Friday, November 20, 2015

Autumn Spice Tutorial/Must Have Fall Beauty Products!

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I recently had the opportunity to do a makeup collaboration with the gorgeous Sydney! Check out her website: for more of her amazing work! We decided to each choose a couple of our favorite makeup products for the fall/winter time and use them to create a fun autumn-inspired makeup look! I wanted to do something that would be flattering on everyone and appropriate for everyday wear, so we kept it pretty simple. The look consisted of a bronze smokey eye with golden undertones. We paired it with contoured cheeks and a nude lip color. I hope you enjoy the products we picked and the tutorial that follows!

Sydney's picks:

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  • NAKED 1 Palette: I love how each of the earth-toned colors has specks of copper and gold and they're perfect to create a smokey-eye.
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  • Estee Lauder Double-wear Brush-On Glow BB/Highlighter: This highlighter is so versatile because it also doubles up as a an amazing concealer and has a nice satin-finish.
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  • NYX Wonder Stick (Highlighter/Bronzer): I love the easy-application process for the bronzer and it blends out so smoothly.
Savannah's picks:

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  • NARS Blush (Liberte): Warm colors are perfect for fall, so this burnt apricot shade of blush is beautiful and has a matte finish.
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  • MAC Lipstick (Velvet Teddy): This pinky-brown nude matte lipstick is universally flattering on anyone and really pulls the look together.
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  • Mario Badescu Facial Spray (with aloe, herbs, and rosewater): During the colder seasons, skin tends to be drier, so this rejuvenating facial spray is perfect as a base and/or finishing spray and as an added bonus, the rosewater gives it a really lovely scent.

  • Autumn Spice Picture Tutorial:

    1. Start off with your basic foundation routine and use the highlighter to conceal any blemishes and to highlight under the eyes in an upside-down triangle formation
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               2.  Use the NYX Wonder Stick in the hollows of your cheeks to contour and blend out smoothly.
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             3.  Apply the blush to the apples of the cheeks. 
             4.  Use the NAKED Palette in order of the pictures below:
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    • Use the color "Naked" as a transition color in the crease
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    • Use the color "Buck" to darken up the crease and the outer corner of your eye
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    • Then take the color "Smog" and place it on the outer half our your lid
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    • Put the color "Half-Baked" on the inner half of your eyelid and blend into the color "Smog"
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    • Using a pencil brush, use the color "Buck" to smoke out the bottom lashline
          5.  Finish the eye makeup with eyeliner and mascara and feel free to use falsies.
          6.  Use the rosewater spray to set the look and you're done!
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    Thank you for reading and hope you enjoyed! As always, be sure to let me know what you think and what you'd like to see in the future!

    xo Savannah and Sydney

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

    Up In Smoke

    Now that fall is here and November has begun, what would be more appropriate than a classic, dramatic black smokey eye accompanied by nude lips? Nothing, if you're asking me! I was inspired by my new Makeup Geek eye shadows I received in the mail- my first Makeup Geek shadows EVER, so I was excited. I've always heard that their black eye shadow, Corrupt, was the blackest black you'll ever work with so I decided to revolve the look around just that.

    The colors I used for this look were Peach Smoothie (1), Creme Brulee (2), Bitten (3), and Corrupt (4), all by Makeup Geek.

    To achieve this look:

    1. Sweep Peach Smoothie generously into the crease with a fluffy blending brush as your transition shade.
    2. Using a small, flat packing brush, apply Corrupt carefully all over the lid and into the crease just a little. This will help you to blend in the next step.
    3. Use a flat blending brush (like the MAC 217 or Morphe M433) to put Creme Brule into the crease and slowly blend upward. Be sure to take the time and really diffuse Corrupt as much as you can.
    4. With a small blending fluff, put Bitten directly into the crease and blend into Corrupt.

    After you do this, make sure to go back and blend Creme Brulee and Bitten together with the flat blending brush and then take your fluffy blending brush and blend everything together one last time. As you can tell, it's all about BLENDING, BLENDING, BLENDING- especially with a black smokey eye. You really want there to be an obvious gradient from black, to burgundy, to peach.

    5. For the bottom lashline, I first swept on Creme Brulee as a transition shade with a pencil brush and then added Bitten closer to the lashline with a small angled blush. Going back in with the pencil brush, I blended the two together to create a similar effect to the eyelid.
    6. Then to complete the look, I used NYX Tres Jolie Gel Pencil Liner in Pitch Black on the waterline and added Ardell Glamour 113 lashes. I didn't use any eyeliner on the eyelid seeing as the lid was already completely black. I chose to opt for a nude lipstick shade because I love the contrast of dark eyes and nude lips. I'm wearing Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Midi. I also think a deep wine-colored lipstick would complement this eye look beautifully!

    And VOILA- you're now a smokey seductress! Thank you for reading! xo

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015

    REVIEW: NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks

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    As we all know by now, liquid lipsticks have taken the makeup world by storm. Drugstore brands have been hopping on board lately, so when I saw NYX took a crack at it with these Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks, I had to get my hands on a few. The official release date was July 22, so as always, I am a tad late to the party but I figured I'd share my thoughts all the same. There are 12 shades in the line for $7 each, so the price point is already getting an A++ from me. Compared to other liquid lipsticks that can range from $15-25 a piece, these are a less than HALF the price. I bought mine at Ulta where a good amount of the shades were out of stock, so from what was available, I purchased Orange County (a bright true orange), Kitten Heels (a true vibrant red), and Life's A beach (a bright coral).

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    The first color I tried was Life's A Beach, and MAN, is that a bright coral shade when you put it on your face- but in the best way. The applicator is flat and rectangular, which makes for easy application. There is a pretty good initial color payoff when you swipe it on, but I found if I put on two layers, the color became very opaque. I've found with some liquid lipsticks (I'm looking at you, Colourpop) the formula doesn't really allow you to put on a second layer because they set too quickly and crumble if you try to put additional product on top- not the case with these. They take about a full minute to really set, which I like, because you're able to go over certain areas and manipulate the color without having to rush or worry about getting it perfectly even with one stroke. Once dried, the color is completely matte. The lipstick does remain a little sticky on the lips after drying down, but this does not effect the longevity of the color. These are not completely transfer proof, though. I have to regularly check my teeth to see if any has flaked off inside my mouth and there will probably be a little smudge on your chin if you are eating with these on, but I find a lot of liquid lipsticks to be the same way and it doesn't bother me enough to not wear them. All in all, I find these to be not only affordable, but easy to apply, long-wearing, and long-lasting with great color payoff.


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    Me wearing Kitten Heels