Monday, December 15, 2014

Sparkling Smoky Eyes (Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadows)

I wore this warm sparkly look for Thanksgiving but it is perfect for any holiday evening or celebration. I used the Anastasia Lavish Palette with mostly the shimmer colors for a glowy, candlelit effect, but the real star is an Inglot Pure Pigment shadow. 

1. Prime the eyes to ensure long lasting, creaseproof shadow application, I used my Mac Paintpot in 'Painterly'.
2. Define the crease of the eye with warm matte shadows, I used my Anastasia shadows in 'Orange Soda' and 'Sienna'.
3. Pat an intensely glittery copper/red/gold color onto the lid, I used my Inglot AMC Pure Pigment in #82.
4. Deepen the outer corner with a shimmery brown, I used my Anastasia shadow in 'Truffle'.
5. Add a touch of shimmery purple to the center of the crease, above the Inglot pigment, I used my Anastasia shadow in 'Pink Sapphire'.
6. Line the top lashline with black liquid liner creating a small wing, and add gold glitter liner to the inner corners of the eyes. I used my Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in 'Trooper' and my Sephora Glitter Liner & Mascara in 'VIP Gold'.
7. Line the bottom lashline with a purple/raspberry liner and top it with a similar colored eyeshadow. I used my Stila SmudgeStick in 'Deep Fucshia' and my Anastasia shadow in 'Pink Sapphire'.
8. Highlight the brow bone with any matte cream shade to break up the shimmer.
9. Finish the look by filling in the brows, I used my Too Faced Bulletproof Brows in 'Universal Brunette' topped with my Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in 'Caramel'.

orange soda, sienna, truffle, deep fuchsia smudge-stick, pink sapphire, #82 pure pigment

Primer: Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Primer
Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow
Concealer: Mac Pro-Longwear
Powder: Hourglass Ambient lighting in 'Ethereal' & 'Diffused'
Blush: Nars 'Orgasm' + Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector 'Rose Gold'
Highlight: Laura Mercier Baked Highlight '01'

Lipstick: Dior Addict Lip Glow (original)
Lipgloss: Laura Mercier Lip Glace in 'Rose'


Do you prefer to wear matte or shimmer shadows?

Monday, December 8, 2014

Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer Review

If you have been searching for a super hydrating, calming primer, look no further than the Hangover Replenishing Primer by Too FacedNow I am not a huge primer fan, they usually irritate my skin and make it appear more patchy and dry, but this primer is a drink of water (coconut water in fact) for your complexion. 

It promises bright, dewy skin that glows with health and will replenish moisture levels with coconut water and probiotics. I certainly noticed that my skin looked hydrated and healthy, possibly with even a bit of shine by the end of the day, which never happens for me. I can't definitively say if it made my pores diminish or my makeup last longer as I don't have issues with either of those things, but it is certainly the most moisturizing primer I have ever used, and I feel like you can use it as your day moisturizer & primer all in one. 

It's cruelty free & vegan friendly and is free of silicone so it doesn't have a heavy feel when applied. It costs $32 for 1.35 oz and comes in a squeeze tube with a pump for convenience. There is a faint, pleasant coconut scent that fades quickly upon application. 

Water, Lactobacillus/Salix Alba Bark Ferment Filtrate, Propanediol Dicaprylate, Propanediol, Ceteareth-6 Olivate, Olive Glycerides, Lactobacillus Ferment, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Cellulose Gum, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Pectin, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Xanthan Gum, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Lauryl Alcohol Diphosphonic Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Lecithin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Fragrance, Lauric Acid, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates 
- Phthalates 

If you loved the Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Face Primer this Too Faced one is very similar but even more hydrating! *You can still find the Korres Primer on but it is being discontinued.

The only others primers I personally enjoy for my skin are the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, the Hourglass  28 Primer Serum and the Becca Resurfacing Primer.  

What are your favorite face primers and which ones should I try next?

Monday, December 1, 2014

Blue Morpho 'Halo' Eyes

I was inspired to create this look by a gorgeous piece of jewelry I bought at Peters Valley Craft Center over the summer. They have amazing handmade gifts of every sort, from photography to ceramics to jewelry. Definitely check out their online gallery & store if you are looking for a unique gift this holiday season!

The artist of this piece is Neile Cooper and she hand crafts beautiful jewelry using real butterflies encased in glass. Mine is a Blue Morpho butterfly but she makes pieces with everything from swallowtails to luna moths and also makes custom pieces.
Visit her Facebook page here and her Etsy site here.

1. Prime the eyes to ensure longwear, crease proof shadow application. I used my Mac paint pot in 'Painterly'.
2. Blend a medium brown shadow into the crease and outer corner to act as a guide for the bright colors. Blend this up to towards the brow to help transition to the blue shades, I used the warm browns from the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette.
3. Place a dark blue shimmery shadow along the outer third of the eye, making sure to keep all of the edges rounded. I used Illamasqua's Pure Pigment in 'Alluvium'. This shadow will create the outer edge of the silver 'halo'.
4. Take a bright blue shadow and pat it onto the inner third of the eye making sure to keep the edges rounded, this color will create the inner edge of the silver halo. I used my Inglot eyeshadow in #33.
5. Run a white, shimmery pencil on the center of the eyelid, blending the pencil lines into the blue shadows on either side. Make sure to keep the shape rounded for the halo effect. Then top the pencil with an iridescent silver/white/lavender shadow. I used Sephora's Contour eye pencil in 'Blonde Ambition' and Nars Dual Intensity eyeshadow in 'Cassiopeia'. This shade will create the center of the halo.
6. Place some reflective glitter onto the lid within the halo part of your eye to add dimension and luminosity like that of a butterfly's wing. I used Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish shadow in 'Pixie Dust'.
7. With a small brush, pat a liquid shimmer onto the inner corners of your eyes and onto the center of your lid within the halo. I used Lorac 3D Liquid Lustre in 'Diamond'. I recommend using a liquid shimmer so that it stays exactly where you place it and doesn't get all over your face throughout the evening.
8. Re-blend the eyeshadow edges with a clean brush and make sure all of the colors stand out. Repeat all the steps for the bottom lashline and add multiple coats of mascara since we won't be adding liner or false lashes.
9. Finish the look by filling in the brows, I used my Too Faced Bulletproof Brows in 'Universal Brunette' topped with my Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in 'Caramel'.

Primer: Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Primer
Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow
Concealer: Mac Pro-Longwear
Powder: Hourglass Ambient Lighting in 'Ethereal' + 'Diffused'
Bronzer: Nars 'Laguna'
Blush: Nars 'Orgasm' + Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector 'Rose Gold'
Highlight: Laura Mercier 'Highlight 01'

Lipliner: Palladio Herbal Lipliner in 'Nearly Nude'
Lipstick: Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick in 'Nudist'
Lipgloss: Laura Mercier Lip Glace in 'Sparkling'


Butterflies have a significance to me because they were very special to my grandmother, and I feel like she is with me when I wear them. Do you have a favorite or especially significant piece of jewelry?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Best Fix for Tired Eyes - GlamGlow BrightMud Eye Treatment

This quick fix for dark, puffy, or tired eyes only takes three minutes and will leave you looking refreshed and awake! The GlamGlow BrightMud Eye Treatment is my favorite under-eye pick me up because it treats a multitude of sins and quickly reverses the effects of a sick day or late night out.

What It Does:
This mud is multi-purpose, with ingredients and technology that hydrate, tighten, smooth and help diminish dark circles all while absorbing toxins and depositing nutrient, fatigue fighting minerals. Each box comes with 12 Chrome Cell packets that can be cut in half to maximize each eye mask. 

How To Use:
With your ring finger, tap the mud mask underneath the eye and extend it to the orbital bone if you wish. You will feel a warm tingly sensation and this is normal, but be careful not to get any in your eyes. Leave the mask on for three minutes (don't allow the product to dry) and wipe off with a washcloth or tissue.

Insider Tip:
Like I mentioned above, I choose to cut each closed packet in half and use one pod for both eyes to double the product and save cash. There is a ton in each pod, and personally, I found I was wasting a great deal when I used a full packet.

Results after a single (3 minute) use of the Glam Glow BrightMud Eye Treatment
Ingredients: (from Sephora website)
-Nitroffeine™ 14%: Provides an immediate temporary ‘zing’ sensation; provides awakening and fatigue reduction. 
-Juvelane™ 2.5%: Designed to activate retinol-like activity without the disadvantages. 
-Dihydroxymethylchromone: Supports natural collagen synthesis and reduces its breakdown. 
-Cyclicpeptide: Fights visible signs of aging. 
-Troxerutin: Supports natural capillary microcirculation. 
-Ectoin: Repairs and defends. 
-TEAOXI™ Peppermint Technology: Activates sensory trpm8 cold compression to de-puff eyes; helps skin look noticeably smoother and brighter.

- Formulated Without: Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates

It doesn't bother me, but some people say the tingling sensation feels more like a sting; if that's the case for you check out the Bliss Triple Oxygen Energizing Eye Mask instead.

What is your go-to fix for tired eyes?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Martha & Nick's Winter Wedding

Last December I had the pleasure of doing the makeup for this lovely winter wedding. Martha wanted a soft, natural look that would remain timeless but still define her features. For the eyes I used matte neutrals from the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette and the lips were a mix of Mac 'Twig' and 'Modesty', full makeup details are listed at the end of the post.

Photography by Andrew Stern, visit his website here.

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Smashbox Full Exposure palette (taupe/grey matte shades)
Urban Decay Naked 1 palette (virgin)
Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in black
Laura Mercier 'Stormy Grey' eyeliner pencil
NYC waterproof mascara
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

Laura Mercier original primer
Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation
Graftobian concealer
Make Up For Ever Pro-Finish powder
Nars 'Laguna' bronzer
Nars 'Goulue' blush
Becca 'Opal' Shimmering Skin Perfector highlight
Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray

Palladio 'Nearly Nude' lipliner
Mac 'Twig' & 'Modesty lipsticks
Benefit 'Sugarbomb' lipgloss

Monday, November 10, 2014

Meghan & Dan's Wedding

Meghan was certainly one of my sweetest brides of the year, she is a teacher and she met her husband while they both were working in a sandwich shop! We went with soft rosy colors and flirty lashes for her look, keeping it simple and romantic. All of the products I used are listed at the bottom of the post!
Photography by Chris Penree of Green Couch Studios

Mac 'Painterly' Paintpot
Urban Decay Naked 3 eyeshadows: 
(limit, nooner in crease)
(burnout, strange on lid)
(blackheart over liner to create a soft wing)
Sephora 'Love Affair' eyeliner
Ardell Demi Wispie lashes

Becca Resurfacing Primer
Make Up For Ever Face & Body foundation
Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder ('Diffused' & 'Incandescent') 
Nars 'Laguna' bronzer
Becca 'Flowerchild' blush
Becca 'Opal' Shimmering Skin Perfector highlight
Urban Decay 'All Nighter' setting spray

Sephora 'Royal Rose' lipliner
Laura Mercier 'Shy Pink' lip stain

Monday, November 3, 2014

Can the Beauty Blender Get Any Better?

You all know that the Beauty Blender is my favorite tool for applying liquid & cream foundations or concealers. It gives the most natural finish and the options for coverage are endless, making it the perfect multi-use tool. But many people don't realize that the Beauty Blender is amazing for applying powder products as well! 

The trick for applying powders is to have the sponge be dry or almost dry. I personally don't want to use two different ones, so I just wring out the extra moisture after I apply my liquid foundation and it works just as well. I find that using the Beauty Blender for powder lessens the creasing under my eyes, which is always an issue I have. I usually use it with my Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders and it has been the perfect combination!

Let me know in the comments if you have ever tried the Beauty Blender for powder and how you liked it!