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

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Thanksgiving Makeup Must Haves

Holidays are the most perfect time to be a little daring and on trend with your makeup. Fall invites us try our deep red lipsticks and go for fuller coverage foundations. For me personally, I have been loving having a hydrated base with some smudgy liner and a touch of sculpting. Below are some items from my stash that I will be wearing on Thanksgiving and during this weekend. I hope you enjoy reading!

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Too Faced Hangover RX primer ~ Love this stuff. I randomly bought this during the summer and just picked it up off the shelf. I am so glad that I did. With the cold weather this gives me just a little bit more hydration and smoothes everything out. It is a light cream that dries pretty quickly and I love the pump and it’s great for travel.

Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer mixed with Maybelline’s Bronze BB Cream ~ I have been feeling a little pale so I have been mixing this Bronze BB Cream with my lighter colored foundations for some glow. These two together make a great pairing. I received LM’s tinted moisturizer as a 100 point gift at Sephora and I have been loving it for travel! Application is a dream and it is a great option for the gym and running errands afterwards. It has some good SPF in it and just mutes my redness around my face.

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Kevin Aucoin’s Sculpting Powder  ~ YAASSS. I bought these during the Sephora VIB Rouge event and mmmhmmm I am happy with it. $44 bucks for a tiny, eye-shadow sized powder, but I lurv it. It blends seamlessly. i don’t think I can use this when I am really tan but I think for right now, it gives me some damn good cheekbones without looking dirty…ya know? It is quite pricey, but it was worth the splurge. AND again, it’s a small value but superb for travel!!!

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MAC’s Kohl Eyeliner in Costa Riche ~ If you have brown eyes just do yourself the favor and pick this up. It’s like a milk, rich chocolate. The color is so unique and is just an all around awesome product to have. I sometimes use this after I apply my primer and put it all over the lid and then smoke it out with a fluffy brush…the effect? Smoldering, sexy, rock and roll. If you have hooded eyes like myself, your intrigue levels rise exponentially! FullSizeRender (2)

By Terry Color Fix Cream Eyeshadow in Frozen Quartz ~ I know that Bronze Moon and Misty Rock are the two shades that have had women from all over the world not give a what about dropping $43.50 for a freaking cream eyeshadow, however, I was privvy to Frozen Quartz. This pink is so beautiful. In certain lights it looks a little bronze-y, looks more mauve than pink…pretty much its like Sybil and has multiple personalities. For this holiday weekend, I will be applying it all over my top lids and underneath, then buffing out the edges. Then, I will go in Costa Riche to tightline and create some drama – then smoke that out and use Frozen Quartz again to further soften the Costa Riche and sort of highlight.

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