Hello my blog-reading beauties! With it being wedding season and all, I recently purchased some new things for my kit (and let’s face it, for myself) and wanted to share my finds with you.
I normally do video hauls, but to be honest, they haven’t been getting many views and since I have way more blog readers than Youtube viewers (3,000-6,000 of you visit my site a month, wow!) I thought blogging about my finds would make more sense.
Because of low viewership, I won’t be doing any more makeup hauls on my Youtube channel. It just takes SO much time and effort to create a concept, film a tutorial, then edit it, so if no one’s going to watch them, it’s not worth it. I’ll still be doing makeup tutorial videos, and if there is a look you would like to see, please let me know in the comments below, I aim to please!
Ok, back to the fun stuff:
Ben Nye’s Banana Luxury Powder has been around for years and is a favorite among television and movie makeup artists. At my friend Ashleigh’s urging, I bought it at Naimie’s last week. Micro-milled for a silky texture, Luxury Powders are translucent with just a hint of color and have a superior matte finish. It feels velvety and gives the skin a soft-focus finish. This particular shade is wonderful for people with olive undertones (Asian and Latino decent) and those with dark to deep-dark skin (African descent, etc). I recommend dusting a small amount under the eyes and down the bridge of the nose with a fiber optic brush. The fiber optic brush allows you to pick up a small amount of the powder, which is all you need. Do NOT pack this stuff on if you plan on taking pictures, because it will flash back and make you look white. A light hand and fiber optic brush are your best bet! And at $9 for 1.5 ounces, it’s a steal.
This chocolate-scented, shimmer-free, matte bronzer is perfect for contouring and creating an all-over deep tan using real antioxidant-rich cocoa powder. To quote Too Faced’s creator, Jared Blandino, “It’s all the tan without the twinkle!” EVERY client I have used this bronzer on has sighed loudly over the chocolatey scent. The color payoff is amazing too. AND cruelty-free. Thank you, I’ll take 10 more.
Illamasqua’s top seller and rightfully so. Having oily skin, I was concerned that this HD foundation would go greasy on me, as Makeup For Ever’s HD foundation sometimes does, but guess what: it’s gave me a natural finish (not dewy, not matte) with medium coverage and lasts all day. It’s truly suitable for all skin types! Its hydrating formula primes, controls shine, hydrates, and smooths your skin while providing natural, buildable coverage. The only downside? The hefty $42 price tag. But some things are worth the money, and finding the perfect cruelty-free foundation that you can buy over and over again is priceless.
I’m a huge fan of the original Purity cleanser by Philosophy. It’s creamy texture doesn’t lather up, but does do a good job of gently removing my makeup without drying my skin out. When I saw that Philosophy came out with a foaming gel version of it, my eyes lit up. Instead of replenishing my usual Purity cleanser, I went for the re-up. This stuff is EVEN BETTER than the original. The gel foams up and the bubbles leave your skin feeling squeaky-clean. Sometimes with the regular Purity, I still have to use makeup remover to get the remainder of my mascara and black liner. Not with the foaming gel, baby. I got out of the shower and saw that my face was completely clean and ready for bed.
My recommendation: if you have sensitive or dry skin, stick to the regular Purity. The cream texture will feed your skin and is a lot more mild. If you are normal-to-oily, time for you to try the Purity Foaming Gel.
The beauty world has been abuzz about NYX’s moisturizing matte lip creams, so I finally got my hands on some at Ulta. This is a soft coral-pink color that looks flattering on everyone. It’s beautiful on its own, or topped off with a gloss. Cruelty-free and fabulous! I especially love this for my older clients- it has the ability to blur the fine lines you sometimes find on your lips.
You guys know I have an excessive amount of nail polish (about 100 bottles). This is one of the only polishes that I actually run out of and have to purchase over and over again. It’s a bright, blue-based pink with a neon matte finish (I usually put a shiny top coat over it) It’s PERFECT for all skin tones and has the magical power to make your hands and feet look tan and sexy. PROOF: a grown man walked into the MAC store I was freelancing at last week and told me I had “pretty feet.” No one has ever told me that before. And I’m willing to bet it’s all thanks to this gorgeous neon polish.
Hello my totally rad and tubular Betties! Today I’m bringing you neon, brights and frosty 80′s love with my brand spankin’ new makeup tutorial. A few months back I did a 70′s Makeup video and it got a big response, so I figure you dolls like to see the decades! This is a great look to wear to any 80′s themed party or even Halloween.
My inspiration behind this look was Boy George- He influenced everyone with his dramatic fashion and beauty choices in the 1980s! Boy George was known for sharp angles and bold brights, and that’s what I tried to emulate here. WATCH BELOW!
Here are some closeups of the look (feel free to Pin them!)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Abyss
Youngblood Cosmetics Incredible Wear Gel Liner in Lagoon
MAC Shadows in Electric Eel, Crystal Avalanche, Deep Truth
MAC Fluidline in Black Track
Anastasia Brow Wiz in Soft Brown
Anastasia Clear Brow Gel
MAC Prep & Prime in Light Boost
Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer
MAC Passionate shadow as blush
Benefit Watt’s Up highlighting stick
NYX Fuchsia lip liner
OCC Lip Tar in Nylon
Hi beauties! Contouring the face has made a huge comeback on the runways and the red carpet. Everyone from models to celebrities are chiseled to perfection using matte bronzers and darker-toned powders. But the key to making this look work for you is in the tools: brushes. We are going to go over the three different kinds of contouring brushes below. And of course all of them are from cruelty-free brands- why use animal hair when synthetic works just as well?
This is a great brush for people with oval, narrow, elongated face shapes or those of you with very tiny features.
Illamasqua’s brand-new addition to their brush collection is the Blush Up Blush. This brush has a genius ellipse-shaped head, designed to tuck directly under the cheekbone. The special shape creates a soft diffusion of color up onto the cheekbone and it’s still small enough to drag down the side of your nose (a slimming trick!).
This flat-top Kabuki-style brush is fantastic for contouring wider or round -shaped faces.
1) Dip the flat edge of the brush into your bronzer/dark powder and pull down on your cheekbone, starting from next to your ear. It may seem strange to put bronzer by your ear, but it actually looks much more natural starting from there. Bring the edge of the brush down the sides of your neck so you look even.
2)Blend everything in with the top of the brush.
This tapered blending brush is ideal for all face shapes.
The Diamond is a soft couture blending brush that was designed as a foundation brush, but also performs beautifully as a contour brush. The unique tapered shape creates seamless blending. Dip the tip of the Diamond into your bronzer/dark powder and buff this under your cheekbones starting from the ear and down. The tip of the brush will map out your contour and the fluffy texture is great for blending.
Hope everyone had a nice, relaxing Memorial Day weekend! I was pretty slammed with clients but I’m definitely not complaining Today I wanted to go over some of my favorite mascaras with you. There’s a mascara out there for everyone, whether you are looking to thicken, lengthen or curl. Read on for the Mascara All-Stars!
Revlon GrowLuscious Mascara: $7.99
This is my all-time favorite drug store mascara. As much as I love trying new beauty products, I don’t even bother anymore. I buy this time and time again. It conditions your lashes and helps them grow longer and thicker. I’ve noticed my lashes always look fuller when I go back to using this mascara. The brush is full and helps separate your lashes. There is a tapered end, making it easy to get to the nook-and-cranny corner lashes. It dries down to a velvety finish, leaving your lashes soft, not brittle.
I love this mascara for the innovative packaging. The squeeze tube keeps the mascara fresh- no more scraping the bottom for dry old mascara bits! The tube also helps you get every last bit of the product out, so more bang for your buck. The formula instantly lifts lashes for a 90-degree curl and definition. The brush has triple-tiered bristle clusters that are designed to plump up your lashes. What’s not to love? FYI this is only available online.
This mascara is pretty underwhelming when you first look at it. Simple packaging, it could easily be overlooked. But it has quickly become one of my all-time favorite mascaras. The formula is a quadruple threat: it gives your lashes curl, length, volume and intense pigment. One swipe of this stuff and your good to go. The tough, dense brush is designed to penetrate the roots of your lashes for complete “coatage.” This one is in heavy rotation in my home studio right now. It also comes in brown, green, dark blue and plum!
The spherical shape of this brush allows you to apply mascara from below, horizontally, vertically or diagonally. It helps reach every single lash from every single angle. Those of you with tiny-to-non-existant lashes will LOVE this stuff! Simply roll it along your lash line and poof! Your lashes will magically appear. This formula will extend and fix any lash problem. It’s also a great mascara to use along with your every day one, for additional “oomph.”
This is a three-step lash extension system that comes with an activation mascara and Flexistretch nylon fibers. How to use: 1) Prime- Apply a coat of the activating mascara (gold bottle) to give the nylon fibers something to stick to. 2) Build- apply 1-2 coats of the Flexistretch nylon fibers (white bottle). They will stick to the mascara on your lashes. Focus the fibers on areas that you want the most volume and length. 3) Seal: Apply one more coat of the ultra-black activation mascara to cover the fibers. This final coat surrounds each nylon-coated lash and melts the fibers into a long, thick, dramatic lash.
This is a great product for those of you who suffer from barely-there lashes because it adds to the lashes you already have by building them up.
Heading out to EDC or other raves and clubs this summer? Stand out in the crowd with these glow-mazing UV makeup products! Glow-in-the-dark cosmetics isn’t just for Halloween anymore. These products look nice and normal under regular light, then super bright (and fierce!) under black light. With so many options, you can choose to light up your eyes, lips or nails.
Stila’s lip crayons come in six brighter-than-the-80′s shades that will come alive under UV black light. The formula’s secret ingredient is fluorescent pigments which allow it to glow. Other ingredients include algae extract, sunflower seed oil and vitamins C and E, so it glides on and hydrates your lips while you dance the night away.
These super fine powder pigments come in eight shades, including an “invisible” white that shows only under UV black light. The powders can be used on the eyes, lips or body. I love using these as eyeliners! I recommend wetting them for a more intense “glow.” Check out the beautiful editorials below…if they don’t want to make you run out to the nearest rave in some tacky furry go-go boots I don’t know what will.
I wrote about this in a recent post, and just had to mention them again here. Illamasqua debuted three shades of these UV Nail Varnishes in their “Paranormal” summer launch. They have a beautiful opacity under regular light, then turn into neon “monsters” under black lights. Illamasqua also carries a clear top coat version of this formula called Geist, which will turn any nail polish you have into a UV black light masterpiece. Who needs glow sticks when you got glow-fingers?!
Would you wear any of these products?
Summer has already reared her unforgivably hot head in some parts of the United States, and that means a major increase in face grease. If you live in super humid areas or suffer from an oily T-zone, there is help. There are a ton of products out there made specifically for this problem and can help control your oil and keep your foundation from dripping down your chin.
This natural product is made with bamboo extract, which absorbs 200% of its weight in oil. Lentil seed minimizes the appearance of large pores and salicylic acid helps remove build-up of dead cells around the pore wall, brightening its darkened appearance. Since this is a serum, all you have to do is pat in a small amount just in the areas you are oily- normally the T-zone (forehead and nose, possibly the chin and upper lip area too). Do this first, then apply your primer and foundation. You can also wear this on bare skin!
This clear silicone-based product is a matte-ifying cream that acts like a powder, M·A·C Matte can be used on bare or made-up skin. I’m a huge fan of this stuff. It literally changes the texture of your skin, making it velvety soft while also soaking up all the oil. Apply this after your moisturizer, and before primer and foundation. It can also be used on bare or made-up skin.
De-Slick is a makeup setting spray that mists on to control oil and deflect surface shine. This stuff will also help keep foundation, shadow and blush from smudging, sliding or fading. Developed in an exclusive partnership with SKINDINÄVIA, this formula features a patented Temperature Control Technology that actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to help it stay put while also keeping your skin oil-free!
Since it’s Friday and some of you are probably planning a fabulous night out, I thought I’d bring you a “going out” makeup look. This makeup is super -wearable but still has nighttime elements like glitter and smoke. Ooh-la-la!
This is a great makeup look to try if you have a ton of bold, bright eyeshadow colors and have no idea how to use them. Don’t be afraid of color! Instead of smearing it all over, line your lower lid with it. You will get a pop of color without feeling like you went overboard. Balance everything out with a light lip and natural skin. I skipped lashes for this look, but if you’re feeling a little vixen, go for it. Lashes have a way of finishing the look, kind of like the frame around a masterpiece- it’s also the reason celebrities always look so put together on the red carpet.
Urban Decay’s Naked Basics Palette
Urban Decay’s Naked Palette
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
Urban Decay “Junkie” 24-7 eyeliner
Makeup For Ever Star Powder in Gold
Makeup For Ever Aqua Brow in #3
Youngblood Cosmetics Pink Cashmere Creme Blush
MAC Springsheen Blush
MAC Soar lip liner
MAC Viva Glam Nicki and Creme de Nude lipsticks
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