Thursday, June 5, 2014

Pore-minimizer Product Reviews

In high school I started obsessing over the size of my pores. Lets just say I should consider myself lucky because my mom has gorgeous skin and she went through the same phase. I know eventually my pores will melt away like hers. But for now, I have to work at keeping those puppies small. Thank goodness for pore filler, right? 

The crazy thing I realized about pore filler is that it's a two for one deal. 

It doubles as a makeup primer. I'm serious. 

I've used my pore refiner from Clinique on days I forget my primer and I notice that my makeup stays on longer than if I didn't. I also realized that all three of my pore filler/primer products feel and act the same on my skin. Who knew?!

We've all had those days where your makeup looks amazing when you first put it on and then two hours later, you wonder where the heck it all went? Yeah that happened to me everyday all through college. I would tote along a bag full of makeup everywhere I went because of the raccoon eyes, or one cheek smeared off blush. Little did I know I should have used something like the products below. 





1. Clinique Pore Refining Solutions
2. Revlon Photoready Primer
3. Benefit Porefessional 


Clinique Pore Refining Solutions LITERALLY makes the pores go away. It costs $44, and for what Benefit and Revlon do, I would say go with those if you're on a budget. 


If you're on a budget, go with the Revlon photo primer. It matte(ifies) your skin and keeps makeup on. Its worth the $12.99 you'll pay. 


The Porefessional by Benefit is a little spendy, but not nearly as much as Clinique. This little guy cost $10.00. For the full size, its $31.00. It has been amazing though for when I really want to have industrial strength pore/primer. 


I typically use one or two together. They work wonders. I would use the pore minimizer first since they are formulated to be able to sink into your pores, the primer is meant for keeping makeup on your face. Either way, you will be better of than not using any at all! 

xo Casi 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Art Inspiration - River Luna



I absolutely love this ladies work. I have followed her on Etsy for a year or two now and never knew she had a blog. Until now! There is always a person or two that inspires an artist, and I can't tell you how much I have looked at other peoples work and finally found River Luna. She makes work that is inspired by nature and is set apart by the colors she uses. 

Okay, so I am not going to lie, I have a few tabs open on my desktop to try and look through all of her work at once. Its hard to pick a favorite. I picked a few that should be shared with the world. :)








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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sunday Makeover

I was going to post this on Monday, but it really couldn't wait. I am so excited about this makeover. I took so many pictures and it was difficult to pick the best ones! The little lady that I gave this makeover to is actually Herbie's friend's girlfriend (whew!). Monica has the best eyes (and eyelashes in the world). It was a no-brainer when she came over this weekend and I decided she would be my second makeover on the blog (I actually told her she had to do it. ) She has a gorgeous smile and the best dimples I've ever seen. Needless to say this was super fun to do. 

I had to even out the skin tone a little, but for the most part she had perfect skin and a gorgeous face shape, so there wasn't much contouring to do. 









Monica is half Mexican, and so she has the nice olive undertones which worked out really well with the tanner I had that I put on first. It gave a nice glow before putting on the rest of the makeup. :)

What I used: 

Face:
- Banana Boat Self tanning lotion "Deep Dark."- Revlon "Photoready" perfecting primer.
- Algenist, Complete eye renewal balm.

- Bobbi Brown Foundation in "Warm Sand."
- Laura Mercier secret concealer "2."

- Bobbi Brown Blush in "Pale Pink."
- Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in "Bronze."
- Physicians Formula Bronzer "medium."

Eyes:
- MAC eyeshadows: "Orb" and "Blackberry."
- Maybelline "Master precise liquid eyeliner."
- Bobbi Brown black eyeshadow.
Lips:
- MAC lipgloss in "Fulfilled."


Raw Life & Detoxifying

 For a long time, I have battled with fatigue and my weight going up and down. I was also diagnosed with PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. It happens in women who (typically) have some kind of insulin resistance. Crashes in blood sugar release a hormone that prevents the release of eggs from your ovaries and they turn into cysts. These are painful when they finally burst. 

My dad's side of the family has diabetes, and I assume I am at risk. PCOS also makes it difficult to conceive. Considering Herbie and I would like to try to have kids in the next couple of years, I decided it was time to revamp my diet. On top of having PCOS, there is a long list of family members who died from cancer. I know doctors say that a lot of it has to do with genetics, but I think a lot of it has to do with our environment. The book I am reading right now, The Beauty Detox Solution, talks a lot about how our fat cells grow to absorb toxins to keep from the rest of our bodies. I have done so much research on nutrition that I didn't know why this wasn't apparent to me from the start! I wasn't able to lose weight by eating tons of protein and boxed diet foods because that was creating/releasing toxins in my body. My body has been trying to keep me alive by keeping toxins in my fat, which explains why I can't lose weight unless i'm on raw(ish) veggie diet. Since I've started this, I have lost 7 lbs. Thats huge for me since I have been the same weight since I was in high school! 

I am hoping to move through this program and not only detoxify my body but lose the weight and control my PCOS. 

One of the best moves that I made (that I never skip) has been my morning smoothie and one of these salads at lunch. The smoothie recipe is below: 

Glowing Green Smoothie

1.5 Cups purified water.
3/4 bunch spinach. 
3-4 stalks celery. 
1 apple. 
1 pear. 
1 banana. 
1/2 lemon juiced. 

It sounds kind of gross, but I swear once you start drinking and eating this way, you realize what your body has been needing all along... nutrition. Preservative filled and boxed foods just don't have the enzymes and vitamins that whole foods have. Once I started eating this way at least 1/2 of the day, I noticed that I wasn't tired anymore or getting cramps from PCOS. 

Hopefully this post helps those of you who may be dealing with the same issues I have. 

xo Casi





New Camera!

Today marks the first day of my new love affair. I told myself that I wasn't going to buy a camera until I had done enough research and had a camera in my price range. Luckily for me, I live near a Shutterbug, and they had a wonderful used Canon Rebel EOS T2i. I started shooting with it like crazy after. The shots were great alone, but I am lucky to have access to the adobe suite, and spruced the raw photos up a bit. 

I think this was a good move. Especially considering that I already have a smaller(ish) digital camera. I love how the shots turn out and the quality is by far the best I have seen in cameras that I've had before (I do notice now some blurring with Koda's foot though).


I would say that anything over $400 is getting to be too much. The two most important parts of a camera are 1) The sensor, and 2) The lens. I didn't realize this when I first started shooting in college. These two together make a great shot. Of course I wouldn't mind the Canon Mark iii but thats a little out of the price range. For now, this will do. :)

xo Casi







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