Birthday Dinner Makeup

Hello Everyone!

Today is my birthday (ahh!) and I thought I would share with you the birthday dinner makeup look I wore this weekend.

I kept everything pretty low key and went out to a delishhhh dinner – but ya know – any excuse to glam it up, i’ll take it!

I loveee this look. I think it is simple enough for really any occasion, but the red lips really bring some drama and fun. Follow me on my new Instagram page to get more day to day looks and product details – @little.miss.melis :).

 

I hope you like it!

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Makeup Geek – Shadow Swatches

Hello Everybody!

We have made it halfway through the week! I don’t know about you guys but this week has been going by so slowlyyyyyy.  So I thought to celebrate I would jump on here and give you a peak at my makeup geek shadow collection and let you know some of my all time favorite shades!

Makeup geek shadows are amazing! They are such a great value and are in all honesty probably my favorite eyeshadow formula. I also love that they come as single eyeshadows in just the pan because it makes them really mobile and perfect for travel. I have my large z-palette (as you’ll see) that I keep at home, but then I also have a smaller one that fits about 9 shadows that is perfect to take on the go!

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Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

The shadows are $6 each, which compared to say a $10 MAC shadow is a great price for what I would say is a better formula. They also have literally EVERY shade you could think of – so what more could you want!

Check out some more detailed swatches below 🙂

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Kylie Lip Kit – Review and Swatches

Hello Everybody!

It has been a LONG time since I posted – things have gotten rather busy at work – but these lip kits have inspired me to get back to it.

I’ll be honest, I was a little skeptical on whether or not these would live up to the hype, but I have an obsession with liquid lipsticks, soooo I had to try them.

I know a lot of people think liquid lipsticks are extremely drying – so just as a disclaimer I don’t mind the drying aspect of liquid lipsticks in general. I am more of a if it stays on my lips for as long as possible I am all for it.

Now lets get down to the details. The lip kits come with both the lip liner and the liquid lipstick for $29, which ultimately is actually not a bad price compared to some other liquid lipsticks on the market (should we take a sip of wine every time I say liquid lipstick?).

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Kylie Lip Kits (KoKo K, Candy K, Mary Jo K, Dolce K)

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July 2015 Favorites

Hi Everybody!

I can’t believe July is already over! Here are some of the products I have been LOVING this month. With the heat I have been sticking to minimal makeup while going for that dewy, glowy look.

July 2015 Favorites
July 2015 Favorites

July 2015 Favorites – As pictured above (Left to Right, Top to Bottom)

Stila – Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush – Water Lily:

I got the shade water lily which is the perfect peachy pink sheer wash of color. I was a little scared at first as I am not used to liquid / gel blushes but this blends out super easily and provides the perfect amount of color.

Stila - Water Lily (blended out)
Stila – Water Lily (blended out)

Too Faced – HangoverRx Replenishing Face Primer:

This primer is my holy grail. I have dry skin and this works perfectly. It makes my face feel hydrated and keeps my makeup on all day. I will be repurchasing this over and over and over.

Chanel – Soleil Tan de Chanel:

I think this bronzer is perfect for summer. It is extremely warm and gives my face the perfect hint of JLo. I apply it with a large stipple brush in the places I would normally contour and it instantly warms my face up. I love throwing this over minimal makeup to give my face dimension. I also love that a little product goes a long way which is a plus given how pricey it is.

Becca – Shimmering Skin Perfector – Champagne Pop:

This Limited Edition highlight has been my favorite! I love applying a little bit of this on the high points of my cheeks. It is the perfect champagne highlight that can be used for a natural glow or an intense disco ball look.

Champagne Pop - on the top
Champagne Pop – on the top

Cover Fx Custom Cover Drops – N30:

I love these drops. I have been using them a lot with different moisturizers and even adding them into bb creams – like with my other favorite the Maybelline Dream Pure BB. They are essentially drops of pure pigment which is perfect for adding a hint more coverage to anything!

Maybelline – Fit Me Concealer – Light (10) and Medium (25):

I have been loving these concealers as a way to brighten my under eyes (w/ light) or cover any blemishes / trouble spots (w/ medium). It is so lightweight and blends out really smoothly. I think it is a great everyday concealer that provides a good amount of coverage without looking cakey or settling into any fine lines.

Maybelline – Dream Pure BB – Light/Medium:

I think this BB is great. I was actually really surprised with the amount of coverage it provides. It is really smooth and lightweight on the skin but evens out my skintone really well. I also love that it has 2% Salicylic Acid – so on days where I feel like my skin needs a day off or some acne help this is my go to.

Clinique – Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer + Rouge Intense + Base – Nude Pop:

I think this color is perfect for a “no makeup makeup look.” It is moisturizing and feels almost like a chapstick when applied. It has a lot of pigmentation and is the perfect everyday nude pink color.

Clinique Pop - Nude Pop
Clinique Pop – Nude Pop

Loreal – Telescopic Mascara – Carbon Black:

This mascara is one of my new favorites. I know i’ve raved about it before, but it really is the only mascara that keeps my lashes curled all day. My only con to this is that it is more lengthening than volumizing. If I could mix the Too Faced – Better than Sex formula with this one it would be my perfect mascara ever!

ColourPop – Super Shock Shadow – Lovely:

This shade is soooo pretty. It is a metallic soft gold shade that really brings light to your eyes. The colourpop formula is so unique and one of my favorites for shimmery shades. The mousey texture allows the shimmer to really pop on your eyes and I find that they stay all day. I love pairing this with a darker color in the crease or outer v. You can intensify it for a dramatic night look or even just put it all over the lid during the day.

ColourPop - Lovely
ColourPop – Lovely

That’s all for my monthly favorites this time around! Let me know what your favorites have been :).

xxoo Melissa

Makeup Look: Pop of Pink

Hey Everybody,

As you may have seen in my recent Nordstrom Anniversary Sale post, I purchased the Nars “Blame it on Nars” cheek palette. I, of course, wanted to use it right away. I figured a casual Friday night out was the perfect time to try it out!

Check out the look I came up with below:

Pop of Pink Summer Look
Pop of Pink Summer Look

I used the following products for this look and think it came out great!

Products Used - details below
Products Used – details below

Face:

Maybelline Dream Pure BB – light/medium (I mixed this with a couple of the FX Custom Cover Drops)

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops – N30

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit – Vanilla set my under eye area and Fawn for a light contour

Nars “Blame it on Nars” – Day Dream

Becca – Champagne Pop

Eyes:

Not sure why the lips look so orange in this light - but the true shade is shown in the first pic :)
Not sure why the lips look so orange in this light – but the true shade is shown in the first pic 🙂

Too Faced – Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette

– Butter Pecan all over the lid

– Bon Bon smoked out from the middle of my lid to the outer corner

– Caramel in the outer corner as well

– Truffled in the crease blended with Mousse

– Peanut Butter smoked out in the crease for a hint of warmth

Mac Fluidline Gel Eyeliner

Loreal Telescopic Eyeliner – mixed with Greater than MDM Flow mascara

Brows: 

Benefit – Gimmie Brow in medium / deep

Lips: 

Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Fig

Summertime Pop of Pink
Summertime Pop of Pink

Hope you all like the look!

xxoo Melissa

Urban Decay – Naked Smoky

Hi Everyone!

I just got my hands on the new Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette. The fourth edition of the Naked palettes. I own the original Naked palette but am super excited to add this one to my collection!

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Urban Decay – Naked Smoky

First of all, we all know how incredible these shadows are. The formula is long lasting, creamy, and highly pigmented. The Naked Smoky palette is no exception. It comes with the standard 12 shadows. The first four shadows are warm bronzes tons with sparkle, the second four are cooler greys and blacks with more of a satin finish, and lastly there are four mattes.

Urban Decay - Naked Smoky Palette
Urban Decay – Naked Smoky Palette

The palette has updated packaging with a magnetic closure and is extremely sturdy. My personal favorite color is Armor, an extremely unique silver taupe color that almost has deep brown shimmers in it – sooo pretty!

Swatches (left to right): High, Dirtysweet, Radar, Armor, Slanted, Dagger, Black Market, Smolder, Password, Whiskey, Combust, Thirteen
Swatches (left to right): High, Dirtysweet, Radar, Armor, Slanted, Dagger, Black Market, Smolder, Password, Whiskey, Combust, Thirteen

The shades are as follows:

High : A pinky champagne with micro glitter

Dirtysweet : A warm bronze with shimmer

Radar : A metallic deep browny – taupe

Armor : A rich silvery taupe with brown micro glitter

Slanted : A light metallic grey with silver shimmer

Dagger : A charcoal with light silver shimmer

Black Market : A true black with satin finish

Smolder : A deep plum with taupe undertones

Password : A matte deep cool taupe

Whiskey :  A matte true brown

Combust : A matte soft pinky beige

Thirteen: A matte light beige

Urban Decay - Naked Smoky Palette
Urban Decay – Naked Smoky Palette

Overall – I think Urban Decay hits it out of the park again with this palette. I love the variety of colors and think this is perfect to create tons of different combos- from a daytime neutral look to a sultry night out dramatic look. The possibilities are endless.

You can find this palette online and in stores now! If you’re shopping online don’t forget to use ebates to get some cash back! Check it out here.

Hope you enjoyed the post!

Weekend Fun in the Sun Essentials

Hey Everybody!

This past weekend I got in touch with my inner child and went on a kite flying adventure.

My boyfriend thinks he's a shark wrangler.
My boyfriend thinks he’s a shark wrangler.

While on our outting, I packed a couple essentials for summertime activities:

A few of my outdoor essentials - Klean Kanteen water bottle, Tiffany Sunglasses, Rebecca Minkoff Sunnies Pouch
A few of my outdoor essentials – Klean Kanteen water bottle, Tiffany Sunglasses, Rebecca Minkoff Sunnies Pouch

Sunglasses: A total must have for any outdoor activity! True story – I got my eyeballs sunburnt once and now have like three pairs of sunglasses stashed away in various locations so it never happens again! These sunglasses are the Tiffany & Co. TF4076 (particularly flattering for round and oval face shapes!). You can find them online here. I just love the teal color :).

Sunglasses Case: I keep my sunglasses safe from scratches in my purse with the suuuuper cute Rebecca Minkoff Sunglass Pouch. I love this case and the fact that it fits so many different styles of sunglasses. You can find this pouch online here (in multiple colors too!).

Water Bottle:  I carry my Klean Kanteen everywhere with me. It is so well insulated I can go to sleep with ice cubes in it and they are still there in the morning! It is incredible and as we all know I am a sucker for that teal color! A great way to stay hydrated on the go – and help out the environment too! You can find them online here in tons of styles and colors!

Sunscreen: I am suuuper pale and burn after about 30 seconds outside so sunscreen is a must for me! I typically make sure all my makeup has sunscreen in it but I love this Dermalogica sunscreen for my body and even for mid-day touchups on my face. It is super lightweight, waterproof and the SPF 50 ensures I won’t burn! Find it online here – Sunscreens. *

Dermalogica Sunscreen - picture taken from Beautydepot.com
Dermalogica Sunscreen – picture taken from Beautydepot.com

Cute Sandals: On our outing I wore a pair of Greek sandals I got on our trip last summer. I love pairing exciting sandals with a simple outfit to add a little fun to the look. I found these fun sandals online while looking at the ModCloth summer sale. They would be so perfect with a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans and black tee!

Super Cute Sandals from ModCloth.com
Super Cute Sandals from ModCloth.com

Check them out online and see the rest of the Summer Sale (Up to 40% Off at ModCloth). *

Just writing this post makes me want to go have fun in the sun! Hope you enjoyed my take on summer essentials! Let me know what your summer must haves are 🙂

xxoo Melissa

Note: None of my posts are sponsored but some of the links in my posts are affiliate links (marked with *) – All opinions are my own

Manicure Monday – Julep

Hello Everybody!

Happy Monday! Today I wanted to come on here to talk about a brand I have been LOVING recently. I tend to get gel manicures (because I literally chip my nails in 2 hours), but I saw an ad for them on my facebook page where I could get 3 nail polishes Free for my birthday month. I figured my nails needed a break from the gel polish anyway and the colors all revolved around my birthstone (aquamarine) which is basically my favorite color. So – Long story short, I signed up for the Julep Maven program.

Sign up for Julep’s Maven program here.

Sample options for the Julep Maven Box - image taken from their website.
Sample options for the Julep Maven Box – image taken from their website.

Essentially, the Maven program is a monthly subscription for $24.99/month (they also have a luxe version for $39.99/month). Each box comes with $40+ worth of products, which is a great value. This best part about it that makes it very different from other subscription services. You get to customize exactly what you get in each box! You also have the option to skip a month whenever you want – which I think is great in case you don’t want to spend the $24.99 that month. Being a Maven member also gives you discounts on all their products online!

Check out this month’s selection here – August – Muse Montreal Collection. *

Julep Polish in the shade Poppy.
Julep Polish in the shade Poppy, photo taken from their website.

Whether or not you join the program, you can buy their nail polish online in TONS of colors. I love the formula of these – they are all super opaque and really long lasting. The polishes are also 5 – free and cruelty free! If you are in the market for a new nail polish I highly recommend checking them out!

Random side note – in one of my boxes I got their “When pencil met Gel” Long Lasting Gel Eyeliner and LET ME TELL YOU – this eyeliner DOESN’T MOVE. It is so incredible – truly the longest lasting, smudge proof, eyeliner I have ever owned and I have super watery eyes so I typically end up looking like a raccoon 20 mins after I apply my eyeliner. It comes in a variety of colors and is only $16 (only $12.80 for Maven Members). I personally own the liner in 4 different shades, that’s how much I love it!

Hope you enjoy the post!

xxoo Melissa

Note: None of my posts are sponsored but some of the links in my posts are affiliate links (marked with *) – All opinions are my own

Subscription Week: Boxycharm July 2015

Hi Everybody,

The last beauty subscription box for the month I have to share with you is Boxycharm. Boxycharm is a little different than Ipsy and Birchbox as the price is $21. However, you get A LOT for your money. Each box comes with 5 items and they are usually all full sized (sometimes you get one LARGE deluxe sample). Each box usually has over $100 worth of products in it as well – SO IMPRESSIVE.

July 2015 Boxycharm
July 2015 Boxycharm

Anyway, now for the goodies in this month’s box!

July 2015 Boxycharm : Product Details Below
July 2015 Boxycharm : Product Details Below

This month’s box included the following products:

Vasanti Professional Blush Brush – $29 Value: This brush is pretty small. I don’t know that I will use it for blush but it is a great brush for powder under the eyes or even a contour. I don’t know that I would pay $29 dollars for it but it is extremely soft and seems like a great brush! I always love getting brushes in my boxes 🙂 always so fun to try them out.

yourMinerals Transparent Veil Setting Powder – $26 Value: I have already tried this as a concealer setting powder and it is amazing! It is extremely brightening and made my under eyes look ready to go the entire night out!. Highly recommend – and a great product in this box! It might even be my favorite this month.

OFRA Cosmetics Universal Eyebrow Pencil – $13 Value: I tried this product already as well – I am waiting for my brow wiz replacement in the mail! I think this product is ok… not my favorite for a brow pencil because it is pretty creamy. I personally like my brow pencils to be a little waxier. I think this would actually be a great eyeliner and the brown color is ideal for a natural look.

MDMflow Mascara – $35 Value: This product has been in the UK (I thinkkk) and is now being introduced to the US through boxycharm. I used this last night on top of my Loreal telescopic and find it to be a super thin formula. I think this would be great for a “no makeup , makeup” look just as a little eyelash tint. I don’t know that it would really add any volume or length though.

Gorge I’ll Make You Look Amazing Daily Spray – $29.95 Value: I also used this last night and OMG – the smell is sooo good. It has a coconut smell that I could literally bathe in. Sooo yummy. I can’t say as much about the effectiveness of the product. I think it did help to make my hair shiny and was useful as a heat protectant, but I don’t know that it did anything to make my hair softer feeling. Still LOVE the smell and will keep using it as a heat protectant and shine spray. I think my second fave product this month!

I am always sooooo impressed with my Boxycharm boxes. Packing $133 dollars worth of product into a box that costs $21. I call that a win everyday. So impressed and can’t wait to see what they bring next month!

Hope you enjoyed the post – sign up for boxycharm here.

xxoo Melissa

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2015 : Nars Haul

Hey Guys,

I just opened up my shipment of Nars goodies and couldn’t wait to show you! I splurged on the Nars “True Nars” lip pencil set and the “Blame it on Nars” Cheek Palette. These are both exclusive to Nordstrom and I just couldn’t resist that packaging. Sooo Pretty!

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Nars “True Nars” Lip Pencil Set and the Nars “Blame it on Nars” Cheek Palette

The Nars “True Nars” lip pencil set includes three lip pencils and a even comes with a pencil sharpener. The set includes two satin shades and one velvet matte shade. The two satin shades are Yu, a “shocking pink” and Luxembourg a “vivid watermelon pink.” The velvet matte shade is Provocative Red a “limited edition fuchsia red.”

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Nars “True Nars” Lip Pencil Set
Swatches (top to bottom): Yu, Luxembourg , Provocative Red
Swatches (top to bottom): Yu, Luxembourg , Provocative Red

These shades are all so pretty! My personal favorite is the Luxembourg shade – it’s the perfect pop of color to brighten up any everyday look this summer! The Provocative Red will be perfect as we transition into fall or even for a more sultry night look and that velvet matte formula is my  favorite! Plus – that case – I mean… so sturdy and looks adorable on my vanity.

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Nars “Blame it on Nars” Cheek Palette

The second Nars product I bought is the “Blame it on Nars” cheek palette. I mainly bought this for the packaging and the mini Nars “Ita” Kabuki brush that it came with, but the blush colors really make this palette worth the money.

The palette comes with four shades – two blushes, one highlight, and one bronzer. It also comes with the travel sized Nars “Ita” Kabuki brush!

Swatches (from top to bottom): Casino, Satellite of Love, New Attitude, Day Dream
Swatches (from top to bottom): Casino, Satellite of Love, New Attitude, Day Dream

The palette has the perfect mix of colors for any everyday look. It comes with Casino, a dark brown bronzer with golden shimmer, Satellite of Love, a sparkling gold sand color blush/highlight, New Attitude, a satin matte cherry blossom pink, and finally Day Dream, a medium coral pink.

I love the Nars blush formula and think Day Dream may become a new staple in my collection! You can shop for these products and even more at Nordstrom or online now! The anniversary sale is going on through July 19th so go check out the deals now before they’re gone!

If you are shopping online don’t forget to use Ebates and get 6% cash back! Sign up for ebates here – you can get cash back almost every time you shop online! So worth it and there is no catch!

xxoo Melissa