My Secret Nail Weapon

  
I don’t know about you, but one thing I hate when I’m doing my own nails is waiting for the polish to dry. I’m so impatient. I just want to apply my coats and go. Que fab find…

About a month, I was randomly perusing the beauty aisles at my local Walmart and low and behold I see this hairspray like can that says “Professional Nail Dryer” by Onyxprofessional.  At first, I was kinda skeptical because it looked too good to be true especially since my last attempt to purchase something to dry my nails was a big fail (Essie quick-e), but after reading the directions on the back and looking over some googled reviews, 8 decided to give it a try.

Let me tell you, I was very impressed!! I followed the simple direction of holding the can 6-8 inches away from my nails and gave a quick spray to each nail. Then, I let about 5 minutes pass by and gently touched each of my nails to see if they were dry, and guess what? THEY WERE!!! Wootwoot!! [Confetti thrown in the air] I’ve used this product about 5x in the last month and it never fails. There has been some times I’ve had to do a second round of spray just to be on the safe side, but it hasn’t let me down yet! Oh, wait, did I forget to mention it was only $2.48? Yes, yes it was for a whole 8.5oz. That’s like cheaper than my hairspray bottle!!  

The 10 Minute Face

Being that I am not a celebrity and don’t have a “Glamsquad” as part of my entourage that are with me every waking moment to do my makeup and hair or that I have 2 to 3 hours to sit in a chair to get the perfect look, I have to find something that works  for the everyday average woman.  I mean don’t get me wrong, I wish I could be like Giselle and sit back and relax as a my team makes me look flawless, but I’m not so back don’t to earth again.

I just finished reading cover to cover Jessica Alba’s The Honest Life, and one of her tips that I found really useful was her “10 Minute Face“.  I found it refreshing because it really caters to us regular folks who are constantly on the run and don’t have enough time in the day.  It also really spoke to me because I have been doing the “10 Minute Face” my whole working life, so it was nice to see it written down step by step.

Here is Jessica’s version:

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After reading and reviewing that section, I decided to write down my 10 minute beauty routine and share it with you all.  But before I share it, I wanted to give you a little prep work to do before you start applying the makeup.

PREP 

It’s really important to always wash your face in the morning (don’t forget nighttime too!).  I usually alternate from a regular face wash to an exfoliating face wash.  Normally if you do an exfoliating face wash make sure not to do more than 1-2x a week.  I’m a big fan of Lush products, so I like to use their Ocean Salt scrub for exfoliation and Herbalism on regular days.  Sometimes I use Burt’s Bee Radiance Facial Cleanser to change it up.  I love both those brands because they are gentle on my skin and are all natural.

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After I do the face wash, I spray some Tea Tree Water Toner from Lush, blot it around my face with my fingers or cotton ball and let it air dray for a few seconds.  Once it’s  dry, I moisturize. I usually use the Gorgeous moisturizer and let it absorb into my skin.  So that’s when I usually do my hair then put on my makeup last.

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 My 10 Minute Makeup

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1. Apply tinted moisturize with some sunscreen.  I use Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer -Illuminating Broad Spectrum SPF 20 sunscreen.  Eventhough the tinted moisturizer has sunscreen, I still dab some regular sunscreen too.  I am currently using the Neutrogena Beach Defense SPF 30.  I usually will put a drop of each on the palm of my hand and mix it together and then apply all over my face using my fingertips.

2. While I let my foundation set, I fill in my eyebrows using  It Cosmetics’ Brow Power  Universal Brow Pencil.  I then go ahead and use concealer to hide any blemishes or dark circles.  I am currently using Makeup Forever Full Cover Extreme Camouflage Cream waterproof.

3. I curl my lashes using my Revlon lash curler, then use Christian  Cosmetics’ Super Long Lash Treatment Mascara in Mammey Oil Black.  I am currently obsessed with this mascara! You can only find it at the swapmeets for about $3-$5.  It stays all day long, and makes your lashes super long.

4. I dab some NYX Rouge Cream Blush in orange on the apples of my checks and a little on the sides of my forehead.

5.  Lastly, I put on some lip gloss.  For a natural look, I have been using Tony Moly’s Fruit Princess Gloss.  Tony Moly is a Filipino makeup brand that is usually sold at Korean beauty department stores.  I came across it at a Korean galleria in Los Angeles called The Center on 6th.  The have wonderful beauty products!.

Here is my finished on the go look!

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The 10 Minute Face will not only save you time, but leave you looking flawless and feeling beautiful!

What are your 10 minute makeup tips and tricks?

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Luscious Lashes

Hi Beauties!

I did some research and (since I’m a visual learner) I complied the best tips I found in this little cheat sheet I created to help you with those luscious lashes that you’ve always desired.

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1. Conditioning your lashes with Vaseline or petroleum jelly before you go to sleep apparently helps your lashes grow stronger and healthier.

2. It is super important to curl your lashes before applying mascara.  Do Not, I repeat, DO NOT curl your lashes after you apply mascara because it causes pulling resulting in lash breakage. Bling Eyelash Curler  $1.49

3. You always have the option of  priming your lashes before you put on mascara.  If your lashes are weaker or thinner it is recommended to prime, but if you do not have that issue, then there is no need to.  Smashbox Layer Lash Primer $18

4. Before applying mascara, make sure to blot your wand on a tissue.  This helps get rid of extra product and prevent your lashes from clumping and looking like spider lashes (unless you are going for that look of course).

5. If your mascara doesn’t bend, you can carefully blend it at a 90 degree angle to help get those inner, lower lashes, & the base.  Quick Tip: use a zip lock bag or face towel to wrap around the wand so your hands won’t get dirty

6. Remember not to pump your wand in the mascara tube.  Instead swirl the wand and take it out slowly from the tube. This prevents your mascara from drying out and lasting longer.

7. When applying mascara, make sure to start from the base and wiggle back & forth towards the front (kinda like zigzig).

8. Finally comb your lashes after each application to get that nice flowy lashful effect.  Sephora Eyelash Comb $10

Tips for Perfect Lashes

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