Best Brow Products!

Hey Everyone!

I know I’ve been totally slacking on the posts lately, and I’m SO sorry, but I promise I will post as much as I can from here forward! ūüôā

Ok now that that’s out of the way, this post is all about my favorite eyebrow products including new finds, and tried and true staples. I find that brows can totally transform your entire look, so I like to have a few different types AND shades of products to add just the right touch. Here are the ones I like :

**For¬†reference¬† I’m light skinned with very dark brown brows, light brown/hazel eyes, and light brown hair with honey highlights. These products work on me but are also versatile for different skin tones, brow colors, etc.**

Pencil :

Starlet Pencil in All I Want Is Peace , Love, and Chocolate This pencil is warm cocoa color with red undertones. It is moderately creamy and blends out well with a spoolie. I would recommend this if you want a warm, strong brow.  At starletcosmetics.com

Gel :

Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel –¬†This is a clear gel with a large soft mascara-type wand. I love it because it leaves absolutely no residue. $18 at¬†http://chella.com/products/item/beautiful_brow_gel

Benefit Gimme Brow in Medium/Deep –¬†This gel is a new favorite, and is amazing! It has a tiny tapered wand and is great for a quick boost in color and volume. The color is a neutral (leaning cool) liver/taupe. ¬†*I know liver is’nt the most appealing color name, but it matches the actual color best* $22 at¬†http://www.benefitcosmetics.com/product/view/gimme-brow

Powder :

MAC Wedge –¬†This product¬†is a perfect neutral soft medium brown with a matte finish. It¬†has been in my collection since the start, and is one of my favorite shades of all time.

MAC Soba –¬†This shade is a soft golden brown with very slight gold shimmer. Although the description sounds a bit scary, it actually gives a very natural warm brow.

MAC Cork –¬†This is the warm version of Wedge that gives a slightly fuller brow. It is a warm-toned soft medium brown.

MAC Espresso –¬†This color is a neutral espresso brown. It’s great for a fully defined, strong brow.

All MAC Eyeshadows are $15 and can be purchased at maccosmetics.com

Tools :

Spoolie – I’m not sure if this is the “technical” name for this brush, or if there even is a technical name, but regardless this brush, which is essentially a clean mascara wand, is essential for brow care. It’s great for brushing, priming, taming, and distributing color on the brows. You can get a really nice spoolie from Sigma for $10, or a cheaper one at any beauty supply store.¬†http://www.sigmabeauty.com/Brow_and_Lash_E80_p/e80.htm

MAC 208 Angled Brow Brush –¬†This brush is also essential for brow care. It is great for defining and applying color. I like the MAC 208 because it is much stiffer than a lot of angled brushes on the market, which makes for more precise application. At MAC for $20.¬†http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/145/813/208/index.tmpl

 

Best Eyeshadows for Fair Skin

Hey Everyone! Since you all seemed to love my post on the Best Blushes for Fair Skin :¬†http://wp.me/p2O2wx-7P¬†, I thought I would make a little series of similar posts. This one, as you can probably tell from the title, is about eyeshadows that I think look especially great on those of us with fair skin. Like I said before, fair skinned people can get away with wearing ANY color because we are such a “blank canvas”; but these are the shades that I find are the most universally flattering regardless of skin type/undertone/etc.

Bobbi Brown Candlelight / MAC Ricepaper : These are both great brightening lid colors. Candlelight is more champagne colored, and Ricepaper is more yellow.

Bobbi Brown Bone / MAC Brule : These are both almost invisible flesh tones. Bone is slightly more pigmented.

Urban Decay Tease / MAC Haux : These are both great mauve/brown colors that look amazing in the crease. Tease is moderately more purple.

Urban Decay Naked / Bobbi Brown Wheat / MAC Wedge : These are all neutral medium/light browns that are great for crease and blending. Naked is the most neutral, Wheat is cooler, and Wedge is warmer.

MAC Folie / Urban Decay Buck / NYX Dance The Tides : These are all warm medium browns. Folie is a reddened brown, Buck is a tan brown, and Dance the Tides has a warm copper/orange tint.

MAC Cork : is a unique warm medium brown thats great for the crease and brows.

MAC Shale : is a sheer muted cool purple. I think it is one of the most underrated MAC eyeshadows, I love it!

MAC Naked Lunch : looks much better on pale skin than All That Glitters. It is basically the same peachy pink color, just taken down a few notches.

NYX Tropical :¬†is a great coral/orange shade that doesn’t overpower your whole look.

MAC Expensive Pink : is similar to NYX Tropical, but is much more pink.

Urban Decay Sin : a great frosted silky pink, without being too pink! Looks great on the lid or as a highlight.

Urban Decay Sidecar : is a warm light taupe/brown with heavy silver sparkle.

Urban Decay Darkhorse :¬†is a warm charcoal that isn’t too cool or dark; which makes it a GREAT option for fair skin because it isn’t overpowering.

Urban Decay Toasted / MAC Sable : These are both warm pink/browns. Toasted is slightly pinker, and Sable is slightly more red toned.

MAC Big Bounce Shadow in Count Your Assets : is a a bright cool purple. Its great as a base or on its own. Although this product is discontinued, you can look for something similar. This is just what I have.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Blue Paradise :¬†is a great color for pale people to rock, as most people can’t! It is a medium blue base with purple duochrome.

MAC Paint Pot in Morning Frost : is a slightly cool taupe/brown. This was limited edition, but again, you can easily find something similar.

 

What are your favorites?

 

 

MAC Eye Shadow Collection

Hey Everyone! Since my “MAC Collection” posts have been so popular, I decided to do one about all of my MAC eyeshadows that I’ve acquired over the years. This post will provide descriptions, pictures, and swatches; as always.

Here we go :

Shroom : a light vanilla frosty highlight

Phloof : a pink toned pearl frosty highlight

Dazzlelight : a yellow toned pearl frosty highlight

Ricepaper : a frosty light yellow gold

Brule : a light matte flesh tone

 

Naked Lunch : a frosty light apricot peach

All That Glitters : a sandy pink peach

Honesty : a medium sandy tan with gold shimmer

Honey Lust : a warm gold with chunky gold texture

Soba : a medium/light sandy tan with very slight sparkle

 

Patina : a neutral golden taupe

Woodwinked : a golden copper

Sable : a frosty copper toned plum

Twinx : a warm brown toned deep plum with slight shimmer

Sketch : a deep reddened plum

 

Shale : a cool plum purple

Satin Taupe : a frosty purple taupe

Retrospeck : a very light, cool sand with shimmery texture

Vex : a light silver with purple duo chrome

Cranberry : a deep pink toned berry

 

Yogurt : a light pastel muted pink

Da Bling : a medium pink with slight gold undertone

Stars N Rockets : a pink toned light purple with duo chrome

Parfait Amour : a medium/deep blue toned purple with very slight pink duo chrome

Expensive Pink : an orangey pink with gold pearl

Motif : a light nude yellow with pink duo chrome

 

Wedge : a light muted brown

Cork : a medium muted brown (slightly darker than Wedge)

Folie : a medium reddened brown

Haux : a heavily mauve toned light brown

Espresso : a neutral medium/deep brown

Mystery : a cool ashy toned deep brown

 

Blackberry : a deep muted mauve berry

Carbon : an inky black

 

MAC Me Over Collection :¬†Lady Grey Quad –

All Races : a cool grey toned light pink

Tendersmoke : a cool grey toned purple

Lady Grey : a cool ashy grey green

Hazy Day : a cool toned bronze taupe

 

Heavenly Creatures Collection :

Earthly : three colors combine as a cool toned shimmery gold

 

Hey Sailor Collection :

Jaunty : a cool golden light taupe

 

In Extra Dimension Collection :

Blue Orbit : a light purple toned medium blue

 

Archie’s Girls Collection :¬†Spoiled Rich Quad –

see :http://wp.me/p2O2wx-4L

 

The Top 5 Brown Eyeshadows You Can’t Live Without!

Hey Everyone! Today’s post is about the top five brown eyeshadows that I believe should be in everyones collection. My top five browns just happen to be all MAC eyeshadows but feel free to use this as a guideline for what you already have and or what your favorite brands are. Pictures and swatches are below.

#1. ¬†A Cool Light Brown, such as Wedge, should be an essential in everyone’s makeup collection because it wears so many hats. This type of color can be used as a lid color, brow color, and my personal favorite, the queen of all blending colors! Wedge, for me, is a go-to color for any and every look if i need to add depth to my crease or blend out any harsh edges. It is also an amazing transition color from crease to brow bone.

#2. A Warm Light Brown is another basic must-have for the same reason as a cool light brown. My favorite warm light brown, Cork, is amazing at adding warmth to any look at the same time as blending and transitioning colors. Though I typically prefer more cool to neutral brow colors,  a color like this is excellent if you are trying to add warmth or just naturally have a warm hue to your hair color.

#3. A Medium/Dark Brown¬†is one of the first colors I would recommend picking up as soon as you start collecting makeup. This essential eyeshadow for me is, Espresso, but it’s important for this color in particular to be most suited to your skin tone. I find that Espresso is a neutral brown, but some people could argue it leans more warm or cool; it just depends. The eyeshadow you choose for this category will be a staple color used for many things, so make sure you choose one that you feel works best!

#4. A Warm Red-Brown,¬†like Folie, is a must-have for me because it makes simple, everyday looks seem instantly more high-fashion. I believe this is because most people wouldn’t normally gravitate towards an eyeshadow with red undertones for fear of looking tired or ill. While this is a valid concern when it comes to pink and red eyeshadows, red when mixed with brown correctly, it can be one of the MOST flattering combinations and make you look more editorial and chic. **I like to use this color in the crease and attach to the outer part of the lower lash line**

#5. A Deep Cool Brown is a fundamental piece for all collections, especially for those who love smokey eyes. The most basic and common way to use a color like this is to apply it to the lid/crease and more heavily in the outer corner to add depth for a classic smokey eye. However, I like to use this color with an small angle brush to add insane, natural looking thickness to my lash line. My favorite deep cool brown is Mystery.