January ’15 Favorites

The end of January has come + gone so you know what that means…we get to share our favorites! I had quite a few this month + probably could have included more products but these really stood out to me. Please share your favorites down below + add to my ever growing wish list.

ALSO! If you like the makeup I am wearing in this video, have no fear, a tutorial is on it’s way 🙂

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Products

  • Revlon Photoready Foundation – 003 Shell
  • Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator – 100 Bare
  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara
  • Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows – Grandstand + Mesmerized
  • Dove Nourishing Curls Whipped Cream Mousse
  • Nume Curl Jam Set
  • M-61 Skincare Fast Blast 2-Minute Vitamin C Facial Mask
  • Caudalie Divine Oil
  • Bath + Body Works Aromatherapy Sleep Lotion – Night Time Tea
  • Daisy by Marc Jacobs

Evening Look Featuring Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow

I love me some Makeup Geek + the new foiled eye shadows are absolute heaven in a pan. Creamy, insanely pigmented, metallic goodness. Watch below for a tutorial perfect for a night out!

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Products:

  • Revlon Photoready Foundation
  • MAC Prolongwear Concealer – NW20
  • Revlon ColorStay foundation
  • Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
  • Benefit Watt’s Up Highlighter
  • Maybelline Define-A-Brow pencil
  • Maybelline Brow Drama
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadows – Beaches & Cream, Latte, Unexpected
  • Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow – Mesmerized
  • Cynthia Rowley Eyeliner – Black
  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara
  • Makeup Geek blush – Bliss
  • Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick – 17

Date Night Makeup

For this look, I practiced what I preach…I was bold + went outside my comfort zone! I was watching a Jaclyn Hill tutorial recently + she was wearing lashes by a brand called Lashes by Lena. They. Were. STUNNING! On JH’s big, beautiful eyes they looked so soft and lush. And there was a coupon code. Queue  me racing to the website to buy my very own pair of Bianca style lashes. In the box, they don’t look like anything insane. But on my tiny eyes, oh honey! They are a commitment. I was shocked when I applied them. I was tempted to take them off but then I thought, screw it, let’s just finish off the look + see how I feel. And let me tell you, I ended up loving them. I wore them for the rest of my day, including a stare-filled trip to the grocery store (they don’t bite, people!). Once I trimmed them to fit my eye size, they were great. But every time I looked down, I could definitely notice them on my eyes + I could feel them. Maybe it’s just my inexperience with lashes, who knows, but I will definitely be pulling them out for special occasions in the future.

In addition to a big, fluttery lash I went for glowy skin, cause who doesn’t want that?! Using light infusing primers, a damp sponge + cream products help to accomplish a lovely, healthy dewiness. For the lips I chose an insanely long wearing liquid lipstick by Stila in the shade Beso. You can easily adapt the look + use whatever colors your heart desires!

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Products:

  • L’Oreal Magic Lumi Primer
  • Revlon Photoready Foundation – 003 Shell
  • MAC Prolongwear Foundation – NW20
  • NYX Liquid Illuminator – Sunbeam
  • Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
  • Maybelline Define-a-Brow – Medium Brown
  • Maybelline Brow Drama – Deep Brown
  • Makeup Geek eyeshadows – Beaches & Cream, Latte, Mocha
  • Maybelline Gel Liner – Blackest Black
  • Tarte Gifted Mascara
  • Stila All Over Shimmer – Kitten
  • NYX Cream Blush – Natural
  • Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick – Beso

NYE Collaboration Featuring the Naked 3 Palette

New Years Eve is the time for glitter, sparkles, bubbles (in beverages, of course). This look was created as part of a collaboration with a subscriber who reached out to me named Sondra. We decided that we would both use the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette to create looks fit for a NYE party. In addition to makeup, I also tackled nails + hair. Sondra will be bringing you an outfit as well as makeup so make sure to head over to her channel. Doing this collaboration was so much fun! I hope this is the beginning of something new for my channel. Huge thanks also to my good friend Barrington Beats who has allowed me to use a couple of his mixes as the soundtrack to my video. If you want to hear ore of his stuff, you can find him here.

I quickly want to thank each and every one of you who has supported me throughout 2014. If you read the blog, watch the videos, or tell someone else about my little channel, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I started my YouTube channel and this blog because I truly love all things beauty + absolutely adore the beauty community already established on the web + wanted to be a part of it. Words cannot properly capture the excitement I experience when one of you tells me you tried a technique I used, watched a video I posted or learned something new. That’s the point of all this! I only hope to grow and improve in 2015 and bring you better content. Being able to share my passion has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life!

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Dat cheek shine…thanks Makeup Geek pigment!

 

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Happy New Year everyone!

 

Nails

  • Nailtiques Formula 2
  • Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy – Double Down
  • Seche Vite Top Coat

Face

  • NARS Sheer Glow Fundation – Mont Blanc
  • Tarte Under Eye Corrector – Light/Medium
  • Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
  • Benefit Gimme Brow – Medium Deep
  • NYX Jumbo Pencil – Milk
  • Naked 3 – Strange, Limit, Noonerm Blackheart, Mugshot
  • Maybelline Gel Liner- Black
  • Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara – Jet Black
  • NYX Blush – Taupe
  • Makeup Geek Blush – Romance
  • Makeup Geek pigment – New Years Eve
  • Rimmel Show Off Lip Laquer – Nova

Hair

  • Nume Wand – 1″ Barrel
  • Not Your Mother’s She’s a Tease Volumizing Hairspray
  • Big Sexy Hair – Pow! Powder Play

Classic Holiday Red Lip

I planned on doing a voice over for this, however, our family suffered the loss of most adored feline friend + I just can’t bring myself to record something. I have instead used music from a Christmas EP I recorded last year with my boyfriend as the soundtrack + have listed all the products below + in the description box. Please give all your loved ones, both human + furry, lots of hugs, kisses and cuddles and tell them every single day how much you treasure them.

This look is your classic holiday makeup, complete with a long lasting red lip + lots of shine.

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Products:

  • L’Oreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer
  • MAC Face + Body – N1
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – 10 Light
  • Benefit Gimme Brow – Medium/Deep
  • Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
  • Makeup Geek eye shadows – Purely Naked, Latte
  • Makeup Geek Pigment – Afterglow
  • Maybelline Gel Liner – Black
  • Rimmel Eye Liner – Nude
  • Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer
  • Revlon Oh Baby Pink Blush
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish – Lightscapade
  • MAC Fix+ Spray

Burgundy Smokey Eye

Ok ok, I know. I have been doing a ton of smokey eye tutorials recently. But honestly, doesn’t this time of year just call for this kind of eye look?! While it’s chilly + dark I like to pile on all the eyeshadow + liner. This look is all about matte brown-red + burgundy shades + a long lasting plum lip. Something a little different for the holiday party circuit but really beautiful and really easy. The lipstick I used, CoverGirl’s Euphoria, is insanely long wearing + leaves a lovely stain on the lips when it does wear off. I’m a huge fan, and not just because my girl Katy Perry wore it in one of her CG ads. I tried to make the skin glowy, using MAC’s Face and Body which has a nice natural sheen to it. I packed the highlighter on, using both a cream and powder + went over my cream blush with a highlighter blush.

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Products:

  • MAC Face + Body – N1
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – 10 Light
  • Benefit Watt’s Up Highlighter
  • Benefit’s Gimme Brow – Medium/Deep
  • Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
  • MakeupGeek shadows – Peach Smoothie, Cocoa Bear, Bitten, Country Girl, Shimma Shimma
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner – Trooper
  • Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes
  • NYX Cream Blush – Natural
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish – Lightscapade
  • Maybelline Master hi-Light Blush – Pink Rose
  • NYX Lip Liner – Burgundy
  • Covergirl Lipstick – Euphoria
  • Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer

Perfect Holiday Green Smokey Eye

I’m on a real green kick these days. I think it might be the impending Christmas Holiday or simply that I am just really drawn to it at the moment. Green is usually not my go to color but I have been absolutely loving the way it looks on my brown eyes! This look is perfect for a Holiday party or evening out + is very, very simple. If you’re not into green you can use any color you’d like! The technique can be applied to any color – you just need a dark base, a transition shade + your lid color. The key is to apply + blend, apply + blend – you can never blend too much! It is crucial for creating a smokey look that doesn’t come off as a black eye.

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Products:

  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil – Black
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadows – Peach Smoothie, Dirty Martini, Envy, Latte
  • Maybelline Gel Liner – Black
  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation – Bone
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – 20 Light
  • Benefit’s Gimme Brow – Medium/Deep
  • Benefit’s Holla Bronzer
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish – Lightscapade
  • MAC Blush – Warm Soul
  • Ardell Individual Lashes
  • DUO Lash Adhesive
  • NYX Lip Liner – Natural
  • Stila Gloss – Amaretto

Glittery Autumn Eyes

I am fully indulging in all things Autumn…candles, apple recipes + of course, makeup. This look is one of my absolute favorites I’ve ever created. The technique is called Tulip eyeshadow placement, which is fancy for placing your dark shade on the outer + inner corner and putting a lighter pop on the center of the lid. This technique can be used with any color combination your heart desires! Honestly, this was my first attempt at doing this and was psyched with how it turned out.

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Products:

  • Revlon ColorStay Whipped Foundation – 200 Sand Beige
  • L’Oreal Magic Lumi Primer
  • Maybelline Fit Me concealer – 10
  • Benefit’s Gimme Brow – Medium/Deep
  • Makeup Geek eyeshadows – Beaches & Cream, Peach Smoothie, Bitten
  • Makeup Geek pigment – Birthday Wish
  • NYX Pencil – Milk
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner – Trooper
  • Cynthia Rowley Black Eyeliner
  • Model Co VolumEyes Mascara
  • Doll 10 Highlighter – Champagne
  • NYX Blush – Taupe
  • The Body Shop Honey Bronzer – 01
  • NYX Lip Pencil – Burgundy
  • Kate Moss Rimmel Lipstick – 107
  • Be a Bombshell Cosmetics – Smooth Criminal Powder

Wine Lip Pin Up Tutorial

Autumn has finally arrived! I don’t really care how basic my enthusiasm about Fall makes me, I love everything about it – annual apple orchard trips, apple cider, seasonal beers, and most importantly, Fall lip colors. You may remember a month or so back I talked about a Bite Beauty lip color purchase that was begging for cooler weather + crunchy leaves. Well, folks, that time has arrived. I present to you, a Wine Lip Pin Up esque tutorial! A cat eye and well contoured skin comprise the pin up aspect of this look. I used a nude pencil in my waterline to really open up my eyes after applying a cat eye so intense I felt like it needed to be tamed a little bit (but only a little bit!). If you want to see how I achieved this look, please check out my latest video!

 

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Products:

  • Revlon Colorstay Foundation – MIxed 180 Sand Beige + 320 True Beige
  • MAC Prolongwear Concealer – NW20
  • Makeup Geek eyeshadows – Beaches & Cream, Peach Smoothie, Latte
  • Eyeko Liquid Liner – Carbon Black
  • Cynthia Rowley eyeliner pencil – Black
  • Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kajal – Nude
  • NYX Doll Eyes Mascara – Black
  • Benefit Gimmer Brow – Medium/Deep
  • Benefit’s Watt’s Up Highlighter
  • Rimmel Stay Mate Powder – Transluscent
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish – Lightscapade
  • NYX Blush – Taupe
  • Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer
  • NYX Lip Liner – Auburn
  • Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream – Port

Sittin’ Pretty On the Throne with Lorde

Lorde was a music recommendation from a coworker last summer & I was immediately hooked. At the time she only had a couple EPs out & I listened to them on repeat constantly. She was my little secret & then Royals hit the radio. Lorde is insanely talented. She has her own unique sound & even more exciting, her own unique look which I really wish I could have pulled off at 17. Hell, she IS who I wanted to be when I was that age. She’s so effortlessly cool & mysterious & I just love her. Click the link below to see the photo that inspired me.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/grammys-2014-beauty-lordes-lipstick-673905

Her makeup looks run along the lines of winged liner, contour, dark lip. Her Grammy look was no exception & I just had to give it a shot! Below is the photo I used as inspiration as well as my step-by-step tutorial & product list. I had so much fun recreating this look & have a feeling this won’t be the last time I wear this lip combination.

Now go listen to Pure Heroine!

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Products:

  • Maybelline Instant Pore Eraser
  • Palladio Herbal Foundation – Nude
  • Neautrogena Brightening Eye Perfector – Buff
  • Revlon Colorstay Aqua Powder – Translucent Light Medium
  • Maybelline Gel Liner – Blackest Black
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo – Barely Branded
  • Makeup Geek eyeshadows – Shimma Shimma, Mocha
  • Maybelline Voluminous Butterfly Mascara – Blackest Black
  • NYX Blush – Taupe
  • RevlonSuper Lustrous Lipstick – Black Cherry
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick – Bordeaux
  • Maybelline Eleixir – Caviar Couture