Cranberry Smokey Eyes

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

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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

Mermaid Glam (feat. new products!)

This look was inspired by the NYX Prismatic Eyeshadow in the shade “Mermaid”. It is a gorgeous metallic seafoam green color and the star of this bold makeup look! 

Keep reading to see pics and a full list of products that I used! 

EYES

  • I mixed together all of the green shades from my Morphe 35b palette for the transition shade. 
  • I used a dark green eyeshadow from the same palette on the inner and outer corners of my eyes to create a halo effect. I deepened up the inner and outer corners with the navy blue from the palette. 
  • In the center of my lid, I applied the NYX shadow “Mermaid” with my finger and blended out the edges slightly: 
  • I replicated the same technique to the bottom lashline. I brought the Mermaid shadow pretty far down for a more dramatic halo effect. 
  • I applied a coat of Maybelline Big Shot mascara to my top and bottom lashes, then applied a pair of Ardell 120 Demi Wispies. 

FACE 

  • I tried out a new foundation for this look- the Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir foundation in shade 725 buff beige (detailed review coming soon)
  • I applied Tarte Shape Tape concealer under my eyes, bridge if my nose, and chin. 
  • I set my concealer with the translucent Coty Airspun powder and the rest of my face with the Rimmel Stay Matte powder 
  • I bronzed my face with the bronzer shade from the Colourpop x Alexis Ren palette in “Golden Moment” 
  • For contouring I used the Fiona Stiles Bronzing Sun Veil powder in Ahiko
  • For blush I used the LA Girl blushes in Just Natural (matte) and Just Glowing (shimmery)
  • I highlighted above my brows, brow bone, nose, cheekbones, and Cupid’s bow with the same NYX Mermaid eyeshadow. I love how using this shade all over the face tied the look together. 

BROWS

  • I filled in my brows using a mix of the dark green and navy blue shades from the Morphe 35b palette. This step is not necessary, but it went along with the Mermaid theme. 

LIPS 

  • First I applied the Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Aquarius. 
  • I dabbed the Essence lipstick in Porcelain Doll in the center of my lips to make them even more nude. 
  • I used the NYX Mermaid shadow once again in the center of my lips to tie the look together. 

Colorful Summer Makeup Look (Drugstore)+ Mini Haul Updates

I was feeling inspired from the Wet N Wild “Poster Child” eyeshadow palette and wanted to do something really colorful and bright. This is definitely not an everyday look, but experimenting with bright shadows that I typically would not wear allows me to be a little more creative!

Keep reading to see a full list of products I used to create this look AND a quick first impression review on the products from my mini drugstore haul (previous post).

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Products Used:

Eyes

  • For the eyes I used the “Poster Child” palette from Wet N Wild only. I applied the lighter pink shade as a transition shade, the deeper pink in the crease (soft cut crease) and the yellow all over the lid. For the bottom lashline I used a mixture of all the blue shades. IMG_7018
  • I used the NYC liquid liner to create a wing.
  • I applied a couple of coats of the L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara to my top and bottom lashes.
  • I applied MAC Nylon eyeshadow to the inner corner of my eye and to my browbone.

Face

  • I primed my face with just a few sprays of my Mario Badescu Rosewater spray.
  • For foundation I used the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation.
  • I used the Wet N Wild Come Correct concealer on my undereye area.
  • I set my undereye area with the NYC translucent loose powder.
  • I set the rest of my face with the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte foundation powder.
  • I contoured/ bronzed my face with the NYC bronzer in  shade Sunny.
  • For blush, I used the Makeup Revolution matte blush in shade Nude (this is a great shade for ANY makeup look!).
  • For my highlight, I applied the Elf Whipped highlighter in shade Lilac Petal to my cheekbones, tip of the nose, and Cupid’s bow.
  • Lastly, I set my face with my DIY Mac Fix + spray.

Brows & Lips

  • For my brows, I just filled them in with the L’Oreal Brow Stylist pencil in shade Dark Brunette.
  • For my lips, I used the Wet N Wild MegaLast lipstick in shade Don’t Blink Pink.

And that’s it for my makeup! Keep reading to see what I thought of the products from my mini drugstore makeup haul!

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Wet N Wild Come Correct concealer- This stuff is FULL COVERAGE but it is great! I have heard that it is a perfect dupe for the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye concealer (but I cannot say because I have never tried the It one). I have the shade Medium (the only shades I saw were Fair and Medium) and it was the perfect shade for my skin tone. The only thing I did not like about this concealer is that it creases really fast so I have to set it right away with powder. A little bit goes a long way for sure- you only need a little dot for both undereyes! Other than that, this product was a hit for me!

NYC Liquid Eyeliner (black)- I knew I was going to like this before I tried it out and I was happy that I was not disappointed! This is the best liquid liner I have tried (drugstore and high end!). This one dries completely matte and it is less than $3! If you do not have this already, you need it.

Wet N Wild “Poster Child” palette- I did not get to trying the other palette but I will get to it! For both the palettes, the shadows are really buttery, soft, and surprisingly pigmented. Plus, these palettes were less than $5 each! For the “Poster Child” palette specifically, the shadows were not patchy and blended beautifully. The only downside is that they are very powdery and have a lot of kick-off, but they blend like a dream so the powdery-ness does not really bother me at all. This is a great palette! I will do another look with the other neutral palette soon!

Wet N Wild MegaLast lipstick in Don’t Blink Pink- I already love these lipsticks and this one was no exception. The color is a bright Barbie pink and very pigmented. The formula is on the dry side, but the formula applies evenly and is not patchy at all. Love these lipsticks and they last forever on the lips!

Elf Shimmering Facial Whip in Lilac Petal- I thought this was going to be really chunky, glittery, and hard to blend but it was actually not hard to work with at all. A little bit of this goes a LONG way. I just dabbed it onto my cheekbones with my finger and kind of blended it out. Then I went in with a small stipple brush to further blend it out and it was a beautiful highlight. I applied this overtop of my powder and did not have a problem blending it. This was only a $1, so I definitely think this is a great highlight!

So overall everything I bought was a hit for me and I would definitely recommend any of these products! Hopefully this post was helpful and y’all enjoyed it!

Natural Summer Makeup Look

I have been posting a lot of makeup looks recently, but I have been feeling really inspired! This is a quick and easy natural makeup look that I did on my best friend Caroline. As much as I love doing my own makeup, I kind of like to do other people’s more because I get to play around with different eye colors, bone structure, and skin tones.

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Since I wanted this to be a natural makeup look, I did not use any eyeliner or do any extreme contouring. Instead, I used a grey/brown eyeshadow to enhance the upper lash line and focused on bronzing up the skin rather than contouring her face. Also, instead of using foundation, I used a CC Cream for a more natural finish.

This makeup was really easy to do and is perfect for the summer!

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Best Drugstore BB Cream!?!?

I have never been a big fan of BB/ CC creams (I feel like they basically do the same thing) because they make me look too shiny and do not give me the coverage that I like. However, I bought the Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream ($12-14 for 2 full ounces) and I am IN LOVE!

 

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I tried this stuff about a year ago when the BB cream trend was picking up and I hated it at first and ended up just giving it away. It looked to orange on my skin and made my face a greasy mess. BUT, lately I have been wanting to wear something lighter than a foundation that still evens out my skin tone and gives me decent coverage. I decided to give this one a try again because every time I searched for BB creams, this one came up EVERY SINGLE TIME! So, I thought maybe they redid the formula or something, then I realized that the first time I tried this product, I bought the shade that was too deep and one one made for dryer skin types. No wonder it was so greasy on me! However, if you are on the dry side, their formula for dryer skin types will work really well for you.

This time around, I bought the light/ medium shade for combo to oily skin types and it is AMAZING. I was scared at first that it would be too light on my skin because when I dotted it on my face it looked a little too pale, but after buffing and blending it into my skin it matched so perfectly that it almost seemed to adjust to my skin tone.

Here are more reasons why I am in love with this product:

  • Lightweight formula that provides good coverage (I do not need to conceal my blemishes with this stuff!) and evens out skin tone beautifully.
  • Works as a sunscreen with SPF 20.
  • Keeps the shine under control ALL DAY!
  • You get 2 full ounces for around $12, which I think is pretty awesome.
  • Can be used as a “foundation” when you want to wear something lighter. Products apply onto this very nicely.
  • Formula is on the liquidy side and easy to blend evenly.
  • It is buildable if you want more coverage (but at that point I would just use a regular foundation).
  • I like to mix some of this in with my regular foundations for get the benefits of both products and add SPF. You could even use this as a base for your foundation for extra coverage that won’t look cakey.
  • The finish is not completely matte, but not shiny at all. It just looks like a better version of your own skin!
  • Dries down completely and does not feel sticky or tacky on the skin.

The two active ingredients in this product are 3% Octinoxate and 4.7% Titanium Dioxide.

Side note: There are a couple of different packagings for the same product and it is a little bit harder to find the shade medium/ deep in stores.

Once again, I love this product and really glad that I gave it a second try and got the one that was right for me this time! If you are on the hunt for a great BB cream that will perform well, especially in the summer, definitely give this one a try. It is a really great product and I really think you will like it!

My Top 3 Favorite DRUGSTORE BRONZERS

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Top to bottom: NYC Bronzer in shade Sunny ($3, also a good dupe for Benefit’s Hoola bronzer), Rimmel Natural Bronzer in shade Sun Light ($5), and this last one is actually a pressed powder but is an amazing matte bronzer, the L’Oreal True Match powder in shade Nut Brown ($7).

Good matte bronzers can be tricky to find at the drugstore, but these are my top three favorites that I have found so far!

IMG_8533This is what they look like in natural sunlight in the same order (left to right: NYC, Rimmel, L’Oreal). I have olive skin and these are all perfect shades and can work for other skin types too. Even if you are not quite as tan, using these products with a light hand can still work for you. The NYC and Rimmel bronzers are very similar in color, but I find that the Rimmel powder has a little bit more pigment. The L’Oreal powder is quite pigmented because it is meant to be a pressed powder, but when blended out at a bronzer it gives a gorgeous finish (this is also a great option for different skin tones because L’Oreal True Match pressed powders have a wide variety of shades). I major issue with looking for a drugstore bronzer is that they can be too orange toned and splotchy, but I do not have this problem with any of these options.

With summer coming up, these bronzers will last through the heat! Hopefully this helps the next time you are on the hunt for a good drugstore bronzer!