Beauty

Eve Organics Beauty

Ahhh! I am so excited to share Eve Organics Beauty with you! This fantastic beauty brand has so much to offer its insane! Lets just lead with some facts about Eve Organics Beauty, Michigan made product, vegan, all natural, cruelty free, and charitable(YES I JUST WROTE THAT!)

I don’t know what it is about red Lipstick that I just can’t stay away from. I love the way it finishes off your look, instantly sexy, bold and chic the right shade of red can take your whole look to the next level. Now that being said not all red lipsticks are created equal or go on the same way. Some dry out your lips, some feel like grease, some come right off. Vixen from Eve Organics Beauty does none of that. This lipstick STICKS and is a fantastic shade of red. I have worn it with a full face of makeup to finish my look, and with big sunglasses and minimal makeup when I am running late. My lips stay moisturized and Vixen has a staying power.

Oh bronzer, what is it about finding the perfect bronzer that can drive a girl mad? I am so fair, translucent skin in the winter fair. I don’t even tan well. So that means bronzer is HARD for me, like a real struggle. I have been working with two of the Bronzers from Eve Organics, the Contour, and the Beautiful. The Contour bronzer is used for what its named for, contouring. The Beautiful bronzer is for all over color, I also used it to blend the Contour bronzer(because I am so fair). On my lighter makeup days I used the Beautiful bronzer to contour, and blend. This mineral makeup is loose so you do not need much of the product. A little goes a long way, and what is great is that mineral makeup never goes bad so, this bronzer will last a long time depending on your use.

Have you tried Eve Organics Beauty yet?
Curls and Contours, Eve Organics Beauty

Curls and Contours, Eve Organics Beauty

Vixen Lipstick c/o | Eve Organics Beauty, Beautiful Bronzer c/o | Eve Organics Beauty, Contour Bronzer c/o | Eve Organics Beauty 

Curls and Contours, Eve Organics Beauty

Curls and Contours, Eve Organics Beauty

Curls and Contours, Eve Organics Beauty

This is a C/O post but all opinions are my own, thank you very much! lol

Glossybox September

Just a quick post today, checking in with my Glossybox subscription. Currently on the couch recovering from a fun filled Saturday night in Detroit at the Zac Brown Band concert.

WOW, has it really been 3 months since I posted about my first Glossybox? Well I have been happily receiving and enjoying my Glossybox subscription since finding out through a friend about this great service. I am so happy with my boxes. Glossybox subscription service is like a gift to myself every month, when the box arrives it is packaged so well that you really do feel like you are receiving a present. I am praticularly excited to try out The Revitalizer from Boissanse, and the Coffea body scrub!

What was in my box this month? Here’s the details!

  1. Coffea– 16.00 A coffee scrub that claims to clear up dry patches, stretch marks and poor circulation(cellulite).
  2. Julep Luxe Lip– 24.00 This lip gloss has a Zamac tip applicator that is cooling, This gloss soothes, hydrates and plumps lips. *Does not taste good.
  3. Boissanse The Revitalizer– 58.00 This emollient replenishes and hydrates the skin, This facial moisturizer can be used all over your body.
  4. Emité Artist Colour Powder Blush– 22.00 This blush utilizes mica an ancient mineral that is used for its light reflecting properties.
  5. Nails Inc Uptown Nail Polish– 14.00 Nails Inc has created a lacquer that is both glossy and long lasting. This polish claims to be highly pigmented. I am going to try it out, but I will say that Glossybox continues to send me pink polishes when in my beauty profile I specifically wrote that I liked darker polishes.

 

Curls and Contours, Glossybox

Curls and Contours, Glossybox

Curls and Contours, Glossybox

Curls and Contours, Glossybox

Curls and Contours, Glossybox

Oh You Beautiful Girl.

Lets talk about my beauty routine, specifically my go to makeup routine for everyday(almost). Two years ago I watched a beauty tutorial on highlighting and contouring, and I was HOOKED. I immediately ran out to the nearest Ulta and dropped a chunk of change on everything I was going to need to help my very round face appear sculpted and contoured. Let me tell you I was NOT GOOD at highlighting and contouring. It was so hard and I had a lot of trial and error looks before I got some different products, new brushes and I was able to make Fetch happen FINALLY! (P.S. That is a Mean Girls reference, look it up).

Products that have been a game changer for my beauty routine would be, a beauty blender, liquid eyeliner, and a good highlighting stick.The beauty industry is constantly evolving and getting better, so its ALWAYS a good idea to pop into a good beauty store and chat with an expert on what is new and popular. I am not married to any of the the products that I use (except my mascara) so when I run out of a product I OFTEN get something different.

The hardest part about highlighting and contouring is BLENDING, my go to spots to contour are right under my cheek bones, along my jawline and along my hairline. Contouring is to create a shadow, for a round face you want to create definition, and you want your face to fade into your hairline. Creating that shadow is different for every face, no two people will contour in the exact same areas using the same amount of product. I contour from the ear to under the apples of my cheeks. I apply my bronzer before I apply my blush, this helps with blending and it helps you to shape your blush.

My go to places for highlighting are along the top of my cheek bone, down the middle of my nose and my chin. Much more than that and you start to look really shiny(NOT CUTE). You want to draw light to the features you want to be seen, so when highlighting think “What do I want noticed on my face” this mentality keeps you from highlighting your entire face lol.

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Curls and Contours, Beauty

Lets break down what products I use and why. Starting from the top!

  1. Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette– 54.00 eyeshadow that is AMAZING AND LASTS FOREVER!
  2. Mac Shroom Eyeshadow– 16.00 eyeshadow that is a perfect base and can work as a highlighter.
  3. Cargo Water Resistant Blush– 26.00 Blush that is great for building on, and perfect for summer activities
  4. Clinique Stay Matte Powder– 24.00 Powder that works great as a topper for foundation and concealer, or can stand on its own for a light makeup day. *If you have acne put concealer on first under this powder*
  5. The Balm Hot Mama Blush– 20.00 Great blush that also has highlighting qualities. Goes on fantastic and is subtle.
  6. Clinique Stay Matte Liquid Foundation– This foundation is perfect for oily skin, I use it as a base foundation and then build from there with concealer and then powder.
  7. They’re Real Mascara from Benefit– 24.00 This is HANDS DOWN the best mascara ever, believe me I am not married to any of my beauty products. BUT this one I just keep coming back to. AH-MAZING.
  8. Clinique Liquid Eyeliner(Similar)- 19.50 This is a great starter liquid eyeliner. Goes on smooth and stays ALL DAY! I am planning a switch to gel eyeliner but haven’t decided on a brand yet. Whats your favorite?
  9. Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight– 21.00 This is a newer purchase for me and its THE BOMB! Easy to use, lasts forever, stays on…
  10. Maybelline Master Conceal- 7.50 I don’t usually go for drug store brand cosmetics but I read about this one and its really a great buy. Truth moment- I ran out of concealer (Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer) I was in a pinch for time and scooped this up. I am a use it till its gone kinda girl so as long as its working I am going to use it up.
  11. Cargo Bronzer– 29.00 So amazing, this bronzer lasts FOREVER, I am starting to run low and I am going to make the jump to Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess, I love Cargo but I had the opportunity to try out Bronze Goddess and its unbelievable.
  12. Estee Lauder Automatic Lip Pencil Duo– 28.00 So beautiful, and perfect for touchups and creating a detailed lip. This liner is my new favorite!! (NOT PICTURED OOPS)

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NOW I ALREADY KNOW what you are thinking, that is a shit load of money to spend on makeup. My response, you only get one face. Its worth it to invest in yourself. But you already know that.


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I hope you enjoyed the little peak into my beauty routine. My advice if you want to highlight and contour. Put your face on everyday, DO IT. It takes practice and you really need to get to know the products that you are working with. PLUS, you look FIERCE everyday.

Contact me with questions, I am happy to help!

 

 

 

My First Glossybox

 

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My Glossybox came today, my Glossybox came today!! Yay! I have been so excited for it to finally come in the mail! This is my first experience with Glossybox, I have tried Ipsy and I have done quite a bit of reading on subscription monthly beauty boxes/packages/whatever. Here is my conclusion on why monthly beauty subscriptions are fun. Its like a little surprise gift to yourself EVERY month, and there are lots of different options and choices on what company you might want to work with. I tried Ipsy over the winter, and I really did like the “Surprise” gift to yourself idea. I was seriously so excited every month when that glittery purple package would come. AND then after a couple months, I started to be bummed about what was coming in my bag every month(I know #princessproblems right). So I decided to save my money and just STOP the madness for awhile.

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THEN a couple of weeks ago I was at a friends birthday dinner and she received a gift INSIDE a Glossybox. Being the self proclaimed coveter of pretty things that I am, I immediately perked up. What is that beautiful box I thought (and I think blurted out because I am loud like that). The giver of the gift, then went on to tell me about Glossybox, and how you receive FULL size products and luxury brands for only 21 bucks a month (If your like Whhaaaat, I know I had the same reaction).

Full Disclosure- I was already sold when I saw that adorable pink box with the black bow. Hook, line, and sinker I was donezo. I HAD to have that shit in my life ASAP! Today was like a fun little party just for me! I knew the box was coming because I have been psychotically tracking it for 3 effing days. You will learn that I have a PROBLEM with expensive cosmetics…Whatever you only get ONE face, so treat it nicely.

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Go to Glossybox.com and check it out! I created a beauty profile, and I am very pleased with the products I received this month!

Here is a break down of what I received!

Nexxus New York Salon Care- Color Assure Restoring Conditioner *FULL SIZE

Orly Nail Lacquer- Pure Porcelain

Too Faced Cosmetics- Better Than Sex Mascara

Etre Belle Cosmetics- Aloe Vera Ultra Moisturizing Gel

Doucce Lush Lip Gloss- Color 718 *FULL SIZE

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Nails Wraps, the new manicure.

 

I love a doing my nails. I LOVE it, I change my nails once a week, and its something that I really enjoy doing on a Sunday evening. I sit down with a glass of wine and take a few minutes to indulge in myself and do something just for me. Its all fun and games until, I bump my wine glass or smudge my polish…And then I am PISSED, I have to start all over with paint and the whole drying process is halted until I can get that one little spot correct. I seriously have every fast drying nail product under the sun. The spray, the drops, the polish, the little fan…I have even used my hair dryer to get my nails dry, because once I am doing painting them I am ready to be done with the whole process. I want instant dry so I can move on to what I have next on my mind. This NEVER works. NEVER.

Enter Nail Wraps, have you tried them? Put them on, instant manicure. No wait, no dry time…Possible perfection right? I have done the Sally Hanson wraps, and the Essie wraps too. But I always am left feeling more than a little disappointed. They are expensive its a ONE time use for ONE package and once you open them you are donezo, use it or lose it. Then half the time they don’t stick or they don’t have the pattern or color I was looking for.

I had the opportunity to try Jamberry recently, and I cant tell you how fun it was (actually I CAN tell you and I am right now lol). What set this product apart from the other wraps on the market is the personal application experience you receive from the consultant, you actually get to have a conversation with someone about the product and talk to them about how to properly apply and get the most out of the product. I would compare this experience to going to the Beauty counter at the mall(or Sephora, or Ulta), you don’t just walk up to the counter and pick a random product that you have never used and know nothing about and take it home and TRY to see if it works. Seriously don’t do that, talk to the expert that WANTS TO HELP YOU REALLY BAD!  Leslie the Jamberry consultant that I am working with was so helpful and fun to talk to. SHE is what made me love this product.

Not to mention all the designs and options the company offers. I had a hard time picking what I wanted to try out!

Side Note- Hand Modeling? Really effing hard, sorry for the awkward pictures in advance, remember I am still new at this.

 

 

The Stiletto nail that Lady GaGa doesn’t have…

Ok ladies, last week I decided that I needed to mix it up with my nails. I have for years been the classic rounded natural nail.

Anyways…Last week, I decided that I was in fact going to try that pointed nail look. I seriously was soooo nervous about it, “Oh my god, once I do it I can never go back” blah, blah, blah. But I got myself a new nail file and went ahead and filed those suckers to DEATH…seriously my leggings were covered in my own nail dust (gross). Then I thought actually stiletto is a little harsh, my nails are more like almonds. I rocked that almond look for a whole three days…Then I thought, you know what. Lady GaGa isn’t the only one that can rock some pointy ass dagger nails. So last night I went to filing, and you know what is totally adorable and chic? Stiletto nails.

So here is what I did, and how I did it. I got a NEW (thats right, big spender) nail file. I then just started working the nail file on the sides of each nail, creating a straight edge. I switched back and forth on either side of the nail bed, until I had worked the nail to a point. From there I painted my nails(Essie Muchi, Muchi), and scratched my husbands head for him…haha

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They are not perfect, but neither am I. Adorable for now, its easy to do and very chic!

Chat soon,

Anne