Tip Tuesday - Faces Shapes Part 2

25 February 2014

Let's move on to Part 2 of this Face Shape Series. You can read the first part of this series - here.


A round face shape may be the easiest to tell out of the face shapes. You will have a very lunar looking face that is full through the exterior and a rounded chin and hairline. Also look at the proportion of the length to the width. A round face will appear broader in the width than the length. 

With a round face, this is the most common type of highlighting and contouring you may see done. You will want to darken the exterior of the face to make the width recede and lighten the center of the face to make it appear longer and advance. 

I do feel the picture below may be a little over exaggerated with the contouring.  I don't know if you have to apply bronzer to the whole side of your face. I would suggest under the cheekbones, small amount on the temples, and then at the hairline.  Then take your favorite highlighter and apply to the center of your forehead and the center of your chin.

Stay tuned for Part 3 on the next make-up Tip Tuesday for another face shape.  

* Just an FYI, the face drawing shown above was found on Pinterest (don't forget to follow us!). I do not know who the original creator was due to there being multiple links for the same drawing. 

Happy (Crafty) Sunday!!

23 February 2014

I've been crafting all weekend making bracelets, my favorite accessory. 
What crafts are you working on?

Bronzed Eye featuring Hoola by Benefit

22 February 2014

Here we go! Our first make-up tutorial for LovelyUs!  

For our first tutorial, I decided to share one of my favorite basic eye looks using Hoola by Benefit.  This is my favorite bronzer and love using it for more than just contouring.  I find that's one of the great things about make-up, most of it can be used for more than just its main intention - eyeshadow to fill in eyebrows, cheek powders for eyeshadows, stains for both lips and cheeks! 

Let's get started!

 1. Prime your eyes. I used one of my favorite eye primers Stay Dont Stray by Benefit

2. Cover the entire lid, up to the crease, with your favorite base color. I used Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow in Barely Branded. This is definitely one of my favorite drug store items. It so pigmented and does stay on all day. 

3. From there you will want to use a brown eyeshadow on the outer corner of the lid and blend it up through the crease. I used Faint from the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette and a Sigma E40 Tapered Blending brush. 

4. With the same Sigma brush or any crease brush, take your favorite bronzer like Hoola by Benefit and blend out the edges of the brown shadow.  Picture number three shows the finished base of the eye with the shadows and bronzer.

5. Take a small shader or pencil brush and line your lower lashes with the same brown you used on your crease - going darker on the outer corner and lighter towards your inner eye. 

6. Using your favorite liner make a winged line any size you desire. I did my wing a little smaller than I normally wear to give a look that is more wearable for everybody.  For this look, I used my holy grail of liners, Stila's Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner. This liner is absolutely amazing, stays all day and the color never fades. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a new liner. 

7. Lastly, curl those lashes and apply your favorite mascara to your top and lower lashes. 

So that is the finished look. An everyday eye using Hoola bronzer by Benefit. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. :)

Bloglovin' A Beautiful Mess

19 February 2014

Ok, I have to tell you, I love A Beautiful Mess. This is the ultimate blog! The girls over there are so inspirational. They do it all and that is why I wanted to feature them for this month's blog.  

You can read a post about a something different everyday. You can get craft and home decor ideas, beauty and photography tips as well as  recipes for food and cocktails, which I do! I also love their business savvy posts. They give their tips on how they stay focused, manage their time, organization, even tax tips!  It's so helpful and gets me motivated to make our business and blog the best it can be. 

I highly recommend following A Beautiful Mess on Bloglovin'! Also don't forget to follow LovelyUs too! 

Tip Tuesday: Aperture

18 February 2014

I write about aperture a lot. Let's get a little more in depth on the subject.

For portraits, I use the Aperture setting on my camera.  Aperture will create a blurry background, which I love.  This setting lets me control how open my lens is when shooting. The lower the number, the more open the lens, and the more shallow depth of field you'll have (more blur). The lower the setting, the more light will come in as well. My 50mm lens can go down to F1.4; this lets in a lot of light and a blurry background.

Here are four photos showing different Aperture settings.

As you can see, the lower the F stop/aperture number the more blurry the background will be.  Also, the further your subject is from the background, the more blur you'll create.  This is my favorite setting, but I'll show you others in future Tip Tuesday posts.

Katherine - Coca-Cola and Roses

13 February 2014

We are dying over these photos of Katherine.  Erica did some awesome makeup and Katherine, even without a drop of makeup, looks gorgeous.  Erica wanted to do a dramatic cat eye and bold red lips.  I got to try out my new Lensbaby Spark.  Katherine, thanks for letting us play dress up! 

Tip Tuesday - Face Shapes Part 1

11 February 2014

Knowing your face shape is key when it comes to applying make-up, especially when it comes to highlighting and contouring. As explained in the last make-up Tip Tuesday - Advance & Recede, I will be doing a part series of the different face shapes and the rule of thumb for applying highlighter and bronzer. (You can view the previous post here)

To get started, you will need to know your own face shape. The best way to do this is to pull all your hair back tight and examine your bone structure in a mirror. Looking mainly at your cheekbones, shape of jawline and forehead as well as the fullness of your cheeks. If you want to get really creative while doing this you can always trace the outline of your face using a mirror and a pencil. 

There are seven basic face shapes. They are square, heart, round, oblong, diamond, triangle and oval. 

So let's get started!


With an oval face, you will have high, sculpted cheekbones, soft jawline and delicate chin. Your face will have no sharp corners. Also your forehead will be balanced with the lower portion of your face. 

If you have been blessed with an oval face consider yourself lucky. This face shape is considered perfect because the proportions of the face are balanced.  With an oval face, there is very minimal highlighting and no contouring needed.  Below is an example of the areas on an oval face that you would apply highlighter.  No bronzer is needed and you can add a little blush to the apples of your cheeks. 

Stay tuned for Part 2 on the next make-up Tip Tuesday for another face shape.  

* Just an FYI, the face drawing shown above was found on Pinterest (don't forget to follow us!). I do not know who the original creator was due to there being multiple links for the same drawing. 

happy sunday!!

09 February 2014

This is kind of a teaser of a photo shoot we did with our friend Katherine last weekend.  Can't wait for you all to see the photos!  Happy Sunday!!

My First Time

06 February 2014

Everyday we can experience a "first" but some "firsts" are more memorable than others - first kiss, first day of college, first home. I thought it would be fun to talk about my first "high end" make-up purchase and how I knew make-up was for me.

At some point in high school, I think I was a junior or senior, Stephanie and I went to San Diego with my mom on a business trip. During my mom's free time the three of us explored everything the city had to offer which included shopping! 

Honestly, I don't remember the name of the mall that we ventured to but it was definitely not like the malls in Connecticut.   All I really remember was that it was an indoor/outdoor mall. Anyway, one of the stores we stopped in was MAC and this is where I purchased my first make-up palette. 

This six color eyeshadow palette features Krisp, Shroom, Motif, Satin Taupe, Sketch, Carbon (left to right) and an eyeshadow brush. Unfortunately, I don't know the brush number has it has since wiped off.  But as you can tell this palette has been very well loved. I cleaned out four of the six eyeshadows as this was my eye make-up staple for days on end.  After learning how to use most of the colors, including wetting Carbon for my eyeliner, I  knew make-up was for me. 

I no longer use this palette as the eyeshadows are very over their expired time but I can't part with it and I don't know if I ever will. It is fun to find it in my make-up storage and remember how my love all started. 

Tip Tuesday: Focus

04 February 2014

Focus in photography is so important. Focus can change the whole feel of the photograph. You want to be sure the subject is in focus. 

When taking portraits of people or animals, focus your camera on their eyes.  The eyes are what people will look at and if the subject's eyes are out of focus the photo won't look right.  I like to take portraits with a shallow depth of field by setting my aperture as low as my camera and lens will allow, that way I get a beautiful blur in the background. If it's too shallow and my camera's focus is on the person's nose, their eyes may be out of focus, so it's important to make sure my camera is focusing in the right spot.