10.30.2014

��Fall Monochromatic look��

Haven't done a FOTD in a while so here is a full face look I did today. I used fall inspired colors and actually love the way it turned out. 



FACE
•Lancôme Teint Idole 500W
•Cover Fx Cream Concealer NDeep
•Makeup Forever Duo Mat 218

EYES: 
•Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette
  -Milk Chocolate (Above Crease)
  -Amaretto (Middle Of Lid)
  -Cherry Cordial (inner & outer lid) 
  -White Chocolate (brow highlight)
• NYC Liquid Liner in Black
•L'Oréal Butterfly Mascara in Black 
•Ardell 402 Edgy Lash

CHEEKS:
•M.A.C Crazed Imagination Blush

LIPS: 
•M.A.C Nightmoth Liner 
•NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Copenhagen 


until next time 
Smooches *


10.05.2014

Karuna Exfoliating + Face Mask

I was a bit skeptical about buying this mask at first but the longer I stood on the checkout line at Sephora the more I talked myself into trying it. {Isn't that why they put those items near the line so you can buy more before checking out lol}


 Anyhow, it was $8 which to me is a lot for a one time mask but I always say there's no price too high for good skincare. I ended up not using it for weeks and forgot I even had it, until last night, I was going through my skincare drawer and saw it laying there waiting to be used. 



The mask was easy to apply and was really wet so be prepared for some dripping while putting it on. The directions said 10-20 minutes or longer for an intense treatment, I kept it in for 30 minutes. When I took it off my face was still a bit damp so I waited for it to dry before going to bed. 

Fast forward 7 hours and my face feels like silk, looks youthful, rejuvenated and 
glowing. I am very surprised by the results and will most definitely pick up another one next time I go to Sephora.
 
 *no filter-  the morning after applying mask. 

8.11.2014

Kylie Jenner Lip for WOC

Have you noticed most of my blogposts are done in the wee hours of the am. Thanks to insomnia and McD's Iced coffee I do my best thinking/ writing between the hours of 1-3am. 

Anyhow, today (well yesterday) I discovered a lipstick that mimics the highly raved about look that Kylie has been rocking for the past couple of months. I've seen many tutorials and they all used a cocktail of lipsticks, liners and such to create the look, and truthfully many weren't flattering for us brown beauties. 

I pulled out an oldie but goodie and it wasn't until after snapping a few pics I realized it looked similar to her lip so of course I had to share the news on all social sites for anyone interested. 

            
               MAC SPICE LIPSTICK  (LE)

-this is taken at night with indoor lighting but I will be recreating this look and take better daylight pics.

 But until then...

Smooches *

7.22.2014

Top 5 Lip Moisturizers



Soft, moisturized lips are a must for me because having flaky lips is a no no especially since I wear lipstick daily. 

With a plethora of choices for lip balm I have found a few that I'm in love with. 

1⃣ EOS Sweet Mint 
I have to admit I fell for the craze of these egg shaped lip balms and own every flavor they make, but for some reason sweet mint is my absolute favorite. I think it has to do with the peppermint tingle it leaves on my lips. 

2⃣ MAC Lip Conditioner (Tube) 
I have mentioned this before in a monthly favorite post and continue to love it. It probably is my #1 because it truly does wonders for my lips. It's works immediately so I tend to use it prior to applying makeup so my lips are ready for lipstick. 

3⃣ Smith's Strawberry Lip Balm
This love affair started with the rosebud salve which I did like but the constant smell of roses got to be too much. So I tried the strawberry and instantly liked using it much better, not only does it smell terrific it keeps my lips soft. 

4⃣ Kiehl's Coconut lip balm 
My newest find and already included in my daily routine. It's a bit thick and I can see it being awesome for winter months. I mainly use it at night and when I wake up my lips are smooth as butter. 

5⃣ MAC Lip Conditioner 
This is now discontinued but it was and still is an excellent moisturizer. The idea that it comes packaged as a regular MAC lipstick is what drew me in when I first saw it. The formula is amazing so I don't know why they discontinued this product. Essentially it's like the conditioner in the tube but more emollient and longer lasting. 


It wouldn't be a good lip conditioning post with out mentioning a lip scrub. I used to use C.O. Bigelow Lip Buffer from Bath & Body but began making a simple homemade mix of olive oil or coconut and sugar, it works just as well and saves $ because those ingredients are always available in your kitchen. 

Until Next Time 
Smooches*

7.04.2014

What's in my Makeup Bag

It has been ages since I posted on here so I thought it would fun to show what I carry around with me as far as makeup items. I did want to mention I am very active on Instagram @makeup_by_niki and that's where I post daily, anything from fotd's / sales / hauls/ my makeup collection to beauty tips and tricks.


I usually never need to touch up my makeup after applying it in the am, other than reapplying lipstick and a quick powdering of the nose what's done is done.


First of I carry everything in a MAC neon monogram bag which I love because it's small enough to fit in cross body bags yet wide enough to hold a good amount of products. So here's what I carry....

• cash (emergency $) 
•blotting sheets
•retractable Kabuki
•powder foundation 
•perfume sample
•lip balm 
•clear lipgloss  
•Hello Kitty mirror
•brown liner/ nude lipstick & lipglass
•purple lipgloss 

The only thing different I would add are whatever lipstick or gloss I'm wearing that day or eye lash glue if I'm going out dancing, because heat and sweat can cause my lash glue to loosen up.




Until next time 
*smooches 

5.06.2014

My April Favorites





It has been a while since I did a favorite post but now that I have accumulated a few new items I think it's time to let you know what beauty products I've been loving. In no particular order here are my April Favorites: 

1.  Clinique Stay Matte Foundation
This oil-free foundation is perfect for those with normal to oily skin. It offers sheer to medium coverage but I can build it up to a full coverage using my beauty blender. It is one of the only matte formulas that actually keeps me matte ALL day. I have 2 different shades one for now and one shade darker for the summer. If you have dry skin I wouldn't recommend this because it will dry you out even more. 
A++

2. Anastasia Dipbrow pomade Chocolate
After trying 2 other shades of this pomade, I finally found one that is perfect for my skintone. It is smear proof and waterproof, glides on easily but does dry fast so you have to work quickly.  I really like this and hope it holds up during hot, humid days. 
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3. Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette
As always I purchase a new product and I don't reach for it right away, I get so complacent with my 'staple' items that I buy new things but rarely use them. I was very impressed with this palette when I finally used it 4 months later (I know, I know). Besides the fact that it smells like chocolate these shadows are neutral but have a bit more color than the traditional neutral palette. I love how easy to blend they are and how many different looks I can achieve with this one palette, and lastly the packaging is super cute. I highly recommend this if you don't already have it. 
A+

4. Benefit Porefessional Primer
This very hyped up primer kept calling my name so I decided to gave it a try because I do have larger pores in my cheek area. First let me say I am very oily and I was not expecting this to help my oily areas because it is mainly marketed as a pore minimizer, surprisingly it does both. I love how silky it goes on and I guess because it's oil-free it keeps extra oil at bay. I like it but it isn't my holy grail of primers. 

5. M.A.C Magnetic Appeal Skinfinish
Let us just say I am all about highlighting products but I realize that being oily, highlighters aren't always fit for our skin type but I do like shine just in the right places. Skinfinishes are my favorite product that MAC makes and I have a pretty good collection of them. This month I started using Magnetic Appeal and feel head over heel in love. It's a beautiful bronze, gold color and is perfect for that summer glow, at night I pile it on and let the light reflect of my cheekbones naturally.
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6. M.A.C Golden Bronze Iridescent Loose Powder
Another Highlighting product that I have been using a lot last month. This one is a bit different because it can be used alone or mixed into foundation or powder to add a glow. As the name suggests this powder has a iridescent finish that is really pretty especially on really dark/tan skin. It has since been discontinued but last I checked it was still available on Nordstrom.com. A must have for women or color or tan/ olive skintones. 
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7. Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask
If you follow me on Instagram (makeup_by_niki) then you know how much I love facial masks and that my favorite brand is Freeman Feeling Beautiful masks. I read they came out with this one which is supposed to be a dupe for MAC's Volcanic Ash Exfoiliator ( comparison post coming soon) so I knew I wanted to try it myself to see if they were the same or similar. I absolutely love everything about this mask, it has been a key part of my facial routine and will be permanently added to the lineup. The charcoal is great for drawing out oil and impurities and the black sugar scrubs away dead, dull skin, leaving skin feeling brand new. The best part is that even though it exfoiliates it isn't harsh or drying but leaves my skin soft and moisturized. 

8. Mario Badescu Facial Spray
I love using facial sprays so I never turn down the opportunity to try new ones. I came across this one during one of my many Ulta trips and had to see what it was about. It contains rose water, aloe and herbs, can be used to set makeup or refresh the skin. I use it both day and night as a toner before applying my moisturizers and serums, also during the day as a pick me up when my skin feels dry or dehydrated. It is similar to MAC Fix+ but it's only $7 for 4 oz compared to $21 for 3.4 oz of the Fix+
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9. M.A.C Lip conditioner 
After the winter we had in NY I have become an expert at fighting chapped lips lol. I've honestly tried so many that did nothing for me that when I find one that works I cannot help but sing it's praise. This one is petroleum based but it is not sticky or goey like Vaseline, it contains Almond Oil, Shea Butter, Avocado Extract, Wheat Germ Oil, vitamins A and E which basically means it's extremely moisturizing. The one I have is in limited edition packaging with Ricky Martin's signature but it is a permanent product available year round. 
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10. M.A.C Shaping Powder in Soft Focus 
I've been wanting to try these shaping powders for a while nowo so I ordered this one to use as an under eye setting powder. It is finely milled, silky smooth and gives the right amount of highlight without being overly bright. It reminds me of banana powder because of the yellow color but I have yet to try that to do a comparison. I do love this powder and plan on picking up other shades in the future. 
A+


I always feature a bonus favorite and because I'm a foodie it's usually a treat. This month I've been loving Dove's Mint & Dark chocolate swirl bar....Heaven in a Candy bar 


Until Next Time 
Smooches*

4.28.2014

M.A.C Concealer Palette- Dark

Concealers aren't a necessary item for most in their makeup routine but when you are a mom it's a crucial step. They can hide dark circles, puffiness, redness or post acne marks. 

 My holy grail concealer is MAC's Pro Longwear in NW40 that I use to cover darkness and highlight the area under my eyes. Since I recently ran out of it 
I decided to try the Studio Finish concealer palette which includes 4 concealer shades (NC45, NW45, NC50, NW55) and 2 corrector shades in Ochre and Pure Orange. 

The formula of these are creamy and very easy to blend out, I use either my fingers or a beauty sponge and it doesn't require much product to get a flawless application. 

I would highly recommend it for the makeup enthusiast and definitely for the makeup artist. These save space, cut out the hassle of looking for multiple shades, and can be used to mix custom shades. They are also available in light, medium and medium deep at MAC stores, counters or maccosmetics.com for $40 US. 



Until next time 
Smooches*
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