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Love it/Don’t Love it: Makeup

Many of us have our own tastes. Some of us like certain trends, and others not so much. Not everyone will agree but that’s completely fine. Here I want to share makeup trends that I either don’t like or like. I wouldn’t say hate because it’s a strong word. Some of these are from this year and others are ones that have been with us a while.

Love It

Winged Eyeliner

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Though I have never fully mastered the winged look, it is a trend that has stemmed over centuries. From ancient Egypt to now. Some are really great at it while for me, I need that makeup tape as a guide. See I have this tiny itty bitty fold at the corners of my eyes and also that fold sort of slants down. So I have to use tape and fake not having this tiny fold. I can’t seem to find anyone that has this fold online and if there is someone, please tell me who they are and if they have tips. generally I just do a simple line top and bottom. But winged looks take more effort for me. I love the look. It adds so much depth to the eye.

Bold Lips

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Not everyone can pull a bold lip with the same color. Just this year I tried Poppy Pink in Avon’s Moisturizing Lipstick. This past spring bright lips were in and I usually don’t go for anything bright. I end up laughing at myself. Even one of the brighter shades of lilac made be giggle. It didn’t go well with my skin tone. But it looked great on another customer who loves purple. Bold lips are great especially if the color looks fabulous on you. Sometimes you can shock yourself because you may not wear a lot of bright colors, but there’s that one that just seems to fit you.

Bronze Skin

There was a time where bronze skin was looked down upon and in fact many countries still use skin lighteners. But it wasn’t until Coco Chenelle came back from a vacation and sported tanned skin that it really took hold. Since then we have have created countless ways of getting it. Tons of products. Some of us need more help than others. All I ask is that you not use a tanning bed. Stop. Right now. Just one use, especially the younger you are dramatically increases your chance of skin cancer. If you can’t take the heat well, like me and I used to be a big time sun baby growing up, use sunless tanning. But at least get some vitamin D in after the days hottest point so that you aren’t inflicting unseen damage. So many people have low Vit D and getting sun helps.

Bare Skin

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Wait? bare skin? Do I mean no makeup or less attire? Well makeup wise you don’t always need to contour. Sometimes just adding a tinted moisturizer before adding eyeliner. I still using setting spray with mine. I use Magix by Avon in light/medium. There’s six shades. You can mix them as well if you need something in between. I like my shade currently because it added enough tint that I feel like I tanned without using bronzer. You don’t always need to contour and sometimes when your busy a bare faced look is a great way to go.

Liquid Shadows

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Earlier this year Avon sold a line of liquid eyeshadows that were such a hit. I did do a review of it called Glimmer + Shine: 8 New Colorful & Amazing Avon Glimmer Shadows. They were such a hit we sold out and currently are waiting for more to be in stock. I like liquid ones because they just add more color to your eyes. And if you are doing regular powder shadow and want to add some sparkle to the middle of your eyes, you can do that, too.

Don’t Love It

Pencil Brows

At this point of the article I want to note there are less pictures. Mostly because I couldn’t find many suitable within my budget for the blog.

Now, a nicely done pencil brow is worth the look. But so many just do them thin in ways that are not becoming of the face. thin McDonalds arches, thin but a bit too high above the eye, thin but too short, thin but far too long. If don right depending on the face and sometimes the age of the person, they can look great. I have what I can only describe as thick to start and then sparse as they go away from the face. It makes having a clean look hard to accomplish without primping. I do actually have to work at the top. They say not to and this is good advice. But you will see eyebrow hairs go up into my forehead in a sporadic manner and also go onto my lids. So, I do have to clean up a lot. I like to have a soft arch above my eye but also have a mid-level thicker start to my eyebrows towards the nose. They do tend to grow thick at the bottom. I feel like it almost overshadows my lid. But I have rarely over plucked and given myself a pencil brow. We all know how much work it takes to grow them back in properly. Thick eyebrows can be great as well. It is a popular trend as of late. The thick and slightly messy brow. But I prefer to keep mine cleanup up. Just not to the point that I almost have no brows. Also, please don’t do those stubby short brows. It just looks silly.

Overlined lips

I get it. People want big lips. Guess what? my upper lip is thin and slightly off center and even when I attempted to overdraw a bit, it looked unnatural. In fact it’s best if I go just within the line. Especially given the fact my lip line is blurry. And a bit wonky. I’ll have to do a close up sometime both with and without makeup on. I have still yet to make sure it doesn’t look odd. As for making my upper lip look bigger, well, there is contouring your lips. It helps a bit. But using a shiny lip gloss up top has given the effect of a thicker lip when I don’t have one. You can do Botox if you want. I recommend not doing that though. It is not just the side effects, but the history of how Botox came into being is actually disgusting. Here is an article/podcast titled The Rotten, Sausagey Secret Origin of Botox from one of my favorite StuffYouShouldKnow channels called Ridiculous History. I should warn you it may not be advisable to eat while reading or listening to the content.

I went way off from talking about overlined lips.

Strobing

Now, it isn’t as much of fad as it was in 2015. But its still done with shimmery highlighter at the cheekbones. Some people I have seen can pull it off. Mostly with those of fair skinned nature or people with less oily complexions. I have combination oily skin. I prefer a matte look. I don’t care for strobing where its all the higher points of the face. I feel like people are turning themselves into human versions of a lighthouse. Now with people doing it just above the cheekbones and to the side, I can stand it a bit more. It’s not as in your face. Again, I have noticed fair skin seems to look better with it. Though I am still not a fan.

Glitter

Glitter is cute one preteens and kids. But it’s not good if you ingest it or get it in your eye. It can cause damage. It’s not good for the environment. And I don’t understand the effect one is attempting to achieve. And it’s hard to get rid of. My daughter once had one spec of glitter on her scalp for months. It wouldn’t come off. If you do it, sparingly is key.

Box Coloring

I don’t mean hair color. I mean making boxy colors with eye shadow. I know it’s more edgy and perhaps Avant Garde. But unless you have an eye shape that’s perfect for it to not look like you stepped off of a sci-to film, I wont understand why it should be done. It will be a popular trend this fall. So, more people will be wearing it.

Extra: Glopping

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I want to say I love this picture. It’s artistic. I mostly used it just to show how I see people using products to drip on their face in videos. But I lile this picture.

Now I am not alone in this. I call it glopping. Where a person in a video wants to show how a product looks on the skin by letting it drip down their face. This isn’t a makeup trend, thank goodness for that unless its cosplay of some sort. It is part of product videos that many YouTubers or Instagramers use to give effect to a product. I don’t think, unless you have really dry skin, that its necessary. For many it leaves the skin feeling heavy with product. Especially if you put on other products. I prefer feeling like I am not wearing anything and don’t need to wash anything off immediately.

This is my Love It/Hate It list for makeup. Do you agree with anything on the list? Either way tell me in the comments and if there is anything you aren’t a fan of, let me know. I may just agree with you.

5 Things I have learned About Makeup

I was young when I started using makeup. But I didn’t use a whole lot. I only used eyeliner. I have a condition called trichotillomania. It’s a condition where a person pulls out their hair. It’s uncontrollable and generally starts in puberty. Something I learned it that when not addressed early enough, it is rather hard to stop. I won’t go into it but it once of the reasons I wear eyeliner to this day. I do still have trichotillomania. I was never treated early enough. It began when I was 13. I began wearing eyeliner, even to bed because I was that self conscious about it, at age 15. For a long while I wore it every day. Now, I don’t wear it every day. Some days I may not wear it when I go out. Like to take our garbage or check the mail. But I do wear it if I have to go somewhere. Sometimes that’s the only thing I put on. It’s rare to catch me without it on outside of the house. Or in a picture.

I started to sparingly wear makeup in my last year of high school. My step dad has an amazing eye for colors and so he helped pick them out. He is even really good at picking out something someone would like. It’s not common in all guys. I started with neutral colors maybe a bit of pink. I didn’t start to really know how to put makeup on though until just a few years ago. I am almost 40. It took me that long. But in the short 10-ish years I have started using makeup, there are at least 5 things worth mentioning in what i have learned.

Start Small

You don’t need to go all out when you first wear makeup. I think that’s what most tweens do when they experiment. Or even little girls do and even some boys. Many makeup artists are male so don’t get too upset if your little boy does this. He may grow up to be a famous makeup artist to the celebrities. Start with tinted lip glosses. Avon sells Dew Kiss Lip Dew. It adds just a tint of color to your lips. I started using that at 15 as well. Mostly to keep my lips soft but I liked the color it added. It is a long time favorite for many. Maybe do some eye liner and mascara but no eyeshadow, Keep it simple. Watch videos or ask friends and family their techniques for applying makeup. You can practice at home even if you aren’t going anywhere and since you can take a selfie now, use that to see how you like it.

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Don’t Do It for Others, Do It for You

One of the many things I think girls and women may feel is that they should do it for others. Yes, some men and women are shallow and will base how you look on how they treat you and how they say others will treat you. The fact of the matter is, do it for yourself. Especially if someone finds out there may be a deep meaning as to why you do it. Such as people with noticeable scars or birthmarks or skin conditions you want to mask. I say let your real you come out but if you really want to hide it, that is your choice. Not others and if they find out what you look like without makeup and chastise you for it, well they aren’t a great person to be around to begin with. Makeup should be something to enhance how you feel about yourself. Yes, many celebs do it for appearances sake. But that’s the message we get and sometimes for the wrong reason. They have to represent a brand that isn’t everyone. Make your own personal brand. The more authentic, the more real you are being about it. And you don’t need to wear makeup each time you walk out the door. Some women fear too much about being seen with no makeup. Relax. You are human.

Don’t Overdo It

It may come as a contradiction from the previous lesson I mentioned. You don’t need to do a whole lot sometimes. Yes, the no makeup makeup look does take more effort than most people think, but at the same token you don’t need so much makeup it looks like you could leave a dent just by touching it. You don’t need overly bright colors if it takes away from another feature. Smokey eye looks can go horribly wrong. I saw a girl back in high school with what would be a good example of racoon eyes. I tried hard not to look for too long. I am sure she was trying to do an emo look but even the way she did it was a bit too much. The rest of her looked fine.

Take a Break

Just as I said in my 5 Things I Learned About Skin Care (previous post), it’s fine to take a break from wearing makeup. Let your skin be skin. Someone sees you without makeup, oh well. It’s your day off from makeup. It isn’t a must just to be seen. Any non-shallow person will not judge you for being without makeup. Even today, I am not wearing any. I’m writing.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Not all of use are great at applying makeup. So practice is a must. I still can’t do some eyeliner lines without using that tape as a guide. I hate the tape. It bugs my face, but it helps. Getting it right takes practice. Contouring takes work. You have to blend so much and know where to highlight and where to contour for you face shape. What parts you want to accentuate? Sometimes though there’s a feature you want to even out and even some guides wont be helpful. If you are able to ask a professional about it then that helps too. I took stage class in high school for one year. We learned not just about the types of theatres plays were done in in history and other theatre history as well, we learned about plays and, stage setup and even using stage makeup. It was then that I knew why the news lady on tv had such a highlight on her nose. It was to bring out her nose as a feature. In stage, contouring helps with what image you want to set for your character. Along with lighting. If your playing an elderly person, it’s not just using a nose prosthetic, but also the way makeup is used to give the idea you are older than you are. And that type of technique takes practice. It’s the same with everyday makeup. I get told a lot that I look like I’m 20. This is without makeup on. It doesn’t help I have a lean build and am short and have no chest. But my face apparently looks young. So, with makeup I use techniques to make myself appear older. But it takes practice to get it right when you are learning. Also, I am actually closer to 40. Yes, I know. Take it as a compliment. But that’s hard when you get treated like you don’t know anything and couldn’t possibly have three kids much less one who is 16. Tell me I look 20 years younger in ten years.

What are somethings you have learned about makeup? Share in the comments.

Uh-oh, What’s In My Makeup Bag.

I hadn’t had the chance to write this week. And when I looked down to see what to write next, since It will be at least another month before I can do a review (really really wanted to do one on Avon’s new Lip Tattoo), I saw that I had written down to write about what’s in my makeup bag. Oh, goodness. To start, I don’t have an actual bag. I need one though. No it’s a gallon size ziplock bag. Oh, the tragedy! This has got to be a no-no to other makeup bloggers and maybe some YouTubers. I used to have a small makeup bag. it was just a dark black one. It’s been ages and I have no clue where it wold be now.

On with what’s in my makeup bag. I don’t just keep a few things. No, I can never tell what look I might be doing so it’s a big full of a variety of things. but I do tend to move thing in and out depending on what I have been into wearing.

So, starting from the top left and gong to the bottom right, in my bag I have:

My whole makeup bag. Look at the next caroursel to see the pics and the descriptions that go with each pictures.
  1. A Profusion Cosmetics 21 Color Pallette in Sultry. A gift from family from last Christmas. No, its not a bad pallette. Some colors are nice but some don’t live up to their color presented. Still, worth using though.
  2. An Avon Holiday Spectacular Blockbuster set containing 66 eyeshadows, 5 blushes, 4 lipgloss, and two bronzer blushes
  3. Two Avon True Color Lipstick Sample Packs of ten (one is missing a color) in Nourishing and Ultra Hydrating.
  4. LA Splash Classic Horror Lip Stain, Dracula Themed. I got this last year for my daughters Halloween costume. She was a cowgirl Vampire.
  5. Physicians Formula Bronze Booster. I tend to use this the most in the summer to give what ever tan I have obtained a boost.
  6. Avon True Color Transforming Contour Stick in Light/Medium. Fairly new I got it because another contour stick set was all used up. I like that the contour side doesn’t go on as thick as my previous contour stick.
  7. Avon Magix Tinted Moisturizer in Light/Medium. I LOVE this. It’s a whole face moisturizer that can be used by it self or with your regular routine. It blurs imperfections. Like my large nose pores. And gives the face some vitamins. I feel like I have tanned just a touch when I wear it,
  8. Avon True Color Setting Spray. Also new. I was previously using LA Colors Setting spray. It ran out an it gave me a reason to by more from Avon.
  9. Avon True Color Blush in Perfect Plum. I don’t use it all the time and it’s one of the very few purples that have ever looked good on me.
  10. Avon True Color Concealer Corrector. I Compared this to Loreal’s True Match corrector concealer. While I like both, this one isn’t as messy. I had to be light handed with Loreal’s product.
  11. Avon Nourishing Lipstick in Peony Blush. This matches my natural lip color to a T. I am not sure how many girls can say the same.
  12. Avon True Color Powder Foundation in Light Beige. I don’t always match my foundation to the my powder. For some reason it never works for me. So, I go a bit lighter and then it leaves my face looking less…. unnatural.
  13. Avon Glimmer Shadow in Rose Gold, Fools Gold, Iron Violet, and Ultramarine. I also have it in Jade. But not in my makeup bag at the moment.
  14. Avon Glimmerstick Lip Liner in Pink Cashmere. This also matches my natural lip color as well as the Peony lipstick I have. Glimmerstick Eyeliner in Blackest Black. My go to color. I have never gone with another color unless it was a very dark brown but it’s been years since I have used that shade. Glimmersitck Eyeliner in White Awake. I Occasionally use this is a look calls for white. But I always pair it with another liner.
  15. Avon Crave Lipgloss in Salted Caramel, Honey Tea, Cherry Creamsicle, Birthday Cake, Chocolate Brownie, and French Toast. I don’t use them much unless I’m adding color to my lipstick for extra oomph.
  16. Avon Skin-So-Soft Hand Cream. It may seem odd, but yes I use this when doing my makeup. Not a lot just a little because I am picky how my hands feel when doing my face.
  17. LA Colors Jumbo Eyepencil in Seashells. I use this to help some of my eyeshadows appear more pastel. It also helps keep some eyeshadows from dusting off.
  18. Loreal Brow Stylist Brow Plumper. I have not yet tried Avon’s brow products. I have when they first had a brow gel ages ago. This I use for more natural brow look. Yes, I do draw on my brows after I shape them but recently I have been doing a more natural look. This works very well.
  19. Last but not least Revlon’s Cream Shadow Pallettes in Wild Orchads and Moonlit Jewels. This aren’t new. They are a bit older but still in good condition and some are barely used. I use my own applicator for these since they don’t already come with them.

How to: Skin-So-Soft as an Amazing Brush Cleaner

It’s been a few weeks and I have not written. A mix of both I somehow injured my hand and had to recover and also, I lost momentum. Of sorts. Don’t worry I am still here to talk about Avon products. Today I want to bring up an interesting use for Skin So Soft Bath Oil that I saw on a Pinterest post listing the various ways you an use the product. Being that I have more oily skin, well it’s become less oily over the years, I decided to take one of the big bottles I got as a sample (yep, big bottle) to see how it worked for cleaning makeup brushes. One of the many ways to use it.

Of course we makeup wearing folk know that you need to keep you makeup brushes cleaning so as to not spread germs and gets skin issues like acne. Or to mix your colors enough that they don’t come out they ways they should because of residual color still in the brush. I am going to admit something about my self here: Until a few years ago I never actually cleaned my brushes. Sure, maybe I cleaned ones used for eyeshadow when I needed to change color and didn’t want to muddy up my look. But I only rinsed the brush and used soap and a dry clean cloth. Running it over the cloth until I saw no remaining color. Other than that I never did it. I wasn’t told about this upkeep growing up and mildly using makeup. I wasn’t as into wearing makeup until a few years ago. So, when I read about using SSS Bath Oil to help clean brushes, I figured it would be worth testing as a review considering I don’t use the oil for my skin since I break out into acne easily anywhere on my body. Especially my back. I just use a lotion on my shins because they are pretty dry. And on my T-Zone because it went from being oily to dry as sand and peels. Now my daughter I use bath oil on because she has overly dry skin and has since birth. She is always being covered in a thin layer of oatmeal lotion after each bath and SSS body lotion each morning. She used to have severe eczema as a baby. So bad I had to carefully use a prescribed cream on here daily.

Onward with the topic. I want it to be clear I have not yet bought Avon makeup brushes but I hope to fairly soon. Most of the ones I have were given to me so it isn’t like I had a choice at the time. Plus, why waste a brush is it works? I gathered all my brushes. Including the one missing a handle. It just fell off but it’s still useful.

I put them on a clean towel I generally use for cleaning around the house. I wanted something white since most of my other towels are either blue or red. This way you can see the brushes better in a picture.

In reading how to make a good makeup brush cleaning solution, I used an equal part of SSS bath oil and equal part dish soap. Orange scented. Again this is not the scent I prefer for cleaning dishes. Again it was given to me. Orange smells horrible as a cleaner to me. I prefer sea salt scented by Preference. To make the two products equal I used 1/4 c each. I wanted enough to adequately dip the brushes in. Though both an oil, they did separate, with the dish soap landing at the bottom of my bowl. But using a handy wooden lollipop like tool I mixed it together until it made a creamy color.

Then I started with a brush. I dipped it in the solution and used my hand to rub the solution around the brush. I saw tons of color come right out of the brushes. Some more dirty than others. Specifically the eyeliner brush I use for gel liners. It was stiff and dark with black liner I purposely didn’t clean after use. My foundation brushes also had a lot of color come out of them. I was shocked since I don’t try to use a lot of foundation powder. It makes me look cakey up close.

After cleaning each brush I ran them under warm water to rinse off the oil. Now, normally I am used to having to get off oil from anything with dish soap and so I reminded myself I don’t need more. It’s already in the brushes. Making it easier to rinse out because of that fact.

I gently dabbed them on the cloth which showed more and more of where some brushes had just a bit of color still left in them until no more color came out and I set them upright in a small wine glass I use to hold my brushes. I don’t have conventional makeup brush holders and use cups with no pairs. About an hour later some were still drying and others were noticeably soft to the touch. You can clearly see the original color of some brushes now.

For someone who doesn’t use oils to moisturize their skin I will definitely say that SSS Bath oil works great because it did give my brushes a soft touch and did help clean them as well as helping them smell nice. Though I could still do without the orange scent that mildly lingers. Ew.

Skin So Soft Bath Oil is on sale this campaign. The 16.9 fl oz bottle is $11.99 (reg $22) and the 15 fl oz is on sale for $16.99 (reg $29). This is for all the fragrances and not just the original.

Ingredients

MINERAL OIL/HUILE MINERALE 
ISOPROPYL PALMITATE 
DICAPRYL ADIPATE 
PARFUM/FRAGRANCE 
SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL 
TOCOPHERYL ACETATE 
DIETHYLHEXYL SODIUM SULFOSUCCINATE 

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