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.
NYX Soft Focus Primer
Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation – 110 Porcelain
Hey guys! I was genuinely kind of in a rush had to do my makeup, no time to play around. I had to go with a standby look so I obviously stuck with neutrals and a cat eye, topped off with a festive Sox red lip! Even though we lost, I still had a pretty silly time drinking Sam’s Summer, wolfing down a Fenway Frank and dancing to alllll the up-at-bat songs. I have listed the products below! xoxo
NYX Soft Focus Primer
EX1 Foundation – 100 AND Makeup Forever HD – 117
Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer – Light Neutral
MAC Prolongwear Concealer – NW20
NYX HD Studio Photogenic Finishing Powder – Transluscent
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz – Dark Brown
L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper Brow Gel – Medium to Dark
Lisa Eldridge is the makeup goddess of all makeup goddesses, in my opinion. She is brilliant, having worked on countless clients (Kate Winslet is her bestie), appeared in magazines and on runways + currently serves as the Makeup Creative Director at Lancome. I love her philosophy of less is more and how fresh and modern all of her looks are. I think you can tell by now how much I admire this woman. Every film she puts out, I watch! I especially liked one that I am sharing with you today about how to achieve a long-wearing lip. The technique is great and I thought I would quickly show you how you can get it with any lip color you want. Even after the bulk of your lip color has worn off, your lips should still be beautifully stained.
Another weekend, another Makeup Geek Sparkler to try out. I apologize for the redundancy but I only bought two of these babies and can’t pull them off in the workplace, so they have taken over my last couple uploads. But for good reason – they’re gorgeous! Enjoy this one, a purple smoky situation using Kat Von D’s new Shade + Light blush, and the Makeup Forever HD Foundation in liquid form rather than a stick – I made the switch and my dry skin is SO much happier!
Makeup Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Skin Base
Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation – 117
NYX HD Studio Photogenic Finishing Powder – SFP01
L’Oreal Magi Lumi Highlighter – Light
Ofra Cosmetics Eyebrow Pencil – Universal
L’Oreal Hrow Stylist Plumper – Medium to Dark
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – Vice
Urban Decay Naked Snoky Palette – Smolder, Black Market, Combust
Makeup Geek Sparkler – Satellite
MAC Prep + Prime 24 Hour Extend Eye Base
CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara (Waterproof) – Very Black
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.
Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation – 100 Ivory
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.
Makeup Forever Step 1 Primer – Equalizer Hydrating Primer
Ingrid Nilsen, aka Miss Glamorazzi, has gone through a hell of transformation over the years that I have been watching her. She has undergone a person journey that has reflected through her video content, and it has been amazing to watch. Thanks to Ingrid I know about Tanya Burr and Estee Lalonde, aka Essie Button. Thanks to Ingrid I feel like it’s ok to be myself on the internet, and to talk about things that may be considered tabboo (though I haven’t really had the opportunity to ‘go there’). I think she is wonderful and lovely, and I feel inspired by her message for all of us to give ourselves our best chances, and to be our most authentic selves. She is a beautiful person, inside + out! So doing this little tribute to her was a no brainer.
Ingrid loves the NYX Matte lipstick in Indie Flick, a champagne eye and wavy hair, so I replicated that for this video!
Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation with Comfort Serum – 100 Ivory
When I saw this video by Jaclyn Hill, I low key lost my mind. Not only were the new matte shades by Makeup Geek gorgeous, but I owned the very shimmery green and purple shadows she was using on her lid (insert happy dance!). It took me juuuuust about 12 hours to re-create the look and I am SO GLAD I did! I obviously don’t have the MUG mattes yet (they don’t come out until later this week), so I used what I had already, mixing and applying, praying the results would yield something similar to my girl JH. The green is a duochrome called Secret Garden and to be honest, I had no clue how I was going to make this shadow work but Jaclyn showed me the way with sandy browns, purples and even some poppy pink.
My version is below…I tweeted it (@AmberRae) and was stunned when Marlena herself RT’d it! I have been freaking out on the inside pretty much all day about it. I didn’t edit these at all, sometimes I will play with light to show true pigmentation but I didn’t need to for these. I hope you guys enjoy, and if you’d like a tutorial on this look let me know and I would be more than happy to film it for you! xoxo
L’Oreal Magic Lumi Primer
L’Oreal True Match Lumi w1-2, W3
Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer – Light Neutral
Kat Von D Shade + Light Palette – Pink and a little Yellow to set Under Eye
Makeup Geek Shadows – Barcelona Beach, Chickadee, Mango Tango, Razzleberry, Caitlin Rose + Secret Garden
Smashbox Eye Shadow – Orchid
Rimmel Liner – Nude
CoverGirl Super Sizer Mascara
Ardell Short Individual Lashes
Anastasia Brow Wiz – Dark Brown
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
NARS Blush – Orgasm
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed – Champagne Pop
Selena Gomez is a complete + total babe. She also makes some of the catchiest songs of all time. I have been known to put her songs on repeat, including “Who Says” (best message ever), “Come and Get It” (sassy as hell), and most recently, “The Heart Wants What It Wants” (how beautiful is the melody when she sings, ‘the bed’s gettin’ cold & you’re not here’?!). I love her, if you can’t tell. So it was kind of a no brainer doing a makeup look inspired by her. Her eyes are similar to mine in the sense that they’re smaller + fairly hooded so I knew that I would be able to pull this look off. I found this picture + used it as my main source of inspiration.
Benefit Puff Off!
Too Faced HangoveRx Replenishing Primer
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation – Classic Ivory
I can’t stop (won’t stop) listening to Echosmith. I am a sucker for a lady singer fronting a rock band, especially when it’s comprised of family members. This adorable sibling group from California totally has my heart. Aside from being hella talented in the pipes department, the lead singer Sydney is an adorable human. She also rocks some great makeup! I found a feature she did with Nylon magazine where she talked about what products she uses when doing her signature brown smokey eye, pink cheeks + lips. I didn’t have any of the stuff she uses but did some internet sleuthing to find dupes + came up with this! Watch their video to get pumped first, then watch my video 🙂
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation – Mont Blanc
Too Faced Hangover Rx Replenishing Face Primer
Benefit Puff Off! Eye Gel
Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer
L’Oreal Magic Lumi Highlighter – Light
Revlon ColorStay Aqua Finishing Powder – Translucent Light/Medium