Saturday, January 25, 2014

Ulta Haul/Product Reviews January 2014

Hey everyone! So remember that one time like two posts ago when I said I wanted to post at least three times a week? Most definitely broke that resolution already. I'm sorry guys. I've been thinking a lot about this blog and the more I feel like I have to write on it, the more uninspired I feel to write. Especially since I feel that I'm not the greatest writer. I never want any of my posts to ever seem forced, I just think you guys deserve better than that. You deserve the best I can give ya! So from now on I only want to post when I feel inspired to do so.

So today I wanted to share a recent haul from Ulta, I treated myself to a few goodies because I had a gift card from Christmas and I also got my hands on a friends and family 20% off coupon, which was awesome. I've had my eye on a few of these items for a while so I was excited to be able to finally get them!

-Benefit They're Real! Mascara- I LOVE this mascara. I'm sure you can tell since it's the only mascara I've used in my tutorials so far. That says a lot because I am so incredibly picky when it comes to mascara for my long lashes. This stuff is great! It's not clumpy, it makes my lashes look so full and even longer than they already are. My last little sample tube is starting to dry up a bit so I needed to get a back up ASAP.
-NYX Wonder Pencil- This is a neat little product that caught my attention when I found out about it. It says that it's a "Concealer, Eye Brightener, Reverse Lip Liner in One". I got the color "light". It's creamy, a good consistency to work with. This is good to use in the inner corners of your eyes and under the brow to help brighten the eyes up. You can also use this to conceal blemishes, and also draw in your wrinkles to help soften the appearance of them. Thankfully I don't have any of those yet lol. I plan on using this stuff as a reverse lip liner when I wear bold lip colors. You want to apply your lip color first, then line outside the lips with this stuff and blend slightly outward. It will really help make the lip color pop.
-Nailtiques Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover- I've been using pure acetone to remove my nail polish for a while which can be very drying, and since winter is here that just makes the dryness 100 times worse. I wanted to find a good non-acetone remover because of this, and this formula contains aloe vera and other conditioners. I used this stuff yesterday and it's really great, it didn't severely dry out the skin around my nails and cuticles. I'm not sure if I'd repurchase another bottle since it is a bit pricey for nail polish remover and I paint my nails often. We shall see after I finish this bottle if I absolutely can't live without it. But it is good stuff.
-Lorac Behind The Scenes Eye Primer- I've been wanting to try a different eye primer since I've only ever used Urban Decay Primer Potion. I like UDPP(I've used it for several years) but I've been wanting to change it up and Tiffany D(MakeupByTiffanyD on Youtube) recently reviewed it and said she thought it was better than UDPP and 9 times out of 10 when I purchase something she recommends I'm very satisfied. I've only used this primer once so far but it was good! My eyeshadow held up well on my oily lids, no complaints. I can't form much more of an opinion on this until I use it a few more times but if you're interested in trying it, get it! It's a dollar more than UDPP but you get more product. So that's definitely another great thing about this product.
-Batiste Dry Shampoo- I decided on the "wild" scent mainly because the bottle is cute lol. I love leopard print! This stuff has good reviews on it so I wanted to try it since I'm on the lookout for a HG dry shampoo. I haven't used this yet, but I'll let you guys know via Twitter what I think of it after I use it, so make sure you're following me there! Follow me here.
-Real Techniques Setting Brush- Finally got around to buying a Real Techniques brush! I've only heard great things about these brushes so I'm excited to use this guy next time I use powder highlighter or if I have to set my under eye concealer. I think I want to try this out for contouring as well. It's really soft but a bit dense. If I really love it I'll definitely try out their other brushes!
-IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream- Oh I've saved the best for last! YOU GUYS. This stuff is AMAZING. I've been using this for about a week now. Yet another recommendation by Tiffany D, I'm so glad I decided to purchase this stuff. It's basically a moisturizer, sunscreen, and color correcter in one. My skin is far from perfect, I've got a lot of redness on my cheeks and this stuff covers most of it. I use the "light" shade and it matches my skin tone nicely. I LOVE THIS STUFF. It is so lightweight but the coverage it gives is incredible! It's also full of great ingredients and is a broad spectrum SPF 50. 50! Isn't that awesome?! I'm really happy with this stuff, especially because I am pretty picky when it comes to skincare. I don't like wearing foundation on a regular basis, so this product is really great for me. I highly recommend it!

That's it! I hope you enjoyed my first beauty haul! I'm really excited about all these goodies, I'm pretty satisfied with the quality of everything. I don't get to do beauty hauls too often so I'm definitely going to look forward to the next time I get to share one.

Thank you so so much for reading and for all of your support. I love you guys!

xo, Michelle

Friday, January 10, 2014

Get To Know Me: 25 Questions Tag

Happy Friday everyone! So I'm kind of stumped as to what to post but I just wanted to post *something* because I love you guys! I've wanted to do one of these "get to know me" tags so I figured it'd be a good time to post. Let's get right into it! <3

1. Do you have a middle name?
-Yep! My middle name is Victoria, female version of my grandpa's name which is Vittorio(it's Italian for Vic). I'm named after both of my grandparents, my first name Michelle is the English version of my Nonna's name, Michelina. 

2. What was your favorite subject in school?
-Art! I took a ton of art classes in high school. I also loved History.

3. What's your favorite drink?
-Honestly it's water with fresh lemon. How boring, right? Snapple Trop-a-Rocka(the Bret Michaels flavor) is a close second though.

4. What's your favorite song at the moment?
-"Drive" by Miley Cyrus annnnnd the song "Love Is An Open Door" from the Frozen soundtrack!

5. What would you name your children?
-I don't want kids! I want puppy children though. If I have a little girl I want her name to be Lady(I know how cliche but whatever!)

6. Do you participate in any sports?
-Nope! I am not sporty at all. I exercise, but so not sporty.

7. What's your favorite book?
-I don't care if I get judged for this but my favorite book is The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.

8. What's your favorite color?
-Tiffany blue...and silver...and white.

9. What's your favorite animal?
-Wolves and Orcas

10. What's your favorite perfume?
-Gucci Rush! I've been wearing it since I was 14 years old.

11. What's your favorite holiday?
-I really love Christmas, and I'm pretty much obsessed with it but my favorite holiday is actually Thanksgiving! I live everyday with gratitude in my heart so Thanksgiving is especially special to me.

12. Have you graduated from High School?
-Yep! Next year is my 10 year reunion actually. So not going to that.

13. Have you been out of the country?
-I can finally say yes to this question! YESSS! I've been to the Bahamas while on a Disney cruise. It was the most incredible vacation I've ever been on, I still think about it almost every day.

14. Do you speak any other languages?
-I took Italian for 5 years in grade school but I can't speak it fluently. I want to learn some French!

15. Do you have any siblings?
-Yes. That's all I have to say about that.

16. What's your favorite store?
-Target! Oh jeeze I need help. And Ikea and Pier 1. I just want a beautiful home lol.

17. What's your favorite restaurant? fancy restaurant? I don't get to go to fancy restaurants often. I like Cheesecake Factory but it isn't my absolute favorite. As of right now my favorite restaurant is probably Via Napoli in Italy in EPCOT at Disney World.

18. Do you like school?
-I don't go to school, I'm 26 years old lol. I went back to school 2 years ago so I could get my esthetics license, it was fun. It wasn't like..."school" school though if you even know what I mean. I went to college for one semester when I was 18. No I didn't like it. Maybe because it was community college.

19. Who are some of your favorite Youtubers?
-Tiffany!!! MakeupbyTiffanyD, I've been watching her since she began almost 6 years ago and she knows it! She is such an incredible and genuine person and I'm so grateful that I can call her a friend. I hope I get to meet her in person one day! I also really love Charismastar, MissJessicaHarlow, Thecurrentcustom, NicoleGuerriero, Vintageortacky, and Makeupgeek.

20. What's your favorite movie?
-The Little Mermaid

21. What are some of your favorite tv shows?
-Once Upon A Time, Doctor Who, Pretty Little Liars, Toned Up, basically anything on HGTV(House Hunters) and DIY Network(Kitchen Crashers and Rehab Addict)

22. PC or MAC?
-I've never had the privilege of owning an Apple computer so I wouldn't know if I prefer it! So I guess PC but I have an iphone that I use frequently for my online business.

23. What phone do you have?
-Iphone 4s, I want to get a 5s soon.

24. How tall are you?
-I'm 5'4! I love being a shorty, kinda wish I was a bit shorter! I'm a weirdo.

25. Any pets?
-Kind of. We have a family cat that is 12 years old, her name is Gem. And I have/had the most gorgeous German Shepherd in the world, he's almost 3 years old I've raised him since he was 6 weeks old, his name is Logan. He lives with his dad and I miss him terribly but that is not a can of worms I'd like to open up on my blog lol sorry guys!

I hope you guys enjoyed, if you have any other questions for me please leave them in the comments below! I love these tag/survey type things since sometimes I find it a bit difficult talking about myself! I'm sure I'll post another one of these soon.

Have a fabulous weekend and thank you for stopping by!

xo, Michelle

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Winter Blues Makeup Tutorial

First post of the new year! Hello my angels! How are you guys feeling? 2014 is going to be one of the best years of my life, I can feel it! I'm super excited for what's to come. What's to come? Who knows but I'm ready for it!

Today's post is a makeup tutorial, I was feeling inspired by the snow storm that hit us here in the northeast 2 nights ago. I really wanted to do this tutorial yesterday but I was frozen and  kinda red from shoveling the never ending snow that was in our big-ish driveway. Took forever to get warm again lol.

Our driveway covered! This isn't even the whole driveway. Me and my mom busted our butts shoveling yesterday haha. It was a great workout! 

Lots and lots of snooooow!!!

Let's get to the tutorial!

List of products used:
-Fluffy Blending Brush(here's an alternate)
-Sigma E30 Pencil Brush
-Sigma E55 Shading Brush
-Thin Angled Brush(here's an alternate)
-Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Naked(mine is from the original Naked Palette)
-MAC Eyeshadow in White Frost
-MAC Eyeshadow in Moon's Reflection
-MAC Eyeshadow in Deep Truth
-MAC Eyeshadow in Electra
-L'Oreal Lineur Intense Carbon Black Liquid Liner
-Benefit They're Real Mascara
-NARS Laguna Bronzer 
-OCC Lip Tar in Zhora

First with a fluffy blending brush, apply Naked eyeshadow on the crease, blending upward toward the brow bone. Doing is will warm up the look a little bit, it wont look so...1980's lol. Blue eyeshadow can be tricky sometimes!

Now using White Frost eyeshadow and a pencil brush, apply to the inner corner of the eye and just under the brows.

With a shading brush, use Moon's Reflection eyeshadow and apply it to just the middle of the eye lid.

Using the same pencil brush as before, apply Deep Truth eyeshadow to the inner third of the lid, as well as the outer third of the lid. Then using whatever shadow is left on the pencil brush, apply it to the crease. Now blend that well with the fluffy blending brush. If you find after blending that you lose some intensity of the light blue Moon's Reflection eyeshadow, just pack some more on!

Apply Electra eyeshadow to the lower lash line with a thin angled brush, then with the same brush apply Deep Truth eyeshadow to the outer half of the lower lash line.

Line the upper lash line with L'Oreal Lineur Intense Carbon Black liquid liner, then apply black mascara!

Use a bronzer to warm up the rest of the face since blue eyeshadow can be a bit much, especially if you're pale like me!

I used OCC lip tar in Zhora on my lips, it is a beautiful metallic peachy color with a bit of rose shimmer. You can use whatever peach or nude lipstick or lip gloss you like.

Here's the finished look!

What do you think? Please leave me feedback/suggestions in the comments below!

I hope you all are staying warm if you're snowed in, and if you're not snowed in then I'm coming over! It's freezing over here!

I love you guys, thank you for taking time out of your day to read this. Have a fantastic weekend! <3

xo, Michelle