I think I’ll give this a try starting this Sunday. Should be fun! :]
Day 1. One Makeup Product You Use Everyday Day 2. Two Makeup Products You Would Not Recommend Day 3. Three Makeup Products You Wish You Had Day 4. Four Makeup Products You Can’t Live Without Day 5. Five Favorite Makeup Brushes Day 6. Six Favorite Makeup Brands Day 7. One Favorite of Each: lipstick, lipgloss, eyeshadow, mascara, eyeliner, blush, contour Day 8. Eight Favorite Nail Colors (and their brands) Day 9. Your Nine Step Daily Makeup Routine Day 10. If you were given $100 to spend on makeup, what would you spend it on? List products and their prices.
I’ve been contemplating getting a concealer palette for a few weeks now and I’ve narrowed it down to the two I want:
Coastal Scents Eclipse Palette ($14.95)
Makeup Forever Concealer Palette ($36)
I’m leaning towards the Coastal Scents palette. Don’t get me wrong, I love Makeup Forever. But as you can see the Coastal Scents palette is half the price of the MUFE one, and has 3 times the colors. I have a hard time finding colors to match my skin as well as conceal it because most makeup companies lack options when it comes to black skin tones. I have very yellow undertones, and what I’ve noticed is most makeup companies formulate their foundations/concealers for african americans with VERY red undertones, so whenever I try different makeups they don’t work my coloring.
I think the Coastal Scents is a better option for me, because it’ll allow me to mix more colors to make my perfect concealer, as well as foundation.
I think I’m going to be purchasing it within the next couple of weeks and will give myself some time to do a review. So be on the lookout! :]
Also, if any of you have the MUFE concealer palette and love it, lemme know why.
Quick Beauty Tip: When applying a setting powder, try using a powder puff instead of brush. Apply the powder of your choice to the puff and press the puff directly onto your skin, roll the puff onto it’s edge, and then lift up. Repeat this where needed.
Doing this will really press the powder into your skin and seal in your liquid foundation, as opposed to a brush that just ends up spreading your foundation around.
So i mentioned sometime last week that I wanted to do a series called “Beauty on a Budget” where I’ll review, use, or recommend drug store products that you want to know more about. I’m going to try and make sure all the products I discuss are under 10 bucks. Thanks to scaredofbeautiful who suggested that I do brushes for the first one….so let’s get started!
e.l.f. Studio Powder Brush ($3.00)
This is great multi-purpose brush. It’s great for applying foundation. You can use it to stipple the foundation onto your skin and once you’ve stippled where you need it, you can buff the foundation into your skin giving a really flawless coverage. I’d use this brush to apply liquid foundation. As a mentioned this brush does double duty, and is also a great for contouring. You can use the edges of the brush to get into the hallows of your cheek and then buff it out to give a nice smooth finish.
e.l.f. Studio Kabuki Face Brush ($6.00)
This brush is really nice for applying mineral and power foundation. At the moment I’m not really using much power foundation, but I tried this brush with my Bare Minerals foundation and it applied it very well. I’ve never used that foundation with any other brush besides my Bare Mineral face brush, and I was really pleased with how well it applied the foundation. This brush would also be really nice for when you need to set your liquid foundation and want to buff a powder into your makeup to set it.
Real Techniques Stippling Brush ($10.00)
If you haven’t heard of these brushes, I would HIGHLY recommend checking them out. I’ve mentioned Pixiwoo to you guys before, they are a sisterly duo on YouTube and one of the sister, Sam Chapman, has her own brush line, Real Techniques. You can also get these at Ulta. Back to this particular brush…
It’s awesome! It’s a synthetic brush and applies foundation flawlessly. It gives a nice airbrush finish and allows you to really build the foundation without it looking cakey. This brush is great for applying blush as well.
e.l.f. Studio Contour Brush ($3.00)
This has to be one of my favorite crease brushes. It’s a small, stiff domed brush and does a great job of getting right into the crease and since it’s bigger than a pencil brush you’re able to blend with it as well.
e.l.f Essential Eye Shadow Brush ($1.00)
This brush is a flat shader brush perfect for packing color on your lid, and the fact that they are only 1 dollar makes them even better! I have about 10 of these and they all get the job done.
These are 5 brushes I think are great to get you started or add to your brush collection. If there are other brushes you want to know about, just lemme know, either ask on this post, send me a message, or ask me directly on my blog. With that being said, I hope you found this helpful.
Well I finally caved and bought this blush. I always thought the color was really pretty, but NARS blushes (as all of their products) are a bit pricey, so I did a lot of thinking on it before I got it.
This blush gives me a really great light wash of color, and the gold flecks/undertones really gives a nice glow to the skin as well. When I wear this blush, I can skip highlighter, because I think this blush does double duty.
I haven’t had it for long, but I’ve reached for it everyday since I bought it, so that must mean something :]
If you haven’t tried it out yet, I’d head into a Sephora and have one of the beauty consultants try it on you…that’s what got me :]
While I’ve got you all here, what are some of your favorite blushes?
So like pretty much every weekend I ended up going to the mall and, of course, buying some makeup :] although, I did behave somewhat, I didn’t go too overboard, just got a few things that I’ve had my eye on for a while.
So here’s a quick shot of everything that I got:
From top to bottom:
Nail Polish: Sephora by OPI in Havana Dreams (Price: $9.50)
Eye Shadows: Cosmic Trip and Dreamy Blue by Sephora (Price: $3/each)
Eye Liner: MAC Superslick Liquid Eye Liner in Pure Show (Price: $17.50)
Mascara: MAC Zoom Lash (Free Sample)
So first I’ll talk about the two eye shadows I got. First things first, they were on SALE for only 3 bucks…so I had to get ‘em. Anyways, I have really been feeling blues and silvers at the moment. This past Saturday I did a look (shown below in my post called “A Night to Remember”) that used blues and greens and I didn’t have the exact blue that I wanted. When I was in Sephora and walked past where these were, this blue jumped out at me and I just had to get it. The silver I thought was really pretty as well and I don’t have a silver like this one and I loved the way it looked on my skin (I’ll show you some swatches below).
Next, with that same blue/green look I did, I needed a gold, sparkly liquid eye liner and I didn’t have one. So when I found this at the MAC counter, I just had to get it. I used it today and line the top of my black liner and I loved it. Just added this really pretty sparkle and just something fun and a little different.
I also got a free sample of the Zoom Lash Mascara from MAC. I put it on my lashes this morning and I really liked it. I typically wear false lashes pretty much every day since I like to have really full, flirty lashes, but with just one coat of this mascara on my lashes I got a really nice coverage and it added lots of length without getting clumpy or spidery. So, for those rare days where I don’t wear false lashes I could definitely see myself using this mascara and I think I’m going to go pick up one for myself when my sample runs out.
So here are swatches of the two eye shadows and the gold liquid liner:
From left to right:
Dreamy Blue Eye Shadow by Sephora
Cosmic Trip Eye Shadow by Sephora
MAC Superslick Liquid Eye Liner in Pure Show
Next there’s the nail polish from Sephora. I thought this color blue was FABULOUS. So pretty. I guess I’m just obsessing with blue and the moment. It’s the only color I wanna wear, from my nails, to my eyes, maybe I’ll get a blue lipstick, haha.
I haven’t put it on my nails yet, but I’ll be repainting them at some point this week and when I do, I’ll get a pic up here for ya’ll to see. But here’s just another close-up of the polish:
So that’s it for my little mini haul. I hope you guys like this and if there are different things you’d like me to talk about or you just enjoy my ramblings lemme know.
Also if there are any products you’re dying to hear about, tell me and I just might go check ‘em out! :]
After going with a fun, playful look last night for my friends birthday celebration, I decided to go pretty simple on the eyes today with soft neutral browns and tans, winged liner, and flirty lashes.
I got lots of compliments on my eyes today while I was shopping so I thought I’d share the look with you guys :]
On my lid I used a golden brown which is very close to my skin tone. In the crease I used a dark brown and then blended out the color in my crease with a light beige. For my inner corner, I used a light creme that has a little bit of shimmer to it.
My friend Chris had his 30th birthday last night and it was a blast! It was a masquerade party and we all dressed up and wore fabulous masks…SO MUCH FUN. My mask was a bright royal blue (my favorite color at the moment) and I wore a top that was a really pretty teal/turquoise kinda color so I wanted an eye makeup look that reflected those colors.
I went through my Pinterest makeup board to see if I could find any looks that inspired me. I decided to go with this look:
I thought this played off really well with what I was wearing and the look was fun and dramatic without being too over the top. It was nice to play with a look that I wouldn’t wear on a typical day or even going out.
I didn’t have a gold liquid liner (I’m going to have to invest in some, I think that pop of gold would be a fun little add to even a daytime look) so I switched it up a little bit. I lined my lower lash line with gold instead of the light blue, and I brought the gold up under the winged liner to accentuate it.
I was really happy with how it turned out and I thought I’d share my finished results:
I was in a rush to get ready, so I wasn’t able to take good up-close pictures, but these are some that I took throughout the night on my phone (I apologize for the first one being a little washed out).
I had fun with the look and I hope you guys like it. Let me know what you think. Also, if there are any looks that you’d like me to try, send me a picture and I’ll post the finished look for you all to see.
The lipstick i’m love, love, LOVING at the moment is Lustering by MAC.
The color is extremely wearable and gives a beautiful pink wash to your lips. It’s like a bright pop pink which I love.
I’ve had trouble in the past finding lips that went well with my skin tone. I have very yellow undertones and the pinks I was being suggested by different people just weren’t working for me. This is the perfect pink for me. I just love how fresh it is.