How to Have Better Skin

Hello, World.

As far as skin goes, I’ve been pretty blessed. I never struggled with acne, and I would flip over about the one zit I got every six months or so. However, when I’m stressed, my skin does reflect the stress more than I like. But today I wanted to share my top tips for getting better skin!

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  1. Never (I repeat, never) Sleep with Makeup. I know it can be hard every once and a while to feel motivated to take your makeup off (super late study nights, after getting home from the bar, etc.), but I really think taking a minute to wash your face will improve your skin. I used to sleep with makeup pretty often in high school, and while I didn’t have massive breakouts, I definitely noticed my skin wasn’t as healthy. You have to give your skin time to breathe, and time to replenish itself!
  2. Drink Plenty of Water. I can usually tell when I haven’t been drinking enough water because it usually shows up in my skin. My skin starts looking thirsty (hopefully that doesn’t sound weird), but honestly, my skin gets SO dry if I’m not drinking enough water.
  3. Moisturize! This sort of goes along with drinking plenty of water, but I think adding moisture to your skin is vital. I love my moisturizer (I use Philosophy Renewed Hope in a jar), and my skin looks so much better with the use of daily moisturizer. I also recommend using a clarifying lotion from Clinique twice daily. It cleanses your skin, and allows the moisturizers to better serve your skin!
  4. Clean Makeup Brushes. I feel like cleaning makeup brushes is one of the better skin tricks that is often overlooked. Think about how much makeup gets left in the brush. Putting old, dried out makeup on your skin is not ideal, but what’s worse is when bacteria builds in the brush, and you keep rubbing it over your skin. Rather than leave bacteria there to multiply, clean your brushes. Once a month is a good start, but try to work up to once a week!

I know skincare can vary on the person, and if you have something that works, maybe implement one change at a time! I do think, however, making a more conscience effort to do each of the above things has improved my skin. It’s not dry, not dull, and feels plumper!

Truly,

Callie leigh

Beauty Favorites

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Today I want to share my favorite beauty products at the moment. Finding good beauty products is a struggle at times because I’m pretty pale, I tend to go through phases of how I like my makeup, and its hard to find products that don’t dry out my skin. That being said, I’ve been learning a lot more about products that continually work for me, and products that don’t work for me.
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Benefit dandelion blush: with a hint of shimmer, and the perfect shade of pink, I can apply more or less depending on what look I’m wanting and it always looks great!

Kat Von D tattoo line: I was having a hard time finding an eyeliner that I really liked and that went on thin while still being noticeable. Then a friend recommended this to me, and I immediately loved it! I like it too because I can wear more or less depending on what I’m doing, and it always looks smooth and dark. It’s a cross between gel and pencil.

Urban Decay Shimmer and Nude Primer: Having a good shadow primer is important to me, and the nude anti-aging primer is great for simpler looks or more natural makeup, but the shimmer is fun for having a bit of shine or glitz in your look!

What products are you loving?

Truly,
Callie leigh

Beach Makeup Essentials

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As we get further into spring and closer to summer, makeup becomes a little more scarce. Personally, I tend to wear a lot less makeup during the warmer months because for one, I’m warmer than normal, I spend more time outside and in natural light, and I spend more time at the beach. I know a lot of people feel similarly, so I thought I’d take a few minutes to share my favorite products for spending a day on the beach or just in the sun.
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A light foundation. The Naked products by Urban Decay are my absolute favorite! This foundation is light, easy to apply, and feels like you’re wearing no makeup. It’s not weird or sticky, but just right. It doesn’t have any SPF, though, so be sure to apply a moisturizer with SPF in it before applying, or get a tinted moisturizer to cut down on time.

Sun Beam by Benefit. This bronzer highlights and adds shimmer to your face! I typically apply to my cheekbones and highlight my hair line and nose (very lightly). This adds the right amount of color to your face and gives you a nice glow!

A Voluminous (and waterproof) Mascara. If you plan to get into the water at the beach, you must go waterproof. There is nothing worse than having to spend a day with raccoon eyes and clumpy lashes. I personally use the YES! They’re Real by Benefit, but I also use this mascara when I run out of the Benefit and need a quick fix.

A Calm Lip Color. Adding a little color to your lip can add a lot to an otherwise blank face. Having a little pop of color on your lips will make you appear polished, while also looking natural. My personal favorite for this look is by MAC.

Though this look seems rather calm, it can look great, and will give you a nice look without going overboard on the makeup. If you’re not used to going natural, I would say add a little natural eye shadow to the lid, but steer away from eyeliner!

What’s your go-to makeup routine for summer months?

Truly,
Callie leigh

What’s In My Bag

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Something I absolutely love seeing is what people carry in their purses! I started carrying a bag consistently my first year of college. I like big bags, but I can never fill them, so when I got to college, and began taking BART and stuff, I thought it’d be easier to carry a small cross-body. I kind of like having a smaller purse because it ensures I’m not carrying unnecessary things. I thought it’d be fun to share with you roughly how little I carry in my bag. I usually carry more during spring in summer, but in fall, I hardly carry anything in my purse. The items below are the bare necessities, but in warmer months I will add sunglasses, a novel, and a mini sunscreen.
What's in my bag*This bag was found at a thrift store, and is seriously so soft and has great organization

Pen // I don’t go anywhere without a pen. Never know when inspiration will strike, or when you just need a pen. Ever gone on a group dinner date, and the cashier only gives your table of 10 a single pen to sign bills?

Fortunes // I eat way too much Chinese food. I guess you can call me a Gilmore at heart, but I almost always have a fortune in the bottom of my purse. I actually started a collection of them freshman year.

Hand lotion // I have dry skin, and I get especially dry hands in the winter time. This hand lotion is seriously the best. It absorbs quickly, has a citrus scent, and is small so it doesn’t take up a ton of room in my bag.

Hair ties // Sometimes my hair just refuses to do what I want it to, so up it goes. I also will put my hair up if I’m studying, so if I go off campus to study, I make sure to remember a hair tie.

Lipstick // I almost always carry a NARS nude, and MAC syrup. Both colors are my current favorites, and I feel like on days when I don’t feel super great, adding a little lipstick helps. You can never have too many lipsticks, and I’m a firm believer in keeping on in your bag at all times.

Chapstick // Burt’s Bees is an absolute must in winter months, and necessary in spring and summer too. I like the replenishing one because it’s a little tinted, and keeps my lips healthy.

Wallet // I adore my Michael Kors wallet (similar). It has a spot for my cell phone, carries all the cards I need, and has two area, one I keep cash in, and one I designated for receipts.

Keys // I have TONS of keys as a Resident Advisor, and I also carry my car key and pepper spray on my key chain. I used to joke about pepper spray, thinking I didn’t need it, but now I carry it just in case.

What’s in your bag?

Truly,
Callie leigh

Summer Makeup

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Something that I notice every summer is when it gets really hot, I kind of hate doing my “full” makeup everyday. My eye makeup usually gets way lighter, and I’ll go with less foundation. I love using good products that are light and good for your skin. I used to use Mac foundation, but it was pretty heavy for my skin. Over the years, I’ve switched around quite a bit between brands, but I absolutely love Smashbox powder. It’s light, matches my skin well, and it easy to apply. I also recently bought the Naked Urban Decay liquid foundation, and it is utterly amazing. It is light, goes on well, silky, and just…great. I love the Naked products (I have two of the palettes).  My go-to, fast and easy makeup look for summer includes the following products:
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For the lightest coverage, I only wear powder foundation. For medium coverage, I wear the Naked liquid foundation, and if I really need heavy coverage, I wear the Naked foundation and go over it with the power a little. My skin feels so soft when I wear the Naked foundation that I’ve worn it almost day since I bought it. I finish the look with a bright lip, usually a shade from Bite, Sephora, or Josie Marin. It is an easy look, but I always feel fresh and awake when I wear these products.

What are your favorite summer products?

Truly,
Callie Leigh

Beautify.

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            Through the years I have continually gotten questions about how I do my makeup, whether or not I wear fake eyelashes, and told that my makeup always looks nice. So, in honor of all the questions I’ve received about how I do my makeup, I’ve decided to give an explanation, and share what products I use! So, I use eleven products every single day, no matter how I end up doing my eye makeup. It may seem like a lot, but amount is key, and once you invest in the ten products, they should last a long time if you don’t overuse them.

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1)   Urban Decay Naked Palate: I use this palate daily. It has so many great colors, and since I have green eyes, the brown tones look great with my eye color. I’m also on the fair side as far as skin tone, so the shades aren’t too dark for my skin, and they’re not too colorful. I’ve had this palate for almost a year, and the colors I use the most frequently are Virgin, Sin, Half Baked, Smog, Dark Horse, and Toasted. I use Dark Horse or Toasted in my crease, then use a mix of a darker shadow in the corner to blend the bottom part of my eye with my crease, then apply Smog or Toasted all over, then add a bit of Half Baked to the first half of my eye to add a little highlight to the inner part of my eye. Once this portion of my eye is complete, I use my all over base to highlight the area between the crease of my eye and my eyebrow. Tip: clean eye brush regularly so that when you change eye shadow color the new color not tainted by the previous color. Also, cleaning brushes kills bacteria.

2)   Smashbox HALO Hydrating Perfecting Powder (fair): This is face powder I use. I have tried numerous cover-ups over the years, including Mac, Mary Kay, Sheercover, Mally, liquids, powder, liquids that dry as powder etc. My mom is a makeup nut, and she goes through makeup like crazy, insisting you have to try everything before you really know which is the best fit for your skin. I love the Smashbox power because it is light, stays on all day, and is the perfect tone for my skin, not too dark, not too light.

3)   Mac Pinch Me Blush: This product is fantastic as blush. It’s not too pinky, but if I accidently apply a little too much, and it looks pinker than I want, then I usually swipe a little of the Smashbox powder over it to tone down the pinkness. I don’t believe this particular color is available anymore, but I would say any of the Mac blushes that have a lot of pink would be similar. When I apply my blush, I smile a little bit, and apply the blush directly to my cheekbone, and up near the edge of my eye so that it looks more natural than just a line of blush from nose to earlobe.

4)   Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube: So, for this product there are two choices depending on what look I am going for. If I want a little more shimmer, I use the Sin version of the primer (gold tube), but if I want a really light, natural look I use the original (purple tube). This stuff is seriously magic. It keeps my shadow in place all day, without smudging. Using a primer also allows for the shadows to show up a little darker while using less, so you won’t have to keep buying shadows because they will not be running out as quickly.

5)   Benefit They’re Real Mascara in Black: This mascara is the best mascara I have ever used. My eyelashes are fairly long naturally, but this mascara makes it so that I can use less mascara and get my eyelashes really long, and they do not clump. If you want your eyelashes to look really long, or maybe a little longer, I would recommend in picking this mascara up on your next visit to Sephora.

6)   Benefit Fake Up Concealer: I am cursed with extremely dark circles under my eyes, and it’s very hard for me to find a concealer that covers them without it being super thick. This new concealer by Benefit is light, and has a bit of collagen so that your eyes look awake. I just bought it recently on a trip to San Francisco, and I’ve used it everyday since. I’ve found it works best if you use a foundation brush or concealer brush to apply versus just using your finger.

7)   Mac Shroom Eyeshadow: I use this after I put on my primer, as an all over eye shadow. As I said in the primer section, primers really make your shadow stick and make them a little darker. So, I use this color (or the Virgin or Sin in the Urban Decay Palate if you want to just buy the palate) as a way of putting a light layer between the primer and my darker shadows so the darker shadows aren’t too dark, but it also keeps the primer there so the darker shadows still show up in the shade I want.

8)   Tarte Black EmphasEYES Waterproof Clay eyeliner: This is a liquid liner that is applied with a brush, and then dries to look more like pencil eyeliner. It is magic. I’ve tried many eyeliners, and I’ve found this is the system that works best for me. I like the easy application of liquid liners, but like the look of pencil liners, which is why this is the best option for me. I like a smaller line of eyeliner so I use the thinner end of the brush that comes with this liner, and I take a finger and pull my lid tight so it’s a bit elongated so that I have a straight line to apply liner to (a trick I learned from my sister when I first started wearing makeup, and this works for any kind of liner).

So, those are the products I use, and how I use them everyday. I also use three other products to maintain my skin, and those are the following:

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1)   Philosophy Release Me Makeup Remover: I used to use Mally makeup remover only, but then when I was going to college, I didn’t want to have to order my remover every time I needed it, so instead I switched to the Philosophy remover that is available at Sephora and Nordstrom (and anywhere that sells Philosophy products). It’s great because it isn’t too oily, and it always gets ALL my makeup off. However, I’m a little crazy when it comes to oil, and so usually I take my makeup off after washing my face, then take a fresh cotton ball and wet it with water, then go over my eyes with the wet cotton ball.  

2)   L’Occitane en Provence Angelica Cleansing Gel: I love this cleanser! I used to only use cleansers that were creamy, but this gel is light, has a nice scent, and keeps my skin soft and blemish-less. I used to use the moisturizer also, and do occasionally, but I’ve switched over to my next item.

3)   Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet: I’ve never had overly dry skin, but sometimes I just want an extra shine, and a little extra moisture. This sorbet is a great moisturizer, and it keeps my skin super moist. It also has a great scent, and is an all natural product so it is great for your skin!

Skincare is different for everyone, but those are the products I use to maintain my skin. I hope this answers the questions about how I do my makeup or just gives a little advice on which products work great for natural looks!

Truly,

Callie Leigh