August favorites


: 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?


GRWM Christmas party part two face

I wanted a bold lip and everything else soft. This is part two if finishing the look. To start off I use a square cotton pad and Kiehls eye treatment to clean up my under eye and additional moisture. I then used my Graftobian palatte and Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in number SX05 and SX10 for a contouring base. I used this eco tools face and body brush but I spritzed MAC Mineralized Charged Water Revitalizing energy.

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Here is what it looks like applied before blending along with the colors and brush used.

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And all blended. Can you see the slight contouring effect?

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I then used my sample of Just pure minerals to set my under eye concealer.

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I then added the Revlon cream blush I got for 75% off at CVS. I then mixed my two Bare minerals colors to buff into the skin and add another layer of coverage.

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Next is the time for powder illuminating, bronzing, and setting the foundation application.

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Now I have started loving finishing my looks with some more of the MAC Mineral Water,

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Does it look less powdery? In person I feel it did. The finishing touches of course are Mascara, eyebrow setting, and the added pop of a dark shimmery lip. This is OCC’s black Dahlia and Black Metal Dahlia, If you had to choose which one to get I would the metal. I only have the other one as it came in a kit. I feel like it makes me look tired in the eyes but I don’t think I was??? lol

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I ran out of time to curl my hair but the products I put in my hair helped tame it to where I was ok with wearing it as is. If you are interested in seeing how the look lasted or looked throughout the party please see my other blog post here. 

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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.

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