The Princess Tag!

 

Hey Everyone!

This is the Princess Tag, which is basically a list of your High-End favorites. I know that everyone has a different definition of high-end vs. low-end, so as a disclaimer, the majority of these products will be in the $30 and above price range. It would be easy to just pick the most expensive products that I have in each category, but these high end products are actually ones that are amazing enough to be worn by a princess.

Skin Prep Product : Dior Diorsnow White Reveal UV Sheild SPF 50, Sephora, $58

Primer : NARS Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer SPF 15, Sephora, $34

Foundation : Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H, Sephora, $45.50

Concealer : MAC Select Moisturecover, $18, Nordstrom

Powder : MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, $30, Nordstrom

Blush : NARS Blush, $30, Sephora

Bronzer : Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Medium/Deep Matte Bronzer, $30, Sephora

Highlighter : Hourglass Ambient Lightning Powder, $45, Sephora

Eyeshadow Palette : Bobbi Brown Rich Caviar Eyeshadow Palette, $47.50, Sephora (Limited Edition)

Eyeliner : Dior Diorshow Art Pen, $30, Sephora

Mascara : Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes, $27.50, Sephora

Brow Product : Tarte EmphasEYES Waterproof Clay Shadow/Liner, $24, Sephora

Lipstick : Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine, $35, Sephora

Lipgloss : Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie, $18, Sephora

***Let me know what your “princess worthy” products are in the comments!!!***

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Best of Beauty 2013

Hey Everyone! I cant believe its already time for my annual Best of Beauty list! Picking this years winners was even harder than last year because so many new products and brands launched; but without further ado, heres the list!

If you want to see last years winners, click here: http://wp.me/p2O2wx-1t

Best High End Brand : Hourglass Cosmetics

Best Budget Brand : Loreal

Most Overrated Product : Maybelline Line Stiletto Liquid Eyeliner

Most Underrated Product : Neutrogena Crease Proof Eyeshadow

Best New Product : Butter London Wink Mascara

Best High End Mascara : Benefit They’re Real

Best Drugstore Mascara : Maybelline Mega Plush Volum’ Express

Best Cream Eyeshadow : Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour

Best Powder Eyeshadow : Laura Mercier Lustre Eye Colour

Best Eyeliner : Palladio Herbal Eyeliner

Best Lip Balm : Loreal Colour Riche Balm

Best Lip Gloss : Bare Essentuals Buxom Lips

Best Lipstick : Chanel Rouge Allure

Best Highlighter : Benefit Watts Up

Best Blush : Smashbox Blush

Best Bronzer : Too Faced Chocolate Soleil, Medium/Deep

Best Concealer : MAC Select Moisturecover

Best High End Foundation : CK One 3-in-1 Face Makeup

Best Drugstore Foundation : Covergirl Clean Whipped Creme

Best Powder : MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

Best Beauty Tool : Beauty Blender Sponge

Best Skincare Brand : Peter Thomas Roth, Glycolic Acid 10% Toning Complex

Best Haircare Brand : Big Sexy Hair

Best Bath and Body Brand : Lush

Best Limited Edition Collection : Too Faced Holiday 2013

Best Breakout Star : Hourglass Cosmetics

Like I did last year, I am now going to talk about a few standout products from the list! First of all, I want to talk about Hourglass Cosmetics and why I chose them for both Best High End Brand AND Best Breakout Star. I feel like this year Hourglass came out of nowhere with amazing and innovative products. Their Ambient Lighting Powders are already a guru favorite and are quickly becoming a staple in most beauty lovers collections. I think its fair to say we have never seen something quite like these powders just based on the sheer innovation, versatility, and quality. They also have an amazing range of foundations and other products that I look forward to becoming more familiar with.

Next, the Butter London Wink Mascaras are sadly not as celebrated as I feel they should be; which is why they were almost this years Most Underrated Product ( which ended up being the Neutrogena Crease Proof Eyeshadows because they are literally the easiest and quickest cream eyeshadow to use, and I have never heard anyone talk about them)….back to the Wink Mascara….Not only does this mascara has a great wand and color range, but the colors are insanely gorgeous AND pigmented. With only two coats I can get a fully opaque purple lash.

Finally, I want to discuss the Best Foundations of the year. The Best High End Foundation, CK One 3-in-1 Face Makeup (another breakout star), is the best of the year because it has one of the most natural finishes I’ve ever seen as well as feeling like there is nothing on the skin. It has an SPF of 8, a light pleasant scent, and keeps the skin healthy and clear. As for the Best Drugstore Foundation, I chose the Covergirl Clean Whipped Creme because it is extremely blendable and full coverage, which means it never looks cakey.

I hope you enjoyed this post! And make sure to let me know your favorites for the year !!!!!

 

Summer Beauty Essentials

Hey Guys! Its finally summertime so obviously you’ll be spending a lot more of your days in the sun, by the pool, at the beach, etc. And since your daily routine is changing, so should your beauty routine! Here are some products that I love for creating quick, easy, and long-wearing summer beauty looks.

A great moisturizer and sunscreen are both extra important when your skin will be exposed to direct sunlight. But since I don’t like to layer a ton of products on my face, especially when it is hot, its extra convenient to have both things in one product. For this I like to use the Juice Beauty Green Apple SPF 15 Moisturizer, which is organic and contains anti aging antioxidants; plus it smells great! If you feel like you need more spf protection, but don’t want to use a higher spf sunscreen from the drugstore that might cause issues for your skin, I would invest in the DiorSnow UV Sheild SPF 50.

For summer face makeup, I like to use products that will give me a flawless face that lasts without looking or feeling like a have a lot of makeup on. This may sound like a tall order, but using a medium to full coverage foundation that can be sheered out, I like NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, is probably your best bet. This can be done by mixing together your foundation and moisturizer, or by using a dampened beauty blender sponge to apply a sheer layer all over your face and adding more only where you need. (Beauty Smarties : I know what you’re thinking. A medium to full coverage foundation is recommended, but the title of the recommended foundation is Nars SHEER glow. Yes. That is contradicting, but even though Nars markets this foundation as sheer, which it can be when applied with a light hand or a damp sponge, it is actually more of a medium coverage foundation when applied “normally”, and can be built up to a full coverage. Its versatility is what makes it so popular! ) 

The Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer is a cream/gel golden highlighter infused with argan oil. Its great summer staple because you can use it just about any way you could ever want or need. Here are just a few ways it can be applied :

Under or mixed in with foundation

As a highlighter for cheekbones

As a highlighter for the entire body

As a cream eyeshadow

For cheeks, long-wearing cream products are the way to go! I like the Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Cream Bronzer which is a sheer light tan bronzer with a slight gold sheen. Its doesn’t get muddy or orange, and blends very well. I also like the Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Liquid Tint in Peony because it looks very natural and mimics a slight sunburn while still looking like a natural pretty glow from within. I like to apply both of these products with a kabuki foundation brush.

Just like cheeks, long-wearing eye products are great for summer. The Maybelline Color Tattoos are great cream eyeshadows that can be used as a base or alone. I especially like the shade Bold Gold for this time of year. I also love the Tarte emphasEYES eyeliner, especially the shade Bronze, because they are made with amazonian clay and are waterproof. You don’t have to use a waterproof mascara if you’re not planning on swimming, but a great mascara that you trust not to smudge is essential for the hotter months; I like the Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara.

TIP : If you’re fair skinned like me, the Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Crayon is an amazing product to cover discoloration as well as brighten. On my more natural days, I like to apply this to my entire eye area ( lid, brow bone, inner corner, and under eye area ). If you have darker skin, let me know if you have found a product like this!!!!

Summer is one of the most important times to protect your lips because they will be facing sun exposure a lot more than any other time of year. Unless you want dry, cracked, and sunburned lips, make sure you keep them moisturized and protected. Here are some options :

Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment is great because it is smoothing, non-sticky, gives your lips a sheer wash of red, AND protects your lips with SPF 15.

Nivea Lip Butters are ultra luxurious and moisturizing. I like the Raspberry Rose Kiss flavor because it gives my lips a soft pink highlight, and smells like raspberry shortcake!

MAC Plush Glasses dont offer much moisture or protection, but they are super sheer and long wearing which makes them great when you want just a little something extra to enhance your natural summer beauty. The shade Fullfilled is an awesome summer nude.

 

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Purple Ethereal Makeup Tutorial

Hey Everyone! Today I did a makeup tutorial using a lot of products from J.Cat Beauty ! As I’ve said before, this company has really great products that are cruelty-free, lead free, hypoallergenic, and affordable. If you want to see the tutorial, click the video :

The products I used for this look are as follows : (PICTURES AND SWATCHES BELOW)

Loreal True Match Lumi Foundation in W1-2 . $12.99 at Ulta

Loreal Magic Lumi Primer . $12.99 at Ulta

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden . $20.00 at Ulta

Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes Palette – the light pink shade . $32.00 at Ulta

J.Cat Beauty Shimmery Powder in 131 Puce Purple and 102 Vanilla . $2.99 at http://www.jcatbeauty.com

MAC Spoiled Rich Quad – Ron Ron Run . limited edition, http://www.maccosmetics.com

J.Cat Beauty Liquid Glitter Liner in 102 Volume Up . $3.49 at http://www.jcatbeauty.com

J.Cat Beauty Roll It Up Liner in RAE 101 Ice White and RAL 106 Rosewood . $2.49 at http://www.jcatbeauty.com

Smashbox Soft Lights in Prism . $29.00 at Ulta

Clinique High Impact Mascara . $16.00 at Sephora

J.Cat Beauty Eternal Shine Lip Glaze in 113 Thullian Pink . $2.49 at http://www.jcatbeauty.com

You can get all of the J.Cat Beauty products at : http://www.jcatbeauty.com

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Resort Palette Dupes!

Hey Everyone! So I know I have been raving about the Sigma Resort Palette ever since I got it at IMATS LA earlier this year, but I thought it might be helpful to do a post about possible options for dupes of the shades in this palette. If you are just interested in getting the palette itself, you can get it for a limited time at : http://www.sigmabeauty.com/Resort_Palette_p/ep007.htm

The Resort Palette costs $42.00 plus shipping, but you can all the dupes for it for only about $30.00 ! All together it’s not a HUGE difference in price, but if you are just interested in a few of the shades, it’s a good deal.

**the Sigma Resort Palette Shade will be first, followed by the corresponding dupe**

Lets start with the eyeshadows! (PICTURES AND SWATCHES BELOW)

Muse : a cool charcoal grey with slight silver shimmer

NYX Glam Shadow in Boomerang : a slightly deeper cool charcoal grey with silver shimmer

Fawn : a cool bronze taupe with sliver shimmer, slight glitter chunks

Essence eyeshadow in Party All Night : a metallic warm taupe with slight bronze; slightly warmer than Fawn

Luna : a golden linen with slight gold shimmer

J.Cat Beauty Shimmery Powder in 102 Vanilla : a warm frosty light vanilla highlight; not as yellow as Luna

Topaz : a very warm medium brown

NYX Nude Matte Shadow in Dance The Tides : a warm medium brown. almost identical to Topaz, very slightly darker

Papaya : a medium peach coral with slight golden shimmer

NYX eyeshadow in Tropical : a medium peachy coral. almost identical to Papaya, slightly more coral

Moonbeam : a blue toned lilac purple with slight pink undertone

NYX eyeshadow in Purple : a light blue toned purple with fuchsia/pink undertone. much pinker than Moonbeam.

Neela : a bright turquoise with slight silver shimmer

NYX eyeshadow in Irises : a bright turquoise blue with silver shimmer. deeper than Neela.

Midori : a bright kiwi green

Ulta Eye Shadow in Going Green : a bright lime/kiwi green. lighter and more lime toned than Midori.

Blush :

Heavenly : a muted neutral/warm coral with slight peach undertone.

** the shade papaya / NYX Tropical is very similar to the Heavenly, and could act as a dupe.

Liquid Highlighter :

Luminesce : a light yellow gold

** I could not find an affordable dupe of this product, but the shade Luna / J.Cat Beauty 102 Vanilla would offer the same effect.

Eye Pencils :

Daydream : a bright and deep turquoise

Total Intensity by Prestige Eyeliner in Lively Turquoise : a bright aqua turquoise. more frosted than Daydream.

Earth Goddess : a warm deep brown

J.Cat Beauty Roll It Up Auto Eyeliner in 105 Bistre : a warm deep brown. almost identical to Earth Goddess.

You can get these dupes at…

ULTA :

NYX Glam Eyeshadow – $2.99 each

NYX Eyeshadow – $2.69 each

Essence Eyeshadow – $2.49 each

Ulta Eye Shadow – $6.00 each

Total Intensity by Prestige Eyeliner – $5.99 each

 

J.CAT : ***

Shimmery Powder – $2.99 each. http://jcatbeauty.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=18_46&product_id=56

Roll It Up Auto Eyeliner – $2.49 each.  http://jcatbeauty.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=18_46&product_id=59

 

 

How To: Natural Highlight, Contour, and Blush

Hey Everyone!

If you want to see a visual of how I apply my highlighter and blush, and contour my cheekbones, then click on the video :

While for most blush is pretty foolproof , learning how to properly highlight and contour your face can take some practice. It all depends on face shape, color, and personal preference; but these are the products I use to sculpt my face while still looking natural :

Things You Will Need : **I used powder products for this tutorial, but cream products would work as well 🙂 **

A Bronzer or A Powder Several Shade Darker Than Your Skin. I prefer to use a light bronzer for, well, bronzing; and a deeper darker matte color for contouring, but you can interchange these if needed. My favorite bronzer is Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl, and my favorite contour color is NARS Laguna.

A Highlighter. It is very important to choose a highlighter that suits your skin tone and gives a finish that you are comfortable with. The NARS Albatross is a happy medium for me between an extremely noticeable frosted highlight and a more matte hardly visible highlight shade. You can apply more or less depending on the occasion.

A Blush. Again it is very important to choose at least one blush for your collection that suits your skin flawlessly and can be a go-to color. I love to experiment with different types of colors and finishes, but my go- to blush is MAC’s Cubic. In the video above I use Make Up For Ever’s Sculpting Blush in #10.

Brushes. In the video, I show a lot of different types of options for brushes. The ones I mentioned for contouring are the Sigma F20 ( a large paddle powder brush), and the Shany Cosmetics Small Powder Brush from the 13 piece set. The Highlight brushes are the Sigma F86 (a dense tapered kabuki), and the same Shany Cosmetics Small Powder Brush. The Blush brushes are the Sigma F50 (a duo fibre), and the Shany Cosmetics Large Powder Brush also from the 13 piece set.