Elixir

So, here we are, my final fall finals week of college (god, even saying that is stressing me out). I have four tests, two papers, and an internship to balance but all I can seem to think about is Chick-fil-a and my incurable Starbucks addition. Naturally, in a way to procrastinate even more than I’m comfortable admitting, I grabbed some new products and decided to play around. I’m sure a ton of you are familiar with the brand ColourPop -ya know, the sister company of Kylie Cosmetics…? I’ve been obsessed with their lipsticks for months now and I finally decided to order some eyeshadows and highlighters & WOW GUYS. Seriously, these things are pigmented, creamy, and probably the most blendable shadows I’ve ever used.

Oh, and they’re hella cheap which makes them great when you’re a broke college student who already spends too much money on makeup 🙂 So, in case you were wondering, here’s what I ordered! eye_shadow_kit-_fall_2016_2_1024x1024

This is called the Zingara pack and it comes with Paradox, Elixir, Seeker, and Jinxie, all for just $18! Honestly this just reminded me 0f a huge glass of sangria so it was absolutely necessary that I purchased this. Elixir, the terracotta shade, is probably one of the most gorgeous mid-tone orange colors I have ever seen. Basically, what I’m saying is that you need to spend the money on these shadows people!!! Separately, they’re $5 each and come in different finishes that go from matte to metallic. Each one has a unique texture thats somewhere between mouse and creme but you’d need to touch one in order to know what I’m talking about.

I also decided to get two highlighters and two Lippie Stix which are also freaking incredible. The best part is that I only spent $42 dollars on all of this stuff…including shipping.

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The highlighter I used on my cheekbone and inner corner in this photo is called Wisp & it’s  probably the prettiest champagne gold/silver I’ve ever seen. It literally makes you look like you’re glowing and I mean who doesn’t want that?

Basically, I just put a light orange color in the crease – I think Orange Soda from Anastasia Beverly Hills ($12) – and then used my finger and put Elixir all over the lid and ta-da! I didn’t feel like doing a wing because 1) I’m lazy and 2) I love the color so much I didn’t wanna hide it at all.

All I did was my normal makeup routine: brows, bronzer, blush, highlight, and lips! Okay, I know that sounds like a lot, but when you’re trying to hide from your responsibilities it doesn’t seem like enough. I could probably do my makeup for 3 hours and still figure out more things to plaster all over my skin, but that really shouldn’t be surprising by now.

And just to be clear: I don’t do this because I hate how I look without makeup. I’ve always been obsessed with creative things ever since I was little and since I have 0 artistic abilities with pen and paper, this is the closest thing I get to art, alright? Of course I have days where I’m insecure and want to hide an annoying pimple, but most days I just love to stand in front of the mirror and create new shapes and color palettes on my face.

People oftentimes think girls do their makeup to impress other people but lemme tell ya what… that’s not the case at all. I don’t remember the last time I wore my favorite grey-toned lipstick and got a compliment from a single person. But you know something? IT’S OKAY!!! Art is an expression of yourself and as long as you’re happy and content with what you’re doing, validation from others kind of just slips to the wayside and disappears. Of course I love when people admire what I do, but I don’t need it in order to be happy with myself. I think that’s a HUGE thing for a lot of girls to understand in today’s society. So many people are in desperation for validation, compliments, or even recognition that they think without it they are nothing. Well, I’m here to tell you ladies that no matter how many times people say your black lipstick looks bad, if you like it then you should wear it however often you want. {I may be biased towards black lipstick, but I mean who doesn’t want to feel like a cross between cat-woman and Avril Lavigne? No one? Just me? Okay, fair enough.}

Anyway guys, if you take away anything from this just know that A) it’s perfectly okay to do things for yourself even if other people don’t like them, B) Yes, it’s also okay to spend 45 minutes taking photos of yourself in order to get the best possible angle for your highlight, and C) Do whatever it is you do with so much passion and love that other people see it and want to become just as passionate as you are.

Until next time xoxo

P.S. It’s also okay to absolutely LOVE parts about yourself and its even more okay to want to showcase what you love. For me, it’s my eyes and lips so here they are in their full glory. Lemme know what you love about yourself!!! Let’s spread the self-love today 🙂

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Summer is here!

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Can I just tell you all how much I’ve missed this?!?!? With school and everything else going on I had zero time to put into this and I definitely didn’t want that to happen. But I’m also not gonna half-ass something I love so much because that’s not me, not at all. After finally getting some time and being super inspired by summer colors, I decided it was now or never. I fell in love with this look I found on Pinterest and even though I have nothing on this gorgeous model, the makeup didn’t come out half bad.

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I’m seriously thinking about starting up my Youtube channel again, so if any of you would like that to come back, please let me know! I’m still not sure what people want to see – tutorial based posts with in-depth steps, or just an overview of what I used & where. So once again guys, let me know!!! So much of this is based off of feedback I get from people so I really depend on your opinions!

Face Products: 

  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation shade 3W1 Tawny
  • Maybelline Master Conceal Concealer shade 10 Fair
  • Loreal Hydra Perfecte Translucent Powder
  • Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder shade 5 Bali Brown & Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
  • Sonia Kashuk Arabian Dreams Sahara Sunset Highlighter

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If you can’t tell, I’m a little more obsessed with highlighter/glow than I ever was before. Something about it just screams summer time to me! Skin has a natural luminosity so I love products that mimic that. The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector is an absolute must for me! I swear it helps your makeup stay on longer and it gives the most natural “glow from within” look you could imagine.

Eye Products: 

  • MAC Prolongwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
  • Lorac eyeshadow in Buff – all over lid
  • Bobbi Brown Bronzer – upper crease
  • Lorac eyeshadow in Gold – buffed in crease and outer lid
  • Lorac eyeshadow in White – brow bone highlight
  • MAC Pigment in Vanilla – inner corner highlight
  • Loreal Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner in Black
  • Stila Glamoureyes Mascara
  • Brow Art 23 powder in Taupe : Any kind of brow powder would be fine. The brows are meant to look more natural and less sculpted than I usually prefer them. However, I don’t recommend the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow powder, there isn’t enough color payoff for the price

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Lip Products:

  • Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Candy
  • Revlon Moon Drops Lipstick in Hot Coral

You could use either a hot pink or coral for this look, or really any lipstick color you’re comfortable with. But, you know me, I like to make things complicated so I layered both on top of each other.

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I hope you guys like this look half as much as I liked putting it together! I swear I’ll be better about posting on this! I didn’t realize how much I would miss it & talking to all of you! As always, thank you so much for your support and for those that keep reading these posts and sharing them. It honestly means so much to me that I’m able to share some of what I know with you! Let me know if there’s anything you would like to see next!

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The other day I got the chance to do my gorgeous friend Nicole’s makeup. I’m waaaaaay more confident in my ability to do my own makeup so I was naturally a bit nervous. However, I was pretty obsessed with the way it all turned out. It’s no surprise I grabbed the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette… I really can’t put this thing down. The colors are so warm and easy to blend that it is literally impossible for me to stay away.

As you can see Nicole has pretty darn flawless skin and RIDICULOUS eyes/cheekbones. For someone like me, it’s so exciting being able to play up someone’s features so naturally I was over the moon to enhance her already beautiful face. The eye technique I used (darker matte colors in the outer/inner corner and shimmer in the center) gives the eye dimension and makes them appear bigger/more awake. This is a great tool to use if you want to play up your eyes for any occasion with almost no effort.

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Products used:

Face:

  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in ‘Moonstone’
  • Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation
  • Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifyng Powder
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in ‘Incandescent Electra’
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
  • Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector in ‘Opal’

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Eyes:

  • MAC Paint Pot in ‘Soft Ochre’
  • Lorac eyeshadow in ‘Cream’ – all over eyelid to set paint pot
  • Chocolate Bar Eyeshadows
    • ‘Milk Chocolate’ – all throughout crease from inner to outer corner
    • ‘Semi-Sweet’ – pack on in inner and outer corner and connect through crease
    • ‘Milk Chocolate’ – blended on top of everything to reduce harsh lines
    • ‘Creme Brûlée’ – on the center of the eyelid, blended into ‘Semi-Sweet’
  • Lorac Pro Palette Eyeshadows
    • ‘Sable’ – used to deepen up crease
    • ‘Espresso’ – applied to very outer corner to add dimension
  • NYX ‘The Curve’ eyeliner
  • Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Mascara
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in ‘Taupe’

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I hope you all love this as much as I do! It’s such an easy look to achieve and instantly makes any eye look more dimensional. Don’t be afraid of dark shadows in the inner corner – they can work! Please let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see more of! I’m thinking of starting up my YouTube channel again so let me know if you’d be interested in that!

Also, please don’t forget to follow me on instagram at alexisdecarufel_makeup! I tend to post more on there than anything. Thank you all for your continued support! xoxo

Today I created a look (almost) entirely using the Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette and absolutely loved it! Instead of going for a heavy wing like normal, I winged out the eyeshadow itself and added a small black wing for a little bit extra. There’s no way I could have gotten rid of the black winged liner completely ya know…

I’ve been loving shimmery lids, and just shimmer in general so if you keep up with me you’ll be seeing that a lot in the near future! Let me know if you have any questions!

Also, as always, please follow me on my instagram (alexisdecarufel_makeup). Sometimes I’ll post things on there that I won’t do full blogs on so feel free to look! Thanks so much for reading 🙂

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Products Used: 

Face –

  • Jemma Kidd Mannequin Skin 01 Canvas
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer
  • NYX Dark Circle Concealer 02 Light
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer 210 Fair
  • Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation in Petal
  • Bare Minerals Concealer in Well-Rested
  • Chanel Pressed Powder 30 Naturel
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Dazzled
  • Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal

Eyes –

  • MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
  • Lorac Shadows – Taupe in crease, Lt. Bronze in inner corner, Espresso on outer corner
  • Urban Decay Shadows – Habit in crease, Rewind in outer third, Ambush in center
  • Benefit Magic Ink Jet Black Liquid Eyeliner
  • Lorac Cobra Mascara
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade & Brow Wiz in Chocolate

Lips –

  • NYX Lipstick in Tea Rose
  • Mac Lipstick in Myth
  • Benefit Sugarbomb Lipgloss

Hello beautiful people! Over break I had the chance to really work with my Lorac Pro palettes on both my sister and myself. I wish I had better pictures of Savannah’s makeup, it was gorgeous in person! If anyone would like a more in-depth explanation of anything, just let me know! 🙂 DSC_0794

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DSC_0779  I also recently picked up the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal ($38) and it is beyond gorgeous. If I didn’t already over do it on the highlighter, you better believe I am now!
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Hello beautiful people! Gosh I’ve missed this! I’ve  been so busy with school starting that I didn’t even have time to blog, so sorry 🙂

Since tons of people are going back to school I filmed a quick “Back to School” get ready with me video up on my channel! I’ll show ya’ll what I used on here and some pictures, but once again, it’s so much easier to watch on a video!

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Since it’s been SOOOOO hot and humid outside I’ve been trying to stay away from heavy foundations and stick with tinted moisturizers. Recently I’ve been loving Stila’s Sheer Color tinted moisturizer in shade fair ($34). I’ve never been a fan of tinted moisturizers because I always wanted more coverage, but lately I can’t get enough of the stuff! It’s just perfect for this cruel Florida weather.

In my last video I wasn’t sure if I loved the Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner, but that’s totally changed too! I haven’t touched anything else for the past week or so. It’s the blackest liner I’ve used and it does not move. I repeat: IT DOESN’T MOVE. Honest to goodness I have to scrub my eyes to get this stuff off… Some people might not love that, but I can’t stand when my eyeliner runs down my face and this stuff stays put for as long as you could possibly need.

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Products used:

Face

Revlon Photo Ready Perfecting Primer $13.99

Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer in Fair $34

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Brightening $9.99

Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder in 330 Toffee $7.99

MAC Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in Light $26

Sonia Kashuk Creme Blush in Petal $9.79

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle $32

MAC Fix+ $22

Eyes

Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer $21

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in W.O.S and Naked $18

Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner $24

Stila Glamoureyes Mascara $22

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Chocolate $21

 

FYI: In case you were wondering, this is what I go through just to put one of these things up…

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And if your day’s going bad, just remember I stepped on my eyeshadow primer and got it everywhere…

 

Here’s the link to my newest video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Tni9_SmX6w

 

***Don’t kill me Eric, it’s funny

If you haven’t heard of EgraceB, chances are you’re living under a rock in the middle of nowhere… For those of you that know, she has been a very dear friend of mine for three years now. Among the many things that stand out about her are her love of all things gold and maroon which is what inspired this look. She wears a signature cat eye almost daily just to prove she’s a classy girl but watch out for her attitude cus it could kill.

This look is super simple to achieve while looking like you’ve spent hours on your makeup. The eyes are composed of three shades and eyeliner and can all be done using your finger. How easy is that?! The hardest part is the eyeliner, which to this day I still have trouble with. I’d definitely classify this as a night time look, but if you’re feeling bold wear it all day long. 

 

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I used both the Lorac Pro and Pro 2 Palette for this look ($42). From left to right the shades are: Garnet, Cool Grey, and Gold. I used these just because I had them, but any brand will work just fine. However, if you’re looking for a great palette to start off with, I’d definitely purchase one of these. You get 16 shades, 8 matte and 8 shimmer and they blend great together.

 

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As you can see in the photo of the makeup above, I first put the grey shade in my crease and blended it out. Next, taking my finger and patting it in the gold, I placed that all over the lid. With shimmery shades I always find it best to use your finger because I find that leaves you with the best color payoff. Last, I took the garnet color and placed it on the outer third of my eye with my finger. Once all the colors were down, I took a medium size fluffy brush and blended it all out. 

 

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DO NOT pay attention to the eyebrows, I think I need to get them done soon…

As always, just put on your favorite mascara and do the rest of your face makeup! I contoured quite a bit just because it added drama to the look.

Sticking with the EgraceB theme, I added a dark berry lip color to tie everything together. The specific color is Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Shame ($22). 

 

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As always, thank you for reading! And if you’d like to check out EgraceB’s own blog, go to www.egraceb.wordpress.com 

Xoxo 🙂 

So after meeting a YouTube beauty guru yesterday (Liz/ iheartmakeup92), I felt rather inspired to get into some heavy makeup this afternoon. I got a lot of comments and questions on the look, so here’s everything I used to clear things up! Hope you enjoy the look 🙂

Face

Moisturizer: Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion for all skin types

Primer: MAC Fix+ Spray

Foundation: Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow in Petal

Corrector: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness

Under Eye Concealer: MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20 & Maybelline Instant Age Rewind -Brightener shade

Powder: MAC Studio Careblend/Pressed in Light

Bronzer: Benefit Hoola Bronzer & Maybelline Fit Me Powder in 330 Toffee Caramel for a deeper contour

Blush: NYX Blush in PB02 Dusty Rose

Highlight: Jemma Kidd Mannequin Skin in 01 Canvas

Eyes

Primer: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

* Used Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

Outer/ Inner Corne (connected lightly through crease)r: M2- Matte Midtone Brown

Outer V: M1 – Matte Warm Chocolate Brown

Center Lid: NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in 625 Sparkle Nude & MAC Pigment in Melon

Lower Lashline: NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in 625 & Matte Midtone Brown

Mascara: Stila Forever Your Curl in 01 Black & Lorac Cobra in Black

Lower Mascara: Covergirl Lashblast Fusion in Very Black

Eyeliner: NYX Gel Liner in 02 Brown

Eyebrows

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Chocolate

Benefit Gimme Brow in Medium/Deep

To Shape Top of Brow: Chanel Eclat Lumiere in 02 Beige Clair

Highlight Browbone: Benefit High Brow

Lips

Liner: Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in 032 Innocent

Stain: Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain in Twilight

Lipstick: Rimmel Lipstick in Bordeaux