Author: diaryofalifelover

How To | Buy Makeup

DSC_143245

Since I started to blog and makeup freelancing I found out a very common issue among a lot of girls, mostly on girls with bronzed and dark skin tones – buying makeup. Buying makeup is the ultimate struggle for many woman, I wanted to know the reason why of the issue (because I haven’t had much difficulty finding the right products for me), so I started asking some questions, like… What is your brand preference? Do you buy makeup at drugstores? Which type of skin do you have? Lipstick tones? Blush colors? Do you have  a skincare routine? Do you have a set of brushes, from which brand? You know, it makes me curious when I listen to women complaining about not finding the right makeup products for them, makeup does not suit them the way they want, etc etc. The answer I get the most is “I don’t understanding anything about make up”, this is actually a topic that every girl should must but.. you actually don’t need to master makeup you just need to have a few products that work for you, for your type of skin, and make you comfortable with it. I know this is confusing, because there is a bunch of variety, new makeup brands coming out everyday, a lot of makeup MUAs and Gurus on Social Network but this is what tricks us the most, we tend to buy things that we see on the advertisements us, we are dying to have the foundation Michelle Phan uses or the  that light Tiarra Monet’s lipstick, instead of what truly works for us. Some of the girls I spoke with definitely have the wrong products, some of them get too many products and unnecessary stuff, some do not find balance between the products they have, some just don’t knowhow to buy them. So Here, I have 10 tips on how to buy make up.

1. Know what you want – if you just go to Sephora or MAC out of the blue, unaware of what you gonna buy, you probably gonna make the dumbest purchases. I mean, you can get a few goodies but you are also likely to get home and regret for getting something, why? because you didn’t want it, you forced yourself to leave the store with something, so you just got something. If you want to get a blush, and a lipstick, go to the blush row and try all the blushes you think are going to be pretty on your skin until fnd the right one, if it is your first suggest to get a pink. About the lipstick, try a pale, nude tone, check everyshade that might suit you, and thats all you need.

2. Go to a local makeup store – if you never bought makeup, do not buy online. Just in case you want to get eyeshadow Paletts, makeup Brushes, eyelashes, beauty blenders, cleansers or… something you have used before, but going to a local store is going to help you analise from eye the quality of the product, and this is what you basically need if you’re a first timer.

3. Try products before buy them – The good news about going to a big store like sephora, is not only about the variety but actually the fact that you can try EVERY product you want, I mean EVERY, so enjoy it. Try whichever you want, have fun with it and discover which one works best for you.

4. Know your skin type – this question should’ve be asked every time you want to buy your foundation or your face powder, but most of the ladies working on these store neglect it, they go by matching tones instead of oiliness/dryness/combination. As a makeup artist freelance, I must say that skin type is as important as matching your foundation or powder with your skin. Before buying a product you should know if this is going to combine with your skin, if not keep looking until find the right one.

5. Get your essentials – If you know your skin type, definitely you are going to know what you need. Maybe you need concealer, but do not need foundation, or you need both but no need to contour, maybe a beauty blender will do all the work for you and you don’t need as much brushes as other people do, you have to find which products are really important and necessary to your routine, instead of getting whichever is trending now.

6. Find balance between your products – Well, unfortunately, you know, like people some products don’t get along with each other. Ex: This foundation from MAC works for me and this powder from Makeup Forever also blends into my skin perfectly, the things they are both great when they aren’t working together. The foundation is perfect all time of the year, the powder only works on the fall, but it has to be on with a different foundation, otherwise, I am gonna I am going to look like Casper. If you notice the something isn’t working for you SWITCH, go get a different one.

7. Google the product – You heard about this new BB Cream and you wanna try it to badly, but you dont have any samples or is a drugstore product and there is no way you can try it, don’t just buy it right away, do a little research about. This is the time Beauty Blogger, Beauty Gurus and Instagram MUAs are going to be your best friends. Reading about the product, and watching reviews online is going to give you a new perspective if the product is worth buying or nah, try that in case you’re a little skeptical about it.

8. Don’t throw your it away – Everything just runs smoothly when you take your empty bottle to the store and show them what you want. Explaining something can be very hard when there is a multiple choices on the same store. The girl working with you can be very impatient and just “I have no idea what you are talking about, but I have this one right here”, something that can be better or… worse, and you gonna buy it because you don’t know how to explain. So before throwing it away, take it to the store with you.

9. Get a set of makeup brushes – This one kinda goes with the #5, the essentials. I wouldn’t suggest a beginner to buy brush by brush. Now, I do that and I am unafraid of get it wrong but sets of brushes are way better if you want to get the look. Buying one by one turns out to be more expensive, you are going to spend a lot more money if you want to have all those brushes to do the eyes, the face, the lips, and takes more time to get all of them. NOTE: Not every set is going to do the job, I remember buying my first brushes set on amazon 5 years, and it was an awful experience, the quality was really poor, they didn’t last, and it only cost me $15, for 32 brushes. It sounds perfect, 32 brushes for $15 but… You know, not worthy. Recommendations: Sigma Brushes Collections, Sigma Essential Kit,  Real Techniques, Coastal Scents, Zoeva, Sedona Lace, Elf Brushes Set, Morphe Set of 11, Morphe Master Studio Set.

10. Get  skin care products –

Makeup | Summer Makeup Look

Makeup | Summer Makeup Look

I was so excited to post this look for two reasons, 1. I can’t help but falling in love with myself every time I look in the mirror, this hair suited me so well, I almost had an heart-attack when the extension was finally installed; 2. Summer is here, of course I had to do a makeup look to rock on this perfect weather. As I said before, neutrals are faves, I actually have to play more with colors when it comes to make up, but I also wanted to something simple and comfortable. You don’t wanna wear a lot of heavy colors on hot weather, it might fade a little bit and you gonna look like you are melting. Well, the colors I used on my eyes are from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette. Hope you enjoy, see other pictures below and list of all the products I used.

BeFunky_DSC_0947.jpg BeFunky_DSC_0948.jpg

Face:
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra
Mac Foundation SPF 15 #10 for contouring
Mac Pro Long-wear Concealer NW45
Mac Studio Fix Powder NW50
Exibit A Blush – Nars
NYX Loose Powder in Light Beige
Elf Powder Brush (Powder)
Mac 130 (Setting Powder)
Real Techniques Buffing Brush (Foundation)
Sephora Fond de Teint Naturel 111 (Contour)

Eyes:
Semi Sweet (Outter Corner)
Salted Caramel (Lid)
NYX Eyeshadow base”White Pearl”
Cherry Cordial (Lower Lash Line)

Eyelashes (No name)

Sigma Large Shader – E60
Sigma Blending – E35

Lips:
YSL Rouge Volupté #11 & Mac “Lustre White” Lustreglass

Brows:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (Ebony)
Sigma F75

New In | Sephora + Charlote Russe

New In | Sephora + Charlote Russe

Most of the products right here are my last purchases from my trip to sephora, all of these are products Ive been craving for months, and this week, finally I could add to my collection. Most of them were suggestions from other beauty bloggers (which I don’t recall), except the lipsticks, and the beauty blender but I am glad with the purchases and have been trying some of the stuff already, and the experience has been amazing. I got the EOS Lip Balms from Charlote Russe, I always get them from random places, but like the other products I will link down below where you can get them.

1. The Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

2. Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

3. YSL Lipsticks “Rouge Volupté” in #5 and #11

4. Sephora Eyelash Curlers

5. Beauty Blender

6. EOS Lip Balms

Thanks For Passing By,

Xoxo

Random | Cultural Literacy

Random | Cultural Literacy

 

Hi Y’all,

I know I haven’t been here for more than a month, but from now on I will be more consistent with post, I promise, stay tuned. I still want to make lots of changes on the blog, hope you come to check out how it is going to be. Currently, I am reading this book, which I highly recommend, I heard about it when I was watching a documentary about ‘Tupac Amaru Shakur’. He was known for being an intellectual Rap Artist who loved to search for knowledge and people used to say that he was Ahead of His Time because of his intelligence. One of the books he read, according to his manager Leila Steinberg, was The Dictionary Of Cultural Literacy. This, caught my attention because I love literature. This dictionary covers a lot of topics that will help you enlighten your mind. The cover should’ve just phrase it as What The World Needs to Know instead of referring only to americans (although is written in english), because its content is universal, topics go from The bible to Mythology, Idioms, World Literature, Phylosophy and Religion, Fine Arts, World Politics, World Geography, Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, Science, Medicine, Health, Technology and more. I am extremely glad with my purchase, this book is from 1993 its first edition is from 1987 but will be needed for future generations, I definitely want my children to read this. As Francis Bacon said “Knowledge is Power” and as Mr. Shakur stated in his own documentary “…knowledge, search for knowledge. It’s an eternal journey.”

Thanks For reading,
Xoxo

Beauty Blender Vs The Perfectionist Makeup Sponge

Beauty Blender Vs The Perfectionist Makeup Sponge

If you follow makeup blogs, beauty gurus on youtube or any IG makeup artist I think you’ve heard already about beauty sponges, dupes and beauty blenders. Most of them say how really good they are, that you should have at least one of them, and so one, but what some people don’t how is how different beauty blenders and beauty sponges are. First of all there are many beauty sponges out there, all of them with different shapes and proposes, second, there is also the Beauty Blender that is a makeup sponge applicator, totally different from the other sponges, a sponge that cost $20 but is literally worth the price. Two years ago when I first heard about Beauty Blender, a mini sponge that costs $20 I was like “WOW! Really? Is that really necessary?” Today I absolutely can’t live without one, the Beauty Blender is on top of the list of worthy repurchase products, there is nothing  like a Beauty Blender.

When it cames to these two, the Beauty Blender and the Perfectionist Makeup Sponge, people tend to think they are the same, many times some people buy The Perfectionist Sponge because that is cheaper (cost $13) but in reality they aren’t equal at all, and I will show you why.

Last time I went to sephora I bought The Perfectionist Makeup Sponge, which I could test twice on myself, unfortunately the results wasn’t as good as I was expecting, mainly on blending, so I decided to go back to the beauty blender which I use for over two years. If you check the pictures below I was pressing both of them while there were wet, even though I was pressing as much as I could you can see that the Perfectionist Sponge (The purple one) wasn’t touching itself it is a little bit harder and dense but the Beauty Blender (The pink one) is more soft. After soaking them in water both grow a little bit more, but the Beauty Blender gets bigger because of its sponginess. The Perfectionist Sponge isn’t actually that perfect, I feel like the Beauty Blender bounds more and The Perfectionist is more rough to my face. Consequently, it becomes harder to blend the products and requires more time and work because of the quality of the sponge.

By looking at them looks like they are made off of the same material but they are not. The texture is actually the biggest thing of the difference both. High quality sponges are pricier but they have everything to provide you a flawless makeup application. (Check pictures below)

DSC_0760DSC_0761

There are few similarities between the two, most of what a Beauty Blender does the Perfectionist Sponge will do as well, but the result might not be the same, especially when it comes to blend. See what the sponges can do below, and why I prefer the Beauty Blender instead:

BeFunky_DSC_07541.jpg

Apply Foundation: With the round part of the Beauty Blender push the makeup into your face, just push push push and push and swipe it across you face, the way it was designed won’t  soak as much foundation, so you won’t waste much product.

Cover Dark Circles: If you just want to hide some dark or red circles, you definitely want to use this. It will blend the product evenly, even if you just put a tiny bit of product.

Eliminate Harsh Lines: Blends nice and seamless, After blending it will just look smooth and flawless.

Perfect For No Makeup Makeup: For those who want thin layers of makeup, or a makeup that looks like you are not wearing makeup, I would recommend the beauty blender over a makeup brush.

Blend Concealer: Concealers are obviously lighter than your foundation, when you highlight your under eyes what you want is apply it in a way that you cannot notice where you concealer ends and where the foundation starts, the Beauty Blender will provide you that, just keep pushing and pushing.

No Creasing: Foundation and concealer tends to dry really fast when using the Beauty Blender, so it just stays on your face all day long without creasing or making you look caky.

Apply Loose Powder: While wet or dry (depends on you) you can also apply loose powders and mineral powders with the beauty, using the same Push push motion, .

Flawless Finish: The Beauty Blender overall will put everything into place, better than any face brush, it will cover, blend and spread your makeup evenly.

PS. if you are looking for something less expensive than the beauty blender, you can definitely try The Perfectionist Sponge, or other dupes, although I gave you good reasons to just use the Beauty Blender.  Dupes are not as good as the Beauty Blender is but they aren’t bad I would to the perfectionist a 6.5 out 10 and 10 out 10 for a beauty Blender. (Beauty Blender is an Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner)

Thank you so much for reading,

Xx

 

New In.

New In.

Hi Guys,

These two were my last purchases. Im so glad I bought YSL cosmetics because they are pretty expensive, I don’t purchase products like this out of the blue, I had to wait months to finally have the opportunity to buy them. Super glad to add a new lipstick to my YSL Rouge Volupte collection, and even more glad because I have a brand new product, the touch éclat dupe. First of all, I haven’t used dupes before this is my first time doing it. Why? The ones I tried before (from other brands) seemed to not give the result I wanted to have, but this one did.

DSC_0767 copy DSC_0768 copy

YSL Touche Eclat Dupe – I am girl who thinks high-end beauty products aren’t really necessary if you have other alternatives at drugstores and beauty supplies, but you will find tones of high-end products out there in which its alternatives won’t let you satisfied the same way, and this is one of those. I’ve been testing this my face since last year, and couldn’t wait to buy it. If you are looking for extra highlight underneath your eyes this could be a great option, also apply the product around the mouth, alongside the nose, and near the temples, use it to cover your dark circles, and it will give you a well-rested appearance.

It also looks like a pen, that makes it easier to apply the product to your face, so if you are looking for a 5 minute makeup this could also be the right tool to use. The Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat costs $40, I won’t say that the price is fair because it is still pricy but it is worth having one on your makeup collection. (Shade #7 Luminous Mocha)

DSC_0770

YSL Rouge Volupte #6 – Ive been talking so much about the Yves Saint Laurent lipsticks, that I don’t even have more words to describe it. I love this lipsticks line to death, really wish I could have all of them,they are soft, smooth, creamy, high pigmented, and they have this attractive gold packaging. Definitely adding this pink, girly, romantic, vibrant, to my spring/summer lipsticks.

DSC_0774 copy

Thanks for reading,

Xx

Makeup | Easter Makeup Look

Easter Makeup Look

Hi There,

There you go! A quick makeup for Easter, the eyes are very simple to do and you won’t need many products, not from different brands at least. All the shadows that I used are from the Lorac Pro Pallet, that I’ve talked about on previous posts. Check details for the rest of the face below.

DSC_0810 DSC_0806 copy

Face:
Mac Foundation SPF 15 #8.5 and Lancome Teint Idole Ultra
Mac Foundation SPF 15 #10 for contouring
Mac Pro Long-wear Concealer NW45
Mac Studio Fix Powder NW50
Exibit A Blush – Nars
NYX Loose Powder in Light Beige
Real Techniques Powder Brush (Powder)
Mac 130 (Setting Powder)
Sigma – F15 (Illumination)
Real Techniques Stippling Brush (Foundation)
Sephora Fond de Teint Naturel 111 (Contour)

Eyes:
Lorac Pro Pallete Expresso (Outter Corner)
Lorac Pro Pallete Mauve (Lid)
NYX Eyeshadow base
Smashbox “Deep Black” Gel Liner

Eyelashes from Andrea #45

ELF Eyeshadow C Brush
Sigma Blending – E35

Lips:
Mac Up The Amp

Brows:
Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade (Ebony)
For the Brow Bone Lorac Pro Palette “Cream”
Sigma E15

Have a Happy Easter,

Xoxo