Waddup people who actually follow what seems to be an inactive blog? I am Gabrielle. I am avid follower of culture in general. This blog initially sprouted as a makeup blog, but with all the hooplah over Instagram makeup gurus combined with the many hours I endured in the world of beauty retail I sadly remain uninspired and totally burnt out!
So, what’s a crafty chick like me to do? Abandon all blogs and read others who actually take the time to write about what they love? No, this can’t be the answer.Doing that will only fill my already anxiety ridden head with even more anxiety and bitterness all the while thinking,”I can totally do this too, except I’d write about….”
What will I write about you ask? Anything I want. that’s what! Yes I will still do makeup here and there but that CAN’T be everything. Books rule, cooking rules, anything that gives us a break from the monotony that we suffer from on the daily can and will be discussed.
Please read if you need a break from your regular blog reading material.Nothing wrong with experimenting.
See ya’ll soon.
Break up with Break-outs!
So as some of you may know (hopefully all of you lovely ladies!) this week has begun the incredible, amazing FASHION WEEK in NYC. I work for Sephora 34th and have been wearing a more heavy duty foundation for the long hours and craziness that comes along with this amazing week. With the lethal cocktail of sweat and stress my skin has not been looking its best during one of thee most important times in a girly girls life! So what to do? Put on more junk to cover it up? Call out of work? Spend 100bucks on a facial? Wear a headpiece to distract people from imperfections? All of these solutions are not clearing up the problem, they are only giving myself immediate satisfaction.
Well make-uppers I have found something damn near close to immediate satisfaction. Forget the old toothpaste n aspirin trick, time for a big girl spot treatment! I have recently started using one by DDF called the Sulfur Therapeutic Mask. Yes it is a mask BUT it serves as an awesome multi-tasking spot treatment as well! This mask should only be used once a week either on the entire face or just on key areas that need a little tender, love, and care. It uses a lovely blend of sulfur (common ingredient used in acne treatments) to dry up the blemish AND aloe to soothe it. I absolutely love when dermatologists create products that not only get rid of the solution but also calm it down. Some acne treatments can be so harsh and drying and with the aloe serving as a key ingredient in this product it truly helps to counteract the harshness of the sulfur.The directions read that the mask should only be left on for 10 minutes. I cheat a little and use it for 15 but if you are more prone to sensitivity than please only use it for 10!
This treatment truly helps me any time I am in a little bit of a blemish dilemma and I hope it will help some of you ladies too! Blemishes happen to the best of us…no worries!
Happy Blemish Battling Make-uppers!
Hello make-uppers! The pic above seems oh so serious (I guess I was in a bit of a serious mood today), but I just realized this picture is perfect to show a little bit of how awesome, not to mention how FUN, contouring can be!
Contouring can be used to slim down features or simply to add a little more drama and depth to your makeup look. I will gladly admit contouring makes me feel like a bit of a model for Italian Vogue or something. Here are some key points to remember when contouring:
- Always use a shade that is darker than your natural skin tone. Shades can rage depending on your skin tone. I tend to gravitate more towards brownish hues.
- Get a nice, dense contouring brush! Fluffy brushes will NOT help you here, unless you have an uber good grip on it. The #109 brush from M.A.C is perfect for this, but I have also found luck with my Sephora Collection Contouring Brush as well.
- Also, remember to “carve” when contouring. If you simply apply the color like a blush then that is exactly what you will get. This is totally fine for an all over bronzed look, but if you want the contouring to change the appearance of something i.e., the illusion of a higher cheekbone or slimmer nose, then you will have to go deeper with your brush.
- Have fun and WORK IT!
Now here is for the best part, THE PRODUCTS! Who doesn’t love the products? I always get a giddy feeling when I get to try something new in the lovely world of makeup. For this particular photo I used an apricot colored blush by NARS called Luster. This blush looks AMAZING on all skin tones might I add! Now for the contouring I used a bronzer I just started using called HOOLA by Benefit. The blush is a nice shade of brown and only has a slight hint of shimmer to it (just the way I like it!). Below I’ve listed perfect contouring shades for other skin tones. Check it out!
- Fair: Bora-Bora by Sephora Collection, Korress Bronzer in 01 or 02.These shades aren’t too strong and you can gradually build up the color if you want an extra uu-mph!
- Light-Medium: Hoola by Benefit, Laguna by NARS, Park Ave. Princess by Tarte, Refined Golden by M.A.C, Faux Tan by Bare Escentuals
- Medium: Laguna by Nars, Los Cabos by Sephora, Park Ave. Princess by Tarte
- Medium-Tan: Hotel Heiress by Tarte, Sephora Collection Bronzer in Aruba or Maui, Sephora Sun Disk, Carribean in a Compact- Sun Bunny by Too Faced
- Deep: Casino by NARS, Guerlain Terracota in numbers 05,07, or 08, Makeup Forever Sculpting Kit in 03 or 04.
I hope this tutorial has helped and inspired all of you! Remember ladies (and hopefully some make-upping gents), makeup is FUN! It is all about creating a look and owning it with all you’ve got! Happy make-upping everyone!
Did something a little different today at work and decided to rock a purple lip. I usually am quite brave when it comes to the world of lip colors, but the closest I have ever gotten to a purpley (def. not a word) color was something in the mauve or fuschia family. I have had my fair share of electric pinks and oranges but no purple. For some reason I thought it would make me look sickly since I have a lighter complexion, but AH to my surprise it looked awesome! I used a purple lip gloss from an amazing line called Illamasqua (ill-AH-MASS-kwah). This particular shade of purple was appropriately named Fierce.
Illamasqua is a brand known for their amazing pigments. What you see is definitely what you get with this company. I have tried colored lip glosses in the past and to my disappointment did not deliver, the colors were not true to their packaging, and always ended up quite sheer. From the moment you try one of these Illamasqua (quick review:ill-AH-MASS-kwah) lip glosses on you are immediately greeted with a huge punch of color. I know you ladies all love your M.A.C and your MUFE (for makeup newbies that stands for Makeup Forever), but you guys should really give this one a shot! It has quickly soared to the top of my brands list!
Soon I will do a review on their blushes and their liquid foundation. Totally on an Illamasqua kick and loving every second of it! Happy make-upping everyone!
Makeup look of the day! I used the brand spankin’ new 15 Year Anniversary Palette from Urban Decay! All of the colors are new and wonderful might I add. I will do swatches for you guys over the weekend!
The colors I used were Tainted (a beautiful light pink/almost purple), Half Truth (a greyish purple), and Blackout (a PERFECT matte black). In my opinion, every palette should come with at least two matte colors because you will always end up incorporating some sort of matte color into a look. Whether you are using it to help transform the shadow or just add a little more depth, matte colors can be your best friend and I use them often and totally appreciate whenever any brand adds some into their collections! It is ALWAYS a wise choice. :)
Happy make-upping everyone!
lack of posts.
So as you can see I have barely made a DENT in what is supposed to be a lovely makeup blog! I have decided to resume all posts until the summer stops distracting me. I have a lot in store, a lot of fun ideas, and a lot of inspiration! I am truly feeling more inspired than ever now and can not wait to pimp this blog out…when I’m done sunbathing of course.
I have already discussed the benefits of the wonderful Hourglass Veil Primer, and although it is wonderful, it still doesn’t stop that pesky oil from showing up, especially on the t-zone, and especially for the “oily” crowd. Soooo how do we solve this problem? Don’t use google to find the answers because I have all the answers right here.
Up above is a picture of the amazing De-Slick. My lovely co-worker Christina recommended this to me after one of my clients expressed concerns about being super oily. De-Slick is a mattifying gel that can be used throughout the day to soak up the oil. The gel is clear so you dont have to worry about it changing the color of your foundation or blushes and also, unlike blotting papers, it won’t ruin your makeup and make it splotchy. Just take the gel, a sponge, and dab, dab, dab!
Now the first item I am going to discuss is PERFECT…I repeat….PERFECT for summer.
What is this item you ask? It’s a primer. What is a primer you ask? Well ladies, a primer basically serves as a security guard for your makeup.It helps to prevent the muck and guck of the day from ruining your makeup you worked so hard on! It also helps to smooth out the skins surface before your makeup application and minimize the appearance of those pesky pores and fugly fine lines.
The primer I am talking about today is the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. Why is this one so special? It is soooo super duper special because it actually waterproofs your makeup. Some of you might say, “Waterproof Gabby? That seems extreme!” to which I will reply that it isn’t so extreme when you think about how much you sweat just simply walking to a train station or car on a 90 degree day!
This primer has a wonderfully smooth, and soft finish on the face, has a healthy dose of SPF15, (must I begin to scream at all of you who currently don’t wear sunblock? i’ll save that for another post!), and is free of oils, parabens, glutens, sulfates, and lots of other crap that isn’t good for you face.
The only skin type I wouldn’t advise to use this is the dry skin crowd. In many of my consultations I have made the client my little guinea pig and experimented using this on them which not to my surprise did not go so well. However, all you normal, oily, and combo girls should definitely give this one a try! Also a fun fact, it can be used as your eyeshadow primer, and base before your lipstick! This product just keeps getting better and better I swear.
Hello fellow tumblr’s, blogger’s, facebooker’s, and internet creeper’s! I am Gabrielle, just a chick from Jersey who has been having a love affair with makeup since I was about 4 or 5.
As soon as I entered the pro world of makeup I was already encountering women who “hated makeup,” “didn’t know what to do with it,” or bought hundreds of dollars worth of beauty items only to have them sit and collect dust on their bureau’s. I hope after checking out my blog that some of that will change for you ladies! Beauty is what you make of it. Just because some girls love the “falsies” and “full coverage” does not mean you have to be that way! I spend my days simplifying and arranging beauty routines for the lovely women of this world and as you read on hopefully you will find a nice routine of your own, or simply be inspired to vamp up your own “makeup wardrobe”.
Please follow me on the yellow brick road of beauty!