I’ll admit…Valentine’s Day isn’t really my favorite holiday. It’s this weird double-edged sword, ya know? If you’re single you curse every happy relationship while you binge eat chocolate and drink too much wine while watching some sappy rom-com. If you’re in a relationship, there’s so much pressure for it to be perfect that you constantly overanalyze everything your significant other says or does, all while eating an overpriced meal at an overpacked restaurant.

However you spend your day, chances are you’ll still want to look somewhat like a human. More specifically, if you’re like me, you’ll spend way too much time doing your makeup, only to end up being that girl drinking wine alone in her bed. Either way, I get it. It feels good to feel good. Now is not the time for my “you’re more than your image” rant, because even I know that when you feel like you look good, everything else just goes so much better.

So, I’ll leave you with this: more pictures of my face where I’m wearing way more makeup than your average college girl but loving every second of it…because it feels good. 

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Are you guys surprised this isn’t a warm-toned red look?! Because I am… Surprise! I can be versatile when I need to be! I figured I’d go with the cliché pink tones but still add my own dramatic twist because as you all know, I’m just a little extra 😉

I got the Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette and as soon as I opened it I was inspired by this pink-y purple shimmer shade called Paranoia. It’s perfect because its not too pink to the point that it’s unwearable – in other words, you don’t feel like Barbie pink has thrown up all over your face. Great visual, you’re welcome.

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For those of you that aren’t familiar with different eyeshadow styles and techniques, this one is called a Halo Eye. Basically, you keep a darker color concentrated on the inner and outer corners of your eyes while you put a bold/shimmer/light/different color in between the two. I’m not sure exactly who named this because I feel 100% less angelic than normal whenever I wear this technique. I pretty much just end up feeling like a total badass who has some clue of what she’s doing with her face.

Because I’m all about drama, you guys know that I had to take it up a couple notches and keep the darker tones in deep purples, namely Eggplant and Plum from the Lorac Pro 2 Palette.

How to create a simple Halo eye:

  1. Prime!!! I can’t stress this enough. If you want your eyeshadow to last and not crease, you have to prime the lid. I used a concealer and set it with a flesh colored shadow to cancel out any discoloration on my lids and get everything else ready.
  2. Transition shade: aka the lifesaver step. Take any medium shade – I always use some kind of peachy/neutral brown – and sweep it all in your crease and a little above it. This just makes everything blend out easier so you’re not stuck in front of the mirror for hours. Unless that’s your thing.
  3. Pick your shade for the inner and outer corners: I always end up going with a darker, more matte shade than I want in the middle, but you can use anything you want. Build the color up until it is as intense as you want. You have the option of connecting the two sides through the crease, but that’s up to you! (I’m pretty sure this is where the “halo” idea comes from). Just make sure you leave a blank space in the middle of the lid!
  4. For the middle color, pick something that either compliments or contrasts your corner shades. I love putting shimmery metallics in the middle because it makes the eyes seem so much bigger and more dimensional. Pro tip* If you want your metallic to really pop, get your brush wet and then pat the shadow down on your lid! It will give it the most beautiful reflect and intensity.
  5. Finally, you just have to blend it all out. Halo eyes aren’t necessarily as blended as other eye looks, just because you want to get the definition of actually having a bolder color in the middle. Just make sure you don’t have literal lines dividing your eye because that looks good on no one, sorry!

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Of course I added winged liner and lashes because I can’t help myself. But this is the general idea of it all. You can see the separate colors but they’re still somewhat blended – ignore my left eye okay, I’m not perfect.

*p.s. is anyone else’s favorite body part their collarbone? please let me know that I’m not the only one*

So, no matter how you spend your Valentine’s Day, just know that you are loved by someone on this earth! Whether it’s your mom, dad, boyfriend, girlfriend, sister’s cat… you’re someone’s reason to smile and that’s a really powerful thing. Sometimes we get so caught up in who “loves” us that we seek that validation from another person. Right now, I want you to know that it is more than okay to just love yourself. Love the freckles on your chest, the way your top lip is bigger than your bottom, even love the way your thighs touch when you sit down. It’s OKAY to think you’re pretty. It’s OKAY to feel good about yourself when the world wants you to feel shitty. It’s OKAY to be so happy in your own skin that people’s words don’t mean a thing to you.

In the wise words of one of my favorite drag queens, Jinx Monsoon, its all water off a duck’s back

This Valentine’s Day I challenge you all to love those around you, but remember that you need to love yourself too. Treat yourself to another piece of cake, give yourself an extra compliment in the morning, and go throughout your day knowing that you are love.

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May your foundation match your neck, your concealer be creaseless, & your eyeliner so sharp it could cut a man. Amen. 

 

As upsetting as the title of this post is to my mom, it definitely makes me smile. Totally feel like I’m rockin the 2014 era Kylie Jenner lip – two years later and it’s still my favorite. Original, I know. But the point of this all is that makeup is supposed to be what makes YOU happy!!! How cool is it that we get to literally create something on our face every day?!  The one thing that I constantly find myself falling in love with about makeup is the fact that there are no rules. Of course there are trends, I mean who doesn’t love a deep burgundy lip in the fall?? But you can go from wearing black lipstick one day to drawing on the freckles you always wanted the next and it is perfectly fine.

 

if you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right

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The best thing about this eye makeup look is that it takes about 2 minutes and uses 2 colors.. how much easier could it get?

Naturally, I went back to something I’ve loved for two years – the Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette. This is an incredible palette to have on hand at any time – it has a great mix of warms and neutrals with the perfect balance of matte to shimmer shades. Here’s what I did (in I kid you not, 2 minutes):

  • Grab a big fluffy brush and dust Peanut Butter all throughout the crease. You can take this color as high as you want – I have hooded eyes so I like to bring it up past my natural crease in order to see the color when I’m looking straight on.
  • Next, I just took my finger, dipped it into this beautiful shimmer champagne color called Butter Pecan and placed it on the inner 2/3 of my eye.
  • To blend it all a little better, I grabbed the same fluffy brush and with no extra product blended back and forth on the outer portion of my eye to get a gradient going from brown to gold.

I swear anyone can do this!! So many makeup looks people post are absolutely stunning, but it can get a bit difficult for the every day girl to try and recreate a look using 13 shadows, lashes, liner, and pigments. I’m all about being a little out there (I don’t think you’ll find someone who likes grey-toned lipsticks more than I do) but something like this is so much easier for every day wear.

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While I L O V E liquid matte lipsticks more than half the things on this planet, they can get a little messy and take me a good 5 minutes to apply precisely. To get my perfect King Kylie shade, I took a MAC Cosmetics lipliner in the color Boldly Bare (by the way, 10/10 highly reccomend) and applied it all over my lips. Not only has this bad guy stayed perfectly in place all day, it doesn’t transfer onto any cups/food which is a huge bonus.

 

I’m always open to hearing suggestions on what you guys would want to see, so don’t ever be afraid to reach out! Again, please click the link at the top and follow my instagram account and keep checking back in here to see what I post next!!

 

XOXO lex

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

Who doesn’t love chocolate?! Who doesn’t love makeup?! Who doesn’t love chocolate AND makeup?! Finally the makeup gods at Too Faced have graced my eyelids. I’m probably the last person in the world to have tried the Chocolate Bar palette, but it was definitely worth the wait. Safe to say I’m beyond obsessed. Not only are the colors gorgeous, but it legitimately smells like chocolate. Come on now, what girl wouldn’t be in love?

If you don’t feel like spending the $49 on the palette, do yourself a favor and stop by Sephora just to smell the darn thing

Heres’s the quick simple look I created today using the Chocolate Bar palette

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Face: 

  • Becca Shimmering  Skin Perfector in ‘Moonstone’
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in ‘NC 20’
  • Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller in ‘Light/Medium’
  • Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
  • Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector in ‘Opal’

Eyes:

  • MAC Paint Pot in ‘Soft Ochre’
  • Lorac eyeshadow in ‘Cream’ — All over lid
  • Chocolate Bar Palette
    •  ‘Milk Choclate’ — Crease
    • ‘Semi-Sweet’ — Outer Corner
    • ‘Creme Brûlée’ — Inner Corner
    • ‘Hazelnut’ — Lid Center
  • Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara
  • NYX The Curve Eyeliner
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in ‘Chocolate’

Lips:

  • OCC Lip Tar in ‘Mein Herr’

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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

Over the past few months I’ve stocked up on some gorgeous new products that need to be shared! I know it looks like a ton of things but don’t think I bought them all at once! There are some amazing things in this haul so take a look 🙂

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  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #12 $18: This brush is the perfect size and stiffness to get clean lines on your brows without going too heavy-handed. The spooly on the other end is perfect for keeping your brows clean

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  • Milani Brow Shaping Clear Gel $4.49: This clear gel locks the brows in place so they stay put all day long. There are tons of more expensive versions, but this one works perfectly fine for almost 1/3 of the cost

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  • Milani Brow & Eye Highlighter 02 $6.49: Run this along the top and bottom of the brows when you’re done to reveal crisp, clean edges to make the brows look even bolder

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  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade (Chocolate) $18): Sadly this is one product I’ve been disappointed with… I waited months for my shade to come in but I definitely prefer the Brow Wiz pencil. The color stays on forever but I feel that it’s way too easy to overdo the eyebrows to the point that they look “painted on”. This could totally be my fault, but it really does take a lot of practice and patience I don’t have on a day-to-day basis

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  • L’Oreal Infallible Super Slim Eyeliner (Black) $8.95: This felt tip eyeliner pen is pretty standard. Nothing too wonderful or amazing, but it does give a thin line that some of the fatter tipped pens do not

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  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette $58: For months I’ve wanted these blushes, or any Hourglass product for that matter. I’ve heard they give you a “glow from within” and oh my Lord that’s exactly what they do! They are all absolutely gorgeous on the skin and stay for hours. The blushes do not look glittery or chunky on the skin like some can, but they definitely give the cheeks some dimension and life

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  • MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot (Soft Ochre) $21: Pretty standard in the makeup world. The best thing about this eyeshadow primer is that it conceals all the redness and veins in eyelids while priming for eyeshadow. The shadow will last all day and not crease if you use this product. Also great for sculpting out the bottom of the brows!

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  • MAC Eyeshadow (Shroom) $16: This satin eyeshadow gives a gorgeous highlight on the brow bone and inner corner. It is not too shimmery or glittery, but rather light reflective. Pairs beautifully with almost any look on any skin tone

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  • Bare Minerals Well Rested Concealer $18: This powder concealer brightens up the under eye area rather well. I found that it does crease on me if I use it by myself. The trick to fix this is to use a small amount of regular face powder right under the eye before applying the Bare Minerals powder. It has a little bit of a satin finish so there will be a tiny bit of iridescence but nothing overwhelming

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  • Kat Von D Tattoo Lock It Foundation (46 Light) $34: HOLY GRAIL!!! I bought this on a whim just out of curiosity (and love for Kat) but OH MY GOD you need this in your life! Out of any foundation I’ve ever used this one is my favorite of all time. I honestly don’t know how anything will top it. You can use only one pump to completely conceal any redness or discoloration on your entire face. It’s lightweight while being full coverage which is something very rare in foundation. It stays put for literally 24 hours without having to be retouched. If you’re looking for a new product, this is the one to buy. I can’t stress it enough, it is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G

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  • Sephora Collection Pro Airbrush #55 $34: As far as brushes go, this one is pretty amazing for being a Sephora brand. It blends the foundation seamlessly into the skin and removes any excess product to avoid that awful cake face we’ve all fell victim to

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  • NYX Lip Products
    • Slim Lip Pencil (Nude Pink & Nude Beige $3.50: Long lasting and pigmented for the price
    • Retractable Lip Liner (Dark Red) $4.50: Fun Fact: the MAC makeup artist couldn’t believe I was wearing this lipliner – she thought it was a MAC lipstick! So for that reason I’m pretty in love with this, you can wear it alone or under a lipstick and it will last for hours without retouching
    • Matte Lipstick (Butter) $6: This is a very brown looking lipstick that I haven’t felt that I can pull off. However, the formula is not drying so even though it is a matte finish it doesn’t go on chalky over the lips
    • Extra Creamy Round Lipstick (Tea Rose) $4: Again, for $4 you can’t beat NYX lipsticks. This one looks gorgeous over the Nude Pink liner. I prefer this over a liner simply because I don’t find the lipstick to be particularly long-wearing
    • Soft Matte Lip Cream (Sao Paulo & Monte Carlo) $6: If you like a matte lip, I highly recommend these. They go on as a liquid lipstick that quickly dries to a matte finish. The end up wearing as a stain so even when the initial top layer wears off you’ll be left with a good amount of color

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  • MAC Whirl Lipliner $16: This may be the most perfect lip liner color I’ve ever owned. It is gorgeous on almost any skin tone and works perfectly if you’re trying for those Kylie Jenner lips. Depending on what lipstick you use the color can go more brown or pink so it’s very versatile. I think this should be a staple in every girl’s lip collection

Lip Swatches! Sorry they’re not in focus, but you get the idea!

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  • From top to bottom
    • Sao Paolo
    • Monte Carlo
    • Butter
    • Tea Rose
    • Nude Pink
    • Nude Beige
    • Whirl
    • Dark Red

Okay so I’m probably the worst blogger out there since I haven’t posted in such a long time…

I definitely missed it and I really need to make more of an effort to do this regularly! So if any of you have wondered what I’ve been up to it’s just been school! Any students out there know how time consuming classes are, but I definitely need to keep this up! It’s my happy place 🙂

A couple weeks ago I did makeup on my gorgeous friend Kristen. I’ve always been a little shaky with makeup on other people, but I really love how this one turned out! Hope you guys like it 🙂

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She’s gorgeous right?! Even without makeup

  • First, I put some tape from the corner of her eye up to the tail of her eyebrow. This ensures a clean line and an easy guide when it comes time to add the eyeliner.
  • With a Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Lavender, I covered the lid and blended it out with my finger. To deepen the color, I added a medium shade purple all over the lid.DSC_1755DSC_1761
  • With the colors Plum and Charcoal from Lorac, I deepened up the outer corners just a little bit. Make sure not to go too far into the middle of the eye with the darker colors, you still want to have some light peeking through.
  • Next, peel off the tape to reveal that crisp line!
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    • All I did here was add some brown eyeliner with a slight wing, I really wanted the eyeshadow to speak for itself in this look.
    • To add a little drama to the lower lash line, I used a bit of the Plum shade and smoked it out just a tiny bit

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    • Excuse me while I obsess over Kristen’s skin… it’s FLAWLESS!
    • To emphasize her already perfect skin, I added a generous amount of MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle just along the high points of the face
    • For a little color I dusted MAC blush in Melba over the apples of the cheek DSC_1782 DSC_1783

    This purple just looks absolutely amazing with her green eyes, it makes them pop even more! I hope you guys like this look and try it out! It’s really super easy and will look great on those with fairer skin. If you have green eyes you REALLY need to give this a shot, I promise you’ll love the results

    Thanks for reading, I’ll be posting more soon 🙂