January 30, 2015
GUCCI MAGNETIC COLOR EYESHADOW MONO

GUCCI MAGNETIC COLOR EYESHADOW MONO


When Gucci stamps their iconic logo onto something, anything, that means it's worth a look. I waited for quite a while before taking the plunge and trying out Gucci's beauty line, which was released mid-last year. I had heard particularly good things about their single eyeshadows and quads, so naturally I started with the Gucci Magnetic Color Eyeshadow Mono in a neutral taupe shade called Starlight.

I thought that this shade was a perfect place to begin testing out the product line. If Gucci can perfect their eyeshadow formula and create a perfect pale neutral for everyday, then they've got my attention. Well, unsurprisingly, just like with their stunning leather goods, they managed to crank out a pretty damn amazing shadow. The formula is pigmented and easy to blend, with a soft buttery texture that manages to stay put throughout most of the day, and all day long when aided by a primer. This shade in particular reminds me of the cult classic Pale Barley by Burberry, but updated and better. Yes, I went there. The beautiful iconic logo embossed packaging speaks for itself, and although a bit expensive ($37) for a single shadow, I think the product is worthy of the hefty price tag. I have my eye on a few other shades, and especially the Tuscan Storm palette, which includes a stunning array of neutrals. 

Have you tried anything from Gucci's line yet; thoughts?
January 28, 2015
NUDESTIX

NUDESTIX


By now you all know my feelings on eyeshadow sticks, they're my favorite makeup shortcut to achieve any eye look. The concept behind these Nudestix is, first of all, right in line with my minimal effort makeup mantra. With one end you can scribe the color onto the eyelid, and with the other you can smudge the product in to your heart's content. I think the total package of these makeup sticks are really great conceptually; they come in a sleek matte black tin with a mirror on the inside of the top lid, include a note on how to use the product from the brand owners, and each comes with it's own sharpener. Major bonus points right there! 

I tried two shades of their Eye Pencils, in the colors Golden and Pewter, and both are really gorgeous shades. I love a good, subtle metallic shade for everyday wear and these both tick all the right boxes. The shade Pewter is a really pretty burnished bronze color with a purple undertone, which adds a nice spin on a neutral shade, and the pigmentation is rich and creamy. Golden is a classic gold shade (pretty self explanatory) that leans more tan than yellow - something I look for in any gold. I like that this pencil can be worn all over the lid for a subtle eye-opening shade or used as a highlighter for the inner corners, or even the cupid's bow. The staying power with these is what really impressed me; once they are drawn on you need to blend immediately because once they go on they will not budge. 

I am really excited by this product and am left wondering...why didn't I try these sooner? Nudestix are great for travel, touchups throughout the day, and the packaging speaks for itself. Pretty much perfect. I will definitely be delving deeper into the line and think that next on my list are the lip and cheek pencils. Have you tried anything from Nudestix yet?  
January 27, 2015
RECENT REDISCOVERIES

RECENT REDISCOVERIES


Sometimes you need to shake things up in your routine a bit, and although I try new products pretty often I still find myself gravitating toward the same looks over and over again. Not because I dislike other looks, just because it's easy for me to swipe on a neutral shadow, some lip balm, a base, and some blush. And I'm sure we can all admit that sometimes, it's just all about the easy. Who has time for worrying about heavy makeup when there are still episodes of Orange is the New Black left to watch on Netflix? 

One way that I like to introduce different products into my routine is by shifting around what I use on a regular basis, AKA, "shopping the stash." I find that this helps to subtly change my look around and keep things fresh and different, but it also helps me to use products that I otherwise would end up neglecting, nonetheless enjoy using. I only have one face, and makeup enough for a small village, which isn't something to be proud of. At least this way I show some love to some forgotten products that I actually do enjoy using, and here's what they are currently: 

Dr. Jart BB Bounce Beauty Balm // I will admit that I originally picked up this product because of it's cool bouncy, goo-like texture. I proceeded to bring it on a trip with me and kept it in my bag for touchups on the go, and have to say it did quite the job of replacing my usual powder touchups. Sometimes, layering up on more powder has the opposite effect of "freshening up" and just creates a dulled down, cakey complexion. This is great as it's a lighter coverage, but ultra dewy tinted moisturizer in a compact that brings the skin back to life when applied sparingly. 

Lipstick Queen Hello Sailor // This is the blue equivalent of Lipstick Queen's classic Medieval lip balm/tint hybrid. It may look intimidating in the bullet, only emphasized by the ultra blue casing as well, but on the lips there is no sign of the shade anywhere. This moisturizing lip tint provides a sheer dose of berry color to the lips, while the blue undertones help to enhance the natural lip shade and create the illusion of whiter teeth. As you can imagine, it's been spending a lot of time on my lips lately. 

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy // I'm afraid to say that I'm the only one who doesn't find the pigmentation in these blushes quite as ah-mazing as everyone else does, although I do agree the shades are beautiful. I'm not sure if I have a faulty product or if it's, that perhaps, mine is just past its prime. I've been digging my brush in regardless and with a little bit of work, the blush has quite a perky color payoff. I like that the name "Tipsy" is very true to the color that this blush creates on the cheeks; a red-pink flush that is often the result of one drink too many. It's a great compliment to an otherwise neutral makeup look, helping to liven things up a bit in cheek territory.  

Blinc Eyebrow Gel // I've recently ran out of my Benefit Gimme Brow and decided against a repurchase. Due to the scar I have in one of my eyebrows I unfortunately can't skip the brow pencil, so the Benefit product just seemed a bit much on top of that. I have been enjoying this clear, unfussy brow gel from Blinc, as it sets my brows in place and makes them look fluffy and natural, never crispy. 

What products did you last rediscover when shopping your stash? 
January 26, 2015
HOURGLASS MODERNIST EYESHADOW PALETTE

HOURGLASS MODERNIST EYESHADOW PALETTE


Leave it to Hourglass to once again push the limits of the beauty world with their new Modernist Eyeshadow Palette. The newly released, fresh off the press eyeshadows are quite the visual stunners. Ever since the dawn of Urban Decay's Naked Palette, just about every brand has taken their turn churning out their own in some variation of a neutral color palette, but you can bet that Hourglass is the first to ban the pans and let the colors run wild, flowing through each other. 

Seven different color palettes have been released and each one more breathtaking than the next. I personally went for the shade Exposure which contains champagne, aubergine, bronze, black violet, and lilac - something different than the usual run of the mill nude shades. Prior to purchasing I had a few doubts about the pigmentation of this palette based on the mix of reviews it received, but I was pleasantly surprised. In fact, I think the pigmentation is on point with these shadows, as they're rich, buttery and blendable with just the right amount of shimmer to have impact. Most of all, I love how the colors are coordinated to be the new neutrals, which is what really gives this palette a tasteful and modern twist. Will you be giving this palette a go?
January 25, 2015
GIORGIO ARMANI EYE TINT

GIORGIO ARMANI EYE TINT


Over the past year I've come to really love a good effortless eyeshadow. I am willing to give anything a go that can cut time from my routine and provide a long lasting result. The second I saw the Giorgio Armani Eye Tint I knew it was something that had a very good chance of fitting that bill. Giorgio Armani markets this as the "first liquid tint" of its kind. Upon application it's quite intriguing, unlike anything else I've tried before; a liquid eyeshadow packaged with a doe foot wand, kind of like a lipgloss for the eyes. 

Makeup trends have been going in the way of less is more; fast, simple, and true-beauty enhancing versus made to just cover. If you are into those trends then this is definitely something to try. With one swipe, the liquid dries down to a powder-tint finish that's really smooth, like silk, and doesn't crease at all. I got the shade Rose Ashes and it's a natural eye enhancing shade that makes them look more awake and opened up. The cherry on top of this rose gold Sunday is that the tint lasts up to 16 hours on the eyes for an all day creaseless wear. This product gets a definite two thumbs up from me - now, which shade to try next?
January 24, 2015
BEST OF BASES: LIGHT AND NATURAL

BEST OF BASES: LIGHT AND NATURAL


Light and natural are two characteristics that we can all agree we want our bases to have. Well, I'm quite experienced in the department after coming to the realization that it's better to cut the full-coverage factor where everyday appropriate makeup is concerned. Cue the slew of lightweight and glow-giving products that help even out skin's ruddiness just enough to have them fooled: maybe she's born with it? Probably not...but maybe.

There are what seems to be an onslaught of tinted moisturizers, BB creams, and "tints" currently available to the masses of women looking to be a better version of themselves, but the problem is where to start? Some are too drying, some are too greasy, too glittery, even too orange, perhaps. Well, that's why you ladies have come to the right place; I'm here to take the guesswork out of looking, but not being natural and am sharing my favorites with you.

Chanel Les Beiges Fluide Belle Mine // This is the fullest coverage offering of the bunch, but don't let that fool you. It doesn't come anywhere close to being your run of the mill full coverage foundation. I keep this bottle around for situations that call for juicy skin reminiscent of a glow you'd have after spending a few days out in the sun. The formula is youth-inducing and always gives me that "oh why yes, I just got back from Mallorca" radiance. 

Jouer Matte Moisture Tint // The brand has really created an unparalleled product in their Matte Moisture Tint. It somehow comforts the skin with just the right of moisture, while remaining matte throughout the day. It's really great because you get the best of both worlds; plump and fresh skin, but never too dewy in the greasy sense. If you're an oily skinned girl who cringes at the thought of anything giving your skin additional moisture, then this is one for you to try. This formula will convert you. 

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer // The most light-inducing of my tinted moisturizer collection; this stuff does so somehow without any glitter, or even shimmer. Nars can do no wrong - it adds a radiant glow to the skin, while washing it in a veil of tone-evening coverage. I think it has just enough coverage to make the skin look healthy but never not like skin. Think of this as the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation mixed with a dollop of really good moisturizer. It's just...yes

Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer // Laura Mercier is like the unofficial queen of the tinted moisturizer. She is to tinted moisturizer, what DVF is to the wrap dress; nobody does it like she does. It's a no fuss tint, in my personal favorite, oil-free formula that has pretty amazing longevity for such a glow giving product. If you are new to the tinted moisturizer game, or bases in general, this is where I recommend you start. 
January 21, 2015
MASKS FOR COMBATTING PROBLEM SKIN IN COLD WEATHER

MASKS FOR COMBATTING PROBLEM SKIN IN COLD WEATHER


Dry problem skin can be one of the toughest kinds to deal with. I speak as a girl who used to never get dry skin, but in fact, quite the opposite until perhaps a year ago when conditions started becoming a bit more parched. By no means do I have dry skin year-round, but that's what I'm working with in this moisture-zapping winter climate. Of course, that hasn't been my only recent skin concern...no, no. I had a few breakouts after all the holiday drinking and eating that happened a few weeks back. Raise your hand if, you too, struggle with finding blemish busting masks that don't leave your skin in a Sahara like state. Same here.

I do, however, have a few favorites that have made their way to the front lines of my skincare stash to help fight off pesky blemishes without destroying everything good in their path. The Eve Lom Rescue Mask and the Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Mask are both godsends for troubled and sensitive skin. I use both of these masks on a regular basis, alternating one every week, or when I feel my skin could use the extra kick. I would describe these as very gentle do-it-all treatments, both from which you can expect unclogged pores, a brighter, more even tone, and softer skin. These soothing and cleansing masks are permanent skincare staples that keep my skin, and therefore, me happy. 
January 20, 2015
A FEW THINGS I LOVE LATELY

A FEW THINGS I LOVE LATELY


I've had a few very long weeks, and trying to make time for work, family, friends, blogging (&me) can be quite the juggling act. That being said there are a few non-makeup things I've been loving lately, making the dreary month of January just that much brighter. 
  • I use a ladder shelf in my room to store and display quite a few different items, from books and jewelry to knick-knacks I've picked up while traveling. Lately, I've been enjoying this little corner where I keep a few of my favorite things, like the Diptyque Figuier Parfum D'Interieur that makes my space smell so fresh; like milky fig trees under a warm Mediterranean sun. I also keep an empty candle jar filled with perfume samples that I am testing, alongside a handmade ceramic incense burner I bought in Spain this past summer. 
  • This fresh Berry Banana smoothie I've been making a lot recently - still trying to recover from the holiday eating binge. I think it's delicious; it's refreshing, energizing, and keeps me full until lunch time which is something I can definitely get behind. I make mine by blending 1 cup of almond milk, half a container of Fage Total 0% Plain Greek Yogurt, half of a frozen banana, a tablespoon of honey, and a cup of mixed berries. I use blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries.
  • My huge, blanket sized colorful check scarf that I picked up from the Zara sale for $20 has been keeping me super warm in this frigid weather. I also added a new pair of sunglasses to my collection - the Tom Ford Campbell rounded square glasses in black. I already love them as I think they put a modern spin on the classic wayfarer shape and will look great with anything. 
January 18, 2015
A BUDGET LIP PRODUCT I LOVE

A BUDGET LIP PRODUCT I LOVE


Lately, I've been on a bit of a moisture-inducing lip product kick...if you couldn't already tell. If you tell me there's a product that keeps things from getting dry and has great pigmentation at the same time, I'm all ears. I have to say, other than lip balms, I don't usually find too many lip products from the drug store that last, have high pigmentation levels, and don't dry out the lips at the same time. But hey, there is a first for everything, right?

I picked up a Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain from the drugstore a few months back and absolutely loved it. The texture reminds me a lot of the YSL Rouge Pur Couture  but with a bit more of a jelly-like consistency. The pigmentation is about as good as that of the YSL as well, and it keeps my lips in good condition even when worn during the winter months when they're really suffering. Like right now, actually. I've been using these lately in place of my usual bold lip options, because, well, nobody likes a bold cracked lip. I think they're really a pretty awesome buy at about $9 a pop, and there are a pretty wide range of shades available as well, with something for everyone. I have the shades Stockholm Chic, a deep red wine color, and Milan Moment, a bold and bright red-orange. 

Have you tried the Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain? Which shades are your favorite?
January 16, 2015
FRIDAY'S MAKEUP MANTRA

FRIDAY'S MAKEUP MANTRA


"Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to work we go..." for the last time this week. I'm sure we have all had quite a draining week; maybe we're still recovering from the holiday time off? Friday morning is the toughest day (besides Monday) to get out of bed and get yourself motivated for one more day of work, and to be honest I can't be totally bothered with a lot of prep work on the makeup front. Luckily, I have found a few products that get done what needs to get done - the bags covered, skin tone evened, and eyes wide open.

Usually on Friday mornings I'll wash my face, smother it in serum and moisturizer, and then top things off with a light tint instead of a full on foundation. I have sort of rediscovered the Origins VitaZing SPF 15, which is a white fluid moisturizer that releases a very light tint when massaged into the skin. I like how this makes my skin feel refreshed and evens things out just enough for me to feel like I'm ready for the day. It by no means gives a ton of coverage, but lately my skin has been begging for moisture more than anything else and that's exactly what this product gives me. This tint, however, doesn't cut it for me in the under eye bag department come Friday morning, so I tap on some of my favorite Clarins Instant Concealer, using it for any areas where I may need extra help as well. I like how this concealer stays within the natural(ish) category and never looks cakey, it just looks like your skin, which is always a plus in my book. I follow it up with a dusting of the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder in the shade N*20, because it amps up the coverage and longevity just the right amount. 

For the eyes I don't like to go too overboard, or I can get carried away with time and end up missing my train. I stick to the basics; something like the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Ro(Cocoa), a brown eyeliner with a bit of shimmer running through. This eyeliner makes me look much more awake than I actually am, especially when I finish my eyes off with lashings of the Benefit They're Real Mascara. I used to be hooked on this mascara, and after receiving a tube as a gift for Christmas, I remember why! It's great stuff and somehow allows me to skimp on eye makeup elsewhere - it lengthens my lashes that much. Since I put such minimal effort into the rest of my makeup, a rosy lip color is essential to looking alive awake and really lends a certain freshness to things, I think. I love Burberry Lip Mist Natural Sheer Lipstick in Field Rose, as it's moisturizing but waxy enough to last a few hours before a reapplication is needed.

What is your go-to minimal makeup? Happy Friday!
January 14, 2015
NEW IN FROM CHANEL

NEW IN FROM CHANEL


I owe myself a pat on the back for the amount of discipline I've had over the past few months. I've been trying to minimize the amount of makeup, and products in general, that I own and I've been doing pretty well with it. It's made me realize just how long it actually takes me to use up the items I own. But then...I couldn't say no to new Chanel. It doesn't count right? 

I think there must be some shopping ban loophole that allows a few pieces of Chanel makeup to slip through the cracks every now and again. Well, I fell under the spell and purchased two new bits from the brand, one new release and one that I've had my eye on for quite some time. After reading countless rave reviews on the Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre I finally caved. I know it hasn't been in my possession all that long, but it's easily the best powder I have tried. It's like brushing a layer of invisible silk (I have shade 20 Claire) onto the skin and never leaves things looking dry, never gives the dreaded flashback when photographed, and makes makeup last all day. It's virtually undetectable and if you're a powder hater, you may want to mull things over and give this a try. 

The other item I picked up is the Chanel Joues Contraste in Angelique, which is a shade that was launched as a part of the spring collection. I saw Lisa Eldridge use this blush in a video she filmed on the Chanel website and instantly fell in love. Quelle surprise! The peachy pink shade is instantly uplifting and looks great paired with a lipstick of similar color for a fresh effect that has me feeling ready for spring. Plus, I seem to have forgotten just how beautiful the texture of these blushes are, they practically melt into the skin. As if I needed another reason to buy more blush - or Chanel. 

Chanel, you've gone and dunnit again. 
January 13, 2015
YSL VOLUPTE TINT-IN-OIL

YSL VOLUPTE TINT-IN-OIL


It's January, and needless to say I've been on a bit of a lip product kick, as they're typically the product that I reapply most throughout the day especially during the winter. Lately, anything that can give my lips that extra shot of moisture has been  on my radar, and that's precisely why the YSL Volupte Tint-in-Oil made it's way into my possession. The concept of this product is quite unique, and while I have owned a lip oil before, it wasn't much in the longevity department - all the product would soak in quite quickly and leave no color behind. Leave it to YSL to create another breakthrough lip product, and definitely one that will have its competitors following suit - which I won't be complaining about. We need more lip oil-stain hybrids like this in out lives!

The Volupte Oil-in-Gloss goes on like a gloss, but is actually an oil, and once it's slicked on the tint that is suspended in the product transfers to the lips creating a stain that lasts - even after the oil has been absorbed or wiped away. This stuff feels amazing on and is the answer to dry winter lips that are lacking color. I've always loved stains, but have had issues with them drying out my lips and I can say that this is the most hydrating lip tint I've yet to come across. I got the shade Cherry My Cherie 5 which is a pretty flushed pink color, that leaves your mouth looking as if you'd just eaten a bowl of cherries. If I had to make a comparison, I'd say it's most similar to the Dior Addict Lip Glow in that it enhances the appearance of the lips, but it's more moisturizing and longer lasting. You'll have to pry this from my hands because this stuff is good.  
January 11, 2015
WHAT'S IN MY MAKEUP BAG

WHAT'S IN MY MAKEUP BAG


I recently started a new job and am now making the commute from Connecticut to NYC 5 times a week. I can't say I'm all that happy about it as I see my "me time" dwindling down to a very limited amount, and fitting everything I want to do and that needs to get done into that narrow window is quite a difficult task. Having a small makeup bag (mine is a mesh option from Sephora) filled with some essentials has definitely helped me out over the past few weeks to stay organized and to always be ready to touch up when I am low on time and resources. Where would I be without this pouch full of saviors? 

I have a tendency to overpack on products (so many lipsticks, so little time) but I've forced myself to bring only items that I know I'll need and reach for throughout the day. Starting with face, my foundation tends to last throughout the day because I don't tend to use too much to begin with, so I rely on a concealer for touchups and a petite brush for blending. The L'Oreal True Match Concealer is great for tossing in your bag and drawing onto blemishes and under eye circles due to it's thin but creamy consistency. It's easy to blend with fingers, but for a more full on touch up I grab the Eco Tools face brush that came in a travel brush set I bought from the drug store. It's super soft and helps disperse the product evenly which is perfect for me, I also always carry the eye blending brush from the same set for eyeshadow touch ups. If I find that I'm getting lackluster at any point throughout the day, the best way to add a bit of life back into my look is by dabbing the RMS Living Luminizer on my cheekbones and in the inner corners of my eyes. 

The remainder of the space in my bag is usually reserved for a few lip options. Due to the harsh wintery weather lately, the most important item has been a lip balm, and I'm currently using the Glossier Balm Dotcom which is a simple but effective lip moisturizer. I also keep two glosses in for good measure and a bit of color that still keeps things on the moisturized end of the spectrum. I love the Marc Jacobs Lust For Lacquer Lip Vinyl in Kissability and it just so happens that I received a mini in a sample bag that Sephora was doing during the holidays, that's perfect for my bag. I always love to have a natural, lip color enhancing pink gloss with me as well, and the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre in Portobello Girl certainly fits the bill. Lastly, I like to keep a perfume sample in my bag because a girl always needs to smell good. I actually have a recycled Diptyque jar filled with perfume samples and just choose from there each week to avoid spending money on travel sized fragrances. 

Do you have any tips for packing a pint sized makeup bag? What do you bring with you to work that you don't think you could be without?
January 08, 2015
A DUPE FOR NARS DUAL-INTENSITY EYESHADOW

A DUPE FOR NARS DUAL-INTENSITY EYESHADOW


I'm going to admit something to you. I'm not much of a "dupe" seeker when it comes to beauty products. If I can't have the real thing, then I usually lose interest and just end up forgetting about it once the hype has blown over. Though, there's no denying it's great to find a bargain when you can, because let's face it, we beauty junkies have a tendency to spend way way way too much on makeup, skincare, or whatever the new "it" product is. But guess what guys? I accidentally found a dupe for my beloved Nars Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow and not in shade, but more importantly, in formula. I love the formula of these shadows, and of course, Nars never disappoints with their shade range either, but the chrome like multi-dimensional finish is what hooked me. 

So the story goes: a KIKO Milano store recently opened near me and I had to have a peek inside. I was mainly excited because back when I lived in Florence for school I used to shop there all the time for fun and cheap products, so I had a bit of a reminisce. I wasn't expecting to pick up much and then I came across the KIKO Long Wear Wet & Dry Use Eyeshadow (I have shade Sepia) and saw a striking resemblance to my Nars favorite. The shades are not identical (though the range is extensive), however, if you like the effect and that you can build up the intensity of the finish by using it dry or wet, then you will love these. I particularly like these ones used wet, and the shade I chose also makes for a great and effortless smokey eye come nighttime. 

For about twice the amount of shadow at a literal fraction of the price, you can't go wrong with these shadows. It's a win for everyone. 
January 04, 2015
BEAUTY AND BLOGGING GOALS FOR 2015

BEAUTY AND BLOGGING GOALS FOR 2015


With a new year, comes new goals here on the blog. I wanted to share with you what I am looking to achieve with both my blog and beauty in general this coming year, because once I write down and organize my goals I'm much more likely to stick to them. Whether you are also a blogger, or you are a beauty junkie like me, I hope you find some inspiration here and even offer me some of your thoughts as well. 

Blog Planning and Scheduling // As I get older it seems my schedule gets more and more jam packed with working full time, my personal life, blogging, and what little is left gets dedicated to some down time. I think that planning out what I want to post about is the best way to keep things on schedule and I haven't exactly done the best job with that these past few months. Getting a new journal always helps keep me motivated to write down my ideas and from now on I am going to be keeping my thoughts and ideas somewhere other than just my head. 

Using Up Products // I have come to realize that more isn't always better, and while part of me still wants to try all the new products that hit the market, whether for testing purposes or just because, well, they look pretty - I need to use up some of the products that I have in my Muji stash. Maybe I will incorporate a few "makeup mix-up" type posts where I shuffle in different products so that I stay on task with this goal, because I find myself having less time to faff around with finding products to try when I get ready in the morning. I don't want too much going to waste and I'm starting to think that the less clutter I have in my makeup collection, the better. I only have one face after all...

Simplifying My Skincare Routine // Because nobody needs 8 serums, 15 moisturizers, and 5 face washes at once. I love skincare and over this past year have really learned what works for me thanks to all the testing I did, so I think it's safe to say that I finally know which products I need in my routine and which ones I don't. I am going to try to use up what I currently have and then only repurchase the ones I truly find myself reaching for everyday and that make my skin its happiest. I really think I can edit down my essentials to a reasonable amount of products and that's what I am going to try to do. 

Wearing Bold Lip Colors // Like I mentioned in my last post I tend to gravitate toward more neutral shades when it comes to everyday wear, so the brights and bolds of my collection have seen little use recently. It's not a huge goal or anything but I would like to try and incorporate some of my favorites into my makeup looks more often. Any tips?
January 02, 2015
ON MY FACE, SOMETHING DIFFERENT

ON MY FACE, SOMETHING DIFFERENT


While I must admit to owning a fair amount of makeup, I tend to create a similar look out of my products on a daily basis. I love a bold lip, but for my everyday routine, that's just not that realistic of a look. I am not quite brave enough to stroll into my office donning a hot pink pucker so I usually stick with something pretty neutral that involves minimal thought, or touchups, for that matter. Since I've had a few extra days off for the holidays, though, I have been playing around a bit more with makeup and there is one look in particular that I have been loving lately. It involves very minimal makeup on the skin, a thin swipe of liner on the lids, and a bold wine stained lip. 

This is a really easy look to create, and what I like the best about it is that it looks like you put some form of effort in, but still didn't go overboard with makeup. I start off by using the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, because it's super light and undetectable but still manages to even out the tone and texture. If I'm wearing a bold lip I also don't like my face makeup to look too heavy, as I think it tends to make me look older, so this product really does the trick for my base. I then go in with a bit of the Clarins Instant Concealer to touch up my under eye area and around my nose; pretty much anywhere I need a bit of extra help. I've come to love this spot concealing method as it creates a perfect canvas without the "cake face" factor. Once the base is settled, I dust a small amount of the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light 01 across my t-zone for some staying power, and tap a bit of the Chantecaille Liquid Lumiere along my cheekbones and the inner corners of my eyes. I think the highlighter step in this look is important because it keeps things from looking too flat. I can't go without a sweep of my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure because it's the perfect neutral shade with an uplifting effect. 

I took care of the eyes by using my Nars Eye Paint in Baalbek in the place of my usual black eyeliner. I really like the multi-tonal effect that this gives, especially when used as en eyeliner. It's a dark, almost black brown with tiny gold glitter particles suspended in it, which adds a nice touch. The brow situation is sorted thanks to scribbling my good old Anastasia Brow Wiz in Dark Brunette, and please excuse my current brow situation - they definitely need a good fixing soon! Lastly, the star of the show here was my MAC Lipstick in Rebel, a firm favorite for it's ability to be built up to an uber dark, almost goth lip, or be worn as more of a subtle stain. I opted for a sort of in-between look, not a flat stain, but not the full on effect that this color can have either. Would you try this look?