F A V E S

Pretty potluck look: So I’m part of this potluck group here in Austin, the lovely Farheen added me to a group of distinguished and discerning women who have families and have wholeheartedly welcomed me into their group. I attended my dear friend Juvairia’s potluck this past saturday of a Mediterranean theme. I brought the falafel and fatoush (my fave Mediterranean salad) that we ordered from Arpeggio Grill because I did not have enough time to prepare these items myself. I really enjoyed Arpeggio’s food when I first came to Austin. It’s a nice place to find authentic Mediterranean and halal food. But lately, it hasn’t been the best. The falafel were too dry, and the sale was already dressed with the pita chips which made them soggy when we actually ate. I had hoped they wouldn’t kept them on the side like Peace Bakery does. Hindsight and all that, I guess.

It was a fun night, where awe caught up with what’s new in each others lives. Kids birthdays coming up, new babies on the way and therefore, gender reveal party coming up. Wonderful gardening stories shared and my eagerness to get out in my own garden portrayed. It’s like old friends of numerous years catching up on the daily. There is some truth to this new notion of Squad goals, or love. A sisterhood truly is invaluable and only after I moved away from my network of sisters in Edmonton, AB did I truly feel what this means for any female, of any age, anywhere in this world. It is truly invaluable.

I digress, the picture of me below is the look I created with the product image above. It’s hard to see the eyeshadow, but I put just the lightest touch the iridescent purple shadow of Fenty Beauty’s Galaxy palette in the center of my eyelid’s lower half, and along the lower rim. Wanted a hint of glam, but more a muted polished look. I found that the RCMA colorless powder did not sit nicely on the FlowerBeauty skincognito foundation. Even after blending over again with a damp Mikasa Beauty makeup blender sponge, it did not set nicely, it looked too textured and not smooth, like it usually does without finishing powder. I plan on trying it out with other foundations, to see if its an ingredient thing or a technique thing. By the by, the Skincognito foundation sticks by FLowerBeauty are on sale for $7.70 on their website! Finally, I can’t figure out the Stellar Lighting Systems Go Diva Selfie Ring Light and so  I have purchase a new lighting system necessary for proper photos. Stay tuned!

In the end the look was still what I wanted, a clean hint of glam, my own lashes, not falsies look. What do you think?

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U N N U D E

I picked up a couple new items from Walmart the other day, looking for some inspiration and the new highlighter palette by FlowerBeauty. I obviously did not get the palette because this Walmart didn’t have it yet. I was pretty disappointed, but I found a few other items I had my eye on. the Ardell Magnetic Accents lashes and opted for this beautiful HardCandy highlighter palette. I stumbled upon the L’oreal Crushed Foil metallic eyeshadow in Diamond dust. Honestly this shadow is so pretty, it has an iridescent green tint as well as a kind of Burgundy undertone. It’s a crystal kind of finish and its just stunning. A little goes a long way! The magnetics lashes are amazing, they required a bit of fidgeting about in that I had to use a tweezer to get them to stay in place. You have to first put the top lashes to rest on your now lashes and then let the bottom ones join on via the magnets. They stay nice and tight and do not move, which is great once you have them the right place, but until then, its a bit annoying. It’s worth it for me though because then I do not have to deal with eyelash glue, which I don’t mind, but it does save time not having to deal with it. Definitely give them lashes a go! The picture below is an image of the look I created and on my YouTube channel you will find a close up clip of the look. Tutorial coming soon.

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V A L E N T I N E S D A Y G L A M

So    many stunning valentines day looks out there on the gram and snapchat, etc. But serious, can we talk about this for a minute. There’s a select few of the overall female population who can rock a hugely bold look on the daily. Can you really show up to your office, or hospital, or school, or wherever with stickers, flowers, or bold glitter eyelids or lips? I know I can not. I currently work at two different schools as substitute teacher and at another school as. school nurse. Trust me when I tell you, you students will be more distracted by the extra bold colors or look on my face than what they’re gonna be learning that day. To be fair, its not likely too much learning is gonna happen tomorrow due to all the candy and valentines shared. But still, I have to do my best.

Thus, I created this look for the working women with day jobs where maybe the gem stone eyeliners and red eyelids won’t really go so well. Still figuring out the lighting, clearly!! Lol. 💞
I used @fentybeauty Galaxy eyeshadow palette because I love that it has just enough buildable shimmer and sparkle for both day and night looks. I used Milky Way on the whole lid and Sunburst in the lower lashline and on the hearts. Inner eye duct and eyebrow highlight is eyeshadow by @noniecreme in autumn olive and @anastasiabeverlyhills Prism palette colour Eden in the crease. @limecrimemakeup Velvetine liquid lipstick are the hearts outlined with @stilacosmetics eyeliner.

This was a quick look which I added some night time glam via lashes in vixen by @azeredocosmetics. The featured image of the one eye shows that look. Below is the overall look and another picture my cat Sheroo getting excited with me for the product pic of everything I sued. Pro Tip: To complete the look add a splash of color via @limecrimemakeup velveteen liquid lipstick and away you go!

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F L O W E R B E A U T Y

About face foundation by Flower Beauty is a different kind of addition to my makeup treasure trove. I’m conflicted, as I am surprised by how the shade I chose seem to dry lighter, meaning it aerated or oxidized to a shade too light for my skin. however, how wonderful it feels going on and the fact that it stays all day due to the built in primer are reasons for me to recommend this foundation. I feel like those benefits outweigh the shade in that it is easy for you to go in store, be that at Walmart or Ulta beauty to color match. I ordered this online based on a picture and thus, mistake were made.

Definitely give it a try considering it’s on sale now for only $9.80 USD, it is a decent product and fortified with all kinds of good treats for the skin such as vitamin C and E as well as anti-oxidant and anti-aging qualities. It comes in a pretty package in that it’s a glass jar with a removable cover and a nice pump that gives just a little at a time. It has the signature faux rose gold leaf logo on it that makes the packaging so elegant. Which is perfect because a little goes a long way. It is, after all, a full coverage foundation.

Check out my Instagram for a mini video on a finished look I did using this product.

 

M A T T E I N K

There’s nothing the effect of the constant reminder of the various mainstream products advertisements of their products. But when you go into a store like Target and decide to stop in the beauty isles, because you know, you just can not help it. You find there’s a decently competent sales person working there who see’s that you’ve walked around a product a few times, clearly debating which color to buy and she says, ” so I see you’re debating something here, can I give an opinion? This product I was debating was the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Lip Color. I couldn’t choose between the rich plum shade in Believer or the nice peachy nude in Dreamer.

She began telling me about her journey with this product and how she’s a smoker and often found that any lipstick would eventually need touching throughout the day. But this particular lip color stayed on, lasted the whole day, regardless of how many cigs she had, or if she ate or drank anything, she did not need to re-touch it! I asked her if the product came off easily and she quickly said oh ya, the makeup wipes work best. She then went on to explain that the more dramatic shades were her go-to colors and that she had been hunting for a nice plum. She opted for the darker plum in this new Maybelline line called Escapist and loved it.

I was clearly intrigued asked a million questions ranging from length of time to dry to if it required a lip liner and so  on. Finally, I also opted for a richer tone and was super excited to go home and try it. She then returned with more wonderful info, that the Target app saves you money daily. Basically, if you are looking of r a particular product, check the app in case its part of the daily sale and that today these Lip Colors were on sale for 20% off and they are already fairly low priced at Target as it is!

Below is a picture of my trying it out for the first time. I was on my way to the Montessori  where I work and loved that it didn’t actually take as much time to put on. I find it really difficult to apply lip color within the lines as I have really strange skin around my lips. But the applicator in this precast really helped me out and as long as you remove anything that got outside the lines before it dries then your golden! It lasted the whole day, did not come off. truly does feel like you’ve applied ink on your lips. Only weird thing I notices is that when I did drink something like coffee, the color started to peel apart in bits on the inside part of my lips. It was almost like you were eating tiny bits of the product. Not the best experience there, but honestly minor for a busy day where you don’t have time to be concerned with your makeup.

Definitely go give this product a try, at $7.19 at Target, you really can not go wrong! They have a range of 20 colors and although in store there were only 9 on display and even less available due to the sale, keep your eye out. They will have them in stock soon enough! Leave a comment below if you’ve tried this product and what you felt!

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