Makeover With My Mom!!

Soo, today was a good day. I had my first day of high school, AND I got to give my mom a makeover!

My mom is totally clueless about makeup. She usually only wears a couple products, all of which do nothing for her…so she let me step in!

Gahhhd I love giving makeovers.

She’s 54. The last makeover I did was on my best friend (click here), so this was a change for certain. :} I brought out some products, both from mine and her makeup bags, and tried to find the perfect natural lighting.

Compared to my twelve-year-old friend, my mom has a lot more to conceal and cover. Her main problem is redness and impurities, along  with the sparseness of her lashes and brows. However, she’s got beautiful green/hazel eyes that I want to be her main feature!

So here’s before the makeup!

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And AFTER!!

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A BB Cream and concealer covered most blemishes and age spots, including redness under the nose. I blended out with a sponge to get a more smooth, airbrushed look, and topped it with powder.

I really wanted to bring out that olive glow in her skin, so I put a warm-toned highlighter on the high points of her face to really brighten it up. Blush didn’t seem needed, I was aiming for a more warm, soft appeal, not pinched, sparkly cheeks.

EYES ARE MY FAVORITE PART!! I love eyes. For my mom, I filled in her brows (not too much, just to give them a little more shape and definition), then started to layer colors on her lids. First a gold, a champagne in the center, a soft taupe in the crease. Black mascara seemed to harsh for this look, so I used a brown instead.

For lips, I picked a natural, peach color with a gloss finish.

The resulting look was natural enough to not look overdone, but just enough to make a difference. You can see older women who cake themselves with makeup to cover themselves, but my mom is not one of them. This look lets herself shine through! ^_^

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Afterwards, she wore her makeup all day long! I’m going to have to give her a lesson on how to apply it herself someday.

But let’s be real. My mom doesn’t really care what other people think about her OR how she looks.

She told me that “As you get older, you care less.” 

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Have a great night, my Curly-Fries!<3

MWAH.

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Giving My Best Friend a MAKEOVER!!!

Hii Curly-Fries! ❤

Today I wanted to do something a bit different, so I texted my friend Katie like “Yo gurrrl, can I borrow yo facee?” She was like “Ahuh, ya whatevers.”

Sooo I dragged her out of her house and plunked her down in a chair, picking through my stash and looking for the perfect colors.

You don’t know how long I’ve been waiting….watching….anticipating this moment >:D

YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND…Katie doesn’t like makeup. Which is totally understandable..considering she’s 12 and FREAKING FLAWLESS. Literally, she’s got that awesome baby-skin, no splotch, bump, or pimple in sight. I’ve been dyyyyyiiing to get ahold of her face since, like, forever. Her face is like a canvas begging for a little enhancement…and that could finally happen!!!

This is Katie, my best friend ever since we were literally babies.

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She’s seriously one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever met, and one of the sweetest.

Plus, she’s got gorgeous hazel eyes, the perfect button nose, and adorable freckled cheeks!

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Anyway, I was just in the mood to play “Bobbi Brown”, and thankfully, Katie finally let me.

Here she is before the makeup! (Natural and gorgeous.)

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And after! (STUNNING!)

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There was literally nothing (except dark circles) to cover, so I put a tinted moisturizer all over her face, and a little concealer under her eyes. I set all of it with powder.

And of course, you can’t go wrong with a beautiful blush! I used my favorite, Milani’s “Dolce Pink”, brushed on the apples of her cheeks, along with some highlighter to give her skin a dewy glow.

Eyes were my favorite part. I used a lot of glittery gold, champagne, and pink hues to bring out the green in her eyes. The mascara made  HUGE difference. Seriously, her lashes stretched for miles!! I also defined her brows to make them appear more full. I loove full brows, and her gentle arch gives her a very sweet, pretty look.

Lips were simple. Balm first, then a sheer pink lipstick topped with gloss.

The end look was very natural, soft, and innocent. We let her gorgeous curls down, and she looked like a fairy princess!

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In the end, she didn’t love it.

In her words, “I don’t like it because it covers up who the person is; it’s fake and unreal. I don’t “respect ” it I guess…It was made to cover up, but I don’t believe people should cover up.” 

Afterwards, I showed her how to take it off (with Cold Cream, a washcloth, and a few Q-Tips), and assured her that she’s beautiful no matter what.

Still, I’m really disappointed because NONE of my friends like makeup as much as I do….not even my best friend. I guess that’s how it goes.

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Have a gorgeous day, my lovelies!!

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My Biggest Haul Ever!

Good evening, Curly-Fries out there in blogger-land!

I have returned with the results of my haul!! And let me tell you, I think I may have went a bit over the top, but I live quite far away from the nearest Macy’s and J.C Penny. Soo..that makes it all kind of okay, right??

In total, I got one palette, one bronzer/blush duo, one straightening/curling iron, four lipsticks, four eyeshadows, a face powder, and a……brush cleaner. *womp womp wooommmmp*

First let’s start off at the MAC counter (one of my favesss!).

Enjoy the goodies :3

First off is lipstick in Lady Danger: 

And isn’t it STUNNING? The color just pops on my skin. It’s the perfect, matte, popsicle-red, that has just the right amount of orange. Texture-wise, I think it’s pretty great and nearly effortless to apply. Though matte isn’t my favorite finish, it has extreme staying-power that really stays on your lips.

Honestly, when I first saw it, I thought trying it on would be just like that one time I tried on Viva Glam Nicki. “Ohh gahhd no get this off of my lips. I look like a Muppet.”

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If you’re looking for a dangerous, fun, pin-up girl shade, check this one out! You won’t regret it.

Next I picked out Girl About Town: 

This is a gorgeous shade of fuschia.

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It’s a super-creamy, opaque, saturated pink with a purple undertone. No sparkle, no shimmer, just a light glossy look that makes your lips look really juicy. Perfect for summer. It’s so yummy and daring…a color that would look good with ANY bikini.

And who could go wrong with the classic Creme Cup?

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It’s gorgeous, it’s delectable, and it’s creamy. The color is a sweet, milky pink that doesn’t wash you out, or look too boring, so in my words it’s a beautiful nude. An exceptional everyday shade! A MAC MASTERPIECE.

Next from MAC, I got two eyeshadows in “Naked Lunch” and “Satin Taupe”, two best-sellers.

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Over all, these eyeshadows are very easy to blend and last a long time.

Naked Lunch is a very soft, shimmery peach-beige, and Satin Taupe, is, well, a satin taupe. This is my first time using MAC eyeshadows, and I think they’re pretty good. (Requires further study.)

And finally from MAC, the Studio Fix + Powder Foundation.

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I honestly haven’t used this on my own yet. When they applied it on me in the store, I was in love. In total, dubious, wonderful love. It made my face look so soft and flawless, like I had velvet model skin. I walked out of the store looking like a million bucks.

With a new eye look, wicked lipstick, and my face blotted to perfection, I went straight to Chanel.

From Chanel, I only got one, precious item. A lipstick.

I ADMIT, I am a lip girl. And the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in “Rendez-Vous” was just beautiful to me.

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IT WAS TOTALLY WORTH 30 BUCKS. OMG. It’s sooooo, so, so creamy, it makes the MAC lipsticks feel thick.

The color I picked is a beautiful rose with the right amount of shine. I really feel like I got my money’s worth, because I’ve never tried a lipstick that’s so luxurious!!

From Bare Minerals, I purchased two lovely, shimmery eyeshadows in “Heart” and “In The Buff”.

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No photo could capture the complexity in each of these colors. Both of them are really shimmery, rich colors, and when swatched are nearly iridescent. The mineral colors are so pigmented, I have to get more in the future!

Pretty soon, I decided to surf over to Sephora, when all of a sudden, I was stopped by a woman at a mall kiosk.

“Hey girl. Come over here! Oh, noo don’t worry, it will only take a second.”

Well. It took about half an hour, and I ended up with a very fancy, European, ceramic-plated, steam hair iron/curler. The Bellezza Lumino, in the newest color, blue snakeskin.

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And I do not do ANYTHING with my hair, unless a ponytail counts. But when I saw how naturally glossy my hair looked after she straightened it, I almost cried. The steam brings out all the natural oil in your hair, and it looks just like in a shampoo commercial!

It has a life-time warranty, and there’s no damage. Loveee<333!

But after I finally escaped her grasp, and headed to Sephora, coming away with NARS and Two-Faced goodies!!

From Two-Faced, I got the Boudoir Palette. It’s sooo sexy, soft, and elegant..I adore the shades.

They’re all pretty muted, nothing too crazy and acidic, but have a special quality to each of them. The possibilities are endless.

PLUS, they come with a card of different looks to try!!

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My favorite shades are “Voulez-vous”, “Lap Dance”, “Fuzzy Handcuffs”, and “French Tickler”.

 The names make me giggle.

Next, I bought my first ever blush from NARS. It was a small duo of the famous “Orgasm” and “Laguna”. I wore it today, and Orgasm is sooo STUNNING!!

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The pigment was so silky and buttery, utter perfection. I totally understand the hype.

Anyway..that’s it for my haul.

If you would like me to review any of these products, please leave a request in the comments. :}

I’m due for dinner with the fam.

Have a wonderful evening!!

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Bare and Beautiful

Today I felt like wearing very little makeup. I brought out some of my favorite products to create a “no-makeup” makeup look, and I’m actually very happy with it!

In today’s day and age, most women strive to create that flawless, effortless look, as if they are the rarest of creatures….a natural beauty. (Not a unicorn.)

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This is my basic everyday look this summer. It’s simple, it’s clean, and has the right amount of polish.

I just love the look of luminous skin, glossy pink lips, and dark lashes…it’s a perf combo! 😀

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Here are the products I used:

Elf Tinted Moisturizer in “Nude”

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in #10

Revlon Nearly Naked Powder in “Fair Clair”

Maybelline Full ‘N Soft Mascara

MAC Lipstick in “Hot Gossip”

MAC Lipglass in “Wonderstruck”

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Okay, I have to admit, this is the least amount of makeup I’ve wore in a long time. But my skin needed a break from all the heavy stuff…it was clogging my pores and making my skin look so tired! 

A lot of girls my age wear a ton of heavy makeup. You’ve probably seen the Twitter-pics, the Facebook profiles, the Instagram selfies. The thick, caky foundation, the lumpy, clumpy mascara, heavy liner, or bronzer. Makeup that makes them look worse instead of better, older instead of younger.

I think at any age under 40, GO AS BARE AS POSSIBLE. You are fresh, youthful, and beautiful. Show it off while you can!!

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Kiss kiss! Stay pretty, ladies. ;}

Sorry I haven’t posted in a bit, be prepared for some reviews on new products!!

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How-To: The Hanna Marin Look

Aloha, my elegant ladies.

How many of you watch Pretty Little Liars? Well…if you are like me, totally absorbed in all the secrets, scandal, thrill, and mystery of the show, this is a look inspired off of one of my favorite liars..Hanna Marin.

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This is a look that should look great on everyone. Hanna sports a very sensual smokey-eye that is usually brown or black, paired with a pretty pink lip. With her wide blue eyes, golden curls, and flawless, alabaster skin, she looks very innocent, but the smokey eye gives her an unexpected edge.

Here’s what you need to achieve an air of mystery:

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  • A coverage of your choice, but stray from anything super-matte! (Think fresh-face, NOT cake-face!)
  • Highlighter
  • A pretty pink blush
  • Brow definer (This is one step you shouldn’t skip!)
  • Eye primer
  • Brown eyeshadows (chocolates, ambers, taupes, ect.)
  • Black or brown eyeliner
  • Mascara (the blacker, the better!)
  • Light pink lipstick
  • Lipgloss (Optional)

The first step is to erase all your flaws, which is basically EVERYTHING, from crinkles, to wrinkles, to dark circles! Hanna’s skin is perfect, smooth, and luminous, what I like to call “baby-skin”. Make sure to work in thin layers, and blend, blend, blend. You want your skin to look fresh and radiant!

And before you think twice, a highlighter is a must-have for this look. Like I said, Hanna has super-glowy skin. Make sure you don’t go over-board, a little on the high points on the face is enough. Adding a layer of blush will give that extra touch, but make sure you pick a cream, satin, or matte formula, NO glitter.

Before we move onto the eyes, let’s give our brows some looove.! My brows are kind of sparse, so I filled them in. Make sure you arch your brows, because your eyes need a good frame. ;}

When you get to the eyes, make sure your lids are prepped and primed. This look is all about playing up your eyes, so you better prepare yourself.

First off, start layering your shadows. I started with a taupe on my lids, which is a super-universal color. Then I dabbed a soft brown on the outer third of my eye, and ended with a darker color in the crease. You want to feather these colors into each other, so it has a natural gradience. With the darker colors, you can build them up to a certain intensity, but you don’t need to go super harsh.

When we get to eyeliner, THAT’S where things start getting totes cray-cray. In my mind, Hanna’s eyeliner is her signature. In a lot of her looks, it’s really thick and smudged…the epitome of sultry! Draw on your line and smudge it with a Q-Tip or a brush, but only a little bit! Then line your waterline too; it makes a huge difference. But don’t forget about mascara, that’s just as important!

The final step is the easiest: Lipstick and gloss. Hanna’s lips are never super-bold, so stick with your soft, pearly pinks.

Aand now you’re finished, lovely. ❤

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PRODUCTS I USED:

  • Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in “Light/Medium”
  • Femme Couture Get Radiant Complexion Enhancer (review here)
  • Milani Baked Blush in “Dolce Pink” (review here)
  • Clinique Brow Shaper in “01”
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • We ‘N Wild Palette in “Comfort Zone” (review here)
  • Palladio Herbal Eye Liner in “Pure Black”
  • Covergirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in “Darling Chérie”
  • Femme Couture Super Juicies Sheer in “Clear”

Congrats, darling. You are now transformed into the sultry, sexy Hanna Marin. Just part your hair down the middle, curl it, and you’re ready to go find your Caleb.

I hope you guys enjoyed this inspired look…but I always thought I looked more like a Spencer. ;}

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As you can see, the eyes are very intense. I love how the colors blended!

The lips were the easiest part, and sooo awesome!

The pink looked perfect with a topping of gloss, and made my lips look super plump.

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Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed this post!

Who’s YOUR favorite liar?

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KISSES.

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The Neon “Model Lid”

Have you guys noticed this trend in all the fashion mags? Image

I mean…that ONE stripe of color makes such a difference, and it’s so popular!

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Just by dipping a brush into a neon color and swiping it along the lash line makes your eyes pop. It’s so gorgeous and modern and SIMPLE. Image

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I know I wasn’t very wordy..but I didn’t want to distract from the pics!

A lot of makeup these days seems to be very neon. But hey, trends come and go! I just thought this one looked very beautiful.

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Wal-Mart Haul!

Hey my little curly-fries!

I went to Wal-Mart literally just a half an hour ago, and picked up some stellar products that I wanted to share with you!. :}

It was late, and I was tired, and my mom wanted to leave, so I snatched some products that looked interesting and booked it to the nearest check-out.

So let’s dive in!

First off is two Essie nail lacquers in “Sugar Daddy” and “Mint Candy Apple”. Image

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As you can see, the colors are very pastel and candy-like, like the colors on an Easter-egg! They go on really smoothly; Mint Candy Apple dries to a cream finish and Sugar Daddy is a sheer gloss.

These are my first two Essie nail polishes, and I’m SO happy with them! Sugar Daddy is totally my new staple nail-color because it makes your nails look really healthy. Mint Candy Apple is a very fresh spring-summer color, very minty, and very bright. If you’re tan, it will pop against your skin!

Next is a Maybelline Eyestudio Duo in “Persuasive Plum”…something I wasn’t too sure about. Image

Guys, I’m a brown-eyed girl, and purples are my thang, mmkay?! (Tho I haven’t found the perfect shade yet.)

The duo comes with a dark eggplant-purple shade and a lighter shade with spots of champagne, mauve, light brown, dark brown, and lilac. The dark purple was so pigmented and velvety, but the lighter color HARDLY showed. Poo.

AND LAST is a cream foundation, my first, I might add! It’s the Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse, a very hit-and-miss product, in the color “Classic Ivory”.

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It’s really emollient, but comes in a sort of funny packaging. If you guys want a review, leave that suggestion in the comments! I’d be more than happy to do one!

Anyway, that’s all for tonight!

As Tigger says: “TTFN! Ta ta for now!”

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How-To: A Natural Face

Hey my lovely, fresh-faced beauties!

In the makeup world, a natural, or “nude” face means fully-dressed. It shouldn’t be hiding your features, it should be enhancing them…which is why everyone can wear this look!

Simply put, you’re just playing up what you like about your face. Do you have large, expressive eyes? Perfect cheekbones? Glowing skin? Full lips? Pick ONE feature, because that feature should be the focal point.

Here’s what you’ll need to get that “natural” beauty:

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  • Foundation or coverage of your choice (BB Cream, mineral powder, ect.) 
  • Concealer
  • Pressed powder to set
  • A favorite blush/bronzer
  • Highlighter
  • Eye base or primer
  • Natural eyeshadow
  • Mascara
  • Brow powder and gel
  • Lipstick
  • Lipgloss

(P.S: You don’t have to use all of the products I mentioned..you can pick and choose what to add or take away!)

Anyway, let’s start!

The first step is simple, yet difficult, so prepare yourself! You need to create a perfect, smooth, flawless complexion.

I exfoliated my skin and put on some moisturizer first, so my skin would be prepped and primed. When you’re applying your coverage, be extremely careful! In one flash of a powder puff you can go totally cake-faced. (If you turned cake-faced, check out this past post for salvation.)

The next part is ten times easier! Blush and highlighter! I love a good blush…the right shade can make such a difference in how someone looks. I chose one with subtle gold veining, so it can really make my cheeks pop! The secret in a nicely flushed complexion is LESS is MORE, so be sure to tap off any excess of your blush brush! I usually add a light dusting of highlighter on the tops of my cheekbones.

In this look, I decided to play up my eyes. Before I added any shadow, I put on a cream base to intensify the colors I would layer over it. I chose dreamy, subtle colors that would really make my brown eyes glow. Then, because my brows are sparse, I filled them in and set them with a clear gel. The eyes are the windows to the soul, and windows need good frames! A wise Youtuber once said, “Your brows should be like sisters, not twins.”, so you shouldn’t go to extremes to make them look identical.

The final step is my personal favorite, the lips, one of the most seductive things about a face. Before any lipstick or gloss, you should have them exfoliated and moisturized. I chose a nude lipstick color, but you could pick any soft, natural color  you like. I like to add gloss on top too, it makes your lips look softer, younger, and plumper.

And you are dooooone, hun! ;}

PRODUCTS I USED:

  • Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45
  • Mineral Fusion Concealer Duo in “Neutral”
  • Clinique Stay-Matte Pressed Powder in “Stay Buff”
  • Milani Blush in “Dolce Pink”
  • Wet ‘N Wild Color Icon Bronzer in “Reserve Your Cabana”
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo in “Barely Branded”
  • Smashbox Eyelights Palette in “Flash”
  • Real Colors Whip Lash Ultimate Mascara in “Extreme Black”
  • Zuzu Luxe Lipstick in “Ultra Suede”
  • NYC Liquid Lipshine in “Nude York City”

You should look and feel really fresh and confident, like you’re not wearing much of anything, but  still put-together and polished.

I hope you guys enjoyed this how-to. After all, it’s basically my everyday look in a nutshell!

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Cheers!

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