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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.



Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadows

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Today, I will be doing a review on the Maybelline Color Tattoo cream eyeshadows. These are my fave cream eyeshadows and are very affordable, especially on sale. I will be reviewing the two I own today, and will be hopefully be picking up some more in the future.

I previously talked about the maybelline color tattoo in barely branded in my highlighters post, which I will link down below. It is a gorgeous, champagne colour with a sheen to it. It glides on fairly smooth, thought it does need some blending. It is limited edition, but it is repromoted with many limited edition collections.  It works great as a eye base for eyeshadows, as a standalone cream eyeshadow, as a highlight, and layered with sheer eyeshadows. The maybellinea eye base for eyeshadows, as a color tattoos are said to be a dupe for the mac paint pots, which I am yet to try.

The other maybelline color tattoo is in the colour edgy emerald. I’m pretty sure this one is part of the permanent collecton. It is a vibrant turquoise aqua shade, with a sheen to it. Like barely branded, it glides on smooth but needs some blending. It can be used as a eye base for eyeshadows, as a standalone cream eyeshadow, as an eyeliner,  and layered with sheer eyeshadows. One other thing about these, is they are aptly named color tattoos, as these things stay on all day. They need a good makeup removal to completely get them off.

I recommend these to everyone, from beginner to experienced, as these cream eyeshadows are extremely versatile, and affordably priced. They generally cost $2 to $10, so wait for a sale. I hope this was helpful.

highlighters post:

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Essence eyeliner pen extra longlasting unboxing and first impressions

An unboxing as well as my first impressions of the Essence eyeliner pen extra longlasting that Shopper’s Drug Mart sent me. They also sent me a coupon that would allow me to buy $10 worth of Essence makeup, and to get a free mascara if I do so. I will hopefully be doing a mini haul video if I use the coupon. I am not being paid or endorsed by Shopper’s Drug Mart or Essence Cosmetics to review and/or advertise it. All opinions are my own.

I am wearing:
olay regenerist microsculpting serum
mac mineralize skin finish natural in light
nars blush in orgasm
nars soft touch shadow pencil in empire
benefit watt’s up! highlighter
urban decay naked 3 palette
elf eye enhancing eyeshadow palette for hazel eyes
l’oreal paris telescopic shocking extenions mascara in blackest black
l’oreal magiclumi concealer in light
mac matte lipstick in please me