Bold, Bright Eyeliner Step-by-Step (Brown Girl Friendly)

I went out yesterday, and I decided to play around with a look. I saw this picture on Tumblr

And decided I wanted to try this out on my own face.

Here’s the result! PLEASE ignore my hair, it wasn’t done at all:

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To achieve this look, here are the products I used:

☁ F A C E ☁

NYX Photo Loving Primer
Benefit Boi-ing! Concealer in 05 Deep
Black Radiance True Complexion BB Cream in Coffee Glaze
Sephora Microsmooth Face Powder in Deep 56
LA Girl Pro Concealer in Warm Honey (highlight)
Ruby Kisses Set n Forget Powder in Earth
Black Radiance Pressed Powder in Rich Mahogany (contour)
NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray

☁ E Y E S ☁

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tenacious Teal (liner base)
Colourpop Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Ibiza (liner)
Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara
Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara
Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide On Pencil in Black Velvet

☁ B R O W S ☁

Random NYC Eyebrow Pencil in Brown

Let me know what you think!

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How To Find Your Skin Type

I wrote another two posts for this series

UNDERTONES | SKINTONE

I know this one is really late after those two, and I apologize for that. I got caught up with finishing and scheduling other posts and forgot to write this one!

Here, I’ll just go over some basics about skin types. Determining, or understanding the type of skin you have can greatly improve the condition of your skin, affect how well your makeup applies, and affect how well other skin care products absorb into the skin to continually improve it.

There are generally four skin types: Dry, Normal, Combination, and Oily.

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In addition to these four skin types, there are also two categories of problem skin that you may encounter in addition to any issues that may come with your skin type: Acne prone skin and Sensitive skin

Now that that is out of the way, let me break down each skin type.

● D R Y ●

Dry skin is characterized by almost invisible pores, a dull/rough complexion, red patches, less elasticity, and more visible lines. 

Dry skin types are more prone to aging and irritation such as cracking, peeling, itching, irritation, and/or inflammation. People with this skin type should take great care to use moisturizing products and replenishing masks. Exfoliating gently can also help to remove any dead/flaky skin.

In terms of makeup, people with dry skin should stick more to moisturizing liquid foundations and cream foundations, as well as a dewy or illuminating primer/moisturizing primer. Of course, be sure to moisturize well before applying anything!

● N O R M A L ●

Normal skin is characterized by virtually no imperfections, basically no sensitivity, pores that aren’t too large (but not invisible), and a glowing complexion. This does not mean your skin is perfect.

Those with normal skin are lucky because they don’t experience significant oiliness, acne, sensitivity, or any of that stuff. There are also no problems with elasticity or softness. Skincare for people with this skin type is not very restrictive, and you can basically use products that aren’t too rich (typically for dry skin) as these will be too greasy, or products specifically for oily skin because these will be too drying. You may incorporate brightening products, anti-aging products, and/or products with anti-acne treatments in them to deal with minor imperfections.

In terms of makeup, you can basically play around with different textures of makeup (liquid, powder, cream, mousse, etc…), as they won’t cause significant problems. Just be mindful of ones that are specifically marketed to those with oily or dry skin since those might cause dryness or cause excess oils to form.

● C O M B I N A T I O N ●

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Combination skin just means that you experience conditions of two or more different skin types on your face. Normally, people will have combination skin where they experience some dryness and flakiness on places like the cheeks, but oiliness in the area typically called the “T-Zone” (forehead, nose, chin).

You may have to treat different areas of your skin with different products. In terms of skincare, you will want to make sure that you are hydrating the dry and flaky areas with a good moisturizer, and not using too harsh of a cleanser or toner on the skin. In the more oily areas, you may want to use something that keeps oil at bay, and make sure to exfoliate.

In terms of makeup, you may want to use a moisturizing/hydrating primer on the more dry areas of your face for good base. For foundation, you might want to try using a matte finish foundation. You can try the reverse as well by maybe using a mattifying primer/base and then using a regular foundation.

● O I L Y ●

Oily skin is typically characterized by large pores (particularly around the nose, chin, and forehead), blackheads, whiteheads, and/or bumps, and visible shine (especially around the afternoon).

Those with oily skin need to be particularly careful because certain products that aim to combat oiliness may actually be too harsh and too drying, so they dry out the skin and cause the body to produce excess oil which only contributes to the problem further. Personally, I know this was a problem for me for a while. I have a skin care routing I’ve been using for most of break that I’ll probably discuss in another post, but back to the subject.

Generally speaking, those with oily skin should stay away from pore clogging products, and make sure to look for things that are labelled “comedogenic.” In addition, try to avoid things that are marketed as being “moisturizing,” as they will probably have extra emollient/moisturizing ingredients that will encourage extra oil production. Try to cleanse with things that remove all traces of dirt and other residue without drying out the face. In addition, you may want to try finding a toner that helps to minimize pores and repair the skin after cleansing. Lastly, try moisturizing with a gel or gel-cream. They’re hydrating without leaving the skin too greasy. Another tip is to use masks maybe once a week or so to pull dirt and other gunk out of the pores.

In terms of makeup, try applying a matte primer to the face before applying any makeup. This will not only help your makeup stay put, but it will help cut down on oiliness in order to make your foundation look more flawless.  Try using matte finished foundations, and then you can add dimension back into the face and a “glow” with highlighting and contouring. Also, carry around a translucent powder to blot and touch up during the day.

Next, I’ll briefly talk about the problem categories

○ A C N E  P R O N E ○

Acne prone skin just means that your skin may frequently experience breakouts. In this case, try using products that contain acne fighting ingredients (salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, etc…), gently wash and exfoliate skin so you don’t rupture your skin or further irritate it, use light moisturizers, and use oil free and non comedogenic makeup.

○ S E N S I T I V E ○

Having sensitive skin just means that your skin responds negatively to certain household or cosmetic products. This can manifest itself in the form of redness, stinging, burning, itching, dryness, tightness, etc..You should try to identify the triggers of your sensitive skin, and adjust your skin care regimen accordingly.

To close, here’s a reference chart just to summarize everything.

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Let me know what you all think of this little “series,” or if you think there is anything I could have included!

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Photo credits:

http://hi5health.com/skin-types/

http://battysblog.com/2011/05/24/skin-care-your-skin-type/

http://lamourspalakeoswego.com/Skin-Types

http://www.jetajone.com/skincare-routine/

Colourpop Cosmetics Budget College Student Haul

I knew the time would come when I finally cracked and bought something from Colourpop Cosmetics, I just didn’t think I would crack this soon…

YouTube made me do it!

As with most cases, I found myself browsing Youtube and started watching a video by one of my other favourite Youtubers, Makeupgameonpoint (Jackie). In it, she highlights some great eyeshadows for chocolate complected women (and men!)

I got bored, and ended up on two of the sites frequently mentioned: Colourpop and MakeupGeek. I added all the eyeshadows mentioned in the video, and then some, but then I realized I had to calm down. I said I was going to better my finances this year, so I “X’d” out of MakeupGeek’s website and promised I’d be back another time.

Onto Colourpop…

If you sign up to their email list, you get $5 off your order, plus, shipping is free after you have $30 worth of items.

*check*

Did that.

I got items for $30! 6 eyeshadows, and one of their Lip Pencils. Here they are! The product pictures from the website will be on the left, mine will be in the middle, and my Colourpop swatches will be on the right for comparison purposes. I’ll have them all swatched at the end:

The items come in a simple cardboard box like this:

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But when you open it, it’s really cute! Plus, they include a handwritten note, instructions on how best to use the product, as well as other little tidbits of advice:

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I think that’s a really nice touch 🙂

Now, the colours:

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Erotic – “Super neon candy apple red with sparkling pink and copper glitter. Let your freak flag fly with this baby. Totally x-rated, makeup junkie certified.

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Sunnies – “Juicy vibrant orange with a satin finish. Eye popping fun shade for frolicking frisky flair.”

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Hammered – “Get turnt up with a smoky olive with tons of gold glitter and a soft sprinkle of multi-colored sparkles in a metallic finish – or at least know you won’t ever get turnt down while wearing it.”

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Ibiza – “Bright turquoise with a silver and gold duo chrome finish. A party look must have, perfect for island hopping.”

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Too Shy – “Electric neon cobalt blue packed with violet, aqua, silver glitter with a magenta flash. This shade is anything but shy, it’s supercharged electrified blue on crack”

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Envy – “Black saturated with violet glitter, Trust us, those bitches will be jelly.”

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Pitch Pencil – “Not to be confused with b**ch, this rich blackened chocolate brown pencil is practically perfect.”

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Top picture: (left to right) Erotic, Sunnies, Hammered, Too Shy, Envy; (bottom) Pitch
Bottom picture: (top) Ibiza

I’m going to save my first impressions of these products for another post for length purposes, but let’s just say I’m impressed and I’m going to have to restrain myself from ordering more stuff.

What’s your favourite product?

Look out for my first impressions in the next week or so!

-Court

Cover FX Mattifying Primer With Anti-Acne Treatment Review for Oily Skin

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The flash is a bit distracting here, so here is a picture from Sephora’s website:

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⋆ W H A T ? ⋆

A lightweight, water-resistant gel-primer that helps keep skin matte while minimizing the appearance of fine lines and pores. – SEPHORA.COM

⋆ C L A I M S ⋆

This lightweight, mattifying gel-primer minimizes the appearance of fine lines and pores. It also facilitates blending and extends your foundation while preventing and healing acne blemishes, all the while providing an instant mattifying effect, leaving skin texture looking flawless. This clinically tested primer is vegan and free of parabens, fragrance, gluten, mineral oil, and talc. – SEPHORA.COM

⋆ A D D I T I O N A L  I N F O ⋆

The secret to Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment is its ingredients. Willowbark extract, naturally containing salicylic acid, provides gentle exfoliation to clarify the skin and reduce sebum buildup and support the body’s natural cell renewal process. Ancient African Tree Bark Extract reduces pore size, shine, sebum, and inflammatory acne while a natural fruit acid complex of bilberry, sugar maple, lemon, sugar cane, and orange alpha-hydroxy acids gently exfoliates and supports the body’s natural cell renewal process to unclog pores and allow drainage. Vitamins F, C, and E protect the skin, soothe inflammation, and reduce redness while protecting against premature skin aging. Ancient African tree bark extract derived from the chamomile plant reduces redness and inflammation. Vitamin F esters, Squalene, and Hyaluronic Acid nourish and moisturize the skin. Please note that this product was formerly known as ClearPrep FX. – SEPHORA.COM

⋆ M Y  T H O U G H T S ⋆

Minimizing fine lines and pores

I don’t really have fine lines to worry about, nor do I have very large pores, so I’m not able to really offer up any real critique or praise about how this primer performs in that aspect.

Facilitates blending

Despite the formula being a gel, I did not find that this primer helped with blending. It didn’t hinder it, but it did not help my *concealer* in my case (since I don’t wear foundation) blend out any differently than when I did not use this. Since I do not use foundation, I may not be able to give as accurate of a review, but for what I need, and what I do with my face makeup, this did not necessarily help with my blending. After using this for about a month and a half (I’ve been using it since I got it here), I’d say I prefer my E.L.F. Face Primer for facilitating blending.

Extends foundation

I can say I probably get another hour or two (now since weather in NY is painfully cold) of good wear from my face makeup before my oils start to come through. When the weather isn’t cold enough to freeze my makeup into place, I think it still gives me an extra hour of wear.

Preventing and Healing Blemishes

I haven’t gotten any new breakouts, but then again my skin isn’t prone to breakouts so I can’t say that this is playing a part in that. I don’t have blemishes on my face either, nor have I had any bad ones that have needed healing for me to judge how well that aspect of this primer, despite using it for almost a month and a half.

Providing Instant Mattifying Effect

This I can attest to. I do think that my skin appears slightly more matte after I apply this primer to my skin. This is whether I apply it right after my serum after washing my face, or after being bare faced for a few hours.

O V E R A L L

I don’t think I would repurchase this primer, not because I hate it, but because I don’t think it’s doing anything to help my skin. The anti-acne stuff is nice, but I don’t usually deal with acne as an issue, so I can’t see the benefits of this primer for that. As a primer, it doesn’t necessarily help with the longevity of the wear of my face makeup, so there’s that too. My face doesn’t stay significantly more matte with this than it does without primer, or using a different one.

All in all, I give it (for me) a 5/10.

*Note:  I did start to see some oils peek through after 8 hours. It’s also hard for me to judge these things extremely accurately at this time of year because the oils subside once I step into the cold, and I was outside quite a bit today.

I hope this was slightly helpful! Let me know your thoughts, as well as any primer recommendations 🙂

-Court

✫ I’VE BEEN NOMINATED| Creative Blogger Award ✫

Hey guys,

I haven’t been on here as actively as I would like to be since school has started and it’s bothering me! But, I managed to snag a few minutes before one of my classes to log on and see what’s been up, and I was notified by Amy from VogueInfatuation.com that she nominated me for the Creative Blogging Award! You should definitely check her blog out! It’s such a great place to read up on all things beauty, lifestyle, and more 🙂 She’s so sweet, and puts a lot of thought and care into her blog 🙂 Again, go take a look here: http://vogueinfatuation.com/category/home/ 

➳ R U L E S ➳

Nominate 20 other blogs and their links

Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you (very important)

Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers

Notify all nominees via their social media/blogs

Pass these rules on to them

➳ N O M I N A T I O N S ➳

I don’t have 20, but here are a few!

https://laneeslane.wordpress.com/

https://krissy00417.wordpress.com/

http://ellekae.com/

http://astoldbymika.com/

http://theannamatedlife.com/

https://adayinalifewithdaisy.wordpress.com/

https://tamarametrowich.wordpress.com/

http://pinkrunningkicks.com/

https://mjacks1225.wordpress.com/

https://luceluxelifestyle.wordpress.com/

https://theglammistress.wordpress.com/

https://coatsandcheesecake.wordpress.com/

https://sofashionably.wordpress.com/

https://colormeluscious.wordpress.com/

https://andtheshowmustgoon.wordpress.com/

https://chantalandshekinah.wordpress.com/

➳ F I V E  F A C T S ➳

1. The sound of people chewing ice makes me cringe

2. I’m never without headphones for more than a day

3. I can make really good stir fry

4.  I used to ice skate when I was little.

5. I can’t say the word anemone on the first try

Follow me on Instagram for updates 🙂 And a new Facebook page is coming soon!

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Face and Skin Favorites: Jan 2015

Disclaimer: I lost my previous draft of this, so I hope I have all the details written down here correctly!

With that being said, this is the last installment of my January favourites! It’s been an interesting month of trying and buying, and I’m excited to play around more in the things I’ve acquired. Moving along…

Face

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➳ Black Radiance True Complexion BB Cream in Coffee Glaze: One of my biggest searches this break was a good BB cream that did not make my skin look ashy/actually had shades I could consider. In comes this BB cream. By the time this posts, my little “purchase” post probably will not have published, but it’s alright. I snagged this from CVS for about $8 and some change including tax. I was a bit upset after visiting Target because I saw that they sold it for about $3 cheaper. That’s not the point though – I really like this BB cream and think it might replace my whole concealer/powder routine. I like how lightweight this BB cream feels on the skin, as well as how it covers. It doesn’t give a full look (it’s a BB cream so it’s not really supposed to anyway), nor does it cover too sheer (I measure this by seeing how well it conceals my mild dark circles). I like how simple this makes things, and I think this will become a regular purchase (unless I try the Kiss Aqua BB Cream too).

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➳ Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus: I got this back in this post. Since then, I’ve been using this day and night. I think gradually it makes my skin look nicer? It just feels smoother overall. I can’t attest to any wrinkle smoothing or anything because…well….I don’t have any. It’s never too late for anti-aging products, so I think this is a nice product. I might try one by Estee Lauder or Lancome or something when I’m not struggling on a college budget.

➳  Raw African Black Soap: I’ve mentioned this before, and I’m just going to say again that this soap has done amazing things for my skin. It keeps blemishes away (when I use it regularly), it doesn’t dry out my skin, and it’s brightened and evened out my skin tone tremendously. Another big plus is that this is a 100% all natural product, so for those of you out there with sensitive skin, this may be a good option to explore. Plus, when you order it off of Amazon like I do, you get a 1 pound bar which can be cut up into smaller pieces for later use (since it’s so soft). I highly recommend this.

➳ Konjac Sponge: My dad got this for me, but I was interested in buying one from when I first saw them in Sephora. This one is much smaller than ones I see there, and I like that. It fits in the hand nicely, and I like how this gently exfoliates my skin. There isn’t really too much to say about it to be honest, it’s just been a nice addition to my skincare routine.

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Keep following to see what ends up in my February favourites!

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Tools and More: Jan 2015 Favorites

And for the last installment of my January favourites, I bring you Tools and…..other? I couldn’t think of where else to lump in these things, so yeah.

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➳   Dragonpad Eye Blending Brush: I’ve been trying to get into eyeshadows more this month, and since I’ve gotten this (link it) brush set, I’ve found myself using it every time I apply eyeshadow. It blends everything out seamlessly, and really helps pull eye looks together.

➳ Bestope Face Pencil Brush: I’ve been trying to practice contouring, and since I’ve gotten the Black Radiance Pressed Powder in Rich Mahogany, this brush has been helping me do that wonderfully. It’s dense enough to pick up enough product without getting too much (to the point of making it look like I smeared dirt on my face), and it’s nice and soft.

Other

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➳ Orange Tea? I usually hate fruit tea because it reminds me of drinking hot juice, but I’ve really been loving Orange Tea for some reason, especially with some honey.

➳ Lindt Lindor Truffles in Extra Dark: So I’m not a huge fan of chocolate, sue me *rolls eyes*. Buuuuuut, my mom is. She’s a chocoholic. I think being around her for this month so much has made me a chocoholic….but only for the Lindt truffles…and only the extra dark ones. I’ve found myself sitting around craving the HELL out of these things, and have gone through bags and bags of them my whole break. I don’t see this ending with February and Valentine’s Day rolling around….

➳ Acqua di Gioia by Giorgio Armani: I’ve had this fragrance for YEARS. I got it as a gift from my dad a while back, but it just sat around forever and I never used it. I spontaneously decided to wear it one day and I was hooked. It’s so fresh and clean, and it lasts all day. It dries down to a semi-sweet clean scent which I’m a big fan of, and I see this being my go-to scent for a while.

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What were some of your favourites this month?

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