Makeover: Hope & Jenna

Hope and Jenna are two of the sweetest people I know!  I have going to miss them and their family when we leave Hawaii.  They have a heart of gold. I got to know them through a women’s bible study I was invited to through a mutual friend. They have a true love of people, family, and most importantly Jesus and it shines through everything they do.

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They are currently serving youth in teaching the gospel of Christ this summer through World View.  You can learn more about them here.

Hope:  she’s the older sister and such a sweet spirit.  She doesn’t wear a lot of makeup so we went with more of a natural look.

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All products used were Motives:
Perfecting Face Primer
Liquid Powder Mineral Foundation, I mixed Linen and Sandy Beige together
Blush Bronzer Duo – for bronzer
Blush in Sun Goddess
Mavens Element Pallet for eyeshadow:
3 in 1 Contour, Bronze and Highlight Kit
Khol Eyeliner in Onyx
Motives for LaLa Mascara

Jenna:  the younger sister and a little more experimental with her makeup.  We used darker colors on her, more of an “everyday glam” type of look.

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All Products used were Motives:
Perfecting Face Primer
Liquid Powder Mineral Foundation, I mixed Linen and Sandy Beige together
Blush Bronzer Duo – for bronzer
Blush in Sun Goddess
3 in 1 Contour, Bronze and Highlight Kit
Khol Eyeliner in Onyx
Motives for LaLa Mascara
Single eyeshadows: Gun metal, Vanilla
Mavens Element Palette: Aubergine

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Skin Care Extras

A few posts ago I posted about my daily skin care routine.  I want to share a few other skin care favorites that aren’t used daily.

1.  Mary Kay Microdermabrasion Step 1 Refine:  This is a great exfoliant that uses alumina oxide crystals to buff out pores and slough off dead skin.  The crystals are perfectly round.  Be careful with scrubs made of fruit pits because they can scratch the skin with jagged edges.

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2.  Philosophy Oxygen Peel Mask:  This is a 2 step mask that leaves my skin feeling really refreshed and clean.  You first empty the catalase enzyme capsule into warm water and shake it to create a gel like mask.  Put it on the cover it with the oxygen foam.  Wait a few minutes then use the spatula to remove the foam (if you have sensitive skin rinse with soft cloth).  It helps to detox the skin and clear up clogged pores.  I like it because you only leave it on for a few minutes versus a standard mask you leave on for about 10.  I can do this one in the morning while getting ready for work.

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3.  Cellular Laboratories De-Aging Eye Cream:  This is a new product I have had for a few weeks.  I have already noticed a difference in the dark circles under my eyes!  It’s very hydrating but light weight.

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4.  Lumiere De Vie Volcanic Exfoliating Mask:  This clay mask has an AHA complex to helps exfoliate the top layer of skin and it’s great for oil control.  My skin feels softer and looks brighter after rinsing this mask off.  You do have to rinse very well as the pumice particles like to stick to the skin.

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5.  Shiseido Urban Environment Oil Free UV Protection:  I really like that this sunscreen is very lightweight and my skin doesn’t react to it.  It’s broad spectrum and great for daily use.  It is a little difficult to rub in, leaving a slightly pasty look and you have to wait awhile between applying this and putting on foundation primer.  In all honesty, I don’t love it but I don’t hate it.  Some primers will interact with the sunscreen and cause it to pill but I have used Motives Perfecting Face Primer and that seems to work well.   I am open to sunscreen recommendations!

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Sephora Haul Part 1

So the Sephora VIB Sale ended a little over a week ago and I hear it’s the best they offer each year!  I have only just started shopping at Sephora (since for the past 3 years I only used one brand) so time will tell!  I ended up placing 2 orders and my second one was so delayed I haven’t had a chance to really try out some of my new goodies yet.  Apparently everyone else wanted in on the 20% off EVERYTHING action as well!  You can’t blame them, it’s a great deal!

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Too Faced The Return of Sexy Pallet and Shadow Insurance:  I LOVE the pallet!  The shadows are vibrant, blend so smoothly, pigmented and this pallet has each color scheme I typically wear.  I found it while looking for a pallet I can take with me when I travel over the holidays that would give me some color choice.  I have a few other Too Faced pallets that I love so I was really looking forward to trying this one out and it does not disappoint.  There are SO MANY color combinations that you can create, plus it comes with the eye liner and primer.  Neither of which I am a total fan though.  The liner is super soft so if you aren’t super careful you could end up with a mess-which I did the first time I tried it because I wasn’t expecting it to be so soft.  The opposite end does have a smudger though so I am a fan of the 2 tools in 1.  The primer is not my favorite.  First off, it smells funny which may not be the primers fault.  The humidity has picked up here and the package did sit outside all afternoon before I got home from work to pick it up so all of my concerns could be the heat, but it could not be.  I also feel like it doesn’t really even out the skin tone on my lids and it creases as if I wasn’t wearing a primer at all.  I will say though, that at $49 it is worth every penny and then some.

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The rest of my order was full of minis!  I love discovering new brands, products, and colors through minis.  The first set was a 500 point set from Buxom.  I have never really used their products before but I used the gloss and the lipstick and they both are great.  Neither one comes off as purple as in the packaging and it’s really flattering on my light beige skin tone.  The mascara, liner, and bronzer haven’t been used yet.

2014-11-22 15.05.47My other mini set was this Prepped and Prime set gift with purchase.  Here’s what I have used:

1-Living Proof Satin Hair Serum:  I have started using this brand for my hair care and I like it.  I will review other items later but this helps keep the frizz down with the humidity out here

2-Glam Glow Powermud Dual Cleanse Treatment:  This made my skin feel smoother and pores clearer.

3-Benefit Stay Flawless Primer:  There are a few things wrong with this primer and I think they all could be solved with a different delivery method.  Having this as a stick primer makes it difficult to get a good coverage.  It does not blend once you put it on so if you miss a spot, it shows.  Also, with my oily skin it didn’t do anything special to make me buy it over the Lancome one that I am currently loving or even Benefit’s own POREfessional.

Be back soon with Sephora Haul Part 2 and some other fun stuff to share!

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