August favorites

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: fantastic Sam’s curl defining creme
: ecotools bronzing brush
: elf studio gotta glow lip tint
: too faced chocolate soleil
: la girl pro concealer

I’ve used all these products this month and love them. What are your favorites?

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October 2014 Favorites

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Ok my five favorites for last month are as follows …

  • Younique Awake facial cleanser it is now called the Illuminate Clear. It now says it is for oily skin and when I don’t use it on my newly oily skin I can tell the difference. It retails for 39.00.
  • Fructis Garnia Flat Iron Protectant mist. This stuff is less expensive than the John Frieda I like and I think works better. Per the website… This powerful straightening mist with argan oil from Morocco protects your hair from the heat of your flat iron, while sealing in smoothness and shine for a lasting, sleek finish for 48 hours.
  • EcoTools Bronzing brush is awesome. I do not use it to bronze but for my setting powders. It is soft and thick. I have yet to have any shedding.
  • Ellis Faas foundation. This really is worth the 90.00 price tag. I am glad I picked it up in Dallas. It is a great satin finish and lasts about a good ten hours with a primer.
  • Covergirl Lip pencil. It is so soft and creamy.

What were your favorites for the month? Please share below.

GRWM: Interview time

I had a job interview two weeks ago. I found out yesterday I got it. YEAH!! Here is how I achieved a low key but glowy look. (all items purchased by me to use.. not sure if disclaimer needed or not :D)

The eyes: I can often go overboard (but fun) on my eye makeup. I wanted to go all natural so I used my usual base of Boots No7 Beautifully Matte (to control my oily lids) and Lorac eye primer. I then used my sample from ipsy of the Bareminerals 5 in 1 eye bb cream thing. I love it and I have tried several different cream naked like cream shadows. I then used an elf point brush and applied Naked2 from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette. I used my usual Tarte mousse on my eyebrows. I highlighted with my RMS Highlighter cream, Urban Decay whiskey for my waterline and tightline, and two kinds of mascara. LOreal original voluminous for first layer and Elizabeth Mott for the second layer.

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The Face: I went super simple. I primed with Benefit’s Porefessional. Applied It Cosmetics light BB Fluid foundation (LOVE IT) I set it with a sample of Silk Naturals Perfecting powder. No contour but did highlight with the RMS again. I used City Colors Be Matte Blush. I set it with Urban Decay’s All Nighter. I decided to use my new Ipsy Bareminerals lipstick and a lip pencil from Ipsy too by Starlooks. I used the three face brushes below. An Ecotools for the blush, Bareminerals for the powder, and the Shany foundation brush for … well the foundation 😀

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Viola… the end results! Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

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GRWM — High Maintenance Work Day Part Two.

We left off at the end of the  section with this look.

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To start with the face painting, I started with a new fave foundation. Smashbox Studio Skin 15 hour hydrating foundation. The color I use is 1.2 warm fair and retails for 42.00. I use Mac Fix +. It retails for 21.00 and the reason I dampen the brush if I feel it helps “meld” the foundation evenly into the skin. I haven’t really mentioned the brushes or prices of them much as I have a hodge podge of lower ended brand brushes. The one in the picture is the Sonia Kashuk synthetic flat top multipurpose brush that retails for 15.79.

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Next I attempt to brighten and conceal my under eye area. I used the new Bare Minerals concealer  (18.00) I bought in Bisque. This was the day using it and I am not sure how I feel about it yet. I use the BM flat concealer brush  (20.00) for it and then set it with the BM Well Rested powder (18.00) and their blending fluffier brush (18.00). I usually like a much more brighter color but I think it did what it should and mask the darkness. Boy I look grumpy in this picture. lol

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Back to the all over foundation….. As you can see the Smashbox Studio Skin gives me an even palette to color. This is the real reason for foundation. It is to smooth, blur, and mask life given imperfections. Next on this day, which makes it a high maintenance make up day, I use Bare Minerals foundation for added coverage as the studio skin is (in my opinion) a light coverage though I find it does last all day. It retails for 27.00 each but I got it at a great discount as part of the get ready kit. I blend two formulas and colors. I use Medium which is a cool darker color in original formula and blend with the warm yellow lighter color Golden Fair Matte formula. I used the BM Handi Kabuki Brush. It retails for 20.00. The brush is much better than the larger Kabuki but BM brushes really are not of good quality for the price. I find they shed and splay like crazy. I went out and bought brush guards for the few I have and it has helped the splaying and the brushes to help keep the integrity of the brush. Ok finally a half smile and I like how it gives the skin a natural glow without a huge make up looking difference.

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On this day I used NYX Mosaic  powder in Silk I got from an Ipsy bag (10.00 a month and I recommend even if the month is Meh, you still get something worth the money). The blush retails for  7.00. MAC MSF in lightscapade which retails for 30.00 and NYC bronzer in Sunny. It retails at different prices since a drugstore item but it is roughly 3.oo which is a total steal! I used the EcoTools Complexion blending brush from the Flawless Face Set. I have two of these sets as I got them on sale at half off last year when they were new. I love all the brushes in this kit and it retails for 14.99. I put the MAC on forehead above my eyebrows, down my nose bridge, my cupids bow, and chin. Then I use the bronzer on my upper forehead and temples then on my lower cheek area and jawline. I finish with the blush along my cheek bone into my hairline. I do it all with the one brush. I am not sure if the picture does it justice.

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I set all the face steps with BM Mineral Veil with the large Kabuki Brush I mentioned above. I don’t think this is an exceptional setting powder but I am using it while I have it as it come in the starter kit as well.

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I finish the look with a lip product, mascara, and eye brow mascara tamer. For my lips day I used my newest lip item a crayon from Be A Bombshell in Hot Damn, It retails for 14.00 but I got it in my Ipsy bag. I love the color and it is a nice matte formula which I was not expecting. I love this Two Faced mascara in Better Than Sex. I just wish it wasn’t 23.00 as I just can’t justify that price tag for a mascara. Click on the link to see how thick and shaped the wand is. I don’t think the formula is special but I love that wand. I am going to keep the wand when this runs out and see if I can use it on other less costly formulas. The other item is a brown mascara but I use it on my eyebrows. I wish I had gotten more when I saw them on sale at walmart. It is I think  brand called Geo Girl??? But not sure.

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Here is the final look. I wish I would have smiled but I think I didn’t realize I wasn’t 😦 I am frowning at that. lol

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I hope you enjoyed this series. I liked doing it and might make it a monthly feature.

Thanks for stopping by and any questions just leave below!

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Birthday makeup.

I have been meaning to do a separate post about my makeup I did on my birthday. Since I did special makeup for Halloween I want to feature I better get this up first .

Here is the before with wet hair and clean face.

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After… I went with a smokey red look or at least attempted.

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Products used:

Face Prep:

Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence

Lumene Vitamin C Radiance Day Cream SPF 15

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

Foundation and Concealer:

M.A.C. Mineralize Moisture SPF 25 Foundation NC15

Sephora Foundation Tan (no longer available online)

M.A.C Pro Longwear Concealer — NC20

Powder:

Tarte Off the Cuff Amazonian Clay Palette — used Park Ave Princess for bronzer and Dollface for blush

Laura Geller Baked Vanilla Highlighter in T Zone and under eyes

Eyes:

Boots no7 Beautifully Matte Make Up Base — primer first layer

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray — Primer Second layer

NYX Eye Shadow Base — White third layer

la Femme Pressed Eyeshadow — Red on lid

Milani Baked Shadow — I heart you in crease

Sephora Collection Prisma Chrome collection — Silver Taupe in outer V

Benefit’s Watts up on brow bone

L’Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Liner — (HG to me) Black in water line bottom and top

L’Oreal Lineur Intense Liquid Liner on top

Salon Perfect Defining Brow Palette 

Lips:

Urban Decay Lip Pencil — Ozone

OCC Lip Tar Mini — in NSFW

Brushes:

Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Brush for foundation

EcoTools Set — I use all these I love them so much I have two sets. Gotta love a half off sale. 😀

So to the best of my ability this is what all I remember using. I loved the results for sure!

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