Posted August 8, 2012on:
Just thought of this today. Smokey eyes are a staple for woman everywhere. It is a go-to look for night life and can even work for the “long night” look for brunch the next day. For ladies who do wash their faces before bed, smokey eyes can be achieved with a gray or brown shadows for something that isn’t as harsh and wearable to work or daytime outings. These are who I think wear smokey eyes the best:
5. Kristen Stewart
I thought she was just lazy and didn’t try when Twilight first hit theaters. I understood Bella was tired and heartbroken and thats why she had that taupe on here eyes all the time. Then I would see photos of her at events and she was still wearing tired taupe. Come to find out Kristen really doesn’t care but I’m glad her stylist or the studio did. She really does look great with a smokey eye and it adds to her mysterious aura.
4. Gabrielle Union
I don’t really see Gabrielle Union in dark shadows. She usually has a fresh face and that suits her very well. But she does look really hot with smokey eyes. They never really dominate her eyes and its more of a “smoldering” eye than a smokey one. It sparkles abit instead of being a flat black.
Whoever is doing Lala’s makeup does a great job all around. I love her eyebrows, her eyelashes, her cheeks, her lip color and of course. her eye shadow. Her eyes always seem to pop. I think her hazel eyes have something to do with it too.
She was the inspiration of this post! I was watching Ted and I keep thinking to myself, “Her eyes are gorgeous!” They seem to sparkle. Her eyes also look doe like and have an amazing shape. I don’t know if they are like that or if her makeup artist is white liner on the waterline. she usually wears a dark smokey on a lighter brown one.
Shocked? You shouldn’t be. There are countless video tutorials and blog posts about this look alone. This is her signature look and she has done it in so many ways. That is probably why we as makeup lovers have gravitated to her particularly.
Hydration is key to beautiful, radiant and supple skin. My mother looks at least 20 years younger than she is and I think it has alot to do with drinking water. I believe the rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces. If water is too bland, get a purifier to get out some of the contaminants. Drink sparkling water or add some fruit to it. I like cucumber and and it adds more veggies to my diet. Tea counts too:).
Film fascinates me. And i do want to shoot some more but for the moment, it's too expensive.
Kodak Gold 200
Kodak 400 Ultramax
Kodak Supra 800. These next couple of images were shot with expired film (way past its use-by date) which is why the emulsion peels off and gives the photographs this amazing look.
I has been a busy couple of weeks. With apartment hunting, job hunting and getting things ready for a few business venues, it has been hectic and emotional.At times, it feels like the universe is against me and wants me to suffer but I want to look at it as the universe is guiding me to do something great.
Anyhoo, I gotta catch up on my tips:
Lifestyle Tip #2: Be Yourself
I am totally cerebral. I honestly think I have social anxiety disorder because I am constantly thinking of what I say and analyzing how people react to me and what I should say. It doesn’t hinder me from some social events with people I am familiar with but usually events where I have to go alone or opportunities to network are hard to go to or get through. I tried to mentally prepare myself if I am going to be in those situations by getting myself excited to hang out with new people. I am working on being more comfortable in occurrences that happen out of my comfort zone. One of my friends told me that she didn’t understand why I was so shy because I am a pretty awesome person. People for the most part are all alike, so just be yourself. In the chance that someone doesn’t like that, then they don’t need to be in your life. True friends love you the way you are no matter what. Don’t compromise what you believe in or the why you are for anyone. I have done that for a guy or someone I wanted to be my friend a few times and felt like shit for it. Yep, so that is a fatal flaw I am working on. I have lost many opportunities on this one and I can’t afford to anymore.
I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, since the the 1st. Ironically, it was the first day of black history month. Don Cornelius created Soul Train, here in Chicago, and brought Black culture, music and style to a national awareness. I watched it Saturday mornings in the 90s and it was great seeing people of color getting national recognition for their talents. He contributed alot more to the civil rights movement but this I how he touch me. R.I.P.
Everyone should be doing this, unless you’re 17 and under. Concealer helps minimize puffiness, undereye circles and darkness under the eyes. In even out skin color, hiding discoloraton, blemishes and even make your skin texture look more luminous with the aid of foundation. There is an debate whether conceal should be lighter than your foundation or match your skin tone. I find that for my eyes, i used one that is a tone lighter and blend it with my foundation. It make my eye look brighter and youthful, not like I partake in two a.m. feedings. I use a conceal that matches my foundation for blemishes and whatnot. I find this works for me and isnt a steadfast rule.
Concealer also works well as a primer for eye shadow. Depending on the quality of the concealer, it can minimize creasing and make eyeshadow last longer. Using a lighter one can help colors pop.
Concealer is great for that pout. It stops lipstick from bleeding and if you use one that dries to powder, you can have a great matte color. It also defines the lips, letting you create the perfect shape.
There you have it: concealer; in all its glory
Along with the winter blues, dry skin reeks havoc this time of year as well. In the city, I see people all bundled up with wind-chaffed cheeks, horriblely chapped lips and the feet have dead skin on top of dead skin. I suffer from all of this and I know life gets busy. I use to take care of all these things when I was in high school, when I didnt have a life. But college, work and being a mom get us sidetracked. Here are some things that you can be mindful off and just add into your daily route.
Hydration. Drink water, atleast half your body weight in ounces. Dry skin is one of the signs of dehydration. Plus water helps move the nutrients your skin needs to it. Some times it’s that simple. You can leave now.
Take warm short showers. I hate the cold and am guilty of not taking heed to this. Along with the soap you are using (bar soap users!!!), hot water can strip away the natural oils that skin has. Prolonged use means drier skin.
Exfoliate. Everywhere. This allows your skin to absorb more moisture and not be- well- dry. Use an exfoliating body wash , brush or gloves in the shower. For the feet, get a pumic stone and go to town on them every time you take a shower. This should maintain the softness.
Use milk or oatmeal. Sprinkle it in your bath to help with body exfoliation. The oatmeal is mechanical and activly removes dead skin. It also has soothing properties that are good for people with eczema or psoriasis. Milk has lactic acid that chemically breaks down dead skin, so just relax.
Brush your lips with baking soda. This helps exfoliate lips and removes dead skin. Do it before or after brushing.
Moisture and moisturizing. Dry Air can contribute to dry skin. Boiling water in your apartment or getting a humidifier can solve that quick. The key to moisturizing is to do it as soon as you get out the shower. Pat or semi air dry to not lose alot of hydration from the water. Start with your lotion. It has more water content, thus, absorbing faster in your skin. Then use an oil or cream (I prefer natural ones) to seal in the moisture.
This should help.;)