Makeup Homework Pt. 1

Hello Beauties!
I hope you’ve all had a great weekend :). Mine has been pretty relaxing, thankfully. I have a girls trip to Vegas next weekend, so I’m saving my energy and money for then lol. Makeup school is coming along beautifully, I really love the classes and my instructor, Susie. We’ve covered basic foundation, transitioned into contouring, learned about eyebrows, and we’ve just started working on eyeshadow technique/styles.
One of the hardest things about this class is learning new ways to apply makeup. After years and years of playing with cosmetics and more recent freelance work, I’ve developed my own way of doing everything, so I’ve had a though time trying to relearn what I thought I already knew. I want to get the most out of this experience and Susie’s has asked that we try doing things her way; she taught MAC makeup artists for 10 years and has a lot of experience in the industry, so I know I have a lot to learn from her and feel really thankful to have gotten her as my instructor. I’ve been feeling like a righty trying to write with their left hand, but it’s coming along, and it’s also opened my eyes to new ways of looking at light and color. I’ll be posting some of my homework and practice looks to track my progress throughout the course. Here’s a quick look I put together yesterday using her basic eyeshadow placement/application technique.

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What have you all been up to this weekend?

A Pop of Blue

Been on a wine kick recently, in love with these glasses.

Hello Beautiful Readers,
I hope you’re all having a great Monday :). I’m home, taking a break from Anthropology studies to share a look I put together this past weekend.
The bf and I were going to run some errands, so I decided that I’d have a little fun with my makeup without going over the top and looking crazy. My outfit consisted of faded blue jeans, a really flowy cream top, brown leather flip flops, and burnished gold jewelry. Instead of adding a bright accessory, I decided to add a pop of vibrant color to my eye look. Here are the results:

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Products Used:
*Eyes*
-UDPP all over the eyelid, inner corner, and along lower lashes.
-Urban Decay Smog e/s all over lid, just past the crease.
-Urban Decay Darkhorse lightly blended into the outer part of the crease.
-SMH e/s in Walkin’ After Midnight along lower lashes.
-Stila highlighting shade (I don’t know the name :/) along brow bone.
-Ulta Extreme Wear gel liner in Perfection (a shimmery deep brown) along upper lashes.
-Revlon Colorstay pencil liner in Navy on lower waterline, set with SMH Walkin’ After  Midnight eyeshadow.
-Covergirl Lashblast mascara in blackest black.

*Face*
-MUFE Full cover concealer in 4 on blemishes and under eyes.
-MUFE Matt Velvet + foundation in 20.
-MAC MSFN in Medium to set the foundation.
-MAC Stunner blush.
-Laura Mercier Mineral highlighter.

*Lips*
-Smashbox Pixel lip gloss.

How you you feel about pops of bright color in makeup?

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Review: E.l.f. Zit Zapper

Hello Lovelies :),
I hope you’re all having a fabulous weekend! I celebrated my friend Liz’s bday this past Friday, spent yesterday recovering (fishbowl drinks…so delish, but they come with a side of regret the next day lol), and today I’m being lazy with the bf– getting ready to FINALLY watch the last episode of True Blood.
If you’ve been a reader for a while, you know I LOVE e.l.f. products, they’re amazingly affordable and some of them are really really great quality. A while back, my sister told me she’d picked up the Zit Zapper roller at Target and absolutely loved it so I thought I’d give it a try. This stuff works! If I have a pimple or zit, I just use the little roller ball after washing my face at night; when I get up the next day, my blemishes are visibly smaller and less red. I’ve also started using it under my makeup, applying it right after moisturizer for daytime treatment.
I really love the scent too, it smells kind of like minty tea to me. The e.l.f website lists Salicylic Acid, Tea Tree Oil, Witch Hazel, and Camphor as the main ingredients. I haven’t experienced any dryness or flaking from using this product, even when I’ve used it a few times a day.
This has become a staple in my kit and I carry it around with me to treat those random blemishes that show up out of nowhere in the middle of the day. At just $1 a tube at Target or on the e.l.f. website, you really can’t go wrong.

Have you tried Zit Zapper? What’s your favorite quickie blemish treatment?

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Obsessed: Sofia Vergara at the 2011 Emmy’s

OHMYLORD! This Vera Wang dress is absolute perfection in every single way, I can’t get enough of the color, phenomenal fit/tailoring, and beautiful fabric. As a fashion lover, I’m giving her look a perfect 10/10. Her makeup was just bold enough without being overpowering. I’m infatuated lol. Had to share the beauty. Who was your favorite on Emmy night?

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Product Rave: MUFE Full Cover Extreme Camouflage Cream Concealer

Perfect pink roses courtesy of my bf last weekend.

Hello Beauties,
Happy Saturday! Taking a minute this morning to post about my new concealer that has quickly reached Holy Grail product status: Makeup Forever’s Full Cover Extreme Camouflage Cream. I heard about this from Sam over at http://finallyindigo.wordpress.com/. He posted a great review and I decided to pick up a sample of the stuff at Sephora a couple of weeks ago.

Click the picture to purchase on sephora.com.

*Dramatic pause…*

My makeup life is changed forever. I have not found another concealer with the coverage and staying power that MUFE Full Cover offers. Seriously, it covers EVERYTHING. I only use the tiniest amount to cover under my eyes, around my nose, and any random spots I get. This doesn’t cry off, cake, flake, move, sweat off, sleep off, get oily, or oxidize…it stays put from 6 am when I apply it until 11 pm when I wash it off. I picked up the full size (.5 oz) at Sephora last weekend and couldn’t be happier.

MUFE Full Cover passed the sensitive skin test for me, I have not broken out because of it and it hasn’t made my skin more oily. Another plus is that it comes in 12 shades, and they flatter different undertones so you should be able to find a match. For reference, I’m a shade 4 in the concealer and a shade 20 in their Matt Velvet + foundation.

Although it’s very creamy, I find that I have to work fast with this concealer. Once it’s out of the tube, it gets drier/thicker the longer you wait; I’m sure this has to do with being long lasting/waterproof. This isn’t a deterrent for me though, because the finish is absolutely perfect. Just remember to close the tube correctly and as fast as possible.

At $30, it’s not cheap. I do think it’s worth it if you’re looking for a long lasting concealer that covers everything and stays on through anything; it also photographs beautifully. As I build a bigger kit for my freelance makeup artistry work, I plan on building up a collection of these to use on clients. Because I only need the tiniest amount, this tube should last me upwards of 4-6 months. I’ve been covering spots with it and buffing MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish Natural over it.

Overall, MUFE’s Full Cover concealer gets an A++++ in my book. Ah-mazing. What’s your favorite full coverage concealer?

Off I go on an Ikea and British pub adventure with the bestie. Hope you’re having a fab weekend!

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Product Rave: It’s a 10 Plus Keratin

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Hi Babes!
I just want to say I’m sorry, I haven’t had much of a chance to blog. I have quite a bit of homework for my Anthro class and last week was spent running around picking things up for the bridal makeup trial I did (!!). The trial went beautifully and my stylist, Jessica, said I was hired :D. Here’s a quick picture of the lovely bride to be. I should have slowed down and taken better pics, but I was too excited lol. When I got home and uploaded the pics, they all showed up too dark. BUT, I will take good shots on the big day to post; or I might have to steal some of her professional ones :P.

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She asked for a purple smokey eye :). I know many brides opt for a neutral look, but Jessica is such a bright, beautiful person– browns just wouldn’t have felt right. Can’t wait till you guys see the dress, its dramatic details beg for a more dramatic makeup look. Anyway, we took our time to get the look just right and I’m looking forward to recreating it in November when she gets married. I had an absolute blast working with you, Jeca! Thank you for asking me to be a part of your big day :).

Jessica traded my services for a hair cut and surprised me with a bottle of this amazing, life changing, ground shaking product as a tip. The last time she cut my hair, she used It’s a 10 Plus Keratin and I could not get over how shiny and healthy my tresses felt after. When I went into Ulta to check out pricing, I decided to wait, given the $20 price tag for a 4 oz. bottle. Last Friday, before we started working on her makeup, she came out of her room holding an enormous 10 oz bottle of the stuff and I had to restrain myself from doing an embarrassing happy dance LOL. Here’s the product description from the site:

Click the image to visit the company site.

I’ve been using this product daily for about a week now and my hair looks AND feels healthier. When I get out of the shower, I spritz It’s a 10 a couple of times throughout my hair and then comb it through while I detangle. If I leave the product in my hair for an hour, my hair feels incredibly soft and silky. If I dry my hair right after applying, it’s still soft and it styles really easily (while controlling my baby hairs). My split ends look so much better and my 2nd day hair isn’t out of control; I can skip a day of washing without it feeling yucky.

Yesterday morning, I tried to shake the bottle to feel how much I had used and there wasn’t a swishing liquid sound. When I helt it up to the light, I saw that it was a thick cream. This was surprising to me because the spray never felt heavy and has not weighed my hair down at all.

It’s a 10 doesn’t really have much of a scent that I can detect, so it doesn’t conflict with any of my perfumes, something I can really appreciate.

Now, to talk about pricing. The 4 oz. bottle is about $20 and the 10 oz. bottle is about $40 at normal retailers. Because Jessica is a hair stylist, she’s able to get it at a much better price, but not everyone has awesome stylist that will pick bottles up for them (lol). I asked Jeca to bring me a couple when we meet for her wedding, but I’ll be on my own after that because she lives up north. Would I still pick this up at full retail? Yes, in a heart beat.  Because I haven’t seen my hair look this healthy since before I started dyeing it, I would be willing to cut other little luxuries once every few months to be able to afford this.

I give It’s a 10 Plus Keratin an A+, 5/5 stars, a thumbs up…you get the idea. Miracle product, indeed!

Have you tried the It’s a 10 line? If not, what’s your favorite product to keep your tresses healthy and happy?

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A Little Announcement

Hi Dolls!
I can finally tell you the exciting news! Today, I enrolled in a pro makeup artistry course that starts in a month. By December, I will be a certified makeup artist :). I hope I can take pics in class to post here every week. OMG, you guys have no idea how excited I am! I think this calls for celebratory drinks asap :D.

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Purple EOTD, Take Two.

Hi Babes,
Took a break from helping the bf finish moving the rest of his stuff into his new place to post today’s eye look. I’m still playing with purples, but I did a softer version of yesterday’s look for my bride-to-be friend :). I don’t have my shadows with me, but let me know if you want a tutorial/how to for the look. Happy Sunday!

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Purple EOTD

Hi Dolls!
I hope you’re all having a great weekend. I had a fantastic night in with my girls on Friday (nachos, margaritas, and a Friends marathon) and spent yesterday at home, being lazy. I have some really exciting news to share, but I’ll have to wait until after tomorrow night to tell you guys. Seriously, so excited :). And no, I’m not engaged/expecting lol; this is beauty related.

One of my friends has asked me to do a wedding makeup trial and if she likes it, I’ll be doing her makeup in December. Her favorite color is purple, so I’ve been playing around with different shades of it to get inspired. Here’s a look I put together yesterday:

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Products Used:
-UDPP original all over the lid and long lower lashes.
-MAC Nocturnelle e/s all over the lid, just past the crease. Also blended along outer 3/4 of the lower lashes.
-Urban Decay e/s in Flash in the crease, to soften the edge of Nocturnelle. Also blended into the inner 1/4 of the lower lashes.
-Urban Decay e/s in Sin along the edge of Flash.
-Urban Decay e/s in Virgin blended along browbone and inner corner of eyes.
-MAC Sketch e/s blended into the outer v ov the upper lid and a little into the crease.
-Revlon Colorstay liquid liner along upper lashes and the pencil on waterlines.
-Neutrogena Healthy Volume mascara.

What are you up to this weekend?

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Don’t Fall for Letters From Domain Registry of America!

Hi Dolls!
This is intended for follow bloggers and any lovlies that plan on creating a blog. I received a letter from the Domain Registry of America saying my domain (nessalovesmakeup.com) would be expiring soon and that I had to act right away and pay ridiculous fees to keep it. I’m suspicious of anyone asking for my money lol, so I did some research and this is a scam. Do not fall for the letters or emails from this company, just throw them out and save yourself any grief. It may seem obvious to some that this is a scam, but some newer bloggers may not realize it. Here’s one article that explained it quite well:

http://www.searchengineoptimizationjournal.com/2008/03/18/domain-registry/

I hope this saved at least one of you any trouble!

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