Happy Thanksgiving!

happy thanksgiving

Just wanted to wish everyone a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving and to say…

Thank you all SO MUCH for your support!  I feel extremely blessed to have a great network of supportive family, friends and all the new friends I am able to connect with through this platform.  I am truly grateful to all who carve out a little bit of time out of their day to read my posts-it means the world! 🙂

With Gratitude, 

Stephanie

 

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‘This or That’ Tag Post!

Hi readers!  I know I usually have a post on Tuesday but some things came up… and you know how that goes.  I decided to do a quick post that the lovely The World of Cos tagged me in over the weekend.  Thank you Cos so much for tagging me and if you haven’t already, head on over to her blog for some great beauty posts!

This is just a fun post where you can learn a little bit about me and vice versa.  It’s always nice to learn something new. 🙂

This or That Tag Rules:

  1. State who tagged  you (provide link) Answer all the questions
  2. Select one ‘This or That’ question for all your subbies to answer
  3. Tag 4 people to answer ALL the this or that questions on their blogs (provide links)… They say you really get to know people when they’re put in tight situations. Today’s “This or That” is going to do just that!”

Bloggers feel free to do this post on your own if I don’t tag you and readers, feel free to comment and share as well!

Tagged Blogs

Here are the blogs I tagged.

I hope you choose to accept this tag but no worries if you don’t want to.

Question for all my readers to answer #4

Questions

Beauty

1.  Blush or Bronzer? Blush- more color choices!

2. Eyeliner or Mascara? Mascara as I feel it opens up my eyes

3. Foundation or Concealer? Foundation so I can even out my skintone

4. Lipgloss or Lipstick? Lipgloss for sure as you can color and moisture

5. Neutral or color Shadow? Neutral as it can work for many looks/occasions

6. Sponges or Brushes? Brushes

Nails

7. OPI or China Glaze? OPI hands down.  They last a long time and the names they come up with? Genius

8. Acrylic or Natural? Natural

9. Long or Short? Short but not too short

10. Brights, Darks, or Neutrals? Depends on my mood.

Body

11. Perfumes or Mists? Perfumes

12. Lotion or Body Butter? Lotion when it is hot, body butters when it is cold

13. Body Wash or Soap? Body Wash

14. Wax or Shave? Depends but waxing does last longer

Fashion

15. Jeans or Joggers? Jeans as I have no clue what joggers are but you can’t go wrong with jeans

16. Skirts or Dresses? Dresses!

17. Stripes or Checkers? Stripes

18. Flip Flops or Sandals? Flip Flops

19. Boots or Stilettos? Depends on the outfit

Hair

20. Curly or Straight? Although I like it when my curly hair cooperates, I still love straight hair for some reason

21. Long or Short? Long

22. Bun or Ponytail? Bun

23. Light or Dark? Reddish (not sure where that lies)

24. Hair Spray or Gel? Mousse

Random

25. Rain or Shine? Sunshine

26. Summer or Winter? Winter as it seems it’s always summer in SoCal (not a bad thing but change is good…)

27. Autumn or Spring? Autumn

28. Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate!

29. Fashion or Beauty? Beauty of course but I am working on some fashion 🙂

30. Leather or Sequins? Leather

I look forward to hearing what you guys have to say and I hope you enjoyed this!  🙂

Happy Wednesday and thanks for reading,

Stephanie 

 

 

Skin Tip: Why You Need to Stay Hydrated

As temperatures drop, you might notice changes in your skin.  Skin can become dry, tight, flaky and perhaps feel more sensitive/irritated. One crucial part of skincare is to keep your skin hydrated because this helps protect us from pathogens, irritation, and from the skin drying out.  If you find that even when you use your moisturizer, your skin still feels dry or tight, us the tips below as a guideline.

Dry Skin/Normal/Dry and Sensitive:  Switch to a heavier cream

Oily/Combination/Sensitive and Oily: Use a hydrating serum/booster underneath your current moisturizer to obtain hydration without heaviness that can lead to breakouts.

As always, if you have any questions, I am here to help. 🙂

Stay warm and hydrated,

Stephanie

My Tips and Tricks for a Special Occasion Look!

Skincare

Every so often, I am asked how I prepare my skin for special occasions so with the holiday season here, I decided to share my tips and tricks to achieving a great and lasting look.

Let’s get started!

Skincare Essential Tips 

1) Exfoliate!  One of the steps to achieve a smooth complexion is to exfoliate and a go-to favorite is Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment.  In the shower after cleansing, I apply it to my face, wait 2 minutes while the enzymes and lactic acid remove dead skin cells and rinse away to reveal a rosy glow. (For a full review, click here.)

Lips can also use some exfoliating to remove flakiness and allow your lip color a smooth application.  I like Fresh Sugar Lip Polish.

2)  Moisturize!  After exfoliating, it’s crucial to add in moisture to your skin.  This step can also help prevent a cakey look.  Choose a moisturizer that’s appropriate for your skin type.  I use Dermalogica Active Moist when my combination skin feels more on the oily side as it’s light-weight and works well under makeup.

3)  Use an Eye Cream!  Adding hydration underneath your eyes will give a youthful look and can lessen the appearance of fine lines.  A good eye cream I like is PCA Skin EyeXcellence.

Makeup

Pre and Post Makeup Essentials 

1)  Face Primer!  A face primer creates a barrier between your skin and makeup.  It helps make your makeup last longer and depending on the formula you choose, it can minimize the look of pores and ‘fill in’ lines and wrinkles (silicone based). 100% Pure Luminous Primer Vitamins + Antioxidants with Resveratrol has a nice blend of green tea and vitamins C and E for added antioxidant support.

2)  Eye Primer!  Eye primer is a must to even out any discoloration you may have on your eyelids and keep eyeshadow from creasing/fading.  My absolute favorite that I have used for years is Too Faced Shadow Insurance.

3)  Lip Balm!  Just as it’s key to moisturize your face, your lips also benefit from it too.  Swipe on a little bit while you’re getting ready so it has a chance to set.  Helpful tip: Mix it with your favorite lipstick to get a sheer look.  I love Vintage Sister Lip Balms (featured here: Chai Tea).

4)  Finish the look! (optional)  To really help set everything, use a finishing/setting spray or a light dusting of powder.  I alternate between  Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder and Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray.

And there you have it.  Whatever makeup colors/brands I choose depends on what I want to achieve, but these steps ensure a polished look.

What are your favorite products or tips for special occasions? Comment below! 

Thanks for reading,

Stephanie

 

Makeup 411- How To Prevent Cakey Foundation!

Dermalogica

With cold weather starting to set in, your skin’s moisture levels may drop causing your foundation to start to looking a bit cakey.  If that’s the case, first make sure you are applying your foundation over a moisturized face.  Mixing a small amount of your moisturizer into your foundation should also help your foundation glide on more smoothly.

Featured product I love: Dermalogica’s Active Moist.

Have you tried this trick?  How did it work for you? Comment below!

Have a great Wednesday,

Stephanie  

 

And The Winner Is….

VS Giveaway

The winner of my Vintage Sister Lip Balm Duo giveaway is Brooke from Beauty by Brooke LeAnne!  Congratulations Brooke!  I will send you a message to work out the details. 🙂

Take a moment to visit her blog http://beautybybrookeleanne.wordpress.com/; she has some pretty awesome posts!

Thank you so much to each of you who participated!!! Your support means the world to me!  🙂

I hope to do more giveaways in the future.

Wishing you a great Tuesday,

Stephanie 

 

Skin Tip: Less is More Money Saved!

How many times have we thought, “If this product is working wonders for me, imagine what it can do if I use more.”  When it comes to skin care, less is definitely more. Excessive amounts can cause skin problems and waste money.

A pea-sized amount for potent ingredients like retinol or concentrated serums should suffice and about a quarter-sized amount for cleanser and moisturizer should do.

Have a good weekend,

Stephanie