Mascara, Mascara. Wherefore art thou, Mascara? || Fresh Friday || Champagne + Linen || Missoula, Montana Wedding Planners
The one consistent obsession I’ve always had with products is mascara. What’s the perfect brush, how wet should the formula be, waterproof or not?! The choices are literally endless, the packaging is all so damn cute, and it’s the one necessity that I always use. So it has to be perfect, right?! Well, I’ve discovered that unfortunately it’s not as easy as that. I have tried I don’t know how many mascaras in my lifetime. Mary Kay, Maybelline, L’Oreal, Tarte...on and on and on…...I have pretty long lashes to begin with, and it’s tough for me to find a balance between volume and length, without have too much or too less of both. More often than not when I try a new one, I find that it doesn’t give my lashes the curl or length that I’m looking for, resulting in lashes that fall flat and a bad attitude on my end.
Soooooo is there anything you DO like?
Why yes, as a matter of fact there is! I’ve been pretty obsessed with Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara lately. My BFF and MOH had an emergency stash of this in waterpoof that I ended up using for my wedding (because I’m a dumbass and didn’t think of waterproof mascara), and it was amazing. This bad boy gives me the volume and length that I’m looking for, and it’s not super clumpy so I don’t end up looking like I have spider lashes. It’s not flakey or cakey, it goes on smoothly and comes off just as easily. The only caveat with this product is that Maybelline tests on animals. Sad face. I’m on a serious kick right now about finding brands that don’t test on animals that still deliver an excellent product, and Maybelline is clearly one of the huge brands that tests on our fluffy friends, so take that for what it is. I’m working on phasing all the evil companies out of my makeup routine, but it’s a slow process.
My holy grail mascara is by far Mary Kay’s Lash Love Mascara in black. I’ve been using this stuff since the dawn of time, and it’s freakin amazing for my long lashes. This mascara distributes the perfect amount of product over my lashes, and it stays all day, and doesn’t make my lashes feel crunchy or gross. I slay the day with this mascara, but I don’t use it all the time, cause, well, it’s expensive ($15 is better than some other prestige brands, but still….). As I told you guys, I’m a cheap bitch. I may have a love affair with makeup, but I also am a baller on a budget and have to be careful cause I could legit spend $500,000 in Ulta in one trip if I had unlimited resources. I can sometimes get this at cost through a supplier friend, so when that comes around I stock up. Piggybacking on the earlier discussion regarding animal testing, MK does still test on animals, but in limited doses and has been working for many years to eliminate it in their products. Here’s an article on it if you’re interested.
Rules?! There are rules to using mascara??? Yasssss, gurl, yassss there are RULES! And here they are….
There is soooooo much to talk about with mascara, and this certainly won’t be the last blog on it. What’s your favorite mascara, your special occasion one, or you HG one? Drop us a line, comment, or suggestion!
Luscious Lips // Fresh Friday // Champagne + Linen // Western Montana Wedding Designers and Planners
Raise your hand if you have ever wondered how to make your lips sexy foxy lady lips! *everyone raises their hands* Repeat after me, NO SHAME. I like having sexy foxy lady lips just as much as the next sassy broad. But, how do we get them? I swear to sweet baby Jesus, there are more shitty lip products on the market than there are good ones. It is so damned hard to find a good lipstick that has excellent pigment, staying power, and doesn’t make your lips feel like crap.
So what do you recommend? // Wellllllll, if you have ever wondered what the Kylie Lip Kits do for you, but are too damned poor to shell out the cash, I am here to give you all the dirty deets. I only got one cause my BFFL bought me one of the holiday edition kits, it was literally like Christmas. I have been DYING to try one of the lip kits since those stupid things hit the internet, cause, well, Kylie. Even if you are too damned ashamed to admit it, you KNOW you wanted one too. So for those of you who are hiding behind the pretense that you hate everything Kardashian, I am here to give you an honest review and opinion on how this worked out for me so that you don’t have to fess up.
First off, my kit came in a LUXURIOUS AF package. The packaging is, as you all know (cause you have been stalking the kits since their birth), the drippy lip gloss signature is on the outside of the box, and it came in a damned velvet pouch. Happy Holidays, y’all. My heart was beating out of my chest, my eyes glazed over, and my mouth was drooling a little bit as I took the liner and gloss out of its packaging, preparing to apply for the first time. Now, this color is called Merry. AKA the perfect red. Not too bright, but not too vampire either. Perfect combo.
The directions instruct you to line and fill in your lips with the liner, which I did. Now, this liner is really smooth, almost a little too smooth. Borderline slippery, which isn’t cute. It makes it hard to get good traction on your lips to make a steady outline. But, it’s good pigment and seems pretty high quality to me, so I kept on going. Next I put on the gloss. Guys, this stuff smells like MUTHAF*CKING VANILLA CUPCAKE. I shit you not. Putting this on was kind of tough...It’s pretty liquidy on the wand straight outa the tube, which can be hard to maneuver, but it dries pretty quickly once applied. Now, I had to apply several layers to get a solid overlay of color, which was annoying, because the more layers you apply the tackier it gets and the harder it gets to keep applying without looking like you have a million layers on (not cute).
I’ve used this several times, and each time I have this difficulty. Once on though, this shit doesn’t budge. Literally all night (or day). It lasts me all night through multiple drinks and dinner. However, it actually feels like a literal straight jacket on your lips, if you can freakin imagine that. It’s tight, dry, and uncomfortable. You kind of feel like maybe it looks like shit on you, and maybe you look a little like a hot mess because of the way it feels on your lips. It doesn’t look bad though, if I have anything to say about this product it’s that it doesn’t move, which is every woman’s biggest trouble with lip products.
So, do you recommend the Kylie Lip Kit? // Yes, for sure. I totally recommend it, if you’re willing to shell out the cash. This is well worth the money in my opinion, regardless of how it feels when you put it on. Now, hear me out. When I go shopping for lip products, I’m honestly looking for the product that is going to look the best on for the longest period of time. I’m looking to invest in a specific or certain look, and sometimes I’m willing to pay the price of the comfort level for how bomb ass it looks on. So I would probably give the Kylie LIp Kit a 3.75 out of 5 stars, taking 1.25 stars off for how it feels when it dries and the difficulty of application.
Side note, sista! // Don’t have $30 laying around? Me neither. An excellent dupe for the Kylie Lip Kit is NYX Lingerie Liquid Lipstick. They have some super sexy nude shades, and it feels very similarly to the Kylie Lip texture and it has staying power that’s really on par with Kylie. Definitely recommend these! I have several shades.
What’s your fav lipstick right now? Drop us a line!
Not your Grandma's serum || Fresh Friday || Champagne + Linen || Missoula, Montana Wedding and Event Planners
I’m a total sucker for anything that advertises to make my skin look a million years younger, fuller, sassier and sexier. My skin is also a real hot mess piece of work and hates 90% of what I put on it. The hot mess paired with my desire to buy everything that claims to make my skin more beautiful is a terrible combination and makes my life a real disaster sometimes. So when I saw all of my beauty bloggers that I follow on Insta advertise a miracle serum that makes their skin look amazing, I had to look into it.
This whole serum concept is a new and exciting one to me, and I got on the bandwagon immediately. The one advertised on insta is easy enough to find, and got decent reviews. Then I got to the price. $36.17. Hold up. Did I also mention that I’m a cheap bitch? I love all things beauty, but for something that is a new and upcoming idea, no way am I gonna pay that kind of cash. I know, I know, you get what you pay for, you should invest in your skin, yadda yadda, blah blah blah. If you know anything about me by now, you also know that I don’t like to sacrifice quality for price, so I went hunting.
Not so surprisingly, my hunt brought me back to Body Merry (which I also use for my face wash). They offer several serum options, and I had recently read about the benefits of hyaluronic acid. Benefits include (but are not limited to): revitalizing the outer layer of your skin, enhanced moisture, plump and supple AF skin. AKA it takes your skin back a few years and makes you look even more bangin than you already do. Tada! Body Merry’s Hyaluronic Acid Dew Serum was a fraction of the price ($13.29) of the other option, and gets 4.5 stars on Amazon. Done. Deal. The serum is even blended with Vitamin C + E, Green Tea, and Jojoba Oil, which means it’s hella moisturizing and revitalizing.
What did I notice? || First off, I was surprised by the texture and feeling of the serum. It wasn’t as silky as I was expecting, and if you try rubbing it into your skin for too long it gets a bit sticky on your face (which is kind of weird). So, I just apply a pea sized drop to my entire face area, including my under eyes AND my lips, and add a little more and rub it on my neck as well (#1 beauty tip from celebrities is to not forget your neck when you moisturize and to put sunscreen on it every single day along with your face). It’s a nice, quiet, unoffensive scent that doesn’t bother me at all, and it did NOT break my skin out, which is an accomplishment in itself, and it didn’t give my chin a gross, scaly look (also an accomplishment). I place this third in my skin care routine lineup, in between my apple cider vinegar toner and moisturizer. The directions say that you can use it in the morning as a pre-makeup treatment, but if I’m being totally transparent with you, I don’t do skin care in the morning. Totally lazy? Yes. Do I care? No.
It’s been about a month, now what?? || I’ve been using the serum now for about a month, and I have absolutely noticed a difference. The biggest difference is in my lips, TBH. THEY ARE PLUMP AND SUPPLE AF! It’s amazing. I feel like Kylie Jenner, but in a non-porn star kinda way. I do truly feel like it adds a totally new element of moisture onto my skin, and I do feel it helps with my forehead wrinkles a bit as well. I have noticed that my acne scars have been disappearing and my skin tone is evening out nicely, and I’m definitely not as embarrassed to leave my house without makeup anymore. I think this is due to the combo of this serum and my apple cider vinegar toner, but I would not be noticing such a difference without this product, for realz.
Are the results as dramatic as I was hoping for? No, but I have also only been using for about a month and they say that for most skin care products to give it at least a few months for the full results. I do feel that I will only continue to get happier with this product.
Have you tried any other serums? What is your favorite skin treatment?
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The one, single feature on your face that LIT-ER-AL-LY has the ability to make or break your entire vibe, is your eyebrows. In my opinion they are one of the absolute hardest makeup aspects to master, so imma be honest, I’m like ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ when it comes to my brows. Too often I see brows that are stuff of nightmares. My favorite is this Buzzfeed about eyebrows that are so bad they are literally works of art. As usual, my main piece of advice for doing ANY of your makeup, but especially brows, is that LESS IS MORE if you have zero idea what you’re doing. It always takes time and many, many applications to master any kind of makeup, but especially the brows. Time and practice will let you work up to a more dramatic look or a more artistic look, so don’t feel defeated if you feel like you’re back in kindergarten with your colored pencils but this time you’re messin shit up on your face instead on paper. Been there, done that, you are NOT alone.
So, Ariel, now that you’re done criticizing me for my brows, what now?? || I’m here to tell you that there is a solution for those of us who suck at doing our brows. It’s brow powder, and thank you Jesus for it. When I think “brows” i used to think gel pots and scary looking brushes and literally having to paint my brows on. Then I actually started doing my brows and paying attention to what kind of products are out there. Cue brow powder. I use, you guessed it, NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Blonde, which is hella easy to apply. I don’t use the gooey glue crap that comes with it, cause gross. But I literally just follow my eyebrow hairs to fill it in using my Real Techniques Brow Brush, with a little bit of a lighter touch the closer I get to my nose, creating more of an ombre look, lighter to darker going out towards your temples. This is the look I usually attempt to go for, but I normally fail miserably and end up with just one solid shade throughout. I start with the lighter shade, and add some of the darker on top of the light if I want a lil’ bit of drama in my life. Sidenote: for upkeep, the newest trend is microblading which you can see here. My wife and I are both dying to get this done, but you know, we’re poor and it costs a shit ton of money.
Ariel, I’m a brow pro, give me something more advanced || Disclaimer: I am NOT advanced at my eyebrows, and so my recommendation of the following is purely based off of how bangin my wife looks using this product. Ana-Leigh IS an eye-brow sauvant, like her brows are off the freakin wall amazing. She gets I don’t even know how many compliments in a single hour on her brows. So, what does she use? She uses Anastasia Brow Wiz Pencil to outline the shape that she’s goin for, and then fills in with Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade with a standard brow brush. It’s freakin ridiculous how good they look when she’s done. To be fair, she works super hard at her brows and spends a decent amount of time on them, and I straight up don’t have the patience or the balls to do her process. One of my favorite quotes from her is “Your brows are sisters, not twins”, whenever I’m stressin about my brows not being even. So, if you choose the artistic route, like Ana-Leigh, just remember that they don’t have to be mirror images of themselves, and PLEASE, for the Love of God, don’t get too crazy from your original brow shape, keep it with the natural shape of your brows.
So, as I said, I’m no master at my brows, but there you have it. You can bet my main suggestion is easy as pie to use, so it’s a safe bet you would have an easy time with it too.
What products do you use for your brows? Drop us a line, suggestion, or fun new product that you’re using!
Since I bitch and moan about it so much, you are all now well acquainted with my obnoxious skin. Well, my luck is turning, my friends. I think I have found a skin care routine that my skin loves. It eats. This. Shit. Up. So, as you are all sitting on your phones reading this and screaming at me in your head to just tell you my secret, I’m just gonna give it to you one little piece at a time.
In my last skin care blog I gushed about my cleansers that I use, Body Merry’s Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Scrub, and Norwex’s Body Cloth, both of which I still think are freakin amazing. But what comes next in my skin care routine, you ask? Well, let’s talk about it.
Tone It Up || Raise your hand if you have ever felt like the beauty magazines telling you to use toner was a crock of shit! No? Just me?! Well it’s only cause I’m a rebel and don’t like to be told what to do. So here I am, with my tail in between my legs, to tell you that it is not, in fact, a crock of shit and that these beauty guru’s legit know what they are talking about. I finally got fed up with my skin at the beginning of this year. I made a couple of New Years wishes (I don’t do resolutions-those are, in fact, a crock of shit) for myself that all including not being so damned lazy throughout various elements of my life. One of those areas was my skin care. So I started doing research.
So why is toner so F*&%^$# important?! || Well, after you wash your face with your cleanser, you screw up the PH balance of your skin. Basically this means that you mess with the natural mojo and all the oils of your skin that keep it balanced and healthy. What it looks like when you mess it up: an unbalanced PH can look like a lot of things! Excess oiliness, super dry flaky skin, or severe acne. It finally dawned on me when I was looking into all of this, that THIS was my issue. I screw up my PH balance, and end up with bitchy skin that hates me. This was serious light bulb moment for me. Check out 6 Reasons Why You Should Add Toner To Your Beauty Routine.
Just tell me what the hell you use already, Ariel || As you guys know, I try really hard to keep my product arsenal as clean and natural as I can, especially when it comes to my skin care. I wanted a fairly natural solution to my PH problem, so as usual I turned to the internet and literally put “natural skin toner” in my search blog, and I’ll be damned if I didn’t have ten different articles all telling me to use Apple Cider Vinegar.
My initial reaction was “you’ve got to be shitting me right now”. I don’t interact much with vinegar at all, TBH, and most of the interactions I’ve had have been with white vinegar. I know that some people use it for natural cleaning (I use it for this purpose as well now, duh), and the only up close and personal relations I’ve had with normal white vinegar were putting in my bean soup when I was a kid at grandma and grandpas so we all weren’t ripping ass all night long (my grandpa is a legit German Catholic-we ate a lot of bean soup). But I literally didn’t know what the deal was with Apple Cider Vinegar. Well, the beauty blogs told me that it was the BEST toner out there. Step aside unwanted chemicals and words I can’t pronounce, here comes fermented, pressed apples! They instructed me to do one part ACV to 5 or 6 parts distilled or filtered water. Amount of ACV to the water depends on how sensitive your skin is.
I literally cleaned out a Taco Bell Verde Sauce glass bottle (reppin that TBell, but for reals Verde is a divine delicacy), and put some ACV in the bottom and added filtered water and BAM, instant toner. I just put a little on a cotton pad, and swipe it all over my skin, CAREFULLY avoiding getting too close to my eyes, cause that shit will burn.
I don’t usually sing straight up Godly praises to any product, cause most of them have their downfalls. But I’m signing up to those Holy Angels right now for delivering this answer to me. ACV literally saved my skin. I’ve been using my home made toner daily in between my cleanser and moisturizer for over a month now, and my skin hasn’t been this happy in a lloongggggg time. Yes, your skin will smell like ACV for a hot second after applying, but it fades and after applying moisturizer the smell completely goes away.
My dry, itchy, and oily skin has pretty much cleared up at this point, and I have smooth, moisturized, happy skin now! It’s amazing. It also shrinks my pores, and helps my acne scars fade quite a bit as well. It’s just an overall life saver-and SO cheap compared to the expensive products you could buy in to!
I also do ACV detox baths for more added benefits! Check out some of the added benefits here. I usually do one or two a week; I throw in a bunch of Dr. Teal’s Lavender epsom salts, add a few cups of ACV, and soak away!