Get Ready With Me! // Shaaanxo by BH Cosmetics Palette

Even though my love for getting ready for a night out is deep and true and pure and I like to take my time, that certainly doesn’t always happen. This video is case in point and rears it’s head towards the end as I am delicately clutching a lash letting the glue get tacky while highlighting my face… listen, it’s real life and I know we have all been there. I really, really like the way the makeup turned out even though getting there wasn’t the most relaxing experience of my life.

Let’s talk about the palette itself for a second, shall we? Shaaanxo has become a serious addiction for me over the last, I don’t know, maybe year. I watch her daily vlogs, regular beauty videos and follow her on Snapchat. I find her to be super talented, refreshingly honest, hardworking and also happens to be a dime. So when she released this palette, it was a no-brainer…I needed it and I needed it yesterday.

The Good: As I mention in the video, many of the shadows remind me of Makeup Geek shades, which isn’t a bad thing. The colors are pretty and work well together. They especially come to life with some Fix+ spray.

The Bad: I do have a couple complaints, however. I had a lot of fall out the first few times I used the shadows and still experience mild fall out but that’s not a deal breaker. I also wish there was a more neutral transition shade, as the mustard shade is a bit bright on my light skin for day to day wear. If there was a brown I would probably never use another palette again. The lipsticks are beautiful but do not appear in the lips as they do on the pan.

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PRODUCTS

  • NYX Soft Focus Primer
  • Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation – 110 Porcelain
  • Revlon ColorStay Foundation – 180 Sand Beige
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – 10 Light
  • NYX HD Studio Photogenic Finishing Powder
  • Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color – Medium
  • MAC Prep + Prime 24 Hour Extend Eye Base
  • Shaaanxo Palette
  • MAC Fix+ Spray
  • NYX Tres Jolie Gel Pencil Liner – Black
  • Ardell Lashes – Naturals #124
  • NYX Lip Pencil – Natural
  • Benefit Roller Lash Mascara
  • Makeup Geek Contour Powder – Break Up
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

 

Quick & Easy Holiday Look

As far as holiday makeup looks go, this one is fairly straight-forward – it’s all about a red lip, gold, fluttery lashes & glowy skin. It’s kinda my version of makeup heaven. This look can be achieved with things you probably already have in your collection & can be adapted to your features. Want to do a cat eye? Be my guest. Want to skip that nose highlight? Good on ya. Don’t feel like applying lashes? Do ya thing, girl! (or guy!) All I ask is that you enjoy yourself, cause that’s what makeup is all about.

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PRODUCTS:

  • Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation – 100 Ivory
  • Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer
  • NYX Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Pomade – Brunette
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
  • Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
  • Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush – Pink Rose
  • Champagne Glow Palette – Champagne Pop, Pearl
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette
  • MAC Prep + Prime 24 Hour Extend Eye Base
  • e.l.f. Waterproof Eyeliner Pen
  • CoverGirl Super Sizer Mascara – Blackest Black
  • Ardell 120 Demi Lashes
  • NYX Lip Liner – Deep Red
  • Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick  – 11

NAILS: OPI – My Favorite Ornament

 

Rainy Day Lunch Date

A couple of week ago I filmed this GRWM for a lunch date! I intended to go very light but you’ll see, it did not happen. The photo used for this post was from another date, as I genuinely didn’t have enough time to snap any pics for this post! But it is from a lunch date I had with my sister, hence the smile on the face.

PRODUCTS:

  • Makeup Forever Step 1 Primer – Equalizer Hydrating Primer
  • Revlon ColorStay Whipped Foudnation – 200 Sand Beige
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer – Light Neutral
  • NYX HD Studio Photogenic Finishing Powder
  • Maybelline Master Conceal – Light
  • NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade – Chocolate
  • Kat Von D Shade + Light Palette
  • Revlon Blush – Oh Baby! Pink
  • Colour Pop Cosmetics Highlighter – Lunch Money
  • MAC Prep + Prime 24 Hour Extend Eye Base
  • Makeup Geek Pigment – Afterglow
  • Stila Eye Shadow – Mink
  • CoverGirl Super Sizer Mascara – Blackest Black
  • Buxom Full On Lip Polish – Dolly

Kendall Jenner Poppy Lip

Shout out to Kendall Jenner + the makeup Godesses over at Estee Lauder for creating a truly beautiful matte Poppy lipstick shade! Generally I stay away from mattes as they can be fairly drying but this is just so beautiful I couldn’t help myself when I saw it was for sale. I went a little wild recently with makeup purchases recently (evidenced partially by my Polar Purchases post) and felt the need to showcase them in a video!

Products, pictures + music info listed down below, as always! Hope you enjoy this one 🙂

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PRODUCTS:

  • Nivea After Shave Balm, Sensitive
  • L’Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation in W1-2 and W3
  • Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – 10 Light
  • Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette  – Lucid
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder – Translucent
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz – Dark Brown
  • Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze + Glow Palette
  • Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner – Lionfish
  • L’Oreal Soft and Full Mascara
  • House of Lashes – Au Naturale
  • House of Lashes Adhesive
  • NYX Lip Liner – Hot Red
  • Kendall Jenner Estee Lauder lipstick – 340 Restless
  • Milani Baked Powder Blush – Rose D’Oro

MUSIC:

“Chemical Reaction” – Sucré

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Polar Purchases

Recently, Mr. ARB and I have been house saving. With that comes a strong urge to buy basically everything. While I have been practicing some super serious restraint (and using up tons of products I already have), a gal also has to get her Treat Yo Self on, know what I mean?

AFFORDABLE: The gorgeous KathleenLights created some absolutely stunning eye shadows with the every popular and insanely amazing Colour Pop. After this talented beauty hit 1 Million subscribers I decided that enough was enough and it was time to get my paws on these shadows and I am so glad I did! Two mattes, a pearlized and a shimmer offer everything I could ever want in an eyeshadow quad. The eye shadows themselves are extremely creamy to the touch but apply like a powder. Granted, I haven’t slapped these on my eyeballs yet but I have swatched them and oh hot damn.

In addition to the shadows I picked up a couple of more natural lippies, as I currently only have very bright ones (red, hot pink + a very deep plum). I grabbed Rocket, which is a beautiful pinky coral, and Button which is a pinky nude. I absolutely love both of these Satin finish lippies and will definitely be wearing them all the time! They’re a nice addition to the family because I don’t really have anything like them.

LUXURY: Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar and Glow Palette also sucked me in. BEAR WITH ME! I know, I know…this is the beauty bloggers dream but it is for a very good reason. This duo is insanely luxurious, highly pigmented and comes in some of the most stunning packaging I have ever seen. Rose gold, solid, huge mirror and lots of product made the purchase a little less painful. So did a Beautylish coupon and free shipping. Y’all know me! I can definitely do a tutorial with these in the very near future. For now, I hope you enjoy these photos!

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Peachy Glowy Sping Makeup

Who doesn’t want glowy, gorgeous, healthy looking skin?! No one, is the answer. In today’s video I show you a few of the skin care + makeup steps I take when I want to have skin that looks like an angel’s. I’m going to toot my own horn here for a sec… I couldn’t stop looking at my skin in the light the day I recorded this because it looked so dang good.

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PRODUCTS:

  • The Body Shop Vitamin E Cleanser
  • Simple Kind To Skin Smoothing Facial Scrub
  • m-61 Fast Blast 2 Minute Vitamin C Facial Mask
  • Lather Ultra Light Face Lotion
  • Burt’s Bees Sensitive Eye Cream
  • Olay Fresh Effects Soak Up The Sun Protection! Lightweight Moisturizing Sunscreen
  • L’Oreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer
  • MAC Face + Body Foundation – N1
  • MAC Prolongwear Concealer – NW20
  • Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
  • Beauty Blender
  • Revlon PhotoReady SkinLights Face Illuminator – 100 Bare Light
  • Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush – 10 Nude
  • Milani Blush – Luminoso
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz – Dark Brown
  • Pixi Eyeshadow – Apricot Glow
  • Tarte Gifted Mascara
  • Stila Lip Glaze Melon

MUSIC:

“Memories” – Petit Biscuit

Essie Button Inspired Bright Orange Lip

I love me some Essie Button, aka Estee. She is a down to earth, hilarious, genuine + talented Canadian who has been living in London for the last four or five years. Whenever I watch her videos, I feel like I am catching up with an old friend + just hanging out. She posted this photo to Instagram and I thought DAMN I have to recreate this look! Estee’s makeup is usually on the more natural side but she does love a good bright lip and that’s exactly what this look is all about. I used products that I know she has and loves, including the Honey Bronzer by The Body Shop (I picked it up because of her!), the bareMinerals base + the Maybelline Dark Circle Eraser Concealer.

Used Flash when snappin’ pics of this makeup look, FYI!

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PRODUCTS:

  • Too Faced HanoveRx Replenishing Face Primer
  • Benefit Puff Off!
  • bareMinerals Complexion Rescue – Vanilla 02
  • Maybelline Dark Circle Eraser
  • Maybelline Fit Me COnealer – 10 Light
  • Revlon Naked Skin Powder – 020 Light
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz – Chocolate
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo – Creamy Beige
  • Tarte Gifted Mascara
  • The Body Shop Honey Bronzer – 01
  • Makeup Geek Blush – Bliss
  • Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush – 10 Nude
  • Rimmel Show Off Lip Velvet Matte -Orange-Ology

Meghan Trainor Dear Future Husband Video Look + Foolproof Cat Eye Trick

Guys, I am on a serious Meghan Trainor kick. When her album first came out a few months ago it was on heavy rotation but then, as it always happens, I put her on the back burner. The recent release of her video for the song “My Future Husband” has put her album back into my life! Aside from the song being super cute + catchy, the makeup in this video is my idea of perfection – cat eyes, bright lips + contours. To me, it doesn’t get much better than that! The look I chose from the video is actually the thumbnail + the photo that comes up most often when  you Google image search Meghan Trainor My Future Husband. To watch the video, click here.

In this video I show you a foolproof way to accomplish a cat eye! All you need is some tape + whatever eyeliner poison you prefer – gel, liquid, pencil or even eyeshadow for a soft wing. You really can’t screw it up using this method, it makes it so easy to create a wing, big or small.

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PRODUCTS:

  • Too Faced HangoveRx Replenishing Face Primer
  • NARS Sheer Glow – Mont Blanc
  • Revlon ColorStay Foundation – 180 Sand Beige
  • MAC ProLongwear Concealer – NW20
  • NYX Eyeshadow Base – Skin Tone
  • Maybelline The Nudes Palette
  • L’Oreal Infallible Gel Liner – Blackest Black
  • NYX Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Pomade – Chocolate
  • Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kajal – 005 Nude
  • Rimmel Wonder’Lash Mascara – 003 Extreme Black
  • XO Beauty Lashes – The Stunner
  • Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
  • Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette
  • Revlon Blush – Oh Baby! Pink
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector – Opal
  • Revlon ColorBurst Balm Stain – Smitten

Get Ready With Me // PAX East 2015

This year Tristan + I attended PAX East for the third time. PAX is essentially a giant gaming convention filled with vendors, game developers, streamers, companies involved with all aspects of the gaming world + so much more. It is an insane but very cool experience! I actually vlogged my weekend so stay tuned for that on Wednesday, if you’d like to see what PAX is like.

I know, I know. This isn’t a celebrity look and I JUST promised to make Sundays celebrity inspired. Well, as you’ll also see on the vlog, I did film something. I just forgot to turn my microphone on. So it will have to wait until next weekend + I hope this makes up for it. The star of the show is definitely the Colour Pop Lippie Stick in Feminist, which was perfect for today because it is International Women’s Day! I could write the world’s longest blog post about equality and the importance of women having the power to make their own decisions. I really could. But for now, makeup. Enjoy!

 

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PRODUCTS:

  • NARS Sheer Glow Foundation – Mont Blanc
  • Revlon ColorStay – 180 Sand Beige
  • MAC Prolongwear – NW20
  • Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer + Highlighter – 230 Fair/Light
  • Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights – 100 Bare Light
  • Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
  • Maybelline Master Hilight Blush – Nude
  • NYX Brow Pomade – Brunette
  • Benefit Gimme Brow – Medium/Deep
  • ColourPop Lippie Stick + Pencil – Feminist
  • ColourPop Super Shock Shadow – I ❤ This
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner – Trooper
  • Rimmel Wonder Lash Mascara – Blackest Black
  • Tresemme Heat Tamer Leave In Spray
  • Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray