Monday, December 29, 2014

Stila In the... Palettes Review

Recently, I picked up 3/4 Stila palettes (I already owned In the Know), and wanted to do an updated blog post about them, so here it is! You can pick up your palettes here :) *You might want to grab a snack, its a long one*

In the Know

If you are looking for an all matte, neutral palette, this is the perfect palette for you! I use this palette nearly every time I do my makeup, it has every staple neutral color I need. This palette has a few warmer colors, as well as some cool ones. This specific palette is amazing and a must have in anyones makeup collection. Matte shadows look great for natural everyday looks, or paired up with other shadows. If you have more mature skin, this is the palette to go for. Matte shades do not emphasize fine lines or wrinkles, as a glitter or shimmer would. 
Like I said the colors are all matte, and they are all a creamy matte, not a powdery matte. These shade all blend together beautifully! The shadows are also very pigmented and long wearing. The shadow names are not only under each shadow, but on the back of the palette as well. My favorite shade is Fire, the bright orange. It compliments blue eyes beautifully!

Top Row L-R; Air, Wind, Desert, Clay, and Earth.
Bottom Row L-R; Driftwood, Fire, Rain, Smoke, and Ebony.

This palette comes with a full sized smudge stick water proof eyeliner in Halfmoon, and if you have ever tried any Stila eyeliners you know how mazing these are. Halfmoon is a deep grey color, and wears amazingly. 
In the Garden

In the Garden, has 2 matte shades, and the rest are shimmers / glitters. This one has a few neutral colors, as well as some pops of color. Again, this is a great palette to have. If you wear bright colors every once in awhile, but mostly neutrals, and like the color selection, I would pick up this one. Its all up to your personal preference. 
The shadows in this palette are so unique, I would pick it up just because it is different than the average eyeshadow palette. My favorite shadow from this palette is Sage. 

Top Row L-R; Chinois, Breeze, Bark, Freesia, Rosette
Bottom Row L-R; Nectar, Honey, Sage, Moss, Juniper

Starfish, is the full sized smudge stick that comes with this palette. It is a green toned bronze with gold glitter. 

In the Light 

In the Light, is probably the most well know of these palettes. It is a mix of matte and shimmer neutrals. Like the other palettes, the quality of these shadows are great, creamy, blendable, and pigmented. This one is a great everyday palette too, you can easily transform it from a day to night look! My favorite shades are Sunset, and Kitten. 

Top Row L-R; Bare, Kitten, Bliss, Sunset, Sandstone
Bottom Row L-R; Bubbly, Gilded Gold, Luster, Night Sky, Ebony

Damsel, is a creamy, rich, blackened chocolate (the BEST of the four smudge sticks included in the palates!!!). 

In the Moment 

Lastly, we have the In the Moment palette. This is the purple toned palette, and if you have green or brown eyes, get it. All eye colors look great with purple tones, but green and brown look stunning, and really make the eyes pop with purple shadows. My favorite color from this palette is Improvise. 

Top Row L-R; Instinct, Impulse. Glance, Improvise, Catalyst
Bottom Bottom L-R; Desire, Wonder, Spontaneous, Whim, Captivate

Tetra smudge stick, is a deep amethyst with pink, purple, and blue glitter. 

The packaging of these palettes is similar to the original Naked palette from Urban Decay, minus the velvet. It is cardboard with a magnetic closure. I personally love this packaging, even when I get makeup on it, I can use a makeup wipe to remove unwanted stains. 
Overall, I love these palettes. I see myself using them all the time, so be prepared to see a few looks using them!

Monday, December 22, 2014

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer Review

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer 'Chantilly'

First of all, NARS has the classiest packaging, and it makes me want to buy all their products, even if I don't need them. But this concealer is a must have in my makeup bag!

 You may have heard beauty gurus rave about this product on YouTube, and this concealer deserves it. I really wanted to do a blogpost on this, since I have had it for 6 months, but have been hesitant because I do not have the proper shade. I will update the blogpost when I find my proper shade!

Regardless, this concealer is very opaque, creamy, but on me, it creases. I do not know what it is, every concealer or the under eye creases on me no matter what. When I say it creases, its not unbearable, but when I make the extra effort to put on makeup, I want it to look flawless. 
Although this creases on me, I have used it on my sister, and it works beautifully on her, no creases!
The shade I have is 'Chantilly,' and it is the lightest shade available, so I figured it would be doable, and I could work with it if it did not work. Sadly, thats not the case for this concealer. Because it is so opaque, it is too light for me, and I will have to get a darker and more pink shade. But 'Chantilly,' is a beautiful shade, it does not lean pink, but more neutral/yellow. 

Even though this shade is too light for under eye concealer, I use it as an eyeshadow primer. It works great to cancel the discoloration on my lids, and keeps the eyeshadow on all day long. Once I use this baby up, I will be repurchasing it in the proper color for me. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Simple, Step by Step, Taupe Eye Makeup

Happy Holidays everyone! 
Awhile back I posted this look on Insatgram, and wanted to show y'all how easy it is to achieve, trust me its a piece of cake!

Product List:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe
Stila In the Know Palette
MAC Soft and Gentle MSF
Anastasia Beverly Hills double ended brush, or a shader brush, and fluffy pencil brush
Real Techniques base eyeshadow brush
Covergirl Clump Crusher mascara
Maybelline Clear Brow Gel / Mascara
NARS Radient Creamy Concealer
NYC Smooth Skin Pressed Powder in translucent 

1. Prime your upper and lower lids
2. Apply a thin coat of the Maybelline 'Tough as Taupe' Color Tattoo onto the upper and lower lids, avoiding the inner corner and crease, with a flat shader brush and fluffy pencil brush
3. Using your Real Techniques base eyeshadow brush, gently blend the edges of the color tattoo
4. Use 'Rain' from the Stila in the Know palette on top of 'Tough as Taupe,' with the same shader brush and pencil brush
5. Pick up 'Air' onto the same Real Techniques brush, blending away the harsh edges of 'Rain'
6. Add more 'Rain' until you are satisfied with the darkness of the look
7. Using your finger, apply MAC MSF in 'Soft and Gentle' to the brow bone and inner corner of the eyes
8. Finish up your face, and the look is complete! (super easy, right?!?)

You may have noticed that all of the looks I post do not have liquid eyeliner, simply because I like the way my eyes look without it! I feel that eyeliner makes my eyes look like small little dots on my face haha, feel free to add liner to any look of mine that you try! Eventually I will post a few looks with liner, but I just prefer no liner looks because I love them and I rarely see any in the beauty community. 
(Don't mind my crazy eyebrows lol, they were not cooperating!) 

Monday, December 8, 2014

The BEST Drugstore Concealer, EVER!

Behold, the glorious, Hard Candy, Glamoflauge concealer. You can pick up this concealer anywhere Hard Candy is available. The most common place I see Glamoflauge is at Walmart, and that is where I picked mine up. 
Let me start this off by saying, this is a FULL coverage concealer, that will cover anything. And I mean anything. 
When I picked this up on a whim about two years ago, I used to have more frequent breakouts. The tube I have is the original one I purchased, and I still have a ton of product! Saying this, I do not wear face makeup often, maybe 3 times a month if there I am going out for something nice. Now that my skin has cleared up a lot, I only use this every now and then. But when I had skin issues I used this bad boy when ever I wore makeup.  I really recommend this to anyone who has any breakouts, even if you only get a breakout every now and then. It covers everything without looking cakey. 

 I usually apply this over primed skin, and a matte powder over it. It covers everything I want it to, while leaving my skin looking natural. (I use the shade light).
Now, when you use this product, you need the tiniest amount! A rice sized dot will be enough to cover your entire face with it, so be careful not to apply too much! If you apply too much, it can look cakey fast. 
I do not wear foundation unless its a super special occasion, or I am feeling fancy. But this concealer looks amazing with foundation as well. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Colourpop Cosmetics Lippie Stix Review

First of all, hello! You need to buy these lip sticks now. Go buy them, I can wait. 

Haha, but seriously, you need these beauties in your life. If you are an avid beauty lover, and are on Instagram and watch beauty videos on Youtube, you have probably heard of these already. But, for those of you who are living under a rock, I bring you the most amazing lip products you will ever find. 
I was so proud of myself for not buying the enitre website, but now I regret it, because they are sooooo good!!!!! Ladies, these are better than MAC lipsticks. Yes, I said it, BETTER THAN MAC! Can you believe it?!?!? For 1/3 of the price you can own lip products better than beloved MAC cosmetics. 
I picked up 3 lippie stix, of colors I did not have in my collection, and I suggest you do the same, before going crazy on the website. 

The three colors I got are Cake, Scandy, and Chi-Chi. I did not notice this until I received them, but they are all satin lippie stix. The perfect combo between matte and glossy lips. 

I always love buying products that are made here in the USA #winning

Most lip products that have the color on the outside of the tube are not always accurate, but these colors are spot on, *cue the applause.*
Cake, is a beautiful bright peachy pink color
Scandy, is a bright, vivid neon pink (a dupe for MAC Candy Yum Yum!)
Chi-Chi, is a gorgeous blood orange 

And I can't forget to talk about the packaging. Unlike ordinary lip sticks, these are tall skinny sticks, with a round applicator, perfect for getting the cupids bow and outer corners of the lip. They also have a snap on cap, that won't fall off if they are in a makeup bag or purse. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Makeup Tips for Ladies with Glasses

  1. Keep your eyebrows groomed! Eyebrows frame your face, and help give it structure. Even if you don't normally do your brows, take the extra time if you wear glasses, it will make a huge difference!
  2. Conceal any dark circles or discoloration around the eyes, your lenses will only magnify them.
  3. Try and use as many water proof products, because they are less likely to flake on your lenses.
  4. Stay away from grey eyeshadows! Try using more neutral toned colors, grey will make it look as if there is a shadow on the eyes. 
  5. Avoid color on the bottom lash area, it will make the eyes appear tired, droopy, and dirty.  No shadow, liner, or even lining the water line (unless you use a white or flesh colored liner). A light coat of mascara down there will help your eye look more fresh and awake!
  6. Highlight the inner corner, and brow bone! This step is super important, it will lift the brow, and make the eyes look brighter. Matte light colors work wonders for everyday, and more shimmery colors for a night out. 
  7. Check out the shadow before you put on glasses, and after. You may find you need to blend more, or add more color. 
  8. Lightly curl your lashes, and apply mascara, wiggling the wand upwards. This will help keep the curl, and keep your lashes from hitting your lenses. 
  9. Avoid dramatically winging your eyeliner. A small baby wing, or just a solid black line across the upper lash line is the most flattering when you wear glasses. 
  10. If you are running late and can only put on some mascara and concealer, add a bright lip color! A bright lips draws the attention away from your eyes, or any imperfections, and to the lips.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Maybelline Color Tattoo Review / Obsession!

Let me start this by saying, I Emmalee, have way too many color tattoos, and I am not ashamed because they are fabulous. 
I do not have all the color tattoos, and I plan to eventually have them all, but I realized I have not talked about them on my blog. They are just too good for me to wait to tell you about! All of the colors I own are super creamy, blendable, and opaque, not to mention cheap! Personally I love the packaging, I can store them easily, and see the color without opening the jar. 
If you are in the market for cream shadows I totally recommend these. I would say if you want to try just one, pick up Barely Branded. It is the most universal champagne color that looks beautiful on anyone. Start your obsession here

These first four, are a few from the regular permanent line. 
Top left: 45 Bold Gold
Bottom left: 35 Tough as Taupe
Top right: 25 Bad to the Bronze
Bottom right: 30 Pomegranate Punk

Next, are two from the permanent Metal line. 
Left: 70 Barely Branded
Right: 55 Inked in Pink

Sadly, these next five you can no longer purchase, they were limited edition from summer 2013, but I really wanted to include them. 
Top left: 25 Shady Shores
Bottom left: 45 Lavish Lavender
Middle: 20 Waves of White
Top right: 30 Icy Mint
Bottom right: 35 Cool Crush

Monday, October 27, 2014

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer Review

I have tried so hard to love this concealer, but I just can't. I have used it so many different ways, and it does not work for me. As you can see, it is almost gone, and so is my patience. Every beauty guru has raved about it, but I just can not seem to get it to cover anything. I have come to the conclusion that my dark circles are too dark, and this concealer is only meant for those who have slight discoloration and no fine lines. I picked up my concealer in the color Fair, which is a salmon pinky shade to correct the darkness. Once I pack it on (you should see how much I have to use in order to cover anything, ugh), I usually set it with a light dusting of NYC Smooth Skin Pressed Powder. Also, I wanted to mention that throughout the day, the color of the concealer changes. At first, this concealer looks ok once applied,  but after about an hour, it creases SO bad, and the color gets lighter! NOT OK with me. 
I have found a way to use up the last bit of product, and that is to only use it on my eyelid to correct and conceal there. I do not have a problem with it creasing up there, because there are not fine lines and there is not s much to conceal. 
So, if you are looking for a good concealer, I would not recommend the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer, unless you have little to no darkness, and no wrinkles or fine lines.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara Review

Covergirl has mascaras galore, and I have never tried any of them until few weeks ago when I picked this one up. So far, I love the Clump Crusher mascara. Personally, I love a good wet mascara with a rubber, spiked wand, and this is exactly that. The wand is a little different, and curves to the shape of the eye, which is so great for the lower lashes. My holy grail mascara is the Benefit They're Real, it is just amazing, I could talk about it for the rest of my life, but I would have to say, this one is  good drugstore alternative. When I purchased this mascara, I did not get the waterproof version, which I would have preferred, but I picked this up because it was on sale. Usually I have to have waterproof mascara because I have problems with flaking, and this humidity often smudges mascara, but so far this one has done neither, yay! 
(Please excuse my under eyes, my sleep patterns have been crazy, and it was a rough day covering all the darkness!). 
I would definitely repurchase this mascara, but next time I will try the waterproof version! If you are looking for a new mascara I would totally try this one!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Easy Winged Liner Tutorial

Winged liner might be the hardest makeup process to master, and it takes a lot of time and practice to get it right. From getting the wings even, to getting the thickness to look smooth and even, winged eyeliner is no easy task. So I am going to share a few tips and tricks that will give you the perfect wing every time!
  •  The easiest was to apply winged liner is with a felt tip pen eyeliner, it makes the process SO easy, and quick. I recommend the Jordana Fabuliner, its cheap, and works wonders. Gel and liquid liners not in pen form are much harder for beginners to use. 
  • Lining tape up on the outer edge of your eyes going u to the tail of your brow, will give you a guide ensuring there will not be liner all over your face. It is not the most comfortable thing in the world but it gets the job done well. Be sure to stick the piece of tape to the back of your hand several times to get off the harsh adhesive that can pull at your eye area. 

  • Working in short strokes, and not trying to create one fluid line will help give you more control and precision. I like to start making dashed lines to start off with a basic liner, and then add the wing. 

  • Once you have created the wing, remove the tape, and apply concealer under your eyes, or complete your makeup. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

How to Wash Makeup Brushes

Washing makeup brushes is just as important as washing your face. Makeup and dirt build up in makeup brushes, causing breakouts and clogged pores on the face. Face brushes should be washed much more frequently, I disinfect them with rubbing alcohol as soon as I am done using them, and deep clean them after about seven uses. Eye brushes on the other hand, I deep clean every few weeks, but still disinfect them after each use. 
Makeup brushes should be an investment, and should last a long time. Taking proper care of your makeup brushes will make them last a long time, so you do not end up wasting tons of money on new makeup brushes all the time. 
My all time favorite makeup brush brand is Real Techniques, they are amazing quality and are a great price! 

The first step in washing your brushes is to get all the materials, these are all products you probably already have at home. Baby wash, dish soap, and extra virgin olive oil are the only things you need to wash your tools. 
If you do not have a Beauty Blender, or Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, you do not need the baby wash. To wash these sponges, simply run them under the water, gently squeezing the sponge to fill it with water, then use about 1-4 pumps of baby wash onto the sponge. Keep squeezing the soap into the sponge. I usually start with one pump of soap, rinse, and then repeat until the sponge is clean. You will need to add more soap if you have a lot of makeup left over on the sponge. Once your sponge is clean, ring it out, and make sure the water runs clean through it. Then, gently wrap it in a towel, and squeeze any excess water out. To dry them, I put them over a container, so they are not laying flat, but resting over a surface. The sponge will shrink back up when it is completely dry. This may take a few days, especially if you live in a humid climate. 

For eye and face brushes, start by wetting them  down in the sink, keeping the water only on the hair, and not past the ferrule of the brush. If water get past the ferrule, it will loosen the glue and ruin your brush, be careful! By wetting the hairs of the brush down with help the soap lather easier. 

For the dish soap and olive oil mixture, I put it in  small dish, you do not need much soap. For smaller brushes, use less soap, and denser and larger face brushes require more soap. I use 1 part EVOO and 2 parts dish soap. 

Once your brush has a nice lather, rinse it off. You may have to repeat the lathering step for larger brushes, or brushes that were applying a darker color. 

Simply rince the brush, remembering to keep the water only on the brush hairs. 

After rinsing, I gently dry the brush on a clean towel. If it is a denser brush, I usually use a brush guard, and dry it pointing down in a cup. This will allow it to dry faster, and let allow all the water to escape. 

For less dense brushes, I still dry them gently on a clean towel, and then place them on  counter, with the hair over the edge. This will also keep most of the water from getting into the ferrule of the brush.