Monthly Archives: October 2012

Transformative Beauty

 

I’m a huge fan of bags — just not the pesky little ones that surprise you after a long night. Yup, I’m sure most of you ladies know exactly what I’m talking about: undereye bags. They are a girl’s worst nightmare! There’s nothing worse than waking up in the morning (like that’s not bad enough), looking in the mirror, and seeing puffy dark circles. You haven’t even had your coffee yet; not the best way to start your day.

I’ve had many freakouts over what to do in this situation, and have tried more remedies than I’d like to admit. I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t have any extra time in the mornings, so clearly, lying down with two frozen spoons on my eyes is not realistic.

As I’ve gotten older, the amount of sleep I get has dwindled drastically. I’m also not the best at staying hydrated (I swear I’ve gotten better). It’s clear that I’m pretty much the culprit of my puffy undereye bags, though it’s easier to complain. But I finally found what works best for me, and to my surprise, it’s pretty plain and simple.

My friend gave me some great advice: “Bring your butt to the store to buy a tube of concealer.” Let’s just say I’m still amazed by this little bottle of magic. I never knew that a beauty product could transform my tired look. If only it could take the actual fatigue away, too!

When it comes to my beauty regime, I don’t have much patience, so the easier the better. That’s why I’ve become completely smitten with undereye concealer. The fact that it was easy to work into my everyday routine — and the drastic difference it makes for me — makes it my ultimate everyday product.

Every morning after I put my tinted moisturizer on, I take a tiny bit of concealer (which goes a long way), put it on my ring finger, and dab it lightly under my eyes. I’ve never been a huge fan of brushes, which is why, whenever possible, I use my fingers. I think you’re able to blend it more evenly; the warmth from your fingers makes the application less streaky and it gives a much more natural look, which I’m all about!

Once I’m done blending, I finish my look with some bronzer and blush. Ta-da! A brand-new me is looking awake and refreshed.

The only regret I have is that I went so long without using concealer. To think of all the complaining I did — it really could have been used toward something else. You live and learn, and you know what? I’ve definitely learned that you can try countless (ridiculous) beauty treatments and products and what works for someone else may not work for you. Don’t give up on finding your own transformational cosmetic, because in the end it’s so worth it!

This post is part of BlogHer’s Transformative Beauty editorial series, made possible by Sonia Kashuk at Target.

Bows-N-Things

{top: vintage skirt: forever21 shoes: steven (old similar here) bag: vintage chanel jewels: jennifer meyer & c/o: anjolee}

 

You know when you get completely obsessed with something and all you want to do is use or wear it repeatedly? That’s exactly how I’ve been feeling about long strands of ribbon that can be tied into a bow around the collar of a blouse. Who knew that something so small could make such a difference in an outfit? It adds a playful factor, one that I’m always on the hunt for, especially when wearing an all black ensemble that needs some perking up!

Coup d’etat

{top: thrifted skirt & bag: forever21 shoes: jeffrey campbell jewels: house of harlow, aqua (old), anthropologie, jennifer meyer & c/o: anjolee}

 

When it comes to buying clothes there are things that are worth spending money on and things that aren’t (I go into more detail here). I’m a huge fan of neutral silk blouses and will invest in them because I see them as building pieces that can routinely be used within a wardrobe. I found this one at Goodwill for a whopping $4 and snagged it right up! How often do you come across a blouse that’s 100% silk for that cheap? Not often enough, that’s for sure! What a Coup d’etat!