August 23, 2018

How Guys Can Prepare for a Date with Makeup for Men

Make up for men


Got a hot date coming up? Most guys prepare by planning out where to go and what to wear. You spend hours searching for the right outfit and romantic restaurants, but you’re forgetting one thing. Your face! You can actually enhance your date-night look by adding mens makeup into your grooming routine.

You might be cringing right now, but it’s really not that bizarre. Some of the hottest celebrities use mens makeup to perk up their faces before a red-carpet event. It’s just not publicized the same way we glorify women’s beauty. Even online trendy menswear stores – like Differio – are getting in on the trends in mens makeup by providing men with cosmetic essentials, such as guyliner, tinted moisturizer and lipstick for men.

Since mens makeup is still very new to the men’s grooming products world, don’t feel out of the loop if you have no clue how to implement these items in to your get-ready routine. Here are the best tips for prepping your face with makeup for men before a big date.

Achieve a clean slate.

Have you ever wondered what’s the secret to achieving a flawless face? While shaving is always a good start, it actually begins with your skin. By achieving a clear complexion, you’re not only prepping your skin for men’s makeup, but also treating your body’s largest external organ with a glamorous boost.

There are actually a couple things you can do the night before to prep your skin. For starters, men’s face masks are highly underrated among men, but they shouldn’t be! They’re basically your secret weapons for enhancing your skin with hydrating ingredients that can help reduce dry skin, redness and even pimples. When you’re done getting your mask on, you should follow up with a night cream to lock in moisture.

At the very least, you’re guaranteed to wake up looking refreshed with brighter skin. If you’re a guy with a lot of blemishes and pimples, you should look into tinted moisturizer (also known as BB cream) for lighter coverage or foundation for men for heavier coverage. For those that get the occasional pimple, concealer stick is enough to hide specific spots.

Enhance your best features.

Since it’s a date, you probably want your best facial features to shine. In order to do this with makeup for men, it really depends on what area of your face you’re trying enhance.


Your eyes are one of the most common features that people notice based on first impressions. There are a few ways to enhance your eyes without making it obvious that you’re wearing eye makeup for men.

First, don’t underestimate your eyelashes. By simply lifting and volumizing your lashes, it can literally be an eye opener for making your eyes appear bigger and brighter. You can use a mens eyelash curler to curl your lashes; followed by a layer of mascara for men. For the most natural lash look, you can use clear manscara to maintain the curl.


It’s time to upgrade your lip-balm-and-done routine. You can make your lips stand out by using mens lipstick to add a pop of color. It’s applied just the same as any other lip balm, but be careful not to go outside your lip line.

For guys that want something more natural looking, you should try color-changing jelly lipstick for men. It’s kind of like a hybrid between lip gloss and tinted lip balm. These color-enhancing lipsticks brighten your lips depending on your skin’ pH level while providing a subtle shine.

Keep it you.

Most importantly, you want your date to get a sense of who you are, which also affects the way you should apply makeup for men. If you feel like wearing less or more mascara will boost your confidence, then go for it. You shouldn’t feel obliged to wear a certain amount and abide by rules. Some guys feel more comfortable wearing a full face of makeup with heavy guyliner. Some guys prefer going for the no-makeup makeup look. Do what feels like you!




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June 30, 2018

FACEatelier Ultra Skin Foundation is Peta Approved. We Love That About It And More

FACEatelier Ultra Skin Lightweight Foundation

FACEatelier Ultra Skin Lightweight Foundation


FACEatelier Ultra Skin lightweight foundation is oil and fragrance free, non comedogenic and Vegan and those are just a mere few of the key selling points for me.

It’s high quality formula provides a long-lasting satin finish with light to medium coverage. The creamy texture provides for an airbrush-like look. There are 11 shades of  Ultra Skin’s for  the lightest to the richest complexions (neutral to a cool brown with yellow/green/red undertones).

Note: Ultra Skin’s undertones will cancel out much of the red caused by rosacea or other skin conditions. 

The primer is built right into the foundation. Love that! And, you don’t need a powder to set it. The pump applicator and tube make it perfectly easy to use. The formulation is suitable for all skin types and is water and sebum resistant for great performance in the hot and humid weather. I must state that it performs well in cold, dry winter conditions also.

The pros at FACEatelier recommend using a foundation brush to ensure smooth and clean application. You can use your fingers also and easily with the pump applicator. Whether you use a make up brush or your fingers remember to  use the formula sparingly as a little goes a long way.

The pros at FACEatelier also say to start in the T-zone and work your way out, patting the product onto the skin, not with long swipes but by dotting.  The pros call this “stippling.”

Ultra Skin sets by itself to a flawless, satin like finish.  If you powder, do so sparingly as too much will accentuate skin imperfections and fine lines and wrinkles.

Peta Approved. Cruelty Free. Leaping Bunny approved. @FACEatelier

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April 5, 2018

Doctor Lip Bang’s IG Contest For NEW Buzzing Lip Oil

Doctor Lip Bang’s is having a new IG contest. Five winners will be selected to receive Doctor Lip Bang’s new Buzzing Lip Oil (exclusively made for ULTA) before it hits the store this summer!

To enter, participants are invited to visit their local ULTA location, and snap a shot of their favorite lip freak product in front of the ULTA storefront. Be sure to tag @doctorlipbangs in the post!

The contest kicked off April 1st and runs through April 20. Winners will be announced 4/23.

Dr. Lip Bang's Lip Freak Tints

Dr. Lip Bang’s Lip Freak Tints


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March 13, 2018

Voula Beauty The Serum Foundation For Me

Voula The Serum Foundation is quite unique and it works for me which is even more unique.  I have some cystic acne scarring on my cheeks. I have stayed away from foundation. I want to blur the scars and not clog things up with product. I have not had much luck with foundations that give me what I am looking for. This serum foundation does.

Let me stress this, there is nothing wrong with having acne scars. It’s a part of life for so many of us who have suffered with blemishes and  acne, both teen and adult. But if you want to cover your scarring up and smooth your canvas, of course, do it.

Note: Voula Beauty The Serum Foundation is not specific to acne scars.  I am speaking of my experience and why and how this foundation works for me.  The shade match chart is very helpful. Right now they are ‘Celebrating Friends & Family’ with 10% OFF! I don’t know how long this offer will last so hurry and check it out if you are a fan of the foundation or considering it. 

You will find out everything you need to know about the collection at the website too. While you are there, check out Voula Beauty Facebook page and follow on Instagram.

Voula, The Serum Foundation

Voula The Serum Foundation

I take very good care of and appreciate my skin. I think you will appreciate this Q&A with Voula that I read not too long ago at . This is where I first learned of Voula and her fabulous creation.

Voula Founder and Owner of Voula Beauty

Voula Founder and Owner of Voula Beauty


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January 15, 2018

Stowaway Cosmetics are just the right size!

All Stowaway Cosmetic products are made to go with you, wherever you go.

You won't find yourself leaving them to sit on your bathroom counter or in your nightstand drawer. Take them along without weighing down your purse. They are smaller sized products that you will love.

Did you know? 75% of women don't finish the products they purchase, not just before they expire but they don't finish them anyway. Stowaway designed products are made to be finished before their expiration date.

You can even get a $5 Stowaway credit for returned finished products! See the site for details.

Stowaway Cosmetics

Stowaway Lipstick on Right

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January 11, 2018

Cover FX color cosmetics

Have you heard? Cover FX is launching into color cosmetics with two new products!

Level-up your look with Shimmer Veil and Glitter Drops. Shimmer Veil, available in 6 shades, is a wet-sparkle crème for eyes, lips, cheeks and beyond. Glitter Drops, available in 3 shades, is a fully customizable and glittering product to be worn alone or mixed with your favorite beauty product.

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November 27, 2017

It’s a Glam Thing “Beauty’s Best” Holiday 2017 Civilized Cosmetics Liquid Lip Suede

Enya Flack It's a Glam Thing

Enya Flack, It’s a Glam Thing with Civilized Cosmetics Liquid Lip Suede


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It’s a Glam Thing “Beauty’s Best” Holiday 2017

Civilized Cosmetics Liquid Lip Suede

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October 2, 2017

Donna’s on-the-go beauty kit

These are miniature versions of roller lash mascara & Nars orgasm blush

I need an easy way to keep myself fresh with small amounts of products that I need at any given time

Donna Spangler Actress & Producer

As an actress, producer & business woman, I am often on the go.  Weather it is on a formal trip or just a day trip, I need to have my beauty items handy to look & feel my best.  When we are on the road or going places where we may need to primp or completely do our makeup or freshen up, it is great to be prepared with a little beauty kit with all the essentials needed to look your best. The problem is taking everything you need in normal size containers you may need a suitcase. I have come up with a solution for this!
Donna’s on-the-go beauty kit made with samples

Beauty kit


In today’s world, we want to look our best at all times with the least amount of effort. I have come up with essentials every girl should have on hand, so you will be able to look fresh whether you are on the go, staying overnight with your boyfriend or simply need a touch up. Stash these necessities in your purse, and you will always be prepared.

I love samples. It gives me a chance to try high-end products of all sorts. Since you receive ample amounts in small packaging, you can make a full-on beauty kit to haul along in your purse. This can be very effective, especially when you may be out somewhere away from your packed arsenal of at home products.

First, you need a case for your makeshift beauty kit. It should be something you can fit easily into your purse. I used a handy foldable holder that I had received from a business flight, but you can also get a makeup holder at the 99 cents store or any drugstore. Just make sure it is somewhat flat and can be comfortably stowed in your purse.

Next comes the fun part. You need to get the ingredients to put into your kit. Take a trip to the department store and get samples of makeup base that fits your color, creams, perfumes, liner, mascara, gloss or whatever useful items you can find. I like the samples that are in flat packets because they are easy to fit into the kit. The other alternative is to have the salesperson make samples for you. High-end lines usually have tiny plastic containers the size of a quarter with tightly sealed lids that will work for your kit as well. Gather all the essentials possible in one visit.

You can also gather the beauty freebies attained through larger makeup purchases. These items tend to be smaller and can be easily stored in your kit. Figure out when makeup lines are offering free gifts, and keep track any ‘points’ you’ve accumulated (Sephora’s point system gives spectacular yet small gifts). Sephora also sells small beauty items as you are standing in line which are great for your beauty kit as there is everything from small hairspray and mascara to pint size foundation.

Add a sample perfume of your choice. I recommend a black or brown eye pencil, earth tone shadow, sample mascara (I like ARMANI – and they are small!). If desired, throw in a couple of packages of Advil for those emergency days. Remember one feminine product (tampon), and put in a flat comb and hair band so that you can tie back your hair when you wash your face. A few Q tips and cotton balls are a must – store them in a tiny sealable baggy.

Pick up some shine eraser sheets (Elf Brand makes a great one). Get a pocket-sized toothpaste and
toothbrush. I have

Dental Floss

gotten these items in hotels as well as in airline kits, or you may already have a few saved. Also add a small dental floss or put two or three dental claws into the kit.

You can also add any samples or small packed products that you think you may need. Go to the section in the drug store where they have the samples. Other items to consider are razors, baby wipe samples, mouthwash, face wash, etc

I also like collecting hotel items because they can be used in your kit. When it is put together, it should supply you with what you need for one day or night out. It is great if you are spending the night at a friend’s house and want to appear fresh without bringing a suitcase.

You can keep your kit in your purse or car so you will be prepared to look, smell and feel your best at all times. This inexpensive condensed beauty kit is incredibly handy, and you will be glad you took the time to have it constantly within your reach. Knowing you are prepared to wow in any situation will give you a priceless piece of mind.


6 Q tips, 2 cotton balls, samples of eye makeup remover or cream to remove makeup, and tissues (there is nothing worse than running eyes at the end of a night. These essentials can fix this pesky problem)

Put the cotton balls, Q tips and tissues into a small sealable plastic baggie

One black liner to re-apply for later

One black or brown mascara

Brown or earth toned eye shadow

Blush in your favorite color (I like NARS orgasm), brush for application

Your favorite color lip liner

Lighter lip gloss to go over liner

Add a few samples of foundation in your color and bolting powder paper

Get some perfume samples perfect for your kit

Small tube toothpaste, toothbrush, floss and gargle (Remember, these should all be sample sizes)

1 feminine product, small comb, ponytail holder and package of Advil

With this kit, you will be ready for your on-the-go life and always look your best!

There are also mini flat irons & curling that are as tiny as a few inches long.

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May 28, 2017

Donna’s Beauty Check List

I am a mature woman and have dealt with many of the things that can make one appear less beautiful and older if they are not addressed. That being said, I put together a list of beauty items that can help a woman look both youthful and healthy, no matter her age.  In my next articles I will address how to achieve the below list in detail.

Donna Spangler actress/ Producer

  • Donna’s Beauty Checklist
    How is your skin? Examine it. Is it smooth? Acne? Hydrated? Evenly toned? Dry? Flaky? Sun damage? If your skin is heavily damaged, you might want to consider a light chemical peel.
    How are your eyes? Red? Clear? Puffy? Circles?
    How are your brows? Are they bushy or trimmed well? Coloring?
    Are your lips plump and even? Chapped?
    Any facial hair? A simple laser treatment will take care of this evil.  Also, plucking or buying an inexpensive facial hair remover is an option as there are many on the market today.
    Lashes – Are they lush and healthy or sparse and short?
    Makeup – wearing too much can be extremely off-putting. Learn the perfect amount to highlight your face. Enlist the help of a friend or professional if you need guidance. There are also some great makeup videos on YouTube.
    Is your hair healthy? Thick? Well-groomed?
    Is the color rich and flattering to your complexion? Do you have roots?
    Is the style up-to-date and becoming? Split ends? Frizz?
    Is it shiny or dull?

    Thick healthy hair or the appearance of is important

    This is my body at 54 years old! I am quite prod as I work out 3 to 4 days a week for about 1 hour in the morning!

Is your body fit? Too heavy or too thin?
Is your muscle tone lacking?
Is your body skin sagging?
Do you have discolorations on your body?
Are your fingernails and toe nails groomed?
Are you in proportion? Top and bottom?
Skin color – way too tan/pale?
Is your skin dry and flaky?
Body hair?

Are your teeth clean, brushed and smelling good?

Are your teeth yellow? Missing? Stained? In need of orthodontics? Teeth are crucial to a beautiful face.
Have you showered?
Is your hair clean, groomed well?
Are your clothes pressed, well thought out and appropriate for where you will be going?
Next take a look at your overall package. Look at yourself honestly and write down the things you like and the things that you would like to work on. This may be painful as no one wants to face their flaws, but in order to change something you don’t like, it is essential to address it first.

After your candid evaluation, you need to make a list of your goals and objectives both physically and mentally. Set realistic goals, and give yourself a timeframe. I like to make both short and long-term goals and reward myself for each accomplishment as I make it. Great satisfaction comes from achieving these goals and you will feel so much better about yourself as progress is made.

“I plan on being bikini ready even into my 80’s”  – Donna Spangler

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January 18, 2017

butter LONDON + Project Runway Jr. Winning Look | Episode 4, Day to Night

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Last week on Project Runway Junior®, Tim Gunn asked the designers to create looks that took their models from day to night using their own unique point of view. The butter LONDON makeup needed to be just as versatile. For the winning look, the show’s Key Makeup Artist, Scott Patric, drew a blended out cat eye for a smoky effect while keeping the rest of the look neutral.


Too intense for your regular daytime look? Skip the eyeliner and create a something more subtle, playing up cheeks, brows and lashes. When day turns to night, use butter LONDON’s Wink Eye Pencil in Union Jack Black to line the outer edge of your upper lashes and smudge it out by using a small eyeshadow brush to recreate this winning look.

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