Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Bronze Summer

I love bronze looks in the summertime. Here is just one variation of the classic look. Enjoy!

 First, to prime my eyes and have a bronze base, I used Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze.

 Next I wet a brush and used a golden e.l.f. pigment all over the lid.

 I used this Physician's Formula palette (the bronzed blue eyes one) a lot for this look. I used the light champagne color as a highlight and on the very ball (highest roundest point) on my lid.

 Using a fluffy blending brush, I mixed a couple of light pinky-purple colors (this is the coastal scents 88 palette) and placed this in the crease. Using a fluffy brush makes the color go on a lot more sheer. I really like this step, because it makes your eyes kind of look like a sunset. 

 Using a pencil brush, I used the bronze color on the outer corners of my eyes and along the lower lash line.

 I then lined my waterline with a white pencil. I lined my upper lid with a wet eyeliner brush and used the darkest brown color in the Physician's Formula palette. I then curled my lashes and applied a black mascara. 

For lips I used Sonia Kashuk lipstick in Sheer Bronzey Nude and topped it off with mark. Gloss On Lipgloss in Sand.  

For the rest of the face I skipped foundation and just used concealer. For this look make sure to use a bronzer and highlighter to bring out a sun-kissed glow!

Hope you liked this! Thanks for viewing!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Aaaand the winner is...

Hi everyone!

First I'd like to apologize for my lack of activity on here. It was just finals at school and I had to pack and move and unpack and all of that jazz. I should be having some fun stuff up soon!

Second, I have the winner of the giveaway. This was a random selection giveaway, not a contest (just to be clear). Thank you everyone for your input- it means a lot! The winner of the giveaway is fancyfashionss! If you could get back to me with your name and address via e-mail then I can mail you your prize :) Thanks again everyone!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Finals Survival Makeup

I know that finals are over for most schools, but mine are just beginning. Around this time I find myself wearing a lot of sweatpants, throwing my hair in ponytails, and paying a lot less attention to makeup. But if I completely neglect how I look, sometimes I end up just feeling gross and that does not help studying. So here's five steps, along with some tips and tricks, to help to keep feeling put together without much effort.

1) Concealer is my best friend. Especially when I'm not getting much sleep. I recently bought Urban Decay's 24/7 Concealer Stick and it's pure love. I just wipe it under my eyes, around my nose, and on the stress breakout i'm incurring.

2) Curl your lashes and apply mascara. This step alone can make you look awake and attentive. Use a waterproof mascara to prevent it from melting, but remember to use eye makeup remover to take it off at night!

3) Swipe on either a nude or white eyeliner on your waterline. This will really open up your eyes.

4) Use a light bronzer on your cheeks to look like you actually go outside instead of being cooped up in your room or library. I used NYX Tango with Bronzer in When Leopard Gets A Tan.

5) Tinted lip balm/lip stain. This stuff is low maintenance but will bring life back to washed-out lips. I used The Balm's Stainiac in Beauty Queen.

Other tips:
- you can use a white or champagne eyeshadow and just dot it on your inner corner of your eye and on the ball of your lid (the most round part). This will give a nice highlight to your eyes.
- drink water to avoid stress breakouts
- use a mattifying setting powder to absorb oil. Also keep those little oil absorbtion sheets around, because you may touch your face a lot more out of stress, which will cause a shiny face.

Don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY!

Thanks for viewing!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Pollock Splatter Nails

Here are some Jackson Pollock inspired splatter nails. There are a couple techniques you can use to do this manicure, but I used one I found by The Polishaholic. Enjoy!

First paint your nails with a base color. I used Revlon Colorstay in Bare Bones.
Then, cover your cuticles and surrounding finger with tape (this will help a LOT with cleanup).
Put a dollop of your first color on your palette (in my case, I used a plastic lid). I suggest putting a nickel to a quarter-sized amount. 
Take a straw and dip it in the polish. Blow the color over your nail through the straw (using the side not covered in polish :]). It may take a couple of dips in the polish until there's enough on there to blow onto the nail. You may also have to use somewhat forceful breaths. 
Continue with the next color. I suggest kind of doing a light colors first then darker colors sequence.
Take the tape off. Use a Q-tip and nail polish remover and clean up your fingers. 
I used a matte top coat just because I like the effect, but you can use whatever top coat you'd like. 
And you're done!

And don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY! :)

Thanks for viewing!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Love: Spring and Summer Lips

I really love myself a nice lip color. Here are my top picks for Spring/Summer 2012!

In the picture I am wearing Urban Decay lipliner in Naked with Revlon Colorbust in Soft Nude

 Nude lips are nice because they are low-maintenance and you can easily fake a fully lip by lining slightly outside your natural lip line and it's not too noticeable. My top nude choices from left to right: Urban Decay in Naked (liner), Make Up For Ever in 1C (liner), NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm, Revlon Colorburst in Soft Nude, MAC in Creme d' Nude.
In the picture I am wearing MAC So Chaud. It looks more red in the picture, but in real life it is more of a burnt orange
 I wore orange lips all the time last summer, and I still haven't gotten enough of this color. 
Favorite oranges: MAC Entertain Me (liner), NYX Femme, Revlon Kiss Me Coral, MAC So Chaud
I know, I spelled fuchsia wrong in the pic. woops!
On the left I am wearing Viva Glam Nicki, on the right I am wearing Revlon's Fuchsia Fusion
 A nice pink lip is always a classic.
Favorite light pinks: Victoria's Secret in Pulse, MAC Viva Glam Nicki
Favorite fuchsias: Revlon Fuchsia Fusion, MAC Girl About Town, Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop

In the pic I am wearing Revlon Berry Haute with Revlon Lilac Pastelle on top
 Recently I've been digging purple-y or lilac-y lips. I haven't done too much research on this color but I have a few items that I really like.
Favorite purples: Revlon Berry Haute, Revlon Lip Butter in Gumdrop, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Lilac Pastelle 

Finally, I have just recently begun to like lip stains. Most of the ones I have tried just make my lips look very dry and the color sinks into the creases. But I just found one- Stainiac by TheBalm in Beauty Queen that I love! It's low maintenance and make my lips have a perfect hint of color.

Thanks for viewing!

Thank You and GIVEAWAY!

Hi all!

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has supported me through this blog. It has really meant a lot to me. I recently hit 20,000 views and 25 followers, and I think it's time to celebrate! In honor of these milestones, I am holding a giveaway of a couple of my favorite e.l.f. and mark. products. The winner will receive all of the items in the picture. 

e.l.f. eyeshadow brush
e.l.f. lucious liquid lipstick in babylips
e.l.f. brightening eye color in butternut
e.l.f. natural lash kit
mark. snap to it mini
mark. eyeshadow in whisper
mark. eyeshadow in tiki
mark. juice gems in papaya
mark. glow baby glow hook up in m. powerment peach
mark. samples

All you have to do is subscribe to my blog (by hitting the join button on the right) and comment this picture or message/e-mail me of an idea that you'd like me to do on the blog. It could be nails, hair, makeup...anything beauty related! The giveaway will be from today, May 5 (Happy Cinco de Mayo!) until Wednesday, May 16.

I know some people might consider these milestones not really that big, but to me it's huge. I never expected even 1,000 views or 10 followers. So thank you all!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Trend: Neon Lids

Whether it's clothes, shoes, nails, or makeup, neon is definitely in this spring! Here I did a neon yellow lid using Pop Beauty's Neon Lid palette. I used NYX jumbo pencil in milk beneath the yellow to make it really pop. I've been loving seeing neon lids with a winged liner, so I did that as well. Enjoy!

I like this look because it looks a bit mod to me. It's also super simple as little blending is required. The key is to find a vibrant, pigmented shadow. This is great for a night out, or if you're adventurous, during the day.

Thanks for viewing!