Sunday, February 11, 2018

Valentines Day Glitter Glam Tutorial






Valentines Day is coming up in a couple of days and what better way to enjoy the day with a glam look?




As shown in the photo’s there are 12 steps, in each step I let you know what products and brushes I used to recreate this look. Caution I do go into detail, explaining every step; whether you’re recreating this look or just trying to learn how to figure out which brushes are best for what. I want to provide you my most with this blogpost.

STEP BY STEP

1.    Firsts things first, always prime the eyes if you want the eyeshadow to stand out. I started off by priming my eyes with MACs Paint Pot in “Soft Ocher”. you need to have a clean canvas whenever using bright colors. 
2.    For my transition shade I used MAC Blush in “Melba”-- yes, you can use a blush as an eyeshadow!  You can use bronzer, highlighter, contour, all of them as an eyeshadow, you can mix and play around with makeup.
3.    Next, I applied the shadow “Gossip” from the Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette. This shadow is a bright coral/pink shade with a small shimmer specs. I applied this shadow all over my lid with a flat shader brush from sigma beauty.
4.    Using an Angled shading eye brush from Luxie Beauty and swiped the color outwards, to create a more feline look. The reason why I like to use an angled brush is because of the angle of the bristle helps with the contour of the crease.

5.    To intensify the shade “Gossip” I used a bright red blush by Mac called “Apple”. Using a clean fluffy brush with no eyeshadow on it I gentley blending it into the outer corner.

6.    Taking my E20 Short Shader Brush from Sigma Beauty and smudging out the same shadow/blush underneath my eyes. Gently pressing it against my lower lash line. I stopped towards the center, I didn’t want to go to close to my inner corner, I left that out for the highlight. Also, I didn’t smoke it out because red isn’t the most flattering shade and can make my eyes appear as if I haven’t slept for the past couple of days.  The key to this step is to go with a light hand and not to blend it out.

7.    Then taking any black shadow, I used “Carbon” by MAC, then taking a Flat definer E15 brush by Sigma Beauty, lining my upper lash and lower lash. Mostly on the center and outer edges and taking it outwards to create a cat eye and on the bottom connecting it to the top on the out.

8.    Taking a clean, E25 Blending brush by Sigma Beauty, slightly dabbing it into the carbon shadow and sweeping it across my crease. I focus more on the outer corner and barely touching the skin when I reach my inner corner. When blending out a black eyeshadow it can get tough, even with a transition shade already there, the best way to use any black or dark eyeshadow is little to nothing, then slowly build up. I took the slightest bit and added it to my crease... a lot of blending was done to perfect this look, really a lot!


9.    Are you ready for the glitter awesomeness? I took my Too Faced Glitter Glue, applying it on the center and going inwards to my tear duct and then applied MACs Gold Glitter from the holiday collection. I really applied a generous amount, make sure to wipe off any fallout because you don’t want glitter everywhere.

10. Now for the fun part, I drew a thin 1” line on the center of my crease. Using my 710 Eye Liner brush by Bdelluim Tools , (best liner for eyeliners!) drawing on a wing liner. Using the Inglot Gel Liner 77 to the crease and drawing out a wing liner and lining the bottom lash line.

11. Now for some highlight action, I applied MACs “Nylon” to my brow bone and inner corner. I love this eyeshadow, really gives a beautiful glow. Then I added a cream/white eyeliner by L.A Girl.


12. Last but not least the Lashes, I wanted to keep the lashes a little bit simpler, so I added Red Cherry False Lashes. They are long and thinner then ones I am used. Then applying a generous coat of mascara too marry the false and real lashes together, then applying it on my bottom lashes.

And there you go, my Valentines Day Glam Glitter Eye look. I hope you enjoyed this! Let me know what your makeup plans for valentine’s day will be! Will you go glam, simple, smokey eye? The possibilities are endless.






Monday, February 5, 2018

How long lasting are the Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick??



One thing worst then buying crap makeup is wasting money on crap makeup, I know we have all been there one time or another. Well waste no more because these I have found a great and affordable Liquid Lip; my struggle to find a great affordable matte lipstick is finally over! I have purchased so many and just gave up at this point. The reason why I picked up the Maybelline Superstay Ink Liquid Lipstick was I swatched a couple of lipsticks on my hand and didn’t think much of it. The next day I noticed I still had the lipstick stains on my hand. I knew I had to buy at least one and try it out on my lips, even though these liquid lips came out last year & there are probably a ton of blogs out there talking about this product, I wanted to test it out for myself… Now you’re probably wondering what’s wrong with drugstore matte liquid lipsticks? Well if you must know, the formulas tend to be more on the drier side, causing my lips to feel dried out and the lipstick cracks away which is disgusting, who wants their lips to crack and crumble away? 




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First Impressions: The packing is sleek and easy to use, it doesn't splatter when you open the tube, which has happened with some liquid lipsticks that I have had. The applicator makes it super easy to work with. The point of the applicator is precise, making it easier to line the lips without messing up. The Liquid Lipstick is glossy in the beginning, after 3 minutes it dries down and becomes matte. It glides on smoothly; the color is opaque and saturated and is no patchy. In the beginning it appears to be wet and shiny, then It dries down matte, more of a velvety matte per se. When pressing the lips together it doesn't have a sticky or tacky feeling. But, I must caution   you, it will transfer on your teeth within the first few minutes, so double check you teeth.

Now time for the real question, how long do they last on the lips?
Maybelline Super Stay Liquid Lipstick claims a 16-hour wear, with which I disagree with. In my experience, it lasted a good 4 hours without any fading or wearing off. After the 4th hour it started to fade away and gather in small clumps. It wasn’t terrible but manageable.
I applied the Super Stay Liquid Lipstick at 11:00am and wore it though out the day without any touch-ups. That meant eating, drinking, kissing my babies etc.. And the results? Well you can see in the photo below for yourself. 




The second photo was taken at 8:00 pm after I gave my kids a bath, (which is more like a tsunami) and the lipstick didn't run, safe to say it's waterproof too. It did leave a stain after it faded away from my top lip. On the bottom lip I applied two coats (which you shouldn’t do, the more layers you add the heavier it will be).

Overall Verdict: This is an amazing Liquid Lipstick but isn't "16 hour wear", I would say this is 4 hour wear without fading or wearing off. It does start to crumble if you layer on the liquid lip, so watch out one swipe is more then enough. It does leaves a stain on the lips which I like because even when it does fade away the color still remains on the lips. I am going to definitely purchase more shades, ruler and dreamer look like they will be on my to-buy list soon!





They currently have 20 shades available, you can probably find them at your nearest drugstore but if not, Amazon has the full collection for $7.99. In my local drugstore you can’t find all 20 shades, which is a bummer because I love to see different options. They did recently add a couple of new nude shades and I can’t wait to try them out!


1.    Ruler
2.    Voyager
3.    Believer
4.    Escapist
5.    Protector
6.    Amazonian
7.    Creator
8.    Romantic
9.    Heroine
10. Pioneer
11. Driver
13. Poet
15. Fighter
16. Dreamer
17. Lover
20. Huntress

Let me know what your favorite and most hated drugstore liquid lipstick is!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Beauty Must Have Updates for 2018







2018 is all about new resolution, new life goals and new makeup. But there are a couple of makeup products I can’t say bye to just yet, because they are so amazing.  Keep on coming back to them, I probably have more but these are the ice breakers.
1.    Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick-  I haven’t mention this product enough in 2017. I love how this product blends into the skin so effortlessly and there are tons of shades to choose from. From light to dark, cool tone and warm tones. The options are endless. I love this product even more because its on a stick form, I hate having to scoop out extra from the bottom of the tube from different foundations. You can’t go wrong with a stick foundation (unless it’s dry). This is a creamy foundation, glides on the skin like butter and blends effortlessly..

2.    Hermes Eau Des Merveilles Perfume- A classic staple in my perfume collection. I got this as a wedding gift about 5 years ago and have used this perfume frugally. I wanted to savor every time I spray it on me; the best way I can describe this scent is woody, sweet and sensual. The time has come to restock.

3.    Fresh Soy Face Cleanser- At first glance I didn’t think this product was worth $40. The sales lady at Sephora explained the benefits of this product, well thank you because this was one of my favorite cleanser for 2017. I have sensitive skin, I take care of my skin diligently because I know if I don’t it will be dry and not so good. I make an extra effort to keep it dewy and hydrated, from the moment I wake up till I go to bed, when remove my makeup I use this all the time. I have used so many drugstore cleanser, they did an okay job. But this really helps me feel like I have a personal spa at home. I just apply this on a cotton pad and wet it a little but then start to gently massage it into my skin and then wash off. My skin feel feels rejuvenated, soft, radiant and it doesn’t dry out my skin. Which is key to a good facial cleanser, if it dries out your skin then don’t use it.

4.    Inglot AMC Gel Eye Liner- The time has come where I won’t shut up about this gel liner. I have been using this for about two years I wont go back to any gel liner. I went through 4 of these between me and my makeup clients I like to keep a separate gel liner for me.  The colors are rich, long lasting and smudge proof and crease proof! How awesome is that, I have clients that have oily lids, and when they used to open their eyes the gel liners would smudge and transfer to the crease. Until this bad boy came along, I don’t have this problem any more.

5.    Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray- Before I mention anything else I must mention the amazing scent! A sweet mix between coconut and vanilla delicious right? I use this to prime my face, in middle of my makeup routine to freshen things up and afterwards to set. This setting spray helps keep my skin hydrated and makeup lasting throughout the day. Even when I am not wearing makeup I still use this on my face.

6.    Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer- This Concealer conceals perfectly, its light weight and provides great coverage, sound like an oxy moron I know, but it’s the truth. They have a ton of shades to choose from, I like to mix Light and Medium Light to create dimension on my face.

7.    Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow- This product can either be a hit or miss, at first when I applied this product I was expecting a filter type of effect, something that will blur my lines and pores and give a smooth finish. Well it did do all of that and more, like give me a nice tan. A tan that maybe I am not used to because I am very pale. So this was a miss for me, but I couldn’t let $40 worth of a product go to waste. I played around until I learned the greatness behind this product. It gives me a glow, a natural hidden glow, if that makes sense. Even my foundation has this golden bronze look, not too bronzed but just enough to sneak away a little of a fake tan. Letting this product sit on the skin for a little is the trick, let it seep into the skin and the magic starts.

8.    Dior Rouge Lipstick- A classic and timeless lipstick, these are the only ones I didn't depot in my vueset palette because I have one in my bag at all times, my shade just matches me perfect. They moisturize my lips, have a creamy consistency.

9.    Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer- I really should’ve mention this on the blog sooner but I haven’t. This is my favorite drugstore bronzer, it doesn’t contain any shimmer or glitter; I hate that. It smells like coconut (Yes, I am obsessed with coconuts!) soft to the touch and buttery like consistency. You know when you’ve had a product that you have to really dig your brush into aggressively? Well this is not the type, just one swoop will get you enough product for a light bronze.

10. Bobbi Brown Corrector – You might’ve seen mention this product over and over again, I think its time for something new but what can I say I am a sucker for this corrector. It just works, if you want to see the full blogpost post click here.


11. Origin Ginzing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer- I can’t stop talking about this product, from family to clients it has become my all-time favorite. Don’t get me wrong I have tried out other moisturizers from the high end the more affordable ones such as Lancome, Clinque, Fresh, Loreal, Olay. I always find myself coming back to the Origins Ginzing Moisturizer is the one I always prefer over all of them. It has a gel like consistency, once applied to the face it feels amazing and has an criticus smell to it. I usually apply this in morning and wait about 30 minutes before applying an makeup on. 

There is much more to the list but I wanted to shine light on these particular ones.

What are your absolute favorite beauty products?

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Step by Step Golden Smokey Eye Using Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette



It has almost been 9 years since Too Faced has come out with the original Natural Eyes Palette. Where has the time gone, I can still remember walking into Macys Herlad Square and eyeing this palette, the soft tones and shimmers was something I needed in my soon to be makeup collection. Luckily fast forward 9 years later I still have it! This was one of my very first makeup palettes, the excitement I had was something I would never forget. I bought it first for my sister as a new year’s gift, once I saw how much she loved it and didn’t let me use it, (ironically) I went out and bought myself the same one. The colors are rich and highly pigmented and go a long way. With our without primer the shadows are outstanding. They do have a matte sister version of palette.
Too Face has changed around this palette, staying true to the "Natural eyes" theme majority of the shadows stayed the same. The major change on this palette was the packaging. Before it was cardboard with no mirror, now it is metal with a small mirror. Second change were the shadows, not too many of them, thankfully.
Only three shadows where changed around, first shade is “Velvet Revolver” was a cool toned matte shade and they changed it to a warmer tone still matte. Second is the “Nude Beach” to just Nude. Nude Beach was a glitter shadow, chunky glitter to be exact. I disliked that shade the most, barely touching it, even with glitter glue. I am glad they changed that shade to a matte “nude” transitional shade. The third shadow was "Coco Puff" it is now "Chocolate Martini" I can't really tell the difference, just that the chocolate martini is darker. That might be because of the lighting of the photo. This palette retails for $36 at sephora, ulta and Macys.








  1.   1.   First things first, I always  started off by priming my eyes with the MAC paint pot in soft ocher. After I have applied my base I went in with Velvet Revolver which is now Cashmere bunny. Gently applying it in to my crease, this will be my transitional shade.
    2.   For the lid I took a flat brush and drenched it Mac’s Prep + Prime Fix Plus spray. I love fix spray its versatile. What does applying fix spray to my brush do to the shadow? It intensifies and creates a richer vibrancy to the shadow. Do not fear if you don’t own a fix spray, you can simply wet your brush, wet it lightly with some water, remove the excess water before applying shadow to the brush.
    After applying Fix spray to my brush I picked up Honey Pot and applied it all over my lid.
    3.   Then I took a flat oval brush and applied Cocoa puff (which is now Chocolate Martini) on the outer corners, I used a tapping motion instead of swiping to build up color. Always start off with a lighter hand because its easier to create depth that way, as apposed to applying a darker color rapidly and then struggling to blend it out.
    4.   To create a greater dimension, I applied Erotica on top of Cocoa Puff. Then taking whatever is left on the brush I smudged it out underneath my eyes to create a smoky hazy vibe.
    5.   Then going back to coco puff I took an angled or flat fluffy brush and gently swooped over my crease to create a warmer tone in my crease. The key to creating a flawless gradient effect is to go in with a light hand and build up your colors. Second Key is to blend, blend and blend. 
    6.   I wanted a more intensity underneath my eyes so I went in with a flat shader brush by Sigma and applied more Erotica. Then with a clean fluffy brush smoking it out.  
    7.   I didn’t forget about the highlight, Silk Teddy is a stunning rose toned highlighter shade which applied effortlessly. (You can use this as a cheek bone highlight and everything in between) I used it for my brow bone and inner eye highlight. Also applying brown eyeliner in Mac's "coffee" on my water line. 
    8.   You can see it all being pilled together now and I added my favorite lashes, by Kiss in "midnight". You can opt out lashes but I love a dramatic eye. I still felt as if something wasn’t right so for 
    9.   the last step I went over the lash line with a little bit of inglot gel liner to darker up the lash line.  
I hope you guy found this easy to follow and remember to achieve a flawless smokey you just blend until it hurts!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Dramatic NYE Makeup!





 Who is ready for a dramatic eye look this year? Whether its experimenting with brighter eye shadows or even adding a new product to your makeup routine, 2018 is about setting new goals and new ambitions. Lets start off the New Year right by being dramatic with your style and fashion statements!
1)   When I know I will be creating a darker more dramatic eye look, I started off with a bold brow (Filling it in with Anastasia Bh Brow Pomade) and a blank canvas for my eyes. I apply concealer around my eyes, and set it with a setting powder to prevent my eyelids from creasing. I used my Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer
2)   Then with my Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush I applied Mac Single Shadow in Saddle. Going in with a heavier hand on the outer crease and a lighter on the inner. The reason why I applied more eyeshadow on the outer corner then the inner is simply because that’s where I focus most of my blending on later.
3)    Then I applied a Makeup Forever Single Eyeshadow in the shade .... and only applying it on the center of the lid and going outwards to the crease. I didn’t bring it into the creaser to much, because I don’t want this blue color covering my whole eye.
4)    Then I went in with a fluffy brush and start blending outwards to create a more feline look. This took time, so don’t rush, blending takes time and effort, if you must, keep on blending repeatedly till you create the desired shape. On the next I used a small strip of scotch tape to help with the black shadow, but you can use this step before hand.
5)   As you see, there is a piece of tape on the edge of my eye, why? This will simply help with creating a sharp edge without fussing with makeup removers or etc. I should’ve done this in the beginning but, it’s okay better late then never right? Then I start to add a black eyeshadow, I used the eyeshadow from the Urban Decay 2 Naked Palette Palette, the shade is Blackout. Adding this black shadow will really give that extra dimension.
6)   Once I have taken off the tape, you can see that crisp sharp line. I continued to blend out the black and blue together until It’s a soft finish, on the outer edge.
7)   Now time for the most exciting part, to cut the crease!  Now if you are not familiar with all together, cutting the crease means to create a separation between the crease and the lid. I used to struggle with this a lot, even as a makeup artist, this was hard to achieve. Until I learnt this nifty trick. I go in with a soft cream color primer or concealer. For this tutorial I went in with MAC Painterly Pot in Soft Ocher and applied it on the inner to center of the lid. Taking it above my crease to emphasize the crease even more. Don't feel overwhelmed if you don’t have a paint pot, you can try it with a concealer or even foundation, just use something that is the same tone or lighter as your skin. Taking this on the lid and right underneath the shadow when I start to hit the center, so there is a separation between crease and lid.
8)   Then I applied a Silver eyeshadow from Buxom in Pure Platinum. I applied this directly over the paint pot, then softly blending it out. I focus more on the center of the lid to have a gradient effect between the blue and silver shadow.
9)   Then I applied the famous Stila Liquid Glitter Shadow, in Diamond Dust over the lid. I am disappointed in the camera because It didn't pick up the amazing quality and sparkle of the glitter. But its stunning, believe me when I say it!
10) Then I went in with the Inglot Gel Liner in 77, lining my Lid and water line, this really dramatized the whole look. If you want you can skip this part and just go straight to lashes, but I didn’t and love this part. This was a little bit hard to get over the glitter, so it took a good 5 minutes to go over the glitter. & I applied the MAC Loose shadow on my brow bone and inner eye corner in the Shade Vanilla (Soft Ivory)
11)    Then I applied my Kiss Lashes in Gala, they are dramatic and fluffy, what more do I need from a lash? On a side note, how beautiful does the eye lid looks with all those colors blending in together. Make sure you add mascara after you add the lashes so the fake and real lashes blend in.
12)    Last step is taking the Blue eye shadow and adding it along the lower lash line and gently smoking it out. You can even take a different color to make it more colorful and vibrant. 




Here is my dramatic eye look for New Years Eve. I hope you everyone has a blessed and amazing 2018 and let me know how do you plan on spending your new years this year?

Sunday, December 24, 2017

The Perfect Dark Lip for Winter




It’s wise to make the best of every situation, including cold winter days. Winter isn’t exactly my favorite season, I prefer the autumn. This means that I can experiment with darker makeup, lipsticks, blushes, eyeshadows and much more. Whether it’s a dark smokey or a dark rich lip, I say its okay to be more on the vampy side. I decided to skip the dramatic eyes and opted for a dark dramatic deep purple/brownish/redish lip. On my eyes I wearing shadows from Mac " Woodwink" by on the lid, "Soft Brown" on the crease and "Nylon" on the brow bone. Followed by Cover Girl Mascara. 


Whats on my lips?: I started off by scrubbing my lips with a sugar scrub and then apply a lip primer or lip balm. When I feel as if my lips are properly ready for lipstick, I apply a lipliner, to ensure there will be no bleeding of the lipstick. I notice that darker lipsticks bleed through the cracks much easier then lighter lipsticks. No matter high end or drugstore. The liner doesn’t have to be the same shade as the lipstick. It could even be a simple nude liner, if you apply a liner it will help with the longevity and prevent cracking or bleeding of the lipstick.


The lipstick I am wearing in this photo is by Lorac Alter Ego Lipstick in Dominatrix, I originally bought this at Kohls. This lipstick came in a set of 3, Lipstick Lipgloss and A Lipliner, I don’t know if this set is available at the moment but look out for them! Luckily you can get this lipstick virtually everywhere, Ulta, Kohls,Amazon. I love Lorac Lipsticks, especially the Alter Ego Collection, the lipsticks are pigmented and rich in color and have great color payoff. I wasn’t too fond of this color in the beginning when I wasn’t used to wearing darker lips, but then when my makeup creativity expanded so did the colors and I fell in love with it. With color can be intimidating for a lot of women, but if you dare for a dark lip this is the shade for you..

Another thing is if you're wondering why I am using a lip brush and not the actual lipstick tube, is because I have depotted majority of my lipsticks. And I find it much easier to use a lipbrush, I use the Sigma L05 Lip Brush. This brush really helps me get a defined line along the edge of my lips, much more convient and easier for me to apply lipstick this way then straight from a bullet. 




Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Beauty Showdown: Stila Liner vs Kat Von D Liner


I have spent a couple of days thinking up interesting names and titles for this new series I want create on my blog. I just couldn't come up with a name until today, the "Beauty Showdownseries. This isn't a new idea, it's pretty common in the beauty industry to compare similar products and give their opinion on what's better. So here is my take on it! 
This week's beauty showdown is the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner vs Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner. I have used both products and had made up my mind on which liner is better. I did run out of both products, so currently I am not using either of them, for now I use the inglot gel liner, so both are out of reach. Only one will be repurchased soon, keep on reading to find out who is the better liner! 


This week's beauty showdown is the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner vs Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner. I have used both products and had made up my mind on which liner is better. I did run out of both products, so currently I am not using either of them, for now I use the inglot gel liner, so both are out of reach. Only one will be repurchased soon, keep on reading to find out who is the better liner! 






Kat Von D Tattoo Liner  
  
Pros: It's longevity is great, dries within seconds, which can be annoying for some but for me this is my favorite part because I hate when eyeliner won't dry fast enough and then the eyeliner transfers onto the crease. The consistency of the ink is dark then when it dries, it dries down matte and the color payoff is great.   

Cons: The felt tip is my only issue, the bristles on the tip frayed towards the sides, this was annoying to work with. I have done some digging around and found out that I wasn't the only one who had this issue. So Kat Von D, if you ever stumble across this review, please create a better tip for the Tattoo liner!  
This line of liners only has two shades, Mad Max and the Trooper. She does have another line of liners, but these can't be beat. The Tattoo Liner retails for $18 and is sold at Sephora. 
If you want to read more on this product, I did do a blog post sole on this product, check it out

               


Pros: The consistency and color payoffs are great, right off the bat the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liner is great. They had a large selection of colors and the colors are vibrant and true. But throughout the time that I had it, the liner didn't hold up as well as it should've. It dries within 10 seconds, which some people prefer more; dries down to a glossy finish as appose to a matte (I like matte better) 
Cons: My biggest issue with this liner was that it really isn't water proof, I have teary eyes, throughout the day I would notice that it would crack at the outer corners of my eyes. I wish I would've taken a photo of this, but believe when I say it cracked and the liner broke up. Another issue was that it didn't last me too long, the liquid dried up much faster than the Tattoo Liner...  
This product retails for $22 and can be purchased in several stores, Ulta, Sephora, Amazon and etc.. 

We  all feel the tension between these two liners, but I think its clear to see what is the better option...... drum roll please? The winner is the Kat Von D Trooper Liner! I know some might not agree but this is my expexperience between these two. 

What is your favorite eyeliner!? 

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