Top 5 Summer Beauty Products

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Hello my friends! I’ve missed you. As you can see by my latest posts, I’ve been pursuing my art/graphic design goals intensely. I’m still a hardcore makeup lover, and buy just as much makeup as ever, so I thought I’d chat with you about my favorite products for the summer. It’s hard to find products that withstand the summer heat in LA. Here are some that can do no wrong:

Stila Colour Balm Lipstick

I absolutely adore this lipstick. It’s extemeley creamy and pigmented. It is way more pigmented than a typical balm. It also has a nice minty feel and smell. The color is perfect for summer and I always get compliments on it. Although it needs to be reapplied throughout the day, I don’t mind because I can’t do super matte during the summer.

Flower Beauty Light Illusion Foundation

This foundation is always a win for me. Although I have oily skin, it stands the test of time, especially under a mattifying or pore blurring primer. It never makes me look greasy or cakey. I love it through and through. It gives the skin a natural, fresh, healthy glow, yet the coverage is amazing. I don’t want to feel like I’m wearing a pound of makeup in the summer and this gives me a comfortable feeling. 10 out of 10 for me.

Catrice Prime & Fine Mattifying Waterproof Powder

I’ve never tested the waterproof aspects of this powder but I can guarantee that the blurring and mattifying effects are absolutely there. The powder gives you a gorgeous airbrushed look and makes your entire look blurred out and velvety. I love wearing it over the Light Illusion foundation. For the summer in LA, this is just what I need.

Wet and Wild Color Icon Bronzer in Sunset Striptease

You already knew I was going to throw some Wet and Wild in there right? How can I not? They just keep killing it and what can I say? I’m a loyal beech. I absolutely am obsessed with this bronzer. It’s so easy to use. You can contour and bronze with it and it gives the face such a nice summery glow without looking too orange or muddy. I am no bronzer or contouring expert by any means so if I can do it, so can you. Love it.

Your Good Skin Antioxidant Day Cream with SPF 30

With the scorching rays in LA, you NEED an SPF and sun protection. Don’t leave your house without a cute hat if you’re going to be out and about. I’m serious. (Unless you want to look aged) This moisturizer is exactly what I’m looking for in terms of hydration and sun protection. It is a nice two in one and jam packed with good for skin ingredients. I already need a new one.

By the way, all of these products have stellar reviews so yay you can trust them. Love you all! ❀⚑

What are your must have summer products? Leave them in the comments.

Hope you’re having an amazing day

Summer Patterns

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Lately I’ve been into drawing patterns and greenhouses. I’d love to design home accesories, t shirts, and dresses with these designs. Although summer is not my favorite season, I love the lush plants that bloom this time of year and I’m inspired by them. πŸ’š

Drugstore Makeup Haul /How I Got Makeup at CVS Almost for Free / Opal and Violet Eye Tutorial

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I always get so excited to get makeup basically for free. I’m here for drugstore makeup and I’m all for drugstore savings, especially when you’re on a budget. With amazingly affordable brands like Wet n Wild and e.l.f at the drugstore, there’s no reason to forego quality because you can’t afford high end makeup.

I found two intriguing products by e.l.f at my local drugstore. One inspired me to do this look, the Stardust Glitter Eyeliner. Both the name and the look of the product lured me in. Anyone who knows me knows I’m all about opals, stars and starry astronomy related things, and of course, also glitter.

Stardust Glitter Eyeliner by e.l.f in Pink Opal. $4. ElfCosmetics.com, CVS, Target, etc.

It looks way cooler in person and has intense pink reflects. It looked amazing swatched and paired beautifully with the other new e.l.f product that intrigued me, the No Budge Shadow Stick in Rose Gold.

E.l.f’s No Budge Shadow Stick in Rose Gold. $4 at CVS, Target, etc.

This product is supposed to be a no budge formula. Though both the liner and the shadow stick were very pretty, they both definitely creased on me throughout the day so I suggest using a very full coverage thick concealer with them as eyeshadow primer, like Bye Bye Undereye by It Cosmetics or Shape Tape by Tarte.

Wet n Wild’s Megacushion Foundation. $7.89 at Target, CVS, etc.

At CVS, I used $5 of Extra Bucks, a 15% off coupon, and a $3 of $11 off makeup coupon, and I scored the e.l.f eyeliner and shadow stick for $1 and change. I was stoked. I then went back a few days later to get the Wet n Wild Cushion foundation with $3 Extra Bucks I still had.

Wet n Wild’s Megaslicks Lip Gloss in Sun Glaze. $1.93 at Walmart, CVS, etc.

Since I ended up spending $10 on Wet n Wild makeup on the foundation and a lip gloss, I got $5 more extra bucks.

Brush Shampoo by e.l.f. $4 at CVS, ElfCosmetics.com, etc.

I then got $3 more at checkout so I went back and got an e.l.f liner brush and brush cleaner for a dollar and change. I haven’t washed my brushes in a hot minute so I’m looking forward to be getting the gunk out of them.

E.l.f’s small angled brush. $3.

Needless to say, it’s been a good week for drugstore savings for sure.

This look was easy to do but took tons of layering to get the pigment to where I wanted it. I haven’t used the eyeliner for its actual intended purpose, but I will give it a try. I began by priming my eyes with Kokie’s Be Bright Illuminating Concealer.

Kokie’s Be Bright Illuminating Concealer. $8 at Walmart.

I actually really like this for the undereye but for this look, a thicker more full coverage matte concealer would’ve been better.

Colourpop’s Super Shock Shadow in Stereo. $5. Ulta, colourpop.com etc.

I then used the shadow stick allover the second half of the eye. I cut my crease and filled the entire inner half of the eye with the eyeliner.

Essence’s Single Eyeshadow in Black as a Berry. $3.

I blended the two shades into each other to get rid of the harsh lines. I placed Colourpop’s Super Shock Shadow in Stereo on the outer corner and used Essences’s single shadow in Black as a Berry to line the lower lashline.

I would’ve liked the look to have more shimmer and glitter but I made the products work, and it’s good for an everyday glam kinda day.

What products have you scored at the drugstore lately?

Love & light!

Thanks for reading

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Peachy Summer Smoky Eye Tutorial + Mini Stila and TJ Maxx Haul + Stila Review

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It’s always a good day when you find a $40 palette at TJ Maxx for $7. I had to part with my coins for this one.

Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye and Cheek Palette in Tan/Deep by Stila. $39.99 at Ulta, Sephora, etc.

The Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye and Cheek palette is formulated to suit your skin tone and comes in three categories, Fair, Medium, and Tan/Deep. Though my skin tone is warm light to medium, I don’t care and got tan/deep because not only is that the only one my TJ Maxx had but I love the tones. Honestly I’m not drawn to the ones in the fair or medium palettes anyway.

Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye and Cheek Palette by Stila in Fair.

I think these would be ideal travel palettes as they are compact and contain all you’d need for a quick, easy, and cute eye look for both day and night. Also, I’m sure I’m going to be using this a ton for work as it’s very neutral yet perfect for just enough definition for the eyes.

Swatches of all the shadows and blushes from the Perfect Me, Perfect Hue palettes. Stilacosmetics.com

I was even more stoked when I saw the rave reviews online on Ulta and Sephora of the product. Of course when I saw Stila lipsticks, I had to get one too.

Color Balm Lipstick in Sadie by Stila. $22 at Stila Cosmetics, Ulta, etc.

This lipstick looks much peachier in person and is described as a “mid tone peachy coral” which is most definitely my cup of tea.

I really like the peachy look I got out of this palette and it paired perfectly with the lip. I know I do a ton of peachy looks but what can I say? They’re peachy.

I found these shades to work ideally together and they’re all super creamy and blendable.

Believe it or not I didn’t prime my lids. Funnily enough, the description on the product claims the shadows are so finely milled and pigmented that you don’t need primer. I’m pretty sure the shades would’ve been even more vibrant with primer but I’m totally not mad at how it came out.

I used the top left shade, a peach shade as my main crease color. I then I intensified it with the left blush color, a coral pink. I love this combo by the way, and never think that you can’t use blush or bronzer as eyeshadow. I highlighted my inner corner and browbone with the champagne color.

Lastly, I intensified the outer crease with the darker blush and brown shades and smoked out the lower lashline with those two shades. I love the lipstick’s shade but I wish it was a bit more opaque. It is labeled as a balm though so I get it. It’s perfect for summer as an easy thing to throw on and put in your purse.

Here are all the palettes in the Perfect Me, Perfect Hue collection side by side. The quality of the tan/deep palette is worth $40 so I’m so happy I found it. The only shade that was slightly patchy was tge darker blush but it is a blush, so totally not a big deal. Everything else was awesome. I wouldn’t mind scoring the medium palette at TJ Maxx.

Overall, I’m very pleased.

Have you found any steals lately at TJ Maxx or Marshall’s?

I’ve been inspired to go on the hunt for luxury makeup at these stores because of all the fun videos in YouTube where people luck out. I thought I’d try my luck and I’m glad I did.

Favorite Summer Day to Night Outfit: The Jumpsuit

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I’ve been looking for a solution to the day to night outfit conundrum. I’ve concluded that this summer, jumpsuits will be my best friend.

This one is from Forever 21 and it’s giving me Lucille Ball vibes. I am in love. I feel like the transparent sandals give it a modern vibe and I’m loving clear sandals right now.

Polka dot jumpsuit by Forever 21. $29.90.

I love that this jumpsuit has a pajama-just-woke-up-like-this feel as well and I’m all here for the pajama trend.

For $29.90 you can get tons of looks out it and dress it up or down.

Clear Strappy Heels. Forever 21. $24.

I’m also totally obsessed with these heels and want them in the other color they come in.

I think these are so cute paired with jumpsuits.

During the day you could totally pair this with sandals or espadrilles.

Black espadrilles by Asos. $22.

These by Asos are super cute.

Here are other ideas for jumpsuits that will take you from day to night :

Striped wide legged jumpsuit by Lulu’s. $57.

This would be adorable paired with both simple sandals as shown above or heels and dressier accessories.

Similarly, you could easily wear simple espadrilles with this jumpsuit, below, as well as high heels:

Plaid ruffled jumpsuit by Shein. $18.

I usually don’t like corset details, but I think it works and is super cute on this one. For the price, you can’t beat it.

I’m going to be wearing this trend all summer. Love it. What are you loving and wearing all summer?

Thanks for reading!

Love + light

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

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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, BeyoncΓ©, 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’OrΓ©al 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. πŸ˜ŠπŸŒ΅πŸ’ž

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