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Oily Skin Fix! Milk Of Magnesia Foundation Primer

Recently I was looking for a foundation primer that actually worked to control oil. My skin isn't quite as oily as it used to be, but I still have problems getting my foundation to stay on for hours and I still get a bit of grease on my face within a few hours.

I like the Coastal Scents Diva Defense Primer; it's worked great for me but I still get some oil.
I came across some articles where people had used Phillips Milk of Magnesia as a face primer. It's made as a laxative that you drink, but instead of drinking it you put it on your face, then use a primer if you want, and then apply your foundation, and you don't get oily AND your foundation stays on.

I tried it out and it actually worked! Not a spot of oil on my face all night. I was out for a good 6 hours, too.
If you have oily skin problems I'd definitely get it and try it out. I purchased it at Target for $4. Highly recommended. I don't think I'll put on my foundation without this stuff again.
 HOW-TO:
1. Wash your face.
2. Shake the bottle of M.O.M. and pour into a little cup.
3. Dip a cotton ball into it and squeeze out a little bit of the excess liquid
4. Swipe the cotton ball over your face in thin layers (try not to go over the same spots too much - you only need a thin layer)
5. Let it dry. At this point you may have a little bit of white residue left over. Just rub it off with your fingers or brush it off with a makeup brush. It comes off easily.
6. (Optional) Apply a foundation primer. I used Smashbox pore minimizer on my bigger pores and then Coastal Scents Diva Defense Primer.
7. Apply your foundation.
8. BOOM! Matte face for hours! :)

All products mentioned in this article were purchased by me. I'm not affiliated or paid by any companies. These are my honest opinions.
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Rocksterize Eyeshadows for LA Fashion Week, & Updates

I was recently asked by my friend Jen Awad, an LA clothing designer, (http://jenawad.squarespace.com) if I would want to include some Rocksterize eyeshadows in the gift bags at her fashion show coming up for LA Fashion Week. Of course I said yes. There was a lot of hard work to be done with getting them all together, with a couple of speed bumps. This gave me a great opportunity to test out how hard I could work to get these together for a deadline, and Boom! Here they are.

With all this hard work, I finally got something done that I've been wanting to get into order shipments for a long time. So I designed some cute visual cards that show you just how to use our eyeshadows, and they will now be included in all orders.
 Next on the list is a photo shoot with some models to showcase some of our colors for the website, and we are currently working on getting off of Etsy and into our very own online store, instead of going through a third party for a shopping experience.
We might also be working on a couple of mineral eyeshadow collections with colors that will be exclusive to the sets. Still working on the packaging for those...but I will hint something about "zombies"....

We are excited here over at Rocksterize to have this opportunity to get our makeup out there a little more to people in the fashion industry and have them try out our products.
Here are the cute little packages, all lined up before they shipped out yesterday:






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My New York Vacation & some shots of the city

Back from New York! It was a nice week long vacation. Lots of walking around (me calves were hard as rocks...shin splints and all). Although it was a pretty good time overall, I think my next vacation will be a nice quiet time on a beach in the Caribbean, sipping on a piƱa colada in my sandals.

I think I saw just about all of New York in about 4 days, or it just felt like I did. Most things I just saw from a distance, some I saw up close, like the Freedom Tower and the fountains. My friend Rob and I rode the ferry across the water to get pictures of the Statue Of Liberty, then rode it right back.
Walked through Central Park after having brunch and unlimited mimosas thanks to Groupon. (day drinking was never my best) We sang karaoke and also met a nice group of fellows in a band called 45 Riots. Super awesome band with a great sounds and lots of band members.

After a couple of days the public transportation was wearing on me and I had the feeling of just wanting to get the heck out of there. Sometimes there would be some fun "shows" on the subway that would make the ride a little easier, though.



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HOW TO DEEP CLEAN YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES

It's really important to clean your makeup brushes. Why, you ask? You have that go-to brush that applies eyeshadow. You use it for everything..the lid, the crease, highlight. It doesn't seem to do you any wrong. You only wear the same 4 colors from that one eyeshadow quad, so what's the big deal?

Dirt. Oil. Bacteria. Color payoff. These all come into play when you don't wash your brushes. Think of the bristles as your hair, and product that you put onto your hair. After a while product and oil builds up and you have to clean it. It's the same concept with makeup brushes, only product and oil and germs build up because you are rubbing it on your face/eyes/lips/etc.


HOW TO DEEP CLEAN YOUR BRUSHES:


To clean my brushes I like to use a 2-in-1 Shampoo/Conditioner and a regular dish sponge. Be sure to use lukewarm to warm water, and keep the brush at a downward angle so as to not get water into the ferule.
I like to use Suave 2-in-1 Shampoo in the Watermelon scent. It cleans and conditions my brushes.


1. Get your sponge wet and squeeze a small amount of shampoo onto it.
2. Get your brush wet and start going in circles and back and forth across the sponge using gentle pressure, until it keeps foaming a lot and with no visible grime as you swipe.
[IMPORTANT: If the soap bubbles start to disappear then you need to rinse the sponge and brush, add more shampoo, and clean again. Your brush is not completely clean until the foam stays there]
3. When your brush is clean, rinse well under the water and squeeze. Repeat.
4. Push your brush back into shape and lay flat on a surface, preferably with the end hanging over a table to get air circulation through all sides.

A tip for more dense brushes, like foundation and face brushes:
Put a bit of soap on the corner of the sponge and use the corner to get down into the middle of the bristles, still using gentle pressure. I explain this much better in the video because I show you exactly how to do it.

I use this amount at a time for eyeshadow brushes. I usually can get about 4 brushes clean with this little bit, doing them one after the other.
You need a bit more for bigger face brushes. Depending on how dirty and dense a brush is, I will have to use this amount and repeat up to 4 times until the sponge stays foamy.
To wet deep into the bristles of my bigger brushes I cup my hand with some water and press the brush into the water, using gentle pressure.
Run the brush in circles and back and forth along the sponge. If it's a really dirty brush the foam will go away. If it's not very dirty the soap bubbles will stay foaming, which means it's completely clean.
This is what you want to see. No matter how many times I ran the brush across the sponge, the soap bubbles would stay. It took 2 times of washing this one to get this to happen.
Each time you're done cleaning, rinse out your brush and squeeze. You will be able to see all of the dirt and makeup you've just gotten rid of!
When you're done, put your brushes back into shape and lay them alongside a counter or table to dry. Depending on how big or dense the brush is, it could take anywhere from 4 hours to 24 hours for a brush to fully dry.
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Purple & Silver Night Out Makeup Tutorial - Products


I haven't done a makeup tutorial in a LONG time! Super fail :( I blame myself...totally, lol. But I'm back. And this time when I say I'm back I really mean it. It's coming up on a new year and there is a lot I want to accomplish next year. I finally got a nice lighting setup in my apartment that seems to work for my videos to get the lighting right. It only took me 4 years to get my lighting right. If you ask me, I've accomplished a big feat!..not feet.
I feel like I'm a little rusty in front of the camera, but with time I'll get back into doing makeup videos like I used to.

I used some e.l.f. eyeshadows and some of my own from Rocksterize. I have lots more in my Etsy shop so I'll most likely be using the whole spectrum eventually in tutorials. Here's a list of the products I used in the video. Thanks for watching and hope you enjoyed.

Face:
Revlon ColorStay foundation in Warm Golden
Maybelline FitMe concealer in 10 Light
Ben Nye Banana Powder
Coastal Scents 10 Blush Palette

Eyes:
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk
Rocksterize mineral eyeshadow in Foiled
Rocksterize mineral eyeshadow in Sweeter Than You
L'oreal Quad in Blackened Smokes (black color)
e.l.f. Warm Palette
Rocksterize mineral eyeshadow in Naked
NYX Trio (shimmer highlight color - no name)
Maybelline EyeStudio Gel Liner in Blackest Black
L'oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara

Lips:
NARS Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight

Brushes Used: (some brushes I unfortunately do not know the exact name for)
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
Real Techniques Shading Brush
coastal Scents crease brush
Royal & Langnickel Sm Flat Smudger C447
Crown Brush C135 Oval Shadow
NYX angled liner brush (not sure exact name)
e.l.f. Complexion Brush
Royal & Langnickel Contour Powder BE13


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A Trip To Seattle

I recently went to Seattle on a little trip with a friend. We went pretty much everywhere! The aquarium, the zoo, Space Needle, Pike Place, the pier, to see the Fremont Troll under the bridge, aaaand I think that was it. Mind you, we were there for only about a day and a half. I snapped some fun pictures for some viewing pleasure:








































































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