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Favorite Non-Matte Lipsticks

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Hey, dolls! I know matte lipsticks have been the trend, especially matte LIQUID lipsticks. I feel like everyone has come out with a matte liquid lipstick. Now even though they are gorgeous, they can be rough on the lips. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s suffered from dry lips due to overusing matte lipsticks. Sometimes your lips need a break! It’s not a crime.

I wanted  to share with you guys my favorite lipsticks that are soft, creamy, luscious, gorgeous and everything in between. These lipsticks and glosses are my go-to’s when my lips need some moisture.

From Left to Right:

MAC Verve is a great everyday color and it’s satin finish.

NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Peanut Brittle is a gorgeous nude shade.

NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Chocolate Apple is great if you wanna be simple but add a pinch of sass.

Too Faced Melted Fig is a versatile pinky mauve.

Too Faced Melted Berry is my favorite spring color.

City Color Head Over Heels is just the warmer version of MAC Verve in my opinion, but I still give it recognition!:)

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NEW: Too Faced Melted Chocolate Liquid Lipsticks

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Hey, dolls! This post is just gonna be me introducing 2 shades of the Too Faced Melted Chocolate Collection. I first saw these in a holiday video by Amanda Ensing and I knew I had to pick up some of them. Now, these aren’t brand spanking new but they recently started being available in-stores. Before, you can only get them online.

 

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The two shades I ending up buying were Chocolate Honey and Chocolate Cherries. Chocolate Honey is a bit pinker in the photo, but when I apply it on my lips it’s a pretty nude color. Chocolate Cherries looks just like it’s pictured – a luxurious, deep burgundy. The other colors are Chocolate Milkshake, Metallic Chocolate Diamonds, Metallic Candy Bar, and Metallic Frozen Hot Chocolate.

Not only do these lipsticks last, they smell like chocolate! Also, a little goes a long way. I’m not a fan of glossy lipsticks, but Too Faced Melted will always be my exception! I definitely think there is a shade for everyone, even if there are only 6 colors. You can pick them up at Sephora for $21.

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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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Hit or Miss: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Hey, dears! I’ve been basically itching to try this mascara and review it since so many people swear by it. I picked it up in my birthday beauty haul and now I’m finally going to share my thoughts with you on it.

What I look for in a mascara are volume and length. That is all I care about. The product description on Sephora.com states, “An intensely black, volumizing mascara with an hourglass-shaped brush that separates, coats, and curls each lash to voluptuous perfection.” So, I expected more volume than length when it came to using this particular mascara. I also was a little anxious because of the wand. I’ve never used a mascara with the brush shaped like an hourglass. So naturally, I thought I’d get a bit of mascara on my lids. I’ve been using this for about 2 weeks so I can get a solid opinion on it and to be honest, I’m not disappointed whatsoever!

This mascara is worth all the hype that people are giving it. First off, it defines your lashes like a dream. There is NO CLUMP. The volume is amazing, as well. Usually, I layer mascaras because I rarely ever find a mascara that works wonders on its own. But, I’m pretty sure I’ve just found one. After using this, I didn’t feel the need to use a different mascara on top. I was definitely satisfied with 2-3 coats of this. This mascara is definitely worth buying! You can grab it at Sephora for $23.

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Online Shopping Makeup Haul

Hey, babes! So, it was safe to assume that I was going to partake in a haul after my birthday. It’s only a right of passage :). Some of these I bought a few days before my birthday but most of these were bought due to birthday spending. Some of these are oldies that I’m already in love with and some of these are newbies that I’ve never tried. I’m just going to go through each product very briefly, but if you would like a review on anything in specific let me know!

  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer – This bronzer is just plain amazing and smells like chocolate! I’ll most likely include it on Hit or Miss Monday.
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara – Everyone and their mother has great things to say about this mascara. We all know I love drugstore mascaras, but it’s time to broaden my horizons.
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation – This is one of my top 5 high-end foundations. I definitely have written about it a few times on the blog.
  • Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick (Fig) – We all know I officially love this line of lipsticks! I just had to pick up another one :).
  • e.l.f Blushes (Twinkle Pink, Giddy Gold, Berry Merry) – During the colder months, I’m more of a blush girl. So, I said why not pick up some shimmer blushes since I only have matte ones.
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Light – LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. I definitely will be talking about this soon!
  • L.A. Splash Lip Tint Mousse (Raven) –  I’ve never tried any L.A. Splash products and I thought it was about time to check them out.
  • NARS Lip Pencils (Cruella & Rikugien) These were technically free from Sephora as a birthday gift. I’ve tried NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils but not the satin ones. Cruella is matte, but Rikugien is satin. I’m sure I’ll enjoy them.
  • Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara – This is another popular mascara people talk about. So, I figured why not try it!

If anyone has tried any of these already, let me know! xx

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MUA Spotlight On: Natalie Torres

TGIF! It’s about that time that I introduce you to another makeup artist. So let’s go :)…

Natalie is born and raised in the Bronx, NY and has a bachelor’s degree in Media & Communications. She’s have always been into fashion and makeup since she was a little girl. Within the past few years, she started doing freelance work and obtained her certification in makeup artistry this past summer in NYC at Chic Studios. She also just started her YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/natalietorres1) a few weeks ago and her website/blog/portfolio can be viewed on my website www.itsnatalietorres.com.

Q&A

What is your favorite high-end brand?

My favorite high-end brand would have to be Laura Mercier.

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

Concealer, highlight, and mascara.

What’s your favorite drugstore brand?

I can’t choose between L’Oreal & Maybelline.

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

Lipsticks.

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

Extremely bold and overlined brows – my pet peeve.

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

I wouldn’t call it a beauty budget. If I come across a product that I really like, but it’s expensive and I feel like I must have it – I will purchase it. I’ll hold off on other minor products since I made a big purchase. I find myself buying some sort of makeup product at least once every 2 weeks.

What’s your favorite lipstick?

Too Faced Nude Beach, which reminds me I ran out and have to purchase another one lol.

Describe your everyday makeup look.

Foundation, concealer, a little blush and bronzer, a little highlight, mascara, and nude lip if any color at all.

What’s your favorite mascara?

Benefit’s They’re Real mascara or L’Oreal voluminous/telescopic in Carbon Black.

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

I love Megan Fox. We have similar features and her makeup is just always flawless and on point yet natural.

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

I have a few! I love Jaclyn Hill (who doesn’t?), Amanda Ensing, and my friend Rose (beautybyrosita).

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

Mascara – I love accentuating my lashes.

Are there any brands that you try to avoid?

Well, right now I normally don’t go for high-end products only because I like to use products that I can share with my friends and suggest for them to try out. Makeup can be very expensive and there are so many products out there especially drugstore that are just as great as high end.

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

Yes, I do haul and I always have products in my “cart” (online) for things I would like to buy in the near future.

What’s your favorite skincare brand?

Lately, I have been using L’Oreal skin care which is pretty good and also Garnier. I also like Neutrogena and First Aid Beauty from Sephora.

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

BEAUTY BLENDER! You cannot go wrong with the beauty blender sold at Sephora. I normally always use that for applying my foundation.

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

That’s a tough one.  I can’t decide.

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

Wow, that’s a hard one! I’m going to say liquid eyeliner because although it looks great it’s the one item I dread applying whenever I do my makeup. It’s so frustrating when it doesn’t come out even on both eyes and takes a lot of practice. I am still not perfect! lol

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

Bold and overlined brows are my biggest pet peeve! I know some people love that look but in my opinion natural is always better.

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

The beauty term of “baking” is something I really love to do and I love to watch other people use this technique. It really does make a difference. For those that don’t know, baking is a solid way to set long lasting makeup. After foundation and concealer are applied, you put a thick coat of setting powder under your eyes, cheekbones and bridge of the nose for a few minutes and then sweep it off to achieve that flawless, pore-less and highlighted look.

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

Clients can contact me via email: itsnatalietorres@gmail.com, Instagram: @itsnatalietorres, my website: www.itsnatalietorres.com and my YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/natalietorres1
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