Neutral Series: MAC Fall Bronze Tutorial

So it’s been a while since my last blog entry. But if you’ve been keeping up with my recent videos, you know why.

This tutorial is one of the easiest looks to pull together. It’s a great mixture of warm-toned browns and bronze. I wear this look to work (minus the black shadow) and when I’m going out for a night with the girls. And it’s not too dark to be a daytime look. It’s perfect. And since I haven’t done a tutorial using MAC products, I figured why not do a look using some of my favorite MAC shadows?

MAC cosmetics has a ton of really great products. My all-time favorite lipsticks are by MAC, and the majority of my personal makeup and the makeup I use in my freelance kit is MAC. Though I don’t strictly stick to MAC. I use a LOT of great makeup products – both high end and drugstore brands (personally and in my kit). Though all of this is beside the point. Keep on reading if you would like to know what was used in this tutorial. If you’re interested in seeing how I put this look together, check out the video at the end of this post.

Brushes:
MAC 227 – Large Shader Brush (All over/brow bone highlight)
MAC 239 – Shader Brush (Lid)
MAC 217 – Tapered Blending Brush (Crease)
MAC 219 – Pencil Brush (outer v)
MAC 224 – Blending Brush (Blending & Transition)
Japonesque – Medium Detailer (lower lashline)
Japonesque – Small Detailer (inner corner highlight)
E.L.F. – Complexion brush (blot powder)
Real Techniques (Samantha Chapman) – Blush Brush (blush)

Face:
MAC Blot Powder – Medium Dark
MAC Powder Blush – Frankly Scarlet
MAC Sculpting Powder – Sculpt
MAC Cream Colour Base – Pearl

Eyes:
Primer: Tarte Lifted Natural Eye Primer (with Firmitol)
All over: MAC Eye Shadow – Brule
Lid & Crease: MAC Eye Shadow – Woodwinked
Lower Lashline: MAC Eye Shadows (in order)- Woodwinked, Embark, Carbon
Brow Highlight – MAC Eye Shadow – Ricepaper
Inner Corner: MAC Eye Shadow – Ricepaper
Transition: MAC Eye Shadow – Wedge
Outer V: MAC Eye Shadow – Embark
Liner: MAC Fluidline – Dipdown
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler & Japonesque Heated Lash Curler
Mascara: MAC False Lashes Extreme Black

Brows:
MAC Eye Shadow – Omega
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara – Clear

Lips:
EOS Strawberry Sorbet Lip Balm
Clinique Almost Lipstick – Black Honey

End-result:

To see the look put together:

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Neutral Series: Smashbox Softbox Daytime Taupe Tutorial

Two blog posts?! And less than a month in between?! Amazing! Haha.

Anyway….

I am absolutely in LOVE with the Smashbox Softbox Eye Palette. A great range of colors (all neutral, of course), where 4 of the colors are matte, 4 of the colors are shimmery, and 1 glitter shadow (bleeeegh!). Ok, ok, glitter shadows aren’t THAT bad…when you make sure to use a glitter adhesive. Otherwise you end up with glitter fallout all over your FACE! So annoying. But that’s getting off subject.

As promised in the description box of my video (linked below if you didn’t come here from YouTube), here is a list of everything I used for this look:

Brushes:
MAC 227 – Large Shader Brush (All over/brow bone highlight)
MAC 239 – Shader Brush (Lid)
MAC 217 – Tapered Blending Brush (Crease)
MAC 224 – Blending Brush (Blending & Transition)
Japonesque – Medium Detailer (lower lashline)
Essence of Beauty – Blush Brush (blush)

Face:
Tinted Moisturizer – Mixed The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Moisturizer mixed with MAC Mineralize foundation
Garnier Nutritioniste Anti-Dark Circle Roller
MAC Mineralize Blush – Warmth of Coral (LE)
MAC Cream Colour Base – Pearl

Eyes:
Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer
All over: MAC Eye Shadow – Brule
Lid: Smashbox Softbox Palette – Truffle
Inner Lid (last): Smashbox Softbox Palette – Sugar
Crease: Smashbox Softbox Palette – Stone
Lower Lashline: Smashbox Softbox Palette – Sienna
Brow Highlight – Smashbox Softbox Palette – Vanilla
Inner Corner: Smashbox Softbox Palette – Vanilla
Transition: Smashbox Softbox Palette – Nectar & Nude
Outer V: Smashbox Softbox Palette – Sienna
Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil – Whiskey (duo that came with UD Naked Palette)
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler & Japonesque Heated Lash Curler
Clinique High Impact Mascara – Black

Brows:
Wet N Wild Color Icon Pencil – Taupe
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara – Clear

Lips:
EOS Strawberry Sorbet Lip Balm
Victoria Secret L:ipstick – Cabana
Victoria Secret Lipgloss – Sublime

This was the end-result:

And if you didn’t already see the video:

Neutral Series: Naked Palette Day to Night Tutorial

Another tutorial! And another Blog post!! It’s only been a month since the last one…that’s an improvement in my opinion!

Another neutral tutorial! (surprise, surprise). But this one is fun, it’s 2 tutorials in 1! This is a typical day time look I often wear to work, and then I show you guys how I darken up the look for a nice night-time look. The products I used are all listed below – separately for Day and Night time looks. 🙂

Day Look:

Brushes:
MAC 227 – Large Shader Brush (All over/brow bone highlight)
MAC 239 – Shader Brush (Lid)
MAC 217 – Tapered Blending Brush (Crease)
MAC 224 – Blending Brush (Blending & Transition)
Japonesque – Medium Detailer (lower lashline)
Essence of Beauty – Blush Brush (blush)

Face:
Bare Minerals Foundation & Bare Minerals Matte Foundation – Light
Bare Minerals Concealer – Summer Bisque
MAC Peaches Blush
MAC Cream Colour Base – Pearl

Eyes:
Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer
All over: MAC Eye Shadow – Brule
Lid: Urban Decay Naked Palette – Half Baked
Crease: Urban Decay Naked Palette – Naked & Buck
Lower Lashline: Urban Decay Naked Palette – Buck
Inner Corner: Urban Decay Naked Palette – Virgin
Transition: Urban Decay Naked Palette – Naked
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
Maybelline Falsies Mascara

Brows:
Wet N Wild Brow Liner – Taupe
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara – Clear

Lips:
EOS Strawberry Sorbet Lip Balm
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick – Ultra Darling

Night Look:

Brushes:
MAC 227 – Large Shader Brush (All over/brow bone highlight)
MAC 239 – Shader Brush (Lid)
MAC 217 – Tapered Blending Brush (Crease)
MAC 224 – Blending Brush (Blending & Transition)
Japonesque – Medium Detailer (lower lashline)
Essence of Beauty – Blush Brush (blush)

Face:
Bare Minerals Foundation & Bare Minerals Matte Foundation – Light
Bare Minerals Concealer – Summer Bisque
MAC Peaches Blush
MAC Cream Colour Base – Pearl

Eyes:
Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer
All over: MAC Eye Shadow – Brule
Lid: Urban Decay Naked Palette – Half Baked
Crease: Urban Decay Naked Palette – Buck & Smog
Outer V: Urban Decay Naked Palette – Darkhorse & Hustle
Lower Lashline: Urban Decay Naked Palette – Smog
Inner Corner: Urban Decay Naked Palette – Virgin
Transition: Urban Decay Naked Palette – Naked
Eye Liner: MAC Fluid Line – Black Track
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
Maybelline Falsies Mascara
Tweezerman Eyelash Comb

Brows:
Wet N Wild Brow Liner – Taupe
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara – Clear

Lips:
EOS Strawberry Sorbet Lip Balm
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick – Ultra Darling

To see how I put this look together:

Neutral Series: Naked Palette Neutral Pink Tutorial

As you all know, I’m a big fan of neutral makeup. With my clients (mainly the models doing fashion shoots) I’m a lot more willing to experiment with brighter/edgier looks, but on myself, I always lean toward the neutral looks.

This look is soft, and great to wear for any occasion. You can keep it simple with only 1 or 2 colors, or you can darken it up with a little bit of black, gray, or dark brown shadows. No pictures this time since I was in a rush to get out the door, but the products I used are listed below.

Brushes:
MAC 227 – Large Shader Brush (All over/brow bone highlight)
MAC 239 – Shader Brush (Lid)
MAC 217 – Tapered Blending Brush (Crease)
MAC 219 – Pencil Brush (Outer V)
MAC 224 – Blending Brush (Blending & Transition)
Japonesque – Medium Detailer (lower lashline/liner brush)
EcoTools – Blush Brush (blush)

Face:
MAC Pro Longwear foundation in NW20 mixed with The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Moisturizer
Garnier Nutritioniste Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller
MAC Peaches Blush
Benefit HighBeam

Eyes:
All over: MAC Eye Shadow – Brule
Lid/Inner Corner: Urban Decay Naked Palette – Sin
Crease/Lower Lashline: Urban Decay Naked Palette – Toasted
Outer V: Urban Decay Naked Palette – Hustle
Transition: Urban Decay Naked Palette – Naked
Highlight: Urban Decay Naked Palette – Virgin
Eye Liner: Urban Decay 24/7 Liner – Whiskey
Shu Uemura Eye Lash Curler
Maybelline Falsies Mascara

Brows:
Wet N Wild Brow Liner – Taupe
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara – Clear

Lips:
EOS Sweet Mint Lip Balm
MAC Lipstick – Fabby
Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss – Peony

To see how I put this look together:

Basic & Budget-Friendly Smokey Eye

One of my most requested makeup tutorials is the basic smokey eye. This look is versatile and can vary in intensity, style, color, etc. Once you get the basics down (and with a lot of practice), you can smoke out almost any look. I mentioned in my video that it took me a lot of practice to finally achieve the look that I liked, so although I would call this a basic tutorial, I still recommend sitting down at your vanity and practicing. You can always learn something new!

This tutorial is a basic smokey eye tutorial using mostly drugstore (or drugstore priced) products and brushes. The higher end products that I used can all be easily duped (duplicated) by drugstore products. The products used for this look are listed below:

Note: Because I have so many allergic reactions to products, once I find a product that I like, I stick with it. So the face products are not drugstore products, but as I said earlier in this post, you can find dupes for almost anything!

Brushes:
Sonia Kashuk Multi-Purpose Nylon Brush – blend NYX jumbo pencil
EcoTools Shade Brush – all over lid color & crease
Essence of Beauty larger crease brush – Outer V
EcoTools Crease brush – blending & transition color
EcoTools Blending brush – highlight
Essence of Beauty smaller crease brush – lower lashline
Sonia Kashuk Bent Eyeliner brush – upper lashline, tightline, waterline
Essence of Beauty angled blush brush

Face:
MAC Studio Select CoverUp Concealer in NW25
MAC Mineralized SkinFinish Natural in Medium Plus
NYX Mauve Blush

Eyes:
Lid: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Slate
Lid/Lower lashline: NYX Smokey Eyes Palette – medium silver/gray shade
Crease: NYX Smokey Eyes Palette – dark silver/gray shade
Outer V/lower lashline: NYX Smokey Eyes Palette – matte black
Transition: MAC Soft Brown eyeshadow
Highlight: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural – Medium Plus
MAC Fluidline – Blacktrack (upper lashline, tightline, waterline)
Andrea Modlash – #45 Black
Shu Uemura eyelash curler
L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara

Brows:
Trucco Eyeshadow – Rootbeer
Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara

Lips:
EOS Summer Fruit Lip Balm
Revlon Colorburst lipstick – Soft Nude
MAC Viva Glam V lipglass

This is what the end-result was:


To see how I put this look together:

Collective Haul – Sephora, CVS, Sephora, Target, HauteLook, LUSH

So here is an overdue haul!! The last “haul” I did was back in March, when I did my Arizona haul. I’ve been trying hard to save money and not spend as much, and once the last of my giveaway prizes are bought, I will be putting myself on a spending ban. I’ve got some significant changes happening in the next couple months, and I need to save all the money I can! So here is a collective haul….which means it’s pretty much everything I’ve bought – beauty-wise – in the last 3 months! I do have a small haul I have to film from this past weekend when I was in Indiana for my uncle’s wedding, but then I believe that’s it for hauls for the next few months. So without further adieu, here you go! Let me know if you see anything you’d like me to review!

Makeup/Brushes:

Ulta:
NYX was Buy 2 Get 1 Free
* NYX Runway Collection Palette – Secret World
* NYX For Your Eyes Only Palette – Smokey Eyes
* NYX Runway Collection Palette – Champagne & Caviar
* NYX Jumbo Pencil – Cottage Cheese
* NYX Jumbo Pencil – Oyster
* NYX Jumbo Pencil – Dark Brown
* NYX Jumbo Pencil – Baby Blue
* NYX Jumbo Pencil – Pacific
* NYX Lipliner – Hot Red
* NYX Round lipstick – Peach
* NYX Round lipstick – Eros
* NYX Mega Shine Lipgloss – Plush Red

Revlon was also Buy 2 Get 1 Free
* Revlon Colorburst Lipstick – Peach
* Revlon Colorburst Lipstick – Soft Nude
* Revlon Matte Shadows in Vintage Lace

Ardell’s were Buy 1 Get 1 50% off
* Individuals – Short flare
* Individuals – Medium flare

* CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion
* Cargo Swimmables Waterproof Eyeliners

CVS:
* Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Forever Stay Eye Pencil – Chocolate Brown
* Milani Liquif’eye Metallic Eyeliner Pencil – Black

Sephora:
* Smashbox LashDNA Mascara

Target:
* Sonia Kashuk makeup bag
* Sonia Kashuk bent eyeliner brush

Lucky Vitamin:
* EcoTools 6 piece eye brush set

Walgreens
* EOS Lip balm – 3 pack

Cosmetic Company Store Outlet:
* MAC 165 Brush
* MAC 227 Brush
* MAC Peaches Blush
* MAC Vanilla Pigment

HauteLook: POP Beauty
* Glowbelle blush/highlight palette
* Lid Silver eyeshadow palette

Skincare:

Macy’s:
* Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
Target:
* St Ives Hydrating Vitamin E Body Moisturizer

Hair Care:
Target:
* TRESemme Heat Tamer
* TRESemme FreshStart Dry Shampoo

Nail Polish
Walgreens:
* Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure
Ulta:
* Seche Crystal Clear Base Coat

LUSH
Mail Order:
* Honey Hugs Shower Gel
* Mirand Soap sample
* Queen of Hearts soap sample

In Store:
* Happy Blooming bath melt
* Sunny Side bubble bar
* Flosty Gritter bubble bar
* Butterball bath bomb
* Avobath bath bomb
* Floating Island bath melt
* Melting Marshmallow Moments (MMM) bath melt

Quick side not about HauteLook – it’s a website that sells brand name/designer products. Anything from Shoes, clothes, makeup, accessories to baby toys! Click here for an invite to sign up for HauteLook and find some GREAT deals on designer brands!

For more info check out Part 1 (makeup) & 2 (skin/nails/hair/LUSH) of my haul videos below!

Collective Haul – Part 1

And I know I keep saying this, but stay tuned for my 50 subscriber contest! I know I owe you guys, but technical difficulties delayed this contest a little bit. Just waiting on Amazon to ship my last prize and I will be ready to put up my Giveaway video!! 🙂

Everyday Makeup Look for Work, and a quick Giveaway update!

Yet another neutral look I’ve been LOVING lately for work. It’s a neutral smoked out purple/cool brown look, and I pretty much wore it for the entire month of May. Or well, when I actually had time to apply makeup in the morning. The look doesn’t take more than 15 minutes to do, so its doable for work days (unless you’re like me and value the extra 15 minutes of sleep! lol). Otherwise, it was just a quick application of concealer, powder, and mascara.

Makeup used for this video:
* MAC Select Cover-Up in NW25
* MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus
* Urban Decay Primer Potion
* MAC Eyeshadow in Naked Lunch
* MAC Eyeshadow in Satin Taupe
* MAC Eyeshadow in Sketch
* Smashbox LashDNA mascara
* Rimmel Moisture Renew lipstick in Latino

Tools used for this TAG:
* Japonesque Kabuki brush
* Sigma SS168 Angled Blush brush
* MAC 239 brush
* MAC 217 brush
* MAC 227 brush
* Sonia Kashuk Crease brush
* MAC 224 brush

Check out the video below:

Now, I know you guys are eager to hear details about my 50 subscriber giveaway, and I’m eager to get that video up! Unfortunately, I ordered a couple things for prizes from Sephora and got an email saying that they were sold out and wouldn’t be able to ship my products. 😦 So I’m in the process of finding a few more things! Thanks for being patient, and sit tight for a little while longer and I will get it all together soon!