Summer to Fall Transition Makeup

summer to fall transition

Sadly, summer is coming to an end. Fortunately, we have rich, smokey eye shadows and dark lips and nails to look forward to. But before you break out your fall colors, here are some tips for transitioning your makeup smoothly from summer to fall.

Eyeshadow

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Honey Pot is a beautiful gold-toned shadow from the Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette. 

To transition from summer brights into darker fall eyes, give a muted gold shadow a try.  This color has a beautiful sheen and flatters every skin tone. The ultimate late summer color, a soft gold is the perfect stepping stone between summer corals and fall bronzes.

Lips

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NYX Simply Nude in Sable

When in doubt, go nude! A rich neutral lipstick just a smidge darker than your natural lip color is an excellent transition from summer brights to dark fall shades.

Nails

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OPI Nail Lacquer in Barefoot in Barcelona

Mauve tones are the perfect colors to prep your nails for the deep and dark shades to come. Put the summer neons and pastels aside and instead embrace this earthier look. I chose this purple-toned mauve and love how it matches every outfit, from sun dresses warmer days to the sweaters on cooler days.

Cheeks

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Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette

When I think about summer, bright pink, coral, and orange blushes come to mind; however, fall is all about the darker red and purple tones. Using bronzer as a blush serves as a great segway into fall blushes. This may seem strange at first, but it gives the cheeks a beautiful summer-tinged fall look. Just blend the bronzer onto the top of the cheekbones and up towards the temples.

Here is a look combining these products:

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Those are my suggestions for transitioning your makeup from summer to fall, cruelty-free as always! I hope you found this post helpful. Happy (almost) fall! 🙂

Best,

Leila

4 Lip Colors, 4 Looks

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Lately, I have been opting for a minimal eye look and instead experimenting with lip colors. Each shade of lipstick has the power to alter and define your facial tones and features. In this post, I will demonstrate how to adapt your makeup to 4 different looks by only changing the lip color.

For each look, the eye makeup will remain constant: taupe shadow blended into the crease and outer corner, a matte white inner corner and brow-bone highlight, pencil liner smudged into the tightline, mascara, and clear brow gel.

Look 1: Mauve Nude

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Shade: NYX Sable

For a look lighter than air, try a nude lipstick that just matches the color of your lips. Subtly enhancing your lips’ natural color gives a soft, free, and sunny appearance, and also draws out the warm tones in your skin and eyes. This pretty color is the perfect complement to an earthy bohemian look.

Look 2: Classic Red

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Shade: Wet n Wild Red-dy or Not

Bright, classic reds never go out of style. No matter your skin, hair, or eye colors, a red lip will define your eyes and lashes, whiten your teeth, and of course give your confidence a boost. Who doesn’t feel like a million bucks while wearing the perfect sassy red lip? This bold choice pulls together a classy vintage look.

Look 3: Deep Wine

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Shade: Wet n Wild Black Orchid

Deep and dramatic wines, though perfect for fall, are gorgeous for any season. Dark reds define the shape of your lips and brighten your skin due to the contrast. This lip complements and enhances dark hair, yet is also stunning when worn against lighter toned skin and hair. This lovely shade pairs beautifully with dark layered looks and elegant textures such as lace and warm knits.

Look 4: Vampy Purple

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Shade: NYX She Devil

This vampy lip shade is not for the faint of heart. A dark and stormy lip color draws the focus to your lips and can even even give them a larger and fuller appearance. A near-black purple also makes dark brown eyes pop and enhances the cool tones in the skin, hair, and teeth. This statement lip adds the perfect finishing touch to a bold contemporary look or a dark grunge look.

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All lipsticks featured are drug-store cruelty-free! 🙂

There you have it! Makeup transformed to suit 4 different looks by only changing the lip color. So next time you do your makeup, consider passing up the complicated eye and instead leave it up to your lipstick to pull your entire look together.

Best,

Leila

A Colorful Spring Makeup Look

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With the green grass, leaves on the trees, and blooming flowers, I can’t help but notice that spring has come. Inspired by the bright and warm colors of springtime, I created this colorful spring makeup look featuring bright, multicolored eyeliner.

1. I began by priming the lid using Urban Decay Primer Potion. This step is especially important when using bright colors, as it helps to make them pop.

2. I packed a Urban Decay’s Sin, a shimmery champagne color, onto the lid and inner corner using a flat shader brush.

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3. Using my Elf “C” eyeshadow brush, I blended chopper, a warm rose gold shimmer, into the crease and corner, bringing it a bit above my natural crease and drawing it outwards for a more dramatic look. I also ran this color along the lower lashline.

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4. Now for the fun part: the multicolored eyeliner. It you have multicolored eyeliner pencils, you can use them for this step. If not, colored eyeshadows will do. The colors I used from inner to outer corner are green, blue, light purple, and dark purple.

To apply them, I wet an angled eyeliner brush, shook off the excess water, and lightly dipped the brush into my first color. Starting in the corner, I dragged the brush along the lashline a length a bit longer than that of the brush tip.  After I finished the first color, I wiped off the brush with a tissue, re-wet it, and moved on to the next color. To ensure each color faded smoothly into the next, I slightly overlapped the boundary of each new color with the one I had applied before it. To add an eyecatching detail, I winged out my last color.

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5. To finish off the eyes, I dabbed a bit of brown eyeliner pencil from Physicians Formula on the lower lashline and blended it out with a blending brush for a bit of added definition. Then, I curled the lashes and applied mascara to the top and bottom lashes. Lastly, I filled in my brows with Anastasia brow powder and set them with the Anastasia brow gel.

6. To complete the makeup look, I applied a rose-pink blush from the Naked Flushed palette to the tops of my cheekbones and blended it with a circular motion towards my temples. Then, I applied a soft pink lip color, Nars Rikugien .

Here’s the finished look:

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That’s it! I hope you enjoyed this makeup look. Happy spring! 🙂

Best,

Leila

Bugs in Makeup?

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An unexpected ingredient in my eyeshadow recently came to my attention…BUGS!

Yes, ground up bugs are a common ingredient makeup such as eyeshadows and blushes. Often masquerading under the name Carmine, this red coloring is produced by the cochineal beetle. To produce the coloring, thousands of live insects are dried using boiling hot water or harsh sunlight. Then, they are ground and squeezed to extract the pigment. It takes 70,000 insects to produce a single pound of dye!

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I had always thought carmine was only found in red colored foods, such as candies and sugary drinks. But it is also common in makeup, even makeup that is not bright red. Shockingly, the majority of Urban Decay’s eyeshadows contain or “may contain” carmine! Even my all time favorite shade Sin, a champagne color, may contain carmine.

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Additional names for Carmine include crimson lake, cochineal, and natural red 4. When in doubt about whether an ingredient is vegan, a brief internet search will often give you the answer.

When it comes to food, I don’t mind if it “may contain” animal products, as they are obligated to add that statement if it is processed on the same equipment as foods that contain animal ingredients as as an added precaution for those who have severe allergies.Carmine is also linked to severe allergic reactions, so I assume this is the case for cosmetics as well. Therefore, using makeup that “may contain” carmine does not contribute to the demand for it. However, Urban Decay does not denote the shades that “may contain” carmine as vegan. So whether you choose to use these products is up to your judgement.

To avoid rubbing ground up bugs on your face, I would suggest always checking the ingredients before purchasing any makeup or colored food items, even if it does not appear to be red. And to stay on the safe side, there are plenty of completely vegan cosmetic brands such as Pacifica, which is conveniently sold at Target. In addition, many brands such as Urban Decay allow you to browse only their vegan products online. Just select the vegan filter. Tarte cosmetics carries an entire vegan collection.

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On the Urban Decay website, select “Vegan” under “Feature” for the product of interest.

So though shopping vegan and cruelty-free may feel like a hassle, there are plenty of great vegan friendly brands that make it so much easier.

Best,

Leila

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner Review

IMG_20150131_200645625A month ago, I purchased the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in the color Trooper. Liquid liner is a staple for me. I don’t feel like myself without winged liner on! After going cruelty-free, I sadly had to leave behind the Stila Stay All Day liner, and have been searching desperately for a replacement ever since. Because drug store liners tend to dry out quickly, I decided to give the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner a try. Here are my thoughts on it so far:

This liner is unlike any other liquid liners I have used before because instead of a felt tip, it has a brush tip. Brush tips are supposedly superior to felt tips because they remain sharp; however, I have found the brush tip to be a curse rather than a blessing.

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The tip is not as sharp and stiff as the felt tipped liners I have used in the past, making it difficult to get the perfect point. Since the brush tip works by capillary action, the tip will occasionally go dry in the middle of doing my eyeliner and rub away the liner I have already drawn on. Then, I will have to get the ink flowing again by swatching it on my hand and then go back over my eyeliner. But when the liner does work, it is very dark and opaque, superseding most drugstore felt tipped liners. It is also quite budge-proof and smudges and fades minimally after being rubbed.

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Tattoo Liner swatch

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Tattoo Liner on

I had high expectations for this product and really wanted to love it, but it I don’t think I will be repurchasing it. I definitely do not hate it. It is a very nice liner and once it’s on, it looks and wears very nicely. I just do not think it is worth the fuss it gives me from time to time, especially for a high end liner. I will probably be sticking with felt tipped liners from now on.

That being said, many people do rave about this liner, so it is still worth a try if you are interested. I would recommend experimenting with it in the store before purchasing it to ensure the brush tip suits you.

Best,

Leila

Jaunary Fashion and Beauty Haul

IMG_20150131_201210161I did some shopping this month and picked up some cute fashion and beauty items. I am excited to share them with you, so let’s get into the haul!

Fashion

Black Dress

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I found this cute black dress at PacSun. I love the flowy, off the shoulder sleeves. The dress is quite loose, but still flattering. The buttons and the thin crochet insets give it an element of dimension. I love the way this dress looks with black tights and black boots.

Black Long Sleeved Tee

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PacSun was having a buy one get one free sale, so I got this for free along with the dress. I probably would not have purchased this otherwise, but after trying it on at home I was very glad I did. I love the way the loose fit and tighter sleeves complement each other. I adore the elegance of the neckline as well.

Beauty

Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions

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Finding cruelty-free and vegan acne fighting products can be difficult, but I really like this product. It contains salicylic acid and willow bark to help speed the healing of acne, yet is also natural and gentle, making it suitable for sensitive skin. I have been using it for a week and it has been helping heal the acne I already had and has prevented new break outs. Hopefully it helps me get my skin under control!

C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve

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This was a repurchase. This salve is has been a staple for me and I have used it nearly every single day since I last purchased it. The first tin lasted about a year. The skin on my lips can become a bit dry during the wintertime, so I like applying this at night. When I wake up, my skin is soft and smooth.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

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I have heard amazing things about this liner, which is cruelty-free as far as I can tell. (Kat Von D herself is vegan!) Hopefully, this product lives up to my expectations.

NARS Lip Pencils

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I got these lip pencils as a birthday gift from Sephora. It was a pleasant surprise, as my birthday was over a month ago. I was worried the gift would be a from a company that tests on animals, but I was happy to find it was cruelty-free. The colors are Rikugien and Cruella. I love how creamy and smooth these lip pencils are, though they are not long wearing. I have been wanting to try a matte red and mauve pink for a long time, so this sample was perfect.

That’s everything I picked up this month! I hope you enjoyed this haul. If you have done some shopping recently, feel free to share your finds with me. I would love to know what you have been enjoying! 🙂

Best,

Leila

Darken Your Hair Naturally

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Last weekend, I purchased a box of black tea. To my disappointment, it stained the inside of my nice blue mug! 😦 However, that gave me an idea: what if I used tea to darken my hair? So I decided to give it a try!

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You Will Need:

  • 3 bags of black tea
  • Large bowl
  • 2-3 cups of hot water
  • Hair tie
  • Wide-toothed comb
  • Optional: Shower cap

Instructions:

1. Begin by steeping 3 bags of black tea in 2-3 cups of water in a large bowl. Make sure the tea is very strong in order to give more dramatic results.

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I allowed the tea bags to steep for about 5 minutes to reach my desired strength

2. Soak your hair in the tea for about 5 minutes. Then, pour the remainder over your hair and comb through it with the wide toothed comb to evenly distribute the tea from root to tip.

3. Tie your hair into a bun and allow the tea to sit for about an hour. The longer you leave the tea on your hair, the better results you will achieve. If you wish, wear a shower cap over the bun.

4. Afterwards, rinse out your hair and allow it to dry.

My Results

Here are my before and after pictures!

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Before

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After

  As you can see, I have naturally dark hair, so the results are not very dramatic on me.  If you have lighter hair, you may be able to notice a more significant change. Since tea is natural and gentle, you do not have to worry about damaging your hair. Therefore, if you would like to achieve more dramatic results, you can repeat this process as many times as you would like!  And plus, this method of dying your hair is not permanent, so if you do not like it, rest assured it will wash out soon.

I personally like the results, though I wish the color was more dramatic. If you are looking for a subtle, commitment-free change to your hair, this is definitely worth a try!

Best,

Leila