Brooke

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Fresh Young Thing

 

WARNING* A lot of info here. Yet, very helpful…

Whether you are a teen or a mother of one, or even a woman who just isn’t that into “make-up”, I’m going to give my two cents on the fresh face of beginners “make-up”.

First, seek out a line that is super skin friendly. By this, I mean one that is gear toward sensitive skin, even if you don’t consider your to be “sensitive”. Why? Because, there are some serious makeup lines out there that you would think were skin friendly but really are NOT….

Tarte Cosmetics, is my favorite of the moment ( if you haven’t noticed) they are free of all garbage, cruelty free, and beautiful. You can buy it online or through most Sephora stores.  Not to mention, Tarte is very nice to your skin. You could also try professional mineral lines ( through a Doc’s office or clinical skin care facility), or if that is even out of reach and you need to see & feel, go with a Neutrogena or Clinique.

Anyway, my advice is to stray from a powder, and go straight to a tinted moisturizer. I have had a lot of clientele that go this route, I’m really sure why? Maybe it’s they way they were taught or, maybe they feel powder is a lighter coverage, but it usually ends up looking sloppy. Straight up. Personally, I have never been a fan of powders when used alone, (they end up weird on the skin, and usually aren’t applied correctly) it’s just a mess, and not cute at the end of the day, especially when you are a teenager, and everyone is on the prowl for any little flaw. A powder is a good finisher, when you are aiming for a complete face, and anti – shine, after a full make-up application….

So ladies, start with a clean face and make sure you apply moisture (yes, even though you are applying a tinted “moisturizer”). Too much moisturizer is NOT going to make you break out. What is going to make you break out is not properly taking care of your skin at the end of your day, and hormones. Which by the way,no make up or cleanser can control (call your Doc).

Next apply your tinted moisturizer, start and the center of your face and blend outward. Apply to lids (lightly) and under eyes as well. This is why you want to use a makeup with as little garbage/ chemicals as possible in it, because not only all your skin is precious but  the skin around your eyes is especially sensitive. Given the fact you may not even need a concealer, but what you just applied also plays a role as a concealer/ shadow base.

Next apply vanilla, or cream shadow all over lid to seal in base, and prevent creases.  Bronzer can also be applied along top/ outer crease of eyelid, for extra depth.

Fill in brows…. Use a brow pencil or powder. I don’t care, just do it, and be light about it. You’ll thank me later….

Girls in their teens don’t necessarily need concealer, but if you must,  tap on a shade one shade lighter than our skin-tone under the eyes and blend down in an upside down  then up toward temples.  Blend well, & avoid the bright eyed raccoon-look.

For eyeliner use brown  because black will look to harsh, and stay as close to the lash line as possible. If you mess up a bit, go back over the line with an angled liner brush to blur imperfections.

Curl your lashes if you can and use mascara.  Keep eyes slightly opened when applying, and tilt your head upward, and look down so your lids are away from your brow bone.  This helps excess mascara from smudging on your lid, and lash line.

Blush….

I am not a huge blush fan, as many of my girlfriends will tell you. I feel it’s so over rated. However, I feel it is necessary if your picture is going to be taken or it’s an evening thing. Still, please take it easy on the blush and keep it light, and on the highness or the cheekbones ladies…

Bronze lightly below cheekbones, and temples, and chin/ neck, as needed. Stick to a bronzer geared to your skin tone. There ARE lighter / darker versions….

Lips, don’t let the lips fool you. They are the gait to the heart. They can make or break your “look”.  There has been a revolution in lip service lately, and it’s called the invisible lip liner. Usually it’s a neutral/ nude liner made to go under any lipstick and or gloss. It’s especially, great when your lipstick wears off and you aren’t left with the old lady lip-liner look, on your lippies…

If you need an oil blot for your T-Zone, use a sheer powder in your “T-Zone” only. Oil blotting papers ar great fo retouching through out the day as well.

Less is more. Let that be your model girlies! XOXO

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kids fashion

464001_10151564115611141_880028374_oI find my self obsessing over styling my kids.  Kids clothing has come a long way since I was a toddler, and my grandmothers sewed my Sunday best, and Oshkosh was my go-to on the daily. There are so many options for dressing our mini-me’s. Literally, you can find any accessory to match a grownup style, and that makes getting these guys dressed for the day, or a special occasion so much more fun!  Thankfully, God gave us brains to invent this wonder called the internet, which has in turn, blessed us with “online shopping”. You are no longer limited to shopping at the local mall. Our options now are practically limit-less. Just because you can’t spend a small fortune on your child’s duds, doesn’t mean you are confined to shopping the bargain brands/stores either.

A few of my favorite sites for kids cloths are surprisingly affordable, and the cloths are super stylish. Sites like Zara.com, Hm.com, Gilt.com and Zulily.com, offer super chic, super durable, outfits, for your mini’s, without draining your bank.  The sites even give you examples of how to put outfits together. You just have to browse around. Your kids don’t have to subject to bad fashion any more, there are no excuses.

I like to take cues from super stylist, Rachel Zoe and her impeccably dressed baby Sklyler. The kid is definitely best dressed, and who wouldn’t be in a 3 piece Gucci suit? I have to be more realistic, and be frugal when it comes to shopping for my babies. Kids grow like weeds, and they are messy, and there is no point in emptying our wallets on an outfit they might wear only once. Hopefully, the tips, I have provided will help you add a little more fashion to your little mini’s wardrobe.

A few more site to love that are a bit more splurge worthy are; benetton.com, jcrew.com, and shopmelissa.com (my favorite girls shoes!).

P.S.

One last thing I am super picky about, but will not spend a fortune on, are Pajama’s. I like them to be 100% cotton, super soft, wash well, and of course adorable. I love Gap’s kids pajama’s but find that Old Navy makes practically the exact same ones at a fraction of the cost. xoxo

Kentucky Derby Style

Kentucky Derby Style

iHeartkids

Hello friends, I just submitted my guest blog to www.iheartkids.com. It’s a wonderful organization geard to helping kids out in any situation in any part of the world.  I am an iHeartkids fan, a mother, and a beauty-industry geek. When I find a product or any info that I feel would be useful to friends, I like to share!

When it comes to my babies, I like to educate myself on the products I use on their precious skin and hair, and even the laundry soap and softener I use for them. My go to is always anything “free & clear”. Free of harsh fragrance, and free of dyes, that can cause irritation.

Check out my recomendations on the iHeartkids blog!

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