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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Fun in the Sun!!!

Summer has officially started, which means beaches, pools and parties.  My go to summer style is a simple sun dress, sandals and minimal makeup. 

What is your summer style and what is your go to makeup look for those hot summer days??

Monday, May 28, 2012

Prom 2012

This weekend was full of fun with the fam bam and friends.  My niece Tierra went to her high school prom....this make me feel just a little old :).  Her and all of her friends looked soo beautiful and happy.  I have been waiting about 6 years for this day to do her makeup.  She was going for Hollywood glam/Kim Kardashian....I feel like most of the girls were going for that Kim K side swept hair.  I did Tierra's makeup as well as her friend Ali's.

For Tierra's makeup I used all MAC eye shadows and pigments.  I used a bright/sparkly pigment for the eyelid to make it pop and used maroons and dark burgundies for the crease.  Finished the look with thick eye liner on top and bottom as well as a strip of false lashes.  I filled in her eyebrows to create the thicker 1920s brow. 

For Ali's makeup I used pinks, golds, and browns.  I used a pin/gold shadow on her eyelid to make it pop and used a combo of golds and browns in the crease.  Lined top and bottom with black cream eye liner and played up her already long eye lashes.  Finished by using pink/peach blush and lip gloss as well as Make Up Forever's HD loose powder to set the makeup.

Here a pictures of the girls (Tierra is in black/white and Ali in Coral).

Sunday, May 20, 2012

If I could I would!!

Hey Everyone,
Hope your weekend was fantabulous.  Yesterday I held a makeup tutorial party.  It was a fun event where everyone brought their own makeup and beauty questions.  They wanted to learn how to use the makeup they owned and how to create certain looks, like a smokey eye.  Today's question:

If you could recreate one look what would it be???

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Shine On!!

Every day I fight the battle of the SHINE!!!!  Lately it seems as if I am 16 again and I can't seem to stop the oily shine from taking over my face.  If any of you ladies deal with this same battle then you too feel my pain.  So I set out to find THE shine stopper...this is the review of my first weapon.

Clinique used to carry an amazing mattefying lotion, but just as luck would have it they discontinued it.  Now they offer a stay-matte hydrator, so I thought heck why not.  I was very desperate, so I purchased the lotion.  I have been using it twice a day for about 3 weeks and I have seen little improvement.  I use this in addition to my primer and within two hours of applying my makeup the oil creeps through.  I wouldn't discourage others from trying it, you never know it could be your magic potion. 

Overall it gets a B-


Monday, May 14, 2012

The One and Only

Hey Everyone,
I have a few beauty items I can't live without, one of them being my eye liner.  Here's this week's question:

What is the 1 beauty item you always have to have in your makeup bag?

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Eye Liner....A Girl's Best Friend

If any of you are like me....eye liner is a must!!!!  I line above my lash line as well as the inner bottom rim.  I've tried numerous liners, but all seamed to smear and left me with crazy looking eyes at the end of the day.  Then one day magic landed in my hands......

I received a Too Faced makeup gift set for my birthday and their Perfect Eyes Waterproof eye liner was included.  It's the BEST eye liner I've tried so far.  The dark, rich black color stays all day and doesn't smudge or smear. 

If you are looking for a great eye liner look no further.  Check out the link below!!!


P.S. Ulta is one of my favorite cosmetics stores :)

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Mom Knows Best!

In honor of Mother's Day I thought I'd start off the Makeup by Vanessa's weekly question for all of the moms.  I'm sure we've all been told over and over again that Mom knows best even if we don't believe it at that time :), but as we get older I'm sure we all realize that at some point they really did know best.

The one beauty tip that my mom gave me was to never keep using your compact once the metal started showing because for some reason it makes your face break out.  I never paid much attention until the day i decided to scrape every last bit of powder from my compact and guess what....my face broke out. 

So my question to all of you is what is the one beauty tip or secret your mother has given to you?

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Battle of the Mascaras

Christian Dior Black Out Waterproof Mascara vs. Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara. 

Maybelline mascara has always been a staple in women's makeup cases.  The pink tube with the lime green cap has become an American icon.  I've used this mascara throughout my makeup career, but I've never taken the time to really review it.  I received a request this week to compare it to an expensive mascara.  Here is what I noticed:

  • Coverage is acceptable
  • Slightly clumps when applying
  • Color is Very Black - the color wasn't very dramatic.  Good for daytime use.
  • Doesn't smudge throughout the day
  • Washes off easily

This was the first Christian Dior cosmetic purchase I've made.  The name is synonymous with quality, high fashion and status.  I was hoping it was a quality product and that I wasn't just paying for the name.  Here is what I noticed:

  • Coverage is amazing
  • Separates the eyelashes without clumping
  • Made eyes pop all day
  • Color was very dramatic and stood out.  Great for evening or a smokey eye
  • Didn't wash off very easily.  I would use an eye makeup remover.

After comparing the 2 I would say The Diorshow Black Out Mascara is this week's winner.  Visit the link below:  Remember to sign up for Sephora's VIB card.