De-funk your life part 1

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For the month of may I have been in a funk. It all started when I got sick. The head and sinus cold that would never leave. Taking so many meds, drinking so much tea and hardly sleeping. Of course the weather here hasn’t helped. We have gray cloudy and rainy days every day! Plus high winds that are frickin cold! Alaska spring time, what can I say. So once I was finally done with my cold and didn’t feel like a plague on society I sat on my couch …..and just stayed there. All I had planned for my blog for May was ruined. So I figured I needed to start digging myself out. Mothers day was the start of that.

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I love my boy!

My son came home from Virginia for a week. On Mothers Day my sister came over and with my son and husband we did an at home se pa day. Facials, manicures, pedicures but NO WAXING!

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It was a fun day. First we did our foot soak. My poor husband and son had to do 1 foot at a time since they have big feet. We soaked our feet in a mix of hot water, Listerine and applie cider vinegar. Next we scrubbed our feet with a peppermint scrub I made with sugar, coconut oil and peppermint essential oil. With are feet clean and polished we softened them up a bit more with gold bond medicated lotion.

 

Next up were the facials. We started with Micellar water to make sure our skin was clean. Then we used a tea tree scrub I made with coconut oil. Only a little sugar and some tea tree essential oil. In slow circular motions we sloughed away the dead skin cells. After rinsing off the scrub we applied a warm cloth over our faces and relaxed for a few moments. When that cooled it was time to apply face masks. I seem to collect those so I had a nice assortment. We had a choice of assorted Glamglow mud masks, Glamglow bubble sheet mask, ELF bubble liquid mask and some Sephora sheet masks. My son chose the Sephora tea tree mask, My husband chose the Glamglow mud mask and my sister and I chose the Glamglow bubble mask.

 

My son was so kind he shared his sheet mask. LOL!

After the mask we toned with an apple cider water mix. Then massaged in some Nip+Fab plumping treatment and some Este Lauder daily moisturizer. Our feet and faces felt so fresh! We took a break for some tacos and sweet tea.

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oh sweet TACOS!!!

Bellies full we finished with our manicures. Using the peppermint scrub we scrubbed all the dead skin off and applied Sally Hanson cuticle oil to our nails and cuticles. Trimmed the cuticle and moisturized our hands. Time for polish. We each chose our favorites and had fun trying to apply to our right hands evenly but we got it. With a spray of the quick dry we were done!

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Time for cake. The main thing I wanted for mothers day was this tuxedo chocolate mousse cake from Costco! We had to go to both Costco’s in town but we found it! It is quite possibly the best cake ever.

 

I couldn’t ask for a better mothers day. So many laughs and good food. So happy my boys love being pampered too. So this started getting me out of my funky depression. I noticed my skin from head to toe was starting to look how I felt. Time for a change.

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PIN ME UP!!!

 

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Inspiration

Todays inspirational look is described as Rockabilly/Pin-up.  I have to say the hair alone is a lot of work. With my thick hair it required many hair pins and a substantial amount of mousse and hairspray. If I didn’t have to do it myself I would have this look almost every day! The make up is fairly simple as well while still giving a seductive drama. Rockabilly / Pin-up is my ideal look.

As always I began with my Nars foundation, but this time I used the Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer. Next up are the brows. For this I used the Anastasia Beverly Hills dipbrow to shape my brows following the natural arch.

For shadowing I used the Lorac pro-pallete today. Rockabilly/Pin-up eyes draw their drama from the liner and lashes so for shadow shades I only used nude and Taupe. The nude was applied from lash line to brow line to give a natural looking base. The taupe was then blended in the crease line only. Using the Urban Decay 24/7 glide on eye pencil in perversion I applied a standard line on my upper lash only with just a tip of a wing. For my lower lash line I used the tapered end of the Kat Von D eye contour brush and dipped it in the shade espresso right on the water line.

To complete the eye drama I tried a different brand of eyelashes. All my previous looks that required false lashes I used the Sephora brand. The lashes today I found at Ulta. Eylure lashes are a lot more flexible and light weight. This made them far more comfortable. While I waited for the glue to become tacky I applied a couple coats of the Maybelline pumped up mascara. Then I applied the lashes. Their flexibility made it so easy to apply them.

To create the contoured cheeks I first applied the Color city bronzer in the hollows of my cheeks and then the contour shade over lapping the bronzer. Using my foundation brush I blended the two together upward. I originally used the dls baked highlighter in prosecco as blush. Its a beautiful shade but I needed more pigment so I added Benefit’s Galifornia blush to the apples of my cheeks then blended up along my cheek bone. For a little shimmer above the contour I very lightly applied the BECCA opal highlighter.

What’s left for the look? RED lips! I’m getting the hang of this red lip application. I of course used the MAC lipstick in brave red but first I used the Maybelline colorsensational liner in brick red to shape and fill in my lips, only slightly applying the line above my natural lips.

Last week I recreated the look of five strong women and as I continue experimenting and having fun, even with the liquid liner style, I found I’m also getting a bit sassy. This Rockabilly/Pin-up look inspired me to experiment with some pictures and the filters on my camera. I hope you enjoy this style and remember to have fun in life!

 

Sophia Loren

” Everything you see I owe to spaghetti”

                                       -Sophia Loren

All week I chose one celebrity to try to recreate their signature looks. Kat Von D, Dita Von Teese, Marilyn Monroe and Victoria Beckham are all iconic beauty symbols but they also have other commonalities. They are strong and intelligent women. This brings us to todays celebrity look. Sophia Loren, at 83 I hope to be as beautiful and active as Sophia Loren. A Hollywood sex symbol, intelligent and strong willed Sophia is my Italian Idol. The look I am trying to recreate today involves thick liquid liner. and strong contoured cheekbones, two areas I struggle with but its a look I always wanted to try. With that said lets jump in.

I started the day with some moisturizing. First up was a sheet mask from Victoria’s Secret PINK. Last time I went they were on sale 5/$10. Next up I applied a very small dab of Nip + Fab plumping serum. I also have the mask. If I’m staying home and not putting any make-up on I will apply the mask and leave it on all day. When I first tried the products I was hoping for a more a more supple look. I was a little disappointed but I’m not a quitter. With continued use it has improved the texture of my skin but not enough to buy it again. Once the serum absorbed I spritzed Mario Badescu facial spray. I bought a small bottle at Nordstrom Rack for $5. I couldn’t resist at that price. I love it! Its great for that extra refresh on a long day. I have never used it over make-up, not sure if you should. The final step was just before I was ready to begin the look. A generous amount of Estee Lauder day cream gives that final boost I need during the dry winters. With my skin moisturized I applied the Nars foundation and Tarte tape concealer as I have this week. Then using a small drop of Make up forever liquid highlighter on each cheekbone and blended it in just to give my cheekbones a little brightness.

Using the Anastasia Dipbrow I shaped my brows and filled them in. I also used the Anastasia brush to try and get my hairs to go up. My brows have their own ideas on that matter. Once my eyebrows and I came to an understanding it was time for shadow. The first 2 shadows actually came from an inexpensive generic pallet from Walmart. The kind they sell at Christmas time for inexpensive gifts. Combining the two shades Celestial (shimmery light yellow) and Flush (matte light yellow) I applied them from lash line to brow line. For added Brow definition I dabbed a small amount of white shadow from the Lorac ProPallete at the arch of my brows. Using the same Lorac pallete I blended sable into the crease line to begin the eye drama. From lash line to the sable in the crease I patted on the shade slate and blended it in with the sable. Slate was also used to begin the wing guide for the liquid liner.

Now comes the fun part…..sort of. Liquid liner. Sophia has aways been known for her thick liquid liner. For this I went back to the Illamasqua black liquid liner. When I used it for the Dita look on Tuesday I knew it would require patience. For the Sophia look I thought it would be a little easier since the look was a thicker line. Nope. Oh my do I need practice. I tip my hat to the women that use this product and technique every day. I trudged on though. With the lid complete I followed the line I created with the slate shadow for the wing. on the lower lash I used the Loreal black gel liner just below the water line and added a small wing below the liquid liner. Along the water line I used the Urban Decay white liner and continued the line between the two black liners just like the Marilyn Monroe look. To complete the look I added Sephora brand “Foxy”False lashes. After curling lashes on both eyes I applied the same Maybelline Pumped Up mascara.

For recreate the beautiful cheekbones Sophia has I used the darkest shade in the city color contour pallete. This was applied from the hairline to the center of the hollow in my cheeks then blended upwards. Using the highlighter shade I brushed a small dusting just above the contour. Benefit Galifornia blush was used only in the same area of the cheek hollow to hairline to complete the contour. To complete the look my lips were lined with Rimmel wild clover lip liner and filled in with MAC lustre in Patisserie lipstick to give the pout of Sophia Loren.

The final look……..

20180406_145057.jpg                                It has been a fun week recreating these beautiful women. I hope I did them justice for an amateur. Thank you for joining me and I hope you will join me next week for more creative looks! Remember April is Beauty Month here!

YouTube video used as a guide for todays look:

 

 

Victoria Beckham

Yesterday I gave you a clue to for todays celebrity look. Did you get it? The answer…Victoria Beckham. My inspiration came from a video on YouTube by Charlotte Tilbury. In this video from 2014 Charlotte recreates the look she created on Victoria Beckham for her Allure magazine cover. Thankfully in the cover photo Victoria is sporting a softer look. This meant I only had to contour a bit.

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Along with the Estee Lauder day cream I added Nip + Fab plumping serum. On the days I feel a more tired use the dragon’s blood serum to give me a little extra boost. Of course Charlotte Tilbury uses her own products. I have yet to try them. Due to budget restraints I modified the tutorial a bit. To add the under my foundation I used Make Up Revolutions liquid highlighter in Starlight and I found the MAC Strobe cream while waiting in line at ULTA. I telling you , I’m a BIG impulse buyer. I blended the two highlighters along my forehead and along my cheekbone. With that complete I then used the same Nars foundation and Tarte Tape concealer I’ve been using all week.

 

 

The first step was the brows. Today I used The Anastasia Dipbrow with a Kat Von D angle brush. With the Dipbrow always remember , a little goes a long way. So one little pot will last a while. I prefer this over pencils. It gives a richer color. For the eyes I skipped the Lorac Pallete and used a eye shadow/liner crayon from Jelly Pong Pong from a previous Ipsy package. I’m not sure of the color, its not printed on it but its a brownish dark copper. I colored a bit on my lids and smudged, using the Kat Von D eye contour brush, from lash line to crease line and slightly beyond the lid. I also used it as a liner on the lower lash line. For more depth Loreal Extra Intense liquid liner pencil was used only on the upper lash line. For the lower lash line Charlotte Tilbury uses a brown liner. As I said in the Marilyn blog I don’t have a brown liner, although now I’m tempted to invest in one. Yesterday I used Lorac shadow in espresso. Today I decided to use the NYX brown shadow in Bedroom Eyes along the water line. I also dabbed a fingertip size pat of the shadow to the center of my lids. Along the lower lashes below the water line I also smudged a little more of the Jelly Pong Pong liner for a smoky look. In this look Victoria does not wear false lashes so curling your lashes first is important. I then used the same Maybelline mascara I have used Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

 

In most photos I see of Victoria Beckham her cheekbones are very defines. I was happy for this cover look Charlotte Tilbury gave a softer look. For this look I used Benefits Hoola matte powder bronzer applied only to the hollow of my cheeks. For blush I used another product from a previous Ipsy package. Its also a brand new to me, LaQa & Co. Its actually a highlighter but it makes a better cream blusher. The color is Peachers Daughter and was lightly applied to the apples of my cheeks. Always start lightly. You can always add more.

 

 

Peachers Daughter also made for a nice base for my lips. As a liner I used Rimmel’s 1000 kisses liner in wild clover. Its a beautiful nude with slight pink tones. It is a close shade to natural lips. For the final product MAC Lustre lipstick in Patisserie was applied to give a light nude look. Both the Rimmel liner and Mac lipstick are a couple of my favorite colors and go on so easily without drying my lips.

 

 

And with the added shimmer yet overall minimal products The Victoria Beckham look is complete. Charlotte Tilbury is a very talented make up artist and I hope to try her products soon. Victoria Beckham is not only beauty but also brains. Her creative talents and initiative is a great inspiration. Time for me to go. Tomorrow’s look is waiting and she is a strong willed woman!

The final look……

 

 

Inspired by this YouTube video