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January 2017

Mossy Green Eyes Makeup Tutorial

Tutorials

Lets play with color!

If you haven’t already guessed, I love color in my makeup. I’ve always been that way. When I was first introduced to makeup, I wanted to wear blue mascara instead of black and nude lipstick made no sense to me. I wondered why anyone would want to wear a lipstick the same color as their lips. I know for many others, wearing a lot of color can be intimidating f0r multiple reasons.

For one, neutral tones are always much easier to deal with. Its simple and it doesn’t give off the vibe that you’re trying to do too much. I’ll admit, I’ve been guilty of not wearing a certain makeup look because I don’t want it to seem like I’m trying to draw attention to myself. At the same time, I say, screw that and do what you want. I totally understand that it can be hard to break out of that comfortable bubble. If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “I wish I could pull that off/do that.” You can! It might look horrible at first but just keep practicing. With all that being said, I hope you find this tutorial helpful and that you try it out!

*Also, I’m sorry if I’m a little more low energy than normal. I started my first week back at school and it was a huge adjustment.

In case you need to see the shadows more up close…

Products Used:

Brows:

Benefit Kabrow Pomade

Eyes:

Makeup Forever Creme De Camouflage Concealer

Ofra Eyeshadow in “Truffle

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in “Dirty Martini” “Enchanted Forest” & “Pixie Dust

Blinc Lash Primer

Doucce Maxlash Volumizer

Milani Eye Tech Eyeliner

Maybeline Gel Matte Liner in “Glossy Emerald

Face:

Laura Geller Under Makeup Primer

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Tarte Shape Tape concealer in “light neutral”

RCMA No Color Powder

Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette

Wet n Wild Blush in “Apri-Cot in the middle

Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder in “Illuminati

Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray

Lips:

Mac Cosmetics: “Morning Coffee

Dose of Colors Liquid Lipstick in “Cork

Urban Decay After Dark Palette

Reviews, Tutorials

After Dark Palette Deets!

First off, I know I’m a little late to the party in talking about this After Dark palette. (Sorry!) I had a bit of a crazy situation in trying to get it. When I ordered it online, I had a typo in my address so it got lost & I had to reorder it. Way to go, Britney. Regardless, its an amazing palette and I still want to talk about it. This palette is gorgeous! I could stare at the purple iridescent packaging all day. Okay, not really but still, its so unique. The palette comes with 10 duo chrome or metallic shimmer shades, a full sized mirror and a double ended brush. One end of the brush is perfect for blending, while the other can be used to pack color onto the lid.

I love how versatile this palette is. It has relatively wearable everyday shades but also caters to people who prefer something a little bolder. The price of the palette is $49 which on the more expensive side. However, if you buy any of their individual shadows, they’re around $20 so it ends up being a good deal. (Thats how I justify my spending, anyway.)

I noticed right away that the shadows are really pigmented, buildable and creamy. Its important to note that you need clean lids, and some sort of base in order to get the most payoff.

 

I realized after writing everything out that the After Dark palette is currently sold out on Sephora’s website. This is supposed to be a limited edition palette so I’m not sure if they’ll be having any restocks. (Normally LE includes some type of restock though.) As far as I know, you can still get it in stores and it is still available on Urban Decay’s website here.

Onto the look…

I did use other shadows that aren’t in this palette but thats because I can’t do strictly shimmer in a look. As I mention in the video, you don’t need the 35O palette for the colors in the crease. As long as you have an orange shadow then you’ll still be good. Also, if you’re looking to get the vibrancy that I did, then wetting your brush with a setting spray helps a ton!

Products used:

Brows:

Benefit Kabrow Pomade

Eyes:

Makeup Forever Creme De Camouflage Concealer

After Dark palette: Sephora (if they have a restock) Urban Decay’s website

Morphe 35O palette 

Doucce Maxlash Volumizer

Colourpop Gel Pencil Liner in Zulu (but Bee Sting might be better)

Nyx Epic Ink Liner

Face:

Becca Backlight Primer Filter

MUFE Ultra HD

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

PUR Mineral Glow Bronzer

Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette

 

Milani Blush in “Luminoso”

Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray

Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder in “Slaynali

(Crap, I forgot that shade isn’t available anymore. Check out their other shades though. They’re all sooo beautiful!)

Lips:

Japonesque Lip Laquer in shade 01

An inexpensive way to try more makeup: Boxycharm

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What is Boxycharm?

Its a monthly makeup subscription for 21/month to be sent 4-5 full sized products. They include a mix of makeup, haircare, skincare and the occasional fragrance. I’ve had it for a good year or so & I love it so I thought I’d share! Its my guilt-free way of trying new makeup products especially because the cost of each product combined equals more than what I pay each month. Of course there are products I’ve received that I’ve hated, but for the most part I’m generally pleased. If you’re in the market for trying out makeup, I’d definitely recommend subscribing. I’ve discovered some of my absolute favorite products through Boxycharm.

Below is what I received this month to give you an idea of what each boxycharm includes. I’ll also insert a link here so you can check out the last few months.

Konjac Sponge by Gorge Beauty

Retail: $18.00

I’m sure when you saw this thing you were like “What the heck is that?” So was I. To give you the short answer, its a sponge thats made of konjac root to exfoliate your face & neck. Konjac root is supposed to help balance the acidity of your skin’s impurities and oils. It has no preservatives, is packed with vitamins & is good for even the most sensitive skin.

I actually ended up trying it out the morning after I got the box and I didn’t really know how to feel about it. The instructions say that it can be used with or without cleanser so I decided to use it without anything first. I can see why they say it can be used for sensitive skin types because its very gentle. My skin didn’t really appear clearer or have any noticeable differences besides my face feeling softer. I can’t say if I like it yet since skincare normally requires a couple of uses before deciding.

Highlighter Double by Vintage Cosmetics

Retail: $35.00

This duo comes with the shades “Rose Quartz” & “Chocolate Diamond”. This product can either be used as a subtle highlight or a blush or bronzer topper. First off, I love the packaging, its so simple and feminine. I just want to keep the box because of how pretty it is. The product itself doesn’t really excite me because I’m never looking for a subtle glow. I also generally prefer to keep my blush and bronzer pretty matte looking so I don’t know how much I’ll really be using this. I’m still definitely gonna try it out on a day when I’m just playing with makeup before writing it off completely. Maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Pur Mineral Glow Bronzer

Retail: $25.00

I think the word “bronzer” speaks for itself, so there isn’t much explaining needed here. When I first swatched it on my hand, it was really warm-toned so I was worried it would appear orange on me. I applied it on my face right after and it actually seemed to work. I found that the warmth is actually because it has some gold undertones without actually having any shimmer. I’m looking forward to trying it out the next couple of days though because I’ve been wanting a new bronzer.

Fan Brush by So Susan Cosmetics

Retail: 18.95

One of the reasons why I love this subscription is because of how often they include makeup brushes. When you need to buy multiple brushes, they can get expensive really quick. Within the last year I’ve accumulated 10 brushes from Boxycharm and they’ve all been high quality. I can’t get over how soft this particular brush is. I’ve been running it across my face almost the entire time I’ve typed this out because it feels so nice. Its a synthetic bristled brush meaning that it doesn’t withhold product the same way a natural haired product does.

Signature” fragrance by English Laundry

Retail: $25.00

I wasn’t excited at all when I saw this because I’m very picky about fragrances. My eyes are really sensitive, so many perfumes make them water. I also hate constantly smelling the same thing all day so I require something light. It turns out that I actually ended up really liking the scent and it didnt bother me at all. I’m terrible at describing perfume scents so I’ll be honest, I looked up how they describe it. They say it is a mix of quince, white chocolate, and jasmine. (Wow, seriously would’ve never guessed.)

This month’s box came out to be worth a total of $121! Thats really good! Overall, this box is somewhere in the middle for me. I’m excited about a few items & others I’m not so sure about, but its still definitely worth holding onto. If you’re interested in trying it out, I’ll leave a link here. If you do try it out, let me know! I’m always looking for someone to talk about makeup with.

Mangonada Vibes Makeup Tutorial

Tutorials

I filmed my first makeup tutorial!

Yay! I’m really excited and proud of myself for finally doing something I’ve been wanting to do for months. For those of you who don’t know me, I can be pretty shy and I don’t like the spotlight. I’m sure this raises the question about why I’m doing this. Honestly, I love seeing people’s faces light up when I tell them their makeup looks good. Women are always being judged over how they look in a negative way. If you don’t dress up, you’re ugly or plain. If you dress up too much, you’re trying to do it for someone else. We can’t just be ourselves and feel beautiful. That’s why building each other up is so important. If someone wants to improve their technique, step out of their comfort zone, or they’re in a makeup rut and need inspiration, I want to be apart of that. How we choose to express ourselves shouldn’t be based on anyone else’s approval except your own. Yes, its important to feel beautiful without makeup, but its also okay to feel good with it.

 

More about the look:

When I look at this, I think about eating a Mangonada, partly because I’m always thinking about food, but also for all the shades I used. If you’ve never had a Mangonada, you seriously need to find one, fast! (Its a Mexican fruit drink/dessert & they’re amazing.)

If you’re craving one now from the thought of it, good, me too.

The key to achieving this look is to take your time blending. Start with a fluffier blending brush and then continue building it up with a smaller blending brush as you go in with darker shades. I know it looks like it hardly took me any time to blend, but thats just editing. I doubt you wanna watch two whole minutes of me going back and forth with a brush on my eyelid. Not so exciting. Its also really helpful to pack on a little at time because the more layers, the more you have to blend & the easier it is for everything to look seamless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some swatches of the shades I used in case you need a closer look.

 

Products Used:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brows:

Benefit Kabrow Pomade

Eyes:

Makeup Forever Creme De Camouflage Concealer

Morphe 35N Palette

Sugar Pill Eyeshadows in “Butter Cupcake” & “Love+

Colourpop x Kathleenlights Quad in “Telepathy” also sold individually here

Blinc Lash Primer

Doucce Maxlash Volumizer

Nyx Epic Ink Liner

Face:

Laura Geller Under Makeup Primer

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Tarte Shape tape concealer in “light neutral”

Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette

Nyx Matte Bronzer in “Light”

Milani Blush in “Luminoso”

Becca highlighter “Champagne Pop”

Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray

Lips:

Nyx Liquid Suede in “Sandstorm”

 

Hair Full of Secrets: How I maintain my red hair

Hair, Tips

I’m constantly being asked what I do to maintain the redness in my hair since red tends to fade quickly. I admit, its a huge pain in the butt & think about giving it up, but I also love it too much. I’ve had my red hair for somewhere around 3-4 years and have it retouched every three months.

Over the years, I’ve picked up a few tips that allow me to hold the vibrancy. In fact, even when I’m cringing at how badly my roots have grown out, people are still asking me if I’ve recently gotten my hair retouched. (I know how much of an exaggeration that sounds like, but I promise you, its not.)

So without further ado, here is a list of everything I do to keep up with it. Even if you have no plans of ever going red, some of these are also really great for healthy hair in general & may be worth a peak!

  1. Invest in a red shampoo.

    The one I use is by a brand called Tressa and its the Watercolors Color Maintenance and Enhancement Shampoo in the shade “Fluid Fire”. Having this is truly key because it redeposits color back into my hair & its sulfate free. My hair dresser recommends only using it every few washes otherwise it can be a bit drying. Lately I’ve been mixing a dime sized amount in with my regular shampoo and I haven’t had any problems. The downside is that even though I LOVE this product, it dyes my nails if I’m wearing regular nail polish. No bueno. (If you have gel on your nails then you’re totally fine.) This brand also offers other shades to either intensify or neutralize certain tones, so even if your hair is a different color, there might be something for you.

  2. Use a sulfate free shampoo/conditioner.

    (Or any other hair care product) Though sulfate is used to get rid of oil build up, it also strips color. A good way to tell if its sulfate-free if it isn’t blatantly listed on the bottle, is to look at the ingredients list. If it says Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium laureth Sulfate (SLES), then put it back on the shelf. The one I’ve been using is by Loreal Ever Creme. I love it because it has a very milky and creamy formula, perfect to keep my scalp moisturized.

    Sulfate is also known to cause scalp irritation, and dry hair since sulfate is specifically added to get rid of build up. Some of that build up is good for your hair because it also has some of your hair’s natural oils.

  3. Don’t wash it everyday.

    I know it sounds gross if you’re not used to it, but its actually healthier. It ties into that whole natural hair oils point that I mentioned earlier. I try to go at least 2-3 days without a wet wash, and use a dry shampoo in between to keep it refreshed. Dry shampoo is one of those things where you have to buy a few before you find one that works for you. So, if you’ve tried one and hated it, keep looking and don’t give up. I’ve been loving the Big Sexy Hair Dry Shampoo. It has a light but pleasant scent and doesn’t give you that annoying white cast that many dry shampoos leave you with. It also does an amazing job at absorbing oils and re adding volume back to my hair.

  4. Wash it in cold water.

    This is the hardest one of them all because I hate showering with cold water! Cold water doesn’t make your hair bleed as much, and it prevents that extra frizz and retains moisture & shine. I’ve noticed that back when I used hot water, there was no way I’d be able to leave the house with my natural hair because it was too wild, but now its a lot more tame. Even if you’re not dealing with hair dye bleeding, starting off with hot water and then switching it to a cooler temp when you’re on your last rinse will still give you the benefits mentioned above.

  5. Lower the temp on your iron.

    I have a lot of really thick hair. I’ve been guilty of turning up my flat iron or wand ridiculously high in hopes of getting my hair done faster. (Doesn’t work.) This can be difficult depending on how stubborn your hair is but its worth experimenting with. You wanna find lowest temp that still does the job but isnt a blazing 400 degrees. High heat not only causes a lot of fading, its super damaging to your hair & causes a lot of breakage. No thanks!

     

    Even though I complain about how much work it is, its really not that bad. My hair has never been healthier despite the dyeing and heat that its constantly being put through. And for those of you who are always saying they want to go red but they’re too scared, do it! Stepping out of your comfort zone is fun! & I hope that when you do it, that these tips help you as much as they have for me. 🙂

Also, if you’re in the Bay Area, I get my hair done in Hayward at Vintage Alley by Cindee. 🙂

I’ll link their Facebook page here in case you need the deets. 🙂

 

Dose of Colors Supreme Glow Highlighter

Reviews

I was really excited when I heard Dose of Colors was coming out with their Supreme Glow Highlighter. Not only do I always jump at buying highlighters, Dose always wows me with their products. In fact, they take the cake on being my absolute favorite when it comes to having the best liquid lipstick formula. They’re so long-lasting, transfer proof and comfortable.

What it is: Golden (bronze, to me) powder highlight
Price: $28.00
Shade name: Gold is the New Black

 

I love the packaging- its simple, feels sturdy, its compact & comes with .25oz of product.

When I first opened it up, the color in the pan appeared super dark, almost like a bronzer. It really caught me off guard because the swatches on the site are much lighter. To my surprise, I found it complimented my skin tone really well because of my yellow undertones. However, depending on how much fairer your skin is, and what type of undertones you have, this may not work. It definitely appears to be geared toward deeper skin tones, which by the way, is really amazing since shade ranges with makeup in general tend to be the opposite.

 

 

I love how pigmented this is. There’s definitely no need to build it up if you’re going for a little-more-than-natural glow, which is really important to me. When I put on a highlight, I don’t want it to be packed on so much that its distracting. At the same time, I hate when I feel like I’m dipping back into the pan several times to get to the level I want. I find the formula to be very lightweight and creamy.  Its also worth noting that this is cruelty, gluten and talc free.

All in all, I’m really happy with this and I’m hoping to see more colors released to add to the collection!

Three Killer Drugstore Liquid Eyeliners

Reviews

Winged liner is a must for me when I put on makeup (even though it makes me want to rip my hair out some days). The problem is, finding a reliable eyeliner to make such an annoying task easier, is also difficult. I feel like I’m always on the hunt for a new ride or die because over time, something goes wrong with the one I’m using. Either the brush gets all weird, or the formula starts separating, transferring, or fading…I’m sure you’ve been there & its so annoying!

For the longest time, the Girlactik Precise Marker Liner,  was the perfect eyeliner for me (and still is) but I find myself annoyed with paying for shipping when I’m only buying/replacing one thing. I know there are some pretty great ones at Sephora that people rave about, but I just wanted to find something inexpensive and reliable.

So, I took a trip to the drugstore, picked up a few & was pleasantly surprised by these babies:

**I’ll be linking these products to the actual brand’s website so you can use their store/retailer locator option to find where they’re closest to you.

Milani Eye Tech Perfection Liquid Liner

What it is: Felt tip liquid liner
Price: $ 8.00

This one really threw me off when I first saw it. It looked like it would fit really awkwardly in my hand, but I guess that’s because it was just hard to picture. It turns out that it’s shape actually makes application a lot easier since it gives my pointer finger natural support that isn’t normally there
with a standard liner.

I’d definitely recommend this if you’re a beginner or if you just can’t seem to master wingin’ it to see if the change in grip makes it easier for you to apply. The first time I tried it, I didn’t even have to go back to  really make sure my eyes looked even (maybe it was just luck). The only thing I’d say I’m not too crazy about is that I have to go over the line a couple of times to really get it to that jet black shade I like but, eh, that’s not really a biggie since putting on eyeliner generally requires doing it in steps. I’d also like to add that it really held up for me throughout the day, even with oily lids and accidentally rubbing my eyes.

NYX Epic Ink Liner

What it is: Pen tip liquid liner
Price: $8.00

I love how thin of a tip this little guy is. (haha, pun intended #sorrynotsorry) But seriously, this is great for precision & would be eyeliner for you if you like switching up the boldness of your line. I also really like how fluid it felt. It really irks me when my liner starts to tug because it also means that I’ve probably also just messed up I’m gonna have to go back & clean it up (or if I’m extra lazy, make my liner much thicker than I intended).

I will say that I had to reapply it in the inner part of my eyes because it seemed to have faded/disappear in that area as it was supposed to be drying. (It takes a while to dry down but I find that to be pretty common with pen tip liners.) However, once it dried down, I found that it held up fairly well throughout the entire day with minimal fading.

Wet n Wild Proline 

 

What it is: Felt lip liquid liner
Price: 3.99

This liner really surprised me because its the first liner I’ve ever used that I could take all the way into inner eye and it didn’t fade away all day. Normally my liner bleeds or fades to right about where my lashes start, so its not really a big deal for me but I’m happy there’s a liner out there thats finally comin’ through.

Its also worth mentioning that though I really appreciate the thinness of the NYX one, this is the perfect size thickness for me because I generally wear it about the same everyday, plus it made filling in the wing much faster. From what I’ve been hearing, people have been comparing it to the Kat Von D tattoo liner which I haven’t tried, but if you have, it might be worth this trying one out since 3.99 is a great price point! Lastly, this one only required one application to reach the desired darkness that I look for in a liner.

 

If you guys try any of these, let me know how they work out for you, or if you have any killer drugstore liners you love, do tell!