Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Terra-cotta Copper Everyday Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial + My Summer Beauty Tips

                                     When it comes to the Summer ALL of us beauties hate wearing pounds of makeup due to the added force of heat melting us ALL like ice cream cones...even with tons of baking powder and setting spray! I decided to share my secret "everyday" Summer proof makeup tutorial with my loyal followers, since as you know there is a HUGE soft spot of each and every one of you in my heart. Not only does the eyeshadow adhere beautifully to all eye colors, not just blue and green, the facial makeup lasts a substantial 6 hours in seventy degree plus weather, through experiences that is! While it might seem the final product took over an hour, in reality in under 20 minutes for any intermediate OR PRO artist this is a piece of cake..not literally as the skin products are kept to a T, anyhow. You might be asking yourself, "what makes for a good Summer approved makeup look?" Simply replied, glowy clear skin and bronzy hues with a nice liquid lipstick to remain put all day-- these key factors are generally how I work around the summertime, and it has become a habit for ALL year around.  During this tutorial I was also able to test out a few new products I purchased such as from Gerard Cosmetics their 'Grace' Star Powder, and from Morphe their 35O pallet :)! Let's get into it beauties, I hope you enjoy--- be sure to check out my previous blog posts to keep in touch which are provided below. 

   PREVIOUS TUTORIALS (weeks back)            RECENT TUTORIALS (catch up)
              *Spring Bronze Copper Godess                         *Vibrant Glittery Sun Makeup
                   *Perfectly Posh Skin Care Review                     *My Make-Up Brush Set Review  
         *White & Gold Glitter                                           *Arabian Nights Smokey

*Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Contour & Highlight Duo, LIGHT

                           Alright cuties, make sure you not only get a good night's rest (helps one use less product as the skin appears awakened and fresh) BUT to wash your skin a total of two times a day, no more, and certainly no less (morning, nighttime).  To prevent a wearing down of my natural acid mantel I used a light bar soap, specifically the Perfectly Posh Pore-fect Big Face Bar Cleanser! Through a perfect melody of tea-tree oil and soothing aloe this is my holy grail product, it achieves a youthful clean canvas within seconds of applying.  Once the product foams to its full potential I then rinse my skin off with warm water and seal the deal using a beaker full of my Fresh Seaberry Oil, oil's are EXTREMELY important for the Summer as they do half the job of wearing makeup! Being my Fresh Seaberry Oil absorbs instantly into my pores, I moved straight along to the priming stage, today using my typical Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base that is.  Jar primers yield different application steps-- I personally prefer "dashing" the product across all zones of my face, high points, followed by circular blending motions using a gentle touch to evenly disburse the pre-placed formula across my face! As far as foundation goes I have been LOVING the new L'oreal Lumi Cushion Build-able Foundation...for once I actually found a product that doesn't give me red splotches AND thoroughly matches my skin tone, odd how a drugstore product compares heavily to high ends.  Anyhow, using the provided powder puff I gently patted the luminous foundation onto my skin starting from the center of my face working my way in stipples out towards my hairline, just like the primer AND facial oil instant pore absorption is guaranteed,  thus waiting time is out of the question ;)!

                        Ironically enough from this point forward things swoop by in the blink of a second, the way you APPLY each product weighs heavily on the accumulated total time, I want you all to forget that at home and just listen with an open mind for my preferred methods! First off, having STICK cream contour or highlighting products will alleviate the stress of finding a brush and sitting an extra five minute drawing on precise lines. With that being said, using my Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Contour stick in Nude (literally my skin tone a shade darker, used as a highlight) I firmly smudged thick lines across all highlighting zones of my face, which can be demonstrated if you view the photo provided to the right of this paragraph :). Not only does this provide me with the extra coverage I desire, it doesn't exactly "alter" my face shape as it's DARKER than my skin tone, thus light is not being drawn to these areas--anyhow for blending purposes I took a dampened Beauty Blender Pro and gently bounced the "fat" side across the areas containing Nude Contour Stick. Since I had my Beauty Blender out and ready to go, I went ahead and stippled Nyx's Cream Blush in Boho chic across my cheeks starting from the apples going up towards my hairline, I built up product TWICE for optimal pigment! Speaking of optimal pigment, I got the glow outta' the way quickly by smudging on the Revlon Highlighting Stick in Pink Light to my cheekbones, the bridge of nose, on my cupids bow, chin, and forehead.  Using my Beauty Blender I followed through with evenly disbursing the pearlescent hues out with firm stipples, don't stress adding a glow powder on yet, this shall come as a finalizing step as I wanted the pigment to be vibrant and opaque!

                           Mwahahaha now onto the part that will confuse you all, however it's been a question circulating around all my videos lately, "how do you get such a flawless contour...it doesn't look to be there but... it is?" To answer this in the EASIEST form I can think of the trick is having a deep bronzing shade and warm toned contour shade, though cool tones contour wise look hideous on me. Right after blending in the Revlon Highlighting Stick I opened up my Givenchy Poudre Bonne Mine Healthy Glow Powder in shade 4, and using my Mac 168 gently STIPPLED the product across the outer three of my face-- you shall all see this method does not give a "sharp" contour THUS result wise one's face looks completely naturally and perhaps sunkissed! To add a smidge of definition and drama I followed through in blending Macchiato powder by Anastasia Beverly Hills across those same zones Givenchy's Healthy Glow Powder originally touched, the only difference is excess was dragged under my chin and on the sides of my nose. Before applying my new liquid lipstick I lightly patted Bobbi Brown's Powder Foundation in Warm Ivory under my eyes and on the sides of my nose, this helps lock creamy products in place :)! Nowwwwww onto the lippies. I applied two coats of the Gerard Cosmetics Hydra-Matte Liquid Lipstick in Serenity all over my lips, and I must say as first impression, I LOVE THE FORMULA! Prior to applying Grace Star Powder I sprayed on the Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day Setting Spray in Lemongrass to my skin AND THEN dusted the product onto the high points of my face with a Morphe M143 Deluxe Soft Fan brush, this once more boosts the pigment and provides a long lasting finish. The finnnnnal product, yes you can breathe, is Nars's Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder-- it was dusted under my eyes, on my jawlines/forehead/ and chin with that same Deluxe Fan Brush by Morphe...talk about multi-purpose ;)! If you seek extra protection, no pun intended, simply spray more of the Setting Spray on, that tis' what I opted in for. 
*Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil, Strawberry Milk
*Morphe Brushes 35 Color Shimmer Nature Glow Eyeshadow Pallet 35OS: Column 7. Row 3 (lid); Column 5. Row 4 (crease); Column 4. Row 3 (inner V, lower lash line); Column 7. Row 5 (center of lid); Column 2. Row 1 (inner corners)
*Mac Kohl Liner, Smolder
*Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Genius Waterproofing Mascara 
                                      Eye makeup seem a tad difficult? Fear not my loves, with the help of TWO sturdy blending brushes, you shall be on your way as each color coincides with each other. What the heck does that even mean Lilz? Sans the fluff, the best example I could cook up is the following: without the transitional shade, you wouldn't have the deeper inner v shade; without the lid shades, there'd be no dimension. Anyhoooooooooo, the first step up is to achieve defined, and well groomed eyebrows! To do so I took my beloved Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Caramel and began by spoolieing through each brow, this helps one gauge the brow shape they'd prefer. From that I began drawing firms lines under and above my brows (guided shape) and finished up with a light filling in :), not much done here or to explain as everyone differs brow wise! My all time favorite Summer approved priming base is Nyx's Jumbo Eye Pencil in the color Strawberry Milk-- it fits an array of eyeshadow hues. To apply I simply smudged the stick across both my eyelids and blended the product in using a cleaned ring finger, once again saving time as opposed to pot primers OR squeezy tube primers! If you take a peak above you will see a step by step image displaying EVERYTHING done eye makeup wise, hopefully it helps soothe any fears or in some cases visually show what was done. Last weekend I received my Morphe Brushes 35 Color Shimmer Nature Glow Eyeshadow Pallet, I am still ABSOLUTELY in love with each shade...it was quite difficult even coming up with todays makeup look as I wanted to use them alllll! The first shade I settled on is Column 7. Row 3, with my Morphe E22 Pointed Blender I washed the shade across both my lids irking slightly into the creasing of my eye with side to side motions-- pigment is not a MAJOR deal here, we just want a basic shade on the lids. Now going into Column 5. Row 4, I began really amping up the drama factor with concentrated blending motions specifically in the crease, I find following the natural creasing of my eye socket as a guide best for disbursing hues evenly! Switching to a fluffier yet more defining blending brush, a M433 Morphe Brush, I picked up Column 4. Row 3 which is a stunning coppered red, and smudged it smoothly with medium pressure into the inner V of my eyes, don't be afraid to pack up a bit' of pigment with this baby. Since I had excess on the brush I simply smudged it across my lower lash lines a few times building up pigment with each swipe-- I then took Column 7. Row 5 and patted it gently onto the center of my lids for a beautiful radiance of color! To really finish up and add a dazzling touch, I applied Column 2. Row 1 to the inner corners of my eyes AND on my brow bones with a freshly cleaned M433 Morphe Brush (Cinema Secrets Professional Brush Cleaner works INSTANTLY). 

                     If you couldn't tell, much of the eye makeup situates around extremely smokey eyeliner and plush eyelashes! To achieve a long lasted waterline finish I used my Mac Kohl Liner in Smolder and smudged it across both waterlines, in the same motion my smudging was taken SLIGHTLY on my lower lash line for added depth. For super smokey and spiked up lashes I coated my eyelashes numerous times with the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara followed by two light coatings of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Genius Waterproofing Mascara...which they no longer sell which makes me BEYOND SAD, BOO. This is the ending of my everyday Summer tutorial, I hope all you beauties enjoyed and could take something out of the riddled tips weaved throughout each step; the main concepts to know is reinstated here: waterproof, smokey liner, glowy and bronzed skin, sealed wit LIQUID MATTE lipstick... do all this and you shall be set beach bunny :). Till' next time! 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

My Make-Up Brush Set 'The Midas Touch' 10 Piece Oval Brush Set Review

                            As you loves know from my last blog post, I recently received the My Make-Up Brush Set 'The Midas Touch' 10 Piece Oval Brush Set in the mail yesterday evening, and might I say I AM IMPRESSED! From the soft dense bristles to sturdy handle, what more come a woman ask for? Well...let's not get into the cons just YET. According to their website, "...this 10 piece set gives you so many options for doing your makeup. The brushes have a round shape design that's perfect for blending foundation, blush, or powder to your face or cheeks..." already sounds quite promising, doesn't it? The introductory continues on by claiming the key points of flawless coverage, synthetic hair bristles, a firm grip/handle design and tilted brush tip--- in my opinion the most important of all is that the My Make-Up Brush Set company happens to be ANIMAL CRUELTY FREE and they have easy free returns if you're unsatisfied with your products, two things hard to come by nowadays! As a quick "just so you know", MyMakeupBrushSet.com has been around since 1998.  They have consisted of professional beauticians who "Live and Breathe Makeup Every Day"; this is easily proven by their durable and functional products, am I right or AM I RIGHT?! Their products are distributed by their company across the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia-- which meaaaaaans, if you have interests in bulk purchases of the such EMAIL them, they reply within hours (I've felt with two representatives so far)! Prior to getting into further detailing, I would like to draw focus to the incredibly detailed brush layout format provided on EACH brush set collection, there is a total of 4, click THIS LINK to be redirected to all Oval Brush Sets. 
                Anyhow, if you take a peak to the right you shall see the different labeled brushes with there supposed purposes.  For example, the largest is considered Handle A. It tis' meant for foundation, bronzing, and setting powder usage.  The smallest, Handle J, is meant for lip finishes, eyeshadow, and concealer! Something I find VERY helpful is the measurements listed.  Most brush companies ditch this tedious step which reflects on the brush maker as a whole, My Make-Up Brush Set TRULY CARES beauties.  In fact, while the set's originally retail at $400.00 dollars, they're ALL on sale for a whopping $39.99...you even stand a chance to receive free product such as I did with their special "Free Brush" offering. For those interested moreover you must like their Facebook and Instagram pages, post a positive Video Tutorial reviewing the products, post a photo of your brush set on Instagram and send a screenshot of your video post to Facebook+Instagram post with your order number to  info@mymakeupbrushset.com--seems simple, right? I have NOT tried this however I do see numerous beauties racking up their pages SO check it out and tell me how it goes. 

                       Being I did not outright purchase this Brush Set and I AM NOT seeking free product you shall be happy to know my review from this point on will be as good as gold-- I simply WILL NOT stand for fibbing as that is deeming of my character.  Alrighty, let's begin with first impressions since after all my last tutorial said it all ;)! Looking past the beautifully positioned bristles that are closely packed near each other, soft texture, and reflective nature I was VERY surprised the handles were practically plastic...not metal.  For $400.00 I'd expect sheer Prada, not nada! However, many beauties look toward the actual application process itself so I shan't harp on that factor too much.  As far as application goes there is no flaws, infact if you seek an airbrushed finish look no further than the Oval Brush sets! As being someone with hormonal acne thriving on my skin currently I was fearful the dense bristles would drink up any product applied, but once I got into the "mojo" of things evenly in three swipe brushings product was disbursed in a medium-high coverage manner SANS cakeiness! One thing I will say since I am more of a "free form" gal, these brushes only work one way due to their heaviness and curved handle (bends a bit if you're not light handed)-- in other words you must start from the center of your face and drag out towards your hairline, stipples and circular blends are a no go. Speaking of circular blends, when I was using the Handle B-C brush I noticed it was very difficult to evenly blend, patchy product was left behind, but when I switched to the smaller Handle D the airbrushed effect followed! You must work with liquids, or creamy creams and pay CLOSE attention to the brush purposes, otherwise you'll end up in my boat with the misunderstanding....WOOPS :). 

                                While you might be under the impression my review is not quite up to par with most, I am here to say these deserve a solid 8.5 rating out of 10! Why you might ask? Not only did they get the job done in an effortless 20 minutes (full face, eye makeup), my hand was not strained from the weight (a fear of mine) and the products lasted 5 hours before wearing down on my skin. In case you were unaware, the way you APPLY makeup can effect wear-time! Take a peak at the photo provided to the left, you shall see Handle I in full blown action applying tuff to handle Liquid Lipsticks by both Anastasia Beverly Hills and Colourpop Cosmetics. These are not exactly brushes I'd reach for everyday, however they make a beautiful display, if you buy the brush canister, and in a pinch apply photo ready makeup! Let's face it not many apply makeup like supermodels daily, so is it practical for the average beauty? Nah...but true beauty lovers at heart?! HELL YES. Hope you beauties enjoyed this review, click here for the makeup tutorial coinciding this blog post :)!


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Vibrant Glittery Orange & Yellow Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial Ft. My Makeup Brush Set

                                 Welcome back love bunnies!  I have been longing to do a sunny makeup tutorial for over three months now, that's a significant time considering how when a thought pops into my head, I execute it.  Anytime I seem to incorporate yellow the look either turns out tropical, peacock like, or less yellow than expected-- today however, I shined like the sun :)! This makeup tutorial was actually primarily done to form a demo/first impression of the My Makeup Brush Set brushes, a separate blog post will be posted Monday night, but for now you shall get a sneaky peak of my personal opinions (view photo to the right). Although this was given to me free for review, you loves know my honest opinions shine through as I am incapable of lying, while a flawless finish is achieved, perhaps not the best alternative for newbies or even intermediate beauty lovers. Anyhow, prior to getting into the actual application process please have handy a paper towel, perhaps some makeup removing wipes, and most of all blending brushes you feel most comfortable using! Blending vibrant hues can be QUITE the toughie, but just as I always say as long as you put your mind to it and focus on tiny build-able motions, all shall work out fine-- besides the fact any form of yellow-red hue will have an eye awakening effect, thus you can practically do NO WRONG. 

Doing My Moms Makeup Tutorial
My Makeup Brush Set Blog Post REVIEW

    PREVIOUS TUTORIALS (weeks back)            RECENT TUTORIALS (catch up)
       *1950's BARBIE                                                   *Electric Purple Orchid 
          *White & Gold Glitter                                            *Arabian Nights Smokey
            *Highlighter Challenge                                         *Sultry Glittery Baby Pink
   *Soft Glam Cut Crease                                         *June Makeup Haul

*Cover Fx Cream FoundationN100 to contour and N0 to highlight
*KVD Shade+Light Pallet: Lyric, Shadowplay
*NYX Cream Blush, Boho Chic 
*Hourglass Ambient Lighting Pallet: Incandescent Light
*Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick: Spicy + Colourpop Ultra Satin, Dohee

                                         Alright, between you and I face cleansing wise...there was none that occurred, bad girl Lillee, I know, I know, wink ;). I had ZERO intentions of doing a tutorial today, just as said above, so I removed my previous everyday makeup with Neutrogena'a Deep Cleansing Makeup Remover Wipes-- these babies remove even the stubbornest of waterproof makeup! To ensure my skin was fully cleared of any product, although the makeup remover wipes claim rinsing is unnecessary, I then proceeded to splashing steaming hot water against my skin (opens up the pores) numerous times followed by a last splash of ice cold water (closes pores) and a beaker full of my Fresh Seaberry Oil to hydrate. Being my facial oil takes only around five minutes absorption time, I quickly moved along to the next step, which is the most important in my opinion, priming! Without a decent primer that either counteracts redness, smoothes dryness, prevents oiliness, or even adds radiance, your makeup look to come will not be as fantastic, nor as long lasting. I chose my typical Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base simply because the lightweight cream instantly sinks into one's skin forming a perfect non-greasy canvas-- pre-placing tiny dashes of the product disbursed across all zones of my face (cheeks, forehead, nose, chin) I took my cleaned cleaned hand and with gentle massaging motions blended the formula in, there really is not much to this step other than finding the RIGHT primer for YOU. Here is where the magic beings using the FIRST My Makeup Brush Set brush (Brush A).  With exactly ONE PUMP of the Make Up Forever Ultra HD Foundation poured onto the center of Brush A, I began to gently tug the product across my skin starting from the center blending out towards my hairline! Though this is not typically how I prefer applying my foundation, all in all optimal coverage was achieved within ONE pump product and minimal hand strokes :).

                                         I truly was unaware each brush had a letter accompanying it...so I sorta formed my own meaning and multi-purpose actions for each A-J product! With that being said, using Brush E, notable for concealer, blush and foundation applications, I smudged into Cover Fx's Cream Foundation in N0 and began highlighting my skin starting from my under eye area reaching over to down the bridge of my nose (other areas include the forehead, chin, jawlines, and tops of my lips). I then slanted the brush to the side and picked up N100 by Cover Fx for contouring purposes, if you view the photo provided to the left you shall see the full blown contour placement (hollows of cheeks, sides of nose, jawline). Moving a size up, Brush D, I began to blend the creamy foundation in using medium to rough blending motions, I'm not quite used to being abrasive on my skin, however beauty is pain...right? Once more, there really is no explaining to be done as the brushes are self explanatory, you use circular blends and perhaps upward strokes and all shall be well. For a bronzy glow I picked up my Givenchy Healthy Glow Powder in the shade 4 and with Brush C circularly blended the powder across the outer three of my face (temples, hollows of cheeks, jawline) followed by Kat Von D's Shadowplay positioned more so under the perimeter of my face, in the hollows of my cheeks and on the sides of my nose. As an added tip, you might want to use a smaller brush nose contouring wise, I opted in for Brush F as it worked best to highlight (shade Lyric) as well! As we all know the eyeshadow and lips truly steal the show, this means blush wise you must tone it down and keep it as natural as possible.  I opted in for Nyx's Cream Blush in Boho Chic! Switching back to Brush D, I gently swirled into the creamy blush and proceeded to UPWARD flicking it from the apples of my cheeks up to my hairline-- stipples are extremely hard to come by, especially with thicker dense bristles, so one must conform sadly to what is provided. 

                                             I happened to of picked up Nyx's Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Sunbeam earlier today on my typical drugstore run, so I figured what better time to use it THAN NOW! With exactly a pea-sized amount poured onto the back of my hand, I picked up Brush E and proceeded to gently disbursing the glowy product onto the high points of my face starting from the tops of my cheekbones-- be careful, these brushes eat up product like no otha' it might be best to directly apply the liquid TO the bristles rather the demonstrated way I used in my YouTube video (will be up soooooon). To set the glow and amp things up I smudged into Incandescent Light from the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Pallet and applied it to all areas Nyx's Liquid Illuminator originally touched, applying the product over a setting spray will REALLY get you glowin'! As far as the lips go I first applied Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Spicy straight from the doe-tip applicator stick, and followed up by smudging Colourpop's Ultra Satin Lipstick in Dohee centered with Brush I.  The funniest part, interestingly, was applying a butt-load of setting powder to my skin with Brush A (11.9 CM)! With that being the case, using Nars's Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder, I heavily BRUSHED the product onto all highlighting zones of my face (under eyes, bridge of nose, forehead, jawline, chin) and after give or take 3 minutes brushed all remaining product off.  To set my skin thoroughly for this terrible heat I applied 6 sprays of the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray to my skin starting from the left angle of my face going toward the center and right angle-- everything must be sprayed beauties! 
*Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil, Strawberry Milk
*Sugarpill's Burning Heart Pallet: Buttercupcake (lid, transitional shade), Flamepoint (crease 2), Love+ (inner v)
*Makeup Geek Eye Shadow Pan(s): Lemon Drop (lower lash line, center)
*Morphe Single Eyeshadow Pan(s): Magical Magenta ES58 (crease 1)
*Colourpop Gel Liner Stick, Puppy
*Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick: Spicy 
                                       Once more positioned near the edge of 10000000 products used, however this time around, it is quite doable and takes under 15 minutes completion time :)! To kick things off I began by defining my brows using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Caramel, all thats needed is a little definition and spoolieing to follow. Might I say, I am BEYOND relieved I purchased the Brow Definer back in March, without it honestly I think I'd still have muppet brows...but that's for another time and day! Being I lost my Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk I opted in for the alternative Strawberry Milk which is a shimmering light pink hue.  I smudged the shade onto both my lids straight from the stick and proceeded to gently blending it in using a cleaned ring finger, the shade was dragged up to my brow bones and around my lower lash lines for full coverage and insurance. The first shade up, just like yesterday, happened to be Sugarpill's Buttercupcake! With a dense Mac Cosmetics 239 brush I firmly packed the color onto my lids starting from the inner third working my way left, or right, to the outer thirds. From that shade I picked up Lemon Drop by Makeup Geek and smudged it across my lower lash line, excess product was applied to the center of my lids for an added shimmery effect! Going into a freshly cleaned Morphe E22 Pointed Blender is THE BEST feeling ever as the bristles are beyond soft-- I took the liberty of blending Buttercupcake up into the creasing of my eyelid with soft side to side motions, this shall act as a transitional shade for the colors to come. Speaking of colors to come, the next shade up is Magical Magenta, ES58, by Morphe Burshes! With a denser and more defining blending brush, the M433 Morphe Brush, I lightly swirled into the magenta shadow then proceeded to lightly patting it onto the outer third of my lid. From the gentle patting I began bringing the color into the creasing of my eye socket with medium pressure and firm blending motions! To really "smoke" things up I took Flamepoint and began once more applying it into the creasing of my eye socket with side to side fluffy blending motions, Love+ was later added for drama and definition purposes :). 

                                        To start wrapping up the eye makeup I took a cleaned pinky finger and pressed it right into OCC's Gold Glitter, from that pressing I patted it onto the inner corners of my eyes slightly in the tear ducts! Here is where a paper towel MIGHT come in handy or perhaps a glitter glue, I didn't need either as the OCC sticks on rather well by itself. Siinnnnnceee stick's have been brought into the picture frame, I lined my waterline using Colourpop's Gel Liner Stick in Puppy, a true light orange shade! This was RATHER interesting for me, but using Brush H from the Midas Touch 10 Piece Oval Brush set, I managed to line my eyes with Anastasia Beverly Hill's Liquid Lipstick in Spicy...was difficult in all honesty, BUT came out wonderful and 0 stains were left behind removal wise.  To really seal the deal I coated my lashes with the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara numerous times (mainly lower lashes) and applied my favorite KoKo False Lashes in Amore with their KoKo lash glue :). Hope you beauties enjoy and have a kickass week to come, kisses and lots of love xoxox!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Arabian Nights Glittery Copper Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial

                           Well, well, looks like your beach bunny shall be coppering next Saturday.  Yes, the big hair change! Being my NATURAL color is a deep blondish honey, I've decided to ditch my bright blonde highlights and go warmer, it fits my complexion better anyways ;)! Speaking of warmer notes, today's look is a lovely refresher as lately my tutorials have steered into the vibrant color spectrum.  While I realize not EVERY beauty is able to manipulate pigments well, nor afford expensive products, I have put together a drugstore + high end brand makeup tutorial that is suitable on EVERY skin tone, EVERY eye color, and EVERY beauty out there! As long as you take your time and have fun with it, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind you'll be dashing darling.  On a more serious note PLEASE have the following products/objects handy prior to taking on this sexy smokey eye: two sturdy blending brushes handy; a sponge like applicator; clean hands; AND a paper towel for wipe off during application processes! Oooh before going any further I would like to thank all my new followers for remaining loyal love you all-- stay tuned for this Saturday, my mom's makeup birthday (6/23) tutorial will be posted onto YouTube midday (Lilz Trueman).

    PREVIOUS TUTORIALS (weeks back)            RECENT TUTORIALS (catch up)
        *1950's BARBIE                                                   *Electric Purple Orchid 
          *White & Gold Glitter                                            *Glittery Sea Foam Blue 
               *Highlighter Challenge                                          *Classic Thick Black Wings
   *Soft Glam Cut Crease                                         *June Makeup Haul

*Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Contour & Highlight Duo, LIGHT
*Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit, Medium Tan (Macchiato)
*NYX Cream Blush, Boho Chic
*Laura Mercier Matte Radiance, highlight + Nars Highlighting Blush, Miss Liberty 
*Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid LipstickPure Hollywood, Kathryn
                                        As you loves know I take pride in my ever changing skin care routine, but when I'm sick, all goes South. Yep your Lilz woke up with a terrible nauseous feeling and slept majority of the day, sad face.  To ideally brush away impurities I splashed steaming hot water against my skin numerous times to open up clogged pores, this method is a nice breather away from harsh cleansers and facial masks! For setting purposes I took a beaker full of my Fresh Seaberry Oil and gently smoothed it across all zones of my face with light massaging motions disbursing out towards my hairline. After around give or take 10 minutes (oil takes longer to dry than creamy moisturizers) I then proceeded onto the actual makeup, YIPPIE :)! I am in absolute love with Bobbi Brown's Vitamin Enriched Face Base, it not only works to give an on the spot radiant glow to one's skin, it works for the long run to anti-age and hydrate, how cool is that? Dipping my fingertip into the glass jar I moved along to dashing tiny sections of the product onto all zones of my face, starting from the high points that is (cheekbones, bridge of nose, forehead, and chin). Once I had a good placement I lightly blended the fragrant substance in making sure EVERYTHING got covered-- this includes under my chin, my hairlines, and even the tiny crevasses on my nose! Summer yields sweat, better be safe than sorry my loves, there shall be NO melting ice cream cones in Thaeyeballqueen's domaine. As weird as this might sound, I believe I've found my holy grail foundation...and it's a drugstore product! The L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation is spectacular, lovely coverage that is NATURAL, and a beautiful glow following. Though it is pricer than most drugstore foundations, it tis' something all bloggers should splurge on! Anyhow, using the provided powder puff I pressed into W2 foundation, Light Ivory, and began firmly patting it against my skin starting from the bridge of my nose working my way up toward my forehead and down to my left cheek. The beauty of this product stems for the factor a little goes a LONG way.  I had the provided powder puff  filled half way for about 3/4 of my face, considering how much one needs with a pump liquid foundation, that's pretty damn good!

                                    Contouring was slightly odd today begin there was not much of a contour. While at the drugstore yesterday morning I happened to pick up Revlon's Photoready Insta-Fix Contour & Highlight Duo in the shade Light, unbeknownst to me the "contour" was my skin tone... perhaps a shade darker! Be that as it may, the final result was stunning, both the highlight and contour blended beautifully in AND caused no terrible skin reactions. If you view the photo to the right you shall see ONLY the "contour" cream placement, I handled it just like a highlighting hue by placing it under my eyes in inverted triangles, straight down the bridge of my nose, on both jawlines in thick streaks, and a bit on my forehead to cover up blemishes. To evenly blend the product in I took a dampened Beauty Blender Pro and bounced the fat side off all zones starting from my under eye area! Once fully blended I smudge the Highlight shade across all high points of my face and once more firmly blended in.  This time around I stuck to lighter bounces and used the thinner side of my Beauty Blender Pro, highlights draw in light, be careful on how you disburse product as you MIGHT enlarge certain area's to the point it tis' undesirable. Being I had all my cream's laid out I decided to get the last of the last out of the way-- moreover I gently stippled Nyx's Cream Blush in Boho Chic across my cheeks starting from the apples going up towards my hairline! Using this application method creates the illusion of higher pulled up cheekbones ;).  For a bronzy warmth I brushed Givenchy's Healthy Glow Powder in shade 4 across the outer three of my face with a Mac 168, incase you're unaware of what exactly the "outer three" refers too let me enlighten you; the outer three happens to encompass the temples of one's face swooping down towards the hollows of one's cheeks, and around the natural curve of one's jawline.  By following this outer three you'll be sure to receive a beautifully contoured finish! Speaking of contours, for a more defined and dramatic canvas I brushed Macchiato from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit pallet across the hollows of my cheeks and sides of my nose with that same 168, excess product was taken under the perimeter of my chin and lightly onto my temples!

                         A woman can NOT have fabulously glittery eyeballs without a matching glittery glow! To achieve the such I smudged my BBP into Laura Mercier's Matte Radiance Powder in Highlight and smudged it heavily across my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose, and slightly on my cupid's bow. For an amped up appearance I then took Nars's Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush and proceeded to smudging it over Laura Mercier's radiance power! The lips truly steal the show, however before getting them into play you must have some blending down first. Smearing a doe applicator sized amount of both Pure Hollywood and Kathryn onto the back of my hand, I picked up a Sephora #60 Lipstick Brush and blended the two together. From that blending, I evenly applied the mixed liquid lipstick color across my upper and bottom lips and sealed the deal with YSL's Glass Volupe in Gold, you must wait a few minutes for the liquid lipsticks to dry before the gloss adheres! For setting purposes I heavily applied Besame Cosmetics Brightening Vanilla Face Powder across all highlighting zones of my face with that dampened beauty blender (this makeup look is basically sponges AHH) used previously for glowing up. To blend away excess powder as I allowed the vanilla face powder to "bake" for 4 minutes, I took my Sephora Pro Small Teardrop Highlighter Brush and swept away the remaining substances! To fully set my skin, once the eye makeup was done of course, I sprayed on Urban Decay's All Nighter Spray in great quantity to my face-- be sure to twist your head around to reach EACH angle.
*Sugarpill's Burning Heart Pallet: Buttercupcake (lid)
*Morphe Brushes Single Pan Eyeshadow(s): Caffe Macchiato (transitional shade), Stunner (inner V)
*Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow/Pigment: Penelope
*Violet Voss Glitter, Copperella (lid)
*KoKo Lashes, Amore
                              Do you need glitter glue? Nope. Do you need 10000 brushes? Nope. Do you NEED a steady hand? On this I shall say yes, time and patience is everything with the eye makeup presented above, ironically however NOT a lot of products were used as per usual to compare. To begin I lined my upper and lower brows using Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Caramel! Once I had my desired arch I moved forth in gradually filling in each brow with tiny upward strokes to mimic actual brow hairs, sealing the deal included a full spoolieing through with one last defining motion for shapeliness!  As an eyeshadow primer I opted in for Nyx's Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, I wasn't quite sure how I wanted to approach this eye makeup look as it was done blindly sans pre-planning, so I stuck with a safe and vibrancy ensured pencil. I personally prefer smudging it across both my lids straight from the stick then using a clean finger to blend the remaining product up towards my brow bones, and under my lower lash line! By this point your base should be set, the fun part is kicking in riiiighhhht about...NOW. Using a Mac Cosmetics 239 brush, notably a flat dense shader brush, I smudged into Buttercupcake eyeshadow by Sugarpill and moved along to patting it firmly against both my lids. I wouldn't stress the amount of pigment received as this is simply a guide to where the crease hues will blend out into! Switching to my beloved Morphe E22 Pointed Blender and the shadow "Caffe Macchiato", stunning peachy brown if I might say, I gently blended the color into the creasing of my eye socket with light and fluffy disbursing motions, this shall be the transitional shade, no added pigment or build-up needed. For added drama and definition I then took Stunner, and with my M433 Morphe Brush patted it onto the outer third of my lid making sure to drag it inwards to the inner third of my lid for the most gradient and blended effect-- take your time with darker shades! Being I had a dense blending brush handy, I took the liberty of smudging Sugarpill's Penelope pigment across my lower lash line; the blending brush creates a smokey effect as opposed to a precise applicator. 

                     You have two choices- use your fingers, or use a synthetic fibered brush because honey, GLITTER AWAITS!  As you loves know I'm more tactical than anything, so using a freshly cleaned ring finger I took Ingot's #42 pigment and patted it across the inner third of my lids smudging lightly towards the center. With that same ring finger I then PATTED into Violet Voss's Copperella and with those same firm strokes applied it to my entire lid area, this does not require a glitter glue as optimal flecks of glitter stick! Here is where some of you beauties MIGHT get tripped up, the eyeliner.  All in all it tis' a classic Egyptian cat wing, however it might be difficult for some to achieve! IF you're having a problem PLEASE try out Mac's Creme Eyeliner along with a Sephora #20 brush, this duo forms build-able liner coverage with sharp flicks, an assured perfection of liner moreover. ANYHOW, after the heavy black liner was completed on my part I moved along to coating my natural lashes with the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and applying KoKo Amore falsies :)! I truly hope you beauties enjoyed, I myself am overjoyed with happiness on the amount of followers plus love I received last night between my mom and I in our mini tutorial for Instagram-- cheers and good wishes.