Fawning Over Fall: Glam Fall Makeup Look

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It’s almost time for Fall, which is where, in my opinion, the best makeup looks come out to play. I recently picked up Urban Decay’s Moondust Eyeshadow Palette, because who doesn’t need a little glitter in their life? (oh and the model with the Bowie style star helped too). So, I decided to do my own glittery spin on a look I saw on my Instagram feed by makeup artist, Natalie Phalen facedbynatalie. This look is perfect for the autumn months as a glam go-to, and would also be a great for any lower key Halloween parties. If you change out the orange for green you could totally create a female Joker look! Read  below for all my steps.

Makeup Look

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Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water

Eyes: (you want to do your eyes before foundation because the Moondust shadows have a decent amount of fallout)

  • Primer: NYX White Eyeshadow Base. This really makes vibrant colors stay all day and pop on the lid. Applied with my finger.
  • Eyeshadows used throughout: NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette Brights, $18(the quality of these are amazing for the $18 price tag!) and Urban Decay Moondust Palette, $49.
    • Upper Crease: NYX Palette 4th row, 3rd orangey shade. Blended lightly with a MAC 224.
    • Crease: NYX Palette 1st row, 3rd orangey shade. Blended and packed on a few times with a MAC 217.
    • Lower Crease: NYX Palette 1st red shade. Put through the crease with any pencil brush and blend with any blending brush.
    • Note: I repeated all of the above after completing the below to intensify the colors again.
    • Lid: NYX Palette 2nd row, 1st purple shade. Packed on the lid with a MAC 252 Flat Shader brush. A flat shader brush will give the eyeshadow the most impact.
    • Glitter on top: Moondust eyeshadow in Magnetic put on with my finger. I prefer using my finger compared to a brush with these.
    • Glitter in the inner corner and outer V: Moondust eyeshadow in Element.
    • Lower lashline: NYX Palette 4th row, 3rd orangey shade applied with a MAC 212 Flat Definer Brush, and then applied 1st red shade on the middle to outer lashline with a pencil brush.
    • Brow bone: Any nude/white shade will do. I used LORAC’s White and Cream shadows.
  • Eyeliners:
  • Lashes: Ardell Demi Wispies with House of Lashes lash glue.
  • Mascara: L’Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara
  • Foundation: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation in fair neutral, $39
  • Concealer: Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in fair (such an amazing, and affordable concealer!)
  • Powder: Kat Von D Lock-It Translucent Powder
  • Bronzer: L’Oreal Glam Bronzer in Light
  • Brows: Benefit ka-BROW! Cream Gel Eyebrow Color in 04 Medium
  • Blush: Tarte’s 1st Holiday Palette (peach-shade) similar Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Celebrated 
  • Highlighter: Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow in Thunderstruck (this is stunning as a highlighter!)
  • Lipstick 1 & 2: First look- Maybelline Storm Sahara lipstick. Second look: OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick x Kathleen Lights in Miami Fever.

Wearable VMA’s Beauty Look: Taylor Hill Inspired

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I promised I’d be back at it again (every time I say this the Damn Daniel kid’s voice rings in my head) with another blog post! I love when you feel inspired by a makeup look that’s something fresh in the sea of overdone looks, and that’s how I felt about model Taylor Hill’s makeup from the MTV Video Music Awards; Glamour breaks down her look here. The lovely and wearable makeup reminds me of a beauty look ripped straight from Brigitte Bardot, but with a some new wave flair with the glittery lids. Even though the VMA’s are known for the wild and crazy ensembles, I feel like this year’s red carpet featured a ton of wearable looks for you next event or date night.

We may not all have Taylor’s pout, eyebrow game or perfect wispy flyaways, (I tried and ultimately looked like my hair got stuck in a hanger, so back it went) but anyone can achieve this look. See my steps below with some affordable options as well, and I even give a mini lesson on how to get that sleek ballerina bun!

Makeup Look

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Foundation: L’Oreal Pro Glow 203 Nude Beige

Concealer: Maybelline Fit Me in Light 

Powder: Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder

Brows: Colourpop Black N’ Brown Pencil 

Eyeshadows (shortest list I will probably ever have! But so easy)

  • Mid to inner lid: Colourpop On the Rocks Supershock Shadow (applied with my fingers!)
  • Glitter: MAC Copper Sparkle Pigment on top of On the Rocks and in the inner corner
    • Applied with a MAC Fix + and a MAC 242 shader brush. Spritz brush a bit with Fix + and then dip into pigment and press on lid.
  • Browbone: LORAC Pro Palette Cream and White shadows mixed. Can use any neutral cream shadow.

Lashes: Ardell Lashes Double Ups 205 (in the pinkish/purple packaging) found in-store at Ulta. Used House of Lashes lash glue.

Mascara: L’Oreal Carbon Black Telescopic

Blush: Colourpop Holiday;  I apply cream blushes with a stippling brush

Highlighters: Broke out two highlighters to get the Victoria’s Secret glow. Colourpop Spoon Highlighter and Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Golden Lights. I applied on the bridge of my nose, tops to middle of my cheeks, forehead and above my brows. Always apply the cream first, then powder highlight if you use both.

Lips:

Dress: Boohoo

How to Get a Sleek Ballerina Bun

  1. Use a boar bristle brush, I use one similar to the Wigo Teasing Boar Bristle Brush, and some hair spray then flip hair over and smooth all around into a high ponytail.
  2. Secure hair in a high ponytail with an elastic.
  3. Bobby pin any sections that may be a bit lumpy and bumpy (no need to work those arm muscles by starting all over)
  4. Twist the ponytail into a bun and secure hair with bobby pins as you go. Shape as you go along until it’s sleek and round. If you have layers you can use bobby pins to tuck those pieces away.
  5. Then spritz with some hairspray (pull some front framing pieces out if you’re lucky to have cute ones) and you’re all set.

 

Cult Reviews: Juvia’s Place Nubian 2 Palette

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I’m finally back in action! I’m so sorry I’ve been MIA posting, life got in the way. I promise I’m not going to let it get in the way of my creativity as this is what I love and I don’t want to let any fellow beauty junkies down! I’m also going to try to incorporate some fashion posts into the blog this fall. Unfortunately, not all bloggers have got a photographer savant BF/husband to take some slay-worthy photos, but I’m gonna make it work so I can put up more content, anyway on to this review. Today, I’m reviewing Juvia’s Place Nubian 2 palette which I originally spotted on Nikkie Tutorials Snapchat. The colors and pigmentation caught my eye, and then I saw how affordable this palette is for the size and number of shadows and I knew I had to try it. Below are all the pretty nitty gritty details!

Review

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  • Buy: juviasplace.com
  • Price: $30 USD
  • Shades: 8 metallics, 4 mattes
  • Individual size: 3.5 grams, a standard MAC eyeshadow is 1.3 grams
  • Pigmentation: 8.5/10
  • Longevity: 6 hours no primer, 10 hours with primer
  • Blendability: 7.5/10
  • Fallout: 5/10

Summary: If you’re looking for a pigmented and stunningly colorful palette, the Nubian 2 has all that and more. Even on workdays or more laid back occasions I find a use for the neutrals in this palette. I personally use Morocco, Jezebel and Yaas a ton; Yaas is especially stunning for green eyes. If you like Yaas,  Colourpop’s Game Face is similar if you’re not in the game for a full palette right now. The mattes in this palette are all you would ever really need to blend, but the shimmers are really the stars of the show. The only downfalls are the shimmers have a decent amount of fallout and once you blend them you do have to go back in and re-apply color as the shades pigment blends away a bit. I usually apply my foundation and concealer last with this palette, which is something I’ve never loved doing, but if you want your makeup to look good you do what you have too. So how long does this baby last? I know I for one hate reapplying my makeup. The true test was when I wore this palette recently for my cousin’s outdoor wedding in the 86 degree heat, and with a setting spray it lasted all day and night long. A huge win in my beauty book. The value is also great compared to other palettes as the pan sizes are huge and the pigment is spot on. If you’re looking for a new affordable palette, each shadow breaks down to $2.50 a piece in this! I say if you really are lusting for a colorful and shimmering palette that’s versatile this is an awesome staple that’s also affordable.

Swatches

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From wrist up: Morocco, Madagascar, Sheba, Yaa, Jezebel, Zuri, Cleopatra, Nefertiti, Nairobi, Leyla, Kenya, Egypt

Makeup Look

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  • Bronzer: L’Oreal Glam Bronzer in Light/Pale
    • Brush: Real Techniques Powder Brush
  • Top and Bralette: American Eagle (in-store) and Victoria’s Secret Tribal Print Bralette (in-store)

 

The New List: Review of New Summer Makeup + Makeup Look

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Good afternoon lovelies! I’m so so sorry I’ve been MIA, the month of May was crazy busy for me as I started a new position at work and had some big events like my sister’s college graduation which I had to be out of town for. I’m back and ready to be on my more consistent posting schedule, and play with some makeup!  This week I’ve decided to review some new products including the Ofra x Manny MUA liquid lipsticks, Makeup Revolution Highlighters and Urban Decay’s One and Done Foundation. Next week I think I’m going to whip up a bright summer makeup look using the NYX Brights Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette and do a review of that. I used some of the shadows from that palette for this look, but I think it deserves it’s own post! Anyway, I’ll stop rambling and get into the reviews down below!

Reviews

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Urban Decay One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector $34

This foundation is more or less a hybrid between a beauty balm, concealer and foundation. What this means for us is you get a light to medium coverage, this definitely doesn’t build to full, that is lightweight and provides pretty good coverage. I use the shade light, which is supposed to cover skin tones 0.5-3.25 based on Urban Decay’s other Naked Skin Foundation colors. I was definitely hesitant to commit to this as the color looked darker than what my super light skin could handle, so I first got a sample. The color is a teensy bit dark but if you get any sort of color in the summer this will work fine if you’re fair. I don’t get tan by any means but I do go up usually one to two shades.

I purchased the full size and really think this is a great summer foundation as it is really light on the skin, while still evening out my skintone. The bottle features a pump which is wonderful for bringing this on the go, and this product has SPF 20 which also sold me for summertime wear. For reference there are five shades, which cover a pretty large spectrum and they all have a range like the Light shade. This is a foundation I can see for workdays and outside summer events, but the coverage isn’t great for a special occasion. This wore on me for about 7 hours. I’d give this a product an 8/10 overall.

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Shades from left to right: Aries, Charmed, Hypno

MannyxOFRA Lip Set $49.70 (Individually sold for $19.90)

I’ve always been a huge fan of OFRA Cosmetics liquid lipsticks: they’re a whipped formula, not too heavy and they stay like a dream, especially my favorite red named appropriately for me, Atlantic City. So I swoopd in on the Manny shades as the were limited edition, but lucky for you they are permanent now. Manny MUA is a Youtube and Instagram beauty guru, and I’ve actually never watched his videos (I have to get on that), but I saw so many other beauty guru’s wearing these gorgeous shades I knew I had to have them!  These colors did not disappoint (I have arm and lip swatches below) and they wear beautifully.

The first and lightest shade, Aries, is a peachy nude on me unlike any other color I own as far as nude lipsticks go, and I like it so much better on than when I originally saw it. It gives that punch of color without washing me out and it wears for about 6 hours, and is easy to build if you need to touch up a bit. The second shade, Charmed, is my favorite. It’s a mid-tone pink with a hint of berry that is just the perfect everyday color. I also think this shade wears the best of them all longevity wise at about 7 hours. The third shade, Hypno, I did not like on me at first. It was one of those shades I felt wasn’t dark enough to be vampy and was too dark to wear as a mauve shade. The color has grown on me, but this is also the driest formula. Not that it cracks or anything, it’s just not as airy as the other two shades. I think Kathleen Lights Havana Nights shade is a way way better option if you want a vampy and super comfortable shade, but I think that buying Manny’s set is still a great investment for the nude-mauve lip lover. I’m not going to rate the set, as I think they all wear a bit differently, but I do think it’s a good purchase. Also, OFRA is always offering 30% off so check out their social media sites!

Swatches

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Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighters in Golden Lights and Radiance Lights $6 each

I’ve been hearing about the brand Makeup Revolution a little bit on Youtube and never really had the desire to try anything until I read an article that Khloe Kardashian loves their Radiance Lights highlighter. Say what you will about the Kardashian’s, but they know their shit when it comes to the glow life. So, while I was in Ulta I picked up two shades, Golden Lights and Radiance Lights, and I will say I don’t love Radiance. It doesn’t kick off enough va-vam factor for me, but Golden Lights is amazing for fair skin. It is one of the most intense highlighters I’ve used especially at a drugstore price. I will say these are on the powdery side, but I think that Golden is a great buy. If you have more olive skin Radiance might show more, but it really didn’t give me an intense highlighted effect. I’d rate Golden at a 8/10 and Radiance a 5/10. 

Swatches

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Golden Lights on top and Radiance Lights closer to wrist 

Makeup Look

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  • Primer: Smashbox Primer Water
  • Foundation: Urban Decay One and Done Foundation in Light
  • Concealer: Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral
  • Powder: Maybelline Loose Powder
  • Brows: Colourpop Pencils in Bangin Brunette and Black ‘n’ Brown with NYX Control Freak Clear Brow Mascara
  • Eyeshadow:
    • Crease: Milani Earthy Elements Eye Palette second shade in
    • Outer crease: NYX Brights Ultimate shadow palette burnt orange shade (last shadow top row)
    • Outer V: Same burnt orange shade
    • Lid: Makeup Revolution Highlighter in Radiance
    • Brow Bone and Inner corner: Makeup Revolution Highlighter in Golden Lights
    • Lower lashline: NYX Bright Ultimate palette periwinkle blue shade (3rd row first shadow) with bright blue shade on the outer half (3rd row second shadow)
  • Eyeliners:
  • Mascara: L’Oreal Carbon Black telescopic applied before lashes (top only)
  • Lashes: Ardell 120 Demi Wispies
  • Blush: NYX Strictly Chic Ombre Blush
  • Highlighter: Makeup Revolution Golden Lights
  • Lips: Ofra X Manny collab Aries liquid lipstick
  • Top: H&M $5!

Music Muse Makeup: Festival Season

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When Coachella hits its officially festival season. I’m sure like me, many of you have lusted over the perfectly mused, slightly lived-in makeup and outfit vibes of Victoria’s Secret models, musicians and fashion bloggers. My motto for a great festival look is bronze, highlight and a pop of color. I love to use bronzes for festival looks as they give that desert vibe that looks messy yet chic. With so many festival or even just summer concerts, I’m already booked for Beyonce and The Lumineers!, you can wear a bronzy look like this all summer long. Keep reading for how I got this look.

Makeup Look

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Moisturizer: Neutrogena Hydro-Boost Gel in SPF 15 (so important to wear sunscreen to any outdoor event this season. I like to use a moisturizer with SPF and a foundation/BB cream with one too).

Foundation: Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector in Light. (This features SPF 20 and has both foundation and concealer properties so you only need one step! For this look I used concealer as well, but you definitely don’t need it).

Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral.

Powder: Maybelline MasterFix loose powder

Brows: Colourpop Brow Pencils in Bangin’ Brunette and Black N’ Brown (previously blog post shows how I use these). Topped with NYX brow mascara in Espresso

Eyeshadows:

  • Crease: Too Faced PB&J Palette shade Peanut Butter (any warm soft matte shadow will do)
  • Lid and Inner Corner : Jordana Made to Last Liquid Eyeshadow in Forever Sand (I buy mine at Walgreens; a liquid or cream eyeshadow gives that highlighted gleam and won’t budge).
  • Browbone: Too Faced PB&J Extra Creamy (any off white shadow will work)
  • Lower lashline: Too Faced PB&J Peanut Brittle with the darker bronze shade in the Carli Bybel palette on the outside. Her lighter bronze would work in place of Peanut Brittle.

Liners: 

Lashes: L’Oreal Carbon Blac Telescopic Mascara with Ardell Demi Wispies cut in half on the outer lash. (Cut your lashes in half for a more natural lash look, honestly I’d just go with mascara for a festival).

Bronzer: L’Oreal Glam Bronze in Light $14.99. So I could not find this online at all. It’s a new limited edition bronzer and you get a very large pan. I think the color is a bit cool, but it is pretty great for really fair skin like mine. I didn’t think it looked muddy at all. I put photos below incase you find this in-store; I got mine at Walgreens.

Highlighters: MAC x Rihanna RiRi Hearts Cream Higlighter in Diamonds (this is from 2013, but any liquid or cream gold highlighter will do I love Benefit’s Watts Up as well). I topped this with the gold shade in the Carli Bybel palette (3rd highlighter in). Get your paws on her palette soon, it’s going to be discontinued in June!

Blush: NYX Ombre Blush in Strictly Chic

Lips: Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Tansy topped with an old Bath and Body Works gloss (any tinted gloss with shimmer will work) You defintely want a no fuss lip look for these types of events. I love Colourpop’s Ultra Satin lips, they’ll stay all day and wear comfortably.

Top: Forever 21 Festival Collection (similar here and here)

Necklace: ASOS Pieces Benna Statment Necklace (sold out :(, but I love ASOS’s costume jewelry, it lasts long and looks/feel expensive without Urban Outfitters prices) Type in silver statement necklace in their search and you’ll find a ton of similar options.

 

Colourpoppin’ Into Spring: Brows and Ultra Satin Lip Review

 

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Happy Spring everyone! Sorry I’ve been a little makeup-post MIA, but my skin was freaking out over the past month and I finally got it to behave. Listen to your Momma when she tells you less is more; I swear with all the skincare obsession you see on Youtube and social media you want to just pile it on. That’s not to say skincare isn’t important, but just remember if a simple routine works for you don’t feel the need to add this oil and that cleanser and a toner to the mix, but do always add a sunscreen for daytime. I’m loving the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel in SPF 15; it’s light, doesn’t smell like sunscreen, hydrating and doesn’t break me out! Anyway, on to this post which is all about my favorite affordable brand, Colourpop. I swear each season they kill it even more. Read on to hear my stance on their new brow and Ultra Satin lip products!

Review and Swatches

 

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Colors from left to right: Petit Four, Marshmallow, Lost, Cozy, Lyin’ King, Tansy, Frick ‘n’ Frack, Echo Park, Magic Wand

Colourpop’s Ultra Satin Lips retail for $6 and hit the market right as many bloggers and makeup lovers started to lose faith they’d get a long-wearing lipstick that didn’t dry the shit out of their lips. Well welcome the best formula I have ever worn, and I mean ever. I purchased nine shades in a variety of colors, and not one color wears any less than the others, which can often happen with darker colors that aren’t a matte. Speaking of, these lipsticks are not transfer-proof, but they do stay put on your lips for about 6 hours with eating and drinking. They are honestly the perfect lipstick. You get that longevity you love from a matte without the crusting and drying of a matte liquid lipstick. Seriously, I would hitch these things if I could. All the shades are great, but particular standouts for me are Frick ‘n’ Frack (I wear this almost daily), Cozy (the perfect spring coral with a hint of spice), Magic Wand and Lyin’ King (best name ever). 10/10

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Brow pencils in: Black N’ Brown and Bangin’. Brunette Bangin’ Brunette brow color.

So for the brows, the pencils retail for $5 each and the brow color retails for $6, I still am working with these to see how much I really like them. The pencils are much creamier than say the NYX Microbrow Pencil, and if you’re not careful you can get really heavy-handed. I personally use Bangin’ Brunette (the lighter pencil) in light strokes in the beginning of my brow through the arch. Than I use Black N’ Brown towards the tail, and brush through it all with the spoolie. I like to use the brow color if I’m going out, I think it’s  a bit intense for everyday. The one thing I don’t love about these is how long the handle/twist up is, it makes it really awkward to hold and you can only get a little product out. Overall, for the price I think these are a win, but if you don’t mind spending the extra $5, I still prefer my NYX microbrow pencils7.5/10

Makeup Look and Products

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Moisturizer: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

Foundation: Fiona Stiles Luminous Concrete Foundation in 01 Porcelain 

Concealer: NYX HD Concealer in CW01 Porcelain

Powder: Maybelline Masterfix Powder

Brows: Colourpop Brow Pencils in Bangin’ Brunette and Black N’ Brown with NYX Espresso Brow Mascara

Eyeshadows: 

Mascara: L’Oreal Carbon Black Telescopic

Liner: Jordana Cat Eye Liner in Black Leather and L’Oreal Silkissime in Black

Lashes: Ardell Demi Wispies (remember to cut your lashes to fit your eye shape)!

Blush: Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Blush Palette– Hush

Highlighter: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone

Lips: NYX lipliner in Ever and Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Frick ‘n’ Frack

Top: Express

Nameplate necklace: Baublebar

 

What’s New at Ulta: Including Fiona Stiles Foundation

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Happy Easter/Passover everyone! I recently ordered some new items from Ulta and wanted to do a look with them/test them out. This post will not feature full reviews, I will let you know my initial thoughts, but if you guys would like those let me know if you’d like an in-depth review of any of these products. I will probably do a post about the Fiona Stiles Luminous Finish Foundation Concentrate which retails for $30 and can only be found at Ulta. Below are the products I picked up and this makeup look. Now dig into that Easter candy and get your makeup on!

New Items from Ulta

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So far I really like this; it isn’t over dewy but it gives a nice luminosity to the skin, and my highlight actually showed up! Believe it or not because I have freckles, I have a hard time getting that glisten from within glow that I so so envy. I also haven’t felt oily at all, I have pretty normal/dry skin but with luminous foundation I can feel a bit oily on my chin after a bit. I also think the shade Porcelain is a great match for my skin; fair foundations have been a bit dark as of late and can look warm on me, but this one is perfect. So, so far so good! I will give a full update after a few days of wear, that’s really the only way to give a solid review. I also may review the Tarte Maracuja Oil if you guys would like. I also picked that up in this haul, but haven’t tested it yet, it is on sale for $25 though!

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I’ve been debating purchasing this palette since I saw its PR on temptalia.com. It’s got every color I love and gravitate towards, but I wasn’t super impressed with the other Too Faced Palette I own, the Stardust Palette. Needless to say, I’m already obsessed with this palette. It has stunning coopers, a show-stopping purple, and a light gold that you don’t see in many palettes. The matte crease shades are also to die over, and it has a great off-white to highlight the browbone. All the colors are pigments and blend like a dream, oh and did I mention it smells like peanut butter!? The only disappointment I have if there isn’t a shade named Fluff, because I love me some PB&F. Definitely pick this up, it’s limited edition! Too Faced Peanut Butter & Jelly Palette $36.

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The NYX Ombre Blush in Strictly Chic was another win for me. I thought this product looked a bit gimmicky, but I saw Nicole Guerriero rave about the pigment in her February Favorites and I decided to test one out. This blush is a beautiful coral that is pigmented but not overly in your face. I just swirl the colors together and it’s a perfect pop of peach that blends easily. NYX Ombre Blush Strictly Chic $9.99.

Makeup Look

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Primer: Makeup Forever Step 1 Primer (sample size). I normally use a hydrating primer but I didn’t want to over-hydrate as I did a mask last night and tested a new foundation. I will try the Fiona Stiles foundation with my BECCA primer though!

Foundation: Fiona Stiles Luminous Foundation in Porcelain

Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair/Neutral

Powder: Maybelline Master Fix Setting Powder

Brows: Colourpop Pencil and Brow Colour in Bangin’ Brunette. (all their brow products are currently sold out, but they’ve updated on social media they’ll be back soon!) Another affordable option is the NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Brunette. Used NYX Brow Mascara in Espresso to set.

Eyeshadows (all Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Eye Shadow Collection)

  • Crease: Peanut Butter
  • Lid: Bananas
  • Outer V onto the outer lid: Peanut Brittle
  • Lower lashline: Jelly
  • Browbone: Extra Creamy

Liners: Jordana Cat Eyeliner in Black Leather on top and L’Oreal Silkissime in Black on waterline.

Mascara: L’Oreal Carbon Black Telescopic on top and bottom

False Lashes: Ardell Demi Wispies (Red packaging) with House of Lashes lash glue.

Blush: NYX Ombre Blush in Strictly Chic

Highlighter: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Champagne Pop on the bridge of my nose, cheekbones, above the brows and in the inner corner.

Lips: Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Magic Wand (review of these coming next!) topped with NYX Butter Gloss in Madeleine.

Setting Spray: Mac Fix+

 

Fresh Faced Spring Makeup: L’Oreal Lumi Cushion Foundation Review

IMG_4663Spring weather seems like it’s finally going to make an appearance in New Jersey this week and I’m itching to wear some of spring’s newest trends (blog post to come on spring trends!) and try out some new looks. I purchased the L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation, also is it just me or are foundation names getting longer than texts from your Mom? Anyway, I wanted to review this probably 3 weeks ago but I still couldn’t determine how I felt about it. So after week of trying this out I have a verdict! Read on below for the review and as always this drugstore makeup look.

Review

So cushion foundations are all the rage right now, this spring is definitely stepping out of the matte looks we’ve been seeing for the past two years. This cushion foundation is light to medium coverage, as are most cushion foundations. It features a puff applicator that may be useful for touch-ups throughout the day, but I didn’t like the way it applied my foundation. This foundation is on the pricier side for a drugstore foundation at $16.99 and you only get 0.52 oz of product, whereas you normally get 1 oz for most foundations. There’s also 12 shades, but if you are extremely fair you may have a hard time as I did. There isn’t a standard N1 or W1 like the original True Matches which I find to be frustrating. But, N2 works okay for me when I blend it out.

I’ve found that the best way to apply this foundation is with a Real Techniques sponge, rather than a brush or the puff applicator. I can build it easiest this way; this foundation will only build to a medium coverage so keep that in mind. For being a “lumi” foundation this formula dries my skin out like crazy, even with a moisturizer or primer underneath. This is why it took so long for me to test because I wanted to make sure another product wasn’t drying out my skin! I also typically don’t have sensitive skin, but this gave my skin tiny textured bumps (they go away after a day or so, but still not thrilled). I’m not saying this won’t work for your skin type, but I really, really wanted to like this and I just can’t with the way my skin is reacting.

I think I can use it up, but I will not repurchase. I personally think Maybelline’s Dream Matte Hydrating Foundation is  better value and more hydrating, with better coverage. Or if you love L’Oreal’s foundations go with the original True Match Lumi, which is an old favorite of mine. An overall score for me is 5/10. Let me know your favorite cushion foundations because I think they’re great for spring and summer!

Makeup Look

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Moisturizer: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel SPF15 (found mine at Walgreens in-store; can’t find on their website).

Foundation: L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation in N2 Classic Ivory

Concealer: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Fair 

Powder: Maybelline Master Fix Setting Powder 

Brows: Maybelline Brow Define and Fill Duo in Deep Brown (just used pencil side) and Maybeline Master Brow Drama Palette in Deep Brown to fill in. Set with NYX Brow Mascara in Espresso

Eyeshadows:

  • Crease: NYX Matte Shadow Dance the Tides and Milani Earthy Elements Palette 3rd shade (orange color) in the outer crease.
  • Lid: Dance the Tides in the outer lid, wit Earthy Elements Palette 2nd shade (camel brown) on the center and inner lid.
  • Browbone: 1st shade (frosty beige) Milani palette.
  • Lower lashline: Orange and camel shades mixed.

Eyeliner: Top: Jordana Cat Eyeliner in Black Brown. Bottom: Maybelline Gel Pencil Liner in Glazed Toffee.

Mascara: L’Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black with Maybelline the Rocket on top (an oldie but a goodie)

Blush: Colourpop Supershock Cheek in Bonus (discontinued) similar Holiday.

Highlighter: Colourpop Highlighter in Wisp (on tops of cheeks, bridge of nose and cupid’s bow).

Lips: Lipliner: Jordana Easy Liner in Sedona Red. Lipstick: Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Cozy (review of these coming soon!).

Top: Marshall’s.

Fun Fact: Look created while throwing it back to Fall Out Boy’s Under the Cork Tree

 

 

 

Modern Day Retro: Oscar Party Look

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Hello and happy weekend! I am currently sitting in my PJ’s on this Saturday night because I am just a partayyyy animal. Anyway, I hope all my party animals and not so party animals get some inspiration from this look. I’ve been dying to use the Buxom Eyeshadow Bar Single in Wild Nights since I picked it up from Sephora a few weeks ago. I thought I’d do a “modern day retro” look that is kind-of Oscars inspired with this shadow. I originally wanted to load this look with NYX’s Glitter Brilliants in Violet and it was a hot mess. I tried with Too Faced Glitter Glue (NYX’s reviews say it works well with the NYX glitter glue so I may try that) but besides that my glitter stopped coming out no matter how much I shook it! So anyway major disappointment on the glitter front, but I absolutely love how this came out. So if you’re going to an Oscars screening party or just want to feel a little extra glam try this look out! Deats are below 🙂

Makeup Details

 

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Primer: Nivea Men’s Post Shave Balm

Foundation: Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation in Warm Porcelain

Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral

Contour: NYX Sculpt and Highlight Duo in Ivory/Taupe, only used the Taupe shade to contour my nose and cheekbones. Blended out with a Real Techniques sponge.

Powder: Maybelline Perfecting Loose Powder 

Brows: Maybelline Fill and Define Duo in Deep Brown with Anastasia Dipbrow in Dark Brown and NYX Brow Mascara in Brunette.

Eyeshadows: All Shadows are from the Morphe 35N palette and the Buxom single eyeshadow. I will put the row number for the Morphe palette.

  1. Crease: Row 3, shadow 4 (purple) blended through the crease with a fluffy blending brush. Then I used the shade right new to that (terracotta reddish) with a MAC 217 just above in the outer crease.
  2. Outer crease: Row 4, shadow 7 (deeper purple) blended out in an exaggerated wing shape with a MAC 217 brush. Blend up towards your hairline. Don’t worry if this is messy at first I cleaned it up with a sharp line of concealer and then blended with my makeup sponge. This gives you a sharper, cleaner line.
  3. Lid: Buxom Wild Nights eyeshadow.
  4. Lower lashline: Wild Nights on a pencil brush and shadow in Row 4, shadow 6 (a deep eggplant shade) on a flat definer brush. Then I blended with a large fluffy brush.
  5. Browbone: Row 1, shadow 1.
  6. Inner Corner Highlight: Colourpop Highlighter in Wisp

Lashes: Ardell Wispies style in 305 with L’Oreal Telescopic in Carbon Black

Eyeliner: Jordana Cat Eye Liner in Black (to cover the lashband) and Rimmel ScandelEyes liner in Nude.

Blush: Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

Highlighter: Colourpop Wisp (used on cheekbones, bridge of the nose and cupid’s bow)

Lips: Jordana Tawny Lip Liner and NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Vintage.

Top: Forever 21 

 

 

 

Hello Halo: Romantic Halo Eye Look For V-Day

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So it’s Valentine’s Day weekend, or Galentine’s Day weekend or love yourself weekend, whatever it may be a Halo eye makeup look is calling your name. This style eye makeup, where you use a darker color on the outer and inner corner, and a lighter, often shimmery shade on the center lid, is my latest obsession. This is a recreation of the makeup look the Queen of Eye Makeup, Jaclyn Hill, did here. This look is honestly natural enough for everyday, but adds that little pop of allure and sexiness to your eyes depending on the shades you pick. I also have decided 2016 is the comeback of satin and more glossy lip looks. Colourpop is releasing a satin lip collection on Thursday that looks swoon-worthy, and I couldn’t be more relieved. I think we all need a bit of a breather from all matte everything (not that I don’t like a good matte lip every once in a while). Below is the makeup look per usual and my top favorite romantic palettes, so tell your significant other if they’re stuck on a Valentine’s Day gift! Anyway have an amazing chocolate-induced weekend, pop in a romantic movie (even if that’s Magic Mike, like I will probably be watching; no shame here!), and definitely recreate this look!

Makeup Look

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Primer: BECCA Backlight Priming Filter 

Foundation: Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation in Warm Porcelain

Concealer: NYX HD Concealer in Porcelain

Powder: Maybelline FaceStudio Translucent Powder

Brows: Maybelline Brow Define and Fill Duo in Deep Brown to shape brows (used pencil end) and NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Brunette (deepest shade) to fill in. NYX Brow Mascara in Espresso to set.

Eyeshadows: Used LORAC Pro Palette for the whole eye look, other than a Mac Pigment. 

  • Crease: Taupe then used Mauve slightly above the crease with a MAC 224.
  • Outer lid: Sable with a teeny bit of Espresso in the outer V to deepen used a MAC 217.
  • Inner lid: Sable, really build this to a diffused brown with a blending brush, I used the MAC 217. Don’t put in inner corner where you’d highlight. This gives rounded eyes more of an almond shape.
  • Lid: Champagne, then topped with MAC pigment in Tan. Spritzed my MAC 242 brush with Fix + then applied the pigment.
  • Browbone: Nude
  • Lower lashline: Sable blended out with Mauve on a pencil brush.
  • Inner corner highlight: BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop

Lashes: L’Oreal Carbon Black Telescopic with Ardell Wispies 600 lashes. These are STUNNING and so romantic. These must be new, I can’t find them online. I got mine at CVS. These are very similar to House of Lashes Bambi.

Eyeliners: Jordana Cat Eye Liner in Black Leather just to line lashband and Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Eyeliner in Nude.

Blush: Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink

Highlighter: BECCA Champagne Pop (applied on the bridge of my nose, above my brows, and cheekbones.

Lipliner: Jordana Tawny

Lips: Maybelline Totally Toffee (got mine in-store at Walgreens) with NYX Butter Gloss in Praline (obsessed with this color so so much)

Setting spray: MAC Fix +

Dress: Forever 21 (mine’s sold out, but this one is  similar)

Top Romantic Makeup Palettes

(Also make great last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts, boys)