Makeup Essentials/My Every Day Routine

Happy Wednesday! I haven’t shared a beauty post in awhile, so I thought I’d make a post about my makeup essentials. These are the products I use on almost a daily basis — essentially what I use for my every day makeup routine. (Click on the images above to go directly to the product page!)

To start off, I know moisturizer isn’t makeup but I always put it on before I put on makeup! Especially since I don’t usually use primer every day (I only break it out for special occasions), my moisturizer creates a nice base for the other products.

After I apply my lotion, I like to let it sink in a bit. Then I move on to the under eye concealer. I have pretty dark circles so I love this product. It has an orangey hue to mask the purple, so I always put in on before my foundation. I also like to do my eyebrows and put on eyeshadow. I use the Charlotte Tilbury makeup palette in “Dolce Vita” pretty much every day (I also have a holiday palette from that brand for those special occasions). It only has four colors with directions how to apply them all. That’s how I like my makeup — simple.

After eyeshadow I finally apply my foundation. If necessary, I also use the bareMinerals concealer under my eyes or on blemishes. After that I move on to mascara. My mom got me the Lancome CILS lash booster for Christmas and I am obsessed. It’s base coat you put on before mascara and it really makes a difference. Once I finally put my mascara on over the booster, my lashes look so much longer and fuller. For the finishing touch on my makeup I like to wear one of the MAC nude lipsticks in “Creme D’nude” — the color I wear in almost every blog post. I don’t usually wear the lipstick to class, but everywhere else, it’s a must!

So those are my makeup essentials! I hope you like this post. If you want to see more like this, let me know in the comments!

xo,

Carey

Whitening My Teeth With Carbon Coco

Whitening My Teeth With Carbon Coco

Whitening my teeth is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now, but since my teeth are so sensitive I haven’t really found any products to use. So when Carbon Coco offered to send me their natural teeth whitening product I was all over it! I’ve heard about using activated charcoal to whiten your teeth before, so I was definitely interested in seeing how it works.

Even though I’ve been using the product for only about a week, I definitely notice a difference in the whiteness of my teeth. I am especially impressed because I realized half way through that I wasn’t even using the product correctly. I realized that you have to brush your teeth for a few minutes with the charcoal, then rinse your mouth and brush your teeth with the toothpaste.

I have to say, aside from whitening my teeth, I really enjoy the toothpaste. It has a minty flavor, with a hint of citrus that makes my mouth feel extremely clean and my breath fresh. Overall, my experience so far with Carbon Coco’s ultimate carbon kit has been a positive one, and I expect to have even greater results the more I use it!

Has anyone else used this product or activated charcoal before? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below!

xo,

Carey

*I received this product in exchange for a review. My thoughts, as always, are my own*

Current Makeup Faves

Current Makeup Faves
Hello, hello. It’s been a while since I’ve done a beauty post, so I thought that today I would round up some of my new(ish) beauty faves that I’m absolutely in love with! Some of these I’ve been using since Christmas, and believe me when I tell you that you’re going to want to get them ASAP.
  1. Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette. I had been wanting this palette for a loooong time, and my wonderful mother got it for me for Christmas. I think it was meant to be with a name like Dolce Vita when I was heading to Italy in a little over a week. I have been using this palette almost every single day since I got it. The colors can be played down for a subtle day look, or applied with a heavier hand when you’re going out.
  2. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat. This is something else that has been on my wishlist for awhile. It really does brighten the under eye area (and can be used to highlight other areas on the face), but I will admit that it doesn’t work as a concealer. For maximum effect, I apply my usual bareMinerals concealer first and then use the touche eclat over top.
  3. Sephora Lipstick in “addicted to you.” I know what you’re thinking: Sephora brand lipstick? Let me just say though, I have never had a lipstick with better staying power. Usually after I eat, all my lipstick comes off except for a weird outline around the edges of my lips. But this lipstick, while it may slightly fade, stays on my entire lip and still looks great! And who doesn’t like the price at $13?!
  4. Tarte Pro Glow to Go.  I’m a little ashamed to admit it, but this is actually my first contour kit. Don’t get me wrong, I have quite a few highlighters, and I had a couple bronzers. But when I ran out of bronzer, I decided I needed to finally get myself a palette. Because I wasn’t sure what I wanted, I went with this mini palette and I LOVE it! It’s so easy to use and I’m kind of obsessed with the two highlighters. Definitely worth the $23.
  5. BH Cosmetics Sculpt and Blend Brushes. I actually got these brushes in a secret santa exchange. I had heard good things about these brushes, but with a price of $20 for a set of 10 brushes, I was a little skeptical. These brushes are AMAZING. Really great quality, for a really great price.
  6. NARS Lipstick in “Juliette.” I am a huuuge fan of NARS lipstick. Although a little pricey, I think that they’re just great quality. I picked this newest one up in Scottsdale and I love the pinky-coral color—it’s so perfect for spring and summer.
  7. IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil (not featured above). If you don’t already own this brow pencil, you are missing out. One color for any color brows. I actually first came across this brow pencil in middle school before I even understood how to do my eyebrows, but even then I knew what a great product this is. I recently bought this for myself again, and I’m wondering why I didn’t do so sooner.

Thanks for stopping by! If you liked this post, don’t be afraid to share it or give me a follow 🙂

xo,

Carey

Laurel Castillo Makeup

Laurel Castillo Makeup

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So last week I was bored and decided to watch something on Netflix. I came across How to Get Away With Murder and I was hooked. I never binge watch shows, but this one I did. I’m so obsessed with this show. One thing I love about the show is the style, especially Laurel’s. I’m in love with all her outfits and her makeup (also I completely ship her and Frank!). Once I saw her makeup, I knew I needed to recreate it. After playing around with my makeup for awhile, I think I have it down, so I wanted to share this tutorial with all of you. And on a side note, if you don’t watch How to Get Away With Murder, I highly recommend.

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To start this look, like always, I start with a primer. I got this sample from smashbox in my birch box and I really love. I probably wouldn’t recommend it to those with oily skin, but personally I like the added moisture it gives my underneath my makeup. After that I used my beauty blender to apply my usual bareMinerals foundation and concealer. Of course I have to top off my face makeup with my undereye brightener.

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After the base is set, I move onto contouring and highlighting. Laurel’s face is always perfectly contoured in the show so I use my bronzer from tarte to contour along  the hollows of my cheek, my temples, the sides of my nose, and under my chin. My trick for contouring the hollows of my cheeks is to make a fish face and brush the bronzer just under your cheek bone.

Before I move on to highlighter, I add a little blush. Laurel always has a nice flush, but it isn’t too dramatic. I recommend using whatever blush you have that gives you a little color, but still looks natural. I personally use a bareMinerals blush in lovely. Just swirl a small amount onto the apples of your cheeks and you’re good to go!

For highlighter, I used  Benefit’s Watt’s Up! highlighter (I also really like Benefit’s high beam highlighter as well). I applied highlighter on the top of my cheek bones, above the blush, down my nose, under the arch of my brow, and along the cupid’s bow of my lips.

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The next step for this look is eyebrows. Laurel’s thick, dark eyebrows are a key part of her look. For mine I just used an eyeliner brush and grayish-brown eyeshadow, since I’m out of an eyebrow pencil. Honestly, this works just as well as a pencil or gel, but I do like IT Cosmetics’ universal brow pencil.

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The next part of this look is the eyes. Laurel’s eye makeup is dark, but subtle to create a sultry look. For this look I’m using my Naked Smoky Palette from Urban Decay. The first step is to sweep a shimmery champagne color all over the eyelid. After that, I use a shimmery light brown on the outer corner. The trick is to create a small V on the outer corner of your eye, going slightly into the crease. Although the color is pretty light, it gives some depth to your eyes.

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Also from the Smoky Palette, I use a dark brown color for eyeliner. Because Laurel’s look is so seamlessly blended, I’m using an eyeshadow instead of eyeliner because it isn’t as harsh. Using an eyeliner brush, I sweep the dark brown color on my upper lash line, staying as close as possible to my eyelashes, and along my water line. Although I do prefer the eyeshadow, later in the day it starts to come off of my water line, so I might touch it up with a brown eyeliner.

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For the finishing touch, I curl my eyelashes and apply a few coats of mascara. Laurel’s eye lashes really stand out, so curling is essential for this look. Finally, I apply the lipstick. This look is based off of Laurel’s season 3 makeup, so a rosy/fuschia lip color is a must. The lip color I’m using is an old one from Rimmel London in the color Kiss. It’s been discontinued, but I found some similar ones: here, here, and here.

Here is the final look, I hope you liked this tutorial! I’m also thinking of doing an outfit post based off of Laurel’s style in the show, so let me know what you think.

xo,

Carey

Fave Beauty Products

Fave Beauty Products

Hello all! This week I want to share with you all some of my favorite beauty products. These are just some products that I use (sometimes very) regularly.

First up is my moisturizer. I’ve been using Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion since middle school. Every now and then I try a new moisturizer, by I always fall back on this one. For some reason, I feel like a lot of other face lotions irritate my skin. The only downfall to this moisturizer is that it doesn’t have SPF, but my makeup does. I think I would die happy if Clinique came out with a new version of this product with SPF in it!

Going along the lines of lotion, I’m in love with the KORRES body butter. Unfortunately, the scent I love, Bergamot Pear, isn’t sold at Sephora. But you can find it through HSN. A little inconvenient, but it smells soooo good.

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Next up is my exfoliator. Seriously the best body exfoliator there is (I mean Oprah said so…). My skin feels so soft after using this, and it’s really good to stimulate hair follicles before shaving. Also, if you feel like getting a spray tan or using self-tanner, this is definitely a must-have.

Besides my body exfoliator, I really love this lip exfoliant from Lush. My mom actually came across it this summer and got some for me too. I use it anytime I’m going to wear lipstick to get rid of any dead skin. I’m going to be perfectly honest, sometimes the exfoliant gets into my mouth and it tastes really good! Obviously, don’t eat it, but if you happen to swallow a bit you won’t die and it doesn’t taste like soap.

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While I’m on the subject of Lush products, I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love this mask I just got from the brand. It’s called the Cosmetic Warrior mask, and it seriously cleared up this breakout I had so fast. It didn’t completely get rid of the zit (my skin doesn’t heal red marks quickly), but it made the blemish so much smaller and more manageable. Other reviews online are also really great for the product. A lot of people talk about how horrible the smell is, but honestly I don’t think it’s that bad (and I have a pretty sensitive nose), it’s just that the tea tree oil smell is really strong.

And finally my absolute favorite beauty product, my Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet perfume. I’ve talked about my love for this perfume on the blog before, but I will never not share my love of it. I use this perfume almost every day and have been for almost two years now. To me, this scent is just perfect, a nice mix of floral and fruity. Obviously everyone has different opinions on perfume, but I really recommend you give it a try! Next time you’re in a department store or Sephora, give yourself a little spritz and see how the scent holds up throughout the day.

I hope you enjoyed this post and feel free to share any of your favorite beauty products below!

xo,

Carey

 

Silver Eyes

Silver Eyes
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Hello, lovely readers! I know it’s been awhile since my last post, but I’m going to try to stick with the plan to have a new post up every Monday. Anywho, today’s post is about a silvery eye makeup look I tried last week and want to share. Hope you like it!

Just a brief overview of my face makeup, I start with a bareMinerals primer and foundation. I cover any blemishes, first with a green concealer by Maybelline and then my bareMinerals concealer on top. Because I have dark under eye circles, I start with Bobbi Brown’s color corrector in peach. The peach color works to mask the purpley-blue color. Then I cover that with my concealer again, and finish with a coat of my Stroke of Light eye brightener.

Now here’s the fun part. For my eye makeup, I worked solely with my Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette. It’s literally my fave palette ever! Don’t be fooled by the name, you can do more with it than just create a smoky eye, but that’s actually kind of what we’ll be doing. Just take my word for it, the Naked Smoky palette is amazing.

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First, I start by applying the color Password all over my eyelid. I usually sweep the color just slightly past my crease, but not all the way up to my eyebrow. I find that sometimes the color goes on sort of harshly, so I usually use my finger to blend and make it even. I love the brush that comes with this palette, but for some reason I find that blending is a little hard. Also, if you don’t have this palette, fear not! Just choose a color in a light matte gray.

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The next step is to blend Black Market into the crease and at the end of your eyelid. Imagine you are making a V shape at the outer corner of your eye. Again, I usually have to use my finger to blend the color. The shimmery black goes on pretty dark, but once you blend it, it looks much nicer. I also find that it’s very pigmented so I only use a small amount.

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Now, to finish off the eyeshadow and really give it a silvery look, I dab Armor from the inner corner of my eye to the middle of my eyelid. The color looks REALLY silvery in the picture (and in person) but it’s actually pretty hard to get the sparkley color to show up. I usually have to do a couple coats and even then, the silvery shade is still very subtle. At this point, the makeup should look like it does in the below picture (ignore my crazy hair, if you can’t tell it’s still damp from the shower).

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To complete the eye makeup portion of this look, using my L’Oreal Voluminous Superstar liquid eye liner, I draw a subtle cat-eye. I found that this usually turns out best when I draw the wing so that the end is going towards the end of my eyebrow in a diagonal. After that, I curl my eyelashes and sweep on a couple coats of mascara.

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For the finishing touches, I first darken my eyebrows a bit. I already have pretty thick eyebrows so I usually just fill in at the front and at the arch. I received a sample of Benefit’s eyebrow pencil which I used above, but my absolute fave is from IT Cosmetics. After my eyebrows, I brush on my bareMinerals blush. I was never a hug fan of blush and in fact I think I only own two, but I got the one above as a Christmas present and completely fell in love when I first used it. I think the color just matches my skin tone perfectly, making me look alive and slightly tanner (weirdly enough). Because it’s so pigmented I literally only use the small amount you can see in the cap picture above for both cheeks. The absolute last step is lips. The lip crayon I used is from Avon and I honestly cannot tell you the name of the color (what I linked looks close but I don’t think it’s the same). It’s a shimmery and slightly brownish nude. I use this product as a go-to whenever I want some color. It’s nice because I can make it lighter or darker. Because I’m not sure of the name, I found some similar colors here, here, and here.

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And here’s the finished look! Again, ignore my hair please. I’m a little sad that the camera didn’t pick up the silvery sparkles on the inner corner (like I said they’re subtle), but I promise you can see them in person. I hope you liked this tutorial. Is this something you would be interested in seeing more of? Let me know below! And if you liked this post, give me a follow on Bloglovin’!

xo,

Carey

5 Minute Makeup

5 Minute Makeup

Last night as I was being rushed out the door to go to dinner, I was inspired for my next blog post. Although I was dressed, I had absolutely no makeup on. As I quickly swiped on a few products I thought to myself that I should share my “in-a-rush” routine. So, here we have the 5 minute makeup routine, using only FIVE products.

Whether rushing to class or work or wherever you may be going, foundation just is not an option. It takes way too long to put on. And of course if you do try to rush it, the end result isn’t pretty. Instead, I stick with a primer (tinted moisturizer is also a good option). Right now the primer I’m using is bareMinerals brightening primer. I’ve mentioned before that I love bareMinerals makeup and this primer does not disappoint; I love the slight glow it gives my face.

After applying primer, I use another bareMinerals product, the stroke of light eye brightener. Through a mix of genetics and allergies, I’ve always had dark under eye circles, so this is the one area I never forget. After applying some of the product under my eyes, I also use it as a spot treatment in place of concealer to save time (trust me, it actually works).

To continue keeping things quick and easy, I like to lightly line my upper lash line with an eyeliner pencil. Pencils are easy to apply, and although they don’t create that coveted winged shape, they’re far less messy than liquid. I like to use this pencil from Ulta, in a brown/black shade. Because this look is so minimal, I like the brown/black shade because it blends in with my eyelashes. But really though, I think any neutral shade of brown or maybe even gray would work well with this look.

Mascara is another product that is essential for any look. Along with under eye concealer, I generally never leave the house without it. I’ve been using this mascara by Rimmel London. Strangely enough, it does curl my eyelashes like it says as well as any combination of mascara with an eyelash curler, but if you use an eyelash curler with this mascara, the curl is ruined. I have no idea why and maybe it’s just me, but it is nice to not have to use an eyelash curler anymore.

To finish the look I use this lip balm by Givenchy. Supposedly it changes to every skin tone (something to do with the pH balance of your body). I’m not entirely sure that’s true, but I do really like this product. The best part is that you can swipe a little on your cheeks as blush. This product is really great in a pinch; I usually leave it in my purse so I can put it on on the go!

There you have my 5 minute makeup routine using only 5 products. It’s incredibly easy, but still looks great. Thanks for reading, and if you liked this post please give me a follow on Bloglovin’!

xo, Carey

Spring Makeup

Spring Makeup

I may not be a beauty guru, but I love to play around with makeup! I generally never leave the house without a little bit of makeup on (except for maybe the gym or the beach). However, I must admit that lately I’ve been following the “less is more” motto. It’s spring, I want my skin to feel fresh and not like I’m wearing ten pounds of makeup. With that being said, keep reading for my spring makeup routine.

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Depending on how nice my skin looks, my face makeup routine will change. If my skin isn’t looking so clear, I will use a light covering of my bareMinerals foundation. However, most days I’ve been going without foundation. Instead I start with primer. I recently bought this primer and I cannot begin to tell you how much I love it! I’ll be honest and say before this product I hardly ever used primer, and even now I can’t say that I’ve noticed my makeup staying on longer, but what I can say is this: my skin looks so incredibly bright, even through foundation if I use it! Anyway, after using primer, I then apply concealer to any problem spots. Finally, I like to cover up my under eye circles. I’ve always had very dark under eye circles that are hard to conceal. However, I recently tried this under eye brightener and I am amazed at how well it works. I started applying this after I put concealer under my eyes, but now I just use this under my eyes and it is completely fine! I will say though that it works best if you rub it in with your fingers. My beauty blender was not effective with this product. After concealing is done, I will sometimes apply a very light application of blush. I don’t actually know which shade I use, but it is bareMinerals (obviously I’m a big fan of that brand!).

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Eyes

For my eyes, again it depends on the day. Most days I just curl my lashes and apply a couple coats of mascara. I use this mascara by stila, and I really like the length it adds to my lashes. What I don’t like is that it seems to fade throughout the day, and yet it’s impossible to fully remove at night even thought it’s not waterproof! I’m probably going to try something else soon. Some days after the mascara I will also apply a light champagne colored eye shadow from my Naked2 palette or the Naked Smoky palette. If I’m feeling really crazy, I will pair my mascara with a subtle cat-eye using this eyeliner. This is by far the best liquid eyeliner I have ever used! I received a sample of it in my monthly birchbox and since then my mom and I have been looking for eyeliners that are sold elsewhere that have as stiff of a tip and this one (it makes application really easy). We are so far unsuccessful, so I’m probably going to order a full size version of the eyeliner from the birchbox website.

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Lips

I will start this by saying that I am addicted to lip products. I have countless lipsticks, glosses, stains, tints, and balms. I can’t get enough! That being said, I have two new lip products that I feel are absolutely perfect for spring. The first is this lipstick by tarte in the shade Coral Blossom. What I love about this lipstick is that it is more like a heavily pigmented lip balm. There’s no need for lipliner, it applies very easily. However, I do have to reapply multiple times throughout the day. The other lip product I love is this lip gloss from bareMinerals in the shade Juicy Mango. I love it! The Moxie Buttercream lip gloss  is a new take on bareMinerals’ old Marvelous Moxie lip glosses and I can actually feel a difference. The old lip gloss felt really thick and sticky, whereas this one is lighter and smooth! It is perfect for spring!

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The Final Touch

Although not technically makeup, I feel that perfume should be included in my spring beauty routine. Some people believe that perfume is for special occasions…I am not one of those people. I wear my Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet perfume religiously! I don’t believe that I am ready for the day without perfume. This perfume exemplifies my style in one tiny bottle. It is very girly and delicate with its light pink hue and the bow accent on the bottle. The scent itself is a light mix of fruity and flowery. Everyone has different tastes when it comes to perfume, but to me this perfume is perfect!

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