Beauty Tip Tuesday: Nose Contouring

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Makeup can truly change your appearance. This is not brand new information. Contouring has the ability to create illusions of sculpted cheekbones, smaller foreheads and even a slimmer nose! Today I’m going to share a few tips on how to contour your nose! 

One of the first tips everyone should know when contouring is whether you’re using a cream product or powder product it needs to be cool toned and matte. A shimmery golden bronze color will only look unnatural whereas a matte cool toned product will create the most natural look. 

Let’s take a look at what I’m working with…

How To Contour Your Nose

 Now I’ve got a pretty wide bridge especially closer toward the nostrils. Creating a slimmer bridge works by simply drawing two lines down either side of your nose. The key is blending! Make sure you don’t have any sharp lines! 

I am going to show you a powder way and a cream way. For the powder way I am using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour kit and I’m using the color Fawn. That is the one in the middle. As you can see it is much cooler than the color to the right of it.How To Contour Your Nose

To apply and blend you can either use a pencil brush or your own finger. I prefer a pencil brush when using powder and my finger when using cream.

How To Contour Your Nose

Starting right under your brow draw your line down on either side and then go up and down and blend. blend, blend.

How To Contour Your NoseMake sure that you don’t make your lines too close together and have a non existing bridge! 

Another product you can use is cream. I find cream lasts longer and can blend beautifully! For cream you can use a dark concealer stick or a cream based contour. If I’m using a cream product I like the use an angled brush to draw my lines. I feel it helps them go on evenly and not too thick!

How To Contour Your Nose

Remember to choose a cool color to blend! Here’s what a warm toned color would look like…How To Contour Your NoseExactly! That would not blend naturally! Look at how orange that already looks, imagine once I blend it!

So back to my original color. I like to use my fingers which will create heat and allow the color to really look seamless as I blend it out. I also use my ring finger since I don’t want to apply too much pressure and end up wiping it all off.How To Contour Your NoseAfter I blend the contour out (are you sick of me saying the word blend yet?) the next step is highlighting the center. This goes for whether you used powder or cream.

Once again I use my finger to lightly apply my highlight down the center of my nose and make sure to get a nice glow right on the tip!
How To Contour Your Nose

I’m not going to sit here and say it’s super easy to do this but practice makes perfect! The more you try it the better you’ll get at it. If you’ve never done it before don’t expect to master it your first time. Just remember to blend it out well enough so that you don’t have harsh lines. Another piece of advice would be to take a before picture. You may not think you’ve made a difference but if you can compare it to what it looked like without the contour you’ll see the illusion you’ve created! How To Contour Your NoseI hope this was helpful to anyone who has been wanting to give it try.  I’ve linked some contour and highlighting products down below that you can try! 

Contour Powder:
Anastasia  Contour
Kat Von D
NYX Contour Palette

Contour Cream:
Graftobian Cream Palette
L.A. Girl Pro Conceal
Smashbox Contour Sticks (Love These!)
Maybelline Fit Me Stick

Benefit Watt’s Up
Becca Cosmetics Champagne Pop (Obsessed!)
Hourglass Ambient Lighting

Beauty Tip Tuesday: Curling Lashes

Beauty Tip Tuesday BannerThere are a few tricks you can do to help give your tired eyes/face a little pick me up.  One of the easiest tricks is curling your lashes.  Simply using an eye lash curler can open your eyes and make you appear more awake and alert, especially on a Tuesday after a three day weekend ha! 

A little trick that can help your curl last is heating your eye lash curler.  Just like a curling iron to your hair, a heated lash curler can help the hair on your eyes hold that curl.  Some people like to blast a blow dryer to their curler but that to me takes too much time and it doesn’t really allow me to control the amount of heat to my curler and can result in me burning myself. Instead of having to plug something in I use hot water from the bathroom sink.  Tips to Curling Your Lashes

Not only does it heat up the curler but it gives you a chance to clean it when you wipe the water off. All that is left to do is curl your lashes.

Tips to Curling Your Lashes

I curled the lashes on the left eye with a heated curler and the right eye with a non heated curler.  I then let my eyes sit like that for about 10-15 minutes.  It’s clear which eye held out longer! And look at how more open that eye looks! Tips to Curling Your LashesDo you heat your eyelash curler? Think you’ll try it out? 


Beauty Tip Tuesday: Natural Looking Curls

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Happy Tuesday everyone! It’s that time of the week were we talk all things beauty! Today I’m sharing a little tip you can add to your routine when curling your hair. It’ll give your curls a fuller more natural look and it’s literally the easiest thing you never thought to do!

How To Get Natural Curls @ Made2Style

I’ve mentioned in this video how to curl your hair, making sure you start at the root rather than at the bottom of your hair. Today’s tip is about alternating your curls. Ideally, we curl away from our face but in order to create a natural look with your curls as well as more body something you can do is curl away and then curl towards the face.

Starting with the hair framing your face curl the hair away from your face.

How To Get Natural Curls @ Made2StyleThen take the next piece and curl it towards your face.How To Get Natural Curls @ Made2StyleBy alternating you are allowing the curls to look more natural. When you curl them in the same direction they often tend to stick together and create one big curl. This avoids that from happening! Secrets out! Just remember, the hair that is framing your face should be curled away and then alternate after that. When the clamp is in the front you’re curling away. When the clamp is in the back you’re curling towards.How To Get Natural Curls @ Made2StyleThere are sooo many different ways to curl your hair and achieve different looks! This is just one of many and will make a difference the next time you curl! You can also try it with a curling wand for beautiful beachy waves. Give it a try the next time you curl your hair! How To Get Natural Curls @ Made2Style






M2S in the Kitchen: Minestrone Soup

It’s Fall ya’ll!! Ok I’m not sure if I can really pull off saying ya’ll being the New Yorker that I am but I am so excited for the cooler temps! Although these days it’s more like sweater mornings and tank top afternoons! Either way there is a lot to look forward to and one of my favorite things about the Fall is Fall cooking! Mainly lots of soups, stews, and hearty food! 

Today I wanted to share with you one of my absolute favorite recipes and is pretty much a staple in this house. Minestrone soup! It’s chock full of veggies and so incredibly tasty! I’ve seen minestrone cooked a few different ways but this is a fool proof way to get a delicious warm bowl of goodness in your hands.  Now every once in awhile I like to be naughty and add some bacon. I mean why wouldn’t you add bacon to it? Bacon is an extremely flexible ingredient and often can be a major part of a recipe. In this case the bacon creates a beautiful base that saturates all of the veggies and gives it the perfect kick that it needs! 

The beauty of this recipe is that you can throw just about any vegetable that you have in your fridge into it! 

Minestrone Soup I Made2Style

I’m cooking for a crowd tonight so I’m doubling the recipe but here’s the normal one! 

2 cloves of garlic
2 large onions
2 celery stalks
2 large carrots
2 large potatoes
2 large handfuls of green beans
1 zucchini
1 yellow squash
2 tbsp butter
1/4 c. olive oil
2 strips of bacon
6 c. vegetable or chicken broth
2 tbsp. tomato paste
3 1/2 oz. small pasta (I use Ditalini)
salt and pepper
freshly grated parmesan cheese
Remember, you don’t have to use these specific veggies.  If you wanted to throw in some kale or white beans you absolutely could!


1. You’ll want to chop the garlic, onions, celery, carrots, potatoes, green beans, zucchini, squash and bacon.
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2. Heat the oil and butter together and then add the bacon.  These three work beautifully together to make a coating for all the veggies. Cook for about 2 minutes.Minestrone Soup I Made2Style

3. Add the garlic and onions and cook for 2 minutes.
Add the celery, carrots, and potatoes and cook for 2 minutes.
Add the beans, zucchini, and squash for 2 minutes.
Make sure you are mixing the veggies you add into the bacon butter goodness!
Cover the pan and cook all the veggies for 15 minutes.
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4. Add broth and tomato paste. Bring to a boil the lower the heat and simmer for 1 hour.

5. Add your pasta to the pan and cook for 15 minutes. Add salt and pepper.

6. Serve in a large bowl, because you’ll want a lot, and sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
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Here are some links to some other favorite soups I love!

White Bean and Kale Soup
Carrot and Ginger Soup
Hearty Lentil Soup
Butternut Squash Soup

Let me know what you think if you give it a try! 

{Stool Makeover} Gold Dipped Legs

The school year is off to a great start! I must say I’ve got a cute class or at least they have me believing that! The verdict is still out😉 While putting my classroom together over the summer I came across a stool that someone was tossing and I am all about turning trash to treasure so naturally I did a little makeover!

Stool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2Style

Stool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2Style

I started by giving the top a light sanding since there were some worn out spots.  I also followed it up with some wood filler in between the pieces of wood since I felt that the paint would fall inside those cracks and not allow for a smooth finish.

Stool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2StyleI had a quart of primer that I began brushing on and it took me about 5 minutes before I realized I was crazy and went and got some spray paint of the primer instead.  With there being so many sides to tackle with the legs it was very hard brushing the primer on and spraying it made it soo much eaiser! When I had sprayed some paint over a part the I had brushed for whatever reason this happened…
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I mean really? Since the paint was still wet I used a paper towel to wipe as much off as I could and then sanded the rest off and re-painted. Point of this? Not every project runs smoothly!Stool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2StyleStool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2StyleNext I used what I had for paint and even mixed some colors to make sure I had enough.

Stool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2StyleI would recommend using spray paint for this but I didn’t want to spend any money on this project so I was all about using what I had.
Stool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2StyleStool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2StyleI left the bottoms free of the blue paint because I wanted to paint those gold. To make sure the gold went up the same length on all legs I simply cut a piece of paper and marked how high it was and then added painter’s tape all around.Stool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2StyleStool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2StyleThen with some gold spray paint I sprayed the bottoms! Of course I don’t remember what I used #bloggerfail
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And here it is in its new home!

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Hopefully I can get around to updating my classroom photos! In the meantime you can check out the last time I posted some photos here!

{Beauty Tip Tuesday} Make Your Lips Pop

Beauty Tip Tuesday BannerBig lips are all the rage right now. Between Kylie Jenner and sucking lip plumpers it seems like everyone is walking around looking like Lisa Rinna these days! If injections aren’t your thing you can always try overdrawing which when done right can really add the appearance of plumpness! If you’re not comfortable with the lip liner then there is another little trick you can try to help draw attention to your lip and make it stand out. It’s as simple as a little highlighter right on your cupid’s bow. Where is your cupid’s bow you ask?
Make Your Lips Pop

It’s the little v at the top edge of your lip.  Adding a bit of highlighter to this area will make it stand out and draw attention to it making the area appear larger. 

Make Your Lips Pop

If you don’t have any highlighters (we can’t be friends) then you can always use any shimmering eye shadow!
Give it a try and see what you think! 


Beauty Tip Tuesday: Coconut Oil Hair Mask

Beauty Tip Tuesday BannerHappy end of summer! I know, so depressing😦 It’s ok though because Fall has so many great things to offer like fattening food and lots of couch stewing! So I have to say this whole Beauty Tip Tuesday seems to be a huge hit and I’m so excited you guys like it! And also a big thanks to all the love on my video, I can’t wait to make more! Today I thought I would kinda cheat and repost a beauty routine I absolutely love. It is also one of my top viewed posts and has been featured on BuzzFeed as well as tons of other blogs and websites. It’s all about that coconut oil!

After all the sun and swimming we’ve put our hair through these past few months it’s so important to take care of our tresses.  My most favorite hair mask to use is coconut oil.  I do it about once every 2 weeks but you can do it once a week if you want! I’m going to repost my step by step photos and also leave a link to the original post which has over 150 comments/questions/answers, so if you have any questions you can check there and might be able to find it.  Hope you enjoy and definitely give it
a try, it’s amazing what coconut oil can do for you!
Coconut Oil Mask-Coconut Oil Mask 1Coconut Oil Mask 3Coconut Oil Mask 4Coconut Oil Mask 9Coconut Oil Mask 8Coconut Oil Mask 5Coconut Oil Mask 6You can leave the oil in your hair anywhere from 20 minutes to overnight! When showering, I like to do two shampoos to make sure it’s all out!

Coconut Oil Mask

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