Friday, September 21, 2012

How To...{Gel Eyeliner}

It's Friday night, so what's a girl to do?!  Play with eyeliner!!!

I have the Smashbox gel eyeliner.  I bought it because the lady 
at Sephora told me it was the best and I bought 
an angled liner brush to apply it with.  
I used the eyeliner, I tried to love it, but I never really did.  
I know some makeup artists swear by it, but I found it to be cakey, 
to skip over the skin, and to flake when trying to build the liner.
Not to diss on Smashbox, because I love their products, 
but I just didn't love their gel liner.  
I tried hard to love it because regular 
eyeliner doesn't always stay true black and 
it doesn't give a good winged liner look, 
liquid looks great but it's hard to use.
Ever try putting liquid eyeliner on a bride who keeps 
trying to turn her head to answer a question??

Recently I haven't even been able to use the Smashbox gel eyeliner 
because it dried up and hardened to the point that it was unusable.
Sooo tonight I was in the grocery store looking around and spotted this
Maybelline Lasting Drama gel eyeliner in blackest black.
It was $7.99.

It even came with a brush!!!

It was very creamy and soft looking.

I pinned this the other day, I thought it was a good breakdown on 
how to achieve a winged liner.
(My makeup Pinterest page 

 Start with the before:

One difference from the above Pinterest breakdown 
is I connected the top and the bottom eyeliner.
I don't always do this but I wanted to try something a little different.

The easiest way to create a thick liner line is to use the flat side 
of the brush from the outer corner and 
make the line thinner as you go to the inside of the eye.
It is quicker than trying to build the line using the thin side of the brush.

...this is what a Friday night looks like around here!

Another cool picture from my Pinterest makeup page.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Face Mapping

What Your Breakouts Are Telling You...

Have you ever heard of face mapping? If not, it’s pretty much the key to unlocking the mysteries behind problematic skin. Thanks to the combined knowledge of dermatologists who have analyzed skin behaviors and ancient Chinese medicinal methods there is a smarter way to interpret and treat skin imperfections by way of “face mapping.” Face mapping is a type of skin analysis that explains why and how certain areas of your face are connected to other parts of your body. If you ask me, it's pretty amazing stuff...

Why do you break out in some areas and not others?

Think of your blemishes as X’s on a map that is your face. Different zones correspond to different problems. With this “map” as your guide, you can address the underlying causes of blemishes and correctly determine how to prevent them from recurring. (Don't you wish you know about this in middle school?)

So, what are your breakouts telling you?

Using the face mapping method to decode what’s going on with your body is both incredibly informative and very extensive if you ask me. Here is an overview of the basic areas and what breakouts or abnormalities in those areas mean:

Zone 1 & 3: Bladder & Digestive System — Improve your diet and drink more water.

Zone 2: Liver — Try cutting back on alcohol, heavy food or dairy. This area can also indicate a food allergy.

Zone 4 & 10: Kidneys — Make sure you’re keeping yourself hydrated with water and cut back on liquids that dehydrate you. This means nix the soda, coffee and/or alcohol.

Zone 5 & 9: Respiratory system — Those who smoke or have allergies tend to have acne here.

Zone 6 & 8: Kidneys — Dark circles are usually a result of dehydration. Drink up!

Zone 7: Heart — Check your blood pressure and make sure you’re not using makeup that irritates your skin.

Zone 12: Stomach — Consider a detox or adding more fiber to your diet to help with digestion.

Zone 11 & 13: Hormones — Stress and hormonal changes can sometimes be alleviated with more water and a few extra servings of dark, leafy greens but if breakouts in this area persistent, make an appointment with your doctor to look into a possible hormonal imbalance. Additionally, breakouts in this area also indicate when you are ovulating (and which side).

Zone 14: Illness — Can be a sign of your body fighting bacteria to avoid illness. Take a breather and drink plenty of fluids.

So the next time you breakout or notice dark under eye circles, look to your map (or shall we say face map). 
P.S. Please note that these are general guidelines. Just becuase you breakout on your nose doesn't mean you have a heart problem. As with all medical issues, it is always best to see your doctor or dermotologist for a proper prognosis. 

Story by:  Alex Gariano
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Kim Porter Cosmetics {Product Review}

This super shiny, non-sticky lip gloss is great alone or over lipstick.  The color I am currently obsessed with is called Skinny Dip.  The name says it all because the color is sheer and skin-like and it smells like cinnamon.  Yummm....

Luxury Lip Gloss

From the Kim Porter Cosmetics line Luxury Lip Gloss:

Pure brilliance! Luxury Gloss combines sheer color with high shine, while treating lips with age-defying benefits. Innovative polymer technology provides lasting comfort, protection and hydration. A soothing blend of oils, including Castor Seed, Soybean and Moroccan Argan, condition and hydrate, smoothing the appearance of vertical lines and wrinkles so lips look softer and younger. Delivers antioxidant protection with Vitamins E and C. Helps soothe and heal dry lips with Aloe and Silica. Hypoallergenic. Paraben-free.

Price:  $18.00

To order products or if you have any questions you can email Kim Porter at

Friday, September 7, 2012

Head Shots Are In!!!

My head shots taken by photographer, Echard Wheeler, are in. 
You can check out his amazing work at 

These are a few of my favorites...

We played around with different backgrounds, poses, and expressions.  

I knew the black background would be too dark for my website
but it was still fun to see how by just changing the background the entire look changes.

My friends and family make fun of how fast I can turn on my
"picture face" when a camera is around, 
but when you are in a photographers studio it was a little bit harder 
for me to relax.  Thankfully, Echard was
engaging and comfortable to be around, so after awhile it was 
easy to just relax and have fun!!

Case in point :)