The Ordinary Colours – Serum Foundation

Hi Babes!

I was originally planning on doing a video today, but with a 3 year old loudly telling himself stories and reading books out loud in his room and an almost 6 month old clamoring for my attention, I decided against that. I used my spending money for the month on a haul of new products from Ulta yesterday so I am going to briefly talk about those as well as a new favorite foundation.

I heard about Deciem The Abnormal Beauty Company a few months ago. It was in reference to their new line of foundations coming out. I checked out the website and was so excited to see that the foundation was only $6.70!! A (anticipated) high end foundation for dollar store prices?? And with so many unique shades available? I ordered what I felt like would be my shade and then eagerly awaited the arrival of my Serum Foundation.

Due to the huge demand for their product, Deceim took a month before getting the serum foundation to me. I honestly didn’t mind the wait. If this foundation was going to be as good as the claims said it was, I was willing to wait! I finally got my 1.1P Fair with Pink Undertones foundation in the mail and carefully inspected the bottle and read the “directions.” I noticed the foundation seemed separated, but I also saw it was highly recommended to shake well before use. I’ve tried the foundation several times in the past two months, but haven’t tried it with primer on first. Today is the first time I’ve done my makeup full face in months. I am so impressed with this foundation! It is very liquid-y and that was concerning to me at first, but it goes on almost velvety and dries matte and almost like a powder. Even though the foundation is very fluid, it has a very good medium coverage and since I don’t need much, I see this one little bottle lasting me for a long time! I have seen reports of the foundation oxidizing, but I think that was in reference to the Coverage Foundation. I haven’t noticed oxidizing in my Serum Foundation though!

Alright, so do I recommend this foundation? Uhm yes, this stuff is amazing, and for that price? Go for it!

Moving on to my Ulta haul!

I have been eyeing Makeup Revolutions Luxury Baking Powder in Banana for a long time. I finally decided to get it tomorrow. I’ll have to say I’m pleased with how it feels. It’s a nice finish instead of using finishing powder to complete a look. I also picked up a new eyeshadow palette. This one is called Unicorns Are Real and as I don’t have any palettes with those colors, I figured why not? So far, I really like the shades! Especially the purples and reddish pink. I’m looking forward to playing with this palette.

The last product I got was a Bright Lights Illumination Blush Stick from NYX. My current blushes are getting old and I need to throw them out so this is a perfect alternative to having a blush palette! I don’t like having a lot of different options for blushes, so having one product to quickly swipe on and go is my preference.

I’m hoping to get a project done in the next few months that will help with getting my YouTube channel up and running again. In the meantime, let me know if you try The Ordinary Serum or Coverage foundations? I’d love to hear what you think!

Sorry for the long absence – current favorite products

Hi Beauties,

As it’s been now three months (I think) since I last posted, I figured it’s time to get back into trying to post at least once a month if I can swing that!!

It’s been an very overwhelming and extremely busy past three months and I’ll explain why. Three months ago this next week, my second decided to make an early entrace into this world at 6 weeks early! He was born a mere 4 hours after my water broke on January 31st, 2017. He’s done nothing but surpass everyone’s expectations for him and he is thriving despite having been 6 weeks early and with his spina bifida.

Alright, anyway, life’s been hectic to say the least, but I’m hoping things are starting to calm down. In the meantime, I thought I’d list some of my current favorite products as I’ve done a lot of shifting in my makeup/hair routine recently including chopping off my waist length hair into an a-line mix of a bob/lob (long bob). I think I want to start up my youtube channel again, but we’ll see if that’s too ambitious for right now!

Okay, let’s start with hair!

With the shorter hair I’m finding I only need to conditioner it mmmaybe once a week. I need to get another bottle of co-wash, but for now I’m liking L’Oreal’s new clay shampoo.

L’Oreal Extraordinary Clay Rebalancing Shampoo

I’ve been using this for a few weeks now and I feel like it’s actually cleaning my hair. I haven’t noticed any build up yet, but I’ve also been (when I use conditioner) putting conditioner first then shampooing. This seems to help my hair actually get clean without stripping good oils. I find the scent refreshing and while I’m not entirely sure the “clay” is actually doing anything, I like to think that it is.

In trying to figure out my new styling needs with my new haircut, I accidentally stumbled upon what I’m using right now. Ironically it’s a product I’ve NEVER liked before with my longer hair and yet it’s the absolutely best product I’ve found so far with my shorter hair.

MOUSSE

I never liked how mousse would dry in my hair when it was to my waist. I liked cream/gels, but one of the things I specifically asked my hair stylist to do was give me as many layers as she could. I wanted, no CRAVED volume. I also knew that as soon as postpartum hair loss struck, I wanted a hair style I could get the absolute most volume I could. One day I decided to pull out my Garnier Fructis mousse and just give it a whirl. Holy cow, I got INCREDIBLE volume and my hair was SO soft. Check out the picture above, that was freshly washed and volumized hair.

Garnier Fructis Style Curl Construct Creation Mousse

The the last hair product I’ve been using this past week especially is a dry texturizing spray. I had found one by Garnier Fructis called Texture Tease last year at some point but with longer hair it was not a good product for my hair. I must have used enough of it last year because it only lasted a week! When trying to find the spray to replace my now empty bottle, I discovered that it appears to be yet another product that I’ve snatched up that is now discontinued! I then turned to the shelves of Target’s beauty section and stumbled upon a dry texturizing spray that I think is my new favorite product.

Umberto Dry Texture Spray 

I spritzed some of this on my hair after I got home this afternoon, and oh my goodness, instant revival of volume and without any crunchiness! I think I’m going to be reaching for this spray a lot.

Okay! Moving on to face products!

With having two kids now, one being an almost three month old who requires more doctors appointments than my first has had in his 3 years of life, my makeup routine has had to become very minimal. Honestly, all I’m doing right now most days is applying a BB cream after I put toner and moisturizer on my face after showering in the mornings, a little bit of eyebrow pencil, eyeliner, and mascara, and that’s my beauty routine.

Let’s start from the skin out –

Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner 

I’ve started using Witch Hazel two times a day and I’m really pleased with how my skin is starting to look! Especially with my body still full of pregnancy hormones and everything still settling after my little one’s intense arrival, my skin has been a bit unhappy with me. I don’t mind the slightly alcoholic smell of this witch hazel, it goes away as soon as it dries which is about 2 seconds. I just apply it with a cottonball around around my face, neck, and chest.

Olay Fresh Effects Long Live Moisture Satin Finish Lotion

I used to use this lotion several years ago but I didn’t really know how to take care of my face so it didn’t work all that great. However, I started using it again and I really love it. It’s silky but doesn’t dry oily. I don’t break out from it and one bottle lasts for months.

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream – Light/Medium 

OMG, this stuff is amazing! I put this on after the lotion above and break one of my makeup rules; I apply it with my hands! I found this works best for this cream because the heat of my hands helps the cream blend into my skin a lot smoother than if I used a sponge or brush. Also, it’s quicker. I apply the witch hazel, moisturizer, and the bb cream in all less than 3 minutes.

But, when I want to do a fuller face of makeup, I found another new favorite –

NYX BB Cream in Natural 

I ran out of my Rimmel bb cream and decided to try something a little different for my minimal makeup routine. I haven’t always liked NYX products, but have been very pleased with this cream. It blends almost matte once it warms up to my skin. And it goes on really smoothly with or without primer under it. Ha, yet another makeup rule of mine I’ve broken recently! I’ll tell you what, having two kids really makes you figure out how quickly you can do something in as little steps as possible!

So those are my current favorite products! Thanks for sticking around during my absence. Life’s been really hard and busy and intense lately, but I haven’t dropped makeup as it’s become a significant self-care thing for me. Hopefully I’ll be able to start posting with a little more regularity soon!

 

Mascara Recommendations & Comparision – product reviews

So I have noticed that roughly once a year, I get a new full sized mascara. The rest of the year, I live off of making my favorites last or I use travel/sample sizes that I get from a variety of places. A year ago, I was introduced to Stila’s HUGE Extreme Lash mascara via Ipsy and fell in love with how it made my lashes look! But, when I went to Ulta to get my own full sized tube for Christmas, they had sold out completely! And that is when I found my next favorite from Too Faced. I bought a tube of the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara and found that I liked it almost better than the Stila mascara!

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Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and Milk Cosmetics Ubame Mascara

This year, thanks to a gift card to Sephora, I picked up a brand new tube of Better Than Sex Mascara and have been thoroughly enjoying having a fresh new mascara to add to my makeup routine. However, as I have kept an eye on major brands’ Christmas sales, I stumbled across a deal at Stila that included a full sized tube of HUGE Extreme Lash mascara, eyeliner, blush/lip cream, and lip gloss all for $15! I was shocked and quickly snatched it up. I went back later that day and it had sold out completely.

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The crazy thing is that now I have both of my favorite mascaras in front of me, I have a clear preference for one over the other. One of the thing that makes me like both of these mascaras is the hour glass shaped brush. I feels like it exaggerates and draws out and up the lashes in a way other mascaras I’ve tried don’t. I already have dark and mostly full eyelashes, so I don’t need a LOT of help when it comes to emphasizing my eyelashes, but I do love the way these mascaras do darken my lashes more. Anyway, after having almost two kids, my lashes have changed a good bit (mainly gotten thinner). Another reason I do like both of these mascaras is you really don’t need more than one coat for each eye and that’s with wiping the excess mascara off the brush!

Alright so now which is my preferable mascara?? I’d have to say it’s the Better Than Sex one! They are both really good, and I do really like Stila’s mascara, but the Too Faced mascara’s brush has a more defined hour glass shape and it does go on a teensy bit smoother than the Stila mascara! I do highly recommend both mascaras still. For their price and the fact that they really do last for quite awhile, I’d say these are still my top top favorites out of all of the mascara I’ve tried. And I’ve tried both high end mascara and the low end mascara (low end = low cost).

If you’re looking for a new mascara to try or to replace an old tube, check out Stila’s HUGE Extreme Lash mascara or Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara!

Product Reviews – Birchbox, 2 boxes

Hi Beauties,

It’s a dreary slightly snowy day, so it feels like a good day to spit out a blog post. However, to brighten up my day, and hopefully yours, I snatched a Birchbox deal at the end of October where I got two boxes for the price of one. Now with this kind of deal (I have managed to get this one other time a year and a half ago) you never know what the second box is going to be! I was so pleasantly surprised when I opened up the big box from Birchbox and discovered the bonus box was their Rifle Paper Co. box! I am not going to be renewing my subscription to Birchbox at the present time, but I am glad I got it this past month. The samples were a really nice mix of eh not so sure about this to wow I really like this.

Okay, so to start of with, let’s talk about the November box. The theme of November was The Finishing Touch – all about those extra, just-because details that make all the difference. When I glanced at the list of samples I was getting, I was excited to see an Amika product was included. At first I thought it was my favorite dry shampoo, but upon further inspection, it is their dry conditioner. I didn’t even know such a product existed, but I was willing to give it a shot. The second product was the Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil from Bumble and Bumble. I have gotten this product in the past and found it to be too heavy for my hair. So this was one of the eh not so sure products.

Next down the line was a teaser from Coastal Scents’ new Blush & Bronzer palette. This sample included a blush and what looks like either a dark highlighter or a very light bronzer. I haven’t tried this one out yet since I am currently loving on my Pixi by Petra contour palette right now. A Dr. Jart+ product was included called Ceramidin Cream and while I haven’t tried it yet either, I am planning on giving it a shot once my current night cream product runs out.

Now, on to my favorite product from this box. I have heard of Milk Makeup off and on over the past two years, but had yet to try one of their products. I was really excited to see this Ubame Mascara included and couldn’t wait to try it. I just picked up a replacement for my favorite Better Than Sex Too Faced mascara, but have recently had to get rid of all my other mascaras because they had either dried up or run out. I was curious to see how the triple-ball applicator would compare to the hourglass applicator on the Better Than Sex mascara. Honestly, I really like the Milk mascara. It goes on super smooth, doesn’t flake, and I rather like the rich dark color.

When I opened the Rifle Paper Co. box, I was so excited to see a lip crayon and another Amika product! This product was their touchable hairspray and it seems to be holding up to the Amika standard I’ve come to know.

I have heard of Derma e products before but had never tried them, and for the other three products, those were new brands as well. I tried the derma e 2-in-1 charcoal mask the first night and really liked it. It dried fairly quickly, but it didn’t make my skin feel uncomfortably tight and it washed off easily which was a bit of a surprise.

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^ there’s the charcoal mask partially dried.

img_3532I received two RMS Beauty ultimate makeup remover wipes and have yet to use them. I’m going to save them for when I’m in the hospital after my son is born! I’m excited to see that the wipes contain coconut oil as that’s something I’ve used many times to remove eye makeup in particular. The Beauty Crop PBJ Smoothie Stick in Guava Nice Day is a beautiful mauve lipstick color and what I like most about it is that it lasts for a long time on your lips, is easy to apply, and the color seriously is really nice! It also doesn’t feel dehydrating to my lips and almost feels like a lip balm instead of lip color.

The TOCCA Crema da Mano (hand cream) didn’t even register with me that it was a hand cream until this morning! My hands get painfully dry during the winter and I have already been having trouble finding lotion to keep my hands from getting irritated. This hand cream has a delicate scent and while it felt a little oily as I was putting it on my hands, it has dried with a  soft finish. I like it and I may just end up picking up a full sized container of it!

So there you have it; my reviews of Birchbox products for the month of November. I can’t believe December starts in just a few short days and I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Brows – the trend that is no longer a trend

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Hi Beauties,

I’ve been slowly collecting eyebrow products awhile so here’s my take on the here-to-stay-not-a-trend makeup look!

Brows 

Let’s talk about that!

Brows have been an on again off again trend for quite a few years (decades even?). But over the past maybe two years, possibly longer, bold and/or defined brows have not only been making a big come back, but a lot of fashion/makeup gurus are saying they’re here to stay. Now, of course, we all have eyebrows of some sort, but what they mean is defining your brows. Whether it’s filling them in just enough so they don’t look too sparse, or going full blown bold “make-a-statement” brows. With my heritage including Italian, I inherited my mom’s darker hair, but my dad’s bushy eyebrows. I have taken great pains to contain and control my sometimes, or what used to be, wiry eyebrows, and now, I feel like I have a decent grip on how to fill them in, contain the odd kinky hair that sticks straight up, and I like the shape. I believe one of the most important aspects of your face are your eyebrows. The eyebrows add definition to your face, they define your face shape, and when your eyebrows are defined, it balances out the rest of your features.

So what I want to do now is show you some of the brow products I’ve used and either have hated or loved, or felt something in between.

Here’s a run down of the many different types of brow products out there!

Powders – this are good for doing a gentle, subtle fill in of patchy areas

Gel – you can get clear brow gel (good for holding shape when you’ve combed your brows and keeping product in place) or colored that matches your natural color

Pencils – once again, a product that can be used for a subtle defining/filling in of your brows – or you can use a pencil to completely fill in your brow and you’re good to go

Cream – same as powder, but it’s cream, and depending on the quality and texture of the cream, it is easy (or hard) to fill in and define your brows with this kind of product

Markers – I don’t have any experience with this kind of brow product, but I know Benefit Cosmetics has one or two in their new brow collection

Okay, I have used the first four types of products, but have never used brow markers. Those kind of scare me, and I am not that thrilled of the idea of making my already bold brows even more in-your-face! The two kinds of powdered brow products that I have used were from Pixi by Petra and NYX cosmetics.

The NYX brow kit was the first eyebrow specific product I’ve ever gotten. Because I was so new to doing my brows when I first got that kit, I was pretty tentative about going “bold.” So I used the powder to carefully and subtly fill in my brows, but I didn’t know how to or want to create too much definition. I would recommend this to someone who wants a product with a brow pomade (basically the same as a gel…you can mix the powder with a pomade and create more of a cream product instead of just powder) and two different colors.

 NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder

The second powder product in the picture above is a little Pixi palette I accidentally stumbled upon last Christmas. I have since discovered it at Target and have notices that it tends to show up a lot during the Christmas season (which is coming up rather quickly!). I like the shades and powder consistency of this product better than the NYX eyebrow kit, but I think now I would honestly recommend either of them.

Pixi by Petra Mini Brow Trio

Moving on to…Gels!

The black tube in the picture above is actually a brow cream/gel kind of product from Julep. It was one of the free products I earned through a promotion Julep had a while back. I wasn’t so sure about using it when I first got it, but it has become one of the few brow products I will reach for when I want to do something different with my eyebrows. I don’t have a link for this product because to be perfectly honest, I wouldn’t really recommend it.

Let’s talk about Essence really quick. Essence is one of those brands that I would consider the AFFORDABLE side of makeup products. A caveat here though is that cheap does not mean bad quality. I have tried several of their products and have been impressed with the level of quality for such a low cost. I would put Essence products in the same category as e.l.f. cosmetics – well made, affordable, good quality makeup products.

Essence make me brow eyebrow gel mascara is supposed to be a dupe for Benefit Cosmetics gimme brow (however, I do not know if Benefit’s updated formulas have changed their gimme brow so that the Essence product is no longer a reliable dupe). This product is an awesome product to carry around when you’re on the go and want just a little extra oomph to your brows. It is not a heavily brow defining product, in fact I’m not even sure if you could build it up to get a more defined brow. I do like this product, the way the gel is formulated makes it look like it has little fiber in it. I don’t know if that is how the product actually functions, but I don’t mind at all.

Essence make me brow

 

Pencils – I received several different eyebrow pencil products in my ipsy, birchbox, and boxycharm last year and none of them I really liked. I can’t remember the brands now, they were all brands I had never heard of and have never seen again. I didn’t think pencils were for me because with those different pencils I had gotten, none of them seemed able to create the fine lines I was looking for. And then I found this pencil from Eylure.

As you can see, my Eylure pencil is not quite the length it once was. I love pencils that come with the brush already attached and this pencil is my #1 go to eyebrow product. I am constantly sharpening it and it does give me the fine lines I want when trying to define my brows. It is also the closest to a perfect shade for my natural eyebrow color out of any other product I’ve ever tried or have currently.

Eylure Defining and Shading Firm Pencil

I’m not sure if it’s because any Benefit product I’ve tried hasn’t been the right shade for me, but the eyebrow pencil above is too light and to be blunt, I hate it. It doesn’t go on smoothly, I feel like I have to apply so much pressure to get any color to show up, and because it’s not the right color, I just don’t use it. I did want to show it as an example of another pencil brow product that has great reviews and comes highly recommended.

I recently picked up NYX’s Tame and Frame brow pomade and have begun using that. It is a slightly different shade than the Eylure pencil, but it still compliments and matches my hair color. This product is actually one of the top dupes for Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. I have never tried any Anastasia products, but I plan to take a trip to Sephora shortly and get a sample so I can compare the two products. The NYX product takes a little bit to get the hang of, but I am definitely not against it. I use this brush from e.l.f. cosmetics and next time I use the brow pomade, I’m going to try using the pencil to line my brows first before filling it in.

 NYX Tame & Frame brow pomade

So there you have it! My recommendations and suggestions for eyebrow products! What are your favorite products to use for your eyebrows? Have you had a difficult time figuring out what works best for you? Hopefully this post will help you if that’s you!

Beauties On Fire – Fall!!!!

Go visit Elisabeth's blog for all of our linkup posts! http://www.everythingandnothin.com/2016/09/29/fall-beauty-beautiesonfire-link/
Go visit Elisabeth’s blog for all of our linkup posts! http://www.everythingandnothin.com/2016/09/29/fall-beauty-beautiesonfire-link/

Hi Beauties,

Welcome officially to fall! I am sorry for those of you still stuck in 90 degree weather, because that just downright sucks. It’s been gradually getting cooler here in Colorado, and I am so happy about that because not only do I always feel more comfortable in cooler weather, but the majority of my maternity clothes are fall/winter. So there’s that. Oh, and guess what! I’m actually posting on the Beauties on Fire collab day!! It’s been a rough week, but then that’s not terribly new as of late. My little monkey was sick two days ago, we’re thinking possibly just a fluke? But he’s been fine since and has kept everything down so that’s very good for this tired mama.

Alright, fall. Oh, glorious fall! Seriously, this is my favorite time of the year. I love the changing leaves (we’ve actually got several trees around our complex currently changing into reds among the vibrant yellows! I love the rust browns, maroons, the warmer colors that I don’t always look good in but tend to gravitate towards. I especially love fall inspired makeup. My fashion look today, as it did get to almost 80 (a balmy 80 though) today, was a tunic maternity top in a plum color, my black maternity capris, and then my olive green army jacket. For my makeup, I chose to use my Almay topaz eyeliner, and my Shadow Box Urban Decay Palette. The two colors I used for my eyes were Smog and Lost. I used my blush stick I had gotten from a birchbox a long time ago as the blush. For fall colors, I like to go a little darker with the blush and a little more contour because I like creating more shadows and angles. Where spring makeup is fresh and light and bright, fall makeup to me is a little darker, more warm toned, and plays to the angles of your face more sharply.

Besides liking to warm up or darken my blush for the fall, I love bringing warmer tones for my eyes and some darker/warmer tones for lips. I have two go to lip colors for the fall, and I’d like to get another one, but am trying to decide on the shade and which brand. By the way, I do not recommend Revlon lipsticks. Every single one I have ends up going on the lips almost watery, very thinly, and I find it hard to get a smooth finish. Maybelline, on the other hand, is A M A Z I N G when it comes to their matte lipsticks. And thus where my two favorites come from!

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Maybelline Touch of Spice

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Maybelline Warm Me Up

Now, the Warm Me Up shade is actually my nude lip color that I use regularly. But because my natural lip color is a little darker than normal, this still works for fall as it’s a slightly warmer pinkish brown shade so I find that it accents a fall look quite nicely. Touch of Spice is an all time favorite of mine but I’ve found that over the past year, I wore it most in the fall and winter. It has more brown undertones, still pink, but it’s definitely on the warmer end of cool spectrum of colors.

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Enjoy and Happy Fall!

Beauties on Fire – Villains/Superheroes

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Hi Beauties!

I have finally hit the second trimester and even though I’m still feeling pretty crappy, I am aware of more energy!

So this week with Beauties On Fire, the theme is Villains and Superheroes! Hop over to Elisabeth’s blog Everything and Nothin to check out the other beauties who are a part of the collab! I wanted to find an obscure villain and so as I started searching around on Pinterest, I came across the perfect villain! Talia Al Ghul from The Dark Knight Returns. She’s not very well known, but every picture I came across I knew I had to replicate her look! My makeup supplies have been running low recently, so I also wanted to find a look I could do with what I already had.

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PC: http://spiedyfan.deviantart.com/art/Talia-Al-Ghul-1-589070820

Talia Al Ghul is the daughter of Ras Al Ghul who is Batman’s nemesis. In The Dark Knight Returns, she befriends Bruce Wayne and then turns on him and tries her darnedest to destroy him and finish the work her father started; destroying Gotham City. The bad girl in me likes her character. I like to mystery surrounding her and the slyness she employs by working herself into Bruce Wayne’s trust so she could find his weakness and bring him down. Should I turn evil, that is the kind of person I would be! I study people and am a good people reader so I could find the weak spots. But whoops, you’re not supposed to know that about me!

Anyway, here’s my look emulating Talia Al Ghul. I used my Smoked Urban Decay palette, and did a slight smoky eye with a dark blue eye shadow. I didn’t use traditional eyeliner, but instead of used the Blackout eyeshadow from the palette. In every picture I could find of Talia, I noticed bold lips, bold brows, and a slight smoky eye. For my lips, I used a new lipstick I picked up the other day from Sonia Kashuk. It’s super creamy and I love the color! And I got it for $3 at Target in the clearance boxes.

I hope you like the look!

Have an amazing rest of the week!

Beauties on Fire Collab – The 7 Deadly Sins

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Hi Beauties!

so sorry for the delay with this week’s post for the Beauties on Fire collab. Thursday was a bad day, Friday was packed, and then the weekend has been very busy for us. I’m currently sitting in yoga pants, not a lick of makeup on my face, having just gotten up from a much needed nap. Anyway, let’s dive in to the post!

The theme this week (last week) was The 7 Deadly Sins.

All of these sins were things I grew up with (not under the title of the seven deadly sins) but I knew Wrath very well, was always shamed about being Slothful, and Gluttony was often brought up. But honestly, the one that caught my eye for this post was Envy. This is something I’m very aware of in my life, and I absolutely hate whenever someone is envious of me. I guess up could say that’s one of the immediate things that will cause me to no longer want to hang out with you. If I sense you’re envious, then you might as well leave now. Maybe that’s harsh, but I consider my friends equals, and when I feel like I’m being put on a pedestal, I know longer feel an equal camaraderie with my fellow being.  So with those things in mind, I dove in to creating my look.

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First, these are the main products I used to create my look. I thought about going all out and putting together an outfit as I have a deep green sequined dress, but I’m not so sure it fits me anymore in my present state. I knew the look I wanted to create would use my Urban Decay’s smoky eye palette. Using my Urban Decay Eyeshadow Potion Primer, I prepped my eyelids with that. I already had on a little bit of raise colored eyeliner and some mascara from doing errands earlier in the day, but I think those two things merely added to the grunge factor I was going for. I started with Loaded and used a little bit of Blackout along my lash line once my eyes were finished. I got a tiny two color Coastal Scents palette from Birchbox awhile ago with a bright green and gold, which I used to complete my eye look. On a whim, I used Backdoor on my brows and it created the bold brow I wanted without being too much.

Okay, so I am going to eat my words about primers. I have always said never get a primer with Silicone in it, and what did I do? Got a primer with silicone in it! I have heard several good things about the Wet n’ Wild primer but as I had two other primers I was currently using, I hadn’t gotten it yet. This past week, I ran out of my Baby Skin primer from Maybelline, AND my primer from e.l.f. cosmetics. I didn’t check the ingredients until I got home because I knew I wanted to try it, and when I was it had silicone in it, my first was response was “Well, sh*t.” Second response was, “I have it now, so I’ll give it a try.” Beauties, I’m kind of amazed. I would put it at the level of my favorite Baby Skin primer. Even though it is a very different consistency, it works just as well. I haven’t noticed any major slippage of my foundation yet, but I also don’t wear heavy foundation anyway. I’m going to keep using this for a bit longer before I can give a recommendation, but for right now, I give is a hesitant Maybe.

Moving on to foundation. I have really enjoyed using my Revlon Photoready Illuminator and mixing it with whatever foundation I want to use during the day. It’s been a great summer mix, and I think I will continue this into the fall and winter. I used my e.l.f. foundation since I wanted a heavier coverage for my look, and when applied with a damp beauty sponge, I was able to get an almost airbrushed look!

Not pictured are the blushes and contours I used as well as my lipstick. I used a deep wine colored Rimmel lipstick (the name of which is escaping me presently) and as I wanted a lot of shadows, I used my Jelly Pong bronzer combo and my Wet n Wild contour palette.

I had a lot of fun creating this look and I think I freaked my husband out with how dramatic it was! Oh well, I explained it was all for the blog. I had no intentions of walking out of the house with my eyes looking so ominous!

 

Thank you for reading and hop over to Elisabeth’s blog for the rest of our posts!

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Beauties on Fire – Book/Movie Inspired Makeup – The Great Gatsby

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Hi Beauties!

As I opened my wordpress dashboard this evening, I was greeted by a little announcement. Today is the 1 year anniversary of my blog, Lashes & Rouge! So happy anniversary to me!! I can’t believe it’s been a year, and I’m excited to see where this next year is going to lead!!

Okay, so even though it’s late here on Thursday, I wanted to get my Beauties on Fire post up! I missed last week due to morning sickness, but this week was the Book and/or Movie theme and I was excited to try out a Roaring 20s look inspired by The Great Gatsby. So here it goes!

I realized a few weeks ago that all of my liquid eyeliner pens have all dried up, and my makeup budget has been running low due to needing to replace essentials. I knew I wanted to do a cat eye, especially since the majority of the pictures I used for reference included that specific look. So I turned to my liquid liner and combined that with my cream eyeliner to create my cat eyes.

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A year ago, I picked up a set of three Naked palette dupes. They look just like the real palettes, except they do lack the creamy consistency of Urban Decay’s real palettes. I use the Naked 3 palette all the time but for this look I used my Naked 2 palette.

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PC: https://www.goinnova.com/products/urban-decay-naked-2-eyeshadow-palette

I picked this palette because of the silvers and metallic colors it has. I just realized that I used e.l.f. products for the majority of this look!

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Face: As always, I try to start with a clean face and ALWAYS start with a primer. Again my favorite primer is Maybelline Baby Skin. I typically use a pea sized amount of the primer and spread it over my face with my beauty sponge. I prefer to use the Ulta brand sponges. After this has been applied, I then put my Urban Decay Eyeshadow primer potion on my eyelids. This primer is A M A Z I N G for keeping eye shadow in place.

Once my primers are on, depending on the mood I’m in, I’ll do my eyebrows next or start applying my foundation. My current process for foundation is to mix my two favorites. It’s always Revlon Photoready Skinlights Illuminator mixed with one of three different foundations, BB creams, or CC creams I keep in my makeup bag. Today’s look included the illuminator mixed with e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation in Porcelain. I used barely a pea sized amount of both products because I honestly prefer a lighter coverage. Even though my face has been reacting to pregnancy hormones a LOT more than my first pregnancy, I didn’t feel like I needed to hide completely the red splotches around my jawline.  I start with patting my foundation on with my sponge first before blending. Then, before I start blending I let the foundation sit for about 30 seconds. This helps the foundation start to warm up to your skin and it blends ten times better than blending it in right away.

Eyes: I used YDK as a base for my eye shadow, and built up Snakebite in the crease and outer corners. I used Bootycall as the highlight on my brow bone, inner eye, and along half the bottom lash line. Then I used Blackout to create more of a cut into the crease and along the last half of the bottom last line. Then for the tricky part. Drawing on the cat eyeliner.  I have used this technique every time I do a cat eye and the surprising thing is that it actually works!

I highly recommend watching her video and trying it yourself. As I told a friend recently, my two tips for drawing a perfect cat eye is clenching your toes and play dot to dot.

Okay, so the rest of my makeup was pretty straight forward, but I did want to give a shout out to one of my new must have products. I literally found this by accident at Target a month ago and it has proved useful again and again.

NYX Be Gone! Lip Color Remover – you know how frustrating it is to get bold lip colors off your lips without feeling like you’ve suddenly turned into a zombie? This stuff works so well I never feel like that anymore. All you do is apply a little bit to your lips, smack your lips and then wipe off your lip colors with a kleenex, piece of toilet paper, or whatever you use. And your lipstick comes right off! It’s so helpful for trying lipsticks too.

Well, I’m fading, and need to head to bed, but I wanted to get this post out tonight! I have a follow up I need to do with a fellow blogger who nominated me for a reward and then put up my last Curly Girl Hair Routine post! Both of those will probably happen next week, but we’ll see how my energy is tomorrow and over the weekend.

Night y’all!

and p.s. go check out the link above to see all of the other blogs linking up for this week’s Beauties on Fire post!

Need help figuring out your shade of foundation?? Or hair color??

Hi Beauties!

I stumbled across one of the strangest and coolest online apps ever the other day. I discovered it on Pinterest, of course! It’s called Findation. The concept of this website is simply brilliant! This website takes your previously known shades of foundation in various brands and then tells you what shade you would be in a ton of other brands! Both high end and affordable drugstore makeup. I am so intrigued with this idea!

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For me personally, I stick with about three different brands of foundation and don’t like to wander all that much. My skin is a combination oily/dry so it’s hard to find a foundation that doesn’t dry me out but that also doesn’t make me break out as well. But with using this app, I don’t have to guess if I’ve getting the right shade of makeup. Granted, I haven’t tried this out in person yet, so I’m not 100% sure of how skin type works in to the suggestions. I don’t see an option for inputting your skin type on the website, but keep in mind this website is still in beta mode!

Okay, so another cool thing I found via Pinterest is called Schwarzkopf Style Studio Colour Match. Now this online quiz of sorts is used to determine the hair color that matches with your natural skin tone (think cool, warm, and neutral skin tones). This came up with a rather interesting color for me, but I think it’s actually pretty spot on! I won’t be dyeing my hair any time soon, but when I do decide to redye, I’m definitely going to take their suggestions into consideration.

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Check these two cool websites out and tell me what you think!