Makeup

My It Fall Make-Up Look

Happy August Lovelies!

I apologize for going MIA on all of you for awhile. Sometimes as a new blogger life and blogging can get a bit overwhelming. While I hope I may not have lost you all it was a very much needed break to recoup and figure out the direction of my coming blog posts.

This happy Tuesday I'm going to be letting you in on my back to school fall make-up choice look. If you have brown eyes (like mine), hazel or even green eyes this gold/brown/greyish etherial tones will really make your eyes pop! It's simple, neutral and really compliments every complexion. 

So the very first thing I start with is prepping my face, today I'm using a combination of MAC's Strobe Cream and Brightening Serum lightly all over my face and down my neck.

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Next I will be applying my foundation. I use Bobbi Brown's Luminous Moisturizing Treatment in Sand 2. I place dime sized dollops across my nose, cheeks, chin, forehead and blend in with a slightly moistened beauty blender by making quick dabs across my face and down my neck

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If you have a typical concealer I advice to use it next, if you're like me and concealers just don't work with your eye area, you can opt for using a foundation in a shade lighter. for me I use MAC BB Cream in Light Plus.

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Finally I apply a light coat of powder foundation on top, I again, use MAC powder press in NC30. I apply with a kabuki brush, the one I prefer is from Ecotools. I apply making small circular motions.

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Ok so on to the Eyes!! first things first is I start with a non traditional base. I will be using MAC's Eye Shadow in Rondelle. Now this is from a palette many many years ago and I feel that MAC's Vex will make an excellent substitute. It's a white, slightly shimmery color that sort of neutralizes your eye. You will blend this up to your eyebrow and in to the inner tear duct with a blending brush. My blending brush is MAC's 217.

For my lid I would be using Patina but I had an unfortunate accident as I was going to make this post and it shattered. So here I am making my own make-shift copy cat and combining Mousse and Rum Raisin from Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Palette. You would apply this entirely across your eyelid with a typical eyeshadow brush. as well as dust a bit under the eye using a fluffy brush.

I am now going to take Satin Taupe, yes the famous Satin Taupe, and with an angled brush apply it close to the lash line on the top and bottom lash line. then try and slightly smudge it out for a little extra.

So i am recreating a look that is suggested for Summer by Beautycrush on YouTube, but I had trouble understanding what she was using for the crease. She is using a cool brown that has some shimmer, but personally we have added a ton of shimmer already, and are going to be adding a bit more. So I opted out for Espresso from MAC. It's a cool brown minus the shimmer that blends nicely in with the neutral palette already set. You can also continue it under the eye as well.

Lastly! we are going to add that etherial touch I've been promising you, we are going to take MAC's Tempting and lightly dust it on top, its a goldlike super shimmery color that is to die for.

This is were I completely go away from her tutorial which is the eyeliner portion. She does a winged liner which works on some people but for my eyes personally does not. I do a simple black liner close to the lash line on top while using a dark grey to smoke out my water line on the lower lashes. stopping about halfway across my lower lash line.

From here I apply my trusty Better Than Sex mascara and move on to the rest of my face!

I highlight my cheekbones using Hourglass Luminous Light in Ambient, apply Sweet Sentiment by MAC to my cheeks for blush and apply minimal contouring using Chanel's Cream Bronzer.

For my lips I used Subculture lip liner and Angel lipstick both by MAC. Both very neutral colors which with a bold eye like this I recommend, Angel however has a pink undertone so if you have a slightly tanned complexion like me you don't completely wash out your lips.

I found the original look back over the summer as a flirty look by Samantha Maria. If you would like to use her video as a tutorial instead of what I have here you can click on her name and be brought to the original video. Below is a broken down list of the products I used.

  • Mac Strobe Cream
  • Mac Brightening Serum
  • Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturizing Treatment - Sand 2
  • Mac BB Cream - Light Plus
  • Mac Vex Eyeshadow
  • Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Palette
  • Mac Satin Taupe Eyeshadow
  • Mac Espresso Eyeshadow
  • Mac Tempting Eyeshadow
  • Hourglass Luminous Light Highlighter - Ambient
  • Mac Subculture Lip Pencil
  • Mac Angel Frost Lipstick

Would you like to see more make-up tutorials? What is your favorite make-up product for fall? let me know in the comments below!

June Favorites 2015

Good Morning Lovelies!

So it's nearly the end of June and I thought I'd take a crack at doing a Monthly Favorites post. I haven't been acquiring very many products this month but I wanted to share with you some products and items that have been my go to this month. One maybe two you will probably remember from a previous blog post, but if they stick around that must mean they are a tried and true coveted product! When you're on a budget, you can't afford the new monthly products, so you make what you have LAST and if you can treat yourself, treat yourself well with a select item or two. So here we go with my favorites, I hope you enjoy.

Marc Jacobs-Gardenia Perfume: This perfume screams perfection to me. I don't know if many of you absolutely adore gardenia's but those white beautiful flowers to me smell heavenly. This fragrance is a few years old and was a limited offer, but it could not embody the flower any more clearer. It is soft, light, fresh and absolutely feminine.

Toni&GuyPrep Leave-In ConditionerI received this leave in conditioner in a monthly subscription box a couple months ago and hadn't really thought twice about it. I have a basket FULL of products that are waiting to be tried from two years of Glossybox supscriptions that I slowly weed through as products become needed. This product is EVERYTHING. If you have frizzy curly unmanageable hair with just the slightest breeze like me this will be your product. It doesn't weigh down your hair, it does not leave your hair feeling oily or greasy and it absolutely helps you manage your hair with ease.

MOA DetanglerThis product was recommended to me a couple weeks into June and has been a favorite ever since. I happened to pick a bottle up at TJ MAXX and it is heavenly. For as long as I can remember I've had unruly tangled hair at the end of the day and especially when I wake up, A couple spritzes of this detangler and its easy, soft and simple to brush; its basically magic. 

c. Booth Mimosa Honeysuckle Body ScrubThis has an absolutely gorgeous scent. It contains luffa fruit (exfoliates the skin), mimosa bark, honeysuckle flower extract, champagne grapes, avocado oil (softens the skin and absorbs into deep tissue) and evening primrose oil (aids in skin cell restoration and contains high percentage of GLA, gamma-linoleic acid, which is a natural fatty acid that maintains healthy skin and repairs tissue damage). The texture of this scrub is really nice and fine. It feels like really small sugar particles rubbing across your skin, rather than anything gritty or harsh. It makes my skin feel really soft afterwards and one of the best parts is it doesn’t leave a residue on the bottom of my tub. One of my biggest pet peeves with any scrub or body wash is a slippery residue. Not to mention the sent lingers on your skin for HOURS after you shower.

être belle moisturizing gelI just received this aloe-vera moisturizing gel in my last ever glossybox last week and had been super excited to receive it since they announced the inclusion in an early email. You apply it twice a day with your normal skin care routine and it is the most moisturizing thing I have ever felt. It's super hydrating, smoothing and revitalizing for the skin. Your skin's elasticity is improved and even helps tighten your skin. You will feel as soft as a baby!

Too Faced Semi-Sweet PaletteThis palette has been out for a long time, I bought it just after christmas, used it for about a month and then it sat back in my palette drawer in the restroom. I recently rediscovered and fell in love with this palette, its versatile, neutral with shimmery highlights and a couple pop colors to make it a really great palette to play with. It reinvigorated my memory of why exactly it was so coveted for christmas.

Too Faced Better Than Sex MascaraI've listed this mascara before, and I think it will come up multiple times more, but I cannot find anything wrong with this mascara. It doesn't create that horrible clumpy look with your lashes, it separates and elongates making your lashes look fuller and longer without having to use fake lashes. This is going to be a staple for the foreseeable future in my makeup bag.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish-Perfect Topping: I got this highlighter under the impression it was a new product from one of their many capsuled collections. Turns out I was very much on the bandwagon of the Soft & Gentle parade for highlighters. It creates an amazing gold undertoned highlight for a great summer glow that looks natural. I know many have moved on from this trend, but I don't mess with whats working.

MAC Lipliner-Subculture: I have yet to get my hands on the boldly bare lipliner that everyone has been coveting these past couple months, but personally I am in love with this color. It is a great nude coloring with some soft pink tones that you can wear either by itself or with a lipstick. You can through on a clear gloss and have a great pouty lip look to die for.

MAC Lipstick - Mellow Mood: This lipstick color is similar to MAC Viva V with more pink and less glitter. This gorgeous pink nude with a small hint of shimmer applies super easy and lasts a little longer than some of the other lustre lipsticks. If you're looking for a great nudish color that doesn't wash you out, you can still find some on Ebay or even get the similar Viva V that they still offer year round.

Outlander: So I thought I'd include a book/tv series I have recently fell in love with. I may be last one on the planet who has fallen in love with this series but I cannot get enough. This series follows the main character Claire Randall, a 1945 ex combat nurse who falls into an incredible journey making her live a double life. Claire is hurled back in time by forces unknown to 1743 Ireland. I am really not doing this book justice, its sultry, well written, wry, dramatic, passionate, it's really everything you could want in a book series and more. This book had my emotions in a constant tailspin and it is absolutely worth a read.

Jurassic World: So I have to say my all time favorite movie this month was Jurassic World. Growing up Jurassic Park had to have been one of my favorite movies and left me in wonder with all the special effects. With Lost World and Jurassic Park 3 I was not the happiest with the sequels. Jurassic World was the sequel that Jurassic Park absolutely deserved. The movie flowed and took you through the experience as if you were visiting the park, from packing to the plane ride to some of the amazing special effects of the attractions they held introducing you to new dinosaurs as well as a hybrid creation that will not disappoint. If you were a fan of the original movie you will be pleased with the tribute and the easter eggs left in this movie and will leave with a smile. If you have never seen Jurassic Park or any of its sequels, I still suggest seeing this movie, it's fun, will keep you on your seats and how could you pass up a chance to watch Chris Pratt?

Healthy Living Challenge Update:

Today starts week two of the #careergirlchallenge, I hope everyone who is following along with me is doing great! I know it can be challenging, I know it can be stressful especially if you're on a budget or you don't have anyone around you doing the challenge as well but I am here with you! I check my emails constantly, I check my blog here constantly, feel free to comment or email, motivation and a friend is only a click away. As promised, here's the meal plan for week two.

What were your June Favorites? What products do you recommend for summer? Let me know in the comments below!

Night Beauty Routine

After writing my Day in the life post I realized that I could embellish on what exactly my night beauty routine is since it has been helping me have beautiful soft skin. Like many I had been plagued with acne for most of my teenage years and early twenties. Trying many products and having horrible reactions or being mislead by fancy bottles I have found a great combination of products that have been working splendidly. 

The first thing I do at the end of any long day is of course remove my make-up. They're not pictured here but I use ABSOLUTE! make-up cleansing tissues. These make-up tissues are loaded with Vitamin E and Green Tea Extract. They thoroughly remove eye-liner, shadow, lipstick, blush and waterproof mascara without skin irritation. It takes me about two clothes to remove my make-up, but they leave my skin feeling soft moisturized and completely clean after each use.

Even though my skin feels clean from just my make-up remover its still good to actually wash your face. I picked up this facial scrub recently but absolutely love it. I use the Super Facialist by Úna Brennan in Rose Hydrate. This facial scrub is meant to bring back radiant to dull, tired or sensitive skin. This doesn't have much of a sent to it, but it really does the trick in cleansing and exfoliating my skin to leave a  much more smoother and even toned complexion. You won't see results right away, it took about a week of using once every night to fully start seeing the effects.

Now I do have acne prone skin, so after I do wash my face with the scrub I like to use a cleanser. I've tried many products but I have fallen in love with the H2O brand and this acne clarifying cleanser is great because its not just for face but for body as well. This triple action formula combines salicylic acid and a shine-controlling complex to remove pore-clogging debriss and prevent the formation of future acne breakouts. This product is also infused with Vitamin E like my make-up removers which helps leave my skin refreshed. 

After putting my face through all that work I like to give myself a treat. I alternate days between these two masks but they have helped tremendously with helping my complexion, the feel of my skin and impurities from regular make-up use, sun exposure, acne and just regular aging. The two face masks I'm loving is from Formula 10.0.6 which is a Deep Down Detox Ultra-Cleansing Mud Mask with orange and bergamot. This detox mask has helped create a clearer and brighter complexion with cleansing out impurities. The orange is meant to recharge my skin while sea salt cleanses and bergamot balances. It recommends to use only 1-3 times a week so I use it every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (just like my blog posts!). The second mask I use is from Freeman Feeling Beautiful. It is a Facial Enzyme Mask with pineapple. This is a two in one mask which is meant to exfoliate the skin removing dull skin cells and stimulates skin renewal which leaves you feeling revived and refreshed. This mask is recommended to be used twice a week or as often as needed so I use it every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday giving my face a break from the extra treatments on Sundays.

Both masks are only meant to be left on for 10-15 minutes and then rinsed with warm water. I only pat dry my skin because this next product seems to work and apply better with slightly damp skin. This is a product I received in a Glossybox a bit ago and really enjoy the help it provides. This would be the Kueshi Pure & Clean Revitalizing face toner made with aloe vera, chamomile and calendula. What's great about this product is that not only is it paraben free but it lasts a long time, you pour maybe a dime size amount on a cotton pad and pat it on to your face gently. Much like the Enzyme mask its meant to moisturize and re-balance your skin. I combine this with a very small amount of H2O Marine Daily hydrator (oil-free) right before bed and leave it on all night. Waking up in the morning my skin couldn't feel softer. 

This nightly routine has helped my skin tremendously. If I'm in a hurry or having a bit of a lazier day I can still go out with minimal make up, absolutely no concealer or foundation and get compliments on my vibrant and glowing skin.

I hope this has given you an idea into some products to try, I would just like to remind you all this is not a sponsored post and these are all my personal opinions of the mentioned above products.

Please let me know what are some of your favorite products for your night routine? Have you tried any of these products yourself? Let me know in the comments below!

Spring Makeup Favorites

Sunday was the official start of my Spring Break, and in honor of my favorite time of year I'm going to be posting five days of Spring, a new post every day with the theme of Spring. Today I'm going to be doing my Spring Makeup Favorites. Around this time of year I like to stick toward a soft and neutral palette. With a dewy face, soft features and neutral eye colors really gives me a soft, feminine and natural look.

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\\MAC:SelectMoistureCoverConcealorNW20//MAC:SweetSentimentMineralizeBlush//

\\HOURGLASS:AmbientLightingPowderLuminousLight//BOBBIBROWN:NudeEyePalette//

\\LASHES:KatyPerryCoolKitty//BOBBIBROWN:Long-WearEyePencilSmoke//

\\TOOFACED:BetterThanSexMascara//TARTE:ComplexionBrighteningLipstickMedium-to-Tan//

\\JUICYCOUTURE:VivaLaJuicyLaFluerPerfume//

 

The Day of Love -- Part 3

In the final part of my three part series I am going to focus on beauty products. The make-up look I am currently obsessing over for Valentine's day is done by Jaclyn Hill on  YouTube. Jaclyn creates a super feminine and soft look that you can wear all day and dress up at night with just a quick switch of a lip shade. 

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Remember before you start the look to prep your face, apply your foundation and concealer, my personal favorites are Bobbi Browns 'Luminous' moisturizing treatment in Sand 2 and MAC mineralize concealer in NW25; apply both with a beauty blender or kabuki brush. 

Now to start off we will begin with the eyes, here we are using Tarte Cosmetics newest palette Tartelette.

The first shade you will want to apply is called Super Mom, its a really nice matte vanilla-y color, you're going to use a fluffy blending brush to get that over your lid up to brow. Since the palette is all matte, even if you prime you will want to pack the color on just to help blend!

The next shade you will apply is Force of Nature, it is a beige color that really good for transitioning. You will apply this predominantly in your upper crease and blend out gently up toward the brow.

Now you will be added Natural Beauty on top, again blending out gently toward the brow, what you are basically doing is layering one shade darker and darker creating a nice 3 dimensional effect to your crease.

Here we are adding the shade Best Friend which is this really cool mauvey-purple shade. This color you will only add from the outer corner of your crease up to about the middle of your eye using a less fluffy brush and the windshield wiper technique to blend the color into the original two layers; apply a bit more densely.

Now we are going to use Bombshell which is a true cool tone purple color, with any small angle brush. Layer the color tightly in the outer corner of your eye to really carve out your crease. Once you are satisfied with the amount of pigment showing go back with your blender and blend it out smoothly so its not too harsh.

Finally to the the lid we are going to apply this lovely color called Caregiver. This is a very matte, ultra pigmented baby doll pink shade. Use any soft bristle eye brush to pack on evenly over your entire lid, completely out to the outer corner. Then go back in with a pencil brush and blend out the harsh edges where your lid meets your crease with barely any product just a very tiny amount of the shade 'Best Friend'.

Finally you are going to apply your eye liner. In the video Jaclyn uses a Maybelline gel liner, I prefer to use Mac's superslick liquid eyeliner. Draw out your winged line,if you so choose, and proceed to fill it in to add a little dramatic effect.

Go back in and highlight your brow bone and inner corners with 'Super Mom' and with a pencil brush we are going to smudge the tiniest amount of 'Natural Beauty' to your lower lash line to add a bit of a shadow just to finish the look.

Here Jaclyn is added these super fabulous and feminine Blinking Beauté false lashes in #6, they add a flirty dimension that just adds to the femininity of this look to your eyes which I absolutely love.

Now incase you didn't already put on your foundation and concealer you will want to prep your face, Jaclyn uses Smashbox's Primer Water. I'm a personal fan of Tarte's Clean Slate Flawless 12hr-Brightening Primer, it just adds an extra glow to your skin. Proceed to now add your foundation and your concealer. 

With a Chanel Bronzer and Sigma's F86 brush, I prefer TooFaced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer, you will go ahead and just apply lightly to your cheeks, the point is to not contour but to simply add dimension to your face since this is a softer look. Leave your nose, under eye, center of your chin, center of your forehead and nose untouched. We are going for a healthy sun-kissed glow, nothing too intense or harsh. DON'T FORGET TO SET YOUR UNDER EYES!

Now eyebrows are really individualized, some people have thick enough eyebrows where they don't need to draw them in. Here we are using an Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil in Taupe. I really like her technic for a more natural looking brow where you just fill in the lower part of your brow.

With the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder in the shade Luminous Light we are going to highlight our cheekbones. This powder really creates a natural looking highlight, there is no glitter so it is great for every day and especially with brides.

For blush we are using Makeup Geek's in Head over Heels, its a shimmery, icy baby doll pink apply all over the cheek area for a nice pale feminine cheek.

Finally to finish off this look we are going to use Color Pop Lippie Stick in the shade Bound on your lips, its just the most gorgeous shade of baby doll pink. Then we are going to place OCC's Lip Tar in 'Digitalis' to the center of your lips and blend out to intensify the color. Lastly all you have to do is set your makeup, I agree with Jaclyn's choice of Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray

                To Watch the full tutorial to see Jaclyn's techniques simply click play <3