Eyeshadow Tutorial – Academic Approach

These eyeshadow tips for applying eyeshadow with an academic approach will be easy and smart. Using your brain to test different colors against your face will set the stage for smart eyeshadow application. Where you put your weight on your brush, where you first place your brush, and where you apply the eyeshadow is different for each color and eye. The purpose of eyeshadow is to lighten and brighten and to give some shadows for depth/different moods. 

Jesus Chris is in me and I am in Christ!  Knowing that makes my eyes come alive, and I approach daily chores and people with a more positive attitude when I can stand on that truth.

All that to say: this is just for fun so you can be creative and have fun with eyeshadow IF you want wear it that day.  I’ve watched YouTube videos so I’m kind of self taught.  These are all my un-trained opinions based on my experiences.

What I wore:

Milani Plum Palette

Japonesque Palette
It Cosmetics Precision Brush

Mary Kay Colors:
Sweet Cream
Hazelnut
Copper Glow
I also use their Eye Primer.

Mascara (Love this)

GIVEAWAY RULES: You have to watch the video to find out the rules. The prize is adorable!

YouTubers I recommend:

Wayne Goss

Coffee Break With Dani

Makeup Geek

Dramatic Deep-set Eye Makeup Tutorial Video with Robert Jones

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My First Spray Tan What Do I Do??

What is a spray tan?  What do you do for a spray tan?  How long does a spray tan last?

I’ve wondered how it works for a couple of years ever since my friend Beth got one.  Since it was FREE, I decided to share my experience with y’all!

Fears

I was so worried!  I didn’t want to look orange.  I didn’t want anyone to spray a hose on me while I was naked.

I didn’t know how in the world I was to breathe while colored mist is blowing onto my face.

Was I going to be cold?  Would my clothes be orange?  Will it take forever to dry off?

before

Before You Go

Think spa atmosphere.  You stand in a very nice shower stall.  It sprays you and dries you in less than 3 minutes.

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Once or twice a year, a tanning place or a tanning spa may throw a weekend special right before spring.  So call around to see if there’s one near you offering a special.

I went to Glo Sun Spa in The Woodlands, and Taylor explained everything to me so that I can explain it to you.

The morning or night before you go, you’re supposed to exfoliate and take off all makeup, deodorant, and lotion.  You can see that my face absorbed a lot of the color, and that is the only place I exfoliated.  Don’t know if that’s why it was darker than everything else or what.

Wear grubby loose clothes in case color does transfer.  Mine did not.  Get the LIGHTEST color shade if it’s your first time.  

When You Arrive

You walk into this spa room with Taylor, and she will show you this Barrier Gel that feels like conditioner that you put on your palms, cuticles, nails and under your feet.  You don’t want a tan on your palms or your nails.  So this gel is a barrier.

They have hair rubber bands and shower cap.  When you put the hair cap on, let some of your hair show so that you don’t have a line of tan and the your scalp showing.  It will NOT stain your hair.

Then Taylor got in the stall.  My video above will show the exact positions.

The very loud and clear speaker tells you what to do only when you push the button…you’re all barrier-ed up and standing in the right position.  Then you push the start button and it says, “Prepare for primer.”  And you hear the spray like a second before it gets to your face.  And the nozzles start at your face for maybe a second and a half and then move down.

It feels like a cool mist but it’s not a stinging mist.  The nozzles move down in like 5 seconds from your face to your feet.  Then the voice says, “Turn around for primer 2.”

Then it says “Turn around for position number 1 of color.”  Taylor showed me the 4 positions.  Front, right egyptian, left egyptian, and back.  Then it says, “Stay here for drying round 1.  Stay here for drying round 2.  Turn around for drying round 1.  Stay here for drying round 2.  Tanning is complete.”

**Oh, and the door in the stall doesn’t close so you don’t feel claustrophobic at all.

What I Didn’t Like

After 24 hours I looked too bronzed.  My solution to that would be to just get the next lowest color since it’s my first application in the middle of Winter.

It also left a lot of staining on my foot.  But my solution would be to put more Barrier solution on my feet to block the color.

Final Thoughts

You learn so much after the first trial.  Try it if you get a huge discount!  It’d be so fun to do it with a bunch of gals.

Let me know if you glo!

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Natural Makeup Tutorial for Over 40

For a natural makeup look, you want to look like you’re not wearing makeup.  But there are features of your face that will POP by applying a few neutral makeup shades.  Subscribe to my Channel if you like this tutorial.

I’m Off to Run Errands…

Natural makeup looks start with Dream BB Cream by Maybelline.  I recommend this because it is super sheer.  Therefore it evens out your skin blemishes and indentions without looking like foundation.  It does not have a thick coverage.  That means that you can still see pores, and it is an un-makeup’d look.  It feels watery thin but not watery.  Does that make sense?  My LauriePOP Ideas That POP YouTube video above explains it better.  I wish we could just FaceTime every morning, and I could explain.

To continue our neutral makeup look for running errands or taking down Christmas decorations with the family (fun or not fun?), we need to apply a light couple of dabs of blush.  Blend some bronzer on your forehead, T zone and all the way down your neck.  It gives you some pep in  your step…and it blends your coloring!

For the eyes I always prep my natural makeup look with eyeshadow primer.  This cream covers blemishes, but it sets the eyeshadow that goes on top of it for the whole day.  This step is key!  Setting your eyes sets you up for a natural, energized and ready-for-the-day look.

My most effective Under Eye Purple People Cover Upper is Mary Kay’s Under Eye Corrector.  I promise I don’t sell Mary Kay; I just love their stuff still!

Can we take a minute to remind ourselves that we do not wear makeup to impress people. Think about why you wear it.  Really.  Do you wear it for yourself?  Do you wear it because you enjoy it?  I appreciate the approach.  I appreciate the art.  I appreciate the care you have for your face.  We’re taking care of our makeup look.  So, no pressure.  And be yourself – even with makeup on.  It’s just makeup.  But you are you!

With practice this look will take you five minutes.  I should do a five minute makeup challenge video!

You’re going to stipple a yellow shadow over the eyeshadow primer.  My Christmas present to myself was this palette in all shades.  They’re basically the matte shades from the Urban Decay palettes in one place.  I highly recommend this for all skin colors, moods and wallets!  They go on lightly so that you can build slowly.  So luxe!

Then in the crease you will apply this salmon color.  You can see the peachy tones coming through even with my yellowish eyeshadow on.  THAT is what you’re accenting.  If you have green coming through, try a green or gray.  Fun!

You finish the eyeshadow by applying the yellow base all over the completed eyelid.  Voila!

MakeUp Brush I Used
BB Cream by Maybelline Hands or Beauty Blender
Eyeshadow Palette Japonesque (linked to Amazon)-all matte colors Eyeshadow Brush I Gave Myself for Christmas
Bronzer Bare Escentuals Brush 
Mary Kay Blush Vintage Blush Brush

Add a little eyeliner if you like it and a few swipes of your mascara, and you’re good to go…after you put on some lip gloss of course.  And remember that you’re never fully dressed without a smile!

Videos You May Like:

How To Make a Cup Cozy or What to Take on a Disney Cruise or Fall Makeup Video

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3 New Year’s Eve Nail Designs


Happy New Year to you!

These three New Year’s Eve nail designs are very easy to achieve.  My video above gives you step by step directions.

What is your favorite color tone?

Colors I Used:
My favorite pink: A-Arose at Dawn Broke By Noon
Dark Purple: Lincoln Park After Dark
Light Purple: A Grape Fit
White: White On
Green: Do Pass Go
Gold: Similar

Other Videos You May Like:
Cup Cozy Video
Fall MakeUp Look Video

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How to Apply False Eyelashes

How to Apply Falsies

I thought this was a blast!  With my new friend Erin and first Texas friend Deedee, we lead you through how to apply False Eyelashes with confidence.  Let me know what you think of the above video tutorial.

Here are the supplies I’ve used, and several of my friends also can vouch for the Ardell Eyelashes.

Glue

Maybelline Liquid Liner

Eyeko London Liquid Liner

OPI Polish

Ardell #45 Lashes

Please please please tell me if you try them!  Have fun!

Other LauriePOP Videos you may find helpful:

Fall Makeup

How I Curl My Hair

Adult Gifts

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Makeup Look for Fall

We’re going to layer beautiful Fall colors on your eye and face, and it’s going to be art!

EYES

Let’s think of your eyelid as a piece of canvas on an easel.  When the light hits it just right, all these colors POP out.  Some of you have a canvas as big as the wall for your eyeshadow; me, I have a 4×6 inch hooded eyelid.  But just like the bear hunt, I can’t go around it so I’ve gotta go through it.

Blending is what we will finesse during this tutorial.  After each color, we blend.  Add color and blend.  Blending erases mistakes, moves the color just the right amount of distance, and combines colors that results in a masterpiece.  The Milani palette has the trendy Fall colors in it-the best I’ve seen.

After you’ve rubbed in your eye primer and applied a base white or yellow powder to your eyelids, use a dabber brush.  And by dabber, I mean one that will put the powder in one location.  Dab a purple on your brow bone from the halfway point and to the side.  Blend.

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Isn’t this Milani Collection (mini plum basics) beautiful?  I add the purple, blend, the cranberry, blend and then a tiny swipe of the taupe color before blending one last time.  And these all go along my eye socket bone which is pretty much at or below my eye brow.

Now, I grab that tight brush and dab yellow all on the lower part of the lid.  Sometimes on me that darker colors make my eyes look dull.  So this yellow cream adds some light to make those Fall colors POP.

Trick #1

Dip your brush in just white and dab it right below that brow line.  Go along it so that you have the bright white ceiling, then the gorgeous Fall wall colors on your lid, and then the beautiful creamy carpet on the lower part of your lid.  This way, when people look at you, those Fall makeup colors will POP.

Trick #2

Now, with your blush brush, swipe the cranberry eyeshadow and lightly swipe or dab it on your cheek bones.  It can easily look like a big ole bruise so be very careful!  I tried this like five times before I got just the right amount of pressure with my brush.  Then top it off with your regular blush.  Did you ever try applying blush in a circular rotation instead of a swiping motion?  “Swiper, no swiping!”  All my toddler mom friends will know that saying.

dsc_0086I absolutely love using this highlighter.  It’s the popcorn looking light pink circular container.  Remember that it goes just on the very top edge of your cheek bones.  I love this because of the container and because it lasts FOREVER!  I’ve used this for at least 3 months, and it looks brand new!

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Then I finished this Autumn Makeup Look with my bronzer, eyeliner and mascara. It’s really freaky having the camera in front of your face sometimes.

I hope you feel confident, crisp and creative after using these tips for a Fall look.  Send me pics!

Eye color:  Sweet Cream and Plum Basics Collection on Amazon

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Gift Ideas for Christmas – Part Two

Oh my word, as I write this, it is November 2 and 85 degrees.  I went a little Christmas crazy at The Dollar Tree this morning after uploading this video.    Time to start baking, according to The Washington Post.  And making lists on sparkly, cute journals!  But that’s none of my husband’s business.  Haha.  Here are the last 3 gift ideas for Christmas.

Last Three Gift Ideas to Buy NOW

Ipsy

Ipsy is a $10/month subscription that I can finally afford.  If you’re buying it for a niece or sister or mama, it’s technically around $50 for an entire year.  You receive a makeup bag each month, and each bag comes with five free samples inside.  Technically, they’re not really free.  This would be great for the woman who has everything, or you can pick a crazy expensive gift from The Washington Post’s article.

Ipsy asks you like ten questions to see which sample types you prefer.  So, your makeup bag is tailored to you!

I LOVE this October one that I got-notice the totally cute ghost zipper handle?

In it I got a cute pink brush for smudging my eyeliner or applying an accent color on my eyes.  The bristles are so soft, but they don’t bend very much.  And that means the color can be more precise on my lid.  They describe this makeup brush perfectly on their site.

Love love love this Cleansing Oil by Tatcha.  Code ipsy15 for 15% off.  You barely have to rub or apply pressure, and it rinses away easily with one or two swooshes of water.  And my face doesn’t feel dry; it feels clean and moisturized.  The fragrance is free, but there’s a hint of something from my childhood; I can’t put my finger on it.

Not my favorite because of its perfumey smell and wet-on-my-hand feel, this gel facial lotion is truly hydrating…in every sense of the word.  You can see how wet my hand was in my video above.

This Vivid Brights Liner was a bit much for me, but this product is why I LOVE Ipsy.  They will send you products you would normally pass by in Walgreens or Walmart.  You have the freedom to try them, toss them, or regift them.  This clearly is an eyeliner, but the box had it all on the eyelid, so that’s what I did in my video. Hahaha

Way too stained is how my lips were after this potent lipstick pencil.  It’s so cute and handy, though.  I love how the lid clicks!  It’s like a good 80s song; I love that sound!

Plunder Jewelry

Been putting off going to a Plunder party, but I’m so glad I did.  The mixed metals and leather look is so in this year.  And their jewelry looks so different in person vs the catalogue.  My friend Angela deals easily over cell phone and can take a picture of it on her arm if that helps.  I don’t get anything from this, but I’m just saying that she makes it so easy.

They’re vintage looking golds, charms, and jewels.  One thing I loved is the picture of my dad she put in a necklace for me.  And that was a cell phone picture I sent her of my wedding album-so clear and crisp!

Fixer Upper Gifts

Have you been?  Loved my girls’ trip there.  I made a YouTube of our trip and what to do after you’re done shopping.  I bought her hoop earrings and the #shiplap shirt, but those were just over 20.  Here are some gift ideas under $20.  The Magnolia tea towel, Bless Your Home tape, and a Christmas Ornament are my top picks.  But if you can splurge, I highly recommend this always-on-repeat pair of earrings or her bracelet.  These are SO Joanna Gaines!

Don’t miss the first two gift ideas that I posted last week!

Thank y’all so much for POPping over to my LauriePOP Where Ideas POP YouTube Channel all year long.  I appreciate your time!  Pin with me and be my IG friend!

Merry shopping!