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!

SOTD- Casually classy

So today I’m doing a really simple look with natural lips and cheeks and green eyes. I really like doing looks like this because it is just so simple and easy.

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My eyeshadow is Covergirl’s Intense Shadowblast in 820, my blush is Laura Mercier’s Orange Blossom, and my lips are Maybelline Babylips in Melon Mania.

My tank top and shorts are both from Target, my flipflops are from Old Navy, and I got my necklace as a present, so I don’t know where it’s from.

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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!

 

 

#FOTD- Chilling Poolside

So yesterday and today, my family and I have been chilling at the pool, along with my cousins and their family. I’m going to show you my poolside look. I like to keep it really simple, making sure to use products that are waterproof, contain SPF, or won’t show if they do happen to get wet.
Here is the completed look:
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I first used my Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in 110 and 115 blended together. I chose this foundation because it is so lightweight. It also has SPF 18, which is always important, especially if you’re going to be outside all day.
For blush, I used a light dusting of Laura Mercier’s Orange Blossom to add a bit of color to my face
My eyes were really simple. I used Ulta’s eyeshadow in Bone all over my lid and on my browbone, For eyeliner, I used Covergirl’s new eyeliner, Ink It! in black on my lashline and tightline to add definition. Finally, I used Covergirl’s Lashblast Volume waterproof mascara

Laura Mercier Haul! (Part 1)

Hey guys, so on Saturday, my Von Maur hosted a Laura Mercier Face to Face event where they brought in makeup artists. As my mom is a big Laura Mercier fan, we went, and both were made over. Because I got quite a bit of stuff, I’m going to split it up into two sections; Face, and Eyes/Lips.

The first face product I got is Laura’s Mineral Face Primer. This almost feels like a moisturizer. I definitely noticed that my tinted moisturizer stayed way better than it ever has before. My face felt moisturized, but yet oil free. I would absolutely recommend this.

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The next thing I got is the Secret Concealer in #1. This is a super creamy concealer, which is awesome. It does require quite a few layers, along with the brightener, in order to cover my dark circles. This concealer does a great job covering up redness around my nose, as well.

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I got the Secret Brightener in #2. There are many concealers with similar applicators to this available, in both the drugstore, and in Sephora. I haven’t quite decided if I like this or not. It is super shimmery, as you can see from the picture. In my opinion, it makes my fine lines show up. I think this would be an awesome illuminator for cheekbones, but it accomplishes nothing on my dark circles.

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The next purchase was the Mineral Powder SPF 15 in Soft Porcelain. I actually haven’t used this yet, as I got it for dance performances, so that the stage lights don’t make my face look really shiny. I really like the packaging of this, I think it will make the loose powder much less messy.

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This is Part 1 of my Laura Mercier haul, I will post the blush, lip products, and eye products next post. Remember to comment and follow me, I always follow back! 

Get to know me TAG

Hey guys, its me, Heather!

I figured that I would start my blog by giving you guys a chance to get to know me and my style. I came across this TAG from Emily at beautybroadcast.net, and thought it looked like fun! Here goes!

1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?

Naturally, my hair is wavy, but it isn’t the kind of waves to be jealous of, it’s more awkwardly straight with random kinks that refuse to straighten, or curl. My typical quick hairstyle when I don’t have a lot of time is to brush it out and pull it into a messy ponytail.

 2. Do you dye your hair yourself or go to a salon?

I have actually never used any sort of color on my hair. If I did decide to color it, I would definitely let a professional deal with it. I don’t trust myself to not accidentally royally mess it up.

 3. Do you wear the same style everyday, or do you change it?

I am so not creative, I have three styles I can do, and make look good, and that is it! For everyday things, I put it up in a ponytail and add different ribbons and headbands to mix things up a little bit. When I am going somewhere dressier, I will curl it with my wand and then pull the top back and secure with a bow. Finally, for dance I pull my hair in a tight ballerina bun with a scrunchie.

 4. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon?

I have always done my own nails, mostly because going to a salon is so stinking expensive! I could buy a ton of nail polishes for the price of one manicure. I might consider a salon mani/pedi for a formal dance, but otherwise, no way!

 5. How often do you change your nail polish?

For my toes, I probably change it once a month, max. For my fingers, it’s around once a week, depending on how quickly the polish chips.

 6. Do you polish your toes in the winter or just the summer?

I usually just don’t bother to remove my last toenail polishing of the summer, so it stays on until it chips off. The only exception to this is if there is a formal event where I will be dancing barefoot, like my school’s Sally Hawkins.

 7. How long does it take for you to put on makeup?

It depends how much time I have!! If I’ve slept in, I can get makeup on in 5 minutes. However, if I want my makeup to look good, it is usually like 20 minutes. I find it to be calming and it totally improves my day to know that I look awesome!

 8. What do you do first? Face or eyes?

I do eyes first, because I like not needing to worry about making a mess.That way, I can just take a makeup removing wipe and wipe off any fallout and not worry about ruining my foundation

 9. Do you collect makeup or just buy what you need when you need it?

I just buy what I need, I try not to overbuy, but that’s mostly because I have limited money. If I had the money, I would definitely be considered a hoarder.

 10. How often do you wear false eyelashes?

I have actually never worn false eyelashes. To be honest, they kind of scare me! It’s irrational, but I feel like I would get it stuck in my eyeball or something!

 11. Do you do a full face of makeup everyday?

I either do everything, or nothing! I just can’t only do one part of my makeup. It might just be one color of eyeshadow, but I have to do something. However, I’m perfectly okay with just going on the computer all day and not doing anything with my hair or makeup.

 12. Do you wear makeup when you’re home alone or with family?

Nope! What I will do, is play with makeup looks that I would never wear in public when I’m sitting at home bored out of my mind! I’m sure that you guys can understand!

 13. Will you leave the house without makeup?

It depends what I’m doing. If I’m going to the grocery store, sure! If I’m going anywhere where people I know will be, I will definitely wear makeup, even if I’ll only be out for 10 minutes. The exception is if I’m going to be exercising, then I take everything off beforehand so it doesn’t clog my pores.

 14. How many high-end products do you have?

I actually only have one right now, and that’s my Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer that my mom bought for me. I really like it, but drugstore products are such good quality now, I don’t see a point in spending the extra money.

 15. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you’re getting dressed?

Nope! I did when I was younger, but I usually roll out of bed and throw something on. When I try to plan out an outfit, I tend to change it last minute anyways, so I just gave up.

 16. How often do you change your handbag?

I have a Vera Bradley “Little Flap Hipster” crossbody bag that holds my phone, wallet, sunglasses, and lipstick, so that’s what I use all the time, unless I’m going to some type of formal event

 17. What time do you wake up and go to sleep?

I go to bed between 10:30 and 12 pm. During the summer I wake up around 9:30, but during the school year I’m up at 6 am

 18. How often or when do you workout?

Whenever I have dance! That’s usually 2-3 days a week. I will also ride my bike when it’s warm out and I have time!

 19. Left handed or right handed?

Right.

 20. How tall are you?

5’10”

 21. Do you speak any foreign languages?

I just finished my third year of French! It’s one of my loves!

 22. How many pets do you have?

None, but I love watching and playing with cats!!

 23. How often are you on WordPress?

I check it daily; I’m hoping to post blogs at least once a week, especially during the summer!

 24. Do you read comments posted on blogs?

Definitely! It’s so helpful seeing what has and hasn’t worked for other people!

 25. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts?

Yes! If I see multiple bloggers recommending products, I add them to a list on my phone.

 26. What kind of camera do you use for your photographs?

A Nikon CoolPix S4100, and sometimes my iPhone.

27. How often do you clean your room?

Not often! I would much rather play with makeup or go on the computer than clean. I’m sure you guys can understand.

28. What’s your favorite color?

Pink!

29. Do you swear?

I try not to!

30. What are you doing with the rest of your day?

Eating dinner, celebrating Father’s day, and then going to bed! 🙂

Whew! That was a lot, but it was fun! Feel free to do this tag and leave a link in the comment section, I would love to read your guy’s responses! Let me know if you have any suggestions for other tags!

love, Heather copy