Tuesday, June 21, 2016

My Moving Makeup Essentials

Hello there - I just thought I'd make up a quick post about my favorite products that got me through basically our first month here at the apartment after moving.

Now, yes, I have been here for almost 2 months now, but most of my makeup is still in storage or hardly used because of the craziness that was graduation.

I do have products added to my everyday clutter, but this is the barebones of it all, minus primers.

Because I forgot them.

Let's start with the face! Oh and please excuse my awful swatches. All done in natural light.

First off, I had been living off of these Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancers.... basically, concealer on crack. I could use these as eyelid primers and concealer. I have SX02 and SX03. So, winter and summer shades. HA. I love these as they are going to probably outlive me and there's something in the ingredients that dries up my blemishes fairly fast.

Next are my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light. I use this to set my under eye area and brighten what needs it. Along with my Ambient Lighting Palette, where I use Dim Light as a sort of bronzer [no joke - THAT pale.] and Incandescent Light which is a great subtle highlighter, brow bone highlight and inner corner highlight. I don't even touch the darkest shade, which I will probably pass along to my beautiful [and darker toned] bestie as I can see this would be amazingly gorgeous on her.

I've been loving the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation. Not too matte, but not luminous, I'm in shade 02 Fair. I'd definitely repurchase once I run out. Honestly, this is even a little too light for me now that summer is here, which is a huge shocker as I'm usually the lightest shade in every range. I like to set it with the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Powder.

OOOh and then we have my Shiro Cosmetics Cheekbones Contouring Powder in Burn the Heart Out of You. IT'S SO PRETTY. I know loose powders can be a little bitch at times, but I love working this powder into the cap and softly carving out my cheeks. Most days, I can just get away with this as a blush as well since it's so rosy toned.

I got this Frat Boy blush from The Balm a while ago in a Birch Box I believe, and holy shit it's still going strong. I wear it nearly everyday and still no pan. It's a gorgeous color though that would look good on anyone.

Now for lips and brows!
These lipsticks were impulse buys and they're alright. Maybelline Sensational Lipstick in 705 Blushing Bud, 655 Daringly Nude, 235 Warm Me Up. I usually just like to mix two or even all 3 together to create a custom shade that's easy to wear and wears off well.

And a new product for me because my ABH Brow Wiz bit the dust right after move in, and right after I successfully finished both brows[!!!], is the NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Taupe. Very much comparable and a decent color. And my trusty ol' Urban Decay Brow Tamer in Clear.

Wee! Eyes, my favorite.

This Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara is insane. So good. Like Better Than Sex good. Also I had picked up these MAC Modern Twist Kajal Liners in Squid and Black Walnut. Very nice and surprisingly I think I like Black Walnut  more than Squid, which is super duper black.

Also my faves from Kat Von D, her Shade & Light Eye Palette, Metal Crush Eyeshadow in Thunderstruck [which broke again, but I'm just using it as is now.... working fine!] and my ride or die Tattoo Liner in Trooper. In the LE packaging. Thunderstruck is the best inner eye highlight ever.

Tattoo Liner, MAC Squid, MAC Black Walnut, Thunderstruck

So that was it, that's what kept me decent looking during the move. =]

Monday, June 13, 2016

New Chapters...


I'm [almost] a college graduate!!!!

Although I am done with classes, I don't graduate until Friday and I have 2 shows for my portfolio on Thursday. But does this feel great or what?!

Just thought I'd pop on... seriously hoping to get back to the blog after Friday.

But today I picked up the new Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow palette. The Modern Renaissance palette.. and it's amazing and you need it.

And Jeffree Star's Rose Matter liquid lipstick is bomb as well.