KUESTION KORNER #1

Last week I asked you to submit questions via Instagram, from makeup to self-care.

Take a seat, let’s chat.

Best Way to Cry Without Fucking Up Your Makeup? Thank You.

I can’t afford to cry because my lashes will come off! SIKE, my favorite glue is cheap and literal cement. In all seriousness though, I’ll usually try to breathe slowly if I feel like i’m going to cry. If you know you’re going to sob ahead of time, I recommend wearing water proof mascara and substituting liquid liner for brown eyeshadow. (I draw a cat eye with an angled brush and a brown shadow. It’s my lil’ hack when I don’t want a harsh cat eye that has the potential to smear). Other than that, a quick little tear-sesh isn’t too bad -big watery eyes and flushed cheeks. Issa look.

What Are Your Staple Makeup Products?!

I love makeup so much, so I’m just gonna dive into this:

  1. Makeup Forever HD Foundation
  2. Sonia Kashuk Jumbo Blending Sponge
  3. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
  4. Milani Stay Put Brow Color
  5. REVOLUTION Banana Powder
  6. MAC Lipliner Spice
  7. Milani Blush Luminoso
  8. Ardell Studio Effects Wispies
  9. MORPHE Setting Mist

Everything I’ve listed I buy repeatedly! I use them to death, and I haven’t found a better product in that category. I’m always on the hunt, though. If you have any recommendations, LEMME HEAR THEM.

Are You Single?

Yes LOL Im comfortable, too.

Who Is Your Fashion Role Model?

At the moment it’s Kourtney Kardashian! She embodies different elements of fashion that I adore. Her style is usually practical, but she’ll also wear really bold pieces that I drool over. She’s actually the reason I’ve been inspired to add more color to my wardrobe. Kourtney is just killing it right now.

Who Or What Inspires Your Style?

I mentioned Kourtney Kardashian in the question above, but I love that you’ve asked me what inspires my style. A quick answer is: everything around me. Feelings, music, art, destinations. It’s like putting on a mask. I yearn to express myself, always!

How Do You Manage To Stay Fit With A Busy 40 Hour Schedule?

A tough question for me and a lot of people, I’m sure! I try to hit the gym at least twice a week. I have anxiety at times so I wont always get down, which bums me out, but i’ll do a short circuit at home instead. When I do get down at the gym without a problem, I usually start out with resistance bands! They’re quick and effective. I’ll move on to leg press, and super-set with another machine. I always end my session with about 4 sets of 3 different ab workouts. Aside from lifting weights, I run twice a week when I’m too sore to go back to the gym! Meal prepping has also really saved me time, and it doesn’t really allow you to stray from eating healthy because the food will go bad. All in all, my tips for staying fit on a tight schedule:

  1. Try to workout at least twice a week, even if it’s at home. Everybody is different, do it at your own pace.
  2. Running is the best cardio -next to stairs. Kill two birds with one stone at a football field.
  3. Focus on target areas at the gym. Get in, get fit, get out.
  4. Meal prep is everything! It saves you time, and allows you to have steady eating habits during the week. Prep enough to take to work, eat after work, and eat after a workout.

Where Do You Get Your Eyebrows Done? They Frame Your Face So Well!

Thank you! I have naturally semi-full eyebrows. I try not to touch them, but if i have to I’ll pluck them myself. I also brush up the brow hairs and I trim them with some tiny scissors. Other than that I don’t do anything else except follow the natural shape of my brows when I fill them in with the Milani Brow Color.

Does Brand Matter?

I don’t think it does when it comes to buying your entire wardrobe. Some pieces that I believe you should splurge on: A great pair of denim jeans, denim shorts, a legit faux leather biker jacket, a go-to handbag, and a perfect pair of heels. I say this because they are the focal point of all outfits, whether you’re wearing a white tee, or a dress. Think about it. What do you always notice first in an outfit? Killer shoes, designer handbag, or those sick Levi’s you’ve always wanted. Buy responsibly ladies!

Rituals That You’ve Introduced To Your Daily Routine That Have Improved Your Life/ Beauty/ Skincare?

This is such an awesome question because it’s so personal. I do quite a few rituals so I’ll break them up into sections! The following are my current 2019 Rituals:

Life

  1. I burn white sage in my room at least once every two weeks, or when I’m feeling like I’m stuck in a funk.
  2. I drink 1/2 a cup of pure D-Mannose every day. This is for all my ladies that struggle with UTIs. I’ve only gotten a UTI twice, but they’ve been the absolute worst and I think everybody should look into trying this.
  3. I have a cork board next to my door. I put up things I love, things I want, and personal affirmations on a cork board. It’s right next to the door in my room so I always have to glance at it on my way out, or on my way in.
  4. I’ve started taking a women’s multivitamin. Sometimes you need a little extra push.
  5. I watch anime. Listen to me for a second. I’ve always watched anime, but I can definitely say that there are some movies that have really pulled my heart strings. They’re beautiful and have made me sit back and think about the little things. I recommend them to everyone: Grave of The Fireflies, MIRAI, The Girl Who Lept Through Time, Into the Forest of Fireflies Light, Your Name, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Spirited Away.
  6. I pick out & buy real plants for my room. If you follow me on Instagram you know how much I love plants. They’re a great addition to any part of your home because they cleanse the air, and are said to be a source of positive energy. It is rewarding to purchase a plant, nurture it, and watch it grow. Shopping for plants is therapeutic in itself.

Beauty

  1. I wear pink concealer. I’ve started wearing pink concealer when I go out because it is so brightening! (This applies to my tan-skinned girlz.) My favorite is the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in Brightener.
  2. I apply a hydrating moisturizer as my base. I have very dry skin, so it’s a must regardless. I’ve started applying Ole Henriksen’s C-Rush Brightening Cream before foundation and it’s worked wonders for me. My makeup looks more natural, and blends even more smoothly with my sponge.
  3. I’ve stopped wearing Foundation during the week. This was actually inspired by one of my very good friends, Andrea. So far I’ve gone two weeks without it and my skin has improved dramatically. I do my usual everyday makeup minus foundation Monday through Thursday, and I do a full beat Friday and Saturday. Sundays I’m a lazy piece of shit, so I wont even wear makeup unless I’m going to brunch.

Skincare

  1. . I have a monthly sheet mask subscription. I’ve been subscribed to Facetory for a while now, and it’s so convenient. You receive Korean sheet masks every month that are personalized according to your skin type and skin concerns. I’ve incorporated sheet masks into my routine after I began experimenting with Korean Skincare. I’ll wear a sheet mask about twice a week, and I’ll keep the leftover serum in the pouch so I can massage it onto my face another day.
  2. I use a jade roller. Part of my nighttime routine includes 3 of my go-to serums and oils from The Ordinary: Hyaluronic Acid 2% and B5 (For Hydration), Alpha Arbutin 2% (For Darkspots), and 100% cold-pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil (More Hydration). I put on my skincare, rotating between the Hyaluronic Acid and Alpha Arbutin, then I massage the product into my face with a Jade Roller moving from the center of my face outwards. I do the same after applying Rose Hip Seed Oil. Jade Rollers are said to decrease puffiness, and promote circulation.
  3. Thicc eye cream. For all the girls that bake their under eyes! We are more prone to crows feet and wrinkles. I don’t know about you, but I’m trying to look my best forever. At night I’ll slap on a generous amount of the Ole Henriksen Banana right Eye Cream.
  4. I wear sunscreen on my face. This is so important, and I don’t think many girls do this until later in their lifetime. You shouldn’t have to be sitting at a Dermatologists office because you have sunspots to finally realize you should wear sunscreen. All skin colors and skin types react differently to the suns rays, but we are all affected. I hate thick sunscreen that smells bad and leaves a white cast on my face. I buy the MISSHA Safe-Block Essence Sun Milk in two’s, swear on my life. It’s incredibly lightweight and it doubles as an essence, giving your face a nice flush of moisture. SPF 50, NON GREASY, AND NO WHITE CAST. That’s it. That’s the tweet.
  5. Raw Shea butter. Lastly, body. I am tan, so I need to moisturize my skin to the best of my ability because I get ashy FAST. Shea Butter was recommended to me by one of my bestfriends, Ale. Her boyfriend uses it and his skin literally glistens. Its VERY thick and takes some time to truly rub into the skin, but it makes you look amazing once its been absorbed. I do want to warn you that you should not lay down or cover yourself with a blanket because it can transfer since it has a semi-oily consistency.

How Do You Feel About Makeup For Men? Would You Say It’s Emasculating or Empowering?

The perception of makeup belonging solely to women is a construct. A perfect example of this is the popularity of makeup and beauty in Seoul, South Korea. Men wear makeup, and they look fucking great. It’s a different type of makeup application, really just focusing on enhancing focal features like lips, eyebrows, and good skin. I feel like people think men wearing makeup means a full blown beat with contour and lashes, when that’s not the case at all. Makeup is a tool, not a definition of who you are. All i have to say is that a man that takes care of himself is easily ten notches more attractive. There is nothing emasculating about allowing yourself to feel good.

What Summer Fashion Trends Should We Expect?

Now that we’re deeper into summer days, I’ve pinpointed the most popular summer trends on Instagram!

  1. French style Hair Ties
  2. Slouchy Trousers
  3. Woven Straw Bags
  4. Pretty Floral
  5. Little White Dress

NEW IN: FENTY BEAUTY

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I’m finally back after a few months! I’ve missed blogging and I’ve missed all of you! First things first though, post-graduate life is both relieving yet stressful in its own way. I guess you never really get to chill. Been working towards some really exciting things for DBD. I will be featured in Cream City Magazine for the month of October, which I answered a really fun questionnaire for. I didn’t hold back, and I tried to truly let my personality shine through. Hope you all can pick up a copy next month!

On to what you’re really here for: My Current Makeup Routine.

For the most part my makeup routine doesn’t change much, and it really hasn’t for the past 6 years. I find products that work for me and I wear them religiously. Most of the products I’ll be talking about have been my favorite for ages, for the exception of the FENTY Beauty products I picked up, which are brand new to the routine, but have quickly become my new go-to’s. Shall we begin?

  1. Fenty Beauty Pro Filtr Primer: I don’t like primer because I feel like there’s a layer of gunk on my face, but the consistency of the Pro Filter Primer really surprised me. Extremely hydrating and a MUST for the Pro Filtr Foundation. I’ll apply the primer starting from the center of my face, and massaging it outwards.
  2. Fenty Beauty Pro Filtr Foundation: Okay so I’ve never gotten so many compliments on my complexion before, like even dudes told me my foundation looked “pretty”. This is a breakthrough for me, because I’ve been a HUGE Makeup Forever Foundation fan for years.  Something finally topped it, and I’m not mad at it. I wear the color 310 in the Fenty Pro Filtr Foundation, and it is hydrating as well as brightening. It really makes you glow. I apply about 3 dots on each cheek, chin, and forehead, and blend it with a Morphe E6 brush. (Something to note: the Pro Filtr Foundation does not cake, and is so amazing for layering and blending other products on top of it).
  3. NARS Creamy Concealer: My favorite concealer of all time, it’s one of the products I always reach for. I apply it in the shape of a triangle under my eyes, and blend it with a damp beauty blender. Ill go over my eyelids with the excess concealer left on the beauty blender, just because I like to.
  4. Ben Nye Banana Powder: My secret to setting my concealer. The banana powder brightens the area, and stops any creasing.
  5. Too Faced Natural Eye Palette: Next, I’ll use the shade Sexpresso and an angled eyeshadow brush to create a winged liner that is subtle. I truly only wear full-blown eyeshadow or a black winged liner on the weekends, and for special occasions.
  6. Covergirl Professional Super Thick Lash Mascara: I’ll put on a light layer of mascara, and slightly curl my lashes so they hold my falsies later.
  7. Milani Stay Put Brow Color: Using the angled brush that comes with the pot, I lightly outline the natural shape of my brows. This is only to outline them, and comb them with the spoolie brush, because I will fill them in with MAC’s espresso shadow.
  8. False Lashes: My favorite part of doing my makeup! I’d like to believe that this is my signature look: big, long lashes. I actually combine two pairs together, and the style depends on how I’m feeling. As many of you already know, I’ve been putting falsies on for over 8 years so yes I do wear them everyday. It’s so fast for me, and my makeup always looks put together.
  9. Coastal Scents Eyeshadow Pan in Harvest Brown: Apply a bit of this shadow under my bottom lashes, to add a little depth to my eyes. I’ll coat my bottom lashes with mascara too.
  10. Kan Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette: With an angled ELF bronzing brush, I contour my cheeks with the two lightest shades of the palette. Using the same two shades, I also contour my nose a little bit.
  11. Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso: Next, using a super fluffy blush brush I add one of my favorite blushes to the apples of my cheeks. A small amount of the blush goes a long way!
  12. Colourpop Lipliner in Faded: I love a pretty pink lip, especially on my skin tone. I use this creamy lipliner all over my lips. I usually switch back and forth between this liner and the Rimmel 1000 Kisses liner in the color Spice. Also one of my favorites.
  13. Fenty Beauty Shimmer Skinstick in Rum: Finally, ill swirl a small stippling brush over the highlighter and apply it to the focal points of my face shape: my cheekbones, chin, and my nose. This highlighter is KILLING IT. It’s so smooth and lightweight but really packs a punch. It gives me a soft and healthy glow.

And that completes my current makeup routine! Everybody has different taste in makeup, and this is how I like to do MINE. Hope some of you found this helpful, and you can ask me any questions in the comments. Also, let me know if you’d like for me to start a DBD Youtube channel. I think it would be more engaging *shrug*.