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Summer’s Glowing Glistening Skin sounds almost poetic doesn’t it? A more truthful title might look something like this: Summer’s Slick Slimy Sweaty Skin. Sadly, I don’t think the proposed title would garner any attention.
Steph’s Summer Oily Skin Remedy
Glistening skin is foreign to me. I sweat! And when I say “sweat” I mean buckets. So today I’m going to share my summer skincare routine.
Bold Blind Beauty believes true beauty resides within. Sometimes the way we appear on the outside may not necessarily reflect what’s on the inside. For example, when it’s hot, hazy, and humid I find it difficult to feel beautiful. Toss in a hot flash and it’s a wrap.
It’s hard to feel beautiful when you really feel like a slimy, sticky slug. The past few days have been so sticky and hot the thought of putting on makeup made me nauseous. So what do I do to combat my summer oily skin? A simple 3-step skin care regimen which includes a tinted moisturizer. When the temperature gauge hits 90’s+ any attempt at applying foundation flies quickly out the window.
Recently, I swapped out a couple of my regular skin care products with an oil reducing cleanser and a tinted moisturizer. So when it feels hot enough to fry an egg on my face I cleanse, exfoliate, then use the moisturizer with SPF. After this, I throw some eyeliner, mascara, brows, and lips then I’m good to go.
So when it’s hot as a blast furnace my skincare routine allows my outside to more accurately reflect my inside. Translation: I don’t feel like a walking/talking puddle of mush.
Featured Image Description:
The image has Paula’s Choice products lined up on mint colored fleece. In the background is a brown standing decorative hammered metal leaf tray.
“It came to me. My own. My love. My own. My precious.” ~Gollum, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Sparkle A Girl’s Best Friend
If you’ve ever seen Lord of the Ringsyou’re familiar with the character Gollum. “My precious,” I whispered in my best Gollum voice as I opened the box. Honestly, I just couldn’t help myself.
It was even prettier in person. My new Swarovski Touchstone CrystalAqua Tri-Wrap Bracelet well exceeded my expectations. Three sparkling crystal-embellished leather bracelets beckoned me to put them on.
I was practically giddy as I pulled out my mint/teal colored fleece to use as a backdrop for photos. Each of the bracelets and even the box they came in were perfectly color-coordinated against the fleece. It was truly a serendipitous moment.
If I had any doubts about making this purchase they quickly evaporated as I took a few photos. The lightweight bracelets are 7-1/2 inches long, can be worn separately, or connected for a total length of 23 inches.
As soon as I saw my friend Melody of Sparkle With Melody show this jewelry I knew it would become mine. The reasons? The sparkle, color, versatility of the pieces, and did I mention sparkle?
The Aquamarine, Light Turquoise, and Blue Zircon colored crystals on aqua suede bands are dazzling. The ability to wear them in a multitude of ways was very appealing to me.
If you’re looking for ways to punch up your summer wardrobe don’t take my word for it, here’s Melody:
Serendipitous Sparkling Wrist Party Featured Image Description:
The featured image is the open box displaying the 3 bracelets sitting atop the fleece against a brick background.
Image 1: A tri-collage (clockwise top left to right). Tri-wrap bracelet on my wrist, three stacked bracelets in front of its box, the featured image is on the bottom.
Image 2: Closeup of the stacked bracelets in front of the Touchstone box.
Below is a revised version of an article I wrote for BlindNewWorldback in 2016. I really appreciate looking back as it gives me an opportunity to see how far we’ve come. You can check out the original article here: #MyBlindStory.
Losing Sight Opened My Eyes
Before I lost my eyesight, I thought blindness meant total darkness. I was wrong. The range of sight loss/blindness is enormous and differs greatly from one person to the next.
Sight loss is a major life-altering event and it takes some time to adjust. Thankfully, acclimation and acceptance are not only possible but we can also learn to thrive. With few exceptions, the things we loved and excelled at are still integral to who we are at our core.
Since my love of personal style began when I was young, sustaining it through sight loss was a necessity. So learning new makeup and styling techniques helped me to increase my confidence despite blindness.
Being able to keep up my trademark polished image which contributes largely to who I am as an individual was huge. Little did I know when I began blogging that I would connect with so many other fashionable blind women throughout the world. Life lesson—style is not limited to those with sight or who are able-bodied.
Inclusion and accessibility are major issues of concern in every area of blind individual’s lives. As a sub-group within the largest minority group of People With Disabilities, blindness is a small segment. Even so in the US alone, there are about 21 million adultsliving with sight loss.
I think the misguided belief that ‘blind people don’t care about their appearance’ is a prominent reason behind our lack of portrayal. Looking at the beauty and fashion industry it’s not surprising to see so little representation of blindness. While we are making inroads to inclusion we can do better. For this reason, a growing number of blind fashionable women are blogging and vlogging on a range of beauty related topics.
Bold Blind Beauty, believes “Real Beauty Transcends Barriers” and as such, we needed a stylish icon to represent blind women. Abigale, the fashion icon, is a chic image that evokes power, independence, and confidence. She is a woman on the move stepping forward with purpose as she navigates the world with her white cane.
Bridging The Gap
Expanding perceptions by connecting sighted and non-sighted communities are one of many ways we help to end fear and stigma associated with the word ‘blind.’ To extend our mission of “improving humanity by changing the way we perceive one another” we incorporated an online boutique. “Shopping With Abby” promotes powerful motivational slogans on all our merchandise (e.g. Relax! It’s Only a Cane).
Once, an eye doctor told me “it would be a tragedy to learn how to use the white cane.” However, I believe the real tragedy is the shame many people feel when losing their eyesight. Empowering visual images that exude positivity will change hearts and minds towards blindness.
MyBlindStory Featured Image Description:
A professional headshot of my asymmetrical hairstyle with burgundy highlights. The muted Coral Cutie lipstick topped with a peach colored gloss provides a nice contrast against the gray backdrop. I’m wearing a black dress and black tuxedo jacket trimmed in faux leather, silver statement necklace, and silver drop earrings.
Image 1 – I’m standing with my white cane wearing white jeans and a gray cold shoulder sweater with tan lace-up sandals. I’m also holding a silver bomber jacket over my left shoulder.
Image 2 – In this photo, I have my white cane and my outfit (capris, tank, sneakers & hoodie) are in shades of gray.
Image 3 – Here I’m posing with my white cane, blue jeans, black cold shoulder short sleeve tee and cream pumps.
Hi folks, as you can see by the heading, this article is related to doing “glam” makeup on a budget, because let’s be honest, life is expensive; children, animals, food, rent, socialising, whatever floats your boat and lastly makeup (did I mention food?) Sigh.
However, I have found a great way to still make yourself look like you use high-end quality makeup products without breaking your bank budget. Yaay, for that right.
As most of you know, I am a makeup junky, I love makeup. I play with makeup even when I don’t leave the house. For myself, makeup is an art and my face is the canvas.
I can do a whole makeup project on my face and then once done, just wash it off and ta-da, new canvas again. It’s a relaxing thing to do, most of the time, liquid eyeliner is the enemy and can be daunting to apply (it’s taken me years to master the winged eyeliner look – the key is CONFIDENCE).
I shall be sharing my tips and tricks to apply minimal makeup, in order to look glam, fancy, pretty and oh so lovely. Well, that’s how I feel once I’m done with my face. Let’s begin, shall we?
Apply your base/foundation as per normal (I use a beauty blender sponge, helps with blending). Everyone has their own specific base/foundation that they love and are comfortable with. Just always make sure to blend it in with your neck. No one wants to see that your face has base/foundation on. We are not watching a live performance of “The Mask” featuring Jim Carrey here folks.
Blending is key. Spend extra time blending that face into your neck. I use Essence Camouflage 2 in 1 Makeup and Concealer, it is affordable and it goes on the skin so lovely. And believe me when I tell you this, I have used pretty much all the high-end foundations (sorry not sorry), but some of them are so overrated. You’ve pretty much spent a small fortune on it and it sucks on your skin. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt). I find Essence is lovely as like I said it blends well, my pimples are far less since using it as well. Double win right?
Give your face some colour, AKA blush, and basic contouring. I am no pro at contouring, I use a pallet that already comes with the shades that suit my pale skin. Each to their own on this as well, as everyone has different skin tones. The ladies in the shops should be able to help you and assist you with the correct colour.
Well, the tip to getting high cheekbones is to suck in your cheeks and attempt a pout face. This will leave the sections of your face where you need to apply the bronzer, sweep your brush from the cheekbones up until the hairline. Blending is key here as well. No one wants to see the different colour tones on your face.
Next step, I use a fish brush, it helps put highlighter on your face so smooth. I put my highlighter just above where the cheekbones are, as well as on the bridge of the nose and just along the top line of your lip.
The eyebrows, they are important as they are the frames of the face, in my opinion. As you can see in the picture, my eyebrows are hardly there anymore, since I burnt them off by accident lighting a smoke back in the day, oopsy.
So yes, I use eyeshadow (the same colour as your hair ladies) and make an outline with a small slanted brush all around the eyebrow that I have left. Once done, then I simply just “colour in” my outline with the same coloured eyeshadow. I realise that there are eyebrow shapers out there as well as all sorts of eyebrow blending brush tools that have colour etc, however, I am on a budget, I find the eyeshadow does the same job at less of the cost. You can then use an eyebrow comb to put all stray hairs down.
The scary part of liquid eyeliner. Sheesh, liquid eyeliner still scares me, however its all about confidence. Once you have that liquid eyeliner on the spot where you want to start on your eye, move it confidently from the eye centre to the outer eye. As you can see by the picture, I make a shape as well. This helps with guiding a person and if you make an error, it’s easier to clean the “outline shape” than cleaning the whole eyelid. The tricky part is the eyeliner wing, hence why I do an outline, then just colour in, presto, done.
Finally the mouth. Lipstick is so lovely, it cheers all girls up, as far as I know? Well, I find if you use a lip liner and then outline your mouth (as per the picture) then you colour in the lips with your lipstick. The lipliner makes the lipstick last longer.
The last and final touch before you are done with your face is to kiss a toilet roll or tissue paper. By doing this, you will remove any residue or excess of lipstick and it won’t land on your teeth. Oh yes, please make sure the lip liner is the same colour as the lipstick, if not, well then you have started a new makeup trend.
Have FUN! Doing your make up should be fun. If you mess up, don’t give up, try again. Practice makes perfect.
The best tip ever though, is get yourself a mirror that can magnify largely. I use a mirror like that when applying my eye make especially. It helps so much.
Glam Makeup On A Budget Image Descriptions:
The featured image, as well as 5, 7, 8 and 9, are of Eileen in various stages of makeup application. She has pulled back her dark hair and is wearing a fuchsia top.
Image #1 Tube of Essence Camouflage 2 in 1 Makeup and Concealer
Image #3 Essence Shape Your Face Contouring Palette
Image #4 Fish Brush – The handle on this makeup brush is a fishtail complete with scales. This brush is pastel rainbow colors in pink, blue, and yellow although they come in different colors and can be bought from Amazon.
Image #5 Eyebrows – draw the outline and then colour in eyebrows. Eileen’s photo shows how she outlines then fills in her brows.
Image #6 Essence All About Nudes Brow Shadow Palette
Image #7 In this photo Eileen has outlined a wing to be colored in with eyeliner
Image #8 Shows Eileen’s outlined lips
Image #9 Finished face – Lips coloured in. Mascara is on
If you would like to connect with Eileen you can follow her on Instagram: @the_blind_gypsy