Thursday, October 24, 2013

"SLiC" Fall Evening Look by "theBalm"

Hi everyone and welcome back! I know, I are all sitting there shaking your heads going "SLiC"...whaaaa?????  "SLiC" is a sort of acronym I made up that stands for "Shadows, Lips & Cheeks". As much I would like to have every product to create an entire face of makeup from every cosmetics brand, unfortunately that is not always the case. But, I would say that for some of them I do have at least eyeshadow, blush and lipstick. I will be creating looks using the items I do have from one particular brand, but substituting my own products for those which I might not have. (Such as foundation, mascara, etc.) I think that this could get very interesting....sometimes you have to be a bit creative as you'll see when I explain the look below!

Let me start by saying how much I adore the products I have from theBalm! The first products I ever purchased were the Balm Jovi Rockstar Palette and one of their Instain blushes in "Houndstooth". Which I adore! (As soon as I can, I hope to get the entire Instain collection!) My next purchase was the Meet Matt(e) Nude palette and three more blushes, "Cabana Boy", "Down Boy", and "Frat Boy". That is the extent of the products I own from theBalm. Using only the Balm Jovi and Meet Matt(e) Nude palettes, along with the blush in the color "Cabana Boy", I was able to create a look I was happy with!

I applied my own primer, foundation, concealer, powder, etc. (You get the idea!) I decided I wanted a dramatic evening eye using some of the fall colors in the palettes. I first took the shade "Matt Singh" from the Meet Matt(e) Nude palette and used it as the transition color for my crease. Then I swapped to the Balm Jovi palette. I mixed the light goldish shade "Iron Maid-in" and the highlight shade, "Disco Disco" and put that in the inner half of my lid and also used it to highlight my inner corner. I then used "Alice Copper" on the outer half of my lid and pulled that up into the crease and blended the two together. I used a small amount of the color "The Stroke" on a pencil brush and used it to pretty much "draw" an outline of a triangle exactly where I wanted the color on my outer corner and crease. Because I have hooded lids, I have to be extremely precise where I place dark colors above my crease, so I kind of "sketch" them in lightly first. When I was happy with the placement, I added more of that dark color and blended it in with the shades I had already used. To keep the color intensity on the lid, I kept adding the blend of the two gold shades on the inner lid and the "Alice Copper" shade while blending the darkest shade so there were no harsh edges. Then to warm it back up towards my brow, I used a tiny crease blending brush and blended a little more of the "Alice Copper" shade above the dark shade. I highlighted my brow with a tiny bit of "Disco Disco". I used some black gel liner on my upper lashes and a bit of black pencil liner on my bottom lashes, then used "The Stroke" to smoke out the lower lashline. Then I added mascara and some false lashes.

I had to get creative when it came to contour and bronzer. Using the Meet Matt(e) Nude palette, I mixed two of the shades, "Matt Rosen" and "Matt Singh" (using a little more of the lighter shade) and used that mixture to lightly contour and warm up my skin tone. For cheeks I used my blush in "Cabana Boy". It's a lovely mauvy/purple shade with a satin finish and I just love the color on my fair to medium skin. I highlighted my cheekbones and cupid's bow with "Disco Disco" from the Balm Jovi palette and added just a tiny bit to my forehead, chin, and down my nose. (Although nothing can make my nose look smaller!)  For lipstick, I used both colors of the lip and cheek cream products in the Balm Jovi palette. I mixed "Milly" and "Vanilly" and just dabbed it all over my lips with my finger. By mixing the two shades, I came up with a very deep pink color. To add a touch of shine, I patted a bit of  "Disco Disco" in the center of my lips. After all was said and done, this was the look that I created!

I really had fun creating this look. I hope that you liked it too and maybe got a few ideas of your own! Like I said...I wish I had every product from every cosmetics company to do a full face look, but I think these "SLiC" looks are going to be a lot of fun! Let's see how creative I can get!

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Bye for now my lovelies! My next post should be my Halloween look!!!! Party this weekend!!!


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Homecoming for my two lovelies!

Saturday was a great day! I had the pleasure of readying my niece Nicole and her BFF Lexi (or as I call her, "My Lexi Love") to go to their first Homecoming dance ever! I played triple duty as hairstylist, makeup artist and photographer! It was crazy and hectic! But, it was also full of laughs and I got to be a part of their very first high school dance! I wanted to share just a little of our experience and let you in on the myriad of makeup products I used to get them looking all glam! (Of course, both girls have had their portraits and makeup done by me a number of times, so there are plenty of pictures of both of them on my website gallery! They are two of my favorite models!)

A photo of ALL of the products I used for both girls to get them all made up! I of course used my Sigma brushes! My niece had a teal blue dress and her BFF had a black/peach/pink dress so I actually spent a few days playing around and trying to pick the best colors for their face makeup. It was going to be bold eyes and natural cheeks and lips for both girls. I used Benefit's "thePOREfessional" primer as a canvas for both girls' makeup. For my niece, I used Tarte's Amazonian Clay full coverage airbrush foundation (it was her own, so I didn't think to write down the color! My bad! Triple duty, remember?! LOL) Because I used a powder foundation, I didn't want to overload her with even more powder, so a light dusting of NYX's "stay matte but not flat" powder foundation over just her T-zone was plenty.  I was lucky to get all the colors for my niece's eye makeup in one palette - Wet n Wild's "Blue Had me at Hello" palette. It was the perfect palette for her eyes. I used the three colors from top to bottom on the right side of the palette. I used the light Browbone shade all over her lid, the Eyelid shade on the outer half of her lid and into her crease and for added depth, used the Crease shade on her outer corner and crease and winged it out a bit. I did some winged eyeliner using essence's gel liner in "Midnight in Paris". It was the perfect long lasting black liner for both girls! And, for added sparkle, I added a touch of Lorac's "3D Liquid Lustre" drops to the center of her lids. For my niece's cheeks, I wanted that perfect pink that would last all night, so I chose theBalm's Instain blush in "Houndstooth". And, of course, since both girls wanted as much sparkle as possible, I highlighted with M.A.C.'s Mineralized Skin Finish in "Soft and Gentle". (Which...sadly, I broke into pieces by dropping it later that evening.) I don't actually have some of the products pictured here because they were gifted to the girls by me. For mascara, I chose to give Nicole Ésteé Lauder's "Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara" in black. (Both girls HATE when I put on their mascara, so they wouldn't let me and insisted on doing it themselves.) On their lips, both girls are wearing Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in "Honey" under their own chosen lipstick so that when it wore off, they would still have a pinky stain on their lips.

After spritzing her with Urban Decay's "de-slick" makeup setting spray, she was ready to go! Here is a photo of Nicole and her finished look!

The makeup for my Lexi Love was a bit different. Since she has extremely fair and oily skin, I used Revlon's Colorstay Whipped Foundation in "220 Nude" which is a perfect match for her complexion. She's also prone to breakouts, so NYX's Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in "Fair" was just the ticket to cover the few tiny spots she had and to do a small amount of concealing around her eyes. Because she does have oily skin, I did set her concealer with a dusting of NYX's "stay matte but not flat" powder foundation, but left the rest of her face alone so she still had a youthful glow. I didn't want either of them overly matte. For Lexi's eye makeup I really had to dig through my collection and find some pinks and peaches that would work for her look. I first used Maybelline's Color Tattoo cream eyeshadow in "Inked in Pink" just on her lids. Then, taking my Stila "the Natural" palette, I used the all over shimmer color in "organza" all over lids over the color tattoo base. Then I took the sparkly peach color in NYX's "Love in Florence" palette the rest of the way across her lids and into her crease. For more depth, I added the "definer" shade from the left side of Wet N Wild's "Comfort Zone" palette into her crease and outer corner and gave a sutble winged effect with the shadows. I also used essence's gel liner in "Midnight in Paris" to do a winged eyeliner look, and of course, added some sparkle with the Lorac "3D Liquid Lustre" drops. For mascara, I gave Lexi her favorite!  Lancome's Hypnose "Doll Lashes".  (Which she applied herself because she ESPECIALLY hates when I put mascara on her!) I did some light contouring and bronzing with Tarte's matte bronze in "Park Ave. Princess" and, for blush I chose a beautiful peachy/pink toned shade from theBalm in "Fratboy". I again highlighted the cheekbones with M.A.C.s MSF in "Soft and Gentle". Lexi also is wearing Revlon's Just Kissable Balm Stain in "Honey" under her own peach lip color.

After wrangling her to stand still for three seconds, I set her makeup with Urban Decay's "de-slick" and made her stand there so I could take a picture! Here's Lexi's finished look!

It was a long and crazy few hours trying to get both girls' hair, makeup and photos done...but boy...was it worth it! For my lovelies...I would do it all again in a heartbeat! Here's a few extra photos just for fun!

BFFs forever! (Can't pry those two apart with a crowbar!)

Even when she isn't posing, I always get great shots of my Lexi Love. (This is also a good example of how this makeup will look in flash photography. The eyeshadow, lustre drops, and M.A.C. highlight comes off extremely sparkly. So, keep that in mind if you don't want to sparkle. These girls wanted sparkle, sparkle, sparkle!)

Yep...that's me...being a big old goofball with my niece! Anything to make them laugh!!!  It was great and I know that the next big event is just around the corner... (Uh oh....!!!)

Bye for now my lovelies! I know this was a different kind of blog post from me, but at least you get a little peek into my life!

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Review: NEW! Cover Girl Clump Crusher EXTENSTIONS mascara

Hi everyone! Today my post will be a review on Cover Girl's new "Clump Crusher Extensions" Lash Blast mascara. I was strolling through the makeup aisle at my local Target (can't keep me out of the makeup aisle!) and I noticed this lonely package all by itself...and upon closer examination I realized it was a NEW formula of Cover Girl's infamous Clump Crusher mascara. This is "Clump Crusher Extensions" and, of course, I bought it so that I could test it out and do a review. (Disclaimer: I do not own the original formula of the Clump Crusher mascara, so this review is based solely on my experience with this new "Extensions" formula.) So let's get right to the review! 

According to the front of the packaging, this new formula claims "200% more volume + length". The back reads: "The Clump Crusher brush from COVERGIRL combined with a buildable fiber-stretch formula give 200% more volume* and length to your lashes." The asterisk is on the package and below, it says "(*vs bare lashes)".  I bought the color 840 very black.

I didn't think to take a picture of the brush before I put it in the product, but here is a close up of the brush head after removal from the tube. (I did not wipe off any product in order to take the photograph.)

It is a rubber brush that is slightly curved and is densely packed with short bristles. I noticed that the product doesn't really get too "gunked" up on the applicator like with some other mascaras. So, I didn't need to really scrape the brush to remove excess product. That's a plus! First, I am going to show you a close up photo of my eye so you can see my "naked" lashes! (Don't be frightened!!!! I have no makeup on - only moisturizer. I did not want eyeliner or eyeshadow to alter the appearance of my lashes. I didn't even put concealer on. GASP!!!) The only thing I DID DO was curl my lashes, because I ALWAYS curl my lashes before applying mascara. This way you will see a very accurate representation of how the product performs on my lashes.  These photos have not been retouched in any way. (Clearly...I mean HELLO?...concealer, where are you?)

(Scary isn't it?) I have what I would call "medium length" upper lashes, but they are not very full and I have especially sparse and very short lower lashes. Below is a photo of my eye after 2 coats of the Clump Crusher Extensions mascara.

After 2 coats of mascara, I do notice a marked increase in length and a little bit more volume. However, if you look very closely at my bottom lashes, you will see that the product has gotten on my lower lashline. This is because since my lashes are so short and sparse on the bottom, the bristles are just not long enough to get in there and really "grab" them, so I have to move the wand closer to my skin. It's unavoidable (in my case anyway) that I will get bits of product on the lower lashline. (Although this may not be an issue if I was wearing eyeliner, I don't always wear eyeliner on my lower lashline.) There was absolutely no issue with clumping. And I was impressed with the length it gave my lashes. I decided I needed another coat to see if I could build the volume because I wasn't satisfied with the volume I achieved with 2 coats. Below is a photo of my lashes after 3 coats of this mascara.

 After 3 coats the length increased even further, but I also noticed that (inevitably) I got even more product on my lower lashline. The volume also increased to a level that was more to my liking. However, it did not volumize as well as my other volumizing mascaras that I have used.

  1. I found the formula to be a little bit on the wet side, but not overly so. It dried completely after only about 3 minutes and I was able to touch the lashes without getting mascara on my finger. My lashes remained soft and flexible and did not get a "crispy" or brittle texture.
  2. The mascara was comfortable on my eyes and I didn't notice any irritation as a contact lens wearer.
  3. I was disappointed that the mascara was unable to hold the curl in my lashes. Within 15-20 minutes they were stick straight again. 
  4. While I found the length to be very adequate, I wasn't happy with the amount of volume I achieved. I like extremely thick lashes. I also didn't like that I wasn't able to apply the product to my lower lashes without getting it on my skin.
Would I recommend this product? ABSOLUTELY YES! As you can clearly see from the pictures, Cover Girl's Clump Crusher Extensions mascara gets the job done. Although I personally wasn't happy with the volume or the fact that my lashes didn't stay curled, that's my own personal preference. If you are looking for a clump free, lengthening formula that gives pretty decent volume - you will probably love this mascara.

My bottom line: "Would I purchase this mascara again"? Possibly, and here's why. Cover Girl's Clump Crusher Extensions mascara definitely lengthens your lashes...without a don't lie! But, this mascara alone did not give me the amount of volume that I personally prefer in a mascara. And, it did not hold my curl. If I could find a way that it worked for me in conjunction with the use of other mascaras that gave me a look that I am personally happy with then yes, I would purchase it again. I will be experimenting with this mascara and others to see if I can come up with a combination that works for me!

So all in all, Cover Girl's New Clump Crusher Extensions does what it says it does, it lengthens (pretty darn well actually) and thickens your lashes, so it makes the cut! Try it and see how you like it! Everyone is different...all makeup performs differently on everybody and we all have our personal preferences.

Bye for now my lovelies! 


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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Got Pores?

Hi everyone! In this post I'm going to review a few products for those of you who struggle with those annoying large pores that seem to grow in size the minute you put on your foundation! (Sorry, this post may be a little long, but I wanted to give you an in-depth review of these products!)

I will be reviewing three "poreless" primers and two "touch-up" products! Here's a look at all of the products that I'll be talking about in this post. Just so you know, all of these primers and touch up products I purchased with my own money, I am not being paid by any of the companies to review them and, of course I have used them for some time before writing this review. I wanted to give you the best possible review I could. When I do reviews you will always get my honest opinion and of course, please keep in mind that these are my experiences and you may have different results. So let's get started shall we? Let's talk about the primers that you would use under your foundation of choice.

First, let's discuss "Poreless" primers in general. Most "poreless" primers contain either Dimethicone or Dimethicone Crosspolymer and/or Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer as their main ingredient(s). In layman's terms...silicone. It is used as a stabilizing or suspending agent or as a thickener. (Although all of these primers have one or both of these as their main of them has an ingredient that may shock you!) All of these primers claim to minimize the appearance of your pores. For those of you not familiar with these types of primers, I recommend to always pat the primer into your problem areas to achieve the best results Do not swipe it or rub it in like you would a regular primer. The goal is the get the primer "packed into" your pores so (just like other primers) it forms a barrier between your skin and your foundation. By patting it in, you are filling your pores with the primer so that your foundation will go on smoother and help your foundation not to exaggerate the size of your pores.

NYX Pore Filler - $12.99 at Ulta Stores or online at for $13.00 for .67 oz of product. The NYX primer has a beige tint when it comes out of the squeeze tube package but, goes on completely clear. The consistency is smooth, but not overly watery. Once patted into the skin it has a very comfortable texture. I find that I can put my foundation on right away without letting the product "set". The package says: "Magical agent that minimizes the look of pores to create a smooth, porcelain doll-like finish to your face. Use as a base, wear it alone, or over makeup".  As for their claims of a "porcelain doll-like finish" I beg to differ. While it will reduce the appearance of pores it is not "magical"...your pores will still be visible, although not as prominent. I would also not recommend putting any of these primers OVER foundation. It just looks strange to me. All in all this is a very good "poreless" primer and it is very budget friendly. FYI - there is no SPF in this primer.

Benefit's the POREfessional - $30 at Ulta stores or online at for .75 oz of product. There is no SPF in this product. This primer also is packaged in a squeeze tube and comes out with a beige tint. However, it has a much more watery consistency than the NYX Pore Filler. It goes on translucent with a very smooth consistency but, is a tad bit slippery when first applied. The package says: "PRO balm to minimize the appearance of pores". And it definitely does when patted into problem areas. I like to let it set for a minute or two to dry and kind of "sink into the skin". I feel that my foundation goes on better and with less streaking. It is definitely more pricey than the NYX Pore Filler and do believe it performs in much the same way. But, you may prefer the consistency of this primer and the rave reviews it has received in the past. You can re-apply over your makeup during the day if your pores reappear and bother you. (I don't recommend that though. There are other options for touch ups). All in all, an excellent primer if you are willing to shell out the $30 for it.

Mally Perfect Prep Primer - $35 at and at for 1 oz. of product. (Shown above with the Mally Evercolor Poreless Face Defender which I will discuss next.)  This product comes in a glass jar and has a whipped consistency which is very, very smooth and glides on effortlessly. (It also comes in an "illuminating" version which performs the same way, but has a subtle shimmer to it). The main ingredients according to the website are Cyclopentasiloxane, which is a silcone fluid. It also contains Dimethicone and Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer. But, here's the kicker of ingredients... HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL! Huh? I was so surprised to see that on the ingredient list as the third ingredient in the product! I haven't had a problem with getting too oily with this primer but, I think those with extremely oily skin may want to skip it or try a sample if you can get one. I love this primer. It is only a little more expensive than the Benefit primer and you get more product. If your skin can handle the oil that is in this product, I highly recommend it. I find that it performs in much the same way (if not better) than Benefit's POREfessional. However, I do have to to let it "set" for a few minutes before applying my foundation because it is so slippery. I do have an oily T-zone but, I haven't had too many problems with this primer making me oily. It may be because the majority of my foundations are long-wearing matte foundations. But I do need a touch up about 5 hours or so into wearing it if I am wearing a natural finish or demi-matte foundation.

Now, let's talk about some absolutely fantastic touch up products for when you get oily.  Since I just talked about the Mally primer, I will discuss the only Mally product I have used for touch ups.

Mally's Evercolor Poreless Face Defender - $40 on and on for .46 oz. There is no SPF. This product is unlike any other touch up product I've ever used. It has a clear, gel-like consistency and is used for when you want to touch up your makeup when you get oily or just need to freshen up. The website claims "...utterly sheer, featherweight product that diffuses the look of pores, minimizes fine lines, and helps protect your makeup from morning to night".  I can attest to the fact that it DOES minimize pores, but I don't really see too much difference in my fine lines. You use this product by using the sponge provided and swirling it across the product and, using a patting motion, go over any oily spots or pores that have reappeared, or you can use all over the face. It works wonders!!!!  It mattifies the skin and completely covers your pores without adding another layer of powder which can leave you with that "cakey" look. This is probably one of the best touch up products I've ever come across. However, there are two drawbacks - one which is minor and one which is MAJOR and is almost a deal-breaker for me. The first is that the product tends to "ball up" and leave little visible bits of product on your face. That is easily remedied by just using a side of the sponge with no product on it to tap it in a little more. The major drawback is the packaging. I absolutely hate it. It used to come with a smaller sponge that was included in the compact with the product. But now, the sponge is absolutely huge! (As you can see in the photo). There is no way that sponge will fit in that compact. The compact measures about 3/4" from top to bottom and the sponge is about 7/8". If you try to place the sponge in the compact and close it...forget it. It just will not work. I even purchased some super slim sponges at Ulta and while they fit in the compact perfectly, it still will not stay closed. (Maybe with a rubber band, but that still lets air get to the product. do you carry this in your purse? You either have to place the sponge in a plastic bag or carry the entire product with the sponge in the original box it came in. Love, love, love the product. Loathe the packaging because it is so impractical. Please Mally...go back to the original packaging!

Last but not least, a powder!

IT Cosmetics Bye By Bye Pores HD Silk Micro Finishing Anti-Aging Powder - Wow! That's a mouthful! $24 at and at Ulta stores for .23 oz.  I love, love, love this powder! It is milled super fine and has a slightly yellowish tint to it, but it does go on translucent. This will absolutely get rid of those unsightly pores! You don't get a ton of product, but if you use it only on your problem areas, it should last a while. (Be advised...Ulta sells out of this stuff all the time. It also comes in the same formula as a bronzer.) The proper way to use this is to take the powder puff provided, get a little product on it and ROLL it while pressing it into the skin. You really don't want to dust this all over your face because it will not really get in there and make your pores disappear.  It is not a miracle product and you may still see some of your pores, but believe me, this powder really does make a huge difference. As an added bonus, it is packed with anti-aging ingredients, such as hydro-collagen, silk (and you really CAN feel the silk) and vitamins K, A, C & E. I haven't had this powder for long because Ulta tends to run out of it pretty quickly. I ordered it from the website. And, since I was a new customer I got 20% off my entire order and a free gift just for signing up! I highly recommend this product! One of my faves!

So, there you have it! My review on some poreless primers and touch up products! I hope that this was helpful and that you'll check out some of the products if you haven't already tried them!

Random tips:
  • If you struggle with large pores, do not use an overly shimmery highlight as it will only accentuate the size of your pores. Try Wet n Wild's Color Icon bronzer in "Reserve Your Cabana". It will give you a slight glow without making your pores look bigger.
  • Another way to minimize pores just by using your foundation is to buff it into your problem areas using light circular motions with a very soft flat topped kabuki brush. The Sigma F80 is perfect for this technique. Be careful not to press too hard as this can cause micro-exfoliation and I don't recommend people with dry skin to use this method unless they've moisturized VERY well.
  • If you know you are going to be photographed with flash photography, don't use a foundation with a high SPF. If your foundation contains an SPF, use a slightly colored powder over your entire face. Try Bare Minerals Tinted Mineral Veil. The color is barely detectable and it should (but not always) counter-act the "white face" you'll get with flash photography.

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Bye for now my lovelies! Keep being the beautiful you that you all are! A makeup look will be coming up in my next post! Anything in particular you would like to see? Color suggestions maybe?

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


Hi everyone! Here is the Homecoming look that I promised you all!  This is a more dramatic look for you older teens out there and for anyone looking to get all glammed up!  It is also extremely photography friendly. You know that cameras are going to be flashing all night long!!  Also, by using a long wearing foundation and makeup setting spray you should be able to dance all night while your makeup remains looking fresh.
(Please forgive the photo! By the time I was finished and got to taking pictures, the sun had gone down and I had to resort to using overhead lighting in my office...which is awful!! Lesson learned...start earlier next time!)

I used Benefit's Porefessional primer all over my face because I struggle with large pores and, although this doesn't make them magically disappear, it does help. For foundation I chose Estée Lauder's Double Wear (my shade is 2C3 Fresco 01) because I didn't want to layer a powder over my foundation and truthfully, in my experience, this foundation doesn't really need a setting powder. (If you don't have this foundation, a comparable drugstore brand is Revlon Colorstay in the liquid form.) I contoured my face and warmed up my skintone using my Tarte Amazonian Clay matte bronzer in "Park Ave Princess". As for blush, I used theBalm's Instain Blush in "Houndstooth" which is a pinky/mauve color. Even though theBalm's Instain line of blushes are in a powder form, they will definitely stain your cheeks and last all day or night! (Just use with a light hand so you don't accidentally put on too can always add more if needed).  I also highlighted my cheekbones and cupid's bow with M.A.C.'s Mineralized Skin Finish in "Soft and Gentle". I didn't highlight the chin, nose or forehead because it would show up too sparkly in flash photography. For my eyes I just grabbed my Urban Decay Naked2 palette because it's a very popular palette and I wanted to try to put a look together that most of you could recreate!

The shades I used: Bootycall, Tease, Verve, Pistol, Busted & Blackout.  I started with Tease in and above my crease for a transition and blending color. I used Bootycall to highlight the inner corner and a very light dusting just under my eyebrow. I used Verve as a base on my entire lid, added Pistol to the outer half and slightly up into the crease and blended together. I then added Busted to my outer "v" and blended that in with all of the other colors with a big fluffy blending brush. To deepen the crease even further, I added a tiny amount of Blackout with a pencil brush to the very outer corner and, using a bare blending brush, blended that into the crease and upwards...creating a "winged" effect with the shadows. (This is an especially good technique for you ladies with hooded eyes.) I smudged Verve, Pistol, Busted and Blackout from inner to outer on my lower lashline.  Using Maybelline's Master Drama twist up pencil eyeliner in "Midnight Master", I lined my upper lashline and winged it out very slightly. I also used this same liner in my upper and lower waterlines and a bit on the outer corner under my lower lashes just to meet up with the wing on the top.  I then curled my lashes and added one coat of L'oreal's Voluminous Million Lashes Waterproof mascara and, for some extra drama, popped on a set of half-strip accent false lashes on the outer corner. They just accentuate the "winged out" effect of the shadow that I created. I finished up with a spritz of Urban Decay's "de-slick" oil control makeup setting spray to lock everything in place.  For lips I used Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipstick in "Mauvy Night" and Revlon's Super Lustrous lipgloss in "Sugar Violet" over the top.  (Of course, you can use a long wearing lip stain or lipstick if you prefer). Since my eyes were so bold, this lip color I felt was still dramatic enough without completely overpowering the rest of the look. You can go any direction you want with the lips though! The great thing about using the shadow colors I did is that they are all neutral, so you can go with any lip look you prefer. Bare or bold!

The essentials for this look:

I hope that you all liked this look and that it gave you some ideas for your makeup look for Homecoming or your next special occasion!

Random tips:
  • Ok...all you shoe mavens out there...don't shoot me! But, if you already have a pair of beautiful high heels that match your dress, consider wearing those instead of buying new ones. They would be more comfortable and you wouldn't have to kick them off under a table somewhere after an hour! (Added will save you a little money!)
  • If you do buy new high heels and don't have time to break them in, make sure to toss a couple of clear bandages into your bag for any blisters.  The clear band will make them barely noticeable on your feet.
  • Carry the smallest bag/purse that you possibly can. There are lovely inexpensive "wristlets" that will hold your phone and a powder or lipstick. This way, the bag is always on your wrist and you're not fumbling with a clutch that doesn't have straps. 
So, that's all for now!!! I will be back soon with another beauty blog post and until then, be sure to check out my website at and my Facebook page at  You'll find some portraits of some wonderful people (and makeup looks I've created for many of them) and some fine art on my website that is for sale. Something for everyone!  (You can also get a gift certificate just for "liking" my Facebook photography page! See page for details!)  Follow me on Instragram @reneebruch and on Twitter @ReneeBruchPhoto

Bye for now my lovelies!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Perfectly purple!

Hi everyone! This quick blog post is dedicated to a lovely young Instagram follower of mine named Bay! Hi Bay!!!!  I asked if anyone wanted to see anything in particular for a Homecoming look and Miss Bay requested something that would go with a lavender dress. She's a lovely young girl with great big blue eyes and blonde hair, so I thought this would be a very flattering look for her. Bay is a tad too young for Homecoming but, she does have a special occasion coming up and I wanted to do a look that was a bit lighter and age appropriate especially for her. Everything I used is from the drugstore, so it's also a very affordable look. So, this is for you Bay!  (I will be creating a more dramatic look for the older teens out there for Homecoming and special occasions!)  Also, please excuse my facial expression! I did this in the morning and the sun was right in my face, so I couldn't help myself from squinting! Sunny Florida!!!

I'm going to just list the products I used for this look so that I can keep this post as short as possible. But, I will go into details about the eye makeup so that it will be easy to recreate!

Primer:  NYX Pore Filler
Foundation: Revlon Colorstay Whipped Créme in 240 Natural Beige
Bronzer: Revlon Photoready in "Bronzed & Chic" (I did not contour for this look. I used the bronzer just to warm up my skin tone.)
Blush: Milani Baked Blush in "Berry Amore" (Use with a very light hand! Very pigmented!!! This color also has a bit of sparkle so no highlight is needed!)
Lips: Rimmel Moisture Renew in "Antique Pink" and Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in "Sugar Violet"

Now...let's go to the eyes!

For the eyes, I used Wet 'n Wild's "Petal Pusher" 8 pan palette. You can find it in just about any drugstore for under $5!  I used only 4 shades in the palette and I will break down which shades I used and where they are located on the palette so you can recreate this look.

For my entire eyelid and inner corner I used the light/sparkly pinky purple Browbone shade on the upper right of the palette. (If you want some extra sparkle, pat some of this color onto the center of your lid after blending all the shades because you will definitely lose the sparkle as you can see.)  On the outer half of my lid I used the matte lilac Eyelid shade on the left of the palette. I added some of this color into my crease to help with the transition and blending of the color I used for my outer "v", which was the darker purple Crease shade on the left side of the palette. For a little added depth, I used a pencil brush to layer a tiny amount of the dark burgundy-like Crease shade from the right side of the palette at my outer "v" just over the dark purple shade and just blended like there was no tomorrow! For a highlight under my brow I used the matte light pink Browbone shade on the left side of the palette.  

To keep the look a little lighter, instead of black eyeliner I chose to use Rimmel's Exaggerate Full Colour Eye Definer in "Aubergine" in a very fine line right at my upper and lower lashlines and smudged it out. (I don't know if this color is still available, but any true purple color will do.) Also, using the same smudger brush, I layered the sparkly pink, lilac and dark purple shades right over the purple eyeliner from the inner corner to outer corner of my lower lashline. Curled my lashes and of course, added a few coats of black volumizing mascara! 

The essentials!  I hope you liked this look Bay and will give it a try!  You will be gorgeous no matter what you do with your makeup though for your special occasion!

Random tips:
  • Instead of lipstick and gloss, think about using a lip stain or lip tint.  A lip stain will stay all night and you won't need touch ups!
  • If you are wearing a strapless dress, consider wearing your hair down. A sparkly headband or barrette to keep your hair off your face is a nice touch!
Bye for now my lovelies!  Keep an eye out for my next blog post for a look which will be a little more dramatic for you older girls for your Homecoming or next event!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Goin' Green!

Afraid of green eyeshadow? Don't be! I created a look that's long wearing with a slightly smokey green eye. This look is great for a party or a night out without being too "in your face".  The key is to keep the rest of your look neutral and let your eyes do the talking! This look is especially lovely on brown eyed ladies! I have hooded eyes and not much space to work with from my crease to my brow. While I could take the deeper colors further above my crease, I don't always choose to do that. For me, this look was all about what you can see when you are face to face with me and I'm looking down or when I blink. It still packs plenty of punch without screaming "I'M WEARING GREEN EYESHADOW!" from across the room. A simple hairstyle (I just let mine air dry) and statement earrings completed the look.

First, I moisturized and prepped my face with Mally's Perfect Prep Primer. It smooths out the skin and helps to minimize pores. For a long wearing foundation I chose Revlon Colorstay Whipped Créme Makeup in the color 240 Natural Beige. I find that the whipped formula of the Colorstay line leaves a more natural looking finish, especially when applied with the fingers. To keep the focus on my eyes, I used my Tarte bronzer in "Park Ave. Princess" with a very light hand and NYX's blush in "Mocha". I love this blush color because it's matte and gives a very natural flush to the cheeks. To add a little extra something special to the cheeks I used M.A.C.'s Mineralized Skin Finish in "Soft and Gentle". I only used it on my cheekbones so that the rest of my face didn't have an overly sparkly look. Then it was time to break out the green shadow!

For a base for the entire eyelid, I used Milani's Shadow Eyez in Champagne Toast and also used it in my inner corner and along the bottom lash line to help the shadow stick. Maybelline's Eyestudio quad in "Green with Envy" was my choice for the greens because I love the two green shades - one is a light sparkly mossy green and the other is a very deep, dark green shade with iridescent sparkle. I just patted the lighter shade in the center of the lid, pulling the color up into the crease a tiny bit. Then, using a pencil brush, I carefully placed the darkest color on the outer corner and slightly into and above the crease right on the outer "v". Layering the shadows across the lid in this way gives a nice seamless gradient effect when blending. I used a medium brown matte shade I had on hand as a transition color to help blend out the edges and a light beige matte shadow for a highlight. (Any medium matte brown and beige shadows you have on hand will work just fine.) I layered the shadows I used on the lid along the lower lashes in the same way...lightest on the inner corner to darkest on the outer corner. I used Milani's Eye Tech Extreme liquid liner in "Blackest Black" in a very thin line on my upper lash line and winged it out very, very slightly. I curled my lashes and used my favorite mascara - L'oreal's Voluminous Million Lashes in black (the waterproof version) because I love the length and volume it gives me while keeping the curl in my lashes. You could add falsies or corner lashes for extra drama or even a pop of shimmer in the center of your lid. For the lips I chose M.A.C.'s "Creme in Your Coffee", a pinky/brown shade, to keep it neutral but not "nude" and swiped on some of Revlon's Colorstay lip gloss in "Rosepearl" for a little extra rosy shine.

The essentials for this look!  I hope you liked this look and will give it a try.

Random tips:

  • For a longer wearing lip color try Revlon's Just Kissable Balm Stains or Jordana's Twist and Shine Moisturizing Balm Stains. Both are very comfortable on the lips and when the shine wears off, the base color will still be on your lips!
  • Cell phones on a date or at a party are very distracting. It's also rude to your date or host to be on the phone talking or texting. If you must take it, put it on silent and excuse yourself and check it in the ladies room.
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Bye for now my lovelies!!!