New Year’s Eve: Ball Droppin’ Good Using 3-D Sparkle Eyeshadow

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Hi guys! I just wanted to get on here and post a quick New Year’s Eve makeup look. I’m hoping to have a super sparkly look up tomorrow using Makeup Geeks new Sparklers (my main review blogger, Temptalia, didn’t give them too promising a review, so we shall see how they work). Anyway enjoy your New Year’s Eve; thank you for supporting my blog this year. Makeup details are below.

Makeup:

Foundation: Too Faced Born this Way in Porcelain

Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin in Fair Neutral

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Eyeshadows: 

Liner: L’Oreal Silkissime in Blue

Lashes: Velour Lashes for Sephora in Fluff N’ Dolled Up 

Contour: Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette

Blush: Milani Baked Blush in Rose D’Oro

Highlighter: The Balm Mary Lou-Minizer

Lips: NYX Ever Slim Lip Pencil and Colourpop Lippie Stix in Bound and Rocket

Earrings: Bauble Bar

 

Edgy Holiday Makeup Look For the Girls Sick of Red Lips

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This season I’ve really been struggling with holiday makeup looks; now I love a classic red lip and shimmering gold eye as much as the next ornament obsessed girl but let’s face it, it’s not quite innovative. For Christmas Eve, I’m already planning an emerald-green eye, I’ll be sure to post and try to get this up early for anyone who wants to wear it that day! Anyway, this leads me to today’s look. This makeup was really inspired by Colourpop’s Creme Gel liner in the stunning Best O, which is a burgundy shade to die for. I especially love this color on green eyes, and honestly it’s what I’ve always wanted MAC’s Cocoa Riche liner to look like but it really doesn’t (BTW Colourpop makes Best O in a matte liner). I think this liner is an edgier, yet softer option than black especially for holiday parties. Below are all the deats for what I used for this whole look!

Makeup Look

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  • Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water
  • Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way in Porcelain (I’m dying to try something new; I love this but I want to switch it up. Any suggestions for this girl with dry skin are appreciated!)
  • Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral
  • Brows: Maybelline Eye Studio Brow Define and Fill Duo in Deep Brown (I actually love this pencil, and the powder side gives a really natural brow effect)
  • Eyeshadows: All LORAC Pro Palette– Crease: Taupe, Lid: LT.Pink, Browbone: Nude. Similar colors: Catrice Velvet Matt Eyeshadow in Pink-Up Girls, NYX Nude Matte Eyeshadow in Birthday Suit
  • Inner corner glitter: Revlon Photoready Eyeart in Topaz Twinkle (I think this is a great glitter option if you don’t want to mess with adhesives/can’t find makeup glitter in a pinch. It doesn’t last more than about 5 hours, but for a party it’s perfect)
  • Eyeliner: Colourpop Best O Creme Gel Eyeliner. L’Oreal Silkissime Liner in Charcoal 
  • Mascara: L’Oreal Telescopic in Carbon Black
  • Lashes: Velour Silk Lashes for Sephora in the style Fluff n’ Whispie (These are stunning and so, so comfortable. I want the whole line, that’s how much love I have) Also, I always use House of Lashes lash glue, the best by far.
  • Blush: Tarte Holiday Blush Palette 2014, shade Embraced. Similar: Tarte Blushing Bride Blush, Catrice Illuminating Blush in Kiss Me Ken
  • Highlight: The Balm Mary Lou-Minzer, applied on top of the cheeks, nose, cupid’s bow, and above the eyebrows.
  • Lipliner: Jordana Tawny
  • Lips: OFRA Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Pasadena and Santa Ana (you could probably just use Santa Ana, as it basically covers over Pasadena). Let me know if you’d like a review on OFRA!

Extras: Sweater- Forever 21. Earrings- Francesca’s.

Dark Romance: Carli Bybel Palette Look and Review

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Good morning all my fellow makeup mavens! Or at least it’s morning while I’m writing this; now that I’m out of my Halloween makeup looks (so sad, you can view my C3PO look on my Instagram) I’m really excited to delve into all the products I’d bought in October. The first product I needed to get my hands dirty with and my face pretty with is the BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Palette. Carli Bybel is probably my favorite Beauty Youtuber, she’s a fellow New Jerseyian, and absolutely stunning with a big heart. About 4 million other people must envy her beautiful makeup because this palette sold out at lightning speeds. At only $12.50, with 14 gorgeous plum, mauve, gold, and coppery eyeshadows, and 4 stunning highlighters, why wouldn’t this baby be a hit? I had never tried anything from BH before this palette, and I will say their process for getting the items to the consumer was a bit half hazard. Anyway, enough about processes! Look below for a review, swatches, and a full makeup look using this palette. Order your’s here, it’s out of stock for now, but hopefully it’ll come back soon.

Review

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So as I had mentioned above, I’ve never used BH Cosmetics products. But this palette was just too beautiful not to buy, and really inexpensive, which had me a bit skeptical because even drugstore brands like Maybelline and L’Oreal who have their own palettes can be a bit pricey. The packaging is a crisp white, which I’m sure I’ll get dirty, and it’s nothing super sturdy. The product inside is all I really care about, and I have to say these are pretty darn good. Some shades are a bit powdery, but nothing that has me freaking out over fallout, and they’re all pretty pigmented, especially the satiny/glitter shades. I really love that Carli choose shades that can be used for day or night, and have enough variety you’re not buying another knockoff Naked Palette. The shades to the left are perfect for highlighting and a softer look for school or work, the middle 6 are knockouts for everyday, and the last two will definitely vamp up your look. They lasted about 7 hours. I think the eyeshadows are a solid 9/10. 

Now for the highlighters, there are 4 highlighters that range from a pale pale pink, to a fierce bronze. I will say I love that there are quality highlighters in this palette. It’s rare to ever find highlighters in a palette especially ones as good as these. The first two work best on my ghostly skin tone, but I can also get away with the third gold if I use a light hand or mix it; it’s very pigmented. The last shade doesn’t work as a highlight for me, but it’s well-suited for darker skin tones, and I can definitely use it as an eyeshadow because that shade is fierce. I don’t think I’ve ever found better drugstore priced highlighters. They get a 9.5/10.

I think this palette is an absolute steal. I really hope BH can stock this up before the holidays, because it would make a great gift for Secret Santa parties, your best friend, even yourself, if you’re so inclined. Carli did an amazing job, I may have to check out more BH after buying this palette.

Swatches

Carli Bybel Eyeshadow Swatches
Eyeshadows start from wrist up, beginning with top row of palette then going to bottom row of palette.

Carli Bybel Highlight Swatches

Makeup Look

Colourpop LAX lip Carli Bybel Eyeshadow look

Primer: Makeup Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Hydrating Primer (got as a sample)

Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Porcelain

Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral

Powder: Revlon Photoready Aqua Powder in Translucent

Brows: NYX Microbrow in Brunette, with Maybelline Brow Drama Pro Palette in Deep Brown, and NYX Brow Mascara in Brunette.

Eyeshadows: All BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Palette

  • Crease: Light brown (top row, 3rd shadow in) and deep purple mauve on outer crease (top row, 5th shadow)
  • Lid: Copper gold (bottom row, 4th shadow in) deeper copper on outer lid (bottom row, 3rd shadow)
  • Outer V: Deep purple mauve (top row, 5th shadow)
  • Inner corner highlight: Champagne gold (bottom row, 1st shadow)
  • Lower lashline: Deep copper (bottom row, 3rd shadow) with deep purple mauve on outer lashline (top row, 5th shadow)
  • Browbone: Matte beige nude (top row, 1st shadow)

Eyeliners: Jordana Cat Eyes Liquid Liner in Black Leather. Bottom waterline Tarte Skinny SmolderEYES liner in Purple Garnet (LE) similar: Almay Raisin Quartz Eyeliner 

Mascara: L’Oreal Telescopic in Carbon Black

Lashes: Ardell 105 Glamour Lashes

Blush: Milani Berry Amore Baked Blush

Highlight: Carli Bybel highlighters #3 mixed with #2.

Lips: Colourpop Ultra Matte Lipstick in LAX, currently out of stock 😦 but this shade is STUNNING. Similar: Anastasia Liquid Lipsticks in Heathers and Vamp. 

 Extras: Top Zara

Halloween Haunts: Glam Frankenstein Halloween Makeup Look

Frankenstein makeup Happy Halloween month loves! October is my favorite month; I love all things Halloween, and it’s also my birthday month 🙂 Anyway, late last night I drank a grande Toasted Graham latte from Starbucks and went to town painting myself this lovely shade of green. I really wanted to up the ante on the Halloween looks I did this year because I’m a firm believer Halloween is the time to let your imagination come to life. I will say, this makeup was more difficult than I anticipated. But I’ll get into that below, where the tools, methods, and what I used will be listed. Happy haunting and good luck on all your Halloween makeup endeavors.

Tools

Mehron Paradise Palette
Mehron Tropical Paradise Palette
Real techniques beauty blender and brushes
Real Techniques Beauty Sponge and AC Moore Paint Brushes

After viewing a sick statue makeup video by Samantha from Batalash, I saw she used Mehron’s Tropical Paradise Palette, $27.99, to achieve the brilliant and opaque gray color. I knew I did not want to use traditional Halloween makeup for these looks as it can be streaky and difficult to build the colors (I will give some options below though if you guys would like to go with the convenience of buying in-store).

I also picked up some soft paint brushes from AC Moore I honestly didn’t use them all that much they didn’t really make the paint stick to the skin. I used my Real Techinques Beauty Sponges, I actually used two so if these are your everyday concealer sponges I recommend buying some back-ups because they will stain.

Unfortunately, Samantha’s video didn’t go into too much detail on how to apply the Mehron paint, so for me it was a lot of trial and error. I had watched a few videos, but for me lightly tapping the paint into the skin, where you let the sponge “bounce” off the surface definitely worked best. I would not suggest rubbing or pressing to hard as it removes the color, I had parts of my skin that looked faded to the point you could see my skin even after I layered from pressing the sponge to hard. Seriously, use an extremely light hand. I also recommend wetting your sponge and squeezing it once or twice, you need it pretty damp to activate the color to a creamy consistency.

I finally completed my look after about an hour and a half. If I knew the correct application process for the paint it would’ve been about an hour I think. Blending is key! I also hit pan on the light lime green in the palette, so I think these will cover your whole face, ears, neck. shoulders, and chest, but not your whole body. Mehron does have individuals of these though. I found mine on Amazon.

Achieving This Makeup Look

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Note: I will link all items below where you can view them easier along with dupes. Below is an in-depth step by step. 

  1. Face and Body: Mehron Tropical Paradise Palette, $27.99. I used the bottom lime green color all over my face, body, neck, chest, and ears.
  2. Setting Powder: I used Kat Von D’s eyeshadow in Birdcage to fill in any spots that showed some skin.
  3. Shading : I used the dark green to shade my forehead, chin, and cheeks. I blotted the color along my hairline and forehead as well as along my chin and then blended it out with some of the lime green color on a different sponge. I then used the medium AC Moore paint brush to place two “contour” lines in my cheeks and once again blended with the sponge until I got a hallowed look. I put some of this dark green in my nostrils as well.
  4. Highlighting: I took some of Spirit Halloween’s cream makeup in White and my large paint brush and painted this in my collar-bone and in between to create the T shape. I also put some of this on my nose with my finger and blended.
  5. Shading step 2 (this is how you get it to look creepy!): For this I used charcoal and black accents on my collar-bone and dip in my neck, so it creates a kind of T shape. I used the color Charcoal on a domed eyeline brush (sorry a lot of the makeup brushes I used were older, don’t have names) from the LORAC 2 to create that look (I’ll put more options below, but a dark grey or black shadow works for this).
  6. Shading step 3: I used LORAC’s Black shadow along my hairline and brought down a bit, I used a small contour/blush brush to do that. I then blended again with my sponge that had a bit of the lime green color until it looked melted into one another.
  7. Undereye Area: I used Deep Teal from the LORAC Megapro Palette (I’d probably use a deep green without shimmer but I didn’t have one, so I just layered colors), then I blended with my sponge again. After that I use LORAC 2’s shade Plum to give a more bruised look and added some of the shade Double Tap from the Too Faced Stardust Palette. I used a small and dense eyeshadow brush and dabbed the colors together under the eyes. I then blended everything with my sponge.
  8. Eyebrows: I almost left the eyebrows green, but I think the black really brought this look together. I used LORAC’s Black Shadow on an angled eyeliner brush to fill in the brows. I wanted to use gel liner, but couldn’t find mine. I think this worked well though, just make your eyebrows bold and kind of square with your brush.
  9. Eyes: I had covered my eyes with the lime green paint and then put Birdcage, a lime green shadow I used when from a LE Kat Von D palette in the crease, along with a little bit of NYX’s Jumbo Pencil in Rocky Mountain Green which I drew sloppily in the crease and blended .Then I used LORAC 2’s Charcoal in the crease and really blended. I also put this color in the outer V. Used a domed eyeshadow brush and IT cosmetics blending brush to blend out. Everything blends easily on the paint without lifting it which is a major plus.
  10. Lashlines: I applied Jordana’s Cat Eye Liner in Black Leather on my upper lashline, no wing. Then I applied the Jumbo Pencil in Rocky Mountain Green in the lower waterline. I applied LORAC’s Black along the lower lashline and blended with my IT Cosmetics brush.
  11. Mascara: I used the new Maybelline Falsies Push-Up (I think I used waterproof which I don’t recommend, the non-waterproof works better). I topped off with Too Faced Better than Sex. I opted for no lashes, but you could definitely use some, Ulta always sells awesome Halloween ones.
  12. Stitch: First I used a small eyeliner brush to draw the curved line with Black eyeshadow, then I used some of the shade Girl’s Night from the Stardust palette and the color Plum from LORAC 2 on the same brush and pressed it into the line to give it a bruised look. I added the stitches with my black liquid liner. (I saw some way cooler techniques like using staples, but it was 2 am and I wasn’t sure how it’d work out) You can also add some effects like fake blood and stitches from the Spirit Halloween store.
  13. Lips: I also almost didn’t do a bold lip, I am so happy I did though. I think it completed this monster look. I used MAC’s Nightmoth lip pencil and filled in with NYX’s Wicked Lipstick in Betrayal. I then topped with a generous amount of Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer in Fire Opal.
  14. Gems: I wanted it to look like my monster had that furrowed and distorted forehead look so I added some large green gems from AC Moore. They stick right on, I tried to accent with some smaller black gems but they did not stick well, I’d use some lash glue if you wanted to use smaller gems.

Makeup and Dupe list

Note: Not all items have dupes but links for items used are below too. 

Removal

These face paints were super easy to remove and did not cause any staining to me or my sink. I used makeup removing wipes and some Garnier Cleansing Oil to take off. It took about four makeups wipes to remove fully.

The End. 

Too Faced Born This Way Review and Punk Rock Roots Makeup Look

Punk rock makeup using Kat Von DGood afternoon lovelys! I’ve had a crazy busy August, sorry for the lack of posts– but I am back with another review/makeup look. I recently went to Chicago, I seriously recommend visiting if you haven’t, it’s amazing, and while I was there I was able to go to Sephora. In my rinky dink Jersey town we have yet to get a Sephora, but a Chipotle is on its way so maybe I can be optimistic about a certain beauty store? Anyway, while I was there I picked up the stunning Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow in Raw Power, which is a shimmery maroon stunner and is the color I used for my lower lashline. Below is also a review of the new Too Faced Born This Way Foundation and this punk rock inspired makeup look.

Review

In the past few weeks I picked up the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Porcelain, and yes it lives up to the Youtube/Instagram hype. It’s a bit pricey at $39, but it covers all of my redness without concealer and features a satiny finish that doesn’t make me dry, but still has a natural skin finish. I’ve applied this with a Real Techniques Beauty Blender, Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and the It Cosmetics For Ulta Airbrush Buffing Foundation Brush in #110. I honestly think any of these options apply the foundation evenly and with a full coverage, MakeupByAlli has a great tutorial for how she applies this, which I think really helps if you prefer a brush to a beauty blender like I do. The color selection is also pretty wide with 12 shades, but one of my close friends couldn’t find her shade as she is slightly darker than the darkest shade, Caramel, and she is a caramel shade so keep that in mind! The only downfall of this foundation is it only wears about 6 and a half hours, but if you use a primer and some Fix + you’ll get more like 8. I’ve never been a huge fan of higher end foundations, but this one truly changed my mind– it matches me perfectly, wears beautifully and has a pump! Can’t beat that. Rating: 9.5/10

Makeup Look

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For this look I wanted to channel my inner punk child, yes inside I am always wearing dark lipstick and wanting to riff on a guitar, so while digging through my makeup I found the Supershock Shadow by Colourpop Cosmetics in Erotic, which screamed Bay Avenue punk scene to me. Keep in mind it looks like a candy apple red but went on a more neon pink for me. That color along with Kat Von D’s Metal Crush shadow in Raw Power inspired this look. Below are all the deats that will make your momma squirm 😉

Primer: Smashbox Photoready Primer

Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Porcelain

Concealer: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light

Powder: Makeup Forever HD Setting Powder

Brows: NYX Microbrow in Ash Brown, Brow Bar to Go–The Original, L’Oreal Paris Brow Stylist Plumper in Medium to Dark (I personally like the NYX Brow Mascara better, but I ran out).

Eyeshadows: 

  • Crease: Lorac Pro Palette 2- Shades Cool Gray and Charcoal (outer crease)
  • Outer V: Charcoal
  • Lid: Colourpop Supershock Shadow in Erotic
  • Lower lashline: Charcoal on the outer lashline, Kat Von D Raw Power smudged all under the lashline
  • Brow Bone: Lorac 2 Snow
  • Inner Corner: Revlon Photoready Eye Art in Burnished Bling (glitter side)

Eyeliner: Jordana Cat Eye Liner in Black Leather and L’Oreal Silkissime Liner in Black (lower lashline)

Lashes: L’Oreal Telescopic in Carbon Black with Ardell Double Up Lashes in Demi Wispie style

Blush: Tarte Off the Cuff Palette shade Embraced, any plum color blush will do!

Highlighter: Becca Cosmetics x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop

Lips: Jordana Tawny with Kat Von D Studded Lipstick in Lolita (not the liquid!)

Shirt: Cities and Planets Tee Forever 21 

Break Into Spring with Berry Colored Makeup

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Hey guys, I saw my favorite Youtuber, Carli Bybel do a summery berry and orange look and I wanted to recreate it for you guys! She used more coppery colors, but I feel like I use them a lot so I mixed my look up with more orange hues. Below is the makeup products I used and dupes, as well as this look with another lip color! I think this look is great for a summer night out or even a nighttime wedding.

Products:

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Foundation: Maybelline Fit Me Dewy and Smooth in Porcelain

Concealer: NYX HD Photo Concealer in Porcelain

Powder: NYX HD Powder in Banana

Blush: Becca Cosmetics Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle in Watermelon/Moonstonesimilar Milani Baked Blush in Red Vino

Highlight: Revlon Photoready Skinlight Illuminator in Bare Light (all over cheeks, forehead and nose) topped off with The Balm’s Mary-Louminzer

Bronzer: Maybelline Master Class Bronzer in Weekend Bronze (LE), similar Rimmel London Natural Bronzer in Sun Light 

Contour: NYX Conceal and Correct Palette in Light (used the darkest shade to contour my nose)

Brows: Tarte Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse in Medium Brown and NYX Brow Mascara in Brunette to set, similar  NYX Tame and Frame Brow Pomade in Brunette.

Eye Base: NYX Eye Base in Skintone

Eyeshadows:

  1. Crease: Anastasia Beverly Hills Lavish (ABH) Palette, Orange Soda, similar ABH Soft Peach or Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie 
  2. Lid: ABH Dress Your Face Tamanna Palette, Bengal, (sold at Macy’s) similar Urban Decay Riff. This color is extremely difficult to find drugstore, but if you can get Bengal at Macy’s it’s only $12.
  3. Outer lid: ABH Dress Your Face Tamanna Palette, Sangria, similar Makeup Geek Pigment in Enchanted or Maybelline Eyestudio Quad in Mad Mauve (the last color).
  4. Browbone and inner corner: ABH Dress Your Face Palette, Blush, you can use any shimmery white/pink eyeshadow for this.
  5. Lower lashline: Mixed Sangria on the outer lash with Urban Decay’s Penny Lane from the Vice 1 palette. similar Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eye Shadow in Bella Copper.

Eyeliner: L’Oreal Silkissime in Black with Jordana Cat Eye Liquid Liner in Black Leather in inner corner.

Mascara and lashes: L’Oreal Miss Manga in Blackest Black and Ardell 120 Natural Lashes in Demi.

Lips:

  1. Berry lip, look 1: Essence Lip Liner in Soft Berry, NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Toasted Marshmallow 
  2. Orange lip, look 2: Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in In Love With Ginger, mixed with NYX Round Case Lipstick in Orange Soda.

Outfit Details and Picks

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Top: Forever 21 Henley Crop Top in Rust (I’m loving rust for spring and summer)

Earrings: Express Crisscross Hoop Earrings

Face The Music: Coachella/Music Festival Makeup Look

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So it’s music festival season and right about now I wish I was in the deserts of Coachella, but instead I decided to just dress and do my makeup like I was going. I wanted to do a music festival look that will work for any of your summer concerts/festivals using some trendy concert accessories. I’m going to the 8th Annual 104.5 Birthday Show where Death Cab for Cutie, Hozier, Passion Pit and Vance Joy are playing and I’ll be seeing Ed Sheeran at the end of May. Below I’ve listed the products for this look (they’re all drugstore, except the brows, working on that) and some of my essentials. If you guys want a music festival fashion post, let me know!

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Products:

Note: I would definitely put a sunscreen under my makeup, even if the BB Cream has SPF in it. 

BB Cream: Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Perfector BB Cream Normal To Dry Skin formula (I’d prob get the oil-free one for a music festival) in Fair.

Concealer: NYX HD Photo Concealer in Porcelain

Highlight: Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Light  with Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls in Light Bronze. I used these all over my cheeks, forehead and nose.

Bronzer: Maybelline Master Bronze in Weekend Bronze (limited edition last year, I know Maybelline is coming out with a lot of new products in June, hopefully they’ll bring back a bronzer like this) similar Physicians Formula Bronzer Glow-Boosting BB SPF 20

Blush: Colourpop Supershock Cheek in Bonus

Setting Powder: NYX HD Setting Powder in Banana

Eyebrows: Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse in Medium Brown and NYX Brow Mascara in Brunette

Eyeshadows: My technique for this was to make it look messy and wet, so I just layered a bunch of shadows and blended messily. 

Eyeliner: L’Oreal Silkissime Liner in Gold

Mascara: L’Oreal Telescopic in Carbon Black (I’d get this is waterproof for an outdoor music festival)

Lips: NYX Wicked Lippie in Mischevious with L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Hot Mess over top (I find these at my local Rite Aid)

Extras:

Headcrown: Urban Outfitters Golden Leaves Headpiece (sold out), but their Athena Headband in identical.

Fake septum rings: #1 in the first picture is Golden Acerose Filigree Fake Septum Ring, in the 2nd pictures is Gold Tribal Clip On Septum Hanger.

Top: Lace Cut-Out Shoulder Top in Rust 

My Concert Essentials:

  1. Sunscreen
  2. Crossbody Bag
  3. Booties or Sneaks
  4. Lip Balm
  5. Sunglasses
  6. Hat 

Drugstore Makeup Look: L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1 Review

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The “nude/naked” eyeshadow trend has been done over and over again, ever since the launch of Urban Decay’s Naked palette which skyrocketed not only Urban Decay into Sephora stardom, as well a slew of  copycat makeup palettes. The Naked 1 became a staple for me,but at $54 it’s a big hit to the wallet. I’ve skipped out on many of the similar palettes over the years, such asMaybelline, LORAC and Smashbox, but after seeing Carli Bybel using L’Oreal’s La Palette Nude 2 I wanted to try theirs (a late night after work drugstore run might have also led to this impulse buy too).  A comparison, review, swatches and drugstore makeup look are below.

L’Oreal released two nude palettes, at $19.99 a piece, I was a bit shocked by the price, as Maybelline’s The Nudes pallete as only $9.99. The L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1 comes with a small brush and sponge; I purchased mine at Walgreens.  The one above is #1 and features warmer tones similar to the Naked palette, the #2 palette is cooler and similar to Urban Decay’s Naked 2. I went for #1 as I use my Naked way more than the Naked 2. Below is a comparison between Urban Decay’s and L’Oreal’s take on the natural shadow look.

Comparison

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This palette features 10 shades, whereas the Naked palette features 10. You get three matte shades (1 cool and 2 warm) and only get two in the original Naked palette. The mirror on the L’Oreal palette is much larger than the Naked mirror, but the Naked brush is much nicer than the L’Oreal option. The L’Oreal features two highlighting shades, the Naked has one. But the Naked palette offers more diverse colors including a purple, pink, slate and black, whereas L’Oreal’s features mostly warm toned browns and golds.

 Review

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The La Palette Nude 1 is a great affordable option for anyone looking to start out in makeup (high school and college students, I’m looking at you!). I also think this palette is awesome if you don’t want to dig into your more expensive palettes. Even though I’ve owned my Naked palettes for a few years, I hate using them everyday because those suckers are expensive! I think the three matte shadows in this palette really convinced me, as it’s really hard to find good matte eyeshadows at the drugstore. The palette and the 2nd version, features all the colors you could want in a warm or cool toned palette. I personally like that this palette is not complicated with random colors. You could use this for day or evening, so it’s perfect for travelling. I will say the colors are a bit chalky, but I didn’t have fallout and was able to blend. I give it a score or 9/10. I think this will become my new everyday staple, even though I adore my Naked palettes. They wore well with an eyeshadow base for 8-10 hours. P.S. I wish these shadows were named. I think it’s a bit lazy to not name makeup, but maybe that’s the writer in me.

Swatches

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From left to right in palette, not named, are numbered from 1-10.

Makeup Look

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Products: All drugstore, expect the brows (working on getting some drugstore products for those, but I’ll have drugstore options below)

Foundation: L’Oreal Infalliable Pro-Matte Foundation in Classic Ivory

Concealer: NYX Conceal, Correct and Contour Palette in Light (don’t love this for concealing, I’d use NYX HD Photoready, but I ran out!) and Maybelline Dream Lumi Highlighting Pen in Fair

Contour: NYX Conceal, Correct and Contour Palette in Light, I used the darkest shade #4 for my nose, forehead, chin and cheeks. Set with Maybelline Master Bronzer in 310 Weekend Bronze, this was limited edition, sorry guys! Similar: Rimmel London Natural Bronzer 

Powder: L’Oreal True Match Mineral Powder in Soft Ivory

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown, filled in with Brow Bar To Go Powder (original palette) and set with Maybelline Eyestudio Brow Drama Scupting Brow Mascara in Deep BrownOther options: NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Brunette and their Eyebrow Cake Powder in Brunette.

Eyes: L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1 used for all shadows.

  • Base: NYX Eye Base in Skin Tone
  • Crease: Number 5, 6 on the outer crease.
  • Lid: Number 4 and number 7 on the outer half of the lid.
  • Inner corner: Number 2
  • Browbone: Number 1
  • Lower lashline: Number 7 with a bit of number 4 in the middle
  • Eyeliner: L’Oreal Silkissime Liner in Gold with a bit of L’Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Kohl Liner in Brown on the outer lid.
  • Mascara: L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara in Carbon Black and L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara

Blush: Milani Baked Blush in Rose D’Oro

Highlight: Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Illuminator in Bare Light with Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips in Miami Glow over top.

LipsLiner: Jordana Cosmetics Rock ‘n’ Rose.  Lipstick: Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in Daringly Nude. Gloss: NYX Butter Gloss in Fortune Cookie.

Shirt and Necklace: American Eagle and Forever 21 (a few years ago for both) Similar: AEO Soft and Sexy Baby T-Shirt (almost identical) Forever 21 Snake Chain Choker.

 

St. Pat’s Makeup Look: Copper and Green

IMG_5409St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, many people are celebrating this weekend, so here’s a look for all of you hitting a bar or the parade! I’m 1/4 Irish, that’s where the green eyes and pale skin come in, but unfortunately I’m just celebrating at work. But I’d still wear this look for a night out. I think copper colors make green eyes pop, and I tend to gravitate towards these colors year round; I also love a pop of color on the lower lashline. So mix it up whether it be green, blue or purple copper looks great year round. So find that pot o’ gold or at least get that hot leprechaun to buy you some green beer ;). Happy St. Pats! Look details below.

IMG_5408Foundation: L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation in Classic Ivory (had to hunt this baby down, but is sold at Target, Ulta, CVS and Walgreens)

Concealer: NYX HD Photoready in Porcelain

Powder: NYX HD Finishing Powder in Banana 

Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH) Brow Wiz in Medium Brown, Tarte Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse in Medium Brown to fill in and NYX Brow Mascara in Brunette to set.

Eyeshadow: 

Lashes: House of Lashes Pixie Luxe

Eyeliner: 

Blush: Milani Luminoso

Highlight: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone

Lips: Liner: NYX Earthtone. Lipstick: NYX High Voltage Lipstick in Flutter Kiss. Gloss: Revlon Bellini.

 

 

Never Go Out of Style: Red Lip Look

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Hey guys! I wanted to get a look up this weekend, unfortunately I didn’t have time to get this up before Valentine’s Day, but I still wanted to post. I did this look for a Traffic Light party at work, I’m single but I wanted to wear red. I think this look would be great for cheer competitions/dance recitals or with different hair a date!

Product Details:

Face: Nars Sheer Glow in Mont Blanc, Smashbox Photoready Primer, Set with MAC Fix +

Foundation Brush: It Cosmetics Airbrush Buffing Foundation Brush #110 (seriously the best brush I’ve ever used, better than the Sigma F80).

Concealer: NYX HD in Porcelain

Brows: Tarte Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse in Medium Brown, NYX Brow Gel in Brunette

Lashes: Carli Lash by Velour Lashes

Mascara: L’oreal Telescopic in Carbon Black

Eyeshadows: 

  • Crease: LORAC MegaPro Sepia (any warm brown will do)
  • Lid: Colourpop Cosmetics Amira (seriously like liquid gold)
  • Outer Lid/Lower lashline : Colourpop Cosmetics On the Rocks
  • Inner Corner: LORAC MegaPro Cashmere

Eyeliner: Maybelline Gel Liner in Black and L’oreal Silkissime Liner in Black

Blush: Milani Baked Blush in Rose D’Oro (I get mine at CVS)

Highlight: MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Definitely Defined (Limited Edition), similar Revlon Highlight Palette in Rose Gold

Lips: NYX Retractable Lipliner in Red and OCC Liptar in Stalker