Monday, September 30, 2013

☆ Autumn TAG! ☆

Hey everyone!
So since I love Fall so much, I thought that I'd do another Fall Tag! I already did the I 
  Fall tag, so if you'd like to see that, click here! Another Blogger, Caroline from Cali Jae also did this Tag, so if you'd like to see her answers, I'll link her post here

1) Favorite Thing about Autumn?
I really love the fashion because I love sweaters and it gets pretty hot in Hawaii during the spring and summer, so fall is the time where I get to start pulling them out of the closet again! I also really love the seasonal starbucks drinks during this season (Pumpkin spice latte!)

2) Favorite Drink?
I kind of already mentioned this in the last question, but the Pumpkin Spice Latte and starbucks is to die for, but I also love the salted caramel hot chocolate at starbucks! That's really yummy too!

3) Favorite Scent?
In general, really spicy and cinnamon scents, but to be more specific, either the cinnamon sticks scent or the leaves scent from Bath and Body Works!

4) Best lipsticks?
Not really a lipstick, but it's a jumbo lip pencil! It's the Miranesse Lip Pencil in 02 Flirty Kiss. It's a really pretty, bright, classic red that looks great on! 

5) Go to Moisturizer? 
For my body, probably the Body Shop body butter in the scent Almond! It's really yummy smelling! And for my face, the Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer. 

6) Go to colors for the Eyes?
Either bronzes, antiqued golds, and deeper neutrals or Cranberry! Get ready for a lot of new tutorials featuring CRANBERRY in the upcoming weeks!

7) Favorite Music to Listen to?
It's crazy, but right around September and October, I start getting into the holiday sprit and I start Christmas shopping for my friends! I also really get into wanting to listen to Christmas music, but if not that, then just whatevers on the radio! 

8) Favorite outfit to wear?
I have a black sweater that is a long length, kind of in between a normal shirt and a dress length, so I wear that with burgundy leggings and I love it! It's still to warm to wear that now, but when I do, I'll do an outfit of the day post!

9) Autumn Treat?
I love candy corn so much! I wait literally all year for Halloween, so I can stock up on candy corn!

10) Favorite place to be?
At Starbucks! But really, either at starbucks or at the mall going Christmas shopping with my friends! 

So I tag all of you guys to do this tag because I think its so fun and I'd love to hear your answers too! If you do it on your blogs, leave a link to it in the comments or just post your answers in a comment for me! 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

September 2013 Birchbox Unboxing

Hey everyone!
I haven't done a birchbox unboxing in a while or so it seems so I thought that I'd do one this month! So for all of you who don't know, Birchbox is a subscription site where for $10 a month, you get 5 deluxe or full sized samples! If you'd like to subscribe to birchbox, you can use this link here.

 So starting from left going to the right! 

Amika Blow Up Spray
This is a volumizing spray that also adds some shine when you are blowing out your hair. Honestly, I don't think I can give myself a good blowout myself, but I'll still try this and I might review it too! 
Click here to purchase

Eyeko black Magic Mascara
This is a water resistant mascara that curls, adds volume, and has major staying power. I like how this says water resistant because it is getting into the fall and winter where waterproofing isn't necessary for me! I also like the concept of the tube because I feel like its easier to get all the product out! I will definitely review this product once I try it out more!
Click here to purchase

Ruffian Nail Lacquer - Hedge Fund
This is a really pretty olive green with some teal undertones that has some golden shimmer in it! It is very interesting because I personally don't have a shade like this in particular and although I though Chanel Peridot would be similar, it's not because this doesn't have a duochrome effect. 

Dr Jart + Premium BB Cream
I am interested to try this one because it has a SPF 45 in it! I also like how this is more of a actual BB cream with coverage (supposedly) compared to the drugstore one so I'm going to test it and review it for you guys!
Click to purchase

Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips
It is supposed to be similar to the rosebud salve because it says that it can be used on lips, nipples (obviously), as well as a heavy moisturizer for cuticles and other parts of your skin that can get dried out! 
Click to purchase

So this was just a little unboxing post and I'll be doing reviews on most if not all of these products in the upcoming weeks and I'll do some swatches and more pictures and my actual thoughts in those posts! I hope you liked this post and don't forget to subscribe to this blog! Also, leave a comment below letting me know if you subscribe to birchbox and what you got in your box this month!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Lips Swaps for Fall!

Hey everyone!
Happy Fall! I am so excited to do this post because I love switching up my makeup for the seasons and I thought that I would share a few of my swaps with you to give you some inspiration! I already did a similar post on fall nail polish swaps, so if you'd like to see that, click here

If you like light pink glosses...
     You'll like strawberry pink lipglosses!

Strawberry pink isn't usually associated with fall, but I think that this is a great swap from a light pink or champagne gloss! This strawberry lipgloss tints your lips slightly pinker and deeper than your natural lip color, and it is a great every day deep, but not scary shade for the fall time!

Products mentioned: 
Bare Minerals Pink Prosecco (on left) to read a review of this lipgloss click here and to purchase, click here. 
Cargo Route 66 lipgloss (on right) to read a review of this lipgloss, click here and to purchase, click here

If you like bronzey nude lipsticks...
     You'll love rosy pink nude lipsticks! 

Bronzey nudes have been all the rage this summer and was showcased in MAC cosmetics's temperature rising collection! A alternative to bronzey nude lipsticks, that still is neutral and nude, is a rosy pink shade! A your lips but better shade is wonderful in the fall when bold cheeks and eyes are all the rage!

Products mentioned:
MAC To Catch A Sailor Lipstick (LE) to purchase this lipstick, click here and to read a review of it, click here!
The body shop's lipstick in 07 raspberry to purchase this, click here and to read my thoughts on it, click here!

If you like bright corals...
    You'll like shimmery pinks

I was going to include a bright red as a swap for the bright corals, but I realize that a lot of people don't like wearing  vampy lips or really bright red lips so I decided that for the sake of this post, I wouldn't include any of them! I'll do another post on my favorite dark lipsticks soon to address that! If you are a big fan of bright corals or orange lipsticks, you'll also love girly shimmery medium pink lipsticks! This is another great way to incorporate a lip color into a dramatic smokey eye look without it being too over the top! 

Products mentioned:
Maybelline Shocking Coral to read a review on this, click here and to purchase, click here
Covergirl Fabulous Fushia to read a review, click here and to buy, click here!

So those were a few of my lip swaps! I know that I'm missing the "usual" fall colors, but I wanted to do something a little more wearable and something that most people would be comfortable wearing! If you have any other fall post suggestions, leave them in a comment and don't forget to subscribe to this blog!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Share the Love Saturdays #4

Hey guys!
So I have another share the love saturdays post for you all! These posts are a part of a series that I do to share some amazing blogs with you guys! If you'd like to be featured in next weeks post, read this post so you know what to send me! 

Caroline from Cali Jae
"My blog has a little bit of everything including fashion posts, beauty posts, and a little sprinkle of inspiration here and there! I also have a youtube channel, which also has a little bit of everything!"

Cali Jae is one of my favorite beauty blogs! I read each of her posts and check that blog religiously! I would totally recommend checking out her blog, especially her outfit of the day posts! 

To check out her blog, click here and to check out her youtube channel, click here! 

If you have a blog you'd like me to include, please email me and I would be happy to feature it in next weeks post! Also, don't forget to subscribe to this blog for new posts daily!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

New Email!

Hey everyone!
I just made a yahoo mail account because my other email was a little bit confusing and difficult to remember! If you ever want to chat with me or if you have any questions or comments regarding my blogs you can email me at MODERNBEAUTYGIRL@YAHOO.COM I will also continue to check my old email so you can use that as well, but it will be easier for me if you email my new one!

The Science Behind Beauty: Is Fish Oil Really Good For Your Skin?

Hey everyone!
Time for my weekly The Science Behind Beauty post! This one is different from my previous two (which I'll link here and here) in the fact that this revolves around a question rather than some facts. So there has been a little bit of information swimming around saying how fish oil is amazing for you skin, but is this actually true? Let's find out. 
First, let's get started with the types of oil. There are saturated fats, which are solid and are "animal fats" like the ones found in humans, cows, or others. There are also unsaturated fats, which are usually liquid and are found in cold blooded animals like fish where saturated fats won't be good. There are also trans fats, which are bad for you because they have bonds not naturally found in nature. Fish oil, also known as Omega 3 Fatty Acids, are unsaturated fats. Also, in your cells, you use fats that you ingest to repair cell walls so if you eat lots of trans fats, you will use trans fats in your cells, which is not natural and is not good because it makes the usually fluid/mobile cell membrane harder. If you take fish oil supplements, you will instead replace old cells with good fats like omega 3s and it will be better for you. 
Is fish oil good for your skin? Absolutely! It is amazing for your brain (there are cells in there too!) and your skin as well. Is fish oil the only good oil for your skin? Absolutely not! If you are a vegetarian or fish oil isn't working for you, you can take flax seed oil to get the same omega 3s. Also, there are other oils like corn (omega 6) and olive (omega 9) that are amazing, you just get these enough in your diet so supplements are not necessary.
So I hope this helped your understanding of fish oil! If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments or email me with them! Also, leave your suggestions for future TSBB posts in the comments as well!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Gold and Plum Makeup tutorial!

Hey everyone!
I know that a lot of my fall tutorials so far have been focused on Cranberry shades, but I thought that I'd do a tutorial on another great color for fall: Plum! So this is a very wearable tutorial that I think would be perfect for a party, night on the town, or even a dressier work day! So let's get started!

1) Start with your foundation already on and your brows filled! Prime your eyelids and apply tape to the outer part of the lid to make a nice sharp wing! 

2) Take a antiqued gold shade (a gold that has brown undertones) and pat it all over the lid and slightly into the crease. 

3) Take a crease brush and a shimmery plum shade and apply it to the outer half of the lid, blending it into the gold shade as well as applying it into the crease. You want to build up the color on the lid quite a bit, but do more of a wash all over the crease, slightly higher than you would normally do as this will be a blending color of sorts. 

4) Take a more precise crease brush and a bronzey shade. Apply this into the actual crease and blend it up into the purple that we applied in the previous step! 

5) Take a burgundy shade with purple undertones and apply it to the outer edge of the lid (overlap the tape and blend into the purple) and also into the outer portion of the crease, blending into the purple and bronze. 

6) Remove the tape and take a clean blending brush and a matte cream shade and use that to blend out the crease once more, making sure not to over blend because that would make for a muddier look. 

7) Take a pencil brush and that shimmery plum shade and apply it along the lower lashline about 3/4 of the way in! 

8) Apply a black pencil or gel liner to the upper lashline as well as the lower waterline!

9) Apply mascara and falsies if desired!

To finish off the face, I used a apricot blush on my cheeks very lightly for just a hint of color. I didn't use a lipstick, but I used a pale pink shimmery gloss for some sheen! If you are going to use a lipstick, I'd go for a sheer plum, berry, nude, or light/medium rose shade!

So that was my gold and plum makeup tutorial! Let me know your thoughts on it in the comments and if there are any other colors you'd like me to incorporate in a eye look, leave them in a comment below!

Monday, September 23, 2013

How to: Use White Shadow on the Lid!

Hey everyone!
So another question that I think a lot of people have is how to use white shadows other than as a highlight. I made this eye look using the white shadow on the lid and I thought that I'd share it with you guys to inspire you to take some beauty risks too! 

1) I primed my lids using a champagne cream shadow
2) I took my shimmery white shade (like the balm's sassy) and applied it all over the lid and into the inner tearduct area
3) I took a MAC 217 brush and a matte deep brown shade (like MAC espresso) and applied it to the outer crease and outer V
4) I blended with a clean fluffy brush
5) I lined my eyes using a pencil liner and an angled brush
6) I took that brown shade under my eyes on my lower lashline
7) I applied 2 coats of mascara!

For my face, I just used a little highlighter and a peachy blush. Nothing too intense because I was going for a more neutral look!

I just applied lip balm because my lips were extra dry and flaky and I didn't want to deal with a lipstick or lipgloss accentuating it!

So that was how I like to use white shadows other than as a highlighter! Let me know how you like to use white shadow in the comments below! I really like doing posts like this when I take beauty risks and hopefully I'll have more posts like these coming up soon!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

How to: Use a Cranberry shade in an Eye Look!

Hey everyone!
So one of my favorite colors to incorporate during the fall and winter time is a bright cranberry shade! It's a little bit less intense than red, but still gives the eye a really festive look so I thought that I would show you how to do a really wearable version of a neutral look with this shade! 


1) Start by priming your eyes with any type of eye primer
2) take a matte light brown shade a few shades darker than your skintone and pat it all over the lid with a flat shader brush
3) flip your brush and use the other side to pat a frosty cranberry shade onto the outer third of your eye, gently blending it into the brown
4) take a crease brush and a slightly deeper cranberry/burgundy shade. Mines was matte, but it can be shimmery and deepen up the outer half of the crease by using windshield wiper motions and also taking it on the outer V
5) take a matte cream or white shade and use it underneath the browbones as a highlight
6) Take a pencil brush and that frosty cranberry shade (the first shade you used!) and apply it under the lower lashline
7) apply a black liner to the upper lashline
8) apply a few coats of your favorite mascara!

To finish off your face, take a light peach blush and very lightly apply it on your cheeks. Your eyes are going to be the standout feature so avoid going to dramatic with the blush! Also, highlight and contour a little using a pearly highlighter and a matte bronzer. 

I would stick with a nude or a light pink rather than going dark or bright. I used a light pink glittery gloss!

So that was my tutorial on how to use cranberry! I hope you liked this makeup look and let me know in the comments if there are any other colors you'd like to see me do a makeup tutorial on!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Bare Mineral's Pink Prosecco Lipgloss Review

 Hey everyone! 
I am reviewing a Bare Minerals lipgloss that I have been using recently a lot! Its from bare minerals and it is in the shade pink prosecco. 

The packaging is just like a normal lipgloss. The applicator is a brush, which I quite like as opposed to a doe foot applicator. Also, the brush is nice because it is a little bit shorter than most brushes and is a little wider, so it can cover your entire mouth easily. The packaging is clear tube with a rubberized lid similar to the NARS packaging. This attracts powder and shadows and all that like crazy so it isn't going to stay pretty and black for long!

The formula is nice. It isn't sticky at all, which I know some people are going to love, but the trade off with that is that it doesn't last on the lips as long as a stickier formula will. The formula is also thin. Because it is so thin, it goes on a little sheerer and with less pigment (but that's also due to the lightness of the color) and you can also feel the glitter and shimmer's grittiness because it isn't suspended in the gloss, but sits right on top of your lips. 

This shade isn't anything unique or different, but it is a light peachy pink that is more warmed toned than most pinks that has a lot of shimmer and sparkle in it. It goes on pretty much clear and lets a lot of your natural lip color show through when you wear it, but the sparkle shows up. I think this is better as a layering product because you can then get that sparkle while letting a lipliner or lipstick's color show through. 

Overall, I don't really recommend this product unless you like lightweight non sticky glosses. I can't recommend it because of the gritty texture and the sheerness of the formula. If you've tried this lipgloss, let me know your thoughts on it and don't forget to follow this blog for more reviews and tutorials!

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Share the Love Saturdays #3

Hey everyone! 
So I have another share the love saturdays post for you! For all of you who are newer to my blog, share the love saturdays is a series that I do on saturdays (duh!) that features some beauty and lifestyle bloggers. If you'd like to be featured in an upcoming STLS post, I'll link the post explaining what you need to email me here! This week there was only one entry, from Tiffany from Sunglasses and Starbucks!

Tiffany from Sunglasses and Starbucks
"My blog Sunglasses And Starbucks is about making DIY Starbucks Drinks and soon will post about other DIY's and other topics in general."

If you'd like to learn about some DIY Starbucks drinks, you should totally check out her blog because that DIY green tea latte looks amazing! To check out her blog, click here! 

So if you have a blog, please enter because I love subscribing to all of you and seeing what other types of fun blogs are out there! Also, don't forget to subscribe to this blog because I do tons of beauty and fashion posts each week! Leave a comment below letting me know what other posts you'd like to see in the future too!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

How to: Make a Dramatic Wing Shadow look POP!

Hey everyone!
I recently did a tutorial on how to do a dramatic wing using shadow and some people have emailed me asking how to make it even more trendy and unique! So I have 2 options for you guys! If you want to see that original tutorial, click here!

Option 1: A Gradient
This is super simple and I think that this makes your eyes pop even more and look 10X better than the original wing look! 
1) After you already did your winged look, take a shimmery white shade and apply it around your inner corners and pat it onto the inner third of the lid
2) then take a little bit more of your navy shadow or the shadow you used on your wing and blend it with the white so it is more of a gradient!
That's it! This literally takes 30 seconds and I think that it makes the look even better!

Option 2: Blended with a Different Color
If you are a little bit worried about this look and if you want to make it more wearable, you can blend it out with another color rather than the one that you used on your lid! This can either make it more neutral (if you blend with a brown) or more dramatic (if you blend with a brighter shade!)
1) Take a big fluffy blending brush and a shadow (I used brown, but you can use something else) and apply it right over the upper line of the wing and use windshield wiper motions! 
2) Keep adding color until its as blended out as you would like and also don't forget to blend past your crease all the way to the end of your wing!

So that was my two "add ons" to the dramatic winged look! If you have any tutorial ideas, leave them in the comments and let me know how you personalize your wings!

The Science Behind Beauty: Why Heat Styling Works

Hey everyone!
So this is my second the science behind beauty post! I am so excited for this one because it is on something that I personally learned in Biology the other day and I think that it will help a lot of you out a lot! It's also really impressive to tell other people! So let's get started! 
Hair is pretty much protein. There are some people who are like "hair is dead skin cells" and while that is somewhat true, hair is pretty much just protein, to be more specific it is Keratin. There are a few different structures of protein and hair is in a spiral like structure. This is fortified by hydrogen bonding between different sections of the sprial, which helps to hold the protein in that spiral shape. When you either blow dry or curl or straighten your hair, you are releasing those hydrogen bonds that are holding that spiral structure, bending your protein to a new structure, and allowing different hydrogen bonds to be formed. There are a little more in depth things about this, and if you'd like to hear them email me at or leave a comment below. Otherwise, that is pretty much the easiest explanation!
So what does this mean? Why is this useful? This is useful for people because it helps you understand what you are doing to your hair when you are heating it. Also, when you curl something or if you blow out your hair with a blow dryer, use the cool setting right after you heat it to "set" the new hydrogen bonds. Hydrogen bonds are weak and aren't even real "bonds" so to speak, so your hair will fall during the day if they are curled or anything like that. 
So I hope that this helped to explain the science behind heat styling! If you have any other ideas for TSBB posts, leave them in a comment below and don't forget to subscribe so you can check out my new the science behind beauty posts each week!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Mila Kunis Makeup Tutorial

Hey everyone!
So a few months ago, I did a blake lively inspired makeup tutorial (if you didn't see that, check it out here) and I got a comment from Beautearose asking for a tutorial for Mila Kunis! I thought that this was a great idea and although its taken me a while to get it up, I really like the finished look! So here is my Mila Kunis tutorial!

So start off with your base. If you're doing foundation, start with that and don't forget to fill in your brows before you start too! The only basic makeup you don't need to do is concealer under the eyes because we are going to do that after the shadows. 

1) Prime your eyes! Prime your eyelids and your browbones and prime under the eyes too! Mila takes the shadow under the eye pretty far, so primer there is a must!

2) Run a matte medium brown shade through the crease because I notice that although Mila uses more gray and taupe shades, she always has a warm brown through the crease! 

3) Take a shimmery medium gray shade, and pat it on the lid. This is going to go up to the crease, but not into it. 

4) Then take that first crease brush with the matte warm brown and blend the gray with the brown in the crease. 

5) Take a white shimmery shade and push it right under the arch of the brow. 

6)Then take a black gel liner and line the upper lashline and take the excess left on the brush after lining the top and line the bottom lashline too.

 7) Take a black pencil liner and line your water line and upper tightline. Mila always has black in her waterline. 

8) Take a matte black powder and a pencil brush and smudge out the upper liner to smoke out the look. 

9) Take the shimmery gray shade on an angled liner brush and smoke out the black liner on the lower lashline too! 

 10) Apply 2 coats of mascara and falsies too! 

11) Use a peachy blush on the cheeks and a champagne highlighter on the cheekbones. 

12) Finish with a peach lipgloss to give shine and shimmer to the lips!

So that was my Mila Kunis makeup tutorial! Let me know what you think of it in the comments below! If you have any other celebrities that you'd like makeup tutorials on, leave them in the comments below because I'd love to do more celeb makeup tutorials!

Monday, September 16, 2013

How to: Get a Precise Line with Pencil Liner

Hey everyone!
I know that some people only use pencil liner, but struggle when they do a look that needs a more thin or precise line! So that's why I wanted to share this quick trick that I've been doing lately! 

So you're going to need an angled liner brush and a pencil liner. The creamier that your liner is, the better it'll apply! First you are going to take that angled liner brush and start dabbing it into the pencil liner. Try to load up that brush and get as much of that product as you can on the liner brush. Then you are going to trace your upper (or lower) lashlines with the angled liner brush rather than with the pencil! If you got enough product on the liner brush, you can get a really nice opaque, precise line. 

So this application method is amazing because it eliminates the need for gel liners! Pencil liners are amazing because you can use this method to get a nice precise line and you can also wing it out using this method and you can also apply it straight from the pencil and get a normal smudged out liner look! 

I hope that this helps you guys and if you try this method out, let me know what your think of it in the comments! Also, leave any other post requests in the comments too because I need some more ideas!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Balm's Instain Blush in Swiss Dot Review

Hey everyone!
I am reviewing a newer product from the balm! It is the instain blush and the concept is that it is so heavily pigmented that it'll last like a stain, but apply like a powder! I got a sample of this in a birchbox and I thought that it was about time for me to review it! So let's get started. 

So first this is the same packaging that you'd see on the big size blush! It is really cute because it looks like a magazine cover! I love the balm's packaging! It's always so clever. 

So once you open it, you see that its a really pretty deep peach/apricot shade. This one is matte and I am unsure if there are shimmery ones in the collection. It is super pigmented so if you use this, use a fluffy brush and just barely tap it into the blush rather than swirling it so you can build it up easier! The powder is finely milled and feels amazing! 

This picture is with the flash, so it kind of washes it out, but the first swatch is heavier like what you get with the usual finger swatch thing, but the second is blended out, which is what it'll look like on the skin. Here's my biggest issue with this. It doesn't blend easily. The powder kind of sticks to where its first applied and if you apply to much, you'll see it has trouble with blending out. I would apply a light powder under the blush just to help with the blending. 

Overall, if you like really pigmented blush or if you have a darker complexion and you suffer from blushes not showing up, this would work great for you! Just remember to use a light hand so you don't look like a clown! I don't know if I love these blushes, but they are nice and I really like this shade because its really wearable and perfect for fall!
Let me know your thoughts on the instain blushes if you've tried them in the comments below!

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

How to: Make a Dramatic Wing with Shadow

Hey everyone! 
This is a look that is so common on the runways and with the celebrities! It is a large wing look, but rather than using liner you use shadow and make it take the whole lid space! I thought that I would show you how I recreate this look! So let's get started!

1) Start by priming your lids if needed. We will use a colored base, so you might not need to, but if you'd like to do it!
2) Take a pencil liner (mines navy) and draw a line up from your lower lashline that will be the bottom of your wing and draw another line in your crease which will b the natural line above. And fill in the space between the two lines as best as you can! Also take that blue liner under the lower lashes!
3) Take a frosted shadow in the same shade as your liner (i.e if you used a brown liner use a brown shadow) I used a frosty navy shade! Pat this all over the wing that you made just to set that liner. Be careful around the bottom line because you want that to remain really sharp and precise.
4) Take that same shadow and a blending brush and apply some of that to the crease and blend it out as best you can! It might take a little bit of elbow grease and time!
5) Highlight your browbone with whatever shade you'd like to! 
6) We'll skip the liner for this look because it is not necessary, but apply 2 coats of mascara and if you're going to wear this out, maybe use some falsies!

I used a little bit of a champagne highlighter. I also used a little bit of a peach blush to help my face liven up and to counter the cool undertones of the eyes!

You can do a lot of lip options, but the most chic in my opinion is a nude! I don't have a great nude lipstick at the moment, but I had a good gloss so I used a shimmery champagne gloss!

So that's how to get dramatic wings with shadow! If you try this out, tweet it to me @a_modern_girl because I would love to see how it looks on you! Also, leave a comment below if you have any other trends you'd like to see me do a tutorial on!


Hey everyone!
I love fall so much and it is my second favorite season (after winter)! So this tag is right up my alley! I think this tag is a few years old, but I wanted to do it anyways so here are my answers!

1 Favorite Fall lip product?

Mirenesse Jumbo lip Pencil in Flirty Kiss. A bright beautiful classic red!

2 Favorite Fall Nail Polish?

Color club "status update". A deep charcoal gray shade!

3 Favorite Starbucks Fall Drink?

A hot caramel macchiato!

4 Favorite Fall Candle?

Leaves by Bath and Body works or the Cinnamon Sticks Wallflower!

5 Favorite Fall Scarf or accessory

My pair of black booties! They are so gorgeous and I look forward to wearing them in the fall and winter!

6 Haunted house, haunted hay ride, or haunted corn maze?

I've only been to a haunted house, so I guess a haunted house? I really don't like having people jump out at me, though. It freaks me out!

7 Favorite Halloween movie?

Not really a halloween movie, but I love the halloween scene in Mean Girls.

8 Favorite candy to eat on Halloween?

Candy Corn! It's so yummy and addicting!

9 What are you dressing up as for Halloween?!

I have no clue yet! I know some people in my friend group are going as the toy story cast!

10 What is your Favorite thing about Fall?

The scents! I love spicy, cinnamony scents and the candles, soaps, and plug ins released around this time are my favorite!

So that was the I ❤ fall tag! I'd love to hear your responses to this, so leave it in a comment below! Also, leave other fall post ideas in the comments too!


Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Science Behind Beauty: Why Salt Scrubs are Amazing

Hey everyone!
So this is my first the science behind beauty post! I already did an intro to this, so if you'd like to see that, click here. This post is going to be about the science behind salt and sugar scrubs and all that fun stuff so let's dive right in!
So first some basic chemistry. Salt is made of positive ions and negative ions (Na+ and Cl-). Easy, right? That's pretty much all you need to know so far! When you make a salt scrub, you take some oil (it doesn't matter the type, but olive and coconut are the best for your skin) and add either salt or sugar. I'll be covering salt in this post because it doesn't attract ants, but the science behind sugar is exactly the same except sugar is a covalent, polar molecule formed with Carbon, Hydrogen, and Oxygen. Oil is non polar. If you don't get polarity, I'll try and make it simple: it's an uneven sharing of electrons where one molecule is slightly more negative and the other is more positive. If you still don't get it, don't worry! It's not completely necessary for you to understand! Since "like dissolves in like", salt won't dissolve in oil meaning that it will continue to stay in crystals once you combine it. This allows for the grittiness of the scrub rather than having the salt dissolve (like it would in water). 
So I hope you enjoyed this first "the science behind beauty" post! If you did, let me know in the comments below and also leave some suggestions for feature TSBB posts!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Benefit They're Real Mascara Review

Hey everyone!
So I received a sample size of the benefit They're Real! mascara in the birthday freebie from Sephora this year! I thought that I'd review it for you because it is a high end mascara that is a little more costly than others and I thought that it would be useful for me to give you my thoughts on it before you purchased it yourself. 

The packaging on this is nothing special. It is a charcoal gray "tube" with a silver cap. It has black writing on it so it is difficult to read, but unless you typically read your mascara tubes, this won't be a huge difficulty. 

The wand is really nice. It has plastic bristles that can really comb through your lashes and can separate really nicely. At the tip of the wand, there is a ball with bristles sticking out of it and the thought behind that is that you could take it and use it to really get the inner and outer lashes. In reality, though, it doesn't really work because the part of the tube that removes the excess product from the wand doesn't remove the excess mascara from the tip of the wand as the ball is a little smaller than the rest of it, so there is usually a glob of mascara. If you tried to use that ball without wiping it off, you would get mascara everywhere! 

Sorry! I am a little cross eyed in this picture!
The formula is nice and it is a little bit on the wetter side. It doesn't clump up easily and you can very well build it up to 3 coats and maybe more! In this picture, I only have on one coat. It isn't particularly curling (and it doesn't claim to be) and in this picture I have not curled my lashes just to give you an idea of it by itself. This mascara gives nice separation and length, but not so much volume. 

Overall, does this give me a "false lash look"? Not particularly, but not a lot of mascaras do for me at least as my lashes are short and straight. I do think that this would be a good mascara if you have naturally curly lashes or if you curl your lashes religiously every single day and it'll also be good for those of you who wants separation and length over volume because this is not volumizing at all! I would recommend getting a sample size of this (either in the Sephora freebie or buy purchasing it) before buying a full size because I think this is totally worth trying. I don't think its worth the hype, but it is a good mascara, just not a holy grail product for me!

Let me know your thoughts on this in the comments and don't forget to subscribe to this blog for more reviews!


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Outfit of the day: a little Gray

Hey everyone!
So the other day I had to go to a funeral. I don't mention that for sympathy  but rather so you get the idea of the type of event I'm dressing for. I don't really want to talk about the death or anything like that and this post is happy because I don't want to depress you guys, but I really liked the outfit I wore so I thought I'd share it with you quickly. 

My dress was a hand me down from my mom. I really like it because it's a deep charcoal gray color and the neckline is really awesome because its a little bunched and gathered and gives the illusion of a scarf without you actually wearing a scarf. 

These shoes are from Payless and they were from last fall. They are ankle booties with a zipper on the inner side and a cuff on the top. I really like these booties and I never really wear booties that often because boots aren't really big in Hawaii so I was so happy that I could wear it to this!

So that was my outfit of the day! Let me know how you like to mix grays and blacks in the comments below! My favorite way is by mixing shades (like lighter grays and darker grays together) or by mixing textures (the leather shoes and the cotton dress)! 

Monday, September 9, 2013

My Right Before Bed Routine

Hey everyone!
Its getting late at night tonight and I realized that I never shared with you my right before bed (maybe like 15 to 30 minutes before bed) routine! It's not really beauty related, but I'll post it on this blog anyways! Also, this is not my nighttime skin or hygiene routine, but its all the other stuff!

This is what I do nightly! First, I set out my clothes for tomorrow. My outfit for tomorrow are hollister dark wash jeggings and a victorias secret pink top that says WILD and a lace back. I do this so I'm not spending time in the morning searching for my outfit!

I also put out my bag and my school books that I need to bring tomorrow! If you want to see what's in my school bag, click here

I apply my EOS Sweet Mint lip balm! I love using this before bed because its minty and soothing! I already reviewed these, so if you'd like to read that, click here! But this is the best flavor and is amazing!

I usually go on my laptop and watch a few youtube videos, check my email, and of course blog before I go to sleep! This is the homepage of my blogger account! 

Then I plug in my iphone and turn on my sleep tracker app and set my alarm! I'll do a review on this app on my other blog so be sure to keep an eye out for that!

So that's my right before bed routine! I hope you enjoyed it! I actually do this every single night, believe it or not! If you have a routine similar to mines, leave it in a comment below because I'd love to see it! And don't forget to subscribe!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Picture Day Makeup

Hey everyone!
So today at school we had a picture day for Cheerleading! It was for the yearbook photo and we had to do our makeup very pretty so it'll look good in front of everyone! So I thought I'd share this makeup look with you because I absolutely loved it! Also, excuse my face because I took this picture right after working out and I don't know what I was doing! 

Face: I used a little bit of a peachy blush to give a little flush to my skin. I applied it lightly and picked a matte color to give color without reflecting too much. I then took a shimmery highlighter and applied it to my cheek bones for some highlighting! If you want to, you can take a matte bronzer to contour, but I didn't. 

Eyes: I primed my lids. Then I took a antiqued gold shade (MAC Woodwinked) and applied it all over the lid. Then I took a light matte brown a few shades darker than my skin tone and applied that in my crease. Then I took a business card (a flashcard would do fine too) and aligned it upwards to make a wing shape and patted a deep matte brown over it to get a nice defined line. I'll do another tutorial on this because it is a little difficult to explain if you don't get what I'm talking about! Then I took that same dark brown shade to blend with the gold. I finished with some black pencil liner on the upper and lower lashes and 2 coats of mascara!

Lips: I originally wanted to go more nude so I used MAC in "to catch a sailor", which is a frosty nude, but I didn't like the way the frost looked so much so I blended some maybelline vivid rose (a bright medium pink) with it to deepen it up and to lessen the frost!

So that was my picture day makeup! Let me know your thoughts on it in the comments below and if you try it out, tweet me pictures of it @a_modern_girl!
Love you guys!