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Hourglass Brow Sculpting Pencil
Posted on November 3, 2015

Hourglass Brow Sculpting Pencils

Beauty/ Makeup
Eyebrows are probably the single most important piece when putting together your face. Even if you don’t wear makeup having well-groomed and shaped brows really make the difference in your look; brows are the frame of the face.  Now if there was ever a piece of beauty advice I wish I listened to it would be don’t over pluck your brows. Ugh coming up as a teenager I had my hard-headed moments and of course back at that time circa the mid to late 90’s thinner brows were in. 
I spent way too many nights with tweezers and a magnifying mirror, a bad combination for someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing. Let’s not even talk about the night I let my friend tweeze my brows into the thinnest lines possible, A MESS. I wish I could say as I hot older I left my over-plucking days behind me, but nope. I should never be allowed to own tweezers, I’m just not responsible with them. Every grooming session starts the same and I tell myself I am just going to pluck the few random hairs. A bit later I’m staring in the mirror wonder what happened, I really need to leave my shaping to a professional. 
Hourglass Brow Sculpting Pencil
So here I am again trying to keep my hands off my brows as I attempt for the 500th time to let them grow in. In the meantime I have reached for these great brow sculpting pencils from Hourglass.  When you have very little brow hair drawing some on can get challenging.  My arch is not well-defined and is actually a bit too low so trying to create natural looking definition is important.  The triangle shape of the Hourglass Brow Sculpting Pencil allows me to draw in a shape without a harsh noticeable line. The formula of the pencil combines the benefits of a powder, a pencil and a wax in one for a very natural finish.  
Hourglass Brow Sculpting Pencil
I have lightened my eyebrows just a bit to give them more of a deep brown tone over their natural off black hue. If you have very dark eyebrows and don’t want to actually lighten them you can always fill them in with a slightly lighter pencil.  With my brows lighter at the moment I’m using the warm brunette pencil, when I don’t lighten I use the dark brunette pencil.  The best part of the Hourglass Brow Sculpting Pencils for me is that they replace me needing to use multiple products.
Hourglass Brow Sculpting Pencil
By altering the angle at which I hold the pencil and adjusting the pressure I can brush, define, fill and set all with one pencil. Even the most brow challenged person..*cough me*.. can get a nice looking brown with little effort. Use a light hand and build in your desired level of fill and coverage. And don’t forget brows should be sisters not twins, so don’t fret if you can’t get them to look exactly the same. 
 Hourglass Brow Sculpting Pencil
The Arch Hourglass Brow Sculpting Pencils are available in 9 shades. 
Price: $32 
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Picture of Amazing Cosmetics Concealers Makeup Baking
Posted on October 30, 2015

Makeup Baking 101 #UltaTrendAlert

Beauty/ Makeup
#UltaTrendAlert | #StyleHunters4Ulta
Contouring, Strobing, Baking,  the terms may change but the techniques are not exactly new.  With sites like Instagram and You-tube we have more access to stars, makeup artists, bloggers etc. and are seeing a revival of old makeup tricks.  Way back when some of these techniques were not used in “everyday life”.  Baking is heavy and was typically used for TV and Stage while also being very popular within the Drag community. With changes in the beauty culture, certain methods have become increasingly popular and taken on a new life.  
Makeup Baking
So what the heck is baking anyway? Baking is basically a technique of highlighting, but without the shimmer. When we highlight, the goal is to have luminescence and glow. With baking we want to brighten and give long-lasting full coverage.  Since baking gives a matte finish, heavy powder can accentuate dryness and fine lines.  Be sure your face is very well hydrated before you start. 
So let’s take a look on the method and products I used to test out this trend; 

Baking Makeup Tutorial

The two main products needed for baking are concealer and translucent powder. I’m using mainly products from Amazing Cosmetics which can be found at Ulta Beauty. The Amazing Concealer has a nice creamy formula that provides full coverage and blends easily. I applied one layer of concealer using Tan Golden  and a second layer using Light Caramel.  
The Amazing Cosmetics Velvet Mineral Powderset is a translucent powder that sets makeup and absorbs excess oil, this powder won’t settle into fine lines and leaves a silky finish. 

makeup baking - how to bake makeup - makeup highlight

 A few steps but not bad right. Put the final touches on your look and strike a pose. Take a picture for Insta and hashtag it flawless! Your makeup is now set to stay looking great for hours
What do you think about baking? Is this a technique you have tried? 

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Luminess Air Legend Airbrush Makeup System
Posted on October 7, 2015

Airbrush Makeup with Luminess Air

Beauty/ Makeup
Press Sample
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of airbrushed makeup? If you are like me, my mind immediately thinks wedding, or special occasion. There was a time when airbrushed makeup was only used for special times and applied by makeup artists. With the Luminess Air system you can have that lasts all day flawless look everyday; airbrush makeup applied in the comfort of your own home, no makeup artist required. 
Luminess Air-Airbrush Makeup
I recently gave the Luminess  Air Legend Airbrush System a try. This complete airbrush makeup kit comes with everything you need to apply airbrush makeup yourself.  The system is a compact size that won’t take up much space at your makeup station.
In your kit your will receive the Luminess Air airbrush compressor and stylus, 1 bottle of the moisturizer/primer, 2 bottles of foundation, 1 blush, and the brightening glow.  The kit also comes with an instructional DVD. The system is easy to use, but I do recommend you watch the video to pick up some helpful tips, there is a learning curve. 
Luminess Air
Benefits of the Luminess Air Airbrush makeup
  • Oil free
  • Paraben free
  • Fragrance free
  • Premium pigment  
  • Water based 
Finding foundations that match my skin tone is often challenging. I’m somewhat of a yellow undertone but have dark hyper-pigmentation. If you are unsure of what color to order with your system, Luminess Air does have a matching service on their website. Try to send a clear bare face picture in good light. If possible wear a basic white shirt.  Luminess Air offers several different finish types Silk, Ultra, Satin, and Matte. I have combination oily skin and with my hyper-pigmentation I wanted fuller coverage so I went with the matte. 
The two colors I tested were Shade 07 Cinnamon and 08 Chestnut. Unfortunately neither shade was a match for me. Shade 7 had a red tone that was too dark for me. Upon first application shade 8 which appeared to have a golden tone seemed okay but it too dried to a red tone that was too rich.
Luminess Air Foundation Shade 7
In this picture I’m wearing shade 07, I purposefully didn’t cover my neck so you can see the difference and how red the color dried. The finish is very smooth and nice just a bummer the shade was all wrong. 
Luminess Air
Nonetheless I found the system easy to use with a bit of practice. The trigger on the stylus is sensitive, use a light touch. I found it helpful to practice a bit on a piece of paper to get the hang of wrist movement and the amount of pressure needed. If you pull back too far on the stylus,  hold it too close to the face or don’t keep the stylus moving the application will be splotchy and uneven. You want to keep your wrist relaxed and use fluid motion.
Once you get the hang of the movement, applying the makeup is quick and easy.  You can build up the coverage if needed.  If I look past the mismatched color I was really pleased with the look of this foundation as far as texture and feel. Once applied the makeup felt weightless on my skin and there was no transfer.  If I can find the proper shade match, this is a system I would use again. 
Price: $249
Purchase: Save 20% on the Luminess Air system using promo code 194446996
Have you ever had airbrush makeup done? 
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