Me Time

Some times we lose track of “me time”.

Heck, look how often we lose track of… Time. We often lose track of taking care of ourselves. It may because you have a demanding job, kids to run around after, are busy taking care of everyone else around you, are taking care of a home, or all of the above.

Although we may not even realize it, it can allow our stress to get completely out of control.

I have a two year old and a two month old and between caring for them and taking care of my house, everyday stressors etc. it can be a challenge to find time for myself.

Very recently I decided I needed to come up with a schedule that allows me to have a little time carved out to take a bath, get back into doing a nightly beauty ritual, do yoga, watch a show, or just have time with my thoughts without “the tractor song” in the background, lol!

I have only been doing this for a mere 2 days now, but I feel so much more peaceful and relaxed when I wake up.

Noises seem less loud, coffee tastes better, cleaning feels less like a chore, and I have more energy to read that extra story to my son.

My go to “me time” are baths. I love the ritual that is a bath. The bath salts, soaks, petals, soaps. It just feels good. Not to mention it alleviates some of my upper body pressure from carrying my 2 month old around so much of the day!

This made me think of a plant needing water to grow. We need moments like this to grow spiritually just like we need our kids and the moments that happen in our lives to help us grow as people. To help us grow wiser. To help them grow as people. To help them grow wiser.

So to all the people out there thinking things like “Why do I feel worn out?”

“Why do I feel tension in my shoulders?”

“When am I going to be able to get a good nights sleep?” Try to stop stressing so much and don’t be afraid to take a tiny bit of time to relax! You can’t control every aspect of your life, but you can at least try to control carving out a minute to take a bath or even just have a cup of hot tea.

No one is perfect, I certainly am NOT.

I do want to make it a point to be able to soak up every perfect moment that I can though. Whether it’s my two month olds first laugh, my 2 year old saying silly things, spending time with my family, or relaxing.

I’m attempting to gain a bit of inner lightness and clarity. Whether it’s through something more simple like organization, or something more difficult like facing the things that drag down that lightness, or darken that light.

So, to the single ladies, stop thinking, to yourself “I can’t believe he didn’t call!” And if he does call 2 weeks later tell him. “Sorry, I’m washing my hair.”

To the goddess mamas! Stop thinking, “It’s the dishes or a nap!” It can be both!! Just not at the same time” you can’t do the dishes if you collapse from exhaustion!

To the power house working ladies! Stop thinking, “I just have to finish this spreadsheet (at 10pm)! Put the closed sign on your forehead or your bedroom door!”

#MeTime

First Instagram Collab

I recently hosted my first Instagram collab! 

Our theme was “otherworldly”.. As in other worldly creatures.

I was a mermaid and both of the other makeup artists in the collab chose to be villains! 
I had so much fun doing this collab and really love the Instagram makeup community. Hope you like our looks!
Check out the fabulous and ultra talented Jade and Julie on Instagram! 

@therealslimjadee_ & @julie_odsgaard

Julie was inspired by Cruella Deville! Such a great take. 

Oh my stars!! NARS!

My obsession with NARS highlighter is real! They are so creamy, so pigmented, so lustrous! I started out using the cream illuminator in Copacabana and let me tell you, it is the perfect, Strobe-worthy highlighter, if you have a light skin tone. 

I swore by Copacabana for forever and then one day while shopping at Sephora I came across New Order, a crazy pink highlighter with blue undertones and flecks of gold. I had to have it. Literally, I gasped upon the tester swatch. Unfortunately, due to error I walked out of Sephora with NARS Albatross shade instead and before returning It I decided to give it a swatch (even though at a glance it looked like every other highlighter to me.) 

Well, it wasn’t!! It was this gorgeous, creamy highlighter, with golden orange, champagne iridescence. Intense!! I could see it working on many, many skin tones.

Other similar toned highlighter I have are lackluster compared to Albatross so, I decided to keep it and also order New Order which I also love as kind of a blush contour more than a true highlighter. It highlights but doesn’t Strobe. It’s so much fun. Especially with a pop of color on the eyes. It’s also strangely great on the forehead. 

The packaging on the powder highlighter is nice and sleek, as well. Easy for travel, etc. They retail for $30.00 and are available at Sephora and NARS, to name a couple. 

So, go out and try a “NARS highlighting blush” or illuminator! I get so many compliments. I swear, they won’t disappoint. 

Everlasting Liquid Lipstick *review*

I made a mini Sephora haul yesterday and will be reviewing some of the products I picked up. I’m already so in love with some of them. Well, maybe all of them, actually. 

The first product I’ll be reviewing is a liquid lipstick I picked up by Kat Von D beauty in the shade “underage red”. I usually use ABH when it comes to liquid lipstick but this one by KVD popped out at me and I love some of her other products, so I decided to try. 

First off, it looked amazing and glided on perfectly. It’s a little stickier than ABH and has a much different consistency. Kind of oily or glossy going on. I believe that helped in creating less dryness though!

I wore this for the first time to an outdoor event. 99 degree weather and lots of drinks. I got home 5 hours later and it was still on and there was NO CRUMBLE, drying, or cracking!! I couldn’t believe it. It didn’t feel cakey at all. I’m Amazed!

It doesn’t have quite as much staying power as ABH, but it didn’t dry my lips out as much either. 

One thing I will say could be both a pro and a con is that it was pretty hard to get off at the end of the night. I looked like a clown after attempting to wash it off with water, it smeared everywhere, but my favorite lip scrub and some water on a wash cloth took it right off. It’s interesting though because it seems and feels like a pretty light liquid lipstick. 

One con: I did notice a little bit of wear on my lower lip at the end of the night. 

The shade I tried reminded me a bit of Mac’s famous, Ruby Woo. 

Underage Red is the perfect, classic, red shade. Doesn’t lean orange, does any lean pink. Super romantic. 

Overall, I’m impressed once again with Kat Von D’s products.

The packaging is sexy and romantic.

The products have fun, kitschy names.

The colors pop. 

Kat Von D’s Everlasting liquid lipstick retails for $20. 

You can find it in store or online at Sephora or on the Kat Von D beauty website. 

Treat your lips to this Lush treat! 

Lush chocolate lip scrub pictured with Telluride Truffle chapstick! Chocolate explosion. I love to follow with Burt’s bees mint chapstick for a refreshing chill, as well.

So, recently I purchased a bunch of easter products from Lush for a friend. I’ve never jumped on the Lush train myself, so while ordering I decided to grab a chocolate lip scrub to try. I’m now obsessed with this product! 

If you are addicted to liquid lipsticks like me, you must invest in a great lip scrub. It just gets all the dried up, excess liquid lipstick off at the end of the day and repairs your lips to their rightful, youthful sheen. I always follow with a good chapstick though, because it can dry your lips out a bit.

This product leaves your lips tasting great and feeling exfoliated and soft. Traces of tangerine oil underneath the chocolatey smell and taste make you feel like you just ate a tart! Just be sure not to scrub too hard, ouch!

Lush Is a very natural brand and this particular product is made with sugar, cocoa, different natural oils, etc. Their service was great and my package arrived so quickly. 

I use this almost every night and always after liquid lipstick has dried out and caked onto my lips. 

This product is vegan and retails for $9.95. 

There are lots of other fun scents/flavors to try as well, like popcorn, bubblegum and mint julep!

Treat your lips to this Lush treat! 

Beauty Q&A with Jade Alexandra

Child model turned mannequin, Jade Alexandra is an alluring force.


An angelic voice paired with young, edgy lyrics and a face that look as if she has a permanent snapchat filter on it makes for something as bright as Jades pink hair and strobed cheeks. 
Jade is a talented songstress, model, and makeup artist and makes a statement everywhere she goes.


I don’t just love Jade because she’s my sister, but because she is complex and fierce. That’s why I decided I needed to ask her all about her beauty regime, etc. 
Wild Swan: Jade, you are talented special fx makeup artist and one of my makeup muses. How did you get into it? Do you have any special fx secrets you can share?

Jade: well, I first started with body painting when I was younger and wanted to get tattoos all over my body… hence I started drawing tattoos on in pen and then opted for a less permanent option and started playing with body painting. As for the more gory stuff I do, that was me drawing from my secret infatuation with old horror films like The Wizard Of Gore mixed with my love of sci-fi films like Blade Runner and A Trip To The Moon.

Wild Swan: If you were stranded on a tour bus in the middle of nowhere and could only have two beauty products on board, what would they be? 

Jade: I think the first would be this coconut argan oil, because I don’t like moisturizers with a lot of chemicals or alcohol in them, I like to keep it natural so argan oil is perfect for me. Plus it smells like coconut so it doesn’t get better right?… The 2nd would be a toss up between bronzer or hot pink lipstick… 

Wild Swan: What’s one current fashion trend you can’t live with and one you can’t live without?

Jade: one thing I love is a classic highlighted to the gods kind of thing like #Blinding. So strobing I would say is what I couldn’t live without. A trend that I can’t seem to get with though is glitter roots… I just can’t feel it – to me it looks like dandruff no matter who wears it or what color hair you have… I just don’t like it. 

Wild Swan: If you could steal one celebs style who would it be and why?
Jade: Miley Cyrus Bangerz phase or Michael Jackson.  

Wild Swan: In 2 sentences how was it growing up in the entertainment business from a fashion and musical standpoint? 

Jade: I think from a fashion standpoint we got a great advantage because people the around us were very unique wether a musician wearing a purple velvet vest, a roadie wearing chains and a Aerosmith t shirt, or the women in the crowd wearing gypsy rock inspired outfits, we learned that you didn’t have to dress like everyone else. Seeing as much of the music/ music business as we have, you learn that everyone who plays music for a living must really love playing music and sharing it with the world, because nobody is in the music business because they love the music business.

Wild Swan: If you could walk in one fashion show who’s would it be?

Jade: well, my long time dream was to walk in the Victorias Secret fashion show with my sister Aja… plus come on pink haired sisters for a VS Pink… 

Wild Swan: What’s your one go to beauty look?

Jade: I say when in doubt, black glitter smokey eye, and of course I love a bold lip… I’m a sucker for hot pink… also I think a big smile always looks nice.

Wild Swan: What’s the secret to looking like a flawless Barbie doll complete with on fleek liner and how did you come up with the concept? 

Jade: I always say if you want flawless skin: drink your water and use your Argan oil… good skin starts on the inside. The trick to cracking the cat eye is practice. My first cat eye was far from #OnFleek.

The concept for The Alexandras was actually from hearing about the abandoned Prada store in Marfa TX… I just imagined going there and seeing all these broken mannequins with pink hair, wearing ripped Prada clothes…something about the thought of how mannequins have that sad expression, but they’re always dressed up and posed reminded me of myself. 

Wild Swan: What your favorite lyric from one of your songs? 

Jade: Hello little barbie doll take me to nirvana, fine champagne, birthday cake, and dreams.

best friends Dolce, Louis, and Prada. 

Hot and Sweet like syrup in your sheets. 

(From the song; Like Syrup)

 

Pastel EyeshaDO

Another makeup look that is trending right now is pastel eyeshadow.
I cant get enough of the subtle pastel eye look. It makes me feel like I’m a 70’s era doll, or Alice having tea with the mad hatter, or in the Louis Vuitton ice cream shop ad’s. 
Remember the Covergirl ads in the 70’s? 

A housewife with pastel blue eyeshadow on the advertisement “Covergirl invents 9 hour eye polish”!
Or the Maybelline kit “For a girl on the go”.
So edgy! So cosmopolitan. 
A historical pastel shadow look that I love is twiggy in a bright blue with a massively dramatic black crease. 

Today’s pastel look is more subtle and leans in favor of the unicorn trend.
Makeup brands like Lorac, MAC, and Kat Von D, to name a few have come out with 9-16 shade pastel palettes. 
I like the femininity & ethereal nature of the pastel shadow craze. Blues, pinks, greens, purples. 
I would LOVE to be able to get my hands on Chanel’s Spring 2010 collection so I could rock pastels all over and do it right.
Think I wouldn’t wear pastel eyeshadow with a pastel Chanel suit or dress and a bow? I’d even add their costume jewelry. 
What do you think? 
I didn’t have any pastel palettes so I had to mix a lot of greens, blues, purples and pinks with white shadow & my Holographic palette. 
I think it worked out pretty well!