Double Wing Cut Crease SNEAK PEAK

A tutorial for this fun and summery look will be up this week!

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E.L.F Hydrating Bubble Mask: Review & First Impression (feat. my boyfriend!)

Hi! So, I decided to do something different than my everyday tutorials today. While we were at Walmart we somehow made our way to the cosmetics section, surprise surprise! In those isles of products, I was on the hunt for a mask. So when I found this one, I was pretty excited to give it a try. In the isle, I convinced Jake to try it out with me for a review that night and he seemed to be pretty excited too! We made it home and sat down to start the picture taking process, and things just got funny. So, I’m apologizing now for the lack of my usual awesome quality pictures! But, here ya go. A review of the ELF Hydrating Bubble Mask!

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This is the bottle. As you can see, it’s a decent sized bottle. It’s just a little strange because the white bit at the top is a button. You push it down to get the product out, which I both like and don’t. It’s an awesome concept at keeping the ingredients as fresh as they can be and not contaminating the product, but it’s still a bit of a pain to have to push the product through the top.

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When it’s first applied, this is how it looks. It’s white and it almost immediately starts to bubble or foam. --545.jpg--549.jpg

The first picture is still it not fully foamed up, the second is about as much as it foamed.

 

So, let’s talk about the product!

Me: I liked the way the product is packaged for the reasons I earlier stated. I didn’t like that you had to work rather quickly to get the product off the top to the face before it started foaming. Since it starts to bubble pretty quickly, you don’t have a lot of time to blend the product around on your face without disturbing the already bubbled product. I really loved the scent, it was a fresh, sweet smell.

Jake: He thought it was “itchy” around the nose because of the bubbles. Since it’s a carbonated mask and foams up, it makes your nose feel like you have an itch. Because of that, we both kept messing with it around our noses so the product wasn’t really that useful. He also really liked the smell.

It left both of our skin feeling and looking very refreshed, soft and hydrated. It did everything it claimed it would do. Overall, I’d say for the price, the experience, and the performance I’d recommend it if you’ve been wanting to try out a carbonated mask, or if you just like to use masks. I think it would be a fun and inexpensive thing to do at a sleepover or spa night! We both liked it enough to use it again. Get yours here!

One Brand Tutorial: Younique (pictures)

Hi everyone! So, as I’m sure most of you know I recently started selling Younique make up. Today I wanted to show you all that you can achieve 2 different looks using one palette! I’m doing a daytime look and a more dramatic, night time look. But, before getting into this tutorial I want to make a quick disclaimer! Just because I sell all of these products doesn’t mean I’m going to lie about the way I feel about them. So, this will be a 100% honest tutorial, like all my others, regarding these products. If you’re interested in learning how to achieve these 2 looks, keep reading!

 

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Starting out with skin, I’m using the Divine Daily Moisturizer then the Uplift Eye Serum. This will help your primer and foundation go on smoother. I’m then using the Glorious Face & Eye Primer. This primer ROCKS. It’s has a very “slippy” texture, which is great for smoothing the skin and filling in the pores. If large pores is a problem or insecurity for you, definitely check out this primer! It’s awesome. I have dry skin, so my skin can have dry patches or texture, a primer like this will really help mask any unwanted textures and will let your foundation look amazing. Studio Session-450.jpgStudio Session-451.jpg

*product not pictured here* I’m now putting on the Touch Mineral Liquid Foundation. I only had a one time sample of this product, and it was a very small sample so I feel I couldn’t get an accurate representation of how the product will normally preform. With that being said, since the sample was so small it didn’t give me as much coverage as I would have liked, BUT, it still gave incredible coverage with a lightweight feel. So, if you’re interested in having a full coverage foundation that really helps cover all imperfections on your skin, give this one a try. It’s also very smoothing and dries down to a somewhat powder finish, which means you don’t have to use a powder to set it. If you do tend to get oily throughout the day, taking blotting papers or your pressed powder with you throughout the day will help you get rid of any shine. Studio Session-452.jpg

I’m using Moodstuck Addiction Shadow Palette for the entire look and the highlight on the cheeks. For this tutorial, I’m showing you two different looks you can achieve. One for day time, and the other for night time. The awesome thing though, is you don’t have to take off any product to achieve the nighttime look, so it’s great for going from work to a night out without having to take off and reapply any make up. So, let’s get started!

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First, I’m going in with the color Elated in the palette. This is a light creamy yellow color that’s very similar to my skin tone. If you’re any darker, you can use your face powder for this since this palette doesn’t have a darker highlight shade for dark skin tones. But, a face powder will work just the same! This color has a decent pigmentation, but nothing outstanding which is good for a highlight color. If you have a color that is too rich in pigmentation, it can start to get difficult to work with. So, a color that is pigmented but still sheer enough to work with is what you want. Studio Session-455.jpgStudio Session-456.jpgStudio Session-457.jpg

Next, in the crease I’m using the color Chipper. It’s a matte light warm brown shade and I’m using that in the crease. You want to put matte colors in the crease because that will help deepen your eyes, which is what you want. If you put a shimmery color in your crease, it will reflect light and not look “deep” and that defeats the purpose of applying shadow in your crease. This color has rich pigmentation, so barely dip your brush in and make sure to tap off any excess product to make sure there isn’t any fall out or goes on too strong. I LOVE the matte shades in this palette!

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I’m then going in with the color Sincere, a shimmery champange-y color, all over the lid. I’m using the Angled Shadow/Sponge brush for this. I’m using the sponge side since it will help pack color on better. This color is great. The shimmer is milled very finely so it doesn’t have chunks of glitter in it, which is what I personally don’t like. I prefer this type of shimmer. Since the product is finely milled, it’s very creamy and pigmented. It’s my favorite shimmer in the palette.

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I’m then going in with a dark matte brown shade, this is called Forthright. This is most definitely my favorite color in the whole palette. It’s the perfect creamy matte brown that’s easy to blend and an effortless color. For this I’m using the Angled side of the brush to place this in the outer corner and in the outside of the crease. I’m then using a fluffy crease brush to blend the color out. Again, you want a matte color for the outer corner usually so you can have a deeper look without having anything reflect light. Studio Session-466.jpgStudio Session-467.jpgStudio Session-468.jpg

With a small, thin angled brush I’m using Chipper to fill my brows in completely. I’m then going in with Forthright to fill in the outer part of the brow and the underpart to help define it more and make it a little more dramatic. Use a spoolie, or brow brush, to comb through the brows to help disperse the product through the brows more evenly. Studio Session-470.jpgStudio Session-471.jpg

I’m then mixing the yellowy gold and champagne-y silver color in the palette for my face highlight. These colors are Brassy and Sincere. I loved this highlight combo, the only problem I had with it was a personal preference and that was that Brassy has chunks of glitter in it. Like I said earlier, it’s not what I usually like in a shadow or highlight. I really love finally milled shadows that have no glitter in them. But, I did really like this highlight combo! I used it on the tops of the cheekbones, nose, and cupids bow.

I forgot to take a photo of this, but I’m using the mineral blush Scandalous. I’m using this on the sides of the cheeks. It’s a very pigmented blush since it’s a mineral based blush. It’s a good and bad thing. It’s awesome because it’s soft and pigmented like crazy, the negative to that is that it’s VERY pigmented. So, with a very light hand, pick the blush up on your brush and tap off the excess or press in onto the back of your hand to help get rid of extra pigment. I’m skipping bronzer today, but if you love your bronzer, Younique has some really amazing bronzers, so definitely check them out. Studio Session-475.jpgStudio Session-477.jpg

I thought the eyes needed a little something else, so I used Forthright as a liner for the eyes. I winged it out for this, but if you’re not comfortable with a wing, skip it! Also, as a tip, if you dampen your angled brush and dip it in the shadow it’ll intensify your shadow and make it almost like a gel or liquid liner. If you do this, make sure it’s not soaking wet, only damp. If you introduce too much liquid to your eyeshadow, you could ruin it. So, just a little bit of dampness on your brush and dipped into the edge of your shadow will make it like a liner.

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For mascara, I’m using the Moodstuck 3D Fiber Lashes+. This comes in a cute little pouch so you can keep the two mascara’s together! So, there are 2 tubes. What you do is load up your lashes with the gel and before it dries use the fibers! Make sure not to use a ton of fibers because they will fall in your eyes and irritate them, so just a little bit. Then use the gel again to seal the fibers in and it’ll help add a TON of length and volume to your lashes without making them clumpy or spidery. As a quick tip, if you happen to touch your mascara to your skin wait until it’s dried to wipe it away. If you do it while it’s still wet, it’ll just smear it everywhere and make a mess. So, by waiting until it’s dried to roll it off with a Q-Tip, you’ll avoid smearing your eyeshadow and it won’t make a mess. It’l just flake right off. ALSO, don’t pump your mascara. It doesn’t add any more product to it. All it does is push air into the tube causing your mascara to dry out quicker. So, avoid pumping the wand in the tube. Before you take the wand completely out, just twist it around to add more product to the wand. If you have to dip the wand again, dip it and twist, don’t pump! 🙂

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For lips today, I’m using 2 products. I’m using the StiffUpper Lip Lip Stain in the color Sappy. It’s a deep berry color, which I love. I really love love LOVE the Lip Stains. They’re great. They last all day, they’re insanely pigmented AND they don’t dry your lips out. They also don’t have a nasty taste that some lip stains can have. They don’t go on patchy either. I really love these lip stains. So, I really recommend that if you’re going to buy only one thing from the line it be the lip stains. They’re awesome! For my gloss today I’m using the Lucrative Lip Gloss in the color Lethal. I’m someone who doesn’t like lipgloss. I don’t like that the can be sticky. But, these are actually really great. They aren’t sticky…at all! They also make my lips feel hydrated. It feels like your wearing a very lightweight lip balm. If you can buy two things from the line, the lip stain and the lip gloss. Most defiantly. They don’t have a taste or really a scent, so that’s really great. I hate when lip products have overwhelming scents that can make it nauseating to wear. These do not do that. They really are great products. Totally check them out!

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This is the first look. I really love it for every day wear. It’s light and fresh looking so it doesn’t look too heavy for work or school. But, if it’s Friday night and your friends want to go out after work, I’m going to show you a second eye look that you can do with the same palette and just a couple of brushes!

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I’m using the color Forthright on the inner corner of the eye and outer corner. I’m then connecting them in the crease and leaving the center of the lid bare. This is called a “sandwich smokey eye” because you sandwich a light color between a dark color. Studio Session-504.jpgStudio Session-505.jpg

I’m then using Chipper to blend the crease out. Don’t forget to blend! Blending the crease out will help the finished look look more put together. Studio Session-507.jpgStudio Session-508.jpgStudio Session-510.jpgStudio Session-512.jpg

I’m then using the color Swanky, a true gold shade, on the bare part of the lid. I’m also using it on the inner part of the lower lash line and Forthright on the outer part of the lower lash line. Lastly, I’m using the color Sincere on the center of the gold to add a little more dimension and a little extra POP.

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I’m then using Forthright on my brow brush to fill my brows in a little darker to make the look a little more dramatic. And that’s it for the second look for night! I kept the rest of the face the same since it still tied everything together. If you wanted, you could make the lips a little lighter, but I really like the berry color. Studio Session-516.jpgStudio Session-517.jpgStudio Session-518.jpg

 

 

 

I do ask you that if you’re going to buy any of the products used in today’s tutorial or just shop around, PLEASE use this link. You’ll be buying directly from me! I’ll greatly appreciate it. If you do buy any of these products or recreate either of these looks, send them to me! I’d love to see them and post them in an upcoming tutorial as a shoutout. Thank you so much for reading and possibly buying! I love doing the tutorials, so if you have an questions or requests please leave them in the comments!

 

Here’s a full list with links where to buy these products.

Divine Daily Moisturizer

Glorious Face and Eye Primer

Uplift Eye Serum 

Touch Mineral Liquid Foundation

Moodstuck Addiction Eyeshadow Palette 1 

Moodstuck 3D Fiber Lashes+

Moodstuck Minerals Pressed Blusher 

Stiff Upper Lip Lip Stain

Moodstuck Minerals Lucrative Lip Gloss 

Angled Shadow/Sponge Brush 

 

 

 

 

Modern Classic Make Up Tutorial (pictures)

Hi everyone! For today’s look I wanted to do something classic with a modern twist. Today we’re doing a winged liner and red lips. So, go get your products and let’s start!

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My skin has been acting weird lately, so ignore the redness and blemishes. You’re going to want to start out with a freshly washed face and moisturize your skin! For this, I’m using my Ultra Repair Cream from First Aid Beauty. This is a thick moisturizer that is great for my dry skin. I’m also using my Aquaphor Lip Repair lip balm, but your favorites of each will work. Ideally, after moisturizing your skin, it would need to sit for about 20-30 minutes so it’s completely absorbed before applying your foundation. But, since most people can’t just sit around waiting for their moisturizer to sink in, I’m going to do my eyebrows first.

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Doing your brows first allow you to use concealer to clean them up. This “carves” the brows out making them look very defined. Concealer also helps conceal any unwanted hairs that haven’t been plucked. I’m using my Anastasia DipBrow in soft brown with the #12 brush. I’m then using my Younique Cream Shadow brush and Revlon ColorStay concealer to clean up around the brows. Finally, I’m finishing everything off with my Anastasia clear brow gel. This stuff is like glue! It’s not sticky, but it does “glue” your hairs in place all day to keep them tamed and looking sharp. Any excess concealer left over on your hand or palette is used on the eye lid to prime it. You could also use an eye primer for this, but I find concealer works just as well.

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I’m going in with a large, fluffy eyeshadow brush with a skin tone color, Truth, from my Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette. This sets the concealer we just put all over our eyelids. A face powder works just as well if you can’t find an eyeshadow that matches your skin tone.

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I’m then going in with my Make Up Forever Liquid Eyeliner pen. This is a felt tip pen which is easier for me to work with. There’s a million different eyeliners on the market, so you just have to find one that works for you! I’m doing a winged liner today, I’ll have an in depth tutorial coming up soon about how to get the perfect winged liner. Normally, “classic” makeup looks with winged liner is fairly thin. Today I decided to make it a little thicker today, which gives it the “modern” twist. A good guideline when doing winged liner is to follow your lower lash line up towards to corner of your brow.

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I find that doing any eyeshadow is easier after I’ve already done the wing because if I need to correct anything with makeup remover and a Q-tip it won’t disturb any eyeshadow work. If you’re going to do a very dramatic eyeshadow look, though, do the eyeshadow first. But, for today, we’re just using a neutral brown in the crease. For this I’m using the shade “Tyranny” from the Pulp Fiction palette from Urban Decay. I’m then using a white shade with a small brush on the lid and inner corner.

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For primers today I’m using 2 different ones! Yes, 2. It’s a bit excessive, I get that, but I’ve done this for a few days now and I’m really liking the combo. So, I’m using a pore filling primer from Younique. This has a slippy texture to it, so it’s going to fill your pores in and allow your foundation to sit beautifully on the skin and not sink into any pores and exaggerate them. I’m then using my L’oreal Magic Lumi primer all over the face. This is an illuminating primer so it’ll give your skin a dewy finish. I have dry skin, so I’m all about that glo!

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Ignore how GHOSTLY I look. I’m using my NARS Sheer Glow foundation. It’s a pretty great foundation for those who have dry skin, like myself. It says it’s a glow foundation, but I don’t really see any glow with it so that’s why I used an illuminating primer. I’m using my Revlon ColorStay concealer and my NYX HD Finishing Powder. Now, let me take a minute here to just complain about how much I HATE this powder. It leaves my face looking too cakey every time I use it. It leaves a white cast on my face. It does make my skin FEEL smooth, but it doesn’t look smooth AT ALL. It’s not my favorite powder and today, for some reason, it really sent me over the edge of hatred. So, I ran out and bought a new powder. But, it’s just powder at the end of the day. It’s not the end of the world. Studio Session-370.jpg

Mascara! If you’ve seen any of my previous tutorials you already know what mascara I always use. TooFaced Better Than Sex mascara. It’s my all time favorite, if you haven’t used it yet, why? Why haven’t you? GO. GO NOW TO SEPHORA. GO. BUY IT. Anyway, it’s my favorite mascara. I find that it gives me enough UMPH to not need falsies. Moving on tooooooo the face!

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Please ignore the dry patches and powderiness you’re seeing in these pictures. It’s from the NYX powder. GAH. Anyway, I’m using the bomb.com Champagne Pop by Becca cosmetics in collaboration with Jaclyn Hill. I’m then using my double stack palette with a dark blush. I’m using this on the sides of the cheeks, somewhat like a bronzer. I’ve been really into this look lately. Which is a very 80’s look, but I’m into it.

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So, for my lips I’m going BOLD. I’m doing a red lip. Red lips are so fussy, they’re the winged liner of the lips. If your lips aren’t feeling it, red lips aren’t going to work. But, work at it. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my red lipliner. It was somewhere in my kit and being a lazy lazy, I didn’t want to dig it out. So, I WINGED it. Ha. Anyway, I’m using Outlaw by Kat Von D. It’s a matte liquid lipstick, so this is going to stay forever on your lips. I’m then going in with a MAC lip crayon as my lipliner. It was probably not the smartest idea since it’s thick, but oh well. It still worked out. For any type of bold lip of any color, you’ll need to probably clean the edges up with concealer an a brush. I’m using the same concealer/brush combo that I used on my brows. This does a couple things. It obviously cleans up the lines to help them not look so wobbly bobbly. It ALSO highlights around the lips making the color POP even more.

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Lastly I’m spraying my Breath of Fresh Air toner water from lush on the face. This isn’t a finishing or setting spray. It’s just going to help take care of the powderiness and cakiness, which isn’t cute. So. Spray yo face, girl. (or boy. :))

 

BONUS!! Hair tutorial!

Honestly, this is the easiest up do in the history of up dos. But, since this is a “classic” look, I decided I wanted to wear a bandana. And, I also decided I wanted to show you how I do it. So! Here it goes. Studio Session-385.jpg

You’ll need a hair tie. And some hair. Mine happens to be wild and crazy today. (And every other day of my life.) Studio Session-387.jpgStudio Session-388.jpg

First, start by pulling all of your hair up to the top of your head. You can use a brush to smooth it out if you want, but I like the messy look, and I’m lazy, so I don’t use a brush to get it flat against my head.

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Once it’s all on top of your head, you’re going to throw all of your hair forward in front of your face. Then put the hair tie on like you’re going to do a pony tail. BUT, before you loop it the first time, you aren’t going to pull your hair all the way through. Leave the ends in the tie. Then loop it for a second time (or how ever many times you need to depending on your hair). The ends will be hanging out around your forehead. That’s what ya want. Studio Session-392.jpgStudio Session-393.jpgStudio Session-394.jpg

You’re then going to pull on your bun a little bit until it’s completely circled around your head. Then move the ends around the bun until it’s t your liking. Also, pull a few pieces out around your face. Now, you can totally stop here and call it a day, but if you want to add a bandana, here’s how I do it.

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I like to cut my bandana’s from corner to corner because I find them easier to fold this way, and it also makes them less thick.Studio Session-396.jpg

I then fold it up until it’s a long regtangularish piece of cloth. I usually leave the little corner down until I put it on the back of my head.

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I put the corner down on the back base of my head and then wrap the bandana around my head.

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Then I double knot the tie, and that’s it! You can tuck the tail pieces in if you want, but I don’t really care either way. I mess with the ends of my hair stick out and move the bun a little over the tie. I also like to leave my ears tucked in the bandana. Not for any particular reason other than I just do. Studio Session-414.jpgStudio Session-442.jpgStudio Session-445.jpg

That’s the finished look! It’s a modern-ish take on a classic look! I hope you all enjoyed. See you in the next tutorial. Have a great day!

 

Make Up for Glasses Tutorial (pictures)

Today, I am doing a tutorial for make up for glasses! I normally don’t wear make up when I wear my glasses because they’re usually a sign of a lazy day or bedtime or tired/irritated eyes for me. But, I know the few times that I’m too lazy to put my contacts in and I have to look somewhat presentable, this is usually the type of look I go for! If you’re wanting to learn how to do make up for when you wear your glasses, keep reading!

 

 

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Starting with a clean face, I moisturized with my First Aid Beauty moisturizer. For foundation today I decided to use my NARS Sheer Glow Foundation. This is a great option if you have dry skin, or what a thin foundation. If you have really oily skin, I’d stay away. It’s a “glowy” foundation, so if you’re oily it’ll leave your face looking like an oil slick by the end of the day. I’ve noticed this foundation sets pretty well and isn’t tacky, so I just use the powder on the lids, right under the eye, inner corner, and a bit on the jawline to sharpen the bronzer later. (TIP: use a very thin layer of foundation around your nose where your glasses will sit. If you put too much foundation on, it will be rubbed off by your glasses. If they sit on your cheeks, also use a thin layer of foundation or use a thicker layer of colored powder in that area. You could bring the powder with you also for touch-ups throughout the day.)

 

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Today I’m using my Urban Decay Pulp Fiction palette, it was limited edition, but any neutral palette or shadows work just the same.

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First, I’m using the shade “Righteous” all over the lid to the brow. It’s a flesh tone color on me. You could use another shadow that’s similar to your skin tone, or just your face powder!

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Next, on a fluffy crease brush I used a light warm brown color in the crease. I really blended it out so it was very defused and there were no harsh lines. Then, on a smaller flat brush I used a dark neutral brown shade and focused it in the crease. This darkens it and makes the eyes look deeper. I then used a fluffier flat brush with the same shade and very lightly blended the dark color out. I finished it off by blending the edges with the fluffy brush with leftover light brown shadow on it (meaning, I didn’t dip my brush back into the  eyeshadow I just used what was left over on the brush).

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I used a small flat brush with a matte black eyeshadow and focused that in the crease, mainly on the outer corner. Be careful to not touch the lash line or bring the color too low on the lid. You want the lid to still be very light. (TIP: if your glasses MAGNIFY your eyes, you can get away with bringing the darker colors down and not making the lid so light. Focusing the dark colors in the crease and keeping the lid light will make your eyes look larger. So, if your eyes already look large with your glasses, put the black in the outer V of your eye. You can also go heavier handed with your colors since your eyes will be behind a frame and lenses.)

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I’m using a white all over the lid with my Younique double ended brush. Take it up to the crease. This will make your eyes look larger and brighter. Like I said earlier, if your glasses magnify your eyes, don’t extend the white all the why to the outer corner.

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I used my large Tarte brush to wipe away any excess powder around my face. Studio Session-260.jpgStudio Session-261.jpg

I then used my black liner on the tightline. Only use it here if your glasses don’t make your eyes larger. If they do, you can use the black all the way around your eyes. This will make them appear smaller. That’s optional though. The black on the tightline will make your lashes look thicker and your lash line darker. Studio Session-263.jpgStudio Session-265.jpg

I then filled my brows in with my pomade from Anastasia and the clear brow gel to keep the hairs in place all day.

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Next, Better Than Sex mascara! I’d avoid using falsies for this look if you’re going to wear your glasses, obviously. You know your lashes always hit your lenses, so falsies would make that worse.

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Now, to bring some color back to the face. I’m using NARS Laguna Bronzer on the permitter of the face and NARS Orgasm blush. I’m then using Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop on a fan brush for my highlighter on the tops of the cheekbones, tip of the nose, inner corner and upper lip.

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I like bright lips with glasses, so I’d use a red or pink. Since the eyes or so neutral, any color on the lips works. I also think bright colors brighten the face, and it looks nice with glasses. For the lips today, I decided to use a lip stain by Younique (order yours from my store!) I also used a nude lipliner to slightly overdraw my upper lip. Studio Session-276.jpg

Here’s the look without the glasses! I’d say bright lips and bold brows are the way to go with glasses. Brows help frame your face without your glasses, but with your glasses if you don’t fill them in or fill them in too lightly, they get lost and something looks off. So adding a heavier hand with your eyebrows and eyeshadows will help your eyes stand out behind your glasses.

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Here’s the look with glasses! I decided to use my black framed glasses for this look, but with neutral colors, any colored frames work! I’d avoid contouring the nose for this look also. If you did, it would draw too much attention to the nose and that would be the first thing that would be noticed. I hope this was helpful for glasses-wearers out there! Thanks for reading! 🙂

Sultry Smokey Eye Tutorial (pictures)

Hi everyone! I wanted to do something different since the last couple tutorials have been very similar. Today I am doing a very sultry and simple smokey eye! Hope you enjoy! 🙂

 

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As most of my tutorials start, I’m going to moisturize and put on some lip balm and prime my skin. My skin is very dry, so I really slather on First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. My lips are equally as dry so I really love Aquaphor Lip Repair lip balm. It’s one of the most hydrating ones I own. Since my face is pretty red today for whatever reason, I’m using the Maybelline Master Prime in the green color for redness control.

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I then used my TooFaced Shadow Insurance all over the lid and on the bottom lash line to help prime this area with my concealer to really make it stick and help it last longer. This is something new I’ve been trying, but I haven’t really noticed a huge difference.

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For foundation and concealer today I’m using the Maybelline Age Rewind foundation and my Revlon concealer. I blended it all out with my black damp Beauty Blender sponge. This foundation is great coverage and isn’t heavy at all, which is something I really love. I don’t like to have a heavy, drying foundation on so this really is a great option for those who want medium to full coverage and a thin formula.

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I decided to give this powder another go, and I’m so disappointed I did. NYX as a brand is one I love. They have great products for affordable prices, as everyone knows. But this powder is not something I like personally. It’s too powdery and leaves my face looking drier than the desert. But, I used my Beauty Blender to apply the powder around my eyes, chin, and jawline. I then used my favorite large powder brush from Tarte to blend the powder around my face except for the jawline.

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For the majority of the eyeshadow for this look I’m going to use the Moodstruck Addiction Shadow Palette by Younique. First, I used Elated, a skin tone shade on myself. If you’re any darker than I am it would be an off white shade on you. But, for me it’s just skin tone since I’m so pale. Anyway, I used Elated from the lash line to the brow bone as one last layer of coverage to help get rid of all the veins showing on the lids and to also help any shadows I put on top blend easier. Then I used Chipper with a really fluffy brush in the crease. This is just my transition shade. This helps the dark shadows on the lid later blend better into the brow bone. It also helps the finished eye look more blended and put together. Studio Session-176.jpgStudio Session-177.jpgStudio Session-178.jpg

Then I used a dark brown shade called Forthright and used it all over the lid first using a pencil brush then blending it into the crease with a fluffy angled brush. This involves a lot of layering and blending until it’s at the opacity I want.

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I used my Marc Jacobs Beauty eyeliner in black along the lash line, tight line and waterline to darken the eye.

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Then going into my Gwen Stefani palette (still on sale for $25!), I took the color Blackout and used it on my lash line and outer corner of the eye. This added more intensity to the look and helped make it darker and have more dimension. A smokey eye can look flat if you don’t layer different dark shades. If you would just go straight in with a black shadow only, it won’t look blended, it’ll look flat, and it won’t look as good as it could.

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I then mixed Anaheim, Stark, and Zone in the crease to help further blend the shadows. This helps the eye look more like it’s not flat, as I said. Studio Session-189.jpgStudio Session-186.jpgStudio Session-190.jpg

On the lower lash line, I went in with Punk and my pencil brush and blended it out. I didn’t picture it here, but I also used a mix of Chipper and Forthright from the Moodstruck Addiction Shadow Palette by Younique on the same brush. Studio Session-191.jpgStudio Session-192.jpg

I then used my Anastasia DipBrow to fill my brows in. Then I used Anger, a white color, from the Pulp Fiction palette underneath the brow to highlight. Studio Session-193.jpgStudio Session-195.jpg

Of course, I used my favorite mascara TooFaced Better Than Sex. I decided to keep it simple and not use falsies, but you definitely could if you wanted. They would really add a lot more drama to the look.

I have a few samples of blushes and bronzer and some lipsticks from Younique, so the rest of the look is pretty much only used with Younique products.

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For bronzer, I used this sample of Beachfront Bronzer by Younique in the color Malibu on the cheeks and around the forehead. Then I used the Moodstruck Minerals Pressed Blush by Younique in the color Seductive on the back of the cheeks.

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I used my Coty Airspun Luminous Translucent powder as my highlight on my cheekbones, nose, upper lip, chin, under the arch of the brow, and inner corner of the eye.

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I then used the Stiff Upper Lip lip stain by Younique in the color Sultry. It was much more pigmented than I had anticipated, and while it looked good with the look, I did want a more nude color. So, I used the Shine Make Up Remover Cloths by Younique to take the color off.

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My lips were still stained, but I liked the way it looked. So, I used a baby pink gloss on top. This is the Lucrative Lipgloss by Younique in the color Loveable.

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As I mentioned earlier, this NYX powder really left my face feeling too powdery, so I used my Lush Breath of Fresh Air Toner Water to set the make up and soak up any excess powder and really help my skin look dewier. Studio Session-214.jpgStudio Session-223.jpg

And that is the finished look! It’s a wearable sultry smokey eye than can be worn during the day and darkened for the night. I haven’t worn a smokey eye in forever, so this look really made me miss the look.

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*disclaimer: As you probably noticed, this look had a lot of Younique products. I was asked to become part of the team to sell the make up, and today I got in my box of samples and products. I’ll have a full review up of the products used and a few others in tomorrows post. I will always be 100% honest about how I feel about the products and won’t be too pushy to get you to buy, BUT I do ask if you’re interested in buying any products from the line that I showed in this tutorial or that I review tomorrow to please use the link I provide to purchase the products. It will take you to my store, so you will be buying the products from me! Thank you 🙂

Pretty, Bright & “Natural” Make Up (pictures)

Hey guys! I’m back with another photo tutorial for a “natural” looking make up look today. Since I got so much good feedback on my last tutorial, I’ve decided to start aiming this blog towards beauty. If you’re interested in this look, keep reading!

 

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I started with a clean, bare face. Before starting I used my Clarisonic to exfoliate and get all the dry skin off. Then I used a hydrating face mask to help my dry skin. Studio Session-093.jpg

Since my skin has been super dry since moving inland, I’ve been needing intense hydration for my skin. I’m using the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream on my face and neck and my Aquaphor Lip Repair lip balm. Since this moisturizer is soooo thick, I let it sink into my skin for about 20 minutes. The lip balm stayed on until I was ready to put my lipstick on. Studio Session-095.jpgStudio Session-097.jpgStudio Session-098.jpg

I wanted a really fresh looking face today, so I wanted my skin to look bright, which means I was trying to get rid of the redness. I used the Maybelline Master Prime in the green color to help correct my redness, only putting it where the redness is. It also somewhat made my skin matte. Studio Session-099.jpgStudio Session-100.jpg

To help bring back some dewiness, I liberally used my Becca Cream Highlighter in Pearl on my cheekbones, nose bridge, upper lip and chin. Studio Session-102.jpgStudio Session-104.jpgStudio Session-105.jpg

Today I decided to use the Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Pore-less foundation focusing it primarily on the center of my face then using my black Beauty Blender to blend it outwards. Whatever was left over on the back of my hand I used on any areas that needed more attention. Studio Session-108.jpg

With my Revlon concealer I used it in the darkest parts under my eyes, around the nose, and any blemishes on my cheeks, then used the beauty blender to blend it all out. Studio Session-110.jpgStudio Session-111.jpg

I then used my Maybelline Mineral Powder Finishing Veil loose powder around my eyes and on my jawline. I then used my large Tarte brush to sweep away the powder around my eyes.

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Then I used my Anastasia of Beverly Hills Brow Pomade and #12 angled brush to define my brows. Today, I didn’t want a super defined look, so I just filled in the bald spots and evened the tails out. I wanted them to look fairly natural for this look.

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Moving onto eyes! I’m using my Urban Decay Gwen Setfani palette (on sale for $25 now!). All over the lids with a flat brush, I’m using “Baby”. It’s a pinkish champagne shimmery color. Then I used “Bathwater”, a shimmery yellowish shade, on the inner half of the lid. I mixed “Anaheim” and “Stark”, both light matte browns, with an angled fluffy crease brush and lightly applied them to the crease. Lastly, I used the shade “Blonde” as a brow bone highlight. Studio Session-123.jpg

I tightlined my upper lash line with the Marc Jacobs Beauty eyeliner in black to make y lashes look thicker and help the lash line look more defined.

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I used my favorite mascara, which is drying out :(, on my upper and lower lashes to help my eyes look bigger and more defined.

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I then used my extremely dirty, and pretty old, Coastal Scents Double Stack Palette for the blushes. For this, I mixed a light coral and a bright pink and very lightly applied them to the cheeks.

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I brushed away the jawline bake (powder) with my large Tarte brush. This just highlights that area and sharpens the bronzer or contour shade.

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For the bronzer today, I used my Nars Duo Blush/Bronzer in Laguna. Then I used my Coty Airspun Powder is Luminous Translucent to highlight my face. Studio Session-142.jpgStudio Session-144.jpgStudio Session-148.jpgI tried several lip colors before finally deciding on this. I wanted something light and pretty for the lips to brighten the entire face, but not over power it like a red would. I used a lipliner from L’Oreal in the color “Forever Rose”, I slightly over lined the lips and added lines on the bottom and top lips to help them look bigger and pouty. To fill everything in I used Maybelline Color Jolt in “Never Bare”.

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That’s the finished look! I hope you enjoyed this quick fresh faced look. It’s a prefect look to look awake and polished without looking too over done. Have a great day, and I’ll see you in the next post!