Monday, October 22, 2012

EOTD: Perfectly Peachy!

Last time around in my EOTD: It's Raining Rainbows! tutorial I had used the blush from the E.L.F. Blushing and Contouring Duo as a peachy substitute for orange, and now I just can't get enough of the way it looks on my eyes! So here we have a super wearable every-day peachy eyeshadow look. Yes, I did say everyday... as in it looks super natural and not the least bit intimidating even on my fair skin! (Because I know many can be afraid of putting anything pink, coral, and red tones around the eyes for fear it will make the eyes appear bloodshot, which is definitely not the case here!)

Products used:
 - LORAC Eyeshadow in Negligee on the inner corner, inner half of lid, and browbone highlight
 - Blush from E.L.F. Blushing and Bronzing Contouring Duo
 - Essence Gel Eyeliner in Midnight in Paris
 - 2 coats of Essence Multi Action Blackest Black Mascara
 - Essence Long Lasting Eyeliner in Almost Famous
 - Essence Eyebrow Designer in Light Brown

Wanna recreate this look? Just Sweep a satiny yellow toned highlight color onto your browbone, inner corners, and inner half of the lid. Then use the Blush from the E.L.F. Blushing and Bronzing Contouring duo starting from the outer corner and working it inwards onto the lid and in the crease while seamlessly blending it into the pale yellow highlight taking it in only 2/3 of the way at most. Then add some super black winged liner and two coats of mascara, plus a pale swipe of eyeliner on the lower waterline for added oomph!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

2012 Premier Beauty Classic

I just attended the 2012 Premier Beauty Classic this year and I have to say, it was just as fun as last year's was with even more booths and deeper discounts on professional beauty items! Here's what what the convention was like!

While I was there I just had to pick up a couple of beauty items, because I mean, who goes to a Beauty Convention without dropping a bit of cash on products, am I right?

Products Left to Right: Living Proof Frizz Straight Spray (for fine to medium hair),
O.P.I. Samoan Sands, Living Proof Frizz Curl Styling Cream (for medium to coarse),
Essie Ballet Slippers, O.P.I. Barefoot in Barcelona, Essie Mint Candy Apple,
John Paul Mitchell Teasing Brush, Crown Brush Pro Blending Crease,
Pointed Lip Brush, and Crescent Shadow
In addition to the stuff shown, I also bought two client capes and one stylist apron to use and wear at cosmetology school. Plus, I got an insane deal on them (3 for $20) when buying them in a normal Sally's would cost at least $10 each. Overall I feel like I got really great deals at the hair show, Essie polishes were only $4.00 each so basically a 2 for the price of one deal, $4.50 each for O.P.I. so I felt it was about time to splurge on some new polishes, especially because I have been wanting the two Essie polishes I picked out for quite a while now, but just never came around to buying them.

Have you hauled any goodies lately?
Tell me your new purchases in the comments!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Makeup Review: theBalm timeBalm Concealer

We all have those mornings when we wake up and look at ourselves in the mirror and think: "Oh my god! Did someone give me a black eye while I was sleeping, or are those just dark circles?" Or maybe that's just me, but with that said, sometimes everyone, ESPECIALLY those of us with major dark circles, can benefit from a good under-eye concealer.

theBalm timeBalm Concealer

Enter theBalm TimeBalm Concealer. There it was, like a god-sent in the mail and I finally got my perfectly manicured hands on it! I had been researching online and reading reviews of the many concealers out there claiming to be the best and happened to stumble upon this on so I decided, "Hey, why not start off my concealer journey with this? It has some pretty good reviews and is designed for under the eyes, it's a match made in heaven!" So off I went to the checkout with it in my virtual basket and proceeded to buy it. So far it has been one of my better decisions in life when it comes to beauty products!

Once I hacked open the packaging I was met with a tiny 7.5g clear plastic jar of creamy concealer in lighter than light. Before completely discarding the packaging though, I did notice that it actually recommends wearing this product during the day, night and at bedtime because of the wrinkle fighting ingredients.

theBalm timeBalm Concealer in Lighter Than Light on the Right

When I finally got around to applying this bad boy under my eyes I was met with naturally wide-awake flawless looking undereyes! Let me tell you, this stuff is amazing! It completely conceales my hard-to-hide dark circles in just one layer and instantly makes my face look overall brighter. The only downside it that it does have a bit of a tendancy to crease, but the product can be easily blended out with the tap of a fingertip, so it isn't much of a problem.

The only weird thing about this product is that it feel a bit funny when I go to take off my makeup at night to just take off everything else but my undereye concealer, but with the very few teeny tiny wrinkles I have around my eyes, I feel like I can see and feel a difference in how deep they are and how moisturized my undereyes are, but if you are looking for a miracle product, this isn't it. Honestly this is hands-down THE BEST undereye concealer I have tried to date!

The Stats:
 - Super creamy, easy to blend formula
 - Fights wrinkles with vitamins A,C, and E as well as Soybean Oil, Panthenole,
 - Recommended for use 24/7 (Really!)
 - Comes in an array of 6 shades
 - Retails at $18.00 for 7.5 grams/0.26 OZ

What are your favorite concealers for dark circles?
Tell me in the comments!

Friday, October 12, 2012

September Favorites

September was a very long month for me, so I am a bit happy it is over because I know now that October is going to fly by since there are so many events coming up!


The past month was a long one, filled with me wanting to take naps all the time, but without the time to take them, so thankfully this concealer helped me look more wide awake than I was!

Essence Multi-Action Blackest Black Mascara
After getting some new Essence goodies in the mail last month I ended up completely hooked on this mascara, at least for the time-being (because we all know I pretty much love every mascara I try!). I feel like it does its job without flaking or clumping which is definitely a quality I look for in my favorite mascaras!

Urban Decay Naked2 Palette
My Naked2 has been receiving some serious love lately! Almost everyday I have been switching between using Verve and Pistol together for a cool grey look or Suspect and Snakebite for a neutral everyday eye. Although I do think I should start using some of the other shadows in it, so if you have any good Naked2 color combos you love, make sure to recommend them below in the comments!

EOS Lip Sphere in Sweet Mint
I have been using lip balm like no other in the past month so it is safe to say my EOS Lip Sphere in Sweet Mint might just need to be replaced soon if I keep going through it like I have been!

I didn't have all too many favorites this month, but thanks to all the awsome products I picked up at the 2012 Premiere Beauty Classic, I most likely will have a bagillion new products to adore when October Favorites comes around!

What were some of your September favorites? 
Tell me in the comments!