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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

7 WAYS TO USE YOUR BEAUTY BLENDER // AND A GIVEAWAY

a guide to using your beauty blender for maximum results


Every now and then, there is a beauty tool that comes around that changes the landscape of the industry. These rare cult-favorites are usually an investment and it may take some convincing [and/or saving] before you decide to buy. If you are like me, you may have tried some of the other knock-off sponges first in hopes that you would get the same results without the heavy price tag, but alas that didn't work out in your favor. Fast forward to today- I actually own and use FOUR Beauty Blenders currently, because it really is that good and I am totally obsessed. But again, if you are like me, you want to get the most out of your purchase because after all, $20 is $20 and it doesn't grow on trees.

Here are 7 ways to use your beauty blender in your makeup routine:

*Remember your BB should always be pre-moistened with water prior to use. This changes the texture and size of the sponge, but also makes it so your products aren't absorbed into the sponge.

1- Moisturizer or Serum
The BB is ideal for applying your moisture products and the white Pure BB is designed for just that, although any of the sponges work great.

2- Primer
This is one of my favorite uses for the sponge because it presses the primer into the pores and fills them more compactly and evenly then using your finger tips. Use the small end to apply your eye lid primers as well.

3- Foundation (Liquid or Powder) & Setting Powder
The most common use for the BB is to apply foundation, and if you just use it for this one step you'll still feel as though it was worth the purchase! The bouncing action of the sponge distributed your foundation so evenly with out streaking, and mimics the natural texture of your skin. Many people don't know however, that powdered foundations are also applied beautifully with the BB too. Just dip the sponge into the minerals, tap off the excess, and bounce the sponge on the skin to distribute the formula seamlessly. Finish your whole look with a dusting of translucent setting powder too.

4- Contour & Blush (Cream or Powder)
The precision small-sided tip of the sponge is perfect to draw lines of your dark contour colors under the cheekbones, down the sides of the nose, and under the jawline. You'll be able to see exactly where the color is placed and your results will be that much better. Then flip the sponge over, and bounce the rounded side along your contour lines to blend and blur the lines. Ditto for your blush as well.

5- Concealer
Use the BB to blend concealer with minimum effort and maximum comfort. I never worry about tugging on the delicate skin around my eyes with the BB because its' texture is so forgiving. The point of the sponge is great for getting to the inner corners of your eyes, and the small folds around your nose. BB even has a new mini sponge for detailed worked, although I haven't tried it yet.

6- Eye Shadow (Cream or Powder)
You might not think about using the BB for your eye shadow, but I find it is an amazing way to apply your cream shadows and blend out your edges with powdered shadows as well. The pointed tip makes application a breeze, and you can layer and build color beautifully. The mini BB would also be great for this purpose.

7- Lips (Balms or Stains)
When applying your more liquidy lip colors like balms, glosses or stains- the BB is a welcome companion. I love it for adding a hint of tint to the lips without looking too heavy in color. It's also ideal for blending ombre or color fade lipstick looks. Apply your lip liner first, then simply dab the lip color to fill in the lines.

Are there any ways you use your Beauty Blender that I haven't tried? Let me know in the comments below- and if you haven't tried a Beauty Blender yet... I am sure you can see that I highly recommend it! Be sure to enter the giveaway below- I am giving away a Professional Blender. Wahoo!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

WHERE PINTEREST COMES TO LIFE! (PSST... I'LL MEET YOU THERE)

Get excited- it's the Pinner's Conference! And yours truly will be teaching two fun classes in hairstyling. The Pinner's Conference is a two day event held in Salt Lake City. It is filled with classes taught by your favorite bloggers and social influencers, plus tons of amazing shopping for the items and products you see all over Pinterest.

One class will teach you quick Holiday Up Styles that will be perfect for your family parties and office events this holiday season. And the other class is all about the Tricks of the Trade, and will teach you styling tips that are used in salons around the world for your best hair yet.




Here's a sneak peak at one of the up styles that you'll learn at the conference- I shared it on the Fresh Living show yesterday:



I can't wait to meet some of you, and teach along side some of my favorite Pin-fluencers and bloggers, like MaskCara, The Six Sisters, Matt Townsend, and Vintage Revivals. Plus 90 others! It's an amazing event, and I know you'll love it.

Pinner's Conference Details:
When- Nov 7th & 8th
Where- South Towne Expo Center, Salt Lake City UT
Register- PinnersConference.com and save $5 on your ticket with code: 'thebeautysnoop'
Cost- Free to come in and shop the booths, or class packages start at $10

Let me know if I'll see you there, and be sure you are following me on instagram- I am headed to Chicago for my first time this weekend, and I'll be sharing snippets from my trip. xo

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

HALLOWEEN INSPIRATION // METALLIC GYPSY


Halloween is right around the corner, and it's one of my favorite holidays of the year! I wanted to share with you a fun Halloween tutorial that you can recreate at home if you are in need of some costume inspiration. The look was inspired by this striped dress from Shabby Apple. It's not a 'costume' at all, but it would work for so many outfits like a pirate, a witch and of course, a gypsy. If you have a striped dress at home, all you need is to add a few accessories and makeup, and it can be a quick and easy costume too. Everything else in my costume just came from my own closet, and I didn't have to venture in to a high-priced costume store...winning!

Here's a quick video of how I created this gypsy look, let me know what you think.



Wearing:
Purple Striped Dress c/o Shabby Apple

Rope Twist Tutorial

Makeup:
Blue Shadow
Pink Shadow
Gold Shadow
Plum Gel Liner
Contour Foundation
Liquid Shimmer
Liquid Blush
Brow Gel
Lip Gloss
Metallic Flake


Happy [early] Halloween! Let me know in the comments below if you liked this video, and what you are gonna dress up as for the holiday. Thanks for stopping by, xo

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

10 PUMPKIN & SPICE FAVORITES FOR FALL

Pumpkin scented beauty products


Does your house smell like pumpkin spice yet? It's officially that time of year- and I am super excited about it! Today I am sharing a few of my Fall Favorites that are pumpkin & spice themed. Hope they get you excited about the season.

1-Burgundy Panama Hat
2-Nest Pumpkin Chai Candle... The BEST pumpkin scented candle ever!
3-T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Curling Wand... Rose gold always makes things look prettier, but this wand performs just as good as it looks.
4-The Gnarly Whale Pumpkin Beach Waves & Detangler Sprays... This stuff smells like PUMPKIN HEAVEN, and I have been using them both on repeat for the last month. Super soft, touchable locks! The beach spray isn't crunchy at all, so it's a great root boosting product too.
5-Philosophy Sugary Cinnamon Icing Lotion
6-Rebecca Minkoff Fringe Purse
7-Ann Taylor Cheetah Cuff... Ann Taylor totally gets me. Cheetah all day, every day.
8-Just Fab Burgundy Heels
9-Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in Mandarin... Such a stunning Fall time color with amazing pigment and long lasting, crease-free power. See my full post on these shadows here.
10-Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Gold... Gold ambient lighting on ma face!? Yes, please.


Hope you have a wonderful day! Go make some fun Fall plans for this weekend, xo


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Monday, October 6, 2014

OMBRE EYESHADOW... IT'S EASIER THAN YOU'D THINK

Marble Eye Shadow, How to do ombre eye shadow, Makeup Forever Artist Shadow Review

Happy Monday Snoopers! Ever look at those amazing eyeshadow pics on Pinterest and think... 'I could never do that!' ? I've said that myself a time or two. And while I'll always be a student of makeup and continue learning more tricks- I have already learned that experimenting leads to break throughs and that mastering tricky makeup looks only comes from trying and failing a few times first.

So in an attempt to break out of my neutral toned-rut, I started working on some bolder eyeshadow looks that will be perfect for Fall and the holidays. Make Up For Ever sent me some of their new Artist Shadows recently and they have been so much fun to use in my quest for an easy-to-do, yet still glamorous shadow routine. They are beautifully pigmented, and the coolest hybrid of a powder and gel.

I'm calling this look Ombre Eyes, because I love how the tones swirl and fade from one to the next. Anyone can do it too, I promise it's much easier than you might think. Take a look at the video below for my take on this beautiful trend, and pretty soon it'll be your gorgeous eyes that are pinned all over the interwebs!



There are over 200 shades of Artist Shadows and you can mix and match them however you want in their custom palettes of two or three. They are give huge color payoff and blend like nothing I have ever tried before. Here are the colors and brushes I used to create this look:

Pearl Beige
Orchid
Night Blue
Peacock Blue

Fluffy Shadow Brush (all over wash)
Flat Shader Brush (crease)
Round Blending Brush
Concealer Brush
Flat Shader Brush (eye liner)
Pencil Smudger Brush

Let me know if you are going to try this fun Ombre look for yourself this Fall. xo

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

THE MAGIC MAKEUP BRUSH CLEANSER YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF

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Oh hello friend! You are in for a treat today- I am sharing my MAGIC technique for cleaning those pesky makeup brushes. You will never use dish soap or alcohol again, when you see what secret ingredient I discovered that makes makeup JUMP out of your brushes. It's amazing! Check out the quick video tutorial below, and let me know what you think.


What you'll need:
Fractionated [liquid] Coconut Oil- DoTerra or Nature's Way

Hope you'll try this new secret method of cleaning makeup brushes- it really is the most amazing technique, and I'll never go back to anything else. Science rules! xo

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