matte shadow lover

1I recently noticed how many obscure matte shadows I had in my makeup bag. I love them because they change up my everyday makeup look with one little swipe of color.  I figured I could not be alone in my mad love for matte eye shadow so I decided to share my list with you all. So here it is, my list of very high pigmented matte shadows.

 

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M.A.C.- Dirty Martini, Yogurt, and Blackberry

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Chanel- Rose De Mai, Slate, Hasard

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Laura Mercier- Cashmere and Ginger

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NYX- Blame it on midnight

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Wet n Wild- Creme Brulee

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Bobbi Brown- Antique Rose, Heather, Toast, Cool Ivory, and Shell

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Matte shadow colors allow you to blend and make muted smokey looks with ease. They also mix well with shimmery shadows. I use multiple matte shadows in every single make over I do, and as you can see they are what the majority of my makeup bag is filled with. 2

All of the shadows listed are very high pigmented. Head to your nearest department store to see for yourself! Some of these are absolute must haves!!

Im always looking to add more to my list. What are some of your favorites?!

xo

Mandy

Spring Beauty Trends

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By now spring is well underway. Hopefully the warm weather has made it’s way to you and you are fully indulging in the season. Along with warmer temps and floral patterns comes spring makeup! It can be overwhelming to walk into a beauty store ill prepared so I’m here to guide you a bit. Give you a quick list of the latest trends, plus share a few of my favs with you. Oh and for you make up novices out there, don’t fret one of the trends is “minimalist”.

According to Harpers Bazaar the cosmetic trends from the runway are fine lines, flaming lips, brown eyed girls, flash of color, bare minimum, purple haze, smoke show, and bronze age. So not just your typical glowy bronzed skin, soft lips, and wispy lashes. Some of these techniques are a little out there, but can be modified. Once you read up on them you will start to subtly see them everywhere!7502a53e52bf80e36f0cbcfad92fd698

Fine Lines- This is referencing eye liner techniques. While I love a striking thick line or a cat eye from time to time my new favorite way of lining is called tight lining. This is when you focus the color on the upper underneath root of your lashes (I definitely need to do a video on this in the near future). While most days I stick to black I’ve been playing around with deep purples, navy, and emerald for an added pop. Go to product for tight lining is Chanel’s stylo yeux waterproof crayon. It comes is countless colors so think outside of the box, and it’s waterproof so it will stay put all day! A comparable cost efficient product would be Revlon’s color stay eyeliner3af23983e8c2c4ddef9df6aff21ad3ec

Flaming lips- Bring on the color baby! There is just something about the warm weather and the end of winter that makes me want to pull out my corals and bright pinks. However, I have to ask myself where am I going?! Oh yeah it’s just me and the kids all day every day ha! So save the bold lips for date night (if your husband is into that kind of thing) and incorporate the trend by wearing springy sheers. Dior Addict lip glow is genius. It’s a reviving lip balm that slowly turns your lips a very natural shade of pink or coral. Another option is Sephora’s color reveal lip balm in pink, or e.l.f. lip stain.

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Brown eyed girls- Neutral shadows. You may have seen some of the cosmetic spring launches and thought the models were hardly wearing any eye makeup. Thats because a lot of spring trends are all about the nudes. Nars spring line even muted out the lips for a completely washed out look that was still somehow stunning. My go to’s in this category are nude pallets such as Urban Decay Naked or Maybeline The Nudes. When playing with the colors try a smokey brown look for a change. It might quickly become a favorite.

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Flash of color- When I see this trend it tends to be played up by funky eyeshadows.  While this looks great on the runway, it’s not realistic in mommy world. I like to pop my color on my cheeks. Have you ever really played with blush?! There are so many great colors out there that can change up your look in a snap. Nars just came out with a dual intensity blush that can be used wet or dry. They can easily be made sheer or bold with different applications. Honestly you just have to check out all of Nars blushes. Once you try one you are going to want to start a whole blush wardrobe, trust me! Dupe is e.l.f. cosmetics blushes9ef001a6c7e5a5e3764c8d260f348b20

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Bare Minimum- Can I get an Amen?!? Finally the tired mom look is a trend ha! Okay okay what this really means is how can you apply your makeup in a way that makes you look like you aren’t wearing makeup. Tricky eh?! To me the biggest key to this is eyebrows. If you groom and pencil in your brows you will instantly look more put together. So start there. I like Dior’s universal brow styler, IT cosmetics universal brow, Chanel brow pencils, Laura Mercier’s brow powder, Anastasia’s brow pomade (for intense brows), and Sonia Kashuk brow kit.

The second part of this is foundation. Now again this is a subject that requires it’s own blog post, but a product that I wear everyday (usually on top of another foundation, but can also be worn alone) is Chanel’s hydrating Le Beige powder. I use this mostly as a bronzing powder, but thats only because I purchased mine two shades up from my natural color for that purpose. A hydrating powder is very unique, and this particular one has spf in it. Using this product is like wearing the best instagram filter around all day. Check out Maybeline’s Fit me foundation for a similar look.

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Purple Haze- Yes purple always seems to be popular in the spring. We find Lavender everywhere! But have you tried it on your eyes? Try smudging your favorite purple shade underneath the eye for a touch of daytime smokey. If purple just isn’t your thing try tight lining with a plum pencil, or tipping the lashes with purple mascara.

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Smoke Show- The blacker the better this season. Usually I’m teaching clients how to do a “natural smokey”, but this season we go bold. The easiest way I have found to achieve this look is by taking a soft black pencil and smudging it all over the lid first. This creates a smokey base to start with. Next wet your brush and dip it into black shadow. Simply press the color onto the lid and let dry. Finish off by rimming the eyes with deep black liner and multiple coats of mascara. Pair up with a pale nude lip. Plus this355997bf77d01083379139129eeadf3anars-illuminator

Bronze Age- Illuminators and conturing. First drastically contour the skin then watch it blend in as you apply the rest of your makeup. i like Kat von D’s contouring kit and Nars Ita brush. I promise to do a video on this soon too. I’ve also heard great review on the Anastasia Beverly Hills kit.  If you like sticks try Nars matte multiple or NYX wonder stick.  NYX also makes a great illuminator that compares to the Nars illuminators. Both great products to give your skin an added Island glow.

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Who’s excited to play in their makeup bag during nap time?! Hopefully this list gives you a starting point and helps you know which products you may need to purchase. I find that trying one new makeup trick each day excites me and actually makes me want to get ready. Taking a little extra time while getting ready will give you an added boost of confidence guaranteed!

xoxo

Mandy

*images via Pinterest and Harpers Bazaar

Clarins- Not your grandma’s makeup

Have you heard of Inspo?! It’s a site designed to bring women together in a positive way. I find daily encouragement through their insta feed and blog, and so many tips and tricks to make mom life easier. I just so happen to be the beauty contributor for them, and here is my latest piece. Read the full version over on Inspo!!!

 

A brand that I feel gets totally overlooked by younger women is Clarins. While they aren’t known to be a color line there are so many other great products! Let’s just say this counter is a hidden gem. For starters their vast skincare line has been around since the 50’s and is all plant based. In 1954 Clarins started as a beauty institute in Paris with prestigious spas all over the world that still remain today. You may feel overwhelmed when stepping up to the counter because they literally have a cream or serum for everything! Any beauty stylist could point you in the right direction, but I am going to list out a few of my favorite things which just so happen to be perfect items for spring!

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1. The self tanners!!!!!!!! I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about these. Clarins is by far the most advanced in sunless tanning. They have creams, gels, face and body, just face, just legs, you name it they have it! Plus the best sunscreen,  spf lip balms, and after sun care. Check out the new Radiance plus- Golden glow booster. 365 days of summer in a bottle. Only $30 for the face and $45 for body.

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Beauty 101- Brows

Don’t skip the brows ladies! About half of the women I do make up on say they never fill in their eyebrows. Even if you are just brushing through them with a clear gel don’t skip this step. It is so important to framing your face and making all of your other features stand out.

Ok so I did a little bit of an extreme job so that you could really see the difference. ^^^ Making videos of yourself is so whacky! Anyways I hope this helps.

Chanel Brow Pencil $29

Dior brow styler $29

Trish McEvoy precision brow shaper $28

Laura Mercier powder $24

Anastasia Brows– If you are a complete novice make and appointment with a specialist from Anastasia. They will help shape your brows and sell you the perfect products all catered to you!

xo

Mandy

A Girlie Easter Basket

Playing Easter bunny was more fun than ever this year. Adding a girl to the mix opens a world of opportunities. I have compiled a list of my go to shops this spring for your shopping convenience. Here are some of the things that will be popping out of Aniston’s easter basket this year. Enjoy.1 2

1. I buy a lot of stuff from the Fawn Shoppe. Everything in this shop is so cute and it is free shipping in the US. The Kiko wooden star cookies are definitely a fav. Along with the Seedling jump rope, Malieg carrot rattle, and the Jess Brown bunny.

2. Minikin bunny ears, yes please!

3. How could you ever pass up this Stella McCartney bunny romper. It’s just so stinkin cute.

4. Jellycats are always a must in my book. I love this woodland bunny stufftie

5. Little Crane Headbands are just so sweet. I want one of each color.

6. Bannor toys hit it out of the park with the bunny teether.

7. And how adorable is the Honest company’s pineapple diaper cover?!

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For the kid’s easter baskets this year I decided to go to Target and buy wire baskets that I will actually repurpose in their rooms once the holiday is over. This threshold one matches Aniston’s room so perfectly with the hint of rose gold on the handle.

4 5These are some items on my wish list. These vendors are so amazing, but they are one woman shops and can only make so many pieces. So unfortunately their items go very quickly. They are still worth checking out and wishing and hoping!! K&elphy sandals and Heart me Luv bunny romper. Be still my heart!!

 And lastly these itty bitty bunny bracelets made by yours truly!! Guys they are so adorable in person. These little pieces of bling are sure to amp up your little’s easter attire! More info to come on my instagram page monday. They are limited, so be on the lookout!!

Hoppy Shopping xo

Mandy

Beauty 101: Loose curls

For those who have been asking here is a peek at how I do my loose beachy curls.

 

I use a 3/4″ barrel curling iron on at least 1 day dirty hair. I start on one side of the head and work my way around changing directions of the curl to make it random throughout. Once my whole head is curled I go back through and fix any random pieces that I may want to have a bit of extra curl. Hope this helps!

XO,

Mandy

 

I have a daughter. pinch me.

10922755_836934740703_4772377572231725904_n 10492150_834524346153_985563326102425206_n If you can’t tell I’m fully enjoying having a girl!! Although we don’t wear pink everyday, I love having pink as an option! It was exactly one year ago that I found out I would get to be a little girl mommy, and it’s a day I never want to forget. I had pictured the moment in my mind over and over. Every time I thought about hearing those words “It’s a girl” I couldn’t help but cry. It has definitely always been a dream of mine. Not that I don’t LOVE my little boys (they are such a blessing in so many ways) but I’ve always longed for that female bond. I talked to God about it a lot. I prayed for a daughter. I know that may sound weird, but I had honest conversations with God.  He ultimately knows all the desires of my heart, so why would I lie in my prayers. I also prayed that if I was not meant to have a girl that He would comfort me and fill that longing in other ways. I totally trusted in His plan for my life, and went into the ultrasound with such a peaceful heart.

It was Valentine’s day and Brooks was very sick. Our lunch date and ultrasound turned into taking him to urgent care and Panera in bed. He still wanted to go with me to the ultrasound but I wanted him to stay and rest. As I was walking out the door I heard him hobble down the stairs and say that he just couldn’t miss it. He knew how big of a moment this was for me and our family and he really wanted to be a part of it. Looking back Brooks being sick was all part of the plan.  Instead of being super nervous while the technician moved all around my belly all I could think about was my sick husband sitting by my side trying to hold in coughs, sweating and breaking a fever. I went into mom mode. I wanted to baby him and take care of him. It was taking the technician an awkwardly long time and she finally had me get up and drink some juice. Later she told me that she thought she saw the three lines earlier but needed to be sure. When she said those three words I was longing to hear, “it’s a girl”, we both just stared blankly. Maybe we were in shock. I definitely didn’t respond the way I thought I would. She actually looked at me and said “are you happy?” Hahahaha YES!!!! I’m so happy I can’t even express it. I felt exactly how I felt on my wedding day. So many emotions that I was emotionless. Does that make sense? Like I want to laugh, cry, jump up and down all at the same time.

Anyways I can’t count the number of times over the next few weeks that it would just hit me and I would start to cry. I’m going to have a girl. My life is going to change so much. We won’t have an all boy house anymore. I feel like I won the lottery! Now that she is here I still pinch myself. I dreamed of her as a child. She is so much better than I could of ever even imagined. I’ll report back to you when we are in the junior high stage, but for now it’s purse bliss.

Here is a video I made last year as an ode to our little princess.

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