12 Days of Christmas | Day 4- Christmas Makeup Products | 2019

Hello everyone, hope you’re having the most festive December so far! Mine has been filled with lots of cozy movies on the couch, baking cookies, long evening routines and lots of cuddles with my dog. Every year I typically post my holiday makeup look, but this year to make it a little different, I thought I’d share all of my favorite holiday makeup products with you. This isn’t a full routine, but all the bits and pieces I find myself reaching for all the time during this time of the year. I always love going all out on my makeup once in a while for a nicer occasion, but on a day-to-day basis I usually just stick to my same old routine, lot’s of basics and neutrals. During the holiday season I try to spice up my makeup a bit more, even for my every day looks, by playing with more colors (especially glittery shades) and bolder lips. So here are all of my favorite makeup products, from this year and years past that just scream Christmas and the holidays to me. Enjoy, and I’ll see you in a couple days!

Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat in ‘Seether’ ($20; currently on sale for $10)- I absolutely love this shimmery red lip topper and use it on my lips all the time. But the best part about this product is that you can use it as a shimmery eye shadow as well, which is absolutely stunning for a pop of color on your lids.

Urban Decay Naked2 Eyeshadow Palette ($54)- This palette is very much a neutrals palette, but the reason I use this so much during the holidays is because of the beautiful darker shades in it. If I’m ever going for a smokey eye, I always reach for this palette and use the last three shades. This palette also has the most pigmented black eyeshadow I’ve ever used and it’s incredible to smoke out the outer corners of your eyes.

Sephora Collection Cream Lip Liquid Lipstick in ‘Cherry Moon’ ($14)- There’s nothing more Christmassy than a bold red lip, and this Sephora lipstick is the perfect product for this. I don’t really like spending tons of money on red lip products (since I don’t use it that much), but I really feel like this product is all you need.

NYX Shimmer Down Pigment in ‘Champagne’ ($6.50)- I have to have tons of shimmer and glitter all over during the holidays, so this loose glitter from NYX is a must-have. I’ll spray an eyeshadow brush and pop some of this on my lips for a pop, but I’ll also use this on top of a shimmer-less lip product or as highlight if I’m looking for something extra.

Becca Glow Lip Gloss in ‘Champagne Creme’ ($22; currently on sale for $13)- I got this product a few months ago and have been obsessed with it. It’s a really beautiful, creamy lip gloss that hydrates your lips with a minty hint to it. It’s also packed with lot’s of shimmer without being too chunky which I love. It’s the perfect addition to your lips anytime during the holidays.

Ella Eden Eyeshadow in ‘Willow’ ($8)- This deep purple eyeshadow is beyond gorgeous and is so fun for a darker eye look for a night out. It’s such a deep purple that it almost has a bronze tone to it which I absolutely love. It’s also super pigmented and you really don’t need a lot to have it pop on your lids.

Tarte Tartist PRO Glow Highlight Contour Palette ($45)- This was one of my first highlight palettes and it’s been my ride or die since day one. It has four highlighters, a cream bronzer and a powder bronzer. So literally all you need to contour your face. I use this all the time, but I find myself using it a little extra during the holidays because of how glowy and pigmented the highlights are.

Amazonian Clay Blush in ‘Blushing Bride’ ($29)- I typically don’t use blush too often, but during the holidays I love adding a little pop of pink or red to my cheeks. The Tarte Amazonian blush is by far my favorite blush and pretty much the only one I ever use. This shade is a bright pink that I pop onto my cheeks super sparingly during the holidays.

Tarte Sex Kitten Eyeliner ($20)- This product I use pretty much every day, but since I love having a bolder eye during the holidays, I thought I’d throw this in there. I was honestly never really an eyeliner wearer before I found this product, and I think it’s because this is just so easy to use with the most amazing amount of pigment.

Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in ‘Trophy Wife’ ($36)- I’ve talked about this product a lot, and that’s only because I’m beyond obsessed with it, but this is the most fun highlighter I’ve ever seen in my life. I got it for Christmas a few years ago right after it came out and freaked at how beautiful this pigmented gold highlighter was. The perfect product for a night out.

Doucce Luscious Lip Stain in ‘Rusty Red’ ($28)- I got this product in one of my FabFitFun boxes a while back and didn’t love it right away since it’s quite a deep red-brown shade, but I’ve grown to love it so much, especially for a darker look for a night out. I top this with a gloss since it’s so matte, and it’s perfect.

MAC Frost Lipstick in “O” ($18.50)- I posted about this on my Black Friday haul, and it’s quickly become one of my favorite lipsticks to wear this season. It’s a beautiful deep brown with a lot of shimmer which is absolutely stunning for an anytime lip. I wear this during the day without it being too much and at night for a more casual look and it’s always beautiful.

 

12 Days of Christmas | Day 1- Black Friday Haul | 2019

We’re finally here! I know I’ve been saying this so much, but I seriously can’t believe how fast this year is going. But it’s time to start 12 Days of Christmas and I’m so incredibly excited. After doing this for the past couple of years, I felt like I needed to get more creative with the holiday content this year, so I have some super fun and original posts coming up, so be sure to stay tuned for that. We have gift guides, we have festive movie nights, we have holiday recipes and everything else you could dream of… and I can’t wait to share it all with you. But to get started I thought I’d share my favorite pieces I snagged during Black Friday (links below!), which always gets me in the Christmas spirit (because holiday shopping is the actual best, right?!). After stuffing myself all day on Thanksgiving, we were up at 6am to get to the mall and the stores right as it opened to snag all of the deals before everything was gone. I got so many fun things, and I’m so excited to share some of my favorite steals with you today.

Happy December, and I’ll see you for day 2! xx

MAC lipsticks in Burning Love, Frost and Capricious

Aura Cacia essential oils

Pacifica Crystal Bronze shimmering body oil

Laura Gellar Balance-n-Bright baked concealer

Tarte Maneater mascara

Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker set

Candy Cane Lip Smacker set

Trader Joe’s Super Lemon room spray

OPI nail polish

Buxom PowerPlump Lip Balm

Alfaffia Coconut lip balms

Burt’s Bees lip balms

Falalalala Fabric Garland

Bliss Makeup Melt Cleanser

Bliss Makeup Melt Gel

Neutrogena Makeup Removing wipes

Soap & Glory Vitamin C face wash

Not Your Mother’s Knotty to Nice

Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow

Not Your Mother’s All Eyes on Me

Trader Joe’s Shea Butter and Coconut Oil hair mask

Natural Glam- “No Makeup” Look

 

Good morning lovelies! Now that it’s back to school and work, there’s a lot of 5 minute, easy makeup looks going on. Today I thought I’d share my natural, go-to no-makeup look with you all. I wasn’t always a ‘wear makeup to school’ kind of gal, but lately I’ve found that it helps me feel put together and ready for the day. Having basic makeup done makes me feel like I’ve made an effort for not only people around me, but myself as well. For me, natural looks are all about keeping your skin healthy and glowy while still covering up all the imperfections.

1. Before any makeup starts, you always need to prep your face. This is always important but I really stress this on mornings where I know I’m going to have my makeup on for close to the whole day. Use a gentle cleanser and make sure to tone and moisturize. In the mornings I’ve been loving the Tarte Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer. It’s very lightweight but super hydrating, and I love the way my BB cream goes on over it.

2. For my face, I don’t like using foundation if I’m going to have my makeup on for more than a few hours, so I use the Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir (I’m shade 760- classic tan). It’s oil-free and lightweight but with pretty full coverage for a BB cream. And it’s also SPF 20, so would be perfect for a day at the beach or out in the sun. I love the way this blends out and covers imperfections without feeling cakey or oily. It lasts super well all day and has never made me break out. To blend it out I use my It Cosmetics Flawless Foundation brush.

3. After my face is done, I use the Sephora Waterproof Brow Pencil (I use shade 08- chocolate brown) to fill in my brows. I’ll then go over top that with the Benefit 3D Browtones (I use shade 04) to brush out and set my brows.

4. I typically don’t do any eyeshadow for these kind of looks, but I do like to use a little bit of Benefit Girl Meets Pearl liquid highlight on my eyelids and to highlight my cheekbones. Usually I’ll just use my middle finger to gently dab it on to give it a subtle and natural finish.

5. For my lashes, I always curl them first and lately I’ve been obsessed with this Tarte Pineapple Eyelash Curler. I’ll then go in with one of my all-time favorite mascaras, the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes, which is my go-to for everyday looks.

6. And finally I love using the Sephora Goji Berry Lip Balm. It has such a sweet but light scent, is super hydrating and gives a very subtle tint to your lips. It’s the perfect way to pull the whole natural look together.

12 Days of Christmas| Day 4- Holiday Glam |2018

Happy Friday everyone! Here we are for Day 4 of 12 Days, and today’s post is going to be my 2018 holiday glam. I did my Christmas make-up look during 12 Days last year and am so excited to share my updated one with you all. I tried to keep it slightly minimal (emphasizing the slightly), but still shimmery and fun because it is the holidays after all. I love the red theme of this look and think it’s going to look amazing with all the reds and golds I’m going to be wearing this season.

In order of application:

  1. Eyebrows are always the first thing I do when doing my make-up, and to do so I used the Etude House drawing eyebrow pencil in dark brown and went in with the Benefit 3D Browtones in shade 4 on top of that.
  2. I used the Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser as my primer and blended it in using my fingers.
  3. I then went in with the Maybelline Fit Me! Matte foundation in shade 335 (classic tan) and blended it out using my It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe flawless foundation brush.
  4. To conceal, I went ahead in with the Maybelline Fit Me! concealer in share 35 (deep) under my eyes, down my nose, in between my eyebrows and right under my lip. I blended that out with the It Cosmetics flawless foundation brush as well.
  5. To set everything I used the Rimmel Stay Matte setting powder with my It Cosmetics flawless powder brush.
  6. For my eyes, I started by using the shade ‘seven wonders’ from my Tarte Passport to Paradise palette as my first nude transition shade. I then went in with a deeper ‘he devil’ from the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette. I used my Luxie 249┬áblending brush to blend those shades out.
  7. As the main color, I actually used the lip topper in shade ‘seether’ from the Urban Decay Vice special effects collection. I just went ahead and applied that all over my eyelid using the applicator and patted it down with my finger to make sure the glitter was spread out evenly. I let it try for about 20 seconds before moving on the other eye.
  8. Because the glitter from the lip topper was fairly chunky, I decided to only line my lower lash line and not do anything over the eye shadow. I went ahead and used the Tarte Sex Kitten liner for that.
  9. Moving back to my face, I used the Ulta Glow bronzer to bronze up my face and do a light contour. I used the It Cosmetics flawless powder brush for that.
  10. I then went in with the Fenty Beauty Match Stix in ‘yatch lyfe’ to highlight my cheekbones, above my eyebrows, down my nose and on my cupid’s bow. I blended that out with the chisel powder brush from Crown.
  11. To add a little bit of color to my face I used the Tarte 12-hour Amazonian clay blush in ‘paaarty’ and patted that lightly on my cheeks using the Crown brush.
  12. I ended the look with a classic red lip using the Trestique lip glaze in ‘english rose’.
  13. And last but not least, I went in with the Tarte Maneater mascara (my absolute favorite!!) for some nice luscious lashes.

I hope you all enjoy this look and try it out yourself. See you for Day 5! xx