Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Awesome Autumn Makeup Trends

The air is getting crisper, the leaves have turned golden, and it's time to break out all that makeup that wasn't "summer friendly." That's right, get your liquid foundations, your darkest lippies, and your boldest eyeliner out, because it's time to play. Fall is one of my most favorite times of year, primarily because I'm no longer sweating the second I step outside, but also because I get to use all my favorite makeup without fear of it melting off my face. Out of everything the fall brings, however, my favorite fall makeup trend has to be deeper eye looks. While summer is all about light and natural, anything goes in the fall!

Awesome Autumn Makeup Trends - CKellyBlush

In the spring and summer, I feel like strong eyeliner and vivid eyeshadow is generally too heavy for everyday. It's about the natural, sun-loving look: some nice neutral eyeshadows, some mascara, and you're good to go. During the fall, not only can you still rock the natural eye, but a more intense look is just as appropriate.

This fall, I've been experimenting a lot with tightlining my waterline, something I've never done before! I'm using black eyeliner on the waterline, and it really defines the shape of my eyes and creates a more full-looking lash line. It also takes all of five seconds to accomplish, so since I'm perpetually late this is a plus. I have gotten so many compliments, so I'm a bit addicted to the technique. It's easy to have fun with different color eyeliners in the waterline, as it can change the effect completely (navy, for example, not only makes for a softer look, but also accentuates the green in my hazel eyes). Eyeliner in the waterline also makes winged liner look extra fierce (try Kat Von D's Tattoo liquid liner, it's my favorite for creating a cat eye).

I'm on a quest to find that one HG eyeliner that will not run or wear off that difficult waterline area (if you have any suggestions, leave it in the comments below!). Right now my favorite is BareMinerals Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eyeliner in Absolute Black. I've tried so many, but I find that this one lasts the longest for me.
Awesome Autumn Makeup Trends - CKellyBlush

Autumn is known for bright and vibrant colors, so this season I want my eyes to be just as colorful! For eyeshadow this fall, I'm really digging not only the colors that reflect the season (oranges, browns, greens, golds...), but also loving plums. I'm loving the matte Plum in Lorac's Pro 2 palette in the crease. It is such a beautiful shade that creates a sexy, smoky, yet work-appropriate look. Gem tones are also so much fun to play with as the weather gets colder.

I love when the fall comes and we start to get the coats, jeans, and boots out of the closet. With bold eyes and the perfect outfit, I feel so confident walking down the street like I'm on my own personal catwalk. Clothes that are comfortable, cozy, but flattering is what I look for. To match my Autumnal eye makeup, shirts like Adore Me's Sapphira is absolutely perfect. It's versatile enough for relaxing around the house but the lace details makes it fashionable for a day out as well. I love a dark eye with dark clothes also, the two just fit together so well.

And at the end of the day (or a lazy Sunday!), nothing beats wiping off the makeup and hanging around the house in comfy PJs, curled up under a blanket watching Netflix. Adore Me has a great selection of sleepwear also, I especially love the Sarah pajama set since it's fashionable yet cozy. Bingeing on TV is always better in comfortable clothes!

What's your favorite makeup or fashion trend in the fall? Let me know below! And make sure you're following me on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with the fun!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

My Concealer Routine

Hello, lovelies! Concealer is an incredibly important part of my makeup routine each morning. Not only do I suffer from acne, but I have dark circles under my eyes. What a wonderful combination! Foundation doesn't always do the trick, so that's where my hero, concealer, comes in to play.

My Concealer Routine - CKellyBlush

The type of foundation I wear on a particular day really determines how I do my concealer. If I am wearing liquid foundation, I will follow my routine with concealer over the foundation. If I'm wearing powder foundation, I put my concealer on first since my concealer is a cream. Lately, I've been wearing powder foundation (in particular the Neutrogena SkinClearing Mineral Powder, see my review here), so this routine follows my powder procedure.

First, my holy grail of under-eye concealers is the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser in Brightening. Not only does this creamy, peachy/salmon colored formula cover up the blue underneath my eyes, but it also depuffs the area which is also a huge problem for me. The color also serves to brighten up the eye area even on my incredibly pale skin, making me look more awake and rested.

Once my face is primed and dry, I use my Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser to draw two "V"shapes underneath my eyes. Most gurus will tell you to draw two filled in triangles, but lately I've felt that the triangle puts too much product on my skin, making it hard to blend and ultimately causing it to cake up. The "V" shape has served me much better and eliminates any bunching of the product under my eyes. I don't blend it in right away, I let the concealer sit for a few minutes on my skin as I feel it helps to sink in a bit better.

While my under-eye concealer is sitting, I crack open my current favorite traditional concealer. The Maybelline FitMe concealer is a no-frills, dependable concealer that is not only affordable but also really effective. I've bounced around from concealer to concealer, both high end and drugstore, but I've yet to find one as good for my needs as the Maybelline FitMe concealer.

The doe foot applicator on the FitMe concealer makes it incredibly easy to apply, but I find that it usually grabs too much product. Less is more with this formula, so I usually flip the wand around and use the flat side to apply the concealer since it has less product. As I need more, I just keep turning the wand slightly to use the product gathered on the other side. This helps me not have to repeatedly pumping the wand into the tube for product.

Once all my spots are covered, again I don't blend it right away. Instead I go back to the under eye concealer and use my ring finger to gently bounce and pat the concealer into my skin. If you use your finger instead of a brush or sponge, always use your ring finger because it's generally your weakest finger, so it's ideal for the gentle touch you need to blend. After that's blended in, then I go to the rest of my face and pat in all the rest of the concealer. I find that if you let the concealers sit just a few moments, they are much easier to work with and blend better.

When all my concealer is blended in, I use my powder foundation and buff that all over the face. I always have to be super careful when I hit areas that I've concealed, because I don't want to end up brushing away all my hard work. Usually I will just use my kabuki brush and gently pat the foundation onto areas with concealer as opposed to buffing. Patting the foundation over concealed areas not only helps to prevent wiping away concealer, but it also adds a bit more coverage. Just try to use less foundation on the brush or else it might end up looking cakey.

If I need extra coverage, I will take a concealer brush and use my foundation as a concealer "booster" and put it right over the areas that need some TLC.

This routine has helped me cover up my acne and dark circles, and it can pretty much be replicated with any concealer products of your choice.

What's your concealer routine? Let me know in the comments below! Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and BlogLovin to keep in touch!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

New Favorite Foundation? Neutrogena SkinClearing Mineral Powder

Hello, loves! I'm a huge foundation addict, I have a ton already and I'm constantly buying more. There's a definite sense of excitement when I buy and try a new foundation: could THIS foundation be the perfect one? Is this the magic foundation that makes my skin look perfect? More often than not, the answers are no, continuing the vicious cycle where I keep buying new foundations. All makeup has its pros and cons, and different foundations will work for different people. Half the fun of makeup is trying new things and figuring out what's perfect for you, hence my huge collection! Did I find my new favorite foundation in the Neutrogena SkinClearing Mineral Powder? Keep reading.

New Favorite Foundation? Neutrogena SkinClearing Mineral Powder - CKellyBlush

I don't have a lot of Neutrogena makeup, as it's usually pretty expensive in terms of drugstore makeup. I am a huge fan of their skincare, and they are my preferred brand of face wash and moisturizer, but other than a random lipstick, I don't have much makeup. Rite-Aid recently had a sale where Neutrogena makeup was 40% off, something that rarely happens, so I decided to take advantage of it.

During my busy season at work, makeup (unfortunately) is not a priority for me in the mornings. I am usually waking up at obscenely early hours, working late into the night, traveling all over the Tri-State area, and I usually have a camera pressed up against my face. So my makeup routine is drastically cut to foundation, concealer, and some blush if I'm lucky. I was looking for makeup that was quick, easy, transportable, and had great coverage for my cystic acne-prone skin. A pressed powder foundation seemed to fit that bill, so I decided to try the Neutrogena SkinClearing Mineral Powder in the shade Natural Ivory.

This foundation contains Salicylic Acid, which while it generally won't help me with my cystic acne, I thought it was a nice addition to a foundation. It also is oil-free, non-comedogenic, and promises to be able to cover breakouts without drying the skin. In includes a two-sided sponge, one side to provide sheer coverage and the other to provide fuller coverage (I haven't tried the sponge).

The SkinClearing Mineral Powder looks super dry in the pan, but feels pretty smooth and creamy to the touch. I will usually put a small amount of concealer first underneath the foundation, and then I apply this with a kabuki brush. Dipping the brush into the pan, and then buffing the foundation onto the skin in circular motions provides a buildable finish that I would consider a medium coverage. It doesn't really cover everything with one pass, and I usually need go back to the pan with a concealer brush and just put a bit more onto my trouble areas for extra oomph.

The kabuki brush application literally takes less than a minute. If you are pressed for time, or are already on the go, this is a great foundation option! Dip, buff, done, go. Love it! The compact also feels really solid, not cheap at all, so I wouldn't hesitate to throw this in my purse and bring it on the road.

At the end of the day, the foundation still looks decent, and I haven't had any issues with it drying out my skin (something I was worried about). I've never really had to touch it up at all, but it does claim to be oil-absorbing so I would imagine it would do fine for midday touchups. Again, since salicylic acid doesn't do much for cystic acne, I can't really speak to the "skin clearing" claims, but if you've had any experience with this foundation, comment below to tell me if it works or doesn't!

This foundation got me through the busy season at work, and I think that this will be my go-to travel bag foundation. The ease of use, speed of application, amount of coverage, and heartiness of the packaging really makes it an ideal foundation choice for those days where my makeup needs to be done in five seconds. Is it magical makeup? No, but it is pretty great.

What's your go-to travel bag foundation? Comment below! And be sure to follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin to keep in touch!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Favorite Summer Blushes

It's getting so dang hot! Summer is definitely upon us once again, which means it's time to look at our makeup collections and switch things up! The heavier foundations are hibernating until winter, the deep berry lipstick will wait until November, and the just-in-from-the-snow look is traded for just-back-from-the-beach. The three blushes I've been reaching for as the weather heats up all remind me of the juicy strawberries, melons, raspberries, and apricots the season brings. Give me the fun, fruity colored blushes this summer, I'm eating them up! 

Favorite Summer Blushes - CKellyBlush

These three blushes are not only gorgeous, but are wonderfully pigmented and all from the drugstore so they're affordable! 

Makeup Revolution The Matte Blush in New Rules: Do not be afraid of this blush! The almost fluorescent shade can be jarring at first, but it is so different and saturated that the color just draws me in. 

Favorite Summer Blushes - CKellyBlush

It is so far from every other blush color I own, it is perfect for that "out of the ordinary" look. The beautiful mix of strawberry and melon is made for summer. A light hand and a good blend gives a healthy rush of color to the cheeks.

CoverGirl Tru Blend Blush in Medium Rose: I had heard so many mixed reviews of this blush line that I resisted for a long time. But on a recent trip to Harmon, I discovered it on clearance and I had a coupon, so of course I got it! 

Favorite Summer Blushes - CKellyBlush

I love the medium shade, it's actually perfect for my pale skin. It's a great mix of pink and purple, it reminds me of raspberries. It blends nicely and lasts a long time, even during the sweaty summer months.

Wet n Wild Color Icon in Apri-Cot in the Middle: Hands down one of my favorite blushes, especially for the summer. This apricot shade is incredibly flattering, and the subtle shimmer built in is beautiful and not garish at all. 

Favorite Summer Blushes - CKellyBlush

To me, this shade is perfect for people who want to bronze but either a) have no idea how to do it without looking orange, or b) don't want to bronze and just want to add some color back into the skin. The hint of brown in it slims out the face a bit and adds some life. It's not a bronzer or contour shade by any means, but it has some of those characteristics in it that I feel like I don't need to bronze or contour after applying. I even use it on my eyelids and above the brow bone. It's just a naturally pretty color.

These three blushes are going to be making the rotations in my makeup bag all summer long. Beautiful, affordable, and fun? The trifecta of awesome!

What are your favorite blushes to use in the summer? Comment down below! Also make sure you're following me on Bloglovin and Instagram to keep in touch.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Winter Favorites 2016

Happy Spring, lovelies! We made it through winter in one piece, and while everyone is looking forward to the changing season and the spring makeup, I'd like to take a moment and reveal what were my favorite products this past winter. These beauty goodies kept me looking gorgeous this season, and come with the CKellyBlush stamp of approval.

Winter Favorites 2016 - CKellyBlush

The foundation I was reaching for during these cold months was the CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous. This is a fantastic foundation, providing great coverage at an affordable price.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

I Love a Good Haul: Makeup Revolution

I gotta admit, lovelies, there's something super satisfying about reading haul posts and peeking into someone else's life to see what they bought (and adding things to my shopping list). I love sharing my own hauls with you all, too! 

Makeup Revolution is relatively new to the States, appearing first on Ulta's website and select stores. However, it seems like they've expanded their presence by installing beautiful new displays in most of Ulta's brick-and-mortar stores. I'm so excited, and I hope Ulta brings over even more products from the line. My first purchase when the brand became available was the Mermaids Forever palette, which I love (more details in my Favorite Fall Makeup 2015 post). Now that it's in my local store, I went a bit nuts and got quite the haul!

I Love a Good Haul: Makeup Revolution - CKellyBlush

Saturday, February 13, 2016

One Palette Look: Wet n Wild "Coming In Latte" Tutorial

Hello, my beauties! One thing I get really excited about is getting a new eyeshadow palette. All the beautiful colors and finishes gathered and poured into one little spot makes me so happy. Sometimes just the look of a palette is too good to spoil by actually using the eyeshadows (but I always manage to get past that!). I'd like to start a series on my blog exploring the potential of some of these eyeshadow palettes, with each tutorial creating a look using shadows coming from only one palette. I'm by no means a professional nor an expert, merely an enthusiast who enjoys playing with makeup! I also find taking photos of my own eye incredibly difficult, so forgive me as I continue to figure out the best methods! We'll learn together.

One Palette Look: Wet n Wild "Coming In Latte" Tutorial - CKellyBlush

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