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    How my Makeup Survived Hurricane Irma Sint Maarten

    It was early Monday morning on the 4th of September when we received the news of an expectant Hurricane Irma coming towards our country Sint Maarten. The government did not yet call a state of emergency and I still had plans of going to class that said day. After contemplating about the weather, I was wondering if I should go to class for that day or just stay home and prepare for the hurricane ahead. Lucky enough I received an email from the school board saying all classes will be canceled and we all should be preparing for the hurricane.

    A curfew was also placed for the following day Tuesday. Everyone was given time to prepare for the natural disaster ahead. Hearing the news, I quickly updated my WhatsApp 24hr status and notified my friends.

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    Preparing for Hurricane Irma

    In preparation for Hurricane Irma, I went to the grocery store to pick up a few snacks, tin food etc., I returned home to complete my laundry just to ensure that I have all clean clothes and towels. After filling the water tanks and recharging all electronic devices I placed all important documents in a ziplock double seal bags and store them in a dry place. Then I removed all my makeup from my vanity and placed them in my caboodle, airtight containers and huge garbage bags. I also placed my blogging materials in huge garbage bags and store them away in a closet.

    At this moment, I began to get frustrated. This was my very first Hurricane experience. I started to think I was overreacting but as they say, prevention is better than cure. 

    During my preparation of Hurricane Irma I had 2 things in mind:

          1.      Always prepare for the worse
          2.      Hurricane Irma will not pass through and leave me naked (without my belongings). Even though these things are replaceable I rather know that I had tried saving them rather than not doing anything at all.

    Waiting on Hurricane Irma

    Approximately 9 pm Tuesday night on the 5th of September videos started to circulate throughout Facebook and WhatsApp showing the sea level rising. It was making its way past the Boardwalk unto the main road (keep in mind that the hurricane did not cover our island yet).

    There was an estimated time of Hurricane Irma passing and the curfew was still in place. The environment was feeling warm and inside the house became extremely hot. While waiting up I became drowsy and fell asleep.

    Waking up to the Natural Disaster

    When I woke up it was minutes after 4 I could hear the sound of the wind whistling. I thought I was in a dream. I did not panic but immediately grabbed my phone and checked my WhatsApp messages. With tons of notifications, I was getting updates from my friends near and far wondering how the Hurricane was behaving. I replied to the several messages just before we had a power outage and lost connection to the internet. With shouts of praises, I was giving God thanks that I get to send replies to my friends updating them on the current state of Hurricane Irma since we had lost electricity for 1 week and 3 days. Messages that I received claimed that roofs have flown off houses this is when I became more alert.

    Damage to Cost-U-Less roof due to passing of Hurricane Irma

    Watching Out Our Windows

    During the passing of Hurricane Irma I could hear the loud sound of the wind moving objects at 185 mph. At this present moment, I was walking from door to door checking to see that everything is still intact. At one point, I thought the door was gonna blow in and the house might flood. Hurricane Irma passed during the early morning so I could see clearly what was happening outside. A lot of trees was down, the entire place was a mess and I was terrified. I prayed for it to stop!

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    What was left of Texaco Gas Station after Hurricane Irma

    The After Effect of Hurricane Irma

    Hurricane Irma passed through our beloved country of St. Maarten and left numerous of people homeless. Many with roof and windows destroyed, cars damaged, gas station pumps torn down to pieces, supermarkets and other places destroyed, debris blocked the drainage and streets. My home and my makeup withstand Hurricane Irma. Although I had a bit of mopping to do from water that came in. I felt relief as the storm had stop and my makeup was securely stored in a dry area

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    Car flipped to the side and pinned to the wall due to Hurricane Irma


    With this natural disaster, we did not experience any flooding in the area that I live. It was pure heavy wind with light-medium showers of rain. The wind was strong! Strong enough to move a 40 ft. container, flip cars to the side and move boats away from the sea.

    In Conclusion

    I am blessed to be alive and I am happy that I live to experience this moment in my adulthood. Even though it is dangerous and considered to be natural; there was nothing that we could have done to prevent Hurricane Irma. I pray for the families that have been affected and that our country Sint Maarten will rebuild better and stronger than it was before.

    How was your experience with Hurricane Irma? How do you prepare for a hurricane?

     

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    Top 7 Drugstore Foundation for Dry Skin

    It seems not easy to figure out which drugstore foundation that is suitable for your skin especially if your skin is dry skin. We understand how hard it can be to hide those blemishes when you are rushing to your special occasion. So here is your chance to figure out which drugstore suits your skin best. In this article, we will introduce 7 out of hundreds of dry skin foundation that you can purchase online and several helpful tips to help you find the best foundation for your skin.

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    The Perfect Autumn Looks For Everyone

    Everyone is pretty in their own way, and with the seasons changing we can all ramp that up to 11 if we choose to. With autumn here and winter just around the corner, it’s time to break out your earthy tones and warm lipsticks. Autumn is different to summer not just because of the cooler weather and crunchy grounds, but it’s also a great time to look fantastic when you’re outside with simple looks. Here are a few ideas on the perfect autumn trends that work for pretty much everyone.

    Use makeup to enhance your looks rather than make a new one for yourself. If you’re lucky for this season alone, you could have an original autumn look based on your hair color or skin tone, so really bring out your best fall look with a few of these style tips.

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    Have A Monochrome Canvas

    With all the leaves on the ground and trees becoming more and bearer as we speak, having a monochrome makeup look will make you look right at home! It’s simple yet beautiful. You don’t even need dual shades for this look, and you can go for triples or quadruples if you like more variety. You can match any color to any other as long as they share a base.

    Muted palettes and nudes are a perfect shade type for this kind of makeup. First of all, find the colour that’s right for you, then simply use it all across your face. Match your peach or rose lips to your eyeshadow palette with a lighter burgundy across your eyelids. It may seem less striking but you’ll look put together and perfect.

    You don’t have to go through the trouble of mix and matching when it comes to having a block to work with. This can work for all skin tones, whether it be a pale or vibrant shade. For a spooky season look, you can even have a burnt orange on your lips and cheeks that remind you of pumpkins.

    Coat Your Eyes With Art Deco

    Makeup is art, so combining it with artistic movements is great. Sound complicated? It’s easy! When it comes to lining your eyes with your favourite marker, use simple shapes that vary in size and intensity. You don’t even have to be an expert to pull this trick off! Using a pencil liner, draw circles on your eyelids and then connect them up, or draw big lines that you can fill in and go over with some liquid eyeliner.

    You can turn your face into a literal work of art with beauty standards that seem ripped straight out of the 1920s. Bringing the old back into the modern day with retro looks is not only stylish but a cut above a lot of the current trends. This makes it perfect for changing up your look for autumn when environmental change is all around us.

    Use your usual setting hacks for longer lasting makeup looks during the fall. It’s even harder to get makeup to stay on during the rainier seasons, so be sure to set your liner with a little eyeshadow in the exact same shade. This will make you continuously pop, and is completely easy to do.

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    Pair Your Scarf With Your Cheeks

    When we think of fall, we think of pumpkin spice and everything nice. Now when it comes to putting an outfit together with your makeup in mind, it couldn’t be easier with burnt and block colours during this time of year. This work wonders on your cheeks due to the area available and highlighting possible.

    For fair cheeks and lighter skin tones, a good warm color for your cheeks is a peachy tone. Look for more neutral tones rather than pink, which are the most blendable if you want to switch a look up. This pairs well with pale scarfs of orangey or beige colors for sunnier days and is a perfectly cool looking combo.

    For darker skin tones, a burnt out or ombre ‘brick’ color is good for an autumn look. This also pairs well with an orange or red scarf, which contrasts amazingly with your skin tone and brings out your natural beauty.

    If you have an infinity scarf, loop it properly around your neck by having wide loops that decrease in size as they go down. You can knot it as well if it’s too long for you, and your outfit will never look better!

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    Dark Lips To Win Everyone Over

    If you like striking appearances then this one is especially for you. Last year there was a trend going around for dark lips in the autumn time, so we know this is an especially popular idea. If you’ve not got the hang of eye makeup yet, and are still working on your perfect blusher, having some striking lips to show the world draws attention away from these if you so wish.

    Plum colors are always a good choice. You can even use some dual tones for a noteworthy lip appearance. A dual tone mix of a pale and bright colour can boost your lip size naturally and is just different to what we see a lot of the time.

    For a real in-depth info guide for the best lip colors, you can learn more here about your perfect lip tint and what ‘vampy’ look might be best for your skin type. These dark looks have always been in fashion, and with the resurgence in the goth style, you’ll fit right in around younger and older people.

    These are just rough outlines for what you can do with your makeup in terms of seasonal looks. Once you’ve finished reading them, why not give them a try? Makeup is a wonderful creative tool, and you can go with or against the societal grain if you choose. You know you best after all, so try and spice up your look for autumn. You never know how good things can turn out!

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    Top Makeup Tricks! Make That Face Last All Day

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    There’s nothing worse than spending time putting a face on in the morning, only to look like you’ve just rolled out of bed by lunchtime. When you work really hard to create your perfect look, you want it to stay looking perfect but you can’t control the weather or your surroundings. Heat, humidity and general sweatiness of the day all contribute to making that classic face you spent so much time honing slide right off. How dare it! 

    There are things you can do – thankfully – to prevent the ‘melted waxwork’ look by the end of the day. Making your makeup last all day depends on what product you use as much as it is about skill. You can learn more at https://classiccosmetics.com, and you can check out the tricks below to get your look perfected and lasting all day. Whatever you do, make sure that your makeup bag has everything you need to get started.

    Top Makeup Tricks

    • Oil + Water = Disaster. We all know this and the oils in your face are included! So, starting your makeup routine with a clear and clean canvas is important. Before you get started on applying your favourite cosmetics, you need to have a clean, dry face. The oils need a good cleanser and you’ll need an SPF-free moisturizer before adding anything else.
    • Base Coat. When you go for a manicure that is done by a professional, you need a base coat to keep the nail polish on longer. It’s no different for your face. Okay, so you won’t be using a nail polish base coat across your T-Zone, but you will need a primer. This blur the imperfections, fill your pores and keep your makeup lasting longer.
    • Product Choice. A big part of makeup staying on your face all day is the choice of product you use. You can use drugstore makeup and designer makeup and have the same look, but you can bet that the designer makeup will last you for 12 hours as opposed to the 2 hours the drugstore makeup will stay on. Be picky about your makeup and think of it as an investment in yourself.
    • Set It. You’d not go to the hairdressers for a stylish up ‘do and not lock it in with hairspray. Setting your makeup with a setting spray like this can make such a difference. Do this before and after you apply your face so that your makeup looks more natural on your skin.
    • Hands Off. If you’re the sort of person who knuckles their eyes when they’re sleepy, perhaps lay off the layers of mascara. Keeping your hands off your face doesn’t just stop your makeup from running off; it stops you transferring dirt from your hands to your cheeks. Oils on your hands will cause movement in your makeup so keep your hands away from your face as much as possible.

    Keeping your makeup on all day is not as easy, but with these tips you should be able to have an easier time of it, meaning your face will look as fresh on the long commute home as it did on the way!

     

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    These Tips Will Turn You Into A Makeup Professional

    The possibilities are endless when it comes to makeup. There are thousands of videos online of people doing crazy things with their makeup but that might be a bit out of your league. Most people end up with the same sort of look every day because they don’t know how to be more creative. If you’re just a beginner and you want to improve your makeup skills to becoming a makeup professional, check out these simple tips to help you along the way.

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    The Brush Bar: How to Clean and Dry Makeup Brushes

    I love wearing makeup but when it comes down to washing my one million and one brushes it can be a hell of a deal. I’ve tried every method known to wash my brushes and leave them to dry; from using the palm of my hand and laying them to dry on napkins/towel to using the Brush Bar and the Brush Board.

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    Blogger’s Beauty Brawl: 10 Days of Summer – Ambrosia Cosmetics Eye Fx Eyeshadow Primer

    I am totally impressed with this product ‘Ambrosia Cosmetics Eye Fx Eyeshadow Primer.’ I love to see an eyeshadow that is popping with pigments whether bold or nude on any and every skin tone. This is what the Ambrosia Cosmetics Eye Fx Eyeshadow Primer does; it enhances the quality of the eyeshadow by providing a strong hold and colour vibrancy.

    Ambrosia Cosmetics Eye Fx Eyeshadow Primer

    Ambrosia Cosmetics Eye Fx Eyeshadow Primer

    The product is creamy and glides onto eyes smoothly by using the tip of a flat brush.
     
    With the Ambrosia Cosmetics Eye Fx Eyeshadow Primer I did not experience any product fall out, creasing or wrinkling in my eye area. The product does not tug while being applied as it goes on smoothly. Blending in eyeshadow is also easy with this product. 

    Ambrosia Cosmetics Eye Fx Eyeshadow Primer

    There were no signs of colour fading after wearing my eyeshadow for several hours. And as the rule says a little goes a long way; therefore excessive use of the product is not needed to get your eyeshadow to pop.

    Packaging

    The Ambrosia Cosmetics Eye Fx Eyeshadow Primer comes in a 10-gram container with material made from polyethylene and terephthalate. The product can be easily identified with the labeling on top cover.

    Where can it be purchased?

    Anyhow, the product is not 100% easy to come by as it is not widely available. It is made in Trinidad and sold for TT$12. 

    Also, check out this blogger reviews on her selection of products.
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    Blogger’s Beauty Brawl: 10 Days of Summer – Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Eye Liner

    I love a good wing liner even though I don’t normally get it right on the first try. I mostly wear wing liner when I’m looking to achieve a natural look or I don’t have much time to apply eyeshadow to my lids. The Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Eye Liner helps me to achieve a super defined and sharper look wing liner. With the brush tip applicator, the liner glides on smoothly. I also felt that I had to go over the same area several times to make a deep black line. To get it more pigmented I had to wipe the product on the back of my hands to help the product flow out much easier.

    Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Eye Liner


    The formula is pigmented, it gives off an opaque intense black, matte finish. The staying power is long and it does not dry and chips off like some liner.
     
    Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liquid Eye Liner in Trooper ($20.00 for .02 oz.) comes in a black pen-like design with a brush tip applicator. The packaging is sleek and sturdy. The cap prevents the liquid from drying out and it snaps when being closed that way you know the cap fastens and the product will not stay drying out.

    Blogger's Beauty Brawl: Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Eye Liner

    The tip of the Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Eye Liner is made from synthetic hairs packed together in a pointed shape that allows for a more precise eyeliner application.

     

    Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Eye Liner is easy to use, precise, long staying power and I did not notice any form of dragging while applying the product to my eyelids.

    Also, check out this blogger reviews on her selection of products.

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    Blogger’s Beauty Brawl: 10 Days of Summer – Ambrosia Cosmetics Definition Brow Gel

    There I was scrolling through Facebook and I came across this flawless, amazingly defined eyebrows. I immediately had to inquire about the product that was used to get the eyebrows to perfection. After doing a thorough research on the brow gel I consider buying and trying the product. Only to find out that the product used is a brow gel that was made in Trinidad. It is cruelty-free. Anyhow, I still got a hold of the product and I must say it is one of the best brow gel product that I have ever used.

    I have used many other brow products from different brands such as MAC cosmetics, Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmetics, NYX cosmetics etc. but it’s my first time coming across a brow product that is so creamy and not drying. Read more

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    Blogger’s Beauty Brawl: 10 Days of Summer – Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

    Blogger's Beauty Brawl: 10 Days of Summer - Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

    The key to wearing a good matte lipstick application is clean, dry, moisturized and exfoliated lips. Matte lipsticks can be drying, so it is important to drink enough water throughout the day to keep the lips hydrated. Also applying lip balm prior matte lipstick application is required.

    Kat Von d Everlasting Liquid Lipstick (Damned)

    I picked up this Kat Von d Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade Damned. A deep burgundy shade. I am a huge fan of Kat Von D cosmetics so I had to at least sample one of the liquid lipsticks. Then again at a price of $20 each for 6.6mL/0.22 fl. Oz. I couldn’t justify myself buying all 46 shades at once. I just picked up a shade that looked perfect in the packaging and something that is not close to what I already own. The price is in the same range as several other brand liquid lipsticks on the market.
     

    I like dark vampy colours so I choose to go with this deep burgundish shade (Damned).

    Packaging

    The liquid lipstick comes in a clear plastic tube with a thin sponge doe foot applicator. The tip of the applicator allows you to precisely apply the liquid lipstick from one corner of your lips to the other. The flat edge of the applicator covers the surface of the lip as you swipe from left to right. The sponge does not pick up as many products so you might want to coat the lips 2-3 times to get that opaque pigmented, even application look.
     

    Pros

    Cons

    Not transferable
    Drying
    Highly pigmented
    Uneven application
    Non-sticky
    Messy (crack, feather…)
    Smooth application
    Easy to apply
    Buildable
    Blogger's Beauty Brawl: 10 Days of Summer - Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

    The Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick has a long lasting staying power with high pigmentation. It is kiss proof and non-transferable. Exactly what I look for in a matte lipstick. The Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick is drying but not to the point that the lips feel dehydrated. The texture is lightweight and it glides on smoothly, however; I feel like the doe foot applicator sponge could be a bit thicker. Thick enough to pick up an ample amount of product to apply to lips. I had to coat my lips 2-3 times before I could get the product to look even on my lips. The Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick dried very fast between each application, the product did not felt sticky like some other liquid lipsticks neither was it messy on the lips. The liquid lipstick sits comfortably on the lips you will forget that it is even there. If you are gonna wear this Kat Von D liquid lipstick watch out for a little feathering especially if you eat greasy food or have dry lips. Eating anything oily will separate the liquid lipstick making it become messy.

     
    With the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, I was able to eat without this product smearing on my chin.

    Also, check out this blogger reviews on her selection of products.
     

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