Festival Makeup: Glittery Crystal Teal, Cobalt, and Opal Lookย 

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If I could live at Coachella, I might. Music, fashion, an excuse to go all out with your outfit and makeup, Beyoncรฉ, I mean.. What more could you ask for?! 

For my festival look I was inspired by desert tones, cacti, and starry skies. For those reasons, I used e.l.f’s Mad for Matte palette in Summer Breeze, Wet n Wild’s single eyeshadow in Bleached and Moonchild and Nyx’s Pigment, which is straight up glitter in peacock. 

Wet n Wild’s single glitter eyeshadow in Bleached. $1.48 at CVS, etc.

 Though my festival look may not be as outlandish as other you might’ve come across, I feel that it’s more important to consider what will outlast the heat best and go with the most outfits, thus being the most versatile yet festival-ready look I could muster. 

Nyx’s Pigment in Peacock. $6.49 Ulta, etc. 

I considered going the bejeweled third eye route but I’m not sure how well this would outlast the heat, though of course, it would surely make for good photos. 

I wanted to focus on implementing color and sparkle to the look becauseI was inspired by bright festival colors and the sunset and dusky summery tones of the desert and starry nights, so I went with teal and navy and lots of opalescent glitter. 

Wet n Wild’s single eyeshadow in Moonchild. $1.48 at CVS, etc.

I began by priming my lids with foundation, and used L’Orรฉal Pro-Matte founation. I normally don’t do this, and instead opt for either primer or an eyeshadow base, but I’ve seen others do this step, so I thought, why NOT? 

I was blown away by the Mad for Mattes palette. Its peachy shade is gorgeous and called out to me from the moment I saw it. I seriously love every shade in the palette and every one of them is creamy, blendable, and very useful. 

e.l.f’s Mad for Matte palette in Summer Breeze. $10 at Target, etc. 

I used the peachy apricot shade as my transition shade. I then dipped into my Lisa Frank bronzer to deepen up my crease and outer corner.

I patted the single glitter eyeshadow in Bleached on my entire lid. This has a sticky petroleum-jelly like consistency but is permeated with glitter in every way. The glitter is iridescent and reflects gold, blue, etc. I softened the edges of my crease and the transition between the glitter and warm tones with a gorgeous pinky peachy shade in an e.l.f Best Friend Eyeshadow duo called Peach Squad. 

e. l. f’s eyeshadow duo in Peach Squad. $3. Ulta, etc.

I love this shade and like the shadows in the made matte palette, it was creamy, blendable and dreamy as a crease shade. It lools much more salmon and pinkier n person than it does above, in my opinion. 

I then tapped some of the loose teal glitter pigment in Peacock from Nyx on my palm and grabbed some on a flat shader brush. I stuck it on to my lids pretty easily because the sticky Wet n Wild glitter was underneath.

Lastly lined my lower lashline with the cobalt blue single eyeshadow shade Moonchild by Wet n Wild and lined my water line with Nyx’s Faux Blacks Eyeliner in Blackberry.

I loved the final result and though it wasn’t exactly the looking I initially envisioned, I’m happy with it. 

Thanks so much for reading and I hope I helped inspire some festival / summery looks of your own. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒต๐Ÿ’ž

Have a beautiful fun-filled weekend, whether you’re at Coachella or not. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’•

Classic Red Lip Two Ways

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Sometimes you just need to don a good red lipstick. I like to pick one up and/or wear red lipstick when I’m feeling kind of blah or just need some extra courage. Red lips are my suit of armor. What’s yours?

My favorite way to wear a red lip is with simple eye makeup and a fresh glow complexion. Here are my three favorite red lipsticks at the moment:

  • Wet n Wild’s Megalast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick in Flame of the Game ($3.99 at Target & elsewhere) (I’m wearing it above) 
  • Smashbox’s Be Legendary Matte Lipstick in Bing ($21 at Ulta & elsewhere) 

Smashbox’s Be Legendary

    • Besame Cosmetics’ Rip-roaring Radiance Lipstick in Cherry Red ($22 on modcloth.com & elsewhere) 

          A red lip is easy to wear and pairs well with almost anything. You can wear it during any season and almost any occasion. If your skin is warm toned I recommend a blazing fire engine red or cherry.

           If your skin is cool, a blue toned red is gorgeous against your undertones. However, there are blue toned reds that work with all skin tones and make teeth look whiter which is awesome. Patrick Starrr X Mac Lip Glass in Patrick Woo is one of those intense beautiful bluish reds. 

          Patrick Starr X Mac Lip Glass in Patrick Woo. $17 at Mac,  Ulta and elsewhere

          For the look below I used Colourpop’s Yes Please palette. I’ve been shying away from the yellow, but I have no idea why because I’m now a huge fan of yellow in the crease.

          Yes Please Palette by Colourpop. $16.

          I began by priming my kids with concealer of course. A matte full coverage one works best. I then simply brushed ivory matte ivory color onto my whole lid, worked the peachy color and the yellow into the crease, and then intensified the crease with the warm tan sienna. That’s it! I love how the golden yellow pairs with the fiery red. 

          For the second look, below,  I wore Nyx’s Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania. As I was headed to a place in LA called Vampire Lounge, I thought it was apropos.

          Nyx’s Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania. $6.49 at Ulta & elsewhere.

          For some reason on my skin tone it looks way brighter than it does on the bottle, but I’m happy with the end result. As you may know, I’m typically not the biggest fan of matte lipstick, but when it comes to a red lip, liquid lips look the best and last the longest.

          This look was also super simple but understated eye makeup is pretty much a given in my book when it comes to burgundy or red lips. I used Makeup Shayla X Maybelline’s City Mini Palette. After priming my eyes, I dusted the ivory shade on my lids, then proceeded to work the brown into the crease. I placed the lighter gold shimmery shade allover the lid with my finger. I then created a slight gradient from that gold to the brown with the darker gold. Lastly, I intensified the outer corner with more of the brown and a touch of the black and lined my lower lashline lightly with the brown. 

          The City Mini Palette by Makeup Shayla X Maybelline. $7.89 at Target, etc. 

          I hope this inspired you to rock red lips this spring and summer. They’re a timeless and foolproof accessory.
          “Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.” – Gwyneth Paltrow

          Too true. 

          Love you all and hope you have a fabulous weekend and lovely Easter! 

          Think Pink for Spring

          Think Pink for Spring

          MSGM pink mini dress
          $550 – mytheresa.com

          Alice Olivia fake fur coat
          $1,090 – net-a-porter.com

          Marni shoulder bag purse
          $1,855 – mytheresa.com

          Too Faced Cosmetics blush
          $27 – selfridges.com

          $27 – harveynichols.com

          NYX eyeliner

          Stocking Stuffers Every Girl Wants

          Stocking Stuffers Every Girl Wants

          Unisex watch

          Hinged bangle
          $81 – trouva.com

          Stackable ring

          Urbanears headphone

          Fringe shawl

          Knit mitten

          Too Faced Cosmetics eyeshadow
          $66 – toofaced.com

          Lip makeup

          NYX lipstick

          Byredo oil perfume

          Bobbi Brown Cosmetics cosmetic bag
          $29 – selfridges.com

          Christmas home decor

          Stoneware cup
          $15 – trouva.com

          Glitter christmas ornament

          Acrylic ornament

          Fall // Winter Uniform (Oversized Sweaters, Minis, & Boots on Repeat)

          Fall // Winter Uniform (Oversized Sweaters, Minis, & Boots on Repeat)

          MANGO white shirt
          $40 – mango.com

          Miu Miu wool skirt

          Cartier gold necklace
          $2,535 – selfridges.com

          NYX makeup
          $33 – very.co.uk

          Urban Decay eyeliner

          Silver wall art

          Mirrored home decor

          Christmas home decor
          $20 – toofaced.com

          Berry Smoky Eye with NYX’s Avant Pop Art Throb Eyeshadow Palette // Review & Tutorial

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          As soon as I laid eyes on NYX’s Avant Pop Eyeshadow Palettes I knew I’d like them. Out of the three Avant Pop palettes, I was attracted to Art Throb (below) the most, due to the pops of color, though of course now that I own it and loved it through and through, I want the other two.

          17.00 on Nyxcosmetics.com & elsewhere.

          Admittedly however, what I don’t approve of entirely is the high price tag considering NYX is a drugstore product. Even though I love NYX and think the palette’s totally worth the price, I probably wouldn’t have bought it if I hadn’t had 30% off at CVS. This is solely due to budget related limitations. I’m so happy I did though, let me tell you.

          The pigmentation and color payoff were intense and the colors were creamy and very easy to blend. I had some problems with patchiness and matching one eye to the other but I think it’s only because I used an eyeshadow primer that was pretty terrible and I had to take it off before I could begin applying any other colors. Apparently some residue was still underneath. Regardless, I’m happy with the end results.

          I can’t wait to use other colors in eye looks like those vibrant greens.


          Image from nyxcosmetics.com.

          The color I was initially most attracted to was the berry / fuchsia with a pearlescent finish. I also had like three looks pop into my head just from looking at the palette, and I can’t wait to do those other two.

          The gorgeous raspberry/fucshia/berry color and the beautiful black with iridescent flecks seemed like an ideal pairing to me along with the silver in the inner corner and pink in the middle of the lid.

          After taking off the horrible eye primer, which I won’t even mention I primed my eyes as usual with concealer. I’m not sure why but this seems to work best for me. Let me know if there’s an eye primer that works really well for you.

          • I used Wet n Wild’s Photo Focus Concealer and laid it on the entire lid with my finger.
          • I then used the berry color in my crease and all over the outer half of my lid. I concentrated the color on my outer corner.
          • I used the pink on the center of my lid with my finger and the silver on the inner corner and inner third of my eye with my finger as well. (I’ve noticed this gives the most color payoff on the lid, and Kathleen Lights just did this on her channel.)
          • I then used the shimmery black on the outer corner to smoke it out and intensify the berry color.
          • I brushed the berry and black on my lower lash line.
          • I went back and cleaned up the whole look with a clean brush to get rid of any harsh lines & cleaned up the edges with a makeup wipe.
          • Lastly I used Monsieur Big mascara by Lancome.

          $12 for a travel size tube at Ulta & elsewhere.

          Though $25 is a lot for mascara, if you want lengthened and very thickened lashes without falsies in one swipe, this does the trick. I’d say try the travel size first to make sure you like it, which is $12.

          I used Wet n Wild’s Liquid Catsuit lipstick in Berry Recognize because I thought a berry lip would tie it all together well.

          3.99 at Target & elsewhere.

          A nude lippie would be pretty too. 

          Image from Asos.com.

          I’m excited to try a Christmas look with the palette and see how I like the other two, above, when I’m able to splurge on them. I love the idea of an art and art movement inspired palette. (Pop art) Surreal My Heart is such a cute name. (The first palette in the image above.)

          Overall it was a great value and it performed great. My only issue was fallout, which I don’t mind because I always do my eyes first with colorful looks and use makeup wipes to clean it up. I highly recommend it and other NYX products.

          What products have you been loving?

          Love & light to you all and talk soon!

          Summer in Love

          Summer in Love

          Pink crop top

          $195 – jades24.com

          Anine Bing short skirt
          $145 – stylebop.com

          Sam edelman sandals

          David Yurman gold jewelry

          Giorgio Armani makeup

          Kevyn Aucoin lipstick

          Nyx eyeliner

          Beach towel