Beauty at a Cost

DIYs and YouTube tutorials have become the go-to guru for all things. From interior decorating, maintenance on vehicles, and beauty needs; there’s a video for everything. Speaking of beauty…sometimes we get so lost in the products and the names and the “skin care routines” that some of our favorite YouTubers utilize that we might do more harm than good.

Did you know, that you should never exfoliate dirty skin?! There are thousands of exfoliant products that are advertised to us, that tell us that we NEED to exfoliate regularly to keep the dead skin to a minimum, but… if you’re face isn’t clean then it makes zero sense to exfoliate. The granulates in the exfoliants actually press the dirt deeper into the skin, creating dark areas, black heads, and clogged pores. We think that we’re cleaning but we’re not. And clean doesn’t just mean splashed with water or lathered with bar soap… An exfoliant is not the same thing as a cleanser and should only be used once a week, give or take the type of skin you may have while cleansers should be used twice a day essentially. Skin types are very important to recognize. From oily, to dry to normal to a combination of the sorts, this recognition helps you to choose products that will work along with your skin rather than against.

Rgiphy-1ule of thumb, if you do nothing else… Cleanse. Tone. Moisturize. Keys that lead to great, clear, firm, supple skin! #staywoke

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“Money doesn’t grow on trees”, we all know that, but pinching pennies could lead to bacteria and even fungus growing in your makeup products. Mascara only has a utilization life of about three months. As air and other matter seeps into the mascara container with each use, it makes it more susceptible for those growths and using the product after its expiration date can cause pink eye, a stye, or other problems. Not washing your makeup brushes is also a dead shot to bacteria build up. Foundation, concealer, bronzers, and other makeup generally only have a “safe” life of about six months to a year, after that it would be a good idea to replace those products.
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One YouTuber who’s caught my eye with her makeup handy tricks and tips is Michelle Phan. She’s gained populairty over the years allowing her to develop her own website, michellephan.com.While watching just a few of her vids, she’s shown me that you don’t need expensive products to make those makeup tutorials come to life. That’s right! Aside from E.L.F and NYX products being just a couple of the more affordable and quality brands,  some of your basic house hold items can be utilized for a lot of beauty tasks. For example, cleaning makeup brushes is a “major key” and sometimes getting that foundation out of those bristles is a stubborn job but a 2:1 ratio of Dawn dish soap and Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a super fast and easy way to clean those brushes compared to purchasing a basic solution. Most DIY-Beet-Blush-and-Lip-.jpgmakeup products can be made right at home with just a few simple ingredients, petroleum jelly or moisturizer, eye shadow or other powder, and an essential oil. This combination of ingredients can be used for a few things like a lipstick or gloss, blush, amplified eye shadows, and even a high light or contour cream.

 

There may be tutorials and guidelines all over the web that you can look up, but there’s no law against cutting a few corners or saving a buck. Check out some DIY’s and get creative!!!

 

 

 

Beat your face, not your Wallet!

YouTube beauty community are saving our lives, and we don’t even know it. Make up artist are showcasing their skills for the world to learn. From simple shadow looks to serious contour series. However, most experienced make up YouTubers are using high end products and that can be a little intimidating for us beginners.

So if you are a beginner to the “beat yo face” community, don’t fret. There are tons of drug store brands that will give you the same look for a fraction of the price.

My favorite brand of all time is elf, short for eyes lips and face. They provide products that are user friendly, effective in cost and easy to get your hands on. You can find elf products in various drugs stores, but my favorite place to purchase their products is Target.

Recommended Products: 

Brushes (black set only)  — For $30,  you can get a flawless finish using these brushes. They’re very soft and easy to hold. The fan brush is amazing for applying highlighter.

Liquid eyeliner — $2 value, high end results. If you’re learning how to apply liquid liner, this will be your best friend. The pointy brush allow you to create the perfect wing. I’ve been using this product since I’ve started wearing makeup.

 

 

Another great brand for cost effective makeup, is NYX cosmetics. NYX has the best everything; from lip products to eyeshadows. Their price margin isn’t to different from elf, although they do have some “expensive” products to be a drug store brand. You will always catch NYX in my makeup bag.

Recommended Products: 

Butter Gloss: $5 in value, If you are looking for a moisturizing lip product with shine and color, then you’re in luck. This product is pretty thick in consistency, so DO NOT apply to dry lips (it tends to turn white in the corners of your mouth). However, this product is still great for those quick makeup looks and you don’t want to go super glam with a lip stick, this is definitely a great alternative.

Lip Lingerie: For $7 you can get the Kylie Lipkit look. It’s available in various nude shades, including the trendy brown lip. Although I haven’t tried the product myself, I’ve heard great things about it. So far I’ve only seen it online, but I would check Ulta as well. I cannot wait to get my hands on it.

Deal For You—

 

 

#NOMAKEUP

Soulful, raspy, sensual, humble, curvaceous, stylish, humanitarian, mogul, actress, pianist, director, singer, and mother, are just some of the words used to describe the one and only, Alicia Keys.

She stole our hearts at the peak of the 2000’s with Fallin’ and kept leading us on with songs like Diary, You Don’t Know My Name, No One, and Girl on Fire. She’s taken a break, started a family, begun directing plays, began fighting for human rights, and somehow in between it all she still managed to make music. It seems that she has a new sound and a new outlook on life based on one of her newest singles, “In Common”. It’s a fresh take on a new love. The song talks about the joys, surprise and worry that someone could possibly love her and accept her for who she is.

One of her newest mantras is the no makeup movement. In the world of today, with no shortage of hip, butt, and lip injections, breast augmentations, skin bleaching, weaves, and makeup it’s no surprise that our girls are beginning to look like full blown women at such a young age. Makeup and the other assets is something women indulge in for various reasons, whether it be simple self-expression or possibly concealing a flaw they may not like, but as a young child turning on the television or even going to the store, seeing everyone dolled up, with extreme curves…I can only imagine going through puberty during this epidemic. Now more than ever, seeing these things could lead the youth to develop low self-esteem, absence of confidence among other things with no one to look up to. Thanks to Alicia Keys and many other women in the industry, we can finally find some inspiration for our girls instead of weeding out all the celebrities.

Alicia Keys published a piece in Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter and made several statements that really made me stop and think.

“Does it start somewhere in second grade after picture day when you wear your frizzy hair out ’cause your mama says it’s beautiful but all your “friends” laugh at you?”

Deny as we may, we’ve all had this feeling. Our outfit wasn’t the best, our shoes weren’t the newest, we might’ve been “late bloomers”, we may have had to wear braces, might’ve had acne, our voice may have been a bit funny sounding, our hair wasn’t the longest or straightest, and our skin wasn’t the smoothest or lightest-as society has taught us, or it might’ve just been a bad day and we forgot to care about how we look for others sake.

“You grab the brush and gel and pull your beautiful big hair back into the tightest ponytail you possibly can to contain your unique hair in a bun — hiding a piece of who you are in order to fit into a picture of what others seem to see as perfection.”

I can remember in elementary school seeing movies like Clueless or Bring it On, and even seeing celebrities like Aaliyah and Beyoncé and looking up to them, in a sense kind of wanting to be them, because they’re so beautiful and must live an awesome life. I can remember in high school, if you didn’t have the new Jordan’s, a pair of True Religions, a designer purse, the most “laid” sew in…. well, you know the rest. At such a young age it’s instilled in us, somehow, that we need to look like this, have this, do this, talk like this, walk like this, etc.

“Before I started my new album, I wrote a list of all the things that I was sick of. And one was how much women are brainwashed into feeling like we have to be skinny, or sexy, or desirable, or perfect. One of the many things I was tired of was the constant judgment of women. The constant stereotyping through every medium that makes us feel like being a normal size is not normal, and heaven forbid if you’re plus-size. Or the constant message that being sexy means being naked.”

I wish I could’ve included the entire article because it was so raw and real. The stigma that Alicia Keys along with many everyday women experience is real! There are many who like putting on a “face” simply because they like it and there are also those who really struggle with their inner happiness and acceptance. They’re not curvy enough so they have to get injections, their butts are a little flatter than some so why not pump it up, lips aren’t as full as her’s: Botox! The list goes on and on. One problem I’ve identified is that we can find 1,000 flaws, but can’t seem to recognize 10 beauties. Alicia Keys wrote a song, “When a Girl Can’t Be Herself”. The lyrics are inspiring: In the morning from the minute that I wake up , What if I don’t want to put on all that makeup, Who says I must conceal what I’m made of , Maybe all this Maybelline is covering my self-esteem. After receiving so much flack at the recent VMA’s, Alicia Keys tweeted, “Y’all, choosing to be makeup free doesn’t mean I’m anti-makeup. Do you!”.  It seems as though people were confused. Alicia simply means that she no longer wants makeup to be her go-to when it comes to being beautiful. She doesn’t want to feel obligated to plaster it on before she leaves the house. She also doesn’t want to put anyone down if they do choose to indulge in it.

The key is self-worth, confidence, and acceptance. Be unashamed, proud, and unapologetic. If you like it wear it, if you want it get it, but if you’re not happy with yourself then you’ll never be able to accept you for you. TLC may have been the best to say it:

You can buy your hair if it won’t grow

You can fix your nose if he says so

You can buy all the make up

That M.A.C. can make

But if you can’t look inside you

Find out who am I too

Be in the position to make me feel

So damn unpretty

I’ll make you feel unpretty too

Let’s follow in Alicia Keys’ footsteps and set an example for others, including our youth.  Here’s a link to the full article. http://www.lennyletter.com/style/a410/alicia-keys-time-to-uncover/

 

#BlackGirlMagic

#WomenofColorWednesday

 

To Beat Thy Face, or to not Beat Thy Face

To beat thy Face, or to not beat thy face?

That is the question… in terms of makeup of course!!!!

Beat. Slay. Dust. Snatched. Wacked.

            So many silly terms but they all mean the same thing. The beauty industry has always been a prominent entity. With so many new innovations to keep women “beautiful” and “young”, why wouldn’t it be, especially when that’s how society defines the woman’s “quality”? Somewhere around 2012 makeup changed and would never be the same, it was a new era. It became every girls fascination. YouTubers flooded the scene with how-to’s and Pinterest was swamped with women searching for the perfect makeup and ensemble idea. New techniques, gizmos, gadgets, and tools were all the rave.

With over 20 shades of brown, from pale cream to goldenskin honey  to deep mocha, you would think that there’d be a foundation for every woman but sadly this hasn’t been the case. So many women of color have been wearing the wrong shade of foundations simply due to the fact that their skin shade isn’t offered. Imagine, you being darker skinned having to settle to wear a toffee shade of makeup…the agony! Did you know that more cosmetic brands are just NOW (in 2016) catering to women of color? I guess after drops in sales, complaints of brands having only basic colors offered for the, more fair-skinned counterparts, and the false advertising of “dark cocoa” swatches that were actually caramel colors were drastic enough for brands like L’Oreal and Cover Girl to launch lines of foundations and concealers for the darker skinned women such as the Queen line for Cover Girl, backed by ambassadors like Queen Latifah.

As a woman, we make due with what we have, whether that means creating a concoction mix of powders and liquids to get the best look possible or simply starting our own cosmetic line, it gets handled. A perfect smooth canvas with the right dewy effect, a flawless contour, sexy highlights, lashes for days, and thick, “on-fleek” brows painted by “the gawds” themselves are THEE only way to go.

But, why are women receiving backlash for their newfound love for their artistic expression that is makeup?

Men AND women have given makeup wearers a piece of their mind through social media memes and other postings. From Love and Hip Hop to today’s rap music to the everyday coworker, men have expressed their admiration and hatred for makeup, all the same. They love how it looks on a woman and how it enhances her features when it’s nicely and subtly done, but they fear for when she takes off the painted face because the transformations that makeup has done for some is absolutely astounding…

 

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Now, some makeovers will leave others in total shock but nonetheless…we don’t criticize men for wanting to play sports, getting drunk with buddies, or rolling in the dirt among other things. Why is a woman’s hobby and interest up for debate and critique? In addition to the man’s judgment, of course we have the “one’s who do and one’s who don’t”…everything isn’t for everybody, but is that a reason to condemn the counterpart? Some women who don’t wear makeup actually attack those that do with scowls, a turned up nose, and such comments like “why do you have to wakeup and put on makeup everyday, I’m beautiful enough to go bare” and “I bet if they didn’t have that makeup on they wouldn’t get that attention” and “it’s 12 in the afternoon, where are you going with all that makeup”. Girls will be girls, right, but those who like makeup should be able to wear it freely whenever, however, and wherever they want to wear it. How does my wearing of makeup make you feel any type of way? If you love to be natural and show off beautiful radiant skin, then you should feel so empowered to do so, happily. But, as women should we not high five one another and give a compliment when we look good, makeup or natural? I bet if those bashers of makeup-wearers knew how to do their makeup like the ones they critique, they’d possibly love it too.

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…And then there were the abusers of makeup. Everything in moderation, less is more! The “gawds” want you to be on fleek…*Forever*. Take some time and check off your list…

  • Define your skin type; oily, dry, combination-important for selection of foundation and concealer brand and variety
  • Get matched with the correct foundation and concealer
  • Research and invest in a decent quality of makeup
  • Get the right types of quality brushes for the job AND clean them regularly.
  • Define your style and find eye shadows, liners, highlight, lip colors to compliment you and your skin tone.
  • Stay trendy and in the know-Amy Winehouse eyeliner isn’t popping right now
  • Consult with a professional for tips and suggestions
  • When applying makeup, try to utilize various lighting to be sure of the quality
  • If you’re face feels heavy and a bit tacky by the touch, chances are you’ve applied too much

As cliché as the makeup tutorials are becoming, they are such a FREE and helpful tool to learn and practice doing makeup, from everyday casual makeup to special night out looks. Makeup seminars are so costly, running about $50-$500 a session, depending on the artist or brand and the location. If you do choose to go to a seminar for some extra helpful lessons, MAC has some classes that are held every so often for about $100 a session at various locations.

Visit Ulta lately? Well, it’s only every woman’s Wal-Mart for makeup…THEY HAVE EVERYTHING. From contour kits, brow kits, foundations, eye shadow pallets, face cleansers, and hair nurturing products you can find everything you need and even more that you don’t need but will most likely find a use for. Upon your venture, try not to get swept up in the hype. Anastasia Beverly Hills, NYX, Naked, MAC, NARS, and Urban Decay are all great brands that cater to their customers, but it’s not the end all be all for beauty buys. Eyeliner doesn’t need to cost you $40 nor does foundation need to run you $98. Though, some may argue that it’s so worth it, it’s worth the exploration of different brands to find what works best for you and your pockets. Natural and organic products are the new “thing”. In fact many popular brands have been noted to have lead and other chemicals in their products which has fueled other brands to produce items that are harmless if ingested, not tested on animals, various flavors, and crazy cool colors. I argue, some products are worth spending the extra bucks on while others can be simply bought at the local Walgreens for pocket change.

Makeup has given women all over the world of all ages the confidence and self-esteem they’ve always wanted. Whether it be for a special occasion or an everyday activity they love to indulge in, it’s okay to wear makeup. If you’re good at doing makeup, you may want to start video tutorials, start a small business, become the campus go-to makeup guru, or even come up with new trendy looks. Retail therapy has taken a back seat to makeup rehab, it’s how we express ourselves and possibly even relieve stress. Who doesn’t feel better after knowing they look good.

And for those that have sooooo much to say…. BOY BYE

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We’ve all had our ups and downs, trials and errors with makeup. Starting out, why didn’t our friends tell us our eyebrows were too boxy and too dark? Why didn’t anyone tell us our foundation didn’t match? Nonetheless, just thankful for the glow up!!!

Do you love makeup? Are you one of those makeup bashers? Is it wrong to wear it everyday?

Here’s one youtuber that does a great job displaying her makeup routine. Beginner, intermediate, expert or simply a lover for makeup… indulge!

 

 

Do You Know Your Makeups Shelf Life?!

By Taylor Winter  (Beauty Blogger)

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When it comes to makeup, almost every women dreams of

building the most amazing collection and really invest time and

money into what goes on their face, but are you aware of

the shelf life of your makeup? I sure wasn’t, but not being aware of

how long you need to keep your makeup can be very harmful

to your skin and health in the long run. But don’t worry! We over here

at The Social Bee have you covered!

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