Today, I shared two great tips on AmazingCosmetics’ fabulous blog, AmazingLand, on how to rock lower-lash mascara without making a greasy, black mascara mess. Check out my post below!
Holiday Beauty Solutions 8 & 9: Luscious Lower Lashes
#8: The 60′s are back in a big way and one of our favorite beauty trends from this era is bottom lash mascara. Frequently rocked by Blake Lively and practically trademarked by Kim Kardashian, this technique was originally made famous by Twiggy back in the 60′s and is still a great way to add drama to your eyes… but there’s a fine line between bottom lash mascara and an unruly black streak. In order to keep from looking like your ready to hit the football field, try this trick I picked up from Michele Phan. Take an index card and place it under your eye, lifting your eyelashes away from the skin, and apply the mascara to the lashes on the card. Now you can go mascara-crazy down there and no one will ever mistake your Twiggy for Tebow! If you want to get extra fancy, cut the end of the index card into a slight crescent shape (ala the curve of your under eye) to get a better contoured fit.
#9 If you are planning on wearing mascara on your bottom lashes, do the bottoms first! It may seem out of order, but in order to apply mascara to the bottom lashes, most of us have to look upwards. If you do this after you’ve applied mascara to the top lashes, your lashes will touch your lid and leave a smudge. It’s a super simple tip that has changed our mascara-wearing lives.
There you have it- two quick fixes for giving you lashes to lust over!
If you read my series of Sin City Survival Tips last spring, you know that I’m a fan of “the series”…and not just of the Harry Potter variety. Well now that I’m finally back in my beloved city of Chicago full-time, I am constantly finding myself overwhelmed by all of the things I want to do in this city. It seems no matter the season, there is always something amazing going on here and I don’t want to miss any of it. I have been keeping a running list of Chicago “To-Do’s” on my desktop since October but it seems no matter how may things I check off, it keeps getting longer by the day. Which brings me to my exciting new series of posts:
…get it? I’ll be chronicling as I check things off my list and sharing all the best things I find to do, eat, watch, try and buy along the way. Oh and stay tuned for pics of my new apartment and decorating tips I picked up while putting it all together! Decorating on a budget like mine was quite the learning experience.
For now, enjoy one of my favorite songs about Chicago courtesy of Sufjan Stevens and a video I found on YouTube.
…makes this blog tragically unattended. I’m back from Vegas and it was more than a success. We followed my basic Sin City Survival Tips and boy did we “survive” …but now it’s back to school and with less than 5 weeks until graduation I’m busier than ever! Anyone have tips for prioritizing and organizing your life? –something that I am admittedly terrible at. One thing that does help me keep my life from imploding is this fab agenda. Originally the “Mom Agenda” they have recently come out with a version for us non-maternal individuals that’s equally as genius. With plenty of room for both class work and personal to-do lists this is the only planner that is big enough to keep the life of this journalism student/publicist/blogger/sorority girl/intern in order… well as orderly as can be expected
check it out here: http://www.momagenda.com/products.cfm?cID=25&pID=93
In an attempt to go through all of my produce before I leave on vacation (I hate wasting food!), I decided to make a big Summer Salad to keep for dinner all week. The beautiful thing about a “Summer Salad” is that there are no rules, your salad, your recipe. Similar to a Tabouleh salad, I always like to start with whole wheat cous cous to add substance, then add in a brightly colored mix of vegetables… or in this case all of the produce in my fridge, and finish with a light home-made balsamic dressing. Low in calories and high in resourcefulness, it’s perfect for a laidback dinner with the girls or as side for a summer dinner soiree.
Here’s what I used:
1.5 c Cous Cous (dry)
2 large tomatoes ( I like to use a combo of cherry tomatoes and beefsteak)
1/2 of a red onion
1/4 head of purple cabbage
1/2 a bell pepper
7-8 asparagus spears (quickly sauteed with garlic)
2 c soybeans (steamed)
Add the cous cous to boiling water, remove from heat and stir until thick. Add to large salad bowl with chopped tomatoes, onions, cabbage, asparagus, pepper and soybeans. Dress to taste with about a cup each of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, plus garlic salt, sea salt, cracked pepper and parsley.
Note: The cous cous will soak up the liquid ingredients like a sponge so I like to add the oil and vinegar continuously while I add the veggies.
It only took about 15 minutes to prepare and the roomies loved it so much that my dinner-for the week turned into a dinner-for-8! Next time I’d love to add avocado and maybe some seeds or nuts, but this one definitely hit the spot! What would you add to your own Summer Salad?
With mid-terms in full swing, packing on the brain and graduation looming only a few short weeks away, I’d say “stressed” is an understatement. For some people stress shows in their energy level or even their appetite but if you’re anything like me, it shows on your face. Now as a 21 year old, I can say that the days of acne are pretty far behind me (thankfully!), so I no longer have stockpiles of spot treatments at my disposal. Luckily, there’s a simple homemade remedy that works as well as any skin care counter cream I’ve tried… and the best part is, it’s sitting right in your medicine cabinet: Aspirin! That’s right, painkillers like aspirin or ibuprofen are also anti-inflammatories, used to reduce swelling. That means that applying it topically to a persistent pimple will reduce swelling and redness, without drying out your skin.
How to use: Simply boil water and crush up a few tabs of aspirin to make a paste. Apply the paste to the blemish and let it dry. Voila! Your pesky pimple will be visibly smaller and the redness will subside without irritating the area from squeezing. Plus, unlike the pimple creams of our formative high school years, you won’t dry out your skin leaving a crackly mess underneath your concealer! This works great for those extra-annoying pressure-pimples too… ouch!
**If you’re short on time, you can simply run the pill underneath hot water and rub with your fingers to release its paste-y contents.
Now, if only eliminating the causes of my stress was as easy as getting rid of its effects. What are your favorite blemish beating remedies?