My Top Lipsticks, Lipstains & Balms!

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My go-to lip looks lately (say that 10x fast) have included lipsticks, balms, and stains that are long lasting and are worth the money. Below is my top 6 lip products that I have been using daily and adore! All except one or two, the Lancome or the Ulta, are available at drugstores. I included Baby Lips Moisturizer in my top picture because this lip balm is perfect to go under any lipstick, whether it is matte or shimmer. Let’s begin!

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First is my absolute favorite matte: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in the color Standout. These are fairly new and cost $6.49. I was surprised that this line only consisted of warm colors (oranges, reds, occasional yellows) and not many pinks or nudes. This was the last red color in stock at the drugstore and I scooped it up! I love the matte because it off-sets a shimmery eye look perfectly.

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Next is the NYX Color Lip Balm in the shade Thank You. If you go to Ulta, make sure to hit up their clearance section because they typically have buckets full of these. Mine was about $1.99 due to being on clearance. This product is in a Chapstick-like packaging so you will have to be careful when applying dark colors. When you put this on it literally feels like buttah! The mix has little beads that moisturize your lips and don’t dry them out.

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This product is the Lancome Color Design in the color Sugared Maple. I actually got this as a present, but it generally costs $22.50. The color is a deep pink-brown mix that is a bit waxy at times. A waxy formula helps the lipstick dry on your lips and stick all day. Lancome is the most luxury my selection gets, but this lipstick is definitely worth it.

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Next, is a new product to my collection! This is the Ulta Super Shiny Lip Butter in the shade Vienna. I received this as a free gift from purchasing something over $19.50 at Ulta. I believe this promo is still in effect and you receive a 14 piece gift that is pretty much a completely filled makeup bag. I will be hopefully posting my haul review for that soon. This lip butter was included and is a beautiful shimmery light pink with flecks of gold when it hits the light. It costs about $8.00.

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The last two are lipstains. The first stain is the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in the color Crush. It costs $5.99. I bought this in Fall when the deep berry lips were the trendiest looks going. I still use it to this day even though it is 80 degrees outside. This is a balm stain so it isn’t matte like the first one. I really like Revlon’s lipstain collections because even though they are stains, they are still very moisturizing.

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The final product is the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in the color Honey. This balm stain is the same brand as the one prior, but is in this gorgeous light pink color. Honey costs $5.99 as well. For some reason, Honey always seems more shimmery than Crush, even though they are the same formula. I really love this color. It is light and perfect for everyday wear.

Best Drugstore Makeup Products!

I have spent years scouring through the local drugstores to find the best products for daily usage. All of these products listed have withstood my scientific studies and have been voted my favorite drugstore products. When all else fails, these are the products to turn to. This list could go on and on, but I felt that these products were the most noteworthy.  Let’s begin!

First is this Maybelline Fit Me concealer. Typically, when you go to the drugstore they only have like 3-5 concealer shades that range from really light to a deep dark color. The Fit Me collection has tons of different colors that are designed to match any skin tone. Even though this concealer is a liquid, it builds very easily and doesn’t leak into any fine lines. This product is also great for covering under-eye circles. Simply stroke the brush in downward lines and blend with a small brush.

My favorite  foundation is, of course, the Revlon ColorStay foundation. This foundation is a full-coverage foundation with a matte finish. It comes in different formulas for different skin types. I use this foundation everyday and if it were ever to be discontinued I honestly don’t know what else I would wear. If you prefer a more dewy finish rather than the matte, Neutrogena Healthy Skin has a nice formula that is light and glowy.

The best blush is the Milani Blush collections. They come in either shimmer or matte. The shimmer blushes are supposed to be a highlight and blush combo, while the matte is just regular matte. Milani blushes have often been compared to Benefit blushes because the pigmentation and quality is so high. The packaging also makes them look very luxurious in your makeup container! I also really enjoy NYX blushes.

Rimmel London Natural Bronzer is one of my all-time favorite bronzers. This bronzer comes in a few colors, but all look great no matter the skin tone. Although this bronzer does have a light shimmer, the pigmentation out-weighs the shimmer. I blend this on my face with a fluffy brush and then apply my blush. This bronzer has a natural look so if you accidentally put too much on you won’t look dirty. I also really love the Covergirl bronzer that I found in the Ulta clearance.

When it came to eyeshadows, I was at a draw. My two favorite eyeshadow palette are the E.l.f. Essential Beauty School Eyeshadow Compact in Neutral and the Wet n’ Wild 8 Eyeshadow Palettes. Both come in a variation of colors. I really like this E.l.f. one because it has a combination of shimmer, sparkly, and matte colors. And the Wet n’ Wild one is a favorite because the color pay-off is amazing and if you are new to makeup, each color is labeled where to place it.

My favorite lipsticks are the Maybelline Color Sensational lipsticks. They come in these gorgeous plastic packaging and have been compared to high-end lipsticks all the time. The texture is creamy and the colors work well with all skin tones. These shades aren’t completely matte, but aren’t super glossy. My favorite lip-stain would have to be Revlon Just Bitten.

Stocking Stuffers for the Makeup Lover Under $5!

The holidays are right around the corner which means buying gifts for all your loved ones. Using Naked palettes, Nars lipsticks, and Benefit blushes as stocking stuffers can really add up. Below are 5 products that equal to be $20.27 all together and can be used to create full faces of makeup. Let’s begin!

e.l.f. Essential Holiday Get The Look Set – Limited Edition $5.00

This holiday set is perfect for the makeup newbie! It comes with one eye shadow brush, black pencil eyeliner, black mascara, an eyelash curler, and one shadow available in two colors.

Fancy Lashes Gift

Essence Beauty Secrets Fancy Lashes (Ulta, $1.79)

These lashes are sure to stand out and come in a thin packaging for easy stocking storing. They are perfect for holiday parties!

Makeup Sponge Blender $3.48

Beauty Blenders are all the rage in the world of makeup, but who want to spend $20 for a little sponge? These are knock-off beauty blenders that are the same formula and under $5!

NYX Butter Gloss  $5.00

NYX Butter Glosses are highly pigmented lip glosses that are so moisturizing it is like butta! These can be ordered online or at your nearest drugstore. NYX glosses have received several awards for being high quality at a low price.

e.l.f. Essential Beauty Book Eye Sets $5.00

The final product a full eyeshadow palette under $5! This e.l.f. palette comes in 3 colors: Natural, Bronzed, and Smokey, along with a primer, eye shadow brush, and eyeliner. This Beauty Book also comes with step-by-step instructions how to apply for day and night looks.

Makeup Expiration Dates!

Unfortunately, all good things must come to end, resulting in makeup expiration dates. Once makeup goes past a certain amount of time, the colors can start separating and breaking off mutating into an unwanted product. Makeup should be used up or replaced within this time. Let’s begin!

Mascara’s lifetime is between 2-3 months. If you continue everyday wear then you will finish within a month. Signs to ditch that mascara is if the formula starts hardening, clumping, or smelling really weird. Sharing mascara can promote bacteria growth causing the expiration date to arrive sooner than planned.

The shelf-life of lotion is about 2 years. A change in color or scent is a dead giveaway for expired lotion. Go for a bottle with a pump rather than one in a jar. Lotion with a pump is less prone to airborne bacteria meaning it will last longer because is much more sanitary.

Foundation and concealer only live for 6-12 months. The average daily foundation wearer goes through 2-3 foundation bottles per year. If it has separated into layers or the color has lightened, it’s time to buy a new one! Tip: Keep makeup out of sunlight. UV rays can destroy preservatives which will make your products spoil faster.

Lipstick and lip-gloss have an expiration date of 2 years for lipstick and 1 year for lip-gloss. If you notice your lipstick has become dry or your gloss is extra sticky, they’ve probably gone bad! Testing out shades at the makeup counter is totally fine but NEVER apply directly from the tube. Ask an associate to disinfect it for you then apply with a disposable applicator.

Eye shadows, powders, and blushes last up to 2 years. Expired powders tend to be more dry and flaky than new ones. Invest in a cosmetic sanitizer and brush shampoo! Cleaning your makeup and tools on a regular basis will help prevent both bacteria growth and breakouts!

Fall Beauty Trend: Berry Lips!

Fall is the perfect time to experiment with a new lip color – the changing seasons means you can take a break from candy-colored pinks and corals, and try on a bold, dark shade. Berry lips are versatile and classic, plus this shade is flattering on every skin tone. Let’s begin!

If you’re new to berry (or feel it’s too dark for daytime), wearing it sheer is the perfect way to test out the color. It’s also a much less tricky way to apply lipstick, so if you’ve ever had trouble with application (we all have!), this is a foolproof method. If you don’t prefer it, then just simply take a napkin to wipe it off or blend another color to your favor.

If you’re looking to really rock a trend this fall, deep, dark berry lips are sure to make a statement. Dare to wear during the day, or play up your berry pout for a great night-out look. Whichever you choose, this look takes a little more time (and maybe practice!) to apply than the sheer look, but the payoff is worth the effort! Using a lip brush would be the best way to apply it because it will go on evenly and not smudge off you lips.

My 3 favorite berry tinted lipsticks include Revlon Super Lustrous in Black Cherry, Maybelline ColorSensational in Deepest Cherry, and L’Oreal Colour Riche in Plum Explosion.

Step By Step Eyebrow Tutorial

Eyebrows are the fur of the face that many people have yet to master. The key of eyebrows is that the hair color and thickness matches with your face shape and correlates with your hair color. Unfortunately, not everyone is graced with perfect natural eyebrows, thus we shade them in. This tutorial will show you how to prep, prime, and create the perfect brows. Let’s begin!

First, you must find out what your correct brow shape is. Your shape depends on the shape of your face and eyes. The peak of your brow should be vertical to the middle of your pupil. The brow should start where your tear ducts begin.

The products used in this are tweezers, a short angled brush, a razor, matching matte eye shadow, a highlight, possibly scissors or brow gel. A brow pencil was also used in this tutorial, but isn’t mandatory for every one. All of the maintenance products are from Sally’s Beauty Supply. You should go for a matte shadow or it wouldn’t be natural.

To begin, tweeze any stray hairs that don’t correlate with your natural shape or the shape that matches your face. Using a brow razor after will get those minuscule hairs that you can’t see. If your brows are really thick, brush the hairs upward with a spoolie and trim them with scissors.

Underlining the brow with pencil on the bottom will create an outline of where to shade and make it look more precise. Take the angled brush and start lightly shading in the brow.

If you make a mistake, then just take concealer after and blend it out. Go slowly at first so you don’t put too much on and keep checking if you need to make it longer.

I like to do my eyebrows before I apply eye shadow because it sets the construction of the face.

 

Flawless Foundation Routine!

Foundation, the magician of makeup. It can makeup your blemishes, redness, and dark spots vanish in thin air! Well, not literally, but it does a great job in covering it all up. I usually wear this foundation routine daily, with the occasional quick swipe of concealer when I am rushing. This routine is truly for people with problem areas, but if you just enjoy the even coverage then you can just switch a few steps around. All of my products used are from the drugstore, but you could substitute your own precious products where needed. Let’s begin!

First, you have to use a good primer. Lately, I have been using the Alway Smart Shade Primer. I started using this because my old primer ran out and just wasn’t cutting the mustard anymore. So I went to the drugstore and saw that there was only one left of this and it looked a lot like the Stila primer so I bought it. It comes out with green and purple swirls that are supposed to cover and correct your skin. I don’t really notice it, maybe it does do that. Using a makeup wedge, put about less than a dime squirt onto the wedge and rub it all over. If you get really oily in your T-zone then apply a little extra there.

Now this step can vary depending on your skin. If you don’t have many blemishes or unwanted areas, then just skip to foundation and apply concealer if necessary. But I do have troubled skin, so I apply this concealer to my unwanted areas and blend them in with my middle finger. Applying concealer first will allow you to not use as much foundation.

For foundation it is of course the beloved Revlon Colorstay for Combination/Oily Skin in the color 110 Ivory. Yes, my paleness is verging on transparent lately. I usually apply this with the same makeup wedge that I put the primer on. I prefer makeup wedges because they are cheap, blend well, double sided, and keep everything clean. For more coverage, apply with a makeup brush. This will apply the most possible product without using too much. I typically save using the brush for special occasions or where pictures will be taken. Apply, wait for it to dry which takes about 10-15 seconds, then apply any extra concealer. This is mainly for spots you missed or the under-eye area.

When using powders you truly need to look at how much coverage you need. I prefer a loose mineral powder because it covers without caking makeup on. I really like Physicians Formula Mineral Loose Powder because it works great and is exactly like Bare Minerals. Using a powder brush just dab this across the face. Powder is used to set the face and without it the whole thing would just melt off and be pointless.

On occasions, I will apply this shimmery powder from Physicians Formula only to highlight my face more. It adds light and natural-looking shimmer. I don’t typically use this as a highlight because it does have a brightness to it that isn’t meant for every day wear. I wouldn’t recommend this for full-face wear or you might look quite odd.

Now your complexion is completely flawless! Not that it already wasn’t 😉 Just add contour, blush, or a matte highlight of your choosing to finish it off.

How To Clean and Moisturize Makeup Brushes

Dust-filled powder brushes, foundation caked stippling brushes, bacteria filled blush brushes, and color stained eye shadow brushes can really ruin a look and clog your pores with bacteria. Cleaning the brushes should be done depending on how much you use them. I only use my foundation brush for special occasions (I usually use a makeup sponge), but since that is brush to face contact I usually clean that brush once a week. For eye shadow brushes, I usually clean the whole set every month considering I use different brushes. Let’s begin!

To start, rinse your brushes in a downward motion. Rinsing it downward will make sure that water doesn’t loosen the glue from the stem and ruin the brush. If your brushes have bamboo, be careful not to damage it with the water.

For the cleaning product, mix 3/4 anti-bacterial soap and 1/4 olive oil on a plate. Mixing less olive oil won’t make your brushes greasy and thick, but will cleanse them and keep them soft. Just take one damp brush and swirl it through the olive oil and soap on the plate. If you don’t want to use this mixture, baby shampoo works just as well.

Now, take the soapy brush and massage it onto your hand under the water. You will start to see the makeup seeping out. Keep massaging until all of the soap is just water.  Afterwards, rub the brush on your hand and if you can hear or see soap coming off keep rinsing it. Powder and foundation brushes are the hardest to rinse because they are so dense.

If you have a lot of brushes to be cleaned, then I would invest in a makeup cleaning tool. This one is from Sigma and just slips on like a glove and doesn’t ruin your hand when massaging the makeup residue out.

Afterwards, just lay the brushes out on a flat surface on a paper towel or a rag and let them dry for 3-5 hours. Now your brushes are squeaky clean and moisturized!

Waterproof Makeup Tutorial!

Unfortunately, not all makeup can withstand the earth’s elements. We have all been there where you come out of the pool and mascara or that smokey eye is just oozing down your face. Thankfully, I have found this full face makeup look that can defend itself against water and sweat. This isn’t the best every day makeup, unless you come into contact daily with water. Let’s begin!

For a full-coverage foundation, I would recommend the Makeup For Ever Full Cover foundation. You could apply a primer under this foundation, but it is so waterproof it isn’t completely necessary. It can be a little pricey, but it has true full coverage and the lady at Sephora said this is the only absolute waterproof foundation. Apply this with a foundation brush and use Covergirl Clay concealer to cover up any redness and under-eyes. Using a clay concealer is a lot thicker than a liquid and will cling to your face better. If you don’t want a heavy foundation, then apply Physicians Formula BB cream for moderate coverage.

  

On the eyelids, I apply Maybelline Color Tattoo in the color Tough as Taupe. This cream eyeshadow is waterproof and is a shimmery gold that reflects the sun with your eyes making them looks brighter. If you prefer a more smokey look, go for the Revlon cream eye shadow palettes. They come with four sets of shadows and come in hundreds of color sets. For a pop of summery color, using a angled liner brush apply Tenacious Teal to the under eyelids. If you wanted a black winged liner instead, a gel liner swiped with an angled liner brush will do the trick.

The Colossal mascara by Maybelline is an amazing waterproof mascara. This mascara won’t come off for anything. Curl the lashes then apply even coats. Tip: Don’t apply mascara to bottom lashes because it could increase the risk of bottom lash line makeup dripping off in the water.

For blush, I sweep Dream Bouncy blush across my cheekbones for a natural flushed look. Dragging the blush up into the temples will give more structure to the face. Applying a light pink or coral lip stain is best because it won’t come off. And that’s it! You are now ready to jump into the ocean and ensure that your face will stay on all day.

G.N.O + Clubbing Makeup!

G.N.O, known as Girls Night Out, is what many women desire for at the beginning of each week. It’s that one night of freedom where you can just let your hair down with all your closest friends. Most ladies enjoy anything from a lovely dinner with a side of late-night karaoke to the pulsing clubs. Whichever you love, this tutorial will have 3 looks. From a hardcore clubbing look, to a gentle movie night look. Each one will have a different tweak, but use similar products. Let’s begin!

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The first look will be a dramatic clubbing look.  I wouldn’t recommend wearing this to a simple dinner because it is very climatic look. To start, I will apply a good primer. This primer needs to be able to truly keep the foundation together because the club will be hot and you don’t want your face melting off. I am apply Mac Prep + Prime to my face and Urban Decay Eyeshadow Potion to my eyelids. Next, I will take my Revlon Colorstay Foundation and apply it with either a foundation brush or a makeup wedge. Sometimes I like to use a makeup wedge to apply because the brush can shelter bacteria, but it does blend better. I usually let my foundation dry on my face before applying Revlon PhotoReady Concealer. This gets blended in my under-eye area and on any red spots. Now time for the eyes! I apply Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow on  my lid. I know, so much Revlon! Only apply this on the lid, not in the crease. The NYX Single Eyeshadow in Black should be blended into the crease and sweep down into the inner eye area. With a liner brush, apply the same black shadow to the lower lid line. Use a thick black liner pencil to thicken the lower lash line. Applying eyelashes with this look would be kind of pointless because the eye makeup is so dark, so instead I just use Maybelline Volum’ Express mascara. To brighten up the face, sweep Physicians Formula Mood Boosting blush with an angled blush brush. Since the makeup is so harsh, a nude lipstick would compliment the best. I applied NYX Black Label Lipstick in Nude on my lips. Spritz Mac Setting Spray all over your face to ensure everything doesn’t drip off mid-dance.

 

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For the second look, I decided to go with a less dramatic look. This look could still be worn to the club, but isn’t as drastic. For the face, I would recommend doing the same process above. It will guarantee that everything stays in place and doesn’t glide or slide off your lids or face. I next use the Lorac Pro Palette and use the shimmery white color with a small shadow brush to highlight the inner corners of the eyes. If you don’t have this palette then you can just use any white shimmery color. Using the L’Oreal Paris Extra Intense Eyeliner make a wing that extends into the crease. Take a blending eye shadow brush and blend it inward toward the eye and deeper into the crease. Using Milani Eyeshadow in Tickled Pink, gently pat this on the lid. This color is so subtle that the pink doesn’t stand out, but is noticeable. I wore  fake lashes for this look because it is a lighter look so the longer lashes help emphasize the sassiness. Maybelline Vivids Lipstick in Fuchsia Flash will be swiped across my lips and since the lips are so pink I would recommend applying a bronzer rather than a blush.

 

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The final look is the least dramatic of all. This makeup look could be worn to a restaurant or the movies. For the face, you don’t need as thick and heavy of a primer and foundation combo. A simple BB cream and mineral powder will do the trick for a gentle full coverage. For the eyes, I would still prime those bad boys. Using the same Lorac Pro Palette in the color Nude, pat this all over the lid, inner corner of the eye, and into 1/4 the lower lash line before the lash growth begins. Using an Urban Decay 24/7 Blue Eyeliner blend it from where the shadow on the lash line begins. It will blend together from a turquoise into the blue liner. Line your waterline with the Black Urban Decay 24/7 liner. Using a liquid liner, make a small line across the top lash line as a map of where the lashes will go. I recommend using Kiss eyelashes with this look and winging the liquid liner out after you apply them. With an angled blush brush, stroke Physicians Formula Mood Boosting Blush across the apples of your cheeks. For the lips, using a light pink lip gloss will compliment the shimmery eyes the best. And that’s it! 3 Girls Night Out looks that will surely make a statement. Have fun!

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