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Lovin’ Right Now: Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palettes

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Fate came in for me recently as right around the moment my favorite it! Cosmetics trio of eyeshadows started to become non-existent, Smashbox came out with their new Cover Shot eye palettes.

I LOVE the soft light and matte palettes. They’re perfect for my more minimalistic makeup approach and can easily be intensified with some fitting eyeliner. I also just prefer a softer eye during this time of year, as Houston weather never knows what it wants to do and ends up just driving my sinuses mad. And no one likes a smoky eye look ruined by watery eyes.

Happy Friday!

-C  

 

(Image via Smashbox website)

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Top 5 Things in My Fall Makeup Bag

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1.Butter London Nail Polish in British Racing Green– I love this color for when I want to step away from my tried and true shades (aka neutrals and red). It’s perfect for fall as the color is a nice hunter green and it has great staying power.

2. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella–Scarlet red in color, this lip pencil and lipstick in one crayon has a great matte finish and doesn’t dry out your lips. I also love that this color in particular can be worn by a variety of people with different skin tones and still look amazing on. Also, the size of it is wonderful as it can easily travel with you no matter the size of your purse.

3. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Whiskey–This eye pencil is a lovely, rich brown matte color that really makes my hazel eyes pop. I also love how long it lasts, as well as how easy it is to apply. I’ve never done that well with liquid eyeliner due to the application of it, so an eyeliner like this one is exactly what I need.

4. Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette–This palette is a-ma-zing! I honestly love the shades that come in this smaller palette and how often I can use them. It also is great for daytime wear/work, as the shades are both matte and neutral. I love pairing a few of the shades with my Urban Decay pencil for a more natural look and then adding some oomph with a bold lip.

5. Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara–A while back I got the O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara by Marc Jacobs as a sample from Sephora (and loved it), but I wanted to opt for something a little more toned down, which led me to purchasing this particular mascara. I love how it adds volume to my long lashes without making them look too grand. It also is really long lasting and even though it’s not water proof, I have been able to walk through a bit of rain with it on and didn’t end up looking like a raccoon (success!).

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Give ’em a Little Valentine Lip

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Whether or not you’re you’ll be with your s.o., girlfriends, or family this Valentines Day weekend, a little color on your lips is a necessity. Not only will it perk you up, but I guarantee you that you’ll feel amazing (even if you’re sans a s.o. on this mushy holiday or just not a fan of it).

Obviously a pink or red is normally the way to go, but I favor a little variation and try not to stick to too traditional of a shade. A bubblegum pink lip easily adds a flirty vibe to a look while a blood red lip would certainly add a more passionate vibe, both of these being very appropriate for this weekend.

 

  1. Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipstick in Pout ($21 at Sephora). A gorgeous lipstick that provides just the right amount of pop and goes on very smoothly. Goes really well with a fresh face or minimal makeup.
  2. Nars Lipstick in Red Lizard ($28 at Sephora). One of my all time favorite red lipsticks (as previously mentioned in My Top 5 Red Lipsticks post). It works for practically every skin tone and lasts for hours.
  3. MAC Lustre Lipstick in Call the Hairdresser ($17 at stores that sell MAC Cosmetics). All you need is a swipe of this lipstick and you can call it a day. It’s such a no fuss shade that pairs easily with any outfit or season to where I wish I had more than one of it.
  4. Nars Audacious Lipstick in Anna ($32 at Sephora). My most recent purchase at Sephora that has easily become my new favorite lipstick. This matte smoky rose color really plays up your natural lip color and isn’t drying like most matte lipsticks. The price tag is a bit steep but if you’re looking for a semi natural shade, I suggest you give this one a try.

 

No matter how you’ll be spending this weekend, do so feeling as wonderful as you possibly can. There’s only one of you and you deserve to look and feel good, whether you’re out or just vegging out on the couch watching Netflix and/or romantic comedies.

-C

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January’s Beauty Haul

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I’ve always been interested in makeup since I was in high school, but I never had really gotten to the point of wanting to explore various brands and techniques until I met my college roommate Claire. Now, I will more than likely never be as passionate about makeup as some, but I am really starting to appreciate the look of a product and seeing how it can help boost a person’s mood that day.

I won’t ever be one to tell someone they have to wear makeup to look and feel good because to each their own. However, sometimes a swipe of mascara or lipstick or freshly painted nails can really do the trick in boosting those endorphins (sorry exercise, you’re not the only one to do that).

And with that, I will be making beauty posts more frequently that include my most recent purchases along with beauty fads I love currently.

Happy FriYay!

-C

 

  1. (Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Perfume, $60 for 1 oz. at Sephora)  Back in November, I got a free sample of this perfume at Sephora to see how it would smell on me not just on the store but outside of it as well. I ended up having to use it so sparingly towards the end as I just loved the sweet yet musky smell so much. With notes of Vanilla, Violet, and Sandalwood, this scent has become my go to for the cooler months and nights out.
  2. (Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette, $55 at Sephora) I have always been a fan of taupe and purple colored eyeshadows. They work wonderfully with my hazel eyes as the shades bring out the flecks of gold or even make the green in them pop more so. With this palette, I love how easy it is to blend the shadows. There’s also a great selection of matte shadows in the palette as well as shimmery shadows, which can sometimes be hard to find.
  3. (Formula X #ColorCurators: Song of Style Edition Nail Polish in A Girl’s Best Friend, $12.50 at Sephora) I love how easy Formula X’s nail polishes go on and how long they last. Put on two coats and you’re good for a week at least. The colors for this particular collaboration are also extremely wearable and I especially love A Girl’s Best Friend. The blush shade can work with your F/W outfits as well as your S/S ones.
  4. (Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, $26 at Sephora) When it comes to mascara, I generally stick to one and never really branch out. For years I’ve been using Benefit’s They’re Real! Lengthening & Voluminizing Mascara. As much as I loved it, I would still have clumping issues so I then switched to Clinique’s High Impact Mascara where I still would get lashes clumping. Recently, though, I got this Marc Jacobs mascara as an awards freebie from Sephora and instantly loved it after the first use. It defines my lashes so well and truly lengthens them, which other mascaras have never been able to do. I also have had no clumping issues after having used it for a week or so–yay!
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Top 5 Lip Shades for F/W

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I honestly just love the darker and richer shades that colder weather can bring someone to wear, whether on your lids or lips. A rich rose tint or gold more natural rose gold tint is perfect to pair with a smoky eye. For those who fully want to embrace their daring side, a bold red or berry shade is the perfect way to go.

Here’s to colder weather to come! 

-C

 

(From left to right: Sequence of Love by Lancome; Scarlett Empress by NARS; Perpetual Flame by MAC Cosmetics; Rum Raisin by Bobbi Brown; Lolita by Kat Von D)
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Top 5 Lip Shades for spring

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Now that spring has been starting to show her face here in Oregon, my wardrobe has started to explode with variations of color (even pink!). My favorite way to show off color, though, is through lip color.

Recently I’ve just been going out with an almost sans-makeup face as all I’ll put on is a coat of mascara and my current lip color. It’s honestly such a nice change as my skin feels lighter and less greasy without all of it. I especially love that since doing so, my skin has gotten even clearer. That in itself is a huge perk.

Hope y’alls weather is just as nice! 

-C

(From left to right: Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick in Rogue; Nars Lipstick in Schiap; CLINIQUE Chubby Lip Balm Stick in Heaping Hazelnut; Nars Lipstick in Barbarella; Lancome Lip Lover in Orange Manege)  

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Summer Skin

Only Ben Gibbard can write such a lovely song about one of my Summer nightmares–summer skin. Having been blessed with oily hair and oily skin, I have had to combat the heat in many ways throughout Summer. One of the big reasons why I decided to cut off over a foot of my hair was due to the heat in Texas that was stifling not only in the Summer but during the entire year.

Having said all this, I’d personally consider myself an expert (not really…but in a way, yes) when it comes to beating all the beauty problems Summer weather can trigger. Below are some of my personal favorites that I use and others I know to help beat it.

pure and free liquid neutrogena sunscreen

Sunscreen that is Hypoallergenic and oil-free (or noncomogenic) is best so that it doesn’t clog your pores.

beeswax burts bees lip balm

Burt’s Bees lip balms have always come in handy and are so much lighter to use during the summer than lipstick.

pan oxyl foaming wash

Pan Oxyl Foaming Acne Wash is perfect for those (like myself) who have oily skin, which can sometimes result in back acne during the Summer months.

24 7 oil control blotting tissues

These tissues are such a blessing. I’ve learned from my mother to at least have two packages on hand.

maybelline great lash mascara

I’ve been able to use this mascara no matter what the temperature–just definitely get the waterproof kind for those sweaty days!

lorac foundation

This oil-free, paraben free and even fragrance free foundation is light and even those with oily skin can wear it during a hot one.

benefit dandelion blush

This lighter shade of blush, in comparison to Benefit’s other top seller CORALista, can work for the majority of skin colors and is more natural looking (in my opinion).

The main thing when working with makeup during the summer I’ve learned is just to try and be the most natural you can be. Also, do anything and everything you can to protect your skin and keep it healthy.

I hope this helps some of y’all out!

-C