Friday, October 20, 2017

Outfits of the Week: October 16 - 20

Happy weekend!  Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?  My birthday is next Wednesday and since it's on a weekday, we're planning to celebrate on Saturday with tacos and shopping and maybe some ice cream for dessert!

I don't think I would normally have thought to pair this pinky blouse with blues but for some reason I was just feeling it and I really like how it turned out.  I guess because the skirt is more of a chambray so I feel like it's neutral enough to pair with anything?  Either way, I like it.

pink floral tie neck blouse - Papaya
navy cardigan - Kohl's
brown skinny belt - Walmart
light chambray skirt - Walmart
brown buckle flats - Rack Room Shoes

This outfit was simple but really did the trick.  I needed to look professional but I also spent the day at three different locations, running around like crazy trying to solve all of the world's IT problems... or least all the ones I could help with in the school district where I work.  These shoes definitely got nearly 10,000 steps this day before I got to take them off!

black and white blouse - Kohl's
black cami secret - Burlington
pink 3/4 sleeve cardigan - Belk
black skinny belt - Walmart
black essential chinos - Amazon
black captoe pointed toe flats - Payless

Every time I wear this skirt, I love it and wonder why I don't wear it more often.  The same thing happens every time I wear this shirt.  So it's about time they came together in an outfit.

white and black blouse - Papaya
black sparkle cardigan - Kohl's
black skinny belt - Walmart
red skirt - Kohl's
black buckle flats - Rack Room Shoes

This outfit was a fun combination I had never thought to wear before.  This blouse has the same dark cabernet shade in some of the flower stems that matched the pants.  And the blazer adds a touch of class.  I'm liking it!

black, red, and pink floral blouse - Papaya
grey striped cuff blazer - Papaya
black skinny belt - Walmart
cabernet essential chinos - Amazon
black captoe pointed toe flats - Payless

When plans change, you don't always love your outfit.  I had to kind of throw this outfit together this morning because we were supposed to help unload a truck of books at work today but the truck came late and we weren't able to make it after all.  So I rewore the cardigan from Monday because it was the first one I grabbed.  Oh well!

light blue short sleeve button down - Kohl's (sleeves shortened by me)
brown bead necklace - Walmart
brown skinny belt - Walmart
navy cardigan - Kohl's
light fawn essential chinos - Amazon
nautical stripe boat shoes - Amazon

Thursday, October 19, 2017

FOTD: Hunter Green Winged Liner

I had so much fun creating this eye look for today's face of the day!  It was a great way to wear some color to work without feeling like it was obvious at all from a distance.  I'm going to try it again tomorrow with purple liner.  Here's how I did it and the products that I used.

I started out this look with some Hard Candy sheer envy primer mist.  Then I patted that in with a damp Real Techniques miracle complexion sponge before applying a light layer of Covergirl outlast foundation in ivory.  Next, I used the Hey Honey trick and treat concealer I received in my Ipsy Glam Bag to cover some redness on my face and Benefit boi-ing brightening concealer in no 1.  I topped all that off with a light dusting of L'Oreal true match powder in n2: classic ivory.  For blush, I used Milani rose blush in romantic rose and I applied Essence pure nude highlighter in be my highlight to the cheekbones.  Finally, I set it all with e.l.f. makeup mist & set.

Next, I prepped my eyes with some Milani eye shadow primer.  Since I wasn't using a super dark liner for the wing, I used Urban Decay 24/7 glide on eyeliner in perversion and just dotted it in between my lashes and smudged it in with a Q-tip so it left just the thinnest line connecting each lash to the next and giving a thicker look.  In hindsight, I could have probably skipped this step.

I wanted this eyeshadow look to be really matte and neutral with just the pop of colored winged liner.  The Beauty Treats deluxe eyeshadow palette is the perfect palette to achieve that look.  So I went in with shade 1, a medium matte brown, in the crease to create some contour without being dramatic or dark.  I also used that same shade to liner the lower lash line with a large smudge brush.  Next, I took 2, a peachy matte, on the lid.  Then I used 3, a light matte cream shade, as a highlight.  The blend out the edges!  

To get the crisp winged effect, I used some washi tape to tape a line that went from the outer corner of my eye to the outer edge of my eyebrow.  This served as a guide and also made my husband laugh when he came in to kiss me goodbye and saw green washi tape stuck to my face.  😆  But the washi tape worked out great because it wasn't so sticky that it peeled off my foundation and I also prefer it to scotch tape because I can get a better idea of how thick the lines are on each side so I can do a better job of making them match.  Also, lime green washi tape is cuter than scotch tape!  Then I used 4, a matte hunter green, on a dampened angled liner brush, to create a line across the eye and then wing it out at the end, using the tape as a guide.  Using shadow and a tape guide really make this technique so easy that anyone can do it as long as you're sure to get the tape lined up correctly before you start.

To finish up the eyes, I used e.l.f. shape and stay brow wax pencil to hold my brows in place and the e.l.f. instant lift brow pencil in neutral brown to fill them in.  Then I lined the lower inner rim with rimmel scandaleyes in nude.  I curled my lashes and applied Wet N Wild max volume plus waterproof mascara on the top lashes and e.l.f. mineral infused mascara on the lower lashes.

Finally, I used just one product on the lips: Revlon ultra HD gel lip color in HD vineyard which is a pretty soft pink.

And here's the finished look!  It's really pretty subtle and I just love how the liner turned out just like I imagined!  That's rare for me!  I can't wait to try this technique again.  Do you have any techniques for wearing color to work without looking crazy?  I'd love to know!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Shop My Stash Drawer: October 16 - 31

This round of shop my stash is made up of both the old and neglected and the new and untried.  I've been doing quite a bit of makeup shopping lately and now I'm at the point where I have more things to try than I have face to try them on!  But there's just something about the shopping hunt that I really enjoy and lately I've been branching out and trying different shades than what I normally go for.  Let's take a look first at my top right drawer, which is where the things I always go for and don't really switch out live.

In the clear acrylic container on the left hand side, we have items that I've been using most often and not really switching up that much.

* L'Oreal true match powder in n2 - classic ivory (I'm so close to finishing this up!  I've since depotted this, since it's so hard to get to the product in the outer edges now.)
* e.l.f makeup mist and set (I have been using to set my makeup.)
* Hard Candy sheer envy primer mist (I have been using as a primer.)
* Rimmel scandaleyes eyeliner in nude
* e.l.f. mineral infused mascara (Great for lower lashes!)
* essence I heart stage eyeshadow primer
* L'Oreal lash paradise waterproof mascara in blackest black (I'm trying this out on the top lashes.)
* e.l.f. shape and stay brow wax pencil
* e.l.f. instant lift brow pencil in neutral brown
* Rimmel scandaleyes mircoliner in black
* Benefit boi-ing brightening concealer in no 1

Next, let's move back to the left hand drawer, where most of my shopped items live.  We'll start with blush and highlight.

Blushes and Highlights:
I wanted quite a few matte blushes to choose from because I really want to see how the essence highlight looks.  It's new to me and I really want a good picture of what it can do.  I also pulled in my Z palette of Cover Girl blushes because I've been itching to wear soft sable lately.  It was my go to blush back in high school and I'm feeling nostalgic for it.

* Z palette with Cover Girl cheekers blushes: rock n rose, true plum, plumberry glow, soft sable, and pretty peach
* Wet N Wild color icon blush in mellow wine
* Milani rose blush in romantic rose
* theBalm long wearing blush in balm springs
* essence pure nude highlighter in be my highlight
* Wet N Wild color icon bronzer in reserve your cabana (really a highlight)
* City Color be matte blush in guava

I tried to pick a smaller number of lip products this time.  I felt like last time I shopped my stash, I picked out too many lip products and I only ended up using a few of them.  I went with a couple of nudes, a couple of every day neutral lip colors, and one bold lipstick.

* Revlon ultra HD gel lipcolor in HD desert
* Revlon ultra HD gel lipcolor in HD vineyard
* Jordana easyliner for lips in tawny
* Rimmel exaggerate lip liner in enchantment
* ColourPop Lippie Stix in Glam Bag (from Ipsy)
* e.l.f. matte lipstick in praline
* Wet N Wild color icon lipstick in in the flesh
* Rimmel lasting finish nude lipstick in 45
* Maybelline matte lipstick in touch of spice
* Rimmel stay glossy lip gloss in claridge's ruby
* L.A. Colors chunky lip pencil in feels nude

Liners and Mascaras:
I've been switching back and forth between this mascara and the L'Oreal one that's in my other drawer a lot.  And for eyeliners, I have the basics with a black pencil or black liquid pen but also lots of fun colors to experiment with if I'm feeling like something more fun.

* Maybelline lasting drama eyeliner in silken turquoise
* Rimmel scandaleyes eyeliner in deep blue
* ColourPop creme gel liner in show me
Physician’s Formula shimmer strips custom eye enhancing shimmer eyeliner trio in green eyes (purple)
Physician’s Formula shimmer strips custom eye enhancing shimmer eyeliner trio in green eyes (green)
* Beauty For Real i-line 24-7 eyeliner in 24 Karat
* Pixi endless silky eye pen in black noir
* Wet N Wild max volume plus waterproof mascara in black

My skin has been all over the place lately!  One day it will be crazy dry and flaky and the next day it's super oily.  What the heck!  So I picked out a foundation for each of my skin days: my normal, dry, and extra oily days (L-R).

* Cover Girl outlast foundation in ivory
* Wet N Wild photo focus foundation in shell ivory
* Rimmel stay matte foundation in ivory

I really wanted a good mix of neutrals and fun colors for the next couple of weeks.  All three of the Beauty Treats palettes have enough neutrals to do several looks independently but two of them also have quite fun colors mixed in.  I love it when you can stick to one palette!  And the L.A. Girl neons palette just looks like so much fun.  Those colors are bright!  While I've swatched around and played with each of these palettes, I haven't used any of them to do an actual look that I've worn all day yet.  And I also threw in some light shadow sticks that would make a good base for any colorful looks to help really stand out.

* Beauty Treats deluxe eyeshadow palette
* Beauty Treats 24 matte palette
* Beauty Treats blushed nudes eyeshadow palette
* L.A. Girl neons eyeshadow palette
* Jordana eyeshadow pencil in continuous almond
* Milani eyeshadow pencil in champagne toast
* L.A. Colors eyeshadow pencil in sea shells
* Wet N Wild eyeshadow single in brulee (perfect matte brow highlight or blending shade)

What items in your collection are you trying to get more use out of?  I'd love to know!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Ipsy Glam Bag: October 2017

I don't know why it took so long for my Ipsy bag to get here this month, but it finally came today and it was high time to tear into it!

Crimson and Lace Bag
I wouldn't normally go for a bag like this but I think it's so cool!  I love the lace pattern and the little bat zipper pull is a cool touch for October.  I do just wish the Ipsy bags were bigger.  I need way more makeup than this tiny bag holds!  😆

Urban Decay
24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion
$13.33 ($20 for 1.2g.  I received 0.8g.)
Who doesn't love a great black eyeliner?  However, I have already received two other great black eyeliners from Ipsy in the last few months and I'm just kind of wishing they would shake things up and send me a different color!  I guess I need to make a point of using my black pencil liners instead of my black liquid liners for awhile because I'm starting to accumulate too many.

Context Skin
Vitamin C All Day Eye Cream
$35.00 (I received the full size, 0.5 oz.)
I guess I'm okay with trying an eye cream but I already have one I really like that's not so crazy expensive.  This stuff better be freaking amazing for me to believe they can justify the cost of this when I can get my Cerave for around ten bucks.

deluxe lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara
$9.86 ($23 for 7 mL.  I received 3 mL.)
I wish this was waterproof because that's always my preference for mascara but I'm always down with trying out a new mascara.  The brush looks really promising so if the formula can hold a curl, we might be friends.

Hey Honey
Trick AND Treat: Active Propolis Cream Concealer
$19.20 ($36 for 15mL.  I received 8mL.)
This concealer has some big shoes to fill.  I feel like my Benefit Boi-ing Brightening Concealer does an amazing job of not only covering my dark circles but also moisturizing the undereye area and lasting all day.  But I'm excited to try this.  At first I was skeptical of a liquidy consistency concealer being able to cover but this stuff is opaque and seems to be the right sort of shade.  And the whole trick or treat theme is cute for October.

Meech and Mia
Loose Eyeshadow in Beige
$11.50 for 1.2 g (I received the full size.)
This eyeshadow is super pretty and swatched really well but I don't think it's beige at all.  It's more of a shimmery peach to me, which when you look at the link for the product, it says peach too.  But I think that's more interesting than beige and I think it will be a fun color to play with.  However, I'm just never a fan of loose powder makeup.  It's always so much messier than a pressed shadow or powder.  It's not a deal breaker but I just personally prefer a pressed shadow.

Total Value: $88.89 + bag

Conclusion: Wow, this bag is one of the best values of any Ipsy bag I've received to date!  However, I just can't help but feel a little lackluster about it.  There's nothing I'm upset about or that I feel I won't use.  It's just that nothing here really excites me, either.  I guess I'm just looking for something with a little more pizazz these days in my makeup and these feel like a lot of basics that I have already.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

FOTD: Pink and Blue Eyes

I mentioned in my blog post yesterday that I was just feeling like wearing some colors this weekend so I'm starting off the weekend with pink and blue!  The only neutral involved in this look is the matte cream shade I used on the brow bone but everything else is fun and colorful in this eye look.

Another fun thing about this eye look is that if you want to buy the shadows yourself to recreate the look, it's only going to cost you two dollars!

Let's start off with the eye makeup.  I did the shadow on my lids first because I know L.A. Colors shadows have a tendency for a lot of fallout on me but then I sort of jumped all around between eyes and face after that.  Do whatever works for you but here's the basics of what I did.

I started off with a tiny dab of Essence I heart stage shadow primer and blended it in with my finger.  Then I used the lightest layer possible of the L.A. Colors jumbo eyeshadow pencil in sea shells on just the lid and blended it all in really well with my finger to avoid creasing.  I used it thinking just a light base of white would make these shadows pop more, as they seem to swatch differently than they apply to the eyes.

Next, I went in with my Wet N Wild eyeshadow single in brulee as a brow bone highlight.  It's a matte cream and I thought it would balance out all the rest of the loud, shimmery colors.  Then I used a tiny flat shadow brush to apply the light blue in the L.A. Colors trio in water lily to the inner half of my lid.  Next, using a medium sized crease brush, I carefully stamped the pink into the crease, going pretty far in towards the inner corner and making sure the pink would peek out over the crease when my eyes were open.  This color took a bit of building up to really show well but I found that just sort of stamping it in worked best.  A sponge tip applicator might actually be really good in this situation but the crease brush worked well to just lightly blend the outer edge but not blend away the color.  Finally, I used the darker blue on the outer half of the lid.  I found this shade to be the most chalky and kick up the most dust but it still worked out just fine.  Just be sure to tap off the excess and be careful in application to not get it smeared all into the other colors.  At this point, I went ahead and did most of my face makeup but for the sake of ease of explanation, I'll just tell you what else I did on my eyes.

I smudged some of the darker blue on the outer half of my lower lashline and the light blue on the inner half.  Then things got messy.  My plan was to do a simple black liquid winged liner with my Rimmel scandaleyes microliner in black, but for some reason today it was not cooperating and it ended up skipping a lot so I had to go back and thicken the line and then I just could not get the extra super thick wings to match to save my life, no matter how much I removed them and redid them.  Finally I scrapped the winged liner and went for more of a bar liner look.  Then I lined the lower inner rim with Rimmel scandaleyes in nude and curled my lashes and applied two coats of L'Oreal lash paradise waterproof mascara in blackest black to the upper lashes and e.l.f. mineral infused mascara to the lower lashes.  Then I used the e.l.f. shape and stay brow wax pencil and topped it off with e.l.f. instant lift brow pencil in neutral brown to fill in my brows.

For face makeup, I started off with two sprays of Hard Candy sheer envy primer mist and then used my Real Techniques miracle complextion sponge to bounce in my Cover Girl outlast foundation (favorite!) in ivory.  I applied Benefit boi-ing brightening concealer in no 1 on my dark circles to cover them and then set it all with L'Oreal true match powder in n2: classic ivory.

For blush, I used the Broadway Colors powder cheek palette kit in summer (bottom right shade) and topped my cheekbones with the highlight in this palette.  To set my makeup, I spritzed several sprays of the e.l.f. makeup mist and set all over.  I really wanted the cheeks to be soft since the eye makeup is pretty loud.

Like the cheeks, I kept the lips soft and subdued with just one product.  This one dollar find that I picked up at Dollar Tree is amazing and my current favorite nude lip product.  This is the L.A. Colors Chunky Lip Pencil in feels nude and it is so fantastic!  The color is the perfect pinky toned nude and the texture is fantastically hydrating and comfortable without smearing or straying outside the lips.  If you can find it at your local DT, definitely pick it up!

And here is the final look!  It's definitely not perfect but I just had so much fun playing with these fun colors and channeling my inner Jem and the Holograms with a bit of modern day wearability.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Outfits of the Week: Oct 9 - 13

Happy weekend!  I am so excited to sleep in tomorrow and wear some crazy wild makeup!  I've been posting my dabbles into colors on Instagram lately (linked below) but I'm really looking forward to going whole hog with some colors when I'm not working and needing to look professional.

A comfy as pajamas dress is a great way to start off the week.  Although it's still not as comfortable to me as a stretchy skirt but I'll take what I can get for today.

navy shirt dress - Burlington Coat Factory
white cardigan - Kohl's
cognac pointed toe flats - Beall's Outlet

I'm feeling totally pumpkinish in this outfit and I'm loving it!  Why not celebrate October with orange and olive?  Add in some cool pointed toe shoes and a blazer and I am work ready too.

olive green tank top - Kohl's
white blazer - Papaya
white skinny belt - Walmart
chili red pants - JC Penney
taupe pointed toe flats - Payless

I don't know how it's still so hot here in Florida.  I guess I shouldn't complain about bare legs being a thing almost year round.  But today I walked to the corner store on my lunch break and I wore just the skirt and the sleeveless top and I was still sweating to death and so hot the whole rest of the day, even in the air conditioning.  Any day, now fall!

white and beige tie neck blouse - Papaya
khaki skirt - Kohl's
charcoal cardigan - Papaya
brown buckle flats - Rack Room Shoes

This outfit was okay I guess.  I didn't love it but I didn't hate it.  I just wasn't all that excited to wear it.  I guess some outfits you love, and some get the job done.

black pintuck blouse - Sears
pink blazer - Amazon
black skinny belt - Walmart
walnut essential chinos - Amazon
black captoe pointed toe flats - Payless

Move over, jeans, maxi skirts are the new casual Friday focus piece.  Could maxi skirts be any more comfortable?  I think not!  I found this one completely by accident while shopping with a friend last week at Sears.  I was lamenting how I've recently fallen in love with maxi skirts but I missed the prime season to buy them because I really wanted a plain black one.  A few minutes later, we were walking through the plus size section and I was just admiring every maxi skirt I saw on the rack when I spotted this one totally out of place.  It turned it to be my size, in petites, and on clearance for $5.99!  It was clearly meant to be.

red tank top - Walmart
white 3/4 sleeve cardigan - Belk
black maxi skirt - Sears
black elastic belt - Amazon
black buckle flats - Rack Room Shoes

Monday, October 9, 2017

FOTD: Warm Neutrals

Lately I've been really trying to branch out and try some different things with my eyeshadow.  I guess there's only so much taupe, grey, and brown a girl needs before she starts to get bored. While I was out shopping this past weekend, I found this palette for a great price at T.J. Maxx that looked really promising.

The palette is the Must Have Beauty Beyond Bare Eyeshadow Palette and it ran me only $5.99.  It's full of twenty-four lovely warm neutral shadows, more than half of which are matte.  I know this is a really common color scheme but I just didn't have anything like it in my collection.  Today is the first day I used it but I'm really pleased with how it applied and wore.  If you can find it in your local T.J. Maxx or Marshalls, I would definitely pick it up.  

I wasn't sure if this eyeshadow palette would have a lot of fall out or not, so since this was the first time I used it, I did my eye makeup first.  I started off by using Essence I heart stage eyeshadow primer.  Next, I went in with the eyeshadow palette.  I applied shade 19 in the crease, which is a warm matte orangey brown.  I blended it into the browbone and highlighted with shade 1, a yellow based cream, which helped transition and blend absolutely seamlessly.  Next I used shade 13 on the lid.  I started to deepen the outer 1/3 of the lid with shade 18 but was a bit disappointed in the pigmentation of this particular shade.  It's not a total bust but it would have taken some building up and I just didn't have time to fuss so I went over it with shade 12, which was more pigmented and gave me the look I wanted faster.  I did all of my face makeup and then went back in with shade 14 on the inner corner and 21 on the lower lash line.  With the exception of shade 18, I was very pleased and impressed with every shade and happy to report there was no fallout at all.  Moving on with the eyes, I used the Rimmel Scandaleyes Microliner in black, which is also new to me.  It made creating a wing so easy!  It was really precise.  Then I used Rimmel Scandaleyes Liner in Nude on the lower inner rim.  I curled my top lashes and used the L'Oreal Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara in Blackest Black to the top lashes and used the e.l.f. Mineral Infused Mascara on the lower lashes.  Finally, after finishing all of my face makeup, I used the e.l.f. Shape and Stay Brow Wax Pencil and topped it off with the e.l.f. Instant Lift Brow Pencil in Neutral Brown to fill in my brows.

First, I started my face by spritzing some Hard Candy Sheer Envy Hydrating Primer Mist on and pressing it into the skin with one of my beloved Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponges.  Then I applied a light layer of Cover Girl Outlast Foundation in Ivory.  Next I covered my dark undereye circles with some Benefit Boi-ing Brightening Concealer in No. 1.  This is just like my beloved Benefit Erase Paste, but repackaged.  I topped all of that off with L'Oreal True Match Powder in n2: Classic Ivory.  Then I warmed up the skin around my hairline with the Essence Sun Club bronzer for lighter skin.  For blush, I used the City Color Be Matte Blush in Guava.  I topped that off with the beige tone in the e.l.f. Illuminating Palette on the cheekbones for a subtle highlight.  Finally, I gave it all two more sprays of the Hard Candy Sheer Envy Hydrating Primer Mist to set it.

My lips today are the Rimmel Provocalips in Make Your Move, which is a pretty neutral warm color.

I really love the final look this gave.  The eyes are warm and pretty but not too loud.  I'm really looking forward to using this eyeshadow palette more and I feel like I got a really good deal on it.  It will be a great palette to use for fall, as I'm loving all the shades of orange, yellow, red, and warm browns.  I think you could do a great pumpkin spice look with this!