Neutral Glittery Eyes

I'm baaaaack! I finally got the chance to sit down to film and edit a video for you! The blog got away from me this summer but I'm hoping to get back to my regular posting schedule this fall, with something new every week or two. I've missed you!

The video I filmed this week is a simple neutral glittery eye look with products that I've been using on a daily basis since mid-summer. I had to come back with a little bang, so I went for something super sparkly but wearable. I also show you my latest obsession in individual lashes - Picky Lashes. These little cluster lashes are unique shapes, very natural looking, and really easy to apply. Game-changer.

See how the look comes together in the video below! xo KL

PRODUCTS USED:

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water - Medium
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz - Caramel
Clinique Chubby Stick For Eyes - Fuller Fudge 03
Bobbi Brown Telluride Palette for Eyes - Antique Rose, Velvet Plum, Blazing Star
Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon - Jazzberry
YSL Radiant Touch - 3
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer - Medium 2 "Ginger"
CoverGirl Lash Exact Mascara
Picky Lashes - Classic
Stila Convertible Color - Petunia
Paula's Choice Sun Kissed Custom Color Bronzer
NARS Satin Lip Pencil - Rikugein

Electric Coral

It's the season for bright bold lips! Hot pinks, vibrant reds, and punchy corals are a few of my favorite lip colors for spicing up my summer makeup routine. They look great against bronzed summer skin and can be worn casually with a little concealer and mascara for an effortlessly cool makeup for après-beach cocktails. In this video I pair an electric coral lip with sparkling gold and copper eyes. Check out how I did it! xo KL

PRODUCTS USED:
Too Faced HangoveRx Primer
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer - NC35
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz - Caramel
L'Oreal Color Tattoo 24hr - 45 Bold Gold
NARS  Eyeshadow - Galapagos
The Balm Overshadow - No Money, No Honey
Inglot Body Sparkle - 64
MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter - Bright Forecast
CoverGirl Lashblast Clump Crusher Mascara
Hourglass Illume - Bronze Light
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick - Electric Coral
Tarte Cheek Stain - Flush

Recent Go-To Favorites

My schedule has been so busy the last few weeks, that I found myself sticking to a fairly consistent makeup routine that was easy to adjust to day or night with a few product swaps. These products have been my recent "go-to" favorites because they are neutral, quick to use, and wear well on long days. I add some interest with metallic pencils and a wash of glittery shadow when I want to get fancy, but nothing too precise or complicated. Check out the video below to see the look and all of the products I've been loving! xo KL

PRODUCTS USED:

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer - NC 35

Dior Diorskin Star Foundation - 40

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz - Caramel

NARS Pro Prime

NARS Eyeshadow - Galapagos

NARS Eyeshadow - Christopher Kane Collection - Outer Limits

L'Oreal Silkissime Eyeliner - Silver and Gold

By Terry Ombre Blackstar - Brown Perfection

CoverGirl Lash Exact Mascara

Hourglass Illume Cream-to-Powder Bronzer Duo - Bronze Light

Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush - Water Lily

Nudestix Lip + Cheek Pencil - Mystic/Whisper


Brow Filling

Getting back to basics this week with a video about eyebrow filling! Brows are so important because they frame your eyes and bring balance to the entire face. I get LOTS of questions about eyebrows, so I thought I would finally make a video to show you some of the best products and techniques. I'll talk through some of my favorite brow products and formulas, show you how I fill my own brows, and end with some more explanation on my favorite techniques to get your best brows. Lots of great info in this video if you've been struggling! Hope it helps! xo KL


PRODUCTS USED:

MAC Eyeshadows: Omega, Charcoal Brown, Coquette, Mystery

Make Up Forever Aqua Brow

Anastasia Beverly Hills - Brow Wiz, Dip Brow, Brow Powder

Maybelline Great Lash Clear

*Mentioned Benefit Gimme Brow (tinted brow gel)

Pink & Grey Evening Makeup

With lots of proms and weddings on the calendar in May and June, I wanted to create an evening makeup that felt soft enough for Spring but dramatic enough to wear for a special occasion. Grey is the perfect shade to add subtle smokiness to the eyes without going overboard. It helps neutralize the sparkling pink eyeshadow by making it more wearable and sophisticated. A few individual lashes, glossy pink lips, and my new favorite cream blush completed the look. Check out the video below to see how it was done! xo KL

PRODUCTS USED:

Too Faced Hangover Primer
MAC Pro Longwear Concealers NC 30 and NC 35
Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Foundation 42 Golden Light
Revlon Photo Ready Eye Art - Fuchsia Flash
L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow - 998 Sultry Smoke
Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadow - Bubbly
MAC Pro Longwear Eye Pencil - Definitely Black
MAC Give Me Sun Bronzer
CoverGirl Lash Exact Mascara
Kiss Trio Lashes - I used the short length
Duo Adhesive - Dark Tone
MAC Casual Colour - Relaxation
MAC Lip Pencil - Hip 'N Happy
MAC Lipglass - Snob

Nighttime Skincare Routine

Instead of putting makeup ON my face in this week's video, I'm taking it OFF! Skincare is by far the most important step in any beauty routine. When your skin is in good condition, makeup application is so much easier and the results are far better. It often takes years of trial and error before you find the products that truly suit your skin to make it balanced and healthy. Everyone has different skin types and concerns, so it is important to tailor your skincare routine to suit your personal needs. What works for your friend, mom, or sister may not work for you. Be mindful of ingredients and observant of how your skin reacts to certain products.

This year, I have finally put together a consistent skincare routine that has been working well for my combination skin that can be a little sensitive and breakout-prone. I must credit Paula Begoun and her "Beautypedia" for helping me learn more about product ingredients and how products actually work on the skin from a scientific perspective. If you are interested in learning more about the products you currently use and their ingredients, look them up on the Beautypedia. Warning: I have lost hours of my life geeking-out on that site!

Some helpful skincare tips I've learned through the years:

1. Opt for the most basic non-drying gentle cleanser to wash the face. It's only on your face for a few minutes before you rinse it away, so fancy ingredients don't even have time to do their job. You want the cleanser to remove makeup and debris from the skin but you don't want to over-strip it of its natural oils.

2. Avoid products with heavy fragrances, as they can often be the most irritating ingredients! Opt for "fragrance-free" when possible.

3. Manual exfoliants (such as grainy textured products labeled as "scrubs") can actually be more damaging than beneficial to the skin due to their rough texture that can cause micro tears on the surface of the skin (I'm looking at you, St. Ives Apricot Scrub). Try products containing chemical exfoliants such as Alpha Hydroxy Acid (Glycolic or Lactic Acids) or Beta Hydroxy Acid (Salicylic) which penetrate deeper into the skin than manual exfoliants, to gently digest the dead skin cells.

4. Don't pick at your breakouts! This tip is easier said than done, but try to restrain yourself and hide that magnifying mirror. Squeezing a pimple can be very satisfying, but it can bring about more trouble than it's worth. Broken capillaries, scarring, and spreading acne-causing bacteria are just a few problems that can be avoided by leaving that zit alone.

Check out the video below to see my nighttime skincare routine filmed right at my bathroom sink! *The products used in this video are the ones that have been working for my particular skin. I am not recommending them for everyone.*

PRODUCTS USED:

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

Muslin Cloths (I order from Amazon.com)

Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Toner

Paula's Choice 2% BHA Liquid (mentioned but not used in this video)

Paula's Choice Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment 4% BHA

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II

Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado


Casual Undone Glamour

Sometimes the coolest makeup looks are the ones that seem like you haven't tried too hard. This week I wanted to take some notoriously glamorous favorites such as red lipstick and liquid eyeliner, and use them in a way that looks effortlessly chic. Every step of this look is perfectly imperfect, so it's great for a quick workday face or even a Sunday brunch. Check out the video below and give it a try...but don't try too hard :) xo KL

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PRODUCTS USED:

MAC Conceal and Correct Palette - Medium
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage - SC 4
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz - Medium Brown
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner - Trooper
L'Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eye Liner - Highlighter
MAC Give Me Sun Bronzer
CoverGirl Lash Exact Mascara
Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder - Medium
Revlon Colorburst Laquer Balm - 135 Femme Fatale

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Bronze Goddess Vacation Makeup

Mexico here I come! I'm packing my bags and taking my first vacation in 8 years! While planning what to pack for my trip, I started pulling the makeup I wanted to bring and decided to use my selections in this week's video. Naturally, I'm hoping a few days under the Mexican sun will transform me into a bronze goddess, so the colors I've chosen to complement my imminent tan are warm coppers, browns, and peaches. Check out the video below for some good tips and products that are easy to pack, apply, and adapt to a gradually tanning complexion. Happy Spring Break, everyone! See you in two weeks :) xo KL

PRODUCTS USED:

Estee Lauder Enlighten EE Even Effect Skintone Corrector - Medium
MAC Conceal and Correct Palette - Medium
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz - Dark Brown
Revlon PhotoReady Eye Art - Burnished Bling
By Terry Ombre Blackstar Color-Fix Cream Eyeshadow- 13 Brown Perfection
MAC Give Me Sun Bronzer
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed - Opal
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens
Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow - Tansoleil
Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss  - Rock Star

Spring Makeup - All Drugstore!

Even though I'm still wearing my winter coat, the calendar says it's officially Spring, and the calendar does not lie. We made it! It's been a while since I did a complete drugstore look and I knew it was time to do another one when I was in Walgreens last week. Innocently enough, I was there to buy toothpaste and Q-tips but somehow after 20 minutes I looked down at my basket and it was filled with makeup. I don't know how this always happens to me? So this week's video is full of the products from that trip. The lipstick and blush brighten up a basic neutral eye and make this look cheerful and perfect for Spring. Hope you give it a try! xoKL

PRODUCTS USED:

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte - 105
Milani Eyeshadows - 03 Bella Cappuccino, 24 Bella Bronze
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer - 25 Medium
CoverGirl Lash Exact Mascara
L'Oreal Visible Lift Blur Blush - 502 Soft Pink
Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick - 825 Hydrangea


Emerald Smoky Eye & Apricot Lips

This week's video inspiration came from the makeup Kyle Richards wore on a recent episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. My cousin sent me a text last week asking if I had seen Kyle's makeup on the episode where the ladies attended Lisa's surprise party. Naturally, I had seen the episode (because I love those crazy housewives) and promised her I would do a little research to see if I could recreate the look. I love how she wore dark emerald green eyes with a peachier glossy lip. In fact, I think they are perfect colors for a festive yet wearable March look that would be great for St. Patrick's Day. Check out the video below to see how I put it all together! xoKL

PRODUCTS USED:

Bare Minerals Bare Skin Foundation - Bare Nude 09
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz - Medium Brown
By Terry Ombre Blackstar Eyeshadow - Midnight Forest 10
MAC Eyeshadow - Humid
Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadow - Sugar
Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadow - Ibiza
Chanel Le Volume Mascara
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
MAC Bronzer - Give Me Sun
Buxom Blush - Breathless
L'Oreal Infallible Lip Liner - Nude
MAC Lipglass - Pink Lemonade

Cobalt Blue Liner & Gold Lids

Earlier this week I was getting ready to meet a client and instead of mindlessly applying my go-to neutral makeup, I grabbed a bold cobalt blue eyeliner and changed things up a little bit. You may have seen a preview of this look a few days ago when I posted about it on Instagram and asked if I should film it. You kindly responded with "yes" so check out the video below to see how it was done! xo KL

PRODUCTS USED:

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
MAC Prep + Prime Highlighting Pen - Bright Forecast
Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation - 10
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage - SC 4
Nars Pro Prime
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz - Medium Brown
Lorac Pro Palette - Gold, Taupe
L'Oreal Silkissime Eyeliner - Cobalt Blue
Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette - Heroine
Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel
Stila Field of Florals Convertible Color Palette - Petunia
Lorac Alter Ego Lipstick - Duchess

Valentine's Day Makeup

Lipstick lovers, this one's for you! If you've watched my videos before, you know that I love myself a nude lip. Once in a while I drag myself out of my comfort zone and paint my kisser in a bold hue for special occasions or when I'm feeling spicy. In this week's video, I tried a few products that I often see repeatedly used and loved by other YouTube makeup artists and beauty bloggers. One of those products was the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick. INCREDIBLE. It goes on as a silky smooth liquid and dries to a vibrantly pigmented, incredibly long-lasting matte finish. While I head back to Sephora to stock up on more shades of this stuff, you can check out the video below to see it in action along with some other fantastic new favorites. xo KL

PRODUCTS USED:

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation - BD 50
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage - SC4
NARS Pro Prime
Lorac Pro Palette 2
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer - Custard
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Eye Pencil - Jet
CoverGirl Lash Exact Mascara
The Balm Overshadow - No Money, No Honey
Andrea Duralash Naturals  - Medium and Short
Duo Adhesive - Dark Tone
Bare Minerals Matte - Golden Medium
Bare Minerals Concealer - Well Rested
MAC Bronzer - Give Me Sun
The Balm - Mary Lou Manizer
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick - BAUHAU5


Icy Lilac Inspired

This week's look is my way of hinting at Spring while accepting the fact that there is snow on the ground and lots more coming! The inspiration came from the fresh tulips and hyacinths I had on my kitchen counter that created a lovely contrast against the icy mounds of snow outside the windows. With sheer washes of purple on the eyes and a touch of frosty silver to highlight, this look is a cheerful way to add some Spring color to your frozen winter day. Hope you enjoy! xo KL

PRODUCTS USED:

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer - SX08
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter - Moonstone
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage - SC4
NARS Pro Prime
Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Eye Stick - On The Verge
Stila Eyes Are the Window Palette - Body
L'Oreal Silkissime Eyeliner - Silver
Jordan Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara
Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush On Glow BB Highlighter - Medium Light (W)
Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel
YSL Kiss & Blush - #9
 *I mentioned NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream "Addis Ababa" as a dupe for YSL Kiss & Blush #1

EASY Long Wear Eyes

Maybe it's because I'm a makeup artist and I think about these things all day, but I find it so incredibly satisfying when I look in the mirror after work and my makeup still looks like it was freshly applied. Hallelujah, I don't have to wash my face and start from scratch! You guys know what I'm talking about. Well, last weekend it happened and I was so pleased with how well my eye makeup lasted 8+ hours that I thought you might like to know how I did it. I should also mention that it was only TWO eye products (plus mascara). Does it get any better than that? Check out the video below! xo KL

PRODUCTS USED:

YSL Fusion Ink Foundation - BD55
NARS Pro Prime
Revlon Photo Ready Eye Art - 060 Peach Prism
By Terry Ombre Blackstar Color Fix Creme Shadow - #13 Brown Perfection
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser - Neutralizer
MAC Studio Finish Concealer - NC30
MAC Eyelash Curler
Jordana Best Lash Volumizing Extreme Mascara
MAC Bronzer - Give Me Sun
Tart Cheek Stain - Flush
MAC Lipglass - Rags to Riches (Objects of Affection Collection) *limited edition

JLo Golden Globes 2015

Red Carpet season has begun and this week I'm taking inspiration from The Golden Globes! Admittedly, I only tune in to see the gowns, hair, and makeup (of course), so this year I decided to pick a favorite look and recreate it for you in a video tutorial! The title has already revealed that my pick was Jennifer Lopez! It's possible that I have a mildly unhealthy obsession with JLo, so I may be playing favorites here, but as soon as I saw her on the red carpet I knew that was the makeup I would be doing in this week's video. You all know I favor a smoky eye and nude lip combo, so this look is right up my alley. Paired with Barbie hair and a sparkling gown, JLo stole the show! Makeup artist, Mary Phillips created the look and was kind enough to share some of the products that she used here. Take a look at the video below to see my version! xo KL