Review: POP BEAUTY’S REVOLUTIONARY MASCARA

 

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Yes…you read it right, more mascara madness! As previously stated, I am a mascara freak so naturally, I was ecstatic to have received this in the mail! Pop Beauty’s Peak Performance Mascara has a unique revolutionary applicator that makes it far from just any regular mascara. (more…)

Product Review: Butter London Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayon

Butter London Bloody Brillant Lip Crayon

If you’re into nail polish at all, you’ve probably heard of Butter London, the British brand that’s super popular with nail enthusiast everywhere. In addition to their famous nail varnishes, Butter London also now carries other beauty products. They launched their boastfully titled “Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons” in April along with other beauty products. Recently I got the chance to try their new line of lip products and couldn’t have been more excited. I’m already a fan of lip crayon/ pencils so I couldn’t wait to see how these measured up. (more…)

Beauty School Basics: Eyeliner 101

  
Eyeliner is one of those things you probably don’t think about that much (except for trying to finally master the perfect winged eyeliner) but it’s actually pretty clutch. Winged eyeliner is everyone’s jam right now (and also the real reason your friends have been taking forever to get ready these days). But there’s way more to eyeliner than just that. Eyeliner, like concealer is one of the little things that can really set your face on fleek. Eyeliner helps your face look more vibrant and “awake”, not to mention nothing accentuates your eyes more.

There are millions of variations of eyeliners but they all can be categorized into one of three basic types: pencil, liquid, or gel.

Pencils are usually most girls first venture into the world of eyeliner. They can sharpen manually or automatic (I prefer automatic). While pencils probably seem like the most generic, all pencils are not the same. Overtime I’ve learned that while a drugstore and high end pencil may look identical, there’s a good chance that their quality is totally different. No matter where you decide to get your pencil from, look for ones with that have rich color pigment such as coal liners. 

Liquid liner is near and dear to my heart. Of all my makeup this is one of my favorites. I started using liquid eyeliner almost as soon as I started wearing makeup. After years of practice I’m pretty good with “the flick of the wrist”, but I understand why it can seem intimidating when you’re just starting out. It’s one of those things that you think doesn’t really make a difference, but then you try it and realize how awesome it is. Out of all the types of liner, liquid gives the most precise and smooth application. Liquid liners come in either brush (think teeny-tiny paint brush) or felt tip form (think Sharpie). Personally I prefer the brush applicator but felt tip is easier for people new to liquid. 

Gel liner also sometimes called cream liner usually comes in a little pot and needs a separate brush to apply it. Out of all the types of liner this one is probably the least popular but it’s actually really great. Gel eyeliner has a lot of the benefits of a liquid with the ease of a pencil. They tend to be really pigmented and easy to apply. The only drawback to this type of liner is that often the pot drys out before you’ve finished it and you have to carry a separate applicator. 

Tips:

– Line both your top and bottom eyelid

– Use liquid on the top but cream or pencil on the bottom to avoid having the liner run into your eyes.

– Line the bottom of your eyes or just the corner with white eyeliner to help you look more awake

– Try liners in different colors 
Eyeliner is one of those things that you can and should experiment with different formulas and types. 

xoxo,
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Product Review: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

By now you’re probably well aware of my love for all things matte (matte means not shiny). So when I received the NYX Soft Matte lip cream at the makeup show I was intrigued. I didn’t understand what they meant by “soft matte” but quickly figured it out once I tried it. The product applies like a lipgloss but drys into matte lipstain. I have it in a plum shade and have been wearing it nonstop. I love it because it’s easy to apply and won’t come off unless you take it off! It reminds me of my Stila stay all day lipstick which I’ve loved for years. The price of this product is cheaper so it’s a great drugstore alternative. NYX has a reputation of having quality products at prices that are cheaper than high end products. (more…)

DIY July 4th Nail Art Ideas

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Independence day is right around the corner! If you’re feeling particularly festive this year, why not try one of these July 4th nail art ideas? I’ve rounded up several on pinterest that are relatively easy for any level of nail artist. (more…)

4 WAYS TO USE NYX JUMBO EYE PENCIL IN MILK

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Bigger is better, right? For NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencils, that’s definitely true. If you haven’t tried these sticks of glory, you’re missing out! Although all the shades are amazingly jaw-dropping, I’ll be talking about all the ways you can use the jumbo eye pencil in Milk. Using a white eye pencil? Yes, using a white eye pencil. (more…)

Trend To Try: Rihanna’s Sleek Red Carpet Ponytail

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Motions Celebrity Stylist Ursula Stephen created a simple sleek look for Rihanna this past Sunday as she graced the Red Carpet. Ursula was inspired to create a look that was clean and simple to accompany Rihanna’s sleek suit. Steal Rihanna’s style with these step by step instructions from celebrity Stylist Ursula herself.

How to:

  1. Start with clean, air dried hair
  2. Flat iron medium sections of hair from root to half-way down the hair shaft, focusing on the edges. Wrap a small piece of hair around the base of the ponytail to disguise the elastic
  3. Gather hair into a pony tail and secure with an elastic band. Tame flyaways with a light hold spritz and a brush
  4. Finish with Motions Light Hold Working Spritz for hold and Motions Indulgent Oil Spray for shine
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How to pick a swimsuit by body type

No matter what your body type, swimsuit shopping can be really difficult. Everyone wants to look good when they are practically baring it all for the world to see. But when you’re wearing such little amounts of clothing, it’s kinda hard to accentuate or hide anything.

How to pick a swimsuit by bodytype

For my last beach vacation I spent weeks ahead of time searching for the perfect bikini. I ordered some online, bought some in stores, and even tried to get a pair from Instagram (spoiler alert, that’s not a good idea). Finally in the ninth hour I found a few swimsuits at boohoo.com that were cute and affordable. I impulsively decided to order a few right before my trip and luckily they worked out perfectly for me. The whole experience (including talking to friends who have had their own swimsuit shopping nightmares) left me wanting to help other women who might be going through a similar struggle this season.

Curvy/Hourglass: I love the high-waisted swimsuit trend for this body type. It accentuate the smallest part of the body (the waist) while still highlighting the curves.

Athletic: If you’re body doesn’t have many curves naturally you can totally still (more…)

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