Sunday, May 17, 2015

let's talk makeup!

^^^ a short break from my vintage series (i have a few
 pieces left to share with you)! ^^^

a few weeks ago, i had the pleasure of visiting 'house of style salon'
for a hair and makeup lesson.
my stylist, sharell, taught me how to apply my makeup
using products and brushes i already own! 
this was wonderful as it is not currently within my budget
to purchase copious new products (though i wish i could!). 

i have broken down the different products
that were our favorites and shared them below!

prep:
i prep my skin by applying bareMinerals 'prime time' foundation primer (original)
this helps my makeup go on smoothly and last throughout the day!

the nyx 'wonder pencil' in medium is something i recently purchased -
it can be used to line the eyes, making them 'pop,'
as a spot concealer, or to line your lips;
instead of using a colored lip liner, this reverse lip liner will keep 
your lipstick from smudging
(it works, seriously!)

face:
favorite liquid foundation?
bareMinerals complexion rescue 'tinted hydrating gel cream' in suede 04
(contains spf 30 and no chemicals, oils, parabens, or fragrance!)

favorite under eye concealer? 
maybelline 'instant age rewind eraser' in sandy beige

favorite brushes? 
ecotools kabuki and concealing brush

to cleanse the face, my favorite makeup wipes are
simple 'cleansing facial wipes'
(i wash my face after using these to be sure
all makeup, dirt and grime have been removed)

eyes:
favorite liquid eye liner? covergirl 'bombshell intensity liner' in pitch black
i asked sharell for a lesson on the cat eye, 
as mine often comes out looking as though i have two black eyes

it's no secret that i'm addicted to false lashes
above are the ardell 'natural wispies' in black -
i cut a lash or two off the inner (shorter) corner in order
to have the strip better fit my eye;
this may not be necessary for everyone

lips:
(left to right; swatches below)
mineral fusion 'sheer moisture lip tint' in smolder
nyx 'matte lipstick' in sweet pink
revlon 'super lustrous lipstick' in wild orchid
revlon 'ultra hd lipstick' in poppy
it's all about that bold lip!
you know you have too many lipsticks when you 
buy two almost identical shades within the same week (swatches 2 and 3;
2 is slightly more pink in person, while 3 is more of a purple/pink)

overall, i am relatively satisfied with my current makeup collection.
while my brushes could use a good washing, 
and i may need to update my mascara, 
i am happy with the brands and products i use - 
a combination of drug and department store products.
however, i would like to purchase a pallet or tool to help 
with contouring. this is something i had not previously tried,
but sharell provided me with a few tips and tricks
for simple, everyday face contouring. 

in addition, i would like a brush and black eyeshadow 
to better practice the 'cat eye.' 
black eyeshadow can be used as a liner to create a messier look.

sharell, thank you for this lesson! 
i cannot tell you how much i learned and what a wonderful
experience it was to talk skincare, hair and makeup 
for a few hours :) 
xoxo.

**this is not a sponsored post.
as per usual, all pictures and opinions are my own!