Splash of Summer

Splash of Summer

Splash of Summer

Hello, loves! Over the holiday weekend I wanted to amp up the sexiness. I definitely did that with this skirt! I was sifting through the clearance racks at Target when I found this baby. Well, it actually found me! As bright as this skirt is it screams – “Look at me! Take me home! Wear me!” I find this to be a dress up alternative to a great sundress. I love wearing sundresses in the summer, but when the occasion calls for something with a little more oomph I find a colored pencil skirt and a printed tube top works nicely. It’s is definitely a sexy summer look. Look through your closet and match up different tube tops with your pencil skirts. A great printed tube top and a solid color pencil skirt really is a beautiful look, or vice versa – a solid tube top and a printed pencil skirt. Add a belt and a great open toe heel in an unexpected color, like I did. Mix and match colors. Take risks and see what combinations of colors really bring the outfit together. I know the trend right now is pencil skirts with crop tops, but for those who aren’t as comfortable with wearing that trend- this is the perfect alternative. I have to say this outfit really has become a quick summer fav. You can’t help but feel gorgeous in this look. Make a splash this summer with color!

My look: Skirt: Target – Mossimo; Tube top: Old Navy – (old); Shoes: Kohl’s – Candies (old) similar style here; Belt: Wet Seal; Studded Clutch: H&M; Cat eye sunnies: Forever 21; Plate necklace: Charlotte Russe (old) similar style here; Ring: Clearance – Forever 21; Wild Thing Lion Bracelet: Forever 21; Lipstick: Wet N Wild – Silk Finish in the shade Fuchsia with Blue Pearl (website color looks nothing like the actual shade I have!); Eyeshadow: Victoria’s Secret – Jet Setter Portable Makeup Kit (green shades).

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Time to “brush up” on some basics

Let's brush up

Let’s brush up

Hello, darlings! Hope everyone had a great weekend!  Last week I put a quick post on my Facebook fan page about washing makeup brushes weekly. I actually had quite a few questions regarding, “What type of soap I used to wash my brushes, why once a week, the process I use to wash my brushes, ect.,” so I figure I will give you a quick post on the how’s and why’s of my routine.

What I use to clean my brushes: I use Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo to wash my brushes. It is gentle yet gets the job done. No worrying about harsh chemicals or fragrances.

Why once a week?  I’ve heard some people wash their brushes daily, some weekly and some monthly. Then you have those who wash them like, NEVER. I obviously don’t advise the latter. I do find for me that once a week is perfect. I use my brushes quite often. Especially my blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow crease brush. These babies can get quite dirty, even after only one week. Since I became a religious brush cleaner I noticed I have less (if any) bumps on my face. I would get a few bumps in the area I applied my blush. I always chalked this up to the blush clogging my pores. It was, in reality, my dirty brush!  It was carrying all that bacteria!

The cleaning process:  I run my brush under warm water. Never turn your brush up and down when cleaning. You don’t want water to get trapped down in the handle. Once the bristles are wet I squeeze a small amount of the Johnson & Johnson shampoo into my freshly washed hand. I swirl my brush around and get the shampoo all through the bristles. I then run it under the water, gently squeezing forward. Do this until the water runs clear. I wash my brushes in the evening to let them air dry overnight on a clean hand towel. In a pinch, if you need them dry asap, just use your blow dryer on low (keeping the blow dryer a good distance from the brush, but close enough to dry the bristles without singeing them)!

Recommendation: I also recommend washing your eyeshadow brushes daily, only if you tend to change your eyeshadow color daily. I am always using different types of colors! I have quite the love affair with eye colors! I am never one to shy away from a bold eye look, or a subtle shimmer look. I will try it all!  So, naturally you will need to keep your brushes clean. You will muddy your color if you don’t wash them daily. If you go to wear a green shadow and still have yesterday’s purple hanging on to the bristles, you will not get the true color you are desiring.

So, that’s it! That is my routine. Hope it has been helpful.  If you have any questions for me, feel free to comment below!  Also, like my Facebook fan page!  I put up pictures of my outfit of the day (ootd), new makeup products and my first impression, etc. You can find the link on the sidebar of my blog. Hope you will like my fan page. It would make my day!

Take care, loves!  xo

Latest Makeup Finds (My video debut)

Hey, everyone! This is my first video review. I reviewed products from Wet n Wild’s Fergie line, as well as some nail polishes from Sally Hansen and Essie. Check it out! Sorry, for the filming quality. I used my iPhone and I didn’t use it in landscape mode. What was I thinking!? Also, they only let me choose from 3 screen captures as my main picture. They were all hideous! The one you see is as good as it gets! Haha. Anyway, hope you enjoy the reviews, and feel free to contact me with any question on the products I reviewed.

Happy first day of summer, my loves! And being on a Friday makes it all that much better. Let the summer weekend begin!

Current trends

Current trendsHello, loves!  Okay, so I love fashion, but that doesn’t mean I love absolutely every trend out there. Recently, I noticed a few trends that are resurfacing, and I actually gasp and cover my mouth in horror when I see them being worn again. Okay, I’m exaggerating….slightly, but I do wonder why these trends are back – and hotter than ever. I mean, weren’t they bad enough the first time around? The top 3 trends I have chosen to discuss are: Overalls, almond nails (other names: dagger or pointy nails), and Fanny packs (other names: belt pouch, chic fanny pack, vintage fanny pack).

Do we really love these or are we just wearing them for the sake of fashion? Let’s take a walk down memory lane, shall we?  Let’s remember all the reasons these fashions should have stayed in the vault – the very back of the vault.

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This pic makes me think, “How can any man get near a woman with these nails?” I mean, these are a weapon! This may look like a romantic picture, but if only you could see his face! He’s just praying she doesn’t puncture his neck.

 

 

trendsOh, dear Lord – What were we thinking? I will fully admit to this trend. I wore jean overalls, cord overalls, khaki overalls, shortalls. Now, when I look back at pictures of me in my teen years, I actually cringe at all my overalls! Did I live on a farm? Was I auditioning for a hip hop video?  The answer was no. I now realize, years later, this trend only works in those two areas.  So, if this is you – by all means, enjoy your overalls.

 

 

trendsOkay, I saved the best for last…. FANNY PACKS!  I mean, I was embarrassed to be seen with someone wearing a fanny pack, now we are proudly wearing them and disguising them with new names like – belt pouch, chic fanny packs, and vintage fanny packs. Is this suppose to make me want one? NO!!! The only time I ever wore a fanny pack was when I went to an amusement park (and that was only because I lost a game of straws and was forced to wear it, to keep all my friends belongings).
 

People all around the world are rocking these despicable trends. Take a look…….


 

When it all comes down to it,  fashion is not dictated to us – we define it – our own way. So, I may be poking fun at some trends, but honestly, if you like it, then rock it! Who knows, one of these trends may grow on me, and I’ll have to eat my words….but somehow, I have a hard time believing I will ever warm up to the fanny pack…..