Daytime Smokey Eye Look Featuring Urban Decay’s Naked 2 Palette

Now that I work in a more conservative environment, I have had to tone down my makeup (boo!). That is why I am so thankful that I bit the bullet and bought my Naked 2 palette. It has come in very handy for the more neutral makeup looks that I have been wearing. I thought I would share what I consider to be a soft, work appropriate, daytime smokey eye look that I definitely have on rotation.

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My go to “work appropriate” daytime smokey eye and neutral lip.

 

Step 1:

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I began my eye look by priming my eyelids with my Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden. I love using this primer because it has color neutralizing properties that counteract any discoloration that my eyelids might have. I then used a shimmery champagne eye pencil all over my mobile lid as an eye shadow base.

Step 2:

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Next, I placed a cool toned mauve eye shadow right above my crease and blended it out and upwards. This color created a nice transition for the other shadows I would be using.

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I then placed Suspect, a shimmery cool toned light bronze, from the Naked 2 Palette onto my mobile eye lid and blended it out into the mauve transition shade. I also ran it along my outer lower lashline (about 3/4 of the way in). I also filled in my eyebrows using an eye pencil, eyebrow powder and set them with a brown tinted eyebrow gel.

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I placed Pistol (also from the Naked 2) a shimmery, cool toned dark brown into the outer V of my upper eyelid and along the outer quarter of my lower lash line. I then blended out the color, adding more Pistol until I reached my desired intensity. I then took Bootycall a satin finish champagne color from the Naked 2 palette and applied it to my brow bone for a subtle highlight.

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To complete my eye look I added a metallic taupe-pewter eyeliner to add definition to my upper lash line. I used this color instead of black eyeliner to create a softer eye look. To make my upper lashes appear fuller I tight lined my upper lash line with a long-wearing black eye liner. I then placed Verve (Naked 2) a light silver-bronze shade into my inner eye area. This just opens up my eyes and makes me look more awake.

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To complete the look I added 2 coats of black mascara to my top lashes and 1 coat of a plum colored mascara to my lower lashes (I like using mascara in shades of purple on my lower lashes to emphasize my green eyes). I then added a matte mauve blush to my cheeks and mauve lip gloss to my lips. I also lightly highlighted and contoured my face.

Products Used:

On Face: YBF Perfect Prep Face Primer, Boscia B.B. Cream Oil Free SPF 27 PA++ mixed with NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska, NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light/Pale (used to counteract the darkness under my eyes), Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in #20 Sand (used to conceal blemishes), Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent, MAC Sheertone Blush in Coygirl, Sephora Bronzer in 3 Los Cabos (used to contour my cheekbones and nose), Revlon PhotoReady Bronzer andBecca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal

On Eyebrows: essence eyebrow pencil in 02 Brown and 04 Blonde, Lorac Take a Brow in Brunette, L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper in 380 Medium to Dark Brown

On Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, Wet n’ Wild Idol Eyes Creme Shadow Pencil in 130 Pixie (used as an eye shadow base), Lancome Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow in Sultry Mauve (used as transition shade), Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette in Bootycall (used to highlight my browbone), Suspect, Pistol and Verve, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Mushroom, Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Jet (used to tightline my upper lash line). Make Up For Ever Smokey Extravagant Mascara in Black (on upper lashes) and Benefit BADgal Plum mascara.

On Lips: Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Dolly

Easy Summer Makeup with Colorful Liner

This is a favorite go-to look of mine, when I am in a hurry and want a more bold eye look. The warm bronze tones make it a perfect makeup look for the summer months. I love using duochrome eye shadows. They give the illusion of more than one eye shadow color being used and looks like you put in WAY more effort than you actually did. I love pairing the shadow with a bright eye liner in the lower water line (usually a bright blue or green, for this look, I used a bright metallic teal). If you aren’t feeling the colorful eye liner a brown or nude in the water line would also work.

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I started the eye makeup by priming my eyelids. I used a color correcting eye primer to prime my eyelids from my upper lash line to my eyebrows and along my lower lash line. I then used a bronze cream shadow as an eye shadow base and to intensify the color of my eye shadow. If you want an even more intense shadow look you can use a black eyeliner or cream shadow as a base. I applied the cream shadow from my upper lash line to just above my crease and along my lower lash line. I did not put any of the product in my inner eye area.

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Next, I applied a matte warm medium toned brown eye shadow as a transition shade to my crease and blended upwards towards my brow bone. For my brow bone highlight I applied a matte cream colored shadow.

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I applied a blue brown duochrome eye shadow to my mobile eyelid and blended it out to just above my crease (this one is from Wet n’ Wild and is an excellent, inexpensive dupe for Mac’s Club eye shadow & Blue Brown pigment or Make Up Geek’s Insomnia pigment). I also applied the shadow to my lower lash line. I added more of the eye shadow to my outer eye area and blended well. The more you blend the eye shadow the brown pigment comes through.

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I wet an angled brush and used a dark brown eye shadow from the same Wet n’ Wild palette (Comfort Zone) and used it as an eye liner along my upper lash line. I kept the line very thin (I wanted the focus to be on the eye shadow and bright color in my waterline) and angled it slightly upwards at the ends to lift my eye. To make sure I had a clean canvas, I took a dry cotton swab and ran it along my lower waterline to clean any makeup residue than had gathered there. Then I applied my teal eye liner to my waterline. To make the eye liner super intense, I waited a couple of minutes and added another layer of eyeliner. I then took a flat liner brush and with pushed some of the duochrome shadow along the very base of my lower to cover and skin showing between my lash line and waterline. I then blended more of the transition shade to my crease area for a more blended appearance of my eye shadows. I then added a shimmery white shadow to my inner eye area to make my eyes appear more wide and awake.

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To finish the look I lightly filled in my eyebrows with a brow pomade, added 2 coats of mascara to my upper and lower lashes. I then bronzed up my skin with a matte bronzer, added a peachy golden highlight to my upper cheekbones and along the bridge of my nose. I then completed the look with a peach toned blush and lip gloss.

 

Products Used:

On face: Shiseido Refining Makeup Primer, L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte foundation in 103 Natural Buff, Cover Girl Ready Set Gorgeous in 115 buff beige, 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), Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent, NYX blush in Summer Peach, NYX Prismatic Eye Shadow in Girl Talk (used as a highlighter), Revlon Photo Ready Bronzer

On Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown

On Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, Maybelline Color Tattoo by Eyestudio in 25 Bad to the Bronze, Sephora Collection eye shadow in No.65 Lazy Afternoon (applied to brow bone), Ulta Eye Shadow in Sable (transition shade), Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Eye Shadow palette in Comfort Zone – Definer shade on right hand side used as main eye shadow and the Definer shade on the left was used as upper lash line eyeliner, Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Eye Shadow Palette in Walking on Eggshells, I used the Browbone shade (inner eye highlight), Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Junkie (used in lower waterline), Urban Decay Perversion Mascara, and Avon Astonishing Lengths mascara in Black

 On Lips: NYX Butter Gloss in Maple Blondie

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

 

Ulta Super Shiny Lip Butter Review and Swatches

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Ulta Super Shiny Lip Butters come in 10 shades ranging from neutral beige to bright berries. They are priced at $8.00 a piece. Colors shown: NY, London and LA (left to right)

Ulta brand products have always been hit and miss for me. I find their prices to be quite expensive for what you are getting. Plus, in my opinion the product packaging leaves a lot to be desired. With a price point comparable to Sephora’s namesake brand, I feel there is much improvement needed for the Ulta line to be on par with Sephora’s. However, a few weeks back they were having an awesome sale on Ulta products (on sale plus buy 2 get 2 free!), I decided to try my luck and order a few different Ulta lip products. FYI, when I was researching this post, I noticed that they are again having a sale on Ulta products buy 2 get 2 free :)

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Super Shiny Lip Butters Swatched from left to right: LA, NY and London

But, I digress back to the review. Minus my everyday staple transition eye shadow in Sable, these Super Shiny Lip Butters are by far my favorite Ulta product that I have tried. I purchased 3 of them and wish I would have bought more. All 10 shades are named after different cities throughout the World. Although, the textures of each shade I purchased are different, I did not notice any difference in the creaminess or ease of application. These babies just glide onto the lips, leaving a beautiful, pigmented, high shine result, each and every time. I also find these to have an excellent staying power for a lip butter product. While on the lips, my lips felt soft and moisturized, but after the product wore off, I felt they left my lips quite dry (I normally don’t ever suffer from dry lips). Since I love these so much, I have just added a lip balm pre application to prevent the dryness factor from occurring.

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On lips: LA Ulta describes this shade as a sheer bright blue pink. I think it is a perfect everyday shade for spring and summer.

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On lips: NY Ulta describes this shade as a sheer berry. I find on me it is more of a sheer cool toned red. This color is easily buildable for a more intense look.

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On lips: London Ulta describes this as a berry with flecks of gold pearl. My absolute favorite (this should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me). I love this color! This shade is very buildable which makes it a perfect shade for day or night.

Pros:

  • Rich color pigmentation
  • Lasts much longer than other lip butters that I have tried
  • Unscented
  • Price when you buy them on sale

Cons:

  • Very cheap packaging
  • Not as moisturizing as I would have liked
  • Limited color selection compared to other makeup brands’ lip butter lines

Bottom Line:

I love these lip butters. If only they had added more moisture to my lips they would have been perfect. I would definitely purchase more colors from this line…but only if they were on sale. I find the $8.00 price to be a little steep since the packaging is so cheaply made.

 

Products Used:

Tarte Clean Slate face primer, NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska, DermaDoctor DD Cream, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 10 and 25, NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light, Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in 011 Creamy Natural, Sephora Bronzer in 3 Los Cabos, Urban Decay Highlighter in Craze, Marvin Westmore blush in Mocha and Cocoa, Make Up Professional eyebrow pencil in Taupe, Lorac Take a Brow in Brunette, Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel, Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original, Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal in 60 Silver Strike, Ulta eye shadow in Sable, Anastasia Beverly Hills eye shadow in Sable, Urban Decay eye shadows in Maui Wowie and Shellshock, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Bourbon, LA Girl Endless Semi-Pemanent Auto Eyeliner in Very Black, NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Highlight Hyperliner in Crystal Gun, Urban Decay Perversion mascara, Bad Gal mascara in Plum, Ulta Super Shiny Lip Butter in LA, NY and London

Easy, Colorful Spring Makeup Look

 

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Spring Makeup – Shimmery eyes with a pop of purple paired with rosy lips and cheeks.

 

I love Spring! From the weather, to the flowers (I’m a sucker for tulips), to the pastel color palette…I love it all! I thought I would share a spring look I created, using the pastel colors that I love. The inner eye color can easily be substituted out to more flatter your eye color e.g. green for brown eyes, bronze/copper for blue eyes. The step by step instructions on how I achieved my eye makeup are listed below. Happy Spring!

 

Step One:

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I started my eyes off by priming them with a color neutralizing eye primer. Then I applied a white eye shadow pencil to my upper eyelid, inner eye area and lower waterline.

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I blended out the eye pencil with my finger, making sure to pay extra attention to my inner eye area.

Step Two: 

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I applied a shimmery light champagne color over the white pencil on my upper eyelids, to add depth to the look, I added a cool toned light brown eye shadow, right above my crease and to my lower lash line.

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After blending out the cool toned brown transition shade, I applied a sparkly white shadow to the center of each eyelid (I applied it with a damp brush to intensify the eye shadow’s shine and intensity) and lightly blended it outwards.

Step Three:

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To keep the look light,I tight lined my upper lash line with a shimmery dark gray eye pencil rather than my usual black and lined my waterline with a shimmery light lilac eye pencil (over the white pencil).

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Next, I lined my upper lash line with a blue-based purple eye pencil. I kept the line very thin, since I only wanted to use the liner to add definition to my lash line.

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For a bright pop of spring color, I applied a shimmery, glittery lavender shadow to my inner eye area (I used a wet pencil brush to apply the color in order to get the exact placement of shadow that I wanted). To make sure the color was as intense as I wanted, I applied the shadow in a couple of layers.

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Next, I applied a matte, pink-undertoned, white eye shadow to my brow bone. I made sure to blend this color into my transition shade to keep the look from looking choppy. To finish the eyes, I added two coats of mascara of black mascara to my upper lashes. I used a sparkly, purple mascara on my lower lashes.

 

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To complete the spring theme of the look, I highlighted my cheekbones, the bridge and tip of my nose and cupid’s bow, I then applied a cool pink lip butter on my cheeks and lips for an extra dewy effect.

 

Products Used:

On face: Benefit the POREfessional face primer, Loreal Infallible Pro-Matte foundation in 103 Natural Buff, Maybelline Fit Me concealer in #10 (used to highlight under eyes and bridge of nose), #25 (used to conceal blemishes), NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light (used to counteract darkness under eyes), Sephora Bronzer in 3 Los Cabos (used to contour my cheeks and nose), Urban Decay eye shadow in Bobby Dazzle (used as a highlighter), Ulta Super Shiny Lip Butter in LA (used as a cream blush)

On Eyebrows: Make Up Professional eyebrow pencil in Taupe, Lorac Take a Brow In Brunette and Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

On Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, Urban Decay eye shadow in Last Sin (applied to eyelid), Urban Decay eye shadow in Undone (transition shade), Urban Decay eye shadow in Bobby Dazzle (applied to center of eyelid), Urban Decay eye shadow in Grifter (applied to inner eye area), Lancome Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow in Daylight (applied to brow bone), Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Gunmetal, Avon Color Dazzlers Sparkling Eye Pencil in Daylight, pop glitter stix Le Crayon Liner in Freesia (used in lower water line), Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara (first coat upper lashes), Urban Decay Perversion mascara (second coat upper lashes), and Sephora Glitter Mascara in Majestic Purple (applied to lower lashes)

 On Lips: Ulta Super Shiny Lip Butter in LA

 

 

 

NYX Prismatic Shadows Review, Swatches and Makeup Look

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NYX Prismatic Shadows – Shown from left to right: PS 04 Girl Talk, PS 09 Fireball, PS 02 Punk Heart, and PS 06 Smoke & Mirrors

I am like a magpie of the makeup world, I love anything shiny and sparkly. Enter NYX Prismatic Shadows.  This new line of eye shadow comes in 12 shades, ranging from light silver to a deep aubergine and are priced at $6.00 a pot. They are advertised as an eye shadow that possesses extra sparkle and dimension with a fully pigmented metallic texture.

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A close-up view of NYX Prismatic Shadows cute packaging <3

I purchased four colors from the range. In the pots they appeared sparkly and beautiful (minus Punk Heart which arrived broken to pieces…grrrr). However, I have to say when I swatched them, they weren’t near as shimmery/sparkly as I had thought or wanted them to be, especially the colors Girl Talk and Punk Heart.

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Swatches (no flash used) – Left to Right: PS 04 Girl Talk, PS 09 Fireball, PS 02 Punk Heart, and PS 06 Smoke & Mirrors

 

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Swatches (flash used) – Left to Right: PS 04 Girl Talk, PS 09 Fireball, PS 02 Punk Heart, and PS 06 Smoke & Mirrors

Also, I found the consistency to change from shade to shade. Fireball was extremely buttery and pigmented, it’s formula is by far my favorite of the four I picked up. While Girl Talk and Smoke & Mirrors formula is quite dusty and dry. The pigment of Girl Talk was also a let down, it is very sheer and took a lot of layers to get the shade as it appeared in the pot (that is why my swatch of this shade is so much larger, it took several applications to get it to show up), I would definitely suggest using this shade with a damp brush (as I did in my look) to get the best results from this shade.

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For this eye look, I applied Girl Talk from my lash lash to crease (I later went in and reapplied this shadow with a damp brush, since using it dry, I wasn’t achieving the desired intensity and shimmer that I had wanted) and all along my lower lash line. Next, I applied Punk Heart to the outer V of my eye and blended into the crease. For added definition and to keep the eye liner in my water line from moving, I used a flat liner brush to place Punk Heart all along my lower lash line. To add more depth to the look I applied Smoke and Mirrors with a small eye detailer brush to the very outer corner of my upper eyelid and the outer third of lower lash line.

 

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I didn’t want a total shimmery eye look, so I applied a matte mauve eye shadow above my crease and blended well. For my brow bone highlight, I added a matte white eye shadow with pink undertones. To highlight and open up my eyes, I applied a shimmery champagne eye shadow to the inner corner of my eyes. To add more definition to my eye, I applied a black gel liner to my upper lash line and smudged it out using the Smoke & Mirrors shade.

Pros:

  • Super cute packaging
  • Price
  • Staying Power

Cons:

  • Inconsistent formulation of shadows
  • Differing pigment from shade to shade
  • NYX line not widely available in stores
  • Only 12 shades in line
  • Fallout from shadows

Bottom Line:

I find these shadows to be okay. Maybe I have been spoiled by my Colour Pop eye shadows with their awesome pigmentation, super creamy formulation and no fallout. All in all, I am happy with the colors I have purchased, but I don’t see myself purchasing any more shadows from this line, they are way to hit and miss.

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My finished makeup look.

 

Products Used:

YBF Perfect Prep Face Primer, Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + in Shade 30, NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska (mixed these 2 products together to create my base), Maybelline Fit Me concealer in 10 and 20, NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light, Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in 011 Creamy Natural, Sephora Bronzer in 3 Los Cabos, wet n wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Shimmer Palette in To Reflect, Marvin Westmore blush in Blush and Mocha, Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original, wet n wild Creme Eye Pencil n 130 Pixie, NYX Prismatic Shadows in 04 Girl Talk, 02 Punk Heart and 06 Smoke & Mirrors, Lancome Sensational Effects Eye Shadow in Sultry Mauve and Daylight, wet n wild Color Icon palette in Walking on Eggshells (used browbone shade), Sephora Flash Liner in 10 Deep Black, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Crash, Dior Show Mascara in 090 Noir, Sephora Atomic Volume Mascara in Black, Make Up Professional eyebrow pencil in Dark Brown, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade in Medium Brown, Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel, Jordana Easyliner for Lips in Rock N’ Rose and Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Pure Hollywood

Beauty Hack – What To Do With All Your Unused Lipsticks

If you are anything like me, you love a good lipstick…or 20. But, what happens when you purchase what you think will be that “perfect” shade of nude, pink, coral, or red only to apply it and wonder, “When did I join the circus?” You toss it away in a drawer. Great, more money down the drain. Until a couple of years ago, this was the story of my life. I realized how big my problem was while organizing my makeup and saw all my tubes of unused lipstick. The colors were lovely, they just didn’t look lovely on my lips.

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Some of my lipstick castoffs, from left to right, NYX Pure Nude, NYX Watermelon, wet n wild 370S Lolly Popstar, Revlon Matte 003 Mauve it Over (this is also beautiful on the lips), NYX Chic, NYX Narcissus (my most used color for “blush”), and Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense 36

 

I had wanted to add some cream blushes to my makeup collection and figured before I invested in any, I would try and use my discarded lipsticks as cream blushes.  Through some trial and error, I have figured out how to apply the lipstick to my face and achieve the results I want. Needless to say, I have not purchased any cream blushes. My lipstick castoffs are all I need.

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Blush application: Before powdering my face, I apply the desired shade of lipstick straight from the bullet, making small dots from the apple of my cheek back to my ear. To make my blush appear more believable, I also put dots on the center of my forehead just below my hairline.

 

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The size of your lipstick dots will be dependent upon how intense you want your blush to be. For a natural flush I use 6-7 small dots on each cheek.

 

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I always use a stipple brush to blend the product. For a natural look I use the elf small stipple blush (what I used here). When I want a more intense blush look I use my Real Technique’s stipple brush.

 

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For a more dewy look, as shown here,  I leave the lipstick blended as is, without powdering over it (this method will fade quicker, but it is beautiful, especially on people who have dry skin). I usually powder my entire face and then if I want a more bold look and extra staying power I go over my cream blush with a powder blush in a similar color (I prefer this method since I have oily skin). Some people might wonder if using lipstick on your face will cause breakouts, I have not had any problems with this. And this is coming from someone who has very problematic skin.

 

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.

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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

Night Out St.Patrick’s Day Makeup Look

I wanted to create a fun, green smokey eye makeup look anyone could rock for St.Patrick’s Day (or, really any time). Below, are the steps I took to achieve this smokey eye.

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Green smokey eye with neutral blush and nude lips.

Step One:

First, I applied my eye primer, from upper lash line to eyebrow and along my lower lash line. Next, I added a warm light brown shade above my crease and blended to create a transition shade between the vivid green eyeshadows and the much lighter brow highlight, I was going to be using.

First, I applied my eye primer, from upper lash line to eyebrow and along my lower lash line.  For an eyeshadow base, I added a white eye pencil (using a white base will make my eyeshadow colors pop) to my upper mobile lid, inner corner of my eye and lower lashline. I then blended this out with my finger. Next, I added a warm light brown shade above my crease and blended to create a transition shade between the vivid green eyeshadows and the much lighter brow highlight, I was going to be using.

I added a light green shimmery green eyeshadow all over my upper eyelid to just above the crease and all along my lower lash line. i blened the green into the warm brown eyeshadow so there would be no harsh lines between the two colors.

I added a light green shimmery green eyeshadow all over my upper eyelid to just above the crease and all along my lower lash line. I blended the green into the warm brown eyeshadow so there would be no harsh lines between the two colors.  I also filled my eyebrows in with a warm, medium brown eye pencil. Please excuse the color variance in these first step photos, I forgot to turn on my flash :(

Step Two:

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To create some depth to the look, I added a shimmery mid-tone green to my outer V and outer third of my lower lash line.

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I then blended the shadow into my crease (roughly halfway in). I also blended the shadow along my lower lashline.

Step Three:

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To add more vibrancy to the look, I added a shimmery bright green to the center of my lid.

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I then added a deep, dark green to the very outer corner of the upper eyelid and blended lightly, as to not spread the color too far. I did not add this color to my lower lashline.

Step Four:

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I applied a black liquid liner to my upper lashline, making the line thicker on the outer edge. Next, I added a shimmery, metallic teal shimmery eye pencil to my lower waterline.

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I then added a combination of very light toned eyeshadows to my inner eye and brow bone for a nice highlight.

Step Five:

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I finished up with adding lots of mascara to my upper lashes…i forgot to add mascara to my lower lashes…woops. But, if I was recreating this look, I would definitely add it. As a final step to my eyebrows, I shaped them using a medium brown eyebrow pomade and followed with an eyebrow gel.

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For an added playful feel, I added gold glitter to my inner eye area.

Final Look:

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To keep my eyes as the main focus of this look, I added a mixture of matte blushes in a cool, dusty pink shade and a terracotta shade. I added a warm, champagne highlight to my upper cheekbones, above the apples of my cheeks and alonf the bridge of my nose and above my cupid’s bow. I then lined my lips with a nude lip liner and topped it off with a matte nude lipstick.

 

Products Used:

On Face: No7 Beautifully Matte Make Up Base (used as my face primer), NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska, Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream in Light to Medium (mixed these two products together to create my base), Maybelline Fit Me concealer in #10 (used to highlight under eyes and bridge of nose), #25 (used to conceal blemishes), NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light (used to counteract darkness under eyes), Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in 011 Creamy Natural (used to set my base and control oil), Sephora Bronzer in 3 Los Cabos (used to contour my cheeks and nose), wet n wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Shimmer Palette in To Reflect (used as highlight), Marvin Westmore blush in Mocha and Cocoa

On Eyebrows: Makeup Professional eyebrow pencil in Dark Brown and Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Medium Brown, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel in Clear

On Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden (used from upper lash line to brow and on lower lash line), NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk (used for an eye shadow base on upper eyelid, inner corner and lower lashline), Ulta eyeshadow in Sable (used as transition color above crease), Sephora light green eyeshadow and light colored eyeshadows, no names provided, from a holiday palette (used all over mobile eyelid,lower lashline, inner eye, and brow highlight), Urban Decay eyshadow in Damaged (applied in outer V and outer lower lash), Urban Decay eyeshadow in Homegrown (applied to center eyelid), Urban Decay Poison (applied to very outer of upper eyelid), Essence Gel Eye Pencil Waterproof in Black (used to tightline upper lashline), Loreal Lineur Intense in Black Mica (used to line upper lashline), Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Pencil in Junkie (used to line lower waterline), Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Midnight Cowboy (used in inner eye area), Urban Decay Perversion mascara and Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara in Excessive Black

On Lips: No7 Line & Define Lip Pencil in 20 Nude (used to line and fill in lips) and essence lipstick in 11 Nude Love (review on lipstick in future post)