Today was a super fun day because I went and got my hair done at the salon with my good friend Jessica. She is an incredible hairdresser, and she’s actually more like a therapist than a hairdresser because by the time you leave her seat, you’re feeling like a new person! I had balayage highlights done, which I had been eyeing up on Pinterest for awhile now. I put together a little collage on my Instagram of examples that I loved, and she knew exactly what I wanted without any further instruction. I also used my NYX “Wicked Dreams” Palette again today, which I am realizing I love more and more each day. It’s a fairly simple, neutral look that really makes your eyes look much bigger and brighter. Full tutorial inside, as well as pictures of my balayage! (more…)
Typically at some point over the weekend, my husband and I head over to Whole Foods to pick up odds and ends, and right next to Whole Foods is Ulta. Since I want for very little makeup wise, I tend to be selective and gravitate toward new products or products that seem like hidden gems. I spotted this NYX Cosmetics “Wicked Dreams” Palette which has twenty-four eyeshadow shades inside of it, and it was only $14.99! I ended up using the $3.50 coupon from the Ulta circular, and before I knew it, I had a major beauty bargain on my hands. I highly recommend this palette for anyone who is on a makeup budget or just enjoys a beauty steal. All the eyeshadow shades are pigmented and smooth, and there is a variety of colors to choose from. I’ve got the full tutorial of this look inside! (more…)
This Spring, Sephora introduces an exclusive, limited edition cosmetic collection inspired by the upcoming motion picture Divergent from Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF) company, opening nationwide on March 21, 2014. From a stunning Divergent Limited Edition Multi-Piece Collector’s Kit, to a Divergent Limited Edition 7-Piece Nail Art Kit, all inspired by the iconography and characters in the film.
Sephora’s limited edition Divergent Collection is housed in distinctive packaging adorned with imagery inspired by the film and its characters, and each product has been specially formulated to bring out your most adventurous side, including never-been-seen-before transforming special effects for eyes and nails. The Divergent Collection includes three unique pieces exclusive to Sephora to discover:
1. Divergent Limited Edition Multi-Piece Collector’s Palette ($32.50):
Portable but impactful, this limited edition palette contains three High Pigment Eye Shadows in versatile neutral shades: Candor Lace, Luminous Taupe, Envious Chocolate, one Long Wear Blush in Rosy Horizon, one Matte Bronzer in Compassionate Copper, and a High Shine Lip Gloss in Artistic Mauve.
2. Divergent Limited Edition 7-Piece Nail Art Kit ($27.50):
This 7-piece set includes five Long-Wear Nail Lacquers, one High-Gloss Transforming Nail Lacquer and six Nail Water-Transfer Tattoos so you can proudly signal your Divergent allegiance on tips and toes. Create endless nail art looks by layering the unique High-Gloss Transforming Nail Lacquer over any shade to create an opalescent, shimmering finish, and then add one of the exclusive, easy-to-use Nail Water-Transfer Tattoos. Just cut the paper to any shape or size desired, add water, hold onto nail, and peel back for flawless application.
3. Divergent Limited Edition Multi-Piece Collector’s Kit ($59.50):
With three limited edition eye shadow palettes, a cheek palette, and four lip glosses inspired by the traits of each Divergent faction, and a double-ended application brush, this multi-piece kit includes everything to define your inner self. For inspiration, three “Get-the-Look” cards are included and provide tips for creating different Divergent looks.
Each of the three Eye Shadow Palettes contains four coordinating High Pigment Eye Shadows plus one High Gloss Transforming Eye Shadow to draw immediate attention to the eyes. The transformer shades impart a diamond illusion, shimmery, mirror-like reflection that is transparent when applied dry, and translucent when applied wet, showcasing fluid, twinkling particles that look like they are suspended in air. What’s more, you can mix and match the High Gloss Transforming Eye Shadows to give you a unique look every time by breaking apart the palette and swapping with another. Along with these 12 stunning shadows, the kit includes a Cheek Palette with two Long-Wear Blushes, Shimmering Bronzer and Radiant Glow Illuminator, four High Shine Lip Glosses and a Double-Ended Eye & Cheek Brush for flawless application.
The Divergent Limited Edition Cosmetics Collection will be available at free-standing Sephora stores, Sephora inside JCPenney and Sephora.com beginning March 2014, for a limited time.
I think green eyeshadow invokes horror and fear in people. They think they are going to end up looking like a drag queen (who, by the way, have fabulous makeup, but you may not be going for that look). Green is a very wearable shade of eyeshadow, even for the daytime. On Saturday, the weather was warm and sunny, and I wanted to actually put some makeup on and look nice. I decided to go with an olive green-grey shade that clearly has a green reflect, but also sort of looks neutral on the eye. It’s incredibly flattering on anyone, and when you pair it with neutral cheeks and peach lipstick, it’s perfect for the daytime. (more…)
I promised I would do a makeup look with my brand new Younique Mineral Pigments, so here is my look using Heart Broken. Ironically, I started using this pigment for my look because it’s opposite my eye color on a color wheel, and it makes my eye color pop like crazy. As I was doing the look, it kept reminding me of something I had seen before that I loved, either in a magazine or on the red carpet. It dawned on me that Kristen Stewart wore a STUNNING burgundy eye on the red carpet to the Met Gala, and it’s basically my all-time favorite makeup look and picture set of her ever. It was highly praised, since Kristen Stewart is typically very tomboyish and wears very little makeup. It highlighted her green eyes like crazy, and it was sort-of “punk rock glamorous.” I realized that this was basically subconsciously inspired by that red carpet look, so inside, I’ve included a side-by-side picture of that look and my look together. Full details and products used inside! (more…)
My very good friend Erin over at Read at Home Mama was co-hosting a Younique Cosmetics party over Facebook last week, and since it’s a brand I’ve heard of, but never tried, I knew I wanted to order some of the pigments. The Moodstruck Minerals Pigments are 100% natural, chemical-free, mineral-based pigment powders, free of talc, oils, preservatives, perfumes, synthetic dyes, and parabens. I am always down for cosmetics that are mineral based and free of chemicals. I don’t have super sensitive eyes, but during the spring when the weather gets warmer, I am prone to allergies. It’s 80 degrees and sunny here today, and I already see pollen on my car. When I have allergies, my eyes get itchy, and I prefer to go with more natural products so that I can lessen the irritation. I picked up 4 of their pigments and have full swatches of Heart Broken, Daring, Sexy, and Regal inside! (more…)
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I had a couple of requests for a chocolate brown eye for my third Valentine’s Day makeup look. This is probably the most commonly worn shade in my makeup collection, and it honestly looks great on anyone. When it comes to pulling off a smokey brown eye, you can pull it off, trust me. It’s sultry, it makes your eye color stand out no matter what color you have, and it looks sexy and sophisticated. I used my Too Faced “Chocolate Bar” Palette for this look, which I absolutely love. What better palette to use for the occasion? Full rundown of the look and products used inside! (more…)
For my second Valentine’s Day look, I decided to deviate away from the usual pinks and reds. Pink and red are beautiful, but they’re also cliche for the holiday, so if you’re a little more playful and edgy, you might like this violet look. Violet has been so trendy for the past year when it comes to makeup. We’ve seen an explosion of violet lipsticks, and Pantone named “Radiant Orchid” their 2014 Color of the Year. I’ve got the full look inside, as well as a detailed product list of everything I used. (more…)
It’s almost time for l-o-v-e day, and I absolutely adore doing makeup looks for this occasion. Everyone has a different preference in makeup, and everyone does something different on Valentine’s Day. This look is soft, romantic, and ethereal, with a focus on gorgeously magical pinks. I’ve got the full look inside, as well as all of the product I used. This look is super easy and anyone can achieve it, which also makes it great for those who may be makeup beginners or looking for something on the simple side. (more…)