Monday, May 18, 2015

Copper Eyes

Copper shadow and green eyes are BFFs in my book. Of course it looks great on all eye colors, really, but I especially love how it pops against green. I went for this look for an afternoon baby shower this weekend and was really happy with how it turned out, so I thought I'd share with you what I did in a little FOTD.
Base:
I used the Maybelline Master Prime on my cheeks, undereyes, and forehead to both smooth out the look of my skin and extend the life of my blush (which always seems to disappear first). Next up, to add a little illumination to my cheeks and the bridge of my nose I used the Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint in Pearl. This has the smallest amount of shimmer throughout the tinted moisturizer to add a lovely glow to your face without actually looking like a disco ball. I've really been enjoying using the NYX HD concealer blended in with a damp sponge and set it with the cult fave Rimmel Stay Matte powder in transparent.

Brows:
The standard combo of the Anastasia Brow Wiz in Soft Brown and the Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium. If it ain't broke don't fix it...

Cheeks:
I added a bit of Nars Laguna Bronzer to the hollows of my cheeks and my temples for a little warmth. You all know about my love for the Laura Geller blush in Pink Grapefruit, so of course I popped that onto my cheeks and topped of everything with a bit of Mary-Lou Manizer from theBalm, because it's just so pretty!

Lips:
Nada- just a bit of Vaseline!

Eyes:
Onto my fave part of this whole look- the eyes! I used the e.l.f. eye primer in sheer to get my lids ready for shadow. The Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics palette has proved to be so much more useful than I ever thought it would be. I used Stark, the nude pink as a quick wash of neutral shadow from lash line to brow, and then Frisk, the taupe-gray as a transition shade in the crease. For the star of the show, I used my favorite coppery shadow, Garnet, from the Lorac Pro palette all over the lid, building it up and blending out the edges until I was happy with the color intensity. I took Black from the same palette as a soft and slightly smoky liner along the top and bottom lash lines for some definition, then added the NYX Slide on Pencil in Jet Black in the upper and lower waterlines to intensify it a bit more. I typically only bring the liner on the lower lash line about two-thirds of the way in so my eyes look more open and not too closed-off. Adding Tarte's Lights, Camera, Lashes on the top lashes and Clinique's Bottom Lash Mascara on the bottom finished it off. 
What's your go-to color for enhancing your eye color? Let me know in the comments! Hope you all had a great weekend!

Monday, May 11, 2015

On Cloud Nine

White nails are such a simple, yet chic way to welcome spring. It's not as girly as pastels, but still gives off a completely feminine vibe. I found the Sephora Formula X nail polish in Cloud Nine the other day and decided to give it a try. I've never used the Formula X polishes before (shocking, I know), but I've always heard good things about the range, so I was definitely looking forward to trying it out! Cloud Nine is part of the Translucent range, which is made up of white and pink shades that give a sheer wash of color. They're all neutral shades perfect for any occasion, so you really can't go wrong.

Although it's supposed to be on the sheer side, I found with two coats it was still a bit streaky, so I has to use three to get it to look nice and smooth. It's still a little sheer after three, which I think gives it a little dimension, so it's not just a flat white. This color will look fabulous paired with a tan, too! Overall, I'm impressed by both the formula and application of the Formula X polish and I'm looking forward to trying some other shades in the collection. If you have any favorites, I'd love your recommendations!

Last week the Mr and I went to a Seether concert - I'm a huge fan and this was our third time seeing them in about 3 years. I'm never disappointed after seeing their shows- they're so good live! This weekend for Mother's Day I took my mom out to lunch and we bought her a white Gardenia plant. She has quite the green thumb and loves flowers, so we thought it would be perfect. The weather here was so hot this weekend, you'd think it was the middle of summer already! The shorts came out and my legs saw sunlight for the first time in many months. (It was a very pale sight for all - eek!) I hope you all had a great weekend! 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Night Out- makeup and what's in my bag

I went out for a fundraising dinner last week to support a local food pantry with some co-workers, so I thought I'd share with you the makeup look I went for and what I took in my clutch! I wore a simple black peplum dress, so I wanted a pop of color with my makeup. I'm not much of a bold lip gal, but I figured I'd just go for it with a bright orange-red lipstick paired with a simple winged liner. I'm completely in love with both the color, In Love With Ginger, and the formula of this Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick. It's very hydrating, easy to apply, and lasts for hours- even through dinner and drinks! For a drugstore lipstick, I was impressed.
Eyes - Pur Minerals Eyeliner Pen, Tarte Lights Camera, Lashes Mascara
When I'm packing up an evening clutch, I want to be pretty minimal, but still have what I might need throughout the night. It was still pretty sunny when I left my house, so I grabbed my RayBan wayfarers on my way out. Car keys, house key, and my ID are always needed, but I also like to have both a credit card and some cash with me at all times.  A mini rollerball perfume is easy to throw in, just in case I need a scent savior- I took the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black (my fave). I also like to include a small lotion, just in case there are any dry spots that pop up on my arms and legs, 'cuz that's never cute. I opted for the Tocca Cleopatra cream, since I love the grapefruit scent, and the name is just too fabulous! Of course no clutch would be complete without the lip color of the night and a balm, in case my lips start to feel dry. I always carry the Vaseline mini tub with me wherever I go. For those wondering, the peach basket-weave clutch is by Shiraleah and I found it at TJ Maxx last summer.

What are your essentials for a night out?

Monday, May 4, 2015

April Favorites!

I don't think I've done a monthly favorites post in, well...months (maybe a year?), but what better time to get back into them than now?! First up, is the Laura Geller blush in Tropic Hues. I picked this up in a haul earlier in the month and I am obsessed! You're probably all sick of me talking about them by now, but these blushes are just that good. As I've come to expect with these blushes, a few swipes leaves my cheeks with the right amount of both color and sheen. I love all of the colors that are swirled together- the pink, coral, and deep rose when mixed seem to be a perfect color for me lately.

A simple eye with a bit of liner has been a go-to look for me lately and my shadows of choice have been out of the Naked 3 palette. Specifically, I like to sweep Burnout (3rd from the left) all over the lid for a wash of light pink with a hint of shimmer and then blend Nooner, the deep rose matte shade through the crease. It's very subtle, with just the right amount of something to add a little definition. 'Cuz you all know I'm definitely not a bare lids kinda gal...

Every single day without fail I roll on some of the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black before leaving the house. When I initially bought the White and Black rollerball duo, I thought that I would love the White scent more than the Black, but it's actually the opposite! The scent of Nirvana White is lovely, don't get me wrong, but the peony in it is a little too floral for my liking to wear daily. Nirvana Black on the other hand is my fave- day or night. Something about the sandalwood and vanilla in this one are just so me. Once this little rollerball runs out I'm definitely buying the full size!

The Clinique Pop Lipstick in Plum Pop has quickly shot up to the top of my lip favorites list. The color is noticeable, but not too much. It looks lovely both patted in and applied full-on. The color lasts for hours, without needing to be re-applied and it doesn't dry out my lips when I wear it all day (which is a feat alone, let me tell ya)! If you want to see it in action, check out this post. I'm so impressed by this formula and am itching to try another shade.

The concealer favorite this month is actually a team! I like to use the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer under my eyes and any red areas and blend it in with the Real Techniques Setting Brush. This much loved (and almost empty!) concealer is nice and creamy, so it blends in quickly and easily with the small and fluffy brush, making concealer application a breeze. 

I hope everyone had a great weekend! The weather was absolutely beautiful here- sunny and warm! It was a welcomed change after the longest winter ever. I did a little shopping for my brother and sister-in-law's baby shower and tried to get caught up on the dvr list (which I can never seem to do). The Mr and I are going to a Seether concert on Tuesday night. We haven't seen them live in a couple of years, so when I saw they were coming to town, I had to get tickets! Have a great week and let me know what your April favorites are in the comments!