Velvet59 Coral Canyon

This is a great transitional look for spring/summer. The main focus of the look is the coral lips with a warm smokey eye. Create this look:

I started with a clean face of course. Once my face was ready, I began with my primer. Lately I’ve been using Prime Light from Milani. This my favorite drug store primer. It gives off a strobing effect while minimizing your pores.

I’m olive tone and have a yellowish undertone; color correcting is a must for me. I started with L’Oreal’s Visible Lift eye CC cream in Light. I naturally have dark circles under my eyes and this works well for it. This also helps fill in those fine lines. For the rest of my face I used Almay’s CC cream in Light/Medium. By the time I am done I have an even complexion with a natural blurred effect. Did I mention both of these products you can get at your local drugstore? This contains SPF35 for that added protection.

My foundation is another drugstore haul. Its Wet N Wild’s photofocus foundation in Bronze Beige. This is one of the best photogenic foundations that has recently come out and completely affordable. It’s a medium to full coverage and definitely buildable if you need it. I followed with a Nyx HD concealer in CW04 (Beige). It goes on really creamy and blends really well. It’s minerally enriched which gives it that photogenic quality to it. I set everything with Drew Barrymore’s cosmetics line Flower Beauty’s loose powder in L02 (Light). This is a pretty sheer powder and set everything nicely.

Moving on to those pretty lids. I used a primer by Elizabeth Mott called Thank Me Later. Make sure you don’t have anything on your lids prior to the application, if not it will get all clumpy. Once your lids are set, I used the Natural Matte Palette by Too Faced. I absolutely love this palette. Its my go to palette for those natural, warm looks. I started with Risque and worked into my crease; make sure to blend this out for the smokey effect. I followed with Sexpresso on the outer corner and blended it inwards. I used a pencil brush to apply some under my waterline. I patted Heaven  on the inner corners and inner lids; make sure their it slightly blends with the darker colors.

For my eyebrows I filled them in slightly with Benefit’s Ka-brow in #6. I wanted to keep them natural, so, I feathered it light across my brows. I cleaned them up with Tarte’s Tartiest Contour Palette. I used #2 (corrector) and brushed it around my brows. I set my brows with Rimmel’s Brow This Way eyebrow gel in clear.  I lined my eyes with Bobbi Brown’s gel eyeliner in Espresso Ink. I also darken the color under my waterline with it as well. It really tied the whole look together.

I went back in with Tarte’s contour palette and cleaned up around my eyes with #2. For my bronzer I used Milani’s baked bronzer in #04 Glow. This gives you that golden goddess bronze, something to have for the summer. For my blush and highlight I used Tarte’s contour palette. This blush gives my skin tone that naturally flushed looked. While the highlight is a muted matte, it accentuates the features just right while still looking natural. I don’t always use falsies, I used mascara only this time. I used Make Up For Ever’s Smokey Extravagant mascara in black. If you’re not careful with this it will clump, I advise do NOT use too many coats, two each sufficed. Last but not least, I used Paris Manning’s line Velvet59 of lipstick from the Malibu Sunset collection in Coral Canyon.

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Sanrio Crate!!

I was so excited to receive this crate. I had seen sneak peeks and let me tell you, it was getting me anxious. Well it’s finally here. Lets go through each one. Lets begin with the packaging. #LootcrateΒ as always has wonderful concepts with all their packaging. I am a subscriber for both #Lootanime and their #Sanriocrate. I am a little bit on the addicted side of subscription services. This month’s crate theme was “friendship”. They definitely nailed it with all the products and packing. Every month their boxes turn into something and for this month, it turned into a mailbox, it was super adorable.

The first thing I open of course are the mugs of Hello Kitty and Daniel. The colors were superb for a spring box. The pastel colors really complimented what I opened next. Which were the two small plushies of Hello Kitty and Daniel. They fit just right in the mugs and unlike the pastel colors, they were a bold red and blue combo. They pair are just lovely and sitting pretty on my desk.

Next was the infinite scarf. I loved this too. I have not tried it on yet. I live in Florida and its summer. No way! However, come the 3 seconds of winter we get here, I will be rocking the hell out of that scarf. The scarf is gorgeous. The material is light and something that I can wear down here. Its practical in color as well. Black goes with everything. For being an eye-catching accessories, I am glad that it isn’t too loud with a super-duper amount of character all over. The Twin Stars are the characters for the scarf. The twins are sprinkled through the scarf without overkill. Furthermore, they are just outlined with a holograpic effect that makes it look mesmerizing. Its pretty stunning when worn just right.

Omg! The pin set!! They are just adorable. The pair featured for this was Patty and Jimmy. I am not really familiar with them but the pin set was beautiful. The craftmanship was wonderful. Then there was a Melody charm. The charm was so cute and I added it to my key chain. Last but not a least a cute little stationary set to write letters to your friends. I have that too on my desk. It’s just the cutest stuff. I really loved this months crate and I am looking forward to many more.