January Hits and Misses

It’s been a few weeks since I posted here but I’m back. It’s been crazy lately. With that said, here are my hits or Misses for January. I didn’t do my usual video like I normally do but I wanted to share some new products I tried out. Hope you enjoy.

1.  Becca First light Priming Filter- I haven’t used a lot of products From Becca but I saw this last month at Sephora and was curious to try it. I love trying new primers out and this one was a “Hit,” from me. It’s a  beautiful pearlized purple color that brightens and color corrects your skin which is always good.  It’s very light weight and moistures your face beautifully.  

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2. Tatcha Luminous Dewey- This spray from Japan has been a popular setting spray for awhile now and after hearing a lot of reviews I was very curious to try it. It is a lightweight mist spray that gives you a radiant look. It also is very hydrating and makes your skin glow. 

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There are a few “misses,” for this spray. One thing that I wanted to say, especially so you won’t be surprised if you go to purchase this spray is that the Tatcha spray is NOT  CHEAP. It’s about $65.00 for 1.35 oz.  Another thing to remember about this spray is that a little goes a long way. Because it’s a dewey spray, (as opposed to a matte spray,” If you spray too much on, it can make your face look oily. What I like to do  sometimes is to spray a matte setting spray just on your t-zone, (forehead, nose, and chin) and then use the luminous dewey spray on the rest of your face. Your skin will still glow but won’t look oily. I don’t use this spray everyday because I’m more of a matte makeup girl, (duh) but this is a beautiful spray and I’m very glad to try it. Even though I had a few issues with this spray when I first bought it, this spray is a “Hit” for me, especially after playing around with.

3. Colourpop “Yes Please,” palette- I hadn’t really tried a lot of Colourpop makeup before but I had only ever heard positive things about this brand so I wanted to try it out. And I’m so happy I did. This palette is amazing. All the Colourpop palettes looked amazing but these shades looked the most amazing. The first thing that caught my eye were all the colors. Red is my favorite color and all these shades go well with each other. They are so beautiful and extremely pigmented. They also feel like silky butter. Another great thing about Colourpop is that the prices aren’t outrageous. The palettes usually range about $16.00 which is not bad, especially when there are so many overpriced makeup products out there. I’m so glad I tried this palette out. This was a HUGE HIT for me and definitely recommend it.

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   4. Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette-  This was another “HIT” for me. The first highlighter I ever bought was Urban Decay Afterglow in “SIN,” and I instantly loved it. When I saw this highlighter palette last month, I needed to get it. They colors are beautiful and makes your skin glow.  Just so you know, they aren’t the most blinding highlighters out there but I like that. They are soft, easy to apply, and can be layered with each other or other brands. They give your skin such radiance.

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5. Ogx  Kandee Johnson Holiday Shampoo and Conditioner- I absolutely adore Kandee Johnson. She is a makeup artist and is very talented. I also always love her videos on youtube and her quotes that she posts on twitter, because she is always so positive and always makes me happy. If you haven’t already, you must check out Kandee and her youtube channel. I was very excited when she came out with a holiday shampoo and conditioner line. It’s amazing. It’s with the brand Ogx and can be found out drugstores and Ulta, and even online. Even though it’s a holiday collection, I think you can still find them online.  The flavors of these hair products are so delicious.  I bought the ” Frosted Sugar Cookie and the scent is amazing and actually smell like real “Frosted Sugar Cookies.” I hate when scented products don’t smell like the real thing.

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This hair line is vegan and cruelty free which is always good. It’s also sulphate free so you can use it on color-treated hair and it will keep your locks looking and feeling soft and healthy. The prices are perfect also.  You can buy both the shampoo and conditioner under $10.00. These hair products are a definite “Hit,” and shoutout to Kandee Johnson for coming out with these.

I hope you enjoyed my latest product reviews. I was impressed that I didn’t really have any “misses” this month. Thank you for reading this post and I’ll be back soon.

 

 

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Psychobilly Look One

I’ve never done a psychobilly makeup tutorial or posted a lot of my psychobilly looks on here so I decided to change that. For those who don’t know what psychobilly is, here are some definitions.

Psychobilly is a rock music fusion genre that mixes elements of Rockabilly and Punk Rock. 

TheFreeDictionary.com defines it as “loud frantic rockabilly music.”

   About.com  says that it takes the traditional countrified  rock style know as rockabilly ramping up its speed to a sweaty pace, and combining it with punk rock, sci-fi, and horror film imagery.  SO DUH, OF COURSE I LOVE IT!

As far as my definition goes as psychobilly makeup, I believe it’s taking the traditional rockabilly makeup and amping it up with  bright colors, different color lipstick rather than classic red, different color combinations, more eyeliner, longer lashes, etc.

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Here is a blue and green psychobilly look and tutorial which is a color combo that I don’t use a lot in makeup. This look was a new one for me and was fun to do and play around with. MAKEUP SHOULD ALWAYS BE FUN! THAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING! IF MAKEUP ISN’T FUN, THAN REALLY WHAT’S THE POINT?

Enjoy and listed below are the colors and products I used:

EyeShadows:

First I used “Safe Word,” as a transition shade from the Jeffree Star Cosmetics palette, “Androgyny.” 

Second I used the green color “EXU,” from the Urban Decay Jean-Michel Basquiat palette. I spray MAC cosmetics Prep and Prime Fix on my brush before dipping it into the green.

Third color I used was also from the “Androgyny” palette in the dark blue shade, “Swallow,” just about my crease.

My crease color is from the Jeffree Star Cosmetics palette, “Beauty Killer” in the sparkly blue shade, “Expensive.” I sprayed my angled shadow brush again with the prep and prime to make the blue glitter pop and put it in my crease and slowly dragged it down to the outer corner of my lid.

The last color I used in my inner corners is “Rich Bitch” from “Beauty Killer.” I sprayed my detailed brush and pressed the glittery gold in the inner corners of my eyes to make them pop. 

I really love this color combination.

I did my eyeliner wings as normal but made them longer and more extreme. Underneath my eyes I took a small brush and lined my eyes in the two blue colors I used on top, darker at the outer corner, brighter blue towards the inner. I applied mascara to both top and bottom lashes and lined my waterline with Urban Decay 24/7 waterline in black.

For my highlight, I used my David Bowie highlighter from Bitch Slap Cosmetics and used blush from Stila in both “Romantic” and “Playful.”

Last for my lipstick, I used “Venus Fly Trap” from the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Chrome Collection. I normally wear my classic red lipstick with this look but I thought the green color was a fun alternative. 

My look was then complete and I’m very happy with how it turned out.

 

 

 

Vintage/Pinup Autumn/Winter Makeup Look

 

This look was really fun to create and even though it isn’t the classic vintage makeup look, it still has mostly vintage elements to it. Enjoy and below are all the products I used.

Primer: Bobbi Brown  Vitamin EnrichedFace Base

Foundation: Maybelline Fit Me, Matte/Poreless in 112 Natural Ivory

Concealer: Tarte Shape Tape in “Fair”

Setting Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder

Eye Shadows: “Tako” by Sugarpill and quad palette, “500 Addictive,” by Revlon Colorstay

Eyeliner: “Schwing,” by The Balm.

Mascara: Loreal Voluminous Butterfly in “Black/Noir 867.”

Brows: Dipbrow Pomade in “Chocolate,” by Anastasia of Beverly Hills.

Highlighter: Urban Decay Afterglow Palette in color “O.N.S”

Blush: Stila Convertible Color Compact in, “Lillium.”

Lipsticks: Jeffrey Star Cosmetics, velour liquid lip in, “Deceased,” and “Delicious.”

Brushes: For inner corner of eyes and under brow bone, I used the Rose Gold mini MAC Cosmetics brush in “535SE”

                 For base shadow, I used Morphe “M433”

For crease, I used Lab, Put A Lid On It, Angled Brush.

For my Highlight Brush, I used my fabulous smaller red rose highlight brush from Story Book Cosmetics.

Setting Spray: Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist

 

Summer Natural look with Few Products, Tutorial

 

IMG_0983-4I did this naturally painted look on me yesterday while I was testing new techniques, colors, and products to see how they look and go together and came up with this beautiful look for summer.

   I decided to do this look be cause it’s sweltering outside and you shouldnt feel the need to cake on glam makeup. This is a natural look which can still be turned into a rockabilly look. These are just suggestions. If there’s something you want to add to this look, like some winged eyeliner, please feel free to add it. This is just glamorous sultry look.

HERE’S THE VIDEO TUTORIAL ON HOW I DID THIS LOOK AND MY BEAUTY REASONS AND WHY I CHOSE THEM! ENJOY!!!!

BELOW THIS VIDEO ARE THE PRODUCTS I USE IN THIS TUTORIAL:

 

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MAKEUP  MENTIONED AND USED:

Stila: Once Step Correct

Bare Mineral Matte Foundation in, “Fair”

Giorgio Armani, luminous silk foundation  in “2”

M.A.C Studio Fix, “A75.”

Stila: Perfect me and Perfect Hue, “Fair/Light

Urban Decay after glow, “SIN.”

Highlighting ECO Tools FAN BRUSH

SHISEIDO eye curler

JEFFREE STAR COSMETICS, LIP AMMUNICATOPMS, “CELEVRITY SKIN.”

   MAC PREP AN PRIME FIX

 

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Makeup Favorites

I did these videos because I was recently asked about what my favorite makeup products were in terms of my every day and/or emergency “go to” items, such as favorite lipsticks, powders, highlighters, etc. I did two videos because after filming the first one, I realized I forgot to include a few things. Oops. No biggie….hahaha. They were both fun to do and I hope you enjoy them.

 

Items that You Don’t Realize Make a Difference

These are products that people don’t always think about to think to incorporate into their skincare and make up regimen. I was one of those people a long time ago until I learned about these products when they first hit the beauty market and tried them out. After I first tried them, I wondered how I ever went without using these. All these products can make a huge difference when doing your makeup and skin care as well as changing and improving your skin. Of course you can get away with not using any of these items but once you try them, I guarantee that you’ll have a hard time not including them in your daily beauty ritual.

1. Toner- One of the main benefits of toning your skin is that it rids your skin of impurities. Facial toners are used after washing your face and before moisturizing your skin and can be used day and/or night. If you use a toner at night after removing your makeup, you rid your face of any excess makeup and oil residue that your remover and cleanser might not get. If your skin tends to be oily or acne-prone, toners can help a lot in clearing up and improving the quality of your skin. 

To tone your skin, apply a dime to quarter size amount to a cotton pad/ball and gently rub it on your face. Never be harsh to your skin. You’ll be able to actually see all the impurities that were left behind on the pad. Once you’re done toning, apply your moisturizer as usual. Once you start toning on a regular basis, you’ll be able to see a difference pretty quickly in the appearance and feel of your skin. 

Here are some of favorite toners. You’ve probably seen and read my reviews on some of these in the past. That’s how much I like and recommend these.

FRESH Rose deep hydration facial toner with rose petal

FRESH Rose floral toner spray- infused with soothing rosewater

THAYERS Natural Remedies, alcohol-free witch hazel toner

BENEFIT moisture prep toning lotion

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2. Face Primer- The main function of a makeup primer is to increase the wear and longevity of your makeup. You apply it to your skin and usually wait a minute to let it work on your skin before you apply your makeup. Makeup primers even out the surface of your skin and doesn’t allow makeup to seep into your pores which can cause skin issues such as acne. Primers can help smooth any fine lines, wrinkles, and minimize pores. There is an endless amount of face primers on the market. They make them for all different skin types and some also have a “blurring effect,” which can camouflage imperfections and give you a flawless complexion. They can be worn with or without makeup. Some primers can also double as moisturizers as well.

Some of my favorite face primers include,

BOBBI BROWN Vitamin Enriched Face Base

STILA One step correct, skin tone correcting and brightening serum

SOAP & GLORY One Heck of a Blot Primer, instant perfecting power primer, with shine bloc 12 hr Matte Spheres and PORE-SHRINK technology 

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3. Eye Lid/Shadow Primer- You know when you wet your eye shadow brush to intensify the color and pigment of eye shadow? Eyeshadow primer does the same thing but better. People ask why you can’t use face primer on your eye lids and it’s because a lot of regular primers aren’t safe around the delicate area of your eyes. Lid primer like makeup primer keeps your makeup in place specifically your eye makeup from fading and shifting. It keeps your shadow from creasing as well which is always a good thing. A lot of people use their concealer as eye lid primer but I personally like the actual eye shadow primers better

Another purpose and tip for lid primer is to apply it under your eyes before you apply under eye concealer to keep it from creasing just like it prevents creasing on your eye shadow.

Suggested eye shadow primers,

THE BALM- Put a Lid on it, eyelid primer

M.A.C- Pro Longer Paint Pot

URBAN DECAY- Eyeshadow Primer Potion

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  4. Lip Scrub- Using a lip scrub definitely makes a difference when applying your lipstick. The purpose of a lip scrub is to get rid of the dead skin to make your lips smoother and easier to apply lip color and to make it look more even. It gently exfoliates your lips and leave them feeling extra soft and supple. If your lips are prone to to being chapped, scrubs can help that problem. Many lip scrubs also smell and taste yummy because of the sugar in the scrub and if the scrub is vegan, they are also edible. I prefer vegan edible lip scrubs.

   These are my favorite lip scrubs:

JEFFREE STAR COSMETICS velour lip scrub in Strawberry Gum

BURT’S BEE’S sugar scrub

CHAPSTICK hydration lip scrub

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HERE IS A LITTLE RECIPE ON MAKING YOUR OWN SCRUB AS WELL:

INGREDIENTS – Tablespoon of brown sugar or white sugar
-A dash of honey (just enough to make the sugar really stick together) OR a bit of olive oil/coconut oil
-A teeny tiny little drop of vanilla (it makes it smell yummy, but isn’t necessary.)
-A small container

DIRECTIONS AND HOW TO USE-

Mix a tablespoon of brown sugar with just enough honey (or olive oil) to get it to stick together. Once a week (twice at the very max) rub the scrub onto your lips, vigorously enough to loosen the dead skin.

Let it sit for 1 minute, and then wipe off with a damp washcloth. Apply lip balm after use.

5. Makeup Setting Spray- Setting Spray is the “TOPCOAT” to your makeup. It’s similar to a makeup primer. It keeps your makeup in place and keep it lasting throughout the day. Especially during this time of the year where the weather is getting hotter and hotter, setting spray is essential in keeping your makeup from melting and sliding off your face. You obviously apply setting spray when you’re finished with your makeup but you can also spray it throughout the day to refresh your look and to keep your skin hydrated.

My top favorite making sprays include, 

URBAN DECAY ALL NIGHTER long-lasting spray

M.A.C  Prep and Prime Fix

MAKEUP FOREVER Mist and Fix

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*I did not take these product photos.