Valentine’s Tutorial: Sexy Smoky Eyes

Hey Beauty Chameleons I am back! I am so excited to share with you a sexy Valentine's day smoky look that you can sport on that special day or another day you are feeling quite sexylicious, lol. A special thank you goes out to a few of my fabulous beauty chameleons subscribers that left their comments on my original blog post "Raving Beauty Cosmetics: Valentine’s Day Haul With Swatches" as to which makeup look I should create for my next tutorial. I originally created a cut crease look and a smoky wine look and as a result they chose the smoky wine look. Thank you ladies!! So, just for you I re-created this look with my NEW Canon Vixia HF R100 camcorder in HD video, Yay!! I hope that you all love the look and please let me know what you think of the video quality after watching!

Products Used:

  • Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer
  • Raving Beauty Cosmetics eyeshadows: Divine Wine, Light Pink & Carbon
  • Red Cherry Lashes #523 (madamemadeline.com)
  • Cargo Lash Activator Mascara
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide liner: Zero
  • Foundation: NARS Sheer Glow in Cadiz
  • Lorac TANTalizer baked bronzer
  • NARS blush: Douceur
  • Lips: Benefit Cosmetics Lady's Choice
  • Nails: Sephora By OPI Is bouquet with me with Katy Perry's Shattered on top. (I love that stuff!!)
  • Sigma Brushes

(All of the items with the exception of raving beauty cosmetics, red cherry lashes and sigma brushes can be found at Sephora.com & ULTA Beauty)

For swatches of the shadows used in this video click the link to my original Valentine's day Raving Beauty Haul post "here".

Step By Step Tutorial

 

 

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Temptu Limited Edition Enhance Kit: Summer Glam Tutorial

Hey beauties! Since my review of the Temptu Limited Edition Enhance Kits I have been dying to create a wearable tutorial with the summer glam kit showing it with a wearable lip and eye look for you all. If you have not seen my review on the Enhance Kits "Click Here" for my full review and video. However, if you've already seen my review and are craving for a tutorial this post is for you. I decided to create a soft look with this corally duo. Like I said in the vieo the Blushing Coral airbrush blush goes on a bit sheer for me, but that is perfect because I truly don't like to wear heavy blushes colors on my cheek. So if you are like me this is definitely for you.

 

Products Used For This Tutorial:

  • Temptu Airbrush Foundation: 008 Honey
  • MAC studio Finish Concealer: NW 35
  • MAC Mineralized skinfinish Powder: Medium Deep
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer
  • Lorac Serenity E/S
  • MAC Handwritten E/S Matte
  • MAC Bamboo E/S Matte
  • MAC Orb E/S Satin
  • Smashbox Blackout E/S Matte
  • Buxom Lashliner: Leatherette
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide liner: Zero
  • Bliss (red cherry lashes)
  • Lorac Special Effects Mascara
  • NYX lip pencil: Orange
  • Revlon Super Lustious Lipgloss: 120 pink pearl
  • Temptu Limited Edition Enhance Kit: Summer Glam (blushing coral blush & Sunset Glow Highlighter)

All Products will be found at Sephora.com, For NYX and L'Oreal will be found at Ulta.com & MAC found at Nordstroms and MACcosmetics.com.

 

Pictures Of The Summer Glam Look

 

 

 

The Summer Glam Tutorial

 

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Eye Shadow Primers: Urban Decay, Too Faced, & Smashbox Primers. What’sThe Difference?

Eye shadow primers!! The most talked about primers on youtube and beauty blogs are the Urban Decay Primer Potion, Too Face Shadow insurance and Smashbox Photo finish lid primer. Which one is the best overall? Well, let’s answer that question today. Before we do that let’s talk about each primer and what they do!

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion 0.34 oz Original:

What it does:
Packaged in a precious, genie-like bottle, Eyeshadow Primer Potion is an ultra-sheer, totally nude eye base that glides on with the wave of a wand and then disappears instantly. It’s the ultimate eye prep for smoother, more vibrant shadow and all-day wear, with absolutely no creasing. Now with a new and improved bent wand!

what I think:
I think this is the best primer ever. It is very easy to blend out your shadow over this product and it does not create a milky ashy texture on brown skin too!! Overall at Sephora this primer is rated 5 stars consistently and so worth the $18 you will spend on this one for sure! The only downside to this one is it packaging. I always wonder do I get all of my product out? However with the new paddle foot Urban Decay’s says that you will be able to get every last drop so we will see about that.

Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer

What it does:
Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer creates the perfect canvas for eyeshadow application. Wear this universal shade under shadow to increase longevity, or create the perfect nude eye by applying over the lid for an even tone.

What Else You Need To Know:
The exclusive formula contains Phytomoist, a plant-based hyaluronic acid for ultimate moisturization and amino acids for skin-smoothing benefits. Soft focus pearls help diminish the appearance of fine lines on the lids while the patented Qusome® delivery system ensures all ingredients penetrate the skin to deliver effective results.

What I like and dislike:
I love that this primer is also easy to blend shadows with. I also like that tinted color in this product too. With the tint it is easy to even out uneven skintone like redness and other discoloration too. The down side for brown skin women in the deeper tones this primer may appear to look ashy. Overall I love this one too! You will shell out a bit more on this one ($18), but again another goody for the makeup collection.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Size: 0.35 oz
What it does:
This is your full-coverage insurance policy against all fading, creasing, melting, blurring, oil slicked, and hard-to-blend eyeshadow accidents. Our silicone based eyeshadow primer transforms any eyeshadow into a perfectly blendable, color-drenched, intensified version of itself, then locks it down perfectly until you take it off. This soothing formula evens out the skintone on your lids and smoothes lines while securing a barrier between the oils of your skin and your makeup, so no shadow catastrophes will ever happen again.

What I think:
The packaging of this product is awesome because I was able to get every last drop of product out with ease. It goes on smooth and creamy, however when it come to blending out the shadow it because difficult especially with darker shades. This item sells for $18 and I think it is great when you are working with light pigmented shadows, but when darker shadows not so good.

Overall, if you would like to see my full review on these primers what my video below which will be a little more detailed with swatches and more!

Video Review:


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Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer Review

21j-rng3-bl_sl500_aa250_A new eyeshadow primer by Smashbox? Yes! The Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer for $20 just came out a month or so ago and I was so wondering would this be a potential replacement to my Urban Decay Primer Potion? Now, many may say why in the world would you not like the primer potion? Well, don’t get me wrong I love it, but I don’t love that I can’t use the entire bottle without cracking it open to get my full monies worth, lol. So, hence the thought I decided to pick this one up and give it a try. Now, I am sure that you all that watch my makeup tutorials on youtube noticed that I have been using the new Smashbox primer a lot, right? Well, I love it!! What I like about this primer is that is works as a neutralizer for discolored lids and you can wear it by itself or as a shadow base. As a shadow base it ROCKS!! I wore this primer during a 10 hour shift at work and let me tell you may shadows stayed in place without creasing! Yey!!

Now what they say about this primer:

What it is:An ultra-luxurious lid primer.What it does:Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer creates the perfect canvas for eyeshadow application. Wear this universal shade under shadow to increase longevity, or create the perfect nude eye by applying over the lid for an even tone. What Else You Need To Know:The exclusive formula contains Phytomoist, a plant-based hyaluronic acid for ultimate moisturization and amino acids for skin-smoothing benefits. Soft focus pearls help diminish the appearance of fine lines on the lids while the patented Qusome(R) delivery system ensures all ingredients penetrate the skin to deliver effective results.Size: 0.1 oz

So, with all of that said you should definitely give this one a try!

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