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My Dewy Bronzed Foundation Tutorial

Monday, June 20, 2016


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.


Soft Coral Makeup Tutorial (+ Mineral Makeup Discount Code)

Monday, April 11, 2016


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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  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.


  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.


  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  

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


* 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 !


Easy Romantic Hairstyle Tutorial + Concealer for Gray Hair

Friday, February 19, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RethinkColour #CollectiveBias


This post is something that my mom will giggle at and be excited about! It’s about how I conceal the gray hairs on top of my head. Yes, believe it or not, I do have them. And yes, concealer is not only for makeup, you can use it for hair, too! Gray hair is something that I got from my mother’s side of the family. From what I remember, I already had gray hair early on in college. Something I regret doing back then was pulling them out. Why? I got more gray hair! Boo! However, I got excited when I found out that John Frieda had released a product that can blur and conceal gray hair. At first, I thought this was only for those who wanting to conceal their root regrowth, but then I found that it is also helpful for those like me who have gray hair on top. I chose the shade of Root Blur™ Colour Blending Concealer Chestnut to Espresso For Medium to Dark Brunette since I have dark hair.

Say, “Hi” to them! 😉


I find it easy to apply the concealer powder to cover my gray hair. Since I have thick, long hair, I tie my hair back. This keeps my hair from moving a lot while applying the concealer powder.


I noticed a big difference in my hair after using this concealer powder! I normally section my hair to one side so that my gray hairs don’t show. However, I’m glad that this concealer powder  will allow me to section anywhere I want, with the style I want. What I love about the John Frieda concealer powder is that it doesn’t feel like there is product on my hair; it is weightless, and doesn’t feel sticky. It also stays right where I place it until the next time I shampoo my hair. Plus, it comes with two customizable shades.


Now that we’re clear of gray hair, here’s a romantic hairstyle I did to match my pretty pink make-up. I used:

  • 1.5-Inch Curling Iron
  • 2 Small Plastic Bonds
  • Hairpins

To do this hairstyle, you’ll need to start by sectioning your hair to one side. Let some hair remain in front. Start to braid your hair, using a thickness of your choice. Tie and pin it underneath the rest of your hair. Do this on the other side as well. Finally, start to curl your hair, including the hair remaining in the front.  So simple and quick!

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John Frieda products will be available on an endcap display at Target until March 5th. Here’s a bonus: If you buy 3 products, you’ll get a $5 Target gift card! Whooa!!


What shade of John Frieda Concealer Powder  will you pick for your hair?




Tutorial: Blue And Burgundy Smokey Eye Makeup

Monday, February 15, 2016

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Blue eyeshadow is one of my favorite colors, I always love to grab this tone to create a dramatic look without making it too colorful. This color is also perfect for those who has brown and dark brown eyes like me. For this look, I used a bit of burgundy over the crease and outer corner of lower lash line just to add some dimension and  a nice gradient effect. Scroll down to learn how to do this eye makeup and get this dramatic look…

  1. Put your base on the entire eyelid either eye primer or concealer
  2. Use flat brush to pat down the blue eyeshadow on the eyelid and before the crease
  3. Use blending brush to blend the crease area
  4. Clean up the same brush and apply the burgundy on the upper crease and blend it to the blue eyeshadow
  5. Apply your favorite eyeliner. I used gel eyeliner using small pointed brush.
  6. Apply black pencil eyeliner on the waterline and lower lash line
  7. Apply the same blue eyeshadow over the black pencil eyeliner. Blend it well
  8. (Clean the same brush) Apply the burgundy on the outer lower lash line. Blend it well.
  9. Apply any white shimmer eyeshadow for the tear duct.
  10. Use false lashes or just curl and apply mascara

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Try and let me know how it turns out! 🙂



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Have a great week ahead!

“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith,  for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” Galatians 3:26-27


Classic Red Lips and Easy Eye Makeup (No Eyeshadow)

Thursday, February 11, 2016


If you are a red lip lover, this look is perfect for you! Since I used red lip color, I matched it with a simple winged eyeliner and didn’t use any eyeshadow. What did I use? My contouring and highlighting palette from Lorac. What I love about this look is that it is classy and perfect for this weekend – Valentine’s day! The eye makeup is just easy to do, you just need to make sure that the entire eyelids are matte by patting down some pressed or loose powder. Also, whether you want a long or short winged eyeliner, it’s up to you! I also wore false lashes for this look since you can’t barely see my real lashes in the photo.

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For this look:

  1. I used a matte finish foundation and applied it all over my face (including the eyelids and lips) to even out my skintone.
  2. I grabbed my small angle brush and used MAC Dipbrow to fill up my eyebrows and brow gel to set it.
  3. I pat down some pressed powder on my entire eyelid and used my blending brush to contour my outer crease using the Lorac contour palette.
  4. For the winged eyeliner, I decided to use my liquid pen eyeliner and curled my lashes and then mascara for upper and lower lashes. I also used my favorite natural false lashes – Ardell!
  5. By using a pencil eyeliner in natural color (not in the photo, ooops), I applied it on my waterline to open up my eyes.
  6. I used the medium contour powder (from Lorac palette) to darken my lower lash line and used the shimmer highlighter on my tear duct.
  7. I used MAC powder blush in stubborn for the cheeks and did some contouring on the side of my cheeks and nose.
  8. Lastly, I used MAC Lipmix in red for my lip color. By the way, this is a very long-wearing/ smudge-proof lipstick!

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“The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:6


Natural Weekend

Thursday, January 14, 2016

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Weekend is a relaxing time of the week for me because it’s when my husband is at home and can watch the kids (Yipee!). Aside from catching up some sleep, I often love to have “me time” in thrift stores. Have you guys been to one? I love to go that’s called Family Thrift Store. You may also check Salvation Army and Goodwill. Digging up for clothes and other stuff is one of my favorite things to do since I was in college. I remember one time, I found this nice Talbot bag which costs less than $2!! What I like about going to thrift stores is that it challenges me to find good brands and great quality in very cheap prices, because I’d rather spend what I saved in food (and of course, good quality makeup!).


So every time I go to a thrift store, I wear a “no makeup” makeup look. Matte finish has been my favorite not only for the eyeshadows but for the lips. I’ve been changing different natural makeup routine since it’s winter and I currently love using liquid lipstick and do soft contouring application for my everyday look.


Here are the products that I wore:


MAC Face and Body Foundation

MAC Studio Fix Powder

MAC Prep and Prime Highlighter

MAC Eyeshadow in Brown Script

NYC Eyeliner Pencil

NYX Liquid Lip Cream in Stockholm

MAC Blush Powder in Peachykeen

MAC Blush Powder in Blunt (as contour powder)

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What’s your natural makeup routine? I hope you all had a great weekend! 🙂

“A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, But when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.” Proverbs 15:13


Eye Makeup Tutorial: Pop Of Color

Monday, January 4, 2016

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Hello 2016! I’m starting the new year with this pop of color eye makeup tutorial! It’s getting colder here in Dallas and most of the times, the sun is out. This simple and soft pop of color of bluish purple is perfect for a dull winter weather and for those who has dark colored eyes like me. I paired it with a matte lipstick to contrast the eye makeup. And if you are starting to look for makeup look idea for Valentine’s day, this is great color inspiration too. Scroll down for step-by-step tutorial to get this eye makeup look!


1. Apply primer, I use and blend a soft matte rosy brown eyeshadow on the upper crease using an oval shape brush.

2. I gently pat down a matte midnight blue eyeshadow all over my eyelid using flat brush.


3. Using a MAC pigment in corn flower, I carefully apply the eyeshadow on the center of my eyelid.

4. I use a matte black eyeshadow for the outer corner and blend it to create a dimension.


5. Next, I start to fill up my waterline using a blue eye pencil.

6. I went back to the same pigment eyeshadow and blend it on the lower lash line.


7.   In applying liquid eyeliner, look down and apply it on the upper lash line. Apply thinner line from your tear-duct and go thicker as you go outward.

8. I add more color on the outer corner and blend back and forth up to the upper middle crease.


9. Curl your lashes and put your favorite mascara. I also apply a light shimmer eyeshadow on my tear duct and use false lashes, but it is optional.

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Stay warm my friends! 🙂


Say Cheese!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015


I’m sharing some of my favorite photos captured by Lauren. She chose a great location for this shoot near Downtown Dallas. The place was attractive even though it was cloudy at the time.

I don’t remember the last time I posed in front of a camera in public. It feels weird and funny to smile and pose because I am always behind the camera and to think, I have kids now. I remember the days in college when I had fun taking photos of myself. I loved having the chance to be photographed, and was always happy to be a subject (model) for my fellow Fine Arts friends.  Those were fun times!





Beanie from Target




I used Infiniti Pro by Conair Curling Iron (Size 1.5″) to curl my hair.



Photography by Lauren Bloom


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