Week 3 of the Makeup Challenge

As we continue on this makeup challenge, it sure is getting harder and harder to figure out what looks I want to do. I have so many ideas for each topic that it’s hard to narrow it down into one look. I have learned this week that this challenge is really helping me step out of my comfort zone and embrace a more artistic, abstract side of makeup.

Day 1: Fancy DressFullSizeRender-20.jpg

Day 2: Bold is goldFullSizeRender-16.jpg

Day 3: Memoirs of a geishaFullSizeRender-18.jpg

Day 4: Fresh off the runway (can I just say this has been my most favorite look of the entire challenge so far!!) FullSizeRender-17.jpg

Day 5: Here comes the bride FullSizeRender-19.jpg

Day 6: BedazzleIMG_8280.JPG

Day 7: Crazy lines

 

My Recent Makeup HORROR Story

Hey everyone!! Welcome to story time with your favorite beauty blogger (hahaha kidding!). But really… I have a story for you. Looking back on it, I just have to share it with the beauty community because this community might understand my struggle. So grab a drink, a handful of popcorn (or 5) and get comfy.

A few days ago family decided to go to on a mini vacation and tour some colleges along the way for my brother, as he is going to college soon. We woke up promptly at 6 a.m. at which point I started to get ready. Before I do anything in the morning, I will wash my face and put in my contacts so I can start on my makeup. Once I was done, I headed over to the mirror where I set up my station of brushes, foundations, concealer, eyeshadows… all the good stuff. I started doing my makeup but I noticed the light was really yellow so I tried making my foundation a little more full coverage because the light was really making my problem areas look bad. As I packed on the foundation, it was starting to look better…. or so I thought! We eat breakfast and soon headed over to the college we were touring. During the walking tour, we finally got to sit down and ask some questions. At this point, my mom looks over to me and is shocked to find that my makeup looks terrible!

I opened my camera to find that mY FOUNDATION HAS MELTED OFF MY FACE IN BLOTCHES. Yes…. OFF my face! I had a huge “divet” in my nose makeup that wouldn’t blend with the rest of my face makeup. It disappeared. I finally headed to the bathroom where I just decided to wash off allllll my makeup and noticed it wouldn’t even come off. The remaining makeup (foundation, blush, bronzer) was stuck to my face. I practically had to scrub off my skin to get all of it off. (Note I did not have any wipes or makeup remover with me…. so paper towels and water was going to have to do the trick).

So, I finished the day with a blotchy red face from scrubbing, my eyebrows half on, a trace of makeup in my hairline, and no. face. makeup.

If you have a makeup horror story, I would love to hear it!! LOL Hope you got a laugh out of my story.

Until next time

Tori

 

6 Tricks to Make Your Eyes POP!!!

Hey y’all. So, I have been trying out a few techniques to make your eyes pop more no matter what eye color or shape you have. These tricks will help your eyes pop and look more bright/wide awake.

  1. Inner corner highlight and brow bone highlight- Highlighting your inner corner is ESSENTIAL for making your eyes look bright and wide awake. Also touching that highlight on your brow bone can really widen the eye. Having wide eyes can really show your eye color and make others drawn to your eyes.
  2. Add a pop of color on the lash line– I like to take a crazy color like blue or purple and put it along my lash line. Since I have green eyes, purple eyeshadow smoked out on the bottom really compliments my eyes.
  3. Use a white/nude eyeliner on your waterline– This can brighten your eyes and really make you more awake.
  4. LASHES– By giving your eyes a little pop, lashes are an important step. I don’t think this needs any explanation. Mascara and/or lashes really give you a really dramatic eye look.
  5. Try a smokey eye with many colors– Colors can really make your eyes pop…. especially if you use a complimentary color for your eye color.
  6. Go lighter on lipstick– Toning down lipstick will help draw all the focus to your eyes. Wearing a bright/colorful lipstick can bring the attention back to your lips instead of your eyes.

Mascaras I have tried…and LOVED (all drugstore)

We all have hit and miss mascaras and sometimes good mascaras are really difficult to find. My ideal mascara is black, lengthening, and volumizing. I have blonde eyelash tips so it’s hard to see my lashes if I don’t use mascara. I have tried A LOT of mascaras but there’s only a few that I will actually use now. No shade to any brands but a lot of the brands have put out mascaras that are clumpy, flaky, and don’t do anything good for your lashes. I have tried Covergirl supersizer waterproof mascara, Maybelline the falsies, Rimmel Volume colorist, and many more but none of these worked for me. They were NOT Tori approved.

These, on the other hand, are Tori Approved for sure!! I have included my top 3 favorite mascaras and they are all drugstore!

  1. Covergirl Clump Crusher– I am using this one currently and the brush is so nice. It is nice hard plastic that coats every lash. I don’t know what the heck is in this formula but I’m in love.
  2. Maybelline the Colossal volume– I have used this for YEARS. All throughout high school, I was asked what mascara I use and this is it! The wand is a lot different from something I normally go for but I love how big it is. It really volumizes my lashes, as well.
  3. Maybelline Great Lash– This is an oldie but a goodie. My mom got me hooked on this because ever since I was little she has been using this. I’ve noticed it really lengthens your lashes.

Also, I think it is good to note that when I do my mascara, I do NOT layer different mascaras on top of each other. I use one mascara….and one only. Sometimes mascaras don’t mix well together and can really clump up and get flaky throughout the day. Therefore, I can not speak for how they apply with different mascaras, but on their own…they are the bomb.

Keep batting those lashes girl. Xx

Tori

 

Week 2 of the 30 Day Makeup Challenge

Well, week 2 of the 30 day makeup challenge has been another great success!! My personal favorite is the green eyed monster. However, I think they all turned out great. LMK what you think! (each day listed below with corresponding pics)

Turn back time (Rosie the Riveter inspired/ 1940s) FullSizeRender.jpg

Femme FataleFullSizeRender-5.jpg

I’m a Barbie girlFullSizeRender-4.jpg

Favor me (for this one I decided to use prodcuts that I love and wear all the time that really compliment my skin, eyes, lips, etc)FullSizeRender-1.jpg

Smokey JoeFullSizeRender-13.jpg

Bronze goddessFullSizeRender-3.jpg

Green eyed monsterFullSizeRender-2.jpg

10 Essential Makeup Products for Quick Makeup Days

These are products you might not want to skimp on when doing quick application of makeup.

  1. Primer- You def do NOT want to skip this step because this is going to make sure your makeup is flawless and for quick makeup days this is essential!
  2. Aquaphor- I use this only on my lips because it moisturizes but also (kinda) looks like lipgloss.
  3. Concealer- This might be self-explanatory but this is a secret to making you look like you have done foundation. Pop on some concealer to high any blemishes, dark under eyes, and redness. It’s quick and easy.
  4. Setting powder- Because you are going to need concealer, you are going to want to set your face so nothing moves, and get a little extra coverage for the day.
  5. Blush- This will help your face look healthier and awake by giving it a little color.
  6. Brow pencil/pomeade- A brown pencil would be idea because they are so simple to use. Brows really frame the face and make you look more put together.
  7. Eyelash curler- Curling your lashes before mascara can make your eyes look bigger and more awake.
  8. Mascara- Again, this makes your eyes look bigger and more awake.
  9. Highlight- Putting a little inner corner highlight can make all the difference from dull eyes to very bright, awake eyes. Also dusting it on your cheek bones looks really beautiful.
  10. Setting spray- This step ensures your makeup won’t budge throughout the day.

These 10 products will help you look more put together on those days where you have to run out the door!

Tori

Makeup Tips for Beginners

Hey everyone! Since I normally share different aspects of makeup for makeup junkies (like me), I don’t really cater to people who are just beginning in the makeup world. Therefore, this post…. is for you! From someone who does makeup almost everyday, I have put together a few tips for makeup beginners. These are things that I wish I knew just starting out.

  1. Blend. Blend. Blend. – Blend you eyeshadow; blend your bronzer/contour, blend your foundation. Blending really helps to make you look all put together, rather than patchy and harsh. This is the key to any smokey eye or flawless makeup application.
  2. Always wear primer. – Primer helps your makeup stay on all day and stay as fresh as when you first put it on. Some primers blur pores, some are more tacky, some are for dry skin. Pick a primer that works best for you and apply right before your foundation.
  3. Practice makes perfect. – No one’s winged eyeliners, false eyelash application, even contours were perfect. If you speak to anyone about their first attempts, 9 times out of 10, they were sucky. Keep practicing; you’ll get the hang of it!
  4. Purchase some beginning items. – Purchase some brushes, some face products (foundation, setting powder, concealer), some eye products (eyeshadow, eyeliner), lip products, etc. Once you have some of the basic products, you can start playing around and practicing.
  5. Watch a few makeup tutorials. – This can be a really helpful step when trying to figure out what goes where. This is how I learned so much about makeup and how to do different things. You can find lots of makeup artists doing their “everyday” makeup looks which is what you might want to look for when googling makeup tutorials.
  6. Clean your brushes. – I don’t think this tip really needs an explanation (LOL!), but making sure that you are always cleaning your brushes helps you get a more flawless look and diminished bacterial build up.
  7. Set your makeup with powder. – This will make sure your foundation doesn’t move and depending on what powder you get, it will cut down on your oiliness.
  8. Know where to apply different products for your facial features. – What I mean by this is apply products where it would look more flattering on your face type. For example, if you have a more oval face, you want to put blush on the apples of your cheeks. However, if you have a heart shaped face, apply blush below apples. This is essential for your makeup application.
  9. Take care of your skin. – This should actually be my #1 tip. You ALWAYS want to make sure you are taking top notch care of your skin. Make sure you take of ALL your makeup at night and clean with a cleanser. Be sure to add a moisturizer, serum, etc. By taking care of your skin, A) it’ll ensure you are not aging quicker than normal and B) your makeup looks great all the time.
  10. Pick your correct colors. – You want to make sure that you pick the right shade for your foundations, concealers, eyeliners, brow colors, etc. There’s nothing worse than buying a product and having it be a totally different color than your face.
  11. Don’t share makeup. – This is how bacteria can spread and infections can happen. It’s just best to go out and buy your own if you are in a pinch.
  12. Go light handed at first. – As a beginner, you might not know how much pigment is in something, so go light handed. Makeup can get really crazy, really quick! If you figure out you want more pigment, you can always build it up.
  13. Keep your hands off your face. – If you have makeup on your eyes and you accidentally rub your eyes, you’re screwed. Also, if you are constantly putting your hands on your face two things will happen. 1. The oils on your hands will tend to transfer onto your face. 2. Your makeup might wear off.
  14. Embrace your own facial features. 
  15. Do what you want. – You don’t have to follow the crazy contour/highlighting trends. Makeup is great because you can do what you want and how you want to do it. Purple eyeshadow? Of course! Red lips? Do you!! You don’t owe anyone an explanation or an excuse as to what you do and why you do it.

All of these tips are things that I have learned through trail and error so I thought this might help you.

XO

Tori

Definitions for Beauty Slang Terms

If you are into makeup and you say these terms, sometimes people don’t know what the heck you’re saying (which can be so annoying sometimes!). Use this cheat sheet to send to whoever doesn’t understand your lingo!!

  • I’m shook/ shook to the core – I’m shocked/ really shocked
  • Sickening- Super cool/pretty/amazing
  • On fleek- really well/ really good. Usually used to describe eyebrows or eyeliner.
  • Beat or the beatdown- just the act of putting makeup on
  • Beat to capacity- the makeup you have applied couldn’t look any better
  • Snatched- looking good/ looking fierce
  • Slay/slaying- killing it
  • Giving life- it’s so good it is giving your life something more
  • Haul- a big shopping spree where you buy a lot of products at one time
  • Swatch- dip your brush/finger in a product and swipe it onto your skin to assess pigment/shade/etc
  • Strobing- highlighting your face
  • Glamming- getting ready/putting on makeup

Now everyone and their mother can catch up on their makeup terms! LOL! If I missed anything, comment down below and I’ll be sure to add it!

Stay Snatched.

Tori

Best CHEAP Makeup Brushes

Companies all over the country, (correction: all over the world) are making so many brushes that are so expensive (ie Tom Ford, Chanel, Bobbi Brown, etc). Most of us don’t have a very huge budget for makeup, let alone makeup brushes in general (and expensive brushes aren’t the most practical). I have rounded up a few companies that make really great brushes but also are very affordable.

  1. Morphe Brushes 

I have only tried a few brushes by Morphe but every single one of them has worked for me. I have a few face brushes, few eyeshadow brushes, and a few eyeliner brushes. The face brush I have (M439) is one of the softest brushes I have ever used and it works! I would 100% recommend this company if you are looking for high-quality affordable brushes.

2. BH Cosmetics 

You can find these brushes either online or in your local TJ MAXX (most times). Their brush sets are so cute, inexpensive, and last a while! They are one of the most affordable brands out there.

3. E.L.F cosmetics

I have found that e.l.f. brushes are dupes for many of the higher end brushes. They work the same way but are just a lot cheaper. You can also find them at your local CVS, Walgreens, Target, etc.

4. ECO tools

These brushes are some of the cutest brushes I have ever used. Their products are made from recycled materials like bamboo, plastic, and aluminum. They are very environmentally friendly and not to mention, they are soft as heck. I love them so much and lots of their brushes are the perfect size for traveling.

5. Real Techniques

This company has brushes for EVERYTHING! I have many of their brushes and they work well. I will say some of their brushes tend to be on the rougher side, however, I know many makeup artists who prefer rougher makeup brushes. If you like rougher makeup brushes, this might be a perfect brand for you!!

Having quality brushes that give you a perfect makeup application, while still feeling high end doesn’t have to break the bank. I hope this helps you a bunch!!

Happy brush shopping!

Tori