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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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YOUR FACE IS A CANVAS: USE PRIMER!

I discovered primer a few years ago and realized what a money saver it ends up being! I’m so used to coating layers of makeup on in order for it to show up, but with primer, I no longer have to. I was going to Sephora to get my regular products and saw a girl getting her makeup done. The makeup artist described his work as a “masterpiece”. At first, I thought this was a bit extreme. I mean, this isn’t the Mona Lisa? I really feel like I now understand what he meant by that. 

Our face is a canvas. We can “paint” it however we want. If you prime a canvas before painting it in order for the colors to pop and last, why wouldn’t you do the same to your face? This is especially useful for those of you who buy drug store products that aren’t as highly pigmented. Primer can help a dull, chalky eye shadow appear bright and radiant. There are two different kinds of primer I use:

For face: Smashbox ‘Photo Finish’ Light 

                                

What I love about the Smashbox primer is the light weight texture. It glides on easily and doesn’t make you feel like your makeup is caked on. I recommend getting the tube over the bottle so you can make use of every drop (I know the bottle looks prettier, but the tube is also easier for travel!). One tube can last up to 5 months!

SIDE NOTE: If you don’t care to try the product on before purchasing, you can find it on Amazon for 10-15 dollars cheaper. 

For eyes: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

                               

I got this free as apart of an eyeshadow kit and fell in love. Before this primer, I used MAC Paint Pot. I liked the MAC primer because of its matte finish (if you prefer the matte finish, I recommend the MAC primer), but it left creases in my eye due to its thick texture. The Urban Decay primer smoothly lays across the lid and feels light (not the mention fabo packaging!). The wand makes it easy to spread the primer and dab on any necessary areas. It really helps liner and shadows last longer without fading throughout the day.

If you want to hear other people’s thoughts, read more amazing reviews on the Urban Decay Primer on Sephora’s website.

Do YOU use primer? 

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FABO EYES: THE "CAT-EYE" LINER LOOK

I’m a huge liner girl. I think eyeliner is a great way to make your eyes pop. What’s great about liner is that you can use it to make your makeup look dramatic OR light depending on the occasion. I personally think eye liner is one of those products you DON’T have to splurge money on. I love my pencil and liquid liners and they are from drug stores. To read what my favorite pencil liner is, check out my post on how to get my smoky eye look!  For most occasions, I use liquid liner for the top of my eyes and pencil for the bottom. I like using liquid for the top because you can shape the corner of your eye better with it. My favorite is the “cat-eye” look you can get with liquid liner. This is a great way to make your eyes pop without doing over kill with eye shadows. My favorite star to do this look is none other than Lauren Conrad:

                 

So how do you know how far out to go with the liner? I found the best technique is using the end of your eyebrow and the far corner of your eye. Imagine a line connecting them and that’s the direction the liner should be pointing. I don’t recommend going too far out, but you can dramatize the length depending on the event.

This is a great way to change up the way you do your eye makeup. I feel like when people think of “cat-eye” they automatically assume heavy eye shadow. Sometimes you DON’T have to wear heavy shadow and can just use liner to give the look (once again depending on the occasion of course). The BEST eye makeup to compliment a simple cat eye look is as follows:

  • Heavy mascara: Make those lashes pop with several coats of mascara to your top lashes and a light coat to the bottom lashes.
  • Bottom liner: I start mine at the very corner, but once I reach mid eye, I begin to darken the amount of liner I use. **BEAUTY TIP** I like using black eye shadow as bottom eye liner with this look! I recommend trying it out. It gives a smolder look to the eyes.
  • Bottom shadow (OPTIONAL): Sometimes I line my bottom liner with a MAC White Frost eye shadow to add a pop since the liner on the bottom isn’t applied heavily. This still keeps the cat eye look simple. Keep in mind, the top lid SHOULD contain the heavier makeup for this look!

What YOUR favorite liner technique?

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