Saturday, November 15, 2014

#SaturdaySavings- November 15, 2014

Happy Saturday Savings! 

Why go outside and face the cold weather and crowds? Stay in and do your shopping online! 
And what is nicer than staying warm at home and not fighting through a checkout line, adding discounts to that list!





We have some new and reoccurring savings listed below! 
Let your glam addiction shine through!


Gerard Cosmetics:
choose any combinations of 4 lipsticks or lip glosses for $39
Promo code: lips4you

Whitening Lightning:
whitening pens 2 for $19
Promo code: superpendeal

Sedona Lace Brushes:
4 dollars off brushes, minimum of $15 purchase
Promo code: Laurag_143

Sephora:
Free Holiday Sample Bags Featuring 8 Samples With Any Online Merchandise Order $25+
Promo Code: SEASONSET
www.sephora.com

GLAMGLOW
30% off, not valid on gift cards or sample sexy:try before you buy
Promo Code: IPSY

BH Cosmetics: 
Save an extra 5% on every order + free shipping when you spend $50+
Promo code: 6JCQERN2

Morphe Brushes:
10% off for a limited time, does not include Z palette
Promo code: JACATTACK

Ulta: 
$3.50 off your purchase of $10+ and free shipping for purchases of $25+
Promo Code: 209037

Sigma: 
10% off
Promo code: MISSYOU10

Too Faced: 
20% off 
Promo Code: makeuplove

Anastasia Beverly Hills: 
10% off your order for registering
Promo code: WELCOME10

Nyxcosmetics: 
25% off your purchase + free shipping
Promo code: WELCOME25

Glammie Love! 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

October Favorites 2014


Here are our favorites from the month of October!

Hair/ Nails:

  • Sally Hansen Big Matte Topcoat ($5.99)
  • Suave Professional Moroccan Infused Dry Shampoo ($3.99)
Lips:


    • Maybelline Colorsensational Matte Lipsticks: Siren in Scarlet, Mesmerizing Magenta, Divine Wine ($7.49)
    • Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream: Sancerre ($28.00)
    From Left to Right: Sancerre, Divine Wine, Mesmerizing Magenta, Divine Wine

    Eyes: 
    • Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Palette ($29.00)
    The Tamanna Palette From Left to Right: Fresh, Bush, Venezia, Gilded, Custom, Sangria*, Bengal, Chocolate, China Rose*, Noir
    • Lorac Mega Pro Palette (sold here) (it looks like it's all sold out on the official website but you can grab one off of ebay)
    Top Row of the Mega Pro: Cream, Fawn, Camel, Sepia, Dusty Plum, Orchid, Mulberry*, Espresso
    Second Row of the Mega Pro: White, Khaki, Brown, Stone, Lilac, Wisteria, Gray, Black
    Third Row of the Mega Pro: Opal, Sand, Copper, Sienna, Apricot, Blush, Merlot, Indigo*
    Last Row of the Mega Pro: Vanilla, Cashmere, Smokey Topaz*, Dusty Rose, Granite, Maroon, Deep Teal, Caviar
     *These shades were mentioned in the video
    Face:
    • Revlon ColorStay Whipped Cream Makeup Foundation: 310 Caramel ($13.99)


    Saturday, November 8, 2014

    #SaturdaySavings! - November 8, 2014

    We're super excited to announce a new blog series called #SaturdaySavings!  Basically, we'll scour the internet for coupon codes and sales at all of our favorite beauty stores and post them every Saturday.  That way, all you thrifty glammies out there can enjoy some awesome online weekend shopping.  Christmas is just around the corner, so we figured that this would be a great way to help y'all out with getting a head start on your gift shopping.

    So, without further ado, here are the coupons that we found for y'all this week:

    ELF Cosmetics: 25% off an order of $20+
    Promo code: GORGEOUS
    http://www.eyeslipsface.com/

    BH Cosmetics: Save an extra 5% on every order + free shipping when you spend $50+
    Promo code: 6JCQERN2
    http://www.bhcosmetics.com

    Anastasia Beverly Hills: 10% off your order for registering
    Promo code: WELCOME10
    http://anastasiabeverlyhills.com

    Nyxcosmetics: 25% off your purchase + free shipping
    Promo code: WELCOME25
    http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/default.aspx

    Sigma: 10% off
    Promo code: MISSYOU10
    https://www.sigmabeauty.com

    Gerard Cosmetics: 3 lipsticks for $29 (code applies only to the three pack of lipsticks)
    Promo Code: GC3
    http://www.gerardcosmetics.com/shop/lips/lipstick-3-pack.html

    Gerard Cosmetics: 25% off
    Promo Code: Amrezy
    http://www.gerardcosmetics.com/

    Too Faced: 20% off 
    Promo Code: take20 or makeuplove
    https://www.toofaced.com/

    Ulta: $3.50 off your purchase of $10+ and free shipping for purchases of $25+
    Promo Code: 209037
    http://www.ulta.com/

    Velour Lashes: 15% off
    Promo Code: CARLIVELOUR15 
    https://www.velourlashes.com/

    Bellami: $160 off the 6 in 1 Curler
    Promo Code: 160off6in1
    http://www.bellamihair.com/products/bellami-6-in-1-complete-curler-set#.VF54o_nF-vw

    Bellami: $100 off the 3 in 1 Curler
    Promo Code: 100off3in1
    http://www.bellamihair.com/products/bellami-ciao-bella-complete-3-in-1-curler#.VF54xfnF-vw

    Bellami: $70 off the Straightener
    Promo Code: bellami70
    http://www.bellamihair.com/products/bellami-runway-flat-styler-iron#.VF55JfnF-vw


    Morphe Brushes: 10% off
    Promo Code: JACATTACK
    https://morphebrushes.com/

    Also, don't forget that VIB Rouges get an extra 20% off for all purchases at Sephora until Monday.  

    Happy shopping, Glammies!
    ~Jaz and Bex

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

    First Youtube Video!

    Hi Glammies!
    So excited to get to know you all out there and for you all to get to know us! We are already learning so much, we cannot wait to grow with you! Look no further, consider this your one stop shop to anything beauty related! Don't forget to subscribe!



    Products featured on Jaz

    Primer: Too Faced Hangover Rx and Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing
    Foundation: Revlon Color Stay Whipped Foundation in Caramel
    Concealer: Nars- Radiant Creamy Concealer in Caramel
    Contour: Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess in Deep
    Highlighter: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder- Radiant Light
    Eye Primer: Mac Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
    Eyeshadow: Morphe Brushes 35 Color Warm Palette
    Eyeliner: Inglot Cosmetics Gel Eyeliner in 77
    Eyelashes: Velour Lashes- WHISPIE ME AWAY
    Brow: Anastasia Beverly Hills in Dark Brown/ Brunette
    Brow Sealer: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel- Clear
    Lipstick:  Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Mattes in Divine Wine
    Finishing Spray:Model in a Bottle Makeup Setting Spray- Matte Finish



    Products featured on Bex


    Saturday, October 18, 2014

    e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Lipstick

    I don't know what it is about Target, but every time I walk in to buy a few things, such as laundry detergent, dog treats, Advil, etc., I always end up finding myself in the beauty aisle, trying to see if e.l.f. has put out anymore new and affordable products.  Great job, Target, for carrying this brand, you get me every time!

    At this time, Target has started carrying (in-store only) five different shades of their Moisturizing Lipsticks, $3.00 each.  But if you don't live anywhere near a Target, you can still order it from the e.l.f. website, also $3.00 each.  The great thing about buying from the website is that you get to pick from ten shades!  However, if you absolutely cannot wait and want to run to the store and pick these babies up, here are the five shades Target offers:


    From Left to Right: Pink Minx, Ravishing Rose, Rosy-Go-Round, Cheeky, Red Carpet


    From Bottom to Top: Pink Minx, Ravishing Rose, Rosy-Go-Round, Cheeky, Red Carpet 

    That shine means moisture!  All shades that I show are with lipstick only, no lip liner or gloss. Hopefully, this gives you an idea of how the pigmentation enhances the color without help from any other product.

    Pink Minx

    When I think of Pink Minx, I think of Bubblegum/Barbie Pink.

    The thing about loving Barbies growing up is finding myself always drawn to them; the bad thing about Bumble Gum/Barbie Pink is that it doesn't look good on my lips.  Out of the five shades, this one is the most transparent.  I tried to layer it, but it just made them look more pale.  I think it would look great on someone with a lighter skin tone or for use as part of an ombre lip.



    Ravishing Rose

    This shade was my favorite until I tried Red Carpet, but I still absolutely love this shade!



    It smells like there is cocoa powder, and as I applied it, it reminded me of the smell of Too Faced The Chocolate Bar Eye Palette.  Though its tempting, do not eat it! And if you have kids, make sure they don't eat it either!




    Rosy-Go-Round

    This is a shade you wear when you want to go out and enjoy some night life.  If you want a hot pink shade that's more deep than neon, then this is the shade for you!

    It doesn't come across as a deep hot pink, but trust me it is!  It reminds me of a deeper shade of my Sephora Collection Rouge Cream Lipstick Mr. Lover, which Sephora describes as a bright fuchsia (although I think it's more of a neon hot pink).  Anyhow, if you are not feeling the neon and want a darker shade than the Rosy-Go-Round, this is the choice for you!



    Cheeky

    Cheeky is the most metallic shade.  If you played the "which of these things isn't like the other" game (with these five shades), this would be this shade that wins.  After all, unlike the rest, it's not in the pink or red family.

    However, if you want to rock the bronze goddess look, this is definitely the shade. It gives such a nice, shimmery color.



    Red Carpet

    Lastly, there is one shade that steals the spotlight: Red Carpet!  Red Carpet is red hot.  It's sexy, it's bold, it demands attention!  This shade inspires confidence.



    Similarly to Ravishing Rose, I get a hint of cocoa powder.  Just remember, as anyone who took High School Dance or was on the Dance Team knows, the cardinal rule is to use red lip liner.  It's highly recommended when wearing red lips because red lips smudge and smear easily.  I had to be extra careful to apply this without liner.




    Overall, I'm pretty happy with these lipsticks,  I cannot wait to play them up with liner and gloss!
     Stay tuned for the next time Target and e.l.f. launch new products!

    Till Next Time Glammies,

    Bex

    Thursday, October 9, 2014

    Air Travel Essentials - Part 3 of 3

    Well, here it is... The final installment of my Air Travel series!  If you haven't read part one or two, you can just click on these links: Part 1, Part 2.

    What more do I have to impart to y'all, you ask?  Well, it occurred to me that this is a makeup-centered beauty blog, so I would be remiss if I didn't include any sort of makeup in the series.

    I'm going to be honest: I usually don't put makeup on after a long plane ride.  Travel in and of itself is tiring and stressful, so I don't usually feel like putting much effort toward my appearance until after a hot shower.  After all, who do I have to impress?  I'm married!  (I'm joking, of course... I'm a firm believer in the notion that makeup is not to impress others, but to make yourself feel beautiful and confident.)  Nevertheless, there have been a few times where I felt like putting on some pre-baggage claim makeup was a necessity.  It's usually when I have to head to a meeting or an event right after landing, with no time for a stop at the hotel.  For these times, I have a simple makeup routine that I use.

    Post-Flight: Looking Fresh-Faced

    When putting on makeup at the airport, I'm not trying to look like a Kardashian.  Even though everyone knows that I love to contour my face, there's a time and place for that, and an airport bathroom is definitely not it.  I just try to make myself look bright-eyed, fresh-faced and well-rested (even when I'm not any of those things).   I need products that aren't only easy to pack, but also easy to use and that don't require a lot of tools.

    From Left to Right: Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner, Smashbox Waterproof Kohl Liner, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, Vincent Longo Lip/Cheek Gel Stain, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzer and BH Cosmetics Kabuki Brush
    This photo might as well be titled "Jaz's Must-Have Makeup Products."  I swear by every single one of these products, but I do realize that they can be pricey, so I will also list a drugstore alternative for all you thrifty glammies.  Also, while I usually advocate for using brushes because they're more hygienic, I realize that it's probably not convenient in this case, which means applying with my clean fingers, unless otherwise stated.  Anyway, here's what my simple airport makeup would look like:

    This look is simple, effortless and only takes about 5-10 minutes!
    Y'all should know by now that I strongly promote hydrating your skin after being on a plane, and it doesn't stop when I put on my makeup.  I tend to favor a CC or BB cream like this one by Smashbox ($42) over a traditional foundation because it hydrates much like a moisturizer would, while still evening and perfecting my skin.  A great drugstore alternative would be the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream ($7.19).

    After putting on my CC Cream, I highlight my under-eye area with my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($29) to brighten up my eyes, as well as dabbing a little on my forehead, chin and cupid's bow.  A drugstore alternative for this would be Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer ($7.99).

    I feel like a defined brow really makes a girl look effortlessly put together, and the Brow Wiz ($21) is the hands-down best product in the market for this.  The formula of the pencil glides on easily without smudging, and the little spooly brush on the end helps to brush the hairs into place.  The alternative to this product would be the Revlon Brow Fantasy ($5.91).

    I love eyeliner.  I actually have been known to walk out of the house wearing nothing on my face but eyeliner, and I felt completely put together.  For this particular look, I take Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner ($18), line the outer half of my eyes and smudge it a little on the ends.  CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus ($5.69) would also do the trick.  Just for extra oomph, I hit my waterline with a nude eyeliner, which makes my eyes look even bigger.

    Vincent Longo ($22.50) makes one of the best lip and cheek stains that I've ever used.  I love stains because they look effortless, but I dislike them because they tend to be drying.  This one is one of the very few stains that don't dry out my lips.  The best part is that it can be dabbed on the cheeks, and you can use it as a blush!  I love multi-purpose products for traveling!  The drugstore option for this item is the Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain ($7.99).

    Bronzer is a completely optional part of this makeup look.  I personally prefer to just touch the outside of my face with bronzer to slim it, but I realize that it's not for everyone.  If you were to use bronzer, my favorite is the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder ($36.)  I also like the Maybelline Fit Me Bronzer ($4.40).  I apply my bronzer with the BH Cosmetics Kabuki Brush ($11.01), which I love for travel because, even though it's dense and fluffy, it comes at a great price and even includes a cute little leather carrying case.

    Of course, no look is complete without some mascara to make your peepers pop.  I never thought that the Better Than Sex Mascara ($23) by Too Faced would ever be topped on my list, but it seems that L'Oreal's Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara ($7.99) is giving it a run for its money.

    There you have it!  That's all of my air travel tips!  Thanks for sticking with me for all three of these posts... I know that they're super long.  I hope you found at least a couple of tips that were helpful.  Happy flying!

    Glammie Love,
    Jaz

    Wednesday, October 8, 2014

    Air Travel Essentials - Part 2 of 3

    Welcome back to my air travel essentials!  This specific blog post is about what you can do to nourish your skin and stay healthy while you're in the air.  This blog is part of a series, so if you haven't read part one yet, you can find it here.

    In-Flight: Stay Hydrated

    The humidity level in the cabin of an airplane usually averages between 10 and 20 percent, which is much lower than the typical indoor humidity of between 30 and 65 percent (#science).  Not only is dry skin a factor in premature aging, but it's just plain uncomfortable and itchy... That's why it's very important to stay hydrated during the flight.  I have a few tried and true tricks to do so.

    Step 1: Cleanse, baby, cleanse!

    Once I'm settled in my seat, I try to treat the plane as my own mini-spa, where I keep myself entertained and cozy and take care of my skin.  My first step is to take off any and all makeup that I have on my face.

    From Left to Right: Nourish Organic Moisturizing Face Cleanser
    and Neutrogena Cleansing Towelettes
    I love to keep this particular cleanser in my little carry-on cosmetic case.  First of all, it's small enough to get past airport security, it's organic (so no harsh chemicals to strip your face of its natural oils) and it includes the moisturizing effects of cucumber!

    Of course, washing your face with soap and water is the best, but sometimes we're not blessed with an aisle seat and easy access to the airplane lavatory.  In these particular cases, I pull out my trusty Neutrogena Cleansing Towelettes.  These towelettes are a holy grail item for me, as they take off every stitch of makeup... even waterproof mascara!

    Now, I realize that not every flight is a long-haul flight, and sometimes, you want to come off the plane looking like you stepped out of a magazine.  By all means, you can definitely leave your makeup on for as long as you wish; the only thing that I recommend is to leave the mascara off of your face.  Mascara is the most susceptible to dry conditions since it tends to flake and come off into your eyes - something that nobody wants!  I would just keep your mascara in your purse and put it on when the pilot tells the cabin that he's starting his final descent.

    Step 2: Drink Plenty of Water

    I feel like this one's a no-brainer, but since it's important, I'm going to stress it anyway.  Bottom line: the best way to stay hydrated is to drink water.  It's tempting to order something carbonated or alcoholic (probably both) when the stewardess comes down the aisle, but these types of drinks just don't hydrate you nearly as much as plain old water.  I always try to buy a bottle of water in the airport before I board because you never know when a steward/stewardess will come down the aisle, especially when everyone else on board is sleeping.  However, if you do forget to buy some water beforehand, which is what happened to me on my last flight to South Africa, all is not lost.  You better believe that I parked myself in the galley and downed about nine or ten of those tiny glasses of water that they hand out while I had a pleasant conversation with the stewardess.  I stayed hydrated and got an extra pillow out of the deal, so I have to say it was a win-win situation.  There's no reason you can't do the same!

    Step 3: Moisturize

    After a couple of hours into a long-haul flight, most people settle in to sleep, read or watch another episode of The Big Bang Theory.  This is the perfect time for me, on the other hand, to really get my in-flight spa going.  Enter my favorite cabin-ready products:

    From Left to Right: GlamGlow THIRSTYMUD, Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, Aveda Firming Eye Cream and Coconut Oil
    If I had to go onto a long-haul flight with only one product, I would definitely take my THIRSTYMUD.  Sometimes, after all the makeup, cleansing and exfoliating, our skin just needs a little boost of hydration.  Consider this your boost.  I usually put it on Sunday night (after neglecting my body for an entire weekend) and wake up on Monday morning with my face feeling soft, supple and youthful.  On flights, I slather this all over my face and let the mask work its wonders.  Thankfully, it's cooling, smells divine - sort of like coconuts and vacation - and it goes on relatively sheer, so you won't get any weird looks from people passing by.

    My next essential is the Agave Lip Mask from Bite Beauty.  Annoying, chapped lips are definitely a thing of the past since I've been using this product.  I hate having any sort of lip treatment slide around my lips and face, so I love this product for its thickness.  It won't budge off of your lips and lasts for hours, which means that you won't have to keep reapplying.

    The skin around your eyes is about a tenth as thick as the rest of your face, which means it can wrinkle a lot more easily.  Thus, because it's so delicate, the under-eye area needs to be treated as a separate entity, and it needs its own moisturizer.  The Firming Eye Cream from Aveda is one of the best eye creams I've tried because it goes on smooth, doesn't irritate my skin or my eyes and works on my eyelids as well.

    Last, but certainly not least, is a little travel-sized tub of coconut oil.  You could say I'm a bit addicted to this stuff because I use it in everything from skin treatments to hair treatments and even in some recipes!  Because it's multi-purpose, it's perfect for travel.  I usually leave this treatment for last and put it all over my arms, elbows and hands.  Sometimes, when my hubby is feeling especially sweet, he'll give me a little hand massage with it (that's my super-deluxe spa treatment!).  I've also been known to rub a little bit on my fingers and run it through my hair to prevent fly-aways.

    So, there you have it!  These are my in-flight beauty secrets.  Stay tuned for the final installment of this blog series tomorrow!

    Glammie Love,

    ~Jaz

    Tuesday, October 7, 2014

    Air Travel Essentials - Part 1 of 3

    I like to joke around with everyone that I've spent half of my life in the clouds.  I grew up in an expat family, so that meant that we moved every couple of years, which is something that I wouldn't trade for the world.  I've seen many places, experienced many cultures, met many people... and sat in many airplanes.  Luckily, my husband shares my passion for travel, so my travel experiences haven't stopped with marriage, and in fact, I'd actually venture to say that they have only increased.

    Anyhow, seeing as how I've traveled pretty extensively, I'd like to think that I'm decently knowledgeable when it comes to air travel.  I'm not talking about actually flying a plane of course, or the physics allowing a 5 ton hunk of metal to soar through the air without crashing, but the art of sitting on an airplane for hours on end without going insane.  My biggest goal when I was younger was to make sure that I didn't get bored in the air; now, my biggest goal is to not get sick and to keep my body from turning on itself.

    Everyone knows that being on an airplane is not a healthy environment.  The high altitude, coupled with the low humidity and the recycled air, can wreak havoc on your body - especially on your skin.  Luckily, through some trial and error, I think I've perfected a beauty regime for flying.  This will be a three part blog series: Pre-Flight, In-Flight and Post-Flight.

    Pre-Flight: Prepare Yourself

    Step 1: Cleanse Your Skin

    I have very temperamental skin.  My face tends to break out at the slightest bit of change in my routine, whether it be in my diet, my hormones or my environment.  When I know that I'm about to get on an airplane, especially if it's a long-haul flight, I try to prep my skin as best as I can.  This means that I try to extract all the bacteria and gunk out of my pores before it gets further irritated by my surroundings while in-flight.  I have a few favorite masks for this:

    From Left to Right: GlamGlow Powermud, Proactiv Skin Purifying Mask,
    GlamGlow Supermud and Proactiv Refining Mask
    GlamGlow's POWERMUD Dual-Cleanse Treatment is my absolute favorite mask to use on a weekly basis.  It acts like a regular mud mask and is super deep cleansing, but it turns into an oil after you rinse it off to moisturize your face.  Basically, it leaves your skin super clean and feeling velvety smooth.  You can pick it up here or here.

    Proactiv's Skin Purifying Mask is also a great medicated clay mask for use on acne-prone skin.  I do, however, prefer to use it as an overnight spot treatment as I don't like the tightening effect that it has on my face.  When I dab it on a problem area at night, I wake up the next day, and it's gone... miracle!  Buy it here.

    GlamGlow's SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment is multiple award-winning and by far the most intense mud mask I've ever used.  I can actually see the gunk coming out of my pores (so gross!).  The only problem is that it's pretty drying, so I only use this one when my skin is behaving especially badly.  Grab it here or here.

    Proactiv's Refining Mask works a lot like their skin purifying mask, but I feel like it's a bit more potent.  The only problem is that the sulfur smell is also more potent, so for those who don't mind the smell, this one works amazingly well.  Otherwise, I would refer you to the SUPERMUD.  Anyhow, you can try it out for yourself here!

    Step 2: Moisturize

    After I thoroughly cleanse my skin, I make sure that I completely moisturize my skin to prepare my face for the climate of the plane.  Seeing as though I usually use masks at night, I prefer to use a face oil afterwards.  I feel like my skin absorbs it better and more quickly than a lotion, so it ends up on my skin, as opposed to my pillow.  I only need 3 or 4 drops of this stuff for my face to feel completely nourished!

    Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil: My favorite face oil ever!  You can buy it here!
    Step 3: Boost Your Immune System

    I'm not really a germaphobe per se, but when I'm flying, I do want to do my part to ensure that I don't get sick from all the germs in the air.  Usually, an adventure is waiting for me at the other end of my plane ride, and adventure isn't as fun when you're sick.  Enter my favorite germ-fighting duo: Vitamin C and hand sanitizer (I haven't added a picture of these since I'm not really partial to any one particular brand.)  I also take a vitamin before I head out to the airport and make sure to keep my hand sanitizer handy (pun intended) in my purse or carry-on at all times.

    Now that you're cleansed, moisturized and boosted, you're ready to board!  Look out for Part 2 in this series tomorrow: In-Flight Essentials.

    Glammie Love!

    ~Jaz

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014

    September Makeup Haul Part III

    For the last part of the September Makeup Haul Part III

    All the glory will go to:
    RIMMEL LONDON ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eye Liner - Nude, $9.20 on Amazon


    I recently have been searching to find a product to give me that soft glam look, and I came across some inspiration from instagrammer jasmine_hakobyan.



    (Maybe should I say former instagrammer? I was unsuccessful in finding her profile again. Good thing I took a screenshot! Always take a screen shot when you see something inspirational!!!)

    I usually use my white eyeliner by MAC  (Fascinating Eye Kohl, $16) for my waterline, in order to give me that fierce wide awake look, but I noticed that nude eyeliner also looks very natural and creates a softer glow.

    Here is the swatch on my skin

    and now on my face

    Left: Nude          Right: White


    Now with this Soft Glam Eyeliner, I see many Brunch Makeup Looks in my future! And yes, I will have a mimosa with this glam!


    I can't wait to start creating all these new looks for the fall season, and stay tuned next month for the next haul!

    Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook!

    Glammie Love,

    Bex

    September Makeup Haul Part II

    Part II of the Haul consisted of buying some basic makeup products:
    NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils 601 Black Bean and 604 Milk, $4.50 each on their website
    NYX Sharpener sold for $4.50 on their website and $4.00 on Amazon



    The sharpener has 2 slots, one that can sharpen the jumbo eye pencils and the other slot for regular eyeliners or lip liners. If you use your jumbo eye pencils as a base coat and notice the tip is getting dull and that it's time to sharpen it, BEWARE...you may actually make it worse. Here's a nifty trick to make sure your jumbo pencils stay sharp.



    This is a lovely 1:46 video by Youtuber Kendall Rae, showing the best way to sharpen these jumbo bad boys.


    
    
    And here's the reason to get these NYX jumbo eye pencils pronto... 

    THE RICH HUES



    Let's start by looking at the bottom half of the swatches.  First, you see a normal eyeshadow swatch with no black base.  Above that, the next swatch is the rich black base by itself, and then above that, you can see the gorgeous royal purple hue it creates when combined together.

    Now for the top half, you first see the copper-ish eyeshadow swatch with no white base.  Above that, we have the white base, and then at the very top, we have the eyeshadow and white base combined to make this amazing metallic rust color.

    Now, if you're like me, you will wonder, with the same eyeshadow color, what color will come out when you use the black base and what color will come out when you use the white base. Well, see for yourself below.

    Left: The Same Shadow with the Black Base        

    Right: The Same Shadow with the White Base




    If you don't have these 2 jumbo eyeliner pencils, I recommend you buy them A.S.A.P. and start having fun swatching your eyeshadow with them!

    Please look out for the final part of the September Makeup Haul (Part III )to feature
    Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eye Liner- Nude


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    Glammie Love,

    Bex


    Monday, September 29, 2014

    September Makeup Haul Part I

    The best part of internet shopping is that it feels like its Christmas time, no matter the season! You eagerly track your products to see when the goodies will be delivered to you door. Then, it happens... The sheer joy you receive when you see the cardboard box arrive and you rip it open to see all the cosmetics and brushes spill out onto your lap.

    Part I of this Makeup haul will feature:
    Sigma Tapered Highlighter Brush F35 sold for $24.00 on their website and $24.00 on Amazon
    Anastasia Beverly Hills Build Your  Own: Contour Palette, $14.00 for individual pans, but highly recommended to bundle 6 pans for $40.00

    Anastasia Beverly Hills: Build Your Own: Contour Palette + Sigma F35

    Out of all my makeup haul goodies, these 2 products are what I was most excited about.

    Back in August, I bought Becca: Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed- Moonstone, $38.00 as my new highlighter, since I wanted to try a powder highlighter to replace my highlighting creams, which I had been using. However, I was struggling to determine the best brush to use for my new powder highlighter. Borrowing my glam partner Jaz's Sigma Tapered  Highlighter F35 Brush cued a lightbulb going on and "angelic realization music" in my head (if you cant imagine it, listen to the first 4 seconds of The Simpsons Opening Scene). I mean, after all, Sigma is a name brand and used by professional makeup artists everywhere, so if you can't afford to buy the entire set, know which brush to splurge for, and this brush is definitely it! But if you're going to have a nice brush, you have to have options, and that is when I decided it was time for a customized contour palette.

    The great thing is, if you're the type to feel overwhelmed by so many options, Anastasia makes preselected contour kits. On the other hand. if you're like me and you want to study your options and do some research, then this is an idea on how to go about doing it. I do not live anywhere near an Anastasia Beverly Hills Salon, so it took research and a leap of faith to select the right 6 pans.

    Step 1: Find inspiration on Instagram, preferably with someone that appears to have similar skin tones, and of course take a screen shot! 



    Thanks to Jayrozze24, this picture alone has made it so much easier for me to select the right pans: Champagne, Banana, Peaches & Cream, and Camel!  These checked off 4 out of the 6 shades I needed.

    I still, however, had 2 more spots to fill. This involved more digging, since I was not one of the lucky people to have the contour book at my disposal.

    Step 2: Google Search

    Nothing like a quick Google search to answer your questions, or in this case feed my makeup addiction. One of the top few links took me to
    http://www.lindastephanie.com/anastasia-contour-book-contour-kit-refills/


    And here we can see has the picture of the pan, the pan name, and the description...PERFECT!
    If you cannot read the print, I urge you to visit the site for an easier read.


                                             



    After going back and forth for 30 minutes, and coming close to pulling out my hair (just kidding, I don't do that, its not good for your hair), I was able to pick out 2 more colors: Golden Peach and Clay. I wanted to have a shade that was for light to medium and another shade for medium to tan. I did this because, like most people, I know I get quite a bit darker in the summer and fall, and then I will get lighter during the winter and spring. 

    Top Left to Right: Champagne, Banana, Golden Peach

    Bottom Left to Right: Peaches & Cream, Camel, Clay


    Swatches



    Champagne is a highlighter, and if you would want more depth to it, I recommend putting champagne over Banana. As you can see, I have a huge chunk of Peaches & Cream on my arm, but it was because, when the flash was not on, it appeared to be identical to my skin, making it hard to see where I put the original swatch mark. This means that, when I start getting a bit paler, it will be a great skin tone color to set any creams I may be wearing. The same is true for Banana, which will be a lovely shade to set my concealer under my eyes. As for Camel, I love how it is a light contour. I will probably use this to enhance my nose. It will not be too abrasive like some makeup fails where your nose looks like a rectangle has been outlined on the middle of your face. Lastly, Clay will be perfect since it's dark enough to help enhance my cheeks. Deep colors and shades are definitely in style for fall!  

    Stay Tuned for Part II and Part III of the September Makeup Haul.

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    Glammie Love,

    Bex

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    One Palette, Five Looks with Urban Decay's Vice 3

    Two weeks ago, we were just browsing our Instagram (follow us here!), and one of our favorite makeup brands teased a photo of their new palette: Urban Decay's Vice 3.  We instantly fell in love and began the countdown until it would be in our hands.  Well, the time has finally come... It's here!


    Isn't it beautiful?!?
    I would try to describe the palette for you, but why would I when the geniuses over at Urban Decay can do it so much better?
    "With so many different finishes—matte, satin, sparkle and even metallic (to echo the iced-out metallic look of the palette itself), this palette is made for experimentation. The shades are arranged in columns: neutrals on the left, jewel tones in the middle and smoky shades on the right. Pair up the vertically color-coordinated quads or go wild and mix them up. Our Pigment Infusion System™ gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability."
    Since you can use the palette in quads, I decided to not only swatch each color, but to create a look only using each quad.  So without further ado, here's One Palette, Five Looks! (I'm sorry about the lighting.  I'm still trying to figure out where I need to put myself when I take makeup selfies.)

    Look 1: Everyday Neutral

    I love a neutral eye for during the day.  Whether I'm going to work, meeting with a friend for lunch, shopping or even just running errands, this eye is my go-to when I want to look put together, but still natural.  The first four shades (Truth, Undone, Downfall and DTF) are perfect for any of these outings.  They were effortless to blend and not chalky at all, which can be a problem with matte shades.  They actually reminded me of the Naked Basics palette and that in itself is a huge compliment.

    Truth on the lid and browbone, Undone as a transitional shade, Downfall as the crease color and DTF on the outer V
    Look completed with Kat Von D Everlasting
    Love Liquid Lipstick in Lolita

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






















    Look 2: Bright and Tropical

    This look, which featured Dragon, Freeze, Heroine and Brokedown, was a little unconventional for me since I rarely work with greens and blues.  However, in the interest of using every shade in the palette, I sucked it up and went for it, and I'm glad I did.  Since I decided to use only one quad per look, I didn't end up using a transitional shade, but I think my eye may have benefited from using one.  Thankfully, any of the browns used in Look One would've made a perfect transition.  As beautiful and pigmented as these colors were, they all had at least a slight shimmer, so I wouldn't normally use any for my crease, although I did in this case.  Brokedown was my absolute favorite out of the four... it's a little bit of gold, a little bit of khaki, a little bit of brown and a whole lot of awesome!

    Brokedown on the lid, Freeze in the crease, Heroine in the outer V and Dragon on the lower lashline
    From left to right: Dragon, Freeze, Heroine
    and Brokedown
    Look completed with Smashbox Be Legendary
    Long Wear Lip Laquer in Off Duty






















    Look 3: Fall Fabulous

    Of all of the looks that I created, I think this one was my favorite.  Maybe it has to do with the fact that the thought of fall makes me giddy!  I feel like this quad (Vanity, Lucky, Reign and Bobby Dazzle) has everything that I want in a fall eye look: a great brown shade, a shimmery copper, an awesome highlight and a pop of color.  What else does a girl need?  

    Lucky all over the lid, Reign in the outer crease, Bobby Dazzle on the browbone and inner corner and Vanity on the lower lashline
    From left to right: Vanity, Lucky, Reign,
    Bobby Dazzle

    Look completed with Gerard Cosmetics lipgloss in
    Cocoa Bean
























    Look 4: Jewel Tone Goddess

    I'm going to preface this by saying that this was my least favorite of all the looks that I created. These four colors (Alien, Alchemy, Bondage and Sonic) were automatically my favorites when I swatched them, but something got lost in translation when I put them on.  I'm mentioning this just because I don't want the look to shortchange these colors, which I think are absolutely gorgeous. Anyway, these beautiful jewel-toned reds, pinks and plums would be perfect for a fall-inspired nighttime look.  Despite the fact that I wasn't crazy about this particular look, Sonic is literally my favorite color in the entire palette.


    Alchemy all over the lid, Alien in the inner corner, Bondage on the outer crease and Sonic on the lower lashline
    Left to right: Alien, Alchemy, Bondage, Sonic
    Look completed with Dior Addict Fluid Stick in
    Trompre L'Oeil

    Look 5: Club Glam

    The last look used Last Sin, Angel, Defy and Revoler and is a blown-out smokey eye perfect for bringing a little bit of glam to a night out.  I loved the sparkle in Last Sin and Angel, but I wouldn't have complained if Revolver had been a bit darker.  I think it may have brought the smokiness to another level and made the look a little more dramatic.  Having said that, I still think that the look and the colors were beautiful.

    Last Sin all over the lid, Angel in the upper crease, Defy in the lower crease and, to smoke out the lower lashline, Revolver on the outer lid and on the lashline
    Left to right: Last Sin, Angel, Defy, Revolver
    Look completed with Sephora Luster
    Matte Long-Wear Lip Color in Deep Plum























    Overall, I think that this is one of those palettes that can create any look you want, whether it be subtle and sweet or bold and daring.  It's a must-have for me!

    I hope you enjoyed my take on the Vice 3 Palette!  How would you use it?

    ~Jaz

    Pick up your own Vice 3 from Urban Decay or from Sephora.

    All of the looks from this post were created with the following products: