Posts Tagged ‘beauty’

the “new” makeup brush

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i love to get lost on Instagram. clicking random IGers pages, finding random products, stumbling across new music… I LOVE IT! a few months ago, I came across an interesting makeup brush collection by ARTIS.

the evolution of the makeup brush is how I would describe the ARTIS collection. a long curved handle that allows for an easier self application.

3 reasons I am OBSESSED with ARTIS: 

• the linear 1 brush is very narrow, making my brow application flawless

• the cosmefibre technology makes makeup blending easy as pie

• the curved handle on each brush fits perfectly in my hand for better control

 

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great for contouring… but, I’m still trying to perfect that craft

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contouring 101

 

one makeup technique that I have to learn and master before the summer is out is contouring. For the most part applying makeup comes naturally, but for some reason, my inner drag queen skills will not reveal themselves when it comes to contouring. So, enough clown face, and an overly contoured forehead. I’m now seeking the help of well known NYC based makeup artist, Tedrick Lamar.

 

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• so what’s his key to success you wonder? •

first, understand the different types of contouring, and what works for you. day time vs. night time makeup application. also, understanding the product you should use depending on your skin type. And remember, it’s easier to add than subtract. so, start small.

 

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small contour brush & angled brush is needed

• how do I know what shades of foundation/concealer to use? •

use 2 shades of foundation. one a shade lighter, for highlighting, and the other for contouring, 3 -4 shades darker.

 

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contouring Kit… my new best friend.

• But really, is contouring even for me? •

anyone can contour. the key is knowing your face shape. everyone has different needs, and understanding  your needs will make the process easier. before you start, use your fingers to feel for the hollow areas of your face, don’t be shy, get to know your bone structure.

 

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Kevyn Aucoin: Making Faces Book

 

 

• what about the beauty blender, it’s my favorite makeup applying tool? •

I love the beauty blender, it’s the easiest and best tool to use. I can paint an entire face with just the beauty blender if I wanted to.

 

contouring for beginners can be a little stressful, but practice is always the key. after a contouring workshop with tedrick, I feel confident as well as educated. below are 3 tricks I learned:

• beauty blenders are a gift from God (my next project will be learning more about the founders)

• start with small amounts of makeup and work your way to heavier amounts

• get to know your face, and know what works best for you

• practice makes perfect

 

 

“I’z married now!” #fswedding

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francie & sandy– the beautiful brides

 

love is a beautiful thing. it’s a feeling that completely takes over my life. I love strong, and believe everyone has a soulmate, and will one day find their better half. So, in the name of LOVE, I joined Francie and Sandy in Dominican Republic to celebrate their union.

to keep it sweet & short… everything was amazing. the casa coloniel hotel was absolutely beautiful, with the most gracious employees, and delicious food. I just can’t get enough of this place.

what I loved most about this wedding weekend:

the all white attire for wedding guests

brugal

the pool

casa coloniel hotel staff

the guests who attended the wedding

 

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selfie stick fun before the wedding

 

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all white wedding… thanks club monaco!

 

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kattia & michael… paloma’s cool parents

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faye & frank… getting close!! (doesn’t frank look like a dominican ghost, from POWER?)

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addy & eric… the dance crew!

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francie & sandy… the newlyweds

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deb & alice… the turn up crew

 

dinner time:

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literally an ALL white wedding!

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dream catcher seating assignment

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turn up time:

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their 1st dance!

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dance party… Latin style!

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brugal shots

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the dance crew, dancing the night away

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late night bonfire

 

a funny story:

the day of the wedding, I had this hiccup in my flight arrangement. So instead of arriving to DR around 11am, I arrived at 4pm, 1 hour before the wedding. Needless to say I was running on fumes. cocktail after cocktail, shots of brugal, on top of dancing for hours in 85 degree weather had a sister bent. but, I wanted to take pictures of the wedding, and my phone was dying. so, I went to my hotel room to charge my phone for a little while. next thing I know, I wake up to my friends banging on the door because they thought I ran off with a Dominican Man… lmao, WTF? don’t they know bear would kill me.

for more images of francie and sandy’s wedidng, check out #fswedding

oh yeah… i celebrated a birthday.

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birthday cards from my loving friends & family

 

birthday’s have always been special to me. I remember growing up, and having parties. the entire family would come to my house, everyone would sing the “happy birthday” song and I would make a wish and blow out the candles. my parents would give me great gifts, and my siblings and cousins would hug me all day. It was always a great time. I’ve always looked forward to april 3rd, and 31 years later… ain’t shit changed!!

 

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i seriously have the greatest friends… they came from all over the country to celebrate with me. One even surprised me!

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is it spring, or nah?

 

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spring is coming slowly, but surely. today, I brought the legs out because I’m tired of being dazed and confused by this weather.

still a little hungover from my birthday weekend, so please excuse the ponytail. deets and pictures from my birthday celebration are coming up! stay tuned.

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fact: I wear fringe in some way or fashion minimum, twice a week.

 

 

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obsessed with this ear cuff. thank you PATRICIA!

 

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but wait… let me fix my hair.

 

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sweatshirt and fringe dress: h&m

shoes: vince

purse: c. wonder

 

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one of the most comfortable pair of heels I own.

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I don’t care what the temperature is, I’m dressing for spring… starting today. have a great week everyone!

obsessed.

three things I’m currently obsessing over…

 

• smith & cult •

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porn a thon

 

If I was stranded on an island, and only had one beauty product, I pray it would be white nail polish, preferably OPI alpine snow, but I won’t be picky. After finding porn a thon by smith & cult, I may push the white nail polish aside for awhile. I only need two reasons to love a specific nail polish… one, it must be long lasting, and two, it has to have a cool name. CHECK & CHECK!

 

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• the shag •

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danish beauty- freya beha

 

I think I’ve worn my hair in the same style for over 9 years. Yeah, that’s pretty accurate. Every once in awhile I’ll add extensions, or highlights, or a ponytail, but the bang and short bob is my signature. SO, this summer I vow to change it up. Although I am a gaudy, bigger is better, hot mess… I’ll start with something simple. Adding a little texture will work. Currently obsessed with a 70’s inspired shag, and channeling Stevie Nicks.

 

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kendall jenner for givenchy

 

 

• RIHANNA #BBHMM •

yes. yess. YASSSSSSSSSS RIHANNA. I’m obsessed with rihanna’s new sound and song. Listen to her new single, bitch better have my money. enjoy.

Before releasing the the full #BBHMM track, rihanna offered fans snippets on dubsmash… It’s kind of stupid, but held my attention for a few minutes.

 

Next week I’ll be sharing hair products I’m obsessed with…

stay tuned.

5 days of … amanda

 

WEDNESDAY

 

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I am obsessed with the chunky shoe fashion, I love solid platforms. Unfortunately, I can’t wear them since I stand all day for work. After about an hour my feet start to KILL and soon to follow in agony, are my legs and back.

 

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3 reasons why I’m obsessed with Amanda

  • She’s a talented hair stylist at Butterfly Studio Salon
  • She understands me… If I give someone a side eye, she knows exactly how I feel. No explanation needed.
  • She’s in the top 5 Best Dressed, out of everyone I know. Hands Down.

 

 

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