Thursday, January 15, 2015

New Year, New Ipsy Bag!

First blog post of the New Year! I know I've neglected my blog for quite some time, I feel so bad. But it's time to get back at it for the New Year! And the perfect post for the New Year is my January Ipsy Bag.

As always, you get a cute little makeup/travel cosmetic bag to hold your goodies. This one is so simple, and so cute. I love it!

Time for the products!

Probelle: Nail Polish- Into the Blue (0502)

A beautiful periwinkle blue, perfect color to start fresh in the New Year, and to slowly transition us into the warmer months we'll soon have. My biggest thing with all nail polish is how long it takes to dry, I'm a very impatient person, especially if I'm incapable of doing anything that requires very dry nails. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this nail polish dries very quickly! I only tested it with one finger, and just one coat. Just to see how color payoff is with one coat. Color payoff isn't great, you can easily see that the color you see in the bottle is what you get on your nails, but it's pretty shear, so two coats is best. 

Elizabeth Mott: Makeup Brush- All Over Shadow

Probably my all time favorite item to get in Ipsy Bags! I love new makeup brushes, mainly because I'm lazy when it comes to washing my brushes, so having a bunch of brushes means less cleaning, because I have so many to choose from. This is the perfect brush for packing on color, with that being said- I haven't gotten to test it yet. But with how dense it feels and how soft it is, I think it will be great for that. I love the size too, not to big, so you can control the shadow on your lid without too much worry about the color going everywhere.

Pacifica: Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow- Ethereal 

I've lately been into more neutral colors, so getting this gorgeous champagne/sandy color is a great addition to my recent makeup looks. I immediately swatched it, it's so soft! And decently pigmented, perfect for an all over lid color for those "bare faced" types of makeup looks. It has a decent amount of shimmer, but not too much like a disco ball, just enough to add some glow and shine to your eyes. 

(Malin+Goetz): Mojito Lip Balm

Gotta say, this does smell just like a mojito! Sounds pretty tasty to me.. I'm not a big fan of getting lip balms in my Ipsy Bag, mainly because I always go for my Carmex, and nothing else works like it. But I decided to give it a try. It glides on your lips like butter, and feels amazing! But as I wore it till it totally started to sink in to my lips, I noticed it got pretty sticky as it started to dry up, kind of like lip gloss. And that was a big let down for me, because I want lip balm to be smooth until it's completely gone, not uncomfortable. 

JB Cosmetics: Lash Food

This lash food product states that you will see results of stronger, thicker, and longer lashes in just 4 weeks. So I will be doing that test and of course get back to you guys with the results and see if it holds up to what it says. So I'm excited to give it a try! 

I hope you guys enjoyed, and I'll be keeping up with my blog a lot more this year! :) 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Poison Ivy Halloween Look!

This year I am a little far behind with my Halloween makeup looks, but that isn't going to stop me from putting some up! For this look, I chose Poison Ivy, something much different from my looks from last year.

So let's get started with this look!

First we need a good primer, especially if you plan on wearing this look out to trick or treat, or a party. I love my Urban Decay: Primer Potion. I applied it all over my lids, up to my brow bone, and out towards my temples (I will be blending shadows in that area).

Next we need something that the eye shadows will stick evenly too. I decided to use a Urban Decay: 24/7 Eyeliner, mainly because it will last all night, and they set fast, which helps shadows not crease. The one I used for this look is Apathy and dark-swamp like green.  Apply this all over your lid, and quickly blend before it sets. I kept this only on my lid, this is where I wanted most of the color pay-off from my eye shadow.

Now it's time for some dark green shadow! In my last Ipsy Bag I received Mica Beauty: Shimmer Powder in Harliquin, a really pretty dark-shimmery green. Perfect for this Halloween look.

 I applied this all over my lid, and started blending upward all the way up to my brow. And past my brows slightly with the shadow. Next you want to pull it outward all the way to your temples, angling it like a cat-eye, but a giant one, like a long triangle. 

Now it's time to add some depth; eyeliner! Taking my L'Oreal: Gel Liner in Blackest Black, and a small eyeliner brush, I lined my top lash-line, adding a wing (longer than I normally do). I also ran the gel liner, thinly along my lower lash-line, connecting it with the top line. 

Time to add our Ivy! 

I found these small ivy-style leaves at Michaels, they only sold them as a bouquet. So I took my time, cut off each leaf, and removed the glue from the backings. But it was worth it! 

Using my  Duo: Lash Glue, I applied it anywhere I was going to apply the leaves. Remember to let the glue get tacky before applying the leaves, or press down on the leaves to your face until they aren't slipping away. The placement of the leaves is totally up to you, I chose to place them all along the length of my eyebrows, and curving it down towards my cheekbones. 

Now all that's left for the eyes in black eyeliner, I used Urban Decay: 24/7 Eyeliner in Zero. And mascara, which is Urban Decay: Perversion Mascara. All have been applied in the picture above. 

To finish the look, I decided to add a red lip. Mainly because Poison Ivy has red hair, and I didn't feel the need to either buy a wig, or dye my hair bright red! Choose the option easiest for you to add in the red. 

For the lips I used Starlooks: Lip Pencil in Tickle Me Pink, and Urban Decay: Super Saturated Lip Color in Theodora

And now your easy Poison Ivy Halloween look is complete! 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Edged Brown Smokey Eye

One of the easiest colors to work with my eye color is brown. And I've found that all of my brown shadows blend the easiest, perfect for creating easy, and simple smoky eyes with those colors. For this look I used a palette I haven't used in a while: Urban Decay: Theodora Palette. It's always refreshing when you use palettes that have been hiding in your makeup collection. 

As always you need a primer! Keeps shadows lasting long, and helps them appear brighter and stronger in color. I used Urban Decay: Primer Potion in Sin

Along with an eye primer, you want to apply a creamy shadow base, especially when it's going to enhance the colors of your shadows. Since I'm going to apply brown eye shadows, I will be applying a bronze cream shadow. For this I used NYX: Jumbo Eye Pencil in Inced Mocha.

Before I apply any shadows, I'm going to take some tape, and place it right along my lower lash-line, positioning it slightly up, like a cat eye angle. This will help give your shadows a nice, clean edge. 

It's shadow time! For my lid, I applied Bewitched. This is a very nice, rich chocolate brown, with a small amount of shimmer. I applied this color all over my lid, and slightly blended it up, towards my crease. 

For my transitioning color and blending color I used Beware, a very nice medium taupe. I applied it right along the edges of Bewitch, and into the crease.

Time to darken up the eyes. Taking a dome-shaped blending brush, apply West to the outer-v of your eye, and slightly into the crease. Keeping the tape intact, blend the shadow out, bringing it out along the tape. 

You can now remove the tape, hopefully it turns out the way you wanted. Use a small shadow brush to add more color, if each eye isn't even. Other then that, try resisting blending out the sharp edges, to keep that cat-eye look. Then apply a highlighter, for this I used Broken, a matte shadow, that's close to my skin tone. 

To lighten up the eyes, I wanted to highlight my inner-corner of my eye as well as the brow-bone. As always I used NYX: Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk. And with a small shadow brush, apply Broken right on top. 

Time to line the lids! Taking your favorite liner, whether it's a gel, liquid, or kohl pencil, line along your top lash-line. For this I used Urban Decay: 24/7 Velvet Glide- On Eye Pencil in Black Velvet. Make sure to also line both your top, and bottom water-line. 

To finish off your eyes you want to add some mascara! For this look I used Urban Decay: Perversion Mascara

And now the eyes are complete! 

Don't forget the rest of your face when creating a whole look! Just because your eyes have been perfected to your liking, doesn't mean you don't have to keep adding to your whole look. So I decided to add some pink lips to this look. Make sure your lips are well hydrated, and apply a lip liner, for this I used Starlooks: Lip Pencil in Tickle Me Pink

To add on to the liner, I applied NYX: Lipstick in Sunflower

And to add some gloss and shine, apply NYX: Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee.

Lips are now complete! 

This is probably one of my favorite looks so far, hope you all enjoyed! 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

August Ipsy Bag!

This months Ipsy bag is focusing on back to school! School makeup is often times very light, at least it should be. And all of these items are perfect for a simple, fresh, back to school look! 

This months bag is very versatile, not only can it be used as a makeup bag, but also a pencil case for school!

Now it's product time!

Urban Decay: Perversion Mascara

I've been wanting to try out this mascara since it came out! But I just haven't convinced myself to go out and purchase myself, just in case I didn't like it. I really like the texture, it's thick, and very pigmented. Since it's thick, that means you don't have to apply multiple coats to get a good payoff from the mascara. And its easily removable, I was afraid it would be hard to remove because of how thick the product is. 

(One Coat)

Lord & Berry: Kohl-Liner (#1001/Black Silk)

This mini kohl-liner is perfect to throw in your backpack, it won't take up any space! One of the basic makeup products you can have is eyeliner, especially if you're just starting out in makeup. This liner is very dark, so you don't have to worry about over-applying it. 

Dr. Brandt: Pores No More- Pore Refiner Primer

I was expecting this primer to be clear, but it's the perfect skin-tone color. I haven't been able to test this product, since I just got it today! This product is for oily-combination skin, and it will help mattify your skin, perfect for school! This way you don't have to worry about bringing any extra facial products to keep the shine away. 

Coastal Scents: Forever Blush

I've always wanted to try out Coastal Scents products, and I'm glad I'm finally get the chance. The top one is a blush, perfect for any skin-tone! It's a really pretty medium/bright pink, with a slight shimmer. The bottom color is a matte bronzer, perfect for adding some color to your face. 

Absolute New York: You're The Balm- Grape

Whether you're kissing in school, or just needing a little extra hydration, lip balm is the perfect item for you! Especially when the lip balm smells like grape candy! And the amount giving in this container is perfect to last all year! 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Naked 3 Palette; Edgy Lines!

Lately I've noticed my makeup has been pretty safe, I use to do more dramatic makeup looks on myself. Well I decided to give a makeup trick a try. I've used this technique once, for a Halloween look. Using my Naked 3 palette I was able to create this wearable, slightly edgy look! 

Let's get started! 

First off gotta always prime the eyelids! You want your makeup lasting long, especially with how much effort you put into it. I used my Urban Decay: Primer Potion

After applying your primer, you want to put down a base. One that will be sticky enough to help shadows adhere better, and appear brighter. For this I used NYX: Jumbo Eye Pencil in Lavender.

The main feature of this look is the sharp edges. Taking two pieces of tape, applying them right underneath your lower lash-line, angling it upward to create a cat-eye look. Keep the tape on until your are finished with your crease colors.

Time to add our shadows on top! For this look I used only my Naked 3 Palette

After applying the tape to both eyes, I applied Factory in my crease using a fluffy dome-shaped brush, blending it right along the tape and in an upward motion. You don't want this shadow on your lid. 

I blended out Factory with Nooner, again using that same dome-shaped brush, only blending upward. To add more depth to the crease, I added Blackheart right into Factory and blended it out. 

Now that all of your crease shadows have been applied and blended out, you can carefully remove the tape. And from here you can add your lid color! I used Buzz, kept it only on the lid, didn't blend it up towards my crease colors. 

To darken up my eyes, I applied Blackheart along my lower lash-line, and blended it just a little, downward. 

Make sure to add a highlight! I did both my brow-bone, and inner-corner. For this I used Strange to add to my brow-bone. For my inner corner highlight, I applied NYX: Jumbo Pencil in Milk. Over the top of that I applied Dust. And now all of your shadows are done! 

To start complete my eye look add some liner! I used Revlon ColorStay: Liquid Eye Pen in Black, I applied a thin line along my top lash-line. 

Now for more eyeliner...Using Urban Decay: 24/7 Eyeliner in Perversion, I applied it to my tight-line, and water line. 

To finish off the eyes you need a couple coats of black mascara. Using my favorite mascara; CoverGirl: LashBlast in Black, I applied to coats to both my top and bottom lashes. 

And now the eyes are complete! 

Now to finish off the rest of the face. Apply your favorite foundation, my preference is Maybelline: FitMe in 115. I blend it in using my Real Techniques: Buffing Brush

To set your foundation use either or compact or loose powder. I use Rimmel: Stay Matte Pressed Powder in 005 (Silky Beige).

Now it's time for cheeks! I decided to try out a new product I received from my Ipsy Bag; Elizabeth Mott: Tint & Sass- Lip and cheek tint. I applied a minimum amount to my cheeks, and blended it out with my fingers. 

And now your makeup look is complete! 

Hope you all enjoyed!