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Sunday, June 12, 2011

My Makeup Collection/Storage

*Just as a small warning. I have more makeup than the average sane person, but this doesn't mean I have a ton like some makeup gurus on youtube than have dedicated rooms to makeup.

So this is going to be how I store my makeup. I have these plastic drawers that I got from Target that house all my makeup.

Each drawer holds different types, like my foundation and powders drawer:

My lipstick, lipgloss, lipliner, and other lip products drawer:

My bronzer, blush, and Misc. drawer:

My eyeliner, mascara, and primer drawer:

My palette drawer (There's some on top of each other):

And Lastly my single eyeshadow and pigment drawer:

Of course my collection grows every month so maybe I'll do an update blog eventually ;)

Friday, June 10, 2011

Color Correcting Dark Under Eye Circles

As I briefly discussed in a previous blog, you can use color theory to correct any issues you have on your face. As green neutralizes red (green concealer on top of red blemishes), so does orange or salmon neutralize blue and dark purple.

Here's an image for reference:

The color directly across is the complementary color, and adding it will neutralize it.

Okay so lets try this with under eye circles.

I will be using a NYX pot concealer from my previous haul blog. These concealers are heavy duty and a little thicker than your average concealer. Since it is a little thicker I'm going to use a concealer brush instead of a blending brush.

Here is my eye area that I have just primed with my garnier eye roller.

As you can see I the area is dark.

Now I am going to take my orange concealer with a brush and place it on my under eye area.

You're going to want to blend this out with your finger. Now I know this looks kind of scary but the purpose of doing this step is to neutralize the dark circles before placing regular concealer.

Now taking a regular concealer that is near my skin color I am dabbing this on top of what I just did.

This is the nearly finished product. As you can see the under eye area has been transformed dramatically. Of course you still want to blend a little of your foundation on top of this so it blends seamlessly onto the rest of your face like this:

All of this steps are optional but if you are going somewhere special, or are going to be photographed I suggest giving this method a try. NYX is a really inexpensive option but Bobbi Brown also has an awesome salmon colored concealer if you can afford a more expensive option that isn't as orange tinted.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

MAC Surf, Baby! Collection

MAC always comes out with a big summer collection and they did not disappoint this time with Surf Baby. There are many products that came out with this collection including 4 lip sticks and lip glasses, as well as 5 eyeshadows, two eyeliners, 2 crushed metallic eyeshadow stacks, and much more.

I bought a few things that I thought really stood out.

Left: Surf, Baby! Studio Careblend/Pressed Powder in Lush-Light Bronze US $28.00
Right: Surf, Baby! Bronzing Powder in Solar Riche US $24.00

Surf, Baby! Lipstick in Hibiscus (Cremesheen) US $15.50

(Left to Right) Hibiscus, Solar Riche, Lush-Light Bronze.

The Studio Careblend/Pressed Powder is a product that MAC has brought out before in past collections. The formula of the powder is very soft and almost airy, and blends beautifully onto the skin. There was another color that was much lighter that would look great on ivory complexions. The price is quite expensive ($28) but this is my favorite product out of the whole collection. This goes without saying but it is great for contouring the cheeks since it is a matte finish. Lush Light Bronze is described as a mid tone rosy pink brown.

The other bronzer I got, Solar Riche which MAC describes as a midtone deep orange brown, is also very nice and is mostly matte with a tiny bit of shimmer that goes largely unnoticed on the face.

Lastly the lipstick is the perfect coral red which is about medium opacity and is very easy to wear. This would be great for women who are hesitant to wear bright red since Hibiscus is a more subdued option. Hibiscus is described as bright orange coral.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

NYX Sale Haul

I was so excited to take part in the NYX sale a few weeks ago, and I got some really amazing products.

I'll start off by talking about the concealors:

They are a really creamy consistency that can be very easily blended, with medium to buildable coverage. The orange is meant to color correct under eye circles (I'll post another blog about this soon).

These are called crystal glitter liners and are fantastic. You can pack on a lot of glitter with these.

This one is in the color teal, but I think it looks more of a minty green. Another product I really liked as it was so unusual.

This lip gloss is in the color vanity, and is the perfect sheer coral color. Non-sticky and very glossy.

Lastly is the HD primer, which is nude tinted and works very well. I actually like it more than my too faced shadow insurrance that is way more expensive.

Makeup of the Day

I was inspired by pirates of the caribbean today, so I did a mermaid kind of look :)

Here are some pictures:
(Lol I look so serious in this picture)

It's really all about blending. I used a blue pigment and some green shadow, and kiwi rose pigment by Jesse's Girl in the inner conner to really make the eyes pop. I also put some NYX jade glitter liner on the bottom, as well as NYX teal eyeliner.