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OLAY DID IT AGAIN: BEST, AFFORDABLE EYE CREAM

Bags, dark circles, wrinkles, and dryness- I don’t understand why any of these problems exist, but the fact of the matter is that they do, so as women we go on the hunt for the best possible way to treat the problem. There are thousands of eye creams out there that promise the same thing. They say they are the best out there and no other cream can compare to what their magic cream can do. I’ve fallen for the same tricks most of you have, and 50+ dollars later, was heavily disappointed.

After trial and error, I finally found an eye cream that helps with moisturizing, dark circles, and anti-aging (yet to be determined and hopefully won’t be for a very long time!). SO here it is: 

OLAY Total Effects Eye Transforming Cream:

I’ve always been a fan of Olay for the simple fact that the brand makes quality products for the mass market. This is the first eye cream I’ve come across that doesn’t cost a fortune and gives me the results that I am looking for. You can learn more about this eye cream including key ingredients that make this cream work the way it does and application instructions on their website.

BTW, if you happen to have $130 dollars to spare (nbd), I have another recommendation that I’ve tried out. Shiseido Future Solution LX  has unmatchable hydration and has been rated as a top eye cream by virtually every beauty magazine. I just don’t think it’s worth it, especially when I think about how many MAC eyeshadows I could get for the same price (it’s 8 incase you were wondering). 

What’s YOUR favorite eye cream?

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HOW TO GET MY SMOKY EYE LOOK

I think every girl should highlight what they feel is their best feature. If you have high cheek bones, help them glow with a great blush. If you have plump lips, show them off with a killer lipstick. Personally, I’m a huge eye make up girl. I love experimenting with different eye shadows, mascaras, and eye liners. 

Everyone who knows me knows that I am OBSESSED with the smoky eye look. I think it’s the best way to make your eyes pop and glam up your outfit for a night out. I wanted to share the products I personally use to get my look. I use a combination of department store products and drug store products. I don’t always think that the BEST products are from department stores or cosmetic specialty stores (Sephora or ULTA). I’m convinced that we are all brainwashed into thinking drug store products aren’t as good of quality. Oh what good marketing can get people to believe…

  • MAC White Frost (silver eye shadow) or MAC All That Glitters (gold eye shadow): Depending on the outfit, I wear either silver or a semi-gold shade as the first coat over my whole eye and in the very corner of my eye.
  • MAC Carbon M (black eye shadow): The pigmentation is SO strong on this black that I usually don’t even wear primer. I use this as a top coat over my eye liner as well to get more of a smolder effect. I love the smokiness of this particular black and the fact that it doesn’t have tacky glitter in it. 
  • LORAC Front of the Line (liquid liner): I use liquid for the top of my eye. The thickness of the liner is dependent on how heavy the rest of my make up is for the night. I usually put a thicker coat when I’m wearing nude lips and light bronzer to emphasize my eyes. **BEAUTY TIP**: If you are debating which products you could just buy at the drug store and not spend a lot on, liquid liner is one of them.
  • L'Oreal Paris Pencil Perfect Ebony (pencil liner): I use pencil for the bottom of my eye.** BEAUTY TIP**: If you think you have small eyes, wear the liner on the outter part of your eye to make them look bigger. If you think you have big eyes, wear the liner in the inside part of your eye to make them look smaller.
  • CoverGirl LashBlast (mascara): This is the BEST mascara out there if you have thin long lashes and want them to look thicker. I have literally tried every department store mascara there is, and this is definitely my fav. By the way, I accidentally bought the waterproof version instead, and it does NOT have the same effect so be careful before purchasing!
  • MAC 213 Fluff Brush: I use this brush to apply the silver/gold all over the eye. This is the ONLY part of smoky eyes where the type of brush you use doesn’t really matter.
  • MAC 275 Medium Angled Shading Brush: I use this brush to apply the black in the corner of my lid.
  • MAC 222 Tapered Blending Brush: This brush is GREAT for blending! My number one MUST have eye makeup brush
  • MAC 263 Small Angle Brush: I use this to put the silver/gold in the corner of my eye.
  • MAC 214 Short Shader Brush: I use this when I use my black eye shadow as liner for an extra smoky look

                   

SIDE NOTE: this look is NOT cheap. If you are looking for an affordable way to get the smoky eye look with the same results, check out my post on the best smoky eye kit. 

What look do you prefer for a night out? Smoky eyes or the natural look?

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BOBBI MAKES THE BAGS GO AWAY: BEST CONCEALER

A problem area for many girls is dark circles or bags under their eye. Personally, the area around my eye is darker than the rest of my face. I have been in search for a great concealers. What I look for in a concealer is 1. coverage 2. glow 3. texture. I have extremely dry skin, so when I am in search for a good concealer, I prefer those that are liquidy and feel moisturizing (for those who have oily skin may prefer a stick). I have tried EVERY concealer out there. Here are a few:

YSL Touche EclatLancome Maquicomplet CoverageMAC Liquid ConcealerMAC Concealer

1. YSL Touche Eclat 2. Lancôme Maquicomplet 3. Mac Select Cover-up 4. Mac Studio Finish

I would get disappointed because none would have all three things I was looking for. If it made the bottom of my eyes glow, it didn’t give full coverage or if it did give full coverage, it dried up my skin. I heard AMAZING things about YSL Touche Eclat and was ecstatic to try it. It wasn’t working for me, but I have heard others disagree with me. It has received great reviews (not to mention the packaging is perf).

Last summer when I was in NYC, a friend asked me to do her make up. Since our complexion was so different, I couldn’t use my make up on her so she brought hers. This is where I discovered my new favorite concealer. It gave her the most amazing glow (due to the loose powder attached on the bottom), coverage, and had the most creamy texture. I went to the mall THAT day to try it on myself, and I discovered they had different shades to match my complexion #truelove

MY CONCEALER OF CHOICE: BOBBI BROWN CREAMY CONCEALER KIT

                                                        Bobbi Brown Concealer


UPDATE: THE PACKAGING FOR THIS PRODUCT HAS CHANGED BUT IT WORKS THE SAME WAY. IF YOU GO TO A BOBBI BROWN COUNTER AND THE CONCEALER LOOKS AS THOUGH IT DOES NOT HAVE THE ATTACHED POWDER, DON’T BE TRICKED. THE NEWLY PACKAGED VERSION IS ACTUALLY MORE PRACTICAL FOR THE GIRL ON THE GO!


Which concealer works best for you?

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DISCOVERY OF THE DAY: A GREAT SMOKEY EYE KIT DOES EXIST!

My friend came over and asked me to teach her how to do smoky eyes. I’m all for helping my friends learn to do proper smoky eyes because a. then I don’t always have to do it b. its such a glam look if done properly and a trashy look if done wrong. She came to my apartment with a new makeup kit she bought from ULTA earlier that day. She said that she had no idea where to begin and figured this had all the things she needed. I was reluctant at first but I thought I would give it a shot since I had never personally used the kit she bought.

The kit is called “Close Up: Real Life to Red Carpet Tutorial” by LORAC. I have always been a fan of LORAC bronzer but am now officially obsessed with the whole line! The kit contains everything you need for the perfect smoky look. Granted, the pigmentation isn’t as great as MAC, but the primer you apply before helps do the trick. ALSO, the kit tells you exactly how to apply the eyeshadow down to applying the mascara. Every product in the kit is worth it–even the brushes! The best part about it all is that the WHOLE kit (including primer, 3 eye shadows, 2 sided brush, liquid liner, and mascara) is $36.00! You can find this kit at ULTA.

SIDE NOTE: I only suggest purchasing this kit if you feel like you need a lot of the items in it. Many of you may just be looking for a strong black eye shadow. If so, I say stick to MAC.

             

By the way, I seriously feel like I have tried every single smoky eye kit there is out there besides LORAC, and I NEVER really found a kit that really fits everything that I am looking for. Usually the kits contain items that are useless to me that just get stuffed to the bottom of my makeup bag. Here is a list of smoky eye kits that I think are NOT worth it: 

  1. Stila Talking Eye Kits
  2. Covergirl Smokey Eye Kits
  3. Smokey Eyes Sephora
  4. Kim Kardashian’s Smoky Eye Kit

I was REALLY disappointed with the Kim Kardashian’s kit. How can someone who always has such fab makeup on at all times sell a product with such crappy pigmentation? Seriously Kim, you have enough endorsement deals under your belt. No need to market a bad product #justsaying 

Have you ever tried a smoky eye kit? Thoughts?

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