Who struggles to keep their makeup in place, especially in summer? We're all raising our hands with you, it's okay. I have tried different combinations of products over the years and put the following to the ultimate test at a beach wedding this past weekend.
I did a super quick makeup application for the rehearsal, just using my usual cream concealer and pressed powder and tried a spritz of the Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray-Bridal. They formulated the infamous Urban Decay setting sprays after all, so I thought that would do the trick. Cue temps in the upward 90s and sweat dripping down my face, taking my makeup with it. For full disclosure, I should add that I skipped primer that morning. What can I say, I stayed up late the night before and was looking for a shortcut.
Repeat after me: It's a crime not to prime.
I use this one.
Also cue the anxiety that I had opted out of having my makeup professionally done. I had visions of looking like a melting wax figure next to the other bridesmaids who were airbrushed to perfection. Fast forward to the big day, and I made sure to use the 3 products that go unseen but make a BIG difference! I applied primer, makeup as usual, and then this Behold Translucent Setting Powder all over. This particular product is extremely finely milled so that it helps blur imperfections without settling into fine lines and pores. This is a colorless product that provides a matte finish. And if you have dry or aging skin like I do, then you know not all setting powders are created equal!
This Behold powder has a mesh screen and a plastic stopper so that the product doesn't spill all over your makeup bag. Another plus! I prefer to use this brush because it has micro-crystal fibers that are designed for strong powder pickup and release. And it has 2 ends! Sometimes I use the smaller concealer end to blend my cream concealer, and other times I use it to carefully set my eye area.
Finish off your look with a generous spritz of setting spray and you should be good to go! Setting spray is like hairspray for your face. Both the Behold Setting Spray & Skindinavia one are somewhat of a satin finish in my opinion, but they do make mattifying formulas. I added a light dusting of setting powder over my nose after spritzing my face and made it through the outdoor ceremony and the whole reception without any issues.
Psst, this Behold Translucent Setting Powder came off back order TODAY so if you are interested go grab it now! I already purchased a backup after realizing this is what makes or breaks my makeup application. Click here to purchase!
I don't know about you, but when I find a look that "works", I tend to stick to it. At least until the next new product comes along! For months now, I have found myself reaching for the same two eye shadow palettes to create almost all of my eye looks. And it's because the shadows blend so EASILY! Let me introduce you to two of my makeup BFFs: Addiction Palette 1 & Addiction Palette 5.
I'm not going to lie...Palette 5 scared me at first. It sat on my vanity for weeks before I had the courage to pick it up. But trust me when I say, it is the most versatile palette I have! And Palette 1 contains my holy grail crease color: Chipper. I'm pretty sure the messy interiors prove how loved these are. Ok, now onto my current fave makeup look.
Who else is on Team Baby Hair Don't Care? I swear I have one trying to steal the show in every picture. I left these pictures completely uncropped & unfiltered so you can get the full effect. I used only two eye shadows to complete this look. And truth be told, if I'm really in a rush I use just the one.
You ready to see how easy this is? Load up your eyeshadow brush with Suspicious from Palette 5. Tap off the excess and apply to the entire eyelid starting in the center. Open Palette 1 and swoop on in to Chipper and blend into the crease, starting at the outermost corner of the eye. Take a brush with a smaller end, I prefer this one, and apply Chipper at the lower lash line focusing on the outer corner and blending in. Then BLEND BLEND BLEND! Boom. Done.
For the lips, I layered two liquid lipsticks. Mostly because I started applying the wrong one first because who doesn't get in a big rush when you're trying to get ready?! CoulourPop in Trap all over, which is a dusty greige, and then Midi (my fave) in the center. I'll list everything else I used in case you want to take a looksie (click to open the links):
Touch Mineral Liquid Foundation in Taffeta
Touch Skin Perfecting Concealer in Velour under the eyes
Behold Translucent Setting Powder to set, especially under my eyes
Mineral Powder in Fierce to contour my cheekbones w/ a fan brush
Benefit Hervana Blush Box
Touch a la mode Powder Luminizer in Lustrous on my cheekbones, brow bone & nose
Addiction Palettes 1 & 5
L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise in Waterproof (I'll be reviewing this--stay tuned)
Brow Obsession Palette in Dark w/ the best brow brush everrr
ColourPop Ultra Matte Trap
ColourPop Ultra Matte Midi
If you recreate this look, use #fancylashesandlips so I can check it out!
YOU HAD ME AT PUMPKIN SPICE
Like any other #basic fall-loving woman, I am obsessed with pumpkin spice. Candles, coffees, cakes--I want it all! So I thought I would create this PSL-inspired eye makeup look to honor my favorite season.
Here is what I used for this look:
🎃Splurge Cream Shadow in Defiant: http://bit.ly/Splurges
🎃Cream Shadow Brush: http://bit.ly/creamshadowbrush
🎃Crease Brush: http://bit.ly/creaseeyebrush
🎃Liner/Shader Brush: http://bit.ly/LinerShadeBrush
🎃Addiction Palette 5: http://bit.ly/AddictionEyes
🎃3D+ Mascara: http://bit.ly/3DPlus_Mascara_
🎃Precision Pencil in Perfect (black): http://bit.ly/PencilEyeLiners
If you recreate this look, use #fancylashesandlips so I can check it out!
We have a new product that I'm obsessed with! Our Sculpting Trio is a contouring & highlighting palette that includes a velvet-y cream contour, matte highlighting powder, and a shimmery 3D cream for strobing. Available in 3 shades: light, medium, and dark. AND this month only you can get the brush for FREE! $81 value for $49? Yes, please.
Check out this tutorial on how to use the new Sculpting Trio:
It includes an instructional pamphlet AND has this cute little graphic to show you exactly where to place each product.
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I received this Nature's Bounty kit for free from Smiley 360 to review.
These Nature's Bounty gummies contain vitamins A & E, and biotin to support hair, skin, and nail health. I really like that these don't contain artificial colors or dyes. And they actually taste really good! The serving is 2 gummies a day, but I could've eaten a handful.
Vitamin E contributes to skin health and Vitamin C is involved in collagen production and formation. Biotin helps to maintain healthy hair and nails. I've taken biotin supplements in the past when I was growing my hair back after chemo and I definitely think that they helped.
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Influenster chose me to receive this complimentary YSL Rouge Pur Couture VoxBox for review.
My favorite part about Yves Saint Laurent is their signature gold packaging. Their branding is continued with the YSL logo imprinted on the actual lipsticks. "In one stroke, get luxurious, rich color that dresses the lips with intense hydration and antioxidant care."
The two colors that I received are both in the Pure Colour Satin Radiance line.
9 Rose Stiletto
I swatched both shades on my hand and ventured outside to capture them in natural lighting. (Because I'm that dedicated.) The Rose Stiletto is a very nice natural color that I think most people could easily wear. I would pair it with my precision pencil in Pouty for a flawless look or Pompous to create an ombre lip.
The Fuchsia shade is definitely more bold and probably not for everyone, but I do personally like it. I would recommend pairing it with our precision pencil in Perky, to help it last longer throughout the day.
These glam YSL lipsticks don't come cheap. They are $36 each and definitely a luxury item. While I would probably not personally buy one (because I get my luxury lipsticks for free--duh), I certainly have no problem receiving them as a gift!
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Two-time cancer survivor & beauty addict.
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