Who doesn’t love a great pallet. Then take it a step further and not only send over the eyeshadows, but lets add the blush, eyeliner and throw in a great brush!! Plus jot down a few different ways use to use the kit. Who would LOVE and want that? I know I do.
This little box come with all those goodies. It’s from my current favorite brand Boots No7. Seriously if you have not popped over to Walgreens (I know odd place to buy makeup), to pick up some of there products; you are sorely missing out. Their makeup line is just as good, if not better, then the more expensive brands. They have a fantastic range of colors and products to choose from. To see more reviews of No7 see here and here.
In this box you are going to receive:
- Light Gray Brown Eyeshadow- This has a satin finish
- Dark Gray Brown Eyeshadow- This has more of a glitter finish. Not overly sparkly though.
- Blush in Soft Damson- This is a super soft pink matte blush
- Nude Pink Lipgloss- This has lots of shine, subtle color and NO stickiness.
- Black Pencil Eyeliner- Complete with a smudger at the end.
- Last but not Least A Directional Powder Brush- I thought that this would be way to big for a blush brush, and there was no powder that came with the set. But after giving it a try, I love it. It gives a big wash of soft color. Totally my go to brush now with my matte blushes.
So here is my favorite look with this kit. We do need to add MAC Brule eyeshadow and your favorite mascara.
- Apply MAC Brule all over eyelid, from lash to eyebrow (If you are luck enough not to have lots of veins on your eyelid you can skip this step, but I need a little help)
- Apply the No7 light gray brown shade on eyelid; from lash to the crease and corner to corner.
- Apply the No7 dark gray brown shade along the lash line.
- Use the No7 eyeliner and line upper lash line, then using the smudge side smudge the line into a soft line.
- Apply your favorite mascara to both upper and lower lashes
- Using the Directional Powder Brush apply blush to cheeks sweeping up to hairline and up to temples.
- Apply the lipgloss and you are all set
Great kit, easy to use, lots of ways to go from a simple day look to an evening out on the town. Plus the entire kit is only $25. You can’t even get two shadows at MAC for that price.
Who all has given this brand a try? What is your favorite brand? Or what is your go to look?
It seems that thick, sculpted brows are everywhere these days. Long gone are the over plucked, barely there brows. While we are embracing the more natural brow, this does not mean an un-groomed brow. I, personally, think that while “brow is in”, they are harder then ever to maintain.
Until just recently, I had not put much thought into my brows. There were something that I would wax every once in while. When I went from having thick brows, to a caterpillar living on my face. While I am lucky to have full brows, they are a little on the intense side. They go from just about my crease to well above where they should, and the span almost my entire face. Not only are they massive, they are very long. When I go in to get waxed, they also have to trim them. I swear they have a mind of their own.
This is why I laughed when my waxer asked me, “What do you use to fill these in with?”. Seriously you have just waxed most of my forehead, from ear to ear, then had to trim the ones that you left. Now you want me to fill them in. “Fill what in exactly?” was my response, once I stopped laughing and realized she was completely serious. Her, dead serious, response was to trust her; then she filled them in. While I was not a huge fan of the product she used, I was blown away with the subtle change it made on my face. It lifted my eyes, gave definition to my forehead, and perfectly framed my eyes. Filling in brows is not just for those with thin, sparse or missing eyebrows any more.
Now the questions are: what products do you use, how do you get it and can you pull it off?
- What Products to Use-
- There are so many products on the market today: pencils, powders, waxes, mascara like wands. It was a bit overwhelming when I started to looking at products. While I like the ease of use with the mascara wands, I fell in love with Paula Dorf 2+1 for Brows. It combines powder and a wax. You get the subtle look of the powder but the holding and staying power of a wax. For me, the powder makes for a much softer, natural look. And with Paula Dorf 2+1 for Brows, you get two shades that match just about EVERY hair color. You can check out the exact product here. Plus for a limited time, you can get a free brow-brush with the purchase of a 2+1 for Brow order. Just use code BROWBRUSH at check out.
- How to Fill in Brows Correctly-
- For me this took a little bit of trial and error. Once I decided on Paula Dorf, I looked everywhere and watched so many tutorials on brow powder. Here is the way that, to me, looks the most natural and the softest brows
- Step 1- Dip brush onto powder (I tap the top of the powder. It does not take much)
- Step 2- Dip on the wax
- Step 3- Line the underside of your brow starting on the inner corners (by your nose)
- Step 4- Blend upward
- Step 5- Fill in any missing gaps, using short upward motions
- Step 6- Make sure all brow hairs are in place. Use a clean spoolie to make sure everything is in place.
- Step 7- Step back and admire your work.
- For me this took a little bit of trial and error. Once I decided on Paula Dorf, I looked everywhere and watched so many tutorials on brow powder. Here is the way that, to me, looks the most natural and the softest brows
- Can You Pull it Off-
- ABSOLUTELY!! There is no reason for a girl with any brow shape, or any thickness, not to give this a try. It looks great on everyone!!
Do you makeup your brows when putting on your makeup? What products do you use? How do you apply it? Let me know, I am totally fascinated with brows at the moment.
- What Products to Use-
This summer there are so many different trends going on. Some are really great, some are geared more for a twenty-something crowd and some are just perfect for everyone. What are some of the trends that have you excited? Which ones have you running? Here is my list of the 2014 trends: the good, the bad, and my thoughts on them
- Colored Eyeliner– One of the great things about summer is the natural, “me-but-better” looks. The main down fall is you can get stuck in a rut, there is no real excitement, there is no pop of color. This makes it so easy to grab some colored eyeliner, for that pop. This years big shade is blue. Any shade of blue works, turquoise to a dark navy. While I am a fan of colored liner (mainly purple and green), I just can’t get into the blue. The nice thing about this trend is that anyone, of any age, with any skin tone can totally rock it. If your into blue.
- Bold Brows– The eyebrow is making a HUGE comeback. The days of the tiny over-plucked brow is over. Big and bold (but very groomed) is in. For me, and girls with big brows, this is great. The brow helps to not only frame the face, but it anchors the face as well. Again it is a look that anyone can pull it off.
- White Eyeliner– It kinda ties into the colored eyeliner, but not. White eyeliner makes a striking statement; it makes your eyes look bigger, brighter, more awake and the whites of the eyes look whiter. You can line the waterlines of your eyes, or you can layer it on top of the colored liner for a night out statement. I find this hard to pull off, while I like to line my waterlines with it for a day look. Anything more then that makes me feel… weird.
- Orange Lips– Orange is HUGE. If you look at the run-ways orange lips are everywhere. This is one of those trends that I just can’t get into. Maybe I am just not finding the right shade of orange, maybe my skin tone is just the wrong tone for orange, who knows. But I have crossed this trend off of my follow list. (But I have shifted it slightly to corals and peaches. They both are orange based without being orange)
- Peach Blush– This has to be my favorite trend at the moment. Peach blush looks amazing on everyone. It really gives a nice warm, lit from within look. I think that this looks great on everyone, but mostly women in their 30s-50s. As we age, we tend to think that we need a pink blush to look younger, but this peach color will do more for you then any pink color.
- Glowing Skin– Having glowing, “my-skin-but-better” is in. While I tend to think that this is code for a dewey look, I do think that glowing lit from within is a good look for most people. Having great clear skin (even if you are faking it), will always be in fashion. There is nothing better then a great canvas. But lets keep the dewey look to those 20-somethings.
I think that I was able to hit the all the trends: Eyes, Blush, Lips, Brows, and Skin. What are your thoughts? Are these trends that you would follow? Just a word of advice- try them one at a time, not all at once 🙂
I am so in love with Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection. So the next few tutorials I will be using it, because I have yet to use any other makeup since I got it. Hehe. It really is a fantastic pallet, if you are looking for a great natural colored pallet. Many people like having some more “pop” of colors in theirs and I understand that. For me, personally, I like more natural colors; browns and earthy tones are what I typically wear. You can have a wide range of looks from those. Everything from light nude looks to dark smokey eyes. While this pallet has some pops, they are still in the earthy range.
Today’s look will be quite simple using only this pallet (at least on the eyes). It will be a matte light look, very natural. We will only be using four colors: White Chocolate, Semi-Sweet, Strawberry Bon Bon, and Milk Chocolate.
Apply White Chocolate all over eyelid, from lash line to eyebrow
Apply Semi-Sweet to the outer third of your eye, from Lash line to crease.
Also apply Semi-Sweet under your eye, from your outer corner in about a third.
Apply Strawberry Bon-Bon in the middle of your eyelid, from lash line to crease. You are going to want to overlap the colors Semi-Sweet and Strawberry Bon-Bon a little so they are blended well and there is no line from the two colors.
Apply Milk Chocolate into your crease and slightly above it.
Apply your foundation in a stippling motion under your eyes, around your nose, on your chin, and on your forehead. Then blend in with large circular motions.
Apply Bobbi Brown blush to your cheek bones, very lightly. Then blend in circular motions.
Apply lipstick to your lips.
Last and final step, curl your eyelashes and apply mascara.
Super easy look, using very minimal product and giving you a fresh looking face. Has anyone else tried this pallet? What are your thoughts or favorite colors to put together?
Everyone knows about blush. Everyone knows that you should wear it. But do you have horrid flash backs of the 80’s style streaks, or have had a bad clown like experience? Making it hard to convince yourself to use it? Have no fear, blush is your best friend; it is easy to use with a light hand and a little practice.
Blush is one of the few products that will ALWAYS make you look younger. As we age we lose a lot of color in our cheeks. I look at my little girls and their checks are always a beautiful shade of pink. We could just be watching TV and their checks are pink. Mine not so much. Blush will help give that color back, making you look younger.
There are so many types of blush on the market; powders, creams, and in a pinch even lipstick can work as a check color. Personally I think that they all work the same, giving very similar results. Some people are set that creams are better, because they are more natural and blend into the skin. Others say that powders on the best, because they are easy to use and you don’t have to worry about them mixing weird with your foundation. It is a personal choice with what you like and what results you are wanting. I tend to stick with powder blushes. For me the are the easiest to work with, and since I use a powder foundation cream blushes don’t lay well onto of the powder.
My favorite blushes are the Bobbi Brown Ubber Pink Line. Antigua is a perfect very light matte pink color. It almost has a hint of brown in it to tone down the pink. For me it is the perfect day shade. The Pink Peony is a hot pink color. When I saw it, I was a little intimidated. I mean I am in my thirties, there is no way that I can pull off hot pink. But it actually goes on really sheer, and is a beautiful color. I wear it a lot when we are going out. Then there is no denying the cult classic NARS Orgasm. It is a magical blush that works on absolutely every skin tone. It is a brownish pink with gold shimmer in it. It will instantly make you look more awake and give your face a bit of illumination. If you are very slowly stepping into the world of blush, this is without a doubt the best blush to pick up. I promise you will not regret it.
There are a ton of different ways to wear blush. You can Pinterest blush and get thousands of different ideas. Some based on face shape, some based on if you are conturing too, some super simple, some way complicated using multiple blush colors. But for this 101, I am going to do a basic tutorial that will look good on all face shapes and will help frame your eyes (to me, makeup is all about setting up the eyes to have the main focus on your face).
Sweep a blush brush over choice of blush. Then starting at the hair-line at the top of your check bone (where you touch your brush first will have the most color, by starting at the hair-line you will easily be able to blend it out and not run into to much blush on your check issues), sweep down your check bone.
Stop at about two finger widths from your nose, while still on your check bone. A lot of tutorials say to focus on the apples of your checks, for me I don’t like this trend. First, when I smile and apply my brush to my apple then stop smiling, my brush is BELOW my check bone. Not prime blush area. (MakeUp Artist Goss Wayne has a great You Tube video on this too) Secondly, I like my blush to draw attention to my eyes. When it is focused on the apple, there is no line of color to follow around your face back to your eyes. Third, there is to fine of a line, for me, between perfect blush and scary porcelain doll blush. Thanks but no thanks, I want to be far far far away from that line.
Blend in with circular motion back up your check bone then blend up hair-line to your temples.
Ta-Da you are done. Beautiful blush, that will make you look younger by giving your face back some color and you will have created a line for other eyes to follow to draw attention to your beautiful peepers.
So tell me, how do you apply blush? Do you like the current trend of apply on the apples or are you a blush along the check bone type of girl?
It is that time of year again, everyone seems to be wanting that wonderful sun-kissed look. Bronzers are outselling blushes, it is being added to makeup bags left and right. There are all kinds of bronzers: matte, shimmery, light, dark. Do they make your head spin? Lets break it down….
What is bronzer? Bronzers are designed to give your face a fresh sun-kissed look. Like you spent the day at the beach. It is supposed to help you sculpt your face a bit. And if used right, it will help you look more healthy by adding another dimension. It is not designed to make you look tanned, or to darken your overall tone. It is not the same as blush, and not to be applied like blush.
What type is best? That all depends on your version of best. For simplicity, you can get one of ones that has a slight shimmer and multi-tones of pinks, browns, and creams. Then just apply it like a blush. It will contain bronzer, blush and highlighter. However, I tend to feel that these look best on teens and mid-twenties. I, personally, prefer a matte single shade. You will get a better finish and a better overall look. As far as color, you can as dark or light as you want. The darker you go, the more dramatic it will be and the harder it will be to blend. For a daytime look, try to stay with two to three shades of your natural color. This will give you a very subtle beautiful look.
How do you use bronzer? You will apply bronzer in the shape of a three along both sides of your face.
- You will want to start at the hollows of your cheeks. Since bronzer is darker than your skin, it will make the area recede a bit and make your cheek bones a bit more apparent. You do not want to apply on your cheek bones or you will lose some of your shape. The hollows are the area just below the cheek bone. If you suck in your cheeks, making the fishy face, you will see them.
- Sweep towards your hairline, along the bottom of the cheek bones.
- You will sweep it up along the hair-line towards your temples.
- Then you will sweep it down the sides of your face to your jaw line and sweep it just below your jaw.
- Blend. Blend. Blend. Then blend a little more. If your bronzer is done right, it will just give a very slight color with no visible lines. If done wrong, you will look a bit orange or dirty. Neither of those are what you are going for. When in doubt go for a very light, sheer look.
When wearing bronzer, you will still apply your blush like normal. You will still want that flush face look.
How about you? Does this time of year have you reaching towards the bronzer? If so, what kind do you like the best?
LOTW- Golden Goddess
With spring and the warmer weather I was inspired. This week’s LOTW (Look Of The Week) – Golden Goddess. I thought that we would do something fun, natural and a will give you a subtle glow. There is nothing prettier then a fresh face.
- MAC Eyeshadow: Brule, Woodwinked, Shroom
- Urban Decay Naked 2 Pallet- HalfBaked
- Physicians Formula- Black eyeliner
- Maybelline Big Eyes- Mascara
- Studio Gear CC Cream
- BellaPierre Sunshine- Bronzer
- Maybelline The Buffs Sin-a-mon- Lippy
I know I know, it seems like a really long list of product used this week. And it is, I realize that. But I promise you that it is no more difficult than any other look. I did try to use a mix of high-end makeup and drugstore finds. One day, soon-ish, I will do a look all on drugstore finds. Maybe.
Cleanse and moisturizer your face. MakeUp always looks best on a clean face.
Apply Physicians Formula eyeliner, in black, to both upper and lower lash lines. Trick here is to only line the outer third of both top and bottom. This will give the illusion of wider, more innocent eyes. (I was really excited to try this product, and am looking forward to reviewing it for you.)
Apply MAC Brule all over the eyelid, lash line to brow. Everyone asks why I do this. I like having a uniform canvas to work on. It is just a great flesh tone matte color.
Apply MAC Shroom onto the inner third to half of both eyes. If you want the other colors to pop a bit more, you can apply this to the entire eyelid lash line to crease.
Apply MAC Woodwinked on the outer third of both eyes, again lash line to crease.
Apply Urban Decay Naked 2 Pallet in HalfBaked into the crease and slightly above it. By applying Woodwinked, which is slightly darker than HalfBaked, you will achieve the benefits of a smokey eye. Even though it is a very light golden look.
Apply Studio Gear’s CC Cream on face. I stipple it on with a foundation under my eyes, around my nose, in between my eye browns and on my chin. Then using circular motions rub it onto the rest of my face. And blend, blend, blend. I am LOVING this product and the more that I use it the more that I am in love with it. It is a go to staple in my bag now. If you want to see my full review, check it out here.
Apply BellaPierre Starshine Bronzer. You will apply it across your cheek bones, like blush, up along the hair-line to the temples. If you are comfortable with bronzer then gently sweep some across the top of your forehead again next to your hair-line, on the tip of your nose and under your chin.
Apply your lippy. I personally don’t like to use a liner, or lip primer. But my lips absorb the lipstick like no other. So if yours tends to bleed or migrate then you might want to a liner. If you do line your lips first, then fill in your lips with the liner before you apply your lipstick. This will give your lipstick something to hold onto, and make it last longer. I used Sin-A-Mon from Maybelline’s The Buffs line. I did a review on it a few weeks back, and my love of this line has only grown. I am now the proud owner of all the lipsticks in this line. (Truffle Tease is still my favorite, but with this being such a light look, it needed a bit stronger lip color.)
Last but certainly not least, curl your eye lashes and apply your mascara. I love Maybelline’s Big Eyes. It is a cheap drug store find that works better than any expensive brand that I have purchased. Please see here as to how to apply mascara.
See no more difficult than any other look. Just mixing and matching more products. Hopefully, it was easy enough to follow along. During the spring and summer months, do you wear a lighter makeup look? Or are you the same makeup year round? Do you use a bronzer at all or is strictly blush? Let me know your thoughts.
So I am thinking that I am going to start a “Look Of The Week” aka LOTW. Thoughts?? Yea I think it is the best idea every too. I have to admit I am kinda, ok really excited, about it!! Ready? I know I am. Let’s go….
This last weekend, for Easter actually, I did a pretty pink look. Very spring is here type of makeup. My girls whenever I do a pink look call it “Princess” makeup. Apparently pink makeup = princess. I am okay with this.
Here is what I used:
- Black Kohl eyeliner
- Sephora eyeshadow pallet
- Maybelline Big Eyes Mascara
- Maybelline Baby Skin primer
- BellaPierre Mineral Foundation
- Bobbi Brown blush in Pink Peony
- Maybelline lipstick in Nude Lust
Okay I always do my eye makeup first. This way if I end up with lots of fall out, clean up is easy and I don’t have to worry about ruining my foundation. Line your upper and lower waterline with the black pencil.
Apply Cream all over the lid, from lash line to brow. Apply Dusty Rose on the outer third of your eyelid, from lash to crease. Last, apply Desert into the crease and slightly above it.
Apply Maybelline Baby Skin to face. You only need the size of pea for your entire face.
Using a big fluffy brush, apply the mineral foundation. Start by stippling it on under your eyes, around your nose, on your chin, and on your forehead. The using big circular motions, apply it to the rest of your face.
Using a blush brush apply the Bobbi Brown to your cheeks. The great thing about this blush is, even though it looks kinda over the top bright pink, it apply’s really nicely and you can build the color easily. A good tip on how to determine where to apply it is to not go closer to your nose then two finger widths. You want to stay on your actual cheek bone, brush up the bone all the way to your hairline and up your temple. You want the blush to frame your eyes.
Apply your lipstick.
Last but not least, curl your eyelashes and apply mascara. Please see here as to the best technique to apply it.
A very simple, yet pretty spring look. What are your thoughts? Do you equate pink makeup looks with Disney Princesses? Is this something that you would wear or do you stay with more natural colors? Let me know.
Want amazing looking makeup? The easiest way to get that flawless looking skin, is taking great care of your skin. If you have fresh, moisturized, nurtured skin; it will not only make your job a whole lot easier, your skin will actually take your makeup a lot better.
Taking care of your skin is also easier then you think. First and foremost drink water, drink water and then drink some more water. This will keep your skin from getting to dry, meaning you can use less moisturizer; it will also flush out your system so you will have less breakouts and the ones you do get (cause lets be honest, no one has “perfect” skin all the time) will not last as long. A huge perk of keeping your skin hydrated from the inside out, is that you will also age slower. Those little lines and wrinkles appear first in drier skin. So I will wait, go get a glass of water.
The next best thing to do is keep it clean. You have heard your mother tell you, more then once, don’t go to bed in your makeup. I get that we all are exhausted by the time that we go to bed. We are running after kids, working, trying to keep up with the endless house chores. The temptation to just hit the hay is pretty strong. Lets talk about the ewww factor. All the bacteria that is on our brushes, we brush on our faces. All the germs that we pick up on our hands then touch to our faces all day long. The pollution and airborne allergens are always battling with our face. So going to bed without washing your face you are putting all of that on your pillow to then sleep on all night. Yummy. Lets wash that off, and wash it off correctly.
Step 1- Cleansing-
Using luke warm water, one mistake people make is using water that is way to hot, wet your face by splashing the water on it. Use a gentle cleanser, one with vitamin C will help hold moisture in, to remove your makeup. I LOVE Murad Vitamin C Cleanser. It is super gentle, so gentle you can use it as an eye makeup remover too. So no need for yet another product. I have very dry skin, and after using this I don’t have any of the tight dry feeling.
Step 2- Toner-
Toner is a secret sauce that most people ignore. Toner helps your skin absorb the moisturizer, it also helps close your pores, and helps rebalance your skin. Pretty important stuff there. Honestly, until last year, I totally skipped this step too. Let me tell you, once I started doing my skin started to change. I just spray this one time on my face, and use my fingers to rub it in. You can spray it on a cotton ball then apply to your face. But I find that when I use that the cotton ball absorbs a lot of the product and I need to spray 2-3 times. This is the first toner that I have found that does not sting or irritate my skin. Again gentle is key. Many people think that you need “heavy duty” product, but when it comes to the thin skin on your face, gentle is better.
Step 3- Eye Cream-
Yes, once you hit a “certain” age, you need an eye cream. There is nothing wrong with admitting that you need one. A good eye cream will help your eyes look more awake and younger. This is the cream that I use day and night. It claims to help with under eye circles, fine lines and puffiness. After a month of so of using this I really did notice amazing difference in my eyes. Any all under eye circles, bags and puffiness is gone. (Well except for those nights when all three kids need to get up, at different times. You all know those nights.) In fact my under eye area is lighter, and all of my little lines have gone away. It was amazing. I get asked all the time what I am doing, cause I am looking 10 years younger then I am. I attribute that to this little bottle.
Step 4- Moisturize-
Moisturize, Moisturize and Moisturize. Apply your facial moisturizer after your eye cream. If you apply it first, the eye cream won’t be able to penetrate through. You will be wasting your product and not getting any results. I really like this product. It soaks into the skin almost immediately. The pores on both sides of my nose, are almost gone and I no longer have any dry patches.
These products are pretty expensive, I won’t lie. I tell myself it is an investment again future plastic surgery. A facelift has to be way more then these products. Right? What do you use? Do you wash your face every night, or most nights are you just to tired?
Be sure to check in next week, for when I share with the you the drugstore stuff I use when I am traveling.
Ever wonder why others get Va Va Voooom lashes, and yours are barely a putt putt. Using the same products, but not getting the same results? Maybe it is in the application. Many women think that all you do is swipe the mascara wand up the lashes, and magically your done. While this may work for a few lucky women, who already have great lashes, there is a much better way to get the full effect of the product. I mean if you are going to spend some money on a great product, then why only get half of the results buy not applying it properly?
So how do you properly apply mascara? It is super easy, and once you know the steps you will get the lashes that everyone wants.
Starting at the root of your lashes, swipe the wand to the left moving up the lashes. Apply 1 to 2 coats.
Starting at the root of your lashes, swipe the want to the right moving up the lashes. Apply 1 to 2 coats.
Starting at the root of your lashes, move the wand straight up the lashes while wiggling back and forth slightly. This will help break up any that are stuck together. Apply two coats.
Apply to your lower lashes. Starting at the root of the lash, wiggle and move straight down. You can use the same method as you did on your top lashes, however, I have found that this applies to much product on the tiny lower lashes. Experiment and see what works best for your lashes.
Yes this method will have you applying a lot more product then you normally do. Yes that means that you will be going through product faster. But if you are spending $15-$45 for a tube of mascara that promises to be “Better then Sex” or “Bad Girl, Yes Their Real”, then why not take full advantage of those claims? If you are only half happy with the result of what you are using, give this method a try and let me know how it worked out for you. Or do you apply a different way? I would LOVE to know.