Confessions of a Makeup Addict

How to Make Your Eyeshadow Last All Day

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If you're like me, this is an important question. Ensuring that my eyeshadow lasts all day without creasing or fading is extremely important to me. This is something that I've been working on for a long time, because not everything works for everyone. 

Maybe you have dry eyelids, or maybe yours are extremely oily. Maybe they're just normal and you don't have any problems at all with eyeshadows. The tips and recommendations I'm going to give you will hopefully help you, and if you're one of the lucky people with normal eyelids, these tips may still help to make your eyeshadows apply more evenly, blend easier and show up more vibrantly.

Nars Eye Primer

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The Importance of Lip Liner

So, just how important is lip liner? Is it a must? Can it be skipped?

This can go either way. I don't always wear lip liner, you may wear lip liner daily, but does it really make a difference? I think so.
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How to Minimize The Appearance of Pores

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Pores suck. There, I said it. They're annoying, they're obnoxious and they eat your makeup. They're definitely not cute, and they're a pretty common issue.
There's no way to remove your pores. There is also no real way to shrink them. You can disguise them, hide them and smooth them, but you can't get rid of them permanently, although if that were an option I'd be first in line.
There are a few things you can do to reduce the appearance of them.
  • Exfoliate on a regular basis. Exfoliating helps to keep them from getting clogged and clogged pores tend to look even larger.
  • Moisturize. Oily skin tends to harbor larger pores due to the oil production. I have extremely dry skin & I'm still plagued with them. Moisturizing your skin helps to keep them happy, and foundation smoothes over them easier if they're moisturized.
  • Use a pore minimizing toner. No, it won't perform miracles, but it does pull all of the gunk out of them, letting them appear smaller.
  • Use a pore smoothing primer. I love this one from Clinique. 
    Clinique Pore Refining Primer

    Clinique Pore Refining Solutions
The Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector really helps to smooth out your skin. I use this after my Too Faced HangoveRx primer and before foundation. It keeps my foundation from sinking into my pores. 
  • Use a pore minimizing powder. I didn't think these would actually work until I tried the Too Faced Primed and Poreless powder and it actually does make a difference.
  • Maintain good skin hygiene habits. This is probably the best tip you'll get. It goes right along the lines of don't sleep in your makeup, tone and moisturize your face, blah blah. But it's true. If you don't wash, exfoliate, tone and moisturize daily your pores can & will get clogged, which causes them to enlarge. Keep in mind if your pores are enlarged, it can take quite some time for them to shrink back to normal size. Harsh exfoliators such as overusing your Clarisonic seems to cause this as well. 
That's all I have for you!
I hope those tips help you!

Let me know your tips for minimizing pores.

Thanks for reading!

Current Blush Obsession

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I go through phases where I use the same products every day. That's what is happening now with these two blushes. I am obsessed with these two blushes by Nyx. They are both baked blushes, in the shades Solstice and Ignite. I've been using these blushes non-stop, and I feel like they're the perfect shades for spring!
Nyx Baked Blush

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Charging Your Phone on the Go


Let's discuss our phones. We all use them, and some of us use them a lot. Sometimes it's optional, and other times you just HAVE to. Your phone doesn't always survive the day, the battery can sometimes die midday, and who wants to sit around with a phone plugged into the wall? No thanks.
Recently I was given the opportunity to try the Lifeguard Mini Portable charger*. It's made to be compatible with other devices as well, but my main use for it is to recharge my phone when I'm out. As long as the portable charger is charged, it will be able to fully charge your phone once, maybe more. I've gotten two full charges out of it.
The device is small and lightweight, and it plugs into your phone like a normal charger would. It takes around 2 hours to charge from 0% battery, which is nice when you're on the go.
If you're a heavy smart phone user like I am, this would be awesome for you. This is the perfect little device for charging your phone on the go, or on one of those horrid occasions where you have no electricity!
You can find this on Amazon, and it comes with a free lightning charging cable. 
I hope this post is helpful!
Thanks for reading!
*I received this free of charge via Tomoson for review. All opinions are 100% my own and I was not compensated for the review*
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