Beauty, Makeup Baskets

Shop My Stash: December Makeup Basket

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Hey gang, hope all is well!  Currently, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is playing in the background and it is a beautiful, chilly day here in Seattle.  For dinner, I’m making Hot For Food’s Vegan Carbonara with Zucchini Cream Sauce, something hearty, warm, and delicious.  But that is not what this post is about, although I could talk about food for DAYS, today I am bringing you my December makeup basket.  I cannot believe we are in the last month of the year and personally my favorite month of the year.  Today is my 2 month anniversary with my boyfriend, believe it or not, he is the one that brought it up, my niece’s 4th birthday, on Wednesday it is Lil’ Bean’s birthday, the 15th Xandria’s birthday, the 16th my birthday, then we got Christmas, then New Years!  What a busy, busy month!  Anyway, let’s get into the makeup I plan on playing around with this month, besides my project pan items!

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For my primer’s, I decided to keep working on my Milani Prime Shield Pore Minimizing + Mattifying Face Primer because I SWEAR I am almost finished with this bad boy, and I pulled in my deluxe sized sample of the Peter Thomas Roth Skin to Die For No-Filter Mattifying Primer & Complexion Perfector (do you think they could have done a longer name?)  I’m pretty sure PTR is not cruelty-free so I’d just like to work through another product that is not cruelty-free and get it out of my collection.

 

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Spoiler alert, I am just about done with my Besame Cosmetics Vanilla Brightening Powder, so I wanted to pull in a couple of powders to work on throughout the month.  One of them being my beloved Milani Prep + Set + Glow Illuminating Transparent Powder and one that I’m currently trying out which is the Covergirl Advanced Radiance Pressed Powder in 105 Ivory.

 

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For bronzer, I pulled in my Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer in Bronzer.  Luckily I’m not a huge bronzer hoarder, I only have 4 bronzers in my collection, least that I can recall, and one of them has pan showing.  So it would be nice, although unlikely, to hit pan in this bad boy.

 

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Highlighters are definitely something that I have way too many of.  So, rotating them is important.  For this month, I decided to pull my Wet N Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals for more of a blinding highlight and for a more soft, subtle daytime highlight I pulled in the Catrice Cosmetics Highlighting Powder in Champagne Campaign.

 

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Moving onto eyes, starting out with an eyeshadow palette, I wanted to show some love to my Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Palette.  This palette is such a great high-end palette yet such a wonderful bang for your buck!  I think it runs about $27 and the eyeshadows are standard sizes.  The reason for pulling this palette in is because I can get some great daytime appropriate looks as well as go more dramatic for the holidays.  You bet your ass I’m going to be utilizing that silver for New Year’s Eve!

 

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For mascaras, I’m playing around with my two new Covergirl mascaras.  I have the Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara in Black/Brown, as well as the Covergirl Lash Exact Waterproof Mascara in Very Black.  I go for Waterproof due to being a dog groomer.  I do not want to risk my mascara running if I get soaked.  And yes, just because I am a dog groomer doesn’t mean I can’t wear makeup to work.

 

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Lastly, we have the brow category!  I have so many different brow products it is not even funny at this rate.  However, in my defense, I tend to blow through most brow products pretty quickly.  I’m still working on my Kat Von D Beauty Signature Brow Precision Pencil in the shade Light Brown.  I think I have about one more month, maybe a month and a half left on that product.  I’ve also pulled in my NYX Professional Makeup Tinted Brow Mascara in Black, as well as the Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Pomade in Black.  I pulled in the pomade, even though I’m not a huge fan of them (just because of how long it takes me to do my brows), for use when I do more intense glam style makeup.  When the holiday season rolls around, I tend to do more “Glam” makeup just for the occasion.

 

So that’s everything, well everything excluding the stuff that is currently in projects.  If you are curious as to what other makeup items I’m using I will link both my Movie Madness Project Pan and my 12 Pans of Christmas Project Pan for you.  I’m curious to know what items you are pulling in to your monthly makeup basket, let me know in the comments!  I also want to know, if you celebrate Christmas, have you got your Christmas shopping done yet or are you a last minute procrastinator?  For years past I’ve been such a procrastinator, this year, however, I have about 90% of my shopping done and all of those gifts are wrapped, sitting under the Christmas tree!  Well, that does it for me, I hope you guys have a great rest of your day and until next time!  Thanks for stopping by!

Beauty, Project Pans

GRWM Using Project Pan Items & SUBCULTURE

 

Hey all, hope everything is going well for you on this Wednesday.  When thinking about what I wanted to post for today, I was stumped for a bit.  Then I thought, I haven’t really done a GRWM type of post in a while, especially using some of my Project Pan items.  So, I thought this would be perfect!  Plus, I am going to be using SUBCULTURE on my eyes and show a look that I wear often and get tons of compliments on.  Also, I will share how I use it to get this palette to work for me.  So, if that seems something you may be interested in, then just keep on reading!

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To start out, I always do my face makeup before my eyes.  That is how I have always done it, I’ve tried switching it up and didn’t like it.  Before putting on anything, my face was already washed and moisturized.  First up, I spray the Milani Make It Dewy Setting Spray ($9.99 US).  This product I have not really enjoyed because it looks and feels so greasy, however, I’ve gotten it to work really well as a primer spray.  It helps give a little bit more moisture for the foundation.  Then, I take a small pea-sized amount of the Milani Prime Shield Mattifying Primer ($9.99 US) and press that into the areas where I have really large pores, around my cheek area, nose, forehead, and chin.

For foundation, I mix half a pump of Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Foundation in L42 ($35 US) with about a pump and a half of the FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation in L2 ($13.99 US).  The Lock-It foundation is extremely light on my skin and the FLOWER foundation is a little too dark.  Mixing them together helps give me a better shade match (though, I still manage to look ghostly lol) and helps make the FLOWER foundation not look SO dewy by the end of the day.

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Next onto concealing and setting my face.  I take my Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer in Fair ($27 US) and literally do one dot underneath my eyes closer to the tear duct area and one dot on top of my eyelids to use as a primer.  I am VERY lucky to not have terrible darkness under my eyes.  It didn’t really show up on the previous picture.  Plus, this concealer is extremely full coverage and very drying so using very little does help combat the dryness.  To set the concealer, I’ve been taking the Kat Von D Beauty Shade & Light Contour Palette ($49 US) in the lightest shade.  It is a mixture of Lucid & Lyric (I mixed them together and repressed them).  To set the rest of my face, I’m using the Besame Cosmetics Vanilla Brightening Powder ($22 US).  It is pressed into my old Rimmel compact because I have learned I truly hate loose powders haha.

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For the rest of the face, I took my No7 Match Made Bronzer in Golden Sand ($12.99 US) and warmed up this ghostly complexion in the “3” method, then took a little bit of Sombre from the Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette ($49 US) and contoured my cheekbones and dusted just a little down the sides of my nose.  For blush, I used the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop Collection blush in Amaretto (limited edition) and highlight I dusted Anastasia Beverly Hills Starlight Illuminator (discontinued) on the high points of my cheekbones, brought that up around my eyebrow and lightly on the tip of my nose and cupids bow.

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Moving on to the eyes!  First up, I took the shade MERCURY (a matte deep gray) from the Anastasia Beverly Hills SUBCULTURE Palette ($42 US) and dusted that in windshield wiper motions in my crease.  What I do is literally dip a fluffy brush ONCE into the palette and on a towel that I keep by my side to do my makeup, I dab the excess onto the towel once or twice and it is the perfect amount for my eyes.  For me, this doesn’t bother me, because I’m used to dipping my brush into all of my products, not swirling.  So, just thought I would share that just in case you have this palette and have a hard time using it.

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Next, I pick up the shade FUDGE (a warm matte poop brown) on a slightly smaller, more dense brush and do the same with this shade.  I tap ONCE into the shade and dab off the excess.  I then take it and work it into my outer V area and slightly bring it into the crease.

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Now, on an even smaller brush, I use the Morphe M506 Brush ($6 US), I pick up the shade ROWDY (a matte deep purple), same method as FUDGE, and place that on top of where I laid down FUDGE, bringing it in a little bit further on my lids.  Now, I know it looks weird right now, unblended, looks like it skips, just stick with me on this!

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Now on a smaller fluffy brush, I picked up the shade ALL STAR (a matte maroon), did the same thing of tapping in once, dabbing off the excess, and worked that into my crease.

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To blend everything together, I then took a little bit of the shade DAWN (a warm, light beige shade) and swept that over the edges.  See, looks a bit better now don’t you think?

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For the lower lash line, I first took a little bit of ROWDY and blended it about 3/4 of the way towards my inner corner, then blended it out with a bit of MERCURY.  Then, I took a bit of my face highlight and put that in my inner corner.  Used a little bit of a nude eyeliner in my waterline and put on a couple of coats of mascara.  The eyeliner I used is the Rimmel Scandaleyes Kajal Kohl Eyeliner in 005 Nude ($4.99 US) and the mascara is Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara ($26 US).  I then set my face using the FLOWER Beauty Hydrating Setting Spray ($12.99 US) and 2 squirts of the Milani Make It Dewy Setting Spray ($9.99 US).  Yes, I only did two squirts, you do more than that and you look like a grease ball, not a glowing goddess lol.

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For my eyebrows, I’m still using my beloved Kat Von D Beauty Signature Brow Precision Pencil in Graphite ($20 US) and setting them with my NYX Control Freak Clear Eyebrow Gel ($7.99 US).

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Lastly, the lips!  I took the NYX Professional Makeup Suede Matte Lip Liner in Sandstorm ($ US) and outlined my lips.  Then filled them in with Kat Von D Beauty Studded Kiss Creme Lipstick in Bow N Arrow ($20 US) and dabbed a little bit of the bareMinerals Gen Nude Gloss in Yaaas ($18 US).  And here is the completed look!

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This has practically been my Go-To look for work every day.  It helps me use so many different shades from the SUBCULTURE palette.  I also get tons of compliments on it, practically every day.  They do say that purple helps bring out green eyes.  Also, don’t mind the crazy hair.  I had a side head shave a while ago and am now dealing with the grow out… it is not enjoyable haha.  I’m also going by to my original hair color, so I am going to be looking wild for quite a bit haha.

Well, that does it here from me.  I hope you found this helpful or interesting, if you did, let me know in the comments!  I’d love to hear from you!  If you have the SUBCULTURE palette, what other color combinations do you enjoy pulling in from it?  Thank you so much for stopping by and until next time!

Beauty

Current Quick & Easy Makeup Look

When I am heading to work or having to run some errands and decide to throw on some makeup, I want it to be quick.  I’m never late to work or appointments, but I am famous for waiting till the last minute to get ready.  Every time.  Don’t ask me why, I just do.  So, since that is always the case, I need a routine where I feel put together, still feel like me, but doesn’t take me 8 hours to do.  Here it is.

So, if you are curious to see how I get from this:

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To this:

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Then just keep on reading!

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I love makeup.  It is such a therapeutic and artistic outlet for me.  The only problem??  I tend to do the same makeup day in and day out.  The only variation really is the lip.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ll switch up the products, but the overall look tends to be the same.  It’s simple and quick.  Once complete, usually in about 15 to 20 minutes, I feel put together and ready to take on the day.  Or stare at myself in the mirror for 15 to 20 minutes admiring my handiwork. 😜

The most important thing is to start off with a clean and moisturized canvas.  After I have let my skincare sink into my skin, I start out with primer.  Honestly, the only reason I use primer is to use up my stash.  I have yet to find a primer that actually makes a significant difference.  Currently, I am using the Milani Prime Shield Mattifying + Pore-Minimizing Face Primer.  With my fingers, I dab a little bit on my cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin.  Basically, my T-Zone to help somewhat diminish pores and to possibly help keep me matte longer.

For foundation, I do a concoction of 2 pumps Fiona Stiles Matte Finish Foundation Concentrate in 01 Alabaster and 1 pump Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Foundation in 1.5.  I mix them together, then with a damp beauty sponge blend it into my skin.  I am not fond of using a brush to blend in my foundation.  For me, I tend to always get streaks, then have to blend with a damp sponge anyway, so I just stick with a sponge.

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For me, this mixture gives me a beautiful, medium coverage with a long-lasting natural finish.  It never feels heavy or gets cakey throughout the day.  Next, on to concealer and setting the face.  Currently, I am trying to use up the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Treatment Concealer in Fair and the Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder in 05 Fair.  They both work wonderfully, unfortunately, they are not cruelty-free.

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With the concealer, I put a little under my eyes, on the sides of my nose where redness tends to peak through, and on my lids as an eyeshadow base.  Then blend it in with the same damp sponge that I used to blend in my foundation.

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After I have blended that in, I will lightly bake under my eyes, my eye lids and my T-zone for about a minute with the Fit Me powder, then gently dust away the excess.  I will also lightly set the rest of my face with a large, fluffy powder brush, mostly to help keep me matte and set the foundation so it is not longer sticky.

Next is bronzer, contour, and HIGHLIGHT.  Seriously, who doesn’t love a good highlight?  For bronzer, I really love the Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer in Bronzer, however, I have yet to find a person who doesn’t love that.  It is easy to build and blend, and thank you JESUS doesn’t look orange on my pasty ass.  With a medium sized fluffy brush, I dust it along the hollows of my cheeks, at my temples and a little on my jawline.  For contour, I use the Catrice Prime & Fine Professional Contouring Palette in 010 Ashy Radiance and go in the same areas, just with a slightly smaller brush.  This is such a phenomenal contour shade for me, as you can probably see from the pan showing through the lid.

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Onto the highlight, one of my favorite parts (honestly, I pretty sure it is a favorite part for many).  With highlight, I usually go for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Starlight Illuminator, which they discontinued (fucking pissed about that).  However, I recently hauled some products from Black Moon Cosmetics that I am testing out in order to give a full review on in the future (click here if you’d like to check out that post).  For today’s look, I decided to go with the Black Moon Cosmetics Moonlighter in Centipede.  With a highlight brush, I dust it on the high points of my cheekbones, lightly on the tip of my nose, and just graze my upper lip.

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For eyeshadow, I keep it immensely simple.  You know the trick where you take your bronzer or contour shade and work it into your crease with a fluffy brush?  Yeah, that is what I do.  I stick with my contour shade because I tend to enjoy cooler tones on my eyes.  It looks simple yet put together.

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On to the rest of my eyes and face.  As you most likely saw from the previous photo, I shave off the end part of my eyebrows.  Unfortunately, my eyebrows tend to give me quite a bit of trouble.  I have had them shaped and filled professionally quite a few times, but they never seem to fit.  My eyebrows naturally are a bit sparse and when I let them grow out, they still never seem to work well with my face.  So, I said fuck it and shaved most of them off.  Honestly, best decision yet!  It is so much easier and quicker for me to do my brows now!  For brows, on my quick days, I use the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Granite.  If I have a little extra time, I will use the Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Pomade in Granite.  To set the brows, I just brush through with a little clear brow gel.  Right now I am trying to use up my NYX Control Freak Brow Gel.

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Before I throw on my mascara, I do like to set my face.  I don’t really have a ride or die setting spray, as long as it melds my powders into my skin we are good.  Currently, it is the Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, although not for long!  Empties spoiler: I have maybe one or two uses left and it will be in the empties bin!  For mascara, it is 99% always waterproof.  Being a dog groomer, with water splashing, hair flying, heat melting you away, the mascara really needs to last, mostly so I don’t end up looking like a raccoon by the end of the day.  The L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara in Blackest Black is such an amazing mascara for me, unfortunately, not cruelty-free.  Sad panda.  I have three additional tubes as back ups, so once those are all used up, it will be back to the Essence I Love Extreme Volume Waterproof Mascara, which is half the cost as the L’Oreal one and just as good, just dries out quicker.  Don’t I look so enthused in this picture below?  Lord.  Smile Leah! lol  Also, look at how brows just balances my face!

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Lastly, to finish off this face, I put on a lip color.  I do not have a preference, whatever color tickles my fancy that day is what I will slap on.  This day I went with Black Moon Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in the shade Grave.  Still testing out this line, as mentioned earlier, so I want to give these products as much play time as possible.

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And here is the finished look!

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For me, start to finish, it takes me roughly 15 minutes to slap this all together.  If I’m not hella tired, or getting side tracked a million times.  Well, this turned out to be quite a long post.  Let me know if you liked this kind of post, or if you found it somewhat helpful.  I always enjoy reading or watching people do their almost everyday type of makeup.  Let me know what you thought in the comments down below!  What type of products do you use for your everyday look?  Or, do you even wear makeup?  Let me know!  Thanks so much for stopping by and until next time!

Oh!  For any Potterheads playing the game, I’m in Year 2, where are you at?  Let me know!  Okay, bye for now!