Violet Smokey Eye

Sometimes you just have to ask yourself, when’s the last time I did a good old-fashioned purple smokey eye? It had been too long for me, so I created this violet smokey eye tutorial.

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I even wore a pair of false lashes for ya, so you know it’s serious.

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I know the shadows look a little silvery/blue on camera, but I promise they’re purple prettiness in real life!

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Please watch the video for the breakdown. I need more YouTube views so please like and subscribe and if you’re really feelin’ it, share :) Thank you so much <3

Root Eyeshadows in Galaxy, Stardust, In the Navy, Diamond
LORAC Eyeshadow in ‘Black Light’ from Dazzling Dozen 2
CoverGirl Intensify Me! Liquid Liner
It Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eye Liner
It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush Lipstick Stain
L’oreal Infallible Silkissime Eye Liner in ‘Highlight’
It Cosmetics Hello Lashes Mascara
It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Vol 1 Eye Shadow Palette
Vegas Nay for Eylure lashes ‘Shining Star’

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I Feel Most Beautiful When…

When do you feel your most beautiful?
I’ve heard a lot of answers to this question throughout the years. I often felt guilty when I heard answers like “when I’m fresh out of the shower!” or “when I just get done with a workout!”  I felt sheepish because I feel my most beautiful when I’m quite done up. I feel beautiful when I have spent a good amount of time on my appearance. I used to wonder if that made me insecure, but now I see that it’s because I embrace the power that makeup affords me. Makeup is the tool I use to create a feeling of confidence, beauty and overall badd-ass-ery. :)

I created this video for the It Cosmetics It Girl Contest. It was a great opportunity to talk about something I’ve wanted to cover for awhile now!

So I’m dying to know-when do you feel your most beautiful?
#VoteItGirl

Makeup Eraser Review

magiceraserWhen I receive products for review, I don’t always end up telling you about them. That’s because I don’t believe any press is good press and I want to focus on only bringing you the products I’m super turnt up about. However, being a former Sephora employee, familiar with their very selective standards for carrying new brands, I was surprised to see The MakeUp Eraser in their What’s New section lately. I tried this product for the first time late last year through a very nice representative for the company. This is a product sold via independent distributer and was an “as seen on TV” product so needless to say, I was confused seeing it on Sephora.com. I figured I’d give my fellow Sephora shoppers my thoughts and demonstrate it for ya!

The MakeUp Eraser is a 100% polyester cloth that claims to remove all of your makeup, even waterproof, with just warm water. It contains no cleanser or chemicals and is machine washable. It retails for $20

PROS

  • Removes most of my makeup
  • 1000 times more eco-friendly than disposable makeup wipes
  • Cruelty-free
  • Removes initial layer of makeup
  • Machine washable

CONS

  • Does not 100% remove all makeup. I noticed some on the towel I used to dry my face with and the cotton pad that I used a toner on.
  • Requires quite a bit of tugging on eye area for removal. If you watch the video, you’ll see an eyelash that fell out on my chin during the demonstration! That makes me nervous!
  • Takes longer than traditional cleansing
  • Made in China
  • Price. $20 for a polyester wash cloth? Um, ok. Polyester is a synthetic, non-renewable resource.
  • You should still follow up with a cleanser, especially if you are breakout prone.
  • Must be washed after each use. WHO DOES LAUNDRY EVERYDAY?!
So if you want to know if it’s worth $20, just watch the video!

I was sent The MakeUp Eraser by Kim Wolff, Senior Sales Director for MakeUp Eraser. I did not receive any financial compensation for this review and all opinions expressed are my own. If you’d like to purchase or ask Kim questions you may email her at: kimwolff@mueemail.com or visit www.AuthenticMakeUpEraser.com.

Updated NYX Favorites

One of the most affordable, yet quality brands out there has long been NYX Cosmetics. They somehow replicate pricier brands formulas at dramatically lower prices. I’ve shared some of my NYX Favorites before and I’ve got a few more for ya! You can find NYX online, Ulta and some Target stores!
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1. Nude Matte Eyeshadow ‘Blame it On Midnight’ is a killer transition color! I love a good, smooth matte shadow.

2. Dewy Setting Spray I’ve sung this product’s praises here. It’s just a great setting spray for an even better price.

3. Slim Lip Pencil I have several of these in my freelance kit. Natural, Nude Beige and Peekaboo Neutral are my absolute faves!

4. Butter Gloss With a name that would make Paula Deen proud, these high-pigment glosses smell lovely, aren’t sticky and come an intense version too! I love this one!

5. Butter Lipstick Keeping with the butter theme, the lipstick version is just as good! I absolutely love the texture of these. Snow Cap is my perfect nude and Pops is my go-to color for everything.

6. Hi Definition Photo Concealer Wand This blends in so lovely. I really like the yellow shade for highlighting.

Pro Products for Pennies

As a working freelance makeup artist, I have to keep my kit constantly stocked and ready to beautify. I purchase supplies from a variety of places from Sephora to Naimie’s to Camera Ready Cosmetics and even the drugstore! Yes-the drugstore! Here are 6 products that I think perform just as good as the pros for mere pennies!
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1. Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes These are literally the only makeup wipes I like. Because they are formulated for sensitive skin, they work for everyone and never sting or burn. No alcohol, no perfumes, no dyes, no oils. Holla. I stock up whenever I can.

2. L’oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup If I had to use only a drugstore foundation for the rest of my life, this would be it. The coverage is excellent without looking heavy and my skin looks radiant and healthy whenever I wear it. I love that it looks dewy and pretty without any shimmer or sparkle.

3. L’oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush This unique pressed pigment formula is silky goodness that feels more Dior than drugstore. You can apply these with your fingers or a brush and they are just so gorgeous. Amber Rush is the most perfect rose gold, so much so that I used it on my bff for her wedding day!

4. Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in Nude For brightening up the waterline and visually enlarging eyes, a flesh-toned pencil liner is the ticket. This one is the perfect shade and is soft enough to apply gently and easily. It wears well too!

5. Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm These give you that gorgeous matte lip without the dryness! They have a slight minty scent and come in a range of killer vivid shades. I love Elusive, Audacious, Showy and Shameless. These are total dupes for Tarte’s LipSurgence Matte Tints!

6. NYX Cosmetics Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray Setting sprays are a crucial step if you want your makeup to really last. Due to their price tag, sometimes we use them very conservatively. Girl, go to town with this one! It sets and refreshes with no stickiness or gross smell. Go for the Dewy formula though. The Matte version has a glue scent.

T3 Twirl 360 Review + Demo

twirl360I really dig gadgets and technology. Is that nerdy? Meh, don’t care. If something makes my life easier, I’m down to clown. If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know that I’m not so great at hair, but I want to be. I’m trying to up my game.

twirl360When I got the chance to try the T3 Twirl 360, I was prettttty damn excited. I knew it did the twirling for you and well, hey, my laziness was piqued.

twirl360This beautiful styling tool-and seriously-is it not exquisite-has 5 speed settings and 2 speeds. It’s made of ceramic and tourmaline, has a 1 hour shut off time and with the push of a button, does the twirling for you, sensing which direction you want it to go via gyroscopic technology. OMG SCIENCE.

Now, before you think I’m the laziest person ever, why would you need a curling iron to twirl for you? Maybe you have carpal tunnel, perhaps you have hella long thick hair like me and a lot of it, or you just find it hard to maintain the correct position the further you get towards the back of your head. My weak ass triceps can only take so much. I was able to create the loose, beachy waves I like with this and it was fun doing it! Should you decide the twirling is just too technological for you, you can use this just as you would a regular curling iron and twirl it yourself or forgo clamping down and use it in a curling wand fashion too.

This is a higher priced styling tool for sure, at $230, but when it comes to your hair, you really should invest in quality tools that minimize damage as much as possible. The only gripes I have with this are the sometimes-fickle heat and speed setting method. There is one button and it isn’t extremely intuitive so it’ll take me awhile to master setting the speed, heat and turning it on and off. The go button placement that activates the twirling is also something I need to get used to as I sometimes find myself fumbling for it.

So I know you want to know more and see this baby in action so please watch the video tutorial I made for yooooou:
Oh! So here’s the best part. T3 is awesome and is giving away one of these babies per week! I would love for you to win one so please check out the sidebar and enter my dears! >>>

Product provided for review purposes via iFabbo. No financial compensation was received and all opinions expressed are my own. Post does not contain affiliate links. Translation: YA GOODsample 158

How to apply RCMA foundation

I’ve been wanting to write about the RCMA products for a good while now. It’s one of those “scary” products, meaning that when you first purchase it, you might feel like you got a little too big for your britches! I certainly did. I knew their foundation palettes were super legit but I felt mad intimidated by them. Now that I’ve gotten into my RCMA groove, I can help you too!

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I purchased both of the RCMA VK Palettes, both #10 and #11, (I just call them Shinto and Ko), for use in my freelance makeup kit. These foundation palettes are by far the easiest and most lightweight way to ensure you can match anyone’s skin tone and I mean it. I’ve used these palette for skin tones next to pure white all the way up to natives of Congo. What is amazing about this formula is that it’s 50% pigment. That’s right-fifty! Traditional liquid foundation contains 18-23% pigment so that should help put things into perspective. Because of this, they can be thinned down to create tinted moisturizers, used with a damp beautyblender as I like to do for a full coverage foundation look or just straight up as concealer! Talk about bang for your buckaroo, boo.

Another baller feature of the RCMA formula is that it is fragrance free, contains no animal extracts, mineral oils or lanolin. It is simply wax, pigment and vegetable-based oil. I love a good pure formula!

The colors are what took me longest to get used to as there’s a bit of a learning curve. This chart helped me a lot! To simplify-the VK #10, or KO palette, has more neutral to slightly pink/red undertones. The VK #11, or Shinto, contains the more yellow and olive based shades. The Shinto palette has a bit more versatility in my opinion as it contains some amazing cream contour shades in the last row. I used them here.

Finish-wise, a little bit goes a long way and they melt into the skin, appearing truly second-skin-like. They are formulated to look and wear flawlessly under HD film and video, making them an excellent formulations for your brides and other photographed clients.

Definitely watch my video tutorial for more in-depth application instructions. I hope that this makes you feel a bit more confident about using this awesome line of professional makeup. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask! :)


Products featured
RCMA VK Palettes
Paw Palette
beautyblender Pro
Metal spatula
RCMA No Color Powder
RCMA Cream Cheek Color Palette

Bold Summer Makeup

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I created this bold summer makeup look with more items from ColourPop’s summer collection. There is something so fun about colored cat eye liner. We won’t even discuss how much I love this lip color. I went insane about it in my May Favorites video if you want to know more.

See how this look came together in my video tutorial preez.

Products Used
Root Original Bronze Powder
ColourPop SuperShock Shadows in Plunge and Coconut
Inglot Gel Eyeliner 77
Maybelline The Falsies Mascara
ColourPop Lippie Stix in Toucan

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Also Wearing
Root Pearl Powder in 3+LGT
Root Under Eye Brightener
Root Conceal + Correct in Fair
Root Holland Eyeshadow
Root Blush in Sadie

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Watch the video tutorial.