New Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paints: Review and Swatches

From left to right: Manbun, Crop Top, Rave, Choker, Grunge, Brownie, Selfish, Cray-cray, Yaassss, Naughty

From left to right: Manbun, Crop Top, Rave, Choker, Grunge, Brownie, Selfish, Cray-cray, Yaassss, Naughty

I was recently lucky enough to try out the new Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paints and I really do enjoy them. They come in a pretty wide range of shades. I don’t have every color but I did receive 10 different colors that I’ll be swatching on my arm as well as on my lips.

Swatches down: Manbun, Crop Top, Rave, C,hoker, Grunge, Brownie, Selfish, Cray-cray, Yaassss, Naughty

The formula reminds me of the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams. However, the Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paints do not dry down.  So they’re pretty much guaranteed to transfer.  The formula is also very wet feeling so it tends to get on your teeth like a lip gloss would.  Normally I prefer a formula that dries completely matte just because it’s much more low maintenance and I don’t have to continuously touch up.  But I do like the fact that these don’t dry out your lips since they aren’t a true matte formula like, for instance, ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips that leave your lips feeling like the Sahara Desert lol.  Another thing to note is that all of them have a sweet minty scent that I really love.

Cray-Cray and Manbun had a drier formula than the rest.  Cray-Cray went on somewhat patchy but after layering on the product I was able to even out the color.  Also, even though Manbun and Cray-Cray were thicker in formula, they appeared more matte than the other shades.

They come in a short cylindrical tube.  I’ve attached a picture comparing the size to a ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips tube.  The Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paints have a doe foot applicator that is rather long compared to a standard doe foot.  I would’ve preferred a standard applicator just because I find it easier to apply the product and I have more control.  The actual applicator wand itself is short.

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Below are lip swatches of all 10 shades.  My favorites are all of the nudes of course!

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Review: Youngblood Cosmetics

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I have recently received an array of Youngblood products and I’m happy to report that they’re amazing!  Youngblood prides itself on being a luxury mineral cosmetics line which is wonderful in my opinion.  I can’t get enough of mineral makeup since it’s so gentle on the skin.

Among the makeup products I received were two Precious Metal Liquid Liners in Sterling and 18 Karat, Outrageous Lashes Mineral Lengthening Mascara in Cobalt, Perfect Pair Mineral Eyeshadow Duo in Desire, Charismatic, Graceful, and Virtue.

The products I’m most impressed with are definitely the Precious Metal Liquid Liners.  You get a generous amount of product in the tube–4.5 ml or .15 fl oz to be exact–, they’re pigmented, and they are super smudge-proof!  As soon as I applied the liner I was blown away.  It only took one swipe for an opaque line and was completely dry in under 30 seconds.

Sterling, as you would imagine, is a gorgeous metallic silver and 18 Karat is, of course, a beautiful metallic yellow gold.  The liner comes in a tube much like a lip gloss.  You twist it open and reveal the wand which has a nice thin brush that’s perfect for creating winged liner or adding small details to your eye makeup.  One thing I will note is that the liner is not waterproof.  However, this may be a good thing for some because it’s easily removed with water.  I will insert pictures below.

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Sterling and 18 Karat without flash

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The next product is the Outrageous Lashes Mineral Lengthening Mascara in Cobalt. To be honest, this was my least favorite product mainly because of how liquidy the formula is.  It did nothing for my lashes and the color was hardly noticeable.  Maybe is will dry out over time and the formula will get better but for now I’ll stick with my regular mascara.

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Last but not least are the Perfect Pair Mineral Eyeshadow Duo in Desire, Charismatic, Graceful, and Virtue.  These shadows are good quality.  Some are better than others.  Below are swatches on bare skin–no primer.

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  • The first duo swatched from left to right is Virtue which consists of Passion and Pure.  Passion is a very pigmented rusty red metallic shade, while Pure is  white satin to matte shade.
  • The next duo is Graceful which consists of Azure and Apricot.  Azure is a dark midnight blue with some shimmer running through it.  Azure is somewhat flaky when swatched alone.  Apricot is exactly what it sounds like with a shimmery finish.
  • Next is Desire which contains Iris and Pink Rose.  Iris is a purple with a satin finish and Pink Rose is a pinkish purple with a satin to matte finish.
  • Last up is Charismatic which consists of English Tea and Calla Lilly.  This is my favorite duo of the bunch because I’m a huge fan of neutrals.  English Tea is a medium to dark brown matte shadow, while Calla Lilly is peachy pink shimmery shadow.

Overall I am quite impressed with Youngblood cosmetics.  The Precious Metal Liquid Liners are my favorite followed by the Perfect Pair Mineral Eyeshadow Duos.  Like I said previously, I can do without the Outrageous Lashes Mineral Lengthening Mascara in Cobalt since it’s so liquidy and does nothing for my lashes.

Review: Gerard Cosmetics Star Powders

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From left to right: Audrey, Lucy, and Marilyn

 

If you’re anything like me, you love a good  highlighter.  I’m particularly obsessed with shimmery ones.  Gerard Cosmetics has recently launched three beautiful skin highlighters which they call Star Powders.  They are made in the USA and each contain 12 grams of product.  Ingredients include mica, jojoba oil, magnesium stearate, and kaolin.  The packaging also states that they may contain iron oxides, and titanium dioxides.  Star Powders come in three different shades: Audrey, Lucy, and Marilyn.  Use the code cassie for 25% off of everything on Gerard Cosmetics and Whitening Lightning.

  • Audrey is described as a warm champagne gold that is reflective and high shine.
  • Lucy is described as a rosy highlight with a hint of golden shimmer.
  • Marilyn is described as a golden luminous powder.

Each Star Powder is extremely gorgeous and has an excellent sheen.  I love the fact that there are three completely different shades for light, medium, and dark skin tones.  They are also long-wearing.  I applied Audrey to my cheek bones and down the bridge of my nose before work–around 6:30 a.m.– and it was still going strong when I took off my makeup around 10:00 p.m.

Overall, I’m really impressed with these highlighters.  Out of the three shades, Audrey is definitely my favorite just because it’s the lightest and most flattering on my light to medium skin tone.  It’s a champagne tone which is usually the type of highlight I gravitate toward.

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Swatches from left to right: Marilyn, Lucy, and Audrey (With flash)

Swatches from left to right: Marilyn, Lucy, and Audrey (Without flash)

Swatches from left to right: Marilyn, Lucy, and Audrey (Without flash)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Summer 2015 Collection Review

 

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The  new Anastasia Beverly Hills Summer 2015 Collection is filled with a bunch of fun, bright colors.  I’m glad they’ve also included some neutrals as well.  All products will be available on May 15th on Anastasia’s website, Macy’s website, and Macy’s stores.

The products from the collection that I’m most excited about are the new liquid lipstick shades, which include Craft and Unicorn.  Craft is my absolute favorite out of the two.  It’s a gorgeous dusty plum looking shade.  The sheet included with the products states that it’s a sparkly plum but I don’t detect any sparkles whatsoever.  That’s perfectly fine with me though since I prefer matte shades.

At first glance Unicorn reminded me a lot of Bambi, another liquid lipstick shade in Anastasia’s line.  However, after swatching Unicorn I definitely realized it’s more of a muted lavender.  I prefer it over Bambi because Bambi is more of a neon, in your face color.

The Liquid Lipsticks retail for $20 each.

 

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Left to right: Unicorn, Craft. No flash

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Left to right: Unicorn, Craft. Taken with flash (Not completely dry. When dry they appear matte)

Next up are the new Waterproof Crème Color shades.  Every shade is absolutely beautiful and highly pigmented.  Every shade just screams Summer.  There are a total of 6 new colors: Ice Blue, Yellow, Coral Reef, Sunset, Barbie Pink, and Ocean.  The crème colors can be used as eyeliners or eye shadow bases.  They’re crease-proof and smudge-proof which is a bonus.  Each one dries to a matte finish and contains no sparkles.  I think it’s interesting how they included two pink shades because it’s not everyday that you come across pink eye shadow bases or even pink eyeliners.

Waterproof Creme Colors retail for $18 each.

 

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Ice Blue (With flash)

 

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Yellow (With flash)

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Coral Reef (With flash)

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Sunset (With flash)

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Barbie Pink (With flash)

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Barbie Pink (No flash)

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Ocean (With flash)

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Ocean (No flash)

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Left to Right: Ocean, Barbie Pink, Sunset, Coral Reef, Yellow, and Ice Blue (No flash)

Left to Right: Ocean, Barbie Pink, Sunset, Coral Reef, Yellow, and Ice Blue (No flash)

Left to Right: Ocean, Barbie Pink, Sunset, Coral Reef, Yellow, and Ice Blue (With flash)

Left to Right: Ocean, Barbie Pink, Sunset, Coral Reef, Yellow, and Ice Blue (With flash)

Last but not least are the new eye shadow singles.  They retail for $12 each, four for $40, or eight for $70.  Included in the collection are Fawn, Star Cobalt, Peach Sorbet, Amber, Labyrinth, Surface of the Sun, and Cognac.  As always they are excellent quality.  They’re super pigmented and easily blendable.

  • Fawn: Soft, neutral olive.  (Ultra-matte finish)
  • Star Cobalt: Electric, galaxy blue.  (Metallic finish)
  • Peach Sorbet: Sultry, rose champagne.  (Metallic finish)
  • Amber: Rich, multi-dimensional gold.  (Satin finish)
  • Labyrinth: Smoldering, deep orchid.  (Metallic Finish)
  • Surface of the Sun: Warm, shimmery gold.  (Satin finish)
  • Cognac: Dramatic, copper-flecked brown.  (Satin finish)
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Fawn  (With flash)

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Fawn (No flash)

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Star Cobalt (With flash)

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Star Cobalt (No flash)

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Peach Sorbet (With flash)

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Peach Sorbet (No flash)

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Amber (With flash)

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Amber (No flash)

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Labyrinth (With flash)

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Labyrinth (No flash)

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Surface of the Sun (With flash)

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Surface of the Sun (No flash)

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Cognac (With flash)

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Cognac (No flash)

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Left to right: Cognac, Surface of the Sun, Labyrinth, Amber, Peach Sorbet, Star Cobalt, and Fawn. (With flash)

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Left to right: Cognac, Surface of the Sun, Labyrinth, Amber, Peach Sorbet, Star Cobalt, and Fawn. (No flash)

 

Tarte Spring 2015 Collection Review

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Tarte sent me their Spring 2015 Collection and I’m excited to share all of the new products with you! The item I’m most excited about is the Tartelette Palette that contains 12 matte neutral eye shadows.  This palette is ideal for any neutral shadow lover or any makeup obsessed person like myself.  I really love how Tarte put the shadow names on the actual palette rather than on a piece of plastic that is likely to get lost and is a nuisance in my opinion.   The Tartelette palette is perfect because you can easily take your look from day to night in a split second.  It has a variety of light, medium, and dark shades.  The pigmentation of the shadows is great as well. IMG_8553 IMG_8555 IMG_8556 IMG_8557

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Swatches from left to right: Multi-tasker, Dreamer, Force of Nature, and Free Spirit (Taken with flash)

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Swatches from left to right: Multi-tasker, Dreamer, Force of Nature, and Free Spirit (Taken without flash)

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Swatches from left to right: Bombshell, Best Friend, Natural Beauty, Caregiver (Taken without flash)

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Swatches from left to right: Bombshell, Best Friend, Natural Beauty, Caregiver (Taken with flash)

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Swatches from left to right: Fashionista, Power Player, Wanderer, Super Mom (Taken with flash)

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Swatches from left to right: Fashionista, Power Player, Wanderer, Super Mom (Taken without flash)

The next new product is the Tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in Celebrated.  It’s a really light matte, soft, neutral pink shade.  I couldn’t get very good pictures when I tried swatching it but it’s a really nice soft color.

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Next is the Park Ave. Princess Contour Palette which comes with a nice big mirror.  It contains a 6.5 gram Park Ave. Princess bronzer and 3 gram blush in Posh and 3 gram highlighter in Champagne Gold.  I absolutely adore this palette because it includes everything you’d need to contour your face, except maybe a matte highlighter, but that’s not a big deal.  The bronzer is the perfect shade for contouring–not too dark and not too light.  It has easily become my go-to contour powder because of its ease of bendability, color, and the fact that it’s waterproof!  However, it may not be dark enough for deeper skin tones.  The blush is a nice matte light, dusty rose shade.  And let me just say, the highlighter is amazing!  It’s super buttery smooth and is exactly what the name says, a beautiful champagne gold with a nice sheen. IMG_8581 IMG_8584 IMG_8586

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Swatches from left to right: Champagne gold, Posh, and Park Ave. Princess (Taken without flash)

Swatches from left to right: Champagne gold, Posh, and Park Ave. Princess (Taken with flash)

Swatches from left to right: Champagne gold, Posh, and Park Ave. Princess (Taken with flash)

Next is the Tarte smooth operator Amazonian clay tinted pressed finishing powder in Light.  I’ve already tried the untinted version and I loved it.  I do enjoy the fact that this one has a tint just because it’s able to give you a little something extra when you’re touching up throughout the day. IMG_8597 IMG_8598 IMG_8599

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Now we have the LipSurgence Lip Tint in Glitzy.  It’s a beautiful shimmery rose gold looking color and I’ve been wearing it a lot lately.  It has a slight minty scent as do most Tarte LipSurgences–if not all.

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Taken with flash

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Taken with flash

Another lip product in the line is the Tartelette Amazonian Butter Lipstick in “Ethereal Pink”.  It’s a nice sheer light pink that’s perfect for everyday wear.

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No flash

Up next is a huge dense powder brush.  To be honest, I haven’t used it much and could probably live without it.  However, it is a nice, sturdy, well-made brush that would probably be good for powder foundations. IMG_8619 Also included in the collection, is their famous Maracuja Oil.  Personally, I don’t use this as a beauty oil on my face just because I think it may have broken me out a while back.  Instead, I like to mix in a few drops with my body creams and hand lotions for extra skin hydration.  I also use it to moisturize my neck. IMG_8621 The next product is the Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Brown.  Let me just say, this a fabulous cream liner.  It stays put all day long without smudging or traveling.  I also do really love the shade of brown.  It’s a matte color, which is something I look for in cream and gel liners.  I’m not really a fan of liners that dry and have a shiny finish. IMG_8623 IMG_8630 IMG_8629 The last thing in the collection is this double-sided liner brush with pairs perfectly with the Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner.  I like the fact that the brush has a bent liner side(I find bent liner brushes the easiest to work with when creating a super precise line using gels and creams. IMG_8624IMG_8625 Overall, this collection has really impressed me and I’m enjoying all of the products.

Tutorial: Aqua and Peach Glitter Makeup

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Going to a party or out on the town and want to be the center of attention?  Check out this makeup look I created combining a bright aqua blue glitter and a peachy gold duo chrome glitter.  All of the products used are listed in the description box on the video.

Review: Makeup Eraser

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So I’ve had this product for a few weeks and have just gotten around to trying it out.  It’s a soft, pink cloth that claims to be able to remove 100% of makeup with just water.  At first I was pretty skeptical but after trying it out, I’m happy to say that it actually works!  I did a test where I applied a few layers of products to my face and heavy eye makeup and this cloth was able to remove everything without any problems.

It’s really easy to use, gentle on the skin, and makes makeup removal a breeze.  All you do is drench the Makeup Eraser in warm water then start to rub off your makeup in circular motions.  You can then flip the Eraser over to the long nap side to exfoliate.  The Makeup Eraser can then be washed as needed–it’s washer and dryer friendly.  I definitely recommend this product because it will save you tons of money on makeup remover and cotton pads and it’s good for your skin since you’re just using water and no chemicals.

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Front side used for removing makeup (Without flash)

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Front side used for removing makeup (With flash)

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Back side used for exfoliating (Without flash)

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(With flash)

 

 

Review: Sedona Lace 20 Color Eyeshadow Palette

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I recently received the Sedona Lace 20 Color Eyeshadow Palette and I’m quite impressed.  I have never tried any Sedona Lace products before.  This palette includes 16 eye shadows, three blushes, and a highlight.

The eye shadows are all very nicely pigmented and extremely suitable for the Fall and Winter seasons.  You can obviously rock these any time of the year but the palette has many taupes, mauves, and a beautiful cranberry shadow that are definitely appropriate for this time of year.  The only con about this eye shadow palette is the fact that almost all of the shadows are shimmery or have a slight sheen to them.  This can pose a problem when trying to create a complete eye look because, normally, incorporating matte shadows is best.  For instance, if the palette at least included a matte cream highlighting shade, a medium matte brown, and a darker matte brown it would be a lot easier to create an entire look and you wouldn’t have to also rely on another eye shadow palette.

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The first layer of the palette consisting of 16 eye shadows (Without flash)

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(With flash)

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Top row of shadows from left to right (With flash) 

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Top row of shadows from left to right (Without flash)

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Second row of shadows from left to from left to right (With flash)

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Second row of shadows from left to right (Without flash)

The blushes are also pigmented as well and I love the fact that the palette includes a matte cream highlight, which will definitely come in handy when contouring the face.  The blushes are located underneath the eye shadows.  To access them you pull out a little “drawer” on the bottom part of the palette.

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The “drawer” the pulls out to access the blushes and highlight (With flash)

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(Without flash)

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From left to right: The matte cream highlight shade, a shimmery peach blush, a shimmery coral blush, and a matte baby pink blush (With flash)

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(Without flash)

Overall, I really do enjoy the Sedona Lace 20 Color Eyeshadow Palette.  I love how pigmented each shadow and blush is.  Also, it’s really affordable at only $15.95.

**For $4 off your Sedona Lace purchase use the code beautybycassie93 at checkout.

How to: Audrey Hepburn Makeup Look

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When creating this Audrey Hepburn inspired makeup look I went for super bold brows, doe-eyed makeup, and red lips.

Main parts of her look:

  • Brows: I couldn’t get my brows exactly the same shape as hers since mine are so highly arched.  Her brows were super thick but very straight, with almost no arch.
  • Eye makeup: I tried to keep my eyes very wide-eyed by skipping out on black liner along my waterline.  The key to making my eyes appear larger like hers was using a nude pencil on my waterline.  Also, the winged liner and lashes helped to achieve her flirty looking eyes.
  • Lips: In many of the pictures I came across of Audrey, she had full-looking red lips.  I could tell hers were slightly overdrawn but I decided I would line my lips normally.

Below is the complete Audrey Hepburn inspired makeup tutorial.

Sephora VIB Haul November 2014 and New Elizabeth Arden Products

As many of you may know the Sephora 20% off VIB sale is going on now.  I took advantage of the sale and picked up a few new things as well as some long-time favorite products.  Sephora rarely has sales so this is a great time to stock up on products and/or try new products.  I filmed a haul video talking about each item.  In the video I also talk about some Elizabeth Arden products I’ve received lately–I’ll post pictures/swatches below.

Products purchased from Sephora:

Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencils- $25 for set of four.
Sephora Favorites Draw the Line- $30
Peter Thomas Roth Skinstant Mask Magic- $45
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel- $22
Sephora The Beauty of Giving Back Face Palette- $15(on sale)

Elizabeth Arden products:

  • Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Eye Gel-$40
  • Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Caplet Serum- $60
  • Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Moisture Cream Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30-$50
  • Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Precision Glide Lip Liner in Red Door Red-$21
  • Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Ultra Violet, Pink Pink, and Rustic Red-$25
  • Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Luminous Lip Gloss in Coral Kiss, Red Door Red, and Glamorous Gold-$18

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Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Luminous Lip Gloss in Glamorous Gold, Coral Kiss, and Red Door Red

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Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Ultra Violet, Pink Pink, and Rustic Red

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From left to right: Ultra Violet, Pink Pink, and Rustic Red (taken with flash)

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(No flash)

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Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Precision Glide Lip Liner in Red Door Red

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Swatch of Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Precision Glide Lip Liner in Red Door Red (With flash)