May Beauty Favorites!

These are all the products that I have been loving for the month of May!

 

First is my favorite lip combo this month! I have been obsessed with lining and filling in my lips with MAC Spice lip liner ( I have owned this for a while and just rediscovered how much I love it), then applying Maybelline’s matte lipstick in Nude Nuance (Maybelline has the best matte lipsticks at the drugstore), and over top of that applying NYX Butter Gloss in Madeleine (I have a post all about my love for the Butter Glosses!).

(Check out my Morphe 35O eye look from a previous post to see this lip martini in action!)

 

Maybelline Better Skin Concealer- Light/ Medium

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I have already talked about how obsessed I am with Maybelline concealers but this one is by far my favorite! It makes the under eye area look absolutely flawless, gives great coverage without looking and feeling heavy, and DOES NOT CREASE!

 

Original Nivea Creme

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I have been using the Nivea Creme not only as a hand lotion but to also hydrate the under eye area. A little of this stuff goes a long way so I just pick up a little bit of product with my finger and pat it under my eyes (NEVER rub in). Doing this has really helped with creasing and makes me look more awake. I also love how small and compact this product is and it is only $1!

 

Anthropologie Vanille Perfume

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I am not sure if this is a well- known product or not but this has become my favorite perfume this month! I heard beauty vlogger Jaclyn Hill rave about this perfume in a favorites video from a while ago and I definitely understand why! This perfume is sold exclusively at Anthropologie stores but I have found it on Amazon as well ($10 for travel size, $20 for full size). IF YOU LIKE VANILLA PERFUMES YOU NEED THIS IN YOUR LIFE. I am head over heels in love with this perfume and it lasts all day.

 

L’Oreal Carbon Black Voluminous Mascara

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Y’all have definitely seen this mascara before but it lives up to all the hype for sure! This mascara is black as all get out and gives my lashes so much volume it’s ridiculous! I don’t need to say anything else about this other than I love it and you need it.

 

Origins Zero Oil Cleanser and Zero Oil Mattifyer

 

These are the only two products from Origins I have and after trying these two this month, I am definitely going back to pick up some more! If you have oily skin, I definitely recommend the Zero Oil cleanser. It has a minty smell and feels so refreshing on the skin. I apply it with my fingers in the morning and with a complexion brush at night. Using this, I have noticed my pores have tightened and become smaller and I am not as oily throughout the day. I also had a few acne scars on my jawline that this stuff took care of really quickly!

The mattifyer is a liquid to powder formula. All you do is drop a little bit out onto your finger and pat, not rub, the liquid onto the areas that are getting shiny or oily and BOOM- instant mattification (is that a word?). You can use this with or without makeup on, and when I use this over makeup, it does not disturb it at all. I love keeping this on me at all time so instead of blotting and picking up product off my face with a tissue, I just dab on some of this and I am good to go!

 

 

April Beauty Favorites!!

These are the products that I have been absolutely loving for the month of April!

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The first three are brushes that I have been using every time I put on my makeup and all of these are very affordable. The first one is the Ultimate Blending brush from ELF cosmetics ($6). I have been using this for my liquid foundation and it applies the product flawlessly. The second brush is the Contouring brush from Wet N Wild ($1). This brush is extremely inexpensive but feels very high quality. It is very soft and makes it very easy to blend out product. Overall, I am extremely impressed with the new brushes from Wet N Wild. The last brush is the Morphe M527 brush ($15, also a good dupe for the MAC 145 brush) . This is my new favorite brush to bronze the face (check out my previous post to see what my top 3 favorite drugstore bronzers are). Morphe brushes can only be found on the Morphe website, but lots of beauty bloggers on YouTube are affiliates with Morphe and have discount codes so look out for those!

 

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The Photo Focus Setting Spray from Wet N Wild ($4) has also been a favorite of mine this month. It feels like water but I have noticed that it does prolong the wear of my makeup and makes everything look refreshed.

swiss chocolateI feel like I am a little late on this one, but I purchased the MAC eyeshadow in Swiss Chocolate (I just got the pan, $6) and I have been obsessed with using this in my crease to blend out shadows or all over the lid for a rusty brown smokey eye look. I love MAC eyeshadows and this shade is really unique. (FYI: MAC has free shipping with no minimum spending requirement).

 

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My next April favorite is this MAC Large/ Duo sided Pro Palette ($8, FREE SHIPPING on MAC website). That’s right, this whole empty palette is only eight bucks! I have depotted some of my MAC shadows and other eyeshadows and put them in here and I love how I have everything in one palette and can get rid of excess clutter in my makeup bag. I also have the pans from my Anastasia Contour Kit in here and three Wet N Wild blushes. There is also a plastic tab in the middle to separate the two sides. This palette is very sturdy and durable, however the magnetized sides are a little weak so I did have to use some magnetic tape on the backs of the pans for extra strength. Also, if you have 6 empty MAC compacts you can trade them in at a MAC store for a free eyeshadow or lipstick!

I have also become obsessed with these two products, the L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte liquid foundation ($12) and the Infallible Pro Matte powder foundation ($10). Together, they are a match made in Heaven but I also use the powder over other liquid foundations and I love the way it looks with them as well. I use my ELF blending brush (the one mentioned above) to apply the foundation and it is perfection. Both of these products stay put all day and work really well for oily/ combo skin. The liquid foundation does not dry down to be 100% matte, so this could also work for dryer skin types as well.

nyx concealer tanThe NYX HD concealer in shade Tan ($5) has been my favorite product to use for cream contouring. This is so easy to use when I do not feel like spending too much time on my makeup because it blends out like a dream and is the perfect shade.

nivea balmOf course I am going to include this as a favorite because I have been using this almost every day. I already have a post about this product so I won’t go too in depth but it is an awesome primer and moisturizer and I love it!

Lastly, these two products have been lifesavers this month! My hands and body have been so dry recently and I have been using these every day. The EOS hand lotion in Berry Blosson ($2) is an awesome hand lotion. It melts into the skin and does not leave them sticky, but is really hydrating. Also, the smell is amazing! The Nivea Essentially Enriched body lotion ($5) is also a great product for dryer skin. I apply this all over right after a shower and it soaks into the skin really nice and again, feels very hydrating without being sticky. It also gives the skin a nice glow because it contains Almond Oil.

 

My Sister’s Wedding Makeup!

The beginning stages…

The finished look…

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And some last minute touch ups…

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(that’s me in the purple!)

Products I used for my sister’s makeup:

FACE:

  • Primed with Nivea Men aftershave balm
  • Primed with Monistat chafing relief powder gel (Yes, I know it sounds strange but I will explain this in a future post!)
  • NYX green concealer (color correcting)
  • Estee Lauder Double- Wear foundation (I highly recommend this foundation for any wedding or special occasion it is FANTASTIC)
  • NYX concealer in tan (cream contour)
  • L.A. Girl pro concealer in creamy beige (under eyes and highlight)
  • L’Oreal Matte Infallible powder foundation to set face
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills banana powder to set under eyes
  • NYC bronzer in Sunny to bronze face
  • Kat Von D Shade + Light palette to contour/ highlight face
  • Milani baked blush in Luminoso
  • Wet N Wild bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana to highlight (I applied this to the tops of her shoulders and collar bone as well for that extra glow).

EYES:

  • MAC Pro Longwear concealer as eyeshadow primer
  • Mixed MAC Soft Brown and Swiss Chocolate shadows in crease as transition shade
  • Applied Maybelline Color Tattoo in beige to lid
  • Applied MAC shadow in Satin Taupe to lid
  • Applied MAC shadow in Sketch to outter V of the eye and halfway into the crease (I kept repeating this process of adding these four colors and blending until I got the desired look)
  • Applied Maybelline gel liner in blackest black and winged it out slightly
  • Applied a mixture of Sketch and Swiss Chocolate to lower lash line
  • Curled lashes and applied one coat to top and bottom lashes with Maybelline Lash Sensational waterproof mascara
  • Applied Ardell Demi Wispies lashes
  • Tightlined and lined water line with L’Oreal black eyeliner

LIPS & BROWS:

  • Filled in brows with Anastasia Brow Wiz in dark brown
  • Set brows with Milani clear brow gel
  • Lined lips with MAC Spice lip liner
  • Applied Kat Von D liquid lipstick in shade Lovesick

Lastly, I set the face with the L’Oreal Infallible setting spray and a few sprays of MAC Fix +!

My sister has normal to dry skin and it can be a little splotchy in certain areas but this makeup lasted on her the whole night and stayed looking flawless. Makeup typically patches off of her face throughout the day, but this makeup DID NOT BUDGE! I did not even have to touch up any part of her makeup during the wedding (and the ceremony was outdoors). Every product I used is great for photography as well and there was no flashback.

Full Glam Makeup for Mature Skin

(Left to right: No makeup, face makeup only, full makeup)

This is a “full glam” makeup look that I did on my mom! This is also the makeup that I will be doing on her for my sister’s wedding coming up. The products I used are not too heavy, will last all day, and did not settle in any lines or wrinkles. That being said, this look is perfect for any special occasion or just a fun night out!

FACE:

  • Primed the face with the Nivea Men aftershave balm.
  • Applied Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless foundation in shade true beige (222) with an E.L.F. buffing brush.
  • Applied Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer in shade medium under the eyes, on the chin, bridge of the nose, center of forehead and blended out with a DAMP Real Techniques “beauty blender”.

** blot face after these steps**

  • Applied Coty Loose Airspun Powder in shade translucent extra coverage to set every area that I applied the concealer (I did not “bake” these areas, I just swept it on, left it for 30 seconds, then brushed the excess away).
  • Applied Rimmel Stay Matte powder in shade translucent to the rest of the face to set the foundation.
  • Bronzed the face with the middle shade in the Kat Von D Shade + Light contour palette using a Morphe M527 brush.
  • Contoured the face using the medium and darkest shades in the same contour palette using the Wet N Wild blush brush.
  • Applied Wet N Wild blush (sorry I do not remember the name of the exact shade but it was the shimmery coral shade) with a Real Techniques blush brush.
  • Applied Wet N Wild “bronzer” in shade “Reserve Your Cabana” as a highlight (this product is marketed as a bronzer, but is definitely a highlight) to the tops of the cheekbones with a Morphe M310 fan brush.

EYES:

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  • Applied the same Maybelline concealer as an eyeshadow primer
  • Applied MAC eyeshadow in ‘Soft Brown’ and ‘Swiss Chocolate’ to the crease as a transition shade with a Sigma E40 brush.
  • Applied the silvery shade (second from right) from the L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1 all over the lid using a Sigma F70 brush. (packed on shadow to brush then spritzed the brush with setting spray to get a better, more metallic color payoff)
  • Applied the darkest brown shade (fifth from right) from the same palette to the “outter V” of the eye and blended out.
  • Applied the matte black eyeshadow from the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette (you can use any black eyeshadow) as an eyeliner with a Real Techniques liner brush and winged it out slightly.
  • For the bottom lashline I applied a mixture of both MAC eyeshadows used in the crease and the dark brown shade from the L’Oreal palette and smoked it out slightly.
  • Applied Maybelline Colossal Mascara to top and bottom lashes (remember to curl your lashes FIRST!)
  • Applied Ardell Demi Wispies lashes to upper lashline (curl lashes together with fake lashes to combine them, apply a little extra mascara if needed). These lashes are also reusable.
  • Tight-lighned and lined waterline with Rimmel Scandaleyes eyeliner in black.

LIPS & BROWS:

  • For brows, I filled them in with the L’Oreal Brow Stylist in shade brunette.
  • For lips I lined them with Jordana lip liner in shade Hot Cocoa then applied L’Oreal Colour Riche lipstick in shade Saucy Mauve.

Finally, I set the whole face with the Wet N Wild Photo Focus setting spray.

 

Budget Friendly- Makeup Primers

These two products (Nivea Men Aftershave Balm for sensitive skin, $7 and 100% pure aloe vera gel, $4) are great options if you are looking for something inexpensive and effective in terms of a makeup primer. I have sensitive, oily skin and use either one of these products everyday before applying my makeup. While they both work for me, they do work differently.

The aloe gel works better to fill in pores and creates a more “glide-able” service for makeup, however I do not find that it makes my makeup last any longer but it does apply nicer and makes my face look more pore-less and smooth. Another advantage to the aloe is that is is 100% natural and will not harm/ break out your skin.

The Nivea balm contains glycerin, which as you probably know, is a key ingredient in any primer to ensure the makeup stays in place. When applied and massaged into the skin, it becomes tacky, which can make it a little harder to apply foundation depending on how you do so (Beauty Blender, buffing brush, etc.). With this product however, I do find that it does prolong the wear of my makeup and keeps it in place all day. It does have a typical aftershave smell to it but it quickly wears off by the time I am done applying my makeup and is nothing too overpowering.

Overall, while I love both of these, I do tend to reach for the Nivea balm more often just because I do notice a bigger difference in how long my “face” lasts. Either way, both of these are very inexpensive and worth a try.