My Sugar Detox Journey

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Thanks to the holidays and my sheer lack of will power, I’ve developed quite the sweet tooth over the last couple of months. I’ve done a more mild “let’s cut out processed sugars” for a few days before, but this time I am doing something a little more severe. This article popped up in my Facebook feed last week:

Your Easy Guide to the Sugar Detox Diet

It got me thinking about doing another sugar detox, but doing it right this time….or at least cutting out all sugars, not just the processed kind. Once I decided to actually do this, I did what I always do when I want more information on something, I spent way too much time on Pinterest. After reading through countless pins about doing a sugar detox I decided to cut out all sugar, carbs and dairy for three days then slowly add them back in.

So here’s how it went…
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Makeup for stage performance workshop

In this workshop we will go over how to apply a full face of makeup for a stage performance. I will talk about how to apply the makeup and give suggestions on products that can help your makeup to last longer under the hot lights of the stage. We will cover everything from eyebrows to foundation. We will borrow from the Face Contouring workshop to give your face depth and dimension under harsh lighting. Then we will work on how to apply your eye makeup to help your eyes standout.

Below is the list of products that I will be using in the demonstration. These products are only a suggestion and you are not required to bring all the products below in order to participate in the workshop. Please feel free to come with that you already have and we will discuss how to use those products in different ways.

Face:

  • See Face Contouring Workshop for product suggestion list.
  • Makeup Setting spray
    • The Ben Nye Final Seal spray works wonders, but may not be good for sensitive skin
    • Urban Decay All Nighter may be better for sensitive skin (make sure to test it first on your arm or wrist  before spraying it all over your face if you have sensitive skin)

Eyes:

  • Eyelid Primer – E.L.F. makes a great one, as well as Milani and Wet n’ Wild
  • Your choice of a selection of eye shadows – choose at least three shades in light, medium and dark in complimentary colors
  • A matte eye shadow that matches your skin tone – you can also use pressed powder for this
  • Gel or a liquid eyeliner pen in black (preferably waterproof) – L’Oreal makes a great eyeliner pen and Maybelline makes a good gel eyeliner
  • Flat shader eye shadow brush – check out one from E.L.F. or Sonia Kashuk
  • Crease brush – Try up & up or Essence of Beauty
  • Fine eyeliner brush – you can use artist brushes from Michael’s or this one from E.L.F.
  • Eyebrow pencil or powder with spoolie for blending & eyebrow wax or gel
  • Mascara
  • Eyelash curler (optional)
  • False eyelashes – These demi-wispies are my favorite
  • Eyelash adhesive – The Revlon Precision Lash Adhesive in dark works well and is latex free (they also have a clear version)

Lips:

 

Face Contouring Workshop

Face contouring might sound a little painful, but I promise it is totally pain-free and can completely transform your look! We’ll learn how to contour and highlight to showcase our best features. Everyone’s face shape is a little different, so we will also discuss how to contour and highlight for different face shapes.

Here is a list of products to bring to the workshop, along with some suggestions for specific products if you do not already have some of these in your makeup bag. Please keep in mind that it is not a requirement that you bring everything on this list to the workshop. The list below is only to give you an idea of the types of products that I will be using for the demonstration and to act as a suggestion if you decide you would like to purchase some of these. Feel free to bring what you have available to you already and we will discuss how to use those products in different ways.

*Note: If you choose a powder foundation (such as Bare Minerals) remember that using a cream product over a powder product can make the cream product either look muddy or make it difficult to blend (or both). Make sure to choose powder products to use over your powder foundation to prevent this from happening.

  • Face Primer for your skin type
  • The foundation of your choice
  • Concealer in your skin tone
  • A concealer two to three shades lighter than your skin tone
  • A matte bronzer or concealer two to three shades darker than your skin tone
    • Rimmel has a matte bronzer in four different shades and Essence has a matte bronzer in light and dark.
    • L’Oreal makes a great crayon concealer that can double as a cream matte bronzer depending on your skin tone
    • You can also use pressed powder that is two to three shades darker
  • Blush in the color of your choice
    • If you don’t own blush, NYX makes gorgeous blushes in both cream and powder
  • Illuminator/Highlighter of your choice (basically different names for the same type of products)
  • Setting powder of your choice
    • E.L.F. makes a good HD powder that is similar to the Makeup Forever version
    • If you have a darker, more olive skin tone translucent powder can leave a white cast. You can choose a face powder closer to your skin tone to prevent this.
  • Powder Brush
  • A duo fiber brush that can be used interchangeably between powder and cream products
  • A damp makeup sponge (optional) for blending cream products (optional)

Smoky Eye Workshop

In this workshop we’ll learn how to blend out a smoky eye in both daytime and dramatic evening (or performance) versions. We’ll go over the basic techniques of how to apply and blend your eye shadow for a smoky eye that you can apply to any color combination. It’s all in the blend!

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Here is a list of products to bring to the workshop, along with some suggestions for specific products if you do not already have some of these in your makeup bag.

Cat Eye Workshop

In the ‘Cat Eye Workshop’ we are going to learn how to do a bold cat shaped eye. I will show you how to perfect the sleek and dramatic look of winged eyeliner and then we’ll take it up a notch with glitter (because who doesn’t want a little sparkle in their look).

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Here is a list of products to bring to the workshop, along with some suggestions for specific products if you do not already have some of these in your makeup bag.

  • Scotch tape
  • Eyelid Primer – E.L.F. makes a great one, as well as Milani and Wet n’ Wild
  • Your choice of a selection of eye shadows – choose at least three shades in light, medium and dark in complimentary colors
  • A matte eye shadow that matches your skin tone – you can also use pressed powder for this
  • Gel or a liquid eyeliner pen in black (preferably waterproof) – L’Oreal makes a great eyeliner pen and Maybelline makes a good gel eyeliner
  • Flat shader eye shadow brush – check out one from E.L.F. or Sonia Kashuk
  • Crease brush – Try up & up or Essence of Beauty
  • Fine eyeliner brush – you can use artist brushes from Michael’s or this one from E.L.F.
  • Mascara
  • Makeup wipes
  • Eyelash curler (optional)
  • False eyelashes – These demi-wispies are my favorite
  • Eyelash adhesive – The Revlon Precision Lash Adhesive in dark works well and is latex free (they also have a clear version)
  • Glitter adhesive (optional) – try this one from E.L.F. or this one from Too Faced
  • Eye safe glitter (optional) – NYX or Eye Kandy