Soft Purple (FOTD)

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First off, apologies for being MIA for 2 weeks! I sent my laptop to get repaired, and they took well over the appropriate time to get it back to me. It was quite the struggle without my laptop. But I’m back now and ready to blog!

I’ve always heard that purple brings out the green in my eyes, so I try to wear lavenders as much as possible. However, it’s not necessarily a neutral, so it’s harder to work in often. This was my attempt at a light purple eye look. I actually really love how it turned out! It was super flattering and easy to pull off! I also got to use my Tarte palette that I’ve been ignoring lately, even though it’s of great quality.

So let’s get into it!

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Products:

Tarte Bow-to-Go Palette
Physicians Formula Shimmer Palette for Green Eyes
Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Single in Panther
Milani Eye Tech Mini in Black
CoverGirl Clump Crusher in Black
Maybelline Color Elixir in Blush Essence

  

Procedure:

1. After priming my eyes, I used the lavender color from the shimmer strips and applied it all over my lid. I then deepened it up the crease using the cool medium toned purple in the rightmost row on the Tarte palette.

2. I then used a more precise blending brush to apply the deep plum from the top row of the Tarte palette to the outer V of my crease and lid. I blended a lot to make sure the purples created a smooth gradient on my eye lid.

3. I also brought that plum shade under my lower lash line for further definition.

4. I used the shimmery white from the shimmer strips to highlight my inner corner as well.

5. I then lined my eyes with the Milani liquid liner. I also used an angled brush and the black Wet n Wild shadow on top of it to smudge the line slightly and soften the look. I also brought a little bit of the black eyeshadow under the outer third of my lower lash line.

6. I finished with a generous coat of lengthening mascara and a light pink gloss on the lips.

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So that’s the look! I really like the finished product. It’s light, flattering, and the perfect amount of color for the summer!

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Golden Glimmers

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I love wearing warm golden and copper shades all year round, but when the warmer months come it becomes an obsession. People talk about rocking pops of color on their eyes, but I can’t get enough of these radiant neutrals! I’ve compiled a few of my current favorite golden eye products. They’re all drugstore except for the shade in the Naked 3 palette, and all the products I chose are of high quality and pigmentation.

Products:

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Urban Decay – Trick from the Naked 3 Palette
A beautiful rose gold.

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Loreal Infallible Eyeshadow – Eternal Sunshine
Light gold packed pigment with a metallic finish.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Bad to the Bronze

Maybelline Color Tattoo – Bad to the Bronze
Bronzey gold cream shadow. Super long-wearing!

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Covergirl Shineshadow – Copper Fling
Metallic copper cream shadow.

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Maybelline Eyestudio Quad – Copper Chic
Warm toned neutral quad. Two middle shades are gorgeous!

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Wet n Wild Color Icon Trio – I’m Getting Sunburned
Great Summer trio! The last shade is the perfect true gold.

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Wet n Wild Color Icon Palette – Comfort Zone
Left column, second shadow is a beautiful warm peachy champagne shade.

Swatch Time!

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Naked 3 Trick – Loreal Eternal Sunshine – Maybelline Bad to the Bronze – Covergirl Copper Fling
Maybelline Quad Copper Chic (2 shades) – Wet n Wild I’m Getting Sunburned – Wet n Wild Comfort Zone

So there is a selection of my favorite golden neutrals. I love the look of a warm shimmery shade swiped across the lids with a good coating of mascara. It’s easy and simply beautiful!

I’m forever on the look for more stunning golden, copper, or champagne shades. I know the Loreal Infallibles have a rose gold shade called Amber Rush, but it’s always sold out! As I’m hunting for that, are they any other products I should keep my eye out for?

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Almay Liquid Lip Balm (Review)

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I’m not a huge Almay fan; this is actually the only product I own from them. However, I heard some gal on youtube talking about these, and one day I decided to try one of these “liquid lip balms.” Then a few months later I somehow found myself with almost the entire collection. I have 8 shades total, and I believe there are 10 total. I only have 7 shades swatched here though; the other one got lost in the depths of my backpack.

Now let’s get down to it.

They’re all creamy finishes with decent pigmentation; obviously some shades are more vibrant than others when on the lips. They have the perfect amount of shine for me! Just enough to make my lips look pout-y and plump. Also, they have a sweet vanilla/cupcakey smell that I find delightful, but it might bother others. The wear time is pretty average for a gloss: probably around 2-3 hours depending on the shade and what your mouth is up to. Some of the shades do have a light staining effect as well.

As for the liquid lip balm claim? These are pretty moisturizing; they feel fantastic on the lips. They don’t dry out my lips as they fade, which is a huge plus. The label says its “color + care” and although they feel comfortable, I wouldn’t say they’re doing anything for my lips. I’m not complaining, though, these look and feel really good.

Lip Swatches:

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Blooming Balm

– A light neutral pink. This was the first one I ever bought. Although it isn’t very exciting, I wear this one so often. It’s the perfect topper for a huge spectrum of pinks, because it’s pigmentation isn’t overwhelming. I also like this shade for a more natural, easy look.

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Cantaloupe Cream

– Very light orange. This shade has very little pigmentation, but I like using it over corals to make them a little more orangey/peachy. This line doesn’t really have a true coral: probably one of it’s main cons.

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Lilac Love

– This is one of my favorite shades. It’s light but the color is definitely there. I am totally digging the light purple-pink shades for this spring and summer. This is a fool proof way to rock the color!

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Apricot Pucker

– Medium orange. This shade is basically just a darker version of Cantaloupe Cream. Since this shade isn’t fully opaque, it layers with the natural color of my lips and creates a really pretty coral color. I actually really like how this looks!

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Apple a Day

– Sheer, true red. I love wearing this when I want a red lip, but I don’t want to fully commit to a full punch lipstick. This was the shade I had wanted to try in the first place and had to hunt down for quite a while. I definitely recommend this one! This shade also stains the lips, and the color lasts even after the shine wears off.

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Pink Pout

– A medium raspberry pink. I like this shade, but it’s nothing outstanding. I like this for a nice wash of color, though, and it does the job for a nice pink lip.

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Just Plum Good

– A medium purpley pink. Although this gloss looks a little intimidating in the tube, the color sheers out perfectly on the lips for a pop of purple. The shade is still vibrant, but in a subtle, wearable way. This was one of my go to’s for the winter months, and I’ll continue to rock it into the warmer weather.

Hand Swatches

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Blooming Balm – Cantaloupe Cream – Lilac Love – Apricot Pucker – Apple a Day – Pink Pout – Just Plum Good

 Bottom line: these are pretty good glosses. There’s nothing about them that is super spectacular, but they smell good, look good, and are easy to wear. These are great beginner glosses as well! These will definitely remain a staple product in my makeup cycle.

What’s your favorite summer gloss?

xoxo Gigi.

P.S. How is it possible that the bottom half of my face can look so different just with slight shifts of the camera angle? Looking at all those close up lip swatches is messing with me.

 

Copper Chic (FOTD)

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Hey guys! For summer, I absolutely love a copper/bronze eye look. It really brings out my eye color, and just looks fantastic on my skin tone. I think copper and golden shadows are super flattering on almost everyone. This is an easy way I achieve this summery makeup look!

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Products Used:

Rimmel 9-in-1 BB Cream in Light
Neutrogena 3-in-1 Concealer For Eyes in Light
Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder in 315 Soft Honey
ELF Contouring Blush and Bronzer in St Lucia
Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips All-in-1 Nude Palette in Natural Nude
Covergirl Bombshell Shineshadow in 325 Copper Fling
Maybelline Eyestudio Quad in 70 Copper Chic
Flower Eyeshadow Quad in Foxy Browns
Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eyeliner in Sable
Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eyeliner in Precious Gold
Maybelline The Rocket Mascara
Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti Fruti

Procedure:

1. First I applied my face products. I like using lighter BB creams during the summer months (or anytime really). I like this Rimmel one because it actually has decent coverage and SPF. Then I put a little concealer on those under-eye bags and a little on the eyelid for priming. I set it all with powder and bronzed and the face lightly. No blush for me, my cheeks are red enough!

2. I am in love with this Covergirl Shineshadow. It’s a cream eyeshadow that is super pigmented and metallic. A little goes a long way, and it’s soooo pretty, even on its own. However for this look, I took the second shade in the Maybelline quad and used my finger to pack it on over it. The two together create the most beautiful copper shade. I then used the deep matte brown from the Flower quad to deepen the outer corner and crease. I blended it all out, and that’s it!

3. I then messily tightlined and lined my upper lashline with the brown liner and smudged it out. I also brought a little bit onto the outer third of my lower lash line. I then put the gold eyeliner in my waterline. I looove how the gold looks smudged out. It really rounds out the look, widens the eye, and looks gorgeous with the copper shades.

4. Finishing touches! I applied two coats of mascara to my upper and lower lashes. I love The Rocket, and it makes such a difference in this look. Mascara always pulls everything together for me! Then I took my shimmer strips palette and took the lightest shade and highlighted my inner corners. I also swiped a stippling brush over the coppery shades and used it as a light highlight on my cheekbones to finish it off.

5. Lastly, I lightly applied this fantastic lip butter. It’s the perfect shade of an orange-coral. It really works well with this eye look and doesn’t overwhelm the face at all despite its vibrancy.

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Before and After

So that’s the look! It super easy to do and looks fantastic! It’s a great sultry look for the summer. What’s your favorite summer eye look?

xoxo Gigi.

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Favorite Spring Lip Products!

picture845   This Spring I’ve latched on to a couple of fantastic drugstore lip products. They’re all relatively lightweight and easy to wear. I’ve definitely the radiant orchid lip trend, and a few of these lippies are perfect to rock it in a very wearable way! image (2)   Swatches time! From left to right:

1. Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop – It’s a really pretty purple-pink with some micro-glitter. The glitters make the lips look fuller and fabulous! This has been one of my absolute go-tos.

2. Almay Liquid Lip Balm in Lilac Love – I cant get enough of these glosses! The formula is just so smooth, and they smell fantastic. This color is a really light purple with pinky undertones, the perfect radient orchid color. When I’m not wearing the Lip Butter, I’m probably wearing this.

3. Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick in Mauve Outta Here – This is the perfect deeper pink. It’s a my-lips-but-better color but deepened just right. This formula is budge-proof and stays looking great for record time. And it’s super inexpensive!

4. Maybelline Elixir in Blush Essence – Although I’m not a huge fan of the scent, this gloss is pigmented and long-lasting. This color in particular is such a pretty shade of pink, as well!

5. CoverGirl Jump Gloss Balm in 217 Frosted Cherry Twist – Although I don’t think the name fits it, this subtle pinky coral is perfect to throw on for a bright pop on the lips!

6. Maybelline Color Sensationals in Violet Intrigue and Blushing Beige – These two on their own don’t flatter me too well, but together they create the perfect medium purple that really fits the spring and summer trends. These lipsticks are creamy and comfortable on the lips while packing high color. I don’t even mind the play-doh smell. The last swatch is what these two look like when mixed.

So there you have it: a handful of my current favorite lippies! I have a mighty need for more corals in my collection, so maybe when I find a few good ones I’ll make another post.

Happy almost Summer!

xoxo Gigi.

Spring Beauty Haul!

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With tax refund season comes haul season! I was able to get my hands on a couple of makeup items that I’ve been lusting over at the drugstore for a while! Obviously it’s not all from Bath & Body Works. That’s just the bag I had handy to hold it all. And it’s a cute bag.

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Covergirl Oil Control Pressed Powder in 525 Buff Beige
Maybelline MegaPlush Mascara in Blackest Black
Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

The powder and mascara were just repurchases. The Baby Skin is something I’ve been wanting to try for a while! I’ve only used it once but so far I really like how it feels on my skin, how it makes my concealer and powder go on, and how it makes my pores look!

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Maybelline Color Tattoo in Inked in Pink
Physician’s Formula Natural Nude Shimmer Palette
Maybelline Master Hi-light Blush in Nude and Bronzer in Light Bronze

I love the Color Tattoos and I wanted this one to go with my Naked 3. Also I’ve been loving pinky/rose golds and this’ll help amp them up! I’ve been seeing a lot of people talking about both the PF and Maybelline mosaic face things. They’re all in that gorgeous rosy bronze shade and I had to have them.

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Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Unapologetic
ELF Matte Lip Color in Natural
Milani Lipstick in Naturally Chic and Plumrose
Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick in Mauve Outta Here

Love me some lipsticks. I’m still on the lookout for the lighter coral color in the matte balms, but I grabbed this bright fuscia color in the mean time. It’s a little too bright for me, but I’m not giving up on it yet. I wanted to try a similar product from the ELF line so I picked up this nudey color. I also picked up my first Milani lipsticks! I got two deep rosy shades that I love. And my search for the Megalast lipstick in tea rose continues. This was the only lipstick left in the display, but I liked the shade still so I grabbed it.

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Maybelline The Elixir in Blush Essence
Almay Liquid Lip Balm in Rosy Lipped, Lilac Love, and Apple a Day

Everyone’s also been ranting or raving over the Elixir lip glosses. I picked one up, but the smell really turns me off of it. The shade is okay, but I can’t get past the lingering smell. The Almay glosses, however, smell delicious and are my favorite glosses from the drugstore thus far. I’m slowly working on completing my collection. The Lilac one really surprised me! It’s pretty pigmented and makes my lips a wearable shade of that Radiant Orchid color! And Apple a Day is so perfect for a low maintenance red lip. I’m in makeup love!

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Sinful Colors – Baby Blues
Wet n Wild – Private Viewing

I needed more spring pastel nail polishes. Nuff said.

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Garnier Fructis Texturizing Spray
Tresemme Dry Shampoo

Since cutting my hair, I want to experiment with some loose beachy waves and curls, so I picked this up. Also, I’m trying every drugstore shampoo until I find the one that’s best for me. This is my 4th brand so far. I haven’t really tried it yet.

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Bath & Body Works fragrance mist in Amber Blush

It was on sale, and it smelled fantastic, so I bought it on an impulse.

WHOO this was a pretty big haul. But I got a lot of sales and stuff so I didn’t do too much damage. A girl can never have too much makeup!!! I also did a lot of fashion shopping this week, so once all my online purchases arrive I’ll do a Try-On Fashion Haul. So stay tuned!

Happy Spring!
xoxo Gigi.