Monday, November 22, 2010

Homemade Lip Exfoliation Sugar Scrub Recipe

With Winter fast approaching, us glamouristas have to switch up our skincare routine... an that includes paying extra attention to our lips! If not properly cared for, the cold, dry weather can chap and dry-out normally soft lips. There are several ways we can prevent this from happening with adequate internal and external care.

First, we want to ensure we are not dehydrated by being conscious of our water intake. Make sure you are drinking enough water, this will help not only your lips, but your skin and complexion... Your skin is your largest organ, so let's take care of it so it can take care of us! Water also aids in kidney function, as well as everything else... remember, water is essential! I know it's cold and during these times, it's easier to reach for a hot cup of coffee or cocoa, but make sure you're getting some clear liquid intake as well. 

Secondly, be sure you are properly moisturizing and protecting your lips with a balm or salve. If you notice sticky lipglosses tend to make your lips peel, use them sparingly or try to avoid them altogether.

Lastly, exfoliate your lips once a week to remove dry, dead skin. I've seen lots of products on the market as well as homemade scrubs including sugar and balms, baking soda, salt, honey... I don't like the idea of using a balm because if that were the case, I'd just go with a manufactured scrub. The whole purpose of this was to be in total control of what I'm using on my lips (also, I'm not too keen on the idea of eating lip balm). Baking soda, as good as it is for your skin, again... if it's not in a cake, I'll pass. LOL As for salt, it can actually irritate skin, so I decided to skip salt altogether. Not to mention that the sodium draws moisture out, and well, that would be defeating the whole purpose, wouldn't you say? So I decided to stick with good 'ole sugar and honey... it's delicious, easy to work with, and by adding olive oil, you've got an excellent moisturizer and natural antioxidant. 

The recipe below is one that works well for me, of course you can tweak it to meet your own individual needs. For instance, if you have oily skin, you might want to skip adding the olive oil to the mixture and opt for carefully dabbing it onto lips once exfoliation is complete... you have lots of options and the best thing is, it's fool-proof. Oh, and from one Fexi to another, did I happen to mention it's delicious? ;)

1- tsp sugar
1 1/2- 2- tsp honey
1/2-tsp olive oil

Oh yes... and this recipe makes quite a bit, so feel free to scrub everyone's lips in your household or simply do a fraction of the recipe. ;)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

MAC & Nicki Minaj?

So everyone's been talking about a pink lipstick to be released next Friday by MAC especially for Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday" album release. Word on MAC's website is this lipstick will be offered exclusively online for only four Fridays. (Click here for more info)

Personally, I'm not a Nicki Minaj fan... at all. Ok, there's a few songs she's featured on that I'll bob my head to in the car, but I really can't get into her for some reason. However, I'm a sucker for anything pink... so I just might have to get my hands on some.

My question for you is... are you going to be up at midnight on MAC's website trying to get your tube?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

My Perfect Imperfections Tag!

Hey Beauties! I just posted a video response/tag to mizzttzbellalife's "My Perfect Imperfections" vid. In this vid you're asked to disclose three of your "imperfections" and three things you like about yourself... Want to see what made the list and what didn't?? Go watch my vid! Then make sure you do your own vid and post it as a response to mine... let's get to know each other while having a little laugh! ;)

As promised in the vid... here's the products I used to get the "look" in my vid:

Wet-n-Wild Color Icon "Lust" palette
Wet-n-Wild Color Icon LE "Sugar Plum Fairy" palette
HHC "Black out" gel liner
Maybelline Colossal Waterproof mascara
Maybelline Pulse Perfection Waterproof mascara

NYX "Louisiana" lipstick
MAC "Ban This" Lipglass

Wet-n-Wild "Mello Wine" blush

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Pick Your Favorite Inner Vegas Showgirl!

Hey Glamouristas! It's time to pick the winner of my "Inner Vegas Showgirl" Halloween contest... For this, I'm enlisting your help! Please view each of the vids below and cast your vote for your favorite Showgirl!

You must be a blog follower for your vote to count, and please... only ONE vote! I'll accept votes until Friday, November 19th, winner will be announced that weekend via YouTube video, so please be sure you're subscribed as well... If not, --> CLICK HERE! <--.

Thanks for stopping by and happy voting! :)

xoxo Trinity





Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wet-N-Wild H2o Proof: The Perfect Waterproof Liquid Liner!

So late last week, I went to Walgreen's in search of the ever elusive Wet-n-Wild Holiday Palettes... I didn't find any (then), but what I did pick up is a product that I have grown to be equally, if not exceedingly excited about and I can't wait to share my latest drugstore-addiction with you!

Allow me to formally introduce you to Wet-n-Wild's H2o Proof Liquid Liner. I purchased this liner from Walgreens during a 50% off sale. It is normally $3.99, so I paid a little under $2. I figured if this didn't live up to expectations, I wouldn't be too disappointed because after all, it was just $2. Little did I know this under $2 liner would blow me away and inspire me to go on a Wet-n-Wild H2o Proof promotion-frenzy!

First, if you've watched my videos, you'll know I only use gel liner to line my upper lid. I've never been a fan of liquid liners for a few reasons. One, they typically head south at the slightest hint of water, sweat, moisture, tears, etc... I'm not trying to go through that entire mess and look like a 1985 Tammy-Faye Baker revival. Two, once your eyes start running, you can't reapply in those tough little corner areas! Am I the only one this happens to? It drives me completely bananas! Lastly, I'm never able to draw a solid line, the felt tips always seem to give me a "striped" effect where the middle appears lighter or disappears altogether!

Finding the perfect make-up product for whatever reason; formula, mechanism, color, etc... is kind of like finding the perfect man. Yeah, they're pretty much non-existent. Therefore, once you've found one that works, you may need to find a way to work with him, err... I mean, work with it. This is the case with Wet-n-Wild's H2o Proof liner.

If you visit the Walgreens website, you'll see that this product is receiving mixed reviews. While mostly positive, there are quite a bit of women who "hate" this liner for one or two reasons. One- it's hard to remove. Um, I'm sorry, did I miss something? Geez, you can sure tell we're women, huh? Never satisfied! We gripe if something doesn't have "staying power" and when we're hit with something that doesn't budge, we're still not satisfied! LOL Some of the other women were stating they absolutely despised the felt-tip brush and what it does to their lashes. While these are all valid concerns, let's revisit the reason we all purchased this product in the first place... it's a waterproof liquid liner- so let's allow it to do its thing!

The formula is definitely a force to be reckoned with. I have honestly NEVER found a liquid liner that I liked, much less a waterproof liquid liner formula, until now. It's like magic and I love this product... In fact, I love it so much, I want to show you how to make it work so you can love it too! Watch the video below, then run to your nearest Walgreens and make yourself the happy owner of a new, shiny, sexy, black, magic stick! Get your mind out of the gutter... we're were still talking about eyeliner here! LOL ;-)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Halloween Make-Up: Twilight Inspired- Alice Cullen

I was hired by Karen, a model I had worked with, to do make-up for her mother-in-law, Shawn,  for their Halloween party last Saturday. I had so much fun, they're all such great people, and their Halloween party was really well put-together! I wasn't able to stay for the entire party, because we had friends in from out of town, but I wanted to share a few pics with you all...

Meet Shawn... she's 54 years old and went as "Alice Cullen" for the party. She went all-out; button up top, vest, contacts, wig, even the Cullen crest choker! The transformation took us about 1 1/2- 2 hours because this look required a significant amount of airbrushing and foundation application to lighten her skin in order to achieve Alice's pale complexion. I really should have taken the pics before we applied the shimmer to her skin (her number one request was to sparkle like the veg-pires in Twilight). However it would have been too much of a hassle to have her get into costume just for pics, then remove it all to complete the shimmer application, just to have her get dressed again. :-/

Below are some pics from the hors d'oeuvres table...

On the menu: charred bones (wings), veggies, eye(meat)balls, mummy fingers, ghostly brownies, skull cupcakes, even a brewing pot in the middle of the table! Karen even whipped up some "witch's brew" for the kiddos... she did such an awesome job, this truly was photo-worthy. I wish I would've gotten some pics of Karen and her husband, Marty, they went as characters from True Blood. I haven't watched the show, but I heard it's great.

I had so much fun, it's really rewarding when you transform someone and they absolutely love the end result... Marty told Karen my fee was the best money they had ever spent! Hope all of you glam-ghouls and your little goblins had a great time! ;-)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A Lovely Review by MakeupJunkie88!

So I woke up this morning and saw a Harajuku Hunnies review by the lovely MakeupJunkie88 in my reading list!

Click on her name to be linked back to her review of some HHC shadows, including swatches and a look she created with our "Get Lucky" Quickie shadow! :)

While you're there, be sure to follow her blog!

Thanks Priscilla!

xoxo Trinity

Monday, November 1, 2010

Coco as Avatar!

Wow... can you believe it's November 1st? Where did 2010 go? I could really use some help in slowing down the time lately... LOL

Yesterday was Halloween and Coco decided she wanted to be an Avatar this year. We purchased her costume from Halloween City for about $25 and I did her make-up. She braided her own hair and wore some furry boots... it was really cute and we had a great time. She especially loved all the attention she got and even posed for a few pictures.

I used the Temptu airbrush system for the blue base... a mixture of their blue and white SB make-up. The stripes were created with NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk and the HHC Gel Liner in Oceanic. Using the same Gel Liner, I lined her eyes in a cat-shape. I took a dot-tool I use for my nails and dabbed white SB airbrush make-up at the ends of her stripes. I brushed a little of a rust color found in one of my Smashbox palettes to her eyes, nose, and cheeks. I also used that same color to contour the sides of her nose to give her that wide-nosed look of the Navi.

Hope all of you enjoyed your Halloween... did any of you big-kids dress up? What did you send your little ones out as? I've always enjoyed Halloween... so much fun. Now bring on Thanksgiving!! ;) LOL

*Update- Temptu Pro posted this pic on their Facebook Fan Page! <-- Click to view! :)

xoxo Trinity