Thursday, August 30, 2012

Back to School Makeup: 3 Looks with 3 Shadows!

Fall is by far my favorite time of year. In Philadelphia the season is especially beautiful with all of the gorgeous foliage and it's finally cool enough to open our house windows and let the breeze just flow... *sigh*.

It also means it's time for another back to school tutorial - well, actually THREE of them!  I've been raving about the NYX eyeshadow trio in "Honeycomb" for the past month or so. One of the reasons I love it so much is the versatility that it gives you with three natural, wearable shadows (not to mention it's easy on the wallet).  Perfect for school makeup, right?  I thought I would show the three main looks that I've been wearing using "Honeycomb" all in one mega, super-sized tutorial. Just goes to show you don't have to shell out tons of money or invest in lots of products to switch up your day-to-day makeup.  

I wish everybody heading back to school an amazing and successful year and be sure to check out the video tutorial below!

-Alli

Products:
NYX Eyeshadow Trio in "Honeycomb"
Maybelline Master Precise Eyeliner (Look #1)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Demolition (Looks #2 & 3)
Maybelline One By One Mascara
NYX Mocha Blush
NYX Mega Shine lipgloss in "Perfect"





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Friday, August 24, 2012

Drugstore Skincare!


It's no secret that I've been on a drugstore beauty kick lately.  Over the past few months I've kept you updated on the many drugstore finds that I've been loving and while attempting to film a video all about the subject I realized there may be TOO many favorites! 


Instead of throwing a 45 minute video at you, I decided to break it down into a few parts.  So, what better to start with than skincare!  Coincidentally I'm a little overdue for a skincare video as it is ;)  In this post I'll be showing you some of my tried and true products that have made it into my routine and helped keep my normal/combination skin in check.



Cleansers:
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash (Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser)
Garnier Moisture Rescue Fresh Cleansing Foam

Scrubs/Exfoliators
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash (Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub)
St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub

Daytime Moisturizers:
Loreal Youth Code Day Lotion SPF 30
Loreal Youth Code Eye Cream (can also be worn at night)
Garnier Moisture Rescue Lightweight UV Lotion SPF 15
Loreal Collagen Moisture Filler SPF 15

Nighttime Moisturizer:
Burt's Bees Intense Hydration night cream w/ Clary Sage

-Neutrogena 2-in-1 Fight and Fade Gel
-Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes (Original and Grapefruit)
-Freeman's Mint & Lemon Facial Clay Mask



*also mentioned in video but not shown:
Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads






Sunday, August 19, 2012

I took the $20 Makeup Challenge!

After returning from travelling around the Northwest this past week I was super excited to film and upload a new video on my YouTube channel!  And what better to film than the most highly requested video from my viewers - The $20 Makeup Challenge!  So, the idea is to come up with a complete look (face, eyes, cheeks and lips), but all of the cosmetics and tools that you use must total under $20.


I knew this was going to be tricky but I didn't realize how difficult it would actually be until I got to Wal-Mart. Dun dun dun...


I must have looked like an escapee from an insane asylum, walking up and don't the aisles and tallying up all of the prices.  One little gem made this challenge a lot easier. The Wet n Wild Bare Necessities kit includes an eyeliner, 3 eyeshadows and a mascara for under $5.00 - score!


Some of the products I picked up were hits and some were misses, but you'll have to watch the video to find out and see if I stayed within my budget!



*Oh and special thanks to my mom for being my human calculator at Wal-Mart! ;)




Monday, August 6, 2012

Green & Taupe Drugstore Makeup Tutorial








Products Used:
Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette in Comfort Zone
Covergirl Liquiline Blast Eyeliner in Green Glow
Covergirl Liquiline Bast Eyeliner in Brown Blaze
Maybelline MasterPrecise Eyeliner Pen in Black

Milani Luminoso Baked Blush
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Charm
Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Peach Petal











Long Lasting, Shine-Free Foundation Routine

Okay, so we are officially in the dog days of summer! I don't know about you, but stepping out in the heat and humidity in a liquid foundation can leave my skin looking like an oil slick!  Typically I'll resolve this issue by switching up to a powder foundation routine in the summertime.  However, sometimes I want my skin to look super flawless for an event or a night out - something that a cream or liquid foundation does best.  So how do I keep my skin looking naturally matte and shine-free?  In the video below I'll show you the combination of products that has been keeping my skin looking fresh-faced all summer long!



Makeup/Products Mentioned:
Neutrogena Shine Control Primer
Revon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation in Natural Beige
Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer in Sand
NARS Pressed Powder in Beach
Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser - Brightener
Revlon Age Defying Concealer w/ DNA Advantage (Light/Medium)
Bare Minerals Well Rested Eye Brightening Powder
Tarte Mineral Bronzer in Hotel Heiress
Wet N Wild blush in Heather Silk
YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick in #1 Nude Beige
NYX Mega Shine Lipgloss in Beautiful
Neutrogena Shine Control Powder




Thursday, August 2, 2012

My Everyday Winged Eyeliner Tutorial

Hi everyone!  Looks like I'm playing a little game of catch-up this week.  I knew I was a little behind with my blog posts but I hadn't realized I never posted My Everyday Winged Eyeliner Tutorial.  Well, better late than never!

This look is basically my go-to when I want my eyeliner to be wearable for everyday, but with a little added drama.  Below are the list of products I used for this look and the video tutorial:



-Benefit Eye Bright Pencil

-MAC Wedge Eyeshadow

-Maybelline MasterShape Ink Pen Eyeliner 

-Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara

-Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil in Perversion




-Alli xoxo