Monthly Beauty Series: Get Ready with Lifestyle Blogger Colleen O'Connor-Yappueying

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Welcome Back!

I know, I know. This past month I slacked HARD when creating any content for my blog itself. Although I've been active on Instagram, I've missed just sitting down and creating a post about makeup. I have an amazing post on its way, but in the mean time, I am bringing you this month's beauty interview!

This month I chose another woman that I met through the Buffalo Blogging Network. I met her at the first meet up I ever went too, and we clicked immediately. Another strong willed, and opinionated woman coming your way! (watch out men). I love Co and all that she stands for. Keep on reading to learn about the beauty routine of a fellow blogger, dog mom, wife, and content creator!


Hi, I'm Colleen (pronounced Co-Leen cause I'm cool). I run a Life and Style blog called Co . Curated - you can catch the relaunch of my blog on November 23rd, which is also my birthday! My life has always been about art, so you will find a lot of that on both my Instagram and blog. I have a degree in Art History and a Master's in Business Design and Art Leadership and have been painting since I was five years old. Also at age five, I became insanely obsessed with dachshunds (aka wiener dogs)... honestly don't ask me why I just woke up one day and never stopped talking about them. You can usually find me at home, cooking or baking, hanging out with my husband, our senior cat, Cleonie, (she's 17 and has dementia... she's fun!), and our two-year-old dachshund, Agnes, who is named after one of our favorite artist's Agnes Martin. 



What is your every day beauty routine (AM/PM)?



AM: 
First things first, I dragged myself from the bed and make a cup of tea. I almost exclusively drink black teas but if I'm feeling super healthy I might go for a green tea or matcha latte. Once I eat some breakfast (honestly, whatever breakfast crap I have around at the time), I brush my teeth and shower. In the mornings I use St. Ive's Energizing Coconut & Coffee scrub, followed up with Mario Badescu's Acne Cleanser. After my shower, I also use Thayer's Witch Hazel Toner and Neutrogena's Oil-Free Facial Moisturizer. Then I move on to makeup and I wear a full face every single day. Here's a basic breakdown of what I use daily:


Primer: e.l.f. Poreless Face Primer
Foundation: either Colourpop No Filter Foundation or Maybelline Fit Me Foundation - applied with a beauty blender
Concealer: ALWAYS Colourpop No Filter Concealer (beauty blender)
Contour: Wet n Wild Mega Glo Stick Bronzer - blend with a flat foundation brush
Bake: Coty Airspun powder is my favorite right now
Bronzer: Colourpop Afternoon Delight pressed powder bronzer - apply with a fluffy bronzer brush
Blush: Colourpop Prenup super shock blush - apply with a fluffy blush brush
Highlight: Obsessed with Colourpop Wisp super shock highlighter - apply with my fingers
Brows: Honestly, I just mix my own dark brown powder with eyeshadows... oops? - apply with a small angle brush
Eyeshadow: Whatever palette I'm feeling that day, honestly I mix and match all the time.
Mascara: Milk Makeup Kush Mascara - worth every penny. 
Setting Spray: Mario Badescu setting spray (I have one of each scent... so whatever I wanna smell that day!)


PM:
Evenings are super simple. I wash my face with the SheaMoisture African Black Soap with Shea Butter bar which usually gets most, if not all of the makeup off my skin, if there's some eye makeup left I'll use the Garnier Micellar Water on a cotton ball to remove it. Depending on if my skin is oily or dry (I have combination skin) I'll decide whether or not to use the Thayer's toner again. Then I apply my Neutrogena moisturizer, brush my teeth, apply Johnson's Bedtime Baby Lotion (don't knock it til you try it), and usually, I will add in some extra Lavender essential oils or CBDs. Then I hit the hay homies. 




What is the one product you could never live without?
Nivea Shea Daily Moisture body lotion. I apply it all over after every shower and have been using this brand for probably ten years. It's oil-free and non-comedogenic, which means it won't clog your pores, it's gentle enough I can use it on my face if I'm feeling extra dry. My mom always told us growing up that no matter what you gotta put lotion on. My skin is soft, healthy, and appears a lot younger because I started this habit as a kid. 

Lipstick, or Lipgloss?
Hmm, that's a hard one. I love Colourpop's Crème Lux Lipstick, it's so light but also heavily pigmented. 

Liquid or Powder foundation?
Liquid, 100%

Liquid or Pencil Eyeliner?
Again, 100% liquid all the way (I love Eyeko's Fat Liquid Eyeliner. I have been using the same one for literally 3 years (don't @ me, I'll get a new one eventually) and it's still as true black as day 1. 

Falsies or Mascara?
Mascara... for me falsies look, false.

What is one beauty tip that you would like to share with everyone?
Honestly, what my mom taught me... MOISTURIZE EVERY DAY! Yes, I did yell that at you. No, I'm not sorry.

What is your first memory when it comes to makeup?
I've been experimenting with makeup forever but I can remember vividly being a little kid (like 6-8 years old) and locking myself in the bathroom to play with my mom's makeup. It was the 90's so yes, she had the most amazing eyeshadow and eyeliner colors. I would come out to show my mom and she would just say "Oh, wow, don't you look nice... you didn't ruin my makeup did you?"

What is your favorite part of your routine?
Eyebrows... hands down. I have pretty thick brows but once they're filled in, I feel like my face is completely transformed. 

If you could have anyone do your makeup, who would you choose?
Carli Bybel. I have been watching her on YouTube since she started like seven years ago. She is so beautiful, has an amazing personality and can beat a face like no other!



Thank you so much for letting us take a peek into your world Co! Go ahead and give her a follow on Instagram to keep up to date on all things lifestyle related! (@co.curated). 

Stay tuned for the next post coming up soon! (It's probably my favorite post to date)

As always thanks so much for reading,

Becca

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