Friday, March 7, 2014
Its been another whirlwind week, I've been throwing on basically the same quick makeup most mornings to keep me looking looking professional while I'm really just day dreaming about spring break. As always I need my makeup to stay all day with minimal touch ups and this is what I've been using to do just that!
Base: Long days call for primers, and my favorite one is still Benefit The Porefessional (review here), I let that set for a minute or two and head into my foundation choice as of late, bareMinerals Original formula which I'm almost out of! I've been buffing it in with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush for higher coverage. Under eye darkness has been quite the issue lately so I've been using both the Bobbi Brown corrector in Light Bisque and the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser. I added some warmth and definition with The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in #01 and finished off with Rimmel Stay Matte Powder through the T zone.
Eyes: I kept things simple by heavily lining my eyes with MUFE Aqua Shadow in 28E, a lovely champagne color. I darkened the lash line just a tad in the outer corners with Stila smudge stick in Damsel. Then I added MAC Vanilla Pigment to the inner corners and under the brow bone as a highlight. Of course I used my Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil to fill in my brows a bit, and I finished off with Buxom Lash Mascara.
Cheeks: I kept things light and lively with Revlon Cream Blush in Charmed Enchantment I blended this in with my fingers so it really meshed with my skin, and I added a touch of MAC Vanilla Pigment on the tops of my cheekbones.
Lips: And my top tip for keeping thinks looking like you put in a lot of effort when you didn't is a bright lip. I chose MAC Plumful, and took it with me for touch ups.
What do you do to look put together when you are short on time?
Thursday, March 6, 2014
It is almost spring break and although there is still snow on the ground, and warm temperatures now seem somewhat like a myth, I thought I would celebrate the warm-weather-to-be on my nails. I picked up this cute little Rimmel nail polish for around $2 at the store the other week. For that price and the color I just couldn't say no.
The color is a beautiful red/coral and the formula is pretty great too. I did need to do three coats unfortunately, but it dries to a high shine in just a few seconds so no real problems there. The brush is nice and wide and distributes just the right amount of color. Sandwiched between Orly Bonder and Seche Vite I got a good five days out of this nail polish before it even started to chip which is pretty fantastic!
I love a great bright coral on my nails! It reminds me of summer and it goes with pretty much everything without being neutral.
Whats your favorite warm weather polish color?
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Remember when all the beauty bloggers/youtubers could talk about was MAC? I was so swept up in the whole movement, without buying a single thing. I watched and read with my notebook at the ready to write down all the things I needed (about two palettes worth, eeek!). But, being low on funds and not a MAC counter for many miles, left me to stew with my wish list for years. Over time that wish list dwindled down to just a few items that I started picking up late last year.
One of the products that never ever left my wish list was MAC Vanilla Pigment. First of all it is a tad more expensive than their eyeshadow, but there are so many more uses and the size is pretty huge, I doubt I'll ever use all of it. I've mostly been using this as a highlight, very lightly on the tops of the cheekbones, and a bit heavier under the brow and in the inner corners of my eyes. You can also use pigments to jazz up a mani (I did this here), or even make a custom lip color (though maybe not with this color).
It is so difficult to swatch and photograph its beauty, but it really is a stunner. Its a white colored pigment with a high frost and golden, sometimes pink-y sheen, making it much more complicated than the "soft ivory white" description given. The formula is pretty much perfect, soft, fluffy, easy to pick up and transfer. If I could change one thing, I would add a sifter to the top instead of having two lids. It would make it a bit less dangerous to use, because lets face it, at some point in time I'm going to knock it over and spill it.
Do you use pigments?
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
I have a new love in the form of The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in #01 Light. Yeah, the lightest one, le sigh. This is actually as golden goddess-y as I can get without looking orange. That just isn't fooling anyone.
The Body Shop is one of the first brands I've found to have a range of bronzers for people of different skin tones. Because let's be serious, even though I burn in the sun almost instantaneously (spf 50+ is my BFF), I still want to look like I spend my summers sunning myself in California, sans melanoma. Still working on the perfect sea swept hair concoction to go along with this look, fyi.
The packaging on this bronzer is to-die-for. The amber colored compact with a honeycomb design you can only see in certain lights is gorgeous, and so different! The powder its self is lovely as well. It's soft without being powdery and just pigmented enough that you don't over do it on the first swipe. I've been buffing this onto the high points of my face with the Real Techniques Multi Task Brush to add a little summer glow to my wintry white face.
Having never really used a bonzer before it did take a bit of getting used to, but I'm really enjoying having a bit more warmth in my face.
What is your favorite bronzer?