Covergirl has some great news. They're now Cruelty Free! Leaping bunny certified and everything! So I thought that I'd share this news with an overview of the products that I really love. Here lately they've came out with some down right high end quality products. So let's get into it.
This post is long overdue. I feel like I have enough products from this brand to give you a well rounded review. Before we go any farther though, I am an affiliate with Mellow Cosmetics. So I do have a coupon code: "Erin" which I will earn commission off of if you use it. This post isn't sponsored though, I was never asked to make a blog post or anything for them. With that out of the way let's get started. I've basically just cherry picked a few of my favorites because we'd be here all day if I discussed each and every product they had.
The sale is over, Christmas is coming up. It's absolute chaos with all the dang sales we're seeing. This year has beat anything I've ever seen Black Friday wise and Holiday sales. I'm not complaining but I gotta pump the breaks. So lets talk about what I did actually pick up for the Friends and Family sale.
I've got to play with most of it so I can actually give you my thoughts on a little of it too.
I feel like I don't get to discuss makeup with you as much as I'd like to. I'm definitely more invested and passionate about skincare than I am makeup the older I get. Which I never thought I would feel that way but I truly do love my skin and I try to show it love lol. Anyway, I love makeup too and through the past few months I've got to try a lot of makeup that's both new and some that I just discovered for myself. From high end to drugstore we're gonna talk about all the products I've been using the most here lately.
It's November and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Which means there's going to be functions, dinners and get together's for you to go to. I put together 9 looks that I would wear to any one of those. Some have glitter, some are more colorful, others are simple and natural. It's all in what you're comfortable with.
So instead of telling you how to do each one and what I used I'm just going to give you good option for Thanksgiving/fall inspired looks. All these looks are on my Instagram page with details of products used. (@lovemascara)
So here's some tips:
Neutral liquid lipstick. If this comes off it won't be as noticeable as a dark color or a bright color. So think Lolita from Kat Von D, Lovely or Pure Hollywood from ABH.
For dark lips or if you don't like liquid lipstick, use lip liners and fill in your entire lip with them. They last longer than a lipstick and certainly last longer than gloss. I love Colour Pop Cosmetics lip pencils. They have a ton of colors and they're $5. They are also a bit drier so they really stay on for a long time.
Colors I love:
For berry lips I really like Dose of Colors Berry Me. It's dupe is Rebel from LA Girl Cosmetics. I think Dose of Colors will look better throughout the day and fade prettier.
For a neutral eye and a pop on the lips I recommend Ofra Cosmetics Miami Fever. It's like a pumpkin color. Like a burnt brown orange.
For eyes that pop, try using a pigment. They're easier than you think. Buff in a crease color and then lay down a pigment either with your finger or a flat stiff brush. It makes your eye makeup look so much more complicated than it is.
Some pigments I recommend are:
MUG Vegas Lights
MAC Rose Gold
MAC Heritage Rouge
Also try applying a foiled shadow or a duo chrome shadow to the lid with your finger. I like In The Spotlight foiled shadow, Amber Rush from Loreal, or Mai Tai duo chrome from MUG.
Also don't be afraid to try glitter. Using a glitter glue and your finger to apply it with. Tap a small amount out into the lid and go slowly so that you don't pack on too much glitter. I love Violet Voss glitters like Rosalind and Copperella, and I also love Beauty Bar Baby glitter stacks that are sample stacks where you can try a bunch of glitters for a fraction of the price. I use Fantasy and Send Me and Angel glitter from them the most.
Lashes are the final touch. If nothing else I will put on Lolita lipstick and a great pair of lashes and some Benefit Gimme Brow and call it a day. I LOVE House of Lashes "Siren" and also Violet Voss "Vamptress". Of course my tried and true are still the Bianca lashes from Lena Lashes but mink lashes can get on my nerves after a few hours so I tend to go for lashes that are lighter and fit better on my lash line if I'm gonna wear them all day.
This is my final installment in Festive Looks for Halloween. This one is looks that incorporate black. This look above is a black and green halo eye.
This next look is a very dramatic harsh look.
The last look below, is a more glamorous look and my favorite.
Next installment in my wearable Halloween looks is Purple and Green. So first up is a perfect Halloween look in my opinion. The above picture is just using the Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix palette mainly. I used a black base to make it super dark purple I added a white base under the green part. I also added a touch of orange to blend above the purple which doesn't look orange at all it just makes the purple pop a little more cause they are complementary colors on the color wheel. It's a dramatic eye so I made it straight and harsh with a winged liner and cleaned up around it. I used Iconic lashes from House of Lashes. Lip gloss is Dainty from ABH.
Next is an even more wearable purple look. The top lid is more neutral you could use what ever you wanted like gold or copper, peach, or even brown the bottom lash line is the pop of color so I used MUG Wisteria and duo chrome in Black Light over top to make it "glow". Lashes are House of Lashes "Boudoir" . Lip are again Dainty from ABH but Vintage would be good too. I like mauve lips to make it more wearable.
This last look is a wearable green look. I'm using MUG shadows in Cocoa Bear, Creme Brulee, and Mocha in the crease to make it very warm. Then I used Typhoon duo-chrome. Which is a golden green, on the entire lid and lash line. Boudoir lashes from House of Lashes. Lips are ABH Pure Hollywood lipstick and Gilded gloss.
You can obviously go more extreme or brighter with any of these looks. I know that some people aren't comfortable with that and I want you to feel good and confident in your makeup so I wanted to add some really wearable looks. The next and last installment is going to be BLACK.
It's Halloween season and you don't want, or can't dress up for work or what have you but you still want to be festive. It's the perfect time to play with colors and get out of your comfort zone with makeup. So I'm doing a series of Halloween appropriate wearable makeup by color. This one being Orange, obviously.
The look above it s a brown smokey eye with an Orange foiled look. I used the Morphe 35 Smokey palette for this. I'm not sure if that's still what it's called but it's a very colorful palette that has a range of mattes and shimmers of all colors. So I use mainly browns and then put shimmery or foiled browns over top of that on the outer half, then I used a foiled copper color and then a foiled orange. You can go straight into foiled orange though. Mine is really smokey your don't have to make yours as smokey if you don't want but I do recommend using the orange on the lower lash line because it's very pretty. I used House of Lashes Iconic lashes. Then I went with a burgundy lip which is ABH liquid lipstick in Vamp.
This look is really really dramatic. It's for my girls that have a steady hand and more time. It's a cut you like a knife crease, harsh winged liner and glitter.
For the crease I used:
MUG: Corrupt, Mocha, and Poppy (Mocha first to trace out the wing in the crease, Poppy to blend and use above the line you just drew, corrupt to go back in and darken that wing from where it's been blended slightly.)
On the lid:
MUG Hologram duochrome pigment with a wet flat stiff straight line brush and placed all the way to the end of the crease wing
Violet Voss glitter in Rosalind
Immortal Gel Liner from MUG but any black gel liner will work and I bring it up and connect it to that crease wing.
Lilly Lashes in Mykonos
Poppy used first and the Corrupt over top
Colour Pop: Pacific
This last look is really glamorous and pretty but still festive.
ABH shadows in Violet, China Rose, Bengal, and Fresh Peach. (Violet is on the inner and outer corners of the lid. China Rose in the center for a halo eye. Bengal and Fresh Peach in the crease)
Beauty Bar Baby Glitter: Fantasy gllitter (gorgeous)
Lilly Lashes in Mykonos
ABH Lovely liquid lipstick and Vintage gloss.
I'm from Tennessee and I'm a fan of the Tennessee Volunteers in the SEC. So this past Saturday was our first home game and a good one. We unfortunately lost in over time but I'm proud none the less. So as you can see I get pretty decked out for game day. Tennessee everything from shoes, to jewelry, hair bows and jerseys. Since we're the Big Orange my eyeshadow was a bronzey orange. Which also turns out to be a really pretty fall look in general. This braid is one that I learned from Sam Villa videos. Very easy.
On the eyes I'm wearing:
Hair Bow and earrings are from Etsy.
This is going to be a step by step of how I do my "halo" eye looks. Also, I incorporated gold into the look because gold is the color for Children's Cancer Awareness and September is Children's Cancer Awareness Month. This hits home for me, I had a member of my family beat liver cancer at the age of 2, I believe. So to show my support in a makeup type way, I thought I'd sport a gold look. I will also say that this was brought to my attention and inspired by Manny MUA. His video for it is right here. If you want to learn more about Children's Cancer Awareness then check out Cancer Free Kids for ways that you can help raise awareness.
To start out my "halo" I lay down my primer, and then apply a shade of eye shadow that is closest to my skin tone so that my colors go on and blend smoother. I then put Peach Smoothie from Makeup Geek in the crease as a peach transition color. It's very pale you can barely see it. It just warms it up the crease.
Next I use a pencil brush to apply a cranberry color. This one is Bitten from Makeup Geek. I apply it on the lid first from lashes then up slightly in the crease. Then I apply it on the inner corner of the lid. Trying my best to leave the middle open.
Then I take a large blending brush and blend over everything. From there, I take a darker shade, which was Deep Plum by ABH, and apply that the same way with the pencil brush. I stay closer to the lash line and don't bring it up as far as that first color.
Next, I apply my middle or bright shade with my finger. I do this no matter what color it is. I don't know why I just feel like with halo looks using your finger to apply your middle shade is the best way. I used In the Spotlight from Makeup Geek first and then I put Tan pigment from MAC over top with a brush.
From here I blend again. Which is key with these looks, you have to constantly blend. Then I touch up the corners again so that I don't lose the intensity of the darker colors. I usually go back and add more to the center and to the corners several times until I'm satisfied.
Lastly I take a denser, smaller, blending brush and that cranberry shade again and work it into the crease. I want it to be a softer color and not so intense in the crease unlike the lid where I want the most pigment to be.
Then I just apply the red shade on the entire lower lash line with a pencil brush or any other small brush would do. I add lashes, I don't do liner but you can if you want. I feel like liner is for more dramatic and structured looks and this one is a little more messy and blown out. So I would just put on a pair of fluffy lashes and be done with it. These lashes are Lilly Lashes in Mykonos. Any lash will do though.
The lips are Colour Pop Cosmetics "Avenue" if you're wondering.
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.