My Daily Makeup: Matte and Peachy

Matte eyeshadows have become my life. It may be the fact that fine lines are showing up ALL OVER THE PLACE, but I’m really into single-shadow looks in a matte formula. And with Spring right around the corner, I’ve felt the need to simplify my routine. Second only to not having to grunt my way into tights every time I wear a dress, changing my makeup routine is what I look forward to the most. And recently, I’ve been compelled to sweep on a matte shadow, slap on some mascara and call it done. I know this will be my go to Spring makeup.

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Red lipstick for Valentine’s Day? Here are my picks

No one needs an excuse for a great red lipstick. However, if you need an excuse- Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. I own more red lipsticks than any one person should, and I love them all dearly. If you are looking for a great red lipstick for Valentine’s Day (or any day) here are some of my favorites:

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Product Empties and Reviews #2

It’s not easy to use a product until it’s gone. At least it’s not when you love all the nice smelling, shiny, pretty new things out in the world of beauty and makeup. I’m enabled to buy things when I read thorough reviews from my favorite bloggers who’ve taken the time to properly vet a product, so I’ve saved up a stash of things I’ve used to the end- some you can find in my first empties post, but surprisingly, there are several makeup bits in this one. If you are looking for my thoughts on a specific item, here is the list of things discussed in this post. Feel free to skip ahead.

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Birthdays and Planning for the Year Ahead

Passion Planner

Welp, today I’m another year older. I don’t mind getting older. So far, I’ve found a lot of the cliches to be true- I’m more self assured. I know myself better than ever. I’m less bothered by things I can’t control. In the “owning who I am, accepting the things I cannot change” aspects, I’ve certainly made progress. In other “make a plan of things to grow your life” ways- not so much. Each year, I think about the things I’d like to accomplish before the next birthday, and looking back over the last several birthdays, turns out I’m TERRIBLE at executing those wish list items. In fact, I’m pretty sure everything on my list from last year is still on the docket for this year. I don’t know whether I should be impressed with my inertia, or if I should be deeply ashamed that time is passing me by so quickly with little to nothing to show for it but an unfulfilled wish list. This year, I’m determined to move on some of these items that have lingered- some for years- and I’m writing about it on the internet as a way to attempt some accountability.

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Let’s See What Happens- Stila Eyes Are the Window Palette

It’s been a while. Life happens. It’s only been recently that I felt ready to sit down with the camera and play with makeup. The recent purchase of this beautiful Stila palette didn’t hurt:
Stila Eyes Are the Window
I’ve had this palette on my Sephora wishlist for ages, and I finally pulled the trigger when I got a bit burned out on defining a crease, wearing liner, etc, and all I wanted to do with my makeup is wash a one-sweep shadow over my lids, sweep on mascara and go. Turns out, this palette is great for both of those options, and since I bought it in December, it’s all I’ve used.
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Going Formal- Fancy Party Makeup

This past weekend, my company celebrated 100 years of service. 100 years. That’s an amazing milestone worthy of an over-the-top party. The Centennial gala had been in the works for over a year now, and you know I’m a makeup nerd when I couldn’t stop thinking about how it would be an excuse to USE ALL THE MAKEUP THINGS (aka highlighter, highlighter, and more highlighter). When I’m doing fancy party makeup, I try to remember two things: low lighting and photography. I can really pile on the glow because it looks great in mood lighting and I can be more heavy handed with face products because it photographs beautifully.

Since I knew I’d be taking my time getting ready, and really piling it on, I sat down at my makeup station to document. When I sat down, I only knew one thing- the look must have falsh lashes and lots of highlighter. The rest? I winged it.

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Cool Toned Makeup for Cool Toned Weather

I HAD THE DOORS OPEN ALL WEEKEND. Sorry. I’m so excited. After endless 90 degree days, this 60 and 70 degree weekend weather was divine. I’m ready for fall. It’s by far my favorite season. All the sweatshirts. All the leaves. All the endless cups of hot coffee (and none of them pumpkin flavored).

As you may or may not have noticed, I have a thing for warm-toned eye makeup and lipsticks. I like changes in the weather to motivate changes in my makeup routine, so I decided to gather my cool-toned eyeshadows and the holy-grail berry lipstick (in 107) and see what I could make happen.

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Five Great Orangey Red Lipsticks to Help Beat the Dog Days of Summer

It’s hot. Face meltingly, makeup destroyingly hot. When it gets this gross outside, and the heat and humidity make sure I look like I’ve just come from a workout- no matter where I’ve been-  I have to rely on a pretty light makeup routine to keep my skin happy. When minimal eyeshadow and light foundation are a must, the best products in my makeup bag are my lipsticks.

I’m sure there’s some #science to back up my summer-makeup-theory: if I wear lipstick as bright as the sun, the heat deflects and keeps me cooler. Sound unlikely? Yea, but that’s what delusion is for.

Anyway, I love orangey lipsticks. The love really kicked into high gear when I found an old lip crayon for this tutorial, and realized how much I really dug wearing such a vibrant warm pop of color, especially now that my hair is lighter. Here are my five favorite orangey-red lipsticks to help beat the summer heat.

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Building the Palette of My Dreams with Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

Makeup palettes are the best and the worst. They always look so beautiful on the shelf- all the shadows staring back at you with their promises and potential. But let’s be real- there are always shadows that go unloved and unused. I have several palettes that contain my most favorite shadows, and those same palettes have shades that I’ve barely touched. Therefore, logic dictates that the best palettes are the ones I can build from scratch.

Enter the z-palette. Perfect way to build a palette full of shadows I know I’ll use. For me, there is one brand that delivers on the two most important makeup factors- quality and value- and that brand is Makeup Geek.

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