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My Foundation Stash

My Foundation Stash

I’ve developed a foundation addiction. High end or drugstore, matte or dewy, cream or liquid: I love it all. There’s a certain satisfaction to having a perfect canvas, especially when it lasts all day. I’m also a sucker for foundation packaging, and I am a […]

Another Summer Weekend

Another Summer Weekend

Face: LA Girl Pro Coverage foundation mixed with NARS All Day Luminous Foundation elf Finishing Powder Jane Iredale Mineral Powder in Suntan Pixi Contour Powder NARS Orgasm blush Jeffree Star Cosmetics Princess Cut highlight Eyes: Eyes: L’Oreal Silkissime eyeliner in Cobalt Jeffree Star Androgyny palette Buxom […]

So Much Love for Roses

So Much Love for Roses


Eyes: 

Colourpop Lo Key Palette and Cloud Nine eyeshadow

Mac Cosmetics Carbon eyeshadow

Urban Decay All Nighter Eyeliner 

Buxom mascara topped with Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof

Brows:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade and Clear Brow Gel, Pixi Contour Powder 
Face: 

MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation, Pro Emphasize Powder, and Harmony blush 

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Powder, Shape Tape Concealer, Vibrant Blush, and Stunner highlight

CoverFX Sunkissed Bronzer 

I can’t remember my lipstick, but I think it was Anastasia Beverly Hills Pure Hollywood, which is probably my favorite nude of all time! 

  

My Lip liner Addiction

My Lip liner Addiction

I love lip liner, and I always have (even before Kylie Jenner made re-popularized it). The secret to my everlasting red lip, the first makeup look I claimed as my own, was layering lip liner beneath my lipstick. I still swear by this technique. Whether […]

Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadows (Review)

Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadows (Review)

I have tried a lot of eyeshadow over the years: Morphe, MAC, Makeup Geek, L’Oreal, Urban Decay, Tarte, and much more. I’m an eyeshadow connaisseur, and while I like a lot of formulas, I have to say that the Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadows really knocked it […]

Best Mascara 2017

Best Mascara 2017

I adore mascara. Whether my makeup look is subtle or glamorous, nothing polishes it off like mascara. I’ve never liked false lashes (they’re just too heavy and uncomfortable for me) and because my lashes are long already, I find that mascara flatters my eyes. There are three things I look for in my mascara: length, volume, and a deep black color. Now, black-brown mascara can be flattering on certain complexions, and colored mascara has its time and place. But I love a mascara that separates my lashes, making them dark, long, and thick. Is that so much to ask?

The Buxom mascara is my favorite mascara to date. Just a few coats and my eyelashes are bold and beautiful. I can build it up to nearly false-lash level. The rubber wand separates my lashes beautifully, and the hourglass shape works wonders to provide volume and length. I adore this mascara.

The Too Faced mascara is similar; I’ve actually only used the Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof mascara (I’ll try the non-waterproof formula soon). This mascara has a similar wand to the Buxom mascara, but the Too Faced mascara has fiber bristles. I find that I generally prefer rubber bristles, but honestly these fiber bristles are great, too. This mascara stays in place through tears, and it gives you lush lashes.

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The Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye mascara took me by surprise; my mother gave me this because she didn’t like it for herself, as she prefers a brown mascara and the Bobbi Brown Smokey eye mascara is very black. Of course, I loved the dark charcoal hue. The wand on this mascara is precise, but it is also incredibly buildable. I love that this wand is small enough to coat every lower lash. I wore this mascara last night, and my sister asked if I was wearing false lashes. You can build this mascara up to intense length and volume.

I feel like I’m drowning in amazing mascara, but I have to say– I love it! What are your favorite mascaras? I enjoy trying new mascaras. Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin’ and Instagram.

Concealers for Summer 2017

Concealers for Summer 2017

Concealer is my most-loved makeup staple. I’ve tried so many over the years, and I’ve finally landed on a few favorites. Summer often brings light makeup days, so it is the perfect season for an easy wash of concealer and flip flops. However, I still […]

A Guide to Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Products

A Guide to Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Products

I adore Anastasia Beverly Hills; their highlighters and eyeshadows are some of the best I’ve ever tried. But Anastasia Beverly Hills is best known for its brow products. ABH is the reigning makeup brand for brows, in part because it was the first brand to […]

Easy Contour and Highlight Routine

Easy Contour and Highlight Routine

Contouring is a makeup trend that it seems won’t disappear any time soon; I admit, I love the look of chiseled cheeks. Though contouring scared me at first, it’s become one of my favorite makeup techniques. I’m not huge on nose contouring, but I contour my cheeks regularly. Here is my easy contour and highlight routine: 

Highlight with concealer: I love using a light concealer to highlight under my eyes, down the bridge of my nose, and the center of my forehead. My favorite concealer is the Tarte Shape Tape, which comes in plenty of shades. I also love the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer, and I’ve been enjoying the Wet n Wild Photo Focus Concealer.

Cream vs. Powder: There’s no right or wrong formula, and I often alternate between cream and powder. Some people even use both at the same time, for a dramatic and long-lasting look. I like a blended contour. A powder formula is nicely applied with a dense brush and blended with a fluffy brush, or you can apply it with a blush brush. I like to apply cream contour with a concealer brush, then blend with a buffer brush or a beauty sponge. The Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzers have a bendable formula, and there are several shades for different skin tones. I like the Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer. The Becca Lowlight Sculpting Perfector is my favorite cream contour product, and it is a beautiful neutral shade that can work on many skin tones. But find what works for you, and stick to it!

Order Matters: Apply cream contour on top of liquid foundation, before powder. Apply powder contour products after your foundation has been set with a powder. This ensures maximum blend-ability and a long-lasting makeup look.

Apply with a Light Hand: You can always add more contouring, but it’s always easier to start with a little product, blend, then add more. Over time, you’ll know how much to use. One way to get rid of excess product is to tap your brush on the side of the sink or compact before you apply it onto your face.

What are your favorite contouring products? I like contouring palettes, too, but only two products are necessary for a complete contouring look. Leave your comments below, subscribe and follow me on Bloglovin’ and Instagram!

Best Bronzers for Summer 2017

Best Bronzers for Summer 2017

I love bronzer, because it gives warmth and dimension to my fair skin. I wear bronzer most every day; it’s even more integral to my routine than blush. A matte bronzer can be used for all-over glow or contour and a bronzer with shimmer can […]