2015 Favorites – Get Ready With Me Style!

So I may be a couple days late but I hope you’ll forgive me. I decided to mix up the year end favorites by doing it “get ready with me” style so you can see the products in action. Although, to be fair, if you’ve been following me, you probably already have. In any case, I hope you check it out and enjoy! 2015 was great but I am so ready to fire things up for 2016. I’d love to hear your year transition thoughts whether they are makeup, resolution, or life related! xoxo

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NYE Party Makeup – Glittery Cut Crease

Today, I bring you my first presentable attempt at a cut crease ;). I had a lot of fun putting this look together (except for the illness part) and I hope you enjoy the show. You can certainly recreate this with any color scheme you like, you certainly don’t have to use the same products I did (although, if you want it, they are listed below). I hope you have a wonderful and safe New Year’s celebration and I’ll see y’all in 2016!!

Products Used

Eyes

  • Wet n Wild Fergie eye primer
  • Wet n Wild Blue Had Me At Hello palette
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills World Traveller palette
  • Physician’s Formula Gel Cream liner in  Black
  • Essence eyebrow pencil in Blonde
  • Urban Decay Perversion mascara
  • Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers glitter liner in Blingin it Black
  • e.l.f. glitter liner in Stardust

Face

  • Kat Von D Lock It foundation in Light 44 mixed with NYX BB Cream in Nude
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer in Light Warm
  • Wet n Wild Coverall pressed powder in Fair
  • e.l.f. Blush and Bronzer duo in St Lucia (bronzer only)
  • NYX powder blush in Taupe
  • Milani rose powder blush in Romantic Rose
  • NYX Underneath It All palette, white and gold highlights

Lips

  • Wet n Wild Fergie lipstick in Fergie Daily
  • NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee

Simple and Classic Holiday Makeup

Merry Christmas Eve to all those who celebrate! I hope you enjoy this simple and classic holiday look. It’s gold and glittery with lots of lashes and a smokin’ red lip 😉 Listed below is a full list of products used if you are interested! Thanks so much for hanging out. xo

Products Used

Face

  • Kat Von D Lock It foundation in Light 44 mixed with NYX BB Cream in Nude
  • Urban Decay Naked concealer in Light Warm
  • Wet n Wild CoverAll pressed powder in Fair
  • NYX powder blush in Taupe
  • NYX Underneath It All palette (for blush and highlight)

Eyes

  • Wet n Wild Fergie eye primer
  • NYX powder blush in Taupe (for crease)
  • NYX Underneath It All palette (pale gold shadow)
  • e.l.f. Long Lasting Lustrous cream shadow in Toast
  • Wet n Wild ProLine felt tip liner in Black
  • Physician’s Formula OrganicWear CC mascara (silver tube)
  • Urban Decay Perversion mascara
  • Ardell Whispie lashes

Lips

  • NYX lip liner in Plum
  • Bite Beauty lipstick in Pomegranate

NYX butt “naked” Underneath It All Palette – Swatch/Review

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I picked up this palette on a recent trip to Ulta. I had seen it before and was intrigued but wanted to look up some reviews before buying it. After seeing EmilyNoel83’s praise for it (she starts talking about it around 5:41), I figured it was safe to take the plunge and I’m very glad I did! This will be a review/swatch post but, if you want to see this thang in action, I will have a video tutorial linked at the end.

This palette retails for $24.99 (I used one of my 20% coupons so it was $18) and comes with 15 eyeshadows (one is a pressed pigment), 4 blushes, and 3 highlights. I find the name a little silly (especially since the tones in the palette aren’t necessarily “nude” or “naked” shades) but my biggest complaint is it gets a Shakira song I barely remember in my head. Didn’t she have a song about “underneath your clothes” or something like that? Anyway, that’s neither here nor there. Each shadow is .03 oz/1g, each blush is .07oz/2g, and each highlight is .14oz/4g.

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The packaging is sleek and simple. The cover does pick up fingerprints like whoa if that is a concern. When you open the lid, you see the eyeshadows along with a gorgeous mirror. It’s almost my favorite thing in the palette! It’s big enough to use and I think it’s got a slight magnification. Not the kind that lets you get crazy picking up imperceptible “flaws” but the kind that let’s a glasses-wearer (like myself) see what the flip they are doing.

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The eyeshadows themselves are really gorgeous. There’s a great variety in shade, texture, and tone. The only thing I feel is missing is a dark matte shade. To my eyes, there are 5 matte shades, 6 shimmer shades, 2 satin shades, and 2 matte shades mixed with very fine glitter. The pigmentation is really nice over all (some are better than others which I’ll get to in the swatches) and they all blend really well. There are a couple shades that swatch a little patchy and there are a couple shades you need to work a little harder with but for the most part, I’m really pleased with the look and feel of the shadows.

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To get to the face products, you need to slide a drawer on the bottom forward (it took me way longer than I care to admit to figure that one out). Three out of the four blushes are matte/satin which I really appreciate since you also get three highlighters. Maybe it’s because my skin is on the oily side and get’s “glowy” enough on it’s own that I think putting highlighter over sparkly blush might be overkill. While it may have been nice to mix it up with either a matte highlight or a bronzer, I actually like having the three “typical” highlight tones to play with. I’ve also had fun playing with them on the lid as a minimal makeup look.

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SWATCHES

For the swatching portion of this program, I’m going to move from the top row of shadows down the the highlights. These swatches were all a single circle through the product and then a swipe on bare skin.

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Top Row, Left to Right

The top row is all around really lovely. The first shade (on the left) is a wonderful, matte shade I’ve loved using in the crease. The second shade is the pressed pigment (I’m honestly not sure how that differs but it’s lovely anyway) and it’s a rose gold. The silver takes a bit of building up on the eye and the copper-y gold can be a bit powdery. The last shade is a rich plum-y shade with pinkish glitter in it, although, I feel it swatches more like a warm matte brown. The glitter doesn’t translate much on the lids which is either a plus or minus depending on your preference.

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Middle Row, Left to Right

The middle row starts with a greatly pigmented cool grey with almost a purple tone to it. Next is a great matte burnt orange color. The middle shade is honestly a little hard for me to read. It feels really creamy and I think it swatches well but it’s a little hard to tell on my skin tone (I’d love some input from you if you have this palette…especially if you have a different skin tone to me!). However, this is a great blending out shade for us fair skinned folk. The next shadow is one of my favorites. It’s a dark teal shade that I feel is quite unique, at least, in my collection. I do wish it was a little bit more pigmented though. I find it takes a couple layers to really get it to pop. Last, is a shimmery white highlight shade. It’s crazy pigmented which differentiates it from the white highlight in the drawer below (which is much more sheer).

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Last Row, Left to Right

The last row starts with a shimmery champagne gold. Next is a pale fleshy matte shade. The center shade is an interesting one. In the pan, it looks like a cool toned rose shade with fine golden glitter. When swatched/blended out, it reads much more warm and red. The glitter shows up much more than the other glitter shade though it’s a fine, sophisticated glitter rather than a glitter bomb, if that makes sense. The next shade is a matte brown that I would say is pretty neutral. The last shade is another matte light flesh toned shade but this one is definitely more warm and pink-y.

Over all, I feel like these shades cater more toward people with lighter skin tones. I would really love to hear from any of you with deeper skin since I really don’t have any experience with that myself. I think all the shades are workable though, as you can see, some are more richly pigmented than others. I will say again that I think it’s a really great mix of textures and tones and I’ve had a lot of fun playing with this palette.

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Blushes, Left to Right

The blush selection is pretty nice and I really appreciate that they are mostly without shimmer. The first is a cool toned baby pink that is completely matte and, I think, the most pigmented. It wears really pretty on the skin (I use it in the tutorial I’ll link below) and blends easily. The second looks like a deep rose in the pan and reads a little warmer on the skin. It’s a really beautiful shade that seems very autumnal to me. The third blush is a bright coral and it’s the only shade with shimmer. While it looks a little glittery in the pan, it comes off as just having a nice golden glow on the skin. The final shade I feel a little meh about. It’s very subtle and neutral which is nice but I also find it to be a little patchy. If you are looking for a similar toned blush, I recommend the Milani rose powder blush in Romantic Rose.

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Highlights, Left to Right

The highlights are all the same except for the shades. They are rich, creamy, and smooth and look really lovely on the skin. The only thing you may want to be aware of is if you have any texture on your cheeks you don’t like (large pores or anything like that) these can accentuate it if you put a lot on. All three of these can be lightly brushed on for a more subtle glow or you can layer for more intensity if that’s your cup of tea. They are all shimmery so if you prefer matte highlights, you will maybe prefer to use these as shadows.

All in all, I really love this palette. I think it’s a great value and a great way to play with different tones, textures, and products. I think this is worth checking out if you like the shades or maybe don’t have a super extensive makeup collection and would like a kit of this sort.

Finally…

Interested in seeing this palette in action? Want some holiday/everyday look ideas? You can check out a video tutorial of just that here.

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I hope you found this review helpful! Please let me know if you have any other questions, comments, or your own thoughts on this palette if you’ve tried it. I hope you have a wonderful day!

Green and Silver Holiday Glam Tutorial

Hi guys! Today, I bring you the first of (hopefully) several holiday makeup tutorials. This one is pretty full on which, for me, is always so much fun to do! I hope you enjoy and please let me know if you have any requests!

Products Used

Eyes

  • Wet n Wild Fergie eye primer
  • Hard Candy Birthday Suit palette
  • Wet n Wild Cool as Cucumber trio
  • Wet n Wild Fergie Camoflauge Couture palette
  • Wet n Wild H2O liquid liner in Black
  • NYX Microbrow pencil in Taupe (not shown)
  • Urban Decay Perversion mascara
  • Ardell #402 lashes
  • NYX Prismatic shadow in Tin

Face

  • NYX Invincible foundation in Ivory mixed with NYX BB Cream in Nude (not shown)
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer in Light Warm
  • Wet n Wild Coverall pressed powder in Fair
  • e.l.f. Blush and Bronzer duo in St Lucia (bronzer only)
  • NYX powder blush in Taupe
  • Milani rose powder blush in Romantic Rose

Lips

  • Bite Beauty lipstick in Scarlet

 

Quick(ish) and Natural(ish) Makeup Tutorial

Hi guys! Yesterday, I was planning on filming a bunch of fun, holiday looks. It’s totally my favorite season for makeup since glitter becomes not only acceptable but (in my head at least) necessary. However, the day got away from me and I ended up having just a short time to film before having to go teach. So, I decided to film my version of natural, no-makeup makeup. I hope you enjoy it and feel free to leave any of your favorite natural makeup products, techniques, or tips below!

Product List

Face

  • NYX Invincible Fullest Coverage Foundation in Ivory
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer in Light Warm
  • Wet n Wild Coverall pressed powder in Fair
  • Milani rose powder blush in Romantic Rose
  • e.l.f. studio blush in Pink Passion

Eyes

  • NYX MicroBrow pencil in Taupe
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills shadow in Soft Peach
  • NYX powder blush in Taupe (for crease)
  • NYX Doll Eye mascara in Black

Lips

  • Milani Color Statement lipstick in Pretty Natural

Brushes

  • Real Techniques Deluxe Crease brush
  • RT Setting brush
  • RT Blush brush
  • RT Contour brush
  • RT Base Shadow brush
  • e.l.f. Small Tapered brush

 

Colorful Smokey Eye

 

Hey guys! Today, I bring you a tutorial (in horrible light…so sorry!). I love this colorful smokey eye using the halo technique and complimentary colors. Check it out if you’re interested and below is a full list of products (including what was on my face from the beginning).

Product List

FACE

  • Kat Von D Lock It foundation in Light 44 + NYX BB Cream in Nude
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer in Light Warm
  • Wet n Wild Coverall Powder in Fair
  • Wet n Wild ColorIcon blush in Pearlescent Pink

EYES

  • Wet n Wild Fergie eye primer
  • NYX Micro Brow pencil in Taupe
  • NYX Doll Eye Volume mascara in Black
  • Wet n Wild 8 pan palette in Blue Had Me at Hello and Petal Pusher
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills shadow in Soft Peach (from World Traveler Palette)
  • Milani Kohl Kajal liner in Black
  • NYX mechanical, waterproof pencil in Deep Purple
  • Physician’s Formula gel cream liner in Black (from trio for blue eyes)

LIPS

  • Wet n Wild Fergie lipstick in Bebot Love

BRUSHES (used in video)

Real Techniques

  • Base Shadow Brush (permanent and LE “Nic’s Picks)
  • Accent Brush
  • Fine Liner Brush

e.l.f.

  • Eyeshadow Brush ($1 flat brush)