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Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Skin liquid Candlelight

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Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight liquid

I bought the Celestial Skin Liquid in Candlelight when I bought the powder at the Makeup Show in March. I actually prefer liquid highlighters to powders, despite my oily skin because liquid highlighters give a more natural glow to the skin and Isn’t usually overly glittery or harsh. Powders have a tendency to be too harsh and it’s easy to overdo it with the powders. Also, liquid highlighters can be used a variety of ways. I personally like to mix it with my foundation or I will use it as a primer before foundation.

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Kevyn Aucoin candlelight liquid

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Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight liquid

This product is really nice and lightweight. It has a thin consistency so it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. It’s not glittery or too shinny or oily. The color is a light, subtle gold so it will look natural on it’s own, mixed with moisturizer, so when the light hits it right, the skin will look radiant and healthy.

My only complaint; I really dislike the pump because too much product shoots out and you really only need a little, even when using it all over the face. Half a pump is more than enough but I sometimes forget the pump issue and I end up wasting half of what comes out. I hate wasting product!

However, overall I happy with the product. Personally I love the powder so much more but using the two together the skin looks radiant and beautiful!

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Using both the liquid and the powder

Colorpop Ultra Mattes Tulle, Chilly Chili, Zipper

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Colourpop Ultra Mattes Tulle, Zipper, Chilly Chili

I love these liquid lipsticks. They are cheap but work well and they last about 4 – 5 hours before it starts to completely rub away. They are not a gloss, they are completely matte so the lips might feel a bit dry but my lips aren’t cracking. Just exfoliate the lips and they will look amazing. Of course if you want it to be more moisturizing or want it to look glossy, you can always add some clear gloss on top and/or apply lip balm before the lipstick. At 6 bucks a pop, these are a steal and they have a nice variety of shades to suit everyone.

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Zipper, Chilly Chili, Tulle


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Tulle

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Tulle

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Zipper


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Zipper

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Chilly Chili

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Chilly Chili

Armani Maestro Foundation 10

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“Get a no makeup feel while achieving foundation coverage that locks into place. Inspired by the thinnest fabric in the world, super organza, Maestro Fusion makeup is a waterless suspension of volatile oils and pigments to allow ultimate comfort and weightless coverage. Featuring an ultra-thin texture and oil-pigment suspension that supports perfecting the complexion, this makeup hydrates the skin while adapting to the skin’s texture and tone.”

I’m not one to give into the hype of beauty products. I’m usually loyal to a brand or product that I love. But I’ve been on the hunt for a really good foundation that gives good coverage, looks natural and feels good on the skin. I got a sample of this at Nordstrom and I instantly fell in love. It goes on like a dream!
The foundation is so light and silky, I forget I’m wearing anything and the coverage is buildable from sheer to medium. It dries semi- matte and i don’t need to use powder for a nice natural, look.
I applied this with my fingers because i wanted it to melt into my skin. I find when using a brush for a lot of foundations either moves the product around too much, not giving an even coverage and I waste product because the brush or sponge sucks up some of the foundation.
I wore this for 6-7 hours without any fading or oxidizing. And within that time, my skin wasn’t oily and still looked fresh.
And i couldn’t believe the shade was perfect, 10; not too red or orange. A lot of these prestigious foundations can’t get the colors right for dark skinned beauties but it works for me.

I can’t say enough good stuffabout this foundation. It’s expensive, @ $62 but i only plan on using this when i go out, not everyday wear, so it should last a while.

Bottomline, go try this!

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Armani Maestro 10

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Wearing Maestro 10

Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Skin Powder Candlelight

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I’ve been wanting(more like obsessing over) this highlight powder for at least a year now. Every year, I go to a makeup show I intend on buying it but leave without it in my bag. Not this year! This year at the makeup show, I made it my life’s purpose to hit the Kevyn Aucoin booth for this and I’m so glad I did! I can’t believe I have waited this long to buy this.

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I wore this the next day and O.M.G….I could’ve died right there and my life would’ve been complete. I immediately fell in love with this the moment I swept this over my cheeks. The powder is so silky and smooth it blends flawlessly and effortlessly. I have quite a few highlight powders(cause I am a highlight junkie) and this by far was the most impressive powder I have ever tried; No chunky glitter or harsh, noticeable shimmer on the cheekbones. It’s very light and subtle for a natural look. I got a lot of compliments on my glowing skin that day! The color is perfect, it’s a champagne with golden undertones. I find that champagne highlight powders can look too cool and make darker skin look a bit on the ashy side. I didn’t find this one to be too cool, It was just right.

The packaging is small, fits in my hand but great for travel. I feel like it’s a small amount of product however I’m not using this baby every day and I don’t have to load this product on my brush so it will more than likely last me forever. I do use this a lot though for it has become my new favorite highlight powder.

My suggestion: Go get it!

Phamexpo This weekend

This weekend is the Phamexpo(Professional Hair and Makeup Expo) in Los Angeles. The event is open to the public and super beneficial to pros and the beauty lover.  The launch of the expo was last year and it was really intimate and similar to IMATS with professional speakers within the industry, workshops and vendor deals on purchases. In fact it’s the same place where Imats is held and Phamexpo replaced the original Imats date before it moved to January. So We now have 3 makeup conventions, (that i know of)! How awesome is that?!  I assume since the buzz is getting around and this year will be a lot more people, which is good because as an artist or makeup lover it is important to support these expos so they keep coming back with awesome beauty deals and insightful information for pro and aspiring artists. Not so great because of the crowds but great to be around other artists  and like minded people who share your passion. Lets face it, not everyone understands the methods to our madness. The speakers and education they have to offer is enough to go even if you can’t buy anything.

Last year I meat a few other artists who has helped me get to where I am today. It’s amazing for networking, learning and to get products and learn about what’s new.  I highly recommend this event if you are in the Los Angeles area, aspiring artist, makeup lover. It’s all good! http://www.phamexpo.com

I will be in this workshop taught by the amazing Donna Mee on sunday. I am currently an Empire Student and TRUST when I say you want to hear what she has to say. She’s absolutely amazing!
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Come out and support the industry we love and appreciate! What are you waiting for?!?! 😛

Are you going to the Phamexpo this year?
Www.phamexpo.com

Summer Time with a Red Balloon

Mac Red Balloon Lipstick

Mac Red Balloon Lipstick

I received a Mac gift card for my birthday last year, I’m actually quite shocked I held out this long. I was actually waiting for Mac to put out something that really caught my eye and spoke to me until I obsessed and dreamed about it. Oh the mind of a makeup addict!  And I missed out on the Punk Couture collection(I’m glad I did because I have enough dark lipsticks).

Mac usually puts out some really nice lip shades for spring and summer. I bought Red Balloon and as you can see it’s not quite red, at least on my lips. I LOVE Mac’s Amplified finishes so this was a no brainer to me. I really wish they had more Amplified because the finish gives excellent coverage and silky smooth. Sigh… I really like this lipstick although I’m sure it can be easily duped. This is a perfect Summer color that is bright, but not in your face bright, and the lipstick stays on the lips for a fair amount of time, like most Amplified finishes.

This is a Saturday look I did, not really crazy about the eyes but I wanted to play with and test my Kryolan eye palette.

Neutral eyes Mac Red Balloon lipstick summer lips

Face:
Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer
Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer 14
Mac Face and Body c7

Eyes:

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Kryolan Nature and  Oak on the lid, Maroon in the crease.
Mac Costa Riche Kohl Eyeliner

Lips:
Mac Red Balloon Lipstick

 

Neutral eyes Mac Red Balloon lipstick summer lips
Neutral eyes Mac Red Balloon lipstick summer lips

Neutral eyes Mac Red Balloon lipstick summer lips

Dark Fire

Date night night out weekend dinner dark vamp Mac Hang Up Lipstick

 

This was a look I wore to a night out, dinner event. As much as I love bright lips, I’ve always been loyal to dark lips, since high school; dark browns, dark reds and even black lips were my go to. There’s just something so mysterious and sexy about dark lips. The lips aren’t exactly spring or summer but I wear what I want. And I am sweating a bit because it’s been ridiculously hot!

Face:
Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer
Makeup Forever Full Cover concealer 14
Mac Face and Body Foundation c7
Illamasqua Seduce Cream Blusher
Mac Mineralize Pearl on the cheeks

 

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Stila In the Night Palette (Kitten on the lid, Sandstone in the crease) Kryolan Maroon eyeshadow to deepen the crease.
Lise Watier Feline Hd Liner

Lips:
Mac Hang Up Lipstick

Date night night out weekend dinner dark vamp Mac Hang Up Lipstick Date night night out weekend dinner dark vamp Mac Hang Up Lipstick Date night night out weekend dinner dark vamp Mac Hang Up Lipstick Date night night out weekend dinner dark vamp Mac Hang Up Lipstick Mac Hang up Lipstick Date night night out weekend dinner dark vamp Mac Hang Up Lipstick Date night night out weekend dinner dark vamp Mac Hang Up Lipstick