Friend’s Night Out Makeup Look

Last night, my friends & I went out to watch a friend’s band, Mama’s Marmalade, perform in a small town’s town hall. I hadn’t done a face of makeup in a while so I thought this was the perfect opportunity. I used the Morphe 35W palette for this eye look.

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I have pretty clear skin so I tend to stay away from heavy face makeup, so I did my basic face makeup ~again~

  1. I always start my makeup with my Vaseline lip therapy cocoa butter lip balm.
  2. Maybelline Age Rewind concealer under my eyes, on and around the tip of my nose, a little on my chin and upper lip.
  3. I used the Smashbox 24-hour eyeshadow primer on my eyes and while that dried I,
  4. I contoured my face with my (light) Smashbox contour kit, the contour color under my cheekbones, on my jawline, and on the sides of my nose.
  5. I used the highlight color from that Smashbox trio and put it on my cheekbones & tip of the nose, then put my Becca highlighter in Moonstone and put that on top of the highlight that was on my cheekbones.Morphe 35W Palette
  6. I used color #1 all over my lid and then blended it into the crease as my base color
  7. Then, I put color #2 all over the base color and into the crease using a fluffy blending brush
  8. I put a little bit of #3 into my crease with a fluffy brush and used the tip of my pointer finger to put some on my outer corner
  9. Put a little bit of #4 onto the fluffy blending brush and concentrate that on the center and outer parts of the crease
  10. Use our pointer finger to place #5 onto your outer corner
  11. I use a small brush to apply the highlighter color from the Smashbox trio and put that on my inner corner, I like to try and blend it out into the center of my lid for a gradient effect
  12. I like to layer a little bit of the Becca highlighter right into the inner corner, and I usually blend this out a little along the inner 1/3 of the lower lashline
  13. I suck at eyeliner so I used my Jane Iredale black pencil eyeliner and just lightly lined my upper lashline, I like the thinner eyeliner look, just to make my eyelashes look a little more full.
  14. I used my Covergirl Full Lash Bloom mascara in black, I like to take my time with this and try and make sure my eyelashes are separated, I love this mascara but I think it takes patience and multiple layers to make them long and separated.
  15. Now I usually kiss the back of my hand to get the excess lip balm off of my lips
  16. I used my Colourpop Ultra Blotted Lip in Zuma
  17. Then used the highlighter from the Smashbox trio and put that on my cupid’s bow and on my brow bone.
  18. If I hadn’t run out of my setting spray this is when I would have sprayed my face.

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September Haul 

NYX Mega Shine lip gloss in Clear: Over the past year, I have purchased multiple matte liquid lips, and I don’t personally love the way matte lips look (on myself) and I saw KathleenLights on Youtube talk about how she puts this on top of some of her matte lips.

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Lush Lip Scrub: I have purchased their lip scrub in the jar before but this one was cheaper and because I’ve been more into lipsticks I find a lip scrub to be a very important product.

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Three Lush Samples: Breath of Fresh Air toner, Ultrabland cleanser, Skin Drink moisturizer

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Urban Super Slim Round Sunglasses in Pink: The other day I stepped on my sunglasses and broke them so when I went into Urban I found some pink sunglasses that were out of my comfort zone but I thought were very pretty.

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Target Mossimo Shirts:

-I’ve only worn the blue shirt so far and it is incredibly comfortable. I wore it to a full day of classes and it was great for the hot day because it lets in a nice breeze. Also, Mossimo was smart and made this shirt tagless which I am a huge fan of.

-The maroon shirt can be made more conservative. There is a tie in the center that can be tightened or loosened depending on how much cleavage/boob you want to show.

-The velvet tank top doesn’t dip down as low as I wish it did but it is very comfortable and loose which I’m a big fan of when I go out to the bars.

Nalgene 16 oz water bottle: I bought this water bottle about a year ago but my best friend left it at a party last weekend so I bought it on Amazon and got Free 1-day shipping to UMass Amherst. I don’t drink a ton of water so I like that this is 16 oz because it is less intimidating. This water bottle is narrow-mouth so I don’t spill all over myself. I don’t know if you can tell in this photo but this actually is sparkly which is a super cute touch. It is in the color Fire Pink.

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Covergirl Bloom Mascara: I have worn this two times now and I actually don’t like it very much. My eyes get very itchy when I wear this mascara and I’m not sure if it’s the mascara or the seasons changing. Also, I think the applicator is a little “sharp” although I do love the shape of it. I am going to use it a few more times because I like the way it separates my lashes and makes them long.

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American Eagle Tops: All of these tops were on clearance.

-The bright pink tank top of the left is a tank top that has the cold shoulder detail, it is cute but I find that the sleeves fall off easily.

-I haven’t worn the green shirt yet because I got it in a size Small by mistake and I need to lose some weight before I’ll wear it in public.

-The third shirt, on the right, is a sweater material and it is very cute, I might wear it this weekend but I haven’t yet. It is very soft, too.

Earrings: I recently lost my earrings that I wear in my second holes so I stopped at Francesca’s and picked some up. Now that I’m looking at them I think that one of the small ones is missing the middle piece, but I’m still going to wear them.

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Yankee Candles: My best friend & I are now roommates and she loves candles which is making me love candles. I found a few at Bath & Body Works that I loved but they were $25 and I couldn’t justify that. I stopped at Yankee Candle and picked up three small candles. Autumn in the Park (not Autumn Leaves, I hate that one), Honeycrisp Apple Cider, and Farmer’s Market. They all sort of smell like apples to me, but those are my favorite scents.

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Minimal Makeup Look

There are some days when I snooze my alarm 3 times & then need to get ready fairly quickly. Those are always the days my skin looks dull. So here is my “no makeup” makeup look….


This look takes about 3 makeup products. It is super easy & super quick. 

Step 1: Apply the Maybelline Age Erase Concealer (the one with the sponge on the end) under your eyes, and where you have any blemishes. I use it where i have redness on my nose and right on my chin. 

Step 2: I lightly contoured my nose and my jawbone otherwise I look like I’m 7. Then I highlight the inner corner of my eyes, my cheekbones, my browbone, and the tip of my nose. I use the Smashbox 3-Step Contour Kit.

Step 3: Apply the Clinique High Impact mascara to your top lashes (and bottom if you want). I really like to do both because I have no issue with going a lil’ extra with my eyelashes.

Step 4: (optional) Apply the Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm, my favorite color is Red Dahlia.

Cause Box: Summer 2017

The other day I was scrolling the Instagram & realized that one of my friends received a subscription box, Cause Box. It is more of a lifestyle box than a beauty box; like Birchbox or Ipsy. I don’t think Birchbox and Ipsy are worth the $10 because I only ever like/use about half of what I get. I would compare Cause Box to like FabFitFun, about the same price & items. This subscription box is delivered four times a year and is cheaper if you pay for the full-year up front.

So here’s what was in the box….

Haiti Design Co. key chain; retails at $14

I put this on my keys instead of my purse because the key chain has gold hardware and my purse has silver.

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Altru Notebook & Bookmark; retails at $24

This book is absolutely adorable and feels really nice in your hand, the notebook is lined and I think I am going to use it as a recipe book.

 

Pura Vida Bracelets; retails at $10

It came with a teal bracelet and a pink & purple bracelet. I don’t love the pink bracelet so I think I’m going to gift it to a friend, but these feel like they’re great quality. I think they may be waxed and the size is adjustable. I honestly think I might wear this as an anklet if it fits, I can definitely see myself wearing it every day.

Pura Vida Bracelet

 

Kálos Detox Face Mask; retails at $39

I have not tried this face mask yet but once I do I will update this post and let you know about my experience. At first impressions, the packaging is super high-quality.

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Nashelle (Adjustable) Wave Ring; retails at $46

This ring is beautiful, the fact that it’s adjustable is really cool but I don’t normally wear rings so I can’t figure out how to make it smaller. It is too big for all of my fingers, including my thumb. This ring is rose gold and compliments my skin tone (and any skin tone) really well.

 

Mason Jar Company Cup, Straw & Cap; retails at $20

This is one of my favorite things that came in this box, the mason jar is huge (a little more than 18 oz/2 cups). The mint cap that it comes with has a hole in the top for the straw. Mason jars are easy to clean and just have a great aesthetic. I think this will be nice for iced teas or fruit waters. Or if you’re a smoothie person.

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All Good Coconut Sunscreen; retails at $8.99

This came just in time because I am going to the beach for a week next week, this is the perfect size for a beach bag, makeup bag, or purse. This sunscreen smells really great and offers 30 SPF protection. I will add a review once I try it next week. I’ll share how my face reacts to it.

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Shelley Steer RELAX Print; retails for $10

The box included a print that matches the print of the box & it has gold-foiled letters. This is small but I think it’ll look really nice in my new college apartment. In the photo I didn’t take the plastic off, in real life, it is matte, besides the foiled words.

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-Kuli Kuli Superfood (Sample)

This is used as a smoothie mix, it is supposed to be 1 full serving of vegetables. In the packet, they give a recommended recipe.

Ingredients: 2 Kuli Kuli packets, 1 1/2 cups of water, 12 oz chopped romaine lettuce, 1/2 bunch of spinach, 4 stalks of celery, 1 apple (seeded, cored, quartered), 1 pear (seeded, quartered), 1 banana (halved), 1/2 lemon (halved)

I don’t drink smoothies so I might give this to a friend. I don’t ever use a blender because I’m lazy and that sounds like way more vegetables & fruit than needed in a day.

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This box was $55 but the items inside were worth $171.

The only thing I can’t see myself using is the Superfood packets and those weren’t even included in the $171. 100% worth it.

Quick Tip: Easy Lip Scrub

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So I was Pinteresting DIY Lip Scrubs and they all require at least 4 ingredients & a mini mason jar for aesthetic. I really wanted to wear a matte lipstick (colourpop’s ultra blotted lips) the other day and my lips were not prepared.
I found that mixing a little bit of honey and brown sugar does the trick or even just brown sugar. The honey is supposed to be moisturizing while the brown sugar exfoliates. It’s quick and you probably have both of those things in your cupboard. I only mixed enough for one use so that I wouldn’t need to store it.

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Fourth Of July Makeup Look



Step 1:
I took a dollop of the Formula 10.0.6 Picture Perfect Day Daily Moisturizer with SPY 15 and applied it to my face and neck with my fingers, and let it sink into my skin.

Step 2: I then use the Chapstick Total Hydration in Coconut (& ideally I would use a lip scrub before this)

Step 3: Little bit of Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer under my eyes and tip of my nose (my two places with most discoloration) and blended it in with the orange Real Techniques sponge.

Step 4: The Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer is next. I just use my fingers to apply this to my lids.

Step 5: My Smashbox Contour Kit is next, I apply the left color under my cheekbones, down the bridges of my nose with the brush that the kit comes with, and a little under my jawline with the E.L.F. Kabuki brush. I then use the highlight shade on my cheekbones with the E.L.F. highlighting brush, under my eyebrows, and on the tip of my nose with a dual-ended brush that I got in an ipsy bag once.

Step 6: For this look, I used the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye palette, I used the redder shades. Ludwin for my base color (applied with my finger) and also used my Bare Minerals blender brush to use it as a transition shade, then I put a little bit of Succubus on a rounded brush (that I found at Marshalls) and blended it into my crease. Then I lightly tapped Sytry with my pointer finger and put in on my outer corners for a little definition. I went back with the blending brush with Ludwin on in and tried to soften it. I used Becca Moonstone for my inner corner (with the ipsy brush)

Step 7: I’m really bad at mascara and decided to go for a really thin, barely-there brown line against my upper eyelashes. I used the Jane Iredale pencil in Basic Brown

Step 8: I recently bought the Clinique High Impact Mascara in black and gave that a shot on my upper and lightly on my lower lashes.

Step 9: Then I applied Colourpop’s Ultra Blotted in Double Scoop onto my lips, I used a q-tip to help with the precision of the line.

** My Shirt is from American Eagle (got it on sale for $9.99) and my bra is a bralette from VS

Everyday Makeup Routine

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Step 1: In the Summer I don’t usually wear concealer because my freckles come out and I love to show them, but when I do I either wear the Clinique Line Smoothing concealer or the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer.

Step 2: I’ve been loving Colourpop’s La La Super Shock Shadow. I use my finger to apply this color all over my lid and then blend it out usually using wanderer or force of nature from the Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte palette.

Step 3: I add the Becca Highlighter in Moonstone to my inner corner and blend it a little towards the center of my eyelid. If I’m not feeling the shimmery look I’ll use one of the matte colors from the Tarte palette.

Step 4: I use the Jane Iredale eyeliner in black (because I haven’t sharpened my brown one, yet)

Step 5: I apply the contour color from the Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit under my cheekbone, on the sides of my nose, and I blend it down my neck, too. (I haven’t ever used the bronze color)

Step 6: I apply the highlighter from the same palette and apply it under my browbone (after brushing through my eyebrows with a spooly), on my cheekbones, on the tip of my nose, and on the top of my lip

Step 7: I love the L’oreal Butterfly Mascara, it makes my eyelashes long, not clumpy. I very much like my eyelashes being separated. I apply this to my top and bottom lashes

Step 8: I’ve been in love with the Colourpop Ultra Blotted lip collection. My favorite color in the collection is Zuma (it’s like my lip color but way prettier). These formulas are transfer-proof which is my favorite part, I’ve never been one to wear lip products besides chapstick.

My Morning Routine

1. I always sleep with my hair in some sort of loose ponytail or loose braid, so when I wake up I take out my hair and add a new hair oil that I was recommended by the hairdresser. It’s the Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil.
2. Then I brush my hair out using a detangling comb or the Wet Brush. I rediscovered a product I bought years ago, the OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Voluminous Mousse, I add some to my hair when it’s dry because I don’t like the way it works with my damp hair.
3. Then I tone my face using the 2nd step of the Clinique 3-step system (it’s my all-time favorite)
4. I follow that by using the 3rd step of the Clinique 3-step system, this lotion doesn’t make my skin break out and doesn’t feel too heavy.
5. After brushing my teeth, I always apply the cocoa butter Vaseline Lip Therapy.
6. I find that doing a few minutes of stretching in the morning really helps with my mood, I’ve been trying to do this when I wake up on time (or if my cat wakes me up a little early)
7. Following the light stretching, I like to do 30 squats (2 sets of 15)