It's been a year and half now and I still haven't broken it!  It's a daily struggle.

This isn't from New Year's 2011 but it is from New Year's Eve 2007-and and it's one of my favorite videos ever.  A little background info: that's my BFF, Liz.  She had her head down at like 9:30pm.  I was going to blow the little New Year's horn and waker her up while Kyle (my bf) took a picture.

Want to know more about me?  Check out my very first post, where I answered some basic questions like where I live, what I do for a living (because Lord knows I'm not making money by blogging) and how I got into makeup!  Click here to check it out!

Now here are the links to a few blogs that I enjoy keeping up with!  Don't think I'll make 8 since the criteria is they have to be "relatively new," but here goes nothin'!

Ok, that's all I can come up with right now. (Wow, only 4 Casey?!)  Maybe I'll come back and add some later...(probably not).

Anyways, I hope that was interesting to some of you!  I'm leaving for vacation tomorrow, but soon after that I'll be back to my regular makeup post! Whoohoo!

For the love of beauty and blog awards,
...Casey B

Saturday, June 16, 2012

bright, fun, and wearable

Originally I was going to post my version of a Natasha Poly smokey eye look, but then something amazing happened!  The Sephora at Columbiana Mall opened, which means I got to do a little bit of shopping!  Most of my purchases were fun, summer brights so I was torn on which look to post first.  I asked on my facebook page which one you would rather see and every one said a fun and bright look!  So that's what's up.  (Not to mention it made me super happy because this gave me the perfect excuse to try out some of my new products!)

I knew I wanted the eyes to be bright but I still wanted it to be a look everyone could wear (unlike my last colorful look-which I was obsessed with).  A colored liner is a fun way to spice up the eyes without wearing a ton of makeup, making it another great option for summer!
  If you struggle with creating the perfect winged liner, check out my step by step instructions on how to get the perfect line ever time! 

Make Up Forever Aqua Cream in 13 (as a base)
Make Up Forever Aqua Liner in 4 (green liner)
Make Up Forever Aqua Liner in 13 (black liner)
Mac Fascinating eye khol (white eyeliner on waterline)
Sugarpill eyeshadow in Afterparty (pressed on the waterline over the white eyeliner)
Half lashes

Also let me just say, all of the Make Up Forever Aqua products are absolutely AMAZING! Plus, when they say waterproof they actually mean waterproof.  Make sure you have some oil based eye makeup remover handy when you are ready to remove it. 

For the face I wanted to keep the products light and glowing for summer.  I recently purchased the Estee Lauder BB cream and I LOVE it.  If you aren't familiar with BB creams they are skin care and makeup all rolled into one.  They act as a moisturizer, primer, skin brightener, and foundation all in one.  The coverage is about the same as a tinted moisturizer so it's really comfortable on the skin--perfect for summer!  (It's also what I wear as my day to day foundation.)

Benefit The Porefessional (primer)
Estee Lauder BB cream in light (foundation)
MAC Pigment in Melon (cheek highlight)
MAC blush in Harmony (contour)
MAC Pink Swoon (blush)

Make Up Forever Aqua Lip in 18C
MAC lipstick in Hue

Melon pigment on the cheeks keep them glowing

I hope this colorful look is something that all of you will try out this summer! I think it would also be fun with a bright lip or lip stain!

And THANK YOU to everyone who commented on my makeup page! Y'all are the best!

For the love of beauty and keeping brights wearable,
...Casey B

Monday, June 4, 2012

Play With Your Pigments!

If you've never heard of pigments or aren't sure what they are--they're just eyeshadows.  The difference between a pigment and a regular eyeshadows is that a pigment is not pressed.  They are loose powder consistency and boy can they make a mess!  One advantage of pigments is they tend to pack a stronger punch when it comes to the color payoff.  You can find pigments in all price ranges so if you haven't tried some before, you may just want to pick up a few when you finish reading this post! 

You know how I said pigments are "just eyeshadows?"  That's not actually true (woops).  Pigments are usually more expensive the pressed shadows,  but they are actually a multi purpose product.  They aren't just for your eyes people!  I want to make sure you're getting the most out of your makeup (and money!) so here are 10 creative ways to use your pigments! 

1. Mix your pigments to create your own custom colors!

There's a reason why this is first.  When reading the next 9 ways to use your pigments, never forget to combine the colors! Also, I tend to consider loose glitters as pigments even though that isn't technically true.  So, don't forget to throw some glitter into the mix as well! 

2. Use them as an eyeliner!
For this you can use an eyeliner mixing medium or just some plain ol' water!  Mix a little bit of your pigment with either and use an eyeliner brush to apply it as you would any eyeliner.  Viola! You instantly have that fun lime green eyeliner you could never find in the store!
If you don't want to spend the money on a high end mixing medium,
Visine actually works well for this! 
3. Use your pigments as a highlighter!
get the glow!
Use your champagne, pinks, and skin toned pigments on your face!  Apply them to the tops of your cheekbones, down the bridge or your nose, and along your cupids bow to really give your face some glowing dimension. 

4.  Mix them into your skin routine!

Add some pigments to your moisturizer, foundations, and primers to give your skin an all over healthy glow.  You can even add them into your sunscreen like I did for this makeup look for the beach!  This is also a good trick in the winter since it gives the skin a "fake" glow, it helps mask the dullness caused by having dry, dehydrated skin.

5.  Mix them into your body lotion!

This is especially pretty along the color bones and down the front of your shines! (Don't forget about your loose glitters people!)

6. Create a colored mascara!
All you need is a clear mascara or from the drug store and your good to go! If you don't want to make a whole tube of a colored mascara, make sure to use some disposable mascara wands to get the product out of the container and mixed with pigments. 

7. Create fun lip colors!
Mix your favorite pigment into a clear lipgloss to have your own costume lip color!  You can even add the pigments into colored lip glosses to give them a little extra oomph!

8.  Create fun nail polishes!

Matching your nails to your makeup is actually really in this season.  So here's the perfect way to match them exactly! Mix your pigment of choice into a clear nail polish and your good to go!

9.  Add some color to your hair!
Ok, you don't have to use a LA Looks hair gel,
I just thought it was a fun blast from the past!
Using a regular hair gel, mix in your pigment before applying directly to your hair.  This is a fun way to add some color (or glitter!) to your hair without the commitment.  It simply washes right out! Concentrate the gel along strands to create some instant streaks of color!

10.  Press your own eyeshadows!
Did you come up with a color combo that you love?!  Press it and take it with you where ever you go!  This video is how to fix a broken eyeshadow (which is also very useful) but you can do the same steps with a pigment!

If your like me and tend to find your pigments pushed to the back of your drawer, I hope this inspires you pull them out and use them all over your body! If you haven't purchased any pigments before, now's the time! 

How do you use your pigments?!

For the love of beauty and pigments,
...Casey B