FOTD 9.14.14 | Sunday Shopping & A Few New Products

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Most Sundays I’m content to go grocery shopping and run my errands bare faced, but this week I had a few products I couldn’t wait to try out.  This week my orders from Hakuhodo and Makeup Geek arrived so I had a bit of a play with eyeshadows, blush, and new brushes.  I went fairly light on foundation since I usually try to give my skin a break on weekends.  The eyes are a very warm, almost orangey brown with my typical half stripe of black liner.  For cheeks I used a warm pink blush and on the lips I used one of my favorite bright lipsticks from Bobbi Brown.  It’s a very easy and quick look that would be suitable for the majority of skin tones.  If you’re darker you may need some darker browns on the eyes but the shadows from MUG are very pigmented so they may work for you after all!

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FOTD 7.23.14

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When the boyfriend goes out of his way to say, “Damn, you look great today.  I think it’s the makeup,” you know you’ve got a keeper.  I pulled out the ol’ Naked palette while I was getting ready for work and I guess I picked a winning combination!  Nine times out of ten my makeup is quite soft and neutral, very work appropriate, and this is no exception.  Of course when I got to work the air conditioning was malfunctioning so the effort to look presentable hardly seemed worth it… it’s quite impossible to exist as anything other than a sweaty mess in the middle of summer in Florida with no A/C.

But I digress.  In the end the A/C was fixed and everyone stopped sticking to their desk chairs.  A happy ending for all!

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Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush | Review & Swatches

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These beautiful blushes have been out for ages, but I thought I’d throw my two cents into the mix of opinions!  I am a self proclaimed blush addict. My first piece of makeup was a blush, and the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes are neck and neck with NARS for my favorite blush formula of all time.  When these were first released, all of the shades were matte.  Due to their popularity the color range has been expanded and now includes some lovely shimmery shades as well!  The three I have for review today are the original matte formulation in the shades Exposed, Natural Beauty, and Blissful.

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Maybelline Color Elixir by Color Sensational | Review & Swatches

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Right off the bat I would like to state how seriously impressed I am by this formula!  They are without a doubt the most hydrating gloss I have ever tried.  The moisture really sticks around, even after the high shine wears off.  They also give a good dose of color and I think the lipstick bullet shaped packaging is rather clever.

There are 20 shades total.  There’s a nice color selection available with several neutral pinks, some brights and some darker shades.  I wish they would add a few more peachy pinks to the line; their Celestial Coral is not what I would call coral although it is a nice color.  The shades don’t always translate on the lips the same way they look in the tube either.  The two I have for review today are 065 Caramel Infusion (left) and 080 Captivating Carnation (right).

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What’s (Always) In My Makeup Bag?

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I always love these sorts of “what’s in my makeup bag” type posts so I thought I would do a variation and show you my staples that always have a place in my makeup routine.  These are the first products I reach for every time I do my makeup.  I don’t always go for a full face and use everything shown here, but I’ll most often choose a subset of these items to perk up my skin and eyes.  Along with each product I’ve given a mini-review as well 🙂

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Portfolio: Chelsea Mills’ Wedding

Here’s another wedding makeup I did in May 2013 for my friend Chelsea.  She had a lovely outdoor ceremony and surprised her now husband by riding in on a horse!

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The inspiration pictures she showed me were mostly smokey neutrals with a soft winged liner. All products used are listed below!
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Portfolio: Cat Eye Wedding Makeup

I’ve done a handful of bridal makeups to date, and this is one I practiced on myself for an upcoming June wedding.  My friend Tori is getting married at the end of the month and usually I like to do the bride’s makeup once beforehand to make sure she has no allergic reactions or breakouts to any products I use, and also so I know she’s happy with the look.  In this case we’ll both be travelling for the wedding so I might not get a chance to do that, but I wanted to at least be able to have feedback on the look itself before the big day!

All the inspiration pictures she sent me had a very dramatic Arabic style liner and perfected skin.  Many also had warm neutral eyeshadows.  I’ve done plenty of winged liner looks before but never lining all the way around the eye.  It’s quite a lot more liner than I would typically wear, but I love the way it came out!  I used the tape trick on the outer corner and it made everything a lot easier.

All products used are listed below!

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FOTD 6.12.14

This is my new favorite “every occasion” makeup look!

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I think it would be suitable for the office, a date night, or even a night out if you’re pressed for time.  I focused most on the skin, trying to give myself a little color for summer and cover up some hormonal spots on my chin.  I went very simple on the eyes with a little black liner and tons of mascara; add a neutral lipstick and we’re set for the day!

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