Ulta 14 Piece Gift Review!

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Ulta is offering a free gift of this completely filled makeup bag with a purchase of $19.50 or more of Ulta beauty products. I bought a Kabuki brush to replace my broken powder brush and a liquid liner pen that equated $19.99. Getting right on the $19.50 mark takes talent, but I tried as hard as I could to get the bargain. Within 5 days my package came and included this makeup bag that was filled with 14 makeup items. The bag was avilable in a turquoise-blue and hot pink. I would assume the products in both bags would be the same colors, but this bag had more neutral-pink toned colors. Let’s begin!
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First off, it comes with 3 quads of eyeshadow. The quad on the left is called Chic and contains 4 shimmer colors. The middle one is named Dramatic with 3 shimmer and one matte grey color. The last one is named Classic and is broken! I used this shimmery quad once and tried to put the complicated packaging back together and now the top won’t come off. The color pay off is pretty potent, but I was expecting more mattes just because I feel like they’re cheaper to just put into a quad.

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Next are cosmetic brushes! I was really happy that Ulta counted this set of brushes as one product from the 14 piece kit and not individual. The first brush on the left is an eyeshadow brush and is great for blending out the crease. The middle brush says sponge tip brush and I always get these brushes, yet never use them. Every now and again I will use it to get large amounts of a cheap shadow out. I know it can be used to make ombre nail designs as well. The blush brush on the far right is pretty good, somewhat small compared to my typical blush brush. It does apply a lot of product at once!

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This teeny tiny nail polish is the next product in the bag. It is in the color Fuchsiamania and the color basin is about the size of a quarter. The color matches the bag, going along with the pink theme. It has decent nail coverage; not as amazing as an Essie or O-P-I. It takes two coats to have full coverage and is a shiny solution.

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This blush is crazy sparkly and is named Sweet Cheeks. The color is fairly sheen except for the sparkle. If you apply enough it has a peach tint. I found that it went on better with the supplied blush brush as opposed to one of my fluffy brushes. The color payoff doesn’t really excite me, but I might combine it with some other brushes to add more shimmer.

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Next is the Voluptuous Volume mascara in Jet Black. I really love this mascara! This is probably one of my favorite products from the bunch. The mascara pieces out your eye lashes and fans them out. It builds up easily and doesn’t smudge off the lower lashes. Smudging is always a big no-no for me because my lower lashes have a tendency of rubbing off onto my under eyes with bad mascara.

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When I saw there was eyeliner included, I was overjoyed because I ran out of my everyday liner. I typically stick with retractable liners because they smudge easier and don’t have to be sharpened. This pencils are pretty good, though. One side is black and the other is deep brown.

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The next product is Super Shiny Lip Gloss in Illusion. This lip gloss matches the blush which matches the lip butter included. I never was a huge fan of lip gloss because of bad sticky experiences, but this one is not a super sticky consistency. It doesn’t have a smell and is a little shimmery.

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This product was another one where it is smaller than it should be. It kinda feels like it is half full… Nevertheless, it is a decent primer and helps my makeup go on easier. It reminds me of my Neutrogena Shine Control Primer and has nearly the same packaging. It only has enough primer for a month of faces, maybe.

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The final product is the Super Shiny Lip Butter in Vienna and I previously wrote about this in my last post.  I ADORE this lip butter so much! It doesn’t dry me out, has a light pink/nude with gold flecked color, and is so creamy. I will definitely keep Ulta lip butters in mind when searching for a new lipstick. This lip butter is easy to just slip on any day and works every time.

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Overall, these products are fairly decent. If you are new to makeup or have a minimal collection, I would say get this because all the products are supposed to work together and create one main look. If you are experienced and have a large collection of makeup, I would have to say skip it. Unless you need something worth $19.50 from Ulta, I wouldn’t intentionally buy this. The products are good and some are great, but I just feel like it is a collection that half of it might not even get used that often…

DIY~ Nail Polish Made From Old Eyeshadows!

If I had a dollar for how many times I bought an eyeshadow and never used it…. Well now I can! I found this trick in a magazine and absolutely had to try it out. All you will need for this D.I.Y. is one concealable bag, one eyeshadow (preferably a pigment), scissors, clear nail polish, a paint brush or old concealer brush, and a container for your masterpiece. This nail polish comes out matte on your nails, but adding a clear top coat will give it that original shine. Let’s begin!

First, put your eyeshadow in a bag. If you want a certain color out of a palette, with strong force and some good tweezers you can peel the glue off of the compact and remove the specific shadow. Palettes don’t work too well because most colors will just blend into a brown or deep grey and be a waste of makeup and time. The more shimmery, the more shimmery nail polish. A swirled eyeshadow, such as Mac Heavenly Creatures Mineralized Eyeshadows, will create a tie-dye effect.

Crush the eyeshadow up in your bag. It is important to use a concealable bag, such as a Ziploc bag, so you don’t spill tiny eyeshadow flakes all over your floor. Try to crush as much of the shadow out of the compact tin. Be careful not to puncture the bag when crushing.

You want the shadow to be in pigment form. Mineral loose shadows are easier to crush up because they are already all crushed up. Try to go for a powdery consistency because it mixes better with the clear nail polish.

Cut off a small corner and pour it into a container. These small containers can be found at the Dollar Store or most makeup stores. Try to fill the container up with the pigment up until the cap screws down to. To clarify, don’t fill it all the way to the tippy top.

Grab your clear nail polish and begin to pour it into the container. It is best to fill it up halfway, mix it, then add more. The less you fill with clear nail polish, the less solution you will have and the grainier it will be from the eyeshadow.

Mix well with either old makeup brush or a cheap paintbrush. Paint it on your fingers and you are done! If you don’t like constantly be getting a brush out to use your nail polish, then simply pour the eyeshadow powder into the clear nail polish container and shake it up!

 

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.

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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.

Product Battles: Physicians Formula Nude vs. Naked Palette!

Recently, Physicians Formula came out with 2 new palettes named Shimmer Strips. One is Classic Nude and the other is Smokey Nude. They both correspond near perfectly with the Naked palettes. Thus, concluding that a product battle is a must between the Naked palette and the Classic Nude palette. Let’s begin!

First off is the Classic Nude palette from Physicians Formula. All of the colors are shimmery, hence the name Shimmer Strips, but they aren’t glittery. It comes in this adorable little casing and has a magnetic flip that keeps everything closed. Inside it comes with a sponge-like brush which can’t really be used much. The colors are small strips of 9. On the back of the packaging it has tips to enhance your smokey eye and how to use the sponge applicator. This product runs for about $10.99 at most drug stores. The main problem I had with this product is that without primer all of  the colors have the same shimmery pigmentation. The picture of the swatches I did are all with primer and a lot of product. The fall-out is minimal.

In comparison is the original Naked palette. With its 12 pigmented shades, this bad boy runs for about $52.00. Most of colors are shimmery, but there are a few matte colors in this palette. It comes with eye primer and other than the cost I really love this palette. I think it’s universal and can be worn daily. The price is a banger, though. To spend $52.00 on some eye shadows! This palette looks fine without primer and amazing with primer. The fall-out is minimal.

And the winner is….. The Naked palette! I chose this palette because I felt like it was worth the money. Typically, I weigh cost more than anything in these battles because I love my under $15 makeup, but the rewards outweighed the cost. Naked offers matte and shimmer and the products that come with it have the ability to be used for more things. Everyone needs a little luxury makeup, and this product battle luxury wins over cheap.

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!

Celebrity Inspired Makeup~ Selena Gomez

  

Selena Gomez’s song “Come and Get It” is at the top of the charts and Selena looks absolutely gorgeous in her video. This fast-beat song pairs well with the sultry eye and red lips that Selena wears throughout the video. Someone actually requested that I do a celebrity inspired makeup tutorial, so if you have any preferences be sure to comment your desire below. This will explain her eye, face, and lips. Let’s begin!

 To begin with the face, prime your whole face with Mac Prep + Prime. Using a foundation brush, blend Revlon Colorstay Foundation all over for an even tone. Apply concealer to under-eye areas and any red spots or blemishes. Brush a translucent Covergirl Loose Powder evenly across your face. This process will ensure that you will have the even and flawless look of Selena’s. Sweep Hot Mama by The Balm across the cheekbones with an angled blush brush. As you can see above, she doesn’t have a pinkish cheek, so apply Solar Riche by MAC into the blush and Gentle by MAC for the highlight. This will give a warm, earthy cheek tone. I filled in my brows to be thicker like Selena’s with the Brow Bar. 

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Now on to the eyes! Apply Urban Decay Eyeshadow Potion to my eyelids to prime them. Brush Copper Craze by Maybelline into the corners of the eyes and onto the middle of the lid. Now apply Half Baked from the Naked Palette into the inner corner of the eye. If you want to wet your brush while you apply this gold it will make it stand out more. With a smaller brush, sweep dark horse from the Naked Palette into the crease and blend it out. Taking an angled brush, slowly blend Black out into the deepest part of the crease. Use any light shadow and highlight the brow bone and clean up any stray eye shadow. Using a thick black pencil, line the water line and smudge it out onto the lower lash line. I prefer using Smolder by MAC, but any thick pencil will do. Apply a gel eye liner onto the upper lash line, and don’t wing it out. My false lashes are 105 by Ardel and I used Falsies mascara over them afterwards and onto my bottom lashes. 

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Finally, lips! I am using Ruby Woo by MAC. This lipstick is very matte, so I suggest exfoliating previously and wearing lip balm before applying. If you do make a mistake, then you can go over that with a concealer brush. And that’s it! I will try and do celebrity inspired looks in the future. 

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!

The Best Eye Makeup For Your Eye Color

Picking from what seems like an army of eye makeup shades on store shelves can feel like a perplexing task, but instead you can rely on certain hues that are guaranteed to work for your eye color. Much like a simple ribbon that pulls together and brightens wrapping paper for a gift, eye shadow can make your natural eye color pop! Every eye is different and beautiful. Whether it’s a bright green or a deep brown. These simple styles can help your eyes stand out. Let’s begin!

For blue eyes:

Day: Warm shades of gold brighten the blue hues in your eyes. Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo in the color of Bold Gold, $5.59.

Night: Sweeping a dark grey smokey eye across your lids creates an inviting sultry look. Adding a light grey highlight in the corner of your eyes really makes those baby blues pop. Covergirl Eye Enhancers in the color Smoke Alarm, $3.48.

 

For brown eyes:

Day: Blending a shimmer-bronze or taupe eye shadow on lids and the lower lash line brings out gold flecks in the iris. Loreal Paris Infallible, $6.99.

Night: First apply your favorite black mascara, and then apply an aubergine mascara just on the lash tips—the interplay of shades is subtle yet stunning. Medusa’s Make-up Mascara, $7.00

 

For green eyes:

Day: Apply copper eye shadow to lids and the bottom lash line, and then wet your brush and go over the color to moisten it, which will intensify both the shadow and your eye color. NYX Single Eye Shadow in the color Copper, $5.00.

Night: To accent with a touch of playful color, wet an eyeliner brush and apply a deeply pigmented purple shade to the top and bottom lash lines only. Or if you’re daring, sweep the vibrant hue over the entire lid. Rimmel Glam’ Eyes HD Quad Eye Shadow Palette in the color Purple Reign, $5.68.

 

 

For hazel eyes:

Day: Wear a creamy or glossy nude shadow similar to your skin color all over lids, which will make your hazel eyes appear to slightly change colors depending on what you’re wearing.

Night: Use an antique gold to bring out the amber flecks in your eyes, or if wearing other eyeshadow colors, apply amber gold in the spot just straight over the pupil for the same effect. BareMinerals Mini Eyecolor in the color Radiant Rebecca, $6.50.

 

If you have dark eyes or just want to brighten your eyes, focus on blending light around the eyes, and stay away from muddy colors that will look overdone with dark lashes, brows and eyes. Apply concealer on lids to brighten the base, and try shimmery beige tones or a nude pencil along the inner rim of eyes. Everyone’s eyes are different, but these techniques are guaranteed to bring out the natural beauty of your eyes.

Prom is in the Air!

Prom, short for promenade, is what little girls dream about daily. When I was in high school I only got to go to prom once due to that I graduated early. When I did attend the theme was “California Dreaming”. Which no one knew how to dress according to the theme and once we got there the decorations were like old Hollywood. Prom is truly one night where you just feel free. Surrounded by your friends, date, and ready to make the best memories of the school year. In order to have a good time, a lady must overcome obstacles. Finding the perfect dress, finding the perfect makeup that won’t melt off your face from dancing the night away, etc. Much like a prom scavenger hunt.  This makeup look is my favorite and is guaranteed to last the entire night. Let’s begin!

First using Make Up Forever HD Microperfecting Primer, I spread this across my face. I usually buy the green primer and use one squirt on my whole face. If you are prone to be greasier in certain areas, like your t-zone, then apply a small bit more in those areas. The green primer is more beloved than white because the green works along with your foundation to cover up anything from blemishes to sun damage. It really keeps the face together the whole night.

 

 

Next is the foundation. The foundation I recommend can be used for prom and also every day wear. I wear it every single time I wear foundation and I truly adore it. It is Revlon ColorStay foundation for combination/oily skin. I like it because it contains salicylic  acid which helps fight breakouts. This foundation shows up great in photos as well. It doesn’t get splotchy or shiny. I apply this using a foundation brush all over my face. I will use a Covergirl concealer to my under-eye area and any blemishes or troublesome spots. This face mix sets fantastic with Neutrogena press powder. Using a thick powder brush, gently apply this powder to your face.

 

 

If you have an issue with your brows then using the Benefit Brow Duo shadow set gently shade in your desired shape. I do not have to shave in my eyebrows because they are already voluptuous, but if you have to this set has amazing reviews by everyone I know. It has two colors inside that help you get the preferred shape. For gently blushed cheeks I applied Bobbi Brown blush in the color Nectar on the apples of my cheeks using an angled blush brush. I applied just enough to add definition to my face, but not consume the whole look. This color is completely matte and is a gorgeous color. I don’t apply a highlight on my face or contour, but if you do it will bring more shape to your face. Afterward I primed my eye lids using Urban Decay’s Eye shadow Primer. Priming the lids will ensure that the makeup doesn’t ooze off your face mid-prom from all that dancing. Eye shadow time! For my eyes I will be using the NAKED2 palette by Urban Decay. I use this palette for everything from formal events to going into town.

 

 

First, cut off two 1 inch rectangles of household tape and from the corner of the eye to the edge of the brow tape it down. As weird as this process sounds, it will ensure the eye shadow will have a winged flare. Using a flat shadow brush, pat Verve across the lid. The names of each shadow are found below the shadow in the palette. Apply Tease with a medium fluffy brush to the outer 1/3 of the eye, blending outwards towards the tape. Using a blending brush, apply YDK into the crease and outer portion of the lid. Smudge busted in the outer lash liner and apply a small amount into the crease. Apply Blackout to the lower lash line with a liner brush and the top line. You could also apply liquid liner to the top liner if needed. For an inner eye highlight I highly recommend using Ellis Faas Light Pen. Apply this to the inner corners of the eye to lighten your eyes. The shimmer in this brings out the color pigments in your eyes. Taking off the tape, the shadow should have a sharp wing to it. If you would like more sparkle to it, add a shimmery shade to the middle of the lid.

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For eyelashes the choice is either natural or fake. Since this event is very formal I would recommend using fake, because it shows up a lot better in pictures. For long-lasting lashes, I recommend using any Kiss eyelash product. I have used them for years and they have never un-glued themselves unexpectedly from my eyelids.

Since this eye shadow is a more dramatic look, for lips I will apply and lighter color. Using Mac lipstick in the color Myth, apply this to your lips. For bigger looking lips, take a white liner pencil and outline the cupids bow on the top lip and the middle thickest part of the lower lip. This will highlight your lips when picture taking time comes around.

And that’s it! You are officially prom ready. Along with the gorgeous dress, every girl needs to bring essential items. For inside the clutch, I recommend bringing cover-up, blotting facial papers, your cellphone, money, I.D, a camera, keys, and, of course, your tickets to get inside prom. For many girls, prom is a night like no other, and I wish everyone the same for their prom experience.

Recently, my cousin went to prom and here I did her makeup with the same look, but added orange to compliment her dress. Have fun!

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