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Eye Makeup Tip For Blind & VI Women

Abby is sitting cross legged in her PJs (gray bottoms & white top with a gray collar) with a teal Abby logo laptop on her lap. Sporting her signature explosive hairstyle, she is wearing a headset with microphone and her white cane is propped up next to her.

Eye Makeup Practice Makes Perfect

Some of my duties involve curating and imparting a little wisdom that will benefit my blind and visually impaired followers. Concerning makeup, there are many questions specifically about eye makeup application. The answer to the following question was so genius I had to share it here with you:

Q: Do you have any makeup tips (mostly eye makeup)?

I’m blind in one eye, so the usual “close one eye while you do it and look with the other” doesn’t work for me, as I’m sure is a similar case for some or all of you. ~J. Stephenson

A: You could try doing a little, taking a close up selfie of that eyelid shut,

…assessing and going a bit more, continuing with the pics in between to see if you’re on track toward the look you’re going for? Eventually, the practice should lead to being able to do it without stopping and without checking! ~S. Seyringer

One final note: It’s important to remember that in the beginning, most people struggle with makeup application and it’s only through trial and error that we become more proficient at this form of art. Loosen up, have fun, and practice until you are comfortable. You will reach your goal!

Abby’s Corner Image Description:

A white, teal, and gray image of Abby sitting cross-legged in her PJs (gray bottoms & white top with a gray collar) with a teal Abby logo laptop on her lap. Sporting her signature explosive hairstyle, she is wearing a headset with microphone and her white cane is propped up next to her.

Have a great weekend everyone!


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Spring Blooms New Makeup

From Nude to Pink to Red

Lip palette & brush is atop the hot pink pouch and is open displaying the 6 shades Today was such a lovely spring day made all the more beautiful with the arrival of my latest cosmetics purchase. In the famous words of the Pointer Sisters—I’m so excited!!

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been updating my makeup arsenal for spring/summer 2017. One of the things on my list were new lip colors and thanks to a video I saw on Instagram I went with the Mis Amores Lip Palette created by makeup artist and blogger, Iris Beilin, exclusively at e.l.f. Cosmetics.

Collage of the different products mentioned in the post.The six vibrant shades offer a nice selection and with the purchase of the palette, I got a hot pink pouch which will come in handy as a makeup bag. Cruelty-free with zero animal testing is one of the best features of e.l.f. products. However, I recommend checking them on Beautypedia, a skincare and makeup review site, who base their reviews on published medical and scientific research for details on specific products.

Along with the lip palette, I got a new lip and brow brushes, eyebrow stencils and, heaven help me, false eyelashes. I’m quite confident in using everything except the eyelashes because every time I try to put them on I just can’t seem to get the placement right but “nothing beats a failure but a try.”

What I Bought:

Have an outstanding week!!


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Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #12

Easy Peasy Makeup Organization

Photo grid of my organizer detailing the empty top and bottom pieces and the entire unit including my makeup

Remember your first venture into the world of makeup and how you felt after the transformation? What a rush!

I loved playing with my mom’s makeup and couldn’t wait until I was old enough to wear my own. Thanks to my mom, it was from an early age I became a fan of bright red lipstick and eyebrow stencils.

Over the years I’ve collected tons of cosmetics from foundation, eyeshadow, blush, lip color, and mascara to nail polish. Ever the organizer, I’ve used different storage methods to contain my ever-growing collection. Two of my favorites were 3-tiered hanging vegetable baskets and Caboodles makeup cases.

In recent years I’ve dramatically scaled down the amount of makeup I store. The loss of my eyesight, becoming more seasoned, and desiring less overall contributed to my decision to cutback.

Investing in a 2-piece clear acrylic makeup organizer from Amazon was the perfect answer for me. Since this unit is compact it doesn’t take up much space and it keeps everything neat and tidy in one place.

My organizer has 4 drawers (2 side by side at the top and 2 longer ones directly underneath). The inset piece that I sit on top of the drawers can actually be used as a stand alone. Total measurement is 9.5 inches wide by 5 inches deep by 7.5 inches tall.

Depending on your individual needs, makeup organization really is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3:

  1. Pare down by thinking in terms of essentials
  2. Select an organizational unit suited to your needs
  3. Label your cosmetics (with the date they are first opened) and/or each section on the organizer (this will enable you to readily distinguish between products and provide the discard by date)

In Googling Makeup organizers there are well over 1 million results. They can be purchased just about anywhere and they come in many different sizes, colors, types, and price points.

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Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #10

Makeup Expiration Dates

Photo grid of my order from UltaThere are very few things I feel I truly need. For example there’s air, water, shelter, food, clothing (although I suppose this could be optional if I lived in a warmer climate, but then again I’d probably scare the natives). These things I couldn’t live without for sure however I’m gonna tack on a couple of extras:

  • Antibacterial hand sanitizer & shower gel
  • Lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Makeup

I just want to point out in case you missed it, I didn’t add shoes to the list, although I probably should have added Mollie but her yipping can be a real buzz kill. See, I’m not so high maintenance. Now back to what I was saying.

Chart of makeup and expiration dates. This info is listed in the post.

Thank heavens for the internet, Ulta, and the United States Postal Service. You see, I was running way low on foundation, eyeliner pencil, and my mascara was several days past the toss date.

Because makeup falls under the list of must-haves—and I couldn’t get out to the store (this is code for it was too cold to go to the store)—it was from the comfort of my cozy home I placed my order. Two days later who should appear at my door but the postal worker with my package.

The box arrived yesterday and the only deviation from my makeup needs were two lipsticks. Several freebie fragrance samples were also included.

Expiration dates. How many of you adhere to, or know about expiration dates on your makeup?

In view of the fact my mascara was a few days over the three-month period, I thought sharing expiration dates with you could be of use. I found the chart in today’s post on Pinterest compliments of

  • Mascara – 6 months
  • Liquid Liners – 6 months
  • Foundation – 6 to 12 months
  • Lip Gloss – 1 year
  • Concealer – 1 year
  • Nail Polish – 2 years
  • Lipstick – 2 years
  • Powders – 2 years
  • Eye Shadow/Bronzer/Blush – 2 years

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to check out your makeup cache.

Have a nice weekend and for those of you experiencing the extreme cold, stay safe and warm.