Thursday, September 11, 2014

FAVORITE BENEFIT PRODUCTS


Benefit is one of those brands that you just can't shake. From their cult classic mascaras to their adorable merchandising, Benefit knows what they're doing when it comes to getting us hooked on their products. Sure they've had some not-so-great additions (looking at you, Fake Up and Stay Flawless primer) but the products that are hits are so on the money that they've made Benefit one of my most used brands in my beauty routine. I've been noticing that recently when I'm looking for a quick look I mainly reach for Benefit products. Today I'm gonna share with you all some of those products that I can't go a day without.

the POREfessional - If you haven't tried this stuff, shame on you. Walk in Sephora or Ulta and just TRY it. I will always remember when I first did. I audibly gasped. the POREfessional takes big, blocked pores and hides it underneath it's peachy toned priming goodness. It's silicon-based but still a bit different than the likes of it's clear counterparts. It's silkier and softer than the usual silicon primer and allows your makeup to glide on and stay on throughout the entire day. Repurchasing forever. Best Benefit product out there.

Gimme Brow - Personally, this is my favorite Benefit product after the POREfessional. This stuff is so rad. Beyond just a (weak) brow gel, Gimme Brow has fibers within it that thicken and color your brows when you swipe it through allowing you the option to go without pencil or powder if you just need a tiny bit of definition. I cross my fingers for more shades in the future! (Currently this brown shade and a blonde shade are the only two options out there)

Big Easy Complexion Perfector - This was one item that I am so unbelieveably happy about that I get happy whenever I'm just putting it on. At $38 a pop, this BB cream is far from an everyday beauty pickup and to be completely honest, I don't know how or why I ever bit the bullet to spend that much on something. ESPECIALLY a BB cream! When I purchased this I never wore skin makeup like BB creams, tinted moisurizers or foundations. Thankfully when my skin went through a crazy breakout spasm this past summer, the Big Easy was around to help shield it all from the public. I've been left with redness and some scarring on my forehead but this covers it all up with one or two layers. I LOVE this stuff. Truly cannot live without and I will be repurchasing as long as Benefit sells it. The thing that really sold me in Ulta on this stuff is that it is light enough for me unlike every other Benefit skin product.

Dandelion boxed blush - Oops. This is a sample. I'm not sorry. I have this blush as well as a lil' sample gloss under the same name and they are AWESOME. The pale pink looks so pretty on my pale skin and it's the only blush that I have that you legitimately cannot overdo it no matter how much you put on. The matching gloss is just as flatting! I have been using this for forever and still have product left but rest assured when I run out I will be purchasing the big guy.

They're Real! Push-up Liner(*) - This guy is a commodity. I do have to say that I don't like using this solely for my liner needs. What's fabulous about this liner is the deep black color and the way the applicator gets the the roots of your eyelashes. Where my everyday liquid liner fails to tightline, this guy fills in. I've yet to get the hang of using this for my flick but maybe one day I'll master it and this can become a staple in my liner routine!

Benefit has obviously taken it's spot in my heart as one of my favorite beauty brands and I know I'm not alone! What are your favorite products from the brand? I'm always down to try new things that I may have overlooked in the past.

Until next post,

Thursday, July 3, 2014

MAC'S FLAMINGO + REBEL LIPSTICKS

Back in May I decided to splurge and get some MAC goodies. Two of which were these two lipsticks: Rebel and Flamingo. Rebel because well, every girl needs to own Rebel and Flamingo because I'm a sucker for a coral lip.

These two have truly been one of the best beauty purchases I have ever made.



and on the lips...


Rebel is a really talented little lipstick. On its own it's a vibrant fuschia but layered on top of a deep lip liner it turns into a vampire's dream. I personally LOVE it over top of NYX's 'Plum' lip liner. You can see it in action on my Instagram photos here and here. Easily one of my favorites in my collection. The satin finish is so comfortable on the lips and the color is just too badass. I will never regret that pickup.

Flipping over to Flamingo on the complete opposite side of the color spectrum— Though this is considered a lustre finish, I don't see any sign of pearl or sparkle within it. In the bullet, Flamingo is a bright yellow-coral that makes me turn into the *heart eyes* emoji. I am such a sucker for a coral lip it should be illegal. I've got an addiction. What's annoying about my addiction is that corals probably aren't the BEST choice for my pale, cool skin. But Flamingo makes me fall in love because it applies sheer so that the lip color looks natural. It's the perfect color to pop on before running errands or going to class.

Two very different but very flattering colors. These guys have been getting a lot of wear this summer and I don't see that stopping any time soon!

Now that I've got these two plus 'Please Me', I have gotten all of the MAC lipsticks that I really aimed to get when I started obsessing over makeup. Now I don't know what to get! Please help me by leaving a comment below of your favorite permanent MAC lipstick shade.

IT FEELS ABOUT TIME FOR AN UPDATE

Wow. Two months removed from blogging feels like an eternity. How are all of you? Are there any people actually reading this? I hope so. My life has flipped upside down and has turned around in the past couple of months and although I've been enjoying every second of it, I'm glad to be back on Blogger right now typing this post out. Let's just keep the retrospective talk short and simple, ok? Finals kicked my butt. School in general kicked my butt. I moved. Twice. In four days. Then I moved again a few weeks later. I have found myself in a relationship with a great guy. I have a new job. That's about all I've got… except not even.

I've had a lot of opportunities present themselves lately and I've tried to take all of them on head-on. That being said, I'm finally settled into a routine and can find some time to blog again! I am going to start off with some lipsticks that I bought back in May that I have photos of but never got a chance to put up. It'll be a slow process but I will get into the swing of it all eventually.

I may have a lot going on but I bet you all do as well. If you're reading this, please leave me a comment letting me know what I may have missed out on in the beauty world! I'm anxious to be on the tail of breaking beauty news again.

Until the next post (aka later today),
Thanks for reading this after my blogcation. Means a lot.

I will be back.

Monday, April 14, 2014

MTV MOVIE AWARDS 2014 BEST DRESSED

Two posts in one day! eeek! How exciting of me! But the MTV Movie Awards were last night and aside from the crazy antics from host Conan O’Brien, “best shirtless” winner Zac Efron (and the ripping off of his shirt on stage!) and rockin’ tunes from performers such as Twenty One Pilots (!!!) the awards were pretty tame. One could not say the same about the red carpet fashions, however!

Celebs came dressed to impress in all kinds of trends from slits to laser cutting and lots and lots of cutouts. It was all about showing some skin with the dominating trends of the evening: white and cropped pieces. Here are my top five best dressed from the evening…


#5 Ellie Goulding
In fifth place came Ellie Goulding in her simple, long white gown. Ellie teetered between formal and casual but was able to cool down her attire with loose hair and side cutouts! She was one of many ladies rocking the white tonight and she pulled it off tastefully and event-appropriately.


#4 Tyler Oakley
Not often are men placed into “Best Dressed” lists because of their usual attire but Tyler Oakley’s outfit definitely placed him apart from the others earning him a spot on my list! His eggplant-purple tuxedo jacket looked great against the rest of his all-black ensemble and his silver locks looked better than ever! He kept fashionable and cool, the key to any MTV awards show Red Carpet. It's also Tyler Oakley. He makes the list just by being himself.


#3 Rocsi Diaz
Entertainment Tonight host Rocsi Diaz played up the night’s white trend by rocking an exquisite lasercut shirt and skirt combo. Just like the others on the list, Rosci kept it casual while still looking put together. Matched with minimal nude heels, a simple gold bracelet and spunky pink lips, this outfit was a definite winner and landed her in the third spot! The only thing keeping her from being higher up on my list is her hair and eyebrows.. the hair just isn't doing it for me and those sharpie brows don't help either!


#2 Zendaya Coleman
Rolling into our second spot is last month’s Naked covergirl Zendaya. The “it” girl wore a rose patterened dress that had a solid color blocking at the bottom. The sleeves and length made it age-appropriate while the colors and killer thigh slit edged it up a bit. She let the dress do the talking with simple wavy hair and black accessories and looked like a total gem during her pre-show hosting. Also, +5 points for those eyebrows! Gosh, could she be more amazing?


#1 Jessica Alba
Without any doubt in our minds the best dressed celeb from last night was Jessica Alba. She wore an adorable scuba crop top/skirt duo and paired it with her signature honey waves and a giant black handbag. Her chartreuse skirt looked awesome on the red carpet and looked even more outstanding when she announced an award later into the evening. Her black and white heels added a little bit of interest into her outfit without taking away from the simplistic nature of it all. Scuba materials are a growing trend this Spring and Jessica rocked the trend wholly. Just can’t get over it! Ugh! I love her!

Aside from these five fashions, I really did not enjoy the awards show last night. Either MTV is getting worse at hosting these kinds of things or I'm just outgrowing them but I couldn't seem to watch for more than a few minutes at a time without cringing. Here's to forever checking the red carpet photos but never watching the event itself!

Did you watch last night? Who's outfits did you enjoy the most?

SPRING LOOKBOOK #3: EDGY

Last week I photographed my first fashion show for Dress For Success of Central Virginia. I wanted to look especially fashionable that evening and this outfit is what came from it! I've been having trouble styling this crop top that I bought a little while ago because I'm NOT into the high-waisted shorts trend and most high-waisted skirts look odd on my very long frame but this maxi skirt from Lulu's is the perfect complement to it. I love!

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That wonderful skirt that is pictured is from Lulu's! I have really been loving Lulu's lately. I love that it's long enough for my long legs and is so flowy. It's SUPER comfortable. The crop top is just the basic one from American Apparel and I have found that I really, really love that neckline. It looks really good on me and accentuates my narrow shoulders! Those adorable earrings are from Forever 21. I'm wearing my black + studded J.Crew CeCe flats, too!

I have one more Spring Lookbook look to post after this one.. keep your eyes peeeeled!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

MAKEUP OF THE DAY: 04/08/14

10 points to me for this look! I'm having a little internal victory at the moment because I'm finally sharing a look of mine that isn't just a light color washed over the lid with a defining color in the crease and deep shade on the outer edge. I've been feeling like my posts were starting to get a little bit repetitive so I decided to throw this look together and share how I came up with it!

I'm not sure what to call this look.. maybe a cool/purple smoke? I don't know. I tried something different that's all that matters! I have the products listed below that I used as well as a video showing just how I applied those products!

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*swooning* over that nude lip.. I LOVE the new Maybelline ColorSensational The Buffs lipstick in 'Bare All'! It's the perfect nude-nude for us pale folk.


Products used

Eyes:
LORAC Behind the Scenes eye primer
Maybelline Color Tattoo 'Seashore Frosts'
LORAC eyeshadows 'Slate', 'Light Pink' and 'Mauve'
Make Up Forever Aqua Cream '18 Mauve'
Urban Decay eyeshadow 'Fishnet'
Stila Stay All Day liquid eyeliner
Maybelline One By One mascara
Maybelline Colossal mascara
LORAC eyeshadow 'Slate' (lower lash line)
MAC Pro Longwear concealer 'NW15'
MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural 'Light'

Eyebrows:
Urban Decay eyeshadow 'Secret Service'
Benefit Gimme Brow 'medium/deep'

Face:
Rimmel London Stay Matte foundation '010 Porcelain'
MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural 'Light'
NYX Blush 'Taupe'

Lips:
Maybelline ColorSensational The Buffs 'Bare All'

and last but certainly not least.. the video tutorial. Hope you take the time out to watch it! It's short and sweet with some rockin' jamz in the background. Enjoy and have a GREAT Tuesday!




Saturday, April 5, 2014

ORLY BONDER

Hello my beauties! Today I'm going to be posting about a nail product that I've been testing out for the past few months. Orly's Bonder is a fairly popular base coat product and I've been wanting to try it out for awhile! Once I saw it on sale at Ulta a while back I decided now was the perfect time to do so. Orly describes this product as:

  • This exclusive rubberized basecoat grips polish to the nail surface for adhesion that lasts.
  • Prevents nail color from peeling, chipping or wearing off for up to two weeks.

Now, let's be real. No nail product can prevent nail color from peeling, chipping or wearing off for up to two weeks. Even my gel experiences haven't lasted that long! So I knew that claim would immediately be busted and as expected, it was. This base coat did not extend my manicures nearly as long as my beloved OPI Nail Envy does which really surprised me with the whole "rubber" aspect in this one. With a typical mani, Orly Bonder extended my wear time by about a day. Compared to Nail Envy which easily extends the time by at least three days.


What I think this product does best is to adhere the polish to the nail bed better so that the polish is less prone to peel off in one giant sheet (you know what I'm talking about). When it comes to wear and tear on the tips of your nails, this doesn't help you out that much. While that's what I really need the most help with, it doesn't mean that I'm going to completely forgo this! Whenever I'm using a thicker polish, I will be sure to use this so that the polish doesn't do the peel off in one fail swoop deal.

How have your experiences been with base coats? What is your favorite?
I'm always down to try new ones :)