THE HUSBAND DOES MY MAKEUP

I didn't post an outfit this week, so I figured I'd give y'all something to make up for it! I was sick for about a week, then the husband caught it, so my photographer was bed ridden. I popped into the bedroom one day and meekly asked if he was up to taking pictures of me, my eyes were met with a look of deep disdain and anger. Like woman please, I'm all about this chick-fil-a chicken noodle soup and these mounds of used kleenex right now. Get out of here before I snot on you. 

He is always telling me how easy it must be to put on makeup, and how he doesn't have a clue what takes me so long. (To be fair, yes, I wear lotsa different makeup things, BUT BUT BUT, I have mastered the full face in 15-30 minutes, no lie. So Husband...HUSH. It's the hair that takes a miracle worker to fix.) Sooooo this is how we came to this video. He was finally up to go back to work on Friday, so I capitalized on that momentum. Here is my dear husband, trying his hand at makeup application. Oh, and me without makeup on...good stuff. Enjoy.

 

KIMONO OUTFIT POST MAKEUP

 

Ok, so I got a ton of questions about my makeup from yesterday's outfit post. I'm not a makeup artist, I kinda just go with what I like. Back in the olden days, my mom used to "sell" Beauty Control makeup. By sell I mean, buy an absurd amount of it for herself at a discount, haha! So I have been watching my mom do her own makeup, and playing in gobs of makeup since I was a little girl. That's about all the training I have. Good old fashioned watching my mama, who by the way looks absolutely NOTHING like me. She has beautiful, fiery red hair and a completely different skin tone. She's very warm and I am very cool. So I pretty much learned from her what colors not to use, ha! Anyhoo, I will describe down below what I used for this look. 

I wasn't planning on doing this post, so I'm lucky The Husband got a closed eye pic on accident. It's not very attractive haha, but for you guys, anything! So here it goes...

First things first, I moisturize my face like crazy. I'm talkin, very thick creamy moisturizer, then thick sunscreen, then I put on a primer. 

Eyes

1. Eyeshadow Base: MAC Paint Pot in "Painterly"-this is used on my eyelids no matter what color eyeshadows I will be using. It's basically the same color as my skin, covers up any veiny or red eyelids so that you start with a clean slate.

2. Eyeshadows: I change up my eyeshadows daily. I have a huge collection of MAC shadows, I use the Tarte Matte Palette, and I use the Naked2 Palette by Urban Decay. But in this set of pictures, I am wearing Mac "Orb" (matches my skin almost perfectly, so it's my base color), "Quarry", "Haux", and "Jest." I'm not going to tell you how I did it or give you a tutorial, because you can find a much better one out in Youtube land. I just follow the basic eyeshadow rules, the whole crease thang and what not. Not hard, nothing fancy.

3. Eyebrows: I fill in my eyebrows with MAC eyeshadow in "Brun."  I just do it lightly, and it makes a huge difference, but you can barely tell. That almost makes no sense, but it does, I promise. (What?!?) I basically mean it looks very natural, but you would notice if you saw me with and without.  I'm not going to lie, I haven't had my eyebrows waxed in over a year, and I do very little to them. That's just what they look like, if you get up close, you'll notice they are growing into my hairline slightly lol...I need to get them done! I am very light handed with the powder, only one or two swipes. I just think it looks more natural than drawing stuff with a pencil. Generally the folks that use pencils look good in very carefully taken Instagram pictures, but then in person, they look like WHOA! Are you wearing electrical tape on your eyebrows? Is that sharpie marker above your eyelids? What's the deal?

4. Eyeliner: My eye color is kinda weird. It's not brown. It's an olive green, golden color. So I don't use black or brown eyeliner. I almost always use navy blue. It makes them pop a bit more. My two favorites are Neutrogena in "Twilight Blue" and Stila Smudge Stick in "midnight blue." I'm wearing the Stila one in these pics. Heavier on the top, very lightly on the bottom.

5. Mascara: Everyone has a very specific mascara that they like. Use whatever one you like, makes no real difference.

Face

1. I am on a search for my favorite foundation. Haven't found "the one" yet. What I am wearing in these pics is MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation in NC15. Yes, the palest color they have. Yes, I really am that pale, I swear. Go back and look at some of the pics that show my legs...trust me on this. It is the best I have found so far, but I have a sneaking suspicion there is another one that's better...I've got my eye on it...I'll try it soon and report back.

2. My favorite two concealers are MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC15 and Make Up For Ever Full Cover in 1-Pink Porcelain. I generally use a combo of the two. I should actually be using a lighter color, but I haven't found anyone who makes one! Since I already use the palest foundation, finding a concealer that is lighter is almost impossible, I need one though, would look much better!

3. Contour: I do a pretty light contour, google it, I am not the one to teach you. I use the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit. I use it for my contour and my highlight.

4. I set my under eyes and areas that get oily or sweaty or anything like that with a loose translucent powder. 

5. Blush: I use Nars, MAC, and Tarte blushes. In these pics I have on Tarte Amazonian Clay 12- Hour Blush in "Dollface." 

Lips

1. Liner: MAC Lip Pencil in "Hip 'N' Happy." It matches my natural lip color pretty perfectly. 

2. Lipstick: This is my favorite lipstick color on earth. I'll say it till the cows come home, I'm convinced it works on everyone. My mom wears it too! It looks dark, but don't let that scare you, try it! MAC Lipstick in "Syrup."

3. Lipgloss: MAC Plushglass in "Ample Pink."

That's it, and that's all! This is pretty much a neutral look for me, these colors are all the perfect colors for my skin tone. So think about that before you go out and try them! I have a very cool, pink based, pale skin tone, and an odd eye color (My Brand!). When I am looking for makeup artists to follow online, I try and look for a "skin twin", because it's kind of crazy to try out a look from a blonde hair, blue eyed blogger, thinking I would look even remotely the same! Not gonna happen. The closest I've ever found is an awesome youtube star and blogger named Marlena. She has a website and makeup brand called Makeup Geek.  So if you look like me, she has some awesome tutorials you can follow to a T. If not, she actually has some pretty awesome basic how-tos in general, but go find your "skin twin!" There are tons of makeup bloggers on youtube and all over the internet. It's pretty much saturated with makeup artists these days! Hello Pinterest!

My hair color is actually a hot mess and you can read about it here.  So if you are dying to get my color...it's not technically on purpose, ha! So good luck with that. I curled it with my biggest curling wand for these pics, as opposed to my medium one that I used in this post.

Photography by The Husband

SNIFF SNIFF MMMM

 

Product Details:

I AM - Fragrance Wardrobe

I am a firm believer in having a "signature" scent. My mom has had one since I was a little girl. It's this really fancy french perfume, and when I smell it I think of her immediately. She gets it every year for Christmas from my dad. She has tried to change it up over the years, but she always goes back to old faithful. 

I am the exact same way (I'm becoming my mother HELLLP!). I moved to New York City to go to fashion school in 2006. I didn't know a soul other than my new roommate (whom I wish I had never met, but that's a whole other story). I would either go to The Met by myself every day, stroll up and down the walls of art, or hang out in Central Park. Later on I found my people, and we explored the crap out of that city. For a little while though, I was stuck with a crazy person, which led me to sniff some perfume just to waste time and get away.

Up until that point I had worn all kinds of perfumes. Expensive, cheap, whatever. I was always on the lookout for "My Signature Scent" though, one that I would fall in love with and think, "THATS IT! THATS ME!" One magical afternoon I found it! But wait! I didn't just find one, I found two! So for nearly a decade I wore the same two scents like clock work.

In the spring & summer I wore Pure Grace by Philosophy, and in the fall and winter I wore Baby Grace by Philosophy. It was a match made in heaven. True love. Pure Grace was light and airy and had a unique "soap and water" scent. Baby Grace had a little stronger scent that I can't even describe, I won't even say how the company describes it, because that doesn't cut it either.

So why don't I have a picture of those magical potions, and why am I on a search for a new scent? Philosophy has broken my heart. I'm not even exaggerating. I may have shed a tear when I noticed I couldn't get Baby Grace this fall. Dramatic, I know. If you know me though, you for sure know what I smell like, those scents are a part of me just as much as that french scent is a part of my mom. I went to order Baby Grace the other day, because fall is right around the corner, and it's gone. Nowhere to be found, except for an old bottle on Amazon for $270. WHAT?!?! These perfumes are usually around $50! Then, they stopped making Pure Grace in the Eau de Parfume, it just comes in a "spray fragrance" now. What the heck is that??? It's like they took some alcohol and put a teeny tiny splash of the old fragrance in it. It's terrible. It was a very light fragrance to start with, and now it's almost as if you can't smell it at all. So I am on a search. 

I own a lifestyle cinematography business for my day job. I film weddings, special events, corporate web videos, product videos, etc. So one weekend, not too long ago, one of my brides was spraying on her perfume before her wedding. I LOVED IT. I asked her what it was called, and she giggled and said, "I am Naked". I was like huh? Do what? Then she explained that all the scents are called "I Am" something or other. That stuck in my mind. When I came across my debacle a couple weeks ago, I decided to try and order some. Then I realized you could order a whole tester kit! Come on, that's exciting. So I did.

I've spent the past week sniffing them and sniffing coffee grounds (no I don't have coffee beans, do I look like a hipster coffee snob people?!). I took the ones I liked for a test drive each day, and I still can't decide. I am stuck on the "I Am Naked" and "I Am Good" scents. I will probably get both, because the Naked one is a little stronger, perfect for fall and winter. If you are in search of your signature scent try out this company, they have super fast shipping, and a smell for everyone! If you aren't in search of your signature scent, what is wrong with you?! Every lady needs one! Get on it!

And if you are the new owner of Philosopy...get your crap together!!! You are ruining what so many people loved. When you do get said crap together, please let me know...I will be happy to try them again...they are after all, my old faithfuls! 

Photography by Me

DIOR ADDICT LIP GLOW

 

Product Details:

Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm

So I affectionately call this lip "balm" The Gateway Drug to Lipstick. I never wore lipstick before I used this, unless forced to. I hated stuff on my lips, unless it was chapstick type stuff. This balm opened up the lipstick floodgates for me. I can't get enough of the stuff now. Reds, bright pinks, whatever, all thanks to these little guys. 

I got this simply because it was supposed to give you a light sheer color, but feel really good on your lips, like chapstick or lip butter. I was hesitant, but I thought, whatever, it's worth a shot. It's about time to grow up and wear color on your lips, like a real woman, Morgan!

So I got the pink shade. LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. I got the coral shade shortly thereafter. It feels awesome, and it gives you a pretty wash of color. Perfect for people who are scared of lipstick, or who don't like the way it feels. It supposedly reacts with your skin's ph within 3-5 minutes. At first it's pretty sheer, but wait! It's supposed to end up customized to everyone's lips, based on your ph. I'm not sure I believe all that hooey, frankly I'm too lazy to search for proof, and I really don't care because I love it. However, I did put it on my lips and take some pics, so you can see for yourself what it looks like on me! 

* I'm wearing one of The Husband's shirts. It's a blue & white striped, men's Ralph Lauren button down. He wears them to fancy things, I steal them to wear while I put my makeup on, and occasionally get hollered at for being a thief. Can't stop, won't stop.* 

NAKED LIPS - "AU NATURAL"

PINK LIP GLOW

CORAL LIP GLOW

Product Photography Me, My Face Courtesy of The Husband

MY FAVORITE NAIL POLISH

 

This is my absolute favorite nail polish system! I've been using it for a few years. The system is by Nailene, and they have a SensatioNail website, but you can get it at all kinds of places, like Target. The starter kit comes with everything you need, BUT I have used many different gel polish brands with the SensatioNail LED curing lamp and gel base. In this picture I am using the Sally Hansen gel top coat (as base coat and top coat) and Sally Hansen gel color. They give you a little bottle of stuff to wipe your nails at the end, and Sally Hansen makes some wipes, but it's just rubbing alcohol. I refill the bottle with rubbing alcohol and use paper towels to wipe my nails at the end. 

It takes me about 15-20 minutes to do my nails this way. As soon as I am done, I'm talking immediately, it is rock hard dry. I'm not messin! It's a gel polish, so it really is hard and shiny. You can immediately go and do anything; take a shower, style your hair, pull on skinny jeans, etc.  It also lasts a bit longer than traditional nail polish, so that's a plus. I don't scratch up my nails like they tell you to, just because I don't want them messed up too much, so it doesn't stay on as long as it should on me. I don't mind. I actually just peel it right off when I get a chip, usually in one big piece, and quickly redo them all. The whole system comes with me whenever I travel. It's small enough that it doesn't take up much room. 

FYI: to all of you more "mature" ladies following me. The (white) french tip manicure, with plastic fake nails, has been out for years. That's why a lot of nail salons are struggling. I see lots of you still doing it though...move along...it's aging you. Either do the natural nail, polished, like most younger people do these days, or go all out Adele and Rihanna style with polished fake nails. Whatever you do, just say no to the tip ;). 

My jewelry is also linked above. As I have said before, I tend to invest in my jewelry. So the stuff I am wearing in the video is a bit costly. However, Ippolita is one of the only companies that makes bigger sizes in bangles. So I love it! I get a size 3. Also, my ring is from Etsy, it says that it's and engagement ring, but it was a birthday present from the husband. I love Morganite because of the name obviously, but also because pink is my favorite color. So I just wear it on my right hand. And as I also said in my FAQ, I don't wear my actual engagement ring much. So get used to the gold band. 

*Disclaimer: This is an LED light system, NOT a UV system. Make sure when you are at a salon that they aren't drying or curing your nails with UV...that's what ages you and causes cancer. UV dryers are basically tanning beds for your hands. The hands give away age before anything else...don't speed up the process!

Photography and Video by Me.