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 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.

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.

NYX New Products Haul and Review

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Hello darlings, I recently purchased a bunch of NYX’s new releases from www.nyxcosmetics.com. I originally wanted the Conceal and Contour palette, but Ulta never had the “Light” shade in stock, so I resorted to my favorite pastime: online shopping. Of course I couldn’t just get one thing, so here they all are! Below I’ll have my personal thoughts on each product, except the Conceal and Correct palette, which I haven’t used yet, but if you guys want a review let me know. (Casey Holmes raves about it, so I’m sure it’s amazeballs). Anywho look below for the in-depth reviews, swatches and of course a makeup look.

Lips

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YOU NEED THESE. These lipsticks are amazing. Pigmented, buttery (as buttery as the NYX butter glosses) and long-wearing. Out of everything I purchased I’d say get these. They’re only $6 and seriously the most amazing lipsticks I’ve ever used. I need them all and I think you do too.

Side note, sorry for the janky looking lipstick. I particularly mean the Wine & Dine shade, but this is what happens in my purse, or small luggage bag as my Mom like to call it. (Products reviewed from left to right).

Rock Star: Rock Star is described as a red/pink and I think it’s the perfect retro coral color for spring and summer. I die for these shades in the summertime with a great black and white outfit. This shade is buttery, full of life vibrant. You name it, it’s got it. Grade:10/10

Wine & Dine: Wine & Dine is described as a semi-deep plum with pink undertone. This reminds me off my favorite MAC lipstick Rebel, but creamier. Can’t beat that. Grade 9/10

Flutter Kiss: Flutter Kiss is described as a soft mauve pink and it is PERFECTION. I’ve worn this lipstick pretty much everyday since I got it. It’s not too brown or pink. It’s natural with that oompf. Get it, you’ll thank me, I promise. Grade 10/10

Sweet 16: Sweet 16 is described as a soft pink color. This lipstick is a perfect everyday lipstick if you love pinks. I’m just getting into pink lipstick little by little, but this is very fresh and romantic for spring. I love this for work, it’s easy to wear and lovely. It’s very similar to Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Lovely, but I prefer this and it’s a fraction of the price. Grade 10/10

Playdate: Playdate is described as a bright lavender, and honestly the color pulls a bit greyish on me. I don’t really mind but I was thinking this would be Easter egg dye lavender. Don’t get me wrong it is purple, but not the lavendar color I expected. The consistency is still the bomb. Grade 9/10

Swatches

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 All swatched with one swipe.

Lipliner

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Earth Tone:  So I’m pretty sure NYX sent this to me by accident, and I also believe it’s a discontinued shade. I found it on Amazon though. This lipliner is a great natural brown color, and goes well with the 90s lip trend going on right now. I don’t love this formula, it’s a bit stiff for my taste, but the Slim Lip Liner range does offer a large variety of colors and are the right price. Grade: 7/10

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Swatched next to Flutter Kiss.

Eye Shadows

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After seeing a makeup look using the color Mermaid (the teal blue on the right), I needed that color. I picked these shades thinking that’d be similar to the highly raved about Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows, which I haven’t tried yet, so I’m not sure how they are in comparison. But I will say these Prismatic Shadows were a bit of a let down. The colors on NYX’s site definitely mislead me. I’ll put the link here for you to see http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/p-290-prismatic-shadows.aspx. With that said be wary if you order these, I think there are better drugstore options with this effect.

Punk Heart: This is described as a deep plum with purple shimmer, although NYX’s photo shows more of a purpley-pink with shimmer. So naturally when I received this dark, dark purple I was disappointed. I wanted a fun spring shade and this is better for a dark smokey eye. There’s also a lot of fallout with this, but it goes on opaque in one swipe. Grade 6/10

Fireball: Described as rusty orange with red opalescence. I really, really was hoping this was like Makeup Geeks Foiled Eyeshadow in Flamethrower, and while they look similar, I believe Flamethrower is the way to go. Fireball has little if any red undertones and is a rusty orange. Grade 6/10

Bedroom Eyes: Described as a deep metallic brown. I thought this color would be more of an icy Cola color, but it’s just boring brown. I have better browns that this and would not recommend over Maybelline or L’Oreal’s various shimmering browns. Grade 5/10

Mermaid: Described as opalescent mint with gold shimmer. I love colors like this and this one is pretty, but there’s a lot of fallout and you have to build it up. It’s a good option for the price, as it’s a more unique drugstore color, but it’s not the greatest teal/ocean blue I’ve tried. Grade 6/10

Swatches

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Makeup Looks

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Details:

Foundation: L’Oreal Infalliable Pro-Matte 24HR in Classic Ivory

Concealer: MAC Prolong Wear in NW15

Contour: Whitening Lightning Brow Bar To Go in Blonde to Brunette (used darkest shade to contour my nose) and Tarte’s Park Ave. Princess to bronze face.

Powder: NYX High Definition Finishing Powder in Banana. This powder is finely milled and a really nice size. This is the first “banana” powder I’ve owned and I like it but I don’t see a huge difference from regular setting powders.

Blush: Colourpop Cosmetics Super Shock blush in Holiday, applied with a Sigma F55.

Highlighter: BECCA Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal (received  a sample size at Ulta), topped with Mary Lou-Manizer.

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown, Whitening Lightning Brow Bar To Go (original), NYX Brow Mascara in Brunette to set.

Eyeshadow: Crease: Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette Naked and Buck. Lid: Naked 1 Half Baked. Lower lashline: NYX Pristine Eyeshadow in Mermaid. Browbone and inner corner: Naked 1 Virgin

Eyeliner: Top Liquid Liner: Jordana Cat Eye Eyeliner in Black Leather (purchased at Walgreens). Bottom Eyeliner: Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in Nude.

Lashes: L’Oreal Telescopic and Velour Lashes Carli Lash.

Lips: Top picture: NYX High Voltage Lipstick in Playdate. Bottom picture: Sweet 16.

Extras

Shirt:

I Woke Up Like This: Nylon Shop (discontinued), similar: Revolve Clothing 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fifty Shades of Grey Inspired Makeup Looks

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So with Valentine’s Day coming up the only thing on most people’s minds is the Fifty Shade s of Grey movie. Yes, romance is on the outs this year with the highly anticipated Mr. Grey and Ms. Steele hitting the theatres on Valentine’s Day, so naturally I wanted to create looks inspired by the movie. One look is a more innocent look from when Ana first meets Christian and the second is a more sultry look after she’s shown the ropes (that may be a pun). Anyway I think either look works for a date night in or out, or even if you’re just going to see the movie with your girls, like me! I’m also going to list some other V-Day favorites of mine below, including books, movies and music.

 

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Look 1: Innocent

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in Dewy/Smooth in shade Porcelain

MAC Prolongwear Concealer in NC15

Tarte Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse in Medium Brown

LORAC Mega Pro shadows in Copper (Lid), Sienna (Outer corner and lower lashline), Brown (crease), Sand (inner corner). Similar: Maybelline The Nudes Palette 

Eyeliner: Jordana Cateye Liquid Liner in Black Leather (Walgreens), Loreal Smoldering Eyeliner in Brown

Cheeks : Tarte Amazonian Clay Pinup Girl Palette color, Irreplaceable. Similar: Loreal True Match Super Blendable Blush in Rosy Outlook

Highlighter: Becca Moonstone

Mascara: Loreal Miss Manga

Lips: LA Girl Lipglaze in Blushing (Found at Rite Aid)

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Look 2: Sultry. Inspired by the Red Room

Same Face products as above

Eyes: LORAC 1 Palette: Garnet (lid) Black (outercorner and lowerlash line) and Taupe (crease). Kat Von D Spellbinding Palette: WTF (lid). LORAC Mega Pro Palette: Opal (browbone and inner corner highlight). Similar: to WTF and Garnet, MAC’s Cranberry or Covergirl’s Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Red Hot Flame.

Eyeliner: Jordana Cateye eyeliner in Black Leather and Loreal Smoldering Eyeliner in Black

Eyelashes: Carli Lash by Velour Lashes (discount codes for Velour are on The Fashion Bybel, also great fashion blog!)

Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay Pinup Girl Palette in Embraced. Similar The Balm’s Cabana Boy and Covergirl’s Cheeker Blush in Deep Plum.

Highlight: The Balm’s Mary Loumizer

Lipstick: Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Primrose

Lipgloss: NYX Apple Strudel

Favorites:

Dirty Book: The Boss Series by Abigale Barnette. If you liked Fifty Shades, you’ll devour this. (I think it’s even better).

Romantic Movies: A Walk to Remember, The Notebook (of course), Save the Last Dance, Dirty Dancing.

Music: some are romantic, some are sexy and some are for those single ladies.

  • We Found Each Other in the Dark by City and Colour (favorite song of all time and band)
  • Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
  • Love on Top by Beyonce
  • There Goes My Baby by Usher
  • Stolen by Dashboard Confessional
  • Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran
  • I Will Follow You Into the Dark by Death Cab for Cutie
  • Rocket by Beyonce
  • Like a Star by Corinne Bailey Rae
  • Thinkin Bout You by Frank Ocean
  • That Girl by Justin Timberlake
  • Motivation Remix by Kelly Rowland, Busta Rhymes, Fabolous and Trey Songz
  • Single Ladies by Beyonce
  • Freakum Dress by Beyonce
  • Slow it Down by The Lumineers
  • Sure Thing by Miguel
  • Arch and Point by Miguel
  • Neighbors Know My Name by Trey Songz
  • Style by Taylor Swift
  • Earned It by The Weeknd
  • You Are So Beautiful to Me by Joe Cocker
  • The Girl by City and Colour
  • Crazy In Love and Haunted remixes for the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack by Beyonce
  • Slow Dance by Keri Hilson
  • Bad Girl by Usher