Unboxed: Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette

Girls,

I’ve wanted this palette since it first came out but in an effort curb my impulse-buys I held off. But this past Monday I was off work and decided to take the plunge (I bought Becca highlight in Opal that day also…we’ll talk more about it at a later day ;-)). After getting back home I had to go to the dentist so the last thing I wanted to do was experiment with makeup. so I figured one night after work I’d get a chance to try it out…iSlaved this week! Between working like crazy and working out in the evenings time just got away from me! But that may not be such a bad thing, because now I’m able to share my new-product-fun with you guys!

For my first impressions I’m in love with this palette! In making my swatches I’m just so excited to start using it for day and night time looks. I also like that despite my concerns in the store, there’s a good mix of mattes, sheens, and shimmers. The only qualm I have is they had a little fallout in swatching; that’s not a huge deal though. Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette

Ok so this is it; it comes with the double-sided brush in the bottom tray and a zippered pouch. It organized so that each vertical row goes together for one complete eye look but of course you be creative with it. Let’s start swatching!

From right to left: Truth, Undone, Downfall, DTF

From right to left: Truth, Undone, Downfall, DTF

Dragon, Freeze, Heroine, Brokedown

Dragon, Freeze, Heroine, Brokedown

Vanity, Lucky, Reign, Bobby Dazzle

Vanity, Lucky, Reign, Bobby Dazzle

Alien, Alchemy, Bondage, Sonic

Alien, Alchemy, Bondage, Sonic

Last Sin, Angel, Defy, Revolver

Last Sin, Angel, Defy, Revolver

Ok, so I don’t have a favorite as of late…because I love them all…but I will say that DTF, Dragon, Heroine, Alchemy, and Last Sin jump out at me. If you follow me on Instagram (@BeAmazingB), you already know selfies are about to be in full effect, lol. If you’re not, then I you should be!

If you’ve been on the fence about this I hope seeing the colors up close & personal helps you make your decision on it. If you already have it, share your looks with me! What’s your favorite color on first impression? Let me know in a comment below!!

Much love ladies!!!

XOXO

Brittani

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October Favorites

Hey Girls,

One of my favorite types of blogs/vlogs to read/watch are favorite videos. So, I figured, I should make them too! The things that I discovered this month are more new-to-me than new (no judgies). So let’s get into it!

 

Up & Up Eye Makeup Remover

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This seems simple enough, but I was honestly surprised on how effective this product was…especially for the price! It has a dual liquid formula that you shake up prior to using. It removes my makeup without over-greasing my eye area. And for about $2, you can’t beat that!

NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

 

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This has been a staple of online makeup gurus since…forever and for some reason I’m just trying it! I love using it underneath eyeshadow to make it pop. I also love how it wears in my lower lash line. What really makes it so great is it’s creamy, soft formula; it takes very little pressure to get great color payoff.

Lancome Blush Subtil Shimmer in Satin Copper

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I’ve had this for a while but every fall I pull this back out and fall more in love it. It’s super-pigmented, and it leaves a great sheen (not really a shimmer) on your cheeks. I can apply it lightly and wear some great fall lipstick or wear it a little heavier when I’m not wearing much of anything else. And for it to be a little more expensive, it lasts.

Bath & Body Works in Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin

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 I was SO shocked that I liked this. I usually don’t like things that smell like food for my body…but this has a spiced smell that just works. It smells warm and inviting….very fall-like.

 

ELF Angled Brush

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I use this brush literally every day. I use this with my brow pomade and it gets the job done. Its stiff, which is great for then I’m lining my brows but also does a good job once I’m filling everything in and “un-perfecting” my inner brows. It were to disappear I’d have a mini fall-apart.

 

So ladies, what have you been loving? Let me know in a comment below!

Until Next Time!

XOXO

Brittani

Comic Book Makeup Tutorial

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Hi my lovlies!

We’re getting close to Halloween! If you don’t have a costume and you don’t want to invest too much into a costume you’ll only wear once…I’ve got an idea for you! This comic book tutorial is great because you can use what you have on hand for the most part. Let’s get started!

First things first, let’s perfect our canvas. For foundation I’m using Revlon Nearly Naked with my Sephora brand “beauty blender”. I then concealed my under-eye area using Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Medium using the same sponge. Use whatever you have on hand, but dry to stay on the matte side as we’re trying to flatten our face. To further mattify, take a powder and press it into your skin.

No Shine Zone, lol

No Shine Zone, lol

I started on the my eyes first, specifically my eyebrows. I used an eyeliner (I used the Maybelline eyeliner pen) to outline my exaggerated brows. I then took my black face paint and filled them in. I found both my black and white face paints at Target for $1.00. I then based my eyelid with Nyx Jumbo Pencil in Milk and decided to go with a blue eyeshadow (Lancome “All Made Up”); any bright color will work, that’s just what I had on hand. I packed the color on my lid; to clean it up I look a little more product on a fluffy brush and brought the color above my crease area. I then added an exaggerated wing.

 

 

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Not the brows to wear to work, but remember we’re going for something more animated than the norm!

 

 

 

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Using my black paint, the tip of a foundation brush, and the eyeliner I used earlier, I “contoured” my face. You can take this as far as you’d like; take into consideration the demeanor you want your character to have (cute-sy, sad, etc.) when decided what expressions line to add. I wanted her to more on the cute-sy side :-). Also with your lines, remember it’ll be much easier to add more expression than to remove them, so you may want to add less lines and then after adding your dots, add more expression lines.

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Next we’ll start the dots. You can use a pencil or paint for this; I used paint because I like the brighter look of paint dots. And you don’t have to use white for your dots, that’s just what I thought would look good on me. Using the end of a eye brush, start making your dots. I would advise working in small sections horizontally on your face. This part takes the longest and the more patient you are with it, the better it will turn out. You can also extend your dots down your neck, if you’d like (depending on what you’re wearing). After finishing my dots, I went over my expression lines to make sure they still stood out and weren’t covered with dots.

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Definitely play with the the dot size you like; this will not only be determined by the brush end you pick, but also the pressure that you apply while dotting.

We’re almost finished! For a look this animated you need lashes. I’m using the Ardell Glamour Wispies lashes. I applied them using Duo glue. I then added mascara to help blend my lashes with the falsies. I lined my bottom lash line with my NYX Milk pencil and took my eyeliner and lined below the white line I just made. This will make your eyes look larger and more animated once we’re finished. I then covered my lower lashes with mascara.

 

Time for lips! Take a bright color (I used Maybelline Hot Plum) and apply it to your lips. I look my eyeliner and lined my lips, coloring the corners of my lips with the black eyeliner. I took a q-tip in my white paint and added a little shine mark on my bottom (my favorite part, hehe).

This is my finished product!

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Hit the “Like” button if you like this look! Happy Halloween!!

XOXO

Brittani

All About Brows

Hello my dears! I hope you’re doing well and ready for the weekend. So today we’re going to talk about eyebrows. They don’t take up much real estate but they make big difference in how your face is framed. There are a million methods to shaping and maintaining your brows and I just want to share my method and some tips I’ve learned along the way. I hope that this helps you and stirs up some new ideas for your own brows!

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I use the dual sided brush that came with the Naked 3 palette, MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW30, and currently using Cover Girl brow pencil in Midnight Brown. This is a pencil I bought in a pinch; it’s ok, but I wish it weren’t so hard. After hearing great reviews, I just purchased Anastasia Dip Brow in Dark Brown. I’m obviously not ready to review it or really talk in depth about it, but in my finished result pic I tried it with one of my brows for comparison. Once I’m ready I’ll give you full details on Dip Brow :-).  Anyway, back to the current tutorial at hand.

1. I brush through my brows to remove any strays and to move the hairs into the shape I want them to lay.

2. I take my brow pencil and starting in the arch I start adding color to the sparcer areas. The key here is to use light small strokes. You don’t want them to look literally drawn on.

3. From here I take concealer on a concealer brush and starting below the arch, I use it to clean up my lines on the bottom. I take what’s left on my brush and and lightly line the top.

 

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The eye on the left was filled with the pencil and they eye on the right filled with the pomade.

Until next time!

XOXO

Brittani

5 Minute Face…

5 Min Face

Looks like I woke up late…again! I don’t have time to pull out every palette I own to decide what color combo will be best with my outfit; I’ve got to cut to the chase! I know I’m not alone in this scenario…so how do we beauties pare down our routine without looking bare? I’m here to help ladies…

1. 1 word: moisturize! Once you wash & tone your face make sure to moisturize your face and neck. The last thing you want is have dry skin issues on a bare day!

I'm currently using Walmart's version of CeraVe.

I’m currently using Walmart’s version of CeraVe.

2. We’re paring down your normal routine down to the bare necessities so we’re not wearing foundation today. If you have any blemishes you’d like to cover take your concealer and dab it on the blemishes and blend. From here cover it with a power and dust  the rest of your face as well. I like MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural just because it has a little bit of coverage without looking “powdery”.

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3. Keep your eye makeup fresh & neat. I fill in my brows and line my top lids thinly with a black pencil. I then line my water line with a brightener pencil and layer a couple coats of mascara. This will help me look bright-eyed and ready for the day.

Keeping the eyes simple. Cover Girl brow pencil, Lancome Eye Pencil, and YSL Mascara

Keeping the eyes simple. Cover Girl brow pencil, Lancome Eye Pencil, and YSL Mascara

4. For me most days I just put on lipgloss from here & I’m out the door but you could also add a soft cream blush as well if you have the time.

We all have these days, we just have do the best we can and hopefully do better next time.

Hope this helps!

XOXO

Brittani

Maybelline Master Precise: Out the Package

Eyes

While at Target a couple nights ago, I picked up a new eyeliner pen. I remembered seeing the commercial for the Maybelline Master Precise. It claims to have a very precise tip that will allow you to get very close to the lash line.

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I like eyeliner pens but I’m not a big fan of felt tips; they’re a little too stiff to make a natural shape. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this has a brush tip! This does allow for very precise application, but with that being said, it can be a little unforgiving. Like any liner it just takes a little practice. A great trick to clean it up is to fill in your mistakes with a pencil.

Hope this helps!

XOXO

Brittani

 

 

Nars Sheer Glow Review

Hello My Dears,

As you know a few weeks ago I bought a new foundation to try out, Nars Sheer Glow. I bought it from Sephora in Cadiz for $45.00. I’ve had it for a few weeks now and I’ve had a chance to really use it and gain an opinion on the product.
Packaging
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The packaging is very classic and to-the-point, which I like. The size of it is appropriate; it can easily fit into my makeup bag. The only thing I don’t like is the dispensing method. It’s a screw-off top that’s just an open bottle. In Sephora the displays have a pump dispenser; however the beauty advisor let me know that the bottles do not come with the dispenser and the store did not carry them for sale.
Application
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Top: The amount of product I used on my face; Bottom: my Sephora beauty blender and my Nars shade Cadiz

I really like about the product is the look & feel of it. You only need a small amount to cover your entire face and while it evens your skin like a full coverage foundation would, it doesn’t have that heavy, made-up feel on your face. After trying a few different methods of applying the product, I found that my beauty blender gave the best application (I just have a Sephora Brand blender). I wet & wring out my beauty blender, use it to dot the foundation on each cheek, my forehead, nose send chin, and blend it out.
The finish is a natural-glow; while it does even out my skin, but doesn’t completely mattify. I love that it gives me an even but natural canvas to work with.
For the sake of this review these pictures are with the foundation alone, but normally I’d conceal with my MAC Studio Finish and follow that with MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium-Dark.
Nars Before and After

Left: Me sans makeup Right: Me with Nars foundation

Longevity
This is just my opinion, but this is the bottom line of any review: does it last or not? By the end of my work day, church, etc., I still have the same even finish. If you live in a warmer climate or have spent time outdoors, you just may need to blot by the evening.
Overall Thoughts
Overall I’m very happy with the purchase; the product definitely lives up to the expectations. Prior to this I was using Lancome Teint Idole, which does have a little more of a matte finish, so this is a pleasant change.
What’s your go-to foundation? Let me know in a comment below!
XOXO
Brittani