Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Urban Decay Naked 3 Tutorial

Pigs are flying! I finally used my Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette! Alright, so I only used two shades, but that's way better than I've done over the past 4 months. (Has it really been that long?) This look is super simple and really pretty for the spring. It's just a fresh, bright rosy look. Hope you enjoy!

Step 1: Start with a base or primer. I uesd a Sigma Eyeshadow Base in Provoke which is just a nude base color. Then apply Burnout over all but the very outer corner of your upper lid.
Step 2: Apply Buzz in the outer corner.
Step 3: Line your top lash line with a dark brown to create a softer look. I used Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Damsel.
Step 4: Line your waterline and inner corner in white. I used Rimmel London Soft Kohl Eye Liner Pencil in 07 Pure White.
Step 5: Curl your lashes and apply mascara. I used a combination of L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black and L'Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black.

Face: It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream in Light applied with Beauty Blender; L'Oreal True Match Crayon Concealer in Fair/Light; YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch in #2; Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light; Tarte Cheek Stain in Fearless
Eyebrows: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde; Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara as brow gel
Lips: Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede in Flashing Lights

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hair Chalking

Today I thought I'd talk about hair chalking. I'm by no means an expert. I've only chalked my hair a few times, but I've tried a couple different ways and thought I'd write down my thoughts. The first time I tried hair chalking was last summer. (The below Instagram picture was from then.) I used chalk pastels - you know, the kind you used in middle school. Real art supplies. I had mine from college and was excited to bust them out even if it wasn't to draw something. I simply used the red, which looks pink in my hair. They say you should wet the chalk somehow, but I applied it dry and it worked just fine. If I had cared about turning my hands red, I would have put a paper towel between my hands and the chalk, but I just got messy. There wasn't really any residual chalk, because the pastel sticks are so compact that you really had to draw on your hair to get the color to come off, but that meant that I didn't worry too much about it coming off all over my clothes. Of course it will come off, since it's just chalk, but it seemed like it would stay pretty well, especially compared to the next way I tried chalking.

I pinned this pin on pinterest and that's how I stumbled upon this second way of chalking. I did NOT use the Anastasia Hypercolors, since I wasn't sure how often I'd actually chalk my hair (not really corporate work appropriate), and honestly, I didn't know how well it would work. I used the NYX Primal Colors Pressed Pigments Facepowders. They're vibrant pressed colors. And I didn't use alcohol, just water. I figured that I managed fine with no water the first time, that I didn't need alcohol this time. Plus doesn't alcohol dry out your hair? Anyways, I just wet a cotton pad, rubbed it in the color and pressed my hair between both. What a mess this one made, and I feel like if I rub up against anything, all the color will transfer. The powder was just too soft and chalky and it got everywhere; my black sweatshirt looked like a tornado of yellow hit it. Maybe I was just too aggressive with the yellow because the purple/pink went a little better, but man - still messy.

So overall, if you're going to chalk, buy supplies made for chalking OR if you don't want to spend the money, go to an art store or craft store and buy yourself a whole box of pastels. (Btw, did you notice I had to do a vertical picture? My hair is so long, that to try and fit it all in in a horizontal picture, it just looked silly with all the extra space on the sides. haha. But I love it!)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Pink Barbie Look

I was going for a spring tutorial and one thing turned from hot pink to iridescent glitter and then it was barbie. Oh well, it's not like Mother Nature has realized it's spring yet anyways. We're getting more snow as we speak, though how much is still questionable; the weather this winter has seemed to change chaotically. We'll get spring and summer eventually, right? Until then, here's a super girly, hot pink, barbie look. I used the Lorac Pro palette, the Make Up For Ever Glitter in #4 White Violet, and the NYX Primal Colors Pressed Pigments Facepowder. The NYX pigments are not meant to be eye shadows, only for your face, but I threw caution to the wind and used it on my eyes anyways. (I haven't had any issues with it.) If you're worried about it though, the Too Faced Pretty Rebel palette has a bright pink you could use. It's a little deeper, but should give you a fairly similar result.

Step 1: Apply Sigma Eye Shadow Base in Awake all over you lid.
Step 2: Apply Champagne as your base color over your lid and bring it down into your inner corner for your hightlight. This is a really sparkly shade that will help make the matte pink have a little shimmer to it and it will also help make sure you don't apply too much of the pink at once.
Step 3: Take Taupe and apply it into your upper crease and blend up.
Step 4: Apply Pewter in your crease to add a little dimension. Blend that as well. I also applied Cream as my brow highlight.
Step 5: Now comes the fun part. Using NYX Primal Colors in Hot Pink, start patting the pink onto your lid. Be careful not to get it in the crease too much and also be careful of fallout from patting this on.
Step 6: This is optional, but who doesn't like a little glitter. I applied Make Up For Ever's Glitter in #4 all over my lid with my finger. I also let the fallout fall into my inner corner and below it as well for a little extra. (Do I even need to warn how messy this is?)
Step 7: Take taupe again and apply it on your bottom lid, extending a little up and out on the outer edge. Blend that out.
Step 8: Apply espresso on the outer third of your bottom lid, just a little to give a deeper look on the outer corner. I like to take an angled brush and press it into my lash line.
Step 9: Using Black, line your upper lash line making sure to get nice and close to your lash line. If you prefer, you can skip this step and tightline your upper lash line instead. With all the glitter, I decided not to press my luck with irritating my eyes and opted for shadow instead. Then line your eyes with a liquid liner to make sure the line is nice and dark. I used L'Oreal's Carbon Black Lineur Intense.
Step 11: Phew, this was a lot of steps! Lastly, line your bottom waterline, curl your lashes, and apply mascara. I used Maybelline Unstoppable in Onyx on my waterline and used a combination of L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black and L'Oreal Telescopic Carbon Back on my lashes. I applied the Voluminous like I normally do, and then used the Telescopic on the tips of my top lashes to get them a little extra.

Face: Benefit the POREfessional; Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation in shade SB 4.5; YSL Touche Eclat in 2; Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light; Sigma Eye Shadow Base in Composed as contour/bronzer; Tarte Cheek Stain in Fearless
Eyebrows: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde; Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara as brow gel
Lips: NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Maybelline Color Whisper

Let's talk about the Maybelline Color Whispers. In my last catch up post, I confessed that I went a little crazy in the lip department and it mostly revolved around the whispers. These are seriously great! If you want to see swatches of the entire collection, Jennifer's youtube video has it all, so no need for me to repeat that here, but I thought I'd go through the ones I have an give you my thoughts on them.

First though, the Color Whispers are all sheer lip colors, which you can build and get really dark. The consistency is light, but builds to be a little more on the glossy side without any stickiness. They do have a scent, or flavor rather, that is what I would call fruity. It reminds me of fruit loops. Most days I don't notice it, but there have been times that it gets to be a little too much for me. I wouldn't say they're long lasting because they're sheer, but I don't really mind that I need to re-apply. They remind me of more of balm in that way. If you're looking for something that has a bit of a color that's a step up from a balm, the Maybelline Color Whispers are the way to go.

Orange Attitude - This is one I purchased but haven't tried. It's a very daring shade for me being that it's orange. No way around it. I'm hoping it'll be slightly wearable being that these are sheer, but I'll have to let you know. I just thought it'd be a fun shade for spring.
Pink Possibilities and Coral Ambition - These 2 I bought a while back, probably last summer when I was looking for really light sheer colors that just give your lips a touch of color. Both of these will be great for spring with their light colors - the first is a light, but bright, pink and the second is a light more orange-y coral.

Who Wore It Red-er - Tied for my #1 favorite. Judging it by the name and the shade in the tube, I would not normally pick this color. It's red and I rarely do a red lip. I don't know what I was thinking, but I purchased it and am so happy I did. On the lips, this is really a pink with a hint of red. It's so unique in that way and will forever be a staple in my lip collection. I have noticed that it seems to get a little more on the red side as the day goes by and I re-apply, but still stays more on the pink side.
Pin Up Peach - Another favorite. I find myself reaching for this one the most right now, especially with spring right around the corner. It's a sheer, wearable coral that seems to go with just about anything.
Rose of Attraction - I find this to be a true rose color that you can build. While it's a good color, I find myself reaching for others in the collection that have a similar feel, like the Pin Up Peach for a bit more coral, or Who Wore It Red-er for a bit brighter shade.

Made-It Mauve - This one's similar to Lust for Blush which has more pink in it. This one is a bit more brown. I like it, but, again, find myself reaching for Lust for Blush and forgetting this one.
Lust For Blush - This is one of my favorites. It's what I would call a "your lips but better" color. It's a very dusty rose color that gives your lips just a little more color when on.
Mocha Muse - This one is a nudish brown color. I haven't worn it much at all because it's not really the typical color palette I wear, but I didn't have anything like this one, so I picked it up.

A Plum Prospect - The scary purple packaging and color in the tube. It's not purple though - not even the slightest bit. It's funny because I was actually looking for this EXACT shade but didn't know how to describe it. I just knew it wasn't anything like what I had. This one has about the same brightness as Who Wore It Red-er and is conveniently also tied with it for my #1 favorite. It's a bright pink with just a hint of purple. Yeah, it might be my favorite. Get this one. Seriously.
Oh La Lilac - A light purple/lilac that's perfect for spring, because, well, that's what I bought it for. The sheer color makes this pretty wearable, so I wouldn't shy away from it just because it really is a lilac.

Overall, my recommendations are A Plum Prospect, Pin Up Peach, Who Wore It Red-er, and Lust For Blush. But really they're all fantastic. I know I'll be buying more of the collection, they're just that good. =)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Life Happens

And sometimes life happens...

It's been an eventful couple months over here, but I think I'm finally back. I've definitely missed this little part of my life and am excited to get back in the swing of things. I logged into Blogger this week to find out that my Stila In The Light Palette tutorial was featured on 15 Minute Beauty! (Check it out here - 14 Stila In the Light Palette Tutorials to Try Now!) What a surprise considering I've been neglecting this blog! I can't even explain how excited I was to see that. =)

I haven't quite decided where I'm going to pick up this blog - if I'll go back and put together specific posts on things that I discovered during the past months, or if I'll just skip it and pick up right now. Until then, here's what you've missed:

* I went a little crazy with lip products. I'm pretty sure I doubled my collection.
* I re-discovered the Maybelline Whisper lip colors and now own over half the collection. Oops. =)
* I've been in love with the Marc Jacobs Lolita eye shadow palette. So worth the money!
* I purchased the Naked3 palette months ago and haven't touched it. Fail.
* I excitedly purchased a few Nyx Lip Butters and was disappointed until I watched Jennifer's and Alli's reviews.
* I've totally fallen in love with Maybelline's Master Glaze Blush Sticks.

I'm sure there's more, but those are the highlights. Hope everyone's been well and having a good start to 2014!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Makeup Drawer Organization

Now that I've done my everyday natural look, I thought I'd give a look into my makeup drawer organization. This is the drawer that holds everything I would want to use. Things that I always use, things that I'm trying, and others that are just good to have close. All my other makeup is stored away and I just rotate things through this drawer. That way I make sure that I'm trying new products and not buying things that just sit around. All the products used in my everyday natural look are in this drawer except for the foundation. I have been really trying to use a different one, but the Rimmel Match Perfection just always seems to find it's way back into my routine.

From left to right: Revlon Age Defying Foundation in 15 Tender Beige, L'Oreal True Match Concealer Crayon in Fair/Light, (hiding underneath) Tarte Inner Rim Liner, YSL Touche Eclat in #2, Benefit the POREfessional, Maybelline Define-a-brow in Light Blonde, (hiding underneath at the bottom) Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium, L'Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara, Maybelline Baby Lips in Peach Kiss, Tweezerman tweezers, Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Damsel, and L'Oreal Power Volume 24h Black Smoke Mascara

The foundation is one I'm currently trying and not loving. For something that has to do with age defying, it really creases in the lines on my forehead (not good) and it's way to thick of a foundation without the right coverage. I'm trying really hard to keep using it, but I think this one just might be going away soon. Tarte's Inner Rim Liner is one I've been trying too. Boy, does it sure brighten up your inner rim! It's actually a little hard to get used to, but if that's the effect you're looking for, this is your liner. The Stila Smudge Stick Liner came with my In The Light palette and I've been loving this. Anytime I want to use a pencil liner, this is the one I've wanted, and that's saying something since I've been in love with the Maybelline Unstoppable for years. It's a dark brown color and is just as creamy as the Unstoppable. Would I purchase the Stila one in black instead of the Unstoppable? Just because of the price, I doubt it, but it's still a good liner. The only reason I might is if the Stila one is really truly waterproof. (All others can be found in my everyday natural look post)

Clockwise starting at the top left: Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream, Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm, Lorac Behind The Scenes Eye Primer, (top) Sigma Creme de Couture Blush in Strawberry Ambrosia, (bottom) Sigma Creme de Couture Blush in Essence, RiRi for MAC Love Rihanna Bronzing Powder, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light, Bare Minerals Foundation in Fair, Bare Minerals Foundation in Fairly Medium, MAC Mineralize Blush in Dainty, Sephora Gold Eyelash Curler, Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

I'll start with the makeup products. I use the Sigma Strawberry Ambrosia blush the most and I'm trying the Blackberry Essence (it seriously is purple lol). The MAC one is the one I want to use if I'm not doing a softer, natural look with the Strawberry Ambrosia blush. It's just a very nice bright pink. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder is what I'm currently using for my setting powder and the Rihanna MAC bronzer is what I'm currently loving if I use a bronzer. The Bare Minerals Foundations I use for concealer. I use the Fairly Medium on my face and if I have anything I want to cover up on my neck, I'll use the Fair. My neck is always super pale and I do apply a small amount of foundation on my neck, but the Fair concealer still works best.

As for the rest, the Burt's Bees Lip Balm I just keep around. I actually don't think I like it, but I'm still using it, thinking I'll change my mind, and the eye lash curler is just that. =) I use both the Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream and the Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream on the calluses that I have on the tips of my fingers from playing guitar. I don't think the hand and nail cream is anything really special, but I got a sample of it and thought I'd use it. The Burt's Bees is basically a wax that I use on my skin. It's pretty good if you can not use your fingers for a while. I'll just rub my fingers in there and let it sit for a while. I don't use these all the time, just when my fingers feel extra dry.

From bottom to top, then left to right: Marc Jacobs Lolita Eye Shadow Palette, Make Up For Ever Midnight Glow Eye Shadow Palette, Benefit They're Real Mascara, Maybelline Baby Lips Fierce In Tangy, Maybelline Baby Lips Peach Kiss (extra), L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara, Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara, Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara, Forever 21 Makeup Bag

I keep two eye shadow palettes out in this drawer. The Make Up For Ever palette you've heard enough about and is my favorite right now. The Marc Jacobs Lolita palette was a Christmas gift that I'm currently trying and of course loving (more to come). In the back, I keep some extra Baby Lips along with mascaras and a makeup bag that I throw in my purse. Since mascara goes bad so much more quickly than other types of makeup, I keep my open ones here. I definitely have a thing for mascaras. I love to try new ones but grow tired of them quickly. The Benefit one was one I liked in the sample and then I quickly grew tired of once I purchased the full size. The L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black was just as good the second time around and is definitely my all-time favorite mascara. The Lancome Hypnose Star mascara was something I purchased based off of great reviews and honestly, I didn't like. It was too dry, it felt like I couldn't coat my lashes enough, and it wore off throughout the day. I guess it was just me? And of course, the Maybelline Great Lash Clear for setting brows.

That's it! Do you keep a makeup drawer like this where you have all your favorites or do keep your products more spread out?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Everyday Natural Full Makeup Look

Today I thought I'd do a full face look. I've started posting the products I'm wearing in the eye tutorials that I do, but thought I'd go ahead and actually give a little more detail about how I use them, what I like about them, ect.

I start by applying Benefit's the POREfessional to most of my face. I like this because it reduces the size of your pores, aka, it fills them in which makes your skin looks smoother. For me I notice most of the different on my nose and the apples of my cheeks. As far as the primer part of this, I don't personally think it does much, but I like the look it gives me so I keep using it. =) Next I apply my foundation. I've been loving the Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation. (I talked about this in my december favorites.) I use the color 240 Soft Beige and I apply this with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. I pour a little onto the front of my hand and basically dot a little on my face with my finger. Then I just buff it in in a circular motion with the brush. It's exactly the same as you would apply the Bare Minerals Foundation if you're familiar with that, just a liquid foundation and different brush.

Next I apply my concealer. I haven't found any one magical concealer that works for me, so I've been combining two, which really works out great and stays on all day long even when my face gets super greasy. I first use the L'Oreal True Match Crayon Concealer in Fair/Light. I just apply this with my fingers. Nothing special. It's a very creamy concealer and I love this one especially because it's got the perfect yellow base for my skin. Yellow bases are so hard to find in drugstore products, so I was really excited to find this one. To set it and blend it in a little bit more (since it's a little too yellow over a non-yellow based foundation), I use the Bare Minerals Foundation in Fairly Medium and apply this with the Sigma E60 brush. I find this part really makes it stay in place. For my under eye concealer I use YSL Touche Eclat in 2 Luminous Ivory applied and blend with my fingers. Lately I've been setting everything with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light using a Sigma F30 brush. I'm still testing this out, so I can't say it's better than any other powder. It's just an essentially step to set everything in place.

Next I simply apply a blush. I've been using Sigma's Creme de Couture Blush in Strawberry Ambrosia applied with Real Techniques duo-fiber face brush lately. I keep this part simple and just apply the blush to the apples and tops of my cheeks - no bronzer, no highlighter, no contouring. Just trying to feel and look like myself here. =)

Then I go and attempt to do my eyebrows. This is definitely a sore spot in my everyday look. When I was younger I did exactly what you're not supposed to do and tweezed my eyebrows myself, doing WAY too much, and they have never been the same. So I really do "attempt" here. I don't like when people draw on their eyebrows or trim the hair. I just think it looks so un-natural (personal preference) so I try to do as little as possible. Right now I'm just filling them in with Maybelline's Define-a-brow in Light Blonde and then brushing them out with Benefit's Gimme Brow in Light/Medium. Nothing spectacular, just a little something that hopefully evens them out a little.

Then I do my eye makeup. As much as I love playing around with shadows, I actually don't use any on most days. If I do, I'll do something like this, and all I did was use the Gold Pink eyeshadow from the Make Up For Ever Midnight Glow palette applied all over my lid with a Sigma E70 brush. One shade, and not something that's really noticeable. It just gives a little sparkle. Then I just curl my lashes using a Sephora eyelash curler and apply mascara. Here I used L'Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara. You can read more about that mascara here.

Lastly is lips, and like all the other things, I keep this super simple. I usually use Maybelline's Baby Lips in Peach Kiss. Here I used Revlon's Snow Pink Lipgloss. Both are very natural and don't have much of a color to them, just a slight tint. And that's it. The foundation and concealer steps are obviously my longest and involve the most, but other than that, I keep it very simple every day.

by Jessica Dawn ~ If I run, Baby, will you chase me? Be the one who wants to save me? Never walk away no matter what