PRO Time| My UPDATED 2014 Eye Shadow Collection & Storage (feat. Coastal Scents Hot Pots & MAC DUPES!!)

Hello to all my aspiring Pro Artists & makeup lovers everywhere!  This post has been one of my most requested updates the entire YEAR! 
Ever since I posted my first eye shadow collection video last August (2013), I’ve accumulated quite a few more shades and have officially finished my collection. Many of you have been asking for an updated video so here it is! 
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One of the reasons  so many people ask for this post is because my original collection was primarily made up of Coastal Scents’ Hot Pots. My collection is now made up of MAC eye shadows and Coastal Scents Hot Pots ONLY.
MAC is pretty much a house hold name for beauty products, especially among the Pros. 
I’ve never been one to preach, that MAC is the “creme de la creme” for eye shadows or cosmetics in general. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE me some MAC, however,  I’m  one of those MUA’s that doesn’t discriminate.
I use what WORKS no matter the brand or cost and let’s be honest, there are soooo many brands that are selling their own single pan “palette friendly” shadows these days (Makeup Geek, Sephora, Morphe, etc).
I’m a definite believer in “quality over quantity” and what’s so freaking awesome about a lot of these newer companies  is that your getting quality for an affordable price! 
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HELPFUL LINKS TO GET YOU STARTED:

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 My collection consists of 230 eye shadows.
I group all of my shadows by color and now store them in the MAC Large Pro Palette. I have 10 of these palettes and I opted to not use the 15 pan insert that you would purchase with the palette because I can actually fit 8 additional shadows making it a total of 23 shadows per palette instead of just 15. Also, if you plan on using non-MAC eye shadows the insert will not hold any other eye shadow besides a MAC shadow.
I used to store my shadows in the Coastal Scents 28 pan palette but I find that the MAC palettes look more professional and sleek.
IMPORTANT!!: Please keep in mind that MAC pans are similar in size to Coastal Scents’ Hot Pots, however, Hot Pots will not automatically magnetize to MAC palettes and MAC eye shadows will not automatically magnetize to the Coastal Scents palettes.
Since I use the MAC palettes for storage, all of my MAC shadows already magnetized to the palettes. To get my CS shadows to stick, I simply purchased a roll of magnetic tape from Micheal’s craft store, cut them into small strips and stuck them to the back of the shadow pan.
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Below I’ve labeled the name of every shadow in my collection and have also listed my favorite shades & dupes from each palette.
I honestly do not have the time to swatch each and every shade (SORRY!)
NOTE: All MAC shades will be written in RED.
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TOP PICKS: NEUTRALS (LIGHT)
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TOP PICKS: NEUTRALS (DARK)
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TOP PICKS: GREYS & BLUES
GREY
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TOP PICKS: BLUES, TEALS & AQUA
Green
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TOP PICKS: GREENS
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TOP PICKS: PURPLES
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TOP PICKS: PINKS
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TOP PICKS: GOLDS &YELLOWS
gold yellow
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TOP PICKS:  PEACHES, ORANGES & CORALS
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TOP PICKS:  REDS, MAROONS & BURGUNDY
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TAG| Top 10 Under $10

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  1. Wet N’ Wild Color Icon palette in Comfort Zone, $5.99
  2. Jesse’s Girl Eye Shadow Primer, $5.99
  3. e.l.f. Studio Small Stipple brush, $3.00
  4. L.A. Girl Pro Concealer, $1.99
  5. ikatehouse Lashes, $1.49-4.99
  6. e.l.f. Shimmering Facial Whips, $1.00
  7. Wet N’ Wild Mega Last lipsticks, $2.99
  8. Madison Street Beauty pigments, $2.99-4.99
  9. e.l.f. Lock & Seal, $3.00
  10. Essence Get Big Lashes mascara, $3.99-4.99

 

 

 

 

 

How-To| Fresh & Flawless with Minimal Makeup

I really wanted to show you guys that you could achieve a fresh flawless face without using  100 different products so here is a quick and easy full flawless face using just a handful of products!  

 

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PRODUCTS USED:
EYES:
  • MAC paint pot in Layin’ Low
  • MAC MSF Natural in Give Me Sun
  • Benefit Eye Bright
  • MAC Mineralize e/s in Love Connection
  • MAC #35 lashes
  • MAC Studio Sculpt mascara

FACE:

  • Becca Mattifying Primer
  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC42
  • Sephora Microsmooth Powder Foundation in 35 Bronze
  • MAC MSF Natural in Give Me Sun
  • MAC Mineralize e/s in Love Connection

LIPS:

  • Sephora Color Lip Last lipstick in 02 Cinnamon Crush
  • Sephora Ultra Shine lip gloss in 49 Metallic Copper

Tutorial| Sweet & Spicy (feat.Coastal Scents Revealed 2)

Here’s a quick look using super rich, warm hues on the eyes and really nude lips. I really love the way it turned out!

As you can see, I finally got around to trying out the new Coastal Scents Revealed 2 palette.

What’s the verdict you ask?

Well besides the fact that this is an obvious dupe to the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, the colors in this palette aren’t all that unique and are surprisingly “dupable” to other brands such as MAC. However, for the price the shadows are GREAT quality and pigmentation. Super easy to apply, blend and layer. I love how saturated the colors come out.

Click here for my full review of this palette!

Enjoy!

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PRODUCTS USED:
EYES:
  • MAC paint pot in Layin’ Low
  • Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette
  • MAC eye shadow in Bamboo
  • Coastal Scents eye shadow in Cloud White
  • MAC #35 lashes
  • Benefit Eye Bright
  • MAC Studio Sculpt mascara

FACE:

  • LA Girl Pro Concelaer in Pure Beige
  • Sephora Mattifying Powder Foundation in 33 Walnut
  • MAC MSF Natural in Give Me Sun
  • MAC Mineralize eye shadow in Love Connection (used as highlight)

LIPS:

  • MAC lip liner in Chestnut
  • Wet N’ Wild Mega Last lipstick in Pink Suga’ (900B)

My Updated Brow Routine (2014)

You guys have been requesting this updated routine via every social network I have! (LOL)

So here it is. My updated brow routine! It’s quite different from my last routine because (1) I’m really  into fuller brows this time around and (2) You can definitely see more of my real brow hairs which makes the brows look naturally full. 

Keep in mind that this is MY routine and what I personally think looks best on ME. 

Enjoy!

THUMB

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PRODUCTS USED:
  • Brow razor (no name)
  • Spoolie (no name)
  • Ruby Kisses Eye shadow primer
  • MAC Brow Crayon in Spiked
  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC42
  • MAC #266 brush
  • Fluffy angled brush (no name- to blend concealer)
  • Clear Brow Gel (no name)
  • e.l.f. Lock & Seal
  • Crown Brush C170-6 – OVAL TAKLON (to apply Lock & Seal)

GRWM| Easy Copper

I am SO loving anything copper right now!

Here’s a quick and easy makeup look perfect for summer!

You can dress it up or wear it casually…simple yet effective! 

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PRODUCTS USED:
EYES:
  • MAC paint pot in Layin’ Low
  • Coastal Scents eye shadow in Oatmeal Tan
  • Coastal Scents eye shadow in Chamois Nude
  • MAC eye shadow in Bamboo
  • MAC fluidline in Copperthorn (LE)
  • MAC pigment in Copper Sparkle
  • Benefit Eye Bright
  • MAC Studio Sculpt mascara

FACE:

  • Becca Mattifying Primer
  • Bare Minerals Bare Skin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation
  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC42
  • Sephora Mattifying Powder Foundation in 33 Walnut
  • MAC MSF Natural in Give Me Sun
  • The Body Shop Baked to Last Bronzer
  • MAC Blush in Bred For Beauty (LE)

LIPS:

  • Sephora Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in 06 Shimmery Fresh Peach

Review + Demo| BAREMINERALS Bareskin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation

Hi my loves! It’s been a while since my last product review and even longer since my last foundation review. For those of you that follow my blog regularly, you’ll know that I’m not one to experiment when it comes to foundations. I pretty much stick to what I know but for some reason I could not pass this up and I’m glad I didn’t!

I hope you find this review helpful.

ENJOY!

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Availability: Bare Essentuals online, Ulta, Sephora, QVC & anywhere Bare Minerals products are sold

Pricing: $29.00

What You Get:

  • 1 foundation
  • 1 fl oz/30ml

What It Is  & What It Does (company description):

A breakthrough tone-correcting mineral foundation and skincare serum in one.  Created with exceptional purity in mind, this ultra thin, skin-perfecting fluid provides seamless adjustable coverage, a natural finish, and the look and feel of beautiful skin while delivering a noticeably brighter, more youthful appearance—it’s like nothing you’ve ever felt before.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Silicone
– Fragrance
– Water
– Oil

PROS:

  • Lightweight feel
  • Smooth demi-matte finish
  • Looks flawless on the skin
  • Blends easy
  • Buildable medium coverage
  • Easy to use
  • Excellent shade range

CONS:

  • Hard to dispense product
  • A little pricey
  • May not be suitable for oily skin types

OVERALL:  A- A-

This foundation comes in a simple yet sturdy hard plastic container with a dropper like nozzle.

When I walked into Sephora to get matched for this foundation, i was prepared to walk away empty hand but interestingly enough there are 20 shades to choose from which was quite a pleasant surprise. Initially I matched myself up with the shade Bare Buff 10 (which is what I’d probably be in the winter months) and while it matched me pretty well I knew that I would need something a little darker for the summer months so I had one of the sales associates match me with Bare Caramel 14 and it turned out to be a perfect match.

Now I know you may be thinking that going 4 shades up is a big jump but all of the shade alternate in undertone (cool, neutral and warm) so after Bare Buff 10 the next shade with enough yellow in it to match my skin tone was Bare Caramel 14. If you are a NC 40, 42, 44 or a C5-6 in MAC foundations you may find your match in Bare Buff or Bare Caramel.

The texture and consistency of this foundation is very light and almost liquidy.  The consistency reminds me a lot of MAC Face & Body or L’Oreal’s Magic Nude Liquid Powder foundation, but the BM is just a tiny tinge thicker.

The application was fairly easy with this product. In Sephora I had the chance to apply the foundation to my entire face using the Bareskin Perfecting Brush that compliments the foundation and it applied very nicely, however I just could not bring myself to pay another $29 for a brush that is designed to be used with only one product.

Right now my absolute favorite brushes to use when applying this foundation are the e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush and the Sephora #55 Pro Airbrush. Both brush applied the foundation evenly, effortlessly and most importantly in one layer. Skin is in right now and even if it wasn’t I’ve always been really into having minimal foundation and just evening out the skin tone so the fact that I can achieve just that with minimal product makes me very happy.

The coverage of this product is a buildable medium coverage so that is very promising if you have blemish prone skin. if you need super full coverage then I wouldn’t expect much from this. It covers just enough to give your skin a perfected look without being “foundationy” looking. The finish is a demi-matte finish which I enjoy a lot because it gives that skin like appearance, just without the blemishes.

THUMB

I’ve worn this foundation without setting it as well as with a light dusting of a powder foundation and I’d have to say that I like the final results from both methods. If you’re into that healthy glow dewy look then don’t set it. But if your more of a matte girl or have oily skin you’re going to need to really set this bad boy!

Each time I’ve worn this foundation, I’ve had it on for 5-10 hours. I’d have to say that it lasts about a max of 6-7 hours before you start to see an excessive amount of shine or need to make touch ups. I wish it wore a little longer and didn’t get as shiny looking at the end of the day but that’s nothing a little blot powder or translucent powder can’t easily fix.

Overall I really enjoy this foundation way more than I thought I would and while it is a bit pricey I would repurchase and could see myself  wearing this all year round.