Sunday, March 13, 2011

Getting Lucky: A St.Patrick's Day quick look

Celebrating the patron saint of Ireland by hitting an Irish Pub, Or theme party? This festive look will be sure to please!

A wash of brilliant greens to mimic the emerald isle

 You will need:
 Eye Primer
Your brushes
Your chosen highlighter

A deep sparkling emerald green eyeshadow
Bright kelly green eyeshadow
Bright lime green eyeshadow
Black mascara
Optional: Shamrock glitter sticker

The products I have used seen here:
Lorac eye primer
Benefit Highbeam
Hard Candy Meteoreyes Baked Glitter eyeshadow in Space Cadet (used wet)
NYC City Duet eyeshadow in Bowling Green
Sephora Atomic Volume mascara
Glitter sticker!
Nudy Golden Blue circle lens

Prime eyelids, and highlight browbones, underneath your eyes, cheekbones, and your cupid's bow. Apply deep emerald to the crease on the eye, blend it above and below the crease using this color to fill most of the eye except for a strip above the upper lash line, and the corner of the eye. Take your bright lime green, and use this to fill in the corner, and above the lash line. Blend well as the colors should wash into one another, and not be a harsh line. Line your bottom lash line with the bright kelly green. Add some black mascara, and your sparkle sticker and you're ready to go! Wanna kick it up a notch? Try green lenses to make your eyes POP.

Are your irish eyes smiling??

Also I'd like to announce that I'll be having a makeup giveaway once we hit 50 followers! Please spread the word if you like my blog :) 

xo ~ Kaitlyn

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Bargain of the week : One 'n' Only Argan Oil Treatment

Dry, thirsty hair? Flyaways? Frizz? Heard all about this magical Moroccan oil that will make your hair ultra luscious, and shiny? Skeptical?? Yeah I was too.

Until I tried *this* product. Well actually these TWO products that I like to use in combination.
 One 'n' Only Argan oil treatment is a silky oil that you apply, and use like any other shine treatment- but with amazing results. Even the driest, most damaged hair is transformed into smooth, manageable hair with a lustrous shine! Great for people who blow-dry, or use a flatiron. As an added bonus, it smells delicious!

But wait!

Before you try out the oil treatment, you're gunna want to check out the amazing argan oil restorative mask also by One 'n' Only.

This thick mask has quickly become a hair treatment that I cannot live without. It repairs damage while it also helps to reconstruct, build strength and restores hairs elasticity. It also is very gentle on color treated hair. If your hair is brittle, and very dry you NEED to give this one a try! I use it about twice a week, leaving it in for between 10-20 minutes.

I find both of these products comparable to much more expensive high-end Moroccan oil hair products. You can get each for around $11 at Sally Beauty Supply or online here

Monday, March 7, 2011

Laissez les bons temps rouler : a Mardi Gra inspired look

Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday, and regardless if you're planning to celebrate in the Big Easy or at a small party in your hometown - this is an easy makeup look for you!

with a flash

You will need:
Your Brushes
Your chosen highlighter
Bright matte yellow eyeshadow
Bright shimmer teal green
Bright shimmer purple
Deep shimmer purple
Gold glitter
Black mascara

The products I used shown here:
Lorac eye primer
Benefit Highbeam
NYC City Duet eyeshadow in Upper Zest Side
Sally Girl baked mineral eyeshadow in Dark Green
Sally Girl baked mineral eyeshadow in Dark Purple
Tarina Tarantino Starchild Odyssey Palette in Meteor Night
NYX glitter powder in Gold
Hourglass Film Noir mascara in Onyx
Mary Kay lip liner in Chocolate
Sephora lipgloss in Rusted Rose 

Natural light

First prime your eyes. I like to let my primer sink in for a few minutes before I begin to apply eye makeup. Highlight your brow bone, cheekbones, under eyes, and your cupid's bow. I started with the yellow first, and sort of worked backwards for this eye makeup look. Apply your yellow from the corner of your eye to about the center of the eyelid. Then I applied the green overlapping the yellow directly to the center of my eyelid. Next I used the bright purple (listed as sally girl DARK purple, don't let this confuse you) and blended it into the crease, and outward. I took a fluffy brush, and blended out all the harsh lines between the colors. This is the most important step in getting a polished look. Add your darker purple shade to the crease, patting it into a "V" shape. Bring the deep purple all the way around the top of the eyelid until it meets the yellow. Using a small brush line your lower lash line with yellow. Blend with the fluffy brush again. Lastly dip the small brush into your glitter and press it into the yellow section in the corner of your eye, and the in the lower lash line. Brush away any glitter fallout with a large fluffy brush. Finish the look with black mascara, and a plain pink or nude lipgloss.

This look will work whether you plan to wear a mask, or are planning on just going as your beautiful self!

Where are you letting the good times roll tomorrow??

side look


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Orange you glad it's almost Spring??

Spring is just around the corner, and make-up counters everywhere are in full bloom!

My favorite trend for spring 2011 is orange lipstick. With so many brands to choose from, picking out just one may prove difficult. I decided to set off in search of my own perfect juicy shade of tangerine. I tried about 10 lipsticks in total, 6 of them I dismissed right off the bat for being either too pink, too coral, or too red toned. This left me with 4 shades that I felt were contenders in my orange lipstick battle royale!

#1 & #2 : Givenchy Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick in Candide Tangerine, and in Fruity Orange

What I loved about this lipstick, color aside, is how moist it is. It really feels more like a luxury lip treatment than it does a lipstick. It applies with a light shine so I didn't find that I needed to wear a lip gloss in addition to the lipstick. Fruity Orange is the slightly deeper orange shade, while Candide Tangerine is a brighter very vivid color. If you are a medium/darker toned brunette I suggest going with Fruity Orange, and if you are lighter complected the Candide Tangerine is better suited to you.

#3: Kat Von D Painted Love Lipstick in Stiletto

I have mixed feelings about this one. The color is a bright red-orange, but I like it better than the A-go-go shade. It goes on very matte, and very dry. I do not like the texture at all. The color itself is pretty nice, but I'm not sure how I'd feel about it if my complexion were darker. I wouldn't use this one without some sort of moisturizing lip primer underneath. This is a good pick if you'd like oranges that are red-ish.

And now, my favorite of the bunch.....

#4: Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Intense in #40

The orangest of the orange! Makeup Forever Rouge Artist intense in 40 is pretty matte, and highly pigmented. It's very close to the Givenchy Candide Tangerine, but just a tad bit lighter & brighter. It is not as moist however as it's a very matte shade. I can deal with slightly dryer lipstick when the color payoff is this great though. For just $19, MUFE is the orange for me!

MUAH! It was love at first sight.

I also decided that I wanted a nice, sparkly gloss to go over top for the times when I'm not wanting a matte. So I tried out several glosses in corresponding shades. Several of them would be perfect for those of you who are leary of wearing a bright orange lipstick, but still want to jump on the trend. Out of all of them the one I liked the best was :

and the winner is.....

 Tarina Tarantino Electric Butterfly Gem Gloss 

I love the clear pop of non-sticky glittery orange, and the fresh squeezed orange juice smell. Yum! It adds just a little extra fun to an already exciting color trend.

MUFE 40 with TT Electric Butterfly gem gloss

Which shade of orange lipstick will you be sporting this spring ladies?