Monday, March 25, 2013

Complete Look ♡ Blue Winged Liner + Bright Lips... and a Haul!

Hi babes! So blue eye makeup has been one of my favorite trends for the upcoming season. The shade has been popping up in a lot of my recent tutorials, including my latest Colorful Spring Makeup and Radiant Aqua looks. Another fun (and EASY) way to make a bold, blue statement with your makeup is by winging out some cobalt hued eyeliner! After posting the pic below on Instagram (@makeupbyalli) I received an overwhelming amount of requests to film a tutorial for the look...

Ask and you shall receive!

Not only will I show you an easy way to get your blue eyeliner to really show up, but in the video tutorial I'll also go over my foundation routine using the NEW MAC Mineralize Moisture foundation and a Beauty Blender. The result? A fresh, spring-ready face! Continue reading for a list of products and the video tutorial! xoxo

Product List:

MAC Mineralize Moisture foundation in NC20
Beauty Blender sponge to apply

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, Medium Plus
Rimmel Stay Matte powder, Nude Beige

Anastasia Brow Wiz, Ash Blonde

Sigma Provoke eyeshadow base (matte peach cream shadow)

MAC Mylar eyeshadow

MAC Waveline Fluidline

Benefit They're Real mascara

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer, "Brightening"

Revlon DNA Advantage concealer, Light/Medium

Bare Minerals Well Rested eye brightening powder

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish, Give Me Sun

Wet n Wild Pearlescent Pink blush

Lorac Perfectly Lit Spotlight Highlighting Powder

Milani Rose Hip lipstick -or- MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick 

mixed w/ MAC Pink Nouveau lipstick


And just because, well, long time no MAC...

I thought I'd also include a lil' birthday haul from a few weeks back :)

Another IG pic ;)

Although it seems I forgot to mention it here on my blog, I celebrated my birthday on March 15th and headed to Atlantic City for a fun weekend with friends.  I just wanted to thank you all so much for the birthday wishes over the past few weeks - from Twitter to YouTube I was really feeling the love!

I thought I would share some of the goodies I ordered from MAC Cosmetics and some pretty little thangs I also found at Sephora recently.

Phewf!  A lot for one post but I wanted to update you guys on what is going on with me and I hope you enjoyed the double makeup love! As always, thanks for reading!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Colorful Spring Makeup Tutorial | Purple, Pink & Blue

Although it hasn't felt much like spring around here (it just snowed yesterday....), people are saying it technically began four days ago. I'm not so convinced ;) Either way the warmer weather has to come eventually, right? So why not start practicing some fun, colorful looks right now!

There really isn't much rhyme or reason to this particular eye look, I was just feeling inspired by the beautiful, bold shades in my Vice Palette by Urban Decay. I just took some of my favorite bright colors, "swirled" them all together and this is what I came up with! :)

I hope you guys like this tutorial and don't be afraid to play around with color! You know what they say... neon is the new neutral! 

Products Used:
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
Urban Decay Vice Palette
NYX Slide On Glide On eyeliner in Purple Blaze
Maybelline Eye Studio gel eyeliner in Eggplant
Maybelline One By One mascara

MAC Pink Swoon blush
NYX Mega Shine lipgloss in Beautiful

Thanks for watching & reading!! Oh, and Happy Spring!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

My Go-To Glam Makeup | Full-Face Routine

One of the reasons I love playing with different makeup looks is because it allows you to become whoever you want to be that day. Sometimes I'm feeling more laidback and casual (hence my "no makeup" makeup routine) and other days I want to inject some va-va-voom! 

(This post is all about the va-va-voom!...)

After a recent girls' night out I was inspired to recreate the completed "glammed up" look that I wore out that night. I'll take you through all of my getting-ready steps from my foundation, to winged out eyeliner, contouring and even a punchy, bright lip color. If you are loving the current bright lip trend as much as I am, then don't forget to check out the Maybelline Vivid lipsticks in your local drugstore! I can't rave enough about the beautiful color selections and comfortable formula they have to offer - I'm wearing the Vivid lipstick in "Vivid Rose" in this video. 

Products Used:

Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme foundation, Natural Beige
Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer, Sand
Rimmel Stay Matte powder, Nude Beige

Anastasia Brow Whiz, Ash Blonde
Sigma Light Brow Powder

Urban Decay Naked Basics palette
Urban Decay Naked palette
Loreal Voluminous Smoldering eyeliner
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
Q-Tips + Simple makeup remover wipes

Maybelline Age Rewind concealer, "Brightening"
Revlon DNA Advantage concealer, Light/Medium
Bare Minerals Well Rested eye brightening powder

Loreal Power Volume Black Smoke Mascara

Blistex DCT lip balm

Cargo Medium Matte bronzer
NARS Luster blush

Rimmel Red Diva lip liner
Maybelline Vivid lipstick in "Vivid Rose"

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

My "No Makeup" Makeup Routine ... & Ryan Seacrest?!

Hi guys! Since I've really been enjoying watching full-face tutorials on YouTube lately, I felt inspired to film a few of the makeup routines that I've been favoring as well. The one in this post is on the natural end of the spectrum. A lot of times I'll go about my day completely bare-faced and others I want to go all out with my makeup - eyeshadow, lipstick and liner, oh my! Then there are those in-between days when I want to correct some imperfections and even out my skintone while still keeping the look simple and fresh-faced. That's my personal definition of "no makeup" makeup, it's all about enhancing your natural beauty! 

You may be thinking the list below seems like a lot of products for a routine where the goal is to look somewhat au naturel (with a few small enhancements). Touche! However, I think that lightly layering products that are geared towards brightening and correcting is the best way for me to achieve this look and make it last. But, you can definitely customize this routine to fit your needs. I'm actually using far less products than I typically do for a full-on weekend or going out look... so it is pretty pared down for me ;) Just reach for the amount of products that work for you! Don't forget to check out the video for the completed look and some additional tricks to achieve a "barely there" makeup look.

Products Used:

Garnier BB Cream (original formula), light/medium - used as moisturizer

Maybelline Age Rewind dark circle concealer, "Brightening" shade
Cargo One Base in OB 01 Ivory
Bare Minerals Well Rested eye brightening powder
Benefit Hello Flawless powder, Never Settle Petal

Urban Decay Naked Basics eyeshadow palette
NARS The Multiple in Copacabana
Maybelline One by One mascara
(You can skip the mascara or opt for a clear formula. I have very light lashes so I like to give them a hint of color)

Urban Decay Afterglow cheek tint in Crush
Maybelline Color Whisper in Lust for Blush


On a completely unrelated note... I recently found out that I've been nominated in a fun poll on where you can vote for your favorite YouTube Makeup Artist! There were so many amazing people on the list and I was just blown away and so flattered to be included! If you'd like to vote for me you can check out the poll page here :)

I've received so many tweets from all of you who have already voted and I want to thank you so much for your support! xoxo

Stay tuned for more completed looks and I hope you're having a great week!

Monday, March 4, 2013

New Makeup Storage/Organization + Room Tour!

Today I am super excited to show you my new makeup storage and my little home office/closet area. It's been a work in progress and I have to thank my wonderful boyfriend for helping me drag all of the new Ikea shelving to our house and setting them up! 

For the longest time there really wasn't too much going on in my film room, which is an extra guest room in our house. I had a tiny desk area but I never really did much with it because the room was such an awkward space. We live in a row home which is basically a "hallway" of a house with windows on both ends. The rooms are very long and narrow, making it hard to arrange furniture... and keep my houseplants alive. I didn't feel like this space, that I spend so much time in, was being used to it's full potential. I also wanted the re-design to represent my personal style and break up the space a bit so it didn't feel so much like a bowling alley. However I'm no professional interior designer and I was definitely working within a budget. Also, I didn't want it to feel too fancy or stuffy - after all, it is our house. I wanted the room to still feel "homey" and lived-in but be a place that inspires me creatively at the same time.

I'm beyond thrilled with how it turned out!

Most of the smaller furniture was brought in from other rooms in the house.  The only new additions were the bookcases and picture ledges from Ikea.  I think they add a nice element of minimal design to the room. Not to mention I now have MUCH more storage and opportunity to decorate than I know what to do with. That was another issue I had with the original space. I did take "before" pictures but of course I have yet to track them down after searching through every memory card I own. Just picture bland, boring nothingness ;)

Oh and of course there's my new storage cart for my makeup collection!  I've always tried to keep my collection of products at a reasonable limit. I hate to be wasteful so if I have a product that I don't particularly love, I'll give it away to friends or family. That being said, just by nature of filming beauty videos you do tend to accumulate a lot of, well... stuff! It was getting out of control. So I decided to invest in this new (turquoise!) storage that has some extra room for new additions.

If my collection ever outgrows this storage unit you can go ahead and just check me right into rehab ;) Below you'll find the video tour and a list of the items in my makeup room and where I found them!

Makeup Setup:

Stanton 6 + 1 Drawer Storage Cart in Blue:
(didn't want to splurge on storage but at the time I found this it was 30% off with free shipping so I couldn't resist)

Black vanity: Bed Bath and Beyond

Mirror: HomeGoods

Clear brush container and "Bean bag filler": Michael's

Mercury Glass candleholders: Pottery Barn

Mirrored Cabinet (hair products): HomeGoods

purple curtains: Bed Bath and Beyond

Desk Area:

"Vika Amon/Vika Adils" white table, Ikea

Desk Accessories, knit shawl, planner: Target

White "filing cabinet" w/ basket drawers: HomeGoods

"Ribba" picture ledge: Ikea

Art: Etsy

3 Billy Bookcases + 1 Besta shelf unit: Ikea

Turquoise dresser: Hand-me-down painted "Day at the Jewelers" by Valspar

Mirror, lamp: HomeGoods

Thanks so much for checking back with me and I hope you enjoyed this post! What are some of your makeup organization strategies and tips?