Gladiator Tribute: Olivia Pope Inspired Makeup that’s perfect for fall!

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Olivia Pope is fashion forward, stylish, and always on the mark.  Even in the midst of a national crisis, she is put together—even if that means sending a White House aid to her apartment to retrieve fresh suits and blouses.  She is arguably the most powerful woman in the free world, so it’s no wonder she has the leader of the free world in her back pocket.  All these things, combined with the fact that #ScandalisBack, compelled me to do an Olivia Pope inspired look as part of my Fall Makeup series! The oranges, golds, and taupes I include help make this on trend.  I hope you enjoy this makeup look as much as I enjoyed myself putting it together!  Everything I used, as well as a link to the video is included in this post.

Face

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation, Cappuccino

NYX Blush, Cinnamon

L’Oreal True Match Concealer Crayon, Deep

MAC Mineralize Skinfinsh Natural, Dark

Ben Nye Banana Powder

LORAC Unzipped Palette, Unbridled

 

Eyes

LORAC Unzipped Palette, Unbridled

L’Oreal Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner, Black

LORAC Pro Palette, Black (Best black shadow I’ve ever tried)

LORAC Pro Palette, Pewter

LORAC Pro Palette, Gold

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Andrea Lashes, 21

 

Lips

NYX Lipliner Pencil, Chestnut

MAC Lipstick, Taupe

NYX Butter Gloss, Tiramisu

 

Brushes

Sigma, Essential Eye Kit

Sigma, Sigmax Kabuki Kit

Sigma, Performance Eye Kit

EcoTools, Eye Shading Brush (Old Collection)

 

Get the Look!

 

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this makeup look and tutorial inspired by the ever fabulous Olivia Pope.  Please feel free to comment with any questions, and don’t forget to like my video and SUBSCRIBE!

 

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The 52 Beauty Tips and Tricks I wish someone had told me

 

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52 beauty tips and tricks to boost your regimen!

 

  1. Tired of smudging your mascara?  Don’t lower your chin to apply mascara, lift.

  2. Thinning Brows? Castor Oil applied every day and night will significantly thicken them in a matter of weeks.

  3. Start painting your nails on your pinky finger to completely avoid smudging your nails as your go along.

  4. Pesky Under-eye bags? After steeping your tea, put it in the refrigerator.  When cool, apply to your eyes and watch those bags deflate!

  5. Prevent ingrown toenails by trimming straight across, and not down into the corners of the nail.

  6. Pluck eyebrows in the direction that they grow, not opposite it.

  7. Use crushed pineapple or kiwi as a heel scrub.  The enzymes in both fruits soften and help get rid of callused skin.

  8. Avoid touching your face throughout the day to prevent breakouts, and always wash your hands before applying makeup!

  9. Eye drops are essential to gorgeous eye makeup! Pop in a drop or two per eye five minutes before applying your eye makeup, and by the time you finish you will have bright eyes that look wide awake!

  10. Use a brow pencil on its side, and deliver short strokes for the most natural looking brow.

  11. Play up the flecks in your eyes by matching them to your eyeshadow!

  12. Hairspray on a toothbrush will tame your brows, and hold them all day long! I prefer this to brown gel in warm weather.

  13. Ice cube face massage anyone? 10 minutes of this everyday helps with acne, wrinkles, AND under-eye bags.

  14. Baby your eye area, it’s  very fragile and one of the first places to show signs of aging.  Use your ring and pinky finger when applying creams and makeup, NOT your pointer or middle finger.  Why?  Your ring and pinky fingers are weaker, and therefore give a gentler touch.

  15. Cellulite? Coffee scrub the area.  No joke.  Post coming soon.

  16. VASELINE. Enough said.

  17. ESSENTIAL OILS. Again, enough said.

  18. Pepto Bismol facial. Yes, I said Pepto Bismol.  Read all about the benefits here.

  19. Phillips makes the best primer for oily skin on the market.  It’s called Milk of Magnesia.  It can also be used as a facial! There’s an amazing post all about it on one of my favorite beauty blogs, Makeup and Beauty Blog.  Find the post here.

  20. Set eyeliner with an eyeshadow in the same color for all day wear.  This is a lifesaver on my waterline.  So for all those girls with smudged liner, you know who you are, check this out!

  21. A highlighting eyeshadow above your lash line and in the inner corner of your eye will seriously open up those peepers!

  22. Astringent is a must have, especially for those will oil skin.  I use it at night to clean pores, and gently chemically exfoliate my skin.  Here’s how to incorporate it into a routine.

  23. Not feeling the white eyeliner in the waterline? It’s way to bright for me, so I use the concealer pencil I use to highlight.  It’s much more natural and works like a charm.

  24. Bottom lash guards work wonders for those new to bottom lash mascara application. Get yours here (Not an affiliate link).

  25. Benzoyl Peroxide is the best miracle pimple spot treatment ever.  When Aunt Flo comes to town, I always keep it handy.

  26. Tape will keep the edges of your eyeshadow looking sharp and professional!

  27. Blend blush up into your cheekbone for a more slender looking face.

  28. Looking for a foundation? Swatch on your neck for an even match.  I also like to swatch on the back of my hand.  Where NOT to swatch? The inside of your wrist, it’s too pale.  Save that for the perfume aisle!

  29. When swatching foundation or concealer, let it set before you choose! Many foundations and concealers set a different color than they initially swatch.

  30. Oil skin in overdrive during the warmer months? Swap your moisturizer out for aloe vera gel a few days a week.  This gel stops oil production, but is highly moisturizing on its own.

  31. Apply face cream and cleanser in an upward motion.

  32. Overdue for a brow clean up? Concealer underneath the brows does the trick to hide pesky hairs.

  33. On special occasions apply your makeup way ahead of time, before you do your hair.  This will let the makeup set for a more natural finish and give you time to make any adjustments for a polished, more put together look!

  34. VITAMINS should be part of a well balanced diet! Your body allocates nutrients by a hierarchy.  When it has more than enough nutrients for more important organs, like your brain, it will begin the allocate the left over nutrients for organs lower on the hierarchy like YOUR SKIN. Score.

  35. Exfoliate your lips everyday before bed.  This will ensure a moisturized, smooth surface for any butters/balms/glosses/or lipsticks you want to apply the next day.

  36. Face massage every night will keep your circulation up and prevent premature aging.  Rumor has it, this is Jennifer Aniston’s secret to timeless beauty.  She likes Vaseline too!

  37. Blend, Blend, Blend and Blend some more.  This is what separates the beauty amateurs from the professionals.

  38. Scalp massages bring circulation to the area, promoting a healthy scalp and thus promoting hair growth. Works for me.

  39. Lip balm, or Vaseline, 10 minutes before applying lipstick or lip gloss will greatly improve the appearance of your lips!  Dab off the excess before you apply your lipcolor and you are ready to go!

  40. Wash your face with warm water to open pores and allow for a deeper clean, then rinse with cold water to close your pores back up.

  41. Smile when you apply lipstick, especially liquid lipstick, so that you get the most complete coverage and get the color into ever line.

  42. Olive oil is a beauty elixir for hair and skin. Stay tuned for an in-depth post.

  43. Apply your moisturizer right after you wash your face, when your skin is still damp.  This promoted maximal absorption.

  44. If you have trouble covering under-eye circles or skin blemishes with concealer, try using a color corrector underneath your concealer.

  45. Beauty starts from within, literally and figuratively.  So literally, DRINK WATER.

  46. Setting powder on your eyelids for days you aren’t wearing shadow should help with oil. For very oily eyelids, do a primer then the setting powder.

  47. To make perfume last and last? Dab Vaseline on the area you want to use it, then spray.  Perfume evaporates faster off of dry skin. Vaseline will hold the scent and moisturize the skin where you’ve sprayed it.

  48. Increase you protein intake for stronger, longer hair.

  49. No blotting sheets? Too expensive for your taste? Crepe paper (used for wrapping gifts) is the same exact thing.

  50. EXFOLIATE. Regularly, but not everyday.

  51. Overdo the perfume? Dab rubbing alcohol on top of where you’ve sprayed it.  It will cut the scent without changing it.

  52. Elevate your feet while resting to improve circulation and prevent varicose veins. 

I hope you enjoys my 52 tried and true beauty tips and tricks! As always, thank you so much for stopping by.  Please feel free to comment with any questions!

 

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My tried and true guide for how to grow hair faster!

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After Christmas, I was looking through photos and noticed my hair hadn’t really grown much at all over the years.  I was always having to cut off damaged ends, and it seemed my hair was always breaking off faster than I could grow it back.  I got sick and tired of it! This was the turning point for me, and I finally decided to take my hair health seriously and grow healthier, longer hair.

 

The Beginning

I have to admit I am a results oriented type of girl. I need to be able to see the fruits of my labor in order to stay motivated! So I hit google and started doing serious research. My go to query? “How to grow hair faster.” Faster was the key word here.  While I was very concerned with the health of my hair, I wanted to see results quickly enough to stay motivated but consistently gradual enough so that I could track them.

I researched things to avoid and things to do more of.  I started weeding harsh chemicals out of my routine, and changing my diet for optimum hair health.  I even looked into beneficial vitamins to include so I could really maximize results! I focused much of my attention in the beginning on hair growth, but I also made sure not to neglect the importance of length retention.

 

Drastic First Steps

Starting out, I have to admit that my hair was very damaged.  I did a semi-big chop and it was heartbreaking.  All things considered, it wasn’t as bad as it could have been because I hadn’t relaxed my hair for several months at this point and I had a good head start.  I cut off my relaxed ends, and began to focus on my hair in its natural state.  I also switched from braids to weaved extensions because this style is more versatile and would allow me better access to my hair.

 

First Triumphs

I never intended to stay natural permanently! I just wanted to give my hair a break and allow it to get strong again before I relaxed again.  This time around, I decided I was going to have a completely different relationship with hair relaxer.  I kept my hair natural for about two months before attempting my first texlax.  From then on, its been nothing but strong, healthy, growing hair and I am never turning back!

 

New Hair Rules

  • I was no longer going to relax every month.  The most frequent I relax now is every other month, and the longest I have stretched is about 4 months.

  • I was no longer going to relax straight.  I decided I was going to learn the art of the TEXLAX, perfect it, and implement it.

  • I would no longer go to salons for relaxer.  I decided I would trust myself first and foremost with the care taking of my hair, and learn all the necessary skills required to do so.

  • I would avoid harsh chemicals at all costs, except for the occasional relaxer, and would do as my own hair whenever possible.  No one baby’s your hair better than you can.

  • MOST IMPORTANTLY I would make sure the majority of my everyday hair products were all natural, and I would work to make essential oils the center of my hair regimen.

  • I would actively decrease the amount of heat I use on my hair, and include protective styling as my go to hairstyles.

  • I would change my diet for optimum hair health, and include supplements when needed.

  • I would prioritize health over style, and resist the urge to over burden my hair.

That’s it for my guide on how to grow hair faster.  To be honest, these changes happened gradually, but now they are so ingrained they are like second nature! I am so happy with the progress I have made so far, and I cannot wait to keep going.  I hope you enjoyed the first post of my healthy hair series and will continue to follow me on my journey to long healthy hair.

 

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