Wednesday, April 20, 2016

March Favorites: Glo Up

As promised I am back with my March Favorites-- but I'm changing it up a little and sharing my  current favorite highlighters to achieve that bomb glow 。◕‿◕。 These are all recent purchases and I actually use at least 3 of them everyday..

We'll start with the ABH Glow Kits. This one is in Gleam-- I bought this one only for Mimosa and ended up really liking Starburst and Crushed Pearl as well. Super pigmented but I found that when I tried to use it with MAC fix+ it didn't apply well at all, which was actually really surprising to me because Fix+ brings out the best in nearly all powder highlighters. I'm thinking it might have been the setting powder I was using (never had a problem with it before but just a thought) and maybe next time I try out a different one and see if the result is the same.
Next, That Glow-- legit part of my All Stars team of A1 highlights, especially Golden Bronze. Lately I've been trying to maintain a nice glow for my skin and easing up on intense coverage etc. so I've been doing a lot of natural bronzed, bright skin looks and of course I use cream contour (FX or ABH) but then set it using Golden Bronze :-) and it comes out b e a u t i f u l l y . I can't express how much I love this one lol. Sunburst is probably my least favorite out of the four, for some reason I feel like it would look better on lighter skinned girls even though it's paired with darker pans, which makes it look nice but I would suggest going a different route for my brown hunnies. I just feels like it comes off really light and opaque and looks kind of funky, kind of sad about it but maybe in winter when ya girls lighter I'll give it another shot.
So for the past year I have been missing out on the precious gem that I ever knew I needed. Becca X Jaclyn Hill's Champaign Pop. Yeees I know it's been out for forever but honestly I didn't think it'd be worth the hype I guess? I've seen it on many of my favorite Youtubers but that never really seemed like enough to justify the purchase for me and never bothered to swatch it at Sephora until recently. AND I'M CRYING BC IT'S SO GOOD AND IDK WHY I WAITED SO LONG?!?!??!?! Outrageous.  I actually have a lot of Becca's products and really like the Shimmering Skin Perfecters, they silky smooth and has super high pigmentation. I've been wearing this literally everyday since my purchase. No ragrets. Also So sorry the next few swatches were out of focus, I didn't realize until after I was editing and at that point there was no going back.

The following picture after Champaign Pop is Opal. I got a mini sample and it's not too bad. I have other highlighters that I would definitely grab and use before this one but I actually have been using it as a top layer for Champaign Pop and found that I actually really liked the combo. So for that reason it was defaulted into my favorites. 
For those that don't know Urban Decay came out with a new Summer collection and came out with new bronzers, highlighters, BB creams etc. This is their new Afterglow Powder Highlighter in Fireball. It comes out in three different shades and tbh I almost bought all of them, but being $28 I surprisingly was able to control myself from yet another impulse buy. I went with Fireball because it was the only highlighter shade I really felt like I didn't already have and basically just use it as a blush substitute. Once again, I apologize for the unfocused pictures u.u  
And that sums up last month's favorites! One last thing I want to share is a new blog segment I'll be doing called The Chowski Chronicles, starring my sweet dogchild Osa who is now 5 months old. I've  been planing this for a while but have been waiting until she got a little older so her personality can grow a little more and all that. So I think it's time! It'll be scheduled for the last Friday of every month, so next week be ready to be slapped in the face with cuteness and my endless puppy drama. Are there any other new parents out there with puppies going through the terrible twos?? Let me know I want to know how you're dealing with it hahaha *laughs and cries manically* Click below to see some teaser pictures! You won't regret it :>

That's all for tonight, later gators.

Up Next: The Chowski Chronicles: Bringing Your Puppy Home


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Casual Glam -- Spring Edition

Hey guys I'm back with another look, kudos to my front yard-- I didn't realize there was such great lighting in that spot \( ˙ ᵌ ˙ )/ Speaking of lighting, in the near future I will be investing in a ring light so that everything I post is of the quality I want it to be. I don't get to use my camera as often as I like since the lighting in my room is h o r r i b l e . I've gotten a lot tanner lately so I've had to rotate out some of my favorite concealers and foundations (boo!) but in the process I found a few of really good dupes for some high end products I normally use :> I get dark fairly easily and my color tends to fluctuate, so I hate spending so much on my favorite brands/products to fit a skin tone that I usually am for a few months. So I turned to some less expensive brands and played around and was pleasantly surprised. So look forward to that soon! I am really trying to have post updates every Saturday and really look forward to what's (hopefully) to come.
Anyway here's a look from the other day which I also shared on my makeup instagram @mubyselena, products listed below as always ꈍ .̮ ꈍ

also small side note I wore this look to a Bone Thugz n Harmony show later this day and everything held up pretty nicely lol.

Products used:
Makeup Forever | HD Foundation Stick
ABH | Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown, Cream Contour Kit in Medium
Colourpop Cosmetics | Liquid Lipstick in Midi, Supershock Shadow in Glow-- inner corners of the eyes
Ardell Lashes | Wispies
MUG | Chickadee
Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champaign Pop

Up Next: March Favorites

Sunday, April 10, 2016

#MorpheMe Subscription

Hey guys! I hope everyone is doing well :> I've recently subscribe to LiveGlam X Morphe's MorpheMe Brush Subrscription. It's $19.99/mo and honestly it's such a deal. They've only been doing it for a few months now and I love it. Morphe brushes are super affordable as it is, but I get soo lazy when it comes to brushes and finding good ones. The sub. box sends a lot of brushes I wouldn't have thought of trying, and I have fallen in love with all of them and use them daily ꈍ .̮ ꈍ Feburary had about SEVEN BRUSHES in the box, SEVEN. I'm going to show you the brushes for April, and just to keep you up to date March's box just consisted of some thick tapered brushes I use for highlighting. 

From left to right: M504, M330, M505, M510, M508

I went ahead and linked the individual brushes for y'all to go take a peek :-) The first four ARE SO GOOD. The tapered crease brushes are so precise yet blends everything out so seamlessly it makes me emotional. I can't wait for what the future months have in store. Also if you guys aren't a part of LiveGlam I recommend checking it out, especially if you're a makeup junkie! Originally I signed up because one of my favorite MUA @iluvsarahii had been endorsed by them and became a part of their MUA certification program and since then I've been hooked and have been checking in a couple times a week too see if they have posted any new tutorials etc. It's definitely worth a look 。◕‿◕。

Is anyone else part of the #MorpheMe club? Let me know how you use some of the brushes we've received and the looks you've created!
Up Next: Spring Glam 
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