How To Apply Foundation For Beginners - Makeup 101

Monday, November 30, 2015

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Applying Makeup For Beginners - Foundation

1. First you want to find your undertone 

Your undertone is the color underneath the surface of your skin. Your undertone will be either warm, cool, or neutral. The easiest way to find your skin's undertone is to look at the color of your veins in your wrists. If your veins are more blue, you have a cool undertone. If you have green veins, you have a warm undertone. If you have both green and blue veins like myself, then you have a neutral undertone.

You then want to find your shade of foundation or your surface tone. Find a shade that closet matches you, and test on your chest (you want to match your face to your chest). If the shade disappears into your skin, you have found your match.

2. Moisturize

Applying moisturizer before getting started is very important. You want to make sure your skin is well hydrated so your makeup has a smooth surface to adhere to. (Wait a few minutes before going on to the next step)

3. Primers

Primers aren't totally necessary but great if your have certain skin concerns. For example, if you have large pores you can buy a pore minimizing primer to help fill in those pores and minimize them. There are primers for everything. It's all about what your concerns are.

4. Applying Foundation

How to choose to apply your foundation is really up to you. There are a variety of tools you can use to do this.
-Your hands (the warmth of your hands will help melt the product in your skin)
-Cosmetic Sponge (wedges you can find at drugstores)
-Beauty Blender
-Foundation Brush
-Stippling brush

5. Setting Your Foundation

If you want your foundation to stay put, or help control the oil in your skin you will want to set your foundation with a powder.

H20Plus - Face Oasis
Becca Backlight Filtering Primer
Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme (Foundation)
LA Girl - Pro HD Concealer - Porcelain
LA Girl - Pro HD Concealer - Orange and Green Color Corrector Concealers
L'Oreal True Match
Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser
Nivea Men's After Shave Balm (used for Primer)
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
Rimmel Stay Matte


Getting the House Ready For the Holiday's #GalSquad

Sunday, November 29, 2015

YES! My favorite time of the year is here. I absolutely love the holidays and the true joy and happiness it brings. 

In preparation for Thanksgiving and getting my house ready for family to come over, I decided to start decorating to get in the holiday spirit. I know some people think it's too early to decorate for Christmas prior to Thanksgiving, but why not? It brings positive vibes and um, my crazy family needs as much positivity around them as possible LOL. Anyway, I decided to decorate a few places around the house before I go all the way into Christmas mode this week.  

I started with a few simple touches in the bathroom, where.. let's be honest, everyone goes to at point or another while they are at your house. Candles - totally necessary for every bathroom in your house. This one in particular is the Illume Balsm and Cedar Luxury Scented Candle, which a balsamic and woody base, with notes of orange, berries, green leaf, fir needle, cinnamon and pine. I love deep woody scents like this especially during the holidays! Soap - I love this festive soap for decoration in my bathroom. It gives my very simplistic bathroom a little pop of color and it screams Christmas is coming. This soap is part of Primal Elements Holidays Collection in the scent Candy Cane. I've been tempted to just use it instead of using it for decoration. Primal Elements Soaps are handmade and contain vegetable glycerin, which moisturizes the skin and contains pure essential oils for an optimum fragrance. Both the Illume candle and Primal Elements soap can be found at any Red Door Spa Location.  Next we have a white flower arrangement which gives the bathroom a very clean look, which I found at the wonderful TJ MAXX. You can always find hidden gems in that store! For finishing touches, I found a monogram towel from Target that goes with the clean and simplistic look, yet has a bit of gold that goes with the holiday theme. 

Can't wait to finish decorating this week. I'll be sure to share with you all!

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Brandied Pear and Marshmallow Body Melt - Red Door Spa Review #galsquad

Sunday, November 1, 2015

If you're looking to treat yourself to something sweet and relaxing, you'll want to pamper yourself to this treatment! Imagine your whole body being massaged with a gentle scrub that has a Brandied Pear aroma. Once rinsed off, you sink in a deep relaxation while your body is being massaged in a light creamy Marshmallow scented Shea Butter that leaves your skin super smooth! 

I was able to treat myself to this same treatment, courtesy of Red Door Spa Atlantic City, and I'm here to tell you my experience was amazing. The treatment starts with your body being exfoliated with a Brandied Pear scrub, which I must say smells like a delicious cocktail! The sea salt in the scrub helps remove the dead skin cells, while the scrub also contains Vitamin-E rice bran oil that leaves your skin polished to perfection. Once you're whole body has been exfoliated, it's time to rinse off in your own private shower included in your massage room. After you've dried off, your massage therapist returns to the room to deliver an amazing, yet relaxing massage using a rich a creamy Marshmallow Shea Butter.

Red Door Spa always amazing me with their above and beyond service. If you haven't already, treat yourself to this Brandied Pear and Marshmallow Body Melt.. you won't regret it. Find your closest Red Door Spa location HERE.

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