July Boxycharm Review and Christmas in July Glam Bronze Tutorial

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Somehow I came up with a holiday look with my Boxycharm this month and I can’t say I’m mad about it. As you all know by now, I’m a fall and winter kinda girl and warm tones make me feel warm and fuzzy inside, like a cup of hot chocolate on a wintry day.

I can’t decide if I like the look I came up with better with an orangey rust lip or bright true red lip but I’ll be wearing both a ton for sure in the coming months.

Crown Brushes’ Fuego Eyeshadow Palette

The highlight of most people’s Boxycharm this month was most likely the Crown Brushes Fuego eyeshadow palette. It got five stars by reviewers on Boxycharm’s website and like many warm toned eyeshadow palettes, it’s impossible to not like. Fuego is an apt name as the shades are pure fire, my favorite being the bronzy red metallic I used all over my lid.

Let’s take a look at how all of the products performed:

Crown Brushes Fuego Eyeshadow Palette

Crown Brushes Fuego Eyeshadow Palette. $29.99

Yes I have tons of similar shadows in my makeup collection, and I’m sure you can find one or two, but considering the retail price is $29.99 and the fact that you’re getting this and three other full size products for & 20, I’m pretty happy with it. The quality of the shadows is excellent and the metallic shades are the most stunning out of the palette. The pigmentation is intense and they are all very blendable. I kind of wish there was a pop of color in the palette but other than that, I can’t complain.

Note Cosmetics Luminous Silk Compact Blusher

As you probably know by now, peachy blushes are so my thing so I was pretty pleased with this one. It’s creamy and so pretty for the summer with dewy skin. You get a pretty big pan size so it’s easy to dip your brush into it and a good amount of product. This retails for $11.99, so again, it’s a steal. Love it.

Dr. Brandt No More Baggage Eye De-Puffing Gel

I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about Dr. Brandt Skincare. I don’t really need de puffing except for when I don’t catch enough Zs or when I’m super stressed. I tried this under makeup and over moisturizer and I liked how hydrated it made my under eyes feel. The only thing I will say that you should be careful with is warm it up on your hand a bit and don’t rub it or rub concealer in over it unless it’s completely melted into the skin. I tried that and it crumpled into pieces like some primers do. It retails for $42 so I’m stroked to keep trying it and put its claims to the test;

Within minutes, this advanced formula provides a tightening effect and smooths the under-eye contour to visibly reduce the appearance of under-eye bags and dark circles for an immediately brighter, well-rested look. It also works over time to renew the under-eye area for a consistently smooth and improved appearance.”

Hmm, I’m down for that.

Wander Beauty Un lashed Volume and Curl Mascara

Though I low key wanted the Tarte primer other Boxycharmers got, I wasn’t too disappointed with this. I’m not much of a fan of mascara in general, as I only wear it with glam looks, this one gave my lashes just enough volume for everyday but not much length. It’s perfect to throw in your bag for everyday looks.

Love you guys!

Sending you love + light πŸŒŸπŸ’•

Instagram : @maggie_in_the_moon

What did you get in your Boxycharm? Did you love it, hate it, or is eh

Easy Soft Glam Smoky Eye TutorialΒ 

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I find myself doing similar eye looks on the daily even though I like to go out of my beauty comfort zone for my blog. I’m always asked the secret to a good smoky eye, so I decided to do the simplest prettiest one I do consistently, which is also easy enough for anyone to do. By the way, what they say is true, blending and a good fluffy brush are the keys to any smoky eye. 

Luxie 249 Blending and Shading Eye Brush

The Luxie 249 eye brush above is my current favorite, as I mentioned in my recent half cut crease tutorial with the Maybelline X Makeup Shayla City Mini palette. Morphe and Colourpop brushes are good inexpensive alternatives. 

Morphe’s M534 Deluxe Pro Blender. $6.

The quality of shadows obviously plays a role, but not as much as your brush’s quality as you can make an okay shadow look great with primer or concealer and a good brush and technique. 

I always start off by priming my lids with concealer. I use either Wet n Wild Photo Focus concealer, Bye Bye Under Eye by It Cosmetics, or Trick and Treat Concealer with Active Prooplis by Hey Honey. I love all of them for different reasons but I use Wet n Wild’s the most. This helps your shadow’s color pop and prevents it from creasing. 

Wet n Wild’s Photo Focus Concealer. My eye primer and nose contour standby.

I then usually set my lids with a matte bone or cream colored shadow. This helps create a blank canvas and also allows your shadows’ tones to come through. Additionally, it helps prolong your shadows’ staying power, especially if you have oily lids like me.

Rose in the Air palette by Wet n Wild.

The matte cream shade in the Rose in the Air palette by Wet n Wild. Most of the shades I used for the look are from this palette. I started off by dusting the bone shade allover the lid and then working the rusty orange shade into the crease. I took it all the way to the inner crease lightly but focused it on the outer edge.

I then used the orange brown transition shade above the orange rust color to instensify it and soften the edges. I decided on doing a solely matte look for once, as I usually do some type of shimmer on the lid, so I packed the cream shade in the inner half of the eye.

I went back and forth between the cream and the rusty orange to create a nice gradient. I then used the brown in the Maybelline X Makeup Shayla palette right under where I put the other crease shades and blended it into the other browns. I concentrated it on the outer edge to smoke it out and create a cat eye effect.

Maybelline X Makeup Shayla City Mini Palette. $9.99 at Ulta and elsewhere.

I really love how these browns paired together and the gradient effect. I also love how easy this look is to recreate. You can modify it with literally any colors. If you feel like you messed up the blending and you’re in a pinch you can always cover it up with concealer. If the damage is irreparable, then just clean it up with a makeup wipe and all will be good.

You can totally do this look with whatever tools and makeup you have, whether you’re a novice or an expert. 

I love you all and hope you’re having a fantastic weekend! 

πŸ’«πŸ’«πŸ’ŸπŸ’Ÿ

M

Thanksgiving / Holiday Festive Makeup Look with All Affordable Products

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Today I was in a festive mood so I decided to put together a Thanksgiving / holiday themed look.

I’ve been playing around with Milani’s Bella Eyes Gel Powder shadows for a while and I’m really loving the formula. It’s creamy, very pigmented, and the shimmery shades are very reflective.

The cream one, Bella Ivory, is perfect for the inner corner, below.

Image found on Ebay.com. Milani Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Bella Ivory

They come in a large variety of shades including those below:

Photo from Vampyvarnish.com. $4.39 on Walgreens.com & elsewhere.

The bronze shadow and the cream one are my favorites. I used the bronze one, Bella Copper, below, on my entire lid today. 

Milani’s Gel Powder Shadow in Bella Copper. Image from temptalia.com. Perfect for fall.

The look was actually super easy to do but does require a lot of blending and patience. Make sure to start off lightly with your shadows and build the intensity gradually or it can be easy to create a mess that’s barely fixable. 

The good news though, is that wet wipes fix everything, and you can always start over. As Tati, one of my favorite beauty gurus recently said in a video, “It’s just makeup!” I began by priming my eyelids with concealer. I used Wet n Wild’s Photo Focus concealer, below.

Wet n Wild’s Photo Focus concealer. 3.99 at Walgreen’s & elsewhere.

I then used the third medium brown color in e.l.f.’s Golden Goddess eyeshadow quad, below, labeled “crease” in my crease.

Image from makeupmoment.com. Love this quad. Their review 

here.

I used the second shade, labeled “lid” to soften up the edges all along my crease and allover the lid.

Here’s a quick tip: to get more pigmentation out of these shadows, crush a corner and use the loose powder packed onto the lid wherever you want the most intensity. 

On the outer corner I used the last shade, a dark chocolate to intensify it and smoke it out into a cat eye shape.

I also used a definer brush to smokoe out the lower lash line with that same shade.

I sprayed Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray onto my index finger, and packed the Milani Gel Powder shadow I mentioned before onto my entire lid. Here are swatches of the shadow below:

With flash.

Without flash.

With flash.

Without flash.

In the inner corner, I used e.l.f.’s Aqua Beauty Molten Liquid Eyeshadow in Rose Gold, below. I think it’s best to dab this on with the applicator, which is like a lipgloss or liquid lipstick doe foot applicator, and then tap it in with your finger.

e.l.f.’s Aqua Beauty Molten Liquid Eyeshadow in Rose Gold. 4.00 on elfcosmetics.com & elsewhere.

I also spread this onto the inner corner of my lower lash line and I really like how it brightens the eyes and pairs with the coppery tones. For mascara I used a sample of Diorshow mascara I recently received and I actually really liked it.

Wet n’ Wild Liquid Catsuit Lipstick in Missy & Fierce. $4.69 at Target & elsewhere.

To finish the look I felt a red lip was the best way to tie it all together. I used Wet n Wild’s Megalast Liquid Catsuit in Missy & Fierce. I think this is such a perfect true red and looks great on all skin tones.

I love all these products and recommend them all to you. You can use any brown toned shadows and shimmery copper to do a similar smoky eye. I think this look would be perfect for a holiday party with your family, dinner party, work party holiday party with friends, almost any holiday outing!
Hope you are having a lovely Veteran’s Day weekend! (Thank you to all our vets and military families for your sacrifices)

πŸ—πŸ‚πŸŒ½πŸπŸ’•πŸͺπŸŽ…πŸ‘ͺ🍬 

Happy pre-holiday preparations!

Love you all!

What are your thoughts on makeup looks for the holidays?

Deep Burgundy Smoky Eye / Vampy Look Tutorial

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It goes without saying that I love fall and winter. One reason I do is because of the deep vampy smoky eyes and lips that are so reminiscent of the season.

Sometimes a bold eye and lip can clash, so I try to keep them in the same color family. I’ve really been liking smoky eyes with burgundy in the crease. 

This look was super easy. I used bronzer in my crease as my transition shade to begin. You can barely see it once the look is complete, but it adds a nice warmth. I used this one by ELF:

e.l.f.’s blush and bronzing powder in St. Lucia. 4.00 at Target and elsewhere. 

I then used e.l.f.’s Artistry Palette, below, for the rest of the look. I used the shimmery burgundy shadow on my entire lid and the second shimmery champagne shade in the top row in the inner half of my eye.

e.l.f.’s artistry palette. $10.80 on 

ebates.com.

This palette is not very well rated honestly, but I’ve gotten many looks out of it. I like the pigmentation and quality so I don’t really care about the ratings. The mirror is also huge, which is awesome. I used the medium brown tone in the palette in my crease, to intensify it.

I then cleaned up the edges and blended all the colors into each other/smoked out the look with a clean brush.

Wet n Wild’s Liquid Catsuit in Berry Recognize. 3.99 at Target & elsewhere.

To tie the look together I used a wine lip liner underneath this lippie, Megalast Liquid Catsuit in Berry Recognize, above, by Wet n’ Wild. 

I really like how the look turned out overall even though I experienced some fallout. For the price though, it’s not that hard to take a wet wipe and clean it up and do your eyes first. 

Love & light to you all and have a beautiful three day weekend! 

Easy Super Bronzy Smoky Eye + Dirty Little Secrets Cosmetics Shadow Review

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I had been wanting to try Ipsy for so long and hesitated because I’m on a budget, but I realized, I spend way more than $10 on makeup in a month anyway, so rather than do so this month, I subscribed! I’m so ecstatic I did because this shadow below, by Dirty Little Secrets I received this month is among the best I’ve ever tried. I’ll let you know what I thought of the rest of the box soon!

Bronzed Eyeshadow by amazing & very underrated Dirty Little Secrets Cosmetics. Try them out!

https://www.shopdirtylittlesecret.com/

It also inspired a very smoky eye look that I think is kinda vampy and sultry and perfect for fall.

I had never done a look this smoky to be honest with you, but I felt empowered to do so because life is short and they’re my eyelids. Might as well put all the smoky eye knowledge I’ve acquired to good use!

I began by priming my lids as usual with concealer. For this look I used Hey Honey’s Trick and Treat Concealer (also in my Ipsy bag this month.

Hey Honey’s Trick & Treat Concealer. 36.00. Ulta.com.

I used the first color, a bone matte shadow, from Wet n Wild’s Au Naturel palette In Nude Awakening to set my lid. I then used the second to last color, a tawny medium toned brown, and concentrated it in the crease and dusted it on whole lid. 

The brush that comes in the palette is surprisingly good and very useful by the way. It’s double sided, with a flat side for packing shadow and a fluffy side for your crease.

Wet n Wild’s Au Naturel Palette in Nude Awakening. 6.99. 

Ulta.com.

I used the Dirty Little Secrets shadow, swatched above, with my finger and packed it on the entire lid, concentrating it on the center. The shadow is rich, creamy, pigmented, and a dream to blend out. The ultra shimmery reflects are gorgeous. For $12.00 this is a steal.

The shadow has an extremely unique color and photos don’t do it justice. It’s got a kind of blackish brown base with greenish gold bronzy reflects.

Lastly I used the top two shimmery colors, from Wet n Wild’s Color Icon palette in Comfort Zone. I placed the ivory champagne color and cool light bronzy color on my inner corner and the inner half of my lid.

I tried to find other things that are this cool color and found this cute dress below, which reminds me of the shadow. This look plus I shimmery dress like the one below would be perfect for the holidays and New Year’s, and any night out really when you’re feeling shimmery and disco ball-ish.

Dress from Shoptique. $42.

I had so much fun creating this look! Have you tried Ipsy? A bold smoky eye? 

Thanks for reading!

πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•πŸ’„πŸŒœ

Wet n Wild Color Icon Palette Review + Purple Amethyst Fall Makeup Look: Petal Pusher Palette

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The Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection by Wet n Wild in Petal Pusher calls for a floral crown & dusty lavender scarf.

 

Whenever I discover a high quality affordable makeup palette at the drugstore I pretty much do a back flip. I was at my local CVS and I did my usual walk through the makeup aisles when I discovered the Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection in Petal Pusher by Wet n Wild. (To be honest I find it soothing to look at makeup, and when I’m stressed I take a walk expressly for this reason. It’s almost like looking at pieces in a musuem. There’s something zen about it.) 

Photo by jet.com

The smoky purple/amethyst look I came up with. Bold but perfect with a nude lip + for fall. You can get away with more drama for fall & winter. Plus who cares? Rock those deep shadows girl.

Both the Beauty Brick Palette in Ultra containing purple tones by LA Girl and the Petal Pusher palette by Wet n Wild caught my eye. Neither are new products, but I’ve been wanting to do a blown out fun fall amethyst purple smoky eye. (Could I have used any more adjectives in that sentence? Probably.)

Pic by Ulta.com. 7.99 at drugstores. Next purple purchase on my list. πŸ˜‰πŸ’œ

The reasons I opted for the Wet n Wild palette were the cheaper price (4.99 vs. 7.99) and the LA Girl shadows didn’t seem to have the same pop. They looked slightly chalky and dull, compared to the shades in the Wet n Wild palette. 

Palette with flash. I had to show off how good these shades are.

That might have been due to packaging, and I’m still going back for LA Girl’s Ultra palette to test it out for myself and anyone interested. You guys know I love LA Girl, (Here is my review on their nude beauty brick), so I don’t mind taking a gamble, and you can’t really judge a shadow by just looking at it. 

I can’t get over how pigmented every shade is, how metallic the shimmery shades are, and the overall color payoff for the price. If you’re a beginner, don’t hesitate to check out Wet n Wild! Don’t sleep on their awesome makeup.

The shimmers in the Petal Pusher palette attracted me the most. I somehow managed to use them all in the look I did and was not at all mad about it. In fact I am living for these shades! πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ The deep shinmery plum purple shade, blue purple shimmery shade, and rosy purple shimmer are my favorites. I used every color in the look except the grey color.

I primed my lids with Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes, which is really more of a concealer and I have been loving it. I also love Wet n Wild’s Photofocus concealer to prime my lids. I then used the bone shade in my LA Girl Beauty Brick palette in nudes to set the lids. In the crease I used the third shade down in the first row/left column of the Petal Pusher Palette, which says ‘crease’. That is so cool because it makes it a no brainer for beginners, and if you follow those prompts, you’d get a cute look.

Photo by Ulta. 24.99. Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes Broad Spectrum SPF 15. It’s what I used to prime my eyes. I find it works perfect as a concealer and primer. It’s meant to be used as an under eye concealer as well.

I used the Smashbox concealer to highlight the brown bone as well. On the lids I used the second shade on the left column imprinted with the word ‘eyelid’, which is a lavender. I then used the bluish purple shimmery ‘definer’ in the same column in the outer corner. I went back to the lid and went in with the rosy purple with the word ‘eyelid’ in the right column. 

I then lined the lashline and outer half of my eye with the deepest plum purple shimmery shade called a ‘crease’ shade in the right column. I made a kind of cat eye. 😸

I finished off the look with mascara and a nude lip. I used Wet n Wild’s MegaLast Lip Color nude lipstick in Bare it All topped with LA Girl’s Glazed Lip Paint in Whisper. They are 1.99 and 3.99 respectively. 

I already knew I would love the palette’s quality and colors because I have the Color Icon palette in Comfort Zone. If you’ve been following my blog for a while you may recall my green smoky eye/ festive holiday look & tutorial I did with the palette. Here is that palette below:

Wet n Wild’s Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection in Comfort Zone. Also 4.99. Love both palettes with a passion. I’ll be using this for festive holiday looks and smoky eyes this fall and winter on repeat.

On Wet n Wild’s website the description of these palettes mentions that they’re enriched with macadamia nut oil and a special silicone base to ensure pigmentation and longevity. How amazing is that!?! In their own words, 

“These eyeshadow collections feature eight dynamic and vibrant shades with high pigment and pearl for ultra-impact color! A jet-milled base and silicone technology deliver longwearing, stay-true color for hours of crease-resistant wear. Enriched with Macadamia Oil, each shadow provides continuous moisture that improves the appearance of the delicate eye area. The shade combinations can be used together for a daring statement or individually to bring a pop of color to your look.

Wetnwildbeauty.com

Thank you Wet n Wild for continually improving the quality and standard of your products and offering them at an afforable price! I don’t know how you do it but I love you for it. Additionally their products are cruelty free, another reason to buy their products. I am not sponsored by the way, I just get excited about good makeup products and brands and want to share it with my awesome readers.

Thanks for reading and can’t wait to see all the smoky fall cat eye looks to come this season. 
Love and light to you all πŸ˜ŠπŸ’„βœ¨

Feeling Festive / Holiday MakeupΒ 

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I’m obsessed with my Wet n’ Wild Eye Candy Holiday palette! I gifted it to myself because why not? I highly recommend this holiday makeup set if you’re still scrambling around for a stocking stuffer or small gift. It’s a steal for 3.50, on sale, & you can find it at your local CVS. 

Pic from makeupwithahart.blogspot.com

I give Wet n’ Wild extra points for making cruelty free makeup. It goes without saying that they’re awesome for making high quality, highly-pigmented, unique eye shadows at an affordable price point. This palette contains two gorgeous green shades, which I used in this look, along with a lovely deep shimmery chocolate shade I’m dying to try with the pretty complementary shades in the set. 

The only color I didn’t use from the Eye Candy palette is from Elf’s Artistry palette, and is a bright green on the outer corner and crease.

It seems they made the palette with two looks in mind, one neutral brown smoky eye & one green smoky eye, somewhat like mine. I’m no makeup expert, but I’m pretty sure the palette also contains a duochrome on the green side. I’m in love with it. It has brown and purple undertones and looks deep emerald in the pan. I used that color for the outer corner. I used the lighter green on my lid and the deep forest green in the crease.

The lipstick I used shown above, is also by Wet n’ Wild. It’s their metallic creamy lipstick in Cashmere. Love it. My bronzer/highlighter/blush is Wet n’ Wild’s Megaglo Illuminating palette. The foundation I use is NYX’s Matte not Flat foundation and the concealer I use is Elf’s Under Eye Highlighter and Concealer. I use the same ones every day, except when I’m bumming it, in which case I just use BB cream. The Eye Candy set comes with a cute little eyeshadow primer and two lovely metallic eyeliners. I used the green one a bit in on the mid lid & bottom lid.

That’s my Christmas Eve look! I hope you enjoyed this post. I’m becoming more and more of a makeup freak. I blame Youtube and all you vloggers I adore; I love it!

Merry Christmas!