Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Nayeon Studded Kiss Lipstick Look

Kat Von D recently released the most amazing lipstick in her Studded Kiss lipstick collection. It's called Nayeon.


I do not have words for how much I love this! Yes it's black. It has silver glitter in it as well to amp up the glam factor. Don't knock black lipstick until you try it. I know why it's been such a hit recently.

And it always goes without saying- makeup should be FUN! When you have fun with colors and different looks, you end up getting better at everything. Show off your skills and knowledge and act crazy with it sometimes! So black lipstick was never off the table for me. Neither is green, orange, purple and all of the other colors of the rainbow.

If you like the video please give it a thumbs up!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Green & Gold Holiday Eye

I hope you enjoy this tutorial that's perfect for the holiday season. It's also under 5 minutes which is just an added bonus we all love :)

Short tutorials for the win.


Show me some love if you love this look!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Top 5 Red Lipsticks

While I was channeling my inner Taylor Swift the other day by wearing a red lip, it came to me to film a video to show you my favorite red lipsticks!



I try on each lip I recommend and also give a few tips when applying and removing your lipstick. I also note a couple drugstore, online only and Sephora brands. You shouldn't have trouble getting your hands on at least one.

The list includes:
NYX - Merlot http://bit.ly/1ydHKqU
Lime Crime - Wicked http://bit.ly/1CI3Xjl
Bite Beauty - Port http://seph.me/1jkM3tS
Mirenesse - Flirty Kiss http://bit.ly/1Nuuu8Y
L.A. Girl - Va Voom! http://bit.ly/1Gbg36G

Let me know if you have any other favorites!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Cranberry Smoky Eye | Holiday Makeup Look

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my fellow Americans!

I am definitely in the Christmas season already and started out my holiday tutorials with this cranberry smoky eye.


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Fix Your Cracked Makeup

Don't you wish you got better with alcohol?

Imagine this - you just get the most coveted highlighter of the century in the mail. You are so excited! So much so that you jump for joy! You test it out, use it, try it on all your high points of your face and then BAM... you drop it. YOU DROP IT. It breaks into pieces and you are without a doubt heart broken. Now you have a cracked and crumbly highlighter and heart. The world shakes.

This unfortunately happened to me this summer with my Becca Champagne Pop highlighter.

Alas! There is a solution that I am going to share with you today to put your cracked and broken powders back together. You will be able to transport them again! Because I know you're over there like me trying to get your use out of your products, tip toe-ing around the broken parts of that normally perfect eye shadow.


They aren't the prettiest but they are saved! All from glorious rubbing alcohol.

First, take your pressed powders and break them up even further than they already are. Tools that may be helpful for this are toothpicks, chopsticks, steel nail files, etc. I happened to use a makeup mixing tool. It kind of looks like a scalpel. No big deal...

Then grab your trusty rubbing alcohol and slowly drop some into the compact, which now should look like an eyeshadow pigment. 

Side note: It's totally acceptable to turn your pressed powders that have cracked into a pigment like you're seeing it now.
Next take your trusty tool and start swirling and packing the pigment again into a solid form. 


Try and level off the product with the compact it's in. It was really hard for me to do this with my Becca highlighter so I kind of just... patted it down...and said that will do.


Tips:
- Don't use more alcohol than necessary. You don't want it to be goopy. Use a little alcohol at a time and see what happens when you start mixing.
- Definitely put something down underneath the compacts so you don't have pigment everywhere.



Friday, October 30, 2015

Mermaid Halloween Makeup

It isn't too late to finally fulfill your childhood dream of being a mermaid! Put on a green tight skirt and watch the video below for a full makeup tutorial.



Saturday, October 24, 2015

Leopard/Cheetah Makeup | Halloween Tutorial

This is totally self explanatory. I wanted to do some sort of makeup for Halloween!



If you're looking for a last minute costume and/or this helped you in any way please comment below and I hope you enjoy.

muaha Happy Halloween Vanity Viewers...

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Gigi Hadid Inspired Look | Fashion Week 2015

Gigi Hadid is always pictured having a romantic feel to her look and glowing skin. Her makeup at the Maybelline Fashion Week event was no different.


This is not one of my shorter tutorials but I wanted to change it up with a talk through tutorial. Even though I ramble, this is a super achievable look for anyone with the right products. You don't need to have everything I have. Remember: I don't know what they put on Gigi for that event, I just went with what I had and you should do the same!

I want to show you guys what to look for when seeing a look on someone else and wanting to recreate it on yourself. 

xo

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Travel With Me! My Travel Makeup Bags

Hello love bugs!

I recently went to Germany for Oktoberfest and since I was going for a good amount of time, I was forced to pack lightly. However I can never get away with just packing one bag. How am I supposed to fit makeup, creams, deodorant, etc all in one bag? Impossible.

There were a couple of things I thought about before choosing what beauty products to pack.

  1. I would be wearing the same makeup all day/night
  2. Brushes that have a double use are necessary to save space
  3. Choose colors that would be neutral enough to go with any outfit
Below I generally outline some of the products I decided to bring and then go into detail on why others were important!

The first bag in the picture is from Vera Bradley and included all of my makeup and brushes. The second which is from thirty-one included day/night creams, primers and other toiletries. 

  • Elf Flawless Finish Foundation SPF 15 - Sand 
    • SPF is important for day wear
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer - Light Neutral 
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz - Medium Brown
  • It Cosmetics Hello Lashes mascara
  • Benefit Cosmetics Rockateur Blush
    • Gives off a rosy flushed hue perfect with any look
  • Tarte Bronzer - Park Ave Princess
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter Poured - Opal
    • The poured formula is creamy and allows you to apply it with your fingers
  • Lipstick Queen - Frog Prince
    • Perfect for a pink color while still having a hydrating feel
  • NYX Butter Gloss - Creme Brûlée
  • The Balm lipstick - Amanda Kissmylips
  • So Susan Statement Skin - Highlighting Crayon
  • MCA Beauty black gel liner
  • It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty eyeshadow palette


    • Perfect palette to include for a trip. All of the colors are neutral and matte while still having the option into turning them into a shimmer with the Transforming Pearl shadow on the bottom right.
What I forgot but needed: black eyeliner pencil & nude eyeliner pencil for my waterline to brighten my eyes.


To the right is a picture of the brushes that were in the cosmetic bag also.


The Beauty Blender doubles as a foundation and concealer blending tool.


  • Olay makeup wipes
  • Pur-lisse soy milk cleanser
  • Eco Beauty good day & good night cream (samples from tipsy bag)
  • Root Cool eye drops
    • Extremely important with the long plane ride. If you can't sleep on a plane like me, your eyes will get very dry.
  • Nourish Organic Renewing eye cream
  • Eucerin hand cream
  • Nios Shield leave-in conditioner
    • Has SPF to keep your scalp protected during the day. Plus adds extra moisture since we're never sure what kind of hotel soaps and shampoos will affect us.
  • Batiste Dry Shampoo - Medium & Brunette
  • Vaseline Lip Therapy
  • Viva La Juicy roller ball perfume
    • Small and compact. Includes day scent on one side and night scent on the other. 
  • Nail file
  • The obvious extras also included: Razor, Qtips, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Advil, Deodorant
Something to remember: Include a small cosmetic bag in your carry on with essentials for the plane ride. Especially on long trips, you don't want to be stuck waiting hours to get back into your checked suitcase. Some of the things I included in my carry on cosmetic bag were the nail file, eye drops, advil, a hair clip,  Eucerin hand cream & vaseline lip therapy.

I hope this helped some of you pack more efficiently. Let me know if you have something you recommend I may have missed!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Must-Have Makeup Staples

Where do I start? What primers do you like? Do I actually need a setting spray?

Do not fret, I have now included all of your makeup must-have items into one video below!


This doesn't include actual makeup besides an eye shadow palette I think everyone can start with. If I went into each separate makeup product this video could be an hour long. It was already a challenge getting it down to under 15 minutes!

This is exactly where you should start to supplement the basic makeup products you may already have.

Let me know if you have any other suggestions or opinions below!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

BoxyCharm Unboxing

I had attempted to make a post on my August BoxyCharm that I received, which was my first, however that never happened. So instead I will show you a detailed unboxing for Septembers and some pictures from the August box I failed to post about.

Some Details:
Click here for the BoxyCharm website
  • BoxyCharm is $21/month. You can save by ordering a year in advance for $19.25/month
  • you receive full sized products
  • 4-5 items per box
  • A new box is delivered to your door step each month with free shipping!

I loved my August box. I received a leave-in hair conditioner with SPF, black gel liner, an eyeliner brush, a highlighting stick, and last but not least a 20 shade Coastal Scents eyeshadow palette. I really love everything except the eyeshadow palette. It's based off of the Urban Decay Naked palettes and the shadows didn't have great color payoff.

 

September's BoxyCharm pictures, descriptions & comments are below. Each box comes with a card that has subscriptions for each item included. The card also lists how to use each product and the price.



The first product I pulled out was this Kardashian Beauty Black Seed Dry Oil. Whew that's a mouthful. Its a hair oil which I always desperately need and don't complain about. Chronicles of a fake blonde.


Nail wraps! I find this a pretty unique product to include. It's not your typical nail polish that I used to get frustrated getting in my ipsy bags. It's a different kind of nail product. And I like different. I've never used nail wraps before but I am definitely going to give these a whirl.


The most exciting thing I found in this month's BoxyCharm is this Tarte skinny smolder eyes in a beautiful forest green color. It is so smooth and creamy while being absolutely smear proof after setting. The other end even has a smudging tool in case you wanted to smudge it out and make it look smoky before the product sets.


Next out of the box was this foundation brush from Vasanti. I can always use an extra foundation brush around and I was not sad to see this.


Another unique find was this Chella eyebrow defining gel. It's perfect because it's clear so it will work for anyone with any hair color. I already used it once and it held my brows in place perfectly.


Last out of the box we have a face cream. There is certainly a good amount of product in this bottle and while I haven't used this Previse Hydromilk yet, I will eventually. This was the most underwhelming product I received this month just because I feel like I often receive face creams in monthly subscription packages. However, these products are always useful especially to take on vacations. Plus it was the most expensive product on the list.


All in all I really like the BoxyCharm subscription 2 months in and I'm looking forward to more boxes to come!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Fall Eye Tutorial

Your possible prayers have been answered... this is a short video! Like under 5 minutes short.
::and the crowd goes wild::
Thumbs up, subscribe & comment if you like this fall inspired eye look!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Tell Me If It's Worth It! Eyelash Adhesive Removing Wipes

Who else has trouble with eyelash glue? I have trouble getting it off my false lashes. I have trouble getting it off my false lashes. I have trouble getting it off my eyelids. I. Just. Have. Trouble. With. Eyelash. Glue.

When doing my usual stroll in CVS i found this unique little package!

I had no idea these existed. It wouldn't surprise me if you told me they've been available for years. This is why I take strolls through CVS.


I tried using these for 3 separate uses:
  1. Removing the false lashes while on my lid.
  2. Removing the glue from my false lashes
  3. Removing the glue from my lid & real lashes.
I am sad to say that all 3 attempts did not work. The glue continued to sit on the false lashes and my lid. Instead these wipes deposited a very greasy film on my hands and anywhere I touched with them.



These unfortunately get a big thumbs down! I had such high hopes for this concept, too. 

Let me know if you had a different experience or have also tried these lash adhesive wipes and your thoughts!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Rita Ora MTV VMAs Inspired Makeup Tutorial

Starting September off right with a makeup tutorial! I wanted to try something new and do a celebrity inspired look. The VMAs were a perfect opportunity.


Did I watch the VMAs? Unfortunately. I can't help but watch a train wreck. That Miley Cyrus... with her parents in the audience... no words. I'm actually mad I kept watching until her song at the end. Which has to be the worst song on the planet.

Okay moving on... I hope you enjoy!! On your way out, here is another picture of the gorgeous Rita Ora at the VMAs.


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Let's Talk Creams

Today I'm going to share with you my current skin favorites! Since using the following three skin care products, I haven't been dry or broken out. Can I get an AMEN?


Where do I begin? All three of these have changed the game for me. Starting with the bareMinerals Renew & Hydrate Eye Cream. This eye cream goes for $32 for .5 ounces. I bought this around a year ago at Sephora.com and still haven't run out. A very little bit goes a long way.


I tend to have a very dry eye problem. Eyes, around the eyes, eyelids. Dry on dry on dry. I try and apply this in the morning to be set for the day but it tends to sit on the skin and take a while to fully soak in. So if I don't want to look like a grease bucket going to work, I apply this at night with my night cream. Sometimes my concealer breaks apart from dryness under my eye so I put the ever so smallest drop around my eyes before applying makeup. This is only when I feel like I desperately need it. AKA: When it's below 30 degrees outside.


Ole Henriksen, I assume you are a person who created this glorious day cream. Can we meet? Share a cheers? Because your sheer transformation day cream is BOMB.COM.

This product was recommended to me by a Sephora employee in my local mall. They actually used it on me when color matching me for foundation. Right then and there I fell in love. It's pricey running at $65 for a huge tub at Sephora.com. However I originally tried this with a mini tub running at $14. I love when they offer sample sized products for you to try. 


The next is my absolute favorite. Open the heavens my dry skin gals, your savior is here. Night cream and/or oils are vital to everyone. Whether your oily or dry, you should put some sort of cream or oil on while sleeping. I have read that when oily, the extra oils will trick your skin into thinking it's already produced enough oil and therefor produce less during the day. How's that for the human body? Nighttime is also a great time for your skin to recover from the day.

This Mario Bodescu Caviar Night cream is thick. So thick that you will second guess putting it on your face and then have to wash off the remnants the next morning. Do it. Use it. I dare you. If I am having a bad skin day or feel like I didn't get my makeup off well enough that night, I will put extra of this on and wake up perfect. No break outs and the ones that were on my face will disappear. I'm going to start thinking I'm getting this on some sort of black market it's so good.

Mario Bodescu products are occasionally on Hautelook which is where I bought mine. You can also buy it at Ulta for $22.


Nothing is more important than taking care of your skin. After all, what are we putting all of that fabulous makeup on? These are my favorites but please find creams that work for you and use them religiously. You won't regret it.

Let me know some of your favorites down below!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

August 2015 Ipsy Unbagging

Thinking about a makeup subscription? I unbag my August Ipsy bag in the video below! I haven't touched the package before filming so it's my real reaction. And boy does it show.


I also mention Boxycharm & Birchbox. Ipsy is $10/mo and so is Birchbox. Boxycharm is $21/mo but offers full size products every month. I'll probably do another video on this soon since I just signed up. Maybe I'll put my first on camera ;)

You know you love me,
xoxo Vanity View

Monday, August 10, 2015

First Date Makeup Tutorial

...Or your average brown smoky eye tutorial. Either way, this look will catch some glances in your direction.



It is also almost too easy to accomplish. I used 3 eye shadows, some basic black eye liner, a minimal amount of brushes, and just packed on highlighter where I saw fit around my face. 

Let me know if you try this out for yourself!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Pink Neutral Eye | Morphe Jaclyn Hill Favorites Palette

Happy Fri-YAY!

Below is another step by step tutorial for an eye look. Pin it, share it, save it as you like. 


If you do not have the Jaclyn Hill Favorites Palette, fear not! Below is your guide to the individual Morphe eye shadows used. You can always purchase them individually on the Morphe website and even make your own palette if you wish!

Step 2- ES13
Step 3- ES68
Step 4- ES6
Step 5- ES59
Step 6/7- ES48 & ES71

Monday, July 27, 2015

Frog Prince from Lipstick Queen

Life's too short... kiss some frogs disguised as princes, buy color changing lipstick, and then make a funny face while wearing it!


The lipstick I am wearing in this picture is actually green! It changes colors with the warmth of your lips. I actually watched it changed colors right before me eyes and I must say, it was worth it.

 The official description is as follows from the Ulta website:
Get heads turning with Frog Prince, a remarkable lilypad green lipstick that transforms lips into a pretty rosebud pink. Don't be fooled by the deep green hue of this semi-sheer lipstick. The green reacts with the warmth of your lips turning them an intense, fairy tale rose while vitamin E and shea butter keep lips soft, hydrated and deliciously kissable. And just like true love itself, this enchanting shade was made to last. Lips remain their blissful pink all day long from just one lingering, magical Frog Prince kiss.

But I must say my favorite part of the description is the quote before it. It's the right mix of positivity, hopefulness, and fun. 
"Things aren't always what they seem. Sometimes you have to kiss a few frogs before you find your prince!" Poppy King, Lipstick Queen Founder.
 This lipstick feels more like chapstick when it's on the lips. Being more of a chapstick fan myself, I love that quality. It's not going to just fade off of your lips because of how hydrating it is. Plus no worrying about carrying a lipstick AND chapstick in case your lips get dry throughout the day.



I also find it extremely difficult to find the right shade of pink for my skin tone. I've been told I am in between cool & warm skin tones so I can pull off both types of lip colors. What I've actually found this to mean - My makeup life is extra challenging. I rarely find the right foundation shade or lipstick shade. It's a crapshoot when I go to a drugstore since I can't test the colors first. That's the reason this lipstick initially appealed to me. I thought it may turn into a good shade of pink that suits me specifically since it works with the warmth of my lips. And, eureka, it's perfect!

Overall: I am extremely happy with the shade of this lipstick and especially the consistency of it. Lipstick Queen did good on this one. The brand has many more products and their official website is right here.

Side Note: This brand is amazing because they actually have products listed per zodiac sign. They know just what to do to make me buy more makeup from them! They are speaking to my soul. Would these colors look good on me? Actually no (that blasted skin tone problem) but putting in the effort to be a little different and corny = customer for life.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Strobing & Summer Glow Tutorial



The new buzz in the makeup industry is "strobing"... and confession, I don't like it. Because of how much highlighter? Hell no! Because it's not supposed to incorporate bronzer! I have a round face and so I. Need. It. Always. It's a part of my makeup religion.

So instead of just a strobing look, here is my summer go-to look that already includes a crap ton of highlight with some talk of strobing.

WARNING: This is not for my oily gals!

I know, it sucks that you can't try some looks. But guess what? You get to be glowy all the time because of your genetics! Lucky you ;)

Hope you enjoy xoxo



Sunday, July 12, 2015

Get To Know Your Brushes!

With so many brushes out there, it can be overwhelming and consuming to figure out what to use where and what may be lacking in your already existing brush collection.

Below is a cheat sheet I put together to understand what you're looking at when it comes to brushes.


Key Takeaways:

- The fluffier the brush, the better at blending, which means there won't be the best color pay off. In cases other than the eyelid itself, this is a good thing.

- White haired brushes are normally Goat Haired which means they have a lighter application. The bristles don't pick up or apply color as densely as most other brushes. This makes them absolutely perfect for blending matte colors or dark colors. For blush application, you should use this brush if it's a very pigmented bright color. In my opinion, whether on the face or eyelid, goat haired brushes will blend the best and most flawlessly.

- A Beauty Blender or a generic makeup sponge is a sure way to make sure you don't have "cake face". When you dampen them and blend out foundations or concealers, they pick up any extra product you may have in certain spots on your face. They are also great at removing any extra blush or bronzer you may not have wanted on your face.

Extra Brush Info:

- The first liner brush shown can also be used as an eyebrow brush. Gel or shadow products.

- I ran out of room to include Face Brushes. Womp womp. So for face brushes, the bigger and fluffier the better to apply setting powder and blend everything together. Even if you don't apply setting powders, you can use these if you feel it's necessary to get the blush, bronzer & highlighter to blend better and look more cohesive.


I feel like I could easily talk about brushes for a week so let me know if you have any questions or if you think I missed something. Everyone uses brushes differently and people have found what works best for them so this may vary for some. I just wanted to put a general guide together for what I normally see being used or shown and where some of the confusion could come into play.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Cool Toned Naked 2 Palette Tutorial

With the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette set to hit stores next week, I wanted to do a tutorial on one of the other Naked palettes already out. I still see a lot of comments about tutorials and advice wanted on Naked palettes 1, 2 and 3 so below is a look from the Naked 2 palette.

I walk you through how and what to apply including winged liner.


The Naked 2 palette is much more cool toned than the rest of the collection besides the Naked 2 Basics palette, thus my cool toned tutorial!



This used to be my go to palette and still is for any cool toned look. I go for this palette when I'm looking for a smoky dark silver look.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Best Dry Shampoo - Batiste

Well hello July! I hope you will be better than June...

I am here to share with you today the best thing that came along in the dry shampoo world. I've been using it for about a year and thought it would be a perfect thing to share! Who doesn't want to know the best of the best of anything? That's right, no one.

Batiste Dry Shampoo


If you're not familiar with dry shampoo, it is a great invention that has returned as an in demand product in the last 5 years. Hair can get dry and damaged being washed every day or even every other day so spraying some of this good stuff in your roots can help make your locks look more luscious day to day instead of washing.

The greatest thing about this dry shampoo is that it is tailored for specific hair colors. Brown hair? No problem! No more dealing with white powdery residue. The minutes I've spent with other brands rubbing the white spray into my hair color are countless. And they're all over! 

I recently decided to get blonde highlights again and was concerned my brunette dry shampoo would be too dark and normal drugstore dry shampoo would still be too light. All my concerns were over when I saw the medium & brunette spray! 



How I use it: Shake the can and then spray very liberally towards my scalp where I see the greasiest of greasy hair. Yikes. The more you spray the shampoo, the thicker your hair will feel. Then I will brush my hair and focus on brushing the roots the most. I repeat the process until I feel I will be good for the day. Feel free to also spray this right upfront around your hair line. It does wonders.

You can find Batiste dry shampoo at Ulta, Walgreens, Nordstrom and I've actually seen it at Urban Outfitters. I haven't seen it at Rite Aid or CVS but they may have expanded recently since their company website does say these stores sell their products - http://www.batistehair.com/where-to-buy.aspx They also have different smells and textures you may be looking for.

It also seems like I'm not the only one that loves this stuff since the cap says it's been voted #1. I'm not surprised in the least bit.

The review site http://www.reviews.com/ also did some thorough research and rated the Batiste dry shampoo #2 based on their research.

Tell me what you think if you've tried Batiste or maybe your best methods for using any dry shampoo.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Laneige Cushion Cosmetics First Impression

A couple of days ago I posted a video on my first impression of the Laneige BB Cushion & Cushion Concealer.

Spoiler: They're amazing.


I was browsing the interwebs one day and came across some articles on cushion cosmetics and how it could be a new trend coming across the pond from the Pacific. Specifically Korea. So I browsed some more and found Target had some of these brands! I originally thought about how I could possibly have missed them in the beauty aisles I frequently ravage, however, when I did go to Target I found them hiding in the aisle with the face wash & lotions.

The next day I filmed the video above. I had not even opened the boxes yet. I'm pretty sure you could tell in the video this was the case.

[After reviewing the pictures I took of these products I realized they were mostly blurry :( Sorry about that. And of course I throw out the boxes immediately and can't reshoot so unfortunately you can't see the product descriptions clearly here.]

The verdict: I love the BB cushion & concealer. They both are very full coverage yet don't feel heavy on your skin. They also both have high SPF counts. The BB is SPF 50+ and the concealer is SPF 20. Hello summer!


I think the BB specifically is more for dry to normal or combination skin types. I really don't think oily skin types would like this as it comes off dewey at first. It does tend to dry throughout the day which is actually the only negative I've found but it still holds up really well. I also realize this is most likely a problem only us really dry chicks will experience.


On the flip side, I do think the cushion concealer will work for everyone. Again, very full coverage but blends beautifully. Stays all day along with the BB cushion. And I do mean ALL. DAY. Way longer than most BB creams & concealers and less creasing.



The BB Cushion link from Target is listed below. 
Laneige BB Cushion

The Cushion Concealer is not on the Target site. After doing some research I found that this product is very new. If you're looking to try this product, I would go to your local Target store and see if they are carrying it.

If you have tried these products or want to try them, give me a shout below and tell me what you think!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

ColourPop & Gerard Cosmetics Review

Check out my haul video from ColourPop & Gerard Cosmetics below and read on about my reviews after swatches and use.



First let me start by saying that both companies are cruelty free! WOO. Go ColourPop & Gerard. Major points!

Below are photos of the lipsticks I purchased from Gerard Cosmetics. Underneath each of the colors I used Laura Geller Lip Spackle on my lips to help cover my own lip color and not have it interfere with the color of the lipstick.

They were having a buy 4 lipsticks for $38 sale so I couldn't resist!


These lipsticks go on beautifully and have great pigmentation as you can see. They also last a pretty long time for regular lipsticks. I put Underground on after filming and it lasted until I ate. And I ate soup so it didn't stand a chance.

My favorite has to be Lilac Moon. It seems scary in the tube but when I put it on, I really enjoyed how it looked. Definitely different but a great pop of color for the summer and if you have tanned skin. It's the perfect amount of purple to seem actually normal on your lips!


Next, let's talk about my purchase from ColourPop Cosmetics. Below are four eyeshadows I chose to buy. I tried to go for colors I don't have currently. I picked a coral color, a true gold, a true silver & a bronze color.


The only one I have used so far on my eyes is the Birthday Girl shade which is the one in the pink tub. In this picture it looks like i really used it. The reason it looks like that is because it was so hard for me to try and get the eyeshadow on the brush. I even wet the brush with MAC's Fix+ first. It also didn't go on my eyelid so pigmented. Next time I will try applying these with my finger. I hear that is the best way.


I wasn't impressed with the formula of the silver I received which is called Swan from the Rumor Has It collection. We shall see how it applies on my eyelid. The coral shade is called Animal which I liked and the gold is called Get Lucky which seriously impressed me. It is so creamy, smooth & pigmented (you will see how much I love it in the video).


The lippie stix I bought is called Fiesta. I haven't tried it on my lips yet but at first swatch, amazing pigmentation and creaminess. It is a cream type of lippie six and the creaminess is abundant!


I also purchased a highlighter in Monster and a bronzer in Poolside. I've used both of these and am in love. The highlighter is very powerful and pink. But a beautiful pink reflection on the face. 

The bronzer I've used multiple times and is a great go to for a bronzed, not contoured, look on the face. It has a bit of shimmer but that doesn't scare me and I think it looks very nice to warm up the face. The only thing that is challenging is that it is extremely creamy. It's called a satin bronzer but the consistency seems so close to cream. This can be hard when trying to get it on the brush. Worth the challenge though.

Overall I am very pleased with both companies and like all the products I received in addition to the  choices I made in colors and consistencies. 

Bravo ColourPop & Gerard!




Friday, June 5, 2015

Let's Talk About "Baking"...

Baking your contour that is!


The new trend that has been sweeping the tubes of you and the beauty world is "baking your contour"

The rundown
  1.  Apply your contour as normal.
  2. Take a light powder (I use banana powder & disposable makeup wedges) and apply sharply from the top of your ear down to the edge of your mouth right under where your contour shadow should be.
  3. Let the powder sit as you finish your makeup.
  4. take a fluffy face brush and dust off the light powder. You will now see a sharper contour line.


This method is supposed to help with your bronzer falling too far down on your cheek and not creating that streamlined contour look you're trying to achieve. By going over the bottom of your cheek with a light powder, you're erasing any bronzer that may have fallen while also creating a deeper contrast.

My thoughts
It depends on the look you're going for. Sometimes when I do this I think it looks too dramatic. Makeup should look blended and this can have the opposite effect. Especially if you're going for more of an allover bronzed look. This particular time shown in the picture, I thought it worked great. I was also going to a wedding and wanted my makeup to be a little more structured. 

Try it out for yourself and let me know what you think!






Monday, June 1, 2015

Get Ready With Me Video

Drum roll please... ladies and gentlemen, below I present you my very first YouTube video
::And the crowd goes wild::



This was a really interesting experience. I didn't realize you could see my whole room in the background, the music that was playing, you couldn't see half of my face, my weird putting-on-makeup faces, and so on. I swear, film yourself sometime and it is astonishing the things you do and don't know about.

I'm still debating on getting a Cannon Rebel T4i so this is taken just on my MacBook Pro and edited in iMovie. Does anyone have thoughts on cameras?

I hope you enjoy the video! Thumbs up, leave a comment or subscribe.

Let me know what type of video you would like to see next!

Friday, May 29, 2015

ABH Artist Palette Tutorial

Step-by-step tutorial below to achieve this look and descriptions under photo


Step 1: Dip your fluffy blending brush in 'Buttery' and blend above the crease and into crease.

Step 2: Take your more tapered blending brush and swirl it in 'Dusty Rose' and place it in the crease blending upward above and downward onto lid as a transition shade for the lid

Step 3: Pick up another tapered blending brush (preferably goat haired) and 'Blue Velvet' across the crease. Windshield wiper motions, blend very well.

Step 4: With a regular stiff haired shader brush pack it with 'Blue Velvet' and pat it just on the lid from outer to inner corner.

Step 5: Pick up the goat haired blending brush again, go back into a little bit of 'Blue Velvet' and blend the line of the color on the lid into the 'Blue Velvet' in your crease from step 3.

Repeat steps 4 & 5 until everything looks blended but still pigmented on the lid.

Step 6: Take a stiff short flat brush and put it back into 'Blue Velvet' and also a tap into 'Coal'. Place brush right under your lower lashes in outer corner and drag inward. Take 'Phresh' on a pencil brush and place right under the color on the lower lash line moving back and forth across entire lower eyelid. Also pop some 'Phresh' in the inner corner of the eye.

Step 7: Using NYC liquid liner, line your top lid and create a wing on outer corner. Then take liner into inner corner and create a point bringing it just into under eyelid to where your lashes start. The 'Blue Velvet' should be right there to transition the bottom lid. Don't drag liquid liner across bottom of eye.

Step 8: Put mascara on the top and lower lashes and pop on false lashes. Go over the lash band with the liquid liner again to hide it. Then I took the Urban Decay 24/7 glide-on liner in black and lined my water line and tight lined.

For final touches you can drag the 'Phresh' out under the liquid liner on the outer corner. Also if you don't feel the 'Blue Velvet' on the lid is dark enough or lost color, go back in and pat some more on with the shader brush. You can also bind your real lashes to the fake lashes by putting some more mascara on or pinching them together with tweezers.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Dry Skin? I Found Your Perfect Foundation


Calling all of my dry skin ladies! I have found our savior. 

The Buxom Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation


There should be a halo around that picture.

I have been in search for a great foundation for my dry face for what feels like a lifetime. I've bought a few others have suggested but they still seemed to not exactly work. I started loving the L'Oreal True Match Lumi but a couple months in it started accentuating my dry skin. I tried the Lorac Breakthrough Performance foundation but it was far too oily.


I received this foundation as a sample in a Sephora order and figured I would give it a whirl, not expecting too much. But boy, this stuff is great. Not too light, not too cakey. Not too oily or dry. Plus it has SPF perfect for summer.

I know some say SPF doesn't photograph well but I haven't found that with this one. I think it photographs great. I use it with my Urban Decay concelear and *BAM* perfect face.

Notables: 
1. Light to medium coverage. Not for my cake face lovers.
2. Slightly build-able but nothing note worthy.
3. Long lasting. Wore this to work and only saw light wear by the end of the day & I didn't set it.
4. Perfect for summer since it really does feel weightless.

Give it a shot and let me know what you think. Or hey, just select it as a sample on your next Sephora order.