Sunday, July 14, 2013

Kiss my Lips

Hello Suzies,

It has been a while, I hope everyone is OK!  Recently I have accumulated a few lip products.  I have been LOVING them, so I thought I would share my review of these wonders.

From left to right is a lip scrub by Lush, a matte lipstick by MAC, and a lip balm by Evolution of Smooth, or EOS.

    Lush is a cosmetic shop, but not just any cosmetic shop.  All products at Lush are handmade, the reason for their claim to fame.  Unlike other handmade cosmetics which are bland and sometimes smelly, the products at Lush smell beautiful and fresh!  Lush offers everything from bath bombs, massage bars, and shampoo to hair dyes, toothpaste tablets, and lip scrubs.  On my recent trip to Lush I picked up a lip scrub, the stuff is magic.  Essentially it is an exfoliater for your lips.  The flavor I chose was Popcorn, since it is a sugar scrub you can indeed taste it if you like!  It has a very popcorn-y smell and taste,  very salty. Just apply the product to your kisser and massage it against your lips, once you rinse your lips will be smoother than ever! (I also recommend the Mint Julips scrub, it leaves a nice cool feeling to your lips!) 

     Oh MAC!  If you are on the hunt for a quality lipstick, look no further, MAC is the way to go!  I have be searching for the perfect maroon hued lipstick and found my match at a MAC cosmetics counter in Nordstrom.  This shade is called Diva, it is a matte lipstick therefore it does not have a shimmer to it, which I absolutely love!  As most other MAC products their lipsticks are VERY pigmented, and a little bit goes a long way.  What I have found to work best is to use the tip of the bullet to line the lips and blend that onto the rest of the lips.  Then go back and touch up to deepen the color. Et voila!

    The EOS lip balms have been going strong for a while now, so recently I decided to get my hands on one.  In it's cutesy egg shape, one cannot help but be curious and attracted to it.  I have be extremely pleased with the quality of this balm.  For me, I love the mint flavored one because it leaves a cold, tingly feeling on your lips.  I apply it anytime I go without lipstick and right before I go to bed.  When I wake up I can still feel it moisturizing my lips!

I hope this was helpful, I'll see you soon with an early fall/back-to-school lookbook!
Love XO

Monday, July 1, 2013

Trend Report ∙ Bright Eyes

Hello Suzies,

EEEEEP!! I'm so psyched to do this post, I hope you enjoy!

 Final Look

To begin, I use an oil astringent to rid my face of excess oils that, under the makeup, may cause it to move around and smear more easily.  I just pour some on a cotton ball and wipe my entire face with it.  Next, I apply my foundation!  Recently I have been using the Clinique Acne Solutions in the color fresh neutral.  I don't exactly have a problem with breaking out but I like this acne formula in the summer in particular, because it has salicylic acid in it and my skin tends to be more oily in the summer.  So this keeps my face dry and dewy instead of shiny and wet looking.  
I then contour my face using bronzer, I use the light/medium shade in the Almost Bronzer by Clinique.  I lightly outline my face, then make a fish face and brush the bronzer into the indented parts of my cheeks.  It may sound silly, but it is a GREAT way to contour you cheeks!  Next up is BLUSH!  My cheeks tend to blush quite a lot naturally, but I still apply a little bit.  In the summer I like to use a melon-y color, I'm wearing Limited Edition: Sweet Melon by Maybelline.  I got this a while ago so they may not sell it anymore but SURELY they have a similar shade!  Just apply that to the apples of your cheeks.  The "apples" of your cheeks are the chubby part of your cheeks when you smile, just beneath your eyes.
The Trend:
Bright Eyes
 So this trend has been floating around for a while now and I finally decided to take a swing at it.  Now I know this is on the mild side, but it was my first time, what can I say?  You can definitely go a more dramatic route if you please.  I used the color Sparkling Sage by Clinique and a bright electric blue shade from one of the e.l.f pallets.  I blended the two together and lined my bottom lash line with it.  Then, in the inner corner of my eye I blended in a shimmery white pigment to brighten my eyes a bit more.  After priming my lid, I dusted on a matte off-white shadow and blended a bit more of the Sparkling Sage in my crease and outer corners. 
 I applied a couple of coats of Benefit's They're Real! mascara, filled in my eyebrows with a coffee bean colored eye shadow, and applied a coat of my trusty Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in shade 12. Et voila, you have a stylish , trendy makeup look to go with the outfit of your liking!    
I hope you liked reading this just as much as i enjoyed writing it! Happy July!!
Love XO