Heavenly Creatures – Planet-Tastic

Beauties!!!!!

OMGosh! It’s been a while! I’ve been away, but NEVER away from the makeup world and the new collections! This blog entry is going to be about MAC’s new collection called “Heavenly Creatures”! This collection is out of this world (pun intended)! I didn’t pick up ALL of their items, because let’s face it…I’m on a budget and if I would’ve, I would’ve spent well over $500!! LOL!

I walked away with 5 items (one I bought multiple of, so I won’t count those.). I was supposed to get an eyeshadow too, but my doll at the MAC counter totally forgot to put it in my bag! It’s alright though, I’ll go back this week and pick it up. I get the feeling that it won’t sell out THAT quickly, especially since there is SOOOOO much to choose from! Here is what I picked up…

 This Mineralized Skinfinish is called “Center of The Universe”. It’s one of the 4 that MAC launched. I picked this one because it goes perfectly with my skin tone, but the others are gorgeous too!! Please check them out if you haven’t! Pick one up too, you won’t regret it. If you’ve never used a skinfinish, it’s basically a highlighter. I personally like to use it by itself to give my face a little glow. This one in particular makes me look like I’ve been kissed by the sun! I just LOVE it.

For the face and body: “Volcanic Ash”! It’s seriously one of those items that you fight over! It’s limited so it’s a must have! Good luck getting a hold of it though, it’s that good! I would not recommend this for those who have sensitive skin because it’s super thick and very grainy! The coolest thing about this product is that it’s not just for your face. I dig a product that is multipurpose.

And finally, 2 Cremesheen Glass’ and Lipstick! These baby’s are beautiful! From left to right: Astral, Meteoric and Cut a Caper. Astral is a bright yellow pink, Meteoric is a mid-tone vibrant coral; and Cut a Caper (repromote) is a Lustre mid-tone peach pink. I’m so in love with these! Cut a Caper is my current favorite! I bought 3..LOL! I thought Watch Me Simmer was my baby, but I think I’ve found a new love. ❤

There are 27 items in this collection! 30 to be exact, but I didn’t include the brushes. Please go and check this collection out if you haven’t already! You are bound to want about 3 or 4 items, if not ALL and if you don’t buy anything, at least go and see them in person, the way the colors alone are mixed together are gorgeous!

That’s all for tonight regarding this collection dolls. If you go check these out and/or buy some of the products, let me know! I’d like to hear about what you’ve picked up! Who knows, you might convince me to buy a few more things! LOL!

Stay tuned for my next blog post! I have a feeling you’ll love that one too!

Stay fab my loves!

Lovelylin xoxo

Ahoy!!! MAC’s “Hey, Sailor”! Is Here

Good evening my loves!

I hope that this blog post finds you all well and happy!  If you’re a fan of my beauty page on FB, then you’ve noticed that I’ve been really excited about this limited edition collection from MAC! I learned about it early in the month and was lucky enough to put some items on hold before they went on sale to the public! I couldn’t talk to you abou them because they weren’t out yet, but I have them now and I am so excited to show you these amazing colors! Now, keep in mind that this collection is pretty big AND I did NOT buy/need all of the items, but I’ll be the first to tell you that all of the colors and bronzers are seriously deadly and the best part is that they all come in special packaging!!!

The collection will hit stores this Thursday, but www.maccosmetics.com is currently selling the items now AND you can also find them at the MAC Pro stores right now. They tend to carry limited edition items a week before the GP can get their hands on them.  Now for the fun stuff…

These two shadows were my faves from the collection.  Feeling Fresh – Bright Green (frost) and Jaunty – Champagne (frost). Keep in mind that these colors look completely different on. Jaunty is definitely a frosted champagne color and Feeling Fresh reminds me of a frosted Christmas green LOL! Please don’t let that scare you! It’s a beautiful color!

Now, this lipglass I am in love with! It’s called Orange Tempera and it’s a pale peach color. It looks lovely on and when mixed with Myth, Freckle Tone or Vegas Volt…it’s just gorgeous! There are 5 lipglasses in this collection and the only ones that I really liked are this one and Send Me Sailing. It’s a bright yellow red and it goes perfectly with Red Racer (lipstick also in this collection).

Salute! This lipstick is a neutral peach (amplified) lipstick. This one may be a little tricky because it may not go well with all skin types. It can either make you look too pale or make you look like you ate a powdered doughnut…lol! I love it though and it looks great on.  You can always mix things up though! Be playful, explore and don’t be afraid to try new things (I say this all the time). Step out of your comfort zone!  You can mix this with a pink colored lipstick and make it your own. I always play with my lipsticks and lipgloss’ and come up with the coolest colors! Oh, and if you didn’t catch the name…it’s called Salute! 🙂

And finally, the best pale nude beige lip pencil everrrrr! This one is called Saunter and it’s a Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, which means that it’s supposed to last you a while.  Most lip pencils last a while anyway if you apply it on your lips as a lipstick so to speak.  I always line my lips first, then fill them in and put lipstick ontop.  You can pretty much wear this with any nude colored lipstick. Doesn’t matter how pink or how pale.

That’s it for this post guys, but I hope that you all have enjoyed it and find this collection just as exciting as I did.  These are MY faves, but believe me, there is waaaaaaaaaay more!  They have bronzers, blushes, lip balms and body oils as well. I mean you will want to walk away with everythinggggggggggg! If you go out and buy some items or check them out, let me know what you bought or share what you think about the collection! Share your pics on my page too! I’d love to see what YOUR faves are!

Stay happy, stay motivated and stay fabulous!

xoxo – LL

DIY: Beauty Recipes w/Rosemary

Good morning beauties!! I hope that your week is off to a great start! Today I wanted to talk about a little shrub that we normally cook with, Rosemary. Some of us have it in our kitchen, but the small herbaceous shrub has a multitude of benefits outside the realms of gastronomy and gardening. And while some of us can be obsessed with the aroma of the spiky little plant, I’m excited about its DIY beauty potential. Primarily beneficial for those with oily, acne-prone skin, rosemary oil and extract both have powerful astringent, anti-fungal, and disinfecting properties. The plant is also rich in biologically active compounds and antioxidants such as calcium, vitamin B6, iron, cineole, and verbenon that effectively tone and tighten loose, sagging skin. Here are the awesome recipes you can try! I’ve tried the Rosemary Toner and it’s pretty amazing!

Rosemary Hair Rinse

1. 1/2 cup dried rosemary

2. 1/2 cup olive oil

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat until the oil is warm. Turn off the stove and let the rosemary marinate in the oil for an additional 20 minutes. Strain the dried leaves from the mixture and pour the rosemary oil into a bottle or bowl. Proceed to coat your scalp and strands with it, then wrap your hair in a shower cap. Leave the rinse on for 20 minutes as you go about your day, or blow-dry the cap on low heat for deeper penetration. When you’re finished, shampoo your hair to remove the excess oil.

Rosemary Winter Mint Foot Scrub

1. 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar

2. 1/4 cup of epsom salt

3. 1 cup carrier oil such as olive, jojoba or sunflower

4. 5 to 10 drops of rosemary essential oil

5. 5. to 10 drops of peppermint essential oil

Mix the sugar, salt, and carrier oil in a medium-sized bowl, and stir until well-blended. Alternate adding one drop of peppermint and one drop of rosemary oil to make sure the scent is evenly distributed throughout your mixture. Store the mix in an air-tight jar in the bathroom, and scrub your feet clean every time you shower!

Acne Fighting Rosemary Toner

1. 3/4 cup of water

2. 1 fresh rosemary sprig

3. 1 Tbsp of black peppercorns

4. 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

Apply this toner to oily or combination skin to reduce blemishes and calm inflammations. Boil 3/4 cup of water in a saucer, then drop in the rosemary and black pepper. When half of the water has evaporated from the pot, turn off the heat and let it cool. After the liquid has cooled down, pour it into an empty bottle and add the apple cider vinegar. Dab the mixture onto your skin with a cotton pad every evening after cleansing. This quantity should last you one or two weeks. Remember that you must test everything out first before applying it directly to your hair, skin and face. You can test these out by applying them to a very small area on your arm, or even behind your head (small strand of hair), to ensure you don’t have an allergic reaction.

I hope that you all find these DIY tips and recipes useful and helpful, and I hope that you are excited to hear about them as I am excited to write about them!

I wish you all an amazing rest of the week and remember, you’re all beautiful…inside and out!

xoxoxo – LL

Body Acne: Why Must You Be So Cruel?

Afternoon beauties! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’ve been very busy with day-to-day life, but I’m always thinking about topics to discuss.  I decided today that I would discuss body acne.  I personally have had major issues with this, but found the most amazing cure!

Most of us have had acne at some point in our lives and some of us still do! Some on our face, some on our bodies or even both!!! Yikes! It’s tough and pretty embarrassing to say the least, but trust me, you’re not the only one out there dealing with this.  I myself have had body acne for yeeeeeeeears and it wasn’t until my adult life (age 29) that I came across Dr. Murad’s Acne Body Wash.  Thank the HEAVENS for this product! I spent hundreds at the Dermo, but it didn’t help me. I got this product through a good friend of mine, whom I just love and I kid you not – after the first week of trying this I noticed a BIG difference! I mean it was seriously a WOW moment for me.

Here are some facts: Your back is the most common break out zone, so rid off dead skin and body debris in the shower with a soft plastic mesh puff or soft body brush, and use a sulphur-based treatment to attack your acne zones. The puff doesn’t hold onto cellular debris in the shower, and the brush can be cleaned with extra hot water and gentle soap.  The sulphur is an anti-inflammatory and anti-biotic ingredient that inhibits bacteria growth and helps with acne on the body.

Certain foods, genetics or physical factors such as sweat and heat can trigger breakouts on parts of the body easier than on the face.  Buttocks breakouts are probably the most annoying. Acne on the butt comes from blockage of the hair follicles when you sit for long periods of time.  Sweat, heat, and prolonged contact from your clothes can clog hair follicles, hence the blemishes! I highly recommend the Dr. Murad Acne Body Wash and for the face I recommend Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub. I use this with a mixture of other things, but it works!  Dermologica also has an amazing skin care line, but it’s a bit expensive. So if you’re looking to stay within budget I think these two things can help. If you have any questions, please ask! I always welcome that!

Stay FAB, 

xoxo – LL

Coconut Oil – It’s Magic

Hey guys!  Happy Hump Day!

It’s been a while, I know…LOL!  I’ve been doing some research and trying out some new things (as always) and I came across an article that discussed coconut oil.  I’ve always been a curvy girl who LOVES eating! It’s been that way since I can remember.  I have a personal love affair with food…LOL!  I’ve never been that girl who sits at a restaurant shy about what she’s about to order, but over time I’ve realized that I do have to start watching what I eat and how I cook my meals. 

I came across that article as I was saying, and decided that I would give coconut oil a try when I cooked certain foods. I started with my morning eggs and then started using it as a substitute for shortening or butter when it came to baking, etc.  The article mentioned that it was good for you and that it helped with weight loss, so I figured…eh, what do I have to lose.  Weight, that’s what!! I’ve lost a few pounds since I’ve started using it, but nothing to have a party over. I’ve also been doing other things to help me along the way, but I will honestly say that this has helped. My first thought was, “is it going to make my food taste funny”? Answer: slightly. It won’t be over powering, but you will notice a small difference if you’re “looking” for it.  Here’s what the doctor being interviewed in that article said:

“Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids. MCFAs, unlike other fats, are digested and used differently. They do not circulate in the bloodstream like other fats, but are sent directly to the liver where they are immediately converted into energy, just like a carbohydrate. So when you eat coconut oil, your body uses it immediately to make energy rather than store it as body fat. And as if that’s not enough, Dr. Brownstein said the MCFAs found in this miracle oil have three A’s we all want to get on board with: “It has antifungal, antiviral, and antioxidant effects. It also has healthy saturated fats that help our cell walls remain strong and it helps improve insulin sensitivity and can help lower blood sugar.”

It’s suggested to use 1-2 tablespoons of the oil daily. Avoid partially hydrogenated vegetable oils at all costs because they are toxic to the cells. Use coconut or palm oil for high heat cooking and olive oil for low heat cooking. Give it a shot and let me know what you think! Not everyone is like me, so I don’t expect this to be a hit, but if it does work for you, I’d love to hear about it. If you’re interested in finding out what kind of recipes you can use the oil with, google “coconut oil recipes”.  I did, and that’s how I was able to figure out what I could use it with without having to buy an entire food aisle at the supermarket!

As always, stay FAB, healthy and beautiful!

xoxo -LL

Getting Into The “Spring” of Things

Happy Tuesday Beauties!

Now that we’re getting closer to Spring, it’s time to start changing our wardrobe and makeup routine.  The Spring calls for more colorful clothing, softer makeup and cuter hair styles.  I personally LOVE the Spring and Summer time! I get to wear dresses and play with colorful makeup!  When you start buying that Spring wardrobe, think pink, coral, yellow, blue and even some orange!  Colors are so much fun and you can mix and match different pieces which makes for a really awesome look!

When it comes to makeup, I go for the the dewey look.  To accomplish that I do away w/heavy moisturizers that my skin needed in the winter.  Because there is more humidity in the air and more sunshine, you’ll need a lighter cream with SPF.  To even out skin tone, go with a tinted moisturizer (which I LOVE) for a more natural and glowing look.  As far as pigments in eye shadows and blushes go, stick with pale pinks, peaches, browns and gold.  This gives you that pretty flush and sun kissed look.  Same thing goes for lipsticks and lip gloss.

So go ahead, try something new! Wear that color that you’ve always wanted to wear and try that peach lipstick you saw on your favorite diva.  If it doesn’t look good on you, try a different shade in the same color family.  Remember, all colors have different shades so if that peach doesn’t look good on you, maybe that coral will!

Stay Fabulous!

xoxo – LL

 

That Dreadful Thing Called Cellulite

Hi pretty babies!

I was up late last night researching ways to get rid of Cellulite.  It’s a major problem for many of us, me included.  The biggest misconception is that if you have Cellulite, you’re fat.  This is NOT the case! Even thin people have Cellulite.  The #1 factor in the development of Cellulite is being a woman. Genes also play an important role. If other women in your family have Cellulite, there’s a good chance you will too. Other factors that influence the amount of Cellulite you have and how visible it is include: poor diet, fad dieting, slow metabolism, lack of physical activity, hormone changes, dehydration, total body fat and thickness and color of your skin.

Cellulite is nothing more than normal fat beneath the skin. The fat appears bumpy because it pushes against the connective tissue beneath the skin, causing the skin above it to pucker.  There is always someone out there saying certain creams work or certain spa treatments work, but the reality of it all is that there is little evidence that many of them do. Diet and exercise are key components in getting rid of it. Plain and simple. 

I came across so many things last night, and quite honestly some were just out of control crazy…LOL!  The one thing I found most interesting, was that coffee can be a powerful beauty elixir? This is what I found:

“Coffee, when applied topically, has the ability to not only leave you with a glowing complexion, but also help reduce Cellulite!  Take your leftover coffee grounds [after the coffee’s already been brewed] and combine them with honey. This mixture can be used as a scrub on both the face and body. Just apply as you would a normal scrub, exfoliate and rinse when complete”.

Honey is a natural anti-inflammatory and purifying agent. It both moisturizes and softens the skin, and in this case, it can also functions as a good “glue” for the mixture. Coffee, too, does a number of things for the skin. When applied topically, the caffeine and antioxidants work to tighten and energize skin while also promoting circulation. This gives it the ability to smooth out the skin. It has also been known to reduce varicose veins as the result of its ability to shrink blood vessels.”

I’ve tried everything except this! I noticed great results once I worked out and ate better meals, but it doesn’t mean I won’t give this a shot too. I mean, what do I have to lose, right?  If you decided to also give this a try, let me know how it works out for you? I mean it doesn’t ONLY have to be Cellulite treatment. You can do this and use it as a DIY facial scrub!

Sigh…the things we do for beauty…lol. 

Have a great Thursday and stay beautiful!

xoxo-LL

The Best Super Food: Avocados

Beauties, did you know that avocado is considered by most to be one of the best beauty foods out there! The creamy fruit is full of good beauty fats and nutrients, and works just as well for your insides as it does slathered on your skin! I read an article in which they interviewed celebrity food coach and Mom Energy author Kathy Kaehler, and discovered that not all fat is bad for you. In fact, you need healthy fats in your diet—they can lower your cholesterol, maintain cell growth, and keep your skin moisturized!

“Avocado is a super food, and one of the best things to include in your everyday diet,” says Kathy. “It’s full of potassium, which combines with the sodium in your body to help fight against cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and cholesterol problems.” This delicious fruit also has a high amount of folic acid, which is especially important for pregnant women because it helps prevent birth defects.

Avocado’s real beauty secret is its bounty of monounsaturated fats. These fats are essential for a healthy body and help to add moisture to your skin. They work to keep you full for longer, help to break down bad fats, and develop and maintain cell growth—which is extremely important for healthy skin, hair, and nails.

“Avocados contain around 200 calories, so it’s fine to eat one a day,” according to Kathy. Try it alone with some chopped tomato, in guacamole, or on toast for a yummy breakfast!

I had an avocado arepa for lunch the other day and it was sooooo YUMMY! Avocado’s monounsaturated fats also work miracles when you apply the buttery fruit directly to your skin. Fresh avocado and avocado oil both provide plenty of moisture and contain vitamins A, D, and E – which provide your body with plenty of antioxidants to fight free radicals, maintain cell growth, and prevent the signs of aging and sun damage.

So what’s stopping you, beautiful? Go out and buy some avocados! If you live in California, you’re bound to find them all year round! Enjoy and let me know what your favorite avocado snack is.

As always, stay beautiful & healthy!

xo-LL

DIY: How to Turn Eye Shadow into Nail Polish

Happy Monday beauties!! I’ve already shown you some fun and easy ways to save on products by Doing It Yourself, but did you know you can create your own nail polish color out of eye shadow? When you don’t want to splurge on a new polish, just break out your old shadows (if they’re cracked or broken, that’s even better! Colored pigments work too) and repurpose for your fingertips. You can mix colors to achieve the exact shade you want—perfect when creating complex, intricate designs or effects.  Plus, the best part, you know no one else in the world will be wearing your one-of-a-kind color. The process takes less than 10 minutes! Keep reading as I walk you through this simple DIY project. Try it at home and post your pictures on my FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Everyday-Fabulous-by-LovelyLin/165648933542968.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED
  1. 1 eye shadow (mineral is preferred because of its finer pigment texture)  
  2. 1 clear nail polish
  3. 1 small mixing bowl (a disposable paper cup works too)
PREP EYE SHADOW

Start by gently tapping a loose eye shadow into a small bowl. If you are using a solid shadow, scrape it out of the palette using a kitchen knife. Because you want your polish to apply smoothly without bumps, use your knife to smash any larger pigment bits into dust. You should have about a spoonful of powder, which will be enough for all 10 fingers.  For an exact measurement, tap eye shadow into a spoon before dumping it into the bowl.

MIX IN CLEAR NAIL POLISH

Use the brush on your clear nail polish (I opted for a base and topcoat combo) to add 25 to 30 drops to the bowl with the eye shadow. If you are feeling more confident, pour drops directly from the bottle. Remove the cotton from one end of a Q-tip and use the stick to stir eye shadow and nail polish together until they blend into a colored liquid form. You should be able to tell if your polish is too thick or too thin and adjust accordingly by adding more powder or more clear polish to the mix. Be sure to blend well. The smoother the formula, the better it will apply to your nails.

PAINT

Because the blend is exposed to air, it will dry quickly, so begin to paint your nails right away. Use the brush from your clear nail polish to apply. Don’t worry—you can soak the brush in nail polish remover later to remove the polish (it will be as good as new!). If you like a high-lacquered finish? Apply a clear topcoat to your manicure and voilà! You now have your own custom holographic nail color.

I tried this about 2 weeks ago and really loved it.  I waited to write about it because I wanted to see just how long the color would last. Good news is, it lasted about a week before it started to chip.  I like using a really good clear nail polish because it guarantees a lasting finish.  Orly, OPI and others would be good brands to try. I hope you beauties find these DIY recipes helpful and if you try them PLEASE feel free to comment here or on my FB page! I’d love to hear about it! Good or bad all is welcome!

Have a fantastic week and stay FAB!

xoxo – LL

DIY: Lemon Beauty Recipes

Hi lovies!!! I hope you all had a lovely weekend and I hope that your week has started off the right way! Over the weekend, I decided to try a couple DIY recipes and this time…w/lemons!  Lemons are yet another one of nature’s multitaskers, and lemon-based products and recipes span many industries, including food, beverage, and household cleaners. They’ve been popular in cosmetics because of their pleasant scent and potent vitamin C concentration. It’s also widely known as the active ingredient in many hair and skin lightening products.  Lemon is also a great toner, brightener, cleanser, and fragrance. If you like to start your morning with a detoxifying cup of hot water, lemon juice, and honey, you’ll love these citrus-based beauty recipes. Try them on your skin and nails before lemons officially go out of season!

LEMON SUGAR HAND AND FOOT SCRUB – I’ve tried this one MANY times and I LOVE it! 
  1. 1/2 cup granulated sugar  Raw or brown sugar with larger granules works too.
  2. 2 tablespoons almond oil  You can also substitute apricot, olive, or jojoba oil.
  3. Juice of half a lemon
  4. OPTIONAL: 3 drops lavender, mint, or rosemary essential oil (I don’t use this, but you can if you wish)

This easy-to-make scrub is perfect for tired hands, feet, elbows, and even knees. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients in no particular order and immediately massage the mixture onto hands or feet. Rinse off with warm water, then slather on your favorite lotion for extra moisture.

ACNE-FADING LEMON YOGURT MASK – Tried this over the weekend, and it’s a bit messy BUT loved the way my skin felt afterwards.
  1. 2 tablespoons honey  Any organic brand
  2. 4 teaspoons lemon juice  Freshly squeezed is best, but you can use bottled juice.
  3. 3 teaspoons plain Greek yogurt
  4. 1 egg white

The egg part kind of sounds yucky, but it works!  The citric acid in lemons has natural lightening and exfoliating properties that help fade remaining acne marks. The egg white helps boost your skin’s ability to protect itself, and honey serves as an antibacterial agent and humectant that soothes and hydrates skin. In no particular order, combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and whisk them until the consistency thickens. Apply a tablespoon or two of the mask onto your clean, dry skin (enough to coat your face) and let it set for 15 minutes. Gently wash the mask off with warm water and pat dry. This recipe yields eight applications, so you can keep it in the refrigerator for one week or share with friends if you wish.

A couple tips to keep in mind: 1. Lemons are highly reactive to light because of their high citric acid content. This phenom, called photosensitivity, means it’s best to keep sun exposure to a minimum when applying lemon-based products on your body; and: 2. You never want to put acid in or near your eyes, ever! So if you’re experimenting with citrus fruits, keep them at a safe distance from your eye area. Dilute lemon juice with water if your skin is sensitive.

If you try these out, let me know how it works for you! The scrub is the best one!!! ❤

Stay Beautiful!

LL

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