Beauty Blast: Getting Ombre Eyes with Avon

Beauty

You guys already know I’m a big fan of Avon, having the opportunity to try out their best beauty products.  One thing I haven’t taken for a test drive in a long while is their eyeshadow, one of my favorite type of cosmetic. Today I had my chance, getting inspired by their True Color Eyeshadow Single in Midnight Sparkler.  When I looked on the back of the small compact I saw the word “ombre” at the end of the product description and knew instantly I wanted that effect on my eyes.  This color was the perfect place to start, a dark yet sparkly navy blue shade that has a soft finish.  I scooped up two lighter blue shadows to complete the look, starting off dark at the lash line and lightening it up by the time you reach the brow bone.  The Avon Super Shock Gel Eye Liner pencil in black was the perfect finish, giving a smooth, medium sized line along my upper lash line.  It’s really easy to use and I can already see myself wearing this alone, creating a great cat eye!  I also had a chance to use their lip crayon in Sweetly Pink.  While the color gave me a subtlepink tint I found it to be a little drying, so that one was a bit of a letdown.  Next time I’ll opt for a nude gloss.

Face

  • Smashbox Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer
  • Mally Beauty Cancellation Conditioning Concealer*
  • CoverGirl Press Powder in Tawny

Eyes

  • With a pencil brush, I applied Midnight Sparkler* from the lash line to the middle of my eyelids.
  • With my small, flat brush I applied the dark blue shadow from my CoverGirl Eye Enhancer’s Trio in Blazing Blues.  I started from the middle of the lid and blended out over the crease.
  • From that same palette, I swept the lightest blue shade from the creases to just below my eyebrow arches.
  • Once all the shadows were on, I used my finger to carefully blend everything in.
  • I lined my upper lash lines with the Avon Gel Eye Liner Pencil* and coated my lashes with Avon’s Super Extend Infinite Mascara*.

Lips

Avon Ultra Color Lip Crayon in Sweetly Pink*

Makeup Tips

Hair

I’m rocking my usual wash and go, using Organix Moroccan Argan Crème Shampoo and Tresemme Naturals Curl Hydration conditioner.  I’m totally in love with both of these products and a review will be coming real soon.  To cut down on drying time, I blasted my hair with blow dryer, gently tugging at my curls to stretch them a little bit.  My hair is getting thicker and it’s taking more than a day to dry on it’s own.  When I go to bed with wet hair, my curls get all limp and lazy so my ConAir has been getting a lot more play these days!

 

*FTC Disclosure:  These products were received previously as free samples for review.

 

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Beauty Look of the Day: Purple Supernova

Fall Beauty Trends

While I may not always be on board with every fashion trend that comes along, I’m really feeling this Fall’s beauty trends.  I guess it’s because almost everyone can pull them off and purple eyeshadow is no exception!  It’s one of my favorite colors to play with so it’s only right I kick off this month’s BLOTD with a purple eye look.  One of the first products I grabbed was an old favorite of mine – Meteor-Eyes Baked Glitter Eyeshadow in Supernova from Hard Candy.  The color is so rich for a drugstore brand, with fun specks of purple glitter.  I also love the fact that you can use a wet brush to get an even deeper pigment and really see those light purple specks.  Pairing it with my summer time fave Painted Purple from Maybelline and another fall color silver, I’m finally settling into this Fall season business!

Makeup Products

Face

  • Mary Kay Medium Coverage Liquid Foundation
  • Revlon PhotoReady Concealer
  • Avon Cream Blush in Pink Melon*

Eyes

  • With a small, stiff angled paint brush, I applied Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hr Eyeshadow in Painted Purple from the outer crease to the middle of the lid.
  • From the inner crease to the middle of the lid, I used Silver from the TooFaced Smoky Eye Palette with a pencil brush.  With my finger I blended it over the purple shade
  • Hard Candy’s Baked Glitter Eyeshadow in Supernova* went in the creases blending it out a tad into the brow bone with a small flat brush.
  • On the brow bone I swept Amethyst from Smashbox’s Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Telephoto* with a blending brush.
  • I lined the upper lash line with Avon’s Glittersticks* in Black
  • Finished up with NYC Big Bold Mascara in Black.  Been awhile since I used this one!

Lips

I wanted something light and pink so I went with Avon’s Totally Kissable Lipstick in Lovey Dovey*.  I admit, I’m not totally sold on the color but it was the only thing I had in my crazy stash that was the closest to what I was looking for.  (looks like I need to go shopping!)

Natural Hair

Hair

Remember last time I told you ladies I was having some moisture issues with the back of my hair?  Well so far, the only thing that’s alleviating this problem is doing twist outs.  Now you know I’m not a big fan of it on my hair simply because I don’t get the fullness I love with a Wash N Go.  My hair is so fine.  But the dryness and coarseness was driving me nuts so last week I did a bantu knot it, thinking that curling the twists would give me some volume.  It came out okay but I did the knots too small and applied too much holding product.  Today I just did a twist out, using a lot less product and making bigger twists (about 11 in all).

  • After washing and conditioning my hair with my favorite Organix products, I wrapped my hair in a T-shirt and let it soak up all that water for a good hour.
  • Once I took my hair down it was 80% dry, really soft, and stretched.  I applied Cantu’s Leave In Conditioning Cream and followed up with Olive Oil to seal in the moisture.
  • For each twist I used Cantu’s Twist and Lock Gel (which is more of a cream than a gel but has great hold!), combing the product through before twisting.
  • After sleeping with a satin cap overnight it was time to take them down.  I applied Oil Moisture Restore Weightless Oil on each twist before unraveling them.
  • Once they were all down I did a lot of fluffing and carefully separating the twists.  Still not happy with it, I pinned back the sides with clips, letting the front do it’s thing!

If I can get more volume as the days go on, then I wouldn’t mind doing this style more often!

 

What Fall beauty trend do you look forward to wearing?

 

*FTC Disclosure:  This product was received previously as a free sample for review.

Pinterest Makeup Inspiration: Dark Eyes and Pink Lipstick

Makeup Tips

Pinterest has to be one of my favorite places to get inspired.  Whenever I’m stuck in a fashion rut or need ideas for blog posts, I go to my boards or just pin away until my creativity kicks back in.  While I was pinning from my phone one night (the Android app is genius!) I got an idea.  I could  take the looks I’ve pinned to my Makeup Inspiration Board and try to do them myself.  Not only do a get to challenge my PJ brain, I get to breathe new life into my Beauty posts.

One trend I noticed a lot on my makeup board was dark eye looks and soft lipstick colors.  I rarely go the dark shadow route and when I do I usually fall back on the same look.  So I took one of my favorite pins and got to work on making it my own.  I was little skeptical at first (OMG, this look calls for liner on the lower lash line!  I can never get it right!) but I hung in there and took my time.

The end result – I’m very pleased!  It’s a whole different look for me and ya’ll my lower liner does not look crazy! #Winning

Makeup Ideas

Face:

  • My DIY Tinted Moisturizer : Mix in a few drops of my liquid foundation into my daily moisturizer from Neutrogena
  • Revlon PhotoReady Concealer in under my eyes
  • CoverGirl concealer on my lids and brow bone to lighten them up
  • CoverGirl press powder

 Eyes:

  • I went to my TooFaced Smokey Eye Palette for this one, using the colors from their Classic Smoke look.
  • With a pencil brush I applied Silver in the inner creases for a little brightness before layering on the dark shadow
  • I filled in the rest of my lid with ScandalEyes eyeshadow stick* in BlackMail.  I used my finger to blend the across the lid
  • I went over my lid with Black Suede for more depth of color
  • To keep my brow bone nice and neutral I swept Nude from Smashbox Shades of Fame Palette* and pressed in a little bit of Bliss under the arch of my eyebrow for a little brightness.
  • Now here comes the liner!  Using Rimmel London’s Waterproof Gel Eyeliner* I lined my upper and lower lash lines all the way from the inner crease to the outer crease giving myself a little wing action.
  • With a pencil brush I went back to Black Suede and went over my lower lash line to take away some of the shine the liner was giving me
  • Finished off with two coats of ScandalEyes Show Off Mascara in black on my upper and lower lashes

Lips:

Avon Glazewear Lip Gloss* in Mauve Movement

Hair

My hair is still straight from blowing it out last Saturday (tutorial to come, I promise!)  I went from some side sweep action to imitate the picture, using a little bit of Soft and Beautiful’s Lite Moisturizer for shine.

Natural Hair

After taking pictures for this post, I pushed my hair back and threw on a headband to get it out of my face and I realized I liked my hair better this way.  It shows off the eyes much better.

 

Have you tried any new beauty looks lately?

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*FTC Disclosure:  These products were received previously as free samples for review.

Six Things to Have in your Make up Bag This Summer

Happy Memorial Day!

It’s the official kick off of the summer season (though here in Florida it’s been summer for quite awhile now!)   If you’re like me, you’re breaking out the summer clothes and changing up our makeup bags.  In the Spring I was still able to get away with using some of my winter products but now, definitely not!  It’s been in the high 80’s this entire weekend and with a lineup of BBQ’s, birthday parties, and family get-togethers in the next few months I want to look put together without melting! So here are six products that I’m putting in my makeup bag this summer.

Smashbox

Tinted Moisturizer with SPF protection

Having your foundation melt off your face is so not cute, so mine gets put away.  In it’s place is a tinted moisturizer with SPF.  My face stays moisturized, I have color coverage, and my skin is protected.

Waterproof Mascara

Waterproof Mascara

Sweat can equal raccoon eyes, so I’d rather skip that and make sure my mascara stays put.  I can swipe it on and forget about it!

Eyeshadow

Cream Eyeshadow

I can get the intense color I want without having it fade away after an hour outside.  Waterproof ones get an extra thumbs up from me!

Bronzer

Bronzer

I admit, I was never much of a bronzer type of girl, but after last Friday’s post, I’m becoming a believer.  It gives my skin a subtle shimmer that I like and paired with some concealer, I can get the same coverage I have with foundation.

Red Lipstick

Bright Lip Color

Okay, this never really leaves the makeup bag but the summer does give me an excuse to buy a new one!  When I’m really pressed for time all I need is a bold colored lipstick to take my look from ordinary to glam in less than five minutes!

Eyeliner

Colored Liner

After doing this Beauty Look of the Day, I jumped on the colored liner bandwagon. I loved how I could just rock a colored liner all by itself.  So, I am on the hunt for some more fun colors to add to my collection!

 

What is in your makeup bag this summer?

 

Photos Courtesy of:  Mary Kay, Smashbox, Maybelline, CoverGirl

Beauty Look of the Day: Aqua Flash Eyes with Avon

Avon makeup

It’s official.  I’m on the bright eyes train this summer.  After the last BLOTD, I was hooked and I’m looking for any and everything that screams color.  When Avon contacted me to review their Glimmerstick in Aqua Flash I was all in.  I’ve used their liners before in more subtle colors like silver and black so I already knew the product itself was solid.  Their easy to use, glide on smooth, and have great staying power.  The true test was the color and when they say flash, they really weren’t kidding!  It’s so bright and bold, it can be worn alone which is exactly what I did.  Some makeup artists may say that colored liner outside the entertainment industry is a no-no but I’m all about becoming a beauty rule breaker!  I also got the chance to review their SuperExtend Infinite Mascara and their Totally Kissable Lipstick.  The mascara gave the right amount of volume for a day look with no clumps.  The lipstick felt smooth and soft, though I wasn’t crazy about the color on me.  I thought it was too pale of a pink for my skin tone but I am interested in trying out any other colors they have that are right up my alley (Makeout Red and Berry Smooch look gorgeous!)

Eyeliner

Face

  • Avon Cream to Powder Foundation**
  • Sheer Cover Concealer**

Eyes

Lips

Avon Totally Kissable Lipstick in Lovey Dovey*

Hair

You may recognize the hairstyle  from last week’s outfit post.  I wanted to do an updo but didn’t want to go with the usual puff.  So I gave my hair a little side bang action and scooped up the rest into a high ponytail.  Easy peasy!

 

Are you going bold with eye color this summer?

 

*These products were received as free samples for review

**These products were received previously as free samples for past reviews.

 

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