Favorite Concealers + Tips

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Hey beauties,

Today I am taking a break from talking about lipsticks to talk about something else that’s a staple in my makeup bag: concealers.For those that might be new to my blog, I struggle with insomnia and I’m an asthmatic, so my dark circles are super intense. It’s something that does make me feel self conscious, and I am okay with admitting that. I’ve had to deal with being told that I look “sick” most of my life, and it’s just at a point where it gets on my nerves a bit.

So, I’m a bit of a concealer junkie. I have tried so many concealers, but I do have a few that I want to share today that I have been reaching for often. I also want to share some of my personal tips for using concealer and setting it in place.

First, let’s talk about what I look for in concealers. Personally, I like something that is thicker, yet hydrating, and will brighten my under eye area. This highlights my face as well as brightens up my entire face, thus getting rid of my dark circles. My dark circles are very purple/blue in color, so using something brighter and lighter than my skin tone seems to be the best method for me. For reference, my skin tone is very fair with cool undertones.

Nyx HD Concealers in Porcelain and Lavender: I feel like this should not be a surprise. I have mentioned these concealers so many times in posts and used them in several Youtube tutorials. These are my holy grail concealers, and their consistency is much like the Nars Creamy radiant concealer. I do have the lavender one to lighten up the porcelain one (and any other darker concealers in my collection) but these two together are awesome. They can be a bit dry looking if your skin isn’t hydrated well.

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer: I have a true love/hate relationship with this concealer. It truly does do as it claims and covers up dark circles, but I hate the damn sponge on it. I always take it off, and it’s really easy to just pop off and twist the product out. I just feel the sponge is kinda unsanitary, honestly. I do have to mix my lavender concealer with this one because the lightest shade is a bit dark, but the consistency of this formula is also awesome. It doesn’t look dry under my eyes at all.

LA Girl Pro Concealer in “Porcelain” Woo, another big surprise here. I also talk about this concealer often. This concealer is $3 from La Girl, and is so amazing. I know this is a cult favorite, but with good reasoning. Now that LA Girl has added more colors to this line, it’s perfect. I do hate the brush on this as well, but I can get past it a bit easier than with the sponge tip applicator on the Maybelline one. This concealer is the one that I probably reach for the most often right now.

Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer in ‘Chantilly” This is another cult favorite, and one that I got because I saw so many fair skinned youtubers raving about it. It’s also $30, and that’s really essspensive (said in my Kathleenlights voice) for a concealer. I do adore this formula though, and Chantilly is the lightest shade in my collection. I don’t have to mix anything with it, and it brightens my face up and I can use it as a highlighter. I do find that I don’t reach for it as often because of the price, which sucks.

Concealer tips: I have very dry skin, and I typically blend my concealer out with my finger tips at first, using light patting motions, and then I reach for my damp real techniques sponge to blend out the rest.

Very quickly afterwards, I set my concealer with powder. I do make sure to take my time with my concealer though, because if you set your concealer with powder and there’s creasing…you’re just going to be setting those creases in place all day. I use a translucent powder, and my current favorites are the Physicians Formula correcting powder in “Translucent” and Ben Nye’s Luxury Setting powder in “Cameo.” I find that these help my concealer to stay in place all day without creasing.

If your skin is extra dry one day, try setting your concealer with a damp beauty blender or sponge.

Also, under eye primers are a thing and are awesome. I have mentioned the Elf under eye primer a million times, and I will continue to do so. It’s $3 and very hydrating. I also use an eye cream every night before I go to bed. This just ensures that my under eyes will be smooth and ready for makeup the next day. It also helps to prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Skin care is super important, and I can’t stress that enough.

Well, those are some of my quick tips and favorite concealers at the moment! I hope you all enjoyed this post, or found it informing in some way. If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to ask! I hope you’re all having lovely days!

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Affordable Vampy Colors

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So, I’ve went over some affordable shades of red and my favorite “my lips but better” shades, but I haven’t touched on some of my absolute favorite shades to wear…vampy shades. I know that some people will see this and gasp and shout, “BUT IT ISN’T FALL!” and honestly, who cares? Screw rules. You wanna walk outside in 98 degree weather and rock a dark purple lip, do it. Own that shit.  I wear dark colors all year. There’s just something about a simple eye and bold lip that boosts my confidence. Okay, bold lips in general do that for me.

Beautiful and high quality darker colors do not have to cost you an arm and a leg though. However, if you’re nervous about wearing a vampy color and want to drop $20 on that Anastasia liquid lippie, buying a $5 tube of a similar color could boost your confidence and allow you to see if you like the color beforehand. Skip the usual $5 latte one day and go hit up your nearest Ulta or drugstore, because that’s where many of the shades I’m about to talk about came from!

Nyx Simply Vamp “She Devil” Okay, the name of this lipstick is badass for one, but I am a huge fan of the Simply everything formula by Nyx. I am not a fan of the packaging though. If you can get past that, these are amazing, and will only cost you $6.50 I believe. She Devil is a gorgeous blackened purple color, and it reminds me of Mac’s “Cyber” lipstick that everyone was ga-ga over last year. I don’t have that one to compare, but the formula of the Nyx one is creamier and a bit glossier. It dries down to a more semi-matte finish.

Nyx Simply Vamp “Enamored” Honestly, I recommend checking out all 6 shades in the Simply Vamp line because I own them all, but I tried to choose my absolute favorites, and this is one. Every time I wear this shade I get compliments. It’s a gorgeous burgundy shade with an almost rust look to it. Very 90’s shade, in my opinion. I was a kid in the 90’s so I wouldn’t personally know, so I’m just basing that off of old pictures from The Craft.

Colourpop’s “Pitch” This shade is the essence of the 90’s. It’s a straight up chocolate brown. It’s supposed to be matte, but the Colourpop formula isn’t as matte as a liquid lipstick. This shade is most comparable to Lime Crime’s “Salem,” though it’s not a spot on dupe. I really like to wear this shade on top of the “creature” pencil to give it a more reddish tone. These are also $5 each.

Colourpop “Creature” If I’m being honest, I reach for this shade so often. I love it. It’s a deep burgundy red with a hint of brown in it. This is also matte, and looks a bit more matte on the lips than Pitch does, in my opinion. I don’t always buy the matching pencils with these lippie sticks, but creature is one that I have used so often since I’ve had it.

Colourpop’s “Feminist” The color of this lippie is BOLD. It’s a super dark blackened purple, and it reminds me of Anastasia Bevelry Hills’ “Potion” but of course the Colourpop one isn’t a liquid. So, if you’re not into the liquid lipstick trend, but want a blackened purple, look into this one! The lippie sticks are only 1 gram in product, so if you don’t end up liking it or using it often, it’s not a huge waste of product.

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Milani “Matte Fearless” I know I have mentioned this lipstick so many times already, but it is so perfect. It’s a dark purplish burgundy, and you can’t beat the price for a shade this gorgeous!

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream “Transylvania” This is a cult favorite, and for awhile I didn’t fully understand the hype because the formula is a bit patchy on this shade. However, paired with a deep liner this shade is fantastic. I only added it in here because it is a cult favorite, and someone might be looking for a helpful tip to actually make this shade work. I love the color, but it really does look patchy alone.

City Color Be Matte “Marissa” This is the most matte formula in this post. I have said that before, but I’m saying it again so that everyone knows that this formula is much like the Melt Cosmetics formula. Super matte, and super drying. I did see a post on Dupethat stating that this shade is an exact dupe for Melt Cosmetics “Dark Room” and from what I could tell in the photo, it was a spot on dupe, finish and all. This lipstick costs $5 on the city color website, for can be found for cheaper ($2 for me) at your local Five Below.

Milani “Matte Love” This shade is a deeper cranberry shade. Perfect for those that want to try darker shades but don’t want to go from pink to goth in 2.5 seconds. I feel that this shade would be flattering on several different skin tones, and like I have said before the moisture matte collection by Milani is currently my favorite drugstore matte line.

That’s it for my post today! I hope you all enjoyed it, or at least found it entertaining in some sense. Do you wear vampy shades all year, or only in the Fall and Winter? Are you going to pick up any that I mentioned in this post? Comment and tell me about it!

As always, thanks for reading, and I hope you’re all having lovely days!

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Tip: Turn Loose Shadow in a Liner

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Hey lovelies,

Today I want to share with you all something I’ve been obsessed with doing lately, and that’s turning my loose eyeshadows into eyeliners! Colorful and different liners are trending at the moment, but not everyone has money to drop on a plethora of different Anastasia waterproof creams and liners.

So, I’m going to show you how I create a few neat liners for very cheap. The price of the spray, brush, and BOTH shadows cost less than one high end cream liner.

Intrigued yet?

Okay, now that I hope have your attention, I’m going to prove just how simple this makeup trick really is.

There are mixing mediums that you can buy from Inglot and MAC that are “made” for this job, but I personally use a setting spray. I don’t like the City Color All Set Setting Spray on my face, so I’ve been using it for creating liners. It works well, in my opinion. I found this setting spray at my local Five Below for $3.

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I take my cute little mixing palette (it’s actually just a gold coaster from Target, nothing fancy) and spray a bit of setting spray on the palette. Then, I take a bit of loose shadow and gently scoop it on top of the setting spray.

Pictured here is Shiro Cosmetics loose shadow in “War of Five Armies” (if you get the reference, let’s be best friends). This size is a sample mini, which still has a good amount of product, and the cost was $3.50. The other color pictured above was “Lingered in Twilight.”

I will start small with the shadow and mix it up with my liner brush (Real Techniques $5.99) and keep gradually adding both setting spray and shadow until my desired pigmentation is achieved. That’s the cool thing about making your own liner, you can go soft or go intense.

Because these are shadows, they’re not going to be completely waterproof, but this is fun to do when you want a fun pop of color on your eyes.

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Personally, I don’t experience much fading/creasing when using these shadows as liners and using setting spray, but results may vary based on your eye shape and skin type.

My eyes are fairly large and my skin is dry. Meaning, everything sticks to me and I generally don’t experience smudging with liner on my upper lash line.

However, for the price to buy everything you would need, you can’t go wrong. And if doesn’t go well, you still have two gorgeous shadows instead of two cream liners sitting around and drying up in a drawer.

I love finding new ways to use makeup! What are some of your favorite alternative ways to your favorite products? Comment and tell me about it!

I hope you all enjoyed this quick tip or found it helpful in some way.

Have a good day, beauties.

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Reviving Colourpop Shadows

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Hey beauties,

Today I have something a bit different for you all today, and that’s a tip on how to revive your Colourpop shadows, or any makeup to be honest!

I have mentioned Colourpop so many times on my blog before. I love their products. However, due to their weirdly enchanting creamy-powder texture they can dry out quicker than most other makeup products in your collection. I have had most of my Colourpop shadows for about 7-8 months and the only ones that have had any issues are the matte ones. It was a bit disheartening, I will admit.

Colourpop claims that the shelf life of their shadows is 1 year, which is something to consider if you plan on placing an order.

However, what if I told you that you can “revive” a shadow that’s a bit dried out? Are you intrigued yet?

I saw Shanon from ShanShortcakeBeauty mention putting Mac’s fix+ in her shadows to rehydrate them, but I don’t have fix+ and I wasn’t about to throw money down on a bottle of vegetable glycerin water just to hydrate my colourpop babies.

I ended up using the Mitchell and Peach face oil that I received from a prior Ipsy bag. I don’t like this on my face, but it has served it’s purpose well in giving life to my dry shadows.

All I did was take the round side of an eyeshadow brush and create little dips in the shadow. I then placed the TINIEST bit of oil in the shadow pan. Seriously, start off slow and then build it up because putting too much oil in at once can separate your shadow and make it a pain in the ass to squish back in.

Once you’re done squishing and hydrating the shadow, you just place the lid back on and let the oil work it’s magic through the product. I was able to use mine the next day.

This really worked, and I’m so happy it did!

“Bill” is one of my all time favorite shades by Colourpop, so seeing Bill dry and unhappy made me sad. Turns out Bill was just thirsty.

Now Bill is smooth and pigmented again and ready for action. Is Bill, or any of the shadows I did this to, as pretty as they once were?

Nope. They have seen better days. They can be used again though, and that’s all that matters to me at the moment. It’s not even that the shadows were unusable before re hydrating them, they just weren’t as pigmented and it was bugging the crap out of me.

This method can work on other makeup items, namely cream shadows. More specifically, Maybelline Color Tattoos. Is it just me, or do those dry out in less than a month? Annoying, and I hate the thought of wasting products even though I don’t really buy Maybelline anymore.

So, I put a little oil in them and let them sit, just like the colourpop shadows. Also worked like a charm, and now as I clean out my shadow collection I think, “Do I trash it or can I revive it?”

However, I will say that if you come across a cream/gel powder product that is very dry and has a weird smell…I would personally always trash it. I don’t always obey the “shelf life” rule, because I keep my makeup stored in a very cool and dark place, but I do make sure everything smells kosher.

I hope you all found this helpful…or entertaining. If you try this on anything, let me know how it worked out for you!

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