Like anyone else, my favorite part of getting my hair done is the final blow-out and style. I can never quite get the same results on my own and my natural beachy curls can be a bit temperamental to deal with. That’s where blo comes in!
Damn Sephora! Back at it again with an awesome box! (I AM SO SORRY, I couldn’t resist).
The theme for March’s Play! box is The Perfection Collection, with Sephora collecting their “favorite” products to entice us to play with new formulas and techniques.
Very nice! Lots of great products in here, including several things I’ve been wanting to try but had not gotten around to yet.
- Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield
- Fresh Soy Face Cleanser
- Sephora The Perfectionist: Airbrush Sponge
- Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil
- Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper
- Maison Martin Margiela Replica fragrance in Beach Walk
- Empty foundation sample clamshell
Reviews to follow after the jump!
Hi ya’ll! So it’s been a minute since my last post, but I’ve got a bunch of new stuff coming up on here soon. I also put in a solid effort to film my very first “get ready with me” makeup tutorial, but as I was editing I noticed the entire video was blurry😦 I didn’t realize my camera does not auto-focus when filming in video, so the whole thing is out of focus which I couldn’t see until I viewed the clips in fullscreen on my laptop. I need to rethink this whole video tutorial thing.
Anyway! Let’s move on to the fun stuff. I did this look about a month ago, in preparation for spring and I love how it turned out! So much so, that when I looked at the pictures again I really want to recreate it for myself. Again. Especially the lip color.
I kept this light with a neutral eye, luminous skin and a pearly pinky coral lip, mostly because I wanted to wear my coral jewelry I bought in Sicily a few years back.
This could definitely be used as an evening look as well by smoking out the lower lash line a little more and using a darker, more dramatic lip color.
- MAC Prep & Prime Fix+ Spray
- L’Oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup in W3
- Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser in Neutralizer
- Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Sand
- Coty Airspun Loose Face Poweder in Translucent Extra Coverage
- LORAC Bronzer
- Wet n Wild Color Icon Bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana (under eyes and middle of forehead)
- Nars blush in Orgasm
- Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop
- Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Potion Primer
- Urban Decay Vice XX LTD Reloaded Palette
- Laced blended into and above crease
- Twice Baked in crease
- Moonflower on lid
- Freakshow in outer corner
- Twice Baked on lower lash line
- Anonymous on brow bone
- Venus (from Naked Basics) on tear duct and under brow
- MAC Fluidline in Black Track
- L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara
- Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade in Medium Brown
- MAC Prep & Prime Fix+ Spray
- Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Love That Pink
- Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Hollywood
Thanks for reading!
Hi ya’ll! I don’t know about anyone else, but with makeup I definitely go through phases constantly. There’s the bright lip phase, the smoky eye phase, the winged liner phase, the blue eyeliner phase… it goes on and on, depending on who knows what. So right now, I’m in the middle of a glossy nude lip phase! I know, exciting right? These are the little things that get me through the week.
What’s funny is that while I was formulating this post in my head, Jaclyn Hill posted this on Snapchat and Instagram:
And then, here’s a Snap I sent today:
Ha! And that’s only about three days worth of lip stuff.
Anyway, here’s the lineup of what I’ve been digging the last week or two.
- Urban Decay Revolution Lipgloss in Kinky
- Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Protest (this shade is exclusive to UD’s website)
- ColourPop Lippie Stix and Pencil in Frida
- NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Mauve with Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian
- Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss in Black Honey (this is a Sephora exclusive product)
Warm, pretty and goes with everything!
YA’LL. FEBRUARY’S BOX WAS EV-REE-THANG. It was just the best! So let’s dive right in.
The February box is called Now & Later featuring “lip tips, hairstyle savers, purse essentials.” Basically, the types of products that can take you from the office to happy hour.
- BareMinerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm in Plumberry Pop
- Lancome Drama Liqui-Pencil Longwear Eyeliner in Noir Intense
- Bumble and Bumble Pret-A-Powder
- Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural in N9 Copper Pink
- Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-In-1 Mascara
- Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau de Parfum
Down and dirty deets here!
I apologize for not getting a post up last Friday! Last week at work was super busy, with two deadlines and I have an event happening on Monday AND I spent this weekend trying to catch up on the Oscar nominated movies (as I’m writing this, it’s 10 minutes till the ceremony starts and I’ve seen all the Best Picture nominees except Spotlight!). Anyway, moving on…
Today is another installment of The Favorites, semi-regular posts featuring single-product focuses on my favorites pieces in my collection, the ones I reach for and wear time and again. The Favorites are all products I’ve purchased myself and are considered permanent items in their respective brands.
Today’s focus is on L’Oreal’s True Match Lumi foundation. Back in college through a couple years after, I used the OG True Match makeup religiously. I don’t remember why I ever stopped using it other than just wanting to experiment with other brands and formulas. But I never tried the Lumi version until late last year and I’ve been hooked ever since.
For me, it’s the perfect everyday foundation. This is what I wear day-to-day, always to work and sometimes on the weekend too, if I’m not skipping foundation entirely or going for a different look with my MAC Matchmaster. No joke, I’m on my third bottle already. It feels so light on, with a light coverage but you can build it up to medium. I probably would not suggest this for oily-skinned as it is a hydrating and luminous finish, but it is perfect for us dry-skinned people. Even though we’ve had an incredibly mild winter in Texas this year, my skin never felt dry or tight while wearing this.
I find that this does need to be set with powder and I’ve tried several and most seem to work pretty well, including NYX Mineral Setting Powder, Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder and MAC Mineralize SkinFinish Natural. Right now, I just picked up a tub of Coty Airspun loose powder but I’m still testing and figuring out how I feel on that one.
Below are some recent pictures I’ve featured on the blog where I’m wearing True Match Lumi foundation.
What I like most about this is that my skin still shines through, it isn’t hiding beneath a layer of thick makeup. Like I said above, it’s great for everyday and for work. I’m interested in trying the new cushion version of True Match Lumi, too! Maybe I’ll do that for a future post.
If I had to list some of my earliest pop culture influences, No Doubt and Gwen Stefani would be pretty high on that list. I remember buying Tragic Kingdom in seventh grade and listening to it CONSTANTLY. I would sit in my room and study the liner notes to memorize all the lyrics. Gwen’s style and aesthetic left quite the impression on me over the years.
I’ve waxed poetic already on my longtime love for Urban Decay on here before, so I won’t repeat myself, but basically the combining of Gwen & UD is everything high school aged me ever wanted! It really is a perfect pairing if you think about it.
While there are several pieces in the collection, I only purchased the lipstick and 24/7 Glide-On lip liner in 714. It’s a super matte, neutral red. It’s the red lip you think of when you envision Gwen’s iconic style. And the packaging! I love the geometric gold on black and white, it’s so pretty. However, one thing I did notice is that the packaging on the lipsticks is a lighter weight plastic than the eyeshadow and blush palettes and even the regular line of Revolution lipsticks and I found that to be a little disappointing. But the Gwen lipsticks are $4 less than the permanent Revolution lipsticks, so maybe it’s not that bad.
There were several lipsticks included in the release (with about four of those being shades of red), but 714 is the only one with a brand-new finish and formula – Mega Matte. This is very close to MAC’s Retro Matte finish or like a matte liquid lipstick. Very dry, flat and pigmented. I have many reds in my collection, but none with a truly neutral tone like 714. When I say it’s neutral, I mean that it doesn’t lean too cool with blue or pink undertones or too warm with orange or yellow undertones. This lipstick is the iconic Gwen Stefani red lip that she’s been sporting for basically forever.
The lip liner is UD’s permanent line formula 24/7 Glide-On, so it’s slick and creamy and the perfect base for the matteness of the lipstick. For best results, especially with really flat mattes like these, is to make sure to exfoliate and moisturize your lips really well before applying. Don’t have a lip scrub? You can make your own with a little olive oil and brown sugar or even just running your toothbrush over your lips after brushing your teeth works, too. Let your lip balm have about 5-10 minutes to absorb before applying the liner and lipstick.
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