Makeup Monday: Foundation and Contouring

It’s been a while since I’ve written about makeup so what better way to end my Monday?

I want to talk about foundation and contouring for a number of reasons. The first is because a lot of girls use the wrong foundation for their faces. Yup, you read that right: there are actually certain foundations depending on your skin type. If you have dry skin, my suggestion is to use a more oil-based foundation (liquid foundation, for example); if you’re skin is more oily, use a dryer foundation (powder foundation, for sure). If you have both, pick and choose which you like.

I have neutral skin, meaning it’s not oily but it’s not dry, either. I actually use both a powder foundation and a liquid foundation. It honestly depends on the day, how much I want my makeup to pop after I put it on, how lazy or tired I am and how casual I want to look. If I’m going out or going to an event, I’m more likely to use my liquid foundation because the contouring shows up way better when I’m done. Keep in mind that when you’re using liquid foundation not to cake it on and blend it extremely well. Make sure to ALWAYS take if off at the end of whatever you’re doing because it can really mess with your pores if you don’t clean it properly (I recommend getting a Clarisonic…I’ll write a post about it soon, don’t worry).

If I’m going to work or class or I just want to add a little something before I leave for the day, I’ll use the powder foundation. It still allows the contouring to show through but it isn’t as harsh. I use two shades of powder foundation: one darker and one lighter. I’ll start with the darker foundation and then use the light color only is the spots I want to highlight while contouring.

For contouring, I’ll pretty much always use the Urban Decay NAKED Flushed palette. The naked palette is all powder and includes: highlighter, bronzer and blush. The only time I won’t use the Naked palette is if I’m using liquid foundation. Then I’ll use the Benefit High Beam as my highlighter, instead of the Naked powder highlighter. I’ll still use the bronzer and blush from the Naked palette, though.

Foundations I use:

Liquid: Neutrogena SkinClearing Oil-Free Makeup, MicroClear (Medium Beige, 80)

Powder: Maybelline New York Dream Wonder Powder (Classic Beige, 65 and Nude, 40)

Contouring Tools:

Urban Decay NAKED Flushed

Benefit High Beam

Spa Sunday

Treat yo self.


What you’ll need:

*Products I use on the reg

**Products I use a lot but it’s usually only once or twice a week

I have all of these products already…Spa Sunday just gives me the opportunity to use them all at once….If you don’t have any of these, don’t feel inclined to go out and get them. Use products that you like/you already have. If you want to use what I have, thank you for inadvertently taking my advice!

1. Start off with Frank and Cosmetic Warrior.

For Frank, wet your skin just enough to the point where you’ll be able to spread it all over your body.

For cosmetic warrior, use a generous amount.

Leave on for 15 minutes.

Wash both off with warm water. I recommend putting both on before you get into the shower. It’s much easier to wash off when you’re planning on showering anyway.



2. After you get into the shower, wash your hair first.

I do the shampoo first, then the damage-erasing balm and then the conditioner last.

The balm requires you to leave it in your hair for 5 minutes.



3. While your hair is absorbing the damage-erasing balm, use the Kiehl’s shaving cream to shave your legs.

You don’t have to do this step but I like to be occupied while I’m waiting for my balm to work into my hair and scalp.

4. Use the aromatherapy body scrub to exfoliate.



5. My soap exfoliates so just use your regular soap afterwards.

6. Use the Pekee bar to wash your face.

7. Use the Angels on bare skin cleanser to clean your pores.


8. Once you’re done in the shower, use the triple resist and the dry oil in your hair before you blow it dry.

You don’t have to blow it dry if you don’t want to. Sometimes I’ll just throw my hair in a braid and call it a day.


9. Cover your entire body, excluding your face, with the body butter of your choice.

10. Use the Enzymion moisturizer on your face. I promise it will feel amazing.


(The Enzymion tub is actually huge but this is all I had left).

11. Finish off your spa day with Lush Lip Scrub. It’s made with sugar so you can just lick it off after you’re done exfoliating.

Add your favorite lipstick, gloss or chapstick.


Manicure Monday: Matching my Nails to my Halloween Costume

For Halloween this year, I’ve decided to be a boxer…since I now box (we’re using the term loosely), I thought it’d be fitting. I have the cool-looking shorts that are huge on me and I have plenty of workouts under my belt (I feel like there could be a potential pun there…?) but I wanted to add a little girly touch of my own. What better way than to do my nails?


What You’ll Need:


  • Base coat
  • Base color
  • Top Coat
  • Secondary color
  • Nail Vinyls (you can get them here: )
  • Nail Tees (the Q-Tip with a point)
  • Tweezers (Optional)


Start with your base coat. Wait until it’s dry. Paint with your base color. Mine was white. I used three coats. Make sure that your coats are thin or else you’ll get bubbles on your nail (bubbling occurs when there is too much oxygen between coats). Make sure that your nails are dry. Add a top coat. Make sure your top coat is COMPLETELY dry before the next steps.



Pick out what vinyls you want to use. I used a lot of different ones. It’s up to you. You peel the vinyls off just like stickers.


Apply to your nail. This is when the tweezers come in handy. You can use them to get a more accurate placement. It’s also a lot easier to use them when you’re taking the vinyl off.


Paint all over your nail.



Take the vinyl off right after you’re finished painting your nail. If you leave it on too long, it’ll start ripping off your first color.IMG_7425

Repeat for the rest of your nails (but you don’t have to).


and Viola!


Let’s Be Frank

Frank. Everyone is talking about Frank. You’re probably asking who Frank is…but it’s not who…it’s actually what is Frank?
Frank is a body scrub from Australia with a mind of his own. I first found out about Frank on Instagram. I was instantly intrigued. Frank honestly can’t be put into words because his personality is just something that cannot be replicated. Click on the link below to get Frank at his best.


So, hopefully you actually clicked on the link above because the next couple of paragraphs have to deal with all of what you just read on his website. So if you haven’t clicked the link yet, definitely click it.

Okay, moving on. So just like any sensible person, you can believe that I obviously had my doubts about Frank. I did some research…and, for the love of blogging, I decided to give Frank a try.
I wasn’t disappointed. I try to shower with Frank every other day so here’s a quick overview of my first week with Frank:
Sunday: Frank actually arrived at home on Thursday but because I was at work (I live at college during the week because commuting from there to work is just so much easier), Frank and I weren’t introduced until Sunday. There were certain things that I was looking for with Frank: silky smooth skin, loosen my muscles, make me smell amazing, etc. At first, I was a little tentative because Frank is messy…but after a few minutes, you start to realize that it just wouldn’t be the same any other way and that that’s part of Frank’s appeal. Okay, so let’s start with the smell. I chose the cacao so I smelled like a mocha coffee when I got out of the shower. Loved it. I love coffee, I love chocolate, I love Frank. Next, my skin. As soon as I showered Frank off, I could feel a difference in my skin already. It was so silky. I have a rough patch of skin on my face on my cheek, I’m not really sure where I got it from, so I focused on that to track Frank’s progress. After one use alone, it was almost gone. I kept running my hand over it wondering where it had gone. Lastly, the loosening of my muscles. Because you’re applying Frank in a circular, massage-like motion, you’re most likely getting out a lot of knots that you might not even know exist.

Tuesday: As far as the smell goes, it was the same. It just made me really want to go to Starbucks. My skin felt smoother then last time. And after only my second use, the rough patch on my face was completely gone. It’s not there. I even just rubbed my face right now as I’m writing this to double check. Yup. It’s gone.

Thursday: I smell awesome. My skin feels awesome. My muscles look awesome.

Look good, feel good, right? Get Frank. I approve.


Frank and I take selfies, duh.

Essie: Custom Polish

For those of you that have seen my instagram (@wearsbyris), you already know what the custom Essie polish looks like. If not, the photo above is the same polish. In person, it’s pretty close to the picture. It goes on smoother than it looks and it has a little bit less pink.

For this post, I want to do something a bit different. Since it’s a custom polish, it doesn’t have a name. I want your help to help me pick out a name for it. Comment below/write on the instagram/email me any suggestions that might you have! I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!