Thoughts By Natalie » makeup honest talk about beauty, style, wellness and life Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:00:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Fresh-Faced Summer Makeup Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:00:40 +0000 Though I like to keep makeup light year-round, I do find that the products I use sometimes rotate by season. Lately, I’ve found a great little morning routine that take just a few minutes to do and leaves me fresh-faced for the day—a good thing during warmer—and sweatier—summer months. You’ll notice there isn’t any mascara shown, and that’s because I tend to skip it in the summer for a really natural look. If I had to recommend a product, though, I’d say try Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara in brown (unless you have really dark hair). It’s the most natural-looking mascara I’ve found and it doesn’t clump. Here’s a peek at my little routine… ARGAN OIL // When I wake up in the morning, I wipe my face with a damp wash cloth and apply argan oil immediately. Alternatively, if I take a shower, that’s my first step in moisturizing once I’m dried off. I love how light it is on the skin while also being ultra moisturizing. It’s been a good moisturizer for me during my dry skin days and my more oily pregnancy skin days. I’d recommend it to anyone, though if you’re wanting it to feel really ...]]> 0 The Oil Cleansing Method Wed, 28 May 2014 12:00:38 +0000 Call me crazy, but I’ve never really been one to use face wash. In middle school I gave a bunch of different face washes a try—mostly because my friends were doing it—but they always made my skin feel too tight and sort of red. The truth is, I’ve always had dry skin and that never included acne, so I was adding a step into my daily routine that was totally working against the good thing I had going on. Well, fast forward to the beginning of this year when my hormones went berserk thanks to sweet little Jack. Suddenly, I could relate to all of my friends in middle school, and I found myself scouring the face wash aisle week after week to find a safe way to clean my face, clear my acne and not damage Jack in utero. It was a challenge, and also a complete failure. Nothing I tried worked—until oil cleansing. The concept of putting oil all over oily skin is very strange, I know, but as someone who usually has to moisturize multiple times a day, and is totally comfortable with adding oil on her face (love my Argan Oil!), it didn’t feel like too ...]]> 8 Faking the Glow Thu, 13 Mar 2014 03:35:12 +0000 Can I be totally honest with you guys? For me, the pregnancy glow is totally a joke. Instead of radiant skin, my pregnancy face has become dull and acne-prone and pretty much the opposite of glowing. At first, I majorly freaked out, because I’m a wimp when it comes to skin and have literally never had acne. I had no idea what to do, and really struggled to figure out how to wear face makeup and still look natural. I’m happy to say, in addition to a bit of my acne going away (thank God), I’ve discovered a simple secret to faking glowing, radiant skin that we all want, pregnant or not. Let me introduce you to the Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Highlighter Stick. The creamy, pearl-infused formula creates an illuminated effect, making it easy to selectively highlight features or add a healthy glow to bare skin (or just-covered-up-with-foundation-out-of-necessity-skin). It’s like radiance in a stick, and I’m seriously addicted. If you’ve never used highlighter before, welcome to the club—this was my first experience, too! Lucky for all of us, it’s super quick and easy to apply, and the strategy is foolproof, thanks to a nifty guide from a post about ...]]> 4 5-Minute Makeup Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:00:44 +0000 I like to keep my makeup super simple. Though I spent several years of my adult life totally makeup-free, enjoying the freedom and vulnerability of showing my God-given face to the world, over the past I’ve embraced a super simple daily routine that makes me feel polished and still very natural, but doesn’t take more than 5 minutes from start to finish. This is my quick morning routine, plus the products I’m majorly loyal to at the moment… BROWS Last year I became majorly obsessed with the strong brow. If I do nothing else at all, I do this. On my face, it definitely makes the most impact, but still looks natural and clean. Since I have sensitive skin, I had to try several product before finding something that didn’t trigger my eczema, and am super pleased with Sonia Kashuk. It’s affordable, and non-irritating, which is super awesome. Not sure how to do your brows or use these products? Lucky for you, I did a tutorial. You’re welcome :) PRODUCTS: Sonia Kashuk Brow Definer in Taupe / Sonia Kashuk Tinted Brow Gel / Spoolie Brush FACE For a natural glow, I love to swipe on a little bronzer/blush mix on ...]]> 21 Be Bold: Lipstick Style Tips Mon, 23 Dec 2013 18:05:00 +0000 Red lipstick is quite possibly the easiest and least expensive accessory a girl can wear for the holidays. Easy to dress up or down, it’s a bold statement that’s inherently festive this time of year, thanks to the color (plus, it only takes a minute to do!). Today, we’re sharing some of our favorite ways to style a striking lip for the holidays, but first, there are a few things to consider. Skin tone is the biggest factor in choosing the right tone of red. According to the girls at The Beauty Department, all you need to do is find which skin tone you are closest to, then decide if you prefer warm red (orange-based) or cool red (blue/pink-based). Though some may have opinions on which tones look best, it’s ultimately up to you and whether you want the tone to feel harmonious or be more of a bold statement. (If you’re unsure of your skin tone, their guide is incredibly helpful!) The second factor to consider is budget. Thankfully, it’s easy to find a classic red at every price point, so that’s completely up to you and how important quality is. If you’re trying this look for the first ...]]> 0 Quick Red Lip Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:00:21 +0000 If I had to choose one single accessory for the holidays it would go on my face and it would be called a bold red lip. Though once very afraid of lip color, I’ve grown to love it for special occasions or when I’m just feeling bold. Red is especially wonderful this time of year because it feels so holiday festive. I’ve tried a ton of different lipsticks, lip pencils and lip glosses and finally narrowed it down to a quick, two-product process that is easy, inexpensive and pretty much foolproof. The products I use are Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Rosey Nude and Burt’s Bees Lip Gloss in Evening Glow. Nervous to try it? Here’s some bold lip inspiration to motivate you to take the risk… What’s your favorite holiday accessory? What products/techniques do you use to get a bold red lip? P.S. Did you try this? Send me a photo and I’ll share it on the Facebook page! Images via Fashionologie, A CUP OF JO, iVillage, Glamour]]> 10 How to Fill in Your Eyebrows Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:51:27 +0000 After lots of questions and commentary on my eyebrows as of late (thank you, by the way—you guys are so nice!), I decided it was time to put together a quick video on how I personally create bold brows every day. I started experimenting with different products and techniques for strong brows this summer after Glitter Guide did a post on it. And while all of the products I tried technically did the job, they also gave me terrible eczema—eek! So I continued to hunt around and found two products that work for me and give me no strange skin reactions: Sonia Kashuk Brow Definer and Sonia Kashuk Tinted Brow Gel, both available at Target. In my experience, well-groomed brows make the eyes pop and create a slightly stronger looking bone structure. If I do no other makeup at all, I do my brows. In fact, if you’re doing bold brows, you should definitely keep the rest of your makeup toned down—like the J.Crew model look we all love so much. Do you fill in your brows? What technique do you use? Which products are your favorite? P.S. Did you give bold brows a try after watching this video? Send ...]]> 17 Beauty Icon: Carolyn Bessette Kennedy Sat, 10 Aug 2013 12:00:00 +0000 After reading What Remains, I absolutely fell in love with Carolyn Bessette Kennedy all over again. A little known fact: I met her on a beach in Big Sur while she and John were celebrating their first anniversary, and she was as kind and beautiful as you might imagine. Below is a piece I did on her classic makeup look for Glitter Guide this week—a look I personally adore and strive for myself! Known for her smooth golden locks, fresh face and minimalist style, the late Carolyn Bessette Kennedy was a timeless beauty and a true fashion icon. Her makeup mirrored her style in many ways—clean, simple and fuss-free. To recreate her look, keep skin as healthy-looking as possible. If you can wear it bare, go for it! If you need a little extra coverage, use BB cream to achieve her classic fresh-faced look. Make sure your eyebrows are well-groomed, and stick with really clean lids—skipping the eyeshadow and liner altogether, or choosing a shadow that’s close to your skin tone. Add a coat or two of quality mascara. Finish off the face with a ruby red shade of lipstick—a signature look of hers! Get her look: >> Dr. Jart+ ...]]> 0 The J.Crew Look Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Style-wise, there is little I love more than the J.Crew look. The casual-chic styling of the clothes, the undone hairstyles on the models, and of course, the carefree-yet-put-together makeup that has become a signature part of the brand’s look for women. I recently stumbled on one of J.Crew’s blog posts dedicated totally to the hair and makeup styling seen in every J.Crew photograph (including those above), and thought some of you might be interested to learn some J.Crew style tips. The following quotes are directly taken from Gayle’s Beauty Tips, a post featured originally on the J.Crew blog. Eyes—Keep It Simple The J.Crew models typically have very minimal eye makeup—sometimes just a bit of mascara or eyeliner and that’s it. According to Gayle, “Defined eyes don’t call for tons of makeup. Just darken your brows for a bit of contrast, then curl your lashes sans mascara. My biggest secret? Apply an ultrathin line of eyeliner in a burnished brown right where your eyelashes meet the skin—and that’s really it.” Not sure how to do your eyebrows? Learn how here. Hair—Undone and Tousled I love that the J.Crew look is easy and imperfect. This is what Gayle recommends for achieving that ...]]> 0 The Strong Brow Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0000 I don’t know about you, but I’m seeing strong brows everywhere these days—and I love it. And since not everyone has been gifted with voluminous brows like Brooke Shields, I figured I’d share what I’ve learned recently about creating beautiful brows without taking too much time. First, some inspiration from ladies with seriously stunning thick brows… The following how-to from Glitter Guide is what I followed the first time I tried creating the strong brow look—it’s really simple and doesn’t take too long to do. Now that my eyebrows are properly tweezed and such, I only spend about 30 seconds to a minute in the morning filling in my brows with a little bit of brow gel/powder to make them look fuller. Obviously there are TONS of products out there to help achieve this look, and it takes a bit of trial and error to find what works for you. Below are some product picks from me—some that I’ve tried and some that I’m curious about trying soon… 01 / 02 / 03 / 04 / 05 What do you think of the strong eyebrow trend? Images found via Google Search. P.S. A simple (and natural) tip for growing healthier ...]]> 0