Beginner’s Guide to SUPER Simple Bronze Eyeshadow (Video)

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

I need to start out by apologizing for the blurriness of this video. I didn’t know it was blurry until about a month after I had filmed it and getting ready to post it. SO, I am sorry, but I am not filming it again since you can see everything for the most part.

In the future, this should not be an issue because I have since updated my camera. (More info about that later!!!) But it has a screen so I will be able to see myself and auto focus, instead of the teeny-tiny camera I was using before that never let me film a video fully without shutting off.

ENOUGH about my camera, more about the eyeshadow. I’ve said a million times, I am NOT a pro. I can only show my really super simple techniques that may or may not be right. BUT, it works for me…and if you repeat after me, it may work for you too! If you’re interested in checking it out, please watch the video below!

Products Mentioned:

Bad to the Bronze Cream Eyeshadow by Maybelline
Smoke & Melrose Eyeshadow Palette by Wet & Wild
The Nudes Palette by Maybelline
Skinny Palette in Nude by Lorac
Dome Eyeshadow Brush by Real Techniques
217 Blending Brush by MAC
Fluffy Blending Brush by SoHo
Eyelash Curler by Forever 21
Light Camera Flashes Mascara by Tarte

If you want to see a Beginner’s Guide to Foundation, Concealer, and Powder, please click here.

If you want to see a Beginner’s Guide to Bronzer, Blush, and Highlighter, please click here.



Birchbox November 2014 #shaRED (Video)

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

So in some AWESOME news, I won last month’s Birchbox contest (Fanfare) which awarded me $100 in the Birchbox store!!! I’m so super excited about that. Like, I just keep strumming through the pages of goodies on their website trying to decide how it will be spent. I THINK I will make my order today.

Check out the video above to see all the goodies I got in my box this month. It was themed Giving with the hashtag #shaRED, which helps fight for an AIDS-free generation. Birchbox is donating $1 for every photo that is hashtagged #shaRED- so do it! It’s an easy way to give this season.

Below are all the products from my box with the sample-size price. To compare this month to IPSY’s November bag, which is themed Girl Meets Glitter, you can click here.

BirchboxNovember 2014- #shaRED

Folle de Joie eau de parfum- $1.73
Bain de Terre Argan Oil & Passion Flower Color Therapy Styling Oil- $2.06
theBalm Cosmetics Cindy-Lou Manizer- $1.60
Not Soap, Radio Body Wash- $1.76
Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream- $17.00

Bonus: Dang Original Coconut Chips- $3.00

Total Value: $27.15

If you don’t have a Birchbox or want to know more about it, check it out and sign up here. It’s only $10/month and you get a lovely box of goodies to your door every month!

Birchbox November 2014 #shaRED



Ipsy November 2014 Girl Meets Glitter (Video)

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Ipsy is always a special treat for me. I love most of the things I get in these bags and feel like they give a LOT of value for the money you pay monthly. This month, the stand out to me was the Be a Bombshell eyeshadow base. It’s REALLY pretty. The bag is awesome as well…and don’t even get me started with the J.Cat Wonder Lip Paint! I’m really enjoying all these products and can’t wait to use them more!

If you get Ipsy, be sure to share your pictures on social media with #ipsy #girlmeetglitter to win a year’s subscription to the box! You never know, you COULD be the one who wins!

Below are all the products from my bag with the sample-size price. To compare this month to Birchbox’s November Box, which is themed #shaRED, you can click here.

Ipsy November 2014- Girl Meets Glitter

Be a Bombshell Eye Base in Submissive- $14
Elizabeth Mott You’re So Fine Eyeliner in Glitterati- $17.99
J.Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion- $4.99
Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Volume Shine Hairspray- $2.99
Temptu S/B Highlighter in Pink Pearl- $2.75

Total Value: $42.72

If you don’t have an Ipsy or want to know more about it, check it out and sign up here. It’s only $10/month and you get a lovely box of goodies to your door every month!

IPSY November 2014 #girlmeetsglitter



Mani Monday: Sparks Fly by Deborah Lippmann

Monday, November 17th, 2014

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Happy Monday, guys! You’ve almost made it through another one. Luckily, there are only 6 more to get through this year! Unfortunately, that means only 6 more Mani Mondays!!

This Mani Monday is another on my quest for the perfect navy. This one was by accident though, because I purchased the Deborah Lippmann Big Bang Holiday set from LAST year online (for only $23 bucks!!!!) I asked my husband which one he thought I would use from the set of 12 first, trying to play a trick on him because I had 2 in my mind that I would go for. He pointed RIGHT at both of them! That either shows that he REALLY knows me, or that I am far too predictable.

This one is called Sparks Fly. It’s a deep navy/black color with bright blue shimmer. As pretty as it is, it’s also annoying. I expected it to go onto the nails smoothly, but it was a gritty texture- similar to the OPI Sands type of finish. I put on 2 coats of this polish and then topped it off with THREE coats of Seche Vite. It’s STILL a bit bumpy, but not too bad. The color is great, so I can’t complain too much.

You’ll be seeing more Deborah Lippmann soon as I work my way through this set. :)



Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014: Under $15

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

So maybe you’re like me and can’t afford to be SPENDY this season. Between wedding costs and new home purchases, my husband and I are going to try to make it through the holidays with minimal spent so we can get back on track in January and pay down some debts. Luckily, if you’re buying a gift for someone you love, the thought is what counts. Below are some awesome gift sets for $15 or less!

Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Under $15 Essie 2014 Holiday Set Color Me Essie

Essie 2014 Holiday Kit- $15.00

This Essie set is so lovely! It has some great colors, are the cutesy little mini sizes, and are only $15 for all 5 polishes! That’s cheaper than purchasing 2 regular priced Essie polishes, and how often do you go through a WHOLE bottle of nail polish anyway?

Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Under $15 Caudalie Winter Duo

Caudalie Winter Duo- $12.00

Caudalie is such a luxurious brand. This little set will give just a hint of luxury and is a perfect little present for a coworker! Since the lip conditioner by itself is $12.00, it’s as if you are getting the hand and nail cream for free.

Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Under $15 Soap & Glory Hand Food Trio

Soap & Glory Hand Food Trio- $15.00

Speaking of hand and nail cream, Hand Food by Soap & Glory is some of the best. The scents are to die for and they are very moisturizing. I think most people like the brand because of the quirky and fun packaging. I’m sure there are multiple people you’re buying for this holiday season that would enjoy these.

Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Under $15 The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Bath Body Gift Cube

The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Gift Cube- $9.00

The Body Shop offers MANY different holiday gift sets. My favorite is the Gift Cubes, which include a shower gel, lotion, and mini loofah. If you haven’t smelled the Wild Argan Oil scent, do yourself a favor and have a sniff. Also, they currently have a promotion for buy 2 for $15, so if you act fast you can get TWO for $15 and under!

Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Under $15 Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Hydration Collection

Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Hydration Kit- $15.00

This is definitely my first pick from this group. I LOVE skincare. It’s almost at the obsession level. Hot cloth cleansers are my newest favorite, so I would be so excited to try this one by No 7. And you all know how I feel about a good face mask. This REALLY might be my perfect set.

Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Under $15 Real Techniques Mini Brush Trio

Real Techniques Mini Brush Trio- $9.99

Real Techniques are some of my favorite brushes. Since I tend to take a lot of weekend trips, I would love them in travel size! This set has 3 of my favorite brushes in it. I know I could get a whole face of makeup out of just these three babes.

Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Under $15 Sephora Collection All Access Glam Gold Silver Eye Face Palette

Sephora Collection All Access Glam Gold & Silver Eye and Face Palette- $15.00

A palette for only $15?! AND it includes eyeshadow and face products. It would be perfect for travel.

 

If you want to see more of my Holiday Gift Set Guide, check out any of the links below.

lips | face | nails | fragrance | skincare | sephora favorites | tarte | under $30 | nails 2 | $pendy

 



Beginner’s Guide to Bronzer, Blush, & Highlight (Video)

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Blush is my favorite part of makeup! It’s so bright and cheery and perks up your complexion so well. This video is a really simple intro into basic bronzer, blush, and highlight. Check out the video below and the links to the products below that.

Products Mentioned:

Guy Bourdin Pallete by NARS (See NEW Nars Holiday palette HERE.)
Naked Flushed Palette in Native by Urban Decay
168 Angled Contour Brush by MAC
Powder Brush by Real Techniques
Duo-Fiber Contour Brush by Real Techniques

If you want to see a Beginner’s Guide to Foundation, Concealer, and Powder, please click here.



Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014: $uper $pendy

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Just in case you have extra money laying all around, here are some great options for getting rid of it! All jokes aside, here are some awesome options for those of you who want to spoil yourself or get spendy for some loved ones this holiday season!

Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita Set

Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita Set- $225.00

I am just going to have to break down sometime soon and buy something by Charlotte Tilbury. She always ends up on my wish lists! This set has everything lovely and wonderful. This is at the top of my Super Spendy list for a very good reason.

Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Sigma Essentials Kit

Sigma Premium Kit- $217.00

Upgrade your brushes with a whole new kit. This one from Sigma has all the great basics, so it’s great for a beginner or for someone who wants to get some new brushes atop their vanity. If you aren’t feeling so spendy, try buying just the ones you need. Check out my Beginner’s Makeup Brush Kit.

Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Clarisonic & Kiehls Head to Toe Essentials Set

Clarisonic & Kiehl’s Head to Toe Essentials Kit- $225.00

The Clarisonic is a really fancy, highly effective cleaning tool by itself, but when paired with Kiehl’s, well…that’s a duo that can’t go wrong! Be prepared to spend a penny, but you won’t regret it.

Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Tarte Dream Come Hue 12 Piece Collector Set

Tarte Dream Come Hue 12 Piece Collector Set- $175.00

If not for the blushes alone, Tarte is an AWESOME brand. This set boasts 6 blushes and 6 lip products, all full size. Add some beautiful flush to your face and your pout…ugh, this set makes me feel poetic.

Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Kate Spade Metro Crystal Bezel Watch Straps Set

Kate Spade Metro Crystal Bezel Watch & Straps Set- $225.00

What better thing to be spendy on than a nice watch? This one is awesome because it includes a simple, nude leather strap and then BOOM, a super blingy strap for funzies. I love it! (And they have it in other colors too.) It’s basically like buying a two-for-one.

Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Joe Malone Tea Trousseau

Jo Malone Tea Trousseau- $695.00

I mean, if you’re getting spendy, you might as well go all out, right? Just kidding. I know this one is pretty far out there, but hey, it’s SPENDY! And I sure would love all these products as a gift! Unless I have a rich aunt I don’t know about, this one will just have to stay down here in the wishlist for never section. I can imagine the smells now…mmm..

 

If you want to see more of my Holiday Gift Set Guide, check out any of the links below.

lips | face | nails | fragrance | skincare | sephora favorites | tarte | under $30 | nails 2



Mani Monday: VIB Sale Picks

Monday, November 10th, 2014

The Sephora 20% off sale for VIB and VIB Rouge is still on, so instead of showing you my nails, today I am going to show you a few sets of polish you could pick up! (Also, maybe just a big, huge splurge at the end of the post. Enjoy, and happy shopping fellow makeup addicts!

Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Sephora VIB Sephora Formula X Paint Town
Formula X Paint the Town-$55.00

Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Sephora VIB butter LONDON Gilded Gears

Butter London Gilded Gears-$28.00

Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Sephora VIB Ciate Mini Manor Advent Calender

Ciate Mini Manor Advent Calendar-$60.00

Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Sephora VIB Deborah Lippmann Party Mix Nail Lacquer Set

Deborah Lippmann Party Mix Nail Lacquer Set-$55.00

Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Sephora VIB Nails Inc Autumn Winter Collection

Nails Inc Autumn Winter Collection-$13.00

Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Sephora VIB Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin

Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin-$50.00



My Picks for the Sephora VIB 20% OFF Sale (Starts TODAY!)

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

*It’s the mooost wonderful tiiiime of the YEAR!* (Said in my most sing-songy voice.)

For a few weeks now, I have been pre-gaming for the Sephora VIB 20% off sale. I’ve been adding things to my LOVES and to my cart and trying to get them riiiight up next to the amount my husband has pre-approved for me to spend. (That had magically been bumped up by $100 by pure projection alone.)

I’ve got my list at 13 things right now. I will actually be going into the store to shop for some instant gratification, but if the last few years I have shopped this sale have proven anything, it’s that most of the things I want will not be in store. SO I will buy what I can and then come home to order the rest online later.

Anyway, below is my “working list.” We will only know exactly what I bought after it’s all said and done. I could easily fill my cart up to $1000 and still ask for more. So it’s a lot of adding things in and taking other things out.

You won’t be able to click links on the picture, but I will include direct links to everything below to make it easy-peasy for you to find the products I’m planning on getting. If you need some other ideas, check out my Holiday Gift Guide 2014 posts!

Sephora VIB Sale Pre-Gaming

Nails Inc Autumn Winter Mini Gel Collection | Marc Jacobs Lolita Palette | Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette | Philosophy Fresh Cream Perfume | Fresh Mask Bar | Marc Jacobs Kiss Pop Lip Color
Buxom Mascara Bar | Philosophy Fresh Cream Shower Gel | Clinique Exclusive Nudes Palette | Origins Mini Mask Marvels
Nails Inc Gel Effect in Uptown | Caudalie Moisture Essentials Set



Beginner’s Guide to Applying Foundation, Concealer & Powder

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

This is my first in a four part series on how I apply my makeup. I can’t stress enough that I am not a professional, but I hope you get some help and encouragement from someone who isn’t a perfect makeup artist with a perfect, slim, smooth face.

This video is all about foundation, concealer, and powder. If you have any questions, please let me know! If you want to see where to get the products I’ve mentioned, you can always click the links below. Enjoy! (And subscribe to me on YouTube!)

 

Products Mentioned:

Moisturizer- Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer
Foundation Mentioned- Smashbox Halo in 1
Foundation Mentioned & Used- Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in 51
Foundation Mentioned- Boscia Light BB Cream
Foundation Brush- Sigma Round Top Kabuki F82
Concealer- Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
Concealer- Collection Lasting Perfection
Corrector- Bobbi Brown
Powder- Mineralize Skinfinish Powder in Medium
Powder Brush- Duo-Fiber Face Brush by Real Techniques

How to Apply Foundation Concealelr & Powder




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