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.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

FOOD: Baby Purees

It's no secret if you know me; I love to cook. When I was working in Corporate America, I would bring in food (usually dessert) weekly. It wasn't so much that I loved my co-workers (though there were some great ones!) but it was a way for me to relax from the stress of my job.

Now that I have my dream job (SAHM), cooking isn't so much a way for me to relax as it is a way to show my family how much I love them. When the pediatrician gave us the go-ahead to start incorporating food in our daughter's diet, I was so excited to start "cooking" for her!

Here are the tools of the trade:

-4 oz containers (love these)
-Produce wash (I try to buy organic whenever possible)
-Plastic bags
-Ice cube trays (love the ones with lids to prevent freezer burn)

A quick note on the BabyCook. There are a lot of baby food cookers on the market but this one is well worth the price tag. I've noticed the majority of the other cookers only act as steamers. This not only steams your produce but also blends it! I love that I only need one gadget to clutter my counters  and love having less dishes to wash! I was able to find ours used on a local for sale group on Facebook.

Step 1: Chop your fruits/veggies! Size doesn't really matter but do try to chop the pieces to roughly the same size so they cook evenly. Right now I'm cooking tomatoes so I did also remove (most) of the seeds.

Step 2: Pour water into the chamber on the left and place the steamer basket full of produce. Place the lid on it and turn the dial to "steam" and let it do its thing!

Step 3: Once the handy light on the dial turns off, the tomatoes are done cooking! Simply drop them from the basket into the main bowl. Replace the lid and turn the dial to blend.

Step 4: Once the puree reaches desired consistency (super smooth for younger babies, chunkier for older) either pour into 4-oz containers for the fridge or into ice cub trays to freeze.

*Handy tip* If freezing the puree, first stick the tray (without the lid) in the refrigerator to cool down before sticking it in the freezer. This, along with either a lid or plastic wrap (or even both), helps to prevent freezer burn.

Step 5 (for freezing): Once trays are completely frozen, empty into plastic bags for storage. Make sure to release as much trapped air as possible.

And you're done! I usually spread this out over the course of one weekend and freeze the majority of prepped food. Depending on how much I've made, I'm set for at least a month. It's so nice knowing what exactly my daughter is eating...and it's way cheaper than buying premade baby food! 

Per the pediatrician's instruction, we introduced a new food once a day everyday for three days. This helps to not only pinpoint her dislikes (nothing so far!) but also any allergies (we've been lucky). Once the three days are past, that food makes it into the rotation. Since she's eaten pretty much every fruit/vegetable available to us/appropriate for her age, I'm now starting to combine ingredients to make blends.

This book has been so helpful! Each chapter is designed for a certain age group. In addition to the food I've made, we also give her baby cereal (aka "paste") and meat purees. Sometimes I'll add dry cereal to thicken a watery puree. My girl loves to eat! Here are some of her favorites so far:

-Apples or pears with a little bit of cinnamon
-Spinach and mango blend (just like mama's smoothies!)
-Avocado (mama likes this one too-it doesn't need to be cooked, just stir to desired consistency!)

Don't be afraid to use frozen produce! The majority of fruits or vegetables are frozen at the peak of freshness-sometimes I can buy frozen produce that's fresher than what's available at our commissary.