I am very lucky to be surrounded by friends and family who happen to have far better amenities in their apartment complexes than I do! As such, I take advantage of their pools when I don’t have the opportunity to get my butt down to Toronto’s waterfront.
I’ve recently embraced wearing a bikini for the first time this summer! After having spent a lot of my 20s not overly impressed with my body, I used to either shy away from situations that involved swimming or delve into the land of tankinis. But no longer! As such, I’m loving laying out by some sort of body of water (pool, lake, whatever, I’m not picky!) and soaking up some sun.
All of this to say, I’ve got a few items I’ve been carting around with me for beach or pool days and I thought I’d let you know what they are.
While I’m not someone who drenches themselves in oil in order to ensure maximum tanage, I’m still not wanting to remain the ghostly white pale thing that my skin resets to every winter. I usually start off the summer with an SPF of 30 and then scale it back as my tan develops. A friend recently introduced me to Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen – a brand I had completely avoided because it didn’t indicate on the front of the bottle that it’s waterproof. However, if you look at the fine print on the back, it is waterproof and therefore much, MUCH more suited to swimming. The biggest seller on this one? Aside from the scent (coconut-y, pina colada-esque), it has SHIMMER in it. Flecks of gold freaking glitter! If I have to swear sunscreen, you’re darn right I want to be looking like a disco ball while wearing doing so! I believe I grabbed this tube at Walmart for around 8 bucks.
Drinking Nestea (Zero, now) while hanging out on a friend’s dock (all the while listening to Matchbox 20, Moist and Serial Joe) is a memory that I cannot shake from my teen years. I used to spend a lot of summers hanging out on my best friend’s dock at their cottage by the lake, and I drank these by the cartonful. I’m not a huge fan of drinking alcoholic beverages by the water when it’s too hot – it dehydrates me and makes me feel fuzzy, and not in a good way. When the sun is beating down on me mid-day, and I’m covered in greasy sunscreen and feeling sweaty – I want something refreshing. And that’s either going to be a Nestea (the Canadian version, not the American one – that stuff is too much like real tea for me) or an espresso frappuccino from Starbucks.
And I have to say, aside from a towel, a drink and some sunscreen, there’s not a whole lot I do while laying out to get some sun. After I get out of the sun though, that’s when I need a few more products.
After I’ve washed all the sunscreen off, I whack on Aveeno’s facial moisturizer. It has an SPF in it, but I mostly just like the moisture it provides. This is my daily moisturizer, it pretty much follows me wherever I go.
Inevitably there are times when I get too much sun and have to whack on some aloe. I like the gel version because frankly… it feels neat. It’s green, see-through and goes on smoothly. As you can tell from the massive amount of product I’ve already used, this helped me out quite recently when I was little overzealous in the sun. And it’s cheap too! Life brand for ~$2 at Shoppers!
And lastly, if I’m going anywhere after having been in the pool, the last thing I want to do is whack on a pile of makeup, but I do want to look at least somewhat alive. I’m currently going through a trial-size tube of Make Up For Ever‘s Smoky Lash Extravagant, so I’ll pop several coats of that on my lashes. Since I don’t bother with an eyelash curler, I make sure to push my lashes upwards with my finger while the mascara is drying to give my lashes a little bit of a lift.
And to bring out some colour in my cheeks, I’ve been using Revlon‘s Coral Reef cream blush. Nothing fancy here: I stick my fingers in the pot and blend it onto my cheeks and hope for the best.
It’s not much, but this is what I like to have around me when I’m visiting someone else’s watery area. Occasionally I’ll have a book with me, or my iPod for some music, but really… I just like laying there and dozing. (And then promptly jump in the pool when I overheat!)
P.S. The title of this blog post was a Buffy reference, in case anyone happened to be wondering.
I’m always fascinated (and sometimes annoyed) by just how many pictures it takes to get the perfect one. We always like to portray ourselves in pictures how we want others to see us. Whether it’s making sure you’re showing the world your best angle, or chopping off a few extra pounds by zooming in the picture a bit – there’s always something we’re trying to convey in the pictures we post online.
Having logged well over 100 different makeup looks I’ve done on myself that were suitable for posting on this blog since its inception this past October, I’ve learned just how many photos it takes to get the right one. And for me, that number seems to be somewhere between 30 and 50. (And if it hits over 100…. /shudder)
So in order to get these three shots:
I’ve gone through all of these to find the least blurry, the best angle, the right “this is how I felt at this moment in time” photo that I possibly could.
And then chopped them all down in an attempt to make it look like I’m not standing in front of my badly lit bathroom mirror or in my bedroom at the crack of dawn before work!
So, tell me! How many pictures does it take you before you get one that you think is suitable enough?
P.S. If you actually want to know what’s on my face in the shots above, the full product listing can be found in this recent post: What’s On My Face – Volume 19.
So here were my plans, accompanied by their excuses… errr… I mean, progress!
Want to drop 10 pounds and see 140 lbs. on the scale by the end of year
I have to laugh because everyone has a goal like this for a new year! Unfortunately, I’ve had very little downward mobility in this department. I’ve fluctuated up and down 5 pounds over the last few months but am currently sitting bang on 150 at the moment. I have, however, set myself up with some incredibly strict dietary restrictions until I go on vacation in September so my first mini-goal is to get down to 145 pounds before September 10th. From there it’ll be another 5 pounds down before the end of the year. I find my self-control with food comes in spats and then gets obliterated by a particularly bad eating weekend. Frustrating, to say the least.
Want to run a half marathon
I actually have a half marathon scheduled for September! I’m going on vacation with a good friend to Prague and I decided to sign up for the Usti nad Labem half-marathon, which is in a city roughly an hour north of Prague. I’m not sure how jet lag will factor into this whole equation since the race is two days after I land in the Czech Republic, but I suppose I’ll just muscle through it if it’s really that bad.
The training to get up to being able to run a half marathon has been slightly extensive and I’m still ramping up my kilometers every week in anticipation of the race. I have no real time goal for this other than just to complete it. I believe the cutoff for completion is three hours which, barring something happening to my body DURING the race, I should be able to clear that time with ease.
I have to say I am *really* excited about this half marathon. Not only to be doing it for the achievement, but also for the experience to be doing it in a different country, in a city I don’t know at all. This should be absolutely exhilarating!
Want to do an unassisted pull up
Progress isn’t good in this department. Having suffered a shoulder injury for five months out of this year, I’m only just now getting back to where I was in the weightlifting department. I still have a lot of work to do – I’m about halfway there, but it’s the remaining half that’s the hardest! (Currently doing 70 pound assisted pullups, which means I’m actually only pulling up 80 pounds of my own weight.)
Want to run multiple races
Mission accomplished! I’ve run six races so far this year and have another two or three scheduled before the end of the year. I’ve really enjoyed the whole routine of racing – from wearing a bib, to training, to the actual atmosphere on race day. It’s been a culture I’ve really liked getting involved in and I think I’ll be keeping it up over the coming years.
Want to bench press 100 pounds
I’m getting there! I’m sooooo close now! Just this past week I managed to get back up to my previous bench press personal best (75 lbs.) and surpassed it by doing several sets of 80 pound reps. I have to say that benchpressing that much weight is actually kind of scary: Every time I go up an increment of 5 pounds I feel like I’m going to suddenly drop the weight on me. It gets better every time, but dang, I wasn’t expecting to feel like my life could flash before my eyes at any second!
I’m only 20 pounds away from my target now, and I feel confident that I’ll be able to do 100 pounds by the end of the year. (This one is super exciting to me!)
Want to be able to squat 160 pounds
I’m starting to wonder if this is unobtainable this year. I’m up to 115 pound squats (10 pounds lower than where I was before), so it’s “only” forty-five more to go, but I’m going incredibly slowly because of my strained piriformis. (It does seem to be getting better though – I think going back to squatting has helped strengthen the muscles around it.)
So that’s my update. I’ll have an end of year update when we get there to see if I actually managed to accomplish everything! Did you have any fitness goals set out for yourself this year? How’re you progressing on them?
I’m going to blow the surprise right here, right now.
This bag was amazing. Hands down the best one I’ve had yet. There isn’t a single product in here I won’t use (aside from that hideous, HIDEOUS pink froofy makeup bag that everything came in) and every single one of the products performed way, WAY beyond my expectations. Here’s what I got:
The most exciting product to me was the bareMinerals eyeshadow duo in The Inspiration in a baby-sized palette. The light pink shade is Muse and the purple shade, which has some lovely gold sparkle in it, is Passion. Having never tried any bareMinerals products before, I was super pumped to try these out. And man oh man, did they ever live up to their hype. These went on my eyelids like a dream and the colours were perfect combination to stick in a duo together. After the amazingness of this duo, I will *definitely* be looking into more bareMinerals products in the near future.
*GASP* I love this product so much. I’ve always oogled Benefit‘s lip and cheek tints, but never took the plunge, so I was downright squealing when I got the Elizabeth Mott version of it in my bag. And this product seems to work equally well on both my lips and my cheeks. I believe Cherry is their own colour so far, and it’s a stunner. It smells faintly of cherries, but not that horrific cough medicine scent that I usually associate with artificial cherry scented things.
Much to my surprise, this lasted throughout the entire work day on my cheeks. The colour is just the colour I want for summer too – slightly pinky-red, so it looks like I’ve been running around and got slightly sunburned. I will say that it seems to eat a bit at my foundation since it’s a liquid product, so be aware when you’re applying not to be too rigorous with your blending. (I blended it in with a Real Techniques Expert Face brush.)
On my lips it comes out slightly more pink, but still… *amazing*! The colour is beautiful and settled onto my lips beautifully. It’s slightly drying, but that’s to be expected of a stain. It does look rather natural, as most stains do on me, so I find this really easy to wear.
I’m so pleased that this worked out so well on both areas it’s supposed to work on. Usually you hear about dual-location stains as really only being any good for one area, not for both.
First off, the brush wasn’t something I thought I’d enjoy. It’s bulky, rubberized and the mascara kind of clumped around the wand. And then I put it on my lashes and I shut right the hell up with my complaints. This sweeps on easily and coats all my lashes. It lengthens them. Thickens them. And from some angles I look like I’m wearing false lashes. AND it’s truly waterproof. Getting this off was hard work, but I appreciate that because when I need something to be waterproof, I need it to not. freaking. budge. And this definitely did not budge. No flakes throughout the day either, which is something I’m prone to. When I run out of this, and finish up all the other mascaras I have kicking around, I will definitely look into picking this up. (Side note: The top of the packaging has that bubbled on wet look that MAC just made famous with their Alluring Aquatics summer collection this year. Just thought that was really neat!)
This product confuses me. It’s labelled on some sites as a moisturizer and as a sunscreen on others. Pur~lisse‘s Pur~Protect smells heavily of sunscreen (it does have 30 spf after all), so I feel like I’d use it more as a sunscreen than a moisturizer. However, I did use it as my only moisturizer under foundation yesterday and my face didn’t feel especially dry. I’m always happy to receive sunscreens, particularly ones for the face, so even if I don’t use it as a moisturizer I’m still happy with it. (Plus, this is an expensive product on its own in the full size tube.)
MarrakeshEndz is an argan and hemp oil therapy (but really, it’s a cream product) split end mender and preventer. I don’t truly believe that it can mend split ends (hair is dead after all, and if it’s split at the ends it’s sure as hell not going to re-grow back together again), but I do think it can help my split ends “feel” better.
At the moment I have some really “crackly” ends to my hair. I only get a haircut about once a year and something happened to my hair about two years ago that made it go really crispy (wish I knew what the heck it was). Most of the crispy-ness has thankfully grown out by now, but the last inch or two of my hair still has this horrible straw-like texture to it that I really need to get cut off. All that to say… this stuff actually helped make the ends feel better. Less crunchy, as it were. I think it’s a purely artificial feeling, but hey, I’m not complaining!
The smell isn’t bad either. It’s quite pleasant – the usual argan smell mixed with… cinnamon maybe?
Ipsy July 2014 Breakdown (all prices in USD)
bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 2.0 in The Inspiration ($7.40 for 1g , full size is $20 for 2.7g)
Elizabeth Mott Tints & Sass in Cherry (full size, $22.99)
pur~lissepur~protect essential daily moisturizer with 30 spf ($13.63 for 15ml, full size is $55 for 50ml)
Marrakesh Hair Care – Endz (smaller bottle size, $5.99)
Pür MineralsBig Look Waterproof Mascara ($13.60 for 3.4g, full size is $20 for 5g)
BAG TOTAL = $63.61
This was the highest value bag from Ipsy so far, and the only one I’ve had to break $60 worth in goodies. As I said at the start, this one was an absolute winner of a bag. Get any of the products if they look like they’re up your alley and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!
At the start of the year I chose 14 items that I liked well enough to use up, but that I wasn’t interested in repurchasing. The goal was (is!) to clean out my collection of items that kind of just sit around because I don’t reach for them daily. Usually when I force myself to use a product over a period of time, I discover new ways to use them. And since I’m a fan of progress updates (there’s a fitness one coming this Friday on how I’m progressing with my fitness goals this year!) I thought I’d give you an idea on how I’m doing with my chosen 14 for the year.
Since I made the mistake of junking one of the products without thinking about it, let’s get to that one first. It was MUA‘s Matte Foundation in Shade 1 Soft Sand. I used to think I liked it – it goes on really smoothly on the skin and the colour match was really good. However… over time it turns my face into a greasepit! I’m not even an especially oily-skinned person either so that was super disappointing. It wasn’t worth finishing so when I got to halfway in the tube, I just chucked the whole thing out. (It was in my previous Empties.)
I’m quite proud of this one actually! CoverGirl & Olay’s Tone Rehab CC Cream foundation was my most used foundation throughout the winter months this year. It was too dark throughout those months so I mixed it with a lighter foundation (Bourjois’ Healthy Mix Gel foundation in 51 Light Vanilla) and it worked out wonderfully. Of course, now it’s too pale for the summer months on my tanned face so I’ll have to wait till the autumn months to wear it again. Interesting to note is that the swirled in Olay cream eventually gets squashed down as the product decreases in the tube.
This one is totally dunzo. Jack Black‘s lip balm is really only flavoured vaseline with SPF. I wore it mostly while running at the gym (I get dry lips while running) and it didn’t do a whole heck of a lot. Like any vaseline product though, this was great at protecting my lips from windburn in the freezing winter months when I wore it outdoors.
MAC‘s limited edition Strawberry Malt lipglass is beautiful… for the first fifteen minutes after application. Over the years I’ve just gone off of lipgloss because it really doesn’t have any kind of decent lasting power, particularly when you work in an office environment and don’t have the luxury of checking your makeup every waking second. My best example of this is that I had put this gloss on shortly before an hour long meeting I had at work, one in which I was expected to speak out loud, but not carry on the entire meeting. I was even complimented on my lip colour when I walked into the meeting! So I spoke a bit throughout that hour, but not extensively. By the end of the hour, all of the gloss was gone from my lips – to the point that the person who had complimented me actually asked “what happened to your red gloss??” at the end of the meeting. That’s just ridiculous;
So lately I’ve opted to layer this over top of lipstick so that it at least lasts a little bit longer. I’m a little bit over halfway done with the tube, so it really shouldn’t last that much longer.
Finishing up four eyeshadows is actually a bit more of a ballsy thing to do than most people may think. I wasn’t even sure I was going to be able to do it! But when I really started focusing on it, I started plugging through the shadows relatively quickly. Brule was the first one I finished up – I used it primarily as my daylight browbone highlight shade. Next up was Haux which became my go-to lazy day shadow – not something I wore too often, but often enough that I was finally able to finish it up.
As for the ones I haven’t finished… there’s Shroom, which is really close to being done. It’s slightly shiny/shimmery, so while I use it as a browbone highlight, I don’t use it on the daily. The other remaining one is Swish, a frosty pink hell-ish nightmare. I think I’ve used it once this year and I have to say I really, really don’t like this shade. I bought it in my teens and it’s not a shade I’m particularly interested in using in my adult life. The texture of this has also gone very, very soft and crumbly. If I don’t use this up by the end of the year (and I won’t) I’ll just end up chucking it out.
What a mistake choosing this bronzer was. I have no chance in hell of finishing this guy up. I used it daily for roughly four months straight and the only thing I succeeded in doing was obliterating the sun emblem in the middle of the product. If I look at the pan intensely, I don’t even see a dent in the product. I don’t know what this is made out of, but it might as well be a brick. I became so frustrated with my lack of progress on this product that I ended up moving on to other bronzers that I enjoy using more. One thing’s for sure though, the lack of progress I’ve made on this bronzer has stopped me from buying anymore bronzers completely.
No progress to report on this one. I wear Revlon‘s Twilight lipstain every now and then, but due to the nature of the tube I can’t tell how much is left. It still seems to contain plenty of product though since it’s still very moist when I apply it.
Awkward and disorienting “Now” shot! Revlon‘s Sunset Peach gloss is about halfway done and should be gone by the end of the summer. It’s an easy summer shade to pop on, so I’ve had a lot of use out of it lately.
Yikes, my lip butters need work! Cherry Tarte is done, but Creamsicle and Red Velvet need some serious work done to them.
Well, I’m a lot less far along on these products than I thought I was going to be halfway through the year, particularly with the lip products. I had expected to plough through the lip products but struggle on the eyeshadows. When in actuality it’s the reverse. And let’s not even talk about that bronzer, I’m totally pissed off at it. *grumble grumble*
My original “Products I’ve Hit Pan On” post has become one of my most visited posts on this site. So I suppose that means I’m not the only person interested in seeing some well-loved products!
These MAC shadows aren’t ones I’ve recently hit pan on, but I forgot to include them in my last post.
Naked Lunch (top left): I bought this in 2009 as part of a look I wore for a friend‘s wedding (anyone else associate certain products with periods in their life?). I don’t wear it so often anymore, but I typically tend to use this in gradient looks. For example, Naked Lunch, Star Violet, Sketch, or Naked Lunch, All That Glitters, Sketch. It can be quite frosty, but it’s a beautiful highlighting shade that’s on the pinker side.
Nylon (top right): This is my second pan of Nylon and one of the original first few MAC shades I bought in my early teens. Nothing beats Nylon for a frosty, luminescent glow.
Shag (bottom left): Another one of my original MAC shades – this one has long since been discontinued. Shag is very, very similar to Haux, just slightly more red-brown instead of Haux‘s rosy-browness. I only hit pan on this one because back in the day I stuck a pin in the middle of the shadow to figure out how much I had left!
Club (bottom right): Club has been a staple in my collection over the years. It’s a browny-green duochrome (which can also often look like a rusty-brown shade) that has been duped by many other companies over the years, but this was the “original” shade to me. This one crumbled on me at one point and I had to re-press it.
Nivea’s Caramel Cream Kiss is a newer purchase for me (just this past March), but it’s become well loved. It does leave a bit of a white cast on the lips if you apply too much, but since it’s the balm I put on before I go to bed at night, I’m not really that fussed about what it looks like. It doesn’t really smell like caramel to me, but it’s certainly got a sweet, syrupy scent.
I really loved this lip conditioner when I first bought it a few years ago, but I no longer wear it nearly as much as I used to. This sits relatively untouched now in my makeup drawer at work unless I’ve forgotten to bring some kind of lip product with me that day. It’s smooth on the lips and has that vanilla scent to it that all other MAC lip products seem to have, but unfortunately it just doesn’t have a great deal of lasting power.
This is actually my second pan of this shade, but not because I finished it! My first Blue Sorcery actually smashed to pieces to the bedroom floor a few years ago and it was completely unsalvageable. I ended up buying a new one on Ebay since it was limited edition and I don’t regret it – that teal shade is *insane* when applied to the lids with a damp brush. I’ve hit a bit of the terracotta pan that it sits on (left-hand side) so I guess that counts as hitting pan? There’s certainly plenty left of this one though!
That’s it for this edition! Are you scraping bottom on any of your products lately?
I was tagged to do the Lipstick Love Tag by the ridiculously fun to read beauty blogger Kalyn. Check her out if you haven’t already – her reviews are worded in a way that keeps me coming back to her site daily!
Onward with the tag!
How many lipsticks do you own?
55! This included anything that wasn’t a lipgloss, so it’s a mix of lipsticks, balms, liquid lipsticks and butters. (mmmm butter)
What was your first ever lipstick?
Like Kalyn, I think Bonne Bell‘s Lipshades were the first lipsticks I remember owning. I’m fairly certain I owned a disgusting shade of browny-gold back in the day. But these things were the coolest. They had no separate cap, instead you pulled the “trigger” down and the lip stick popped up out of the tube while opening the cap at the same time. For a pre-teen that was pretty much the coolest thing ever.
There’s also a high chance I had a really revolting Wet n Wild lipstick as well. Back in the 90s, the Wet n Wild brand was not nearly as good as it is today. I’m fairly certain the WnW lipstick I had was a horrible hot pink grease stain on my lips. Awful!
What is your favourite brand of lipstick?
Revlon, hands down. There is nothing out there that beats their Creme formula from their Super Lustrous line of lipsticks. It’s scentless, tasteless and lasts for hours without bleeding outside my lip line. While I do appreciate some scents in some brands of lipsticks, I have to say that as a whole, I prefer the zero scent approach. It’s safer and never leaves me with a weird taste in my mouth like some lip products can.
Also worth mentioning is that I’ve owned quite a few of Revlon‘s Lip Butters over the last few years and they’re absolutely wonderful as well.
What is your most worn lipstick?
My most worn lipstick over the last few years has been Revlon‘s Creme Brulee Lip Butter. I’ve actually gone through two tubes of this lipstick, but I don’t currently own a third one so I’m showing you the dead, massacred end of my last tube that’s sitting in my Empties bin.
If you’re looking for a lipstick that I haven’t actually finished up and wear frequently, then the award goes to Bite Beauty‘s Fig lipstick. The formula, as everyone else will tell you, is pretty spectacular. The shade itself is the easiest thing for me to match to almost all my eye looks. And there’s something oddly intoxicating about the taste of this lipstick too (despite what I said in the previous question, this lipstick does have a really appealing scent to me and it never leaves a wonky-ass taste in my mouth). And I have to say, I do like rooting for the brand since it’s Canadian. I just wish there was an actual physical store in Canada since I feel a little gypped paying Sephora’s inflated prices since they’re reconverted from US Dollars back to Canadian dollars. We’re really getting the short end of the stick on that one!
What is your favourite finish?
I used to think it was mattes. But I realized that that was just because I associated the longevity of a lip product with the finish. So whatever the heck the finish of Maybelline’s Vivids lipstick are… that’s my favourite. They’re like semi-shiny/creamy with a semi-matte dry down. I keep coming back to loving mattes because there’s so much less hassle with smearage throughout the day.
How many lipsticks do you currently have in your handbag? (including balms and glosses)
I don’t carry a handbag, ever. Instead, I wear a backpack on my walk in to work every day (I wear workout gear to work and change there, so I put my work clothes in the backpack) so I use that as a purse stand-in. All that to say… I have a single lip balm in my backpack – Nivea’s A Kiss of Berry Swirl. It’s okay, not amazing, but it sure is pretty to look at. (Women… so easily amused by products…)
How do you store your lipsticks?
In clear acrylic containers I picked up from Marshall’s. I don’t really like the shape of one of them since it has rounded edges and really doesn’t fit particularly well on my makeup desk. In hindsight I should’ve stuck with the boxy shape of my other acrylic container. However, I really like the look of the clear acrylic containers (as does everyone it seems) since it keeps everything neat and tidy.
What lipstick do you use to rock a red lip?
MAC‘s Russian Red. I’ve gone on about this lipstick more than enough. But it’s gorgeous and I love it. On me, it’s a darker red and I don’t tend to wear it in the spring and summer months, but as soon as fall hits and *especially* when winter hits, I am loving this shade all over my lips. It’s matte and has amazing staying power. The matteness also ensures that this isn’t a red lipstick where I have to be constantly checking my lips to make sure I haven’t smeared it all over my face throughout the day.
What lip products are you currently lusting after?
Too Faced‘s Melted liquid lipsticks. Oh god teh pretteh. I want these so badly, but I’ve been holding off on them for a long while now because realistically, the shades aren’t anything that I probably don’t already have in my collection. But… but… they’re new! And exciting! And in a squeezy tube! Yep… I’m getting prettttty close to my breaking point with this…
Time for round 19 of makeup gunk I’ve splashed on my face!
I wore this one during Toronto’s Pride Week and really liked how this came out. You can really never go wrong with Makeup Geek‘s Utopia, such a beautiful blackened gold that seems to work with every colour imaginable.
Inglot‘s Shine 132 (silver) all over the lid. Then apply Too Faced‘s Glitter Glue on top of the silver and tap on Makeup Geek‘s Utopia pigment on top. Utopia is also applied on the inner half of the lower lash line.
Makeup GeekCreme Brulee through the top of the crease.
Inglot‘s Matte 338 (turquoise) in outer corner and through the crease and blend it in to Utopia. 338 is also applied on the outer half of the lower lash line.
Urban Decay‘s Blackout in the very corner to darker up the turquoise.
MACShroom to highlight the browbone, Tarte‘s gel liner in Black to create the wing with Urban Decay‘s Black Velvet pencil liner on my inner rim. Make Up For EverSmoky Lash Extravagant on both sets of lashes with a pair of J. Cat false lashes in EL13 glued on. Instead of my usual MACOmega on my brows, I’ve switched to Anastasia‘s Dipbrow Pomade in Blonde.
Rest of the Face
Foundation: Revlon Colorstay (Dry/Normal) in 220 Natural Beige
Bronze: NYCFire Island Tan
Highlighter: MACWhisper of Gilt with MACSilver Dusk on top
Lipstick: (not pictured) Too FacedCoral Fire
Quick and easy, no-fuss look for a weekend brunch.
MaybellineBad to Bronze all over the lid.
SleekBark on the outer half of the lid.
MACShroom to highlight the brow bone and Sephora‘s Full Action Extreme Effect mascara in Purple on my lashes. Anastasia‘s Dipbrow Pomade in Blonde through my brows.
Rest of the Face
Bronzer: (also used as a blush) NYCFire Island Tan
MACCoppering all over the lid as a base layer. Then apply Too FacedGlitter Glue on top of Coppering, and tap on Makeup Geek‘s Vegas Lights pigment.
Combine Makeup GeekCocoa Bear, Too FacedSemi-Sweet and Too FacedCherry Cordial and blend that in the outer corner and through the crease. I also ran this combination all along the lower lash line.
Makeup GeekCreme Brulee through the top of the crease.
MACShroom on my brow bone, Tarte‘s gel liner in Black to create the wing and Urban Decay‘s Black Velvet liner on my inner lower rim. Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash Extravagant on my lashes with Ardell102 Demi false lashes. Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Blonde through my brows.
Rest of the Face
Foundation: Revlon Colorstay (Dry/Normal) in 220 Natural Beige
Bronzer: NYCFire Island Tan
Highlighter: Hard CandyTiki
Lips: StarlooksNaked lip liner with NYX Butter Gloss in Maple Blondie on top
This look came about as I was doing my “Four or More: Eyes Edition” post and remembered just how much I love the sheen/duochromeness of the Color Tattoo in Waves of White.
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Waves of White all over the lid.
From Sleek‘s Acid palette, use the darker blue shade in the outer corner and through the crease.
Makeup GeekCreme Brulee blended through the top of my crease with MACShroom on the browbone. Make Up For Ever‘s Smoky Lash Extravagant on my lashes.
Judging by what foundation I used, I think this look is from a month or more ago. I was going through a pink crease phase and this was one of the looks I came up with.
MACShroom all over the lid.
MACCopperplate on the outer half of the lid.
Makeup GeekSimply Marlena through the crease.
MACShroom to highlight my brow bone. Tarte‘s gel liner in Black to create the wing and L’OrealVoluminous Carbon Black mascara on my lashes.
Rest of the Face
Foundation: CoverGirl CC Cream in 110 Classic Ivory mixed with Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in 51 Light Vanilla
Bronzer: Joe FreshSand Bronzer
Blush: Joe FreshApricot cream blush with Be A Bombshell‘s Beach Please powder blush on top