Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Bold Lips and Luscious Lashes

Try making a statement this fall by pairing bold lips and luscious lashes.  Lashes can take a look from just ordinary to bombshell.  There's a pair for everyone or you can apply individuals for a more natural look.  I usually wear strip lashes as shown below.  They give the eyes a slightly fuller look and more pop!  The lashes are weightless and can be worn both day and night.  If you're a lash novice using strip lashes, here's a tip -- measure, cut, and bend them to fit your lid.  Not all lashes fit every eye shape.  I struggled for a while with the application until I learned that trick.  I also learned to let the lash glue dry for about 30 seconds before applying them.  For beginners I suggest using E.L.F. cosmetics lashes.  They are inexpensive and you won't feel so bad if your ruin them with lash glue or cut them too short.
Wearing a bold lip can be as intimidating as wearing false lashes.  Lipstick smudges and can get on your teeth or anything you come in contact with.  The trick for the perfect bold lip is to prime your lips with concealer before applying.  You can also line the outer edges of your lips with a brush to prevent bleeding and make the lips look precise.  I used a dark lip liner and blended it with a red lipstick in the picture above.  Using a lip liner will make it easier when it's time to fill in the lips with lipstick.  I also applied a pigment to the center of the lips for a slight shimmer. 

So go for it, and don't be afraid to experiment with intense shades!  I hope this post got you feeling bold for fall.
Image by FlamingText.com

Monday, September 21, 2015

New Love for NYX Cosmetics

I'm a creature of habit and usually wear MAC eyeshadow then I came across NYX.  I purchased two colors (Wild Orchard and Ultra Violet) for the first time from the Hot Singles Eye Shadow collection.  Wild Orchard is a bright fuchsia eyeshadow and reminds me of the colors magenta and pink from the TV series Jem and the Holograms.  Whereas, Ultra Violet is a matte, dark, and very bold purple.  I love these because they are highly pigmented and super affordable.  The Hot Singles have a round packaging similar to MAC with a cute little bow on the lid.  They are also similar to MAC in size, so I'm sure they would fit into a palette.

When applying the shadow to my lid, I immediately noticed that the shadow goes on super smooth and the color payoff is amazing!  The color is buildable, and long wearing.  I decided to create a colorful smokey eye, using Wild Orchard as a transition shade right above the crease.  I packed Ultra Violet on the lid and slowly blended the color into the crease.  I hope you guys like the look I created below.

 
Face:
MAC Studio Fix Foundation - NC25
MAC Prolongwear Concealer - NW35
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - Medium Dark
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish - Gold Deposit
MAC Blot Powder Pressed - Dark
MAC Frost Blush - Margin
 
Eyes:
NYX Eye Shadow - Wild Orchard
NYX Eye Shadow - Ultra Violet
MAC Eye Shadow - Soft Brown
MAC Prolongwear Paintpot - Painterly
E.L.F. Studio Cream Eyeliner - Black
Maybelline Volume Express The Falsies Mascara - Very Black
Ardell Lashes - #107
 
Lips:
NYX Matte Lipstick - Indie Flick


I was really impressed with the Hot Singles Collection.  I highly recommend NYX eyeshadows to anyone who wants high quality eye shadow without the steep price tag.  For the price of $4.50 each, your can't go wrong!  I'll be purchasing a few more colors from this collection, so check back for more posts!

Image by FlamingText.com
 
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