Sunday, June 29, 2014

Humid Green and Gold Makeup Tutorial

Hey guys! So today I have here a Humid Green and Gold Makeup Tutorial, featuring Mac and Inglot eyeshadows! I haven't used my Mac and Inglot eyeshadows for awhile so I wanted to pull them out and play with them! Its always nice to rediscover makeup items in your collection! I wasn't initially planning on creating a fallish makeup look, but it just sorta happened! Unplanned makeup looks are always never turn out as expected, but I can definitely see myself sporting this look later on during the year when the weather is cooler. Hope you guys enjoyed watching the video!

Makeup Used: 
Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade in Dark Brown - Review
Bare Minerals Well Rested Concealer
Becca Fine Pressed Powder in Wheat
Benefit They're Real Mascara
Bite Beauty Luminous Cream Lipstick in Musk
Inglot AMC Pigment in 69
Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation in Buff 6W
Mac Eyeshadow in Amber Lights, Humid, and Saddle
Mac Pro Longwear Concealer in NW25
Maybelline Baby Lips in Peppermint
Milani Eyeshadow Primer in Nude
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard - Review
Nars Guy Bourdin One Night Stand Cheek Palette (Deep Throat and Devotee) - Review
Stila Lip Glaze in Dreamy
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Perversion
Urban Decay Deslick Makeup Setting Spray

What makeup look have you been wearing lately?

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Top High End Blushes

Hello beautiful ladies and gentlemen! Today I am showing you what my favorite high end blushes are! While these may be on the pricer side of things, they are definitely worth the investment! For those of you who are on a budget, don't worry I'll have my favorite drugstore blushes up in a couple of weeks (still need to finalize my decisions on which ones I truely love). Now without further adieu, I present to you my favorite high end blushes!

The oldest high end blush I have in my collection is the Lancome Blush Subtil Powder Blush in Sheer Amourose. I got this as a gift with purchase when I bought my Lancome Dual Finish Powder Foundation a couple of years back. This is probably one of the more understated blushes in my collection but I love it regardless! It is a sheer blush, which makes it really forgiving if you are naturally heavy handed like I am! This is a matte medium pink blush that would work well for light to medium skintones. If you have a dark complexion, it may take a bit of work to build up color on your cheeks!

I am forever grateful to Vanessa, the awesometastic blogger over at Citron and Guavaberry to sending me the Balm Hot Mama Blush over at our Makeup Swap. I have a difficult time putting down this blush because it gives such a beautiful sheen on your cheeks! This is a pink-coral blush, but has a nice shimmer in it. The shimmer is not overpowering and does not emphasize my pores (a huge plus). I find that I don't need to wear highlighter with this blush! I feel like this would look beautifully on all skin tones!

While the Nars Guy Bourdin One Night Stand Cheek Palette (Review) is a limited edition palette, the blush I feature here is one in the permanent collection. While many people may love Orgasm, I am a bigger fan of Deep Throat (second row in the middle). This blush is a bit peachier than Hot Mama, but it doesn't have as much shimmer. The formulation of this blush is beautiful and applies like a dream onto my skin! Again, this blush would be fantastic for all skintones!

Newest high end blush in my collection is the Benefit Blush in Rockateur. In the box the blush doesn't look too impressive--it looks just like it wouldn't add much color on the skin. However, on the cheeks this gives the most beautiful glow! This is a rose gold blush with a healthy bit of shimmer which makes it completely unnecessary for highlighter! Another added bonus, the brush that comes along with this brush is phenomenal; I use it every time I use this blush! And to continue to further boost this blush, my sister is a total blushaholic now due to this blush! She can't stop wearing this! This blush is best suited for light to medium skintones.

Honorable Mention in my top high end blushes are the Tarte Blushes in Fantastic, Magic, and Stellar. These are the only blushes from Tarte that I own and unfortunately they are limited edition. However, I felt like I should mention it to them because the formulation of these blushes are outstanding. Fantastic is a wearable matte blue toned pink blush, Magic is a matte pink-coral blush, and Stellar is a satin brown blush. Out of these blushes, Stellar is my fave (as seen by the fact that its the only blush featured here that I have hit pan on!) All of the blushes here are long lasting and stay put, regardless of what kind of foundation you have. I definitely want to pick up some full sized, permanent Tarte blushes in the future!

Swatches outside, in the shade. From left to right: Benefit Rockateur, Lancome Sheer Amourose, Nars Deep Throat, Tarte Fantastic, Tarte Magic, Tarte Stellar, and the Balm Hot Mama. These swatches are a bit heavy because I wanted you guys to see the as much as the color as possible!

Swatches indoor, in the bright indoor natural lighting. From left to right: Benefit Rockateur, Lancome Sheer Amourose, Nars Deep Throat, Tarte Fantastic, Tarte Magic, Tarte Stellar, and the Balm Hot Mama

To sum it all up, my favorite blushes here is Benefit Rockateur and the Balm Hot Mama. While I love all of the other blushes I have featured here, those two have been a game changer and are truly outstanding in pigmentation, longevity, and look beyond lovely on the cheeks. Plus, both of these blushes do not require any highlighter which means I can skip a step in my makeup routine and save a bit of time!

What are your favorite high end blushes? Let me know so I can continue to add more onto my wishlist!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Unboxing: Influenster SurfsUp VoxBox

Hey guys! So today I have my first unboxing video, featuring the new Influenster SurfsUp VoxBox! This box featured a summer theme and contained summery products! This is my third Influenster box that I received from them for review, as always my future review of these products will be honest! Here you will see my first impressions of the products and a sneak peak into what products I will be reviewing in the near future!

Have you tried any of the products I have featured here? Let me know in the comment section below!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Haul: Replenishing Skincare

Hauls sometimes can be unnecessary but other times can be crucial when certain things run out! In today's case it is both out of necessity (because I ran out of my essentials) and desperation. I finally ran out of the moisturizers, eye cream, and scar diminishing cream so I knew I had to pick some things up! But, I also have been breaking out much more frequently then normal! As such, we have a little haul here that is somewhat necessary (and didn't result in me cheating on my latest Project 10 Pan!). Some of these products are products I have used before, others are brand new to me and I am looking forward to trying out!

First necessity I picked up to help combat breakouts was the Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel. While I certainly have a lot of acne products still, none of them have been working against the recent batch of acne. While this has worked well for me in the past, it isn't working as well for me right now! I'm not going to return it though because my sister still loves it (and its working fabulous on her)! The next thing I picked up to combat my breakouts is the Lush Cupcake Fresh Face Mask. I haven't raved much about this mask as much as I need too, this is a great mask to purify and smooth out the texture of your skin! While this isn't the best to help fight breakouts, it does brings up all the dirt, sebum, and lord knows what to the surface (which may result in having a couple of breakouts in the first couple of uses just because it is extracting all of the grimey things out of your skin!)

For skincare, I had to replenish my day cream, eye cream, body lotion, and scar diminishing cream.  For my day cream, I purchased the Boots Botanics Mattifying Day Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15. It says for it is meant for oily/combination skin, so I knew I had to try this out to see whether or not it worked for my oily skin! As always, I'm in search of a hydrating eye cream to reduce the puffiness in my eyes as well as minimize my fine lines on my eyes! As such, I decided to try out the Boots Botanics Hydrating Eye Cream Age Defense with Protective Ginkgo. I have a friend who loves Boots skincare, so I knew I had to try out those two Boots products! For a daytime body lotion, I decided to tryout the Hawaiian Tropic Ultra Radiance Sheer Touch Lotion Sunscreen SPF 15. In the past, I haven't really cared much for protecting my body (yes, that meant that I did not put SPF on my body unless I was swimming in the pool or beach). However, I am working on changing that this summer. I currently have plenty of lotions, but none of them had any SPF in it. I decided to try this one because IT SMELLS LIKE MANGOS (which is my second favorite scent of all time... ultimate fave being coconut). Lastly, I had to replace my Scarzone Advanced Skincare Scar Cream which I have loved for years...and then after purchasing it I realized that they reduced the size of the product while keeping the price! I'm currently pissed at the fact that they did that, so I am currently contemplating on changing to a new product. The formula hasn't changed, but I feel like I have already used up half of the product in the tube and I only had it for a week.

What skincare products are your necessities? Any products you'd recommend me to pick up next whenever these run out?

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Brow Products Stash

Hey guys! So today I wanted to go over all the eyebrow products that I own! I don't have a ridiculous amount of products, but it is a significant amount where you can get a mini review (or update if I have reviewed them) on what I think about all the eyebrow products I own and whether or not I would recommend them! Have to say though, once you start drawing on your cannot go back. It makes SUCH a huge difference in your face, gives it a more polished and framed effect!

Let's first start off with affordables of the bunch I have in my collection. The Elf Studio Eyebrow Kit in Medium (Review - $3) is great for beginners! As you can see, I have already hit pan on the brow gel side (which is the side I predominantly use)! The brow powder is definitely subpar compared to the Anastasia Brow Powder Duo (which I will talk about later in this post), but gets the job done so long as you set it with a brow gel. Now looking back, it is a bit more warm then I would like for a brow powder...which means that it will work will for the majority of brunettes (because my blue-black hair has no warmth in it to match the brow powder). However, the brow gel is fantastic and matches with my eyebrows. This can easily be blended out with a spoolie to create a natural brow or a dramatic brow.

Next up is the Jordana FabuBrow Eyebrow Pencil in Taupe. Priced at $2.99, I was looking for another drugstore eyebrow pencil that could be good to stash into my makeup bag. Unfortunately, this product is a dud for me, it does not have great stay power at all...probably lasts four hours without eyebrow gel to seal (and only six hours with the eyebrow gel). I find that the product doesn't cling to my brows really well, and I can easily accidentally blend too much product away.

However, I do have a drugstore brow pencil that I can recommend, the Maybelline MasterShape by Eyestudio in Dark Brown (about $6-$9). My friend Jenny gave this to me when she was cleaning out her collection and ever since then, I have been loving this product! This eyebrow product is great for those of you who have sparse eyebrows, it is really easy for it to draw on the skin because the product isn't too waxy. This eyebrow pencil lasts the majority of the day for me, which is a huge plus!

The Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products have a cult following and for a good reason. I have tried out four of their products and there is no dud in what I have tried! My current favorite eyebrow product from the line is the DipBrow Pomade in Dark Brown (Review - $18). Even though this takes me a really long time to apply, I love the end result-- a long lasting brow product that will not budge! The Brow Powder Duo in Dark Brown (Review - $23) is another fantastic product from the line! This is probably best suited for those of you who already have nice brows and just have some sparse areas to fill in. This product is very easy to use and looks very natural on the brows! The Clear Brow Gel (Review - $22) has been a staple in my collection, I have gone through two tubes of these! I use this brow gel on almost a daily basis to set my eyebrows and make sure that they stay put all day! While I have not gotten the chance to repurchase the Brow Wiz in Brunette/Dark Brown (Review - $21), I do think that this is a fantastic brow pencil. Biggest downside to it is that it runs out extremely quickly for me, within two months I have to purchase a new one and I unfortunately do not have to money to keep replenishing this.

Final verdict: Love Anastasia brow products, they are well worth the investment! But for a drugstore alternative, give the Elf Studio Brow Kit or Maybelline MasterShape by Eyestudio a go! My personal favorite from Anastasia is her DipBrow Pomade and my favorite from the drugstore is Elf Studio Brow Kit.

What brow products do you use? Let me know in the comment section below?

On a side note, I am officially addicted to football. This world cup is sucking me in like nobodies business...makes it really difficult for me to write blog posts! I have watched almost all the games now.... I might be a convert xD

Monday, June 16, 2014

Sultry Radiant Orchid Drugstore Makeup Look

Hey guys! So today I am showing you a completely drugstore Radiant Orchid look! I don't know about you, but I love purples and so it was only a matter of time that I would do a radiant orchid inspired look (even if it is a bit more on the smokey side of things!) This is probably one of my favorite looks I have created this year! I hope you guys enjoyed watching!

Makeup Used:
CoverGirl and Olay Simply Ageless Concealer in Light
CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation in Warm Beige - Review
Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara
Jordana 12 Hr Made to Last Eyeshadow Pencil in Continuous Almond - Review
Jordana FabuBrow Eyebrow Pencil in Taupe
Jordana FabuLiner Liquid Eyeliner in Black
L'Oreal Color Riche Lipstick in Fairest Nude
L'Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation in Nude Beige
Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch
Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser - Review
Revlon Color Burst Lipgloss in Peony
Rimmel ScandalEYES Kohl Kajal Waterproof Eyeliner in Black
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent
Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush in Pearlescent Pink
Wet n Wild Color Icon Bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana
Wet n Wild Color Icon Palette in Petal Pusher
Wet n Wild Color Icon Trio in Walking on Eggshells
Wet n Wild Fergie Take the Day Eyeshadow Primer in For My Primas - Review

What are your favorite purple eyeshadow palettes? I've been meaning to invest in purple eyeshadow palettes since I love them so much! Let me know in the comment section below!

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Review: Sephora Daily Makeup Brush Cleaner and Makeup Brush Shampoo

Hey guys! So today I am going to do a review on a product that is not sexy at all in the makeup and beauty world. As essential as cleaning brushes are, for many of us (or maybe it is just me) brush cleaning is the most hated tasks that I do about once every other week. Because I wasn't sure whether or not I would like the product, I opted to by the smaller version of both makeup brush cleaners (even though I ended up paying more than if I got the bigger size). After over two months of using these two products, I am ready to give you a review!

Claim: Sephora Brand Daily Brush Cleaner is an anti-bacterial daily brush cleaner designed to quickly remove light traces of makeup between applications. Just spray this purifying formula onto a tissue or directly onto brush bristles, then lightly swipe your powder, blush, eye, and lip brushes across tissue for a fabulous dose of freshness. No rinsing needed!
Price: $7 (for 2 oz), $15 (for 6.75 oz)
Size: 2 oz and 6.85 oz 

Now lets start with the Sephora Daily Makeup Brush Cleaner. This is designed to use in between makeup applications and doesn't need washing. The product is dispensed in a spray nozzle. In my experience of using this product, I find that one to two sprays is enough to clean most eye brushes and three to four sprays for most face brushes provided that you don't have several days worth of makeup sitting on the brushes. After I spray the brush cleaner on my brushes, I rub the brushes on either a paper towel or a rag for max of thirty seconds. During that time, I will say the brushes are about 95% clean (especially if it is powder products that was lingering on the brushes)! If there were liquid products, the brush would be about 80% clean. The brush air dries within three minutes, and then they are ready to use again!

I find that there is no foul scent that lingers on the brushes after I clean them (a huge plus, I hate it when my brushes are smelly). Overall, I really like this product! I primarily use it to clean my eyeshadow brushes on a daily basis, so I can have the best eyeshadow application! I can stand using dirty face brushes, but not eyeshadow brushes (cause it makes my eye makeup look really muddy). I would recommend this to you if you are looking for a quick method to clean your eyeshadow brushes! Will definitely be purchasing a full size of this when I finish it up!

Claim: An anti-bacterial brush shampoo designed to deep clean your brushes once a week. 
Price: $7 (for 2 oz), $15 (for 6.75 oz)
Size: 2 oz and 6.85 oz 

Next, we have the Sephora Makeup Brush Shampoo. Looking at Sephora's website, this has been renamed to the Purifying Brush Shampoo (not 100% sure it is the same product...but it probably is!). This product has a gel-like consistency and is dispensed in a pump. For eye brushes, one pump of the product is suffice to cleaning out all the makeup out of it. For face brushes, it will take between two to four pumps to clean the brushes thoroughly. To clean, I first run the brush under warm water. Then, I dispense the shampoo onto the palm of my hands and using swirling motions I rub the brush onto my hands. Then, when I feel like I have enough product onto the brush I rub it in water to rinse out the shampoo. When using this shampoo, I find that my brushes will dry completely overnight and not be wet at all the next day (huge bonus considering how I only use the same couple of brushes!)

Like the Daily Makeup Brush Cleaner, this does not have a scent linger on the brushes (unlike the Sonia Kashuk one which did). For the majority of my brushes, the Sephora Makeup Brush Shampoo does wonderfully, cleans it out completely! However, if you are a fan of dense brushes like the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, this brush shampoo does not clean it out completely unfortunately (I'd say about 80%). The brush is still useable and works fine, but I would've really liked it if the shampoo could penetrate the brush a bit more. I have tried cleaning the Expert Face Brush a multitude of times (repeating the motions I have stated above up to three times) with this shampoo and I can not get it completely clean! For other brushes though, I can get it 100% clean with only two pumps with this shampoo. While I do like this makeup brush shampoo, I will definitely try out other makeup brush cleaners to see if there are any that works better! I am almost finished with this product with so I can try out a new makeup brush cleaner soon!

How do you guys clean your makeup brushes? Let me know in the comment section below!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Get Ready With Me 6 - Neutral Makeup for Girl's Day Out!

Hey guys! So I don't know about you guys, but I have been having a blast this summer so far! Lot's of things have been happening (and are going to happen hopefully!) Today I have here a video featuring me getting ready for a girl's day out with my sisters (who are nine and nineteen respectively). We went out to go see Maleficent (which would've been a really good movie if I wasn't distracted by the ridiculous amount of CGI in there) and just hung out! Good times yo. This is a pretty laid back video (meaning I didn't get to take pretty pictures for you guys) but there is some nice funky music and some funny facial expressions! I hope you guys enjoy watching!

Makeup Used: 
BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Rebel
Clinique Perfectly Real Makeup in Shade 116
Elf Eyeshadow Palette in Neutral
Elf Studio Golden Bronzer in Golden
Elf Studio Blush in Pink Passion
Jordana FabuBrow Eyebrow Pencil in Taupe
Jordana FabuLiner Liquid Eyeliner in Black
Korres Mattifying Pomegrante Face Primer
L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara
Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Radiant
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Angelic
Urban Decay Deslick Makeup Setting Spray
Wet n Wild Fergie Take the Day Eyeshadow Primer in For My Primas - Review

And... I just have to say before I let you guys go that the World Cup has been extremely distracting for this beauty blogger (which is surprising since I am NOT into soccer). World Cup fever has me hooked, and its quite alarming because it has me distracted from writing my blog posts and making videos! Too many good games so far! 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Review: Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation

  • Enhances skin's natural light. The complexion appears flawless, full of life – as if lit-from-within
  • Bare skin sensation, correction with translucency for a natural finish, as if matter-free
  • 18 hour hydration
  • Diminishes redness for a more uniform complexion
  • Non-irritating/doesn't cause break-outs
  • Protects skin from UV damage
Price: $42.50
Shades: 26
Size: 1 fl ounces
Where to Buy: Macy's, Dillards, Sephora and where ever Lancome counters are at :D

Hey guys! So today I will doing a review on the oldest foundation I have in my collection, Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation. The current shade that I own is Buff 6(W), which a perfect match during my winter time. This foundation holds a special place in my heart, because it was my first foundation, first high end makeup product, and the foundation I wore to prom! While my makeup skills have improved a lot since then, my love for this foundation has not diminished! Here, I will be examining the this foundation thoroughly, explaining why I enjoy it!

The packaging of this foundation is very simple, but very polished (something I would expect for a high end brand). The foundation is encased in a glass container and there is a pump which makes dispensing foundation both hygienic and easy. My biggest gripe about the packaging is that the text rubs off over time. For a foundation that you are willing to fork over nearly $50... I just wish that wouldn't occur! It's not the biggest deterrence, but it is a bit irritating.

Coverage and Finish: 
The coverage of this foundation is light to medium and is easily built to medium coverage. Achieving full coverage with this is easy, I usually add on top of this foundation something like the Lancome Dual Finish Powder. If you are using the Dual Finish Powder in addition to the Teint Miracle, make sure to use a brush and add it lightly, because this powder by itself provides medium to full coverage. The finish of this foundation is a natural finish. I find that this foundation is fantastic for those of you who have little blemishes. But, if you do have blemishes, adding a concealer on top of this foundation will not disrupt it! When wearing this foundation, I find that this does not make my face look like I'm wearing makeup (a huge plus in my book). This is a very light weight foundation, which makes it a great transition for those who aren't used to wearing makeup!

Because I do not have any pictures of me wearing this foundation by itself, I have provided a couple of videos where I apply this foundation. I have used a beauty blender to apply the foundation here in my Wonder Girls Like Money Inspired Makeup Look. Of course, I have used this foundation with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush here in my Everyday Winter Foundation Routine. Last, but not least, one can not overlook the old fashion method of using your fingers.. which I did here in my Get Ready With Me video. With all of these methods, the foundation blends seamlessly into my skin without any difficulty!

Swatch of Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation in Buff 6(W)

Lasting Power:
Like the majority of light coverage foundation, the lasting power of this foundation by itself (without the use of any setting powder, primer, and setting spray) is about 6-8 hours. With the help of setting powder and setting spray, I have seen it lasting up to 10 hours (before any touch ups!). Usually I wear this foundation during the late fall/winter season, because this foundation is functions best for my skin during that season. Unlike my other foundations, this doesn't cling to my dry spots which makes it my preferred foundation when I am breaking out and when the season is dryer.

My Final Thoughts:
While this foundation is a bit pricey, I do think it is worth the purchase. Unless you have extremely oily skin or extremely dry skin, I would recommend this foundation to you! If you have the money to fork over, I would definitely recommend you to first get a sample to try this out! I have loved this foundation for almost four years now, and it's something I would repurchase (even though I love my full coverage foundations!) I feel like this foundation is a great beginners foundation, because it is so easy to work with and it is doesn't feel heavy on the skin! With 26 shades varying in cool, neutral, and warm undertones in the collection, I do not doubt that everyone can find their perfect match in here!

Have you tried this foundation before? Let me know what you think!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Removing Inglot Eyeshadows and Blushes from the Freedom System Palette without using magnets!

Hey guys! So today I wanted to share with you how I remove the eyeshadow and blush pans from the Inglot Freedom System Palette! In my review of Inglot eyeshadows here, I mentioned a con that many beauty bloggers and beauty vloggers have mentioned in the past-- it is extremely difficult to remove the individual eyeshadows from the Freedom System palettes once you placed it in!

Well today, I have a solution for you! I will show you in the video how to remove the pans using a nail cuticle pusher! I have seen some videos in the past where some people use the magnets from the cover of the Freedom System Palette to remove the eyeshadows...but for some reason my magnets aren't strong enough for that task! So here, I have an alternative which should hopefully be beneficial to you! This way, if you were thinking about interchanging eyeshadows, moving eyeshadows to a bigger palette, etc you can do so without any worry!

Have you tried Inglot products? Let me know in the comment section below!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Wonder Girls Like Money Inspired Makeup Tutorial

Hey guys! So today I will showing you how I created this Wonder Girls Like Money Inspired Makeup Look! I created this like two weeks back, but never got around to recording the voice over (pesky things that they are!) If you guys do not know, I am a huge K-Pop fan! As such, it was only a matter of time that I did a K-Pop inspired look! I am quite pleased with the results, its a very dramatic look. I probably wouldn't rock this out much, being the hermit that I am... but this would be a nice look for going out at night! You get a rare glimpse of me wearing false lashes (this is like, the third time I've worn false lashes). Unfortunately, I may have forgotten to place eyeliner where the band of my lashes were to cover it a bit more...but there will always be a next time for me to remember!

Products Used:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Dark Brown - Review
BareMinerals Lash Domination Mascara
Becca Fine Pressed Powder in Wheat
Benefit Porefessional Primer
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Buxom Full On Lip Polish in Dani
CoverGirl and Olay Concealer Balm in Light
Elf Essential Natural False Eyelashes
Elf Studio Cream Eyeshadow in Teal Party
Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation in Buff 6 W
Mac Lip Pencil in Subculture
Tarte MultipliEYE Lash Primer
The Color Workshop Dazzling Eyeshadows in Blue (Gorgeous, Perfection)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Perversion
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
Wet n Wild Color Icon Bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana
Wet n Wild Fergie Take the Day Eyeshadow Primer in For My Primas - Review

What do you guys think of this look? Let me know in the comment section below!

On a quick aside, I think that I have decided to post at least three times a week for YouTube and for my blog! I should be able to keep up with the schedule, but I'll adjust as need be!

Review: Essence of Beauty Crease Brush Duo Eyes

Left to Right: Fine Crease Brush, Crease Brush

Claims: Eyes. Professional tools for beautiful results. Essence of Beauty brushes and accessories are made from the finest quality materials to achieve flawless results, every time. Create the perfect look for day or night with brush tips that fit right into creases. Made of animal hair.
Price: $5.99
Where to Buy: CVS

Hey guys! So today I am doing a review of the Essence of Beauty Crease Brush Duo Eyes. I initially discovered these brushes due to EmilyNoel83 (hands down one of my favorite beauty gurus) consistently rave over these brushes. Naturally, a year or so back, I picked these up when CVS had a sale on these brushes. After more than a year of using these brushes, I am finally giving them a review!

These brushes are a bit on the shorter side length wise. The majority of my makeup brushes tower over these, which makes it a bit difficult to fine when I am searching for them. Personally, I would've preferred the brushes to be a bit longer in length, but that is not a big strike in my books. I have notice slight shedding during the first couple of washes, but after that I have not experienced any shedding. The brush hairs are soft, not harsh or scratchy when I use windshield wiper motions across my eyelids. Both of these brushes pick up product very nicely, there is no need to go back and forth excessively to pick up more eyeshadows.

Left to Right: Fine Crease Brush, Crease Brush

Essence of Beauty Crease Brush:
Hands down, one of my favorite brushes for crease work. This brush works wonders on my small Asian eyes. It is not too big to cause eyeshadows to creep way too close to the browbone, but not too small where I spend forever blending out my eyeshadows. This brush is perfect to work on darkening up the outer third of your eye. The brush fits right into my crease with ease and while it does not blend out eyeshadows as easily as my Mac 217 Brush it still does a very good job in blending out color without spreading it everywhere. I also like using this brush to place bronzer along the sides of my nose to contour! If I'm in a pinch, I could use this brush also to blend out, but I prefer going in with another brush to blend out the contour!

Essence of Beauty Fine Crease Brush:
This is the only pencil brush I own, after grabbing this early on in my makeup hoarding days I never felt the need to purchase another pencil brush (although of course, that can easily change just because... I am after all a hoarder). This brush is wonderful for adding eyeshadows onto the lower lash line, something that most traditional smudge brushes (like the Elf Essential Smudge Brush) are incapable of doing because they to big for my petite eyes. This brush is also great for precise placement of eyeshadow into the outer corner of your eye (which is very important when you are creating smokey eyes)! I also like using this brush for smudging out any eyeliner on both my upper and lower lashline!

Final Verdict:
Forget walking to CVS to get these, RUN...especially if you have small eyes like I do. They made me not lose hope on finding crease brushes that were just right (Goldilocks style) for my eyes. Trust me, they will be a makeup game changer! 

What are your makeup essential brushes? Recommend me some eye brushes, I'm always on the look out for those!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

May Hits and Misses + Giveaway Winners

It's May Favorites time! I have a lot of favorites in this batch, and only one miss! Check out to see what products were my favorites this month.

PS. Congrats to Jenn (from abeautifulzen) and Purva for winning the giveaway!

What were your favorites this month? Let me know in the comment section below!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Project 10 Pan (revisited and added new products!)

Hey guys! So today I will be going through another spending ban. Previously, I've gone through a 42 Day Spending Ban and a Project 10 Pan. The 42 Day Spending Ban was successful but the first Project 10 Pan was not. I did hit pan on the majority of products eventually but I did not stick to it. For those of you who don't know, Project 10 Pan is when you choose any 10 products in your collection, and you cannot purchase any makeup products before you hit pan (when you hit can see the bottom of the container and/or when you used the product up completely! This version of Project 10 Pan features mainly the products that I love, but there is of course products I'm not too fond of! Some of these products you may recognize from the previous Project 10 Pan!

I mainly decided to start this spending ban because 1) I can no longer afford to buy more makeup and 2) I have way too much makeup right now, so I'm trying to finish up products. So here I am, trying to finish up these products! Hopefully this will occur before the school semester starts... but I have no idea if that is possible. 

New Project 10 Pan Products (and some old ones of course!)
For this Project 10 Pan, I will be trying to finish up CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation in Warm Beige and Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation in Buff 6W. The Lancome foundation holds a soft spot for me, this was my first foundation and the foundation I wore to prom! It's a wonderful foundation, provides light to medium coverage and looks fantastic on the skin! As you guys probably know (and are probably sick of me talking about this foundation), CoverGirl Outlast is my go-to foundation during the summer, it has amazing oil controlling properties and provides medium to full coverage! The concealer I will be trying to use up is the Mac Prolongwear Concealer in NW25. This is a cult favorite concealer that is perfect for covering up my undereye circles! I like mixing with my Lancome Foundation because the concealer is a bit too light for me...while the concealer is a bit too dark for me. Mixed together and it gives me a color that is perfect for my skin! When I do finish, I will be purchasing this concealer in NW20 instead of NW25. The blush I will be trying to finish up is the Elf Studio Blush in Pink Passion. I haven't used this blush much lately (mainly because I've gotten so many blushes recently that this has kinda gotten lost in my collection!) It is a bright cool toned pink and has been well loved in the past (as seen by the fact that the packaging is taped up a bit!)

For my eyebrows, I will be trying to finish the Jordana FabuBrow Eyebrow Pencil in Taupe. This isn't my favorite eyebrow product to use, but it does the job as long as you set it with an eyebrow gel. For liquid eyeliner, I will be using up the Jordana FabuLiner Liquid Eye Liner in Black. Again, this isn't my favorite eyeliner product... it isn't a rich black as I would like for a liquid eyeliner. For a pencil eyeliner, I will be trying finishing up the Rimmel ScandalEYES Kohl Kajal Waterproof Eyeliner in Black. I have so many eyeliners, but this is the one I know I can always go back too! It's one of my favorites!

For lips, I will be trying to use up Mac Lustre Lipstick in High Tea, Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss in Peony, and Victoria's Secret Color Drama Lipstick in Whisper. Out of these products, I only really like the Revlon lipgloss, I'm kinda neutral about the Mac lipstick and Victoria's Secret lipstick.

What products have you guys used up lately? Have you guys successfully finished Project 10 Pan? Let me know in the comment section below!

Be sure to check out my giveaway here (open internationally)!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Recap of Makeup MAYhem: My Experience and Favorite May Posts/Videos

Hello guys! So today I wanted to do a recap of the Madness of Makeup MAYhem. For those of you who are new to my blog and are visiting, the whole 31 days of May I was either frantically blogging or editing. As a result, depending on the day you stopped by I either had a blog post or video up! It was an insane month, where I spent the majority of the time glued to my computer or glued to my camera. Tough times yo. I had an amazing experience with my first month off of school being productive in my favorite way possible, blogging and bvlogging! I'm going to share with you a couple things I've learned about myself and my favorite posts and videos that I did in May.

1) I bow down to the people who can take amazing photography of makeup. I am decent in landscapes and portraits, but with objects (in specific, makeup) I have a long way to go before I am happy. Purchasing a Nikon D5100 is a brilliant move, but I can't seem to get the hang of taking object photography. That being said, I have made it a goal for June to improve my photography skills in that aspect! 

2) Blogging at home sucks, and I am not the efficient at home. Basically, spend more time in little coffee shops and boba tea houses to write my blog pictures! Maybe I can get pretty pictures taken there as well!

3) Video editing is nasty. And by nasty, I do mean it. I've taken up to four hours editing a video...and I have a feel like with how some of my videos will be in the future, it'll be a miracle if I can edit under three hours. That being said though, I do like how my videos are turning out!

4) I have no idea how some bloggers and bvloggers can turn out videos or posts every day. Mad respect for those who shoot, edit, and publish with consistently amazing content. There were days where I barely made it, where my blog posts or videos were about an hour away from being considered the next day on my timezone. Mad props to you guys ^_^  

So those were a few things I've learned throughout May (beauty blogging and vlogging wise of course)! Now I have a two posts and two videos to share that were my favorites that I posted in May!

Thinking about buying Elf Cosmetics Brushes? Check out this lengthy post where I detail what I recommend, what I don't recommend, and some alternatives for you guys! I have a good portion of their brushes from their Essential and Studio line, so it's pretty comprehensive of about 70% of those two lines (if not more!)

Probably the most detailed review I have to date, the Anastasia DipBrow Pomade is a game changer in my makeup routine. When I say game changer, I mean it. Staying power wise, this beats the rest of my brow products hands down, and I find no need to use a brow gel to set it. Unsure of whether or not you want to fork over $18? Check out the review!

Finally got around to doing a review of the cult favorite, Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation. I've given this foundation about six months of testing before I reviewed it, making sure that I wouldn't be swayed by what I've heard from other beauty gurus and bloggers. If you are thinking about making the splurge, check out the review!

Summer is the time where most people tend to go for virtually no makeup or a very lightweight coverage one. Well, I never said that I fit with the mold did I? This summer foundation routine is provides medium coverage, and can easily be built to full if I added an extra layer of foundation on certain problematic areas of mine. Think that your oily skin and rising temperatures will cause your face to melt off? Think again. I can safely guarantee you that your makeup will look flawless from dawn to dusk with this routine (trust me, I've tested it out myself)!

How was your month of May? Let me know in the comment section below!

Be sure to check out my giveaway here (open internationally)!

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