I’m a day late & a dollar short on this post but I couldn’t NOT show you guys how we created this spooky, sexy skeleton look.
This look is SUPER easy to create at home ( it seems overwhelming but trust me, it’s not ). Firstly, this look was inspired by cutie Lauren Paul on Instagram. She is so beautiful & I loved how she rocked this with a casual men’s black hooded sweater.
Kelsey, who’s one of my FAVORITE makeup artists, created this at-home skeleton look by using the following products:
+ Still using the 209 BRUSH, create “teeth” by painting a vertical line down the center of the top lip.
+ For the neck, take Blacktrack ( using the 242 or 252 brush ) and create 3 separate “bar” shapes on both the right and left side of the neck, leaving the center of the neck untouched by Blacktrack.
+ At the center of neck, create a thick “v” shape. You can outline and contour the clavicle, it just depends on how far down the neck and chest you plan on going when creating your costume.
+ For touching up the white, use NYX shadow & dab any areas that need correcting.
By the way, we shot this post a month & a half ago so I was still very swollen. Bear with me. I’m sure it would look better than it looks on you than on me!! LOL.
Just for the record, Kelsey is an artist too ( which is why she’s so good at makeup ) AND while we were filming I picked her brain about the best makeup product. She told me she is obsessed with the Beautyblender. NO SURPRISE there because we all know how I’m in loveeeee with the BB. I could not do my makeup without it. SERIOUSLY though, it’s my favorite thing ever.
Anyway, follow Kelsey on Instagram at @kelsey2885 for more rad makeup looks.
Sometimes I feel like our generation is all about the NOW. No one thinks 5 years in advance. They’re just thinking about today, you know.
Not shockingly, I really try to AVOID this way of thinking when it comes to my skin.
To give a backstory on how I feel about skin: I don’t think about today. I don’t care about a zit. In fact, I’m not thinking about NOW with my skin. I care about the future. How my skin will look in 5, 10, 20 years. This is why I avoid the sun at all costs. People would say I’m crazy with how I avoid the sun…but you guys already know how I feel about that.
Anyway, these are some anti-aging tips that I practice on a day to day basis:
First & foremost, I avoid cigarettes. This is obvious. But I actually avoid people smoking them. I will walk away. I will even cover my mouth & nose. I will go as far to pretend I’m allergic. Cigarettes are SO aging. I’m not judging you if you smoke cigarettes, it’s your life BUT if you’re not going to think about your health & lung cancer, think about your skin too. It’s poison to skin— wrinkles, pigment, tired lines, the works.
This obviously leads us to the next anti-aging tip: a quality serum. Again, obvious. But I’m a HUGE fan of not only applying serum to my face, but also my neck. You guys know I’ve been using Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE® Anti-Aging Daily Serum for the last year because it targets lines, wrinkles, discolorations, age spots, & sun damaged skin ( my hyper pigmentation struggle is so real ). The PREVAGE® product line focuses on protecting the skin against environmental factors, like the sun and pollution, using a powerful antioxidant called Idebenone. It is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, sun damage and uneven skin texture. And I use it on my neck A LOT because the neck is where you see a lot of age. Sometimes I even use it on my hands. I feel like you can have perfect skin on your face, but if the neck & hands aren’t on fleek ( haha, first time I’ve used this word & definitely the last ) then forget it.
Like I mentioned after my morning skin hydration ritual, I stay OUT OF THE SUN & wear a hat too to further protect my skin. This means I even run errands in a hat. AND NO SUN ROOF or convertible for me, thanks.
Water & sleep are other obvious tips, BUT do you actually drink water & get enough sleep? Think about it. I realized I wasn’t drinking enough water last month & swiftly changed that by making it a rule that I consume THREE 1 liter SmartWaters a day. Now it’s a thing I do daily without much thought.
Now sleep…the other night I slept 6 hours. The next day I WAS A WRECK. I am not someone who can live off 6 hours of sleep & frankly, I’m not ashamed to admit it. Americans especially sometimes brag about how ‘they only slept for 5 hours.’
I LOOK WAY BETTER, FEEL BETTER, & FUNCTION BETTER on at least 8 hours. At least. Again, not going to feel bad about it. I’m listening to my body. Ultimately, I believe water & sleep are SO anti-aging.
Another anti-aging tip is AVOIDING STRESS. Stress is a silent killer. This is the hardest anti-aging tip for me. I stress way too much. The other day someone said to me: “Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gets you nowhere.” Sooo true, ugh.
But I can’t help it.
I stress about Pixy’s upcoming vet appointment. I stress about family. I stress about getting all the laundry done. I stress about work. I stress about LuAnn on Real Housewives ( I kid, but her having that weird guy in her room on vacation did give me anxiety for Heather ). Anyway…stress raises cortisol levels which are so aging. This is one we’ll call a work in progress for me, k?
Lastly, one of my biggest tips: um DUH, I heal my body from the inside out. What I put inside, comes out on the outside. If I eat bad, I feel bad. I don’t eat meat unless it’s grass fed, I don’t eat salmon unless it’s wild, I don’t drink unfiltered water, I don’t overload on sugar, and I don’t overdo it with processed foods. I fuel my body the best I can.
I whole heartedly believe that these practices ( which aren’t huge sacrifices ) will make me look & feel younger.
It’s really surprisingly simple if you think about it: no smoking, a quality anti-aging serum, water, sleep, stress less, & eat clean.
Also, burning essential oils, mediating ( TRYING! ), listening to jazz, reading a good book, & a lavender bubble bath really make me feel like I’m making a difference? Maybe it’s not? But you get it.
Ok so, I’d love to know: what are your anti-aging tips? ALL RECOMMENDATIONS ARE VERY MUCH WELCOME! Let me know in the comments section below.
Ya, ya, ya we all know I avoid the sun like a sick plague.
But I like a little summer glow, you know?
That’s where my spray tan comes in.
I’ve been spray tanning since 1999. Literally though, lol.
Lately I’ve been traveling & working non-stop so I don’t always have time to do the whole spray tan ordeal.
When Loving Tan reached out to let me know about their DIY at home line and told me it was VEGAN (!!!). I jumped at the chance to try it out.
And wait for it…the tanning formula is also: 100% natural, not tested on animals, contains no parabens, and is ORGANIC!! I mean if this isn’t up my alley, I don’t know what is.
I never put things on my blog that I haven’t tried, used, & LOVED. I don’t want anything ‘MEH’ on TSC. And lemme tell ya, I LOVEDDDD this product. I may even switch over to the non spray tan side & switch completely to this product. I feel like spray tans have a million chemicals spraying on to your body in a small area.
A lotion allows the skin to breath and it’s natural sooooooo…I’m very much about it!!
Also, let’s talk about red.
You know the color.
Having any trace of red in my spray/lotion tan just doesn’t work.
I HATEEEE RED TRACES. It makes the tan look fake, forced, & Snookie-ish.
Loving Tan is a natural olive color because it has active ingredients and contains DHA & an ingredient Erythurlose to eliminate orange tones. See what I mean?
Casper before, casual Baywatch bronzed after.
Ok so, I’m very specific with my pre/during/post-tan tips. Like, very, very specific.
Obviously you don’t want to tan with leg hair. I’m always a prickly pear ( let’s be honest, shaving is such an annoyance…it’s also boring ). So I always have to remember to be shaved & ready for my tan. Also, I sweat using my guide before I shower & shave so that’s out of the way.
3.) Use a mitt.
I like this one by Loving Tan called Tan Removing & Skin Polishing Glove. Basically it removes all nasty-ass dead skin cells & old built up tan so your glow will last longer & fade evenly.
4.) I know this sounds weird but I have to say it…
I don’t put any tanning stuff on my upper lip. I literally have a mustache from hyper pigmentation ( so chic! ) so an added layer of tan is unnecessary & makes me look like Captain Hook. LOL.
I like the medium shade ( it dries quick). And always use this Deluxe Applicator Mitt. No one wants product kind of just sitting on the skin. I like to make sure the product is really attached & blended. This little mitt is perfect for securing the tan to provide that sun kissed, sex kitten glow.
7.) Mani/Pedi afterwards.
I wait until after the tan for a mani/pedi and I usually only get a polish change because I don’t want to let my feet or nails sit in water ( it would create a line ). Polish changes are GAME changers post-tan. Besides no one likes overly tanned cuticles.
8.) MOISTURIZER, DUH.
Crusty tans are not so cute. To keep your tan look sexy, moisturize with raw coconut oil. It’s my favorite post-tan tip. Wait until the day after the tan is applied though.
9.) Don’t lay in white sheets if you’re spray tanning!!
Literally know this from experience. Michael woke up next to me & there was bronzed snow angels all over the bed. I like to apply my tan in the AM and then shower before bed. After tons of trial & error this has worked best. With the new at home product I’ve been using, you can get in bed 2 hours after ( which is FAB ). You don’t have to worry about tanned snow angels with Loving Tan.
10.) Always wash you hands after application.
I feel like this is obvious? But it’s one tip I sometimes forget. I also use a baby wipe to clean the bottoms of my feet, nails, & toenails.
Anyone else have any tanning tips? Spill.
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Since I recently hosted a Girl’s Night Out last week at a blow-dry bar, I figured I’d share my top 5 must-haves if I’m having my friend’s over.
Typically when I have my friends over we don’t do the whole sleepover thing. We usually get ready together before a night on the town. We’ll drink champagne ( sometimes in the shower, lol ), listen to Brazilian lounge, & eat a cheese/grapes plate. Super mellow.
Here’s the top five things I HAVE TO HAVE while we’re getting ready:
If you haven’t heard of leg makeup you haven’t lived. Leg makeup isn’t as complicated as it sounds. In fact it’s so easy, it’s kind of crazy. When I’m hanging out with my friends we’re typically showing some leg. Think mini skirts, but not too Vegas-ish. Airbrush Legs by Sally Hansen ( I like the ‘Light Glow‘ shade ) gives my legs a sun-kissed finish & hides any flaws. I swear the Victoria’s Secret models wear this on the runway. It’s like that dewey finish with a tint of shimmer. I’m so obsessed I even wear it on my arms. A total must-have for a girl’s night.
Big lips without filler or surgery? Hell ya. Lip Plumper really takes it up a notch in the lip department. It kind of stings too which is sorta sexy if you think about it? If my friends & I are getting ready together we all like a little OOMPH in our lips soooooo that’s where this magic tool comes in. It stimulates the lips making them appear fuller & more kissable. So Kylie J. A video tutorial on how to pump those suckers up, can be found here.
Raw coconut oil:
DUH, DUH, DUH. But wait I have a trick for this that’s kind of life-changing: my Aunt Cheryl used to be a supermodel in New York City ( no joke, going to brag about her for a minute…she was on Chanel billboards, Macy’s ads, & partied with the best of them at Studio 54, so she knows her stuff ). Anyway, she told me that all the models would rub oil on their neck bones to make them pop out. They also applied a little Coconut Oil to the tips of each of their shoulders. I swear by this tip when I’ve had too much bambleberry ice cream the day before. It makes you look kind of 80’s chic too. All my friends & I used this tip before my friend Jackie’s wedding and it was a hit. Plus you smell like a tropical heaven. My favorite coconut oil is this kind because it’s raw, organic, & unrefined.
Unless you live under a rock you are very aware that lashes just don’t look the same without a bad-ass curler. I AM SOOOO SPECIFIC about my eyelash curler. I feel like the day I found the right eyelash curler, everything else fell into place. I kid. Kinda. If I’m getting ready with my friends I HAVE TO HAVE my eyelash curler, primer ( die for this one ), & mascara. Watch the whole shebang go down here.
While I’m obsessed with my eyelash curler for obvious reasons, I can’t live without a good moisturizer. If you guys read The Skinny Confidential Book you know I HAVVVVVEEE to mix my foundation with moisturizer before application. I like a dewey finish, not a dry, matte, flakey, dandruff-ish finish. The moisturizer mixed with my foundation ensures a pretty, Kim-K finish that kind of glows without making you look super sweaty ( because be real, nobody has time for a sweaty looking upper lip ). This moisturizer mixes super nice with my foundation creating a flawless finish.
What’s your must-have for a night with your babes? I’m sure you guys have some super rad tips/tricks up your ruffled, lace sleeve…?