DIY: Distressed Denim Jacket 

Distressed denim jackets have become a huge fashion trend recently, but this also means that they can be a bit pricey. For today’s DIY, I took an old denim jacket that I had bought previously at a resale shop and decided to create my own distressed denim look for a fraction of the price!

What you will need:

  • A denim jacket (you can find denim jackets at resale shops for a few bucks)
  • Tweezers
  • Hobby knife/exacto knife
  • Grater/ microplane zester (a file or sand paper would also work well)

I started by using the hobby knife to cut slits wherever I wanted to have holes and frays. Then, I used the tweezers to pull out the blue threads so that only the horizontal white threads of the material were left. To add a more distressed look to the jacket, I used the microplane to rough up the frays even more as well as the stitching of the jacket.

Before

After

Hope y’all enjoyed this DIY! Let me know if you have any questions!

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Smokey Black & Violet Halo Eyes 

I was inspired by makeup artist Linda Hallberg, yet again, to recreate this black and violet smokey halo eye look. This is not an exact replication of Linda’s makeup, just my own more wearable take on it!

Keep scrolling to see pics of my recreation as well as a full list of products used!

 

(pictured above: Lina Hallberg’s look)

Products Used:

EYES

  • MAC eyeshadow in Soft Brown as a transition shade
  • NYX medium deep purple shade in the crease (sorry I do not remember the name of the shade because I depotted it from its packaging, but any shade will work!)
  • Tarte “Onyx” (matte black) eyeshadow from the Clay Play palette on the inner and outter corners of my eyes. I blended this shade slightly into the crease with the NYX purple eyeshadow I mentioned earlier.
  • Applied MAC eyeshadow in Star Violet (metallic pinky-brown plum shade) to the center of my eyelids using my finger.
  • Blended out the edges with a little bit of the black shadow so that there were no harsh lines
  • Applied a pair of Kiss Blooming lashes

FACE

  • Wet N Wild Photo Focus foundation in shade bronze beige
  • Tarte Shape Tape concealer in light sand
  • NYX HD Finishing Powder (pressed) in banana to set the concealer
  • Elf Cosmetics Cream Contour Palette (lightest contour shade)
  • Tarte Clay Play palette (middle contour shade)
  • MAC Give Me Sun bronzer
  • The Balm Cosmetics InStain blush in shade Pinstripe
  • To highlight, I mixed the Wet N Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder in The Sweetest Bling (pink undertone with an iridescent violet shift) with the Makeup Revolution baked highlighter in Radiant Lights (pink undertone)

BROWS & LIPS

  • L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer in brunette
  • Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuit matte lipstick in Rebel Rose

My Maybelline Lipstick Collection + Swatches & Dupes

 

Maybelline is one of my favorite brands when it comes to lipstick! I love how they offer such a wide variety of shades in many different formulas and finishes.

Keep scrolling to see swatches of every single Maybelline lipstick that I currently own (my collection will continue to grow 🙂

Left to right:

Wickedly White (great to mix with/lighten other shades)

Blushing Beige (dupe for MAC lipstick in Creme D’Nude)

Truffle Tease

Sin-A-Mon

Daringly Nude (Tarte Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint in Namaste)

Clay Crush (dupe for Kylie Cosmetics liquid lipstick in Dirty Peach)

Toasted Truffle

Maple Kiss

Raw Chocolate (dupe for ABH liquid lipstick in Ashton)

Nude Nuance (dupe for MAC lipstick in Whirl)

Warm Me Up (dupe for MAC lipstick in Brave)

Brown Blush (dupe for Jeffree Star Cosmetics liquid lipstick in Androgyny & ABH liquid lipstick in Veronica)

Mauve It

 

Left to right:

Touch of Spice (dupe for MAC lipstick in Twig)

Blissful Berry (dupe for MAC lipstick in Darkside)

Rum Riche

Burgundy Blush

Violet Vixen

Midnight Blue

Orange Danger

Tarte Clay Play Face Sculpting Palette (Review + Makeup Look)

I have seen this palette all over YouTube and Instagram recently and was drawn to it because it seemed like something that could be a new go-to in my makeup collection. 

If you would like to know my thoughts on this new Tarte palette, keep scrolling! 


The Clay Play Face Sculpting Palette (retails for $46, but I used a 20% off coupon at Ulta) is one of Tarte’s latest launches this summer. After seeing it pop up so many times on YouTube and hearing all the wonderful reviews on it, I decided to pick it up and try it out for myself. 

I hesitated purchasing this palette at first because the shades really aren’t anything special, however I love the fact that this all-matte palette can be so versitile and all the neutral shades you could ever need are all in one place. I like how I could do my eyes, contour, bronzer, and even brows all with just this one palette. The versatility also makes this great for traveling or just on-the-go touch ups throughout the day. The palette isn’t too bulky and comes with a good sized mirror as well. 

The formula of the shades is absolutely amazing. I am a huge fan of the Tarte Tarteist Pro eyeshadow palette because the shadows have a very creamy texture and are also extremely pigmented. In my opinion, the formula of the Clay Play palette is no different, if not better. The shadows are very buttery to the touch and do not produce a lot of powder fall out. In addition to their amazing pigmentation, I find that the shadows and contour shades are very easy to blend.

Overall, do I think this palette is worth the money? Well, that depends. There are already tons of palettes that have these same neutral shades and at this point, almost very makeup lover probably has their own favorite contour palette. What makes this palette worth it to me is the amazing quality of the product, as well as the convenience and versatility the palette offers. I definitely see this as being the one palette I bring with me when I do not have access to my entire makeup collection because everything I need is in one palette. 

I hope this review was helpful! Let me know if you have any more questions about what I think of this product!

My Foundation Collection + Mini Reviews

One of my favorite aspects of makeup is testing new foundations, so as you can see by the picture below, I have accumulated quite a few!

Keep reading for a brief review of each foundation, which ones are my favorites, and which ones I would not repurchase.

From left to right:

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation (light medium sand)- This is a great foundation if you are looking for something lightweight that provides a good medium coverage. Even though it is a “water foundation”, it does not make me skin look too dewy.

Fiona Stiles Matte Finish Foundation Concentrate (07)- This shade is way too dark for me, however is dries down to a beautiful demi-matte finish. It is unfortunate that Ulta no longer has Fiona Stiles products because I would love to try this foundation in a lighter shade. If you are looking for a super matte foundation though, I would not recommend this one.

Elf Flawless Finish Foundation (porcelain)- I bought this shade because out of the two available at my drugstore, this one looked like it would be the closest match. It is pretty light on me, but I just mix in a little bit of a darker foundation that I have and bronze my skin a little bit more. For $6, this foundation is really good and has a gorgeous natural finish. I just wish that Elf would extend the shade range.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation (128 warm beige)- This foundation is a favorite amongst the beauty community and it really is amazing! I have repurchased this foundation a couple of times already and it is definitely a must-have for me! This foundation does not have a super matte finish, and I feel that it would be great for all skin types. If you are an aspiring makeup artist, I think this would be a great foundation to have in your kit! Also, the shade range is amazing!

Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation (220 natural beige)- This is another great foundation from the Fit Me line! This has more of a dewy finish (hence the name) but it does not make me look too greasy. I definitely prefer the Matte + Poreless version, but this is still a great drugstore foundation if you want a more glowy look. I also find that this foundation has slightly less coverage than the Matte + Poreless version.

Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation (bronze beige)- This has been raved about by beauty influencers since it launched and in my opinion it definitely deserves the hype. This is another great foundation to have in your makeup kit because it photographs beautifully and works with all skin types. Every time I wear it I have a great makeup day! Definitely cannot live without this product!

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation (nude)- Yet another great foundation that I cannot live without and will continue to repurchase. This is a great everyday foundation that has medium-full coverage and works with all skin types. When people ask what foundation I recommend, it is definitely this one!

Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Foundation (30 warm nude)- This is a great drugstore foundation! The finish reminds me a lot of the Born This Way, but it does have a thicker consistency. Overall, it is a great foundation!

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation (W3 nude beige)- This shade is labeled as being warm toned, however I find that once it dries down it looks slightly too pink on my skin. Other than the shade being a little off, it gives a beautiful dewy finish to the skin. I definitely would not recommend this to people who have oily skin though and I prefer the Maybelline Dewy + Smooth foundation over this one. I probably would not repurchase this foundation.

L’Oreal True Match foundation (W4 natural beige)- This has been a staple foundation for many people, however it is not my favorite. There are so many other foundations that I prefer to this one, so I would probably not repurchase.

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour foundation (203 true beige)- This shade is a little too pink for my skin tone, but the finish is really nice. It reminds me a lot of the Maybelline Matte + Poreless foundation, but if I had to recommend one, it would be the Maybelline one for sure.

Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Complexion Perfector (medium light)- This is my all-time favorite BB Cream hands down! I love the finish and it has great coverage for something so lightweight! I absolutely recommend this product and I love wearing it on natural and full glam days. I will definitely continue to repurchase this product.

Sonia Kashuk Soft Focus Satin Matte foundation (cream)- I bought this foundation because beauty influencer Casey Holmes kept raving about this product and unfortunately it is not my favorite. The shade range is lacking (the shade CREAM is too orange for me) and I overall I was just not as impressed with it as I thought I would be.

EX1 Invisiwear Liquid foundation (F200)- This is a shade too dark for me, but it still matches my undertone perfectly. If you have olive skin, I definitely recommend this product! It dries down to a gorgeous skin-like finish and has medium coverage. I really like this foundation and will be repurchasing it in a lighter shade.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage foundation (light medium sand)- This is one of my all time favorite foundations! It lasts all day and has great coverage. The shade I have also matches me almost perfectly and the shade range is great. I love this foundation for spot concealing as well as all over wear. I will continue to repurchase this product.

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Glow foundation (natural buff)- This is a great drugstore foundation if you want a dewy finish. I can only wear this foundation in cooler weather because it will make me look too shiny, but is is pretty long-wearing. I find that the shades do run a little on the pink side, but I can make it work with concealer.

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream (buttercream)- This is not my favorite BB Cream. It has light coverage, but it sits on top of my skin and makes my face look kind of cake-y. I really do not like the way this product dries down and will not be repurchasing it.

Covergirl Clean Matte BB Cream (light/medium)- This is a great drugstore BB Cream and lasts for a pretty long time on my skin. I find that is has more of a natural skin-like finish rather than a matte finish but I still really like the way this product looks once it sets. It has a good medium coverage and feels lightweight. In my opinion, this is a good drugstore dupe for my favorite Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done bb cream.

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer (creamwhip)- I absolutely love the coverage and finish this foundation has, but the shades run very pink. It is such a shame because I love everything about this foundation except the shades. I wish Clinique would come out with more shades suited for neutral/olive undertones. If you do have pink or peach undertones, I definitely recommend this product and think it would work for all skin types.

Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation (desert beige)- This is a cult favorite foundation amongst the beauty community and it definitely stands up to the hype it receives. Eery time I wear this foundation my makeup looks amazing and lasts ALL DAY. It does contain SPF, but I have not noticed any bad flashback. This has become a favorite product and I will definitely repurchase.

Garnier BB Cream (light/medium)- This used to be my favorite BB Cream, but the Urban Decay one has taken its place. This is still a great product if you are looking for a drugstore option, but I no longer reach for this one because I have others that I prefer.

Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir (buff beige)- This is one of my all-time favorite drugstore foundations. It has really good coverage and looks like a better version of my own skin once it sets. It has a natural finish and I think this would work with most skin types. I will continue to purchase this foundation for sure!

Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse foundation (sandy beige)- This is another great foundation from Maybelline. This is a recent addition to my collection and has become one of my favorites. The shade is slightly too dark, but once I apply concealer it becomes a perfect match. I think this foundation would also work really well with all skin types.

NYX Foundation Mixer (white)- I love using this product to lighten foundations that are too dark for me. I find that it is so much easier and cheaper to use this product rather than having to purchase a lighter shade or return foundations. I love having this on hand and I do not find that it changes the finish or consistency of the foundations I mix it with.

 

 

 

 

Copper Smokey Eyes (Early Fall Makeup Look)

I pulled out my Morphe 35O palette to create this smokey copper makeup look! I love the way it turned out and it has me feeling so excited for Fall!

Keep scrolling for a full list of the products I used to create this whole look.


EYES:

  • Primed my lids with the Tarte Shape Tape concealer
  • Used a light brown shade from the Morphe palette as my transition shade
  • Deepened the crease with Colourpop shadow in Paradox (matte cranberry shade)
  • Deepened the outer corners with Makeup Geek shadow in Bitten (deep red shade)
  • Applied a metallic copper shade from the Morphe 35O palette to the inner half of my lids (shade on the very bottom right corner of the palette)
  • Added a dark brown shade to the outer corners to add more depth to the eyes.
  • I brought the same Paradox, Bitten, and metallic copper shadows down to my lower lashline and smoked it out.
  • Applied one coat of Maybelline Colossal mascara to my top and bottom lashes.
  • Applied a pair of the Kiss Blooming lashes.

FACE:

  • Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation
  • Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
  • Set my concealer and face with the new Maybelline Fit Me loose setting powder
  • Contoured using shade Fawn from the ABH Contour Kit
  • Bronzed my skin with the bronze shade from the Colourpop x Alexis Ren bronzer/highlighter duo
  • For blush I used the InStain blush in Pinstripe from The Balm
  • I mixed the Maybelline Master Chrome in Molten Gold with Laura Geller’s Gilded Honey for my highlight
  • Filled in my brows with a dark brown shade from the Morphe palette

LIPS:

  • Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Bordeaux

 

Dramatic Smokey Cat Eyes (Kim Kardashian Makeup Look)

Kim KW’s infamous makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic, posted the photo below of an intense cat-eye look he created on Kim and I was instantly inspired to recreate it! I typically don’t do a lot of cat-eye/ winged liner looks, but I loved this photo and wanted to try something different.

Keep scrolling to see my recreation of this look as well as a full list of products used!

EYES

  • Used MAC Soft Brown and Swiss Chocolate to define the crease of my eyes.
  • Used Urban Decay Blackout eyeshadow and a liner brush to create a winged effect and smoked it out with a pencil brush. I brought this shade down to the lower lashline and connected it with the wing on my top lashline.
  • Applied one coat of Maybelline Colossal mascara to my top and bottom lashes.
  • Applied a pair of Ardell Demi Whispies.
  • Lined my waterline with a black kohl eyeliner from Ciate.

FACE

  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea foundation
  • Smashbox Studioi Skin concealer under my eyes
  • Set my concealer using the highlighting shade from the Wet N Wild Contour Palette in Dulce De Leche
  • Set my face with the Coty Airspun loose powder
  • Contoured using the cream contour from the Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow palette and set this with the powder contour shade from the same palette.
  • Bronzed using the Becca Multitasking powder in warm honey
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Sensual
  • Maybelline Master Chrome highlighter in molten gold

BROWS

  • ABH Brow Wiz in dark brown

LIPS

  • Maybelline lipstick in Blushing Beige
  • NYX Butter Gloss in Fortune Cookie overtop

Cranberry Smokey Eyes

Keep scrolling for a full list of products used to create this makeup look!

Instagram: @marinaleebeauty

EYES

  • I used a couple of warm brown shades from the Morphe 35O palette as transition shades, then layered the shades Venetian Red and Love Letter from the ABH Modern Renaissance palette in the crease.
  • I applied the Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Drift all over my lid using my finger for maximum pigment.
  • Lastly, I applied the shade Cyprus Umber to the outer corners of my eyes.
  • I smoked out my lower lash line with Venetian Red, Love Letter, and Drift.
  • Applied one coat of Maybelline Colossal mascara to my top and bottom lashes.
  • Applied a pair of the Ardell Demi Whispies

FACE

  • Maybelline Superstay Better Skin foundation
  • Maybelline Fit Me and Tarte Shape Tape concealers
  • Set my concealer and face with the Coty Airspun powder
  • Contoured using the cream contour shade from the Tarteist Pro Glow palette
  • Bronzed using the Becca Multitasking powder in warm honey
  • For blush I used a little bit of Milani baked blush in Luminoso
  • Highlighted using the Wet N Wild Megaglo highlighting powder in Precious Petals

BROWS & LIPS

  • I filled in my brows with a dark brown shade from the Morphe 35O palette
  • I lined my lips with the Wet N Wild gel lip liner in Bare To Comment
  • Lipstick in Maybelline Blushing Beige

 

MOTD: Halo Eyes & Bronzed Skin (feat. the Morphe 35O Palette) 

I brought back a cult favorite to create this halo eye look- the iconic Morphe 35O eyeshadow palette. I paired this eye look with a pinky nude lip color to keep the focus on the eye makeup.

Keep scrolling for more pics and a full list of products that I used to create this whole look! I also included a picture of the palette, identifying which colors I used.

EYES

  • Created a halo eye effect using shadows only from the Morphe 35O palette (I placed a star on the colors that I used)
  • Applied one coat of Covergirl SuperSizer lengthening mascara to my top and bottom lashes.
  • Applied a pair of my favorite false lashes- the Ardell Demi Whispies.

FACE

  • For foundation I used the Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth foundation mixed with a little bit of my NYX white foundation mixer.
  • Used Tarte Shape Tape Concealer under my eyes.
  • Set my concealer and face with the Coty Airspun loose powder.
  • Contoured using the cream contour shade from the Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow palette.
  • Bronzed and warmed up my skin with MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Give Me Sun!
  • Applied a little bit of Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Sensual
  • Highlighted with Laura Geller baked highlighter in Gilded Honey

BROWS & LIPS

  • Filled in my brows with the Skone Cosmetics brow pencil
  • My lip color is the Colourpop x Kathleen Lights Ultra Satin Lip in Aquarius

MOTD: Purple & Rose Gold + Bright Winged Liner 

I love pairing purple and rose gold together on the eyes and adding a pop of bright blue liner really brings this look to life! Keep scrolling to see more pics and a full list of products I used to create the full look.

EYES

  • Applied Colourpop’s Super Shock Shadow in the shade “Bill” as a transition shade.
  • Applied the light purple shade from the Carli Bybel x BH Cosmetics Deluxe Edition palette in the crease and then the darker purple shade from the palette in the outer corner to deepen the look.
  • I used a couple of purple shades from the Morphe 35B palette to add more dimension to the eyes, but just sticking with a medium and dark purple shadow will work.
  • I applied the Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in “LaLa” to the inner half of my eyes.
  • Used the Urban Decay eyeshadow in “Midnight Cowboy” to the inner corners of my eyes. I brought this shade down to the inner part of my lower lashline as well.
  • I used the same medium and deep purple shades from the Carli Bybel palette on the lower lashline as well.
  • I used the Wet N Wild liquid eyeliner in Voltage Blue and created a wing.
  • Applied a coat of the Maybelline Colossal volumizing mascara to my top and bottom lashline, then applied a pair of the Ardell Demi Whispies

FACE

  • For foundation I used the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour foundation in the shade true beige. This was a shade too dark for me, so I mixed a little bit of my NYX white foundation mixer in with the foundation to create a perfect shade.
  • I used the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer and Maybelline Fit Me concealer under my eyes to brighten/ cover up any darkness.
  • I contoured/ bronzed using the cream contour shade from the Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow palette and set this using the contour shade from the Wet N Wild contour/highlighting duo in Dulce De Leche.
  • For blush I used the L.A. Girl matte blush in “Just Natural”
  • Highlighted using the Maybelline Master Chrome highlighter in Molten Gold

BROWS & LIPS

  • To fill in my brows I used the Skone Cosmetics brow pencil
  • My lippie is the Elf Matte Lip Color in shade Scarlet Night