Thursday, May 28, 2015

MAC WASH & DRY STUDIO SCULPT BRONZING POWDER

Hellooooooo my pretty….




Sorry for the iPhone quality photos. I'm in the midst of moving and my camera is not in my possession currently!

In classic spur of the moment fashion, I picked up a new item from MAC's latest collection. I just happened to be strolling around the internet on my pay day and saw that this collection had been released and saw that there was a bronzer in it… in this incredible packaging. 100% the reason why I bought this was because of the packaging and once I was in the car on my way to my MAC counter I realized that this was meant to be because I just hit pan on my Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer (after three years let me tell you!!!!) and was in the market for a new bronzer. I was in between repurchasing my beloved Too Faced but also wanted to try out the Hourglass Bronzing Powder but this Studio Sculpt Bronzing Powder is like both of those two combined!

There is a beautiful, delicate sheen in this light brown powder which lightly illuminates while staying true to it's name, "Delicates". It isn't too dark. It isn't too intense. It's perfect for pale people like me and finally my boyfriend can stop telling me that he can "smell my makeup" because it doesn't smell like chocolate like my incumbent bronzer.

What I've been doing is circling this around my face with a larger powder brush in the bronzing hot spots and then going in with NYX's 'Taupe' blush juuuuuust barely in the hollows of my cheeks to add some dimension.

I'm ngl, I feel pretty cool when I wear my MAC blush, this bronzer and my mineralized skin finish natural. This is the most MAC I've ever owned and now I'm slowly getting addicted because all of the products I own absolutely ROCK.

If you can, try to pick this guy up. He's 110% worth it.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

JOYKATHARINE JEWELRY


I was given the opportunity to try on JoyKatharine Jewelry's golden knot ring this past week! It's an adorably dainty but detailed wire knotted ring that looks great paired with other rings and gold bracelets or on it's on! It stacks well but is quaint enough on it's on to be worn by itself which is what I found myself doing the most this week. My skinny little fingers fit a size 7 well but I could have probably gotten away with a 6. The wiring is sturdy but can be bent to fit your exact finger shape perfectly.


Thank you so much to JoyKatharine Jewelry! I love this ring so much!
Check out the rest of the goodies she has for sale and let me know if you purchase any!


P.S. I totally have my eye on this twisted pearl necklace. SWOON!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

MAKEUP OF THE DAY - JANUARY 24TH

MAC's blue brown pigment is impossible. I truly don't know how makeup artists manage to pull that stuff off. In today's look I handed out my best attempt at the stuff. Hope you enjoy! Products listed below.



Face:
-Benefit The POREfessional primer
-Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer in 'Fair' (under eyes)
-MAC Pro Longwear concealer in NC15
-MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in 'Light'
-Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer in 'Milk Chocolate'

Eyes:
-LORAC Behind the Scenes eye primer
-NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils in 'Rust' and 'Black Bean' (Rust all over and Black Bean in center)
-MAC 'Blue Brown' pigment (all over and placed wet in center)
-Urban Decay eye shadow in' Tease' (transition/crease)
-LORAC eye shadow in 'Sable' (deepening crease)
-Benefit Push-Up eyeliner
-Maybelline Colossal mascara
-Urban Decay eye shadow in' Secret Service' (brows)

Lips:
-NYX Pale Pink lip liner
-Maybelline ColorSensational lipstick in 'Bare All'
-NARS Dolce Vita lipstick

Monday, January 12, 2015

MAYBELLINE COLOR SENSATIONAL CREAMY MATTE LIPSTICK 'LUST FOR BLUSH'

The 1990's are making waves in both the fashion and makeup worlds lately. In fashion, we've been seeing a lot of flannels tied around the waist and higher waistlines in general and in makeup it's been all about the matte, deep lip. I took my first step into the matte world with one of Maybelline's new Creamy Matte lipsticks which came as a part of their ColorSensation collection, my favorite!

I used to be anti-matte lipsticks but they have since grown on me since the later half of 2014 with the Kylie Jenner craze happening. Although this is my only stick from this line I intend on purchasing a couple of more like a red, pink and deep berry.


In my free time I'm going to be trying to ease back into blogging so.. until next time!

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.