Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Frosty Winter Look using Make Up For Ever Midnight Glow Palette

I purchased the MAKE UP FOR EVER Midnight Glow palette on a total whim with Sephora's VIB sale this year. I hadn't seen it in person and haven't heard anything about it (still). It's probably the most unique palette that I own. The packaging is small. It's definitely the smallest palette that I own and with 8 good size shadows. I was kind of put back by this at first, but now it's awesome. Why do we need such huge packaging for all these other palettes? I can't speak to all the shadows yet, but the ones I used in this tutorial are definitely unique. They are not any where near opaque. They're kind of like a glitter nail polish without a base color in it. While this is different, it's not necessarily a bad thing. Actually it's kind of a breathe of fresh air from all the other palettes I have, but it's definitely something to think about how much you'll use it when buying it. For me, my everyday makeup consists of very little to no eye makeup (minus mascara), so this is perfect for my everyday use. But, it will not be everyone's cup of tea. I suggest trying it in person before buying.

I've been listening to Dan + Shay's single '19 You + Me' on repeat. Definitely is a missing summer kind of song, which is great right now. It infuses hopefulness in me and really just makes you happy. Go buy their single or watch the lyric video here. And for all you people in Western Wisconsin, they'll be at Country Fest on Saturday! Whoo! =)

Step 1: Apply a skin colored base. I used Sigma's Provoke. Then apply Snow White to the inner half of your top lid and extend down into the inner corner.
Step 2: Apply Icy Blue to the outer half and a little out into your outer corner.
Step 3: Apply Gun Metal in your crease.
Step 4: Apply Midnight Purple in the outer part of your crease and down into the very outer part of your eye to deepen to the look and give a little more definition. I also added a touch of Gold Pink on the very inner of my eye to give a little pink pop.
Step 5: Take Icy Blue again and apply a little to the outer bottom lash line.
Step 6: Eye Liner and Mascara. I used Rimmel London Soft Kohl in 040 Purple Passion on the outer third of my top lash line and 071 Pure White on my bottom waterline. I used Benefit's They're Real mascara.

Face: Benefit the POREfessional; Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse in Classic Ivory 2 Light and applied with Real Techniques Expert Face Brush; L'Oreal True Match Concealer in Fair/Light, Bare Minerals foundation in Fairly Medium (as concealer) and Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser in Fair as my under eye concealer; Urban Decay De-slick Mattifying Powder; Sigma Creme de Couture Blush in Strawberry Ambrosia; Urban Decay Cream Highlighter in Sin
Eyebrows: Maybelline New York Define-a-brow in Light Blonde; Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium
Lips: Maybelline Color Whisper in Pink Possibilities with L'Oreal Colour Riche Balm in Sunday's by the Seine layered over the top

Monday, November 11, 2013

Neutral Eye using Stila's In The Light Eye Shadow Palette

A while back I received a sample of the Stila In The Light Eye Shadow Palette and had meant to try it, but just never got around to it. Well I pulled it out about a week ago and thought I'd do some tutorials with it to decide whether I liked it enough to purchase it. So I did a couple and then my computer decided to hate me and delete pictures on my chip. We still can't figure out what went wrong. It was the strangest thing - it renamed the chip and deleted some, not all, just some. So this is actually my second time around with this tutorial. Good thing I liked this palette! It's actually a pretty good neutral palette. When I went to Ulta to pick it up, one of the workers said it was actually her favorite right now. It also comes with a dark brown eye liner, which I REALLY liked. It's super creamy and reminds me of my favorite Maybelline Unstoppable, but better. If you're looking for a neutral palette, this one is good. I'd still recommend the Lorac Pro first, but this one would probably be good if you were looking for more browns.

Step 1: Apply Bliss all over lid.
Step 2: Apply Sandstone in crease and outer 1/3 of your top lid.
Step 3: Use Kitten as your inner corner highlight and extend down a little. Apply Sunset on the rest of eye of the lower lash line and add a little dab in the center of top lid.
Step 4: Apply Ebony as your top eye liner.
Step 5: Lastly, curl your lashes and apply mascara.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

L'Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Smoldering Plum

This look is using L'Oreal's Infallible shadow in Smoldering Plum. I had heard these were decent shadows for a drugstore brand and thought I'd pick one up. This was a really nice shimmer plum color and it has great pigmentation. If you haven't noticed by now, I like eye shadow palettes versus single shadows, so I'm not sure I would try another shade. However, if you're looking for a single shadow that's not too expensive, I would recommend this one. It's just a really versatile shadow with great payback. For this look, I combined this shadow with a couple others from the Naked2 palette.

Step 1: Apply YDK (from the Naked2 palette) all over the lid.
Step 2: Apply L'Oreal Infallible Smoldering Plum precisely in the crease. Start by creating a line where your crease is. Then slowly start blending that up. If the original line gets blurred, go back and create that defined line. Just blend more and more as you work your way out.
Step 3: Use Busted (from the Naked2) in the outer third where you just have YDK to give some depth to your eye.
Step 4: Take the Infallible shadow again and apply it on the outer third of the lower lash line and extend it up at an angle to connect with where you applied the Infallible shadow in the upper lid. Bring this to a point.
Step 5: Line your upper lash line with blackout from the Naked2 palette. Extend this out into the point so it looks blended.
Step 6: Curl your lashes and apply mascara.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Lorac Pro Gold Look

I thought I'd try something a little different. Instead of a tutorial, I'd do just a full face look. There's not much to the eye look, so it'd be pretty simple anyways. I really wanted to have this bright, goldish, fun, kind of shimmery but still natural look. I followed my current foundation routine, and here's what else I used:

Face: Urban Decay Baked Bronzer in Gilded to contour and add color. Nars Laguna bronzer to deepen the contour on cheeks. Elf Twinkle Pink Blush. Benefit Watt's Up Highlighter.

Lips: Just a touch of Revlon Lip Butter in Peach Parfait with Maybelline Baby Lips Peach Kiss over the top.

Eyes: Lorac Pro Lt. Bronze all over top and bottom lid. Added a touch of Gold over top. Cover Girl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in 340 (light rosy color) on waterline. No liner. L'Oreal Carbon Black mascara.

Monday, November 4, 2013

October Favorites

It's time for another round of monthly favorites, which means the holidays are right around the corner. Can you believe it? I've got a decent amount of products for this months favorites. (Read: I've spent way too much money on beauty products.) I'll just start with a list and then jump right into it.

Lorac Pro Eye Shadow Palette
Maybelline Baby Lips in Peach Kiss
Cover Girl Outlast Nail Polish in Timeless Rubies and Toasted Almond
Tree Hut Brazilian Nut Lotion
Benefit Rockateur blush
Benefit the POREfessional
Rimmel London Kate Moss Lipsticks

Up first is my absolute favorite eye shadow palette. I like it way better than the Naked palettes. It has a good variety of matte and shimmer shades. The top is all matte and the bottom is shimmer. My favorites in this palette are the Champagne and Pewter colors. I love to use the Champagne all by itself on my lid and inner corner for when I want to do a little something with my eyes, but not much; it's just really pretty light pink shimmer shadow. Pewter is probably the first shadow that drew my eye because it's just this really unique shade unlike anything I own. And these shadows all have really good payoff. They're very pigmented so a little goes a long way. If you're looking for a neutral palette and have the money, I definitely recommend picking this one.

Next is Benefit's Rockateur boxed blush. I debated putting this on the list because I know it's on literally everyones list, but it's just really good. I couldn't leave it off. It's this really pretty rose color that would be flattering on every skin tone.

These nail polishes are my favorites for fall. They're Covergirl's Timeless Rubies and Toasted Almond. I've tried a couple other Covergirl nail polishes and wasn't really impressed by them. I'm not sure what made me buy these, but I'm glad I did, because I changed my mind. They're really great for the price, actually they're better than some of my more expensive ones. Toasted Almond is this really pretty shade that seems to change in different lights. Sometimes I swear it's more gray, then it has purple in it, and then it's a true brown. Timeless Rubies is a really fine glitter polish. It's just a nice twist on the typical maroon for fall. Plus, it doesn't hurt that they're really cheap.

For lips, I'm a little late in the game. The Maybelline Baby Lips has been out so long that they have 3 different lines now, but I just bought my first a couple weeks ago. The peach is my favorite. I thought I'd be a long time buyer of the Softlips chapsticks, but I think this one is changing my mind. I don't wear a lot of color on my lips, but this one adds just a little without me feeling like I have any color on.

The lipstick is another late purchase. It's the Rimmel London Kate Moss lipstick. I'd heard a while ago that these were really great, but couldn't find them in a store and I just forgot about them. They are so excellent though. This one is 09 and smells like candy. They all smell a little differently. It's so creamy and the packaging is just so cute that I couldn't resist. I kind of bought a lot of them, but in my defense, you can buy 5 for the price of a higher-end lipstick. So I had to right? =)

Last but not least are two random products lumped together. The first is Benefit's POREfessional. I got a sample a while back and have just loved it. I've already ordered a full size. I can't imagine how long it'll last me - probably forever. I just really like how it smooths out my skin in prep for foundation.

The Tree Hut Lotion is probably my favorite lotion/butter ever. It smells sooo good. I'm usually the type to pick really rich sweet smelling things, like cupcake scented, but this one drew me in. It is rich, but it's not the sickly sweet type of rich. Sometimes I'll smell a little coffee or chocolate in it too. (Maybe my nose is just a little off lol.) Actually, I loved the smell so much that I bought the sugar scrub too!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Bright Color Look using Sigma Eye Shadows

Look at those bright colors! And you thought it was fall... Actually, I got a sample from Sigma back in August and it got tucked away and forgotten about. Oops! It had such bright colors in it that I thought I'd do a fun bright look. And as I was doing this, you know what popped into my head? Whitney's talk about unicorn puke. Yes, unicorn puke. I believe it was in talk about the crazy colorful running shoes they've recently come out with, but that's all I could think about. And really it just made me happy. =) lol. Back to the makeup. The shadows are a-ma-zing. So amazing that I've already ordered them, so you can expect more colorful tutorials. And maybe some not so colorful ones too. If you haven't checked out Sigma yet, they're a local Minnesota company, which of course makes them so much better. =) Just kidding. (Not about the Minnesota part.) They've been known for their brushes for a while and have just recently expanded into makeup, and it's great. Really. Go check them out. And now on to some unicorn puke.

Step 1: Apply Grasp all over lid.
Step 2: Apply Allure in the crease and blend up and out leaving a defined line in the crease. I took this all the way down to the inner corner so that when my eye is open, it just peaked out in the inner part of the lid.
Step 3: Apply Notre Dame on the outside edge. This is just a sparkly shade, not too pigmented, so I just kept applying until it muted the colors to my liking. (Bonus: it turned the pink slightly purple - another color!)
Step 4: Apply Act on lower lash line and bring up to connect it with the color on the upper lid. I also added a touch of Notre Dame on the outside edge to add a little sparkle.
Step 5: Apply Versailles as an inner corner highlight, but only apply it on the bottom half. You want the violet to still peak out instead of having the highlight there.
Step 6: Apply eyeliner. I started by using the Maybelline Master Precise and found out that I definitely needed it not so defined, so I just used a pencil over the top to give it an almost smudged effect. It was at this point where I was in full on unicorn puke mode and had to seriously restrain myself from using a glitter liner. I was successful, so you're welcome. =)
Step 7: Mascara. And since I didn't get to use the glitter liner, I popped some white liner on my waterline to brighten the look even more.

Finally, put on your princess crown (aka 2 sparkly headbands) and back that azz up with Whitney!
PS. If you haven't checked out Thomas Rhett's new album, you must do it now. It's got a little bit of something for everyone, and it doesn't hurt that's he's got an amazing voice. I may or may not have had it on repeat since it came out on Tuesday.

It Goes Like This by Thomas Rhett on Grooveshark