Friday, September 28, 2012

10 Makeup Products I Would Repurchase: TAG

Hi all! I recently did a tag video about ten products I would repurchase if, by some stroke of bad luck, I ended up losing all of my makeup. Just the thought of it sends chills up my spine. I think this topic is actually very interesting because it really focuses on the makeup and beauty items that you can't live without, or your Holy Grail products. I mean, we could live without makeup. But why would we want to do that?  Here are my top ten products I would rush out to buy first:

1. Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation: Judging by feedback from my viewers, it seems like you either love or hate this foundation. I LOVE it! Just an ultra-sheer layer applied with my Sigmax F84 brush gives my complexion an airbrushed, flawless look without concealer. This would prevent me from having to purchase an additional concealer for my face.

2. Benefit Hello Flawless Custom Powder Cover-Up: I don't think I could stomach wearing any liquid/cream foundation without setting it with a powder.  It makes it touchable, keeps it in place all day and prevents creasing.  BONUS: You can also use Hello Flawless as a powder foundation, making this multitasker even more useful during a no-makeup crisis.

3. Revlon Age Defying Concealer w/ DNA Advantage: I don't feel like this product gets enough love in the blogosphere. It really packs a punch and camouflages dark circles better than many high-end products I've tried. I could use this without a brightener (although I usually pair it with my Maybelline Age Rewind Brightener) and it erases my undereye circles with ease.

4. MAC Painterly Paint Pot: This little pot of cream-shadowy goodness makes my eyeshadows show up truer to color and helps them last by giving the powder something to stick to. I can also use it as an eyeshadow base because my lids aren't super oily, eliminating the need to drop mucho dinero on a new eye primer.

5. E.l.f. Eyebrow Kit in Medium: I can't go without filling in my brows. This handy little kit is very inexpensive (I believe between $1-$3) and comes with everything you need to perfect your arches.

*Don't forget to watch in HD!

6. MAC Tempting eyeshadow: One of my favorite MAC shadows! It's a great anytime/anywhere color - a beautiful golden brown. When worn alone, the flattering shimmer casts shadows in all the right places, making it look like you're wearing more products on your lids.

7. L'oreal Carbon Black Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner: Long name, great eyeliner. Amazing eyeliner, actually! I get more use out of a good liner pencil than the liquid version. Especially since you can use a pencil on your lid, in the waterline and as an eyeshadow base for a smokey eye.

8. NYX Mocha Blush: If all of my blushes vanished into thin air, this one would have me covered. It goes with everything and compliments many looks, from a neutral daytime look to nighttime smokey eyes.

9. Smith's Minted Rose Lip Balm: This balm doubles as a sheer gloss because it's super moisturizing and adds a hint of rosy color. I don't think I could be without it!

10. Covergirl Lashblast Volume Mascara: My mascara obsession of the moment, it's a very striking, black formula that adds intense volume and length. I've recently rediscovered this old stand-by, reminding me why I love it so much!

Well, there you have it! I hope you found this post to be interesting and please let me know: what are the ten makeup products you would repurchase?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Glamorous Plums: Fall Makeup Trend (Collab with RachhLoves!)

Hi all! So this seems to be Collaboration Day, I posted a collab giveaway earlier today and now I have this collab tutorial between Rachel (RachhLoves on YouTube) and I.  When she contacted me about doing a video together, naturally I jumped at the chance since we've been friends for a while now and I love her videos!

We wanted to do 2 different looks for fall and I decided to go with this nighttime, plum eye look and she went with a beautiful bright-eyed look. You can view her video here:

After my last Sephora Haul I had an over-whelming amount of requests for a tutorial using the Kat Von D Shade Shifter eyeshadow that I had featured in the video.  Well, you asked for it and here it is!  I hope you enjoy the tutorial!

Products Used:

UD Eyeshadow Primer Potion 
Kat Von D Shade Shifter Eyeshadow in Love Letter
UD Secret Service Eyeshadow
UD 24/7 Cream Eyeshadow in Delinquent
UD Sin e/s (from Naked Palette)
UD 24/7 Eyeliner in Demolition
Maybelline One By One Mascara

Korres Cheek Butter in Eros Coral
Revlon Colorburst lipstick in Soft Nude
Revlon Colorburst lipgloss in Peach Petal
MAC Rags to Riches Dazzleglass

The Return of Sexy Fall Collab Giveaway on My YT Channel!

Yesterday I announced on my YouTube Channel that I'm participating in an amazing fall collaboration giveaway with ten other lovely YouTube beauty gurus.  The giveaway is being held on my channel but I wanted to make my blog readers aware so that they can head over to the giveaway video and enter as well...

We all pitched in and came up with some unbelievable prizes!

THERE WILL BE 2 WINNERS!! Each winner will receive:

-$100 Sephora Gift Card

-Too Faced "The Return of Sexy" Eyeshadow Palette
(includes a black eyeliner pencil)

-MAC Well Dressed blush

-MAC Hue lipstick

-Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara

..Everything you need for a complete fall look!

-Must be subscribed to all 11 girls' YouTube Channels
-Must be 18 or have parents' permission
-Can enter once on each of our videos.
-Make sure you check out the other girls videos because they may have additional ways to get extra entries into the giveaway (subbing to 2nd channel, following them on twitter, facebook, etc)
-Comment on the video watch page: "What is your must have fall beauty item"

-Giveaway ends October 5th at Midnight Pacific Time
-Opened Internationally

Lovely ladies in this Giveaway:

*Remember, commenting on this blog post does not enter you - you must comment on the actual giveaway video on YouTube! * I just wanted to give you guys a chance to win some great products as well!

Good luck to everyone who enters!!

And don't forget to follow me on Twitter for updates on the giveaway & more!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Fall Makeup Tutorial: Jewel Tones

Products Used for This Look:

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
MAC Painterly Paint Pot
Sleek Storm Palette (available here)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Mildew
Maybelline MasterPrecise Eyeliner in Black
Maybelline One By One Mascara

NARS "Luster" Blush
Rimmel Lasting Finish lip pencil in "Natural"
Revlon Colorburst lipgloss in "Bellini"

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Big, Bright Eyes! Tutorial and Tips

Okay I know you've been there: the alarm sounds in the morning, you roll out of bed and go through your morning beauty rituals as quickly as possible. 
Then at some point throughout the day you glance in the mirror....

If it looks like a scene from a horror movie, I feel your pain.  Let's face it, as much as we try to get our 8 hours of beauty sleep every night sometimes our responsibilities or social life just doesn't allow it.  Luckily for us there's makeup!

There's nothing that can make you look more well rested and refreshed than big, bright eyes. It's all about color choices and the placement of your eyeshadows, liners, etc. - AND it's really easy (promise!).  

Products Used:

Benefit Eye Bright Pencil
NYX Butt "Naked" Eyes Palette
ELF eyelash curler
Maybelline One By One Mascara

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfecter (Fair)
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in the "Brightening" shade
Bare Minerals Well Rested Eye Brightening Powder

Monday, September 10, 2012

Sephora Beauty Haul | New Makeup for Fall!

Okay, so this is kind of a big deal... 

It's been awhile since Hurricane Alli has hit Sephora, so I thought it would be fitting to film a haul of some goodies I picked up on a recent shopping extravaganza.  Then it hit me!  In my two years of blogging and filming YouTube videos I have yet to film a Sephora haul!  Okay so it's not an earth-shattering revelation but for a beauty blogger - it kind of is ;)

So not only was I excited to share this "moment" with you all, but I also wanted to show you some cool new products I picked up for fall.  I love trying out new things and then giving feedback to my viewers and readers, so stay tuned! You might see a few of these products in future videos and tutorials!


Monday, September 3, 2012

August 2012 Favorites!

It's time for my monthly beauty favorites!  In addition to my favorite products of August, I've also included an end-of-summer round up with my favorites videos from the past few months.  I thought I would recap some of my stand-out products of the summer just in case you missed them - and there were some good ones!  Hope you enjoy! xo

August Faves:

Loreal Colour Riche "Color Caresse" Lipstick  -  Cotton Pink

Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss - 042 Bellini

Bonnebel Lip Lites gloss - Strawberry Parfait

NYX "Mocha" Blush

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner - Demolition

Kenzo Flower Tag Perfume

Kenra Platinum Hot Spray Protect & Finish

Softsoap Body Butter Coconut Scrub

July Favorites:

June Favorites: