Monday, May 30, 2016

Elegant Red Lips With Shimmery Black Smokey Eyeshadow Makeup Tutorial


                         After given some thought, I realized I haven't done too many dark smokey eye's involving black or metallic silvers in QUITE some time! While many like to shed layers during the humid, and sunnier months...then there is Lillee, one who prefers packing on and waterproofing completely.  Honestly speaking between you beauties and I, silver shadow mixed with matte blacks is my LEAST favorite combination to apply, however given the circumstances of capturing that "other side" of my personality, I decided to give it a go and touch it off with a garnet red! This makeup look WILL require a certain amount of skill level since black requires a ton of blending, you can either look smokey or like a panda, which is totally cute hehe, but I feel if you put your mind to it and have patience anything can be blended to perfection. I truly do hope ALL of you have a wonderful Memorial Day!! For some of you feeling a bit daring and bold this look will be PERFECT, for the other side of town, those a tad afraid of smokey shadow blending, if you mimic the shadow style and turn it to a softer brown with light pink lips it'll be a perfect alternative :)! To sum it all up prior to getting into full blown details: be sure to take your time and have a wide spread amount of blending brushes present, keep in mind A LOT of makeup is involved, use what works best for YOU and know your products.  Click these links for previous "gothic" inspired looks: Crimson Lip Smokey Eye, Plum Vixen Smokey Eye, and my Batman Vs. Superman Dark Wonder Woman look! OO ALSO, I recently did an Interview with Oscar Benjamin for Indieblush magazine, be sure to look for me through the pages ;). 

*Cover Fx Cream FoundationN100 to contour and N0 to highlight
*Make Up Forever Pro>Bronze Fusion, 10M Natural Matte Honey
*Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit, Medium Tan (Nutmeg)
*NYX Cream Blush, Tickled
*Nars Liquid Illuminator, Copacabana + Nars Highlighting Blush, Miss Liberty 
*Nars Audacious Lipstick, Audrey + Mac Viva Glam Lipglass, I + Dose of Colors, Coral Crush

                             Darker smokey eyes automatically register as a hotspot for cake face makeup to most beauties, and ironically enough that is NOT true! Although one might go full glam, there is a way to do things where the face isn't crusted or in some cases melting off due to heat. Cake face is generally caused by a) applying too much product and b) applying the WRONG product, to help both of these causes you can simply wash your skin and research the products being blended onto your face! Most of the time us women and men FREAK OUT if there is a pimple not being covered, or a dry patch just not taming down, pleassssseeee do not have this incident today, go for higher quality fuller coverage products, and keep in mind foundation is the groundwork for the following products to come.  Phew that was a mouthful! Tracing back our steps, prior to makeup application, I scrubbed on Perfectly Posh's Pore-fect big face bar cleanser-- a little goes a long way for this baby and it's a vegan wash, even better! Once the ph-balanced bar cleanser was washed off with warm water, I applied an extremely light layer of my Fresh Seaberry Oil,  focusing mostly on my problematic areas such as the bridge of my nose. Obviously speaking EVERYONE has their own routine, or own line of products they fancy, I just prefer telling you beauties the before since it's more fluent and makes a HUGE impact on the outcome :)! 

                    Speaking of huge impacts, its extremely important to have an adequate primer handy, wether it pertain to a skin condition or want for color correction, primers are simply a must.  I opted in for my all time favorite Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base, it gives off a stunning glow and hydrates amazingly! Using my ring finger I gently dashed the product onto all high points of my face (cheekbones, bridge of nose, chin, and forehead), then moved forth to blending the primer in using slight circular motions, I made sure to evenly disburse the product out towards my hairline as well this way even coverage will occur. Whenever red lips are involved you MUST MUST MUST, yes must X3, make it a point for completely full coverage, we don't want red skin clashing with red lips! I chose my Too Faced Born This Way Foundation because it keeps up with the dew factor while still giving me that medium to full coverage I desire.  With that being said, using a pump of the product onto the back of my hand, I picked up my Marc Jacobs Face II Sculpting brush and gently fluffed the product across all zones of my face with pricking motions, this is better known as stippling! Once the product was sectioned out I proceeded to then downward stroking it, this will evenly blend the foundation out while maintaining coverage.  Personally I do NOT allow my foundation to dry, being creams are packed right on top its foolish to wait that extra time, the base shade will become moist again! Please only use the picture provided to the left as a GUIDE, everyone contours and highlights differently :).  First things first, using the shade N0 by Cover Fx, I took my Sephora Concealer Brush and gently disbursed it under my eyes in inverted triangles as well as down my nose in one singular line shooting up towards my forehead, and lastly on both jawlines shedding in towards my chin! Excess product was gently blended onto blemishes and reddened areas such as the sides of my nose.  To contour I took the shade N100 and applied it on the hollows of my cheeks, the direct angle of my jawlines, and right onto the sides of my nose followed by one dash under my lip for added dimension! To blend the whoooolllle shebang in I took a cleaned (uber important your brush is clean, especially with heavy contour blending! We want the shades to be as precise as possible)  Elf Ultimate Blending Brush and firmly stippled the cream foundations in with fluent clockwise blending motions.  I occasionally wiped my brush off on a paper towel to ensure to product build up would occur! 

                                 The following steps are tedious however make all the difference between regular glam and red carpet ready glam. As you beauties know I use my cream contour more so as a bronzer than actual contour hue, which in tern means I use less of a powder contour since I want to be as warm toned as possible to match my undertones! I alllwayys get asked how my skin looks super blended and flawless after applying so much product and the trick is to keep a gradience.  For example, I'll first apply Make Up Forever's bronzer in 10M Natural Matte Honey to the outer three of my face (Mac 168) followed by a dusting of Nutmeg from the ABH Contour Kit to deepen things up a tad, NEVER go outside of your color range-- if your bronzer is honey go a few shades deeper NOT fully taupey as this looks completely harsh and unnatural! Speaking of harsh and unnatural vibes, blush plays a role in this as well. If your blush isn't blended out correctly it'll look VERY harsh and once more unnatural, I like to use cream blushes such as Nyx's Cream Blush in Tickled to give my skin a hint of glimmer and color! I prefer to swirl my fingers into the pan and lightly tap the product onto the apples of my cheeks up towards my hairline, it makes for a much more eye-catching appearance.  Ohhhh eye catching, yes, you better get your glow on girl! I went for my typical Nars Liquid Illuminator in Copacabana followed by Nars's Highlighting Blush in Miss Liberty, the duo together is BEYOND striking in natural sunlight (check out my Instagram for the glow photos).  I gently dusted both product onto the high points of my face using a cleaned Morphe M143 Deluxe Soft Fan brush, don't be afraid to pack on the pigment loves, more is better when you want to contact planet Mars ;)! As far as the lippies go I coated my lips in Nars's Audrey Lipstick dashed by Dose of Colors Coral Crush dotted in the center for added brightness, then blended everything out with Mac's Viva Glam Lipglass in shade I, the merlot red.  JUST A QUICK TIP- to ensure your lipstick won't bleed take a thin tissue paper and hold it against your lips.  Then using a setting powder such as Nars's Light Reflecting Loose Powder press it against the tissue paper! This is a fool proof method and works evvverytime.  In fact, you could even go the extra mile of applying a setting spray directly over the powder such as Urban Decay's All Nighter Spray, everything in makeup ties together. While it does seem like a buttload of products used, each cannot do without each other! For example, without Nars's Highlighting Blush my skin would be an oil slick, vice versa if I didn't have the dewy liquid illuminator, my skin would be too dry.  
*Morphe 35U Multi-Color Shimmer Eyeshadow Pallet: C3.R1 (lid), C4.R1 (center of lid, tear ducts), C1.R1 (lower lash line, outer V), C7.R5 (inner corners, lower lash)
*Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Pallet: Mousse (transitional shade), Licorice (inner V)
*KoKo Lashes, Marilyn
                                As you can tell from the products listed above, smokey eyes truly just require good blending brushes and at most 6 shades! To start the look up I gently filled my brows in using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Caramel, this is SUCH a breeze nowadays since all that needs to be done is a few upward strokes and spoolies.  I then quickly smudged into pigment...haha get it? No? Okay. SMUDGED INTO PIGMENT, by taking Makeup Geek's Immortal Gel Eyeliner across my entire lid area using a cleaned Mac 239 brush, the 239 picks up pigment extremely well so be sure to work in light layers this way you can blend the product evenly out! I highlight recommend sticking with gently patting motions as opposed to dragging the shade in sideward strokes, it'll preserve the heavy black pigment better. Before adding any shimmers to the lid the crease is a very important factor the work in, put the areas below on hold and start bringing out the brushes! I chose to first go into the color Mousse provided by the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Pallet since it is fairly neutral in tone. I blended the color into my crease as a transitional shade with my Morphe E22 Pointed Blender, the fluffier bristles help not only drag the black liner upwards but to evenly disburse the two out into a beautiful grey color, try to stick with side to side motions cuties! Since I had the pallet out, I switched to a M433 Morphe Brush and picked up Licorice, a matte black. WORK IN TINY LAYERS WITH BLACK SHADOWS, trust me it'll prevent fall out and will help your eye shadow be a million times smokier since more blending was done! I gently patted the color onto the outer third of my lid and followed through with smudging it into my crease using the natural creasing of my eye socket as a guide, I continued this smudging method until I received my desired pigment.  From that point I began switching up my blending to tiny circular motions, this helped disburse the shade evenly into Mousse!

                          I personally LOVE the bristles of Morphe's M433, they're super dense and almost identical to Mac's 217 brush! Rather going back to my flat shader brush I actually just kept up with the M422 and smudged across my lid in two strokes C3.R4, a metallic shimmering dark grey. Flipping the brush to it's side I then took C4.R1 and began smudging it onto the center of my lid followed by the tear ducts for added shimmer and drama, once more, don't be afraid to go all out with the pigment! I really wish these larger pallets would name their shades, it's beyond annoying using the format column so and so, row such and such, and surly it can't be any fun for you loves :(....sigh. Anyhoo, the last few shades include C1.R1, which was smudged across the outer third of my lower lash line and the outer V of my eye as well as C7.R5, applied to the inner corners and inner third of my lower lash line using a Mac 212 Flat Definer Brush! Being the shade brushed across as a finishing shadow step was fairly light I didn't bother cleaning it off, I went straight back into Makeup Geek's Immortal Gel Liner and went to lining heaven, as you can see from the photo above the liner was heavily applied and smudged on my lower lash line as well as on my upper lash line in a medium thick cat wing.  To completely sum up the eye makeup I applied and coated my lashes with the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and sealed the deal with my favorite KoKo lashes in Marilyn :)! I TRULY hope all of you have had a good Memorial Day despite the poor, rainy weather, cheers see you Wednesday. 

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Pastel Glittery Cotton Candy Wearable Unicorn Makeup Tutorial || HIGHLIGHT AS CONTOUR?


                           WELCOME back my loves! Thanks to my lovely friend Anna for suggesting this look last night, I decided to execute it, WITH a little bit of Lillee shimma shimma hindering behind. Now, I know it can be quite boring doing the sammmmmme exact routine day in, and day out! With being the innovative self I am I formed the new concept "Highlight AS Contour?", while it might seem a tad freaky to some of you beauties, hear me out.  Highlighting is the art of brining light to ones face on certain features-- wether you want to "widen" or "expand" an area, this is the mechanism for you! However, when riddled with tricks of contouring this can get quite interesting and actually natural looking for some cases.  For example, rather using a color 2-3 shades lighter I opted in for Make Up Forever's Ultra HD Concealer in my skin tone Y23 for coverup, and Cover Fx's N0 to "contour"! The clashing hues paired with a bronzer seemed to comply a VERY natural glow along with naturally defined features, if you ask me the highlight as contour seems VERY trustworthy for the warmer months as the idea is to use LESS product, in other words, you won't melt like an ice cream cone love. Pleaaaase do take your time with the eye makeup and really focus on the areas you illuminate, this deadly combination will ENSURE success for replicating this pastel look :)! 

*Mac Mineralized Skin Finish, Cheeky Bronze 
*Stila Watercolor BlushWater Blossom
 *Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit: Bubbly + Sun Burst, Golden Bronze(That Glow)

                                 Skin care is a SUPER important component to this makeup look!  Without proper care you'd be globbing the product on by the pound, trust me I've been there, I know the feeling. Rather going through the struggle of washing my skin off manually I opted in for my Perfectly Posh Stay Gold face mask, it has Turmeric, Honey, Milk, and Lemon oil's making it UBER moisturizing and cleansing for the skin! I let the mask absorb into my skin for a good 20 minutes before removing, this is my new favorite as it's gentle BUT once removed proved its worth to me, all my inflammations were gone.  For some of my smarties out there, YES another Perfectly Posh review will be posted in a few days, this time it'll be a mix of products I purchased and products Leyna sent as gifts! Anyhow, I skipped my regular facial oil and went straight to applying Bobbi Brown's Enriched Face Base to my skin. Being the product comes in a large jar, I "dashed" the primer onto the high points of my face using a clean ring finger!  Using circular motions I then gently blended the enriched face base in making sure to evenly disburse it out towards my hairline and under my chin, DO NOT neglect these areas. In the meantime while the primer is absorbing into my pores, I took out Makeup Forever's Ultra HD Invisible Foundation and plopped a pump onto the back of my hand!  From that pump I lightly stroked the foundation onto my left cheek using a Marc Jacobs Face II Sculpting brush, downward strokes are your best bet when it comes to light foundations as it helps prevent peach fuzz from being seen as well as dry patches and other undesirables. I continued with the downward stroking motions until I reached my forehead, by that point I gently stippled the bristles against my skin this way dimension is kept, but in a non compromising way to myself!


                 Nooooow onto the part where I can really get into depth of my concept, highlight as contour! Do I LITERALLY mean contour? Nooooo silly goose, it's about manipulating light and bringing warmth to the skin by other means. For example, using a bead sized amount of MUFE's Ultra HD Concealer in Y23 I took my ring finger and softly stroked it onto any areas needing blemish coverage OR a bit of sprucing up! Keep in mind this is just a coverage strategy, no magic.  The magic begins when Cover Fx's Cream Foundation in N0, my typical highlighting shade, is brought into play! With my Mac 212 Flat Definer Brush I brushed the product directly on the sides of my nose, on the outskirts of my nose starting from my tear duct, on top of the hollows of my cheeks, and finally on my jawline/forehead/chin/brow bones.  Contour is meant to bring shadows, correct? RATHER bringing light forth in that mannerism, I shifted the bright ivory (N0) up higher than usual this way an illusion of higher pulled up cheekbones would STILL be formed, easy concept huh?! Sadly that is the only change in routine, blending will always remain the same for me, tear :'). Using an Elf Ultimate Blending Brush I gently stippled in the concealer and foundation duo starting from my under eye area to the sides of my nose! I personally prefer blending in side to side motions, in other words rather straight stipples in random places I work clockwise, a few circles here then shift up a few circles there, ya feel?

                       
                      Warning, you will look like a pasty ghosty at first, sooooo uhhh.....BOO! To help quickly warm things up I took my Mac Mineralized Skin Finish in Cheeky Bronze and using my Mac 168 gently blended it onto the outer three of my face (hollows of cheeks, a tad on the nose, temples, and jawline). Do be noted NO powder contour was used, so if you'd like to be a bronzy bunny, go for it! A quick trick a ton of makeup artists use at fashion shows is applying blush a bit higher than usual this way the eyes are your main focus. I attempted to mimic this concept by taking Stila's Watercolor Blush in Water Blossom onto he apples of my cheeks blending up towards the very tip of my eyebrow! Pretty much every step with this makeup tutorial will freak you out, but fear not the clown blush dissipates once L.A. Girls Highlighter Stick is added. This is the first time I used the illuminator stick, cut me some slack! I gently smudged the champagne color onto the bridge of my nose, heavily on my cheekbones, and on my cupid's bow, once the placement was set I went to blend heaven and patted it in with light and quick motions. To set the luminous glow I took a mixture of Bubbly + Sun Burst from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in That Glow and brushed it against those EXACT areas the creamy highlight touched originally using a Morphe M143 Deluxe Soft Fan brush! If you're anything like me and STILL felt ghostly the last resort is to take Golden Bronze from the glow kit and brush it against the hollows of your cheeks and side of your nose, this actually worked MAJORLY in warming my complexion up. 

                                    By now you guys should know me, I got from point A to point B REALLL quick! That sorta concept hindered behind this makeup look as soon as the setting stage came into play.  First off, forget everything you know and add glitter to the highlight, yes loose glitter! If you want to be a unicorn OBVI you need a buttload of glitter.  I opted in for Goldi by Violet Voss, surprisingly enough it wasn't too overpowering or childish looking! A MAJOR heads up-- in the tutorial I wear Becca Champagne Pop on my lips, this is an alternative look you could opt in for however in the long run I preferred Anastasia Beverly Hills Orchid gloss. Finally onto the setting powder! Using my Sephora #74 brush I dusted the Nars Light Reflecting Loose Powder onto all highlight zones of my face followed by a spraying of Urban Decay's All Nighter Spray to seal the deal!  Make sure you spray up darlin' because it is beaming hot outside, the good news is this makeup worked well under humid conditions, the bad news is watch out for glitter getting int your eyes, cheers :).

*Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer, Caramel
*Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil, Milk
*Morphe Single Eyeshadow Pan(s): Breakfast At Tiffaneez (lid), Pretty In Pink (inner corners), Rosewood ES59 (inner corners)
*Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan(s): Shore Thing (transitional shade), Mermaid (lower lash), Day Dreamer (lower lash)
*Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Pallet: Blueberry Swirl (crease), Butter Pecan (brow bone)
*Violet Voss Glitter, Goldie 
*KoKo Lashes, Goddess
                            It's sort of scary looking at my brows being I filled them in lightly and kept their natural shape...oh well it fit the makeup! Whenever there is a TON of drama goin' on with the eye makeup its best to keep the brows natural, or thin, this way you not only have more room to blend, the attention stays on your eyeballsss. To get that effect I used my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Caramel and using light upward flicks in quick motions gradually defined and colored up the hairs! A quick trick to tame your brows is to spritz a setting spray onto a spoolie and run it through your brows, with the brow product already applied that is.  Using no eye primer is a ground breaking step in Lillee history, however it does prove a few valid points such as Morphe has PRETTY DAMN GOOD pigmented shadows! Speaking of Morphe shadows, the first groundbreaking color applied to my lids was Breakfast At Tiffaneez, an uber unique matte teal. The shade was gently patted across both eyelids using a Mac 239 brush, be sure to build this color up this way it's vibrant! To lighten the shade up I took Nyx's Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk and firmly patted it onto my lids with gently smudges, followed by another application of the shadow to set the desired hue.


              From this point forward, have your blending brushes ready because it's going to get haloey! First things first, going into the shade Pretty In Pink by Morphe, I took a tiny shader brush and smudged it right into the inner third of my lid, I do apologize for not having a specific name for this brush used. Switching to a M433 Morphe Brush I then picked up Rosewood and softened it into the inner third of my lid using halo eye techniques, meaning I curved the shadow based on the natural creasing of my eye socket! Following through with this halo method I pulled out my Morphe E22 Pointed Blender and dusted Shore Thing by Makeup Geek through the creasing of my eye this way a transitional shade was present, don't stress building up pigment, just get the shade disbursed evenly.  To add some drama I finished up the crease using Blueberry Swirl provided by the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Pallet! As you probably guessed, the vibrant blue was taken into the inner v of my eye, to throughly blend it in I used a variety of side to side motions AND upward flicks. Being I already had a fluffy brush handy I put the upper eye makeup on hold temporarily to dust Butter Pecan riiiiight onto both brow bones, makes for a beautiful glowy highlight!


                 From this point forward the makeup becomes seamlessly EASIER, the crease was the hardest factor! With a cleaned off Mac 212 Flat Definer Brush I smudged Mermaid eyeshadow across my lower lash line followed by Day Dreamer closer to the tear ducts, do make sure you have adequate pigment going on with these two colors.  A TON of beauties get afraid to use glitter simply because it's messy AND sometimes doesn't stick, luckily Violet Voss has very adhesive glitter that works well under all circumstances with little to no fallout! Using a clean pink finger I gently tapped the glitter Goldie into the inner corners of my eye as well as directly in the tear duct. Make sure Goldie is beaming in color, otherwise applying the glitter is useless! Liner can get a tad tricky so be sure to bare with me :). Just as always I gave myself a classic medium thick wing using Stila's Waterproof Stay All Day Pen Liner in Black! Being unicorns are majestical animals, you can't stop there.  I proceeded on to a) lining my waterline using Makeup Geek's Immortal Gel Liner, and b) coating Urban Decay's Glitter Eyeliner in ACDC across the same black liner from above.  You must work fast because once the heavy metal glitter eyeliner is set and still moist Goldie was gently patted on top, the sticky base helps make this shimmery shade pop!


                As you beauties will notice from time and time again I like to change up my blog design, today I have made the decision of REMOVING my tabs located under my blog title! I found that there were WAYYYYYYYY too many makeup tutorials scattered around that it started looking very crowded to the point when expanded the long link list went over recent posts.  If you're seeking to find a certain review, or perhaps makeup look simply search a key word up by using the search engine provided to the left side bar of my blog OR upper left corner! For example, if you're looking for "purple eyeshadow" that's all you have to type, a bunch of posts will pop up :).  The same premise goes for if you're urging for a review, just type "review" or the specific brand such as "urban decay"! ANYHOO, besides this I finished up the eye makeup using the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara AND my KoKo lashes in Goddess, my favorite combination.  Hopefully you beauties enjoyed and NOW understand what I meant by highlight as contour! If you ask me the outcome looks pretty similar to how it does when I use contour colors, which just verifies my point my contour is more of a BRONZING method than slimming mechanism, hence why I tell you loves to use what works best for YOU, simply use my tutorials as a guide :).  Have a good memorial day weekend!


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Nailed It! by Katie Pink Sparkly Gradient Acrylic Nails Review

                             I have been thinking for QUITE a while on expanding my blog to other sections of beauty such as the nail department-- what better way to introduce it than a review of some fabulous falsies!? Just around a week ago a lovely lady named Katie Instagram direct messaged me about her innovative nail creations, not only does she HAND PAINT each design, custom one's are welcomed such as the one featured above.  Some key keen points Katie Calderbank likes to make about her brand, Nailed It! happen to be, "cheap and affordable nails..whether it's a simple manicure or an elaborate pop art design, we have you covered...can't see what you're after?...Email me directly and I'll create your very OWN bespoke nails..." Speaking of that email address don't be afraid to message her at katiejcalderbank@gmail.com, she replies within hours :). A super important factor YOU MUST be aware of prior to ordering or emailing her is all nails are sold in packs of 12, thus variety sizes are available! She does not include nail glue in the purchase, however she was such a sweetie and stuck it in there anyway for me.  Each of the nails provided on her website, http://naileditbykatie.tictail.com/, are $4.99 GBP OR $7.16 USD, the custom nails are to be determined based on your design! That's a pretty damn good deal considering how expensive manicurists can be on creating elaborate deigns. In case you're interested (OFC YOU ARE) some staple nail art designs Katie has up currently include Ombre Geo (orange to teal fade with white sripes), Ocean Pearl (blue to darker blue gradience with white embellishments), Henna Shine (golden bronzy nail inspired by henna artwork), Candy Floss Sparkle (pink to white to blue gradience with sparkle-- this is the SAME design on my nails above just in pink), Neon Blood (yellow base with pinkish blood effect on the tip), One In A Million (pink base with rosy designs), She's Got It! (pink with white intricate designs), and finally the custom selection!

                             Before getting into my actual reviewing I would like to introduce her terms and conditions, it's best to get this out of the way so you beauties are well aware of how she does business :)! According to her website it says, "You have 14 days to return an order after receiving it; If you change your mind, or the product you received is not what you expected, please contact us before returning the item; Unless arrangements are made with us, you cover the cost of the return; Please note that exceptions may apply for the return of certain custom-made, hygienic and other products." After the concise terms and conditions policy, followed up is the instructions for returning goods-- as muuuuuch as I'd love to bore you all with the return manual, WHO THE HECK WOULD RETURN THESE BABIES?! I mean honestly speaking they not only arrived in lovely bubble wrap, a cute note was left behind that read "hope you enjoy your claws, Katie XOXO", most small business DO NOT indulge in this specialized treat.  Pictured to the left is the nails on their plastic prongs prior to removing them, presentation is surly everything, these claws DEF make a statement!  First things first, I asked Katie to replicate her Candy Floss Sparkle permanent design just in pink with a bit of extra glitter added, and that she did too perfection.  One striking characteristic I noticed is Katie really loves her line of work, it shows through the artwork and time put into each false nail! The only downside is these babies required a bit of filling down on the edges to fit my nail bed, other then that they popped right on and dazzled :).  As you loves know I prefer giving the pros with the cons, along with that comes blunt honesty, which I feel is the best way to go about things! If you're asking me straight (which you should be hehe), Nailed It! by Katie is a spectacular new line of products that EVERYONE should have a chance to try it-- trust me, it's nothing like the MORE expensive products you buy at the drugstore.  These false nails are sturdy, natural looking, and long lasting thanks to her expert nail polish application!

               Plllleaase disregard my misshapen finger! Long story short I burnt it on a flat iron when I was 6 and the bone sorta "grew around" the bump left behind! Here is another view of the nails just in a flat lay version. IF you were concerned about the packs of 12 concept, fear not each nail is identical and corresponds to the larger-widen fingers! Please do give the very talented Katie a follow on her Instagram, as well as a like for her Facebook page, you'll receive CONSTANT updates on both pages. Ooooh lovies I will be editing a new video tonight as well speak as well so stay posted, a TON of upcoming events will be streaming your way! From another Perfectly Posh review to a possible giveaway mid-June, the stars are in your favor ;).  Be sure to check out my two previous blog posts to send some loooove: Rosy Pink Blown Out Smokey Eye, Classic 1950's Barbie.

Rosy Pink Blown Out Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial


                                          The month of May sadly is coming to an end, which means out with the Spring makeup, and hello waterproofing Summer products! Honestly speaking Summer makeup is THE MOST fun to do simply because it entails mounds of color (my favorite) and allows one to exercise how skilled at makeup they really are. For example, it's one thing to steal the show during the colder months, however another to be in the limelight during humid temperatures! You see, Spring/Summer call for extra care and attention, you don't want to melt like an ice-cream cone, do you? NOOOO of course not! Hence why your skill levels will be challenged, Winter is simply boom boom done perhaps some hydrating sprays and out the door, not much attention is given. You beauties can expect some pretty kick-ass tutorials coming out to date very soon, today however I have a beautiful princess like rosy smokey eye in store!  Along with this blog post tutorial there'll be a false nail review posted separately, a lovely lady named Katie was kind enough to CUSTOM make a stunning pair of claws for me, so def be sure to click the link highlighted in pink for her Facebook page (booking is available I believe) as well as this one for her actual web store. Befffooooooooooore getting into the details pertaining to this rosy look please do be noted blending will encompass this whole tutorial, which means you must have your time planned out! Lastly,  I made sure some of the facial products used contain SPF and brightening properties, you'll need it :). 

*Cover Fx Cream FoundationN100 to contour and N0 to highlight
*Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit, Medium Tan (Peaches & Cream)
*Nars Liquid Illuminator, Copacabana 
*ABH Liquid Lipstick, Sweet Talker + Colourpop Liquid Lipstick, Scrooge

                           I dunno about you beauties but today was a time for a much needed shaving, as gross as that might sound HAHA! Being I always start of my blog post tutorials with a little background on prior face work done, we shall begin with the shaving process by Lilz. Concisely said, using one cotton round I first saturated the center in Bio Derma's H20 serum then proceeded to rubbing it over all zones of my face, this helps remove excess oil and dirt left behind! Using another cotton round, a clean one rather, I then took a pea-sized amount of Perfectly Posh's Hairy Beast Shaving Gel and gently disbursed it around my skin, I included my hairline in this.  Now to speed things up a tad so you loves aren't completely bored, I moreover wet the cotton round and formed a bubbly mixture on my skin then moved forth in shaving away prickly areas! My skin was then washed off using steamy water and set with one light coating of Fresh's Seaberry Oil, oil's work best when it comes to after shaves ;), men take notice. Some of you might be a little curious as to why I shave my face and the answer is beyond simple- makeup application is 10X better and the products adhere to the skin like never before! Obviously speaking, shaving is not for everyone, however the priming process is, don't skip it.  It makes me cringeeee when women say they don't require a priming base! My love, my flower blossom, you need a primer. A misconception is primers are used to tame skin conditions such as oiliness and dryness, funny part is there are such things as UNIVERSAL primers and COLOR CORRECTING primers, both of which would fit into everyone's needs! With that being said, I opted in for my Marc Jacobs Coconut Primer as I love the light and airy smell it exudes into the air after application. Using exactly one pump of the product onto the back of my hand I gently took a tad of primer onto the tip of my finger and dashed it across my left cheek, to eventually my right cheek, chin, forehead, and center of my nose! The dashing method saves product AND allows blending to be a much simpler process, in fact, once the placement was set I went right into circular motions to really work the product in- less is more. Speaking of less is more, using half a pump of the Benefit Hello Flawless Liquid Foundation I gently began disbursing it across all zones of my face using a Marc Jacobs Face II Sculpting brush, this product has been sitting in my foundation box foooorever so I decided to give it a go! I found the best application method for this baby is to stick with downward elongated strokes, extending the product out towards your hairline and under your chin is a must. 
                           
                     Onward to cream contouring :)! There is no crazy method used today other than do what looks best on you, I opted in for using my traditional Cover Fx Cream Foundation's in N100 to contour and N0 to highlight.  Using my tiny Sephora Lip Brush (yes seems totally weird but it works best for me), I gently swirled into N0 and began firmly streaking the product under my eyes in diagonal markings up towards my hairline, this in tern formed inverted triangles! The product was then taken on the bridge of my nose up towards my forehead branching under my brow bones, and finally across both jawlines meeting up at my chin. While it might appear as my whole face is covered in the frosty ivory shade, the difference between physically applying it and adding the shade in specific areas is when blended and mixed with N100 it turns into a deeper hue, thus it becomes a simple contour! Since N100 was brought into the picture, the deep ebony was applied to the sides of my nose connecting at the tip, perspectively, and dashed upwards across the hollows of my cheeks and jawline. I find the dashing method MUCH more effective in getting those sculpted cheekbones! To blend in the two foundations I took a cleaned Elf Ultimate Blending Brush and gently stippled in the products starting from my left jaw line up. The ONLY time any other motion were used other than stipples is when it came time to blend in the cheek contour, at that point I used upward stipples, makes for a seamless finish AND helps give a beautiful illusion of higher pulled up cheekbones! To set the cream contour I dusted Benefit's Hoola Bronzer across the temples of my face down towards the hollows of my cheeks and around my jawline using a Mac 168, Hoola was followed up with Peaches & Cream from the ABH Contour Kit for a little extra definition and warmth :). 

                              Rose shadow looks can either go two ways, cool toned or warm toned! As you can tell I went for a mixture of clashing hues as the eyes were kept cool and skin radiant. To keep up the warmth I brushed the Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Candy Glow against the apples of my cheeks up to my hairline using that same Mac 168 mentioned in the prior step! I then took a pea-sized amount of Nars's Liquid Illuminator in Copacabana and swiftly patted it across the high points of my face using a cleaned ring+middle finger, the glow was set using Urban Decay's Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder in Illuminated with a Morphe M143 Deluxe Soft Fan brush! Do keep in mind I prefer sparkly glows, every beauty is different, however try to stick with the beige toned range.  As far as the lips go, I applied Colourpop's Scrooge followed by Anastasia Beverly Hill's Sweet Talker Liquid Lipstick, both make such a darling combination :)! Liquid lipsticks are honestly your best bet for the warmer months, along with stains, they'll withstand heat and remain still all day long. As far as setting my skin goes, I simply brushed Nars's Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder on any highlighting zones (under eyes, jawline, chin/forehead) of my face using a Sephora #74 brush and sealed the deal with Urban Decay's All Nighter Setting Spray. A SUPER good setting spray is a must, in fact you don't need a setting powder if you have a setting spray equipped I just prefer the extra protection!
*Morphe Single Eyeshadow Pan(s): Magical Magenta ES58 (lid), Wink For Pink ES33 (inner third of lid and lower lash line), Rosewood ES59 (inner V)
*Morphe 35U Multi-Color Shimmer Eyeshadow Pallet: C4.R2 (transitional shade), C1.R4 (inner V and lower lash line)
*KoKo Lashes, Marilyn 
                             Ever since I purchased the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Caramel a few weeks ago, my brows have NEVER looked better! Perhaps I'm swooning on how quick it is to fill each brow in followed by a light defining and spoolieing, however they appear more precise and better fit for my face shape. What do you loves think? Anyways, once the brows were filled in and perfected I then moved along to priming my lid's using Nyx's Jumbo Eye Pencil in Strawberry Milk, this seems to be my "go to" lately :).  The eye pencil was smudged against my lids straight from the stick in quick streaks, from those streaks I took a cleaned ring finger and gently blended the product up towards my brow bone as well as under my lower lash line! The priming base you choose does not necessarily matter, however I do suggest including one with lower end shadows. Speaking of lower end shadows, I actually HAVE NEVER tried the Morphe Brushes eyeshadow collection before until today!  Just as I said in my Summery Explosion tutorial the website sorta "turned me off"-- not quite fond of the layout, however the products truly have won me over. With that being said, the first color applied to my lid is Magical Magenta, I used a Mac 239 brush to firmly pat the vibrant pink on my entire eyelid! Do be warned a little goes a LONG way (to my surprise hehe), so def work in light building layers. Using that same 239 brush I then picked up Wink For Pink and gently placed it right onto the inner third of my lid, the gradience was stunnnnning, work with the shimmery texture and build it up! 

                               The crease is an huge blow out of color, hence the title name! In order to get that perfect summery gradience you must include a peachy orange such as C4.R2 from the Morphe 35U pallet. The shade was lightly blended into my crease using a M433 Morphe Brush, I tried to stick with side to side blending motions that evenly disbursed a level higher each time, also I aimed for rounded effects rather sharp lines, no tape missy! To add some drama I took Rosewood, a medium rosy hue, and smoothed it into the inner V of my eye with firm side to side blending motions.  When it came to Rosewood I went a tad different about the crease, I actually followed the natural creasing of my eye socket for the closest blend possible! The laaaaast shade up is C1.R4, a flirty magenta shade that'll defiantly smoke things up.  Using a much fluffier brush, the Morphe E22 Pointed Blender, I began to gently pat the color right onto the outer third of my lid and lightly dragged it inwards towards my eye socket creasing, moreover the same blending method I used for Rosewood! Don't be afraid to go full on glam with pigment, the Morphe shadows seem to be VERY build-able, at least from my findings.  

                             By this point the upper eye makeup should be well off, start coloring the lower lash line with a gradience of Rosewood on the outer third flared into Wink For pink, I used my Mac 212 Flat Definer Brush for precision of application!  I recommend doing the lower lash line FIRST followed by gel liner application simply because a ton of smudging was done, only saying this because I know some beauties do the reverse. Using Makeup Geek's Gel Liner in Immortal I first lined my upper lash line with a medium thick wings followed by a heavy application of the black liner to my waterline, here is were the smudging comes into play! Flipping my Mac 212 Flat Definer Brush to the cleaned side, sans liner, I gently "pushed" and smudged the excess eyeliner on my lower lash line, try to keep it as close to your actual eyelashes as possible. Finally to the lashes :)! Just as always I coated my lashes in the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, heavily on the lower lashes, and finished up with KoKo lashes in Marilyn, which seems to be my new found love.  Hopefully you loves enjoyed and have a good end to your week, cheers✨! Oh and yes, the photo pictured to the right is a hint for the nail review hehe :).