Monday, September 30, 2013

Bronzer's, Blush's, and Highlighter's!!!

I am a huge bronzer and highlighter fan...blush not so much it usually depends on my mood and outfit! Why don't I like blush? Because I have naturally light pink cheeks...especially if it is warm outside my cheeks will get pink really fast and I wear foundation to hide that pink-ness! However, I use some of my bronzy highlighter-ish as a blush...I just don't like a more colorful blush...but again it depends on my mood lol!

Ok lets move onto my fav bronzer! I have only 1 because it is the perfect EVERYTHING for me and I refuse to find another one lol!
I believe that every bronzer, especially if you are contouring, should be matte!!!! And this matte shade from Make Up For Ever is PERFECT for my Ivory skin tone...I mean perfect!!! That is why I have never bothered to purchase any other bronzer! I probably will in the near future but this will forever be my fav!!!! I use a blending brush to contour with this bronzer and a mini kabuki brush if I really want to bronze up my face.
This mini kabuki brush from The Balm is my favorite...perfect size for your makeup bag and perfect for your cheeks!

This right here is a bronzing powder that I use instead of a blush every single day!!!! Im not kidding!!! I pretty much use my Make Up For Ever bronzer and this Victorias Secret (VS) bronzing powder every time I do my makeup! I contour with my bronzer and use this bronzing powder to blend from the apples of my cheeks to my ear! This color gives such a beautiful glow and looks amazing on my skin! It kind of looks like a highlighter and I'm sure for someone who has darker skin this can definitely be used as a highlighter!

As I mentioned I'm not a big blush gal but surprising enough I have more blush than bronzer...weird right?! Here are my favorites:

This is an eye shadow but I use it as a gorgeous peach blush...very subtle and cute matte blush color for any season!

 The Gold Deposit color I use on my cheeks to give it a orangey/bronzy glow...BEWARE: a little goes a long way! The Soft & Gentle is a highlighter to highlight lol...more under your eyes and mainly everywhere you highlight...thats what I use it for and sometimes for my cheeks if I have a matte color blush on and I want some shine! Next time I use this on my makeup I will post a picture so you guys can have an idea of what it looks like!

Here is a bronzer/blush palette I have from Estee Lauder:

Sometimes I like to use this palette...and I prefer the first 2 colors not the last one (the one on the right) I use the bronzy color to contour if I want a dramatic look because it is too dark for my face so I always have to build the color slowly and I like a little bit of "Nude Rose" blush on my cheeks when I want a subtle peachy/pink color!

Facial Sprays!

Here are my 2 favorite facial sprays:

My Caudalie Elixir is my prized possession this spray works magic for me lol...every time my foundation sees to dry out all I need is 2 sprays of this and I'm good! It moisturizes and refreshes my face completely! The purpose of this spray is to sooth your skin and tighten your pores and it is a toner/serum! Love love love this product... I have it with me everywhere I go!

My Evian Facial Spray is another one of my favorites because it moisturizes my skin and refreshes my face! I mainly use this before I moisturize my face, when I have nothing on my face and my face feels dry, and before or after I apply makeup. This is a must have for me as well because I love the refreshing feeling of facial sprays since I have dry skin and both of these products I restock on constantly!!!!!

Hope you guys enjoyed!

-Love Greta! Mwah!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

NEW GOODIES!!!!!!!!!!


Lets begin :)

This is my new Jheri Redding hair oil treatment! I used it once and am obsessed! You can use it on wet or dry hair! I prefer wet because I feel like it will make your hair look "super oily" if you use it dry...even if it says that it absorbs instantly! I applied to my wet hair last night and went to bed...when I woke up the next morning my hair was sooooooo soft and felt amazing! It did look a tad oily and I don't think this is avoidable in an oil product lol so use it when you are home (unless you don't care...whatever works for you). What I do love is that the oil is not overpowering and it gives your hair a beautiful shine! I also love the conditioner-like effect it has keeping my hair silky, smooth, and soft!

This H2O foot rub is seriously something every person should have (male & female)! I applied this on last night after a relaxing bath before bed and it seriously calmed my feet and gave it a subtle massage! The directions just say to massage it into your feet thoroughly and that is just what I did! If anyone has every used tiger balm it feel similar to almost numbs your feet in a pleasurable way and soothes it! I recommend this to everybody ESP working men and women who are on their feet all day, in heels, or just very active! My mother is a nurse so she is always running around and by the time she comes home and showers her energy and especially her feet are extremely tired so she swears by this product! 

This new product is a great scrub when you really want a deep cleaning! As always I applied this in the shower and just like my Kiehl's Body Polish (in my previous post: "My Kiehl's Favorites") it has little seed like things which are ground Peach Stone used for exfoliating! You are supposed to massage this into your skin with your fingertips, rinse it off, and moisturize! I decided to try this out with my Clarasonic because I don't feel that my fingers can do such a good job and it was a huge fail lol because those seeds just got stuck in between the bristles so I decided to buy a facial loofah/buff (pic below) to really exfoliate my skin and I loved it! I really felt like it exfoliated my skin well and it is definitely a favorite!

(love the finger handle on the back...very convenient)

I decided to try this product (Loreal Magic Lumi) after hearing great reviews and I have to say I am loving it! It highlights beautifully and the texture is creamy...which I think is important for me personally because I have dry skin and most concealers/ highlighters can really dry me out and look unflattering! This is a must have!

I bought these 2 mascaras with Fall in mind! The first on is the Colossal Volume Express by Maybelline and the color is "Scorching Brown" and I decided on this product because it was the only brown color everything else said black/brown...however the brown does not come through which I don't like because I love brown mascara however I do like that it is light and subtle versus my usual stricking black mascara!
The second mascara by Maybelline is from their limited edition collection and its called "So Very Berry" and I think this is specifically for Halloween! I got this color because I am really into the berry colors for fall and berry colors are very flattering on my eyes! This color (as you can see below) is not very berry like lol but it is subtle which I love! If you are looking for a pigmented colorful mascara I suggest Anastasia "Hypercolor Brow & Lash Tint" 
 This is the "So Very Berry"
This is "Scorching Brown"

This is just a regular callus remover from Heel to Toe and I usually use a pumice stone (forgot the brand name) but I felt that I needed something stronger and this did just the job! I apply some of my Kiehl's body polish and massage it on my feet then I use the metal edge to remove any dead skin and once I finish that I use the black side to smooth out any rough ages! 

Hope you guys enjoyed!

-Love Greta! Mwah!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Eye Liners (gel, liquid, and shadow)!

Before I could do a winged liner (which takes a lot of practice) I used to line my eyes up until my lashes finished with a black eye shadow and angled brush. Now that I am more skilled in drawing a wing I use gel liners...which I love! And up until about 2 weeks ago I hated liquid liners but I decided to give it a try and get used to it! So, I was shopping at Nordstroms and decided to buy the Stila "Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner" because when I tried it out on my hand I loved how the brush was firm yet gentle on my skin and how precise the line came out! Now that I have used it a couple times I don't know how I have lived without makes lining my eyes so much easier because I don't have to dip every 5 seconds! Ok now on to my have must have eye lining products and some that I do not like!

Eye Shadow:
You can use any shadow color you want to line your eyes and any brush that you feel comfy with! I use a very thin angled brush (pic below...from internet) when I am using an eye shadow to line my eyes! I use a misting spray (such as Mac's Fix-Plus...and I know that NYX has one too) to spray my brush then I dip my brush into my chosen eye shadow and apply it to my eyes! I love using eye shadows because if you make a mistake or if your wings don't look similar you can easily clean up your mess with a q-tip and makeup remover!

Gel Liners:
This is my favorite way to apply eye liner to my eyes however it takes me the longest! When I was looking to purchase a gel liner I was advised to purchase the one from Bobby Brown because it was considered "the best" however since I wasn't familiar with gel liners I did not want to make that I decided to try something similar which is the Loreal Infallible Laquer Liner. I also was informed by my makeup artist that gel liners dry up fast so Loreal seemed like the better option! The one thing I don't like about gel liners is that, unlike eye shadows, it is harder to clean up your mess because they dry so fast and if you try to fix your mess it takes away most of your gel if that makes sense. However, an alternative is to clean your mess with a concealer or correction pencil (which is what I use)!

This is the Loreal Infallible and I love these. I recently just purchased this brown color "espresso"  however, I have had the black too but it was beginning to dry up so I threw it away! These liners come with a brush...which I hate!!! I have tried using the brush and it just sucks in my opinion so I use  a Brandon #1805 Eyeliner Brush (picture below)! These liners last me a long time...I don't exactly know how long but I can estimate that I had my black one for almost a year! 

 This is a gel liner from Wet N' Wild that I bought after my Loreal one dried out and I HATE it!!!! I don't know how to explain it but it is too creamy and loose...if that makes sense. Whereas my Loreal has the perfect texture for a gel liner!

This is my Brandon #1805 Eyeiner brush that I purchased from Beauty Essentials (Sherman Oaks Fashion Square Mall 14006 Riverside Dr Sherman OaksCA 91423) and I don't know if you can see in the picture but it is an extremely thin brush and I love it for applying my gel liners...I need to go and get another one for my brown gel liner! My advice to anyone who uses any brush with gel liner is to clean the brush immediately after using it because once it dries it is harder to take off (I use my Neutrogena makeup wipes)!

Liquid Liners:
As I mentioned before I never used to like liquid liners up until I purchased my Stila one and about a week ago I decided to give the NYC liquid liners a try to because I realized most of my favorite makeup artists on Instagram use it!

I talked about this a little in my introduction and I said how I love the brush applicator! It is firm so it doesn't bend and get all over your eye like most liquid liners! The line that you get is very precise and the super pointy tip gives you the perfect wing! This is my #1 pick for a liquid liner!

I purchased this in a pearlized black color when I meant to purchase just black...however it looks black and barely has any shimmer! I didn't like this product too much because the brush makes a mess if you don't have a steady hand (which I don't always takes me time to get a perfect wing) so, I use this when I want to do a more thick line!

Hope you guys enjoyed!

-Love Greta! Mwah!

Monday, September 23, 2013

You never have to break a sweat again!

Todays post is for all my ladies who sweat just as much as I do...regular deodorants are useless to me and almost all girls I know! I don't know if it's the formula in the deodorant or the quality but the good thing is I'm here to help! :)
These 2 anti-perspirant roll on deodorants are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The one on the left (Dr. Nona) is perfect when you are preparing for a long day (wedding, party, event, etc...) or even everyday if you wish! All you have to do is shake the bottle, roll it on your armpits, and wait till it dries COMPLETELY! It must be dry in order for it to work!!!!!! This is an international product and I got mine in Armenia when I was visiting and I have it shipped here from a relative whenever I am all out! However, I did some searching and this product can be sold online as well...I found it on Amazon! You will not regret this literally do not sweat!!!!!

The second product I have (on the right) is from Clarins and this is an amazing product as well...not as strong as Dr. Nona but works enough to keep me from sweating excessively! You have to wait until this dries completely just like Dr. Nona's because if it doesn't you start to stick to yourself and your clothes. I usually use this as an everyday product and Dr. Nona for either a really long day or an event!

Both products are great and definitely worth a try because they work magic and keep you from sweating!

Enjoy ladies!

-Love Greta! Mwah!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The one thing I can't live without...MASCARA!

Mascara is a powerful product without it our beautiful eyes wouldn't look the can completely transform your entire look! Sometimes all you really need is mascara! I can go on and on about the beauty of mascara but ill save you guys the time and get straight to my favorite products! I will not write what I like about the products because I love each and every product equally! And I know that depending on the applicator the results are somewhat different so I will say that the very small and thin brushes (telescopic, They're real, big fatty, etc.) mainly extend and separate your lashes and the bigger fatter brushes (scandaleyes, bad gal lash, etc.) are there to give a dramatic and voluminous look! And
I will list internet pictures of the products because they have a better picture of the applicator!

 Loreal- Telescopic

 Urban Decay- Big Fatty Mascara

 Benefit- Bad Gal Lash

 Benefit- They're Real! 

 Rimmel- Scandaleyes

 Stila- Glamorous Mascara

Maybelline- Great Lash- Lost Of Lashes


 Loreal- Voluminous

 Dior- Dior Show

Maybelline- Falsies

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Hope you enjoyed this post!

- Love Greta! Mwah!