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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

All about CONCEALERS...

Hey dolls,
A few hours ago I was talking to one of my very awesome sisters from California and she was telling me about one of her co-workers that is having some trouble with dark under eye circles.
(Hi Oralia!) :) So I decided to let you all know about some of my personal favorite concealers. I personally do not have major dark circles under my eyes but sometimes I do have slight darkness on the inner corners that I like to conceal and I always prefer a lot of brightness in the under eye area. One thing I would like to share with you that suffer from dark circles is that you should always try to neutralize and/or counter act the the darkness before you place any kind of brightening product in that area. In other words is you have light to medium skin I would go for a peachy-salmon colored corrector, and for darker skin tones I would use a more yellow based concealer. That being said let's move onto my concealer suggestions.

Here I have a variety of concealer brands from High end to drugstore. 

Let's start off with one that I personally cannot travel without and that is the Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser By: Maybelline This concealer can be found at all drugstores such as walgreens, cvs, target, walmart etc. The price on this concealer varies anywhere from $6-8 dollars depending on where you purchase it.In my opinion this is a great concealer. It covers amazingly and it feels so lightweight. Not to mention it is pretty long lasting. They also make one that is made to simply neutralize the dark pigmentation under the eyes and after that you can obviously add a lighter concealer to brighten the area if you were to choose to. I would like to add that it does come with a sponge tip applicator it is definitely not my favorite part of this concealer because it is not the most hygienic but then again how many germs could you possibly have under the eyes. 
For some reason this image would not rotate for me but you can still see how light weight this product is.

Now moving onto my next favorite the PROLONGWEAR Concealer by:M.A.C Cosmetics
This particular concealer is definitely a little more expensive but I assure you it is worth every penny of the $19 dollars I paid for it. I am sure you already guessed by the name and YES it is long wearing. It is made to be crease proof but as with any concealer I would still set it with a powder. This concealer definitely corrects and conceals any discoloration under my eyes and adds the perfect amount of brightness. This concealer is not as light weight as the one mentioned above it, but it is still comfortable on the skin. You can purchase this concealer at any MAC store or Macy's MAC counter. 

Next on the list is another high end product.
If you prefer a thicker creamier consistency to your concealer and don't mind paying for a high end product then I recommend trying the Erase Paste by Benefit. It's does a good job at concealing dark circles but because this concealer is a little more emollient you cannot skip setting it with a powder especially if you have an oily complexion. I personally did not like this for my under my eyes due to major creasing but that is due to my oily skin. If you have normal to dry skin this would be a good concealer for you. The price tag on this is $26.00 dollars and can be purchased at any Sephora or Ulta stores.

The Covergirl &Olay Simply ageless eye concealer is another good drugstore alternative. Although I  must admit for a drugstore concealer it is on the pricey end at $10.00 dollars but they do have a wide variety of colors and a neutralizer. This is also a more hydrating concealer that is due to the Olay moisturizer that is swirled into the concealer. But it is still pretty light weight and comfortable on the skin. I would definitely recommend this concealer on more mature skin that may be lacking some moisture in the under eye area.

Last but not least is the Maximum Coverage Concealer by E.L.F. Cosmetics
Okay this is a very affordable concealer at just $3 bucks its definitely a concealer that you should try and it won't break the bank if you don't like it. As you can see in the picture above it is a very thick consistency but it is absolutely full coverage. The only thing I do not like about this concealer is their lack of color variety. But if you are lucky enough to find your perfect shade and don't mind the thickness of the product then by all means try it out. 

Another concealer that I can recommend is the Pixi Beauty Correction Concentrate in Brightening peach. You can find it at all Target stores it's an affordable alternative to the Benefit concealer. It is only $12.00 and offers great coverage without being extremely heavy on the skin. It is well known for Neutralizing and brightening. 


I hope all of my suggestions have been helpful in some way. If you have any questions or comments, I am always available via email or the comments below. You can also connect with me via Instagram, twitter or google+.

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Thanks for reading and Happy Wednesday!
XoXo,
Alex






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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Blue Brown Pigment by: MAC Cosmetics

Hey Dolls,
I know I haven't posted in a while but I have had a lot going on that I will definitely write about in a later post. But for now I thought I'd share with you all this makeup look that I've created using a beautiful pigment by MAC Cosmetics. In this look the spotlight is definitely on the Blue Brown pigment by MAC. Such a gorgeous and pigmented shade and unique if I do say so myself. I say unique due to the fact that this pigment gives off the effect of two colors obviously I'm sure you kinda figured that out by the name of it.  How about I stop chit chatting about this wonderful pigment and just show you. 


Let's start off with the products I used for the eyes to achieve this look.


Jordana 12 hr made to last eyeliner in Black Point. I used this liner to rim my upper and lower lash lines. To line my eye I used the L'oreal Super Slim Liquid liner in Black and as a base for my eyelid I used the Jordana 12 hr made to last eye shadow pencil in Continuous Almond. This has definitely become a must have for me.

For my eye look I used the an oldie but FAV eye shadow from MAC "Sorcery" I am not quite sure if this is still available anywhere as I believe it was a limited edition shadow from many moons ago. But I assure you it is a color that is easy to dupe. It is a purplish brown with somewhat of a redish undertone. The next e/s used is a hot pot by Coastal Scents in Maroon Berry.  Next up is the star of this look the Blue Brown pigment by MAC.
Last but certainly not least is the Urban Decay Naked basics palette. I used the Naked 2 color as a transition color to help blend it all out. I also used the color Foxy as my brow bone and inner corner high light.

I love these KISS Lashes in the number 01 they are perfect for adding length and drama to your look without looking to over board..


Let me show you how you can achieve this look.

As always I start out with a primed lid. I added the Jordana e/s pencil in Almond as a base to make all of the colors appear more intensely.


I placed the E/S in Sorcery on the lid and added Maroon Berry to the outer corner and blended inward. I then blended it all out with the Naked 2 Shadow.


I then added my brow bone and inner corner highlight in Foxy out of the Naked Basics Palette. I finished it off by applying the Blue Brown pigment on the lid. I used the Pigment wet in order to give it a more foiled look. I did that by spraying my brush with the MAC fix + spray which is what I had on hand but you can certainly use water or any other setting spray you have around.  


After all those steps I added winged liner, mascara and some false lashes to give it a more dramatic look. 


Don't forget to rim your upper and lower water lines and smudge some of the maroon berry shadow under the lash line to tie the look together.

When you are finished you should have something that looks like this:

As for the rest of my face I used the Kat Von D Lock-it longwear foundation in Light 48 and to conceal and brighten I used the Graftobian Hi-def Glamour creme Warm Palette #1 


To set the makeup under my eyes I used the essence all about matt fixing compact powder.

For my blush I used another lovely product from the Jordana Cosmetics line. The blush is called Touch of pink. It is the perfect peachy pink color. Perfect for spring!
The picture definitely washes the color out a bit. But I promise if you purchase this product you will not be disappointed. 

As usual I like to give you a few different options as far as lip colors go. So here are a few options that I think would look great with this look. 


The first is a lipstick my L.A. Colors in Wild Child, The second option is a beautiful neutral color By NYX Cosmetics in Pops. Next up is one of the new lipsticks by Maybelline from the nudes collection in Blushing Beige. Another option that is not pictured above is a gorgeous Red lipstick by Sephora in Made in Switzerland. I love not only the color but that fact that it is very long lasting and smells like candy. "YUM!"

Option #1:

L.A. Color "Wild Child" this color is much brighter in person.

Option # 2: 

NYX Lip Butter in Pops

If you prefer a nude lip than I suggest Option #3:

Maybelline Nudes Collection Lipstick in Blushing Beige

If you are a more adventurous diva and like to pair a BOLD Lip with BOLD Eyes than this Red is definitely for you.

Sephora Brand lipstick in Made in Switzerland



I hope you liked this look I created for you all. I'd also like to thank all of my subscribers and followers for your continued support and interest in my blog and Instablog on Instagram. Don't forget there are several ways you can connect with me. I love receiving feedback and answering questions and making new friends. So don't be shy and connect with me via Instagram, my blog or email.

I also wanted to mention that I currently have a giveaway on my Instagram (U.S. Only Sorry) that ends on April. 30th, 2014 at midnight. So if you haven't entered yet, what are you waiting for??? LOL Go follow me and enter. Best of luck to all of you!

XoXo,
Alex