Thursday, July 30, 2015

30 Days of Lips + Looks: Day 16 "Indie Darling"

Day 16 "Indie Darling" - Lime Crime Velvetine Lipstick "Utopia"

Lime Crime Velvetine "Utopia": $20.00

I've had my bright Lime Crime velvetines for a little while, but it's hard for me to wear them since I mostly go to work and I can't go too bright at work. I have to go darker or more neutral for my makeup at work, so I definitely wanted to include my favorite color "Utopia" in my challenge. I was thinking about doing brown with the purple, but brown is my go-to and I wanted to challenge myself so I went with silver/grey. I only own 3 shades of grey (Not 50, har har har), so I created a softer but still visible grey look to balance the bright purple on my lips.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Happy Lipstick Day

Today was National Lipstick Day, and I am incredibly enthusiastic about this holiday because I didn't know that a day dedicated to lipstick existed until around 1pm. I am immensely passionate about this beauty product because honestly, I feel so put-together and feminine when I wear lipstick. Lipstick was my first real head-first dive into the world of expressive makeup, so I wanted to celebrate today by bringing a few different organic and vegan lipsticks to light. 


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

30 Days of Lips + Looks: Day 15 "Blue-eyed and bushy-tailed"

Day 15 "Blue-eyed and bushy-tailed": Too Faced "Nude Beach"

Have you ever had one of those days where no matter how much wax or gel you put in your eyebrows and no matter how many times you comb and style them they just won't do what you want them to? Today was one of those days for me. I've never done such a bold, dark dramatic eye before and it was a lot of fun. I decided to balance it with this beautiful pinky-nude from Too Faced.

Monday, July 27, 2015

30 Days of Lips + Looks: Day 14 "Effie Meets Bowie"

Day 14 "Effie Inspired" - Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics "Authentic"

So last night while in bed I decided to browse through Pinterest (a common occurrence) and I found an interesting picture of a model with a backwards-esque eyeshadow look. Normally how you go from corner and then go big outwards towards the end of your eyebrow, they had done it backwards in one intense hue. It was so bold and so inspiring that I decided to create my own version. Since the look is backwards, I did dark pink in the corner and smoked out to a light pink at the outter corners. The inner corners of my eye are sharp and harsh, but as it transitions into the soft pink I softened it and blended it out. Of course I smoked the bottom out too. I put an orange/magenta pigment on the inner corners of my eye, so I decided to pull out my OCC lip tar that I've only used once - this gorgeous shimmering burnt orange-y color. 

I feel a little punk rock, a little Effie Trinket, and a little David Bowie today, and I kinda like it.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

30 Days of Lips + Looks: Day 13 "Burt's Bees of Every Flavor"

Day 13 "Burt's Bees of Every Flavor" - Burt's Bees Lip Gloss "Ruby Moon"

I got this on sale at the beginning of the year when I happened to walk into Walgreens at the right time. They were having on sale on only certain colors of this lip gloss for $1.50 each, and I got the last one of Ruby Moon. I was soooo excited because I love Burt's Bees and I've always wanted to try their lip gloss. I don't wear this that much though because it unfortunately does that thing where it builds up on the lips towards the outter edges and it has the tendency to settle into the lines of your lips a bit. Those are my only complaints. It's semi-sheer, so you can go lighter than the color in the container, or add a second coat for a more pigmented color. I decided to do a bronze eye to balance the dark red gloss. 

(Please excuse my Joker pose in the first picture. I might be a little too excited for the Suicide Squad movie to come out)

Saturday, July 25, 2015

30 Days of Lips + Looks: Day 12 "Nothing comes between me and my Calvin"

Day 12 "Nothing comes between me and my Calvin" - Calvin Klein One High-Shine Gloss "Tender"

My obnoxious duck face is there so it doesn't seem like I take myself too seriously, because honestly, for every serious picture I've taken for my blog, I've taken about 25 goofy ones right after it. (Also the duck face is to hide that I'm wicked sunburned under my makeup) I got this gloss in my Ipsy bag a few months ago and have worn in less than a handful of times. It smells very pretty, and is a bit of a thicker gloss. I like it because it's long wearing and doesn't leave that awkward residue on your lips that some glosses do. It's a very pretty, soft shimmery pink. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

30 Days of Lips + Looks: Day 11 "Colorblock Effect"

Day 11 "Colorblock Tango" - J Cats/Kat Von D/Covergirl/Cailyn

I did an ombre lip the other day, so today I thought I would do a colorblock lip. I've always wanted to try one and I thought this would be really fun. The Covergirl lipstick is a deeper purple in the tube, but once on the lips it softens to a purplish-pink. The Kat Von D orange lipstick has sadly dried out after less than a year of ownership, so I'm going to turn it into an orange lip gloss by crushing it and mixing it with vaseline. This was my first time using the J Cat color and I am in LOVE. The lip paint from J Cat is awesome. I love Cailyn's tinted lip balm, but I don't go for this one as often as I do my other color, even though I feel super confident in this acid pink color.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

30 Days of Lips + Looks: Day 10 "Baked and Bronze-y"

Day 10 "Baked and Bronze-y" - Smashbox "Copper Remix"

This was my first time in my life attempting to bronze: I've watched countless tutorials, I can practically recite them in my sleep about which products, how to apply and where to apply, and yet I've never used it because quite honestly, bronzing has never appealed to me. I've never held a tan very well in my life so I embrace my paleness and I don't feel the need to fake a tan. I did however wanted to push myself and so today I decided to do all-over bronze: bronze eyes, bronze lipgloss and bronze face. I'm a "Go big or go home" kind of a girl, so I sort of bathed in the bronze-ness today. 

The ironic thing though is that this gloss gives the slightest hint of sheer bronze - it's not very pigmented once on the lips, so it just looked like a natural clear gloss. The bronzer I used was Bare Minerals and I feel like it warmed up my face nicely. One the eyes was a smudge of two colors from Too Faced.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

30 Days of Lips + Looks: Day 9 "Naturally Simple"

Day 9 "Naturally Simple" - L'Oreal Collection Privee "Julianne's Nude"

Today was really simple, I just used two different shades of shimmer on the corners of my eyes. I wanted the main focus to be this pretty pinky-nude by L'oreal. It's so pretty that I decided to rotate it to the front of my collection since it was hidden in the back. I got a lot of compliments at work today because of this shade. It is a bit more sheer, I need at least 2-3 layers for it to be really pigmented.

Monday, July 20, 2015

30 Days of Lips + Looks: Day 8 "Disco Queen"

Day 8 "Disco Queen" - Maybelline "Make Me Pink"

I've been obsessed with glitter since I was a little girl, so I really wanted to go full-glitter with one of the days of this challenge. Green also happens to be my favorite color, so I thought I'd go with a green eye look after watching a tutorial a few nights ago. In the tutorial Desi Perkins used a green glitter shadow all over her lid, and after that I stumbled across Ali Michael's Instagram picture of a smudgy dark green eyeshadow look while watching "Blow" from Beyonce. The end result from all my inspirations was a sort of smokey 70's smudgy-disco look. I want the glitter to look kinda smudged up above the lid in an imperfect way, and since this was my first time working with glitter, I can say it wasn't easy! It took a bit before I (kinda) got the hang of it. ((Not pictured: my arms and hands covered in green glitter))

Sunday, July 19, 2015

30 Days of Lips + Looks: Day 7 "Lined & Lippy"

Day 7 "Lined & Lippy" - J Cat Beauty "Red Rose"

I've done mini - small flicks before, but nothing quite so intense as this. I wanted to try a bold, graphic liner with a bold red lip. I used a glittery eyeliner over my basic black liquid eyeliner to give it a bit more dimension. Because the liner is so intense I definitely should've used false eyelashes for this look, I just don't own any yet. I haven't used this lip pencil in a long time, though I'm not sure why. It's so creamy and long-lasting. It wears just like a lipstick! In the picture with my face the color looks orange-ish I believe due to the lighting in that room unfortunately since it tends to be yellow vs. white, but it is a more true red vs. the orange hue it looks in the first picture. This is my favorite red lip pencil out of the few I own and I thought this would be a fun red for the look.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

30 Days of Lips + Looks: Day 6 "Pink Lady"

Day 6 "Pink Lady" - Pacifica "Beach Kiss"

I own quite a few glosses but this one I haven't worn very much out of the collection I have. The color is a beautiful, translucent pink, perfect to balance my intense dual pink eyeshadow look I created today. It has a more natural smell to it and it feels slightly sticky on the lips, but it's still a great one that lasts a really long time.

Friday, July 17, 2015

30 Days of Lips + Looks: Day 5 "Lip Love"

Day 5 "Lip Love" - MAC/Lime Crime

Since I did an ombre eye look yesterday I thought it'd be fun to try an ombre lip look. I love both of these lipsticks - they're really pigmented and beautiful. I love color so this was really fun for me to try. I've seen a lot of ombre lip looks in magazines so it was fun for me to experiment with this look, and because this was a more bold look I kept the rest of my makeup basic. I don't see myself every wearing this look out since it's not really practical, but it was so much fun to do. It was easier blending the bottom lip vs. the top lip for some reason though.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

30 Days of Lips + Looks: Day 4 "Sunset in Paradise"

Day 4 "Sunset in Paradise" - Too Faced "Nude Beach"

I've never done a colorful ombre eye look before, so I thought I'd go for a really interesting eye look today to challenge myself and do a pretty, soft nude lip to balance it. I love this Too Faced lip color, and it's one I haven't used very much. I'm noticing I love and own nudes but I don't use them as often as my pinks. I love Too Faced cosmetics, and their lipsticks are so comfortable on the lips. They're intensely pigmented and go on very smoothly. The look I was going for on the eyes was more of a sunset-type hombre with gold, orange, fuchsia and a slight dark purple in the crease.