The Best of the Oscars Makeup
Lupita Nyong’o, Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Garner, Emma Watson, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Biel, Anna Kendrick, Charlize Theron, Naomi Watts, Meryl Streep, Penelope Cruz, Olivia Wilde, Maria Menounos, Portia De Rossi, Angelina Jolie, Amy Adams
DIY Lipstick Palette
No7 Beautifully Matte Makeup Base sold for $9.99 at Target
So I’ve had quite a few months to test this out. It is by far by favorite primer, up to date. It’s amazing for oily skin. However, I would not recommend it for dry skin. (I have another amazing drugstore primer which I will review soon. It’s mainly for normal to dry skin.)
This stuff is a miracle-worker. It is very mattifying and - the best part - it’s not silicone. I hate silicone based primers. This one is creamy and it dries super fast, sealing and smoothing your face as a perfect base for foundation.
Maybelline Color Sensational The Buff’s Lipstick Collection (NEW)
Lipstick titles can be so inappropriate at times -.- But I’m here to write a review, so let’s just ignore the awkward titles.
I only own three of the Buff collection lipsticks by Maybelline, because these were the only three that caught my eye (the others are gorgeous too). These are beige colors. They’re mostly pink or peach toned, so they are extremely wearable (and not uber pale like a zombie) so they go with almost any makeup look. They’re extremely smooth and pigmented — but they smell like crayons. Which is a big “ugh”. Other than that, I really do recommend them.
How to DIY Lipstick palette in 7 easy steps
Here is a short and easy tutorial on how to add to or make your own lipstick palette. This is especially useful for makeup artists on a budget. Most professional pre-made lipstick palettes can cost up to $75.00 — $150.00, but if you already have a collection of good quality lipsticks that you love, why not put them to good use on your own clients?
- Sanitize them if you have used them on your own lips before. I shave off the tiny slant, and then spray it with rubbing alcohol. It will eventually set and dry. It doesn’t matter what it looks like, because you’ll be melting them anyway.
- Purchase a bead organizer from a craft store — preferably the kind of organizer with detachable containers. That way when you want a lipstick for yourself again, for an event or in order to lend it to a client, all you have to do is take the single lipstick out instead of packing the entire palette. Pack a lip brush and you’re good to go. (Actually most professional lipstick palettes don’t even have detachable lipsticks, so this little trick is even cooler.)
- Light a candle (I recommend lightly scented candles)
- Take a lipstick of your choice and a large tablespoon, and scoop out the product.
- Place the spoon over the candle, and slowly lower it (the bottom of the spoon will blacken, but when you’re finished it easily wipes off with a paper towel). Patience is a virtue, so don’t shove the spoon so close to the fire, but close enough to watch it gradually melt.
- Then with a steady hand (not always possible :p ) pour into containers.
- Let sit for 10 minutes, or pop in fridge for 5. The lipstick should be good to go!
This is an awesome idea, even if you aren’t a makeup artist. I promise it will also lower the clutter you have in your lipstick draw. I’ve fit 30 lipsticks in one whole palette already. My draw has never looked neater.
NYX Stay Matte but Not Flat Foundation, in “#01 Ivory”
I’ve had a month to test out this foundation, and I can now safely say what I think about it. Despite the shade being too light for me (I just mix it with darker ones, no big deal) I really like it. It is definitely a matte foundation, but it’s really smooth and comfortable to wear. It doesn’t last as long as Revlon Colorstay’s (let’s face it, nothing compares to Colorstay) but kudos to NYX for coming pretty close. It’s got decent coverage, I’d say a natural coverage, and totally buildable. It lasts up to 5 hours without getting shiny (at least for me). The thing I love about it though is that despite being matte, it still looks like skin.
I do really enjoy this product. I’m not sure if I’d re-purchase it, because it can’t hold a candle to Revlon Colorstay’s, but it’s a good alternative.
The smallest drop in the ocean / Can start a wave of emotion. / My dear, I wish I could hold you / Safe in my arms, from here to Eternity.
A mossy look I came up with on my sister, inspired by the spring-ish weather.