It is no secret that I LOVE a good concealer. Because I have dark circles, I need a concealer that will give me great coverage as well as provide a good highlight. I feel as though I have tried many of them and these are the ones I continue to go back to and repurchase.
- MAC Pro Longwear Concealer: This is going to provide a medium to full coverage look, it’s lightweight, easy to blend, and if set correctly will not crease. I don’t all the way love the packaging. I think if it didn’t come with a pump and instead had a brush tip or applicator it would be 100 times better. The pump can make it messy and hard to get a precise amount out…you either get too much and waste product or not enough. Other than the packaging this is overall a great concealer.
- Maybelline Instant Rewind Dark Circle Treatment Concealer: This concealer has really been one of my all-time favorites since it came out. The top sponge makes for easy and precise application. It’s super lightweight and gives you a light to medium coverage and can easily go full coverage with a bit more product. It’s easy to blend out and does not settle in the fine lines.
- Maybelline Fit Me Concealer: I think Maybelline has done an amazing job by creating the Fit Me line. I have tried multiple products and have loved them all. This concealer is on the very top of my list. It is a dupe for the Nars Creamy Concealer, it gives you the same coverage and is half the price. It is easy to blend out with a brush or your finger and provides you a light or full coverage look depending how much you apply and does not crease.
- L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer: I recently purchased this because I was hearing so many great reviews about it. It does come with a brush tip applicator which makes for easy application. It will give a medium to full coverage look, comes in multiple colors, and the best part is…it’s under $5! I’ve tried it a few times and the only bad thing is, it can crease on you. I have fine lines underneath my eyes and I find that if I don’t immediately set it with translucent powder, it does crease but other than that it’s great.
- Rimmel London Match Perfection Concealer: This, like the L.A. Girl concealer, comes with a brush tip applicator. It is light weight and provides light coverage. This is definitely best for the days you don’t need as much coverage. The only negative is that it does oxidize on your skin. If you are looking to use it as a highlight more than a concealer I would recommend you get a lighter shade than you would normally use. I use this more for spot treatment than I do for my under eyes.
- Mary Kay Concealer: This concealer can be used for under eye circles but I find it to be too thick of a consistency and it tends to lay heavy and is difficult to blend out. For those reasons, I think it is better for spot treatment and as an eyeshadow base to conceal the darkness on my lids. I use this after I have but down a layer of eyeshadow primer, then apply the concealer, and then my shadows.
Overall these have been my current go to concealers for a while now. I know there are a million others I have not tried and could easily make my top favorites but for the moment and as they say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. 🙂
I don’t know about you but I typically neglect my hair more than I do anything else. For as much as I style and put product in it, you’d think I would do the opposite…well I don’t! (Slap on the hand) For me its easy to forget to do weekly or bi-weekly hair masks but when I do remember there’s only one thing I use…COCONUT OIL!! You can use any brand available at your local stores, I used Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil because its super inexpensive and happens to be in the next aisle as I’m picking up my favorite wines. 🙂
I have been using this for the last couple years and I love the way it leaves my hair feeling. I typically keep one in my medicine cabinet for my hair and then use a different one to cook with. Please do not use the same one…kind of gross!
Don’t be alarmed if some of it is solid and some of it is liquid…that is normal. If left in a cooler area the oil will harden but as soon as you put it in your palms it will start to melt from the heat of your hands.
Things you may need:
- Old T-shirt
- Wide tooth comb
- Towel/Hair wrap, and
- Possible an oil pillow case
- Brush out your hair so there are no tangles and split it down the middle to section it off (optional). Sectioning your hair just gives you a better chance at getting all your hair coated in oil.
- Grab a small amount and rub it between your hands and start applying it to your hair. Continue this process until you have completely covered your entire head in oil.
- Take a wide tooth comb and brush through your hair to make sure every strand is coated. For those of you with long hair…the reason I suggested an old shirt is because the oil can and will stain your shirt if you get too messy with it.
- Once your hair is completely covered, either braid it or simply throw it up in a bun at the top of your head. Because my hair is short at the moment I like to just throw it in a bun and wrap my hair in a towel to insure I don’t have pieces falling out anywhere.
- You can either sleep in it or leave it in for a couple hours and wash it out. I like to sleep in mine…for me the longer the better!! Warning: If you do sleep in it please use an old pillow and/or pillow case because as with the T-shirt, this will leave an oil mark on your pillow case…learned that the hard way!
- After a few hours or the next morning, simply wash it out using your every day shampoo and conditioner. I like to shampoo my hair twice just to make sure I get all the oil out but that’s not necessary. Blow dry and style as you normally would.
The coconut oil will leave your hair feeling super soft and shiny but not greasy! This has been the easiest, most inexpensive hair treatment I’ve ever used. Yes, there are other brands in the market with hot oil treatments but you may get one or two uses out of them before they run out and for the same price, if not cheaper, you can get an entire bottle of coconut oil and get multiple uses out of it.
Not only can you use it in your hair but you can also apply it to your face. Slather on the oil, let it penetrate into your skin, and then wash it off and continue your daily skincare regimen. As I mentioned in my skincare post, applying any type of oil to your face tricks the skin into thinking its producing too much oil which then helps to reduce the production of oil. Use it to moisturize your cuticles, add some sugar to it to make a homemade body, face, or lip scrub. Take full advantage of multiple uses you can get out of the coconut oil.
If you haven’t tried this out before, give it a try and I swear you’ll be hooked!
Remember a good hair day will make you feel like you can take on the world!
CLEANING MAKEUP BRUSHES
If there is one thing that I think everyone can agree on is we all hate cleaning our makeup brushes. Let’s just put it out there, there is nothing fun or relaxing about that task. Personally, I use a different brush every time I do my makeup…depending on what look I’m trying to achieve will determine what brush I grab. I wear makeup every day so my brushes tend to get and be dirty almost all the time. I’ve always just used the typical swirl in hand method…that was until I found The BrushEgg. Lets just take a moment for these simple creations that make such a huge difference in this dreadful task. It’s small, compact, comes in a variety of colors, and easy to travel with if need be. It makes for quick work and is really affordable ($9.99 on Amazon.com). There are many tools out in the market to clean your brushes with but I find them to be overpriced and bulky. As I mentioned, this is super compact and can be stored in any drawer in your vanity or restroom.
Along with the different cleaning tools, there are also different cleaning products. For me personally, I just use what I already have at home; Dawn or any antibacterial dish soap and Olive Oil. There is no point in going out and buying something extra unless it’s absolutely necessary. In my opinion, unless you are traveling and need an easier option this is just as good and gets the job done.
Here is how I clean my brushes:
Step one: Add soap and olive oil in two separate containers.
Step two: Wet your brush with warm water and dip it into both the soap and oil. Do not add too much olive oil to your brush or you will work double time to get it out. The olive oil is optional but I like it because it tends to leave my brushes softer than if I don’t use it.
Step three: Simply rub your brush onto the BrushEgg until all the makeup is gone. If your brushes are extra dirty as most of mine usually are, you may have to repeat these steps.
Step four: After you have cleaned off your brushes, go ahead and squeeze out all the excess water and soap that may still be deep in the brush and reshape with your hand, then lay them out on a towel to dry. I typically will clean my brushes at night and by morning they are completely dry. Leave them out in an open area so they get as much airflow as possible to make for quick drying time.
Step five: Now that these babies are clean…grab a glass of wine and relax! 🙂
I hope this was helpful. If you can, GET THE BRUSHEGG…it will literally cut your cleaning time in half!