Saturday, March 3, 2018

The BEST Beauty Products to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

T-minus 30 hours until little man is handed his eviction notice! I thought it would be fun to give you a peek inside my hospital bag to see what beauty products I’m bringing with me.

1. Makeup remover wipes- while I don’t see myself as one of those women delivering with a face full of makeup, these wipes are a great way to quickly cleanse your skin and feel at least somewhat refreshed. And their yummy cucumber smell can trick you into thinking you’re at the spa 😉
2. Cute headband- When I was reading lists online trying to refresh myself on what to pack for the hospital, I came across one list that recommended bringing a curling iron. Umm I don’t know about you, but I’m not about to stand in front of a mirror for 20 minutes curling my hair. This cute headband by Pieces to Peaces means I can quickly (and cutely) throw my hair up. And the print even matches a special swaddle blanket I got for baby!
3. Maskcara Clutch- not only is this my usual wallet of choice, it also fits my complete daily makeup stash (IIID foundation, lip + cheek color, eyeshadow, and setting powder), it also has an extra pouch for my brushes, mascara, and lip gloss.
4. Powder Power Brush- double duty brush I use for both blush and setting powder
5. Detail HAC Brush- used in place of the 30 Second HAC brush, its slimmer design makes it ideal for being on the go.
6. Know Your Angles Brow Brush- I use the angled end of this brush to use eyeshadow as both eyeliner and brow liner and the spoolie end to blend and tame brow hairs.
7. I Shadow Everything Brush- the only eyeshadow brush I need for a complete eye look!
8. Tres Leches- because I refuse to go even a day without this miracle skincare line. The older bottles are smaller and great for traveling!
9. Better Than Sex Mascara- it is the best mascara you will ever use. Period.
10. Lipsense Lip Balm- I put this on every night before bed and it keeps my lips feeling so good, even in the dry winter! I think it can withstand even my huffing and puffing 😉
11. Lipsense Gloss in Sand- such a pretty, barely-there nude with subtle shimmer. Super moisturizing, it will give a nice, natural look in photos. Let me know if you'd like to order any Lipsense products!

12. Stay Spray- I stole a sample I made for you guys to take with me! It doubles as a primer and setting powder to ensure I don’t have to touch up my makeup throughout the day. This is the non-SPF spray, as SPF in any product can cause flashback in HD photos.
13. Fave 4 Up for Air Creme- apply to wet hair and let air dry, this baby gives your hair natural looking waves and body.
Do you guys have any suggestions on something to bring I may be forgetting?

Monday, February 12, 2018

Makeover Monday: Freckles

When I was younger, I used to be sooo jealous of the girls I knew who had freckles. I thought it just made their faces stand out and added interest, just like beauty marks.

Whether you want to cover up your freckles (the grass is always greener, am I right?), or enhance them, Maskcara's IIID Foundation can do both!

Ask for a FREE color match/makeover to see what Maskcara can do for you!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Makeover Monday: Mature Skin

Think IIID Foundation is only for teenagers or stay-at-home moms? Think again!

Because our foundation is a cream rather than powder or liquid, it works amazingly well on mature skin.

Instead of just sitting on top of skin, thereby emphasizing fine lines and wrinkles, it works with skin for a natural, never cakey or powdery look.

Age spots can be balanced by one of our yellow or orange-based highlighters, negating the need for color correctors and concealers.

Your face isn't one dimensional-your makeup shouldn't be either!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Makeover Monday: Dealing With Redness

It's me! I was dealing with a skin irritation and my normal Maskcara routine covered it flawlessly!

One of Maskcara's core philosophies is to enhance natural beauty-not hide it! That being said, we all have one feature that we'd prefer to hide if possible. 

Today we're going to focus on redness-whether its rosacea, acne, or birthmarks. 

I LOVE to use our highlighters Sunlit, Mango, or June first to counteract redness before applying the highlight color that best matches a client's skin tone.

Instead of applying a whole layer of concealer, dabbing on spots of those highlighters over acne helps your makeup to not look cakey!

Mango is a whiz at balancing out significant redness.

Just look at how happy these beautiful ladies look!

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Makeover Monday: IIID Foundation

One of the things I love most about being a Maskcara Artist is witnessing all the dramatic before & afters of customers who are thrilled with our products! So I will be starting a series called Makeover Mondays! Today features some beautiful ladies looking to revamp their makeup routine with our IID Foundation.

Recognize Kate from The Small Things Blog?

I love when women are able to bring out their Inner Glow!

Which makeover is your favorite?

Thursday, January 4, 2018

LIFE Update

Wow, you guys it has been a MINUTE since I updated this blog. So much has happened-some of it good, some of it not-so-good. But 2018 is a new year  and I am making it my personal mission that it will not suck!

So in (somewhat) chronological order, here is what the Headles have been up to in the second half of 2017.

We moved! When we moved to the Seattle-area in 2013, it was to escape the armpit of America (central Florida). We knew anything would be better than the environment we were currently in but we weren't expecting to find part of our hearts in Washington. For the first time, I felt like I was truly living where I belonged-the diversity, the natural beauty, the political climate, the sheer amount of things to do there...that being said, cost of living SUCKED. It was perfect when we had two incomes but when I decided to stay home with Little Miss, it just wasn't feasible long-term. It truly broke our hearts to leave the PNW to return to Central Illinois but there have been some definite upsides to the transition.

Mainly-grandparents! My parents as well as hubby's mom now live within 30 minutes of us, so free babysitting! And on a deeper level, I grew up a day's car ride from our closest family. When we were in WA, whenever family would visit, Little Miss did not recognize them and always took a couple of days before she'd warm up to them. Now she knows when we are on our way to "Pa's!" house and when she sees my mom walking down the driveway, she sprints towards her. That makes my heart happy.

Since we aren't 100% sure how long we'll be in Central Illinois, we opted to rent a condo for a year before committing to buying a house. Let me tell you, once you own a house, it is SO hard to go back to renting. We hate our neighbors, I hate how far out we seem to be from everything, I hate that I can't put nails in the wall...renting is not my favorite. And honestly, I was just so proud of our house. I never thought I'd be a homeowner at 24 and I LOVED our house-it was new construction with pretty finishes in a nice neighborhood...I was so spoiled. Even though our rental has the same nice finishes, it's not mine. I always wanted our house to look picked up and clean and I honestly couldn't care less how messy this condo is-it's not mine.


In July, we got quite a #2 due March 2018! I was very happy with one child and honestly figured with the fertility struggle we had with Little Miss, IF we decided to have another, we'd have to seek medical assistance right away.

NOPE! I am currently 30 weeks with Baby Boy, planning hubby's vasectomy party (HA!)

In October, Little Miss turned two which seems impossible to me.

Thanksgiving was the best as it was the first (and last) I'd celebrate while pregnant. I 100% ate whatever I wanted with no guilt and while wearing maternity pants!

We went a little overboard for Christmas as it's the last one for Little Miss as an only child. Also this is the first year she understood presents so Christmas morning was so fun.

As far as Hubby goes, his current employment situation is up in the air which is stressful...especially being 30 weeks pregnant. He was hoping to start Police Academy with a local department but received word last week he did not get a slot. He is interviewing with all sorts of companies in various locations while also continuing the selection process with local police departments and contemplating re-enlisting in the military. Ay dios mio. For 2018 I want only one thing-stability!

With all these changes, I decided to do a little something for myself- to ease back into the workplace and bring in some extra cash! I discovered Maskcara Beauty.

As much as I LOVE makeup, once I became a SAHM, it kind of fell by the wayside. I'd put on makeup maybe once a week. I just didn't have time and honestly, who cared what I looked like?

I HATE that I felt like that. Of course, not everyone likes makeup or cares about that kind of thing but I did. Putting on makeup makes me feel good. Even if I stay home all day with Little Miss and do nothing productive, hey I put makeup on! Ha.

The day I did my makeup in under 10 minutes in the car while waiting for my Walmart Grocery order with Maskcara.

I love Maskcara for a couple reasons:

1. Price

When I worked for Major Insurance Company, I was miserable. My consolation prize was every payday, we allotted $100 of my paycheck for a Sephora order. You guys, that's like $200 a month. On makeup. Wtf. Our rationale was if it kept me sane enough to continue working my job, it was worth the cost. What I wouldn't give to have an extra $200/month now!

With Maskcara, you order single tins at $14 a pop. In theory, you only need four for a complete look. That's only $56 for a complete face. Literally I spent the same amount of money to sign up as an Artist (receiving the majority of product for the money) that I spent on these ridiculous makeup orders Every. Single. Month.

2. Minimalism

Who would have thought becoming a mom would turn me into a minimalist? That's not to say I don't have stuff-I don't think an actual minimalist will ever accuse me of being one but I cannot stand clutter anymore. If I can use one product several different ways, thereby getting rid of five other products-that's what I want to do! Now I can fit my entire makeup look in my wallet. IN MY WALLET.

Our eyeshadows can be used as eyeliners and brow fillers, highlights and contours can be used as eyeshadow, eyeliner, and brow fillers, blush can be used as lipstick, and all our brushes are double-ended, cutting your brush collection in half without missing out on any usage. This reflects back onto #1-less items means less money spent!

3. Quality

I've tried other makeup companies and honestly was never really impressed with the quality. Either the price was the same as what I'd get at Sephora (I'll stick with Sephora, thank you), or I didn't think the quality was there. I am PICKY when it comes to what I put on my face. My skin is super dry so a lot of makeup doesn't feel good on me. I'm mixed, so my skin is hard to match. Both of these are non-issues with Maskcara. Color matching was a breeze, coverage is amazing, and I can go all day without touching up my face and my skin doesn't feel tight at the end of the day.

My skin doesn't feel dry even in -9 degree weather (I wish that was an exaggeration.)

4. Time

It literally takes me 10 minutes to do my makeup with Maskcara. Literally.

5. Artist program

While I love the product enough to be a customer, I took a look at their Artist program. Hey if I can get the makeup along with financial and product benefits, why not? I had been looking at other direct sale companies for awhile but their distributor programs didn't appeal to me. Either the commission sucked or I didn't like that customers had to sign up and pay to be a "preferred" customer. Bleh. Not with Maskcara! Customers create an online account at NO charge, just like they would with any sort of online shopping. I receive commission on everything ordered and free makeup on top of that. Done son!

For those not yet familiar with Maskcara, I'll wrap this up with a short video introducing you to our main product, IIID Foundation. My goal is to post somewhat-regularly on here, about Maskcara, family life, other beauty products...basically about whatever interests me in the hope it also interests you! Happy 2018 ya'll.

Friday, March 3, 2017

READ: Beginner Classical Piano Music

Let me just preface this by admitting-I am not musical AT ALL. The only experience I've had with instruments is the recorder in second grade (along with 90% of America). I got this book in the hopes that my daughter would have a broader musical experience than I have. It is amazing! No experience is needed as far as reading music, etc. The lessons are very much taught for beginners-it's not one of those books that claims to be for beginners but then goes completely over an amateur's head. The bullet points make it easy to read and I love the embedded video links-they're included in the corresponding section of the book so it's very easy to go back and forth. The first section is all about learning the basic concepts and section two actually goes in to learning the various songs. The graphics are clean and easy to look out-students would benefit from printing them out to refer back to while at the piano.

The videos are taken from the pianist's perspective so the student knows what their view should look like at the piano. They are paced very well-I never once had to go back because I got hung up on a point. There is also no limit to the number of times you can watch the videos so you are always free to refer back to them. I highly recommend purchasing the kindle version of this book for the corresponding videos. This is the first kindle book I've purchased that is interactive like this which only enhances it.