Bye Bye Winter!

See ya Winter!

See ya Winter!


Today is the first day of Spring which makes it the LAST day of winter. Officially. Hopefully. I know you’re thinking, “Savannah, you live in Texas, what do you know about winter?!?” I’m here to tell you, that for a Texas girl, it’s been COLD this year. I’m more than happy to move on to the warmer months! One last winter look was in order, though, before I bust out the pastels and baby pinks! Here it is:
Burgundy Eyes

Burgundy Eyes


Eyes:
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Rust
Jouer Eyeshadows in Bordeaux, Buttercream, and Chestnut
Jordana Fabuliner for Eyes
Jordana Best Lash Extreme Mascara
MAC Omega Eyeshadow in Brows
Mally Evercolor Eyeliner in Onyx

Rich, burgundy colors are going to be some of my most missed come the Spring. Hopefully, they will be back on trend for next Fall/Winter because I just love the way they look on the eyes. (And lips, for that matter!) I started out by placing the Jumbo Eye Pencil in Rust all over my lid up to the crease as a base color. Then I blended out the pencil and added definition to the crease with Chestnut from Jouer. (Side Note: The Jouer Shadows are new to me but they do NOT disappoint…I may have already ordered a couple more…) Then I packed Bordeaux over the area where I had placed the Rust pencil to give a rich, well, Bordeaux color! I then took the Buttercream shadow to highlight my browbone inner corner. I ran some black liner in the waterline and smudged the Rust pencil on the bottom lash line as well. Some winged liner on the top lash line sealed the deal.

Face:
Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation
Inglot YSM Foundation
Hourglass Dim Light Ambient Lighting Powder
MAC Select Cover Up
Maybelline Blush in Mauve

Lips:
IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Stain in Damsel

Are you all sad to see Winter go? What trends are you sad to leave behind? Which ones are you looking forward to for Spring? Anything I need to try? Holler at me!

Snow Day Glam

Snow Day Glam

Snow Day Glam


So today, we woke up to Snow. Not nasty ice, not sleet, actual fluffy snow!!! Well bust out the cashmere and smokey eye and let’s go! I used some new items in this look that I have picked up recently and found a new love. The Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks. Why haven’t I tried these before?! I got the color Native which is a pretty pinky nude and the formula of these blew me away. They are so creamy and moisturizing. Because it was hella cold today, moisture was definitely on the menu! I need more….like now! Anyway, here is the look I created with some new Inglot shadows I got at IMATS. I LOVE Inglot shadows but it’s too much of a hassle to pry them out of the pan to get the name of them. Plus, the names are just numbers and impossible to remember. If you are really interested in a color, let me know and I’ll pry it out of the pan. Just for you!
Brr!

Brr!


Eyes:
Essence I Heart Stage Shadow Base
Covergirl Bombshell Shine Shadow in Platinum Club
Inglot Shadows
Maybelline Color Tattoo Pigment in Barely Brazen
Mally Evercolor Liner in Onyx
Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
Smokey Eye

Smokey Eye


I primed my eyes with Essence I **Heart** Stage eyeshadow base to give an even canvas to start with. To intensify the grey in the Inglot shadow I used on the lid I put down Covergirl Bombshell Shine Shadow in Platinum Club as a base color from lash line to the crease. I used a sparkly blueish-grey all over the lid and blended it out with a satin cornflower blue. Then I used a matte midtone brown from one of their trio pans to blend out the blue. As a browbone and inner corner highlight I wanted something sparkly so I used Maybelline Color Tattoo Pigment in Barely Brazen. I smudged out the Mally Evercolor Eyeliner in Onyx with more of the blue-grey shade for a smokey effect near the lash line.

Face:
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer
Benefit Oh La Lift
ELF Mineral Concealer
The Balm Sexy Mama Translucent Powder
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone
Inglot Blush
NYX Push Up Bra for Eyes

For the Face, I wanted a fresh dewy look since it was SO cold and my skin has been quite dry. Not to mention my allergies and sinuses have been going nuts and the undereye circles needed some extra manpower. Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation is a FAB dewy finish foundation. Rimmel: If you’re reading this, start selling this stuff in America! It’s one of my faves. Like I mentioned, the undereye area needed some extra attention with the Wake Me Up Concealer and the pink toned Benefit Oh La Lift for some extra oomph! I set it with the ELF Mineral Concealer. Since I like the finish and color match of the Rimmel foundation, I stuck with a light dusting of the Balm Sexy Mama powder just to make sure nothing moved. The Inglot blush I used is similar to MAC’s Well Dressed but slightly less pink, if you’re familiar. It gives a great, ‘I just came out of the snow’ look even when you’ve been sitting on the couch for 3 hours watching Law & Order: SVU….not that I do that or anything….Hoola Bronzer to warm up the face and the GORGEOUS Becca Highlight completed the face. Get you one of the Becca highlighters, y’all. I promise you won’t regret it!

Lips:
Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Native

So there you have it! My Snow Day Glam. I hope everyone is staying nice and warm!

Savy’s Most Savvy: 2013

Best of Beauty 2013

Best of Beauty 2013


Happy New Year Everyone!!! I hope everyone had a safe and happy Holiday Season! Chris and I had a great December hanging with family and friends, cuddling with our dogs, giving and receiving presents and eating yummy food.

Now that the holiday madness is over and everything is back to normal, I thought it would be fun to do a little year-end review talking about all the fun makeup items I loved the most in the past year. So without further ado, here are Savy’s Most Savvy of 2013:

Foundation: Inglot YSM FoundationI’ve talked about this before. I pretty much love everything about this foundation. The finish is great, the lasting power amazing, it blends easily and doesn’t feel heavy. Plus, it’s super affordable. What’s not to love?

Concealer: Collection Lasting Perfection ConcealerI’m hesitant to name this as my fave because it’s only available in the UK but it has been my Holy Grail concealer since I picked it up overseas in June. This stuff is super full coverage, has a beautiful creamy texture and doesn’t crease on my undereye area. If anyone is heading to the UK any time soon, pick me up some! I’ll take shade fair or light! Thanks in advance! I’m holding on to what I have left of my tube like it’s GOLD!

Powder: Too Faced Primed and Poreless Loose PowderThis stuff will make your face feel like silk. I’m always a skeptic about products that say they are going to ‘blur’ and ‘eliminate the appearance of..’ but this one is legit. Dust this on as a setting powder over your makeup and it will make whatever foundation you are using look that much better. And since it’s translucent, it’s not going to make you look cakey or change the color of your makeup.

Blush: Illamasqua Naked Rose
Illamasqua makes a mean blush. For some reason, my biggest problem product always seems to be blush. I always seem to have problems with blending or getting an even distribution of color. Illamasqua gets it done every time and the color Naked Rose is one I think you could wear with any makeup look.

Bronzer: NYC Sunny Bronzer
The best probably $4 I spent this year. It’s pretty much the perfect bronzer. It’s matte but blends well and doesn’t have too much red in it so it doesn’t turn pale me into an Oompa Loompa!

Highlighter: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light
These Hourglass Powders are luxe. They are so finely milled and smooth that they add a little something special without being BAM! highlight. The Luminous Light shade is my favorite to add to the tops of my cheekbones for a beautiful glow.

Liner: Tarte SmolderEyes Skinny LinersThese are a gem. I’m forever on the hunt for a good liner and these get it done. They glide on like a dream and will not budge. The black Onyx shade in particular is SUPER black and longwearing. Who doesn’t need a great eyeliner?

Mascara: Tie: Cover Girl Clump Crusher & Mally Volumizing MascaraI just really don’t think that you could go wrong with either one of these. I have the Cover Girl in Brown for when I want a more ‘natural’ look but still want my lashes to have some ‘umph’ and I’m completely out of my tube of Mally so that should tell you something if it ran out before drying up!

Palette: Lorac ProI recommend this palette to anyone whenever they ask me for a recommendation on palettes. It’s really got everything. An entire row of mattes, and entire row of shimmers, all the neutrals you need, great blending colors, and a couple of subtle colors. Plus, the pigmentation and butteryness of these shadows can’t be beat. I don’t know of anyone who I have recommended this to that has been disappointed.

Lips: Anything in a jumbo lip crayon format
I just can’t get enough of lip products in a jumbo crayon form. It’s just way too easy to have a lipstick in crayon form so that you can get right to the edge of the lips without a liner. Precision is key, my friends. There are tons of brands that have a product like this but my favorites are from Tarte and Jordana.

Favorite New Brand Discovery: The BalmThe Balm is a brand that I have discovered this year and it has left me wondering where it’s been all my life. Their shadows and blushes are standouts in the line but I’ve been impressed with everything that I’ve tried so far. The brand also branches into skin and haircare and I’ve recently picked up some shampoo and conditioner that I’m eager to try. The Balm is frequently featured on Hautelook so keep an eye out for good deals. As an added bonus to their fab products, their packaging is SUPER adorable. I highly recommend checking out some things.

Beauty Resolutions for 2014:
-Establish and stick to a solid skincare regimen. I have so many skin care products and gadgets I need to use but I always tend to get lazy and use a makeup wipe and call it a night. I’m going to see to it that all of these products and devices get the love and attention they deserve in the coming year.

-Shop my stash. After IMATS next week, I’m putting myself on a serious makeup no buy. Particularly on foundations and mascaras. I need to get through what I have so I can enjoy some new goodies. It’ll be hard…but I’m going to do the best I can!

-Keep learning, building my business and blogging. I want 2014 the year where I really get serious about my makeup work. I want to get new clients, do more jobs and generally get better at what I do. I’ve been freelancing for about 7 years now for fun but I’d like to make it more of a priority and focus in the coming year. And, of course, continue to pass some of my knowledge onto you, my dear readers!!!

What are some of your favorite products of 2013? I want to know! Also, do you have any ‘Beauty Resolutions’ you are going to ‘try’ to stick to? Are you as nuts as me about makeup and have to put yourself on a product no buy?

Here’s to a BEAUTIFUL and SAVVY 2014!!!

The Lost Summer Look

The Lost Summer Look

The Lost Summer Look


Because it has been unseasonably warm here in Texas, much to my dismay, I thought I would share with you a look that I wore back during the summer but never shared with y’all. It’s using one of the limited edition Wet n’ Wild Pop Art Trios so unfortunately it’s not available anymore. The colors are not all that uncommon or special so you should be able to duplicate it with other shadows if you want to. A matte peach, matte warm brown and matte sky blue and Ta Da!
Pop Art Eyes

Pop Art Eyes


Here’s what I’m wearing:
Face:
Benefit Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer
Garnier BB Cream
Laura Geller Balance n’ Brighten
Physician’s Formula Translucent Correcting Powder
Maybelline Dark Circle Eraser
ELF Golden Bronzer
Inglot Blush (Not sure the Number)
Eyes:
Wet n’ Wild Fergie Primer
Wet n’ Wild Pop Art trio in To Muse and Carouse
Benefit Bad Gal Liner in Espresso
Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes Mascara
Lips:
Almay Liquid Lip Balm in Cantaloupe Cream

Now I need everyone out there to send their cold weather this way! I’m tired of this flipping humidity!!!

Shades of Grey

Grey n' Pink

Grey n’ Pink


It’s technically Fall but is still sitting around 90 degrees here in the Metroplex. It makes it very hard to get into the Fall colors with that kind of weather going on. Grey is a big color for eyes this season, so I found a way to incorporate a Fall trend that didn’t seem SO Fall in the 90 degree heat. I used 3 Inglot Shadows to get this look and I wish I could tell you their numbers but I can’t get those suckers out of the palette! *Inglot shadows are AWESOME, BTW! Same or better quality than MAC, same awesome color selection and only $6 a piece.*
Grey Eyes

Grey Eyes


Eyes:
Inglot Shadows: Matte Light Grey, Dark Grey Shimmer, Pale Pink Shimmer
Pupa Silver Eyeliner
Nyx Retractable Eyeliner in Grey
Maybelline Colossal Volume Mascara

Face:
L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder
Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder (to set concealer)
ELF Golden Bronzer
Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in Pink Bronze
Sleek Blusher in Dolly Mix

Lips:
Starlooks Lip Pencil in Tickle Me Pink
ELF Mineral Lipstick in Party Pink
ELF Glossy Gloss in Pink Candy

BH California: Malibu

The Malibu Look

The Malibu Look


Hey Everyone! It’s been a bit of a cray week so I’ve been behind at getting my Cali looks up. BUT! It’s time to go to Malibu. The beach, the sun, the good and pretty weather…did I mention the beach?! I just think of be beachy, glamorous looks when I think of Malibu so mint and sandy browns were the look of the day. Here’s what I came up with:
Malibu Eyes

Malibu Eyes


Eyes:
Wet n’ Wild Fergie Primer
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Icy Mint
BH Malibu Shadows – Mint, Browns
Revlon Colorstay Pen in Blackened Brown
Rimmel ScandalEyes in Nude
Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara
Face:
Benefit Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer
Inglot YSM Foundation
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circles
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Sonia Kashuk Creme Bronzer in Warm Tan
BH Malibu Blushes/Highlighters
Lips:
NYX Lipgloss in Beige

Pretty, Sunny and makes me want to lay on a beach!

Still to come: San Francisco

BH California: Hollywood Look

Hollywood Look

Hollywood Look


The first city we are going to visit on my tour of Cali using the BH Cosmetics Hollywood Palettes is Hollywood. Join Me! So when I think of Hollywood I think of loud. Loud people, loud clothes, loud colors…everything loud. Using my BH Hollywood palette, I created a ‘loud’ blue and purple smokey look. All things bright and fun! Just like Hollywood!
Hollywood Eyes

Hollywood Eyes


Eyes:
Wet n’ Wild Fergie Eye Primer
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cobalt
BH Hollywood Palette Blue, Purple, Yellow Eyeshadows
Tarte Smoldereyes Skinny in Onyx
Revlon Lash Potion Mascara
Face:
Inglot YSM Foundation
Physicians Formula Mineral Powder
CoverGirl and Olay Undereye Corrector
MAC Studio Fix Concealer
BH Hollywood Palette Bronzer/Highlighter
MAC Blush in Sincere
Lips:
Almay Liquid Lip Balm in Lilac Love

As a happy coincidence, these BH Hollywood palettes are on HauteLook today for $8 a piece as well as some other fab BH Cosmetics products. Go Check Them! http://www.hautelook.com/invite/SLay747

Savy, Where you at?!

Hello there Ladies! (And Gents, I don’t discriminate!) I’ve been lacking on the posts lately and I apologize. August has been kind of bananas with my Birthday, work stuff and various trips so I haven’t been able to get a good solid blog together in a hot second. But never fear, with all of the things happening lately, we have a LOT to catch up on!

I blogged a quick photo of the look I wore on my birthday which featured The Original Sleek Makeup iDivine Palette and my Temptu airbrush makeup. Both are products that I would like to do an in depth review on. I’ve had the Temptu for a few years now and completely love it and Sleek Makeup is a newly discovered brand that has impressed me immensely.

When we returned from Vegas I had two subscription services waiting for me! My Summer QVC New Beauty Test Tube and my Ipsy August Glam Bag. Truth be told, I haven’t had a chance to try out anything in either of them yet. Once I get a chance to try out a decent amount of the products from each, I’ll give you guys a review. I will say that the actual Ipsy Bag this month was adorable!

With a Birthday, comes gifts. And with me, it’s usually gifts in the form of makeup store gift cards. I have gotten a TON of new products that I’m excited to try and tell you all about. In Vegas I hit up the Inglot store and got some more of their amazing product. All of their products have been nothing less than impressive! With gift cards, I managed to acquire three new palettes: The Too-Faced Loves Sephora, Too-Faced Pretty Rebel, and (the last person on earth to get it) The Naked 2 Palette by Urban Decay. Keep your eyes out for upcoming looks using those gems!

This past weekend I did 2 Savy Seminars with two lovely lady friends. We had a great time talking makeup, drinking wine, and shopping at Ulta and CVS. Everyone had a blast as I pushed them out of their usual color comfort zone. I love passing on the love and knowledge of makeup to others. A Client loving their finished look is such a great feeling! Book your Savy Seminar and we can have fun together too! 😉

Lastly, I have a back log of looks to share with you all and look forward to getting back in to the blog groove! If there are any products I’ve mentioned that you would like me to review or do certain looks with, please let me know!

Keep Being Fierce
-Savy

June Favorites

June Faves

June Faves


Since we are halfway(!) through the year, I thought now would be a good time to reflect on some of the makeup products and tools that I have been getting some good, hard use out of in the past month. I think it’s only proper to give a shout out to the things that have been helping me be the most fierce lately.

Inglot YSM Foundation: I know I just picked this up on my recent trip to Ireland but I can already tell you it’s going to be my favorite foundation. I can’t lie, I don’t think I had a favorite foundation before this…but I do now and I see myself repurchasing it for quite some time. Love the finish, love the lasting power, love the coverage. Love it!

NYX Push-Up Bra for Eyebrows: Silly Name. Awesome Product. I find most brow pencils to be either too hard or too soft. But I’m telling you Goldilocks would use this pencil because it’s Just Right. It also doesn’t have too much red in it, which is another problem with brown brow pencils. The highlighter end, like I said before, is a dupe for Benefit High Beam which is a product I’ve used and loved for a long time.

Cream Products for Face: There are so many cream products that I’ve been using for my face that it was hard for me to pick a specific one. I love using cream blushes/bronzers/highlighters during the Summer for that fresh Summer Glow! They are especially awesome when you have a bit of a tan. Some specific ones to mention are Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Creme Bronzer in Warm Tan and the ELF All Over Color Sticks.

Makeup Setting Sprays: I live in Texas. It’s hot. I sweat. A lot. Not a good combination of factors for lasting makeup. Setting Sprays to the rescue. A mist from one of these bad boys give my makeup at least a fighting chance in the Texas Heat. I’ve been using ELF Makeup Mist & Set, Urban Decay All-Nighter, and NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray

Dishonorable Mention: ELF Triple Tip Waterproof Eyeliner Pen. I Love ELF. 9 times out of 10 their products are ah-mazing and perform as good if not better than their high end counter-part. And for a mere fraction of the price. This let me down. It looked like a dupe for the Too Faced 3 Way Eyeliner Pen, which I have and love. The Too Faced is $22 while the ELF Pen is $2. I’m sold! I should have known we were in trouble when the tip of the pen was hard….like scratch my eye hard. How can a felt tip pen be so hard?, I asked. But for only $2, I perservered. It applied ok, other than the hardness, but after I finished my whole face, I noticed that the inner corner of my upper lash line was creeping. Creeping up. Creeping to where eyeliner need not be. My eyes were not watery either. So I did an experiement where I put a swatch on my hand and let it sit. Then I wet my finger and rubbed across it. NOT. WATERPROOF. Sadly, that was the end for ELF’s poor little Waterproof Eyeliner Pen and he will now live out his days in the trash bin.

Ireland/Scotland Haul!

Hauling

Hauling


Husband and I were in The UK/Ireland for 10 glorious days. The scenery, the beer, the climate, the accents, the tartan…and of course, the cosmetics! I had made a list of things that I definitely wanted and managed to track those down (and more) on a quick trip to Boots. I had also wanted to try out some Inglot products so I made it a point to track one of those down in Dublin. I’m actually SERIOUSLY loving some of the products that I picked up…like…may have become new favorites, loving.

Here’s an overview of what I got:

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation and Concealer: I know we have Rimmel in the States but this foundation is not available here, as far as I’ve seen. I have fairly dry skin and don’t care much for really matte foundations and I must say that the finish on this is just gorgeous. It claims to have an Anti-Fatigue Effect and Radiant Glow. I’m not so sure about Anti-Fatigue but it sure has a great glowy finish. Savy likes.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer: I had heard nothing but raves about this product and I tell you what, it does not disappoint. SUPER coverage, not cakey, long wearing, perfect.

Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in Pink Bronze: This was an impulse purchase. The color was real pretty and it reminded me of the Physician’s Formula Shimmer Bricks that I love. The product is a little chalky but the color is just as gorgeous as I thought it would be. A great Summer highlight.

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker in Yummy Plum and Half Naked: I’m pretty sure you can get these in Sephora but I spotted them and HAD to have them because of the name. Plus: They are like a party on your lips. The plumping tingling is like nothing I’ve ever felt. I’m a little obsessed.

Inglot YSM Foundation: Seriously my new favorite foundation. It’s great for all skin types, has a great natural finish, and lasts like a dream. Pretty much everything you want in a foundation. There are a few Inglot stores in the US, but nowhere near me and their website is a little bit of a mess to navigate. I decided to check the stuff out in person in Dublin and I seriously wanted everything but I settled for the Foundation and:

Inglot Freedom System Eye Shadow Palette with Shadows: These are great shadows. Greatly pigmented and easy to blend. They have a crazy amount of colors and at only $6/shadow, they are super affordable. You can either buy them individually to put them in something like a Z Palette or get their Freedom Palettes that come in all kind of configurations. More. Needed.

Rimmel Apocalips in Big Bang: Let’s have a moment of silence for the other Apocalips that I purchased but some how managed to not make it back with me! 😦 BUT! All is not lost because right when I got home, I discovered that they released them here in the US at Walgreens under the name Rimmel Show Offs. I can’t lie, I like the name Apocalips better! But seriously, my new fave lip product! The pigment of a lipstick with the feeling and shine of a gloss. Go get you some!

Urban Decay We Don’t Do Animal Testing Palette: I picked this up in the Duty Free Shop on the ferry to Scotland mostly because of the cute packaging. Apparently it’s a kind of old palette but UD Shadows are pretty good and something that I don’t have too much of. The Palette included a half size Zero 24/7 liner and a mini Primer Potion. The 6 Shadow Palette includes: Mink, Urb, Gunmetal, Twice Baked, Smog and Half Baked. Pretty Stuff!

We Don't Test on Animals Palette

We Don’t Test on Animals Palette

Bonus Body Product: Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash: This stuff smells like key lime pie…that’s pretty much all I have to say.

So there are my UK Goodies that I was so excited about I had to share! If you guys are close to an Inglot store, I highly recommend going and checking out their products. From what I’ve tried, the products are amazing and VERY reasonably priced.

I miss the British Isles already!