Top 5 | Shimmer Shadows

Hello! Do you like shimmery eye shadows? I LOVE them!!! It is rare that I do an all matte eye. I like to use matte colors to blend, but always need some shimmer or glitter on the lid!

Here are my favorites!

So first, we have the star of the show. The Stila Glitter and Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Smoky Storm. This is a liquid shadow that is chock full of sparkly glitter. One swipe of this, and it is opaque sparkle. I did one swipe on the swatch below. It is a taupe-y bronzey color and it so gorgeous. You can use it as eyeliner or just on the lid.

Next is a cream pencil shadow that I featured in my recent September Faves post. This NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Iced Mocha is a bronze colored pencil that is so so pretty on the lid by itself or as eyeliner. It is smooth and glides onto the eye for such an easy look. Unlike the Stila, this pencil doesn’t have glitter, it just gives a metallic sheen.

Next is an eyeshadow that I have repurchased because I love it so much. This may be my favorite eyeshadow of all time. It is the Burberry Eye Colour Glow in Nude 002. This color is a silver metallic taupe color that gives the most beautiful sheen. The texture is so smooth and luxurious.

I had to include one of my favorite MAC shadows, Sable. This is a warm toned medium brown shimmery color. MAC makes some of the best eyeshadows in my opinion, and this one has been a favorite for years.

Lastly, a lighter toned shade, this is the Urban Decay Moondust shadow in Starlight. This is a peachy toned metallic shade with silver shimmer. This color is so pretty on the lid and even as an inner corner highlight. It gives a fresh glow to the eyes and is really pretty. Urban Decay’s Moondust shadows are all really nice quality.

Now for the swatches!

From l to r : Stila Smoky Storm, NYX Iced Mocha, Burberry Nude 002, MAC Sable, UD Starlight

Do you love them?!

What are your favorite shimmer shadows?

xx amy

September Beauty FAVES

Hello! September is over and it is officially fall! Today I have my beauty faves to share with you, and a lot of them are old faves that I have recently rediscovered. Oldies but goodies.

Here they are!

Let’s start with the makeup.

This magical powder is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light. This is a setting powder that gives a blurred look to the skin. It’s hard to put my finger on WHY I look so much better when I use this. It’s not shimmery or glittery at all, but it gives my skin an extra somethin’ somethin’. You know what I mean. It comes in a bunch of shades but this yellow-y one speaks to me. This is the second one I’ve purchased. It’s pricey, but it will last you a long time.

Next is the Bare Minerals Prime Time OG Primer. Now, I’m a big Bare Minerals Foundation fan, I wear it every day. I also wear this primer underneath it every day! I have heard people talk about powder foundations, saying they can’t wear them because it sinks into lines and pores, makes them look dry, etc…and to that I say, try this! It’s a soft silicone-y feeling primer that dries down fast and matte, fills in pores and gives a lovely smooth canvas. It’s a must have, even if you don’t wear powder foundation.

Ok, next up is an oldddd fave. So old in fact, I made my very first blog post on it. Back in the Amy’s Beauty Diary days. I cringe at this post, but here it is in all its glory. 2013 y’all. Anyway, I still love it. It’s the Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Rose. It comes in a bunch of colors now (like 16!) but rose has always been the fave. It smells amazing like lemon cake, and it is so moisturizing and luxurious. I use this pretty much every day and it gives just a hint of color. I have two backups!

Next is also a really old fave that I recently repurchased after I read an article about how Meghan Markle does her makeup. She uses a shadow stick like this NYX Jumbo Pencil in Iced Mocha. Now, in addition to wearing a brown pencil eyeliner (I do that too!) she uses a jumbo pencil cream shadow all over the lid and smudges it under the lashline. So yeah, I remembered this little guy from BACK IN THE DAY. It is so pretty, why did I stop using it?! It’s such a nice bronze-y metallic color, SO easy to blend and is so quick! Love it.

Here are some swatches of the pencil and the lip balm (and my blue veins).

Next up is a nail color I have loved since just about the beginning of summer. It’s an Essie color (no surprise there); the packaging just calls me! They always have the best colors. This color is A Touch of Sugar. This color is a sheer light pink with some golden shimmer. It looks like a really light rose gold. It is GORGEOUS.

Two more faves!

Sometimes I like to self-tan, and this one was my favorite all summer! This is the Loving Tan 2 HR Express. This is a foam, and I use it with a tanning mitt. I buff it in, wait around for about 2 hrs, and then rinse it off. It gives the best color. Not orange-y at all, and it lasts a solid week for me!

Lastly, a dry shampoo. I have always been a Batiste fan, but I hadn’t tried this scent, the Clean and Light Bare. Some Batiste scents are super overpowering, but I really like how this one is barely scented. Sometimes the scents give me a headache. Batiste is the best dry shampoo because it absorbs oil, and really makes my hair feel clean and volumized.

So, that’s it for the faves! What have you been loving this month?

xx amy

Top 5 | Lip Glosses

Are you a lipstick girl or a gloss girl? I feel like I’m both…! I love a matte lip, but also a glossy shiny lip! Today I am sharing my 5 favorite lip glosses. These are all non-sticky, too. I cannot stand a sticky lip gloss!

First off, my FAVORITE one of all-time. The Dior Lip Maximizer. This is not only a lip gloss, but a plumper too. When I first started using this a few years ago, it only came in this color, but now it comes in a bunch! The color I have is just Pink, and it’s a very light pastel pink, and smells like vanilla. It doesn’t add much color, but it is oh so shiny and it tingles a bit when applied. It plumps the lips ever so subtly, and is just the perfect lip gloss. It’s Sarah Jessica Parker’s fave, too.

My second favorite lip gloss formula is the Nars Lip Gloss. Like Dior, it is smooth and non-sticky. The color I have is Love Me Do, which is a bright hot pink. I love this for summer, it is so so pretty on the lips. This lip gloss doesn’t really have a smell.

The next one is the Winky Lux Disco Lip Gloss. I have tried all of the different colors of this gloss, and they are STUNNING. When first applied, they come off as clear, but then they change into a pretty pink color, and they are chock full of shimmer. They also smell like vanilla, and I LOVE THEM. This color is Hustle, but all of the colors are pretty.

This Fenty Beauty Gloss in Fenty Glow was the original color of this gloss. This is a more neutral color, a rosy mauve color with some golden shimmer. This gloss smells just like Hawaiian Punch and I love the big applicator. This is just a go-with-anything type of gloss.

Lastly is technically a balm…but it is just as shiny and shimmery as a gloss so I wanted to throw it in here. This is the Glossier Birthday Balm Dot Com. The smell of this, you guys. The smell. It smells like a Funfetti cake, but in a REAL way. It is clear, but chock full of glitter. It is so so pretty and really hydrating. I love this stuff. It comes in a bunch of different colors/flavors, but I LOVE this one. Love the holo packaging, too.

Here are the swatches…they don’t really do them justice at all though, especially the shimmery ones.

From left to right – Dior, Winky Lux, NARS, Fenty, and Glossier.

I hope you enjoyed this post!

xx Amy

Everyday Makeup | 10 Minutes and Natural

Happy Friday! Today is a beauty post, which are still my favorite types of posts to create! I am talking all about makeup today; sharing my every day routine!

I wear makeup every day, and this is what I do most days. It only takes 10 minutes, and makes me feel more put together, more awake, and just all-around better.

A little bit about my skin – I have normal to dry skin, no breakouts, and my skin is very fair and freckled. I do not use liquid foundation because it makes me feel like I have a mask on, and covering my freckles looks weird to me. I use a powder foundation that allows my freckles to show through while still evening out my skin tone.

THE GOODS.

Lets start off with face makeup.

I’ve already applied my sunscreen and moisturizer, so first I apply my Bare Minerals Bare Pro Performance Wear Powder Foundation in 04 Aspen. I use the Bare Minerals Precision Face Brush to apply this; it is a dense angled brush. I buff this all around in circular motions.

The next product I use is the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Light. I apply this underneath my eyes to conceal my dark circles and then tap it in with my finger to blend.

To add some color and dimension to my face, I use the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer in Milk Chocolate. I use the Real Techniques Blush Brush in circular motions all along the perimeter of my face and into my cheekbones.

For blush, I use the MAC Sheertone Blush in Springsheen, a peachy pink color with golden shimmer. I apply this with a Morphe M435 angled brush.

Let’s move onto the eyes!

Eyebrows are verrry important, so I use the Anastasia Brow Powder Duo In Dark Brown along with an angled brush to fill in my eyebrows. I kind of just mix the two colors together. This helps keep them looking put together, but still natural.

For shadow, I keep it super simple with this Too Faced Natural Eye Palette. I use a shimmery beige color on the lids, and a matte medium brown color in the crease. The brushes are both from Sigma, E25 for laying down the lid color, and E35 for blending.

For liner, I prefer a dark brown pencil, my favorite is Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Demolition; a matte brown color. I apply this to my upper lash line, and smudge it under my lower lash line. This gives definition to my eyes while still looking natural. Black liner tends to look harsh on me.

Lashes make a big difference, so I make sure to curl them, and also use a mascara that adds volume and length, like Benefit Roller Lash. I actually picked up this travel size the other day, because I was at the mall and had forgotten to apply mascara that morning. This is my favorite high-end mascara.

Can’t forget the lips! I used my all-time fave lipstick, MAC Syrup, which is a pinky-purple that has some shine to it. I then topped it off with my Dior Lip Maximizer in Pink, just to add a little bit more shine.

Here’s the before and after!

Can you see my dog Mollie on the chair? 🙂

What does your every day makeup routine look like?

Thanks for reading!

xx

August Beauty Faves

Hello! I am so happy to be doing a beauty faves post today! Summer is almost over, but where I live in Texas we will have summer for another month! It currently says 96 degrees in my car right now as I type this in the parent pickup line. 🙂

Today I am going to be sharing my faves that I have been using nonstop in August. I have everything from hair care to makeup, so let’s get started!

First off, I want to talk about this body cream from Sol De Janeiro. This is a very popular cream called the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. I’ll be honest, I only bought this for the smell. It smells amazing. It’s a warm vanilla scent that reminds me of a tropical beach vacation. It is a VERY strong smell, and the smell lingers for me until I wash it off the next day. I wouldn’t use this daily, just because the scent is so strong, but a trip to the pool, beach, or something like that-it’s perfect. It is extremely moisturizing, and doesn’t leave me feeling greasy at all. It is also supposed to firm and smooth the skin over time. I really like this. Just go smell it.

Next, is a perfume. I am not big into perfume, in fact, I only have ONE (gasp) and it’s Chanel Coco De Mademoiselle. I have worn it for years and it’s just been my go-to. I really love floral scents and not much of anything else. I like to just smell like flowers, so this Replica Flower Market is perfect. This smells exactly like when you stick your face into a bouquet of roses to smell them. Exactly. And who doesn’t want to smell like that?! I bought the travel size because I wasn’t going to shell out $126 for the full size when I didn’t even know if I was going to like it. But, I’m definitely going to when this runs out! I also like that it’s an actual spray instead of a rollerball.

I am all about drugstore shampoo and conditioner (to me, it’s the styling products that matter), and I love this Dove Creme Conditioner Concentrated Moisture. This is probably the 6th tube I have used up, and it’s really nice. It’s a thick conditioner that feels like a mask. It smoothes and makes my hair super soft, and Dove hair products always smell really good. I get this at Walmart for like 5 bucks.

I have a few makeup items, first off, the best bronzer of life, my Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soieil Matte Bronzer. I would be a ghost without this stuff. I’m on my third compact because I just won’t even try anything else. The milk chocolate color is perfect for my fair skin, it’s matte, not orange-y and it smells like CHOCOLATE. The best.

Next is this ADORABLE Winky Lux lippie. This is the Confetti Balm, and it came in a set with a Mini Disco Kitten Gloss in Hustle (which is my fave also) and a cute little kitten pouch. I LOVE Winky Lux. So, this lip balm is clear with glitter inside. It is so pretty and I love the sleek silver packaging. It looks clear, but once you apply it, it changes to a pink shade. It’s kind of like a tinted balm. It smells like vanilla and keeps my lips soft.

I mean, look at it.

Here are the bronzer and lip balm swatched.

My last fave is a nail color, and surprise, surprise, it’s Essie. The color is Go Ginza and it’s a very light lavender.

I’ve just been doing neutrals on my nails lately, and this lavender color is so light, that I consider it to be a neutral. It goes with everything, and just looks chic. It’s a great alternative to white or light pink.

So that’s all the faves for the month!

What beauty products have you been using this month?

Thanks for reading xx