Friday Night Makeup Look

One of the fun parts of date nights with my fiancé is the fun of getting ready. I enjoy sitting in front of my vanity and doing my makeup, it’s my “me time” that puts aside all the stresses of the day. I believe it’s necessary for anyone to set a few minutes aside a day for themselves. For me, it’s doing my makeup, or giving myself a manicure.

This is the soft neutral look I did for my date tonight with my beau.
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Sephora VIB Rouge Haul & Quick Update

Happy Hump Day nerds and nerdettes! I am enjoying this lovely Spring (finally!) weather here in Maryland with my fur nephews Squirt and Salt. It’s been a while since my last post and quite a few things have changed. I am no longer working at Columbia Academy, after working as a preschool teacher for three years I decided it was time to go back to school to finish getting my degree. Unfortunately, my employer and I were not able to come up with a reasonable schedule so I could attend school and work, so I had to do what was best for myself and my future.

I absolutely miss my students and the lovely ladies I have formed a very strong bond with, but I know this is what’s best for me and my fiance. Speaking of the fiance, he recently went back to school to obtain his certificate in his current field so I am super excited that both of us will be back in school!

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Favorites Of 2012

It’s well into January and February is approaching so I know this is very late post but I have finally had a weekend without plans since November (yay!). 2012 was a very eventful year for me personally as well as professionally, and most importantly the launch of this wonderful blog I have sadly been neglecting as of recent, but I am trying my best to get back into the swing of blogging, working and attempting to have a personal life :). I noticed a lot of my favorite beauty gurus and bloggers have been talking about their favorites of 2012 and I am all about lists so I went through my growing makeup kit and picked out a few products I couldn’t get enough of!

Starting off…

1. Favorite Primer – Too Faced Primed & Poreless

ImageI’ll be honest I don’t normally use a primer because I have tried many and have broken out every time so rather than sacrifice my skin I did without. I received a deluxe size sample of this primer with my Too Faced Love Sweet Love Collection, so I decided what the hell and gave it a shot and I am thrilled I had. Lovely nerds this is my holy grail of primers! I have been using this for a few months now and it is wonderful (such and understatement it’s phenomenal!). I’ve had no breakouts since using it, it makes my skin look airbrushed before I even put on my foundation!

This stuff is so amazing and I wholeheartedly will scream my love for this product from the rooftops :).

2. Favorite Foundation – Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in Marble

ImageNow I normally stick with the drugstore brands when it comes to my foundation but a co-worker of mine (who also loves makeup as much as me yay!) recommended I try MUFE’s HD foundation. I don’t have a Sephora close to where I live, so usually I order online, but I am always hesitant when it comes to ordering foundation, I lucked out though thanks to Temptalia’s Foundation Matrix, such a lifesaver! This foundation has been replaced by my only other high end foundation (MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15) not only because I am constantly getting compliments on how great my skin looks, but it feels great on my skin. Most liquid foundations I’ve tried have felt greasy or like I’m wearing a mask but this stuff blends in with my skin wonderfully and photographs beautifully.

3. Favorite Setting Powder – Physician’s Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Translucent Powder

ImageI feel no matter what I say about how amazing this product is it won’t do it justice. It give me this very natural looking glow that doesn’t look like I dipped my face in a bowl of glitter and doesn’t make my large pores visible, two things I’ve always seemed to come across with any powder that claims it will give you a natural “glow.” I will admit this didn’t give me a mood boosting effect, but the smell is quite lovely and I received a lot of compliments whenever I wear this :).

4. Favorite Bronzer & Blush – Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer & NARS Orgasm Blush

ImageI finally drank the Kool-Aid and bought the much coveted NARS Orgasm blush! I will admit the $28 price tag was a bit of a gut shot but at first but after testing it out and now wearing it almost every single day I am in love. It is such a great shade for my skin tone and the gold flecks in the blush don’t make my large pores visible, I was sold!

This bronzer was an awesome freebie with my Too Faced order mentioned earlier. It is only a sample size but I’ve had it since November and still have yet to run out! It’s perfect for this time of year for when you still want a hint of color without looking orange or overly bronzed. Once I run out of my sample I will most definitley be picking up the full size of this baby.

5. Favorite Eyeshadow Palettes – NYX Butt Naked Eyes, Too Faced Love Sweet Love, Urban Decay Naked Basics & Too Faced The Return Of Sexy

ImageOkay, so when I say this was the year of the eyeshadow palette for me that is such an understatement! In this year alone I purchased fifteen, that’s right fifteen different eye palettes. I had to tell my fiance to pinch me anytime I think about ordering another (I’ve ordered two more since and no pinches ha!) so when I say this was the year of the palette for me, I mean it. I narrowed it down to these four because they were the most used and that means they were my favorites of course! All of these offered amazing pigmentation with the colors, and were so soft almost creamy when applied. 

6. Favorite Eyeliner – Maybelline Line Stiletto (liquid) & Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in Perfect Black (pencil)

ImageI have yet to find a liquid liner from Maybelline I don’t adore but this is by far the best they’ve had! It creates very sharp lines and is easy to do tightlines or more bold cat eye looks with this liquid liner. Love it! Too Faced’s Perfect Eyes pencil is another holy grail product for me, it doesn’t drag like the majority of eye pencils do and gives a matte black finish that almost looks like a liquid liner. I love the smudger it comes with for when I do smokey eye looks (which is most of the time) and it lasts the whole work day (12 hours!).

7. Favorite Mascara – Benefit “They’re Real!” Mascara

ImageHoly guacamole is this mascara amazing! I have long lashes but when I use this it looks like I have lash extensions and give me insane volume. I only recommend one, two coats top cause after that you will get serious tarantula eyelashes :).

8. Favorite Brushes – e.l.f. Studio Stipple Brush, Complexion Brush, Small Tapered Brush & Sonia Kashuk Pointed Eyeliner Brush

ImageThese brushes are the bee knees :). I love e.l.f. they have so many wonderful items for a steal and these brushes are, in my opinion, their all stars when it comes to their studio line of brushes. They’re super soft, dense, affordable ($3 come on!) and dupes for the higher end brand of brushes. I’ve had zero shedding with these and after numerous washes have remained just as amazing since I bought them! Sonia Kashuk’s pointed liner brush is my go to anytime I use my gel or cream liner and gives a very precise line, I love this brush!

9. Favorite Brush Cleaner – e.l.f. Studio Daily Brush Cleaner

ImageIf you get like me and get lazy sometimes with brush cleaning this stuff is a lifesaver. I’m sure it gets very tedious to clean all of your brushes cause it certainly gets that way for me! This stuff is so simple and quick, spray the brush swirl off product. Bam! Done.

What were your favorites of 2012? Leave a comment!

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Day Sixteen: Barbie Inspired Look

Who didn’t grow up playing with the iconic doll? I had tons of Barbie dolls growing up and wanted to be Barbie when I grow up, that and a Spice Girl which I still kind of do cause I adore them! This challenge was somewhat of a challenge cause I am not blonde haired or blue eyed, so without a ton of peroxide and pricey contacts I decided whatever look came from this challenge there would be some bright pink!

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On a side note the last picture is probably the only picture of me cheesin’ in its existence lol.

What I Used:

Face

1. SKIN79 V.I.P. Gold Super+ B.B. Cream

2. NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation in #02 Soft Beige

3. Maybelline Fit Me! Concealer in Sand

4. Garnier Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller

5. Rimmel Stay Matte Translucent Powder

6. Pür Minerals Glow Bronzer

7. NYX Stick Blush in Pink Lotus

Lips

1. Pop Beauty Lip Magnetic Primer in Naked

2. L’Oreal Colour Riche Lip Liner in All About Pink

3. CoverGirl Lipstick in Temptress

4. L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss in Watermelon Crush

Eyes

1. e.l.f. Eyelid Primer in Sheer

2. NYX Eyeshadow Base in White

3. NYX Ultra Pearl Mania in Nude Pearl (eyelid)

4. NYX Box Of Eye Shadows (above crease)

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5. NYX Make-Up Artist Kit (crease)

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6. NYX Make-Up Artist Kit (brow bone)

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7. NYX Collection Noir Liquid Black Liner (upper lashline)

8. Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner (lower lashline)

9. Too Faced Size Queen Mascara

10. e.l.f. Eyebrow Kit in Medium

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Day Fourteen: Eyeliner!

I know I’ve been severally slacking on this challenge so this week I will be playing catch up. Today’s challenge is right up my alley…eyeliner :). Nine times out of ten any time I’m doing my makeup I put on eyeliner, but since this is a challenge I used bright liner instead of my usual black.

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What I Used:

1. Wet n Wild Mega Liner in Indigo Blue and Turquoise

2. Acrylic Jewels

3. Too Faced Size Queen Mascara

Hope everyone had a great weekend and didn’t get as sunburned as me :)!

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Day Nine: The Newest Makeup/Tool You’ve Purchased

I’ve purchased a lot of makeup items over the past couple weeks that I hadn’t gotten around to posting pictures of so this challenge was quite a welcome one.

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1. Tigi Catwalk Strong Hold Mousse

2. Acrylic Jewels

3. e.l.f. Studio Fan Brush

4. Ardell Dura Lash Medium Length Individual Lashes

5. Sinful Colors Nail Polish in “Boom Boom”, “Folly”, and “Snow Me White”

6. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in “Sky Pink”

7. Ardell Lash Tite Adhesive for Individual Lashes

8. CoverGirl Lipstick in Temptress

9. Artist brushes (cheaper, and just as effective as makeup brushes!)

10. L’Oreal Colour Riche Lip Liner in All About Pink

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1. Sinful Colors Nail Polish in “Ruby Ruby” and “Easy Going”

2. e.l.f. Eyebrow Kit

3. e.l.f. Eye Shadow Brush

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1. Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Are You Red-dy? and Peachy Scene

2. CoverGirl Lipstick in Delish

3. e.l.f. Glossy Gloss in Sweet Salmon (found this at the dollar store!)

4. e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Midnight

5. e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Black

6. e.l.f. Angled Eyeliner Brush

7. NYX Eyeshadow Base in White

8. e.l.f. Matte Lip Color in Tea Rose

9. Maybelline Lip Liner in Red

10. CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lip Liner in Seduce

11. NYX Eye Pencil in Purple

12. Eco Tools brushes

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1. L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss in Watermelon Crush

2. NYC Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in In The Navy

Swatches for eyeliners:
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From left to right;

1. e.l.f. Cream Liners in Black and Midnight

2. NYC Kohl Pencil in In the Navy

3. NYX Eye Pencil in Purple

Swatches for Lippies:
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From left to right;

1. L’Oreal Colour Riche in Watermelon Crush

2. e.l.f. Glossy Gloss in Sweet Salmon

3. CoverGirl Lip Perfection in Seduce

4. L’Oreal Colour Riche in All About Pink

5. Maybelline Lip Liner in Red

6. e.l.f. Matte Lip Color in Tea Rose

7. CoverGirl Lipstick in Temptress

8. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Sky Pink

9. Maybelline Color Sensational in Peachy Scene

10. CoverGirl Lipstick in Delish

11. Maybelline Color Sensational in Are You Red-dy?

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