Valentine’s Makeup

V-Day Kisses

V-Day Kisses

My husband and I don’t really make a big deal about Valentine’s day. With him working a regular 8-5 schedule and me working 3-11pm, our schedules aren’t really conducive to an extravagant celebration. We got each other gifts and we will find time to celebrate when are schedules calm down. But just because I don’t have official plans, doesn’t mean I don’t get fierce! I always like to fierce it up a bit on the actual day of Valentines day….it just makes me feel good! So here was this year’s Fierce Valentine’s Face of the Day.
Nude'Tude Eyes

Nude’Tude Eyes

The Balm Nude’Tude Palette
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Inked in Pink
Jordanna Best Lash Extreme Mascara
The Balm Nude'Tude Palette

The Balm Nude’Tude Palette

I decided to use The Balm Nude’Tude Palette for the eye look. The pinks and cranberry shades in the palette were just screaming for a Valentine’s Day look. I started off with the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Inked in Pink to put down a good pink base for the lid color. Then I used Stubborn, a satin pink, all over the lid up to the crease. I blended the pink out with Sultry, a matte brown in the crease. Then on the outer corners, I blended the GORGEOUS shade Sexy, a matte cranberry. Snobby was used as a brow and inner corner highlight. Then I took Cover Girl Ink It black liner and smudged it out on the upper lash line with Serious, a matte black, from the palette for a smokey liner look. Some Jordana Best Lash Extreme mascara on the top and bottom finished up the eyes.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Corrector
Chanel Tan De Chanel Creme Bronzer
NYC Sunny Bronzer
Jordana Fabuliner for Brows in Taupe
NYX Blush in Bourgeois Pig
Hourglass Luminous Light Powder

For a luminous finish on my skin I used the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation. To make sure there were no signs of those pesky dark circles, I used the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Corrector Concentrate. (That stuff is magic! I’ll do a review/demo soon!) To warm up my skin, I used the Chanel Creme bronzer and then NYC Sunny on top for a more defined contour. Bourgeois Pig blush by NYX is a beautiful satin bright pink that adds the perfect flush to the cheeks. To finish off everything and to ensure I looked super fresh, I did a light dusting of the fab Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light all over the face.

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine #13

A fab day deserves a fab lipstick! These YSL Lipsticks are just RICH! #13 is a pretty classic pink. Perfect for kisses on Valentine’s Day!

Whatever you did, and whoever you spent it with, I hope you all had a fab and FIERCE Valentine’s Day!



Pretty Rebel

Quit Trying to Make Fetch Happen

Quit Trying to Make Fetch Happen

I just love this Pretty Rebel Palette by Too Faced. Let’s be serious, one of the main draws in me buying it was that there is a color called ‘Totally Fetch.’ Who doesn’t love a Mean Girls reference?! Here’s a look using that fab ‘Totally Fetch’ shade as the main lid color. Love ya, Mean it!!! **muah**
Totally Fetch

Totally Fetch

Too Faced Pretty Rebel Shades: Totally Fetch, Jailbird, Miss Sparkles, Dainty
Inglot Liquid Eyeliner #42
Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Liner in Perfect Black
Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

Smashbox Photo Ready Primer
Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation
MAC Select Cover Up
The Balm Sexy Mama Translucent Powder
Wet n’ Wild Blush in Heather Silk
The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer
Seventeen Pink Bronze Highlighter

Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Retsina

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!!!


Nude'tude Face

Nude’tude Face

The Balm is a brand that’s pretty new to me and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorites. The first item that I purchased from the brand was the Nude’tude eyeshadow palette. First, let me say, that they packaging is precious with the shadows being the ‘censors’ on the pin up girls. It includes 12 good neutral eyeshadows, but unlike the Naked palettes, includes some great neutral pinks and deep plums in addition to browns and blacks. Here’s the Nude’tude look that I created:
The 'Tude

The ‘Tude

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Nude’tude Shadows: Seductive, Sophisticated, Snobby, Sultry, Sleek and Stand-offish
Tarte SmolderEyes Skinny – Onyx
Mally Volumizing Mascara

Benefit Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer
Inglot YSM Foundation
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
The Balm Down Boy Blush
Tarte Park Ave. Princess Bronzer
MAC Buttercreme Pearlmatte powder

So the I don’t understand the note I wrote for what’s on my lips…so I’m afraid I can’t share! Sorry!!

I encourage you to try out some of the Balm products. Especially their eyeshadows and blushes! They are The Balm! **see that I did there**

Travelling Beauty

Hey Everyone! I’m sorry I’ve been quiet on the Blog Front but I’ve been getting ready for a SUPER EXCITING trip to Scotland and Ireland. My Husband and I will be there for 10 days seeing the sights and having some great beer. I thought, in the spirit of travel, that I’d share with you the beauty items I will be taking along for the ride. The trip is going to be fast paced and busy so I wanted to bring items that hold up well and are easy to apply. I think I brought just enough to achieve some great looks that I’m not going to have to worry about throughout the day.

Let’s first start out with this SUPER CUTE makeup bag I found at Forever 21. I mean, how cute it this thing?! AND it has the perfect amount of storage for everything I want to bring.

Pink with Polka-Dots?! Yes PLEASE!

Pink with Polka-Dots?! Yest PLEASE!

Here’s a look from the inside. My Nude ‘Tude Palette by The Balm doesn’t actually fit in the zippered pouches but works wonderfully tucked between the two halves.

Beauty To Go

Beauty To Go

Here are the contents:
Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream
Laura Geller Balance n’ Brighten
Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circles
The Balm Time Balm Concealer
ELF All-Over Color Stick in Persimmon
ELF Contouring Blush & Bronzer Duo in St. Lucia
The Balm Down Boy Blush
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed
NYX Push-Up Bra for Eyebrows
Anastasia Brow Gel
Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray (Not Pictured…but a MUST for long wearing makeup)
Wet n’ Wild Fergie Shadow Primer
MAC Painterly Paint Pot
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
The Balm Nude ‘Tude Palette
Cover Girl Eye Enhancers Quad in Tropical Fusion
Mally Volumizing Mascara
Revlon Smoky Shadow Stick in Atomic
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Uzi
Maybelline Master Drama Eyeliner in Vibrant Violet
Mally Evercolor Waterproof Liner in Onyx
Rimmel ScandalEyes Liner in Nude
NYX MegaShine Lip Gloss in Beige
Almay Liquid Lip Balm in Apple a Day
Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me, Peach Kiss, Pink Punch

I think all of these product will be great to create a whole range of different looks and all fit perfectly into my cute little makeup bag. I’m so excited for the trip and will try to remember to take some photos of some looks to share with you guys!

What are some of your travel makeup essentials?

I Met Matt(e)

Hey Matt(e) HAY!

Hey Matt(e) HAY!

So I’m kind of getting into this whole matte shadow thing. You could say that Matt(e) and I are getting quite cozy together. After my Naked Week experiment, I wanted to try working with some more matte shades in a wider color range so I picked up the Meet Matt(e) eyeshadow palette by The Balm on Amazon. I’ve heard so many great things about their shadows and while I’m {still} waiting for my HauteLook order of The Balm products to come in, I decided to try this little nugget. I must first say, that The Balm’s packaging is absolutely adorable. Much like Benefit, all their products have cute names and illustrations. The Meet Matt(e) Palette is 9 totally matte shades and all the shadows are named after famous Matts. (Although, I’m going to have to go and Google some of them…)

Meet Matt(e) Eyes

Meet Matt(e) Eyes

On the eye, I used Matt Chung all over the lid and Matt Schilling in the crease. I blended out the crease color with Matt Gallagher and used Matt McDonald in the outer corners for more dimension. Lastly, I used Matt Smith as a brow highlight and a little around the tear duct.

No Shine here, Boo!

No Shine here, Boo!

After all this matte business, I thought, why not finish off everything matte! I used my Cover Girl Clean Whipped Creme foundation with Rimmel Stay Matte powder on the face. A great {cheap} totally matte bronzer is NYC’s Sunny bronzer so that was used to contour. I gave my cheeks some pink with L’Oreal True Match blush in Tender Rose. Even my lips were matte with ELF’s Matte Lip Color in Natural.

So maybe I went a bit overboard with my friend Matt(e) but, you know, it was fun to try out!