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Valentine’s Day Makeup

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Products Used:

Face:

  • Foundation: Makeup Forever High Definition Foundation in N110
  • Mac Pro Longwear Concealer in NC15
  • Contour: Dior Bronzer in Amber Matte
  • Highlight: Mac Mineralized Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle
  • Blush: Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Radiant Blush in Flutter

Eyes:

  • Base: Mac Pro Longwear Concealer NC15
  • Crease: Urban Decay Habit, Coax, Last Call
  • Lid: Urban Decay X-Rated
  • Under Brow Highlight: Mac Shroom
  • Under Eye: Urban Decay Last Call
  • Waterline: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Psychedelic Sister
  • Gel Liner: Maybelline Eye Studio in Blackest Black
  • Mascara: DiorShow Waterproof and L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Lashes in Carbon Black (Waterproof)
  • Brows: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde

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Lips:

  • Revlon Colorburst Matte Lip Balm in Showy
  • Dior Addict Lip Polish in Fresh Expert

Everyday Makeup Look with Neutrals

Products Used:

FACE –

  • Foundation: Makeup Forever High Definition Foundation in N110
  • Concealer: MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC15
  • Highlight: Smashbox Soft Lights in Shimmer
  • Contour: Dior Bronze in Amber Matte
  • Blush: Nars Blush in Luster

EYES –

  • Base: MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC15
  • Crease: MAC Soft Brown and Swiss Chocolate
  • Lid: MAC All That Glitters
  • Under Brow and Inner Corner Highlight: MAC Shroom
  • Gel Liner: Maybelline Eye Studio in Blackest Black
  • Pencil Liner: NYX SPE906 (White)
  • Mascara: DiorShow Waterproof and L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Lashes in Carbon Black (Waterproof)
  • Brows: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde

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One of my eyebrows always raises in pictures…No idea why

LIPS –

  • Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Fiend
  • NYC Lipstick in 320 (Mahogany)

HAIR –

  • Aveda Air Control Hairspray
  • Got2B POWDER’ful Volumizing Styling Powder
  • To style, I simply slept with it in a bun while it was damp.

 

Easy Outfit for Cooler Days

Living near the coast in San Diego, most days this summer are in the 70s. On particularly overcast days, it can get a little chilly! This is one of our go-to outfits for days like this.

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Simple black leggings are a must-have for any fashionista. I got these for $5 from Wal Mart years ago, but you can find a similar inexpensive pair almost anywhere. The white knit slouchy sweater was purchased for $10 in the Netherlands. While we weren’t able to track the exact sweater down, this is a similar option from H&M for $24.95, and here’s one from Forever 21 for $19.80.

Lace-up boots complete the outfit. Admittedly, these were a bit of a splurge from Steve Madden, but they’re such a versatile staple in our wardrobe, we don’t regret it! Accessorize with a long chain necklace and a slouchy beanie. You’ll be the cutest (and comfiest) girl in the room!

Maxi Skirts

This summer, we are obsessed with maxi skirts! You can find them at affordable prices at places like Target and Forever 21.

We got this black maxi skirt for $13 at a local boutique called The Closet. It’s super versatile and so comfy! We loved it so much we went back and got it in different color combinations.

IMG_3610Pair it with a crop top, bralette, or cami, and top with bohemian accessories for an easy breezy summer outfit.

We also love this maxi skirt we got from Foreign Exchange for around $20. It has an opaque thigh-length skirt beneath, but boasts a sheer and sparkly layer above that. We took a more revealing route by pairing it with a simple black bralette, but you can pair it with any blouse – just tuck it in so the embroidery remains the focus! 

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We can’t find the skirt on Foreign Exchange’s website anymore, but here is a similar one on sale for $18. Happy shopping!

Ulta Liter Sale

Ulta recently had a sale on liters of some of their highest quality shampoos and conditioners. Most were $15. We printed off coupons for $3.50 off in addition, and scooped up these two liters: AG Fast Food shampoo and Redken All Soft conditioner.

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Needless to say, we love these products! They smell great and our hair has never been healthier.

These liters are still discounted online (and possibly in stores?). I recommend signing up for their rewards program. You quickly accumulate points that you can use towards cash off or discounted services, and you get generous coupons in the mail.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Eyeshadow Palette

We love this Wet ‘n’ Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection in Comfort Zone. It transitions easily from day to night, and adds a hint of warmth to any skin tone.

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Our favorite shade is the definer in the bottom right – it’s multi-dimensional with a hint of sparkle. At only $4.99, this palette gives designer eye shadows like Urban Decay a run for its money!

You can purchase this palette at drugstores, or here, in three different color collections.

Skincare Routine

If you’re looking for an alternative to face cleansers that are harsh on skin and expensive on your wallet, I swear by the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM). The combination of oils I use are Jojoba and Raw Virgin Coconut Oil. You can find these at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, etc. The best part is these oils were about $5 each!

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For those of you with acne-prone skin who are skeptical, fear not! The concept underlying OCM is the basic chemistry principle that “like dissolves like.” Just choose non-comodegenic oils, and you’ll find that OCM actually improves your breakouts. Jojoba is one of the least comodegenic oils. I have acne-prone skin, and this has really helped improve the health of my skin. Proponents of OCM suggest using castor oil as the base for your oil mix, but I skip this, as it is considered relatively comodegenic.

This method of face washing is good for any skin type. Those with aging skin might consider mixing Vitamin E oil into their mix. Make sure any oil you use is unadulterated – the only ingredient on the back should be the oil. They can also be used to moisturize your skin.

I wet a washcloth with hot water, then steam my face. Then I massage the oils into my skin for 30-60 seconds. Be sure to rub gently on your eyes and eyelashes to remove makeup. Then I steam my face again with the washcloth, and rub the oil off with the cloth thoroughly. Your skin will feel fresh and rejuvenated.

For more info on the Oil Cleansing Method, click here.