Best of Beauty 2014

Once again a year has come and gone. I know this may be about a week late but trying to gather up your favorite products of the year can take a while. This year I had a ton of amazing products that I couldn’t stop using! I hope you guys enjoy this video, it’s a bit longer than my others but totally worth it! Let me know what your favorite products of 2014 were!

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:

FOUNDATIONS:
♥ Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Luminous Foundation (Camel 06)
♥ Bare Minerals Bareskin Foundation (Bare Espresso)
♥ Makeup Forever HD Foundation (Caramel 170)
♥ Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (4C3 Soft Tan)
♥ Covergirl Trublend Foundation (D4)
♥ Chanel Lumiere Foundation (64 Beige Ambre)
♥ Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluid Foundation (Praline)

CONCEALERS:
♥ M.A.C Prolongwear Concealer (NW30)
♥ Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer (Medium/Deep)

BRONZERS:
♥ NYX Matte Bronzer (Deep Tan)
♥ Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Bronzer (Goddess)
♥ M.A.C Mineralize SkinFinish Bronzer (Cheeky Bronze)
♥ Cover FX Bronzer (Sunset)

EYEBROWS:
♥ Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade
♥ Kelley Baker Brows Powder
♥ Benefit Gimme Brow Brow Gel (Medium/Dark)

Highlight:
♥ Too Faced Candlelight Highlighter
♥ The Balm Mary Loumanizer
♥ Becca (Opal)

BLUSH:
♥ M.A.C Prolongwear Blush (Eternal Sun)
♥ M.A.C Prolongwear Blush (Stubborn)
♥ Korres Zea Mays Blush (21.Rose)

LIPS:
♥ Lime Crime Velveteen (Salem)
♥ Too Faced Melted Lip ( Melted Fig & Melted Nude)
♥ Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm (Shameless)
♥ M.A.C Cremesheen Lipstick (Pure Zen)

MASCARA:
♥ Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara
♥ Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Mascara

xo, Jess ♥

Holiday Makeup + Update ♥

Hellooooo,

I am so sorry for being gone for so long! If you watch my video you will know why I’ve been missing for the past month. I missed blogging and making my beauty videos so much and I’m so excited and so motivated to begin again. I wasn’t able to upload a video before christmas so I decided to film this holiday look in case you guys wanted to try it out for New Years Eve ( I know it looks more like a Christmas look, sorry!). I am making a vow to stay more consistent with my blog and videos because in order for me to make them successful, I have to continue to give you guys content, so definitely stay tuned for more consistent posts!

I hope you guys had an amazing Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate) and of course I wish you guys the best new year! I will probably have a post or two before Jan 1st so I will see you then!

If you enjoy my video, please make sure to subscribe to my Youtube Channel so you can stay up to day and of course don’t forget to share with your friends and family! Love you all and thank you so much for sticking with me through my little hiatus.

PRODUCTS USED:

♥ M.A.C Paint Pot (Painterly)
♥ NYX Jumbo Pencil (Black Bean)
♥ Urban Decay Vice Palette (Angel, Last Sin, Revolver, Lucky)
♥ M.A.C Eyeshadow (Soft Brown, Naked Lunch)
♥ Too Faced Glitter Glue
♥ M.A.C Pigment
♥ Bobbi Brown Longwear Gel Eyeliner (Black)
♥ NYX Liquid Crystal Liner (Gold)
♥ Benefit They’re Real Mascara
♥ Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil (Perversion)
♥ Garner Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Roller
♥ Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluid (Praline)
♥ Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer (Medium-Deep)
♥ M.A.C Prep + Prime Highlighter (Bright Forecast)
♥ Cover FX Bronzer
♥ M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish (Cheeky Bronze)
♥ Korres Zea Mays Blush (21 Rose)
♥ Chanel Precision Lip Definer
♥ M.A.C Lipstick (Diva)
♥ M.A.C Fix +

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xo, Jess♥

Too Faced Melted Longwear Lipstick | Review ♥

Lipsticks…Again. Like I’ve mentioned a thousand times before, I am a lipstick hoarder. I’ve completely come to terms with it and I just can’t help it. To feed my fun little addiction I decided to try these new Too Faced Melted Lipsticks out! I’ve had some of them for a while but I wanted to really make sure I used them enough to give a good review.

So far I’ve collected six out of the ten lipsticks. I have the colors Melted Nude, Melted Coral, Melted Peony, Melted Fig, Melted Fuchsia, and Melted Berry. The Melted Peony is a little baby version because it was given to me as a gift for purchasing a certain amount of Too Faced cosmetics at Ulta.

Melted Lippies

Price: $21.00

Where Can You Purchase? Ulta, Sephora, Too Faced.com

Too Faced Claims: “Get the staying power of a stain, the intense color of a liquid lipstick and the high shine of a gloss in one long-wear formula. Using exclusive technology to keep cauldrons of molten lipsticks liquid and creamy, Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick comfortably coats lips in bursts of intense, high-impact, super rich, saturated color that lasts for hours.” – TooFaced.com

Packaging: I’m not really a huge fan of lipsticks in little squeeze tubes. It reminds me of those oily lip glosses from lip smackers that I would use when I was like five. As an adult I think I have the capability of using a wand and applying it on my own. I get that it’s meant to save time but I feel like you don’t have control over how much product you’re applying or squeezing out for that matter. Besides the squeeze tube part,  I do like their precision tip applicator at the end of the squeeze tube. It sort of feels like the higher end lip gloss tips and I like that it’s soft and applies the lipstick perfect without having to use a lip liner.

Consistency: This product is meant to be creamy and it is. The whole concept is that it’s a melted lipstick, which is really what it looks like.

Application: It’s super easy to apply, no lip liner needed. The darker colors do feather so you may want to use lip liner just for that purpose but it’s not necessary for staying within the lip line.

Finish/Lasting Power: The overall finish is a shiny matte if that makes any sense. It does have a tiny bit of a sheen to it but Too Faced claims to have high shine gloss which I wouldn’t agree with. When I think of high shine gloss I think of extremely glossy lips and that’s not what I get out of these, which for me is perfectly fine. As for the lasting power, they definitely do last a long time. Too Faced doesn’t specify how long they can last but I’ve gotten a good 4-5 hours out of them. I do believe the lighter colors last more than the darker ones, but the darker ones end up turning into more of a stain.

Overall Thoughts: Overall, these are some of my go-to products for on the go. It’s so easy to apply and touch up. They can be drying especially on my lips since I already have over dried lips. If you apply Chapstick beforehand you should be perfectly fine! I recommend these, especially the fun colors!

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**( Melted Ruby in the picture is actually Melted Berry – Sorry!)

What Melted shade is your favorite?

xo, Jess ♥

Long-Lasting Makeup 101 – Foundation ♥

If I had a Nickel for every time someone asked me how to make their foundation or makeup in general last longer, I would probably have enough money to own my own private island. No, but seriously. It took me forever to figure out how to make my foundation last all day, and even now I am still learning different techniques to use. The fun thing about makeup is that it is an ever-growing thing. There isn’t just one way of doing things or just one product to use for things. You can play around and make it your own. With that said, I figured I would write this post and try to explain how I make my makeup last, the things that I use, and little tips that I’ve learned along the way. Keep in mind, I am in no way an “expert” I don’t believe any makeup artist is, because like I said before, Makeup is an ever-growing thing. You make it your own with whatever works for you. These are tips and tricks that I use and have worked for myself and some friends and family,  so feel free to try these products, tips, and tricks, and let me know if they worked for you!

Skincare.

First and Foremost, Skincare is the most important part of makeup application. Just like an artist, you want to have an even blank canvas that you can paint on easily. Throughout the years I have noticed that when I wasn’t taking care of my skin, it would become either extremely oily or extremely dry depending on the weather/season. Now, for most of us that is normal, for me on the other hand, it was not. I would have little bumps all over my face, and a lot of the time my foundation would stick to dry patches but then slide off my face in other areas. With that said, I learned along the way that skincare was extremely important for makeup application, it just makes things so much easier and things look so much smoother.

Once you figure out whether you have oily, dry, or a combination of both skin types, your life gets that much easier. Trust me. You want to make sure that the face washes you are using are made for your skin type because many times it can dry out your skin, make it oily, give you acne, rashes, etc. So you definitely want to make sure you are using the proper type of face wash. Same goes for toners and moisturizers. If you have oily skin you still must moisturize just as much as us dry skin folks. If your skin is hydrated it is easier to apply makeup and have it last all day.

*Oils and serums can be your best friend as well, especially if you leave them on overnight. They can help repair the skin and help with hydration, wrinkles, collagen, etc.

I Use:
Murad Essential-C Cleanser
Murad Blackhead Remover
Philosophy Hope In A Jar Night Moisturizer
Philosophy Take A Deep Breath Gel Moisturizer
Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil & Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment

* My Skincare routine is not a set in stone routine, a lot of times your skin gets accustomed to the same products so I like to switch it up and see what works in the moment.

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Primer.

Before I get into the actual foundation process I want to quickly touch on primers. Some people don’t like primers and that’s fine, but for me I think it works wonders. I have very large pores so when I apply foundation you can pretty much see those pores right through any foundation, even if it is full coverage. When I apply a primer underneath my foundation not only does it help smooth my skin texture, but when using the right primer, it can help fill in pores and also help my foundation last longer. There are so many different primers out in the makeup world so try some out and see what fits best with your skin type. As of now, I can’t say I have any holy grail primers, but I do have a few favorites that I tend to go back to from time to time.

I Use:
Too Faced Primed & Poreless (Perfect for those of you with large pores, it minimizes them)
Sonia Kashuk Mattifying Primer (For those of you with oily skin, this is a must try)
Benefit Porefessional (Great for those with large pores, also helps with long lasting foundation & smooth skin).

*Primer is applied after moisturizer but before foundation.

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Foundation.

There’s this misconception out in the makeup world that says any foundation is supposed to last all day with no touch ups. False. You’re going to have to touch up at least once and not all foundations are long wearing foundations. For those of you who want long-lasting foundation, you have to look for anything “long lasting” or “longwear”. Most foundations that I have personally tried don’t last more than 4-5 hrs without needing a touch up or just fully sliding off my face. When I do need a long lasting foundation I make sure to use the ones that are meant for that purpose.

I Use:
Revlon Colorstay Foundation (My first and forever love of foundations, literally stays on all day)
Makeup Forever HD Foundation (Perfect for photos and video)
MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation (or any MAC foundation in this case, they’re so great for full coverage long lasting foundations)

* Start with a light coat of foundation and gradually add more as needed to amp up the coverage. (If already full coverage foundation, be careful you can look cakey if you continue to add more to your first coat). Patting your foundation using a damp sponge or Beauty Blender rather than swirling it around with a brush helps the foundation settle into skin and helps get rid of any excess foundation that lays on top of your skin (also helps give you an airbrush finish).

Setting Powder.

Last but definitely not least, you want to finish your foundation application by setting it. Setting your foundation can also help make your foundation last longer, especially if you have oily skin. You can use a powder foundation (loose or pressed) or a translucent powder. If you want that little bit of extra coverage a powder foundation would be the way to go, if you feel you have enough coverage with your foundation alone then a translucent powder will work best.

I Use:
Urban Decay Ultra definition Loose Setting Powder (This stuff is amazing, I have a whole blogpost about it here)
Too Faced Primed and Poreless Powder (Translucent, great consistency, blurs pores and fine lines!)
Urban Decay All Nighter Long -Lasting Makeup Setting Spray (Best setting spray ever).

* lightly sweep the powder over your face with a large powder brush. A little goes a long way, you do not want to look powdery or cakey. Spritz a little setting spray to get rid of that powdery look and to also help set everything in place.

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These are basically all of my little tips and tricks and some of the products I’ve been using to keep my foundation lasting all day. I hope this was helpful and if you want to see a video of my foundation routine click here. (I have switched up a few products here and there but hopefully this helps).

xo, Jess♥

 

 

Mini Haul♥ – Ulta

Hey Loves!

Yesterday I made a little quick trip to Ulta since I needed to pick up a few things for my NYE makeup tutorial! (Should be up tomorrow night the latest!) Since I had gotten a few gift cards for Christmas, I decided to splurge on a few things that I’ve been eyeing for a while !

We all know that one of my favorite “high end” makeup brands is Urban Decay so I had to take advantage and pick up a few things from them! (Aside from the fact that I was also gifted the Naked 3 palette :)) Yay!

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1. L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara – literally I’ve tried a bajillion mascara’s and yet every time I try a new one my heart beats for this one a little stronger so I had to pick it up because I’ve missed and love it that much!

2. Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder – This is a newbie for me. I’m running low on my Bare Minerals Matte Foundation and wanted to step away from my comfort zone and try something new. I have high hopes for this so fingers crossed!

3. NYX – I picked up a few things from NYX and I’m not going to lie, I wanted a lot more! (I had to stop myself) The first thing I picked up was this Liquid Crystal Liner. It’s Sparkly and perfect for my NYE tutorial!

As I was walking down the aisle  I noticed the Butter Lipsticks were finally in stores and you know I HAD to pick some up! anyone who’s a fan of the butter glosses MUST try the lipsticks! I picked up two : Fireball and Razzle Fiesta. Cannot wait to try these out!

4. Too Faced– I’ve been dying to try the glitter glue because well lets face it, what girly girl doesn’t love glitter? …and i needed it for my NYE tutorial hehe. I have extremely high hopes for this as well so fingers crossed for this too!

5. Urban Decay– Last but not least my UD products! I tend to wear a lot of bright and bold lipsticks but for some reason they always end up feathering out. I’m not sure if it’s because my lips are always super dry or if the lipsticks are drying out my lips which causes them to feather? anywayyyy, I ended up getting the UD Lip Pencil in the color Ozone. It’s a clear lip pencil so you can wear it with any lipstick you please and its supposed to stop the feathering or you can use it as a primer to make your lipstick last longer!

I also picked up one of the UD lipsticks! I’ve been dying to try these because I’ve heard so many amazing reviews! I wasn’t sure what color to choose from so I settled for a nude and got the color Naked. I hope I love it!

It’s so exciting when I get completely new makeup! Can’t wait to try these out so I can write reviews on them 🙂 What makeup products have you guys picked up lately?

xo, Jess ♥

A Few Of My Favorite Things Palette: Review ♥

Hey everyone!

Too Faced Cosmetics recently released a new palette called “A Few Of My Favorite Things”. I saw a few youtubers talking about the palette and once I saw the eyeshadows that came with it, I instantly decided that it had to be mine. Being that I love sparkly eyeshadow rather than matte, I felt that this palette was appropriate for me, especially for outings. The colors are beautiful and the pigmentation is incredible. The set comes with 20 eyeshadows, 2 blushes, 2 bronzers, 1 mascara, 1 lip product, and a cute cosmetic pouch that everything fits right in.

The Packaging!
Anyone who knows me, can tell you that I am a total sucker for packaging and this, my friends, is a prime example of how marketing wins again. First of all, I don’t know any girl who is not obsessed with Chevron anything. I mean, I’m a girl and I have a whole Chevron wall in my living room. Does that make me crazy? let’s hope not. Anyway, on top of the beautiful Chevron Print, they chose the perfect color packaging. The mixture between gold and pink is just so beautiful and girly. I truly love it. 

The Eyeshadows!

The eyeshadow colors are just incredible! Honestly, The pictures I show you do not do them justice what so ever. They are creamy and pigmented. I love that most of the shades have a shimmer to them because I find that shimmer looks great with my skin tone, so I tend to reach for those types of eyeshadows rather than matte ones. I do have to say that the matte colors were a bit chalky and a little difficulty to blend out but that isn’t a deal breaker for me due to the fact that there aren’t many matte colors. I deff. think my favorite colors are Tinsel, Bluff, and Party Time. They look like they’re one color but in the light it reflects into a different color. Tinsel turns greenish, Bluff turns purplish-blue, and Party Time has this blue silver reflection. SO beautiful. Coquet is also one of those types of shades but I found that when applied it just looked gold, there was no pink at all so it’s sort of misleading. Here is a closer look at the eyeshadows:

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This Palette not only comes with these gorgeous shades of eyeshadows, but it also comes with 2 blushes and 2 bronzers. I’ve tried the bronzers on their own before this palette and they were basically my skin color so unfortunately, it doesn’t really do anything for me. The blushes on the other hand are visible on my skin tone but I deff.  think they would look better on lighter skin tones just because they show up more vividly. Here are some swatches of both blushes and bronzers:
As I mentioned before, the palette also came with a mascara and a lip product. The mascara is so good! I have been eyeing this mascara for a while but hadn’t heard anyone really rave about it so decided to wait on it. I’m so glad that it came with this palette because I’ve honestly fallen in love with it. It makes my eyelashes look long and curled without me having to use an eyelash curler. Usually I apply two coats of three different mascara’s but lately I have only been using this one and that for me is a HUGE deal. so, yay! for less of an eyelash struggle in the morning!
The lip product on the other hand, I am not really a fan of. It is supposed to be a lip plumper type of product and I do think it works but, for one, the color is terrible for my skin tone, so I couldn’t pull it off even if I wanted to. And two, my lips tend to always get extremely chapped and dry during the fall and winter months, so I struggle with lipsticks because they tend to bring out the flakiness and dry skin, unfortunately, this lipstick is no different. You will see in the picture that my lips not only look pale, but they look so chapped and flakey. I tried using a lip scrub and moisturizing before application and that did not work either, I honestly think it made it worse. Gross! I deff. will not be using this product on my own lips at all. 
 Here is a close up picture of the mascara and the lip product: 

And last but not least, There is also this cute little makeup pouch that comes with the palette. The palette, mascara, and lip product all fit into this pouch perfectly so you can carry everything with you if you have to travel. How cute is it?

Price: $56.00 USD (Valued at $436.00 USD)
Where can you purchase? Sephora.com, Toofaced.com
Overall Thoughts: I am obsessed! I think it’s an awesome deal and totally worth it. I will be doing a few YouTube videos featuring this palette so you guys can see how the colors look on the eye! I would deff.  recommend this palette for any season because of the variety of shades!
hope you enjoyed!
xo
   Jess