Sam, 14, Georgia | Sam is 14-years old, lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her mom and two (of three!) older brothers. She was born and raised in Georgia, but her family originally hailed from Illinois. You will find her busy meeting new people and enjoying teen soap operas/dramas (like Vampire Diaries)–and of course, she’s madly in love with all things beauty. When she’s not playing around with makeup, you’ll find her with headphones on listening to everything; from classical to rap, pop to heavy metal, and almost everything in between (though she favors rock!).
Halloween Makeup: Leopard
Halloween Makeup Tutorial: Leopard
I have a quick Halloween makeup tutorial for you, and I promise it’s easier than it sounds. This was my first time doing Halloween makeup! My cousin, Nicole, was crazy enough to let me experiment with my makeup on her, so she will be modeling for us today.
What You Will Need:
Your Foundation/Skin Toned Eyeshadow
Matte Light Brown Eyeshadow (Urban Decay’s Naked, from the Naked Palette)
Matte Medium Brown Eyeshadow (Buck, also from the Naked Palette)
Matte Light Taupe Eyeshadow (Velvet Revolver by Too Faced)
Satin Grey/Brown Eyeshadow (NYX Charcoal Brown)
Matte Black Eyeshadow (NYX Black)
Black Eyeliner Pen (NYX Super Skinny Eye Marker)
Creamy Brown Eyeliner Pencil (NYX Brown Slim Eye Pencil)
Warm Light Brown Lip Liner (NYX Nutmeg Slim Lip Pencil)
Beige/Brown Lipstick (NYX Tea Round Lipstick)
These are just the colors that worked for Nicole and her skin tone. You can use whatever works best for you!
YES, yes! I finally filmed it! I had several readers request a tutorial on how I paint my nails, and I’ve been promising to do one for awhile. I’ve followed through, and now you can see the way I do it. It’s just one method of applying polish to your nails, and it’s the one that I’ve found works for me. I don’t know what the “right” way to do it is, and if you have a method that works for you, nothing wrong with that either
Zoya’s Color Lock System ($48) includes Zoya Remove+, Anchor, Get Even, Armor, HurryUp, Renew (two more than I said in the video)
Once you’ve made the investment in brushes, take care of that investment by regularly washing and cleaning your brushes. Regular maintenance of your brushes will provide you with years of use, but it will also keep your makeup, brushes, and routine more sanitary. It is particularly important to regularly wash face brushes if you are acne-prone — it is best to do so after every use, especially with brushes that have been used in cream or liquids.
There are few days out of the year where I really go all out to look my very best in every single way; this Valentine’s Day was one of those such occasions. As the first Valentine’s Day I get to actually spend with my boyfriend [in person], I wanted to pamper and primp myself to the nines. Even though we didn’t (and didn’t intend to) go out, I still wanted to work hard to be at my prettiest! (But those are my flowers pictured above!)
Temptalia’s Pampering & Primping Routine
Cleansed, exfoliated, and soft from head to toe. My usual shower is ten to fifteen minutes, but today I was in there for at least a half hour. I shampooed and conditioned my hair (with Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship), exfoliated my body (with cake’s sweet cheeks scrub), and shaved (with Every Man Jack Shave Gel). Oh, plus took a loofah to every inch (with philosophy’s raspberry sorbet shower gel).
Moisturized from head to toe. Pretty standard, but I chose a scent I knew my boy would really enjoy, which meant I pulled out bliss’ vanilla+bergamot body butter. I hate feeling cold lotion on warm skin, so I always make sure to whip the body butter between my palms to help warm it up before I apply it to my skin.
Blow dried my hair for five minutes at a time inbetween steps. I don’t particularly like standing around blow drying my hair, so I tend to do it in shorter intervals while I’m getting ready, but I definitely did this!
Highlighted my decolletage. Really! I dusted MAC’s Daisylight beauty powder on my shoulders and cleavage for subtle highlighting and some shimmer.
Get polished with makeup (everyone’s favorite part). I already posted the look I wore for Valentine’s Day earlier this afternoon, but I want to tell you why I chose to do that look. My boyfriend doesn’t hate on bright looks, but he does prefer more natural ones, so that was a definite factor that weighed into my decision. Secondly, I think it’s important to enhance natural beauty on an occasion like Valentine’s Day, which is about loving and appreciating each other. I wanted to go for a look that was subtle, but eye-catching, and something that would suit my skintone and incorporate a touch of color. I opted for darker pink-red lips rather than a brighter pink or a deep red, because my boyfriend loves me in pink lips (and hates me in red lips!). I also made sure to properly contour and highlight my cheeks so they would be more prominent.
Total Pampering & Primping Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
What’s your ultimate pampering and primping routine? What do you do when you want to look your very, very best?
Have a Va Va Voom Vacation Introducing theBalm’s NEW Limited Edition BalmVoyage Kits
Jet-setting beauty junkies can say au revoir to their bulky makeup and bonjour to theBalm’s NEW BalmVoyage. These kits include mini versions of theBalm’s cult favorites along with luggage tags that effortlessly snap onto any bag; perfect for any glamour girl on-the-go. Give the gift of luscious lips and glittering eyes this holiday season. theBalm introduces two travel-friendly limited edition gift sets that are perfect way to keep your stockings stuffed.
The Eye Kit (for the girl who arrives batting her lashes) includes: Smaller versions of the popular shadyLady shadow and shadow liner, and Hot Mama blush to give a smoldering holiday glow.
The Lip Kit (for the girl who arrives puckering her pout) contains: A miniature sized Stainiac in Beauty Queen, BalmShelter SPF 17 lip gloss, and the Plump Your Pucker gloss for kissable lips under the mistletoe.
Whether spending this holiday season sailing the Caribbean or skiing the Alps, the NEW BalmVoyage is a perfect fit.
French Art of Flirting | $36 ($49.50 value)
This holiday season, let your eyes say it all. The French Art of Flirting has never been easier than with this set of three Regard Effet Metallis Waterproof Eyeliners and the always essential Volume Glamour Ultra Black Mascara.
Regard Effet Metallis Waterproof Eyeliners inNoir Effet Miroir- intense black, Feuille de Cuivre – radiant copper
Vert Pepite – luminous green, Volume Glamour Ultra Black Mascara – jet black