Saturday, March 19, 2016

10-Minute Makeup Look

 We all have those days where we have absolutely no desire to do our makeup all glam, but we still want to look fresh and awake. This look as been my go to look for school for a while, but in recent times I've been rocking only mascara to school. But if I wanted to wear makeup, this would be the look I would go for. Of course I love getting all glammed up, but when I'm getting up for school at 6 am everyday, I don't feel like spending 30 minutes doing my makeup. 

I like to focus on evening out my skin, and my lashes. While wearing this makeup look, people have said I look like I'm not wearing any, which is exactly what I'm going for with this specific look. 

I forgot to put it in the picture, but I like to start out by priming both my face and eyes, because no matter what the day is, I always have to prime or else I'll become an oily creasy mess. After priming, I use the Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer to cover any redness, discoloration, my under eye circles, and the veins on my eyelids, and blend it all out with a sponge. To ensure it doesn't move, I just use the Rimmel stay matte powder lightly all over my face. 

I tend to skip blush, so I'll just use the Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in 01 to add some color back to my face, and use the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light to add a natural, soft glow. I'll also use that bronzer and apply it to my crease with a fluffy brush for some warmth. 

I always need to fill in my eyebrows, so I just use the color Frisk from the Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics palette to fill them in, then highlight under my brow bone and my inner corner with the color Stark from the same palette. 

I use a nude eyeliner in my waterline, the Wonder Pencil from NYX, and then apply the MAC False Lashes mascara to my top and bottom lashes. This mascara provides length and volume, and gives a very natural look to the lashes if applied lightly.

Finally I'll finish it off with lip gloss or a lip stain like the Stainiac from theBalm. It's simple, easy, and I looks very natural and fresh! Occasionally if my skin is a little worse I'll use foundation but it tends to stay pretty clear so I just concealer :)

-Mckenzie xx

Saturday, March 12, 2016

March 2016 Birchbox

I recently switched from Ipsy to Birchbox, and I couldn't be happier. I feel like I am getting a better deal paying $10 for the Birchbox subscription rather than the Ipsy subscription. It's more customized, and I'm getting samples from more higher end brands. Personally, February was better than March, but I still liked March a lot. 

Just like with an Ipsy subscription, you get an assortment of makeup, skincare and hair care products. I usually tend to prefer makeup and hair care over skin care, because I don't like switching up what I do with my skin too often. 

This Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle was probably one of my favorites products from this box. It made my hair smell good, and soft and shiny, and definitely helped to detangle. Would definitely consider repurchasing the full size of this. 

The COOLA Classic SPF Cucumber Moisturizer excited me when I saw it, because I thought it would nice and cooling in the morning to wake me up, but it doesn't do anything differently from my normal Cetaphil moisturizer. I'll use it up since it doesn't do anything differently, but I won't repurchase the full size. 

The theBalm Cosmetics Stainiac in Beauty Queen is different from any other lip product I've tried. I like the concept, when I use it it leaves a nice your lips but better lip color, and when you put lipstick on the top, the lipstick fades into a nice color. I'll use this for light makeup days, but I don't know if I love it enough to repurchase, if I ever somehow use it up. 

I was very excited about this little sample from the Cargo Land Down Under Eye Shadow Palette when I saw it because I love colors like this. However, even though I have not shown swatches, the lighter shimmery bronzy color was kind of a disappointment. It swatched patchy and powdery, and the other darker bronze color with hints of olive in it just wasn't anything different than what I usually had. I might use this with a base to intensify the lighter bronze, but not impressed. 

I personally didn't try this scent, I'm very wary of perfume samples, so I don't have much else to say, except I don't typically use perfume samples. 

Not my favorite box, but still nice nonetheless. I will leave a link for Birchbox down below, you all should definitely sign up! If you want a more in depth review and information post about Birchbox, let me know and I'll tell you all about what it has to offer! :)

- Mckenzie