Taking that make-up downtown!

And when I say downtown, I mean your neck.

In my most recent make-up class, my teacher began docking points off of the student’s looks because they weren’t applying foundation and powders to their neck area. At first, I thought he was being ridiculous, but after applying foundation and powder to my neck, I found out what he was talking about. Now I’m going to get in depth here about the neck area.

I’m pretty sure about 3 out of every 5 women don’t care for their neck as much as they should. I was one of those women so I know where I made the mistakes.

Mistake number one!

When I would wash my face, I would ignore my neck area. Don’t get me wrong, when I shower I would wash my neck, but unless your wearing a turtle neck all the time, your neck gets extremely dirty. Along with washing your neck area, you should also apply toner and moisturize that area! This helps over time when you begin aging as well.

Mistake number dos!

Forgetting to take the foundation down the neck! Now, I know you’re supposed to buy foundation that matches your neck color, but a lot of times, ladies don’t do that. Instead, lightly take some foundation down the neck and blend in. In doing so, you have a more even complexion not only on your face, but going down your neck as well.

Mistake number three plus tip!

Now I know that we all contour and high light in different ways. Each of us has our own face shape and our own idea of what is good contouring. I’m not saying that ladies are getting the contouring area wrong, but they are getting the shape wrong. Especially the neck area.

Example 1

Mistake: When contouring the cheekbones, a straight line is made from ear to the mouth.

Fix: Poke around your cheek until you find the hinge between your jaws. Start there and then slightly curve under the apple of your cheeks and blend.  This creates a more natural contour.

Example 2

Mistake: Contouring the nose bridge too low and too thick. If contoured too high, you get the appearance of a very large nose, with a thick contour along the sides, you are actually widening your nose.

Fix: Draw a thin line from the top of the nose bridge (the area where your forehead dips down to meet your nose), down to the beginning of the nostril. Lightly blend down. This creates a straighter, thinner nose.

Example 3

Mistake: Contouring along the jawline.

Fix: For a slender jawline and no double chin, contour underneath the jawline and lightly highlight the jawline. The contour underneath the jawline with help hide a double chin, while the highlight focuses on your best features. Take the contour down the neck for a more thinner neck.

So ladies, say it with me! “I solemnly swear I will start paying more attention to my neck!”

Hope this helps you out!

XOXO

-Ashe

 

Finding Inspiration

Good morning my lovely Bon-Bons. I hope you are doing well.

Truthfully I am stuck in a rut. I want to enter this challenge by Pinkstylist on Youtube where you create your own “Villain in Vogue”.

There’s the link if you want to check it out

Now basically all you have to do is create of video response of your villain. It can be just make-up, or you can add special effects if you’d like. You can also submit four different villains to up your chances of winning.

Now I really want to make a video because I want to get my skills out there and what better place to do that then on Youtube judged by other Youtube Gurus who have so much talent and that could give me some advice!

The only problem is you have to create an “Original” villain. It might sound easy, but almost everything is taken already! I started doing one make-up and half way through I realized it was a knock-off of Cruela De Ville. I’ve been looking through everything possible to try and find some inspiration. Hopefully I find some soon.

I hope some of you Bon-Bons will join! I really want to see what people think of!

Thanks for reading!

(P.S.) I applied to a local cosmetics company and hopefully I get the job! 😀

XOXO

-Ashe

Beginner’s Theater Make-Up Class Haul

Hello my lovely Bon-Bons!

Let me just tell you, today has been awesome! I had a great night’s sleep, had an awesome dream, woke up feeling refreshed and energized, ate some delicious pancakes, went shopping, had AppleBee’s for dinner and came home to blog about it. 🙂

Anyway, the reason we went shopping today was because I needed supplies for my new Beginner’s Theater Make-Up class. I didn’t even know colleges gave this course! If you go to a community college and want to study make-up but don’t have a lot of money, you should definitely check if your college has a theater make-up class. I had to pay nothing for the class. Zero, Zilch, Nada! The only thing I had to pay for were the supplies and that’s pretty average for any schooling. I am going to show what I got, how it’s used in actual theater, and what we are probably going to be doing with it in class. Let’s start with the pictures!

2013-02-10_20-51-07_730So this is what the box looks like. It looks small, but they packed this small box with a lot of products. Now when I was doing research for prices, some places sold the kit for $80 dollars which is A LOT of money for a small beginner’s kit. The prices varied from $80 to $60 dollars so I was really worried about spending a lot of money on this thing but, the place that we went to was SUPER cheap. The store I went to was Naimie’s Beauty Center. It was the closest beauty store that sold theater make-up so I just went there. I am so happy I did. The store helped find what I was looking for… sorta, but I’ll get back to that later. When I paid, the asked me why I needed the kit and when I told them for a class, they gave me a student discount on the spot! 😀 So instead of paying 55 dollars for the kit they sold, I only paid $44.33!!! Sweet right?? I am definitely going to be shopping there for my special effects make-up needs.

ANYWAY!! Let’s see what’s in the kit, shall we?

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This is really nothing, but in the kit you get some cosmetic sponges for applying the foundation and blending in colors, a giant soft puff to apply powders, a small texture sponge (the small black thing on the puff), a brow and lash comb,and some cosmetic Q-tips. I believe the sponge is for adding texture to wax or latex. A classmate said he saw guys adding texture to a fake beard so that will be useful. Now I know some people will think, “Q-tips? Really?” But they are a super tool that you NEED in your make-up kit. If you make a mistake on your eye liner, you can use the pointed end to straighten the edge or if your concealer is creasing in the fine lines, you can gently dab the dome end to pick up the extra product.

Ben Nye Foundations

 

Now these three pots are the most important piece of the kit. These are the foundation colors. In each set you get three colors. You want to make sure that the middle shade matches your skin tone. That way, the darker shade is contour, and the lighter shade is highlight. These foundations look like they are children’s make-up but they are super creamy, super pigmented, and easily blended. I was lucky to have a lady match my color, but if you are having trouble, just buy one that is close enough to your skin tone, then use the other colors to mix and match until you have the perfect color!

Ben Nye Contour Wheel

This is the Creme Contour Wheel. You get four colors which are all used to contour, define, and to add color. You get a creme contour shade, two blushes, and  black creme color which is used for defining. The pictures give the blush colors no justice at all. One is a dusty rose color(top left) and the other is a peachy pink tone blush(bottom left). Both are super pigments so I’ll have to be careful when applying them. Now that I’m typing everything down, I’m noticing that there are a lot of things that can be used as contour shades. Oh well I guess. ONWARDS!

Ben Nye Abrasion WheelThis is actually a fun wheel to mess with. This is the FX Color Wheel for creating Bruises and Abrasions. When I was in Drama back in high school, a friend bought this to school and we were all messing with the colors, I gave myself a black eye and when I was walking in the hallways after class, I actually got stopped by a few teachers asking me if it I was getting bullied or anything. I was laughing while I smeared the creme so that they could see that it was just make-up. Sorry for drifting off! Here you have a 4-color wheel with a red color, a bright yellow color, a dark blue, and a purple color. When you layer these colors and blend, you can create very believable bruises and if you want to go a step further, you can add latex into the make-up and make your skin look bloody and swollen. Cool huh? I can’t wait to use this in class.

Ben Nye Quad

 

These are four little color pots for you to use. The dark brown shade (top left) is a “Character Definer” or a contour shade so you can add depth (see there’s another contour shade!), a nude tone shade (top right) which is actually very photogenic. It appears white in the picture but it’s actually a peach color. It’s labeled “Highlight” and that’s exactly what it does. On the bottom right is a white creme face paint. It is, however extremely thick, so I recommend mixing it with light foundation to make it easier to blend in to the skin and also so that you don’t waste as much. On the bottom left is actually a powder blush in a pinkish rose color. It’s super pigmented and very easy to blend in.

Here's a close up of the blush color

Here’s a close up of the blush color

2013-02-10_20-55-42_910Next up is a small jar of Liquid Latex. Now this product is going to be your new best friend. You can do sooooooooo many things with liquid latex. You can also USE many things with liquid latex. I’ve seen a guy create scars and bumps on his face by adding tissues into some liquid latex. You can use it as adhesive, to create small details, as well and smoothing out the edges on a silicone prosthetic. Oh but it does smell really bad so I feel sorry for the people who have to apply it all over their face.

Ben Nye Scar WaxThis is your second best friend, Nose and Scar Wax. Pair this up with the latex and you can go far my friends. You can create scars, give your nose a new shape, add texture into a fantasy make-up (i.e. alien, monster, bestial). I can not wait until we use this in class. I’ll definitely go crazy and probably make myself look like Edward Scissorhand with all the scars I’ll have on my face.

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This is just some translucent setting powder so that your creme foundation doesn’t slip and slide while your applying any of your other make-up. Translucent means it’s basically a powder that’s “clear”? I don’t know how to explain it other than it matches any skin tone. It comes in a cute salt shaker bottle.

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These two go hand in hand together. First you have the small jar which is Spirit Gum. It’s used as the adhesive in make-up. You can use to stick wax, prosthetics, and other materials onto your face. It’s very strong so be careful when applying this. Make sure you have an even layer. The bigger bottle is just special soap to make removing the Spirit Gum easier.

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I am not sure what this is used for actually. It says “Snow White Hair Color” so I’m guessing if you are ever doing old age make-up, you can brush a small amount through your hair to add old grey hair.

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You also get a small bottle of fake blood in kit! Awesome! I wasn’t expecting this but now if I ever need to do a zombie/vampire/monster make-up with blood, I am set! 🙂

2013-02-10_20-58-45_608In the kit, you also get 3 pencils. One is a lip liner, the other are brow pencils. I actually consider the black to be an eye liner because almost no one has natural black eye brows. They are usually just a dark brown color. Black would be too harsh as a brow color so I’ll probably just be using it as a liner. The lip liner is a pretty pink rose. Very versatile as well, you could probably use it under a tone of colors. I’m pretty sure you could tone down red lipstick with the cool pink underneath. The brown brow pencil is pretty much just that, a brown brow pencil. The lip liner is creamy, but the other pencils have a slight drag on the skin and that’s one thing I don’t like.

 

That’s it for the kit. I did also get 2 small brushes but I some how forgot to take pictures of them so… yeah. I did also buy 3 other products other than the kit so let me show you right now!

2013-02-10_21-00-14_636This is the Ben Nye Contour shade in D-01. See!? Contour again! It’s not like I want all these contour shades, it’s just that my teacher said we need this one. It’s completely matte and has a very soft finish. It also blends like it’s nobodies business as well. That’s it for all the make-up now and whew! I am tired!

2013-02-10_20-59-20_814Last two things are just brushes. Nothing fancy just a soft large shadow brush and a large detail brush. That’s it.

 

Man this post is extremely long! For some reason I feel sorry. 😦

Thank you so much for reading, if you even read all the way through. As soon as class starts, I’ll be posting about what we’ve been learning and if we do any cool make-ups, I’ll post pics on how we did it. Again thanks so much for reading!

ZZZZzzzzz

-Ashe

 

 

 

Honey Yolk Facial Mask <3

Good evening my lovely Bon-Bons!

It’s been awhile since I did a post, I was in Las Vegas! It was my first time in Las Vegas Nevada and wow! I can’t even begin to explain how incredibly amazed I was! There were giant buildings with lights everywhere! There were clowns, show girls, show boys *wink wink* and the biggest Sephora I have ever seen in my life. There could be bigger Sephoras but I still need to find those.

Ok enough rambling, the day I went back home, I woke up with a sore throat and body pains. Two things I hate the most. It stinks but right now the cold is knocking everyone on their feet so I know I’m not the only one. So what can you do while your stuck in bed and your body hurts too much to do anything? Give yourself a small spa treatment that’s what. It only takes a few minutes I promise, and you’ll be left with tighter, lighter, and smoother skin. There are waiting periods, but you can just sit back and watch TV while your snuggled under a blanket while you wait. Alright so here it is!

This is my take on the Egg Mask. It’s a very easy and common facial that only uses one egg. First, you separate the egg white and yolk on separate plates. Then you beat the egg whites until it turns a little frothy. Then apply it on your face is a gentle massaging motion. Avoid your eye area if you can. Once your done, you let the egg completely dry. Your skin will feel tight and you might find it hard to move. It’s okay, the egg is actually lightening your skin and making it tighter. While you’re waiting for the egg to dry, you can make the second part of the mask.

Now I always read posts about ladies using honey masks, or rose water masks, or oatmeal masks, and extra virgin olive oil masks, but they are always separated. I wanted to try something new so I mixed a bunch of hydrating ingredients together and got this slimy gooey goodness. Here’s what you’ll need. (If you are lacking any of the ingredients, it’s completely fine just to use the egg yolk. It’s like a homemade conditioner for your skin.)

~The egg yolk

~2 Tbs of Organic Honey

~3 Tbs of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

~ A pinch of cinnamon

Mix all of these ingredients together until you get a gooey like substance. You want to make sure the honey is evenly mixed in. You can microwave the honey before adding in the mixture to make it easier. Once all nice and mixed in, you can go wash off the egg white mask with warm water. 

Once it’s all rinsed off, apply your layer of the honey yolk mask. Make sure it’s even. The cinnamon made it smell a little yummy too. Now is the time to sit back and watch your TV. You want to wait about 15 minutes so the honey can be absorbed into the skin and dry on the outside. Try the smile test, if you can’t, it’s time to wash off the mask. Use a warmer water to help melt off the mask. Once done, give your face a small massage with your hands, doing so with gently rub off any dry skin you have on your face. Then do one final rinse. Pat dry and add your favorite moisturizer to your skin. Your skin should feel tighter and smoother. 

There you go! A home remedy you can make in minutes if your having a bad day or just want to give yourself a little spa treatment! I recommend only doing this once a week if you have dry skin and twice a week if you have extremely oily skin. I have oily skin so I’ll probably be doing this in about 3 days again. 

Hope this helps you guys out in anyway possible. Until next time!

If anything I’ll do a January Favorites post sometime this week.

XOXO

-Ashe

January Ipsy Glam Bag

Hello my lovely Bon-Bons!

This morning when I woke up, I was greeted with a pretty pink package outside my door. YES!

Now I have been suscribed to Ipsy for almost a year. I did miss the August and September because I ran out of money, but thankfully I have a friend who loves me very much and she helped me pay for the bags after. For those of you who do not know what Ipsy is, Ipsy was a monthly bag subscription(like birch box) created by a team of beauty gurus on Youtube. The team is made up of Michelle Phan(my IDOL!), MacBarbie07 or Bethany, Promise Phan, Jessica Harlow, and AndreasChoice. However starting this year, we have even more beauty gurus in on it! I am so happy to see that Charismastar or Charis, Kandee Johnson, and  Thatsheart. I don’t think there is any more and if there are, I’m sorry! Anyway back to the bag. Each month you get a small adorable make-up bag full of 4-5 samples to full size products. This could be from new Indie brands that are starting out, to brands you already love. I personally love it so much because I tend not to wear a lot of make-up, so even though they are samples, I have them for a very long time. I still have the Buxom Lip Gloss from the April bag I think. I definitely recommend this bag subscription. I know some people have Birchbox, but instead of getting lotions and perfume samples, Ipsy gives you make-up and skin care products.  But if you like Birchbox, then you stick to it and let nobody tell you any different!

Ok so now to the actual January bag.

These are the products in this month’s glam bag. Now if you can’t see very have well, have no fear!!! I shall describe them. So in this bag I got the Pacifica: Tuscan Blood Orange Body Butter (props to the really cool sounding name.), a SOHO eye liner brush, a bottle of Nailtini nail polish, a small vial of JOSIE MARANArgan Oil, and a sample can of the BIGSEXYHAIR hairspray. Plus you get the cute navy blue bag all the products came in.

I’m going to show them from least excited to most excited about. Which is really hard to do because I actually needed products like all of these so… Aww screw it, I’ll start with the nail polish.

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Here is my Nailtini polish in a wonderful milky nude color they called Frappe. I would have just called it Milk or something. I love this color! After seeing some reviews from other ladies, I thought I was getting a gorgeous red color, but I am super happy with Frappe. I think this is a color I can wear for anything! A party, a wedding, a job interview, or on an every day basis. It’s just a pretty nude color that also lengthens your fingers because at a quick glance, the nail and the finger look like the same color, creating a illusion of a longer nail. I am wearing the color in the photo and I feel as if I don’t really need to add a top coat because once it dries, it still had a glossy finish. Not to mention it dries in less than 5 minutes.

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Next up is the BIGSEXYHAIR Volumizing  Hairspray. I actually should have posted on this first. I actually already have extremely wavy and thick hair, so if I were to add more volume, I’d end up with a lion mane as my hair. I do think it’s a great product to give out to all the ladies with pencil thin hair. Since I can’t really try it out on my own hair, I’ll just give it to one of my girlfriends who has thin hair. Sorry i can’t give you anymore info! It smells like any other typical hairspray if that’s a question you would ask.

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This is actually one product I was dying to to get. This is the SOHO straight edge liner brush. Great from lining your eyes and giving the wing a nice faded out effect. However, one of the best things about make-up brushes, you never have to use it for what it is originally intended for. I plan on using this to help me apply shadows to my lower lash line, filling in my brows, helping to define a clean cut crease, maybe even thinly contouring my nose bridge. So I am extremely excited with this product. Remember you can do so many things with make-up brushes. You just need to try them out.

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Now everyone might have their own favorite lotion with a scent, but let me tell you, you are about to trade up. This is the Pacifica: Tuscan Blood Orange Body Butter. You know the rule, if it’s a mouthful it’s bound to work. Anyway this lotion smells amazing!! Even right now I just hold the bottle up to my nose and take an 8 second inhale. It smells amazing! It’s also very moisturizing. I had washed the dishes and when I dried my hands, they were all dry and nasty. No Gusta. I put a small pea sized on my hands and rubbed it in. I don’t think you need to use alot! To me, the small amount was fine for both my hands and my wrist area. I am going to try to stretch this product for as long as I can, until I can afford the full size product at least.

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Onto the last product. Now this will be the holy grail of this bag. This is the JOSIE MARAN: Argan Oil. This oil is extremely hydrating for all of your skin and hair. If you have dry skin, apply a few drops on your palm and rub onto to your entire face, even the lips. Got dry cuticles? After applying the oil to your face, you can rub your nails on your opposite hand’s palm and use any oil that got saturated right there. Dry hair? Give it some love by applying some to the roots, then working it down the hair shaft. I have extremely dry skin during the winter so I think giving my face some rehab after all that suffering will definitely help.

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This is just a quick look inside the bag. I love the little stars.

All in all, I am extremely happy with this months bag. Other than the hairspray, I can see myself using these products daily. If anything, I’ll do before and after shots for that Argan Oil. I am currently flaking around the eyebrows and on my jaw line. I hope it works fast. If you’d like me to post pics, just leave a comment. I’m kind of nervous about posting face pics on the internet because then ANYONE could just copy them and do stuff with them…. Well if it’s for my Bon-Bons, I shall prevail! Thanks so much for reading and I hope you follow my blog!

XOXO

-Ashe

The Magic of Make-Up

Hello my Bon-Bons! Today I am making a very quick post on how much you can really do with make-up. When most people(mainly guys) think of make-up, they think of girls who have caked on make-up with tacky drawn on eye brows and ugly hoochie red lips and nasty spider legs eye lashes! Excuse my while I shiver. Ugh.

Anyway so most people think of that. Only the bad stuff. But today I showed my girlfriends the simple changes you can do with make-up that look natural yet enhanced. I will use my friend, Dino as an example. (Names have been changed to protect the identity of this individual) So Dino has a a huge issue with acne. She hates it when she is breaking out and to make matter worse, she likes to pick at her pimples causing the skin to tear and leaving her acne scars. Another bad thing she does is pack on globs of make-up just to hide her acne, only causing her to break out even more. So as her friend, today i spent hours showing her right from wrong.

First thing I had her do, completely wash her face. That’s the secret to wonderful skin. Wash. Next I told her how applying too much make-up with out a primer can really damage the skin. So I applied a nice layer of primer, and then proceeded to apply her foundation. I used a small amount of foundation, dotting it around her face and then using a cosmetic sponge to blend everything out. I wish I could show you guys before and after pictures but not yet. Anyway, because I didn’t slather on the foundation, she had a nice even layer of full coverage foundation which helped to even out her skin tone and hide most of her blemishes. Because it wasn’t all cakey, her pimples didn’t stand out as much. Next I buffed in a small amount of mineral powder for extra coverage. She never really wore eye shadows, so defined her brows a bit, did a nice wing liner, added a soft berry color to her cheeks and finished off with a deep red lip.

Once she saw the finished products in the mirror, she was shocked at how natural she looked while still hiding all her acne. I guess what I’m trying to say is, make-up is a powerful thing. With only a little bit, you can completely change your image. If I wanted to go even further I would have contoured her nose and cheekbones and added highlight for an even more all around radiance.  But she was happy the way it was so if she is happy, I am happy.

Say it with me ladies, NO MORE SPIDER LEGS!

-Ashe