Category Archives: Make-up

Makeup Review: Recents!

Hi Beauty Babes,

It’s Friday! Today I have another review for you! It’s been a while since I posted one of these so I figured I would do another review! I only have 4 products to review today, so this post is going to be a little short! Now to the products! 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit: I honestly don’t have enough good things to say about this product. The glow I get from it is INCREDIBLE! It has insanely gorgeous pigments that give such an insanely beautiful highlight. It doesn’t make my skin look bumpy or like it has any texture. I especially love it in the inner corner for a highlight. I have the Gleam kit that has Moonshine, Summer, Tormaline and Bronzed. I’ve only used Moonshine and Summer so far but they are absolutely incredible. I’m a little nervous to put Bronzed and Tormaline on because they’re darker highlights but maybe over the summer I can use them… Maybe I’ll try them in a few months for a tutorial! 

Cost- $40 for four colors 

Overall rate 10/10

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara- I’m a mascara girl. I love huge, thick, long lashes that are darker than night. This mascara is absolutely stunning. It doesn’t clump and it gives me the thickest, longest, darkest lashes ever. I love layering this with my Covergirl Supersizer mascara- it gives me the most gorgeous look. I only do that for special events though. For everyday, I only use one or the other. I got the waterproof one and it works. I’ve purposefully made myself cry to see how waterproof this mascara really is. It’s pretty incredible. I love the wand too! The bristles really get the enlongated, full lashes I’ve been looking for. I’m going to get the original one that’s not water proof soon just to see if there’s a difference! 

Price- $23 at Sephora

Overall rate- 10/10

Andrea’s Skin Care Lipstick in – Okay so this is a product that you can only buy at the place that I get my eyebrows waxed at so I feel horrible that not many people can get this product. I’m usually just a chapstick type of girl or maybe a light color lipstick. This is a very natural, beautifully formulated, pinky nude that fits my lip color perfectly.  It’s very creamy and hydrating and it’s a really pretty product. The only thing about this product is it feels a little heavy on the lips and it comes off very easily, I have to reapply often. I think if I added a lip liner though, it will last longer! 

Cost- $18.50

Rate- 9/10


Sonia Kashuk Holiday Brush Kit Holiday Edition- Okay these brushes are so insane! They’re black, white and rose gold, they have a huge snake on each brush, they’re just incredible. I love the countouring brush for when I apply my foundation. It applies the product evenly and it builds up the coverage of the foundation or tinted moisturizer and leaves you with a flawless look. The eye brushes are also beautiful and really buff and blend your eye shadows really well and evenly. My only wish is that it had a fan brush. I could really use it for my highlight. Other than that, it’s an amazing value for money: $40 for 10 brushes! That’s cheaper than ELF and they’re a much better quality. I’m very impressed and I definitely will buy more products from her line. 

Cost- $40

Overall rate-9/10



I hope you all enjoyed the post! Have a wonderful week and I’ll see you next Friday! 

Love Always, 

Luce E.

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My Makeup Philosophy (& my exploration of myself and makeup)

Hi Beauty Babes (oooh I like that one a lot!)

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking over the past few days leading up to this post about what I was going to say tonight. As I was thinking, I knew I wanted to talk about my thoughts on makeup and my philosophy on it but I also knew I wanted to talk about how I started to get into makeup and how I’ve learned over the years to apply it (and ultimately learn to love it). This post is, I hate to say it, my makeup “journey”, and how through makeup, I have found myself.

As most little girls do, I started to explore makeup with the play kit that my godmother got me for Christmas one year. It had fake nails, lipstick, eyeshadow, blush. Anything that was either bright pink or purple that could go on my face, it had. That, along with dance started me off in the makeup world. When I was about 5or 6, every Sunday before church my mother allowed me to put on some of her blush and a little bit of lip gloss. Sunday’s were the only day of the week I was allowed to do this so they were always special days. I remember the brand too, Physicians Formula. It was a blush but it didn’t have much pigment to it but that’s beside the point. That, for the most part, was my first experience with makeup.

Besides dance recitals, I never really wore makeup unless it was a clear gloss of some sort. Up until 5th grade, no one in my school ever wore it and none of my friends’ parents or my parents thought it was appropriate for us to be wearing makeup at the time. Fifth grade was the year I started to wear makeup outside of school. I wore a hint of a pale eyeshadow that had shimmer in it and again, more gloss and that was it for my makeup look. Sixth grade was the year that I started to branch out more. I invested in eyelash curlers (which I still use today), a Wet-n-Wild mascara and an eyeliner pencil in black. (Please note that my mother didn’t wear makeup on a daily basis so I was copying one of my good friends at the time.) I used to take the black eyeliner and only put it in my water line, I curled my eyelashes, put one coat of mascara on and I was out the door. When I was in seventh grade, not much changed except I only wore mascara. By my eighth grade year, I ventured out and started to do winged eyeliner every day. I got pretty good at applying liquid eyeliner and I did this look through the middle of freshman year.

For the last year and a half, I’ve been experimenting with my look and finding looks that work best for me. I find that less is usually more. That’s my philosophy with makeup really, less is more and the point of makeup is to enhance your natural beauty, not hide it in a mask of foundation and concealer. I obviously love really intense highlight, a smokey eye, and a bold, red lip. But even that makeup should be enhancing what you already have, not masking it. Makeup is meant to not hide your flaws, although that is what is perceived, but it is meant to bring out the best features in a person. If a model has really beautiful blue eyes with long eyelashes, the makeup will compliment that. If the model has really full lips, the makeup artist will play up the lips and dull down the rest of the look.

I love to follow the trends but not all trends are meant for my skin, my eyes, my lips etc. Don’t let social media dictate what you should be doing with your makeup or how you apply it. Do what works best for you and the rest will come along naturally.

I hope this kind of gives you some insight on my philosophy on makeup and my beliefs on it. Feel free to leave comments below letting me know your thoughts on makeup and whether you like this post or not!

Also, I have some amazing news regarding my Saturday post! My beautiful friend, Livi, will be making an appearance on the blog for my “New Years Eve Glam Makeup, Hair and Outfit Look!” I hope you have a wonderful day or night!

Love Always,

Luce E.

Obviously, I have a serious make-up addiction. It’s very bad. I, like many girls my age believe that make-up is essential to a young girls’ (and guys too!) confidence. I love how make-up can transform a person. So today, I went out to Target and treated myself to some new make-up! Everything in this little haul was under $15. So here are my thoughts on how the new products performed.

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This is the new Maybelline Better Skin Concealer. It says to be a full coverage concealer that will hide imperfections for a flawless look. It has salicytic acid in it to help acne and prevent it from coming back. For under the eyes, this is a fabulous concealer. it really brightens the under eyes and brings a lot of life to the skin. As for covering spots, if you have a huge pimple on your face like I do, it does an okay job. It’s not nearly as full coverage as I would like it to be. It’s a doughfoot applicator to apply HOWEVERNever ever never put a doughfoot applicator directly on a pimple. This causes the spread of bacteria and will lead to more breakouts. I should have purchased the darker shade for concealing pimples, this is a bit too fair for me. Overall rate: 8/10

 

Next, I purchased Rimmel London’s Stay Matte Powder in the Shade 020. I’ve had this product before and I adore it. It does exactly what I need it to do and it’s really lovely. I really don’t have much to say about it because it is such a nice powder. Overall rate: 9/10

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This is the NYX Dream Catcher Pallet. When I first saw this my first thought was, “Wow what a gorgeous neutral toned pallet” and it was 10% off too. When I got home all I wanted to do was play around with it and swatch it. I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t as impressed with it as much as I had hoped to be. All of the shadows are very powdery and there is a lot of fallout when I first started swatching them and testing them out. There is some consistency with the pigments, most of them are not as pigmented as I wished them to be. Below, I have all the swatches. img_4800

 

Overall, I think it’s a nice pallet for anyone wanting neutrals and shimmer. Overall rate: 7/10

Finally, the face mask. This mask is made by a company that uses at least 80% or more natural ingredients.It’s said to clear out the pours and leave your skin clear. When I first purchased this, I thought it was like a sheet mask that you applied. I was pleasantly surprised when I opened it and say a clay mask! As soon as I applied it, I could smell the witch hazel and tea tree. It gave a tingling sensation on the skin and dried rather quickly. My skin feels very clean, tight, lifted and renewed. I love this product. Overall rate: 10/10

 

I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope it was helpful for you to learn about some great drug store products. I’m not sponsored by any of these companies, they are my own personal reviews and thoughts. Have a great night.mstay beautiful.

Love always,

Luce E.