theBalm Nude’tude Palette Review + Swatches + GIVEAWAY!

Eyeshadow palettes are my addiction. I’m always on the hunt to try new brands, color palettes and textures. Lately, I’ve gone crazy over eyeshadow palettes by theBalm Cosmetics. They are high quality, with great pigmentation, at a reasonably price.

One of my favorites is their NUDE’tude palette. A beautiful assortment of neutral colors, with more versatility than some of the other popular neutral palettes.

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This palette is available on theBalm’s website for $36 or for those of you seeking a good deal, you can get it for $22 on Amazon. I’m also giving away this palette on my youtube channel, details below.

For full swatches and a chance to win this palette, check out my first impressions video:

So, what do you think of this palette? Comment below.

 

The Complete Look | My Birthday

For whatever reason, most people I know feel the need to dress extra trampy on their birthday. Me, not so much.

I’m obsessed with all things floral and lace, mixing prints and textures, pastels etc. Somehow I managed to get it all in for my birthday outfit.

The outfit.

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Top: Forever 21

Skirt: Delias

Shoes: W Shoes

Necklace: Forever 21

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The makeup.

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Interested in this look? Here’s what I used:

Eyes:

  • Rimmel Exaggerate Undercover Shadow Primer
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette | Virgin, Sidecar
  • Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette | Amaretto, Triple Fudge
  • Maybelline Line Stiletto eyeliner | Blackest Black
  • NYX Gel Liner | Jet Black
  • NYX Pencil Liner | Jet Black
  • L’Oreal Voluminious Mascara | Black
  • Maybelline Mega Plush Mascara | Black
  • Maybelline the Rocket Mascara | Black
  • Zuzu Luxe Cream Brow Pencil | Mink
  • Ardell Glamour Lashes

Face:

  • Benefit the POREfessional Primer
  • LORAC POREfection Foundation | PR5
  • L’Oreal True Match Super blendable Crayon Concealer | n4-5
  • Covergirl + Olay Eye Rehab Concealer | Light/medium
  • Revlon Age Defying Targeted Dark Spot Concealer Treatment | Light Medium
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder | Silky Beige
  • Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse | Medium Beige
  • Milani Blush | Luminoso
  • Sephora Baked Luminizer | Star Dust
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

Lips:

  • Giovanni Street Chic Premium Lip Balm | Peppermint Treat
  • Revlon Superlustrous Lipstick | Persian Melon

What did you think of this look? Comment below!

Makeup 101 | Primers

There’s primer for your walls and primer for your face, both are equally important.

Just like when your painting your room, primer for your face and eyelids creates the perfect canvas for your makeup application.

Learn all about primers the video below:

Do you use primers? If so, which brands are your favorites?

 

 

MAKEUP OF THE DAY | Natural Makeup for Prom

Prom is around the corner and it’s time to finalize your makeup look.

As a freelance makeup artist, I have to be in tune with the latest trends and the wants of my clients.

This year, the biggest requests I’m getting are natural makeup and winged eyeliner.

Because prom-goers are often under the age of 18, the natural makeup look is perfect and prevents the possibility of looking like a clown.

Here’s the look I put together for one of my clients:IMG_0545

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Interested in this look? Here’s what I used:

Eyes:

  • Revlon Photoready Eye Primer + Brightener
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo | Bad to the Bronze
  • Too Faced Pretty Rebel Palette | Girly
  • Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette | Busted and Booty Call
  • Maybelline Line Stiletto eyeliner | Blackest Black
  • L’Oreal Infallible Eyeliner | Black
  • POP Beauty Sooty Black Liner | Sooty Black
  • L’Oreal Voluminious Mascara | Black
  • Maybelline Mega Plush Mascara | Black
  • Maybelline the Rocket Mascara | Black
  • NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder | Taupe

Face:

  • Benefit the POREfessional Primer
  • Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foudnation | Medium Beige
  • Covergirl Trublend Fixstick Concealer | m 1.2.3.4
  • Neutrogena  3-in-1 concealer for eyes | Light
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder | Silky Beige
  • Too Faced | Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
  • Too Faced | Who’s Your Poppy? Blush
  • Sephora Baked Luminizer | Star Dust
  • NYX HD Setting Powder

Lips:

  • Giovanni Street Chic Premium Lip Balm | Peppermint Treat
  • Revlon Superlustrous Lipstick | Kissable Pink

What do you think of this look? Comment below.

Top Drugstore Lipsticks for Spring and Summer 2014

Spring is here and so are bright lippies!

Pinks and corals will always be on trend for Spring and Summer, but if you want to be a little more daring this year, you’ve got to dip into orange and purple. Both colors are all over the runways and fashion magazines.

At first, these bright colored lipsticks might be intimidating, but if you choose the right shade (and don’t go full on night-time smoky eye during the day along with it) you should be fine.

 

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Recently, I’ve had quite a few requests to share my top drugstore lipstick colors for spring. It was really hard to choose but I went with the colors I reach for the most. I tried to keep it under 10 but you know me, I love my lippies, so there are two “honorable mentions.” 🙂

Check out the swatches of these beautiful colors! Can you guess which is which?

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If you’re interested in finding out my drugstore lipstick favorites for Spring and Summer 2014 be sure to check out my video:

Which color was your favorite? Should I do another video for my high-end lipsticks? Comment below.

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P.S. My Urban Decay Electric Palette giveaway is still open so be sure to enter if you want to win!

 

MAKEUP HAUL | ULTA 21 Days of Beauty Spring 2014 Haul

Sephora’s VIB sale wasn’t the only parasite on my bank account…

ULTA’s 21 Days of Beauty was three weeks of beauty product bliss. Each day there was a different product on sale, sometimes up to 50% off regular price. Additionally, several brands were offering really cool free gifts with purchase (varying $ amounts) and certain stores were hosting special events.

Needless to say, I couldn’t help myself. Here’s what I picked up:

What did you snag during ULTA’s 21 Days of Beauty? Comment below.

MAKEUP HAUL | Sephora VIB Spring 2014 Makeup Haul Part One

If you’re a beauty addict I know your bank account took a hit recently. Why? The Spring 2014 Sephora VIB sale!

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Check out what I got (this is part one because I ended up getting more stuff, couldn’t resist!):

What did you pick up this VIB sale? Comment below.