Beauty

A Quick & Easy Holiday Look

Hey gang and happy Monday.  Today is the big Cyber Monday where tons of deals are happening online.  I for one have not purchased anything today.  Like I said on Friday’s post, the only Black Friday shopping I did was purchase some toys for my BF’s son and my niece.  Other than that, I have all that I need and want at the moment.  That being said, I did purchase a few things the week before that should be coming in soon.  Anyway, that’s not why I’m here today.  I’m here to share a quick and easy holiday look.  I don’t know about you guys, but I’m not a super “Glam” person.  I love makeup, clearly, but I’m not about full on Glam makeup.  Looks absolutely beautiful on some many men and women, it’s just not for me.  I love quick and easy makeup that looks great and still makes a statement without being over the top for my tastes.  If you are interested in what that look is, just keep on reading!

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Now when I say quick and easy, I’m looking for my makeup to take me no more than 15 to 20 minutes, 20 minutes being the absolute maximum.  Of course, if I am just playing around with makeup that day, I don’t mind it being longer.  However, when I am trying to put my face on to go to work, for a get-together, or just ready for the day, I don’t want to spend an hour doing so, you know what I mean?  So with that being said, let’s get going.

 

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For my base, I’m working through my Milani Mattifying + Pore-Filling Primer, using that on the areas I tend to get oily and have large pores.  However, use whatever primer works for your skin or no primer at all if you are not a fan.  Then, for foundation, I am using a mixture of the FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Luminous Foundation in L2 and the C.Y.O. Long-Lasting Foundation Lifeproof in 101 with a tiny bit of white mixer.  Obviously, to help cut down on time you don’t need to mix 3 types of foundations, I’m just working on the two main foundations in projects so I’ve been taking the time to mix them.  My recommendation is to use a foundation that you know and love.  If you are going out somewhere, you don’t want to be trying new products that you are not sure about, you want to look and feel your best.  I blend that into my skin with a damp beauty sponge.

 

Next up is concealer and powder.  I dab a bit of Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer in Fair underneath my eyes and on my eyelids to cancel out any redness or veins and to act as an eyeshadow primer with the same beauty sponge.  I then set my concealer and face with the Besame Cosmetics Vanilla Brightening Powder.  Again, use what you have, are comfortable in, and you know that works and you don’t have to fuss with.  At this point, I am ready for the additional face products.  Because I am so fair, especially in the winter, I tend to use a contour shade as more of a bronzer, meaning I buff it out and blow it out a bit more because with my fair skin, using a bronzer tends to pull really war and orange on my skin tone.  Currently, I love using the Kat Von D Beauty Shade + Light Contour Palette, the shade Sombre.  I work this into my cheekbones, lightly on the outside parts of my temples and forehead, and a light dusting under my jawline.

 

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For blush, I want something to give my skin a more flushed appearance.  I tend to go a little heavy handed with blush for these kinds of looks because I love the look of rosy cheeks coming in from the cold.  Right now I’m using L.A. Colors Just Blushing Blush in the shade Just Playful.  It’s more of a neutral toned looking blush but on my skin tone it shows up a bit more vibrant mauvy pink.  For highlight, I like something a bit more subtle but something that gives that “Glow From Within” kind of vibe.  I like the Essence Pure Nude Highlighter in Be My Highlight.

Moving on to eyes, I like to keep it very, very neutral.  I want to be able to have an eye look that is not only simple but can pair with any type of lip you can think of.  For that, I just take the shade that I contoured with, today being Sombre, and run that into my crease.  I don’t like to pull it into my outer V area, just my crease.  Then, I take a darker, neutral brown on a smaller brush and run that in the crease as well.  I then take the contour shade and run it on my lower lash line.  At this point, I spray my face with setting spray.  One that helps my makeup last longer that I love is the Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Setting Mist, it gives a healthy look to my skin, melts all the powders together, and definitely helps the longevity of my makeup.  After it dries, I throw a nude liner into my waterline, curl my lashes, and put a few coats of mascara on.

 

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Before moving on to the lips, this is when I do my brows.  Some people are blessed with beautiful, thick brows.  I am not.  Seriously, out of everything in my makeup routine, my brows take me the longest.  They roughly take me anywhere from 3 to 5 minutes.  What I do is fill and shape them in with a pencil, right now that being the Kat Von D Beauty Signature Brow Precision Pencil in Light Brown and then I run through a bit of the NYX Professional Makeup Tinted Brow Mascara in Brunette (love the formula, not a fan of the shade it runs really warm).

 

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Lastly, my favorite part!  LIPS!  Seriously, with this look you can do anything!  Matte, glossy, satin, cream and whatever shade your heart desires!  Some of my favorite Go-To’s for this look for holiday time include Kat Von D Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Nahz Fur Atoo, Besame Cosmetics 1946 Red Velvet Lipstick, Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Tar Pit, Wet N Wild’s Megalast Liquid Catsuit in Give Me Mocha, and Wet N Wild’s Lipstick in Cherry Bomb.  Any type of nudes go great with this look, hell, even natural lip colors with a lip balm or clear gloss looks good.  But, when it is for the Holiday’s, I prefer those brighter, bolder colors because they give off more of a statement without having to put more effort in.  I don’t do lashes, I don’t do liner.  I keep the face & eyes simple and accentuate the lips.

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So that’s it, guys.  That’s a quick and easy holiday look that I wanted to share with you guys.  With how chaotic the holidays can get, your makeup doesn’t have to be a stressor.  I mean, hell, makeup is me time.  I enjoy putting makeup on, that’s 15 to 20 minutes to myself that helps put me in a calm place.  I don’t need to complicate it, you know what I’m saying?  I hope that helps, you found it interesting or useful!  What are some of your favorite quick and easy holiday looks or products?  Let me know in the comments!  I hope the rest of your Monday goes well 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!