1. Be a Better…Beauty.

    I wrote a beauty post a few months back and the inevitable happened…a slew of folks then had a bunch of follow up questions that NEED to be answered, because EYEBROWS ARE IMPORTANT, DAMNIT! You can’t just leave life’s questions unanswered…so here we are. 

    A little Monday Q+A for ya’:

    Q: I have blonde hair and blonde eyebrows…should I still fill them in, and what color would I even use? 

    A: For God’s sake. YES. You of all people, should be the first to be banging on the doors of your local Sephora for an appropriate brow solution. The transition from bare brows to filled brows is often initially the most challenging for blondes/redheads because it makes a HUGE difference and WILL change the way your face looks, but take heed Aryan women…trust that it’s the right thing. Use a conservative hand and a brow powder made for blondes (should be an ash color). Try Laura Mercier Brow Powder in Deep Blonde or Soft Blonde. Follow up with a clear mascara or brow wax to keep your hairs in check. 

    Q: I love the idea of bright blush, vibrant lipstick, and a smokey eye…how can I do them without looking like a clown?

    A: The answer is…you can’t. That is, all at once. Pick one focal point on that mug of yours and keep the rest simple and clean. Here’s a trick…get your face to the point that it’s all prepped and ready for color (foundation/bb cream, contour bronzing, brows finished)…then choose your beauty weapon of the day and apply it first. Dark plum lipstick? Put it on and THEN apply your blush, eyeshadow, etc…you be sure to keep all the rest toned down and in sync with that one pop. 

    Q: I try and wear fake eyelashes, but they always fall off or are uncomfortable…am I doing something wrong? Do I use mascara at the same time? 

    A: First off, you probably aren’t trimming them to fit your eyelids. I’m not sure whose eyes are naturally as ginormously long as the average fake eyelash strip…the only person I can think of is Steve Buscemi. Trimming is the key to having lashes: 1) stay on 2) be comfortable 3) having you not look like a whorish American Girl doll. When you first buy your lashes, trim the strip (not across the hairs) and hold it up to your eyeball. Each end should stop a few millimeters from the tear duct and outer corner of your eye. To keep those suckers on, apply AFTER eyeliner, mascara, and eyeshadow and use eyelash glue, not just the sticky substance that comes on them in the package. Then, a light coat of mascara to blend them in with your natural lashes. 

    Q: I have a big forehead…anyway to make it look smaller with makeup?

    A: Oh, the classic five-head eh (I’m sorry about your genetics, I have large feet). Make a matte bronzer and a stiff contour brush your best friend, girl. After applying whatever you do to make your face look human and less like facesofmeth.com (my concoction is BB Cream and an oil control powder), take your bronzer and start applying at the temples. Brush upwards on each side of your forehead. Then dust a little on the very top of your forehead. This should instantly help your case, and might even fool people into thinking you spent the weekend in St. Tropez. Because, you can’t have those bangs forever, right?

    Q: Smokey eyes look so good on other people, but when I use kohl liner, I look trashy, HELP!?

    A: Oh yes, I see that. You look like you work at Hot Topic in a Iowan mall, please grab some eye makeup remover and come sit over by me. Smokey rarely should be black, ladies. Unless you are going for a goth vibe, never use black under the eyes, save it for the lids. To create the perfect smokey eye, choose shadow/liner colors that compliment your eye tones. If you have poop colored eyes like me, choose greens, golds, and coppers. If you are lucky enough to have green eyes, choose an eggplant tone to make those eyes look extra sessy. Got baby blues? Pick a brown or bronze shade. For you hazel gals, use golds, bronzes, greens, and eggplant. Last but not least, if you have completely blacked out eyes (see below), try red eyeliner, it’ll really set the whole “i kill people” look off, just right. 

    Be Better Forever,

    x Chinae

     


  2. Be a Better…Bartender, Beauty, Shopper, and Lover.

    It’s a mish-mosh sorta day around here…so I thought I’d compliment my scatterbrainedness with a mix-ey little post. 

    To start it off right…a new cocktail. Since it IS a Friday and all.

    Asian Sensation: (makes 4 cocktails)

    • -1 Asian Pear
    • -Handful of Fresh Blueberries
    • -4 servings of vodka
    • -Club Soda
    • -Dash of Grated Fresh Ginger

    In a blender, combine your diced up pear, blueberries and ginger…blend well until it makes a liquid. Mix together the vodka and your fruit smoothie concoction. Pour over ice and top with soda. Garnish with a sword of fresh blueberries! 

    BE PRETTY:

    I’m always looking for the perfect red lipstick and finally found my beauty soulmate in Loreal’s Infallible “Beyonce Red”. After being happy with this lil’ find, I started on the hunt for the perfect bright pink lipstick…matte, deeply pigmented, and not TOO expensive. Also, not looking like hooker Barbie is helpful.

    Well ladies, I found it. NARS Super Matte in Carthage…run, don’t walk to your nearest beauty retailer for this gem. 

    GO SHOP:

    In my shopping finds this week, I hesitantly ordered a new notebook from Minted. On their site, you can customize super cute designs with colors, photos, and text. I was worried that the quality would suck big time since the journals are only $16 but I was more than happy with mine! Take a look.

    A BETTER LOVER:

    I got a few messages from readers asking what I did for V-day since I did what seemed like a ranty post.

    I actually spent the night drinking virtual cocktails (about 6 of the one listed in this post) with the boyfriend…on Skype. Oh, the joys of long distance…BUT it was a great Valentine’s. I hope you all had a great day, whatever you did! Below, a sneak peek into our little date.

    Hears to hoping this weekend doesn’t suck and is as totally rad as a three-day weekend should be!

    xo Chinae