Sunday, August 6, 2017

Depotting my lipsticks, easy and efficient way!

Lately I have de-cluttering and reorganizing my home -- room by room, until it came up to my makeup stash. From the eyeshadows to the foundations and then on, it felt great getting rid of products I didn't use in months & years. I couldn't believe how many concealers and mascaras have been thrown out because I have simply forgotten about them and they have either gotten stale or it was past their expiration. Then it came down to my lipsticks, I haven't really thrown any out, because lipsticks where something I didn't loose track of, I knew each color by heart and I knew one day I would depot them. Well the day has come and I have depoted most of them, to tell you the truth it was quite exciting process-- trying to figure out which method was the best way and which colour combination would look nice side by side.  
Once I have decided I need to depot them, it was time to figure out where I need to place them in. For eyeshadows there are Z-palette aka Magnetic Palettes, they could be found basically anywhere amazon, sephora and etc. But for lipsticks the options where limited, too limited if I must say. My only two options where  the Mac Pro Lip Insert or the Vuest tahiti palette. Both have 24 sections where you can fill them in with foundations, lipstick, concealer and etc.. The main reason why I chose the Vueset palette was because its quite small, and the slots are deep as apposed to the Mac inserts which didn't seem like it. 

To be honest, this process does get messy so have makeup remover and a lot q-tips for easy clean up!

Here is a short Instagram Storie on how I depoted the lipstick

All you need is 

Empty Container/palette, 
Lipsticks, 70% Ispropyl Alcohol, Makeup Spatula, Sugar Spoon

Here are the list of lipsticks that I have depotted into this palette. 

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