Sunset Eyeshadow Makeup Look

Hello Beautiful!

This past weekend my family and I went to Marshall’s to pick up some beauty blenders for my makeup kit. I always like to browse the makeup section while I’m there to see if I find any gems.

This was my lucky day! I scored some #MORPHExJaclynHill palettes for $7.99!!! I was super stoked! I also got a few MAC lipsticks for $7.99 each.

The first Morphe palette I used was Ring the Alarm. It’s a beautiful rich red and brown, warm toned palette. Right up my alley!

I died when I saw this! It even comes with a mirror inside which is a huge plus!

Here’s a pic of the makeup look I created with it and a list of all the products at I used is below.

PRODUCT DETAILS

✨ LTK Shop- List of Makeup Items Used

✨Tread Beauty Lashes – Black Tie Experience: Elegant Experience Lash Box

✨ TikTok – Step by Step video

✨ Follow me on Instagram

So… If you’re ever at a Marshall’s make sure you do a quick check in the makeup section. You might find some steals!

Lots of love, Cristina 😘

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Turquoise Reverse Smokey Eye & Brow Tutorial

Hello Beauties!

I had one of my friends request a brow tutorial, so I thought I’d share it with you all as well. Follow these steps below to achieve this type of brow. I know everyone does it differently, but this is how I do mine. 🙂

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1. Prime the eyebrow with an eye primer (optional)
2. Using an angled brush draw the bottom line of your brow with a brown eyeshadow
3. Draw a second line from the top of the arch down to where you’d like your brow to end
4. Connect the lines and fill in the tail of your brow
5. Draw a line on top of your brow connecting to the arch
6. Fill in the center and blend the color evenly
7. With the left over product on the brush start to fill in the front of the brow very lightly and blend the harsh lines out
8. Take a light concealer and with a flat synthetic brush draw a line directly under the brow to make it sharp and clean
9. With the same brush blend the concealer down so there is no harsh line
10. Do the same process to the top of the brow except use a concealer color that’s close to your skin tone
-voila- shaply brows!

Next up is the makeup I did with these brows. I went with a more dramatic look.

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Follow these steps to create this look

1. Apply MAC ‘Whitefrost’ on brow bone
2. Blend a taupe brown just above the crease
3. Using a synthetic brush apply NYX jumbo eye pencil in milk to the lid
4. Pat on MAC ‘Electric Eel’ to the lid
5. On top of electric eel add a shimmery blue. I used Mary Kay Azure
6. Add MAC Carbon to outer V and blend into crease
7. Highlight inner corner with MAC ‘Phloof!’
8. Line upper lash line with gel liner
9. Tightline & waterline using NYX jumbo pencil in ‘Black bean’.
10. Using MAC ‘Electric Eel’  & ‘Carbon’ blend colors on lower lash line.
11. Apply fake lashes and/or mascara

Hope you like these two pictorials 🙂 Till the next one, Laugh Often and Love Always!

xoxo,
Cristina

 

 

 

 

Review & DIY Drugstore Gel Nails w/ leopard print nail art {Cosmar Gel Kit}

Hello Beauties!

Ok, brace yourselves… this is a long post! Last weekend I went out in search of a polish or gel to repair a broken nail. As I was walking around the aisles of CVS I found this Quick Nails Brush-On Gel Kit. It was $11.49 and I thought, why not! It beats paying $30+ at a salon to have them done. Plus this product doesn’t require UV lights to dry.

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So let’s get started… first off here are some of the tools I used for this look. The gel kit {I know… obviously, right?}. Any black nail polish. I used Wet n Wild in ‘Black Creme’. Toothpicks {not to be used for the teeth} & a dotting tool. Orly nail polishes in ‘Sterling Silver Rose’ & ‘Crushed Mauve’ and lastly Orly Top 2 Bottom Basecoat and Topcoat (pictured at the end, but any base and topcoat will do).

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Next… what in the world comes in this gel kit?? Well I’ll tell you… An instruction sheet, 2-sided nail buffer & shaper, manicure stick, 24 square nail tips & 26 petite nail tips, pink nail glue, brush cleaner, gel overlay and finally the gel activator. BTW- I LOVE that this nail glue comes with that little red piece. It has a sharp needle inside so you can cover the top of the glue when finished and it leaves a hole for the next time you use it… I know… genius right! No more finding something sharp to stick in there when the glue hardens.
Ok, so a little inside scoop on the gel activator (the smallest of the three). You’ll notice that it doesn’t have a brush attached to the cap like any normal “polish” would have. Well, that’s because this stuff is so powerful it mutates the brush… don’t ask how I know, lol! Ok, ok… I’ll tell you 😉 I accidentally left the brush from the brush cleaner in it and the brush started curling into a C within 5 minutes! Yikes… so needless to say, that brush stays in the brush cleaner!

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Alright already… let’s start with the good stuff!

1. Give yourself a little mini manicure by cutting your nails down, but not too short. You’ll want the nail glue to attach to your nail not your skin. File the tops and the edges with the nail file provided. Be careful not to file them down on the top too much otherwise your nails can become thin.
2. Find the right size nail tip and add a drop of glue to the backside. Press the nail tip down onto your finger nail while it’s still attached to the wheel and squueze onto your nail including close to the edges. Use the nail tool if necessary. Add some more glue on the top where the fake nail meets your real nail making sure there are no air bubbles. You don’t want water to creep in there because it can cause mold… gross! Once it’s on there twist the wheel, it comes off really easy.
3. Finish with the rest of the nails and file down any rough edges.
4. Now comes the fun part.
a. First unscrew all the caps to the three bottles so you can go back and forth between them easily.
b. Start by applying the gel overlay to the nail. I applied 4 coats.
c. While the gel overlay is still wet take the brush from the brush cleaner and dip it into the gel activator and sweep it over the wet gel. (also 4 coats).
d. Wipe off the excess gel activator from that brush onto a paper towel in between dips and then dip the brush back into the brush cleaner and again wipe off the excess on the paper towel. You basically want to keep that brush as “gel free” as possible so the activator doesn’t harden it.

IMG_6385Once the gel was completely dry (I waited about 15 minutes just to be sure) I filed the tops down a bit and repeated the steps above until I had the desired thickness I wanted. This is what mine looked like after 2 rounds of gel application.

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Next polish the nails with Orly Top Coat

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Followed by Orly Crushed Mauve.

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You can end the madness here, OR…. add some cool leopard print… This step is optional, but I thought it was kinda fun and trendy. Using the flat end of the toothpick, take the Sterling Silver Rose and randomly place dots on the ring finger (or whichever finger your little heart desires). I also did my pinky finger. Then take the small dotting tool and the Wet in Wild black polish and carefully place brackets (  ) and C shapes around the pink dots. Fill in any empty spaces with random shaped black dots.IMG_6388

This is what it should look like:

IMG_6390[1]and finally… paint only one finger with the Sterling Silver Rose (I chose to do the pointer finger this color) and finish with the top coat. Voila… The finished product!!

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So overall… I really like this product! It is super affordable and they last! I haven’t had one nail chip or come off. They feel like real acrylic nails and I’ve gotten tons of compliments which makes me feel like they don’t look like an amateur did them (AKA: ME). The only thing I will say is that doing them on yourself is a bit tough, especially doing my right hand and I noticed the gel layering was a little uneven because I guess I wasn’t consistent in how much I put on each nail. Also, I wish the nail tips didn’t have that funky heart shape at the top. I think it would be hard to do a pretty French tip because you could see the shape under the gel. Other than that, I’m very happy and impressed with this product and would recommend it to anyone looking to do their very own gel set!

I hope this helped you in some way shape or form! Catch you on my next post 😉 Till then Laugh often & Love always ❤

Xoxo,
Cristina