All About the Base: New Foundation Favorites

Hey there, lovelies!

Perfecting my skin is my favorite step of my everyday makeup routine.  I don’t typically take a lot of time on my makeup in the morning.  I’m usually half asleep and too lazy to really care what I look like.  I can’t function until I’ve had my coffee.  Since I am always running low on energy in the mornings, I like to keep things natural and just focus most my time on my foundation, perfecting any problems that I am currently having. Since I love perfecting my skin so much, I enjoy finding new products that help me out.   As you may have guessed, these new foundation-perfecting discoveries are the reason we gather here today, in my corner of the internet. 🙂  I shall now tell you all about their amazing makeup base perfecting abilities.

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  1. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water – This stuff makes my foundation look flawless. FLAW-LESS.  It is very hydrating, so it’s perfect for those dry skin days.  If you have trouble with flaky, dry skin, I would definitely recommend this.  Not only can you use it before your makeup, but also afterwards to lock everything in and give your skin a nice glow!  If my makeup is every looking cake-y this product saves the day and smoothes everything out.  Not only that, but it increases the wear of my makeup for at least 2-3+ hours more than usual.
  2. 2B Primer Makeup Base – This primer makes my makeup last all day!  I can get a good 8-9  hour use out of it, which is especially amazing considering its price!  Normally all 2B products are half off, so I’ve never seen this primer go above $4.95.  Not only is it affordable, but it also isn’t made with silicone, which means it won’t break you out.  It is lightweight and has a slight fresh scent to it.  It claims to be slightly mattifying.  Overall, it leaves my skin with a satin finish, not too far on the matte side of things.
  3. M.A.C. Studio Face and Body Foundation – I am OBSESSED with this product.  This foundation has a slight glow to the finish, but it never gets to the point of making me look like a disco ball. When I just want a bit of coverage, I can use a tiny amount of this and it gives the perfect sheer finish.  It can also be built up to more of a medium/full coverage depending on how much you put on.  I like to use my Zoeva 102 Silk Finish brush when applying this.  If you want a natural foundation, I can’t recommend MAC face and body enough!
  4. 2B Waterproof Concealer – This is another one of my new favorites from 2B Cosmetics.  Their concealer correcting waterproof stick in the shade peach is perfect for my under eye area.  Since it has a peach tint, it helps to remove my dark circles.  It’s great on any zits that I have as well.  One tip I would give is to not apply too much under your eyes since it may crease a bit.  With that said, I still think it’s an amazing product and I’ve never seen this go above $3.99, so it’s definitely a steal!
  5. Makeup Forever HD Pressed Powder – No other powder has been able to make my pores look as invisible as this one.  I am in love with MUFE’s Pressed Powder since it makes my skin look extremely smooth and never lets my under eye area crease.  Since my T-zone is constantly oily, this powder is constantly saving my life… or at least my makeup from smudging all over the place.

Thank you so much for reading!  Are there any other makeup base essentials out there that I need to discover?

XO,

Hanna

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DIY Memory Jars

 

Hey there, beauties!

Happy New Year’s Eve!  Can you believe we’re only a few hours away from 2016?! I cannot wait to see all of the amazing things that this year will bring!  The DIY I’ll be showing you today is the perfect way to save those memories in a jar so you will never forget them!  In my opinion, it is a little like a scrapbook except way quicker and simpler to make.  On top of being insanely easy to make, this craft is the perfect gift for anyone you know who cherishes their memories, too!

These jars are meant to be stuffed with any kinds of ticket stubs or even little papers you have written on with the date and the adventures you had that day.  I have kept a memory jars for two years now and you’d be surprised how quickly they fill up!  I love looking back on all of the fun times! I hope you all enjoy this craft as much as I do… Let’s begin!

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What you’ll need:

  • A jar (The bigger the better -that way, you won’t run out of space!)
  • Paper or labels
  • A hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Stickers
  • Letters
  • Ribbon, string or twine
  • Washi tape (optional, but super cute!)
  • Memories, of course! 😉

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With this DIY, how you decorate the jar is completely up to you, so there aren’t any specific steps to take.  If you wanted, you could even leave the jar plain, but I’ll show you how I decided to decorate mine!

I started by cutting some cute paper so that my jar had a label on the front.  I then stuck some of my letter stickers onto that paper and hot glued the pieces together.

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I then hot glued those pieces onto my jar, gluing in sections so that it  didn’t dry before I could stick the paper down.

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After that, I realized my paper was a bit short, so I decorated the sides with some sparkly washi tape that I’m obsessed with.  You can find adorable washi tape everywhere -keep your eyes peeled for it on the Target dollar aisle, because they always have really cute, cheap ones!  In fact, I found a lot of my decorations there, including my letter stickers!

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I then decided my jar needed the year on it, so I hot glued the 2016 onto the front.

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Of course, I had to also add a bow! I just tied some twine around the neck of the jar and hot glued it in place so it won’t be twisted at weird angles.

As for my next jar, the steps are pretty similar, I just hot glued all of the pieces on and used some different colors of washi tap over the label and also the lid.  I decided to switch things up a bit and add the stickers onto the lid of the jar.  I recommend hot gouging them down if you decide to do this so that they won’t come off when you open it to put your memories in.

To show the different ways you can fill these jars, I put some folded pieces of scrapbook paper in one jar and filled the other with all kinds of tickets that I’ve collected. If you’re an over achiever, you can use both papers and tickets in your jar!

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And that, ladies and gents, is the finished project. I hope that you enjoyed and maybe try this project out yourself!  I think this is a great idea and super fun to look back on later in life!  I can’t wait for all the memories i’ll fill my jar up with this year!

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Thanks so much for reading!  Talk to you next year!

XO,

Hanna