Spring Preview! Faves & Recommendations

Screen Shot 2016-02-27 at 7.37.45 AMChicago in February: 60º one day, blizzard the next, then back to 50º. Nothing says “spring is coming” like this bi-polar weather cycle! After last weekend’s sunshine, I wanted to share with you all some of my all time favorite items that make my springtime makeup routine special. Click on this link to check out this video to see my top spring picks. Don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe to my YouTube channel so that you never miss a video!! xoxo

Products mentioned:
* It Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50, $38 (Ulta)
* Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow, $68 (Nordstrom)
* MAC Powder Blush, Pink Swoon, $22
* Too Faced Love Flush Blush, I Will Always Love You, $26 (Ulta/Sephora)
* Laura Mercier Caviar Stick, Copper, $29 (Nordstrom/Dept Stores)
* Colourpop Shadow, Weenie, $5 (colourpop.com)
* Makeup Geek Eye Shadow, Peach Smoothie, $6 (makeupgeek.com)
Makeup Geek Eye Shadow, Poppy, $6 (makeupgeek.com)
* Makeup Geek Eye Shadow, Stealth, $6 (makeupgeek.com)
* MAC Eyeshadow (pro line), Coral, $10
* MAC Cremesheen Lipstick, Creme Cup, $17
* MAC Cremesheen Lipstick, Coral Bliss, $17
* MAC Amplified Lipstick, Vegas Volt, $17
* Urban Decay Glide On Lip Pencil, Bang, $20 (Ulta/Sephora)
* MAC Lip Liner, Rosy Rim, $16.50
* NYX Butter Gloss, Apple Strudel, $5 (Ulta/Drugstore)
* Essie Nail Polish, Blossom Dandy, $8.50 (essie.com)

Makeup Tutorial: Too Faced Natural Mattes

Hi Everyone! I hope you had a great weekend! Mine was filled with friends and laughs and lots of adventure at our second annual Galentines weekend in Indianapolis.  (Leslie Knope is my spirit animal.)

Due to popular demand, I have uploaded a makeup tutorial using the Too Faced Natural Matte palette. Check out this link to view the video. Don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe to my YouTube channel so that you never miss a video!

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PRODUCTS USED:
* Too Faced Natural Matte Palette
* Kat Von Dee Liquid Eye Liner in Mad Max Brown
* MAC 217 Blending Brush
* Morphe M441 Blending Brush
* Morphe E14 Oval Shadow Brush
* Makeup Geek Pencil Brush

ADDED OFF CAMERA:
* Cover Girl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation
* Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
* Too Faced Love Flush Blush in I Will Always Love You
* Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Highlight in 001
* NYX Brow Mascara in Chocolate Brown
* Nars Audacious Lipstick in Raquel
* Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara

What’s in a Name?

If you have a blog or know a blogger, you know that coming up with a catchy blog name can be tedious, stressful, and downright impossible. I read about 1.5 million tips on how to name a blog, most of which only added to my level of anxiety over making a decision. I knew I wanted it to be tied to myself and my content, but “Laura Ferdinandt’s Beauty and Lifestyle Blog” didn’t really roll off the tongue. Here were some other front runners:

  • BeeYouTiFul (people would constantly spell that wrong)
  • Listen To Meeeee! (I mean, that one’s kinda good)
  • Laura Loves Lovely Looks (no way. that one is terrible)

Clearly, I wasn’t really coming up with Grade A titles. If you take a good look at my life, I haven’t been very good at naming most anything important to me. My first car was a small black sedan named “Little Black”. I named two of my favorite stuffed animals from my childhood “Hound Dog” and “Clown”. Any guesses as to what type of stuffed animals they were? #mystery #CIAlevel

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Pictured (left to right): Clown. Hound Dog.          Not Pictured: Brown Bear.

After much deliberation, I finally settled on Secrets from September. Why, you ask? Well, I was born in September and I like sharing secrets. Beauty secrets, to be exact. And everyone loves a little alliteration, or at least that’s what all of those blog tips told me.

This title may not be the easiest URL to type into a search bar (www.nordstrom.com was already taken, dammit). It may not provide a punny hint as to the contents of my blog. It may not evoke feelings of euphoria in everyone who reads it. But let’s all just be thankful that I didn’t name it “Blog.”

My Winter Skincare Routine

Like many people in cold climates, my skin suffers from dryness and dehydration in the winter months. I have really struggled to find products to help treat the dryness while also catering to my sensitive skin. Check out this video to find out about some standout products that have helped keep my skin looking healthy and youthful! Don’t forget to comment on my blog with any suggestions you have for future videos. Also, feel free to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you never miss a video!

PRODUCTS MENTIONED (links to online-only products):

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser (Sephora)
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Moisturizer (Sephora)
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream (Sephora)
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (drugstore)
Michael Todd Blue Green Algae Antibacterial Toner: http://www.michaeltoddusa.com/skin-type/sensitive/blue-green-algae-antibacterial-toner.html
SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel: http://www.skinceuticals.com/hydrating-b5-gel-635494117004.html#start=10&cgid=skin-condition-dehydrated
Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream (Sephora/dept. stores)
Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment (Sephora)
Lush Fresh Face Mask (Love Lettuce & Oatifix – in store only)
Boscia Makeup Breakup Cleansing Oil (Sephora)

MAKEUP:
Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation (color: 3.0)
Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer (color: Brightening)
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder (color: translucent)
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette (eyes)
Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara
MAC Blush (color: Modern Mandarin)
Urban Decay 24/7 Lip Pencil (color: Turn On)

Dramatic Neutrals: New Year’s Eve Makeup Tutorial

Well, I bit the bullet. Many of you wanted a video tutorial, and now you’ve got one! This look showcases my favorite fall/winter eye shadow palette, the Lorac Pro Palette. I love this palette because it combines all the colors I love in the winter time. It’s highly pigmented which means you don’t have to use a lot of product; it blends very easily which means you don’t have to be a pro to use it; and the results range from subtle to over-the-top. Check out the video and leave your comments below for any future looks that you might want me to do. (Side note: The video is flipped which means the words appear backwards – sorry. I know how to fix this but I didn’t have 100 hours to do it. UGH technology!)

HAPPY NEW YEAR, LOVIES!

Products used:

  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation (color: 3.0)
  • Maybelline Age Rewind (color: Brightening)
  • Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder (color: Translucent)
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
  • Benefit Rockateur Blush
  • Benefit Gimme Brow (color: Medium/Deep)
  • MAC PaintPot (color: Painterly)
  • Lorac Pro Palette
  • Kat Von Dee Ink Liner (color: Trooper)
  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara
  • MAC Creamsheen Lipstick (color: Fanfare)

Brushes used:

  • Beauty Blender
  • Laura Mercier Concealer Brush
  • Morphe G3 Foundation Brush
  • Real Techniques Powder Brush
  • Sonia Kashuk Blush Brush
  • Morphe M433 Blending Brush