Cruelty Free Makeup Look and Top Animal Friendly Brands and Products

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I’m back everyone! Sorry it’s been so long since I have posted, but work and life have gotten in the way as of late. I wanted my next post to be meaningful, and not just a summer makeup post (no worries, those will be coming!).

So with that, my best friend is in the process of going vegetarian and is transferring all of her makeup to cruelty free brands, which is something I would love to do as well soon. So I wanted to make a post about both high end and affordable brands who are CF (cruelty free)  and V (vegan), and some of my favorite products. I also created a full face makeup look. So, take your step to saving the fur children and read below.

PS, note that many parent brands for example L’Oreal, who tests on animals, own cruelty free brands such as NYX, so that could be an ethics issue for some. (I’ve put a * next to these brands) Doing research is key, and apps such as Cruelty Cutter, can help when shopping. Also, not all of my posts from here on out will feature only CF and V brands/products, but I am looking to make the shift over the next few months.

Cruelty Free Makeup Brands

*Look for the cruelty free label on most brand’s websites or in their about me/FAQ section.

**Additionally, I’ve only listed brands I personally have used below. I will be testing more brands soon.

Favorite blog: Cruelty Free Kitty

Favorite Youtuber:  Carli Bybel 

My Favorite Cruelty Free Products:

High End

Affordable Makeup

Makeup Look:

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Primer: Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Primer (V)

Foundation: Too Faced Born this Way Foundation in Snow (V)

Concealer: Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Fair (V)

Powder: Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder in Light Medium (V)

Brows: NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Chocolate (CF). Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel (CF).

Bronzer: Colourpop Skinny Dip (CF) (discontinued, I like the Physicians Formula bronzers as listed above for all my fellow pale gals)

Blush: Milani Berry Amore Baked Blush

Eyeshadows: All Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eyeshadow Palette (CF) (read Temptalia’s review for an in-depth review of each shade)

  • Crease: Lace Teddy and Nudie
  • Outer crease: Makeup & Chill
  • Lid: Tickle Me (all over), Push-Up (mid to outer lid), Love Bug (inner lid) Kittens (center)
  • Outer V: Undercover
  • Lower lashline: Love Bug, Coffee Date and Undercover
  • Browbone: Heaven

Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (CF)

Lashes: Ardell Studio Effects Demi Wispies (CF)

Liquid Liner: NYX Matte Liquid Liner (CF)

Blush: Milani Berry Amore Baked Blush (CF)

Highlighter: Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals (CF) (also used for my inner corner highlight)

Lip liner: Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner in Lolita (V)

Lipstick: Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick in Suck It (CF)

Setting Spray: Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Mist (V)

 

 

The Best List: Best of Beauty 2016!

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2017 is upon us, and with it I’m sure some holy grail makeup products will launch, but let’s not forget about the 2016 standouts! My favorites for 2016 have a mix of high end and drugstore, and also this year I discovered the importance of moisturizing so I even have some skin care in my line-up.The products below are the ones that will be in my makeup bag for a long, long time. So if you’re still on the hunt for your must-have makeup staples read below for the best in foundations, lipsticks, eyeshadow palettes, brushes and more!

Face Products

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Ole Henriksen Nurture Me $40

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum $36

MAC Prep and Prime Fix+ $23

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation $12.99

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation $39

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer $28

Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer $24 

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer $8.99 

Maybelline FaceStudio Master Fix Setting + Perfecting Loose Powder $8.99

Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder $30  

Eye Products

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Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil in 4 $24

Colourpop Bangin’ Brunette and Black N’ Brown Pencil $5 each 

NYX Tinted Brow Mascara in Espresso $6.99

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette $42 

Morphe 35O Palette $22.99

BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Palette $14.50 

NYX Matte Liquid Liner $6.99

Jordana Cat Eyeliner $3.99

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner $6.19

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Eyeliner $6.99

L’Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara $9.99

Benefit Roller Lash Super Curling & Lifting Mascara $24 

Ardell Cluster Wispies Demi Wispies $3.99

Eylure Vegas Nay Grand Glamour Lashes $7.99

Velour Silk Lashes in Fluff n’ Whispie $26 

House of Lashes White Lash Glue $8 

Cheeks & Highlighters

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Milani Baked Blushes $8.29 each 

NYX Ombre Blushes $9.99

Becca X Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector $38 

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

Lips

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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Uptight $20 

Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Frick N’ Frack and Echo Park $6 each 

Maybelline Color Jolt Lip Paint in Stripped Down $9.99

Maybelline The Loaded Bolds Lip Color in Raging Raisin $7.49 

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Disorderly and Bawse $24 each 

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Lip Sculptor in VIP $24 

Brushes & Tools

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*In bold is what I personally use each brush for. 

Foundation: It Brushes for Ulta Airbrush Buffing Foundation Brush #110 $24 

Blush: Morphe MB1 Deluxe Powder Brush $10.99 

Crease: Morphe MB13 Deluxe Blending Fluff Brush $4.99

Blending brush for lower lashline: Morphe MB18 Round Crease Brush $3.99

Lid: Morphe MB20 Oval Shadow Brush $3.99 

Concealer: Real Techniques Makeup Sponge $10.99 for 2 pack 

Highlight: Real Techniques Setting Brush $3.92 

Powder: Sonia Kashuk Core Tools Synthetic Buffing Brush $12.99

Crease: MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush $32 

Lid: MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush $25 

For pigments and glitters: MAC 242 Shader Brush $25 

Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner $42.97 

 

 

Holiday Look and Makeup Must Haves

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Happy holidays everyone! With Christmas and Hanukkah right around the corner, I was thinking about what my foolproof holiday staples are. I’m talking about what red lip will stay on while sipping holiday cocktails or kissing under the mistletoe, and what glitters will sparkle all through the night, because let’s face it no one wants to deal with smeared lipstick and flaky glitter this season. Below are my top picks, as well as what I used to get the makeup look above. So read on, and snag some of these for your holiday get together!

Kissin’ Under the Mistletoe Worthy Red Lipsticks

These are in order from the most foolproof to more satiny versions that may stain a cup a bit but stay on through dinner.

  1. Smashbox Always on Liquid Lipstick in Bawse $24 (my favorite red; super comfortable to wear, doesn’t bleed and stays on through eating, kissing, etc.)
  2. OFRA Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Atlantic City $19.90
  3. Maybelline Creamy Matte Lip Color in Siren in Scarlet  $7.99
  4. NARS Audacious Lipstick in Rita  $32

A Twinkle with the Tinsel: Best Glitters

These are true glitters, either liners or loose glitters, not a shadow with glitter in it. For any loose glitters a lightly spritz my brush with Fix + and then dip in the glitter.

  1. Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Midnight Cowboy $20 (so easy to apply, can build for more glitter coverage, and does not flake!)
  2. MAC Glitter (any shade) $22 (This is the best glitter for all over the lid, it’s super opaque and wears beautifully throughout the night)
  3. NYX Face and Body Glitter $5.99 (I love these when I first open them, but sadly after a few uses the glitter stops coming out, but if you need for one or two nights the price is right and the quality is great! Just wish it had better packaging)
  4. Revlon PhotoReady Eye Art $8.99 (I only use the glitter liner side of these, and it goes on great. After a few hours it will flake a bit, but once again for the price point it’s a good glitter liner)

Makeup Look
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Give What They Want, Get What You Want: Holiday Gift Guide 2016

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Happy soon to be holidays everyone! With a few weeks left to shop, and those Secret Santa and holiday parties right around the corner I wanted to provide a gift guide with options for every price range. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift to swap with your friends at a White Elephant/Secret Santa party (because let’s be real it’s hard to find something everyone likes!) or you have no idea what to tell your aunt to get you this season, below are beauty and miscellaneous (fashion, jewelry, etc.) items that will always land you on the nice list! These are broken into category in case you’re looking for something specific; this post is a long one!

Brush Sets 

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I included the three brush sets above because I love and use brushes from all these brands. Remember, don’t get trapped in “what’s pretty” or super affordable because you may be skimping on quality. These little makeup magic makers are both beautiful and in a price range you can afford! I’ve been lusting over the Morphe ones in particular. Also, anyone can use makeup brushes, so I think this is a perfect Secret Santa gift too.

Eyeshadow Palettes

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I also think an eyeshadow palette is an awesome and universal gift to give this season. Gone are the days where low-price meant low quality. I personally use and love the Carli Bybel Palette and Morphe palette all of the time, and ColourPop’s range is perfect for the makeup beginner. I actually discovered MAC’s glitters in a holiday palette and they are my favorite glitters to this day. Unfortunately, you can only snag them in a holiday palette, at a pro store or online :(. The pricier palettes on this list have been star shadow palettes this year(the Too Faced Palette completely sold out once already!) so you won’t go wrong putting those under the tree!

Highlighters and Blush

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One way to brighten anyone’s holiday morning is with a stunning highlighter or blush palette. Whether you’re looking to give more of a makeup everyday staple like the Tarte of Benefit cheek palettes (the Benefit one is almost sold out, not surprising as it features many of their bestsellers, but a few are still on Sephora). The Colourpop trio is perfect for any highlighter beginner or seasoned makeup lover as the colors are easy to apply and work across many skintones. I’m very fair and use darker shades like Butterfly Beach all of the time. The Laura Geller highlighters were at the top of everyone’s highlighter wish list this year, so this little trio gives the makeup lover some try-on options to find her highlighter holy grail. Also, you cannot go wrong with my favorite make-you-glisten-like-an-ice-queen highlighter, Champagne Pop. I have my eye on the Make Up Forever as a new hit for 2017, maybe I’ll finally cave in and get it with some Christmas cash.

Lip Sets

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You can’t be caught kissing under the mistletoe without a bit of fool-proof lipsticks! Liquid lipsticks are totally the way to go during the holidays, and some of my favorite formulas including Kat Von D, NYX and Colourpop have some awesome sets. I’ve never personally tried Kylie’s Lip Kits, but what girl wouldn’t want one as a stocking stuffer!? (and some of her classics are in-stock now, so it’s a good time to grab some!) The Tarte and Bite sets are perfection for anyone with their comfortable and wearable formulas and color selections (both great sets for Mom!).

I also included the stunning Jouer Lip Topper in Frost Bite (Skinny Dip and Tan Lines are awesome sparkly options too) as a major want of mine this season. It’s the optime of holiday sparkle. Oh, and the holiest of them all? The Urban Decay set which includes 30 lipsticks, and I promise this formula is amazing too. What else could a girl want?

All The Trimmings (Misc. Gifts)

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Blissful Berry Holiday Makeup

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“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light.” With everything happening in the world, I think it’s important to try and find whatever happiness you can. My outlet is creating, and channeling that helps take my mind off everything else. So with that, I hope whether it’s reading makeup tips or something else, this blog can be a place of escape for a little bit. With that, read below to get this vampy holiday makeup look, (I also have a nude lip option!) and know that we must be kind to one another.

Makeup Look

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Foundation: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage Foundation in Fair Sand

  • Funnily enough this was a sample from Sephora, and I fell in love and just bought the full size! I had purchased the new Hourglass foundation and the fairest shade is too light even for me, so keep that in mind if you want to try!

Concealer: Tarte Shape Tape Concealer (this is sold out everywhere but a good, and afforable, dupe is Maybelline FaceStudio Master Conceal in Fair)

Powder: Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder 

Brows: Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil and Benefit  Ka-Brow both in #4

Eyes: Kat Von D MetalMatte Palette (this palette is stunning, and limited edition, so if you love Kat Von D’s shadows I would defintely grab this! They are super pigmented and perfect for everyday or dramatic looks)

  • Crease: Suede, Silk and Velvet (applied Suede and Silk with a fluffy blending brush and Velvet with a pencil brush for a more defined crease)
  • Lid: Tinsel with a little bit of Touch in Sol Glitter in Talia on the center of the lid
  • Browbone: Bone
  • Lower lashline: Velvet, Volt, Synergy
  • Liner: NYX Matte Liquid Liner and L’Oreal Silkissime Eyeliner in Black

Lashes: Eyelure Baroque Lashes

Highlight: Kat Von D Pressed Shadow in Thunderstruck (insanely pretty highlighter for fairer skin, one of the only ones I think beams off my cheeks haha)

Blush: NYX Ombre Blush in Nude to Me

Dark lip: Coloupop Ultra Satin in Hutch (this is super comfortable and will last through a meal, making it perfect for holiday parties!)

Nude lip: Maybelline Mauve Me lipstick with NYX Angel Food Cake Butter Gloss on top

Bodysuit: Nasty Galsimilar Material Girl Illusion Lace Bodysuit

 

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.

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+

 

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)

 

Best in Class 2015: My Top Beauty Picks

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Hi guys! I’m finally posting my Best of Beauty 2015! Today was the perfect day to filter through all my favorites as New Jersey is getting lots and lots of snow, so thank you Jonas. Below I’ll have all my favorite products listed; I was able to photograph most, but the ones I couldn’t I’ll still list 🙂 Hope you guys enjoy and get a shopping cart ready, you’re gonna want these!

Primer

  1. Becca Backlight Primer Filter $38
  2. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer $36
  3. L’Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer $12.99

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  1. Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Porcelain $39
  2. Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation $10.99 *This was a very late 2015 addition, but it was still one of my favorites.

Concealer

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  1. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Coverage Concealer Fair Neutral $28
  2. NYX Hi Definition Photo Concealer Wand in Porcelain $4.99 *I honestly like this just as much as the Naked Skin, but the Naked Skin applies a bit easier and last longer as far as product.

Powder

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  1. Revlon Colorstay Aqua Finishing Powder in Translucent *So I believe this is discontinued (eternal crying face). I’ve only found it on a few sites but they aren’t any I feel comfortable recommending as I’ve never bought from them. This was hands down my favorite powder though. You could try Revlon’s Colorstay Mineral Makeup in Light which is what I’ll try after I run out of this. I’ve also been liking Maybelline’s new finishing powder, I just think this has a hydrating quality that is hard to replicate.

Brows

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  1. Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown $18 *This was a recent try for me because I heard it was hard to work with, but I think if you use a little bit of this and blend out with a spoolie you’re set! I love how dark this makes me brows, and they also don’t look powdery.
  2. NYX Micro Brow Pencil Brunette $9.99
  3. Maybelline Eye Studio Brow Define and Fill Duo Deep Brown $7.99
  4. Maybelline Brow Drama Pro Palette Deep Brown $12.99
  5. NYX Tinted Brow Mascara Brunette $6.99

Eyeshadows

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  1. LORAC Pro Palette 1 $42
  2. LORAC Pro Palette 2 $42
  3. LORAC Mega Pro 1  *This was the 1st Mega Pro and was limited edition; I don’t have the second because I love the warm colors in this. I want Lorac to bring it back 😦
  4. BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Palette $12.50
  5. Morphe 35O Palette $22.99 *This product is always in and out of stock, but Jaclyn Hill and Amanda Ensing always have discount codes and update their followers when it’s back in stock. Also, I know I didn’t give this product an A+ review, but that’s more for quality of some of the shades. Overall though if you love warm oranges this is where it’s at, and a lot of the matte shades are great affordable crease options.
  6. NYX Nude Matte Shadows in Dance the Tides and Maybe Later $4.99 each *The best affordable crease colors on the market in my opinion.

Eye Liner

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  1. Jordana Cat Eye Liner $2.99 *I loved this more than any eye liner I’ve used in years- it stays through naps (not that you should sleep in makeup) and is so easy to apply! Black Leather and Black Brown were my favorites. I buy mine at Walgreens.
  2. L’Oreal Silkissime Eye Liner $8.99 *The best waterline eye liner’s ever. These do not smudge and last hours, I’m begging L’Oreal to make a brown shade. My favorites were Black, Charcoal and Gold.

Mascara

  1. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara $23
  2. L’Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara $9.99

Blush

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  1. Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso, Rose D’Oro and Bella Amore $7.79 each
  2. Tarte Holiday Palettes *The ones shown were LE. Any of Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blushes are the same formula and amazing. These palettes have lasted me so long I haven’t need to buy and individual shades!
  3. Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose and Tea Rose $7.99
  4. Colourpop Blush Bonus $8 *It looks like this shade is discontinued but Fox and Between the Sheets look similar.

Highlighters

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  1. theBalm Mary Lou-Manizer Higlighter $24 *I find this to be the best option for super pale skin tones like mine. I’ve tried Becca Moonstone because Nikki Tutorials loves it, but I still think Mary Lou shows up the best on fair skin.
  2. BECCA Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Champagne Pop $38 *This just became permanent, ultimate squeals over here!
  3. BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Palette Highlighters $12.50- I’m obsessed with the second highlighter, but they’re all stunning and work for so many different skin tones. I hope BH makes singles of this highlighter formula, it’s the best drugstore priced highlight I’ve used.
  4. Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter Butterfly Beach $8 *I apply this with my fingers, and it’s my go-to summer highlight.

Lip Liners

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  1. NYX Slim Lip Pencil Ever $3.49
  2. Colourpop Grunge Pencil $5
  3. Jordana Easyliner For Lips in Tawny and Plush Plum $2.49 each *I buy mine at Walgreens

Lipstick

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From left to right: Miami Fever, LAX, LBB, Poison, Grunge, Fancy, Brink, Lolita, Euro Trash, Lacque-y Charm, Nude Flush, Divine Wine, Pepper, Glace

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  1. OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick w/Kathleen Lights Miami Fever $19.90 *My favorite liquid lipstick formula; also, Kathleen Lights normally has a coupon code on her Youtube videos for 40% off.
  2. Colourpop Ultra Matte Lipstick LAX $6
  3. Colourpop Lippie Stix LBB $5 *This is like MAC’s Rebel but cheaper and I personally like the wear of LBB better.
  4. Colourpop Lippie Stix Poison $5
  5. Colourpop Lippie Stix Grunge $5
  6. Colourpop Lippie Stix Fancy $5 *My go-to spring and summer lip color.
  7. Colourpop Lippie Stix Brink $5
  8. Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Lolita $21 *Note this is not the same shade as Kat Von D’s liquid lipstick in Lolita. This is a traditional formula and a lighter rose color.
  9. NYX Matte Lipstick Euro Trash $5.99
  10. L’Oreal Colour Riche La Lacque Lipcolour Stick Lacque-y Charm $9.99 *I also wore the Le Matte formula in She’s so Matte a ton, but I couldn’t find mine to photograph.
  11. Maybelline Vivid Matte Lip Color Nude Flush $7.99
  12. Maybelline Creamy Matte Lip Color Divine Wine $7.99
  13. Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick Pepper $24 *The most perfect everyday shade.
  14. Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon Glace $24

Brushes

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Holiday Makeup Look: The Grinch Isn’t the Only One Who Should Wear Green!

 

 

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Happy Holidays everyone! This is the look I wore this Christmas Eve, and if anyone has any formal or fancy Christmas plans this would be a great look to try (my family’s X-mas day is a bit more casual). This would also work for New Year’s Eve or a date night! The makeup details are below; I’ll also have some NYE makeup looks and my favorites of the year coming up soon.

Makeup Details

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Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water

Foundation: Too Faced Born this Way in Porcelain

Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral

Powder: Revlon Aqua Ready Powder in Translucent

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow in Dark Brown, used Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Brow Brush. NYX Brunette Brow Mascara on top.

Eyeshadows: 

  • Crease: Browns and oranges from the Morphe 35N palette. Used a medium tone brown all over the crease and a more orange/brown in the outer crease.
  • Lid: The star of the show, Colourpop Shameless Supershock Shadow (so stunning)
  • Inner corner: Colourpop Thirsty Girl Supershock Shadow in the inner corner with MAC’s Gold Glitter on top in the inner corner.
  • Browbone: LORAC Mega Pro Vanilla and Opal mixed.
  • Lower Lashline: Too Faced Stardust Palette Showgirl and Jackpot in outer corner. Blended with Anastasia Beverly Hills RTW from the Catwalk Palette.

Mascara and Lashes: L’Oreal Carbon Black Telescopic and Velour Lashes for Sephora Fluff n’ Whispies.

Eyeliners: 

  • Top: It Cosmetics Gel Liner in Black with Jordana Cateye Liner in Black leather on top
  • Bottom: Ardency Inn Modster Eyeliner in Coffee with L’Oreal Silkissime in Black on the outer half

Blush: Milani Baked Blush in Berry Amore

Highlighter: Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder in Bronze Glow on the cheeks. The Balm’s Mary Lou-minzer on the nose, cupid’s bow and above the brow.

Nose contour: Kat Von D Contour Palette shade Sombre (lightest shade of brown)

Lips: NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Ever (filled in the whole lip and lined) topped with Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Glace and Colourpop Lippie Stix in Skimpy in the middle.

Extras: Dress- Asos. Earrings- Francesca’s.