Spring Makeup Tutorial

This is a fun spring makeup look, and today I’ll do a tutorial of it. Of course, there are a million different ways you can wear this, and the colors you choose.

1. Begin with your foundation and concealer, and be sure to apply it under your eyes as well.



2. Now I’m using a highlighter cream that has glitter in it, but a non-glittery one would work just as well.


Put it under the arch of your eyebrows and at the inside corners of your eyes. Then go over the same places with a white eyeshadow.



3. Sweep a color that’s close to your natural skin tone on your lids from the lash line to the crease. Blend.



4. Using a purple eyeshadow and en eyeliner brush, line your lid with a medium-deep purple.



5. Now use a lighter purple and blend that on the outside corners of your eyes, then put a light pink on the inside corners.



6. Just on the crease of your lid, blend on a light green.



7. Apply mascara to your top lashes only, but don’t curl them this time. You want to keep this really soft. With the eyeliner brush and gold glitter eyeshadow, line right under your lower lash line.



8. Now put on a soft blush. Though it doesn’t show up on camera, I used a shimmery one, but it’s up to you.



9. Cover your lips in a fresh, soft pink berry colored lip gloss.





This look is also great if you want to do a b&w photo (above) as it’s just dark enough to show up, but still soft and pretty.

Have fun! 😀



Roman Hair

I’m going to do some ancient roman hair today! I’ve done three different roman hairstyles that you could dress up or down, or even wear them every day. The three hairstyles range from easy, medium, or hard difficulty levels – just remember, don’t feel intimidated to try the hard one – practice makes perfect! Ready to get started? Okay, let’s go!

1. Easy – Classic Roman Bun




2. Medium – Roman Braid Combo




3. Hard – Roman Braid Updo




All of these are either based off of sculptures or old sketches – but you can get really creative. As far as accessories, you saw in my tutorials that I used mostly pearls, which were used back then (and it’s what I had on hand) but you can do a million different things. Here are just a few to get you started:





Gold Dust (you can find spray-on gold specifically for hair)

Jewels and Pearls

Fancy hair sticks were used to secure many updos, but for modern convenience, I used hidden bobby pins, then decorated my hair separately.

How many or how much of each of these things you wore seemed to have a great deal to do with where you were going or how wealthy you were. Have fun!


The Miracle Worker ~ Review

This film was released in 1962, and is a classic starring Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft with Victor Jory, Inga Swenson, and Andrew Prine. But just because it’s a classic doesn’t mean it’s worth watching. Find out with this review!

This is the official synopsis of the film:

“Blind and deaf after suffering a terrible fever as a baby, young Helen Keller has spent years unable to communicate, leaving her frustrated and occasionally violent. As a last chance before she is institutionalized, her parents contact a school for the blind, which sends half-blind Annie Sullivan to teach Helen. Helen is initially resistant, but Annie gradually forms a bond with her and shows Helen ways of reaching others.”

First of all, the movie was well-made. The acting was fantastic, and the story was wonderful, being based off a true story. I’m not sure how closely they followed Helen’s autobiography, (The Story of My Life), but it was still a good story.

I was, however, a little confused on who was who. So if you watch it, here’s a handy guide that I created after reading about the actual family:

Arthur Henley Keller (also known as Captain Keller): Father

Katherine Keller: Mother

James (Jimmy) Keller: Half Brother (Katherine Keller’s step-son)

Polly Keller: Sister (the baby)

Mary Keller: Grandmother (Captain Keller’s Mother)

Okay, all that aside. I really enjoyed this movie. I found it very interesting, and some parts were funny. The first scene, though, might be a little intense for young children who don’t understand quite what’s happening. There are not any scary parts, but there are a few sad scenes, like when Annie has flashbacks to her own childhood.

Captain Keller seems to yell his way through a good portion of the movie which made me laugh, especially when he wants a ladder. And James was an extremely interesting character. I liked the way he was torn through most of the movie (you’ll see what I mean when you watch it), and he made a wonderful decision for – well, I’ll let you see it for yourself and not give anything away. 😉

I really, really liked this movie, and I would highly recommend you watch it!


Charlotte Holloway Inspired Hair Tutorial ~ #4

This is a hairstyle I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, and I’m so glad to finally share it with you! I find myself often reverting to this hairstyle almost every day – it’s really easy and fast to do.


For best results, you can dive into a pond (that way your hair will look chunky and dirty as well), but otherwise, just follow these simple steps for a more subdued version.

As always, I hope you liked this tutorial and I can’t wait to share another one with you!


Note: This tutorial is not endorsed or sponsored by Burns Family Studios and the pictures I am not selling, making a profit from, or benefiting from these in any way, shape, or form. All copyrights remain with the respective owner(s). (Excluding my own photos.) It’s just my guess on how to make a similar look.

You Vote!

This post I’m doing something a bit different – I’d like my readers to vote on which “In the Know” picture I should use this year for my fashion posts! The picture with the most votes wins!


1. This sophisticated lady likes fashion, but won’t wear crazy trends. She prefers a more classic look, but she does throw a few modern pieces in her clothes just to add some pizzazz. 




2. This fashionista girl is all about fun and sparkle! She doesn’t worry about colors that don’t match, but has a gift of putting together some of the most tasteful outfits. She doesn’t follow trends – she sets them!



Which will it be this year? You leave a comment with your vote – 1 or 2!


(For ease of judging, please limit your vote to one per person.)


Hollywood From Home #5

This is my fifth and final “Hollywood from Home” post. This is not the end of my makeup tutorials, however, but only the end of HfH posts.

This is a popular look that’s “in” right now, and it’s fun!


1. Put on your foundation and concealer first. Then curl your eyelashes and apply mascara on the top and bottom lashes.



2. Outline your lips in a color a few shades darker than your natural lip color. This will give you a good base and a perfect outline. I used a lip tint for this.



3. Now line your lips with either lipstick or a lip liner and fill them in with that as well. I went for a bright, barbie doll kind of pink (I’m ready for summer!).



4. Choose a lip gloss – one in the color of your lip color is good, but you can definitely go with clear.



Put on some blush, and you’re done!



Since this is my last “Hollywood from Home” post, I decided to double it up, and show you a bonus thing.


1. Line your eyes with a black eyeliner on only the top lid. If you wish, you can add some false lashes. I chose not to this time.



2. Since this is a bolder look, choose a darker color.



3. Now put on your lip gloss.



Add some blush, but otherwise, you’re done!



Now that I’ve finished all my “Hollywood from Home” posts, which one was your favorite? You can find the rest of them hereherehere, and here.


Clean Your Brushes!

If you read any beauty expert, they’ll tell you that one of the most important things for beauty is keeping your makeup brushes and tools clean. From all my reading, I’ve heard of everything from cleaning your brushes every. single. day. to every few months. While cleaning them every day would be quite sanitary, most people (including me) just don’t have the time for that. And then only cleaning them every few months isn’t sanitary at all! Just think of all the makeup product and bacteria that can be building up on them.

It seems like once a week should work for most people. My brushes don’t get really dirty in that amount of time, and they shouldn’t, unless you’re using too much concealer and liquid foundation. Then, you should be washing them every 2-3 days. The spread of bacteria can cause skin to start breaking out, and it can make skin also look older because you can’t blend the makeup on properly and it might end up looking caked, even if you don’t use much to start with.

Here’s my favorite way to clean my brushes – it’s so easy and this mix does most of the work for you! You’ll only need your weakest shampoo (you don’t want to strip the color from your brushes), water, a jar, and 5 minutes to set up!

1. Rinse your brushes for a few seconds in warm running water.



2. Squeeze a small amount of shampoo into your jar, then fill it about 1/3 full of warm water. Put you brushes in (make sure if you have wood handles that they don’t get in the water!) and then leave it overnight.


See? That was so easy! And it really works, too. Now just wait…

Okay, now it’s the next day.


I hate to admit this, but I let my brushes go for a few weeks without cleaning them (what was I just talking about earlier?) and this is what the water looked like once I’d let them soak. Just think – now all that is off your brushes and you have nice, clean tools!



3. Now remove your brushes from the jar and rinse them for a while in running water. (Again, it should be warm, not hot.)



4. Once your brushes are totally rinsed, dry them off by squeezing them gently in a towel. 



Here’s a trick if, like mine, your brushes gathered up water in that metal part between the bristles and the handle, and you can’t get it out. You don’t want that to stay in there and ruin your handles.

5. Dump, rinse, and dry out your jar, then stuff a washcloth in the bottom.



6. Put your brushes in, brush side up. This will allow your brushes to let the water run down the handle and get caught in the washcloth. 

If you didn’t have the problem I mentioned earlier, then just stand up your brushes in the jar without the washcloth, and leave them for at least 24 hours to dry.


Hey, that wasn’t so bad, was it?  🙂


P.S. Spring is coming upon us soon – are any of you interested in some fashion posts? 😀