Beauty Talk: Under-eye Concealer

June 6, 2016

What is the #1 thing that can instantly age you? Having your concealer crease into fine lines. It draws attention to those laugh lines like no other. So, how do you keep under-eye concealer from creasing? Find the right product for your skin type!

My skin is more on the combination-oily side, and I have tried priming under the eye, setting with powder, "baking", setting with a setting spray...everything! It doesn't seem to matter which trick I use; if the product doesn't mesh with my skin type it won't work.

So let me save you some time. Here's a list of my favorites and fails that will work for any skin type...obviously my favorites are those for combo and oily skin. :)

Best for combination + Oily Skin
Urban Decay Naked Skin Complete Coverage / Great coverage, sets quickly, and doesn't crease.
Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous / Light and bendable coverage, works best with a setting powder, but has a natural finish that lasts all day.
Mac Pro Longer / Definitely a favorite for most beauty bloggers, and I can see why! It sets and doesn't move! If they would just change the packaging...
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser (neutralizer tone) / Works well to balance dark circles, and works best when blended with a brush. 

Best for Dry + NORMAL Skin
Tarte Maracuj√° Creaseless / Creased like crazy!!! If you have drier skin it might be a great option because it is very hydrating.
It Cosmetics Eyelift In A Tube / Very easy application with great results when using the brightener and concealer that come together, but after a few hours it started to settle in my fine lines.
Nars Creamy Radient / I was borderline on this product for my skin type. It has a natural finish, but did crease on me. It would be great for normal skin types!
Maybelline Fit Me / Very similar to the Nars, but less than half the price.

Summer Chicken Salad

May 16, 2016

Summer means picnics. Picnics mean yummy chicken salad! I feel like there are two kinds of people when it comes to chicken salad: those that like it with everything but the kitchen sink thrown in (you know what I'm talking about...grapes, pecans, apples, almonds, celery, onion, everything else) and those that don't.

I personally like it with everything thrown in; it gives so much more flavor to plain old chicken salad! The problem is that most of those around me don't. I decided to make a yummy flavorful chicken salad without all the extras, and it is finger lickin' good!

Summer Chicken Salad

2 Tbsp chicken broth (I like this one
1 tsp sea salt
1 to 1.5 lbs chicken breast
1 Tbsp dijon mustard
1 cup mayonnaise
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 tsp dill
1 tsp ground pepper

1. Fill a large pot with enough water to cover the chicken, add in chicken broth mix and sea salt. Boil until chicken is fully cooked. The broth helps add a little extra flavor to the chicken while it cooks.
2. In a separate bowl, combine dijon mustard, mayonnaise, and lemon juice; stir until blended. 
3. Shred chicken (I recently discovered the easiest way is in a stand-up mixer).
4. Add to bowl remaining seasonings and mix well. Gently stir in shredded chicken and chill. 

I love it on a pretzel bun with sliced tomatoes and some almond slices, but if that's too much "extra stuff" it's just as good on sliced bread or a cracker.

If you try it for your next picnic or cookout let me know how it goes! 

Golden Bronze Eye

May 11, 2016

For summer I love a bronzy eye look. The Lorac Unzipped palette is perfect for this. There is a mix of both golden and rosy bronze colors that create a beautiful look.

For a step by step, keep reading!

Golden Bronze Eye
1. Apply Unattainable all over the lower lid.
2. Apply Undiscovered on the inner corner, and blend to the crease.
3. Apply Uncensored on the outer "v" of the lid and blend to just below the crease. Using a crease brush, go over the area to softly blend out. 
4. Apply eyeliner (see this post for my current favorite).
5. Apply Uncensored on a small pencil brush to the lower lid blending lightly toward the inner corner.
6. Add mascara to the upper and lower lashes to complete the look.