Playin’ n Make Up | e.l.f 16hr Camo Concealer Review

Hello Passionista

It has been a while since I have played in make up. I do not wear makeup on a day to day basis because I don’t need it and I don’t have time to do it. I used to put effort into doing my makeup at least for social events and going out but I sweat so easily that there’s no point of putting anything on my face unless it’s a special occasion. Well, there’s no special occasion today but I did receive a VOX BOX with complimentary product from e.l.f to try. So I decided to play in my makeup today and take some pretty pictures.

The VOX BOX came complete with 2 shades of e.l.f 16hr Camo Concealer for me to try, review and share with you.


I did this makeup look all by myself using the Deep Olive shade to highlight under my eye, tip of my nose and forehead and the Deep Chestnut shade to enhance my cheekbones.


E.lf. 16hr Camo Concealer

I like the packaging style of the e.l.f concealer. I think the bottle and stick duo works better than the tube and brush duo (for example L.A. girl Pro Concealer). The size of the stick is perfect for applying the product to the face. Although I did have trouble doing my nose contour. I ended up using a small makeup brush instead of the provided stick, just because I’m really careful with my nose contour. The formula lasts all day, even through sweat. I sweat a lot and when wearing this product I was out in the sun but once I bloated and fanned the sweat away, my makeup was still perfectly in place with no running or creases.

Deep Olive

This shade is perfect for my under eye highlight. I feel like it blends perfectly with my foundation and I was able to layer blush and highlighter on top for a flawless finish.

Deep Chestnut

This shade was a little to light for my darker contour. I wish I would have selected a darker color but I made it work for my try-on makeup look. Now that I have tried this shade I will be purchasing a darker shade for contouring purpose, because I feel like I can use this shade as an under eye highlighter as well.

Products used for this look:

  • Olay Total Effects Whip Moisturizer
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
  • ULTA Beauty Color Correcting Foundation and Primer stick
  • NYX Eye Shadow Base
  • The Nubian 2 Palette by Juvia’s
  • E.l.f 16hr Camo Concealer – Deep Chestnut
  • E.l.f 16hr Camo Concealer – Deep Olive
  • NYX Matte Finishing Powder
  • Fenty Beauty Sinamon Match Stix
  • Bh cosmetics Wild & Radiant Baked Illuminating & Bronzing Palette
  • Fenty Glow Gloss Bomb
  • Covergirl Mascara

QOTD: Rate my makeup look! Tell me in the comment section how you think I did.

Before I close out this blog, I have a few events coming up that I would like to invite you to…

I would like to invite all of my fellow bloggers and readers that are in the Atlanta area out to my first DIY workshop at DIYher Studio @ MET ATL on June 22nd. We will be making Boho style dream catchers… click here for event information and tickets

I would like to invite all my millennials and happy hour lovers out to my Soul Conversations networking event on June 27 @ Resturant TEN (Atlanta, GA)…. click here for more information and to RSVP

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What’s in my Make Up Bag?

Hi Passionista

Let’s talk make up!!!

I don’t wear full face make up everyday, simple because I’m lazy. I don’t have the time. And I don’t need it. I like a fresh moisturized face. But I can’t lie mascara and lipstick is a daily must. I like to look in the mirror and see my lashes flourishing and my lips kissable ALWAYS.

On a good day, if I decide to do my makeup, it’s normally something light that is done in the car on my way to wherever I’m going. These are the products I must have handy.

Make Up Bag from Ipsy

Foundation Stick

I discovered the color correcting foundation stick in ULTA about a year ago and have been using it every since. 90% of the time I am doing my makeup in the car while in traffic. Foundation in the form of a stick is convenient for the purpose of doing your make up on the go, quick touch ups, and less mess. This product has replaced my MAC photo finish liquid foundation. I can’t remember the last time I’ve used liquid foundation and a foundation brush to apply to my face. It’s all about Foundation Sticks and Beauty Blenders now!

Purchased at ULTA ($15.99)

Foundation Mineral Powder

Cover Girl foundation is the first makeup brand I ever used. I started using it at 16 (i s h) years old. I remember spending so much time in CVS debating about what color I am. I spent all my little money on the wrong shades. I’m so glad I know my colors now and how to shop for drug store make up. This mineral powder lasts me at least 6 months to a year. I love how light weight it is and it doesn’t clog your pores. I mostly wear it on top of my liquid/ creamy foundation but, I can wear it without a liquid or creamy foundation and get the same results.

Purchased at CVS ($9.49)

Lip Liner Pencil

MAC lip pencils are my absolute favorite. They are easy to sharpen, easy to apply, long lasting. Not only does my lips stay perfectly lined all day, but the pencils last for what seems like forever. I’ve had my current pencils for at least 2 years. Now, I’m not sure if you’re suppose to stop using make-up after a certain amount of time, but I plan on using these pencils until they run out no matter how long it takes. My go-to shades are chestnut and night moth. I’m a nude lip girl and the chestnut liner literally looks good with everything.

Purchase at MAC cosmetics ($18.00)

Mascara

My favorite part about doing my make up is the mascara application process. I like to take my time and paint my lashes. I will spend 20 to 30 minutes brushing over and shaping my lashes. I will wear just about any brand of mascara. My only requirement in mascara is that it’s waterproof. I am a cry baby and my eye just water from time to time and the last thing I need is running mascara all my life. I am currently using the ULTA Beauty Limitless Lashes Lengthening + Volumizing Mascara.

Purchased at ULTA ($10.50)

Eye Shadow

I am still learning how to apply eye shadow and blend colors together. YouTube is really helping my learn (Tip: watch the GlamTwinz make up tutorials). Now that I’m getting better at it when I have time to play in colors I like to try different techniques and style to explore what looks really good on me and what I should stay away from. I have so many eye make up palettes, but for everyday on the go make up looks I love the small 3 color compacts by Cover Girl. They are the best size to fit in a make up bag. I love how super pigmented most of them are. My favorite shades are the nudes and anything shimmery in gold or bronze. I like to just coat the bottom half of my lid for a natural look.

Purchased at Target ($5.00)

Highlighter

I am head over hills in love with the Fenty Beauty Shimmer stick. I love how convenient it is. I can literally roll it on my face and use my fingers to blot it in. Even without foundation on, it give my skin this natural glow that works wonders for my cheek bones.

Purchase at Sephora ($25.00)

Liquid Lip Stick

Liquid Lip stick is the best make up invention on the market. I mean I love a lipstick that I only have to apply once a day. If it can’t stay looking kissable through eating and drinking throughout the day I don’t want anything to do with it. Maybe 2 summers ago, I fell in love with the MAC line of liquid lipstick, they are like lip tinted glue. It literally states on all day. I have also found the NYX brand to be very good quality at a low price.

Purchases at MAC cosmetics ($22.00)

Make Up Brushes

You can never have too many make up brushes. I have at least 3 of each type of brush. I don’t wash my brushes often so I like to have a clean set on deck at all times. E.L.F brand brushes are hands down my faves. I’ve received a few other brands in beauty boxes or as gifts but nothing compares to the price and quality of E.L.F brushes. I like to keep 4 brush handy at all times. 1 fluffy powder or blush brush and 3 different eye brushes.

Lipstick of the Week

Hello Passionista

Fall is here baby!

This liquid lipstick in the color wannabe by Tarte is one of my favorites for fall. Wannabe is the perfect universal dark nude for just about every type of outfit. It’s something about breezy and cold weather with a cardigan and dark lip stick that makes me feel fancy. I love how long it liquid formula lasts. I only had to apply once for the entire work day.

When using a lip pencil, I recommend matching Mac lip pencil in the color plum.

Lipstick of the Week

Hello Passionista

It’s Friday!!! We’ve almost made it through this week. It has been a long one for me and I can’t wait to relax for the weekend.

Even though it’s been a rough week, I’m always determined not to look like what I feel like. Today I’m enjoying the GA sunshine with my Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick in the color Spice.

Purchased from ULTA on sale for buy 1 get one week during National Lipstick Day. I love this color, so I have to have it. It will definitely be a favorite in my fall makeup essentials.

Blooper:

Smashbox Always on Liquid Lipstick

Hello Passionista!

I love my nudes and flesh tone lipsticks, but this week I decided to do something different. I’ve been rocking this Smashbox always on liquid lipstick in the color Miss Conduct. This is actually a sample I received in a Ipsy bag months ago.

I like red lipstick. It makes me feel pretty and fierce on the inside and outside. But I normally only wear it for special occasions not a everyday thing. I wanted to do something different so I’ve been pairing my cheetah print flats (shoes) and red lip stick for this week office fashions. The color is not to bold. It’s a darker red which I like.

I’m a fan of the Smashbox brand and the color is growing on me. I believe I would purchase this color lipstick by Smashbox once I finish this sample tube. It’ll be a good color option to add to my holiday collection of lipsticks.

Normally, I like to line my lips with a lip pencil before using a lipstick. But I only have brown tone lip pencils and I don’t think it looked good with red. So what color liner should I use? Red? What’s a cheap brand to try that has a good red lip pencil?

Bobby Brown Rich Color Gloss

Hello Passionistas!!!

This week’s lipstick of the week is actually a lip gloss by Bobby Brown Cosmetics -Rich Color Gloss in the color, Pink Cocoa 12. I’ve been using this product all year.

This gloss formula is thick but not sticky. It actually last a long time if you’re not eating or drinking. Since it’s a gloss of course it’s going to transfer over to a cup or napkin when eating and drinking. But the formula is rich enough to hold its form and color when on your lips. It doesn’t smudge nor harden. The color Pink Cocoa just tickles my fancy soooo much. It’s cute and neutral to match with just about any make up look. An added benefit to the gloss is that the color is so close to my skin tone. Y’all know how much I love nude colors.

You don’t really need a liner for this gloss but, Of course, I use my Mac lip pencil in the color Plum to line my lips.

What other glosses should I try? Comment below.

Lipstick of the Week

Hello Passionistas!!!

This week I have been rocking my Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick, in the color Veronica and Mac lip pencils, in the color Plum.

The Plum lip pencil is a go to make up essential for me. Since I love nude colors, plum goes good with just about every lip color I wear. Mac lip pencil lasts a long time. It’s well worth $18.

I don’t normally purchase Anastasia Beverly Hills products. But ULTA was running a sale back in July on the brand- buy one get on free. I thought it was a great deal on a $22 Lipstick, so I purchased the Veronica liquid lipstick along with another matte lipstick that I will feature another week. The formula spreads nicely, making it easy to apply and it lasts a long time. I often reapply after drinking anything. Best of all it’s easy to wipe off.

What other lipstick colors from Anastasia Beverly Hills do you recommend? Comment below.

OOTD|Dare to be Different

Hello Passionistas !!!

Yesterday, my girls and I experienced yet another outstanding show by Beyoncé featuring Jay Z at the On The Run 2 Tour. It’s always a pleasure when 👑🐝 blesses us with her creativity and stage presence.

This show was my 1st time watching Chloe x Halle (Beyoncé’s artist) perform live. I love those girls! They are such great artists and I am a BIG fan. I even made t-shirts to wear to the concert.

Check out my wardrobe choice:

Black Tee (Men’s) purchased at Walmart

Red Biker shorts purchased at Walmart

Black and White Vans

Beauty Supply store clear fanny pack

NATURAL HAIR PROTECTIVE STYLE

I’ve had this hairstyle idea in my head for a while, but never had the opportunity to do it until the concert. It turnt out better than I thought. The black choker, hoop earrings and makeup really brought the whole look together for me.

CHLOE X HALLE SHIRTS MADE BY ME

December Ipsy Bag Review

Hello Passionistas

There has been soo much going on that I am just now posting this review of my December Ipsy Bag. I must say I really enjoyed this months bag. I was thinking about maybe canceling my subscription for Ipsy because I never actually re-purchase any of the items- but this bag has encouraged me to keep my subscription just a little longer.

This is what I got this month:

img_0381ASLMissGlam Makeup Brush feels so good on my skin. I don’t buy different brands of brushes, my brand of choice is ELF. So getting different brands of makeup brushes in my subscription make up bag is a refresher. This is the 3rd brush I have received in a ipsy bag. I enjoy testing out new and different brushes. I always have dirty brushes, so having clean back up brushes is least a plus. You can never have too many makeup brushes.

img_0380You all should know by now I love sheet mask. To my surprise I received 2 sheet mask this bag, Purlisse Green Tea + Ginger Rejuvenating Sheet Mask and Coconut + Rice Nourishing Sheet Mask. I’ve never heard of this brand before, but I like the product. I was excited about the Green Tea and Ginger mask, so I used it first. It was as expected smelled great, felt soothing, and left my skin feeling refreshed.

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Charcoal is a booming trend the skincare industry. This winter I have taken a high sense of liking to anything charcoal in skincare products. This Global Beauty Card Charcoal wash-off mask is a wonderful treat to play in. I haven’t quick used it because I waiting for the right moment. The product is a mud based solution that helps unclogs pores and life away impurities. I want to wait until my skin is clogged with 2-day makeup and sweat cause I’ve been to busy partying … ha!

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I love Smashbox. I love red lips. So…. this Smashbox Lipstick in the color Legendary was a great added accessory to my makeup looks. I am not as much as a red lip girl as I’d like to be. But this little red stick is the perfect size for my red lip moments.

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I have received like three City Color Cosmetics Shimmer shadow in my bag, this one is  in the color It’s A Girl. I love these shimmer shadows, they are super pigmented and rich in color. I currently wear a bronze shimmer shadow from a summer bag I received -with my everyday makeup look.

img_0382Bonus Buy: If you are a Ipsy Bag Subscriber you know you can gain points and purchase select items with the points you earn. So I used my points to purchase this NYX Professional Makeup Faux Blacks Eyeliner in the color midnight.


I want to start sharing new products,deals,and promos with you all. So after each post I will share a great deal that you should explore.

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This week’s Spotlight is on Destiny Candles by Karen Michelle. Destiny Candles are made by Karen Michelle – featured on Ellen, The Hallmark Channel, and more! Join countless women around the world whose relationships are improving because of this amazing and unique oil. Click the link below to learn more about Karen Michelle and shop for some goodies.

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November Ispy Bag (Blogmas Day 14)

Hellooooooooooooooo!

OMG! Blagmas Day 14!!!!!!!!

Okay!

I do not know why I waited so long to open my Ispy Bag. There’s just been a lot going on. But let’s see what I got…

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Tarte Blush in color “Feisty”

Tarte is a really good brand, but their products just doesn’t fit my style. I don’t really wear blush. I prefer a natural glow highlighter instead. Personally, I don’t even think this color will show up on my skin. I will probably give this to a friend.

 

 

 

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Skyn Iceland- Berry Lip Fix

Love this!!!! I literally have lip balms stored everywhere- at my desk at work, my purse, car, coat pocket, bathroom, and even on my night stand. And I was running low on my favorite bath and body works lip balm in my makeup bag. This is one item I may even re-purchase.

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Naked Cosmetics Eyeshadow

This color is amazing. I think it will also go well with the Sephora shadows I purchased earlier this week. Maybe I can do a “Get ready with me” vlog with this item to show you how I glam it up.

 

 

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Nomad Brow Powder

Now, I am not good at doing brows. So I don’t know how much use this product will get, but I am going to try it. First I need to watch more youtube videos to figure out how to perfect my brows.

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ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in color “Baracuda”

This is the second colourpop item I have received in my ispy bag. The first one was a gloss and I don’t really wear glosses. But this one is more of a liquid lip stick with a matte finish. I LOVE it. It is a shade I can wear as a everyday natural look.

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