Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Kylie Cosmetics- Velvet LipKit & Kylighter Review

 From the moment she Kylie Jenner introduced her liquid lipsticks the company has hit it off and became one of the most popular brands instantaneously. Was I the first one to order from Kylie Cosmetics? Nope, didn't have enough time to purchase it because they sold out in 3 minutes or 30 seconds. Fast forward a couple of months later, I went on her website to see what was new, a couple of minutes later an order was placed. Since this was my first purchase from this website I decided to play it safe, so I got only two products.
The products where shipped in a black box with the iconic liquid dripping photo and inside has quite a lot of foam, the nicest part was a hand written letter, probably not from Kylie herself but I can dream cant I?

The first photo is without flash in natural day light and the lipliner seems a little bit on the 
fuchsia side as opposed to a soft pink.

( Don't mind my peach fuzz haha)

I purchased this Velvet Lip kit for $27USD, which is a fair price for two items. Lip kit contains two products, a Liquid Lipstick and a matching Lipliner. The first thing I noticed right away when I opened up the liquid lipstick was the scent, a sweet strawberry scent-- no other way to describe it just a very sweet scent, which I personally don't mind. I know some people have a sensitivity to smell so have that in mind.  The formulation of the liquid lip is amazing, doesn't dry matte more of a satin finish. In the photo provide I didn't wait for the lipstick to set so it is quite wet so take into consideration that it does dry down. This does transfer on to anything you set your lips on so beware it is not kiss proof. The lipliner is a little bit drying so I suggest to apply a lip primer or moisturize your lip before hand.  Verdict is that I really like this lip kit, I would recommend it for personal use --I wouldn't share the liquid lip due to sanitary reasons. 

Each product has 0.34 oz or 9.5 g of product, which is a pretty generous amount of product to sell at $22USD. The color is more a light golden color, blends out very well; the brush I use to blend it out with my Sigma F35 brush. This is a fairly priced item because you are getting more product then other high end highlighters. The highlight is one of her newest items and it is OK. The formula is very soft and chalky at the same time, making it not so easy to blend out. What I did notice is that you have to get through the top layer and then you will have smoother highlight. I use this for my brow bone, inner eye highlighter and face highlighter. I have to mention that this will look gorgeous on medium to darker skin toned women. Kylighters do not compare it to Laura Mericer, Becca, Nars, MAC and don't get your hopes up by thinking this is an amazing highlighter. Maybe with a little bit more improvement to the formulation it could be there competition soon enough. This product doesn't come out so intense right away, which I personally love because I am not a fan of products that come of too strong, rather build up then end up with a mistake that you can't fix.  
I came across this awesome blogger who did a full review Kylighter's and much more.  If you do order from Kylie Cosmetics please be sure its the official website because imitators will duplicate her products and have illegal ingredients which are harmful.)  Verdict is that I am not to crazy about this highlighter because I know that the formulation could be smoother and silkier. So maybe if your a newbie to makeup and don't want to spend $50 on a highlighter go with this and build up your collection.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog, do you own any Kylie Cosmetics products? If so what and what do you think of them? Let me know I would love to chat with you!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Pin Up Eye Makeup Tutorial: Step by Step

I recently did a live tutorial on a private Facebook beauty group and had so much fun doing it. The look was inspired by the 1940's pinup look, the eye look was the main focal point the tutorial so too will this blog be. I decided to recreate the eye look and provide a simple step by step explanation on how to achieve this look. Just to keep things simple I mainly used MAC Cosmetics eyeshadows and a Makeup forever one. On a honest note I went with the flow and wasn't to strict with how it would bemakeup should be fun not stressful if the outcome didn't turn out turn out the way you envisioned it, just keep on practicing you will see improvement with time. This look in particular is quite simple and require very little expertise in the makeup field.


 Step 1 through 7 I used Mac Cosmetics eyeshadows.   

1. I primed my eyelids with mac soft ocher paint pot all over the lid, then applied Soft Brown all over the crease, with more emphasis on the outer corner. By applying this technique in the beginning helps with blending out the darker shadows. The brush I used was Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush   

2. I went in with Orb,  with the flat shader brush E--patting it down all over the lid. I repeated this step quite a few times to get the exact intensity of the shade. This will be the only color I apply on the lid.  

3. Back to the crease I add Saddle which the crease color more depth.  

4. I continue building up color in the crease by adding Deep Damson with a medium angled shading eye brush 207 by Luxie Brushes. The biggest tip I can give to you is that when applying the eyeshadows go ahead an use a light hand. That is the key to a effortless and soft blended crease. 
5. The last shadow I added to the crease was Sketchfocusing more on the outer corner. 

6. & 7. Taking a flat brush and applying Nylon shadow on the brow bone and inner corner of my eye. This shadow is a shimmer/highlight shadow; give more dimension to the eyes. 

8. Once the eyes where finish I draw out a wing liner using the Inglot Gel Liner with aEyeliner brush by Sigma. I love a thick wing liner, especially for this look it will really add more excitement to the look. 

9- Typically the lower lash line is left without naked, with little to no eyeshadow. This  isn't the typical pin up, wanted added a little bit of a dramatic feel to the eyes so I went in with a dark shadow from Makeup Forever M-618 Eyeshadow and buffed it out using the Short Shader Brush by Sigma. 
10. Last step of the eye look was to add false lashes and mascara. The lashes that I love to use for a light and airy look is the Ardell Demi Wispy Lashes. The lash glue I used to adhere the falsies to the lashes where was House of Lashes 

On a separate note the new mascara that I am obsessing over is the Covergirl Lash Bloom Mascara

I hope that this was easy enough to follow along and all of these shadows you can be purchases separately. Follow me on instagram @artistakay and show me your pinup look

Thursday, May 4, 2017

5 holy grail beauty products

  Nothing gets me more excited then shopping, especially makeup shopping. Mholy grail items are the ones in which I find myself repurchasing frequently. The top 5 holy grail items, are simple, quick & effective. If I didn't have these 5 products I don't know if my makeup game would be the same. I have seen people talk about their holy grail, must haves, ride or die-- however you word it--and I absolutely love it, I am introduced about new products in detail all the time.  Now don't get me wrong I do have other products that I can swear by but at the moment these are the ones. Every makeup advocate can swear by a couple of products that work spectacular for them and these are my 5 picks. 
   1) Laura Mericer Transulcent  Loose Setting Powder -The whole beauty community is pretty much obsessed with setting powders to bake, set and add a soft finish to the skin. There are so many setting powders to choose from, but it's pretty easy for me to say this is my #1 holy grail. This translucent setting powder is light, help with creasing and gives a soft finish to the skin. Now if you are thinking what's a setting powder, fear not I will give a brief explanation. Setting powder helps set the makeup in place, it will prevent the foundation from moving around, caking. It sells for $38, kind of pricey but worth every penny, trust me on this one.  
2) Smashbox Photo Finishing Color Correcting Foundation Primer- The love story between this primer and I started out a couple of years ago when it was just a sample I got at Sephora. It quickly became my favorite primer to-date. This primer reduces the appearance of fine lines, evens skin tone, and redness, when you initially apply it to the skin it will be green, once you start to gently smear the product around the face within a minute or two the redness should diminish.  This alone, you might not even need foundation if all your wanting to do is cover up redness and minimize pores. Retails for $39.   

 3) Origins Ginzing Energy Boosting Moisturizer- Hands down one of my favorite moisturizers on the market. I have tried quite a few brands, i just keep on coming back to this; let's just say we are inseparable. This moisturizer has a refreshing scent to it, a hint of orange zest; will help radiate your face. I did do a  Review on this moisturizers a while back, check it out. This retails for $27. 

  4) Bobbi Brown Corrector  -We all had one or two sleepless nights, --especially if you have kids... let's just forget about sleep all together shall we? I have purchased this corrector numerous times and probably again in the near future or until I find something better. This Bobbi Brown Corrector helps with the discoloration underneath my eyes and wherever i really need it., its consistency is a little bit thicker then other corrector which helps conceal the blue/purple discoloration around my eye area. I use this on the daily; I did try out a couple of  other correctors, nothing really compares to this one for now. This corrector retails for $27.   

 5) Anastasia Beverly Hill Brow Definer- I am a "die hard" fan of anastasia brow products. Seriously, I am. I go through the brow wiz one every 6 months, I also use their brow pomade and brow powder. What's interesting about this that it the tip is a narrow triangular shape, so filling in the brows has gotten a lot easier. The spool on the opposite side is thicker then the brow wiz, which is in my opinion better because it helps disperse the product through out the eyebrow more evenly. This retails for $20. 

  Check out my previous post- Best Way to Dry your Makeup Brushes -Makeup Brush Tree

What are your holy grail beauty products?