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!

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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