Makeup: 4th Of July Confetti Eyes

Hello my beautiful friends!

I know this is getting up SO late lol! Better late than never though right? This look is geared specifically toward the 4th of July… but I  think this is a totally fun makeup look that could be done with any color combo of your choice. You could play it up with pinks or yellows! Create a dark but playful and sultry look with blacks and blues. Your imagination truly is your only limit here!


This look may seem complicated, but it’s actually a great look that I feel anyone could accomplish with the right tools!


For this look: I used a nail dotter to apply the speckles to my eyes. You can pick these up at any nail or beauty supply store (drugstores probably have them too).  If you don’t have a nail dotter lying around however, no worries! You can use the end of small makeup brush or cut the sharp tip off of a toothpick. Simply dip your tool into the liquid lipstick and dot it onto the lid of your eye. You want to try and concentrate the majority of the dots towards the lashline. This gives that ombré and “blended” effect even though essentially, the upper lid of this look requires no blending!! I also used a very light wash of brown eyeshadow underneath the dots to give it just a bit more depth.

On the lower lashine, I added a pop of aqua blue and a small nail rhinestone that I also purchased at the beauty supply store.

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Products Used: 

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FACE

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Primer: http://benefitcosmetics.com/ Porefessional Primer

Foundation: http://www.narscosmetics     Sheer Glow Foundation 

Concealer: @elfcosmetics Hd Lifting Concealer 

Contour/Bronze: @hardcandylife Look Pro Ultimate Contour and Skulp Kit and @maccosmetics Bronzing Powder

Powder: @beautybakeriemakeup Translucent Flour

Blush: @tartecosmetics Amazonian Clay 

Highlight: @anastasiabeverlyhills Moonchild Glow Kit (also used in inner corner of eyes) 

Setting Spray: @hardcandylife Sheer Envy Luminous Setting Spray 

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EYES

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Shadow: @mymakeupbrushset Ultimate 250 Eyeshadow Palette and @jeffreestarcosmetics Velour Liquid Lipsticks in “Blue Velvet” “Redrum” and “Drug Lord” (to make dots) 

Mascara: @maccosmetics False Lashes in Extreme Black

Brows: @bhcosmetics Flawless Brow Trio

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LIPS

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@jeffreestarcosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Redrum

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I hope you all loved this look! ❤ Don’t forget to use the hashtag #rachellekathleenmakeup any time you recreate a look!

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XOXO

-Rachelle

Dose Of Colors Lip It Up Satin Lipstick Review And Unboxing – Rachelle Kathleen 

Hello my beautiful people!,

I was SO stoked when I received a box from Dose of colors the other day! They have seriously been spoiling me with some goodies as of late. The latest and greatest being this BEAUTIFUL Satin Lipstick from their Lip It Up line. So let’s go ahead and get started!

Packaging:

Oh my goodness the packaging!  These lipsticks have a beautiful, sleek and solid faux rose gold casing that glides like butter up or down when you twist the bottom section of the tube. They look and feel solid, and that gives them a truly luxurious feeling when you’re using or holding them! I found myself being SO careful as I was opening them because they really are THAT pretty lol! These lipsticks are also larger than your regular lipstick. I would compare them to the size of liquid lipstick or jumbo lip crayon.

Overall:

I was more than impressed with the packaging of these. If I were to be extremely (and I mean EXTREMELY) picky about these; the only negative that I’ve seen or noticed is that when the lipstick is lowered all the way, the logo and tip don’t line up (as seen above). Which personally doesn’t bother me one little bit! However I thought it’d be worth a mention just in case that is something that may drive you bonkers 😅



Color and Application: 

The color scheme and selection in this line makes me melt. You’ve got muted nudes, pinky nudes, brown nudes, dark nudes, light nudes, rosy nudes….need I go on?! You have it all! I honestly don’t think there is one color in this entire set that I wouldn’t wear or love. I have NO complaints on the color scheme or selection of this collection. I really feel they put a lot of time into not only each color – but the entire set as a whole as well. 


Pigmentation and Application:

As far as pigmentation and application goes, the lipstick itself feels very moisturizing, creamy and buttery when applied. It is VERY pigmented and I found that it went on evenly and lasted me until I ate lunch in the afternoon around 5-6 hours from the time I first applied it. They set and act like a true Satin. Not too matte, but not too glossy either. I did notice that this lipstick did start to set and separate a little bit into the the dry areas of my lips by the afternoon. However, it was only noticeable when I was looking closely and this tends to happen with any lipstick for me unfortunately. 


In Summary:

 These lipsticks are great. On the scale of 1-5 stars, I would give them a 4.8. They are seriously SO close to being absolutely perfect in my opinion and I just love them. It’s not often when you can look at a makeup collection and say “I love and would wear every color in that collection”. So for me that definitely tipped the scale! 

Shop Dose Of Colors Satin Lipsticks Here: https://doseofcolors.com


Let me know what you thought about these lipsticks and review! Did you love them? Hate them? Comment down below! 

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I hope you all have a beautiful day!

XOXO

-Rachelle 

DIY: How To Change the Undertone Of Your Foundation 

Hello my beauties!

I hope you’re all have a beautiful day and enjoying the summer sun! Here is a quick little DIY on how to change the undertone of your foundation using food coloring. This is such a quick, inexpensive, and easy way to adjust your foundation to your exact skin tone! Whether you just got a new spray tan, recently got sunburned, or maybe just bought a foundation in a shade that was just ever so slightly off; don’t you worry!

WHAT YOU’ll NEED: 

  • A small container
  • The foundation you want to adjust
  • Food coloring (blue, yellow, green and red)
  • A mixing tool


What to do: I LOVE using this method because it’s SO simple to do once you know how!  All you need to do is figure out your undertone – then little by little, add the food coloring to your foundation until you’ve reached your desired shade. Keep in mind that food coloring is VERY pigmented and a little goes a long way. You can also easily stain your skin – so PLEASE please please do not apply the dye directly to your face. I like to lightly dip the end of a brush (non fluffy side) into the dye and then mix it little by little into my container of foundation. 

Note: I highly recommend testing the foundation on a small area on your arm or leg before applying to your face! JUST in case you may have any unknown allergies to the dye! 


What I used:

 I have a VERY yellow/green undertone and because of self tanning – my yellow tones become even more prevalent! So for my specific mixture – I used around 8-10 pumps of foundation to one drop of yellow food coloring. I highly recommend using a separate container to mix your foundation and coloring. That way, if something goes terribly wrong, you’re not left with a big bottle of awful colored foundation 😅 


 On the top of my arm, you can see the original foundation has a pinky undertone, while on the bottom you can see that the foundation now has a very yellow undertone! 

How do I know what my undertone is?:

Here is a GREAT chart to help in finding your undertone

I found this chart on Pinterest and it is a great way to quickly figure out what your undertone is! (All credit goes to it’s original owner – but I could not find an original source link! Sorry! 😞) Here is the link for Pinterest: https://goo.gl/images/JhYiM1

How do I know which colors to add?:

 

Now that you know your undertone: It’s just a matter of finding which colors will bring your foundation nearer to your skins natural shade! Above is a little chart I made to hopefully help you in finding your specific color adjustments for your specific foundation! If you use both the skin chart, as well as the color chart! You’ll be mixing and matching foundations like nobody’s business in no time!


I hope you loved this quick DIY! Let me know what you think in the comments below! You can follow me on Instagram to keep up to date with my latest looks and updates here: https://www.instagram.com/rachellekathleen/

As well as on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/rachellekathleenofficial

I hope you all have a beautiful day!

XOXO

-Rachelle

DIY Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

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Hello my beauties!

I wanted to do a super simple and inexpensive DIY for one of the most talked about and loved products on the market right now. Laura Mercier’s translucent powder has been a favorite of many beauty gurus for quite some time now, but with a price tag of around $40, it’s can be a bit of an investment. I’m about to show you how you can make a pretty convincing dupe for under $5.

What You’ll Need:

  • Empty container for powder (I used one of my old powder containers from NYC Cosmetics)
  • 5 Tbs Baby Powder (Make sure it’s 100% talc powder)
  • 1 Tbs Corn starch
  • 1-4 Drops Oil ( Laura Mercier uses soybean oil in their powders, so I opted for a similar choice with soybean/olive oil, but if you have an allergy or don’t have soybean oil on hand – coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil, rose hip oil (etc) will work as well)
  • Tablespoon
  • Mixing Tool

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Step One:

Measure out 5 tablespoons of baby powder into your container.

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Step Two:

Put 1-4 drops of your selected oil into your powder. You want to make sure you add the oil before you add any corn starch. Mix until the oil is blended in VERY well. You won’t notice a big change in the appearance of the powder, but the oil helps the product apply smooth and keeps the skin looking soft rather than cakey or flakey as the day goes on.

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Step Three:

Add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Mix powder well.

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This powder has a feather light consistency much like the Laura Mercier. It also does a FANSTASTIC job of filling in lines and creates a nice “airbrushed” finish that masked my lines and pores very well ( see photo below). Although it doesn’t have EVERY ingredient that the original does, I personally think its a great dupe – or even just a great powder if you’re on a budget.

With my one bottle of baby powder and corn starch together, I could easily make at least ten more of these – EASILY. So it’s definitely a bang for your buck! All together for absolutely everything I purchased – it cost me around $5.

Baby Powder (from dollar store) $1

Corn Starch $3

Oil (also from dollar store) $1

That means that this full size of loose powder only cost me around .50 cents.

SCORE!!

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Here is an image of a darker foundation with no powder on the left and powder on the right. I applied the powder with a beauty blender while the foundation was still VERY wet and hadn’t set yet (I’m impatient, sorry lol!) – So it looks a tiny bit patchy from my beauty blender soaking some of the foundation up (my fault, not the powders fault, I promise!)

Keeping that in mind however- you can definitely see how well it masked the lines in my hand. The foundation on the left looks like I have wrinkly, shiny leather for skin lol! The foundation with powder on the right looks soft, natural and it photographed quite beautifully in my opinion.

I hope you all enjoyed this DIY and found it helpful and useful!! Will you be giving this DIY a try? Let me know what you think if you do!! ❤

Until next time!

XOXO

-Rachelle

My Current Hair Care Routine

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Hello my beauties!

It’s been too long! I’ve now received several messages and comments wondering if I would do a hair care routine and just talk about the products I use and how I get my hair to grow so long! So let’s get right into it!

So first off let me just explain a bit about my hair. I often (growing up) got the comment thrown around ” whoah – your hair feels like horse hair”. I was never quite sure what to make of that lol, but either way, I have to agree because my hair isn’t soft or strikingly shiny on its own. My hair is a whole mix of everything all on one head. I have waves, friz, curls, straight pieces, fine pieces, and course pieces which all make up this massive mop I carry around on a daily basis. Because of this, I very rarely wear my hair completely down and natural. My hair is also incredibly dry and I get split ends and breakage very very easily. So with that being said, I also rarely use heat on my hair.

My natural hair color is a sandy blonde with lots of red and golden undertones. I have colored my hair in the past but for the last three years have just let it do it’s thing. Other than that though my hair has always bleached very naturally and quickly in the sun which I am in quite a bit in the summer time.

Now that you know the basis of my hair type – Lets get into my hair routine.

Shampoo and Conditioner:

So believe it or not, I actually don’t use shampoo except as a clarifying treatment 1-2 times a month to wash away any build up I may have accumulated. Instead, I use a conditioner to wash my hair and then I use another conditioner to condition my hair 😀

So – why would I use just conditioner? Believe it or not, a lot of conditioners out there aren’t just conditioning your hair. Many of them also have cleansing agents within them that can and will clean/”shampoo” your hair. For the longest time I would use shampoo and then follow with conditioner because that was what I thought I was supposed to do. That’s what the bottle said anyways. It was, however, incredibly frustrating because I was constantly battling with breakage, flaky scalp and the inability to get my hair to the length that I wanted…. So finally after A LOT of studying I found the method of “co-washing”. This is a method most commonly used by African Americans or those with extremely curly or “natural” hair.

Co-washing is simply washing your hair with…….You guessed it! Conditioner!

At first I thought this method was total hooplah. My hair felt heavy and got greasy super fast so I almost went back to shampoo. I decided to just stick it out for at least a few months, and by the end of the second month, my hair had never felt so soft and it was growing FAST.  I later realized that my poor scalp had been trying to keep up with how the shampoo would strip the natural oil, therefore making my body feel the need to overproduce natural oils which is why my hair seemed super dirty/greasy at first.

I’m not saying this method will work for everyone, but if you are having any of the problems I wrote about above – it may be worth giving a try!

Now On To Products!

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 So I’m not going to get into ALL of my products, but I am going to get into my main products that I use on a daily/weekly basis.

Shampoo: VO5 ConditonerDSC_0005-3For a “shampoo” I personally like to use VO5 conditioners. They do a great job of cleansing the hair while still leaving some of those much needed natural oils. AND they cost a dollar just about anywhere you go. My favorite scent they have is the strawberries and cream ❤ SO DELICIOUS!  Also, for those of you who may wonder – a lot of conditioners will lather. Not to the extent of shampoo but you can still work it up to a fairly decent lather. Some other brands that I’ve found to work well as a “shampoo” are:

Wen Cleansing Conditioner

Garnier Fructis

RenPure Cleansing Conditioner

Condtioner: Suave Keratin Infusion

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I’ve honestly tried every high end and salon brand out there and I STILL always end up coming back to this baby right here; which blows my mind because it’s Suave! This 28 ounce bottle cost me like $4!! I use this as a conditioner, detangler, leave in conditioner, and deep conditioner.

This stuff is magic for my hair! I swear! I have such crazy frizzy hair and this has been one of the only products that has been able to semi tame the mane. I love to also mix a tablespoon or two of this in a water bottle with a few drops of oil as a detangler as well as an all over leave in conditioning spray. For deep conditioning I simply mix this with a few spoonfuls of oil and leave in overnight! It smells amazing, tames the frizz and also makes my hair more manageable and soft.

De- Frizz and Leave in Conditioning Spray: Creme of Nature Argan Oil Strength and Shine Leave in Conditioner & Tresemme Split Remedy

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So this product is another MUST for me. I honestly cannot rave about this product enough. It will untangle the worst of tangles, it gets rid of frizz in 5 seconds flat, adds incredible shine, and makes my hair feel like silk. This is one product that if they ever discontinued making it – I would probably just chop off all my hair because my hair would be insane without this. The only drawback with this product is that it does contain oil- so you just have to be VERY careful to not spray too much or spray too near your roots.

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This one I love for my split ends which I have an overabundance of at all times. I like to just spritz this on my ends while my hair is still damp. It seems to do a really great job of sealing up split ends and keeping them sealed so that they don’t get worse and worse before my next trim! I also have always loved the scent of Tresseme products.

Hair Oil: Africas Best Ultimate Herbal Oil

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This is a product that I use for just about everything! Makeup removal, moisturizer, bath oil, and of course… hair oil! I use a lot of oil in my hair for frizz but also just because my hair is SO dry. This is the first oil I always grab for. It’s inexpensive, but can work miracles and honestly puts coconut oil to shame! If you’ve fried your hair or just need to revamp, I recommend doing a deep conditioning treatment with this oil. It will help out SO much. This is also the oil that I use to make my detangler with the Suave conditioner! Works like a charm!

Well – That is all my beauties! I hope that everyone has a beautiful weekend full of amazing hair days 😉

 

Until Next Time!!!! XOXO

-Rachelle

 

Lets Get Golden- Top 5 Sunless Tanners

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Hello my beauties! I have been getting a lot of questions as of late about my tan and what products I use. So today I wanted to share with you my top five favorite (inexpensive) self tanners, a bit about my self tanning routine, and how I keep my skin golden all year long!

I have been self tanning for about 5 years now on and off. It wasn’t until these past few years that I feel like I’ve really found some products I love and will be buying for a LONG time. I’ve had too many experiences where I apply a self tanner at night and wake up in the morning looking like I hopped right out of oompa loompa land. Luckily though, through trial and error I have been able to find some of (in my opinion) the best inexpensive self tanners around. So lets get into it!

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Pay no mind to my dirty window 😉

So here we have my tanning holy grail. This product has hands down beat out almost every single sunless mousse I have EVER tried. After finding it a year and a half ago I have repurchased at least six times and am never disappointed. I find it quite comparable to the St. Tropez sunless mousses, except for about 1/3 of the cost. I buy this at Sally Beauty Supply Stores for around $13. Which if you have ever self tanned – you know that’s a fairly low price considering one bottle can last me upwards of three to four months.

As a warning – this stuff is DARK. They didn’t mess around with this formula and you can get 2-4 shades darker in just one use. They carry a lighter version as well but I find that since my skin is a more yellow toned base; darker tanners work better for me. If your skin has a bit of a pinker base or if you are naturally very fair – the lighter version may be better suited for your skin tone. However – if you are wanting to get tan very quickly – this is your new best friend.

The formula is thin and water like but comes out of the nozzle in a bubbly mousse form. Its very light and doesn’t offer much in the way of moisturizing qualities. So if you have very dry skin or dry patches – this will streak on you and will most likely be hard to blend in. I recommend moisturizing your skin with a good lotion 2-3 hours before applying this so that the product will blend and glide more easily on the skin.

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Still within the Tanwise line – I actually didn’t discover this product until about a month ago. Since discovering it though, I have fallen in love. This is a QUICK bronzing self tanner. This little guy comes in handy when you decide you want to wear shorts but just realized your legs will fatally blind any living thing within thirty feet of you. It’s fantastic – easy to blend and develops quickly for a nice glow and tan.

The formula is very dark in color and it has a light lotion texture. It doesn’t feel oily to me and has a fairly pleasant smell. Almost fruity in a way. I personally don’t like the smell of most self tanners I have used but this one isn’t too strong and I feel comfortable wearing it during the day time without wondering if people can smell my self tan lol!

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A lot of you have probably heard about or maybe even tried this product. I haven’t been using this as frequently as I used to, but for around $6-$7 this product is a total steal. You can build a pretty good base tan with this product and in my opinion it has one of the best formulas for getting a completely streak free tan for multiple skin tones.

This product won’t get you as dark as the previous products. It’s a bit more of a gradual tanner in a way – I would say it’s like an amped up version of the widely beloved Jergan self tanners. I would definitely recommend giving this guy a try if you’re a newbie to self tanning but still want a step up from gradual tanners. It glides on smooth, and has a creamy formula which takes anywhere from 5-8 hours to fully develop.

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Now on to the gradual tanners. For those of you who just want a bit of a glow or you’re wanting to prolong a spray tan or self tan; this product is one of my all time favorites. It smells like a tropical island of yum first of all. It has a great thick, creamy and super moisturizing quality that is fantastic for my dry skin and it gives nice even color that has a true brown base. This wont make you orange, smell like self tanner, or dry your skin out – in fact it will do the opposite. You will gradually get a nice glow, smell like a tropical flower, and have beautiful moisturized skin. There really are no downfalls to this product. I just adore it. It gets even better – because it’s only $6 ❤

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And last but certainly not least – Ocean Potion. This is another gradual tanner. It has a bit of a lighter water based formula for those of you who don’t like the heavier lotions. This dries quickly so you can get dressed to be on your way and yet still keeps your skin feeling moisturized. It’s formula is slightly stronger than the Malibu Hemp Tan – so you will see results a bit quicker with this one. This is another great tan extender or base builder. It’s also incredibly inexpensive at around $4-$5. This one will forever be a favorite of mine because I just cant find any flaws with it. Also – did I mention that it smells like an orange cream popsicle? YUUUUUMMMMM!

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LETS TALK TAN ROUTINE

So now that I’ve gone through all my favorites. Let me explain a little bit on how I use them.

I generally self tan twice a week to keep up my tan to the level of darkness that I like. It takes me around 10 minutes to go through my whole tanning routine. I tan before bed unless I’m just wearing my gradual tanners. It’s just my personal preference to shower the morning after a tan because I find that a lot of the bronzers that are in self tanners tend to rub off on clothing  throughout the day and I just don’t personally like how self tanners smell (excluding the gradual tanners I listed).

TANNING TIPS

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Prep the dry areas on the body by applying an oil based lotion to those areas. Knees, ankles, elbows, feet, wrists, hands, and armpits are all areas that I apply a normal lotion to first. This is to prevent the tanner from soaking in too heavily on those areas and dilutes the tanner for those specific areas.

WEAR GLOVES

They make special mitts for self tanning but I find them to be completely useless. They end up soaking up more product than they actually distribute on to your body which in the long run will waste product and money. So I just purchase a big box of plastic gloves similar to the ones a doctor or dentist would use. I often just wash and reuse the same pair for as long as they will last me (yay-keep the world as green as possible). Its super inexpensive and although it can take longer to blend at times, its just what works best for me and keeps you from getting the dreaded orange hands.

MIX AND MATCH

For application – I like to mix and match my products half and half. I NEVER use my Tanwise mousse without mixing it with another product for blend ability. As of late I have been mixing Tanwise Mousse with the Tanwise one hour sunless lotion and this has been a great combo for me. I will mix and match the Tanwise mousse to any of the products that I listed above just depending on how deep of a tan I am wanting. The reason I do this is because when you’re using a mousse – it can be extremely difficult to blend it perfectly enough without ending up with some streaks somewhere. By adding in a lotion – it allows you to still get that deep dark tan without having to worry about streaking or your product drying before you have blended it completely. I just take a dollop of mousse and a dollop of lotion in my hand, rub my hands together, then apply.

MOISTURIZE

If you want your tan to last – moisturize your skin daily. I do this with gradual tanners to keep my tan looking fresh and to continuously be adding color to fight the natural fade of self tanners.

THE HANDS

The hands and feet can be some of the most difficult areas to blend. This is because the pores in these areas are much larger and soak in product differently. For these areas I like to use an inexpensive blush brush to pick up a bit of product and basically paint and blend it on with the brush. After doing so – I then take a regular non tanning lotion and apply it to my palms and blend in between my fingers and everywhere that wouldn’t naturally become as tan as the rest of your body. I do the same for the feet.

TRIAL AND ERROR

The thing about self tanners and tanning routines is that its a process and everyone is different. The products and tips that do wonders for me may not work as well for you or maybe they will work perfectly. You really just have to try it out and not be bummed if it’s not perfect the first time around – it took me quite awhile to get good at self tanning and find what worked best for me. But I hope that this will at least give you a start and point you in the right direction!

Happy tanning everyone! If you have products you all love, I would love to hear about them!

❤ XOXO ❤

-Rachelle

 

Mac Fix Plus: DIY Dupe

Hello my beauties! I’m back at ya with another DIY DUPE!! YAY!

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Today I have a quick little diy for you all! My version of Macs Prep and Prime Fix Plus mist. If anyone has ever tried Fix Plus then chances are you absolutely love it. Honestly, it’s SO worth the money in my opinion, but I recently ran out of my last bottle and thought; well, this is a perfect opportunity to try out a new DIY and see if I can make a similar dupe/product. If you haven’t tried Mac Fix Plus – basically its a makeup priming spray, setting spray, facial re-hydrating mist and can also be used to pack on and intensify your eye shadows. It is however pretty pricey at $22-$25 dollars a bottle. So if you want to learn how to make a quick and easy dupe- keep scrolling!

Ingredients

1 Cup warm water – I recommend using distilled or bottled

2-4 Tablespoons of Aloe Vera Gel

1 Tablespoon of Nivea Men Cooling Shave Balm (optional)

1/4 Teaspoon of Your Favorite Facial Moisturizer

You will also need a fine mist spray bottle! I purchased mine at the dollar store 🙂

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When I made this spray, I wanted it to be two things.

  1. Made with products that would be easily available to anyone. Things that you may already have at home or products that could be picked up at any drugstore. I know it can be hard for a lot of people to find specialty stores for specific ingredients so I really wanted to keep it simple for you all!
  2. I wanted it to be easily customize-able to your own needs and wants! So you can kind of choose the intensity of your product and also customize it to fit your needs.

The main reason why Fix Plus works so amazingly is because of glycerin. Glycerin basically works like glue when it comes to beauty products and you will find A LOT of primers, facial mists, and setting sprays all use glycerin.

I originally was going to use straight up glycerin for this DIY. I actually have some that I bought a while back at my local heath foods store. However I couldn’t find any glycerin at my local drugstores so I opted instead for products that contained high amounts of glycerin for those of you who don’t want to go out and buy it – However if you want to be more true to the actual Fix Plus – I would purchase some glycerin either online or at a health food store and adjust the recipe to 2-3 tablespoons of glycerin and 1 tablespoon of aloe vera.

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This is just your basic run of the mill aloe vera gel, but I wanted to show you guys that you want to pick up a gel that contains glycerin as the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd ingredient. This one contains it as the third. The great thing about using aloe vera gel is that it’s soothing, combats redness and moisturizes the skin. Glycerin by itself really doesn’t have much in the way of benefits for your skin, but by using aloe vera; you’re not only going to be getting that fixative, but you will also be getting some great moisture and skin benefits. P.S (Whenever I run out of primer – I use this gel. It works like a charm as a primer)

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So I threw this product in there basically because I just love the smell ( it literally smells like a beautiful man in a bottle) and the cooling soothing feeling it gives my skin. It’s another product that has a super high concentration of glycerin which is why it works like a dream as a primer. It’s totally not necessary but if you are going to skip this product in your mix – replace it with another tablespoon of the aloe vera gel.

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And here we have my current favorite moisturizer. You can use any facial moisturizer of your choice for this step and honestly this is another one of those steps that if you want to, you can skip. I personally just have SUCH DRY SKIN that adding in a bit of moisturizer really amps up this product for me and it’s SO nice to spray on my face throughout the day to just re-moisturize and refresh.

The Process

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Finally! On to the process. It’s SO simple guys. First take one cup of pure filtered water. I don’t recommend using tap water just because a lot of tap waters contain salts/softeners/chlorine. You really want pure water so I just used bottled and warmed it up in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Having the water warm really helps the products to melt and mix much easier.

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Next add in your aloe vera (or glycerin if you have it). This is where you get to tweak it to your liking. If you want more of a moisturizing or refreshing spray 2 tablespoons is plenty. If you are wanting a more fixative and makeup setting spray 3-4 tablespoons will do the trick! I used 3 tablespoons since I am also using the Nivea After Shave Balm.

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Next I added in 1 tablespoon of my Nivea Mens After Shave Balm.

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And finally, I added in a cute little quarter teaspoon of moisturizer!

Now just mix it all up until all of the ingredients are blended and liquefied! You should end up with a product looking similar to this. Mine turned out with a beautiful green tint from the aloe vera gel, but you can definitely opt for a clear or colorless gel as well.

Now just pop it in your spray bottle and you’re done!

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Lets test it out!! ❤

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Using a black Tarte eyeshadow and just a regular rounded eye shadow brush: I did one swipe in the shadow and one swipe on the hand! The line on the left is without the fix plus dupe spray and the line on the right is with! As you can see I got a lot more intensity out of my shadow using the spray.

I also did a smudge test of the shadows!  The shadow that I used the fix plus dupe on did not budge unless I rubbed really hard; unlike the shadow without the fix plus dupe- it was super easy to just wipe and smear away.

Don’t get me wrong, I still LOVE Macs Fix Plus. But this actually really did surprise me with how well it worked and how nice it felt on my skin. It’s a definite DIY dupe for the real thing and you can save yourself some extra cash! I’m definitely going to be picking up a travel size spray bottle for this product so that I can just throw it in my purse to take with me wherever I go!

So I hope you guys give it a try and love it! Let me know what you think and if you end up tweaking the recipe at all!

Until Next Time ❤ XOXO

-Rachelle