Easy Peasy Makeup Look

I find the process of applying makeup to be quite therapeutic. I can easily take an hour or more to apply any given makeup look, while enjoying every minute of it. However, there are some times when I just need to get my butt out the door, so spending an hour doing my makeup is completely out of the question. I thought I would share one of my go to easy, 10 minute makeup looks.

Step 1: I applied an eye shadow primer from my upper lash line to my brow bone. I prefer to use a color neutralizing formula to  counteract any redness and hide any veins.

Step 1: To prep my eyes, I applied an eye shadow primer from my upper lash line to my eyebrow. I prefer to use a color neutralizing formula to counteract any redness and hide veins.

Step 2: I applied a medium brown cream eye shadow and blended it out to just above my crease.  added extra shadow to the outside corner of my eye, to add depth and create the illusion that my eyes are farther apart then they are. I also applied the cream shadow along my lower lash line. I then added a matte, cream colored eye shadow to my brow bone.  When I am in a hurry, I prefer to use a cream eye shadow that I know does not crease, when used on its own. Usually, when a cream  shadow is blended out, it gives the illusion that more than one shadow color was used.

Step 2: I applied a medium brown cream eye shadow and blended it out to just above my crease. then added extra shadow to the outside corner of my eye, to add depth and create the appearance that my eyes are farther apart. I also applied the cream shadow along my lower lash line. I then added a matte, cream colored eye shadow to my brow bone.
When I am in a hurry, I prefer to use a cream eye shadow that I know does not crease, when used on its own. Usually, when a cream shadow is blended out, it gives the illusion that more than one shadow color was used.

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Step 3: I lined my upper lash line with a creamy black gel liner. To make my lashes appear fuller, I used the same gel liner to tightline my upper lash line. In a time crunch,  I usually reach for a gel liner and apply it with an angled flat brush, which allows for quick and precise lining of the eyes.

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Step 4: To give the illusion of bigger and more awake looking eyes, I applied a nude colored eye pencil to my lower waterline. I applied 2 coats of mascara to my upper lashes and 1 coat of mascara to my lower lashes. Finally, I filled in my eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil and finished with a brow gel to add more depth and hold the hairs in place.

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Step 5: I applied a mattifying face primer before putting on my full coverage foundation (by using a full coverage foundation, you will have less blemishes to cover, which in turn, will save you a bunch of time-especially if you are blemish prone like me) then used a concealer to hide any blemishes the foundation didn’t cover. I also applied concealer underneath my eyes and along the bridge of my nose. Next, I applied my lipstick to both my lips and cheeks. Not only is this a time saving move, it creates a more cohesive look. I then lightly applied a translucent face powder to set my makeup. As a final step, I applied a shimmery, off-white eye shadow to my inner eye area to open up my eyes.

Products Used:

On face: No 7 Beautifully Matte Make Up Base, L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte foundation in 102 Shell Beige & 103 Natural Buff, Maybelline Fit Me concealer in #10 Light (used to highlight under eyes and bridge of nose), #20 Sand (used to conceal blemishes), NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light (used to counteract darkness under eyes), NYX lipstick in Chic (used as cream blush), Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent

On Eyebrows: essence eyebrow pencil in brown, L’Oreal Stylist Plumper Brow Gel Mascara in Medium to Dark

On Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, Kevyn Aucoin The Prime Color Creme Eye Shadow in Decadent (applied to eyelid and crease), Sephora Collection eye shadow in No.65 Lazy Afternoon (applied to brow bone), Clinique brush-on cream liner in 02 True Black (used on upper lash line and tightline), NYX Wonder Pencil in Light (used in waterline), YSL Shocking Mascara in black

 On Lips: NYX lipstick in Chic

 

 

My Top 6 Favorite Spring Lippies

Don’t get me wrong, I love rocking a vampy lip in the colder months or a subtle nude lip year round. But there is something refreshing about putting on a baby pink or bright coral lip come springtime. I thought I would share my top 6 (5 just wouldn’t cut it for me) favorite lip products for Spring.

Lippies from left to right (no flash used) - Urban Decay Obsessed, NARS Roman Holiday, Revlon   Rich Girl Red, BUXOM Sweet Thing, NYX Instanbul, and Rimmel Little Minx

Lippies from left to right (no flash used) – Urban Decay Obsessed, NARS Roman Holiday, Revlon Rich Girl Red, BUXOM Sweet Thing, NYX Istanbul, and Rimmel Little Minx

Lippies from left to right (flash used) - Urban Decay Obsessed, NARS Roman Holiday, Revlon   Rich Girl Red, BUXOM Sweet Thing, NYX Instanbul, and Rimmel Little Minx

Lippies from left to right (flash used) – Urban Decay Obsessed, NARS Roman Holiday, Revlon Rich Girl Red, BUXOM Sweet Thing, NYX Istanbul, and Rimmel Little Minx

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Obsessed ($22) - The shade is described as a bright baby pink and I find it to be quite opaque in it's coverage. This is a highly pigmented, creamy lipstick formula that is non-drying to my lips.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Obsessed ($22) – The shade is described as a bright baby pink and I find it to be quite opaque in it’s coverage. This is a highly pigmented, creamy lipstick formula that is non-drying to my lips. An added bonus is this lipstick’s packaging is not only very durable but also beautiful.

NARS lipstick in Roman Holiday ($27) - This shade is described as a sheer, delicate pastel pink. I find this lipstick to be a beautiful shade of pink with a cool, almost purple undertone. This is my all time favorite lipstick. I love it. I find this lipstick to be very moisturizing (it contains Vitamin E). It can be worn sheer or is easily buildable to create a more intense lip look.

NARS Lipstick in Roman Holiday ($27) – This shade is described as a sheer, delicate pastel pink. I find this lipstick to be a beautiful shade of pink with a cool, almost purple undertone. This is my all time favorite lipstick. I love it! This lipstick is very moisturizing to the lips (it contains Vitamin E). It can be worn sheer or is easily buildable to create a more intense lip look.

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Revlon Super Lusterous Lipstick in Rich Girl Red ($5-$8 depending on where you purchase it) – This is a sheer brick red color with orange undertones. It provides a high shine finish and adds moisture to the lips (contains Vitamin E and avocado oil). This formula is easily buildable to create a more intense red lip.

BUXOM Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in Sweet Thing ($19) – This shade is described as hot pink. For me, this is definitely not the case. Sweet Thing is more a pinky coral on my lips. It is also advertised to have a non-tingle plumping effect. I have not noticed any plumping with this gloss, however, I love the formula. It is quite sheer with a subtle shimmer and is hydrating to the lips. It is also long-lasting for a lip gloss.

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul ($6) – This is a warm pink color with coral undertones. It is a very creamy formula that sets to a matte finish. I wouldn’t say it is moisturizing to my lips, but for a matte formula I don’t find it to be drying. This shade is easily adaptable by adding a pink or nude lip liner.

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Rimmel Provoalips 16 Hr Kissproof Lipstick in Little Minx ($6.99) – This shade is described as a medium bright fuchsia and I would say that is a very accurate description. This is a 2 step lip product, a stain on one end and a moisturizing top coat on the other. This is a VERY long-wearing product and is perfect for all day wear, since touch ups will be rare. My 2 complaints with this liquid lipstick are it’s yucky fragrance/taste of the top coat and it’s juvenile packaging (see previous post for more information on the Provocalips liquid lipsticks).

 

Products Used: 

No 7 Beautifully Matte Make Up Base, Cover Girl Ready Set Gorgeous in 115 Buff Beige, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 10 Light and 20 Sand, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent, NYX lipstick in Watermelon (used as blush) Stila Illuminating Finishing Powder in Bronze (used as blush), Wet N Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Shimmer Palette in To Reflect, Sephora bronzer in 3 Los Cabos, NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, Wet N Wild Creme Eye Pencil in 130 Pixie, Sephora Collection eye shadow in No.65 Lazy Afternoon, Ulta eye shadow in Sable, Urban Decay eye shadows in Sable, Dope, Toxic, Ambush, and Alien (used as blush in Little Minx look),  L.A. Girl endless & semi-permanent auto eyeliner in Very Black, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Crash, Urban Decay Perversion mascara, Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, Essence Eyebrow Designer Pencil in Blonde 4 and Brown 02, Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown, L’Oreal Stylist Plumper Brow Gel Mascara in Medium to Dark

 

How to Make Blue Eyes Pop – Copper Eye Shadow

Meet my beautiful friend, Lisa. She asked me to do her makeup, for a wedding she was attending and I gladly accepted. Since Lisa has blue eyes, visions of a smokey eye using shades of copper quickly filled my mind. Because orange is the complimentary color of blue, I knew this would make her blue eyes really pop. For this reason, I love using complimentary colors of eye shadow on various eye colors, the look never disappoints.

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Copper shadows and smoked out black liner make Lisa’s blue eyes really stand out. I finished the look with a nude pink liquid lipstick (Rimmel’s Dare to Pink – reviewed in an earlier post)  and neutral toned blush, to keep her beautiful eyes as the focus of the look.

 

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I used two shades of copper eye shadow (Colour Pop Sequin and Game Face) and deepened the look with warm toned, dark brown shadows (Urban Decay Snakebite and Twice Baked) in the outer V and blended into the crease. I then blended these eye shadows out using a transition shade (Urban Decay Buck). For an inner eye highlight I used Craze by Urban Decay. I then added a black cream eyeliner (Clinique 02 True Black) for definition. For a softer, sexier look, I smudged out the liner with a black eye shadow (Urban Decay Blackout) and added 2 coats of mascara to upper and lower lashes (Urban Decay Perversion).

 

Some of my favorite copper toned eye shadows, left to right:  wet n wild left-side "eyelid" shade from the Comfort Zone palette, Urban Decay Chopper, L.A. Colors  copper color in the Sunflower Trio, Colour Pop Sequin, Colour Pop Game Face, and Urban Decay Sonic

Some of my favorite copper toned eye shadows, left to right: wet n wild left-side “eyelid” shade from the Comfort Zone palette, Urban Decay Chopper, L.A. Colors copper color in the Sunflower Trio, Colour Pop Sequin, Colour Pop Game Face, and Urban Decay Sonic

A big thank you to Lisa, for appearing in my blog :)

Essence Lipsticks – Bargain or Bust?

essence lipsticks: 07 Natural Beauty, 11 Nude Love and 12 Sparkling Miracle (left to right)

essence lipsticks: 07 Natural Beauty, 12 Sparkling Miracle, and  Nude Love  (left to right)

Let’s be real, when you see a lipstick with a $2.99 price tag (full price – not on sale) you might think to yourself, “that lipstick is probably total crap, I don’t want to put that anywhere near my lips.” Well, the lipsticks by essence will quickly have you changing your tune.

Swatches:  12 Sparkling Miracle (top), 07 Natural Beauty, (middle) 11 Nude Love (bottom)

Swatches: 12 Sparkling Miracle (top), 07 Natural Beauty (middle), 11 Nude Love (bottom)

Initially, I only bought one lipstick (again, at the time, I didn’t want to waste my money on crap). It was 12 Sparkling Miracle (could have given it a better name), a beautiful shimmery magenta-ish purple. Needless to say, from the first swipe, I was pleasantly surprised and very pleased with this product. I later ended up purchasing two more colors from essence’s Longlasting line of lipsticks: 07 Natural Beauty, a pink your lips but better shade and 11 Nude Love, a beautiful pale peach toned nude. All the lipsticks are creamy, well pigmented, non-drying, and last for a good length of time. I would compare their formula to my NARS lipsticks,which I also love.

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11 Nude Love – No lip liner used, you can easily apply one for more lip definition and added depth.

07 Natural Beauty

07 Natural Beauty – No lip liner used.

12 Sparkling Miracle

12 Sparkling Miracle – No lip liner used. I applied a more sheer application here, can easily build color to be more intense.

 

 

Pros:

  • Price
  • Smooth and even application
  • Creamy texture
  • Shimmer formula is non-gritty in texture
  • Staying Power
  • Longlasting formula isn’t drying

Cons:

  • essence brand only available at Ulta or Ulta.com
  • Unlike other drugstore lipstick lines, color selection is sparse

Bottom Line:

I love, love, love these lipsticks and could not recommend them more. The Nude Love shade is quickly becoming my most used nude lipstick. These are a definite must in your makeup collection. In the future, I will definitely be picking up some more colors.

 

Products Used: 

No 7 Beautifully Matte Make Up Base, Cover Girl Ready Set Gorgeous in 115 Buff Beige, NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 10 Light and 20 Sand, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent, Urban Decay blush in Fetish, Urban Decay Highlighter in Craze, Sephora bronzer in 3 Los Cabos, NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, Chanel Aqualumieres Water Palette used two bronze colors in far left side of palette, Sephora Collection eye shadow in No.65 Lazy Afternoon, Ulta eye shadow in Sable, Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow in On the Rocks, NYX Prismatic shadow in Punk Heart, Urban Decay eye shadow in Sellout, L.A. Girl endless & semi-permanent auto eyeliner in Very Black, Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner in 02 True Black, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Crash and Lucky, Urban Decay Perversion mascara, Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara in Excessive Black, Make Up Professional eyebrow pencil in Dark Brown, Lorac Take a Brow in Brunette and Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel