Valentine's Day Eye Makeup Tutorial

Hey everyone! I had so much fun creating this eye makeup look for Valentine’s Day, and I wanted to share it with you all! In my January Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate, I received a new eyeshadow palette by theBalm Cosmetics, and I have been obsessed with it! This is the “What’s the Tea?® Ice Tea Eyeshadow Palette” ($36). I decided that I could create the perfect V-Day makeup look using this, and that is what I am going to be sharing with you today! This is a somewhat natural eye with a pop of pink!

When I first saw this palette, I thought that the theme was adorable. The palette as well as the colors all relate to gossip. If I am being honest, I probably would not buy this palette if I were walking through an Ulta or Sephora because I do not typically go for bold colors. I definitely prefer browns, golds, or taupes. This palette includes three matte brown shades, and six shimmer shades. Although I would not buy this for myself, the different shades of pink and blue are gorgeous. If you have read a couple of my other makeup tutorials, you may know that I am a little afraid of using bold colors in my eyeshadow looks, but I’ve been trying to get more experimental, and I have actually been having a lot of fun with it! I used to do the same eyeshadow look every single day, but thankfully that is not the case anymore (thanks to Ipsy)!

The eye makeup tutorial:

  • I started off by applying the neutral eyelid primer that comes in this palette. I gently blended this onto my eyelids. You want to ensure that your eye makeup lasts all day and night for Valentine’s Day, so primer is essential! I also feel that primer makes applying eyeshadows a bit easier because it gives the color a smooth base to stick to!
  • The first color I took was this beautiful pink color in the shade, “The 411”. I simply applied this onto my eyelids. I was immediately impressed by the color payoff with all of the shades!
  • Then, I took the light brown shade, “Oh Snap” and blended this into my crease as a transition shade using windshield wiper motions.
  • I then took the middle brown in the shade, “The Run Down” and applied this to the outer “V” of my eyes. Make sure to blend out the shadows after this step. These shadows are incredibly easy to blend (with just a little bit of fallout when applying them).
  • The last step for the eyeshadow is highlight. I took the shade “He Said, She Said” and lightly applied this to my inner corners and my brow bones. In my opinion, highlighting these areas complete an eyeshadow look beautifully. It brightens up the eyes and makes you look more awake. I love this shade because it seems to be a mix of light purple and gold, making it more unique (and stunning).
  • Next, I lined the outer half of my lower lashline with “The Run Down”, and then lined the inner half of my lower lashline with “The 411”.
  • Next, I took my L’oreal Voluminous Lash Primer, and my Maybelline Lash Sensational Curvitude mascara and applied a few coats. I love this mascara because it always does a beautiful job of lengthening and separating my lashes. If you prefer to wear false lashes, you can do this as well!
  • Lastly, I took my usual black eyeliner by Essence and lined my waterline and tightline. I do this pretty much every time I do my makeup because it adds a bit more drama to any makeup look, which I love!

Thank you so much for reading! I am so in love with this eyeshadow palette, and if you are interested, I highly recommend looking into buying it! Let me know how you’re planning on doing your Valentine’s Day makeup in a comment below!

BH Cosmetics "Love in London" Eyeshadow Palette Review + Makeup Tutorial

Hey everyone! I was recently out shopping and I was looking around Ulta for nothing in particular when I came across this eyeshadow palette. I had never tried any products from BH Cosmetics so I was excited to see if I liked it! This is the “Love in London” eyeshadow palette ($16). The brand has a collection of palettes all relating to beautiful places around the world. Some of the other palettes were called, “Beautiful in Barcelona”, “Hangin’ in Hawaii”, and “Summer in St. Tropez”. I plan on buying a couple of these other palettes because the colors are stunning (but to be honest, it was the names that sold me)!

Of all of these eye shadow palettes, I chose the “Love in London” one because I liked the colors in this palette the most! This palette is absolutely perfect for people like me. I’m not the biggest fan of color, and many of these are neutral shades that could be worn daily! The palette includes a mix of matte and shimmer shades as well. The colors are incredibly pigmented and easily blendable. When I first applied one of the shadows to my lids, I was surprised and very impressed by the pigmentation. One thing I love about this collection is that the names of the shadows relate to the destination. In this palette, some of the colors are, ”Big Ben”, “Duchess”, “Piccadilly”, and “Tea”. A couple of my favorite colors are “Prestige” and “Palace”.

When I first sat down to create this look, I had no idea what it would end up looking like. I knew I wanted to use the shade “Prestige” because I think it is my favorite color in the palette, but other than that I was just going to experiment! The look is a bit dramatic, but it could be worn for a nice dinner or a night out with the girls!

The Makeup Tutorial:

  • The first step to any makeup tutorial is eye primer. This goes all over my eyelid to ensure that the color lasts all day long.
  • Next, I took my new palette by BH Cosmetics, “Love in London”, and applied the color “Prestige” all over my lids. I then took the color “Cheers” and used this as a crease shade.
  • Then I applied the shade “Crumpet” in the outer “V” of my eyes (make sure to blend). As I mentioned, I’m not the biggest fan of color, but I do try to incorporate it in small, subtle ways. So, I took the shade “Duchess” and applied this on the outer half of my upper and lower lash line. And the last step for the eyeshadow is highlight. I used the shade “Cheeky” on my brow bones and inner corners to brighten up my eyes.
  • Next up: mascara! If you have read any of my previous makeup tutorials, you may know that Maybelline mascaras are some of my favorites (particularly the Lash Sensational mascara). For this look, I started off by applying the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Primer. I recently tried the Maybelline Lash Sensational Curvitude mascara for the first time and I fell in love with it so that is what I used on my lashes. This mascara does an amazing job at separating and lengthening my lashes. I highly recommend this combo of the lash primer and the mascara.
  • The last step for the eyes was eyeliner. I used my go-to black eyeliner by Essence and lined my waterline and tightline.
  • Next, I took my Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional Face Primer and used my clean hands to gently apply this onto my face. I used my favorite foundation, the Maybelline Fit Me foundation and blended this into my skin. I applied my Banana Setting Powder by BellaPierre Cosmetics by lightly sweeping it across my face.
  • Then, I used my Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer in “Park Ave Princess” and applied a small amount to my cheekbones and forehead. I took my new highlighter by Wet n Wild in the shade “Botanic Dream” and applied this right above my cheekbones.
  • Lastly, I applied a simple nude lip plumping gloss to my lips. I am unsure of the color, but the gloss is by the brand NYC Makeup.

For this look, I skipped my brows and blush, and I did not contour. If you would like to include these steps, go for it! I would recommend using a more neutral blush color!

If you are interested in purchasing this palette, I highly recommend it. I would also recommend looking into the other palettes from this collection if this one is not your cup of tea 😉 Thank you so much for reading! Cheers!

Holiday Glam Makeup Tutorial

Hey everyone! I am so excited to share this blog post with you today! This is going to be a holiday glam makeup tutorial and it is stunning for any event you may be attending this season! For this look, I created a smokey eye and a bold red lip; perfect for the holidays.

The Eye Makeup:

  • As always, I started off by priming my eyes. This step is crucial if you want your eye makeup to last all day and night!
  • Next up, I took my Diamond Foils Eyeshadow in the shade “Sizzle” by Kaleido Cosmetics and applied this all over my eyelids.
  • I then took the Maybelline palette, “The Nudes”, and used the top right color and applied this right into my crease. I also applied this color to my outer lids, and along the outer part of my lower lash line. Don’t worry about blending just yet, we will get there!
  • Using the same palette, I took the bottom right black shade, and lightly applied this in the outer “V” of my eyes. When using eyeshadows, especially darker colors, remember to gradually apply the shade onto your eyes and build it up from there. It is much easier to add more color than it is to take off. You don’t want to ruin your look and have to start over again!
  • Blend! You don’t want any harsh lines!
  • Next, I curled my lashes and applied my all-time favorite mascara, the Thrive Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara, coating my lashes a few times. I wanted my lashes to be dramatic and this mascara does the job perfectly. If you prefer using false lashes, go for it!
  • Then, I lined my waterline and tightline with my go-to black eyeliner by Essence.
  • And the last step for the eyes is brows. I simply brushed my brows up and over and that was it!

The face makeup:

  • First, I applied my First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer. Then I used my favorite foundation, the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation. I applied this with my clean hands, making sure to blend it in gently. I also used a bit of extra foundation as a concealer.
  • Next, I took my Banana Setting Powder by Bellapierre Cosmetics and sweeped this across my face.
  • Then I used the OFRA X Madison Moondance highlighter and applied this right above my cheekbones, the inner corners of my eyes, my brow bones, and the tip of my nose. I also used a bit of my Physicians Formula Bronzer and lightly applied this onto my cheekbones and up to my temples.
  • Lastly, I applied some chapstick and used the most gorgeous matte lipstick from the Betty Boop X Ipsy collection in the shade “Boop-Oop-A-Doop”. I used a lip brush to perfect the edges and blend out the color a bit!

For this look, I did not use contour, blush, or any brow products. If you wish to use these, you definitely can! I would recommend using a more neutral blush color since pinks or mauves would not match this look very well.

I plan on wearing this look on Christmas Eve and I cannot wait because I think that it turned out beautifully! If you love this look or plan to recreate it, leave me a comment below. Thank you so much for reading!

What’s in My November Ipsy Glam Bag + A Fall Eye Makeup Tutorial

I seriously cannot believe that November is almost over! Every month seems to fly by, but the good news is that I receive my Ipsy bags every month, so I am always looking forward to that! Today I wanted to share what was in my November glam bag and review it for you all. I also wanted to include a fall eye makeup tutorial using the eyeshadow duo that I received in my glam bag this month!

This month, Ipsy wanted its members to embrace their wild side (hence, the print on the bag). I think this month’s bag is adorable and the print is definitely on trend right now! I rated the overall bag a 4/5 stars because there was one item that I felt I did not necessarily need.

Inside the bag:

  • Gigi Gorgeous: Living Lip Balm in Natalia

This lip balm is perfect to throw in your bag as you’re leaving your house, and it smells like vanilla, which is my favorite scent! Although I love lip balms, I really did not need another one! I rated this products a 3/5 stars.

  • Pixi by Petra: Mesmerizing Mineral Duo in Mineral Bronze

I love getting eyeshadows in my glam bags, and when I saw this duo I thought the colors were beautiful and perfect for fall. I really like the brand Pixi by Petra, so I was excited to find that I had gotten this product. While the colors are beautiful, I did find it just a little bit difficult to blend them, but other than that, I love the duo! The colors are perfect for a more dramatic eye look! (This duo is also an exclusive product for Ipsy members!)  I rated this product a 4/5 stars!

  • Vasanti Cosmetics: Power Oils Lip Gloss in Super Mom

I think that when it comes to makeup, for me personally, I can never get enough lip products! I find that lip products (particularly lipsticks and liquid lipsticks) are my favorite things in the world. This lip gloss keeps my lips moisturized while adding a beautiful pop of pink. I rated this product a 4/5 stars!

  • Eva NYC: Freshen Up Dry Shampoo

I loved receiving this product because I was just recently telling a friend of mine how much I love dry shampoos. Dry shampoos can be extraordinarily helpful when you just don’t have the time to wash your hair. If I am up really late one night cramming for a test, and I didn’t exactly have the time to wash my hair the night before, I will get ready for the day and right before I walk out the door I will spray a bit of dry shampoo on my roots and rub it in. This dry shampoo works really well on my hair, and I may or may not have used it a few times already! It just keeps your hair looking fresh rather than greasy! I rated this product a 4/5 stars!

  • IT Cosmetics: Confidence in a Cream

This is the product that I chose to receive in my November glam bag. I don’t use it every night since it is only a sample size, but when I do use it I immediately feel like my skin can breathe. I just put a small amount on my fingers and gently rub it into my skin. I love using this product after washing my face at night, and it leaves my skin feeling light and clean. I also rated this product a 4/5 stars.

Eye Makeup Tutorial:

I created this eye makeup look using my Pixi by Petra eyeshadow duo from my glam bag this month, as well as a couple other products that I will mention below! This eye look is perfect for the fall and winter time, or just a night out with friends. I wasn’t planning on having the look turn out so dramatic, but I ended up really liking it!

  • I started this look off by applying an eyeshadow primer all over my lids.
  • I then took my Pixi by Petra eyeshadow duo in “Mineral Bronze” and applied the lighter brown/taupe color all over my eyelids.
  • Next, I took a single eyeshadow by IBY Beauty in the shade “Headliner” and applied this to the outer “V” of my eyes (don’t get too sloppy with this shade. Keep the color right in the outer “V”. Don’t blend it too much just yet). I also took this same color, and lined my lower lash line.
  • Then I took the darker bronze color in the Pixi eyeshadow duo, and applied this into my crease. The eyeshadow duo is VERY pigmented, so be sure that if you use it, you gradually build the color. Remember it is much easier to apply more of a color than to have to remove it.
  • BLEND. You should always blend your eyeshadows to avoid harsh lines. Blending will make the look come together beautifully, especially when using more than one color or darker eyeshadows. As I mentioned before, these shadows were just a bit difficult to blend, so I had to work on this for a little longer than usual.
  • Once the shadows were well blended, I took my OFRA Cosmetics OFRA x Madison Moondance Highlighter and applied this to my inner corners as well as my brow bones.
  • Next, I curled my lashes and took my favorite mascara, the Thrive Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara in Brynn, and coated my top and bottom lashes.
  • I then applied a small amount of my Benefit Cosmetics: Gimme Brow  + Volumizing Eyebrow Gel in 4.5. After this, I simply brushed my brows up and over.
  • Lastly, I lined my waterline and tightline with a black eyeliner by Essence.

That is the completed eye makeup tutorial! I hope you enjoyed this blog post! My next couple posts will be a bit more fall themed as well, but once December comes I plan on sharing quite a few holiday related posts. I may be posting a little more often next month as well! Thank you so much for reading!

What’s in My September Ipsy Glam Bag + A Makeup Tutorial

As some of you may know, I subscribed to Ipsy, a beauty subscription service, earlier this year and I have been obsessed! I know that Ipsy has been around for quite a few years now, but it is sort of a recent discovery for me! Today, I wanted to share what is in my September glam bag with you (I know it’s already October, but I wanted to share this anyway!  I will try to post these sooner and during the actual month that I get them)!

Before we get into the makeup tutorial, I quickly wanted to show you the bag and the products that I received! I rated this bag a 4/5 stars! The bag is adorable, and I love that there is a different theme every month!

Inside the bag:

  • Benefit Cosmetics: Gimme Brow  + Volumizing Eyebrow Gel in 4.5 – Neutral Deep Brown

Although it is a very small sample size, and I do not typically do my brows, I actually did like the product. I rated it a 3/5 stars.

  • IBOM: Lemon Verbena Clay Mask

I do not really care to receive facial masks, however I will try this one out!

Update: I actually love this product! It seems to be clearing up my skin a bit, and I plan on finding the product to purchase it myself!

  • Too Faced: Damn Girl! Mascara

I love receiving mascaras in my bags, and this one did not disappoint, however the wand is a bit big! I rated this product a 4/5 stars!

  • Ofra Cosmetics: Ofra x Madison Moondance Highlighter

I absolutely love this highlighter, and I think it may be my new favorite! I rated this product a 5/5 stars! It is such a gorgeous shade!

  • C’est Moi Beauty: Reflect Lip Gloss in Bliss

I actually prefer lipsticks over glosses, but the color is beautiful and it applied nicely! I rated this product a 4/5 stars!

And now for the makeup tutorial!

I wanted to share this look that I created using the products in my glam bag (plus a few others to complete the look)! It is a very simple eyeshadow look with a bold wing and a glossy lip.

  • I started off by priming my eyelids and then I took the single eyeshadow by Suva Beauty in the shade Coriander, and I applied it to my lids and blended it up into my crease.  You can’t really see it in the photo above, but I applied an eyeshadow by IBY Beauty to my lower lash line (the outer half) and it is in the shade Headliner, which is a medium purple shade. Then I took an eyeshadow from Nomad in the shade Champagne Reef, a yellow gold shade, and applied this to my lower lash line as well (the inner half).
  • Next, I took a liquid eyeliner by the brand Jonteblu, and created a somewhat dramatic wing. (If you have trouble creating a wing like I do at times, grab a piece of tape and line it up from the outer corner of your eye, to the end of your eyebrow, then draw and fill in your wings).
  • I curled my lashes and applied the Damn Girl! Mascara by Too Faced, and coated my top and bottom lashes. Then, I lined my waterline and tightline with a black eyeliner by Essence.
  • Next, I took a small amount of my Base Tape Primer by Tarte and applied this all over my face. I took my favorite foundation, the Fit Me Foundation by Maybelline, and used my clean hands to apply this onto my face and neck. I added a tiny bit of my foundation to my under eye area, and gently blended it out. After this, I took my Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder, and sweeped this over my foundation.
  • I used a small amount of my Bronze Booster by Physicians Formula in the shade Light to Medium, and applied this to the hollows of my cheeks to give my face a bit of a bronzed appearance. Then I took my new favorite highlighter by Ofra Cosmetics (it is a part of the Ofra x Madison collaboration) in the shade Moondance, and applied this to my cheekbones, nose, the inner corners of my eyes, and my brow bones.
  • I then used a little chapstick and applied my new lip gloss by C’est Moi Beauty in the shade Bliss to add some shine to my lips.
  • Lastly, I took my Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow + Volumizing Brow Gel and lightly brushed it through my brows.

I hope that you enjoyed reading this post! I always used to do the same exact makeup look EVERY DAY, but because of Ipsy and having my own blog, I am getting a bit more experimental with my makeup and I am having so much fun doing it!  I am very excited to share more makeup looks with you in the future, and if you like this look or want to try it out, leave me a comment below! Thank you for reading!

Wearable Pink Makeup Look

Afraid of using bold and bright colors in your makeup looks? You are not alone! Today I wanted to share a gorgeous pink makeup look that I created recently. It is not incredibly bold and colorful, but it is subtle and simple (baby steps)!

  • I first primed my eyelids and applied the single eyeshadow by Coloured Raine in the shade “Who, Me?” all over my lids, and then I blended it up into my crease.
  • This next step is something that I do with most of my makeup looks, and that is lining my upper and lower lash line with a matte, medium/dark brown shadow. (I only apply this half way on my upper and lower lash line.) Then I took the same Coloured Raine eyeshadow from before, and lined the other half of my lower lash line with this color.
  • Next, I curled my lashes and I used the Benefit Roller Lash Curling Mascara, coating my top and bottom lashes.
  • Then, I lined my waterline and tightline with a black eyeliner by Essence. (I do this EVERY time I do a full face of makeup!)
  • Next, I used a small amount of my Base Tape primer by Tarte and I applied my all time favorite foundation (which you will see me mention all the time) and that is the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation. I usually use my clean hands (or sometimes a beauty blender), and gently blend it into my face and down to my neck as well. (You may notice that I skipped concealer for this look. I actually used a bit of extra foundation to substitute for a concealer.) After this, I took a fluffy brush and sweeped a bit of my Maybelline Fit Me pressed powder across my face.
  • I then took my highliter by Ciaté London in the shade “Moondust” and applied this to my cheekbones, inner corners of my eyes, and the brow bone.
  • Lastly, I applied some chapstick and then used a lipstick by Milani in the color “Naturally Chic”. (Another thing you may notice is that I skipped contour, bronzer, blush, and my brows. I do not really contour my face often, and for this look I decided I did not want to use bronzer or blush. All I like to do for my brows is to brush them up and over and I am good to go! If you would like to add these steps to this look, go right ahead! I would recommend using a more neutral blush color!)

I absolutely adore this makeup look and if you love it or try it out, leave a comment below! Don’t forget to like, subscribe, and share with your friends! Thank you for reading!