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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Nars Audacious Lipstick – Review and Swatches

Hey Everybody!

Happy Saturday :).

Today I wanted to go through some swatches of my fave lipstick of all time – the Nars Audacious Lipstick. I know these are hyped up everywhere but let me tell you, they are worth the hype and worth every penny. TRUST ME. If I were to recommend any one single lipstick this would be it – I personally would save my money and instead of buying two MAC lipsticks invest in one of these.

Nars Audacious Lipsticks -  Raquel, Anna, Brigitte, Juliette, Catherine & Anita
Nars Audacious Lipsticks –
Raquel, Anna, Brigitte, Juliette, Catherine & Anita

They are insanely pigmented, super creamy, and wear incredibly. I have a real problem with lipsticks fading on me and kinda beading up on my lips throughout the day. I also am awful at re-applying, so halfway through the day I tend to just look a little crazy. THESE saved my life, they sort of stain your lips so as you wear them throughout the day they never get splotchy or uneven. I highly recommend trying one.

Nars Audacious Lipsticks
Nars Audacious Lipsticks

Here are some close ups of the shades I own (please excuse my grown out gel polish!):

Raquel:

Raquel
Raquel

Raquel is the most true nude shade that I own. I think it is such a pretty color, but may not work as well with darker skin tones – it may end up coming off a little “dead body” looking. I find that if I put a little pink liner as a base it is the perfect pinky beige for everyday wear.

Anita:

Anita
Anita

Anita is my personal fave. It is a great dusty rose color that is one of those “your lips but better” type shades. I love how this wears and how it looks with any makeup look I may have on. I actually just purchased this one for a second time – that’s how much I love it.

Anna:

Anna
Anna

Anna is described as a smokey rose – but the best way I can describe it is a purpley mauve. This is very Kylie Jenner-esk and is such a pretty color for everyday in the fall/winter time. Again the way that these wear on your lips is so amazing. I can put this on in the morning and at 5pm my lips still have even color, without reapplying once.

Brigitte:

Brigitte
Brigitte

Brigitte is a great nude rose. I think if I were going to recommend one it would be this one because of how versatile it is. It would look great on any skin tone because it is just that perfect everyday deeper pink. (This one is my Mom’s personal fave).

Juliette:

Juliette
Juliette

I bought Juliette for the spring and summer time because I have been obsessed with pinky – coral shades. I think this one is great because it is not super orangey. It has the perfect balance for everyday wear – yet you can play it up and make it more fun depending on the other makeup you pair it with. I think this is prob my second fave color!

Catherine:

Catherine
Catherine

I got Catherine online before seeing it in person – so it is a little more orangey than I would typically go for. I had envisioned more of a Juliette when buying this one; however, the color is still really pretty and great for summertime. It is described as a sunny guava, but I would say it leans more orange than that. It is a little more of a true coral color as you can see in the swatches below.

Here are some swatches of the shades that I have! The first photo was taken in the shade and shows more of the true color of each lipstick. The second photo was taken in the sun and you can really see how creamy and pigmented they are.

Nars Audacious Lipsticks
Nars Audacious Lipsticks

Just FYI – I ran each lipstick down my arm ONE time – that just tells you how crazy pigmented these are.

Nars Audacious Lipsticks
Nars Audacious Lipsticks

I hope you guys liked this post! Let me know your fave shades or ones you are dying to try! I know I personally also really want to try Lana (a vivid orange red).

xxoo Melissa

My MAC Collection – Lipsticks

Hi Everybody!

Happy Friday!

I know I missed National Lipstick Day by a couple of days, but I figured it was as good a time as any to give you a little glimpse at my current MAC lipstick collection!

MAC Lipsticks (outlined from L to R below):
MAC Lipsticks (outlined from L to R below):

I have 9 lipsticks from MAC – a mixture of Lustre, Matte, Retro Matte, Frost, and Satin finishes.

(L to R, Top to Bottom): Velvet Teddy, Angel, Syrup, Razzle-Dazzler, Call the Hairdresser, All Fired Up, Amorous, Rebel, Viva Glam III
(L to R, Top to Bottom):
Velvet Teddy, Angel, Syrup, Razzle-Dazzler, Call the Hairdresser, All Fired Up, Amorous, Rebel, Viva Glam III

Velvet Teddy (Matte): a true neutral deep-tone beige. – One of the Kylie Jenner shades. This is a great shade, I think it is perfect for a fall nude lip!

Angel (Frost): a soft baby pink. I typically don’t like super frosty lip shades, but this wears beautifully on the lips. It is one of my go to everyday shades that is a nude pink with a hint of shine. It almost looks like a neutral, pinky gloss. I think this formula is also pretty moisturizing, although not tremendously long wearing.

Syrup (Lustre): a true pink with almost purple / lavender undertones. This is one of my other most used shades. It is a perfect “my lips but better” color that I can wear with virtually any look.

Razzle-Dazzler (Lustre): This shade is a creamy peach color – almost like a creamcicle – perfect for summer! I love this lipstick paired with a shiny gloss and a simple face of make up. So cute for everyday in the summer to add some freshness to your look!

Left Top - down and right:  Velvet Teddy, Angel, Syrup, Razzle-Dazzler
Left Top – down and right:
Velvet Teddy, Angel, Syrup, Razzle-Dazzler

Call the Hairdresser (Lustre): This lip was from the “MAC is Beauty” collection – and I am happy that it is permanent! It is described as a “rosey mauve” but I find it to be more of a true rosey almost hot pink color. I love this one because it is a lot more sheer than my other lipsticks. With the more vibrant pink I think it is nice to be able to start out a bit more sheer and then build up the color depending on your mood 🙂

All Fired Up (Retro Matte): I bought this color recently in preparation for my upcoming trip to Hawaii. I wanted a really eye catching fun color that I wouldn’t normally be able to get away with in day to day life. I can’t wait to pair this bright fuchsia with a summer dress while I’m away.

Amorous (Satin): This was my first MAC lipstick! I remember walking up to the counter and wanting a “dark” lip to wear for my holiday christmas party. I had never really strayed from the neutral pink lip gloss at this point so I thought all dark lips looked silly on me. The woman at the MAC counter was great and helped me pick this cranberry shade out – to this day still one of my favorites for a night out!

Rebel (Satin):  This is a cult favorite and for good reason. It is a creamy plum purple that looks great on a variety of skin tones. I love this color for the winter time. One of my favorite berry shades for holiday parties!

Viva Glam III (Matte): I’ll be honest and say that I totally accidentally ordered this color. I think I meant to order Viva Glam II as I was browsing around the site for some Kylie Jenner -esk shades. When I got this in the mail I was pretty surprised to find this shade as it is VERY dark compared to even the dark shades I wear. This is described as a brownish plum, which I would agree with. It is quite dark, so with my fair skin looks a little silly. However, I could see it being beautiful on a darker or more olive complexion.

(L to R, Top to Bottom): Velvet Teddy, Angel, Syrup, Razzle-Dazzler, Call the Hairdresser, All Fired Up, Amorous, Rebel, Viva Glam III
(L to R, Top to Bottom):
Velvet Teddy, Angel, Syrup, Razzle-Dazzler, Call the Hairdresser, All Fired Up, Amorous, Rebel, Viva Glam III

Let me know your favorite MAC shades and finishes! Another couple I have been eyeing is Creme Cup and Coral Bliss and Ruby Woo.

Hope you enjoy!

xxoo Melissa

Date Night – Casual Summer Night Outfit ft. Estee Lauder & Kendall Jenner’s Lipstick

Hey Everybody!

I hope you all are having a great weekend! I am getting ready to go out for the night to see a comedy show with my boyfriend and some friends and wanted to jump on here to give you all a quick look at what I’m wearing tonight!

Outfit of the Night - Summertime Casual Date Night (details below)
Outfit of the Night – Summertime Casual Date Night (details below)

I decided to do a casual yet fun look for tonight’s outing. I am wearing a new pair of black J brand jeans (got these on HauteLook – go check it out here for great prices on designer brands). These are the Skinny Leg Mid-Rise jeans and they are super comfy! I am always a little wary of buying jeans online but these are very stretchy so they almost feel like you’re wearing leggings (my fave!). I am pairing the jeans with this lacy top by Kimchi Blue that I got at Urban Outfitters. I think this is perfect for the summer heat and adds a feminine touch to the look!

I decided to throw on my favorite Steve Madden peep-toe booties that I got at Nordstrom Rack (another great place to get quality clothes at lower prices!). For my accessories, I am wearing a simple vintage Chanel gold bangle and a purse I got while vacationing in Greece from Axel. I love this bag as a way to add a pop to my outfits and the black and white pattern really goes with a variety of colors / styles.

As for glam, I am throwing on my FAVE perfume – Miss Dior that my boyfriend actually got me for my birthday. I love this scent and find it really suits the summertime. It is fresh sweet with a citrusy jasmine smell. So good! Lastly, I am pulling the look together with a bold lip. This new shade from Estee Lauder is the Kendall Jenner lipstick in the shade Restless. It is the perfect bright red/orange shade for the summer that really flatters a lot of skin tones (it also smells amazing!). It is a matte shade, yet I don’t find the formula too drying. I think this lip is the perfect way to jazz up any look!

Casual Date Night Outfit
Casual Date Night Outfit – Ft. Kendall Jenner’s Restless Estee Lauder Lipstick

Hope you love the look!

xxoo Melissa

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

Subscription Week: Birchbox July 2015

Hey Everybody!

I just got my July Birchbox in the mail! I know in my previous Ipsy post I had mentioned that I cancelled my subscription – however, I was lucky enough to get a 6 month subscription as a gift :).

July 2015 Birchbox

Sign up for Birchbox here! I will say that while my initial feelings on Birchbox were a little mehh – they too have really upped their game and have started to include some great brands and samples (as you will see below)!

Samples (left to right): amika - texture spray, COOLA - cucmber sunscreen, Stila - stay all day liquid lipstick, dr. brant - microdermabrasion exfoliant, and Juice Beauty - CC Cream
Samples (left to right): amika – texture spray, COOLA – cucmber sunscreen, Stila – stay all day liquid lipstick, dr. brant – microdermabrasion exfoliant, and Juice Beauty – CC Cream

In my box this month – actually can we first talk about how adorable this box is. Sooo pretty! I will def. be holding on to this beauty for storage. Back to the point – in this month’s box I got the following samples:

amika – Un.Done Texture Spray – This product would be ideal for flat or dull hair. I have insanely curly and frizzy hair – so the last thing I need is more texture. I may try using this after flat ironing my hair though, when I want a more Victoria Secret kinda look.

COOLA – Classic SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer for Face – This is a super lightweight sunscreen. Sample size is pretty small but it smells delish!

Stila – Stay all Day Liquid Lipstick (shade Venizia) – I was SO EXCITED when I saw that we were getting one of the stay all day liquid lipsticks! I currently own the shade Bellisima and it is such a great formula I can’t wait to try out this shade! 

Stila - stay all day liquid lipstick - Shade Venizia
Stila – stay all day liquid lipstick – Shade Venizia

This is a bright pinky/red coral shade that fits in perfectly with my current coral obsession this summer. These also smell amazing and have a moussey texture so they are fairly easy to apply and less drying than other liquid lipsticks. I highhhhhly recommend these if you are debating between these and say the Anastasia or Kat Von D versions.

Stila - stay all day liquid lipstick in Venizia
Stila – stay all day liquid lipstick in Venizia

dr. Brant – Microdermabrasion skin exfoliant – I haven’t tried this product out yet but I love skin exfoliants. I have dry skin so anything I can do to bring some life back into it helps! I have heard really great things about this product and can’t wait to try it. A+ to Birchbox from me for this sample!

Juice Beauty – Stem Cellular CC Cream – I love a good CC cream and here is where the sample size gets to me. I like to be able to try out a CC cream / foundation a couple of times before splurging as most are notttt super wallet friendly. I know Juice Beauty is utilizes great ingredients and this product specifically targets anti-aging. (Side Note – if any of you got this product it does say to apply to slightly damp skin for best application) I recommend spraying a little bit of Mac’s fix + (mentioned previously here). I LOVE the lavender limited edition scent of the fix + if you can get your hands on it!

The one con of Birchbox is really the sample size. I do think they give really quality products and all the brands they include are well respected. However, I typically get enough product to try a sample once or twice – which for me kinda sucks. When I compare it to some of the more “deluxe” product samples or even full sized items I receive in my ipsy bag I just feel as though I don’t get as much for my $10. I will say though, for someone who likes skincare – Birchbox may be the box for you. I find that I do get a lot of really amazing skincare products – and the smaller samples are great for travel!

Sign up for Ipsy HERE

Sign up for Birchbox HERE

Hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know what samples you guys got this month!

xxoo Melissa

Subscription Week: Ipsy July 2015

Hey Guys!

I just received my ipsy bag (yayy!) and figured I would come on here and show you all what it included. I know before I signed up for any subscription services I did a lot of research into ipsy vs. birchbox vs. boxycharm – so hopefully this will help you out in your decision!

June 2015 Ipsy Bag
June 2015 Ipsy Bag

I ended up subscribing to all three (don’t judge me). After a couple months I unsubscribed from Birchbox – mainly because I got Shampoo in all three of the boxes I got – AFTER rating it 1 star. I have super high maintenance, intensely curly, frizzy and thick hair so a “thickening” shampoo is just not going to work for me. Anyway, I LOVE my Ipsy bag. This months bag is one of the best that I have received. I have found they are really upping their game with the brands and types of products they are giving out. Subscribe to Ipsy here.

June 2015 Ipsy Bag Products - see below for details
June 2015 Ipsy Bag Products – see below for details

In the June 2015 Ipsy Bag I received the following products (clockwise starting with the tweezers – if looking at the picture above):

Crown Brush – Professional Tweezers: I was super excited about these because I figured I could keep them in my purse for emergency touch ups. However, I went to go try them this morning and they are to put it bluntly – very blunt / non effective. I could see myself using them for non tweezing purposes, but the points simply do not come together tight enough to do anything helpful to my eyebrows :(. Sad because they are so cute.

Jersey Shore Cosmetics – Mongongo Vanilla Coconut Cream Lip Conditioner: I have a lot of chapstick so I wasn’t super excited about this product. That being said, can you ever really have too much chapstick. This product smells great and is pretty conditioning on the lips. It also provides UV protection which is HUGE for me – and is 100% cruelty free!

Bare Republic Naturals – SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Face Sunscreen Lotion: I have a lot of tinted sunscreens/moisturizers that I have gotten in my subscription boxes. They are great for travel and for days you don’t want to put any foundation or heavy makeup on.

Tarte – Park Avenue Princess Bronzer: I was most excited to get this in my bag! I have heard great things about it and was debating buying the full size version anyway. When I saw this I was so excited! The sample size is pretty large and its perfect for travel! I wore this bronzer today in the areas I would normally contour as a way to warm up the face and so far I am loving it.

Ofra Cosmetics – Bliss Eyeshadow: I was actually not super excited about this product but once I saw it in person I was so excited! This is the PERFECT everyday color that I wear non stop. I put it on this morning after popping it into my z palette and I don’t know if I will ever use another shadow again. It is sooo pretty – you could even use it as a highlight on your cheekbones too!  Def exceeded my expectations.

Overall, I was super impressed with getting Tarte in this months bag – I think for $10 the amount of product and quality of product you get is amazing. I am super happy and can’t wait for next months bag!

If you are not yet subscribed and want to try it out – Click Here! I highly recommend Ipsy over other subscription services if you like makeup. The $10 price tag can’t be beat and I think the sample size / quality is better than other services I’ve tried.

If you would like to see any of these products used in a look – or have any questions about Ipsy let me know!

xxoo Melissa