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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My VDay FOTD and OOTD

Ohhhh happy Valentine’s Day, everybody!

Today was a rush of school, Valentines, and middle-schoolers professing their undying love for each other. We had a school “spirit day” today, and I dressed up in a ridiculously fluffy, pink tutu, and pink shirt, and a pink headband in my hair. Image

Sorry for the little peek of bra. And the noticeable Hello Kitty undershorts. It’s a fun look, though, you have to admit!

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My makeup was a simple cat eye, and sweet, pink cheeks and lips. I used Maybelline Baby Lips in “Pink Punch” (I was having a little experiment), and on my cheeks is Milani Baked Blush in “Dolce Pink”. I was using my Maybelline Eye Studio Liner in “Blackest Black”, and my Wet ‘N’ Wild “Reserve Your Cabana” dusted a little bit everywhere for an extra finish.

What do YOU guys think? How was your day? What did you wear?

Love ya lots!

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Milani Baked Blush Review

Hi guys!

One of my followers asked me to do a full review on a Milani Baked Blush in “Dolce Pink”, which I recently bought in a drugstore haul.

So, for starters, this is one of the most beautiful colors I’ve ever seen in a blush. 

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Packaging is a gorgeous, signature Milani-gold compact, and the color is a less-orangey dupe for NARS Orgasm. 

I know the glitter looks terribly disco in the swatch, but it’s honestly not. My camera just picked it up more and made it look 100000 times more chunky, but in reality, it’s a subtle, fine-grained shimmer. 

Also, it blends sooo easily, and you can build up the color in a snap. It’s not too powdery, either, and it just warms up your features SUPER nicely. 

It’s sort of a soft, pink-rose color with subtle gold veining, and comes with a stumpy little blush brush I don’t plan on using any time soon. 

There’s a mirror in the bottom, too, which is super helpful for on-the-go. And, like all the Milani blush/bronzer products, the powder is domed. PLUS, it stays on all day long, even through my combo skin and sweaty work-outs.

If you want a nice, natural blush, this is great. It’s my new holy-grail, and I use it way more than any of my high-end ones. 

I might even buy a few more colors later on… ;} 

Any questions you can put in the comments! Have any of you guys tried these blushes? 

Drugstore Haul

Hey everybody!

I recently went to my local drugstore to do a bit of shopping. Hehe. For cosmetics, yo.

And so here is what I bought! If you want a full review of a certain product, you can put that down in the comments and I’ll definitely get back to you.

So let’s gooooo!

1. Milani Baked Blush in “Dolce Pink”

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Oh my god. This totally screams Valentine’s Day, doesn’t it?

It’s the most beautiful light, rosy flush you could ask for. It’s a beautiful shade, that makes you look bashful and TOTALLY, ADORABLY IRRESISTIBLE. I put it on this morning at 4 AM before dance practice, and even after the Valentine’s Day Formal at school, it stayed put. It’s has a slight shimmer, no glitter, and makes you look like a total cutie-pie.

2. L’Oreal Infallible Gel Laquer Liner in “Blackest Black”

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Guys, I have super bad luck with liners. All of the ones I’ve bought in my life weren’t that black, and smeared, smudged, and dripped. Terrible. Icky.

THIS ONE is creamy, pigmented, and comes with a pretty nice brush. The bristles are small and precise, and get a good amount of product on them to make straight, even lines.

3. Wet ‘N’ Wild Bronzer in “Reserve Your Cabana” Image

ONE THING: This does not, any under circumstances, is considered a “bronzer”. It’s a light, shimmery, luminous cream-colored powder in a large disc compact, that will not make the palest complexion bronze.

But  DAAAMN it does make a good highlight and brightener. I put it on my collarbone, my brow bone, my shoulders, my cheekbones, and anywhere else I need a subtle glow. You get a ton of product for the money!

4. Ecotools 5-Piece Brush SetImage

These brushes are amazing. Period. They’re soft, eco-friendly, travel-friendly, and really great for applying makeup. Plus, their pretty cheap considering the quality.

I ESPECIALLY love the mineral powder brush and the kabuki. They give such a natural finish.

5. Bonne Bell (Lip Smackers) Sponge-On Sparkler in “Vanilla Frosting” Image

I wonder if you’re thinking “LOL Gurrrrrl you still in kindergarden? We don’t use dat no mo’ cuz we gotz Dior and Bobbi Brown an’ shit.”

I knoooow but it’s almost Valentine’s day! And everyone loves a yummy clear lip gloss that tastes like it smells. It makes my pout taste like a cupcake! ;}

6. Wet ‘N’ Wild Color Icon Blusher in “Mellow Wine” Image

This feels like silk, blends like butter, and applies like a dream. The color is perfect, but hun, use a light hand, mmkay?

This is like..um, syrup and pancakes. If you use too much SYRUP, your pancake is overloaded and ruined. Unless you like your flappity-jackies saturated. Then just ignore all of what I just said.

PLUS, it’s cheap. And better than some high-end blushes! Pick up a color, I dare ya.

7. Femme Couture Lip Luster in “Smooth Coral”

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This is my dupe for the MAC Lipglasses. It smells like vanilla cookies, stays on forever, and has phenomenal color and shine! I’ve NEVER heard ANYONE talk about these before, guys.

I bought this one at Sally Beauty Supply, and I love it. A looooot.

Anyway…this was a pretty short haul but whatevs. I missed you guys.

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