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The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.

The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.

The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.

I know I shared my whole makeup routine in The Skinny Confidential book but today I’m showcasing some products that are game changers. In the book, I talk application. Today I’m talking specific products plus a couple of other tippity tips.

Here’s my deal with product: I like companies who have been around a long time. Companies who have a proven formula & specialize in women’s needs. Some of my needs?

Hold, lemme pull out my scroll.

Ok, ahem…

♡ A flawless finish— this is muy importante. ESP with foundation.

Foundation that gives a dewy look, none of that flakey/cake-face/ clown crap for me, thanks! Also, a good brush makes a world of difference.

♡ Pigmented lipsticks…seriously though. If a color’s called Purply Purple, then I want it purple (!!!). For bright red, I want a striking, sultry red, not light reddish-pink. The more pigmented, the better.

♡ A damn good highlighter that makes enhances certain features AKA makes my cheekbones appear higher.

{{ Note: I’m also big on anti-aging anything, obvi }}.

The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.

Honestly I feel like I’m not asking for much…but apparently there’s a lot of companies who just don’t ‘get it.’

Elizabeth Arden totally gets it.

Their product came into my life a la recommendation by my stepmom, Julie AKA Burlap & Crystal. She introduced me to the products & said she’s been using them forever. She looks fab so naturally I ran out & bought their anti-aging products/makeup. & lemme tell ya: no wonder the company has been around for a while. They understand women’s needs.

First off, I fel in love with their lipsticks because they’re all striking colors. Check out some of my favorites:

The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.

The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.I’m LOVING a berry lip for Summer 2014. It’s fresh & different without being too overwhelming.

Next topic: foundation. A good foundation is key.

It evens out skin tones & gives you that red carpet, sexy look.

I like to mix foundation with a dime size of moisturizer ( << one that includes sunscreen is ideal ).

The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.

P.S. putting on foundation without a brush makes absolute no sense. Why? Glad you asked:

1.) Dirty hands/bacteria on your face= pimples.

2.) The brush gives you a clean finish.

3.) No brush= uneven finish.

So invest in a good brush ( & don’t forget brush cleaner!! ).

This foundation is literally perf. It’s not too heavy but gives great coverage & it lasts. No one wants to reapply ever hour. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Also, I’m not too into powder so I need a foundation that has an amazing finish.

The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.

Drumroll please…my number one makeup trick?

Highlighter.

A highlighter stick is probably like, the best thing ever.

Ever, ever.

If you’re not using a good highlighter, you’re missing out BIG time. I also like this highlighting pen for when I’m on the go.

The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.

Some of highlighter’s benefits? It can shrink the nose, immediately lift cheekbones, give off the appearance of the perfect brow, &/or pout anyone’s lips so they look all Angelina-ish.

º To shrink your nose: put it on the bone of the nose.

º To lift cheekbones: add a stripe of highlighter on the tops of the cheekbones.

º To perfect your brows: add a bit to the bone under your brow.

To pout lips: put a little highlighter in the dip above your lip ( << seriously though this is the BEST tip ever, you won’t believe what a game changer this is ).

{{ Also, FYI: Kim Kardashian lives for highlighter!! }}

So. This a ride or die product. Thank me later.

Also, in the next couple of months I’ll do a YouTube video of makeup application so it’s easier to visualize.

Now spill: what’s your biggest makeup tip? Would love to hear!

xx. lde

{ Shop my outfit: white sweater & black jeans }

{{ Photo cred: Samuel Montfleur }}

The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.

The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.

SOOOO…Michelle Money Shaves Her Face & I’m Kinda Intrigued

The Skinny Confidential talks shaving your face.

The Skinny Confidential talks shaving your face.

Guys. I took one for the team.

Like, big time took one for the team.

Team= you guys.

I shaved my face.

But wait, wait, wait, before you judge— I got the idea from hottie Michelle Money.

Ya. That’s right. The babetown bombshell shaves.her.face.

Like a guy.

But not really, actually like a guy because she’s a women.

Here’s the deal: her YouTube description say shaving your face as a women is “rumored to be an insider trick of bombshells like Marilyn Monroe and Betty Paige, shaving your face is the perfect way to remove unwanted ( unladylike ) facial hair, giving a thorough exfoliation and creating a smooth canvas to apply foundation and the rest of your makeup to.”

Hmmm. I’m going to just go ahead & say I’m not the only one who’s intrigued.

Basically let me set it up for ya: I’m sitting in bed on a Friday night like a total loner, watching beauty YouTube videos drinking wine. Totally standard. Anyway, up pops Michelle Money’s beauty series. & I’m all, “hmm, ok, she’s hot, let’s see what she has to say.” So I flick on her channel & cuddle into bed.

& then I see it.

The life-changing video title: “OMG Michelle Money Shaves Her Face.”

So naturally, immediately I turn on the video, nearly spitting my Pinot Noir all over my white bedding.

I mean….HER TIPS though.

This particular tip was such a ‘Skinny Confidential tip’ that I couldn’t NOT, not share with you guys.

So basically I spent the rest of my raging Friday night ordering pastel colored Tinkles ( ya tinkle, like a five year old peeing kinda tinkle ) off Amazon.

The Skinny Confidential talks shaving your face.

Now it’s a few days later & here we are: I shaved my face Monday & it’s probably the coolest thing since landing on the moon.

I feel like it’s not actually shaving, shaving. It’s more of an eyebrow razor kind of shave. It’s not invasive at all & super simple.

And let’s get real, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I’m going to play for ‘Team Everyone’ for a sec: no one in the whole world wants to see hair all one your face. It’s not cute. Probably won’t ever be cute.

And the worst thing ever? If you’re in the sun with your boy toy & your lip is hairier than his. So.so.not.hot.

Get your facial hair in check. This is a easy, inexpensive ( they’re $3.75 for 3 razors ) way to keep those facial strays under control. Plus it makes makeup application go on super smooth & perf. Oh, & it’s the best exfoliate ever ( BTW: Michelle says do this once a week ).

Now to answer the main burning question: does it grow back thicker? ( Because who needs thicker facial hair? LOLZ. ).

No.

At least, not according to Michelle Money.

Watch the video below & thank me ( & MM ) later.

Have fun with your Tinkles! I know I did ; ). x L

The Skinny Confidential talks shaving your face.

The Looks-Like-You-Don’t-Have-Any-Makeup-On Makeup Essentials

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and health.

Makeup’s a real bitch.

Honestly though.

The application process takes some serious dedication.

Right?!

And when it comes to a daytime look, I’m not about to go all Kim K.

I like to keep it light, fresh, dewy, & chill.

No need for clown face on crack…ever.

Anyway if I’m lucky & actually have time for daytime makeup, here’s my OCD recipe/routine/regime:

Prime. Add a lil organic SPF ( find out why I’m a total sunscreen psycho maniac here ) mixed with a light tinted moisturizer & blend this mixture with ‘The Beauty Blender’. This pink sponge is like my bestie when it comes to blending. It seriously gets the job done & doesn’t leave a weird line of foundation. Add eyebrow gel to lashes, curl, more gel, curl again, mascara. Fill in brows with this badass brow kit. Def can’t live without a brow kit. It’s a game changer. After I fill in my brows I add eyebrow gel to my eyebrows ( more on that here ). Throw on a little minty fresh lip balm—- I love minty balm because no one likes smelling breathe. Mint flavored balm really helps with shine & conceals any odor. Lastly add a spray of finishing spray. This one by MAC is insane & sets the makeup, creating that dewy finish.

Oh! And after I take my makeup off, once a week, I use this secret face mask. More here. It takes care of any toxins on my skin & helps keep my skin so fresh & so clean, clean.

My full-blown makeup routine can be found in TSC book.

My favorite daytime makeup brands ( matching with collage ):

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1.) Primer

2.) Organic SPF

3.) Tinted moisturizer w/ SPF

4.) ‘The Beauty Blender’

5.) A bad ass eyelash curler

6.) Mascara

7.) The best eyebrow kit

8.) Eyebrow gel

9.) Minty lip balm

10.) Finishing spray

 11.) Face mask

X L

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