Makeup Monday: Everyday “Work” Look

I always love a good, bold eye look, but when I am getting ready for work in the morning I’m usually in a rush! Princess needs her beauty sleep ;). This look isn’t exactly your “5 minute makeup routine”, but it is natural enough to take only about 10-15 minutes, which is a look I can definitely afford time for in the morning! Follow along to get this simple and flawless look!
First, I always start with cleansing, toning and moisturizing. That’s a must, especially if you do want your makeup to look flawless. To prime, I use Makeup Forever Base Mattifying Primer, since my skin has been more on the oily side lately, this primer makes my skin matte all day! One of my go-to foundations for natural finish is the Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in shade #2 which I apply liberally with a Beauty Blender. To conceal and highlight I use the Naked Skin Complete Coverage Weightless Concealer, which pairs great with the Naked Skin foundation! I highlight just under my eye in an upside down triangle shape, on the bridge of my nose, my chin and a little bit on my forehead. Highlighting all throughout the middle of my face will bring a more cohesive look so my under eye isn’t the only bright area! To bronze and contour I use one of my new FAVORITE bronzers, the Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer. A couple of reasons why I love this bronzer. It is very friendly to pale girls like me, comes in 3 different shades, and like it’s name suggests, IT SMELLS LIKE CHOCOLATE– Um, yes please! It’s infused with cocoa powder and feels so nice! I use a large fluffy brush to apply to my cheeks, temples and sides of my forehead. I’ll set my foundation and concealer with the RCMA No Color Powder — which has also been a game changer for my oil control needs! For blush, I’ll usually use either the Milani Baked Blush in the color Luminoso  or Mac’s Powder Blush in the color Peachy Keen just depending on my mood that day. Now, let’s move on to the eyes!
I fill in my brows with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer. To prime my eyes, I use Mac Soft Ochre Paint Pot and set it with Mac Eyeshadow in “Orb”
Next, in my crease I’ll use Urban Decay Eyshadow in “Beware”– I LOVE this color not only because of the color, but because of how incredibly soft and blendable it is! MUST HAVE! I usually just take a large crease blending brush like the Morphe M441 and build up the color in my crease until I like the shadow. I build up just  enough in my crease to create a natural “shadow”. The effect I want to create is as if I am not wearing eye shadow at all. So this is definitely not and intense spread of color and it is not a smokey effect. Just nice, sweet and simple. 
Now, because I am a winged liner addict, I of course, put a wing on it! You can do this or not do this, up to you. But I personally feel more “complete” for work with a winged liner. Finally, to highlight my inner corner and brow bone, I use Mac Eyeshadow in “Nylon”, which is like the mother load of all eye highlighters! In the shadow pan it looks almost like an alabaster color, but when swatched on your hand or eye (whatever) it looks like a white light from the clouds! 
(Orb is a very neutral toned color, so it almost blends in with my skin)
To finish, I just smudge a little bit of “Beware” on my lower lash line, not too smokey, just to create a little shadow, and add mascara to my lower lashes! (I already have lash extensions on, so that saves a good couple of minutes on my routine)  Done! 
For a natural, but noticeable lip, I’ll use one of the Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipsticks, on this day I used the color “Melted Fig” ,  “Melted Chihuahua” is also a very good natural color to use!
Finally, set the entire look with Urban Decay De-slick Setting Spray.  I know it may seem like a lot of steps, but I swear, it’s not! Honestly takes me only about 15 mins tops! Lasts all day, and it is professional enough to wear to work and feel confident- which is really the most important part of makeup if you ask me. Have fun and feel confident! 
  
 
Hope you guys enjoyed this look! Let me know what you think, leave a comment below or connect with me on instagram @girlirae! 
XO, Girli Rae 

Kylie Lip Kits: Yay or Nay?

So, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of months, you’ve probably heard about these highly coveted Kylie Lip Kits by Kylie Cosmetics! Ever since these liquid lipstick+lip liner duos came out I have been extremely curious if they were actually amazing, or if it were all because of the Kardashian/Jenner fame. I’ll be honest. I originally bought these purely to test them out and review, because I’m definitely not lacking in the liquid lipstick department. Owning close to 30 different brands and colors, I would consider myself somewhat of a “liquid lipstick snob”. I have my likes and dislikes about so many different brands and I definitely know a good one when I see one! 
Let me just start by telling you a little about my crazy purchasing experience! When I decided I wanted to purchase a few, I first went to the Kylie Cosmetics website. All sold out- shit! So then, I went to the Kylie Cosmetics official instagram to see when the next launch date was. It happened to be the upcoming Monday from that day, they had a date and a very SPECIFIC time that the new products would be restocked. This part is important! I set an alarm on my phone for 10 minutes before they would be restocked. When the time and date came, I was at work. I actually took a break from work to purchase them. I had read before that these lipsticks were selling out in record time and I really didn’t want to wait. I kept hitting the refresh button waiting for all the products to be back in stock- it was nerve wracking! As soon as they reappeared, I quickly added the color 22 to my basket. I had already decided I definitely wanted that color. I always like to try at least 2 shades of every brand I try because formulation can be different depending on the colors. So I VERY QUICKLY made the decision to get Posie K also. During my checkout process, the website crashed– double shit! I kept refreshing until it finally came back up, because you know she and her team were probably already expecting this to happen. Quickly put in all my info and hit place order. Took 10 MINUTES to process my order, which is incredibly long for an online order to be processed (later I found out that there were over 100,000 users on the site at that time!) I took a deep sigh of relief and patiently awaited my confirmation email which came about 4 hours later. I also later found out that all units of every shade completely sold out within 16 minutes! When I say you have to be quick in order to purchase these babies, I mean it! One week later, my precious lipsticks arrived!
The packaging was great. Foam surrounded the two boxes containing the two colors I had purchased. Inside each box: a full sized liquid lipstick and full sized lip liner pencil. All for $29 each, which is a really great price for high end. Most brands sell the lipsticks for about $20 and high end lip liners can range anywhere from $12-$30. So you’re saving about $10 when purchasing the Kylie Lip Kits. Now to see if these are really worth all the hype!
 I swatched the two shades and liners on my hand. Ok, seemed pretty standard texture and quality. Very pigmented and the colors dried to matte within about a minute. I am very happy about the two colors I decided to get! 22 is a lovely orangey-red color that I actually didn’t already have in my collection. Posie K is more of a dark pink (mauve) shade. However, I will say that these colors totally transform based on your skin type. As I am on the paler side, this color does show up a little bit more of a dark pink shade. The tanner your skin, the more neutral this shade will appear. The lipsticks have a standard doe foot applicator, and the liners are standard requiring a sharpener when they dull down. Regular pencil sharpeners will do, or you can find a pretty cheap one at your local drugstore. 
I was mostly impressed with the longevity of the lipsticks! They lasted ALL DAY LONG! Even the lip liners, which are incredibly creamy and go on so easy. Even when I got home I had to use an oil based makeup remover to get them completely off my lips. The colors are a bit drying on the lips, but thats to be expected with any liquid to matte lipstick. They are definitely not over drying, just be sure to moisturize your lips before application. I’ve used these lipsticks about 7 times in the last 2 weeks of owning them, reaching mostly for the color 22 more often than Posie K. Both are great colors, but my personal favorites are always nudes and reds more so than pink shades. 
My overall opinion: if you can get them the second they get restocked, GO FOR IT! These would be great lipsticks to start off your collection if you’re a newbie to the liquid lipstick world. If you already have quite a collection going, then probably just try and purchase the colors you don’t already have in your collection. As of right now there are 7 colors to choose from. 22, Koko K, Posie K, Candy K, Dolce K, True Brown K and Mary Jo K. 2 pinks, 2 nudes, 1 brown and 2 reds. With rumors of more new shades to come! Personally, I plan on collecting all the colors! 
A little friendly tip though- I DO NOT think they are worth it to buy for 2x or 3x the price on ebay or amazon. Some selling on ebay for $100-$300 for a lipstick! Girl, no! Just wait it out and buy them before they sell out again. 
Have you already tried these lipsticks? What were your thoughts about them! Leave a comment below or connect with me on instagram @girlirae – I would love to know others experiences with these! 
XO,  Girli Rae

Makeup Monday: Peanut Butter Jelly Palette Tutorial

So, if you haven’t already heard of the new Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Palette, then you are missing out! It launched on 2/28/15 and quickly became a favorite of many. Inspired by, of course, peanut butter and jelly, it even smells like the tasty snack! Filled with 9 beautiful warm toned shades, 4 matte shadows, 2 satin shadows and 3 shimmery shadows. What is nice is that mixed in with the warm tones is a nice pop of color! This palette is limited edition though, so if it is a type of palette you are wanting to try you’ll have to buy one before they’re all gone! 
If you have heard of this palette already, then you’ve probably already seen a hundred tutorials and though many of them look similar, don’t be fooled. This palette is extremely versatile! You can create a warm, smokey look with the darker shades, or you can create a bright, everyday look with a pop of color! That is the type of tutorial I will be showing you here. A warm, semi-smokey look with a bright pop of color! This will only be an eye look tutorial, if you want details on how to create a flawless full face look, see my previous tutorial.
First off you’ll want to cleanse, moisturize and prime your face with you favorite products. Now onto the eyes. First I primed my eyes with MAC Paint Pot in the color Soft Ochre. Lightly dust a translucent shade over the Soft Ochre to set it so it won’t crease. Next, I took the shade Peanut Butter, from the palette with a fluffy crease brush, applied that shade into my crease in windshield swiper motions. Concentrating most of the pigment on the outer corner to build a smokier look.
Underneath that shade, I applied the color Nuts About U, to my lid to deepen the crease color. Concentrate this color mostly on the outer and inner corners leaving the middle blank and open. Next, with flat synthetic hair brush, I spritzed the brush with a little bit of MAC Fix+ and applied the color, Peanut Brittle, to the entire lid. Dampening your brush first will make the color appear more metallic and have a more dramatic finish. 
I took a clean, fluffy blending brush to blend all the colors, angling my hand above eye level so I wouldn’t smudge any of the colors. I blended the shimmery shade outwards towards the corners to even out the look and make sure there weren’t any harsh lines. Next, I took the color Extra Creamy, and applied it to highlight my brow bone, and the inner corner of my eye. 
Now, to create the smokey shadow underneath my eye, I took a small, pencil brush and applied the bright color Jelly, very lightly just along my lower lash line. I blended that color out so it wouldn’t appear so harsh. With a small liner brush I also took the color Jammin’, and tight lined my water line just to add a little dimension. 
To finish off the eye, I added a winged liner to my eye. This is an optional step, if you’re comfortable with doing a winded liner, then by all means, wing it out! However, if you’re not comfortable with a liquid winged liner, then you can just take an angled liner brush and some black eyeshadow and smudge it along your lash line. Since I already have lash extensions applied to my natural lashes, I don’t use any mascara or false lashes, but now would be the time for you to do that step. Take whatever mascara is your favorite and plump up those lashes! Depending on your level of drama, you can add false lashes or not- totally up to you! Since the shadows in this palette are on the warmer side, I would suggest you use a warmer toned bronzer to add some of that warmth into your face and tie the whole look together. And since I used the purple pop of color underneath my eye, I also used a purple liquid lipstick too for the look because, well why not! I used the color Vintage from Anasatsia Beverly Hills
This is how my look turned out!

If you recreate this look, I’d love to see it! Tag me on instagram @girlirae or leave a comment below! 
Thanks for reading!
XO, Girli Rae

Makeup Monday: Golden Smokey Eye

February, for me, has been a month of experimenting with new colors. I used to be a “run out the door” type of girl. Brown in the crease, beige on the lid- and I was done, maybe a winged liner here and there. But, this month, I decided I wanted to spruce things up a bit! I got my Morphe Brushes 35o palette in the mail in the beginning of the month and have had so much fun paying with it! This is an eyeshadow AND full face tutorial, including foundation, concealer, contour, etc. Read below to see how I got this look!
First you want to start off with a clean face, (of course, your makeup will not last at all if you don’t do this step!)
Prime: You always want to prime that pretty face so your makeup can last all day long! To do this, I used Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer . It’s a great primer if your skin is feeling dry or dehydrated. Living in Phoenix, like me, can really dry out your skin so I LOVE this stuff. 
Now onto the eyes. I usually start with my eyes when using eye shadow so that I can cover up any fallout that may land on my face or cheeks. 
Eyes: Use an eyeshadow primer first. Any product will do, just choose one that you love and know will hold your eyeshadow. If you don’t have a favorite, I would suggest Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion . Next you’ll want to get out your 35o palette. If you don’t have this palette, I have included pictures of each color I use and you can just use as close a shade you have as possible!
First I went in with this peachy shade. (None of the colors have names, so I’ll just be describing them for you) I used this color in my crease as a transition shade and also to set some of the primer so it won’t crease. Build the color mostly on the outer corners of your crease to get that smokey feel to it. 
Next I went in with this medium brown shade to deepen up the crease a bit. You’re just going to be building the color so you don’t need a lot on your brush at a time. Just build it slowly until you get the perfect blend of the two colors. Continue to build this color mostly on the outer corners. 
I used a slightly darker brown next on the “V” of my outer corner to define to the edge and really make it smokey. (This shade will also be used later on to smoke out your lower lash line)
 
Now, to begin the golden shade on your lid you’ll be using both of the colors shown above. First you’ll want to put the slightly grey shade just below your crease blending it down towards your lash line slowly. I used a small shader brush for this part so I could have more control over the shadow. You don’t have to blend it all the way down because you’ll be covering it up with the gold shimmer shade next. 
Then, take a small shader brush again, and if you want, you can spritz your brush with a little bit of Mac Cosmetics Fix+, this will make your shadow last a little longer and will also make your shadow a bit more metallic. That step is optional, honestly it’s all just personal preference, so play around with it first on your hand to try it out. If you like it then great, if not, that’s great too! All eyes are unique so don’t be afraid to put your own spin on it. I decided to add the Fix+ so that my golden shade would really pop! I packed this color onto the entire lid, up to the crease line. Next, you’ll want to take a large clean fluffy shadow brush to blend out the crease once more. This step is important because this is what is going to make your smokey look cohesive and naturally blended. 
From here, you can choose to add a liquid liner to the look or not. Totally up to you. If you’re comfortable with adding a winged liner (that’s what I did) then go ahead and put a wing on it! (If you like it then you shoulda put a wing on it!) If not, it will look great without one too. (Comment below if you’d like to see a tutorial on how to apply winged liquid eyeliner!) I already have eyelash extensions applied to my natural lashes, so I don’t use top mascara or false lashes, but here you can choose to either wear mascara or false lashes – or both! Again, this step is all just a personal preference. For now we are moving onto the face. We’ll go back to add to the lower lash line once your foundation is complete!
Face: For my foundation I used the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick. This foundation is a great medium-full coverage. You’ll want to blend this baby out with a damp Beauty Blender because, as it is still an incredibly creamy foundation stick, it may look cakey if you only use a foundation brush to blend it out. For concealer/highlight I used Urban Decay- Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer. This stuff is literally bliss for your face. If you don’t like it, then you’d have to be blind because it is seriously so weightless, doesn’t crease, and feels like butter! (in a good way, not like sticky, greasy way) I apply it under my eyes in a “V” shape like this:
Once that is all blended out beautifully, with a damp beauty blender of course, then you can choose to highlight with the concealer like this:
Again, just blend that out with your beauty blender. If you ever question if you’ve blended enough, blend some more. That’s how you’ll get the airbrushed look! You don’t have to do this step if you don’t want to, but it’ll add some depth to your face so your face doesn’t look “flat”. If you’re like me, you may get a little oily throughout the day. It happens, but recently I’ve started using the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder to “bake” my concealer and foundation and it seriously works wonders on oily-combination skin! It is well worth the $38 price tag and it’ll last you a LONG time! Let this powder set on your face for about a minute or two and then just brush off the excess. You will be oil free all day 🙂
Contouring. This is what’s going to make your face look like you’re a supermodel that nobody has discovered yet. If you have never contoured before, YOU ARE MISSING OUT! Just take a large powder brush first and dip it into your favorite bronzer. I used Bahama Mama Bronzer by The Balm Cosmetics. Apply this to the apples of your cheeks, your temples above the ear, and along your hairline on your forehead. This is what is going to help your “five-head” become a forehead. It’ll also add depth and slim out your face a bit if you have a rounded face, like me! To carve out my contour a little bit more, I took a flat contouring brush by Morphe Brushes, and I dipped it into Kat Von D’s Shade and Light Palette. This is another one of those products that is bliss. If you don’t own this palette, you must be living under a rock. It’s one of the most raved about contouring palettes, and with good reason. I used the lightest contouring powder, Sombre, to carve out my contour. 
Add a small amount to where you put your bronzer and blend upwards. You can also use this shade along your jawline to hide or camouflage any double chin action going on. 
Onto the blush. I used one of my favorite blushes ever, Milani Baked Blush in the shade Luminoso. You can get this shade online or at literally almost any drug store too. It looks beautiful on EVERYONE! Get it now. Apply this to the apples of your cheeks just above your contour. For highlight, I used a mixture of Mary-Lou Manizer by the Balm and Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone. Get that highlight on FLEEK! 
Back to the eyes real quick. You’ll take a small pencil brush, and dip it into any medium-dark brown matte shadow and lightly brush it along your lower lash line. Concentrate most of the product near the outer corner to make the “smokey” look. You’ll then use any black kohl eyeliner to line your bottom water line. And add mascara (optional) to your lower lashes! Bam, your done with the eyes. 
You’re almost done with the look I promise! Just have to do the lips! I used the new beautiful shade from Kat Von D liquid lipstick line called Lolita II. I over lined my lips just a bit to make them look a little plumper! 
To finish off this look I just spritzed my face with the Mac Fix+ again to make sure my makeup would stay all day and all night. VOILA, you are now a beautiful butterfly! This was my final result:

If you happen to recreate this look or a look inspired by this tutorial, I’d love to see it! Tag me on instagram @girlirae or comment below! Thanks for reading! 
XO, Girli Rae