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Purple eye shadow- a tutorial for green eyed beauties!

Frugie Blog presents How to make Green Eyes Stand Out

Whether or not you have green eyes, this is a pretty tutorial to wear a shadow that’s NOT taupe. Which, let’s be real, is what I wear ALL THE TIME.

If you’re in a rut or need some tips to make your eyes stand out, or how help wearing shadow on mature eyes (ahem, the ones that droop!), then you might like this.

Feel free to leave me your comments and share with your friends and click the little ‘thumbs up’ button by the video. Thank you!!

 

BIG NEWS and a giveaway!

I have some great news.

Ahem.

Emma and I will be attending an award show soon.

Rhymes with FLEMMY. Watch the video to see-

ALSO,

I’m doing a giveaway for a Smile Brilliant! teeth whitening kit valued at $300. It’s fabulous! Check out my pearly whites in the video, then come back here to enter the contest!

Smile Brilliant teeth whitener giveaway!

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**I was given this product to review, the words and ideas are all my own.


My subscription box addiction

Two things I know. You can’t brush your teeth while eating Oreos. And, I have an addiction to subscription boxes.

It’s true.

I might need to join a support group. It might be a new TV show on TLC. It’s not necessarily my fault when they are SHOVED IN MY FACE all over the Internet.

And here I am enabling you too.

I am your dealer. Your pimp. Because now I’m telling you how great these babies are.

And I’m telling you that you should sign up.

One in particular is Beauty Box 5. If you follow my blog, you’ve seen me describe each month’s box of goodies.

This month is pretty awesome too. Here’s a picture to see. I could tell you all about it or you could see for yourself.  For more details, go to their website and check it out- Beauty Box 5

Frugalista Blog invites you to try Beauty Box 5

I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are my own.

I like you. Do you like you?

I have seen a lot of stuff lately on the Internet about embracing our own quirks. I have a lot of quirks to embrace, so my arms might get tired. That’s a joke.

There’s the Colbie Caillat video “Try” how she is tired of being photoshopped. Go Colbie! I love it.  Deconstructing all the fake hair, lashes, gloss and softening to show her no makeup, still beautiful self. Mostly, I love that video for the little girls in there with their makeup and their flat irons being ditched for the natural curls, young complexions and innocent faces that are more their age.  Stop trying so hard! Right?

Far be it from me to tell you to abandon your makeup or anything that makes you look different than you actually do. I like to think makeup enhances my features. When you’re blond and fair like me, you can’t see my eyes well without some liner and mascara. And I will be the first to admit, I love makeup. I love looking airbrushed and ‘perfect’. Whatever that is. I like ‘blurring’ my wrinkles, without telling someone to just squint when they look at me. I cover the redness from the Rosacea I have. I give myself a smokey eye to be alluring and so you can see me across the room, or at least that’s what I’m trying to do. I use thickening products in my hair to make it have volume, I’m constantly battling wrinkles. I’m trying pretty hard I guess.

Watching the teen girls in the Colbie Caillat video made me think of my 14 year old daughter. She’s beautiful, with milky peachy skin. Gorgeous blue eyes. And a smattering of freckles across her face.

She hates her freckles.

She spends many minutes in front of her mirror covering those freckles with BB cream and concealer. To her credit, she has lots of ‘no makeup’ days too. But she’s always hated her freckles. So when she was allowed to wear makeup, the first thing she did was cover her spots. Her freckles ruin the ‘perfect’ look. They take away the ‘airbrush’ quality she envisions for herself. I think they make her look fresh and young. She thinks she looks ‘dirty’.

She’s not the first girl to not like her freckles. I didn’t like my freckles growing up either. I especially didn’t like the ones on my upper lip that made me look like I had a mustache. Now my freckles are more like age spots, so I don’t really like them still.

I tell her that I love her freckles. She rolls her eyes at me.

Then there’s my son. My son is skinny. He hates being so skinny sometimes. I love that he’s skinny. He’s just like his dad. I tell him he can run fast and he doesn’t have to worry about his clothes getting snug on him. But kids make fun of him for being so skinny. I guess kids find anything to tease about another kid.

So what do I not like about me that other people like about me?

It’s weird to think of. My stretch marks? Hmm, I don’t think other people love those. My poochy tummy? Yeah, still haven’t heard much love for that.

I’ve always not liked my lips and my mouth. I have big lips and a big mouth. The years before ‘troutmouth’ and Real Housewives got lip implants, my lips seemed to be my downfall. I felt like they were misplaced and didn’t belong. Why couldn’t I have a sweet, delicate pucker? Why did I have to have this horse mouth?

Once I was old enough to kiss a guy with those lips, I started getting compliments on them. Huh. Apparently full lips are desirable. The teen me didn’t know this.  It was surprising to be admired for them later in my 20s. Beauty consultants behind the counter at department stores always compliment my lips when I try on lipstick, telling me I have the perfect shape. Really? I started to accept that they were part of me and I just had to make the best of them.

What made me most self conscious was starting to become my best asset.

So eventually I started to appreciate my pout. I wear lipstick in any shade I want. Once I read that full lips shouldn’t wear dark lipstick as to not bring too much attention to the mouth. Pfft to that. I will wear whatever goddamn color I feel like! Yeah, I laugh loud, and I smile big, but now I’m pretty much proud of this giant gob. Or cake hole as my dad would call it. I can fit a lot of cake in my cake hole.

What is it about yourself you don’t like? Is it your curly hair? Is it your gangly long legs? I bet if you asked someone else, they would say you have a beautiful head of thick hair, and they wish they had long legs like you.

Because the grass is always greener, right?

I hope more young girls start liking their freckles, their curly hair, their moles and skinny legs their big lips. Like Colbie says, you don’t have to try so hard.

Start liking you. You might be surprised.

I like you. Do you like you? By Frugalista Blog

 

Winged eye liner that’s easy- I promise

Sometimes in the makeup world, there’s things that can intimidate even the savviest beauty junkies.

Gel liner.

Yep. I am not a master of liquid liner, gel liner, or those pen thingies either. I will admit, some of my YouTube videos don’t look perfect because of the whole eyeliner business.

BUT- I think I found something that has solved my problem. It’s like the training wheels of gel liner.

This product is everywhere. If you have seen it in Ulta or Sephora, I think you should give it a try.

Here’s my in depth how-to in a video:

Red is for carpets at award shows, not for faces

Disclosure: I’m participating in the Break Up with Your Makeup Blogger Contest
Sponsored by Galderma Laboratories, L.

Enter to win a trip to the Emmy's #makeup #rosacea #Mirvaso

Envelope please…..And the winner is…. YOU!

Imagine winning a trip to the Emmys (possibly with me!) and getting the complexion you have always wanted. I know right?

Enter the contest Break UP with Your Makeup, to win a gift basket of skin care goodies and you will also be entered to win a trip to the Emmys. Your entry also enters me in a bloggers contest to win a trip to the Emmys, so I’m counting on you! Of course, you know I love my makeup so much, I wouldn’t actually break up with it altogether. But wearing less of it? Yes please!

Many of you know that I struggle with rosacea. It’s a weird occurrence of the complexion that can’t always be explained. Rosacea is a common inflammatory skin condition. Sure you want to try to pinpoint what might cause those flare ups that can cover your cheeks like pimples- was it yesterday’s spicy food, or the day out in the sun, maybe that glass of pinot before bed;  only they don’t respond to regular acne treatments. Most common symptoms people complain of is persistent facial redness. Ha, remember when you always had those ‘rosy cheeks’ like your Aunt Hilda? Hmm… maybe she had rosacea too!

My rosacea started after my son was born. I couldn’t figure out why, what I thought were zits on the apples of my cheeks wouldn’t go away. Even when I would try and cover it up with makeup, it seemed to shine through the cover up. And once you do cover the red, who wants bumps on their skin even under their makeup?

I have a makeup and skin care drawer full of products that promise to cover or soothe redness. I think I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on essential oils, lotions, and primers that promise to make the redness go away. But having one product covered by my insurance co-pay could save me hundreds! Think of all that money I could spend on lipstick!

A new prescription product is available called Mirvaso. Mirvaso is the only FDA approved treatment for the persistent facial redness of rosacea. It works fast, providing same day results that last up to 12 hours before the redness returns.

16 million Americans are affected and more are women than men. Go figure.

Don’t you hate when you have a special event and you want a ‘good face day’ and whelp, there comes the rosacea. Ugh.  I will definitely be asking my dermatologist about Mirvaso.

Now go enter the contest!! See you on the red carpet!

 

Contest ends July 31, 2014

 

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Important Safety Information:
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and contact dermatitis.
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June Beauty Box five review and un-boxing

Only 6 months until Christmas! Sorry? Too soon? Too soon.

BUT, but, I can get excited for my Beauty Box five that came this month. Which is like Christmas in the mail each time. 

Remember, 5 items, $12, some full size items or deluxe samples.

This month’s box had a treasure trove of goodies.

Probably my favorite thing is the nail polish called Nicka K New York . I love this polish and have used it before from a different subscription box! The color they sent is a deep red which I have a wardrobe of for my toes.

Is there always a mascara in my BB5? I think so! How helpful is that of them? This month’s is Glam Natural Mascara. And guess what? It’s GLUTEN FREE! I know from several friends that gluten free is important even in hygiene products and makeup. I wasn’t aware of other gluten free brands, so now we know of this one. How cool is that?

Organix Coconut Water Shampoo and Conditioner uses the beloved ingredient, coconut and leaves out the nasty sulfate ingredients. Tthey sent a little sample packet of this which will go in my airline travel bag. I should use it first to try it, but I always save those travel packets, for well, travel. Also, I like Organix products and I think I’ll certainly like this one.

The Eslor Calming Kit introductory collection really interests me. I always am looking for skin care that is gentle for my sensitive, Rosacea prone complexion. Maybe this will agree with me. These were also little sample packets but I dove in to the cleanser and liked it.

Oh my goodness. You know what Emma is addicted to lately? Shower gel that smells like baked goods. I know. Who knew? Well this Vita Bath Body Wash in pink frosting is delish. I mean, it SMELLS delish, of course. I didn’t eat it. I love that it is also without yucky chemicals. Maybe if I wash with this every morning it will satisfy my donut binging. Hmm. Probably not.

 

 

Summer Drugstore Makeup Favorites

It’s officially summer. Well, okay June 21st is a few weeks away, but with Memorial Day weekend upon us, it’s the unofficial official start of summer. White shoes people. You can wear white now.

 

Now you need to head to the drug store, find the longwear makeup that will stick to you like fly paper and head to the beach.

You want your makeup to wear like a tattoo. Think of the hot and sweaty days ahead. All that boob sweat. Okay, I can’t help you with that.

But upper lip sweat? I can help you with that.

I picked the following based on the fact that they are 1) a good value 2) wear all day 3) stay true to color 4) perform as well as some of their higher priced counterparts

 

Cover Girl Insta Glam Foundation

Revlon Colorstay Blemish Concealer

L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow

Maybelline 24 Hour Eyeshadow

Jane Cosmetics Multi-Colored Cheek Powder

L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinare Lip Color

Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara By Lashblast

Jane Cosmetics Water-Resistant Eye Liner


Summer drugstore makeup favorites by Frugalista Blog

 

Beauty Box 5 Subscription Box- May

May day! May day! This isn’t an emergency, it’s a happy dance for the warmer weather! Can you believe May is almost over? How is THAT possible?

But before we start freaking out about 2014 being almost half way done, let’s jump in to this month’s Beauty Box 5 package of goodies!

Beauty Box 5 May review by Frugalista Blog

 

The smart folks at Beauty Box 5 know that the temperatures are rising and with that comes sweaty pits. Well, mine anyway. Also, shiny complexions. Again. Me. I have dry skin but as soon as my Weather Bug app tells me the day will see temps past 70 degrees, I get ‘luminous’.

 

Let’s begin:

Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths – Woo! I love these. They are like cloth wipes but with antiperspirant in them. I rubbed them on my pits and my feet. They feel like velvet and cool. I will be keeping these in my purse for when I feel stinky. Trust me. I will.

MaskerAide Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask – Since there’s only one of these, I haven’t tried it yet. I’m saving it for a fancy occasion when I need to look fresh and perky. Also they are biodegradable and that makes me happy. Each mask contains Argan oil and vegan-friendly hydrating ingredients. Put this on after a day at the beach when you feel all dried up and pruney.

H2O Plus Aqualibrium Marine Cleansing Gel – An oil-free cleanser that uses sea salt and marine botanicals to wash off all that sunscreen you wear every day. I like the smell of this.

Harvey Prince Hello – I don’t always like fragrance samples that come in sample boxes, but I’m somewhat in love with this one. Citrusy with flowery tones like plumeria, it’s so sunny. A perfect happy fragrance to wear in the warmer months. Heat activates fragrance, so just a spritz is all you need this time of year.

CATTIVA Precisione Eye Liner – This retractable eye liner says it’s waterproof. So I did my test where I swatch it on the back of my hand and try to rub it off. It wouldn’t come off. So then I washed my hands several times. It stayed put. I’m guessing that when they say waterproof, they mean waterproof.

And there you have it. If you haven’t subscribed already, what are you waiting for?

And if you have- tell me your faves, I want to hear!

 

Serge Normant available at Costco

There’s certain hair care brands that are the creme de la creme. They rise to the top of the retail beauty food chain. They have fancy French names and you see them credited in magazines during Fashion Week, or on a Kardashian’s vanity, or a beautiful department store shelf of glass and lacquer and oh so many good things!

Often they cost a small fortune and you think, hmmm ‘groceries or hair spray?’

Well maybe YOU don’t think that. Maybe you are a decent person that doesn’t risk their family’s food budget for beauty products. I know someone who might. A friend. Never mind.

But maybe you always wanted to know what it would be like to have celebrity hair. And names like Serge Normant could be just as familiar to you as Kleenex or Oscar Meyer.

So. Good news! Now you can try out fancy pantsy hair products WHILE you are picking up your mega pack of diapers, paper towels and bologna.

It truly is a shopper’s dream come true. A FRUGAL shopper’s dream come true!

Yep. Instead of the $25 or whatever at Barney’s for Serge Normant Meta Luxe UV Hairspray,

you can purchase it at Costco for $9.99.

And let me tell you- my hair was GORG all day long.

There’s good stuff in this stuff. Like vitamins and UV filters. It’s brushable hold. That’s hair product talk for – you can spray it on your strands, brush it through and then there’s still hairspray holding your follicles without a big sticky flaky mess.

#hairbestylin’

Oh yeah. So go pick up your muffins and your hair spray.

You’re welcome.

Serge Normant available at Costco

I received a complimentary bottle of Serge Normant hairspray from them, but the words and thoughts in this post are all mine.