Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Princess Tag: My favorite high end products




Hello Everyone!
For those of you who aren't familiar, the "Princess Tag" is your favorite high end/ luxury products. I like both high end and drug store makeup but every now and then it is fun to splurge on a luxury beauty product! I thought this would be an appropriate post due to the fact that tomorrow is black Friday and there will be some great sales!!  Here are my favorites:

1. Foundation: My favorite high end foundation at the moment is the YSL Touche Eclat foundation. I love the natural finish. The coverage is light to medium but I find that it is buildable. The staying power isn't great but I always use setting powder which helps make it last longer. For the best results, I apply this with my fingers or with my beauty blender. I purchased this at Sephora and the price is $55.00.




2. Concealer: I think my favorite high end concealer is the Bobbi Brown concealers and correctors. They are so pigmented and cover flawlessly. I use the BBU palette in my pro kit which is all of her correctors and concealers in one palette. I do not own an individual concealer so I will post a picture of what the individual one looks like. You can purchase this at Sephora or and Bobbi Brown counter. The price of the individual size is $33.00 and you get a concealer (left) and a setting powder (right). The price of the BBU Palette is $250.00 and $150.00 with the pro discount. I love these products and I highly recommend them.
Bobbi Brown - Creamy Concealer KitBBU Palette

3. Powder: My favorite powder at the moment is Make Up Forever Pro Finish Powder Foundation. I love this powder because it helps set my makeup and it adds coverage. I also like this powder because when I apply it to the skin it does not look to powdery. You can apply this product dry for a light application or wet for a fuller application. This product is fairly new to me and it has quickly become a staple! I purchased this at Sephora and it was $36.00.  They also have an amazing color range which is great.


4. Bronzer: My favorite high end bronzer is Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder "Medium". This is by far the best contouring product out for fair-medium skin tones. It is a cool toned brown which is the absolute perfect color. It does not make your skin look orange at all! The annoying part about this product is that it is kind of hard to find. I will link you to Nigels Beauty Emporium which is where I ordered the product from. As you can see I tried to depot this product and it cracked. I am so happy with this product and it is a staple in my personal makeup kit and in my professional kit! The price of this product is $44.00.



5. Blush: My favorite blush (and this is a recent discovery) has to be NARS blushes. I know I am late in this discovery but I recently purchased the Guy Bourdin blush palette and I have fallen in love with every color. The colors are just pigmented enough to add a warm flush to the skin but not so pigmented that I place a streak of color across my face. I purchased this palette at Sephora but it seems it is sold out at the moment. If you are lucky enough to find it in store then definitely pick it up! If not then buying any individual blush from NARS will do! You can purchase them at Sephora for $29.00 a piece. The shade "Orgasm" (yes I know...) is a very popular choice!







6. Highlighter: My favorite highlight at the moment is actually from the NARS palette above. The shade is "Devotee" and it is the perfect shade for my fair skin. I do not believe that this shade is sold individually but I have heard that the shade "Albastross" by NARS is pretty similar.


7. Eye Shadow: My favorite high end eye shadow at the moment is Marc Jacobs "The Lolita" palette. I love the variety of matte shades and shimmery shades this offers. This product is very pigmented and lasts a long time on my eyes. This palettes comes with 7 shades. It is $59.00 and I purchased it at Sephora.




8. Eye Liner: My favorite eye liner would be Urban Decay 24/7 waterproof liquid eye liner. I have never found another eye liner that lasts as long as this one. I have actually fallen asleep wearing this and when I woke up it was perfectly in tact. It is pretty incredible stuff! It is $19.00 and it comes in like 12 shades!  You can purchase this on the Urban Decay website or at Sephora.
 
Urban Decay - 24/7 Waterproof  Liquid Eyeliner



9. Mascara: My favorite high end mascara is a tie between Diorshow Blackout and Lancome Hypnose Drama. Diorshow Blackout is great because it adds volume instantly. I love how black it is and it does not flake. I dislike how quickly it builds onto itself. I feel like sometimes I end up with like 3 lashes because it gets so chunky. Lancome Hypnose drama is great because it builds on itself nicely with out getting chunky on my lashes. I love the shape of the brush and the packaging as well. If I had to choose one it would probably be the Diorshow Blackout. I think I have the method of applying it down now and it really is a great mascara! It sells for $25.00. I bought this at Sephora.



10. Lipstick: I have to be honest with this one and say I am not sure. I have not tried a ton of high end lipsticks. I will give you a list of some good ones but I just can't pick an absolute favorite high end lipstick at the moment.

*Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick  (great range from neutral to bright)
*Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color  (great neutrals)
* MAC (amazing color range as well as tons of different finishes)
* Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars (amazing for bright colors)


I will try and narrow it down to one but I can not make any promises :)


These are some of my favorite high end products! I hope this will be helpful on your black Friday shopping day!! :)

-Hope

Monday, November 11, 2013

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Matte Lipstick " La Sensuelle 40"

Hello Everyone!
I recently discovered the Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Matte Lipsticks. I purchased this color for a wedding I attended and I must say I was very impressed with the finish, the comfort, and the longevity of this lipstick.

This is my first Chanel lipstick I have owned. I chose this color because it was super flattering on my fair skin. It is a berry color that has a little bit of red and a little bit of pink!

I LOVE the packaging of Chanel lipsticks. They are slightly weighted and the combination of black and gold feel very luxurious.

 I think this is the perfect color for the fall and for the holidays! I wear this color a ton and I find that it lasts for at least 6 hours. When this color fades, it seems to fade very evenly giving the lips a stained effect. I know this is advertised as a "matte" lipstick but this does seem to have a bit of a sheen on the lips. I feel like it is more of a semi matte finish.

This lipstick is $34.00 and can be purchased at any Chanel counter or online. 

I know this lipstick is very pricey but I definitely do not regret purchasing it! Would I go out and buy a bunch more colors right now? No,  I would only spend this much money on lipstick for a special occasion but I am so glad that I have it and I am so excited to wear it to holiday party's   :)

If you are on the hunt for a new every day lipstick, I would definitely check out this line of velvet matte lipsticks. They are super comfortable on the lips and if you are wearing it every day then it would definitely be worth the price!




I hope this was helpful!

-Hope

Friday, November 8, 2013

HAUL: 20% off VIB at Sephora

Hello Everyone!
If you are a frequent shopper at Sephora then you know how exciting it is when they have sales. The VIB (very important beauty insider) 20% off sale is the highlight of my year at Sephora. I only buy items at Sephora from high end cosmetic lines that do not offer pro discounts. This is why this haul is pretty much all high end items. Some of you may be thinking, you can get a NARS and MUFE pro discount.. Yes I know and this was me being lazy and not wanting to order products online.. haha




All I can say is "Oops". I did not mean to spend so much money but I honestly knew I was going to end up buying all of these products anyways so I thought I might as well buy them when I get 20 % off..

1. Murad Clarifying body spray
I have been wanting this for a long time ever since I saw a video about it on you tube. I was holding off because it was pricey but I am glad I finally took the plunge. I have been loving Murad skin care lately! I also purchased the spot treatment a few weeks ago.

2. YSL "Le Teint Touche Eclat" Illuminating Foundation
I have heard great things about this foundation and finally decided to go for it. I think I found a pretty excellent color match so I am very excited about it :) Can you believe this purchase was my very first YSL product?? I know I was very excited about this..

3. Nars "Skin Smoothing Face Prep"
I have never heard of this product before but I was very intrigued when I felt how smooth it was on my hand. I have a very specific plan for this product. I am looking for something to reduce smile lines and fine lines under the eye. I hope this works!

5. Diorshow "Black out" Mascara 
Dior seems to be ground breaking in the mascara department. I have been very curious and decided to try one for myself. Looking forward to trying this mascara. 

 6. Makeup Forever "Pro-Finish" Powder Foundation
I have been on the hunt for a great powder foundation, mostly for my male clients. I decided to try this one out due to the amazing reviews. I hope this is pro kit worthy!!


7. Bobbi Brown Gel Eye Liner in "Black Ink"
This is a industry standard as far as gel eye liners are concerned. I don't know a single makeup artist who doesn't have this in there kit (except for me up until today). I had purchased one from MAC for my kit when I first started and I was trying to hold off on buying this until I used the MAC one up. I then had a client on Tuesday with insanely oily eye lids and the MAC liner just failed on me. I am so glad I have this one in my kit now :)

8. NARS Guy Bourdin "One Night Stand" Cheek Palette
Last but certainly not least is this incredible NARS cheek palette. I have miscellaneous NARS products and everything I own from this brand is a great product. I decided to take the plunge with there blushes as well. I actually had a blush from NARS that I purchased a few weeks ago and that went MIA on a wedding I did that weekend.. hmmm. I am very happy about this purchase though and ready to fall in love with all of these colors.  


The Lancome pot that you see is a sample of the moisturizer.. Ill let you know what I think. I also got a Dior lipstick and perfume sample as a point reward. I also got a glam glow face mask sample which is actually what I am most excited to try!!

I know this seems crazy, but I buy these products because I do this for a living and because I review these products for you guys! I always like trying new things to make sure I have the best products possible in my professional kit and sometimes that means I need to invest in some high end products!!

I will try and do a review on all of these products over the next few months!


I hope this was helpful!

-Hope 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

October Favorites

Hello Everyone!
My apologies for being MIA this past month. It was an extremely busy month filled with Netherworld, Weddings, TV shoots, Headshots and Halloween makeups. CRAZY! Now that I have a few days here and there to blog, I will hopefully be able to start posting more regularly!

I know we are already a week into November but I have a few favorites from October that I want to share with you guys!!


1. "Scandal Eyes" Eye Liner  by Rimmel London 
I saw a video on youtube the other day about Rimmel products and this eye liner was compared to Urban Decay 24/7 liners. I had to try some so I purchased the brown and black at CVS. I must say these eye liners are extremely pigmented and long lasting!! I believe they are only $3.99 also.. What a steal!! The only issue I have with these is that they don't last very long in the waterline. I have this same issue with Urban Decay 24/7 eye liners as well. That being said, they last a very long time when applied to the lash line and for the price you can't beat it! 

2. "They're Real" Mascara by Benefit Cosmetics 
I have had this mascara for a very long time. I feel like I always have 2 or 3 sample sizes in my collection for some reason. I recently ran out of the Maybelline mascara I was using and decided to try this one out again. The second I used it I fell in love with it! It lengthens and adds volume! It lasts all day and I haven't noticed any sort of flaking. LOVE this and I am so excited that I rediscovered it. 

3. "Naked Basics" Palette by Urban Decay 


I had abandoned this palette for a while and I am not really sure why.. I started using this again this month and it has been my go to palette. I have been wearing brighter lip colors this month so I find myself reaching for a neutral matte palette to pair with the lip color. These colors are perfect for adding dimension to the eye with out adding color. I have been using "Foxy" on my lid, "Naked" in my crease, and "Faint" in the outer corner. If I am going out I may add a little bit of "Crave" for a more dramatic effect.

4. "Cabana Boy" blush by The Balm

 I placed in order on Hautelook for some items from The Balm. I purchased this blush for only $12 and it was such a great purchase. I love this berry toned blush for this time of year. It adds such a nice glow to this skin and coincides beautifully with my berry toned lipsticks I have been wearing . The pigmentation is great and the staying power is nice too! This may be my very favorite blush at the moment :)

5. "The Balm Jovi" palette by The Balm
I have thoroughly enjoyed having this palette in my collection! It has 12 eye shadows, one highlight, one blush, and two lip/cheek duos. I have been using "Iron Main-in" as a quick all over the lid color and the 4 matte colors as basic eye looks. I am obsessed with this highlight "disco disco". I have worn it pretty much every day. The lip/cheek duo's are just alright, nothing to special. The blush is really pretty! It will be great for spring. All around this palette has great staying power, nice pigmentation and a great variety of colors to work with. It is amazing to travel with. This palette will not disappoint. 

This month of October has been great! I am so excited about the cooler weather and the leaves changing. Fall is definitely my favorite time of year :) I have a HAUL blog post coming to you next so stay tuned!! 

I hope this was helpful :) 

-Hope