Everyday Look – UDXGWEN

If you share similar traditions to mine, the holiday season is just about to wrap up with Three Kings Day tomorrow. I know that most of my makeup loving friends received (or could’nt wait and ran out and bought) the ultra fabulous Urban Decay UDXGWEN palette as a gift over the holiday season. It is so easy to get caught up in the hype of new beauty products but often let them sit because we don’t know how to use them. Fortunately the UDXGWEN palette isn’t makeup rocket science. The palette is pretty neutral friendly. While I am normally all about simple “everday” beauty, I do like glitz and glam up my everyday looks every once in a while. I’m not going to bore you with the basics. I created a face chart for my current basic everyday look. I am going to give you tips on how to take my everyday look into the glam zone. This amplified look is perfect for running errands, lunch with the girls, a day at the office or a trip to the mall or a romantic date.

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Now that we have our basic everyday look to of the way let me give you some tips on how I turn this from boring everyday to “everyday glam”.

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Add Some Super Shimmer/Glitter – I know, I know glitter isn’t technically for everyday but just the tiniest amount of a light neutral glitter liner or glitter based shadow can add a slight pop to a neutral eye. My favorite place to add this is to the inner corner of the eye. It brings just the right amount of light to the eye without looking too overdone. In the face chart the lid color I used is very shimmery but you can still add more.

Switch Up the Lip Products – Swapping out your “My Lips But Better” shades for a holiday inspired red, berry or  even a brown can amp up your everyday looks without being too overdone. I want to say that switching up your lips is the easiest way to play with your everyday looks.

Plum/Mauve Blush – I love plum and mauve blushes SO much! And the winter time is one of the best seasons to wear them. Just a little bit of plum/mauve blush on the apples of your cheeks give that pretty sugar plum fairy flush.

Smoke Out Your Liner – Adding smoky liner is another easy way to make your everyday beauty look a little extra special. And it’s easy! With a brush or even a cotton swab you are going to lightly smudge some eye shadow into your upper and lower lash lines.

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You can use one or all of the tips above to transition your everyday beauty looks to one that is a bit more glam and a little less “natural”. Why not try to glam it up for yourself and ring in the new year feeling good on the outside.

Happy New Year!

Ashley

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Sephora Favorites Brow Raising Brow Wardrobe

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Sephora Favorites Brow Raising Brow Wardrobe is a recent limited edition release to their Sephora Favorites. This boxed set is available in two shades: Light/Medium and Medium/Dark. The Sephora Favorites Brow Raising Brow Wardrobe is available at all Sephora locations (even those inside JCPenney) and retails for $40.00.

I have purchased many a Sephora Favorites set but none have come close to the value of the Sephora Favorites Brow Raising Brow Wardrobe. Five of the items included in this set are full sized. That’s right! Five full sized brow products! This kit contains everything you’ll need to get your perfect brow for $40.

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There are some items in this set that I’ve used before. I’ve raved about Anastasia’s Brow Wiz for what seems like forever. I have not found any brow pencil that comes close to this one. It’s pigmented and creamy (always store the pencil upright with the product facing down). Anastasia’s Brow Gel is equally as fabulous and a long time fave of mine too. These two products alone are what drove me to buy the set.

I’ve used Benefit’s High Brow before and even though I no longer support the company thanks to their ridiculous Bon Qui Qui campaign. I will say that High Brow is a really good pencil highlighter. It’s natural looking, creamy and easy to apply. You can use it under your brow or anywhere else you want a natural highlight. It might come off as ashy on those of us with darker skin tones.

Top to Bottom: Kat Von D Tattoo Brow in Medium Brown, Smashbox Brow Tech Glossy Stick in Brunette, Anastasia Brow Wiz in Dark Brown and Benefit High Brow.

Top to Bottom: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Dark Brown, Smashbox Brow Tech Glossy Stick in Brunette, Kat Von D Tattoo Brow in Medium Brown and Benefit High Brow.

There are two items that are new to me in the Sephora Favorites Brow Raising Brow Wardrobe: Kat Von D Tattoo Brow and the Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Stick. A gloss stick for your brows?!?! I know! I had the same reaction. The truth is that there are those of us who have a natural sheen to their brows and using Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Stick in conjunction with your normal routine adds a “natural” look to your penciled in brow. This product is very easy to use and can be used in place of a brow wax to keep your brows in place. Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Stick dries down and stays put. It is not necessarily water proof and will stay put as long as you don’t fiddle with your brows much.

The other new item for me in this set is the Kat Von D Tattoo Brow. I like to use this brow pen to create individual brow hairs. Especially where my brows begin. Kat Von D Tattoo Brow is very long wearing and water proof. Medium Brown can be used to lighten up the darker tone of the Brow Wiz in Dark Brown. This is the item I use the least in the kit. That doesn’t mean it’s not good, it’s just not an item I reach for often

Tweezers and a small mirror round out the Sephora Favorites Brow Raising Brow Wardrobe. While the kits only come in two shade selections I found the Medium/Dark set transitioned well from my lighter auburn summer shade to my nearly black tresses I have now. You can customize the set a bit more by using a brow powder that better compliments your current hair color.

If you’re a brow fanatic like I am, this is the Sephora Favorites Brow Raising Brow Wardrobe for you. At $40 you’re getting $100 worth of products. This is a beauty bargain from a store that rarely has them. I suggest grabbing Sephora Favorites Brow Raising Brow Wardrobe now before their VIB sale begins this month.

XOXO

Ashley

November 2014 Monthly Favorites

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Hola! Can you believe it’s December already?!?! November went by so fast and it was a rather rough month for me due to health and some personal issues. I’m trying to get back to what passes for normal here and I am not going to lie, it’s been rough but I did have some monthly faves for November. Shopping from your collection is ALWAYS fun and I rediscovered some “new” favorites from my stash. ! Now onto my November 2014 faves….

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November 2014 Favorites

MAC Prep+Prime CC Colour Correcting SPF 30 (Adjust) – I have had this little goodie in my stash for around six months now. I stashed it away after testing it out and I broke it out after raiding my stash at the beginning of November 2014. MAC Prep+Prime CC Colour Correcting SPF 30 (Adjust) is an amazing primer but when worn alone it corrects minor flaws and gives your skin a healthy, radiant look. I am in love with this goodie from MAC.

MAC Prep+Prime CC Colour Correcting Loose (Adjust) – I bought this lose powder as a companion to the previously mentioned MAC Prep+Prime CC Colour Correcting SPF 30 (Adjust) and obviously both of these products work very well together. Alone or with other products MAC’s MAC Prep+Prime CC Colour Correcting Loose (Adjust) is just fabulous and imparts that perfect airbrush finish when paired with a standard foundation.

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette – I said #byefelicia to almost ALL my eyeshadows (and now they just sit n my beauty cabinet) and I have been in love with the new Make Up For Ever Artist Eyeshadows and this palette is has become my trusty standby for all my looks. This powerhouse palette can take me from day to night and everything in between. If you own one palette, the Make Up For Ever Artist Palette should be it!

Anastasia Brow Wiz – This will forever be in my favorites until something better comes along. Anastasia’s Brow Wiz is perfect for creating/filling in a natural brow or for creating much more dramatic brow looks. Brows frame your face and if you do one “cosmetics” related step in your everyday routine… Do your brows girl!

MAC Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Feline – Another product I have had forever hiding in my beauty stash. I love Feline as it’s an intense black that can be layered for intensity or smudged out to soften the look of your liner. While I love Feline if you’re an eye rubber or suffer from watery eyes than I’d skip this and opt for a budge proof/waterproof option.

November 2014 has been a light makeup month for me and I found myself reaching for “basics” more than anything else to pair with a bolder lip. I’ve been on a MAC kick lately and I will say they do basics very well. What were some of your November 2014 favorites? What’s on your holiday wish list? Let me know in the comments section.

Ashley