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The Perfect Dose…

I am finally back in the States and couldn’t be happier to be in San Diego for work! I was fortunate enough to travel to many amazing places over the last month, but missed my work and clients so much! Today I am sharing with you part 1 of my review for the amazing Dose Of Colors! I came home to the most generous care package filled with these beauties from Anna, and couldn’t wait to play around with them instantly! These lipsticks, glosses and stains are top of the line quality and a must for everyone! My eyes instantly were attracted to the matte lipstick, “Kiss of Fire”, a bright blue toned red! These matte colors glide on smooth and dry to a matte finish with ultra long staying power! Check them out HERE! Dose of Colors also carries more neutral tones, peaches, pinks, and even purples! See how I created this simple yet chic look below…

 

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Face…
Foundation: Camo Girl “Earth Yellow” applied to skin with damp Beauty Blender.
Concealer: LA Girl ”Creamy Beige” applied under eyes and blended in with Beauty Blender sponge.
Face Powder: Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Powder in : Champagne {under eyes} & Golden Peach {contour}
Highlight: AOM Candelit applied to nose, lips, and cheekbones!
Brushes: Makeup & Hair Addiction brushes

Eyes…
Lashes: Mink Wink lash in “Mademoiselle” {Natural, Soft, Wispy, Light, Fan out}Mademoiselle2-800x800Gloss eyes: This is a very Avant-Garde style of makeup. Instead of wearing the normal dry powder eyeshadows, gloss or wet shadow is worn on the eyes. Paired with some nice lashes or mascara for a very high end look.
Brows: ABH Perfect brow pencil in Soft Brown.

Gloss: MAC Creme Brilliance - apply with a small flat brush to the eyelid below the crease { important tip: Do this after mascara or lashes are applied so that they stick, stay above lash line with gloss}
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Lips:
Dose Of Colors “Kiss of Fire”  - a blue toned red matte lip paint with long lasting stay! More color reviews to come!

IMG_7954 IMG_7950I cannot wait to try all these beautiful colors and share more with you about this amazing makeup line! Anna, the founder of DOC has created some of the most high quality lipsticks I have ever used. When applied to the lips you can tell that the ingredients are top of the notch and the colors speak for themselves, vibrant and artistic. I will create some wonderful swatches for all of you soon… XOX
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Fall Inspired: Plum Shadows

I love getting makeup inspiration from the different seasons and since it is Fall, this plum eyeshadow look is perfect to wear! I mostly use the color plum on green or blue eyes- it really makes the color stand out and glow! If you are afraid of wearing a plum eyeshadow, you can gradually start wearing the hue by trying a plum eyeliner on the eyes to add that hint of the color slowly! Enjoy!

I wanted to share with you all my top favorite plum eyeshadow / eyeliner to create a look like this above! This hazy hue has the perfect amount of punch to add drama. Pair this eye with a berry blush or tan flushed cheeks and it’s a match made in heaven! Avoid any pink blush though, for these colors clash!

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#1 MAC  ”Plum Dressing” – a shimmer dark purple that looks beautiful as a crease color!

#2 Sugarpill “Seasoned Plum” pressed eyeshadow – this is a very vibrant plum and suggested for the more daring beauty mavens! Worn beautifully on bottom lash line!

#3 Urban Decay “Rockstar” – this is a very deep plum and suggested for a more smokey eye look.

#4 elf “Burnt Plum” this $3 shadow is a must for everyone ! This baked blush has a hint of berry shimmer and is a lighter tone of plum!

#5 Clinique “Starry Plum” Eyeliner – this smooth khol liner is great for the bottom and top waterline!

 

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Simplistic: 5 minute eyes…

Happy weekend !! 

since I have been traveling I have spent a lot less time dolling up my eyes. I am  focusing more on creating a flawless face and less on the eyes. I also have been wearing 0 eyeliner lately. 5 minute makeup has never been easier! If you are looking for an easy, on-the-go, fast alternative to pretty eyes, I suggest investing in a good pair of lashes. They make all the difference and you don’t need a bunch of eyeshadow to wear them right. Check out how I have been getting ready while away…

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What I used on eyes:

Anastasia Beverly Hill Pro Pencil-  Apply this cream coloured pencil all over eyelid and blend in with finger to create a nude eye. {This pencil does not crease and acts as a great base or primer for eyeshadow OR just apply and wear for a nude/clean looking eye. 

Huda Beauty Lashes in Samantha {available at shophudabeauty.com} – apply right above/ almost on top of lash line! Try and get super close to lashes so that they do not look like a strip on your eye. I would suggest using the huda beauty glue or DUO lash glue- these do not remove your lashes and are gentle!

Urban Decay Perversion mascara- coat the lashes with this AMAZING mascara/ blend your real lashes with the false/ & your eyes are complete!

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My favorite pinks…

I love a good pink lip. It is the best shade for brides, for a date, and for really everyday.  a soft pink lip can look good on any skin tone and any hair color. I have a large collection of pink lipsticks, glosses and pencils. I am excited to share my top 5 with you all. These are a must that I cannot live without! MUAH!

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#1 MAC “Creme Cup” the perfect Bride lip color

#2  Tom Ford “Pink Dusk” a semi sheer soft pink for on the go shine…

#3 NARS “Angelika” gloss – no glitter true pink shine gloss!

#4 Revlon lip butter “Gumdrop” smooth lip balm with a pink shimmer tint

#5 YSL “Lingerie Pink” a luxurious lip hue for ultimate light pink glow

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Highlighter 101

I have always been a huge fan of that perfect highlight. It is by far my favorite detail to finish off each look. Just a hint of glow can add life to any look. My highlight collection is always growing with new radiant, gleaming, and shimmering products that I cant wait to share with you all! If you’re hoping to give your skin a radiance boost and emphasize certain features, than this is one gem you need to pick up! See some of my faves below and lots more tips…

Wearing here: NARS “Albatross” {cult favorite}

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  1. Eyes: This is my favorite area to highlight! Applying a tiny dab of highlighter in the inner corners of the eyes will open up the eye area and can help you look more awake.
  2. Cheeks and temples: Use a fan brush to apply highlighter along the tops of your cheekbones, up toward the temple and then along the brow bone. Check out my favorite fan brush HERE
  3. Nose and forehead: Apply a strip of highlighter in the center of the nose, from between the eyes to the tip of the nose to elongate and slim the natural size of the nose.
  4. Mouth: Using highlighter on the cupid’s bow makes the pout look a lot bigger than it really is!

Extra! Extra! Highlighting tips…

  • Not all highlighters fit all. To pick out the right shade for your skin tone, you must know your undertones. I suggest more golden/bronze tones for darker skin. For lighter skin I suggest more yellow/pearl tones.
  • If you don’t have a highlighter, improvise! A pearl or gold shimmer shadow will do!
  • There are many types of highlighters: Illuminizers- which are usually gel or liquid | Loose highlight: shimmer loose powder that usually is more natural than pressed. | Pressed Highlight: usually the most highlighted/glowing of all. |
  • Highlight Product draws light to certain areas of the face, creating a contoured effect (bringing out light and shadows on your face). Highlighter is also great for changing the appearance of certain features, for example, making the nose appear straighter or the lips appear bigger.

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Monday Makeover: Natural Nudes

 

 

Oh how I love to do makeup on this gorgeous Canadian! You may recognize her from a post last month with the vampy lips! I recently did her makeup again for a fashion shoot and was able to do a more normal and neutral toned look on her. Sometimes it is a shame to do makeup on girls as beautiful as Marina, she literally needs nothing! So don’t judge because I would rather her wear none! I created a brown smoked out wing for her eyes and a touch of nude to her lips and skin! Check out this Monday Makeover below…

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Face…

Foundation: Guerlain in 03 Beige Naturale with a damp Beauty Blender.

Powder: Makeup Forever  HD Microfinish – press this powder into the skin with a fluffy powder brush.

Highlighter: Girlactik Bronze Glow- This is a beautiful highlighter with a brown/gold tint! If you are looking for a product that will add instant tan glow to the skin, this highlighter is great for you!

Contour: Thebalm Bahama Mama- this matte-brown bronzer is a great contouring powder for the skin- apply to the forehead, jaw, and nose!
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Eyeshadows: Lorac Pro ~ Lid –  ”Mauve” ~ apply all over the lid and blend into crease| Crease- “Espresso” ~ apply this dark brown with a small tapered brush into the crease | Eyeliner shadow- “Black” ~ apply with an angled eyeliner brush to the lash line and outwards to the crease and wing it out as if it were eyeliner- this creates a smoked liner look | Inner Corner- “Champagne” ~ apply to the inner corners of the eyes for a glimmering pearl glow. |

Lashes: Esquido lashes in “Unforgettable” - these soft and elegant feather lashes are a perfect touch to this sexy eye!

Lipgloss: Girlactik in Stargloss “Just Nude” - add this sheer nude and creamy gloss to finish off the look!

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Monday Makeover: Bright Eyes

 

Hello Darlings!

This beautiful blue eyed beauty came in to me for makeup for a movie premiere a couple months ago and we got her all gussied up for it! She was obviously a natural beauty and didn’t need much so I just enhanced what she already had by adding a light foundation, highlight and some soft wispy lashes! See her full makeover below! XO

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Sheridyn is a new mommy and got some light pigmentation under her eyes when she was pregnant. This is a very normal skin condition that happens during pregnancy or being in the sun too much. Hyperpigmentation can be lightened by using lots of Vitamin C and hydroquinone. If you are looking for a product to cover the pigmentation I have found the perfect concealer to do the job!

foundation: Dior Forever in 021 apply with a damp beauty blender for a light coverage
Concealer: Cle De Peau in “Beige” apply under the eyes for ultimate coverage!
Powder: Mehron Ultra Matte powder apply with a dry beauty blender to set the foundation- press the powder into the skin.
Contour: Tarte Amazonian clay bronzer apply with a fan brush to the forehead and cheekbones, contour the nose lightly too.
Highlight: It Cosmetics hello light powder  apply to the cheekbones, inner corners, cupids bow and down the nose.
Blush: Stila Custom Color Pink - this blush is adjustable to all skin types, apply with the same fan brush to the apples of the cheeks.

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Liners: NYX “Milk” for waterline and line under with some brown shadow | Black liquid liner for top lash line – Eyeko
Lashes: Naturale Ardell #118 - pop these on and add some mascara
Shadow: MAC “All That Glitters” packed on the eyelid | “Mulch” in crease blended
Lips: Whitening Lightning gloss in “Sugar Mama” - the most pretty soft peony pink glossIMG_5946IMG_5951Sheridyn’s blog : Blue Eyed Finch

 

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Makeover Monday: Exotic Beauty

 Ciao from Italy!

Today I am sharing this exotic beauty that was a bridesmaids for one of my lovely brides this past Summer. Her eyes are everything! She wanted a very sexy eyeshadow with a full contoured face. Dark shadows along with dark hair make light eyes really pop! I always love to see transformations that bring out the most beautiful features in people, and I definitely feel like these eyeshadows do!  I used the Naked Basics 2 palette to create her eyes, this is a perfect shadow compact for on the go touch ups as well. See more below…

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Products used: I did a smokey brown/gray shadow for her eyes to make the blue pop. Gray tones really bring out blues! We also did a heavy contour to chisel her features, contouring can do wonders and really accentuate the cheekbones. See her sexy makeover below!

Foundation: Frankie Rose “Olive” foundie & Giorgio Armani #5 mixed | applied with Sigma F80
Concealer: MAC NC20 studio fix concealer
Powder: MAC Mineralize skin finish medium plus - press into skin lightly to soak up any oil.
Contour: Girlactik glow in “Bronze” - this golden bronze highlight is great for contouring!
Blush: NYX “Pinky” applied to apples of cheeks

Eyeshadow: Naked Basics 2 - “Skimp” all over lid | “Primal” in crease in a sideways V shape | “Undone” in the crease and extended out towards the crease | Add a pearl shadow on the eyelid and inner corners
Eyeliner: AOM Cosmetics liquid liner- line the lash line to hide the false lash base
Lashes: Huda Beauty lashes in Giselle and Samantha for extra thickness
Lips: Buxom full bodied gloss in “White Russian”

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Keeping Clear: Skin Care While Traveling

Hello loves!

Since I will be traveling a lot over the next couple weeks, I am very cautious with my skin and how I care for it. Being in airports and big cities can always make my complexion a little irritated, so I make sure to exfoliate every night and never go to bed with an inch of makeup on. I like to switch up my skincare regimen every couple months. This month I am using very little product and I have been wearing less makeup so that my pores stay clear. See below my travel skincare routine and how I stay glowing from city to city! XOXimage

Image Skincare: Total Resurfacing Masque ~ I cannot live without this all-in-one masque/exfoliator in my life! It has really kept my pores clean and gets rid of all impurities. I like to exfoliate with this every night to take my makeup off. Some mornings I will apply it as a masque and leave it on for 20min. It is a stronger scrub and tingled quite a bit on the skin.

Natura Bisse: Diamond White Matte Sunscreen ~ I have been pretty oily on this trip due to all the climate changes, so I have been skipping the moisturizer and going straight to my favourite sunscreen at the moment, Natura Bisse. This line was formed out of Barcelona, and I had the chance while I was there last week of meeting with one of the owners and had a tour of one of their amazing spa’s. I received some of their new products to try and will be doing s review soon. But this sunscreen is a must, it is not oily, adds wonderful moisture to the skin and smells divine! This is serious luxury when it comes to SPF!

Motives Perfecting Primer ~ to add a little bit more of a “matte” look to my skin after all the exfoliating and hydrating, I like to add a small amount of this lovely Motives primer. It fills in any lines/pores and leaves my skin fresh and ready for my makeup application!

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Winging Out…

Good Afternoon!!

Recently I have been wearing less eyeshadow and more eyeliner! You can never go wrong with a sophisticated thick winged liner! I love to pair this with a white eyeshadow and a little soft brown shadow in the crease. This is a perfect everyday look for every eye shape! Coat your lashes with some mascara or wear some amazing lashes to finish your eyes! Instant beauty in 5 minutes!

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Eyeshadow: Base- MAC “Blanc Type”  – apply all over the eyelid | Crease- MAC “Soft Brown” barely apply to the crease for a brown shadow effect.

Eyeliner: Motives liquid liner in black - line the entire eye with this pocket size liquid liner, lightly wing out the ends and thicken up the wing!

Lashes: Huda Beauty in “Samantha”  & Huda Beauty Glue – obviously pop on your favorite falsies or some mascara!

Eyes are complete! <3
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