Sunday, May 19, 2013

Smokey Eye Look {Jennifer Lawrence}

I recently stumbled across this picture of Jennifer Lawrence and instantly fell in love with her makeup look (and hair)!  So here we are— of course I had to try and put a similar look on my own face!


Why do I love this look?
Besides the fact that Jennifer Lawrence is pretty much the “it girl” right now—she has hooded lids! Creating smokey looks on hooded lids is a completely different technique than usual.  For me, my lids are not quite as hooded as Jennifer’s but I definitely don’t have a lot of lid space so this look is right up my alley!

Hooded Lid Tips & Techniques:
-Because the lid space isn’t visible when your eyes are open, all of the smokiness in the look will be above the crease.  For someone who has plenty of lid space, extending the color this far above the crease is where they go into the “clown territory.” But for hooded lids, this is perfect!
-You still want to keep your lash line very dark, but focus on working the liner in between the lashes.  There’s no need to apply a thick line of liner because it won’t be seen and can transfer to places you don’t want it throughout the night.
-If you want to apply some color (bright colors for spring and summer) to a hooded lid, the best place to do so is on the lower lash line.
-Full strips of false lashes can be overbearing on hooded lids so concentrate on half strips and individual lashes that elongate the eyes!

The recreation:
Jennifer looks to be wearing a warm brown shadow swept up to the base of the base of the brow bone, then deepened with a black eyeshadow on the outside corner for definition and smokiness. Her upper and lower lash line are defined and it looks like she might be wearing a few individual lashes on the outside corners.
-First I primed my lid with UDPP
-For the eyeshadows I choose the Urban Decay Smoked Palette
-I used the black eyeliner, smudged along my upper and lower lash line and blended out
-Applied "mushroom" across the whole lid
-Mixed "barlust" and "backdoor" and applied to the outside corner of the eye with a fluffy brush, and to the lower lash line
-Then I used a little of "blackout" just to deepen the lash line and outside corner. 
-Curled my lashes and applied lots of mascara!

For the face, Jennifer has a nice tan which is giving her a glowing appearance.  (If you are like me, bronzer is going to be your best friend for recreating this.)  Her skin looks fresh and actually like skin so she doesn’t seem to be wearing a heavy, full coverage foundation.  Her cheeks have the slightest hint of pink to them for a very natural flushed look.  Lastly she’s wearing a beautiful nude with a hint of pink, glossy lip.
-First I applied the MAC Face and Body Foundation in a shade that was about 2 shades darker than me (N5), really blending it in and a down the neck.
-Then I applied my MAC Moisture Cover Concealer under the eyes, down the bridge of nose and on my cupids bow
-I countered my face slightly with Soleil Tan De Chanel 
-Set my foundation and bronzed the skin a little more with MAC MSF in medium deep
-Applied the Cargo blush in "Bali: to the apples of the cheeks
-Maybelline lip liner in "toast"
-MAC lipstick in "hue" and UD lipgloss in "naked"

Here’s my look!

If you have hooded or slightly hooded lids I hope you enjoyed this look and also that you give it a try.  It’s very polished and glamorous, but using these tips/techniques you could create a look for any occasion!  If you don’t have hooded lids this look would still be beautiful on you, so everyone one wins! 

For the love of beauty and SLP
(Have you seen it?!  I really hope so.),
…Casey B

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Going With Gold

This is a look I created recently using the Urban Decay Naked 2 and Naked Basics palettes.  Gold is a color I think you can build up as much as you want, and it never looks too heavy on the eyes. I darkened the outside edge of mine with a black shadow, as well as defined my lash line with it.  I skipped a liner all together, but this would have looked great with a black gel liner and a pair of falsies!

Shimmer golds are perfect for summer.  Pair your gold lids with a black or brown shadow to go smokey or with a colored liner for a little fun.  Either way, go for some golds soon!

For the love of beauty & gold,
...Casey B

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

5 Essential {Eyeshadow} Brushes

I’ve mentioned before that having good makeup brushes and primers make all the difference in the world as far as makeup application goes.  I still believe that if you are going to invest in your makeup collection that you should start with those two things.  Yep, even over actual makeup!
 Selecting the right makeup brushes can be a little tricky, especially when you are just starting out.  Which ones do you actually need?  What do you use them for?  Well, I’ll tell you!  Below are my top 5 brushes to complete any eye look.  These brushes are the ones that EVERY girl should own, and not just one of each—I would suggest multiples of each of these brushes! 
1. flat eyeshadow brush
This is the brush used for “packing on” eyeshadow to give the most color payoff.  Load up this brush with the shadow and pat it onto the eye, don’t sweep it.  This is the best way to build up a lid color or to apply color under the brow bone.  I would avoid using this brush in the crease of the eye because it is not good for blending.  (Unless you are doing some kind of cut crease look, but that’s a different story.) 
2. fluffy crease brush
These are my most used brushes.  I use them to apply a light dusting of color all over the lid, to blend colors together and most importantly to apply the crease color to the eyes.  Depending on your lid space you may need to look for a larger or smaller fluffy brush—but they all work the same! You can even use these brushes to blend out concealer under the eyes, over blemishes, or even to apply highlighter to different areas of the face!
3. angled eyeliner brush
I always have at least two of these on hand at all time.  The first one is used for all types of eyeliners- applying a precise gel liner, smoothing out a pencil liner for a softer look, and even applying dark shadows along the upper and lower lash line as a liner.  The second one is used for applying a shadow to the brows.  Having 2 angled brushes is important because you don’t want to accidently apply the remnants of your black gel liner to your brows!  Talk about a disaster…
4. pencil brush
This is also another multiuse brush! This is the perfect brush for smudging.  Smudge out your pencil liner on your top and lower lash line for a less precise lined look (hello, rocker!), or even apply shadows of any color to the lower lash line with it.  These detail brush is also perfect for applying the inner corner highlight to your eyes and placing your darker outer V color to the lid.  NOTE:  If you’ve ever felt like your makeup looks are becoming too muddy and colors are getting places where you don’t want them—try using this smaller brush to place the shadow exactly where you want, then gently blend it out with the fluffy brush.
5. synthetic concealer brush
This one may or may not surprise some of you, but I think it’s the perfect little brush for applying cream products to the lid. Synthetic brushes work best with cream and liquid textured products, so use them to apply your eye shadow bases (paint pots, color tattoos, any cream base etc.), then blend out the edge with the fluffy brush to keep from having a harsh line.  Also if you’re into glitter (who’s not?!) this brush will also be your best friend in the efforts to keep the glitter in the area you want it and not all over the rest of your face.
NOTE:  If you are on the hunt for some new eye shadow brushes, I would recommend buying single brushes instead of the eye makeup “brush kits.”  These kits usually come with a few miscellaneous brushes that can be a little bit of a waste (in my opinion).  Once you have a good collection of brushes like the ones listed above, then branch out and try some others.
If you want to know what brush lines I like and would recommend, and also how to clean them properly check out this post.
This post was pretty basic but I hope some of you found it helpful!  Let me know what you think, or if there is an eye brush that you can’t live without that I didn’t mention.  Should I do a "5 Essential {Face} Brushes" post?!  Let me know in the comments below or on my facebook page.
For the love of beauty and basics,
…Casey B

Friday, March 29, 2013

Easy Easter Makeup Look

Hello everyone!  

In honor of Easter I thought I'd post a quick makeup look that would be perfect for Sunday.  This look is so easy, literally any and everyone can do it.  It only involves ONE eyeshadow and a black eyeliner!

For the eyes:
I used a black eyeliner pencil around the lash line and smudged it out.  Then all I did was blend MAC's Satin Taupe over top and under the lower lash line.  Curl your lashes, apply mascara and you're done!  

The cheeks and lip color are what make this look more spring-y to me, which is perfect for Easter!  For the rest of the face I used a pink blush on the cheeks, a little highlighter, and pastel pink lipstick on the lips (MAC lipliner in In Synch and OCC Lip Tar in Grandma). 

I hope this gives you a little inspiration for your Easter Day makeup!  Since the eyeshadow is so neutral, just switch up the lip color to match any dress--perfect!

For the love of beauty and Happy Easter!!
...Casey B

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Natural Beauty Wedding Look

Wedding season is upon us!  Last night I posted this video to my facebook with the question “What do you think—is this enough makeup for a wedding?!”

This video was brought to us by MichellePhan on YouTube.  If you aren’t familiar with Michelle she is a HUGE beauty guru on YouTube and also the creator of Glam Bags (love these)!

After posting this video last night I started thinking that this would be an awesome blog post topic!  My first thoughts after seeing this video were, “No way.  The poor girl who uses this as a guide for her wedding makeup is going to be so disappointed when she gets her pictures back.”  But is this true?  There’s only one way to find out…

I’ve decided I’m going to copy Michelle’s natural look from the video, then I’ll create my own version.  One that I would use on a client who said they wanted the most natural of natural wedding looks, then I’ll let y’all decide!

Here is my recreation of Michelle’s looking using products she mentioned in the video, which were:

-light foundation or BB cream
-concealer with good coverage
-translucent powder
-brow powder
-dark brown shadow along lash line
-highlight the inner corner of eyes, center of lids, and brow bone with a light shimmery eyeshadow
-dark brown eyeliner pencil
-curl lashes & add mascara
-rose colored blush
-highlight cheeks
-line and fill in lips with a natural lip pencil

Now, here’s my version of a “Natural Beauty” wedding look and the products I used:

-face primer
-a medium to full coverage foundation
-powder foundation to set
-brow pencil and powder to fill in brows
-eye primer
-an eyeshadow that matched my skin tone all over the lid
-matte bronzer to lightly contour my eyes
-a shimmery light shadow to highlight the inner corner, brow bone, and inner corner of my eyes
-dark brown shadow to line the lash line (upper and lower)
-black eyeshadow to enhance and thicken the lash line
-black eyeliner to tight line the upper lash line
-skin toned eyeliner on the lower lash line
-curled lashes and mascara
-a few individual lashes on the outside corner of the eyes
-matte bronzer to lightly contour the face
-coral blush
-highlighter on the cheeks, nose, temples, and chin
-nude lip pencil to line and fill in the lips
-clear chapstick

Here’s a side by side of the two different looks.  Which would you prefer?!

My thoughts on a “natural” wedding makeup look:
When the word “natural” is used in the makeup world, it doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of makeup involved.  It’s just the type of products, colors, and finishes selected for these looks are used to enhance and mimic healthy, glowing skin.

Now, when you are talking about “natural wedding makeup” it’s a little bit different once again.  Because remember—Your wedding day will be the most photographed day of your life! And what does flash photography do?  It brings any redness in your skin to the forefront.  To counteract this you’ll need to spend extra time on your foundation routine, covering any blemishes, dark circles, and even canceling out any redness in your eyelids and waterline.

While I think that Michelle’s “Natural Beauty Wedding Look” is a really pretty and definitely natural looking, I think it is more appropriate for an everyday makeup routine then for an actual bridal look.

One other thing I’d like to mention for anyone planning to do their own makeup for their big day; have you ever seen pictures of yourself or friends where their face is completely a different color than the rest of their body?  But in person it matched?  The main reason for this is the use of face products with sunscreen in them.  This goes for moisturizers, foundations, concealers etc.   The SPF in a product can cause that white-ghostly flashback when used with flash photography.  So double check that any products you plan on using do not give you this appearance in pictures before the big day!  Also, BB creams are popular because they’re multiple products in one, including your sunscreen.  So using a BB cream as your foundation for your big day may not be the best choice.

The last thing I’d like to say for wedding makeup is to use your primers! You want your look to last all day, and they can make the biggest difference in this!

Don’t forget to comment and tell me your thoughts below!

For the love of beauty and weddings,
…Casey B

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Balm

Back in January I purchased a handful of The Balm products from  If you aren’t familiar with HauteLook, it’s a website that has daily specials on all types of products.  They usually have 1 or 2 beauty related specials everyday so you can find and try out new products at discounted prices!

This is actually the second time I racked up on products from The Balm (thanks HauteLook!), and I have truly loved everything I’ve purchased.  The brand isn’t sold in stores around me; except for every now and then I’ll find a few random products at a TJ Maxx.  However the brand is showing up on even though I don’t recall seeing it in my Sephora.  So keep your eyes peeled if you are interested!

I thought I’d do a little post to spread the word about this brand because as of right now it’s not one of the most well-known beauty brands out there.  So it’s time to share the love for this brand of products because I reach for them daily when doing my own makeup!

First of all here’s a look at the products that I have purchased with a list of how much they were on HauteLook versus regular price in stores or at
TimeBalm Concealer $9 (reg. $18)
Overshadows $7.50 (reg. $15)
Liquid TimeBalm Spot Concealer $10 (reg. $20)
Down Boy Blush $10.50 (reg. $21)
BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer $12.50 ($25)
Balms Away Eye Makeup Breakup $10 (reg. $20)
Mary-Lou Manizer $12 (reg. $24)
Frat Boy Blush $10.50 (reg. $21)
Time Balm Face Primer $15 (reg. $30)
Bahama Mama Bronzer $9.50 (reg. $19)

Of course the first impressions for this brand are an A++ because the packaging is beyond cute.  If you follow me on Instagram (@CaseyMBarlow) you’ll probably recognize the picture below because I posted it soon after receiving my order in the mail.  Can the packaging be any cuter?! I mean really.

I’m not going to talk about each one of these products because this post would quickly turn into a mini novel.  I’ve picked out my top three products to review today, but if you are interested in any of the others not mentioned leave a comment below and I’ll try and answer any questions you may have about them!

Up first are the Overshadow singles.  These babies are my favorite things from my purchases.  The website describes them as “The first finely milled all mineral shimmer designed to go over your eyeshadow.”   All four shades are gorgeous, very pigmented, and look great over shadows or even on their own! There are only 4 shades in this product and I would recommend all of them!  Because they are so finely milled and not chunky glitter, they can also double as a face highlighter.  I purchased these just because the colors were neutral and I thought I would get a lot of use out of them, I had no idea how shimmery they would actually be.  Because the shimmer is so fine, they will still photograph beautifully unlike regular glitter applied over shadows.  They are gorgeous! Now, if only there were more colors…

Up next is the Liquid TimeBalm Spot Concealer with Tea Tree Oil.  If you read my skincare post you can probably guess why I would love this product.  Tea tree oil is “a naturally purifying antibacterial, soothes blemished skin while creamy concealer smoothes imperfections and covers redness.”  So basically it treats while covering blemishes! It smells just like tea tree oil (which I like but some may not), and it covers beautifully without becoming dry or flaky throughout the day.  Usually when I have a breakout I have a little inner battle deciding whether to cover it or not.  I want to cover it because it will make the blemish less noticeable, but at the same time I don’t want to put makeup on it because I feel like it could make the breakout even worse or last longer.  Problem solved! A treatment and concealer all in one—genius!

And last but not least another really unique product.  I truly have nothing else like this one.  It’s The Balms Away Eye Makeup Breakup, which is an eye makeup remover.  It comes in a round tin, and the unique part about this product is that it’s a solid!  All you do is rub your fingers on the product, massage it on your eyes to break up the makeup, and then use a cotton pad or towel to simply wipe it away!  It removes every bit of makeup without leaving an oily residue on the skin.  Glitters, waterproof eyeliners, eyelash glue…I’ve tested it with everything!  It’s very gentle and non-irritating to the eyes and removes the makeup with little effort.  (This is really important because you should never be pulling or tugging on your delicate eye area.) I love this stuff!

Have you tried any of The Balm’s products?!  What are your favorites?!  Do any of these products jump out at you?!

Beauty lovers LOVE finding new products, so hopefully you came across something new here.  If you try any of these out let me know what you think!  Also, keep an eye out for The Balm on HauteLook to purchase them 50% off.  Because the more you save the more you can buy, right?!

For the love of beauty and products that are The Balm,
…Casey B

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Catalogue Tabbing: Ulta March 2013

I love thumbing through beauty catalogues when they come in the mail, so I thought it would be a fun idea to start sharing the products I tab while going through them!  I tab products for a lot of reasons, but usually it’s because they are either new to me, something I’ve heard a lot about and want to try, or just because it’s something I need to remember to pick up.  It’s kind of like making a beauty product shopping list—which is always fun, right?!

All of the products from this tabbing session are from Ulta’s March 2013 Catalogue!
See my little red tabs peeking  out?
 Up first, on page 5, is a new product from Benefit- the Fake Up concealer sticks. $24
I’m always on the hunt for the best concealers (that’s probably what I accumulate the most of besides eyeshadows).  This concealer caught my eye because the pigment of the concealer is surrounded by some type moisturizing product, which I’ve never seen before (for a concealer stick anyways).  This could be good for people with dry or mature skin but unfortunately it only three shades.

The next products were the Dermablend concealers on page 21. $25 & $28
Do you think that guy's tattoos are real?!

These aren’t anything new, but this brand is supposed to be the best of the best when it comes to covering problem areas, birth marks, scars etc. These products have been on my “kit wish list” for a while…maybe it’s time to picks some up? 

Nail products don’t usually suck me in but the new “Oz the Great and Powerful” collection by OPI has some really pretty shades in it (page 23). $9
The one that stands out to me the most is…all of them.

The new CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous foundation has been all over YouTube lately and here she is on page 28, $10.
I’ve heard a lot of good things about this foundation, so I’m think I want to give it a go. 

Another drugstore product I want to try are the Maybelline Color Whispers (page 29). $6
One beauty tool that caught my eye was this Conair hair dryer on page 34.  $35
Only because I need a new one and this one happens to be pink.  I’ve always loved Conair styling tools because they are inexpensive and work great!

The last things I’d like to get my hands on are the Good Hair Kits by Living Proof (page 39). $29
A while back I received the Living Proof Frizz Styling Nourishing Cream in my BirchBox and loved it!  I even ended up buying the full size at Sephora at a sale.  I'd love to try out the shampoo and conditioner that match!

If you have this catalogue, which products are standing out to you?!

For the love of beauty and sticky tabs,
…Casey B

Monday, March 4, 2013

A Little Life Update

Ah!  Have I really not posted anything since January 24th?!  Where the heck have I been?  

Well, since my last post my boyfriend and I decided to go on a last minute cruise to the Bahamas.  We left out on the 8th of February for 5 days! So leading up to our departure I was busy-busy packing and shopping for clothes (or course)!  Here are a few highlights from our trip:

Another big event that happened on our little getaway is that my boyfriend became my fiancĂ©!! Here I am posing with my beautiful new ring…

And I here's a better look of my purple eyeshadow  :)
Needless to say since returning from our cruise on the 13th our lives have been a little bit of a whirlwind and it has been fantastic!  The good news is I’m going to have lots of festivities to attend, which means lots of fun makeup looks to plan and post! So get excited makeup lovers!

I hope all is well with everyone, and I’m super excited to be posting again!  If you are interested in seeing our road to the alter you can follow our wedding instagram, @CandKTieTheKnot, for more fun pictures of what’s going on!

For the love beauty & exciting updates,
…Casey B

Thursday, January 24, 2013

2013 PCA: Taylor Swift

Taylor's makeup always looks really flawless and but together but in a way that somehow annoys me.  Does that make sense?  Sometimes I just want her to do something risky, different, or at least colorful!  With that being said, I thought this bronze smokey eye she wore at the 2013 People's Choice Award was really stunning.  It's very T. Swift--simple and beautiful. 

The only visuals I could find for this look were of Taylor with her eyes open.  So I’m not positive what was going on with her lids, but I think it’s safe to say this eyeshadow look is pretty monochromatic.  This is great because it doesn’t require a lot of products! Taylor’s eyeshdow is a warm brown, bronzy color that will look great on all eye colors—especially blue eyes!   Here’s what I used:

-Primed my lid with MAC paint pot in “Indianwood.”  I placed the color all over the lead and blended it upwards above the crease.  I also placed it under the eye close to the lash line, blending it down. 
-Using a fluffy brush I blended a bronze color all over the lids & under the eye as well (MAC "Amberlights")
-Next I placed a little bit darker shade on the outside edge and blended into the bronze for dimension (MAC "Bronze")
-Highlight the inner corner of the eyes with a champagne eyeshadow (MAC “Nylon”)
-Using and angled eyeliner brush and a black eyeshadow (“Blackout” form the Naked2 Palette) I liked my upper lash line, and softly blended it out to make it look less like a liner.
-Using a black gel eyeliner (MAC Fluidline in “Blacktrack”) and an angled eyeliner brush, I lined my upper and lower waterlines. 
-Taylor’s brows aren’t perfectly drawn on, they are very natural looking.  I used my Anastasia Brow Pencil in “Ash Blonde” and a little of my Anastasia brow powder duo also in “Ash Blonde” to lightly fill in my brows where needed.
-curl lashes and apply your favorite mascara to the top and bottom lashes
-Taylor is definitely wearing fake lashes, so pick your favorite pair and go for it. 

Taylor’s skin looks flawless, but also really fresh and dewy.  She doesn’t appear to be wearing a full coverage foundation but there aren’t any imperfections showing.  
-I applied MAC’s Strobe Liquid to give skin an instant glow
-For my foundation & concealer I used the Graftobian HD Cream Foundation and applied as usual.
-I decided to contour my face just the slightest big using MAC blush in “Harmony”
-I used a tiny bit of MAC “Peaches” blush along the apples of my cheeks
-Along the tops of the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, & cupids bow I applied a little more Strobe Liquid to highlight.
-Taylor’s skin doesn’t look matte so if you can skip the powder do so. I used a little of MAC’s MSF Natural in “Light” to lightly set areas that I concealed.

Taylor’s lips look as if they hardly have anything on them.  Depending on your natural lip color you could simply use a moisturizing chap stick.  To me they seem to have a pinky-peach tint to them with a satin finish (so skip the shiny lip-gloss).
- Essence lip pencil in "in the nude"
-CoverGirl NatureLuxe gloss balm in "210 Thistle"

Here’s my recreation of Taylor’s look for the 2013 People’s Choice Awards

This whole look is all about the eyes, and it’s a great smokey eye look for people with fair skin because it makes a statement without being overpowering because.  It’s a pretty and simple look so keep it mind the next time you want to doll up!

For the love of beauty & Taylor,
…Casey B