Beauty Faves

I got really great feedback the last time I did a “things I’m loving” in terms of beauty products so I figured it was time for another one. These are my latest beauty faves!

You may notice the mascara is familiar looking…it’s the same brand I posted about last time except it’s BLUE! Yes! L’Oréal came out with their same fabulous L’Oréal Voluminous Original mascara formula in a blue hue. I get too many complements when I wear it it’s almost embarrassing (especially because I forget I’m wearing blue mascara!) oh, and you can buy it at Walmart for under $7! It’s a no brainer and way fun for spring/summer.  This is also a nod to the first makeup I ever wore, which was purple mascara 🙂

The next thing I’m loving is my IT Your Skin But Better CC+ Full Coverage Foundation. I have acne prone skin that gets oily before the day is over.  This stuff really does make it look like it’s your skin BUT BETTER! And it helps keep my skin from looking like a shiny mess by the day’s end.  It has a nice light lemony scent that is the farthest thing from a makeup smell, it’s quite nice! I set it with my Bare Minerals Mineral Veil and it’s awesome. You can get this at Ulta for around $38 (a little goes a long way).

The final product is this stunning gold, shimmery, perfection of a color nail polish. More specifically it’s Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polish in terra coppa. My friend introduced me to it and said she loved the formula so I gave it a try. I honestly thought I had tried all the nail polishes out there but this one surpasses them all. This stuff is self-leveling so you have a smooth finish on your nail bed and it LASTS SO LONG considering it’s not an actual gel polish. You don’t have to cure this under an LED light and it removes with normal nail polish remover. Totally try it, you won’t be disappointed. It easily lasts a week without chipping and that’s super long in my opinion. I want all. The. Colors. And a bottle will cost your around $8. Not too shabby.

Which one are you wanting to try?!

love & cupcakes,

Katie

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Favorite things lately

img_7871I enjoy and appreciate when a blogger posts about certain things they are loving at the moment, so I thought I would share what I’m loving lately with you guys! (My inner thought: “if I find it useful and interesting, maybe my friends will too?!”) What I’m really loving this second? A late night snack of carrots and hummus. But I digress….

NYX Micro Brow Pencil and NYX Control Freak Clear Brow Gel (find it here and here)

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This stuff is legit! I used to buy the expensive Anastasia brand of both the pencil and clear brow gel, and this NYX brand gives the same exact results and application as the stuff that’s more than double its price! The pencil glides on easily (no tugging on your skin) and the brow gel isn’t too thick or heavy and you can’t even tell it’s on. I love that it sets my brow hairs in place and I don’t have to worry about the “tails” of my brows getting smushed out of place or going a little crazy looking throughout the day.

TRESemme Keratin Smooth hair serum (find it here)

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I have very fine and thin hair, but I have a lot of it. Whenever I blow dry it it gets all tangled and is a hot mess. When I put this in my damp hair and finger comb it through, I can literally blow dry my hair without a brush and run my fingers through it without getting caught halfway down. It makes my hair pretty much frizz free and suuuuuuper smooth. It’s not too heavy or oily feeling like some serums can, and this is important for us fine haired gals! I can’t believe I’m just starting to use something like this. Oh, and it’s cheap! AND it doesn’t make my hair greasy or oily. Total win!

Adjustable Rose Gold Feather Bling Bracelet (find it here)

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I love this feminine little rose gold bracelet I just got the other day from Charming Charlie. I have always loved feathers (they remind me of Native American jewelry which I love), and this one is just a more glitzy and trendy version. I also have been loving the adjustable part which is something you normally see on bracelets that are made of string (think of friendship bracelets!). I like the movement of the loose ends and the little bit of bling there doesn’t hurt either. This bracelet was $8! Super cute and looks great layered with other bracelets/a watch/other metals (silver/gold).

Alright, that’s all from me for now. Hope you enjoyed what I’m loving lately! A little dose of girly never hurt anyone.

Do you have favorite beauty/fashion buys you’re loving lately? Do tell!!!

love & cupcakes,

Katie

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DIY Leather Tassel

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Are you guys in love with tassels as much as I am?? Well, if you are looking to spruce up your purse or your keys, you’re in LUCK! You can make your own Leather Tassel with little effort and they look better than the ones you can buy at the store (in my opinion).

You can get two tassels with the size Leather I used for this tutorial. And if you make shorter tassels you can definitely get more out of it.
Here’s what you need:

  • Sharp scissors (I had to buy heavier duty scissors than my dollar store ones!)
  • 8.5″X11″ piece of Leather (I found mine precut that size at Michael’s)
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Hot glue gun
  • Keychain ring
  • Oversized lobster clasp

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Directions:

1. Cut about an inch off of the top length of Leather (the 11″ side)img_7695

2. Cut the fringe, spacing each cut about 1/4″ apart. You can eyeball it pretty easily. (I found it easiest to keep the cuts steady by keeping the bottom blade of the scissors consistently touching the tabletop I was working on)img_7682

3. Take the strip you cut off the top in step 1 and cut it in half lengthwise againimg_7685

4. Cut two 3″ strips of Leather from either of those lengths of Leather.

5. Find the cut amongst the fringe that is closest to the center and continue the cut all the way up to the top. You are creating two separate fringed pieces here (so you can have two complete tassels in the end). img_7683

6. Take your glue gun and start gluing and rolling your Tassel. Take your time so you don’t burn yourself. And don’t put too much glue down so it doesn’t ooze out the sides. img_7696

7. Half way through rolling your Tassel, take the 3″ strip of Leather and add the keychain ring to it and glue the ends together. Lay this piece down and glue it so you will continue to roll it into your Tassel base. img_7687

8. Complete gluing and rolling your Tassel. Add the lobster clasp to the keychain ring.

9. Clean up any stringy strands of hot glue left over and admire your handiwork!

I made this turquoise Tassel a long time ago (probably 6 months ago now) and it has held up perfectly! That was something I was worried about when making these-that they would unravel or not last with everyday use. img_7745

I added it to my purses for a punch of color and I made this brown one for my fall/winter bags. It even looks cute on my wristlet! img_7749

I’m telling you, these are so simple to make and they look SO fashionable. No one will ever guess you made this yourself. And since it’s real Leather it has such nice movement to it. img_7754

What do you think? Would you try making these? Make one and gift one! (It’s what I did!)

love & cupcakes,

Katie

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Easy Evil Eye Manicure

 

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If you know me, you know I love a good manicure but I am not one to shell out the money to go get it done. That’s especially true when you can give yourself a professional looking mani right at home with nail colors you most likely already have. Save your money, and have people commenting on your cute digits with this easy design!

Here’s what you need:

  • beige/tan or neutral base color
  • white nail polish
  • medium and dark blue nail polishes
  • your favorite topcoat
  • a bobbypin
  • a fine tipped paint brush

Here’s how to create the look:

  1. paint your beige base coat and let dryimg_6662
  2. take a bobby pin and bend it apart
  3. dip it into the white nail polish and dot it on your nail (aim for the center base of each nail); let it dry.img_6667
  4. take the end of your paint brush handle and dip it into your medium blue color. Test this on a piece of paper first, making sure that this dot of blue color is smaller than the white dot you put on your nail. (you want to see the edges of the white peeking out under the blue)
  5. Dot the medium blue color on every white dot.img_6668
  6. Then take the actual fine tipped paint brush and dip it in your darkest blue; dot each nail again to complete the “eye.”img_6669
  7. Once completely dry, put your top coat on and you’re done!img_6676img_6675

Trust me, people will think you got this done at a nail salon!

Think you’ll try this look?

love & cupcakes,
Katie

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Fun(ky) Two-Tone Pedicure

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I have a really fun pedicure for you guys that is so super easy! All you need to do is look through your stash of nailpolish and pick two colors you think you go well together! That’s it!

I saw this two-tone pedicure a lot when we were traveling around Italy and Paris over the summer and I knew I wanted to replicate it and share it with you once we got home!

No need to be a pro at painting detailed nail designs! If you can paint your nails, you can do this! And the other great thing, is you can do this as a manicure with more muted or neutral colors (if you need your nails to be subdued and more “work appropriate!”)

I picked orange and a corally pink creme polish (creme=no shimmer), but I also saw black and white combos that were really chic!

Here’s what you need:

•2 nailpolish colors that you think go well together

•your favorite clear top coat

Here’s how to do it (it’s stupid easy!):

•paint your big toenail one color of choice, and the rest of your toenails in the other color!

Done.  See?! EASY!!

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Pamper your piggies while it’s still summer time and sandal season!!

What color combos will you try?!

love & cupcakes,

Katie

 

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DIY Robin’s Egg Manicure

 

This manicure is really fun because while it’s creative, there is no pressure as to making a specific design – so you really can’t mess up. Love that!

You can use any colors you want, but I went with a white base, and turquoise, shimmery blue, and gold for accent colors.

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Here’s what you need for this manicure:

  • cling wrap
  • pointy qtips (normal ones work too)
  • nail polish remover
  • white base coat
  • your choice of colors + a metallic for accents
  • top coat
  • paper plate

Steps:

  1. Paint nails with white base coat. This doesn’t need to be thick, even, or pretty because it’s getting more color layered on top. The white simply helps the next colors pop.
  2. Take a piece of cling wrap and scrunch it into a ball.
  3. Dab your lightest color (not the metallic) onto the paper plate with the paint brush, and then dip your cling wrap into it.
  4. LIGHTLY tap it onto your nails, reapplying color to the cling wrap when needed.
  5. Take your darkest color and repeat that application process but use even less color since it’s darker. You don’t want to cover up the light one completely.
  6. Do that one more time but with your metallic color.
  7. Repeat any of the colors to get the desired look you like best.
  8. Finish with two coats of top coat to get it nice and smooth.
  9. Take the qtip dipped in nail polish remover and clean up the skin around your nails
  10. Show off your manicure to your friends!

 

 

 

That banana really got a lot of use today!

love & cupcakes,
Katie

 

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Patriotic Mani Pedi

 

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I know it’s only June 23, but I have realized that in the blogging world you need to be ahead of the game when writing about things that people might want to replicate by a certain time. Case in point – this simple little DIY Patriotic Mani/Pedi. If I were to post this on 4th of July, who’s gonna stop what they’re doing and paint their nails? Not moi! I got fireworks to watch!

So for those of you that know me well, you know I love having nail polish on my nails at all times, and if I don’t it’s a rare occasion. I never spend the money on getting my nails done because, hello, $$ I don’t have, which means I get creative from time to time making mine fancy. I thought a great regular posting here at Perfect & Flawed would be a “Monthly Manicure” post. My plan is to post it every third Thursday. So if you’re a nail fanatic like me, you can have that to look forward to.

Anyways, I LOVE the 4th of July. It’s probably my favorite holiday. I’m not really sure why, but I think it has to do with being outdoors with family and friends, eating good food, and being nostalgic. There’s just an overall sense of happiness on this holiday in my opinion. And when I watch the fireworks go off at night I always get overwhelmed with emotion and get a little teary-eyed thinking about how good we have it here in the U.S. We have freedom and we have rights, safety, and the ability to do what we choose. I am so thankful for the country we live in, even with all its flaws (which, lately, there seems to be many).

Now, on to the fun part! I was inspired by Pinterest for this nail DIY – if you haven’t followed my Pinterest board, you need to!

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This cuticle oil pen is awesome - it's by ELF and $1. It soaks right into the skin and is not messy at all.
This cuticle oil pen is awesome – it’s by ELF and $1. It soaks right into the skin and is not messy at all.

Here’s what you need:

  • red nail polish
  • blue  nail polish
  • white nail polish with a skinny detail brush (or use normal white polish and a separate skinny brush for detail work)
  • clear top coat
  • nail file
  • an orange stick or something to push your cuticles back
  • cuticle oil

P.S. – I got my bottle of white polish at the dollar store! You can find a lot of those detail bottles at the dollar store I have found 🙂

Manicure:

  1. Paint all nails except ring fingers red
  2. Paint ring fingers blue
  3. Do 2 coats on everything and wait to dry
  4. Take your white nail polish and draw/paint a star on your ring fingers
  5. Wait for it to dry completely (to avoid dragging the color) and apply top coat

Pedicure:

  1. Paint big toes blue
  2. Paint the rest of your toes red
  3. Do 2 coats of everything and wait to dry
  4. Take the white nail polish and draw/paint three little stars (or however many you have room for on your big toe!)
  5. Paint two THIN diagonal stripes on all the red toenails
  6. Wait to dry
  7. Add top coat to everything

Remember you can always remove the nail polish if you mess up. I find that if I’m not striving for perfection, it actually comes out a lot better than I planned!

Enjoy your handiwork (haha pun intended!)

love & cupcakes,

Katie

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Things I’m loving

You know when you just love something so much you want to tell everyone about it? That’s how I feel about these three products! These are long time favorites and no matter how many times I buy a different kind of product “just to see” if I like it better, I always come running back to these originals.

Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Dry Shampoo

I love this shizzzz. I have to say, I am not the type to spend a ton on fancy schmancy hair care products. If it works AND it’s cheap, I like it even more. (doesn’t matter what it is!) Usually I’m all for more is more, but in this case, don’t go crazy folks. If you use too much or spray too close to your hair, you WILL see white residue.

On days when I use this I spray it in my hair (unbrushed, bed head, all nasty lookin’) and put it in a messy bun on top of my head. Then I get in the shower…if I’m not washing my hair, I’m at LEAST washing my body. (You can spray it and then do your makeup while it works too!) I swear this time that it’s sitting in your hair while you’re going about your morning routine is when the serious magic happens. When you’re out of the shower, all you have to do is massage your hair around at the scalp. Really go wild here – the more you rub, the “cleaner” it gets. Then brush, style, and pat yourself on the back for having awesome 2nd day hair. Or third or fourth day hair if you’re a lucky lady and don’t have to wash your hair errrrday. Whenever I use this dry shampoo I get complements on my hair. Go figure.

Oh, and P.S. – it smells so fresh. (and so clean clean) 😉

Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser

You guys. I have finicky skin. It’s oily. It’s dry. It’s sensitive. It’s a royal pain in the butt. I am no stranger to the dermatologist, and if I stray from my skincare routine, I break out like a hormonal teen. I have tried once before the normal Cerave cleanser, but it doesn’t foam and it felt like my face was still dirty/oily/had makeup leftover. I would also still break out when I used that kind. Then my dermatologist recommended I try the foaming kind (and she recommends Cerave brand over Cetaphil; take that as you will). I will seriously never stop using this face soap. It’s gentle, gets my full coverage foundation and mascara off of my face and eyes, and I can’t remember the last time I had a real breakout. *someone knock on wood* Sure it’s more expensive than your walmart brand face soap, but you can also find coupons on Cerave’s website. Who doesn’t love $2 off?!?! When your next bottle of face soap runs out, try this one!

L’oreal Voluminous Mascara

I saved the best for last. I don’t own an eyelash curler, and I haven’t my entire life. Some would say it’s because I’m blessed with long lashes. I say, it’s because I use an awesome mascara! I’ve used this stuff since undergrad…so around 10 years. Yup, 10. Not many people can say that they are loyal to many products for such a long time. I get asked all the time what I use on my eyelashes, especially from people who see me up close – my hairdresser, dentist, doctors, cashiers, complete strangers….you get the point. This stuff is GOOD. Funny side story, every time I go home to visit my family, my mom ALWAYS asks me what I use on my eyelashes. My answer goes something like this, “That L’oreal stuff that you introduced me to years ago….” Funny how that works.

You have to get the curved wand, though. Straight wands are worthless. I hold the curved wand wrong (I think). I don’t hold it so the curve “cups” my eyelashes. I hold it sort of sideways so the wand bumps into your eyelashes and pushes them upward more. Two coats are perfectly daytime dramatic, but you can go more if you’re not afraid to go there. Just be careful you don’t go all spidey-lash on the world.

Alright! Those are the things I’m loving right now and felt I HAD to share them with you. I realize not everyone has the same hair/skin so some products might not take to you as well. For example, that Great Lash mascara in the pink and green tube that everyone raaaaves about is garbage on my eyelashes. I might as well wear none at all. So if you hate some of this stuff, I get it!

Thanks for letting me “girl out” with you!

love & cupcakes,

Katie

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