Thanks to the recent Sephora VIB sale, I was able to purchase some items I’ve been wanting to try for a while. Today’s look is made up with some tried and true favorites and a couple newcomers I want to point out that’re making their way to my everyday rotation!
I have been an Anastasia brow product fan since I started purchasing makeup for myself – first there was the Brow Wiz, then come the Brow Definer – I’m a big fan of both and for the longest time I’ve been resisting to try new brow products, because if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Well, kind of. During the sale I decided to give the Benefit Goof Proof Brown Pencil a try because there have been a lot of hype about it (and the Benefit Brow products in general) circulating the internet. And I have to say, I’m very impressed by it and have been reaching for it almost every day. I love that it’s so easy to apply and the packaging makes it very easy to handle. I find the formula very creamy, and dare I say I think it might be even cremier than the Anastaisa range, though you have to be careful because it’s very pigmented and you can easily overdo it if you’re not paying attention.
For the longest time I debated whether or not I want to get the Modern Renaissance Palette. The color in this palette is very untraditional and not something I would have picked out for myself normally, but with all the red hue makeup look popping up everywhere, I was encouraged by the internet to trying these colors out. The formula is so easy to blend, and the reds are surprisingly easy to work with even for an everyday work look. I’m pretty comfortable with even the bolder warm shades (Red Ocher, Realgar), but I wanted to be more adventurious with my makeup so I’ve been incorporating more of the cooler shades (Venetian Red, Love Letter) in this palette into my everyday look and am loving it. This palette is so easy to use even though the color in the pan looks a little scary, I would definitely recommend anyone that’s still on the fence about purchasing to try it out!
The last new-in item I want to mention is the Viseart Blush Palette. Viseart products are known for their quality as they’re originally made for pro artists to use, and though the package isn’t as fancy and glamourious as some of the other brands on the market, I promist they’re definitely worth while. Spending this much money on an item is usually a hard pill to swallow, regardless of your budget, but as many reviews have mentioned the price per oz/g is actually pretty compareable, if not cheaper than many of the other mid range products out ther (it’s actually about $3.3 a gram compare to a Too Faced blush that’s about $4.3 a gram and a Benefit Blush that’s $5.8 a gram). There are 3 different palette combination to chose from so there’s something for everyone, if you’re in the market for some beautiful, pigmented blush, you should definitely try these out.
On my face today: Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer // Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Medium // Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette // Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Mad Max // Viseart Blush Palette in Plum/Bronze // Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Brown Pencil in 04 // Glossier Boy Brow in Brown // Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
I love a good light weight base for my everyday face (hi Glossier Skin Tint!), but when it comes to days where I want a little more coverage, I opt for the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. I love the fact that this foundation is very easy to wear, but at the same time it gives enough coverage/hold that I don’t turn into an oily mess in the hot summer afternoon.
And thanks to the nice weather we have lately, I’ve also been spending a lot more time outside and my skin is now nicely tanned, which means I get to break out some of the items that I wasn’t able to comfortably use in the winter due to the colors/tones (looking at you Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette). So today’s line up is a very simple bronzed look perfect for summer, with a nice primer and foundation to keep the oil under control, and a makeup setting spray that gives your makeup lasting power!
On my face today: Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer // Stila Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette in Soul // Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 7.5 (my summer shade) // Urban Decay Naked Flushed in Strip // Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
Recently I’ve been putting a lot more effort in the morning to get ready for work. At first it was because I really wanted to try out all the new products I got during the Sephora sale, but it kind of became a habit to apply a full face (the term is used loosely here) of make up.
For today’s line up there are some relatively new items and some oldies but goodies. I’m loving them for a bronzed natural look that feels super light weight on the skin, and I just honestly can’t say enough good things about the Glossier products for those of you who loves a very natural look. Can’t. Stop. Using.
On my face today: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz // Lorac Pro Palette (rumor has it there’s a Lorac Pro Palette 3 coming soon!)// Benefit Cheekathon Palette // Kat Von D Shade Light Contour Palette // Becca Lowlight Highlight Perfecting Palette // Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, Stretch Concealer, and Boy Brow (get 20% off your first purchase here)// Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion // Lorac Breakthrough Performance Lipstick
Today I want to introduce a little new addition to my lipstick lineup, the MAC Whril lipstick has been my go to recently, especially when I just want a easy, neutral look. I really love the more brown-y nude color on my lips, especially for the colder months because I think it gives a very mature look compare to a more pink undertone and is very fitting to the season. Though I also want to get my hands on Mehr (which has more pink in it) so I can switch it up occasionally, it is quite a hard one to hunt down.
I definitely like to keep my look more neutral, so seeing how different shades of darker nudes having a moment is definitely very exciting.
On my face today: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Dark Brown // Lorac Pro Palette // MAC Lipstick in Whirl // Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eyeliner // Maybelline The Rocket Mascara // Urban Decay Naked Flushed in Strip
Fall and smokey eye pretty much go hand in hand like peanut butter and jelly, but instead of using black, grey and other cool tone colors, I like to use different shades of brown and neutral colors on my lids because it fits my skin tone better, looks more natural and friendly, and gives a nice depth to my face. Today’s I’m keeping it extremely simple on the face, only applying some neutral warm eyeshadow all over the lids, then mixing with some darker browns for a more neutral smokey eye, and pair with a nice rose-y, brown-y nude lips using my favorite dark nude lip color. What’s your fall go to look?
On my face today: Lorac Breakthrough Performance Lipstick in Vanity // Lorac Pro Palette
Recently I have been mixing the NARS Laguna Bronzer and the Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette (in Strip) together to create a perfect sun kissed skin, and to add a little color to the cheeks I like to use Deep Throat which is a perfect peachy shade for the summer. One palette is versatile enough, but by mixing two or more together you open up a whole other world of possibilities! What are some of your favorite summer palettes?
On my face today: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Dark Brown // Charlotte Tilbury Rock n Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil in Barbarella Brown // Stila Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette in Soul // Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer // NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette // Blinc Mascara Amplified // Urban Decay Naked Flushed in Strip // MAC Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm
There are 2 item I want to highlight today because they’re kind of new to my stash and makeup rotation, and I’m simply in love. The first one is the Stila Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette that I finally got the courage to dip my brush in after admiring how beautiful it is for weeks (am I the only one that is afraid to use something because it just looks too perfect?), it is simply amazing and probably deserve a post on its own. Then it’s the Charlotte Tilbury Rock n Kohn Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil I bought on a whim because I’ve been wanting to try her products, and the formula is the best I’ve tried yet – no budge and no transfer after a day out and about? Sold!
On my face today: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Dark Brown // Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel // Charlotte Tilbury Rock n Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil in Barbarella Brown // Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Protect Broad Spectrum SPF 30 // Tarte Rainforest After Dark Colored Clay Eye and Cheek Palette // MAC Lip Pencil in Soar // Lorac Breakthrough Performance Lipstick in Vanity // Stila Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette in Soul // Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer
With the recent temperature and humidity change I’ve been liking the bare face look with a just little blush. I also finally found a lip pencil that will work and show up on my lips, and it’s the MAC Soar that everyone was raving about thanks to Kylie Jenner. It is the perfect shade for my slightly darker lip color and looks amazing on, at first I was afraid it would look a little fake but it actually turned out looking really natural on me. I’m very pleased with the color and the formula is also not very drying so it’s comfortable to apply all over the lips. Those of you who’re still debating if it’s worth purchasing… My answer is a definite yes!
On my face today: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Dark Brown // Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner in dark brown // Urban Decay Naked Flushed in Strip // Benefit Gimme Brow in Medium // MAC Lip Pencil in Soar
This past weekend while at the Drink the District Cherry Blossom Beer and Wine Festival, I got a compliment from a stranger about my eye makeup while I had my sunglasses on! I was definitely shocked but am very flattered. Thank you, lovely stranger for stopping by and telling me that my eye makeup looks great, it meant a a lot to me!
I was very proud of my makeup for that day because on top of getting a nice compliment, after being out for the whole afternoon and most of the nights, my makeup still looks fresh and put together at the end of the night. It was the first time I used a primer and concealer (I forgot about foundation…) and it shows how a proper base will help your makeup stay put for a whole day! I can only imagine how much better doing it properly with foundation will do.
Today I’m recreating the look I did for this past weekend and going over the items I used. I’m excited I found something that works for me and I think this long lasting base and look will be my going out standard this spring!
- Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Protect Broad Spectrum SPF 30
I love how light weight this primer is, I don’t like any heavy on my face so something light weight with light coverage is perfect for me. I got this sample a while back but never used it till now because I don’t like to use foundation unless I’m going out.
- Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer in Light
I got this shade right before I went out and stood in the sun for 5+ hours… now I think medium will match my current skin color better, oops.
- Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube – Original
My go to primer for eyeshadow. I also love the Lorac one and rotate between them.
- Lorac Pro Palette
Favorite eyeshadow palette of all time. Need I say more?
- NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette
Loving the variety of blush color in this palette. I also like how natural the contour/bronzing shade Laguna looks on my skin, it is definitely more of a bronzing color for me instead of contour.
- Anastasia Brow Wiz in Soft Brown
My go to brow pencil, I love how the nib is small enough you can create fake brow hair but at the same time if you are in a hurry you can also use it to fill in quickly. The color also works very well with me! But I might consider getting a light shade if I decide to get my hair color lighten this spring/summer.
- Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Dark Brown
The only liquid eye liner I’ve tried so far and I really like it. I like how easily it applies and it doesn’t budge at all for 24 hours. Stay all day indeed. I’m recently starting to get into black eyeliner so I might get the black one once I’m done with this one.
- Buxom Lash Mascara (not pictured)
Another sample sized item, I even forgot to put it in the pictures when I was setting this up because… I rarely use mascara that I completely forgot about this step. I don’t have much opinion on it as I’m not too picky when it comes to mascara as long as it doesn’t smudge and this one does the job!
Another snow day for us over here in the DC area, hooray? Since I’m staying home therefore have more time to mess around, I decided to put on a little makeup to help me feel pretty and alive in the gloomy snow day. Today’s makeup I’m still keeping everything simple, using my first ever eyeshadow palette and add some gorgeous but light lip color! Winter can’t be over soon enough…
On my face today: Shu Uemura Hard Formula in Stone Grey// Urban Decay Naked2// Revlon ColorBurst Balm Stain in Honey Douce