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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Lancome Drama Liqui-Pencil Longer Eyeliner

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Lancome Drama Liqui-Pencil Longer Eyeliner are a new line of pencil liners that claims to be “liquid eyeliner in pencil form”. This newly released line boasts an impressive array of sixteen shades ranging from the safe neutrals to exciting, vivid shades. Each Lancome Drama Liqui-Pencil Longer Eyeliner contains .042 oz and retails for $23.00. These eyeliners are part of their permanent collection and available exclusively at Sephora for now.

I have been on a MAJOR brown eyeliner kick as of late. One night when browsing the Sephora site I saw that Lancome had a new line of “liquid eyeliner pencils”.  I made it my mission to grab a few Lancome Drama Liqui-Pencil Longer Eyeliners when they eventually made their way to store shelves. I picked up Brûlée, a very deep cool brown with a slight sheen and Baroque, a matte lavender. Baroque was NOT on my purchase list. I grabbed it by mistake as I really wanted Ampoule which is a rich pearlized purple, another colored eyeliner obsession of mine. I didn’t realize my error until I began to test my Lancome Drama Liqui-Pencil Longer Eyeliner . I kept it to test because a good lavender eyeliner is very hard to find.

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Let me get straight to the point: Lancome Drama Liqui-Pencil Longer Eyeliner in Baroque and Brûlée are FABULOUS! In one case almost too fabulous but more on that later. They both wore for 24 hours with little fading. Actually only Brûlée faded a bit, Baroque wore strong. They were pigmented, creamy, easy to apply, easy to blend and once set water/smudge proof. I will say between the two Brûlée is definitely my favorite. I love everything about Brûlée: finish, longevity and pigmentation. Brûlée has rapidly replaced one of my September 2015 Favorites. That says a lot considering I have only had this product for about a week.

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While I had an easy time removing Brûlée, Baroque was a pain to remove. It actually left a stain. My hand that I swatched Baroque on is still slightly stained and that’s after forty-eight hours of wear. Baroque’s wear time led me to use it as a lipliner/lip stain/cream eyeshadow. When I use it on my lips I just layer it over some lip balm. I have an all day lip color that is an alternative to the traditional nude lip that requires little touch up. As a cream shadow/base I use it over a primer to deter any staining on the lid. I get a strong lavender hue that wears until I remove it.

Color me beyond impressed with Lancome Drama Liqui-Pencil Longer Eyeliner. I highly recommend Brûlée as it’s the perfect brown liner. Baroque is an interesting shade that has multiple uses but it might not be for everyone. I can’t wait to sample more from this line. I have my eye on Ampoule, Minuit, Parisian Night, Embrase and Paradis. Have you tried Lancome Drama Liqui-Pencil Longer Eyeliner yet? Let me know in the comments below.

XOXO

Ashley

Top Beauty Buys for Fall

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Can I tell you that I am SO beyond happy that it is finally, officially, undeniably Fall. The leaves have already begun to change colors, the air is getting drier and my beauty routine can finally change. With Fall being a transitional season for fashion and beauty you might need to start stockpiling some favorites/trends for the season now! Shopping for beauty products is so much fun but it’s even better when you have a friend to shop with. While I can’t be there with you physically, load my beauty buys onto you mobile and take me with you as you seek out your own beauty buys for the Fall!

ebblog fall beauty buys 1.) Make Up For Ever Artist Palette $42 Sephora – The Make Up For Ever Artist Palette has replaced my LORAC Pro2 as my current fall favorite. I love the assortment of colors, the shadows themselves are phenomenal and it’s the perfect size for travel. I reviewed this wonderful palette here and the array of shades and finishes are just beyond perfection for the Fall. Grab the Make Up For Ever Artist Palette before it’s gone.

2 & 3.) Shea Moisture Super Fruit Complex 10 in 1 Renewal System Hair Masque and Shampoo $10.99 each Ulta – My hair just L-O-V-E-S this combo from Shea Moisture. I very rarely use a “daily” conditioner and reach for a masque because I heat style my hair all the time so I need the extra moisture and the Shea Moisture Super Fruit Complex 10 in 1 Renewal System Hair Masque definitely meets my moisture needs. The shampoo companion to the masque cleanses very well for a SLS Free shampoo. It’s hydrating but not so much so that it makes my hair greasy quickly. According to the Ulta site, these are exclusive to their store but I could have sworn I saw this line at Target as well.

4.) Anastasia Brow Wiz $21.00 – Brows to me are the most important part of your face and a good brow can just make you look a million times better. Anastasia’s Brow Wiz has been my go to brow product for as long as I have been doing makeup (close to 4 years now). It’s easy to use, you can go natural or super bold and Anastasia Brow Wiz is available in a wide variety of shades. To stick with Fall trends you can buy two shades and rock the “ombre” brow.

5.)  NYX Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen $6.00 – Wines/Berries are once again hot for the Fall and the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen is your best bet for a beauty bargain that will actually perform well, not kill your lips and look great on a variety of skin tones.

6.) Lancome Nutrix Royale Body $30 – I am not usually one to go bonkers for high end body lotions BUT I got a sample of this as a Lancome gift with purchase and I fell in love with it. The scent is fresh and feminine and it cures even my diabetic dragon scales. I don’t think I will ever go without Nutrix Royale Body ever again making it a year round staple for me.

7.) EOS Lip Balm Coconut Milk $4 – EOS has been my go to balm ever since they “rolled” onto the scene a few years ago. I have yet to find anything that hydrates my lips like my trusty EOS balms. I do prefer the “milk” versions as they are a tad bit more moisturizing and perfect for my beyond chapped lips in the Fall. *Pro Tip*  Always apply lip balm in a sheer layer. Slathering your lips with any lip balm can actually contribute to further drying/chapping.

There you have it. My ABSOLUTE must have Fall Beauty Buys. See anything you plan on picking up? If you enjoyed reading my Fall Beauty Buys, check out the other ladies of The Beauty Council and their picks below.

Ashley

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Lancôme Eau Fraiche Douceur Micellar Cleansing Water

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Lancôme Eau Fraiche Douceur Micellar Cleansing Water retails for $38.00/$50.00 for 200mL / 400mL. Cleansing waters have been slowly gaining in popularity here stateside but they have been a staple in other parts of the world for years. Lancôme Eau Fraiche Douceur Micellar Cleansing Water is a part of their permanent skin care line and the 200mL size can be found at all Lancôme retailers/counters.

Every now and then I get an urge to try a product JUST to see if it is worth the hype. I have read a few reviews on other popular cleansing waters that are sold over seas and can be a bit hard to purchase stateside. By chance I ran into Lancôme Eau Fraiche Douceur Micellar Cleansing Water at Sephora when I was on the search for a different toner because I wasn’t a fan of my old one. I ended up opting for a cleansing water as an option to cleanse my face prior to makeup application/when I am in a hurry/or for whenever my skin feels funky because I was admittedly misusing my toner as a spot cleanser/refresher. Cleansing waters are like an all in one product that removes makeup, gently cleanses and tones (somewhat)

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My preferred way to use this is with these lovely cotton rounds from Target.

Now that we are done with my mini cleansing water lecture, what do I think of Lancôme Eau Fraiche Douceur Micellar Cleansing Water? I have to say that I really, really like it. I don’t think I have ever used a product like Lancôme Eau Fraiche Douceur Micellar Cleansing Water. It fits my need nicely: cleansing my skin without burning, stinging or leaving a weird residue, provides spot cleansing especially between testing out products and it removes makeup like a champ.

Lancôme Eau Fraiche Douceur Micellar Cleansing Water has no detectable scent and is formulated with Rose de France which soothes and Micellar Technology. BTW Micelles are made of fatty acid esters which tend to glob to makeup, dirt, pollution, etc. to help whisk away those impurities, leaving you with fresh, gently cleansed skin.

My first foray into cleansing waters has been a success! I cannot rave enough about Lancôme’s Eau Fraiche Douceur Micellar Cleansing Water. Have you tried a cleansing water yet? If so, which is your fave?

Ashley