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The 25 Days of Christie: Day 13

Wisdom Wednesday! Here’s a bit of wisdom when it comes to your makeup application– Let’s talk brows.

Brows are an essential part of a makeup application. They frame the eyes and draw attention to them, which is where most people feel their best asset on their face is! Keep them trimmed, shaped and tidy, not too thin or unruly and always fill them in when doing your makeup. This simple step adds a dramatic difference… but most people are either too afraid to do it or don’t even know where to start. The rule of thumb is to go a couple shades lighter than your actual brow color, never the same shade or darker. If you’re using a pencil, make sure it’s sharp and apply the color in strokes, almost to resemble natural hair growth to ever so subtly fill in those gaps and sparse areas. The same can be said about a powder application as well. I use a small angled eye liner brush and wet powder to apply it to the brows in small strokes. If it looks too harsh you can soften it by brushing it with a brow brush, or even just lightly tapping it with your fingers.

There you go, friends. Brow wisdom!

A Few of My Favorite Things:
Day 1: Tweezerman Tweezers
Day 2: Josie Maran Argan Oil
Day 3: Christian Dior Cuticle Cream
Day 4: L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
Day 5: MakeUp Forever HD Primer
Day 6: Benefit’s Benetint Tinted Lip Balm
Day 7: Buxom Full Bodied Lip Stick
Day 8: Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm For Lips
Day 9: Benefit’s “They’re Real” Mascara
Day 10: Essie Crystal Nail File
Day 11: Benefit’s Watts Up
Day 12: OPI Nail Lacquer
Day 13: MAC Brushes
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Almost every single one of my brushes are MAC and I love them. I’ve had some of them since I started doing makeup and really haven’t had to buy brushes in a very long time (fact: I just bought a new brush today… but it wasn’t a replacement, it was one I never had!). They are great for applying product of all varieties and I have multiple versions of certain brushes that I use often so I can work on multiple people before I have to clean them. Great tools make a huge difference in how your product is applied!

Happy Wednesday, friends!

 

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Photo Tutorial: Cat Eye Liner

CAT EYE LINER TUTORIAL!! Photo Credit: Michael Caiola
I know I’m a day late, this tutorial was supposed to be for yesterday’s Tutorial Tuesday! EEP! Better late than never =)

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Usually I do my eyes first and the rest of my makeup after, but for the sake of the tutorial all of my makeup is done except my eyeliner and mascara!

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Spray your black eyeshadow with a bit of water. I like to use eyeshadow first because it’s easier to wipe away or fix if you make a mistake.

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Using a small, angled eyeliner brush dip it in your moistened eye shadow. Draw a straight line on your eye, not extending it just yet. Get as close to the lash line as possible.

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Draw your angle with your liner brush and shadow.

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Now fill in and connect your liner to the angle.

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Using a cream liner or liquid liner in black, go over the line you just made with your eyeshadow. This will give it more impact and more staying power than eyeshadow gives.

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Here’s the final product before mascara. (Sorry for my angry resting face… woops)

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Curl your lashes and apply mascara.

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Voila!

Hope this helps some of you! I get a lot of requests for a cat eye how to!

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The 25 Days of Christie: Day 11

MAKEUP MONDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hooray another giveaway!!!!!!!!!!! Today is gray and gross and it’s Monday– what better day than to get free stuff? After much thought, I’ve decided to give away a travel sized Makeup Forever HD Primer!!!!! This was on my list of My Favorite Things a few days ago and it has been my favorite primer for years. It smooths out your skin, creates a barrier between your skin and foundation, and makes your makeup last much longer. It’s an absolute must have.

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Here’s how to enter:
1. “LIKE” my Facebook fan page if you haven’t already.
2. Share this post on Facebook.
3. Comment on this blog post your can’t-leave-the-house-without product in your purse right now!

*Contest ends 11:59PM tonight. Facebook is in no way responsible or involved in the contest process.

A Few of My Favorite Things:
Day 1: Tweezerman Tweezers
Day 2: Josie Maran Argan Oil
Day 3: Christian Dior Cuticle Cream
Day 4: L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
Day 5: MakeUp Forever HD Primer
Day 6: Benefit’s Benetint Tinted Lip Balm
Day 7: Buxom Full Bodied Lip Stick
Day 8: Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm For Lips
Day 9: Benefit’s “They’re Real” Mascara
Day 10: Essie Crystal Nail File
Day 11: Benefit’s Watts Up
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This is a highlighter that could be used really, as a go-to last minute fresh faced look or as finishing touches to a full makeup application. It can be applied to your cheek bones, your brow bone, the inner corner of your eyes, the bridge of your nose and the center of your lips (or all or just one of those). Generally I use it on my cheek bones and it gives the skin a healthy glow and a gorgeous highlight. I know, it seems I’m a little obsessed with Benefit’s products… It’s kind of true. They’re just too darn good.

Good luck on today’s Makeup Monday Giveaway! Can’t wait to hear from you!

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The 25 Days of Christie: Day 10

Sit-Back Sunday!! Wow, sorry for the late post! Worked today for our Easter/Spring Mini-Sessions with Kievning Photography. Got to make up some beautiful mamas today and yesterday, it was such a joy! Stay tuned for some pics! And tonight, my cousin is visiting from Hawaii. He’s a marine and we’ve eaten a feast of corned beef and cabbage– Deeeeeeelish. Anyway, back to our fun filled themed days. Today is Sit-Back Sunday, which if you’re just tuning in means no makeup! Let your skin breathe, put on a face mask, some cucumbers on your eyes and RELAX! Give your skin a break and pamper yourself before the week starts again! If you’re feeling brave, post your beautiful, makeup-free face to my Facebook page.

A Few of My Favorite Things:
Day 1: Tweezerman Tweezers
Day 2: Josie Maran Argan Oil
Day 3: Christian Dior Cuticle Cream
Day 4: L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
Day 5: MakeUp Forever HD Primer
Day 6: Benefit’s Benetint Tinted Lip Balm
Day 7: Buxom Full Bodied Lip Stick
Day 8: Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm For Lips
Day 9: Benefit’s “They’re Real” Mascara
Day 10: Essie Crystal Nail File
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This nail file is un.be.lievable. It never dulls, it cleans easily, and smooths nicely. I’ve had the same nail file for years, it’s not too jagged and it doesn’t wear down. Literally, most genius invention ever. I. Love. This. Thing.

Tomorrow is Makeup Monday!!! Prepare yourselves for another giveaway!!!!!!!!

Happy Sunday!

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The 25 Days of Christie: Day 9

Sound-Off Saturday!! Friends, I’d love to hear your feedback! How are you liking the 25 Days of Christie? Is it helpful or interesting? Do you have questions? Have you tried one of the “Favorite Things” and love it? Let me know! Leave them on my Facebook page so I can hear your encouragement, excitement about makeup or products, and just plain ol’ love. Also, take this Sound-Off Saturday as a reminder to send someone you love some encouragement as well. Chances are they could use it!

A Few of My Favorite Things:
Day 1: Tweezerman Tweezers
Day 2: Josie Maran Argan Oil
Day 3: Christian Dior Cuticle Cream
Day 4: L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
Day 5: MakeUp Forever HD Primer
Day 6: Benefit’s Benetint Tinted Lip Balm
Day 7: Buxom Full Bodied Lip Stick
Day 8: Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm For Lips
Day 9: Benefit’s “They’re Real” Mascara
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I love this mascara. It is extremely long wearing (despite the fact that it’s not technically water proof). I literally need makeup remover to remove it, nothing else will do. It doesn’t flake or come off onto your makeup. It separates nicely and is pretty much just wonderful.

Today and tomorrow I will be doing some “Easter Mini-Sessions” with Kievning Photography where I will get the opportunity to pamper some beautiful moms for their family photo shoots. I love this idea because I am working with women who generally put themselves last above all the other things in life (baby, cleaning, working, cooking, errands, go go go). There is a relaxation and peace about them to just sit, be pampered, feel beautiful and wear makeup for the first time in a long time! Stay posted for some pics of some of these beauties!

Here’s a shot of Calvin and me from our Valentine’s Day Mini-Session!
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Check out Kievning Photography’s facebook page here.

Enjoy your Saturday, friends! It’s supposed to be in the 50’s here!

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The 25 Days of Christie: Day 8

Fabulous Friday!! This may be my favorite day of the 25 Days of Christie, hehe. Just like last week, I want to see your fabulous, brag worthy makeup! If you’re going out or just staying in, I wanna see it! Post your pictures to my Facebook page so I can delight in all my beautiful friends and their love of makeup! I will be posting mine later today :).

A Few of My Favorite Things:
Day 1: Tweezerman Tweezers
Day 2: Josie Maran Argan Oil
Day 3: Christian Dior Cuticle Cream
Day 4: L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
Day 5: MakeUp Forever HD Primer
Day 6: Benefit’s Benetint Tinted Lip Balm
Day 7: Buxom Full Bodied Lip Stick
Day 8: Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm For Lips
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This is a heavier, more intense lip balm than most people are used to. I tend to switch between this and my Rosebud Salve, which will indefinitely be among my list of favorite things. But I do prefer this when my lips need a little extra TLC. It’s rich and thick and I like to put it on before bed or before my shower to let it really just soak in. A dry winter must!

Happy Fabulous Friday, everyone! Can’t wait to see your fabulous thank-goodness-it’s-Friday makeup!

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The 25 Days of Christie: Day 2

Sound-Off Saturday! Leave your comments, suggestions, excitement, love, whatever on my fan page! Feel free to ask questions or share your thoughts! While you’re at it, give someone you love the same encouragement today. Everyone loves to be appreciated 🙂

A few of my favorite things:
Day 1: Tweezerman Tweezers
Day 2: Josie Maran’s Argan Oil

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This is the most amazing, luxurious moisturizer I’ve ever used. My skin looks and feels amazing! Get on board!

 

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