FOTD: Week in Review/to Come Vol. 1 - Warm Brown Smokey Eye and Red Gradient Lip

Hey everyone! 

Today's look is inspired by a realization I had recently. I have this tendency to review products and then move onto the next thing without using what I've reviewed as much as I would like to. In an effort to actually use up products, I thought I would start doing a Face of the Day (FOTD) using including the products I've reviewed during the week or will be reviewing soon. Kind of as a refresher for things I tried out and a preview for things soon to come.

Today's face will be featuring two products I reviewed and three that will be coming up. If you missed out, I reviewed the NUDESTIX Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencil in Belle and Royal. Reviews for the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint, Lancome Juicy Shaker in Walk the Lime, and the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons palette will be posted soon!

I decided to do a warm reddy brown smokey eye look and tried my hand at a gradient lip with the NUDESTIX lip pencils topped with the Lancome Juicy Shaker for a glossy finish.

For the eye look, I used Bordeaux from the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons palette as the main color and blended it out with a mixture of Pecan Praline and Almond Truffle. 

Products Used:

Jouer Matte Moisture Tint in Beige Naturel
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed
City Color Cosmetics Timeless Beauty Palette (the middle highlight color)
Milani Eyeshadow Primer
Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette (Bordeaux on the lid, Almond Truffle + Pecan Praline to blend it out, Divinity as the highlight
Essence Make Me Brow Gel Eyebrow Mascara in Browny Brows
NUDESTIX Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencil in Belle and Royal (Belle applied around the edge, Royal applied in the middle and blended out)
Lancome Juicy Shaker in Walk the Lime

Hope you enjoy this week's eye/face makeup and I'll be posting reviews on Jouer Matte Moisture Tint, Lancome Juicy Shaker in Walk the Lime, and the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons palette soon!

Disclaimer: The post includes products that I received as press samples. The links above are affiliate links which provide me with a commission based off your use of the link. All opinions are my own and honest.

Swatches/Review: NUDESTIX Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencils in Belle and Royal

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Hey Everyone! Today's swatches and review is on the NUDESTIX Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencils. They're a recent addition to the NUDESTIX line, promising a matte finish with a comfortable wear.

I had the pleasure of meeting both Ally and Taylor at Generation Beauty and was so blown away by their effortless makeup look. It looked so easy to wear but stylish at the same time. The makeup they wore really enhanced their features instead of trying to obscure them.

Given their makeup style, it wasn't surprising to see it translated into these lip + cheek pencils. The pencil concept makes it easy to apply and stash colors as you need it and reapplication is a snap.

Continue to see my thoughts on the formula and swatches!

Double Duty Skincare: Tackling Anti-Aging and Acne with Paula's Choice Skincare


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Today I'm going to be talking about my skincare routine and how I've been using Paula's Choice to target all my skincare woes. I finished a bottle of the 2% BHA Gel and was already using their Resist Ultra Light Antioxidant Serum (which I love!) when I got the opportunity to try out more from the brand.

My concern with my skin as I'm heading toward the latter part of my mid-twenties is acne and anti-aging while balancing having oilyish skin. Based on my consultation with the Paula's Choice Representative, they suggested the Resist Advanced Kit for Wrinkles and Breakouts for Normal to Oily Skin which targets both anti-aging AND acne. They have a Resist line for Normal to Dry Skin.

The kit contains the Resist Perfectly Balanced Cleanser, Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner, Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA, Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment 4% BHA, Resist Ultra-Light Daily Antioxidant Serum, Resist Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50, Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator.

Check out how my thoughts on the products and how you don't have to compromise tackling your acne and anti-aging concerns plus my Before and After Photo.

Swatches/Review: PÜR Hydrafluid Water Serum Foundation (5 Shades)

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Today I have a review on the PÜR Hydrafluid Water Serum Foundation. This is recent addition to the PÜR foundation line, contrasting to the matte foundation trend by being a serum foundation with an emphasis on water and a dewy, medium coverage finish.

Click through to read my thoughts on the formula and to see swatches!

Get the Brows But Better Look with Essence Make Me Brow

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Hey everyone! Today's review is on the Essence Make Me Brow Gel Eyebrow Mascara. This is a recent add to Essence's brow line and great for anyone looking for an affordable fiber brow gel. Fiber brow gels are excellent for building volume and depth for your eyebrows.

One can't help but notice that it looks strikingly similar to a certain Benefit Gimme Brow product. I don't own the Benefit Gimme Brow but I'm happy to try anything that sounds even remotely similar. Check out my thoughts on the eyebrow mascara!

The Makeup Show LA 2016: Show Recap

Hey everyone! I know it's about a month late but I still wanted to give a show recap on The Makeup Show LA, sharing information about some of the brands I saw there. I was able to interview James Vincent, the Director of Education and Artistry for The Makeup Show and will be posting that soon. The Makeup Show NY is coming up in a few weeks so this can be a preview of what you will expect if you attend the NY Show!

Check out some of the brands I saw and information on their products and upcoming releases!