Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fall/Winter 2012 Makeup Trends

Hello ladies! 
 This is just a quick post to share a few makeup trends I'm looking forward to over the next few months! I plan on picking a few of these looks and recreating for future blog post, so stay tuned for that.  But until then, enjoy!  I hope this gives you a little makeup inspiration for this fall and winter!

Fall/Winter 2012 Makeup Trends

If you have a favorite look from above, let me know in the comments below! I’ll be sure to recreate the ones you guys want to see first!

What fall trends are you looking forward to?

For the love of beauty and inspiration,
…Casey B

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Nicki Minaj 2012 VMAs Makeup Look

For me, Nicki is one of those ladies I’m always excited to see.  She always keeps you guessing:  What’s her makeup going to look like? What crazy outfit is she going to be wearing?  What color is her hair going to be? It’s just so exciting!  Of course her look at this year’s VMA was just as fun as usual.  Here’s the visual in case you’ve missed it…

Nicki Minaj

Before I jump into it my version/mini tutorial of the look, I have to give a shout out to Emily for asking me to do this look! (She’s thinking about doing Nicki’s whole ensemble for Halloween!! How fun is that?!  Go Emily, go!!)

Now, my version of the look!

No flash, but you can see the glitter so much better!
The overall look is pretty simple.  The key features are her silver-glittery eyes, super dramatic lashes, flawless skin and hot pink lips. Below are the products I used to duplicate this look, but remember you don’t have to use the same exact products.  If you focus on the colors used and utilize what you have in your makeup drawer, our outcomes will be pretty similar!

Anytime I know I’m going to be working with glitter (or dark shadows!) I always start with the eyes first.  That way I can simply wipe away any fallout without before applying my foundation, keeping the complexion as flawless as possible.   Here’s what I used/did for the eyes:

Silver Sparkly Eyes

1.       Of course we want to prime our lids to make sure our look last all night long.  You can use one of two things (or both like I did): a regular eye primer or a cream shadow in a silver shade.  (Using the silver cream shadow creates a nice base for the silver eyeshadow, and gives it a little extra pop.)
2.       Next use a light silver eyeshadow and a flat eyeshadow brush to pack the color all over the lid up through the crease.  To build up the intensity of the eyeshadow be sure to pat it on, don’t swipe.  Swiping removes and blends color instead of building it up.
3.       Next using a darker blackish-grey eyeshadow and a blending brush, lightly sweep the color a little above the natural crease of your eye.  This is going to give the illusion of a higher crease, which opens up the eyelids.  Use the shadow to blend out the edge of the light silver.  Bring the dark grey shadow all the way in to the nose, under the front of the brow.
4.       Now for the fun part!  Take your favorite silver or white glitter and pat it all over the lid.  Add multiple layers to build up the intensity.  If you really want to the glitter to pop, apply a thin layer of lash glue over the lid, then press the glitter over top.  Just be prepared to spend some time with some eye makeup remover afterwards.  This is what I did and it looked awesome! I wish the glitter showed up better in the photos!
5.       Line your upper lash line with your favorite black liquid liner, curl your lashes, and apply mascara to the top lashes only.  Nicki doesn’t appear to have anything on her bottom lash line.
6.       Apply the biggest eyelashes you can find! The bigger the better!
7.       (If you need to, don’t forget about your brows!)

Now onto the face!  Make sure to wipe away any glitter or eyeshadow that may have fallen down while working on the eyes.  Nicki’s skin for the VMAs was very doll-like.   To achieve this look we’ll need to use some full coverage products to hide any imperfections and to do some (major) contouring and highlighting!


  1. Nicki’s complexion is flawless which tells me she is using a full coverage foundation or a fair amount of concealer.  So I started by applying Nars Sheer Glow foundation (which is more of a medium coverage foundation).  I used my fingers to work the foundation all over the skin (don’t forget to blend down the neck and even over the ears!)
  2. Next I used the lightest concealer from the MUFE concealer palette to conceal under the eyes and to highlight the center of the face.  The areas you want to concentrate on highlighting are:  the triangles under the eyes (if you drew a line from the inside corner of the eye straight down to the edge of your nostril, then out at an angle to the outside corner of your eye—that’s where you want to highlight), down the bridge of the nose, the center of the forehead, and on the center of your chin. If you have concealer that’s a shade lighter than your actual skin tone it will work best for highlighting.  Just remember to blend all the edges!
  3. To make sure the liquid and cream products don’t move throughout the night, we need to set them with a powder.  I used a makeup sponge and pressed the powder over the face.  This is going to add a little more coverage (which is great!) and more importantly it won’t smear or move the products we’ve already applied.
  4. Next we want to emphasize the highlighting even more by contouring the face.  I used a matte bronzer and an angled blush brush for this step.  Place the powder under the cheek bones, under the jawline, and onto the temples of the face working slowly to gradually build up the color intensity.  Using a fluffy eyeshadow brush, I also contoured down the sides of the nose.
  5. Next I applied a hot pink blush along my cheek bones making sure I didn’t bring the color too far in towards the nose.  We want to keep this area nice and light.
  6. Nicki’s skin is pretty matte but I added just a touch of highlighter down the bridge of my nose and to the tops of cheek bones.
  7. Since Nicki has her own hot pink lipstick shade (“Viva Glam Nicki”), I’m guessing that’s what she’s wearing. I don’t have that so I used the brightest pink I could find in my drawer.  Then I pressed a little of the hot pink blush over top to lock in the color.

And there we have it!  Let me know what you think by leaving a comment down below or on my facebook page! See you in the next post, ladies!

For the love of beauty & Ms. Minaj,
…Casey B

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

10 repurchase-worthy products: drugstore edition

I spend a lot of time plundering through the aisle at my local CVS looking for great beauty bargains.   By doing that I’ve come across beauty products in all areas that I just can’t live without.  All of the products I’m going to mention I either a) have already repurchased (numerous times) or b) purchased the same product in multiple shades –all because I love them that much!  

10 repurchase-worthy products: drugstore edition

1.       Cetaphil ($7-10)
I’ve been using Cetaphil since I was in high school so I feel like I’ve literally gone through a million bottles of this stuff. It is a very gentle which is perfect for cleansing my sensitive skin.  Cetaphil + the Clarisonic Mia = squeaky clean skin combo! 

2.       RapidLash ($29.99)
I’ve talked about this product in a few posts now, but I’ve gone through 3 or 4 tubes of this stuff.  It really made a difference in the length of my lashes, with ZERO side effects. 

For more on lashes click here.

3.       Wet N Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trios ($2.99)
If this product looks familiar it’s because it was given a nice little shout out in my Garnet Gameday post.  These little trios are awesome, and they're nice quality shadows.  The price tag is just nice bonus!

4.       Not Your Mother’s hair products ($6.00)
I’ve purchased quite a few products from this collection and I love them all.  There are two that I have bought multiples of so far (I just haven’t run out of the other products yet!).  They are the “She’s a Tease” volumizing hairspray and the “Clean Freak” dry shampoo.  LOVE! 

While doing this little post, I realized this line has more products then the ones available at my CVS.  There’s a shampoo, conditioner, leave in detangler, a freezing hairspray… all of which aren’t at my local stores.  I think I need to get my hands on them…

5.       Yes to Tomatoes Skin Clearing Mask ($14.99)
I picked this up on a whim while on vacation back in June.   We were at the beach and it decided to rain for the first 3 days of our vacation.  So, I decided to raid the drugstore and do some in-condo-facials.  Turns out, picking up this product was a great grab. This mask is really refreshing and leaves my skin feeling super soft. Plus I love just love mask.  Weird note: this product smells cinnamon-y to me…nothing like tomatoes.  Am I the only one?

6.       Wet N Wild Megalast nail polishes ($1.99)
OBSSESSED.  And at this price, it’s an obsession I can actually afford to have!  These little gems have quickly become the only nail polishes that I will use.  They last better for me than my OPI, Zoya, Essie...Meaning I much prefer them to higher end nail polishes. 

Now someone please tell Wet N Wild know we need more colors!

7.       Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains ($8.99)
These are just fab-u-lous!  I picked up quite a few when they were BOGO 50% off, and I’m so happy I did.  Their color selection combined with their staying power makes them perfect for every occasion. Neutral, bright, dramatic…so, so good!

8.       La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizer ($31.50)
This is a little expensive for a drugstore moisturizer, but it really is a great product (plus I got it half off during a sale—take that $31.50!).  I tend to have dry patches, which we all know are a pain to apply makeup over. This however keeps these areas hydrated all through my work day!  I use this every morning after cleansing my face and before doing my makeup.  This product also has an SPF 15 in it, which is perfect because it’s my daily moisturizer AND your sunscreen all in one.  You should never forget your sunscreen!

9.       Duo eyelash glue ($5.99) & Ardell 120 Demi Lashes ($3.50)
I feel like these two products are a given.  The Demi lashes are an all-time favorite of mine to use on myself and clients, and the Duo glue is the only glue I trust.  Plus, if you are ever need to glue stuff to your face (what?!—you know like rhinestones, gems, feathers etc.), this is the stuff to use.  It may sound weird now, but remember October is right around the corner.

10.       Maybelline Color Tattoos  ($6.99)
These little pots are perfect for wearing alone OR as a base for your favorite eyeshadows.  They don’t budge, crease, or fade throughout the day making them a great drugstore find!  PLUS Maybelline just came out with some new fall shades for you to add to your collection!

To see the full review on this product click here.
If you are on the hunt for new beauty product to try, I would recommend all of these to you!
What are your tried and trusted drugstore products?!  Seriously, let me know in the comments below—you know I love a good find!

If you can’t find some of these products (or the shades you’re looking for!) at your local drugstore then sneak a peek at the products here:  They run a lot BOGOs and sales on the site.  So, even if you can buy it your local drugstore it may be worth checking the prices online first to save a little money!  Seriously…who doesn’t love shopping online?!

For the love of beauty and bargains,
…Casey B