Dec 092013
 

You ever put on  your makeup and think “Yeah, I did that” and pat yourself on the back? Ha ha! Well I want to share with you some of the times I felt like this throughout the year. I’m going to break it down into different parts and make it a series of My Favorite Looks from 2013 because it would be an extremely long post if I tried putting all of the looks and products used in one post.

I’m gonna start with my Purple Halloween look a couple months ago.Purple Halloween Look This Halloween I decided to go with a dark glam look. I’m not really into scary or gross stuff so I stuck with a beauty look,  just one that’s out of my norm.Purple Halloween Look 2

Purple Halloween Look Left eye openPurple Halloween Looking downPurple Halloween LipsPurple Halloween Look right angle Here’s what I used to create this look:

Face:

  1. Revlon Color Stay Liquid Foundation in Carmel
  2. Cover Girl Queen Collection Powder in Golden
  3. MAC Studio Stick in NC 50 for Contour
  4. Urban Decay Deslick Compact Powder all over
  5. Cover Girl Queen Collection Bronzer in Ebony Bronze for contour
  6. NARS Blush in Albatross as nose, forehead, & cheek highlight

Eyes:

  1. MAC Blackground Paint Pot from lid to crease
  2. Elf Brow Gel
  3. Temptu Concealer wheel 2nd to lightest color for brow highlight
  4. Coastal Scents 42 Matte Palette white eyeshadow for brow highlight
  5. Coastal Scents 42 Matte Palette dark brown in crease
  6. Coastal Scents 42 Matte Palette black on lid
  7. Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil in Perversion upper/lower lash line
  8. Rimmel Mascara in Pink tube
  9. Beauty Supply Lashes #138
  10. Black Opal Foundation Stick in Khalari Sand for under eye concealer
  11. Ben Nye Banana Setting Powder under eyes

Cheeks

  1. MAC Extreme Dimension Mineralize Skin Finish in Glorify
  2. MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Comfort

Lips

  1. Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in #15
  2. MAC Lip Pencil in Currant

Make sure to stay tuned for more of my favorite makeup looks from 2013!!! :-)

Sep 042013
 

CoastalScents Starry Nights QuadCoastalScents Starry Night Quad Name

I received this Coastal Scents eyeshadow quad in Starry Night as a free sample with a purchase I ordered earlier this year. I happened to be going through some things and found it so I decided to give it a try.

As you know, I’m a huge fan of Coastal Scents. I truly believe they have great products for such an inexpensive price. I especially love the fact that they have sales EVERY Fri. I wasn’t really concerned about the pigment or quality while trying out this quad. I was more interested in seeing how the colors blended.  Here’s the look I came up with below.

2013-08-30 00.29.17CoastalScents Starry Nights Quad angle view CoastalScents Starry Nights Quad cute pose

I accented the look with false lashes by Ardell (my favorite lash company) in #102 Demi.Ardell Lashes 102CoastalScents Starry Nights Quad One eye openArdell Lashes 102 looking up

 

I’m really impressed with these lashes. They remind me of a more natural version of my beloved MAC #7 lashes. I’ll definitely buy more of these.

 

***Oh and for my Texas beauty lovers, H.E.B. has these lashes on sale for $2.50. :-)***

 

Aug 202013
 

Weekend Full FOTD 2I usually don’t keep the same looks but it was something about my smokey green eyes and the bold pink lip with glowing bronzed cheeks that made me do an instant replay from Saturday to Sunday.

WEekend FOTD close with flashHa ha! This picture was taken with flash. I promise in real life my lips weren’t quite that bright. Whew! The flash made them look neon as if they’d glow in the dark . LOL! :-)

Weekend FOTD Full view no flashWeekend FOTD sideviewAbove are more  pictures without a flash to give you a better idea of how it looked.  After reviewing these pictures, I just realized I didn’t do any close ups of my eyes. My bad. The picture below was the only close up picture I took. Not sure how that happened.

Weekend FOTD close up

Here’s what I used below:

Brows

  1. Elf Clear Brow Gel

Eyes

  1. Black Opal Foundation Stick in Kalahari Sand under brows to add shape
  2. MUFE Aqua Eye Cream in #23  blended from lid to crease
  3. Coastal Scents 42 Matte Palette (fave e/s palette ever!) : White as a brow highlight, dark blue in outer crease/lid, orange above crease, yellow in inner crease, light lime green on inner lid.
  4. Kryolan Liquid Eyeliner in black upper lash line
  5. Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil in Mildew for lower lash line
  6. Beauty Supply False lashes (Blue & White plastic container for $1). Sorry don’t remember the #.
  7. Black Opal Foundation Stick in Kalahari Sand for under eye concealer.
  8. Ben Nye Banana Powder to set under eye concealer

Face

  1. Nurturing Force as a primer (review coming soon). Learned about this product from the ladies of Magnolia Makeup.
  2. Black Opal Foundation Stick in Rich Caramel on certain spots/blemishes
  3. MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation in C7
  4. MAC Extra Dimension Skin Finish in Glorify as a bronzer
  5. Cover Girl Queen Collection Bronzer in Ebony Bronzer as Check/Nose Contour
  6. NARS Albatross highlighter blush as cheek, nose, & forehead highlight
  7. Cargo Blush in Laguna on apples of cheeks for a pop of color
  8. MAC Prep and Prime loose Powder used all over before & after makeup to control oiliness and give a smooth matte finish.
  9. Urban Decay De Slick Spray Before and After makeup to control oiliness and to keep makeup on without having to touch up as much.

Lips

  1. MAC Lipstick in Candy Yum Yum
  2. Stila Lip Enamel Luxe Gloss in Giggle

 

Jun 182013
 

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Have you ever done your makeup and thought “hmph that’s really cute”?  Well I was feeling myself a little bit this weekend, LOL, and decided take some pics and post what I used. ;-)

Here’s what I used to create this look.

Face

MAC Prolongwear Foundation in NC 45

MAC Mineralize Powder foundation in Dark

MAC Blush in Blunt for Cheek Contour

MAC Blush in Peaches as blush

MAC Blush in Style and MAC Pigment in Vanilla as Cheek and Nose Highlight

MAC Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Powder

Lips

MAC Candy Yum Yum lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Nicki lipglass

Eyes

MAC Paint Pot in Moss Scape

MAC Naked Pigment and Gesso Eyeshadow as brow highlight

MAC Eyeshadow in Rule as crease color

MAC Eyeshadow in Carbon as outer lid color

MAC Eyeshadow in Greensmoke as middle lid color

MAC Pigment in Vanilla as inner lid color

Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil in Perversion in Waterline

Wet n Wild Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Black on top lash line

MUFE Aqua Eyes Pencil in 20L

Ardell Lashes in #305

 

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Feb 282013
 

I tried something a little different this weekend for my makeup.  I’ve heard several makeup artists combining more than one lash to create dramatic effects but I’d never done it.  I figured I’d give it a try.

FOTD Double Lash Look full faceFOTD Double lashes looking down and rt

FOTD Left side with double lashesI used Ardell #120 Lashes, which are currently my favorite lashes.  If in Texas, you can get them from H.E.B. I’ve seen prices range from $2.35-2.60.  I also see them at Kroger’s grocery store for $2.67.

FOTD 2-23-13 left side viewHere’s what I used to create this look below:

Face

  1. Maybeline BB Cream in Dark
  2. Loreal Magic Perfection Base
  3. MAC Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Powder (Before and after makeup)
  4. Black Opal Foundation Stick in Rich Carmel (certain spots)
  5. Cover Girl Queen Collection Lasting Matte Pressed Powder in Golden
  6. MAC Vanilla Pigment as cheek highlight
  7. NARS Exhibit A Blush on Cheek Bones
  8. Cover Girl Queen Collection Bronzer in Ebony Bronze as Cheek Contour
  9. Skindinavia No More Shine Finishing Spray

Eyes

  1. Urban Decay Primer Potion
  2. Black Opal Foundation Stick in Kalahari Sand (used to carve out brow and under eye highlight)
  3. MAC Naked Pigment mixed with white from Coastal Scents 42 Matte Palette as brow highlight
  4. Orange shadow from Coastal Scents 42 Matte Palette in the crease
  5. MAC Grease Paint Stick in Purple on the lid as a base blended to crease
  6. Clinique eyeshadow in Royal Rush on inner lid
  7. Dark Purple shadow from Coastal Scents 42 Matte Palette on outer lid
  8. Elf Cream liner in Black as top liner
  9. Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes pencil 20L on lower lash line
  10. Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Perversion in Waterline.
  11. Clinique High Impact Mascara in Black
  12. Ardell #120 Lashes 2 pair on each eye

Lips

  • Make Up Forever Aqua lip pencil in #11C
  • Wet n Wild Matte Lipstick in Don’t Blink Pink in the center
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    Oct 152012
     

    I had the pleasure of performing during the Pre-Game show of the Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs game yesterday. The experience was incredible. I participated in this event earlier this year so i definitely didn’t want to miss it this time.  The goal of the performance is to raise awareness for Breast Cancer as well as show people you can live a healthy lifestyle by working out while still having fun.

    Yay!!! Finally got a picture with both of my all time favorite Zumba instructors!! :-D On the left is Rashard of Zumba with Rashard and in the middle is Karen of Cha Cha Zumba who is a breast cancer survivor.  These two ladies have made a huge difference in my life.  They are truly incredible in what they do  and how they motivate and encourage their students.  I’ll always be grateful to have them as a part of my new healthier lifestyle.  Just to give you an idea of how Zumba has worked for me.  Check out the picture below of Rashard and I at the last Zumba Party in Pink Zumba Performance at the Rockets game earlier this year.

    Unfortunately this is a blurry cell phone picture but you get the idea. Zumba is so much more than just having fun.  I’ve come a long way since January and the majority of it is because of Zumba and particularly Karen and Rashard. :-)

    Below we’re waiting for practice to start. The excitement is building up.

    These were taken right before our Pre-Game show performance.  We all work out at the same gym with Rashard! :-)

    Below is a group picture with our shero Karen!  She has such a wonderful spirit that just draws people to her.  Karen is currently featured on a bilboard and posters for Susan G. Komen. Go Karen!!!

    So happy to have had my friends and family come out to the game to support Breast Cancer Awareness as well as cheer me on during our performance! Shout out to my cousin Jackie for wearing her Pink shirt and bracelets!!! :-)

    The Rockets Mascot Clutch was trying to shoot the ball in the goal without looking.  He didn’t quite make it in, but had some really close calls. Ha ha! 

    My batteries died on my camera. :-( I took these pictures of Jeremy Lin with my cell. He’s a lot shorter than I thought. Ha ha!

    Since I was performing on the basketball court, I wanted to go all out with the drama for my makeup. I wouldn’t claim this as an everyday look for me, but I enjoyed it.  I stuck with the Pink theme for October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I pretty much did everything pink except my foundation. :-)

    I only got a couple of pictures before I left because I ran out of time.  I took these with my phone so of course the quality isn’t as good.  *I need to get a better phone ASAP*

    In the above pics I was wearing my 1st Lip look which was Wet n Wild Don’t Blink Pink with MAC Lipgelee’ Preppy

    Here I’m wearing my Lip Look #2 Wet n Wild Don’t Blink Pink with Stila Lip Enamel Luxe Gloss in Giggle

    Note to self…make sure to take pics right after doing makeup…not at the end of the day. SMH.  It looked a lot better than this, but I left the house in a hurry and didn’t get to take pictures like I planned. :-( This picture was taken without a flash

    Here’s what I used below to create this look:

    Face

    1. Isomers HD Primer
    2. MAC Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Powder Loose (Before and After
    3. MAC Prolongwear Foundation NC45 (decided to give it another try)
    4. Cover Girl Queen Collection Stay Matte Powder in Golden
    5. Skindinavia No More Shine Setting Spray (Before and after)

    Cheeks

    1. Highlight is a mixture of Nars Albatross blush, MAC Vanilla Pigment, and MAC Glitter in Reflects Pearl Glitter
    2. Cheek color is La Femme Blush in Fuchsia
    3. Contour is La Femme Blush in Purple Passion

    Eyes

    1. Urban Decay Primer Potion
    2. NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk (on lid blended to brow)
    3. MAC Pigment in Milk on inner tear duct with MAC Fix+
    4. MAC Pigment in Fuchsia mid lid with MAC Fix+
    5. MAC Motif eyeshadow in inner crease
    6. Elf Cream Liner in Black on top lid
    7. Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencils in Rockstar in water line and on bottom line smudged through lower lashes
    8. Loreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara
    9. Ardell False Lashes #111 (I cut them to make them wisp at ends)

    Lips

    1st Lip Look

    1. Kiehls Lip Balm
    2. Wet n Wild Matte Lipstick in Don’t Blink Pink
    3. MAC Lipgelee’ in Preppy
    2nd Lip Look
    1. Wet n Wild Matte Lipstick in Don’t Blink Pink
    2. Stila Lip Enamel Luxe Gloss in Giggle
    3rd Lip Look
    1. Stila Lip Enamel Luxe Gloss in Giggle by itself.  I’ll review this product in another post.

     

    This is the song that we used during our performance.  It was soooooo much fun. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4OwHk61EiA&noredirect=1