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Natural Eye, Face Contouring, and Bold Lip

17 May

After over a year of being out of commission, my digital camera is finally up and running! 🙂 No more webcam make-up pictures, hooray! Ironically enough, after taking a few photos of my make-up today, the flash washed out a lot of the shadowing, so I still took a picture with my webcam because it picked up on the definition of the contouring a little better. Regardless, I’m super excited to have my camera back.

Anyway, today I had the day off while my boyfriend was working all day and my son was at school so I decided it was the perfect opportunity to mess around with my make-up. After all, I haven’t really had time to play for a while now. Lately I’ve been watching tons of YouTube video tutorials, many of which are on the fast-growing trend of contouring your face with make-up. I’ve contoured before (not on a regular basis, and very lightly) but I really wanted to get in there with darker shades for a real result, and since I didn’t have anywhere to be and therefore didn’t have to worry about it turning out completely outrageous, I went for it! The top picture (obviously) was the picture I took with my digital camera. My contouring lines, brows, and even blush appear much darker in real life. The second photo taken with my webcam defines the shadows and highlights I created a little better. Everything I used is below the pictures. I really can’t wait to mess around with this more!


Eyes:
*Urban Decay e/s in Naked (crease)
*MAC e/s in Charcoal Brown (crease/brows/lower lash line)
*MAC e/s in Shroom (highlight/inner corners)
*Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Liner Pencil in Yeyo (lower water line)
*Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner in Black (outer upper lash line)
*Maybelline Falsies Mascara in Brownish Black (upper lashes)
*Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black (lower lashes)

Face:
*MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NC25 (all over face)
*Amazing Cosmetics Concealer in Fair (blemishes/under eyes/bridge of nose)
*MAC Studio Fix Pressed Powder in NC20 (over concealer)
*MAC Studio Fix Pressed Powder in C4 (over rest of face)
*MAC e/s in Charcoal Brown (temples, cheekbones, jaw line, sides of nose)
*Too Faced Candlelight Powder (under eyes, bridge of nose, chin, forehead)
*NARS Blush in Orgasm (apples of cheeks)

Lips:
*L’Oreal Automatic Lip Liner in Reds
*Bare Minerals Lipstick in Opulence

Eye Look- Neutral with a Hint of Green

12 Sep

Here is a look that I wore to work yesterday. I usually don’t like wearing a whole lot of eye make up to work, but this particular day I wanted to spice it up a bit, hence the pop of green on my lower lash line. Although I was wearing primarily black, the under shirt I wore under my black dress was green, which is why I chose that color. 9/10 times I coordinate my make up colors with my clothes!


What I Used:
*Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion in Eden (matte, light-skintone base)
*MAC Charcoal Brown e/s on Brows (matte muted, taupe brown)
*LORAC Posh e/s (matte, light beige)
*LORAC Chic e/s (matte white)
*Coastal Scents Smokey Eye Palette (pinkish-peach shade)
*MAC Charcoal Brown (matte muted, taupe brown)
*Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Liner in Graffiti (shimmery, mid-tone green)
*MAC Newly Minted e/s (matte, light jade green)
*Prestige Black/Brown Liquid Eye Liner
*Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Very Black

Eye Look- Blue Tones

9 Sep

Here is a look I did using blues, with hints of silvery grey and purple. I didn’t start work until late that day, so I had lots of time to play around with my make-up. I chose these colors because they matched the accent colors in the shirt I was wearing.


What I Used:
*Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion in Eden (matte, light-skintone base)
*MAC Charcoal Brown e/s on Brows (matte muted, taupe brown)
*MAC Shroom e/s (soft, shimmery beige)
*MAC Cumulus e/s (shimmery blueish-grey)
*MAC Blue Flame e/s (shimmery navy blue)
*MAC Tilt e/s (frosty greenish-blue)
*MAC Meet the Fleet e/s (matte, deep greyish-navy blue)
*MAC Climate Blue e/s (mid-tone violet blue)
*Prestige Black/Brown Liquid Eyeliner
*Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Liner in Ransom (bright, iridescent purple)
*Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Very Black

Eye Look: Subtle Gold & Plum Smokey Eye

16 Jul

This is a subtle, smokey eye that I did using gold and plum shades. I had a little bit more time than usual before I had to go to work and wanted to do something more than the boring plain eye liner I’ve been doing, but not too overwhelming.


What I Used:
*Urban Decay Original Eye Shadow Primer Potion (transparent base)
*MAC Charcoal Brown e/s on Brows (matte muted, taupe brown)
*MAC e/s in Shroom (soft, shimmery beige)
*MAC e/s in Goldmine (intense, shimmery gold)
*LORAC Starry-Eyed Baked e/s Trio in Star Struck (shimmery shades of plum)
*MAC e/s in Top Hat (true deep purple with subtle shimmer)
*Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara in Black

Eye Look: Purple, Hot Pink, and Teal

2 Jul

I’ve been doing natural, neutral eye looks lately. So boring! I had some time to play the other night and actually have some fun with my make-up so I went all out and used some of the brightest, most vibrant colors I own. 🙂 These colors together kind of remind me of 80’s-early 90’s fashion. There’s a little bit of light orange in there, above the pink, but my crappy webcam didn’t pick up on it very well, unfortunately. 😦


What I Used:
*Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion in Eden (matte, light-skintone base)
*MAC Charcoal Brown e/s on Brows (matte muted, taupe brown)
*Make-Up Forever e/s in #92 (matte, bold, vibrant purple)
*Make-Up Forever e/s in #75 (matte, neon hot pink)
*MAC e/s in Romping (shimmering bright fuschia)
*MAC e/s in Fab & Flashy (shimmering light yellow-orange)
*MAC e/s in Cool Heat (true teal with subtle shimmer)
*MAC e/s in Shroom (soft, shimmery beige)
*Benefit BADgal Mascara in Black

Spotlight On: Cargo Cosmetics

2 Jul

Though the brand was founded in 1996, Cargo has been gaining much deserved popularity in recent years. It’s one of the most innovative cosmetics brands in not only it’s formulas but it’s packaging, too. I was lucky enough to be given a brief, introductory training and demonstration on Cargo when the company I was working for began carrying their products, and I have fell in love with the brand ever since. I picked out a few of my favorite Cargo products to review/praise. What are your favorite Cargo products? All images are from CargoCosmetics.com.

1. blu_ray Pressed Powder$32

Cargo’s blu_ray line is one of it’s hot sellers due to it’s exceptional formula and uniqueness. My favorite is the pressed powders. The way the Cargo representative explained it was that it creates a “blurred” appearance on your face, giving you a flawless, air-brushed look. The line was initially created for movies and television, allowing people on camera to have a natural, unmade-up appearance, even when high-definition is used. The powder formula is extremely soft and creamy, and provides pretty good coverage. Some people could get away with using it as a foundation, though I personally tend to use it over my liquid foundation when I need a full-coverage look.

2. Lash Activator$35

I haven’t tried very many lash-enhancing products, but I was able to try Cargo’s Lash Activator and I must say I like it. They have two formulas- day, and night. The day formula is black, while the night formula is clear so you’re able to sleep in it without waking up to black smears under your eyes. While the day formula is colored, I still tend to wear it under my usual mascara because the formula is a bit thin and runny. However, if you’re just looking for a little tint of color you could easily get away with wearing just the Lash Activator. Like I said, I haven’t tried many other products that are supposed to promote eye lash growth so I don’t have anything to compare it to, but I can say I noticed a bit of a difference. Some of my lashes appeared to begin sprouting out longer than others. I never used it continuously, once a day, for 30 days, so I can only imagine how much more my lashes would’ve grown if I would’ve done so. You can get full-size tubes of both the day and night formulas, or you can get a mini-trial pack that comes with deluxe sizes of each!

3. Reverse Lip Liner$16

The Reverse Lip Liner is one of Cargo’s more innovative products. It’s a nude-colored lip pencil that is meant to be applied outside of your lip line, rather than tracing your actual lip line. It helps prevent bleeding of your lip stick/lip gloss without giving you that 90’s-esque traced lip look. Also, it highlights your lips, making them appear to be bigger and fuller! Who doesn’t love that?!

4. Water Resistant Bronzer$28

Cargo has a great line of bronzers, with great formulation and colors. My favorite one is their Water Resistant Bronzer. It’s the same shade as their best-selling “Medium” bronzer, only waterproof! I usually don’t like to wear make-up when I’m swimming or even when I’m going to be outdoors in hot weather for long periods of time due to sweat and other factors causing my make-up to run and rub off. With this bronzer I can at least add some color to my face without worry! I’ve used it while swimming, and though I don’t really get my face too wet most of the time, it did stay on me all day. It’s definitely a must-have for summer!

5. Swimmables$19

These eye pencils are a must-have for summer, or for anyone who often gets wet or sweats. They are waterproof eye liner, and when I say waterproof I mean it! I’ve swam wearing these multiple times, and not once has my liner budged or even faded. They’re the ultimate waterproof eye pencils, for sure! Swimmables are typically sold in sets, usually of four small ones, and contain fun, bright colors. Not only only are they very pretty, but they’re super dependable and practical.

6. Liquid Foundation$36

Cargo’s Liquid Foundation is one of my all-time favorites by far. When I say favorite, I’m talking top 3, and I’ve tried a lot of foundations in my time! It provides great coverage and is smooth and creamy for easy application. A lot of people tend to get turned off by the initial texture, as it tends to be more on the watery-wet side, however, I feel this just makes applying and blending it much easier. Not to mention it feels a lot more light-weight than most liquid foundations, but still covers great, and dries like any other foundation. I’ll be honest, one of the main reasons I fell in love with this foundation was because I found a shade that matched my skin perfectly. I mean PERFECT! Their F-30 shade fits me to a T, and if I put a glob of it on my face you can still hardly tell it’s there. During the summer, if I get a lot of sun, I use their F-40 shade. Another great thing about this foundation is it’s innovative “pouch” packaging. Gone are the days of wasting foundation because you can’t get anymore out of the glass bottle, because you’re able to squeeze out almost every ounce in this pouch (similar to a tube of tooth paste). The unique packaging is also extremely convenient for traveling.

Bright, Summer Eye Look- Yellow, Coral, Brown, & Turqoise

24 May

Here is a look I did 2 summers ago (2010), and luckily my make-up obsessed self took a picture of my make-up, made note of what I used, and saved it! I did this to match the pattern of the dress I was wearing, which is why there’s so many colors. Not that I ever think there’s such thing as too many colors! 😉 I would like to just say that this isn’t my best job skill-wise, and I clearly was in the midst of deciding what the heck I wanted to do with my brows, because they were a hot, hot mess! Either way, I still love the color combo and its great for summer!

What I Used:
*MAC Painterly Paint Pot (matte, light-skintone base)
*MAC Charcoal Brown e/s on Brows (matte muted, taupe brown)
*MAC Chrome Yellow e/s (matte, vivid bright yellow)
*MAC Rule e/s (vivid orange)
*MAC Electric Coral Pigment (shimmery bright coral)
*MAC Peppier e/s (true coral with subtle sparkle)
*MAC Beautyburst e/s (rich reddish brown)
*MAC Shroom e/s (soft, shimmery light beige)
*Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Liner in Electric (bright aquamarine blue)
*MAC Glitter Eye Liner in Peacocky (glittery turqoise)
*Too Faced Lash Injection Mascara in Black