Wednesday, May 4, 2016

"On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink."



Today is Wednesday, and according to the Plastics of "Mean Girls," we must wear PINK, or else, we can't sit with them! 

Happy Wednesday day folks! Don't forget your pink! 

I've been totally on it with Pantone color of the year, rose quartz &serenity, this season! I've been rockin' my shades of pinks, purples, and light blues especially since the weather is FINALLY warming up in the Bay Area. It all just seems so perfect to add touches of these beautiful, soft colors to my daily outfit choices. Perfect for the spring! 

I've been inspired by Glossier to share some of my PINKEST favorites! #glossierpink ;) Be sure to stop by their page to check out some of their beauty products


Here, I'm wearing pink skinny jeans and a denim top from Target, pink-blue polarized gradient Rayban aviators, and a Balenciaga City Bag in Pink Cyclamen. EVEN my nails are painted pink! I know! I've PINKED out! I'm obsessed! (Mind you, pink is my favorite color.)



These beautiful shades of pink have also inspired me to create a makeup look based on the "pink" items in my collection which happen to be staples in my kit, IE my TooFaced Cosmetics "Better than Sex" mascara, Annu Sui Rose Cheek Color in shade 400, the limited edition Jo Malone perfume in Silk Blossom, and my Naked 3 Palette by Urban Decay! The eyeshadows, in particular, showcase the soft shades of pink and purple, making it super wearable for this season. 

Check out my most recent video on how to achieve this look! =D



Thank you all for staying in touch here on my blog, and catch you on my channel

<3 Audrey 







Thursday, April 7, 2016

I'M BACK &ON YOUTUBE!

HELLO EVERYONE!

After over a year long blog hiatus (I know), I am back with a vengence! I'M ON YOUTUBE!

 Yes! I FINALLY did it! I've been considering building a YouTube channel since I've started doing freelance work. My dear friends have always encouraged me to start one to share my work and love for ALL THINGS BEAUTY; however, I had thought there was already enough out there, that I didn't think mine would even matter nor would anyone bother to watch.

Today, many of my favorite beauty gurus have grown, not only in the YouTube world, but in the mainstream beauty and fashion industries, and there are MANY MANY other beauty vloggers and gurus who have since joined and grown through YouTube. It is my biggest regret in life to have let my inhibitions get the best of me and MISS OUT on many of great opportunities I could have had in the last 6 years that the world of BEAUTY took over my life. It is NEVER too late, however, and I am excited to have finally gotten over my camera shyness to share my passion of makeup to the world... alongside my experiences in Mommyhood. =D

Thank you to my oldest dearest friends (you know who you are) for supporting me since DAY 1 and really believing in what I have to offer in the world of beauty. Thank you to my newest friends for encouraging me to "Just DO IT!" and for putting my videos on repeat... and my husband... Thank you for setting aside a huge part of our earnings so that I can have the right equipment to FINALLY pursue this.

STAY TUNED, and hope to you see you on my channel.


 Love,

Audrey

Friday, March 20, 2015

I Do Part Deux MC.

Last October, it was my greatest pleasure to work with one of my closest friends for her five year anniversary and vow renewal. It was a beautiful celebration surrounded by friends, family, and music. 

Thank you Melanie for trusting me with your makeup for the day. You were a beautiful bride! 










***Disclaimer! These photos belong to Melanie Mullen. Taken by Wendy Warrick Photography.


What I used: 

  • Graftobian HD Creme Palette (foundation, contour, and highlight
  • Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder (to mattify and set foundation)
  • Milani Cosmetics Brow Fix & Easy Brow 
  • Stila Cosmetics Pop Palette (eye shadows, blush and highlight)
  • MAC Paint Pot in Painterly (eye shadow primer)
  • Benefit They're Real Mascara
  • L'Oreal Infalliable Super Slim Eyeliner 
  • Ardell false lashes in 153 
  • MAC Lipstick in Taupe




Sunday, August 17, 2014

Summer 2014 Favorites!


Now that summer is coming to an end, I thought I'd share with you some of the products I purchased and have grown to love this season. 


Who loves Bath and Body Works? I DO! I DO! I love things that have a fruity and flowery combination, and during their semi-annual sale, I stumbled upon their Hawaiian collection (which was 50% off!!!). This tropical scent is perfect for the sunny weather. I used it almost every time I left the house. 


I love Jo Malone's limited edition scents. This summer they came out with Silk Floral, which also has the flowery/fruity combination I love. Only one spray lasts me most of the day, and I love that I can mix this with my favorite scent, Nectarine Blossom. 


This was my go to moisturizer this summer. Not only is it very hydrating to the face, but it has SPF. I didn't have to ever worry about putting sunscreen because THIS did the job. Just a little warning though, it smells and feels just like sunscreen, but it doesn't put out a white cast face like most sunscreens do. 


Mommyhood has allowed me less time to do my makeup, so I wanted to give BB cream another chance. I didn't have a great experience with a brand that I purchased a couple years ago.  Gladly I found THIS gem. I am able to skip 3 steps (moisturizing, concealing, foundation) by simply applying this product to my face with my foundation brush or Beauty Blender. Upon application, my entire face is flawless and remains this way for the rest of the day. My skin has also improved since using this product. I have less breakouts and my skin is so smooth and soft. I probably will use less foundation from now on. 


I have a love hate relationship with this product. Mostly love. I love that it stays put throughout the day when applied correctly, but I hate that it takes a while be comfortable with the motion of applying it because of the unique shape of the applicator tip. I have also found that clumpy messes of the liner also tend to get all over my lashes. Nevertheless, Benefit did a great job in coming up with this tip because it really makes creating winged liner EFFORTLESS. Hopefully once I'm a pro at using this, I'll like it better.



Did anyone else know that Drew Barrymore came out with her own line of products? I've seen this brand at Walmart for a couple years now and didn't really pay it any mind, but I wanted lip chubbies and saw a review and these little guys. While they are not long lasting, they are quick and easy to apply, creamy upon application, and very pigmented. They are true to color of the packaging as you can see in the the swatches below. The shades I have are (Left to Right) Mauve Over, Berry-more, and Floral Coral. My favorite is Berry-more. 


Thank you again for those who take time to read! Let me know what you think and what else you would like to see on the blog! Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Love, 
Audrey

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade Review.


I follow Anastasia on Instagram where she likes to post sneak peeks of her upcoming products. I knew I had to try Dipbrow when she first posted about it as my current brow routine wasn't really working for me. I had been using a Milani brow pencil and powder which serves as a great and less expensive dupe but doesn't nearly last as long as Anastasia products. So, with much excitement, I purchased Dipbrow and after one use, I FELL IN LOVE.  Unlike pencils and powders that tend to fade and leave us with half smeared off eyebrows, this pomade is waterproof and stays put ALL DAY. I never have to pull out my brow pencil to retouch, nor do I find parts of my drawn on brows all over my forehead. It applies smoothly and blends in well with a spool brush. 


I use a flat liner brush to line my brows at the bottom, an angled liner brush to blend the product to the rest of my brows, and a spool brush to set everything together. I also like to use my foundation and concealer brush to conceal excess product for clean shaped brows. 


So, there you have it! Amazing brows using Anastasia's Dipbrow. I don't think I'll ever go back to another brand of brow products. =D

Thanks for reading and hope you enjoy!


For the rest of my face: 
  • Smashbox Photo Finish primer
  • Lancome Teint Idole: 360 Bisque
  • Cover FX concealer: N Light
  • MAC Studio Fix: C6
  • Coastal Scents Contour Palette: Brown (contour face); White (highlight)
  • BH Cosmetics 10 Colour Blush Palette: Peach (blush)
  • MAC Paint Pot: Painterly
  • Urban Decay Naked Basics: Venus (tear ducts, brow bone); WOS (lid); Faint (crease)
  • NYC Color Wheel: Bronzer (crease)
  • L'oreal Infallible: Black
  • Riri loves MAC: Heaux
  • NYX lipliner: Prune
  • MAC Fix+

Friday, February 21, 2014

New Inside My Kit &Reviews. (Version 3)


Pregnancy insomnia means DARK CIRCLES and my doubling up on foundation in this area was no longer working. Even my MACCosmetics Studio Sculpt concealer in NC42 wasn't doing the job. To make a long story short, I've been eyeing CoverFX's concealer for quite some time and decided to finally purchase it as my dark circles were looking REALLY bad and almost like I had 2 black eyes. I must say that after a month of usage, I am beyond happy with my purchase. A little bit on the pricey side of $27.00, this concealer definitely minimized the appearance of my dark circles and does not apply cakey at all. I like to apply this after my foundation and set it with my MAC Studio Fix powder. I also found it best blended with my ring finger and/or Beauty Blender instead of a concealer blush. This concealer is in the shade N Light. 


This MakeupForever mascara in Smoky Extravagant is amazing! And YES, after this past year of raving about Benefit's They're Real mascara, I found another mascara that does WONDERS! This mascara comes with Sephora's birthday gift as a trial size. It gives my already long lashes, more volume which almost makes it look like I'm wearing falsies. I almost can't wait to run out so that I can purchase the full size. =D 


These lipsticks aren't new releases, BUT they are fairly new to my kit. This past summer, I have built my lipstick collection courtesy of Back2Mac and an obsession for purples, berries, and reds. Pictured are RubyWoo, Heroine, RiriWoo, Heaux, and RiriBoy... which are all matte and retro mattes. I love matte lipsticks as they seem to last longer and look better in photos. Contrary to most reviews, I found NO DIFFERENCE whatsoever between RubyWoo and RiriWoo, but was happy to own the limited edition version anyway. Heaux is currently my favorite paired with a plum colored lipliner and brown eyeshadows. I'm saving RiriBoy and Heroine for the spring and summer as these shades are little too bright for the winter trends. 


I'm usually pretty good about new releases with makeup, but with all the busy-ness in my life, I didn't know about Naked 3 until I stumbled upon it's release date on Urban Decay online. I wasn't too impressed as I have all 3 preceding Naked palettes already and thought I'd be buying something I already have, but then again, I bought into peer pressure as most of my friends had already pre-ordered theirs... Might I say, I fell in love in a way different than I did with the other Naked palettes as I discovered shades of purple and rose gold that weren't included in the others. Since purchasing it last December, this has been my go to palette for every look I have used on myself. My favorite shades, so far, are Factory which I like to use in my outer V and crease, Buzz which is a light rose/purple color that I like to use on my lids, and Liar which I also use on my lids for darker looks but still appears soft because of its purple/rose gold undertone. The palette also came with 4 generous samples of UD eyeshadow primers which of course works best on their shadows and a brush similar to the one included in Naked 2. 

Thank you all for reading, and hoping for no more hiatus! 

Love, 
Audrey

Life Update.

Hello Everyone! 

I can't believe my last blog post was in June! But as we all know, life happens, and well, my life has been quite eventful since I was last active in the make-up and blog world. I'd like to dedicate this post to update you all on what's been happening. 


In July, my fiance left for Navy bootcamp. He graduated in September. 


Shortly after he left for bootcamp, I found out that we were expecting. Our baby girl is due in March of this year. 


In November, my fiance FINALLY came home after bootcamp and A school, and we got married (hence my new name). We had a small wedding with family and close friends. 

My husband deployed in December, shortly after he reported to his permanent duty station. He is due to come home soon, and my due date is right around the corner. =] I've also decided to take a break from my special ed credential program in preparation for the baby. So while on maternity leave awaiting the arrival of my little one, I decided to pick up on the blog after a long hiatus. Please stay tuned for all projects and reviews I have lined up, and thanks again for reading. 

Love,
Audrey