Makeup Monday – Face in Five

Five products, five minutes, and here’s my clean, no-makeup-look, face:

  1. Fill in eyebrows and wax into shape with Urban Decay Brow BoxBrow Box in color
  2. Apply foundation all over with NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation Product Image, click to zoom
  3. Highlight cheeks and forehead with Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer 
  4. Apply mascara (it was raining, hence the tube mascara) Blinc Mascara Tube Forming mascara, Tube mascara
  5. Now for lipstick! MAC Hot Gossip Lipstick 

Wedding Wednesday – Makeup!!

Hi everyone! So, I had my hair and makeup trial. … And, I decided to do my own makeup. I feel really bad because the make up artist didn’t do a bad job, but frankly, she seemed incapable of replicating a cut crease smokey eye. From what I’ve heard from my married friends, their makeup artists were guilty of doing too much on them; while mine was way too subtle. I like a lot of makeup and my face can handle a lot of makeup.  Here are some of the inspiration pictures:

Love a smokey eye and natural lip:  : Grey Smoky Eye Makeup Tutorial:

Here is what the make up artist gave me, after prompting her to add a darker crease:

I also wasn’t super jazzed with the airbrush foundation.  Sure, my skin looked flawless.  But, it also looked yellow-er than normal and dewy.  And it came off really easily.  I like matte, ivory foundation with pink undertones.  She was definitely really good at covering up blemishes (which is something I need to work on!), but the overall effect was too heavy foundation with innocent Pollyanna eyes.

This all led to me deciding that I’ll be most comfortable saving my money for buying better makeup and doing it myself that day.  I’m still super nervous about that decision, but I’ve been practicing!

Here are my attempts so far!

A more subtle look

my first attempt at a dramatic cut crease

I want to make an actual list of all the products I’m going to use and where I’ll use them.  Then, that day, I’ll basically just have to follow a diagram.

Makeup Monday: Color Correcting

I saw this video on Sephora awhile back:

And it inspired me to buy the green color corrector: Bright Future Color Corrector by Sephora for $14.

Using it is challenging, even with the video.  Probably because I don’t have a liquid concealer or a setting powder, so I’ve just been trying to blend it in with my regular foundation.  And it works.  Sort of? I just don’t know how much it actually reduces redness.  I’ve also been using an ELF yellow concealer under my eyes to offset the blue, which does work amazingly well.



Before picture. No makeup. Chin zits.

My products. Green color corrector for the zits. Yellow concealer (right most) for under my eyes.


After color corrector has been applied.

After picture. After all foundation and makeup has been applied.

After picture. After all foundation and makeup has been applied.


Makeup Monday: Money Spending Frenzy

This happens every few months or so. I drop a couple hundred dollars on things I don’t need. $50 of those dollars went to Sephora because they had a 5 free samples promo.  I’ve already tried all of the free samples, so those reviews are below, but first here’s what I actually spent money on.


  • Too Faced Sugar Pop Eye Palette ($36) – I have way too many neutral eyeshadow palettes and this looked like a good antidote.  Plus, it comes with a “glamour guide tutorial.”
  • Nails Inc. in London Court ($14) – Too much to spend on a nailpolish?  Absolutely.  Exactly enough to bring me up to free shipping?  You betcha!  It’s the perfect, opaque, pale pink/white color.


  • |★★★★☆| Caudalie Premiere Cru the Eye Cream ($99) – Eye cream.  Good.  Nothing worth $99 though.
  • |★★★☆☆| Clinique Cleanser, Exfoliant, and Lotion ($26) – Very mild 3 piece cleansing routine.  Mild, but drying.  I needed the lotion by the end.
  • |★★★☆☆| bareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara ($19) – Somehow, something called both bare minerals AND domination seems a little at odds.  Lengthening, but not thickening.
  • |★★★★★| Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask ($26) – LOVE THIS!  A mask that’s also a lipstick.  I’m wearing the Champagne color below and it’s gorgeous.
  • |★★☆☆☆| Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation ($39) – Extremely liquidy, very sheer coverage.  Not my color or my cup of tea.  Though I will admit, non-matte foundations photograph better as evidenced below.

I am actually wearing all of the samples in this picture.

I’ll review my purchases soon.  As well as the Sephora PLAY! box I just got, which I forgot I was getting, and probably rendered this shopping spree unnecessary…oops.