EASY HOMEMADE MAKEUP BRUSH CLEANER

Well hello hello! Welcome back to the blog… today I wanted to share with you my recipe for a solution that I use to clean my makeup brushes.

Obviously, you can go to most beauty stores or even Walmart to buy makeup brush cleaning solutions. I’ve done just that many times. However, I have a ton of brushes, and I usually neglect to clean them until the whole gigantic lot needs to be scrubbed down. This procrastination means that when I do clean my brushes – I use a TON of cleaner during the process. A good makeup brush cleaning solution is not typically cheap. And I’m cheap. And then also there have been times where I didn’t have a backup on hand when I ran out of cleaning solution midway through a  brush cleaning session. I improvised a lot and made my own cleaning solution to finish up getting all those brushes clean.

This homemade makeup brush cleaner was really just my backup for an emergency situation when I ran out of store bought cleaning solution until I realized that this homemade solution was cheaper and really performed just as well if not better than the expensive brush cleaning solutions I was buying from Ulta.

It was a light bulb moment that I haven’t turned back from! And so, without further adieu … I give you my go to homemade makeup brush cleaning solution:

To be honest – I never measure when I’m putting this concoction together. I just eyeball it, but I know that if it were me reading this blog post – I’d want some concrete measurements to start out with.

Cleaning Your Brushes:

  1. Wet the bristles underneath warm water running from the faucet.
  2. Dip the wet bristles inside your makeup brush cleaning solution
  3. Swirl the soaked brush around on the surface of a rubber makeup brush cleaning pad. (I use this one)
  4. Once you see the makeup residue being dislodged from the brush onto the rubber pad, place the brush/rubber pad setup underneath the running water and swirl the brush around until all the makeup residue is washed away and all of the cleaning solution is rinsed from your brush.
  5. Run your pointer and thumb finger over the brush bristles so that they are laying flat in their intended state. Place the brush on a towel to dry.

Cleaning Your Makeup Sponge:

  1. After you’ve cleaned all the brushes that you need to, dilute the remaining cleansing solution with water. It’s important that the solution not be thick when you dunk your sponge in it. Why? Well. You’ll be there for ten million years trying to squeeze out all that soap. Trust me.
  2. So, dip your sponge in the diluted cleaning solution and squeeze and release it several times while it is submerged.
  3. Take the sponge out of the cleaning solution and hold it under running water while you perform the same squeeze and release motions until the water runs clear of bubbles and soap residue.

There you have it! A makeup brush cleaning solution that I’m sure most of you could whip up without having to leave your home to search for the ingredients! Let me know if you try it!

 

Ashley’s Top 3 Mascara Picks

Hey y’all! I don’t know about you guys, but I love hearing what other people view as their ‘go to’ beauty products. Around here, we are beauty product junkies, and while we are both almost exclusively all up in Senegence Products when it comes to our beauty routines – I like to switch it up every now and then and branch out. This is especially true when it comes to my choice in mascara.

It’s really rare for me to have just one type of mascara sitting in my makeup stash. I like to have a couple different tubes around to suit what kind of mood I am in each day. I’ve tried alllll kinds of mascaras from drugstore brands to high end brands, but there are a few particular ones that I go back to time and time again.

For me, a mascara that gives me thickness and volume is super important. Just like all the other hair on my body, my eye lashes are thin and fine which means that I need a mascara that will pump them up and make them so that they are actually visible when you look at my face. 😉 We’ve all got different types of lashes – so our criteria are bound to be different when it comes to what makes a mascara ‘good’, but these three have proven themselves to be just what I need in a mascara.

Better Than Sex Mascara by Too Faced – $23.00
Obviously I love this mascara because of the volume it provides my lashes. I really like the thick wand as well. The design of the wand is also important to the way it distributes the product on my lashes. It doesn’t flake throughout the day and will easily last me an entire 8-9 hour day of wearing my makeup. This mascara is also super easy to remove at the end of the night since it isn’t waterproof.

Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara by L’Oreal – $7.99
This is one of the only drugstore mascaras that I go back to over and over again. It is a great true black color that really makes my lashes stand out. And again, it gives me substantial volume and thickness to my thin little lashes. I also buy the non waterproof version of this mascara so that I don’t have to beat up my eyes while trying to remove it at the end of the night. 😉

Benefit BADgal BANG Mascara by Benefit Cosmetics – $24.00
Now, this is the only waterproof mascara that I would intentionally buy. Why? Well my friends, this mascara is AMAZING. If you have not tried it, you are missing out. Like I said I love a mascara that gives me volume and thickness which this one does BUT it also lengthens my lashes! I mean. It does all the things. The ONLY reason this beauty isn’t my holy grail mascara is because it’s waterproof. It’s a real pain to take off at the end of the night – so I typically reserve use of this one for special occasions. It’s labeled as ‘water resistant’ – but let me tell you , it’s full on waterproof…makeup remover proof too. LOL But totally worth that hassle for the way it makes my lashes look.

Another quality that is important to me when I’m choosing my favorite mascara is that it lean more towards a wet formula. I hate a dry mascara. All three of these have that in common – they are a wet formula. I just like the way a wetter formula applies and I feel like it holds the consistency of performance better because it takes longer to dry out. If you start with a dry formula, after a couple weeks of pulling that wand in and out each day –  you’re mascara is going to even more dry and just not perform very well anymore. Who wants that kind of mascara tragedy in their life? Especially if you’ve just spent almost $30 for it!

Tell me, what are YOUR go to mascaras? I’m always game for trying a new one!

 

 

Updated Easy Everyday ‘Natural’ Makeup Look

Hey hey you guys! Happy Friday Junior! Today I’ve got an updated everyday makeup look. I originally did one several months ago, but since then I’ve converted most of my makeup to Senegence Products. Sooo, I thought it was time to show y’all what my everyday face of the day routine looks like. 🙂

I do my makeup every single day. Even if I have the once in a blue moon ‘no makeup day day’ , I will still do my brows and lashes. Cause…as you can see in that before picture – I’m seriously lacking in those two departments.

Since I do my makeup everyday and have to rangle two little children and be out the door all before 7:15 am – I tend to do the same thing most days. I like this look. It’s a noticeable enhancement of my natural features, but it’s not too much.

Alright – so first things first…and not pictured : moisturize and prime your face. I use a moisturizer that also has SPF and a pore filling primer.

Next, I slather my face in CCTM which is Color Correcting Tinted Moisturizer in Light from Senegence. CCTM is life. It evens my skin tone without giving me a heavy layer of product all over my face. Also, it doesn’t transfer or come off until I remove it at the end of the night!

Then I put some color on those non existent brows. Cause: brow lives matter. I use a powder. I like a natural bushy looking brow – so that’s what I go for.

Once my brows are poppin, I use two shades from my Shadowsense collection: candlelight and moca java. Candlelight is a nude light skin tone. I use a domed fluffy brush to apply candlelight all over my lid and up to my brows. I use a smaller fluffy brush to apply moca java (a cool toned brown) all over my lid and lower lash line. Continual and repeated blending is key in this step. Make sure you buff and blend out those edges so that there are no harsh unnatural looking lines. Side note: Shadowsense is phenomenal. There is never any fall out…and it stays put alllll day.

When my shadow is blended to perfection I grab more Shadowsense in the shade Onyx to use as liner. I use a small flat brush to apply Onyx to the outer third of my upper and lower lash line. I usually smudge/smoke out the bottom lash line.

Mascara is next! Right now my current mascara obsession is the black fiber mascara from the Maybelline X Gigi Hadid collab. It really gives my wispy little lashes some volume. [I don’t have it on yet in the picture below.]

The next two parts are my absolute fave when doing my makeup: Cheeks and Lips. Why? Because they just really finish and pull together your whole look. I’m pretty sure I used this same blush in my last everyday makeup tutorial. I love it that much. It’s the Physician’s Formula Butter Blush in Plum Rose. For me, it is just the perfect cool toned natural flush for my face.

Lips are Senegence Lipsense … of course. 😉 Lipsense is the only lippie that I wear now, because it is incredibly long lasting and has healed my dry chappy lips. For my everyday, I always reach for Goddess. It is a great subtle pinky shade on me.

Anddddd, that is it you guys! This whole process usually takes me about 20 minutes from start to finish in the morning. Give or take a few minutes to account for the usual kid interruptions. 😉

I’m linking my previous everyday makeup tutorial here…if you’re curious to revisit how things have changed.

Easy Everyday “Natural” Makeup Look

If you have any questions, please drop them in the comment section!

 

Friday Favorites

We like to keep it light and airy on Fridays around here… so we thought today we’d each share some of our current favorite things. Hope you guys have a fabulous weekend!

Ashley –

I live for daily updates from the blogs Whimsical September and Mommy In Heels. I obsessively follow both these ladies on all available social platforms, and am always curious to hear about what’s going on in their lives.

I recently bought these black leggings from Kohl’s. They are from their Lauren Conrad line. Listen. They’re perfection. Super comfy. Perfect thickness. I want to go buy ten more pairs.

In my Winter Fab Fit Fun Box I got these amazing under eye masks: Grace & Stella Anti-Wrinkle + Energizing Eye Masks – 8 Pack. I blew through them…and at only $21 a box I will definitely purchase them again.

 I’ve been listening to these songs on repeat: Uh Huh by Julia Michaels // Never Be the Same by Camila Cabello // Reasons by Jillian Jacqueline

Rhonda –

I used to hate kitchen gadgets because I don’t have time for clutter and storing stuff that I rarely use.  However, one of my side gigs is reviewing products and I just fell in legit love with this Bella Spiralizer.  I want to spiralize ALL. THE. THINGS. Cleanup is fast and easy and it doesn’t take up much space!

Look, I love music.  Like, I love all of it. Sometimes I get completely obsessed with certain songs and artists and repeat them like crazy.  Currently, it’s all about Bebe Rexha.  I love her on both Meant to Be by Florida Georgia Line and Back to You with Louis Thompson.

My hair, y’all.  I am legit obsessed and this is my favorite color yet!  My hair stylist is a fucking magician and you need to go to her if you are anywhere near her.  There is a reason I drive 9 hours to get my hair done.  Those touches of orange and purple? SWOON.

What have been some of you guys’ favorite things lately??

 

What’s In My ….. hair care/styling drawer?

Hey guys! HAPPY Friday! I don’t know about you guys, but this Friday feels extra special because it’s kicking off the Christmas weekend!! We love Christmas around here…and we are just so excited that it’s here. 🙂

BUT that’s not what this post is about. Today we are doing another edition of “What’s in my….?” We are both curious by nature…and nosy…and well for us, it’s so much fun to get a peak inside someone else’s life which is why we love these kinds of posts! So anyway, today we’re talking about What’s in our hair care/styling drawers.

Ready to see? Cool…let’s dive right in.

Ashley –

I get ready in my bedroom – so all of my makeup and hair stuff is located on and inside my bedroom dresser. I keep all of my products in this little decorative birdcage thing that came from the at Home store in Gulfport. My hot tools and brushes are kept in the top drawer of my dresser.

First, please excuse the hairy state of my brushes…I attempted to clean them off but that proved to be a very labor intensive endeavor that I was not ready for at the moment. SO you get to see alllll the hairs.  Anywaay, I have a blow dryer, flat iron, and small curling iron. I’ve got two sizes of round brushes. The smaller one on the right is used for the shorted hairs on the underside of my head, and I use the larger for the longer hair on the top layer. That regular brush is for brushing my tangled locks.

And these are the products I use on a regular basis. Starting at the far left: hair oil, heat protectant cream, finishing spray for texture and volume, dry shampoo, and then two different volumizing mousses.  I need all the texture and volume help because my hair is so thin and fine.

Rhonda –

Now, let me warn you – the first picture I am about to show you is terrifying and may not be suitable for Type A audiences.

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I know.

To be fair, I am in the middle of purging and reorganizing my bathroom and this blog post came in the midst of that, as did Christmas.  I will come back and show that drawer again after Christmas.

Anyway, that drawer in my bathroom holds the styling products that are just used occasionally, and most of my frequently used ones.  I did pull out the frequently used to show you better what they are.

I keep dry shampoo and flat iron heat protectant on the counter.  The blow dry cream and blow dry heat protectant stay in the drawer.

A very deep drawer in my bathroom houses all of this: Jumbo Velcro rollers, regular large velcro rollers,  a spinning dryer brush, hair dryer, curling iron, flat iron, and waver.  I love the person who decided to go for a giant drawer in the bathroom.

How do you store your hair tools and products?

 

November Ipsy Reveal

 

Thanks for coming back to see what we got in our bags this month.  We described Ipsy to you last month:

What is ipsy? It is a monthly subscription service. You pay ten dollars a month and get a cute bag and five makeup/beauty related products. They are usually deluxe sample sized – sometimes you get a full sized product. When you sign up you do a little ‘get to know you’ type of survey that the ipsy peeps use to determine what types of products to send you. Also, as you receive the products each month you get to review each one individually. If ipsy sends you something you absolutely hate…all you have to do is let them know in the review and they won’t send it again. For instance, say you get some nail polish in your first bag, and you don’t really care for nail polish. Let them know in the review that you’d like to not receive it again. And voila! They won’t send it in your bag anymore!

We both look forward, with great anticipation, each month to receiving our ipsy bags. Ipsy is a great way to try out all kinds of different beauty brands and products without investing in the full size version – not knowing if you will like it or not. You don’t get to hand pick what comes in your bag, but we are pretty sure that there won’t be many times that you regret trying what they send you. 😉

Ipsy rewards you points for referrals, purchasing through their website, and reviewing.  The points can be redeemed in the rewards shop toward products.

You can sign up to receive Ipsy by clicking here (we may receive credit if you sign up). Ok ! On to this month’s goodies:

Also – just an FYI, we have an exciting announcement at the end of this post so make sure you stick around for the whole thing. 😉

Ashley –

TOO FACED Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer and Setting Spray-

‘TINI BEAUTY Barfly Highlighter in Candlelit 

CROWN BRUSH  C141 Small Chisel Brush – So, this is literally the only thing I’ve used from my Ipsy bag…and as always I freaking love a brush. This particular brush is bomb. The bristles are perfectly dense and soft. I use it for applying contour and it blends my product like a dream.

NAKED COSMETICS  Mother Nature #06 –

TARTE  Deluxe Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Feisty –

Rhonda –

I am lowkey obsessed with how pretty this bag is.  Pictures truly do not do it justice.  This is one of the few ipsy bags I would actually use as a clutch.

Glamour Dolls x Lisa Frank Bitten & Bronzed Matte Bronzer – This will be a great matte bronzer for lighter skin tones.

TARTE Deluxe Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Feisty – As I’ve said many times before, I love everything Tarte.  I have had this blush in another shade and it’s super pigmented and blendable.

COLOURPOP COSMETICS Pressed Powder Shadow in Come and Get It or Paper Tiger – I have several of CP’s pressed powders and they are just lovely.  For the price, you can’t beat the blendability.

MANNA KADAR COSMETICS HD Perfecting Powder 

CLARK’S BOTANICALS Deep Moisture Mask – I am a sucker for a moisture mask and this one felt completely decadent on my face!  While I do prefer one that I can sleep in instead of rinsing off, I loved this.

I got these adorable pins with some of my points.  I collect pins so I knew I had to get these!

 

Alright …so now you’re down here and you’re wondering WHAT IS THE ANNOUNCEMENT??? Well, we wanted to let you guys know that we are both canceling our Ipsy subscriptions – so this will be the last Ipsy Reveal Post. Why? Well, we are both Senegence distributors and we want to focus our Makeup monies on that. 😉

More importantly, today is Thanksgiving and we wanted to let you guys know that we are incredibly thankful for all of you. We are thankful that you come back each day to see what we’ve written. We are thankful for your interaction and support. Since we are so thankful we wanted to give back to y’all. So, we will be hosting a giveaway featuring our Ipsy products from this month and some other random goodies we each decided to throw in.


The Low Down:

  • There will be two prizes with two separate winners of each one. All entries will be entered together and drawn from twice to produce the two winners.
  • You will gain an entry for every person that you invite to like our Rage Against the MOMachine Facebook Page (send us a message through FB with a screenshot of you’re invites)
  • You will gain an additional entry for each person that you invite IF they actually like our page.
  • All screenshots and likes must be recieved/completed by 12 am Monday 11/27/2017. The winner will be announced Monday afternoon!

(click the three dots next to ‘Share’ to get this drop down menu to appear)


Easy huh? Now I’m sure you want to see all the giveaway goodies.

Giveaway #1

Giveaway #2

Ok guys! Get to it … go invite all your friends and send us those screen shots!

Ipsy Reveal : October 2017

Thanks for coming back to see what we got in our bags this month.  We described Ipsy to you last month:

What is ipsy? It is a monthly subscription service. You pay ten dollars a month and get a cute bag and five makeup/beauty related products. They are usually deluxe sample sized – sometimes you get a full sized product. When you sign up you do a little ‘get to know you’ type of survey that the ipsy peeps use to determine what types of products to send you. Also, as you receive the products each month you get to review each one individually. If ipsy sends you something you absolutely hate…all you have to do is let them know in the review and they won’t send it again. For instance, say you get some nail polish in your first bag, and you don’t really care for nail polish. Let them know in the review that you’d like to not receive it again. And voila! They won’t send it in your bag anymore!

We both look forward, with great anticipation, each month to receiving our ipsy bags. Ipsy is a great way to try out all kinds of different beauty brands and products without investing in the full size version – not knowing if you will like it or not. You don’t get to hand pick what comes in your bag, but we are pretty sure that there won’t be many times that you regret trying what they send you. 😉

Ipsy rewards you points for referrals, purchasing through their website, and reviewing.  The points can be redeemed in the rewards shop toward products.

You can sign up to receive Ipsy by clicking here (we may receive credit if you sign up). Ok ! On to this month’s goodies:

Ashley –

Let me first say that I’m really pleased with my bag this time around. I’ve literally been using the items I received every single day since I opened the package. For about a week straight now. For me, that’s worth my ten dollars – more than worth ten dollars actually. 🙂

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion : This eyeliner is great. The pigmentation is on point, and I am pleased with the staying power. The liner lasts about four solid hours on my water line which is better than most eyeliners I’ve tried. It glides on easily and stands out with just one swipe. It is also really easy to blend out for a more smokey eye look. I’m fairly confident that I’ll be picking this one up in brown soon.

Tarte deluxe lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara :  This is a great everyday mascara. I like it. I’m not IN LOVE with it but I was not disappointed in the coverage and lasting wear – I just usually like a mascara that offers a move voluminous look.

Hanalei Papaya Enzyme Powder Cleanser : This cleanser claims to be an ultra gentle exfoliator and I 100% agree with that claim. You just pour a dime sized amount of powder into your palm, mix with a few drops of water, and then massage it all over your face. The powder particles exfoliate your skin, but they eventually all dissolve away which is a major plus for me. I hate cleansers with exfoliating beads that are hard to remove completely from your face during rinsing.

Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Bronzed : To be honest, I was not excited about receiving this shadow. I didn’t need another bronze eye shadow shade – I have a billion. BUT when I swatched and wore this shadow it read more army green. I don’t know if that’s because of my skin tone or if it was actually mislabeled? Either way – I adore it. I’ve worn it several times and can’t get enough. It blends like a dream and is uber pigmented.

Firma Beauty 201 Tall Blender Brush : What can I say? Another brush from Ipsy = another love story. This brush is soft and the bristles are just the right length. I like that the bristles are a little bit of an oval shape rather than a circle, because it allows for more control when doing precise deep crease blending.

Rhonda –

I love love love the design of this bag!  It has a subtle lace brocade and a pretty little bat zipper pull.  It really had good contents, but I won’t be actually trying all of them.  I have decided that November will be my last ipsy bag.  It’s not because I don’t love ipsy, because I totally DO.  However, I work for a skincare and cosmetics brand and am in the process of switching to all their products.  Instead, I’ll take the $10 I spend on the subscription to buy a new brush every month, since that’s my favorite thing anyway!

tarte deluxe lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara – I have previously tried this mascara and as much as I am a fan of all things tarte, this one really misses the mark for me.  I didn’t feel like it did much of anything for my lashes.

Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Bronzed – I didn’t open this because I want to be able to sell it since I won’t be using it.  I was tempted though because I love this deep bronze hue!  However, Ashley gave more info on this product in her reveal.

JM Solution Water Luminous Jelly Cleanser – I’m already on a skincare regimen and not introducing new products, but the description of it makes it sound lovely and refreshing.  I love products with hyaluronic acid!

MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation – I would have flipped out over receiving this foundation, because I’ve heard such good things.  However, I once again am just needing to transition to all one brand.  I did swatch it though because I am going to keep it and try it until I order foundation from my company.  When I swatched, I was impressed with the coverage for what is supposed to be a more sheer and natural look.  It doesn’t feel gross and heavy either.

Firma Beauty 201 Tall Blender Brush – Another month, another brush.  And I am not complaining!  I can’t get enough brushes in my life.  The bristles on this one are so soft and have a perfect shape for really defining the crease.

 

Have you enjoyed your October ipsy?  Have you tried any of the products we received?

Weekend Roundup: Top 5 Posts

With a growth in readers and followers, it’s time to once again link you up to our most read posts.  Whether you’re new around here or just missed something, take a moment to go back and read our top 5 posts.

5. Three Years – an ode to Claudia Love on her third birthday

4. The Story of My Tattoo: Ashley – a tale of a spontaneous decision made in the Fort Worth Stockyards

3. From Arrest to Engagement – the story of how poor decisions can lead to something amazing

2. Nipstick – how to find the perfect nude for your lips, while nude

  1. A Drinking Problem – a response to some cowardly and ignorant accusations

 

Which of these posts is your favorite?

Ipsy Reveal: September 2017

Thanks for coming back to see what we got in our bags this month.  We described Ipsy to you last month:

What is ipsy? It is a monthly subscription service. You pay ten dollars a month and get a cute bag and five makeup/beauty related products. They are usually deluxe sample sized – sometimes you get a full sized product. When you sign up you do a little ‘get to know you’ type of survey that the ipsy peeps use to determine what types of products to send you. Also, as you receive the products each month you get to review each one individually. If ipsy sends you something you absolutely hate…all you have to do is let them know in the review and they won’t send it again. For instance, say you get some nail polish in your first bag, and you don’t really care for nail polish. Let them know in the review that you’d like to not receive it again. And voila! They won’t send it in your bag anymore!

We both look forward, with great anticipation, each month to receiving our ipsy bags. Ipsy is a great way to try out all kinds of different beauty brands and products without investing in the full size version – not knowing if you will like it or not. You don’t get to hand pick what comes in your bag, but we are pretty sure that there won’t be many times that you regret trying what they send you. 😉

Ipsy rewards you points for referrals, purchasing through their website, and reviewing.  The points can be redeemed in the rewards shop toward products.

You can sign up to receive Ipsy by clicking here (we may receive credit if you sign up). Ok ! On to this month’s goodies:

Rhonda –

The bag itself is amazing this month.  Black and spikes?  Yes please.  It’s even lined in a beautiful royal blue.  It’s love and now a staple in my day to day life.

Feel Renewed Pumpkin Walnut Facial Cleanser – Y’all, I don’t pumpkin.  Not a basic bitch here.  The smell alone makes me gag.  So I left this unopened and will contribute it to a giveaway.

 E Nature Birch Juice Hydro Sleeping Pack – This left my skin plump and soft. I couldn’t believe how radiant my skin appeared upon waking.  I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who likes waking up looking refreshed. 

Smashbox Cosmetics PHOTO FINISH RADIANCE PRIMER – Y’all, when I got this, I literally thought, “cool, another primer that probably won’t do shit.”  I was wrong, okay?  I am not a fan of any of Smashbox’s primers, but this was amazing.  It evened out my skin tone a lot before I even started the makeup.  I felt like it really prepped my skin.  It has a slight shimmer, which I am usually not into, but by time my makeup was finished, it just gave my skin a glow, not stripper glitter.

Nomad Cosmetics Multi-Perfection Illuminating Bronzer Duo in Principessa – I am kind of over receiving highlighters and bronzers because it’s rare they wow me and I get one almost every month.  This was fine, though.  I loved the rich hue of the bronzer.  The highlight wasn’t anything to write home about, but I think it would work very well for an inner corner or brow highlight.  I definitely appreciate the silky quality of the formula.

Luxie Beauty LUXIE ROSE GOLD MEDIUM ANGLED SHADING EYE BRUSH 207 – Like all Luxie brushes, this one is absolutely beautiful and the synthetic bristles are soft, blending like a dream.  It’s a little of a strange shape for the way that I personally apply my shadow. But you know what it did perfectly?  Nose contour.  It’s love.

Ashley –

I am DYING over this bag. I love it. It speaks to my soul and makes me happy to just look at it. In. Love.

NEOGEN Dermalogy Real Flower Cleansing Water – Calendula : I don’t have an strong feelings about this cleanser either way just yet. Cleansers are really something you have to use for a while with some consistency in order to form a true opinion. First impressions? I like it.

Luxie Beauty LUXIE ROSE GOLD MEDIUM ANGLED SHADING EYE BRUSH 207 : As always I am super happy to receive a brush in my Ipsy bag. I’ve gotten several brushes from the Luxie brand and they are always pretty and of great quality!

Smashbox Cosmetics PHOTO FINISH RADIANCE PRIMER : Soooo, I was totally prepared to hate this primer. Ok. Well not hate – but definitely dislike or not care for. I was wrong though. I’ve been using it everyday since I got my Ipsy bag. It claims to soften lines and even out skin tone. For me, it does both of things while also leaving my dry skin looking very dewy. There are definitely some shimmery glitters in it, because it is meant to double as a highlight. I don’t mind the shimmers when I wear it as primer, because by the time I layer my concealer over it – all you see is the the dewy effect not all the shimmer.

Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes The Shadow in Toasted or Gunmetal : I am not wowed by this shadow, but I do think it is great quality. It is very soft and blends well. I received Gunmetal which is a silvery color which is why I am most pleased with since I didn’t really have a silvery eye shadow in my collection.

Adesse New York Organic Infused Gel Effect Nail Lacquer in Deception : It’s been so long since I got a nail polish from Ipsy so, I was very happy to get one this time around! This gray/brown color is really my jam. I love it and it is living on my toes as we speak.

What did YOU guys get in your Ipsy bag? 🙂

Smokey/Black Out Eye Shadow Tutorial

Hey there! Ashley here…and today I’ve got another easy peasy makeup tutorial for you guys. This is one of my go to looks. I love a smokey eye, but a black out smokey eye is my absolute favorite. Even though I typically use this look for the everyday, it would also make a great ‘night out’ look if you added some false lashes and smoked out the bottom lash line even more.

I hope you guys enjoy, and as always if you have any questions, please drop them in the comment section and I will respond!

Alright, so this tutorial is focusing on getting a specific eye look; therefore, I’ve already done my face. In reality, if I were doing this look I’d for sure do my eyes first since there tends to be a lot of mess/fall out with the black shadow.

First things first…the products and tools :

Step One: Prime/Set your lids

I used the Mac Paint Pot in Painterly. I apply that with my fingertips all over the lid bringing it up to my eyebrow. Then I used the free spirit shade from my Tartlette palette to set the primer.

Step Two: Blow Out your Crease

To me, what really gives this look some dimension and complexity is that you want to start with a blown out brown crease. First I applied Wanderer from the Tartlette Palette with a compact crease brush and blended that all up in my crease bringing it to my brown bone. Next, I grabbed a bigger crease brush and picked up Crisp from my Tartiest Pro To Go Pallette. I put crisp right on top of where I put the first crease color. I proceeded to blend blend blend blend until my crease was smooth and blown out.

Step Three: Apply Black shadow all over the Lid

Noooow, we get to the black. Are you making heart eyes over there yet? 😉 But yes. This next step is pretty straightforward. You grab a shader brush and pack on that black shadow all over the lid. Then you grab your fluffy crease brush from step two and blend out the edges of where the black shadow meets your crease. This step involves a TON of crease blending. And then. When you crease looks great – go back and add more black to the lid because you probably brushed some of the pigment away during blending. THEN blend out the crease a little more. The black I used is called Fashionista and is from the same Tartlette Pallette.

Step Four: Smudged Liner and Mascara

Now that your eye is blended to perfection, you just need to add liner and mascara. Apply black eyeliner to the outer 2/3 of your waterline and then use a flat dense brush to smudge the liner. I also grabbed some of Crisp shade from my Tarteist Pro Pallete to buff out the bottom edge of my smudged black liner. Last, apply your mascara. I layered two type of mascara for extra volume and drama, but you don’t have to do that.

And that is it! Wanna see a before and after? Of course you do. Who doesn’t love a good side by side before and after???