Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Never be Afraid of Color featuring BH cosmetics 120 color palette 2nd edition

When I first started building my professional makeup kit, the most important criteria for my makeup purchases were quality and affordability. One of my very first purchases was BH cosmetics 120 color palette of 2nd edition. I got this palette, because it had variety of colors, as well as some neutral and earth tone shades. Moreover, it was very affordable. My first impression of the eyeshadow colors was their great pigmentation and easy application. However, looking at some colors, like vivid yellow or bright orange, I had no idea what they could be used for. I would always think that bright colors would make one look ridiculous. I was so wrong.

I started practicing my editorial makeup looks using bright shades from the palette, so I would not use up the ones that I use on my subtle everyday looks. However, while exploring the world of colors I was amazed by how the harmony of few shades can bring the makeup to totally another level. I started looking for inspiration in the nature, combining the colors and falling in love with them over and over. The following look was created being inspired by a peacock feather.

Once I became comfortable with using color, I created some looks that could be worn to special occasions or be matched with the outfits of the day. Here are many shades of blue and green using BH cosmetics color palette eyeshadows. To make the color pop, apply white eyeshadow base on the lids prior to eyeshadow application. I used NYX jumbo eye pencil in milk. 

Lipstick: MAC in Vegas Volt

Pretty dramatic, huh? Despite the vividness, colors can be subtle too! Don't believe me? Here is an example. Creative eyeliner look using bright red eye shadow. To create this look I sprayed my brush with MAC fix+ spray and then picked up some shadow, by creating gel like consistency. Once applied as a liner, shadows dry and stay put for long time. 

Another fun way to wear colors is by incorporating some bling-bling! In the following look I used orange eye shadows from the palette and added some orange glitter to the lid for glamorous eye look. 

You might have seen me already using my BH cosmetics 120 color palette in this blog before. I like this palette a lot and recommend it if you want to experiment with fun looks using all kinds of colors (you can find these at www.bhcosmetics.com). I also wanted to advice those who are building their makeup kits for the first time and pursuing their dreams: you don't have to buy all expensive high end makeup products. However, you would not want to use low quality products on your clients either, since it will ruin your work. Find affordable, good quality products, read reviews on them and start with them. 
Beauties, if you have any questions or requests, do not hesitate to leave a comment, email me or reach me from other social media. Hope this post was helpful. 
Until next time, Stay Blessed!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Creative Cut Crease Look: Tarte Cosmetics Review

Hello my beautiful readers! I am back today with another review and pretty look that you could wear to a special occasion. If you follow me on Instagram, you might already know that Tarte Cosmetics were so kind to send me their products for the review. Everything pictured above was selected according to my skin tone/type and preferences, and today I will be reviewing all of them.
These are the very first Tarte products in my makeup collection and I was so excited to receive them! The first thing that caught my attention was packaging: it is so unique, cool and beautiful. I also loved that Tarte products are all natural, vegan friendly and cruelty free. All of their products formulated without parabens, mineral oil, gluten and many other chemicals that are hard to write and pronunciate. I went right into swatching and creating looks. 

I created the following cut crease look with a twist and I added some rhinestones to make it look more glamorous. 

Let's start with the face: 
1. Amazonian Clay BB tinted moisturizer in Light all over the face. 
2. Maracuja creaseless concealer in Fair.
3. Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in Blissful.
4. Amazonian Clay Matte waterproof bronzer in Park Ave Princess.

My skin type is dry to normal (gets especially dry when it is cold) and super sensitive. I had acne problem for years and my skin breaks out easily if it dislikes the product. I was sticking into the same foundation routine for 3-4 years, which consists of all Clinique products and also added a Smashbox Camera Ready BB cream a year ago. I loved using BB cream instead of foundation, because it is all in one (primer, moisturizer, sunscreen, foundation) and the coverage is not as heavy as foundation's. So I decided to try Tarte BB cream, that is oil-free and has antioxidant rich formula. I have been using it daily for a week now and I love it! It is lightweight, more sheer than Smashbox BB cream, but can be built up. It gives face a dewiness, that instantly brightens up the face and doesn't make it look oily. My skin did not break out at all and it looks great towards the end of the day as well! So, i would totally recommend this product. 
As for the concealer, it is full coverage, waterproof and lasts all day. It is perfect to combine with BB cream, since BB creams do not have enough coverage to hide some minor blemishes and acne scars. Half pea size of a concealer was enough to cover my dark circles and give a soft highlight to my face. Indeed, it lasts all day and stays put. 
As for the blush and bronzer, I loved the matte formula, easy application and very natural looking result. I really cannot name any shortcomings of the products. 

Let's zoom in the eyes and lips. Here are the close up shots:  

For Lips I used Lip Surgence Lip Tint in Enchanted. 
For Brows: EmphasEYES Waterproof clay shadow/liner in Bronze.
For Eyes: 
1. Clean Slate 360 creaseless 12-hr smoothing eye primer
2. EmphasEYES Waterproof clay shadow/liner in Deep Sage to green cut crease. 
3. EmphasEYES Waterproof clay shadow/liner in Black to line the lashline.
4. Amazonian Clay Matte waterproof bronzer in Park Ave Princess on the crease.
5. Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara.
6. I also used light gold shadow from ELF 100 color palette on the lid, false lashes and rhinestones from craft store.

Clean Slate Primer is colorless, soft, feels velvety and does its job well. It is a shadow primer and under eye base all in one. 
Their EmphasEYES shadow/liners don't dry too fast as many other gel liners and can be easily smudged out to create smokey liner effect. Liners go on smoothly and do not smudge once they are dry. As you see, I also used it to fill in my brows and waterproof them. 
Let's talk about Mascara, shall we? Well, all I can say is "Bye, bye, Dior Show!!" I love this mascara so much, it tops up my list. Makes my lashes look beautiful and stays put all day. Love it and totally recommend it!
Tarte lip surgence is tint+gloss+lip balm all in one. Once applied the color does not wear off fast and lips stay hydrated for hours. It lives in my purse now and I am planning on getting some other colors as well. 

Last product that I'd like to review is Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance Lipstick. Here is a color swatch of the lipstick in Foxy.

The lipstick goes on very smoothly, lasts long, has creamy formula with very rich and vivid color. It does not dry out the lips and feels great!

I rarely liked every product from particular brand. I usually love different products from different brands and my makeup collection is very diverse. However, I really liked all of the products that Tarte Cosmetics had sent me and planning on adding some more of Tarte goodies to my makeup collection. I wonder why I never tried this line before... If you are planning on trying Tarte, go for it. I totally recommend.

Hope my reviews are helpful and useful for all of you. I usually review and recommend those products that I believe are great and work well. Therefore all of my reviews here on the blog are mainly positive, because I don't want to bother writing about something I don't like. 

Until the next post, Stay blessed!

Friday, November 15, 2013

First Impression: Motives Cosmetics by Loren Ridinger and Lala + Free Shipping Code

Hello, beauties! It has been so long again since we last talked through this blog. I promise to update more frequently, since i have so much to share with you all! Today, I'd like to start with an awesome story. 
One beautiful sunny Texas day, someone knocked on my door. I opened and saw a postal service with two big boxes waiting for me to sign and accept. I carried heavy boxes into the house, opened them and almost fainted! They were filled with all kinds of makeup goodies! Well, to someone who is so passionate about makeup this was like a dream!! I was shocked, surprised and so excited to see all of the eye shadows, lipsticks, palettes, liners, mascaras, brushes and many many more!
These beautiful products were sent to me from Motives Cosmetics by Loren Ridinger and Lala. I feel so blessed to be able to try out these amazing products and share my thoughts and reviews with you all!
So far, I was not able to try much of the products yet, but i am getting there ;). I will be posting looks and tutorials and reviewing the products in my future posts. 
My first impression of Motives Cosmetics was my amazement at their beautiful packaging. It looks and feels great! Swatching some products, I loved how pigmented shadows were, how soft and silky their lipsticks were and how easy was the application process. So far so good! So I went ahead and tried to create some looks using these products and here are my first looks I came up with. 

Now, let's go through steps and products used to create these looks.

To create this Blue Look:
1. I filled out my brows using Waterproof automatic eyebrow pencil in dark brown and Brow perfecting gel in dark brown.
2. Then I primed my lids using Eye shadow base. 
3. I applied Glamour pigment the lid, defined my crease with eye shadow in Twilight, and applied Onyx shade on the outer V area.
4. Next I applied Eye shadow in Lust Dust on the entire lower lashline by winging it outwards. I also brightened my tear duct area by applying shade in Liquid. 
5. I used Kohl Eyeliner in Angel to color my waterline and winged it out right above the blue wing I made earlier. 
6. Last, but not least, I applied Luxe Precision Eyeliner in Jet Black on my lashline and glued false lashes #109. I also added some mascara in black to blend my natural lashes with falsies. Done!

For this Purple Look:
1. I filled out my brows using Waterproof automatic eyebrow pencil in dark brown and Brow perfecting gel in dark brown.
2. I used Eye shadow base to prime my lids. Then I used light purple from Baked mineral eyeshadow trio in impatient on the center of my  upper and lower lids. 
3. Then I started to create gradient purple accent from the center towards the inner and outer corners of the eyes using dark purple from the baked mineral eyeshadow trio in impatient, as well as eyeshadows in ecstasy and breaking dawn.
4. I used eyeliner in onyx to line my waterline and liquid liner in noir to create winged liner. 
5. Finished off by applying mascara on the lashes and #109 false eyelashes. That's it!

I know many beauty bloggers who would write nice things about the products that they were sent, even if they didn't like them. However, I want this review to be helpful to others, so when you purchase the products, you won't be disappointed. While creating these looks I liked the quality of the products and easy application process. I want to point out on some of the products that I instantly fell in love with. First, Motives Eye Shadow Base - perfect base to make the colors pop. When using the colored shades I always used NYX jumbo eye pencil in milk even after priming the eyes, so that colored shadows would pop. Well, now I have a replacement for it, that would replace two step application of primer and NYX jep. Second, their kohl eyeliners, especially in angel. It feels like butter, goes on very smoothly and doesn't smudge. The next product I loved using is Luxe Precision Eyeliner - it took me less time to create perfect winged liner on my hooded lids and stayed put for couple of hours (well, i could not test it for longer, since it was late and I washed my makeup off). 
Besides creating eye looks, I also tried their face products and liked them all! My skin is very sensitive, therefore not every product works for me. However, my skin did not break out and I am using some of their face products regularly now. One of those products is Motives Color Perfection Quad - this is perfect to contour the face: use lightest color to highlight and darkest to contour the face. The product is very easy to apply and blend, it is also very lightweight. 

Beauties, that's it for today's blog post about my first impressions of Motives Cosmetics Line. If you want to purchase the products you can do so by going to their website: www.motivescosmetics.com (for US and Canada) and global.shop.com (International purchases). Enter code : BEAUTIFYANDCREATIFY and get a FREE shipping!

I will talk to you in my next post. Stay blessed!