February 28, 2018

Lip Tip #11: The Difference in MAC Lipstick Formulas

I have quite the collection of MAC lipsticks & while they are all the same brand, they are definitely not all the same formula or finish. 

Here is a quick breakdown of the MAC finishes I have (shown left -> right)

Amplified; shade: Saint Germain $17.50
Super creamy formula with a smooth glide, bold colour payoff & full coverage finish. 

Matte; shade: Candy Yum Yum $17.50
Very high color payoff. There is absolutely no shine to these. They are a bit harder to work with but this formula lasts the longest. They are typically very drying, showing off any imperfection your lips may have & are the hardest to remove. 

Cremesheen; shade: Speak Louder $17.50
A creamy, balmy lipstick formula with a very comfortable feel, medium build-able coverage with a semi-glossy finish. This formula is not super pigmented but is not sheer. These are very hydrating, but not that long-wearing.

Satin; shade: Faux $17.50
My all-time favorite formula AND shade. A creamy formula with a soft-heavenly-feel. This formula provides medium-to-full build-able coverage with a satin finish. It has low shine w/ no shimmer & no drying effect.

Cremesheen; LIMITED EDITION shade: Among the Fireflies $17.50
(shown above) A creamy, balmy lipstick formula with a very comfortable feel, medium build-able coverage with a semi-glossy finish. This formula is not super pigmented but is not sheer. These are very hydrating, but not that long-wearing.

Matte; shade: Russian Red $17.50
(shown above) Very high color payoff. There is absolutely no shine to these. They are a bit harder to work with but this formula lasts the longest. They are typically very drying, showing off any imperfection your lips may have & are the hardest to remove. 

What are you favorite MAC shades & finish? I'd love to hear in the comment section!

February 16, 2018

Lip Tip #10: Create New Shades Using What You Already Own!

Sparkly lips are back (helloooo 90's!) & I've been dying to try the trend, however, I own so many lipsticks & want so many new lipsticks that I figured I'd make my own metallic look. I've been experimenting with this tactic a lot recently; mixing different lip shades, adding eye shadows, highlight, whatever I can get my hands on to achieve a new & noteworthy lipstick look. This is one of the many things I love about makeup - there are no rules. You can mix whatever you want together. Just because something says "eye shadow" doesn't mean it is only limited to your eyes. 

Makeup is made to be fun & a creative form of expression. 
Do you go outside of the box sometimes? 
I'd love to hear what makeup tricks you have up your sleeve! 

Also - please be sure to click the video above & subscribe to my YouTube channel. 
I am working on my first few makeup tutorials that I can't wait to share!

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January 19, 2018

Lip Tip #9: Affordable Lipsticks?? My Fave ColourPop Shades

Are you a lipstick fanatic but don't want to spend crazy money? I have a serious love affair with lippies & understand the anxiety of constantly reaching for a lipstick to only realize most are $24+! While I do believe some lipsticks are worth the splurge, purchases can really add up & before I know it, I'm spending hundreds of $$ on lipsticks a year (yikes!)For those of us who are lipstick chameleons, I highly suggest finding a good brand at a cheaper price.

I personally heart ColourPop lipsticks. The colors are so fun & their liquid formulas are not overly drying. Check out my video to see my current favorites (at about $5 each!!).

What are some of your favorite ColourPop shades? Do you have a go-to brand with lower price points? I want to know!

Products Used
NYX liner in shade Pale Pink $4
ColourPop liquid lipstick in shade Calypso $5.20
NYX liner in shade Sand Pink $4
ColourPop lippie stix in shade Glam Bag $5.50

January 16, 2018

Tutorial: Quick Bronzed Shadow

Mike & I are headed to the Bahamas in 3 weeks & I am soooo excited. One of the first things I do when getting ready for a trip is sift through makeup looks I want to wear while I'm away. After that, I'll choose my outfits based on my beauty looks & snap some photos on my iPhone, this way my looks are decided prior to arrival. This makes the process of going out much quicker & helps me limit the products I pack. 

Watch below to see one of my favorite warm-weather looks. NARS Orgasm blush holds a special place in my heart. It was the first high end product I ever purchased & reflects the prettiest light.

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January 11, 2018

Lip Tip #8: My Fave NARS Glosses

NARS: Chelsea Girls, Asphalt Jungle (limited edition)
Lip Liners: NYX in Natural, Bobbi Brown in Nude

My two favorite glosses by Nars! These colors are so beautiful & pigmented. I wear Chelsea Girls during the day & rock Asphalt Jungle at night. Asphalt Jungle is limited edition & I highly recommend buying it before it's sold out. It is a gorgeous shimmery brown shade but the best thing about it is the fact that you can play with the color by applying different lip liners underneath. I'll apply a pink liner like this one from MAC to give myself an overall sparkly girly look or I'll apply the liner shown above from Bobbi Brown - which is my all time favorite - to really make the shimmer pop.

What are your favorite NARS glosses? 
Leave a comment below!

January 9, 2018

Beauty Buy: Twilly d'Hermès

Perfume: Twilly d'Hermès

My newest perfume addition & I can't get enough. Mike bought me this new scent for Christmas & I have to say it's the best perfume I've ever owned. I love it so much, I don't want to even think about it running out! It's a floral scent with hints of ginger & sandalwood, making it somewhat spicy & warm. It's so unique & I think you should try it!

What's your favorite scent at the moment?

January 8, 2018

Tutorial: Quick + Subtle Smokey Eye

I love a good smokey eye. If I could only do one eye look for the rest of my life, this would have to be it. It looks great on everyone, no matter the shape of your eyes or face & gives that eye-popping effect everyone desires.

Not sure how to create one? Watch my tutorial below for a quick & easy look that I guarantee everyone can do!  

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January 4, 2018

Lip Tip #7: Out of the Box


I've always been one to venture out of the norm. My aunt likes to say it's the 'New York City in me'. I typically don't care what others think & do things because they make me happy & feel right. So when I was shopping at Sephora, helping one of my girlfriends pick out some new makeup, I stumbled across Kat Von D's black lipstick & was automatically drawn to it. I tried it on & thought "this is so different, I love it".

I was about to buy it when I thought maybe this was just a fad, at least for me. So I took a look around & decided to buy the Sephora brand lipstick instead, saving me $6 - steal! I also realized I could use black eyeliner as a lip-liner instead of having to buy another product - score! I seriously love it. To be honest, it's empowering & eye catching. People look at you timidly & it makes me feel like I am a force to be reckoned with, like I'm some kind of vampire princess no one should look at yet can't help but be noticed. Maybe I'm weird but maybe I'm right. You should try it for yourself & find out.

Are there any beauty trends you love that are out of the norm? 
Leave a comment below!

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January 3, 2018

Beauty Buy: belif

belif: True Cream $38, Eye Bomb $48

It's about 19 degrees in NYC today & I'm freezing! I commute to work from New Jersey & spend a decent amount of time outside - walking to bus, waiting for bus, walking from bus station to work & vise versa. My skin braves all the elements & I do my best to keep it hydrated & happy.

I am a skin care fanatic. Seriously. Mention a product & I've probably tried it. I love eye creams & believe that keeping the delicate skin around your eye happy at all times will keep you looking young, awake & fresh for as long as humanly possible. I've always been an advocate for Fresh's Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream - it feels nice & smells like beautiful roses. So when I was asked to try the belif's eye bomb via Influenster, I was pretty doubtful it would be better than my holy grail. Boy was I wrong...

Belif's eye cream has a thicker texture than Fresh's, & while it does not smell like roses, it leaves my eyes hydrated & happy all day long. I've been using it for two weeks straight (applying every morning & every evening - after cleansing + toning) & here's what I've found:

  1. My fine lines decreased significantly
  2. I no longer have dry patches on the inside corner of my eyes (every eye look's demise...)
  3. It serves as a great primer - just let it fully dry before applying concealer 
  4. I look more awake & youthful no matter what the temperature is

I highly recommend this product & it will now be my holy grail until I find the next best thing! I also tested the smaller sample of True Cream - it is very hydrating & I've been using it to prime my face on colder days before applying my makeup. If you are in the market for a new moisturizer, I would recommend this product as well! (true belifer right here... get it??)

What are some of your holy grail skin products for colder temps? 
I'd love to hear about them in the comments!

* I received these product complimentary via Influenster - all thoughts are my own