Saturday, February 22, 2014

Color Correcting Dark Spots, Dark Circles, & Problem Areas

Hi Beauties,

This blog is specifically about covering dark spots, dark circles, and darkness around the mouth area. I will discuss how you can do this with different skin complexions. Most times as beauties, we cannot find foundation or concealer to cover up these flaws.

What you can do to fix these trouble areas is by using a corrector or a neutralize shade. 

How do I know this? Simple, if you look at the color wheel... 


You can see green is across from red - Using a green corrector, neutralizes redness
You can see orange is across from blue - Using a orange corrector, neutralizes dark discoloration
You can see yellow is across from purple - Using a yellow corrector, concealers purple undertones

When you apply a corrector onto your problem areas, you can neutralize any discoloration.

For fair/pale shades, you can use a soft orange or light peach color corrector for dark circle or dark spots.
For medium and darker complexions, you can use a deep peach or deep orange to neutralize the blue or dark discoloration.

I know that sounds a bit crazy, however, you can apply the corrector with a sponge onto the problem area, then apply your regular full makeup application.

I also highly recommend using the Revlon PhotoReady Color Correcting Primer, next apply the color corrector, and then your foundation.

Where can you find color corrector shades? (I'll list a few places where you can purchase different types for different skin complexion)

Camera Ready Cosmetics

Camera Ready Cosmetics 

Camera Ready Cosmetics 

MAC 

MUFE

Friday, February 14, 2014

Makeup Questions You Want Answers To: PART I

Happy Love Day 

Hello Beauties,

Hope you all are having a great Valentines Day. I wanted to share my love with my subscribers by answering questions most beauties want answers to.

I know that I am asked a lot of different questions about makeup, how to apply it, what colors to wear, etc. I wanted to take the time to blog about common questions I am asked and hoping this will help you in some way. If you have any questions that you want answers to please leave them in the comment box below and I will answer them on the next blog post.

HOW DO I FIND THE RIGHT FOUNDATION FOR MY FACE? 
There is different skin types such as normal, dry, or oily/combination. The key is discovering your skin type first. Most foundations will indicate if it is for normal, dry, or oily/combination skin. Based on your skin type is the foundation you want to search for. Most foundations will indicate what skin type it is suitable for. A tip to think about is if you have oily/combination skin, you don't want to wear a foundation that is oil base.

HOW DO I FIND THE RIGHT SHADE FOUNDATION?
Never match foundation to the color of your hand, it is not the color of your face. If you are able to try on the foundation, take a dab on your face, blend it in, if it barely shows, then you have found the shade that matches your skin complexion. If the shade seems too dark or too light when you rub it is, it is not the right shade. If you are unable to test the foundation, then you want to look for the closest shade that will match your neck. If you cannot decide on one, you can pick up two shades that will match your skin tone and perhaps mixing the colors will create the right shade.

HOW CAN I MAKE MY FOUNDATION LAST ALL DAY?
In order to make your foundation long lasting you want to put something in between your face and your foundation. Once you moisturize your face, I will suggest using a primer. Also, look for a foundation that indicates it is long lasting.

I HAVE BAD ACNE, SHOULD I EVEN WEAR MAKEUP?
You can wear makeup even if you have bad acne. Make sure to follow a daily skincare routine for day and night, to prevent clogging your pores.

WILL MAKEUP CAUSE ME TO HAVE WRINKLES WHEN I'M OLD?
Makeup causing wrinkles is a myth. A lot of the time wrinkles are caused by age, UV lighting, smoking, poor nutrition, and repeated facial expressions. Don't believe me, here's a link to mayoclinic.com

MAKEUP MAKES MY FACE BREAKOUT, WHAT MAKEUP CAN I WEAR?
If your face is breaking out due to makeup, you might want to consider makeup that is very light to the face. Perhaps sheer to medium coverage foundation and instead of an oil base foundation, wear a foundation that is water base. Be careful with certain products, because your skin may also be sensitive to certain ingredients. Also, be sure to have a daily morning and night skincare routine, this will decrease your face from breaking out often.

I HAVE DARK SPOTS ON MY FACE, BUT MY FOUNDATION DOESN'T COVER IT WELL. IS THERE ANOTHER OPTION?
Dark spots on the face is usually caused by pigmentation issues, acne scars, facial hair removal, and skin discoloration. You can take a peach concealer onto the darker areas, blend this on to the dark spots first, then apply foundation on top. You can also apply a color correcting primer to the face to balance out the skin tone, plus applying a full coverage foundation can cover these areas better. If you are interested in a more in depth detailing about how to use color correcting makeup, let me know, I'd love to share.

I HAVE THIS HUGE PIMPLE ON MY FACE, HOW CAN I HIDE IT?
I will suggest getting the Clean & Clear Spot Treatment, apply this after your morning skin care routine, then use a cream base foundation such as MAC Studio Finish Concealer, which is a very heavy base concealer, you can dab this onto the problem area. Then once you apply your foundation, the pimple shouldn't show nearly as much. However, you don't want to agitate it, so I suggest not wearing makeup, unless you absolutely have to.

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT CONCEALER TO BUY?
This is totally up to you. If you want to hide certain areas, you can use a cream base concealer, and if you want to highlight the face you can use a liquid.

SHOULD I APPLY LIQUID FOUNDATION BEFORE POWDER FOUNDATION?
After applying liquid foundation and applying a powder foundation will make your face cakey. However, it will always be liquid before powder. If you are going to set your liquid foundation, use a setting powder or a translucent powder.

WHAT COLOR BLUSH SHOULD I CHOOSE?
You can wear any color blush you'd like. You can also base the color of the blush based of the eye shadow colors you are wearing. For example, if you are doing a dark smokey eye, you might want to go with a more natural, bronze, or soft glow blush. This way you don't take away from the smokey eye. I'll list pictures below so you can identify with the idea.


WHAT KIND OF CONCEALER SHOULD I USE FOR MY DARK CIRCLES AND UNDER MY EYE?
If you are trying to cover up the dark circles around the eyes, you can use either or cream base or liquid base concealer. However, it has been common to use more of a cream base to cover up the problem area.

WHERE CAN I FIND CHEAP MAKEUP BRUSHES THAT WILL WORK?
There's all type of brushes you can find for a great deal that will get the job done. If you want brushes that are just like MAC brushes, I suggest Sigma Beauty brushes, plus they sell kits and brushes individually. You can also find brushes at Crown Brush, BH Cosmetics, Morphe Brushes, and Real Techniques.

WHERE CAN I FIND INEXPENSIVE EYESHADOWS WITH NICE PIGMENTATION?
There are ton of brands that sell nice pigmented eyshadows, such as Wet N Wild, Morphe Brushes, BH Cosmetics, and Coastal Scents

WHAT BRAND IS A GOOD BRAND WHERE I CAN BUY MULTIPLE ITEMS FOR A GOOD DEAL?
Personally, I love the NYX Cosmetics, they make a ton of products that work wonderfully.They sell HD foundations, concealers, matte foundation, bronzers, blushes, and lipsticks. I have raved about NYX to clients because it is inexpensive and is great quality.

HOW CAN I GET RID OF CRACKING AND FLAKY LIPS WHILE WEARING LIPSTICK?
If possible, try taking a sugar lip scrub, apply it to your lips, take a dry clean toothbrush, and brush your lips as if you are brushing your teeth. Be very gentle, you don't want to scrub too hard. Rinse your lips and apply a lip balm or lip moisturizer. Also, some brands have lipsticks that can be very drying to the lips, therefore you might want to search for a brand that is quality made.

Remember, any questions that you have please leave in the comments below, I will answer them all in PART II

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Valentines Day Self Beauty Idea

Almost Valentines Day... 

What are you doing? ...

What about doing a little something for yourself? ... Good idea huh?

Valentines Day is coming up, some of us are single, married, or in relationships right? Well, it doesn't matter what our status is, we can all indulge in some beauty for ourselves. Almost like a gift of love to yourself.

Well here's my idea...

Wake up, clean my face, put on my favorite chocolate mask, shower, clean it off... Then beautify. I love to pamper myself, so why not take the time out to rejuvenate the face, take a steamy shower or a hot bath, and relax? Then once your done you can put on your makeup and do what ever it is that you like.

Most times, we are so busy doing for others, working, or just too tired. It's very rare that we have time to give to ourselves, but if you can give yourself just ONE hour in the morning of Valentines Day, it will lift your spirits regardless of what your status may be. Considering, its not just about the love and gifts you receive from another, but the love and gift you can give to yourself.

Here's the eye look that I did after I gave myself an hour of pampering in the morning...


Here's the palettes that I used to achieve this look. Made by Morphe Brushes Palette 35B Color Glam Palette ($19.95) and 10 Color Blush Palette ($15.95)


Friday, February 7, 2014

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT of The 2014 New Years Giveaway

Hello Beauties,

I personally want to thank my subscribers for participating in this giveaway. You all are very awesome and I am very thankful for you all. I was really inspired by all of your dreams and aspirations. You all have big dreams that you can and will fulfill to make reality. Keep working hard and pushing towards everything that you want. I will like to mention how amazing you all have been and how incredibly thankful I am for you all reading my blogs.With that being said, I have used the random name generator submitting all entries (including each time you have entered) and the results are finally in.

1st Place Winner ($150 Sephora Gift Card) is
DESIREE H
2nd Place Winner ($75 Sephora Gift Card) is
MONIQUE GILLIS
3rd Place Winner ($50 Sephora Gift Card) is
GABRIELA SANCHEZ

Congratulations to each of you and I want to thank you personally for participating. 
I'll give each winner a week to contact me via e-mail at jaleeda@itsjaleeda.com sending me your name and e-mail so that you can receive your gift card immediately. Have fun and enjoy beauties.

If you did not win this time, I will be doing another giveaway the next month. So please stay tune. I love you all so very much. I wish you all very well.

Please comment below what you would like or think the next giveaway should be. I'd like to consider all suggestions so that each of my subscribers have a chance to win.


If you would like to know how I came up with the winners I used this link here: Random Name Picker