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Smoke circles + current makeup loves

Black and gray, cold and dark like my heart.

Just kidding. Maybe.

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Top: Banana Republic (similar)
Skirt: American Eagle
Flats: Target
Necklace: Gift
Ring: Madewell

Since it’s still too warm to wear true fall clothes (but dropping down to 84 this Saturday, which is basically a cold front in Houston), I’m doing my “summer to fall transition” (lame) with darker makeup.

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Clockwise: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lust, Revlon Matte Balm in Sultry, Urban Decay Perversion Mascara, OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane

This skinfinish requires a light hand because of the large flecks of red glitter, but is a perfect highlight and/or blush for evening looks. The Revlon Matte Balm in Sultry is a pretty, creamy, pigmented addition to any neutral eye, and looks great against warmer skin tones, such as my Hispanic-ass skin.

I received this sample version of the new Urban Decay Perversion mascara in a recent Ipsy bag, and though I prefer a wand with plastic bristles, this mascara is great at thickening the lash line. However, my stubborn straight lashes fall within minutes, and I’ve noticed it flaking off near the end of a work day. Not cool, UD.

Yaaayyy.

Today’s makeup + Summer makeup wishlist

These are the products I brushed, poked and smeared on my face today to look more like a human and less like Bruce Jenner.

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From left to right: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in 4.0, Benefit The POREfessional, Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer in 5, Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Liner in Black Velvet, OFRA Eyebrow Pencil in Universal, NARS Pro-Prime Eyeshadow Base, Maybelline Rocket Mascara, Anastasia Clear Brow Gel, NYX Butter Gloss in 02 Eclair, Benefit Fake Up Concealer, Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso, Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder

My makeup collection needs a desperate upgrade. My concealer is too thick and feels heavy on my face. My foundation is nearly empty, and I would like to double my skin protection by switching to a tinted moisturizer with SPF. I’m torn between NARS and Jouer. I also have my eye on the Marc Jacobs under eye concealer simply because of the cool metal tip. The bags under my eyes are not Prada, they’re Coach knock-offs.

Shop my summer picks here:

It’s almost Friday!

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Today’s makeup: Gradient

I’ve noticed a lot of beauty bloggers wearing turquoise on their lower waterline so I wanted to try that look for myself using a gradient effect. I have several colorful eyeliners that I don’t use enough, so I put them on my face today.

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I achieved the look by lining one half of my lower waterline with a navy liner, and then used a tapered angled brush to apply the turquoise shadow to the other half, overlapping the colors near the middle so that the colors fade into each other. It’s super easy.

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From left to right: Arbonne Mascara, NARS Pro-Prime Eyeshadow Base, Anastasia Clear Brow Gel, Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder, Be a Bombshell Eyeliner, NYX Eyeliner in 913 Sapphire, Bare Minerals Lipstick in Get Ready, Benefit Watt’s Up Highlighter, Benefit Hervana Blush, Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer in 5, Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, Be a Bombshell Eyeshadow in Bora Bora, Buxom Weightless Foundation in Meet Me Latte, Anastasia Brow Powder in Dark Brown, Pixi Bronzer in Subtly Suntouched, Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze, Sephora Eyelash Curler

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I finished the look with a dusty rose lip and a healthy amount of highlight on my face. Today’s makeup was a bit of a struggle because I washed my brushes today (the worst) so I had to use last resort brushes. I applied bronzer with a fan brush. Enough said.

Have a great Sunday and thank you for reading.

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Divergent: Tori Wu inspired makeup

I am doing two Divergent looks inspired by one of my favorite characters in the book, Tori Wu.

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She just looks like a bad ass. Today I have recreated one of her hair and makeup looks from the movie so I can pretend to be half as cool.

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Her look is a much edgier version of a neutral eye and lip, and her hair gives the illusion of a shaved side part. I recreated the look using products from my new Divergent palette because let’s be honest, I wasn’t going to do a Divergent giveaway and not get anything for myself from the collection. Limited edition = need to buy it.

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From left to right: NARS Pro-Prime Eyeshadow Base, Anastasia Clear Brow Gel, Maybelline Rocket Mascara, Make Up For Ever Concealer in 5, Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Naked, Buxom Foundation in Meet Me Latte, Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Dark Brown, Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder, Divergent Collector’s Palette.

I used Luminous Taupe (middle eyeshadow) all over my eyelid and blended Envious Chocolate (right) into my crease and smudged it along my top lash line. I highlighted the inner corners of my eye with Candor Lace (left) and contoured and added blush with Compassionate Copper and Rosy Horizon. I finished the look with Artistic Mauve over Naked. The lip gloss and bronzer are definitely my favorite in this palette. Both are extremely pigmented and the lip gloss is far from sticky.

Do you plan on dressing up as your favorite Divergent character for the premiere? Who would you choose?

Next week I am doing a Tori inspired outfit. Time to bust out all my black.

Have a great Thursday and thank you for reading.

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Today’s makeup

Deluxe samples, yo. They’re basically my window to new products. Bless Sephora and their points program.

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From left to right: Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in Shade 4.0, Jesse’s Girl Eyeshadow Palette in Brown Eyed Girl, NARS Pro-Prime Eyeshadow Base, NARS Concealer in Biscuit, Anastasia Clear Brow Gel, Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara, Benefit Watt’s Up Highlighter, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Ransom, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero, Make Up For Ever Lipstick in Rouge, Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Dark Brown, Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder, Benefit Hervana Blush, Pixi Bronzer in Subtly Suntouched.

Can we talk about how impressed I am with this palette I receive in last month’s Ipsy bag? I usually avoid eyeshadows from brands I’m not familiar with or aren’t raved about on YouTube because I have super sensitive eyes and skin. I once got a stye on my eyelid from bad eyeliner. I live in fear.

Aside from the questionable yellow shade and a couple of the orange colors, this palette has nice neutral, yet shimmery taupe colors that blend so well. Seriously, I think they blend better than the shadows in my Naked 2 palette. Le gasp.

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A neutral eye, surprise surprise. But if you look closely, my eyeliner is a blue-ish purple shade. It’s so pretty in person. Ransom is my favorite Urban Decay eyeliner because of how smoothly it glides on, and how it changes colors depending on the light. It looks dark purple in low light, but glows lavender with flecks of blue in the sunlight. It’s gorgeous. I layered it over zero so it would have a dark undertone, giving it a navy look. Ah, I just love it.

What’s your favorite eyeliner? Do you have any purple shades you recommend?

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Favorite spring lipsticks

Spring starts March 20! My lips are ready.

Covergirl Collage

Covergirl in 305 Darling

NYX Collage

NYX in 521 Chloe

Revlon Collage

Revlon Lip Butter in 063 Wild Watermelon

Wild Watermelon looks super bright in the tube, but it applies sheer to my lips. I’ve seen other women wear it and it’s super pigmented, but I actually like how it adds a nice natural wash to my lips.

What are your favorite lipsticks you’re excited to wear for spring?

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Today’s makeup + disappointing product

My makeup is always the same look achieved with different products. Excuse me for loving a taupe eye and pink lip.

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From left to right: Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in Shade 4.0, LORAC Pro Palette, Smashbox Photo Finish Dark Spot Correcting Primer, Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer in 5, Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette, NARS Pro-Prime Eyeshadow Base, Anastasia Clear Brow Gel, Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara, Wet n Wild Eyeliner in Black Black, Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze, MICA Beauty Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balm in #6 Fiesta.

I have sensitive acne-prone oily skin, so finding a trustworthy moisturizer is always a battle. I knew I had found it in one Korean product, but decided to give the Josie Maran Light Argan Oil a try. It was recommended as a great combat for my skin type on the Sephora website, and I’ve been bombarded with articles and videos about the use of argan oil on your hair and skin. So, I pulled the $48 price tag bandaid.

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Josie Maran 100 percent Pure Argan Oil Light

Big mistake.

Not only did this moisturizer result in a horrible breakout along my neck, it made my pores more visible and my nose looked like a ripe strawberry against a greasy Cici’s pizza. It was awful. I continued to use it on the ends of my hair and on my face for several weeks hoping it took a little while for my skin to adjust, but no. My skin went completely downhill. After two months of use, I’ve returned to my old favorite.

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Holika Holika Water March Moisture Green Full Cream

I found this moisturizer while browsing the adorable site PrettyandCute.com. They sell Asian beauty products that I can’t find in stores and have a large selection of BB creams and skincare products. I had been wanting to try Holika Holika since one of my favorite beauty YouTubers, frmheadtotoe, recommended them. This moisturizer has a fresh scent and a thin film that seals in the witch hazel and Himalayan berry extract. It’s perfect for troubled skin, and will prevent any acne medication from coming off on your pillow at night.

You let me down, Josie Maran. However, I do love the Hot Oil Self-Heating Hair Treatment. So, you’re not completely off my radar.

Have you tried using oils on your face? What is your go-to moisturizer?