Friday, April 29, 2016

Soft Glam Bronzed Cut Crease Prom Makeup Tutorial

                Ahhh, what a gloomy day it is outside :(! I shall NOT allow that to affect my mood today BECAUSEEEEE I have this fabulous soft cut crease look for you gold lovin' babes out there still trying to find a prom makeup look.  When it comes to prom we all can go a LITTLE more intensive on the makeup then usual-- I'm talking glittery highlights and dramatic metallic gold's off springing against ANY lip color you fancy, I went for a vibrant orange/pink, however I believe a red would look just as dashing, if not a bit more sensual! Do be noted this will be VERY harsh in regular sunlight so work around whatever lighting you have to ensure the most "natural" contour as well as glow, I personally walked around my house 4 times during the face process just to make sure everything was on point, we alllll do it don't be ashamed ;).  If you follow me on Instagram, which you should because I post fun little updates and sneak peaks, I was explaining how this makeup look is suitable for ANYONE, new artists as well as pro artists- I did this in a way that the only motions you would need to know are smudges and stipples, two simple motions ANYONE can do! Hopefully you beauties enjoy this different sort of artwork, if you DO recreate this please feel free to email me at, if you have questions feel free to email me as well.

*Makeup Forever Pro>Bronze Fusion, 10M Natural Matte Honey
*Nars Highlighting Blush, Miss Liberty 
*Dose Of Colors Lipstick, Coy + Bobbi Brown Shimmer Gloss, Bellini

                            I FINALLY get to tell you guys about these amazing skin care products I got a few days ago from Perfectly Posh! Long story short Leyna Kee, who happens be a consultant for the company, reached out to me and HAND PICKED (I know shocking, most consultants throw things together) certain skin care as well as body care products adjacent to my skin cares needs, as well as wants.  She was extremely thorough and continues to be available for questions I have, the best part is she answers HONESTLY, something many don't do as they would rather make a buck then friend! Why is this all important? Well, I did use the Apricots Overnight facial mask BEFORE doing this tutorial, my skin was 100% smoother and looked radiant, something I hardly get from facials masks.  Be sure to give her a buzz and let HER KNOW that Lillee sent you, click this for her link and be sure to purchase FROM this link--the products are cruelty free (hell yes) and vegan, something I have been longing for, most products make me break out due to the harsh UN-needed chemicals such as petroleum and plastic! I will be posting a review video probably around Saturday night, I want to ensure my review is complete and honest, thus I'm giving myself a few days to test and photograph results :). Once I removed the facial mask with warm water and a cleaned towel I then added a beaker full of my favorite Fresh Seaberry Oil to all zones of my face, including out towards my hairline and under my neck! I noticed the Dr. Brandt Pores No More Primer has been VERY beneficial to my skin lately, I have a feeling it has to do with the priming base acting as "shield" against the products being added on top, this obviously prevents clogged pores BUT at the same time this shrinks them, how cool is that? As always I took a teeeeeny amount of the product onto the tips of my fingers and gently smoothed into my skin starting from the center, out towards my hairline! This dries instantly so I was able to quickly move onto the foundation stage, I opted in for a lightweight SPF foundation just because the weather IS changing and I don't want to risk frecklage right now, too many is equally as dangerous as having a sun burn.  With that being said I took ONE pump of my Hourglass Veil Fluid Foundation and gently stippled it across all zones of my face using a Marc Jacobs Face II Sculpting brush, most of the product was disbursed across areas with dried up acne/hives to tame the scab like texture!

            I went for a more "subtle" cream contouring effect today as I wasn't digging my typical brightened highlight look, especially with such a eye catching illuminator the highlight should be as natural as possible! To reach that goal though it seems impossible since cream contouring molds our dream faces I simply used the shades Nude and Cinnamon provided by the ABH Cream Contour Kit, Cinnamon blends out like a bronzer and Nude blends in one shade lighter than my normal skin tone, it all works. Placement wise Nude was taken under my eyes in inverted triangles, down the bridge of my nose, across both jaw lines, on my chin as well as on my forehead using a cleaned Sephora Concealer Brush! Cinnamon was placed down the sides of my nose as well as in the hollows of my cheeks, on my jaw lines, and under my lips for added definition. Keep in mind these are MY IDEAL places to contour as well as highlight, many people love to do their forehead, since my face shape is oval-heart this is unnecessary for me, do what looks best for YOU! To blend in the creams I took my brand new Elf Ultimate Blending Brush and began to stipple in the creams starting from my jaw line up, I like to work in clockwise motions to ensure the MOST natural and bearable blend is created, we don't wanna look like drag queens, just ourselves but better ;). Do be aware stippling motions create a much heavier coverage as opposed to straight out circular blending motions, both are acceptable however since this does have the concept of prom in mind I would recommend the first blending mechanism, unless you're using a sponge, in that case go to town girl!

                  Here is the method that will draw some of you into loops, you must have an open perspective in order to execute this correctly!  As mentioned on my IG post as well as above I opted in for stippling motions throughout this entire look, that includes the bronzing AND contouring method powder wise.  How? Well it's actually quite simple-- while your cream contour is still moist start preparing your products, I chose my Makeup Forever bronzer in 10M to begin with my beloved Mac 168 brush in tact.  I began applying the product by STIPPLING it across the hollows of my cheeks up to the temples of my face and back down to the hollows to only drag excess product onto my jaw line, this method will turn the powder/gel product into a creamier and more workable texture, thus stippling becomes super simple! Using my Marc Jacobs #instamarc Filtering Powder Pallet in Mirage Filter, specifically the dark bronze shade only, I first contoured the sides of my nose using the Mac 168 brush bristles clenched together, then proceeded to the stipples, this actually gives VERY natural coverage as stipples scatter product around in a specific area, blending causes harsh lines that are NOT pleasing in natural lighting, they only look good on camera. Oh my goodness I had a serious weird blush moment occur last night when I recorded this tutorial, literally I took a HUGE glob of product onto the bristles of my Elf Ultimate Blending Brush BY ACCIDENT and sat in demonstration for 6 minutes blending damn blush until I could properly instruct you loves on what blush I used, how annoying.  Anyhoo, I opted in for Nyx's Glow blush just because it gives a subtle sheen of color as well as luminous glow, I personally am not a fan of all over matte texture then streaks of shimmer, looks odd to me, so I kept consistent in the texture's I was working with! As you might of guessed, I stippled on the blush starting fro the apples of my cheeks going up towards my hairline :). 

              This part was SO MUCH FUN, at first I had no idea why I even bought Miss Liberty, but after doing this step I now realize why, it is BEYOND glowy and the most pigmented illuminator I have shockingly so!  First off, I began with Benefit's High Beam Liquid illuminator, just to set the stage.  I applied the product onto the high points of my face (cheekbones, bridge of nose, cupids bow, chin/forehead) and then gently blended it in with stippling motions using my ring+middle finger together.  To finish up I then moved along to dusting Nars's Miss Liberty across my cheekbones as well as down the bridge of my nose using a cleaned Sephora Pro Small Teardrop Highlighter Brush, as you probably already figured I packed on SO MUCH DAMN GLITTER PIGMENT that it probably weighed 20 pounds, but it looked so dewy I didn't even care!  Honestly speaking the makeup felt lightweight on my face, which is rare when you use so much illuminator and such, told ya' the foundation was worth it ;).  Once the eye makeup was completed I then moved forth in applying a generous TWO coats of Coy lipstick by Dose of Colors along with one coating of Bobbi Brown's Shimmer gloss in Bellini, this duo evened out the vibrant Coy and added a glittery touch to it! 

                    The finishing steps include Besame's Brightening Vanilla Face Powder and the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray.  Even if you DO NOT opt in for a face powder, although you should because it will matte down any unneeded oils, you should have handy facial spray, one that specifically will set your face and refreshen your makeup as you wear it hours amongst hours long! Being able to do all this makeup is great and quite impressive actually, however if you DO NOT set your face I'm telling you now this will melt off quickly, especially with the amount of illuminator used, bye bye face :(.  Using the Besame Brightening Powder, which contracts any redness, or in some cases sallowness, I brushed it across my under eye area, on my forehead, and from my left jaw line to my chin and finally to my right jaw line using a Sephora Pro Small Teardrop Highlighter Brush!  I opted in for the baking method to ensure the product's would "melt" into my skin and look natural, not caked out and icky.  After give or take 10 minutes I then brushed away the powder and moved onto spraying 4-6 sprays of the UD All Nighter to EVERY ANGLE OF MY FACE, even if you have to Beyonce hair flip, SHAKE THAT HEAD AROUND, every part counts, even the hairline needs to be coated atleast once! 
*Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Pan: Birkin (cut crease line), Blanc (brow bone)
*Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan: Barcelona Beach (above cut crease), Peach Smoothie (above cut crease), Mocha (smudged across the cut crease line), Vanilla Bean (brow bone), Flame Thrower (lower lash), Shimma Shimma (tear duct)
*Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow Pigment(s): Penelope (lower lash)
*Mac Cosmetics Eyeshadow, Amber Lights (lid)
*Too Faced Cat Eyes- Leopard (cut crease), Tiger's Eye (outer third, inner third)
*Laura Mercier Tightline Cake Eye Liner, Mahogany (cut crease line)
*KoKo Lashes, Goddess
                            The products might seem completely overwhelming right now, but as the look progresses on you shall notice EACH product flows into each other! For example, Barcelona Beach is mixed with Peach Smoothie, thus making both one shade not two.  To begin the uber glamorous eye makeup I first started off with defining my brows using the ABH Dipbrow Pomade pot in Caramel! I gently outlined my top+bottom brows with a Morphe G11 brush then proceeded to connecting both lines at the tail end of my brow followed by a filling in of each brow using upward stroking motions to mimic REAL hair's best :). For a priming base I suggest sticking to matte bone shades such as Bobbi Brown's Cream Eyeshadow in Bone, ahh look at that same name hehe. I applied it all over my lids and smudged it up to my brow bone, excess product was dragged under my lower lash line using my pinky finger! 
             This is not exactly a "cut crease" makeup look, but it follows the same ideals as one so you should treat it like an intensive smokey eye with an abrupt line difference! The first color added to my eyes is Birkin by Anastasia Beverly hills, this is the cut crease definer shade.  Using a cleaned  Sephora #20 brush I gently smudged the brush in the pan of shadow and proceeded to outlining the crease shape by moving ONE INCH up than my normal crease line, try to make this almost like winged eyeliner but from up above :)! Once I had the shade set I went into a mixture of Barcelona Beach and Peach Smoothie by Makeup Geek and smudged it ABOVE the line using a fluffy Sephora #27 Brush, it is SUPER risky using larger blending brushes with cut crease styles however this is a soft look so no intensity was needed at this point in the game. Switching to a darker brown, Mocha in specific, I then went with a dense blending brush (Mac 217 brush) and smudged it across Birkin to intensify up the shadow look, side to side motions were all that was used! 

                 Take a break from the cut crease and begin working down below on the shimmer, PLEASE do not deviate this step, you will find the finishing touches MUCH EASIER with the method I have in hand! With that being said the first shadow applied to my lid is Amber Lights by Mac using a dense Mac 239 brush, I swished the shade in side to side motions across my lid and blended it up a tad this way it touched the cut crease line.  I then proceeded to going into the color "Tiger's Eye" by Too Faced and gently patted it on the inner + outer third of my lid, sort of like a halo eye, make sure the color's disburse outwards parallel to the cut crease line otherwise it'll look funky! Now switching back to the main brush used originally in the first step,  Sephora #20 brush, I lined my upper lash line using Bobbi Brown's Gel Liner in Black Ink, the liner was tightlined across my upper and lower waterline as well.  MAKE SURE this line is SHARP and lengthy, if it is not the correct ratio it'll turn the eye makeup in another direction that's less soft! Since I finished off by my waterline I decided to then smudge across my lower lash line Flame Thrower by Makeup Geek using a Mac 239 brush, to intensify the color up I then smudged Penelope by Sugarpill across the same line.  The contrast between copper-bronze is simply stunning and a timeless combination! Moving back above I first went into Mahogany cake eyeliner by Laura Mercier and dragged it right across the main cut crease line to add definition, then using a Mac 217 brush I smudged Leopard shadow on the OUTER part of my lid inward towards the crease, this should make a triangle formation, probably the easiest step to do since the bending area is small!

                    To start finishing up the eye makeup take a fluffy brush such as Sephora #27 Brush and go into Blanc + Vanilla Bean shadows, soften the mixture on the brow bone and blend it lightly downwards this way a gradience is formed, this should really soften up the crease work! With that same brush I then went into the shade Shimma Shimma and gently blended it into the tear duct of my eye, this is a super stunning beige shade that compliments ANY eyeshadow look.  Lasttttt touches include the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and KoKo lashes in Goddess! Make sure for the mascara you REALLY smudge it across your lower lashes, as you smudge you'll see it form a heavy black line that almost looks like you applied eyeliner there, this will "dramatize" your overall finish up.  Be sure to go in with lashes that make YOU HAPPY, I chose Goddess just because they're my absolute favorite and they last an uber long time! Till' next time sweeties, I will inform all of you when I upload the tutorial as well as skin care/body care review on Perfectly Posh cosmetics, once again CONTACT LEYNA :). 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Iridescent Barbie Pink Burgundy Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial

                  Happy Wednesday my loves! While earlier in the day I was feeling the vibe of doing an extravagant purple smokey eye, I decided to go on a different beat and track that entailed burgundy hues clashing with vibrant barbie pink iridescent glitters. This makeup look might remind some of you of my previously done Blossom tutorial, HOWEVER this is MUCH more vibrant and glittery! Since Mother's Day is coming up this really inspired me to do a makeup look that was not "classic", most women tend to go for baby pinks and such, this is suited for the more daring femme fatal out there ;).  During this I actually was able to try out a few sampler products of which include the new Makeup Forever HD foundation and concealer line, both of which I am ordering PRONTO come Friday!  I have never seen my skin look so damn flawless with not a lot of product used, not to mention the fact in person my skin actually looked LIKE SKIN, not some photoshopped goop.  As a side note do be aware this CAN get messy since the glitter I opted in for was pressed, it's best to use your finger for the application process-- despite this, I look at it as i'd rather my fingers be saturated in glitter THAN my face being a glitter bomb, ya feel? Before getting into the full details I would like to clarify my Barbie series is ONLY to promote the usage of girly makeup looks, not anything else like some of you were trying to argue with me about. 

*Stila Watercolor BlushWater Blossom
*ABH Illuminator, Starlight

                            While my first leading paragraphs are about skin care and the priming process I am here to say I violated everything...oops?  Literally, I woke up at 12:00PM and was not havin' in, so splashing cold water or even hot water for that matter was COMPLETELY out of the question.  To compensate for "dirty" skin,  although I hydrating and cleansed extremely good the night before, I took a beaker full of my Fresh Seaberry Oil and blended it across all zones of my face, I concentrated most of the oil on my nose as well as chin because these two areas had a few dry patches!  Primer is always a pain in the butt because it could go two ways- the color correcting way OR the skin concern way, today I happen to go with the skin concern way just for the simple factor I wanted a BREAK from heavy makeup (color correctors tend to make product build up more-so then with regular priming bases, it always makes me giggle when makeup artists say you use less product).  With that being said, using a pea-sized amount of my Dr. Brandts Pores No More Primer I gently sectioned it off in tiny dashes across the high points of my face, I then proceeded to smoothly blending it in starting from the center of my face, out towards my hairline! This priming base dries instantly due to its invisible plumping barrier protecting against pore clogging makeup, thus no wait time was needed after application was added :).  FINALLY I can rave about the Makeup Forever Ultra HD foundation!  At first I was skeptical about purchasing this due to the low ratings and horrid reviews.  After being a LONG time MUFE HD foundation user I decided to taytyuke it into my own hands and get the free samplers from Sephora! Weirdly enough they came in my shade FOR ONCE, normally they come 3-4 shades off to cater the public. There was no need for "pea-sized" amounts and such since the pre-filled packs come with the perfect amounts poured in!  Using my Marc Jacobs Face II Sculpting brush I gently stippled the foundation around my face using downward stroking motions, I avoided anything stroking upwards because this would cause noticeable breakouts or in some occasions peach fuzz to be more apparent. After just one coating my skin looked clearer AND any dry patches that were visible with other foundations seamlessly matted down, one of my favorite perks to this foundation is the natural dewiness, you don't often find that in foundations! 

                         Contouring was mainly focused on evening out the complexion and adding a tad of bronze warmth to the skin!  On most of my Barbie looks I go all out with the contouring, however with the new products I decided to tone it down and stick to my natural coloring :).  You might be asking yourself, "how do you contour...without the highlight, huh?" Let's keep in mind contouring is using a dark cream to draw shadows to the face and highlighting is using a lighter cream to brighten up features, mimicking the same methods IN contouring you can easily naturally enhance your skin by using a skin tone concealer and warm toned/neutral toned darker concealer or foundation shade to bronze things up!  I opted in for the MUFE Ultra HD Concealer in the shade Y23 along with Cover Fx's Cream foundation in N100, these two blended BEAUTIFULLY together like they were meant to be, ❤️ awh. With that being the case, using my Sephora Concealer Brush I first went into Y23 and dragged it across the bridge of my nose as well as on my under eye area in SMALL inverted triangles.  Any excess product left on the brush was applied to blemishes such as ontop of my forehead and in some areas on my chin! I then switched to N100 and "bronzed" up the sides of my nose, the hollows of my cheeks, under my lip, and on both jaw lines, make sure the product you choose is radiant, it'll later on lead up to less product used, trust me you little glowball. To blend the already pre-set creams in,  I took a CLEANED Elf Ultimate Blending Brush and gently began stippling the products in starting from my jaw line up! I find it best to work in clockwise motions, it creates a more "natural" effect as opposed to straight up stipples. 

                                      Do keep in mind those stippling motions from before, they'll come in handy for the powder contour and bronzing stages :)! Speaaaaaakinnngg of contouring and bronzing stages, oh look, yes they begin now mwahahaha. I allowed for the cream contour to set for a good 3 minutes before moving onto any powder application, the concealer seemed to dry down rather quick so this was no issue at all! With my Hourglass Ambient Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light I took my Mac 168 brush and gently blended it across the tops of my temples, down to the hollows of my cheeks and around to my jaw line, this is better known as the "outer three" of ones face. Try to avoid applying shimmery bronzers to the sides of your nose UNLESS you're going for a widened effect! For a more contoured look I then took the deep bronze shade provided by the Marc Jacobs #instamarc Filtering Powder pallet in Mirage Filter and brushed it across the hollows of my cheeks and under my chin with that same Mac 168 brush, any excess was brushed across the sides of my nose (i squeezed the bristles together for a precise application). The last step up for the cheeks is adding a pop of color, try to stick with pinky violets such as Stila's Watercolor Blush in Water Blossom! I gently patted this across the apples of my cheeks up to my hairline using light tapping motions, this is VERY sheer so it took two layers of build-up for any color to be seen!  Although they do NOT feel Makeup Forever's Uplight anymore I HAD to indulge in using it today since most of the face products were MUFE.  I highly suggest you stick with pink/beige toned illuminators, it'll accent the eye makeup stunningly! Using barley a pump of #22 I gently smudged it across the tops of my cheekbones using my ring and index finger together, the rest of the product was taken across the tops of my eye brows, down the bridge of my nose, and on my cupids bow.  I then switched the a Sephora Fan Brush and brushed across the tops of my cheeks Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in Starlight, excess was taken down the bridge of my nose and on my forehead/chin!  A quick trick to make your glow REALLY pop if you don't have Mac's Fix + is to use eye drops, sounds bizarre but it works.

                   I have been absolutely DIEING to try out ABH's Petal, it's supposedly a milky red which is such an alluring and unique caption for ANY lipstick/gloss junkie, I just had to have it! As many of you cuties know I did a review specific to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Lipgloss's, I think very highly of them ;). SOOO with one coating of Petal and another of Melted Peony by Too Faced you receive a sexy vibrant pink pout, fair enough eh? Uhhh another product Makeup Forever let sad, their Matte Setting Powder in #12 which is a translucent skin tone shade.  Hopefully better products come down the line they have yet to add a replacement product to this powder!  This powder was dusted under my eyes, on my forehead, from my left jaw line to right jaw line, and above my lips using a cleaned Sephora Pro Small Teardrop Highlighter Brush! I finished up then entire look with a few spritzes of Urban Decay's All Nigher Spray, I made sure to touch every angle of my face to ensure a refreshened and long lasting finish :). Be sure to check out my other two Barbie looks while you're at it by clicking the tab "Barbie Inspired Series" under my blog title! 
*Bh Cosmetics 88 Cool Matte Pallet: C7.R1 (crease), C2.R3 (lid), C7.R6 (inner V), C1.R2 (brow bone)
*Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Pallet, Sprinkles (tear duct), Totally Fetch (crease), Cotton Candy (lid, tear duct)
*Glitter Injections, Babrie
*KoKo Lashes, Goddess
                       Alright cuties begin off the eye makeup with some fabulous brows! Today there shall be no weird blue accents, just whatever YOU fancy in brow shape.  I personally am quite fond of my soft dramatic arches so I did my typical one inch over line from my top and bottom brows using my Morphe G11 brush and Dipbrow Pomade in Caramel. After I had a decent shape formed I then gradually filled in each brow with upward flicking motions to mimic actual brow hairs! I know some people prefer setting their brows with a clear gel or even high pigment powder, I just personally find the Dipbrow to be good enough :). For a priming base I went with my Mac Long Wear Paint Pot in Bare Study, this tends to pick up pigment well as it forms a smooth canvas for the following shades to come! As you might of assumed already, I smudged and blended the sheer opal color across my lids blending up towards my brows, excess was taken on my lower lash line. 

                                Make sure you have a good selection of MATTE pink shades handy, though they might seem useless in the beginning they really help to "mold" the defining colors towards the END of the eye makeup look! With that being said the first color added to my lid was a light rose pink, specifically shade C2.R3 from the Bh Cosmetics 88 Cool Matte Pallet.  I smudged and patted the shade across my lids using a clean Mac 239 brush, try to stick with dense brushes because due to the nature of cheaper shadows you could be there all day packing up pigment, the denser brushes make it a straight shot through! The next color added is C7.R1, a matte true rose shade.  Using a fluffy Sephora #27 Brush I gently eased the shade into my crease using side to side motions, its best to start from the outer third of your lid this way the color will form drama!  Make sure you REALLY blend this in, transitional shades should be faint not BAM, COLOR! To begin adding some "bam" to the eye makeup switch to C7.R6 which is a deeper rose hue, in the midst of this I also switched to a denser blending brush specifically the Mac 217 brush. This shade was firmly blended into the inner V of my eye following the natural curving of my eye socket! Totally Fetch from the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Pallet is QUITE similar to C7.R6, just a tad darker, so I also took the liberty of blending this into the inner V of my eye, detailing is everything with the eye makeup presented here :). Start finishing up the crease by adding the shade "Leader" provided by the Tartlette in Bloom Pallet into the inner v of your eye, I find it best to work in small side to side blending motions to get the pigment on the lid.  To prevent a panda eye effect from occurring switch back to that fluffy blending brush, in my case the Sephora #27 Brush, and brush it through the entire crease to soften things up! To have a super gradient effect going on I lastly went into C1.R2 and brushed it across the tops of my brow bone's down to just where the transitional shade began.

                   Once the crease work is done the rest will be an absolute breeze, make sure your hands are cleeeannn!  Using my ring finger I went into the shade Cotton Candy and smudged it across the inner third of my lid going down to the tear duct of my eye, it sorta flows in a triangle formation.  I then switched to the color Sprinkles and patted it right on top of Cotton Candy, I really stressed the color in my tear duct because the iridescent effect from the glitter to come will take away from a lot of the other shades present, this must be on par with the sheen from the multi-dissensional glitter! Speaking of glitter, I took my Glitter Injections Pressed Glitter Pan in Barbie and with my index finger smudged it across my lower lash line TWICE, I then patted in downward motions the pinked glitter across the inner-mid third's of my lid. Start finishing up the look with heavy cat wings and a super dark water line!  Glitter tends to be a PAIN in the booty for eyeliner application which is why most women like to apply glitter after EVVVVERYTHING is done, keep in mind this method also takes away from the depth of each color added "after" shadow.  To achieve bold black lines I used my FAVORITE Mac Creme Eyeliner and glided it right on, this is water activated so be careful on the amount you use, too much will form a milky texture, too little will form chalk! Another major emphasis is the lashes, especially the lower lash line. If you look closely I REALLY smudged the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara heavily across my lash line, this makes up for not using eyeshadow for dimension! I completed the eye makeup with an application of my FAV lashes up to date, KoKo Lashes in Goddess :).  These are super amazing and fit the "Barbie" dilemma perfectly! 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Lime Crime Velvetines Liquid Lipstick Haul WITH Review and Swatches

*I do not have any affiliate program with LimeCrime, nor do I desire one. My review below is honest, however, has changed drastically since this was written.
I have had numerous LIP breakouts/infections from these velvetines, to the point I threw each of the products above out. If you have sensitive skin, DO NOT USE.

                           Ta-daaaa, the mini haul is here cuties! I have been tempting ALL of you for a few days with the shade Rave, it's only fair for a surprise posting.  As many of you know I love Lime Crime-- straight off the bat I use their Venus Pallet daily along with their well known shade "Black Velvet" for some of my occasional gothic looks! Each Velvetine retails for $20.00 unless stated otherwise for reasons such as sales (like whats occurring now) OR promotional packages (True Love Set). I happened to of purchased the following colors a few days ago: {Saint, Cupid, True Love},  Rave, TroubleRiotand just as said before Black Velvet!  Each shade is spectacularly pigmented and very unique in hue, tone, as well as effect for some newer Velevetines (some are metallic or black lit). Do be noted EVERYTHING was PURCHASED WITH MY own money, therefore my review is as good as gold and truthful to the bone, you loves know once I dive in, I got deep, fortunately for Lime Crime over there I have a soft spot :)!  

              Am I the only person who literally saves EACH Lime Crime box I receive, I mean who wouldn't it's like a magical wonderland of unicorns stepping into the lime light?! It does make me wonder how Doe Deere keeps up with the packaging cost, let's face it this is clearly NOT cheap to make, nor is the Velvetine strategic artwork on the cap's as well.  Pictured to the left is an image of my box being opened, and for once not torn apart...hehe. One thing I REALLY fancy is how neat the product underneath were placed, sometimes with brands like M.A.C. they sorta toss everything under and it's a hideous mess, in the case of Lime Crime you really get the vibe whoever packed it, cared!  The real question you should be asking yourself is, "well, the packaging is fantabulous however does the product live up to the hype?" I am here to say SURPRISINGLY YES, there were only a few minor cases where I believe a formula change was made, other than that each product was consistent in texture and VERY long wearing...not to mention the fact they have one swipe pigment.  THE ONLY downfall is the smell, I happen to be hyper sensitive so when I open a bottle of liquid lipstick and it smells like sugared playdo, not sure really what to think!  I mean, for $20.00 at least add SOME vanilla extract. 

                         Pictured above is the following shades left to right: Rave, Black Velvet, Trouble, True Love, Saint, Riot, Cupid.  If you didn't know RAVE IS BOMB, MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE out of each shade which is quite the rarity for me because I tend to stick with my browned pinks, Rave is definitely an exception! What I love most about the shade is the black light reflective hue it contains.  For example, on instagram I posted the following image depicted to the right yesterday morning, as you can see it maintains true to that vibrant purple effect HOWEVER in another lighting it leaned VERY pinky/lilac, I am a fan of this color switch, but some of you might not be!  Another daring shade I bought courtesy of my mom's recommendation is Trouble.  This is described as a true olive color, and that it is! When you apply these MAKE SURE your lips are completely dry and one texture, if you so much as have a piece of dry skin popping up it'll throw off everything, despite these liquid lippies being creamy and very workable with they too have their limits!  Another thing to keep in mind is AVOID eating oily, or greasy foods, this will remove the inner rim of lipstick super easily.  

             The True Love Set is honestly the only reason why I had a tinnnnnnnyy Lime Crime splurge.  Each lipstick, SaintCupidTrue Love, retail a total of $60.00, I copped it for $44.00 since Lime Crime is having a HUGE sale to let go of some all time favorites and let in the new loves! These have the silkiest and CREAMIEST texture out of each shade I bought, I believe it is due to perhaps more product being filled in the containers.  Saint is described as a cranberry red, Cupid as a petal pink, and True Love as a vibrant pinky red WHICH drew my attention to Dose Of Colors Liquid Lipstick in Coral Crush, both consist of the same vibrancy...or so I thought! Though I got excited for a possible dupe, this was a fallacy as Coral Crush IS MUCH brighter and red in tone, True Love has a very wearable hue, so does the other two shades for that matter, making this a practical set, yes I gave you are excuse to shop SHHH.  One super cool benefit to buying these shades together besides the others listed IS you can create numerous ombre effects!  This seems to be a really long lasting trend going on, understandably so (psssst, try True Love all over your lips with Saint on the outer corners and Cupid centered).

                    One thing that MIGHT turn one of you beauties out there off is the amount of product picked up on the doe applicator stick. Wasteful? Yes. BUT  THE COLORS ARE SO FLIPPING GORGEOUS OH MY GOOSHH, SUCK IT UP GIRL! 12M of product per Velevtine is relatively good considering how beauty brands tend to cheap out nowadays, to the right is an image showing you loves one swipe out of the container, precisely the amount of product stuck to the wand.  Now this is no Kylie Jenner Lip Kit shenanigans with messed up applicator wands, though she fixed the mishap. I personally feel these applicators are MUCH more convenient to the average user since they fit the curves of one's natural lips wonderfully and it only takes ONE swipe out to cover the upper and lower lips fully!  

                It's sorta hard to compare the Velvetine line to ANY liquid lipsticks for the fact these are inspired by rose petals and suppose to glide on and feel like velvet, most liquid lipsticks are either too thin in formula or overly creamy with absolutely no specific claims other than "dries quick", yay?! If you happen to have the Bh Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick(s): Princess, Muse that is one GOOD comparison of formula, the BH is very THIN and due to that dries quick, but has weak pigment.  On the other hand, the Lime Crime takes all of 1 minute to dry and has strong pigment...just that downside of smell which is a very small factor!  Be sure to click the photo on the left just so you can see closer the texture of BH's as compared to the Lime Crime texture (view photo above again) this was from my March Haul WHICH YOU SHOULD check out promptly after this.  All in all I'd def purchase more of these liquid lipsticks as they're absolutely ADDICTING, let's face it with all good there is bad and to be real the bad wasn't THAT bad, these stand at a hefty 7/10 for me ranking at number 2 in my all time favorite lipstick list :)!  Stay tuned for the live swatching/demo/review video that'll be up tomorrow, I was just SUPER excited to post this, ooooppppssssieeee.