Beauty By Krystal

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Glittered Smokey Eye ft. ELF Everyday Smoky Eyeshadow Palette

I've been wearing the new ELF Studio Eyeshadow Palettes ever since they launched, but all the looks I was wearing were all so "basic", and nothing special to share with you all on the blog... and then this morning I was looking at the Everyday Smoky palette and figured I would pull together a black smoky look because the matte black in this palette is pretty amazing! I'm OBSESSED with how it all turned out! I decided to keep the look more toned down, so I skipped the bronzer and bright lippie like I would usually do, and just stick with a nice blush and nude lip.

Get The Look
- Apply ELF Smudge Pot in Hit The Town to the mobile lid area and outer lower lash line, keep to a rounded shape.
- Apply shade 10 from the Everyday Smoky palette on top of Hit The Town, use a small blending brush to soften the edges.
- Apply a mix of shades 4 and 5 to the crease to blend a transition from the lid to the brow.
- Apply a mix of shades 1 and 2 to the brow bone, and below the lower lash line to brighten the look and blend out the shadows edges.
- Apply ELF Long-lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in Toast to the inner corner and inner lower lash line.
- Apply ELF Mineral Eyeshadow in Golden on top of Toast, blending edges to soften.
- Apply the ELF Liquid Eyeliner in Copper on top of Golden, tapering the glitters over the black eyeshadow.

Products used:
ELF HD Mattifying Cream Foundation - Buff and Sand mixed
ELF HD Lifting Concealer - Brightening
ELF Mineral Pearls - Natural
ELF Blush Palette - Dark, top left shade
ELF Instant Lift Brow Pencil - Taupe and Natural Brown
ELF Clear Mascara
ELF Moisturizing Lipstick - In The Nude

ELF Everyday Smoky eyeshadow palette
ELF Smudge Pot - Hit The Town
ELF Long-lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow - Toast
ELF Mineral Eyeshadow - Golden
ELF Liquid Eyeliner - Copper
ELF Lock On Gel Liner - Crave It\ Black
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Monday, October 05, 2015

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation | Review & Swatches

It all started with a free sample packet from Sephora of the new and highly buzzed about NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation ($48). This formula is definitely full coverage, yet versatile in that you can sheer it down to a light-medium coverage, or build up layers to cover problem spots and even use in place of a concealer. It can be applied with a variety of makeup brushes, makeup sponges, or simply applied with fingers. The finish is a natural satin, not matte and not dewy - a happy medium.
"Full, natural-looking coverage with unexpectedly weightless, 16-hour wear. Highly pigmented and perfectly balanced, this breakthrough formula builds and blends effortlessly with just one drop—the result of exclusive innovation uniquely designed to deliver long-wearing full coverage, weightlessly. Shake, pump and blend in sections for complete coverage that's completely natural looking."

I love to mix this foundation with other products, mainly to add more hydration to my skin, and achieve a medium coverage; Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè, NARSskin Optimal Brightening Concentrate (not ideal, but I'm trying to use it up), ELF Beautifully Bare Foundation Serum. The NARS All Day Foundation is serious business, it has a gorgeous coverage and finish that wears consistently from early morning to late night. I think we all naturally get a little shine throughout the day, so a couple of blotting sheets will be needed, but I find it doesn't really need to be touched up or powered. I didn't have any issues with it settling into fine lines, or accentuating pores or dry patches. Overall, it is a fantastic foundation, and I have been recommending it to those who like a medium-full coverage look that will wear for hours and hours.

Friday, October 02, 2015

NEW Veil Cosmetics Sunset Light Primer [press release]

I'm so very excited about the newest product release from Veil Cosmetics! :)

The SUNSET LIGHT: Primer, Serum, Mixing Base is a fluid filter that helps skin achieve the perfecting and smoothing radiance emanated at sunset. Use it to prime complexion to provide makeup longevity, to instantly diminish the appearance of pores and fine lines, to hydrate, plump, and brighten skin. Mix it with our very own Complexion Fix, or your favorite foundation to create the ideal glide and pigment spread.

PRIMER: Unique water based formula, use it to prime complexion to provide makeup longevity and glow, to instantly hydrate, plump, and brighten skin, and to smooth out the appearance of pores and fine lines.

SERUM: Serum strength ingredient actives include,

  • Brighten: White Water Lily Extract
  • Defend: Anti-aging Peptides and Ubiquinone
  • Plump and Soothe: Cinnamon Bark Extract
  • Hydrate: Sodium Hyaluronate

MIXING BASE: Mix a small amount into Veil Complexion Fix to create your own BB Cream, into your favorite concealer and/or foundation to create a perfecting glide and pigment spread, and to immediately smooth and refine liquid/cream based makeup like bronzer and blush.

Launching October 15, 2015 the SUNSET LIGHT: Primer, Serum, Mixing Base is available in size 50 ml for $59.00 at select retailers nationwide as well as at

About Veil Cosmetics:
The LIGHT INFUSED COSMETICS Brand, VEIL products impart instant illumination and brighten the complexion with heir treatment benefits. The brainchild of internationally acclaimed celebrity makeup artist, Sebastien Tardif, Veil Cosmetics was inspired by Tardif's passion for skin and fresh take on superior makeup textures. Veil sets out to modernize the traditional approach to makeup by revealing gorgeous skin, not masking it, with multi-tasking, skin care cosmetics.