Thursday, July 26, 2012


This post is simply because I wanted to try out a new foundation/concealer I got for my birthday last week.   AND because I’m going out to a birthday bash/show tomorrow night and I’m trying to decide how to do my makeup for the occasion. So, why not take some pictures along the way and make a post out of it!

I’m actually torn between two looks for tomorrow night: 
1.        Dark/bright colored smokey eye with a nude mouth
2.       Fresh face makeup with lots of lashes and a bright mouth for a pop
Since I pretty much know what the 2nd option would look like (similar to this…with maybe one of these lip colors), I decided to mess around with the 1stoption. 

Now, what color smokey eye?!  I’m wearing basically all neutrals tomorrow so I could do pretty much anything. 

Here are the color options that keep coming to mind:
1.        A bright purpley-blue color from a Kat Von D palette which would be super fun and unexpected.  (Plus, I’ve had this shadow forever and I love it…and I’ve never worn it.  Now might just be the time.)
2.       A cranberry color (actually it’s Cranberry by MAC) which will give an edgy look since it’s kind of red.  Especially on my not so tan skin…it might be cool.
3.       Club by MAC.  It’s a dark greenish brown color that has a lot of dimension in it, so depending how which angle you look from it could look different.  That’s always fun.  Plus depending on the base I use, it could go brighter or darker. 

Since I have 2 eyes, I decided to two different options—one on each eye.  I decided to try out options one and two.  I left out option 3 simply because I only have 2 eyes. 

First up: The Kat Von D purple-blue color from her “Tattoo Chronicles Palette.” If you are interested in seeing a review of this palette click here.  The packaging was pretty cool and it came with lashes and a duel ended roll on perfume.  However, I politely ripped my shadows out to place them in my Z palettes.  Even though the packaging was cool, it was pointless and bulky. ANYWAYS, the color is “Redemption” and it really is sooo much fun!

It has a touch of glitter in the inner corner.
Now on the other eye Cranberry by MAC! Personally, I don’t usually like the way any color with reddish undertones looks on me (cranberries, purples, some pinks, and even corals really).  But then again, sometimes I do.  This look is loosely based on/inspired by a look I remember Kristen Stewart wearing the NY premeire of Eclipse.  Here’s her look:

Pretty cool, huh?!  And here’s the look I came up with…

The new face products I purchased are Make Up Forever’s Mat Velevet + foundation and their full coverage concealer.  They are both full coverage products, so I would expect them to leave my skin looking pretty flawless.  Now here’s a look of my whole face, so you (and I) can see them in action!  My first impression--LOVE THEM.  Try not to be distracted by the mismatching eye looks.

On a regular bases I wear a BB cream, tinted moisturizer, or MAC’s face and body foundation.  All of which give pretty light coverage.  A full coverage foundation isn’t something I’m going to be using every day but it is nice to have for a special occasion when you want to look a little more dolled up.  Plus when doing a stronger eye it can be nice to have a little more coverage on the skin.

So, those are the looks!  Which is your favorite?  

For the love of beauty and just because,
…Casey B

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Coral & Gold

Hello ladies!  I pinned this picture on to my "makeup inspiration" board a loooooong time ago, and recently rediscovered it.  It gave me the little nudge I needed to finally do a post featuring the color combo!

I bought this beautiful bracelet from Etsy not too long ago. 
For the look I decided to do a gold, glittery lid with coral in the crease and of course on the lips. Super simple but still really pretty!  Coral isn't the easiest color for me to wear with blueish eyes.  Putting it through the crease instead of on the lid seems to suit me better.

As a little bonus, meet Cloey!  My niece's new pup!  She was sitting
in my lap the whole time I was trying to take pictures :)

For the love of beauty and coral everywhere!,
...Casey B

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Color made simple

Ladies...are you afraid to wear color eyeshadows?  How about bright colored eyeshadows? Do you think, "I can't pull that off!" or "I would never know how to apply this color to make it look good!"  Then this is the post for you!

I look at beauty blogs and makeup pictures constantly and I recently noticed a pattern in pictures that were catching my eye.  They were all fun, bright makeup looks yet they were surprisingly simple and easy to recreate.  All of the looks focused on a single bright eyeshadow on the lids paired with very simple and minimal lips and cheeks.  Hello!  It doesn't get easier then one eyeshadow! Here are a few of my favorites I've stumbled across:

A thin line of black liner will help the lashes appear thicker.

It doesn't have to be a nude lip!  Try something in an opposing color for a bolder statement!
Here are the key points to achieving the look:
  • Spend some time on your skin.  You don't have to use a full coverage foundation, but you should take the extra time to conceal any problem areas to make the skin look as flawless as possible.
  • Keep the cheeks neutral or light.  Use colors that will look "barely there" so that the eyes do all the talking.
  • Fill in your brows! This will pull the look together and keep it fresh looking.
  • Use a white or skin colored eyeliner on your lower lash line to open up the eyes and keep them looking awake.
  • If you aren't using color on the lower lash line, then skip mascara on the lower lashes all together.  It makes the eyes top heavy, which I think is very chic.
  • The lip color is up to you!  Keep them nice and natural by using a nude lipstick pressed over the lip, or use an opposing color to really make the look even more fun and bold. 
  • Think MATTE finishes for the eyes, cheeks, and lips. 
Here's my version of the look!  
I went for a  tealish-green color from a sleek palette.  
{Natural light}
{with a flash}
...and with a little brighter coraly lip color.  I love this color combo!
Here's how simple it is to recreate this eye look:
  1. If you have oily lids, or you notice your eyeshadow tends to disappear throughout the day then start by using a primer all over the lid.
  2. Using and flat eyeshadow brush, push the color all over the lid starting at the lash line and working towards the crease.  Pressing the eyeshadow on the lid builds up the color intensity, swiping the color on with leave a wash of color.  We want intensity! 
  3. Using a blending brush, blend around the edges of the shadow to soften them just a little. 
  4. Apply and white or nude eyeliner to the lower waterline
  5. Give your lashes a good curl and apply a generous amount of your favorite mascara. 
  6. An optional step would be to highlight the inner corner of the eye and brow bone by using the same light eyeliner or a light eyeshadow. 
Viola!  I told you it was super easy, and it's also super cheap when you think about it. Hopefully this shows you how easy and beautiful a single bright eyeshadow can be to pull off!  Summer is the perfect time to pull out your favorite color and just go for it!

For the love of beauty and super simple color,
...Casey B