Bright Eyed Makeup For Glasses Tutorial

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Hello everyone! I’m sure some of you ladies out there wear prescription eyewear. For me, I’ve been wearing glasses for years and eye makeup is the one part of my makeup that I love expressing my creativity in. With glasses it gets even trickier to figure out how to place your eye shadows exactly to create a flawless look that others can see from behind your frames.

For this tutorial I wanted to create a neutral eye look using a bold eyeliner on the lower lash line. With my type of glasses, I always focus more color on the lower lash line. For my eyeshadow, I tend to use a very bright shimmery shadow on the inner corner to make the eyes appear more open. So how about we start out this tutorial!

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Step 1:
The first step is to of course use a primer. The main eyelid shadow is going to be a shimmery copper, someone similar to MAC’s Coppering pigment. Apply this all over the lid while leaving the inner and outer corners bare.

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Step 2:
Take a deep brown eyeshadow (preferably matte) and apply this on the outer corner of the eyes to create depth and dimension. Blend the color into the main lid color with your blending brush. Make sure to use the same color on the outer most part of your lower lash line.

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Step 3:
Apply a shimmery vanilla color on the inner corner of the eye to brighten up your eyes.

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Step 4:
This is the fun part, take bright sea green eyeliner and apply this on the lower lash line for that extra oomph of color!

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Finally:
Curl your lashes and apply mascara and your favourite eyeliner. I prefer to use a gel line for a crisp line. If you want to go for a smoky look use a soft kohl eyeliner and smudge out the eyeliner on the upper lash line.

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There you have it! A fun way to jazz up your makeup from behind your glasses!

 

 

 

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About the author: Sidrah is a beauty guru over at MakeupMew. She loves a good drugstore beauty bargain so check out her posts for some amazing makeup tips and beauty product reviews. Follow us on Twitter!

 

Mascara Monday: CoverGirl LashBlast Clump Crusher mascara

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Guess who’s back in the hizooooouse? LashBlast! If I went around polling 10 of my friends, at least half of them are going to say they LOVE this mascara. And of course I agree. I’ve been a Lash Blast lover for quite some time. And I don’t even have to tango with LashBlast Length or Lash Blast 24HR or LashBlast Fusion. I’m okay rollin’ with the original. But in case you needed something new to your beauty boudoir, CoverGirl is gracing us with another Lash Blast, baby. And this one is totally made for me. It’s like THEE Clumps of Mascara anti-clumps mascara. Get it? Get it? I’m so weak from excitement yo.

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Price: $8.99 at drugstores
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4.5 out of 5

What It Claims: “COVERGIRL Clump Crusher Mascara by LashBlast features an innovative curved brush that builds 200% more volume with zero clumps, even after 30 strokes. The Clump Crusher brush custom fits to the curve of the eye allowing for root to tip volume while tight spacing between the bristles stops clump formation before it can start.” (per press release)

The Truth: It really didn’t give me any clumps. I’m serious. Not even one!

What I Loved About It: This mascara’s formula is incredibly build-able. So much so that if caught me by surprise.

What I Didn’t Like: A super build-able formula means that your lashes may be be a bit heavy and may flake a little too.

Overall: Hey there LashBlast! So nice to see you again. I usually complain when brands come out with multiple versions of the same mascara but I don’t know, there’s something wonderful about LashBlast. It’s kinda like that Aunt who is a bit obnoxious but always comes by bearing gifts. Like…how can you hate her? Auntie LashBlast shocked me with this formula. Simply because I didn’t think there would be any more LashBlast formulas. We’ve seen Volume, 24HR, Length and Fusion. How can you make better better? Wellll, you create an awesome clump-free formula and give it a captivating wand to boot. Duh!!!

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Okay, so pleaseeeee don’t ask me to compare THIS LashBlast to the other LashBlast kids. I am going to review this one as if the others don’t exist. Each mascara totes its own claim and since this one promises to volumizes without ANY clumping, well then….that’s what I’m going to judge this baby on. First off, formula-wise, the formula has a nice consistency. I didn’t find it to be too thick and getting a nice even coat was easy peasy. One of the aspects about the LashBlast mascaras that people seem to love so much is the wand. Despite its girth, it has always performed really well for me. I never like to recommend this mascara for those with smaller lids and lashes (as they may find application to be a bit tricky and daunting) but the truth is, if you can handle the challenge, this wand does a great job at at grabbing those tiny lashes and coating them evenly with mascara. This wand differs from the other LashBlast wands because it has a bit of a curve to it but I didn’t notice it making or breaking my experience.

Now for the formula and its claim to be clump-free…first of all, how crazy is a claim is that? Pretty ambitious of ya, uh, CoverGirl? But if anyone can do it, it’s them so I was so excited to push this mascara to the limit. For the record, most mascara wearers seem to be okay with 1, 2 and maybe 3 coats. In real life circumstances, you’ll probably never need to apply more than 3 coats. But I’m a crazed mascara lover so my attempting to apply 10 coats of mascara shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Surprisingly, the mascara holds up REALLY well after 3 coats. The trick to get added volume is to make sure that your lashes don’t dry in between coats. That means you apply. Wait a few seconds. Apply again. Wait a few seconds. And repeat. If you try to apply and give breaks in between those coats, you’ll end up with dry lashes, a wet wand and a bit of a disaster when it comes to flakiness. Trust me on this. I applied up to 10 coats of this mascara and around the 10th coat, it STILL didn’t clump. A few of my lashes melded together a bit. And by 10 coats they felt heavier than I would have liked but the point is…no major clumps. AND decent length and awesome volume. I say that’s a win!

 

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Do I recommend it?: Um yesss!! Granted, I’m sure you won’t ever be applying 10 coats of mascara like me but if you like buildable formulas (and you’ve been a fan of previous LashBlast mascaras) you are going to love this one.

 

What do you think LashBlast lovers? Is this one a hit or do you prefer some of the other versions?


*This is a sponsored post by CoverGirl. As always, all mascara reviews are my own opinion. I keeps it reeeal. 😎

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 67

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Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time!

EauMG – Victoria reviews Iris de Nuit perfume. It’s a fresh out of the dryer iris!

Lipglossiping – talks lucky numbers as she tries to figure out the sums involved in making a fragrance as delightful as Liz Earle’s latest offering!

Gouldylox Reviews – I’m not the most confident person when it comes to body image, but shapewear boosts my confidence each time I wear it. Have you tried it? Rachel Zoe has a new line (yes, I too wonder if she’s worn it) and I’m giving away $100 worth in this (sponsored) post!

Nouveau Cheap – As a self-proclaimed “dry shampoo junkie” who can’t resist trying every new version that hits the drugstore, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the newest offering from Aveeno.

Pink Sith – tells you all about Literal Linda and the Lise Watier Portfolio Corrector. She is also giving one away, so enter today!

Prime Beauty – picks her favorite bareMinerals gift sets from a mind boggling selection.

Phyrra – is hosting an amazing Too Faced Giveaway worth $209! And it’s open Worldwide!

we heart this – We’re having a Too Faced giveaway of our 10 favorite products. Pop by and enter, why don’t you?

Beauty Junkies UniteEnter to win a Too Faced prize pack, with 10 of Amber’s favorite products, valued at $267!

Clumps of Mascara – is lovin’ how creamy these Too Faced Créme lipsticks are. And that gold tube? Goooorgeous!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by EauMG – One of my favorite blogs is Beauty Huile. It’s a must read beauty blog if you love green beauty products and oils as much as I do!

Question of the Week:

What ONE beauty item would you choose if someone
offered to purchase it for you…no price limit?

 

B says, “A Clarisonic Aria. Never mind that I already have one. I’m just obsessed with brand new Clarisonics. They even smell good.”

What about you? What beauty item would you get?

 

See you next week!

 

Sephora VIB Sale is here! 20% off!

Yes, y’all, yes…pull out the plastic cards, the pennies and the gift cards. If you’ve been waiting to splurge on beauty goodies all year long, NOW is the time. First things first…

Details about the VIB sale:

  • Started November 8th and ends November 12th.
  • The 20% is for VIB members only.
  • If you are a VIB, you should have received an email from Sephora announcing this sale.
  • Sale code is: CELEBRATE

And now for my suggestions….

Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12-hour lipstick in Wild ($26)

Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation ($42)

Anastasia Brow Gel ($9)

Boscia Clarifying Detox Mask ($25)

butter LONDON in The Black Knight ($14)

Clarisonic Mia 2 ($149)

Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector ($49.50)

Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow palette ($49)

FAIRYDROPS Scandal Queen mascara ($24)

…oh! And it wouldn’t fit in my beauty set but Korres Pomegrante Cleansing & Makeup Removing Wipes ($12) is a total must have! I could have seriously given y’all 80 suggestions but come on, that would have been a bit excessive. 😉 Anyone gonna be doing any shopping during this sale?

CVS Beauty challenge + win a $50 gift card to CVS!

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll see that I’m always sending out tweets about random drugstore discounts and sales. I’m in a drugstore at least twice a week and have called myself a drugstore paparazzi. Yep, camera and all. I’m usually hittin’ up CVS simply because there’s like 3 between my job and work and being a member of their BeautyClub has crazy perks. You get rewards just for buying the things that you were going to purchase anyway. After you’ve purchased up to $50 worth of beauty goodies, CVS will print out a $5 ExtraBuck at the end of your receipt. It’s THAT easy.

I had the mission of seeing if I could go to CVS and spend $50 on beauty goodies inspired by this past season’s New York Fashion Week. Well, y’all know how I am when it comes to beauty challenges….CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!

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Creamy pink nails were a big highlight throughout NYFW. Also a big highlight are Maybelline’s new Color Show nail polishes. I managed to snag Born With It for less than $4.

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We also saw a ton of gorgeous nail art hitin’ the runways. I’m not the type to sit and do some serious nail art (I’m too lazy, y’all) but what I will do is use those awesome Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail strips. And while they are time-consuming, I’ve found that applying a strip on just one nail can sometimes do the trick. This design is called Simply D-Vine. Get it? Vine? 😛

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Red lips was another trend and you’ll never see me complain about this one as I ADORE red lipstick. Especially Revlon’s red lippies. I got True Red for $9.49. But wait…it was buy 1, get one 50% off so I grabbed the beautiful Wild Orchid too.

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Move over super loud blush. Bare faces were hot this past season and I couldn’t be happier. I love the natural look of bare skin or skin with just a touch of powder. Something subtle like Physician Formula’s Multi-Colored blush.

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Pretty and super volumized lashes were a big hit. And they’re a big hit with me too. But here’s the thing…no mascara could really give me the look I was looking for I purchased some Ardell Lashes ($4.79) and applied ’em. Uh. Or at least tried. I still feel some kinda way about false lashes but at least these didn’t irritate my eyes like crazy. Stay tuned for a review of ’em!

My grand total in attempts to re-create the trends? $43.79 before taxes.

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Not bad, uh? Best of all, because I used my trusty CVS card, this $24 will go towards my $50 which will result in a $5 coupon. Hollaaaa! I recently got the CVS Look Book for this season and woooowsers….

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…keep your eyes peeled for these awesome new products hitting stands soon.

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I can’t WAIT to snag those Salma Hayek polishes. I love everything I’ve tried in that line so I’m sure the polishes will be a hit. If you aren’t a member of the CVS BeautyClub, hop to it, girlfriend. You don’t know what you’re missing out on!

In honor of the awesomeness that is the CVS BeautyClub, I am giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky follower. Good luck, ducks!

 

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Disclosure: I was provided with a gift card to make the above purchases but I was not paid to write this post. I decided on the products that were purchased and simply wanted to share with y’all how awesome CVS’ BeautyClub is.

Plum Perfect – An App for Beauty Junkies

Soooo, it doesn’t come as a surprise that I’m pretty much ALWAYS connected with my phone. It’s the life of a blogger. I wake up, thank God for a new day and start feelin’ around the nightstand for my iPhone. It’s a way of life. I’ve got a gajillion apps on the iPhone but there are only a few that I use regularly. I’ve been playing around with it for a day or so but I’m starting to think that Plum Perfect may be one of those apps that I find myself checking daily.

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And here’s why…it’s an app JUST for us beauty lovers! Say whaaaat? But here’s the thing, it’s an intuitive app that actually works really well. I say “actually” because I’ve come across some pretty buggy apps that don’t seem to make the best suggestions. But Plum Perfect brought to you by BeautyStat.com is, well…perfect!

After downloading the FREE app on your download, it asks you to log-in and create an account. You’ll want to do this so that you can save whatever items you add on your wishlist. And from there, you take a pic…

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Ideally one in which your hair doesn’t look a hot mess like mine. Luckily the app didn’t judge me too harshly and shortly after uploading my picture, the app asked me which color signature best suited my complexion.

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And the options were pretty dead on too. I picked Dark; Cool & Soft Undertones and from there I got a slew of  options that would best fit my complexion. And they were spot on too. Not bad, uh? The app also allows you to shop for various beauty products by color.

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Most of the product suggestions were high-end brands but that’s okay with me because as much as I love drugstore beauty stuffs, I love Urban Decay, Lancome and Laura Mercier like the next gal. Plum Perfect is a pretty groovy app and I’ll be using it for when I need some inspiration. Sometimes I get in a bit of beauty rut and an app like this will keep me on my toes. I can dig it!

Get more information about Plum Perfect here and use the invite code: clumpsofmascara.

 

*Disclosure – This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own. 

Curling the eyelashes: Yay or Nay?

Okay guys and gals, I got a serious question for you. Do you curl your eyelashes? Okay, not as SERIOUS of a question as you may have been thinking but come on…do you? I don’t do it as often as I want to and it’s a darn shame because you can seriously change the look of your lashes with just a few pumps from an eyelash curler. I’m for realsies.

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Lately I’ve been messin’ around with Tweezerman’s ProCurl Eyelash Curler and um, it’s kinda awesome. It isn’t all that innovative in terms of eyelash curlers go but it’s nifty and gets the job done.

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Who NEEDS to use eyelash curlers? Well, no one really. It’s a preference thang. I’ve got crazy wonky lashes that go all over the place. My lashes are neither long nor plentiful in volume. They could use every bit of omph as they can get. Using an eyelash curler helps not only curl the lashes (duh) but it also gives them the appearance of being just a wee bit more…out there. And without the use of mascara. That means when I DO wear mascara after using an eyelash curler, my lashes are like, “WHAT UUUUUUUP!” True story.

So the premise behind Tweezerman’s eyelash curler is like any other one you’ve seen before. I do dig this not being silver like most though. In fact this one is a bronze-y copper metallic. Or something like that. According to Tweezerman, this eyelash curler is “designed to exceed the standards and performance of any other curler on the market today. Reworked angles create excellent access to each lash like never before—allowing for effortless use and maximum curl.” (source) Yeah okay. Sounds good and all. And I’m just glad that it works.

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Oh! And the best thing about these $20 eyelash curlers? They come with extra pads.

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This is awesome because overtime the pads tend to loose their bounce but being able to re-up at least twice makes the curlers worth their price. Oh snap. I rhymed! 😛

I’ve heard several tips and tricks of how to effectively use eyelash curlers from beauty enthusiasts and makeup artists alike. I like the idea of applying one coat of mascara and then using the eyelash curler to help lift the lashes. But most times I’m too lazy to even do that. So I just start pumpin’ the lashes bare ‘n all.

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And after a few presses and being careful to not eat up my  actual eyelid (OMG, because if you do..the pain, sister, the pain!!), I end up with some kind of curl.

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It’s nothing spectacular but I love the way my lashes look after a fresh press. Yes ma’am.

You can get these eyelash curlers from Sephora and Sephora.com for $20. Not a terrible investment if you like to stay up on your eyelash care like I do. Do riddle me this…do you ever curl your lashes?

 

Cult Nails Cult Fairy Tale collection

Chiiiiile, I can not believe I am just now showcasing this collection. I had to go to the Cult Nails website to see if the polishes were still available. And yep, some of them are. *wipes brow* Nothing sucks more than showcasing beautiful beauty baubles that folx can’t buy. It’s worth crying over. I’m not even kidding. The Cult Fairy Tale collection came out this Summer and it features 4 shades and gorgeous shredded flake-y top coat.

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Pretty stuffs, uh?

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Evil Queen is candy apple red, baby. It’s a creamy red that’s a shade down from from fire truck red. It’s applies to perfection.

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Feelin’ Froggy makes 1 of 2 Cult Nails greens that I’m in love with. The other is Deal With It from Coco’s Untamed collection. According to Cult Nails Feelin’ Froggy is a muted kelly green crème whose true beauty was revealed by the kiss of a bright green shimmer. Fantastic description, uh? 2-3 coats will give it a nice opaque finish but if you apply 1 coat, you can easily make a jelly sandwich. WIN!

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Princess is no longer available but it’s a pale blue with subtle pink/gold/green shimmer. The shimmer is indeed very subtle but it’s sweet and very dainty.

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Charming is such an interesting shade. It’s a medium violet purple with pink and blue shimmer it’s like a shimmer jelly. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a shade like this before.

And then there’s Happy Ending that I layered over a few of the polishes.

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It’s a freaking awesome jagged glitter and I’m shocked that it’s still available. *squeals* I may need to get back ups of this one.

I applied 2 coats of each polish and like all Cult Nails polishes, they applied beautifully. This brand can do no wrong in my eyes. Maria is consistently coming out with products that don’t look like every other shade out on the market. Gotta love that! You can still order a few of these polishes here but hurry as they are all limited edition.