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.

Monday, January 6, 2014

December 2013 Favorites

I hope everyone is having a great New Year! The upper midwest is celebrating by having a high of -13 degrees today. Yes, seriously. I was debating on doing another monthly favorites or doing the yearly favorites that everyone else seems to be doing, but I really haven't been focused on beauty products for the whole year, so here I am with December 2013 Favorites!

Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation in 240 Soft Beige and Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

This brush was really a discovery in November, but since I didn't do November favorites, I thought I'd lump it in here. It's. Amazing. If you use liquid foundation, go buy yourself this brush right now. It will change your life. I used to try so many liquid foundations and just never liked the way they sat on my skin until I bought the beauty blender. But that little baby is expensive. This brush is not and does the same thing. As soon as I used it once, I immediately started pulling out all my old foundations and couldn't wait to see them in a new light. It's that good.

The Match Perfection foundation has been a favorite lately. I'm actually not looking forward to putting it away for a while to try something new. It feels light, but gives you pretty good coverage. My only complaint is the mouth on the bottle is very wide, so when I pour a little out onto my hand, a lot of times I end up pouring a little more than I mean to. Other than that, it's been really good - definitely one to try if you're looking for a cheaper liquid foundation.

Formula X for Sephora Translucents Nail Polish in Remarkable

Hopefully you can tell from the picture that this polish is a very pale pink. And by very pale, I mean almost white. In some lights I would swear this is white, but it's not. And I've been loving it. It's a little twist on a winter white nail polish. I purchased this one and another Formula X polish after hearing Tiffany rave about them so much. I personally don't think they're any more spectacular than other polishes, but I included this one because of the color. I just think it's super unique being such a pale pink.

Taylor Swift Enchanted Wonderstruck

I got a sample of this a long time ago and had every intention of trying it, but didn't. A little before Christmas I was going through a bunch of old things and came across all the old perfume samples that I kept, thinking I would use them. In the midst of getting rid of all of them, I pulled this one out because, well, it's Taylor. Who doesn't love Taylor. So I thought I'd give it one try and then ditch it in favor for my favorite perfume. Turns out I really love this smell. I wore it to work and throughout the day I kept smelling something good and realizing it was actually me - this perfume. And, it's on sale in a set at Target right now from their Christmas gift sets, so I even scored a good deal on it. =)

Sigma Creme de Couture blush in Strawberry Ambrosia

This blush was part of a limited edition collection by Sigma and is no longer available, so I'll keep it short. I love this color. It's a very pale pink and when applied on your cheeks (well, mine at least), it verges on looking to pale. It's something I have learned to love and have been looking everywhere for a dup for this because when I run out, it's going to be a really sad day.

Make Up For Ever Midnight Glow Palette

Another limited edition item, sorry, but I had to include it because I've been using it non-stop. For my everyday looks, I rarely do much for eye makeup. In fact, I usually don't use shadow, but this palette has changed that. My favorite is to sweep the rose gold shadow over my whole lid. It gives just enough of a sparkle that makes it feel like you did something a little special, but it's something most people wouldn't notice, making it feel natural. I did a winter look using this palette which you can see here.