I Did My Sister’s Makeup. Again.

Remember when I did my sister’s makeup? Well, I did it again and this time it was for an engagement party. I glammed her up with a gold look and warmed it up with some medium pinks. I love how it turned out.

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Wet N Wild Fergie Eye Primer
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded
Urban Decay Naked Pallet
Wet N Wild
NYX Cream Blush in
Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Buff
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara
Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last Eyeliner in Brown
ELF Brow Kit in Ash

After priming her lids, I started out with Half Baked out of the Naked pallet on her lids. I blended some browns into her outer V to deepen it up. after highlighting her brow with a matte cream shade, I blended some of a medium pink shade out of the Wet N Wild pallet right above the brown shade to warm it up and give it more dimension. It gives a little something extra without looking too pink. What do ya think?



I Did My Sister’s Makeup

Since hanging out with a new friend (Hi Lindsay Steele!) I’ve been super encouraged to dig more into my passion for makeup. For Christmas I gave my sister a coupon for a makeup lesson/tutorial thing. Before my little sister’s birthday party I wanted to let her redeem that coupon. 🙂 I had a blast and she learned a lot! Here’s the result.

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Shelby wears a lot of bronzes and browns so I wanted to switch it up and give her a pink and purple look. I know the Naked 3 pallet is really popular now so I’ve been loving pink looks and wanted to try it out on her green eyes.


Revlon Colorstay Foundation
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Rimmel Bronzer
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
ELF Studio Blush in Fuchsia Fusion
Wet N Wild Fergie Eyeshadow Primer
Smashbox Wonder Pallet
Urban Decay Vice 2 Pallet
Covergirl Professional Super Thick Lash Mascara
ELF Eyebrow Kit in Ash
Bare Minerals Lipstick in Get Ready
Forever21 Highlighter
NYX Dewy Finish Spray

For Shel I wanted to get her to use less foundation and setting powder. Her skin is perfect and doesn’t need a lot of coverage. I used foundation just to balance out her skin tone and cover up some redness and set it lightly with the Rimmel powder. I contoured her cheekbones and around her temples to slim up her face and give her some more definition, as well. I set her whole face with NYX Dewy Finish Spray to give her a glowy look as opposed to the matte look she’s more accustomed to. I love how it turned out! What do you think?



Beauty Tuesday: Hautelook Haul Laura Gellar Beauty

Happy Tuesday!

Since following Beauty Broadcast on YouTube and learning of Laura Gellar’s baked products, I knew I had to try them somehow, but paying 30+ for a powder foundation or blush? No, thanks. But Hautelook came to the rescue just like always! I bought her Balance-N-Brighten powder foundation in regular/medium (only shade available) and an NYC kit that included a Blush-N-Brighten in Berry, mini size of Real Deal Concealer in medium, and a Light Beams Ultimate Shine Lip Gloss in Passion Fruit.

This is the Balance-N-Brighten in regular/medium. There are five shades available: porcelain, fair, regular/medium, tan, and deep. It’s normally $33, I got it for $17.50 on Hautelook, and is sold at ULTA and lauragellar.com. This product is baked on a terracotta tile and is swirled with multiple shades including some yellow. Blended all together it gives a nice color. The regular shade is a pretty good match for me but might be a hair too dark. I have noticed that it seems to cling to the Real Deal Concealer, which is too dark for me, when I put it over top. I have not tried it with a lighter concealer but I have learned to put whatever concealer I’m using on top of the foundation. It has great coverage and is best used with a very dense brush. I have worn it alone and it has decent staying power without any touch-ups, but I’ve used it more on top of a liquid foundation and it lasts just fine.

This is Blush-N-Brighten in Berry. It retails for $31, but I got it in a kit with two other products for $21! I am so in love with this blush! It is the perfect amount of gold shimmer. Some less expensive blushes can look very sparkly but this gives such a perfect glow! I love just staring at the gorgeous swirls of color. After I first opened it I couldn’t stop looking at it and even shoved it in my sister’s face for her to appreciate. She didn’t.
There are shades of gold, berry, and purple (but not too purple!) in this. It isn’t a super concentrated berry shade but it gives a great flush of natural berry on the cheeks. I have even used it on top of other berry blushes to give it a more natural glowy look. The staying power is great with this and the product will last me a long time!


This is the Light Beams Ultimate Shine Lip Gloss in Passion Fruit. Alone it retails for $17. It’s a great mauve-berry color with some shimmer in it. It’s great for a natural look or layered on top of another deeper lipstick. I don’t find it to be particularly unique, but it is a nice shade. The formula is pretty great as well. It’s a little thicker but not sticky which allows it to last longer. I’m not sure if this is full size, but it’s not the biggest gloss I own. It’s a squeeze tube format applicator which I don’t mind, but it does take me a second to make sure the color is evenly applied on my lips.

Laura Geller Beauty | Shop Real Deal Concealer

THIS. Oh. This Real Deal Concealer in medium retails for $22 full size (.7 oz). This is the most FULL coverage concealer I own. It is ridiculous. It takes the most miniscule amount to dab on a problem area and it.is.gone. However, this shade in medium is too dark for me so I have to layer a lighter one on top or make sure and blend it in really well underneath some powder. To me, the price is absolutely worth it. For the coverage and amount you get, it’s a steal. The mini size I have will last me forever! If you’re looking for something that can handle all of your issues, this is it. For real.


So there you go, guys! Hope you enjoyed this mini haul and that you learned a little something. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments!



Happy Tuesday!



Mini Haul: Sephora and Hautelook!

Hey all! I’d been eyeing a couple of these things and then others were just impulse buys. 🙂 Thought I’d let you see what I got and see some swatches!

First up: Hautelook! This was an impulse buy, plain and simple. I’ll blame Emily from Beauty Broadcast for this one. 🙂 I saw her wearing it and just had to buy it! For only $9 it was a steal. I didn’t expect the pallet to be this big! The shades are about 1.25″ squared. Nuts, right?! It’s a pretty pinky neutral pallet with beautiful dark browns thrown in. So there’s a wide variety of looks you could get with this pallet. However, the lip glosses in the bottom are rather sheer, so don’t expect much color punch from them.


SWATCHES! Starting from the top left and going down.


These shades aren’t sheer, but by their color they blend into my skin tone. On the eyes they would show up more but could be used as a faint highlight on the brow bone or a transition shade around the crease.

Here are the middle cheek, highlight, and bronzey shades.


That last shade looks a bit reddish for a bronzer, but used lightly to warm up the skin tone instead of contouring I think it would work really well! The blushes and highlights are just fresh and beautiful pinks and champagnes.

Here are the other shadows on the right side going down.


Hello smokey browns! These are buttery and soft and very pigmented. That last bronzey brown is gorgeous.

Here are the lippies!


Like I said, pretty sheer but could work for a natural fresh and flushed look.

SEPHORA! These two Urban Decay pallets had been on my radar for a while and I finally bought them! They were so cheap and Sephora always offers great samples so I couldn’t pass it up. 🙂 Plus, for my birthday they threw in some great Benefit samples!


This is the Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Box. I can’t wait to come up with some bright looks with this!


This is Urban Decay’s Ammo Pallet. It’s on sale right now for $10 at Ulta and Sephora, but Urban Decay repackaged the same shades and is reselling it for over $30! Get it while you can!


Holy samples! I chose only a few and the Viva La Juicy, Marc Jacobs, and YSL were all bonus! Can’t WAIT to delve into those YSL lipstick samples! That Marc Jacobs DOT perfume is delicious and I’ll be putting that on my wishlist. 🙂

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Happy Birthday to me! Sephora included a great sample size of Benefit’s Watt’s Up (a champagney cream highlight) and their classic They’re Real! mascara. Can’t wait to try both of these!


This is a strange product. It’s simply called Cool Fix. I had no idea what it was when I chose it as a deluxe sample but I’m glad I did! It’s an aftershave product that fights ingrown hairs and razor burn. I’ve used it once and it actually works! Pretty cool!


I only chose this because it was on sale and I needed to reach the $25 mark to get more samples. 😛 This is Sephora by OPI in Give Peach a Chance. I was hoping it would come out more nude, but I still love it!

So there’s my haul! Mini haul actually, but I can’t wait to try these products out! Yay new makeup! 🙂

Happy Tuesday!

In Which I Put Makeup On My Dog

vsco_3Prettiest dog on the planet, everyone.


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Don’t be jealous that my dog is better than all other dogs, okay? Right now she is lying on a pile of my sister’s clothes inevitably covering them in her hair even though the clothes are clean. She’s goofy, excited, and loyal. She’s also a girl so we like to dress her up in old t-shirts and necklaces and makeup. 🙂 I successfully got mascara on one of her eyes yesterday. 🙂 If you’re wondering, Pepper’s eyeshadow shade is Urban Decay’s Graffiti. 😛

Happy Hump Day!

Beauty Tuesday: Hot Pink and Black Flick Tutorial


Hey guys! Happy Tuesday! Today I’m bringing you my first tutorial. 🙂 I’m using all (except for one!) drugstore/inexpensive products that are longwearing and natural with a little kick. 😉 Keep reading to see how to get the look!

This product isn’t shown, but I used a sample I had of the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in Light/Medium. I’m not really a fan of this product. In my opinion, I wouldn’t waste your money! This is basically a tinted moisturizer that has a pretty slick texture and I wouldn’t recommend it for oily skin folks. It isn’t going to cover much redness or blemishes, so be prepared to use a concealer. If you do use it, be sure to set it with a powder. I used the Rimmel Stay Matte powder in Buff Beige.


Conceal! I’m using the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Concealer. It’s a liquidy concealer that comes through a domed sponge making it very easy to apply. I only apply this to my under eyes since it’s not very thick and just blend it with my fingers.



Bronzing and contouring. I’m using the ELF Cool Bronzer pallet. I’m taking an ELF Powder Brush and pinching it to give me a more targeted application. I use the bottom left shade and contour from my ears to about halfway down my cheek toward my mouth and blend it out so I don’t have a harsh line. I’ll also blend my brush over the entire pallet and apply it to my temples or all over my face to warm up my skin tone.



Blush! I’m using the ELF Studio Blush in Pink Passion. Don’t be scared! This is a very bright pink but is sheered out once applied on the face. I’m using a Sonia Kashuk Angled Blush Brush and applying it on the outer apple of my cheek and blending towards my hair line. Putting blush too close to the nose gives a look of redness and we don’t want that!



Highlighting! I’m using one of ELF’s newest product, their Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls along with a cream stick in Spotlight also from ELF. First I’ll put down the cream and layer the powder on top. Moonlight Pearls is a very shimmery champagne color so be careful and don’t apply too much. We don’t want a look of oiliness! I apply this down the bridge of my nose and on my cheekbones. Other places you can apply are on the chin and between the brows. I choose to skip this since my skin tends to lean towards the oily side and any shimmer will just enhance that.



On to the eyes! I’m using a new product from Jordana called the 12 HR Made To Last Eyeshadow Pencil in Continuous Almond. It’s a nude, matte skin tone shade that when layered under shadow helps it to stay much longer! You can find this brand at any Walgreens. It’s very affordable! Check out some of their other products as they are longlasting and inexpensive. 🙂



Eyeshadow! I’m using my original Naked pallet from Urban Decay. First, I’m going into the shade called Naked on my ELF shadow brush ($1!) which is a little deeper than my skin tone and putting that all over my lid. Second, I’m taking Buck which is a warm, orangey brown and buffing that into my crease to give me a natural depth. Lastly, I’ll take a little of the shade Virgin, a shimmery white, and pop that into the area around my tear duct to brighten up the area. Be sure to blend everything out with a bare fluffy brush.



Eyeliner! I’m using my Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen in Blackest Black. Draw this along your lashline and draw a cateye flick on the outer edge of your lid. Since this is in the form of a pen it makes it very very user friendly. Just hold like a pen and write with it! Much easier than using a gel liner with a brush or a liquid liner. This product has been lasting me quite a while as well so don’t worry about it drying out.



Mascara! I’m using the Jordana Best Lash Extreme. It’s $2.99 at Walgreens and is a great formula. It comes out a little clumpy on the brush so I like to clean it off on the tube before applying. If you like, curl your lashes before applying. For this look, leave mascara off your lower lashes to make the cateye stand out!



Lips! I’m using the Jordana Twist and Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain in Tropical Frenzy. This is an excellent hot pink color that is easy to apply because it’s in a big pencil form! This product is moisturizing and very pigmented. Even after the shine is gone there will be a noticeable stain on the lips.


And there you go! A hot pink and cateye look wearable for day and night. 🙂 If you want to go a little more glam, add a deeper colored eyedshadow on the lid and smudge some on your lower lashline. For even more glam add false eyelashes! Hope you have fun with this look and let me know if you try it!