So 2016 is already flying by, and it's pretty terrifying. I don't think I've had one chance to catch my breath! I've been pretty slow moving on new makeup trends, but hopefully once spring rolls around I'll get out of that winter slump and start trying new things again. As for February, I've got a couple of favorites that have been in rotation, but for the most part there hasn't been anything too exciting. One thing I have been very into is skincare, and I just talked about my routine so go give that a read if you're interested.
The rediscovery...Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
After running out of my beloved Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer, I wanted to try something cheap so I wasn't always dishing out $30 on a concealer I use quickly. While perusing the aisles of Walgreens I stumbled upon the Maybelline concealer, which I remembered using and enjoying a few years back. It's not quite as good as the Nars option, but for a cheap one, it offers pretty good coverage and works to cover multiple concerns, like dark circles and acne marks. It's also very creamy and hydrating, which is nice for the winter because it doesn't emphasize dry patches.
The unexpected one...Clinique Superprimer Universal
I tried out a mini size of this primer, and I didn't expect myself to like it because I had never heard that many great things, but I was pleasantly surprised. It doesn't do a whole lot, but it smooths over everything to make your skin look a little more even. It also helps makeup to last a bit longer. I'd say this would work best for months other than winter, because it's not as hydrating as I'd want for my current dry skin, but it still works.
The oldie but goodie...Maybelline The Falsies Mascara
This is such a great, classic mascara. I'm pretty sure everyone has used it and raved about it at some point in their lives. It has this amazing combination of volumizing, lengthening, and separating/defining, which is basically the holy trinity of mascara. It also holds up all day without flaking or doing anything weird, and it's super cheap. Sounds like a win to me.
The new find...Essie Fishnet Stockings
My wonderful mother sent me this nail polish for Valentine's Day. It's is a deep red, which is a shade that's right up my alley. Even in the summer, I'm all about dark blues, deep purples, and near-black shades. This one does not disappoint, and I'll be sure to wear it all year round.
What did you love in February?
I've been pretty happy with my skincare regime as of late, and this is the first time that's ever happened. I don't use a ton of products, mainly because I've found that simpler usually equals better. For many years I struggled with my oily/combo skin, and all of these products work well with that type, but also help to hydrate dry winter skin. Just know, if you're in a rough patch with your skin, it will get better! All you need to do is find the proper products that suit your type.
I used to use cleansers that were marketed towards oily skin, but tended to strip it of any natural moisture or oils. Now, I enjoy using gentle cleansers that don't make my skin feel bone dry. The First Aid Beauty Cleanser is perfect for that. It's a foaming cleanser that removes dirt and oils, but somehow hydrates my skin at the same time. Because I have blemish prone skin, I like to alternate that one with The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Cool & Creamy Face Wash. This one is amazing for preventing and stopping pimples, as well as fading dark spots and overall evening skin tone. After using this for about a year, I can honestly say my skin looks so much better. In addition to those, I use the Simple Micellar Cleansing Water every night. When used with a round cotton pad, it removes all of my makeup and helps to exfoliate, which also improves skin tone and helps stop spots. If I could only use one skincare product, this would be it.
Every morning I use the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. It has a very light texture, which is perfect for using under makeup. I also love how it doesn't make my skin extra oily, but it adds a good amount of hydration and makes me feel and look more awake. At night, since it is winter, I need something with a bit more moisture. I just finished my tub of the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, which is amazing for any dry areas, like elbows and heels. My favorite thing to do is slather a thin layer of this on my face before going to bed, and my face feels hydrated, but not oily, when I wake up.
I'm actually not currently using either of these, since they're rather expensive, but I absolutely love both the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado and the Origins GinZing Eye Cream. The Kiehl's one is my holy grail, but the Origins one is still pretty great. Both of these really help to wake up tired, puffy eyes, and make concealer apply like a dream. A must for those with super dark circles.
I typically use the Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask every few weeks to clear out my pores, but I recently tried a travel size of the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask, which isn't quite as good, but still does the job. It's a little more fun because after it dries you can peel it off, but I'd still list the Origins one above it. For when I'm feeling a little spotty, I use The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Face Mask, which helps to calm down breakouts.
As you can tell, I really love tea tree oil. It's the best thing I've ever used for my acne, because it helps both to stop pimples and lighten the dark spot. So instead of a spot treatment I use The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil. I take a little bit and dab it on the spot at night, and usually, the spot is visibly smaller in the morning. Occasionally I like to use a manual scrub to really get off the dead skin, so I'll go for the Fresh Sugar Face Polish. After scrubbing gently I leave it on my skin for a few minutes before washing it off, and I really feel like it brightens my face. When my skin feels incredibly dry, I add a tiny bit of the Josie Maran Argan Oil right before I go to bed. It's a bit scary to use an oil, but it definitely takes away any dry patches. Lastly, when I want to treat myself or my lips are especially dry, I use the Fresh Sugar Lip Polish. This is a bit of a posh product, because it's fairly expensive for something you can technically make yourself, but I just love using it. It makes my lips so smooth and soft, I can't resist.
What winter skincare are you loving right now?
February 14, 2016 • Beauty, Highlighter, Trend
I've been very into highlighter lately, but I also don't have enough money to buy tons of different shades. I decided to rifle through my eyeshadows and see if I could use some of them as a cheek highlight, and I found some great shades. This is a perfect way to experiment with new trends without breaking the bank.
From the Naked 3 Palette, 'Strange' (most left in picture) and 'Dust' are two great shades. If you want a highlight that has more of a pink tone to it, this palette is perfect because all of the shades are rosy. The latter has very chunky glitter in it, which might be better for a night out, but 'Strange' is a great every day shade.
Looking at the Naked 2 Palette, 'Bootycall' is an awesome neutral shade with minimal shimmer, so it's again great for every day. It's a little bit of a cooler shade, so it would probably work best with cool skin tones.
I love using 'Snow' from the Lorac Pro 2 Palette as a highlight for the inner corners of my eyes, so I think this would be great for the tops of the cheekbones as well. It's very icy and cool toned, and it definitely packs a punch. 'Rose' is another gorgeous shade, which sides more with the pink toned shades, like those of the Naked 3 palette.
For a drugstore version, the L'oreal La Palette Nude 2 has a few winners. The two lighter golden shades in this are beautiful for a more subtle glow. They've got a tiny bit of shimmer, but just the right amount to make your cheekbones pop.
The Mac Eyeshadow in All That Glitters is one of my all time favorite shadows, and it creates just as great of a highlight on the cheeks. It's a mix of gold and pink, so it works with pretty much every skin tone, and I just love it so much.
I got this particular pan of Stila Kitten during a holiday special, but the shade is still found in Stila's collection as a highlighter or an eyeshadow. It's more frosted, but the champagne shade looks stunning on the cheekbones.
I have particular trouble wearing the Bobbi Brown Metallic Eyeshadow in Champagne Quartz on my eyelids, so I'm really happy that I figured out I can use it as a highlighter. It's very similar to 'Kitten', as it's a champagne shade with noticeable shimmer.
Lastly, in the Naked 1 Palette, 'Virgin' is a beautiful light shade that gives off more of a natural glow because it doesn't have a lot of shimmer. 'Sin' (most right in the picture) also works great because it's a light pink shade with a tiny bit of shimmer.
Have you ever tried eyeshadow as highlighter?
February 7, 2016 • Beauty, Love, Tutorial, Valentine's Day
So, we all know that Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Usually I'm not into that romantic and cheesy stuff, but this year I decided to create a makeup look that I think would be suitable for a date (or if you just want to look nice for yourself, because that's all that really matters). Nevertheless, whatever you're doing, whether it's going on a nice date with your significant other, hanging out with your friends, or staying home in pjs and eating pizza, I hope you have a fantastic time.
I began my makeup with the Clinique Superprimer Universal, which I find works well to smooth imperfections and make my concealer of choice, the Bobbi Brown Corrector, last longer. This really cancels out my dark circles, but to give a little extra coverage I add some of the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. I've been loving the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light, so I just had to add some of that to give myself a nice, glowy complexion.
Onto the eyes, I used the Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather in Creamy Beige as a primer, which makes even the crappiest eyeshadow stick around for a while. I then used 'nectar' from the Lorac Pro 2 Palette all over my lid for a base color, and then used the bright pink shade from the Wet n' Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette in Floral Value on top of that. It's a very sheer shade, so it created a light pink that actually didn't look too bad. To add some definition I mixed 'light brown' and 'cool gray' from the Lorac Palette and blended them through the crease. I then took 'plum' and added it to the outer corners of my lids and blended that with the lighter lid shade and through the crease. For a special touch I grabbed some of 'rose' on my ring finger and tapped it in the middle of my lid for a highlighting effect, and in the tear ducts I added 'snow'. To finish it off I used the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper on my upper lash line and lots of the Maybelline The Falsies Mascara.
I wanted some extra sculpted cheekbones, so I used the Nars Paloma Contour Powder in the hollows of my cheeks. For a nice pink glow I mixed the two lighter blush shades in the Nars One Shocking Moment Palette, but any bright pink blush looks gorgeous. To add even more glow I used my beloved Becca Highlighter in Champagne Pop on the tops of my cheekbones, bridge of my nose, and cupid's bow. And to tie everything together I coated my lips in the Maybelline Color Elixir in Captivating Carnation, which is a darker and muted pink that hydrates, but is still incredibly glossy.
What are your Valentine's Day plans?