Friday, January 30, 2015

Top 5 Beauty Products | January 2015

January was a month of minimal makeup for me. I'm not sure why, but I just wasn't into putting lots of face products and eyeshadow on my eyes like I normally do. Here's the products that went into my everyday makeup look!

1. Mary Kay Foundation Primer: This stuff makes my skin feel so smooth! And it fills in the awful amount of pores I have around my nose and on my cheeks. Since I've been keeping my makeup light, I like to make sure that my base products are effective in smoothing my skin and controlling oil, so if you are looking for those features, check out this primer!

2. Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation: If you saw my review for this foundation a couple weeks ago, you know that I really like it! It has a very natural finish, and it provides medium coverage. And I have a huge appreciation for foundations that come in squeeze tubes because they make it so easy to control how much product you get out. This foundation is perfect for a polished, yet wearable look.

3. Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil: I have a lot of brow products, and this is definitely the most convenient! It has a nice brow pencil on one side, and a spoolie on the other side. It also claims to be a shade that is universal for all hair colors. I haven't tested that claim, but if you have light brown-black hair, this is definitely worth a try.

4. Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Oil Slick: I know I said I haven't been wearing much eyeshadow, but I've been loving using this to smudge out eyeliner. It adds a unique touch to the basic black eyeliner look that I've been doing daily!

5. Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar Plum: I feel like I'm the only one sill talking about this product! I should have included it in my Top 5 Winter Lipsticks post because this is a great shade for people who want a berry wash of color without committing to something bold like a matte purple lip.

Here are swatches of the Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar Plum (left) and Urban Decay Oil Slick Eyeshadow (right).

What products have you been loving this month? And I've been on a foundation kick, so let me know what your favorite foundations are too!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Hi-Lighting Blush Review

I was pretty close to placing an order at Sephora's website for some of the highlighting products people have been raving about lately, but I figured I should see what the drugstore has to offer first! The first drugstore highlighter I've been trying is the Maybelline Master Hi-Light Hi-Lighting Blush which can be found at most drugstores for around $8.

This product comes in 6 different shades (4 highlighting blushes and 2 highlighting bronzers). Here I have the shade Mauve 40.

This product comes in a round compact with a mirror and a small brush underneath the top layer. The pan has a gorgeous mosaic pattern of gold, mauve, and pinks that all have a shimmery finish. I almost didn't even want to use the product and mess up the pretty pattern!

When I use the product, I swill my brush inside, mixing all of the colors together. This creates a gorgeous golden-mauve shade which looks really natural on my face. This shimmer is noticeable, but it isn't chunky and glittery. It is finely milled enough to give a nice sheen without looking too crazy.

Here's a heavy swatch and a blended swatch on my skin:

My favorite way to apply this product is on my cheek bones, down the center of my nose, and on my cupid's bow to give my skin a healthy glow. On my skin this lasts the whole day. I don't notice any transferring or fading. The texture is smooth, and it doesn't feel any different from any of the other powders I use on my face.

I see where Maybelline was going with the "Hi-lighting Blush" name, but I think this is way too shimmery to even fit in the blush category! I think they could have just named this a highlighter. But I really like this product! It is a gorgeous highlight on my skin, and they have more shades, so everyone can find their perfect shade. I can't find anything wrong with this product. I can definitely see myself trying out more shades in this range- maybe Light Bronze, and Pink Rose! I'm using this product in an upcoming tutorial, so stay tuned to see it on my face!

What is your favorite drugstore highlighter?

Monday, January 26, 2015

Top 5 Winter Lipsticks 2015

I'm just going to ignore the fact that it was 65 degrees F all last week where I live, and share my favorite Winter Lipsticks with all of you! These have been my most used this season.

Top 5 Winter Lipsticks 2015

Top 5 Winter Lipsticks 2015

Top 5 Winter Lipsticks 2015

1. NYX Matte Lipstick in Alabama: Matte lipsticks have been so popular lately, and this is a great one! It is a gorgeous warm red shade that doesn't feel too drying and lasts pretty long on my lips. Definitely check out the NYX Matte Lipstick line if you are into matte lipsticks because they have lots of great colors.

2. Wet n Wild Lipstick in Cherry Bomb: This is my most worn of all of these. The deep burgundy-red shade is perfect for this time of year, and it isn't too dark or too light. It's a nice color if you are just getting into dark lipsticks because it's wearable and pretty comfortable to wear with its satin finish.

3. Paula Dorf Lip Color in Legend: I've said this before, but this is the perfect holiday red. As soon as I look at it I think of Christmas because it is bright and cool-toned. This extremely comfortable lipstick is a must-try if you are looking for the perfect Snow White lip color!

4. Wet n Wild Lipstick in Vamp it Up: I had to include a deep, vampy shade among the rest of these lipsticks! Winter is the time that I pull out all of my vampy lipsticks to wear. Many of you know that purple is my favorite lipstick shade, and this is the deepest one I own! It can look very bold and intimidating, but the shade is gorgeous on the lips!

5. Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick in Mystic Plum:  It's interesting that this shade made my Top 5 this year, because it was in my Top 5 last winter as well! That should show you how much I love it! This is a gorgeous, deep berry lipstick, and I feel like it's the most wearable out of all of these because of it's color and shine.

From left to right: NYX Alabama, Wet n Wild Cherry Bomb, Paula Dorf Legend, Wet n Wild, Vamp it Up, and Mary Kay Mystic Plum.

Top 5 Winter Lipsticks 2015 Swatches

What lipsticks have you been loving this season?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Mary Kay Translucent Powder Review

I am a huge fan of translucent powders! Something about their finely-milled texture and weightless feel have made me gravitate towards them whenever I want to set liquid foundation. I've been raving about the Tarte Smooth Operator Foundation for years, but its $32 dollar price tag made me want to find a cheaper alternative. The Mary Kay Translucent Powder is a loose setting powder that costs $16 and is available on and through Mary Kay Consultants. Is it a nice alternative to the Tarte powder? Keep reading to find out!

Mary Kay did a nice job on the packaging. The product is housed in a plastic container which is similar to most other loose powders, but I really like that the sifter can be opened and closed. This makes it so easy not to make a mess with this product which is usually why a lot of people steer clear of loose powders. 

Mary Kay Translucent Powder Review

Mary Kay Translucent Powder Review

Mary Kay Translucent Powder Review

The texture of this powder is great! It feels just as finely-milled as other translucent powders I've tried. On my skin it feels silky smooth, but not quite as smooth as the Tarte powder.

This doesn't leave a white cast on my dark skin, as long as I use a fluffy brush. I also notice that it blurs some of my skin's imperfections- almost like putting on an instagram filter in real life!

Mary Kay Translucent Powder Review

The main reason I like using translucent powders is for oil control, and this one does a nice job at keeping my skin from looking like an oil slick! It can extend the wear on my foundations for hours, and I don't have to constantly blot my face. But the staying power on my Tarte powder is amazing. At the end of the day I'm in disbelief at how matte my skin still looks.

Overall, this is a great powder, and the lower price tag will likely make me repurchase it in the future. The packaging, texture, and finish are all nice, and it does a good job at oil control. I will probably  continue to use Tarte Smooth Operator because of it's amazing oil control, but I'll probably only use it on special occasions. The Mary Kay powder is definitely a good cheap alternative, and I recommend trying it if you're in the market for a translucent powder!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Acidberry Makeup Tutorial

Sugarpill's eyeshadow in Acidberry was my inspiration for today's tutorial. It is a gorgeous, vivid green, and it adds boldness to any eyeshadow look that I do. Keep reading for a tutorial on this look!

Acid Berry Makeup Tutorial

This may look complex, but it can be achieved in a few simple steps!

Step 1:  Apply an eyeshadow primer to the eyelids, and place a piece of tape at the edge of the eye. This will create a sharp edge when the look is completed.

Acid Berry Makeup Tutorial Step 1

Step 2: Apply a bright lime green eyeshadow to the inner 3/4 of the eyelid.

Acid Berry Makeup Tutorial Step 2

Step 3: Apply a bright blue shade to the outer half of the eyelid, making sure to pat the shade over the tape.

Acid Berry Makeup Tutorial Step 3

Step 4: Add a neutral brown eyeshadow to the crease to blend out the two eyeshadows previously used. Make sure to start out with a small amount, and then slowly build the color until you are satisfied.

Acid Berry Makeup Tutorial Step 4

Step 5: Place a black eyeshadow on the very outer corner of the eye, making sure to cover the edge where the tape is placed. Then take a cream colored eyeshadow and place it on the inner corner and on the brow bone.

Acid Berry Makeup Tutorial Step 5

Step 6: Apply black eyeliner while the tape is still on your eye to create a wing. Then remove the tape carefully, and apply black eyeliner to the waterline too.

Acid Berry Makeup Tutorial Step 6

Step 7: Finish off the look with mascara!

Here's the completed look:

Acid Berry Makeup Tutorial Finished Look

Acid Berry Makeup Tutorial Products Used

Products Used: 
-Billion Dollar Brows Brow Duo Pencil
-Sugarpill Eyeshadows in Acidberry and Velocity
-Inglot Eyeshadows in Matte 328 and 61 AMC
-Paula Dorf Aztec Palette Eyeshadows (cream and brown shades)
-Maybelline Black Gel Liner
-MUFE Smoky Extravagant Mascara
-Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation in 315 Tawny
-LA Girl Pro Conceal in Fawn
-Mary Kay Bronzing Powder in Bronze Diva
-Paula Dorf Cheek Color in Passion
-Mary Kay Lip Liner in Cappuccino
-Wet n Wild Lipstick in Vamp it Up

I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial! Let me know if you decide to try it out!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation Review

After my slight disappointment with the foundation in my last review, I went back to the drugstore to see if I could find something that suits my skin better. I decided to try the Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Fresh Complexion Oil Free Foundation. I have the shade 315 Tawny, and I purchased it for about $7 at Walmart.

Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation

I'm so happy that this foundation comes in a squeeze-tube package! It's so much easier to use than the glass bottles (without a pump) that most drugstore brands come out with.

This foundation comes in 12 different shades, but I feel like the range could use a couple more light shades and a couple more dark shades. The shade I have is the second-to-darkest shade, so if you're darker than me there's still hope! I also found the shade to be pretty neutral (not too cool, not to warm), which I really like.

Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation Front

Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation Back

After applying this on my skin, the finish is very natural. It isn't a really matte foundation like the new Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation. I think the finish of this foundation makes it perfect for everyday, and it doesn't look like I'm wearing lots of makeup when I wear it.

The Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation claims to be a medium coverage foundation, and I completely agree. I find that it covers most of my problem areas upon applying one layer, but I can build it up in spots where I need a little more coverage without getting a cakey look.

Now on to the most important part: lasting power! This foundation claims to "last all day" and though I can't 100% agree with this statement, I can say it comes close to lasting all day on my oily skin, which I'm impressed with. Normally, I consider a foundation that lasts 4-5 hours on my skin with primer and powder "decent," and this one stayed on for 7+ hours before I started looking like an oil slick!!!! I was shocked! I imagine this would last even longer if you have more normal to combination skin.

So overall, I enjoy this foundation, and I think I'll repurchase it when I run out. It performs a lot better than other drugstore foundations I've tried. The price is fair, the packaging is nice, and the lasting power finish are both so nice! The only think I can really find wrong with this foundation is the shade range, but I feel like I say that about every drugstore foundation. If you have oily skin and are looking for a drugstore foundation for daily wear, this one might be worth a try! I plan on trying the Covergirl 3 in 1 Foundation next, so stay tuned for that review soon!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Too Cool Makeup Look

This is the last look in my Maybelline Color Tattoo Series, since I've already done looks for all of the permanent collection Color Tattoos that I own. I may add to this in the future by featuring the leather Color Tattoos or any of the limited edition shades that Maybelline periodically releases throughout the year, but today, I want to feature one of my favorite shades: Too Cool. It is a shimmery white base that really makes any eyeshadow shade pop. This look is like a toned down version of my Christmas 2014 Eye Makeup Look.

Along with the Too Cool Color Tattoo, I've used gorgeous Inglot Eyeshadows in this look.

To achieve this look I started out with Too Cool as a base for the rest of the shadows. And I added the Kleancolor Smokin Cream Eyeshadow in the purple shade to the outer corner of my eyes and to my lower lash line. Then I used a cream colored eyeshadow underneath my brow, and on the inner half of my eyelid. I placed a shimmery light purple on the outer half of my eye. And I added a matte dark purple to the outer corner and blended it into the crease. To deepen the look I added a navy, almost-black shade to the outer corner as well. And finally, I blended a warm brown into my crease to warm up these cool shadows.

On the lower lash line I applied the light purple over the base that I applied earlier and I added the dark purple shadow to the outer half. Next black gel waterline was applied to the waterline and the upper lash line and I finished the look with mascara.

Products Used for Eyes:
-Maybelline Color Tattoo in Too Cool
-Kleancolor Smokin Cream Eyeshadow in Purple
-Inglot Eyeshadows in Matte 328 (cream), 14 Shine (light purple), Matte 325 (deep purple), and 61 AMC (navy)
-Mary Kay Bronzing Powder in Bronze Diva
-Maybelline Gel Eyeliner 
-Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara

Face and Lips:
-Mary Kay Foundation Primer
-Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation in Toffee Caramel
-Tarte Smooth Operator Loose Powder
-Evian Facial Spray
-Mary Kay Bronze Diva Bronzing Powder
-Paula Dorf Passion Cheek Color
-Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

6 Cold Weather Essentials

The weather in the south has been strangely cold lately! The low here in Atlanta was 12 degrees F last week... that's not really normal, but with this freezing weather I've really been reaching for all of these products!

1. Evian Facial Spray: I just reviewed this product, and in the review I mentioned how much I like using this before and after makeup application because it really reduces any dry patches on my skin that might cling to foundation and powders! My skin's still pretty oily, but I get dry patches around my nose. I definitely have to use powders to set my makeup, but this spray improves the overall look of my skin. I've been using it almost every day!

2. BBW Warm Vanilla Sugar Body Spray: This scent is one of my favorites from Bath and Body Works, and I'm the type of person that likes to change fragrances with the seasons. I love how this isn't too strong and just gives me a subtle vanilla scent. The semi-annual sale should still be going on, so you might be able to get this for a really cheap price!

3. NYX Simply Vamp Lip Color in She Devil: When my skin lightens up in the winter, I love wearing dark bold lips. This shade is a gorgeous deep, purple. It looks so nice with really subtly makeup. I'll have a makeup look coming up soon using this product, so keep an eye out for that.

4. Mary Kay Satin Lips Lip Scrub: Dry, chapped lips can be so painful, and I especially have issues with my lips during this time of year. I really like this lip scrub because it isn't super abrasive which can make my already chapped lips worse. I've been using this a few times a week to gently remove the dead skin.

5. Mary Kay Vanilla Lip Balm: This might sound a little dramatic but this lip balm has changed my life. Using this at night after doing the lip scrub allows me to wake up with extremely soft lips! I haven't touched any of my other lip balms (Maybelline Baby Lips, Carmex, Vasaline, Softlips, EOS, Chapstick) since I got this, so that really shows how much better this one works for me! This particular scent is limited edition, but the regular, unscented version is permanent.

6. Benefit Watt's Up Highlighter: I've talked about this highlighter so many times before, but I have to again because it's my most used for the winter. I apply this after foundation on my cheek bones, and it makes my skin look glowy without looking too intense. And it blends out easily, since it's a creamy product.

Below is a swatch of the higlighter along with the lip crayon:

What products do you like to use in the winter? Have you tried any of these?

Monday, January 12, 2015

Versatile Blogger Award!

Thank you so much to Jenan over at for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. I think I've done a tag like this in the past (or maybe it was the liebster award), but I haven't done a personal post in a while so I thought it would be fun!

The Rules: write 7 things about yourself, and then pick 15 blogs that you've recently discovered or consistently follow and nominate them for the award.

1. I love to sleep! And this is kind of a problem since I have morning classes. My love for sleeping has kind of caused me to have a love for coffee and energy drinks too.

2. Reality TV is my guilty pleasure. And it's only a guilty pleasure because for some reason people think that reality shows are dumb or make you dumber. I think you can learn a lot of valuable information from Real World, Love and Hip Hop, and Keeping Up With the Kardashians! Ok, all jokes aside, for some reason I much rather watch stories about real people than fictional stories (even though most reality shows are probably scripted).

3. I'm a food fanatic, and I honestly think I would have a food blog if I didn't love beauty blogging so much! Cooking and baking are some of my favorite activities, and I often fantasize about food at night when I'm trying to sleep.

4. I love writing, which seems pretty obvious because of my blog, but I also write a lot outside of my blog. I like journaling, and I try to write something every single day.

5. If I see sour candy in a store it takes everything in my power not to buy it! I have less self control when buying candy than I do with buying makeup,

6. I want to have a career in the digital media production field when I'm finished with school because it combines my love for technology, writing, and creating things.

7. I'm a huge dog lover. I have a Rottweiler named Pearl (after a pokemon game), and on Christmas I got a Jack Russel Terrier puppy and her name is Khloe (yes after Khloe Kardasian...)

Here are the blogs that I nominate (I apologize if you've already been nominated before or if you did this tag and nominated me for it previously):

I hope you guys do this tag, be even if you don't you can just list some things about yourself in the comments! I love to learn more about you all :)

Friday, January 9, 2015

Ebay Professional Makeup Brush Set Review

I've heard a lot of people talking about makeup brush dupes for popular brush brands on ebay, but I've just now gotten around to trying some. I'm really kicking myself for waiting so long to try some of these because I'm shocked by the quality! I got this set of 10 Professional Makeup Brushes for $13.90

The first 5 brushes in the set are larger face brushes. They look really similar to a certain makeup brush brand. But, I won't name names, since I don't have that brands brushes to compare to these.

There is a rounded fluffy brush, an rounded brush, a flat angled brush, a flat topped brush, and a tapered brush. Each of these brushes are extremely soft and very dense. I have tried these for foundation, concealer, powder, and cream blushes and each brush does an excellent job of blending all of those products!

Also, the handles feel very comfortable and sturdy. I've washed all of these and I didn't have any major issues with shedding or loosening of the handle.

The next 5 brushes are smaller versions of the face brushes above. They are more suitable for smaller areas like the eyes, and they work nicely for blending cream and powder eyeshadows and concealer. I had no issues washing these brushes either, and the handles are very sturdy. These brush hairs are also very soft!

I am so impressed with the quality of all of these brushes! I highly recommend checking out the no-name ebay brush sets because you'll definitely save some money!

Have you tried any no-name brush sets from ebay?