Who Said Smokey is Bad for You?

This title may be a little tongue and cheek, but I think we all can enjoy a good smokey eye every now and then!!

Xoxo! Talk Soon!!

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Ipsy VS Birchbox: September!

Oooh Ooh Ooh! Hello Everyone! I hope you are all fabulous! I had to share this with you right away! It’s here! Gosh, I always look forward to mini-Christmas every month. I do LOVE me some monthly subscriptions. Take a minute to see what I got in both Ipsy and Birchbox for September. These are products based on a quiz I took upon joining the service. I have altered that quiz a couple times since starting and honestly I am not sure if it has made much of a difference, but it is still fun! Here we go!

P.S. I think I like my newer set up for product description under the photos. Let me know what you think of this layout!

IPSY:

This is the bag of the month. It is a simple and versatile, but no my favorite design.
This is the bag of the month. It is a simple and versatile, but not my favorite design.
This is a ClariSEA Rapid Detox Charcoal Exfoliant I love exfoliating so I am excited to try this!
This is a ClariSEA Rapid Detox Charcoal Exfoliant I love exfoliating so I am excited to try this!
This is Formula X Nail Polish. A very high quality polish and a great fall color!
This is Formula X Nail Polish. A very high quality polish and a great fall color!
TreStique- I find it interesting I got this brand in BOTH subscriptions. I don't think that has happened yet. It is a VERY neutral color..maybe too much? Great texture for a Matte.
TreStique- I find it interesting that I received this brand in BOTH subscriptions. I don’t think that has happened yet. It is a VERY neutral color..maybe too much? Great texture for a matte.
I LOVE NYX. These are great fall colors and will make an excellent smokey eye! Can't wait to try it!
I LOVE NYX. These are great fall colors and will make an excellent smokey eye! Can’t wait to try it!
OMG. First Aid..Wow! This is a really great high price point skincare line. I am so excited to try this!
OMG. First Aid..Wow! This is a really great high price point skincare line. I am so excited to try this!

BIRCHBOX:

"You're Beautiful." I must say this may be my favorite box of the month!
“You’re Beautiful.” I must say this may be my favorite box of the month!
As always I am such a fan of having an info card! Ipsy should really consider this!
As always, I am such a fan of having an info card! Ipsy, should really consider this!
Devines Ol- All in One Milk. You all know by now my lack luster feelings for hair products. For some reason "Milk" products intrigue me so I will gladly try this.
Devines Ol- All in One Milk. You all know by now my lack luster feelings for hair products. For some reason “Milk” products intrigue me, so I will gladly try this.
100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream. I smile all day for my JOBS and I just like to smile so I am seeing some crows feet. I hope this helps!
100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream. I smile all day for my JOBS and I just like to smile, so I am seeing some crows feet. I hope this helps! This was also a BONUS product!
Devines Ol Shampoo and Conditioner. I don't mind these samples, but am least likely to buy the full product. I like easy when I buy these types of products so I am all about drugstore.
Devines Ol Shampoo and Conditioner. I don’t mind these samples, but am least likely to buy the full product. I like easy when I buy these types of products so I am all about drugstore.
Oh YAS! (Yes, that was an intentional misspelling!) Laura Geller is a big brand and highlighters are so in. I cannot wait to try this! Woot Woot!
Oh YAS! (Yes, that was an intentional misspelling!) Laura Geller is a big brand and highlighters are so in. I cannot wait to try this! Woot Woot!
This photo is courtesy of Birchbox's website. I totally forgot to get a picture of this! Sorry! This is TreStique Concealer. It is definitely worth a try!
This photo is courtesy of Birchbox’s website. I totally forgot to get a picture of this! Sorry! This is TreStique Concealer. It is definitely worth a try!

Well, I hope this will help you figure out what kind of subscription fits you or maybe both! I must say I really enjoy both and this month was a good one. I think Birchbox won for packaging. Both tied in quality and interest of products. Birchbox gets an extra point for the extra product. Overall, I am very happy with both. Do you get one of these subscriptions? What are you thoughts on September? XoXo

Latest Video: URBAN DECAY NAKED SMOKEY PALETTE!

Hello! How are you guys? I hope you are fabulous! I recently received my Urban Decay Naked Smokey Palette. This is the latest in their Naked line. I have played with all of the Naked palettes at Sephora, but only own Naked 3, so this is a nice addition. I am absolutely crazy about the Naked 3, but know that this is not a lot of peoples favorite. Will Smokey be?

I think YES! This palette has four matte, four low shimmer/metallic, and four shimmery shades. The range in finishes makes this palette versatile and the colors can be paired with just about anything. The packaging is amazing like always. This one actually is visually better than others due to a smoke effect on the outside and on the brush. The only thing I have had trouble with is the depth of the brush holder. It makes it tricky to get out. This is easily fixed by tilting the palette until the brush falls into your hand.

The texture and pigment of the colors is again spot on. They are easy to use and bendable. This weekend I used it for a full smokey eye…and it was AWESOME. It was smokey, bold, and beautiful! Below is a simple little video with my swatches, so check it out!

A Flawless Face for your BIG day!

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I got married over the summer and we had a beautiful wedding with a lot of DIY! We had to find ways to save money where ever we could, because the cost of weddings is crazy! We had a budget and we were sticking to it (which could be a whole extra blog!). One way I saved money was by doing my own makeup. There was the cost of getting new long lasting and anti-shine makeup, but six months later and I am still using the product! If I had hired a makeup artist I would have had the cost of the application and no products to use later. In my book this was a better way to spend money! Here is what I used and it really lasted the whole day.. I mean from early morning until the 2 a.m. end of festivities! P.s. my reception wasn’t that long! The bridal party went out after and it was SOO fun. Check out the look below with some of my wedding pics!
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Here is what I used to get a flawless face for my wedding day:

1. I started with a primer! This is so important to make a smooth base for you makeup to sit on! I used Dr. Brandt Pores No More. This has tea tree oil. I needed to fight a blemish I had and try to keep anymore from appearing. This was a product I already had..yay!

2. I did a light application of Sephora Collection CC Cream to help balance my skin tone and fight any redness. This was also a product I already had..even better (gotta save that money)!

3. Next, Kat Von D Lock It Foundation, which is very pigmented. I have some acne scarring so I wanted something that would cover it all and well! This is some heavy duty foundation. This was my first purchase for “day of” makeup. It worked so well for that day, but to be honest it isn’t my favorite. I am still using it so it is not a waste, but it isn’t my daily wear foundation. It is more for special occasion when there will be lots of pictures!

4. It was a summer wedding and I did tan before so I could have a little bit of glow. I did a light buffing with Bare Minerals in Golden Medium. Using a buffing motion helped to smooth the foundation into a flawless finish. If you do this the trick is not pressing very  hard or you will just rub off your foundation. This was my next purchase for “the day” of makeup. I used this after and will use it again once I have a little bit of a tan.

5. Then I used Park Ave Princess by Tarte. This is my favorite bronzer. It is so matte and natural..NOT ORANGE. I was so worried about using a bronzer that could appear orange. This worked well for a little bit of contouring and added color. This was my third purchase for “day of makeup” and I use it all the time! I am now starting to see the silver tin showing through the bottom..tear.

6.You HAVE to set it all so I used Tarte Smooth Operator, which is also a fav!! I use this every single day. This was also something I bought for “day of” and I am still obsessed!

7. Then for a nice feminine pop of color I used Bare Minerals blush in Beauty. It is a pretty pink and not too bold!

That is how to get a flawless complexion! It is a lot of product and it is a bit heavy for everyday, but for your BIG day it really works! We took pictures outside in the heat and mega humidity…it lasted! We danced all night..it lasted! We went out after and guess what?! It lasted!

If you are curios about what I did to make my “day of” look unique here are my tips! I went with a bold lip! That is me so why not? I can’t rave enough about Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick! I used the color Fiore, which is a really bright pink! I LOVED IT! When choosing a bright color I knew it had to stay put because my hubby didn’t want to wear it too. This stayed on me ONLY! Even if you don’t want a bright pop of color I would still recommend this brand. For my eyes, I kept then basic since I did a bold lip. I used a Sephora Kit my aunt gave me at Christmas two years ago, so I don’t know the color name. I can tell you that I did a white shimmer under brow, a nude shimmer on the whole lid, and then a slight smokey effect on the outer eye with a taupe/brown. I did a light application of eyeliner; no cat eyes (sad ..I know).  I would recommend to always fill in your brows as they frame your face and use a good mascara. I skipped the fake lashes because I am not great at putting them on. They would have ended up on my cheeks half way through the wedding!

I hope this helped any of you who are gearing up for the big day! XoXo