My Biggest Haul Ever!

Good evening, Curly-Fries out there in blogger-land!

I have returned with the results of my haul!! And let me tell you, I think I may have went a bit over the top, but I live quite far away from the nearest Macy’s and J.C Penny. Soo..that makes it all kind of okay, right??

In total, I got one palette, one bronzer/blush duo, one straightening/curling iron, four lipsticks, four eyeshadows, a face powder, and a……brush cleaner. *womp womp wooommmmp*

First let’s start off at the MAC counter (one of my favesss!).

Enjoy the goodies :3

First off is lipstick in Lady Danger: 

And isn’t it STUNNING? The color just pops on my skin. It’s the perfect, matte, popsicle-red, that has just the right amount of orange. Texture-wise, I think it’s pretty great and nearly effortless to apply. Though matte isn’t my favorite finish, it has extreme staying-power that really stays on your lips.

Honestly, when I first saw it, I thought trying it on would be just like that one time I tried on Viva Glam Nicki. “Ohh gahhd no get this off of my lips. I look like a Muppet.”

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If you’re looking for a dangerous, fun, pin-up girl shade, check this one out! You won’t regret it.

Next I picked out Girl About Town: 

This is a gorgeous shade of fuschia.

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It’s a super-creamy, opaque, saturated pink with a purple undertone. No sparkle, no shimmer, just a light glossy look that makes your lips look really juicy. Perfect for summer. It’s so yummy and daring…a color that would look good with ANY bikini.

And who could go wrong with the classic Creme Cup?

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It’s gorgeous, it’s delectable, and it’s creamy. The color is a sweet, milky pink that doesn’t wash you out, or look too boring, so in my words it’s a beautiful nude. An exceptional everyday shade! A MAC MASTERPIECE.

Next from MAC, I got two eyeshadows in “Naked Lunch” and “Satin Taupe”, two best-sellers.

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Over all, these eyeshadows are very easy to blend and last a long time.

Naked Lunch is a very soft, shimmery peach-beige, and Satin Taupe, is, well, a satin taupe. This is my first time using MAC eyeshadows, and I think they’re pretty good. (Requires further study.)

And finally from MAC, the Studio Fix + Powder Foundation.

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I honestly haven’t used this on my own yet. When they applied it on me in the store, I was in love. In total, dubious, wonderful love. It made my face look so soft and flawless, like I had velvet model skin. I walked out of the store looking like a million bucks.

With a new eye look, wicked lipstick, and my face blotted to perfection, I went straight to Chanel.

From Chanel, I only got one, precious item. A lipstick.

I ADMIT, I am a lip girl. And the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in “Rendez-Vous” was just beautiful to me.

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IT WAS TOTALLY WORTH 30 BUCKS. OMG. It’s sooooo, so, so creamy, it makes the MAC lipsticks feel thick.

The color I picked is a beautiful rose with the right amount of shine. I really feel like I got my money’s worth, because I’ve never tried a lipstick that’s so luxurious!!

From Bare Minerals, I purchased two lovely, shimmery eyeshadows in “Heart” and “In The Buff”.

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No photo could capture the complexity in each of these colors. Both of them are really shimmery, rich colors, and when swatched are nearly iridescent. The mineral colors are so pigmented, I have to get more in the future!

Pretty soon, I decided to surf over to Sephora, when all of a sudden, I was stopped by a woman at a mall kiosk.

“Hey girl. Come over here! Oh, noo don’t worry, it will only take a second.”

Well. It took about half an hour, and I ended up with a very fancy, European, ceramic-plated, steam hair iron/curler. The Bellezza Lumino, in the newest color, blue snakeskin.

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And I do not do ANYTHING with my hair, unless a ponytail counts. But when I saw how naturally glossy my hair looked after she straightened it, I almost cried. The steam brings out all the natural oil in your hair, and it looks just like in a shampoo commercial!

It has a life-time warranty, and there’s no damage. Loveee<333!

But after I finally escaped her grasp, and headed to Sephora, coming away with NARS and Two-Faced goodies!!

From Two-Faced, I got the Boudoir Palette. It’s sooo sexy, soft, and elegant..I adore the shades.

They’re all pretty muted, nothing too crazy and acidic, but have a special quality to each of them. The possibilities are endless.

PLUS, they come with a card of different looks to try!!

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My favorite shades are “Voulez-vous”, “Lap Dance”, “Fuzzy Handcuffs”, and “French Tickler”.

 The names make me giggle.

Next, I bought my first ever blush from NARS. It was a small duo of the famous “Orgasm” and “Laguna”. I wore it today, and Orgasm is sooo STUNNING!!

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The pigment was so silky and buttery, utter perfection. I totally understand the hype.

Anyway..that’s it for my haul.

If you would like me to review any of these products, please leave a request in the comments. :}

I’m due for dinner with the fam.

Have a wonderful evening!!

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Bare and Beautiful

Today I felt like wearing very little makeup. I brought out some of my favorite products to create a “no-makeup” makeup look, and I’m actually very happy with it!

In today’s day and age, most women strive to create that flawless, effortless look, as if they are the rarest of creatures….a natural beauty. (Not a unicorn.)

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This is my basic everyday look this summer. It’s simple, it’s clean, and has the right amount of polish.

I just love the look of luminous skin, glossy pink lips, and dark lashes…it’s a perf combo! 😀

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Here are the products I used:

Elf Tinted Moisturizer in “Nude”

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in #10

Revlon Nearly Naked Powder in “Fair Clair”

Maybelline Full ‘N Soft Mascara

MAC Lipstick in “Hot Gossip”

MAC Lipglass in “Wonderstruck”

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Okay, I have to admit, this is the least amount of makeup I’ve wore in a long time. But my skin needed a break from all the heavy stuff…it was clogging my pores and making my skin look so tired! 

A lot of girls my age wear a ton of heavy makeup. You’ve probably seen the Twitter-pics, the Facebook profiles, the Instagram selfies. The thick, caky foundation, the lumpy, clumpy mascara, heavy liner, or bronzer. Makeup that makes them look worse instead of better, older instead of younger.

I think at any age under 40, GO AS BARE AS POSSIBLE. You are fresh, youthful, and beautiful. Show it off while you can!!

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Kiss kiss! Stay pretty, ladies. ;}

Sorry I haven’t posted in a bit, be prepared for some reviews on new products!!

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Palladio Desert Rose Blush/Bronzer

I recently bought this at Sally Beauty Supply and thought I should review it, because, hey, if you’re like me, (always looking for awesome products), then you should know about this! ❤

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So, for starters, it has five shades, two of which are more satin, the other three are slightly shimmery.

I wear this on my cheek bones, on my nose, on my eyes, and a little on my chin and forehead. It makes me glow like a natural beauty, not look obviously fake. You can mix the colors together (like I do), or wear them separate, but I honestly prefer them together. It creates a “beach peach” color: not light and cool, just slightly warm and bronzed.

PROS: 

Multitasking

Pigmented colors

Silky

Easy to blend

Good variety

Makes the face look WONDERFUL

CONS: 

Sometimes you have to make touch-ups! :{

The packaging is a simple, plastic case with a clear top with NO brand name on the front (that’s all on the back), and looks very sleek.515t_YessEL._SL1000___37915.1355886395.1280.1280

Personally, I think it looks very cute and high-end, so I, Isabella, give YOU the permission to tell ANY lie with this.

“Oh, this stuff? I bought it for 21 bucks at Sephora.”

“It was limited addition.”

“Michelle Phan HERSELF gave this to me at a meet-and-greet!”

But whatever, it’ll be our little secret. ;}

Love you all!

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How-To: A Natural Face

Hey my lovely, fresh-faced beauties!

In the makeup world, a natural, or “nude” face means fully-dressed. It shouldn’t be hiding your features, it should be enhancing them…which is why everyone can wear this look!

Simply put, you’re just playing up what you like about your face. Do you have large, expressive eyes? Perfect cheekbones? Glowing skin? Full lips? Pick ONE feature, because that feature should be the focal point.

Here’s what you’ll need to get that “natural” beauty:

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  • Foundation or coverage of your choice (BB Cream, mineral powder, ect.) 
  • Concealer
  • Pressed powder to set
  • A favorite blush/bronzer
  • Highlighter
  • Eye base or primer
  • Natural eyeshadow
  • Mascara
  • Brow powder and gel
  • Lipstick
  • Lipgloss

(P.S: You don’t have to use all of the products I mentioned..you can pick and choose what to add or take away!)

Anyway, let’s start!

The first step is simple, yet difficult, so prepare yourself! You need to create a perfect, smooth, flawless complexion.

I exfoliated my skin and put on some moisturizer first, so my skin would be prepped and primed. When you’re applying your coverage, be extremely careful! In one flash of a powder puff you can go totally cake-faced. (If you turned cake-faced, check out this past post for salvation.)

The next part is ten times easier! Blush and highlighter! I love a good blush…the right shade can make such a difference in how someone looks. I chose one with subtle gold veining, so it can really make my cheeks pop! The secret in a nicely flushed complexion is LESS is MORE, so be sure to tap off any excess of your blush brush! I usually add a light dusting of highlighter on the tops of my cheekbones.

In this look, I decided to play up my eyes. Before I added any shadow, I put on a cream base to intensify the colors I would layer over it. I chose dreamy, subtle colors that would really make my brown eyes glow. Then, because my brows are sparse, I filled them in and set them with a clear gel. The eyes are the windows to the soul, and windows need good frames! A wise Youtuber once said, “Your brows should be like sisters, not twins.”, so you shouldn’t go to extremes to make them look identical.

The final step is my personal favorite, the lips, one of the most seductive things about a face. Before any lipstick or gloss, you should have them exfoliated and moisturized. I chose a nude lipstick color, but you could pick any soft, natural color  you like. I like to add gloss on top too, it makes your lips look softer, younger, and plumper.

And you are dooooone, hun! ;}

PRODUCTS I USED:

  • Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45
  • Mineral Fusion Concealer Duo in “Neutral”
  • Clinique Stay-Matte Pressed Powder in “Stay Buff”
  • Milani Blush in “Dolce Pink”
  • Wet ‘N Wild Color Icon Bronzer in “Reserve Your Cabana”
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo in “Barely Branded”
  • Smashbox Eyelights Palette in “Flash”
  • Real Colors Whip Lash Ultimate Mascara in “Extreme Black”
  • Zuzu Luxe Lipstick in “Ultra Suede”
  • NYC Liquid Lipshine in “Nude York City”

You should look and feel really fresh and confident, like you’re not wearing much of anything, but  still put-together and polished.

I hope you guys enjoyed this how-to. After all, it’s basically my everyday look in a nutshell!

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Cheers!

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How-To: Highlighting/Bronzing

Highlighting or, urm, “luminizing” is a trick that not everyone needs to know. Giving that extra glow is sometimes unnecessary, but who says it can’t be a useful trick to learn?

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Above is a basic highlighting/bronzing chart. Both of these products are all about building up intensity, you should NEVER, EVER just dust some all over and call it good. Take caution!

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With bronzer, you shouldn’t be creating bones that aren’t there, you should just be enhancing what you naturally have. Plus, you should pick a color that complements your skin tone! If you’re pale, go for pinkier or peachier bronzers, stray from anything orangey (you’ll look all ruddy and gross.) If you’re darker, go for more cinnamon or golden tones!

Same goes for highlighter. Warm skin= warm, golden highlighter. Cool skin= pink highlighter. Neutral skin= your pick. Image

The most important thing with these two products is to find a formula that you like. Powders are the most popular, but they have creams, liquids, you name it!

No matter what formula, start with small patting or brushing motions, continuously building up the product until it looks good!

Hope I helped some! ^_^

Talk to you lovely people soon!

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