MOTD: Fall Halo Eye ft. Makeup Geek/Melt Hot Box

FALL  AS  H E L L


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Autumn has arrived and it’s about that time of year when the trees show us just how beautiful it is to let the dead things go. 


P R O D U C T S:

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▶▶🍂DETAILS🍂
• Nyx Cosmetics Total Control Drop Foundation
• Tarte Cosmetics Shape Tape Concealer
• NYC Cosmetics Loose Face Powder
• Makeup Geek Cosmetics Contour: Bad Habit, Complicated
• Makeup Geek Cosmetics Blushes: Rendezvous, Soulmate, Covet
• Fenty Beauty Killawatt: Girl Next Door/Chic Phreak
• Nyx Cosmetics Tame & Frame Brows: Espresso
• Koko Lashes Goddess Lashes
• Makeup Geek Cosmetics Single Shadows: Burlesque, Bitten, Chickadee, Vanilla Bean, Early Bird, Créme Brulee
• Melt Cosmetics Hot Box Collection: Haze, Ganja, Bogart, Kink
• Melt Cosmetics Mary Jane Lipstick + Kink Liner
• Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray


S E R V E

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PRODUCTS & THOUGHTS | F E N T Y BEAUTY

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It is the era of Fenty, y’all — and there’s no going back now…

H A U L


Full disclosure: one of the first things on my to-do list after getting back to the U.S. from traveling in September, was to drive over to Sephora and finally obtain some of what literally everyone had been talking about — I was going to become a part of the #FentyFam and get my hands on some of the products from Rihanna’s new cosmetic line, Fenty Beauty. So that’s exactly what I did.

Here’s what I picked up:

• Pro Filt’r Foundation #300
• Killawatt Duos:
– Girl Next Door/Chic Phreak
– Lightning Dust/Fire Crystal
• Match Stix:
– Ridiiic
– Starstruck
• Fenty Beauty Sponge
• Gloss Bomb: Fenty Glow

T H O U G H T S


 ►INITIAL IMPRESSION/S
Personally… I am so impressed with this line and all of the products that I’ve tried so far. It’s all super versatile but the thing I probably love most about it, is how perfect it is for achieving “natural-looking” makeup — and I know that’s such a buzzword in the beauty industry but like, very seriously…. this makeup is sort of perfection in such a way that even when doing a full-face beat, your skin still looks flawless, natural and not cakey AT ALL. The formulas are ridiculously beautiful — and I continue to reach for all of these items in my everyday routine.

PRO FILT’R FOUNDATION
When I describe this foundation to people I just tell them that it is literally like your skin… but better! That’s the only way I can articulate it. I’ve personally never been a 1-foundation girl. I always have to mix (multiple) shades in order to get my perfect match, but one Fenty Beauty foundation matched me to a TEE. It was actually shade #290 but at the time I was shopping, that color was completely sold out (in-stores AND online). Thankfully, Rihanna is a genius, and put out a whole 40 shades of foundation on her first launch and there were about 2 other colors that I could make work. Another really awesome aspect of the formula is that you don’t have to set it with powder once it’s applied; oh, the time I will save. It just… dries! and then it doesn’t move or separate. It’s basically sorcery but I’m not complaining. It isn’t totally matte, but it’s not dewy or wet either. It almost dries like a light powder. It’s hard to explain and I’m obviously not an expert but It’s pretty amazing stuff in my humble opinion. The only advice I would give regarding this product, is to go a shade lighter, not darker, if in doubt about your exact color. Like most liquid foundations, it oxidizes a bit when dry, so the lighter shades tend to be a closer match.

MATCH STIX
The match stix are the coolest, and can be used for lots of things. The two I bought both in the metallic finish. I’ve been using Ridiiic (the peachy red/orange one) on my cheeks as a blush, and on my lips for some quick color, and Starstruck (the baby pink one) as an inner corner highlight on the eyes, a regular highlight over top my blush, or a tip-of-the-nose glow. SO MANY WAYS TO USE THEM.

GLOSS BOMB
The gloss smells like vanilla cake, and fresh flowers. It’s a beautiful neutral color that looks good with any lip product or great on it’s own. It isn’t uncomfortable or sticky, and it doesn’t leave that nasty dry white residue in the cracks of your lips when it wears off. I’ve been wearing it everyday since purchase. 

KILLAWATT DUOS
Both of these highlighters are so soft, and they look insanely pretty on everyone! I used the Lightning Bug/Fire Crystal combo on some clients in a bridal party I helped freelance last month, so I can personally attest to it. Neither of these duos in particular are super “in your face” or extra glittery. They’re actually both more on the subtle side, but still really eye-catching and super gorgeous. I’m obsessed.

BEAUTY SPONGE
This one was a no-brainer for me. The sponge is just as good if not better than the beauty blender and it’s $2 dollars cheaper. I actually like it better because it has a flat edge (which is perfect for carving out and cleaning up the cheeks when baking) and is softer and feels way more bouncy to me.

I just really love everything so far to be quite honest. I even put these products to the ultimate test and traveled (on a plane) with them from CA to AZ to freelance a wedding and they did perfectly fine since the match stix are magnetized. I liked this makeup so much that I made a second trip to Sephora in the same week just to get my hands on some more of the items that I felt I just couldn’t sleep as good at night without! (queue dramatics) and I really hate going to malls so… that says a lot. This is quality, high-end product for totally reasonable/mid-range Sephora prices (when the creator very easily could have used her huge name to jack up prices, but she didn’t), and I would absolutely and highly recommend the Fenty Beauty brand to anyone who’s been wanting to try it, or has been on the fence about trying it. 

Tell me what you guys think and what some of your favs are so far!

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Client Makeup: Full Fall Glam and Muted Mauve Lips

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HAPPY  A U T U M N EQUINOX (to those in the Northern Hemisphere, that is)


In honor of the official first day of the new season, I thought I’d share some Fall glam I did last week on this gorgeous face.

D E E T S:

F A C E
• Coconut Oil w/ Lavender + Tea Tree to hydrate

• Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Erasing Primer

• Nyx Total Control Drop Foundation

• Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

• Nyx Highlight/Contour Pro Palette

• Makeup Geek Blush: XOXO 

• Nyx Powder Blush: Rose Garden

• ABH/Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

• NYC Loose Face Powder

• Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

B R O W S
• Milani Brow Fix Kit: Light + Medium

• ABH Brow Fix Pencil

L I P S
• L.A. Splash Lip Couture: Rose Garden

E Y E S
• Tarte Shape Tape Concealer + Translucent Powder (to prime and set BEFORE shadows)

• Melt Cosmetics Rust Shadow Stack: Antique, Rubbish, Rust, and Rott

• Make Up For Ever Star Lit Liquid: Gold Champagne

• Melt Cosmetics Liner: Edible
• Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil: Milk

• Makeup Geek Cosmetics Single Shadow: Corrupt

Here is my “happy client” proof — I just always assume that anytime someone selfies after a glam sesh, it’s a success 😉

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🌜🌞⭐💫  ALL I SEE IS M A G I C  💫🌟🌞🌛


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S P E C I F I C S:


E Y E S
► Makeup Geek Cosmetics Single Shadows
– Unexpected
– Fairytale
– Curfew
– Motown
– Masquerade
– Wisteria
– Simply Marlena
– Whimsical (center lid)
– Hot pants (center lid)
– Peacock (under eye)
► Morphe/Jaclyn Hill Palette: Twerk (under eye)
► Glitter Injections Loose Glitter
– Cosmic Girl
– Rose Gold
► Anastasia Beverly Hills Moon Child Glow Kit: Blue Moon (inner corner)
► Anastasia Beverly Hills/Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit: Forever Lit (brow bone)

B R O W S
► Nyx Cosmetics Tame & Frame Brow Pomade: Espresso

L A S H E S
► Koko Lashes: Goddess lashes

F A C E 
► Nyx Cosmetics Total Control Drop Foundation: 09 Medium Olive
► Tarte Shape Tape Concealer
– Light Medium Honey
– Tan
► NYC Loose Face Powder
► Makeup Geek Contour + Blush
– Bad Habit
– Soulmate
► MAC Cosmetics Blush: Dolly Mix
► ABH/Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit
► Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray

L I P S 
► ColourPop Cosmetics Lippie Stix: Brills
► Catrice Cosmetics Luminous Lipstick: Meet Violeta

MOTD | No Foundation Summer Makeup Routine

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LESS IS L E S S

This summer has been an eventful one filled with lots of travel, and a move across states from Phoenix to Northern California. Both of which have taken me to more humid climates than I ever had to deal with living in Arizona. Being in such major “go mode” for the last few months inspired me to find a go-to makeup look that doesn’t require much time, effort, and one that I don’t have to worry about sweating or smearing off when I’m out living my life and doing fun things. So, here we are.

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D E T A I L S
(in order of application)

BROWS
► Ardell Brow Pomade: Dark Brown

EYES
► Shape Tape Concealer + NYC Loose Face Powder (to prime and set eye lids before applying shadow)

► MorpheXJaclynHill Pallet: Silk Cream, M.F.E.O., and Butter (these shadows are practically almost the same exact color of my natural skin tone, so it just gives me a cleaner, more matte looking lid — nothing crazy)

► L’Oreal Original Voluminous Mascara: P S A — I’m currently in search of a new (preferably cruelty-free) mascara to replace this one as my default. L’Oreal recently fired a partner of theirs for speaking out against and condemning the dangers/lack of accountability within (and outside of) the white supremacist movement and I’m sorry but, that’s a huge “no” for me, dawg… and I will 100% not be supporting their brand any longer. To be very clear, L’Oreal has been problematic… and I know that I can’t fight every single battle all the time, but I have to draw the line at this point so please leave your recommendations below. I will be greatly appreciative! 

FACE
► Nyx Cosmetics Pore Filler (optional, obviously)
► Makeup Geek Cosmetics Contour: Bad Habit
► Nyx Powder Blushes: Rose Garden & Dusty Rose
► ABHXNicoleGuerriero Glow Kit: 143 & Glo Getter

LIPS
► ColourPop Cosmetics Lippie Stix: Tootsi
► Nyx Creamy Lipstick: Thalia
► Nyx Butter Gloss: Angel Food Cake
► ABH Lip Gloss: Metallic Rose

MAKEUP MONDAY | Dinner Party Pink

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GLITTER: ALWAYS APPROPRIATE

Casual family dinner gathering? Yes. Even then…

Hubs and I were invited to a super chill get-together at his parent’s place last weekend for some taco salad and homemade ice cream. When I sat down to get ready I originally intended on doing something soft and simple (considering it was just a pot-luck style dinner with family) but, no. Sometimes when I say “simple makeup” I actually mean it and can accomplish that, but most of the time it’s just wishful thinking tbh. I have no excuses..


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DETAILS

E Y E S
– Tarte Shape Tape Concealer + NYC Loose Face Powder (to prime)
– Makeup Geek Shadows:
• Tuscan Sun
• Simply Marlena
• Razzleberry
• Curfew 
• Poppy
• Shimma Shimma 
– ColourPop Super Shock Shadow: Bubbly (+ glitter glue of your choice)
– Glitter Injections (custom mixed glitters)
– Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil: Milk

F A C E
– Nyx Total Control Drop Foundation
– Makeup Geek Contour: Infidelity
– Nyx Powder Blush: Dusty Rose, Rose Garden
– ABH Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit
– Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray 

L I P S
– ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick: Zipper
– Maybelline Lipstick #905 Brazen Berry 

MOTD | Warm, Orange and Smokey feat. MorpheXJaclynHill Palette

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We are moving from Leo’s house to Virgo season now so I felt a red/orange sassy smokey-eye was extremely appropriate. How is everyone’s eclipse/new moon/retrograde going? Oh, you’re barely hanging on by the skin of your teeth and life just keeps on handing your ass to you? HAHA, same! 

I  H A V E  N E W S 

PSA: I talk in fluent sarcasm often and you should rarely take me too seriously but speaking very honestly, this season has definitely been w i l d. My earth mate and I decided collectively to move back to our hometown in Northern California after living in Phoenix for the last six years! Which is extremely exciting, but also equally exhausting. We bought a house that we love, and we paint this weekend. We didn’t take any time off of work for the move so, we ultimately moved and uprooted our lives across states in a weekend. Then we’ll be heading out of the country for vacation soon. Singapore, Tokyo, Barcelona, and India…. and yes, I am currently dying inside. Everything just feels a little… insane right now and it’s a lot, but I am feeling really psyched — for a lot of things. and everything will settle down again soon. WHOA though, right?!

A N Y W A Y 

The reason you’re here —

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E Y E S
– Tarte Shape Tape Concealer + Maybelline Master Fix Setting/Perfecting Loose Powder (to prime)
– Jaclyn Hill + Morphe Palette: Silk Cream, M.F.E.O., Butter, Jacz, Buns
– ColourPop Cosmetics Super Shock Shadow: Sequin
– Makeup Geek Cosmetics Single Shadows: Vanilla, Shimma Shimma 
– Melt Cosmetics Haze Eye Shadow
– Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner: Swanly
– Koko Lashes: Amore
– Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner

F A C E
– Essential Oils (to moisturize + prime): lavender oil, tea tree oil, and coconut oil mixed
– Nyx Cosmetics Pore Filler
– Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

– Maybelline Master Fix Setting/Perfecting Loose Powder (I don’t recommend this product — check out the white powder situation around my under eye area)
– Nyx Cosmetics Total Control Drop Foundation
– Makeup Geek Cosmetics Contour Powder: Infidelity
– Makeup Geek Blush: Covet
– Anastasia Beverly Hills/Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit: Day Dream, Kitty Kat

B R O W S 
– Ardell Brow Gel: Dark Brown
– ABH Brow Fix

L I P S
– Nyx Cosmetics Creamy Lipstick: Rea
– Nyx Cosmetics Butter Gloss: Angel Food Cake 

I hope y’all are growing through whatever it is this next chapter is making you prepared for!

New Melt Cosmetics HOTBOX Collection (w/Swatches)

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Melt Cosmetics just released their newest love child. It’s called the Hotbox Collection, and I truly wasn’t ready….

T H E  G O O D S

Included in the bundle you get:
– 4 eye liners
– 3 lip liners
– 2 lipsticks
– 1 eye shadow stack (with four metallic shadows)
– melt makeup pouch

OR if you don’t want the entire set, each item can be purchased individually. This collection retails on the Melt site for $200.00. If you bought everything separately including the pouch it would total $232.00 — if you don’t feel like reading this whole blog and just want to know whether or not I think it’s worth, it the answer is  y e s.

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S W A T C H  S W A T C H  S W A T C H

► H A Z E  S T A C K

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Listen. Nothing I say to try to describe how soft, blendable, sparkly, and insanely buttery these shadows are.. will ever come close to explaining how soft, blendable, sparkly, and insanely butter these shadows are, lol. Seriously. Don’t even press your fingers or brushes too hard in them — it’s not necessary, and a little bit of product goes a really long way. The swatches here were done without using a base or a primer and to say these shadows are intense is an understatement. Could you die??

► E Y E/L I P  L I N E R S + L I P S T I C K S

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I personally use most lip liners and eye liners interchangeably since my eyes aren’t really that sensitive to makeup, so for me, this collections allows for A LOT of different possibilities to mix and match. You can do eye liners with lipsticks, or lip liners with eye shadows, or vice versa. I’m a Libra — I like options. Three of the liners are metallic with the most perfect amount of glittery reflects, and the rest of them are matte. The formula is creamy and they all glide on super easy, and are b l e n d a b l e; even the ones that are chunkier because of the reflects. The Mary Jane lipstick is iridescent with the tiniest amounts of shimmer, and Cherried is just a deep vampy masterpiece. I’m actually pretty excited that Fall is around the corner because I already know both of these lip colors are about to be the total j a m.

F I N A L  T H O U G H T S

I’ve already done a couple of looks using this makeup and I am genuinely obsessed y’all.. Every single item in this collection appealed to me as Melt revealed a new product each day on their social media before launch. It’s the first makeup collection I’ve ever bought in its entirety and it’s been well worth it. A mostly vegan set with gorgeous colors, intense payoff, and long-lasting wear from an independent brand with two amazing and powerful women staying completely true to themselves at the helm? Sign me up please, thanks!

Lash of the Day | Venus by Koko Lashes

T R Y  N E W  T H I N G S

I finally decided to try out some new styles by my favorite falsie brand and I was truly not ready for how insanely fire these ones are in particular, even though I should have known tbh… Koko never disappoints. They’re called “Venus” and I’m in love…

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H E L L O,  L O V E R

I mean….

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Definitely check their website out if you’re in the market for some fresh falsies — 10/10 would recommend. Here are some of my favorite things about the brand:
► affordable. Most all lash styles are $7.99 or cheaper on ladymoss.com
► CRUELTY-FREE, HOLLER! all lashes are made from either human hair or synthetic fibers, depending on the style
► tons of styles to choose from
► easy and fast shipping, always

(wearing the Morphe/Jaclyn Hill palette on the eyes for this natural makeup, to anyone wondering!)

Products & Thoughts | My Top 3 (Loose) Powders

 POWDER 101

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USAGE
Anytime I wear liquid foundation, I use a loose setting powder. Pressed powder exists but it isn’t my preference. If I don’t have one on hand for whatever reason, then I either A) don’t wear foundation and just do a more minimal look or B) opt out of doing my makeup altogether. This is because setting powder helps keep makeup locked into place during the day so that it isn’t completely wiped off by noon just because you scratched your cheek three times — so when I don’t have this product I feel like spending a lot of time (or any time at all) on my makeup just isn’t worth it.

I use powder to set the concealer under my eyes, or my eye shadow base (which helps hold my shadows in place throughout the day), the areas around my mouth where I have smile lines (to keep my foundation from creasing), I use it to lighten up my brows when I go heavy-handed with product, and to bake other areas of my face.

VARIETY
As someone who’s always considering things for their freelance kit, I like trying new brands and different types of products over all kinds of price ranges. I think variety is important. Budgets vary. Different occasions have different needs, and that all requires c h o i c e s.

CURRENT FAVS

LAURA MERCIER TRANSLUCENT POWDER – $23 USDNOT CRUELTY FREE
This is a great staple item to have in your freelance kit or personal collection because it looks gorgeous on everyone, makes your skin feel baby smooth, and is a true translucent. It doesn’t make the skin look dry or flaky, and it blends like a dream. I’ve always felt that the packaging is a tad bulky for some reason so I don’t prefer to take this one with me when traveling. IDK why. That could just be me being… me. 

NYC SMOOTH SKIN LOOSE POWDER – $3.62 USD – NOT CRUELTY FREE
I actually bought this guy after seeing @itslikelymakeup high key recommend it as a much cheaper alternative to the Laura Mercier one and it’s been my everyday go-to ever since. It’s literally less than half the price so I don’t feel the need to preserve it as much, and can then just leave the more expensive setting powders for my freelance kit. The sifter is pretty messy and questionable, but when we’re talking about a product in the $4 dollar range that I actually really like and works well, I tend to get over that stuff quick. If you like high-end quality packaging, you’ll probably hate this one. If you’re like me and those things don’t bother you much, then I would definitely give this powder a try.

MUFE ULTRA HD MICROFINISHING POWDER$20 USDSEMI CRUELTY FREE
SO — because Makeup Forever exports their products to China (who requires animal testing), they still can’t be considered a true cruelty-free company, even though they do not use those practices in the states. All that in mind, this powder is really great for weddings or any event makeup where there will  be heavy flash photography since it ensures no flashback – which is what makes your under eye concealer look ghost white in photos! I used it on my best friend for her wedding day and she looked like such a knockout, flawless in every photo. I don’t care for the mesh net that the sifter is made of because I feel like it can make it a little less convenient to get as much product out as you want, but that would be my only complaint otherwise, 10/10 would recommend.

Who makes the best setting powder you’ve used so far?
Let me know below!