Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Find Your Undertone

In my opinion the greatest thing I ever learned about makeup (aside from using lipstick as blush) its the simple task of knowing what the undertones of your skin are. This will make everything easier- finding the perfect shade of foundation, the right bold statement lipstick that wont wash you out, even helping you pick hair color!Your skin tone is different from your undertone. While your skin tone can change based on how much or how little sun you have your undertones will never change. Take a few minutes and try some of these ways to figure out what the undertones of your skin are followed by a very basic guideline of where to go from there!

1. In the sunlight look at the veins on the lighter underside of your arm. If your veins look more blue or purple then you have cool tones. If they look green or yellow then you have warm tones. If you have a combination of the two then you have neutral tones.

2. Find pieces of jewelry that are gold and silver or platinum. Ignoring what you like best, hold both against your skin. If the silver jewelry looks better then you have cool tones. If the gold looks better you have warm tones. If one looks just as good as the other then you are neutral!

3. With a freshly washed face pull your hair back into a pony tail or lay a white towel over it. Use another towel and wrap it around shoulders or wear white bathrobe. When you look in the mirror pay attention to what color your skin looks. If it looks more blue you have cool undertones, yellow means warm undertones, and greenish means neutral!

Now that you have that figured out its time to look more into what that means! Knowing your undertone is going to make a world of difference when buying foundation. With a warm tone you want to go for colors that have a yellow or peach base. For cool tones you want to opt for a foundation that has a neutral or pink base. The next time you go to the store look at foundations and compare to get a better idea. I usually follow the "if you want to wear it then do it" philosophy for eyeshadow and your eye color can also be taken into consideration but a basic guideline for what looks BEST on cool tones are blue, silver, grey, pinks, jewel tones, and even colors like magenta! For warm tones go for more earthy tones and golds, copper, bronze. Trouble finding the perfect red lip color? Cool tones go for a red with a blue base while you lucky warm tones that I envy can pull off a gorgeous orange lip and bright, orange based red! If you are neutral you are lucky and can pretty much pull it all off so go for it!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Marc Jacobs Mascara Review

Left before, Right after (ignore my horrible eyebrows and lack of proper concealing its been a busy day)

I used some points at Sephora to get a sample size of the Marc Jacobs Lash Lifter Gel Volume Mascara and gave it a try this week while I have been sitting at home with family and not really doing my makeup much. I love the packaging of all of the Marc Jacobs makeup and this is no exception. For the cost of this mascara I would want a little more then just a "your lashes but better" look. It defines the lashes and gives you a bit more length and volume without anything too dramatic. 

The formula is a very wet, very black gel. It takes longer than most of my mascaras to dry. I found that it provides very inconsistent application, some days I can get by with one or two quick coats and other days it takes 3-4 and it still isn't looking like it did the day before. It doesn't do anything drastic to the lashes so if you aren't a fan of how your lashes are naturally and  you are looking for more enhancement I would skip this mascara.

Plus side is it doesn't clump and when wearing throughout the day it hasn't flaked. It is easy to wash off with makeup remover and actually comes off in little stringy pieces. It's great for a little extra touch to your lashes for a "no makeup" more natural look but there are tons out there that do the same thing with a nicer price tag. I will use this sample up but that's about it.If you want you can pick it up at Sephora for $26.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Lips-Paint 'Em Red

If there is one thing I love its a red lip. It's all things sexy and daring and when paired with my signature leather jacket I can't help feeling like I could kick anyone's ass and break anyone's heart. The trick is finding the right red for you! I'll be breaking down some of the hits and misses that I have found in the constant obsession with the perfect red lip as well as a couple of tips to help you make a statement.

L-R: Urban Decay in F-Bomb ($22), MAC Matte in  Ruby Woo ($14), Butter London Lippy in Come to Bed Red ($18), Maybelline Color Elixir in Signature Scarlet ($8.99), Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Striking and Standout ($8.99), Benefit Benetint ($30)

F-Bomb from Urban Decay is one of my favorite lipsticks. The formula of the Urban Decay lipsticks are to die for, long lasting, they don't dry out your lips, leave you with a creamy, semi-matte finish, and don't bleed. They are highly-pigmented and are easily buildable and blendable if needed. It does not feel sticky and can feel a bit heavy on the lips if you aren't used to lipstick but you can blot it as needed or apply with a brush for more control.

Ruby Woo from MAC is my other go to red lipstick. You can see from the swatch that it is a little brighter than Urban Decay's F-Bomb. It is a blue based, highly pigmented, matte lipstick. It is long lasting and does not bleed but like all truly matte lipsticks it is very drying.

Come to Bed Red by Butter is a very thick lipgloss. I love this color alone or on top of a light layer of red lipstick or lip pencil. It is fairly thick but doesn't feel too sticky if lightly blotted, and it does not build up in the corners of the mouth. I'm not a fan of lip glosses but this is one of the few that I use. It also smells deliciously of cherries.

Maybelline Color Elixir is a no-go for me. There us not single thing I like about this product. It is highly pigmented, thick, and very sticky. The product builds up in the corners of mouth and bleeds no matter how little you put on. It takes gloss to a whole new level and makes my lips seem over glossy and almost plastic and fake.

Revlon Just Bitten Matte Balms are one of my favorite lip products released this year. The colors are wearable, long lasting, and almost universally fitting. Stricking has a bit more orange to it so I find that it sometimes looks strange on me unless I have used a tanner. Standout is a beautiful, darker red. All of the Matte Balms last a good while and feel very light on the lips. They have a creamy, semi-matte finish that does not dry out the lips with the signature minty feel to them. Confession: I picked up every color in the Matte formula because I couldn't get enough.

Last we have Benetint. For those of you who like a more natural looking lip but want a rose tint to them this is where to go. It even smells of roses! I use it all the time for a "no makeup" look and will even add a bit to my cheek bones to give myself a bi of a rosey color.

Some quick tips for great red lips:

  • scrub those babies! A great lip scrub before you start your makeup is a huge difference! I use a lip scrub from Lush but there are tons of recipes you can do at home. Just scrub with some on your finger and lick off. Then apply your favorite moisturizing balm after applying your foundation to moisturize while you do the rest of your makeup.
  • neutralize the lip. The color of your lip can change the color of a lipstick. If I don't like the combination or I want a more true color I will put a bit of concealer on my lips to neutralize the color.
  • Lip pencil- You can either line your lips in the color and then fill in with lipstick or you can fill in your whole lip with the pencil first. Sometimes I will use a darker color pencil under the lipstick to make it a different color or I will use it on the outside and shade in and blend to make a bit of an ombre lip. This will also help keep color from bleeding.
  • lip brush: for precision and more control over your application use a brush.
  • To help keep lip color from bleeding there are a few things you can do. One is to put less lipstick on altogether. Another is to apply, blot excess, apply again, blot, repeat. This method adds more pigment but takes a lot of the extra oils out which cause it to bleed. Lastly you can line the outside of your lips with a skin colored pencil or your concealer.

Josie Maran Argan Oil Light

The harsh, dry, desert winter has been a struggle for my skin this year. It's been a dry mess with more breakouts than I am used to and that natural glow that I love about my skin in the warmer months has been nowhere to be seen. Then I finally broke down and picked myself up a bottle of Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil in the Light formula from Sephora.

Everywhere I look someone is raving about Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil and I tried it out with a sample from Sephora and found that it was just too much for daily use. It felt heavier and left my skin a slick, oily mess that just couldn't be tamed. Now with the lighter version I have found my one true love! With one use my skin felt the softest my face has ever been and I had a bit of my healthy glow back. It absorbed quickly into my skin and once absorbed the faint oil smell was gone. Normally I need to be careful with moisturizers and some scrubs because they make my skin very oily it is not the case with this. I have been using it for about a month now every day, morning and night, and I am falling more and more in love with this product. My dry patches and redness are gone and I haven't seen more than a small spot or two come up since using it. My skin looks and feels healthy and moisturized and I have been able to use my lightest, most natural foundations with no trouble.

It comes with a dropper for easy application to face, nail cuticles, even on your hand to rub into the tips of hair to tame spit ends. I have even mixed with with a heavier foundation to help dilute it for more sheer coverage.

My skin isn't too problematic but for those of you with oily, spotty skin this claims to help balance out the moisture needs of your skin while helping to reduce to production of oil and give you healthier skin! It works wonders on my combination skin and is showing the harsh winter weather who is boss so I can't complain one bit! I even used it on my elbows the other day and said bye-bye to the dry elbow curse! It is well worth the $48 price tag but if you're unsure there is a smaller size available and you can ask for samples in store.

Monday, November 11, 2013

super cool colour

I love funky colored hair. Chances are if you are one of the people on Bleach London's instagram I have major hair envy. Since I have been in nursing school anything but natural colored hair has been banned from my head, and with job interviews coming up I couldn't risk going with anything permanent. Lucky for me, Bleach released a line of Super Cool Colour, bleach, and hair care products. Since I have a few friends who live in the UK I was able to find someone to pop out to Boots and pick me up some!

I picked the Rose, Parma Violets, and Blullini colors to try out of the selection available and waited patiently for them to arrive at my door! I also purchased the washing out liquid in case I need a quick wash out or there was lingering color. Following the directions on the bottle, I shampooed my hair as usual using a violet, toning shampoo and then applied the color to towel dried hair using gloves and a brush to help with the roots. I left the color in for a little longer than the bottle suggested, about 25 minutes, before rinsing until the water ran clear. One thing I love is the smell of the color, it doesn't smell like hair dye at all! I also found that it made my hair feel very soft. I applied a little leave in conditioner and then blow drying like usual.

Bleach suggests having very light, white blonde hair for the full effect of even and true color. My hair is naturally dark brown and I recently had some major highlighting done to go blonde. I loved the result that my hair had with the product. Since I have so many different tones in my hair it gave me many tones of pink throughout my highlights contrasted with the remaining brown in my hair. To say I was obsessed with the color is an understatement. Sorry for unmakeuped eyeball coming up it was RIGHT after I dried my hair.


The color is temporary and from what I have seen online it has lasted with some hint of color up to 2 weeks for some people. The bottle says it should last from 2-10 washes. In my case, the color lasted one wash with only a very slight pink tint to the tips of my hair. I wasn't expecting it to last forever but that is a tad disappointing. Then again, for 5 pounds (about 8 US dollars) and an at home color I couldn't expect very much.

I think I will use the remaining of my products and unless they are released in the US I will not purchase any more. I love the color but for how long it lasts in my hair it isn't worth the trouble of arranging its purchase with friends in the UK and the cost of shipping. If I could pick it up down the street it might be another story or it lasted longer it might be another story. If you are in the UK and wanting to try out a temporary color I would give these a try and hopefully your hair keeps the color a little longer than mine has! I still have the Blullini and Parma Violets color for when I am feeling adventurous again!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Fall Favorites

fall favorites

fall favorites by meg-lesleyxo 

MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork | Urban Decay lip pencil in Venom and lipstick in 69 | Burt's Bees Mango Lip Balm | NARS blush in Sin | Stila  waterproof liquid eyeliner | Revlon nail varnish in Vixon | Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Aruba | Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream and Aloe Moisturizer | Essie After School Boy Blazer | MAC eyeshadow in Shroom

My favorite products often change as I find new ones but these are the ones that are standing out and will be used regularly this fall. 

Starting in the top left corner we have the MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork. Far too often I find myself needing to run out the door quickly and I don't have time for a full makeup look and this is my go to. With a quick swish with my finger and dab on the eyelid and voila! It's creamy, matte taupe perfection that I can't get enough of. It can even be used a base instead of an eyeshadow primer. I love putting it all over my lid and working it into the crease and then blending in a lighter, shimmery color on the lid and blending. If you are new to the paint pot world, they are highly pigmented and long lasting and worth every penny.

Next we have my latest lip addictions. Urban Decay lip pencil in Venom and lipstick in 69. I will actually layer the darker purple Venom under the 69 lipstick for a shiny deep red color. I love these products. They are creamy, don't dry out my lips, and are so highly pigmented and long lasting. 

Burt's Bees Mango Lip Balm is my go to lip balm. It moisturizes my lips well enough to combat the cold dry air and wind that attacks me daily. It also smells delicious!

NARS blush in Sin is one of my favorite blushes of all time. I don't wear it much in the summer as I lean more towards corals and pinks but as fall and winter roll around this is a staple! It's a beautiful darker color, but not too dark to look frightening on my far too pale skin, and I get tons of compliments on it. Trust me. Go to Sephora and try it on the double. 

Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzer is my favorite bronzer and I use it all year. Its a beautiful color and has just the right amount of shimmer to make my skin look colorful and healthy. 

Mario Badescu skin products are possibly the greatest I ever stumbled upon and I have been addicted ever since. I can't remember the last time I used anything else on my face and it is loving me for it. These prodcuts specifically save my skin when the cold weather comes around. 

What are some of your favorite products for fall? 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Music Monday- Soul Sister

I'm going to try to do a Music Monday post every once and a while. It will include reviews of albums, songs I'm digging, playlists, and whatever else is floating around in this music obsessed head of mine.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Salt Spray Scuffle

If you want easy, beachy, texturized hair without too much work a salt spray is the way to go. I'm going to be completely honest here,  I think I might have a mild addiction. No, a salt spray isn't going to give you those perfect, beachy waves if your hair doesn't have some wave to it so lower your expectations this minute. It will, however, give you hair some texture and a bit of a messy look with a slight wave to it and a little more volume. However, with the use of other products and some styling with heat you can definitely achieve that look.