Thursday, August 21, 2014

IM GOING TO EUROPE Makeup Shopping List

Europe Shopping List 

I am going to Europe in January and there are so many things that I am excited to do and see! As a beauty blogger one of those exciting things is shopping for makeup that we do not carry here in the states. I can not wait to finally go into a "Boots" and a "Selfridges" and also explore the paris pharmacies. A few key products that I won't leave Europe with out: 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Eye Shadow Palette 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow 
  • Bioderma
  • Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation 
I am sure I will also discover lots of new skin care from the French Pharmacy since they carry brands like La Roche Posay, NUXE, Avene and Bioderma. 

I am new at this whole Paris and London traveling thing so let me know if there are any amazing brands that I am missing out on. I know I will do a post of all the stuff I get and I promise I will take lots of photos while I'm there!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

My Favorite Fall Lipsticks

My Favorite Fall Lipsticks 

I can not believe fall is right around the corner! Summer flew by and although it was wonderful, I am definitely ready for some cooler weather. I wanted to share some of my top lipstick picks for this fall. 

1. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick " Strip"- a medium toned mauve/nude. This is one of two "nude" shades I have in my collection. This reads much more brown on the lips. I love pairing this shade with a smokey eye. ($22.00) 

2. Urban Decay Revolution Lisptick "Fiend" - a muted rose. I wear "muted rose" tones all the time and I especially love them for fall. ($22.00)

3. Hourglass Opaque Liquid Lipstick "Rose" - rosy neutral. These Opaque Liquid Lipsticks really are something. As long as you moisturize your lips before hand you will fall in love with this formula and the staying power of this product. ($28.00)

4. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick "Manic" - a soft wine. If I am not wearing a muted rose, then you will find me wearing some sort of wine color. I especially love this one from urban decay. It wears so nicely and lasts such a long time on the lips. ($22.00)

5. Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Matte Lipstick "40 La Sensuelle" - a pinkish cranberry. This might be my favorite lipstick of all time. I purchased this for a good friends wedding last year and I wear it all the time. Its the perfect berry/pink shade for my skin tone. I will forever have this shade in my collection. ($35.00) 

6. Bite Luminous Creme Lipstick "Tannin" - a true red. To be completely honest, I am not in love with the Bite Lipsticks. I don't think they wear very well and you have to reapply like every 2 hours. However, I think this shade in "Tannin" is really beautiful. Its what I would call an "iconic red". As long as I use a lip liner and do the tissue dab trick I can make this product work! ($24.00) 

7. I know there is not a 7th swatch but this is because I have misplaced one of my very favorite lip sticks. It is "Captive" by MAC and I wear it probably 2 times a week. It is my go to shade for fall so I wanted to mention it even though I can not find it to swatch for you guys. It is a beautiful pinkish plum shade. ( $16.00)

I am challenging myself this fall to purchase some brick/ brown shades to wear. I will post some photos when I find some that work with my fair skin. If you have any recommendations please comment below. 

I hope you all enjoyed reading this. 


Monday, August 11, 2014

Lip Product Tag

I recently saw this tag floating around youtube and bloglovin so I decided to give it a go! I love lip products and I find that blog posts like this always help to discover new favorites :) 

1. Favourite balm/treatment?

My favorite lip balm is pretty much anything from Burts Bees. I find that they are super moisturizing and always have a great scent. I use Nuxe Reve De Miel in my kit because it is a pretty matte formula, moisturizing and its easy to scoop out with a palette knife so I am not spreading germs. 

2. Best eye-catching red?

I think the best eye catching red is Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in "Icon". It is a cool or blue toned red. I think it is such a classic red and a must have in your makeup collection! 

3. Best luxury & best drugstore?

My favorite luxury lip products are the Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Intense Long-Wear Lip Colors. My favorite shade is "La Sensuelle". My favorite drugstore lip products are a tie between Revlon Color Stay Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain and Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balms

4. Best MAC lipstick?

My favorite MAC lipstick is a shade called "Captive". Its a rich mauve/plum shade. It is soo pigmented and lasts forever. It is a few shades darker than my natural lip color and I just think it adds so much to my look every time I wear it. 

5. The most disappointing?

My most disappointing product is the YVES SAINT LAURENT ROUGE PUR COUTURE Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain in shade "12". I love the color of this product but it is basically just a gloss. I don't think it leaves even a slight stain on my lips which was super disappointing. 

6. Liner - yes or no?

I never wear lip liner but I always end up using lip liner on my clients. Weird right? I mean I know it helps make the lip stick last longer and it helps to define the lip shape but I think I am just to lazy to put it on myself. Some of my favorites for clients are the MAC Pro long wear and the Too Faced Perfect Lips.  

7. Best gloss?

I personally am not a big gloss wearer. If I do throw one on randomly it is usually the Color + Care Almay Liquid Lip Balm. It adds moisture and it is not sticky at all. 

8. Something extra!

I have two holy grail lip products that I wanted to mention. First, NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita is my absolute favorite chubby lip pencil for clients. It is such an amazing shade that looks good on so many different skin tones. Second, the Tarte Power Pigment chubby lip pencil in the shade "Blushing Bride". This is a recent love but I have worn it every single day since I purchased it. It is an amazing berry shade that goes on so smooth and is so moisturizing. I also love the tingling minty feeling this has. It is hands down my new favorite lip product

I hope you all enjoyed reading this post! 


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Makeup Forever Pro Finish Powder Foundation

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Powder Foundation 

I am not usually one for a powder foundation but this product has changed me for the better. Makeup Forever really has a knack for knowing what a makeup artist wants. 
  • I love the formula of these pro finish foundations. They are a very soft powder and really blend into the skin seamlessly. 
  • There are 20 shades in the line which makes it very easy to find a perfect shade match. 
  • You can use this product by itself or over your foundation for a fuller coverage. 
  • You can use a sponge, kabuki or a foundation brush to apply this product. 

As you can tell, I will need to be repurchasing this product again soon. The shade that I personally use (above) is  shade 113 and I have 6 shades in my professional kit ranging from lightest to darkest. 

You can purchase these at Sephora for $36.00. 

I hope you found this post helpful. Let me know if you have any powder foundations that you love. 


Friday, July 25, 2014

All of the Above Wish List

I know this is a totally random blog post but I was doing some online shopping and stumbled upon more than just makeup. 

I was shopping on Madewell's website and I found these amazing shoes. I loves loafers and slip ons like this and I know I would wear these a ton. They are actually H by Hudson Pyrenees Loafers but I found them online at Madewell. I just think these would go with so many cute outfits. I could totally picture myself wearing these with some cuffed jeans and a loose white tank. I could also dress these up with  nice summer dress. I think I may have to own them. The good news is they are half the price right now on the H by Hudson website :) 

My friend Stefani just recently told me about these Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Eye Sticks. I have been using chubby stick eye shadows the past few weeks a ton and I think these would be a great addition to my collection. I don't quite know which shades to grab but I am sure I will be doing a review on these soon enough. 

I just love my Nest Fragrance in Midnight Fleur and I have been eyeing these candles for a while. It is hard for me to justify spending so much on a candle, especially when I burn them so often. I bet it just smells incredible though. I really want the scent "Lemongrass and Ginger" classic scent. It sounds so refreshing and nice. 

I have heard amazing things about these Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick. I really have no excuse for not owning at least one. I think I might just be a tad lazy. Let me know if there are any specific shades you recommend! 

This NARS Yachiyo brush #27 just looks amazing. I really want this for blush or for applying a light powder application. I love unique looking products and this one just really catches my eye. 

Last but not least, the item that has been on my wish list FOR EVER. I want these Ray Ban Clubmaster sunglasses so badly. I think these are so classic and wearable. My relationship with sunnies in the past has been a rough one so I have yet to purchase these. I am just so worried that I won't take good care of them. I do think I will get these soon though. 

I hope you all enjoyed this post. If you enjoy posts like this I can continue to include fashion and other favorites. Thanks for reading and happy Friday!


Thursday, July 24, 2014

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer 

If you read any beauty blogs, you would have heard of these amazing NARS concealers. These have been a huge hit in the beauty industry. A long wearing, creaseless concealer? Of course its a hit. NARS did it right with the packaging, the shade range (10 shades) and the quality of the product itself. I have 5 shades that I keep in my professional kit. 

1. Chantilly (Light 1)- this is the lightest shade in the range and it is a true ivory shade for fair complexions. 

2. Custard (Medium 1)- this is a yellow toned concealer for a medium complexion, 

3. Honey (Light 3)- this is a warm peach tone for light to medium complexion 

4, Amande (Medium/Dark 3)- this is a medium/dark concealer with golden olive undertones. 

5. Cacao (Dark 2)- this is the darkest shade in the range and it is a dark shade with deep gold to brown undertones. 

This is a medium to full coverage concealer. I found it works best for concealing blemishes, redness around the nose and its great to layer over a corrector for under eye concealing. As you can see in the swatch below, it is extremely pigmented and a little goes a long way. 

The only time I may not use this concealer is if you have extremely dry skin or any flakiness on the skin. I would moisturize those areas really well before using this product. 

Overall, this is hands down one of the best concealers I have ever used. I will probably go ahead and pick up the other 5 shades to put into my kit as well so that I can have the full line.   

You you purchase this at Sephora, NARS online or at any NARS Counter. These sell for $29.00 and you get .22oz of product. 
($17.40 with professional discount) 

I hope that you found this helpful and if you have any holy grail concealers that you love mention them in the comments below! 

- Hope 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jo Malone Fragrance? Yes, please!

As I was traveling in the Bahamas this summer I stumbled upon a little makeup store. Of course I had to go in and when I did I was so pleased with what I found. 
At the time, I was under the impression that I could not find Jo Malone Fragrances in the US. I had heard so many wonderful things about the perfumes and so I knew I had to bring one home with me. After trying a few I finally landed on "Peony and Blush Suede. 

The website describes this perfume as: 
"The essence of charm.  Peonies in voluptuous bloom, exquisitely fragile.  Flirtatious with the juicy bite of red apple and the opulence of jasmine, rose and gillyflower.  Mingling with the sensuality of soft, blush suede.  Luxurious and seductive." 

With that description, how could you not give it a go? 

Do you have memories of your mom or grandmother putting on there perfume and you, as a youngster, dreaming about the day you will be older and "grown up" enough to wear something fancy like them? Well for me this is that perfume. It makes me feel very grown up. The scent is classy and timeless and the packaging is beautiful. 

There will be no need to reapply this fragrance through out the day because once you spray it on it will be there until you shower. On the down side, this little elegance in a bottle does come with a price tag. I purchased mine for $115.00 for the 100ML bottle (largest size). Again because I thought I could not get it in the US I wanted to buy one that would last a long time. Later I found out Jo Malone can be purchased at Nordstrom! YAY 

Overall I am very pleased with this fragrance and I look forward to trying more. I hope this post was helpful and make sure to comment below and tell me some of your favorites fragrances!