Holiday Glam feat. the Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette

I feel like almost everybody has been raving about the latest product launches from Tarte cosmetics, especially the Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay eyeshadow palette. This palette consists of 16 creamy, pigmented matte shades (square pans) and 4 duo-chrome/ metallic shades (circular pans).

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I am so in love with this palette and really enjoy the colors and formula of the matte and shimmer shades. I have never tried out any eyeshadow palettes from Tarte before, but after trying this palette I am a big fan!

The Holiday Glam look that I created today is meant to be very simple and not too over the top. I used the shades “Innocent” and “Bold” as my transition shades and then deepened up the crease using the shades “Smoked”, “Mod”, and “Drama”. Then, for the star of this look, I applied the shade “Trendy” all over the lid using my finger. This shade is that famous Mac Blue Brown pigment kind of shade and it looks absolutely gorgeous. I used a little bit of the black shade “Punk” on the outter corner. For the bottom lashline, I smoked it out using the shades “Mod” and “Drama”.

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To complete this Holiday Glam makeup look, I used:

Eyes

  • Eyeko Skinny liquid eyeliner pen to create a winged liner
  • One coat of Jordana Best Lash mascara on my top and bottom lashes
  • Kiss false lashes in the style Shy
  • Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon eyeliner on my waterline

Face

  • Milani Conceal + Perfect foundation in medium beige
  • L.A. Girl Pro Concealer in creamy beige
  • Set my concealer using the RCMA No Color powder
  • Contoured using the Anastasia Beverly Hills light contour kit
  • Bronzed using MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Give Me Sun
  • For blush I used the Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Exposed
  • Used Becca + Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop to highlight

Brows & Lips

  • Filled in my brows using Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in medium brown
  • For lips, I used the NYX lipstick in shade Cocoa and applied Maybelline Shine Shot gloss overtop
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200 Followers!?!? HUGE Thank You!!

Guys I just reached 200 followers on my blog!!!!! I just wanted to jump on here and give a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone and anyone who has followed/like/commented on my blog! 200 is not a huge number for most people, but I have only been blogging for a short period of time and it is a big number to me! It means so much to me that y’all like my blog and the content that I post and I will continue to consistently post about makeup and anything in the beauty world because I love it and am so passionate about it! This is so exciting for me and again, thank you so so much!

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Product Review: Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer

 

I have heard nothing but good things about this foundation, so I really wanted to try it out for myself! Keep reading to see my initial first thoughts when applying the foundation, as well as my final review.

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This foundation claims to…

  • $27 for 1 fluid ounce of product (standard amount).
  • Moisturizing, lightweight formula that is suited for ALL skin types.
  • Will not oxidize.
  • Will not clog pores.
  • All-day wear that lasts through sweat and humidity.
  • Very pigmented and might appear darker when first applied, but will adjust to skin tone when blended it.
  • Full/ moderate to full coverage with a natural- matte finish.
  • Comes in 20 different shades ranging from cool to neutral to warm undertones.

I have the shade Creamwhip and I dabbed the product onto my skin using my finger because I did not want to use the applicator straight on my skin for sanitary purposes. I blended it out with a Real Techniques beauty sponge (this is how I have been blending out my foundations lately) and it blended out beautifully. The first time I used the foundation, I definitely underestimated the coverage and applied a little too much, but the sponge soaked up any extra product and gave a beautiful finish. The second time I applied the foundation, I used way less and it looked even better. I 100% agree with the claim of it being full coverage and having a natural matte finish. When I read that this was a moisturizing formula, I was a little concerned because I do have oily skin. However, I did not have any issues with my skin being super greasy and having to blot/powder throughout the day. In fact, I feel like this foundation does a great job of controlling my oily skin and staying put. No, it does not keep me looking really matte, but the slight shine was nothing that bothered me. This being said, I definitely agree with the claim that this is suited for all skin types. It is matte enough for oilier skin types, yet moisturizing enough for dryer skin. It gives moderate to full coverage, but does not look cakey at all and makes your skin look really healthy.

The only thing that I do not like about this foundation is not with the formula or anything, but with the shades. I was matched at the Clinique counter and the shade Creamwhip is a PERFECT match for me and stays true to color. The only thing that confuses me is that Creamwhip is considered to be a “fair” shade in the range. I have olive toned skin and am not fair by any means, so I feel like if you have very fair skin, the lighter shades might not be light enough. This is nothing huge, it just makes it difficult to find your shade if you were to purchase this online. If I had not have gone to a counter to get color matched, I probably would have gotten a shade that was way too dark for me.

Overall, I am OBSESSED with this foundation (it might even beat my #1 Too Faced Born This Way)! It has great coverage (and I actually do not need to use extra concealer to cover up any blemishes) and feels so lightweight that I could easily wear it everyday. The fact that this is also only $27 is great because most foundations from department store/ Sephora brands are in the $40 range. Bottom line- I can see why everyone raves about this product and I definitely recommend trying it out!

ColourPop Ultra Satin Liquid Lipsticks

ColourPop is constantly putting out great products that are extremely affordable. The products they are probably most known for are their liquid lipsticks. They have your typical matte liquid lipsticks, but I find that these can be a little too drying (however, they are still really good) so I bought a couple of the Ultra Satin liquid lipsticks and the two that I bought I LOVE!

I purchased the shades Mess Around (also a near perfect dupe for Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick in Sepia) and Toolips. The liquid lipsticks are all $6, a pretty damn good price for a great quality product.

 

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Left to right: Mess Around, Toolips.

Mess Around is a grey- toned dusty mauve shade and Toolips is a deep maroon with more brown tones.

Yes, these are darker, more Fall colors BUT I still will sometimes wear a dark lip in the summer. There are no rules to makeup! I know I should get some brighter ones, but I just always sway towards these deeper fall shades. There is such a wide variety of shades though and I definitely need to get some more!

The consistency of these satin lipsticks is on the mousse-y side (which I do not mind at all) and they apply and feel like velvet. These lipsticks are extremely pigmented and completely opaque with just one swipe!

If you like liquid lipsticks, but do not like how drying they can be, I definitely recommend these. They are not shiny or glossy looking at all, but give the appearance of a liquid lipstick without the drying factor which is great. The only downside is that since these are not 100% matte and do not have a dry formula, they will transfer a little if you drink or eat anything. They definitely have a great staying power, just not as long as the matte ones (but that is kind of the trade off with not wearing a matte liquid lipstick). Personally, I would rather have a little color transfer than completely dry out my lips. Also, these Ultra Satin lipsticks will not “age” the appearance of your lips and exaggerate all the lines and wrinkles.

!!NEW INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT!!

HEY LADIES I finally started an Instagram account for my blog and I am so excited about it!

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I would really appreciate it if y’all could go follow the account (@marinaleebeauty) and I will definitely give you a follow back! I do not have a lot posted just yet, but I am working on it! On my Instagram I will post things about my blog, more makeup looks, and new products that I have purchased that may not make it into posts here on my blog. I will probably do some quick videos of makeup and such as well.

Again, it would really help me out and get me started if y’all could go check it out! I have only been blogging here for a short time but I already get so much love and support from the WordPress beauty community and it means so much!