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MAKE UP FOR EVER ULTRA HD FOUNDATION

That’s probably the biggest question I get when it comes to MAKE UP FOR EVER’s cult favorite foundation, Ultra HD. HD stands for High Definition, which you typically see when shopping for a TV or camera. As of recently, Ultra HD has come out and that basically stands for 4k technology. To sum it up in a nutshell, this means there is a lot more pixels with video + camera which means CRISP AND CLEAR images! As a way to keep up with this, MAKE UP FOR EVER launched the Ultra HD Foundation which was specifically designed and formulated to give medium-full coverage without the heaviness. This helps it appear more natural on videos + pictures since they now pick up even more details than ever before.

Why would this matter to you as an everyday gal? Well, firstly, if you’re having your photo taken (this includes selfies ladies!) then why not wear something that flatters you? In addition, a large sum of people now film themselves (hello YouTube!) and want to appear as flawless as possible. But how does this serve you if you’re looking for an everyday foundation?

| I am using Ultra HD Foundation in R250 with an Artisan #108 + #126 brush to apply and blend. |

Think about it this way… the clearest and most crisp image we will ever see of a person is when we are FACE TO FACE with them! Do you want your people to look at your face, or your foundation? Hmm…face, please! With the super light-weight feel, it is also extremely comfortable to wear everyday. It honestly feels like you are wearing very minimal makeup.

The best news of it all is that Ultra HD is wearable for ALL skin types! The special hyaluronic spheres it has in its formulation helps keep your skin hydrated, but not oily. This is essential for a natural finish to any look since skin naturally as a slight sheen to it. There are also 40 shades to choose from, ranging in cool (Y-yellow) and warm (R-red) tones. You’ll find the first letter in front of the number of your shade. For example, my shade is R250 which is a warmer, aka red, toned formula. Finding your shade can be tricky if you don’t feel experienced enough to do so, so visit a MAKE UP FOR EVER boutique or Sephora to get color matched and be sure to try at LEAST three shades before choosing one! Also keep in mind that most people can wear more than one foundation shade and get away with it, so keep your options open depending on what you feel compliments your skin the best.

My other essentials in addition to wearing the Ultra HD Foundation are featured in the photograph above. I begin by prepping my skin with the Ultra HD Skin Booster to deliver additional hydration to my seriously dry skin! I absolutely noticed a big difference when using this and highly recommend it to anybody with dry skin. Follow up with the booster, I use the Ultra HD concealer in Y23 underneath my eyes to brighten and even out further. I finish up by dusting and setting with a powder. The one featured here is the Ultra HD Pressed Powder in 01. Finally, the last step is to spray and set with Mist & Fix aka the best setting spray I have ever used. This one is a true setting spray and there hasn’t been another than has completely set my makeup the way this does! My favorite brushes for foundation that are featured are the Artisan Brushes #126 (big fluffy brush) #108 (large flat brush) & #144 (small fluffy flat brush). 

 

 

 

Products, Skin Care

FIVE STAPLES FOR SKIN CARE

It’s no secret that a great base (aka clear skin) makes a perfect canvas for makeup. It’s why cosmetic marketing almost always chooses the model with the already perfect skin to show a flawless finish. But what if you don’t have perfect skin?

This has always been a subject that comes up during my consultations with clients when it comes to makeup. They often are on the hunt for a foundation that gives the most coverage, but still appears natural. More often than not, when I ask what their skincare routine is, there is none. None at all! Sometimes, maybe the bare minimum, or the guilty soul who maybe takes a makeup wipe to her face if she has enough energy at the end of the day. My point? Skin care is important.

Although it is best to use several different products for different things (vitamin serums, toners, anti aging products) it can certainly be overwhelming. The truth is, what may work for me may not necessarily be your holy grail product. Each individual has different skin and different issues to tackle. What’s best is to start with a simple routine with quality products that will help you begin your skin care journey somewhere. If you already have an established regimen, then this will give you a glimpse into mine! If not, you can take inspiration or interest in the brands I mention. I suggest to also seek a sample or purchase a travel size to have a trial run so you can observe your skins response to the products.



I love this one because it is the perfect cleansing product that I used after I take my makeup off. The biggest key to proper makeup removal is using a makeup remover first then using a cleanser, such as this one, to cleanse your skin and remove residue. If you just simply use a cleanser to remove your makeup, you’re just spreading it all around and also over using product that will have you running out fairly quick. This specific cleanser removes it all but does not dry my skin out after doing so.

 

 

I have quite the combination of skin. My T-zone (the center of the face: forehead, nose, upper lip which resembles the letter T) is very oily and can barely keep any makeup in place while the rest of my face is dry. Since a majority of my skin suffers from dryness I tend to prefer extra hydrating products to keep my skin dewy and fresh. This specific moisurizer delivers amazing results when it comes to this! Products made with rose or rose water are usually hydrating but can often times be much too strong in fragrance. This moisturizer thankfully does not have that artificial smell to it which makes it extra easy for me to love! I highly recommend the Rose line from Fresh if you have similar concerns.

 

I love using face masks. It’s the perfect thing to do when you’re chilling and feel like doing something good… without much effort. The Sephora masks have been on my love-list lately because they’re affordable ($6) and work amazing. I use the Lotus monthly because as stated before I have pretty dry skin. The mask has this almost rubber-like texture to it that is loaded up with skin care. It feels so nice and refreshing! Best thing afterwards too? You don’t have to wash it off. You just take it off then massage the residue into your skin.

 

 

The most important tool for skin care is something that will properly remove any residue from dirt, makeup or oils. Hands are great, but sometimes it isn’t enough. As a makeup artist and someone who at times wears a full face of makeup, I need to know that everything will come off at night. The Clarisonic absolutely ensures that everything is removed which then helps my skin care to penetrate better when used after cleansing. I cannot LIVE without this product! So dramatic, right? The first time I ever used this, I understood what the hype was about. There may be knock off brands and cheaper alternatives, but I absolutely believe that Clarisonic is the best of them all! I have loved my results for years and have used this for almost 10 years!

This specific moisturizer helps so much with stubborn dry skin. I love to apply it after my skin is cleansed and my toner has been applied. A little bit goes a long way so there’s no need to waste product! This was a professional skin care line I used while in my esthetician course and instantly fell in love. It can be somewhat difficult to find so you can shop it by clicking on the image or if you have a license in beauty you can purchase it at Salon Centric.

Which one will you be trying? Let me know in the comments!

Makeup, Tutorial

FESTIVAL INSPIRED MAKEUP TUTORIAL

I’ve been so inspired lately by all of the pops of color in festival makeup. My favorite style has been neutral eyeshadow tones added with little bits of turquoise and yellow shades. My inspiration for this look I created was based around a bohemian color palette.

All products used in this tutorial are by MAKE UP FOR EVER. Enjoy this fun and festive look!

Face Products:
Ultra HD Stick Foundation in Y335
Sculpting Kit #2
Pro Fusion #2

Lips:
Aqua Lip Pencil #3
Artist Rouge C103

Brows:
Pro Sculpting Brow #40

Eyes:
Wet Makeup in Turquoise for splatter
Artist Shadows –
ME400 (Yellow), M738 (Auburn), M636 (Cappuccino),

 

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3 BUDGET BEAUTY LOVES

Being on a budget is tough when you’re constantly tempted by advertisements or reviews in regards to beauty products that most would consider a luxury purchase. When it comes to beauty, it’s no secret that sometimes you really do get what you pay for. The great news is that the trend of makeup has spiked up these past several years (thanks to YouTube + Instagram!) so most affordable beauty brands have stepped their game up. What once was difficult to find in a drugstore has now easily been duped by many affordable brands.

I wanted to share budget friendly beauty products that are a steal since they work so amazing! I do still believe certain items should be purchased from a high-end quality brand, such as foundations and powders. These products sit on your face all day and if you have troubled skin or worry about clogging your pores, you want something that has quality ingredients. Not only that but most tend to have better finishes, last longer and have a better color selection. But what I think you can cheapen up on? Just about everything else! This can be concealers, lipsticks, eyeliners and certain blushes or bronzers. Again, brands these days have truly produced great products that they keep at reasonable prices.

    • First up is the Maybeline Dark Circles Correcting concealer. This one is no surprise since it has heavily been raved about by plenty of makeup gurus across social media. It’s definitely for a reason! I love the coverage you get using this product and it absolutely helps with correction underneath the eyes. The packaging is also very convenient as it has a sponge tip applicator which is used to tap where you need it.
      • Second up is the Creme Shop brushes. Buying quality brushes can get super expensive. When you’re working on building your collection and need several options to choose from, these are great! I personally am in love with their marble brush set since it’s also aesthetically pleasing! I tend to use their brushes for powder blushes, powder highlighters, detailing with concealer and for contour. I have not found these brushes to shed at all and I have been using them on the daily for almost a year!
        • Thirdly is NYX Mat Bronzer. I have been using this for YEARS and to this day it is still my absolute favorite bronzer that I use to contour with. No matter what high-end brand I have played with, this one tops them all in my opinion. A little bit goes a long way and instantly gives you cheekbones!

         

What are your favorite budget beauty products? Share them with me in the comments below!


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10 MAKEUP PRODUCTS I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT

You know that question everyone likes to ask… “If you were deserted on an island and you could only take –insert whatever number amount- makeup products with you, what would they be?”

I would like to hope that I don’t ever have to worry about that. How’s a girl supposed to choose?! Well… I’m thinking of this list as an extended version of that question. My holy grail makeup products that no matter what (an apocalypse, deserted island, you know…), I would absolutely have these on me. All jokes aside, these truly are the products that I have fallen in love with and left their beauty mark on my heart. I find it is easy for me to buy something, use maybe half of it, then forget about it completely at the bottom of my makeup collection until I stumble upon it months later. For me to completely use something, several times even, and continuously have to purchase it to restock is definitely a miracle (and a must have product!)

* 10 MAKEUP PRODUCTS I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT *

  1. Kat Von D – Lock-It Foundation (shade Light 45 Neutral)
    When it comes to complexion products, I’m extra selective! I’ve been really loving the KVD foundation for months now. The formula is extra nice for anyone who struggles with foundation that lasts. I see a semi-matte finish almost instantly after applying with a smooth finish. I really love this foundation! If you’re interested but still unsure how it will work with your skin (I have combination skin) then grab a sample at your local Sephora.
  2. Smashbox High Definition concealer (shade Fair)
    I believe I am going on 6 years of using this under eye concealer! I love that it is an oil free concealer since I suffer from a very oily T-zone. In addition, I love the brightening finish that the shade Fair gives me. This has been an all time favorite of mine and it offers medium coverage but is build-able to full if needed.
  3. Too Faced Cosmetics Hangover Primer
    Although I suffer from an oily T-zone, I also suffer from very dry skin on the outer parts of my face and forehead area. This has been extremely tricky for me to juggle since I need both mattifying and hydrating products. The Too Faced primer comes in handy because it is an ultra hydrating primer that has coconut water (mmm, yes!) and is silicone free (my skin hates silicone based primers). This is the ultimate drink of water for your skin prep!
  4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow (shade Dark Brown & Ebony)
    It’s no secret that this is my love of all eyebrow products (and everyone else’s!) when it comes to a long-wear and flawless application. I love Dipbrow because it comes in a pot where I don’t have to squeeze product out, it applies onto skin perfectly when it comes to adding volume to brows and because it gives a soft and subtle or dramatic and snatched look depending on what you’re feeling for the day!
  5. Sephora Perfection Mist Nude Glow
    This is a newer product but I am already obsessed after using it a handful of times. The main purpose of this product that comes in a spray can is to add a natural glow to your skin. You mist the product all over and it adds a dewy finish that lasts. This is especially beautiful applied to the collarbones and shoulder blades! I most of the time prefer a dewy glow when it comes to my end result of my makeup so this comes in handy.
  6. NYX Lipliner pencil (shade 802 Brown)
    For almost 7 years straight I have been using this specific lip pencil with almost every lipstick I wear. I luckily bought this in bulk so that I would never run out and be without it! This truly is my favorite brown lip pencil and I carry it with me in my purse, my makeup collection, my bathroom drawer, my car…you get the picture. It’s is also extremely affordable! I usually wear this pencil with a combination of a nude lipstick blended in.
  7. MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Stretch mascara
    I’m not one to usually splurge on mascaras, drug store works perfectly fine for me, but the MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Stretch mascara changed my thoughts completely. This specific mascara is a lengthening product that has a rubber wand (which I normally dislike!). After using this, I instantly saw the difference in the length of my lashes and noticed extreme ease when working to separate my lashes. I always get asked if I am wearing lash extensions when I have this applied!
  8. The Creme Shop Lashes (wispy’s are my fave!)
    Another brand I have used for years is The Creme Shop! Their lashes are the best, human hair, and again, extremely affordable! I wear their wispy lashes and tend to stack them on top of each other when I am feeling a more dramatic look. The best thing? The band is super thin! This means no liner is needed as the band is clear and the wear is incredibly comfortable! …They also have some adorable marble handled makeup brushes that are to die for!
  9. Too Faced Cosmetics Chocolate Palette
    My everyday go-to eyeshadow palette is the Chocolate palette because it has a mixture of warm tones for a natural or smoky look. It is usually the first eyeshadow palette I grab on the daily because all the essentials are there! I tend to sometimes use the large lighter shimmer shadow as a highlight too!
  10. MAKE UP FOR EVER Diamond Powder (shade #11)
    Anything that sparkles is usually what I am attracted to on the eyes. The Diamond powder is not just any ordinary glitter. It is finely milled so that it is softer and subtle rather than chunky and heavy. The shade #11 is a beautiful rose gold tone and looks beautiful on a bare lid or layered on top of an eyeshadow. Trust me, you want to check these sparkles out!Do we share any similar makeup must haves or am I missing on something that is an ultimate life changer!?
    Let me know in the comments below!

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KAT VON D’s SHADE + LIGHT REVIEW

        Kat Von D has been an inspiration to many, including myself, for years. When she first began her makeup line she showed unique and creative packaging that has always been my personal favorite. Alongside such exquisite  packaging, her quality of product itself has been one that has had me coming back for more!
        My first KVD beauty products were the Vampira lip stain (a cult fave) and the tattoo liner. The Vampira lip stain offers my favorite finish, matte. It is also a long wear which requires minimal touch ups. This shade itself is a very deep red but there is a much larger selection of colors if you’re on the look out for something else. The tattoo liner is a marker-like eyeliner. This has truly been the ONLY marker liner to date that does not crease on me! I always loved the simplicity of opening a marker and drawing my winged liner but the creasing always drove me nuts and never made it a go to item for me. This is why the tattoo liner holds a special place in my beauty bag… being a waterproof formula, I never have to worry about this product moving.
        With that being said, Kat Von D was so kind enough to send these amazing new products to me! I feel so honored and so excited to use these! They are the Shade + Light eyeshadow quads and Lock-It Color Correcting eye shadow primers. The eyeshadow quads make it incredibly easy to know exactly where to apply each shade if you’re a beginner at makeup or feel overwhelmed by how many steps there can be.
 
Shade + Light
The shadow pay off is very pigmented, easy to blend and has a really smooth feel to it! I swatched the four special shades from each palette, using the Lock-It shadow primer in fair underneath as a base. The packaging, as usual, is super nice! The palettes feel really light to carry and have a coffin shape to them. I especially love the mirror detailing on the inside which ties up the entire design of the palette.
Shade+Light Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Eyeshadows
Shade+Light swatches
In addition to the new eyeshadow quads KVD Beauty came out with Lock-It Color Correcting eyeshadow primers! There are 5 different shades from light to dark. The product is a twist up creamy pencil stick. The bottom that shows the products shade is removable, exposing a sharpener that you can use to keep your pencil primer sharp. The formula has a skin like appearance and dries down quickly as a waterproof formula. This is especially great for those who suffer with creasing or oily lids. An eyeshadow primer will allow your shades to apply smoother, much more vibrant and last you the entire day without creasing or moving. I love that there are a different variety of shades! A little tip, the darkest shade on a fair or medium complexion can act as a deeper shadow base to allow for an easier smokey eye makeup!
Lock It Color Correcting Primer
Last but not least!!! There is also a double ended eyeshadow brush that comes in a sister-like packaging to the Shade+Light quads. For collectors or those who like to display their makeup on a tray, this is such a lovely piece. It’s especially easy for travel or a way to carry your shading brush for touch ups during the day. One side is a medium dome shape and the other a pencil brush. These are great options for defining the crease, smoking your shadow underneath the eyes or honestly even using as a concealer brush for under the eyes! 
Kat Von D Eyeshadow Brush Kat Von D Makeup
Special thanks to Kat Von D Beauty for sending me these beautiful products to try! I hope it helped you in deciding on your next trip to Sephora where you can find these products and more by Kat Von D!
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LUST FOR LIQUID LIPS

MY TOP MUST HAVE NUDES

 

It isn’t anything new… liquid lipsticks. Everybody has their hands on at least one liquid lippie and it seems like every single brand on the planet is continuously coming out with them, right? I think the biggest challenge over these years has truly been finding the ones that feel just right. Not too drying, not too flakey… it has taken tons of testing from so many to narrow the search down to the best formulas! I think the trickiest of all has been for those who love nude lips. For today’s topic I have put together a list of my favorite nudes from several different brands that live up to the hype of liquid lipstick.

1. Incendio Beauty | Amulet
    This brand is owned + created by one of my lovely friends Donna. She did such an incredible job formulating these liquid lipsticks! They have easily become one of my favorites and the shade Amulet is one that you’ll catch me wearing on the daily. It feels very comfortable on the lips, dries down smooth, and most importantly stays on all day without budging or flaking off! For any ladies who love witchy brands, give Incendio Beauty a peek on Instagram and their website!

2. Sephora Beauty #32 Nude Blush
      Sephora’s cream lip stains have always been my favorites. Not only do they wear very well but they are the most affordable!  This seems to be the only true nude that I have come across when it comes to a liquid lippie. I love how light this shades finish is. They are also very comfortable to wear and I own several different shades with no regrets! They recently re-did their entire line of these and this is from the newest launch.

3. Kylie Cosmetics Dirty Peach
      It was definitely hard to not give into purchasing the Kylie liquid lipsticks. After all, she’s known for her lips, right? I’ve tried a handful of other shades from her line but this shade has been the one I’ve gone back to every time. I love to pair this with the lip pencil is comes with or a deeper brown lip liner. This does tend to fade a bit throughout the day, however the finish it leaves when it does is really nice and I often get compliments on it most when it has!

4. MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Liquid Lip #101
     Another amazing formula, MAKE UP FOR EVER launched 6 neutral shades of liquid lipstick. This is definitely an upgrade from their original liquid lipstick formula Aqua Rouge, which is a waterproof formula and can be quite drying if you reapply or have dehydrated lips. The color selection is beautiful and #101 is the first and lightest shade from the collection. I will say… I have applied this liquid lipstick, then decided to brush my teeth (I’m strange, I know…) and the liquid lip was STILL on! This one has the highest staying power out of all of them for me and has more of a velvet finish which is ultra comfortable.

5. Lime Crime Diamond Crusher in DOPE
     So this isn’t a matte finish, but it is a liquid lip and it does dry down completely. The Diamond Crusher collection has a beautiful range of different sparkley colors that instantly change the finish of any lipstick you’re wearing. This adds a unique finish and might I add, they smell AMAZING! This was one of the lighter shades that I love to wear in combination with Incendio Beauty’s Amulet shade.

What are your favorite liquid lipstick formula’s you think I should try?
Leave a comment below to let me know!