Winter Makeup

Winter Makeup

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Hello Everyone,

I have been wearing a glittery eye lately with a berry lip for winter, and I thought I would recreate that look for a blogpost. Spring will be approaching quickly, and that will mean a much more subdued and dewy look, so this is my last chance to showcase a winter one!

Winter makeup is usually a bit heavier with glitter and liner and pops of color on the lips. While I’ve been wearing red a light, I’ve been reaching for deep berry tones lately, which are a fun twist on the classic red for winter. I’ve also been layering many different glitter and shimmer eyeshadows to give a glowing effect around my eyes, especially the inner corners. This goes pretty well with most of the outfits I wear, and since a lot of it is shimmery, it blends easily. Even my lip color was applied with lip balm first, and I blended it with my finger to soften the appearance.

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Before I get into it, I want to give a big shoutout to my Anastasia Contour Kit. I use this literally every single day. It warms up my face easily and is super easy to layer colors if you haven’t applied enough. The lighter colors are perfect for setting my face and adding a slight highlight. I actually started my makeup off today by using a light BB cream and concealer, and then set it with the top right power in this palette. The colors I used today in the palette are the two far right ones.

After that, I used the bronzer on the right to fill in my eyebrows with a MAC 266 brush.

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From my Banila palette, I used a sparkly pink color which was barely pigments, it was mostly glitter. I used my finger to put this into my inner corner. I find this captures the light beautifully and really shows off the glowing effect.

After that, I used my Lorac Pro palette with the color Champagne which is less glittery and more of a cream shimmer shadow. I put that in my corner too, but blended it further into the middle of my lid and underneath my eye, close to the inner corners. After, I used the gold chunky glitter from my Banila palette and put that all over the rest of my lid and blended it to make it even.

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There is a buttery, shimmery brown in the Banila palette that I lightly put on my pinky finger and concentrated under my eyes towards the outsides. This gave a bit more definition so the look was a little bit darker.

I used my Rimmel London liquid eyeliner in black to make wings (and I shockingly did it evenly!) I then used Maybelline’s Falsies mascara only on my top lashes to make them as big as they could be.

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I went in with the same bronzer from the Anastasia Contour Kit and concentrated that under my cheekbones. Bronzers really does make all the difference in the world, it sculpts your face and warms up the edges!

I used a Revlon cream blush stick in the color Berry Kiss and blended it in with my fingertips. After that, I used a cream highlighter and focused it on the tops of my cheekbones, but I also dabbed some on the very tip of my nose.

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My lip color is actually a gloss by Hikari in the color “Merlot” and I focused it on the centers of my lips and then blended it out with my fingertip. The effect is nice and soft, and you don’t have to worry about it moving around or being ruined because the formula is so light!

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Let me know what your favorite winter makeup has been this season, and I can’t wait to see how things will change once the weather warms up!

To see what else I’m up to, check out my Instagram and Tumblr! 🙂

-Heather

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Highlighting

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

 

February Favorites

February Favorites

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Bee Button – I got this adorable pin while galavanting around Northampton with my friend Emily. She had a matching one, then I bought a bee blouse, and good time was had by all.

Milani Lipsticks (Matte) – Holy cow, these lipsticks are becoming my absolute favorite. They go on easily and aren’t a pain to take off (favorite shade is Matte Passion)

Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events – I am a Very Forceful and Dedicated admirer of Lemony Snicket, so this series was basically all I care about for about six months. I thought it was fantastic, and I binge watched it all and once and then rewatched it again. I’m mostly excited that they are putting so much effort into one of my favorite book series. The casting was impeccable and the acting is excellent. The only criticism I have is that I wish it had that dreary Victorian style that the movie exuded, as it gave off such a dismal mood. But I still loved everything they did with the sets and I am so incredibly ready for the next season.

X-Files – On a much different note, me and my mom have been binge watching X-Files at night. I’m not really sure how this started, but there are so many episodes, so I don’t see it stopping anytime soon. (I want to believe!)

What have you been into this month? I think we are al itching for the weather to warm up so we can go outside, so I’m curious to know what hobbies you’re interested in as well.

-Heather

 

Get Ready With Me (For a Picnic)

Get Ready With Me (For a Picnic)

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Hello everyone,

I am seriously enjoying this 60 degree weather because during the day it is the perfect temperature to have a picnic. I’ve seen so many cute picnic ideas and even though mine was just in my backyard with some fruit, it’s fun to treat yourself to something like this. I did some fun makeup this morning, really taking my time with my eyeshadows and eyeliner so I could enjoy it. I did a kind of smokey brown eyeshadow with winged liner and then a pop of red lips. The colors were perfect for an early Autumn picnic outside.

This isn’t going to be a tutorial or anything, I’ll just go through what I used and what products/piece of clothing I wore today!

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Here’s my little makeup station. It’s very messy right now and has lots of items here that aren’t beauty related, but they make the table look nice. I started off with dry shampoo because I’m on third day hair and needed a little bit of help with texture.

For skincare I used my daily moisturizer that has SPF, and then the NYX undereye treatment. I spritz my skin with this Cucumber Water face mist by Pearlessence.

I used Physician’s Formula Tinted Moisturizer for light coverage and a dewy finish. For my contour, I used the Anastasia Contour Kit, and for my blush I used MAC’s Trace Gold. My eyeshadow was a shimmery-finish warm brown that I blended and blended until it faded across my lid. Then I used my liquid eyeliner (Line Exact by Covergirl) to make a subtle wing. Lastly, I used a bright red matte lipstick (POP Beauty’s “Cozy Crimson”).

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The shirt that I’m wearing is from Target (go Target!) and I wore a simple navy pleated skirt with it. Today was actually the first day that I wore tights! I felt ok outside without a jacket on, and I brought my hat from Target in case there was too much sun. I got these oxford-styled flats at TJMaxx awhile ago on sale. I also brought out that cucumber water again because spritzing it on my face is so refreshing.

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And as you can see here, my dog came over to check out what was going on. In doing so, he kind of knocked everything around. It takes a lot of time to set up a picture! Eventually I gave in and let him sit wherever he wanted. He didn’t touch any of the fruit, just tried to eat at my little plants.

I really believe in taking a day to do something different, even if that means going outside for an hour or so and enjoying the afternoon. The days are getting cooler, which I am eternally grateful for, but I still feel like I need to squeeze as many outdoor activities in as I can before we are trembling once we set foot outside. Picnics are a great way to do that. I ate some fruit and drank some water and read a lot of books.

You can see my sunglasses peeking in those pictures, those are from Target as well. You just can’t beat Target.

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I think when fall comes around a lot of people think of deep and dark colors for lipstick, and this morning, I was reaching for one. But I wanted something a bit more colorful and bright. The truth is, as much as I’m singing happily as each leaf falls, it’s still sunny and beautiful here, and the afternoons are warm. I think that I’ll try to find a balance between the fall trends that are popular right now and the summery pieces that I’ve been wearing these past few months. I was looking at Scandinavian Autumn fashion, and they have pops of color in with their basic blacks, whites, and grays. That is my inspiration this year.

As I’m typing this, I’m sitting on a sheet, accompanied by my wonderfully rambunctious dog, and a cool breeze is traveling through the trees. I am so happy to be sharing it with you. I’m so happy to be experiencing it at all. This is truly the most magical time of year. I hope you are as in love with it as I am.

Soon, I’m sure I’ll be wearing coats and scarves and berry lipsticks. But for now, let’s celebrate this in-between time. Transitions are strange and beautiful.

How are you doing? Any picnics lately? What did you pack?

-Heather

Everyday Makeup Look

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

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