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10 Techniques I learned in 2014

Hey All, Hope you had a happy new year! Today, I’ll be posting a quick list of new and/or improved techniques I learned in the year 2014. It’s been a huge year of growth in terms of my technique, what brushes I use for different tasks, and what products work best with my skin. With that said, here’s my list:

1. contouring and highlighting: This was the year I learned to sculpt and chisel my face into something less oval and round and a bit more angled.

2. blush application: I improved upon my blush application in terms of more blending and the idea that blush can also be used to shape the face in and of itself.

3.blending eyeshadow: I can now blend eyeshadow into a perfectly cohesive look that is much more polished.

4. defining the crease: I’ve learned to define my crease which creates a lot more depth when using a darker shade, preferably a matte brown.

5. using eyeshadow as eyeliner: I’ve learned to create a smokey eye without emphasizing my under circles.

6. brows: I’ve learned how to fill in my brows with brow powder and an angled brush, and even use a spoolie occasionally. I have naturally intense brows, and I just like to add some extra emphasis for a more bold yet still natural look.

7. beauty blender: I’ve learned to use my beauty blender knockoff from quo ($5) to create a an airbrushed look for concealer and foundation. Though I have foundation I generally just use powder now, it is a good skill to have.

8. packing on eyeshadow: I’ve learned to pack on shadow which means I waste less product and can create a bolder look.

9. lipstick application: I’ve learned to apply lipstick in a near perfect fashion, and have learned less is more, and you don’t need to use it bold over the entire lips.

10. powder application: I’ve learned to apply powder to targeted areas where they are needed and that a light dusting is all I need.

There you have it, my 10 techniques I learned in 2014. Hope you enjoyed this list, and please comment below a new technique you learned in the past year.



Makeup for cold nights and hot drinks

Hey Everyone, Long time, no type. So I’ve been thinking about what to blog about next, and figured since it’s been quite cold lately, even some snow, which is rare where I live, some winter/holiday makeup suggestions are in order.

Don’t you love the lipstick print of a bold lip on your mug while you wrap yourself in a leopard print snuggie whilst marathoning through revenge. Well, at least that’s me lol. Point being the holidays and winter in general are the perfect time to break out the bright red and berry lipsticks that can sometimes feel too intimidating most of the time. I mean, wear whatever you like whenever. That’s what I do. But there’s something special about that ultra matte ruby woo lipstick form mac. Or whatever your go to bright bold lipstick is. I recommend wearing a decent lip balm, as the cold weather tends to reek havoc on even the smoothest of lips.

Eyeshadow wise, I’ve recently gotten into golds, greens, burgundies,silvers, and blues. Gold eyeshadow is surprising flattering on most people, and just seems sort of fancy. An excellent glammed up neutral palettes is from Illamasqua called the neutral palette. It contains a matte brown, shimmery gold, mostly matte black, and a matte off white. It is rather glamorous due to the gold, and matte browns are a definite staple for adding definition to the crease. Silver and gold can take any look from day to night in mere strokes of your fave eyeshadow brush.

I love contouring, and think it’s a great way to add definition to one’s face, while also highlighting your gorgeous cheeks. I love shimmery champagne highlighters like the balm’s mary lou manizer. Rose gold highlighters look gorgeous on many.

Blush wise, I love a dolly look, so right on the apples of the cheeks. Something really bold like the bright fuschia pink of giorgio armani’s cheek fabric in 509. I’m told it’s a dupe for tom ford’s narcissist which was limited edition. The kind of flushed look like you just were outside is what we’re going for.

For nails, a bright shade is best. Or glitter. Glitter is always good. Golds and reds are classic. However, a barney purple like revlon colorstay gel envy in up the ante is rather daring.

So there you have it. My holiday makeup suggestions. This post was a bit all over the place but so are the holidays.  Let me know your fave holiday bold lip in the comments.

Have a good one 🙂

Anastasia Contour Kit Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

vanilla,banana,sand, java,fawn,havana

vanilla,banana,sand, java,fawn,havana

Hey Everyone,

Sorry it’s been so long since my last post. There’s just been a lot going on. Anywho, I’m back, and that’s what’s important. So today I will be talking about an amazing contour palette from Anastasia. Hope you enjoy, and let me know about your fave contour kits/palettes/products in the comments.

So when the Anastasia contour kit was back in stock at my local sephora, I knew I had to pick it up before they sold out. It was initially a limited edition product, but it is now possible to buy refill pans on Anastasia’s website in a greater variety of shades. As the in store option only comes in one set of shades. Onto the specifics of the palette.

The Packaging:

It is a cardboard palette containing 6 removable powder pans, hence the refills available online.  The shades are called sand, vanilla, banana, java, fawn, and havana. It is a bit delicate and thus needs to be handled gently. It has a good weight to it, and it sort of snaps closed, and possibly has a magnetized closure.

The Product:

There are 3 contouring shades, 2 highlighting shades, and a setting powder. Of the contour shades, 2 are matte and one has a small amount of sparkle. One of the matte contour shades, java, is a warm  toned brown,and the other,fawn, is a cool toned brown. The sparkle contour shade,havana, is darker and warm toned. Of the two highlighters, vanilla is an off white matte shade, and sand is a shimmery champagne shade. The setting powder,banana, is a yellow brightening powder, that is best used for setting under eye concealer. Some have compared it to the ben nye banana powder.

The Performance:

These shades are buttery smooth, with no fallout. When I swatched them at the store, I was so impressed. This is an extremely versatile palette. I use fawn most of the time for a subtle contour. Lately, I’ve been using java for a more defined contour. I sometimes use havana as a blush. I like the highlighters, as they are buildable,and barely emphasize pores. I use banana to set my concealer. For contouring, I use the sonia kashuk angled multipurpose brush or the elf angled blush brush. For highlighting and setting powder, I use the real techniques setting brush. I also find that one only needs to gently tap the powders to get enough product for most of the job. I find it only takes a couple minutes for me to use this kit, so it is a good before school or work palette.


This palette is perfect for the person who wants all in one multitasker, with high quality, buttery soft powders. It is great, no matter what your level of contouring experience is. I highly recommend it, and consider it a good investment sicne it is so versatile. The one thing that would improve this palette is if it was made of plastic or metal, and contained a mirror. It is a delicate item.

Let me know if you want a tutorial using this kit.

Hope everyone is having a good day 🙂

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Eye and Face Contour Tutorial featuring Urban Decay Naked 3 and Benefit Watt’s up!

Please check out my latest tutorial on doing a face and eye contour.

Products used were:
urban decay naked 3 palette
nars blush in orgasm
elf eye enhancing eyeshadow palette for hazel eyes
covergirl trublend liquid makeup in ivory1
l’oreal paris telescopic shocking extensions mascara in blackest black
l’oreal paris magiclumi concealer in light
olay regenerist micro-sculpting serum
benefit watt’s up! soft focus highlighter
burt’s bees lip shimmer in guava
mac mineralize skinfinish natural in light

dot by marc jacobs perfume
marcelle essentials moisture cream

Any opinions of mine are my own. They are not influenced by any company, advertiser, or affiliate. If I am given a product to review, or am paid for affiliate links, those will be clearly marked.