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7 Ways How To Feel Beautiful Fast

Monday, October 24, 2016

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I love the cool weather of early fall and late spring, but I can’t take the colder months. How about you? It’s been 5 years since I came to America from a tropical island, and I’m still not used to cold weather. Not only do I get cold easily (My husband says I need more fat), but the cold makes my skin much drier and I get lazy to fix myself up. Oops… Today, I’ll be sharing few of my favorite ways on how to feel beautiful fast during the cold months. These tips are also great for busy moms who have active toddlers like me!
1. BRAID OVERNIGHT

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If you’re tired of having your hair up everyday, try to braid your hair (when it’s dry) before you go to bed. When you wake up in the morning you’ll have an instant wavy hair look!  My favorite way to braid my hair is on the side (image above). I like to put down my hair during the cold season because my long hair acts as a shield for the cold breeze. 😉 This overnight braiding is perfect for busy women or moms, who are looking for a time-saving hair style in the morning.

2. MOISTURIZE IMMEDIATELY

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Moisturize your skin immediately. I love how Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer offers an easy way to moisturize my skin. Right after showering I apply it to my wet skin – no need to dry off first!  Then, I pat my body dry afterwards. I like how convenient the process is: it keeps me from skipping moisturizing my skin after I shower. I picked up two different scents at Walmart. The first one was Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer with Cherry Almond Essence, a new scent that is is exclusive to Walmart. I also grabbed a bottle of Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer with Calming Green Tea Oil, and I love the smell!

3. MAKE YOUR OWN TINTED MOISTURIZER

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Cold weather makes my face dry, and that’s why I choose a foundation that also moisturizes my skin. I love to use tinted moisturizer. If you don’t have this product at home, you can make one on your own by mixing your favorite facial moisturizer and foundation together. Not only does it moisturize your skin, it also quickly evens out your skin tone. The application is fast and easy, as all you need are your fingers. Just apply it as you would regular moisturizer. Tip: If you have matte foundation, try to squeeze a little bit of highlighter liquid or a tiny bit of baby oil onto your DIY tinted moisturizer, and then blend them well.  This will help your skin look radiant and dewy during the cold season.

4. SWITCH TO CREAM BLUSH

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Like I often mention in my beauty posts, cream blushes are fast and easy to apply and they last longer throughout the day. Plus, they give natural blush to your cheeks without looking powdery. I also love to use liquid lipstick that comes with a wand. It’s convenient to use and I can also use it as an instant-blush.

5. WHAT YOU WEAR IS WHAT YOU FEEL

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During the fall and winter, it is so easy to stay in pajamas all day. Sometimes I notice my mom or husband are dressed up, and I ask, “Where are you going?” Often they are not going anywhere – they just like to look nice! One of the things I learned from my husband (who is a psychologist) is that taking the time to dressed up in the morning, makes you feel more awake and positive. You don’t have to dress up in formal attire or anything, just something nicer than your pajamas. Changing into some nicer clothes and fixing your hair and makeup a little bit can help lead to a beautiful feeling. Not only are you taking care of yourself, but you also inspire others (like your kids) to take care of themselves as well.  
6. ADD SIMPLE ACCESSORIES

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Whether you chose to wear sunglasses or add a scarf to your wardrobe, this is a quick and easy way to definitely boost your confidence and make yourself feel beautiful fast!

7. BEAUTY COMES FROM THE INSIDE

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Reading the Bible is one of the best ways to feel beautiful fast. Before my day becomes busy with the kids, reading my Bible in the morning helps me to think and feel positively beautiful. It’s a great foundation for your heart and mind, to feel and see the beauty of God working in you. I’m in the book of John right now, and I really like the verse where Jesus says, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give will become a spring of water gushing up inside that person, giving eternal life.” (John 4:13-14)

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By the way, Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer has other scents like Nourishing Monoi Oil, Refreshing Coconut Oil (I’ll try this one next!), and Restoring Argan Oil. All of these scents are essential oils that work with your wet skin to lock in moisture. Try using this product right after you shower to experience how quickly it moisturizes, keeping your skin soft throughout the day.

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For more inspiring stories and tips for the fall and winter, check out the Jergens community bloggers here.

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What makes you feel beautiful fast this season? I’d love to hear your thoughts! :-)

 

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Easy And Fun Sprinkle Lip Art Tutorial

Sunday, October 16, 2016

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I’ve been browsing my past creative makeup work and I stumbled upon this look that I did way back in 2012. I love how colorful and fun it looks, and it can be wear for Halloween makeup too. If you don’t want to wear full makeup, you can simply focus on the lips and still make it fun. Today, I’ll be sharing how I created this sprinkle-styled lip look, so you can use it this coming Halloween. All it takes are 3 easy steps and you are ready to go!
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1 ) Choose A Bright Lip Color

To start, I chose a bright pink lip color (similar) for my lips, as a base for the sprinkles. You may also try a bright orange for a more vibrant and colorful base. Be sure that the lip colors are evenly applied.

2) Apply Lip Gloss

To make the sprinkles stick better on the lips, apply a generous amount of lip gloss onto your lips.

3) Kiss a Plate of Sprinkles

Place a good amount of sprinkles (whatever kind of shapes you like) on a small, flat plate or container. With your lips dampened by the gloss, place your lips on plate or container with the sprinkles. Make sure sprinkles are covering all areas of your lips by moving them side to side.

Optional: Add a pink heart on your cheek to finish the look!

And it’s done!! Now you have fun lips to wear for Halloween!

Any fun makeup ideas you want to try for Halloween? Happy Monday!

P.S Don’t forget to pin! :)

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How To: Changing Lip Tone Color

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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Putting on makeup becomes more fun when I try to blend and mix colors together. One product experiment with the most is lip color. Lip liners are not only great as a base and make lipstick last longer, but they also help the lip color change tone, brightness, and darkness. I recently used this bareMinerals Gen Nude in Juju. There are some days I stick to one lip product, but want to change its tone. That’s why today, I’ll show you how I change my current favorite lip color to a different tone. It is perfect fit for this new season, fall! makeup-tricks-changing-tone-of-lipcolor-fall-winter

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1. RED LINER

I find red liner is my favorite base of all, if I want to make my natural lip product vibrant. If you have one like this just laying around, or if you are hesitant to use red lip liner, this is the perfect time to try!

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2. BROWN LINER

My current fave lip color, bareMinerals Gen Nude in Juju, has a pink tone. That’s why I decided to try a brown eyeliner to add a hint of brown tone to it. It’s not as big of a difference compared to the red liner, but I can tell that it changed the saturation when I used the brown liner as a base.

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3. BLACK LINER

I was skeptical about using black eyeliner as a base thinking it might look gothic,  mixing it with my Juju lip color. Surprisingly, I LOVE how it turned out. It created a nice Fall Season lip tone that suits my skintone. I think I’ll add more black for the base to make it look darker next time I apply my Juju lip color.

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NOTE: If you try this technique and use eye liners as a base often,  I recommend getting seperate brown or black eyeliners (or any other colored eyeliners) for the lips and eyes. You can also sanitize the eyeliners by wiping them with rubbing alcohol, letting them dry, and then sharpening them. For retractable eye liners, it’s easy to clean by wiping them with rubbing alcohol. Always make sure they are completely dry before using them on your eyes. :)

Have you tried this technique? What liner colors do you want to try?

Feel free to pin this image below :-)

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Pink Bloom: Makeup Using Affordable Drugstore Brands

Monday, July 25, 2016

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I’ve always believed that there are many affordable makeup products in drugstores that offer a great finish for your skin. It is just a matter of how you apply and blend them together. Not everyone can afford high-end makeup brands. That’s why I thought of sharing a few of the drugstore makeup products I’ve recently used. I love to use them, and I can still achieve a gorgeous finish without breaking the bank.

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L’Oreal Paris True Match Super Blendable Makeup

Rimmel Natural Bronzer, Sun Bronze

Hard Candy Bake Bronzer Hula Hula

Pacifica Radiant Shimmer Coconut Multiples

Pack of 2- L’oreal Visible Lift Blur Blush

L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow, Amber Rush

Revlon® Ultra HD Matte Multiple Color Lipcolor (flirtation)

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner

NYC Kiss Gloss

Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara

Have you tried some of these? Let me know your thoughts! :)

 

 

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My Dewy Bronzed Foundation Tutorial

Monday, June 20, 2016

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Hello first day of summer!! I’m excited for today’s post sharing a foundation routine that I have been using lately. It’s more of a dewy, glowing-bronzed-skin look which is suitable for this season. First of all, I’ve been using Jergens Natural Glow tanning lotion  for a couple of months now. I love how it makes my skin look more tan for the summer in a natural looking way. If you haven’t used it, you should try it and let me know how it works out for you. Check out my my Jergens blog post HERE.

Here’s my step-by-step tutorial on how I achieve this dewy, bronzed skin look. This is after I have already applied eye make-up.

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  1. I love to use Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream for this kind of weather. It feels soft and lightweight on my face. Plus, it’s totally natural looking which is the best way to have it for summer. I used my fingers to apply it, focusing on the areas which I outlined on the image above.
  2. I then used liquid concealer Bare Minerals Bareskin Concealer with medium to full coverage. I applied it under only the dark areas under my eyes, bridge of my nose, and a little bit on my upper lip.
  3. Using a powder brush and translucent powder, I tapped it off before applying this product so that I wouldn’t get too much on my skin. Doing this helps to avoid cakiness. I only focused on putting this powder under my eyes and little bit on my forehead. By doing this, it keeps my skin from having a matte finish and still look natural.
  4. To warm up my face, I used Rimmel Natural Bronzer and gently slid it on the side of my cheeks, around my forehead, sides of my nose, and around my jaw area.
  5. To start highlighting, I sprayed my brush with this product and used Hard Candy Bake Bronzer as my highlighter for my upper cheeks, bridge of my nose, center of my forehead and my upper lip. Make sure to blend it well.
  6. To make my skin look summer-ready, I love to use a golden bronzer. Using a big round brush, I slid it off to the sides of my forehead and sides of my cheeks.

 

 

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I’m wearing this beautiful necklace from Rebecca Lankford Designs

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Have Pinterest? Pin this image to your favorite beauty board so you can save this tutorial. :-)

Have a wonderful first day of summer!
P.S Some of the links on this post are affiliate links, meaning if you click on them and purchase the product/s, I will receive a commission.

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Fresh Face and Glow! (+ SUMMER GIVEAWAY)

Sunday, May 15, 2016

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When I started to do makeup in the Philippines way back 2009, I was introduced to Evian Facial Spray by my fellow makeup artists. They recommended it for my clients, especially for brides. It is well known for making your skin feel fresh, hydrated, and clean before applying makeup. When you’ve finished putting on makeup, you can also spray this on top of your entire face. This will help the makeup stay on longer throughout the day. If you feel your makeup is too powdery or cakey, you can grab your blender sponge and spray the Evian Facial Spray onto it. Then, gently pat down the areas on your face that you feel are powdery or heavy. Not only did I love to use this with my clients, but I loved bringing this with me to the beach, when I was still living in the Philippines. I would use it to help cool down my face under the heat of the sun.

Now that summer is coming, I’m excited to use my 1.7 fl oz travel-sized *Evian Facial Spray in. It is great for traveling since the packaging is leak-proof and TSA-friendly. The size is handy and perfect for my purse too. It also comes in other sizes, 5 oz and 10 oz. If you get the larger sized Evian Facial Spray, it is way cheaper and you can get more product for the price, compared to MAC’s Setting Spray. Evian comes in a canister and creates some fine micro mists when sprayed. This makes it more relaxing for your face when you spray it on. I’m also surprised that the Evian Facial Spray is a great, handy product for a mother like me. With a baby and toddler, I’m glad that it is safe to use for them too. Living in Texas weather, this is great and handy for freshening up my kids’ faces while walking outside and going to the park.

I would especially recommend that you bring this with you in hot weather, like during the summer season. Again, it is so easy to grab and spray on your face to freshen up and keep your face moisturized. With this spray, I can also create a natural highlighting effect for my face and shoulders, without it looking powdery.

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Try to spray the Evian for 2-3 seconds onto your brush, and swipe it off onto your highlighter powder. This technique will help your highlighter stand out even more and make your makeup stay on your skin longer.
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I love to apply highlighter on my upper cheeks, bridge of my nose, and upper lip.
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You can also try to apply it on your collarbone and shoulder so when the light bounces off your skin, it gives you a natural looking glow.

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For you to experience the benefits of this product for yourself, Evian is offering a giveaway to all my readers. 5 lucky winners will receive a summer prize package which includes:

  • A $25 Sephora Gift Card
  • 10 oz evian® Facial Spray
  • Three 1.7 oz. travel size evian® Facial Sprays

(Total package valued at over $75)

Contest ends on May 31, 2016. Enter HERE 

Good luck. :-)

*This product was sent to me by Brandbacker to review. All opinions are honest, true, and my own. Thanks for supporting my blog!:)

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Soft Coral Makeup Tutorial (+ Mineral Makeup Discount Code)

Monday, April 11, 2016

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I’ve recently been buying things from Etsy lately, and I found this shop that sells mineral makeup. If you have noticed, I haven’t used any mineral makeup for my blog posts or even on my freelance kit. The shop called Beneficial Minerals is owned by a woman named Kelli. She is based in Washington and created these products in her home studio.  As a first-time mineral makeup user, I was skeptical about its coverage and longevity. Surprisingly, it lasted longer throughout the day than I thought when I used it. The color also really showed up perfectly. I created this look for the fresh and blooming seasons of spring and summer.The steps are so simple and easy, that you should try it on for this kind of weather!

Also, keep scrolling down as I’m giving away a discount code to use when you shop for these mineral makeup products! :)

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FACE

  1. Moisturize your skin using your favorite facial moisturizer.
  2. I first applied liquid concealer under my eyes, eyelids, around my nose and other areas that need to be evened out.
  3. Using a buffing brush, I buff the *mineral foundation from Beneficial Minerals all over my face and blend it well. I like to put the product on my palm, which I find easy to grab for more space.
  4. Using the same brush (but cleaned), I grab the *mineral makeup blush in Coral and apply it on the apple of my cheeks.
  5. The *Beneficial Minerals blush in Adobe, has a light shimmer in dark brown. So I thought to use this as a contour powder for the sides of my nose and cheeks.
  6. Apply a highlighter as well on the upper part of your cheeks, bridge of your nose (if needed), and upper lip.

EYES

  1. I fill up my brows and blur some harsh lines, using a soft brow pencil.
  2. I use a flat eyeshadow brush to start patting down the *mineral eyeshadow in Coral, and apply it on the entire eyelid. I like to buff off the brush to remove some product and start to buff off the harsh lines on the eyelids where I applied the eyeshadow.
  3. Try to use a natural (not white) eyeliner over your waterline to open up your eyes if you have a similar eye shape to mine.
  4. Curl and apply mascara to the upper and bottom part of your eyelashes. Instead of using one strip of false lashes, I opt to use individual ones since it’s more natural and flattering :-)
  5. Apply a thin line of eyeliner. I used liquid pen eyeliner for this look.
  6. Apply a tiny bit of darker eyeshadow from the lower, outer lashline onto the center. Then, blend the edges.

LIPS

  1. I apply a liquid creamy lipstick and if you want to see some examples, check them out here

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There are a few different sets of *Beneficial Minerals Blush in Apricot, Coral and Adobe (they are all lightly shimmered powder). I picked these sets since the colors are gorgeous for this season! This is perfect for those with a fair to dark skin tone. SHOP HERE for different sets, or if you want a simpler shopping experience, visit http://beneficialminerals.com/  

To all my readers, you can get a 30% discount on your entire order by entering this coupon code: EMSMITH
Enjoy!! :-)

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* Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post but I received these makeup products with a pro discount as a makeup artist. All opinions are my honest thoughts and based on my own experiences from using them.
By the way, April is my birthday month, so watch out for my birthday giveaway that I will be announcing soon on my Instagram !

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7 Beauty Tips To Know For Spring

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

 

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As the weather changes to warm and sunny, I’ve been changing my makeup routine into a lightweight and softer look. Showing your “true skin” is the key for this season. I don’t mean to say that you can’t wear any foundation, but don’t apply foundation in heavy layers. Doing so will just make your face look over-done and obviously cakey, since there will be a lot of sunlight and heat from the sun. Here are my 7 Makeup and Beauty tips for Spring!

1 Lightweight foundation or tinted moisturizer is always the best option to create that natural-looking glow. I’ve been using a gel cream-based which I used for my Tropical Makeup Look Tutorial. Using foundation only on the areas you need to even out (or concealer to hide some spots) is much nicer to use for this season, than trying to cover your entire face with heavy or full-coverage foundation.  Liquid foundations are great to use too, since it easily blends with your skin. If I think my liquid foundation is too heavy, I like to mix it up with a little bit of facial moisturizer. Using beauty blender can also help to achieve a flawless foundation finish.

2 Always apply moisturizer onto your face. This gives the makeup a soft canvas to paint on, and it softens dry areas like around the nose and/or lips. I like to massage my face with moisturizer for a few seconds and let it dry, before applying makeup. If you plan to put eyeshadow, skip putting moisturizer on your eyelids so that the eyeshadow will stick well onto your skin. If your under-eyes are dry or feel tight after applying concealer, try to blend eye cream with your concealer to achieve a softer finish.

3  This is fastest way to get rid of the shine on your nose, t-zone and other areas on your face, rather than reapplying powder.

4a I like to blur lines in applying eyeshadows, lip liner, or lipstick. Use a clean blending brush to soften the edges of eyeshadows. Then, use your fingertip to blur any edges from your lipliner or lipstick. I skip the “defined” lip finish for this season, as I think it’s much nicer if your lips have a softer and naturally effortless look for spring. Avoid sharp brows as well, by using a Q-tip or your finger to soften eyebrow makeup.

5a  It’s good to be back wearing shorts and skirts. I love to use baby oil for an instant, healthy looking glow on my shoulders, collar bone, arms, and legs. Not only does baby oil give your skin a beautiful shine, but it also softens it! Before applying another layer of baby oil, let your skin absorb the first layer.

6a  Another product I love to use in the spring is cream blush. It gives the most natural looking blush on my cheeks. Some cream blushes can also be used for lip color, and even eyelids.

7a  If you are applying powder (either compact or loose), I recommend using brushes instead of sponges. Brushes give a more natural finish and are easier to build up with. Just make sure you tap the brush off after grabbing powder, to avoid getting too much product on your face (We don’t want cakey).

These are gorgeous images of Sarah, our Instagram giveaway winner. She won a FREE portrait session with Lauren Bloom, including a makeup session with me and hairstylist, Macey. Watch out next month, as I have my own giveaway on Instagram! (My birthday month!!!)

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Hello Island Mama is a makeup, DIY, photography, motherhood and lifestyle blog by Em Smith. She is the mother of three boys and a wife, who loves to inspire and encourage others through her works and stories. Based in Houston, Texas. Originally from the Philippines.

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