Tuesday, September 30, 2014

OOTD: Fairy Flowers~

     Hello lovelies, today is an OOTD post! Today's outfit is definitely on the girly side and it's a really cute outfit to wear on a date or a day out with friends. I've worn this outfit several times already and it always gets compliments.

     It consists of a sheer tank top that I bought on clearance at Kohl's. It's super flowy and alternates between sheer and lace panels. It has a high-low hemline and is overall a really comfortable top. You do have to wear some sort of bandeau underneath it; if I wear it alone, I usually wear a bright sports bra underneath. Over the top, I layered a daisy-printed crop top. I usually don't wear this alone because I don't like to expose my midriff so I usually pair it with the tank top. I bought the crop top on a whim at Ross and I like it a lot. It has an uneven hemline and it's pretty short, but like I said, I usually just combine it with this tank top so I'm covered haha. For bottoms, I'm wearing my leggings from Forever 21, which I think are so comfortable and such a steal at only $3.80. They're thick enough that your undies won't show through (LOL) and don't fade that easily when you wash them. To finish off the look, I wore some nude flats from Payless, which are pretty comfortable and go with everything.




Hope you like this look and please go hype it on Lookbook!


Thanks so much for reading and see you lovelies tomorrow! :)

xoxo,
Annie ♥

Monday, September 29, 2014

Makeup Monday: All About the Brows! | Part 2

     Hello lovelies! Sorry I dropped off again with blogging; it's just been so busy. Anyways, I'm back with another Makeup Monday and I decided to add a second part to this since brows have a become such a huge part of makeup routines these days. Today, I wanted to talk about filling them in and grooming them. I'll share the most popular ways people are filling in their brows and how I personally do them and grooming techniques.




     One of the most popular ways in which people fill in their brows is by using brow powder or eyeshadow. The most basic steps to achieve this are:
  1. Take an angled brush and your brow powder and slightly outline the bottom of your brows.
  2. Fill in the rest of your brows, making it darker in the back than in the front of the brows in order to create a gradient effect (this depends on the type of brow you have). Use shorter brush strokes at the front and longer brush strokes in the back.
  3. Take a spoolie and brush through your brows to blend it all together.
  4. Check to make sure there aren't any sparse areas.
      Extra steps:
  1. Take concealer and outline the brow. This may make it look less natural depending on how clean you make it. The cleaner they are, the less natural you'll look, but then at least your "eyebrow game" will be "on point," right haha?
  2. Use eyebrow gel to keep your brows in place.



     Another popular way of filling in your brows is through the brow pencil. This can be a bit tricky because it depends on the type of brow you have and you probably need to blend with a spoolie. The basic steps are:

  1. Brush through your brows to prepare them.
  2. Fill in your brows with small pencil strokes at the front of the brow and longer strokes at the back of the brows.
  3. Blend together with a spoolie.
  4. Follow the extra steps above if you want even cleaner brows.

     There are also other ways to fill in your brows such as a brow pen and tinted brow gel. These are probably better options if you're low maintenance, on the go, or don't need to fill in your brows as much.


Grooming


     Grooming your brows is also important when it comes to having good brows. Shown above are the quick and easy simple steps that you should do in order to shape your brows and maintain them.
  1. Brush your brows upward with a spoolie or brow brush.
  2. Trim your brows like shown above.
  3. Use tweezers to pluck all the extra stray hairs and shape your brows.

     So how do I take care of my brows? I don't think I have the most amazing brow game but they look pretty nice. They've taken some fixing up but now they're at the point where I really like them. On a day to day basis, I usually use an eyebrow pencil and fill them in. I avoid the front of my brows because I use an eyebrow brush to blend everything in and I don't really need to fill in the front of my brows because it naturally blends together. If I want to put in a little more effort, I use an angled brush to add some brow powder to make them more defined and then use brow gel to keep everything in place. This creates a clean enough look for me and I usually do this for special occasions and on days where I put in more effort on my makeup.

     In terms of grooming, I actually don't do the above steps since I have such thin brows. I usually just check on them every couple of days and retouch their shape about once a week or every other week. I think I'm probably pretty lucky that I don't have to get them waxed or threaded, but it did take a long time for me to figure out how to shape my brows correctly.

How my brows currently look!
     So hopefully you enjoyed this post! Thank you so much for reading and I'll see you tomorrow lovelies!

xoxo,
Annie ♥

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

OOTD|Sun[flower] Kissed.

     Hello lovelies! Today I have an OOTD for you. This was one of my favorite outfits that I put together over the summer. It's casual but super cute at the same time and also really comfortable to wear.

     My top is from Kohl's. It has a black and white sunflower print and small cutouts at the sleeves (not visible in the photos). It has a high neckline and a slight high-low hemline. My shorts are from Target. They're high-waisted and have a faded American flag print on them. I especially like the stripes going down one side of the shorts. To top off the casualness/cuteness of the outfit, I added my white Converse.

     Other details that are kind of hard to see in my ensemble are my star necklace from Target (which I'm obsessed with at the moment), my earrings which are barely visible and from Forever 21, and my nail polish, which is a bright yellow called Mellow Yellow from Sally Hansen. This nail polish definitely adds a pop of color to your nails and a tan as well. I really like it because it's a great summer color (and since it's still pretty hot at least where I live, it's still a good color to wear!).







     So that's my OOTD! I hope you guys liked it and it would mean a lot if you could hype it on Lookbook! Thanks for reading & I'll see you lovelies tomorrow!

xoxo,
Annie ♥



Monday, September 15, 2014

Makeup Monday: All About the Brows!

     Hello lovelies! So sorry for the unexpected hiatus from this blog. It's been so crazy lately, but I won't talk about it. It's basically just school, going out with friends, and preparation for upcoming events, which meant long days, late nights, and no time to write any posts. I miss blogging so much though; it definitely kept me sane over the summer and I can't wait to get back on it now. Here's to hoping I can keep up with this!

     So this week, let's talk brows. In the last couple years or so, brows have become a trend of their own, with all those YouTube videos on how to shape them and all the different shapes your brows can have. According to the beauty gurus, the shape of your brows can change your whole look. Ooh, amazing huh? But it's true to an extent. Having your brows done does make for a cleaner look and can pull your face together. Nowadays, there are apparently so many different ways to do your brows, from leaving them naturally thick, to having that clean, shaped look, to having them shaped but natural looking. Here are some of the looks women are pulling off brows-wise.


Naturally Thicker

     If you've got naturally thicker brows, now's the time to embrace them! They're all the rage these days. Thicker eyebrows have the ability to make you look younger and frame the eyes, so if you've got baby blues, forest greens, hazy hazels, or bright browns as your eye shade, make them stand out even more with thicker eyebrows. If you don't have thicker eyebrows and you want to try them out, try using eyeshadow and an angled brush to create a fuller look. Of course, just because you're letting your brows grow out, that doesn't mean you don't have to go through maintenance. Make sure to trim and shape them every once in a while to keep them from getting too out of control.




The Clean Brow

     A recent trend that's come from the brow obsession is the "clean" brow. This is for the girls who want perfect looking eyebrows. They don't look as natural but they're great for those strong eye makeup looks such as the ones shown below. This look is more time consuming because it requires a lot more steps than just filling them in. Some of the products needed may be a brow pencil, brow powder/angled brow brush, a spoolie, concealer/concealer brush, and a brow gel. So if you're a low-maintenance girl or an on-the-go gal, this probably isn't for you. But if you're a person who loves your makeup, go for it!




Natural Brows

     On the opposite end of the spectrum where thick, defined brows are in, natural brows are just as popular. This brow look is easy to achieve for the most part because it requires minimal work on your brows and it's a very low maintenance look. This can be done with just a little brow powder/eyeshadow or a brow pencil. Just make sure to use a spoolie afterwards in order to brush through the brows and blend the powder/pencil strokes so that it looks as natural as possible. You can probably get away with less maintenance on shaping your brows, but it's always nice to have them shaped a little every week or so; that way, it won't be as much work later.




     Here are some other photos of other brow looks you can pull off. Remember, everyone has different brows so some looks will look better on some people than others. And don't be afraid to experiment; makeup is about having fun.









     Hope you enjoyed today's Makeup Monday post! Thanks so much for reading and keep on the lookout for more posts since I'm going to be going back to my regular schedule of posting Mondays-Fridays! Hope you 're all having a lovely day and I'll see you all tomorrow!

xoxo,
Annie