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Makeup Guide: What Goes on First?

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Makeup guide: What goes on first

When I first started wearing makeup, I used to rim my eyes with eyeliner - yikes! Needless to say, I'm a big believer that makeup get's better with time and resources. We have access to countless makeup tutorials on YouTube and are seeing many trends in the makeup world that I'm constantly trying out. 

 I get so many questions on "how do I apply this" or "what do you apply first" when it comes to my makeup, so I thought it would be helpful to share this infographic I found on Pinterest. This graphic is pretty spot on how how I apply my makeup (except I skip the sunscreen). I'm sure this is super overwhelming to many of you and seems like a lot of steps, but at the end of the day there is no "wrong" way if you already have your own routine.

Here's a helpful guide on the step-by-step application process for when applying your makeup.

The Beauty Products I Always Run Out Of (And Rebuy)

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The Beauty Products I Always Run Out Of (And Rebuy)

I'm a beauty junkie, and I'm totally okay with that! I'm always trying out new beauty products, whether it's makeup, skin care or hair products - although I'm mostly testing different makeup and skin care products. Over the years, I've come across a few favorites that I always rebuy. As I'm writing this blog post, I have my Sephora purchases open in another tab and it's pretty sickening seeing how many times I've re-bought these products.

1. Anastasia Beverly Hilla Brow Wiz - I only started filling my my eyebrows a few years ago, and honestly don't know how I got by so long without it - it makes such a difference. I love this brow pencil because it's so easy to use and it's fool proof: one side is a spoolie and the other is the brow pencil. I'm currently using the shade 'soft brown,' however when my hair is lighter I use the shade 'taupe.'

2. Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer - This is the best of the best of beauty products. I started using this my freshman year of high school and have been faithful ever since - there isn't another bronzer than compares to Hoola. It works on every skin tone and doesn't make your skin look orange. Get it, I promise you won't regret it! Also, I recently purchased the travel size to take with me on our travels and it's super handy :) 

3. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer - Y'all know I love my concealer, so I'm a tough cookie when it comes to being finding the right one (it basically sounds like I'm in a relationship with concealer!) but this has been my favorite concealer the past few months. It truly is weightless and lasts all day (as long as I set it afterwards). I use the triangle method of applying concealer and use the shade 'light warm.'

4. Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder - I've never been one to set my makeup, but as I was trying new products I came across this translucent powder and it's made all the difference in making my makeup last all day. This translucent powder is perfect for 'baking' (no, not cookies!) and to apply after your liquid foundation and before applying bronzer or blush. 

5. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Perfume - I'm pretty much ride or die to Flowerbomb, it's basically all I wear. Every morning (or before I go out), I'll spritz some on my wrist, collar bone, and into thin air to walk through. 

6. Forlula X #ColorCurrators - I almost feel bad for putting this on here because I just looked it up and this is basically impossible to get. This collaboration with blogger, Song of Style, is the perfect shade of nude. 

7. Drybar 'Triple Sec 3-In-1' - This is one of my favorite dry shampoos (along with TRESemmé). This dry shampoo not only smells great, but gives you so much volume without any build-up.   

8. Oribe Anti-Humidity Spray - This is one of the pricier items on here, but 110% worth the splurge, especially if you live in a hot and humid climate. I've tried so many different products that 'get rid of frizz' but none of them really work, except for this stuff. This stuff really gets rid of frizz and I've tested it in humid Florida weather. 

9. Beauty Blender - In all fairness, I've only re-bought this twice because they last forever but nonetheless I will continue purchasing the beauty blender is because it helps blend your makeup making you look flawless. I think the key to making your beauty blender last is to frequently clean it using their cleaner, which I do every few days. 

10. Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder - This is another OG beauty product that I don't know how I lived without it. It keeps my concealer in place while brightening up my under eyes without creating any build up, looking cakey or settling in any fine lines. I apply the brightening powder with a damp beauty blender.

11. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed - Becca highlighters are phenomenal. This one is in the shade Champagne Pop, which I find myself grabbing the most. however I also have 'Opal' and 'Moonstone' and totally love those highlighters as well. Here's my blog post on everything about highlighters

12. Makeup Forever HD Foundation - I've tried countless foundations but keep coming back to this foundation because it just gets the job done! They carry tons of colors to make it easy to match your skin, it's lightweight and a medium to full coverage that's totally build-able. A total winner-winner chicken dinner in my book! 

13. L'Oreal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream - My best friend Paige introduced me to this bb cream and I've been re-buying ever since. This bb cream is the right consistency, easy to blend, moisturizes my skin without making you look oily, and the coverage is great! I also love the drugstore price tag! I use the shade 'light.'

14. Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara - I love this mascara because it makes my eyes pop and doesn't clump on me. Plus, the packaging is pretty rad! :)

Are You Applying Your Concealer Wrong? 

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The right and wrong way you're applying your concealer.

Concealer is my best friend and I honestly don’t know what I would do without it. The point of concealer is to conceal your dark under eyes, blemishes, imperfections, and reduce redness. But I’m going to go out on a limb here and assuming you’re applying it totally wrong.

Most people dab a few single dots under the lash line and rub it in but that’s not the "correct” way to apply concealer. When applying concealer, you should make a filled-in triangle under your eyes then use a beauty blender/brush or finger to blend everything into your skin. Applying concealer in a triangle shape will make your face appear brighter and more alive. 

Personally, I love the triangle method concealer trick because it’s an easy way to illuminate my eyes - it conceals my dark circles and brightens my face.

Ps - Before applying any concealer (or face makeup for that matter) you should hydrate and prime your skin. So make sure to apply moisturizer, and/or eye cream, and then once it sinks in apply primer to help makeup last all day long.  

My Favorite Concealers:

When's The Last Time You Dreamed?

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I’m happy to report that I’m still here and alive. I  took the past month as a little blogging break to figure out my personal and business balance (with a little traveling here and there).

You grow up dreaming as big as you can without putting any limits on yourself, then somewhere along the way you got to college and catch yourself withering away from your "dream job.” For many years I caught myself working at a company where I wasn’t fulfilled and didn’t know how to get out of the situation. But, it’s funny how God works.

One of the most real-life examples on how I saw God work in my life was when he shut the door of the company I was working at and literally forced me to ‘create.’ I took a moonshot and followed my passion to becoming a full-time blogger and online shop owner.

It’s funny how leaving your comfort zone can help you realize your own potential. I never thought that I would one day have my own business, but when you stop underestimating yourself, take risks and follow your passion you would be surprised at the outcome. Heck, if I can do it anyone can!

Is it easy? Heck no! It’s an around the clock job. It takes a lot of self discipline. I have to care more than anyone else because no one is telling me what to do. But, I have full faith that God shuts every door for a reason, and He has opened the doors where He wants open. Sometimes you have to be patient and have faith that it will all work out. Don’t ever loose hope, especially on your dreams.

PS - Feel free to email me (veronica@thefourthreads.com) if there is anyway I can help or share more of my story.

Carrot Margarita Recipe That Will Knock Your Socks Off!

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In honor of Cinco De Mayo, I figured I'd share a favorite margarita recipe that will literally blog your mind. And I know what you're thinking...Carrot Margarita?? Gross. Wrong! This Carrot Margarita recipe is inspired by Flora Farms in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

This margarita is  everything you could ask for in a good margarita: refreshing, not to sweet, a kick of spice, and only a few ingredients making it easy to make (and drink). Not to mention, carrot juice is good for you...so have a few ;-) 

For those of you celebrating Cinco De Mayo tonight, or just planning a summer BBQ or night with friends, this Carrot Margarita is a must-have and will blow everyone's mind! 

Cheers! 

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces fresh carrot juice (you can juice your carrots or buy 100% carrot juice from the store)
  • 2 ounces tequila (use your favorite brand)
  • 1/2 ounce fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce cointreau (orange liqueur)
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • Fresh peeled carrots with stems, for garnish
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes 
  • Salt to rim the glass

Directions

Wet rim of glass with lime juice and press into salt. Chill glass. Flora Farms put the Carrot Margarita in a mason jar, which is a cute and rustic idea. 

Combine carrot juice, lime juice, orange juice, simple syrup, cointreau, and tequila in a cocktail shaker with some ice cubes. Shake until chilled, about 30-40 seconds. 

Strain over ice and into a glass (or mason car). 

For garnish, sprinkle some chili flakes on top with a fresh carrot with green stem. You can also add a sliced lime to the rim for color. 

The best and most refreshing margarita recipe! A Carrot Margarita from Flora Farms in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico