10 Beauty Mistakes I Used To Make

Hello Divas! I was tagged by Hope at Beauty & Bliss on this tag and I was super intrigued when I saw her post on it. I was thinking, “What beauty mistakes did I used to make?” and it literally took me back to a time where I had a bad perm, bad colored hair, oversized clothes and acne all over my forehead! (Eeeek!) So it got me really thinking – “What were they?!” Here are my 10 Beauty Mistakes I Used To Make. (…and don’t let me catch you making these same ones!)

#1. Not cleansing my face twice.

I used to wash my face once… and that was it. Now some of you may be saying, what is wrong with that? There is sooo much wrong with that. If you wear makeup – or anything on your facial skin in general – WASH YOUR FACE TWICE! First to clean the makeup off….second to clean your actual skin! I used to get so many breakouts! When I started washing my face twice – my skin started to really clear up!

#2. Wearing too dark foundation.

There is nothing wrong with giving yourself a bit of a bronzed tan look to your face – but not 3-4x shades darker than your skin. When I was in highschool I wore a much darker foundation because I wanted to look tan….and I always had to wear long sleeves to hide my pale arms. I was always nervous to put my hands by my face so people could tell the difference so I did everything I could to not put ‘hand near face’ – and ALWAYS long sleeves. How lame!!!! πŸ™‚ There is nothing wrong with it being a tad darker than your skin – but definitely don’t wear it too dark!

#3. Using no heat protectant on my hair.

I have been heat styling my hair for a long, long time and not just that – but almost daily. When I was younger though, I did my hair every single day! (and without a heat protectant)… NOT good! I am paying for it now as I get older.. always use a heat protectant people!

#4. Using a tanning bed without goggles.

I cannot believe I am actually admitting this as well as other things I am admitting I did in this blog – but this one is pretty bad! I used to be so addicted to tanning that nothing else mattered. I didn’t want “white circles around my eyes” so I refused to use the tanning goggles. It is so bad to not wear them as your eyes can crystallize from the UV rays and you can slowly go blind. Seriously, this is so very bad to not wear goggles if you use a tanning bed!

#5. Not letting my skin breathe.

When I was younger I wore makeup every single day! I would not go out in public unless my makeup and hair was done. (Wow! Exhausting!) I never let my skin breathe. It is so important to let your skin breathe. I know I really enjoy a clean face nothing on it – with allowing it to just breathe – all those poor pores! Splashing with cold water after washing your face closes up the pores and gives your skin a nice healthy glow.

#6. Brushing my wet hair with a small toothed comb/brush.

My hair is long so naturally out of the shower it can get really tangled. I used to just run a brush or small toothed comb right through it! What the heck? This is terrible and I know I lost a lot of precious hair because of it. So bad – use a wide tooth comb!!! Always!!!

#7. Putting powder over oiliness instead of blotting.

I used to cover up oiliness on my T-zone/nose with more powder. It would start to look so cakey! I started to use blotting papers but I was so obsessed with wanting it perfectly matte I would just put more powder over it. I started to just look like a cake face! (I didn’t care for a while either!) I then graduated to using MAC Blot Powder but started to overuse that to where it wasn’t really helping the over-powdering problem….. and then I finally graduated to blotting paper! πŸ™‚ Yay!!!!

#8. Wearing dark lip liner with light lipstick.

I honestly don’t want to think back to this but yes – for some reason I thought it looked sexy to wear dark wine colored lip liner and a light pink frosty lipstick on my lips. Oh man, it was just TERRIBLE and I cringe if I see a photo. This just speaks for itself. It’s kind of like Pam Anderson 1990’s lips but on crack! LOL!

#9. Not smudging my eyeliner and wearing too much.

This goes along with #8… I used to line my eyes all the way around with black liner! And not smudge…not only was I not smudging but I was wearing way too much! It was just bad…. I really need to post a pic of this. (…mmm maybe not!) It was HORRIFIC!

#10. Not using eyeshadow primer.

I don’t know how I ever made it through my life without using eyeshadow primer! It is life changing!!!!! ‘Nuff said! πŸ™‚

I hope you enjoyed! I tag all of you! Make sure you let me know if you post this on your blog too! Comment below which beauty mistake you liked best in my list above! Also, tell me what your beauty mistakes were πŸ™‚

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Groove and Stitch Earrings Review* + GIVEAWAY!

OMG you guys! I am so sorry I have not been around here for a bit! I have been so, so busy with the Holidays and then I opened so I am going to stick to a schedule I promise! πŸ™‚

Are you looking for some cute earrings that are totally unique and can go with any casual outfit or even a little twist to an elegant look?? You should definitely check out Groove and Stitch earrings. They are so cute, small and POP of color.

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When I got these earrings in the mail, they were packaged perfectly in a cute tissue wrapper. Attached to a thick card stock was these lightweight adorable earrings.

The thing I love most about these earrings is they are not heavy. A svwarovsky crystal is in the middle of giving it some bling! The hand crafted flower part is made of a soft and slick
“yarn-like but without the fizzies” material that is light and well constructed. I absolutely LOVE these earrings! I feel like these earrings can go with jeans and t-shirt, a dress or even something that is a bit more dressy to add a cute, edgy unique twist! I just love them!

The backing of the earring does not make my ears turn red or itchy! (and I have VERY sensitive ears!)

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Check them out! https://grooveandstitch.com/ The owner is so sweet, friendly and the customer service is amazing! The shipping is QUICK too! πŸ™‚ I just love it! These earrings start at a very reasonable $15.00 – well worth the price!

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Review on SteamCream – All In One Natural Moisturizer*

Hello Divas and Happy Tuesday!

Today’s review is on SteamCream All in One Natural Moisturizer. This is the first product that I have used from the UK! (Well…that I know of anyway!)

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The Product: This is an all over body moisturizer that is handmade in the UK and Japan. The website claims “It’s super-moisturising, sinks deep down instantly and revives your skin straight away. It makes your skin simply the best it can be, naturally.” (credit: http://www.steamcream.com) It also says it is suitable for all skin types.

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The Cost: It sells for $20.00 a tin with worldwide free shipping on their site www.steamcream.com

The Packaging: The tin is round a little over 2 inches wide and 1.5 inches tall. It comes in a tin container that screws on. (Don’t pull off the top you will lose 1/2 the product by spilling it all over…..so be patient and screw the top off, not try to pull it off like I did, HA!) The sticker on the tin says it was 2010 Beauty Insiders Choice Award Winner. STEAMCREAM is embedded around the top of the tin. The particular tin I got was the “Thalia” Limited Edition as you can see pictured here.

The Shipping: Shipping was FAST! I am on the West Coast, USA and shipped from the UK only took about a week.

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My Thoughts: This product is actually quite amazing and what the website says is true. It smells refreshing and “icy” (hence the name steamcream) I think this is because of the hints of lavender/almond scent (yum!!). I can see myself using this after skiiing and being in the cold or after sun tanning on a hot summer day. It feels SO good on my skin and it sinks in without feeling oily and greasy. I massaged some into my hands at 9am this morning…it is now 8pm and my hands feel so good and smooth still! The ingredients range from oatmeal infusion, orange flower water, almond oil, cocoa butter, lavender oil, jojoba oil and other essential oils. I love, love, love this cream! I keep reapplying because I cannot beleive how moisturized I feel with it on my skin! To be honest – this cream is better than any I have tried! (especially drug store like Jergens, Nivea even!)

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I will definitely be purchasing the designer tins for the different seasons of the year. I really love this product!*

If you have any questions, comment below! Make sure to subscribe and follow my blog! Don’t forget to add me on twitter and instagram too @jenndivamakeup

Have a FABULOUS week! XO!

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Review on Tracy’s Simple Soaps – Homemade Simple Ingredient Soaps*

Happy Saturday Divas!

I am super excited to do this review on Tracy’s Simple Soaps especially since it’s during holiday gift giving season. These are simple ingredient soaps that have been handcrafted straight from the woman who designs the company website herself. I have loved soaps like this ever since I was little. There are a variety of soap scents to choose from on her website at http://tracyssimplesoaps.com/

I love the fact that Tracy went from making soaps for her family as a hobby turning it into a business for herself. She runs her website, facebook and shipping and handling and even has a Soap Of The Month Club. Her customer service is fabulous. Shipping is quick and packaging is well constructed.

I first opened the package which was bubble wrapped to find a few soaps* wrapped in natural brown paper packaging with cute cutout labels for each scent. An ingredient sticker was found on the bottom of the soap.

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I love how these soaps are packaged so simply which goes along right into the handmade simplicity theme πŸ™‚

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The scents I received were:

Anice (dark marble colored soap)

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Country Kitchen (green colored soap)

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Goats Milk (almond colored round)

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Ocean Breeze (blue green marble)

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The scents were fabulous and not overpowering.

— Anice smells like just black licorice. My mom and boyfriend love that one the best!
— Country Kitchen smells like grandma’s kitchen…like apple pie
— Goats Milk pretty much sums the scent up. Very natural and moisturizing scent
— Ocean Breeze smells fresh and clean

The ingredients are so simple with no chemicals!

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Washing my hands with the soap I love the fact it gets really sudsy and cleans well. When I rinse there is no greasy feeling. You can barely smell the scent when you rinse but I consider this a good thing for those who might have sensitive skin!

Overall, I love these soaps and will purchase also for friends and family as gifts! These would be great as a gift to anyone and also nice to have next to the kitchen sink and bathroom. What a great addition to a guest bath decor, right?!

Subscribers of my blog get a great discount too! You must be subscribed to my blog and add me on twitter, facebook and instagram.

When you visit http://tracyssimplesoaps.com make sure to enter promo code ‘jenndivamakeup’ to get 15% off your order!

Enjoy your day!

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Smokey Daytime Holiday Look for All Eye Colors

Happy Saturday Divas!

I thought I would do a smokey eye look today for all eye colors. This is plum/gold eye look that can be worn during the day or darkened up for night (adding more eyeliner and mascara).

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I have green eyes and this look does really well for any eye color at all. Below is what I used. All links and photos will take you to the site where you can purchase.

Of course for the drugstore products, I would go through Walgreens they are having an AMAZING Cyber Week Deal (12/1 – 12/7) 15% off Sitewide w/ code 15CYBER. Don’t miss on this deal, make sure to click the link and enter the promo code πŸ™‚

Here is what I used for my eyes:

I started out with eye primer all over my lid which I love MAC Paints Eye Shadow (Bare Canvas). I literally use my ring finger to blend in really well but leave a little tacky to set my next shadow. This MAC paint is amazing and leaves you with a perfectly bare canvas (literally!). The paint is thick enough that it cancels out any redness or veins. Unfortunately, I have those veins that show on my lids and also have very thin lids. For a more inexpensive route, you can also use any drug store base primer.

For my base all over the lid eye color I use ULTA shadow in Bone. This color matches my fair skin perfectly and is matte… so really gives a great canvas to work with color on. If you’d like to use a more high end product, I would say MAC Brulee is the same color.

I use the middle brush in the Crown Brushes set here – which is a larger packing brush and I love, love, love it!

After I have a good base, I like to go in with the Naked Palette and use Angel, which is the first color of the palette. This is a shimmery pale champagne color. I use this for highlighting my inner corner and brow bone only. It’s good to get a nice highlight going which will help the harsh lines as you apply darker colors. Of course you will go back in later with highlight. Of course you can use a smaller packing brush..or you can use the same brush as listed above. For a more inexpensive shadow you can use Covergirl eyeshadow single in Champagne.

Next I am going to use my MAC Brush – #224 Tapered Blending Brush which is a fluffy blending brush…one of my all time favorites. With this next color you are going to go right above your natural eye crease (if you have hooded eyes like me) and with a windshield wiper motion you are going to go right to left, back and forth – blending, blending, blending just like a windshield wiper πŸ™‚ This creates an airbrushed effect that looks flawless. (For a more dramatic effect use a pencil brush like Smashbox Definer Brush) You are going use the plum color from Almay Intense i-Color Powder Shadow #024 Trio For Greens Eye Shadow.

You can also use a high end product. The color that would be a dupe is MAC Sketch or for a matte color – Embark. I then take what is left on the brush and blend the color from my outer-v and work upward to create a cat eye look. The lines may be harsh but don’t worry – you will go in later and blend, blend, blend my friend!

Of course, use any fluffy brush similar to this to get the look.

Next, I am going to take my MAC Brushes – #242 Shader Brush and pat on the same plum color on the outer part of your lid. You can use any flat brush for this look.

Now I am going to take that same flat brush and pack on my most favorite gold color to the middle of my lid which is Loreal Wear Infinit in Gilded Bronze 825. Pack on really, really well! Just the middle of your lid being careful not to blend with the other colors. (You will create a mud-look if you do!)

Then take with the same packing brush – the top color of that same Almay Trio for Greens as mentioned above. Pack really well. This color will brighten up this inner corner to create the dimension you are wanting for this look.

Taking the fluffy MAC 224 I blend out the harsh lines – blend, blend, blend my friend! Be careful NOT to over blend the colors into each other. Make sure you can see the dimension of the colors still.

Once you have blended really well you are going to back in with your highlight and blend back in the brown bone and inner eye.

Apply eyeshadow and mascara as you prefer and *VOILA* you have created the look! You can tone it down for daytime by just applying liner to the top but not on the bottom and just applying mascara top and bottom. For a nighttime look, go in with your eyeliner on the top, your tightline, your waterline and some on the outer lower eye area. You can also go over the colors again to deepen and refresh the colors. Blend, smudge and you are done!

Let me know if you have any questions on the products I mentioned or technique!

Have a beautiful day!

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My Top 5 “Go To” Perfumes

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I love, love perfume! There is, however, five perfumes I have always loved and always will.

#5 Provocative Woman

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I first found this perfume at Rite Aid during the holidays years ago in a gift box set. I think it was $14.99 or less! I fell in love!

#4 Chanel Chance

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This perfume was referred to me by a friend. I ran to Macy’s to get it and have loved it since!

#3 Versace Signature Woman

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I got a sample of this perfume at Versace in Las Vegas at the Forum Shops. OMG LOVE!

#2 Aqua di Gio

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I don’t care if this is mainly for men. It actually is unisex and I love, love, love it!

#1 Viva La Juicy

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No matter how “outdated” this perfume is, I will ALWAYS love it!

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Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation Review

Hello Divas!

Okay…….FINALLY! I decided to do a blog post on one of the few drugstore items I recently purchased. If you know me, you know I am a FAN of higher end makeup products. If you have known me awhile, you know I have used MAC Studio Fix foundation in C3 for a VERY long time. Yes, big fan! If you have questions about it, let me know. Anyway, maybe a year ago I was like “Ok…I am tired of spending this much on foundation….I’m going to Fred Meyer to see what I can find…” Found something (cannot even remember what it was), tried it…hated it…. and went back to my FAVE product…MAC of course.

Moving on…. I ran out of my MAC foundation last week and decided to try drugstore. This was a HUGE step divas! The last time I bought drugstore makeup foundations was back in high school. (and that one time I decided to branch out over a year ago…which made me run back to Nordstrom – is that making me sound like snob?! HA!)

::: drum roll ::: Here is the item I am reviewing today:

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation. $10.99 Fred Meyer (is sold at any major drugstore)

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Okay… so I am not 110% sure on this one. I am currently using this as my daily foundation (Color 810 Classic Ivory) and it’s been 5 days so far. What I can tell you about this product is….. I have VERY oily skin in my T-zone. Larger pores near my nose get oily most the time too. This foundation has kept me matte for most all the day. I have found that I need to blot throughout the day…but for the most part it’s done a good job. When I look at my skin at the very end of the day before washing my face…even before bed… I find my skin still looks pretty darn good!!

When you first apply, it doesn’t feel tacky like some of the other liquid foundations out there. It sets pretty well without a powder too. But, since I am oily I have to press powder and set! Since I have not purchased my beauty blender I am for now applying this foundation with my fingers (eeeeek! hate admitting that one!) It is very hard to go from using a powder type of foundation to a liquid foundation.

The foundation also dries fairly quickly but gives you time to blend, blend, blend! It also looks nice in the light. I have not tried to photograph it at night yet with flash. It also doesn’t transfer easy!

This foundation claims to have lasting power of a primer, coverage of a concealer and blendability of foundation in one… and I happen to agree. It covers well and has a nice velvety smooth feel as if I had applied primer. (not as silicon”ey” though). Don’t get me wrong, not bashing silicon”ey”.. I LOVE silicon”ey” primers like MAC Prep and Prime…. Okkkk enough about MAC, MAC, MAC! But you know me, ha! It does conceal my under eyes pretty well. I have a purple color in my inner eye corners where it meets my nose and it happens to cover pretty well there. Not totally…but this foundation is BUILDABLE! πŸ™‚ Wahoo! The first layer covers well… I can definitely work with 1 layer (1.5 pumps for me) but I like to apply a small extra layer to my “mid face” just because I have more redness there.

It has SPF 20 too which is **always**good! So, don’t get me wrong. I will do a followup of my thoughts on this product. I am still playing around with other products with it and I will let you know. I think my skin is adjusting to it, that’s why I am not 110% yet.. so I will keep you posted. Don’t you worry your pretty little head off. (PS- I am also setting this foundation with the next product I am reviewing….)

The only real con I have about it is that it smudges off around the bottom of my nostrils.. but that is a given, being that I am oily there. Darn oily skin!!! Ugh!!!

Here is the main reason I love this foundation so far: It does NOT oxidize on my skin and turn orange. All my life I have struggled with foundation oxidizing and turning orange on my skin…this product doesn’t oxidize on me! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that! Here’s a *Did you know fact*: In high school I wore Maybelline Shine Free foundation and it oxidized on my skin. In high school I was told if someone put an orange up to my face….we would match! Kids are so mean, huh!?!? LOL! But unfortunately, it was true! Ha!

Hoping this helps you if you are looking to buy a good foundation from the drugstore. This would be at the top of my list!

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