Love that blue.

Simple Summer Makeup

IT WON’T STOP RAINING. MAKE IT STOP.

At least while I’m writing this, it’s raining yet again. It’s like monsoon season in south Texas. I mean, it’s better than the alternative which is burning hot. But it just makes it difficult to, you know, actually do things outside.

Anyway, in my apartment I can pretend it’s summer by spraying myself with all sorts of coconut things and wearing bronzer and blue eyeliner.

 

Teal and coral! It's a natural for summer.

Turquoise and coral! It’s a natural for summer.

Bath & Body Works was having their semi-annual (I think?) 75% off sale and I picked a few things up. Some coconut/beach scented aloe gel lotion (it’s a hybrid type thing, really moisturizing), a couple of shower gels, a beachy/coconut scented candle (Copacabana Beach) and Plumeria body splash. Recently, B&BW re-released a bunch of their classic scents from the 90’s and early 2000’s, such as Pearberry, Juniper Breeze, Country Apple and Cucumber Melon. I ended up with Plumeria because it was the only one I could see myself wearing as a 30-something. Also, it layers well with coconut. I know I’m probably over-scented right now but whatever. This is why I live alone!

Love that blue.

Love that blue.

Face

  • L’Oreal True Match Lumi in N3, sheered out with MAC Fix+
  • Hard Candy Glamoflage concealer in Medium, sheered out with MAC Fix+
  • NYX Mineral Set It, Don’t Fret It loose setting powder in Light/Medium
  • ColourPop blush in Jellyfish
  • MAC loose shimmering powder in Golden Bronze (discontinued)
  • Ulta Minerals bronzer

Eyes

  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Potion Primer in Sin
  • Urban Decay Virgin in inner corner and brow bone (from UD Naked Basics)
  • MAC Fluidline in Blue Peep
  • Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal mascara
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown

Lips

  • ColourPop Lippie Stix and Lip Liner in Rocket

Anyway, I love this look in that it’s striking but very simple and feels very light on my face. True Match Lumi is a light foundation on it’s own but I wanted something more in between a foundation and a tinted moisturizer, which is why I sheered it out with MAC Fix+. To do that, I just pumped a small bit of foundation or concealer on the back of my hand, spritz some Fix+ and mixed it with my finger. I then applied it to my face and buffed it out with Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. I use this brush to do both my foundation and concealer. For powder, I lightly buffed it on, just enough to reduce shine and to set it.

I was thisclose to using a bunch of eyeshadow, but decided to just keep the Potion Primer as the base. I think it looks cleaner and keeps the focus on the blue without looking so made up.

I hope ya’ll are having a great summer!

All of it in one look

Summer Makeup FOTD

Summer makeup and summer collections are my absolute favorite out of all the seasons. My ideal summer look is gold and bronzey with pinky-golden cheeks and pops of teal and pink on eyes and lips.

All of it in one look

All of it in one look

In the summer, I just want to GLOW and also look kinda tan since I can’t tan at all. In addition, I want to smell like coconuts and the beach. I just bought a beach/coconut scented candle at Bath & Body Works today and it is giving me life! Especially since it’s been crazy rainy here in San Antonio. Like a couple of weeks ago, I took the wrong route home from work and I got caught in a terrible rain and a flash flood! I got stuck in my car for over three hours, but I was safe in a parking lot. I had pulled off to wait out the rain, but my alternator was already wet and then I had to wait over two hours for roadside assistance to give my car a jump. ANYWAY, this is all to say that at least with makeup and smell-good-things, I can at least pretend it feels like summer regardless of what the weather is doing.

Eyeshadow shot!

Eyeshadow shot!

Face

  • L’Oreal True Match Lumi in N3 Natural Buff mixed with MAC Strobe Cream (for added luminosity)
  • Hard Candy Glamoflage concealer in Medium mixed with MAC Fix+ (to thin it out so it’s less heavy)
  • NYX Mineral Set It, Don’t Fret It finishing powder in Light/Medium
  • Nars Orgasm Blush
  • ColourPop highlighter in Highly Waisted
  • Ulta Mineral Bronzer

Eyes

  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Sin
  • Urban Decay eyeshadow in Honey on lid & Peace on lower lash line (Deluxe palette, discontinued), Naked in Crease, Smog in outer corner and Virgin in inner corner & brow bone (Naked palette)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Eye liner in Deep End on upper lash line
  • Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal mascara in Black
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade in Medium Brown

Lips

  • Too Faced Melted Metals liquid lipstick in Melted Macaron (everything I’ve been looking for in a summer lip! Pinky golden goodness)

Hair

  • OGX Shampoo in Weightless Hydration Coconut Water and OGX Conditioner in Quenching Coconut Curls (these smell SO GOOD.)
  • John Freida Frizz Ease Serum
  • Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray and Beach Babe Texturizing Cream
  • I just let my hair air-dry after I apply product

Hopefully summer dries out a bit so that we can actually enjoy it! All of this rain is making me sad… Thanks for checking me out! I promise to be a better blogger!

Aqua and hot pink! My new favorite color combo

Recent FOTD’s Because I’ve Been a Neglectful Blogger

Oh my, it’s been a while since I’ve posted for ya’ll. It’s been a busy last few months and I got a new laptop on top of that, because my pink Dell finally came down with the “blue screen of death.” Anyway, I’ve been taking pictures but I just haven’t been posting them here. So here’s a few…

Wedding guest makeup

Wedding guest makeup – iPhone quality, sorry!

At the end of April, I went to Houston with my mom and sister to attend the wedding of a dear friend of ours (Hi Jenna!). This was awhile ago,, but I’ll do my best to remember the product list.

Eye makeup look

Eye makeup look

Face

  • MAC Matchmaster foundation in 2.0
  • Hard Candy Glamoflague in Medium, set with Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light Plus
  • Nars blush, highlighter and bronzer from Guy Bourdin LE palette

Eyes

  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
  • LORAC Pro Palette 2 (Buff, Nectar, Plum, Rose and Beige)
  • MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack (used Real Techniques Silicon Liner brush to apply)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Liner in Zero on lower lash
  • CK One Color mascara in True Black
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade in Medium Brown

Lips

  • MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus
Aqua and hot pink! My new favorite color combo

Mint and hot pink! My new favorite color combo

Here’s another one! Sorry for the lighting, it was after the sun went down so I was stuck with the yellowish light in my bathroom. I tried to color correct as best as I could. The product list is basically the same as above, with a few minor changes:

Eyes

  • LORAC Mint Edition Palette (LE), used NYX Shadow Pencil in Milk under the mint green to make it pop.
  • ColourPop Chipper on lower lash line

Face

  • Same as above, just used a damp Beauty Blender on my foundation and concealer instead of a brush.

Lips

  • Liner and lipstick in MAC Candy Yum Yum
Front shot!

Front shot!

Ok, one more to go!

last one!

last one! iPhone shot again :(

Face

  • Honestly, I don’t remember what foundation I used. Might have been L’Oreal True Match Lumi?
  • Nars Orgasm Blush
  • ColourPop highlighter in Highly Waisted (this with Orgasm is my new favorite combination for summer, because pinky golds are my favorite ever!)

Eyes

  • UD Eyeshadow Primer Potion
  • Maybe Naked from the first Naked palette or something from Naked Basics in the crease?
  • ColourPop Shark Attack and Nillionaire on lid
  • UD 24/7 liner in Twice Baked

Lips

  • Cover Girl Lip Lava in Lychee Lava
Trying to find my light for my #highlightonfleek while not getting the mess in the background

Trying to find my light for my #highlightonfleek while not getting the mess in the background

Thanks for hanging around! I’ve got another post coming up! I’m writing it right after this so it’ll be in the queue because I need to be a better blogger!

 

MAC Candy Yum Yum lipstick, lip glass and lip liner.

MAC Candy Yum Yum for All Your Neon Pink Dreams

Oh man. I didn’t realize how badly neon pink has been missing from my collection till now.

MAC’s Candy Yum Yum lipstick is an in-your-face matte neon pink. It is crazy bright and one of MAC’s most popular shades. It is so popular that even Kelly Osbourne had her own take on it in her collab with MAC called Kelly Yum Yum.

In the new Pencilled In collection, MAC has taken some of their best-selling lipsticks and FINALLY created matching lip liners and glosses.

MAC Candy Yum Yum lipstick, lip glass and lip liner.

MAC Candy Yum Yum lipstick, lip glass and lip liner.

I have a number of pink lipsticks in my collection, but not a blue-based hot pink like this. This lipstick is a matte finish which I really think makes it look brighter. The lipglass is of moderate opacity and I think it would look great over just the lip liner for a high shine look.

From L to R: Lipstick, lipglass and lip liner.

From L to R: Lipstick, lipglass and lip liner.

For an overall look, I decided to go with sheer foundation and concealer and a simple, matte eye with a bit of a wing so the lipstick would really stand out.

Clean and simple. Except for the lips.

Clean and simple. Except for the lips. Wearing only the liner and lipstick here.

 

View of the eye makeup

View of the eye makeup

Candy Yum Yum liner and lipstick

Candy Yum Yum liner and lipstick

OH MAN I LOVE THIS COLOR SO MUCH.

This time with GLOSS!

This time with GLOSS!

Candy Yum Yum lip liner, lipstick and lipglass.

Candy Yum Yum lip liner, lipstick and lipglass.

I like MAC’s lipglass formula because it’s not super sticky and it stays in place even over lipstick.

Product List

  • Ulta Matte Prime primer
  • L’Oreal True Match Lumi foundation in N3
  • Hard Candy Glamoflauge concealer in Medium
    • I used a damp blender sponge to apply the foundation and concealer so that I could get a sheer, luminous glow
  • NYX Stay Matte, Not Flat mineral finishing powder
  • Highlighter and matte pale pink blush from NARS Guy Bourdin One Night Stand Cheek Palette (LE)
  • Highlighter and contour from Ulta Sculpting Palette in Rosette
  • LORAC Behind The Scenes eye primer
  • Tarte be MATTEnificent eyeshadow palette
  • Benefit They’re Real Push-Up liner
  • Ulta Voluptuous Volume Mascara in Jet Black
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown
  • Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Clear (to set brows)

MAC’s Pencilled In collection is available now online and in MAC stores and counters. This is not a sponsored post! I bought all of this with my own money because I <3 it so much. And Candy Yum Yum takes pretty pictures.

Leopard and glitter, would you expect anything less?

Jamberry Nail Wraps Review + GIVEAWAY!

As much as I love doing my nails and figuring out what colors to wear (and buying new ones…), it’s such a process when it comes to painting them. I always use a base and top coat, because I almost always keep the color on for about a week. But I have to paint my nails so that they have time to dry completely because too many times have I waited too long only to wake up the next morning with bumpy, smudged nails that have the texture of my sheets.

That’s one of the main reason why I love nail decals and strips. In the past, I have used almost exclusively Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Strips, which I LOVE. Over the past year, I have heard many great things about Jamberry Nail Wraps and the designs were pretty damn cute. Also, people who had them were really impressed by their staying power. My friend Calee, who is a Jamberry consultant, was kind enough to send me* two nail wraps of my choice to review! So away we gooooo…

Leopard and glitter, would you expect anything less?

Leopard and glitter, would you expect anything less?

For my two wraps, I selected Gold Leopard and Gold Sparkle. I was quite surprised to discover that these are very different from the Sally Hansen strips in that they are made of acrylates copolymer rather than actual nail polish. The wraps are noticeably thicker and feel much sturdier.

What you get in the sleeves

What you get in the sleeves

Each set of wraps can be used multiple times! That is definitely impressive to me. You should be able to get two full manicures and a pedicure out of each sheet because the wraps themselves can be trimmed to fit.

Wild!

Wild!

I couldn’t get the camera to pick it up, but the leopard wraps have a shiny, gold metallic look to them.

Sparkles!

Sparkles!

And these are just super sparkly, just how I like it.

Jamberry Nail Wraps take a little more effort to apply. You definitely need a good, very sharp pair of nail scissors, a file and a hair dryer. Yes, a hair dryer. Jamberrys need a heat source to activate the adhesive so they stick to your nails. I’m not going to go into the actual application process, because I only did it once and I’m pretty sure I didn’t do it exactly right. There are a ton of tutorials on Pinterest and YouTube and I suggest watching a few of those first (shout-out to Calee for passing that bit of advice to me!).

I got them on my nails, but the only thing I couldn’t figure out was how to get a clean edge with no over-hang. I tried to cut them as close as I could to the edge of my tips and I didn’t have a coarse enough nail file to file it down, so there was just the slightest little bit that went past the edge of my nail and it drove me nuts. The polymer is so thick that it doesn’t file off easily like the Sally Hansen strips. Again, I totally cop this up to user error on my part. I think the Jamberry Nail Wraps have a bit of a learning curve in applying, so hopefully I’ll figure it out in the future. What I did like is that I didn’t have to trim the sides at all, since my nailbeds are narrow and most strips and fake nails are too wide. The Jamberrys were a perfect fit.

Finished product!

Finished product!

But they did look fantastic! I kept them on for about six days. They can definitely go longer, but as I had a bit of a problem applying them they had started to lift on the sides and edges, so I eventually peeled them all off. They can be taken off with acetone, which is what I would suggest doing.

I think Jamberry Nail Wraps are a fantastic product that come in a crazy amount of colors and designs. You can literally find anything you’re into in a Jamberry design. Personally, I love all the glitter wraps because glitter polish is a pain in the butt to take off. If you are interested in purchasing some Jamberry Nail Wraps for yourself, check out Calee’s online store at caleebeissner.jamberry.com or here on her Facebook page.

Now for the best part: GIVEAWAY TIME! You can win a set of Gold Leopard and Gold Sparkle nail wraps for yourself! This prize will include a half sheet of each design, which you give you about two manicures  or a mani/pedi. Entering is easy, just comment below with your favorite way to have your nails done (colorful polish, all the glitter, french tips, whatever you’re into!). I’ll select a random winner two weeks from today on February 28. One entry per person please! Good luck :)

GIVEAWAY CLOSED! Congratulations to xoxsarai, please check your email!

*DISCLAIMER: Jamberry Nail Wraps were sent gratis for my review and all opinions are my own. I am receiving no compensation for this post.

All the stuff I got in my Influenster Frosty VoxBox, definitely quite the mix.

The Influenster Frosty VoxBox

It’s another edition of Influenster reviews! Influenster is a community that anyone can join and they send you free stuff to review, which is what I will be doing today. As always, although everything below was sent gratis, all opinions are my own and I am receiving no compensation for this post.

All the stuff I got in my Influenster Frosty VoxBox, definitely quite the mix.

All the stuff I got in my Influenster Frosty VoxBox, definitely quite the mix.

This particular box was quite the mish-mash of different stuff, so there are a few things that are off-theme with my blog in general but we’re going to go through it anyway because I like getting free stuff in the mail. We’ll continue after the jump because this going to be a little long and very picture-heavy.

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What you need.

How to Fix a Broken Pressed Powder Product

Hi ya’ll! Today’s post is a bit of an experiment that we are both embarking on, as I have never done this until I was photographing the pictures below. But I figured it would make for an informative post and also, let’s see if this really works.

What you need.

What you need.

So I’ve had this bronzer compact for I literally don’t even know how long. I use it almost daily and I’m pretty sure Ulta magicked it into a regenerating never-ending bronzer because no matter how often I use it, I can’t seem to get to the end of it! It’s become a mission. I will completely finish this bronzer. Someday.

It only recently broke the other day, so it was a good opportunity to try the rubbing alcohol method of fixing broken pressed powders that I see so often suggested on Pinterest and Reddit’s Makeup Addiction sub.

Step 1

Step 1

The first step is to crush up all the big chunks. I just used a spoon, but use whatever utensil you don’t mind getting some makeup on and that can withstand alcohol.

Step 2

Step 2

After crushing up what’s left, smooth it all out as evenly as you can.

Step 3 & 4

Step 3 & 4

Add some rubbing alcohol. I don’t think it matters the percentage of isopropyl, as the alcohol will dissipate as it dries (supposedly). I used just enough to wet the leftover bronzer and spread it out again. After that, just let it dry overnight. I left the lid open on mine.

One day later...

One day later…

So after approximately 24 hours have passed (or when it looks like the powder is dried), you’ll have your finished product! At this point, there is no alcohol smell at all as it has all dissipated while drying.

I thought it looked a little dull initially, but after I swatched it I noticed that the pigment was not affected in any way. It’s just they way the product dries after being mixed.

Left is unblended, right is blended

Left is unblended, right is blended

I hope this is a helpful tutorial that will result in less wasted product for you! Now the next time you accidentally break an eyeshadow or even if you hit major pan on a compact, you know you can salvage it into a useful (and not messy!) product again.