REVIEW! Maybelline the Nudes Pallet

This pallet has been out for a while now, but I finally got my hands on it! Maybelline has released a “proper” eyeshadow pallet. I would describe it as a cross between Urban Decay’s Naked pallet and the first Lorac Pro Pallet.

There are 12 shadows, 8 shimmers, and 4 matte shades, which retails for $10. When I first swatched them, I wasn’t super impressed. They didn’t seem very pigmented to me, and the texture was a little weird. I have been using this for a few days now and I think I have an overall understanding of this product.

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The first time I used this pallet I didn’t use an eyeshadow primer, just to check out the longevity. To my surprise, it actually held up pretty well! There was minimal creasing, but it held up for over 12 hours! I have tried it with an eyeshadow primer also and it lasts just as long but without the creasing! 🙂

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I recommend using these shadows with a primer. Something like, Maybelline Color Tattoo’s in Bold Gold, or Bad to the Bronze. Another great primer that worked well with this product was the MAC Paint Pot in Constructivist. Using this pallet with these primers really brings out the bronzy, gold hue that this pallet gives off!

Overall, if you’re looking for an inexpensive, drugstore neutral pallet, I would check this one out! I honestly thought I was going to be disappointed, but it surprised me! I found mine for $10 at Target!

Have you tried this? Let me know what you think! 🙂

xoxo Audrey

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Single-shadow eye looks!

Lately I have been really into simple and fresh make-up! I think these types of looks are perfect for spring and you can really dress them up or dress them down. One of my favorite things to do right now is just use one shadow all over the lid and really work with the shadow to create a nice defined eye look.
I have a few favorite single eye shadows that I really like working with to create these types of looks.

MAC Woodwinked is my absolute favorite to wear on its own. I really like to pack the shade onto my lid and lightly blend it into the crease and it just gives the prettiest effect when it is blended out.

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The single shadow I have been reaching out for a lot is the L’Oreal Bronze Taupe. I do the same technique with this shadow as Woodwinked, I pack it onto the lid and then blend out the crease so it gives some definition to my eyes.

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Another L’Oreal eye shadow that I love to use L’Oreal Iced Latte. I use this shadow a bit differently, I use a fluffy brush and blend it all over my lid. I don’t work this one into my lid because it wouldn’t define my eye very well. I blend this all over and like to use a brown gel eyeliner on my top lashes to define my eyes that way!

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If I have a bit of time, I like to use Jordana Sand Dune eye shadow. I like to use this wet because it kind of sucks dry! Dry, it is very chalky, and a little hard to work with. But when you use it wet, it packs on to the lid nicely, there’s not a ton of fall out and it is very opaque. I pack this shade, wet, onto the lid and very subtlety blend out the edges a bit, just so there aren’t any harsh lines.

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I really like using the NYX pigments all over the lid also! Of course all loose pigments can get pretty messy at times, but I love the effect and sheen they give off! My favorites are pearl, white pearl, and mocha. 

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The last single eye shadow I really love using all over the lid is MAC Satin Taupe. Satin Taupe is one of those classic shades that never goes out of style. You can wear it all over the lid, you can wear it in your crease, you can do everything with this shadow!

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This season try out a single eye shadow to really define your eyes and create a fresh spring look! If you have any other single eye shadows that you like to use, let me know! 

Xoxo,
Audrey

HOW TO: Keep your skin healthy in the winter!

The winter months can really do some damage to your skin. The air is more dry when it gets colder which can easily dry out your skin. I have very oily skin and my skin goes from oily, to normal in the winter so I can only imagine what it can do to dry skin. I have a couple tips on how you can keep your skin healthy, glowy, and hydrated in the winter. I think skincare is so important year round. I typically spend more money on skincare because my skin isn’t something I can just wash off at the end of the day. It’ll be with me forever and I want to take care of it the best I can!

My first tip is to get a moisturizing day cream and night cream.

Even if you’re oily like me, you really need to hydrate you’re skin both day and night. Some people might think that hydrating oily skin will make them more oily but it’s actually the opposite because you’re balancing out your skin. If you are oily, just use an oil free moisturizer during the day! Since I am oily I use two different moisturizers for the day time. I like to use the Dermalogica Oil Control Lotion underneath the Origins Ginzing moisturizer. The Dermalogica lotion really controls my oil and keeps me matte, but can be a little drying in the winter, but the Origins moisturizer really hydrates my skin and brightens my complexion without making me shiny. For dry and sensitive skin (or just dry skin!) the Clinique Moisture Surge. It’s VERY hydrating and gentle on the skin and can be used night and day.

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For night cream I either like to use a very hydrating moisturizer or a facial oil. Again, I’m very oily but I really like to hydrate my skin at night. Oil fights oil and really balances your skin out and won’t make you as oily of you have oily/combo skin. I really like to use either the Caudalìe Divine Oil or the Origins High-Potency Night-a-Mins. This is a very rich, brightening night time moisturizer that you’ll really see a difference in your skin while using.

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I last thing I like to use is a moisturizing facial scrub. I like to make my own buy using sugar in the raw, coconut oil, olive oil, and sweet orange extract for a very moisturizing, and brightening, facial treatment. I use this scrub 2-3 times a week and I’ve definitely noticed a difference in my skins texture and all my dark spots. You really want to use a scrub in the winter time because it’ll take away all your dry, dead skin, that will just end up making you more dry.

So the key to healthy and soft skin in the winter is properly hydrating your skin! Weather you’re very oily to very dry, everyone needs to moisturize and take care of their skin!

Have fun!

xoxo Audrey

REVIEW! Covergirl Bombshell Volume by Lashblast

At the beginning of they year Covergirl released a new mascara. Now as many of you know, I am a mascara JUNKIE! I love trying out new mascaras and finding new favorites, and testing out formulas that I like. This mascara is a double sided mascara that has a “step 1” and “step 2” formula. Step 1 is suppose to lengthen and separate your lashes, while Step 2 thickens them and creates more volume. The Step 1 side is pretty much the original Lashblast brush, while the Step 2 side is more of a traditional mascara want.

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The Bombshell mascara applied nicely, it did everything it claimed to, but it’s just a little bit time consuming when you finally finish both steps. It didn’t lengthen enough for me, but it wasn’t that big of a deal. This mascara is pretty pricy for a Covergirl mascara, with a price tag of $10. I said this about the Maybelline double ended mascara and I’ll say it about this one, I don’t like how these double ended mascara don’t give enough product in each tube. This tube is so thick and fat and you only get a few weeks out of this product because it’s mostly just packaging.

Overall, this is a nice mascara, but you’ll definetely be better off just buying the regular Lashblast mascara that’s about $5! Regular Lashblast does everything the Bombshell mascara does and it’s cheaper and not as bulky!

I hope you found this helpful 🙂

Have fun!

xoxo Audrey

Beauty on a budget!

Everyone loves a good bargain, and I know a lot of people don’t like to spend a ton on beauty products. Over the years I have found some really good beauty products that are so cheap, they can fit into anyones budget!

I’ll start off with face make-up; a great affordable foundation is the Maybelline Fit Me, also the Fit Me concealer is great! The Fit Me foundation gives a really nice, natural finish. It’s not overly dewy, and it doesn’t leave you super matte. It just enhances your skin and blurs imperfections. The Fit Me concealer is a great drugstore, affordable concealer. It’s highly pigmented and covers very well, but not cakey or drying.

Some great affordable blushes are the Elf Studio, the Elf Baked Blush, and regular Elf blushes. the Studio blushes are $3 and the baked and regular blushes are $2. They’re highly pigmented and flattering for tons of skin tones. The only bad thing about this line is they don’t have a ton of shade ranges, but all the shades are still beautiful. Some other great blushes are the Wet and Wild blushes. They are VERY pigmented and a little goes a long ways, but like the Elf blushes, they only have a few shades.

One of favorite bronzer is a super cheap one, NYC Sunny bronzer! Also, they make one of my favorite translucent powders which is NYC Smooth Skin Translucent powder. I think both of these products are around $2-$3. The Sunny bronzer is a great matte bronzer that doesn’t look muddy or very obvious that you’re wearing bronzer. I really love the Translucent powder because it keeps you matte if you’re overly oily, and maintains a really natural look since you’re not adding additional color to your face.

I have a couple favorite brands that I like to go to for really cheap, but great quality eyeshadows. The Essence Beauty eyeshadows are so buttery, easy to blend, and highly pigmented shadows. The Wet and Wild eyeshadows also have the same qualities. Essence Beauty is a tricky brand to find. When I’m looking for the brand I tend to only see it at Ulta, and occasionally HEB! I think Wet and Wild is fairly easier to find than Essence so either shadows are high quality and CHEAP!

My holy grail, absolute favorite eyeliners of all time are the Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeliner. These eyeliners are about $4 and they last so long! They’re waterproof, they blend beautifully, they don’t collect in the corners of your eyes, they don’t bleed, and my favorite thing of all, they aren’t difficult to remove at the end of the day! I have tried so many expensive eyeliners and they don’t even compare to this Rimmel one! Scandaleyes liners beat out the Make-Up Forever waterproof liners, the Urban Decay 24/7 liners, the MAC liners, the Smashbox liners, etc (in my opinion!). I’ve tried them all and I think these are better!

Essence and Wet and Wild also make great lip products. The Essence Stay With Me glosses are some of my favorite glosses and they’re only about $2. Along with the Essence XXL Shine glosses. The Wet and Wild Megalast lipsticks ARE THE BOMB. They’re so creamy, pigmented, pretty long lasting, and CHEAP! They’re about $3.

I know everyone loves feeling fancy with high end products, but when it’s on your face, no one can tell if it’s high end or one of these cheap products I’ve mentioned! So hopefully you’ll try some of these affordable options and fall in love with them!

Have fun!

xoxo Audrey

 

Urban Decay Naked3 Review & Swatches!

So once I heard that Urban Decay was coming out with a Naked 3 palette, I immediately added it to my Christmas wish list! Now, I have all the previous Naked palettes (Naked 1, 2, and basics) so I thought I was at a pretty good advantage for reviewing the third one!

Now, as many of you probably heard, this palette is all rose-toned eye shadows that can create anywhere from an easy daytime look, to a super dramatic eye look.

The Naked line is a known as an everyday neutral palette that can be used for a wide variety of looks. Naked one is a more of a deeper, brownish tones, Naked2 has more cooler, taupe shades but still fairly similar to the first Naked pallet.

[from left to right] Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, Blackheart.

I really like this palette because it is so different from the first two. Urban Decay didn’t repeat any shades like they did in the first and second palette, and they really steered away from the brown-taupe shades that are a big staple in the first two.

I also really like how this palette is so versatile for all different skin types. My mom, my sisters, my cousins, and myself all use this palette and we all love it. Our skin tones really vary in shades too so I really got to see all the different variations you can create with this palette with different skin tones.

My overall verdict, of this palette is, it’s worth every penny. Its so unique and different from the other Naked palettes, and just overall different from all my other palettes that I wouldn’t want to pass this up. It’s $52, but you get 12 full sized eyeshadows that last a really long time!

If you’re looking to splurge on some new eyeshadows I would definitely give this one a shot. It’s very beautiful and unique it’s hard to pass up!

Have fun!

xoxo Audrey

Beauty items you NEED to be washing!

So, I know some people wash their make-up brushes religiously, and some have never even thought to wash their brushes!

BUT! There are some other beauty items you really should be washing besides your brushes!

First off, obviously you need to wash your make-up brushes. I prefer to wash mine with the Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Oil bar soap. This soap is super cheap (around $2 for 2 bars of soap!). I like washing my make-up brushes with bar soap the best because it really lathers up and deep cleans my brushes all the way down to the base of the brush. The tea tree oil really kills any bacteria thats lingering on your brushes! I know some people like to use Baby Shampoo to was their brushes, but honestly my hands get extra pruned when using baby shampoo! If you don’t want to use baby shampoo, Dove soap works just as well 🙂

 

 

Next, you should really wash your hairbrush. Your hairbrush sees your hair at a million different states. Wet, dry, clean, dirty, oily, gross, etc. Your brush builds up a lot of product and oils that can make your hair dirty when it’s clean, or more dirty when it’s dirty! I usually take some gently, foamy hand soap and let it lather and just simply rinse it off!

After your brushes, you should wash your hair tools. Curling irons, curling wands, flat irons, etc. Those build up oils and product residue also that can make your hair gross! You can simply clean these items by using some rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad or cotton ball and clean your irons!

Also, you should clean your lipsticks! This sounds silly but if you let other people use your lipstick. or if you are sick, or just simply have new germs, you should clean your lipstick! Just like cleaning your heat styling tools, you just get a little rubbing alcohol onto a cotton pad or cotton ball and wipe off the first layer!

I clean all of my brushes, heat styling tools, lipsticks, all at different times. I will usually deep clean my brushes about every two-three weeks. I clean my hairbrushes, and heat styling tools weekly, and my lipsticks that I constantly use about every week also.

Have fun cleaning!

xoxo Audrey