Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tutorial Thursday: Wearable Teal Eye Liner

Hey there! Hope your summer is going well! Today I wanted to show you an extremely wearable way to pull off teal liner without looking too made up. This look can be worn in many different liner shapes and colors so feel free to be creative with it but continue reading to see how I achieved this look. 

  1. Curl your lashes before any of the eye make up to open up your eyes. It will make lining your eyes much easier because your lashes won't be in the way. 
  2. Prime you eyes on the top and bottom lid for maximum pigmentation of the shadows and to prevent creasing. 
  3. Apply a matte skin-tone eyeshadow color all over your eyes from lid to brow bone.
  4. Define the crease of your eyes with your favorite transition shade and bring that color around your eyes on the bottom lash-line as well.
  5. With a Taupe colored eye liner smudge a messy line along your lash-line really close to the lashes and bring it around the outer v of your eyes. 
  6. Use a smudger brush to blend out the taupe liner. You can stop at this step and apply mascara to have a super wearable look but let's keep going and add a pop of color.
  7. Take a teal eye pencil (or any color you fancy) I used Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Deep Sea, and start making light feathery strokes on the outer V of the Eye and blend it into the taupe liner.
  8. Wing your eyes with the liner and use a brush to blend the lines and soften the whole look.
  9. Apply lots of mascara and if you are a lash lover then have fun and apply a fluttery pair.
  10. To complete the look and add a pretty girly flair I applied a Gold Glitter Eye liner on the inner portion of my lower lash line (it doesn't really comes across in the pics but it's a beautiful detail).
  11. Now complete the rest of your complexion using a dewy finish foundation and go crazy with the bronzer and highlighter!  

Hope you have fun recreating this look! It's super simple and wearable and you can make it your own by doing a different liner shape or using a different color. Experiment and enjoy the rest of your summer! I will be posting again soon but if you have any requests for looks or any questions feel free to comment. 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Soft Feminine Pink and Gold Eyes

Hey there lovely! 
Thanks for visiting my blog I know I haven't posted in a while and I apologize for that but there are more posts coming your way!

Today I'm showing you one of my fave looks! 
This is a fun eye look to do and it's actually very simple! 
It's a great look for the summer because it's soft and very wearable but it's still bright and colorful. 
Pink and Gold is one of my fave color combinations.
You can pair this look with a cute summery outfit. I decided to wear a floral onsie with a jean vest. 
To learn how to achieve this look continue reading and I'll break down the steps. 

The eyeshadows I used were from the Urban Decay Vice Palette which is unfortunately discontinued but you can recreate this with any Hot pink, Coppery Gold, and Yellowy Gold shadows that you have. 
Here are the steps:

  • Prime your eyes with an eyeshadow primer, I used Urban Decay's Primer Potion.
  • Now use a white base on your eyelids to ensure that the colors are vibrant. I used NYX jumbo eye pencil in Milk.
  • Then blend a Matte Creme Color under your brows and in the crease a little bit to help with blending the other colors. 
  • Next pat on a light Yellowy Gold shade on the inner corner and inner eyelid of the eyes. 
  • Right next to that color pat on a Coppery Gold shade on the eyelids more toward the middle.
  • The last color you're going to use is a Hot Pink in the outer V of the eyes and connect it to the Coppery Gold in the middle. The colors should all blend together nicely. 
  • Now you can line your eyes whichever way works best for you. I chose to use the Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Black and I winged out my eyes in the Arabic Style. 
  • Last but not least curl your lashes if needed and use tons of mascara on you top and bottom lashes to really open up the eyes. You can also apply a flirty pair of Fake lashes if you want but I chose not to. 

This look is best paired with a really dewy skin finish so don't wear anything too heavy or too Matte. Stick to enhancing your natural skin especially for the summer. You can choose to do a nude lip but I love my pinks so I chose to go for Buxom's Lipstick in Mistress from the Serial Killer Holiday set so I'm not sure if that color is available. But play around and have fun with it! Make this look your own! 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Princess Jasmine Inspired Make-Up Look

Hey everyone! Welcome back to my blog! Today is Wearable Wednesday. I'm doing a fun make-up look today inspired by my  favorite Disney Princess, Jasmine! I LOVED the way she looked in the scene when Jafar took over Agrahbah. He forced Princess Jasmine to wear a sexy red outfit.

This look has always been something I try to recreate but there are so many ways you can go about doing this make-up. 
The easiest way to do this look is to create a pin-up styled eye and red lip but then elevate the liner and sharpen the inner corner.
Here is my recreation of the look:

I decided to add a pop of color by applying a shimmery gold on the lower lash-line and a Teal-ish Pencil in my water-line. 

Products I used:
  • Urban Decay Glinda Palette
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
  • Urban Decay 24/7 glide on pencil in Deep end
  • Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara
  • Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in 10 Beso
  • NYX Lip Liner in 803 Burgundy
  • Mac Mineralized Skin finish in Soft and Gentle
  • NYC Sunny Bronzer
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Natural Beauty
  • Hourglass Brow Sculpting Pencil in Dark Brunette

I hope you enjoyed this look and try to recreate it yourself. If this look is too bold for you then try to do a make-up look inspired by YOUR favorite Disney Princess! Thank you so much for reading! Have a great rest of your week!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Quick Tip for a Quick Make-Up Routine

Hey there my lovelies, Happy Monday!
Do you find it especially hard getting ready on a Monday morning (or any morning for that matter)?
Are you like me and sometimes give up on doing your make-up because it's too time consuming and takes too much effort?
Well here is a super easy quick tip that is so obvious that you might not have thought of it before:

A lot of us love to pick out our outfit the night before to save time from our getting ready routine. 
So why not do the same with your Cosmetic products?
 Neatly lay out all the make-up you are going to wear the night before.
 Pick out a lip and blush color that will match your outfit.
Go even further and lay the products out in the order you want to use them.
Believe me this will cut 10 minutes from your morning routine! 

Don't stop there!
Save 5 more minutes and prepare all of your skincare products.

This tip is a lifesaver when you have somewhere important to be the next day. So I really hope you enjoyed this post and try it out for yourself. Thank you so much for reading and have a great rest of your week!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Top 6 Real Techniques Brushes you NEED + extensive REVIEW

Hey everyone! Happy Sunday! I hope you had a great week and are having an even better weekend. Today I am going to extensively review a small selection of brushes from Samantha Chapman's Brush collection, Real Techniques. I have the entire collection but chose to review the brushes that I was requested on tumblr and on here to review. Warning: This is going to be a very long post!

In order as shown in the picture above:
  • Powder Brush ($10)
  • Blush Brush ($9)
  • Buffing Brush (part of an $18 set w/ 4 face brushes)
  • Stippling Brush ($10)
  • Setting Brush ($8)
  • Deluxe Crease Brush (part of a different $18 set than the buffing brush w/ 5 eye brushes)
Here are all the brushes laying next to each other so that you can see the bristles and sizes

Now before we get started I want to point out that none of these brushes shed at all! 
Not a single bristle shed before and after washing them which is really something to be impressed by.
I can't tell you how many times I've purchased a brush at about a $20-$30 price range and they have shed like crazy.
For example the Sephora Pro Stippling Brush #44 which is $35! 
Such a waste of money don't ever buy that brush! 
It sheds like crazy and I have a picture to prove it.

You can actually see the bristles shedding onto the brush itself and that's before I've even used it! Not good. The worst part about it is that when you use the brush in stippling motions (which is the purpose and intention for the brushes existence), it feels very scratchy and itchy on the face. 

Anyways, with that mini rant out of the way let's get started on the review.

First up, The Powder Brush:

This brush is an over-sized version of the Real Technique's Multi-Task Brush. 
As you can see in the photos the Powder brush and Multi-Task brush are very similar shapes. 
The powder brush is great to use for setting the entire face with a delicate layer of powder. 
The brush is very soft but when you pounce it onto the face it can feel a tiny bit scratchy. 
It is not too dense either so it is best used with a loose powder-type product. 
This brush also would make a great body bronzing brush due to it's larger size.
The size, shape and density of this brush is not comparable to any brush I've seen by any other brands so far.
Therefore, I would recommend this brush for anyone looking for a larger face brush that is affordable, soft, and gets the job done well. 

Time for brush number two, The Blush Brush:

I was very intrigued by this brushes shape and size.
I was actually hoping that it would be a dupe for Marc Jacob's Bronzer Brush no.12:  
Retails at $78.Ouch!

Once I got my hands on the brush and have used it several times I have concluded that it's absolutely nothing like that brush at all.
However, I still love this brush! 
As you can see in the blush brush collage above, in comparison to the average blush brushes, it is much more fluffy and rounded.
The bristles are extremely soft and are tapered off seamlessly.
This brush can be used for several different purposes, for blush, for all-over powdering, and my personal fave for Bronzing. (Keep in mind that I said Bronzing NOT contouring, this brush is much too big for a precise contour.)
When you want to achieve a glowy, dewy make-up look this brush will apply your bronzer flawlessly.
It creates a beautiful glow on the outside of the face.
Overall, I would absolutely recommend this brush to anyone who loves glowy yet natural make-up looks.

Third Brush is the Charm, The Buffing Brush:

The Buffing brush is the brush in the entire collection that I use the most. 
I use this brush for applying liquid foundation. 
There are 2 brushes I compared this brush to: 
They are BOTH the Sephora Classic Mineral Powder Brush #45 ( retails at $24).
However, the old #45 and the new #45 are supposed to be the same brush but they are not.
In the collage the shinier brush is the old version of brush #45. 
I have used that brush for many years and have enjoyed the density of it. 
That brush is very dense but still very soft. 
The new #45 is less dense and a lot softer. 
Now why am I bringing that up? 
I brought it up because if you have the old #45 you will not agree with what I am about to say...

The Real Technique's Buffing Brush is an exact dupe for the New Sephora Classic Mineral Powder Brush #45. 
I love all three brushes but on days when my skin is dry and flaky I prefer brushes that are NOT super dense. 
Sometimes the density of a brush can really micro-exfoliate the dry patches of ones skin so try not to use a brush that is so tightly packed with bristles.
If you are like me and have dry to normal skin then I would absolutely recommend you to invest in the Real Techniques Buffing brush because it is an exact dupe for the Sephora one and it's cheaper.
This brush comes in the Core Collection on the Real Techniques website for only $18. 
It's a great deal because it's $6 cheaper than the Sephora brush AND it comes with 3 other brushes. 
$18 for 4 brushes? 
It's a steal if you ask me! 

Moving onto Brush number four, The Stippling Brush:

I've compared 4 stippling brushes (in order of appearance): The sigma F15, the Real Techniques Stippling Brush, the E.L.F Stipple Brush, and the Sephora #44.

The Real Techniques stippling brush is unlike any other stippling brush I've tried before. 
The size is much smaller and the bristles are a lot more dense when compared to 3 other stippling brushes.
The Real Techniques Stippling brush has bristles that are more tightly packed. Its' hairs are also a lot shorter.
This brush can have a million different functions.
It would be great for stippling liquid foundation onto the skin. 
It can be used to blend harsh edges of your blush or bronzer. 
It can be used for setting your make up with a translucent powder. 
It can be used for applying liquid or cream highlighters on the high points of the face.
And lastly,what I use the brush for; applying a thin, even layer of primer onto the skin.
Keep in mind that blending with this brush might take more time since it is so precise and small compared to other stippling brushes.
The stippling brush is very well made and seems like it would last such a long time in your collection due to the density of the bristles.
With all the being said, I highly recommend this brush for anyone who doesn't mind spending more time applying their make-up and wants a Mult-functional brush, that is soft and blends out product flawlessly. 

We are getting close to the end with the Fifth Brush, The Setting Brush:

The Setting Brush has a unique shape and size. 
The bristles are tapered into a fluffy, slightly domed shape.
It is extremely soft, not too dense and not at all scratchy.
This brush is wonderful when used for setting your under-eye concealer. 
You can also use this brush to very softly contour under your cheekbones.
This brush is best used with loose powder-type products.
This brush does a great job of applying powder without moving your concealer or foundation underneath. 
I highly recommend this brush for anyone who is looking for a more precise application technique.

Last but certainly not least, The Deluxe Crease Brush:

Above you will see the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush compared to The Sephora Pro Airbrush Concealer #57.

The Deluxe Crease brush is a densely packed, domed shaped brush. 
I love this brush but I do not like it for the purpose it is intended.
I find that using this brush in the crease of your eye will not work for blending out eyeshadow very well.
It is too dense to softly blend powders.
You can use this brush to apply cream eye shadow all over the eye area.
However, this brush is brilliant when used for applying concealer especially under the eyes.
This brush is actually very comparable to the ever so popular Airbursh Concealer brush by Sephora Collection (which retails at $24).
The Deluxe Crease brush comes in an $18 set that comes with 4 other eye brushes (5 brushes for $18). 
I actually like the Deluxe Crease brush a little better than Sephora's #57 because I find that it is more dense and blends concealer quicker and more seamlessly. 
Therefore, I most definitely recommend the Deluxe crease brush especially over Sephora's version because it's cheaper but works much better.
If you are looking for a flawless finish while trying to achieve great coverage than this is the brush that will do that for you. 

Overall, I am extremely impressed with the entire brush line. I definitely think that if you are looking for great functionality at a great price than these are the brushes for you. All of the brushes are synthetic so for anyone who is animal friendly you have nothing to worry about. These brushes are also extremely easy to wash. As you can see in all the photos, I like the fact that the brushes all have a flat bottom so that they can stand up on their own. There are tons of different types of brushes in the entire collection so I know that you will find one that suits your make-up routine. Real Techniques is a lovely brand and you can tell that Samantha Chapman and her sister Nic really spent time on them. If you are ever at an Ulta or if you like to Shop Online please check out these brushes. 

Here is the website to the collection.

Thank you all so much for reading hope you enjoyed the post! 
If you have any questions or want to know about any other brushes than feel free to ask! 

***Disclaimer: I did receive these brushes for free because I won a giveaway. However, this is not a sponsored review and all opinions are 100% honest and from my own experience as a Make-up Artist.  

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Wearable Wednesday: Job Interview Make-Up

Happy Wednesday my lovely readers, today I wanted to bring you along while I was getting ready for an interview. Watch me apply my make-up and change into my interview clothes. I made this video to give you an idea of what to wear when you have an important, professional setting to go to. Hope you enjoy!!!!!

Hope you liked watching that! It is my first "Get Ready with Me" video and I'm hoping to make more soon.
For a better look at how the make up turned out check out these pics:

List of Products used:
Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eye shadow Primer Potion 
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
Smashbox Full Exposure Palette
Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara
Korres Greek Yoghurt Primer
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Opal
YSL Touche Eclat Foundation in shade BG30
Benefit Stay Don't Stray Eye Shadow Primer
Make Up Forever Full Cover Concealer shadow no.6
Bobbi Brown University Palette
Mac Mineralized Skin Finish Natural
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
Too Faced "A Few of my Favorite Things" Palette 
Too Faced Chocolate Soliel Bronzer 
Tarte Dazzled Amazonian Clay Blush Palette
Hourglass Eyebrow Pencil in Ebony
Benefit Gimme Brow in Darkest shade
NYX Lip Liner in Rose 840
Buxom Lipstick in Mistress
Guerlain KissKiss Pearl Gloss in no.867

Friday, February 7, 2014

Story Time Saturday: Fun Bright Make-Up for When you don't feel your best

Hey there my lovely readers!!!! Sorry I haven't posted in a while I actually have a really good excuse. I got my wisdom teeth removed on Monday 2/3/14 and I am still in the healing process. My cheeks are still very swollen so my face shape in these upcoming photos look completely rounded.
This is me over-exaggerating! 
When I look in the mirror I feel like a totally different person because all I see are these huge cheeks. It totally makes me feel like Theodore from Alvin and the Chipmunks:
This picture is perfect b/c pancakes were the first thing I ate after the surgery. This was totally what I looked like! 
My recovery is going great though. I'm not in huge pain and the swelling is slowly going down. On Monday the 10th I'm going to go back for a check up to make sure everything is healing okay and to remove the stitches. I was so shocked at how huge the wisdom teeth are though:

When I saw them for the first time I couldn't believe those teeth were under gums. Now I know why I always had tooth aches and jaw pain for so long.

Anyways, enough with  my complaining, I want you all to know that even when you are not feeling so hot you can still feel confident in your own skin. Looking at my swollen face makes me not want to go out in public but I realized that there's nothing a little contouring and confidence can't fix! ;)

Here are pictures of the look I wore out to dinner with the family last night:

The amazing palette that I used for this look was Too Faced "A Few Of My Favorite Things" Palette. It has 20 eyeshadows and 4 cheek colors which is excellent since that's also what I used to contour my cheeks.

The color Tinsel is the pretty, light gold-ish Green Eyeshadow all over the lid of my eyes. Followed by the Dark Brown eyeshadow Dark Chocolate as Eye-liner. A Pink on the lower lash-line called Taffy (mixed with the pink blush Raindrops on Roses) and a light shimmery Pink on the inner corners called Coquet. 
The lips are a beautiful Corally-Pink Nars Lip Pencil called New Lover.

Before I applied the powder bronzer and blush I first did some cream contouring. I blended a deeper shade onto the fattest part of my cheeks (which is where I'm touching my cheek in the 4th picture). 

Then after I set my face make-up I used the blush in the color Melt Into Spring and followed with the bronzer Chocolate Soleil. I pretty much put that bronzer everywhere since i was feeling quite cheeky (Get it? I said cheeky because of my cheeks! Yeah I'm lame).

After that I highlighted my skin with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette on the high points of my face to add a glow. Then I used Benefits Gimme Brow to set my thick, hairy brows and keep them in place. 

And that is the final look! I hope you like it. It's very simple and wearable to recreate so give it a try with similar colors that you have in your collection. 

Thank you so much for visiting my blog I really do appreciate it. As always don't be afraid to make your dreams come true and have a magical Day! <3