April 06, 2014

Dupe it Out

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Do you find it odd that paint colors of mint aren't actually the true colors of mint? Paint color mint is generally more of an aqua shade (light blue-green), while actual mint plants are more of an olive shade (green-yellow). That aside I ended up finding I had 2 polish colors I felt were polish dupes in terms of color. Essie in "Mint Candy Apple" applies much thicker than Wet n Wild in "Hush Hush/Ultra-Secret" although it's cheaper in price.

March 28, 2014

Glowing Complexion

Glowing Complexion
I had changed my previous foundation routine a bit this past week and honestly a few people have remarked how "glowing" or "fresh" my face now looks. So if you'd like to know how to get my glowing complexion then here's how I do it!

The first makeup item I switched out was my concealer and how I was applying it. I'm now using Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Erase Dark Spot Corrector + Treatment in Fair over top my all over liquid foundation, and I use this on the areas of my face I wish to highlight (bridge of nose up to the forehead, cupids bow, chin, and under-eye area). This product alone is the main one that has changed and is probably the most responsible for my glowing complexion now. I use the Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge to blot-blend this in.

I also use Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips, Warm Nude Eyes as before (the top two shades only in white and champagne). I use this to add a subtle shimmery highlight after I use my pressed powder (apply shimmer down the bridge of the nose, along check bones, and a little excess on the forehead).

As for eye-shadow you can actually use the same Physicians Formula palette as mentioned previously, otherwise I have been using the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette shades in BootyCall (under-brow highlight) and Half Baked (over eyelids and blended up toward the brow).

For an all-over dewy complexion, spritz on a bit of facial mist like Innis Free Green Tea Mineral Mist on top of the finished makeup look.

A few other items I used (outside of the link to my previous makeup routine)...
Almay Color + Liquid Lip Balm, Rosy Lipped
Banana Boat Sunless Summer Color Self Tanning Lotion, Deep Dark
Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Foundation, Buff Beige
NYC High Definition Liquid Eyeliner, Soft Black

March 14, 2014

Everyday Makeup Items of 2013

This past year I stopped buying so much makeup just because it either looked good on someone else or perhaps I just wanted to become something I wasn't (that's partially why you may have noticed a lack of beauty posts on here). I started buying makeup items that I felt flattered myself best rather than becoming a makeup hoarder or burning a hole in my pocket on items I probably won't even use that often if at all. You may see some items I've mentioned on here before (oldies but goodies) but it's what I feel works for me. I always enjoy seeing how my makeup routine changes over the years so, without further ado here's my 2013 everyday makeup items...

Flower Glow Baby Glow Blush-Bronzer Duo, Gloriously Golden
Flower Shine On Lip Gloss, Baby's Breath
NYC Big Bold Curl Mascara, Extreme Black
Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Aging UV Moisturizer plus Touch of Foundation
Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips, Warm Nude Eyes
Prestige Brow Perfection Brow Shaping Studio, Light to Medium
Revlon ColorStay Concealer Makeup, Light 002
Revlon ColorStay for Combo/Oily Skin Makeup, Buff 150
Rimmel Glam Eyes Liner, Black
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder, Creamy Natural
Wet-n-Wild Fergie Photo Focus EyeShadow Palette, Maldives Sky

December 30, 2013

2013/2014 Winter Makeup Trends

In a previous post I did the makeup trends I'd like to see coming into play, but now I'm posting this winters makeup trends via Vogue.

Lip Trends
-Matte Ombre.
-Nude Lipstick.
-Subtle Nude Gloss.
-Deep Matt Lipsticks.
-Foundation with Powder on top (creates a matte dry lip).

Brow Trends
-Full Brows.
-Pale/Blonde/Washed-Out Brows.
-Light/Natural Brows.

EyeLiner Trends
-Thin subtle black line along top lash line.
-Liquid silver lined cat-eyes.
-Thick Black cat eyes on top lash line and dashed lines on the lower.
-No Liner/Natural.
-Heavy/Messy Liner on Lower lid.

Blush/Contour Trends
-No Blush.
-Nude Blushes.
-Subtle amounts of blush applied.
-Light Bronze Contouring.

EyeShadow Trends
-Maroon metallic cream eyeshadow applied all over upper lid and blended into crease and lower lid.
-Nude eyeshadow several shades darker than skintone applied all over eye area.

Mascara/Lash Trends
-No Mascara.
-Subtle amounts of black mascara on curled upper lashes.
-Thick amounts of black mascara applied on lower lashes.

Foundation Trends
-Matte skin with a slight dewy-ness (try facial mists or a skintoned shimmery powder to add dew on top of makeup).

Nail Color Trends
-Red polish.