Monday, January 30, 2017

The BEST Lashes for Glasses

If you're like me and wear glasses for class, work, reading, driving, etc. and still like wearing lashes and being glam, then you probably run into the issue of your lashes rubbing up against your lens. That's one of the most annoying things that can happen to be honest. It's just so annoying and I for one, hate it. This means I'm always on the hunt for good lashes that have a good band, for one. Also, I'm looking for lashes that are glam, natural, etc. and aren't too long that they're causing irritation. It isn't as easy as buying "short" or "medium" lashes. Sometimes, I want a dramatic lash that isn't too much for my glasses. I've composed a list of my favorite lashes that work well for my guys and gals who wear glasses.

1) Eylure No. 117 
These lashes are natural and give that simple look, but still add flare and style to your eyes. It makes mine look more open and bigger because I have the tiniest little eyes. These are the lashes that I reach for in terms of class and an everyday look.

2) Eylure No. 143 
I tried these lashes for the first time on Christmas Day (2016). I fell in love and used these for 2 weeks straight (clean ones of course!) They're so dramatic and full. They give that fluffy look to your eyes without doing too much. Whenever I wear glasses, they make it so my eyes and lashes are still able to be seen very well and they aren't bumping up against my lens.





3) Kiss Lashes
These lashes have a lot of different counterparts and branches with them, but they look so amazing. I honestly haven't tried lashes from Kiss that I haven't liked. Their individuals are really nice too. Their strips in particular are so full and really make your eyes stand out. I like these with my glasses because the ends aren't cut so that they're like dull. They're cut angled so you still get that look you're shooting for with the ends without it being too pointy.

4) Ardell
Ardell lashes are the lashes that most people start out using. They certainly were the ones I started out with because they were inexpensive and ultimately helped me learn how to apply them. Now that I'm better at it, I still love these lashes. They come in so many different styles and lengths. I love the way they fit and never mess with my glasses.





5) Vegas Nay x Eylure 
The Vegas Nay lashes are amazing. I love the Grand Glamour, Shining Star & Classic Charm styles. The band is not the most comfortable, but they look amazing. They also don't mess with my glasses which I love because they're so dramatic and big, but not to the point where I can't deal with them.

Lashes To Try:
I have had my eye on a few lashes and haven't had the chance to try them, but i definitely want to especially with my glasses on. The ultimate test to see if I like a lash is truly depending on how they function with and without my glasses.
KoKo Lashes







                                                                         
Violet Voss
Makeup Shack










Lilly Lashes



                                                             
Certifeye
                               













All of these lashes come in a variety of sizes and shapes which makes me want to try them out in terms of my glasses. I've heard rave reviews about these and hopefully I will soon be trying them out! What are your favorite lashes? Do you wear glasses and struggle with good lashes? Where do you get your lashes from?

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Best Palettes for the Winter

It's basically the dead of Winter now. Unless you're somewhere like me where it's been raining more than snowing. Either way, there are a few palettes which are the best for the winter. They're my choices for the best because of the season and the shades within them. There were a few palettes that I wanted to involve, but I'm not a fan of their formula so I thought it'd be best to leave them out.

For this post, I'm just going to put photos, names and prices of the palettes. If you have questions about them, feel free to comment on the post and I'll answer them!

COOL TONE - cool tone palettes have darker colors that give that pop of color (which is where the blues and purples come in)
Too Faced "Semi-Sweet" Chocolate Bar
- $49

Morphe "35P" palette
- $22.99
Tarte "Tartelette Clay Matte" Palette
- $46
Morphe "35D" palette
- $22.99

WARM TONE
Anastasia Beverly Hills "Modern Renaissance" Palette
- $42
Warm toned palettes are my favorite ever. I just got into them, but they compliment my skin-tone so well and just look good on everybody.
Violet Voss "Holy Grail" Palette
- $49

Tartelette 2 "In Bloom" Clay Palette
- $46

Kylie Cosmetics "The Burgundy Palette"
- $42

Monday, January 23, 2017

Long Lasting Lippies

Winter is the season of the dry lips. Seriously if you're not prepared your lips won't make it. I'm not even joking it's a hard job keeping up with that Carmex and Lip Balm. If you're like me and you still love doing the most regardless of the season, then you could be interested in finding good quality matte lipsticks that won't dry your lips out even more. Once they start peeling and cracking, it's over. It's over. We've lost and it's time to re-strategize.

The best liquid lips that I've chosen are because of the formulas being long lasting and not drying. That's my major requirement. Another thing is that the color payoff doesn't look weird when you change scene. 
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks - $20

Beauty Bakerie Lip Whips - $20
(Comes in Metallics, too!)
Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid - $7.99


Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip - $6


NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick - $6.99

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Drugstore Makeup Starter Kit

When starting out with makeup, there can be a lot of confusion. I know from personal experience that when I started doing makeup I had no clue what to buy and didn't know how much was too much for a beginner to spend. I know that I didn't want to pay a whole lot for things knowing I didn't know how to use half of it. I bought higher end eyeshadows and the rest of my kit was primarily from the drugstore. Once I got better, I started splurging on more higher end items from higher end brands. With this being said I decided to make a list of different products a beginner could get, how much these products typically cost and just some different options to choose from when first starting out. The list will be broken up into categories so if there's something specific you're looking for you can go to that certain section.

Primer(s):
- Maybelline Baby Skin ($5.99)
- ELF Face Primer ($6)
- NYX Pore Filler ($13.99)






Foundation(s):
- Loreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup ($9.99) *shade range is amazing!*
- Loreal True Match Lumi ($12.99)
- Maybelline Fit Me! ($5.99)
- Black Opal Foundation Stick ($9.99)

Concealer(s) [Highlight/Contour]:
- Maybelline Fit Me! ($7)
- L.A Girl Pro Conceal ($2.99)
- NYX HD Concealer ($4.99)

Setting Powder:
- Airspun by Coty ($8)
- Covergirl Professional Loose Powder ($6)

Eyeshadow Primer: *hint; set your eyelids with concealer, blend it & set with your setting powder!*
- Milani Eyeshadow Primer ($5.99)
- Wet n' Wild Picture Perfect Eyeshadow Primer ($4.99)
- NYX Eyeshadow Base ($6.99)

Eyeshadow(s): *there aren't a lot of eyeshadows from the drugstore I like, but starting out you need practice, so these will do!*
- Maybelline The Nudes Collection ($9.99)
- Covergirl TruNaked Eyeshadow Palette ($11.99)
- Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Palette ($7.50)

Eyeliner:
- NYC Liquid Liner ($2.99)
- ELF Liquid Liner ($1.99)
- NYX Matte Liquid Liner ($6.99)

Mascara:
- Loreal Miss Manga ($7.99)
- Loreal Voluminous ($7.99)
- Covergirl So Lashy! ($11.99)

Lashes:
- Ardell Wispies ($3.99)
- Kiss ($2.99)
- Eylure ($4.99-$11.99)

Eyebrows:
- ELF Eyebrow Kit ($3)
- NYX Micro Brow Pencil ($9.99)
- NYX Tame and Frame Brow Pomade ($6.99)

Blush:
- Milani Baked Blushes ($9.99)
- ELF Baked Blush ($3)
- Wet n' Wild Color Icon Blush ($2.99)



Highlighter:
- ELF Baked Highlighters ($3)
- Wet n' Wild Highlighters ($3 - $5)
- Essence Highlighters ($2.99)
- NYX Liquid Illuminator ($7.99)

Setting Spray:
- NYX Matte/Dewy Setting Spray ($7.99)
- ELF Mist & Set ($2.99)
- Wet n' Wild Photofocus Setting Spray ($5.99)

Brushes & Tools: *you don't have to buy a complete set! In fact, the singles are usually better.*
- Real Techniques Complexion Sponge ($5.99)
- Eye Brushes:
         ~ ELF brushes ($1-$3)
         ~ Morphe (M441, M433, E27) [$5.99-$7.99]
- Face Brushes:
- ELF ($3-$5)
- Real Techniques ($3.99-$9.99)
- EcoTools

Monday, January 16, 2017

HOW TO: Instaworthy Brows vs. A Natural Look

"I find that nothing frames a face so beautifully, or gives an instantaneous lift like perfectly shaped brows." - Anastasia. Brows are a majorrrrrr key to your makeup being popping. The thing that makes brows so great is the fact that you can have them done without doing a full face of makeup to go with them. After asking around, I got some information on what the favorite and best brow products are.

I find that the type of brows you want is very dependent on what product you use. This is what brings about my INSTAWORTHY vs. NATURAL BROWS topic. I want this to be more of a conversation, so the comments are open for ya'll to comment and say what you use, your methods, etc.
The brands that stood out the most when I asked for opinions were Anastasia Beverly Hills, NYX and Colourpop. These brands offer pencils and pomades to achieve the perfect brow for whatever you're looking for. I've had a chance to try out majority of these products and have formulated my own opinion about them.

INSTAWORTHY BROWS: This is the typical "on fleek" brows you see on Instagram baddies. 
For a Instabaddie look in terms of your eyebrows, this is where I'd suggest the pomades. With pomades, you're able to sculpt out your brows and give them the perfect arch. Typically you apply them with an angled brush.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow ($18)
Available at ULTA, Macy's, Sephora, etc.
[11 shades]

  • Blonde
  • Taupe
  • Soft Brown
  • Medium Brown
  • Caramel
  • Auburn
  • Chocolate
  • Dark Brown
  • Ebony
  • Ash Brown
  • Granite
If you mess them up and don't get it precise, in terms of the tail or arch, clean it up with concealer. After hearing differing opinions from different makeup artists, what works best for me is if you use a concealer on the bottom of your brow and foundation on top. That's personally what I do for mine. I used to use concealer all around it, but it makes you look super extra and it was harder for me to blend into my foundation. With foundation on the top, it still cleans it up AND blends like a dream.


NYX Tame & Frame ($6.99)
Available at ULTA, Target, Drugstores, etc.
[5 shades]

  • Black
  • Blonde
  • Brunette
  • Chocolate
  • Espresso


Natural Brows: a clean looking brow, but it isn't perfect and it looks like you didn't have to do anything to it.
This is the perfect brow for class, or work.. even going to the mall, or target. It's really natural and looks effortless. This is where the pencils come in. Using the pencils, the color payoff usually isn't as intense as the pomades would be. Pencils usually come with a spooly on the end and the actual pencil product on the opposite end.

When I use the pencil for my eyebrows (which is my favorite method, btw) -- I usually never use concealer around it. It's super easy to be precise and get that arch the way you want it. You don't have to press down hard either. If it's harder to get it right, use a light hand. Then if you don't like it, you can redo it and if you do,
you can go back over it. Small, light strokes are the best to me. The end product is so beautiful because it isn't as harsh.

Sidenote: I do better with pencils because I shake when I get nervous and I'm always nervous doing my brows because I want them to look right..

Colourpop Brow Pencil ($6)
Available at Colourpop.com
[8 shades]

  • Blondie
  • Honey Blonde
  • Dope Taupe
  • Arched Auburn
  • Red Head
  • Bangin' Brunette
  • Black N' Brown
  • Jet Set Black

There are other products out there for the brows and it's a process to find one you prefer. Some other good ones:
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz ($21)
- NYX Eyebrow Gel ($6.99)
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duo ($23)

What are your favorite products for your brows? What's your process?

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Beauty Blender vs. Real Techniques Sponge

A $20 sponge and a $5 sponge. Which one is better?
There are some makeup artists who swear by the Beauty Blender. They say it's completely worth the money and there is NO other sponge on the market that can measure up to it. There are some people who swear by the Real Techniques Sponge. They think it does the same thing and is just as good, for less. I was the one that was like "nope.. not paying $20 for a sponge." So which one is really better? Which one lasts longer? I broke down and bought a real Beauty Blender not too long ago and have went back and forth using it and my real techniques sponge to compare them.

*These are my opinions. You still may prefer one over the other & that's ok. Do what you do, babe.*

Shape
In terms of the shape of both of these sponges, there's a clear difference. The RT sponge has a flat edge on the bottom of it while the BB is rounded and more fat on the bottom. In terms of applying foundation (which is what I use those sides for), I prefer the shape of the RT sponge. The flat edge covers better in my opinion and just makes it easier to get the foundation on. In terms of the pointed edge, there quite similar to be honest and there isn't much of a difference in them. The only thing I can say is that the BB has a more rounded point while the RT sponge's point is well.. pointy.

Size
The size of these two sponges are about the same. Once you dampen them, they both get bigger. The only thing to be noted is that the BB sponge gets bigger than the RT sponge after being wet. They're both relatively small though so there isn't anything too different regarding the size of them.

Feel
When using these very different brushes, there's a noticeable difference in how they feel. They're both sponges so they're pretty soft, but the BB is SO much more soft than the RT sponge. Prior to getting them damp, you can't really tell.. but AFTER?! Oh man ... after the BB sponge is wet, it's literally so soft and just bounces right on the skin so nicely.

Usage
You can use these sponges for a host of different things with makeup application. How you use it really depends on you and the look you're going for.  With regular cleaning and proper storage, the sponges can be kept for months at a time. Of course nothing feels as good as a brand new makeup sponge, but with regular cleaning it works just as good. CLEANING SHOULD TAKE PLACE AFTER EVERY USE. You don't want the sponge to get nasty. That'll lead to breakouts on your skin.

Cleaning
Sometimes when you wash the sponges, it's almost impossible to get them completely clean and stain free. The one thing I like about the BB sponge, is the fact that it comes in different colors. With the RT sponge, the only color is orange. So with my dark brown products, it's almost like once I get it on it.. I know it'll never be completely clean again. I have the original BB, which is pink, and one in black. I prefer the black one because it comes clean way easier. It looks brand new after washing, which is what I like.

Other Products
Under these two brands, being Real Techniques and Beauty Blender, there are variations to the original sponges from each. The RT sponge has mini versions of it
as well as differently shaped variations of it. The BB has different family members too like the mini or micro mini as well.

Some people only like the RT sponge, some will only like the BB sponge. Some won't like either. Some will go back and forth between them like I have a tendency to do. Regardless of what your preference is, as long as you're blending and popping.. then you're good! The BB sponge retails for $20 and can be found at Sephora, Macy's and Beauty Blender's official website. The RT sponge retails for about $5.99 and can be found at ULTA, Walmart, Target, Walgreens, etc.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Brands on the rise in 2017

2016 was a very powerful year, especially in the world of makeup. From the various products and new emerging trends such as glitter tears, many brands made their mark. There are several brands that I've watched from some point in 2016 and seen their amazing products, used them, hoped to or something of that nature.

Beauty Bakerie -  If you've seen those videos on twitter and instagram of swatches on someone's arm and them running their arm under water and seeing the swatches not come off, then you're looking at Beauty Bakerie's creations. They have amazing matte liquid lipsticks that don't budge. Not for water, spit or anything. I haven't personally tried these lipsticks yet, but I hope to. Influencers like Jackie Aina and Allyiah's Face, just to name a few, use them for some of their looks as well. Aside from having these amazing mattes, they have an array of cool products. From their packaging and theme to the quality of the products, Beauty Bakerie is a brand to definitely look out for in the new year. I see them taking over the world of liquid mattes very quickly.


Juvia's Place - When I was first introduced to this brand it was by Alissa Ashley. I loved everything the brand stood for. Also, from the packaging to the actual shadows I was impressed. Once I received mine, I fell even more in love. The shades were amazingly pigmented and show up AMAZINGLY on darker skin. At the time, there were only two palettes. Now, there are 3 and more are said to be in the works. The shade range is amazing, pricing is very good and the size of the pans themselves versus the price are very efficient and work together very well. This brand is definitely on a come up because they just keep growing and growing and continue producing products that are eye-catching and that measure up when in use.


Violet Voss - I learned of Violet Voss from a few of my favorite influencers on Instagram such as
Skye Asyianbi. The product that caught my eye was the Holy Grail palette. Literally it's my favorite palette that I own. Since then, the palette has went out of stock and come back with new packaging and the same loved shades. Aside from having this amazing palette, there is also a collaboration with Laura Lee where they created another palette. Violet Voss also sells falsies, glitter and the new silicone sponge. Violet Voss is already a well known brand, but in the new year I definitely see them getting bigger as far as customers and product expansion. There are already pictures on their instagram account which show a new palette expected to be released very soon. The "Ride or Die" palette and literally it looks incredible. There are 42 shadows in this palette that are a variety of colors and themes. You have warm tones, cool tones, shimmers and mattes. This palette, I expect, will sell out quite quickly. Especially considering the price being $68. Less than $70 for 42 shadows is really good. Violet Voss is definitely going to be a brand to keep an eye on in 2017 because they're taking the eyeshadow game especially by storm.

Certifeye - From their amazing glitters to the most adorable brushes ever, Certifeye has quickly
become a lot of people's new favorites. The glitters they sell are colors that aren't really typical and they come in the cutest little packaging. They're also very inexpensive. Their brushes are the cutest ever and come in a set with multicolored handles. Another major point in this companies favor are the lashes they sell. Influencers on their PR list often rave about them and how amazing they look. In the coming year, it would be smart to keep an eye on this brand because they're definitely going to make their mark. People are moving away from one color glitter looks and Certifeye has exactly what makeup artists and makeup enthusiasts are looking for with different colors in glitters.

Anastasia Beverly Hills - A brand that has quickly become everyone's favorite. From their amazing
brow products, to their foundation sticks and glow kits, ABH is a brand to definitely keep an eye on. 2016 was without a doubt their year. They quickly took over and everyone was and still is watching to see what they do next. Currently, there is a new campaign featuring Patrick Starrr. No one knows exactly what the product that's next to be released will be, but word is that we'll known fairly soon. ABH as a brand is on the rise and their takeover is to be expected.

Kylie Cosmetics - Of majority of makeup brands, Kylie Cosmetics faced a lot of slander. Besides
Jeffree Star of course. Aside from the minor setbacks, Kylie Cosmetics got on the scene and did exactly what they were supposed to do and more. Their iconic Holiday and Birthday bundles were amazing. They also handled issues with customers and their shipping rates offering free shipping on orders of $40 or more in the US. During the Holiday season especially, there were a lot of good promotions such as free stockings, lip kits, glosses, etc to accompany the purchases customers were making. By introducing new products for makeup lovers of all type, Kylie Cosmetics is keeping customers interested and awaiting more. New palettes, new lip kits as well as accessories such as brushes, mirrors in palettes, etc.