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FOTD with coastal scents, tarte & beautyblender (+ reviews)

19 Mar

I received my mini Sephora order the other day and had to share two of the products..

Sephora haul

The beautyblender sponge ($25 for 2pack)beautyblender review + FOTD

Here is the beautyblender right out of the package (the indent went away) Looks like a normal, basic sponge, right? Why would anyone pay $20 for a sponge? well, I understand why now.

You can use it dry or wet, but its super easy to wet it, run it under water for a second and squeeze it, it’s like magic. It kind of inflates (but isn’t even noticeably wet) You place your liquid foundation spotted around on your face, then just dab/pounce the large end of the beauty blender all around your face. When you wet it, it doesn’t soak up and waste much of your foundation, as most sponges would do.

It applies foundation flawlessly, I understand what the craze with this product is about now.  Additionally, you use the pointy end to bounce in concealer. It shapes perfectly around your eyes/nose/t-zone area. Great product, and I would totally recommend it. I was also skeptical about paying $20 for a sponge, but this is a staple in my makeup, and has amazingly put my tarte airbrush finish foundation brush to the side for awhile.

The other stand-out product I received was the:

Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse ($28)

Amazonian clay waterproof brow mousse -

I have sparse brows, that just won’t grow, so I’ve tried many products to help fill and shape them. So many eyebrow pencils/fillers are just the wrong color, don’t last, or just don’t look natural, but I think I’ve found a great thing in this product.

I order Taupe (a natural blonde color) and it blends nicely, I enjoy the mousse formula, it lasts and helps shape my brows. The brush is really handy because it both combs and has the brush end.

In the photos below I’ve used both the beauty blender & Tarte emphasEYESbeautyblender review & purple eye FOTDAdditional Products:

  • Coastal Scents 88 Palette
  • Nars Sheet Glow Foundation in Santa Fe
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser
  • Tarte smooth operator amazonian clay finishing powder
  • Maybelline the Falsies mascara
  • Revlon matte ‘pink pout’ and Revlon super lustrous lipgloss in Pink Pop
  • mark. glow xpert face shimmer
  • Loreal carbon black Lineur Intense liquid eyeliner
  • Revlon Luxurious Color Smoky Crayon
  • Estee Lauder Broze Goddess Sea Star Bronzing Blush – Blush soleil

Coastal Scents FOTD

(in the photo above, the flash kind of washed out my face, it’s not the makeup’s fault)

Repping my Detroit Tigers + bad picture taking + bad lighting =

tarte EmphasEYES review + FOTD

I’m adding these pictures just because I used the beautyblender & tarte amazonian clay waterproof brow mousse, so you can get a better idea of the payoff…coastal scents 88 color palette FOTDCoastal Scents st pattys FOTDCoastal Scents green FOTD

Sidenote: I don’t do any retouching to these pictures, considering I’m trying to showcase the makeup and how the product works and looks, so there will be imperfections and whatnot.

Have you tried the beautyblender or tarte brow mousse? I recommend them!

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St Patty’s EOTD using coastal scents

16 Mar

Quick post of todays st patricks day makeup:

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Done with the coastal scents 88 color palette and wnw mauve outta here lipstick. I’d be happy to list all products/tutorial if anyone is interested.

Wet N Wild “Silent Treatment” + Maybelline Color Tattoo – FOTD

21 Feb WnW Silent Treatment FOTD

I’ve been a big fan of the Wet N’ Wild palettes since I discovered they are both cheap and highly pigmented. I’m sure many of you also relate WnW products to the cheap makeup you got as a tween, like lip smackers, and wouldn’t think of it as a great addition to your nice makeup collection, but it is.

This was my first attempt actually using the Maybelline Color Tattoo pan as a base color & I paired it with the Wet N Wild Silent Treatment Trio Palette

WnW Silent Treatment FOTD + Maybelline Tough as Taupe

Eyes: MAC Paint Pot: Painterly ( I love this as a starting base for the eyelids, it’s the perfect color for my skin tone, it can also be worn alone for a basic, natural look)

Maybelline Color Tattoo: Tough as Taupe
WnW Silent Treatment palette (bottom grey color) and middle dark color in crease
Loreal Lineur Liquid Intense Black Liquid Eyeliner
Revlon Luxurious Color Smoky Crayon (waterline)
Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Mascara
Benefit Eye Bright (nice highlight color
Maybelline MasterShape by eyestudio in blonde (brows)

Wet N Wild Silent Treatment

Face: Maybelline Superstay 24 Hour Foundation in Nude
Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso (finally got it, it’s a perfect luminous color)
Milani Bronzer Duo

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe FOTD

WnW Silent Treatment FOTD + Maybelline Color TattooWnW Silent Treatment FOTD

I’ve been a big fan of my Candies boots from Kohl’s this winter. I scored them for about $20 (regular $100) on Black Friday.
Jacket – Forever 21
Tank – Target
Jeans that fit a 6 foot person – Vanity
Earring I lost this night – The Limited

kohls candies boots

Pictures later in the night after I started to get sloppy (cut me some slack, I get to go out and drink lots, like once every three months)
FOTD makeup tutorialWnW Silent Treatment FOTD

Lastly, I’ve been wanting to try this cereal, Honey Bunches of Oats Greek Honey Crunch. I’m not a big fan of cereal, but this caught my interest. It’s pretty awesome. I haven’t actually sad down and ate it with milk, but it’s a great snack to just munch on. yum.

Honey Bunches of Oats Greek

MAC Please Me Lipstick Swatch & FOTD with Naked Palette

18 Jan MAC matte Please Me Lipstick

Today is day 1 of 10 of working the North American International Auto Show, I’m drinking coffee out of my monogram cup which makes my brain and mouth move 200 mph and wasted some time messing with makeup this morning, resulting in a FOTD post:

Naked Palette FOTD

 Lips: MAC ‘Please me,” a really pretty matte light pink.
Foundation:  I had to go spray tanning for my bridal show this weekend and I still have a bit of color, so I’m trying to use up some old foundations, I mixed a dark (Loreal true match super-blendable makeup in warm) and light (Maybelline Fit Me in 110)
Eyes: Naked Palette (sidecar, toasted, hustle, creep & naked) then depened the color with Lorac Single Eyeshadow in black.
Eyeliner: Loreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner & Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil in Black Fever for waterline.
Mascara: Maybelline Falsies
Contour: e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzer Palette
Blush: e.l.f. blush in “Blushing Rose”
Brushes: Sigma eye brushes, Tarte Foundation Brush, & Real Techniques expert face brush (perfect for contouring)
Earrings: The Limited, I believe

Naked Palette FOTD

essence long lasting eye pencil, naked palette, maybelline falsies, elf cosmetics FOTD

Here is the lipstick with no flash, I really like the color of this lipstick but it is very drying. I feel like I have to be really cautious when I wear it, because it’ll make all those little cracks throughout my lips after a while and ends up looking terrible. I’d love to find a dupe for the MAC ‘Please Me’ to compare.

MAC Matte Please Me Swatch on Lips

Why in the world is the “new post” box so small? I can see like a quarter of each picture.
Anyway, if you know of a lip color similar to MAC’s Please Me, let me know!

Bridal Celebrations Bridal Show

14 Jan

Yesterday was the bridal show, so I figured I’d share some pictures. Hair and makeup was done by Andrew Marke Salon & Spa and bridal gowns were provided by David’s Bridal, USA Group, Demetrios Bride, and Mimi’s Bridal Boutique.

Demetrios Brides & Bridesmaids Dresses

Demetrios Brides & Bridesmaids Dresses

Mimi's Bridal Boutique

My Favorite Dress! From Mimi’s Bridal Boutique

USA Group bridesmaid dresses

Dresses from USA Group

Mimi's Bridal Boutique of Ann Arbor, MI

Bride & Bridesmaid dresses from Mimi’s Bridal Boutique

Bridal Dresses from David's Bridal

Bridal Dresses from David’s Bridal

Mimi's Bridal Boutique of Ann Arbor, MI

Beautiful two piece dress from Mimi’s Bridal Boutique

Hair by Val Mancini of Andrew Marke Salon

Hair by Val Mancini of Andrew Marke Salon

Makeup by Ray of Andrew Marke Salon

Makeup by Ray of Andrew Marke Salon (forgive my hair, this was after the show and running through the rain)

I believe the majority of the makeup used was TIGI Products.

David's Bridal Gowns from Bridal Celebrations Bridal Show

Finale Gowns from David’s Bridal

Bridal Celebrations Bridal Show at Palace of Auburn Hills, MI

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Luckily I was able to capture this many pictures, the changes are so quick that we don’t get a chance to see most of the gowns. Also, I figured I’d share my neat hair and a few of the photos from our last Bridal Show back in October…

Hair by Kim Betker of Andrew Marke Salon

How cool? Hair by Kim Betker of Andrew Marke Salon

Bridal Celebrations Bridal ShowBridal Celebrations Bridal Show

Nike Training Club App Review + New Year’s FOTD

2 Jan beauty FOTD & NTC application

beauty FOTD & NTC application

 

Happy New Year! I recently switched from iPhone to Android (when my phone and Michael Kors purse, and everything else inside, were rudely stolen) I get bored of the same thing so I decided to switch it up. Anyhow, the biggest loss in the transition besides emoji’s and group texting was my beloved Nike Training Club app. But I found out they just recently released it for android, yay! This app is awesome. Let me elaborate…

Nike Training Club App Review

The Nike Training Club app is FREE, which still amazes me.
You can choose first to focus on getting lean, toned, strong, or focused. They all contain good workouts, so I switch it up a bit. Then you choose medium, intermediate or advanced. Finally, you choose a specific workout.

Once you decide on that, you begin your workout, which could vary from 15, 30 or 45 minutes (there may be a 60 minute one in there but I’m not brave enough for that.) The features that make this app stand out to me above others is the flow and transition between workouts, there is nothing worse than custom workouts where you pick and choose between each set, leaving you resting for 5 minutes between each 30 second workout.

Also, it has video and pictures of every move in case you aren’t familiar with it, or just want to see if you’re doing it right. For a little more motivation, the girls performing the moves are super toned which gives you a little extra push (and make you want all of their Nike gear, too)

So how intense can a workout on your phone be? Well, I regularly attend boot camp with a personal trainer, boxing, zumba, strength training classes, etc and these little 15 to 30 minute NTC sessions kick my butt.

You can set music in the app but I generally just turn on my Pandora app, the trainer voiceover will automatically adjust your volume to tell you what to do next, then go back to your music.

At the completion of your workout, you receive points toward workout rewards (smoothie recipes and various goodies) and a little extra motivation (sadly with a new phone I have to start all over, since you don’t have an actual account, just the data on your phone)

Nike Training Club App Review

Or, you can choose to do a specific athletes workout routine, like Shawn Johnson’s stretch routine or Hope Solo’s workout.

Nike Training Club App Review

Overall this app is incredibly motivating, and covers everything I would look for in an application. I am stoked that they finally released it for Android, and would recommend checking it out, even if you are an advanced athlete. It offers options from strength training, intense to light cardio, stretching, yoga, etc.

Anyway, New Years Eve pictures!

New Years Eve OOTD

New Years Eve FOTD

Happy New Year banner

and my handmade banner sign, that I didn’t finish.

happy new year banner

NYE FOTD

Products used for FOTD:

Urban Decay Naked Palette (half baked, smog, hustle & naked)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
Maybelline Super Stay 24 HR Liquid Foundation in Natural Beige
Revlon Lipstick in Fuchsia (i’m really enjoying this lipstick lately)
L’oreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner
Maybelline Falsies Mascara
e.l.f. blush in blushing rose
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer
Revlon Luxurious Color Smoky Crayon in 006 Black Smoke
Benefit erase paste in medium
Benefit ooh la lift – instant under eye brightening boost
e.l.f. contouring blush and bronzer compact (used bronzer for contour)
finished off with MAC Fix+ (finally got a refill for Christmas)

Have you used the Nike Training Club app?

Saturday OOTD & FOTD

10 Dec FOTD

Hi Guys,

I went to my boyfriend’s work party this weekend and wanted to share my makeup & outfit

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(Products Used)

FACE:
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Santa Fe
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser in Fair
I just recently got this concealer, and I’m not one to use concealer much considering it just takes too long and can be chalky, but this stuff is pretty great, and so simple. I would recommend checking it out.
ELF blush in Blushing Rose
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in By Candlelight (highlight cheek color)
Maybelline mastershape by Eyestudio in Blonde (eyebrow pencil)

EYES:
Naked Palette – Virgin (inner corners) Half Baked (all over lid) Smug (crease) and darkhorse (crease and blend)
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in 618 Purple, smudged with small brush to blend
Loreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner (my HG liquid liner)
Ardell False Lashes in 109
Maybelline Falsies Volum’ Express Mascara

LIPS:
Revlon Lipstick in 030 Fuchsia (just got this on clearance at CVS, very nice color and consistency)

MAIN BRUSHES:
Tarte Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush (this brush is AMAZING for liquid foundation, worth the $32 price tag)
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (this brush has many uses, but I found it perfect to blend in the concealer)
Sigma Eye Brushes

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Turquoise bracelet from Forever 21 and silver bracelet set from Charming Charlie’s.
Sparkly headband from Forever 21

If anyone has any comments or wants a tutorial or review of anything, please let me know!