Thursday, July 24, 2014

My Favorite Sunscreens!

Hi everyone! 
I just wanted to do a quick post to answer a question I got today on Beauty Broadcast Live. Several people were asking about favorite sunscreens, including one for the face that wasn't too sticky or heavy.  I said- I have a product that totally qualifies! I've been swimming a lot lately, and before hopping in, I take off all the day's makeup and makeup sure I'm covered in sunscreen. Here's what I use!

  • Neutrogena Clear Face Break-Out Free Liquid-Lotion (SPF 30) - I love that this is a face-specific sunscreen that's oil-free. It's very light and blends into the skin quickly- it's not at all sticky on the skin. It's also water-resistant for 80 minutes. I haven't noticed any breakouts or skin issues since I've been using this, so I'd say it's living up to its "Clear Face" name. Oh, and most importantly, I haven't gotten a sunburn since I've been using this, and I've been swimming a lot!
  • Coppertone Clearly Sheer for Beach & Pool (SPF 50) - This is probably the most light-weight sunscreen I've ever used. It's a spray, so it's very quick to apply. But don't get cocky like I did at first and try to apply it TOO quickly. You know how it is... you're feeling all cool with your spray-on sunscreen, but then you miss large patches of skin and end up burning. Take your time and take a couple passes over your arms, for example, and it DOES seem to provide the protection I need. Like the Neutrogena, this claims to be water resistant for 80 minutes. It claims to have a "light, clean scent" - and I'd agree with that. I particularly like the spray-on style when it comes to re-applying it. Even when I'm being careful and making a point to get everywhere, I can apply this in much less time than it would take to rub a lotion all over my body. 
What are your must-have sunscreens? I'd love to hear about them! :) 

Daily Nuggets...
  • I'm wearing a bright coral shirt with parrots on the front. 
  • I just posted a review on a travel hot roller set. Spoiler alert- it's awesome. 
  • This week has FLOWN by.
  • Breastfeeding class last night was fun & very informative. I feel much less intimidated by the process. Until I saw the handout that shows what a breastfed baby's poo will look like... 
  • You know what sound good right now? Sweet potato fries.

Friday, July 18, 2014

#Electric Challenge Day 5: Purple Haze

Happy Friday!
It's the 5th and final day of the Electric Challenge! Thank you SO MUCH for the nice feedback on the looks I've done throughout the week, and there are now more than 100 #ElectricChallenge pictures on Instagram- how cool! The idea of this challenge is to use the Urban Decay Electric Palette every day for a week, and you have to make sure you work in all of the different shades by the time the 5 days are up! Click here to see all of my Electric Challenge blogs from this week. It's been so much fun to get up each day and map out my eye looks, and I've really enjoyed seeing how these intense shades can transform so easily when you blend them or incorporate other eyeshadows entirely. I think the purple in this palette is one of my favorite shades, so I made that the primary focus of this look, with a blue pop! I think it's a great way to make brown eyes glow!
Today's Electric Palette shades are Chaos and Urban. 
Urban is a stunning metallic purple that takes on different tones depending on whether you apply it very concentrated or sheer. Chaos is an intense royal blue with a satin finish- but in application, it seems pretty matte. In addition to these colors, I worked in some classic neutrals from my Urban Decay Naked Basics palette. That's a very handy thing to use alongside Electric!
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  1. For my base, I applied a matte white cream shadow stick from Jordana all over the lid and around the inner corner. I dabbed over it with my finger to remove any excess product. 
  2. Next I added a few neutrals- from the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, I used Venus (shimmery white) on the lid, Faint (cool matte brown) in the crease, and W.O.S. as my creamy highlight under the brow. 
  3. I patted Urban on the lid, starting at the outer part and working inward halfway. I went more intense on the outside, and then used a lighter touch so the purple would start to fade into the white. I also blended Urban on the outer part of the crease and just above it. So we end up experiencing 3 tones from just one shade... intense purple (outer corner), lilac (center of lid), and a pinkish purple tone as the color fades up. 
  4. Then I lined my upper lashline with black liquid liner (FYI- I'm using black liquid a lot with these looks because it sets to a matte finish & gives me the intense definition I want with these bright colors!), and I used a blue liner from NYX on my lower waterline. 
  5. With an angled liner brush, I applied Chaos along my lower lashline- it's a great match for the blue eyeliner... just get it wedged right in there between all the lashes. Then I used a smudge brush to do a double line with Urban- underneath the blue. 
  6. I finished the look with mascara on my upper and lower lashes, along with a strip of falsies on the upper lashline. 

 I'm also wearing... 
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Face & Body in Creamy Tan
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer in Warm Light Medium
  • Wet n Wild Color Icon single eyeshadow in Brulee (set undereye concealer)
  • Makeup Up For Ever Pro Finish Powder in Neutral Sand
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer (contour)
  • Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Sweet
  • Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in Tiki (highlight)

  • Jordana 12 Hr Made to Last Shadow Stick in Eternal White (base on lid)
  • Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette (Venus, Faint, and W.O.S. as noted above)
  • Urban Decay Electric Palette 
  • Jordana Color Envy Liquid Eyeliner in Black Envy (upper lashline)
  • NYX Slide On Eyeliner in Sunrise Blue (lower waterline)
  • Rimmel ScandalEyes Rockin' Curves Mascara (upper & lower lashes)
  • Too Faced Brow Envy Kit
  • Red Cherry #415 False Eyelashes

  • Too Faced Perfect Lips Lip Liner in Perfect Spice
  • Too Faced La Creme Lipstick in Naked Dolly (how cute is this sample size?!)

Thanks again for checking out this post! I really believe that a 5-day challenge is a great way to push your creativity and get out of a makeup rut! :) Whether it's something you're a little scared to use or just a palette that's not getting much use in your collection... deciding that you'll make use of it for 5 straight days really causes you to dig a little deeper for new ideas as opposed to just using the same shades over & over (I'm guilty of that!) Something I realized about the Electric Palette is that it's a great companion to the many basic neutrals I own. I've learned to look at these bright shades not as a palette that I have to be confined to... but rather as individually great shades that can be nice accents to a more muted look. If I can get all my editing done in time, I'll have an Electric Palette review posted on my main channel tomorrow! :) 

Daily Nuggets...
  • Cupcake was extra adorable while we shot Tyler's review this morning. It's like she knows when she's "on" - LOL!
  • I have done so much brush cleaning this week... gotta start fresh each day when you're using these bright Electric palette shades!
  • I'm trying out a travel hot roller set to review sometime soon... it gave me surprisingly big hair today.
  • Yesterday I saved a frog from the pool vacuum. I think the little guy is gonna make it! 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

#ElectricChallenge Day 4: The Lighter Side

Hi everyone!
Hope you're having a good Thursday! We're now on Day 4 of the Electric Challenge... in case you're new to these posts, I'm trying to work in at least one shade of the Urban Decay Electric Palette everyday for 5 days... but by the end of the week I need to have used all of the colors! My pal Kristin is doing this as well, and I've also seen lots of people posting cool #ElectricChallenge looks on Instagram! As of today, I actually have used all of the colors. I'll still be doing a look tomorrow, of course, and I also plan to shoot a review video on this palette. As far as today's look, I knew I wanted to take a softer approach to this palette. I think it's important to show that you can still work in these colors without making them super "in your face" every time. With the addition of an outside shade (gold), I was able to achieve my goal, and showed myself just how versatile this palette can be! I also figured I'd choose today as my "lighter" day since I had to go to the dentist first thing in the morning :) 
My "shades of the day" are Savage and Fringe. 
Savage is a bright, matte pink (much brighter than I was expecting!) and Fringe is a metallic teal. As you can see from the swatches, both have the potential to be extremely intense! I found that the addition of a metallic neutral (gold) really lightened the whole look, and the overlapping that happened with Fringe brought out such a pretty greenish twist in the color. I love when eyeshadows seem to transform as you overlap them... I imagine artists get the same rush as they mix paints :)  
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  1. I first used an eyeshadow primer from lid to brow, and then I patted a gold eyeshadow around the inner corner and all over the lid (I'm experimenting with the new Bella Eyes line from Milani, and this shade is Bella Gold). 
  2. If you look closely, you can see that I did the tape trick! I placed it right on the corner of my eye, pointing upward toward the outer end of my brow. This gives a great edge to Fringe. I overlapped some of the gold on the outer part of the lid, pulled it into the crease, and overlapped the taped portion to create the edge. 
  3. With an angled liner brush, I took a bit of Fringe downward on the outer half of my lower lashline. I also used my wispy Sigma E36 brush to dust Savage just above my crease. This shade is not playing around!! It's bright, even with the lightest application. I also used a cream color as a highlight under the brow (Milani Bella Eyes in Bella Ivory).   
  4. I lined my upper lashline with black liquid liner, creating a very subtle wing that follows the "track" of the eyeshadow. I also used a nude liner to brighten my lower waterline. 
  5. I applied mascara to my upper and lower lashes.
  6. I used some false lashes to complete the look and further accentuate the shape of the eyeshadow. (These are the same lashes I used yesterday- Ardell #102 Demi). 

 I'm also wearing...
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Face & Body in Creamy Tan
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer in Warm Light Medium
  • Wet n Wild Color Icon single shadow in Brulee (to set undereye concealer)
  • Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder in Classic Ivory
  • Milani Matte Baked Bronzer in 07 Sienna (for contouring)
  • ELF Studio Blush in Pink Passion
  • It Cosmetics Hello Light Illuminating Powder (highlight)

  • Milani Eyeshadow Primer
  • Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Bella Gold (lid shade)
  • Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Bella Ivory (highlight)
  • Urban Decay Electric Palette
  • Jordana Color Envy Liquid Eyeliner in Black Envy (upper lashline)
  • Milani Shadow Eyez Jumbo Pencil in Almond Cream (lower waterline)
  • Rimmel ScandalEyes Rockin' Curves Mascara
  • Too Faced Brow Envy Kit
  • Ardell Glamour False Lashes #102 Demi

  • Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob
  • Tarte LipSurgence Lip Luster in Escape

I love how this look is softness with an edge. The colors are lighter and brighter than yesterday's look, but still quite colorful! And I think the "tape trick" on the outer corners gives the eyes a little something extra- compared to what I normally do. I just love that a palette you might glance at and think "NEON!!" can actually play nicely with other shadows and end up giving you a fun, almost pastel look. 

Daily Nuggets...
  • Sorry I had to miss Beauty Broadcast Live today! The dentist appointment was routine & went fine. I've said it before and I'll say it again... my hygienist is one of the most pleasant people on the planet. And she's a fast flosser :)
  • New vlog & express video still to come this afternoon/evening!
  • My eyes are tired.
  • Has anyone tried the Makeup Genius app for iPad? I just got it but haven't tried it out yet. 
  • Doing some grilling tonight- which will include grilled corn on the cob! Love it!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

#ElectricChallenge Day 3: Bold Pops

Happy Wednesday everyone!
It's Day 3 of the Electric Challenge, so here's my "Face of the Day!" For the past couple of days I've used bright colors from this palette all over my lids, so today I thought I'd do something different, with an overall smokey look that incorporates small, but bright pops of color. Despite the smokey theme, this looks feels very different for me since I don't often wear super bright yellowish/greens. I tend to go for more olive-type tones, so it was really fun to see how a shade like "Thrash" would look on me! And if you're just now stumbling across my Urban Decay Electric Palette Challenge posts on my blog, be sure to check out Day 1 and Day 2! Also, my buddy Kristin is doing this as well with daily Instagram pics! :)  
Today the shades that I worked in are Gonzo, Chaos, Freak, and Thrash.
Thrash is such a vivid yellow-ish shade with a hint of green- it has a super fine shimmer to it, but it looks rather matte after application. Freak is a minty, shimmery green. I just barely snuck these blues into the look- but I used Chaos, a really true blue, and Gonzo, a bright/lighter blue. 
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  1. I started out with a couple of basic cream bases. I used a black shadow stick all over my lid and on my lower waterline (FYI- the Mally matte black shadow stick always seems to last me ALL DAY in the waterline!) And then I used a matte white shadow stick to encircle my tear duct area and a little upward flick on the outer corner.
  2. Then I patted a matte black eyeshadow all over my lid, and blended it up into the crease with a slight outer-V shape. I also smudged it on my lower lashline. 
  3. Now for some color pops! With the small end of the brush that comes with the Electric Palette, I patted Thrash around my inner corner. I also used that same brush with Freak on the outside, creating a little border to the look.
  4. With a very small blending brush (Sigma E36), I use Chaos just above my crease, on the outer part. It shows up in a very subtle way, but I like it. 
  5. Then on the inner above-crease area, I used the lighter blue- Gonzo. I wanted these blues to just come off like a light haze that fades out from the black. 
  6. To finish the look, I used a matte cream highlight color under the brow, a thin line of black liquid liner on my upper lashline, and mascara on my top and bottom lashes. I also applied some false lashes that I thought nicely framed this eye look. 

I'm enjoying the fact that this look has some different "levels" of color. With this palette, you can do some all-out crazy brightness! But when you're adding pops of color, I like not making them all the same volume- if that makes sense. The inner yellow/green really captures your attention first... then your eye goes to the outer green, and finally the subtle blue fade. It's varying levels of color that surround the matte black core of the look. I like playing with the palette in this way!

 I'm also wearing...
  • ELF Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick in Natural
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Face & Body in Creamy Vanilla (as under-eye concealer)
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus
  • Milani Bronzer XL in Fake Tan
  • Boots No7 Natural Blush Tint in Coral Flush
  • ELF Studio Blush in Gotta Glow (highlight) 

  • Mally Evercolor Shadow Stick in Matte Black (base all over lid, waterline)
  • Jordana 12 Hr Made to Last Shadow Stick in Eternal White (base on outer corners)
  • Urban Decay Electric Palette
  • Sigma Eyeshadow in Control (matte black all over lid, smudged underneath)
  • Sally Girl Eyeshadow in Beige (highlight under brow)
  • Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Liner in Blackest Black (upper lashline)
  • Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara
  • Too Faced Brow Envy Kit
  • Ardell Glamour False Lashes #102 Demi

  • Estee Lauder Pure Color Vivid Shine Lipstick in Pink Voltage
Thanks so much for keeping up with my daily looks for the Electric Challenge! Whether or not this is a look you see yourself wearing with these particular colors, maybe it gives you a little inspiration for other shades in your collection. I must say, I always have fun doing my makeup in the mornings, but this week it's been extra fun to have an added "purpose". I find myself already scheming about what I'll try the next day with this palette! :) 

Daily Nuggets...
  • I tweeted & facebooked about this - but tomorrow I have a dentist appointment in the morning & won't be doing Beauty Broadcast Live! Between that appointment and some other house stuff I'm working on, I'm not going to be able to fit it in, but I plan to get a new vlog posted tomorrow! Oh, and #ElectricChallenge will still be happening-- hope I don't blind the dentist! ;)
  • Does anyone watch New York Med? I believe it airs on ABC. Tyler and I had a couple episodes on DVR and watched them last night. I LOVE it! Talk about true reality TV.
  • Nothing clears my mind like a nice long swim. Such a nice re-charge for mind & body.
  • I have a new video on my main channel coming this afternoon + a new express review!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

#ElectricChallenge Day 2: Vivid Orange

It's day 2 of the Electric Challenge! I was challenged to incorporate shades from the Urban Decay Electric Palette into my eye looks for a week, so that's exactly what I'm doing. Check out my Day 1 post for my first look, details on why I'm doing this, and the "rules" :) It's been great seeing lots of your #ElectricChallenge pictures on Instagram! Such incredible talent! For today's look, I chose to work in the vivid orange shade... it's probably the color I was most excited about, and it didn't disappoint when it comes to brightness! This look was actually incredibly simple... hope you like it!
The shades from this palette that I used today are Revolt, Slow Burn, and Urban. 
Revolt is a metallic silver, Slow Burn is a super-saturated orange with a hint of shimmer, and Urban is a metallic purple. Urban practically feels like a cream when you swatch it with your finger. So intense!
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  1. I primed my lids with a yellow/orange Maybelline Color Tattoo called Fierce & Tangy :) I also used a white shadow stick from Jordana around my inner corner.
  2. With a small brush, I patted Slow Burn all over my lid, and I also wedged it into the crease. On top of the base, Slow Burn takes on a purely orange look.
  3. With a small blending brush (I love Sigma's E36), I buffed Slow Burn lightly above the crease. Without the base underneath, I see more red coming out of the shadow. I love that subtle color shift. I also used a bare brush to further blend out the color, and applied a sheer amount of a matte cream shadow under the brow. 
  4. Now for a couple of accents- I used the silver Revlot shade around my inner corner, and slightly upward onto the inner-most part of the lid for an added pop. Then I smudged Urban on my lower lashline. 
  5. I used liquid liner across my upper lashline, and a plum liner on my lower waterline. I also added a bit more Urban with an angled brush at the outer corner to blend in with the wing. 
  6. I finished the look with mascara on my upper and lower lashes, as well as a full strip of false eyelashes.  

 The more I look at this orange/purple color combo, the more I like it. I thought to do this because I've been loving the way more muted tones of these shades look together (I've done a peach/plum look), so this was a way to take that concept and kick it up a notch. I also like how just a hint of that yellowish-orange cream base is peeking through around the inner corner (you can see it in the lower picture). All-in-all, when your eyes are open- the look isn't TOO crazy! But when you look down, you can see that the highest concentration of orange is right there in the crease :)    

 I'm also wearing...
  • Cover Girl Ready, Set Gorgeous Foundation in Medium Beige
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer in Warm Light Medium
  • Wet n Wild Color Icon Single in Brulee (to set/brighten undereye concealer)
  • Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder in Light
  • Sleek Face Form Contouring & Blush Palette in Light (Contour, Blush, Highlight)

  • Maybelline Color Tattoo in Fierce & Tangy (all over lid)
  • Jordana 12 Hr Made to Last Shadow Stick in Eternal White (inner corner)
  • Urban Decay Electric Palette
  • Milani Eyeshadow in French Vanilla (under brow)
  • Jordana Color Envy Liquid Liner in Black Envy (upper lashline)
  • Jordana 12 Hr Made to Last Eyeliner in Purple Fix (lower waterline)
  • Rimmel ScandalEyes Rockin' Curves Mascara (upper & lower lashes)
  • Too Faced Brow Envy Kit
  • Eylure Texture False Lashes #117

  • NYX Retractable Lip Liner in Nude
  • Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint in Exposed

I've noticed a few people mentioning that the shadows from this palette stain. I didn't notice any of that happening on my eyes yesterday- my Equate Face Wash Cloths took off my look completely! (And the look definitely lasted into the night- I washed it off at around 11pm) However, I did notice that the swatches on my hand were a little resistant to the baby wipes I sometimes use to get rid of swatches, but I encounter that from time to time with extra bold shadows. So far, these don't seem to have any unusual effects. Thanks for sharing in my excitement over the challenge & keep sharing your looks- it's so fun to see them! #ElectricChallenge :) 

Daily Nuggets...
  • I want a Rice Crispy treat. Just one. 
  • Cupcake is feeling right at home in the new makeup room. Today she barged in (LOL), jumped on the back of my chair while I was shooting a video, and then started walking all over the desk like she used to! 
  • Tyler & I spent Saturday taking part in a childbirth class! We learned tons. Also, now I am always keeping a big cup of water with me! The nurses running the class said some crazy-high percentage of pregnant women who come to the hospital with some sort of concern turn out to be dehydrated. Point taken! 
  • Last night I had a weird dream about edible eyeshadow. It tasted awesome. 
  • As my baby bump continues to grow, Tyler is on belly-button watch. He's always taking note as to whether or not my "innie" belly button has become an "outie". It's not there yet, but I could see it happening any day now!