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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Platinum Prom Makeup Look

One of my regular clients at the brow bar requested I do her makeup for prom and this look was so much fun for me, I had to share a quick post!

Products used: 
Benefit Brow Zings in Dark (she likes them filled in dark, my kinda girl!) 
Benefit Stay Don't Stray Eye Primer 
Honest Beauty Eyeshadow Trio in Sable Brown and Smoky Grey 
Buxom Single Shadow in Pure Platinum 
Lorac Front of the Line Pro Liquid Liner 
Ardell Wispie False Lashes 
Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara
Benefit Porefessional Primer 
Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation 
Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer 
Fiona Styles Setting Powder 
Benefit Hoola Bronzer and Rockateur Blush 
Becca Pearl Highlighter 
IT Cosmetics Buff Nude Lip Liner and Love Story Lipstick on top 
I'm obsessed with Mad Men and this look gave me all of the Megan Draper vibes! I took full advantage of her contoured eye-shape to create this look. Would you rock a cut crease like this? 

xo, Katie
Friday, April 29, 2016

Birchbox April 2016

I came home from work to my first Birchbox on Wednesday! While in New York, I had the opportunity to stop by the Birchbox store and build my first box. It was a fun experience to play with mini and full sized beauty products in the middle of SoHo. At the check out my lovely fiance purchased me another 2 months to try!
I was so happy to see this box come with mostly skin care (as I'm a junkie for skin products), a hair mask, and lip tar. I'm not sure how they determine who gets what, but they must really take the little questionnaire you fill out seriously!

Marcelle 3in1 Micellar Solution - This $21 Micellar water is a 3in1 because it gently removes makeup, cleanses the skin, as well as conditions. I loved that this water melted away makeup effortlessly, slightly tingled on the skin, and left my skin feeling fresh.

Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser - This gel foaming cleanser is great for acne-prone skin, breaking up oils, and balancing your skins pH. As I've been having some troubles with my skin, this face wash left my skin noticeably more radiant and soft.

Malin + Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturizer - The website claims that this moisturizer is lightweight and oil-free. You wouldn't know it because it is so intensely hydrating! I like that the packet they've included has enough for about 3 applications. I'm trying it out this morning, but I can tell you I'll be saving the next two applications for night time. I'd recommend this to someone with dry skin or slightly combonation.

WEI Purifying Mud Mask - I LOVE a good mud mask and this one is AMAZING. It applied evenly, was deeply effective, and toned down some current blemishes on my face. They include one application cup but I find the cup to be enough for two applications! If you purchased this through Birchbox they retail for $48 for 8 masks, yikes! There's no way I would waste a whole cup on 1 treatment. I could definitely see myself buying this product but I'm not in love with their packaging.

Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Mask - This is the only item I haven't tested out yet. The description claims that this hair mask will deep treat dry, lifeless hair into a glossier, healthier state. Can't wait to try!

OCC Lip Tar 'Strumpet' - This beautiful red berry. I was so excited to see this in the box because I already know OCC has some incredible pigment and staying power! This color is beautiful through day and night and works with most skin tones!

I don't know why it took me so long to jump on the Birchbox bandwagon. It is a lot of fun trying out new products and almost feels like a present to yourself when you come home from work to this sitting on your doorstep! Have you found any holy grail products through a monthly subscription? Which box is your favorite?! 

xo, Katie
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

bdellium tools Brush Haul

At IMATS NYC I picked up some new brushes! There were so many brush vendors it was hard to choose which one I was going to go with. Ultimately bdellium trumped all because of their outrageous variety and the great prices. I've been impressed with these brushes and working them into my every day routine.
The Essentials: bdellium 957, 945, 964, 955

957 Precision Kabuki - This brush is extremely soft and not too dense, making it perfect for applying my liquid foundation

945 Contour - This tightly packed, fluffy brush is the perfect mini size for fitting right in the hollows of your cheeks. I'm not huge on really contouring to the gods, but I do love this brush for concentrating my bronzer a bit more for dramatic looks!

964 All Purpose Blusher - I usually use an angled blush brush, but this is nicely packed and just dense enough to apply the perfect amount of blush! I'm more likely to use this as a brush for setting my face with a powder!

955 Finisher - Stippling brushes are my most loved. I'll use a stippling brush for just about anything from BB Cream to liquid foundation, cream and powder blushes, and for setting with powder. This stippling brush is more dense than others I have, so I'll definitely be using this for creams and liquid foundations!
The Contouring Saviors - 942 and 944

942 Slanted Contour - Did you notice I have 2 of the same brush with different color handles? I picked up two because I reach for this type of small brush most frequently during my complexion process. You can use this angled brush for contouring, focusing blush on the cheeks, baking powder under the eyes, and dusting highlighter on the tops of your cheekbones and bridge of the nose. I love how small it is, making it easy to use for a slew of different purposes. 

944 Tapered Contour - I've never owned a brush like this and always liked the way they looked in tutorials. The tapered aspect makes it great for setting the under eye area (my current use for this brush) or highlighting. 
Essential Eye Brushes: 755, 758, 783, 781, 769

755 Smudge - This tiny, very dense, flat brush is great for doing exactly what its name implies - smudging! I love using this to smoke out liner on my top and lower lash line as well as placing dark colors in my outer-V. 

758 Large Smudge - This is most loved in my daily routine. I'll use this brush to smoke out any color along my lower lash line. 

783 Small Tapered Blending - This brush isn't as densely packed as the crease brush and makes for blending out colors in the crease and outer corner seamlessly.

781 Crease - This densely packed, dome-shaped brush deposits colors into the crease and blends as you go along.

769 Angled Contour - I've never owned an eyeshadow brush this blunt! How large this brush is makes it great for blending out neutral crease colors in a pinch! 

This is my first time owning bdellium tools brushes and I'm happy with the investment! The quality is real with these brushes from the shape, how dense they are, and the blend of animal and synthetic hairs makes them incredibly soft to touch. The yellow, studio brushes in this post can be purchased as a 10 piece brush set with a roll for only $69! You can't beat that!

xo, Katie