Today, I decided to drop by Ulta and pick up a few things (sorry for the bad pictures, but it is cloudy outside). Well when I got to Ulta of course they were out of EVERYTHING! You know they should change their days they get stock or maybe the way that they order stock. Their company really only sends them replenishment if they are completely out so that is hard on both the customer and the sales person, but that is a topic for another day. At our outdoor mall where the Ulta is we also have a Sephora a few doors down so I just went over there to buy what I needed! NEED? well I don't know about NEED but it was a want for sure. I am so weird I actually got in the car and tried them out immediately. The concealer is a perfect match for my skin tone and it is very full coverage. The Ready Foundation all I can say is WOW!! The coverage is insane. All I needed was one little dab of the brush into the powder product and I could cover half my face. That was just my first impression so we'll see how it goes after I've used it awhile. In my bag was a notice about a 15% off sale at Sephora so that will probably be the next time I go back to get a new product. It isn't until the middle of April though so I probably won't be buying anything new until then. I am hopeful that this brand I have come back to time and again because of my sensitive skin will remain good to me throughout all of their products and I will not be allergic and they won't cause breakouts. We'll see though and if they do Sephora is great about returning products even if they have been used. I'll keep you updated on how these items work out for me.
Yeah this post is about mascara, but just wondering WHY? WHY? is it freezing? WHY IS IT GOING TO "SNOW"? I am kinda mad about that. I mean it is the end of March it is Spring! I want Spring Weather, NOW! ok RANT OVER!!!
So Mascara, then?
Recently I think I told you all about the Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara and how it really wasn't my favorite. I just for the life of me couldn't figure out why it wasn't working the same as it used to, well then the other day I noticed this little metallic blue writing on the side of the tube that said "waterproof"!!! hahahaha no wonder I couldn't get that stuff off. Actually I feel like that stuff is more than waterproof, I couldn't get that stuff off my lashes even with makeup remover, coconut oil, soap, anything. It actually reminded me of lash glue, so if you are out of lash glue in a pinch maybe you could use that instead? After days of discontinued use it still wasn't budging too much so I left a soaked cotton ball on my eyes for 5 minutes and finally it lifted. Well you all know how much I love my drugstore mascara, it works just as great as high end, so don't listen to those "Pro-hags". With that being said the other day I walked into Target and of course straight to the make up section to look for a new mascara that was tried and true....low and behold Revlon Grow Luscious was sitting there on the shelf calling my name in it's glowing green tube! Oh and did I mention it was also on SALE even better it was $4.59. Let me just tell you that this mascara makes me happy right out of the tube from day 1. It is actually really hard to find that in a mascara usually you have to wait for them to dry out a little so they go on nicely. On the other hand some formulas are so dry that they dry up in a few weeks. I've heard so many rave reviews and they are all true. I know myself though and I know that once this tube is finished I'm off to try the latest and greatest in drugstore mascara. It is one of those products that I love to bounce around on. Do you have a favorite drugstore mascara you think I should try? Let me know and I'll put it on my list.
Oh and just FYI, I'm sure Lash Blast is still great in the regular formula and I plan on keeping my water proof for a few special times, like the POOL and BEACH!
This is a great eye look for photography and everyday, it gives the eye dimension without looking over done. I used matte and satin shadows with just a couple of shadows with a hint of shimmer to give your eyes that perfect look for photography. I used browns because most people look great in neutrals but you can do this same technique with any other color. If you have questions please ask I'd be happy to answer all your questions. If you like these types of tutorials I'd be happy to do more or film them.
Products you will need: light matte shadow, medium beige shadow, chocolate brown shadow, cool or warm toned brown matte shadow, liquid or gel liner, eye brow powder/wax, mascara, eye lash curler.
Brushes: 1 small shader eye shadow brush, 1 small detailing eyeshadow brush, blending crease brush, pencil brush, blending brush.
Pop Bronzing Eye Palette
closer image of the matte/ satin shadows I used.
Bare Minerals Eye Primer, Apply this all over the eye before getting started.
Take a medium fluffy blending brush and apply the light matte cream shade all over the lid up through the crease and on the brow bone.
Picture of the light shade applied on lid, through crease and up through brow bone.
Take a beige shade and apply with shader brush through the crease creating a defined but subtle crease.
Then using a shimmering white shadow and a small detailing shadow brush pop a little of the white shimmering shade into the inner corners of the eyes.
This white shimmering shade adds light to the inner corner making you look more awake and rested.
Apply the satin chocolate brown shade with a crease blending brush. Take this color from outer corner to the outer 3rd of your eye.
The satin chocolate brown helps to define the crease without adding shimmer.
With a pencil brush take a deep cool toned or warm toned matte brown and concentrate shadow on the outer corner of your eye.
*no photo, but blend with fluffy blending brush to soften any harsh lines*
I used a liquid liner (you could use a gel liner) and lined my top lash line.
I created a slight wing on the outer corner just to give my eyes some definition.
I lined my bottom water line with Paula Dorf, Baby Eyes Eye Liner, to give me a more awake look.
I took a small smokey liner brush to line my bottom lash line. I didn't want a defined line so I chose this brush for the smokey effect.
The eye should look defined but not shimmery. The camera pics up shimmer and gives a flash back so if you use all shimmery shades your eye will look 1 dimensional
I used E.L.F. eye brow wax and powder to shape my brows which is a must for framing the face.
Brow is nicely filled in without looking drawn in.
Curl lashes, add your favorite mascara (I didn't use my favorite, but it was ok) and then finish the rest of your face with satin finish foundation, matte cheek color, matte bronzer for contouring, finishing powder, and lipstick.
It has been forever since I have posted anything actually my business was pretty dormant in the fall and winter since I've been busy with other aspects of life but I love having work in the spring and summer for the "busy" season. Anyway I know it's awful I'm a part-time business owner/worker.
Anyway, we have to talk mascaras today! I pretty much always use drugstore mascaras because they are good and not too expensive. My lashes are long and have a natural curl so they are kind of ideal and so almost any mascara will work for me. However, there are formulas that I prefer and ones that I can live without. I used to be obsessed with Cover Girl's Lash Blast, when it was first released, then I wanted to try other things so I moved on but recently I've come back to Lash Blast. Has the formula of this mascara changed? Maybe I've changed? I'm so confused I used to love it and now I'm like this stuff never comes off no matter how much makeup remover I use. I'm thinking of going back to Loreal Full Definition or the Revlon Grow Luscious. Those both give great volume and actually come off at the end of the day without leaving a waxy coating on my lashes. Have you tried Lash Blast? I'm just not that into it, anymore. What is your favorite drugstore mascara?
I want to post a tutorial on makeup for photographs very soon and I'm now offering tutorials via Beauty Faces on Bare Minerals or your favorite mineral makeup or light weight foundation. The mineral tutorials focus on getting the best coverage and using the right brushes for application. If you are interested in booking a tutorial email me at email@example.com
Hello Beauty Faces,
Today I am having a particularly creative day. I have been thinking up ideas for great posts and things I need to review. I don't like to waste my creative days so here I am on a Sunday writing this post for you all. A cold front came through on Friday night and it has been rainy and cold but this afternoon it's only been chilly. I stayed snuggled up in my PJs for the better part of the day and that is just perfect for a Sunday. Then I decided peel myself up from the couch and get myself together. I am now sitting here in fresh pjs, no makeup and perfectly styled hair. My perfectly styled hair led me to write this post.
Here is some background info, a few years ago I coveted the Instyler mainly because it had just come out and it looked so awesome and I once saw a demonstration of someone using it at Ulta. I was free lancing for Bare Minerals at the time and I wanted so badly to have the demonstration done on me but I couldn't be doing my hair on the job. Anyway, that year for my birthday my mom purchased the Instyler for me. This was a couple of years ago now since my birthday is coming up on Wednesday. I used the Instyler for awhile but I couldn't seem to make it work for my hair type. I really liked the idea of it but my hair seemed to be too coarse and too thick for the thing so I put it away in a box.
Fast Forward to today, since I received it my hair has changed a lot due to having a baby and probably getting a little older too. You know the drill things just change every year after the age of 20. Anyway a few months ago I found it in my beauty box ( a box of items that I have put away because I don't use that often or because I have a duplicate). I got it out and started using it and playing with it. It took me a few times to really get the hang of using it. After about a week I started letting my hair air dry, when I had the time to do that, and then going back with the Instyler to actually style my hair and I am very impressed with this product. It gives me the perfect looking "blowout". There is really no other way to describe it, it looks like you took the time to round brush your hair and you are a pro at round brushing to get the smooth perfectness like you would get at a salon. I can round brush my hair but it takes forever and I don't like to put that much heat on my hair but with the Instyler it really takes the work out of styling. You run the Instyler through your hair and you can flip it under, flip it out, or curl your hair. I personally like doing loose waves with it. It makes my hair look like it has so much body. I have used root lifting products then run the Instyler through my hair and it was gorgeous, it looked like "Gretchen Rossi hair", big and beautiful hair.
My final opinion on the product is that it does take some getting used to I think it is one of those things that only works with certain hair types. The Instyler works best with medium thickness and medium coarse hair. However, it would work for long hair or short hair and could create some really pretty styles if your hair is short and stacked it would create such a great layered look. I hear that it works amazing on ethnic hair if your hair isn't too curly and coarse. It has great heat settings and does get appropriately hot. I can't believe it took me so long to really use the Instyler regularly but now that I do I barely touch my flat iron or my blow dryer. Less heat is better for my hair. If you haven't tried the Instyler you should give it a try. I would personally purchase from Ulta because the price of this appliance is $99 but they regularly put out 20% off coupons that work on the Instyler. Also, I know that at Ulta you can return the item within 30 days and a receipt for a refund even if it has been used. They have a pretty killer return policy.
If you have your own opinion on this product please leave a comment below. :)