Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Summer Drugstore Makeup Haul!

I hope everybody had a wonderful and relaxing Memorial Day weekend!  This week I'm back with a haul showing some awesome new drugstore products including some new product launches from Revlon!  Not only am I excited about these little gems, but also some other drugstore discoveries that I'll be talking about very soon ;)

Hope you enjoy my haul video!
-Alli xoxo


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Bronzer Application Tips and Favorite Products!


Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard bbq's, don't forget to include a beautiful, bronzed glow as part of your summer look!

Alright, I'll admit it.  I'm a bit obsessed with all things "bronzed".  I'm a total self tanner junkie - that post is coming later - and along with that comes a mini addiction to bronzers. 

They've been a staple in my year-round beauty routine for years and I'm always looking for fun, new products to try or new ways to rock the "sunkissed skin" look. Especially since my face rarely comes in contact with the actual sun - I'm also an SPF junkie ;) In the video included in this post, I'll show you some of my new and old faves as well as some different application techniques that can help you customize your bronzed goddess look!


Products Mentioned:
Laura Mercier Dune Bronze Bronzing Powder
Physicians Formula Bronze Booster in Medium/Dark
Cargo Medium Matte Bronzer
F50 and F30 Brushes - Sigma
Tarte Mineral Bronzer in Hotel Heiress
Bare Minerals Faux Tan Matte All Over Face Color
Too Faced Teddy Bear Powder brush, Sigma F10 brush
Hard Candy Baked Bronzer in Tropics
Cargo Beach Blush in Miami Beach



Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Soft Pastel Purple Makeup Tutorial for Spring/Summer!








Products Used in This Tutorial:

eyes:
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
Revlon Colorstay Eyeshadow Quad in Seductive
Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner in Espresso
Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner in Black
Maybelline XXL Pro Mascara

cheeks:
Tarte Mineral Bronzer in Hotel Heiress
Bare Minerals Ready Blush in The Faux Pas

lips:
YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick in #1 Nude Beige
MAC Rags to Riches Dazzleglass














Thursday, May 3, 2012

Picking the Perfect Eyeshadow Palette or Quad

Picking out the perfect eyeshadow palette can be a confusing and frustrating process.  I can't tell you how many times I've brought home a beautiful assortment of shadows expecting a new holy grail ...and instead got muddy eyeshadows with little-to-no color payoff.  I've definitely learned from my shopping mistakes and stick to a few golden rules when in the market for a new makeup palette:

1. Look for a variety of finishes - the contrast in texture will add more depth to your makeup look, thus making your palette more versatile. All-shimmer assortments can be pretty to look at but often lack in functionality.

2. Look for a range in shades from light to dark - when it's easier to see which colors will be your highlight shade, crease shade, etc., it makes creating your look a million times easier. You'll have everything you need to create a look without dipping into the rest of your makeup.

3. A nice blending shade is always a great asset to any palette because it pulls your entire look together.

4. Beware of limited edition palettes.  There are definitely some great ones out there, but in my experience they can tend to be lower-quality products in fancy packaging.

* For more details on my tips for picking the perfect palette, check out the video below!