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Monday, July 28, 2014

Easy Blue Glitter Gradient Tutorial

Fab news - +ipsy and POP Beauty selected me as 1 of 20 people to participate in their Ipsy Pop Star Contest! They sent me a package of POP products to play with and create any look my makeup-lovin' heart desired. Inspired by a trio of gradient glitters, I decided to create a sparkly winged liner - perfect as the summer months begin to wind down. While it might look time-intensive, it's actually pretty simple when you have a few tips on your side. Get the step-by-step in the video above!

Products Used:

  • POP Shade Duet in Matte Ivory + Soft Creme
  • POP Pure Pigments in Matte Ivory & Metallic Blue
  • INGLOT Duraline
  • POP Brow Shape and Shade
  • POP Triple Glitter in Tropical Temptation
  • it Cosmetics Celebration Foundation
  • it Cosmetics Waterproof Bye Bye Undereye Concealer
  • POP BB Lip Balm in Watermelon
  • POP Blush Beam in Bare Beam
  • POP Peak Performance Macsara

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Complete Physician's Formula Bronzer Overview

Bronzers Mentioned:

  • Shimmer Strip Miami Strip Healthy Glow Bronzer
  • Shimmer Strip All-in-One Custom Nude Palette
  • Nude Wear Glowing Nude Powder
  • Nude Wear Glowing Nude Bronzer
  • Beauty Balm BB Bronzer
  • Airbrushing Bronzing Veil
  • Glow-Boosting Sun Stones
  • Glow-Boosting Pressed Powder
  • Mineral Airbrushing Powder
  • Glow & Mood Boosting 2-in-1 Bronzer & Blush
  • Cashmere Wear Ultra-Smoothing Bronzer
  • Glow-Boosting Season to Season Bronzer
  • Radiant Bronzing Powder

Monday, July 21, 2014

Review, Swatches & Demo: NYX Suede Collection

While taking a stroll down the aisles of ULTA the other day, I spotted NYX's newest addition - the Suede Collection. With an assortment of 8 shades for $12, this limited edition palette is full of gem tones - perfect for sultry nighttime looks for the summer, or a daytime look in the fall. While there aren't the matte or satin finish I would have imaged with a name like "suede", there are some finely milled pearls that border on metallic when layered and worn over primer, and even the occasional gold glitter! Each shadow is ultra-smooth and applies with awesome pigmentation - even without a primer - and the range of shades lends the palette to creating everything from a subtle, bronzed look, to a deep, sultry eye. For $12, I highly recommend it! Just remember: it's limited edition, so get it while you can! 

Watch the video below for a quick tutorial using these silky suede shades!

NYX Suede Collection

NYX Suede Collection | Top Row

NYX Suede Collection | Bottom Row

Friday, July 18, 2014

3-in-1 Tutorial: LORAC Pro Palette 2

Products Used + Reviews:

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Review & Demo: Maybelline Dream Wonder Foundation

There's a new kid on the drugstore block! Maybelline launched a new foundation within their summer collection that promises to provide flawless coverage as it fuses to your skin for a second-skin feel.

Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation comes with .67 fl. oz. of products in a minimalistic glass bottle - I love it when brands skimp on superfluous packaging! The consistency is thinner than most liquid foundations, and comes with a tapered dipstick to dispense product. Given the consistency, I would have liked to see a pump dispenser since product has a tendency to drip and spill when using the tapered applicator. I've found the easiest way to dispense it is to apply a good amount to the back of a clean hand and use a brush to apply it to my face from there. Watch the video above for a complete demo!

Despite dispensing as a liquid, it dries to a powder with a somewhat matte/satin finish and provides medium coverage with a little bit of layering. Trying to reach a fuller coverage resulted in a streaky, powdery finish sooner than I could build up the coverage. Those who love to let natural features in their complexion, like freckles or naturally rosy cheeks, will love it! However if you are a full-coverage girl, you'll probably want to skip this one.

While there was some noticeable wear over the course of a day, I noticed it wore away without clinging to dry spots or becoming excessively shiny in others. Not terrible, but not great!

While this foundation wasn't for me (I prefer fuller coverage and more longevity), those that want to subtly even out their skin tone and have a combination or oily skin type might love this!

Did you think Maybelline's new foundation was a Dream Wonder? Tell me in the comments!

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