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Eye Makeup: the Holy Grail of Makeup, My story and a Review

estee lauder eye shadows

Eye makeup, to me this is the holy grail of makeup!  You can wear what ever colors you want not to mention there’s so many colors out there you’ll have fun trying it on.  Matte, metallic, sheer, semi- matte and you can even go all out in glitter.  The endless possibilities of doing up your eyes is an art form itself.  You can keep it simple or go glam, even paint on stars or cartoon characters.  You can even do a bigger, bolder version of the black line and pile on the mascara to give you that sexy, alluring look.  It’s all up to you the artist because there’s no limit to what you can do with eye makeup.

With me, when I started playing with makeup, I started with my eyes.  Since I didn’t have alot of money I started with mascara and black eyeliner and boy did I pile on.  When I entered the beauty industry I got more interested in doing more with my eyes.  And I have big, round brown eyes and I was encouraged by my coworkers to try on eyeshadows.  Apparently having big, round eyes is great in the beauty industry as it shows the makeup well.  And so when I decided to buy my first eyeshadows, I went big!  I went directly to lancome and bought a purple single eye shadow.  I think it was called lustre and but I remember how expensive it was ($21) when I first walked into a work with it on the women I worked with loved the new look.  That’s what solidified me into exploring more shades and  different looks.

Over the years I’ve gone through a lot of different looks, not to mention different shades (remember when orange was the rage?) My look has definitely and thankfully evolved since then.  But I’ve always come back to my simple black line and mascara or swipe on my purple eye shadow, my signature look.  That’s why when I got this palette from Estee lauder I fell in love with it.  So here is my review on this palette.

estee lauder eye shadow

Estee lauder pure color envy in envious orchid

I’m not one for palettes, especially eye palettes.  I just can never finish them all and it’s so frustrating and I’m sure I’m not the only one that feels that way!  So I do try to be picky when I want to purchase one. And if I finish 4 out of the five colors in the palette I’ll be happy.  That’s why I chose this eye palette because it has my favorite color purple and the other colors are very versatile to work with.

They are soft in color and blend easily into each other.  You can go from a day look, easily apply the dark purple or black and get a beautiful dramatic look.  The black eye shadow in this palette is a very different texture from the rest.  It has a very smooth texture like silk and if you dip your finger into the eye shadow just a bit, the pigments is very easily transferred onto your finger.  You can definitely use it as eye shadow or as an eyeliner.

The two purples are soft and matte, while the white and gray shadows have a soft shimmer to them to add dimension to the eyes.  Overall the shadows for me are soft and muted and I don’t have any eye palette like this in my collection.  I really have enjoyed this palette because it’s a more natural, softer side of purple for me at least! Because right now i have purples that are brighter and shimmery, even glittery. This is my first attempt to look like an adult, at least sometimes.

There really is no reason not to have fun with your eye makeup.  Try every color in the rainbow, play with different looks and be open to different color combinations.  Because remember you can always wipe it off and start over again.  And when you found your signature look, work it girl!  Until next week my beauties have a good week.

Thank Goodness for Concealers: Review and Tips on using Concealers

Makeup Forever Concealer

What are you concealing under all that concealer?  Are you concealing a lot or little?  Imperfections?  Discoloration?  Under eye bags?  For me, my concealer has to work because I don’t have time to do touch ups throughout the day.  Plus it has to be oil free, non comedogenic and give me full coverage.

I always went for concealer because it covered my under eyes bags and my breakouts.  When my skin got a little less oily, I started wearing a light to medium coverage foundation and not too much concealer.  So I switched to an illuminating concealer because of its fluid texture.  That was short lived due to my unfortunate allergies to them.  So now, I stick to a light to medium foundation and found a concealer that is light in texture but heavy on the coverage.  Here is my review of the current concealer I am using and I’m going to give you some tips on using one.

Makeup forever –extreme camouflage cream concealer

I am a huge makeup forever fan and every time I purchased a product from this company, I have always been quite happy with them.  So when I decided to buy this concealer from them I was a little hesitant as I wasn’t sure how this would work out.  I’m used to full coverage concealers being too heavy, making my skin look shinier and possibly make me break out.  But the description and people’s feedback on this concealer about it being oil free, non comedogenic and gives great coverage was all the requirements I needed.

I wasn’t used to the concealer like this so I had my work cut out for me.  First of all, it was 1 to 2 shades lighter than I’m used to and I kept putting on too much.  So I had to work on my mixing and tried to scale it back on concealer usage and after a while I fell in love with it and now I can’t live without it.  Believe it or not this is one of the few full coverage concealer that feels absolutely light on the skin and full coverage on the face.  It has no trouble covering my under eyes circles and my breakouts to give me that flawless look.

Tips

  • If your concealer is a shade or two lighter don’t worry it may work for you! You may have to mix it with a bit of foundation or apply powder on top of it after so it looks flawless.
  • Concealer vs. illuminator, they do the same thing but keep in mind that an illuminator is light in texture and really helps to brighten the face. So you may need to use the concealer to ensure maximum coverage just in case.
  • Use a tool of some sort. I use a brush because it blends very nicely and seamless into the skin.  Because it’s a small area you’re doing, blending the concealer is a must.  Use a brush or sponge it may be a little difficult with the fingers because it may not blend as well.  In the end it’s up to you and what you decide to use.
  • Over or under foundation. It really is your choice on this one because if you use it under foundation it’s a more natural look.  Over the foundation and you will get more coverage this way.  If you put concealer first you tend to move it around when you put your foundation after.  If you apply foundation first, then the concealer will stay where you put it.  Food for thought.
  • Under the eyes. I know sometimes concealers can crease and fall into the lines.  My suggestion is as soon as you’re done with your concealer, pat the area with powder.  I found that this has helped especially around the eye area.  Or you can use an under eye primer.

Now go and apply your concealer and make it look flawless just like you.  Until next week my beauties have a good week!

 

Finding the Next Moisturizer: Tips to Help you Find It!

Buying a moisturizer is not easy.  When your current moisturizer is about to finish, you have two choices: repurchase the moisturizer that you currently have or go on that journey of reading blogs, magazines or even doing it the old fashioned way by asking your friends, family or even your colleagues.  There is no right or wrong choice, it’s just a preference and skincare to me at least is a personal and difficult choice.  For me when my face care is finished, I get super excited to buy one I haven’t used yet.  For me, it’s like buying the hottest pair of Stuart wiseman shoes every season.  In this article I’m going to give you some guidelines to finding that next perfect moisturizer.

Know your skin type

And before you start even looking for a moisturizer, you have to know your skin inside and out.  Is it dry?  Does it break out?  Is it flaking?  Is it sensitive?  If you’re not sure and your skin tends to change during the different seasons, you can always go to a place where there are experts that can help answer your questions.  Experts at these places will obviously ask you questions to see what will suit your concerns.  Try to be as honest as possible so these experts can find use the best possible treatments that will make your skin look its best.

Crème, lotion and serum?

Now you know your skin type, do you go for cream or lotion?  And do you need a serum?  You should always use a serum no matter your skin type.  You are supposed to wear it, but for oily your skin types that may be scary, but you don’t have to.  Like me, I only used the serum and it was enough moisture for me.  Why?  Serums absorbed in the skin 3 to 5 times deeper than a moisturizer, they tend to be more potent than the cream and if you have dry skin this serum will stay in your skin longer throughout the day then you’re cream.  As for choosing cream or lotion your skin will definitely let you know.  Essentially it doesn’t absorb well it’s too thick, if your skin still feels tight and uncomfortable you may not be hydrating enough.  In the end your skin will let you know if this moisturizer is right or not.  But don’t forget the serum.

Use separate day and night cream

They do different things and have different ingredients.  Plus having a sunscreen in your moisturizer is a must, at least for me.  You can definitely use one sermon day and night or have a separate one for day and night, that’s up to you.  But you should use different day and night care.

A day cream essentially works to protect and moisturize the skin from your everyday life.  It protects you from smoke, son, even from computer screens and fluorescent lights.  Also keeping the wrinkles and keeping your skin mat or hydrated is also a factor.

Your night cream however works differently.  While you sleep, naturally your skin repairs and detoxifies so you want a face care that helps the process.  Ones that are marked night or no sunscreen are ones you can choose from.  It gives your skin the boost it needs to look its best the next day.  And the next day.  And the next day.  You catch my drift.

Remember, your new face care will generally take 6 to 8 weeks to get full results.  Within that timeframe you will see subtle differences like more hydrated, brighter or less fatigued.  Whatever it’s supposed to do it will do, just be patient.

And if you have specific problems that skincare at your local store can’t solve, you may need to see a dermatologist.  Good luck on your new face care purchase and I hope this article has helped.  Till next week have a good day my beauties.

 

Makeover Essentials: Three Awesome Kits to Use!

makeup kits

I was introduced by this line last summer when two, excited salespeople came in to the store I work at promoting this fun and new makeup line based in California.  They were holding little gray shopping bags that I came to know were filled with makeup!

So as a beauty junkie I couldn’t pass up this amazing deal.  And this pretty grey bag was filled with three makeup kits and cleansing cloths all for $80.  Seriously, who could pass this deal up?  Plus you got a bonus bag as well.  So I got two for the price of one.  Awesome!  I did end up giving the second one away and the cleansing cloths, I ended up using all of them before doing this post.  So today I will be reviewing the three makeup kits.

eyeshadow kit

Neapolitan eye kit

In this cute eye kit there are six sets of trio eyeshadows that can easily go from nudes to glam.  The colors are versatile and obviously you can mix and match.  With the exception of the black/gray/white and the dark brown trio, the pigments are nice enough for a lot of skin tones.  On my skin tone, a lot of the colors are very natural looking.  I would have to put a lot to get them to pop or mix them with other eyes shadows or wear a primer or base that will brighten or deepen the colors.

You definitely have to use a smaller brush or eye sponge applicators that it comes with so you’re not mixing all the colors together.  Unless you want that which is cool.  But the compact itself is super slim and small that you can put it in your make-up bag and forget about it.

mini kit makeup

Purse petit mini

This kit is adorable cute and pretty much perfect for a day trip or a night out on the town with the girls.  In this tiny compact, it holds four lips, four eye colors and two deluxe eyeshadows meant for the smoky eyes.

This is a pretty awesome kit, as the lip colors are great to go from day to night look.  The eyeshadows as well are great for a day to glam look.  The two deluxe eyeshadows I don’t mind as well because I use the beige color as a base for eyes and because it has a bit of a shimmer to it, I use it as a highlighter as well.  I think this compact would have been even better if they put an actual highlighter and blush or bronzer or contour shades instead of the black and beige eyeshadows.  But I guess they were trying to put a compact together so it can be versatile.

Regardless, this compact is super small and easy to put in your small purse, you forget you have it there.  This tiny kit will definitely be very usable and definitely come in handy.

big makeup kit

Weekly essential kit

This kit literally has everything but your foundation.  Let me list what it has.  Six eyeshadows, concealer, blush, three colors for lips, setting powder, lip liner, eyeliner, mascara (not shown) because I used it all and brush and sponge for application.

The concealer, setting powder and blush were too light for me, but everything else in this kit worked out for me.  This kit for me was more a natural look for me.  I do like the idea of having something like this left at home or leave it at work so you have it there for an emergency touch up, but I couldn’t see myself bringing this with me everywhere I go because it is a bit bigger than the other kits.  It would be great for traveling for a few days or sleeping over at your friend’s house so you can minimize what your carrying in your bag.

It’s hard for any makeup company to design a kit that makes everyone happy.  But I’m glad that makeup companies make kits that are just for eyes or lips or eyebrows etc.  Once you start creating a bigger kit, I personally tend to have a hard time choosing something like that.  Because I want to make sure I can use almost everything otherwise it’s a waste of money.  At least for me.  That’s why I will stick to the smaller kits because I know I will use everything.

Until next week thank you for reading and have yourself a great week my beauties!

 

This entry was posted on July 8, 2017, in Makeup.

The Only and Best Bronzer You’ll Ever Need

Guerlain the best bronzer

It’s officially summer.  Time to bring out the sunscreen, the self-tanner and of course the bronzer.  I have brown skin, so I don’t need the self-tanner.  But the sunscreen and bronzer I can definitely live with.  There are so many out there that even me, a beauty expert can’t decide which to choose.  And every year there is always a new one, a limited edition one and then there’s ones that are liquid or powder.  I could go on about them being shimmery, matte or even a little bit of both.  And yes I do get shinier during the summer, but I don’t wanna wear my powder that helps keep me matte.  I want something that’ll give me that summer glow.  But also won’t add to my shiny problem.

Guerlain terracotta bronzer light in blond #2

That’s why I’m happy to say I found a bronzer that gives me that glow I’ve always wanted, but also keeps my shine at bay.  It is the guerlain terracotta light number two in blond.  This series of bronzers have a multitude of colors.  These bronzers have a mixture of matte and shimmer to them and complementary colors that go together to give you that summer glow.

There is four colors to choose from in this collection.  Ranging from light blond to dark brunette.  I chose blond number two which is the lighter one.  I didn’t want to look to bronzed up, because my oily skin is a factor I have to consider.  Plus I was going to use it all for my face, so I wanted a more natural glow and if I chose the darker one it would probably not look that great once my oils on my face started coming out after a few hours.

The way that I applied it on my face is the “3” application.  You start from the center of your forehead and literally do the number three on either side of your face.  That way your skin gets a nice glow all over and add some on your nose and chin to even out.  For a little more color I add more on my cheeks to finish the look. If you want a more sculpted look, add to jawline and cheeks.

Personally I am new to using a bronzer on myself.  But for many years I effortlessly applied them to my customers who were new to using one or just upgrading from another one that they didn’t like anymore or suit their color.  When looking for a bronzer, ask for help because sometimes it can get bit tricky picking the right color for yourself.  I know they can get a little bit on the orange side and that’s why guerlain has an array of bronzers to choose from.  I mean alot to choose from and that’s why they are probably the best bronzers that I’ve ever come across.  They too have ones that have a more pink hue for women who are fair and ones that have a more deeper colors that aren’t necessarily orange but more of a deep tan tone.

Good luck on your journey to finding that perfect bronzer and if you already have then apply and have a great summer.  Until next week my beauties have a good week!

This entry was posted on June 24, 2017, in Makeup.