Daily makeup inspiritation!

Beauty, Bronzer, Eyebrow, Eyeliner, Illuminator, Lipstick, MAC, Makeup, Mascara

Today i’m giving you a little glimpse into my summertime makeup routine. As you know, I am a certified Lipstick nut so the first thing I choose is usually my lipstick then work my other makeup around it. Today I put on a tiny bit more than usual just for the sake of this blog post, but its pretty much on point.

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I started with “The Balm” Balm Shelter Tinted Moisturizer in light. This moisturizer also comes in a color even lighter than light that I heard is great for those that are super light. Since I already have some color from the beach the past 2 weekends, I don’t need much more than that for my base. Next, I did “POP beauty” Sunkissed bronzer just over my forehead and cheeks. If I wear it anywhere else I end up having that whole different color neck/face business. I shied away from blush today since my skin is always much redder in the summer. Instead, I opted for Luminizer. Of course I used the “The Balm” Mary-Lou Manizer, which comes in a powder compact and literally makes me glow inside and out! I wish you could hear me squealing every time I write about it. I have my other makeup favorite, Mac Heroine Matte Lipstick on my lips. On my eyes I have both Sumida eyeliner in purple (came in my birchbox) and Earth lights Mascara (picked it up at a farmers market in Paris). Lastly, I used the Maybelline Expert Eye brow pencil to give my brows a little shape and darken them a bit. TA-DA here i am in all my glory. A little different than the queen helene masque picture eh?

Whats in my bag- Lipstick edition!

Beauty, Lipstick, MAC, Makeup

I am a total lipstick junkie. It is actually insane how many lipsticks I carry around with me on a day to day basis. I’ve been wanting to start a “whats in my bag” post, and what better makeup to focus on than my precious lipsticks! I’m trying to avoid reviewing the ones i’ve already written about so i’m leaving a few of my favorites off the list, but check out some of my older posts if you’re interested!

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Mac Korean Candy This color is awesome. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look as flattering on my light skin tone as I expected it to, but its a beautiful color and its one of their Sheen Supremes, which I am crazy about. Its a red/orange color, looks more red in the tube and orange on my lips. It glides on like butter and provides moisture for those days when my lip ecfoliator just isnt cutting it and I know a matte isn’t going to work on my lips that day. For such a moisturizing lipstick, I find it lasts pretty much all day. The lipstick itself is flat and circular as opposed to the normal shape of Mac lipsticks but its super easy to apply and I am not bothered by that at all. I am anxiously awaiting the moody blooms collection to get my hands on some new Sheen Supremes!

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Rimmel Back to Fuschia I recently finished my Nars Satin Lip pencil in “Yu” which is an amazing hot pink. I’m not currently in the market for another 25 dollar lip pencil so I figured it’d be easier to just find a drug store dupe, and boy did I ever. I had never tried any of their moisture renew lipsticks before, but I was missing out. The packaging is beautiful and numerous people have mistaken the lipstick for urban decay. It comes in a bright purple mirror plastic with a crown on top, because you feel like a total princess when you wear this! It is a true Fuchsia pink with blue undertones that is pretty much exactly the color I was looking for. I like my lipsticks bright and fun, and Back to Fuchsia is no exception. The lipstick is not drying at all but still comes out matte on the lips and lasts me at least the entire morning. If hot pink isn’t your color they have plenty of other nice colors as well, not as many as Revlon or Maybelline but enough for me!

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Maybelline Very Cherry When it comes to drugstore lipsticks, you really cant go wrong with Maybelline. They have been a staple of women’s makeup for so many years and while I am not a fan of all of their products, their lipstick formula is on point. This color is my perfect red. I spent a long time searching (mostly at Sephora and other high end makeup counters) and I happened to try this on when I borrowed it from a friend. There it was, my perfect true red smiling back at me! It looks beautiful on your lips straight out of the tube, but I prefer to put it on with a lip brush because I think it keeps it from bleeding. Finding a good red for your complexion can be tricky, and while this is blue based the color seems to flatter many different complexions.

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Mac Diva Ahh, my beloved Matte lipstick. I have literally 5 different matte mac lipsticks floating around my bag at any given time, but I figured id go with one I haven’t obsessed over on here as much as the others! This color is a beautiful deep burgundy. Normally, I wouldn’t go for a color such as this but it matched my dress perfectly for my sisters wedding and I knew I wanted to go full out glam and make that my showstopping moment. I love pretty much all Mac lipsticks, but their matte formula must have been made with me in mind. It is super long lasting and not nearly as drying as I find their retro mattes to be. As with any matte lipstick, a little exfoliation and chap stick (wipe off before you apply the lipstick) goes a long way, especially if its for a special occasion. This color will turn heads and give you that sexy vamp look, but I think it’s better reserved for when the summer months are over. I’m still going to keep it in my bag though, just in case!

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Loreal Fiery Veil I think this is my only Loreal lipstick I own, but i’m not exactly sure why that is. This color was my first orange and is from the Colour Riche collection. It was more like dipping my toe into the orange trend rather than jumping in head first like I am now. It’s a great lipstick, and it comes in handy for when I want to have orange lips while still looking work appropriate. The lipstick comes in a skinnier tube and glides on so easily. It gives a much more sheer color than any of the previously mentioned lipsticks and could easily be mistaken for a gloss on the lips. Usually I don’t go for the sheer glossy look but this lipstick produces a beautiful color orange that I cant resist. It has a little bit of shimmer to it without that sticky glossy feeling and gives my lips a break from the massive amount of drying I do to them before my Aquaphor regimen at night. For those of you looking for a nice true orange without going over the top, you have met your match.

 

Beauty Products I Regret Purchasing!

Beauty, Blush, Lipstick, Makeup, Mascara

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Mac Flat Out Fabulous Lipstick- Before everyone kills me, I LOVE MAC, I always have and I always will. For this reason alone, I feel I have the right to say that I am not a fan of the retro matte! I’m not sure if its the formula or just this specific lipsticks (ive had weird instances where i’ve bought a 2nd tube of a lipstick I loved from Mac and it will feel slightly different in texture) but this is the only retro matte I own and I am NOT a fan. The color is beautiful, but the lipstick tugs at my lips super hard, flakes almost right away, and is ridiculously drying. Most of my Mac lipsticks, even my mattes, tend to me at least slightly moisturizing, but not this one. It goes on thick and dry and makes my lips feel like they need to be bathed in Aquaphor!

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Maybelline New York Lash Stilletto Ultimate Length Mascara- When it comes to mascara, I focus solely on length. I have come to the sad conclusion that my lashes will never be dark and mysterious, and I am okay with that. What I am NOT okay with is this mascara. The wand is super long and skinny. I assumed this would be to my advantage but all it does is clump your eyelashes together into little groups. It gave me those gross dark thick goopy lashes that no one wants to sit across the table from. I tried it out a couple of times since I hate letting products go to waste and after a few times it was already all dried up and clumpy. This is one of those drugstore products that just can’t compare to high end.

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OCC Lip Tar- Oh, how I wanted to like this product. It was all there, beautiful bold colors, cruelty free, matte, and quirky! I wasn’t so keen on the idea of the lip brush but I figured it was worth a shot. I was wrong. I expected the lip tar to be a light creamy liquid that turns matte on your lips. Instead it was a thick goopy mess that only turned the tiny lip brush they gave me into an even bigger mess.It felt wet on my lips for the full hour I wore it until I couldn’t stand it anymore. It peeled off in clumpy chunks on my lips and I couldn’t even get it to look even and line my lips. It literally look like a sploch of paint flew at me and hit me in the lips, not the look I was going for.

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ELF HD Blush- This was one of those products that didn’t break the bank, but it was still extremely disappointing. I was going through a cream blush phase when I bought this because I was trying to avoid buying the Perricone MD No Blush Blush (Also on my beauty wishlist but that’s another post for another day!) The first one I bought had a defective pump, but I didn’t let that get me down. Once my second one arrived it had a nice consistency to it, but that’s where it ends. With just a tiny pump of the Diva color that I got, it pumps out enough for 10 uses (seriously). There is pretty much no way to put this on without looking like a clown. It is so ridiculously over pigmented that it’s just a disaster waiting to happen. Even the woman at the store had no answer for me when I inquired about how to get less product out of the tube and why I looked like a crazy old lady. I usually love ELF products so don’t let this deter you, just steer clear of this blush unless you plan on being the clown at your nephews birthday party.

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Wet N Wild MegaLast Lip Color- I am all for a good cheap lipstick! In fact, I think out of every beauty product that one is the easiest to get at a high quality for a low price. With this lipstick being only 2 dollars at my local CVS, I grabbed one on a day when I forgot my lipstick bag at home (the horror!) Lets just say I ended up not even wearing a lip color, that’s how bad it was. I wasn’t expecting much for the price, but this is terrible. It is very odd shaped circle so it makes it hard to apply in the first place. It goes on your lips tight and extremely dry. It literally pulls your lip as you apply it and bleeds all over, even in conjunction with a lipliner. I honestly can not see anyone enjoying wearing this lipstick.

 

 

All About Blush!

Beauty, Blush, Makeup

I am a total blush junkie. Having fair skin takes a little more work to find products that work well with your skin tone. However, when it comes to blush, I find a wide array of colors and textures that do the job perfectly!

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Maybelline Master Glaze Glistening Blush Stick– I had my eye on this product ever since I first spotted it during one of my CVS Hauls. The stick is fairly small and still came to about $9.00. Considering I have so many blushes, I was ready to pass it up. I quickly Google’d some reviews (I’m constantly blocking the CVS aisles while I Google products) and I’m glad I changed my mind. This stick is hands down my favorite blush right now. It is small in size but you use so little product it could last forever. I have the pink fever, which kind of reminds me of the Nars Matte Multiples but at a fraction of the cost. It glides on a beautiful pink without pulling at the skin, produces a slight shimmer and is extremely build-able. The pink color is absolutely beautiful and a true barbie pink. I honestly find that this blush lasts me the entire day. It comes in 5 other shades which all look equally as awesome. Once I finish off some of my other blushes i’m going straight for the coral sheen one. These blushes may be small but they will last you a very long time and come highly recommended.

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The Balm “Staniac”– For some reason, The Balm is not sold in many stores in the U.S, but the brand is a true favorite of mine. They have flash sales a lot of the time too so keep an eye out on their website. Staniac comes in a tube with a wand lip gloss type applicator (It can also be used on your lips but I find it drying with not much color payoff on the lips) I have the Prom Queen Shade and it also comes in 2 other shades. Prom queen comes out as a little Pinky-Red and with really only one swipe on each cheek it melts into the skin and provides lasting color all day. It’s not sticky at all like a lip gloss and it truly stains the cheeks for hours. It is a great find!

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Tarte cheek stain– This blush is all that and more! Every time I go into Sephora to do my last minute makeup, I reach straight for the Tarte stick. They are super pigmented, last all day, and glide on beautifully straight from the stick. Of course, if you’re looking for a little less color payoff you can go use your fingers for application. I have the Sheer Berry Rose and I am obsessed. It’s a lot deeper of a color than I usually use, its almost like a dark cranberry color on the stick. Once it hits my cheeks, it gives me a serious natural flush, the kind you get after working out (I guess since I have this blush I don’t have to work out? Wishful thinking?) Not to mention their new packaging is SUPER cute. Check out one of their other 7 colors if the deep cranberry isn’t for you, I promise you wont be disappointed.

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NARS Blush– I cant do a post on blushes without including any powder! Of course everyone knows the NARS powder blushes are a cult favorite. Everyone talks about these blushes all the time, but it’s cause they’re that amazing.  My personal favorite is the Super Orgasm color. Its a beautiful true long lasting pink with LOTS of shimmer, and I love shimmer. I can’t even wear any luminizer with this blush, it’s that beautiful and shimmery! I also have Exhibit A which is a true hot red but I think this color is better suited for dark skinned beauties. I have to use an extremely light hand when it comes to Exhibit A in order to make it work. NARS has a huge range of all different colors for all different skin tones in this classic blush, so you shouldn’t have any problem finding the perfect shade in whatever color you are looking for whether it be shiny or matte!

All about EYEBROWS

Eyebrow, Makeup

Eyebrows are for sure one of the latest crazes. Historically, a bold dark eyebrow comes and goes with the times, but with people like Cara Delevigne and Lilly Collins gracing the cover of our magazines, people are going crazy for a stand out brow. At first, it was a tough bandwagon to jump on with my light eyebrows but with the proper amount of research I found the foolproof ways to hop on the eyebrow train!

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Benefit Gimmebrow This is currently my first choice on the list. It comes in two shades, one for blondes and one for brunettes. If you have a super dark brow, it might not be dark enough but if you’re on the lighter end of the spectrum, it should be perfect. According to Benefit, the spoolie brush grabs onto the fibers on your hairs and fills in the patchy spots. The wand resembles a mascara brush but it is cone shaped and much smaller to go with the shape of the eyebrow. Even if you overdo it with the brush, all you need to do is blend and it’s basically foolproof. Benefit seems to always be ahead of the crowd with their innovative new products, and this product further proves it!

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Maybelline expert wear brow and eye pencil My Co-worker turned me onto this pencil and I haven’t looked back since. It comes 2 in a packet for about 4 dollars which is amazing, especially considering how great the product works and that i’m constantly losing small things like pencils. I am NOT and I repeat NOT an eyebrow pencil person. I tend to get those crazy lines and dark eyebrows that make me look, well, frightening. With this pencil, none of that. I hardly ever have to sharpen it (I know sharpening can be a big turn off for some consumers) and it goes on flawlessly. It almost looks like a lead pencil to me, so I can tell the color is light enough to go with my skin tone. Definitely not something I would have picked up on my own, but I am glad I found it!

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Mac Brow Set This collection is new to Mac. I guess they saw the eyebrow trend was taking over and couldn’t resist jumping on it. It reminds me alot of the gimmebrow with the same mascara wand but a different formula and the wand is slightly larger. It also has more color options for those of you who don’t find a perfect match in either of Benefits 2 shades. They also have a clear one if you’re into that just to tame your brows. I personally use the “girl boy” which is described as a fawn blonde and I love it. It’s a slightly ashy color but it looks so natural on my face. Give it a try at your local Mac counter and let me know what you think since there’s currently not nearly enough reviews online!