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!! 🙂

Day to Night Makeup Tutorial

So, I didn’t get a chance to post pictures. I went out as soon as I was done with my video (I was running late!) So sorry! I’m about to film my next LUSH cocktail, so this post is going to be VERY quick!

Makeup used in the morning:
* MAC Select Cover-Up Concealer in NW25
* MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium Plus
* MAC Bare Study Paint Pot
* NYX Smokey Eye Palette
* Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Forever Stay Eye Pencil in Chocolate Brown
* Sephora Lash Stretcher Mascara in Black
* Clinique True Bronzed in Sunblushed
* Benefit Coralista Blush
* Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Soft Nude
* MAC Lipglass in Viva Glam V

Makeup used for the tutorial:
* MAC Blot Powder in Medium Dark
* NYX Smokey Eye Palette (light, medium, dark colors)
* Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Forever Stay Eye Pencil in Chocolate Brown
* Sephora Lash Stretcher
* Clinique True Bronzed in Sunblushed
* Pop Beauty Glow Belle (peach color)
* MAC Baroque Boudoir lipstick
* Sephora Bronzed Beauty lipgloss

For more detail on the colors I used from the Smokey Eye palette watch the video! (I point out the specific colors that I used!) 🙂

Off to get my LUSH cocktail started!!

TAG: Five Minute Makeup Challenge!

So there’s this challenge going around on YouTube, and I thought it looked like fun! So I went ahead and did it and hope that other people can get around to doing it as well. 🙂 The look I used is a typical look I do for work – if I get around to putting any makeup on. Yes, I go to work without makeup on more often than I do WITH makeup on (What can I say? I’m a girl that values her sleep! The extra 10-15 minutes is more than worth it to me! lol). It’s a neutral look that is an almost barely there sort of neutral. I work for a very conservative company, so I tend to stray away from the bright makeup look. So for those that HAVE seen the video, here’s a list of what I used for this video:

Makeup used for this TAG:
* MAC Select Cover-Up in NW25
* MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus
* MAC Bare Study Paint Pot
* MAC Eyeshadow in All That Glitters
* MAC Eyeshadow in Era
* NYX Chocolate Brown from Smokey Eye Palette
* Covergirl LashBlast Fusion mascara
* Rimmel Moisture Renew lipstick in Latino

Tools used for this TAG:
* Japonesque Kabuki brush
* MAC 239 brush
* MAC 217 brush
* Sonia Kashuk Crease brush
* MAC 224 brush

Check out the video and see how quick I put the look together!

I’ve got lots to put up yet! I have a day-night tutorial coming, a collective haul from things I’ve picked up over the last couple of months (since my trip to AZ), and my May favorites! (It’s June already?!) So stay tuned!!

Neutral with a Pop of Turquoise

Another look using a NYX Palette! I seriously LOVE these things! The two main products I used for this look is the NYX Runway Collection Palette in Champagne & Caviar and the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Flipside.

So this tutorial is a GREAT way to add a bright pop of color to your look without looking absolutely crazy! If you’re like me and prefer neutral looks, this is a way to incorporate some color into your makeup. I typically don’t stray too far from neutrals, and when I do, I aim for purples or greens. Never blues. So this was a FUN way to get some color to my look!

Products used for this look:

Face:
~ MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW20 (MAC 194 brush)
~ MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus (Japonesque Kabuki brush)
~ Benefit Coralista Blush (EcoTools Blush Brush)
~ Stila Illuminating Finishing Powder in Rose Gold (Essence of Beauty Finishing Brush)

Eyebrows:
~ Clinique Eyebrow Pencil with brush in 02 dark brown
~ Trucco Eye Shadow in Rootbeer (Sonia Kashuk Brow Brush)
~ Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in clear

Eyes:
~ Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
~ MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study
~ NYX Champagne & Caviar in pink (MAC 239 brush)
~ NYX Champagne & Caviar in medium brown (MAC 217 & MAC 219 brush)
~ NYX Champagne & Caviar in darkest brown (Sonia Kashuk Crease Shadow brush)
~ MAC 224 Blending Brush
~ MAC Eyesahdow in Brule (Essence of Beauty Eye Shadow brush)
~ Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Zero
~ Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Flipside (MAC 210 Brush)
~ Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler (before mascara application)
~ Korres Abyssinia Oil Mascara in Black

Eyelashes:
~ Ardell Falsh Lashes
~ Duo Eyelash Glue

Lips:
~ LUSH Lip Balm in Honey Trap
~ MAC Lipstick in Viva Glam VI
~ Sephora Lipgloss in Bronzed Beauty

Some pictures for this look:



Also, check out my video to see how I got this look!

Sorry this post is so quick. Late night and I need to work in the AM. Goodnight beauties! 🙂

April Favorites 2010

Ok, so I uploaded my video and then ran off to a birthday party for a friend’s mom! She was also celebrating 20 years being cancer-free. So I ran off without posting the corresponding blog! Anyway, here is the complete list of what was included in my favorites video for April!:

Haircare:
* Sexy Hair: Color Me Sexy – Fabulous Red

Skincare:
* MAC wipes (45 wipes – $18, 100 wipes – $26)

Perfume:
* Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche

Makeup:
* MAC Blot Powder
* Brow combo: Clinique Brow Pencil, Trucco powder in Rootbeer, Great Lash Clear Mascara
* Korres Abyssinia Oil Mascara
* Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Pencil (Black – Zero, Flipside – Turquoise, 1999 – Plum)
* MAC Prep+Prime Skin Refined Zone
* Clinique True Bronze – 03 Sunblushed
* Benefit – Coralista Blush
* MAC Paint Pot – Bare Study
* NYX Runway Collection Palette – Champagne & Caviar
* NYX Smokey Eye Palette
* LUSH Honey Trap Lip Balm
* MAC Viva Glam VI Lipstick
* Sephora Lipgloss in Bronzed Beauty

If you guys have any questions on any of these products, leave me a comment here and/or on my video and I’ll get back to you with answers ASAP! Also, let me know if there’s anything else that you suggest 🙂

Don’t forget to check out the video!

Neutral Eye using NYX Runway Collection Palette

Another look using the NYX Runway Collection Palette in Jazz Night!! Have I mentioned how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE this palette? Inexpensive, yet GREAT quality makeup! ULTA currently has NYX on sale (these palettes are $7.50 each!) through April 30th, 2010! And most, if not all of the rest of the NYX products they sell are Buy Two Get One Free!

Typically when I do a neutral look, I don’t usually use this much eyeliner. So, to me the look is “dramatic.” However, if it’s not dramatic enough for you, feel free to darken up the outer V with a touch of black shadow (there is a matte black in this palette) and use a slightly heavier hand with the liner for a thicker line and you will have a much more dramatic look!

Products used for this look:

Face:
~ MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW20 (MAC 194 brush)
~ MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus (Japonesque Kabuki brush)
~ Benefit Coralista Blush (EcoTools Blush Brush)
~ Stila Illuminating Finishing Powder in Rose Gold (MAC 165 brush)

Eyebrows:
~ Clinique Eyebrow Pencil with brush in 02 dark brown
~ Trucco Eye Shadow in Rootbeer (Sonia Kashuk Brow Brush)
~ Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in clear

Eyes:
~ Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
~ MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study
~ NYX Jazz Night Palette in yellow (MAC 239 brush)
~ NYX Jazz Night Palette in medium brown (MAC 217 & MAC 219 brush)
~ NYX Jazz Night Palette in darkest brown (Sonia Kashuk Crease Shadow brush & MAC 219 brushes)
~ MAC 224 Blending Brush
~ MAC Eyesahdow in Brule (Essence of Beauty Eye Shadow brush)
~ Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Zero
~ MAC Fluidline in BlackTrack (Sonia Kashuk Bent Eyeliner brush)
~ Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler (before mascara application)
~ Korres Abyssinia Oil Mascara in Black
~ Japonesque heated Eyelash Curler (AFTER mascara application)
~ Tweezerman Eyelash Comb

Lips:
~ LUSH Lip Balm in Honey Trap
~ MAC Lipstick in Viva Glam VI
~ Sephora Lipgloss in Bronzed Beauty

Here are a few pictures from the tutorial:

Check out the video to see how I put the look together:

Hope you guys are enjoying my tutorials! Like I mentioned before, if you’d like to make a request, please be sure to leave a comment on my video and I will do my best to fulfill that request ASAP! Thanks for watching/reading and I’ll talk to you all later! Nighty night! 🙂