Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Foundation 101

So I've been getting the same question on facebook as well as Instagram so I thought I would try and sum it up all at once in this blog post and that question, what kind of foundation do I buy.

It really varies and something people need to understand is that just because it works well on my skin, doesn't mean it's going to work well with yours. If you're going to go our a buy high end makeup, get a sample first. If you shop at Sephora, they will give you samples for free!
The things I look for in a foundation are full coverage, not drying and something that doesn't wreak havoc on my skin.
Currenty when I'm looking for the full on glamor effect I use MAC cosmetics studio fix in either shade NC15 or NW10. I'm in the middle when it comes to warm and cool shades so I can really go either way so really it depends on how I'm feeling that day. MAC foundation does oxyidize when it dries so if you are pale like me, keep that in mind when buy this foundation and picking your color. The pro-long wear from MAC does oxidize even more so if you have ivory skin, this might not be for you which is why I personally never buy it. 
(you can try using a primer to keep your makeup from oxidizing.)
When I'm going for a natural look or just making a trip to the store, I use revlon photoready foundation in the shade 002 vanilla. You can get full coverage out of this foundation and it's a good foundation if you have dry skin because it has a nice dewy finish.
It's not a good foundation if you are getting your pictures taken with flash, I always find my face paper white while my neck looks tan, it just ain't cute.

For my eyelid primer, I use MAC cosmetics pro-longwear concealer. Not only is this a great concealer but this also has the formula for a good primer, it wont crease and if you have dark veins in your eyelid, this will cover that.

From personal experience,
if you have dry skin you should try Mac cosmetics, Revlon Photoready, Lumi by L'Oreal, bare minerals liquid foundation.
If you have dry skin try Makeup Forever HD foundation, Revlon revlon whipped foundation, Bare minerals powder.

With the right prep work, you can use any of these foundations, but if you're the kind of person who just wants to slap some foundation on real quick, try these foundations!

I hope this helps you a little and saves me a little writing time explaining this to every person who ask me!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Today, in pictures!

 Such a beautiful day.
 Where did my baby go?! Who is this grown up boy?!
 This girl decided to dress herself today. Can you guess her favorite color?


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Hot, less hot, kinda hot and very hot.

 Just by looking at pictures of us today, you wouldn't even know that it's winter.

 I wish I could say that it's just unseasonably warm for this time of year but the truth is that this is just how Florida is. It's normal for 80 degree weather here in the winter and the weather man is always saying, if you don't like the weather, just wait 10 minutes and it will change.
Rain and thunder storms come out of nowhere, one second it's freezing and the next you're burning up but today, it was perfect.

 (Be still my beating heart)

Sadly I'm still sick.
I was up til about 2 am having a coughing fit and when I finally felt like I was asleep, it was like I just blinked my eyes and then it was time to wake up so today was a very lazy day.
I've come to realize that things are a lot easier when I just sit outside with the kids.
They don't fight with each other, the run off so much energy and I have some time to just sit back and rest.

Time for NyQuil shots and lots of rest.
See, I told you I was back. ;)

Playing catch up. (again) Christmas 2014!

So you've missed a lot and I've failed to fill you in!
So I guess we are both in a little hot water on that one.
First thing's first, Christmas.
I really thought that this year was going to be the year that they smiled.....
I had so much hope that they would and after waiting for two hours for Santa, I believed that they would but no, they cried more this year than they ever have.
All week they begged and begged to see Santa and what do I get?!
Come on!!
 Can we not talk about how grown up they look? Because that would be great!

Christmas came and went so quickly, I felt like I blinked and it was over.
Over all tho, I think it was the best one so far. I use to think being a kid on Christmas morning was the best feeling ever but I couldn't be more wrong. Nothing made me happier than seeing them open up their presents and the smiles on their faces.
It makes all the stress and melt downs of Christmas shopping seem worth it which is saying a lot seeing how I was still shopping on Christmas eve!
The only down fall is that I got sick on Christmas and I'm STILL dealing with this awful cough.
So I'm going to catch up on some much needed sleep and I hope I get over it soon.
If not, I'm afraid my eyeballs might pop out.

Monday, January 5, 2015

New Year New Me.

I'm alive!
I know, I owe you all an explanation and apologies and la de da de da... but for a while there I had really given up on this whole blogging thing. I was bored, I didn't know if I could write anymore and I didn't know what I was writing for. I've said it before, I started this blog for my grandma and now it just kind of felt empty.

As the new year has come around I feel like it is time for a change. I still love this blog, I love everything that I have put into it and what it meant to me and I'm sorry that I ever wanted to leave it or make anyone feel like I was throwing it away. It has kept me sane on days that I thought I was going to go mad and I have comfort in reading past post that gave my grandmother so much joy.
If you're still here from previous post, thank you and I love you but if you are new, here is a quick run down.

  • My name is Melissa Juliet and I am twenty-four years old.
  • I am married to the love of my life, he is so supportive of what I do and what I am passionate about and is always pushing me to be the best me that I can be.
  • I have twins! They turned three in August and their names are Ethan and Emily.
  • Make up is a huge part of my life, I plan on making this a full time career out of it.
  • I love wine, it goes without saying and I need to say no more.

I am starting new which is the reasoning behind said bold points above.
I want to make this blog into something I love again and to look forward to posting more.
I'm still going to post about our daily lives but I would like to bring makeup trick, tips and tutorials.
So if you're with me, enjoy the ride and I'll see you soon!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Recent happenings.

2:30am? Check!
Not sleeping? Check!
Toothache? Check!
I have been up trying to find something to relieve this horrible pain in my tooth with no luck, I might have actually made things worse with a few things, but hey, I'm pretty desperate.
I started out searching for pain reliever, duh.
With no luck I moved on to the next cabinet which holds all the liquor.
I hate the taste of liquor, honestly we have it for when people come over, some of it has been in my cabinet above my stove since last New Years.
But agai, I'm desperate so I pour some tequila on a shot glass and in my mind I'm like " Okay, use this like mouth wash, swish it on the painful tooth and it will go away."
Oh my y'all, never again.
That was so nasty, didn't help the pain and I almost threw up.
NEXT, I read mixing salt and pepper and a few drops of water to make a paste and putting it on the pain would help BUT WHAT THEY FAIL TO MENTION IS HOW BADLY THAT MUCH PEPPER BURNS YOUR MOUTH!
Then I wanted to throw up and cry.
Moved on to warm water and salt and that kinda made it a little better, but not so much where I can sleep. I have been in bed for hours just tossing and turning, praying for sleep.
So here I am, going on 3am and I don't know what to do.
I can't stay up and I can't go to sleep.

I guess since it's been a hot minute since I've posted, I owe you guys an update or as I like to call it, "Recent happenings".
1. Our landlord sucks and can stick it where the sun don't shine for all I care.
I love renting, it our old house, when something broke, our realtor fixed it.
This new house, when something breaks, our landlord tells us we don't need it.
Our disposal broke the day before my birthday and it's still broken almost three weeks later.
Our landlord sent a plumber over and he looked at it and said we just needed a new one.
Told us he would contact our landlord, get it approved and be over to install it.
The plumber calls a few days later, tells us that it's been approved and he will be over sometime that week. The entire week went by and we heard nothing from him.
So we call and he tells us, " oh yea, your landlord told me to just forget about it because you guys don't need one."
At this point, I had a weeks worth of dishes in my sink because my sink was backed up and I couldn't wash anything, so take a minute, feel my anger.
This poor soul thinks I'm just going to forget about it?
I am seriously like the last person you want to double cross.
I can be so sweet and nice but you piss me off and I get freaking crazy. And not like yell at you and call you names kind of crazy, more like moving out and hiding a dead fish in the chimney.
He's just really a bad person, he brags about owning a million dollar company and having all these cars and like he travels to all these beautiful places but he can't put in a new disposal?
$100 is just too much.
Even tho we pay $925 to live here each month.

All I have to say about people like this is karma sucks and when you get greedy, here comes karma to take it all away so you can be back
Ugh! Just don't even get me started.
I'm ready to move, it sucks because this would be our third time moving in two years, but the last house was too small, this house is just too much work, I'm hoping for a house that we can just live in for a while.
I just need to sit.
I don't think that's too much to ask for.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Revlon ColorStay Whipped, does it work?

I have to start off by saying that I do not have the best skin, it's very dry and every night I use my home made sugar scrub (click the link to see how I make that) to get rid of the dry skin flakes and a mixture of lotion and aquaphor and I put a thin layer of that on my face and by morning my face feels great, my dry skin just eats up that aquaphor. I've always used MAC foundation but since it's rather pricey, I'm trying to find something more affordable which is pretty freaking hard! 

This is my face with nothing on it. Weird looking, I know. I'm so use to wearing makeup all the time that when I see my naked skin in the mirror, I jump a little bit.
I'm light skinned, my skin doesn't really have  great undertones to it. The reason it looks so pink here is because I just got done with a good scrub. My skin doesn't hold color too well, getting a tan is pointless and the same about my hair. I have a ton of white hairs when my roots come in for being so young which is why I just keep bleaching it, it also doesn't hold color well at all.

I purchased the Revlon ColorStay Whipped Foundation in the color Buff because they did not have the Whipped in the color Ivory but they did have Ivory in the regular colorstay foundation.
Ivory had a lot of pink undertones to it, very pale but I really wanted to try whipped because I felt like it would give me a better coverage.
So I went up to the next shade which is Buff and it had a lot of yellow undertones. It was crazy how much changed in just one shade.
The pros to this foundation is that it is full coverage and very buildable. It covered up any spots that my regular MAC foundation would and was easy to blend, I do suggest you put this on with stippling brush, it will give you the best coverage and make it easy to apply.

Cons. if you have dry skin or peach fuzz, don't try this. Even if you think you skin is well motorized, it still shows up dry skin flakes, and if you have little hairs on your face, this makes them 10 times more noticeable.

It's a nice matte finish so if you're looking for something Dewey, this isn't for you.
But that could explain why it makes dry skin show up a bit more.

As you can see, under my lip a bit of peach fuzz, and dry skin under my nose and between my eyebrows which just is not cute.
I'm embarrassed to even show you.

But, as you can see, it is a nice full coverage.
I wouldn't buy this again just because of my skin type but hey, if you have oily skin I think this would be a great drug store product for you!

I hope this helps some of you, I wasn't able to find a good review before I purchased this product but the good thing is that I can return it!
If you have dry skin and found a good full coverage foundation, please comment below and tell me what worked for you, I'm really interested in trying something better for my skin type.
Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!