Show Choir Tips and Tricks

I am about to enter competition season for my second year of show choir, and I decided that the best way to celebrate is to make a list of what I wish I had known last year.

Hair

If your show choir prefers curls, I have found that this wand works the best. Wand curls tend to last longer and look bouncier. Remember, show choir hair isn’t supposed to look normal, it should be over the top. For hair spray, I love using Pump It Up! (the only place I have found it is at Dollar General) on a section, letting it dry, and then curling it. Spray your hair with an aerosol hairspray (there really isn’t much of a difference, but I use this) after each layer, and once you’ve finished curling your hair.

If you need to have straight hair, try spraying this spray before flat ironing your hair. Generally, any straightener will work.

Often, each show choir requires a specific style of bump. If you are just told to have a bump, without specific instructions, this is how I would do it. Separate the hair that you will bump. Section that piece of hair parallel to your forehead in 3 pieces. On the bottom section of hair, tease the top side. On the middle section, tease both the top and the bottom side. Do not tease any of the top section. In all your teasing, have most of the teasing occur closest to the forehead. Stack the sections again, smooth the top section over the teasing, and bobbby pin them, ensuring that it stays fluffed.

Overall, particular for competitions, I highly recommend finding someone who isn’t busy and getting them to do your hair. If you are in a prep group, see if someone in varsity is available. Or, see if anyone in pit is bored. This works even better if you identify someone before competition season begins, and have them do it every time. This will save you a ton of time, as you can do your makeup while they do your hair.

Makeup

Makeup will also strongly depend on what your director wants. You will definitely need liquid foundation. If you have foundation that is more of a “summer” color for you, that will help you show up better on stage. MAKE SURE YOU BLEND DOWN YOUR NECK AND CHEST. Before performing, run a trial with your selected primer, foundation, and powder where you are sweating for 10-15 minutes, just to make sure your foundation isn’t going to completely melt. I would recommend using a beauty blender or a knock-off (I like this or this), just make sure you get to the bathroom to get it wet prior to getting all situated. In addition, a buffing brush like this, this, or this is fantastic, and more convenient. If you don’t have darker foundation, use bronzer to frame your face, below your cheekbones, and down your neck. Use a bright blush, about the color of your natural lips, on the apples of your cheeks, blending back.

Regardless of the color eyeshadow requested by your director, make sure you use a primer. My favorite is this one in sheer, or pearl if you need anything but neutrals. Make sure you apply and blend this all the way from your lash line to your eyebrows. If you need neutral eyeshadows, I highly recommend Naked palettes, either the original, or the second. I personally use UD Suspect on the inner half of my eye, and UD Snakebite on the outer half and crease, dragging the color up to just below my browbone. I then blend a little bit of UD Undone in my outer corner, and UD Foxy on my browbone. Use a dark brown or black kohl eyeliner on your upper eyelid, add a volumizing mascara (this is my favorite), and you’re done!

Finally, make sure you bring lipstick!!! As facials are so important to a performance, make sure your judges can see them. Many directors have a color preference, otherwise, just bring a dark pink. I have always used Maybelline Color Sensational in Hooked on Pink, but find something that matches your skin tone.

Miscellaneous Tips

  • To get more traction on your character shoes, put a piece of duct tape on the toes, and lightly scratch it with a key.
  • Hairspray is a good quick fix for tight runs, and clear nail polish all around the hole is even better!
  • Know ahead of time that all concession food will be ridiculously expensive. If you are allowed, consider bringing some snacks with you. I would recommend bringing $20-30 dollars in fives or tens to purchase food.
  • Check your teeth for lipstick before leaving your homeroom. 🙂

Feel free to ask any questions you have, I have no idea if my writing makes sense 🙂

Show choir alums, please let me know your tips and tricks in the comments!

Perlier Shea Butter White Lily Hand Cream

When I got the opportunity to review the Perlier Shea Butter White Lily Hand Cream through iFabbo, I was super excited. I just knew that this would be perfect for dry Iowa winters, and it totally is!

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First, let’s look at Perlier’s description. Italics come directly from the company

  • Formulated with 100% organic shea butter and extracts of white lily
  • Soothing and emollient properties
  • Grants a smooth appearance to the skin

Perlier has extracted from the fruits of the Tree of Youth an important part of Shea Butter: 100% Organic, with extraordinary regenerating, nourishing, and protective properties. The new moisturizing Hand Cream, made up with 15% of Shea Butter and White Lily Extracts with lenitive and emollient properties, it grants smoothness to the most sensitive skins. 

And here’s the ingredient list:

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Overall, this is a very soothing hand cream. It rubs in quickly, and leaves your hands moisturized for about an hour, before you feel like you need to reapply. I like using this hand cream right before bed and before I leave for school. It also works really well on my feet after I’ve showered and pumiced. I just rub it in, put fuzzy or cotton socks on, and go to bed. In the morning, my feet are super soft. The only (minor) downside is the scent. Perlier describes the fragrance as such:

  • Top: Lemon, crunchy green apple and lily of the valley
  • Middle: Rose petal, peony, peach flowers and white lily accord
  • Bottom: Cedarwood, white musk and shea butter accord

The scent is nice, but very strong. I have received nothing but compliments on it, but it’s something to be aware of if you typically wear a perfume, as it may conflict and get weird.

I would definitely recommend this product. I have a 6.7 fl. oz. size tube, and I’ve barely made a dent in it over around 3 weeks of consistent use. You can buy the 6.7 oz tube here for $24 plus s/h, or a 3.3 oz tube for $17 here.

Until next time,

Heather

Target & Ulta Haul!!

So since yesterday was the first Sunday of the month, the Procter & Gamble ad was in my Sunday newspaper, which usually contains a few Covergirl coupons. In addition, Ulta has a 20% off your entire purchase coupon, so I of course had to stop by and pick up some things. First, we went to Target. I am almost out of my Elf eyelid primer, so I got a replacement.

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While I was there, I saw that they finally had the Electro Babylips, so I purchased 95 Strike a Rose.

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In the dollar section, I found mini Dove Go Fresh deodorants in Revive, which smells REALLY good, by the way.

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We then went to Ulta. While we were there, I found a coupon for $1 off any Revlon Colorstay product. I purchased this gorgeous nail polish in 170 Coastal Surf.

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Next, I bought a Covergirl LipPerfection lipstick in 410 Delight, which is stunning!

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I found a nail color from Covergirl’s Outlast Stay Brilliant collection. This is 135 Constant Candy. It is a beautiful creamy baby pink with no shimmer.

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The final thing I bought today is a Paul Mitchell Original Conditioner “The Detangler“. This is the same conditioner I’ve been using for a while, so this is just a replacement, as I’m almost out of my current bottle.

Sorry about the long break I’ve had in posting, School started for me two weeks ago, and I’m finally getting into the swing of things. I will try to post as often as I can, but I’m not going to say for sure what my schedule will be, as it will depend on how much homework I get each night. Thank you for sticking with me. You guys have no idea how happy your comments make me! Whenever WordPress emails me about a new follower or comment, I literally jump up and do a happy dance!! I love you guys so much, and I’ll post again as soon as possible!

Makeup Collection/Organization!

Hi guys, Heather here! So I know that I love to see how other people organize their makeup, so I decided to show you how I organize mine. Before I get into that, I would like to stress that I am not trying to brag at all, I just wanted to show you how I decided to organize mine.

I got this desk from Staples sometime last year. I also have a hot pink computer chair (with wheels!!) that I use. I love the fact that it has two shelves under the main table area, as well as a fairly deep drawer.  All of the little buckets are from Target’s discount area.

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All the way to the left of my desk is a blue bucket with all of my brushes and applicators (my kabuki brush is next to it) and my eyeshadow primer.

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Next to that is a set of 3 plastic drawers that contains my face, eye, and cheek products. I have no idea where the drawers are from, I’ve had them since I was really young. On top of the drawers, I have two palette type things from the Ulta brand.

I keep all of my face products in the bottom drawer. I have them sorted by foundation, concealer, primer, and powder.

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In the middle drawer, I have my eyeshadow and cheek products. On the right side, I have powder blushes, a cream blush, and a cheekbone highlighter. Front and center in the drawer, I have liquid, pencil, and cream eyeshadows. In the  rest of the drawer, I have all my powder eyeshadows, kind of sorted by color.

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The top drawer is sort of a catch all drawer. I have eyedrops, a second bottle of moisturize, and heavy duty face sunscreen in there currently. I also keep any samples that I need to try out in the top drawer.

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Along the back of my desk, I have 5 different buckets. The first one contains all of my lipglosses, which is quite the daunting task, as shiny lips are a big priority to me.

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The next bucket has my lipsticks, as well as a lipstain.

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My next bucket has all of my mascaras and eyeliners.

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My lipbalms (tinted and clear).

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The final bucket just has some pencils and pens. I use these, along with a pad of stickynotes, to write down lists or reminders.

The last thing on my desk is a little bag with all of my night time skincare products (moisturizer, toner, and spot treatment.

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And that’s it! Thank you guys so much for reading, and I will talk to you in my next post! Don’t forget to comment and tell me your favorite storage secret. I will always welcome any ideas for posts you would like me to do, so send them my way!