POPsocket and Fidget Spinner, Coconut Oil, and a Smart Strapless Dress Hack

I’m going to review Coconut Oil – I’m obsessed!  You will see an easy clothing hack for strapless dresses or see through dresses.  I will share my favorite eyeshadow accent Crystal Waters by Cover Girl.  You will love this new iPhone gadget – the PopSocket.  The pop socket is a 2017 accessory for iPhone 6, iPhone 5, iPhone 7 for kids and teens that gives your phone a grip.  Then the Fidget Spinner is trending and spinning.  Whether or not it helps with ADHD is yet to be sure.  They relieve stress.  And they’re fun to fidget with!  All of these make up my Favorites products for the month of May in 2017.

straplessdresshack I love this dress!  It’s the first strapless dress I’ve bought since my wedding gown 15 years ago haha.  But…it’s a tad see-through.  The brilliant gal at Anthropology suggested a mini skirt slip pulled to my chest.  I just so happen to have one.  Ta-da!  Self confident dress now.

Coconut Oil has been the rage for a while now, and I just last week tried it.

  1.  It isn’t oily, it goes on like lotion.
  2. It doesn’t smell like coconuts or the old afro-sheen from when I was growing up.
  3. I’ve heard you can put Coconut Oil in your hair to protect it from chlorine.

Watch the video above to see how smoothly it goes on.  It is hard to keep it solidified in my house though.  I feel like I need to keep it on my counter because it stays cooler there.

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For Mother’s Day, my preteen gave me a Popsocket.  Do I feel like the coolest mom now?!  popsocket iphone It gives you a grip while using your phone.  You can text one-handed more easily.  You can even stand it up to watch my LauriePOP videos!

This Cover Girl Crystal Waters blue toned eyeshadow palette is a replacement from the cheap, not-so-bright blue Ulta eyeshadow I’ve been using.  The funny thing is is that I used to use this palette almost ten years ago and recently found it.  They’re bright eye enhancers for the corners or my eyes and for smudging

right along my eyeliner.  In the video, you can see it more clearly.

The Fidget Spinner will most likely be the toy of 2017.  It’s awesome.  We love it because our child can actually afford it and wait for it and be invested in working for something.  NPR and Newsweek put out debates on the effectiveness for combatting ADHD but the jury is still out.  And by jury, I mean teachers and parents.  Could the fidget spinner be distracting to other students or teachers?  They are really cute and can even be built with Legos.

These favorites for May are truly favorites!  Thank you for POPping over to my LauriePOP Channel.  Here are some videos you may have missed:

Liquids in my CarryOn

Most Comfy Shoe for Travel

7 Changes to my Happy Planner

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There are affiliate links, but all opinions are my own.

Best Nail Polishes for 2017 Events

These are the best fingernail polishes for every event in 2017.  You’ll see in my YouTube video the best neutral nail polish, the best red nail polish, the best pink fingernail polish, the best color to wear to the beach on your nails, and a perfect bonus color that looks good on every skin tone’s fingernails!

I just want to work for OPI and have so much fun creating names for each nail polish. Have you ever bought one of their fingernail polishes solely based on its name?  They’re creative!

I still want the Dulles line and the Texas line.  I’ve heard from a manicurist that the TX line flakes off very easily.  Why is there a difference?

Since we’re all beautiful in his sight, we have different skin tones and pigments.  Take some time to observe your skin colors under different lighting and with these thoughts:

Skin Tones:

  1. Do you look better in blues or reds?
  2. Are you an orange tan or an olive tan?
  3. Notice what shirts brighten your skin when you hold it up in front of a mirror.  (More on that here)
  4. Take the polish that doesn’t work to the store and hold it side by side before you pick out a new color.

Best Nail Colors That I Recommend for 2017:

The Best Neutral Nail Polish: Tickle My France-y

The Best Beach Nail Polish: Suzi’s Hungary Again

The Best Red Nail Polish: I’m Not Really a Waitress

The Best Pink Nail Polish: A-Rose at Dawn; Broke by Noon

The Best Dark Nail Polish: OPI Scores a Goal-sold out so I’m linking a similar color

The Best Nail Polish for any skin tone:  Grand Canyon-sold out so I’m linking a similar color

Look around at Christmas for the Mini Boxed Sets.  I only found this one.

Other Videos You May Enjoy:

The Most Comfortable Shoe for Travel

Eyeshadow Application – The Academic Way

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Girls Night Idea – Have Your Own Makeup Party

Girl’s Night Out Idea – Host Your Own Eyeshadow Party

Your friends are bringing the supplies; you’re just going to set them up to feel pampered.

This does not mean you’re going to spend a lot of money on decorations.  You’re going to spend maybe $7 per person, unless you want to give them the little item I’m suggesting in this video.

INVITATION:

I’m giving you an invitation to make them feel special and to help them look forward to the evening.  Free printable!

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I’m giving you a list of 5-7 items for each person’s area that you can spend money on.

Seriously, just being together with no to-do list is a fantastic evening to this girl right here.

But, this idea popped into my head so I’m sharing it with you.  The above video explains and pumps you up so please take a looksy!

Invite no more than 5 other girls to your house for an Eyeshadow Application Party.  Side note: you want a house with good overhead lighting since you’ll be applying eyeshadow.  This would be awesome during the brunch hours b/c of the natural daylight.

Everyone brings her own brushes (all different kinds) and eyeshadows, even the ones she thinks are bad colors.

Your gal pals also need to come with no eye makeup on.

SETTLE THEIR JITTERS:

You are in charge of assuring the women that they will not be judged if they make mistakes, that the protection masks that we women put on to protect our insecurities are down; that they just need to come as they are. 

You are helping everyone at the table be on the same playing field.  We’re all women with insecurities; but red and yellow black and white, we are precious in his sight.  We are just experimenting and getting creative. girls night idea

One idea is to say in the invitation that everyone has to wear yoga pants.

ARRIVAL:

You are going to make your guests feel like queens for the day!

I used long note pads, a cute pen, mirrors that my former Mary Kay friend had for us to borrow, and a makeup baggie

In each MakeUp Baggie, I gifted them two different eyeshadow brushes-the two most important brushes:  Eyeshadow Brush and a Blending Brush.  If you can afford one more brush, I recommend a Crease Brush since you’re using five colors in the video above.  Please watch the video; it’s a gorgeous arrangement of colors!

Cotton Balls

Hair Band to keep the hair out of their eyes if needed

3 Cheapy Cheap Eyeshadow Brushes – this way they can use a clean brush to experiment with someone else’s eyeshadow color eyeshadowbrush

If you have the money, you could buy each one the cutest trinket around these days…this Blushing Lady MakeUp Brush Cup

If you don’t have the money, maybe you could decorate a white styrofoam cup just like her!  My above video shows you the styrofoam version; she’s adorable!

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Girls Night Idea

Other Videos:

What’s In My CarryOn, Organize Under Your Sink,  What to Pack for a Long Haul Flight

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Eyeshadow Tutorial – Academic Approach

These eyeshadow tips for applying eyeshadow with an academic approach will be easy and smart. Using your brain to test different colors against your face will set the stage for smart eyeshadow application. Where you put your weight on your brush, where you first place your brush, and where you apply the eyeshadow is different for each color and eye. The purpose of eyeshadow is to lighten and brighten and to give some shadows for depth/different moods. 

Jesus Chris is in me and I am in Christ!  Knowing that makes my eyes come alive, and I approach daily chores and people with a more positive attitude when I can stand on that truth.

All that to say: this is just for fun so you can be creative and have fun with eyeshadow IF you want wear it that day.  I’ve watched YouTube videos so I’m kind of self taught.  These are all my un-trained opinions based on my experiences.

What I wore:

Milani Plum Palette

Japonesque Palette
It Cosmetics Precision Brush

Mary Kay Colors:
Sweet Cream
Hazelnut
Copper Glow
I also use their Eye Primer.

Mascara (Love this)

GIVEAWAY RULES: You have to watch the video to find out the rules. The prize is adorable!

YouTubers I recommend:

Wayne Goss

Coffee Break With Dani

Makeup Geek

Dramatic Deep-set Eye Makeup Tutorial Video with Robert Jones

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My First Spray Tan What Do I Do??

What is a spray tan?  What do you do for a spray tan?  How long does a spray tan last?

I’ve wondered how it works for a couple of years ever since my friend Beth got one.  Since it was FREE, I decided to share my experience with y’all!

Fears

I was so worried!  I didn’t want to look orange.  I didn’t want anyone to spray a hose on me while I was naked.

I didn’t know how in the world I was to breathe while colored mist is blowing onto my face.

Was I going to be cold?  Would my clothes be orange?  Will it take forever to dry off?

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Before You Go

Think spa atmosphere.  You stand in a very nice shower stall.  It sprays you and dries you in less than 3 minutes.

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Once or twice a year, a tanning place or a tanning spa may throw a weekend special right before spring.  So call around to see if there’s one near you offering a special.

I went to Glo Sun Spa in The Woodlands, and Taylor explained everything to me so that I can explain it to you.

The morning or night before you go, you’re supposed to exfoliate and take off all makeup, deodorant, and lotion.  You can see that my face absorbed a lot of the color, and that is the only place I exfoliated.  Don’t know if that’s why it was darker than everything else or what.

Wear grubby loose clothes in case color does transfer.  Mine did not.  Get the LIGHTEST color shade if it’s your first time.  

When You Arrive

You walk into this spa room with Taylor, and she will show you this Barrier Gel that feels like conditioner that you put on your palms, cuticles, nails and under your feet.  You don’t want a tan on your palms or your nails.  So this gel is a barrier.

They have hair rubber bands and shower cap.  When you put the hair cap on, let some of your hair show so that you don’t have a line of tan and the your scalp showing.  It will NOT stain your hair.

Then Taylor got in the stall.  My video above will show the exact positions.

The very loud and clear speaker tells you what to do only when you push the button…you’re all barrier-ed up and standing in the right position.  Then you push the start button and it says, “Prepare for primer.”  And you hear the spray like a second before it gets to your face.  And the nozzles start at your face for maybe a second and a half and then move down.

It feels like a cool mist but it’s not a stinging mist.  The nozzles move down in like 5 seconds from your face to your feet.  Then the voice says, “Turn around for primer 2.”

Then it says “Turn around for position number 1 of color.”  Taylor showed me the 4 positions.  Front, right egyptian, left egyptian, and back.  Then it says, “Stay here for drying round 1.  Stay here for drying round 2.  Turn around for drying round 1.  Stay here for drying round 2.  Tanning is complete.”

**Oh, and the door in the stall doesn’t close so you don’t feel claustrophobic at all.

What I Didn’t Like

After 24 hours I looked too bronzed.  My solution to that would be to just get the next lowest color since it’s my first application in the middle of Winter.

It also left a lot of staining on my foot.  But my solution would be to put more Barrier solution on my feet to block the color.

Final Thoughts

You learn so much after the first trial.  Try it if you get a huge discount!  It’d be so fun to do it with a bunch of gals.

Let me know if you glo!

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Natural Makeup Tutorial for Over 40

For a natural makeup look, you want to look like you’re not wearing makeup.  But there are features of your face that will POP by applying a few neutral makeup shades.  Subscribe to my Channel if you like this tutorial.

I’m Off to Run Errands…

Natural makeup looks start with Dream BB Cream by Maybelline.  I recommend this because it is super sheer.  Therefore it evens out your skin blemishes and indentions without looking like foundation.  It does not have a thick coverage.  That means that you can still see pores, and it is an un-makeup’d look.  It feels watery thin but not watery.  Does that make sense?  My LauriePOP Ideas That POP YouTube video above explains it better.  I wish we could just FaceTime every morning, and I could explain.

To continue our neutral makeup look for running errands or taking down Christmas decorations with the family (fun or not fun?), we need to apply a light couple of dabs of blush.  Blend some bronzer on your forehead, T zone and all the way down your neck.  It gives you some pep in  your step…and it blends your coloring!

For the eyes I always prep my natural makeup look with eyeshadow primer.  This cream covers blemishes, but it sets the eyeshadow that goes on top of it for the whole day.  This step is key!  Setting your eyes sets you up for a natural, energized and ready-for-the-day look.

My most effective Under Eye Purple People Cover Upper is Mary Kay’s Under Eye Corrector.  I promise I don’t sell Mary Kay; I just love their stuff still!

Can we take a minute to remind ourselves that we do not wear makeup to impress people. Think about why you wear it.  Really.  Do you wear it for yourself?  Do you wear it because you enjoy it?  I appreciate the approach.  I appreciate the art.  I appreciate the care you have for your face.  We’re taking care of our makeup look.  So, no pressure.  And be yourself – even with makeup on.  It’s just makeup.  But you are you!

With practice this look will take you five minutes.  I should do a five minute makeup challenge video!

You’re going to stipple a yellow shadow over the eyeshadow primer.  My Christmas present to myself was this palette in all shades.  They’re basically the matte shades from the Urban Decay palettes in one place.  I highly recommend this for all skin colors, moods and wallets!  They go on lightly so that you can build slowly.  So luxe!

Then in the crease you will apply this salmon color.  You can see the peachy tones coming through even with my yellowish eyeshadow on.  THAT is what you’re accenting.  If you have green coming through, try a green or gray.  Fun!

You finish the eyeshadow by applying the yellow base all over the completed eyelid.  Voila!

MakeUp Brush I Used
BB Cream by Maybelline Hands or Beauty Blender
Eyeshadow Palette Japonesque (linked to Amazon)-all matte colors Eyeshadow Brush I Gave Myself for Christmas
Bronzer Bare Escentuals Brush 
Mary Kay Blush Vintage Blush Brush

Add a little eyeliner if you like it and a few swipes of your mascara, and you’re good to go…after you put on some lip gloss of course.  And remember that you’re never fully dressed without a smile!

Videos You May Like:

How To Make a Cup Cozy or What to Take on a Disney Cruise or Fall Makeup Video

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3 New Year’s Eve Nail Designs


Happy New Year to you!

These three New Year’s Eve nail designs are very easy to achieve.  My video above gives you step by step directions.

What is your favorite color tone?

Colors I Used:
My favorite pink: A-Arose at Dawn Broke By Noon
Dark Purple: Lincoln Park After Dark
Light Purple: A Grape Fit
White: White On
Green: Do Pass Go
Gold: Similar

Other Videos You May Like:
Cup Cozy Video
Fall MakeUp Look Video

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