October 9, 2015

Weleda Skin Care

I am in love with a lot of things, product-wise. But for every amazing product out there, there are 5 that I've tried and hated. Until recently, I was in the camp of "skincare not being effective unless it was loaded with chemicals". Chemicals = results was always my train of thought. Well....no more! Don't get me wrong, I am a BIG FAN of things like glycolic and alpha hydroxy acids, but I see those more as natural alternatives to lasers and botox when used before things start getting too cray. I am an advocate for taking care of your skin BEFORE the damage sets in. Yes, some things are inevitable...I'm looking at YOU, Father Time! But things like sun damage, not removing your makeup before bed (one of my top 3 pet peeves right up there with baby-talking and PDA), staying out too late and drinking your meals, smoking, and things of the like WILL take a toll on your skin. Maybe not right now, but trust me, you'll remember my words when you're staring back at a leather-like reflection in your bathroom mirror. It's a miracle I made it out of my early twenties with decent skin, because I'm not going to lie, I was an offender of multiple aforementioned skincare crimes. Remind me to write genetics a thank-you card later.

But I digress. Back to the products. Recently I started using a few notable products from the Weleda line. I remembered seeing this line when I was researching baby bath products for my first son (once the second kid came, we just started using whatever was closest #secondchildproblems). I really liked what this company is about. Sustainable products, Biodynamic farming methods, developing Fair Trade partnerships, creating meaningful products that are gentle yet effective. I think the older I get, the more attention I put into what's going on my skin. If I can get results without pumping myself full of chemicals, well then, sign me up.

Here's what I've been loving lately.

Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Oil. I've always known that almond oil is gentle and hypoallergenic, but I didn't know until recently that regular use of the oil can protect your skin from oxidative stress and UV radiation damage! I've been cleansing my skin as usual, then after I pat dry, I've been rubbing a few drops of this into my face and neck. It absorbs so quickly and doesn't leave that greasy feel we so often associate with oils. I'm convinced this Weleda almond oil is responsible for clearing up the 3 dry, red, rough patches that have been plaguing me lately that I haven't been able to get rid of. If you have hyper sensitive skin, try this either on its own or right before your moisturizer!

I'm allllllways game to try new night creams. This Iris Hydrating Night Cream is so lovely! The scent is very mild calendula, which is like a much less obnoxious lavender (even though I love lavender). This moisturizer calms minor inflammation and calms irritation. Perfect for my touchy skin. I kid you not, when I wake up after using this, my skin is almost glowing! 

Skin Food!!! OMG. This is going to be one of those products I start telling all my girlfriends and family members about. Apparently it has a cult following and I can see why. I've been using it as a hand, elbow, knee moisturizer and it has completely destroyed all my rough patches. I am constantly crawling around on my knees with my sons playing trucks, changing diapers, acting like zoo animals, etc. So my knees and knuckles have started developing these scaly, rough patches that will not leave!! Hashtag: boy mom life. Skin Food, after only 3 or four uses, has totally gotten rid of them. This stuff has a thick layer of oil over it when you take the cap off the first time (don't worry, it's only there for the initial use) and it has some "slip" to it, meaning it's not one of those moisturizers that sinks in right away, but I love that. I just wouldn't apply it then go race car driving....your hands are going to be slick for about 5 minutes. Everyone in my family is getting a tube of this in their Christmas gifts this year. Even the guys. Especially the guys. Giddy up!

Weleda can be found at Target and Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, Drugstore.com and Whole Foods. 

There are a TON of products in this line. So as soon as I find any others that blow my skirt up, I'll let y'all know! 
October 5, 2015

{Product Review} Close Up Instant Wrinkle Reducer & Treatment

What better time than right off the bat to tell you that when I first received Christie Brinkley's Close Up Instant Wrinkle Reducer, I was using it wrong. Hehehe. I was like "huh...this stuff isn't bad....but it's not great either..."

And THEN I decided to play around with it a bit and it made alllllllll the difference. What I was doing before was using this as a wrinkle treatment, kind of like an eye treatment. I noticed immediately that it did tighten and smooth the area, but it didn't feel like it was treating my skin like a serum or moisturizer would. I also applied it to my forehead between my brows and slightly "patted in" above that area. 

Here's where I had my "aha!" moment: when I woke up the next morning after applying this to my clean face, my skin was taut but not tight (that's a good thing) and it was totally matte where it's usually super oily. I couldn't believe it! I though to myself, if this product can keep my skin matte and smooth overnight, when my skin is usually sloughing off old skin, getting greasy and generally just "doin' it's thang", then it would work beautifully as a makeup primer/mattifier! And guess what....I was right! This stuff totally rocks when applied as a primer before you apply your foundation! Whenever I have tried mattifying primers, they usually ball up on my skin (you know those tiny little "rolls" of product that appear when you're trying to smooth your foundation on) this did nothing of the sort. After cleansing my face and applying moisturizer as I normally do, I applied it on and around my nose, around my eye area, on my smile lines, and my inner cheek area where my pores are really enlarged. The really cool thing about this product is that it doesn't break down with moisturizer like a lot of wrinkle treatments do. You can apply it under or over your moisturizer. I then applied my foundation using a dampened Beauty Blender sponge. The results were so pretty! I like that I can't feel this on my skin like I can with a standard primer. It's incredibly lightweight. I think of it more as an instant fix to pores and wrinkles (which DUH is kind of in the description, I just had my own preconceived ideas of what this stuff does). Here's what I should have read before using it:

  • Immediate sensation of tighter and smoother-looking skin.
  • Potent formula maximizes anti-wrinkle effects.
  • Smooth under-eye bags and puffiness.
  • Tightens skin on contact and takes years off appearance.
  • Lasts for hours and can be reapplied throughout the day.
  • Will wash off easily with water and no make-up remover required.
  • Breakthrough discovery that tightens skin on contact to take years off appearance. 
Here's a nice before/after shot of my pasty, pale hand using natural sunlight. I used my hand for a couple reasons: 1) it's a larger surface area than my under eye area so you can see the detail better and 2) I don't have severe wrinkles under my eyes (yet) and my hands are dry, crackly, and full of divots and follicles in need of smoothing. This was literally 30 seconds after applying the Close Up Instant Wrinkle Reducer so you can see how quickly this smooths and perfects the skin. Pay close attention to that skin up by the knuckles and fingers!

Here's the downside: it's spendy. One small tube is $80. Yes, a little bit goes a long way. Truly. But I wouldn't use this every single day as my primer. I'll be saving it for special occasions when I know I'll be being photographed a lot or for my tutorials when I need my skin to look really flawless. This would be a great little luxury item to keep in your beauty arsenal when you want to look 100% FLAWLESS for a special event. I see myself using this on every single bride I do makeup for. It really is an instant perfector!
September 26, 2015

Splurge vs Steal: Fall Edition

Splurge vs Steal: Fall Edition

It's Fall, y'all! It's also been a hot minute and a half since I've done one of my "Splurge vs Steal" posts! I thought now would be a great time seeing as there are a ton of things I've been lusting after but can't justify spending the cashola on now that I have 2 kiddos #priorities. Soooooo I can take the savings and spend it on everyone's favorite purchase: DIAPERS! Make sure to scoot over to my friend Corianne's adorably authentic blog for a fun little "Weekly Roundup" post she put together on my all time favorite topic: FALL! There are some really great blogs featured for you to discover! Creep away! 

All of the "splurge" items you see above are things I legitimately want or have been wanting (aside from the curling wand...I already own the "steal" version and love it! And the Becca tint...I just bought it) It's way easier for me to explain makeup purchases to my husband as opposed to a pair of $230 booties when I already own 6 pairs "just like them" (his words not mine). But for all the other items I was determined to find suitable alternatives and thought I'd share them with you guys! I feel like I also need to tell you that the "steal" version of the rubber boots are buy 1, get a pair 1/2 off right now (limited sale) so grab a friend and go in on them together and get them for even less! 

Rainboots for puddle jumping! | Splurge // Steal
Clubmaster Sunnies for those crisp sunny days! | Splurge // Steal
Eyeshadow Palette with yummy plummy tones! | Splurge // Steal
Ankle Booties that go with evvvverygthing! | Splurge // Steal 
Lip & Cheek Tint in a deep berry shade! | Splurge // Steal
Buffalo Plaid Coat screams "lumberjack chic"! | Splurge // Steal
Liquid Lipstick the ULTIMATE beauty item for Fall! | Splurge // Steal
Curling Wand for those perfect tousled waves! (Sometimes Amazon pricing changes from day to day so the price on this may vary a bit. You can always Google "NuMe coupon codes" for killer deals on these wands for the NuMe website) | Splurge // Steal
September 23, 2015

Transitional Fall Makeup Tutorial

Did you read this title and go "um....what in the heck is a transitional Fall makeup tutorial, you nitwit?!" Well, hopefully you left out the name calling, but I've been called worse so let's proceed. What I mean by "transitional" is that while yes, technically today is the first day of Fall, there are a ton of people who are not quite yet ready for full on FALL makeup (i.e. deep vampy lips, plum cheeks, mocha drenched eyes) for the record, I am always ready for every and all things related to Fall. I hate Summer. I hate the heat, I hate the clothes, I hate the sweat, I hate the heat, I am not fond of the sun, I hate the heat. You catch my drift, eh?

But I always take myself ever so gingerly into a Fall makeup routine. I like to work my way in slowly since our weather here in the Pacific Northwest is usually still pretty warm and sunny in September (try as I might to drop it like it's hot for some damn rain, naw-what-I'm-sayin'?) and it doesn't truly feel like the crisp, cold Fall until October. I want to really appreciate all that Fall has to offer in the arena of makeup colors, ya feel me? That alllllllll being said, I wanted to create a look that is super wearable, but had some autumn vibes running throughout to get me through the end of the month until I can start looking all "Morticia Adams" for you guys. Get ready for some questionably dark lips come October/November/December, y'all. I'm going balls to the WALL.

We'll start with a naked face....geez, maybe I AM prepping you for Halloween after all! (Don't be scurred!) None of the following photos are filtered, just good lighting and my new Nikon D3300 so you can see as much detail as possible. Get nice and comfy with my pores, everyone. They're here to stay.

1 | Apply a medium to full coverage foundation of your choice to entire face and blend, blend, BLEND the hell out of it with a dampened Beauty Blender. (Here I used Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation).
2 | Dot on concealer with finger as shown here. Don't feel like you have to be all "Instagram worthy" with this step, that shit is just going to get blended as well so no need to turn this into an art form. Ain't no one got time for that. Or maybe you do. This is a no judgment zone. I used Maybelline Master Conceal but I've also really been digging my Tarte Creaseless Concealer for this step. It's just kind of an acquired taste as far as consistency goes (super thick) so the Maybelline is more "for the masses". Then again, blend this out with the same dampened Beauty Blender (this is where the pointed end is super helpful, especially under the eyes and around the nose and mouth).

3 | In the photo on the left, I am pointing to the color I used to contour, which you can see is the darkest shade in the palette. I used NYX Contour, Correct, Conceal palette and to keep it super simple, I just used a foundation brush to gently "paint" on the darkest color as demonstrated in step 4. This is such a great way for novices to play around with contouring because it is very difficult to get harsh lines this way. You really have to brush with intention to get your shadowing to show up, so there aren't many "OOPS" moments.
4| I left my contouring very dark and harsh here so you can see where I painted it on (we'll blend in a moment). Below the cheekbones, bordering the forehead, along the jawline, under the chin. Then you guess it....I blended it all out with a light hand using a Beauty Blender. Then I just set my nose, forehead, chin, inner cheeks and undereye area with a good setting powder.

OMG. If you guys don't know about Nonie Creme's new line Colour Prevail, allow me to introduce you.

This is a new line that is all about giving you luxury products and packaging with an affordable price tag. I was super fortunate and was sent some really gorgeous products from this line to try out and I was blown away by how well they performed. Right now you can find them at Walgreens, Walgreens.com, and Drugstore.com. Look how pretty this packaging is! The butterfly wings! The gold! I totally dig it.

5 | This is the Bashful Beauty Multi Stick in color "Coy Coral" that can either be applied directly to your cheeks and lips, or you can do what I like to do with these kinds of sticks, and use a blush brush to swirl around on the product and then apply to the cheeks like you would a traditional blush. I love applying cream blushes this way because it gives the prettiest airbrushed look. I haven't applied it yet in step 6 because I wanted you to see my blended-out contour. I applied my multi stick right above my contour line along the apples of my cheeks and blended up into my hairline. These multi sticks are great for people like me because I can toss it in my handbag and either apply it directly to my cheeks and lips out of the tube, or I can use my fingers. And this color is soooooo dreamy! This is a KILLER dupe for Nars The Multiple in Portofino!
6 | Take a blush brush and swipe it over the multi stick until you have a nice even amount of product on your bristles. Gently swirl over your cheeks in an upward, circular motion. If you are using your multi stick as your lip color, you can either dab it on with a finger to get a pretty, subtle wash of color. Or you can apply it right from the tube to your lips for a more dramatic look. I did not use this color on my lips for this look, however. We'll get to that part!

7 | My eyes were SO simple to create. I used all MAC shadows on my eyes. Apply MAC shadow in "Twinks" to your entire lid, stopping where your eyelid creases. Apply MAC shadow in "Texture" to your crease. Using a blending brush, blend your crease color taking it just up onto your brow bone slightly. Don't be afraid to open your eye while you're blending so you can see where you're laying your color. Sometimes you need to bring it up higher than you think and that's difficult to see when your eyeball is shut. Then use a clean stiff angled brush to trace your bottom lash line with MAC shadow in "Amber Lights". Inner corners of the eyes is MAC shadow in "Phloof".
8 | After you've blended the daylight out of your shadow. Apply a thick line of black liner on your top lid only. I use Almay Liquid Eyeliner. It is my baby. I buy it in bulk. It dries truly matte. It doesn't budge. It is gentle on the eyes but is SO pigmented. It is under $10. Go buy it. Then curl your lashes and apply a hefty dose of black mascara. When in doubt....add more. And then some more. I also dropped in about 10 individual Ardell flare lashes (medium length) on each side for a little extra sass appeal. Brows are Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in "Caramel". Just fill in with a light but steady hand, using short strokes to mimic the look of brow hairs. If you don't follow me on Instagram, I posted a before/after photo of my brows so people can see that homegirl does NOT carry these brows with me naturally.

9 & 10 | Here's another multi-tasking product for you! It's a lip liner on one end and a lip color on the other! I used Colour Prevails Lip Design Sheer Colour/Liner Duo in "Burnt Pink" (it's the top stick pictured in step 9). This is such a perfect shade for Fall, especially if you're not keen on wearing darker colors on your lips. The liner is really easy to work with and creates a nice, blended line that is impossible to make look harsh. Then you just flip the stick over and apply the sheer color! I'd describe this color as the lovechild of MAC "Spirit" and "Twig" and then sheered out just a smidge. Absolutely gorgeous and so wearable.

And there you have it! Kicked up and warmed up just a notch from those Summertime faces! Kind of makes you want to run out in your Ugg boots and puffy vest and snag yourself a Pumpkin Spice Latte, right?

September 18, 2015

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! It's been a minute and a half since I've done a "favorites" post and there are a few little nuggets I've been swooning over the past few weeks/months that I thought I'd share with y'all! Let's just cut the crap and get right down to it, shall we?

The Brows | Okay so let me first tell you I own Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, her Duo Brow Powder AND the Brow Wiz (pictured above) and while I ADORE each one in their own way (hey...kind of like children!) I have been obsessed with the good old fashioned pencil these days. I will go on record by saying I have YET to find a pencil that compares to the Brow Wiz. The formula is unmatched, it doesn't budge, the twist-up mechanical end gives you a skinny and sharp application every.single.time. and there's just something about the spoolie that is even superior to others....it's like it perfectly brushes out harsh lines without effing up all your hard work. But the best part is it is the ONLY pencil I have found that makes it possible to mimic tiny little hairs as opposed to harsh lines, which is what we're all trying to achieve. And if you're anything like me, which is a naked mole rat, being able to fake having actual brow hairs is a NECESSITY. Case in point...(you can see here it looks like I have textured brow hairs towards the inner brow when in fact, that's just skin, baby!)

The Foundation | I really wanted to hate the new Too Faced Born This Way foundation. Why? I don't even know. Maybe a combination of the kitschy name and the price tag turned me off. Maybe I'm just a dirty hipster at heart and want to hate popular things. But some things are popular for good reason and lemme just tell you: it rocked my sockolas off. It is such beautiful coverage and the finish. THE FINISH. Get thee to Ulta or Sephora or wherever is closest to you that carries this foundation and give her a go. I wear shade "Ivory". And real quickly, I have reallllly been liking this It Cosmetics CC Cream. Guys - this line shouldn't be overlooked. It might not be the sexiest and attention-grabbing, but it deserves your attention. This CC cream is fantastic coverage and I adore the pump applicator. I wear shade "Fair". If you follow me on Instagram, you know how I feel about the Deluxe Buffer brush by Morphe. It is a MUST if you are using the Too Faced foundation. It gives the best airbrushed finish. It's on sale right now for like, $14. I suggest you swoop.

The Lips | I finally caved and tried the Lorac Alter Ego lipsticks because they were a part of the 21 Days of Beauty at Ulta and it was only $8. I'm so glad I did because this shade "Girl Next Door" is the exact shade of pinky coral. It's a flat finish with no shine which I have also been digging lately. I believe they're still on sale for $8 as of right now. Hurry.

The Perfect Boyfriend Jeans | Aren't we always on the lookout for the perfect jeans? If you're a fan of the slouchy-without-being-dumpy "boyfriend" style, this pair by Madewell is amazing. And they're on KILLER sale right now for $50 and I even got free shipping!! There isn't much that Madewell does that I don't like. I celebrate their entire catalog (Office Space reference anyone?) I am typically a size 4 or 6 and I wear a size 27 in this style. They run kind of roomy.

The "Bra" for Your Lashes | I got a sample of this bad boy and loved it so much I bought a full sized tube. I was never a fan of lash primers before I used this one by Tarte and now I'm hooked. This stuff makes even my cheapo $6 Cover Girl mascara look like I'm wearing $30 YSL mascara.

The Skin | There are quite a few products here so in the spirit of saving time, I'll link up the two StriVectin product reviews HERE so you can read about how much I lurve them. Okay...now that just leaves us with two more! Firstly, this cleanser by Nip+Fab that I picked up at Ulta is fantastical! It's really economical (under $10) and a teeny tiny bit goes a long way! It comes out kind of fast so you think it's going to be a thinner, liquidy consistency, but once you start applying it to your skin, it's somehow thick and substantial. Almost honey-like. It has glycolic acid in it which is my forever BAE (yeah...I said Bae...I'm trying to be like the cool kids) so if you have sensitive skin, this may not be your guy. BUT if you have tougher, lackluster skin that needs some oomph and a bit of brightening up, get your hands on this stuff. It sloughs off all the old, dead skin without peeling your face off. You'll love it. I also grabbed their Dragon's Blood Fix Pads and Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Pads and Serum and have really been digging those as well. I use the Dragon's Blood ones in the morning and the Glycolic Acid ones at night. Lastly, I snagged a full-sized bottle of this Pur Minerals Miracle Mist during the 21 Days of Beauty event at Ulta for TEN DOLLARS (regularly $19). I'm soooooo loving it! I use it to set my foundation and it gives the prettiest finish (makes my full-coverage foundation and powder look like skin...not makeup). It can also be used just as a mist to moisturize and energize! You can use it on your face and entire body and it smells absolutely divine. Perfectly citrusy without being "cleaning product-like". So refreshing!

Voila! Hope you enjoy these little diamonds in the rough as much as I have been! What have you been loving this month? Shout it out below! Thanks so much for stopping by!
September 9, 2015

My Favorite Facial Mask for Fall

Ever since I could remember, I was obsessed with masks. I think it goes back as far as 7th grade. My dad worked at The Bon Marché in downtown Seattle and he always used to bring home goodies from the cosmetics department for my mom and me (this is probably where my love of beauty products stems from!) We had a giant drawer in our bathroom dedicated to our Lancôme, Estée Lauder, Clinique, Elizabeth Arden items, perfume bottles, lipsticks, blushes, you name it, it was in there! I distinctly remember him bringing home a jar of the iconic dark green Borghese Fango active mud mask. I had never used it before and was so excited to dig in and see what magical things it would do to my 13 year old skin. I slathered it on, let it dry, and rinsed it off to uncover a super smooth, glowing complexion. I was hooked. Ever since then, I made it a weekly habit to take some extra time (usually Sunday nights) in my skincare routine, to apply some type of mask. "What's the point of this lame-ass nostalgic story, Colleen?" you might be asking yourself...well, I guess to prove to you that since then, for eighteen years (you can do the math to find out how old I am...) I've been using and experimenting with different masks. Some good, some bad, some very bad, and then some like the one I'm going to tell you about that have totally changed the game as far as my skin is concerned.

I was fully expecting to "like" this mask that was sent to me c/o StriVectin, but I wasn't expecting to see such drastic results after just one week. If you're unfamiliar with StriVectin, they have a solution for just about every single skin type you can imagine. If you know me personally and know me well enough to see me without my makeup on, you know I have pale skin with reddish discoloration and pores large enough to swim in. I rarely take photos of my face up close and personal without a stitch of anything on it, but for the sake of total transparency, here is my skin immediately after I rinsed off my Instant Revitalizing Mask. Keep in mind I've been using this mask 2-3 times a week, in conjunction with their Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner for the past few weeks so it's been doing its "thang" for a bit. Please ignore the ridiculously dark circles under my eyes. I have a 2 1/2 year old and an 8 week old infant at home and we all know what that can do to a lady's sleep....#TeamNoSleep #ItIsntHappening #ILookLikeAHag

Aside from the dark circles, this is the best my skin has looked in quite some time. I'll be damned if I can't find a wrinkle and I seriously can't believe how smooth my forehead is! I'm hoping with continued use, the redness around my nose and cheeks will start to diminish as well.

The last thing I want to note about this mask is that even when it "dries" it doesn't get that tight, crackly finish that we're all so used to. It stays moist (ugh I hate that word) and is so conditioning! I was worried that it would leave my face feeling slick and greasy after rinsing but that just wasn't the case. It felt clean and plump, without feeling tight. Just what we all want, right??

August 30, 2015

Bronze Glow & Sculpted Brows with Mary Kay and Project Runway

I have been a fan of Project Runway for YEARS! My brother would probably kill me for telling you this, but we used to sit on the couch and watch it together and try to predict who would win and who would get booted before the contestants even started showcasing their talent--we're super judgmental like that when it comes to Project Runway #alwaysjudgeabookbyitscover. Just kidding, don't do that, kids.

So when I was asked to recreate two totally different looks that were featured on Project Runway using products that Mary Kay® Global Makeup Artist Luis Casco used, I was like "um YEAH!" Mary Kay® shipped all the beautiful products and provided tutorials for the two looks (Bronze Glow and Sculpted Brows). Keep reading below to see how I achieved each look and what products I used to get there. I hope you enjoy! Don't forget to answer the question below this post in the comments section for a chance to win a Mary Kay® prize pack!

Bronze Glow
This is SO totally a look I would wear on a daily basis, especially during spring and summer. It is so fresh and youthful and the bronzer is the PERFECT shade of a cool toned bronze, which is so hard to find and has just the right amount of shimmer. If I had to choose my favorite product from this look, it would be the Mineral Eye Color in "Amber Blaze". It is seriously one of the most gorgeous eye shadows I have ever used and trust me--I've used more than I care to admit.

Here's how I achieved this look:
  1. Using the Powder Brush, apply the Bronzing Powder in Light-Medium to the high points of the face that the sun would naturally hit to create a sun-kissed look.
  2. Add the Mineral Cheek Duo in Spiced Poppy over the bronzer with the Cheek Brush.  Use the highlighter shade on top of the cheek to give shine.
  3. Using the Eye Color Brush, apply Amber Blaze and Gold Coast Mineral Eye Colors to the eyelid.  Apply Precious Pink Mineral Eye Color to the crease to add more warmth and dimension.  Apply Gel Eyeliner in Jet Black to the base of the upper lashes.  Apply a couple of coats of Lash Love Lengthening Mascara. 
  4. Add a metallic hint to the lips with NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Beach Bronze.

Next up was the "Sculpted Brows" look. Here are all the lovely products used to achieve the below face...

Sculpted Brows
This look would be gorgeous for fall or winter or even holiday parties. I love that the focus is on the brows and lips, which is so current. I made sure my complexion was flawless and free of any bronzer (so hard for me!) I wanted to seem almost like a porcelain doll so that the attention would be on my brows and lips, not my contouring. Let me just say...this lip color is SO cushiony and comfortable. I'm not typically a fan of lipsticks that aren't a matte or flat satin finish, but this one felt so incredible on my lips. Almost like I was wearing gloss over the top!

Here's how I achieved this look:
  1. Use the Mechanical Brow Liner to fill in the brows following the natural growth of the hair.  Use the Eye Smudger Brush to apply Hazelnut Mineral Eye Color to the highest points of the brows to give more color and emphasis.  Follow with the Brow Gel to set the brows in place.
  2. A soft eye color is best for this look.  Pat on Rosegold Mineral Eye Color with your finger and use the Eye Color Brush to blend.  Brush on Crystalline Mineral Eye Color as a highlighter under the brow to create contrast.  Apply Black Eyeliner to the base of the upper lashes to shape the eyes.  Apply Lash Love Mascara in Black.
  3. Apply the Mineral Cheek Color Duo in Juicy Guava to the cheeks with the Cheek Brush and blend.  Then apply the highlighter color to brighten the face.
  4. Apply True Dimensions Lipstick in Spice ‘N’ Nice to the lips and sculpt the lips with Dark Chocolate Lip Liner.  Blot the lips with a Beauty Blotter tissue to create a longer lasting semi-matte look.

Which look would you personally wear yourself and why! Tell me in the comments for a chance to win a Mary Kay® prize pack of your own!

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