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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Fall is quickly coming to a close and winter is creeping in, so I thought I'd sneak in this last fall makeup tutorial. This is one of my favorite, go-to looks for events where I want a look that is special, but not completely over the top. This look can be as dramatic as you make it - pairing it with a bold lip, or a more nude/pink lip color. I really hope you enjoy this tutorial!

Products Used:

  • Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar
  • Fresh Lip Treatment
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
  • Rimmel 25 Hour Lasting Finish Foundation
  • Tarte CC Undereye Corrector - Light/Medium
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer - Fair
  • Make Up For Ever HD Setting Powder
  • Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette
  • NYX Micro Brow Pencil - Ash Brown
  • NYX Tinted Brow Pomade - Chocolate
  • Covergirl Clear Mascara
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo - Barely Branded
  • Urban Decay Half Baked Eyeshadow
  • Maybelline Gel Eyeliner - Blackest Black
  • Younique 3D Fiber Lashes
  • Milani Baked Blush - Luminoso
  • Becca Glow on the Go Kit
  • Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick - Touch of Spice

What is your favorite fall makeup look?



Wednesday, November 25, 2015

I used to exclusively wear powder foundation because I couldn't stand the way liquid foundation felt on my face. I also couldn't find a liquid foundation that stayed on my face all day...and looked equally good at the end of the day as it did in the beginning. 

I can't bring myself to pay high-end prices for foundation. Let's be real: this is a product you use every day so you're going to go through it fairly quickly. Spend upwards of $20 on a foundation? No thanks.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation is the solution to all of these things. This foundation applies like a dream - applies beautifully with your hands, a beauty blender, or a brush.  Something I pay close attention to with liquid foundations is if it cakes up or applies unevenly - I specifically have an issue with foundations settling around the sides of my nose; no issues with that here. Amazingly, this product dries down to a matte-powder finish. What this means to you: you can go right in with bronzer, blush, and the like without setting it with a powder. The best part is that I can go straight from work to an evening outing with zero touch ups. Now that's amazing.

What is your favorite liquid foundation?



Sunday, November 22, 2015

Highlighters have been around for a long time, but it's the beauty "trend" I waited the longest to try out. Highlighters have quickly become one of my favorite products to use. Even if you don't feel they are a product to add to your every day routine, it's nice to have one in your makeup collection to wear on special occasions. There are many highlighting products out there, and thought it would be helpful to make a video dedicated to the different products you can use to highlight, and how to apply them.

The products mentioned in this video are:
How do you feel about highlighters?

fall makeup tutorial


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Another fall makeup tutorial is coming your way! Fall is in full swing, and so are warm, neutral tones. This is one of my go-to fall makeup looks - it's warm and slightly smoky, which is what I love about fall makeup looks. 

This video is longer than any other that I've posted, and I found it really difficult to edit it down to this length. Do you like longer tutorials where I can really explain what I'm doing, or would you rather see the process without as much talking? Apparently I'm a pretty chatty girl, even when I'm sitting alone with a camera!

Products Used:
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
First Aid Beauty Lip Therapy
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
L'oreal Infallible Foundation - Shades 101 and 102
Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer - Fair
Make Up For Ever HD Translucent Powder
Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette
NYX Blush – Pinched
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector – Champagne Pop
NYX Micro Brow Pencil - Ash Brown
Covergirl Clear Mascara
Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer – Eden
Tarte Tartelette Palette - Force of Nature, Dreamer, Free Spirit
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette – Chopper and Half Baked
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner – Trooper
Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara – Black
Clinique Lipstick - Creamy Nude
Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss - Pink Ice
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Are there any other tutorials you would like to see? Do you like the videos, or would you rather just read a blog post and look at a few photos? I want to hear from you!



Sunday, November 08, 2015

I used to wash my hair I cringe at the thought of doing that now. It was just such a process; wash your hair, condition your hair, now it's a tangled mess that you have to try and comb out. Nuh uh! I was DONE with it.

Years ago, my friend Gina told me that she used dry shampoo and I just couldn't wrap my head around the idea. How could a few sprays of something magically transform your hair into looking just-washed? I was intrigued, so you know me...I headed to the drugstore.

My morning routine is forever changed. I could wake up with my hair looking a wreck, and somehow dry shampoo fixes it. Dry shampoo is offered by many different companies, and most of the time comes in an aerosol can. Just section your hair and apply the product at the roots. Then use your hands to shake the product around - dry shampoo is intended to absorb excess oils and clean your hair without water. By nature, the product is white and chalky, so you want to make sure you're distributing the product evenly so that it blends in. My favorite is Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Dry Shampoo (psst, they're always buy one get one half off at Ulta, get it girl!) I never have any issues with any product showing on my hair, and that's saying something considering my dark hair color. Thanks to this product, I can now go 2-4 days without washing my hair, and that has made Jen a very happy girl.

What is your favorite dry shampoo?



Friday, November 06, 2015

Happy Friday!

Let's face it...most people don't want to spend upwards of 20 minutes doing their makeup every day. This is an easy, fresh face makeup tutorial. This is amateur YouTubing at it's best! This was the very first time I sat down to attempt to film a video and you'll see it all - my mistakes, even my dog walking around in the background. I wasn't even going to edit this video, but once I started it was just too funny not to continue and post. I hope you enjoy the makeup look, and have a few laughs along the way.

What products do you use for a fresh, easy makeup look?



Sunday, November 01, 2015

Well, well, well, ladies and's the first of the month and you know what that means -- it's Monthly Favorites time! Let's do this!

Let's talk about the non-beauty items first...

Threshold Mugs - Oh Target, why do you do this to me? The seasons change and BAM there's another display calling my name. These mugs felt very fall to me and I'm a sucker for a good mug. I initially bought the Rise and Shine mug, but then I was there on another trip and spotted that this line of mugs was on sale (let's not be dramatic, the full price was $3.99 and the sale price was $2.98) but that was enough to make me buy the Freshly Brewed one. I love you, Target.

La Croix Sparkling Water - Again, Target! I follow Bob Harper on Instagram and each time he would post a meal, it would always include one of these waters. So, clearly the next step was for me to buy them. These are naturally flavored sparking waters that do not include sweeteners, sodium, or artificial flavors. I drink at least one a day and find that they're a refreshing break from my regular ice water.

Now onto those beauty thangs...

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer - I've been using this concealer for a while, but have been reaching for it a lot this past month. It is creamy, blendable, and never cakes up under my eyes. The doe-foot applicator makes it perfect for applying to the under eye area, or other areas that need concealing like blemishes or redness around the nose.

Real Techniques Setting Brush - I don't know why it took me so long to pick this up, but I'm so glad I did. Lily Pebbles has been talking about this brush for ages, but she uses it to blend in concealer. I like to use this brush to set my under eye concealer with loose powder - it gives an even application and is a perfect size for the job.

Urban Decay Chopper Eyeshadow - This eyeshadow can be purchased individually, or as you see above, as part of the Naked 2 Palette. This is a beautiful copper-shimmer with a touch of glitter that works great for fall as a color all over the lid. If you think this color is too dark for you, just try it - I bet you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Maybelline Touch of Spice Creamy Matte Lipstick - This was my first real attempt at finding a wearable fall lip color, and I must say, I think I hit the nail on the head. I wore this in my Fall Makeup Tutorial and absolutely love the color and finish. While matte lipsticks can be drying, as the name would suggest, it is also creamy, which provides a great texture and finish. While there are no claims that this is a long-wearing product, I'd venture to say it is. I'm excited to try other shades of this popular lipstick in the near future.

What are some of the products you've been loving this past month?