10 Confessions of a Makeup Addict

It’s no secret that I love makeup. Some may even call it an addiction and I’m in no place to deny it so instead, I’m going to share 10 confessions of a makeup addict and embrace the fact that I’ve got a problem.

  1. Pink is not one color.Do you mean rose pink, nude pink, hot pink, coral pink, red-pink etc.? The list is endless and no rose pink is not the same as nude pink!
  2. I know all the employees at Sephora and I have occasionally received the “Oh you’re back…” and “You again?”.  They’ve stopped asking me if I need help and just let me be.
  3. Sometimes I open my makeup drawers and I just stare at my products lovingly. I also tend to swatch all my lipsticks for fun and end up having pink, red and purple stains on my arms.
  4. When I’m applying my makeup, I describe what I’m doing as if I have an audience watching  me and taking notes or a camera set up infront of me. “…then I’m going to take my trusty BeautyBlender and bounce that concealer in. Make sure to keep your sponges clean or else…Sarah are you paying attention?”
  5. When you’re talking to me, I’m guilty of imagining how a flicked eyeliner would look with your eye shape and how MAC’s Ruby Woo lipstick would look so good with the outfit you’re wearing. I’m sorry!
  6. When an eyeshadow smashes, a lipstick breaks or my cream highlighter has nail indents in it,    then I reserve the right to be upset. You just don’t understand.
  7. I have run out of ideas on how to store my makeup. It started out with cute baskets, then drawers, then a desk and now there isn’t enough space!
  8. Makeup is sentimental. I keep almost everything as I can’t bear to throw it out. “This is the        first MAC product I’ve ever purchased and this is the first red lipstick I’ve ever worn and omg this was a limited edition blush…”
  9. I sometimes lie about buying makeup. “Oh this Sephora bag? no no it’s empty I swear”, “No mom I didn’t go to Sephora again, this is the bag from yesterday”…woops (sorry mom).
  10.  I judge a book by its cover. I’m not going to lie to you, if the makeup packaging looks good then I’m  sold. Obviously the actual content counts but do you understand how pretty that’ll look on Instagram??

So there you have it, my secrets are all out in the open now.  Don’t judge me! If you relate to any of these and if you’re also a self-professed makeup addict then please know that you’re not alone and we can get through this together.

 

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MAC Haul: Kinda Sexy Lipstick & Hush Cream Color Base

I’ve recently visited a MAC store and picked up a few products that have quickly become part of my daily summer makeup routine. I thought I’d do a quick post to share the two products I’ve bought; Kinda Sexy lipstick and the Hush Cream Color Base to satisfy your makeup sweet tooth.

I tend to buy more MAC makeup when I’m in Abu Dhabi since their stores are much more accessible to me here than they are in London. I’ve been all about using natural colors and I’ve been gravitating to more blush, brown and terracotta tones and hues. The Mac Kinda Sexy matte lipstick and the Mac Cream Color Base in Hush seemed to be just that. They’ve fit  perfectly in my day-to-day summer makeup routine and I’ve absolutely loved the natural look they give.

The Mac Kinda Sexy lipstick has a matte finish and is described to be a “neutral pinky-rose” which is a color I absolutely love. It’s the kind of color that doesn’t need a double thought and can be paired with pretty much everything. This is the kind of color that can be described as “your lips but better” with a slight hint of beige. The formula itself is smooth and doesn’t nudge or pull at your lips at all, making it easy to apply. Since it has a matte finish it is long-lasting which comes with the downside of it being slightly drying. You can tell in the picture below that it did cling on to dry patches on my lips but when I used a lipbalm before applying it, it applied much more smoothly and flawlessly.

If you’ve been following me on Instagram (@berry.lita), you would know how much I’ve been loving using the ever-so-famous Mac Cream Color Base in Hush. This color is described as a “Soft peach with icy shimmer” which is pretty much a spot-on description. This is basically a long-lasting creamy highlighter that can be used on the eyes, face and body. The formula is creamy with a very sheer and dewy finish, which is what I was looking for. I’m all about the BAM highlighters I wanted something more sheer for everyday. I love the fact that it’s a great highlighter base and I find that using it under powder highlighters gives my cheeks extra longevity and pigmentation. It’s very blendable and easy to work with and can be worn on its own (for a natural look) or as a highlighter base.

MAC Haul: Kinda Sexy Lipstick & Hush Cream Color Base

Sorry about this swatch, Hush wasn’t showing up well in photos.

MAC Haul: Kinda Sexy Lipstick & Hush Cream Color Base

MAC Haul: Kinda Sexy Lipstick & Hush Cream Color Base

Wearing Mac Kinda Sexy Lipstick on my lips and Mac Cream Color Base in Hush on my cheekbones, nose, brow bone and cupids bow. As you can see, it gives a beautiful sheer glow to the skin which looks very natural for summer.

What have you recently picked up in MAC?

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Ogx Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Oil and Treatment

My very first time trying the Ogx Renewing Oil of Morocco Oil and Treatment and having not heard any reviews prior to purchasing them, I was pleasantly surprised and impressed. I picked up the Ogx “Renewing Argan Oil of morocco Penetrating Oil” and the “Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Intense Moisturizing Treatment”. Ogx has many different lines and the “Argan Oil of Morrocco” line is infused with argan oil and is rich with natural vitamin E and antioxidants which in turn helps renew hair, leaving it soft and shiny. From the website itself, ” A unique precious blend of argan oil of Morocco which instantly penetrates the hair shaft restoring shine and softness while strengthening and creating soft, seductive, silky perfection”.

Ogx Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Oil and Treatment

I haven’t always had the best luck with hair treatments since most of them seem to make your hair soft for a few hours and that’s about it. First of all, this smells incredible and it’s not overpowering and doesn’t linger on your hair, which I’m sure a lot of people would appreciate. I definitely saw a difference with my hair and not just for a couple of hours. My hair felt smoother after a few uses and the ends of my hair felt more moisturized. It also added a slight shine without making my hair look oily which tends to happen to me more often than not.

If you’re looking for a nice, quick hair treatment then try the OGX renewing argan oil of morocco line out. I’ve been using this treatment up to three times a week as either my conditioner or right after I condition my hair, depending on how well my hair has been behaving.

Ogx Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Oil and Treatment

I like to apply the penetrating oil on the ends of my hair after towel drying or after my hair has completely dried to add some shine. I felt like my hair looked shinier and felt a lot healthier without weighing it down or leaving it feeling oily and greasy. My ends have always been a problem for me as they are always so dry but applying this oil on my ends helped me tame the flyaways and keep my split ends down. It has a slightly thick consistency which tends to be the case with hair oils, however, a small amount goes a long way with this oil so use it sparingly.

The nice thing about OGX is that it’s affordable and easily-accessible. I’ve heard great things about their coconut line as well. Have any of you tried it?

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July Makeup Favorites

Can you believe July is over? So many great things happened this month including my 22nd birthday, getting my driver’s license and discovering amazing new products that have quickly become favorites. So, without rambling on, here are my July makeup favorites (with the exception of one non-makeup product).

July Makeup Favorites

  1. Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in Devotion

There’s something about having a lip color that is easy to apply, matches with everything and is affordable and this one does the trick. The color is the perfect everyday pink without  being nude or too bright. It has a creamy texture which is quite different from other matte lip colors that I’ve come across which makes it feel more comfortable on the lips, however, it is not long-lasting.  I tend to have dry lips and applying lip colors can be such a pain when most of them tend to highlight your patchy skin but I’ve found that this applied smoothly and effortlessly. Definitely going to be checking out their extensive color range.

2. L’Occitane Neroli & Orchidee Fragrance 

I don’t include fragrance favorites very often since I tend to stick to my few signature scents but when I came across this perfume I fell in love and knew I had to share it. The scent includes notes of orange, mandarin, white orchid and a soft base of musk and iris. It is a mixture of both a fresh yet still floral scent that is light yet also quite heavy.  I know that this isn’t exactly the best description but oh my it smells incredible and one spray lingers on all day.

3.  Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Chocolate 

I am so happy I came across this brow pencil as it has truly changed the brow game for me. I don’t want to talk too much about this product just because I’ll be talking more about it in another post but the slanted tip gives just the right precision to achieve bold brows. The texture is creamy and easy-to-blend making it much easier to achieve natural looking brows.

4.  HourGlass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light 

By far the most beautiful finishing powders I have come across (and the most expensive..). I dust this all over my face and specifically on my T-zone area to get the most gorgeous glow. It is not a highlighter but rather a face powder that illuminates and brightens by adding the most subtle and healthy-looking glow to your face. From the site, “By manipulating and filtering out harsh light, powders conceal skin imperfections, pores and wrinkles. State-of-the-art formula delivers a multidimensional luminescence to every skin tone, making it appear softer, younger and perfectly lit”.

5.   Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Mother

When they say that it’s everlasting they mean its EVER LASTING! This stuff does not come off or transfer or fade anywhere. The formula dries down to a fully matte look and feels comfortable on the lips while being a tad drying. It is smooth and creamy and quite easy to apply, however, I would recommend using a good lipliner underneath to get the full effect. It is extremely pigmented and the color range is to die for with  every shade being available (including navy blue). This shade in specific, Mother, is such a special color in my opinion and can be described as a dusty pink. It’s also just the right amount of bright without being too out there and can still be worn as an everyday lip color.

 

July Makeup Favorites

6.  Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna 

I know, I know, this product has been talked about sooo much you’re probably sick of hearing about it. So let me just quickly say this. This bronzer is a must-have for pretty much everyone. It can be used to contour or bronze up your face since it has subtle golden shimmers to add warmth. The Nars bronzer has such a smooth texture which makes application and the buildability so easy. If you haven’t checked out my last blog post here, make sure to do so as I talked more about my love for this bronzer!

7.   Collection Lasting perfection Concealer in Warm Medium 

After hearing bloggers raving about how incredible this very affordable concealer is, I had to try it out and they are so right. This Collection concealer stays on for a very long time, it is so pigmented and conceals any dark circles and it is so easy to blend. It has a thin consistency that still adds heavy coverage without looking cakey or creasing. The color selection is limited, especially for the darker skin tones which is unfortunate but if you happen to find the right shade,  go for it!

8.    NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Prague 

I’ve spoken about the NYX soft matte lip creams so many times on my blog because they’re just so damn good (let me know if you’d like to see a collection post with swatches?). This one new shade in particular called Prague has become my favorite for Summer.  It can be described as a grape wine color that looks stunning on the lips. The formula is so creamy and soft and perfect for everyday.

9. NYX Slide On Eye Liner in Brown Perfection 

I was looking for a good dark brown eyeliner that I can use in my waterline and tightline and that will stay on without smearing everywhere. This eyeliner does not budge! It is pigmented and has a soft formula that easily glides on your waterline. It stays on for a significant amount of time and for the affordable price tag you really can’t go wrong.

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(L-R: NYX, Revlon, Kat Von D)

July Makeup Favorites

(L-R: Collection Concealer, NYX , ABH Brow Wiz)

What are your July makeup favorites?

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3 Tips to Help You Contour and Highlight Like a Pro

You might feel like running in the opposite direction when you hear the phrase “contour and highlight”, but I assure you it’s easier than you think. I want to share with you 3 tips to help you contour and highlight like a pro that will hopefully have you feeling more like JLo and less like a muddy disco ball.

  1. The Face Shape

The standard structure that many people tend to focus on is the 3E shape which is a good reference point. However, if you want to take things to the next level, it is important to take a look at your face shape.  Circle? Contour along the sides of your face to help give you a more structured jawline. Square? Contour on the jawbone and below the cheeks to narrow this area. etc.

There are plenty of resources online that can help you figure out what face shape you are. Understanding your shape will allow you to understand what you want to minimize (contour) and what you’d want to bring out (highlight). For example, if you have a wider forehead, you’d contour the top to make it appear smaller. If your jawbone is wide, you might want to contour the sides to make it appear narrower. In contrast, highlighting helps bring out your features which is why it is typically used on the cupid’s bow, the tip of the nose, the brow bone as well as the cheekbones.

2.  The Products

You’ve probably come across many different types of formulas and products used for contouring and highlighting. It really does depend on your preference. You can use different shades of concealers, sticks, powders, creams and even gel formulas.

Two cult products that I’ve been loving and recommend to everyone is the Nars Bronzer Powder in Laguna and the TheBalm MaryLou-manizer. Ideally, contouring should be done with a cool-toned bronzer and warmed up with a warm-toned bronzer on top. For me, the Nars Laguna bronzer acts as both since it has a very subtle golden shimmer which adds warmth but is also a versatile shade that is good for contouring. This bronzer blends beautifully on the skin and does not make your face look muddy or dirty.

The MaryLou-manizer highlighter is the first product that I’ve purchased from TheBalm and it has quickly become a favorite. It has a golden shimmer that enhances pretty much all skin tones. The pigmentation and longevity of this product is impeccable and it’s also easy to blend, making it very user-friendly. Try to steer away from highlighters that have huge specks of glitter as this will sit right on top of your cheeks and enhance your pores, no no no.

Nars Laguna Bronzer TheBalm MaryLou-manizerTheBalm MaryLou-manizer Highlighter

3.  The Tools

Fingers, sponge or brush? This part is completely dependent on your preference, however, sponges and fingers work best with creamy products as it allows you to warm up the product and apply it more naturally on the face. If you opt for a brush with cream products, make sure the brush has synthetic hair (like a concealer brush). Powder bronzers and highlighters work best with brushes.

My personal favorite for contouring is the Nars Ita Kabuki Brush (here). For an all over the face bronzing brush I absolutely love the Real Techniques Blush Brush. As for highlighting, I tend to use a fan brush that I  received in a brush kit as I’ve found that these brushes allow you to control the amount of product placed on your cheeks and they give you a very natural finish. Click here for an affordable fan brush from Real Techniques.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my 3 tips for contouring and highlighting like a pro. Let me know any tips that you have to helping you ace the contouring and highlighting game!

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