7.16.2015

My Everyday Makeup Routine

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Hello Everyone! I decided to finally make a post about some of my favorite products in my everyday makeup routine. I like to keep my makeup as minimal and natural-looking as possible. Below, I listed a step-by-step guide to how I apply all of the products in the picture.

Step 1-Apply Primer
As a primer and setting powder, I usually use Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pressed Powder. It instantly blurs pores and actually keeps me matte all day long. In the future, I plan on purchasing the liquid version for an easier application without a brush.

Step 2-Fill In Eyebrows
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade is still the only thing I trust with my brows. Sometimes, I over pluck and this product continues to save my life. I learned that with a gentle hand, you can construct your eyebrows to any shape you want. After I finish filling them in, I carve them out with foundation instead of concealer for a more natural look.

Step 3-Blend In Foundation
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation is one of new favorite foundations. It just was released recently and I was compelled to purchase it online. It gives my skin great coverage and a nice glow. Since I bought it online, I didn't realize that the color Honey wasn't a perfect match. Once I mix it with a darker foundation, I think it'll be fine. Overall, I think this foundation is great for photo/video and everyday use.

Step 4-Apply Blush
Tarte's Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush is one of my favorite blushes. It has great color and lasts throughout the day. After blush, I usually apply bronzer or a shimmering highlight to further accentuate my cheek bones.

Step 5-Accessorize My Eyes
In the mornings, I don't have much time to do a full smoky eye. This I why I usually just curl my lashes and put on eyeliner. The Kat Von D Tattoo Liner was another recent purchase and I really like it so far. It's super easy to apply and lasts way longer than my old Maybelline eyeliner.

Step 6-Setting My Face
I usually set my makeup with my powder(as mentioned in step one) or Urban Decay's All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray(not pictured). Both are great and help my makeup last from morning to night.

I would love to know what your everyday makeup products are in the comments below! 

6.19.2015

Miami Beach

This last Monday, my family and I flew down to Miami Beach in Florida. For 4 days and 3 nights, we enjoyed the sights and sounds of the area as much as possible. I mostly spent my days roaming the beach that was right behind our hotel. The feeling of the bright sun gleaming on your skin and the rush of sea water beneath you is indescribable. On the second day, we went on a bus and boat tour all around Miami. We visited places Little Havana, the Art Deco District, and many celebrity houses which were completely beautiful. The architecture around the whole city is very reminiscent of the 1920s/1930s and is a great representation of Cuban culture. My only regret is not taking any quality pictures of the salmon and pastel colored buildings near Collins Avenue
and not trying any authentic Cuban coffee L

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My favorite part of the whole trip was visiting the Wynwood Arts District. This neighborhood is filled with tons of murals by many talented artists such as Miss Van, Maya Hayuk and Ryan McGinness. This is a great place to get inspiration (and take selfies). Also, there are so many great places to grab something to eat that are new and modern. One restaurant I found was called Jugofresh. They specialize in cold-pressed juices and organic meal selections that I wish I could've taken with me back home.  

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Overall, I enjoyed my trip and I can't wait to go back to Miami again soon :)
 
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Trying to stay cool on the boardwalk


5.23.2015

DIY Brown Sugar Face Scrub

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 Happy Saturday!
This morning I decided to pick up a few items to make my own exfoliate at home. For this scrub, I used about two tablespoons of brown sugar and several drops of almond oil. Later on, I plan to add one more essential oil like lavender or tea tree. This scrub can be used on your face and all over your body.
 
Benefits of Brown Sugar
- Gentle for sensitive skin
-Scrubs away dead skin cells
-Contains glycolic acid, that fights bacteria
-Breaks down glue-bonded skin cells which supports cell turnover
-Helps to improve sun damage and offers support to aging skin
-A natural humectant so it absorbs moisture from your environment and deposits it into your skin
-Guards your skin from destructive toxins
 
Benefits of Almond Oil
-Sun Protector
-Softens skin
-Reduces scars
-Improves complexion
-Reduces skin irritation
-Strengthens hair
 
Let me know if you've tried this type of scrub before. I would love to know your results :)
 

5.18.2015

My Blogiversary

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This past Monday on the 11th was the 3rd year anniversary of my first blog post on this account. Since my first post, my blog has grown so much. I never would have thought "Carmen Henry Photography",my original blog name, would eventually turn into "Vintage Revivals". After I graduated from high school, I knew I wanted and needed a new outlet for my thoughts and creative ideas. Blogger turned out to be the perfect platform.
 
In the beginning, I didn't think anyone would pay much attention to it. It was just something I did to avoid the stress of my first year in college. As time went on, I got my first iPhone and discovered the world of Instagram. There I discovered Tavi Gevinson and many other fascinating fashion and beauty bloggers. After that, I decided to take my blog more seriously.
 
The past three past years of blogging have been filled with many ups and downs. If anyone is interested in starting a blog, please understand it isn't all peaches and cream. If you are just in it for the popularity, pointless photo shoots, and free products then your blog will never last. I have seen many other blogs fade out because they lacked passion and consistency. Blogging isn't for everyone so don't be pressured to start a blog if you don't have the time or a love for creating and sharing original content. Running a blog is almost a full-time job that you actually enjoy.
 
I'm looking forward to see where "Vintage Revivals" takes me in the future. I hope my blogging community continues to grow. Also, I really can't wait to try new and exciting things this summer and share them with you all.
 
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Some of my favorite looks from the past :)
 

4.25.2015

Five Natural Brands That You Should Know


In honor of Earth Day that was this past Wednesday, I wanted to share some of my favorite natural and earth-friendly beauty brands. I love these brands because they use more natural ingredients and little to no chemicals that can hurt me in the long run. All of these brands are relatively affordable and can be found at your nearest Sephora, Target, Macy's or Whole Foods. Almost all of the products from these brands are free of Parabens, Mineral Oil, Phthalates, Petroleum,Propylene Glycol, and made without animal testing. Make sure to check the slideshow below of my current favorite products.
  
Their products are almost completely natural and have fixed many of my skin's ailments such as dryness and irritation. Their customer service in-store is phenomenal. Also, they help support local and world-wide charities against animal cruelty. Some of  their products are a little expensive but completely worth it.
My favorite beauty find in Whole Foods. Their lotions are very,very thick but super moisturizing. Great for people with dry or aging skin. Most of their ingredients consist of natural oils and butters.
 
Probably the only brand I really trust my hair with these days. All of their products are Sulfate-free.The shampoos and conditioners in the Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration collection are actually hydrating and smell amazing. Also, SheaMoisture does donate a small portion of their profits to charities to help fight poverty.
 
Majority of the products from both lines are fruit and plant based. They have great body washes and masks that don't dry out your skin. I really recommend these for travel because their product packaging works well in very tight spaces. The Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz has helped tighten my pores and clear away a few pimples.
 
The few products that I have tried have worked instantly and have changed the way my skin feels and retains moisture. Their Drink Up mask has helped brighten and remove dullness. This is another pricey brand but it is worth it if you want more instant results.
 

 
What are your favorite natural beauty brands and products???