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The Ultimate Guide to Summer Body Care- Everything from your tips to your toes!

Summer is such a great time of year for fun under the sun- but what about the dandruff, sunburn, bug bites, and dry flaky skin? Fear not- I’ve compiled a list to get you through the heat, feeling foxy all the way through!

You knew I was gonna cover this right? Right. The best way to care for your body is to prevent the sun’s harmful rays from zapping your skin. You can still get color while wearing an SPF, so you needn’t worry about staying pale for the next few months. There are so many different types of sunscreen- find the right one for your situation and ALWAYS protect that beautiful face. Don’t depend on the SPF claims in foundations either- they aren’t enough to do anything real; You’d literally have to wear the whole bottle and even then, it’s not enough. Get a moisturizer with SPF (like Clinique’s Even Better) or a stand alone facial sunscreen (like Boots No.7). And don’t forget the part in your hair, your ears, or your hands. Hands are the first thing to show your age! Protect them!

Eyes are generally neglected and the heat of summer can make it even worse! Get yourself an eye cream (like Algenist Eye Balm) and use it! Warm it up between your fingers, then gently dab it all over the eye area using your ring finger. I also highly recommend a cooling eye mask for hydration, de-puffing, and general cooling.

Sun can cause really dry skin- or really oily skin that breaks out. For dry skin- be sure to gently exfoliate a couple times a week and apply a good hydrating moisturizer. I like gel consistency moisturizers for summer- they apply so nicely and melt right into the skin. Plus, you can pop it in the fridge for a refreshing cool burst! For oily skin- be sure to cleanse, tone, and exfoliate. Exfoliation is key- dirt, oil, and dead skin is the perfect formula for pimples. Gel moisturizers will work wonderfully for you as well, so get your cool on 🙂

The sun is great at making hair oily, giving the scalp dandruff, and sucking the color out of your strands. But you can fight back!! If your ends are dry- try a hair oil treatment and use a split end protector before using heat. Greasy hair? Try using a clarifying shampoo once a week, less product overall, and spritz of dry shampoo when you need a touch up (this one by Macadamia is my favorite because I notice that it’s less drying). Curly girl? Embrace those curls with a curl cream. They have moisture and hold to keep curls looking great. And don’t forget- conditioner is your best friend- you could even try a conditioning hair mask. Generally dry hair? Get a good moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. The conditioner should be thick like lotion! I like Joico KPak and for a bargain- I’ve been LOVING the Garnier Whole Blends Coconut Milk duo. So cheap- so shockingly good! And if you have color- go hat shopping, invest in a cute headscarf, and wash your hair with sulfate free shampoo in cold water. The best way to protect it- is to cover it and keep it out of the pool! Lol

To keep your hands and feet in top shape- use a moisturizing scrub. OPI makes incredible options that smell good enough to eat! Don’t forget cuticle cream and moisturizer! In the summer, I really love the way a bright nail polish pops! Don’t be afraid to have fun with your color choices, but don’t skip a base coat. This is especially important for toes because they are particularly suceptible to staining.

I really love a good body sugar scrub in the summer. The oil in it helps lock in moisture and makes the skin so glowy, plus it destroys any gross dead skin cells. Don’t forget to moisturize- find what works for you consistency wise.

Bikini Line- Exfoliate first. Be sure to use a razor with four or more blades. I really recommend men’s razors because that are made to cut coarser hair and are cheaper in the first place. Use coconut oil to shave with (legs too! I just keep the jar in the shower. It has an insanely low melting point so don’t worry about it clogging the drain). Finish up by gently patting the area dry and applying a men’s shave balm. It’s incredible stuff and can stop ingrowns and bumps before they happen.

••• TEA TREE OIL- *the summer miracle* •••

• Face: add a few drops to some witch hazel and apply 1-2x per day for an antibacterial, acne fighting toner!

• Hair: add a few drops to your shampoo to help with annoying summer dandruff and oil.

• Feet: Sweaty, smelly feet? Fear not! Add a few drops to an epsom salt soak and kiss that smell goodbye. Nail fungus? Apply a drop directly to the affected nails. Repeat until it’s gone.

• Body: Sunburned? Add some tea tree to jojoba oil and you have the perfect combo to banish the redness. Bug bite? Apply some tea tree oil to the bite to stop the itch. It can even be used to repel the mosquitos!

If you’re a mask person- you may enjoy some body mud! It’s wonderful in the summer for pulling out impuritiesand refreshing the skin. If you like shimmer- add some liquid highlighter to your moisturizer! It has a blurring effect to minimize imperfections and makes tan skin glow like a goddess. Looking to get bronze quickly? Pick up a tan accelerator. They seriously work, but be careful and don’t over do it at first.

And lastly- deodorant. Nobody wants to smell and nobody wants to deal with white marks and balled up bits of deodorant in their armpits. Pick up a dry spray! You get the same protection as a stick, but it dries completely and leaves NOTHING behind. If you have darkening in your armpits- mix a paste using turmeric, water and a splash of lemon juice. Let it sit 20-30 minutes and wipe away. Turmeric also helps keep unwanted hair at bay, so it’s a double win!

Now you’re all set to have the beautiful summer of your dreams! Any fun plans? Anything you wanna add to the list? Let me know!

Until next time,




DIY: Rose Water & Aloe Facial Mist.

Hello lovelies!

Summer has officially landed here in Ohio and I’ve already had my first awful sunburn. This brought me to my most recent DIY- rose water. I’m a frequent buyer of the cult favorite Mario Badescu Rose facial mist, but I always wondered about making my own..

Since my rose bushes were on their last legs for this bloom, I snatched up the petals and got crafty! And I loved my results! Want to make your own rose water facial mist at home? Keep reading love!

Natural glycerin is great for moisturizing the skin. Be sure to pick one that is plant based- the chemical based versions are not good for the skin. Don’t worry too much about your rose petals- mine came right off of a bush, but you can use store bought or gifted roses just the same. My bottle is actually a recycled Mario Badescu one. I reuse them all the time- they are great for alcohol and water in a kit or on a vanity at home, and are the perfect size. And the aloe vera gel is good for calming redness and refreshing thirsty skin! You will also need a small saucepan, small strainer, and a measuring cup with a pouring lip for ease. Let’s get started, shall we?

I like to gently press a spoon against the petals before straining, just to remove any last rosey goodness, lol. Look at that beautiful natural color!

You can also add a drop of your favorite essential oil or extract. Just be cautious with essential oils, as some of them can cause sun sensitivity.

(Lol at my homemade funnel)

Don’t be afraid- mist your face whenever you need a pick me up, to settle your makeup, or to cool down on a hot day! It is all natural after all!

Note: The rose scent won’t be as strong as in the MB one- but his is an added fragrance, not from the roses. The less ingredients, the better. The benefits are in the rose oils and essence 🙂

Do you have any favorite beauty DIYs? Do share! I’m always looking for new beauty crafts.

Until next time,



NYX Pro Foundation Mixers: Review & Swatches.

Hey beauties!

I know I’ve been gone awhile- and quite a bit has happened since we’ve spoken last. But that’s a whole different post, haha. Today I want to tell you about the NYX Pro Foundation Mixers. What is a foundation mixer you ask? Keep reading!

Building a kit for a makeup artistry career is not a cheap thing to do- especially when you want the best for your clients. I had been struggling with how to handle purchasing enough foundations to span the skin tones, without breaking the bank. I have eight shades of UD Naked Skin (my preferred foundation) and clearly that’s not enough to do the job. I had heard about foundation mixers, but had never really needed them until this point in my career. Enter the NYX Pro Foundation Mixers!


I purchased five of the six available shades- Luminous, Warmth, Olive, Deep, and White. The other shade is a white based luminizer, and I felt that the ‘Luminous’ one I purchased would do the trick for any skin tone. They retail for $10 each (1.01 fl.oz.) on the NYX website and in Ulta Beauty stores.


Here is what the tip looks like:


I love that it’s very precise- it makes for less waste, as with these, a little goes a long way! Think of it like paint- you can completely customize your foundation by darkening, lightening, or adjusting the undertones! I took the liberty or doing some sample mixes for you to see the mixers in action.


And now:



The mixers do not change the consistency of the original foundation! I recently used them for a wedding and they went off without a hitch! They even photographed well! I am beyond happy with these- not only for the price, but how well they get the job done. I highly recommend them! They have also been saving me on getting a new foundation because I’m no longer paper white, yay summer!  I just mix my too-light Born This Way with a little ‘Deep’ and ‘Warmth’, to make a custom shade that matches perfectly all summer long!


Price: ★★★★★

Quality: ★★★★

Effectiveness: ★★★★★

Ease of Use: ★★★

(Matching is the hardest part!)

Would I Repurchase?:  Definite Yes!

Have you tried these mixers? Would you be willing to give your color theory a test? Let me know in the comments!







Summer Beauty: Tips, tricks, & product recommendations!

Hello lovelies! I’m here to talk about one of my favorite things in life- SUMMER. I’m ready for you warm sunshine, bonfires, and vitamin D! But along with added sunshine and time outdoors come a few beauty dilemmas. Here, we’ll talk about some tips and products I recommend for a beautiful summer. Let’s get started!


Time spent at the beach and more exposure to air can mean dry skin- especially elbows and legs! I’m loving the new fragrances at Bath & Body Works, but good ol’ Aveeno will do the job (only better, lol). Apply liberally as needed! I like to mix a little bit of highlighter in my body lotion in my hands before application to get ‘glowy’ skin. The one pictured by CK is gorgeous and works perfectly, but any liquid highlighter will work too.

Next we have the VIP- sunscreen. It is an absolute, no excuses, MUST HAVE to be applied daily, 365. The worst thing at Ulta was all the women not using suncare products. Melanoma is not a joke and doesn’t discriminate against age, race, or gender. I always choose a sport sunscreen- they tend to be waterproof, have higher spf, and come in a fine mist sprayer. The days of thick, sticky cream sunscreen are gone! And remember, you can’t overdose on sunscreen- apply between each activity, especially when the sun is highest in the sky. And don’t forget the part in your hair! Scalp sunburns really suck and then there’s horrific dandruff aftermath, just avoid that noise. To protect your beautiful hair color in the sun (bright reds!!), I recommend a cute hair scarf or sunhat. The sun’s harsh rays will suck that color out with a straw. A nice leave in conditioner spray is a good beach bag add in, in general. I recommend Soya Want it All from Big, Sexy Hair, 22 benefits plus it smells fab. Moisturize your locks to prevent dryness and breakage!

Individual tan towels (Tan Towel, Tarte Maracuja Tanning wipes, etc.) are a good way to fake that sun kissed look without orangey skin! They’re affordable and easy to use. Fake it til’ you make it honey because you’re better safe than sorry.




A girl’s gotta have a pretty shimmery bronzer and a super natural blush to rock all summer long! I LOVE ‘Park Avenue Princess’ from Tarte! Gorgeous gold shimmer in a subtle, smooth, buildable bronzing powder. And the blush- ‘Prim’ is so pretty, I can’t even tell you. It was love at first swatch! These are so smooth and blend beautifully.

Fragrance, if that’s your thing, can be a fun way to switch up your summer beauty routine. I recommend citrus, woody and light floral fragrances, like Jimmy Choo ‘Blossom’ and Marc Jacobs ‘Daisy Dream’. The fragrance pictured is the Coach ‘Signature’ scent. A roller ball is a great way to take your fragrance along with you through the day, but remember heat brings out the fragrance, so less is more.


That hot, hot, heat can mean ornery, red skin. I love Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe and Rosewater for hydration and cool relief. It smells faintly of roses and feels fantastic. Plus, it’s from a spa and retails for a very un-fancy price of $7! An absolute must have. If you need something with a little muscle, Dermalogica’s Ultra Calming Spray is magic in a bottle. We’re talking, redness gone in five minutes good.

Oooh, look! More sunscreen! 🙂 Here’s one of my favorite facial sunscreens from Boots No.7! It’s light, doesn’t make me break out, and has spf 25. I put it on before foundation or primer.

I’m one of those girls who gets oil mania every summer, so I add a cream mattifier to my routine. This one from Vichy Labs or the one by Dr. Murad are great options. It’s just added protection for my makeup and if you get oily too, try one of these babies!


In the summer, I like to switch to a lighter foundation such as a BB or CC Cream. The coverage is so breathable and they usually have added spf along with a multitude of other skin benefits. Many brands from drugstore to high end make a version of this, so there’s something for everyone.

I absolutely cannot rave enough about the Mally Beauty Poreless Face Defender! Like I mentioned before, I get so oily- this is a clear (CLEAR!) pressed powder. It looks so gimmicky and like it wouldn’t work, but it works AMAZINGLY. It mattifies and smooths the look of makeup but is literally invisible. Makeup magic I’m telling you.

See that little Napoleon cube? That’s my bff, Color Disc in ‘Amazon Jungle.’ This color is seriously gorgeous- a warm bronzy coral pink. If that’s a thing. It makes a lovely blush and is fantastic on eyes! A great one color choice for a quick pretty eye and even better in a travel bag.


EOS lip balms. They’re so cute and colorful you just have to. Plus, nobody wants dry, chapped lips!

Rose Salve- salve is awesome in the summer (Burt’s Bees makes a great option too!) It helps dry skin on cuticles, knees, lips, face and anywhere else! I’ve even used a little to smooth fly aways. They come in compact tins and are great for travel or in your purse.

Bulletproof shadows- got a pool party and not sure what to do about your makeup? Grab a Mally Beauty Evercolor Cream Eyeshadow stick and your shadow won’t even flinch in that chlorine. And trust me, it’ll laugh in the face of sweat too. Plus, the colors are beautiful!


I like to keep blotting papers in my bag during the summer to help keep me shine free even when I’m sticking to the seat of my car. They’re cheap and super easy to use! These NYX ones are $5.99 but ELF makes them too and those are $1!

Base coat is super important to prevent your nails from staining in the sun. Yellow nails are no fun and distort polish colors. Don’t forget to bust out those bright and glitter polishes! A pedi is a great idea too for sandal ready toes (you can read about how to DIY one at home here).

Don’t forget some fabulous sunnies! Your eyes can burn in the sun too believe it or not! Especially light colored eyes! Get your chic on ladies!

And finally, one last treat..


Isn’t this adorable? lol. It’s a cooling mask I got at Bath & Body Works for just $5.50! I saw it and couldn’t resist bringing it home. You pop it in the fridge and when you feel hot, have a headache, or have puffy eyes wear it for instant relief. I love these things and they feel so good!

What are your favorite summer goods? Do tell! And stay tuned for part two of this post- ‘Simple, pretty looks for Summer’.

xxx&o Meg

Let’s Talk: Foundation.

Foundation can be such a confusing part of the makeup routine and having a great base is crucial to the overall look. I’m here to help clear the air and make this whole foundation fiasco a lot easier to master and find the right products that will work for you. Let’s get started lovelies!

The first question you want to ask yourself when choosing a foundation is whether you would like a liquid, powder, or cream formula. People with dry skin would want to choose liquid or cream formulas as they are more moisturizing, where as oily skinned people would choose powder or a matte formula liquid. Some people will find it best to have both types because skin is drier in winter, but gets a little more oily in the summer. That’s how I am and I have combination skin.

The next question is what kind of coverage you’ll need. Nobody truly needs a full coverage foundation- unless you like the look of it. If you have skin issues like acne or rosacea you need the correct concealer, not a heavier foundation, but we’ll get to that part later. If you have normal to decent skin, you’ll probably have the best luck with a beauty balm (BB), color correction (CC) cream or tinted moisturizer. If you’d like something with a little more coverage, then you would choose sheer to medium coverage foundations. This is really more of a personal preference, but is a huge part of finding your holy grail.

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Both have light, breathable coverage, sunscreen, and skin benefits. Beauty balms (BB Creams) are close to tinted moisturizers and are light enough to let freckles shine through. Color correcting creams (CC Cream) are usually slightly better coverage and help create one even tone on the face. I absolutely love the products pictured, as well as IT Cosmetics CC Cream and Maybelline’s Dream BB Cream which I have used in the past.

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There are many types of foundations with different coverages. Do a little research and you can figure out the best one for you. My favorite medium to full coverage foundations are Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 hr foundation, Rimmel London Lasting Finish Foundation, L’Oreal Infallible, and IT Cosmetics CC Veil Beauty Fluid. For sheer to medium coverage I would recommend the Maybelline FitMe liquid and powder foundations, Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation, or Complexion Rescue by Bare Minerals.

+ My biggest tip is to make sure you get the proper toned foundation. Tone is what will make it match your natural skin. You can either get matched at Ulta, Sephora, etc., or figure out your skin’s undertones on your own with the vein test. If the veins on the inside of your wrist are green, you have a warm undertone. Warm toned skin is more golden in color. If the veins are blue or purple, you have cool undertones. Cool toned skin is more pink or blue in color. If your veins look blue green, then you have neutral undertones and your skin will have a little bit of both tones.

Okay, let’s cover the rest of the stuff that will help take your foundation routine to the next level. First, concealer.

If you have something you’d rather not show, concealer can be your best friend. It’s a key part to a flawless face and can even help you look more youthful and awake.

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This stuff is awesome at covering extra tough to disguise dark or reddened areas on the face. You apply it to the area, then put regular concealer over top making sure to blend out the edges. They do make products that do both color correct and match the skin like IT Cosmetics ‘Bye Bye Redness’ or NYX dark circle concealer.

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Doe foot concealer wands are fantastic for concealing the under eye and spot covering blemishes! I highly recommend them for beginners and they come in all types of coverage. Choosing a concealer that works for you is fairly easy- you already know your tone, so then you can choose light, medium, or dark. You would want concealer to be lighter under the eye area and for covering other dark areas. You would want it slightly darker for creating a shadow as you might for contouring. Some lines make choosing a matching concealer even easier by providing a coordinating shade with the foundation you match, such as Urban Decay’s Naked Skin or Maybelline FitMe. If you’re ever unsure, just grab a quick second opinion to ease your mind.

You’re definitely going to want to get a face primer too.

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Face primer helps keep foundation looking freshly applied all day. A lot of primers have skincare benefits or are made with silicone and help foundation glide onto any skin- even the driest, bumpiest of the lot. They have oil free formulas for the shiny ladies and moisturizing, nutrient rich formulas for the dry skinned ones.

Up next is powder.

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I love the satiny finish a powder leaves and there are so many varieties to choose from. I personally like translucent, but the tinted ones can be nice too. They’re a great way to buff out foundation and dissipate shine.

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Setting spray helps makeup last all day and really helps seal it all in. This is a must have in the summer and they have dewy and matte finishes available. My all time holy grail setter? The NYX Matte finish!

What about big pores and super shiny t-zones?!

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To mattify my intensely shiny forehead and nose, I like to use a cream mattifier and carry blotting papers in my purse for daytime touch ups. Blotting papers are such a cheap option and beyond handy- these creams pictured are expensive. I ordered the Vichy off Amazon forever ago and received the Becca sample when I ordered from Hautelook. I’m dreading repurchasing as I love them both, but if I can figure out a better discount option, I’ll let you know, haha. To cover large, annoying pores on my cheeks, I blend a little POREfessional or Baby Skin over my foundation on those areas. It works like a dream- but the splurge is worth it as POREfessional is a holy grail product and comes in an awesome $10 and $31 size for all budgets. I usually just grab the mini because I use it solely on my cheeks and it lasts me awhile. As you can see- I’m down to my tiniest sample and it’s almost time to repurchase this too. It’s gonna get expensive this month!

Then there’s application:

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This is purely based on preference. If you’d like a suggestion for your routine, please let me know in the comments and I’ll be glad to offer one. I personally use my tapered fluff for my foundation, teardrop sponges for concealer, and the full powder for my setting powder.


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*** You can apply your concealer before or after foundation.

(I apply my brows and eye makeup after step 2).

And my favorite foundation tip?

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That’s all I’ve got for today! Hope this helped somewhat and please feel free to leave questions below!

xxx&o Meg

My Favorites Series: Eyeliner Edition.

Hello loves! I’m back with the next installment of my favorite things series to talk about eyeliner. I have nearly as many liners as I do shadows and that’s saying something. Perhaps that I need rehab. Ha. I’ve gathered up my favorite products and advice to share with you here, just keep reading.

For reference I drew this handy little eye map.

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These are the typical eye lining locations without including the inner corner for those extra feline eye looks. I know some of you are thinking ‘duh’, but trust me, I get asked all the time.

Next, we’ll go through the types of liners:

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Pencils are fabulous for lining the waterline and doing basic top liner. They smudge easily and can create various types of looks! I prefer gel formulas that are waterproof because they glide on smoothly and stay through a long day. My favorite pencils are the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On pencils ($20). They don’t come with a smudger end, but q-tips work fabulously. The downside is that they need sharpened- this can lead to wasted product unless you invest in a high quality sharpener. Benefit’s is $5 and Urban Decay’s Grindhouse is $10 and they both are worth the investment, if you like pencils best.

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Chubby shadow stick liners are great options for softer looks or really high impact smudgy looks. They have a thick tip and can usually be dual purposed as shadows. Chubby Sticks are usually used in the waterline and on the upper lash line. These are my least favorite as I lean towards crisp looks. My favorite brands are the NYX Jumbo Pencils ($5) and the Too Faced 24 hr. Bulletproof Shadow Liners ($21).

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Automatic eyeliner pencils are a great option when you like pencils, but don’t want to deal with constant sharpening. They glide on smoothly and keep the fine tip via twisting the product up from the tube. These are great for tight lining the inner lash line, waterline, and upper lash line. You may be able to squeak out a wing too if you don’t want it stiletto sharp! My favorite brands of auto liners are Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof ($20), Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil ($2), PurMinerals Eye Pencil ($16), and Urban Decay All Nighter Eye Liner ($20).

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Gel liner is one of the best ways to get top liner to be flush with your lash line! It glides on smoothly and applies easily with the brush of your choice. This type of liner can be applied any way with the correct brush and most pots come with a freebie. You get a lot of product for your money and it’s very long lasting. My favorite brands are NYX ($10) and Maybelline Eye Studio ($10). I don’t see much point in buying high end gel liners when these $10 versions work just fine and last all day long!

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Ahh, liquid liner. The toughest stuff since false lashes. These are definitely the hardest to apply because they have such a liquid consistency and you’ll need a steady hand, or plenty of practice. I’d say this type of liner comes in the most fun varieties such as bold color and glitter! These make great accents for winged liner or pretty, basic top liner. I don’t recommend these for anything but the top or under the lower lash line. You can also use the glitter liners as a glitter accent over shadow if you apply them carefully. My favorite brands are NYX ($5), Benefit ($20), and ULTA ($10).

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And finally, the best thing that has ever happened in the history of liquid liner- the liner PEN. These are my absolute holy grail eyeliner! They are a must have for graphic, crisp lines. The tips come in a variety of sizes and thickness’ for the perfect look. I use these for upper lash lining, winged liner, and under the lower lash line. You can also line your waterline if your brave and in a pinch. I highly recommend splurging on one of these- there is a total difference in cost and quality here. My favorite brands are: Lorac Pro Liquid Liner Pen ($21), Kat Von D Tattoo Liner ($21), and Urban Decay Ink for Eyes ($20).

Eye Liner Tips & Tricks:

♢ Store your liquid liners upside down to keep their nibs wet and help them last longer.

♢ White liner works great at making the eye look bigger. Try using a little in the water line or just below to create the illusion.

♢ Securely close your gel liner and try storing it upside down. Too late? Add a little bit of glycerin or eyedrops to your dried out product and mix it with a toothpick. Back to new.

♢ Out of liner? Fear not, a little matte black shadow and a wet liner brush (eyedrops!) and ta-da! Any pretty eyeshadow can be turned into liner this way. You can also use shadows to soften the look of harsh liner by blending it into the edges.

♢ Make a mistake? Use a q-tip dipped in eye makeup remover to clean it up. Concealer on a tiny brush works great too. No pandas here!

♢ The scotch tape method totally works! Put it on before you start your eyes and not only will your liner be crisp, it’ll catch a bunch of shadow fallout. Ain’t no shame in the game ladies!

♢ Pencil too hard or out of gel liner? Gently heat the tip of the pencil and use a brush to collect product directly from the pencil. Instant gel liner!

♢ Scared to tight line your inner lash line? Try adding a little pencil liner to the pad on your lash curler. When you crimp, the liner will transfer directly where you want it, no blinking or watery eyes necessary.

♢ Stuck in a liner rut? Try building your liner up for a bolder finish. Add a little glitter. Use a fun color. Stack liners for a unique layered effect.

And to get you feeling inspired:

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That’s all for now lovelies! Happy New Year! See you in 2015!

xxx&o Meg

What’s in my travel makeup bag? And Why?

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It’s hard to pick just a few products out of your makeup hoard for a travel kit. It’s actually taken some trial and error for me to get to this exact bag, but here I will discuss the contents of mine and why I chose them.

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I chose a CC cream in lieu of foundation because of all of the benefits this single product offers. I also picked a travel sized moisturizer with SPF (for daytime) and a small serum (for day and night). Small skincare to go! And this tiny mini Clinique powder compact. Perfect for touch ups and setting CC cream.

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I chose a strip blush that features three shades. More colors in one sleek package! I picked a mini of my favorite bronzer and the Pop Beauty concealer trio because of the shade options and compact size.

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I have to have my Anastasia Dipbrow. Good thing it’s tiny and ready for the road. I also picked Naked Basics 2 to have a small but versatile palette and this is the perfect option. I chose a double ended waterproof pencil and a mini liquid liner pen. Small choices for multiple eyeliner looks and styles. And a mini of a high impact mascara. Perfect for any look!

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Double ended brushes are fabulous choices for a travel kit. Twice the brushes in half the space. I also choose just one face brush. This ELF Powder brush is my absolute favorite and can be used to apply powder, blush, and bronzer. You can also grab a cute mini set of brushes. I’m weird and hate the tiny handles and brush sizes, so I skip them.

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I bring one lip balm because it’s an absolute necessity no matter where you’re going. I also chose a mini nude lipliner and a mini nude lipstick. Nude always looks great when you can dress up the eye instead.

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I bring a mini Mario Badescu Facial spray to set makeup and refresh my skin, a small hand sanitizer, a tiny perfume vial (or oil rollerball) for fragrance touch ups, and a tiny argan oil to help fight against dry hair.

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All of these goodies really fit in this small vintage Italian clutch that I use as a makeup bag. I got it in mint condition for $1.99 at a local thrift shop. I think makeup bags are a fun way to show your personality seeing as they house the tools of the trade!

What’s in your go to travel makeup bag?

xxx&o Megan