Thursday, July 31, 2014

IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Products

Hello everyone!

It's finally good to be back at posting beauty related things on my blog! I know it's not my normal posting day but I needed to get back in the saddle sooner rather than later. Today I wanted to share with you two of my favorite lip products....the Vitality lip products by IT Cosmetics. I've been a huge fan of this brand for some time now because the brand includes good for you ingredients into their products for both face, lips and eyes. Some ingredients include anti-aging anti-oxidants, essentials oils, many vitamins, tea extracts and they fight off free radicals throughout the day.

Here are the swatches & photos....

Vitality Lip Flush 4 in 1 lipstick stain
Vitality Lip Gloss stain
Both available from Ulta Stores.
Color: Je Ne Sais Quoi
Both of these products provide a natural pink flush to the lips. The best way to describe these are "your lips but better" type of products. As you will see in the swatch picture below, both are very soft looking colors. These two lip products are suppose to leave a pink stain on your natural lips after the sheen/glossy finish wears off. This claim is very true, the stain is a very beautiful color that will last for a long while after the finish wears off. One thing to note, these both will look different on each person because our natural lip colors will vary. If you have a lot of pigmentation naturally than this will look a bit deeper than it does on me.

Swatches of both without a lip primer.

Closer look the doe foot applicator for the
gloss stain.

0.11 oz. size $24

Vitality Lip Gloss Stain

Vitality 4 in 1 lipstick stain.
0.11 oz. size $20

Vitality 4 in 1 Lipstick Stain

The vitality 4 in 1 lipstick stain and vitality gloss stain both come in a total of 6 different shades and are available at Ulta Stores or on IT Cosmetics website.  Overall, I'm loving both products and would recommend these to everyone. Even if this shade (Je Ne Sais Quoi) isn't something you're into, you can try any of the other shade options available. I find that the price is also good for the amount and quality of product. I hope this quick review was helpful for you. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Navy Smokey Eye with LORAC Pro 2 Palette

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Today I wanted to share some photos of a look I did recently using the new LORAC Pro 2 Palette. I have reviewed this palette here on my blog and also on my Youtube channel. To watch that video click here. The other day I decided to create a really dark and dramatic smokey eye which I hardly ever wear and thought the Pro 2 palette was perfect for this. I knew quickly I'd create a look using the navy eyeshadow from this palette because it's gorgeous!

::Here are the details on how to recreate this look::

*Apply a primer to prevent creasing (only if your oily)

Step1: With a flat and dense eyeshadow brush (one that you use for packing on color), apply the "Navy" eyeshadow onto the lids. Stay below the crease with this color. The "Navy" eyeshadow does stain so once applied, move quickly and blend fast.
(Tip** when using darker eyeshadows like the one in this look, keep a fan brush or a q-tip with concealer nearby to clean up any fall out in the under eye area).

Step2: Apply "Nectar" (matte peach) mixed with "Lt. Brown" (matte light tan) in the crease with a fluffy crease brush. You can apply enough to create some depth and dimension to the eye or go a bit darker for a more full on smokey look...totally your preference here.

Step3: Apply "Buff" (matte cream) as your brow highlight.

Step4: Apply "Beige" (shimmery champagne) as your inner corner highlight.

Step5: Add your eyeliner and lots of mascara to finish the look.
For this look, I kept the liner super thin close the to the root of my eyelashes, added 2 coats of mascara and then applied Ardell "wispies" false eyelashes for extra glam. Falsies aren't necessary if you have thick and long eyelashes. If your lashes are thin and short, I'd suggest wearing a full strip lash or even accent lashes for definition. Dark eyeshadows can make lashes look thinner and shorter than they actually are.

*my lower lash line is bare with only mascara to define my lower lashes. This helps keep the eyes looking bright and bigger.

 I hope this quick tutorial was helpful if you have this palette or if you are wanting to do a smokey eye for the weekend. As you can see it's pretty easy to recreate this look. Dark eyeshadows can seem a bit intimidating but if you use this technique, you'll enjoy wearing darker colors.

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