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Liquid Lipstick as Eyeliner?!

"Your heart is the light of the world. Don't cover it with your mind."

- Mooji

Hello beauties! How are you?

I love finding multiple uses for products. Blushes and bronzers for eyeshadows, gel liner as brow pomades, etc... My newest love is using liquid lipsticks as eyeliners! The formulas make it so easy to apply, super long lasting and totally smudge-proof! It's also a perfect alternative to those shades you own that may not have looked the best on you. Try it on the eyes and I bet you'll love it!

Lolita as an eyeliner makeup look with makeup geek

I used Kat Von D's Lolita as an example because a lot of people purchased the 2nd edition (it was a bad batch) and find that it does not go with their skin tone.

Kat Von D's Lolita as eyeliner

It's a more subtle look than using a black liner, which I love. This is an awesome way to incorporate fun colors into your look without it being super dramatic.... Try a brighter, more vibrant lippie for that drama!

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Lolita packaging

So here is Lolita, keep in mind that there are other formulations of this so yours may look different than mine. This one was a bad batch and they are now selling the shade that it should be. You can use any liquid lipstick! If you'd like to see more looks using another shade, let me know! :)

Lolita swatch

I like to apply it to the back of my hand and then dip my brush in it. If you will be applying this to someone else or a client, make sure you put it on a palette to stay sanitary!

Brush for eyeliner

The brush I absolutely LOVE to use for applying eyeliner is the Morphe M160 -1/16. I get the perfect liner/wing every single time! Use whatever your favorite liner brush is and apply as you would any other liner.

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Apply quickly because liquid lipsticks tends to dry and set much faster than a gel liner would but once it's on, it STAYS and looks vibrant all day long.

If you try this out, tag me in your pictures and hashtag #themakeupaffair! I would love to see your work! <3

What are your favorite multi-use products? Let us know in the comments below!!

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Life Update and Makeup Looks of the Week!

"To be brave, by definition, one has first to be afraid."

- Robert Harris

Hello my beauties!! I'm sorry I've been so MIA on here. Life has just gotten in the way, as it tends to do so I thought I'd hop on here and fill you in on what's been going on with me and also start a new series type thing that I'm going to be doing where I share my makeup looks for the week! I'm the most active on Instagram and that is where I post my makeup looks but I know not all of you have an account so hopefully you'll enjoy these!

Hmmm where to start?

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If you follow any of my social media accounts, you've probably seen my debate on whether to invest in a new camera or not.. I've had a Canon Rebel T3i for the past year or so and it's fantastic.. But there were a few features that I've been wanting that this camera just doesn't have... Autofocus during filming for example.... The goal is to eventually, when I get brave enough, start YouTube. So I finally bit the bullet and invested in a beautiful new baby!

Sony a5100

The Sony a5100! Isn't she purdy?! The quality this gives makeup photography is phenomenal, it's very true to color and the flash is actually useable - and amazing. I am loving this camera and although it will take me some time to master how to use it and all the settings, I can't wait to provide better photos and soon, videos!

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Next up, and the biggest news as of late..... A new job! I started training yesterday, I will be the part-time esthetics educator at the beauty school I graduated from! I am so excited but very nervous and there is SO much to learn! I am so thankful that it is part time so I can still dedicate days to TMUA. Being able to do it all at once is such a blessing!

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So those are pretty much the biggest and most important things I wanted to share with you guys. I'm going to try to be much more consistent with my posts, I've been very uninspired lately so I hope that it will get better and please, if you'd like to see anything specific; whether it be reviews, makeup looks, diy's, favorites, etc... Let me know!

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Makeup of the week!

I skipped wearing makeup for quite a few days this week. I've had cystic/hormonal acne lately and I wanted to let my skin breathe as much as possible!

Benefit Hoola in the CreaseMy easy, super quick go-to look as of late has been utilizing Benefit's Hoola bronzer as both a bronzer/contour shade and an eyeshadow! Throw this in the crease alone or paired with other shadows and it is so blendable and beautiful! This isn't the best photo of it but this is usually what I throw on days when I'll be staying at my boyfriends and don't want to bring ridiculous amounts of makeup with me.

My go-to, nearly every single day lip has been using ColourPop's Bound lip pencil with Wet N Wild's Bare It All matte lipstick. Sometimes I'll throw on a nude gloss but this is my current favorite nude lip and it goes with absolutely everything!

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Easy makeup look 1

Another favorite easy, fast but beautiful look of mine! Throw a quick blending/transition shade in the crease, apply winged liner and lashes. Brows, bronzer and blush and then a fun pop of color on the lips!

My lips in this photo is a mixture of MAC's whirl lipstick with Amorous, another absolutely stunning lipstick from MAC.

easy makeup look 2

If you know you'll be out all day, pack black eyeshadow on your liner to keep it lasting all day long! And if you're wearing lashes, don't forget to bring the glue with you just in case one of the corners starts to lift up! That's the worst.

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Makeup Geek makeup look 1Ending the week off, I just had to go at least a little glam! But this is also super easy to do! Can you see a trend here? It was one of those months where I was busy but also uninspired so I didn't want/couldn't put a ton of time into creative looks. Simple but pretty, that's been the goal.

A little more dramatic contouring with Benefit's Hoola, a gorgeous nude lip using that Bound lip pencil again with Motive's Flesh Lipstick.Makeup Geek Makeup Look 2 For the eyes, I used all Makeup Geek eyeshadows and that inner corner glitter is a random one I found in one of my makeup drawers! I'm pretty sure it's an old craft glitter, which I wouldn't recommend using on the eyes so if you can invest in some cosmetic glitters, I'd highly suggest that! Lit Cosmetics has GORGEOUS ones!

I used Peach Smoothie as a transition and blending shade. Cupcake in the crease and Bitten in the outer corner! Maybelline's Gel Liner and then go in with Bitten on the lower lash line and blend it out with Cupcake! So easy!

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I hope you all have been doing well! Thank you for your patience, it's been quite a transition lately with so many things going on at once - thankfully AMAZING things - I am so blessed and I love you all so much! Let me know what posts you'd like to see in the comments below or on any of my social media! xoxo.

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Heat-Proof, Sweat-Proof, All Day Wear; Full Face Makeup for All Skin Types - Part 2 - Eyes, Lips & Face:

Did you miss Part One?! See it here!

Alright, my loves! Let's get into the fun part. The makeup! This routine is what I use when I'm going to events, concerts, weddings; anywhere I will be out all day, especially in the hot sun and need to know that my face won't look like a hot mess at the end of the day. This is tried and true, my absolute favorite routine for an all day flawless face!

Heat-proof, sweat-proof makeup - foundation

The game changer and inspiration for this entire post. Loral's Infallible Pro-Matte foundation. Yes, all skin types can use this! It's a very matte finish so if you prefer some dewiness, the next photo will help you with that. But this foundation lasts for days, I swear. The hottest, most uncomfortable weather and this holds up better than any other foundation I have ever used. Not even exaggerating. Again, if you have dry skin - make sure to let your moisturizers and oils sink in before applying this! As long as your skin is properly hydrated and primed, this will be fantastic for anyone.

Loreal's Infallible Pro-Matte: A full coverage matte formula.... This is VERY matte and unless mixed with oils, liquid highlighters or moisturizers, is not very natural looking. Something to keep in mind! But man, does this baby stay put!! I have not found any other foundation that looks as good as this one does at the end of a busy day.

$12.99

Beauty Blender: A $20 sponge?! I know. I was a sceptic too. But this is magic. I don't know how they do it but it gives such a flawless finish! Run this under water until it grows to it's full size and squeeze out as much water as possible! You can use this with liquids and powders! There are different colored Beauty Blenders for different uses: black for bronzer/self-tanner & white for primers and moisturizers! Dot your foundation on your face or apply to the back of your hand and dip your Beauty Blender in, bounce it all over your face and your foundation will blend in seamlessly.

$19.95

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heat-proof, sweat-proof makeup - for dry skin

If you prefer a more dewey look, you can try mixing the foundation with either a liquid highlighter or a dewey foundation. The highlighter on the right is one I received in a Memebox but it works just like the BECCA liquid highlighters. And the Maybelline Matte & Poreless is super dewey (don't let the name fool you) and also mixes really well with the Loreal foundation. Mix in any of your favorite liquid luminizer or dewey foundation!

Memebox Highlighter: No longer on the website and I can't find it anywhere!

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless: See my review on this! Absolutely love this foundation but not very long-wearing on my skin!

$7.99

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heat-proof, sweat-proof makeup - concealers

Long wearing concealers are a must! High-end or drugstore, find your favorite. These above are my go-to's. Make sure you set them with a powder afterwards!! Use a concealer lighter than your skin tone for the base of your highlight.

*** Apply all cream products before ANY powder products to prevent cakiness!! ***

MAC's Pro Longwear Concealer: A holy grail of many, and for good reason! This is SO pigmented. It's a thick consistency and covers dark circles like a dream!

$20

NYX's HD Photogenic Concealer: A drugstore concealer that covers really well! It doesn't last forever on me but I like to mix this with others for maximum coverage when needed.

$5

Maybelline's Fit Me Concealer: This has been said to be a dupe for MUFE's Creamy Concealer. I haven't compared the two but I believe it! This can stand up against high end concealers, easily. One of my go-to's! I wish the shade range was better but if you can make it work, this is fantastic.

$6.99

Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Treatment Concealer: Another go-to of many! I have this in a few different shades and not only use it for under the eyes but on blemishes and discoloration as well! Hate the packaging, love the product.

$8.99

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heat-proof, sweat-proof bulletproof makeup - highlighting and contouring long lasting

For an all-day highlight and contour, layer creams with powders! Use a cream contour and highlight with a beauty blender for a natural contour and set those with your highlight and contouring powders. This will set those cream products and they will work together to last literally all day!

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio: This kit is expensive but amazing for travel. It's slightly difficult to blend out, I tried a few different brushes/techniques before getting the hang of it but these are great for layering for long wear. And the stick form makes it so easy to place the product right where you want it, especially when it comes to contouring!

$45

Anastasia's Contour Palette: I don't absolutely love this. I'm going to try more contouring palettes but this one is okay and I do like that you can pop out the shades to replace any or even build your own kit on the website depending on your skin tone (super helpful for mua's)... I think there are better quality powders in the industry but this is what I've got at the moment. Leave me your recommendations in the comments! I'm looking for new ones to try :)

$40

Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick in Coconut 355: Using darker foundations are a nice option for contouring and foundation sticks are super easy to use! This one pulls a little too warm for my liking but because it is a foundation, it blends like a dream and it stays put. I almost prefer this to my Smashbox Trio!

$8.99

bareMinerals Mineral Veil: These setting powders have been loved by many for years and for good reason! They are so finely milled, smooth and easy to apply. They set makeup beautifully and come in a few different finishes depending on what you're looking for. Apply this with a powder puff or your beauty blender for an airbrushed, bright look under the eyes!

$21

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heat-proof, sweat-proof makeup - blushes

Long wearing blushes can be hard to find, especially in the drugstore. Unfortunately I only have high-end ones to show you in this post but if you have found long-lasting drugstore blushes, let us know in the comments below! You can also layer cream blushes with powders for an even longer wear-time.

tarte's Amazonian Clay Blushes: Holy grail blushes for so many, these are incredible. Pigmented and all day wear, easy. They come in tons of beautiful and unique shades. The ones photographed above are from a holiday kit so the packaging is smaller than the full size products.

$28

MAC's Blushes: Not all MAC products are worth the hype.. But I have absolutely fallen head over heels for their blushes over the years. They are just good. Really good. A million shades and finishes to choose from, some are more long wearing than others but they are holy grails for me and I always grab for them when I need that flawless face to last all day and night.

$22-30

NARS Blushes: Another absolute love of mine. Some think that NARS blushes aren't worth the hype but I do! I love them SO much and Dolce Vita is one of my favorite blushes of all time. They are pricey but worth it, in my opinion. The shades are beautiful and they last all day long on my skin!

$30

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sweat-proof makeup - highlighters

Oh highlighters... This is a newfound love for me. I struggle with texture on my skin most of the time so highlighters are not usually my friend, as they accentuate any lumps or bumps you may have. But on good skin days? LAWD, I love a good glow. I'm just now getting more into this world so I don't own many but these two are holy grails, one high end and one drugstore - both will last all day long!! Layer liquid with powder to pack even more of a punch.

Hard Candy's Tiki Bronzer: This isn't a bronzer.... Why they named it one, we may never know. But this is a stunning highlight without any of those chunky shimmers and I cannot believe how long this wears on the skin!

$9

BECCA's Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone: Any BECCA highlighter is pure gold, pretty much. All the shades are stunning and Moonstone is perfect for my pale babies. When you want that WA-BAM highlight... Go with BECCA. They have a bunch of different formulations from liquid to cream to powders but they are all incredible and insanely long-wearing.

$38

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Setting everything with a translucent powder is so important, especially on hot days! I usually like to apply this right after my cream products and before I add my powder contour. I've found that my contour can look slightly patchy if I don't set that cream with a translucent powder first.

Coty's Airspun Powder: An oldie but goodie. This is a great powder that I know I can always fall back on. No matter what I'm currently trying out or using, this is one I will always grab for. It's also absolutely amazing for "cooking" your concealer and carving out your contours. Available at Walgreens & CVS.

$6.49

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bullet proof makeup - setting sprays

One of my biggest tips/tricks, is to set everything throughout your makeup application. Using a setting spray will lock everything in and when I layer products with these setting sprays, it not only helps the lasting powder on everything but it also melts into the skin and makes the powder products look much more natural on the skin. This will also add that extra moisture for anyone with dry skin!

Urban Decay's All Nighter Setting Spray (1 oz size in photo): A fantastic setting spray! You can spray this all over your face at the end of your makeup application to lock it all in for all day wear. They also make other formulations depending on your skin type.

$14 or 30

Smashbox Primer Water

E.l.f. Mist & Set: Comparable to the Urban Decay sprays. This is an amazing setting spray!

$3

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bullet-proof brows

Let's talk brows! Again, long-wear and layering - so important! Whether you use high-end or drugstore, layering different types of products will lock everything in for all day wear.

Anastasia Dip Brow: This can be a love it or hate it type of product. Some people can't live without it and others just don't understand the hype. It's a brow pomade that you apply to your brows with an angled brush. Using a very light hand and a tiny amount of product, this can do wonders! It takes practice but I've grown to absolutely love it. This is insanely long-lasting too!

$18

Truly, if you can find a gel eyeliner that would match your eyebrows, they work just as well as Dip Brows! Also, NYX has come out with a formula very similar in their Brow Gel product. This has a dryer formula than a gel liner but they do the trick just the same! Maybelline's Eye Studio Gel Liner in Brown is fantastic as a brow product, if it matches your brow color.

Anastasia Brow Wiz: The brow pencil of all brow pencils. These are fantastic (but the NYX pencil is a dupe!) and definitely worth the money, in my opinion. You get the pencil and spoolie so it's perfect for travel and it's also very long wearing.

$21

NYX Micro Brow: I won't go too into detail on this here, check out my full review! This is a definite dupe for the Brow Wiz!

$10

You can also add a powder on top as well! As the finishing touch, lock it in with a brow gel.

Billion Dollar Brows Clear Brow Gel: One of my favorite brow gels. It sets your brow products without moving them around or removing any product. It accentuates the hairs slightly, which can help when applying a powder or dip brow type product. Sometimes those can make your brows look fake so combing through with a brow gel at the end can bring them back to life.

$16

Milani's Brow Shaping Clear Gel: This is a great brow gel and super affordable!

$4.49

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heat-proof, sweat-proof makeup - eyeshadows

Eyeshadows are definitely your preference and of course there are tons that last all day, but Makeup Geek shadows last forever and a day on me so those are my most recommended for all-day wear.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pans: My absolute favorite eyeshadows ever!!! So pigmented, blendable and long wearing. Check out my reviews, hauls and swatches!

$5.99 for regular shadows and $9.99 for foiled shadows.

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sweat-proof makeup - eyeliners

Long lasting eyeliners... These can be difficult to find! I'm always on the hunt for more options but these are some of my favorites.

Stila's Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliners: These bad boys do not budge!!! They come in a ton of different colors and.... I kind of want every single one! I can't rave enough about these. The fun shades would be awesome to play with for music festivals or events!!

$20

NYC's Liquid Eyeliner: This can go head-to-head with any high end liquid liner. And beat most of them. It's super dark and pigmented, it's insanely long lasting and it doesn't run or smudge on me throughout the day. It has a brush tip that can take some getting used to but this is holy grail status for me. It's just great.

$2.99

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal: This comes in a few different fun shades as well as that perfect nude for the waterline. This black is super dark and I always keep all the shades in my personal collection as well as my kit.

$4.49

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heat-proof, sweat-proof makeup - mascara

I'm not huge into wearing waterproof mascara but on days when you'll be outside for long periods of time, whether that be during summer events, parades, festivals, concerts, etc... Waterproof is a huge help! It will also help keep those beautiful lashes of yours curled for a longer period of time.

Loreal Voluminous Miss Manga: This is a mascara that I had to use for a while before I loved it. But now? It adds amazing volume and nice length without clumping up the lashes. It lasts all day and doesn't smudge!

Almay's Get Up & Grow: Where are my Estycare followers at?!? This was one of my first reviewed and raved about products when I first started blogging. Repurchasing this was a trip down memory lane for me. I love this mascara. Period. It's amazing and although it's been really hard to find in my area lately, I will always love and use this!

$6.49

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heat-proof, sweat-proof makeup - long-wear lip colors

Last but certainly not least, the lips!! These will be your preference as well, we all have go-to long wearing lip colors but these are some of my absolute favorites.... Yep, only some! I'm a lip product junkie... You'll want to find long wearing lip liners to layer with long wearing lipsticks or liquid lipsticks. Layering is key, have you noticed that trend yet? That just locks pigment on top of pigment and keeps everything lasting as long as possible. Although lip colors are the most difficult to maintain throughout the day, these are your best bet!

Apply a lip balm before you begin applying your makeup. Once you finally get to your lips, they will be moisturized and ready for any lip color you want to apply! Dab off any excess lip balm and then go in with your lippies.

Lipsticks:

ColorPop Lippie Pencils & Stix: Some of these are more long-wearing than others! Most of the lipsticks aren't too long wearing, you'll want to go with the matte formulas for the longest wear and the lip pencils are great as well. I wanted to include these in the post because the Lippie Stix are very travel friendly and easy to throw in a purse or clutch.

$5

NARS Audacious Lipsticks: I know, these cost an arm and a leg and you're probably thinking... "Really, Marie?!?" but listen... These are worth the splurge. The formulation is perfection and the shades are out of this world beautiful. They last forever on the lips and are super comfortable!!

$32

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks: These are long lasting, fun and with a bright color selection. The application method is easy for travel and I think this is a good alternative to those who aren't used to the feel of liquid lipsticks. These stay feeling pretty moisturizing for quite a while!

$21

OCC Lip Tars: Not travel friendly. At all. But these are some of the most fun shades you will find in the industry and they last for a very long time on me, especially the dark shades!

$18

Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks: My love for these is so real. One of my absolute favorite liquid lipstick formulations. The packaging is adorable and the shade range is incredible (and growing)! I'd recommend bringing a lip balm or gloss with you if you plan to wear these all day, as they can feel a bit uncomfortable after 4-5 or so hours. But these are the best. Insanely long wearing and so incredibly pigmented! You don't even need a lip liner!

$20

Lip Liners:

Milani's Colorstatement Liners: Some of my favorite lip liners ever! These aren't the most long lasting when worn alone but layered with lipsticks, they help to keep everything in place for hours.

$3.49

NYX Retractable Lip Liners: Not to be confused with the slim pencils that most people rave about, for whatever reason that formula just doesn't last long on me! But these ones do! They are retractable, super pigmented and so creamy! Perfect for layering or wearing on their own.

$4.50

Rimmel's Exaggerate Full Color Lip Liner Definer: I love these! They are so creamy and pigmented and super long wearing. East End Snob is my favorite pink shade! You can wear these alone and I love throwing a gloss over top as well for a super easy but pretty look.

$5.99

Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil: These last forever on the lips! The shade range is beautiful and when I need a lip liner that won't budge for hours, these are the ones I reach for! Layer these with a lipstick and you will be good to go for the entire day!

$20

Applying a gloss or lip balm over a liquid lipstick can effect the wear-time! A definite must to remember!

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Give your skin one last spray with the setting spray and you're all set!!

Whoo! That was a long one! These are my tried and true, tested and much loved products that I know I can depend on. I hope this was helpful to you and please leave any questions, comments or your tips and tricks below!

*Some of these products I have received for free. Most I have purchased with my own money. All opinions are – and ALWAYS will be – 100% my own.*

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NIA Cosmetics Haul, Review & Swatches:

"The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."

Hey dolls!

I have a haul and review of some products from a company that you may not have heard of yet! NIA Cosmetics. The owner Irenia reached out to me to try some of her lip products (they were sent to me for free, with no other compensation and I have chosen of my own volition to talk about these lippies and share them with you)!

These are described as lip glosses, they come in a pot and can be applied with a lip brush. These remind me a lot of OCC Lip Tars except they are hand made using absolutely no harsh chemicals!

NIA Cosmetics - Packaging & Ingredeients

We'll jump right into the shades!

NIA Cosmetics - Fantasy 1

The first shade is Fantasy.

NIA Cosmetics - Fantasy 2

This is a gorgeous iridescent light blue.

NIA Cosmetics - Fantasy Swatch 1

It's super pigmented and creamy. A tiny bit goes a long way!

NIA Cosmetics - Fantasy Swatch 2

The reflects in this are stunning! When I see this shade, I think of mermaids.

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NIA Cosmetics - Sapphire 1

The next shade is Sapphire.

NIA Cosmetics - Sapphire 2

This is a deep metallic blue.

NIA Cosmetics - Sapphire Swatch 1

It's hard to get the full effect in photos but this has a beautiful sheen.

NIA Cosmetics - Sapphire Swatch 2

This shade is so unique!

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NIA Cosmetics - Majesty 1

Sticking with the blues! Next up is Majesty.

NIA Cosmetics - Majesty 2

Who's bold enough to wear this shade?! :-D

NIA Cosmetics - Majesty Swatch 2

I know.... There aren't words for this one, right?

NIA Cosmetics - Majesty Swatch 1

Blue isn't exactly the easiest color to pull off but man, is this absolutely beautiful.

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NIA Cosmetics - Naked 1

NIA Cosmetics - Naked 2

Naked is a gorgeous metallic nude.

NIA Cosmetics - Naked Swatch 2

The shine and reflectiveness of this shade is incredible.

NIA Cosmetics - Naked Swatch 1

So beautiful!

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NIA Cosmetics - Nia 1

NIA Cosmetics - Nia 2

Nia is hard to describe. It's a medium pink with a gold sheen, however the gold isn't as apparent once on the lips.

NIA Cosmetics - Nia Swatch 2

Nia is one of my favorites!

NIA Cosmetics - Nia Swatch 1

This is a beautiful every day shade.

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NIA Cosmetics - Stiletto 1

Let's tone it down a little, here is a classic red shade! Stiletto is perfection.

NIA Cosmetics - Stiletto 2

NIA Cosmetics - Stiletto Swatch 2

These are totally true to color. What you see in the pot is what you get on your lips.

NIA Cosmetics - Stiletto Swatch 1

This is such a great, classic every day red shade.

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NIA Cosmetics - Fuego 1

Last but certainly not least, my absolute favorite shade! Fuego.

NIA Cosmetics - Feugo 2

You have to see this one in person to get the full effect. Pictures do it no justice!

NIA Cosmetics - Fuego Swatch 2

This is pure pigmented, saturated color!

NIA Cosmetics - Fuego Swatch 1

Isn't she stunning?!?

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Lip swatches:

NIA Cosmetics - Stiletto Lip Swatch

Stiletto.

NIA Cosmtics - Majesty Lip Swatch

Majesty.

NIA Cosmtics _ Fuego Lip Swatch 1

Fuego.

If you'd like to see any other shades on the lips, let me know!

These are so fun and unique. I love how pigmented they are and although having to apply with a lip brush isn't exactly travel friendly, I found that the wear time was surprisingly long with these. The matte shades laster longer than the shimmer/metallics and the day I wore Fuego, it even lasted through a greasy meal! They feel nice on the lips, not too heavy. Similar to a lip gloss but more pigmented and long wearing.

These cost $10 each and will last you literally a lifetime and a half! Check out NIA Cosmetics website, they have tons of shades to choose from and Irenia is adding SO many more!! I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.

Which shades do you like the best? Let us know in the comments below!

*I received these products for free. All opinions are – and ALWAYS will be – 100% my own.*

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NYX Micro Brow Pencil Review & Brow Wiz Comparison:

"Because there is nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it's sent away."

- Sarah Kay

Hey beauties! How are you?!

NYX is one of the most difficult brands to find where I live. They are always SO picked over, everything new is sold out and they seem to never be restocked any time I check. So I was really excited to find a brand new, untouched display at Target. I grabbed two of their brow products: the Micro Brow Pencil, which we'll chat about today and the Eyebrow Gel (let me know if you'd like a review on that too!) and have been testing them out ever since.

NYX Micro Brow Pencil 1

This is a double sided product, exactly like the Anastasia Brow Wiz!

NYX Micro Brow Pencil 2

One end is a spoolie brush for combing out your brows and the other side is the pencil.

NYX Micro Brow Pencil VS Anastasia Brow Wiz

The packaging is pretty much identical. I prefer the spoolie on the Anastasia Brow Wiz a tiny bit more because it has more bristles so it really gets in there to comb out the hairs and really blend the product but you honestly won't be able to tell much of a difference between the two. As for the pencil side, I want to say the NYX pencil is a TINY, little tiny bit smaller than the Brow Wiz which is nice because you can get very fine hair-like strokes throughout your brows very easily.

NYX Micro Brow Pencil Up Close

The shade I purchased is Taupe; there are 8 shades total.

NYX Micro Brow Pencil Swatches Taupe

Here you can see a variation from light to dark depending on how much pressure you apply. The pigmentation is nice, the pencil is more on the dry side versus creamy, which is a must for brow pencils in my opinion! It's easy to get tiny strokes of product throughout the brows to make them look natural.

NYX Micro Brow on brows

Here are my brows using only the Micro Brow Pencil. I absolutely love it!

Compared to the Anastasia Brow Wiz:

Price Point:

Brow Wiz - $21                       Micro Brow - $10

Shade Selection:

Brow Wiz - 9 shades                             Micro Brow - 8 shades

Amount of Product:

Brow Wiz - 0.085g / 0.003 oz.                 Micro Brow - 0.09g / 0.003 oz

Lasting Power:

I have heard people rave about the Brow Wiz lasting forever but it's a fairly normal wear-time for me. I'd say both last about the same amount of time (on me, it may be different for you!). After maybe 5-6 hours, I could throw a little bit more on in some of the more bare spaces in my brows. So they are about identical with how long they last for me. I also try my best not to touch my brows so if you do have the tendency to touch them often, your wear-time may not be as long.

Overall, I think these two are super comparable. I've been grabbing for my Micro Brow even more than my Brow Wiz so I'd say it's a fantastic dupe. I haven't seen all the shades so I can't say whether they are shade dupes as well, but Taupe is definitely identical!

Have you tried the NYX Micro Brow yet? If so, let us know your opinion in the comments below!

You can purchase NYX online, at Ulta or check their website for locations of your local distributors.

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Tarte Cosmetics - Tartelette Palette Review & Swatches :

"You can't base your life on other people's expectations."

- Stevie Wonder ❀

Hello my dolls! How are you?

Another eyeshadow palette review.... Can you tell I've been on some kind of kick lately?! I go through phases with certain products and right now, I am all about eyeshadow palettes.

The Tartelette Palette is an all matte stunner and I was so excited to finally get my hands on this.

Tartelette Palette 1

Let's start with the packaging.... This has to be one of my absolute favorites, aesthetics wise. From the purple ombre front to the gold accents, I am all about this. It's just so sleek, timeless and beautiful.

Tartelette Palette 2

Isn't she gorgeous?! Inside is mirrored gold with all shade names under each shadow. You get a huge mirror and I love that 'tartelette' is written on it. How many times in my posts do I say this... It's the little things. :)

Tartelette Palette 3

This is an all matte palette with 12 brand new exclusive shades!

These are the classic amazonian clay formulation and are free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, sodium and gluten. This is also dermatologist tested!

Tartelette Palette

You also get a sheet with step-by-step directions for two eyeshadow looks.

Tartelette Palette 4

Let's check out the shades! <3

Free Spirit - Tartelette Palette 1

The first shade is Free Spirit, a pale cream, almost yellow shade with warm undertones.

Free Spirit - Tartelette Palette 2

Great pigmentation, a touch powdery but it applies, blends and lasts very well.

Force Of Nature - Tartelette Palette 1

Force Of Nature is a warm brown with peachy undertones.

Force Of Nature - Tartelette Palette 2

This has great color payoff and I love this as a transition shade.

Dreamer - Tartelette Palette 1

Dreamer is a warm dark brown with yellow undertones.

Dreamer Swatch - Tartelette Palette

This shade is nicely pigmented and not as powdery as the lighter shades.

Multi-Tasker - Tartelette Palette

Multi-Tasker is a dark brown with reddish undertones.

Multi-Tasker Swatch - Tartelette Palette

Great pigmentation!

Caregiver - Tartelette Palette

Caregiver is a pale pink that pulls slightly more on the cool-toned side.

Caregiver Swatch - Tartelette Palette

This shade is beautiful! I don't often wear pinks shades on the eyes but this one all over the lid is simple but pretty. Nice pigmentation, better than I expected for a pale shade like this!

Natural Beauty - Tartelette Palette

Natural Beauty is a pinky-mauvey-taupe. Super unique shade!

Natural Beauty Swatch - Tartelette Palette

This shade needed to be built up a little bit, it blends easily and is perfect for a transition/blending shade.

Best Friend - Tartelette Palette

Best Friend is a muted cool-toned purple.

Best Friend Swatch - Tartelette Palette

This shade was more difficult to swatch, it ends up being a little uneven but can be built up and it wears better on the eyes.

Bombshell - Tartelette Palette

Bombshell is a deep cool-toned purple.

Bombshell Swatch - Tartelette Palette

Nice color payoff, this shade is slightly more difficult to blend than the others.

Super Mom - Tartelette Palette

Super Mom is a warm pale cream.

Super Mom Swatch - Tartelette Palette

Great pigmentation, I love this as a subtle browbone and inner corner highlight!

Wanderer - Tartelette Palette

Wanderer is a warm medium-brown with slight yellow/warm undertones.

Wanderer Swatch - Tartelette Palette

Good pigmentation, I love this shade for warming up the crease!!

Power Player - Tartelette Palette

Power Player is a warm brownish-taupe.

Power Player Swatch - Tartelette Palette

Okay color payoff, it needed to be built up a bit.

Fashionista - Tartelette Palette

Fashionista is your classic matte black.

Fashionista Swatch - Tartelette PaletteGreat pigmentation, creamy and smooth but be careful with fallout!

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Tartelette Palette Swatches

Artificial Lighting.

Tartelette Palette Daylight Swatches

Daylight.

Overall, I love this palette! It's my first experience with Tarte eyeshadows so I can't compare them to any other palettes but I'm pretty impressed. The pigmentation was consistent throughout, there wasn't any shade in this palette that disappointed me and they last all day on the eyes!

The Tartelette Palette is $44 and sold online as well as at Sephora and Ulta!

If you'd like to see a look using this palette, let me know in the comments!

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Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette:

"That's the thing about inner beauty: unlike physical beauty, which grabs the spotlight for itself, inner beauty shines on everyone, catching them, holding them in its embrace, making them more beautiful too."

Hello dolls! A couple weeks ago I picked up Kat Von D's new Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette and I've been testing it out ever since; when I first saw the sneak peek of this on her Instagram, I swooned. Literally. Drooling, swooning, in love... It's an all matte eyeshadow palette with warm, cool and neutral tones. This is a palette for anyone who loves/needs matte eyeshadows. It's incredible on its own and it's a perfect companion palette!

kat von d shade & light palette 1

The packaging is beautiful. It's a typical cardboard packaging but it feels so sturdy and I'd feel totally comfortable traveling with this. It looks almost identical to the Shade & Light Contour Palette except it says eye on it and the accent color is gold instead of silver. It's so simple and just perfect.

kat von d shade & light eye palette 2

The mirror is huge and the detailing is so pretty and true to that classic Kat Von D style.

You get 12 shadows:

kat von d shade & light eye palette 3

The back of the packaging has the names of each shadow.

kat von d shade & light eye palette 1

I absolutely love the way this palette is set up: it's basically divided into three sections. The left quad are neutral tones, middle is cool and the right quad is warm toned. Of course you can use them as you see fit but for those who are newer to makeup or may get overwhelmed by the amount of shadows, this can help guide you.

kat von d shade & light eye palette 4

In the box you also get a sheet with the shadows and looks you can create with each quad.

Let's get into the shades!

kat von d shade & light eye palette 6

kat von d shade & light eye palette swatches in daylight

In daylight.

kat von d shade & light eye palette swatches artificial lighting

Artificial lighting. I swatched by "quad".

We'll go by section and talk about each shade!

The neutral "quad":

shade & light neutral quad

shade & light neutral quad swatches

The first shade is Laetus - the top largest shadow - a pale neutral yellow. I love using this as a base to help with blending!

Samael is a light neutral brown, perfect for the crease and I've even used this on my brows!

The middle and darkest shade in this section is Solas, a rich brown.

Lastly, it's hard to see in the photo above because it blends right in with my pasty white skin LOL Lucius, a creamy slightly off-white shade.

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The cool "quad":

shade & light eye palette cool quad

shade & light cool quad swatches

The top shade (furthest left) is Lazarus, one of my favorites in the palette. A cool taupe shade that is perfect for the crease or blending.

Saleos is next, a deep dark cool grey.

Shax is the black shade, super pigmented! I was impressed with how black this is, especially when built up.

Lastly is Liberatus, a total white matte. Another surprise in pigmentation! Whites are usually pretty hard to get just right and I'm happy with this one! Perfect for highlighting the inner corner and brow bone.

The warm "quad":

shade & light eye palette warm quad

shade & light warm quad swatches

Indwin is a super unique shade, a warm peachy shade that is amazing in the crease!

Succubus is another favorite of mine, a super warm red-brown. This reminds me a lot of Makeup Geek's Cocoa Bear.

Sytry is the darkest brown in the palette, very warm, chocolatey and perfect for deepening that outer-v when you don't want too harsh of a smokey eye.

Last shade is Latinus, a light cream shade - this one has a tiny bit of something to it... Maybe a sheen almost? It looks and feels a little more like a satin formula. Super pigmented and amazing for a brow-bone highlight!

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These swatch and wear beautifully. They are soft and pigmented and they blend really easily.

I've used every shade in this palette in different looks and I have absolutely no complaints. The formula is wonderful. I haven't used any other Kat Von D palettes before so I can't compare them but I'd jump at the chance to purchase another from her after using this!

makeup geek eyeshadow look - kat von d shade & light eye palette used as well

In this look I used mainly Makeup Geek shadows but that warm blending/transition shade is Indwin!

shade & light eyeshadow look 1

shade & light eyeshadow look 2

I used the cool toned quad for this look. The shadows lasted all night long!

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I adore this palette. Pictures honestly don't even do it justice. You can create endless looks with this, especially when mixing with other eyeshadows in your collection. I think palettes like this are essential to have!

The Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Palette is available online as well as at Sephora and is $46. An amazing deal! Each shadow costs less than $4 each when you do the math!

Have you tried this palette yet? If so, let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation:

“I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me.”

Hello my dolls! How are you?

The drugstore makeup companies are coming out with tons of products for Spring and many of them are foundations.. Fuller coverage seems to be a bigger focus than previous years so I've been excited to test some them out. Check out my review on the Loreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation!

Maybelline Fit Me has been a foundation that's been out for a few years now, the original formula is slightly dewey and in most cases, isn't the best for oily skin (some oily skin babes love it, but others don't!).. It's all preference of course, and Maybelline has released a "Matte & Poreless" version targeting those with oilier skin and those who want a more matte finish.

maybelline fit me matte and poreless foundation

The bottle is a nice slim glass - similar to the original Fit Me, except it says Matte + Powerless as well as what skin types it's recommended for.

The shade range is okay. It could be better and the shade I picked (115 ivory) pulls a little bit too yellow on me but that's fairly normal when I purchase drugstore foundations so I work with it. But I do wish there was a broader range of shades...

maybelline fit me matte and poreless foundation on skin 1

I have combination skin. Slightly oily in the t-zone and fairly normal everywhere else. Very acne prone and sensitive to some ingredients. I've had absolutely no issues with irritations or breakouts!

maybelline fit me matte and poreless foundation on skin 2

The finish is matte but... Natural and comparing to the Loreal Pro-Matte, this is much more so. I'd say the Loreal is a total, flat matte and this is a natural. almost luminous matte. When I want beautiful, glowing skin - this is the foundation I've been choosing. I find that I get somewhat oily after a few hours, it definitely doesn't control oil as well as the Loreal foundation.

Along with that, I'd say with the Loreal one, dry skin types would have to moisturize like crazy in order to use it. With this foundation, although it's recommended for normal to oily, I think dry skin types could get away with using this as well. It hasn't clung to any dry patches and as I've said, it's definitely more dewey than my other matte foundations. However, it gets much more matte when you apply a powder over top - when I want a more glowy, dewey look - I skip the powder!

maybelline fit me matte and poreless foundation on skin 3

It applies and blends beautifully. And it wears beautifully. I've been surprised with how much I love this! I do wish it lasted a bit longer on my skin, especially when I'm really never that oily.. But, the finish is so gorgeous that I'll gladly apply a good primer beforehand and be good to go!

Overall, I adore this foundation. It mixes well with others, looks beautiful in photography and most importantly looks absolutely flawless on the skin! You can apply a light amount for a more natural finish that shows some of your skin, or if you want full coverage - it layers like a dream! It doesn't add cakiness, so if you want some more coverage... Add some more!

You can purchase Maybelline online or at the drugstore; this foundation ranges from around $4.79 to $9 depending where you purchase.

Have you tried this foundation yet? Do you like it? And what are some of your favorite new drugstore products?! Let us know in the comments below!

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