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June Favorites

Hey everyone!  I wanted to share a few of my favorite things that I’m totally loving right now.  The items I have listed below have been my top go to products this month.  I seriously can not use them enough!  I have talked about some of these items in previous posts but here is the list of my favorite products for June:

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A quick review of each item:

  • Zara Vintage Wash Ripped Cigarette Jeans–  You can dress these beauties up or down and can wear just about anything with them.  Not only are they comfortable but they are sexy as well.
  • Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation– I love the coverage and flawless airbrushed look this gives me.  It also doesn’t cake up or sit too heavy on the face.
  • Prada Candy Perfume– I received a sample of this in a Birchbox subscription months ago and loved it.  I finally caved the other day while at Ulta and purchased a rollerball size.  Ulta just so happened to be running a perfume special on this and gave me a free lotion sample too.  Jackpot!!  It’s a light sweet scent and not overpowering.  Perfect for summer.
  • Covergirl Bombshell Curvaceous Mascara- This was also given to me by Ulta as a free gift.  I’m glad I was given the chance to try it out because I probably wouldn’t have purchased it on my own otherwise.  It gives me major volume and a bold intense look.  Side 1 builds the volume like a primer so to speak and side 2 adds the intensity.
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara-  I couldn’t go with just one mascara.  I have alternated back and forth between these two because I have an equal amount of love for both.  Much like the Covergirl it too has major volumizing power and gives a bold intensity look all in one tube vs. two.  It doesn’t clump up and can be applied up to three times.  I never wear false lashes and luckily don’t have to thanks to mascaras such as these.   Neither one smears or rubs off onto my face and they stay on all day long.

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  • Sonia Kashuk Arabian Dreams Sahara Sunset Highlighter– GORGEOUS!!!!  The colors and shimmer of this highlighter is beautiful.  I had a hard time dropping $20 on a drugstore product until I got it home and used it.  It’s absolutely worth it.  I swatched it for you so you could see what it looks like.  Just look at the pretty shimmery color it puts onto the skin!!   I use this as a blush and a highlighter.  This is a great product for that summer dewy glow look.

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  • Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette–  I love both my Chocolate Palettes from Too Faced but this month I’ve been using the Chocolate Bar more so over the Semi-Sweet one.  Not only does it smell good enough to eat (its scented with real cocoa powder) but the color combinations are endless.  There’s a variety of mattes, shimmers, browns, neutrals and pops of color all in one palette.  I can post a few different looks for you guys if you’re interested.  Just let me know down below!

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What are some of your favorite products that you are using right now?  Let me know!

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2-Minute Natural Face

Hey guys, I just wanted to say that I’m sorry I’ve been absent in my posts as of late.  I’m sure you know how life can get pretty busy at times, so today I decided to do a quick and simple tutorial due to that fact.  On Friday I posted a 5-min face tutorial and today I’m going to play off that and show you my 2-minute natural face tutorial.

Products used:

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My Step-by-Step Quick Process:

  1. Sweep Virgin onto Brow Bone
  2. Blend Buck into Crease
  3. Dab Sin onto Eyelid
  4. Apply concealer under eyes and problem areas
  5. Apply powder all over face
  6. Apply bronzer onto cheekbones
  7. Apply mascara

BAM!!!!  Done! Short and sweet!  🙂  See you guys tomorrow!

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5-Minute Face

There are days where you just don’t have enough time to do a full face of makeup.  There are days where you just don’t feel like doing it either.  When I have lazy days or am in a major hurry I will usually throw on a 5 minute face and go on about my day.  Below I’m going to show you my “5 minute face” in a step-by-step tutorial using my Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette.

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STEPS:

  1. Apply concealer under eyes and on any trouble spots
  2. Apply powder using a powder brush over entire face  (I use MAC Studio Fix powder plus foundation)
  3. As always, cover entire lid & brow bone with Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (or any eyeshadow primer of choice)
  4. Sweep White Chocolate all over lid and brow bone
  5. Dab Milk Chocolate onto the eyelid
  6. Blend Gilded Ganache into crease and lower lash line
  7. Now you can do 1 of 3 things here.  1.  Just apply mascara 2. Take an angled eyeliner brush and line the upper & lower lash line with Triple Fudge then add mascara or 3. For a more dramatic look (as pictured below) create a cat eye using an angled eyeliner brush with Triple Fudge and then line lower lash line then finish with mascara.  (I used two coats of Better Than Sex Mascara)
  8. Apply lipgloss
  9. Enjoy your day!

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You can use any neutral color combo for this look.  Do you have your own five minute face routine?  If so what do you do?  Let me know!

XOXO

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How To: Wear A Chambray Shirt

The Chambray shirt has proven to be a popular staple in many wardrobes.  This lightweight wonder shirt is so versatile and can be worn many ways.  I have laid out a few examples of how I like to wear Chambray below:

 

CASUAL

  • Pair it with white shorts or pants
  • Pair with your favorite accessories and for extra flair add a fun hat or fedora
  • Shoes: sandals or wedges

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  • Pair a lighter Chambray shirt with dark denim
  • Pair with colored jeans or patterned pants
  • Shoes: I like to wear fun neutral heels with this combination

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  • Pair with black skinny jeans or pants
  • Accessorize with a scarf
  • Shoes: neutral heels or boots

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DRESSY

  • Pair with a patterned skirt or pencil skirt
  • Shoes: sandals, heels or wedges

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  • Pair with a maxi skirt
  • Shoes:  sandals or wedges

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  • Pair with a maxi dress and belt
  • Shoes: sandals or wedges

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Do you have a Chambray shirt in your closet?  If so, let me know what kind of outfits you create with it.  🙂

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Sisterhood

I headed back south to Nashville over this past weekend for my Bachelorette Party and I had some time to reflect at the airport while waiting to board my flight back home.  I was thinking about my sister and all my girlfriends.  I thought about how close we all are, how we’ve all been through good and bad times together and how we’ve all pretty much grown up together. We have learned from and taught each other about life.  Starting from playground shenanigans, to puberty, to makeup, to horrible fashion faux pas, to relationships and heartbreak, then on to true love, marriage and babies for some.  I couldn’t be more proud of these ladies and to have such a wonderful support group.  My sister being the biggest of all.  I am proud to call them my friends.  I am proud to call them my sisters.

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I’ve had friendships with some of these ladies for over 20 years and I’ve been lucky to meet new people along the way which developed into close friendships as well.  I cherish every single one of you.  Thank you all for being with me and coming together this weekend to celebrate this next chapter of life that I am about to embark.  I love each and every one of you.

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The Beauty Blender

The next best thing since sliced bread.  The Beauty Blender!! These are non-disposable cosmetic sponge applicators.  (I promise these are beauty products.)

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These are amazing for applying liquid foundations, concealers, primers, powders, etc.

To use:  Dampen with water and squeeze excess water out with a towel.  Once damp apply your makeup product and dab across the face, under the eyes or contour for a flawless result.

Why these are amazing:  The  makeup sits on top of the sponge rather than being absorbed in it because of the water intake.  The Beauty Blender allows you to use less product.

Cleaning: My trick to cleaning these is to use a mild soap, shampoo or cleanser then  air dry.  However, just like any sponge they hold bacteria and a quick way to kill the bacteria is to put the sponge in a bowl with about an inch or two of water in the microwave for about 30 seconds. PLEASE DON’T BURN YOURSELF!  Let it cool for a few seconds before removing.  (Now the microwave only kills any bacteria it my be holding so you will still want to clean it as normal after.)

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Beginner Makeup Brush Cheat Sheet

So many brushes, so little time!!!

I decided to do a brief cheat sheet post to go over  different types of brushes and their uses.  I am going to use my Sigma Brush Kit as an example.

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THE BRUSHES:

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From left to right:

  • Large Powder Brush– Pretty self explanatory…applies powder products to the face.
  • Tapered Face Brush– This brush is good for contouring and applying powder products such as blush to the cheekbones.
  • Powder/Blush Brush– Again, self explanatory applies powder products to the face.  Smaller brush is just more concentrated areas.

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From left to right:

  • Lip Brush– Applies color to the lips.
  • Eye Liner Brush– Applies precise lines to the lashlines
  • Flat Definer Brush– This is a good brush for applying powder, creams or gel to the eye in precise areas.  Especially great for the lower lash line
  • Short Shader Brush–  This brush is great for concentrated color in small areas such as the tear duct, outer corner, inner corner, lash lines, etc.

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From left to right:

  • Small Tapered Blending Brush– This is great for adding depth and product placement such as the crease.
  • Tapered Blending Brush– This is my favorite eyeshadow brush.  It’s great for soft edges and blending. Especially for the crease and for building the transition color.
  • Blending Brush– Blends, softens lines and great for combining colors on the lid
  • Concealer Brush– Use for applying concealer

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From left to right:

  • Large Concealer Brush–  Great for cream or liquid concealer or liquid highlighters
  • Large Fluff Blush–  Use for all over lid eyeshadow color
  • Tapered Highlighter Brush– Great for highlighting the cheekbones, forehead and nose
  • Duo Fibre Powder/Brush–  Perfect for applying mineral powders

 

If you have any questions regarding these brushes or any other brushes not listed above please feel free to ask below.

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Hot Green…Whaaaaa???

Occasionally I get bored with the natural eyeshadow look and the run of the mill smokey look.  The other day I was snooping around in Ulta and I ran across this bright green shadow made by NYX Primal Colors.  I mean the color is called Hot Green for Pete’s sake!  (Does anyone know who this Pete actually is?)  So anyway,  I scooped it up and decided to create a bold green eye look mixing it with my MAC eyeshadow in Humid (not pictured) and my Urban Decay Naked Palette.  Yeah yeah, I know…shocking.

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How I created the look.  Step-by-step:

  1. As usual cover entire lid & brow bone with Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (or any eyeshadow primer of choice)
  2. Using the Naked palette blend Buck into the crease using a fluffy tapered shadow brush.  You’ll want to do this a few times and slowly blend upwards to build the color.  Don’t go into the brown bone. This is going to be the transition color.
  3. Taking a pointed shadow brush dab Half Baked into the tear duct and inner lid
  4. Dab Hot Green across center and outer corner of lid using a shadow brush connecting to Half Baked.  Don’t freak out yet…we’re going to smooth it out with MAC’s Humid 🙂
  5. Now dab Humid by MAC into outer corner of lid and slowly build it into the crease blending into the Buck color.
  6. Now here you can do 1 of 2 things.  Keep building the Humid color for more depth into the crease or take it a step further like I did and used an even deeper color like Urban Decay’s Loaded into the outer V.  Blend out any harsh lines.
  7. Brush Sin across the brow bone.  If you have a darker skin tone you will want to use a more neutral color like Naked across the brow bone.
  8. Line upper lash line with liquid liner or a deep black gel liner
  9. Using a green pencil liner line lower water line then using a black pencil liner line the outer lower lash line
  10. For a more dramatic effect dab Half Baked into the tear duct and inner lower lash line and Humid on outer lower lash line blending in with the black pencil liner.
  11. Top with two coats of your favorite mascara.  Bigger the better!

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Do you use bold colors?  If so what looks do you create?  Let me know!!

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Ulta Haul (June 2015)

I may have went a tad bit overboard in Ulta (sorry Sephora).  In my defense they were having a buy one get one half off on several items.  So I may have partook in said sale.  Just to get an idea of the size of the bag I had some special helpers show you.

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I believe Brutus is beyond eager to show you ladies the goods

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So the backstory to buying so much all at once is I’m slowly building up a makeup kit for freelance makeup work.  (Along with event hairstyling and wardrobe consultation).  As much as I would love to buy all MAC products it just isn’t realistic. I am pretty well stocked in name brand eyeshadows and other products but for now to start off with I’m going to stick with NYX and some other drug store brands that I know from personal use and experience that are amazing products.

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Covergirl’s Ready Set Gorgeous foundation is probably my favorite drug store foundation that I have discovered.  I am picky when it comes to foundations, BB creams, etc.  This gives me an airbrushed look and doesn’t cake up. Since I have been wearing it I have received more compliments on it that when I wore my MAC Studio Fix.  It runs only around $7-$8 a tube vs. $30+ I decided to start my kit with this.

(I love MAC!  Don’t get me wrong but when I find a product that is just as good or better for half the cost I’m jumping on it)

I grabbed two Ulta brand pressed powders, a Smashbox travel kit and invested in 6 NYX mascaras ranging from waterproof to big and bold.  I also purchased 6 new NYX Intense Butter Gloss tubes in a variety of colors.  Also for my kit I purchased some NYX concealers,  Ardell lashes, NYX Avant Pop Shadow Palettes in Art Throb and Surreal My Heart.  I also purchased four other individual NYX eyeshadow colors.  I’m sure there will be some tutorials coming as I kind of got these more so for me than for the kit.  I mean I have to at least try them out right?!

Now for me I did grab two items.  They were running a gift set deal 2 for $40.

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The Cheeky kit includes a contouring trio, finishing spray, matte foundation primer and a double sided blush/contouring brush.  The Matchmakers kit includes a Mattifying Balm, lip primer, mascara primer, shadow primer, eye concealer pencil, Fabulous Face primer and a beauty blender.  Guys, (or gals I should say), a beauty blender is $15-20 alone.  If you don’t have one of these I strongly urge you to get one.  They are amazing.  They blend your makeup so smoothly.  I will do a post on them and different types of brushes soon.  So the point to this long story is these sets are amazingly priced.  So I’m very excited about trying these out for you and giving you upcoming reviews.

Also, I got a free gift from purchasing the Covergirl products which included a travel makeup bag and a mascara.  Talk about a deal!!!!

Have any of you used these products before?  If so give me your feedback!

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What The Heck Do I Do With Pink Eyeshadow?!

The other day I had a girlfriend send me a picture via text of an eyeshadow palette she had received asking what in the heck she going to do with the pink color in it.  So that immediately inspired me to create a romantic pink smokey look using my Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette which consists mostly of pink neutral colors.  Just like all the Naked palettes, these colors are gorgeous.  Where have you heard that before?  I’m obsessed with all of these palettes as you can probably pick up on.  Anyway, getting back on track….Here is the step-by-step tutorial for a romantic pink smokey eye.

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  1. Cover entire lid & brow bone with Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (or any eyeshadow primer)
  2. Using your finger cover eyelid with an ELF Smudge Pot in Ain’t That Sweet.  Smooth out with a concealer brush. (optional)
  3. Blend Limit into the crease using a fluffy shadow brush.  You’ll want to do this a few times and slowly blend upwards.  Not too high.  You don’t want to go into the brown bone. This is going to be the transition color.  You will build the other colors on top of it.
  4. Using a crease brush sweep Nooner into the crease slightly blending with Limit but not completely covering it.
  5. Using a round shadow brush dab Factory onto the outer corner of lid and inner corner of lid.  Leave the center bare.
  6. Using the same brush (wipe off excess color before continuing) mix Liar and Dust together and dab into the center of the lid.  Blend well.
  7. Taking the crease brush again sweep blackheart into the outer corner V and slightly blend into the crease.
  8. Sweep Strange into the brow bone.
  9. Blend any harsh lines
  10. Using your finger dab Dust into the center lid for a shimmer effect.
  11. Line upper tight line with NYX Tres Jolie Gel Pencil Liner in pitch black (or any dramatic liner) and using an eyeliner brush smudge Blackheart out onto the lash line and then onto the outer lower lash line.
  12. Line lower water line and tear duct with a white pencil liner and using a small pointed shadow brush smudge Dust into tear duct and inner lower lash line.
  13. Top with two coats of It’s So Big Mascara (or your favorite mascara)

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