Monday, March 30, 2015

Boho Makeup ft. Mary Kay + Sweepstakes!

[Brought to you by Mary Kay. All opinions are my own. #beautylovescountry]
This is my first time trying on a Boho makeup look, and I must say, I really like it! I love the eye look the most - it is very simple and very easy to accomplish with just a few products. The warm bronzed look is so flattering for spring and summer to come. I feel that any skin tone and eye color can rock this beautiful Boho Beauty look. Personally, this look has me feeling fierce with the sultry eye makeup. I was very excited to go for a new-to-me style, and even more excited that I love it so hard now!!
Get The Look
- I started with Mary Kay® Cream Eye Color in Apricot Twist, applied all over the eyelid area with my finger, and blended out at the crease. I applied this to the lower lash line as well.
- I then used the Mary Kay® Bronzing Powder in Light/Medium with a fluffy eye brush to warm up and darken the crease area for more definition to my eye shape.
- For a sultry vibe, I lined my upper lash line with the Mary Kay® Eyeliner in Deep Brown, then used a small pencil brush to smudge and smoke out the liner. I did apply a tiny bit of liner to my lower lash line, but only in the outer-most area of my eye, and smudged that out as well. I also used this liner on my waterline.
- For a lovely lashy look, I applied two coats of the Mary Kay® Lash Love Mascara in I ♥ Black, top and bottom lashes.
- To define the features of my face, but still keeping it simple, I generously applied the Mary Kay® Bronzing Powder in Light/Medium along the perimeter of my face, on my cheeks in place of blush, and a little alone the sides of my nose for more structure. 
- Lastly, the lip look - starting with the Mary Kay® True Dimensions Lipstick in Berry a la Mode, topped with the Mary Kay® Nourishine Plus Lip Gloss in Silver Moon.
Seriously, just six products and this Boho Beauty look is complete! I stuck with my regular foundation, concealer and setting powder for the rest of the look, but the eyes and sun kissed glow are the stars of this makeup.
Check out all three gorgeous country music-inspired makeup looks - Boho Beauty, All-American Girl, and Queen of Country - on the Mary Kay® website here (and see tutorials on the Mary Kay® YouTube channel), in celebration of Mary Kay® being the Official Beauty Sponsor of the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in April.
To enter for a chance to win a Mary Kay® prize pack, please leave a comment on this post telling me which of the three Academy of Country Music Awards looks do you like best?
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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older (or nineteen (19) years of age or older in Alabama and Nebraska). Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. The notification email will come directly from BlogHer via the sweeps@blogher email address. You will have 2 business days to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected.
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This sweepstakes runs from 3/30/2015 – 4/30/2015
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Saturday, March 28, 2015

ELF Waterproof Mascara Top Coat - Review

Do you have stubborn straight lashes?
Do you use an eyelash curler just to find your lashes will fall back down when you apply your regular mascara?
Or, have you discovered the only route worth taking is exclusively using waterproof mascara?

If you have said yes to any of the above questions, than yay! we can be stubborn straight lashed twinsies! :)

Well. I bought the ELF Studio Waterproof Mascara Top Coat ($3) last year and have been really loving it's strong curl hold when using it with regular non-waterproof mascaras. It really does work! I like to use it as a primer and a top coat when wearing a non-waterproof mascara, and it will hold my curl all day and night. Best of all, the removal process is just as easy as removing a regular mascara, it is actually easier to remove than when I wear a full on waterproof mascara.

Here's before and after images of the Waterproof Mascara Top Coat alone:

And here are some images of using non-waterproof mascara with and without the Waterproof Mascara Top Coat:

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

I've been using the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado ($28.50) as a night eye cream for such a long time now. I hadn't really thought to review it until I was looking over my skincare must haves and realized that I have been consistently using it for almost a year, and I'm barely even making a dent in this little pot of cream! It is still very much full, a little dab goes very far for the eye area. I like to apply with a gentle tapping motion underneath the eye and at the outer corner. It is a thick and heavy cream, the thickest I have in my eye care collection. It is the most hydrating cream I own, which is why I reserve it as an overnight treatment.

From the Kiehl's website:
  • Avocado Oil, derived from the fruit of a tropical American tree, is a rich, fatty-acid emollient. Avocado Oil is known to be the most moisturizing of any fruit oil. It is also a natural source of Amino Acid proteins, Vitamins A, D, E, and potassium. Helps to restore the natural moisture of the skin.
  • Beta-Carotene is a naturally derived antioxidant predominantly found in many orange/red vegetables such as carrots. It is used in Vitamin A production and gives an orange tint when used in skin care products.
  • Shea Butter is the natural fat obtained from the fruit of the African Karate tree and is widely used in lotions and cleansing products for its hydrating properties. Protects skin from dehydration, restores skin's suppleness and improves the appearance of dry skin.

Overall, it keeps my eye area hydrated, I wake up looking healthy and rested, even if I don't get a lot of sleep, and it feels very soothing to apply at the end of each day. It's the one cream that I keep going back to, even if I like to try other creams and treatments, this is my go-to for sure!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

NEW ELF Brushes - First Impression & Giveaway! (VIDEO)

ELF Cosmetics has recently launched 3 new Studio brushes and upgraded their Essential face brushes, so I thought it would be fun to film a first impression video, using all eight brushes for the first time and sharing my thoughts on them. I've also got a giveaway for the three new Studio brushes, check that out at the end of this post.

Here's my video:

Here's a ton of photos of the brushes! :)

ELF Studio Ultimate Blending Brush, Contouring Brush, Eyebrow Duo Brush

ELF Studio Contouring Brush

ELF Studio Contouring Brush

ELF Studio Ultimate Blending Brush

ELF Ultimate Blending vs. Real Techniques Buffing Brush

ELF Ultimate Blending vs. Real Techniques Buffing Brush

ELF Studio Eyebrow Duo Brush

ELF Essential Fan Brush, Foundation Brush, Powder Brush, Bronzing Brush, Total Face Brush

OLD vs. NEW ELF Essential Total Face Brush

OLD vs. NEW ELF Essential Bronzing Brush

OLD vs. NEW ELF Essential Powder Brush

OLD vs. NEW ELF Essential Foundation Brush

OLD vs. NEW ELF Essential Fan Brush

* * GIVEAWAY * *

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Nail-Aid No-Rub Acetone Power Gel - Review & Demo

Have you heard? There's a new product on the market for removing stubborn dark nail polish and glitter nail polish! Meet the Nail-Aid No-Rub Acetone Power Gel. You can find these in Walmart stores, and on their website, there are two versions (but I think they are the same formula...) - after spending a few hours attempting to purchase them from their website, apparently my cards weren't working with their site, they offered to send me one.

It works great to remove dark stubborn nail polish, just dip your nail in and let it sit for a minute, and it works even better to remove glitter nail polish, I just let it sit for about 10-15 minutes. TIP: Don't use cheap paper towels, they will tear apart and stick to the skin and nails like crazy! ;)

Before - base coat, tow coats polish, two coats glitter, top coat

Freshly dipped nails

10 mins later


Don't use cheap paper towels :(

Cleaned up with nail polish remover and cotton balls

I definitely prefer the Nail-Aid No-Rub Gel to remove glitter nail polish than doing the aluminum foil process because I really can't be bothered with cutting foil for all my nails... Plus, these acetone gel tubs are affordable and locally available!