Thursday, August 27, 2015

Bite Lip Lab: Limited Edition Trio

One of the many benefits of having a Sephora Beauty Insider Card, is the perks you get in the long run. For only 250 points, I got the Bite Lip Lab: Limited Edition Trio

Included in this trio kit is:

  • Mini Luminous Creme Lipstick in Bellini
  • Mini Lush Fruit Lipgloss in Bellini
  • Signature Bite Compact Mirror



What caught my eye with this trio, is how bold and bright the colors appeared. I immediately chose to have it added to my purchase. 

Pro's
  • Color comes out as the color you see
  • Long Lasting Lipstick
  • Easy to apply (smooth)
  • Lipgloss smells good (fruity)
  • Perfect travel size
  • Lipgloss is not sticky

Con's:
  • Lipgloss is not long lasting
  • Lipstick bleeds without use of a lip liner






First application with both lipstick and lipgloss.  As you can see it's vibrant, full of color and smooth all over. 





After wearing for 3 hours. You can tell that the lipgloss and lipstick is slowly wearing off starting from the inner most part of the lips and the corners of the lips. 





After 6 hours of wear, you can see all the lipgloss has worn off, but the lipstick has held on. You can see that the lipstick is wearing off more starting from the inner part of the lips, and corners of the lips.








I would definitely re-purchase both the lipgloss and lipstick from Bite Cosmetics, this is the longest lipgloss has lasted for me. And even lipstick. The color match for both the lipstick and lipgloss are perfect, and full of vibrant color payoff. 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

My Skin Care Routine

     Luckily I've come from a line of good skin. Thanks to both parents, I have never had the struggle of bad acne. And I'm grateful for that. But eventually everyone has their own skin issues, and we all want to fix them any way we can. So today I'm going to let you in on my skin care routine. 


My skin: Redness on my cheeks, and around my nose. Oily/Dry combination (my skin goes either way most of the time).  

     It can be difficult finding a routine right for you and your skin. You want something you can regularly afford, and products you can completely rely on. So before you go out and start purchasing skin care products, do some research, ask makeup artist's and skin care expert's their opinions. Figure out what you want to accomplish with your skin, and how far you're willing to go to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy. 



My routine: 


     If you're a makeup wearer like me, you want to first take off as much makeup before fully cleansing your skin. For this I use; Neutrogena: Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes- Night Calming. These wipes are amazing, I've tried many different makeup removers, and this is the product that works the best for me, it'll remove almost all my makeup, and hasn't caused me any bad reactions. 






     Cleansing your skin each night/morning is very crucial. You want to remove any excess dirt, makeup, and oils off of your skin. This will help you from building up any dirt in your pores and keep your skin acne free! You want to pick a cleanser for your skin type, I have sensitive skin, so I found a cleanser that has calming ingredients. Yes To Blueberries: Foaming Facial Cleanser is my new found love for cleansing. Blueberries are a great antioxidant to add to your skin, and chamomile will keep your skin calm. I use this after I remove all of my makeup. 






     Toning time! Using a toner after cleansing will help you remove any excess oils and dirt that your cleanser may have missed, and it will help put back your PH balance. This is pretty much my holy grail, no matter what I change in my skin care routine, this product always remains the same. Clinique: Clarifying Lotion 2. Using a round cotton pad, apply this all over your face, and you don't need too much. Just enough to thoroughly tone. 





     And now it's time to moisturize. For nighttime after all my cleansing I use a very high moisturizing cream. Neutrogena: Deep Moisture Night Cream. My face feels so smooth and hydrated after using this product. I use this cream only at night, this way my skin can pull in all the moisture without anything blocking it.




      For moisturizer during the day, I use Neutrogena: Oil Free Moisture with SPF:35. For any cream or lotion you use during the day you want an SPF in there somewhere, the sun is a number one cause of skin damage, and even skin cancer. So make sure to keep yourself protected! I apply this every morning before applying my makeup. 




Extras: 

     Everyone always needs an extra boost in their skincare routine. A special mask, special tool of some kind. I have two. My first one is the Clarisonic Mia. I love this tool so much! It cleanses so deep, and removes all of my excess oil without using any special cleanser. If you're looking for a product that will give you a strong cleanse, this would be perfect. You don't use it everyday, because it also exfoliates your skin, and too much exfoliation can be bad. But as an extra treat to your skin its perfect. 







     I have larger pores than most,  especially on my nose, so for a deep cleanse pore strips will be your best friend. Biore: Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips. These strips are awesome, and work so well, they draw out any dirt in your pores and pull out excess oils you may have. I use it only once a week, or every 2 weeks. But it's always a nice little treat. 






And that's all for my skin care routine! My skin is so important to me, and it should be to you too! So keep it healthy and beautiful. 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Bronzy Blue Eyes

Lately I feel like my makeup looks have been lacking something... Color. So today I decided to work on a look with some blue, or I guess a lot of blue. Don't ever be afraid of mixing up your makeup looks, makeup is suppose to give you a chance to be creative, so don't be afraid to work outside of the box.


Starting off you want to prime the lids, since my base shadows will be bronze colors, I chose to use Urban Decay: Primer Potion in Sin. Apply it all over the lid, keeping it just below the crease. 





Next a sticky base to help the colors apply as best as they can. I used my NYX Cosmetics: Jumbo Eye Pencil in Iced Mocha.




Time for Shadows! 

*Side note: I did use a lot of palettes to create this look, playing with looks can take a lot of makeup. But if you have a palette that has all/most colors, feel free to use it! 






Using my Urban Decay: Naked Palette (first one), I applied Sidecar all over my lid, slightly blending it into my crease using a flat shader brush. Take a clean dome shaped blending brush, and blend Sidecar out, making sure there's no harsh lines.

 




To add some depth to the eyes, I applied smog into the crease, using a very fluffy dome shaped brush, this way not too much color applies. 





To finish up with the bronze in this look, take a small pencil brush, apply Darkhorse into the outer-v, and slightly blend it out, keeping most of the color in the outer-v. 








Time to brighten up the look a little before adding some color. Using NYX Cosmetics: Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, apply it to the inner corner of your eyes. 




To keep the jumbo pencil in place, and add an extra brightness to the inner corner I used the shimmery white in the BH Cosmetics: Wild Child Palette








Adding an inner corner highlight can get a little repetitive for some makeup looks, so I decided to add an extra boost of bright color to the inner corner. Taking Urban Decay: 24/7 Eyeliner in Flipside smudge it along the lower part of the inner corner. Apply over top of it Peace from Urban Decay: Deluxe Shadow Box Palette









 

Using NYX Cosmetics: Eye Pencil in Sapphire (913), I smudged it all along my lower lash-line, blending it out slightly. 






To set the dark blue liner along the lower lash-line, take a small thin shader brush and apply a shadow similar in color. For this I used Blueberry Swirl from the Too Faced: Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette





Taking the same liner we used before; NYX Cosmetics: Eye Pencil in Sapphire, I lined my lid, winging it out just slightly. 


 


 Now it's time to finish up the look! 


Taking any mascara you prefer, apply two coats to the top lashes and one coat to the bottom. For this I used CoverGirl: LashBlast Volume Mascara in Very Black






Your Bronzy Blue Eye look is now complete! 



Thursday, May 28, 2015

Kat Von D: Lock-It Tattoo Foundation Review

     Lately I've been getting bored of my everyday foundation; Maybelline: Fit Me Foundation. I wanted a foundation with a little more coverage, and that lasted longer than normal. When I got a Sephora order in the mail, I got a sample of Kat Von D: Lock-It Foundation in Light 48. I fell in love with it the minute I put it on! 




As you can see, the packaging is pretty great, simple, pretty, and I love that it has a pump! So much easier to control the amount of product you get out.


What is says:

  • Full Coverage
  • 24- Hour Wear
  • Transfer Resistant
  • Matte Finish
  • Fragrance Free
  • Oil-Free
  • For All Skin Types


What I think about the statements:

I definitely believe this foundation is full coverage, any redness you have will surely be covered without any extra concealing.

 I don't believe this foundation is full 24-hour wear. I noticed throughout the day my foundation looked faint, not as much coverage like when its first applied. 

Most times when I have foundation on, and I go to wipe my mouth from eating, the foundation around my mouth transfers to the towel/napkin, this foundation doesn't transfer in those moments. This is great! 

All your shine will be removed with this foundation; I’m an oily/combination skin type, matte foundations typically can’t handle controlling my oil; this foundation does a great job at controlling it. 

Often times when makeup has a fragrant it’s either very sweet smelling, or a unique chemical smell. Since this foundation doesn’t have a fragrance you have a better chance of not having any skin problems; breakouts, redness, allergic reactions. I can be very sensitive to most facial products, this foundation hasn't caused any issues.



 This foundation has a huge range of choices, 18 colors, ranging from Light, Medium, and Deep. 

The price isn't too bad either; $35.00. You can purchase this foundation from Sephora or Ulta
 


Left Side: As you can see I have some redness on my cheeks, I have it on both cheeks and sometimes my nose. I'm not a big fan of the redness, all the foundations I've used before weren't very good at fully covering my redness. 

Right Side: You can see a significant amount of change from the picture on the left side. My blood vessels on my cheeks and almost all the redness is covered. 

For the application I used Real Techniques: Stippling Brush, this type of brush allows you to have more control for the amount of foundation you apply to your skin. 









I hope you enjoyed!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Dramatic Winged Eyes!

Lately I've been inspired to continue doing more makeup looks on my blog! And this week I chose something a little more dramatic, something I wouldn't usually wear on a regular basis. 


Priming with my go-to eyelid primer; Too Faced: Shadow Insurance. Apply it all over the lid, up to the brow-bone, and along the lower lash-line (we will be adding eye shadow there later). 




Next apply a sticky base to the lid, that will help intensify the eye shadows. For this I used NYX: Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk. Make sure to blend it slightly, that way the application is even, and not blotchy. 



Before adding any eye shadows, you want to apply some tape, this will help control where the eye shadows stays on the lid, and the outer-corners. I used it mainly to help create a strong winged effect with my eye shadow. 






Now we can start applying our eye shadows. From the Tartelette palette take Super Mom. Apply it all over the lid, and up to the brow-bone. The color is very close to my skin-tone, so taking a picture and getting full color pay-off was difficult. 


Next you want to start adding dimension and more color to the eyes. Using a fluffy crease brush, gradually apply Best Friend to the crease, and blend it outward, toward the tape. 





With the same fluffy crease brush, take Bombshell and very lightly apply it to the crease, just as you did with Best Friend. This will help darken the look enough to slowly introduce the darkest color of this eye look. 







It's time to start adding the winged effect to this look. Taking a small flat shading brush, and apply Fashionista to the very inner crease, and right along the tape, connected slightly along the upper lash-line. And then you can remove the tape gently.





Taking that same small flat shading brush, apply Fashionista along the lower lash-line. 






To add a little brightness to the look, apply NYX: Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk to the inner corner of your eyes. 





Make sure to blend it out a little! 

To enhance the inner corner even more, take a small pencil brush and apply a shimmery white eye shadow (I used the lightest beige color in the BH Cosmetics: Wild & Free palette)






Now we're gonna start finishing up the look. Liquid liner is my go to, apply the liner all the way along the shadow, winging it out. 






To continue with eyeliner, apply Urban Decay: 24/7 Eyeliner in Zero to your water-line, and you can tight-line if it's comfortable (that is the upper water-line) 







Now for the more tricky part of this look, Lashes! If you aren't comfortable applying them, you can just apply extra mascara. There's also tones of YouTube videos on how to apply lashes properly if you're interested in adding them. For my lashes I used Ardell Lashes # 110






Choosing the right lash glue is key for application, if you're allergic to latex, make sure to found a lash-glue that's safe for you. For me I used Duo: Lash Glue. Make sure to apply a thin line of glue to the band of the lashes, let the glue dry enough to get tacky, 40 seconds will probably work. Apply the lashes, first to the middle of your lash-line, and pull gently each corner down, squeeze your lashes to the false lashes to help them conjoin. 





Let the glue dry completely before continuing working on your eyes. After the lash glue has dried, apply another coat of liquid liner, this will help mask the band of the lashes. and bind the lashes together using a lash curler. 






Finish up the eyes by applying mascara to the lower lash-line. For this I used CoverGirl: Lash Blast Volume in Very Black. This mascara works perfectly for lower lash-lines because the bristles are very small. 











Your eyes are now complete! 






To glam up this look, you can add a perfect glossy red lip! 


Taking Starlooks: Lip Pencil in Tickle Me Pink and line your lips, and fill in your lips as well. 





Next apply over that: Urban Decay: Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Theodora










You can leave it like this, or add some gloss. I chose to add a lip gloss to the top. I used Mac: Lusterglasss in  Wonderstruck





And now your whole winged look is complete! 



Hope you enjoyed!