For normal to dry skin, bacteria and UV rays can strip the skin’s moisture barrier causing it to become drier. Use a cleansing milk or balm that provides a deep clean without over-cleansing such as Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser or Mario Badescu Cleansing Milk.

With normal to oily skin, bacteria and UV rays can increase oil production and damage skin’s moisture barrier. Opt for a gentle gel based cleanser like Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleansing Gel or L’oreal Paris Foaming Gel Cleanser.

Suggestions for summer exfoliators:

Mario Badescu Strawberry Face Scrub

  • Mild refreshing scrub
  • Features real Strawberry Seed and Cornmeal
  • Buffing away dulling dead skin cells

SkinFood Black Sugar Mask

  • A wash off mask featuring organic black sugar
  • Exfoliates and nourishes for a clean, smooth complexion

Water based/oil-free lotion:

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizer

  • makes the skin feel smooth and hydrated for long duration of time
  • includes hyaluronic acid and olive extract are known for their nourishing properties which provide a moisture barrier to the skin and prevent moisture loss

Clean and Clear Dual Action Moisturizer

  • Contains salicylic acid which reduces acne and clears pimple marks
  • Regular usage makes the skin smooth and soft

Garnier SkinActive Gel Moisturizer

  • instantly boosts the hydration levels of the skin and locks the moisture for up to 24 hours
  • very light and refreshing cream which provides a cooling effect to the skin

References:

https://www.boldsky.com/beauty/skin-care/2017/benefits-of-using-water-based-moisturizers-especially-for-oily-skin-115127.html

https://www.allure.com/gallery/best-water-based-gel-moisturizers

https://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/moisturizing/products/oil-free-face-lotions1.htm

xoxo Darcy Mae Modica

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Because I’m a makeup hoarder I need lots of new and creative ways to store my makeup without breaking the bank. So today I’m sharing with you all about my makeup storage! I got my vanity (pictures below) a couple years ago from my sister. It was her friend’s who didn’t want it anymore and then it sat on my sisters back porch for like EVER. Until I finally I declared I was gonna take it off her hands for her.

It’s got 3 drawers down the right side going the are labeled according to what I put in them and then more in the long top drawer. I like to keep the most immediate and important things in reach so that’s why everything on top of my vanity is the most prominent stuff like my brushes, everyday makeup essentials and even some jewelry.

To the left is just my face brushes in a glass jar that I bought from Old Time Pottery for $2. It actually took me like an hour to find the right one that would be wide enough to fit all my brushes without looking like a flower vase, same thing goes for my other glass container on the other side holding my smaller brushes. If you’re ever looking for a good glass container for brushes then look no further than your local Old Time Pottery or even a Michaels or Hobby Lobby. They also usually have things like glassware and ceramics on sale on certain days.

If you have no time for nonsense and you’re schedule never permits for any diddle-daddle in the morning when you’re getting ready. Then you definitely need to invest in one of these super convenient clear plastic makeup organizers. You can find them here at Amazon or Marshall’s sells a variety as well including glass ones. I have my foundations and concealers here because I use those the most along with my favorite powder, blush, bronzer, mascara, lip glosses, and my go-to eye shadow palette.

The long top drawer contains literally everything else, which doesn’t seem like a lot but really is. I have my bigger palettes squared off to the side and then in this little wire pans that I bought at the dollar store (kitchen section) I put my more palettes, single eyeshadows and glitters. My other powder, blush, bronzer, mascara, liners, and anything else that I manage stuff in there. It isn’t exactly “organized” in each of the little containers but I’ll eventually find a better way to keep it all together and by then I’ll probably film a video for it!

That’s it for my makeup storage, skincare storage will be a different post. Thank you for reading! And always, always, always if you have any more suggestions for makeup storage or just wanna share your own storage then please let me know if the comments.

 

xoxo Darcy Mae Modica

 

As an avid makeup lover, I believe it’s important to only really splurge on two things: foundation and concealer. Since those will be doing the grunt work of any application, you want them to be good shit and the right shade which requires going to an actual makeup store where the product will probably be vastly out of your price range. BUT those are the only things I think it’s worth it spend a lot of money on. Anything else, primers, liners, mascara, eyeshadows, brow pencils, etc. can be found for your everyday average prices.

I’m going to link all the products to a couple different places and showcase the prices but most of the things I buy come from: you guessed it! Target.

That’s not the only place but it is a really good place. Another good one that almost everyone goes to is Walmart. They have almost same selections as Target but there prices can actually be cheaper.

First up is something I know you’re all thinking you have to buy really expensive because they are all over social media and you just ‘have to have the latest one!’: eyeshadow palettes. I swear I have a friend who buys the newest/trendiest eyeshadow palette every season like clockwork maybe even every month like it’s a new iPhone update, spending a ridiculous amount of money and even waiting in a long ass line for like 2 hours for them too.

This does not have to be you. These palettes by Maybelline are pretty standard but they have a good amount of shades for the price you’re getting and it covers all the basics.

(Picture: maybelline.com)

Moving on to the eyeliners, one of my favorites is this one by Revlon. It has the same consistency of the Stila All Day eyeliner but it’s roughly $16 cheaper.

(picture: BuyMeBeauty.com)

Now to complete the eye look, you have to have mascara. So my go to inexpensive mascara is always Great Lash by Maybelline. It’s actually an award winning mascara if you didn’t know. It goes on silky with no clumping and gives your lashes that oomph of volume to solidify your look.

(picture: maybelline.com)

For your eyebrows, I recommend Essence Eyebrow Designer Pencil that even comes with a built-in brush and if you’re not a pencil person then this Nyx Tinted Brow Pomade works just as well.

(picture: PicClick)

picture: MakeupAlley

Depending on your preference and coloring, blush and bronzer is up to you. If you are in need of a bit of color, then you should try Milani Rose Powder Blush which has a little shimmer to it but is still such a beautiful color. Then for more definition, Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer is the best of the best. It’s smooth like butter and smells freaking amazing.

(picture: Beauty Bucketeer)

picture: Temptalia

Finally, my favorite portion of the makeup breakdown: highlighter! You can never really go wrong with any highlighter as long as it’s shimmery enough and you can actually see it. That’s why whenever anyone asks, I always use the Wet n Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder in the shade Precious Petals which is like a really nice rose gold and works on damn near every skin tone.

(picture: Carousell)

That’s it for this post! Thank you guys for reading and if you have any suggestions for more inexpensive but still totally worth the money makeup then comment down below. I’d love to hear from you guys!

 

xoxo Darcy Mae Modica

I’ve been going back through the my old photos from when I was experimenting with makeup through my early teens. I wanted to show some flashbacks of my disastrous start and not all of them show a full face of makeup but I still like to look back and laugh at all looks.

Here are some from the very beginning, makeup free days.

Then we have some early photos of when I was in high school, this is around sophomore year. I just want to point out that I had just discovered the whole ‘filling eyebrows in’ thing and at the time I believe I was using the E.L.F brow duo kit that had one side powder and one side cream. I remember outlining it with the cream first and then just dusting it lightly on the inside with powder.

I was also experimenting with lip color. I thought I was a bad bitch and wore a lot of different stuff but never actually went outside with it on. I was too unsure how it would be perceived so I would only ever wear them around the house or in my backyard for lil photoshoots but never out in the real world. LOL.

  

These next two photos are junior year, when I starting plucking my own eyebrows and as you can see I got a smidge better at filling them in. (Also can you tell I liked stripes!) 

  

This photo was taken with one of my best friends Emily (she doesn’t look like this anymore either lmao) in our senior year of high school. At this point, you can tell I am much better at doing my brows now but still have trouble making them even.

SOOOO… this disaster of a makeup look for graduation was a bit rushed as you can tell from the smudged under eye. I was also using shitty mascara at the time but even then I didn’t apply it correctly.  I also was trying really hard to get out of my shell so I actually wore this look to graduation with the lip color and everything. Although, I really wish I hadn’t and I kept it simple but whatever you can’t change the past.

Now on to the best day of my motherfucking life: The Drake concert. This was for his Summer Sixteen tour. My dumb ass didn’t take any pictures of my actual look except these goddamn black and white photos, you can’t see it but I did like a orangey/coral eye look with that dramatic wing because the colors for the tour were black, white, and like a fiery orange.

This is my final throwback, this photo was taken last summer. It was probably July. I had gone for a walk with my friend Emily (yes we’re still friends!) and we had a lil photoshoot. I think this was a simple makeup look which is really who I am, I used my Modern Renaissance palette that I had actually just purchased at the time and boy has it been a minute since then. Also, you will note that my brows finally look pretty decent.

That’s it for this post! I hope you guys enjoyed a good laugh at my expense! Honestly I laughed real hard at myself going through all the photos and to be honest only shared the less embarrassing ones. If you guys have any flashbacks or “transformation” photos you want to share, please let me know if the comments!

 

xoxo Darcy Mae Modica

Hello sweet angels! As we move well into March and most of you are probably out on spring break, I wanted to talk about some outfits I came up with and the inspiration behind them: Springtime! A little fact about me but I’m an April baby. Yeah yeah, that means I’m an Aries. Some of you are probably like wow that explains so much about my personality. I’ll dive into all my theories about astrology and zodiac symbols in another post but just know that being an Aries is important to me. On top of that, I LOVE spring. The weather in Florida is as I’ve said before super bipolar but some days in spring are the best.

Let me set the scene: The air is like a light 70 to 75 degrees with a soft breeze and everything is lush with greenery and the flowers are in bloom. You decide since your office is close to your house (only in our wildest dreams) that you’re going to walk or ride your bike there because it is just SO nice out (said like a true Floridian). You’re on your way and the wind is whipping your hair in that supermodel way (we wish!) so you slow down and take a selfie (aka 1,000) before you continue your journey. You passing a pretty pond on your way there and some cute little duckies are crossing the road to get to pond so of course you take a video for Snap or Instagram Stories. Finally, you make your way into the office, and you sit down at your desk feeling refreshed and renewed from all the springtime loveliness. These next looks that I’m laying out are going to be the ideal outfit for the little daydream I just played out.

The first outfit is this the ideal casual dress that still works for the office as well. It’s a knitted light pink cardigan over my velvet embroidered long bell-sleeved shirt. Paired with my Levi’s and some slip on shoes. I’ve also added my deep purple Calvin Klein over the shoulder bag. I like the way these easy colors blend with each other and the flowers on my shirt give off that spring time vibe.

  

 

Next is this combo, which I’ve always thought is a the definition of a spring/summer outfit. It’s a simple print dress with a jean jacket over it. This particular dress actually has a sort of beach vibe on the print with a waterfront, palm trees, and birds in the sky depicted. I think for another casual look while still good for the office/an interview this is definitely a combo you can safely fall back on.

  

 

This look contains one of my favorite items for a office/interview situation: a maxi skirt. The maxi skirt in this photo is also one of my favorite colors on me and that’s a military green. It just goes well with my sort of olive skin tone. I paired it with my fav tank and a cream colored bag. To complete the look I added some flats but you can also switch them out and add heels and a blazer to make this look professional.

  

Another maxi skirt look is with this pleated sheer black skirt. It’s a similar style to the one above but this has a small slit up the side. I paired it with this grey Abercrombie  & Fitch knit tank top, over the tank is a dark wash blue button down. It’s one of my favorite staples in my closet. Usually when people think of button downs, they think of winter or fall but I feel like a lot of really good spring outfits have button downs in them. It helps against some of those wild Florida winds. I also added some bright red heart shaped sunnies. If you’re inside your office you can always tuck them into the breast-pocket so they are still on display. Another addition is my velvet bucket bag in bright red as well. The bright pop of color with the reds really gives the whole outfit that fun spring/summer vibe.

  

Next is another look with my Levi’s (have I mentioned I love these freaking jeans!) aka my mom jeans. They are super comfortable and they have a wide pant leg for anyone with thick thighs like me. I cuffed them at the end because I think when you’re jeans are tapered inward like that it alway looks good. I took one of my favorite blue blazers with a white lining the collar and paired it with my off-the-shoulder checkered shirt that had tied cuffs at the end. This look screams girly to me while still being chic enough for the office/an interview. I added some velvet flats to top it all off.

 

The final look for spring I curated is a combination of my black scalloped skirt with the grey Abercrombie & Fitch tank again. Paired with my sheer military green bomber jacket and a floral pair of Vans (another one of my favs). I added my black pleather mini backpack to complete the look.

 

 

Thank you guys for reading and of course if you liked this post let me know and tell your friends! Any suggestions for more posts like these or other spring ideas put it in the comments down below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For my next post about professional wear I wanted to list some pieces of an outfit that you can get at everyday stores or online. A lot of the pieces I posted for this series have been from my own closet or from thrift stores that I frequent so I wanted to change it up and show you a guide/wishlist of sorts to some really cool pieces for good prices. These pieces aren’t specific but they are altogether really good and affordable pieces for an office settings.

The first piece is this really sophisticated fitted black dress from Shein. Which is fairly new in it’s in popularity but it’s an online store with really low affordable prices that I’m obsessed with. The only downfall I say to any online shopping is that you’re never 100% sure if it’ll fit the way you want. The good thing is that Shein has a pretty straight forward return policy so always check that out before you buy anything online.  

Another dress from Shein is a different kind of but still completely appropriate. It’s a comfortable flowy gingham patterned dress. Suitable for those days when Florida temperatures are in the sweltering numbers. It’s breathable and soft so you don’t feel suffocated and you’re still stylish.

These pants follow the comfortable path as well while still being appropriate for the office or an interview. A couple variations of these pants have been circulating on social media and they’ve been really popular recently. They’re tapered outward into a wide-leg pant with multicolored stripes that will make your legs look a million miles long.

Another pair of comfortable but chic pants is these grey checkered pants. They have an almost ‘sweatpants’ look but still look good enough to wear for the office or an interview.  These pants are for a casual day at work and honestly they work for not only the office but for everyday.

My favorite pair of pants are these are flowy military green floral ones from Shein as well. They honestly are stylish enough that you can pair them with a simple white or black shirt/blazer combo and you don’t have to really dress them up.  

I hope you guys liked some of these pieces and you should definitely go check out Shein and if you liked seeing stuff from other sites let me know what you like.

 

Hellloooooo everyone, which is probably like 10 people. One of my friends has hounded me forever about teaching her where to begin in makeup and how to do this and that (contouring, eyeliner, eyeshadow, etc.) I decided as a way to give her and anyone else some clue as to what the fuck they need to prepare them for doing their own makeup, I’m going to unleash all the secrets I’ve gathered and my do’s and don’ts for doing makeup. AND because everyone’s favorite things are lists and pictures. I’ll give you both. Yes, I know. You’re welcome.

  • First things first, you can not expect your makeup to come out looking right if your face ain’t right. That’s some tough love for ya but it’s the truth. Whether it’s your own damn fault for not investing in a good skincare routine or you just can’t get away from those damn genetics. It’s up to you and you only to seek out a treatment plan for your blemishes. No matter what they are. Do your research, save up your money, talk to your parents, plan it out and pay up. A good skincare routine undoubtedly will cost money. If that just ain’t the case for your bank account then consider home remedies. Check Pinterest that’s my fav place to go for making your own skincare.

 

  • Invest in a good primer. This is the layer of protection between YOUR SKIN and YOUR MAKEUP. You NEED that layer whether you want it or not. It’s so freaking important and will go a million ways to making your makeup come out better. It also helps when taking off your makeup, to make sure it’s not sticking to you like glue instead of melting into you like butter. My favorite right now is Baby Skin by Maybelline New York.

 

  • I have another post dedicated to my eyeshadow breakdown so I will just say this, understand the difference between the amount of shades versus price and the quality of the makeup itself not necessarily the brand. Eyeshadows are a dime a dozen honestly. You just have to do your research. If you need look inspiration, check out my Pinterest beauty board.

 

  • Brows: Whatever anyone else tells you about going to get them done, don’t listen. Having the ability to keep your brows shaped the way you want is very important. Styles change. You think 20 years ago that the brows from today would be ‘trendy’? That’s a big fat no! So 20 years from now they are probably going to change again. Keep it simple and light, here’s a graphic that lays out the way you should fill them in IF they need any filling in at all. 

  • Face: Foundation is a ‘you-gotta-find-what works-for-you-and-your-shade-type-mess’ and the same goes for concealer. Here’s another graphic that explains the way I like to contour and highlight with cream and powder products. Again, these are simple steps that you can take and just add on as you learn more.

  • Lips: To prepare for any lip color, stick, stain, gloss, or other: you need to scrub. Preferably a lip scrub. Lush has of course their infamous Lip Scrub which I own and stand by loyally but there are also other alternatives such as Jeffree Star collection or the E.L.F. lip exfoliator. Then I usually go in with a balm of some sort. I have like every flavor of EOS balm but right now my favorite is Blackberry. After that apply liberally whatever color you want and stay inside the lines. Trust me you’re not gonna be Kylie Jenner level on your first couple of tries but you’ll get there sweet angel. You just need to practice. I personally prefer lipgloss, my fav right now is NARS lip glide in the shade ‘Bound’.

 

  • Finally SET THAT FACE BITCH. Whether it’s with some rose water or Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray. Keep all that hard work locked in tight and protected from the elements like humidity, cold winds, etc. There’s nothing more depressing or embarrassing then your makeup melting the fuck off your face or getting so stuck you can’t move like that bitch Fiona from ‘A Cinderella Story.’

                                 

Thanks for looking at my tips! I hope they were helpful, let me know if you wanna see more like this or any suggestions for people just starting out in makeup.

xoxo Darcy Mae Modica