Friday, August 29, 2014

If You Wanna Treat Yourself...

I'm going to be starting a series called "If You Wanna Treat Yo-self"

Cause I'm just sassy like that.

Have you ever gone into a store like Neiman Marcus or Saks and played the game where you look at the price tags just to shock yourself? Like, how many zeros can possibly fit on a tag? My mind doesn't comprehend the overpriced.

But on the real, there are some products that are affordable, some a little out of my price range, and some that are just EXTRAVAGANTLY out of my league.
These are going to be products that are in between the latter two categories... pricey but not decadent.
If you wanna talk luxury, check out this serum from Guerlain...
(Btw, that is a 1oz package of it. 1oz. Just go shock yourselves.)

Back to reality: the product I am going to be reviewing today and hopefully getting some of you to try out is by Colleen Rothschild, an expert who has worked with the top researchers and chemists in the business. Anti aging is her forte, and I have so much respect for her!
This is not a serum or cream, but a cleansing balm, similar to the Jose Maran Argan Cleansing Oil I am so thoroughly impressed with. 

The Radiant Cleansing Balm is a makeup remover - but 50,000 times better. That may or may not be an exaggeration. While melting away even the most stubborn of makeup, it cleanses your skin, restoring luminosity, hydrating, protecting, and decongesting. The skin is left balanced, soft, and radiant. 
If you want to start your nighttime routine off with a bang, I suggest spending the extra money and investing in this product. A little goes a long, long way.
It even comes with a little muslin cloth to remove the balm with... I can't lie, I feel like a little princess when I use it. WIN.
I went snooping around the interwebs and found a discount code for everyone! Enter "Nic20" for 20% your entire purchase, store wide. While you're at it, check out more of her products. They truly are incredible! 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Kim Kardashian VMAs 2014 Look!

Hello Friends!
So, the VMA's just passed, and while there were no Miley Cyrus catastrophes, the night was still magical in two counts: Beyonce was so nice and let all those people open for her concert, and Kim Kardashian looked bangin. 

I couldn't recreate Queen Bey's voice or pelvic thrusts, so I chose to focus on Kim. 
It is a rare event that she looks this "natural" at an event, despite the fact that she is wearing tremendous amounts of makeup, and I just had to capitalize on it.

After all, there are few things Kim can boast of, but her talent for just sitting there, doing nothing, making money and looking beautiful is her greatest achievement.

It truly is an easy look to accomplish, and will look great on just about anyone.
PS: You may notice one major difference in the pictures between Kardashian and myself - (okay, more than one, seeing as her face is perfect) - but I just didn't have any articles of clothing with V necks that low :/

Friday, August 22, 2014

Makeup for GREEN EYES! feat my nugget sister

This was a look I put together for Sarah, because she was visiting me and I made her let me use her face as payment.
As many know, colors make their counter colors pop, and in this case, purple is the counter to Sarah's green eyes. Brown eyes look amazing with greens and blues, and blue eyes look gorgeous with browns. Try this out to make your own eye color stand out :)

Loreal Pore Vanisher as a primer
Loreal Visible Lift Blur Foundation + Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Concealer
Elf lifting concealer
NYX HD Concealer to contour
Ben Nye Banana Powder
Anastasia Dip Brow in Taupe
Physicians Formula Bronze Booster
MAC Star Dust
Milani Luminoso
MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot
MUG Peach Smoothie
Too Faced : Piano Keys, Soho, Envy, Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
NYX Cabaret Liner
NYC Liquid Liner
Revlon Nude Lipliner
NYX Creamy Lipstick in Thalia


Thursday, August 21, 2014

I Scream for Eye Cream

Could this title get any cheesier?
How bout if I added this

I promise that I have more to say...
I have a review on a little known product that I have fallen for. It is no secret that I love eye creams; I have tried many many many and am very picky - (the middle eastern in me cannot control the under eye circles).
One thing I do look for in my eye creams is a natural base, with as little chemicals as possible, as the skin around your eyes is not only sensitive and extremely prone to wrinkle, but the thinnest on your face.
I have found such in this cream from the company Skin Splendor, in their Herbal Eye Cream.

It is a natural blend of ingredients, from Aloe and Coconut Oil and more, that is lightweight and non greasy. It absorbs so quickly into my skin, and is one of the only creams that I can put all over my eyes, both below and above, without risking any sensitivity.

I wear this in the morning, underneath my makeup, and before bed. It primes my eyes and moisturizers them so the concealer does not crease, and I love it!

There is a slight scent to it, but nothing too overpowering, and nothing uncomfortable. It is a thinner formula, and feels soft to the touch.

I genuinely recommend this product to anyone who is unsatisfied with their under eye area, from lack of sleep, dehydration, or just plain genetics.

The entirety of Skin Splendor products are natural and made for any skin type - I have also tried their facial moisturizer, and love it as well.

The company was nice enough to give me a discount code for my readers, so that maybe you can all try their products as well :) click the link to order!

Use the code HANNA10 at checkout for a little something extra off :)

xoxo lovers and remember to take care of your faces!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bella Sky Statement Eye Tutorial!

Tape. LOL
MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot
MUG Peach Smoothie
MAC Saddle
Urban Decay Venus
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil Milk
Milani Bella Sky
Urban Decay Smog
Urban Decay Half Baked
Urban Decay Creep
MUG Gel Liner Immortal
House of Lashes Iconic
Loreal True Match Lumi + Miracle Blur Foundations
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Light
Ben Nye Banana Powder
Rimmel Stay Matte
Victoria's Secret Bronzer
MAC Peaches Blush
Sephora Baked Highlight in Star Dust
Milani Rose Hip Lipstick

as a short little review, I do like the new Milani Bella shadows a lot. They can  be built up to a wonderful pigmentation and are the only brand in the drugstores to have good, everyday transition colors available. Xo!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Matte Cut Crease Look

Hi guys and gals
mostly gals

This is a matte look with a wearable cut crease. If you don't know what a cut crease look is, it means there is a defined line between the contrasting colors of your lid and crease. And if you don't know what matte is, leave.

Hope you like :)

I added a picture of this dude with a cut crease for two reasons: the contrasting colors better emphasize what the actual cut crease technique results in, and he is way more fabulous than I will ever be... XO

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Best Beauty Tricks No One Ever Told Me

I am no trained professional in the art of beauty tricks, I can only classify myself as an above average educated makeup freak with plenty of time to experiment.
These are some of the things that I have learned / designed / maneuvered over the years to fit my regime and problem set.
At one point in my life, I wanted to write a little book called "The Things I Wish My Mother Had Told Me," but quickly tossed that idea, as I didn't want it to look like I blamed my awesome mother for not being the OCD skin and makeup girl that she raised, and I was just too impatient to sit down and go.

I hope these tricks help...
PS: If you get uncomfortable easily, especially by the basic parts of the human body and its functions, you should probably go elsewhere for your advice.


1. Make your own Tend Skin.... because the real stuff is way too overpriced for its ingredients.
Basically, Tend Skin is a toner. It prevents and treats bumps and ingrown hairs,  but I also used it on my face when I had really bad acne and it completely helped. 
Warnings: this stuff is DRY. moisturize your face and HANDS immediately after using it.
The recipe I used: 1- mix 2.5 oz of witch hazel with 8 aspirin.
2- mix 5.5 oz isopropyl rubbing alcohol with 18 aspirin
the witch hazel will dissolve the aspirin slower, so you have to do this separately.
3- once both mixtures are complete, combine the two. I used to put it in a squirt bottle so it was easier to use.

.2. Don't shave down there.... because waxing, epilating, and laser hair removal make it look a lot better.
Is this too much info? Should I stop? Too bad. 
Shaving is one of the worst things you can do for your netherlands. Man up and go for a brazilian. If you have the money do the laser, even though it was the most pain I've ever and endured and made my tattoo feel like a puppy lick. 

3. Tease your hair for a messy bun ...  because it's so much easier than placing 400 bobby pins. Just put your hair in a ponytail where you want it, tease the heck out of it, and swirl it into a bun. You're welcome

4. Push out blackheads with a bobby pin ... because the end tip of the bobby pin... the cul de sac looking area, is the perfect size and pressure point. 

5. Wash your hair no more than 3 times a week ...  because it will truly make your hair healthier and less greasy in the long run. Trust. Switch up your shampoo once every couple washes also. Just rotate between brands. 

6. Overplucking will never look good ... on anybody. Ever. I'm telling you, you would rather have bush eyebrows than nothing, and don't test the waters just to make sure. If you don't have the patience or ability to carve out your own brows based on your bone structure, wait for a professional!

7. Never put bronzer on the center of your face ... because unless you have an extremely unfortunately proportioned face, you should not be trying to recede the entire T zone with shadows. The only place to put bronzer is the perimeter, the sides of the nose, and under the lip.

8. When in doubt, go for a lighter foundation color ... because it can be deepened with bronzers and contours to better suit your skin, as opposed to a darker color that cannot be lightened. No one's face is ever tanner than their body. Nix.

9. Only shave the areas of your body that are in absolute need of it... because the little peach fuzz on your stomach, back, chest, and neck will NOT LOOK CUTE when it comes back. If you feel the need to get rid of unnecessary hair on areas other than the legs and arms, wax or epilate!

10. Clean your makeup brushes at least once every two weeks.. because your skin will suffer the consequences if you do not.

11. Tap your concealer on a zit... instead of rubbing or wiping, because the tapping motion, along with the heat of your fingers, will better blend the product into and onto the blemish, instead of swiping it on top. 

12. Wear eye cream every night... even if you are in your teens. It is probably, along with moisturizer and sunscreen, the best thing you can do for your skin and overall look. 

13. Buy men's shaving cream... because it's cheaper, more sensitive because it is created for the face, and works the same.. 

14. DIY Brow Setting Gel... spray hairspray on an old, clean mascara wand and comb it through your brows when you are done filling them in. 

15. Put your makeup on as soon as your moisturizer as absorbed... no sooner, because it will oxidize faster and be too slippery, and no later,  because there won't be the best barrier between the makeup and skin. 

16. Never put liquid products on top of powders... just don't. 

17. Wait 30 seconds for the glue to dry on false lashes... because it allows it to get tacky, and therefore easier to stick onto the eyelid. 

18. Don't play surgeon... if you are under attack of ingrown hair, cystic acne, or anything odd going on beneath your skin, trying to dig it out with tweezers, nails, or anything else bizarre, will never be the right thing to do.

19. Get a cortisone injection on a big pimple... if you have an event to go to and need a humongous monster acne spot gone quick, have your dermatologist inject cortisone into it. It will take less than 24 for it to completely reduce to nothing. 

20. Only spray perfume on the trigger points... the elbows, neck, behind the knees, and behind the ear lobes. Anywhere else will just make you smell too strong

21. Spend money on tools... brushes over cosmetics. Everyday

22. Mix primer with foundation... for an airbrushed, easy finish. 

23. Think opposites when choosing colors... blue eyes? Go for browns and greens. Brown eyes? Blues. The color wheel is more valuable than your second grade teacher emphasized.

24. If you're gonna pick your face, do it after a shower... that way your skin is soft, and the heat will naturally bring anything up to the surface. Cleanse, then put on an overnight mask and forget about it.

25. Toothpaste does NOT dry out a pimple... it will actually make it worse, with the numerous chemicals and technologies. 

26. Smile... it's the prettiest you will ever look. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Younique Cosmetics Review + 3D Fiber Lashes Demo

Greetings Chums

I was lucky enough to have a rep from the company reach out to me and offer me some product! I would not review something if I wouldn't genuinely recommend it to my friends, so this is coming straight from my little makeup adoring heart.

In the video I discuss my opinions in detail, so I won't bore you with the tid bits. But all in all I am a fan, a big fan of these products.

My favorite was the fiber lashes, of which I have a tutorial within the video, and I really encourage anyone who has ever wanted lash extensions to try them. I hate lash extensions because of how harmful they are to your own natural lashes, so these are my favorite thing to use. Out of every fiber lash kit I have ever tried these are my faaaavvvvzzz!

Carol (the rep) has her own page to buy from; here it is!

Here ya go kittens!


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Fuller LIPS Tutorial


DISCLAIMER: I love botox, I love fillers, I love lip injections. If you have the money to do that, the confidence, and the pain tolerance, I salute you. But as a struggling college student who drinks coffee for lunch because it's cheap and just might hold over my hunger, and I cannot afford the luxuries of lip injections. So I take these steps to make my pout look that much bigger, all without the permanence of surgical procedures.


ELF Lip Exfoliator

Jordana Lip Liner in "Rock n Rose"

Milani Brow Highlight in "Vanilla"

Wet n Wild Lipstick in "Bare It All"

MAC Lipstick in "Japanese Maple"

Victoria's Secret Lip Plumping Gloss

Friday, August 1, 2014

REVIEW: L'ORÉAL new foundation

Visible Lift Blur Foundation

This is a sad review for me, because I was so stoked on this new foundation. The Loreal products are by far my favorite at the drugstore, and I have tried all their foundations, of which I love. 
The Miracle Blur, which truly does blur out your skin, ( I'll link it here ), is one of my favorite things! I use it as a primer, or on days where I don't where any makeup.
This foundation has the same technology as the primer, so I thought that it was going to be killing two birds with one stone - bluring the imperfections while covering them. 
Let's get in to the review 

"Now a makeup that blurs the look of lines, wrinkles and uneven texture while delivering the anti-aging benefits of Visible Lift. For a fresh, smooth youthful finish you'll love. And not a flaw in sight."

In a hard to blend sort of way, it didn't blur anything and left me looking oily and off. There was just something weird about the feeling on my skin.
I tried it out for a couple of days, with primer, without primer, with powder, without powder, and there was no day that I looked at my skin and felt good. 

Not that it looked that good in the beginning, but it was just a downhill battle throughout the day with the formula oxidizing and getting more oily. 

Light to medium

A little pinkish for my taste

Not as wide as the True Match line

Women with aging skin might be more drawn to this formula, as it is light coverage and not too thick. It promises anti aging benefits, which I did not get the chance to actually try out because I won't be using it for a long period of time, but that could be a plus side as well.