DHC Velvet Skin Coat
Cinema Secrets Foundation
NYX Color Correcting Concealer
Sigma Beauty Serene Blush
NARS Orgasm Blush
Forever 21 Love and Beauty Bronzer Wheel
Graftobian Setting Powder
Skindanavia Oil Control Setting Spray
NYX Espresso Brow Gel
Benefit Gimme Brow in Dark Brown
Anastasia Beverly Hills Chocolate Tinted Brow Gel
LORAC Eye Primer
NYX Eye Primer
LORAC Little Black Palette
MAC Cork Eyeshadow
Chanel Le Volume De Chanel Mascara
NARS Annabella Audacious Lipstick
Happy Independence Eve! Nick Hindt, if you're reading this...this is my birthday makeup to you. You're welcome.
Okay, so, a couple things: this lipstick is AWESOME. I got it at The Makeup Show, but it's a NARS product so you can get it at pretty much any Sephora. The shade is a brilliant red-orange. Aside from the badass color itself, the product wears nicely and has a good slip. Plus "NARS" is engraved into the lipstick itself, along the side. The case is magnetic, so if you throw a couple in your purse they will help lower your semi-annual bobby pin budget. I'm serious. This is a big selling point for me when it comes to the Audacious lipsticks, and I plan to plug it when I'm hustling at the NARS counter.
Okay, so the other thing: remember in my last post (IF you read it...) I talked about simplifying my summer routine? This eyeshadow palette is a big part of that simplification. In fact, if I had to condense for some god awful reason, I'd choose the Little Black Palette and this matte Stila palette I use pretty often. The LBP provides such shimmery depth with its beautiful colors, and touching them is just divine in and of itself. I use the lightest color all over and especially under my brows, and occasionally the peachier color and the dark brown for extra definition. I just love the way it brightens the whole eye. I use the Stila palette when I want something less luminous. Since it has all matte shades in varying degrees of light and dark, it allows more flexibility in creating various looks. I sometimes use it for brows or contour on clients, and mix the dark shades together to create a more cake-style eyeliner game when I'm not feeling liquid jet black lines. They're both really dope palettes.
I'm also using a new mascara these days! My friend Jackie, who's a Chanel artist in NYC, sent me some Chanel samples (as seen in my super cool Instagram photo) recently, and I couldn't resist lunging for the mascara as soon as I could. All I have to say is...sorry, wallet. I will absolutely be buying this from now on for myself and will get a few for my kit. This mascara is THE SHIT. The brush is unbelievable, thick and rubbery yet clings somehow both gently and firmly to the lashes in one sweep, as if to give them a squeeze of tough love that magically transforms them into fluttery, defined, and elegant lashes. IN ONE SWEEP. Did I mention that? The brush has good bend to it as well, and this flexibility makes it a good product when getting into delicate areas such as the outer lashes and the entire lower lash line. It's expensive at the full size, but I've come to learn that with cosmetics, you definitely get what you pay for and quality can absolutely be determined by the product's price point. In most cases.