A Little Less Glam

Welcome back my beauties!  I hope you all had a fantastic weekend and that you’re ready for the week!  Are you still pulling through on your goals for 2017?  Don’t give up yet, keep on keepin’ on!

Today I went for a toned down makeup look with a natural eye. This is good for someone who may need to get ready quick or if you’re just feeling lazy. Nothing wrong with being lazy once in a while, right?!  

Here is the look I created!  Very simple!


I started with a clean face and applied my Dermalogica Oil Free Matte lotion. This does have an SPF 30, which will be great for the warmer months. Right now I’m using it to control my ever so oily skin!


I am not doing any eyeliner or eyeshadow today, which is why I’m calling this a natural look. The star of this look is my Benefit They’re Real! mascara in Beyond Mascara(aka black). This mascara works wonders!  Who needs false lashes when you have this in your makeup collection!  It is a rubbery type wand with a ball at the tip to help get the hard to reach eyelashes and bottom lashes. It really grasps the lashes and coats every lash, which is why it is so amazing. I believe they also have this in brown, I haven’t tried the brown yet, but really want too!


I’m going in with my absolute favorite foundation right now, the L’Or茅al 24 Hour Infallible Pro Matte foundation in shade 103 Natural Buff. This is a great match for my skin tone and it also helps control the Oil. What I learned (the hard way) is that if you use too many mattifying products your skin could start to over compensate the oils that are being sucked up by the products. Make sure you are using a moisturizer, always!  I used to think I didn’t need moisturizer because my face was so oily, I young and naive haha. 


You all know what I’m going in with next…my handy dandy tarte Shape Tape!  I can’t rant and rave about this product enough!  I have horrible bags under my eyes, but you wouldn’t know because this shields them.  I use this under my eyes, down the bridge of my nose, a little between the eyebrows, cubid’s bow, and chin. Basically I conceal and highlight with this amazing stuff! It is pricey, but worth the money and you get a good amount!


To set my concealer and foundation, I went in with my urban decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder in Light Neutral. This can also be used on its own without any foundation, which I really like for a no makeup makeup look. 


For contour and highlight I used my trusty tarte Tarteist Pro Glow to Go palette. This is another product by tarte that I really love. The shades are buttery and blendable, absolute perfection!  I used the shade Chisel for my contour and Gleam for my highlight. My two favorites!


Side note, the mirror is a really good size!

For blush I used yet another tarte product!  Pampered is a shade in their Amazonian Clay 12-Hour blush collection. I mentioned before that I felt it was too pink for me at first, but now I go in with a light hand and it looks great!


I know my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Auburn is the only product I use on my eyebrows, but I will be testing out a new brand/product very soon. 


For lips I am using my Trust Fund Beauty liquid lipstick in K, Bye. It’s a brownish/purple nude. I really enjoy the color, but it’s bleeds out from the lips and doesn’t look clean and sculpted. I may try it with a lip liner next time, but I don’t see that helping too much. Love the color, but not the formula. 


My last step for this less glam look is the urban decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray. This is also used to control oil. It’s oil free, paraben free, and it also says it has temperature control technology. I love this setting spray and you can also use it to refresh your makeup. 



No filter. 


With a filter. 

That is it for this makeup look friends. I hope you like it!  Of course you can change this up however you’d like; false lashes or a different lip color. Whatever works for you!  Thank you for joining me, and I’ll see you back here on Wednesday!  

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Violet Voss Holy Grail Eye Look

Happy new year my beauties!  I hope you all had a fun and safe New Year’s Eve/Day, and that you brought in the new year on a good note!  2017 is going to be an amazing year, and I hope that it treats you right as well!

Today’s look was created by using the Violet Voss Holy Grail Palette!  This palette is so beautiful, and it has a wide variety of colors to create so many different looks. I honestly couldn’t wait to use this palette, and I especially wanted this palette for the shades Wine n Dine & Cranberry Splash.  I’ve been wanting colors like these for months!  If you see Jaclyn Hill create a red smokey eye, then dammit you want a red smokey eye!  

Let’s get started!


These are all the products and brushes that I will be using for this look. Don’t mind my oh so dirty beauty sponge. A lot of these products were in my 2016 Ride or Die blog if you want to check that out as well!


Today I am trying my Lanc么me Nude Miracle foundation. I haven’t tried this foundation with my new moisturizer and setting spray, so I couldn’t wait to see how this was going to work out!


Once I applied my foundation and my shape tape concealer (which was not in the product picture, sorry) it was time to bake. No, not an apple pie….muh face! Do you like my super awesome hair clip?  This is my sexy look by the way!


Also not in the product shot, is my go to eyeshadow primer. Now, do not judge me, but this primer is kind of old. Your first clue would be the packaging. It hasn’t done any harm to me and it makes my eyeshadow stay put, therefore, I use it.  Once I applied this baby, it was time to do some damage!


My pictures are so professional. At the top of this picture shows the colored numbers in the order they were applied. Now I was going to stop at Glamping, but I wasn’t liking how it was turning out, so I added Cranberry Splash on top of Glamping. After that, I had created the look that was exactly in my mind. 


Bathroom lighting with Ashby(I think) filter from Instagram. 


Natural lighting(no filter). 


Also natural lighting(no filter). 


Both these pictures are with filters from snapchat. 

This look couldn’t have come out better. I was super pleased with the palette. The foundation on the other hand, was not a good match for the moisturizer I use. I became very oily throughout the day and ended up doing touch ups. 


Mid-day


End of day. I had taken off my lip gloss, and you can see how shiny my forehead is, and you can see all the texture in my skin. My eyes still look amazing though!


Thank you lovelies for joining me today. I love the Violet Voss Holy Grail palette, I definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a cranberry, brownish, with hints of pink palette….if that makes sense. I definitely got my inspiration from Jaclyn Hill, she can create the most amazing looks, and she’s hilarious!  I absolutely love her!  

I hope you all had a great weekend!  I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us all in 2017!

2016 Ride or Die Beauty Products!

Happy New Year’s Eve everyone!  I hope you all had an amazing 2016 full of love, laughter, and great beauty looks!

2016 was definitely a challenge for me because of my health, but I know that 2017 is going to be so much better!  I’ll be going back to school this January, working on my health, and my amazing beauty blog!

Today we are talking about our 2016 Ride or Die Beauty Products!  You know, those products that made beauty fun, easy, or maybe even magical!  Let’s get started!


The first products I want to talk about are my skin care products!  Now this isn’t everything I use on my skin, I’m still in the process of testing out some products. The first item is the Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Cleansing Pads; I love these so much!  They really get in there and help remove all the makeup from the day, and they leave the skin feeling smooth and clean. 

The other item is the e.l.f. Makeup Removing Cleansing Wipes.  These are so soft, they smell amazing, and they’re not harsh on the skin. These will definitely remove any makeup you have on your face, and sometimes I’ll even go in with my Aveeno Cleansing Pads afterwords for a deep cleaning. 

Last but not least, the Equate Blemish Control Apricot Scrub. Now I’ve been hearing that St. Ives’ Apricot Scrub is being sued due to the product ruining people’s faces. I believe they’re saying this is because of an ingredient called walnut shells or walnut shell powder. I personally have never had a problem with either brand, and a lot of the reaction could be a nut allergy, but who knows. I love this to exfoliate my skin, I don’t think it’s harsh, and it actually leaves my skin super smooth after using it!


The next group of items are all my face creams/primer, plus my cheap knockoff of a beauty blender.  

Dermalogica has been around for a long time, and yes they are expensive, but it’s worth the investment because their products actually work. I have the Oil Free Matte Lotion with SPF 30.  I have combination to oily skin, but mostly oily, and I was having such a hard time with preventing “cake face”.   I spoke with an employee at Ulta and they suggested this product. So far it has been working beautifully, and will stay in my makeup routine!

Next up is my Benefit POREfessional Primer that I absolutely LOVE馃槏. This works like magic on my pores!  I have pores the size of dinner plates, and you would never know because I use this product!  Yes, it is that good!

My LO’REAL 24 hr Infallible Pro Matte Foundation, is a God send!  This is a recent find for me, but omg, game changer!  This is hands down the best foundation for my skin type. Now I am still having some dry patches, but better that, than having “cake face”, you feel me!  Love, love, love it!

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer need I say more?  If you are a makeup junky like myself or you watch a lot of makeup tutorials, also like me, you know this is a holy grail product. It brightens, tightens, and definitely conceals like no other!  The proof is in the pudding!

Then there is my knock off beauty blender. I love the makeup sponge idea, it works like a charm!  No streaks and it helps press the product into the skin which helps it last longer and stays put!


Here is a combo of Sonia Kashuk brushes that I’ve had forever, but never used lol, and e.l.f. brushes that I bought this year. In this group I have a blush brush, 2 blending brushes, a crease brush, an angled brush I use for my eyebrows, and 3 multiuse eyeshadow brushes. I use these brushes every time I put makeup on, and they make the application so much easier!


These eyeshadows have been some of my favorite this year!  There is the NYX Jaded, Urban Decay’s Midnight Cowboy & Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, and then Laura Mercier’s Caviar Stick in Rose Gold.  What I like to do is put the Rose Gold down as a base, and then put one of the Urban Decay shadows on top. It’s quick and simple, and looks amazing!  Jaded is just a beautiful color, and I mixed that with some greens from my Morphe 35s palette. I used it for my Christmas makeup look!


I’m pretty sure that eyeliner is my favorite makeup item, that and red lipstick. I also put in my favorite eyeshadow primer, Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion. I know this packaging is old, but I love this stuff, it works like a charm, in that it makes my eyeshadow stay put!  

Next I have my favorite eyeliners, the Stila long wear eyeliner in black, and the Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eyelinrr & the Colorstay Skinny Liquid Eyeliner. At first I didn’t like the Revlon products, but after I played with them a few times, I was hooked!  They glide on, and even with my unsteady hands, they always look beautiful!  


Eyebrows are so important, so make sure you find products that work for you!  

Before I dyed my hair red, I was religiously using my Benefit Ka-brow & Goof Proof Brow Pencil. I believe I have shade 2 in both products. I would get so many compliments on my eyebrows after using those two products!  I wish they had these products in an auburn color. 

Next I have my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Auburn. I started using this once I dyed my hair red. I love how natural it made my eyebrows look, and the color matched perfectly. I do need a better brush for application, but soon I will be switching to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil

These are some of my favorite powder products that I use!  First we have the tarte Pro Glow to Go palette, it comes with 3 shades; 2 highlight colors, and a bronzer. It is absolutely gorgeous, and super handy to have around!  

Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer is also amazing!  That is usually my go too for contouring or warming up the face. Love the formula. 

My favorite blush is the Bell谩pierre Cosmetics blush is Desert Rose. This color is a perfect match for my skin tone. It’s not too pink, but not too dull. It is a mineral blush, so you have to be careful that it doesn’t get all over the place. It blends well in the skin, and gives me the right pop of color. 


I couldn’t help but have a ton of lip products in my ride or die’s for 2016. First I will start with my Marc Jacobs Mini Lipstick in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. It is a beautiful dusty rose color that would pretty much look good on anyone. I got it in my birthday kit from Sephora. 

Ipsy always has amazing products in there glam bags, and when I saw this Smashbox Liquid Lipstick in Drivers Seat, I was shocked!  It’s a perfect nude color, and it dries matte!

Another ipsy glam bag product was Absolute New York Matte Stick in Dark Red. I always say I’m a sucker for red lipstick, it’s my favorite color lipstick and I love that it’s matte. It is full size, and I wear it often!

The next product was in one of the first ipsy bags I ever received, and it was a mini of Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Collection in Underage Red. This lipstick stays put!  I can eat a meal, and 90% of it stays on!  It’s a gorgeous in your face red, and I love it!

I have one red lip liner that I use, it’s very universal. It’s a Sephora lip liner in Classic Red!  It goes with pretty much any red lipstick I have, and that’s what I love about it. 

This next product is a new favorite of mine, it’s by Too Faced and I absolutely love the name; it’s called Lady Balls!  That is the awesomest name for a lip color. This formula is amazing, it glides onto your lips, it’s a matte lipstick (which I love), but it does transfer a little bit, so blot before it dries or do the finger trick!


The last item I want to mention is Urban Decay’s de-slick Makeup Setting Spray with Oil Control!  I mean, that’s a no brainer for someone like me who has oily skin. This locks everything in, and helps control all that oil!  I got it on sale at Ulta, so I was super happy about it!

Well my loves, I know this was a long blog, but I didn’t want to leave any products out!  I hope you all have a fun and safe New Years, and that 2017 is one of your best years yet!  I’m hoping 2017 brings me lots of laughter, happiness, and a sense of accomplishments!

Happy New Year!馃枻馃枻馃枻馃帀馃帀馃帀

Controlling the Oil- First Impression聽

I have been on the hunt for a new foundation and products that will help me control my greasy face!  I noticed lately that my face has been more oily than usual. I realized that I was using so many mattifying products, that my body was over producing oils. 

Here are the products I tested out:


Once I realized the issue, I spoke with a woman at Ulta that suggested I try the Dermalogica Oil Free Matte Lotion with SPF 30.  SPF is very important for your skin. I’ve lived in California, Arizona, Georgia, and Texas, so trust me when I say you should always wear an SPF if you’re going to be outside or in the sun!  This product helps moisturize your skin, while preventing that “natural” shine.  It’s super light weight, and a little goes a long way. It does feel like sunscreen, not super sticky, but you can tell it has SPF in it. I actually got a sample of it, and then ended up going back to purchase it. It really helped control my shine. I was very happy with this product. 

After doing some research and hearing some recommendations, the next product  I decided to try was the L’Or茅al Paris Infallible Pro Matte foundation. Omg, this foundation is awesome!  It’s medium to full coverage, you can definitely build up the product. It’s not too heavy on the skin, and it is definitely mattifying!  There is a limited color selection, but I was able to match my skin tone pretty well. 

The last product I tested out was the Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray for oil control. I have heard amazing things about Urban Decay’s setting spray, so of course I HAD to try it!  I actually didn’t know they had a setting spray for oil control, so when I saw it I was like 馃槼. This locks in your look, and prevents that pesky oil that always seems to shine through….get it! Hahaha

Here is a picture right after I completed my makeup around 8am. This is without a filter btw lol. 

   
Here is a mid-day check in around 12:30pm. I didn’t do any touch ups, and my oil is still under control!


These next set of pictures are my evening check in, which is around 6:30pm. I fell asleep, I’m in my robe, and I took my lipstick off, so don’t mind my ratchetness lol. You can see that my T zone is a little oily, which is kind of expected, but for the most part, it’s not nearly as bad as it usually is. I should’ve saved a picture of how oily I normally am lol. 


All in all, I was very pleased with these 3 products. I would definitely recommend them to anyone who struggles with oily skin. I’m going to keep using these products, and if my opinion for some reason changes, I will definitely post about it!  I want to give the most honest reviews, I feel that’s very important when beauty blogging. 

Thank you for checking out my first, first impression!  I hope you enjoyed this read, and if you have any questions or comments, leave them down below!

Here are other products I used for this look: Tarteist Pro Glow To Go palette, Revlon Colorstay Skinny liquid eyeliner in  Black Out, Lanc么me’s Hypn么se Drama mascara in Excessive Black, Smashbox Always on liquid lipstick in Driver’s Seat (not shown), Bell谩pierre Cosmetics mineral blush in Desert Rose (not shown), and last but not least Benefit Hoola Bronzer (not shown).  I’ll get better at this, I promise! Lol 


Here is a picture with a filter:

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