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Part 2: #30daysofbeauty

As you might remember from part 1, I have been participating in the 30 Days of Beauty Challenge on instagram.  These are the next five days of photos, and a bit of detail on each.  Check out these photos and others like them on my instagram.  Also, let me know if you’re participating in the 30 Days of Beauty Challenge as well so I can check out some of your pictures :)

BrushesDay 6: Brushes

I posted this photo the same day that I did my Super Simple How To: Brush Cleaning post last week. (It all worked out quite nicely.)  I don’t have much to say about this photo because most of you have seen it before, but if you haven’t and want to check out what all those beautiful brushes look like when they’re clean, make sure to check out the post here :)

Skincare

Day 7: Skincare

Cetaphil are my absolute favorite products for everyday use.  The cleanser removes all of my make up but doesn’t dry out my skin.  It’s also fragrance free and never irritates my sensitive skin.  I put the lotion on before bed and when I wake up in the morning, my face is smooth and moisturized, ready for whatever I decide to put on it that day.  I use AcneFree every couple of days to keep breakouts in check, or more often if things get rough.  It’s what I’ve been using since I was a teenager and it’s the only thing I’ve been able to find that can knock out my acne but doesn’t irritate or burn my skin.

Holy Grail ItemsDay 8: Holy Grail Items

These items are the ones that I use whether I’m putting on a full face of make up or just running out to the grocery store.  I swear by Smashbox primer and my foundation would never look the same without it.  The other three products are my bare minimum necessities (brows, lashes, conceal), and ones that I love to use when mixing with others.  Products pictured above are Anastasia Brow Wiz, Benefit They’re Real mascara, NYX HD Concealer, and Smashbox Primer.

Make Up Storage

Day 9: Make Up Storage

I recently moved so I was able to set up my whole make up area and storage from scratch.  I love my Ikea drawer unit and it houses most of my make up along with other girly things like hair and skin products, jewelry, and accessories.  I also love to store things out in the open so I keep my everyday essentials, brushes and a few other items up on top of my vanity.

Foundation

Day 10: Foundation

Mmm instagram filters.  Sorry about that one. I use Revlon Colorstay foundation everyday and apply it using my beautiful Real Techniques stippling brush.  I love using this brush because it makes my foundation look super smooth and covers well, without looking caked on.  I was thinking about doing a how-to on stippling sometime this week, so look for that in the next couple of days if you’re interested in learning more about this technique.

Follow me on instagram to check out the rest of my #30daysofbeauty challenge photos and let me know if you’re participating as well!

fotd with red lips and Lorac Pro Palette

FOTD: Quick and Easy Daytime Look

fotd with red lips and Lorac Pro Palette

You may recognize this face of the day from my recent #30daysofbeautychallenge post where I used it on for ‘day 5: day make up look’.  I wanted to share a couple pictures of it here with you, in addition to the ones on instagram.  Check out the product list at the end!

And here is the original #30daysofbeauty photo from instagram :)

30 days of beauty challenge

Product list:

  • Revlon Colorstay Foundation
  • NYX HD Concealer
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Ash Brown
  • Lorac Pro Palette
  • A Rimmel black eyeliner of some sort (the label wore off)
  • Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara
  • Nars Orgasm
  • NYX Butter Gloss in Cherry Pie

Don’t forget to follow me on instagram for more looks like these!

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Part 1: #30daysofbeauty

For the month of April I decided to participate in the 30 Days of Beauty Challenge on Instagram to encourage myself to post more interesting pictures.  I wanted to share them on here too, so I’m going to post them in a few different parts.  I’ve been able to stay on track so far, which isn’t saying much since it’s only been five days, but I’m hoping my streak will continue.  There are some that I still have no idea of what I’m going to post (favorite body product?), but I will do my best.  Check out my first five pictures below.

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Day 1: favorite lipstick

This is one of the first lipsticks I ever purchased for myself.  I didn’t know much about make up at the time but I had done some research on the internet and I was pretty sure a coral would look fabulous on me.  I went to the store without much knowledge of brands or quality and settled on this L’Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in Tropical Coral.  I’m pretty sure I only chose it because it had coral in the name but it worked out well because the shade brings out the rosey undertones of my skin perfectly.  It always seems to give me a skin a great glow.  I wear this lipstick at least once a week and it is my go to when I don’t know which shade to go for because it seems to match everything perfectly.

wpid-img_20140402_194401.jpgDay 2: daily make up products

I keep all of my everyday makeup products up on top of my vanity for easy access.  I have everything I could need to do a basic face starting with primer, foundation, and concealer, and finishing with brows, mascara, and lipgloss.  I also have some of my most used brushes.  I am also in the market for an acrylic set of drawers that I could possibly set this on top of to house my ever growing lip collection.  I would like to have it out where I can see all the pretty colors and be more likely to use them.

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Day 3: nails

Nails are not my thing.  The only time I usually have them painted is if I’ve recently gotten them professionally done, and that happens maybe every two years or so.  Every time I attempt to do them myself, I end up smudging them on every possible surface before they’re dry and just getting really angry and scrubbing it off.  That being said, I wasn’t going to give up on my goal of completing this whole challenge on only the third day.  So I painted my fingernails exclusively for this picture.  They did turn out much better than I was expecting, though, and it has given me new hope that this might be a skill I can improve on in the future.

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Day 4: hairstyle

Oh man.  Hairstyle.  I have not had a hairstyle since I decided I was going to grow out my bangs, and my hair, a little over a year ago.  I loved my bangs but I had had them for a while and I wanted something different.  At first I blamed my lack of hairstyle on the awkwardness of growing out your bangs but now they are well past my chin and I really should figure out what the hell I’m doing.  Hair has never been a strong point of mine and I have yet to find a way to properly manage my curls.  I’m getting it cut this month and I would like to do something drastic, but I’m just not sure what.  Any ideas?

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Day 5: day make up look.

This is a normal look that I would wear to work or out for errands if I was off that day.  It doesn’t take too long because it only uses the basics, but it looks clean and put together.  I usually keep it neutral around the eyes because it takes me a while to plan out which shades I want to blend if I decide to use more color.  Since the eyes are colorless, I usually try to pick something bright and fun for this lip, like the NYX butter gloss in Cherry Pie here.

Stay tuned for the next installment of my 30 Days of Beauty Challenge.  I will do my best to stay caught up this week.  I’m pretty proud of myself for how well I’ve done so far!  Follow me on instagram to check out these and pictures like them on a daily basis!

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