Thursday, July 31, 2014

July Favorites!

Despite being crazy busy with the move, I forced myself to sit down and make time for a July favorites post! Mostly because I have a lot this month.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light foundation

This stuff has been a life save for summer. It gets so hot and humid here in Georgia and makeup tends to sweat right off. Not the case for this foundation, it does great with heat and humidity in staying put and not fading. Plus it has an SPF!

Vaseline Spray and Go Lotion

I use this in the cocoa butter version and it is a great time saver and really does a good job moisturizing my skin. It really sinks in and leaves the skin soft and not greasy at all. I'm sure the aloe version would feel fantastic on your skin if you've been out in the sun a lot.

Milani Eyeshadow in Bella Champagne

Milani recently released a newly formulated range of single eyeshadows that can be worn wet or dry. They have a very soft texture and this particular shade is a great all over the lid shade to brighten up the eyes. It can always be a great highlight shade. I like to just use my fingers to apply this to get the best color payoff. 

NYX Mineral Stick Foundation in 09 Caramel

In trying to experiment more with cream contouring I came across this stick foundation at Ulta. I believe this is the darkest shade in the range and so far I really like using it for a cream contour. I apply it lightly along my hairline and in the hollows of my cheeks and using a medium blending brush to blend it into my foundation.

Revlon Kissable Balm Stain in Honey

This is an oldie but a goodie. I've been using this for a few years now and it is almost always in my purse. It's a perfect pinky-mauve 'your lips but better' shade that leaves behind a nice pink stain. It lasts for hours and it very moisturizing on the lips. You can almost apply it without a mirror, it's that fool proof!

The Balm's Frat Boy Blush

This is a great summer blush shade that looks good on so many different skin tones. The formula is so soft and buttery and it blends like a dream. It's a coral-peachy shade with the very faintest amount of shimmer. Not chunks of glittery but a fine mist of glow. This paired with a good bronzer is a fantastic look for summer.

Freeman Charcoal and Black Sugar Face Mask

My skin gets really dull from time to time and the texture isn't always great. This face scrub/mask really does a fantastic job at exfoliating the skin and leaving it super smooth and rejuvenated. I use this once or twice a week usually before bed and it keeps my skin texture soft and smooth.

Urban Decay Lipgloss in 'Liar'

I've never been a huge lipgloss person but this range of lipgloss is really nice. Very moisturizing and smooth, not at all sticky feeling. The color 'Liar' is a great pink-nude, everyday color. This is great on it's own or paired over any pink or nude lipstick. I like to wear it over a bit of lipliner filled in all over the lips.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in 'Bad to the Bronze'

This is another one I've had for forever and it is a rediscovered favorite. This is such a great shade for summer and I love to just wear it all over the lid by itself with a little dark brown eyeliner. You can wear it alone or use it as a base for a bronze smokey eye. The color tattoos stay on forever and don't crease so they are also a great pick for summer. 


So those are all my favorite products for the month of July! Hopefully my next post with be from the comfort of our new house :)


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Life update: We have a house!! Plus some recent looks

Ok I know I've been a bit MIA lately since we've been house hunting but we've got big news!


Our loan was officially approved today and we close next week! My husband and I are both SO relieved and excited to move. Finding your first house can be exciting but it is also a very long tedious process. 

Here she is!

SO cute, right? It was really love at first sight with this house. This was maybe the 3rd or so house we looked at out of maybe 10. Our first offer was rejected and then it was pending sale with someone else and one day I saw that it was back on the market and we jumped on it! The inspection went great and there is very little work to be done. Basically a perfect 1st house for us :) 

I will post pics along the process of decorating the new place as we go. Just wanted to let my readers know what I've been up to!

My most anticipated project will of course be my very own MAKEUP ROOM! Fit for filming! It will be a work in progress for a while but I am seriously excited to get started.


And for kicks here are a few makeup looks I've done recently :)


Monday, June 30, 2014

June Favorites!

Man, I can't believe June is already over! Where is my summer going??

I've got lots of great favorite for the month of June so I'm just gonna jump right into it!

Jergens Glow Moisturizer

This stuff is a staple for me in the summertime. I specifically use the medium to tan version even though I'm fair, I find it develops color faster and it looks more natural than the light to medium shade. I usually apply this for 2-3 days before the weekend and then take a few days off. I make sure to exfoliate really well before and after those 2-3 days and moisturize everyday so that it fades more evenly

Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner

 I origionally bought this to use on my hair...cause duh, it's conditioner. Well, I have always had issues with shaving my legs and getting bad razor burn and knicks no matter what I used...until now! I use this stuff to shave my legs! And it works like a DREAM. Super smooth and moisturizing and it really allows you to get a close shave. The only downside I can think of is that it's hard to see where you've shaved and where you haven't, but just feel around to see if you missed any spots. 

Sally Hanson Airbrush Legs Lotion

Here is another summer essential. I use the light version of this one but WARNING it is not light. I'd say its closer to a medium to tan shade. I mix a little bit into my normal lotion to tone down the intensity but if I just really want to look super tan and take the time to put it all over my body, I can use it by itself. It's like makeup for you legs and body. It gives you a nice tan color and as long as you don't over do it, it doesn't rub off too badly. Just make sure to let if dry completley before getting dressed.

Sigma E40 Brush

Yes, I am VERY late to the sigma e40 brush game, I know. I had been using my Mac 226 brush which is similar, but I found it to be too flimsy and the dang thing shed hairs like crazy despite the expensive price tag. So I ordered the Sigma E40 tapered blending brush and it has totally changed my blending game! It's more dense and a bit bigger so I love using it in the crease and up towards the brow bone to really create an airbrushed look.

Mac Warm Soul Blush

I found my holy grail summer blush and it's name is Warm Soul and it lives at Mac. Especially if you are stepping up your bronzer and tanning game, this looks GORGEOUS. It is a warm rosy peach shade with microscopic gold shimmer through it. It just looks SO good blended into bronzer. If you are very fair it might be too dark for you but go to mac and try it out if you're curious because it's awesome!

Neutragena Moisture Smooth Color Sticks

 This specific color is Fresh Papaya. I also have it in Soft Raspberry and Sweet Watermelon. These are the most comfortable jumbo lip pencils I think are on the market. They are smooth and moisturizing and the colors are all so flattering. This shade is especially nice for summer as well as sweet watermelon.

Physicians Formula Green Concealer

 It took me a VERY long time to believe that putting something green on my face would work out at all. The key I think is to start with VERY little (aka not what's in the picture haha) and slowly build. I use this over especially red stubborn spots and blemishes. I apply it after foundation and then after it's dry I go over it with my normal color concealer (mac pro longwear NW20) and slowly pat it in. light finger taps are key! Then once you've achieved a normal looking color I like to stamp is with some powder on a sponge to make sure it stays put. 

Revlon Moisture Stain Lip gloss

These are the colors I have so far: Cannes Crush (coral/orange) and Rio Rush (pink). These are a very interesting formula that I actually love a lot. When you first apply them they are very wet and opaque with great color payoff. You can layer these as well to build color. After a few seconds it dries just a little and becomes more tacky, but stays very glossy looking. These have pretty good staying power and they leave behind a nice stain of color, true to the original color when first applied. 


So those are my favorites for the month of June! I'm excited for July and to see what fun summer makeup I get to play with!


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Smokey black/brown liner

Hello blog readers! Sorry it has taken me so long to put up a new post, we are house hunting! It is a long and stressful process and although I know it's all worth it in the end, we have hit a few bumps in the road and it has been tough. Although things are looking up so hopefully I will have good news on the house front soon!

Anyways, one of my all time favorite glam looks to rock when I'm going out for the night is a smokey winged liner. The best part about it is that it doesn't have to be super precise and it can look a little messy. So here is a look I wore a few nights ago for a friends birthday dinner:

Here is a list of products and how I achieved this look step by step!

  • After washing and moisturizing my face I applied a little bit of Hourglass Mineral Veil primer so ensure that this look would stay all night and to smooth out my skin for the best foundation application possible
  • Then I used a mixture of Revlon Colorstay (oily/combo version) and Mac studio fix fluid as my foundation. I do this a lot in the summer since I'm usually fake tanning and my coloring is all over the place. I mixed it on the back of my hand and used a Sigma F80 flat top Kabuki brush to buff it into my skin.
  • For concealer I used Mac pro longwear concealer in NW 20. I patted it on my undereye area, down and around my nose, and in any other places where I have redness. I like to use the Elf flawless concealer brush to blend in the concealer.
  • While I wait for my foundation and concealer to set I like to go ahead and fill in my brows. I use the Anastasia brow wiz in Caramel
  • Once the brows are done I take a triangle sponge and press my Coty airbursh translucent powder on to the places where I've applied concealer and down my T zone. This method really allows everything to stay in place and not crease or get cakey. 
  • Then I move on to bronzer. I've been using a mix of the Rimmel Sun light bronzer and the Too Faced Chocolate Solei bronzer and I take an Elf complexion brush and blend it across my hairline, temples, and along the tops of my cheek bones for a bronzey glow. I also take it around my jawline and down my neck a bit.
  • To contour I like to use NYX taupe blush on a Real Techniques contour brush and buff it into the hollows of my cheeks and into the hairline, making sure to blend lots so there are no harsh lines.
  • For blush I use a Sigma F10 blush and I dusted a bit of Mac Warm Soul blush onto the apples of my cheeks and up my cheekbones a bit. This blush has some shimmer so it works to highlight a bit as well.

  • For my base I like to use Mac painterly paint pot to even out my skin tone on my eye lids. I also dust a bit of translucent powder across the eyelids to make blending eyeshadows easier.
  • For my eyeshadows I used a quad by Loreal called 'So over it' (a bit dramatic, don't you think?) I used the second darkest brown to define my crease with a Sigma E40 brush and used the lightest shade to dust all over the lid.
  • Then I went in with my Stila stay all day liquid eyeliner pen and applied a slightly winged liner. This step doesn't have to be perfect because we will be going over it and smoking it out with eyeshadow anyways.
  • Then with a small stubby smudger brush I took the darkest brown shadow in the quad and went on top of the liner, blending slowly and gently upwards and outwards. 
  • I took that same dark brown and smudged a bit along my lower lash line.
  • For my waterlines I used the Mally waterproof black eye pencil to line the upper and lower waterlines. This pencil is amazeballs and you need it in your life. It stays put!
  • To highlight the inner corner I used the sparkly gold color in the quad and lightly dusted it near my tear ducts. I used a matte cream color from my Lorac Pro pallette to highlight my browbone. 
  • Then I gave my lashes a generous coat of Too Faced better than Sex mascara and applied some Eyelure falsies (the natural volume ones I think) Any lashes will do though. I used the duo black eyelash glue. 
  • On my bottom lashes I like to use Covergirl clump crusher for more precise application.

  • For my lips I lined them using NYX retractable lip liner in nude (my fav!) and then applied the Tarte Butter Lipstick in Angelic Nude. SUCH a gorgeous nude-pink lip color.

And that's the look! I finished everything with a few sprays of Urban Decay's All Nighter setting spray. 


Until next time, here is a derpy outtake!


Friday, June 6, 2014

Fun ways to wear a pop of color: inner corner of the eyes!

There are so many different ways to incorporate little pops of bright color in your makeup routine. Adding a bright lip is of course the most popular, or maybe doing some bright colored liner on the lower lash line. I've noticed a trend recently of adding the pop of color to the inner corner of the eye, wear your highlight shade would normally go. 

Products used:

  • Revlon colorstay in 200 nude (oily.combo version)
  • Mac prolongwear concealer in NW 20 under they eyes and to highlight
  • Rimmel bronzer in sun light
  • NYX taupe blush for a light contour
  • NARS orgasm blush
  • anastasia brow wiz in caramel
  • coty airspun translucent powder to set everything 
  • Revlon Kissable balm stain in Rendezvous (the original formula)
  • I started out with a base which was the Maybelliene color tattoo in bad to the bronze. I applied it all over the lid with my fingers and then used a brush to blend out the edges. 
  • Then I went in with Mac Soft Brown in the crease. I chose this shade because on lighter skin tones it comes off really warm and almost orangey so I thought it would tie in well with the lips. I applied it in the crease and blended it upwards to the brow bone.
  • Fun part! I used a Rimmel cream eyeshadow stick in tempting turquoise and dotted it gently on the inner corner of my eye and blended it into the base color with my finger.
  • Then I went in with a similar shimmery turquoise eye shadow shade from my Elf beach beauty palette and packed it over the inner corner.
  • From my Lorac Pro palette I used the Gold shade to highlight the very center on the lid. I just used my finger to dab it on. 
  • Then also with the Lorac Pro I took the matte dark brown shade and blended it in the outer corner and crease to deepen the look. 
  • I used the cream matte shade from the lorac pro to highlight the browbone
  • Then I used a Loreal eye pencil in dark brown and applied it along my upper and lower lashlines, smudging it out a bit.
  • I used a Jordana 12 hour black liner pencil to tightline both upper and lower waterlines.
  • Lashes are Too Faced better than sex mascara.  

So There you have it! A fun new way to use bright colors on a normally neutral eye look. You could use yellow, green, purple, orange, whatever color you prefer! 


Thursday, May 29, 2014

May Favorites!

Wow May has really flown by fast! Also the weather here in GA has really warmed up quickly and we are in official summer mode! Thought I'd post my favorite products for this month before the weekend :)

The Body Shop Tea Tree cool and creamy face wash
$12.50 at the body shop

Starting off with some skincare! This face wash feels SO good in the summertime and especially after a workout. It's got tea tree oil in it which is great for getting bacteria out of pores, and it's creamy with a minty cooling effect on your face. After a long run I could totally take a bath in this stuff.

Rimmel Bronzer in 021 Sun Light
$4.99 at Ulta

This bronzer is great for light/medium skin tones. Not too orangey and not too muddy looking on the skin. Now that summer is here my bronzer addiction is in full force! This formula is matte and does a fantastic job at warming up the face. It can also be used to contour or as a crease eyeshadow shade.

e.l.f. Complexion Brush

In conjunction with the bronzer shown above I wanted to add in my favorite brush to use with it! This brush is a great multi-tasking tool. Because of it's unique pinched flat shape it works great to dust bronzer around the outer edges of the face and along the cheekbones. For $3 this brush has lasted me years without falling apart. I love it!

Hourglass mineral veil primer
$52 for 1 oz or what I have, $18 for 0.33 oz at Sephora

Ok, yes this product is RIDICULOUSLY expensive, I'll admit. Which is why to test it out I got the $18 travel size, which should still last me a month or so. I'm quite late to the game when it comes to this products as it is many people's holy grail primer. I just started using it and it's like rubbing liquid silk on your face. It works great to hold your makeup in place all day and provides a nice smooth foundation application. I have normal/oily skin and it works well to control the oil too. I'm not looking forward to the day I decide to buy the full size...

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in 'Coralberry'
$6.99 at Ulta

This is a fantastic summer shade! The Revlon super lustrous formula is one of if not THE best lipstick formula in the drugstore. It's creamy, smooth and moisturizing with great color payoff. This particular color coralberry is a great peachy coral with a satin finish. I picked this up after hearing it was a pretty close dupe for Mac Vegas Volt, and I'd say it is pretty darn close!

Left is Coralberry, Right is Vegas Volt

Granted Vegas Volt is more opaque, I like Coralberry better because it can be worn sheer or built up to full color. 

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask
$26 at Sephora

Ok, yes $26 is a lot to pay for a lip balm but this is more than just a lip balm. If you have super dry cracked lips like I do most of the time this will be a Godsend for you! After gently exfoliating your lips at night you can apply a bit of this and it will stay on ALL night long moisturizing your lips. And by a bit I mean a teeny tiny bit of this stuff goes a long way. It's super comfy on the lips and Bite is known for having all organic food grade ingredients so if you were to just lick this off your lips at night it's totally cool :)


Non-Beauty Favorites!

Pony brand running shorts (or basically any brand with the built in undies)
Usually found at TJmaxx for around $12-16

Now that Summer is here running inside or outside is gonna be HOT. I have several pairs of these shorts and I love them to workout in. They have built in underwear which is great since you save some laundry to do! They are very comfortable and thin. Some brands have specific moisture wicking material that will keep you cool and dry on runs.

Women's Seamless Bralette
$12.99 at Target

Especially during the hotter months when I don't want to sweat in all my nice bras and wash them too much, I love wearing these 'bralettes' around the house or out running errands. They are stretchy and seamless and have removable pads to provide a bit of shape. They aren't quite meant to be sports bras but if you were doing something like yoga I think this could work just fine. 

So there you have it! Just a few of my standout products/things for the month of May :) I'm excited to really get into summer mode for June!


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Wearable purple smokey eye

Today's look is a 'wearable' purple smokey eye. This isn't AS smokey as it can get, I decided to go a bit lighter but you could really blend this out to be darker and more sultry. 

Products used:

  • Revlon colorstay oily/combo in 200 nude
  • mac pro longwear concealer in NW20
  • Coty airspun translucent powder to set all over
  • Rimmel sun light bronzer
  • clinique blush in berry pop
  • anastasia brow wiz in caramel for brows

  • NYX lipliner in nude
  • Sonia Kashuk sheer lip color on sheer pink

  • Mac painterly paint pot applied as a base all over the lids and blended a bit up towards the brow bone (I have veins and freckles on my lids so painterly is a godsend for me! It really evens out my eyelid skin tone)
  • Loreal infallible eyeshadow in burst into bloom applied all over the lid and along the lower lashline. This shade is gorgeous but needs to be built up for intensity. I packed on the color using the mac 239 brush.

  • Wet n Wild petal pusher palette:

  • After the lid color is applied I then took the 'crease' color shown above on the right side of the palette and blended it in the outer corner and crease. 
  • (not shown) I used a matte light brown to blend out the crease towards the brow. This just helps ground the eye look and helps to keep it looking blown out around the edges so the color blends into your skin tone. 
  • I then took the brow bone shade shown above on the right side of the palette and applied it to the inner corners of the eye to brighten the look.
  • I then used Revlon blackberry eyeliner and smudged it along the upper and lower lashline as well as in the waterline.
  • Covergirl clump crusher mascara

...and that's it! Pretty simple and using mostly drugstore products, just the way I like it.

Leave me a comment if you have any looks you would like me to create! I'm always open to suggestions :)