How to Get Glowing Skin!

Hello beauties, 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today :) I'm so happy to have you here. I've been getting lots of questions on how to get glowing radiant skin for summer, and I have some tips to share with you. I decided to throw in a fun summery eyeshadow look too!  

My number one tip for radiant skin, and you've all heard it before, and yes I'm going to say it again, drink lots of water! If you are hydrated your skin will be more hydrated and in turn have a natural glow.  

Secondly, I really love to add a liquid highlight under my foundation. I love the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl! I add a little bit to the high points of the face like my cheek bones, center of my nose, and middle of the forehead. I do this under my foundation because this adds a look of radiance from within. 

Lightweight layering is another amazing technique to achieve radiant-looking skin. Once you've drank your water and highlighted the skin, a light layer of a light coverage foundation will help your skin appear luminous.  It's also a great way to apply foundation in the summer heat. If you need extra coverage, use a concealer of specific areas. Using a light layer at first and building layers up as you need. The "foundation" I've been using recently is the It Cosmetics CC+, it has SPF 50, it's lightweight, has light coverage, and wears really well in the summer heat. 

Of course if you want to look bronzed bronzer is your best friend. I love to use Beauty For Real For Aerie Glow Skin in Coco Cabana to contour. It's a cream stick that can be placed right in the hollows of the face and it blends out beautifully. Sometimes if I feel I need a little more color I will go over-top with a powder bronzer but it's not necessary.   

Another light trick I like to use to add a beautiful glow to the cheeks is use two different shades. I love to add one color all over the cheeks and then add another shade right to the apples of the cheeks. My favorite blushes of the moment are Makeup Geek Bliss and Spell Bound

I know I talked about highlighting under foundation, but it's also fantastic to add a little highlight above foundation to the tops of the cheek bones. ColourPop has amazing highlighters, Smoke N' Whistles is one of my favorites. Another favorite of mine at the moment is Makeup Geek eyeshadow in Shimma Shimma

Sometimes it can be easy to add too much glow to the skin, but it's important to remember that the summer heat and sun will add a natural dewy glow to the skin. 

Have a great summer and don't forget to drink lots of water! You are beautiful with and without makeup!

xo

Brittany 

Second ColourPop Haul & Review

Hello beauties, 

Happy first birthday ColourPop!!

If you have been watching my channel for the past month you will know I've been a little ColourPop obsessed! After trying out the products from my first order, I could not wait to get my hands on more of their products! 

Some of my favorite products from my first order were the Lippie Sticks! I'm a lip junkie! I find you can change up an entire look by switching up your lip color. Their Lippie Sticks are incredible and I promise I'm not just saying that to justify the fact that I now own six of them! 

During this order I learned how amazing their customer service is! I received Chella by accident but my order was placed for Fiesta. The issue was solved in less than 24 hours of my receiving the order. I got to keep Chella and they sent me a code to order Fiesta with free shipping :) 

Chella is a cream finish shade that is pigmented, creamy, and is a beautiful little soft pink! Tipsy is a soft neon orange/coral, it is a glossy finish so it does have a bit of shine but it not as shiny as their hyper-glossy formula!  I really wanted to try out their matte formula and I love me a bold lip color! Creature is the one I decided to go with and I'm extremely happy with my choice! It's super pigmented and it's not drying. I do find however it is not as easy to apply as their other formulas. It is a little bit patchy on the first application so it does require a little work and a little building up. It also just not last as long on the lips as their other formulas, it does fade when eating and drinking but the color is amazing and I'm willing to work with it a little especially considering it's FIVE DOLLARS! Also a super plus is the Lippie Sticks smell amazing!  

ColourPop actually just released some new bronzers and I was really excited to try one out! The formula of their powder products is extremely interesting. It looks like a powder in the pot, feels like a cream to the touch, and blends like a dream. The shade I chose for the bronzer is Carry-On. This a great shade for fair skin! I find it works really well as a contour and blends out perfectly! 

Birthday Suit is the second blush I've tried from ColourPop and this one is a satin finish. I enjoy both their matte and their satin formula blushes. They are both smooth, pigmented, and last really well on the skin throughout the whole day. 

ColourPop was so sweet to celebrate their first birthday by creating a "Birthday Girl" eyeshadow that they offered for free with any purchase for a few days. This was a big reason for placing my second order ;) I love the pink packaging they decided to use for this special eyeshadow. Birthday Girl is a metallic formula which, as I did mention in my first review, is my least favorite formula. This is not to say I do not like the metallic shadows. I just find they have a bit of fallout, they lose a bit of pigmentation after the first use, and they can be a little crumbly.  

Birthday Girl is a gorgeous shimmery light golden shade. The shadow I decided to order this time around is Cricket and as  you can see in the photo below is a beautiful plum. It does have glitter throughout and is so super gorgeous! 

I cannot express my love for this brand enough! Their products are amazing quality, their site is incredible (love that they swatch products on three different skin tones), and their prices are PERFECT! Honestly, I think other brands have some real competition here! With products this amazing and prices you can't find anywhere else (seriously the drugstore has more expensive prices!) ColourPop has quickly become one of my favorite brands! Can't wait to see what they do next.  

If you have tried anything from ColourPop what is your favorite item?

xo

Brittany 

May Favorites 2015

Hello beauties, 

Happy first of June! ColourPop has stole the show this month and I've been crazy about all of the products I purchased. I have a full video Haul + Review as well as a blog post featuring all of the items I have purchased so far and there is more to come. I have fewer beauty favorites this month don't worry though I've got lots of lifestyle goodies to share with you ;) 

Let's start first with the makeup favorites :) this month I have so many ColourPop favorites I could not pick just one, but being the lip junkie that I am, I did throw in my favorite lip combo of the month. Which starts with ColourPop Lip Liner in Fern topped off with an unlikely companion, ColourPop Lippie Stick in Frida. I have said it before and I'll say it again... I LOVE mixing and matching my lip colors to create fun unique costume shades and this combo has been an amazing find for me! 

You know those t-shirts that say "All I Need is Coffee & Mascara"? I need one of those in my life BUT I need it to say "All I Need is Coffee, Mascara, Lipstick, Blush, Eyeshadow..." no but really as a redhead I can NOT put together any makeup look without mascara unless I want to look like a cupcake without the frosting, I mean what's the point right? ;) This Butter London Iconoclast Mega Volume Mascara looks amazing on it's own but is killer with some false eyelashes (I love Adrell Demi 120 lashes cut in half). This mascara added amazing length, lasts all day, and makes my lashes look thick and full. 

Butter London Iconoclast Mega Volume Mascara: http://go.magik.ly/r/beautywithbrittanyxo/8c17/

Bronzer for pale gals like me is like finding a four leaf clover in a desert. It's a rare thing and if/when you find it you best hold on! Leighannsays used to use this bronzer a while back and I'm finally trying it out! Why did I wait so long when I know everything Leighann mentions is a must try? I don't know but I'm using it now and it's rocking my world! While it's matte it is not dull in any way. This bronzer warms up the skin so beautifully and wearing perfectly throughout the day! I love to use this to warm up my skin and apply it to the outer parts of the face with a big fluffy brush. This is going to be perfect for spring and with summer coming up I can't wait to see how this looks on already sun-kissed skin. 

Physician Formula Bronze Booster Medium/Dark: http://go.magik.ly/r/beautywithbrittanyxo/6e3a/

Rocking two coats of the Butter London Iconoclast Mega Volume Mascara! http://go.magik.ly/r/beautywithbrittanyxo/8c17/

Moving right along to my song favorite of the month. Mary Lambert - Secrets 
(http://bit.ly/1tLPa17). This song speaks to my soul. I've got one more thing to say about this song; do not waste any more time trying to be anyone else but yourself! Oh and don't ever grow up if you don't want to ;) 

Many of  you might know that Mad Men ended this month and seriously I don't think I'm over this yet!  I like to think Mad Men got me through college in some ways. Alex and I spent hours binge watching Mad Men on Netflix and it has been a part  of my Sunday nights since about 2010 when I started watching, I was a little late to the game but I was sure there to cross the finish line! 

I have five movie favorites this month. Surprisingly I went to the movies four times this month and it was wonderful!

My first movie favorite is a movie that was made in 2007 called Man From Earth. This movie was so great! It was simple, thoughtful, and captivating. It's about a college professor who has been alive for 14,000 years. Due to the fact that he does not age, he must move every ten years before those around him start to ask questions. However this time he decides to tell his colleagues. The movie develops as his intelligent professor colleagues start to ask him about his life. There are some interesting discoveries as the main character John tells the tales of his life as he can remember it.

The other three movies that I saw in theaters were Pitch Perfect 2, Age of Adeline, and Avengers Age of Ultron. I have this strange obsession with watching people dance and I love to hear people sing and Pitch Perfect 2 was funny and included both singing and dancing! Age of Adeline was not as great as I was hoping. Blake Lively is gorgeous and performs beautifully however there was a little more narration than I would have preferred. As for Avengers Age of Ultron, it was good and exactly what I expected. It had lots of action and the humor which is one of my favorite parts of the Avengers movies was spot on! 

Thank you so much for all of your support, and as always YOU are my most favorite for this month and all month! 

xo

Brittany 


ColourPop Review

Hello beauties! Welcome to my first blog post on my new blog! :) Like everyone else in the beauty community right now I could NOT wait to get my hands on some ColourPop products. I wanted to get a little bit of everything so I could let you guys know my thoughts on the line! 

One of the products I was most excited to get my hands on was the KathleenLights quad! KathleenLights is a gorgeous YouTube beauty blogger and she collaborated with ColourPop to create a beautiful shadow collection. 

This quad is so wonderful because it has a range of finishes. Kathleenlights is a pearlized, Blaze is a metallic, Cornelious and Glow are matte. These products are extremely unique; they look as though they are a powder but they have a creamy texture and they have a powdery yet cream look on the skin.  

I did pick up two individual eyeshadows to try out! Snap Dragon is a matte finish and Acron is a pearlized. I think the matte and pearlized are my favorite formulas. Blaze, which is a metallic finish, seems to have higher pigmention on the first layer but is not as metallic after the first layer is used. I did pick up one of the new highlighters in Smoke N Whistles and have found after swatching them side by side, Acron and Smoke N Whistles are pretty much identical so I'd say go with one or the other!   

I wanted to create a look using all of the shadows I picked up and this is what I came up with! Glow all over the lid up to the brow (applied with finger), Cornelious in the crease as a transition shade (applied with a dense crease brush), Blaze on the lid (applied with finger), Kathleenlights right in the center of the eye over top Blaze (applied with finger), Acron as a brow bone and inner corner highlight (applied with real techniques pixel point eyeliner brush), and Snap Dragon as a pop of color on the lower lash line (applied with real techniques pixel point eyeliner brush.)

The face products were some I couldn't wait to get my hands on the face products. These have the same texture as the eyeshadows. They look as they though are a powder but have a creamy texture. Just like the shadows, I love that the face products are buildable. This blush is so gorgeous and can work as a wash of color with one application, but they have be built up in intensity. Holiday, the shade I went with, has a matte finish. ColourPop actually just released their hightlighters. I picked up Smoke N Whistles which is just to die for! As I said up top the eyeshadow Acorn and Smoke N Whistles highlighter are so similar I would say just go with Smoke N Whistles so you can use it on the face and eyes! The highlighter size is larger, and trust me, if you love this shade as much as I do you will want the larger product ;) 

Sporting Holiday on my cheeks and Smokin' Whistles on my cheek bones, down my nose, and a little on my forehead. 

If you are new to my channel or blog I have a confession to make.... I'm OBSESSED with lip products. I already own way too many but my collection "magically" continues to grow! Phew glad I got that off my chest. Let's move on to these amazing lip swatches below. I picked up two lip liners and three lippie sticks. Frida and Brunch have a satin finish and Juicy has a hyper glossy finish. Both lip liners, Fern and Monkey are both matte shades that you are going to want to use when your lips are hydrated!   

So pretty much I'm in love and want everything from the brand! If there is one thing I'm not over the moon in love with it would be Blaze from the Kathleenlights quad just because the first layer was a bit more pigmented and once that layer was used it's a little less sparkly. But it is still pigmented - it's not that is has lost all of it's pigmentation or anything! Everything from the brand is amazing. The pigmentation is absolutely amazing. The eyeshadows and face products are buildable, blendable, pigmented, creamy, and easy to use! The lip products are pigmented, easy to use, smooth, and feel comfortable on the lips. 


Let me know if you have tried anything from the line or what you plan on picking up after seeing these photos and hearing my thoughts!

 

xo

Brittany  

p.s. Check out my video review below!