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
Now that I’m officially done with the move (insert happy emoji here), I finally have time to unbox my goodies from the Sephora VIB sale a few weeks ago! I haven’t had enough time to test them out yet but I wanted to show you the items I got because I’m extremely excited about them!
First let’s get the not so exciting items out of the way… I got the NARS Pencil Sharpener because I’m planning on getting a lip liner in pencil form in the near future, and really would prefer not mixing sharpeners for eyeliner and lip liner. The Fresh Sugar Lip Polish is something I’ve been meaning to try, I’ve never exfoliated my lips before since I never felt the need to, but with me using more and more lipsticks I think my pout deserves some more love! I’m excited to try this out and see what the hype of exfoliating is all about.
And now the more exciting items! The Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, I’ve been reading/seeing/hearing a lot about this eyeliner and have been itching to try, though I really like my Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner, it never hurts to shop around. Instead of my usual brown shade, I decided to go with the black this time because I think a wing is not the same without jet black eyeliner. Another makeup related item is the Benefit Gimme Brow, this is an item that has been on my wishlist since last year, I opt for the Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel when I first started blogging and thought it was only okay, the brush was a little too big for my liking so I wanted to try something else. I did stick it out and used it up before purchasing something else though *pat self on back*. Last and certainly not least, I gave in and got the Stila Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette, finally! I’ve been eyeing this palette ever since I saw it on heyclaire‘s favorites video, and with the 15% off deal I just couldn’t say no even though I don’t really need another neutral palette. You guys all know my all time favorite palette is the Lorac Pro and I haven’t tried anything else ever since I got that palette… So I’m excited to see how this one compares!
Hope y’all had a great weekend, let me know if you did a little splurging during the VIB sale as well and what you end up getting!
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!
I have a love hate relationship with those marketing emails that have keywords like % off, free samples, buy one get one. Recently I got suckered into buying some things on Sephora that I’ve been wanting to try but have not been able to justify buying, until I saw the “free mini fragrance sample with purchase” deal, in which I will dig deeper into about my recent mini fragrance craze in my next blog post.
So far I’m loving all the items I purchased! Here’s a list and review.
NARS Matte Multiple – I saw so many reviews and blog posts about this product and have been wanting to try it for a while now. Upon receiving it I immediately went to try it on, I fell in love and am very satisfied with the color! I got the color Anguilla mainly for the purpose of using it as a blush, it blends in really easily with either a brush or your fingers which is nice for a person like me that don’t have a lot of brushes in my possession. My skin is somewhat tan and sometimes it takes a lot for a pink color like that to show up, so I was very happy to see the color being so highly pigmented. And of course the NARS packaging is always easy on the eyes.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner – I’ve always been a pencil girl, I’ve never purchase a liquid or gel eyeliner in my life, till now. Using a pencil eyeliner is just more comfortable for me, but I finally gave in and purchased this liquid eyeliner because I’m so tired of my current eyeliner (and most of the pencil form eyeliner I’ve tried) blending, smudging and not having crisp lines. After reviewing my options, I picked the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner. It stayed on all day, kept a clean crisp line throughout and did not smudge, I was happy when I looked into the mirror at the end of the day. I’ve not tried to wear it to the beach or pool yet, but I was able to easily remove the eye liner by washing my face which is no good in my book for a waterproof eye liner. Regardless, I’m still very happy with this purchase because being waterproofed was not a criteria for me when I was looking for in a new eye liner, I just happened to purchase one that’s named “waterproof”. But if you’re looking for something you can go to the beach or pool with, I don’t think I would recommend it.
Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes – Since my recent relocation from ATL to DC, I haven’t had time to snatch a bag of my go to makeup wipe Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes out of pure laziness, so while I was on the Sephora website I thought to myself, why not try something new? After
reading the reviews seeing the packaging I picked out this Bear Naked Wipes by Josie Maran. It has a citrus-y scent, is very gentle on the skin (I used it to remove my eye makeup without any irritations) and is reasonably priced at $12 for 30 wipes. On top of that, a portion of every Bear Naked Wiped sold will go towards protecting polar bears by supporting the NRDCs Polar Bear SOS initiative. A good cause and a good product, count me in!