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 Perfect Eyeshadow for Christmas

I know all of you are sorting through your personal collections for that perfect red for the holiday whether it be on your nails or your lips. Finding that perfect red lipstick can take a bit of trial and error since a multitude of criteria are taken into consideration such as the finish, the texture, and saturation. However, after we find that perfect color – what about our eyes? Should we do a winged liner or should we do just a swipe of color or just mascara? I CAN ANSWER THIS FOR YOU.

This passed weekend was my birthday and  I wanted to do a red lip (MAC’s Russian Red is my GO TO) but wanted at least some color on the lids…I pulled together the perfect cocktail of colors to give just a hint of color while feeling festive without going overboard.

I just sort of stumbled upon this look. I was in a rush and did not feel like rummaging through my palettes to find the perfect colors so I literally used whatever was right in front of me. I only applied these colors to my upper lid, vetoed against doing any sort of crease work and just loaded up on my mascara!

I started with Rubenesque by MAC, one of their notorious paint pots. The glory of these is that they are not as saturated as they are in the pot and go on smoothly without too much effort. I applied this up to my crease with my fingers and then just continued to blend out the edges. The color is so great even in the summer with a nude lip. It is a peachy gold and stays put all day! Cream eyeshadows and I get along like Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox.

Next, I wanted a little more saturation and to set the cream. I grabbed my Hourglass highlighting palette and used a MAC 239 to pat the gold highlighter over the top of Rubenesque. BEST DECISION EVER. This passed week I have worn this combo almost everyday and it is so subtle but so beautiful. Plus, this Hourglass palette is handy for setting, highlighting and bronzing. The formula is top-notch and the powders are so smooth and decadent. The gold color looks amazing in all different sorts of lighting.

Lastly, I wanted a little bit of a cool tone on my lids so I went in with MAC’s ‘Naked’ loose pigment.  Now, it does not look very shimmery or interesting in this small tube, but trust me, its perfect for just brightening up the inner eyes. It is not as gold as the other two, but pairs well. This gives a small ombre effect to the lids and is just a finishing touch. You need a very small amount and you can either use your ring finger to place it or get a small, dense, tapered brush.

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Top: Rubenesque Paint Pot by MAC, Middle: MAC’s Pigment in Naked, Bottom: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette in Radiant Light 

I hope this was helpful for some of you who just need an idea for a subtle but adorable eye look to go with your red lips! I hope everyone has a FABULOUS holiday!!!!

Hill XO