How to get a Flawless Face

I recently got a request to do a flawless face tutorial, and I LOVE requests! There are many things that can go into a flawless face, starting with good skincare, but I wanted to focus this tutorial on an everyday makeup routine that’s a perfect base for ANY makeup look. I cover tips and techniques for achieving this look and making it your own, touching on a few beauty tricks. It really depends on how much coverage you’re going for, but for my preference I like a minimal look for everyday, which I showcase in the video. I do mention ways to get heavier coverage though (which I love to do for nighttime or blotchy skin problems), so make sure to watch the entire thing!

I forgot to mention in the video that before you start any flawless face look, you start with a clean, moisturized face. I also like to add face primer to smooth out skin and have makeup last longer.

HOW TO GET A FLAWLESS FACE

Products Used

Make sure you checkout these other posts I mention that go hand-in-hand to this flawless look! These are great basic techniques to ANY makeup routine! 🙂

HOW TO GET PRETTY, CONTOURED CHEEKS

HOW TO GET BIG, BEAUTIFUL EYELASHES!

So my question to you is, what kind of coverage do you prefer for an everyday look?


Review: Cosmo’s New Ways to Use Epsom Salts

One of the things I love testing is household DIY beauty tricks; things like do-it-yourself hair masks, body scrubs, etc. It’s also resulted in some of the more ridiculous things I’ve tried (note: putting ketchup on your hair to get chlorine out is really just best for making your hair smell like ketchup. Yep, I really tried that–yuck!). I don’t know if it’s the thrill of potentially “saving money” by making things yourself, or the possibility of discovering some magical, secret beauty fix. But I get a kick out of it.

With that being said, you can imagine my interest in Cosmopolitan’s “Shameless Beauty Tricks” section. I decided to try out their suggestions on my blog, this being the first from a recent issue (Vol 251, No. 5, pg. 86). 4 fun, do-it-yourself ways to use epsom salts! In the past I haven’t really paid much attention to epsom salts, and I guess I subconsciously associated it with older people…like a Grandma using it to soak her feet. But I’m always open, so I decided to try these tips out.

I got my epsom salt at CVS for about $5, but you can get it practically anywhere (your local drugstore, grocery store, Target, Walmart, etc). The Cosmo article didn’t specify which kind of epsom salt to use, and I noticed there were two options. Regular, and Scented. My girlie side chose the lavender scent because I figured if these tips didn’t work, I could at least re-purpose it as a relaxing bath soak.

ALTERNATIVE EPSOM SALT REVIEW

1.) Use as a Body Scrub 

As most body scrubs are either sugar or salt based, mixing this grainy salt with body wash wasn’t exactly a new idea to me. To be honest, I was surprised they didn’t suggest mixing it with a body oil instead of body wash, which would help moisturize better (on top of exfoliating), but thought maybe this would help better for the exfoliating purpose.

When I tried it, I thought this epsom salt concoction just wasn’t grainy enough for really exfoliating. It was just okay. I’m not sure if it was the type I chose (maybe the scented kind is more finely ground?), but it felt too gentle for me. I’m sure it was lightly exfoliating, but when I’m in the mood to really exfoliate as I thought this would (like before spray tanning), I prefer something stronger like a hard loofah or grittier scrub. If you prefer a light exfoliation, then this could work for you.

2.) Use to Get Beachy Waves


They suggested putting 1 tsp of salt, a few drops of olive oil, and 1/4 cup of water in a spritzer water bottle, then spritzing on damp hair. This one seemed to work okay for me, but I do want to share that my hair has a natural wave to it. I’m not sure how this would work on stick straight hair, but if your hair curls up at all when air drying, then this may be something for you to try.

I put a VERY small amount of olive oil (because my hair is fine), and to be honest you could probably nix that part all together if your hair is oily. But I thought the salt part helped bring out the natural wave in my hair. It reminded me of being at the beach, with the heavy, damp salt air making my hair naturally curl up. The lavender scent also made my hair smell good!

I suggest spraying this on your hair after it’s been towel dried but still very damp, and staying away from the roots. Instead, I used a mousse on my roots to give it some lift, and sprayed the salt everywhere else. I let it air dry for a bit, but then flipped my head upside down and scrunched the rest while using a hair dryer on low to give it bounce. I still used other hair products to finish it off, like a flexible hair spray, but I do think the salt helped the wave part.

3.) Use as A Hair Clarifer

They suggested putting 1 cup of salt and lemon juice with a gallon of water, letting it sit overnight. Then pouring over your hair before you shampoo.

I don’t normally use a hair clarifier, but I did feel a difference after doing this. My hair just seemed to feel lighter and bouncier when I finished and dried it. My logic tells me the acidic lemon juice is probably the main contributor here, but the mixture seemed to work just fine. You probably don’t want to do this too often (I’m thinking once a month), and I’m not sure how color-safe it is. So that may be something to think about if you color your hair.

4.) Use to Fade Bruises–Fast


They suggested putting 2 cups into a bath, then soaking. I was most excited to try this, because I so conveniently had a good size bruise on my arm from a clumsy misadventure a few days earlier. I couldn’t wait for it to fade, but at the same time was skeptical of how this would work…until I actually purchased the epsom salt and saw that it was clearly advertised as a solution for fading bruises. I ended up putting more than 2 cups of salt into the bath, because I really wanted this to work. I even put a blob of wet salt directly on the bruise and let it sit there for awhile. I then relaxed in the salt-soak for at least 30 minutes, even longer than suggested, but I still didn’t see any changes. Two, three, four days later…the bruise was still there.

In theory, maybe it did help the bruise fade faster than it would have without the epsom salt, but I didn’t see quick to notice results. So overall, I would say this didn’t really work for fading bruises. Weird, especially since it’s advertised as a solution directly on the package.

Will you try any of these or do you have an alternative use for epsom salt? Leave me a comment and let me know!


Ombre (Shade Gradient) Nail Art Tutorial

So today I tried a type of nail art look called Ombre. This is when you basically pick one color in five shades, ranging from light to dark. Then you paint each nail a color to get a gradient shade progression effect. This one isn’t as “in your face” as other nail art looks with patterns, and you can really determine how dramatic you want to go with it. I personally like it best when the shades are very close and in the same color so that the gradient isn’t as drastic. Otherwise, it could end up looking like you just painted each nail a random color when the effect you are trying to get is actually a shading of light to dark or even one color gradually transitioning to another.

I got my inspiration when I opened my newest Cosmo, and saw this cool pic (as well as some others I may try later on).

“Purple Haze Ombre” Cosmo Vol. 252, No. 2 pg. 185

Here’s another inspiration pic of Lauren Conrad sporting the Ombre look in blue.

You can go really either way, light on thumb to dark pinky as I did in my nail art gradient ombre tutorial, or reverse it. There’s really no rules, and you can get as creative as you want! It’s actually a lot easier than it looks, and here’s proof in my first ever attempt! I was also being lazy and didn’t use 5 store-bought colors which would have made it a lot easier. Instead, I just grabbed colors I already had (4 colors), and mixed them to get the shading effect.I think it turned out pretty good, and I ended up getting a lot of compliments! How do you think it turned out?

CLICK HERE to see how I did this nail art Ombre look

I would LOVE to see your creative take on the Ombre nail art trend. Leave me a comment linking to your pic or simply let me know what colors you’d use for this look.


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