Ya gotta little somethin’ there….

This post is one of those facepalm posts where you look back at a picture of yourself that your friend tagged you in on Facebook, and you just say to yourself, “how could I be such a rookie.”  Yup.  Been there.   I’m talking about that ashy, white cast that blazes right back at you in pictures.

Some of you still may be reading this and asking yourself, what the heck is she talking about?  What I’m referring to is the setting powder you use to manage any oiliness or shine on your face, or to simply set your foundation and/or concealer.  Let me demonstrate, Exhibit A:

ghostfaceThat’s me!  This glorious picture was taken earlier this year at my birthday dinner celebrated with my twin and close friends.  You might see the prominent white ash (haha) underneath my eyes there.  That ladies, is sometimes referred to as the “ghost face”, “white cast”, “ashy” etc. etc.  You can’t see it in real life, but in flash photography, it’s all there. Oh, it’s there.

You may have even seen this on the rich and famous like Nicole Kidman, Eva Longoria, and Uma Thurman.  A beauty mishap that can easily be minimized.

As I did my makeup for my birthday dinner, I set my concealer with Makeup Forever’s HD powder.  It was what I had on hand at the time, and didn’t think that flash photography would be used that night. C’est la vie.  For the record, this is not a post bashing Makeup Forever’s HD powder.  I think it’s an amazing product, I just failed to use it properly, hence the white cast on my face.  My mistake was that I used TOO MUCH of the product and just packed it under my eyes willy-nilly.

This HD powder is silica-based.  Another word for silica is silicon dioxide.  The reason for the “white cast” is because silicon dioxide has light-diffusing properties.  When light hits this silica powder, the light is not absorbed, but rather bounces back, giving off a white cast.

Moral of the story, if your setting powder has any light refractive ingredients such as silicon dioxide, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, or SPF in general, I would try and stay clear of these IF you know there will be flash photography during your night out.  Personally, I love Mineral Veil by Bare Minerals to set my concealer and foundation, and even though it does have titanium dioxide, I don’t find it leaving a harsh white cast when flash photography is involved.  Also note, that a little goes a long way! Don’t look like a ghost for your holiday gatherings this season! That would be sad. 😦  Hope this helps!


DIY: Revamping Your Desk or Makeup Vanity

It’s FINALLY Friday!!!  Yayyy!!!  As I mentioned in my last post,  I’ve been working on a few small projects around the house and it’s great to finally have time to get around to them (you can see my last project here).  My next project was to get my desk painted and look all purrty!  Needless to say I was so excited to get started. 😀

With the help of my girlfriends (and good taste in style 😉 ),  we all agreed on this beautiful mint green color.  The paint I used is called “Minty” (naturally) by Valspar.  Once I showed my husband the finished look, he said it reminded him of mint chocolate chip icecream 🙂 and indeed it does! haha (in a good way 😉 ) He loved it too!


I think the addition of the revamped stool looks beautiful with my minty green desk, don’t you?? 😀 I added some vanity lights above the mirror and spray painted it a dark bronze as well as the hardware on the desk.  Overall, this project was a $75 makeover.  Not too shabby I’d say.  The lighting was the most expensive part of this project.

makeupvanityAnd voila! Like brand new! I can’t stop looking at it. It’s going to be fun doing makeup in front of this beaut. 🙂  On to the next project!  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

DIY Refurnished Stool Chair

love DIY projects.  Yesterday, I posted my before and after pic of a stool I refurnished.  I felt like such a proud grade school student who just finished one of my best school projects as I ran into the room and proudly showed off my hard work to my husband.  Haha. 😛 Needless to say, I’m OBSESSED with it!  Here’s my before and after picture of it:


Originally, I bought this stool at an estate sale for dirt cheap.  I knew I wanted to do something with it, but having so many weddings this year and trying to plan a kitchen, I just didn’t have the time.  Finally I got around to it and I couldn’t have been more happy with how it all turned out!  What I loved even more about this project was that it was less than $20 to do everything! Winning!

What you’ll need for this project is:

1. stool (duh)

2. favorite fabric pattern

3. fine sanding sponge

4. staple gun with staples

5. foam mattress (I got mine from JoAnn’s Fabrics)

6. spray paint

I sanded down the entire stool so that the paint would adhere better to the wood.  Sprayed a good 3-4 coats of white spray paint and that was all.  Then I followed the instructions from Jen’s blog: The House of Wood.  Thanks Jen for the idea!!

Here’s just a close up of the fabric I chose. Pretty right!!


Now I have a pretty stool to sit on while I do my makeup. 🙂 Stay tuned for my makeover of my vanity table!

Makeup On-the-Go! (My Essentials)

We’ve all had those days where we hit the snooze button one too many times only to realize we are already behind on the day!  You quickly jump out of bed, get dressed, try to tame the lion’s mane as you casually throw it up into a “chic” messy bun, slap on some deodorant, give your teeth a good scrub (maybe pop some breath mints or gum afterwards….hey, whatever helps), and you’re out the door!

As you’re driving in your car, you take a peek at your visor’s mirror only to be taken aback by the inconvenient blemish that strategically popped up overnight in the most noticeable area on your face and is the size of Mount Everest!, or those tired eyes with the complementary dark circles that explains the numerous hits on your snooze button this morning.  Whatever it may be, here are my 5 essentials I always, always, allllways keep with me in my little, handy dandy makeup bag.

1. Concealer

2. Under-eye Roller (for puffiness)

3. Mascara

4. Lip balm

5. Setting powder

Yup. That’s it.  Now to some, this may be a shock, but even though I am a makeup artist (side job), there are a lot of times–and I mean almost every single weekday–where I never ever put on a lick of makeup (besides lip balm, but does that really count as makeup?).  I work in a lab for my daytime job and to be quite frank, I have no one to impress.  Jeans, t-shirt/hoody and chucks are my staple outfits and I always have my hair thrown in a messy bun 99.9% of the time.  Ah, the perks of working in a lab. 😛

**Rambling moment** The only time I actually put some kind of effort into my face is usually when I see myself and say “Girlfriend needs some help. Let’s get it together now.” That, and on weekends.  Putting on makeup is almost like a “treat” I give myself that I look forward to do on the weekends.  Weird? Welp, not for me. 🙂  Also, I don’t put on makeup everyday because (again, this might be another shocker), I don’t think it’s thaaaaat great for your skin.  But I totally understand if you need to have makeup on because of acne, or for your job or something like that. etc. Okay, end rambling.

What are your makeup essentials you always have on hand?