Contouring 101

Anyone who is a beauty fanatic like myself, knows the magic of contouring. You can use shading to transform the look of your face, allowing to accentuate your high points and hide your flaws. Usually this is achieved by using bronzer/darker shade to contour the shape of your face and a concealer/highlighter to accentuate and draw attention to other areas of your face. Above is a fairly dramatic drawing of areas to shade and highlight. Below is my own example:

The white areas represent concealer to highlight and the brown areas represent where I use a darker bronzer to shade in. By sucking in your cheeks you can essentially thin your face and make your cheekbones a bit more exaggerated. The same goes for under your chin; by shading this area it allows your face to look thinner, especially if you have a bit of a double-chin like myself 😉 The under eye area looks amazing with the concealer underneath. It brightens the area and makes you look more wide-eyed and awake. The area underneath your brows (the brow bone) also exaggerates your eyes and helps keep your face looking extra sharp. The nose is probably the most difficult to shade, since you don’t want it to look funky. Use a gentle hand on the sides in order to slim your nose (I use a shadow brush in order to be more precise.) And don’t forget to add a but of highlighter to the bridge of your nose as well. The upper lip area is optional. I don’t see any MAJOR differences when I don’t highlight it, however if you are doing a dramatic lip it does help accentuate them. With a good primer and foundation base, contouring can really transform your face. It does take a little time, but in my opinion it’s totally worth it! The final product: (Check photo description for all products used!)



JELF – P1W1 Day 2

Greetings! Today was my second day of the LiveFit trainer. It was also my first day having class as a graduate student, so it was a learning process as to when were the best time to get my meals and workout in. Luckily, I have a few longer breaks that allow me to stay on track. Today was Back and Biceps and looked like the following:

  • Wide grip Lat Pull-Down: 3sets of 12 reps; 50#
  • One-Arm Dumbbell Row: 3sets of 12 reps; 20#
  • Seated Cable Row: 3 sets of12 reps; 100#
  • Underhand Cable Pulldown:3 sets of 12 reps; 60#
  • Alternating Dumbbell Curl: 3sets of 12 reps; 15#
  • One-Arm Dumbbell Preacher Curl: 3 sets of 12 reps; 15#
  • Standing Biceps Cable Curl:3 sets of 12 reps; 60#

Breakfast was on the run this morning as I was off to a late start (I’ve gotten too use to sleeping in lately) therefore it consisted of a few sips of coffee with unsweetened almond milk and NuNatural Stevia and a few bites of Raw Oatmeal. At least I got a little something in my stomach, although ideally I would have been able to have a nice meal including protein, complex carbs, and a bit of fruit.

Lunch was fairly early (11:00am) since I didn’t have breakfast and therefore wasn’t the best option. I ended up making two eggs over-easy (cooked with a few spray of EVOO) two slices of whole wheat toast and a few slices of bacon. I probably didn’t need the bacon buuuutt it was delicious and I don’t really regret it.

This afternoon (2:30PM) I had a small snack which consisted of low-fat mozzarella stick, 3 pretzel rods, and 2 rice cakes. Kind of strange and not the cleanest but I didn’t have much else on hand.

Pre-workout I drank a bunch of water, had an orange (hellooo sugar buzz) and post-workout had my ON 100% Whey Double Rich Chocolate protein shake (made with water)

Sorry for the boring post, however having a blog and writing about yourself definitely helps keep you accountable. I’ll try to post some more interesting stuff in the next upcoming days.

I will leave you with a little workout motivation for yall:


Hello world!

Welcome to my new blog, “alis volat propis.” As the subheader reads, this means “she flies with her own wings.” I have recently enjoyed reading a ton of beauty blogs and decided why not start my own. While I plan on focusing on beauty products, I also enjoy health and fitness, fun recipes, and the occasional DIY project so don’t be surprised to see them here as well. For now, check out my “Current Obsession” and check back soon for new posts 🙂 xox