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

 

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How to : Instantly Healthy and Glowing Skin

Hey Everyone! Today I am going to share with you how I get super healthy looking and glowing skin. I am very pale and cant get very much natural sun, so I have to fake it! This technique is really quick and easy, and works for every skin type and skin problem, from acne to mature. If you want to see how to look like you’ve just spent a week on vacation, then follow these steps!

(Swatches and Pictures Below)

What I use : ** It’s totally fine to improvise, this is just what I have and what looks best on me**

Loreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer

Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer

Clinique Even Better Foundation

Q-Tip

*optional*

*Sigma F84 Angled Kabuki Brush

*Revlon Colorstay Concealer

*Smashbox Soft Lights in Prism

*Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Bronzer

*MAC Bare Study Paint Pot

*Urban Decay Primer Potion in Skin

*Buxom Lip Gloss in April

The first step to achieve this look is, obviously, to cleanse your skin (preferably lightly exfoliate), and then apply a good moisturizer.

Next, take your Loreal Magic Lumi Primer, or any white highlighting cream/liquid, and apply that to the tops of your cheekbones,¬†under your eyes, your eye’s inner corner, your browbone, and your cupids bow (above your top lip).

On a palette or the back of your hand, take half the amount of the Clinique Even Better Foundation you normally use and the same amount (or slightly less) of your Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer, or any golden or bronzing highlighter you have, and mix them together with a Q-Tip.

Apply this mixture with your Sigma F84 Brush to your face, excluding the areas where you already applied the white highlighter. Then, wipe off your brush (or use a clean one of the same style) and gently blend the edges of where the white highlighter and the foundation mixture meet. Voila!

*Optional Steps

Cover up any spots or discoloration with your concealer. I like the Revlon Colorstay Concealer.

Then apply a light  bronzer to your cheekbones, hairline, and jawline. I like to use the Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Bronzer.

Next apply a sheer light pink blush with a slight frost, like the Smashbox Soft Lights in Prism, to the apples of your cheeks and slightly blend back.

For the eyes, apply your Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin from you lid to your crease. Then lightly pat on your MAC Barestudy Paint Pot to your lid and inner corner.

Finish off with a light pink lip gloss like the Buxom Lip Gloss in April.

 

Why This Works…

By mixing a golden bronze highlighter with your foundation you are adding subtle dimension to the skin. The foundation balances out the highlighter without taking away the healthy sun-kissed glow, and also without the bronze-gold sheen being too obvious.

Because we aren’t using the bronze-gold illuminizer as a true “highlighter”, the white highlighter adds another form of dimension by accentuating the desired points of the face.

You could easily achieve this same look by using your hands, but I feel that using a brush (especially the F84) makes everything blend more seamlessly.

The Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Bronzer is a mosaic of various bronze colors in the same shade range, so it adds depth; and it also has a slight sheen which adds to our glowy goal. A blush with a slight frost also adds subtle glow; I feel that light pink is the most flattering because it is youthful and soft.

As far as the eyes, using cream products can make you look healthier and more beautiful because they look the most natural. The primer potion is slightly darker than the paint pot, so again we are playing with depth and light.

Finally, I chose the Buxom lip gloss because it is sheer, has a slight sparkle, and is plumping. All of those things allude to youth and health.

 

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

Roll It Up Auto Eyeliner Р$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 ūüôā **

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.

Romantic Makeup – Sigma Resort Palette

Hi Everyone! Today I did a look using the Sigma Resort Palette. I know its not available yet, but I thought I’d give you another preview of its awesomeness at the same time as giving you makeup inspiration for a Date/Valentines Day/Girls Night Out. This look is really easy to achieve, so if you want to see how I did it then click on the video!

As shown in the video, the main colors I used for this look were all from the Sigma RESORT palette including Muse (smokey charcoal), Fawn (warm taupe), Luna (creamy highlight), and Moonbeam (lilac purple). I also used the products in the pictures above!

QUESTION : ARE YOU EXCITED FOR THIS PALETTE TO LAUNCH?!

Sigma Defining Eyes Palette

Hey Everyone! I picked up this palette at IMATS last weekend and have been loving it! Let me start out by saying the pigmentation, blend-ability, and texture are all excellent. This palette comes with eight eye shadows, two gel liners, a dual-ended pencil, and a dual ended brush.

The eye shadows on the top row include a black (In The Dark), a navy with a slight purple undertone (Midnight), a grey color with a hint of warmth (Fog), and a frosty champagne highlight shade (Halo). The bottom row includes a medium warm brown (Brunette), a deeper neutral brown with gold shimmer (Chestnut), a neutral light/medium taupe (Smoke), and a white/shell highlight shade (Beam).    **I love that this palette comes with two different highlight shades!!**

Overall the eye shadows are pretty consistent in quality, yet three in particular stand out to me. Starting with a positive, Smoke is by far the nicest taupe shade I’ve come across for my complexion. I love how you can wear it sheer, but also easily build it up for more intense color. I also appreciate it’s versatility in how it weighs perfectly neutral in color, not leaning heavily warm or heavily cool.

Although In The Dark is a perfectly fine black shade, I did expect more because Tiffany D is notoriously picky about the depth, pigmentation, blend-ability, etc. in black eye shadows. The pay off is fine but there are WAY deeper/blacker shades available than this one.

I never thought this could be possible coming from a palette that my favorite guru created herself, but i absolutely cannot stand the color Chestnut. In the palette it looks gorgeous, but once swatched it becomes a muddy, glittery mess. The texture and pigmentation is incredibly poor in my opinion. I wish this color was somehow salvageable using some magic technique, but its just not there for me.

The gel eyeliners, Blackout (a black) and Chocolate (a brown), are fantastic and also “pop-out” of the palette for convinience. Personally I dislike using gel eyeliner because for me the prove to be tricky and result in me having to complete take off and redo my eye makeup, but these gel liners are very easy to work with. They are extremely smooth and rich, and I look forward to practicing my technique using THESE gems.

The dual-ended pencil consists of a white side and a navy blue side. The blue side is very similar to the Midnight eyeshadow, but it is slightly brighter. The pencils are creamy, long lasting, and easy to apply on both the lid and the waterline. The dual-ended brush includes an E55 and an E30. The E55 is good for packing on color to the lid, and the E30 can be used for small crease work/eyeliner, etc.

Make sure to click the video to see how these colors apply LIVE ūüôā

Sigma Resort Palette

Hey Everyone! I am SO EXCITED to share the Sigma Resort Palette with you! I believe it comes out later this Spring, but I was able to get my hands on it early at IMATS L.A. last weekend. And can I just say WOW?! It’s probably my favorite palette I’ve ever purchased. I love how it has amazing neutrals AND gorgeously wearable bright colors. It seriously makes me want to go somewhere in the Bahamas every time I look at it. Without further ado, here are the pics and swatches :

 

 

and if you want to see a tutorial on how to use some of the colors, then click on my video ! ūüôā