I decided to create another look from my favorite palette, my Smashbox Full exposure palette. This time I focused more on creating a bronzed smokey eye look. This is another really simple, 5 minute look that is a nice play on a more boring, traditional nude color. I absolutely love the way this turned out and I'm finding that I'm never disappointed by these colors! Check it out and let me know what you think!
We've all had that moment (well most of us at least) where we have an important job interview or meeting and all of a sudden nothing we own looks professional, our hair is a mess and we have no idea how to do our makeup. Been there. So, the other day I had a meeting with an important client and the night before as I was planning out my outfit I decided I'd make a video showing how I do my makeup for occasions like these. It's easy to think, 'ok, less makeup is more in this situations'. While this isn't necessarily wrong, it's not necessarily true either. If you're smart about how you apply your makeup you can play up your features, make yourself look more polished and professional and actually look better than wearing little to no makeup at all. Check out my video below for some of my tips, hopefully you'll find them useful next time you're in a similar situation!
This fall, nude or natural looking makeup is all the rage. If you're not rocking berry lips then you should look like you're rocking nothing at all. While this may seem as simple as just not applying makeup, it's a little more complicated than that. There are certain things you can do to achieve that 'no-makeup, makeup' look. So, I decided to make a video showing some of things I like to do to pretend like 'I woke up like this'. Check it out!
should be shimmery- This was true in the 90's.
Now, not so much. There is definitely a use for shimmery bronzers;
they look great in the summer, they help boost your tan and they can draw eyes
to the parts of your body you want to emphasize. However, nowadays, matte
is the new shimmer. It's all about contouring and highlighting.
Using a shimmer to contour is disastrous to say the least. You
should look for a matte bronzer, 2 shades darker than your natural skin tone
and use that to create a shadow to contour your skin and play down/up your
2. Red or dark lips are only for women with
full, thick lips- I used to take this rule as gospel. You wouldn’t find a dark or red lipstick
anywhere in my collection. Then, I was
introduced to Mac’s Ruby Woo. At first I
thought no way, this color is gorgeous but it will look weird on me…then I
tried it. I was instantly in love. For weeks I wouldn’t go out without it in
tow. Then I started to branch out to
darker berry colors, even venturing to go near colors that border on
black. The trick to really pulling off
any of these looks is to make your lips look fuller. Use lip liner to really accentuate the lips, and
apply gloss in the center of your lips and shimmer right above them to really
give that extra oomph. Fellow
thin-lipped girls do NOT be afraid to go bold in your lip colors!
3. Never wear dark
eyeshadow during the day- For certain
jobs you may want to stick to this rule but overall, this is rapidly changing.
There are so many variations to the traditional "smokey eye" or
"dark eyeshadow" look that it's easy to make it work during the day.
The key is to use lighter colors during the day, keep the crease simple
and not too dark, and blend a lot! Also, you can use a lighter color in
the corners of your eyes to add some simplicity the look and a pop of lighter
4. Blue eyeshadow is so yesterday- Wrong,
wrong, wrong. Blue eyeshadow is everywhere. You can play it up,
play it down, have fun with it! There are so many shades and hues it's
not difficult to pick one that will flatter you without looking like you just
walked out of an 80's party! I love using blue eye shadow to create a
smokey eye as it's such a subtle change from the traditional look and it looks
great on every eye color! You can also
use lighter blues on your lids. There
are so many ways to make this work without looking like you’re trying to bring
retro back. The key to any look is
confidence. Wear a color you love and
just rock it!
5. Never do a bold eye with a dark lip- This is easy to pull off if you do it
right. Use complimentary shades and don’t
use anything too dark on the eyes. You
can make your eyes look bold using more neutral or muted colors and wear a
bright lip with it. If you’re really
daring you can do a VERY blended smokey eye (although I’d probably steer clear
of using black colors) with a bold lip.
This rule is so easy to break, if you think you look good so will
Makeup rules are so yesterday. Now it’s all about experimenting and playing
around with everything from bright colors to dark shades to everything in
between. Gone are the days of having to
fit into a neat little box and follow a specific set of rules when applying
makeup. Just have fun with it! Try something new, use a daring color, try a
look you’d never dream of. The key to
pulling off any look no matter if it’s makeup, clothes, hair, you name it is
confidence. If you act like you’re the
hottest girl in the room, people will believe you. So go ahead and break some rules! xo Kelly
As I've said before I love my Naked 3 Palette! All of the colors are very light, muted and more rosey, which I love with brown eyes. I decided to try out another look, this one I would describe as more Blush Rose. It's just a really simple, pretty look that you can wear for everyday looks, or you can darken it up slightly for a night look. It's just a really great, easy go-to! Tell me what you think!
Hey guys! So today I decided to make a video using the really gorgeous blue shade from my new Smashbox Full Exposure palette. I absolutely LOVE the way this turned out. I think it's so sexy and sultry while not being over the top. It's also a really fun take on the traditional black and silver smokey eye. What do you think?
I have a love/hate relationship with eyeshadow palettes. I think a lot of them can include beautiful colors, but then also have a bunch of colors I'd never touch. It's really hard to find a palette that has all colors I could find a use for. That's why I love when the holidays roll around! Most companies come out with palettes for the holidays, and a lot of them include such a wide variety of colors that I can find uses for all of them. In doing my research these are the palettes that I'm currently obsessed with!! What do you guys think?
Laura Mercier- Artist’s Palette For Eyes & Cheeks $58
I am totally crushing on this palette right now! It comes with 8 gorgeousss eyeshadow shades
and one super versatile blush. The shades
range from matte to shimmer and deep rich blues to light, shimmery nudes. There is a such a gorgeous range of colors in
this palette and so many looks can be done from it! It comes in this really pretty little kit and
is a great gift for the holidays! I’ve
used Laura Mercier’s shadows before and never been disappointed. The blush is a Rose Gold with a hint of
shimmer. It looks really gorgeous on all
skin tones and it’s light enough that it won’t give you an overly blushed
look. The only thing I found
disappointing for this palette was that for the price I would have liked to
have gotten at least one brush from it.
All in all though, definitely a great buy!
Tarte- Bon Voyage Collector’s Set And Travel Bag $59
Now this set I love because it comes with so much more than
just the palette! For the same price as
the Laura Mercier set you get a Palette, a Mascara, a Cheek Stain, a Lip Gloss,
a Lip Tint, Maracuja Oil, Finishing Powder and a travel bag. This is the ultimate gift for someone who you’re
not quite sure what to get! You
practically get one of each of their products to try out. The products it comes with come in a range of
colors everything from nude to apricot and it’s great for someone with
sensitive skin or who’s worried about parabens and other supposedly harmful
makeup products. The bag it comes with
is super cute and great to throw in your purse or for when you travel. The palette itself is awesome. You get 20 different Amazonian clay eye
shadows, a lot of neutrals mixed in with a few bright colors like blue and
green. An awesome kit for traveling as
you can either play it safe or have some fun.
I am definitely loving the variety this provides!
If you’ve read any of my other posts, you know how obsessed I am with my Smashbox Full Exposure Palette! While I’m not a huge fan of Smashbox this particular palette is amazing!! Their new Double Exposure Palette is the next one to follow. If it’s anything like the first it’s super pigmented, the shadow stays on all day and it takes very little product to apply. This kit comes with 14 different eyeshadows, there are more blues and purples and bronze colors than in the first kit. Apparently, if you wet the brush it comes with the eyeshadow transforms, giving you a different effect. This palette comes with a brush and a mascara which I always love getting extras when I purchase palettes. I would 100% recommend getting this as I was so impressed by the first palette, I think I may just have to get the second one!
This is a great alternative to some of the pricier
palettes. Cargo makes really quality
products and I have some of their eyeshadows that I love. This kit also comes with a brush, which is
great, although I don’t know much about Cargo brushes’ quality. The biggest difference with this kit is the
colors are all extremely bold. This is
definitely not the kit you get someone who wears neutral shadows every
day. It’s a great kit for adding a
little color to your collection and having some fun playing around with them.
it Cosmetics- Holiday Naturally Pretty Celebration Matte Palette $42
I love it Cosmetics!
They’re such a fun brand, with so many fabulous products! This palette contains 14 gorgeous matte
shadows, including a ‘Transforming Pearl shade’ that will transform any of the
mattes into a shimmer shade, essentially giving you 28 options. This is super cool as I can’t think of many
(or any?) other palettes that do this.
These shadows are also supposed to be anti-aging, infused with silk. The colors in this palette are all very
neutral, so you can wear it for an every day look, or dip into the black/blue
shades to create a smokey eye. This is
one of those kits that has something for everyone and I am absolutely obsessed!
This palette is awesome! There are 20 gorgeous shades, in a wide variety of colors, making it the perfect palette for traveling. There are endless combinations of looks you can make with this palette, everything from a very neutral day look, to a super bright, fun night look. I love palettes that give you such versatility because you can really get a ton of use out of them. Every color is super pigmented so you don't need a lot of product to get a nice look, which means that this palette will last you forever! Also, it comes with a 2 sided brush, so you get an added bonus!
This is one of the pricier palettes, so I debated adding it. However, I absolutely love the NARS eyeshadows, and this kit comes with 15! The colors in this kit are more on the muted side, although there are a couple brighter colors. It's a nice mix of mattes and shimmers, so you can really play around with the different finishes. Each of these shadows alone are super expensive, so you're definitely getting your money's worth from this palette. If you're a NARS fan, then this is definitely the kit for you.
As the weather changes so too, should your makeup routine. In the summer it's important to use products that are lightweight and will prevent your skin from getting too oily. I like to stick with a lot of powders, and very sheer products. However, when fall comes around it's important to switch up your repertoire to products that will match your changing skin. Firstly, your skin will inevitably lighten (sigh) causing you to seek out a lighter colored foundation than you may have used in the summer. Secondly, your skin will become much more dry so it's important to switch out your moisturizer, face wash, and concealer to a product that better suits your current skin conditions. In this video I go through the products that I change up when the weather starts to get cooler so that my skin doesn't skip a beat. Check it out and let me know what you think!
In my recent Sephora haul I purchased their Draw The Line Kit. This kit from Sephora costs only $30 and it's absolutely amazing for the value! It comes with 6 different eyeliners from different brands so you can try each of them out and see which you like best and which work for what looks. I would absolutely purchase this kit again, I wish they made more! The kit contains: - Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12 HR Wear in Black Lace - stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Dark Brown - Kat Von D Deluxe Tattoo liner in Trooper (black) -Nars Cosmetics Via Veneto Larger Than Life™ Long Wear Eyeliner (black) -Deluxe Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner in Blacquer -Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Double Ended Eye Pencil in Perversion and Rockstar Check out my video below to see what I think of each of the liners and whether I'd buy the liner by itself or not!
Another look that has become very popular lately is the 'cut-crease look'. What this essentially means is a look in which you don't blend out the crease color. You can do this with neutral colors as I show in my video below or with brighter colors if you really want to make your eyes stand out. It's just a different technique, not necessarily better than the normal blending, but definitely fun for days when you want to mix it up! Also, it helps to make your eyes look bigger if you have smaller eyes because you can kind of fake where the crease is. I used some of the matte browns from my Smashbox Full Exposure Palette to do this. Check out my video below, is this something you guys would try?
So concealer is one of the first products I think most girls start using. As we enter into our teen years and that glorious phase of acne, concealer is usually the first product girls will reach to in an attempt to cover them up. While concealer is a pretty basic product, there are some tips that you should know when applying! 1.) Concealer can double as an eyeshadow primer: If you can't afford, or just don't want to shell out extra money for a eyelid primer, concealer can do the trick just as nicely. Just dab a little on your eye and use your finger to smooth it out and voila! instant primer. 2.) Liquid foundation can be used in place of concealer: We've all had that moment where you reach for your concealer only to realize that you've used it all up. The key to this is be careful not to use a foundation that's too dark or it will only highlight the area you're trying to cover up. Apply a dab of the foundation, allow it a minute or so to set and thicken and then blend it. 3.) Apply concealer in the shape of a 'V' under your eye: I used to apply my concealer as a messy glob under my eye and then blend in. Then I learned the trick that if you apply it in the shape of a 'V' it actually lifts the the face and draws focus upward. This is far more flattering than applying in a circle shape or a messy glob. Trust me.
4.) Always use your ring finger to blend your concealer: Your ring finger is your weakest finger and therefore will give you the lightest touch when you blend. It will also allow you more control and ensure you don't have to continually reapply to get the right amount of coverage. 5.) Apply concealer over your lips before applying red lipstick: This will create a blank canvas for the red to go on and keep the lipstick in place much longer than just applying it straight to your lips. You can also apply a translucent powder over a tissue after you've applied the lipstick as double protection for keeping it in place. 6.) Apply a line of concealer to sharpen the edges of any eyeshadow look or fix any mistakes: Sometimes when you're apply a crease color it can get really messy. Other times you just want a really sharp look. Either way once you've finished applying the eyeshadow you can draw a line from the corner of your eye up to your brow and lightly blend it in with your ring finger. 7.) Always apply your eyeshadow first: This reason for this is simple. Eyeshadow has a tendency to fall (especially dark colors) as you're applying it. If you had applied your concealer first the eyeshadow would stick to the concealer and you'd have to start all over. This way you can easily brush off any excess powder and then apply your concealer afterwards. 8.) To cover a blemish, first use green concealer: Green balances out the redness of a spot so apply green concealer directly on the blemish, using your ring finger to blend out the edges. Then, after your green concealer has set, lightly dab (using your ring finger again) on your regular concealer to cover the green. Be really careful in applying as less is always more with colors. These are just a few of the tricks out there, there are hundreds! What are some of your favorites? xo Kelly
As promised, here is the second of my 2 looks using the Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Sticks. The first look I did using my Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick didn't include the Amethyst stick, which is the purple color. So today, I decided to do another look incorporating that color so you guys could see what all 4 colors look like. I absolutely looove this color. It's the perfect shade of purple, not too obnoxious, but just enough pigment. It also applies just as smoothly as the other colors! Check out the video below to see my look and tell me what you think!
I recently purchased the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Box Set from Sephora, While not generally a fan of cream shadows I was intrigued by the description. It's essentially a cream eyeshadow that you color on. I recently did a post/video reviewing these and I have to say I am really impressed. I decided to try a look out so you can see how to apply these sticks and show how fun and different they can be to use! I did a sublte bronze eye with a deep, berry lip. Let me know what you think!
**Please keep in mind, I am by NO means talented at doing my
nails, nor do I profess to be any type of expert in this field**
I am not horrible at doing my nails, when I really put my
mind to it, but I am also by no means good.
However, I don’t have money to spend to get a manicure every week so I
find myself doing them a lot. Then, I
heard about Gel manicures when they first became all the rage and I was so
excited! A manicure that lasts over 2
weeks! Awesome. The problem is, these are expensive too, so
I’m limited in how often I can afford to splurge on these. I tried getting the whole kit with the LED
light and the top coat and the base coat and all that fun stuff. Way too complicated for me. Not only was it really time consuming, I wasn’t
good enough at doing my nails that I’d always end up with bumps or just
horrible looking nail polish. That’s why
when I saw that Sally Hansen had come out with a simple 2 step, LED free Gel
Polish I was SO excited! I thought this
would be the perfect solution to having to do my nails every week and save me
some serious manicure money!
I ran out to the store and purchased the top coat and the
color ‘Blacky’. I applied the color
Blacky first, it came fine, and only took 2 coats to get a nice even,
color. Then, after it had dried
slightly, I applied the top coat. The top
coat again, went on evenly, no bubbles and it seemed to work well. I got a little around the edges of my nails
but it was easy enough to remove.
However, by the next day my nails had begun to chip. Now, my nails break easily so I don’t have
the best canvas or base to begin with, but I would expect more than just one
day’s worth. As the week wore on, the
polish began to chip the same as regular polish. The tips of my nails began to chip away and
even some of the base. I got no more wear
out of it than a regular polish, and I might even venture to say less wear.
Now, this is where my disclaimer comes in. I am not great at painting my nails and I do
not have the best nails to work with.
Therefore, this polish might work better on someone with healthier nails
or someone who’s better at applying nail polish. I, however, was not impressed. For the price I expected way better quality. I think for the price I’d rather stick with
my classic Essie and O.P.I polishes.
Foundation is a product that you should be ever changing. As the seasons change, your skin tone changes, your skin texture changes, your age changes etc. you should always adjust your foundation accordingly. I generally use a different routine and products as the seasons change because I find that my skin needs different things. I'm lucky in that I haven't had very oily skin since high school, so I generally try to find a foundation that is for normal skin. In the winter I look more for combination skin and the summer for oily skin. It's important to be aware of what your skin needs so you know what products to use. In the fall, I no longer am running around all hot and sweaty so I generally switch my foundation from BareMinerals to a cream foundation. It provides more coverage, without being overly heavy and as my skin pales it creates a more even tone. Adding a cream foundation of course means having to use a setting powder to keep it in place. There are different options you can use for this, everything from a simple oil-soaking setting powder, to something that adds a bit of glow or skin enhancing effect to your skin. My moisturizer remains the same for the most part, though at night I'll use a heavier moisturizer as my skin starts to dry out. I'll also apply vaseline at night and in the morning to keep my lips from getting too chapped. There's a few other things I change up as well, watch my video to see the rest of my fall foundation routine!
Every year around the holidays NARS comes out with a limited-edition kit containing a combination of blushes, sometimes highlighters and sometimes bronzers. I purchased one two years ago and absolutely LOVE it. I still have a lot of product left, and I used it almost daily. There was really only one color in the palette that I didn't love, but even that I was able to get use out of. Last year I didn't love the colors they chose so I decided not to purchase it, but this year I am absolutely obsessed! This year's kit comes with 1 highlighter/blush color, 3 blushes, and a large amount of their Laguna bronzing powder. I am absolutely in love with every single color in this kit! The highlighter, 'Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush Powder' is a light brown/champagne color that can be lightly dusted over the tops of cheeks for a gorgeous highlight, or applied more liberally on the apples of cheeks for a bit of a light brown blush/warmth. There are 3 blushes, 'Sex Fantasy', 'Deep Throat', 'Final Cut' (you gotta love whoever names these products). 'Sex Fantasy' is a really pretty light lavender blush, that's perfect for the winter or with a pretty light pink lipstick. It's such a nice, neutral color it looks good on pretty much everyone. The next blush, 'Deep Throat' is a sheer, peach blush. This is perfect for people with darker skin tones or with a bit of a tan. I've also found that it adds a nice flushed color to your cheeks that it looks as though you've just been for a quick jog or come in from a windy day. I love it for when I want a bit of a color to liven up my skin but nothing too drastic. The final color 'Final Cut' is a darker, deeper peach, coral color. This is darker than the previous blush and it has a bit of shimmer which draws attention to your cheeks. Laguna is their classic bronzing powder. It has a bit of a shimmer to it, which I'm not a fan of, but it's subtle enough that you can get away with using it to contour if you don't use too much. It is, however, phenomenal for adding a glow to your skin to give it that sun-kissed look. I much prefer using this bronzer for that, than for contouring. It's a great brown tone, as it's not too dark that it looks muddy, or too light that you can't see you've applied it. Overall, I am definitely happy with this purchase! The colors are gorgeous, there's a great variety and there are so many different looks that can come from it. Also, considering NARS blushes cost $30 a pop, getting a highlighter, 3 blushes and a large bronzer for $65 is a phenomenal deal. NARS's product's quality never fails to disappoint; they always look amazing on, it never takes too much product to get a great look and it lasts all night. My one criticism of this set is that the colors are very summery. They're gorgeous, but not exactly the colors I personally would reach for in the wintertime. However, it's the perfect palette for darker skin tones, so if that's the case for you do not hesitate to purchase this immediately! If you're pasty like me, this kit is a better go-to for summer, but either way it's such a gorgeous kit, with such a gorgeous array of colors I would say it's well worth the wait! Do any of you have it? What do you think?
Anyone who has ever really looked into makeup techniques knows the first place to start is to invest in good brushes. Without even changing a single other thing about your routine/products this will instantly transform your look from amateur to pro. While, there are great options out there that don't break the bank (e.g. Sonia Kashuk brushes from Target) to ridiculously high priced brushes (e.g. anything Chanel), they all share one thing in common; the better you take care of them, the longer they last. There are 2 things you should always be doing to clean your brushes. 1. First, you should be cleaning your brushes daily. The second you apply brushes to your skin they instantly pick up any bacteria, dirt, oil etc. that is already on your skin...gross. This is why it's incredibly important to clean your brushes after every use. Yes, you heard me right, after EVERY use. Such a pain, I know. Now for this, you don't have to go all out crazy, but you should at the very least invest in a spray or cleanser, such as MAC's Brush Cleanser or Sephora's Daily Brush Cleaner or something that will make cleaning them after use a breeze. Both of these can be applied either directly onto the brush or onto a tissue/cotton ball to remove bacteria and any remaining makeup still on the brush. If you're not willing to break the bank on higher end daily cleanser's, almost every company offers them. Elf has a spray that's only $3 (I've never used it myself so I can't speak to the quality of it) but I would imagine there are a few main ingredients that every brand sticks to so it's probably decent. When I'm in a pinch I like to use either makeup remover wipes or even eye makeup remover to at least get rid of any remaining color or bacteria that's on the brushes. This is especially useful when you realize that you've just used up the last of your spray and you don't have time to deep clean your brushes! 2. Now the second, and arguably more important step to making brushes last is by deep cleansing them. This can be done in a multitude of ways. The first, and most obvious way is by investing in a brush cleansing shampoo. Bobbi Brown makes one, Sephora makes one, most cosmetics companies make one. Essentially, they're extra hydrating, amped up baby shampoos. They're nice to use, but definitely not necessary. My personal choice for when I'm deep cleansing my brushes is to use Johnson's Baby Shampoo. This product is super gentle, has very few chemicals and has just the right amount of anti-bacterial products to really give your brushes a good, deep cleansing. What I'll do is swirl the brush around in the shampoo for a minute, wipe it around a little in my hand to get off all the dirt/makeup and then let it sit in warm water for about 5 minutes or so (make sure the handles are not submerged in the water) before rinsing it off by swirling it again in my hand under cold water and reshaping it to dry while blotting any excess water off with a paper towel. It's important that you either hang the brushes upside down or lie them flat on their side so they keep their original shape. If you stand them up the water will drip down, ruining the handles and disfiguring the shape of the brushes. If you apply makeup daily it's important you deep clean your brushes at minimum once a week and make sure you're cleaning them off daily. I mean, if you're going to spend $30 on a brush, do you really want it to wear out because you were too lazy to wash it? What do you guys think? Any home remedies of your own you've tried? xo Kelly