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makeup monday // refined romance

Lorac Refined Romance

Hello and happy makeup monday! I’ve missed you. I went to the Nordstrom sale a few weeks ago and came across Lorac’s Refined Romance Eye/Cheek Palette. I love it and am so obsessed with it. I’ve been using it everyday since I got it! My favorite out of the whole palette is the Gold Shimmer eye shadow {i know surprise, surprise}.  The gold shimmer is so  perfect for that summer bronze glow.  I also love the shimmer highlighters – I use it for my upper cheeks and nose to give that subtle highlight. It’s the best and color palette is truly romantic. The best part is that this palette is retails for $18. That is amazing for a palette. GO GET IT NOW!  Here is a glimpse of the colors….

Lorac Refined Romance

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makeup monday // Becca X Jaclyn Hill

Becca x Jaclyn HillOn June 16th Beauty enthusiasts will be so happy to get their hands on the new Becca x Jaclyn Hill palette. A limited-edition, iconic face palette, featuring five shades of highlighter and blush—in collaboration with Jaclyn Hill, creator of the original Champagne Pop. Champagne pop is major.  Champagne Pop is a limited edition shade of BECCA’s Shimmering Skin Perfector, which is a cult favorite product among beauty fans.

Becca x Jaclyn Hill

It’s really true – I’ve tried Champagne Pop and I ABSOLUTELY Love it. A month ago, I got a beauty alert about this special palette. I ordered it immediately and I’m glad I did because it sold out. I’ve been using the palette for a couple of weeks and I love the shimmer and love the colors. I was so eager to use it that I swiped my brushes across the colors before taking photographs.  This palette gives you all the glow you could want—all in one place.  Here is a glimpse….

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makeup monday // shade + light

Kat Von D Shade and LightIt’s Monday! Happy makeup monday!  Today I want to talk about Kat Von D’s Shade and Light Palette. I’m obsessed with this palette. I’m usually a shimmer and sparkle girl when it comes to the eyes but I’m really drawn to this palette. It’s an all matte palette and quite versatile.  I love the neutrals and how this palette goes both cool and warm. Last week I went to this event and I really wanted a sultry, rock smokey eye and my eye shadow collection consisted of greys and blacks in all shimmer. Then I met the Kat Von D palette and I loved all the matte neutrals which helped me build and layer the perfect smokey eye! One thing to note about this palette is that it’s a little “dusty”.  The texture is quite soft and may get a little messy. The pigment is great though you just have to be gentle with your shade and light palette. Love and must have. Here is a glimpse of more of the Shade and Light palette…

Kat Von D Shade and Light

Kat Von D Shade and Light

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makeup monday // man bun

man bun

Hello and Happy makeup monday!  This is the day we talk beauty & hair. I always love to talk about my latest beauty discoveries and all the makeup and hair trends. Speaking of trends, Google’s 2015 Beauty Trends report “man bun” topped the search results for the year.  So 2015 is officially the year of the man bun. Here is a glimpse of man bun inspiration…

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{images via Pinterest}

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makeup monday // lashes in a box

Lashes in a BoxHello. Happy Makeup Monday. Beauty talk was on a little hiatus, but now it’s back and can’t wait to share my latest beauty love!  If you know me, you know that I’m obsessed with lashes. There is just something about lashes that really wakens and enhances the eyes. I’ve tried all types of lashes – all styles. My new favorite is LASHES IN A BOX. Love the packaging for one (you know I’m a sucker for chic packaging}. LASHES IN A BOX offers several styles with 10 pairs per box.  It’s definitely a luxury line where quality isn’t sacrificed.

lashes in a box

My favorite set from LASHES IN A BOX is No. 17. I love the wispy quality.  No.17 is all about 100% handmade full wispies – 20 piece set that features all-around natural length and full volume. I’m so in love!

LASHES IN A BOXYou must try LASHES IN A BOX!

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makeup monday // too faced soul mates

Too Faced Soul Mates

Happy makeup monday! Makeup Monday is back. I took a little break from beauty reporting because I have been working on so many fabulous projects!  On this Monday, I started the day early and went to breakfast and did a little window shopping. I came across these very adorable bronzers from Too Faced called Soul Mates.  What drew me to this was the cute packaging and the names. Oh the names of these bronzer duos – Ross & Rachel and Carrie & Big. Love and adore!

Too Faced - Soul Mates

Love Too Faced makeup especially for their packaging.  I would describe it as unapologetic glamour and femininity. Soul Mates Blush Bronzer comes in the two palettes – Ross & Rachel and Carrie & Big, which are a mix of a contour and a pop of color and a little shimmer. I haven’t tried these palettes, but the packaging (and names) had me at hello!  Here is a glimpse of these lovely palettes…

Too Faced Soul Mates

Too Faced Soul Mates

Too Faced Soul Mates

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makeup monday // face rules

face rules

face rules 101…

Yes, there is a specific order to putting on you FACE makeup. Here is a little guide to makeup application.

PRIMER

This probably is an obvious one.  You must prime your skin before anything else. Primer allows foundation to glide on more easily and helps set the base so your makeup sets better and smoother. It also controls issues like redness and pore size.  If you apply Primer first, your make up stays on longer and it smooths the skin prior to foundation.

FOUNDATION

Foundation follows primer. Pick your favorite foundation {liquid, creme, mousse, etc} that closely matches your skin color and apply to the face to create even, uniform color to your complexion.

CONCEALER

Concealer after foundation. If you have a blemish, apply concealer over your foundation. This makes sense because you don’t want to apply concealer before foundation because you will just be disrupting the areas you want to conceal because foundation will smudge that area and basically waste the products.  Concealing is more concentrated so apply only to certain areas – eyes, blemishes, etc.

CONTOURING + HIGHLIGHTING

These two go hand in hand.  If you are into contouring + highlighting, then this stage is where it’s at.  If you don’t contour, then skip right on to the powder.  Always go a few shades darker for contour and a few shades lighter for highlighting and apply to the specific areas of the face to make “skinny face”. See earlier post for contour map

POWDER

Save the powder until the end. Powder sets the makeup and prevents oil + shine. No one wants a shiny face.  It’s basically the icing to the cake. It completes the face. After powder is applied, don’t apply anything shiny or with a consistency of liquid. That is where you get “cakey” makeup and that’s no good.

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