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 - 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 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.