Summer Beauty Favorites

As the seasons change so do the contents of our makeup bags. This is a simple list of my favorite products for summer, where you can find them and what they typically cost. Some are budget friendly and others are splurges. These are all products I have myself and would buy them all again.

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1. Baby Lips $3 Target, Walmart, Ulta, and most drug stores

I love the baby lips line and the clear is my favorite. Along with the other shades it has a very yummy cent. Oddly this one smells like fruity pebbles to me but I like fruity pebbles so I don’t mind a bit. I have tried so many lip balms because my lips chap so badly no matter the season or weather but with this they are so soft and it gives them a nice shine.

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2. Baby Skin $6 Target, Walmart, Ulta, and most drug stores

I recently purchased this product and I love it. It has a similar texture to smashbox photo ready primer and also feels similar to the porefessional by benefit cosmetics. It blurs away your pores and makes my skin even so that my foundation sets smoothly. It’s very nice to find a product like my high end ones so that I don’t have to spend the extra cash. If you have larger pores I definitely recommend this product.

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3. Mac lipstick in Sunny Seoul $16 Any Mac counter near you my local shop is inside of Dillards

I purchased this lipstick online and I admit I got it for its name and it also seemed like a nice shade of pink. This easily became my favorite spring and into summer color. It is a sheer pink with a bit of a shimmer to it but not too much. It isn’t heavy so it’s great for work or if you are out and about. The formula feels very light so it’s perfect for hot days so you still have nice color without feeling caked on.

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4. Mac Fix+ $21 Any Mac counter near you my local shop is inside of Dillards

I use this spray to set my makeup and it gives you a nice dewy glow. It isn’t just water it is packed with vitamins and minerals and is wonderful for refreshing your face.

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5. Farmhouse Fresh Fluffy Bunny Hand Cream $14 I purchased this at a local boutique but no worries the company has an online shop

This is my favorite hand lotion and I know I keep using the term light but that is summer for me. I want my products to be as light as possible and this just melts into your hands and leaves them silky soft with a nice lavender scent.

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6. L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara $8 Target, Walmart, Ulta, and most drug stores

No matter the season you always need a great mascara and this is my new favorite. Again with the name! How could I not get it!? The packaging is very cute and I am so impressed with this product. I have tried everything from benefit cosmetics they’re real mascara to makeup forever and they do not compare. Now this is my own personal opinion but it applies so much better than my more expensive brand mascaras. Even one coat is a dramatic difference and it is easily removable. I hope they do not discontinue this product.

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7. St. Ives Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange Scrub $4Β  Target, Walmart, and most drug stores

You can’t forget about skin care and this is my favorite scrub at the moment. It has a nice citrus scent and always leaves my face feeling soft and very clean.

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8. Sun Beam by benefit cosmetics $26 Ulta and Sephora

This is a beautiful highlight for summer as our skin is a bit more tan or if your like me still pale as ever but would like a nice glow with a touch of color this product is wonderful. It’s a gorgeous pale golden shimmer but not to where it looks as though you’re applying glitter to your face. It just gives you a nice dewy summer sun kissed look.

Have any of you tried these products and what are your thoughts on them I would love your feedback!Β  Also let me know what your summer essentials are and the products you can’t go without πŸ™‚

 

Kirby -Kelly

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V-day Makeup With Naked 3

I have not posted in forever! I am so sorry but I promise to post more! With Valentines day coming up this Friday I thought I would do a date night look using my naked 3 palette which is perfect for this occasion because of all of the beautiful blush tones.

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Jumping right into it I used Urban Decay primer potion in Eden all over my lids and a bit under my waterline. Then I used my Nyx jumbo pencil in milk. Not all over my lid but just where I’m going to apply my highlight in my inner corner and on my brow bone later.

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The colors don’t show well on camera but they’re more vibrant in person. I used the shade Limit from Naked 3 all over my lid and then used Nooner in my crease with a fluffy brush and blended out.

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Here right on top of Limit I packed on the shade Mugshot.

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Then I used Darkside on a pencil brush for more precise placement in the outer v of my eye and brought it down on the outer third.

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I picked up more of Darkside on a fluffy brush and put it into my crease and blended it out.

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Here I put Blackheart on top of Darkside just on the outer third and blended out. Then used the same shade under my lower lash line. After that I sprayed my brush with mac fix plus and applied Dust to the center of my lid. I highlighted my brow bone with the shade strange and for the inner corner I used Venus from the Naked Basics palette.

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Then to finish up I just lined my lower waterline a third of the way with a black pencil from Bareminerals and lined my upper lash line with Maybelline line stiletto making a cateye because I can’t be without it and used Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real mascara πŸ™‚

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For my cheeks I used Bareminerals blush in Exhilarate and highlighted with Benefit Cosmetics High Beam. For my lips I first lined them with a pencil from Maybelline in Rose and then used a satin lipstick by Mac Cosmetics in the shade Faux. Right on top of that I used the lightest gloss from Em Cosmetics shade play lip palette in Mix it up Roses.

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentines day! Have any of you tried the Naked 3 palette? If so let me know what you think! Also I know I haven’t done a geeky post in awhile but I’ve been meaning to review all the manga I’ve been reading lately so I will hopefully get that on here later this week πŸ™‚ -Kelly

Sweet Fall Makeup

I’ve been meaning to do a fall makeup look and I feel like fall is just zooming past and we’re already almost into winter soon but I think this look could work for both πŸ™‚

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I started out just priming my eyes and then taking the shade faint from my naked basics palette applying heaver on the outer corner then lighter as I go in to gradually fade it out so that I can highlight the inner corner. Then took the shade naked 2 from the same palette and took a fluffy brush and applied it to my crease it doesn’t have to be precise it just contours really nice.

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Then I took my nyx jumbo pencil in milk and applied it to my inner corner blending it into the brown on the inner third of my eye and slightly under my lower lash line then topped it with loreal infallible iced latte. To highlight my brow bone I used a different shade because I didn’t want it to be too shimmery so I used venus from the naked basics.

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Here I took crave from the naked basics and patted it on my outer corner. Packing at first then blending out with a fluffy brush then took a pencil brush and took faint and crave under my lower lash line. Blending the two together and fading them down but not too far you don’t want to look like you have dark circles it just makes your lower lashes look fuller.

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Next take any liquid liner and line your upper lash line extending slightly in the inner corner and gradually making the line thicker towards the outer corner. Then with a very light hand take it under your lower lash line two thirds of the way and going past your lid to create the wing and just fill in any gaps. After that I took loreal infallible eyeshadow in the shade amber rush on a pencil brush and applied it under my lower lashes.

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Then I just finished off with some falsies and mascara. These are super cheap ones I think kiss is the brand but you can just use mascara if you like.

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On my lips I used a nude lipstick from jcat andΒ  number 4 from the em shade play palette in mix it up roses and on my cheeks I used an em blush sample I had gotten from an ipsy bag I had received it’s from the natural talent section of the life palette. I hope you found this helpful! Always feel free to ask questions πŸ™‚ -Kelly

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Lorde Royals Eye Makeup

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I have been obsessed with Royals by Lorde since I first heard it come on the radio and late one night my boyfriend was flipping through the channels on the tv and the video for the song was on. I hadn’t seen the video before and I was immediately drawn to her eye makeup so I decided to do my own rendition I hope you find this helpful if you are looking for a similar look πŸ™‚

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First I recommend doing all of your face makeup afterwards because it will be difficult to clean up the darker eyeshadow shades. All I’ve done here is primed my eyes with my mac paint pot in painterly and used walk of shame from my naked basics palette all over my lid.

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On top of that I put Loreal infallible in iced latte.

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In the outer corner going in about a third of the way using a stiff brush i patted maybelline color tattoo in pomegranate punk.

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Then using maybelline line stiletto liquid liner make the line as thin as you can extending just slightly past your tear duct (it elongates your eyes).

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Now Ive switched to maybelline gel liner using a thin brush make a flick upward as though you were going to make an extreme cat eye stopping about where the peak of crease is. Then drag the line to the center across.

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Here I’ve just taken a pencil brush and sprayed it with mac fix plus and smudged the gel liner.

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There areΒ  several steps here. On top of pomegranate punk I took South from my urban decay Glinda palette and just patted it on top any taupe shade will do. Then I took Crave from my naked basics palette and went back over where the gel liner was smudged while defining the point while I did this. I also sprayed my brush with the fix plus while using Crave. Then I put it under my lower lash line.

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You can cut your crease a bit more if you like as I’ve done or you can leave it in the center. I just put a bit more of iced latte in the center of my lid and put Venus from the naked basics palette on my inner corner and I put Foxy from the same palette on my brow bone. Then just add your favorite mascara I’m using a combination of benefit bad gal lash and maybelline big eyes.

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And you’re done πŸ™‚

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For my lips I used a combination of revlon nude attitude and mac saint germaine with a little bit of gloss. My blush is laura geller in pink buttercream and my highlight is benefit high beam. If anything is confusing don’t hesitate to ask questions. Thank you for reading and if you try out this look I would love to see it or let me know how it worked for you πŸ™‚ -Kelly

 

 

Sephora Ariel Storylook Palette

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Sorry it’s taken me so long to get this up but I am so happy to share this palette with you guys. Ariel is my favorite princess of them all it may just be the fantasy involved but I’ve always had an affinity for the ocean and try my hardest to get that long flowing red hair. I don’t believe this palette is available anymore but a smaller compact still is. Anyway onto the tutorial πŸ™‚

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I didn’t do my face makeup first like I normally do because I didn’t want the eyeshadow falling on my cheeks and messing it up. First I just primed my eyes as usual with my mac paint pot in painterly and used the shade flounder all over my lid.

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Then I used the gold shade triton and just packed it over my lid. There is chunky glitter in this one and it got all over my cheeks so I’m glad I didn’t do my face makeup first.

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This is optional it’s the only color I used outside of the palette and it’s actually a blush it’s maybelline fit me blush in the shade medium coral. I don’t think it really made a difference in the colorings in the end.

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Here I used the shade flotsam it’s a dark shimmery navy color and I just put that in the outer corner and worked it into my crease.

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This is few steps. Under my lower waterline I used the color blue lagoon stopping about a third of the way. In my inner corner I’m not sure why it looks blue here it may be the lighting but it’s actually a pearl color I used the shade seashells. then on the inner part of my lower waterline where blue lagoon stops I used the shade triton with a pencil brush. and the shade flounder again on my brow bone.

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Then I just finished up with my usual downward winged liner and I put a bit of gold liner from hard candy in the color dream girl on top of triton on my lower lash line to make it pop a bit better and put it directly above my black upper liner then I just put the shade scuttle on top of seashell in my inner corner because i felt it lacked a bit. After that my mascara which is my usual benefit bad gal and I combined the new big eyes by maybelline and put my face makeup on. On my lips I used Nyx matte shocking pink lipstick I just lightly patted it on and put a clear gloss on top and on my cheeks is combo of Mac so sweet so easy and a baked blush by laura geller and benefit highbeam for a highlight and benefit hoola for my contour. If anything is confusing please don’t hesitate to ask me questions. Overall I love this palette all of the shades are so fun my only complaint would be that I would have liked more contouring shades.

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These nails I did were inspired by the palette the colors are sally hansen blue me away and the accent is wide awake by pure ice. I love that I live so close to the beach and shells like this one fill my house. If you would like to see more pictures like the one of my nails or sneak peeks of blog posts you can follow my personal instagram @kellyelizabeth_89 πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for reading and Britney and I have much more for you guys coming soon so look forward to it and please continue to support us! -Kelly

 

Coral Oasis

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I picked up this pretty little quad the other weekend and wanted to do a look with it. I love corals in summer it makes me think of the beach and I like that the colors compliment my red hair πŸ™‚

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I first started by priming my eyes. I always use benefit stay don’t stray primer along with my mac paint pot in painterly. On top of that I just used a matte salmon pink color .

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After that I used the orange coral shade on the outer portion of my eyelid and blended it towards the center. With a stiff brush I picked up the color and swept out the outer corner slightly past my eye and with a pencil brush I took the color under my lower lash line stopping halfway.

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Then I took the darkest color with a fluffy brush and pushed it into my crease. I also packed a little in the outer corner and blended it then took the pencil brush again under my lower lash line right on top of the other color.

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Here I put a matte pale yellow lining around my tear duct meeting the coral shade in the center on my lower lash line then packed a shimmery pale gold on top of that. I used the matte yellow shade as the highlight on my brow bone and blended it with the other colors to take out any excess darkness and soften harsh lines. I also patted a small amount of the shimmery gold shade right in the center of my eyelid and blended.

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Now just add your mascara and eyeliner and you’re done πŸ™‚ If you would like to see how I do my eyeliner like this in depth I have a tutorial of that on here. For my cheeks I used Maybelline bouncy blush in peach satin. I usually use benefit high beam for my highlight but today I used benefit sunbeam to give my face a little more warmth and on my lips I’m wearing mac cream sheen lipstick in sunny Seoul. The three eyeshadows I used not from this palette are from my Ariel storylook palette which I will do a tutorial using it very soon and those are the two matte shades and the pale shimmery gold. My mascara is a combination of Maybelline the falsies and benefit bad gal lash.

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Thank you for reading and I hope you find this helpful πŸ™‚ -Kelly

 

Make-Up Favorites

For today’s post I wanted to put together all of my favorite products. Britney and I usually do eye makeup tutorials but don’t really show what we use on a daily basis. I work full time in an office and I have to look appropriate and I’m not a morning person at all so I like an easy routine for my daily work makeup so everything I’m showing you is work friendly and really great products I highly recommend.

1.L’oreal Magic Beautifier BB Cream in Light

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This is my favorite BB cream and since I have fair skin I use the light. I’ve tried other BB creams like the Stila HD beauty balm and one by smashbox but I wasn’t very impressed and was irritated because they were very expensive. This one goes on white and as you rub it in to your skin it changes to skin tone. I use this everyday I have combination oily/dry skin and on my dry spots this is great for flaky skin it feels as though it’s also exfoliating when you put it on. The only complaint I have is that it comes in such a small tube but it’s very good for the price.

2.Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow in Petal

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I love this foundation! I was using Mac face and body I can’t remember the shade of it but I need something with a little more coverage and this is perfect. It goes on so smooth and stays put all day long. I usually have shine peek through half way through the day had much less after using this foundation. I’m not saying that will happen for everyone but it works very well for me. It is pricy but I feel worth it. Overall very good quality.

3.Mac Creamblend Blush in So Sweet So Easy

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If you’re looking for that perfect dolly pink blush this is it. Most blush that I have tried either has too much of a red tone or it’s too baby pink that it doesn’t show up very well but this is wonderful on my skin.

4.Mac Studio Finish Concealer in NW20

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My go to concealer everyday it has really great coverage.

5.Hard Candy Lite Bright Whipped Brightening Concealer in Medium

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This is perfect for dark circles under eyes and just brightening up your face for a fresh faced look.

6.Benefit High Beam

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Best illuminating highlighter I’ve tried. For a while I didn’t like liquid highlighters because I felt it smudged my makeup underneath when applying it but this doesn’t. It goes on perfectly a creates a beautiful glow.

7.Benefit Hoola Bronzer

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I use this for contouring my face I like that it’s matte so you don’t have added shimmer where you don’t want it. It’s very universal and works well with my fair skin.

8.Elf Brow Kit in Medium

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I use this kit everyday it’s lasted me a long time and is a very good product and is so cheap. It comes with a good little brush I mainly just use the gel when I’m in a hurry but the powder is very nice too.

9.Nyx Wonder Pencil

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If you’ve seen any of my tutorials you know I use this on my lower water line. It looks more natural as opposed to using a white eyeliner. It makes your eyes look wide and bright and you look well rested.

10.Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

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This is so great for work because it looks so natural. I had been looking for good matte eyeshadows and was so happy when Urban Decay came out with this palette. You can create so many looks with it like a bright eyed day look to a night smokey eye.

11.Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Liner in Blackest Black

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My first experience with gel liner. I used to only use liquid but I always have a cat eye and have heard that gel is the best for it. I didn’t care for the brush it came with it’s a little too big to create thin lines but the gel is very good and perfect color black.

12.Maybelline Falsies Mascara

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I love how long and full my lashes look with this mascara and it’s fairly cheap. My only complaint is that it dries out rather quickly.

13.Mac Lipstick in Peach Blossom

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Last is lipstick. This wasn’t the shade I was expecting I had bought it online but I really love it. The feel of it is nice and the color is a pretty nude rose color.

Well those are my favorite products at the moment thank you as always for reading πŸ™‚

 

Kelly