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Doing content creation, business correspondence, ad monitoring, photography (and all the things that come with it!), editing, all technical maintenance, graphics, social media management and a thousand other things is overwhelming. I wish I had the time to test the website regularly and make sure it’s running optimally, but sometimes a task gets neglected.
Thank you again. This support helps tremendously.
I also want to give a shoutout to my girl Anita of the jewelry line Siammpatra. She’s relaunching her website this weekend and offering all you lovely readers 15% all the Bedazzled collection items! Every time I see Anita, I’m always in awe of the jewelry she wears! If you haven’t seen the pieces yet, they’re real statement jewels. 🙂
Recap of Last Week’s Top 5 Style Tips:
I carved out some time last week to try out the five things I suggested last week. I also finished up the first installment’s tips: tried a choker with a sweater and looked for other alternative lip plumping treatments. While I’m a firm believer that a choker can spice up a cold-weather outfit, make sure to skip a chunky knit if you have a “dainty” choker. Otherwise, amp up your choker game. Mine got lost a bit in the warmth of my pullover.
I also spent a few hours in Sephora trying to pump up my lips. I don’t think this saline injection is going to happen for me. And I’m way too squeamish for the suction lip plumpers. (I don’t want to live with broken blood vessels and capillaries!) So, I opted for a lip gloss plumper once again (Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme, to be specific). The formulas are very similar to old Lip Venom glosses I used. I don’t mind. The lips puff up just a tiny bit and become red, giving them a lot more definition and contour. It’s not a Kylie duck pout, but the lips provide enough of a natural lip line to skip a lip-liner that you would otherwise use to enlarge lips with makeup.
As for last week’s batch:
- Keeping outfit simple with statement shoes has been tried and true method for most of us. I’ve paired shiny heels with simple denim many times over the years, and only recently starting cuffing my denim to show a bit of ankle. This works not only for heels but also for flats!
- I tried the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Mask! It’s pricey, but skin feels silky smooth after using it. There’s definitely a difference between the foil mask and regular silk masks. For one, I felt my face get tinglier and warmer as opposed to colder. The suggested time to keep the mask on is 10 minutes, and I probably wouldn’t be able to keep it on longer. The formula felt excellent! Plus, it was a lot easier to apply and keep on. It’s now a day after use, and my skin still feels smooth and silky.
- Ok, I don’t know about the volumizer thing. I might just be awful at hair. I applied volumizing mousse in my hair after showering and let the hair air dry. After about 30 minutes, my hair was flat, dull and lifeless. Maybe I used too much product? This thing needs a lot more practice since I have very fine hair.
- Haven’t tried multimasking yet. It seems effective, but it’s so time-consuming! I haven’t carved out enough time yet in my day.
- This is a totally cute way to wear hair with a hat on! I’m always at a loss for what to do with my hair when I’m wearing a hat. Doing a ponytail or bun in the back always looks weird. My fine hair also looks pretty ratty when just let down with a hat on it. This is the perfect solution.
Top 5 Style Tips This Week:
Essential oil extracts like from rosemary and close are “high in terpenes, compounds that may fight strains of bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease..Essential oils won’t stain teeth or cause dryness..DIY: Add two drops each of rosemary and close essential oils to a cup of water, and gargle.” (Tip via Women’s Health Magazine Feb ’16 Issue // Photo via Flickr)[/columnize]
Fake 8 hours of sleep with these Bobbi Brown tips: 1. Drink plenty of water to plump up skin. 2. Color correct dark circles before placing concealer on top. 3. Dab on a light shadow right below the inner corner of the eye. 4. Go for creamy and sheer formulas of makeup when skin is feeling dry.
(Tip via Allure Feb ’16 Issue // Photo by Mario Testino, Vogue, May 2007 )[/columnize]
Looking to organize your makeup? Maggie Stepien suggests using pretty perfume and tea boxes to hold samples, repurposing old-style candy jars and candle jars for cotton swabs and rounds, and using lipstick boxes (cut in half and taped together) as lipstick drawer separators.
“Use a large-patterned wallpaper” to cover closet doors and spice up the room. “For a major statement, cover the surrounding wall, too.”
“A surefire plan to avoid chopper’s remorse? Try on a trim with this deceptive pinup. To create a one-night-only bob, make your part, mist strands with texturizing spray, add loose waves with an iron. Then roll up the length of your hair, starting at the tips and working up to the top of your neck. Slide in some pins to fasten the coil or knot, then gently pull out long pieces. Let them bend around your face and graze your shoulders for a convincing finish.”