So as promised here is a small haul from the Sephora end of year sale. This was three separate purchases though. The things I picked up are as follows:
Dr. Jart Original BB Set
Tarte Rich Browns Eye Shadow palette
Bite Beauty Full Size Lipstick trio
OCC Test Tubes Stained Glosses
OCC Pencil Essentials x6 set
Some of these are already sold out but the OCC stuff is still available as far as I know.
This New Years look isn't the typical one you always see which is normally, blue, gold, or silver. This is grey and copper which I think turned out really pretty.
ABH shadows in Metal and Noir. Metal applied with your finger on the first 3/4 of the lid and Noir which is just black on a pencil brush on the outer lid and into the crease just slightly.
MAC Reflects Pearl on the inner part of the lid and Copper glitter on the center of the lid.
MUG After Glow pigment on the lower lashline and inner corner applied with a wet brush
Red Cherry Lashes in 747s
ABH Dip Brow in Medium Brown
Maybelline Fit Me Foundation and Concealer
MUG Blush in Bliss
ABH Contour Kit
Laura Mercier baked highlight in 01
BH Cosmetics Naked Peach lipstick
** My earrings are from Bauble Bar and they are on sale right now until the end of the year along with several others.
This week my stand out product is my beloved 213 lashes from Red Cherry. I've been using them forever and if you're wondering why they are my pick this week, it's because I've tried to find other styles that I love and I can't. I've so far tried 6 different styles and 2 brands. I have another style on the way and a different brand as well. I always come back to these though because they fitt eye shapes perfectly I don't have to trim them. They are super light to where I don't even notice that they're on. Last but not least they are super natural looking only better. I often get asked if its my real lashes and I have to tell people "unfortunately no". They aren't expensive either you can get 3 pairs on Amazon for around $7. My latest makeup look shows them from the side and you can see just how natural they do look.
Have a great week!
So it's the end of the year and one of the best parts is the Sephora end of year sale. They always have a "sale" section but toward Christmas and after it some of their sets go on sale as well as an extra 20% off. The code is "extra20" and it applies to everything under the sale section. So I went through and picked some of the items that I thought were worth getting. Keep a look out for a haul coming up from this sale and gift card purchases. Speaking of gift cards, this would be a good time to use them unless you've settled on something else.
I don't know about you all but I'm ready for all the holiday buzz to be over. I'm exhausted and ready to get 2015 underway. This look is very orange-y.
MUG shadows in Peach Smoothie, Chickadee, Bitten
MAC Pigments in Rose Gold and Heritage Rouge
ABH dip brow
Red Cherry Lashes in 213
Diorskin Star Foundation
ABH Contour kit
MUG blush in Spell Bound
Bite Beauty in Centifolia
First off, excuse my hair. I had just got out of the shower.
This is going to be my whole powder contouring routine. This is typically what I do everyday. The pictures above show just foundation, then just bronzer, then contour, and then the finished product. This is my entire face including my nose as far as contouring.
The products I'm using is a contour brush, a powder brush, MAC Careblend Pressed Powder in Dark, and Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit.
I definately think you need two brushes if at all possible, that is if you want a more dramatic contour. If you just want something light then one brush and maybe even just bronzer will work for you. I,however, like to really make my cheeks prominent.
This contour brush ( the smaller domed brush) is from Sephora. You can use one from any brand. Same goes for the powder brush all thought I do recommend that the powder brush be tapered. I just helps keep the product from going everywhere.
What you're going to want to do first is powder the areas you're going to contour with a face powder use whatever you want as long as it isn't a highlighter. This keeps the product from getting blotchy. After that take the bigger powder brush about and you're bronzer and dust it along the areas you want to lay your contour down except the nose. It doesn't have to be super noticeable or it can look quite tan it's your call. Just make sure that the bronzer you use isn't as dark as your contour. It needs to be about 2 shades lighter. This step is optional though. I like doing it so I don't have to blend as much and it looks more natural, you can do whatever you want though.
In these pictures I'm actually contouring. I already have my base down meaning my bronzer. It's a lighter shade then my contour so I put it on the areas I'm contouring, excluding the nose, just to act as a base so that our contour doesn't look so harsh. I like doing this because you don't have to blend as much when you've done this. It almost acts as a transition color just like the transition color you would use in eye makeup.
I'm using the first two colors from the contour kit just mixing them. Sometimes I use all three, sometimes I just use one. I use the middle one because it has an ashy base so I include it so I have more of a shadow under the cheekbone.
I start toward the top of the ear and don't go past the tail of my eyebrow. Going in too far will more than likely result in a muddy look, or on me it does. I go diagonally toward the corner of my lip. Not actually reaching the corner but just goin in that direction. If your cheekbones are a little higher I've seen people that can go toward the corner of their nose instead of their mouth.
We're using a domed brush so that the color is placed in a smaller area. As opposed to a powder brush that would go much farther down. I find that when it's too far down it takes away from the contouring look which is to slim the face and instead just looks like a tan.
Lastly, I contour my nose. I use a eye shadow blending brush to do this. It works best I think because I only like my contour in a small area and then I highlight around it. I take mine about 3/4 the way to the top of the nose. I only contour the parts that I actually want slimmer. Everyone has a different nose shape and there is no correct way or incorrect way for contouring it. You just have to take your time and see what you like. I contour the tip or bulb of the nose because I want it to be thinner than what it is. So I bring the contour down onto the nostrils as well. Which is another reason why I like using an eyeshadow brush. I contour the very tip in the center because if I don't it tends to make my nose look alot longer which I don't want.
This is a lot of information and steps you can take away or add to it to fit your needs as always. If you're looking for brushes there is a link to Coastal Scents on the side bar or at the bottom of the page. They have lots of brushes for good prices if you are on a budget or if you just want to give it a try and not waste money if you don't like it.
This was yesterday's look for Chrismas Eve. It's not typical Christmas I know but I just wanted to be colorful. We were already wearing tacky Christmas sweaters so I didn't feel like blue eye makeup would be out of place that much.
ABH: Mermaid, Dragonfly, and Violet
MAC Reflects Teal
ABH dip brow
Red Cherry Lashes in 213
Diorskin Star foundation
ABH Contour kit
MUG Romance blush
Colour pop Cosmetics Brink Lip Pencil
Smashbox lipgloss in Pout
Christmas is nearly here and I'm so excited. So I'm getting ready to make a gingerbread house with my 6 yr old niece at my moms.
ABH Red Earth, Smoke, Deep Plum
MAC Reflects Teal in the center of the lid
Red Cherry Lashes in 213 (my faves)
ABH dip brow
Laura Mercer Oil Free Foundation
MUG blush in Bliss
ABH contour kit
Colour Pop Cosmetics lip pencil in Pitch
This week my stand out product is Peter Thomas Roth Firmx Peeling Gel. This has saved my tail lately. I was really having some texture issues. Be it from clogged pores, dryness, blemishes whatever. No matter what I tried masks, or exfoliating nothing helped. So I busted this out and it done the trick. After you wash your face and it's DRY you rub the gel in circles. As you rub it tolls dead skin off your face and acts as an exfoliate. I know that sounds nasty but it really works. I use this only when Im noticing a texture problem or rough patches. Also when I used it a lot of dead skin came off but when. I tried to use it again in a festival days not a lot came off a cause it was already really smooth and soft. So definitely try that out if you want smoother skin or softer skin.
Have a great week!
I'm from Tennessee. I'm a makeup and skincare lover. I have always enjoyed creating looks but I love to help people with product knowledge and application even more. I've been able to do these things because God has seen fit to bless me with the opportunity.