Friday, February 28, 2014

Makeup Vanity Staples That I Never Mention

Hi everyone!
Today when I was doing my makeup, I realized how many little things are sitting around my vanity area that I use all the time, but don't actually talk about in videos. So I decided to give some love to these products that I'd be lost without! :)
Aveeno Ultra-Calming Face Wipes: I originally got these to use as face wipes, but I've really stuck with my old faithful Olay/Equate Daily Facials cloths as my favorite method for makeup removal. I do a lot of makeup swatching on my hands/arms, and recently I noticed some irritation developing, which I think was caused by some cheap wipes that I'd been using to remove the swatches. I thought these Aveeno wipes would be more gentle, and sure enough, they are! I always need some sort of wipe handy to quickly clean up my hands while shooting videos or blogging.  

Vaseline: Nothing too Earth-shattering here! Sometimes if my skin is super dry around my mouth or nose, I'll put some of this on and it seems to couter-act the dryness pretty well. Also great for just softening the lips before applying a lip liner or lipstick. Every now and then, I'll put some of this on my lips, and then dab on a powder blush to create a new lip color. It's fun!
Altoids: I know you can't smell my breath when you watch one of my YouTube videos (thank goodness that technology hasn't been developed!) But for some reason, I usually pop an Altoid before doing a video. I don't know if the coolness just makes my mouth feel more "ready to go"? Not sure. But it's become a bit of a ritual. 
Hair Clips: This clip is representative of a small army of clips that congregate where they're not supposed to (my makeup area). I really dislike having any hair in my face when I'm doing my makeup, so I always clip at least some of it back. 
Matte Powder: This particular powder is the Sexy Mama Translucent powder from The Balm, but any powder of this kind will do... I also have one from ELF sitting around. But I like to use an oil-free powder of this kind underneath my lower liner- especially if it's a liner/shadow that doesn't have the best staying power. Just a tiny bit of this directly under my liner seems to make a difference most of the time.  
Floss Pick: Tyler uses these all the time, and he's rubbing off on me. A lot of the time before I shoot a video (if I haven't just brushed), I grab one of these and check over my teeth. When you need floss, you need floss!
Mini Scissors: These have helped me open stubborn products countless times, but I also use these to trim up false eyelashes if they're too long for my eyes (from left to right). They're so precise, I can see exactly how many lashes I'm removing from the strip, and make sure I'm taking off the same amount from the other side. Don't know what I'd do without a tiny pair of scissors! 
This is a little note I wrote to myself a year or so ago on the back of one of my business cards. I remember watching Oprah talk about living in the moment and sometimes it's hard to keep yourself there. This sits right on top of my makeup mirror, and is my visual reminder to "Be Present" and enjoy the current moment I'm in- as opposed to getting ahead of myself or getting worried about what's to come. When I glance at this, I think it just helps me put life in perspective as well, you know? I might be sitting there doing makeup, but it's not really that important if my eyeliner isn't just so. What's important is enjoying the moment, being grateful for that moment, and making the most of it by helping someone in whatever way I can. Do you make any visual reminders like this to yourself? 

So those are the items lurking around my makeup room that I wouldn't want to be without! Glad to finally be giving them the recognition they deserve! :) Thanks for stopping by my blog, and have a fantastic weekend!

Daily Nuggets...
  • I'm thinking about my friends out west- and those here in the midwest! The weather is going to be wild this weekend in both places, but for different reasons. I hope everyone is extra safe if they have to get out!
  • I have a new Best in Beauty video up, if you'd like to check it out! 
  • There's a Papa John's pizza ad on that video (at least there was just now)- and it looks delicious- but also kind of strange. Has anyone ever had cheeseburger pizza? There are pickles on it!!
  • I am wearing the softest, most comfortable leggings I have EVER WORN right now. I got them at TJ Maxx and the brand is Kyodan. They're grey with a bit of a print. Love them!


44 comments:

  1. 6-12 inches of snow by Monday afternoon in Central Indiana! Hopefully this is the last big one before Spring makes herself present!

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  2. Kyodan is my *favorite* brand for workout apparel and comfy leggings for lounging around the house. I absolutely love Kyodan stuff. They put out new designs almost weekly and I'm constantly trolling Marshalls and TJ Maxx for new prints!!

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  3. Love this, thanks for sharing your randoms :) Have a great weekend!

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  4. I LOVE those Aveeno wipes, they are definitely my favorite drugstore makeup wipes. When those are out of stock at my Walmart, which is more often than not, I get the Burts Bees Sensitive wipes. They are just as good!

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  5. Thanks for sharing this! I think every girl needs Vaseline in her life. Such a versatile product. <3

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  6. Minsky's Pizza (not sure if you have those? I'm in the KC area) has a cheeseburger pizza that's really good. Hamburger, cheese, pickles, onions (which we leave off - yuck), and a mustard/ketchup type of sauce. It really is like eating a cheeseburger, just in pizza form!!

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  7. The cheeseburger pizza is so good! I think if you really like pickles and tomatoes, you will like it!

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  8. I need to try those Aveeno wipes. I haven't been able to find non-irritating face wipes yet! Also, you just made me want to go to TJ Maxx.

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  9. Crazy out here in Southern California. Heavy rain and wind with thunder and lightning. Flood warnings as well. My power also went out in the middle of the night lol.

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  10. I don't care for the papa john's cheeseburger pizza but we have a pizza Inn and they have a pretty amazing cheeseburger pizza that I special order every time :) I gotta check out those aveeno wipes.

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  11. I don't care for the papa john's cheeseburger pizza but we have a pizza Inn and they have a pretty amazing cheeseburger pizza that I special order every time :) I gotta check out those aveeno wipes.

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  12. I'd love to try that powder from The Balm!

    Ray | Obey Ray

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  13. Cheeseburger pizza is awesome!

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  14. I'm a vegetarian...but sometimes, things like cheeseburger pizza make me want to eat meat again! LOL

    Thanks for the post - I will have to try your matte powder under the eyes trick! :)

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  15. I saw the ad but it didn't look appetizing to me. I should try the powder under liner thing.

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  16. There was a place that had bacon cheeseburger pizza here: ground beef, bacon, onions, mozzarella and cheddar. Then I think chopped dill pickles and a drizzle of mustard were put on right after it came out of the oven. It was good :)

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  17. I have tried the powder under my liner but, for me, it just highlights my tiny lines and doesn't do much to keep the liner from transferring. I just recently learned that applying shadow primer around the outer corner of my eye and under my eye,along the lashline, before applying my pencil liner keeps in place really nicely. I use my tiny scissors for snipping split ends and keeping my bangs neat. I also keep a pair in the car. They come in handy for snipping off stray threads that I missed before I left the house and for snipping opening snack packages. Yeah, I'm guilty of a pack of chips or M&Ms while road tripping :)

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  18. You cracked me up with the pizza nugget! Cheeseburger in a pizza? A little too much... it's like a Bacon Ice cream I've seen. Amurika.

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  19. I am using Aveeno daily moisturising lotion and am loving it so I must try that wipes too.

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  20. Crazy weather here in texas we had 40-50 just yesterday and the day before and today we reached 90... so sad

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  21. Crazy weather here in texas we had 40-50 just yesterday and the day before and today we reached 90... so sad

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  22. Crazy weather here in texas we had 40-50 just yesterday and the day before and today we reached 90... so sad

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  23. "Be present." Love it! I think I need a reminder to do this. :)

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  24. There is a great book about the FISH philosophy from that fish market out in Seattle. If you search it on Google, you'll see the book as well as videos on YouTube. It's a very easy read written in a narrative form that explains the four principles of the philosophy. "Be Present" is one of them. I love that book and try to put that philosophy into my life every day. ;)

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  25. I wonder if little notes like that will really do the trick because I've never kept any. But I need to stop from getting too ahead of myself. Sometimes I get too caught up in something that has not happened yet and bring myself down in the process.

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  26. I have a little sticky note on the wall where I sit at my desk that reads, "Look for something beautiful and something funny every day."

    It's part of a message that my mom wrote to me in a notebook she gave me for my 17th birthday when I was at my first year of university. I was really struggling and just felt overwhelmed by sadness every day.

    I stumbled across the notebook again about a year and a half ago, and decided to use it as a visual reminder that even when things are looking bleak, there is always something to laugh and smile about. :)

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  27. Loved this post!
    I have a quote by Frankl that has helped me sooo much in battling depression, PTSD and bipolar disorder and it goes,

    "Between stimulus and response
    there is a space.
    In that space,
    is our power
    to choose our response.
    In our response
    lies our growth
    and our freedom"

    It's because of that simple quote that I don't self harm anymore:) I can visualize that space between stimulus and response and realize that I have a choice. I am no longer in automatic pilot. It is still very difficult but I have been self harm free for a couple months now:)

    Thank you for sharing again Em! <3 Happy March!

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  28. I haven't been keeping a quote like this but I am going to start! What a great idea! I know right, Vaseline is just a must have for anybody's vanity section. So many different uses. I am going through BBLIVE withdrawals, I have missed the last 2 weeks (sad face). Somehow BBLIVE always makes my week seem brighter.

    Beth
    bethandbeauty.com

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  29. I actually just did a similar post on my blog! I love seeing what people keep in their work areas, it's really fascinating haha.

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  30. I have that same product from The Balm, thank you for giving me another use for it :P

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  31. thanks for sharing. We all have small items we use each day which aren't considered "super products which appear in videos" and these are really as important & vital to our daily successful routine. One of my vital items is raw unrefined coconut oil which I use in many different ways. Another is the spray vaseline lotion and micro-fiber washcloths. I also couldn't do without my white washcloths--you know the ones you get at Costco in a large, inexpensive bundle.

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  33. I accidentally read "be president" at first and was excited you were setting new goals!! LOL

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  34. I have a little wooden sign I got from Hobby Lobby that says "Happiness is Something You Decide Ahead of Time" .... It sits on my window, right in front of my makeup station.. This is my daily reminder that Happiness is a choice and once you decide to be happy, then you will be..... No matter what may be happening.... You always have the choice to be happy !!! :)
    "Be present" is a great quote !! Thank you for sharing !! <3 Jodie

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  35. -12 with the windchill here and snowing like crazy.. It's leaving me dreaming of warm summer days :)

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  36. Loved this! Vaseline is defiantly a beauty staple of mine.

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  37. Wonderful everyday beauty essentials to include! Thank you for sharing!

    xo

    www.PlumPrettySugar.blogspot.com

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  38. What do you use to apply the powder under your lower lash eyeliner? Noticed my turquoise WnW got a little smeary today!

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  39. My husband got us hooked on that cheeseburger pizza from Papa John's (it's even better if you add bacon! But then again, most things are! Lol) :)

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