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Hit or Miss: Studio Gear Prime Objective Perfecting Face Primer

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Hey, all! I’m coming at you with a face primer review today. I received this primer from BrandBacker and I’ve been using it for about a week. Here are my thoughts…

First off, let’s talk about what this primer claims. The description on the Studio Gear websites says, “

“Prime Objective Face Primer is a silicone-based face primer that not only smooths surface imperfections for an incredibly bright complexion, but it also includes rejuvenating ingredients such as retinol and milk protein 20 that condition, balance, and protect the skin from environmental stresses. Optical diffusers further enhance the complexion by lightening and brightening!”

Now, I’ve only used this product for about a week but I can say I’ve noticed an immediate difference. This  primer blurred all my imperfections more than any other primer I’ve ever used. My makeup would look airbrushed every single time I would use it. It definitely helped my makeup application as well.

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I would also like to add that a little goes a long way for this primer (at least for me). My problem areas are nose, cheeks, and chin and with one pump I could prime my whole face. I’ve used a lot of primers whether they be drugstore or high-end, but I can honestly this primer is top 3. This primer retails for $30 but I do have a 10% coupon code for you guys! To get 10% off any purchase at Studio Gear use the code: BB. For more info, click here.

** FYI: This post is sponsored but all opinions are my own, as always!**

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Colourpop x Karrueche Collaboration

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Hey, dolls! I was debating whether or not I wanted to buy anything from Karrueche’s collection at Colourpop. However, after seeing some of the lip color swatches, I caved. Her collection includes 7 eyeshadows, 3 liquid lipsticks, 3 lippie stixs, and 1 eyeshadow collection. I didn’t want to go overboard and buy everything, so I simply bought 1 liquid lipstick in the shade Kae.

Before I even show you the swatch, I just wanted to share the cute little notes that come with your package if you order from Karrueche’s collection…

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Okay now that I’m done flaunting my notes, let’s look at the swatch! 🙂

DSCI0033 When you first apply the color onto your skin, it looks like an orange-brown. I absolutely love this color. However, on the websites, it’s described as “a deep warm yellow-brown”. Either way, I love the color. As you can see, it’s the exact color in the tube. However, once dried, it becomes a basic brown color. It loses that gorgeous rustic color. That is what pisses me off! I was so baffled and disappointed. I’ve had liquid lipstick change slightly when completely dried, but NEVER like this! I just wish that it would stay like the color in the tube. I’m going to keep the lipstick only because it’s a different shade of brown than the ones I own. It’s still a bummer though and I can’t blame anyone. I figure I should’ve just looked into more swatches of the color before buying it.

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Kat Von D’s Lolita & Lolita II

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Hey, dolls! So I just wanted to do a quick little swatch post of KVD’s Lolita and Lolita II. Supposedly, I have KVD’s “bad batch” or “second version” of Lolita. However, that can be debatable. The one I have

Supposedly, I have KVD’s “bad batch” or “second version” of Lolita. However, that can be debatable. The one I have is a deep mauve pink. I’ve been dying to get Lolita II because I love the terracotta color it has. Lately, I’ve been a fan of lip colors with an orange tint to it. I just got to have ’em all!!!

DSCI0060As you can see, Lolita and Lolita II are completely different! I can’t imagine how either of these colors will look the same on any skin tone. I love both of them. However, I don’t think I’ll ever love any color more than the original. I suggest if you like it, pick it up! KVD liquid lipsticks tend to go fast!

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Hit or Miss: NYX’s Dark Circle Concealer

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Hey, darlings! A little over a week ago, I spoke about color correcting. That topic inspired me to do some color correcting of my own.

I suffer from hyper-pigmentation and acne scars. For my tan skin tone, orange based concealers work best. So, I decided to pick up an orange based concealer at Ulta. I’ve seen some great reviews about NYX’s Dark Circle Concealer and I decided to try it out. I picked up the deepest shade of orange because the others seemed a smidge too light.

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The way I used this product is after I apply primer, I dab some on my dark spots and dark circles. Then I go over it with foundation and proceed to do my full face routine. I honestly think that this concealer definitely made concealing my dark spots easier and more effective. They are definitely less noticeable when I take this extra step. The consistency of the this concealer is great and a little goes a long way. For the price of $5.99, this product is pretty good. It’s definitely a HIT and I would recommend it to anyone who is just starting to color correct.

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MUA Spotlight On: Maria Luna

Hey, beauties! Happy Friday! Let me introduce you guys to the gorgeous Maria ♥. Maria currently lives in Miami, Florida. She has always had a passion for makeup, She can still remember being so young and sneaking behind her mom’s back and drawing on dark lip liner with a nude lip! LOL. She began to build her kit and investing in herself about 6 years ago and has executed looks for a few women in the hip hop & modeling industry along with a Cover Print. She currently works for  MAC Cosmetics at Aventura Mall, which is a Global Door & #4 in the world. She has been with the company for 2 1/2 years now & still has her own business work as a freelancer outside of her amazing job!

Q&A

What is your favorite high-end brand?

My favorite hIgh-end brand I love would be MAC Cosmetics of course! But definitely have a thing for Kevyn Aucoin & Laura Mercier!

What are 3 makeup items you couldn’t possibly live without?

I couldn’t live without my Kevyn Aucoin, skin enhancer, Laura Mercier Translucent loose powder, MAC Mineralize Skin Finish compact powder, and MAC Fix +, along with brushes. Also, Anastasia’s Dipbrow in Ebony. Ugh! To be real, I couldn’t live without at least a medium size makeup bag!! LOL

What’s your favorite drugstore brand?

My favorite drugstore brand I would say is L’oreal because I absolutely love their mascaras & black gel liners! It’s the smoothest liner I have used yet to date!

What type of beauty product do you buy the most of (mascaras, concealers, lipsticks etc)?

I am a beauty product hoarder of lipsticks and eyeshadows! I think I have about 95 lipsticks and so many eyeshadow palettes from MAC, Urban Decay, Stila, Lorac, Nars, Too Faced and I believe I will continue that forever LOL. I’m also falling in love with primers – lip primers, lash primers, face primers! They really make a difference!!

What is the most common makeup faux pas that you see?

Hmm.. BROWS! I myself take pride in being a Brow Queen. I could give anyone amazing brows. I’ve been seeing blocky brows and brows that look so shiny and unnatural! Also, not lining your lips I truly believe a lip liner is always needed whether you overline or not! As a professional makeup artist working in the beauty industry, I just love an amazing finished lip with beautiful brows!

Do you have a “beauty budget” or do you spend freely?

Beauty Budget? What’s that?? haha!! I am terrible with budgets! I pretty much spend on whatever I feel I LOVE and never on something I feel I would never use on myself or for my kit. When I enter a beauty store, it’s like the gates of heaven open up and I hear angels! Nothing else matters.

What’s your favorite lipstick?

My favorite lipstick? As in just ONE? Sheesh…. that’s impossible I absolutely love Limecrime liquid lipsticks in all colors. Also, Anastasia liquid lipsticks in all colors. I LOVE LOVE LOVE MAC. Okay, ya’ll ready for my list? Here it goes! Blankety, HoneyLove, Fleshpot, FlatOut Fabulous, Diva, Sin, Cyber, RiRi Woo (limited), Heroine, Stone… and a few more :).

Describe your everyday makeup look.

Wow, my everyday makeup Look is always a finished full face because of my job! So, I always switch up eye shadow styles and techniques from a beauty look to natural to grungy. That’s what I love about makeup. You can always change things up and still SLAY!

What’s your favorite mascara?

My favorite mascara would be between L’oreal Voluminous & MAC Haute & Naughty! They both have amazing brushes and formulas! I love the consistency and how it applies.

Is there any celebrity that you get your makeup inspiration from & why that celebrity?

A celebrity makeup style that inspires me would hands down have to be Dascha Polanco & her artist Jay Suarez! Hands down. Every time he touches her face it is glam. It is clean. It is natural and is EVERYTHING! He executes amazing looks on her every time and never fails the makeup gods!

Do you have some favorite beauty gurus? If so, who?

My favorite Beauty Guru would definitely be the god himself, Scott Barnes. Also, Renny Vazquez and of course, my fellow MAC brother Romero Jennings!! I really don’t believe I need to explain why. They are by far the most amazing in my opinion.

If you could leave the house with only ONE makeup product, which would it be?

Wow.. what a question.. just thinking about it feels like torture! If I HAD to leave with just ONE.. it would be chapstick!! haha!!

Are there any brands that you try to avoid?

The only thing I try to avoid is lash glue with latex because I’m allergic! Other than that, if I love it it’s mine.

Do you usually “haul” or buy items here & there?

I HAUL, HAUL, HAUL, HAUL. I rarely have time to shop for myself because I’m always with my babies. When I do get some free time, I go IN and ALL OUT and rack up on everything I love!

What’s your favorite skincare brand?

I currently love Dermalogica and I just started using Clarisonic. Their line is so far so good.

What is one beauty tool/brush that you’d recommend to anyone?

MAC brushes! Nothing like MAC brushes, especially #217. That’s holy grail right there!

What is one beauty product that you’d recommend to ANYONE & why?

I would definitely recommend Laura Mercier loose powder! I had it for a while and once I got the chance to try it, I have never put it away! That and also Urban Decay setting spray!!

If you had to give up one makeup item for the rest of your life, which would it be?

Hmmmm…. I would say lip gloss. I have so many but rarely use any.

Where do you see your makeup career in the next 5 years?

Great question! I’m currently working my way up MAC and hope to be a Senior Artist for sure! I see my work on not only celebrities but definitely in some magazines & red carpets! Hey… a girl can DREAM!

Share a beauty tip/trick/hack.. whatever you’d like to call it. Lol

Use line filler to fill in fine lines on your lips and watch those babies plump up! Also, use a business card when applying mascara behind lashes to avoid getting the product on skin!

What’s the best way for future clients to reach you?

I can be reached through direct message on Instagram @Beautyby_Maria or email BeautyByMLuna@gmail.com.

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MUA Spotlight On: Isabella Cabrera

TGIF! Let me introduce you guys to the talented Isabella ♥! Isabella was born in Ecuador and moved to New York when she was 14 years old. Since she can remember, she has always had a passion for makeup. She remembers being 11 years old and putting on bright blue eyeshadow and her mom telling her to wash her face. She’s been in the makeup industry for almost 6 years and it has been such an incredible journey for me. She hopes to inspire other girls and that is why she created her instagram where she can share her passion with others.

Q&A

What is your favorite high-end brand?

Anastasia Beverly Hills. I think everything she has done is incredible. I love all her products and she is also an inspiring woman

What are 3 makeup items you couldn’t possibly live without?

I think it would be eyelashes, lipstick and my contour kit by Anastasia Beverly Hills.

What’s your favorite drugstore brand?

Definitely NYX Cosmetics. Their products are amazing!

What type of beauty product do you buy the most of (mascaras, concealers, lipsticks etc)?

Lipsticks and eyelashes. If i don’t feel like wearing a lot of makeup, i just put eyelashes and lipstick on and I feel like a totally new person.

What is the most common makeup faux pas that you see?

Overdrawn sharpie looking brows and overdrawn lips. That is a really no-no.

Do you have a “beauty budget” or do you spend freely?

I think I spend freely. I get to excited when I go to Sephora or online or any new makeup brand comes up with new products. I just want them all!! haha

What’s your favorite lipstick?

Stone by Dose of Colors – such a beautiful rose toned lipstick. I can’t get enough of it.

Describe your everyday makeup look.

Super natural brows, winged eyeliner, Queen B lashes by Koko Lashes, contoured face, highlight and nude lipstick.

What’s your favorite mascara?

Better Than Sex mascara by Too Faced.

Is there any celebrity that you get your makeup inspiration from & why that celebrity?

Kylie Jenner. I think her makeup is everyone’s favorite. I love that she looks very glam even with just eyelashes on.

Do you have some favorite beauty gurus? If so, who?

Yes, I would have to say ILUVSARAHII on instagram. She is a big inspiration to me. I think that everything she has achieved is where I want to be one day. Her makeup skills are extremely amazing.

If you could leave the house with only ONE makeup product, which would it be?

Lipstick!

Are there any brands that you try to avoid?

Not really. I always like to experiment with new makeup.

Do you usually “haul” or buy items here & there?

I buy items here and there but if shipping is free after $50 i would have to spend to save money, you know? hahaha

What’s your favorite skincare brand?

As of now, I keep looking for a favorite skincare brand. So I will take any suggestions!

What is one beauty tool/brush that you’d recommend to anyone?

A beauty blender! it makes your skin looks flawless if you use it the right way.

What is one beauty product that you’d recommend to ANYONE & why?

Nars Luminous Weightless foundation is everything you need in a foundation – full coverage, doesn’t feel cakey, moisturizes your skin and it looks absolutely flawless!

If you had to give up one makeup item for the rest of your life, which would it be?

This was a hard question but I think I can live without brushes… I mean I got fingers.

Where do you see your makeup career in the next 5 years?

I see myself traveling, learning more, meeting fellow makeup artists, inspiring girls that love makeup and just keep doing this.

Share a beauty tip/trick/hack.. whatever you’d like to call it. Lol

Don’t ever try your foundation on your face or neck or hand, always try it almost by your chest so it will not be to dark or to light.

What’s the best way for future clients to reach you?

By email: isabellacmakeupartists@gmail.com or instagram: isabellamakeupartist.

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BH Cosmetics 120 Color Eyeshadow Palette 3rd Edition

Hey, all! Usually, I only talk product reviews on Monday, but I wouldn’t classify this as a product review. Why? To, me a product review is discussing the pros and cons of a product. Today, I’m just going to tell you why you need this palette in your life! I rarely say the word “need” in anything I talk about, but I’m telling you that you NEED this palette and here’s why…

First off, this palette costs $15. Yes, $15 for 120 shades. Second, the variety is amazing! You literally have hues of every color on the rainbow. You got purples, blues, yellows, pinks, reds, oranges, browns, greens, etc. You also have some cool tones and warm tones. Not only are the shade ranges amazing, this palette has a variety of finishes. Some eyeshadows are matte, others shimmer, and others metallic. Most importantly, every eyeshadow in here is super pigmented.

This palette is just godly. I literally think it’s the only huge palette I’ll ever need. Let me just say that I’m not a huge eyeshadow type of girl. I put eyeshadow on when I’m really trying to go all glam or on a special occasion. Usually, it’s just mascara and eyeliner for me. This palette makes me want to use eyeshadow every day. Coming from me, that’s saying something. To me, this palette just fits any mood that I can possibly have. I’m not saying I’ll never buy another eyeshadow palette ever again in my lifetime. However, what I am saying is that eyeshadow has made me the most content out of all my other palettes. The one and only issue I have with this is that the packaging gets easily dirty and no matter how much I scrub it, it’s gonna have white prints on it!

If you’re not big on eyeshadow, I would recommend this to you. It’s super affordable – especially for the quality and quantity. Most of all it’s versatile. You can use it day or night. You have tons of options with this palette and you can do tons of different looks. Literally, the options are endless! So, go on bhcosmetics.com and check it out. You won’t be disappointed :D.

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