MOTD: Red/Orange Glitter Eyes + Intense Winged Liner

It’s 80○ degrees in Phoenix already.
You can practically taste Spring…
Super warm tones and lots of glitter both seemed extremely appropriate to me.
I’ve also recently chopped off my hair so, the heavy and intense sparkles and deathly sharp liner could just be a side effect of the extra ‘pep in my step’ that can sometimes inevitably come with a change in appearance.
Who’s to say really…
Continue reading “MOTD: Red/Orange Glitter Eyes + Intense Winged Liner”

Current Highlighting Favorites: I Glow, Therefore I Am.

Mac Cosmetics Mac Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish Highlighters Best Highlighters ColourPop Spoon

I live by the following philosophy;
If you can’t see the highlight from outer space, then what’s point? 

With that being said, I thought I’d share with you my go-to highlighting routine as of the last few weeks. 
Continue reading “Current Highlighting Favorites: I Glow, Therefore I Am.”

Simple Makeup: The Perfect Neutral, Every Day Look (Full Face)

This look has become my go-to this month. 
I’m always down with something calm and neutral. 
Something that you can wear a n y w h e r e.

The office, a date, to run errands, school, an interview etc.
I can’t really think of any scenario in which the makeup wouldn’t work. 
It’s super simple.
Very basic.
Very neutral.
Nothing crazy.
Yet still enough winged liner and highlight to let everyone know exactly what you’re capable of, haha. It’s just spot-on for whatever, really. And that’s one of my favorite mental portfolios of looks; “The Universal” one.

As always – adjust and tweak as you like, and to your needs. 
Continue reading “Simple Makeup: The Perfect Neutral, Every Day Look (Full Face)”

Winter + Spring? Sure, Why Not.

MOTD MakeupGeek AlyssaKLoves ohalyssaface bblogger ColourPop Cosmetics Ardell Lashes Double Wispies ColourPop Liquid Lipsticks Phoenix (or climate change; whichever your cup of tea..) yanked the Winter season from us a wee bit early this year and it’s just insane to say the least, lol.

Last week it was still pretty chilly and dropping into the low fifties at night but; here we are, the second week of February and it will be in the mid-to-high seventies for the rest of the week….and then will probably just ascend from there straight into Summer. WHAT?!

It’s left me confused, and the end result of that confusion is this dark chocolate Wintery smokey eye, with bright hot pink lips for Spring… Continue reading “Winter + Spring? Sure, Why Not.”

(Mostly) Matte Brown Smokey Eyes – No Liner Makeup

MOTD Makeup MakeupGeek Ardell Brow Gel ColourPop Cosmetics Cruelty-Free Makeup ColourPop Fairfax Glitterati Winter Makeup Matte Brown Shadow MOTD Makeup MakeupGeek Ardell Brow Gel ColourPop Cosmetics Cruelty-Free Makeup ColourPop Fairfax Glitterati Winter Makeup Matte Brown Shadow

To speak openly,
I prefer to be buried in matte brown eye shadows….

Continue reading “(Mostly) Matte Brown Smokey Eyes – No Liner Makeup”

Jaclyn Hill Favorites Palette – Copper Eyes (No Liner)

JHFavs

This palette is a great one.
— Random story! —
I actually just gave my JH Favorites palette away to my little sister.
Hers was stolen while she was on vacation in Mexico! 

Such-a-shame!
I felt so bad for her. 
When you’re 16, a limited edition and highly coveted makeup palette isn’t always super easy to obtain so, I just gave her mine since I have plenty of other shadows to use.

A N Y W A Y 

Some days I don’t feel like doing wings. 
It took me quite a while to build the courage to start experimenting with “no liner” looks, but when I did I never looked back. I have no idea what I used to be so scared of.
No liner looks RULE. Especially when you feel like being lazy, but still want to do a face. 
That’s where looks like this one come in.

[[ How do you guys feel about not wearing liner? ]]

MOTD Morphe Brushes Jaclyn Hill Favorites Palette Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil Milk Ardell Double-Up lashes Ardell Brow Gel Copper Makeup Winter Makeup

S H A D O W S   U S E D
ES64
ES61
ES63
ES24
ES74
ES48
ES71

The white liner in the waterline is Nyx Cosmetics Jumbo Eye Pencil in ‘MILK’.
My lashes are the Ardell Double-Ups (using the House of Lashes lash glue to apply).

Happiest of Wednesdays to everyone! 

First Post of 2 0 1 6! Winter Makeup: Winged Liner + Grey Lips

2016 Winter Makeup Nyx Cosmetics Stone Fox Suede Liquid Lipstick Ardell Lashes Ardell Double Wispie Lashes alyssakloves Makeup bblogger MakeupGeek

It is officially 2016.
Such an insane, yet incredibly rad concept!
2016 will mean 10 years out of High School for me.
It means more travel, for which I cannot wait!
It means stepping out, doing more.
I want 2016 to be the year I start freelancing in the spare time that I don’t really have.
Last year was such a blast, I couldn’t be more psyched to find out what this next one will hold!

A N Y H O W

About the makeup..
Continue reading “First Post of 2 0 1 6! Winter Makeup: Winged Liner + Grey Lips”

Holiday Makeup: Black Glitter Smokey Eyes + Nude Pink Lips

MakeupGeek Paparazzi Pigment Holiday Makeup Nude Pink Lips Maybelline Sigma Brushes Smokey Eyes Holiday Smokey Eyes House of Lashes Iconic Lashes

You can’t do the holidays without a dark sparkly smokey eye! 

I don’t play with black very often, but I can’t think of a better excuse for an extra black and extra glittery smokey eye than the Holiday time.

All of the products used to achieve this look are  H  E  R  E

EYES
Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer
Morphe Brushes Jaclyn Hill Favorites Palette – ES61 + ES62 (Transition)
Kat Von D Shade + Light Palette (Crease)
MakeupGeek Shadow – Corrupt (Lid)
MakeupGeek Shadow – Bada Bing (Lower Lash Line)
Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue
MakeupGeek Pigment – Paparazzi (Lid)
ColourPop Cosmetics – I ♥ This (Inner Corner)
Kat Von D Shade + Light Palette (Highlight Brow Bone)

BROWS 
Ardell Lashes Brow Gel – Dark Brown

LASHES
House of Lashes – Iconic Lashes 
House of Lashes Lash Glue

LIPS
Maybelline Lipstick #915 – Blushing Beige
Maybelline Color Elixir – Nude Illusion

P U B L I C  S E R V I C E
A N N O U N C E M E N T !

When doing a smokey eye like this, please don’t forget to keep the following things in mind:

• This can (and probably will) get messy. Keep your chill together, and just make sure to keep some makeup wipes handy to clean up any fallout.
• With looks like this, do your eyes first so that shadow fallout doesn’t ruin your foundation.
• The key to not looking like you’ve been punched in the face is to keep the dark shadow below your crease.
• Blending is key with black (or dark) shadows. Blend until you can literally blend no more.
• Every single smokey eye has a really ugly phase. This will look like a complete disaster at some point during your process. Do-not-give-up. Just keep powering through to the end and 95% of the time, it will just all come together.

This was a struggle for me.
I struggled through this.
I actually spent half the day thinking it was total sh*t. 
But I take it back.
I ended up becoming really fond of it.
Happy with it.
It’s only because this is out of my comfort zone. 
Black scares the living daylights out of me. 

Moral of the story;
Practice really does make perfect. 
Never quit.
Just “do”!

Winter Makeup: Vampy/Chocolate Look

MOTD Winter Makeup Chocolate Makeup Vampy Makeup House of Lashes Iconic Lashes MakeupGeek Cosmetics ColourPop Cosmetics Maybelline Master Precise Liner Nyx Cosmetics Jumbo Eye Pencil Milk Ardell Brow Gel

I woke up the other day craving chocolate in the absolute worst way, but since I can’t really shove my face full of Ghirardelli at 6 in the morning, I decided I’d settle for “chocolate inspired” Winter makeup instead. Plus I had a brand new, unopened lipstick that I wanted to wear, which I knew would go along perfectly with the whole “chocolate” concept.

The logic made sense in the moment because, chocolate.
l o l

Continue reading “Winter Makeup: Vampy/Chocolate Look”

Holiday Makeup Look #2: Soft Icy Eyes + Dark Red Lips

MOTD Holiday Makeup Mac Cosmetics Glitter Injections Baby Tears Glitter Ardell Brow Gel

Tis the season, my friends. 
Tis
The
Season.
Continue reading “Holiday Makeup Look #2: Soft Icy Eyes + Dark Red Lips”