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Hello Beauty Lovers,

I recently jumped on the Ipsy Glam Bag bandwagon (try saying that three times fast) and I am loving it! Whether you are new to makeup and wanting to build your beauty arsenal, or you’re a seasoned makeup junkie that can’t stop hoarding, Ipsy.com’s Glam Bag is for you. I researched all the monthly subscription beauty bags and decided to go with Ipsy for this simple fact: all the products come in deluxe sample or full sizes. Every other beauty bag only offered samples. Umm…I could get samples by walking into any Sephora, Ulta or cosmetics counter. Why would I pay for them? For $10 a month, you get five products that you can use again and again. Don’t like something? Give it away to a friend. Instant gifts for the beauty lovers in your life!

If you are interested in joining Ipsy, click HERE.

Here’s what came in the June Glam Bag:

Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil: I am a huge fan of these ivory/nude eyeliners. The formula is super creamy and the jumbo pencil size allows you to line your waterline and highlight under the brow bone perfectly.

Cailyn Cosmetics Line-Fix Gel Eyeliner with Brush Built-In: The formula is similar to MAC’s Fluidline and Inglot’s Gel liners, and comes with a built-in brush, although I do wish it was an angle brush instead of what seemed to be a lip brush. The formula went on smoothly and stayed on all day. I like to use this product as a base to intensify my eyeshadows.

J.Cat Beauty Sparkling Cream Palette: Cute concept! Creamy glitters that you can swipe on for additional glam. It’s fairly easy to use, although it doesn’t last as long as I’d hoped.

NYX Cream Blush: I’m kind of a makeup snob and I’m not a huge fan of drugstore products, but give me anything by NYX and I’m a happy girl. NYX’s products have amazing quality for their price point!

Starlooks Lip Pencil in Tipsy: I’ve never even heard of this brand but I was pleased by the coral color payoff of this liner and the wearability. Two oval-shaped, nail art-decorated thumbs up!

Peep the video below for close-ups of the products and to see how I used them to create a fun look!

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TGIF Beauties!

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.ย  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.

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PRODUCTS USED:

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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Pink, pink and more pink! Whether you are in a relationship or not, this is a fun way to get into this Hallmark-card-invented holiday. I went with a “60’s Anime” vibe with this one. Top and bottom lashes, glitter and a heart on my cheek.

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Follow along as I “pink-i-fy” myself in this video

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I’ve been rocking this baby doll pink lipstick from Youngblood Cosmetics for a week now. It’s coming out in their Spring Launch in March! It’s called Debalicious, after a Youngblood employee who wears this signature color on the daily. IMG_4319

You can always replace the pink on the lips and the heart on the cheek with red for a bolder look!

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Do you think it’s an overrated holiday?


 

 

Who is ready for Super Bowl Sunday? I am! Hubby is a Chargers fan, but since they didn’t make it to Super Bowl, and we are going to a 49ers fan’s house to watch the game, I thought I’d show you how to incorporate the team’s colors into a festive makeup look. Girls can have fun during football too!

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Not a 49ers fan? Don’t fret…you can always substitute the gold on the eyes and the red on the lips for your team’s colors! You can create the eye blacks with stuff you already have at home.

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Watch my step-by-step tutorial below for the easy steps.

PRODUCTS USED:

Makeup For Ever Kohl Pencil 6K

MAC Eyeshadow in Black Tied

MAC Liquid Liner in Boot Black

Lime Crime Velvetine in Red Velvet

Urban Decay Eye Primer in Eden


Award season is here and for you, that means more red carpet makeup tutorials to try! This is my first red carpet look for 2013, and I chose to do Jessica Alba because her look can be worn on an every day basis, with a pop of that lovely tangerine lipstick. If you read my blog on a regular basis, you know I’m already crazy for orange lips, so this was a no brainer for me.

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I recreated Jessica’s look using the Urban Decay Naked Basics eye shadow palette, which I use everyday anyway. Everyone NEEDS to go and buy it! So handy-dandy…watch the video below to see why.

 

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With the help of Lime Crime’s My Beautiful Rocket and MAC‘s What A Blast! and Chicory liners, I was also able to recreate that beautiful lippie.

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Peep the 5 minute video below for the easy steps!

 


You’ve watched Youtube tutorials and read tips from the experts in Cosmo and Glamour. You have all the right products. Now what? Makeup brushes.

Makeup brushes are the most important and yet expensive tools to have in your stash. But I promise you, they are absolutely essential. What’s the point in have good quality makeup when you’re rubbing it on with a thick sponge, soaking up all the product, or worse, with un-sanitized fingers? Brushes give you smooth (and clean) makeup application, from giving your skin an airbrushed look to creating that flawless black eyeliner.

Now that I’ve convinced you that you need brushes, where do you start? I know it can be overwhelming to walk into a makeup store or counter and look at all those pricey brushes. So let me break it down for you.

In the video below, I’ve whittled it down to four essential brushes every woman should have, without breaking your wallet. I’ve also got some intermediate-level brushes for those of you wanting more options. If you keep watching, I break down how to keep your brushes clean to last you a lifetime.

Let’s Take a Look at Each Makeup Brush For Beginners

FLAT EYESHADOW BRUSH

This brush will help you apply shadow to your lids and brow bones quickly. You can also use this to apply concealer.

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ANGLE BRUSH

This brush will help you line your eyes with eyeshadow powders or any gel and liquid liners. It’s also a great tool to use when filling in your eyebrows.

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FLUFFY EYESHADOW BRUSH

This fluffly tapered brush will help you buff in darker shadows in your crease. It’s a must have! If you try to do your crease with a flat eye shadow brush it will smear all over. The fluffy shape of this brush will apply a small amount of shadow at a time. TIP:ย  Use it in tiny circles and windshield-wiper motions.217

BLUSH BRUSH

Don’t be fooled by the name. This brush is small enough to do your blush, but big enough to also do your loose/pressed powder and bronzer.

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INTERMEDIATE “NEXT STEP” BRUSHES

POINTED LINER BRUSH

For those of you who have the angle brush down and are experts at doing perfect eyeliner, the pointed liner brush is the next step. This brush will give you precise flicks and perfect lines when used correctly. TIP: Use your pinky as an anchor against your face to give you a steady line.

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PENCIL BRUSH

The pencil brush is fantastic for smudging pencil and gel liners along the bottom and top of your lids. For those of you with a smaller eye shape, this brush is amazing in the crease!

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FIBER OPTIC FACE BRUSH

MAC spear-headed the fiber-optic brush movement, but most lines carry these nowadays. The sparsely placed fibers apply a small amount of product at a time to your face and cover large areas quickly. TIP: use this brush to set your makeup with Makeup For Ever’s HD Powder. I die!

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ADVANCED CREASE BRUSH

The hairs on this crease brush are finer than the original one I showed you earlier, and there are less hairs in each brush as well. These two things make this brush perfect for precisely adding deep, dark colors in the outer corners of your crease. If you are a smoky eye fan, try this brush. It will keep you from developing raccoon eyes. TIP: Remember, small circles, buff, buff, buff!MAC 224

LIP BRUSH

For those of you who don’t like applying lipstick directly from the tube, or looking for a more precise application, a lip brush is for you. I always go for retractable lip brushes, or ones that come with caps, so I can throw it in my purse for touch-ups. Lip_Brush

FOUNDATION BRUSH

This painter-like brush is great for moisturizer, primer or foundation application. TIP: Paint on the product in football player-like marks, then blend in with your clean fingertips. Or, if you have time, blend in using the brush. Don’t forget your neck!foundation-brushFIBER OPTIC BUFFER BRUSH

I love fiber-optic brushes so much that I included another. This is a smaller, flat-top version of the original fiber optic face brush and can be found at most brands. The size is perfect for blending in highlighters and liquid concealers in that delicate eye area- its get in all the nooks and crannies. TIP: apply liquid concealer directly under the eyes then buff in using the brush in circular motion, while your eyes are closed.130-Short-Duo-Fibre

MAC BRUSHES

While I adore MAC Cosmetics’ brushes and products, they are no longer cruelty-free, so I don’t feel right recommending their brushes to you. I purchased all of my MAC brushes during the time when MAC was 100% cruelty-free. Recently they have changed their policy. It now states, “M.A.C has a longstanding policy to not test on animals, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law.” Fans are speculating thatย  MAC changed their policy in order to legally sell in countries that require animal testing of sale items, such as China. I still like to believe that MAC is cruelty-free in places outside of China. But there’s no real way of knowing. In no way do I think MAC is a bad company. They do so many good things, like the MAC Aids Fund and Kids Helping Kids. Hopefully they will find a way to become cruelty-free again.

CRUELTY-FREE & ECO-FRIENDLY BRUSH BRANDS

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmeticsย  100% Vegan and Cruelty-Free

Cozzette 100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free, Made in the United States

Crown Brush 100% Cruelty-Free. All natural bristles are purchased from fully licensed & accredited suppliers that adhere to a strict non-cruelty code of ethics

Bdellium Tools- The Green Bambu Series features eco-friendly makeup brushes with all sustainable bamboo handles and all vegan soft synthetic bristles and an anodized aluminum ferrule.


I hope everyone’s holiday season went well and you were all with your loved ones. This was our first “married” holiday season, so we really made an effort to be with both sides of the family. We went to Big Bear Lake with my folks and sister, then swung down to Orange County to be with my in laws. Busy busy busy!

I feel like everything’s been going by really fast since Christmas ended. Can you believe New Year’s Eve is tomorrow night?! If you are looking for makeup inspiration for the first night of 2013, look no further.

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