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Flawless Eyes on A Budget

When it comes to beauty and makeup, one of the first things we like to focus on are the eyes. A dynamic, well-done eye look will instantly make you look glamorous, regardless of whether or not you decide to go through with the rest of your makeup routine. High-end department store brands of makeup have some seriously amazing eye products that everyone loves, and it can be a little bit harder to find the same quality in a drugstore product. But, it’s not impossible to find a few things that are highly comparable. And with that, I have for you lovely pageant ladies some amazing drugstore steals for your eyes.

Step One: Eye Primer


A flawless eye-makeup look starts with priming the eyes. And eye-shadow primer is a must if you want your makeup to last throughout the day and look just as impeccable at the end of the end as in the morning. It’s especially important if it’s a beauty pageant day and you want to keep that eye makeup in place when you’re under a spotlight for most of the day. My favorite drugstore eye primer is the NYX High Definition Eyeshadow Base. This product is incredible for a drugstore find and it will keep your eye-shadow in place all day long. You won’t get any tell-tale creasing or wearing off, and your makeup won’t budge. Just remember to let the base dry completely before putting on the rest of your eye makeup!

Step Two: Eye Shadow


Now once you’ve primed your eyes, the obvious next step is to apply your shadow. Finding a good drugstore eye shadow is tricky, because many of them are too powdery and don’t stay in place. Because you’ve already put on a primer, it’s not too big of an issue, you still want the best quality you can find on a budget. And it’s always a better deal if you can find a palette that you like rather than buying the individual shades. Palettes are also put together with shades that generally go well together, so that gives you one less things to worry about. One of the best drugstore eye shadow palettes by far is the Sonia Kashuk Eye Couture Eye on Neutral MatteAll of the shades in this palette are highly pigmented and will work well on just about any skin tone. Additionally, while these are pressed powders, the application is creamy and smooth, and it’s super blendable. You get twelve gorgeous shades in this palette so overall, it’s an incredible deal. I also recommend the Sonia Kashuk brushes as well, which are great if you’re on a budget.

Step Three: Eyeliner


For me, eyeliner is an absolute must. If I do nothing else with my makeup, I will at least apply an eyeliner. Eyeliners instantly widen and brighten the eyes, adding depth to any look you create. You can simply tight-line the eyes by applying a pencil eyeliner along your upper and lower waterline, you can create a winged look with a liquid eyeliner, or smudge it out for a bit of a smoky eye effect. It’s always good to have one pencil and one liquid eyeliner on hand. I use a liquid liner on my eyelid, and I use the pencil eyeliner for tight-lining and smudging along my lower lash line. Black eyeliner creates a bold look, which is great if you’re on stage for a pageant and want your eyes to pop, but brown eyeliner creates a soft, more subdued look when you want to look a bit more natural. My favorite liquid eyeliner is the L’Oreal Infalliable Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner. The felt-tip makes for easy application, and though felt-tipped liners have the tendency to dry out quickly, this one will last quite a while. You get an intense color pay off and the pigment won’t fade away or bleed. As for pencil eyeliners, L’Oreal is a winner again, with their L’Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Eyeliner Pencil. This product is incredibly pigmented, and black shade is super intense, which is exactly what you want if you’re going for a black liner. It’s got a creamy formula as well, so it glides smoothly along the eye without tugging. It also has a smudger on one end of the product so that you can smudge it out for that smoky look.

Step Four: Mascara (+ Eyelash Curler)


Eyelash curlers aren’t entirely necessary for a day-to-day basis, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t useful. Eyelash curlers open up the eye and make the lashes look longer and give them that extra help curling them when mascara alone isn’t doing the trick. ELF Mechanical Eyelash Curler is a great one to use, and it’s such a bargain at only $1. Next, it’s time for mascara. Mascara can do any number of things include adding depth, volume, curl, and length to your lashes. One of the best drugstore mascaras, in my opinion, is the Maybelline Volum’ Express Falsies Flared. The curled brush helps fan out the lashes and increases volume while adding depth and dimension to the eyes. I like using a waterproof formula the best, so that it doesn’t wear off throughout the day. Tip: You can easily remove waterproof makeup with olive oil, which quickly breaks down the product.

With that, you’ve got a fabulous and flawless eye makeup routine with 100% drugstore products and quality results!


Spa Night At Home

After a long week, or even a particularly tough day, you can always use a little quality ‘me’ time. Maybe you just got home from a pageant and are absolutely exhausted, or finals week is coming up and you’re stressing out… All you want to do is unwind and unplug for a little while. Well, a laid-back pamper night may be just the thing for you. My formula for an at home spa night is no fuss, full of relaxation, and a real treat for any body in need of a little TLC. Without further ado, let’s get started.


  1. Get Comfortable

Have you been wearing heels all day for your pageant? Is the dress you’re wearing just a little too tight for comfort at the end of the night? Take it all off. Slip into a comfortable, fluffy robe and maybe a pair of slippers, and just let your body breathe. Not only will you feel instantly more comfortable, wearing a bath robe will also make you feel luxurious and almost like you’re actually at a spa.

  1. Wash Your Face

Whether or not you’ve been wearing makeup for a beauty pageant or a night out, it’s always a good idea to wash your face at the end of the day. The dirt, oils, and sweat that build up on your face throughout the day aren’t something you want sitting on your skin any longer than necessary. And a freshly washed face will nearly always make you feel a little better. Brush your teeth as well for added freshness. Now is also the time to treat yourself to a nice face mask if you have one. This is an easy way to make your skin feel pampered and taken care of.

  1. Run A Bath

What’s a spa night without a luxurious bath? Fill your tub with warm water (make sure it’s not too hot!) and set the mood with some scented candles. If you’d like to, put on some calming music as well. Throw in a bath bomb, some aromatic bath salts, or bubble bath and watch your bath transform into an oasis. Scents like lavender and jasmine are great aromatherapy scents for relaxation.

  1. Relax and Unwind

I like to jump in the shower to quickly get myself clean and wash off my face mask so that the bath water doesn’t get too dirty, but if you can’t or don’t have the energy to, feel free to skip that step and just wash your face at your sink! Before you get into the bath, you might want to grab that book you’ve been meaning to read for company, or maybe you just want to do absolutely nothing and let your mind free. It’s all up to you. Tie your hair in a top knot so that it’s out of the way and you don’t have to go through the trouble of getting it wet. Now all that’s left to do is relax, soak in the water for as long as you want, and not think about a thing.

  1. Time for Bed

Once you’ve adequately let your tired muscles rest, it’s time to get out of the bath, drain the water, and blow out those candles. But your perfect night is far from over. Dry off your body and apply your favorite lotion or body butter all over your body so that you feel soft and smell yummy. Slip into your most comfortable pajamas, and if you’re up for it, make yourself a cup of your favorite tea or hot chocolate. Now, here comes the best part — snuggling up under the sheets of your dearly-missed bed, maybe indulging in some Netflix, and finally falling fast asleep after a pamper night fit for a beauty pageant queen.


Fall Favorites

I don’t know about you, but for me, October flew by in a flurry of pumpkins and Halloween madness. As we move into Thanksgiving season and cooler weather, it’s time to get cozy, grab a Pumpkin Spice Latte, and if you’re like me — start counting down the days until Christmas. We’ve got a couple seasonal posts coming up, and this is just the first of many. Today, I have a few fall favorites to share with you lovely pageant ladies! Lately I’ve been obsessed with anything to get me in the mood for fall, so I’ve got some Fall goodies as well as beauty products to share with you today.

1. Bath and Body Works Leaves Candle


This one is a classic, but I just had to mention it. I’ve been burning my Leaves candle all month long, and there’s nothing like it to get me into an Autumnal mood. It’s a perfect balance of sweet and spicy, and it smells just like hot, mulled apple cider. If you’re a fan of cinnamon-y smells, I would definitely recommend giving this one a try. It’s perfect for a warm and cozy fall atmosphere, and the scent is strong enough to fill a room without being overpowering. The new mason-jar packaging is adorable and rustic as well and makes for a great decoration.

 2. Homemade Fall Face Mask with Pumpkin

blog6photo6I am a lover of face masks, especially DIY masks that can be easily put together with natural, household ingredients. So this month I’ve been looking around the internet for a face mask with fall ingredients, and I happened upon this lovely recipe. It only requires four ingredients — pumpkin puree, almond oil, honey, and brown sugar. All of these can be found at a local grocery store, so you won’t have to go through too much trouble for this mask. It’s simple to make it’s supposed to soften and brighten the skin, which is great for the cooler weather when skin tends to get dry and you still want your face to be bright and glowing for any pageants that might be coming up or a holiday party. Give this fresh face mask a try and watch it do wonders for your skin!

3. Essie’s Partner In Crime Nail Polish

blog6photo5Essie nail polishes are always a favorite of mine, so I was really excited to see their new lineup of colors. This new fall collection has a lot of incredible shades, but this one is my favorite. It’s a beautiful, deep-toned brown polish. It’s creamy and rich when applied, and it’s super opaque, so all you need is one coat! The consistency and application of this product is great as well, and the shade is absolutely perfect for fall. Because it’s neutral, so it’ll go with just about any outfit you wear, especially ones with warm fall colors.

4. Pumpkin Pie Puppy Chowblog6photo3

Puppy Chow is one of my favorite holiday snacks (that I indulge in all year-round). I like to make it during Christmas time, but I recently found a really great fall-themed puppy chow recipe, so you can just imagine my excitement. I’ve yet to try it out, but as Thanksgiving comes around, this might just be my contribution to the Feast. For those of you who don’t know, puppy chow is, in fact, not dog food, but a scrumptious sweet snack made with rice chex cereal. There are a lot of variations, but this one may become my new favorite. It’s got white chocolate, pumpkin puree, and M&Ms and if you’re a fan of sweet treats, this may be the one for you.

5. Philosophy’s Cinnamon Buns Shower Gel

blog6photo4Philosophy’s bath and shower products are incredibly popular, and with good reason. They all smell delicious and leave your skin feeling soft and pampered. And I always like to switch up my shower gel by the season, because it’s an easy way to get into the fall atmosphere as the smell envelopes the entire bathroom. This shower gel is for those of you who aren’t too keen on the pumpkin scent that’s ever-present around this time of the year. This shower gel gives a rich and thick lather, and it smells warm and sweet and spicy and will definitely give you a huge cinnamon buns craving.


The Perfect Matte Lip

Recently, matte lipsticks have been making a huge comeback. There’s a world of possibilities with this opaque, gloss-free  formula, from subtle and understated to a bold, statement lip. Matte lipsticks are perfect for any occasion, whether that may be a beauty pageant night to showcase a bright, friendly smile or to complete a casual day-to-day look. The formula for a matte lipstick isn’t easy to perfect, but I have a few brands that will give you the perfect matte lip.

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

These lip pencils are truly incredible. While it is high-end, the finish is well worth it. As stated in the name, this product is actually a big, crayon-like pencil, which allows easy application. It glides on smoothly and easily without dragging along the lips. While some matte lipsticks have the tendency to dry out the lips and have the potential to appear cakey, this lip pencil really does have a velvety feel on the lips. It is enriched with Vitamin E, which makes it amazingly moisturizing, and it lasts for hours without feathering or bleeding. The range of colors in this line is amazing too– there are 19 beautifully pigmented shades to choose from. From the subtle nude called Belle de Jour to the classic red called Cruella, which is perfect for the winter months, you won’t be disappointed with your options. It can also be layered with other lipsticks to create a multi-dimensional, bold look if you’re looking to make a statement on the pageant stage. All in all, I highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a quality lip product with lots of possibilities.

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Mattes

Maybelline has a relatively new line of matte lipsticks that are definitely more affordable, but still deliver a great matte finish. Unlike the Nars Lip Pencil, this line is comprised of proper lipsticks. At ten shades, the line is about half as small the above line, but there is still a great variety in shades. There are a couple nudes such as the Daringly Nude, a couple bright, fun purples and pinks, and a few deep reds such as Divine Wine for the upcoming season as well. So, no matter your skin-tone and undertones, you’ll be sure to find a flattering shade in this line. Once again, as the name states, these truly do have a creamy texture similar to that of regular, glossy lipsticks, which is always a plus because it won’t leave your lips feeling dry. This formula is nourishing and applies smoothly, with no need to worry about it smudging or rubbing off easily. The color pay-off of this line is also incredible. Every shade is opaque and beautifully pigmented. You certainly won’t be disappointed with this line.

BONUS – Tips for applying matte lipsticks:

When applying a matte lipstick, it’s important to properly prep your lips beforehand to ensure long-lasting wear and a beautiful finish. It all starts the night before, by applying a thick lip balm to soak in and moisturize those lips, leaving them smooth and soft. Before applying the lipstick, be sure to exfoliate your lips with a sugary lip scrub to get rid of dry skin that can make even the best of lipsticks appear flaky and unflattering, and then apply a light layer of lip balm. Give this a few minutes to absorb, because the formula in matte lipsticks may cause the product to slide around on your lips and rub off when combined directly with lip balm. Once you’ve let the lip balm absorb, apply your matte lipstick for the center of your upper lips and outward, tracing the shape of your lips, then applying it on your bottom lip. Finally, be sure to blot of any excess lipstick to ensure it doesn’t bleed out or end up on your teeth.

Tell us about your favorite shades of matte lipstick for this fall and winter!



Nighttime Skincare Routine

Proper skincare is an absolute must for any girl, but especially for pageant girls whose faces are in the spotlight. And establishing a daily routine helps achieve and maintain beautiful, healthy skin. Without further ado, let’s get started!

Removing Your Makeup:

The first step in any skincare routine, before even washing your face, is to remove all of your makeup, so that any traces of various products you use don’t seep into your pores overnight and cause breakouts. You can use a makeup-removing cleanser to wash your face while your remove your makeup, makeup wipes for a quick and easy clean, or a makeup-removing solution like Bioderma Crealine H20 which gently removes waterproof makeup or heavy stage makeup for a post-pageant routine. Another makeup removing product that has recently taken over the beauty world is a cleansing balm, which moisturizes the skin as you massage it into your skin to remove makeup.

Cleansing Your Skin:

blog4photo5Next, it’s time to use a cleanser. Facial cleansers are meant to remove dirt, grime, sweat, and oil build-up from throughout the day. Even if you use a makeup-removing cleanser, I recommend cleansing once more to ensure your face is absolutely clean. When cleansing, it’s always a good idea to use warm water, which opens up the pores and allows the cleanser to penetrate and clear your pores. Cleansers like Cetaphil Daily Cleanser or Simple Foaming Cleanser are great for all skin-types, even sensitive skin. Once you’ve finished cleansing, gently pat your face with a washcloth or muslin without rubbing it in and irritating the skin.

Face Scrub and Face Masks:

The next step is to exfoliate your skin with a gentle scrub. This helps remove dead skin, reduces dullness, cleans your pores. I recommend exfoliating every other day to avoid irritating your skin and causing redness. Once a week, I also recommend using a face mask after completing the above steps to deeply penetrate pores and draw out impurities. There are a large variety of face masks that target a number of different skin problems, such as acne, dry skin, discoloration, etc., so identify what you’d like to focus on before choosing one. Face masks with fresh ingredients, such as the ones found at Lush, are even more healthy for your skin.

Using  A Toner:

Next, you’ll want to apply a toner to your face. A lot of people aren’t aware of the benefits of using a facial toner, but it is an important step in the skincare routine. Toners help to minimize pores, balance the pH level of your skin after cleansing, remove the last traces of cleanser or grime, and generally refresh the face. Dab some toner onto a cotton pad and sweep it all over your face in an upward motion, then allow to the toner to absorb and do its job.

Serums and Spot Treatments:blog4photo3

Once you’ve applied a toner, it’s time for your serums and spot treatments. These can vary greatly depending on your skin-type, and are contrentrated products meant to target specific skin problems. This can range from a spot acne treatment such as Clean and Clear’s Advantage Spot Acne Treatment to The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil for dry skin that needs intense moisture. Go ahead and apply your serums, then wait a couple minutes to allow it to sink it to your skin.

Moisturizing Your Face:

Last but not least, theblog4photo4 time has come to moisturize. Night creams generally have a heavier formula than a daytime moisturizer and are meant to be absorbed into the skin throughout the night. A personal favorite of mine is Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar Night Cream, which locks in moisture and leaves your skin soft and smooth. If you use an eye cream, now it is the time to use dab that under your eyes as well.

It may sound like a lot at first, but once you’ve established the routine, it’s not very time-consuming. This routine can be entirely customized based on whether you have dry, oily, sensitive, or combination skin. You’ll start to see the benefits to regular skincare within days and your skin will be glowing during your pageant!