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Hello, my name is Cat and I have a problem… I am addicted watching make-up videos on YouTube! That’s right, you heard right – beauty videos on YouTube!

Most nights before falling asleep, you’ll see me in bed with my iPad resting on my chest, earphones securely place on my ears, watching “Beauty Guru’s” reviewing, giving tutorials, and sharing their favorite beauty related products on YouTube. One of the women I watch is Marlena (aka MakeUp Geek).

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Marlena has been sharing makeup and beauty video for five years on her channel and considers herself a Makeup Educator not necessarily a “Makeup Artist.” She also created an online store and a personal blog. Not too long ago, Marlena release her own makeup line.

Here are a few of the Makeup Geek shadows:

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Let’s get to the point of this post. Over a year ago, I had the honor of personally meeting Marlena and the Makeup Geek team. I met them at an open casting call for models in Sacramento. No, no, I am not a model, but it was an opportunity I could not pass on. Fortunately, for me, I was selected as one of her models and recently was featured on the Makeup Geek website and YouTube channel. I wanted to share my experience with any fellow Makeup Geek fans!

My shoot was scheduled in the afternoon at Makeup Geek headquarters in Sacramento. I met her staff and they took my on a tour of their office/studio. They made sure I was comfortable and were so hospitable.

Yes, I was a little star struck to meet Marlena once again, but she’s so sweet and kind that right away I felt as though we were good friends working together on a project.

Marlena went on to explain the inspiration for the look – the packaging for Bath and Body Works Twilight Woods: a pretty mix of purplely pink with some rustic gold and bronzy colors. I almost hyperventilated because I would never dare to wear so much color on my eyelids, but Miss Makeup Geek knew what she was doing. The look came out to be a pretty, dramatic smoky eye, with huge flirty lashes.

See the entire tutorial below:

As a perk of the gig, I was mailed Makeup Geek eye shadows and a check, thank you Marlena! Here are the colors.

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To learn more about Makeup Geek click here.

You should know, that I had a great time and I hope to be called back again (hint, hint, Marlena). The shoot took about 3 hours from beginning to end.

Thank you for visiting C to C,

CAT

 

Happy 4th of July and welcome back to our 4th day of 4th of July nails!

For our final nail art post I decided to go with something simple yet fun, I like to call it Party in the USA. There is no need for any fancy artistic technique for this design, simply have fun with it. The picture of the final product is self explanatory, but just in case you want to know what strategy I used, read below.

What you will need:

  1. Red nail polish (Sally Hansen)
  2. Royal blue nail polish w/blue glitter undertone (Sinful Colors at CVS)
  3. Glitter polish with red, blue and silver sparkles (Off Brand)
  4. Angled paint brush + nail polish remover
  5. Miley CyrusParty in the USA playing in the background 😉

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Steps:

I have this horrible habit of applying too many colors and too many layers at the same time and then simply ruining my polish.  Since I knew I would be using three different colors this time around, I decided to take it one color at a time.

1. Painted my thumb, middle and pinky fingers with the red polish and let the 1st and 2nd coat completely dry before moving on to the next color. Once these were completely dry I took my angled brush, dipped it in nail polish remover and cleaned around the edges. I chose to go with the red first, because it has been my experience that red polish is the messiest…especially when it comes to cleaning around the edges.

2. I went ahead and did one coat of glitter on my ring and pinky fingers.

3. I then applied two coats of the blue polish on my index finger. While that dried I applied two more coats of glitter on my ring and pinky fingers.

4. When the blue was completely dry I cleaned around the edges, applied top coat and wallahhh!

Like I said, the design is pretty simple, but I love it and I will definitely be rocking it at the 4th of July block party.

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– CRISTY

 

 

Thank you for coming back and taking a peek at our 3rd day of 4th of July nails !

Today’s design is what I like to call Patriotic Tye Dye. I came across a similar design (with different colors) on Pinterest and I thought it would be an awesome effect to try for 4th of July. The design is messy and fun.

You’ll need:

  1. White nail polish
  2. Royal blue nail polish
  3. Bright red nail polish
  4. make-up wedge (latex-free)
  5. Flat, angled paint brush
  6. Nail polish remover

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Step 1: Take your wedge sponge and dab a drop of each polish on a corner of the wedge sponge ( I recommend you used a latex-free sponge, as it is less porous). Allow the colors to overlap each other.

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Step 2: Take the sponge and start dabbing it on your fingernail until nail is completely covered.

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Step 3: Allow polish to dry and then take the angled paint brush, dip it in nail polish remover and clean up any messy edges.

Step 4: If you wish, add some subtle glitter, if not go ahead and add some top coat and walaaah!

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Thank you for stopping by and stay tuned for the final 4th of July post tomorrow!

– Cristy

Hi there, welcome back to day two of our 2013 4th of July Nails series!

Today’s design is easy and festive.

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Here are the products I used:

(Red) China Glaze “Cranberry Splash”

(White) Orly “White Tips”

(Blue) Julep “Ally”

(Glitter) Julep “Fireworks”

Small fine brush

I started off by painting my nails a solid white.

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Then I painted on Red and Blue stars.

Finally, I add a tiny bit of glitter on the edges. I could not help myself; “Fireworks” by Julep is like Fourth of July in a bottle! I LOVE it!

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Well, here’s the final design. Remember to top it off by using a clear top coat.

Come back tomorrow to see Cristy’s design.

Thank you for your visit,

CAT

P.s. the design was inspired by Miss Jen Fabulous, check out her YouTube channel.

Here’s the first in our 2013 4th of July Nails Series.

Products I used:

(Red) China Glaze “Cranberry Splash”

(White) Orly “White Tips”

(Blue) Julep “Ally”

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Start by painting your nails with a white base on your four fingers, and blue on the thumb.

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Then I added tiny “stars” on my thumb. Be sure the polish is still wet to secure the stars and top it off with a clear coat. Remember you can always pain on little stars or simply use a silver glitter polish to resemble stars.

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Next, use painter tape and cut little strips. Add those strips to your four fingers with the white base.

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After, add red polish on top of your four nails. Let the polish dry for a few seconds and peel off.

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Remember to add a top coat to add shine and here you have the final look!

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The design is quick and easy to re-create. Go ahead, rock that flag!

Thanks for your visit, remember to come back tomorrow for a new look.

-CAT

It’s almost that time again – 4th of July!!!

Last year we did a 4th of July Nails Series, this year we continue with the tradition. However, before the new 2013 series goes up, here’s a quick look at last year’s designs:

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Fireworks

Sparkler

Freedom and Liberty

Stars and Stripes

Check back each day before 4th of July for a new design inspired by the holiday.

Enjoy,

C & C

 

The days are bit longer and the sun shines a little bit brighter…and it makes me oh so happy. As Spring rolls out and Summer quickly approaches I’ve contemplated making some changes to my hair and makeup, but I can’t seem to pinpoint what it is I want to do.

I came across this blog post by Inexpensive Chic and I am convinced to make a change for the new season. I’m currently playing with the idea of a wavy hair bob and colorful lipstick. I will have to keep you all updated on whether I go through with these ideas. in the meantime, I highly encourage you to take a look at the  12 Spring Beauty Ideas featured on Inexpensive Chic.

 

–Cristy

One of our favorite pass times is to watch beauty videos on YouTube, and with those come the annual favorites. Favorite product videos are a round-up of items that one used throughout the year and that were top picks over and over.
Here we share our favorite beauty items of 2012 and we hope you enjoy, feel free to share yours with us.

Cat’s favorites:

Face

Face Products
Milani (even-touch) Powder Foundation in Natural
Elf Blush in Pink Passion
Cover Girl Cheekers in Rose Silk (I use this as a highlight)
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer in Medium

Eyes

Eyes
Maybelline One by One Volume Express in Blackest Black (waterproof)
Milani Liquif’eye in Brown (click here for a mini review)

Lips
Vaseline Lip Therapy in Original
Jordana Easyshine Glossy Lip Color in Watermelon Juice
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Sweetheart Valentine

Nails

WetnWild polish

Wet n Wild Megalast Nail Color line

Body

Body Lotion
Bath & Body Works Body Lotion in Butterfly Flower

Bath

Bath
Olay Age Defying Body Wash

Hair

Hair
CHI silk Infusion

Cristy’s Favorites:

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Victoria Secrets PINK – Fresh & Clean body mist is my favorite 2012 scent. It smells just as fresh and clean as the name implies.

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Lancome Hypnose mascara is hands down one of the greatest mascaras ever. I love how it lengthens without leaving clumps behind. It’s a bit on the pricy side but worth every dollar.

e.l.f. cream eyeliner pot is my favorite form of eyeliner. It doesn’t run like most liquid liners and most importantly you get a great quality product for only $3.

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Avon smooth minerals blush is fabulous. It doesn’t wear off easily and feels so light.

Mary Kay oil-free eye makeup remover is a product I discovered during the last month of 2012, but I can say I love the product. Not only us it dry but it makes my skin feel hydrated.

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Sexy Hair Organic leave-in conditioner has proven to protect my hair for excessive damage. I literally have not had o have hair trims as often.

Let us know if you would like know more about a specific product and we can do a review. Also, tell us what your favorite beauty products are maybe we may have something in common with, or you can introduce us to something we have never tried.

We plan to follow up this post with our favorite TV shows, movies, food/snacks of 2012.

~~ Cat and Cristy ~~

Ugly sweaters

Christmas is only 13 days away, which means it’s time for festivities and most importantly, ugly Christmas sweater parties!!!! In ode the ugly Christmas sweater, Cat and I decided we would share our ugly sweaters with you!

Cat’s funky yet endearing sweatshirt in my opinion is all the sweatshirts should be about. Fuzzy wuzzy with so many embellishments. Great find, Cat!

As for myself, the thrift stores were ransacked of all ugly sweaters so I took matters into my own hands. I went to Target and purchased a basic crew neck t-shirt for $8 and bought felt embellishments at Michael’s Craft store. Added a bit of fabric glue and wallah!

So now that we’ve shared our sweatshirts with you, we would love for you to share your ugly Christmas sweater with us!!!

– Cristy

Over the weekend I was fortunate enough to participate in a fall tradition – visiting a pumpkin patch. Lemos  farm is located in Half Moon Bay, Calif., not too far from San Francisco. The farm is ideal for little ones because it offers pony rides, it has a mini train that goes on a short ride, and there’s also a hay ride, but we were unable to make because the little ones had a melt-down. Oh, and for those who are a bit older there’s also a haunted house on-site but that was not an option for us. The farm also has goats, chickens, and a little duck pond, which make a fun feeding experience for children.

Like I said, they have a pumpkin patch and they have plenty to choose from. These pumpkins inspired today’s tutorial:

Start off by using an orange nail polish to make a semi wide line through the middle of your nail, start from the mid section to the edge. Then you will follow with two semi wide lines on each side of the middle, start a little lower so you have one tall and two shorter lines.

Then with a dotting tool (or a small fine brush) dip it in a dark color, I am using a forest green, to outline the edge of your pumpkin.

Once the outlines have been defined, add a stem on top of the taller orange line.

Now you should have something similar to this:

I added color to my other two nails without a pumpkin so I would not have naked nails. You can choose to leave then are they are or add color. Depending on how creative you want to get you can also add faces or make them with different colors, totally up to you, let your creativity flow.

Products used:

  • Mad About Mango by Revlon
  • Tough Art to Follow by Finger Paints
  • a small tip dotting tool
  • a medium tip dotting tool

Let me know if you re-create these nails.

Hope you enjoy, CAT

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