Thursday, January 28, 2016

Get Ready With Me

It's wedding time! No, I am not getting married, but I know two super rad people who are getting married?!? That's pretty exciting, I'd say. It's a destination wedding aka tropical climate aka a lot of makeup will look insanely cakey. With that in mind, I decided to practice my makeup look now before I am disoriented in 95 degree weather. Below are some photographs of what I'll be wearing as well as a break down of my makeup look. Enjoy!

Where I purchased:
Why I love it: So I have a few tattoos (no I am not covered), but the ones I do have are quite ummm, well, loud. I wanted a dress that would compliment the tattoos I do have. There is something about tattoos and body con dresses that just doesn't sit well with me. Going the bohemian or "boho chic" route works in my favor when I have to dress up. Like how I said "have to" dress up?? Dressing up is a chore for me, but I make the best of it.
Dress Logic: I will be in a tropical climate, meaning humidity. Humidity makes clothes stick to the body, so a form fitting dress was a major no no. This dress is form fitting at the top, but airy and free flowing at the bottom, perfect mix of both!

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The Shoes 
Where I purchased: Forever 21
Why I love them: They complimented the dress nicely and were comfortable! I usually wouldn't wear wedges to a wedding, but the style of this dress worked well with it. Ladies, be big girls and wear stilletto pointed shoes, unless the wedges actually work. In this case, they do. *whew*

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The Makeup
Concept: I wanted to incorporate one of the accent colors in the dress into the makeup. The purple and pink stood out to me, so I decided to use my Wet n Wild lipstick in Charred Cherry, featured in my recent January Favorites post. For eye shadow, I did a bronze look from my Makeup Forever Artist Palette, another feature in my Makeup Gifts post.

Steps for the Eyes
  1. Apply primer, I used Lime Crime High Performing Waterproof Primer
  2.  Apply concealer under the brow bone and set with a shade complimentary to your skin tone.
  3.  Use a matte shade in your crease, I used a matte brown shade called Tyranny from the Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette, I used brown since I am using a brighter bronze shade for the lid. I did not want to stray too far from the bronze look, however, I think a matte purple would look great in the crease as well.
  4.  I have a large lid, so I covered my entire crease with the matte shade. I advise using discretion if you are working with a smaller lid. 
  5.  I wanted the eye shadow for the lid to be shiny, so before applying, I sprayed my brush with my  MAC Fix Plus Spray. The formula does not work against the eye shadow and instead creates a thickening effect, making the shadow more intense. I then applied the shadow with gentle patting motions until I achieved the desired color. 
  6. To make the eyes darker I applied a dark matte brown eye shadow called Vengeance under the lower lash line. 
  7. Finish off eyes with liquid liner, I used Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner for the top lash line and my Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara for the lashes (I could do my lashes all day, darker the better!!)
Steps for the Complexion
  1. Prep skin with moisturizer. I used my Dr. D Schwab Flawless Skin Fluid and applied it with a Beauty Blender. Beauty Blenders are great for helping product melt into the skin.
  2. Once the moisturizer sets in, apply a primer. I used the Loreal Magic Perfecting Base, focusing it under my eyes and my cheeks, where my awesome pores like to linger. 
  3. I really wanted a "glowy" look so I mixed my Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Medium and the Revlon Photolights Skin Illuminator, applied with my beauty blender.
  4. I then used a light amount of my Loreal True Match Foundation in N4, I say light because any heavier and it would look awful in that hot hot heat!
  5. Concealer is hard for me, my dark circles are aggressive. I need to use two. First I begin with the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in Light. I apply by making a triangle under the eyes and blending out with my Sephora Airbrush Concealer Brush (best brush ever).
  6. Once the first concealer is set, I apply a darker concealer, I used my  Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer in Light (been using this for four years now!!)
  7. Finally we can SET all this stuff with a finishing powder! Use a light hand when setting your makeup, or you will run the risk of creasing and cakeyness, ick. I used my Ben Nye Banana Powder 
  8. Time for contouring, blush, and highlight (in that order). I am dedicated to my Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit, I focus my contour under my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose (just a little).
  9. I went for Melba by MAC for my blush, it is the perfect matte peach blush!
  10. When highlighting I enjoy layering, first with a cream and last with a powder highlighter. For the cream I used NYX Born to Glow Illuminator, focusing on the high points of my cheeks, and down the center of my nose. I set this with a gold eyeshadow by Stila. It came in a palette that they no longer sell! Before brands sold highlighters, most people just used eyeshadow! There are no rules :)

Final Thoughts
Whew!!! I am considering making YouTube videos in my future, only because writing every thing step by step is so meticulous lol, although editing a video sounds terrible, WE'LL SEE. Anyways, when going to a wedding you should not upstage the bride but you should be happy with what you picked out! I consider weddings like little award shows. It is fun to piece together a look and check out what other people came up with too! I will be away for a few days, but when I get back I have so much planned for this blog! As always, thanks for reading. Don't be shy and leave some feedback! Also, follow me on IG @gogogabz --Instagram is a great place to follow me because I typically announce on IG when I will do scheduled blog posts! 

With Love,

Monday, January 25, 2016

January Favorites

How is January almost over?!? Oh yeah, it's called time and it goes fast. The only instances in which time seems to move slowly is when waiting on a line for the bathroom, or waiting on a line anywhere for that matter. Since it is the end of the month, I decided to do a "January Favorites". For anyone who doesn't understand the concept, a "favorites" series consists of things you gravitated towards and liked throughout the month. Some bloggers also feature things outside the realm of makeup, but I only want to stick with beauty industry related items. So here they are! 

Drumroll please..............................

Beauty Breakdown........................

  • What it is: Milani Lip Treatment in 05 Repairing Primrose
  • What it does: It comes in 8 different shades, each infused with Jojoba, Avocado, and Tsubaki Oil, all ideal for hydration. 
  • Why I love it: I was initially drawn to the packaging because like many, I tend to get hypnotized by the color pink. The applicator was also a selling point for me because it is very plush and applies the perfect amount without wasting any product. The scent is great too. :)
  • How I use it: I have been using it before I go to sleep as a treatment and before I apply my lipsticks and liners (especially before the matte ones). 
  • Price: $8.99 but I got this on sale at Walgreens for about $4

  • What it is: Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Dry Shampoo
  • What it does: When applied at the roots, it will eliminate grease and create more volume and texture 
  • Why I love it: 1. It does not leave residue, unlike many dry shampoos I have tried in the past. 2. The scent is essentially like hair perfume and stays all day. If you are not a fan of musky scents then I would not recommend this purchase, as it is quite strong. 
  • When I use it: Dry shampoos in general should be applied in the evening before bed time. Why? Because in our sleep we tend to sweat and toss around a bit, with help from the dry shampoo you will not wake up with as greasy of hair, I promise you. I also like using this after taking a shower, once my hair is dry of course. Why? Super clean hair and texture don't mix, by using the dry shampoo I can create the effect myself. 
  • Price: $14 for a 1.3 oz and $28 for the 4.4oz

  • What it is: Wet n Wild Velvet Matte Lip Color in Charred Cherry (only in stores)
  • What it does: High pigment lipstick with matte finish for long lasting effect
  • Why I love it: It is a flattering color on me! When I applied it, the color immediately helped my brown hair and eyes stand out a little more. I also liked that it wasn't super drying, but still had a long wear effect
  • When I use it: I plan on wearing this color to a wedding I will be attending in Costa Rica. The bright hue is perfect for wedding makeup
  • Price: $3.99 <-----can't beat that! Did you know most cosmetic companies could sell their makeup at this price and still profit a lot? Makeup is very inexpensive to make! Do not be fooled ladies, do not buy a $30 lipstick

  • What it is: Jergens Instant Glow Sunless Tanning Mousse
  • What it does: Fast acting self tanner, dries in up to 60 seconds
  • Why I love it: It is not streaky, has a great smell, is buildable, and looks natural. For those who love self tanners, you know those components are huge when purchasing a self tanner
  • When I use it: I enjoy using this product when I have an event coming up or if I need a little pick me up and want to look really refreshed. Sitting outside in the sun is a huge no no for anyone who likes skincare, so for me this is a perfect and safe alternative. 
  • Price: $12.99<---can not beat this price!!

What are your January faves? Leave a comment below and I'll check em out! I am always up for trying new things in the beauty world. Special shout out to my East Coasters who are enduring the aftermath of Jonas, use this time off to binge watch your favorite show and eat junk food :) 

Next post will be another makeup recreation! Stay tuned.........

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Beauty on a Budget

Aside from makeup, I am also a student. At 25, I made the bold move to go back to school full time and pretty much aggressively pursue my BA. I have never looked back and currently I am looking at finishing next Fall (for those who are curious, I will finish with a degree in Psychology and from there get my teaching certification). Being a student comes with some perks, such as waking up later and less pressure in terms of employment. That being said, it is also hard because financially I am not making a salary, which means I am on the dreaded BUDGET. However, over the years the drugstore sector of the makeup world has stepped their game up tremendously, meaning I can still get great products without breaking the bank. Here is one of my favorites........

Normally a primer from Sephora or other high end department stores will retail anywhere between $30-50. To me, that is an insanely high mark up for a product that is typically 2oz at best (not to mention, costs very little to make). So, what is a girl (or fabulous dude) to do when she needs a primer? I myself, have gone back to a staple of mine by Loreal, it is their Magic Perfecting Base.

Beauty Breakdown

  • What it does: Smooths and refines lines and pores before makeup application
  • Why it is great: The formula is lightweight and absorbs into the skin quickly
  • Other uses: Can be used for target areas, such as the T-zone and the under eye area
  • Fun Fact: It is non-comedogenic <--click there to get a little knowledge on this frequently used makeup industry term! 
  • Works best with: Normal, Oily, and Combination skin types, If Combination skin type, simply apply it where you are oily and avoid the dryer areas. 
  • Retails at: $12.99 (luckily drugstores often have sales, so the price can vary from time to time)
  • Extra Advice: Use this product sparingly. A little goes a long way!! 

For my dryer skin ladies, I would recommend this primer by Glossier. Although it is a higher price point, it is still less expensive than the primers offered in the high end cosmetic stores. Their entire line of skin care is perfect for dry skin! 

Makeup Deals
Here is a list of my favorite websites for shopping inexpensive makeup online!
  1. Amazon Makeup and Beauty  If you have Prime you get free shipping (who doesn't like free shipping?), AND drugstore brands are typically a little less expensive via Amazon. An example being the primer I was just talking about! It is $10.99 on Amazon, where as in Walgreens it was $12.99. 
  2. They constantly have promotions aka coupon codes! There is also a wide array of makeup on this site, including products not typically sold in stores as well as international beauty brands. Free shipping only applies with $35 purchase, but if you sign up for their email they will sometimes offer free shipping as a promotion. 
  3., this company is truly the holy grail of cosmetics. Why? Because they mix high end makeup and drugstore brand, all in the same store! They constantly have promotions and sales as well. 
  4. Bed Bath and Beyond, I believe the "beyond" part is referring to MAKEUP. My best friend adores her BB&Beyond coupons, she has the right idea, because often times they can apply to the makeup as well! I have purchased many of my Nyx cosmetics products here, they are usually cheaper and with the coupons it lowers the price even more. 

Final Words
This is not makeup related, but I thought I would share this bit of advice with anyone out there in a similar situation. For any of you out there considering going back to school (any school: college, grad school, beauty school, technical, culinary) stop waiting around and do it. When I first wanted to go back to school, I set up a meeting with the director of early childhood education at my university. She could tell I was having trouble committing to the idea of going back to school again, to which she said "the time is going to pass anyway". So here I am, a few years in and almost at the finish line. This journey certainly tests my patience at times but I have learned so much about myself through this process, not to mention it being an extremely humbling experience (being in a class with people ten years younger than you will do that). Also, don't get caught up in what you "should of did a few years ago", for whatever reason you weren't ready. Wanna go back? Call up the school, get some information, take a visit and before you know it you'll be complaining with the rest of us about tuition, the price of text books, and finals week (I get chills just thinking about it). I hope that helped, if not then you just learned a lot about me. Exciting, I know. 

Once again, THANK YOU for reading. I have been keeping up on my stats and seeing who has been checking out my page and it's amazing to see that some of you are from other parts of the world. Shout out to my friends in India and my neighbors in Canada :). 

With Love,

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

60's Makeup Icons

So after my David Bowie makeup extravaganza, yes that's what I'm calling it, I decided to do another look from the past. This weekend, I stayed in and had a movie marathon (by myself, my boyfriend always manages to doze off). I turned to my trusty Netflix to find it was currently featuring a timeless Hollywood classic called Valley of the Dolls, starring Patty Duke, Sharon Tate, and Barbara Perkins. Now, even if you aren't interested in the plot, it is still a great movie to watch for the fashion and the makeup. Sharon Tate's look had me the most inspired, which then sent me on a Pinterest spree of influential looks from the 60's. From there, I decided to do my take on a hybrid of Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick makeup. The teacher in me can not let you read through this without getting some background knowledge on these ladies! Keep reading for a mini history lesson on 60's girls, how I did my makeup, products I used, and the final outcome!........

Who is Twiggy?

  • Real name: Lesley Lawson
  • Stomping Ground: UK
  • Claim to Fame: Model
  • Signature look: Pixie cut, Doe eyes, Androgynous
  • Her Genius: Layering a lot of false lashes and drawing fake ones, aka "twigs", on the lower lash line

Who is Edie?

  • Real name: Edith Minturn Sedgwick
  • Stomping Ground: NYC
  • Claim to Fame: Andy Warhol's Factory Girl
  • Signature look: Bleach blonde, Pixie Cut, Nude lips, Dark brows, Cut crease eyeshadow
  • Her Genius: Developing her own trademark look that helped make her the star of many of Warhol's art films.

On to the transformation!

This look calls for QUADRUPLE, yes quadruple, the eyeliner. Eye liner is used in the crease, upper lash line, lower lash line, and the water line. 

1.Primed eyes with Lime Crime Primer , you always need a primer for eyes ladies! ALWAYS.
2. Using my Bh Cosmetics Palette , I began to swipe a Matte Beige shadow all over the lid, this also helps set your primer (yes, you need to set an eyeshadow primer!)
3. You can use any color on the main part of the lid, but I chose a baby blue hue since I found that many women in the 60's fancied this color.
4.Continue packing on your hue on the main part of your lid to achieve the desired level of color
5. Now it's time for the cut crease! To do this, I used my Sephora Gel Eyeliner in Black and my Smashbox Arced Liner Brush and created what I like to call an "upside down rainbow" from the inner crease to the outer crease, I also angled out the liner once I got to the outer crease, this created a "cat eye effect"
6. For the top of my lash line, I used the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liner in Black to create another cat eye
7. Going back with the Sephora Gel Liner, I then lined my lower lash line
8. To complete the eyeliner portion of this look, I lined my waterline with Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil in Beige
9. I have pretty long lashes, so I used my two favorite mascaras and layered and layered and layered- Better Than Sex Mascara and Stila Glamoureyes Mascara
10.From here I did my usual routine of foundation and contouring. The only thing I did differently was less highlighter because it did not reflect a true representation of the look and I traded in my signature peachy blush for a Baby Pink Blush called "Shy" by ELF
11.Lastly, to get the nude lips I used Fantasia Lip Liner and Madere Pure Matte Lipstick, both by Nars. I chose a baby pink hue, but beige could also work for this look!

Extra Advice
Take your TIME with the cut crease! It looks like one sweeping motion, but when using gel liner, it is a bit trickier. If I were to try this again, I would use an eyeliner pencil instead!

My Experience
I enjoyed this look because of how dramatic it was. It's amazing to me that many women of this era walked around like this when they went out for the night! I paired it with a faux fur jacket to feel the look more and it definitely worked.

Final Thoughts
To some,  it may seem odd for a girl to experiment with wacky makeup looks and subsequently have a mock photoshoot in their apartment, I get it. However, it is a great way to practice makeup techniques, boost your confidence, and take a trip down memory lane. Before the days of Pinterest and Instagram, I would sit for hours on my computer looking at vintage photographs of women who came before me. It's incredible to see how much these looks have evolved and the creativity of these influential, fabulous ladies. There are certainly many style icons of today, but if you look back you'll see a lot of those looks are upcycled looks from days past. It is good to know your history ladies and gents.

Until next time! Thanx for stopping by  :)

With Love,

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Bowie Baby

As I get older, I have come to realize that some of my favorite people, will pass on. This is surely the case with the one, the only, David Bowie. A true square peg in a round hole, Bowie's success was due largely in part to doing what he wanted, despite odd looks and harsh criticism. Since this is a makeup blog, I want to talk about his most recognizable makeup look, Ziggy Stardust. Surprisingly, he never thought of himself as a rockstar, but more as someone "playing a part". Ziggy Stardust was truly the beginning of the many characters he would go on to play. So who is Ziggy? Below I have given a breakdown of the birth of this unforgettable creation.
  • Ziggy Stardust personae was created in 1972.
  • Look was comprised of rusty red hair and face makeup
  • Best described as avant-garde
  • Androgynous and gender bending for its time
  • Bowie's love of acting is to thank for Ziggy 
  • Ziggy was an alien posing as a rockstar messenger for extraterrestrials (yes, exactly that)

Time to Play.......
I normally reserve bold and theatrical makeup for Halloween, but I really wanted to embrace all things Bowie this week and step out of my comfort zone. So I hopped on Pinterest and pinned a lot of Ziggy looks. I decided on the Ziggy look with the signature gold circle (pictured above). The "lightning bolt" Ziggy look is also popular, but a bit over done. Like Bowie, I simply can not jump on the bandwagon and went for a look that is, well, overlooked. Below are the steps I used as well as products.

  1. POREfessional by Benefit to fill in pores and mattify my skin
  2. To get the spacing right, I used scotch tape to help create a border between where I would be using the face paint vs. the rest of my face. 
  3. I then used my Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk  on my eye lids and in the space between the tape. The white base helps in making the bright colors stand out. I also used this to "cancel out" my eyebrows, since Ziggy didn't have brows either!
  4. Red and orange shadows from my BH Cosmetics 120 Eyeshadow Palette were used to create the bright triangles. I kept layering until I got the desired color I was looking for.
  5. With an NYC Liquid Eyeliner, I drew a circle on my forehead, simple as that! Liquid liner pens are great for face makeup because they are easy to control.
  6. Makeup Forever Flash Color Palette  gold color was used to fill in the circle. I also used this color on my lips! Flash Palette is wonderful for crazy makeup looks! I highly recommend it. 
  7. Lastly, I used Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black to line my upper and lower lash line.

My experience: I noticed that mixing bright colors is very relaxing. It was fun creating a gradient look with the red and orange shadows, which are colors I do not normally use. I also realized that with theatrical makeup, there is more wiggle room for mistakes. The look was so bold that I could continue packing on colors if I happened to have a hiccup along the way. I also LOVED "cancelling out" my eyebrows. My brows are very precious to me, so shaving them off would never be an option, but not having them for this look was incredibly liberating. 

Andddd the aftermath🙀🙀🙀

If you aren't familiar with Bowie, it's never too late to check him out, you never know what version of him you might get, but all are wonderful in their own way. 

P.S. walking around your apartment with Ziggy Stardust makeup is a must and a total mood booster. 

With Love,

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Joy of Makeup Gifts

Post-holiday season is a time to reinvigorate yourself. This self transformation usually involves two things, diet and exercise. Those are lovely goals, but how about trying a new makeup product or new makeup look as well? I for one love the holiday season because I typically receive gifts that I would not normally purchase or splurge on for myself, that's where my darling older sister comes in. Every year my big sissy usually follows the typical "Gabby Christmas Gift" formula. This formula consists of the mascara kit from the Sephora Favorites collection and a few other makeup goodies scattered between. However, this year I did not request anything, and boy did she take me by surprise! Below are the two beauties my sister scooped up for me. All items purchased @ Sephora (my old stomping ground, go Sephora 34th!).

"All Dressed Up and Ready to Glow" by Breakups and Makeups- $30-35
First up is the makeup bag! Again, an item I would probably look at and think "so cute", and then not purchase. It is made by a company called Breakups to Makeups, where they sell what I like to call "makeup swag", including makeup bags and apparel with makeup related themes and adorable quotes.

Why I love it: The faux leather material is SO SOFT, yet not flimsy. I suddenly felt like a responsible adult upon picking this item up. All I could think to myself was, "Look at me and my luxurious makeup bag". The material inside is also waterproof and perfect for cleaning, if you happen to be a slob-kabob, like myself :). The inside is deep, and perfectly fits several of my favorite palettes.

Next up......

Makeup Forever "Artist- Shadows 1" $44
When I worked at Sephora, Makeup Forever very rarely put out palettes. Usually, you would buy the individual shadows yourself and build your own. Makeup is catering to consumers a lot more, I have watched this with my own eyes over the past 5 years. With the consumer in mind, Makeup Forever has now begun to create some truly amazing eye shadow palettes. Step aside Naked palettes, there is a new Shadow Sheriff in town. This nifty palette comes with 9 shadows. The pamphlet suggests utilizing the three shadows from top to bottom, aka the left row has three shadows, the middle has 3 shadows, and the right has three.

Why I love it: The pigments are INCREDIBLE, I repeat, INCREDIBLE. The shadows are also silky smooth, a big plus. Who the hell wants eye shadows that are dry and make your skin feel gross? If it feels odd when swatching on your arm, how could you possibly want to put that on your eyelids as well? *Takes deep breath*, let's focus on the positive shall we? The palette also comes with a matte black color. For you newbies to makeup, I cannot express this enough, matte shadows are IMPERATIVE. Why you ask? They are ideal for blending. For example, if you want to create dimension and shade with an eye shadow look, a matte shade would be needed. Matte shadows do not contain shimmer or glitter, aka they blend seamlessly. If you want to blend with your shinier shadows fine, but it's most likely going to look sloppy. Sorry, IT JUST IS. *Takes another deep breath*.

Below are some swatches! From left to right

I-528, I-514, ME-512, S-556, D-562, ME-644, S-102, I-544, D-652

Ummm yeah Makeup Forever's names are super fun aren't they?......*crickets*. I know, I know, BUT, there is a method to the madness!

I= Iridescent
S= Satin

Ahhhhhh don't you feel enlightened knowing that tidbit of makeup info? Now when you go for makeup with your gal pal you can school her on decoding Makeup Forever products. This coding also applies to some of their lip products as well, particularly the lip glosses. YOU'RE  WELCOME.

That's all for me today folks!! Thanks for stopping by and if you have any questions about these products, leave a comment below! Happy Makeuping. :)

Links below for these items. (the clutch I got is sold out and only available on eBay, however, their site has loads of other lovely makeup bags!).
Makeup Clutch
Makeup Forever Palette

With Love,

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