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

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

Taylor Swift Blank Space Tutorial

Can we take a second to bask in the gloriousness (don’t even care that that’s not a word)

of all that is the Blank Space music video? I think it’s hilarious, well put together and of course, THE OUTFITS! THE MAKEUP! Taylor, be still my heart! My favorite song off the album has been brought to life in such a beautiful, playful way. So naturally, I had to do a tutorial doing one of the looks. They’re all essentially the same – bold cat eye + some shade of red lip with a contour and matte skin. The one I chose to do features a more raisin lip + what looks like some cool gray smoked out on the lower lash line + on the lid. I kept it drugstore for you guys this time around, let me know if you’d like more of that!

 

Photo that I used as inspiration

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Products:

  • Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation – 103 True Ivory
  • NYX HD Concealer – CWO4 Beige
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
  • Revlon Brow Fantasy – Brunette
  • Makeup Geek eye shadows – Beaches & Cream, Stealth
  • Maybelline Gel Liner – Black
  • Rimmel Lash Accelerator – 003 Extreme Black
  • NYX Blush – Taupe
  • NYX Lip Liner – Deep Red
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick – Raisin Rage

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

Upside Down Blue Smokey Eye

Well that’s a mouthful! This look focuses on a bright blue eyeliner on the lower lashline + features soft definition and cat eye on the upper lid. It’s an unusual but interesting way to wear color on your eyes + a method I like to employ often. You don’t have to have the same products as I do – I am showing you a technique that can be achieved with any colors + products you have! Have fun, be bold. Enjoy!

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Products:

  • Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation – 130 Shell
  • MAC Prolongwear Concealer – NW20
  • Benefit’s Gimme Brow – Medium/Deep
  • Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
  • Maybelline “The Nudes” Pallete
  • Eyeko Alexa Chung Lash Enhancing Eye Do Liner
  • NYX Doll Eye Mascara
  • L’Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner – Blue
  • Makeup Geek eyeshadow – Nautica
  • The Body Shop Honey Bronzer – Light
  • Revlon Blush – Melon Drama
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish – Lightscapade
  • Gerard Cosmetics lipstick -1995

Take All My Money – State Tax Return Edition

Today my bank account was graced with the presence of my state tax return *angels singing*. Needless to say an Ulta trip was necessary on my way home from work. Here is my bounty!

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Maybelline The Falsies Mascara – “Black Drama”, Waterproof

I only just realized that I got the waterproof version of this mascara so woops! I usually don’t go waterproof for whatever reason so this will be interesting. I tried this mascara once before due to Tanya Burr’s undying love for it & wasn’t overly impressed, but she insists on the packaging with the lace & I’m in the market for a new mascara so I figured, ah what the heck!

Jane Concealer – Light

Let me start off by saying that this concealer does not look very light in the tube. Casey Holmes likes this concealer & her under eyes always look flawless so I picked this up in hopes for similar results. Will report back about the color!

NYX Blush – Dusty Rose

Been searching for a good rose color for my cheeks & I think this is the one! I am spoiled enough to usually reach for a high end blush but I wanted a drugstore option, and I have had great success with the NYX shade “Taupe” for contouring.

OPI Nail Polish – A Definite Moust-Have

Found this beautiful pink shade in the clearance section. Thinking it will help usher in some feelings of Spring! We are getting to that point in Winter when we feel like spring may never come so I need a pick me up, probably on my toes!

OPI Nail Polish – I Sao Paulo Over There *Brazil Collection*

This shade was featured in a photo on the OPI Instagram feed and I immediately knew I needed it. It appears to be a creamy, medium gray shade & I cannot wait to wear it! I’m a sucker for a good gray polish.

Katy Perry Color Pop Lashes

These little individual lashes were also a clearance section find – these lashes feature strands of color!I believe there are blue, purple and green ones. These will be fun to add a little something special to a look without trying too hard. I have tried other KP lashes & loved them all so I know I will love these.

L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow – Burst Into Bloom

As a brown eyed gal I love purple on my eyes. I usually will stick to a liner to add color but my boyfriend has been encouraging me to do a more full on color look with my eyes. I have a couple of these shadows already & am obsessed with how creamy and shimmery they are – I use my finger to swipe the color over my lids & blend the crease & I’m done. I’m not kidding, it’s that easy. It’s a simple couple steps that look like you put lots of time into your makeup but little does everyone else know…!

Maybelline Color Tattoo – Painted Purple

Color Tattoos are awesome. Like the L’Oreal Infallible shadows I feel like they’re so easy & pack a punch without being too much work. This color is so gorgeous & I can’t wait to use it on it’s own or as a base under other shadows.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

I am a Beauty Blender lover. However, I am not a lover of their price. How in the heck have I been duped into spending fistfuls of cash for little sponges?! At $6 I couldn’t resist trying this little guy, which has been getting amazing reviews by YouTube ladies.

Between some clearance finds & the usual $3.50 off coupon I did pretty well for a spur the moment, literally grab whatever caught my eye, shopping spree. There will most likely be a part 2 when my Federal return comes…stay tuned & happy shopping!

Smokin’ Hot

I’m really having a Gray moment. Maybe it’s all the dreary New England weather but who cares, I’m loving it. So much so that I had to paint my nails Essie’s Smokin’ Hot AND film a tutorial for a gray smokey eye. Smokey eyes really aren’t as complicated as everyone thinks they are – you just need a few shades of the same color & to blend the heck out of it! I hope this tutorial is helpful & inspires smokey eye confidence. I used gray but you can really use any color your heart desires – purple is one of my favorites! Please leave any questions or comments down below. Enjoy! xx

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Products:

  • MakeupGeek Gel Liner – Twinkle
  • Smashbox Studio Eye Pop Palette – Smoke, Obsidian, Vanilla, Champagne
  • MakeupGeek eyeshadows – Moondust, Shimma Shimma
  • Revlon Colorstay Foundation – 180 Sand Beige
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – 10 Light
  • Revlon Colorstay Aqua powder – Translucent Light/Medium
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush – Exposed
  • bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick – Get Ready
  • NYX Butter Gloss – Maple Blondie

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

 

The Most Dangerous Game – Target Edition

After work today I went to Target. When my boyfriend got home from work, we went back to Target. Guess what I did each time? That’s right, lost any bit of willpower I had & made some purchases. Of course I took my time perusing the aisles while boyfriend did secret anniversary shopping and of course I Googled swatches and reviews, trying to talk myself out of each item but in the end, I lost. But let’s be real, I also won. The only real justifications for a couple of these things is that a) my gel liner really is drying out & is becoming ancient and b) I was picking up a couple items for a tutorial. The rest were impulse buys because hey, who doesn’t want glowy skin and cheeks?! I need all the help I can get this winter! I’m hoping to have the tutorial up by the end of the week, can anyone guess which celebrity look I’ll be doing?

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Revlon Photoready Makeup – 003 Shell

This foundation promises a glowy finish that is supposed to look flawless on camera. When compared to the Colorstay people say the Photoready is a bit dewier while the Colorstay is more matte. In the winter months I think a dewy finish will make my dry skin look and feel a lot happier.

Maybelline Hi-Light Highlighting Blush – Pink Rose

I recently saw one of my favorite YouTubers, Makeup by Alli, Instagram a photo of this product & she said it gives a gorgeous glow to the cheeks. I hope you can sense the theme I had going with my skin purchases! I trust her opinion so I had to give one of these things a shot. The pattern intrigues me and you can never go wrong with rose shades.

Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner – Blackest Black

This product is a staple in my collection & like I said before, the one I had is past it’s prime & is drying up on me so I had to grab a new pot.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick – Black Cherry

This is a shade that is a bit of a holy grail dark lip for tons of people in the beauty community & today it just felt right for me to pick it up. It is a gorgeous deep reddish plum color. See the swatch below!

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick – Bordeaux

I purchased this shade with a particular tutorial in mind. It is very similar to Black Cherry. The true test will be in how well each lipstick lasts on the lips and how even the color applies. See the swatch below!

Maybelline “The Elixir” – 050 Caviar Couture

As you can see, I have a theme going with the lips as well. I have been wanting to get my paws on these new Elixirs & based on a quick swatch, I am really digging how shiny this product is. Can’t wait to put it on my pout!

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L to R – Rimmel, Revlon, Maybelline

If you want to see any individual reviews or demos please let me know in the comments below!