Everyday Natural Makeup Tutorial

Okay, clearly I don’t have the setup ready yet, BUT here is a makeup tutorial with some bad lighting for ya. Just what you wanted, right?

The goal was Everyday Natural Makeup, focusing largely on drugstore brands, in colors that are fairly universal. Depending on your skin tone, YMMV. Full products list below and in description. If you are new to makeup, this whole look can take as little as 10-15 minutes when you get familiar with it. So it is completely doable for a fresh everyday face! Continue reading


Drowning Your Blues in Wine

Beauty Along - Drown Your Blues in WineThis week is my “But I can’t…” Week. I am proving to myself that all the things I always say I can’t do with makeup (I can’t wear that color. I can’t do that technique. Etc), I can actually do! This one is a double whammy: “I can’t wear blues,” and “I can’t line my lower waterline with a dark color.”

I have always tended toward warm colors. They look best on me, it’s true. But that doesn’t mean other colors don’t also look great in their own way. And honestly, how much of it is what I can’t do, and how much of it is I just haven’t learned how to do it right for me personally? Continue reading

Not Quite Dupes – UD Primer vs. NYX Jumbo Shadow Pencil

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin

Okay, so I discovered a Not Quite Dupe this week I thought I would share.

I love my Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin–it has a goldish, rosey finish to it that is a fabulous underlay for many looks. I also happen to own the UD eyeshadow Sin, which I use all the time, sometimes even as a face contouring highlighter. So what a treat to discover that my NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Yogurt is nearly identical in shade. So much so that I almost could not tell them apart.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Yogurt

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Yogurt

Now, I call this a NQD for two reasons. One, the NYX Yogurt is definitely roseier/pinkier than Sin. But also because I find that the NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencils do crease on their own if not set with a shadow on top. But since I always lay eyeshadow on top of my UD Primer as well, it’s kind of the same thing, isn’t it? Sort of? Not quite. Hence the NQD designation.  But when you compare the UD Primer Potion in Sin at $20 vs. the Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Yogurt at $4.99 (and often Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off at Ulta), you can decide for yourself if it’s close enough…

Coconut Oil Continues to Rock!

Hey CocoNUTS, here’s my brief update:
Been using coconut oil as a cleanser and moisturizer for about three weeks now. It is the ONLY thing I have been using. As in I do not use any other cleanser, moisturizer, toner, makeup remover, NOTHING. Just coconut oil before I go to bed or when I shower.

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

I massage a nickel-sized dollop into my skin on my face and neck, including eyes and lashes to remove waterproof mascara,

eyeliner, shadow, etc.  I use a hot towel pressed to my face for about 15 seconds, then use the towel to thoroughly but gently wipe my entire face, taking special care to get around my nose and hairline, where the oil could easily accumulate if I am not diligent. All my makeup comes off, face feels clean and soft. Sometimes I have a little bit of eyeliner still right in my lashes, but an extra swipe or two of the towel removes it. I have had no br

eakouts and the ones I had have cleared up without any dark spots. Wait, not fully true. I got a little pimple near my left temple in the first week, but it went away and I have had none since.

I don’t moisturize before putting on makeup. One day my face felt a little “muddy” so I did a quick “wash” with my coconut oil and it was fine. But that was one day in three weeks. I also did one day with my foundation primer, which I had not been using so I had a “controlled experiment”, but found it didn’t make much difference so I didn’t use it again. As in my makeup looked great and lasted great without it. Sidenote: my makeup has SPF properties. If it did not, I would still mois

turize with an oil-free SPF product, but I can skip that step.

I have also been using it as a cleanser/moisturizer for my upper arms, where I get breakouts and red bumps. To be clear, I did my left arm for two weeks with it, and used my usual soap on my right arm, to compare the results. My left arm started clearing up and having less spottiness within a week. Finally this week I am using it on both arms because it seems to be working and I want

my right arm improving as my left has.

One more week and my skin will have gone through a nearly two complete cycles and one complete hormonal cycle. Assuming it continues as it has for the past few weeks, I will throw out the last of my Proactiv once and for all.

Coconut Oil-Sugar Body Scrub

Julie Klover commented with this little home recipe on Facebook. I want to note it for later, so am putting it here! Here’s her post:
“…you may want to take “before pictures” it’s a great way to see the changes in your skin. I have used coconut oil to shave with as well. I’m liking it so far. I’ve also made a sugar scrub for my body, not face. Legs feel great after!
2.5 cups sugar
1 cup oil (i uses coconut) and
5 tbs citrus juice.”

Thanks Julie!

There are SO MANY different recipes for coconut oil-based body scrubs, incorporating essential oils and other fabulous organic scents. What are some of your favorites?

Coconut Oil Experiments – shaving and moisturizing

Organic Coconut Oil

Organic Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil Experiment Report: I have been using coconut oil to wash my face the past few days, and so far so good. (If you want to read more about other experiences with this, check the links at the bottom of this post) Too soon to really say what the true results will be as my face needs to adjust to the change, which will take a couple weeks; and I want to get through a full monthly cycle to see how it does during different natural hormonal shifts as well. Continue reading