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. 

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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!

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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!

FACE:
  • 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.

EYES:
  • 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.


LIPS:
  • 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. 

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Until next time, here is a derpy outtake!


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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:

Face:
  • 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 
Lips:
  • Revlon Kissable balm stain in Rendezvous (the original formula)
Eyes:
  • 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! 

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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 :)

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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!

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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:

FACE:
  • 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
LIPS: 

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

  • 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 :)


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Monday, May 19, 2014

Bright Aqua Blue Summer Eyes

Heyo! So spring is here and summer is fast approaching and this is the time of year when it is most fun to play with color with your makeup looks. Bright lips and bright colorful eyes are really hot right now so don't be afraid to branch out from your precious neutrals!

A few months ago Urban Decay released the Electric palette, filled with lots of super bright highly pigmented colors. The internets of course blew up and everyone has been creating some amazing looks with it.


This palette sells for $49. Ouch. I tossed and turned over if I should spend that kind of money on a palette that I for sure wouldn't be using every day or maybe even each week...So I spent some time researching other brands and looking through my stash and I came across a palette that I totally forgot I even had: The elf Beach Beauty palette! It is still available for purchase for only $6 here!



Circled are the shades I used to create this super fun bright look:





I am so in love with this look! Here is a break down of what I'm wearing and how it was done:

FACE:
  • Covergirl 3in1 outlast liquid foundation in 820
  • Mac pro longwear concealer in NW20
  • Rimmel sun light bronzer
  • clinique cheek pop blush in berry pop
  • anastasia brow wiz in caramel
  • coty airspun loose transluscent powder to set
LIPS:
  • Jordana lip liner in very berry filled in the entire lip
  • Elf shimmer lipgloss in hope
EYES:

  • Mac paint pot in painterly applied all over the lid and up to the brow
  • NYX jumbo eye pencil in Milk applied and blended over the lid. Basically anywhere you want color to be put Milk there first, it will help the colors be more vibrant.
  • light green eyeshadow from the elf palette applied in the inner corner of the eye
  • light aqua blue shade applied all over the lid and a bit in the crease
  • dark blue blended in the outer corner of the lid
  • I did use a matte black shadow from my lorac pro palette to darken the crease, any matte black will do. blend blend blend!
  • bottom lash line has a purple jumbo eye pencil from milani and a shimmery purple eyeshadow blended on top of it towards the crease. I used betrayal from the Urban Decay Vice 2 palette.
  • Black liner is stila stay all day black liquid liner pen
  • Makeup forever smokey eyes mascara (got a sample of this for my birthday from Sephora)
  • While the mascara was still wet I took the dark blue shadow from the elf palette and patted it on my lashes. I really tried to get a lot on there so it would show up since I don't have a blue mascara. Any colored mascara would be cool though. 
  • NYX eye pencil in Milk in the lower waterline   

So that's is! You can substitute any of the colors with different ones so this look can be really fun to play around with. Surprisingly the elf color eyeshadows are pretty nice, very soft and buttery and pretty pigmented. Not AS pigmented as the urban decay shadows but with the help of the NYX pencil in milk you can really amp them up. 


Thanks for reading! Comment with a link if you try out the look!

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Elf Haul/Reviews!

Heyo!

Today I wanted to talk about some recent standout Elf purchases I received. 


Products: elf high definition undereye setting powder, elf smudge pots, elf mineral powder blush, elf mineral lip liners

Let's start with the star products: Elf Smudge pots!




(left to right: Brownie points, cruisin chic, gotta glow)

These are cream shadow pots that you can use either as a base for your eyeshadow or on their own as an all over lid color. The texture is VERY soft and creamy and they apply beautifully. I like to either use my fingers to apply them or a small but fluffy synthetic hair brush like the Real Techniques base eyeshadow brush. So far for me I haven't had any problems with creasing and they wear well for at least 10 hours. I'm excited to try more colors! These are only $2 at www.eyeslipsface.com



This elf HD undereye setting powder is just OK in my book. It is a great texture, finely milled, and does work great to set undereye concealer, however...there are tiny bits of shimmer in it. Wha? Why would I want shimmery undereyes? It's doesn't really show up unless you were to really pack it on but still...weird. If you want to set your undereye area I would stick with the regular HD translucent powder. You can pack that on with a sponge and brush off the excess and your concealer wont budge and will look even more flawless.


(elf mineral blush in sweet retreat)

This was my first elf mineral blush purchase and I am very happy with it! Very soft and blendable, great color payoff. This color is a muted soft neutral pink that is a great matte everyday color. Warning though, this blush has CRASY fallout. You barely need to dip your brush in it to get a good amount of color. I'd suggest tapping off any excess before applying in case you got too much on the brush. 



(elf mineral lip liners in peachy and rose - don't mind my chipped nail polish)

I was really excited to try these since I've had great luck with cheap lip liners...Jordana and NYX especially. These are no exception. Great color payoff, creamy and long wearing. I especially love the 'peachy' shade! Perfect for a soft peachy nude lip and great under any lip gloss. If you have especially dry lips (like I do) apply a lip balm a few minutes before applying these and it will make your life a lot easier. 


Swatches!
(Left to right: elf smudge pots in brownie points, cruisin chic, gotta glow, Elf undereye setting powder, elf mineral blush in sweat retreat, elf mineral lip liners in peachy and rose)

So there you have it, some cool new cheap elf stuff to try!

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