Ginger Blue Naturals Product Review | Allison Marie

 
Winter is the best time to focus on skin care. With the dry
air inside and cooler temperatures outside,  it’s very important to exfoliate,
moisturize, and use lip balms. Ginger Blue Naturals has you covered with all
three. An all-natural body care line that is handmade in Roanoke, West
Virginia. The owner, Lee Gainer, can be seen at Tamarack, Oglebayfest, and the
Bridgeport Farmer’s Market selling these products
 
If you like essential oils, then you will LOVE her products because they’re very therapeutic. There are no fragrances or additives. And
you only need a small amount. The logo and packaging are so lovely and one of my favorite things about her brand. I love that her packaging is an extension of her
natural theme with flowers, antlers, and dark glass jars to protect the
essential oils. I had the chance to sample a few of her products and my skin
truly does feels great after using them for a couple weeks.
Keep reading to hear more about about these local products and what I thought of them… You’re going to want these for Christmas, I just know it! ; )
The Lavender Sage Salve smells like menthol with a little hint of peppermint. It does an excellent job to soften up dry cuticles and moisturize elbows. You can use it on any chapped surface.
 
The Patchouli Body Butter has a musk, almost forest-like scent. It made my skin soft for the entire day and the scent did not fade away.
 
The Chai Spice Sugar Scrub has a spicy but sweet scent. It makes my skin smooth, even the backs of my arms which tend to be a little rough. It also allowed my spray tan to go on more evenly! 
 
The lip balms make your lips kissable. She has several scents like: Lemon-lime and Clove & Sweet Orange. But my personal favorite would have to be the “Blush” lip stain (far right). It adds a little touch of color that is a pretty pink that is very natural-looking and I love to use this on my minimal makeup days for a fresh look!
 
Thank you, Lee, for allowing me to review a few of your products! I have been spreading the word about Ginger Blue! Ladies, I definitely recommend her products and would love for you to try them and let me know what you thought! Who doesn’t want all-natural products that smell and feel great?
 
Go and check out Ginger Blue Naturals’ website: www.mkt/gingerbluenaturals. She does have other products and even carries a few products for the men in your life! You can shop the online store (FREE shipping!!) or catch them at the next indoor winter farmer’s market in Bridgeport on December 13th. I will be picking up some of their Lemongrass all-natural deodorant when I go.
 
 
Remember to support small businesses everywhere and shop local this holiday season! These products would make great stocking stuffers, too!
 
 If you have any winter skin concerns, please e-mail me at allisonmarie87.beauty@gmail.com.

Highlighting + Contouring Basics | Allison Marie

Highlighting and contouring is the new black. (That’s how that goes, right?) You see and
hear about it everywhere, and I don’t think it’s going out of style any time
soon. Now is the perfect time to learn! In this tutorial, I will cover the basics: must-have products, where & how to apply, as well as my before & after photos… so let’s get started:
 
 “Highlighting” means to accentuate or
brighten up your best features, while the definition of “contouring” is to
darken, minimize, or diminish the less flattering ones. If you have a small
nose, you can highlight it to make it look bigger or by contouring the sides and
tip of the nose, you can make it appear smaller. It’s a play on lighting. You
are creating depth and shadows where there aren’t any (for example, making cheekbones). With this technique, you can change the shape of someone’s face.
 
In my profession, I personally contour and highlight my face
every single day. But for others, it may be saved for
photos or special events. That’s not to say you can’t add a little highlight or
bronzer here and there whenever you want. It just takes more time, that’s all.
 
Now, let’s talk about products. Highlighting and contour
kits come in two forms: cream and powder. I recommend cream for dry skin and
powder for oily skin. Anastasia Beverly Hills has both kinds of contour kits. Plus,
they each come with six different shades: three light + three dark. Also, NYX has an awesome cream stick called the Wonder Stick. One end has a highlighter and the other has a darker
color for contouring, which is less confusing for the beginner.
 
The next thing you will absolutely need to have is a contour
brush. This is a must. I think when you see women with that dark streak across
their cheek, it’s because they didn’t use or have the right brushes to properly
blend it in. I recently purchased the Lorac Pro Contour Palette which came with
their Pro Contour Brush. It’s a great palette and you are getting a pretty good deal
by getting the brush to go with it. It even comes with instructions! Once you have your kit and brush, it’s time to get down to
business…
First, apply your moisturizer and primer, followed by foundation and
setting powder. I always start with contouring first and save the highlighting
for last. Either way is okay. I begin by applying the medium shade to the
hollow of my cheeks from the corner of my nose to the top of my ear. Then, I go
down the sides of my nose, blending as I go. This placement works for almost all
face shapes.
 
Next, I take the light shade and go from the temple, across
the forehead, and down the other side. Blending up into the hairline. For a
longer forehead, blend down towards the browbone.
Lastly, I dust the dark shade along the jawline, under the
chin, and down the center of the neck. Blend upward from the jawline to the
cheekbone for square shape faces. If you are wearing a low cut blouse, you can
add a contour to the base of your neck and chest. And that’s it for contouring! It’s that simple.
 
Before I use the highlight or shimmery shade, I like to
conceal with the banana or yellow powder (shown above). It is my absolute favorite and I always seem to run out of it! But the good thing about the Anastasia Kit is that they sell
individual refills for each color. I use the banana powder under my eye, and I also
mix it with the light pink or fawn shade and dust it between my cheekbone and
jawline contour. I like to make three straight lines in the middle of my
forehead and blend. It is also great for around the nose to cover redness and
between the cupids bow on your lip. It’s even good to apply around you lips to
keep your lipstick from bleeding. 
 
As for the highlight, I apply it under the eye
and brush across the cheekbones. If your skin is oily– you may want to stick
with the matte contour and skip the shimmer to avoid less shine throughout the
day.
 
The key is to blend, blend, blend! The other day, I started to walk out the door and my husband noticed that I hadn’t blended my contour well enough and I had to go back and finish blending! It was so funny! I guess he has learned a few things over the years ; )
 
You can finish up this look with blush, eye makeup, filled-in brows, and lip color. By doing that, you will be able to have a put-together look. Definitely try it out and make it your
own. If you have questions about this tutorial, please e-mail me at allisonmarie87.beauty@gmail.com
or visit me at Ulta in the Meadowbrook Mall. We want your feedback– so let us
know what you think or what you would like to see in future posts.
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**Stay tuned to the blog this week for announcements on a holiday contest which includes a makeup giveaway!

Everyday Makeup Look | Allison Marie

 

Ladies, I know makeup can be intimidating. I get a lot of
women walking into Ulta and they are just so overwhelmed by it all. I believe
it is a combination of the endless aisles of makeup, the perfectly contoured
employees, and all of the different brands to choose from. Their heads are
spinning and they don’t know where to start or what to buy. I was there once.
It has taken me several years, lots of wasted dollars, and trial and error to
figure out what works for me. And I’m still learning. So, I am going to give
you the basics that I tell each one of these clients and what I wish someone
would have told me from the very beginning. ; )
 
Necessary items to have in your makeup bag are: foundation,
concealer, powder, eyeshadow, bronzer, blush, eyeliner, mascara, brow product,
lipstick, and at least 3 brushes (for foundation, powder, and blush)
Step 1: Prep skin with moisturizer. Apply foundation with
brush, sponge, or beauty blender. Try to avoid using fingertips because it will
not go on evenly and you don’t want to transfer any germs from your hands onto
your face. My favorite foundation is Tarte Amazon Clay. Just make sure it has
an SPF in it, because you do get sun exposure all year round, even in the
winter!
 
Step 2: This is where you can add concealer under the eye and/or
to cover any blemishes. I recommend using it overtop of foundation instead of
under. Then, you always set everything with powder. I prefer loose powder. I
love Smashbox Halo to Go Hydrating Perfecting Powder. (Tip: There are different
types of concealer. One for the face doesn’t necessarily work for under the
eye. Also, a green concealer is great for covering up redness.)
 
Step 3: Bronzer is perfect for every day. But it’s different
than contouring. The definition of bronzer is giving the appearance of a
suntan. The proper way to apply bronzer is to make two “c’s” — one on each
side of the face from your forehead to your cheeks and then from your cheeks to
your jawline. You want to give the appearance that the sun is shining down on
you from above almost like a halo effect.
 
Step 4: Blush would have to be the number one makeup mishap
I see on a daily basis. Usually it’s applied too high up on the cheekbones and
in a straight line. The key to applying blush is from the corner of the mouth
to the top of the ear in a slight upward curve. For those with a longer face,
like me, I recommend applying from the corner of the nose in a curve like
motion to the top of the ear. Urban Decay has some of the best blushes. Rapture is a very pretty one that looks great on everybody.
 
Step 5:  You can never
go wrong with a gold eyeshadow. It is my go-to. It goes with every outfit and
looks good on everyone!
 
Step 6: I never leave home without black eyeliner. I love
Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner in Trooper. Felt tips are quick and precise for the
lid. If I have extra time, I will use a gel liner. The trick to perfect winged
liner is to work from the outside in. I like pencils for tight-lining, which
means to go along the upper and lower lashes with eyeliner. If you don’t like to wear
eyeliner or don’t have a steady hand, skip ahead to the next step.
 
Step 7: Black mascara makes your eyes look bigger and
brighter. My favorite mascaras are: Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara and
Urban Decay’s Perversion. And if you really want to splurge, you can get
eyelash extensions or tint your eyelashes.
 
Step 8: Eyebrows are what’s in right now. So, I always fill
them in or apply a brow gel. All of my brow products are by Anastasia BeverlyHills. She is the queen of brows.
 
Step 9: Lastly, don’t forget to put on lipstick or a
lipgloss
.
 
Here a few photos of my everyday, simple, makeup look:
 
 
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I love this palette!
 
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The completed look!
 
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I hope you liked this makeup look! And don’t forget that makeup should be fun! And you do have to practice. Always feel free to contact me at allisonmarie87.beauty@gmail.com with any questions. You can also visit me at Ulta Beauty in the Meadowbrook Mall. I do makeup applications and lessons!

 

At-home Facial 10 Minute | by Allison Marie

Hey ladies! The cold winter weather is upon us, so you can be sure to
expect some BIG changes in your skin. Going along with Amanda and Marrissa’s new series, Restful November, I will be giving you a few tips on how to take great care of your skin from the
coziness of your own home! And the best part is — this at-home facial can be done in 10 minutes or less! It’s no secret that I love makeup, but a
flawless complexion can be easily achieved with healthy skin. 
 
We’re all busy and searching for balance in our lives, but we tend to forget the effects a busy lifestyle can have on our skin. If you want to
maintain the integrity of your skin, try following these 5 super simple steps! Keep in mind: everyone’s skin is different, so you have to find what works best for
you, which may take some trial and error. 
 
Step 1: Cleanser: Blot cleanser onto forehead, cheeks,
and chin. Massage onto skin in circular motions for 1 full minute. Rinse with warm cloth or splash of water. Don’t forget your neck and décolleté! [I really like Dermalogica’s Special Cleaning Gel]
 
Step 2: Exfoliator: A light exfoliation is recommended
1-2 times per week. Sometimes beads (which are meant to help remove dead skin cells) can be included in cleansers, so be mindful of over-exfoliating. 
 
Step 3: Toner: Helps balance out the pH in your skin. It
can be applied to a cotton pad or spritzed at arm’s length over you face. Did you
know the pH of your skin is slightly acidic at 5.5 on the pH scale? 
 
Step 4: Masque: Helps to draws out
impurities and can be used 1-2 times/week. They can have other benefits, too, such as brightening and toning. It all
depends on which one you buy and what your desired results are. [Using a masque like Proactiv’s Skin Purifying Mask, which contains sulphur, is really great for acne-prone skin!)
 
Step 5: Moisturizer: Start at your neck; move to face using
upward strokes. Afterwards, you are all ready for makeup primer or foundation. If you
have a serum, it always goes on prior to moisturizing.
 
**Be aware that you may or may not breakout after. I always
do. Also, dryness or peeling can occur. Make sure to drink plenty of water!
 
Now, I know that I have talked a lot about the face, but the
body shouldn’t be excluded. Some tips I have for the body are: to exfoliate
prior to showering (dry brushing) or while in the shower (product on loofa),
use warm water when showering (hot showers should be avoided), and apply lotion
twice a day. I highly recommend CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion, and you can pick it up on your next Target run!
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There you have it! It takes just a few minutes and the benefits of taking good care of your skin are endless!
 
I have tried many skin care products over the years, as I’m sure a lot of you girls have. It can be hard to find out what works for you. I currently use Dermalogica, and I’m really liking their double-cleansing routine. I use it during all of my facials at work and have recently become certified in all of their products.
 
I hope you’ll try this at home! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below! And feel free to e-mail me at allisonmarie87.beauty@gmail.com

 

 

Fall Makeup Looks | by Allison Marie

 
Hey ladies! I don’t know about you, but when life becomes
stale with running errands, working, the family, and everything else that everyday
life brings, a change always picks me up.
Even the smallest re-invention of myself makes me excited again! Maybe I’ll get a new outfit or I’ll even change my hair cut or color.  Being an aesthetician, I love makeup and I feel I can provoke the same feelings of ‘newness’ with it.  
 
If you’re reading this, you’re already
a fan of the women behind The Wild Revival. Well, I gave Amanda + Marrissa a makeover this past weekend and arrived at two distinct looks that fit their personalities perfectly. 
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Fall Makeup Looks
First up, we have Amanda! She is an earthy girl who likes a more natural and neutral makeup approach. In light of the change in weather, I chased after a fall-inspired look to pair with a cozy sweater and boots.  I used warm-toned, matte colors on her eyes to achieve an understated look.  I went with rust and burgundy to compliment her brown eyes and hair. Then I used a berry gloss on her lips.  All of these colors make perfect sense with each other, Amanda’s face, and the changing leaves!
 
 
Could you love these fall shades anymore?!
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The finished look made her brown eyes pop! 
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Fall Makeup Looks
For Amanda’s look, I used the following products:
5.
Pure Cosmetic Professional brush set
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Urban Decay ‘All Nighter’ finishing spray

12. MAC Pro Blush in Dirty Plum (discontinued)
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Next, is Marrissa! Her look is a tad sexy and Carrie
Underwood-esque, so we went glam with strip lashes!  I used the NYX eyeshadow trio to make a
shimmery copper/brown smokey eye.  This
against her skin color, along with Ardell’s false lashes made for a very dramatic
look that draws one to her.  I completed
her transformation by filling in her eyebrows, outlining her lips and applying
a light pink gloss. This look is great for any special event or
night out on the town. 
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The finished look… these shades worked so well together!
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Fall Makeup Looks
Products used for Marrissa’s Carrie Underwood-inspired look:
 
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I really had a lot of fun playing around with these beauties! Their looks were just an enhancement to what was already there! 
Fall Makeup Looks
Stay tuned to learn about the techniques I used in this post and lots more! Leave me a comment below on something you’d like to know about skincare, makeup, or beauty tips and tricks!

Beauty Contributor | Allison Marie



Hi! My name is Allison. I am a
licensed aesthetician + makeup artist. My passion for makeup started with my
mom; she taught me the basics, but I didn’t always like it. I can remember her
putting winged eyeliner on me before a dance recital and I would wipe off the
corners before I went out on stage. It’s funny to me now because black winged
eyeliner has become my trademark. It is part of my daily makeup routine and now, I never leave home without it. My dad also influenced me by bringing me home
fashion and style magazine. I would try to recreate the makeup looks the
celebrities were wearing in the magazines, because there was a time before Pinterest,
Instagram, and beauty vloggers…surprising, I know!

 
I never would have dreamed that I would end up with a career in the beauty
industry. My background is in licensed practical nursing. I spent 6 years
working as a dermatology nurse. It gave me the knowledge and foundation I have
about skin care and various cosmetic procedures. It also gave me a love for
skin and beauty products. Before I knew it I was answering beauty questions and
giving makeup tips. Then, I started doing makeup on the side, which is what prompted
me to focus going more in that direction.
 
I really believe that things happen for a reason because one
evening, I saw an online ad for Morgantown Beauty College’s esthetics program.
I knew in that moment that was what I wanted to do. The very next day, I called
the school, took a tour, and enrolled. During my time at beauty college, my
focus was on facials, waxing, and makeup application. Aestheticians can also be
trained and certified in other areas such as permanent makeup, spray tanning,
chemical peels, laser, microdermabrasion, threading, eyelash/eyebrow
extensions, and eyebrow/eyelash tinting. There are lots of opportunities for
growth.
 
Now that I have graduated and officially became licensed, I
have landed my dream job as a Skin Therapist at Ulta Beauty. My goal in life is
to bring out the beauty in others. I love it when my clients leave feeling
happy and really good about themselves. You can truly change someone’s personality by
changing their look. The definition of cosmetics is ‘any product applied to the
body, especially the face, to improve its appearance.’  To me, makeup just enhances or builds upon the
beauty that’s already there. 
 
When I’m not doing facials or makeup applications – you can
find me hanging out with my family. My husband, Justin, and I have been
together for 10 years. We had our fairytale wedding 5 years ago and we have two
beautiful kids together! 
 
I am very excited to join The Wild Revival. As beauty contributor, I hope that you are able to get the advice, tips, and tricks you need from me to feel more confident in yourself. Don’t hesitate to leave me a comment below with questions you may have or topics you’d be interested in me talking about. I would love to hear from you! I’ll be posting every other Monday…be sure to check back for updates!


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