Friday, June 29, 2012

Nail of the Day! Essie's Bikini So Teeny

Essie - Bikini So Teeny
China Glaze - Make Some Noise

$20 Makeup Challenge!!

Okay guys, this is my 3rd attempt at this look because I was just very unhappy with the other two. I hope that you guys will enjoy it and in case you don't know what the $20 Makeup Challenge is, basically everything that you use (foundation, eyeshadow, applicators...EVERYTHING!) has to add up to $20 or less! Don't forget to check out my tutorial on My YouTube Channel:)
xoxo Melby

Products Used:
NYC Skin Matching Foundation - Light to Medium ($3.54)
NYC Cover Stick - Medium ($2.00)
ELF Palette ($5) - Shimmery Peach, Matte Medium Brown, Shimmery Medium Purple, and Frosted Pink
ELF Liquid Liner - Coffee ($1)
ELF Eyelash Curler ($1)
Rimmel Extra Super Lash Mascara ($3)
Wet N Wild Lipstick - 521A ($1)
ELF Hypershine Gloss - Flirt ($1)
TOTAL: $17.54

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Nail of Day! Galaxy Nails

Hey guys! I decided to try something a little bit different with my nails last night and I was so excited at how great it turned out:D So here are my galaxy nails, let me know if you want to see a tutorial!
xoxo Melby

Products Used:
China Glaze -Smoke and Ashes
Nicole by OPI - Prized Possession Purple
China Glaze - Make Some Noise
Essie - Bikini So Teeny
Seche Vite Top Coat

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Katy Perry Inspired Makeup

Hey guys! So I have been wanting to create a Katy Perry look for a while now and seeing as her movie comes out in the next couple of weeks I thought this would be the perfect time:) This look isn't really based on one particular photo, I got inspiration from several photos but I included the pictures that I felt were just gorgeous and typical Katy Pery glam. I hope you guys enjoy and don't forget to pop over to my YouTube Channel to check out the video!
xoxo Melby

Products Used:
MAC Paint Pot - Half-Wild
Maybelline Color Tattoo - Edgy Emerald
NYX Pigment - Baby Pink
NYX Pigment - Space
Urban Decay Naked Palette - Naked and Virgin
Lancome Liner Design - Black Fishnets
MAC Eye Kohl - Fascinating
Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara
Eylure Lashes by Katy Perry - Cool Kitty
Envy Wraps Bling (nails stickers)
Mirabella Blush Duo - Merry
Wet N Wild Lipstick - 521A

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

REVIEW: Almay Wake Up Liquid Makeup

So while I was out on a quick trip to Walgreens I came across Almay's newest foundation, Wake Up Liquid Makeup! I normally would have passed by this without a second thought, Almay isn't exactly my favorite drugstore/high-street brand, but the display caught my eye! It describes this liquid foundation as, "look radiant and well rested with energizing caffeine, instantly boosts hydration by 132%, and soft luminous finish".  132% is such a strange number but I must admit that I picked it up because that seemed so funny!

  For those of you out there who have dry skin, like mine, you know that finding a drugstore foundation (or even a high-end foundation) that is hydrating can be quite frustrating! I have been doing my research on the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation that is new to the UK and I contacted Rimmel to find out when it would be launching in the US....sadly it won't be here in the US until January 2013!!! How crazy is that??? Very disappointing but I think I have found a good replacement in this Almay Wake Up liquid foundation!

  There are 6 shades in this line of foundation. VERY limited. For those of you with dark skin this foundation will probably not work for you. I chose the color 040 neutral, it was difficult to choose a color because they all look *extremely* similar. The formula is quite thick and gooey, very close to the consistency of Chanel Vitalumiere. It gives light to medium coverage, not extremely buildable due to the thick consistency. It is *SO* glowy and dewy. Not necessarily bad for individuals with dry skin because it is supposed to hydrate but this is absolutely not not NOT for oily skin. This foundation is SPF 20 and has a slight shimmer to it but nothing overwhelming. I find that this foundation applies best with the Sigma F80 flat top kabuki brush because you can really work it into the skin for a flawless look. 

  Overall I'm pleased with this foundation, good coverage, dewy finish, and good hydration for dry skin. Disappointed in the color range but this color works well for my skintone so I can't really complain! Even for people with dry skin you will need to set it with powder and touch it up throughout the day. I will do a video review on this foundation in the next few days if you are interested in seeing how I apply it and my feelings after I have been able to use it for longer. Don't forget to check out my YouTube channel!!
xoxo Melby

Monday, June 18, 2012

Melby's Top 5 Lipsticks! (and some bonus items)

Hey guys! Today I decided to share my favorite lipsticks (and some bonus items!) to go along with my favorite blushes! I hope you enjoy and don't forget to check out My YouTube Channel :)
xoxo Melby

Products mentioned:
 MAC Runaway Red (Satin) - dark blue-based red (possible dupe: MUFE #48)
 Lancome L'Absolu Nu: Coral Ribbon - sheer burnt orange
 Revlon Lip Butter: Pink Truffle - pinkish brown
 Chanel Rouge Coco Shine: Elise 59 - berry rose
 MAC Viva Glam V (lustre) - pinky nude brown 
 Josie Maran Argan Lip Treatment: Sweet Pea - sheer rose
 Josie Maran Argan Lip Liner: Blush - medium brown rose
 Lancome La Laque Fever: Ravishing Coral - shimmering coral peach
 Lancome Rouge In Love: Lasting Kiss - nude pinkish brown

Friday, June 15, 2012

Special Event Eyes : A Tutorial

Today I decided to film an all around makeup tutorial for any and all special occasions from prom to graduation to a night out! Below are all the products that I used and some pictures of the finished look.
Don't forget to check out the video on My YouTube Channel :)
xoxo Melby

Products Used:
MAC Paint Pot - Constructivist
Urban Decay Book of Shadows IV - Missionary, Lost, Gravity, Midnight Cowgirl
 L'Oreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense
Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes
MAC #33 Lashes
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush - Exposed
Benefit Bene-Tint
Lancome Rouge In Love - Lasting Kiss

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Melby's Top 5 Blushers!

Heyyyyy-o!!! Today is a great morning to upload and video and some swatches:D it is a beautiful day outside and I am ready to share my top 5 favorite blushers of all time! I did include 2 limited edition blushes (only because they honestly are my favorites and I would be lying if I didn't include them) but I made sure to include some dupes so I don't just say, "Here are 2 *AMAZING* blushes and you will never be able to have them." I know I hate when people do that so I wanted to make sure to include some good dupes in case you want to try them out. *SO* let's get started.....

1. Lancome Blush Subtil - Rose Fresque: dusty rose-y pink
2. Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush - Exposed: nude, neutral plum w/ a hint of pink
3. Josie Maran Argan Color Stick - Sweet Pea: rose- pink w/ a hint of sparkle
4. MAC Mineralize Blush - Subtle Breeze (possible dupe: NYX English Rose): cool-toned, blue-based pink with a subtle pink glow
5. MAC Blush - Darkly My Dear (possible dupe: MAC Prism Blush): dirtied plum brown

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Emma Watson MTV Movie Awards Makeup: Mint Madness!

Heyllo all! My favorite look from the MTV Movie Awards was absolutely Emma Watson. I loved her purple, fun dress with the relaxed hair and *GORGEOUS* mint eyeshadow:D I hope that you guys enjoy this and don't forget to watch my tutorial on My YouTube Channel!

 Products Used:
MAC Paint Pot - Soft Ochre
Lancome 5 Pan Eyeshadow Palette - Mint Jolie
Lancome Liner Design - Black Fishnets
Lancome Definicils Mascara
Josie Maran Argan Color Stick - Summer Lovin'
Lancome Rouge In Love lipstick - Lasting Kiss

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Emma Stone MTV Movie Awards Makeup (perfect for a summer date!)

 Absolutely loved this look and when I saw here oat the award ceremony I knew I had to recreate this. A super simple eye look with black liner and a bold coral-y pink lip, perfect for a date or everyday! Don't forget to watch my video tutorial on this look:)
P.S. I didn't include a picture of the complete look because my (crappy) camera kept blowing out the lips and making them look bright orange so I just included closeups and you can check out the video for a complete look!

Products used:
Revlon Creme Eyeshadow Quad - Not Just Nudes
Too Faced Naked Eye Palette - Like a Virgin (grey/brown matte color)
L'Oreal Lineur Intense Carbon Black (felt tip)
Lancome Definicils Mascara
Salon Perfect Individual Lashes
Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush - Flushed*
Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain - Rendezvous*

*Actual products used on Emma by her makeup artist for the show:)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

REVIEW: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain

SO as promised here are my Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains and swatches! I will also link my video review from My YouTube Channel! Love these balm stains. In short, they are a highly pigmented, hydrating, long-lasting lip product that I HIGHLY recommend. 
xoxo Melby