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50 Shades of… Red

Published May 17, 2016 by lesleyhope

You know how your friend walks into brunch with some sort of BEAUTIFUL bright red lip and you immediately know two things: 1) you want that color 2) you will never look the same in that same color.

I got to think the other day when this happened to me. Some girls I work with can pull off these beautiful warm toned red shades- the ones that error on the side of red-orange. They’re beautiful!… on them. On me… not so much. And that’s totally ok. One of the most important things I have learned throughout my lifetime is shades and tones of color are important to know. And no, I am not going to get all complex with the color wheel and color theory. I could, because I take an interest in colors. It’s much more simple than that. I just want to break it down with one color. Red!

Red is a color that looks good on everyone. It really does. Everyone should just aim to find the shade of red that suits their skin tone, hair, eyes and most of all CONFIDENCE! Feeling good and loving the color you have on your lips is most of the battle. I personally love greys/taupes and I JUST started wearing them in public.

Let’s take my red lipsticks for example. I went through all of my reds last night and found some patterns. One, I love the cool toned, blue-based reds. Two, I don’t mess with any reds that start going orange. Three, I have reddish pinks but don’t prefer them. There. Those are my red preferences summed up. Maybe if I ever went to Mexico for a tropical vacation and got a beautiful tan (can I do that without actually ruining my skin?) would I try one of those orange reds that my darker skinned coworder can flawlessly pull off. Even then I think I would still feel clownish! Just me though I guess, not my cup of tea.

Below are all of the reds: (some look much pinker in this picture than I thought)

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From the top to the bottom:

-Kat Von D Gold Blooded (Limited edition I believe… my awesome bro got me the set for Xmas ūüôā )

-MAC- All Fired Up

-Anastasia Beverly Hills- American Doll

-MAC- Russian Red

-NYX- Bloody Mary

-Colour Pop- Bossy

-NYX Hollywood

-Marc Jacobs- So Rouge

-NYX- Alabama

-MAC- Chili

So, in conclusion- swatch the shit out of colors and try them on in the store if you don’t know what is best. Also, I have learned that sometimes the sales associates in Sephora and Ulta don’t know what they’re talking about. Trust yourself. That’s it!

Here is my favorite red (mix between Russian Red & Bossy).

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Happy hunting!

Xoxo,

Lesley

I’m Back! With ColourPop!!!

Published August 14, 2015 by lesleyhope

Yes! After months of a hiatus for no apparent reason other than life… I’m back in action on this blog. First, a little about what has been up. I moved out of my old place (thank God), I now live alone in a cute lil apartment in the best part of the city, I have started a new job, actually 2 new jobs (just started working at the yoga studio last week for some free yoga), I have gone on handfuls of dates with men (and boys), many were not good experiences (more on that later- the woos of single life in the big city!, I played in a volleyball league this summer and have started spinning religiously. That sums up my life!

On another note, I’m fricken obsessed with liquid lipsticks. And I’ve been trying different brands to see if I can get a good bang for my buck. I bought a few of the Anastasia Beverly Hills, 2 Kat Von D and one Stila. My thoughts thus far: ABH has the best formula. Not drying, stays a good amount of time, nice array of colors but expensive for the amount of product you receive. Kat Von D has twice the product for the same price but her colors are a little more cray (which is cool with me), and the formula is a little tacky (don’t like). Stila is, again, on the expensive side, not that many colors to choose from and I don’t like the smell of them. They smell kind of like paint or something.

Enter Colourpop Cosmetics and their Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks. Ok first of all they are $6 which is less than HALF the cost of the other 3 brands. Second, their color selection is by far the best. Ranging from taupe, dark brown, BLUE, lavender to red. Third, they are matte. Like, really, really matte. Matte like they hurt my lips when I tried to get off the color swatching. They are also very drying. They are a very dry film over your lips so if you like moisture I would not recommend. They’re straight up liquid too. One thing I did not like was that one of the colors actually DRIPPED out from the tube when I was applying. Not good for that Louis Vuitton I slaved for. But damn they are some beauties.

Let’s get into it shall we? Below from top to bottom: Trap, Bumble, Sundae, Mars, Seesaw

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I have swatched any colors beside each that can be considered “dupes”. Or, I guess, what these ColourPop colors could be considered dupes for.

IMG_1036Trap- Sephora Lustre Matte in Fig on L & ABH Pure Hollywood on R

Bumble- Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick in Amore

Sundae- Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Backstage Bambi

Mars- ABH in Carina

Seesaw- ABH in Lovely

Now I will go into each color as I swatched each on me. This is on 12 hours of makeup and fourth day washed hair PS. Don’t judge the swatching either. Just judge the colors.

TRAP. Purple-taupe. Heard a lot about this color prior to buying and I am IMPRESSED! Very wearableIMG_1026 for everyday makeup, beautiful shade and very unique as I was not able to swatch any dupes that had the same taupey intensity.

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Bumble:¬†UM OK I CAN’T EVEN. This color is…. the most perfect ¬† medium raspberry pink. There were really no colors that even came close to this shade. Incredible unique and I think it would look good on a lot of skintones as well

IMG_1029Sundae: bright fuchsia with purple undertones. Kat Von D is pretty similar but.. this one is $6 sooo…

Mars- this is a bright, red/pink. I would not go so far to call it coral- it’s definitely more pink as you can see

IMG_1030Mars- this is a deep pink coral. Very similar to ABH Carina above. A bit with more of a blue undertone rather than warm.

IMG_1028Seesaw: light to medium pink with lavender undertones. Didn’t have anything in my arsenal that close to it.¬†Very wearable. Again, unique shade.

Ok that is it. I will absolutely recommend these to people. I would be careful of the application as one of my colors did drip out of the tube. But finish, color payoff, (no) smell and price are WONDERFUL! Go Colorpop!!!

XO,

Lesley

After a Long Hiatus… Let’s Do Some Cream Contour!

Published April 2, 2015 by lesleyhope

Cream contour is all the rage right now. Well, contouring at least is. Using creams is a little tricky and daunting but VERY, VERY easy IF you break it down to the basics. So… let’s break it down to the basics!

Here are the products I use:

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Yes I do use my fair share of brushes and that’s NOT needed but I will verify which steps are required and optional.

Step 1: apply moisturizer (not pictured). The key with cream contour is that your skin needs to be SUPPLE!

Step 2: apply primer (OCC Skin Primer) with a foundation brush (first brush pictured). It can be any kind of foundation brush or even your fingers. I apply it this way because the primer is water based (similar to Mac Fix + Spray) so it kind of primes my brush too.

Step 3: apply foundation (Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse) all over the face- shade: Nude. Ok so **sidenote**- I bought this foundation on clearance at Target for 50% off so I am still up in the air to if I like it or not. It’s not my exact color (about one shade darker than what my skin is). I figure that in the summer I can get decent use out of it. The formula is very light weight which I do like, especially for a cream contour routine since I am applying various products to my face.

Step 4: Apply using either your fingers or a small foundation brush the cream contour (ABH Cream Contour Kit) on the hollows of the cheeks, temple and along the sides of the nose. Apply with your fingers the highlight color on the bridge of your nose, middle of your forehead, under your eyes, cupid’s bow and middle of chin (I like to mix a pink from the kit along with the shade vanilla to get a color much lighter than my skin tone). NOTE: For this post, I did half of my face at first to show the difference.

Exhibit A:

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Step 5: Blend it out! I use my beauty blender but you can use any smaller (or larger) synthetic brush.

Step 6: SET! It’s crucial that whenever you apply a cream to the face (no matter if it’s foundation, highlighter, blush, concealer, etc) that you set it with some kind of powder. I used the ABH Contour Kit to set my contour in all the places I applied it with cream. Then I set my highlight with one of the lighter (keep it matte though) to all of the places I applied the cream highlight. I used my Wayne Goss brush for the contour but I would suggest Real Techniques Contour Brush¬†for a cheaper option. I used my Sephora #80¬†to set most of the powder under my eye, nose and forehead.

Step 7: Buff it all out. I learned this step from Wayne Goss. I used my Smashbox Photo Filter Powder and a large, fluffy powder brush to buff it all over my skin. This will not disrupt the cream, powder or placement of either- it actually just adds a beautiful finish and makes everything blend that much more.

Exhibit B:

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OK I kind of cheated and did one of my eyebrows and eyes so you could see a transformation but I don’t even think it does my skin justice…. so here’s more.

Exhibit C:

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Do you see that? A SERIOUS transformation of my skin. And super subtle too… this wasn’t even a going out look- just a simple, daytime cream contour. It proves that makeup can transform and bring out your best features.

Going to rest now… I am sick but had to get this post up!

xoxo,

Lesley Hope

NYE Essentials

Published December 31, 2014 by lesleyhope

I’m going to be the first to tell you that I’ve done it ALL on NYE before. I’m talking like fake blonde extensions, 5 inch strappy heels, dresses that are too short, dresses with no back, spray tan, lots of bronzer, and of course… too much alcohol. As I’ve grown up a little and matured in the past years, I wanted to write a list of what are REALLY essentials this NYE.

  • Friends. Be with people that you want to be with. People that make you laugh and have fun. I’ve gone around the block too many times and have spent NYE at parties where I honestly don’t LIKE many of the people there and I’m just there… to be there.IMG_20141101_233408

<– Me and two of my best friends

  • Something warm to wear. As I mentioned previously, I’ve done it all and frozen my butt off. Was it worth it? Maybe at the time or so I thought. Is it worth it now? Hell no. Granted I live in one of the coldest cities everrr right now but I am not trying to challenge a -5 degree wind chill- now or ever again! I will probably rock some black skinnies tonight with a top, blazer, high boots and my long North Face jacket. Not to mention my hat and gloves… sorry hair!
  • Glitter. Ok so I’m going to concede on the glitter makeup to makeup for the non-giltter dress of the past. Something very simple is appropriate. I am going to do a glitter winged liner look tonight. I have been perfecting my winged liner for the past 6 months and I finally can do it on average 4 days a week without messing up. That’s a decent average (4 days out of the normal 5) compared to what it was when I started getting serious about the wings (my average back then was about .5 days out of 5 because I could get one wing right one day, then the other wing would just look atrocious).

I am going to use a few of my MAC pigments tonight along with a mixing medium to create this look below:

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  • Color! Since I’m going for the more funeral-esque/MAC counter girl outfit tonight (black on black on black- pants, boots, blazer), I will probably wear a pop of color under for my shirt AND put a really fun color on my lips that I usually would never wear to work for everyday. I’m thinking like a neon pink (Nylon by OCC), a bright lavendar (Hoochie by OCC) OR maybe something just bold like a dark blue (Vain by OCC). The options are endless!

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Maybe I’ll add some glitter or MAC pigment on top of those… could be a lip to remember!

  • Last but not least… nails. Gotta go with fun nails. This can be any color, just make sure they’re not naked. I did the dark red for Christmas- Lost on Lombard which was perfect. I’m thinking I’ll do Birthday Babe by OPI which is a fun, metallic silver that I usually also paint for fun events (like my birthday)

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Completed! I hope you all have a beautiful New Years. I actually wish that I wasn’t doing ANYTHING. I’m such an introvert that my couch and pajamas sound best to me… but following social norms (and since my cousin is going to be in town), I’ve gotta do what I gotta do. And that is above! Stay safe, don’t spend too much money and don’t drink too much! There’s too much awesome football tomorrow for anyone to be hung over.

With that all being said….

GO GREEN!!!!!!

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Xo, Lesley Hope

Holiday Night Out Transformation

Published December 24, 2014 by lesleyhope

Merry Christmas Eve! 

I went out last night and decided to take pictures throughout my routine. I came across a few products that I really think are essentials (at least they are for me).

I recently purchased BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfecter at Sephora- I believe this was a mini tube or something because I can’t find it on BECCA’s site or Sephora. It would make sense because it was around $19-22.

I used it as a primer last night to get that glow-y look. You can see that it DEFINITELY makes your skin shimmery. PS- Do you guys also like my teal robe? It’s super comfy and warm (Target).

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Products used: Lush Skin Drink Moisturizer (PS I am almost out! Need suggestions for another good one otherwise I’m repurchasing!) and BECCA Shimmery Skin Perfecter Cream.

Don’t fret… I did not go out looking like this. I¬†next put L’oreal True Match Lumi Foundation in W3 (Nude Beige). I purchased this at Ulta on Black Friday and¬†had to get a little crafty with testing the foundation on my skin without anyone seeing. Why don’t they have testers for drugstore foundation!?! Anyway, I decided on this one- it was between the N3 and C3. This color is a little darker than my skin but it’s not a heavy formula and you can really build it up so I thought I’d go for it.

20141223_185707Products used: everything I used in my last pic + L’Oreal TruMatch Lumi Foundation W3

Ok now this is where I get to TWO of my go-to products.¬†I used¬†MAC Pro Longwear Concealer¬†in NW15 under my eyes and set it with Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder. Let’s just talk about these two products for a quick second- I have tried DOZENS of concealers for under my eyes and it’s a different beast. You need something that is thick/matte enough to actually set and lighten, but something creamy enough you can blend out without dragging your skin and rubbing. MAC Pro Longwear is hands down the best I’ve used. I do believe that getting color matched plays a huge role so I would not suggest anyone purchase this on the fly. Go to the MAC counter and talk it over with the artists about what you’re looking for, what you’re looking to accomplish and have them match you based upon that.

Moving on to Laura Mercier… this powder. I have also tried many translucent setting powders and finishes and they all come off chalky and white looking. You don’t want that ghostly monochrome look on your face (at least I don’t). This powder has little crystals that seem to reflect light and set what you already have on. I love it! See from the pic below how it evens out my skin tone under my eye and mattes where I set on my forehead, nose and chin.

 

20141223_190016Products used: Everything in the pics before + MAC Pro Longwear Concealer & Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder.

Well now this is where I ran out of some time and had to put on the rest of my makeup without taking pictures in between. So I basically go from 0-100 but it took like an hour and I’ll try to list all of the products/colors I used. ** Note: MUG Eyeshadows were used (HOLY GRAIL).

Viola! Me! Done!

20141223_194849Products used on eyes:¬†Ardell’s Curvy Lashes, MAC Paintpot in Soft Ochre, Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil in Dark Brown¬†(might not be my right color but I got it as a gift and left my Brow Wiz in Caramel in Chicago so it’s been working for me), MUG shadows in Frappe, Creme Brulee, Bitten and Corrupt (GRAILS), mascara is Urban Decay Fatty Mascara (I never use brand name mascara but Ulta had a great Black Friday deal on this baby). Face: MAC Sculpting Powder in Taupe (only available at Pro stores FYI), an unknown blush from one of my z-palettes (the only bad thing about z-palettes). Lips: MAC Blankety¬†and MAC Chili mixed together (mixing colors is really my thing).

I hope you guys enjoyed! Leave any questions at the bottom and have a fabulous day! Let it snow!!

Xo, Lesley Hope

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Fever

Published December 23, 2014 by lesleyhope

It’s been a longgggg time since I’ve last posted. Blame it on life going really, really well. Let’s see… since the last time I’ve posted there have been many things that have changed in my life.¬†1) I have gotten to do makeup for 2 real events and have REAL clients (pretty cool). 2) I have changed so many things in my makeup routine. 3) I have winged eyeliner down pat- I will write a how-to post shortly. 4) I tried Makeup Geek eyeshadows out and… I. Can’t. Even. I will begin this post with MUG…

I’m a makeup phene- but I have been in this game long enough that I know the difference between low quality and high quality.¬†The MUG eyeshadows I purchased are the best quality shadows I have used. I got a variety of colors and I did buy only matte finishes. Matte, to me, is the hardest kind of finish in shadows to find a GOOD quality. These are creamy, none of them chalk, highly pigmented, unique colors, I could go on and on… To sum it up, I’m highly impressed with Marlena and her squad and I HIGHLY recommend these shades below.

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Left to right starting in the top left hand corner… Barcelona Beach, Peach Smoothie, Creme Brulee, Frappe, Latte, Preppy, Chickadee, Cupcake, Unexpected, Simply Marlena, Bitten, Corrupt.

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I am very pleased with the colors that I chose which are mainly pinks and neutrals but I needed good matte colors to put on my crease for everyday looks, smokey looks and nights out. These all hit it out of the park. I can use ANY of these (besides Corrupt) in my crease for whatever kind of look I am going for. I am beyond satisfied. The colors are all extremely versatile and just so great.

This post was weak, I know. It’s almost Christmas and I’m just excited to be able to post! Maybe I’ll swatch these better on my arm¬†and update this. Maybe I won’t. I will blog at least one more time this week.

I hope everyone enjoys time with their families and friends.

Xoxo, Lesley Hope

False Lashes

Published October 14, 2014 by lesleyhope

These are an important aspect of any big event. It’s crazy to think how much they transform your eyes and your face for that matter. No wonder all the youtube/instagram girls wear them all. the. time. Not to mention Kim K, Katy Perry and Twiggy who started the phenomenon! It’s such a difference compared to regular mascara!

I don’t wear falsies on the regular (thank goodness). But I have a few pairs that are just “voluminous” or “natural” looking so I thought I would shake some cobwebs off my skills and wear them a few times this past weekend.¬†I didn’t have a party or anything crazy to go to- I wore them to cocktails with the girls, then to Gone Girl the next day (don’t judge me). I probably was the most fabulous looking chick in that movie theater. Nah, probably not- but I did wear my Nike high tops which are pretty dang bomb. Back to the point- I’ll go through each of the phases and steps to successful falsies.

1.¬†I first put the lashes up to my natural lash line. Normally for me, I always have to cut them with tiny scissors or nail clippers a TINY bit because they are a tad longer than what fits on my own lashes. I didn’t know this at first and would always just try and go for it. Don’t try it, doesn’t work. Clip them if you need to where they fit along your own line.

2. Take both edges of the lash and bend inward to create a ‚ÄúC‚ÄĚ shape, and hold for a couple of seconds.¬†This is the easiest way to ensure smooth application and make sure the lashes match the natural curve of your eye.

3. Put on one coat of mascara. Doesn’t have to be crazy- just a normal coat so the lashes can adhere to your own better.

4. Apply the glue that came with your lashes OR you can buy glue such as DUO Eyelash Adhesive. If you have a steady hand, you can squeeze straight from the tube onto the strip. Usually the glue comes out bubbly and streaky for me so an easy trick: put glue on the reverse end of your tweezers and glide it across the strip. Be generous at both the inner and outer corners so the glue won’t unstick when you blink.

5.  So once the glue is lined along the false lash line- wait about 10-20 seconds. I do this just so it gets a little thicker/stickier and makes it easier for it to stick to your lashes.

6. K, ready for the toughest part? You can either use tweezers for this or your own fingers. I prefer tweezers because I personally don’t like touching the false lashes and clumping them. If you’re using your hands, place the lashes on the base of your lashes right on top of your own lashes. Tweezer method:¬†Take your tweezers and pick the falsies up on the opposite side of the strip, right in the center of where they will adhere to your lash line. Place them in the center of your own lash line, as close to the base of your natural lash line as possible but not touching the eyelid. Now, most will have a natural curve to them so they might just fit perfectly on yours without you having to do anything. Great, welcome to the 1% of times that has ever happened to me! The other 99%, I usually have to make sure once the center is in place and not going to go anywhere, take the tweezers, grab hold (lightly) to somewhere to the right or left of the center and push the falsies¬†onto your own lash line. Sometimes I have to hold it there for a few seconds and make sure everything is staying in place. Be light about it and be patient!

7.¬†Once the false lashes are on, they will feel weird if you haven’t worn them before (and even if you have, they always feel a little weird to me, like a wig on my lashes or something). They feel kind of heavy and I always think everyone is staring. If they are staring- it’s probably because your lashes look fantastic. Apply one coat of mascara to your new and improved lashes. I always feel like this is sealing the deal because it brings everything together.

8.¬†If the false lashes didn’t get applied directly right onto the lashes, a thin application of black liner or black matte eye shadow as a liner to cover and blend everything together. This also helps the glue dry more quickly.

9. Voila! ¬†Now that you’re done, look in the mirror and admire! Bat those babies and practice your smile!

Good luck! Lesley