Back to MAC

Back to MAC

Back to MAC


Once upon a time, I was a MAC snob. It was all I used, or wanted to use. Once I started branching out, I discovered there is more to makeup than MAC Cosmetics but that’s not to say they don’t make some great stuff! I recently found myself with a embarrassingly huge bag of empties to Back to MAC and wandered over to the counter. It made me miss all of my old MAC shadows that have been neglected since losing my mind and attempting to purchase every palette that comes out. (Or so it seems!) I dug through my stash and pulled out some old favorites and created a classic MAC look.
Classic Eyes

Classic Eyes


Eyes:
MAC Grain, Soft Brown, Nylon, Black Tied
Mally Evercolor Liner in Onyx
Bare Minerals Lash Domination Mascara

Face:
MUFE Face & Body Foundation
MAC Select Cover Up Concealer
Maybelline Dream Lumi
MAC Blush in Sincere
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders in Dim and Diffused Light
Tarte Park Avenue Princess Bronzer
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone

Lips:
MAC Ruby Woo

There really is nothing like a classic, simple eye look with a matte red lip. I felt like using some of MAC’s classically famous shades to create something that is easy, yet looks super chic and put together. The Hourglass powders are key to giving your skin the extra fresh and glowing appearance that compliments a classic eye and lip beautifully. And if you were wondering how many lipsticks I was able to get with my Back to MAC goodies…I got 6…and have enough empties left over to get that many more. Yes…I realize I have a problem…

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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!!!

Gift Guide: Sephora Give Me Some Lip

Give Me Some Lip

Give Me Some Lip


Today is the last day for the Sephora VIB Event and I’ve got another great gift idea for ya’ll. It happens to be another lip kit. Lip collections are a pretty safe makeup gift, in my opinion. I feel like everyone loves a good lip gloss. The Sephora Give Me Some Lip Kit a fantastic score at $25 (a $90 value) that includes 6 high end lip products in a variety of finishes and pretty neutral colors. There is nothing in here that is too loud that it wouldn’t be appropriate for everyday wear. The kit includes:
– 0.10 oz Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in Bare Pink
– 0.07 oz Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Dolly
– 0.14 oz NARS Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight
– 0.08 oz Fresh Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment
– 0.05 oz Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Rhubarb
– 0.10 oz Tarte LipSurgence Lip Luster in Glitzy

The Tarte product is actually a full size.

Here are swatches of the products as they come in the kit from left to right:

Fresh, Laura Mercier, Buxom, Nars, Bite, Tarte

Fresh, Laura Mercier, Buxom, Nars, Bite, Tarte

All of these products are high quality and the packaging itself makes the presentation fab as well. I mean, who doesn’t love rose gold?! It makes a perfect gift for a friend or a co-worker that you actually like! Get it!

Final Verdict: Give me THAT lip kit!!!

Good luck with all your holiday shopping!!!!

The Happy Place

Finding My Happy Place

Finding My Happy Place


It’s Monday Everyone! Mondays suck! Enter the perfect eyeshadow quad for a Monday: The Happy Place by Bare Minerals. I had been eyeing this quad for a while and finally caved when QVC was having a special a couple weeks ago. I’ve never tried any Bare Minerals shadows before and I must say that I’m impressed with the quality. Very creamy and blendable. Here’s the Look:
Happy Place Eyes

Happy Place Eyes


Eyes:
Milani Shadow Eyes in Champagne Toast
The Happy Place Quad by Bare Minerals
Tarte Amazonian Clay Gel Liner
Maybelline Volume Express Mascara
Face:
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in Ivory
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory
Laura Geller Balance n’ Brighten Powder
Sonia Kashuk Creme Bronzer in Warm Tan
ELF All Over Color Stick in Persimmon
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed
Benefit Instant Eyebrow Pencil in Light
ELF Brow Gel
Lips:
MAC Summerfruit Lip Liner
Almay Liquid Lip Balm in Cantaloupe

Happy Monday Everyone!

When Ulta and Sephora Happen

All I really have to say is Guilty. I’m so Guilty! I have absolutely no business buying new beauty products but the Shopping Gods called….and (un)fortunately, I answered! I did end up picking up some things that I had been eyeballing/hearing good stuff about. I picked up Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed, Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Uzi, NYX Push Up Bra for Eyebrows and NYX Love in Florence Eyeshadow Pallet in Ciao Bella.

Ulta/Sephora Goodies

Ulta/Sephora Goodies

The Blush: This stuff is legit. I’ve heard nothing but raves about it and it seriously lives up to the hype! I tend to touch my face a lot (a bad habit, I know), and this stuff stayed put for real! The color is a perfect matte, nude that I think would be flattering on a lot of people. $26 is a bit much to spend on a blush but I didn’t need a lot and it stayed all day so I’ll definitely be buying more colors.

The Eyeliner: I’m obsessed with the color of this! Grey eyeliners are my go to for summer and this is a great one to add to my collection. It has a metallic finish that really looks like gun metal on the eye. On the eyelid, it performed splendidly but it didn’t stay on my waterline as long as I had hoped. Still on the hunt for that perfect stay put eyeliner that won’t creep down into my ‘laugh lines’. The color is amazing though, like I said.

The Brow Product: This little nugget is a two in one brow pencil/highlight. The highlight end is exactly like Benefit’s Eye Bright and the brow end is a real great ‘universal’ brow pencil. I’m always skeptical of ‘universal’ products but this particular color works for my brows. With a light hand, it’s not too dark and not red at all. I don’t think this would work for people with hair much lighter than mine. The pencil is not too soft or waxy and applies the color to your brows in a way that looks very natural, not ‘drawn’. (If that makes any sense) Given that the Eye Bright alone is $20, you can go and get this nugget for only $9.99 and have the brightener AND a great eye pencil all in one! I say, DEAL!

The Shadow Palette: I’ve been drawn to this palette ever since I spotted it online. I’ve even picked it up in the store and put it back down several times because my rational mind was going: “You DON’T need anymore eye palettes!” Well NYX items were buy one and get one 50% off. I knew I wanted the Push Up Bra (hehe) but couldn’t find anything else I wanted so I went ahead and caved. NYX Eyeshadows are hit and miss, in my opinion. Some perform beautifully, while some tend to be un-pigmented and chalky. When I swatched them on my hand without primer, the coral and satin grey weren’t very pigmented. I applied them to the eyes with some primer and the coral ended up being beautiful but I still couldn’t get anything out of the grey. The ‘highlight’ color and smokey color are excellent and the super shimmery grey is a fun way to add some glam to a look. Overall, I’m happy that I got it. I feel like I’m going to be able to get a lot of different looks out of this little palette.

New Haul Face

New Haul Face

So there’s a little review of the little (unnecessary) nuggets that I picked up…and of COURSE I had to use them ALL in a look. They actually all paired quite nicely together.

Ciao Bella Eyes

Ciao Bella Eyes

Bronzed and Ready for SPRING!

#needwarmerweather

#needwarmerweather


It’s been unseasonably cold here in Texas. Like, I’ve had to re-bust out my sweaters, cold. And frankly, it’s getting ridiculious. I mean, I’m not excited about the 100+ temps of summer, but some fresh, hammock weather would be nice. Today I was going to wear a bronze-springy look if it killed me!! A fun way I like to add a pop of color to a monochrome look is with a colored liner on the bottom lash line. I especially like a good teal/bronze combo, which is what I opted for in this look.
#greenpop

#greenpop


#bronzeeyes

#bronzeeyes


Products Used**:
Eyes:
MAC Pigment is Jardin Aires
MAC Shadow in Texture
MAC Shadow in Swiss Chocolate
MAC Shadow in Vanilla
Tarte Skinny Smoldereyes in Sunstone Bronze
NYX Pencil in Aqua Green
Mally Volume Mascara
Face:
Makeup For Ever Face & Body Foundation in Ivory 20
MAC Mineral Skinfinish in Light
Nars Laguna Bronzer
Nars Orgasm Blush
MAC Irridecent Pressed Powder in Belightful
Lips:
Wet n’ Wild Lipstick 903C
MAC Lipgloss in Bodymind

**I am a compulsive MAC Special Collection purchaser. I apologize in advance if some of the products I use are from special collections and are no longer available. I noticed there were quite a few products in this look that were from collections so I wanted to let ya’ll know. Damn you MAC! Your cute little special collections always suck me in!**

#springmakesmesmile

#springmakesmesmile

Today: Try a good monochromatic look and add a fun pop of color! A good pop of color never hurt anyone!

Rockstar Glam

#hardcore?

#hardcore?


I don’t know whether it was my The Who t-shirt or just a hump-day slump but I was feeling like a glam look. I’ve decided that it’s totally ok to wear glam looks like this during the day….if you do it right.
Here are some tips to rock a fierce look during day and not look like daytime call girl!
1.) Warm up your look by blending with a warm brown color. It’s probably not something people will notice but it will help your eyes not look so harsh.
#glameyes

#glameyes


2.) Use a primer. I don’t always use a primer on my eyes but I do when I’m doing a dramatic eye like this, I always do. No one wants a runny/creasy mess! You can’t hide that business during the daytime.
3.) Make sure that you do a good bronze/highlight job. You definitely want to avoid looking like a goth…unless of course that’s the look you’re going for.
4.) Keep the lips simple. Serious eyes + serious lips x daytime = hooker. I think that’s all I need to say.
#sideeye

#sideeye


Eyes:
Two Faced Shadow Insurance
Wet n’ Wild Blu Had Me at Hello Pallet
“Eyelid” color from Wet n’ Wild Walking on Eggshells Pallet
Tarte Skinny Smoldereyes in Onyx
Maybelline Colossal Volum Mascara in Glam Black
Face:
Wet n’ Wild Coverall Foundation in Fair/Light
Wet n’ Wild Coverall Powder in Fair/Light
Wet n’ Wild Coverall Concealer Stick in Light
ELF Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in St. Lucia
Benefit High Beam
Lips:
Revlon Lip Butter in Creme Brûlée
#rockit

#rockit


Would you rock a fierce look like this during the day?