Chelsea Crockett

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How to Maintain Your False Lashes

I don’t wear false lashes very much, but I have a few friends who swear by them. They say you can reuse them 5-10 times, but after a while the…

I don’t wear false lashes very much, but I have a few friends who swear by them. They say you can reuse them 5-10 times, but after a while the glue and mascara starts to build up on them and make them yucky! Here is the best method to clean your falsies to get the most use out of them.

You will need:

  • Small bowl or cupLC3
  • Oil based eye makeup remover (or coconut oil or olive oil)
  • Tweezers
  • Tissue

Once you have removed your false lashes, drop them in your small bowl or cup. Pour makeup remover or oil over the lashes until they are completely covered. Let them sit for about an hour or you can even do it overnight. After they have soaked, use your tweezers to gently swish them around in the oil to loosen up any glue and mascara left over on the lashes. Use the tweezers to place the lashes on top of a tissue to help soak up some of the oil, then use the tweezers to pick off the remaining glue. Place a few tissues on top of the lashes and let them sit for an hour or so to absorb any of the leftover oil. This is the last step! The lashes should now be mascara and glue-free!

 

Put the lashes back in the original container to store them! Good as new.

XOXO, Chels

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How to Cover Up Stubborn Redness with Makeup

Okay so i’m going to be real with you here for a minute. Last week I used a pore strip on my nose to get some blackheads out of there….

Okay so i’m going to be real with you here for a minute. Last week I used a pore strip on my nose to get some blackheads out of there. I accidentally left it on too long and ended up peeling off some of my skin with the pore strip. OKAY OUCHHHH. It was not fun. Plus, my nose has been a red mess this week. Thank goodness I know a few makeup tricks to hide it! If you have redness from acne scars or rosacea, or pesky pore strips, keep reading to learn how to cover it up.

  1. Prep with primer: Apply a primer to your skin to make sure your makeup stays on all day. Primer also creates a barrier between your skin and makeup to prevent irritation.tumblr_inline_mw1721SkOq1qdfkq5
  2. Use tinted concealer: Pick a yellow or green tinted concealer to fight the red tones on your skin.
  3. Use a brush: Apply your concealer using a large brush to cover a wide area so you get coverage without going too overboard.
  4. Top it off with foundation: Use a brush to apply foundation over the concealer.
  5. Finish with powder: Take a yellow toned setting powder and press it into the skin to help your makeup stay in place alllll day long.

Hopefully these tips help you cover up that redness so you can feel confident in your own skin (literally!).

XOXO, Chels

 

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How to get the Most out of Your Makeup

When I run out of my favorite tube of lipstick, a little part of me dies inside. Okay, that’s probably a little too dramatic, but I’m sure you can agree…

When I run out of my favorite tube of lipstick, a little part of me dies inside. Okay, that’s probably a little too dramatic, but I’m sure you can agree that it is a total bummer! Yes, you can just go to the store and get a new one, but why not try and use every last bit of yours? Here are a few ways to get the most out of your makeup and make it last a bit longer.

  1. Repair broken eyeshadow, blush, or face powder with a dab of rubbing alcohol. Do you have a tray of blush that you only used twice before you dropped it and cracked it? No worries. Crush the rest of it up, then add a few drops of rubbing alcohol to it and mix it together. Smooth it out so that it is spread out and even, and then let it dry! Good as new.broken-lipstick-1
  2. Keep your powders from breaking altogether by placing a cotton pad in them while traveling or when they are in your bag.
  3. Reattach broken lipstick using heat. Have a parent help you, and use a lighter to heat the broken ends of your lipstick, then reattach them together.
  4. Let your mascara sit in a glass of warm water to loosen it up when it is getting dry and clumpy. If it really needs some thinning, add some drops of contact solution to it.
  5. Put on primer before doing your eyeshadow. This one is a wee bit different from the others, but it really does help your makeup go further because you don’t have to use as much to make it stand out!

Makeup is expensive, we all know that! Hopefully these tips help you get your money’s worth out of your favorite products.

XOXO, Chels

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Make the Most of Your Abandoned Eyeshadow

We all have a favorite eyeshadow shade. You know, that one that always seems to run out, while all the other colors in the palette are only slightly used. I…

We all have a favorite eyeshadow shade. You know, that one that always seems to run out, while all the other colors in the palette are only slightly used. I got tired of having all sorts of eyeshadow palettes sitting around that were only slightly used, because all I was using was shades I knew and trusted! If you want to know how to wear the un-used, possibly obscure colors in your palettes, read on!

  1. Pink: Pink may seem like an awkward color for eyeshadow, and may give you “Barbie” vibes, but don’t let that stop you from using it! Gently dust some onto your eyelids, especially if it is a shimmery, light color! Bring the color across your lid down to the corner of the eye, and subdue it with other shadow shades like nude and champagne to tone it down.how-to-use-the-abandoned-colors-in-your-go-to-eye-shadow-palette-1656478-1455328442.640x0c
  2. Blue: This is a color that makes a stunning smoky eye, actually. Especially if it is slightly metallic! If a smoky eye isn’t your thing, use a small brush to run a thin line of shadow along your lower lash line for a pop of color.
  3. Purple: If you are unsure on how to wear that purple eyeshadow in your drawer, try the technique that I mentioned above in blue. Line your bottom lash line with the purple for a subtle color pop. You can even make a cat eye look with it!
  4. Black: Black can be an intimidating shade. Too much and you can start to look moody and dark! For a subtle look, use a fluffy powder shadow brush to dust a V shape along the outer corner of your eyes and halfway to the eye bone. This creates great definition.

Don’t let those abandoned eyeshadow colors go to waste! Get creative with them! You may find a new favorite shade in the process.

XOXO, Chels

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Strobing Vs. Contouring

I am 99% sure most of us are at least a little bit aware of what contouring is. For those who are maybe a little unsure of what it is…

I am 99% sure most of us are at least a little bit aware of what contouring is. For those who are maybe a little unsure of what it is all about, it involves tons of shading and highlighting using different makeup products to accentuate the curves and lines of your face. Contouring can totally transform your face and change your look. But… it is so darn difficult to do! It takes tons of work and lots of practice to get it down. Let’s face it, we have all tried to contour our faces, only to get half way and look like a clown and give up.  So, what if you want a sculpted face but do not have time (or motivation) to contour? Introducing: strobing.GigiHadid_Strobing_F

Strobing is a new kind of contouring that takes a fraction of the time and effort. Instead of using a darker color and a lighter color to shade your face with makeup, all you use is highlighter. Apply it to the center of your forehead, under your eyebrow bone, your chin, the inner corner of your eyes, and the tip of your nose. It brightens up your face and takes much less work (aka it is harder to mess it up)! You can use a dewy, sheer highlighter or you can make it super easy on yourself and use a highlighter stick. Just find a window and use a mirror to see where the sun naturally hits on your face. Then use highlighter on these spots.

Strobe away!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Applying Eye shadow: You’ve Been Doing it All Wrong

Are you ever stalking a beauty guru on Instagram and you just get mesmerized by their eyeshadow? Like, you’re stuck wondering “how in the world do they shade that so…

Are you ever stalking a beauty guru on Instagram and you just get mesmerized by their eyeshadow? Like, you’re stuck wondering “how in the world do they shade that so well…and how long did it take them to do that?!” That was me a few years ago, until I asked a fellow beauty blogger what her secret to on-point eyeshadow was. Turns out I was doing it wrong the whole time! Here is how to get perfect shadow every time.

Step 1: Apply eyeshadow primer to your eyelids.Eye-Makeup-Tutorial_Eyeshadow-Horizontal-Gradient-Method_2

Step 2: Use a makeup brush to apply a light shade like nude or gold to your lids.

Step 3: This is where I had it all wrong. To apply the darker shades like brown or black to your creases, keep your eyes open. Yes, open! Brush the darker shadow into your creases and repeat on each eye. The “eye open” method allows you to be able to compare your shadow on each eye because you can see the whole time, plus it helps you keep the natural shape of your eyes! AKA, this helps your makeup look more natural.

Try this eyeshadow trick out for yourself and see if it makes a difference in your shadow skills!

XOXO, Chels

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Contour Your Face in 5 Minutes

When I think about contouring my face, all I can think about how time consuming it is going to be. That is no longer the case with this brand spankin’…

When I think about contouring my face, all I can think about how time consuming it is going to be. That is no longer the case with this brand spankin’ new contouring method that takes only 5 minutes! I’ll tell you all about it.

What you will need: a dark shadow for contouring and a highlighter for highlighting, and a tapered brush or a blusher brush.04-gucci-gifs-loren-12.w529.h352

The key: accentuate the places where shadows normally fall on your face. This place is below your cheekbones, and to accentuate this area use your brush to measure a straight line from your ear to the side of your mouth like you are sucking in your cheeks, then place the contour there.

The method: load up your brush with bronzer or whatever contouring makeup you are using, then brush the excess off on your hand and lightly bring the color along the line you traced on your cheek with your brush earlier. Bring the excess bronzer on the brush up to your temple and blend it to connect it with your hair line.

Next, highlight: Highlight the top of your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, under your brow bone, and your cupids bow. Or, if you want to keep your look a little more natural, choose a few to highlight instead of all of them.

 

Wham bam, you are done! Just simple bronzer and highlighter can do the trick when it comes to a quick contour!

XOXO, Chels

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Tips for Gals Who Struggle with Eyeshadow

Eyeshadow can be a pretty intimidating. You don’t want to put it on two dark, you don’t want to put it on so light that you cannot tell you’re even…

Eyeshadow can be a pretty intimidating. You don’t want to put it on two dark, you don’t want to put it on so light that you cannot tell you’re even wearing any, and you don’t want to fail at shading that smoky eye just right! Here are a few tips from the eyeshadow pros to help my eyeshadow-challenged ladies.

  1. Know your eye shape: Learning how to shade eyeshadow is so much easier when you know your eye shape. It helps you figure out what color goes where!
  2. Know your eyeshadow brushes: Know your tools! There are brushes that are better for blending, ones that are more for base colors, and many more! Know what they are and how to use them.5489e46db6858_-_rbk-applying-eyeshadow-0911-msc
  3. Know your preferred formula: There are three main eyeshadow formulas: cream, loose, and pressed. Cream eyeshadows work best as a base layer color for powder eyeshadow, loose eyeshadows are best if you want a pigmented color, and pressed is the most common type of eyeshadow because they blend easily and aren’t that messy.
  4. Priming is important!: Using eyeshadow primer is super important. It keeps it from creasing or wearing off as the day goes on. It will also make your eyeshadow colors look brighter!

Eyeshadow is so much fun to experiment with! Hopefully these tips help you make the most of your makeup.

XOXO, Chels

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Become a Concealer Master

Concealer is a life-saver, but only if you know how to use it. It took me a while to master the art of concealer! Finding the right color for you…

Concealer is a life-saver, but only if you know how to use it. It took me a while to master the art of concealer! Finding the right color for you can be tricky, plus applying it the right way is a mystery to most! Here are my top 5 tips on everything concealer related.

  1. Color is key: There are shades of concealer that will help neutralize your specific skin tone! If you have dark purple spots around your eyes, use red concealer to cover them up and neutralize the dark circles. To find what concealer color works best for you, look at the undertone of your under eye circles.
  2. Different concealer formulas work better on different parts of your face: You may need a few different concealers in different colors to help cover everything. You can use a concealer that is skin tone, but having the right formula and color for the job makes a huge difference.concealer
  3. When to apply: Apply concealer after foundation to prevent brushing the concealer away. It also helps you use less concealer! Top it all off with powder.
  4. Let your concealer set: Let your concealer “cook” or melt onto your face for a few minutes. Your body heat will warm it up, and it may change color or texture a bit. After it has melted a bit, then you can work with it and blend it into your foundation.
  5. If you like to keep things simple: If you are more of a “do the minimum” makeup kind of person, just apply concealer under your eyes, at the corners of your mouth, and next to your nose. It will help you camouflage redness or darkness in those areas quick as a flash!

Hopefully these tips help you conceal to your heart’s desire!

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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Beauty Sponge Maintenance 101

My Beautyblender is my best friend. It is a makeup sponge like no other! It helps my foundation go on smooth, airbrushed look that I totally love. There are other…

My Beautyblender is my best friend. It is a makeup sponge like no other! It helps my foundation go on smooth, airbrushed look that I totally love. There are other brands of makeup sponges just like the Beautyblender, too! Here is how to use your preferred makeup blending sponge to its fullest.

  1. Use the sponge damp: dampening the sponge before you use it to get that streak free, dewy finish we all dream of.
  2. Clean it often: Clean the sponge with cleanser every day to make sure it stays bacteria and mold free.blender 1
  3. Keep it out: Don’t store your sponge in a baggie or in a place with no air flow. It rarely happens, but it could get moldy! Storing it in a baggie will also cause bacteria to start growing.
  4. Replace after 3 months: After using your blender for more than 3 months it can start to rip or tear, and it can start to get yucky. Once the 3 months are up, you can use repurpose the blender into a stain remover, a sponge for nail art designs, or anything else creative you can think of!

Take these tips and use them when caring for your makeup blender so you can get the most benefits out of it!

XOXO, Chels

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Brow Color 101

Brow maintenance is a mystery to me. How am I supposed to know what product works best for my brows? Is it brow pencils? Powder? Gel? Pens? It can be…

Brow maintenance is a mystery to me. How am I supposed to know what product works best for my brows? Is it brow pencils? Powder? Gel? Pens? It can be overwhelming! There are so many ways to keep your brows on fleek. Here is a mini guide to the basic ways to fill your brows!

  1. Brow powder: If you want a more subtle, softer look opt for brow powder or a matte eye shadow that is a little lighter than your brows. Use an angled brow brush to outline and fill your brows with the powder using gentle strokes.
  2. Brow pencil: This is the simplest way to shape and fill your brows. They come in many shades so you can find the perfect color to match your brows! If you use short, light strokes to fill your brows it will look perfectly natural.41TwhLB9HbL._SY300_
  3. Brow marker: This is the least popular method of shaping brows, but it still deserves a mention! Brow markers have the benefit of persistence- they stay on for hours and won’t smudge easily!
  4. Brow gel: If you have crazy unruly brows, use brow gel to tame and fill them. You can even use Vaseline to shape your brows if you already have dark thick ones.

Combine one or two of these methods to create the perfect brow routine for you! Get those eyebrows on fleek, girl!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Filling in Your Brows 101

The way you do your eyebrows can make or break your look. Some girl tweeze their poor brows until they are skinny as a pencil mark, either purposefully or unintentionally….

The way you do your eyebrows can make or break your look. Some girl tweeze their poor brows until they are skinny as a pencil mark, either purposefully or unintentionally. Some girls wear theirs super bushy! Whatever way you wear them, eyebrows can transform your face. Here are a few brow-filling tips to make sure your eyebrows are on fleek.

  1. Brow powder vs. brow pencil: In order to fill your brows the best you can, use two shades of brow powder or pencil to structure your brows and give them definition.
  2. Make sure you’re using the right color: Don’t pick the shades that match your brow hair exactly. Instead use shades that are a tad lighter. You also want to keep your skin tone in mind. If you have darker skin you want to use a chocolatey color with some warmth. If you have lighter skin, go for a sandy, light brown combo.2b9fbbbbf368190370d1c31b64b09397
  3. Use concealer to prep: Before you start filling in your brows, take concealer or subtle highlighter and blend it on top and underneath each brow. This gives your brow color something to stick to and defines your brows.
  4. Start under the arch of your brows: Use a small angled eyebrow brush to apply the darker shade of brow color to the underside of your brows on the arch. It frames your eyes! Just make sure you don’t make the arch too high, you don’t want to look angry!
  5. Finish things off: After you are done filling those brows to the best of your ability, use brow gel to hold everything in place. We wouldn’t want you to have Albert Einstein crazy brows at the end of the day!

Hopefully these tips help you make your eyebrows on point!

XOXO, Chels

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Lipstick Rules

In the winter time is when I wear the most lipstick. I like how dark reds and maroon lips look paired with a stylish winter ensemble. Plus, I go to…

In the winter time is when I wear the most lipstick. I like how dark reds and maroon lips look paired with a stylish winter ensemble. Plus, I go to a lot more parties and gatherings because of the holidays so I dress up more in the winter, which means I wear lipstick more often. If you want to get the prettiest pucker, follow these lipstick rules!

  1. Get off to a good start: Before you apply lipstick, exfoliate the dead skin off of your lips with a damp washcloth. This gets your lips prepped and ready for appication!download (2)
  2. Know your stuff: You should also know what lipstick formula works best for you! Matte formulas last long, but they also dry your lips out a bit. Creamy formulas hydrate your lips, but they arent long-lasting. Experiment with different ones and find which one works best for you!
  3. Go bold: If you want your lip color to be bold, line your lips with a lip pencil before applying lipstick.
  4. Be wise about blotting: Blot your lips with a tissue in between applications by gently pressing a tissue to your lips. Just don’t put a tissue in between your lips and close down on it because this may cause the color to rub off.
  5. Top it off: Top your lipstick off with some gloss. The shine helps your lips look plumper.

Follow these rules to get the perfect pout!

XOXO, Chels

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Best Neutral Eye Palettes

Eyeshadow is usually a really important part of my makeup routine. How I do my eyeshadow depends on my outfit, my day’s events, and even my mood sometimes! The kind…

Eyeshadow is usually a really important part of my makeup routine. How I do my eyeshadow depends on my outfit, my day’s events, and even my mood sometimes! The kind of eyeshadow you’re using is equally as important. You want your shadow to be opaque so that it shows up, you want it to be long lasting so it doesn’t wear off, and you want the palette to last you a while so you don’t feel like you are spending a ton of money because you keep running out. Another important factor to me is the shades offered in the palette. Every makeup lover needs a good neutral palate in their possession. Neutrals go with everything and are a good “every day” look. Here are my favorite neutral eye palettes!

  1. Urban Decay: I love the Urban Decay “Nakes” palettes. They are a little pricey, but they last foreevvvverrr. I’ve had mine for 2 years and it’s still going strong. There are 3 “Naked” palettes, and each has 12 natural shades that range from matte to shimmer and even glitter shades! They also offer palettes that are a little smaller and offer your basic neutral shades.eye
  2. Tarte: I recently got the “Tartelette In Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette” from Tarte and I am obsessed! It offers 12 shades, 9 mattes and 3 lusters. What is so great about this palette is that the shadows are made with an Amazonian clay formula that offers great pigment, blendability, and long-lasting color.
  3. Too Faced: Too Faced’s Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow Collection is also a great neutral choice. It offers your 3 most basic shades in larger amounts because you use them more often, which I think is genius, and has 9 other great neutral shades.

There are so many great neutral palettes, but these 3 are my favs!

XOXO, Chels

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5 Minute Face Contour

When I think about contouring my face, all I can think about is how time consuming it is going to be. That is no longer the case with this brand…

When I think about contouring my face, all I can think about is how time consuming it is going to be. That is no longer the case with this brand spankin’ new contouring method that takes only 5 minutes! I’ll tell you all about it.

What you will need: a dark shadow for contouring and a highlighter for highlighting, and a tapered brush or a blusher brush.ultabronzer

The key: accentuate the places where shadows normally fall on your face. This place is below your cheekbones, and to accentuate this area use your brush to measure a straight line from your ear to the side of your mouth like you are sucking in your cheeks, then place the contour there.

The method: load up your brush with bronzer or whatever contouring makeup you are using, then brush the excess off on your hand and lightly bring the color along the line you traced on your cheek with your brush earlier. Bring the excess bronzer on the brush up to your temple and blend it to connect it with your hair line.

Next, highlight: Highlight the top of your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, under your brow bone, and your cupids bow. Or, if you want to keep your look a little more natural, choose a few to highlight instead of all of them.

Wham bam, you are done! Just simple bronzer and highlighter can do the trick when it comes to a quick contour!

XOXO, Chels

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Never splurge on THESE beauty products

There are some beauty products that I absolutely HAVE to splurge on (Urban Decay eyeshadow, I am taking about you!). There are others that you can really save on, too….

There are some beauty products that I absolutely HAVE to splurge on (Urban Decay eyeshadow, I am taking about you!). There are others that you can really save on, too. These are products that are the same quality whether they are bought at Walgreens or Sephora, and the “off brand” products are the same as the “name brand” products. If you are looking to save some money on cosmetics, here are some products  you should never splurge on.

 

  1. Eyeliner: If you use pencil eyeliner the formulas don’t change much from drug store brands to high-end brands, so if you are looking for pencil liner look no further than your neighborhood Walgreens!
  2. Mousse: If you use hair moose the cheaper brands are actually better! They are better on the budget and reportedly work better than mousse sold by the top brands in the business.Screen-Shot-2014-10-18-at-1.20.07-AM
  3. Lip balm: We have all been tempted to pay $15 for that good smelling, shimery lip balm from Sephora. But, as fast as you go through lip balm, you want to keep in mind how fast that price can add up! The base ingredients of lip balms, like the oils and waxes, don’t change based on price! The ingredients are the same.
  4. Brow products: If you want your brows to be on fleek, look no further than the drug store. They will have the same products as the cosmetic counter at Sephora but for half the price.

 

I love finding ways that I can save money, especially when it comes to makeup! Why not save on something that we use every day!

XOXO, Chels

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