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