My Collaboration with “Swagear Fashion”

Hello my beauts, and welcome to my channel if you are new, I want to personally say thank you so much for stopping by! I love when new visitors and faces come and pop by, it means so much to me! Can we talk about this beautiful weather we have been getting lately!? Like, come on. This weather just makes me in such a fantastic mood, and we recently bought a new patio set, so I can enjoy my coffee or tea out on the balcony! I love hitting up Starbucks and grabbing my “Iced Venti non-fat chai latte with light ice“, oh my goodness so yummy! If you beauts have not tried this drink yet, I highly recommend it! Literally tastes like Christmas in a cup! It’s amazing, and it’s my go-to drink that’s for sure. So with this beautiful weather calls for photo shoots outside! As you beauts know I absolutely love my pictures, especially taking pictures outside. This weekend, I had to take advantage of the beautiful weather and take some shots outside. My photographer is my boyfriend Dayten, and I can not thank him enough for taking my pictures for me, he’s amazing. Love him!

I recently collaborated with a rad clothing company called, “Swagear Fashion“. I am hooked on graphic tees and shirts that have unique quotes, I think they are perfect for the spring and summer. I reached out to this awesome clothing company because I was hooked on their t-shirts and the different sayings. I asked if the company was interested in a collaboration with me and they were more than happy to, stating they are always on the lookout for fashion bloggers to review their products.  I was drawn to pretty much their whole clothing line, digging the different quotes on the shirts!  The clothing line is made in the USA, and features so many hot and trendy designs. These shirts are perfect to showcase your character. I absolutely love slogan tees and find that they really show off who I am, and are super cute to wear. There were so many different shirts to look at and choose from!  One shirt that really grabbed my attention was a coffee shirt! I absolutely love my coffee and anything that promotes coffee. The slogan on the shirt read, “Coffee doesn’t ask silly questions, coffee understands“. Love it. Of course, I had to take pictures featuring the love of my life… Starbucks. This shirt retails for $24.95 in store which is great!  One thing I noticed right away when I received my shirt in the mail was how comfortable the material was. Sometimes when I order graphic tees, the material of the shirt is so uncomfortable, and rough and just does not feel good on your body. I was so shocked and amazed at how comfortable the shirt was! I was really excited about the quality of the shirt! I absolutely love the quote on the shirt as well! For sure a shirt that is going to be worn numerous times. I simply paired my shirt with a pair of ripped jeans, sunnies, and converse. What I also love about this site is that there are different categories of shirts; casual, trendy and humour.

I absolutely love my new shirt! I highly recommend coming and checking out their Instagram page and website! Come check out their Instagram page over at, “swagearfasion” and their website at http://www.swagearshop.com.  I want to take the time to personally thank Swagear Fashion for allowing me to collaborate with their company, you guys are awesome and have such a great clothing line! Love it! Be sure to come spread some love over on their page! Also be sure to follow my social media sites for upcoming blogs and collaborations in the near future! Take care and much love xo.

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Beyond Reality with Giulianna Marie

Beyond Reality with Giulianna Marie

Photograph taken by @futbolesbomb

Hey my beauts, and welcome back to my channel! Thank you so much for dropping in and stopping by, I greatly appreciate it beyond words. I absolutely love blogging for you guys and just want to take the time to say thank you so much for the support over the years, you guys are awesome! Thank you so much for following my blogging channel as well, I love hearing from you guys! I hope you all are enjoying my channel as well, if you any types of blog posts you would like to see and view please don’t hesitate, I love suggestions! So I bet you guys are wondering who I am going to collaborate with today and I am beyond excited for this collaboration you beauts. This beautiful lady is only 20 years old and has a strong passion towards makeup and the makeup industry. I have looked up to her for a while now, and her posts always greet me on Facebook, especially cause Halloween is right around the corner. Her style of makeup and techniques are phenomenal, and I highly recommend checking out her Instagram if you have not already. I am super excited to announce I have collaborated with the gorgeous Giulianna Marie in regards to her makeup and beauty related career.

For starters, I want to welcome Giulianna to my channel and it’s such a pleasure having her here! I can not believe you are only 20 Giulianna that blows my mind, you have such an amazing talent and are going so far in life. Giulianna finished two years of college but is currently taking time off to focus on makeup at the moment. She plans on going to school next year but is hoping that the time off will open new doors and opportunities for her. I wanted to ask Giulianna right away when she first started getting into makeup and becoming involved with the makeup industry. Giulianna states “I did some makeup when I was very young, playing around with those huge cheap sets for little girls. I started wearing eyeshadow every day in high school and began my beauty Instagram my senior year”. Something that absolutely blows my mind completely was that Giulianna was self-taught. How incredible is that? You would think with a talent like hers that she must have been taught by professionals or something but nope, completely self-taught!

I was very curious as to how long Giulianna spends editing and making her videos since she does have a Youtube account which is Giuliana Marie. Giulianna expresses, “I’ve been disappointingly inconsistent with youtube, but I’m currently doing 31 days of Halloween and uploading a new video every day. One video takes me anywhere from 4-10 hours of filming and editing”.  Beauts, check these amazing Halloween Tutorials that she has come up with and shown on her channel, I am beyond amazed and floored by her talent.

Tears for Humanity

Serpent 

Two Faced

The Joker

The Devil Inside

 

Cat Fight 
A Creepy Clown 


How crazy good are these though?!

I wanted to know what makes Giulianna comfortable in front of the camera and to my surprise, she isn’t that comfortable yet and intends to work on it. Could’ve fooled me for sure!

What is one you tuber you watch that deserves more views/ subscribers
then they have? “I don’t watch any YouTubers really. But my friends Jill Foran and David Steinberg both have youtubes and are definitely underrated based on their artistry but also how much time they put into their videos”. 

How long does it take you to prep for a video? “About a half hour just to do my base and get my studio clean enough”. 


Photograph taken by @Johncotter

I was very curious as to how long it takes for Giulianna to get ready in the morning! For me, it depends what kind of mood I am in and if I feel like putting makeup on and getting myself all dolled up or not. Sometimes I can take two hours, other times I can take 10 minutes. Giulianna states, “I don’t usually wear makeup everyday unless its a special occasion, just because I feel like its a waste of time if I’m not going to post it on Instagram. I would like this to change and start to dedicate an hour a day to make myself feel good in the morning. if I go out, ill spend 1-2 hours getting ready”.  I hear you Giulianna, I am the same way, I always think it’s such a waste but when you get yourself all dolled up and ready, you really do feel happier and more upbeat about starting your day! It makes your day more enjoyable knowing that you look great and feel good about yourself.

I also wanted to know who inspires Giulianna to do her makeup. She goes on to explain that she is inspired by many colour combinations, different styles and her emotions.

“…there is a way to be good again”- The Kite Runner 


What is a quote or phrase that you live by? “…there is a way to be good again…” – The Kite Runner (my favourite book)”. 

Being a beauty guru, I had wondered if Giulianna had attended any beauty events or special events before. She explains, “I have attended GenBeauty and IMATS”. That’s fantastic! Those would be such good events to go attend to and you would learn so much as well! I then asked Giulianna if she does freelance makeup before for any clients? She explains that she has done a few people in her town makeup before, but does not really do any freelance makeup. Giulianna states, “doing other people’s makeup makes me nervous”.  I am the same way! I absolutely love doing my own makeup and experimenting with makeup products and what not,but when it comes to doing other people’s makeup I am afraid to mess up and do something wrong, or I am scared they will not like it! I personally would just rather stick to doing my own makeup.

I know that Giulianna has a lot of followers on her social media sites, especially on Instagram, with a stunning 451, 000 followers. That is incredible, way to go! I was curious as to how long it took to achieve this. Giulianna expresses, “I only have a substantial following on Instagram, and I’ve been for about 2.5 years now. I’d like to be a lot further in my career”.  Still, that’s amazing, and I have no doubt that you will achieve this goal of yours Giulianna!


One piece of advice you would give to someone who was just starting out in the beauty industry? “Be prepared because it can really take a toll on you. Make sure it’s something you really want”. I had also wanted to know what other hobbies she enjoys doing besides makeup! She states, “Not much! I used to paint and draw all the time. but now I spend most of my time on makeup”. I hear you! I spend most of my time blogging, and when individuals ask me what else I like to do in my free time, I have a really hard time coming up with an answer for them!

I then asked Giulianna how she would explain her makeup techniques and style. Giulianna states, “hmm, I definitely prefer heavy makeup for my daily looks (like super dark smokey eyes). I would also describe myself as a detail-oriented perfectionist because I spend so long on my looks”. 

How do you come up with your looks? “I plan them, draw sketches and make tons of lists then pick which I want to do”.  I also asked Giulianna who her favourite beauty guru was. Giulianna explains that her favourite beauty guru is Samantha!


I always am so curious about this question and always wonder what makeup artists would say! I asked Giulianna what was one piece of makeup that she could not live without. She states, “Ugh, how can I pick one? Probably purple eyeshadow, or black gel eyeliner. But realistically, foundation or concealer as well, haha. I can’t choose one!”. I think for me, I personally could not live without my eyebrow products seeing as I hardly have any eye brows, to begin with! I would for sure need my brow products, they are a necessity!

Finally, wrapping up my collaboration with Giulianna Marie, I asked her where she sees herself 5 years from now. Giulianna expresses, “well I hope that by then I’ve had a “big break” and have established myself enough to be making substantial money, and have a nice house or apartment. I would like to get married around that age as well and start planning for kids. But I also want to be financially stable first, so hopefully, I’ll be bringing in the dough and own my own business/brand by then! HOPEFULLY. I stress about this every day”. I have so much faith in you Giulianna! You are by far one of the most talented makeup artists I have ever seen and I really wish nothing but the best for you! It was an absolute honour working with you on this blog post and having you as a special guest! I just want to thank you again! I hope all you beauts go help and share some love on her Instagram page which is “guiliannaa” and her link for her youtube channel is located in the link within her bio on her Instagram Page.

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I hope you beauts enjoyed this collaboration with the gorgeous Giulianna Marie, and be sure to follow my other social media accounts located on my homepage for upcoming blog posts in the near future! Take care!

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Back to school makeup tutorial ( neutral) 

Back to school makeup tutorial ( neutral) 

It’s that time of the year again beauts ! Some people are dreading it, others enjoy it and some people look forward to it. Yes… I am talking about back to school. Personally, I am not looking forward to it but hey … if that means close to being done school then that’s what I am looking forward to! I mean… who doesn’t want to be done college right ?! I am currently in college for social service work and really am enjoying it. I just finished a placement over the summer and have another placement in October that I am going to be given so I am looking forward to that! How about you guys ?! You excited school is tomorrow or what ?! Don’t sound too excited now … easy there. I thought I would share with you guys what I usually wear makeup wise to school, I don’t go crazy but I make sure I look decent for school all the time. I always like to wear easy makeup to school because let’s face it … who likes getting up extra early to get ready for school in the morning? Not me. I would rather be sleeping personally.  So I came up with this look for you guys, it’s super easy pretty much consists of two shades within the Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette! Shall we get started ?!


First I make sure I start off with a fresh clean face! Nobody likes a dirty face. I then start to apply all my face projects such as foundation, powder, you get the picture. 


I then am going to quickly fill in my brows for you guys off camera and quickly contour and highlight my face.


After this is done, I will grab my primer for my eye lids and prime those bad boys up for my eye shadow! I am going to go in with the shade “Primavera”, and apply this shimmery cream shade all over my entire lid, ensuring that I get the inner corners.



I then am going in with a shade from my Kat Von D Shade Light Eye Palette, the light brown shade. I am using the light brown shade that’s the first on the left-hand side of the palette. I am using a fluffy brush and apply this to the crease of my lids.



After applying these two shades I am quickly lining the top of my lids with a black liquid eye Liner, grabbing some of my favourite mascara and applying this to my lashes. I then am grabbing a light pink lipstick to add a pop of colour to my lips and voila !



Lets fix that hair ! 


“… I could stop buying makeup but I’m not a quitter ” 


I hope you beauts enjoyed this really easy and simple neutral makeup tutorial. Let me know if you guys try it out! Be sure to follow my other social media sites located on my home page for upcoming blogs in the near future!

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Subtle Purple/Pink Smokey Eye

Subtle Purple/Pink Smokey Eye

Hey beauts , I hope you guys all had a fabulous Thursday! Just think … tomorrow is Friday! Thank God , and no more classes for me just placement on Monday ahh!! I decided to do this blog post today on a nice subtle purple/pink smokey eye that I came up with using my naked 3 palette, which is an absolutely stunning palette that I will always LOVE. 


So shall we jump right into it or what ? You can honestly wear this look for daytime or night time I would just highly recommend for daytime , using less of the shade ” Blackheart”.

So first things first I am going to start off with a fresh face , right away I went in and applied my foundation , powder and all that jazz. I skipped adding this in the tutorial as stated previously in my other posts , I usually stick to the same full face routine , so go ahead and check I out in my other blog posts !


I already went in and applied my eyebrows as well , and also an eyelid primer before moving onto the eyes!

The Eyes 

 So right away I am going to grab my Nakes 3 palette which has all these gorgeous pink shades and apply “Mooner” within the crease with a fluffy brush . I am going to ensure that this is all blended out nicely and that there are no harsh lines !


After applying this medium shade within the crease, I am going to take the shade “Strange” and apply this to the inner corners of my eyes. This is going to help brighten up your eyes! Next, I am going to take the shade “Buzz” and apply this to the middle of my lid. This is a beautiful soft sparkly pink which I adore, and it really gives off the gentle look.


After applying this subtle shade to the centre of my lid, I am going to take the shade ” Blackheart“, and applying this to the outer corner of my eyes, the outer V. This is going to create that beautiful smokey eye look, adding a hint of purple to the lids. I added a bit more of this pigmentation to create more of a dramatic look but you can go how dramatic you wish!


I then went in and applied some mascara, added in some false lashes and some stunning purple lipstick to complete the look!


And voila! You are ready for that hot date or a day out in the sun! You choose!




I could stop buying makeup… but I’m not a quitter” 



 

I hope you beauts enjoyed this super easy makeup tutorial! Be sure to check out my other social media accounts located on my home page for more blog posts to come in the near future! Let me know if you beauts try this look out ! 


A Hint of Gold-Spring Makeup Tutorial 

A Hint of Gold-Spring Makeup Tutorial 

Hey there my gorgeous beauts! Welcome to my channel if you are new! I decided to change things up again a bit and show you guys a makeup tutorial that I came up with! This one is inspired by spring of course, and is called “a hint of gold “. I am going to be incorporating a gorgeous purple shade by the lovely Modern Renaissance Palette, and add a hint of gold using my Naked Palette. This is a very easy tutorial and I wanted to pass on this look to you beauts! It obviously helps to add a purple top in with this look, just to complete it! Shall we get started?

Cleansed Face 


1) First ensuring that my face is completely washed and primed! My face has been hating me recently, I usually get breakouts on my chin, if you guys have any suggestions on how to get rid of that acne let me know!

Cover them pimps! 


2) Voila ! That’s a little bit better ! I did my normal everyday face routine using all of my facial makeup applicators including my lovely beauty blender! I also applied my contour and highlighter.

The Eyes 


3) Going in with my beautiful Modern Renaissance Palette , I am going in with the purple shade labeled , “Buon Fresco”, and applying this all over my entire primed lid. I am dragging this colour into the crease as well just to ensure every part of my lid is covered. Applying this to my crease as well helps the colour look more blended and not so harsh.


4) I am then going in with the lovely Naked Palette and taking the shade “Halfbaked”, and applying a small dab, literally one stroke, to the middle of my lid. This helps create the spotlight effect that I discussed in my previous blog posts and looks absolutely stunning, hence the hint of gold.



5) I am then done with the eyeshadow of this look, yes it was that easy,  and now adding a winged liner and mascara.



6) Of course, I need to add some false lashes, this is optional! I absolutely love the way of false lashes complete any look and pull it all together . I also put on my favourite lipstick ever, the NYX Cosmetics Liquid Lingerie Lipstick in the shade ” Embellishment”, and applied this all over my lips. I added a few more accessories to the look as well such as a beautiful light purple satin choker.



And voila! A gorgeous purple spring look with a hint of gold, perfect for day time and night time.


On a bad day, there’s always lipstick” 


I hope you beauts enjoyed this short makeup tutorial perfect for spring! Make sure to follow my other social media accounts located in my bio for the latest updates!


Blacker than Black Smokey Eye Tutorial

Blacker than Black Smokey Eye Tutorial


Good evening beauts  ,hope everyone is having a lovely Saturday night! I was looking at apartments all day long today, thinking we found the right one so fingers crossed! I was playing some old Avril Lavigne today ( the second album come on guys…unreal), and I was inspired by her to create a very...I mean very dramatic look. I absolutely love black smokey eyes, I think they are drop dead gorgeous and someone who can pull it off...props to you! I have not shown an intense black smokey eye on my channel before so I thought I would today for you guys, thanks, Avril!  I highly recommend wearing this look for night outs, as daytime looks, you might get glared at haha! I will be using my ‘Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette” for this look. Shall we rock into this?

First things first, I applied all of my face makeup already and added some tape to the corner of my eyes just to ensure I have a clean line afterwards. I am going to only use the black within the palette of course for this tutorial. This may seem like a very easy tutorial to do since I only used black, however, this was one of the more time-consuming tutorials I have ever done. This is simply because black is such a dark colour, that the fallout will be there, and the blending will be your cardio for the day….literally (bye gym). I am taking a small eyeshadow brush and applying black to the entire lid, placing a bit in the crease but not too much. I am ensuring that every piece of skin is covered on my lid. I had to build up the pigmentation a bit, so be patient! You are literally probably looking at the picture up thinking, “wow why would you post that, that looks ridiculous”. I wanted to show you guys the reality of this look. when you first start, you are not going to be red carpet ready straight away. Your lines are going to appear super harsh and that will eventually be blended nicely.

You are then going to start blending into the crease, and literally blend your life away. I am really focusing on the crease as I want this to look as subtle and flawless as opposed to harsh lines. I even am dragging the black slightly above my crease as well with my fluffy brush. I want a really dramatic smokey eye effect for this look. I then removed the tape and voila, you are literally left with clean straight lines which can outline your winged liner for you….nifty!

As you can see, I even put some of the black underneath my bottom lashes to appear more dramatic and intensify the look. I also went in with some black eyeliner and applied this to my waterline.

I then went in with some mascara and applied this to my bottom and top lashes. I also applied some black liquid liner for the winged look, and placed some false lashes on as well, obviously.

That’s it! I added a bit of some nude lipstick to stay away from overpowering the eyes, and you are left with an absolute badass sexy look for a night out!

“When I die, press my ashes into a smokey eyeshadow palette”

“Savage as F***”

I went a little camera crazy here guys I apologize, I just had to show you how badass this look turned out to be!

I hope you guys enjoyed this short and sweet intense black smokey eye tutorial! Be sure to follow my other social media accounts located on my home page to stay updated with the latest blogs! Have a great evening!

Empties/New Beauty Products; March

Empties/New Beauty Products; March

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Happy sunday beauts! I hope you guys are all having a wonderful weekend so far! My weekend has been great which always puts me in a good mood! I decided to write today’s post on new beauty products that I have purchased for the month of March and instead of making another blog, I decided to mention some empties that I will be repurchasing as well. I always always love reading these kinds of blog posts, I think they are so informative which is awesome, so I thought, “why not do it for you beauts!“, let’s get into it!

New Beauty Products

I am going to mention some of the newer products that I purchased this month. I did not really buy too many products because to be honest, nothing really caught my eye that much. However, the couple products that I purchased I am super happy about and thought I would share with you guys. The first is the picture located at the top. I purchased the new “Cupcake” face mask from Lush. This face mask smells unreal and is to be kept in the fridge. I tend to have combination skin, so I find that this face mask works perfectly when I do have oily skin. I really love how this face mask has ingredients to calm redness, cool those troubled areas, and to deeply cleanse your skin. I really do love this mask and highly recommend trying it out for yourself. I purchased it at Lush for around $11.00.

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The second product that I have for you guys is… you guessed it…. the Nicole Guerriero Palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills. I purchased this at Sephora for around $52.00, and highly highly recommend trying it out for yourself. I have been constantly using the same highlighter since forever, it is the Laura Mercier Highlighter and I usually always mention it within my makeup tutorials. I was hesitant to try a new highlighter but can honestly say I am glad that I did! I absolutely love the variety of shades this palette comes with. You get pink shades, coral shades, champagne shades, platinum shades, and brown shades. I focus the brown shades more on contouring and bronzing areas simply because they are a bit darker for a highlighter. I usually go in with my regular bronzer then apply the shimmery Nicole bronzer on top and it looks absolutely flawless.  You can play around with the shades when it comes to different looks as opposed to just using one highlighter.

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(Yes I already got the top of it covered in foundation… leave it up to me)

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Hands down I would have to say this is my favourite eyeshadow palette at the moment, it is the Modern Renaissance Palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills. I was recommended by a friend to try this out and I have to say, it is absolutely flawless. The amount of looks you can create is insane, and there is literally a look with everything. I love how this palette pushed me out of my comfort zone and got me to experiment with new shades and colours. I now wear oranges and purples to work which I never would have done. The colours are extremely pigmented which is wonderful and you can make the looks as subtle or dramatic as you wish. I purchased this at Sephora for $55.00 and highly recommend giving this baby a try!

Empties

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So I literally just bought another beauty blender today at Sephora for around $28.00. If you would have told me years ago to go out and purchase this sponge I would have told you that you are out of your mind and I am not purchasing a sponge for $30.00. Guys, I can not live without this now. I have had my old beauty blender for a couple of years now but it was looking pretty beat up not going to lie. I had the black beauty blender but decided to get the pink one just to change things up a bit. I always use my beauty blender when applying my foundation to my face, my concealer and so forth. Even if I am baking, I will use my damp beauty blender to apply the powder under my eyes (works unreal). I for sure think this is my ride or die, I don’t know how I lived without this. If you are hesitant to spend the money on a sponge trust me, it will change your life.

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I just recently finished this product and will for sure be buying another one. I loved using my Mac Studio Fix Powder when setting my foundation. This was around $33.00 at the Mac store, but highly worth it in my opinion. I love a powder that is full coverage, just incase I do not feel like wearing foundation a certain day, I can use my powder instead and be ready to go. I love the full coverage and it does not feel heavy on my face at all.

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I absolutely love my L’oreal Telescopic Mascara in Carbon Black. I purchased this at Shoppers for around $15.00 but it literally makes my lashes look unreal. I love mascaras where you can actually notice you are wearing mascara, and I love ones that make your lashes look super long. I have naturally long lashes so when this product is applied…wow. I absolutely hands down love this drugstore mascara.

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This is hands down my absolute favourite eyelid primer. I have been using this for years now and it has not let me down. It is a yellow shade which makes your eyeshadow just pop and stand out a whole lot better. This is the Kat Von D High Voltage Eye Primer, and I purchased it at Sephora for I believe it was around $22.00. I highly recommend trying this out for yourself if you are looking for a good quality eye shadow primer.

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I absolutely love love love this foundation! It is the Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation in the shade 2.0.  I bought this a little while ago and it really has lasted me a long time! I usually only wear this foundation on nights out or when I have a long day ahead of me. This is not an everyday foundation simply because it is so heavy duty. I always make sure after wearing this for a night out, I treat my skin after with a nice mask, just to let it breathe . I bought this from Sephora for around $50.00, but highly worth it.

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Yes, this product looks beat up to shit I am aware. But hey, it got some great use out of it! This is the NYX Cosmetics Eyeshadow in the shade Taupe. I think this eyeshadow was under $10.00 which was awesome. I actually use this shadow for filling in the beginning of my brows for the gradient effect. This colour works beautifully and can be used in so many different ways. This is an amazing transitioning colour as well, and is very pigmented.

I hope you beauts enjoyed this quick post on different beauty products that I purchased and products that I will be repurchasing as well. Let me know if you guys have tried any of these products before! I hope you guys have a wonderful week, be sure to subscribe and follow my social media pages:

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Much love xo.

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Pink Spotlight Makeup Tutorial- Modern Renaissance

Pink Spotlight Makeup Tutorial- Modern Renaissance

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Good afternoon my gorgeous beauts! How is your lazy Sunday going? Technically, I usually always like to sleep in when it comes to the weekend, but since having to get up super early last week, my body is used to getting up around 7:30-8…. terrible! On the bright side, however, I can get a lot of shit done and literally get it done before noon which is unreal! I know that I had uploaded a boomerang clip on my Instagram indicating that I would be uploading some makeup tutorials for you guys based on the new Modern Renaissance Palette that I purchased at Sephora from Anastasia Beverly Hills. Guys….. GUYS… one more time GUYS. Can I just say this is one of the most stunning makeup palettes that I have ever seen and used in my life. The colours are absolutely flawless and you can literally create a million looks with this palette which is amazing. I honestly did not really hear much about this palette until my friend Katherine Steele purchased this a while back and also some of my other friends had purchased this as well. Disclaimer, any pictures that I upload onto my blog that look completely profesh…. Katherine has probably taken them. Be sure to look up the hashtag #ksteelephotography on Instagram to check out some of her pictures, they are amazing and she is so talented. Anywho, so I finally got my hands on this palette and let me just say….for sure not disappointed and neither will you guys be! I also love how this palette pushes me out of my comfort zone when it comes to colours. Usually, I like to stick with the brown shades because I know they compliment my hazel eyes well. Today I was inspired on Pinterest to show you guys a “pink spotlight makeup tutorial” using this palette. I know what some of you guys are thinking, why the hell that name? Basically, I am going to create a subtle pink smokey eye attaching to the inner corner of my eyes. Lastly, I will be applying a shimmer in the middle to create a spotlight effect. Shall we get started?

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  1. First, you need to ensure you are starting off with a freshly cleansed face. I find I look so different without makeup! But hey, I love my makeup so it’s all good! After cleansing my face, I go in with a hydrating moisturizer and eye cream and apply this.

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2. Next, I go in with my favourite heavy duty foundation that I have previously mentioned in other blog posts, the “Urban Decay All nighter foundation” and apply this all over my face with a damp beauty blender. After letting the foundation sit on my face for a few minutes, I go in with a setting powder , my “mac studio fix powder“, and apply this all over my face as well.

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3. I also fix up them brows. I literally hate my brows without any makeup product on them, they are so sparse and skinny which sucks but thank god for some “Anastasia Beverly Hils Dip Brow” in the shade Taupe.

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4. After these first few steps are complete, I always like to finish off my face first before moving onto the eyes. I am going to start contouring and highlighting my face using the new “Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit” in collaboration with Anastasia Beverly Hills. I purchased this a couple of days ago and I am in love. The lady working at Sephora informed me to use the darker shades in this kit as a contour so I decided to give it a shot! I applied this product to the outer bridge of my nose, the sides of my forehead, my jawline and my cheek bones. Since this is a very shimmery bronzer I decided to also go in with my “Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit” and go over top of all the areas with the first bottom brown. I found this helped enhance all the areas while still keeping that beautiful shimmer.

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( I used the shade 143 when contouring my face)

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5. Next, I am going to go in with my highlighter which is the “Maybelline Instant Age rewind Eraser” in the shade light and apply this to the middle of my forehead, bridge of my nose, underneath my cheek bones and as well as under my eyes. After waiting a few minutes to set, I go in with my Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit and apply the yellow shade over top of the highlighter that is underneath my eyes. This helps to brighten up my eyes and literally makes such an improvement!

6. After we are finished highlighting and contouring, we can move onto the fun part! I can not wait to show you guys the finished look, I was honestly super pleased with how beautiful and flawless it turned out. So I am using the beautiful Modern Renaissance palette and going in with the first shade “warm taupe” and applying this above my crease. Guys, I forgot to mention, always make sure you prime your eyelids first before applying any eyeshadow. I can not emphasize how important this step is! You are applying this shade above the crease to act as a nice and subtle transition shade.

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7.  Next, you are going to go in with the shade “love letter” and apply this beautiful pink to the outer V of your eyes. I would highly recommend taking small bits of this product at a time as this palette is extremely pigmented. For this look, I built up the colour to my desired look. I also used a small blending brush to make sure there were not harsh bits. You want to always ensure that everything is blended in nicely. I then dragged my fluffy brush across my crease and distributed product to the inner corner of my eyes. This creates such an interesting look, and I can say I have never thought to do this kind of look before! You also want to ensure you are not getting any of the pink shade in the middle of your lids, as this will be replaced with another colour.

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( I honestly did not know how much my eyes would pop using pink shades!)

8. After applying this shade to the eyes, I am now going to go in with the shade “Vermeer“, and apply this to the middle of my lid. This is going to act as the “spotlight effect“, and you will clearly see why! I could not get over how pigmented each colour was! It literally was mindblowing and I was so pleased! You want to not use too much product when completing this step, as you only have a small area to cover.

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9. After creating the spotlight effect, I then went in to create a winged liner effect using multiple products. First, to create the gel liner across the lid, I went in with my “Essence Waterproof Eyeliner Pen“, and dragged this straight across. I then went in with my “Maybelline Master Duo Eyeliner” to create the winged effect. I do love this product because it allows for some flexibility when deciding how thick you want your wing to be depending on how you are holding the pen.  However, I found that it takes a few tries to build up the product ensuring it’s completely black and matte. After applying my liners, I then tight line my upper lash line with the “Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner  Gel Eye Crayon“, which is absolutely unreal. This helps pull the entire look together!

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10.  I am now going in with my favourite mascara recently which is the “Benefit They’re Real” mascara, and apply this to my top and bottom lashes. I am always going to go back in with the shade “love letter” and apply this underneath my bottom lash line acting as a pink eyeliner.

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11. Now for the lips! I am going to be using the Mac lipliner pencil in the shade “Soar” and outline my lips as well as fill them in with this shade.

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12. Now for the last finishing touches! I am going to be going in with the “Glow Kit” and using the shade “Kitty Kat” which is a beautiful pink shimmer and applying this above my cheek bones, bridge of my nose, middle of my forehead, and just above my upper lip. I am also going to be taking the shade “lit” and applying this over top of the previous highlighter to add a more dramatic effect.  I am also taking my favourite blush by Nars in the shade “deep throat” and applying this to the apples of my cheeks.

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Guuyyysssss… How beautiful is this look? I literally am going to wear this the next time I go out for sure, it’s a must!

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“I like long romantic walks down the makeup aisle”

Well I hope you guys enjoyed this look! Let me know what you guys thought of it, and if you guys have gotten your hands on these two beautiful palettes from Sephora. So so so happy I did! Make sure you follow my other social media accounts to stay updated!

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(Can we also take into account this cute ass mug I purchased from Starbucks yesterday…. look at those gold hearts… I am inlove.)

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Much love xo.

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Subtle Brown Eye with Bold Lips

Subtle Brown Eye with Bold Lips

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Hey my beauts, I hope your week is going good so far! Okay okay, so I know what you guys are probably all thinking…. “lyss…. this is a beauty related blog channel too… what happened to all the makeup tutorials?”. I guess lately, I have been so into doing more inspiring and giving life advice on my channel, I pushed makeup to the back burner and I apologize for that! Do I still love makeup? Absolutely. Am I still going to upload more blogs in relation to makeup and tutorials? Hells yes my friends, hells yes. So I was going through my Instagram pictures today, just browsing through them cause I am a conceited bitch like that… just kidding.. not really. I came across some nights out recently where I really did like my makeup look that certain night. I decided to recreate those looks for you guys in case any of yous were interested! I wrote today’s look on a more subtle makeup tutorial that is super easy to recreate. Enjoy!

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  1. First things first, make sure that face of yours is clean and ready for some makeup application! After cleaning my face, I go in with my primer by Benefit Cosmetics called “the Porefessional” and apply this all over my face. This helps ensure that my makeup stays on throughout the entire event that I am getting ready for! Sadly my face has been hating me lately and has been breaking out like crazy! It’s so sad. But do not worry if you are going through the same thing, we have a heavy duty foundation routine that we are going to do!

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2. Next, you are going to cover up those pimps and blemishes with a good concealer. I literally always use a random one all the time, I never actually use the same one so I can not really recommend a really good concealer for you beauts. I then go in with my heavy duty foundation called, “Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation“, and apply this all over my face. This foundation is literally life. I always and I mean always use this when I go out for the night . This is super full coverage and makes your skin look flawless. The only downfall I would have to say about it would be that it feels rather heavy on your face, but you get used to it after a little bit.

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3. I then apply my “Mac Studio Fix” powder all over my face, to help set my foundation.

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4 After applying my powder, I then like to go in and contour my cheek bones, nose, forehead and jawline. I love using my “Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette” in the shade Light to Medium and go in with the bottom bronzers.I take the first one and apply it to my cheekbones and jawline.

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I then take the second lighter brown shade and apply this to the bridge of my nose.

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Lastly, I take the warmer brown shade and apply this to the temples of my forehead and along the top of my forehead.

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5. I then of course, like to highlight my face after I am done contouring. Right now I am using my “Instant Age Rewind Eraser” in the shade “ligh”t and apply this underneath my eyes, along the bridge of my nose, the middle of my forehead, and underneath my cheek bones.

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6. After I am finished contouring and highlighting, I then am ready to get onto the fun part…. the eyes! I take my favourite eyelid primer, “the Kat Von D High Voltage Primer” and apply this all over my lids. I then am going to use my Naked Palette and go in with the shade “Virgin” and apply this all over my entire lid.  Literally love this palette, I do not care if it’s rather on the old side, it is still one of my favourites by far.

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I then go in with the shade “naked” and apply this within the crease. This is such a beautiful transition colour and is not harsh whatsoever. If we are going to incorporate a bold lip, we want to make sure that we not doing an overly dramatic eye look for it. We are going to keep the eyes as simple as possible, yet they ae still going to look flawless with this look.

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7. After the shadow has been applied, I am then going to go in with my black liquid eyeliner and apply this on top of my lids. I currently do not have a favourite liner at the moment, as I was not too pleased with the one I used in this look. If you beauts have any favourite liners be sure to let me know, I am open to trying new things!

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8. I am then going to go in with my mascara. Right now I have been using my Benefit Cosmetics, “They’re Real” mascara and I absolutely love it. Not only does it compliment my long lashes but it also curls them up without an eyelash curler.

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9. Next, I like to throw a darker shade eyeshadow on my lower lash line. I find this helps pull the look altogether and makes the eyes really pop. I am taking the shade “Buck” from the Naked Palette and applying this underneath the lower lash line acting as an eyeliner.

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10. I of course, need to add some blush to this makeup look. I love my Nars blush in the shade “Deep Throat” and apply this to the apples of my cheeks. I think this is such a subtle shade and looks absolutely gorgeous with any look.

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10. I can not forget my favourite part! The highlighter. I absolutely absolutely love my highlighter called, “Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder” in the shade 01 and apply this to the bridge of my nose, the middle of my forehead, my cheek bones and a bit above my upper lip. I have been using this highlighter for years now and it is deff going to be hard to break our relationship up!

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11. Now it’s onto the fun part….. them lips! I decided to use my Nars “Velvet Matte Lip Pencil” in the shade “Crimsen Red”. I honestly really love this shade, it comes off as an inbetween red/pink colour which is so beautiful.

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Voila! Look at how flawless this look is! I absolutely love it and the best part is you can wear it for a day and night time look. You can also add in some fake lashes if you are feeling spontaneous which I was!

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“Life is short… Your lashes shouldn’t be”

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I hope you beauts enjoyed this blog post for today! If you have any suggestions on tutorials you would like me to do please comment down below! Remember to follow my other social media sites to make sure you’re up to date with my latest uploads!

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Much love xo.

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Instagram “Baddie” Makeup Tutorial

Instagram “Baddie” Makeup Tutorial

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Hey there my loves, hope you all are having a good week so far! How are you guys liking the time change ? I am loving the waking up an hour later thing, but not really digging the whole darkness at like 5 thing… that really blows! At least in reality I can get up at 7 now instead of 6….. yay for adulting probs! Anywho, so I decided to write this blog post today on an “Instagram baddie makeup look“. Some of you, including myself at the beginning, are probably thinking, “what the hell is that?”. I literally thought the exact same thing when I first heard of the term. I actually had to google what the heck this even meant because it became so popular recently over Youtube and throughout blog posts. An “Instagram Baddie” literally means an individual who has their eyebrows on fleek, the dark lips, the rebellious and on point clothing, as well as the matte eyeshadow.  So! I decided to try out this neat look for myself, and went to Shoppers to grab some black intense lipstick. This look is deff intense and not my usual “go to” that is for sure, but I mean why not move out of your comfort zone once in a while?  Alright, shall we get into this badass post or what?

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djfdjkSo, to start off this “baddie” look, I decided to just wip my hair up out of my face… get that shit out of the way first, then went on to applying all of my face makeup. For my eyeshadow, I decided to use my lovely “Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Palette”. I stayed away from any shimmery eyeshadows because this whole “baddie” thing is not about that life haha. I literally love every single one of these beautiful shades and thought this would be super appropriate for this intense look that I was going for. I focused more on the last few shade located towards the right end of the palette such as the maroon and orange colours. I decided to not gear towards the black eyeshadows for this look, as I wanted to stay away from the “dark” and “gothic”  look, focusing more on the “dramatic” and “intense” look instead.

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I purchased this gorgeous palette at Sephora for $55.00 but honestly guys, it is literally worth it. The pigmentation is unreal, however, that being said, you need to make sure that you are properly taking the time to blend the eyeshadows all together nicely. You do not want to be left with any harsh or dark lines whatsoever.You want to ensure that your lids are all primed up before applying any of these shades.

First , you are going to take this gorgeous and subtle cream colour, and apply this on the entire lid. This is a very gentle colour and suits well for a base shade.

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Next, you are going to apply this orange shade into the crease of your eyelid. I literally am inlove with this colour. It is so intense but once blended looks beautiful on your lid. I make sure to use my blending brush to blend this shade well into the crease, acting as a transition shade.

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Afterward, you are going to take this intense maroon shade and apply this in the crease as well, making sure you only keep it within the crease and not exceed this. The orange and maroon look absolutely beautiful blended together and create just the right amount of intensity for this “baddie” look. I also applied this maroon shade to the outer corner triangle of my lids as well, creating a bit of a smoky look.

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After applying these beautiful shades altogether in your crease, you are going to take the exact same maroon colour and line the bottom of your lashes. This helps to add more depth and definition to your eyes without them looking too intense. I then went in with my “L’oreal Voluminous Liner Noir Liquid Eyeliner”, and applied this to the top of my lids, ensuring that I focus a lot on my “winged look”.  I  really wanted to create an intense winged look for this specific makeup look and I absolutely love how easily it is to apply this liner. I purchased mine at Shoppers for I believe around $10.00.

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I then also went in with my lovely “L’oreal Telescopic Mascara in Carbon Black” and applied this to my top and bottom lashes. Once my lashes were dry I applied a second coat to the tops of my lashes, helping to create more volume and length.

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Now, this is the fun part. I literally had so much fun applying this lipstick it was insane. If any of you beauts know me well enough, you know I love sticking to my nude lipsticks or pinky shades….. never black…ever. I went hunting at Shoppers for a black lipstick and surprisingly it was more difficult than I thought it would be! After searching for a solid 10 minutes I finally came across an intense shade that I absolutely fell inlove with. This shade is called “Stone Fox“and is by NYX Cosmetics within then Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick Collection. I paid around $11.00 for this guy, but it is literally gorgeous. It is super easy to apply considering it is an extremely dark lip shade, and feels amazing on your lips! I also bought a lip liner as well… well actually…. I realized it was an eyeliner once I bought it but I mean come on… it’s waterproof you can’t go wrong. I bought the “NYX Retractable Eye Liner” in the shade “Gray” and lined my lips before applying my lipstick. Guys……..GUYS. Like I literally look like a bad a** b*tch. I could not even get over the finished look of this! I do not know if I will ever have the balls to actually wear this in public, but it turned out SO well. I then threw on some ripped jeans, cut a slit just under my bum for that rebellious look, and put on a black bodysuit. I also found a choker as well and threw this on cause…. well why not!?

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Voila, you are not ready to hit the streets as an Instagram “baddie” . I really hope you guys enjoyed this look as much as I did creating it. What would also top off this look would be applying some false lashes just to create more of a dramatic effect. Be sure to follow all my social media sites located beside for updates on blog posts in the near future! Thanks for reading & Happy Monday!

much love xo.

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