My Essential Day to Night Transitional Makeup

Hello everyone and Happy Hump Day. I am actually coming to you live from my bed right now and as soon as I post this I will be off to sleep. Tonight’s blog post features my essentials to take your day time make up to night. My one cardinal rule, is to not bring too much. Now, I don’t ever carry makeup in my bag unless its like 20 lip glosses, so if I know I am heading out after work for drinks I make sure to bring only what I need.
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First item is my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. I use a combination of all three colors to fix my highlighter on the tops of my cheekbones. I also use this product to dot on the inner corners of my eyes. When the sun goes down and are you enjoying some cocktails, I think the more highlighter the better. It just gives makeup that X factor – like you are glowing from within. You can put as much of this powder on as you want and things never look cakey.
Of course in order to apply the highlighter I use a brush. Now this brush is from the Party Queen set and I actually bought this brush in a set. On Amazon I searched for Zoeva brushes and so I thought I had ordered Zoeva brushes but this brand of Party Queen came instead? I’m not sure if these are actually Zoeva or not… I am a little confused…however, I love this tapered brush (how many more times can I type brush in this post?). It applies perfectly and is super soft and great for smaller areas. Everyone needs something just like this that is directional and meant for powder.
Next is a little bit of concealer. Now this L’Oreal True Match concealer I featured is in the color 3-4-5 but now they have re-released it and I believe the color is just 4-5 now. I use this year round and have gone through sticks and sticks of these. By far the best drugstore concealer there is almost and its similar to a waxy pencil. I love the peachy tone of this so it is great for under eye bags and it blends like a dream. For those on a budget and for those who just want a bomb concealer that is easy to get ahold of and save some pennies – then this is a great match. I don’t have one negative thing to say about it. ​
Lastly I am talking about a lipstick by NYX. This is their Soft Matte Lip Cream in the color Istanbul. This is the perfect shade for me for when I go out. It’s nude sort of and just gives a really nice hue in all kinds of light. It is a little bit drying but I love the small size of it and how the color in the dimlight is just so subtle but defining. You can amp this up or bring it down. I tend to put some on my lips and then blot to make a stain, or I go all out and line my lips then put this over the top.
Hopefully you all have a little routine that works for you when transitioning from day to night! I will use any excuse to get a quick makeup bag together!
Thanks for reading
Hill XO

Easy Spring Makeup

With the Northeast experiencing some awesome spring temperatures as of late, how can a girl not be inspired to pick up makeup with that fresh bloom effect? This past week I started grabbing my very pink blushes and keeping my base fresh. Below is the routine.

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The make up look under work lighting. Quite different than below…

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The makeup under my make up lights this morning. MUCH different than at work

I have started to forgo base and just use concealer. I have just started to crave a lighter base and  use up some of my concealers. Also with daylight savings, I always take awhile to get into the swing of things so I tend to sleep in longer and take less time for my makeup.

I have been using my Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer. It’s so good for under eyes. It blends like a dream and has great coverage. It’s pretty thin and you can apply as much as you want without creasing. When I finish this stuff, I will definitely repurchase. This tube is a little light for me but does just the trick.

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After I apply my concealer I apply mascara to the top and bottom and filling in my brows with Anastasia Brow Whiz in Soft Brown. This way I have some definition to my eye area without blending in eye shadow and using liner. Sometimes all you need is a little mascara! The mascara I used was my Bobbi Brown Smoky Lash, which I didn’t picture here because I wanted this post to be mostly about skin.

After the eyes – I move on my to cheeks (MY FAVORITE PART OF MY MAKEUP). I started with Kevin Aucoin Sculpting Powder and just went to town with the hollows of my cheeks, temples, and jawline. When I wear a pink blush I need some warmth and I have been grabbing this powder.

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Following the contouring, I have been using my NARS blush in Mata Hari to achieve this really pink, fresh-look. It is quite pink and can be a little intimidating if you aren’t really a blush person. I tend to take risks with my blush because I have a full face and lack in other areas like having full lips or big eyes so I really gravitate towards colorful cheeks. This stuff is so pigmented so you obviously need a very small amount. NARS blushes are so easy to blend so even if you put too much on, you’re not doomed.

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For a final touch, I used my Hourglass palette with three powders that can be used to highlight or set. I used the color in the middle just for the tops of my cheek bones for a little glow but I didn’t set the makeup. I wanted to keep things very glowy and just let my face oils emerge throughout the day. Also because NARS blushes are powder, they can go on a little chalky so a light hand and faith in your own oils can help the color as the day goes on.

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Thank you everyone for reading. I hope that with spring well on its way this can inspire some of you do ditch the matte looks and jump into something girly and fun…not to mention SUPER EASY!!!!!

Hill XO

The Triple Threat Eyeshadow

Good morning everybody. This week I have flocked to the same three items for eyeshadow. I tend to favor the number 3 with my make-up now that I think about it. I always use three mascaras, three cheek products (bronzer, highlight and blush) and now three eyeshadows. Even my soccer jersey was number 3. ANYWAYS – this is all super irrelevant since no one probably cares.

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My thought process behind the trinity of products is that I like a cream as a base, a powder on top to set and another powder for dimension.

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From left to right: African Violets, Saint Taupe and Vintage Selection.

Cream as a base…

I use MAC’s Paint Pot in Vintage Selection. This color is everything. It’s silver, purple, shimmery, with pretty flecks and almost metallic. For any color eyes you cannot go wrong with this product. I know MAC’s Paint Pots are totally hit or miss but I think for the spring Vintage Selection is just perfect. It creates some intrigue to the eyes and is perfect for day. On my brown eyes it comes up a bit purple but changes in different lighting. I smudge this all over my lid  and a little over my crease and take it under the eye with a smudger brush. This alone is very pretty.

Powder on top to enhance and set…

Satin Taupe is perfect to lay over this shade. When I first purchased Satin Taupe I asked the MAC girl to suggest a good cream shadow for underneath. She marched right over and grabbed Vintage Selection. I never wear one without the other. I take Satin Taupe on a dense, flat brush and push it over the top of the cream and also take the same smudger brush and run it along the lower lash line. Having the powder on top gives it almost a mermaid feel – super pigmented and jaw dropping from every angle.

A deeper powder to top it off…

Laura Mercier’s African Violets is the most beautiful deep purple that I place right in the center of my lid and on the outskirts of my lower lashline. This helps pick up the purple hues in the other two products and creates this super saturated smokey eye. You can leave African Violets out, but I do love how this amps the look up a little bit. I think its so pretty on the bottom eyelid and is refreshing compared to a heavy brown or black.

These colors make me so happy and I love shopping my stash. I haven’t worn these in awhile and since I started wearing them on Monday, I haven’t been able to stop. I also haven’t worn eyeliner and have used this trifecta instead to create smoke and definition. I have been wearing my more purple blushes like Outpsoken by Marc Jacobs and Well Dressed by MAC with a lot of pink highlighter and nude gloss. What I also love about this eye look is that it transitions beautifully to night without much upkeep or need for enhancing!

Thanks for reading and I hope everyone has a great weekend,

Hill XO

Charlotte Tilbury Haul

Since I went to NYC in October and visited Bergdorf Goodman I have been obsessing over buying myself some Tilbury makeup bits. Last week I just caved and made quite the order on Nordstrom.com. Keep reading for the full review…

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I’ll start with the mascara. Her Full Fat Lashes has interested me for quite some time. Whenever she uses it in her makeup tutorials I always gush at how the model’s lashes look. Plus CT is quite the marketing guru for her products. The tag line for this is that it does five things in one tube – separate, define, volumize, curl and drama. Because I’m always on the hunt for the next best mascara for my straight and pointy lashes, I ordered this with joy….however…I am returning it. NOT ENOUGH VOLUME OR CURL OR DRAMA FOR ME. I think I am definitely in the minority of people who would return this, but it just didn’t do it for me. For $27 bucks I could take my money and head to CVS and get L’Oreal Million Lashes or Bobbi Brown Smoky Eye Mascara. Kind of a bummer.

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Moving on – Charlotte Tilbury’s Rock N Kohl Eyeliner Barbarella Brown. From reading the reviews online and sitting in front of the computer for hours on end watching her signature cat-eye, feline flick looks I couldn’t help but order the Barbarella Brown eyeliner. When she creates that super-tight winged look on blue eyes, I instantly want to order fake-blue contacts and lock myself in my room perfecting my skills. I will say – I was deceived again with this product. When I wore it the other night on my lower lash line, it was too much for me…It is a very deep, dark brown that is still a few notches away from black but did not even hold a candle to my MAC Costa Riche eyeliner. Yea this CT offering applies easily but blending it is a total BIOTCH and the color just didn’t sing to me. I will say the lasting power was 100% there but I couldn’t get passed the un-blendability. I will ALSO be returning this.

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In NYC I bought one of her cream eyeshadows in Bette which is a super rich, gold that stays put all day. The pigment is untouched by other brands and looks good on everyone. I decided for this haul to try her Color Chameleon stick in Champagne Diamonds. I have worn it the past three days and it is definitely more of a night feature. There is shimmer in it…and I mean glitter as well…Like flecks of glitter. The color payoff is there but the glitter for me is just TOO MUCH. Also, if you blend too hard with your fingers, the product slips around and creases so you need a very light touch or blend it with another color to go over the top. I think if you have big eyes and work in an environment where this sort of glittery/flirty look is acceptable…then go for it. I would honestly rather stick with my By Terry Ombre Blackstars or my Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks. Unfortunately – this will be returned as well.

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At the bottom of this swipe here, you can see more of the silver flecks stand out.

Now on to the stuff I LOVED right away. I bought the blush and the lipstick in a two-piece set. These were hands down the best products of the haul. I had small expectations for the blush. Because my collection is quite large, I was honestly ready to return it but it wow’d me. CT’s slogan “Swish and Pop” is so clever. On the perimeter you have a pretty, dusty pink/mauve with a darker shade in the middle. Mixed together the color is beautiful and I can honestly say I don’t have a blush color like this in my collection. It isn’t too chalky and has a little bit of shimmer running through it. I love the name as well – First Love.

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The blush came with the lipstick Nude Kate which I have been coveting for quite some time. I own Penelope Pink which is such a great nude but the Nude Kate color is a little bit more peachy and just glides on. They smell just like MAC lipsticks but are more durable and have better color payoff. Nude Kate with the First Love blush – God that was such a brilliant pairing! If you are new CT and don’t know what to get – indulge in this set. You will not regret it!!!

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My takeaways: I think part of the reason for my dissatisfaction with some of these products is that there are no Charlotte Tilbury counters anywhere besides Bergdorf Goodman in NYC. You have to purchase everything online which is so ridiculous. Her products would do so well in department stores across the country since they are not too expensive but are very Hollywood glamour. Her branding is SO unique and she is quite brilliant so it is frustrating to not see her products in the flesh. I think if I was at a CT counter I would have been able to try the products I am now returning!

If you don’t know where to start with her range, get a lipstick! You’ll fall in love. Also her cream eyeshadows are just UNTOUCHED and last forever. If you visit her website you can watch videos of her making up models with her “iconic looks”. There is something for everyone!

I hope some of you found this helpful and I could help steer you in the right direction!

Hill XO

 

The Full Size Mascara That I Will Buy

For most of you makeup junkies, I’m sure you’re all aware that Marc Jacob’s Film Noir Mascara was offered as a 100 Point Perk this past month. I tend to hoard my points but lunged at this mascara because I am always on the hunt for the bigger, better option. With my lashes my issue is volume. My lashes are pretty spiky but are thick at the roots. Also, they are pin straight. However, I never really look for curling mascaras for some reason. When I picked this up I had no expectations but was BLOWN away. The brush is very thick and has a dip in the middle. I can’t think of a brush that is comparable to but I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by how well it lifted and further volumized my lashes. What I love most is that minimal ‘strokeage’ (if you will) is needed to get a pretty effect. My lashes look a little more flirty and full with a little bit of clump but just the right amount.

I will be picking this up in a full tube. It was worth every use. I thought I should share this with all of you since I know some of us are dedicated to drugstore options or have that perfect mascara routine.

Thanks for reading!

Hill XO

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Lots of fluff here in them lashes! 

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Sort of obsessed with the lift! 

Monday Blues and Foundation Routine

Hello, world. Yes, I am one of those lucky SOB’s that had the day off. God it has been so great. You all must think I am quite lazy since I always seem to be looking for that NEXT day off. Perhaps it is my “work hard play hard” mentality that keeps me yearning for a day to myself! Either way I enjoyed having this extra day so I could literally fit in everything I wanted to this weekend – family, boyfriend, roommate, shopping, workout and food!

I hope everyone enjoyed their own rendition of Valentine’s Day. Even though I do have a boyfriend, I would still celebrate it…it’s about LOVE. Also, it is my mom’s favorite holiday. She sent me a homemade card, polka-dot pink socks and these adorable fingerless gloves…despite her recent health scare (she may have to have a hysterectomy) she still never misses a beat with this sort of stuff. Mom’s are so unbelievable. I am a very very lucky girl. I am fortunate to say that if I am half the woman my mother is I can die happy.

My boyfriend came up to see me and he bought me pink roses…and they were BRIGHT pink. Perfectly planned – I had on a bright pink cashmere sweater and he was so happy that we coordinated. It’s the little things. Also, his card to me was just the friggen sweetest. I cried. I didn’t even cry at my birthday card but I did when I opened this one. The card was so personalized. The illustration, the saying on the inside and then of course Nate’s handwritten note tugged at my heart a little bit. I felt fortunate in that moment!

Also, I got my nails done, got my brows done (long overdue) and my roommate and I went to MAC to take a peek at some of the new releases in the Pink Flamingo collection….maybe I bought a thing or two ;). OBVIOUSLY I did. I will feature a little mini haul this week.

Here are some pictures. I ate a lot and drank a lot but it was with people that I ADORE and that makes it all so worth it to me. Also, our apartment has been quite the botanical garden and I am really enjoying it! Below, I will have my current foundation routine for you all as well.

Thank you for reading

Hill XO

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Hanger steak and eggs… sex 

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My detox drink of choice! 

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My favorite shop in South Boston – Neatly Nested. They had a floral bar and prosecco for Valentine’s weekend. Just so adorable. 

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The love table. Roses and card. 

As I told you all last week, I have been really into sponges for blending my face makeup and I wanted to update all of you on what I have currently been doing because I think it has been a little while. In the winter my skin is so fickle lately due to the weather It was -3 here yesterday. Same days things are hanging in there and then there are days where I have these purple patches on my cheeks that take forever to subside from the wind and cold…Finding a perfectly balance is hard!

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So first, I use the pink Beauty Blender to apply my face makeup. I have been mixing this L’Oreal Liquid to Powder foundation which I love! I almost finished with it and because it is in my winter color, I would like to use this up completely. I have been mixing this in with my Becca Acqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation. I have the color medium and I use this to mix because it’s gives me color and is very hydrating and keeps everything looking healthy. I can’t wait to use this in the summertime…it is going to look so good with a tan.

Next, I use my Urban Decay concealer and blend that in with my Sephora Collection sponge. It has a smooth, flat side that fits perfectly in my under eye area so blending is seamless. I like to use the bottom side for blending highlighter. It just puts the product right where it needs to go.

Other than what is shown – I hardly use powder because it is the winter and I need that extra boost so this is truly what I have been using the past month or so. I do set my concealer under my eyes a couple of times a week if my eye cream hasn’t sunk in all the way by the time I apply make up for work.

LORAC Nude Necessities

This weekend I made a trip to Ulta to see my long lost brand – Lorac. Since Lorac is not in Sephora anymore I always feel the need to make a Lorac purchase when I go to Ulta. I have a Lorac palette which is the Unzipped offering and I am borderline obsessed, so when I saw this sexy, sleek Nude Necessities, I just had to have it. I love light browns because they are great for everything. I also liked how a lot of these were quite cool toned. I would say they are not as pigmented as my unzipped palette but the array of choices does not displease. These are great for day time and look lovely layered over a cream eyeshadow. Even though some are described as matte online, they all really do have this dimensional look to them. My favorite: The lower left hand corner…it’s got some shimmer and dimension. I have really been enjoying wearing it during the day.

The one thing I do loathe about this palette is that the names of the colors stink! Nothing sexy like “Foxy Brown”. The packaging doesn’t even include names, you have to go to the Ulta website to see them so I didn’t even bother including them but I swatched each row from left to right on my arms. I also included a couple of lighting options to see the colors in.

If you are in the market for some nice browns without breaking the bank ($30) look no further than right here!

Thanks for reading

Hill XO

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The Gift Set You Should Get For Yourself

‘One for you and two for me’ is a phrase that I am trying not to act upon during this holiday season. While shopping for loved ones and friends I tend to have a habit of picking up the same gift that I am planning on purchasing for someone for the simple fact that I want one too! I get serious gift envy even though I will  be the recipient of presents as well…does this happen to anyone else? …I hope people don’t think I am selfish?

However, this holiday season Sephora has really stepped up their game with their gift sets. While having a nice look through online, I found this Sunday Riley Power Couple Kit. I thought for $78 it was such a steal. Good Genes and the Luna Oil have been on my wishlist for awhile. I received a sample of the Luna Oil about a month ago and just adore it. Besides this purchase the only other thing I have actually bought myself is a striped turtleneck from Banana that was on sale for $15. HONEST TRUTH.

Since I have only read about Good Genes and have ONLY heard fab things, I thought this Power Couple Kit would be great for me. I have used Good Genes three times and I don’t think it is a fair amount of time to judge, but my cheeks do feel more refined and soft. My acne scars seem to not have faded but like I said, its too early to tell, but so far so good.

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After purchasing Riley’s Artemis Oil, I liked it but didn’t love it however, I was willing to give another one of her oils a go. Luna’s blue, light as air serum wins in my book. While Artemis’ goal was help clear up acne but be hydrating, I don’t think it helped as much as Luna has. Since Luna is a night treatment, my skin feels refreshed and brighter by the morning. The only issue with Luna is that since it has retinol properties, I have to be careful to not overdose on my actual retional prescription. I tend to use my Luna after a good face mask and pamper and then use my prescription in the morning on alternate days.

Usually these two items are $105 each. Of course the set does not include the full size bottles. You receive 0.5 oz of each product. The regular size of Luna is 1 ounce, so you receive half in the set. Good Genes’ normal volume is 4.2 ounces and I think they could have included a little bit more in the  gift set, but I am still not complaining for the price tag.

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I just looked at Sephora online and it says its out of stock! I am not sure if it will be available in stores or not, however your best bet if you cannot get your mitts on it is to get samples in the store and see how they work for you! Maybe this set will give you all gift ideas for someone else or even yourself, but either way, Sunday Riley’s products are one of a kind and are awesome options for us girls that just LOVE SKINCARE.

Thanks for reading!

Hill XO

Friggen Friday!

Hello everyone and Happy Friday! The weather this week has been very unpredictable here in the Northeast and I am happy to say that I am excited to not have to pick out an outfit for work these next couple of days. How am I supposed to look “fallish” when its summer temps and even has some of its humidity? It has been in the 70’s and only in the 50’s at night. Sleeping has been slightly uncomfortable since we are on the top floors of our building and I hate sweating when I am getting ready for work. SO YES! Bring on the weekend!

I am planning on grabbing myself a new pair of spin shoes and also getting certified in Barre Conditioning through Boston Sports Club. This certification is only from 9-3 and is FREE but the certification only really means something within the company. If I wanted to teach at any of its locations I could but I couldn’t walk into a boutique barre studio and say I am certified because in truth, barre certifications take weeks of teachings just like yoga and pilates, but I figured that since it was free and just one day that it would be fun to learn some new moves!

As some of you know – Sephora is doing its Beauty Insider discounts from Nov.6th  – Nov. 9th. I love when they do this every year because as well know, discounts from Sephora are VERY rare. Below I have included a couple of things that I am coveting…not much…suprisingly! What are some things you all are coveting during this event?

I hope everyone has a great weekend! I’ll be back on Monday!!

Thanks for reading,

Hill XO

Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder’s Little Black Liner…anything double ended I am so into. This is the equivalent of a makeup fiend’s light saber.

Tocca Candle

I received one of their candles as a gift and it lasted forever. It burned evenly and has such lovely scents. These make great gifts too may I add.

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A cleansing balm…with gold? INTRIGUED! Peter Thomas Roth is so well priced as well!

Release Your Inner Fleek

I am aware that last month was dedicated to eyebrows and I am even more aware that there is a major brow obsession going on. I want to say that I do participate in the whole #eyebrowsonfleek movement but NOT to the extent that some do, however, I will say that I am happy it exists. Eyebrows frame our face and it is sort of crazy what  little bit of a light brown powder eyeshadow can do for their shape and the rest of your mug. I remember for my junior prom my mom said, “Oh you need to fill in your brows”. I was thinking to myself. “Is this girl CRAZY…I am not trying to look like Frida Khalo… it ain’t Halloween”…but I trusted her because she’s my mom and always has the best products. I let her fill them in with her light taupe colored eyebrow pencil. I started getting them done when I was a junior high school and I have  been going to the same woman ever since. I choose threading as my vehicle to better brows because I have harvested this relationship with this woman who always has an abundance of chai, a great lesson about life and who genuinely LOVES DOING BROWS. I sometimes go to threading places here in Boston but my girl Monica back at home always says, “No they are trying too hard to make this arch work”! I love her comments when other people do my brows because she gets so mad but she does understand my desperation sometimes if I cannot get to her. She is really big on no plucking in between sessions and I have always obeyed her!

So, this past weekend I had went home just on Saturday so Monica could do my brows (and the ladystache…cause I’m Italian). I took a couple of b&a just so you can see how badly my brows needed some shaping. I hadn’t gone since August. I was kind of just letting them do their thing…I was on a serious hiatus and that saga has now ended. I have learned that eyebrows are not twins…they are sisters and we need to seriously embrace that. I found this awesome brow chart form Intothegloss (my favorite). Which brows do you have?!??!

I am fully aware at how ROUGH I look….just keep your eyes on da brows!

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Thanks for reading!!!

XO Hill