Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Plum and Gold (Fall colors inspired) make up look

Hello, lovelies! During the past year I have created very many looks and shared them on my social media (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter). I decided to post some of my favorites on this blog as well, so that people can get more detailed information on how-to steps, as well as, look at the pictures with better resolution.
Here I am sharing with you a look with plum and golden shades, that was initially inspired by Fall colors. I used Tarte Cosmetics Rainforest After Dark limited edition eye and cheek palette to create this look. Hope you like it!


Steps:
1. After priming the lid apply the plum color all over the mobile lid.
2. Using pencil brush apply dark brown on the outer V and drag towards the outer part of lower lashline.
3. Using light brown blend out dark brown shadow by defining a crease.
4. Apply gold shade on the inner corner of the eye and 2/3 of lower lashline.
5. Apply liner, mascara and falsies, if desired. Also to open up the look, apply nude pencil on the waterline.
I used Motives Cosmetics liquid liner in noir, Royal Care Cosmetics lashes and Anastasia Beverly Hills highlighting pencil on my waterline.
On my brows i used Tarte cosmetics brow mousse in medium brown.
I am wearing Eyecandyscom lenses on my eyeballs.


That's it! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. 
Until next time, 
 Stay Blessed!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Confessions of a Procrastinator

Hello, beautiful! Welcome back to my blog. It's been over a year since I last wrote on this blog. I have been too busy with life, that I didn't get much time to interact here on this blog with you all.
Today I want to write motivational and inspirational post. If you are feeling uninspired or have a problem of procrastinating, like I do, then carry on reading. It is going to be a long post, but hopefully a useful one.
When I first started this blog in 2013, it started as a hobby of a very busy girl who became stay at home mom to a beautiful baby girl. I used to be busy with work and school all the time, so staying at home I felt like it was a perfect opportunity for me to do what I have tremendous passion for and share it with everyone else. So over the year I shared beauty tutorials, easy recipes and my DIY crafts I had done, as well as opened social accounts, where I connected with more people. Well, as my daughter got older, I got busier with her and just couldn't find enough time to sit down and write a post. Then, I got pregnant again and now I am a mother of another beautiful baby girl, who recently turned 4 months old. Although, I kept sharing pictures of my makeup on my Instagram and Faceboook page, I always wanted to develop my blog and become a successful beauty blogger. However, I kept procrastinating... "Oh, I'll write something tomorrow", "I am too tired now", etc. But, keeping up with my passion wasn't the only thing I procrastinated. Many things I want to do including working out, trying out oil pulling, starting facial massage routine and many other stuff always start tomorrow for me. But unfortunately, when the next day comes, tomorrow becomes still tomorrow and I didn't act today. And I didn't realize how soon 2015 has already been flying by...
Today I opened my blog and looked at the statistics. I was shocked. I was pleasantly surprised and very happy to see that thousands of people visit my blog every month, and that over 200,000 people from all over the world came and read my posts since the beginning of my journey. And guess what, I was so proud that I have started (yes, STARTED, even though didn't keep up with it much, but I started) this journey two years ago. If I didn't, I wouldn't be here, where I became better at my makeup skills by practicing and continuous learning, started teaching and doing makeup for people who reached out to me, got to cooperate with many beauty industries and have thousands of followers all over the world. I still have a long way to go to reach my vision in my head, but I always repeat, "If I can dream it, I can make it so". So, now, YOU, who is reading this, IT IS TIME to act. And later you'll be so happy that you have started TODAY, not tomorrow.
I always had this problem of procrastinating. As I am writing this post, I am thinking "oh yes, i will be doing this and this, and I'll do this and this", but the truth is, I'll probably get caught with being mommy to a baby and a toddler, running errands and so on. I think this is ok, we are all humans. Just make sure to take at least a step towards your goal every day, so that when you go to bed at night, you won't feel guilty for not making TODAY count.
From the years of my "procrastination" experience, I know one thing. As much as I procrastinate, deadlines were always something that pushed me to get the stuff done. I always was ready to exam by the date of exam, paper was submitted on time, even though I haven't slept last two nights trying to finish it. Deadlines work, but only those that are set by others. Others, who are not someone you are comfortable with (example, best friend, spouse etc), because with your close ones you can always get away by saying "I just don't feel like it today".
So here is a solution of procrastination and motivation: let's say you want to start working out. Tell your friend, co-worker or someone else who works out that you also want to start fitness journey and in a month you will follow up with them with the results (you can even arrange this with someone in the gym, like "hey, let's do this for a month and follow up with each other's progress"). There you go, deadline is set. Now, if you procrastinate, you won't have anything to share and no excuses to find, since the other person works out regularly. Once the month passes by, working out will become a habit and you'll feel much better health-wise and energy-wise, so that you will want to continue. Use this method and make all your resolutions/goals/dreams come true.
Today, I want to set a deadline with you all and follow up during this journey on this blog. Feel free to leave a comment and join in together, so we can all follow up with each others' progress. It can be anything, your dream, your goal, your new business, your health, and etc.
Here are few of the things I want to turn into my habit by the end of this year:
- Spiritual growth by praying regularly and continuously
- Health improvement by working out regularly and eating healthy
- Beauty by taking proper care of my skin and body
- Expand a beauty community (blog+channel+social media).
 I will be writing and following up with you all from time to time on how my goals are working and what I have done to make them happen. Feel free to share your progress with me too. Let's make our days productive and let's accomplish something (even if it is going to be a small thing) every day.
I had this idea of writing a blog post for 3 days, every day I felt bad for not doing it yesterday. I am happy that I did TODAY, so TOMORROW I will be working on my goals that I will have to follow up with thousands throughout the year.
Hope this blog post will be that kick of motivation and a solution of not falling back into the loop of procrastination for those of you who struggle just like me. Let's make it work, let's give our 100% and do better.  We all can do this, God willing. Anything is possible.
Stay Blessed, xoxo.


Friday, January 10, 2014

Eggplant Sandwiches


Hello, lovelies! Today I want to share with you a recipe of a delicious meal that is easy to make. This is actually one of the first meals I learned to make in the beginning of my "cooking adventures". I named it "Eggplant Sandwiches". These sandwiches can be served as an appetizer, side dish or even the main course. Hope you enjoy!
The main ingredients for this meal are: eggplant, eggs, tomato and salt. The rest is up to you, you can always improvise what you want to add as a layer of your eggplant sandwich. Let's get it started!


Cut the eggplants into circles (around 5-8 mm wide), as shown in the picture. Slightly beat eggs in a bowl and add some salt (and pepper or your favorite spice, if you wish). Now, dip the eggplant pieces in the eggs and start frying them on the pan on a medium heat. Turn the eggplant once one side becomes slightly orange, i.e. the egg is completely cooked. Cook all of the eggplant pieces the same way. Now cut the tomato as a circle and create a sandwich using two eggplant pieces and tomato in between. You can go ahead and serve the meal, but if you want to add extra flavor, you can place some chopped cilantro or small amount of chopped garlic over the tomato. My husband loves meat and I love garlic. Unfortunately, my husband does not like to eat raw garlic, so I sauteed some ground meat and chopped garlic together on olive oil (the meat looks dark, because I added some red paprika for the flavor when sauteing). Then I spread the mix on top of tomato and placed the second piece of an eggplant to complete the sandwich. And voila! It's ready to serve! 


Hope you liked today's recipe. I have many recipes I want to share with you in the future! Until then, stay blessed!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Frizzy Hair Remedy - Agave Oil Healing Treatment Review

Hello my beautiful blog readers! Today I'd like to talk about hair. I'm planning to do more hair posts in the future (sharing my favorite natural hair masks, easy hair-do's and more), let this one be the first one. Few months ago I received Agave Smoothing Trio for the review. Trio includes Smoothing Shampoo, Conditioner and Agave oil healing treatment. As I've mentioned before, I don't recommend products that I don't personally like or believe in them, moreover, i don't bother writing a review about them on my blog. Therefore I decided to use this product for longer time to see its actual effect and then decide whether it is worth posting on my blog. Guess what, this product has made to my favorites list! Let me share my thought and review on it with you all.


My hair is dry and naturally wavy. Lucky you, one might think... Not when the waves are in all different directions though. That makes my hair super frizzy! I almost always air dry my hair, because using a blow dryer makes my hair unmanageable. First product I used from this Trio set was Agave oil healing treatment. I used many anti-frizz products on my hair, but none of them were oil. I was very skeptical about using oil on my hair, since when I tried using coconut oil my hair looked flat and greasy. However, notes on Agave Oil treatment indicate that it could be used on all hair types, both wet or dry. In the picture below, top picture is my hair after the shower, air dried. The bottom one is Agave oil healing treatment applied to it. I used few drops on my fingers and went through my hair. The result amazed me in many ways. Not only my hair became smooth and silky, but also the product added a beautiful healthy glow to my hair. The oil is lightweight, my hair did not feel greasy at all and it did not become oily over time either. So far this is the better than any other anti-frizz products I have used before. I totally recommend it. 


As for smoothing shampoo and conditioner, I also loved using them. Shampoo is creamy, lathers wonderfully (not too much bubbles, but cleans hair well) and smells so good!!! I can feel my hair smoothing out right after washing it with the shampoo. The same applies to conditioner: lightweight, smells heavenly and leaves hair moisturized, smooth and silky. I loved how the conditioner did not weigh my hair down as most other moisturizing conditioners do. After washing hair with both shampoo and conditioner, I apply Agave Oil treatment on my wet hair, let it air dry and use my hair straightener to style it. My hair feels great and looks just like the hair in shampoo ads :). 

You can read more about Agave Oil Products on www.agaveoil.com . These products can be purchased in Sephora. I understand that Shampoo and Conditioner might be expensive to buy on a regular basis, however I would totally recommend purchasing Agave Oil treatment. Small amount goes a long way and the product lasts long. Give it a try and see if it works for you as it did for me.

Hope this review was helpful for you. Until the next time, Stay Blessed!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Shimmery Turquoise and Gold Holiday Makeup Tutorial


Hello, my beautiful readers! Today I am back with pretty holiday look pictorial incorporating gold and shimmery turquoise shades. I used all Motives Cosmetics to create the eye makeup look and Anastasia Beverly Hills Products on my brows. 


I have been using Motives Cosmetics products on a daily basis now. I personally love their color perfection quad, eyeshadow base, eyeshadows, lipstick and lipglosses, makeup setting spray... I could go on and on. These products are very great quality!
Let's go back to the look, shall we? This sultry look has just enough color and drama, that makes it perfect for the upcoming holidays. However, this makeup look could be worn on any other occasion as well as nights out. 


Here are the simple four steps to create this look on your own (All the products listed below are by Motives):
1. Apply eye shadow base and draw outer "V" using black eyeliner. I used black pencil in Onyx.
2. Blend the lines using matte black shadow and light brown shadow as you move along the crease towards the browbone. I used eyeshadows in Onyx and In the Buff.
3. Apply shimmery turquoise shade in the center of the lids. Here I am using In Style eyeshadow pigment.
4. Apply gold shadow on tear ducts. I used Goddess. Blend all the harsh edges. Apply eyeliner, mascara and lashes, if desired. (I used black liner in Onyx, lashes #109). I also applied the same eyeliner on the waterline and smudged it using a slight touch of black shadow. 
That's it! Here is a close up view of the look:


I decided to match this look with bold glossy lip using Bordeaux liner, Berry Sexy Lipstick and Ambrosia lip plumper by Motives. If you want to purchase any of Motives Cosmetics, use referral code "BEAUTIFYANDCREATIFY" and get a FREE shipping on all of your orders. 


Hope this post was helpful and useful. Until next time, Stay Blessed!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Never be Afraid of Color featuring BH cosmetics 120 color palette 2nd edition

When I first started building my professional makeup kit, the most important criteria for my makeup purchases were quality and affordability. One of my very first purchases was BH cosmetics 120 color palette of 2nd edition. I got this palette, because it had variety of colors, as well as some neutral and earth tone shades. Moreover, it was very affordable. My first impression of the eyeshadow colors was their great pigmentation and easy application. However, looking at some colors, like vivid yellow or bright orange, I had no idea what they could be used for. I would always think that bright colors would make one look ridiculous. I was so wrong.


I started practicing my editorial makeup looks using bright shades from the palette, so I would not use up the ones that I use on my subtle everyday looks. However, while exploring the world of colors I was amazed by how the harmony of few shades can bring the makeup to totally another level. I started looking for inspiration in the nature, combining the colors and falling in love with them over and over. The following look was created being inspired by a peacock feather.



Once I became comfortable with using color, I created some looks that could be worn to special occasions or be matched with the outfits of the day. Here are many shades of blue and green using BH cosmetics color palette eyeshadows. To make the color pop, apply white eyeshadow base on the lids prior to eyeshadow application. I used NYX jumbo eye pencil in milk. 

Lipstick: MAC in Vegas Volt





Pretty dramatic, huh? Despite the vividness, colors can be subtle too! Don't believe me? Here is an example. Creative eyeliner look using bright red eye shadow. To create this look I sprayed my brush with MAC fix+ spray and then picked up some shadow, by creating gel like consistency. Once applied as a liner, shadows dry and stay put for long time. 



Another fun way to wear colors is by incorporating some bling-bling! In the following look I used orange eye shadows from the palette and added some orange glitter to the lid for glamorous eye look. 



You might have seen me already using my BH cosmetics 120 color palette in this blog before. I like this palette a lot and recommend it if you want to experiment with fun looks using all kinds of colors (you can find these at www.bhcosmetics.com). I also wanted to advice those who are building their makeup kits for the first time and pursuing their dreams: you don't have to buy all expensive high end makeup products. However, you would not want to use low quality products on your clients either, since it will ruin your work. Find affordable, good quality products, read reviews on them and start with them. 
Beauties, if you have any questions or requests, do not hesitate to leave a comment, email me or reach me from other social media. Hope this post was helpful. 
Until next time, Stay Blessed!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Creative Cut Crease Look: Tarte Cosmetics Review


Hello my beautiful readers! I am back today with another review and pretty look that you could wear to a special occasion. If you follow me on Instagram, you might already know that Tarte Cosmetics were so kind to send me their products for the review. Everything pictured above was selected according to my skin tone/type and preferences, and today I will be reviewing all of them.
These are the very first Tarte products in my makeup collection and I was so excited to receive them! The first thing that caught my attention was packaging: it is so unique, cool and beautiful. I also loved that Tarte products are all natural, vegan friendly and cruelty free. All of their products formulated without parabens, mineral oil, gluten and many other chemicals that are hard to write and pronunciate. I went right into swatching and creating looks. 

I created the following cut crease look with a twist and I added some rhinestones to make it look more glamorous. 


Let's start with the face: 
1. Amazonian Clay BB tinted moisturizer in Light all over the face. 
2. Maracuja creaseless concealer in Fair.
3. Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in Blissful.
4. Amazonian Clay Matte waterproof bronzer in Park Ave Princess.

My skin type is dry to normal (gets especially dry when it is cold) and super sensitive. I had acne problem for years and my skin breaks out easily if it dislikes the product. I was sticking into the same foundation routine for 3-4 years, which consists of all Clinique products and also added a Smashbox Camera Ready BB cream a year ago. I loved using BB cream instead of foundation, because it is all in one (primer, moisturizer, sunscreen, foundation) and the coverage is not as heavy as foundation's. So I decided to try Tarte BB cream, that is oil-free and has antioxidant rich formula. I have been using it daily for a week now and I love it! It is lightweight, more sheer than Smashbox BB cream, but can be built up. It gives face a dewiness, that instantly brightens up the face and doesn't make it look oily. My skin did not break out at all and it looks great towards the end of the day as well! So, i would totally recommend this product. 
As for the concealer, it is full coverage, waterproof and lasts all day. It is perfect to combine with BB cream, since BB creams do not have enough coverage to hide some minor blemishes and acne scars. Half pea size of a concealer was enough to cover my dark circles and give a soft highlight to my face. Indeed, it lasts all day and stays put. 
As for the blush and bronzer, I loved the matte formula, easy application and very natural looking result. I really cannot name any shortcomings of the products. 

Let's zoom in the eyes and lips. Here are the close up shots:  



For Lips I used Lip Surgence Lip Tint in Enchanted. 
For Brows: EmphasEYES Waterproof clay shadow/liner in Bronze.
For Eyes: 
1. Clean Slate 360 creaseless 12-hr smoothing eye primer
2. EmphasEYES Waterproof clay shadow/liner in Deep Sage to green cut crease. 
3. EmphasEYES Waterproof clay shadow/liner in Black to line the lashline.
4. Amazonian Clay Matte waterproof bronzer in Park Ave Princess on the crease.
5. Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara.
6. I also used light gold shadow from ELF 100 color palette on the lid, false lashes and rhinestones from craft store.

Clean Slate Primer is colorless, soft, feels velvety and does its job well. It is a shadow primer and under eye base all in one. 
Their EmphasEYES shadow/liners don't dry too fast as many other gel liners and can be easily smudged out to create smokey liner effect. Liners go on smoothly and do not smudge once they are dry. As you see, I also used it to fill in my brows and waterproof them. 
Let's talk about Mascara, shall we? Well, all I can say is "Bye, bye, Dior Show!!" I love this mascara so much, it tops up my list. Makes my lashes look beautiful and stays put all day. Love it and totally recommend it!
Tarte lip surgence is tint+gloss+lip balm all in one. Once applied the color does not wear off fast and lips stay hydrated for hours. It lives in my purse now and I am planning on getting some other colors as well. 

Last product that I'd like to review is Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance Lipstick. Here is a color swatch of the lipstick in Foxy.


The lipstick goes on very smoothly, lasts long, has creamy formula with very rich and vivid color. It does not dry out the lips and feels great!

I rarely liked every product from particular brand. I usually love different products from different brands and my makeup collection is very diverse. However, I really liked all of the products that Tarte Cosmetics had sent me and planning on adding some more of Tarte goodies to my makeup collection. I wonder why I never tried this line before... If you are planning on trying Tarte, go for it. I totally recommend.

Hope my reviews are helpful and useful for all of you. I usually review and recommend those products that I believe are great and work well. Therefore all of my reviews here on the blog are mainly positive, because I don't want to bother writing about something I don't like. 

Until the next post, Stay blessed!