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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

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

 

 

 

 

 

The Power Of The Eyebrow

Published March 8, 2014 by lesleyhope

Hey beauties! Ugh this week has been crazy busy. I finally am home and blogging yay!

Allright, so I think many girls go through a stage where we pluck the $h!t out of our eyebrows because we thought that they looked better really small. Right? Nope? Just me? Okay fine. So I went through a time in college where I think I plucked my eyebrows everynight. Yes, you heard me. EVERYNIGHT. What were you thinking Lesley Hope??? My mom would always tell me, “your eyebrows are too thin” or “you need to grow out your eyebrows”. I had the dreadful eyebrownorexia. They never looked thin enough for me. Fast forward a couple of years and here I sit at my vanity, staring at my eyebrows at night, wondering “why”?

I have gotten past my eyebrownorexia and now prefer to let ’em grow out and hang out as much as possible. I have even taken it upon myself to start DOING my eyebrow makeup (I only thought drag queens did their eyebrows until recently). I stumbled upon a wonderful makeup artist at Sephora who did my makeup for me one day (Rouge VIP what’s up) and she made my eyebrows so beautiful that it changed my entire look! I only thought lipstick could change a look! I thought wrong.

I now use the Anastasia Brow Wiz Pencil, Brow Wax Pencil, and Brow Powder Duo all by Anastasia Beverly Hills. I don’t do my brows everyday, but when I do, I feel like a new woman.

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First I apply the clear wax pencil all over my eyebrows (think of it kind of like a primer for your brows). I make sure I go outside of the lines because generally you want to draw them on thicker than what they are and you need a good base down to do so. The wax pencil helps the brow color stay throughout a long day. I then draw the outline of my eyebrow with the brow wiz pencil (again, I make mine start a TAD closer together than my actual eyebrow). This is actually a little daunting if you have never done it, it still is a little weird for me but I just look at it as enhancing your natural beauty. Once I am satisfied with the outline, I fill it in with the pencil as well and darken up the color. When the color of the eyebrows and shapes of both are done, I use the brow powder duo (I have medium dark) and pat it over the pencil like an eye shadow or a finishing powder on your face. Voila! I am done. I would suggest going a shade darker than your hair color (at least) 1) because it’s natural, eyebrows rarely match natural hair color especially for blondes and 2) because it’s SO in right now. Examples below:

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So Rita Ora, Miley, Kate and Emma all say it’s a go. It’s definitely a go. Stunning. It defines your features and bring attention to the EYES which is what you want. I even tried it…

BEFORE

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…. AFTER

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Granted, those are are two different nights this week. But still. You see the dramatic effect it has on my face.

In conclusion, can we just celebrate the woman who started it all? Yes. There is a picture of her hanging in my room. The queen. Not Elizabeth or Beyonce but…

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Marilyn Monroe. Rest in peace you beautiful woman.

Before I send you all off… I have one swatch. It’s OPI, the Gwen Stefani collection (that happens to be a coincidence that she is also blonde with beautiful brown eyebrows).

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4 In The Morning- it’s a satin color. Matte black. I LOVE this color the day of and after I paint my nails but I was disappointed with how it stayed (or how it didn’t stay is more like it). It chipped easily because you’re not supposed to use a top coat and the finish didn’t stay matte for more than 2 days. Great color for a one night party but not for long wearing.

Goodnight beautiful people! Hope you learned something and try something new with your brows!

xo, Lesley Hope