Sunday, October 31, 2010

FOTD: Neutral Look with e.l.f. 32 Palette

This is a neutral eye look that can be achieved using the e.l.f. 32 eyeshadow palette.  Today was my first attempt at filming an eye tutorial with my new video camera zoomed in at a super close angle.  Unfortunately, all you could see was my hair!  I decided it was still a great look that I could just share through my blog instead.  Here are the steps and the products I used.

* Revlon Colorstay Combo/Oily Liquid Foundation in Ivory
* Benefit Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer in Light
* Maybelline Dream Matte Powder in Cream
* Covergirl Cheekers Blush in Classic Pink (apples)
* NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer in Sunny (contour)
* e.l.f. Studio Blush in Gotta Glow (highlight)

* NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil in Chestnut

EYES: (Shades are from the e.l.f. Endless Eyes Pro Mini 32 Eyeshadow Palette)

* Prime eyelids with Too Faced Shadow Insurance
* Pat Shade #1 all over, from lid to browbone.
* Pat Shade #2 on lid.
* Apply Shade #4 in crease, extending slightly above natural crease and creating a slight outer V shape.
* Apply Shade #3 to crease to warm up eyes.
* Blend everything together with a fluffy crease brush.
* Line lower waterline with Wet N Wild Kohl Eyeliner in White.
* Line top lashes with NYC Liquid Eyeliner in Black.  I like to use an angled liner brush to apply this.
* Line lower lashline with Shade #2, applied with an angled liner brush.
* Curl lashes.  Apply a coat of Too Faced Lash Injection to top lashes.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Video: Outer V Tutorial

Here is a video on how to create a dramatic outer V eyeshadow look.  It is actually very simple and I only used 2 eyeshadow shades.  I think this would look great with black or gray shades of eyeshadow and a vampire costume for Halloween or maybe some winged eyeliner for a night out on the town.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

FOTD: Smokey Eye With CS Palette

This week I've been using my new Coastal Scents 78 Palette almost every day and each time the look was completely different.  Today I went for a smokey eye that was still appropriate for work.  Here's how I got this look.

- e.l.f. Mineral Face Primer
- Revlon Colorstay Makeup with SoftFlex for Combo/Oily Skin in Ivory
- Maybelline Dream Mousse Concealer in Light 2 - 3.5: Ivory
- Maybelline Mineral Power Finishing Veil in Light
- Soft pink shimmery blush from CS palette on apples of cheeks (see photo below for shade)
- NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny (contour cheeks)
- Wet N Wild Mega Glo Illuminating Powder in Catwalk Pink (light shimmery peach shade as a highlight)

- Blistex Raspberry Lemonade Blast (to prime & moisturize)
- Wet N Wild Cover Stick in Light (to erase lip color)
- Milani Color Perfect Lipstick in Beloved
- e.l.f. Hypershine Lip Gloss in Fairy

- Wet N Wild Kohl Eyeliner in White (waterline)
- Palladio Herbal Eyeshadow Primer
- CS Palette #1 (all over lid)
- CS Palette #2 (contour)
- CS Palette #3 (highlight)
- CS Palette #5 (deepen outer corner)
- CS Palette #4 (swept lightly all over to brighten the look)
- Almay I-intense liquid eyeliner in black pearl to line top lashline
- went over Almay liner with CS #5 to deepen the liner
- CS #1 to line outer 2/3 of bottom lashline
- CS #4 to line inner 1/3 of bottom lashline
- Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara in black to top lashes

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Studio 35 Complexion Brush Set Review

I recently filmed a review of a small brush set I purchased from Walgreens.  The set is from the brand Studio 35.  It is a set of 5 brushes and a zippered brush pouch.  All of the brushes are very soft and do not shed.  If you would like to watch the YouTube review, it will be available here after it is finished processing.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Bargain Clothes!

I am currently working on editing and uploading a video on Bargain Clothes from Target and Charlotte Russe.  The video will be available here when I am finished.  Here is a preview of some of the featured items.

Pink Knit Beret: $2.48

Navy Blue Sweater: $5

Belt: buy 1, get 1 50% off

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Yay for Palettes!!

I am so excited to share these palettes with you!  One of my best friends bought me the Coastal Scents 78 Palette for my birthday.  It has 60 eyeshadows, 12 highlighting and liner shades (really just more eyeshadows!), and 6 blushes.  As you can probably tell, I had an unfortunate accident immediately after opening this where I dropped it on the floor.  One blush broke and fell out but that was all the damage!  I think that's pretty good for a fall from the counter to the floor!  Just goes to show you should not let your makeup excitement get the best of you.

Next is the e.l.f. 32 Studio Endless Eyes Pro Mini Eyeshadow Palette.  I actually found this on an endcap at my local target.  It had been put out as a holiday promotion, along with many other e.l.f. products.  My target doesn't usually sell e.l.f., so I was pretty excited.  I've been wanting to try this and my Target actually had it on sale for only $5, instead of the $10 the palette started out as.  I believe when I looked last, it was also half price on the website, but this is limited edition, so don't count on it lasting long.

I haven't had a chance to really use either of these yet, so let me know if you would like reviews or tutorials.  Also, remember that these palettes make great gifts for makeup lovers or beginners!  The holiday season will be here before you know it so think about taking a look at or  They have an excellent variety of palettes and brush sets at both sites.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

How to: Nude Lips

Watch this video to see how to achieve these soft pink, nude lips, or read more to find out how to do this lip look.

Step 1: Moisturize lips with Blistex Raspberry Lemonade Blast.  Dot a small amount of product all over lips.
Step 2: Neutralize lip color.  Use Wet N Wild Cover All Cover Stick in Light as a lipstick.  Blend with finger.  This should make your lips almost the same color as your skin.
Step 3: Add a nude lipstick or lip gloss.  I used e.l.f. Hypershine Lip Gloss in Fairy.  I applied it sparingly with the brush applicator.  Fini!

Friday, October 22, 2010

OOTD: Green Cardigan

This post features details about items I was wearing in a recent YouTube outfit of the day video, which can be watched here.

Green Mossimo Cardigan
White Merona T-shirt
Lee Dark Wash Boot Cut Jeans
Dark Brown Faux Suede Moccasins
Sorry, I don’t remember.

Nude Nail Polish

I am loving this nude nail polish from Revlon.  The name of the polish is Endless Possibilities.  It is a nude pink with a soft golden shimmer undertone.  It comes out looking very subtle and feminine.  I think it would look great with French tips too!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


This is a repeat look of a previous post: How to: Shimmering Bright Eyes.  I did a YouTube tutorial on this look that you can find here.  If you're interested, here is a listing of all the products I used for this look.

1. e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer
2. Maybelline SuperStay 24HR Makeup in Porcelain Ivory
3. Maybelline Dream Mousse Concealer in Light 2-3.5: Ivory
4. N.Y.C. Smooth & Natural Matte Powder Foundation in Urban Light
5. Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color in Citrus Bloom (apples of cheeks)
6. N.Y.C. Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny (contour)
7. e.l.f. Studio Cool Bronzer (white shade as a highlight)

1. Palladio Herbal Eyeshadow Primer
2. Covergirl Eye Enhancers 3-kit in Shimmering Sands
3. Wet N Wild Kohl Eyeliner in white
4. Wet N Wild Idol Eyes Creme Shadow Pencil in Pixie
5. Almay Intense I-Color Liquid Eyeliner in Black Pearl
6. Benefit Bad Gal Lash Black Mascara

1. Wet N Wild Perfect Pair Lip Wand in Nearly Nude (line with liner, fill in with lipstick)
2. Sally Girl Mini Lip Gloss Wand in Sugar (to lower center pout)

Monday, October 18, 2010

More YouTube

I filmed several more YouTube videos this weekend and am currently working on trying to learn to edit them and make them better so check in with my YouTube Channel regularly to see what's new!  I am currently working on a video on how to remove those artificial french manicure nails I put on last week.  I hope you enjoy!  Click the photo to view the video!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

YouTube Massive Upload

Today I am having a massive YouTube upload!  Check back with my YouTube channel because I will be uploading several of the videos throughout the day.  My hubby was out and about for most of the day, so I decided to film a bunch of videos while the house was quiet and I had some good natural lighting.  You can already watch the first one, on my latest e.l.f. haul!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Outfit Of The Day

  This is a YouTube video I filmed.  It shows my outfit of the day that I wore today in detail.  Also, below you will find more information about the items.

Where Purchased
Approximate Cost
Necklace and earrings
Black plastic matching necklace and earring set
Beige cotton vest from Discreet
Bealls Outlet
Black belt with elastic
Came free with a jacket I bought… I think the set was around $18
The Ultimate tee: Hot pink cotton T-shirt from Merona
Black slacks from Mossimo
I think around $20 last year
Black flip flop wedge heels from Montego Bay Company

Payless Shoe Source
Around $8 on clearance

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Makeup Area Items

Click here for my YouTube video on the items I keep within reach at my makeup area.  This is just a carousel style turntable that I bought which turns 360 degrees for easy, accessible storage.  In the video, I explain what I have on the turntable and some ways I use the items.

Monday, October 11, 2010

French Manicure

This weekend, I decided to give myself a French Manicure.  As I have no patience or money for salons, and no nail painting abilities, I decided to go with some at-home glue-on nails.  I thought I would just write about what I used and give some tips for application and removal.

The nails I used are Kiss Everlasting French in the Real Short length.  They are one week nails.  I love these nails because I feel like they are easy to apply, look real, are good quality, and are a good length.  I have tried these same nails several times and don't use anything else because I am so pleased with this product.  To the right is a picture of what the packaging looks like, so you know what to look for at the store.  These nails can be purchased at my local WalMart, KMart, Target, Walgreens, or CVS for around $6.  They also have a matching toenail kit that I haven't tried.

I think they are easy to apply for two reasons.  First, they have these great tabs at the end that give you an easy place to grip while applying them.  Also, on that tab is a size number.  Once you have sized your nails, you can write down and save the sizes and next time you apply them, you won't have to size again.  Also, my nails on both hands match, so I only had to size one hand.

In the kit, you receive 28 nails in 14 sizes, a small tube of Pink Gel Glue, a mini nail file, and a manicure stick.  For $6, I think that's pretty good.  So do my friends, because I always have enough nails left over for someone else to do their nails.  You could even split the cost of the kit and get an even cheaper manicure and quality time with a friend.  I usually just give my leftovers away so they don't go to waste.

Application Tips:
1. Be sure to have the best possible fit for your nail.  The better the nail fits, the more likely it will stay on.  If no nail matches perfectly, file down the sides of a nail that is too big until it does fit.
2. I always put glue only on my nail.  The packaging suggests applying glue to your nail and the artificial nail.  However, I put LOTS of glue on my nail.  This way, there will be no bubbles and I will ensure that the nail will stay on my nail.  Don't be stingy with the glue!
3. Use the manicure stick to push your cuticles back before placing nails on.  This way, they will take longer to grow out and look good for longer.
4. Start by placing artificial nail at your cuticle, then press forward toward end of finger.  This way, the glue will spread evenly.  Wipe off any excess glue with a dual tipped cosmetic applicator.  I find they work better than Q-tips because Q-tips tend to shed more on your nail and the fiber gets stuck in the glue.
5. Hold for 5 seconds, then snap off tab.  When finished, wipe nails clean with rubbing alcohol.

Removal Tips:
1. Never leave nails on for longer than recommended.  They can get infected.
2. Remove by soaking nails in pure acetone polish remover.  This should help "melt" the nail until it is off.  Kiss Brand has their own remover for artificial nails.  I bought a generic brand at WalMart for around $3.
3. Never ever pull nails off forcefully.  This can ruin your nails permanently.  If you have strong nails, like I do, it may not ruin them permanently but it sure ruined mine for several months.  The nails come off, leaving your real nail flaking, chipped off, and sometimes sensitive and painful.

Good luck!  I hope you also leave people wondering where you get your nails done!  :)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Quick Wavy Hair Tutorial

 Check out my YouTube video on how to do this!!

Today I decided I wanted a change from my usual straight, flat hair.  I decided to put some body into my hair by quickly putting in some waves.  I love this look because it’s easy and quick.  It only took me about 10 minutes to style.

You Will Need:
* A thin flat iron (mine is 1”)
* Flexible hold hair spray or other style holding product (Redken Hot Sets #22 works wonderfully to curl hair!)
* Heat protectant

1. Spray the heat protectant all over hair to keep the flat iron from damaging your hair.  Let the protectant dry before styling.  If using Hot Sets, also spray this in and let dry.
2. Separate your hair into sections.  My hair is not that thick, so I just separated it into 2 sections, top and bottom.  Secure top out of way.
3. Wave bottom section.  I do this by inserting the flat iron to a 2” section of hair.  Holding the flat iron vertically, wrap hair around iron, turn iron 180°, then pull through hair.  This should leave you with a ribbon curl, which looks like a soft wave.  Alternate the direction you wave (towards or away from your face) for a more natural effect.  The bottom doesn’t have to be perfect, because it won’t be seen that well.  (Note: For straight out curls in your hair, you would hold the flat iron horizontally.)
4. Spray section with flexible hold hairspray for a touchable look.
5. For the top section of your hair, use the same method, but curl only 1” sections at a time.  You want the top to be wavier because that is the part people see.  Also, for the top, always curl away from your face to get the sexy, windblown look.  Curling towards your face never looks as good to me.
6. Spray section with flexible hold hairspray.

Friday, October 8, 2010

How to: Shimmering Bright Eyes

This tutorial explains how to make your eyes look brighter and wide awake.  I love this look for work days (I have to get up at 5 AM) because I feel like it detracts from my dark circles and helps to make it look like I got more sleep than I actually did.  I really try to stay awake from dark shades on my bottom lashes because I feel like they make my dark circles even more obvious.  I am so jealous of people who can wear dark eyeliner or mascara on their bottom lashline!

1. Use a good undereye concealer to hide any dark circles.  I used Maybelline Dream Mousse Concealer in Light 2 - 3.5: Ivory.
2. Set the concealer with a light layer of powder.  Those with darker skin may want a yellow-shaded powder, to offset the darkness.  Those with fair skin could even go with white powder.  I just used Maybelline Mineral Power Finishing Veil Powder in Light (the same thing I used on my face).
3. Prime eyes.  I used NYX Eyeshadow Base in Pearl.  I used a soft eyeshadow brush to apply a light layer all over the lid, crease, and up to the browbone.  I like the shimmer in the pearl base for extra light.
4. Apply eyeshadow.  I chose Covergirl Eye Enhancers 3-kit Shadow in Shimmering Sands.  I used the center shade on my lid, the left shade on my crease and the right shade as a highlight.
5. Line upper lashes.  I  used Wet N Wild Mega Eyes Defining Marker in Blackest Black.  I thickened the line slightly as I reached the outer edge of my lashes.  The contrast of black makes eyes seem brighter in comparison.
6. Line lower waterline.  I used Wet N Wild Kohl Eyeliner in White.
7. Line lower lashline.  I used Wet N Wild Idol Eyes Creme Shadow Pencil in Pixie.  I applied some product to a fine angled liner brush and carefully lined the tear duct and around the eye, gradually using less towards the outside of the eye.  I went over this with the highlight shade from the Covergirl pallette used earlier.  The powder shadow makes the creme last longer.
8. Clean up any fallout with a damp Q-tip.
9. Curl lashes.  Apply black mascara to top lashes only.  I selected Wet N Wild Mega Length Mascara in Very Black.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

One Brand Look: Covergirl

This look was created using nearly all Covergirl Brand products.
Products I Used:
1. e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer
2. Covergirl Aqua Smoothers Compact Foundation in Ivory
3. Maybelline Dream Mousse Concealer in Light 2 – 3.5: Ivory
4. Maybelline Dream Matte Powder in Light 4-5: Cream
5. Wet N Wild Kohl Eyeliner in White (lower waterline)
6. Palladio Herbal Eyeshadow Primer
7. Covergirl Eye Enhancers 1-kit Shadow in Mink (lid & highlight)
8. Covergirl Eye Enhancers 1-kit Shadow in Swiss Chocolate (all over crease)
9. Covergirl Eye Enhancers 1-kit Shadow in Brown Smoulder (outer ½ of crease)
10. Covergirl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner in Espresso (top lashline)
11. Covergirl Lashblast Volume Waterproof Mascara in Black Brown (top lashes only)
12. N.Y.C. Blushable Crème Stick in South Street Seashell (apples of cheeks)
13. Covergirl Cheekers Blush in Soft Sable (apples of cheeks)
14. Covergirl Cheekers Blush in Golden Pink (contour cheekbones)
15. e.l.f. Studio Cool Bronzer (white shade as cheekbone highlight)
16. Covergirl Lipslicks Lipgloss in Bronze Goddess

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

My Little Bag of Tricks

In my purse, I keep another small bag that I like to call my little bag of tricks.  This comes in handy for quick touch ups, especially if my husband and I are going somewhere right after work and he's driving.  On the way, I can do a few quick things and still look my best by the time we get there!  This "bag" is actually just a clear front, zippered pencil pouch from the dollar store.  I like the clear front because I can see what I'm looking for.

These are the contents of my bag:
- Hand sanitizer (so I have germ free hands when touching my face)
- Hair spray
- Palladio concealer (for undereye or blemish touch ups)
- N.Y.C. creme to powder foundation (for foundation or blemish touch ups)
- e.l.f. total face brush (for applying powder)
- Sally Beauty Supply bob pins
- three row comb: (good for teasing touch ups or gently brushing hair)
- Face Secrets oil blotting tissues (to remove oil/shine from face before adding more powder)
- Hello Kitty finger nail trimmer
- eyelash curler
- Band Aid Friction Block Stick (apply to areas where shoes are rubbing to prevent blisters)
- safety pins
- compact with magnifying and regular mirrors
- N.Y.C. Smooth Skin Pressed Face Powder in Translucent (eliminate shine/touch up)
- rattail comb (comb, part, or tease hair)

FOTD: Highlighted Cheekbones

For this look, I wanted to try something new, which was to highlight the cheekbones.  I don’t have very prominent cheekbones, so this was more about creating an illusion.

Products I Used:
1. e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer
2. Covergirl Smoothers Aqua Compact Foundation in Ivory
3. Maybelline Dream Mousse Concealer in Light 2-3.5: Ivory
4. Maybelline Mineral Power Finishing Veil Powder in Light
5. NYX Eyeshadow Base in Pearl
6. Wet N Wild Kohl Eyeliner in White (line lower waterline)
7. Covergirl Eye Enhancers 1-kit shadows in Mauveberry (lids)
8. ULTA Baked Eyeshadow in Covet (dark shade to crease; light to highlight)
9. Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara in Glam Brown
10. Wet N Wild Idol Eyes Crème Shadow Pencil in Pixie (line lower lashline and around tear duct)
11. N.Y.C. Blushable Crème Stick in Plaza Pink (apples)
12. e.l.f. All Over Color Stick in Persimmon (to cheekbone)
13. Covergirl Cheekers Blush in Classic Pink (apples)
14. N.Y.C. Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny
15. Wet N Wild MegaGlo Illuminating Face Powder in Catwalk Pink (over e.l.f. color stick)
16. Wet N Wild Cover All Cover Stick in Light (used to lighten lips to a neutral tone)
17. N.Y.C. Liquid Lip Shine in Dusty Rose

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

One Brand Look: N.Y.C.

This look almost exclusively uses N.Y.C. brand products.  I think it looks very nice with brown tones.

1. e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer
2. N.Y.C. Crème to Powder Foundation in Ivory Beige
3. Maybelline Dream Mousse Concealer in Light 2-3.5: Ivory
4. N.Y.C. Smooth & Natural Matte Powder Foundation in Urban Light
5. Palladio Herbal Eye Shadow Primer
6. N.Y.C. Color Wheel Mosaic Eye Powder in Brown Eyed Girl (pink on eyelid, brown all over crease, red on outer ½ of crease, nude as highlight)
7. Wet N Wild Kohl Eyeliner in White                              
8. N.Y.C. Liquid Eyeliner in Black
9. N.Y.C. Curling Mascara in Jet Black
10. N.Y.C. Blushable Crème Stick in Berry New Yorker (apples of cheeks)
11. N.Y.C. Cheek Glow Single Pan Blush in Park Avenue Plum (apples of cheeks)
12. N.Y.C. Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny (contour to cheeks)
13. N.Y.C. Color Wheel Mosaic Face Powder in Pink Cheek Glow (use shimmery nude shade as highlight)
14. N.Y.C. Ultra Last Lipwear in Brandy Sparkle