Highlighting

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Now that spring is here (haha) I have been trying to get a more glowy makeup look. This can be hard, since I usually use neutral colors, and highlighting can look a bit extreme. These are a few of the things that I use to get a natural effect. The first is the Anastasia Powder Contour Kit. This has colors for contouring and highlighting, and my favorite is the one in the upper right hand corner. I sweep this under my eyes and more heavily above my cheekbones.

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The other product I use is much more affordable. It’s the L’Oreal Powder Glow Illuminator. Since it’s a drugstore highlighter, it’s more chunky with it’s shimmer rather than the buttery texture of the contour kit shades. But it does a great job for noticeable shine. I find this is best for taking selfies, and I use my fingers to dab it above my cheekbones.

What are your favorite highlighting products?

If you want to see what else I’m up you, you can check out my Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest!

Talk to you soon,

-Heather

 

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Everyday “No Makeup” Makeup

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1. Physician’s Formula Tinted Moisturizer

2. MAC Blush in “Trace Gold”

3. Lorac Pro Palette

4. Lush’s Mint Julips Lip Scrub

5. Burt’s Bee’s Lip Balm

 

These are my favorite beauty items to achieve the “No Makeup” makeup look, and although they are basic, they totally do the job.

-Heather

 

Everyday Makeup Look

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I’ve been wearing very minimal makeup lately. In fact, most days I don’t wear any makeup at all because of this heat.

But every now and then when I want to do a quick and no-fail makeup look, these are the products I use. It’s important that the products I splurge on are great quality, and then they last me forever. The Lorac Pro palette is absolutely fantastic and never fails to give natural and super pigmented colors. I also use my Mac “Trace Gold” blush on the apples of my cheeks and blend it with my contour.

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For my contour, the Anastasia kit has been a life saver. It doesn’t take much to give some shape to your face, and building product is so easy. The highlights included are amazing and I find that the yellow toned one sets my underage concealer perfectly! Depending on what colors I’m using on my face determines what contour shade I use. I tend to use the warmer shades, but I love the cool tone too. This palette is something that I had no idea I needed, and now I can’t live without it.

Even with a simple face of makeup, adding some bronze brings your face to life. I use my “Trace Gold” after I’ve contoured and try to blend downward. It has a gold shimmer it in that looks lovely on the cheekbones. You could wear just that and some mascara and look wonderful. I think less makeup in the summer is the way to go.

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Finishing the makeup off with a smear of berry on the lips is pretty much all I need.

What is your current everyday makeup?

-Heather

Golden Glow | 1940’s Makeup Look

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Since I’ve been playing around with my new contour kit, I decided to try out a vintage-inspired makeup look today. I used gold and brown eyeshadows, and I complimented those by using a matte contour and a gold shimmery blush. To top it off, I added a matte red lip, because you can’t have a 40’s look without that!

Face Makeup Used:

-Benefit Porefessional Primer

-Maybelline Fit Me  Foundation (110 Porcelain) 

-Rimmel London Skin Tone Adapting Concealer

-Benefit Face Powder

-Anastasia Contour Kit (Light To Medium)

-MAC Blush (Trace Gold)

Eyes:

-Urban Decay Primer Potion

-Banila Co. Lumiere Palette

-Maybelline Gel Pencil

-Covergirl The Super Sizer Mascara

Lips: 

-Milani Lipstick (66 Matte Passion)

 

I also got this cute headband so long ago from Forever 21 and it was perfect for this look! Bandanas are super on trend right now, so that would also look amazing with makeup like this. If you try this out, send a picture or let me know how it goes! I love vintage fashion and beauty, so this was a lot of fun.

“Between every two

pines

is a doorway

to a

new world”

-John Muir

 

Indulging | Birthday Haul

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I finally bought something from Anastasia! I know everyone is obsessed with them, but I never wanted to dish out the cash for their products. Since I got money for my birthday and for graduation, I decided to splurge a little bit!

I got the light to medium contour kit, and I absolutely love it. The packaging is gorgeous and the colors are pigmented and perfect for warming up and shaping your face. I used it today for the first time and it was buildable, which I’m happy about.

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Besides some summer colors of nail polish, the only other thing I bought were these Biscoff cookies. These are those delicious cookies you get when you’re flying, and I’ve had them some other places in Europe.

I found these at Ocean State because I just recently bought the Biscoff Cookie Butter that’s a spread that tastes just like these cookies. If it sounds indulgent, trust me, it is. After eating that (I use it on rice cakes) I started looking for the cookie version. These are delicious and they taste great with coffee and tea. If you can get your hands on these, I would buy a few packages!

Basically, this haul consists of:

-Anastasia Contour Kit in Light to Medium

-Sally Hansen Miracle Gels in “Get Juiced” and “So Much Fawn”

-Biscoff Cookies

And that’s it! I thought I’d share this because the contour kit was a pretty big purchase, and I’m also excited about those nail colors. The mauve-colored pink is the one I’ll use next, I love it’s rosy color. Let me know if you’ve used the contour kit and if you have in tips/tricks. I’m getting the hang of it, but I love it so far.

Talk to you soon,

-Heather

Simple Spring | 5 Minute Makeup Look

Since I’ve moved back home, I’ve been trying my very best to be good to my skin. I actually stopped wearing makeup for about a week to try and clear up my face, and when I am using makeup, I’ve been doing a super quick and simple routine.

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The only makeup I’ve been bothering with is a primer, a light layer of foundation, concealer, one shade of eye shadow, eye liner, and a swipe of bronzy blush. I hadn’t worn makeup in a few days before I put this on, and when I finally put on my foundation, I was amazed at how smoothly it applied. As for concealer, I didn’t have to cover much up except under my eyes, which I just applied quickly and then blended with my fingers. If you have extra time, you can apply powder too, but since this was a quick look, I didn’t bother with it.

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I like using this bronze blush (Trace Gold by MAC) because it acts as a highlighter as well. I apply it high on my cheeks and make sure to blend to make it look very natural. Because there is a sheen to the color, it makes it look like a subtle highlight on top of the cheeks. This color is also great for spring because it makes you look just a little less pale. I ran it down my neck as well and tried to make it all blend together.

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I used the color Hustle from my Naked Palette all over my lid. After packing it on, I took a fluffy brush and really blended so that the gorgeous reddy-brown color looked light on my lids.

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I took my skinny eyeliner and did a quick swipe with a slight wing on the ends. It’s a lot easier to work with than a liquid liner and is much easier to fix. I find it takes me much less time!

Working with a more simple makeup routine has really made my mornings more manageable. When you need an idea for a quick makeup look for everyday, this is my favorite go-to. I’m excited to start using some cream blushes for spring, which also seem quick to me. I’ll be sure to tell you how I get on with them.

-Heather

 

Everyday Spring Get-Ready Routine

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It seems like spring is finally here! With the warmer weather comes a new routine for me, beauty and fashion-wise. I’ve been trying out some new products and love the way they’ve worked for the new season. Some of these things are cosmetics, like the Au Naturale palette that includes a lip color, blusher, and cream eyeshadow. For some reason, when spring comes, I really enjoy cream formulations for everything more, probably because it makes my skin look dewey.

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One new product I tried out and loved with the cream blusher in that palette, called “Palermo.” It’s actually quite orange, and I was hesitant with a color like that, and I surprisingly loved it!

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As for hair, I’ve been straightening it a lot more, which means I’m straightening it more than once every 3 months. Generally, my hair is pretty hard to straighten because it holds lots of moisture and it’s thick, so I need to blow dry it and straighten it right after showering. I’ve been using this new stay-in conditioner by Davines that’s called “All In One Milk.” It’s actually a spray, which is different from what I’ve used before. I just spray it onto my hair before blow drying and straightening, and it made my hair so silky and shiny that my friends actually said, “What did you use on your hair?!” Not to mention, this stuff smells amazing, and I’m looking into getting the full size.

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Since my hair is usually curled, it’s nice to start straightening it more because it feels like a slight change to my style. It’s almost like when Meg Ryan in The Women went through her transformation and started wearing her beautiful hair straight as she tackled all the problems in her life. Only, I’m not getting a divorce, I wasn’t fired by my father, and I don’t have a daughter who hates me (or a daughter in general). I guess we’ll leave that to the cinemas.

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Since it’s still kind of chilly (because, New England) I’ve been wearing this khaki-colored military jacket. It’s a great neutral and it’s softer than wearing a leather jacket all the time.

 

What is your spring beauty routine? I’m curious to know what products your using.

Talk to you soon,

-Heather

New Girl

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Channeling my favorite girl (Zooey Deschanel) in one of my favorite shows (New Girl), I decided to do a quick makeup look inspired by Jess Day. One thing I notice about Jess’s makeup is that unless she is going somewhere fancy and is wearing a red lip, her day-to-day beauty is rather simple. She usually has a good amount of mascara and maybe a little color on the lips. She also has a very natural blush on most of the time.

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And here is the inspiration for this makeup look, wearing her classic glasses and her hair up in a bun.

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s safe to say that if you have a similar pair of glasses, it starts looking a lot more similar.

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The secret here was just to go very light and natural with the colors, but pick colors that have a nice pink color to them.

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Makeup Used:

-Maybelline Fit Me Foundation (Shade: 110 Porcelain)

-Rimmel London Skin Tone Adapting Concealer

-Benefit Face Powder

-Covergirl The Super Sizer Mascara

-MAC Blush (Shade: Dainty)

 

On a side note, this is my last week at school. I feel like I’m avoiding that fact by putting together blog posts and photography so that I won’t have to face it. But soon I’ll be leaving Boston and heading back to my quiet home. I’m enjoying my last few school days left. I’ve wanted to graduate for a long time, and now that it’s here, I almost wish I was signing up for more classes. But then again, good things tend to come from transitions (or interesting things, at least).

“Being tender and open is beautiful. As a 

woman, I feel continually shh’d. Too 

sensitive. Too mushy. Too wishy washy.

Blah blah. Don’t let anyone steal your

tenderness. Don’t allow the coldness and

fear of others to tarnish your perfectly 

vulnerable beating heart. Nothing

is more powerful than allowing yourself to

be truly affected by things. Whether it’s a 

song, a stranger, a mountain, a rain

drop, a tea kettle, an article, a sentence, 

a footstep, feel it all-look around you. 

All of this is for you. Take it and have

gratitude. Give it an feel love.”

-Zooey Deschanel

Not The Best | Products Not Worth The Hype

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These are not my favorite kinds of posts or videos to watch, because they aren’t all happy and fun. However, they tend to be the most helpful because they are honest and might save you some money! I put together a list of products I’ve either used or sampled and didn’t feel lived up to the hype. This of course doesn’t mean they are bad products, it means they didn’t work for me.

 

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  1. Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream

I felt like this was mostly vaseline (the main ingredient is petroleum jelly) and for the price, it is not worth that!

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2. TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo

I don’t use dry shampoo a lot, but when I do, I prefer that it actually makes my hair feel clean. This put a strange film on my scalp, which happens sometimes with dry shampoo, but it felt like it was very hard to wash out. I also really didn’t like the smell, and there are so many dry shampoos out there that have great scents. This product also promised to give volume, but my hair didn’t look more full at all, it actually looked more flat. Maybe the first formula was different, but I only tried this “newer” formula, and I think I’ll stick with the other dry shampoos I was using before.

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3. Philosophy Help Me Retinol Treatment

This product is quite small and doesn’t do much for a whopping $50. I tried two samples of this and while retinol treatments are for “more mature” skin, it also promised to keep pores unclogged, and it didn’t deliver. It was a very thick consistency and felt like it was blocking my pores more. I think it might be smarter to use a light exfoliant and then a serum and moisturizer instead of a product like this. It just didn’t leave my face feeling fresh or improved.

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4. Hoola Bronzer by Benefit

I know what everyone is thinking, “Are you crazy?!” This is one of the most classic and beloved bronzers on the market, and yet, for $30, I feel that you can find a really beautiful matte bronzer for much cheaper! I think it’s great quality and is worth investing in if you have the money, but if not, there are better options that are a nice warm tone and won’t hurt your wallet.

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5. Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

Let me explain again: While this is a very good foundation that many people love, I don’t believe it’s worth the price, which is $50. There are a lot of foundations that are full-coverage and heavy duty that have the same price, and that I can understand, but not for a foundation that is so light it can almost be considered a BB cream.

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6. Living Proof Full Thickening Mousse

So, Living Proof makes one of the best dry shampoos out there. I’ve used it, you’ve used it, our mom’s have probably used it. But this is like the sad step-sister that didn’t really make the cut. I’m not sure if this was released after their popular dry shampoo, but I feel like the formula is kind of strange. It was hard to work with at first and made my hair very wet, and when it dried, it didn’t look very natural at all. If anyone works with mousse a lot and knows a way to make this work, let me know!

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7. MAC Studio Fix Foundation

I’ve only ever used samples of this product, and it just wasn’t for me. I think that this is an excellent foundation for photoshoots, theatre, makeup artists, etc, because it is so thick and really covers the skin so there is absolutely no discoloration. And in that aspect, it surely does it’s job. But for everyday use, this is just way too thick, and it clogged my pores so badly. I also have a few friends that have acne that was made much worse by putting this on top, so for day-to-day, this is a no.

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8. Boi-ing Benefit Concealer (As Under Eye Concealer)

This is actually my favorite concealer for covering up spots and scars on my face. However, when I got it at Ulta, I was told at the Benefit desk to use it under my eyes. I tried to make this work so many times, but it is really thick and makes very noticeable lines under my eyes. I would totally recommend this for covering any spots because it is heavy duty and lasts all day. But for under the eyes, it’s way too heavy, so I’d go for something lighter.

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9. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Treatment Concealer

I only used a sample of this, but the lightest skin tone color was still too red and dark for me, so I had to give it up. I’ve read that the concealer stays put and doesn’t crease much, but the real problem I have with it is how often you need to repurchase! My friend uses this product religiously, and she has to get one almost every two weeks because of the way the product goes up through the sponge, and eventually you can’t get the rest out of the bottom.

10. Real Techniques Brow Brush (Featured Picture)

I use this brush here and there, but the biggest problem I have with it is that it seems too big to use on my brows! I use a MAC 266 for my brows which is much more precise, and then I use this brow brush for liner or shadow under the eye. But even in those cases, it feels too big to get in there and make a nice line.

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11. Benefit’s Porefessional Primer

Another shocking one, and a product that I actually do love a lot. I use it almost every day, but lately, I found myself reaching for a much cheaper primer from Ulta that felt a lot nicer on my face. The truth is, this is a great classic if you have the money to spend on a face primer, but I honestly think there are primers that are much cheaper to invest in if you can’t spare the cash.

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12. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

I used so many samples of this because I really, really wanted to like it. I’ve been looking for a good tinted moisturizer because for the summer I want to lean off of foundation. I’ve tried so many, and the truth is, this seems like a lot of the cheaper options! The full size of this is $44! That seems like a lot for something that isn’t full-coverage and works just as well as drug store options. If you have the money to spend on this, you can try it, but it is honestly the same as some that are sold by Covergirl or Almay, who have amazing tinted moisturizers.

 

And that’s that! Tell me your opinions on this and feel free to disagree, because there’s a chance that I was using all of these wrong and just didn’t get it right. Also, let me know if there are better, cheaper options for some of them and I can check them out.

Have a nice week, I’ll be back soon.

-Heather

 

 

 

 

 

 

Makeup I Wore In February

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This month, I’ve been wearing a lot of brown and neutral shades. I think by keeping the rest of my makeup simple, it all works very well together. My favorite shades have been taupe browns, shimmery golds, and very subtle highlights from the first Naked Palette, along with some single eyeshadows that I have.

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I’ve been wearing a winged liner with this look because it packs a little more punch. It gives the finishing touch. I’ve been using very light pink blush on my cheeks as well. I’m sure this is a look I’ll be carrying into spring.

What have you been wearing this month? I think keeping things natural on the eyes is great for when spring comes because you can wear a bright lip with it. Lately, I’ve been reaching for orange-toned reds. I’d love to know what products you’ve been interested in!

-Heather