Monday, July 4, 2011

Face of the Day: 4th of July

Here's a quick, super easy Face of the Day inspired by Independence Day colors -- red, white and blue! Below, I've listed the products with very quick instructions in case you'd like to wear this look yourself, and included some pictures. The colors are still slightly washed out by the flash, but at least it's more accurate than my webcam allowed on my video. :)

Products used:

  1. Coastal Scents Camo Quad - use the white concealer as a shadow base to make colors really pop; also, apply to waterline and tightline
  2. Coastal Scents 88 Color Palette - apply matte red to lid; apply to middle third of lower lash line
  3. Sally Girl 99 Cent Eye Shadow (Champagne) - apply as a highlight to brownbone, tear duct area and inner third of lower lash line
  4. BH Cosmetics 88 Color Palette - apply shimmery blues to crease and blend upward toward highlight; apply to outer third of lower lash line
  5. Coastal Scents 88 Color Palette - apply matte black to outer V and smoke out (optional for a nighttime-appropriate smokey look)
  6. ELF Waterproof Eyeliner (Black) - apply thick liner to upper lash line; make it thicker near outer corner of eye and taper off near inner eye
  7. Revlon Fabulash Waterproof Mascara (Black) - apply generously to curled upper lashes (I used three coats for super dramatic lashes)
  8. Rimmel Glam Eyes Lash Flirt Mascara (Kohl Black) - apply to lower lashes
  9. ELF Natural Radiance Blusher (Flushed) - apply to cheekbones as a blush/contour in one; avoid apples of cheeks, as this will compete with the bright eye shadow
  10. ELF Studio Line Blush (Gotta Glow) - dust lightly onto tops of cheekbones as a highlight (I used a fan brush for light application)
  11. MAC Paint Pot (Painterly) - apply to well-moisturized lips to "erase" natural lip color (or use a concealer)
  12. Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick (Spotlight Beige) - apply this or any nude, cream-finish lipstick
  13. Rimmel Royal Gloss (Twinkle Pink) - apply this or any very sheer lipgloss for extra shine but minimal color

Thursday, June 30, 2011

June 2011 Favorites

I uploaded a video discussing my favorite products of June 2011. Below I've posted photographed swatches of some of the products, so you can get a better idea of their true colors and finishes.

Here's a list of the products that are not pictured:
Urban Decay Naked Palette
CoverGirl LashExact Waterproof Mascara in "Black"
Revlon Fabulash Waterproof Mascara in "Black"
Rimmel London Glam Eyes Lash Flirt Mascara in "Kohl Black"
Wet 'n' Wild Cream Liner in "886"
L'Oreal Paris Visible Lift Under Eye Concealer in "Light Medium"
Revlon Age Defying Spa Concealer in "Light"
MAC Paint Pot in "Painterly"
ELF $1 Brow Gel/Clear Mascara

From left to right:
Revlon Matte Lipstick in "Smoked Peach," underneath Rimmel Royal Gloss in "Peach Crush"
Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in "Crystal Lilac"
ELF Essentials Lipstick in "Classy"
Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in "Rosette"
Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in "Spotlight Beige"
Sally Hansen Cream Blush in "Rose"

ELF Essentials Natural Radiance Blusher in "Innocence"
ELF Essentials Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder in "Luminance"

From left to right: Revlon Matte Lipstick in "Smoked Peach"
Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in "Spotlight Beige"
Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in "Rosette"
ELF Essentials Lipstick in "Classy"

Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in "Crystal Lilac"

Rimmel London Royal Gloss in "Peach Crush"

Sally Hansen Cream Blush in "Rose"

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in "Pom Pom"

Friday, June 17, 2011

Face of the Day: Summer Peach

I filmed a tutorial for a shimmery, summer-inspired look with lots of peach elements. This is a spin on your classic neutral, daytime smoky eye. Since my webcam doesn't represent colors too accurately, here are some photos of the finished look:

Products used to achieve this look:
(1) Urban Decay Primer Potion
(2) ELF Essentials All-Over Color Stick - Golden Peach
(3) ELF Studio Shimmer Palette
(4) BH Cosmetics 88 Shimmer Palette
(5) ELF Waterproof Eyeliner Pen - Black
(6) CoverGirl Lash Exact Waterproof Mascara - Black
(7) Revlon Fabulash Waterproof Mascara - Black
(9) ELF Studio Blush - Peachy Keen
(10) Revlon Matte Lipstick - Smoked Peach
(11) Rimmel London Royal Gloss - Peach Crush

PS: My face routine, for those wondering --
(1) Rimmel London Stay Matte Foundation in 200 - Soft Beige, applied with an ELF Studio Line Powder Brush.
(2) L'Oreal Visible Lift Under-Eye Concealer in Light-Medium, blended over dark circles with a fluffy shadow brush.
(3) For blemishes, I used the Coastal Scents Camo Quad in Medium, applied with a synthetic concealer brush and patted in with my fingers.
(4) In order to maintain the dewy finish, I opted not to use a setting powder.
(5) This is the foundation I apply when I'm about to film or photograph; it is very full-coverage. I would generally not wear this out, especially during the summer!