Makeover With My Mom!!

Soo, today was a good day. I had my first day of high school, AND I got to give my mom a makeover!

My mom is totally clueless about makeup. She usually only wears a couple products, all of which do nothing for her…so she let me step in!

Gahhhd I love giving makeovers.

She’s 54. The last makeover I did was on my best friend (click here), so this was a change for certain. :} I brought out some products, both from mine and her makeup bags, and tried to find the perfect natural lighting.

Compared to my twelve-year-old friend, my mom has a lot more to conceal and cover. Her main problem is redness and impurities, along  with the sparseness of her lashes and brows. However, she’s got beautiful green/hazel eyes that I want to be her main feature!

So here’s before the makeup!

IMG_6245

And AFTER!!

IMG_6250

A BB Cream and concealer covered most blemishes and age spots, including redness under the nose. I blended out with a sponge to get a more smooth, airbrushed look, and topped it with powder.

I really wanted to bring out that olive glow in her skin, so I put a warm-toned highlighter on the high points of her face to really brighten it up. Blush didn’t seem needed, I was aiming for a more warm, soft appeal, not pinched, sparkly cheeks.

EYES ARE MY FAVORITE PART!! I love eyes. For my mom, I filled in her brows (not too much, just to give them a little more shape and definition), then started to layer colors on her lids. First a gold, a champagne in the center, a soft taupe in the crease. Black mascara seemed to harsh for this look, so I used a brown instead.

For lips, I picked a natural, peach color with a gloss finish.

The resulting look was natural enough to not look overdone, but just enough to make a difference. You can see older women who cake themselves with makeup to cover themselves, but my mom is not one of them. This look lets herself shine through! ^_^

IMG_6261

IMG_6262

Afterwards, she wore her makeup all day long! I’m going to have to give her a lesson on how to apply it herself someday.

But let’s be real. My mom doesn’t really care what other people think about her OR how she looks.

She told me that “As you get older, you care less.” 

IMG_6252

Have a great night, my Curly-Fries!<3

MWAH.

x

Summer Beauty 411

Okay, ya’ll ladies probably have a slight idea of what summer beauty’s all about.

No more dark lipstick, cream makeup, bundled-up fashion, or anything of that sort is allowed! :}

Seriously! In the summer, it’s all about color, color, color. Your goal is to not try to look like a super-skinny, pale waif, your goal is to look like you! ❤  jehane_paris_delias_swimsuit_0013_yYBotav.sized

In the summertime, I like to have the lightest possible makeup routine. Some mineral powder, lip gloss, and mascara is really all you need.

Who wants to look plastered by the poolside? NOT you, girly.

HERE’S SOME PRODUCTS I LOVE FOR THE WARM WEATHER: 

First, I chose Flirt PLUSHIOUS Liquid Velvet Lip Color in “Flirt Alert”. It’s a perfect summer color, like fruit punch!flirtlips

PLUS, it’s glossy and fun and makes your lips look so juicy!

And then, of course, you may ask about foundation. Hun, here’s a rule: NO CREAMS, only light liquids and powders. matte-mineral-makeup

My summer foundation is Bare Minerals Matte. I love the stuff! If you want a healthy, flawless glow, check this stuff out.

And that’s all for today, folks! See you all soon!

x

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! ❤

images

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!

x

The Neon “Model Lid”

Have you guys noticed this trend in all the fashion mags? Image

I mean…that ONE stripe of color makes such a difference, and it’s so popular!

Image

Just by dipping a brush into a neon color and swiping it along the lash line makes your eyes pop. It’s so gorgeous and modern and SIMPLE. Image

ImageImage

Image

I know I wasn’t very wordy..but I didn’t want to distract from the pics!

A lot of makeup these days seems to be very neon. But hey, trends come and go! I just thought this one looked very beautiful.

x

How-To: “Hot Girl” Disguise

WARNING: This look isn’t too appropriate for school, work, first dates, or any casual event. Wear with caution!

Haha ‘ello loves!

If any of you have heard of Jenna Marbles (the Youtuber), you will know I borrowed the title “Hot Girl Disguise” from her! This is my own spin-off of her comical look, tweaked to my own level of wearability with some personality thrown in.

Ever wanted to be someone else for ONE NIGHT? Well, this look does just that. You’ll feel glamorous, a little outrageous, and over-all: FIERCE.

I mean, hey. I brought out the falsies, eyeliner, and favorite lipstick, so things should get pretty cray-cray.

Here’s what you need for your one-night identity:

IMG_2926

  • A favorite full-coverage foundation (time to bring out your expensive potions and lotions!) 
  • Eye primer
  • Black or dark-colored eyeliner with NO glossy finish
  • Hazy eyeshadows
  • Mascara
  • One succulent lip shade of your choice (I adore deep berries, wines, bubblegum pinks, any fun color that suits you!)
  • False lashes (Optional)
  • Lipgloss (Optional)
  • Fragrance (Optional)
  • A pair of sexy heels (SORT OF optional)

So the first part is easy: Just dab on your coverage. You’re basically creating a blemish-free, dark-circle-free, crease-and-crinkle-free look. Erase away all your imperfections!

When you’re done with that, you can move on to the eyes. Choosing dark, soft colors, start to enhance your eyes around the crease, slowly working down to the lid. You can pick any colors, from dark purples, to browns, to forest greens, to grays. One rule: NO solid black eyes. You want to look pretty, not panda.

If you’re into the liner, it’s better to make it softer and smudged for this look, not pristine and sharp. The eyes should be soft, not like every bit was slaved over. Even though I kept mine simple (with just three shades), GIRL, if you wanna, you can pull out the glitter, rhinestones, and drag-queen falsies for all I care. It’s YOUR Hot Girl Disguise, dahhling.

AND NOW, the lips. With lips, it doesn’t have to be complicated. I chose a deep, glossy berry color for this look, but if Barbie-pink is more your style, go for it!

Now, squeeze into your party dress, dab on your fragrance, and slip on your sexy six-inches.

You’re fabulous.

IMG_2960

PRODUCTS USED: 

  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
  • Clinique Stay-Matte Powder in “Stay Buff”
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Liner in “Blackest Black”
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place ShadowCreme in “Gold Dust”
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in “Sin”,”Stray Dog”, and “Maui Wowie”
  • Real Colors Whiplash Ultimate Mascara in “Extreme Black”
  • Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick in “Violet Electra” (reviews and swatch here)
  • NYC  Liquid Lip Shine in “Fashion Avenue Fuchsia”

IMG_2943

As you can see, the eyes are lightly hazy, which makes them look really rich brown!

And the lips were easy-peasy, but I liked how plush and glossy they turned out.

IMG_2953

Aaaand here is my Hot-Girl Disguise. Feel free to customize it to your liking, my loves. ;}

Alas, I must frolic off to my boudoir to dream caviar dreams! Buhbye, my sweethearts.

x

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:

IMG_2846

  • 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!

IMG_2876

IMG_2867

Cheers!

x

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?

Image

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!

BRONZER 411

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!

x

How To Avoid The Cakeface

The Cakeface. No other makeup mishap has ever been as legendary. And gross.

In case you’re wondering: “What in the world is ‘The Cakeface’?”

Here’s some examples:

images

images

1805_1344437539

images

0,,43946434-EXH,00_thumb

snooki-no-makeup

As you can see, The Cakeface is not attractive. It’s either dry and flaky, or slick and shiny (like Snooki displays above). But sometimes The Cakeface is completely unavoidable. In one flash of powder, your face goes from flawless to frosting-face. Or maybe you got a little too generous with foundation. Either way, you aren’t happy with your look.

Here’s some tips and tricks on how to avoid the dreaded Cakeface.

  • FOR ONE: You need the right tools. Without good supplies, avoiding makeup mishaps is going to be a lot more difficult. You can use your pick of sponges, stippling brushes, kabukis, mineral powder brushes…anything that works for you! Got those? Great.
  • Also, you want to pick the right foundation, concealer, and powder for your skin type. Purchasing a primer or moisturizer to use under the makeup will be awesome as well, because then the product can melt into your skin much easier.
  • NEVER put concealer all over your face. This makeup is thick for a reason, for covering blemishes, dark circles, or scars. You DO NOT need to put it all over, that’s what a full-coverage foundation is for.
  • And last but not least, if you fear all is lost once you’ve ALREADY APPLIED your makeup, a spritz of MAC’s Fix+ will be your savior. Then, I like to take a piece of toilet paper and smooth it gently across the skin to remove any excess makeup.

Good luck, everyone! What makeup disaster do YOU hate?

x

MAC Face and Body Foundation Review

Hey gorgeous human beings!

Because one lovely follower suggested this, I decided to do it, so here’s a review I tried reaaallly hard to not draw out. So let’s go and take a looksie at what this foundation is REALLY like.

**********************************************************************************************************************

I recently went to the MAC counter and bought my very first MAC foundation, like, ever. The Face and Body, babyy!

CultBeautyBuys9_EL_25sep12_pr_bt It comes with 50 ml of product, which is a pretty good deal.

 The bottle is the kind you squeeze, and it comes with a rounded tip that makes it easier to disperse product without it smearing on the cap. It’s totally liquidy, which isn’t a bad thing, but still….liquidy. I put this stuff to the test over the last four days, wearing it with BB Cream, without BB Cream, with powder, without powder, with primer, without primer, ect. Let’s get started!

DAY 1: WITH BB CREAM AND PRESSED POWDER

I used Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm with SPF 45 underneath my foundation to act like a base. The pressed powder I used was Clinique’s Stay-Matte Pressed Powder in “Stay Buff”, which set it really nicely.

To be honest, I wasn’t too crazy about the way it looked with the BB Cream underneath. My BB Cream was matte-ish, and it took away from the healthy, glowing look this foundation gives.

DAY 2: WITH BB CREAM AND MINERAL POWDER 

I used Bare Minerals Matte Foundation in “Fairly Light” to set it. I thought it would add to the healthy look the Face and Body created, but I was WRONG. Where my combo skin was more dry, the mineral powder totally made the foundation look thicker and caky.

DAY 3: WITH PRIMER AND PRESSED POWDER 

The primer (Mirabella from the December Ipsy Glam-bag) and powder definitely made the foundation wear much, much longer. The foundation looked wayyyy more natural than when I wore the BB Cream under it, and I’m sure no one could really tell that I was wearing…well, anything!

DAY FOUR: WITH NOTHING EXCEPT MOISTURIZER

I felt pretty confident about how long it would wear, and it did go for a long time on it’s own. Just because it’s a water-based product doesn’t mean it will sweat off faster or slip and slide; THAT’S foundation-racist. Face-ist.

Of course, I do not recommend this for oily skin. But, on my lightly combo skin, it looked really, really nice, and lasted all day. I only had to blot my nose ONCE!

                   Anyways, to be honest, I’m not really sure how I feel about this yet. I love it on me, but it takes me a while to warm up to certain products.

I put it on with my fingers, but you can wear it however you like. The greatest thing is, you can build it up to medium coverage in the spots you need it. There’s no noticeable shimmer or glitter, and has such a natural, glowing finish! The packaging isn’t that portable, but I like it anyhow. :}

Hope this was helpful!

x

Product of the Week

 Hi darlings. 

I wanted to show you MY FAVORITE newest product, that is super versatile and I don’t mention often. 

BUT I USE IT A LOT. 

Like every day.

‘Cause it’s just an amazing staple.

Clinique Stay-Matte Pressed Powder! 

Image

 

If you have oily or combo skin, I totally recommend you check this baby out. On drier skin it can look a little caky, but it controls oil amazingly and can provide a fair amount of coverage if you want it. 

My shade is “Stay Buff”, which works really well for my neutral skin. It isn’t completely matte, (it looks sort of satin-ish on me), which I love! It never looks really powdery, or really like your wearing any makeup; it just adds a subtle, healthy glow.

But, alas. Thou must goeth, for thy homework won’t do itself. 

I love ya. Stick around for a MAC Haul in a couple of days!