Pride Makeup Look 2018/// Cruelty-free

Hello everyone, I know it’s been awhile since my last post, and I apologize for being so inactive. Last week I started work again (I work as a swim instructor at a local pool), and then some other things came up and because everything was so new again, I did not know how to balance my week out, anyways I hope to get back into my routine of posting at least twice a week.

I hope you all are doing well, and since I have hardly posted this month, I just wanted to wish everyone a very happy Pride Month! For those of you who do not know, June is known as Pride month for all those who identify as LGBTQ+, and today I am showing my support for the community and well of course celebrating Pride! I’ve been wanting to do a Pride rainbow makeup look for quite awhile and since throughout the month of June, Pride fests and parades are happening all over the world, I thought I’d show you one makeup look to try out. I will be attending Chicago’s Pride Parade this upcoming weekend, and I’m planning to complete this same makeup the day of. Anyways I hope you all enjoy this look and maybe even try it out for yourself.

Starting off with the eyes of course, since it happens to be the main action of our look. I decided to mimic the Pride flag on my eyes, a rainbow transition from red, orange, and yellow on one eye and on the other, green, blue, and purple. For today’s look, I used the BH Cosmetics “Take me to Brazil” Palette and the Nyx Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette in “Brights”. I used a few different brushes, that I will mention in the process of this look.

Before starting this eye look, I did apply the Urban Decay Skin Concealer onto my eyelids using my Beauty Blender, and then setting my eyes with the shade “Peach Butter” from the Too Faced Peachy Mattes Palette, (You can use any light neutral shade).

The first color I begun with was the yellow color, I started off towards the inner corner of my eyes, building it into my crease. I used a mix of the two yellow shades in the TMTB palette, using a “Beau Gachis Tapered Blending Brush” that I received in my Ipsy bag a few months ago. (I probably had the most trouble with the yellow, the pigment really was not showing up for some reason, which why it took me a little longer).

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The following color was the Orange that I used on the center of my lid, I used a blend of the orange from the TMTB palette and then the tangerine shade in the Nyx palette. To apply the orange, I used an It Cosmetics shadow brush, this is really good for picking up color. (Orange was the other color I struggled with for some reason, hopefully when I do this makeup look again, the color is more pigmented).

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The last color used on this eye, was the Bright Red. This is where the pigmented really started to show up. There is only one matte Red shade in the TMTB palette, and to apply the color onto the outer corner of my eyes/crease, I happened to use the “It Cosmetics Precision Shadow Brush”, another brush I adore.

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Once I had gotten all three colors onto my eye, I then blended them with the “BH Cosmetics V5 blending brush” to make sure that there was not any harsh lines and to give it an ombre effect. I also wanted to mention that if I use a repeated brush, I do clean it with the Vera Merona Mini Color Switch, to remove any of the previous colors.

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Next up is my other eye, which holds the other three colors of the Pride flag. I went ahead with the Green first, starting in the inner corner of my left eye working it into the crease. The first green was from the TMTB palette and then the darker green was from the Nyx palette to begin the transition for the blue. To apply the green colors, I used this thin brush that I also received in my Ipsy bag a few months back, by SL Miss Glam.

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With my blue shades, I used the same brush when I did the Orange. I decided to start off with a turquoise like blue and then darken it up with a midnight blue color, as it would be transitioning to the purple.

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Lastly, for my purple color, I kept it pretty simple and only used one color. Using my Wet n’ Wild Large Eyeshadow Brush. To compact and slightly smoke out the color.

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That completes my eyeshadow look, and now onto the glitter magic. (I finished the rest of my face makeup before starting on the glitter). For highlight, I used the cream highlight stick by Milk Makeup in Techno, I know they were promoting this for Pride Month, so I am unsure if this is sold only for a limited time. Next, I applied the Nyx Glitter Primer with a little precise brush by Real Techniques, where I decided to primarily focus on the highs of my cheekbones. I applied the Nyx Crystal Glitter with the same brush and just compacted a bit onto the primer. I decided to keep it to a crescent shape.

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Once I was done applying the glitter to both sides of my cheekbones, I finished off by highlighting areas of my face with the shadeChehoo” from the Babe in Paradise Palette.

 

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That completes the final Pride Makeup look. I am no MUA, but I was happy with the way everything turned out. I do hope that the colors come out more pigmented on the day of the Pride Parade and I will also be applying more Glitter than I did here. Hopefully you all enjoyed, and happy Pride! 🌈 I also wanted to say thank you to everyone who follows my blog, I hit 200+ followers!

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Best Beauty Products Under $10/€10 | Cruelty-Free

Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing well! Today’s post will be the best beauty products for $10 or under! I thought this would be a good post to find some great quality products without breaking the bank. I have included six facial products and two beauty tools. I will leave the prices in US Dollars and in Euros for my European readers! (post is not sponsored).

#1 Essence Get BIG Lashes! Volume Curl Mascara: $3.99 or €3.24

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I love this mascara, especially given the price, that you cannot beat! This mascara gives your lashes a dark full look. The wand is designed to give your eyes a curled style to them. Not to mention that Essence has a huge line of different mascaras! If this one is not for you, then try another one, since now you will be able to afford four mascaras compared to the price of one prestige one! Find at: Ulta Beauty or the Essence Website.

#2 Wet n Wild Large Eyeshadow Brush: 99¢ or €.80 

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Okay honestly, this is probably the best bargain. It’s an eyeshadow brush for 99¢! If you do not know already, Wet n Wild has some of the best brushes for makeup (and even their makeup products) at the most affordable prices. I purchased this at Dollartree along with two other brushes, a while back and since then this has been a favorite of mine. I find that whenever I use this, the color picks up very well onto my eyeshadow, I highly recommend. Find at: Target or the Wet n Wild Website.

#3 Wet n Wild Coloricon Blush in Mellow Wine: $2.93 or €2.38

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Speaking of Wet n Wild, the next product is one of my top blushes! This blush is pigmented giving you a beautiful cheeky lush to your face. The affordable price makes this product a double win, it is also ideal for all skin tones, so definitely check it out! Find at: Walmart or the Wet n Wild Website.

#4 Real Techniques Blush Brush: $9.00 or €7.30 

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Now my holy grail, all time favorite blush brush is this brush right here! Real Techniques brushes are made of 100% synthetic bristles, giving your face only the softest touch. The brushes are priced in the middle, however they last quite some time, because of their quality! Find at: Ulta Beauty or the Real Techniques Website.

#5 NYX HD Finishing Powder: $9.99 or €8.10 

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This product barely makes the cut-off, but this product is also one of my favorites, I love to set my face in this, it gives you matte skin, decreasing any creasing in your foundation, and gives your skin a smooth look. I highly recommend this for an oily person, or someone who likes their makeup matte, mixing this in with the Laura Mercier powder gives the skin a flawless look, I swear by it! Find at: Ulta Beauty or the NYX Cosmetics Website.

#6 Essence Shine Shine Shine Lipgloss in 03: $2.99 or €2.43

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Cue in “Lip Gloss by Little Mama”, girl your lips will be poppin after applying this gloss! I love the beautiful juicy look my lips have when I apply this, I honestly feel like a Queen B and you will too! It’s super inexpensive and super duper cute, you just need to get this for your lips to feel like royalty! Find at: Ulta Beauty or the Essence Website.

#7 Mario Badesco Rosewater Facial Spray: $7.00 or €5.68

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Do I even have to explain why this is on the list? Perfect for all types of skin, and only $7.00 for a 4 fl oz bottle. The spray works as a prep spray, finishing spray, and for a refreshing mist throughout the day. Find at: Ulta Beauty.

#8 Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes: $5.99 or €4.86

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It’s no surprise that I am a huge fan of Burt’s Bees and if you’ve read my Nighttime Skin Care Routine 2018 |Cruelty-Free, you would have seen that I use these. I honestly just love how soft and gentle these are for the skin, perfect for those with sensitive skin, and get the job done of removing makeup. Find at: Ulta Beauty.

I hope this post was very helpful to you! If it was then please do not forget to like and comment down below one of your favorite inexpensive products or what product you would like to try from the ones above. If you enjoyed this post then do not forget to like it and please subscribe with your email in the sidebar, to be notified of new posts through your email, (be sure to confirm subscription in email) also make sure to follow me on my social media pages, down below!

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What’s in my Ipsy Glam Bag for February 2018?

Hello everyone, it is officially Friday, so happy weekend! I am back with another Ipsy post, of what I received in my Glam bag for the month of February! Personally, off of a first impression, both my January and February glam bags are neck and neck, however I do prefer this month’s theme and bag itself more than January’s. (See What’s in my Ipsy Glam Bag for January 2018?).

This month’s theme is “Unzipped”, about embracing everything you are. It is about redefining sexy, and that you are not limited to a specific size, shape, or age. I think this is a great theme especially for February, practicing self-love and celebrating the beauty everyone holds.

It cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Waterproof Concealer in Medium Tan

I am a huge fan of It Cosmetics, I love their CC+ cream, it’s my go-to! I have tried the concealer once before, and I will say I was not a huge fan. I felt that it was very heavy, and although it is full-coverage, it creased for me. I am willing to try this product again, because before the shade was actually too light for me, so fingers crossed for this one!

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LUXIE 249 Double-Sided Eyeshadow Brush

I absolutely love LUXIE eyeshadow brushes, they are my all-time favorite, so when I received this brush, I was so excited! This brush is double-sided, one side it is similar to my Tapered Blending brush, in between the sizes of 205 and 229. On the other side, it is a dense precision eyeshadow brush, I also think it can work for concealer, so I will definitely try it out for that.

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Pacifica Beach Crystals Natural Mineral Eye Shadows

I love Pacifica skin care products, so when I heard they have a makeup line, I was very eager to try it. The colors are very unique shimmery colors, that come in cute crystal holographic packaging. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the brand Pacifica, they are 100% vegan and cruelty-free! I will also be doing some swatches down below!

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From the swatches down below, I did go over the color twice to try to give it the most pigmented color. I really like “Spaced Out”, however the colors are unfortunately not that pigmented, but I will try to make them work, and let you guys know in a later post!

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Please excuse my hairy arm!

Biobelle Perfecting primer Sheet Mask

Okay so this product is a sheet mask that you use as a primer before makeup application, it claims that it “enhances radiance, minimizes pores, and evens skin tone”. The concept itself seems very intriguing, and the mask also says that it is, free of parabens, gluten-free, and non-gmos. However, something that I am upset about is the fact that no where on the package does it claim to be cruelty-free, and granted that not all products mention their animal-testing policies, I could not even find it on their site, so if anyone knows if Biobelle is cruelty-free please comment down below, it would be a big bummer if they are not. 😦 Processed with VSCO with t1 preset

PUR Cosmetics Fully Charged Mascara

Last but not least, is this mascara by PUR Cosmetics. I have not really had the opportunity to try PUR Cosmetics, but I do know that they are cruelty-free and are mostly vegan. Also I have been loving the mascaras I’ve receiving in my Ipsy bags!

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The wand is perfect to separate your lashes and give them a longer look! 

Thank you for reading! I hope you liked seeing what I received in my February 2018 Ipsy Glam Bag! Hopefully, I will be doing an overall review of my products sometime early March. Comment down below what you received in your Ipsy Glam Bag this month! If you enjoyed this post then do not forget to like it and please subscribe with your email in the sidebar, to be notified of new posts through your email, (be sure to confirm subscription in email) also make sure to follow me on my social media pages, down below!

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