Life Update and Some Questions

Hi guys! I wanted to write up whats been going on me and ask you some things. I am still in a hotel ( insert sad face emoji here). I have purchased a condo but will not be able to move in till September since it is a new construction, so its not done yet. I’m so amazingly excited to have my own place and, I cannot tell you how much I miss my bed (its the important things in life guys, your bed, pillows, your coffee machine, your makeup stash, hehe).

Regardless, this means that videos are pretty much not going to happen until October/ end of September. I tried uploading one this past weekend and after 24 hours of uploading my video to youtube I was at 48% uploaded (I tried, but that time frame to upload is just not doable for me). So I was wondering, would you guys be interested in me getting a snapchat and doing really quick little updates/makeup videos? Do you have a snapchat? Do you guys have a suggestion of something else to do in the mean time?

I also wanted to give you a quick update on my job, in case you were curious. I really love it. My coworkers are amazing and I just love the work. I have been traveling a ton, in the last month I was in Seattle for about 4 days (that was rough, let me tell you, I’m exhausted). I’m looking at a bit of a travel break until mid-August at the moment, but my job is the kind where you need a go bag under your desk. Basically, my travel plans are always changing and I’m on the go a lot. If you guys want to know what my new job entails and all that, please let me know and I can write something up (I would honestly love to, I am such an engineering nerd).

Also, let me know how you all have been doing! I am missing making videos and chatting with you more on YouTube, but please update me here and on Instagram. Happy Monday :)

Natalie

Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Shadows Stun and Shimmer

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Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise from the left: Mona Lisa, Marie Antoinette and, Norma Jean

When I recently had the chance to visit the only Charlotte Tilbury counter in the US (its in LA at the Nordstrom at The Grove) I got a bit excited and grabbed some products. The top of my list to get were the Eyes to Mesmerise cream shadows. I am not a huge cream shadow fan but since I love everything Charlotte Tilbury, I wanted to give these a go.

I got three shades (I couldn’t help myself), Mona Lisa a medium-dark brown with purple undertones, Marie Antoinette is a stunning taupe and, Norma Jean a golden champagne. All the shades have shimmer and the texture of these is unlike anything else I have tried. They are almost like a wet mousse and, you need very little. I find these build and sheer out really well, so you can go ham and get very wet/sheeny lids or sheer them out and get a lovely shimmer over the lid. The colors are stunning, my favorite is actually Mona Lisa, which my swatch did not do justice to. It has gorgeous purple undertones with warm red shimmer, which are just tones I love using with my brown eyes. Plus it makes an easy, stunning summer smokey eye.

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Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise swatched from the left: Marie Antoinette, Norma Jean and, Mona Lisa

Now, these are beautiful (to be sure) and the formula is super fun to apply (the glass jars are tes chic). But, they also claim to be long lasting. Now, I have very oily eye lids, which is why I have never been a huge fan of cream shadows. Unfortunately these did not perform well in my crease. When I only apply them on my lid and use a primer beneath (NARS Smudge Proof all day everyday) they don’t crease. When I use these up into the crease (namely Mona Lisa, since its a great one shadow color for use all over the lid and in the crease) they crease in about 4 hours (with my trusty primer). The way I have found these work with no creasing is if I have a powder shadow in my crease first, and then apply these on the lid and blend them a bit into the crease. Or if I apply these only to the lid and then use a powder shadow in the crease (the key here is I really need a powder product in my crease). While this isn’t too bad (Norma Jean and Marie Antoinette I would only use on the lid anyway due to the shades) it just makes these cream shadows a bit less free and easy. I still love the finish and, I can’t get this kind of wet, chic, supermodel look with any other shadow (I’m loving this look by the way, its so unique).

I plan on using these loads, they are stunning and work beautifully as lid shades (I kind of want Bette now which is a gold, whoops). I find these apply well with a brush and with fingers (but of course I prefer using fingers, its just so much easier).

You can get these at Charlotte Tilbury online, at Nordstrom online and at Beautylish for $32 for 0.24 fl oz.

The rundown: A-

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop is Glowy Goodness

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Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop

I jumped on the hype train and grabbed Champagne Pop, the color collaboration between Becca and Jaclyn Hill. This is the same shimmering skin perfector pressed formula, but in a pretty limited edition color.

I got this because the color is really gorgeous. I love highlighters that are skin tone colored. Most highlighters lookย silver or gold and (in my personal opinion) look very obvious on the skin because of the color. This highlighter just looks like dewy skin once its blended in, which I love. The formula of these is very intense, so a little goes a long way but I do find that this lasts all day on my skin.

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Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop Blended on Top and Heavily Swatched Below

The one thing I’m not crazy about with this (and I love this product) is that the shimmer does emphasize pores. I have some larger pores in the center of my face (like many people with oily skin) and I need to stay clear of them so I don’t get the appearance of craters in my skin.

I think this is a lovely highlighter (perfect for the summer!), I love the shade and the formula is very smooth and easy to blend. I would recommend it if you are searching for a highlighter that isn’t shy (this is not for the faint of heart when it comes to glow, this is not subtle).

You can get this highlighter for a limited time (the best colors are always limited edition….) at Sephora and online for $38.

The rundown: A-

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation is Worthy of Everyday Use

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Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation

I grabbed the Make Up For Ever (MUFE) Ultra HD foundation when I first saw it. The release of this foundation has been well advertised and I was really excited to try it. One of my all time favorite foundations is the Mat Velvet+, so I had high hopes for this one.

The idea of this foundation is that its optimized for more advanced HD cameras. As a result, the foundation is meant to disappear into the skin. It also claims to provide medium coverage, be long lasting and, dry to a natural finish. The description of this foundation also states that its hydrating on the skin, with a time release formula to suit every skin type.

This foundation pretty much delivers on all its claims (honestly). It has beautiful medium coverage in one layer but is buildable to full coverage if you add another. With the added layer the foundation still looks beautiful on the skin and natural. This one doesn’t go cakey. The foundation is thin in consistency and feels weightless on the skin. I agree with the natural finish, but I always use powder anyway (oily skin for the win). As far as long lasting, I still get oily in my t-zone (but I always do). I find if I pair this foundation with a primer, powder and, setting spray (which I do with most foundations anyway, my oily skin eats foundations) it lasts all day on me (9-10 hours), which is fabulous. This also doesn’t go patchy or break up when I get oily, which is key for me. Basically, this is a killer everyday foundation.

The one thing I did notice is that its not really hydrating (in my opinion). Its what I would call comfortable on the skin, neither drying (matte foundation style) nor hydrating (tinted moisturizer style), its just nice and in the middle which should work well for most skin types. I did notice that when I had dry flaky skin this did catch onto the dryness, so if you are prone to flakes or rough skin, this might not be the best.

I’m going to come clean. I have been having a rough time with my skin lately which is why you haven’t seen a shot of me without makeup in some time. Most of the marks you will see in the picture of me below are hyperpigmentation left over from a period of particularly bad acne (cheeks and chin, these are purple). Just a heads up. I do have some active acne on my forehead (these are red). At least you’ll have a great idea of the coverage this foundation has.

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Wearing MUFE Ultra HD Foundation, one layer on my whole face and an extra layer on my cheeks to really cancel out the redness

I really love this foundation. Its stellar, and I highly recommend giving it a shot. If you have oily skin, you can use primers or other add ons to prolong the wear and suit your skin. I really see this working for all skin types. I would suggest getting a sample (of course) to try it out first. There are 40 shades, so finding the right one could be time consuming (there are so many options!).

You can get this foundation at MUFE stores, online and at Sephora for $43.

The rundown: A

Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow It Styler is a Summer Winner

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Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow It

Its summertime and the feelings so good. Well, not for my hair really. The heat and humidity almost make taking the time to heat style your hair pointless. Thankfully Bumble and Bumble has come out with a new product for these summertime hair blues, Don’t Blow It. The idea is that this styler helps your hair air dry to a more fabulous finish, no heat required.

I have fine hair, which is easily weighed down and is prone to heat damage, so even when its not summertime I tend to shy away from heat styling. I applied some of this to towel dried hair and let my hair air dry. I find this is super lightweight, which I love! Its so nice, my hair isn’t weighed down or heavy feeling (which is a big win in the summer). I also find that this smoothed my frizz and fly aways and has given some gentle support to my natural waves.

I think this works best for fine to medium weight hair, since it is so lightweight. I don’t think its strong enough for more dense or thick hair. I really love the effect, its your natural hair but with just a dash of polish. The lightweight feel is amazing, and I see myself using this product all the time (not just in the summer). This is my kind of hair product, low fuss but pretty.

You can get Don’t Blow It at salons that carry Bumble and Bumble and at Sephora for $14 for the 2oz and $30 for the 5oz.

The rundown: A+

Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette is Packed with Neutral Looks

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Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette

I have been a long neutral eyeshadow lover, and the Too Faced Natural Eyes palette is raved about so frequently I decided to give it a go.

The palette has 9 shadows, 4 of which are matte (which is amazing). I love the top row of all matte shades, since I do matte eye looks when I am in a rush before work. Heaven, Cashmere Bunny, Sexspresso, and Nude are the mattes in this palette.ย Pushup and Honeypot are gorgeous shimmer shades. Then Erotica and Chocolate Martini have gold glitter in them (which I find did not produce fall out). Silk Teddy is probably the only shade I don’t love the texture of, its a bit chunky and gritty (these some glitter in this one). I think if you tap off your brush before application it’ll go on better.

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swatches from the left: Heaven, Cashmere Bunny, Sexspresso, Silk Teddy, Push-Up, Erotica, Nude, Honey Pot, Chocolate Martini

The shades are amazing, and I find the formula smooth, easy to blend, and pigmented. I didn’t get fall out with the shades that have glitter or the dark shades. These aren’t powdery or messy either (thank goodness). There are colors from light cream to dark browns, which makes it easy to create an eye look with depth and dimension. The variation of finishes, from matte to shimmer to some glitter helps to create that as well. I find these creased a bit on me (with the NARS primer on) on a very hot, and long day (upwards of 10 hours). These wore well for a normal day, say 8 hours and below 100F (there is some extreme makeup testing going on right now).

My favorite colors have to be Honey Pot, Push-Up, Cashmere Bunny, Nude, and Chocolate Martini, but the combinations with this palette are endless. I tend to break the rules and use colors from the different rows together, but they make great trios if you don’t want to think in the morning.

All in all, this is a great compact palette with beautiful everyday colors. Win in my book. You can get this palette online, at Sephora and Ulta for $36.

The rundown: A

 

Karuna Hydrating+ Face Mask is Magic

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Karuna Hydrating+ Face Mask

I have been itching to try sheet masks, since they sounded so much neater than traditional masks but promised similar benefits. I decided to give Karuna a shot since its available in Sephora and I’m in there all the time (seriously). I grabbed the Hydrating+ mask because its been so hot (like, 102F/39C) and dry where I am on a business trip this week. My oily skin was parched (which is strange for me, so I hoped this would help).

This mask is just what the doctor ordered. The Japanese soybean and hyaluronic acid really plump and refresh skin while licorice helps to renew skin. I peeled out the mask (its kind of messy but I use the excess serum on my neck and hands, which is a suggestion I got from the package, its a great idea, try it!) and lay down with Netflix (I’m currently re-watching The West Wing) to relax. I left the sheet mask on for about an hour (an episode worth) but the package says to let sit 10-20 minutes, so that should do if your’e in a rush. After I peeled off the mask I massaged the left over serum into my skin.

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Karuna Hydrating+ Face Mask

This mask was so lovely and relaxing to use, and the results were amazing. By the time I peeled it off my skin felt so much better. I lost that tight, dry, flaking skin in favor of hydrated and plumped skin. I really love this mask, and I plan on trying more from this line. Have you tried any of these? Or any other brand of sheet mask (I live for suggestions!)?

You can get this mask at Sephora and online for $8 for one and $28 for 4.

The rundown: A+