Sunday, May 27, 2012

Whatcha got in the bag?

Friday I took part in the What's in Your Bag party hosted by Heather at Glitter and Gloss
and shared the contents of my purse on my other blog.
And last night I thought - why not share the contents of my makeup bag on here???
I know a lot of people are curious as to what a makeup artist carries around in their personal makeup bag so here it goes!!
Mesh set of 3 from Victoria's Secret years ago
I like it because I can take them apart and stash different things in each pouch for a complete set.

 Little Bag:
M.A.C Lustreglass in Sinnamon
Sour Apple blow pop
Colgate wisps
CO Bigelow Lemon &Pomegranate lip cream

Large Bag:
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzing Powder
Urban Decay Powder Brush
 M.A.C lip liners Chestnut and Spice
M.A.C eyeliner in Coffee
Sephora Mini Mascara
2 M.A.C Lustreglass Sinnamon & WonderStruck
2 M.A.C Lipsticks in Hyper & Icon
Colgate Wisps
Viktor & Rolf Flower Bomb Perfume roll-on
(Not pictured) Mini NARS Orgasm blush

Now you may be wondering - why does she have duplicates in each bag?
Well I sometimes take the little bag and throw it in a clutch if necessary.
I don't generally carry eye shadow as I will use the Orgasm in a pinch but for me it's all about playing up the shape of my eyes so if I need to 'vamp it up' a bit for evening I just layer on the eyeliner and add a few more coats of mascara.
On occasion I've also been known to keep false eyelashes just for fun but have yet to have reason to use them.

Obviously this is not all the makeup I use but just a small sample of what I will carry on a day to day basis for touch ups.
I do change it up often adding an eye shadow quad or different eyeliners as the mood strikes but these are my basics.

What do you keep in your makeup bag?

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Happenings

Things have been a bit crazy around here the last few days.
I've been busy prepping for my god-sister's weddings that will be taking place next week!
(really??? next week!? Eeek!!)
So I've been busy organizing and stocking up on all the new goodies I will need to take with me on my trip
(more on packing for a cross country makeup job later)
And yesterday I had a lovely morning makeup lesson with my friend Andrea 
image via: Instagram
(check out her blog next week for the full post)
On top of all that I'm working on the website, scouring the Internet for logo ideas and generally working on housekeeping details for the business side of Sweet Emotions.
With the new baby it's been a bit of a challenge to manage it all but I love it.
I have to say I was quite excited to work with Andrea yesterday. 
She has great energy, wonderful skin and really pretty hazel-y green eyes and I couldn't wait to jazz them up!
However I am lame and did not take any pics of my own.
(makeup artist fail)
Too busy running my mouth I suppose.
But who doesn't love to talk about makeup application????
I know I do!
So I swiped this photo from her blog for a sneak peek to show you what I've been up to lately.
image via: FourFlightsofFancy

Next week I'll have a full post on what I did to spruce Miss Andrea and also how to pack when travelling with your makeup.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Around the Internet

In poking around the web and the rest of the blog-o-sphere I found the following wonders

from TheFab411 :
MAC's Summer 2012 collection

I kind of want it just for the packaging and cool nautical bags alone!

Previously only available in 19 other countries Glossybox delivers 5 travel size samples each month.
You can customize your subscription plan and then create a beauty profile to receive customized samples each month. 
The first American Glossybox for this month is no longer available but you bet your socks I signed up to get in on the next go round!!
image via: Penny Pincher Fashion
image via: Penny Pincher Fashion

One of my friends also hipped me to the New Beauty  Test Tube.A-D New Beauty Test Tube with Magazine Ltd. Ed.Auto-Delivery 
Oh my word.
I am going to be broke and soon!
There are so many great products out there for me to try!!

Then SEPHORA emailed me to tell me about some new arrivals like
NARS Beach Lover Set
NARS - Beach Lover
A five piece travel set for lips, eyes and cheeks.

Must. Have. It. All.

Have you seen anything new you're lusting after this week?

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Post Natal Necessities

Let's talk changing skin shall we?
I recently had a baby and there has been a drastic change in not only my skin but my skincare & makeup routine.
The extra hormones acquired while pregnant wreak havoc on a womans mood let alone her skin.
The most important thing though is to be sure to take good care of your skin. 
Exfoliate at least twice a week and make sure to moisturize!
My skin has been so dry since being pregnant and then having the baby that I have had to re-vamp my routine!
I use my Clairsonic Mia daily followed by a heavy moisturizer in the evening and a lighter version with SPF during the day.
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After having a baby the last thing you may want to do is put on a face full of makeup. However, I would suggest just doing enough to make you feel like yourself each day. It can be a huge boost to your self esteem when the rest of your body is out of sorts.
I've personally noticed more of a pep in my step when I took the time to "put on a little rouge" as my Grandmother used to say.
You may be tired and sleep deprived but that does not mean you have to look like it!

My top three post natal necessities:
I highly recommend a great highlighter such as Smashbox's Halo Highlighting Wand to brighten up the cheek bones. The soft (not sparkly) glow will hit you in all the right places and the two colors (gold / pearl) will flatter any skintone.
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image via: Sephora

And let's not forget the other must have - Photo Op Under Eye Brightener
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image via: Sephora

It will make your dark circles a thing of the past and the brightening effect will have you ready to pose for pictures with your new little bundle of joy in no time!
Also on my post baby radar - Nars Blush in Orgasm
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image via: Sephora
I mean the name says it all but this color flatters every single skintone and complexion.
The light pop of color will help you look and feel like your old self again!

I don't always have time each day to do a full face of makeup but when I use these three products combined with a tinted moisturizer & mascara I find that I am in a better mood and feel much more myself even if I'm just sitting around the house in leggings and a tee!

What makeup products boosts your mood?

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Windows to the Soul

They say the eyes are the window to the soul and I am inclined to agree that they are quite an important part of one's daily beauty routine. The way we focus on our eyes can change the entire way a makeup look is viewed. They are the cornerstone of most makeovers and an essential part of how we view ourselves.
Being that mascara was the first thing I was allowed to really wear, I rarely leave the house without it as I feel it adds just a little extra something to my overall look.  That certain "je nais se quais" if you will.
This month's issue of Allure magazine has a whole article dedicated to "Eyelash Effects" and how they have changed over the years. It's also noted that 50% of women would choose mascara if they could only use one cosmetic.
To me that says a lot. There are no shortage of new mascara's on the market weekly and I am one of those people that is perpetually buying a new one in hopes that this will become "THE ONE" but I've realized that they are all good for different things.
I've recently discovered yet another mascara that has tickled my fancy for the last month or so.  Benefit's "They're Real" - a jet black mascara that not only lengthens but curls, lifts and creates volume for a spectacular false lash effect.

The domed brush tip also helps to define even the smallest of lashes ( I like to use it on the inner corners and the bottom lashes for extra drama). I already have curly lashes so this just brings out the volume and gives them some extra "oomph".
I'm also a huge proponent of false eyelashes. What a great and fun way to amp up your look without spending hundreds of dollars on eye lash extensions! The lashes of today are much more exciting than those of yesteryear. No more scary caterpillar-esque strips that just scream FAKE LASHES but are more about filling out skimpy lashes or just add a dramatic effect.
Some of my favorites are by the brand Baci - they range from Natural, Glamour (rhinestones) and Paradise (think pink feathers) and they are just FUN accessory to add to your look!
You can also find decent ones at your local Sally's Beauty Supply (Ardell) or ULTA (  NYX makes some KILLER ones!)
Do you have a favorite eye makeup product?