Happy Thirsty Thursday Fam! Today, I have a GRWM (Get Ready With Me) with a little Thirsty Thursday and Chit Chat. It seems like forever since I have filmed myself doing my makeup. It’s a long video – so grab something to drink and a snack and come hang out with me!
Here’s a few photos featuring this look.
Disclaimer: All products featured in this post were either purchased by me or sent for review consideration over the years. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links may be posted through out. This is not a sponsored post or video.
I don’t use a lot of makeup during the summer time and lately I have found that I have really been enjoying a simple look – mascara and lip balm. But, after getting my hands on the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette, I’ve really been enjoying working with it and creating looks. Contrary to how it looks, this palette is much more than a pink toned palette like it seems. I’ve been loving the combination of warm tones to create showstopping looks. Today I share with you a look I created using mainly this palette with a little pop of color on my lower lash line with ColourPop’s Flower Shop (from their Spring / Summer collection). I’ll be sharing this look with you as well as swatches of the palette and more. Be sure to click on the video if you want to chit chat with me and watch me GRWM when I create this look.
Let’s chit chat about this palette first before we get into the whole makeup look, shall we? The Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette retails for $42.00 and includes 14 beautiful shades appropriate for any time of year. This palette also includes a duo-ended brush to help create those stunning looks.
I purchased this palette with a little help via an online site called Octer.com. Octer is a cool platform to help with online shopping, making it possible and easy to shop no matter the device you use – whether you’re browsing on your smartphone, tablet or desktop. Octer lists the biggest US stores and 8,000 brands across all verticals and fashion from everyone like Topshop, ASOS, Farfetch and Net-A-Porter. Octer has been live since November and has a feature which helps consumers find the right product at the right price. It’s easy to use and as simple as searching your favorite type of product – housewares, clothes, accessories, makeup and more.
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette is an essential eye shadow collection that includes a variety of neutral and berry tones. It’s the first permanent palette in the ABH line – which I love, since so many of the palettes I own from her were Limited Editions. This palette includes gorgeously pigmented shades that offer you the opportunity to create endless looks for daytime and evening. I am absolutely in love with the pigmentation of each color even if some of them did kick up a bit of dust and a little bit of fall out it’s a beautifully pigmented palette. At first glance, this eye shadow palette looks like it would be too berry or too pink to create many looks, but I have found that I’ve been able to create a variety of looks with the shades.
The palette has faux suede packaging that make it feel really nice and soft and so far it has been easy to clean. I love that each name is listed under the individual shades – which is always a great thing in any eye shadow palette. The magnetic closure seals the palette up tightly, but not too tight as to make it difficult to open and close. The mirror is a good size and this palette really offers a variety of shades for your money and make it a good travel palette. I’m impressed overall with this palette, the packaging and the shades.
The colors included in this palette are:
Tempera – Velvety beige with an ultra-matte finish
Golden Ochre – Earthy yellow with an ultra-matte finish
Vermeer – Iridescent shell with a metallic finish
Buon Fresco – Antique lavender with an ultra-matte finish
Antique Bronze – Metallic sable with a satin finish
Love Letter- Raspberry with an ultra-matte finish
Cyprus Umber- Dark coffee with an ultra-matte finish
Realgar- Brick with an ultra-matte finish
Warm Taupe- Earthy gray with an ultra-matte finish
Venetian Red- Crimson with an ultra-matte finish
Red Ochre- Sienna with an ultra-matte finish
Primavera- shimmery gold dust with a metallic finish
Burnt Orange- deep orange with an ultra-matte finish
Raw Sienna- neutral amber with an ultra-matte finish
To create my look I used the neutral tones in the Modern Renaissance Palette to create the base of my makeup look. For the pop of color, I decided that I would use Flower Shop from ColourPop as a little pop of color on the lower lash line. Of course, you could totally utilize one of the berry shades in it’s place to really make the look pop.
Raw Sienna – used as a transition shade above my crease, lower lash line to blend and smoke out flower shop
Burnt Orange – used to deepen the crease, lower lash line to blend and smoke out flower shop
Primavera – blended onto the lid and inner corner of my eye
Red Ochre – used to deepen the outer v to add dimension
Cyprus Umber – blended into the outer v and outer corner to add depth to the eye look, lower lash line to blend and smoke out flower shop
Tempera – used as highlight on browbone
Youngblood Cosmetics Liquid Eyeliner to create wing and liner on upper lash line
Ardell Demi Wispies false lashes
Flower Shop by ColourPop as pop of color on lower lash line
ColourPop Wisp – highlight on face
BlossomTime Rose Blush – Rose Powder Blush by Milani
Milani Dolce Caramello Lipstick (pictured), originally I had on Kandooment Orange & Pink Cadillac by Bdellium Tools
Jordana Cosmetics 12 Hour Made to Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencil in Aqua Stone – pop of color on lower lash line (base)
If you are looking for a cool place to check out products from different devices, I definitely suggest checking out Octer.com, I’ve been enjoying the site since being introduced to it and it’s a fun place to check out items all over the web. It’s not yet a year old, but has come a long way since it started in November. When it comes to makeup palettes, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette has really won my heart. The eye shadows are very blendable and pigmented. Considering the price point, you get gorgeous shades and it’s definitely worth checking out. Like I mentioned before, while it looks like a palette you may only be able to utilize in the Fall, it’s actually a great neutral palette with pops of color.
Have you tried the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette? If not, is it something on your list to check out? If you have, what are your thoughts on this beauty? Don’t forget to check out my video for a GRWM and walk through on how I got this makeup look.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. Some of the products mentioned in this post were sent for review consideration while others were purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased, as with anything on this site – sponsored or not. Affiliate links are posted through out.
After being in the Beauty Industry for quite a bit of years, I have seen makeup trends come and go and others return like hot cakes smothered in syrup. Did I just say that? Yes – because I’m craving hot cakes… but regardless, like all things popular – some stick around and stand the tests of time while others may disappear or die down a bit only to make another appearance and become popular once again. In the course of the last year, I have seen techniques used in the beauty industry years before that are now making a comeback, like contouring, strobing (exaggerated highlighting) and now baking. These techniques that were once used only for special occasions or typically for Television, Runway and Shows is now making its way to the forefront. I remember a time when “Baking, Strobing and Contouring” was what I used to make over my Drag Community friends and now I see it everywhere and becoming a popular technique used for every day. While it’s not something I would use daily, I think it is still a useful technique and can be used for great purpose. Today we are talking all about baking makeup, so grab a cup of joe (or a plate of hot cakes & syrup) and let’s chit chat about it.
Today I am going to share with you some quick tips on the baking makeup technique and how to do it. But first, let’s find out what the heck this “baking” is all about. Baking is a technique of highlighting and setting your makeup to give it a glow that is flawless but without a shimmer or glittery effect that you would typically get from regular highlight (like strobing). Baking allows the wearer to to give your face an illuminated/brightened appearance that will last and not crease with a matte finish. Here are my tips on what to do… follow along and try it for yourself.
Products you need:
While baking can technically be done with any type of cosmetics you have on hand, I’m using these from Amazing Cosmetics which you can find at Ulta Beauty.
Moisturizer or eye cream
Concealer – if you are particularly looking for a brighter under eye look, a concealer lighter than your skin tone is best – by a few shades.
Translucent Powder – loose works well, but use what you have. I’m using a pressed powder
fluffy brush – used to apply the translucent sponge and to swipe the excess powder away
Setting Spray or mineral mist
Steps to baking:
HYDRATE: Since this technique will leave you with a matte finish – it is essential that you hydrate and moisturize accordingly. I have really dry skin so I make sure to hydrate my under eyes so that the extra powder you are using does not settle into any wrinkles or under eye circles.
Apply your concealer to your under eyes. I like to make sure I’m applying my concealer (preferably something creamy or liquid like so it blends easily) in a upside down triangle shape. Using your damp cosmetic sponge, blend the product out so that it is evenly distributed – blending effortlessly. A creamy or thick concealer works best. Try Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer – I used the one in Light Caramel.
Using your translucent powder – apply over the concealer with a fluffy brush. My favorite to use is my MAC 109 which will pack the color on and blend at the same time. The key here is to make sure you have enough powder to apply to your face where your concealer is.
Bake / Cook your makeup! Using a wedge or cosmetic sponge, dampen with a setting spray or mineral mist and then dip the sponge into your translucent powder. Pack the loose powder generously over the area that you applied with your concealer. If you are using a pressed compact, you may need to tap your brush into the product a lot to pick up product. Wait 5 – 10 minutes while the powder sits and bakes. During this time I like to start working on my eye makeup. For the translucent powder I used Amazing Cosmetics Velvet Mineral Powder Set.
With a fluffy brush, simply dust off the product on the face while blending to set your makeup.
When the baking is done and your makeup is complete, you’ll notice that you will not only have a flawless finish to your makeup application, but also have a highlighted appearance under eyes without that shimmery effect you can get from a glittery illuminator. What I love about looks like these is that they give you that glowy appearance. You can find all the products I mentioned at Ultabeauty.com. What’s great about makeup and makeup trends is that you decide what works for you and what doesn’t. Have fun with it, dress up and enjoy it!
Have you tried the baking / cooking makeup technique before? If so, will you be using this to strut your stuff this Fall and Winter season? I look forward to seeing your recreations and looks so be sure to post a photo of your flawless look. #ultatrendalert#StyleHunters4Ulta
Disclaimer: The products mentioned/featured in this post were sent to me for review/consideration and feature. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. This is not a sponsored post but was done in collaboration with Style Hunters and Ulta Beauty.
I’m naturally a busy bee so when I am looking to create fierce looking eye makeup – I not only have to do it quickly, but it needs to be pretty easy as well. Over the years I have found that a soft brown smoky eye or even a purple or burgundy hued one is my best play on eye looks to bring out my brown eyes, but lately I’ve been digging adding grey hues to the mix and found that this look could definitely be a showstopper. Today I bring to you a Smoldering Smoky, Easy Smoky Eye featuring the Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Palette. It’s my first true makeup look using this particular palette so I hope you enjoy.
I began this look by applying my Milani Eye Shadow primer all over the lid and onto the lower lash line. Then taking my Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Palette – I swept Laetus all over the lid. Samael was then applied as my transition shade and blended towards my browbone to blend the highlight shade and transition effortlessly. Saleos was applied onto my lid with patting motions and a domed eye shadow brush followed with Solas which was applied on the top of Saleos to soften the shade. Then I applied Solas into my crease and added Succubus to give the look a more blended and darker effect.
Using the Milani Kohl Kajal liner, I lined my upper and lower lash line and waterline. Then used the deep shades from the Kat Von D palette to smoke out and smudge the liner to create a softer look. I then used Latinus to highlight my browbone and applied Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening mascara and Ardell Demi Whispies lashes.
To add light definition and contour to my face, I used my NYX Matte Bronzer in Deep and added warmth to my face. I am using Milani Rose Powder Blush in Warm Petals to add a little warmth and color to my face and finished with Becca Shimmering Face Perfector in Champagne Pop for highlight. For my lips I am using ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Trap with a little of Tulle topped to give a little different hue.
This look is a bit bold, but still wearable and so quick and easy to create. Don’t forget to check out my tutorial for the deets and I hope you enjoyed this. It’s been a while since I have done something quite bold, but I had a lot of fun doing so. I’m totally diggin’ the Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Palette and I’m having fun trying out new combinations.
From four leaf clovers to large pots of gold… Saint Patrick’s Day has been filled with fun for all – not just the Irish. While I believe that a persons’ luck comes from hard work, I also believe in good luck as well… and you can still find me searching for a four leaf clover or wondering if there really is a pot of gold at the end of that rainbow. In years past I have celebrated with fun makeup looks and bold bright greens but this year, I wanted it to be something anyone could wear… a look that was simple to recreate but still offers a statement. Today I bring to you my St. Patrick’s Day makeup and nails, in collaboration with the beauties from The Beauty Blogger Collab. Be sure to stop by and check out all the pretty looks these ladies have created and show them some love too.
I filmed a tutorial for my eye look which you can find here, or check out the video embedded below. The steps are easy and I’m using a mixture of drugstore and high end product to create it.
A full list of products is posted below! Remember to use the products you have on hand that are similar in shade or adapt the look and taper it for you specifically.
Brows – Jordana FabuBrow Eye Brow Pencil in 05 Soft Brown and set with NYX Control Freak Eye Brow Gel
Eye liner – Milani Supreme Kohl Kajal (waterline/tightline), Kat Von D Tattoo Eye liner in Trooper (winged liner), Smashbox 3D Always Sharp liner in Billionaire (upper lash line used above the black winged liner for a pop of color)
Lashes – Cover Girl Clump Crusher Mascara (upper and lower lashes), Ardell Demi Whispies 120, KISS Aloe Black Glue
Now, wasn’t about to leave out my nail loving friends. We all know I’m a bit nail art challenged, so I went with what I know. To create this simple nail look, I used China Glaze Rare & Radiant which is a Color Shift / duo chrome type of polish that goes between green and gold with a slight blue hue. I topped that polish off with ILNP’s Supernova flakies polish to add to the crazy green and gold effect. If you are a bit nail art challenged as I am, I think something simple like that will work. It kind of reminds me of Mardi Gras. lol
I hope you guys enjoyed my inspired makeup and nail look for St. Patty’s Day. I wanted both to be easy to create for anyone and you can’t go wrong with something that takes a few minutes to complete. Don’t forget to stop by my video and check out the tutorial for the makeup look if you haven’t already – you can find that here. Stop by my Instagram and keep up with me there for new photos, posted daily and be sure to say hi on Twitter and Facebook too.
For more inspired makeup and nails – be sure to check out the links to the lovely ladies below and see what kind of awesome they have waiting for you too.