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Yearly Favorites of 2015

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Happy New Year! I know I have been going in and out of blogging, but the holidays and work had me on a new type of busy. However, this year I promise to be more consistent :). This is the first time I’m doing a yearly favorites post and I’m sure they’ll be more to come. I tried to add a product from every part of beauty and this is what I came out with. I honestly had to be realistic and think about things that I used constantly. Let’s just jump in, shall we?

Face

  • Murad’s Skin Smoothing Polish is holy grail when it comes to exfoliating. The texture is so finely milled and gives you the squeaky clean feeling you’re dying for when you’ve been wearing makeup all day, every day.
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation is top 3 in my high-end foundation collection. This baby lasts! It makes your skin look flawless. I’ve actual people compliment me on my complexion when I wear this. The finish is flawless. It doesn’t look cakey at all and just makes me feel simply godly. They also have a wide shade range.
  • KVD Lock-It Foundation is my second favorite when it comes to high-end foundation. The formula is on the thicker side, but the coverage is insane. I put this on and sometimes skip concealer and a little goes a long way.
  • Maybelline’s Fit Me Matte + Poreless is the best drugstore foundation I’ve come across since Revlon Colorstay. I haven’t found any drugstore foundation that I’ve loved just as much as Revlon’s Colorstay and this baby comes quite close. The coverage is medium and buildable. It feels great on my skin and I basically used every week since I bought it. I have probably 2 more uses out of it until I buy a new one.
  • LA Girl Pro Conceal is the best concealer out there for frugalistas. The coverage is amazing and so is the texture. The shade range is great as well.
  • NYX’s Dark Circle Concealer is amazing for color correcting. I use this on dark spots and dark circles and it makes a super huge difference.

Eyes

  • Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Mascara is one of my holy grail mascaras from the drugstore. At first, I didn’t enjoy it but I found out how to work with it. Since then, I use it almost every day.
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is my favorite high-end mascara. The amount of volume this baby gives you is insane. I use it basically every day.
  • Billion Dollar Brows Brow Powder is the best powder I’ve used for brows. I just started using it a month ago but I had to include it. It definitely was a favorite.

Lips

  • Rosebud Salve has been around forever and for good reason. This is the only thing that moisturizes my lips instantly and keeps them moisturized for a long while.
  • Maybelline Touch of Spice is my favorite pinkish lip shade and I would use it every week for like half the year. It’s super soft yet matte.
  • Coloured Raine Cherry Blossom will always be my favorite red shade. This has been my go-to red shade since I bought it.
  • KVD Lolita was another one of my go-to’s this year. I mean I don’t think this shade needs much explanation. Everyone and their mother loved this shade in 2015.

Body

  • Marc Jacobs Daisy was my go-to fragrance this year. That’s saying a lot since I own 10 different fragrances. It’s just delicious.

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MUA Spotlight On: Bree Lopez

Happy Friday! First, let me just say how proud of myself I am for being so consistent with this series! I’m glad you guys enjoy MUA Spotlight as much I as I enjoy doing them.

Without further adieu, let me introduce to you to the talented Bree. Bree is 24 years old and was born and raised in Riverside, California, She is the mommy of 2 beautiful little girls and a Sephora makeup artist! Bree has been obsessed with makeup ever since before she could remember. Her artistry goes way back. She always wanted to be an artist when she was a little girl. She would sit and draw for hours. Then when she got older, she expressed her love for art with makeup! When she was in 7th grade, she would come home from school, take a shower, wash off all her makeup and sit and do her makeup for hours in her room, experimenting and practicing. She would do all of her friends’ makeup for dances and parties in high school. It was a lot of fun for her. It wasn’t until about 3 years ago that she realized how much she loves makeup and actually pursued it. She’s done makeup for a lot of proms and weddings and now she’s been a Sephora makeup artist for almost a year now. Bree loves getting lost in a makeup look and she LOVES seeing people be so pleased with her work. To her, it’s the best seeing people love the way she did their makeup. She’s not just stopping at Sephora though! She plans on making a YouTube channel and sharing and teaching everything she knows with everyone around the world!

Q&A

What is your favorite high-end brand?

My Favorite high-end brand would have to be NARS, I use the sheer glow foundation and it’s amazing!!

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

I definitely could not live without mascara, concealer (for them dark circles yo), and chapstick!

What’s your favorite drugstore brand?

My favorite drugstore makeup brand would be Sonia Kashuk – I LOVE her lip liners and makeup brushes. Also, NYX and Rimmel London. ♥

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

I for sure buy lips stains and lipstick the most!

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

Overdone brows… Brows really change the look of a face and when people over do them they just change someone’s look.

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

I definitely budget. Cosmetics are expensive and a lot of people don’t realize how long products last either! But, if I want something I always purchase!

What’s your favorite lipstick?

I love ALL Kat Von D liquid lipsticks, my most favorite is Lolita at the moment!! I’m really into that 1990’s brown lip. ♥

Describe your everyday makeup look.

My everyday makeup look is of course, a full face, with a neutral eye and maybe falsies, with a nude or brown lip. That’s my everyday look right at the moment, but I love to play around and change up my looks. Working at Sephora, I definitely have variety!

What’s your favorite mascara?

Buxom lash mascara and Revlon voluminous (best $5 bucks I’ve ever spent).

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

Even though I hate her guts, Kim Kardashian.. Haha her makeup is never overdone and it’s just perfection!

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

Yes I LOVE Charismastar  she is so sweet I met her at Disneyland once. She was so kind and down to earth. Also, Sonjdradeluxe and Tymetheinfamous. Those are my BAES.

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

Mascara, hands down. Eyes are the first thing someone looks at on your face.

Are there any brands that you try to avoid?

Not really, I haven’t had any bad experiences with any brands honestly.

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

I just pick up items here and there unless I have run out of everything I use everyday.

What’s your favorite skincare brand?

I don’t have one YET. I’ve been dealing with acne for the past year so I’m always trying new things. Murad works really well if you have acne!

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

Honestly, a Beauty Blender. I was skeptical about them until I tried them on myself and clients and they really work! Excellent for beginners.

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

Cover fx matte primer. If you want a flawless foundation you NEED this stuff, it keeps my makeup from creasing all day and dries up all the oil – it’s amazing. It also has an acne treatment in it!! Best stuff ever.

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

Mmmmmm, probably highlighters. I’m about that #mattelife Hahahaha!

What is your absolute pet peeve when it comes to other people’s makeup?

Enormous, overdone eyebrows and unblended eyeshadow… Blend blend blend!!!

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

Always wear sunscreen if you want to stay looking youthful. If you’re new to liquid lipsticks, never blot the product on your lips. Apply to each lip separately and let them dry. Blotting will only make the liquid lip stick blotchy. Powder contour kits are always better for beginners annnnnd that’s all the tricks I have on top of my head right now hahaha.

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

For future clients to reach me either you can visit my Instagram page at @Breerouge or email me breerouge_makeup@yahoo.com ♥
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MUA Spotlight On: Jazmine Kaleo

Hey, my dears ♥! I’m coming at you with another talented makeup artist named Jazmine! Unlike many of the makeup artists featured here on Fashenty, Jazmine didn’t find makeup. Makeup found her. As a young mother, Jazmine was working at Sprint and kicking ass. She was one of the top sellers and was known for it in the Bay Area. One day, she was approached in the mall by a MAC employee who invited her to work for MAC. While Jazmine did like makeup, she didn’t know much about it. However, the employee insisted that she’d get training through MAC. Jazmine went on to work for MAC and became a one of the top sellers there, as well! Now, she a certified makeup artist and has been working for MAC Cosmetics for 2 years.

Q&A

What is your favorite high-end brand?

Giorgio Armani. I love the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation.

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

Okay, 1) MAC Fix +, 2) I need my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, and 3) MAC Prolongwear concealer.

What’s your favorite drugstore brand?

Hmmmm. I love Baby Lips, so I’d say Maybelline.

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

I would probably say that I hoard lashes.

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

Cake face! You know what I mean? Like when your makeup looks like frosting.

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

Wellllllllll, I actually just spend girl. I can’t even lie and I know it’s bad, but I just spend!

What’s your favorite lipstick?

Hmmm, let’s see…. Stone by Mac.

Describe your everyday makeup look.

Well, a lightweight foundation, winged eye, lashes, 2 neutral eyeshadow colors, brows, bronzer on my neck and chest, and blush on my cheeks. I don’t really do lipstick every day because it creases and I don’t have for that during the school day.

What’s your favorite mascara?

Too Faced Better Than Sex!

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

Rihanna. She isn’t afraid to be different. She’s bold with her makeup.

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

Nicole Guerriero, I love her.

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

My eyebrow pencil, for sure.

Are there any brands that you try to avoid?

No, I really try everything. I’m open-minded.

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

I like to haul haha.

What’s your favorite skincare brand?

Murad and Origins.

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

The Beauty Blender. It really works and gives you more of a clean, soft finish.

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

Ummmmmm. Hmmmmmm….I’d probably say Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer. It gives you a natural glow and it’s lightweight.

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

Hmmmm, dang that’s hard! You need all of it! I don’t know…maybe eyeliner. I don’t know! Hmm actually, lashes. You can use some products to help with your lashes.

What is your absolute pet peeve when it comes to other people’s makeup?

What irks me the most and I don’t know if it’s because we’re Latina, but when people overline their lips. It just looks so unnatural.

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

When applying foundation or concealer, spray MAC Fix + after. It makes your makeup look more natural and less cakey. It also makes your makeup stay on a little longer.

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

Through my Instagram @j.kaleo 🙂
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All The Deets: New & Improved Skincare Routine

Hey all! I’ve been a real skincare snob these past few months and I figured I might as well share with you my new skincare routine. It’s definitely a bit more time consuming but I find that it’s the only way my skin stays at its best! I used to be fairly low maintenance with skincare. I would literally just use a makeup wipe, rinse, and hit the sheets! That’s a HUGE no-no, especially is you’re a frequent makeup wearer. I noticed that my makeup was just looking crappy and that was ultimately because my skin was crappy. It wasn’t covered in acne or anything but it was just dull and blah! You could just feel it when your skin isn’t in the best shape. So, I became a skincare snob and I have been following this regimen religiously because consistency is key!

In the morning, I don’t do much because I’m not a believer of OVERWASHING your face. Yes, there is such a thing. I keep it simple. I rinse my face with COLD WATER to wake me up and since I’m not using any product it doesn’t matter if my pores are open or not. Then, I use my Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control toner all over my face. Once that’s dry I do my primer and makeup as usual. I’m on the oily side so I don’t moisturize in the day. Call me crazy but that’s how I roll.

At night, I use my all time favorite makeup wipes which are the Neutrogena Hydrating Makeup Wipes. These are the wipes in the teal packaging. Out of all the Neutrogena wipes I’ve used, these take off makeup the best in my opinion. After that I use my Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser which is heaven in a bottle. The only thing I don’t like is that it’s not a foamy cleanser but hey as long as it works! I massage that all over my face with my Clarisonic. If you don’t have a Clarisonic, INVEST IN ONE!  It’s a truly amazing tool that deep cleans your skin and REALLY takes out all the gunk. Washing your face with your hands doesn’t compare. I stopped using it for about 4 months and my skin was just garbage. Needless to say, I’m never doing that again. Also, when I wash my face I start with lukewarm water and then turn it to the colder side when I’m fully done. About 2-3x a week, I exfoliate with my Murad Skin Smoothing Polish. I hate to admit this but I never really exfoliated my skin until now and now I realize all the goodness my skin was missing out on. For more info on the product, check out my review here. After cleansing, I sometimes use my PMD. However, I only use it once a week and if I only cleansed my skin that day. I don’t use it if I exfoliated as well because I feel like that’s overkill. For more info on the PMD, check it out here. After all that jazz, I use my toner followed by my VMV ID Anti-Acne Oil-Free Lotion. This ish right here is no joke. You have to use it little by little otherwise it won’t work. Also, it is one the greasy side which is funny to me because it’s oil-free but whatever. Also, for the occasional Aunt Flow crater pimple, I alternate between VMV Monolaurin Gel and Kate Sommerville’s Eradikate.

Tips and Tricks

Always pat dry your face, never rub. Nobody wants premature wrinkles.

Never use a towel to dry your face because you’re just putting the bacteria back on your skin. Instead, use a paper towel to dry off.

Always exfoliate weekly. Don’t be a fool like I was.

Cold water closes pores. Hot water dehydrates skin and opens pores. Lukewarm water is best but cool water to finish off is my personal preference.

There you have it! I hope you find this information helpful.

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Hit or Miss: Murad’s Skin Smoothing Polish

(via sephora.com)

Hey all! Lately, I’ve become a real skin care snob. All I want to do is buy new skincare products because I’m not getting any younger, haha. I’m all about prevention and you only have one skin, so you better do all you can to take care of it.

I came across this product because of Desi Perkins. She’s been recommending it on all of her skincare videos and I finally decided to try it out. I’m actually a fan of a few Murad products and I assumed that I would enjoy this product, as well. According to Murad.com, this product is “a rich-creamy polishing scrub that removes embedded impurities, without stripping skin of natural moisture, revealing a more vibrant complexion.” They recommend that it be used 2-3x weekly. Needless to say, I use it as an exfoliator. The active ingredients include: witch hazel, cinnamon extract, and pomegranate seed oil.

I’ve been using this product for 3 weeks now and I highly enjoy it! It’s so finely milled that it actually feels therapeutic, as opposed to harsh, when I’m rubbing it on my skin. My skin literally feels baby soft after I use it. I also find that is helps decrease the size of any blemishes on my face. As far as scent goes, it smells like your average skincare product. Overall, this is a HIT and it’s become a staple in my skincare routine. It makes my skin feel so much better! I’d recommend this to anyone no matter your skin type.

You can get it at Sephora or Ulta for $30. I got mine off Amazon for $23.

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MUA Spotlight On: Analise Quintero

Time to introduce you guys to a talented MUA in my family, Analise!

Analise is a makeup artist in the Hudson Valley, NY area from Beacon, NY. She has been doing makeup for about 10 years now. She’s worked for widely known makeup companies and has received her license in makeup and esthetics. She loves helping women feel beautiful, just by enhancing their natural beauty. She has always loved wearing makeup. Her mother never wore makeup and always said, “I don’t know who you came out like.” She has always been intrigued with skin and the science behind it. She was a nursing student at one point and was always drawn to the different skin conditions. After working for different makeup companies, she decided to expand my knowledge with skin care. She takes pride in her work and loves what she does.

 Q&A

What is your favorite high-end brand?

Hands down MAC cosmetics. I also like using Makeup For Ever and some Urban Decay.

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

I can’t even walk out of the door without wearing mascara. So it would have to be mascara, blush, and lip gloss.

What’s your favorite drugstore brand?

I have been liking Milani and L’oreal. I have a couple shadows that have been my go to everyday look.

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

Mascara is what I buy the most. I go through it like water.

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

I would have to say overdrawn brows. There is a finely drawn line between bold brows and something over-the-top.

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

I try very hard to have a budget, but you always see something new you want to try that gets added to the basket.

What’s your favorite lipstick?

These days I have been loving “Twig” from MAC. Its a soft muted brownish pink. Great fall color.

Describe your everyday makeup look.

Everyday makeup routine after my skin care is using at least 3 eye shadows. Depending on the look I am going for and how much time I have. A gel liner and some mascara. I apply foundation followed by some powder and then blush. I top the look off with a lipstick and gloss.

What’s your favorite mascara?

Haute and Naughty from MAC is my favorite and have been using it for years.

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

Some celebrities that I am usually inspired by are Rihanna and Kim Kardashian. Both have different looks but I like to experiment with them. It ranges all the way from the soft neutrals to dramatic.

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

Jaclyn Hill. She really shows you in depth how to achieve a particular look using not only high end products but drugstore brands as well.

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

That would be mascara. I can not and will not leave the house without it.

Are there any brands that you try to avoid?

I really do not avoid any. I like trying new products and experimenting with them.

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

Both. I buy here and there. When I am running low of a few things, I tend to stock up and go on a beauty haul.

What’s your favorite skincare brand?

I like using Murad, Skinceuticals, and Eminence.

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

A blending brush!! That is a must.

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

Urban Decay setting spray. AMAZING!! That will hold your makeup in place all day and night. It is also very hydrating as well.

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

I would give up using eye shadows.

What is your absolute pet peeve when it comes to other people’s makeup?

Hard Lines. BLEND, BLEND, BLEND!

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

For a perfect cat eye. Use scotch tape on the corners of your eyes, following your bottom lash line. This will guide you to make the perfect line.

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

My email Analisequintero@yahoo.com or visit my website at http://blissfulbeautymakeup.com

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Hit or Miss: AcneFree Clearing System

Once again, it’s Monday. So it’s time for another Hit or Miss. For this week’s post, you guys voted for a skincare product so let’s jump in, shall we?

I’ve seen this product in the drugstore for a while now so I decided to try it. It’s about $20 but I’ve seen it in some places for $15. It’s an acne system with a cleanser, toner, and lotion, and it’s supposed to work for 24 hours. So, pretty much a similar thing to Proactiv or Murad. However, it comes in 3 different types: sensitive, normal, severe. It all depends on your acne. My acne isn’t horrible. I only break up during that lovely time of the month. Also, my skin is pretty tough and it doesn’t react crazy to any products. Therefore, I bought the regular one.

Here’s what I think after 2 weeks of trying it. The cleanser and toner are alright but nothing special. However, the cream bothers the crap out of me. It feels gritty. I feels like there’s sand in it and I HATE it. I don’t know if it’s for exfoliation but I don’t like it. Also, I don’t like the smell too much but it’s not incredibly horrible.

But the point is … does it work? What I say is NO. I know that most people have used this product as a Proactiv dupe but don’t even bother. It doesn’t prevent future breakouts or do anything for your current pimples. Also, it has a tendency to dry out the skin. I find that crazy because we all know I have oily skin sooo I was definitely confused. I’ve put rubbing alcohol on my face plenty of times in the past (which I don’t recommend) and my skin was fine. However, this product was making some areas of my face dry. This product is definitely a MISS in my book.

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