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

Quick + Easy Every Day Makeup

I filmed this look today, that being Sunday, as I was running out to do a few errands & wanted to look a little bit more presentable for the outside world. That being said, there are 2 things I’d like to mention. 1)There are MANY days that I go out + feel totally fine without makeup on, I have no problem being a makeup free lady but today I felt like I wanted just a little to even out my skin tone + brighten up my face. 2) You can do this any day, not just Sunday 🙂

This look is insanely easy + quick and anyone can do it. Tinted moisturizer provides some coverage while concealer takes care of those tough spots. Cream highlighter + blush add a soft glow, a little liner + mascara frame the eyes and a simple lip color pulls it all together!

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Products:

  • Sonia Kashuk Radiant Tinted Moisturizer – Linen
  • Revlon ColorStay concealer – Light
  • Benefit’s Gimme Brow – Brunette
  • Doll 10 Highlighter – Champagne
  • The Balm How ‘Bout Them Apples Cream Blush – Pie
  • Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
  • Stila Waterproof Eyeliner- Stingray
  • Rimmel Lash Accelerator – 003 Extreme Black
  • Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer – Comet

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

October Favorites

I would have loved to have created a proper YouTube video to chat about my favorites from last month, however, life is happening + is not allowing me the time to sit down, film + edit. So, I have decided to type up a little blog post with photos + text this month. I hope you’ll forgive me! My schedule during the week makes it near impossible to film when I get home + the last couple weekends were filled with family. Anyways, please read on if you’d like to know what I was reaching for most during October!

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Lavender Vanilla Aromatherapy Range from Bath + Body Works

I think it’s pretty clear that I have a deep affection for this range of Aromatherapy products from Bath + Body works. When I shower at night I like to use the shower oil, when I take bubble baths I like to use the Luxury Bubble bath, before bed I slather the cream all over my limbs + I spritz my pillow with the pillow mist. The scent is incredible, soothing and relaxing and it is an absolute staple in my nightly routine!

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Chloe Perfume

I have been really digging this fragrance, a teensy tiny bottle of Chloe that I got with my points at Sephora. The scent is light + lovely. I am horrible at describing scents so I will let Sephora do the honors: “Warm, seductive, and totally addictive, a classic rose is translated into a breath of modern femininity”. I’d say that’s accurate! The full size bottle will be on my Christmas Wish list, for sure.

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Be a Bombshell Cosmetics – Smooth Criminal Powder

This powder was gifted to me from my sister who received it in her Ipsy bag. It’s a silky smooth translucent loose setting powder. It is a powder for people who don’t like looking like they have powder on, so I love it. I use my giant E.L.F. brush to press this onto my face after applying all my creams.

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Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation – 200 Sand Beige

This foundation is not for the faint of heart – it has a thick consistency + is definitely full coverage. I can flip the open container over completely and not worry in the slightest that it will run. That being said, it makes my skin look amazing! It makes my skin appear smooth, even + does not look like I am wearing foundation. Perfect for dry skin, not sure if oily skinned gals would like this. The staying power is impressive as this foundation lasts all day and looks good after hours of wear. The best part is that it is drugstore + doesn’t cost an arm and a leg!

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I could go on for days about my love for this book. Refreshingly honest, bold, hilarious, inspiring. I laughed out loud at least a dozen times. Lena Dunham is intelligent, articulate + witty. An absolute must read for young women.

Hope you all enjoyed, leave a comment + let me know what you’ve been loving lately!

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

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

Autumn Chickadee

Fall is upon us & I could not be more excited. Using two unusual shades of Makeup Geek eyeshadows I created this simple fall inspired look!

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Products:

  • L’Oreal Magic Lumi Primer
  • L’Oreal True Match in W4 + Revlon Colorstay in 180 Sand Beige
  • MAC Prolongwear Concealer in NW20
  • Revlon Brow Fantasy in Brunette
  • Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
  • Makeup Geek eyeshadows: Peach Smoothie, Chickadee, Sensuous
  • L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Smoldering Plum
  • Maybelline Gel Liner in Black
  • NYX Doll Eye Mascara in Black
  • NYX Lip Pencil in Natural
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in 130 Rose Velvet
  • MAC Fix+

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!