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50 Shades of… Red

Published May 17, 2016 by lesleyhope

You know how your friend walks into brunch with some sort of BEAUTIFUL bright red lip and you immediately know two things: 1) you want that color 2) you will never look the same in that same color.

I got to think the other day when this happened to me. Some girls I work with can pull off these beautiful warm toned red shades- the ones that error on the side of red-orange. They’re beautiful!… on them. On me… not so much. And that’s totally ok. One of the most important things I have learned throughout my lifetime is shades and tones of color are important to know. And no, I am not going to get all complex with the color wheel and color theory. I could, because I take an interest in colors. It’s much more simple than that. I just want to break it down with one color. Red!

Red is a color that looks good on everyone. It really does. Everyone should just aim to find the shade of red that suits their skin tone, hair, eyes and most of all CONFIDENCE! Feeling good and loving the color you have on your lips is most of the battle. I personally love greys/taupes and I JUST started wearing them in public.

Let’s take my red lipsticks for example. I went through all of my reds last night and found some patterns. One, I love the cool toned, blue-based reds. Two, I don’t mess with any reds that start going orange. Three, I have reddish pinks but don’t prefer them. There. Those are my red preferences summed up. Maybe if I ever went to Mexico for a tropical vacation and got a beautiful tan (can I do that without actually ruining my skin?) would I try one of those orange reds that my darker skinned coworder can flawlessly pull off. Even then I think I would still feel clownish! Just me though I guess, not my cup of tea.

Below are all of the reds: (some look much pinker in this picture than I thought)

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From the top to the bottom:

-Kat Von D Gold Blooded (Limited edition I believe… my awesome bro got me the set for Xmas ūüôā )

-MAC- All Fired Up

-Anastasia Beverly Hills- American Doll

-MAC- Russian Red

-NYX- Bloody Mary

-Colour Pop- Bossy

-NYX Hollywood

-Marc Jacobs- So Rouge

-NYX- Alabama

-MAC- Chili

So, in conclusion- swatch the shit out of colors and try them on in the store if you don’t know what is best. Also, I have learned that sometimes the sales associates in Sephora and Ulta don’t know what they’re talking about. Trust yourself. That’s it!

Here is my favorite red (mix between Russian Red & Bossy).

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Happy hunting!

Xoxo,

Lesley

Published February 26, 2016 by lesleyhope

As you get older, you start to notice things that you never did before. Especially your body, skin, hair, weight, emotions, patience, etc. You get it. A lot of people say getting older sucks. I am going to take this time right now to dispute that. I’ve got a couple of reasons.

I’m going to be general about this, but the person I was inside and out about a year ago is totally different than the person I am right now. I have taken time to get to know myself physically and emotionally during the past year. I have changed my routines, incorporated different products, taken away products that don’t work and basically cut the fat from my life in all aspects.

Two pieces of fat: people that don’t do me a damn and my Clarisonic. Yes those are at opposite ends of the spectrum but I’ve noticed the most positive changes from subtracting both of them from my life.

I used to use my Clarisonic everyday (sometimes twice a day) and thought that getting all the dirt and oil and really exfoliating was good for my skin. It wasn’t. It isn’t. I got a facial about 6 months ago and the estitician was appalled that I exfoliated so much. My skin was irritated, dry, got random breakouts, uneven, red. It was just bad.

Afterwards I took her words to heart and stopped using it altogether. I bought a gentle cleansing cream, starting using Boscia Break Up Oil to remove my makeup gently, started using my hands to wash my face, incorporated¬†Boscia Beauty Oil with my moisturizer and Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Hydrating masks a few times a week . That’s a lot. I know. But my skin has never felt more smooth and has never looked more healthy than now. I¬†mean, I’m talking like a DRAMATIC difference. I have a side by side picture of myself from last year and one I took last night. It’s astounding.

My skin changing along with a few life decisions (living alone, getting a cat, new job, finding myself) has made me more me.

Shoutout to the following:

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I am sorry this is rusty. It’s been too long.

xox,

Lesley

WOO HOO!

Published January 5, 2015 by lesleyhope

I‚Äôve been nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award by the lovely¬†daniellekaybeautyreview! She writes a neat blog with hauls, reviews, tips on all things beauty/makeup related- great quality there plus I learned of a couple new products I hadn’t heard of before. This is pretty cool because I am fairly new to the blog scene. Thanks for the nomination girl!

So, here’s what you do if you’ve been nominated:

  1. Show the award on your blog
  2. Thank the person that nominated you
  3. Share 7 facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 15 blogs
  5. Link to their blogs and tell them they’ve been nominated

So let’s get right into this… 7 facts starting… NOW:

1) The next biggest passion in my life besides makeup is sports. All sports- all levels. I am die hard! Although my favorites sports team is my beloved Spartans- GO GREEN!

2) My aspiration is to one day open my own business. I’d like to create a line of lipstick/color makeup and reach the people of the world.

3) My grandfather is one of my biggest supporters of my blog. It inspires me to be creative and follow my passion of makeup.

4) I have been into makeup since I was probably in middle school but I just created a blog and instagram for only makeup last year because I was scared. Isn’t that silly?! I was scared that no one would like what I had to say and that I wasn’t good enough. It’s still a little scary because you’re putting yourself out there on social media but I am who I am! IG: hopefulmakeup

5) I love cats and don’t understand the negative stigmas associated with them! When I move in September, I am getting a Siamese.

6) I have lived in Michigan, California, Georgia and currently live in Illinois (Chicago). Not sure where to next… maybe I’ll stay here for awhile ūüėČ

7) I work at a transportation company as my full time job and blog, freelance, play with all my makeup on the side ūüôā My dream is to change that at some point in my life and work soley in the makeup/beauty industry (see fact #2).

This was a spontaneous post- hi everyone! Thanks for reading! Stay tuned this week I’m going to review my WAYNE GOSS BRUSHES I got for Christmas (I know, I am still in disbelief).

xoxo, Lesley Hope

OH PS…¬†my nominations below:

1. SilkyResh

2. with all my affection

3. a casual beauty

4. Say Hello to Gorgeous

5. sundaylovexo

6. A More BeYOUtiful You

7.Sarah Loves Makeup

8. Nina Fashion Life

9. Amber Unglamour

10. Reify Love

11. Dinner Chez Nous

12. Plus+ Beauty

13. Anolmalousme

14. Chanelle Hayley

15. Stephie Estie

Awesome blogs above! You all inspire me and make me happy!

Holiday Fever

Published December 23, 2014 by lesleyhope

It’s been a longgggg time since I’ve last posted. Blame it on life going really, really well. Let’s see… since the last time I’ve posted there have been many things that have changed in my life.¬†1) I have gotten to do makeup for 2 real events and have REAL clients (pretty cool). 2) I have changed so many things in my makeup routine. 3) I have winged eyeliner down pat- I will write a how-to post shortly. 4) I tried Makeup Geek eyeshadows out and… I. Can’t. Even. I will begin this post with MUG…

I’m a makeup phene- but I have been in this game long enough that I know the difference between low quality and high quality.¬†The MUG eyeshadows I purchased are the best quality shadows I have used. I got a variety of colors and I did buy only matte finishes. Matte, to me, is the hardest kind of finish in shadows to find a GOOD quality. These are creamy, none of them chalk, highly pigmented, unique colors, I could go on and on… To sum it up, I’m highly impressed with Marlena and her squad and I HIGHLY recommend these shades below.

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Left to right starting in the top left hand corner… Barcelona Beach, Peach Smoothie, Creme Brulee, Frappe, Latte, Preppy, Chickadee, Cupcake, Unexpected, Simply Marlena, Bitten, Corrupt.

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I am very pleased with the colors that I chose which are mainly pinks and neutrals but I needed good matte colors to put on my crease for everyday looks, smokey looks and nights out. These all hit it out of the park. I can use ANY of these (besides Corrupt) in my crease for whatever kind of look I am going for. I am beyond satisfied. The colors are all extremely versatile and just so great.

This post was weak, I know. It’s almost Christmas and I’m just excited to be able to post! Maybe I’ll swatch these better on my arm¬†and update this. Maybe I won’t. I will blog at least one more time this week.

I hope everyone enjoys time with their families and friends.

Xoxo, Lesley Hope

False Lashes

Published October 14, 2014 by lesleyhope

These are an important aspect of any big event. It’s crazy to think how much they transform your eyes and your face for that matter. No wonder all the youtube/instagram girls wear them all. the. time. Not to mention Kim K, Katy Perry and Twiggy who started the phenomenon! It’s such a difference compared to regular mascara!

I don’t wear falsies on the regular (thank goodness). But I have a few pairs that are just “voluminous” or “natural” looking so I thought I would shake some cobwebs off my skills and wear them a few times this past weekend.¬†I didn’t have a party or anything crazy to go to- I wore them to cocktails with the girls, then to Gone Girl the next day (don’t judge me). I probably was the most fabulous looking chick in that movie theater. Nah, probably not- but I did wear my Nike high tops which are pretty dang bomb. Back to the point- I’ll go through each of the phases and steps to successful falsies.

1.¬†I first put the lashes up to my natural lash line. Normally for me, I always have to cut them with tiny scissors or nail clippers a TINY bit because they are a tad longer than what fits on my own lashes. I didn’t know this at first and would always just try and go for it. Don’t try it, doesn’t work. Clip them if you need to where they fit along your own line.

2. Take both edges of the lash and bend inward to create a ‚ÄúC‚ÄĚ shape, and hold for a couple of seconds.¬†This is the easiest way to ensure smooth application and make sure the lashes match the natural curve of your eye.

3. Put on one coat of mascara. Doesn’t have to be crazy- just a normal coat so the lashes can adhere to your own better.

4. Apply the glue that came with your lashes OR you can buy glue such as DUO Eyelash Adhesive. If you have a steady hand, you can squeeze straight from the tube onto the strip. Usually the glue comes out bubbly and streaky for me so an easy trick: put glue on the reverse end of your tweezers and glide it across the strip. Be generous at both the inner and outer corners so the glue won’t unstick when you blink.

5.  So once the glue is lined along the false lash line- wait about 10-20 seconds. I do this just so it gets a little thicker/stickier and makes it easier for it to stick to your lashes.

6. K, ready for the toughest part? You can either use tweezers for this or your own fingers. I prefer tweezers because I personally don’t like touching the false lashes and clumping them. If you’re using your hands, place the lashes on the base of your lashes right on top of your own lashes. Tweezer method:¬†Take your tweezers and pick the falsies up on the opposite side of the strip, right in the center of where they will adhere to your lash line. Place them in the center of your own lash line, as close to the base of your natural lash line as possible but not touching the eyelid. Now, most will have a natural curve to them so they might just fit perfectly on yours without you having to do anything. Great, welcome to the 1% of times that has ever happened to me! The other 99%, I usually have to make sure once the center is in place and not going to go anywhere, take the tweezers, grab hold (lightly) to somewhere to the right or left of the center and push the falsies¬†onto your own lash line. Sometimes I have to hold it there for a few seconds and make sure everything is staying in place. Be light about it and be patient!

7.¬†Once the false lashes are on, they will feel weird if you haven’t worn them before (and even if you have, they always feel a little weird to me, like a wig on my lashes or something). They feel kind of heavy and I always think everyone is staring. If they are staring- it’s probably because your lashes look fantastic. Apply one coat of mascara to your new and improved lashes. I always feel like this is sealing the deal because it brings everything together.

8.¬†If the false lashes didn’t get applied directly right onto the lashes, a thin application of black liner or black matte eye shadow as a liner to cover and blend everything together. This also helps the glue dry more quickly.

9. Voila! ¬†Now that you’re done, look in the mirror and admire! Bat those babies and practice your smile!

Good luck! Lesley

Pageant Interview Tricks Unveiled!

Published October 1, 2014 by lesleyhope

Well, I’m am officially morphing into a pageant girl for the next 6 weeks! I will dedicate at least one blog post per week on my tips for a pageant (when it comes to makeup at least). A lot of the “tips” I talk about can be applied to anyone, anyday- in a pageant or not. So here’s the thing- there’s such a difference between day makeup and night makeup. Those words are also interchangeable for interview and stage makeup. When I first started learning about how to do a cat eye and contouring, I would practice in the mornings before work and sometimes I probably looked like I belonged on the street corner instead of my cubicle. I’ve learned a lot since then, to say the least. I have picked up a few tricks of the trade for owning your interview makeup. Here they are:

-Self tanner. It’s a plus. But not for day of. I like to use Loreal Sublime Bronze for about a week or two before the day of an interview to get a nice glow going on. This builds on itself so you don’t need to use it everyday. I would say once every other day or two days. I would highly recommend going lighter on the color opposed to darker- nothing worse than streaks or pumpkin-esque skin tone. I recommend this one because it is subtle enough, but it does have enough pigment for you to start seeing changes. I’ve used it for years with little to no orange situations.

-No false lashes. None. Those are for the stage or a night out. Never during the day. There are many great mascaras but I’m going to let you in on my little secret: these. Too Faced Better than False Lashes. This is an interesting product- but I love it. It comes with a mascara and another tube of nylon¬†lash fibers. You put the mascara on as a base coat first (I would suggest doing one eye at a time so it doesn’t clump or dry too fast). After that is on both the top and bottom lashes, you use the nylon lash fibers over it. These come out in a spidery, wispy texture so it’s odd the first time. Just go with it. Put enough on so you can see the little white fibers over the base coat. You can probably skip the bottom as the nylon fibers tend to clump and look a little messy on shorter lashes. After that is done, put on another coat of the mascara. Go thick with this. You will see that the white fibers turn black and act as extenders to your lashes. Put on a decent 1-2 coats of the mascara and you will look like you have LONG, voluminous lashes- that are real! Warning: this product is fairly expensive ($35 at Sephora). An inexpensive option that has long been my go to is Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black. It’s $3.99 at Target and you cannot go wrong with it. 2-3 coats and your lashes will be just beautiful!

-Eye shadow colors. Don’t try new tricks for an interview. I will go more in depth about what colors look good on skin tones and eye colors, hair colors, etc but stick to neutral colors- the pictures attached are the color families you should stick to for your eye shadow. I would consider many of these “transition” shades. And by that, I mean shades that can be applied in the crease either alone or with accent colors. You could also call them versatile shades. You can see that some of them have a little shimmer finish but the rest are matte. They are all in the mauve/nude/brown/pink or green shade range- those colors look good on everyone no matter what your skin tone.

 

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The swatches are all without primer and if anyone needs details I can give you the actual colors later (they were all individuals in my Z palette- Inglot, Too Faced & Mary Kay).
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For so long during my younger years I wanted the brightest, most shimmery, glittery shades (ok let’s be honest, I still do- moderation is key!) but as I’ve gotten older- you can’t wear that stuff all the time at a big girl job! I have discovered transition shades are my favorite types of eye shadows because you can use them with anything, any look, anytime.¬†For the interview, I would put a medium color (at darkest) into your crease and blend it out. Along with a lighter shade on your lid, that is all you need to give depth to your eyes during the interview. You want the judges to see your natural beauty¬†and not be distracted by that cat eye or¬†iridescent highlight underneath your brow.

-Lipstick colors. Again, save the brights and the bolds for the stage. Stick to medium pinks, nudes, browns and matte finishes are a plus because they are subtle enough to flatter but are not overly distracting. Pictured here are a few I would recommend along with the shade and name.

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Lydia, Ophelia, Melange, Marion (ALL OCC LIP TARS in matte finish of course). NYX Matte Lipstick Euro Trash and Butter (enticing names I know).

-Blush colors. A little will go a long way in natural lighting so pick a color that compliments your coloring and brush over the top angle of your cheekbone. Don’t place it only on the apples of your cheeks- big misconception. You should start the brush on the very top of your apple and blend it upwards towards your ear with the product applying evenly. Go light handed on this as well. If you are unsure of what color looks best on you- peach tones are universal for all skin types i.e.

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OR Milani¬†Baked Blush in Luminoso – don’t have a pic for this sorry ($7.50 at Target/Walgreens/CVS)

-Blend blend blend! Blending is one of the things that has been my savior for makeup. After you make sure your foundation is a good match to your coloring and tone, blend it into your neckline so there are no harsh lines. Blend bronzer (MATTE ONLY!!!!) into your hairline and the angles of your face to frame your beautiful face. Blend your eyeshadow so there are no edges to see where color starts/ends.

-Last, skip the eyeliner all together. Dip a small, angled brush in chocolate or black shadow, lining your eyes as close to the roots as possible. The thinner the brush the better.

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These are a few of my tips for a flawless interview look! Remember, soft and subtle is good! You want your personality to shine and your beauty is just a backup for it ūüėČ

Xo, Lesley Hope

Make a Stunning Entrance… Into Fall!

Published September 30, 2014 by lesleyhope

So it goes like this. I check the weather on my phone this morning: high of 73! Walk to work in my cute skirt with flip flips (brought my heels obvi). Go about my day… work, spin, sauna. Come outside in my workout clothes and flip flops: HELLO FALL! I could feel it on my skin, I could smell it in the air, hell, I even could taste it when a leaf blew into my mouth. Winter takes no prisoners, especially in the Midwest. BUT, winter gives us this beautiful thing called fall and I am going to breakdown what you need to make the easiest and classiest transition. Warning: this list does not include zip ups, Pumpkin Spice Lattes or Uggs.

1. Matte. Everything. (Almost) all of the time. I am not condoning shopping sprees but if you cannot go into your makeup bag and pull out a medium matte brown eyeshadow a medium matte¬†any color eye shadow, I highly suggest you hop on Sephora.com, makeupgeek.com or go to your nearest Ulta. You need those mattes in your life. Especially the medium shades for everyday. We’re done with the corally shimmers and golds for a little bit right now. Put them away for like a week. Then you can get them back out. My favorites? The Naked Basics Palette sold online and in stores a Ulta and Sephora. It’s great for beginners. If you’re a tad more advanced or already have it, try the Lorac Pro Palette from Ulta. Awesome range and what a great bang for your buck.

2. More Matte. Everything. But now I’m talking about lips. And let me be more specific, matte browns and nudes. YEP I said it. This woman of color has said it and there is no going back. This summer was all about the color but this winter is about them warm toned shades. I can’t get over these colors¬†because they were the colors I wore when I first EVER started wearing makeup.¬†The mocha shades, the berry colors, the muted roses. I went to Ulta yesterday and NYX is PACKED with these type of colors- they are $3.50 too! My favorite shades and MUST HAVES for anyone are Whipped Caviar, Maison, Butter, Euro Trash. MAC¬†has some awesome colors as well: Pink Plaid, Kinda Sexy and Velvet Teddy are a few.

3. Last but not least- I have talked about matte this and medium this. I am leaving you with ONE last item that you will need this fall. A true bold ass lip color. And maybe a little haircut or style. But definitely a bold, daring, dark or vampy lip color. And not for everyday- hold those horses. For the night you go out for dirty martinis with your girlfriends, or the day you pull on your sweater and sunglasses and go window shopping downtown, or the night you go on a third date to the pumpkin patch or haunted house (I swear I’m not naming these from experience). Really though! Get on that dark purple, those dark jeweled tones and get a little lose. But wear your pearls. Check out this new collection from NYX¬†that I’m about to obsess over. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Those are pretty crazy but there are tons of other deep, rich colors that will do the trick just fine. Suggestions: MAC Cyber, OCC Anita, OCC Vintage, Loreal Lip Crayon in Petite Plum. Do it.

I am dedicating the next month and a half to….. The MISS SJ 2014-15 Pageant! I have been asked to do the make up for it and I could not be more excited!

I also have a bomb project I have been working on for Halloween… the 7 Deadly Skins. Can’t wait to show you guys!

Lots of love,

Lesley Hope