New + Reignited Endeavors.

We all have particular gifts - talents we were born to use. Ever since I can remember I have loved to draw. Not to toot my own horn, but it's always something that has come easily to me - it's one of my God-given talents. I used to challenge myself by figuring out how to draw horses, which were tough. It was so gratifying to set a goal for myself and attain it, especially as a child under the age of 12. Another beloved muse of mine has been to sketch stylish people, which lately I've felt more compelled to do once again. I stopped drawing sometime around my pre-teen years, the desire just drifted away: it wasn't considered "cool," and new priorities took precedent, probably things like make-up and MTV (TRL, anyone?). Neither of those are good excuses for ditching a craft you enjoy, but I was a pre-teen girl, and hindsight is ... well, you know.

My passion for painting developed in college, where I also progressed in developing my drawing craft. Wow, I am glad I took off from where I left off in my adolescence. I learned so many valuable technical aspects of illustration and painting in those college classes. After another brief, more recent hiatus in the artistic realm, I am gratefully recalling those very techniques now. After some Google-ing of various watercolor tutorials I began recently focusing on painting fashion and glamour in that style - painting in acrylic and oil already I know. I've learned that I love to paint using watercolors. Doing my YouTube make-up tutorials has been a fun learning experience, but this painting medium has been a welcome new challenge. 

Painting and illustration are a couple of my passions, whether the medium is watercolor or make-up. Since glamour and style are other loves in my world, it's exciting to incorporate those interests into my art. It may sound obvious, but after much thought and work, I realized it's important to pursue the skills that come naturally to each of us, whether as a hobby or a career. I'm very grateful I have the opportunity to invest time in exploring my path. You too should put thought and effort into the positive things that inspire you. I thought I would share some of my latest illustration and watercolor work in hopes that it motivates your creativity. 

Stay tuned for the latest developments on this front! I hope to start taking commissions soon.

What hobbies might you have had at a different stage of life, that might reinvigorate you now?

I hope to hear you in the comments below!

xo Lauren

 

©2017 ShesLaurenAshley/All images by Lauren A. Oosterlinck

Tutorial Tuesday: Alt Wingtip

Welcome to this week's make-up tutorial, beauty addicts! 
This tutorial is a twist on a basic wingtip liner look. It is a simple look with your favorite liquid eyeliner - but can really make your eyes pop.

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A quick, bold look.

Minimal products needed...

What's on my face?
1. Mary Kay Cosmetics Eye Primer
2. Mary Kay @ Play Baked Trio eyeshadow in Purple Eclipse (pale pink shade only)
3. Ardency Inn Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner in Turquoise

I hope you enjoy this video - thank you so much for tuning in!

Don't forget to LIKE this video and SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel and blog for weekly glamour, style, and lifestyle fix. :)

Let me know what you think in the comments below - I gladly reply! If you have any make-up looks you would like me to try in the future, or any glamour questions, let me know.

Thanks for tuning in!
XO Lauren

To Lip Monthly? Beauty review.

Who subscribes to Lip Monthly?!
... I DO! ...

It's been a couple of months, so I wanted to commiserate on the pros & cons of Lip Monthly, and the latest May '17 bag.

The May '17 Lip Monthly bag contains:
1. "Sublime" Ultra-Luxe Longwear Lip Pencil by Starlooks cosmetics
***Below are the products I review in this video***

2. City Color cosmetics Dual Lip Wand in Blush 
3. Bang Beauty lip gloss in Rosie
4. Luna by Luna cosmetics Eyeshadow Crayon in Gemini

I was pleasantly surprised to find the eyeshadow crayon in this latest LM bag, even though this is a LIP bag, lol. The shimmery golden shade is pretty, but unfortunately, the ($18 retail priced) crayon creased off every time I wore it (tried around my eyes and as a highlighter) - zero staying power. I cannot use it.

What also disturbs me about the products in this bag are that the products generally do not seem high quality, as LM advertises. Of the products in this May bag, the City Color duo lip wand 'Blush' product could not be found on their website, at the time of this post - strange (methinks it is discontinued, still)... I searched for a legit website for Bang, but not to be found. Ok ... so are they sending us reject, defunct products for the low, low price of $12/month?? 

I am interested to hear what my fellow LM subscribers think about these products, and LM in general. I hope LM improves their products (without raising the price), and this helps shed some light on whether or not you want to subscribe.
Regardless of my thoughts, I hope you all are enjoying your May bag, and received it in a timely manner!

Don't forget to "LIKE", COMMENT & SUBSCRIBE for my monthly email updates/YouTube channel for weekly make-up tutorials, reviews, and more! Peace and blessings.

XO Lauren

Tutorial Tuesday: Inverted Popping Purple Eyes.

Welcome back, ya'll!

For this week's #TutorialTuesday, I was inspired to do a make-up tutorial recreating an inverted popping purple eyeshadow look. You can do this look with any color, but I think it makes for a vibrant spring/summer make-up combination to add a bright cherry red lipstick.

What's on my face (pictured below):

  1. NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette Brights using ×2 shades of purple: a soft violet and a deeper, bright almost neon purple shade (neither have names).
  2. MAC eyeshadow in Plum Dressing
  3. Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Light it Up

Option 1 for the final look - if you prefer to go with a bare lip, and let your eyes do all the talking.

The FINAL, final look (with "moxie" red lippie :)).

This look definitely gives you some moxie, either way you choose. What do you think?
Thanks for watching!

I hope you enjoy this look! Please comment below, and "Like" and follow me on Youtube.
Xo Lauren