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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

 

 

 

 

 

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Pageant Interview Tricks Unveiled!

Published October 1, 2014 by lesleyhope

Well, I’m am officially morphing into a pageant girl for the next 6 weeks! I will dedicate at least one blog post per week on my tips for a pageant (when it comes to makeup at least). A lot of the “tips” I talk about can be applied to anyone, anyday- in a pageant or not. So here’s the thing- there’s such a difference between day makeup and night makeup. Those words are also interchangeable for interview and stage makeup. When I first started learning about how to do a cat eye and contouring, I would practice in the mornings before work and sometimes I probably looked like I belonged on the street corner instead of my cubicle. I’ve learned a lot since then, to say the least. I have picked up a few tricks of the trade for owning your interview makeup. Here they are:

-Self tanner. It’s a plus. But not for day of. I like to use Loreal Sublime Bronze for about a week or two before the day of an interview to get a nice glow going on. This builds on itself so you don’t need to use it everyday. I would say once every other day or two days. I would highly recommend going lighter on the color opposed to darker- nothing worse than streaks or pumpkin-esque skin tone. I recommend this one because it is subtle enough, but it does have enough pigment for you to start seeing changes. I’ve used it for years with little to no orange situations.

-No false lashes. None. Those are for the stage or a night out. Never during the day. There are many great mascaras but I’m going to let you in on my little secret: these. Too Faced Better than False Lashes. This is an interesting product- but I love it. It comes with a mascara and another tube of nylon lash fibers. You put the mascara on as a base coat first (I would suggest doing one eye at a time so it doesn’t clump or dry too fast). After that is on both the top and bottom lashes, you use the nylon lash fibers over it. These come out in a spidery, wispy texture so it’s odd the first time. Just go with it. Put enough on so you can see the little white fibers over the base coat. You can probably skip the bottom as the nylon fibers tend to clump and look a little messy on shorter lashes. After that is done, put on another coat of the mascara. Go thick with this. You will see that the white fibers turn black and act as extenders to your lashes. Put on a decent 1-2 coats of the mascara and you will look like you have LONG, voluminous lashes- that are real! Warning: this product is fairly expensive ($35 at Sephora). An inexpensive option that has long been my go to is Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black. It’s $3.99 at Target and you cannot go wrong with it. 2-3 coats and your lashes will be just beautiful!

-Eye shadow colors. Don’t try new tricks for an interview. I will go more in depth about what colors look good on skin tones and eye colors, hair colors, etc but stick to neutral colors- the pictures attached are the color families you should stick to for your eye shadow. I would consider many of these “transition” shades. And by that, I mean shades that can be applied in the crease either alone or with accent colors. You could also call them versatile shades. You can see that some of them have a little shimmer finish but the rest are matte. They are all in the mauve/nude/brown/pink or green shade range- those colors look good on everyone no matter what your skin tone.

 

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The swatches are all without primer and if anyone needs details I can give you the actual colors later (they were all individuals in my Z palette- Inglot, Too Faced & Mary Kay).
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For so long during my younger years I wanted the brightest, most shimmery, glittery shades (ok let’s be honest, I still do- moderation is key!) but as I’ve gotten older- you can’t wear that stuff all the time at a big girl job! I have discovered transition shades are my favorite types of eye shadows because you can use them with anything, any look, anytime. For the interview, I would put a medium color (at darkest) into your crease and blend it out. Along with a lighter shade on your lid, that is all you need to give depth to your eyes during the interview. You want the judges to see your natural beauty and not be distracted by that cat eye or iridescent highlight underneath your brow.

-Lipstick colors. Again, save the brights and the bolds for the stage. Stick to medium pinks, nudes, browns and matte finishes are a plus because they are subtle enough to flatter but are not overly distracting. Pictured here are a few I would recommend along with the shade and name.

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Lydia, Ophelia, Melange, Marion (ALL OCC LIP TARS in matte finish of course). NYX Matte Lipstick Euro Trash and Butter (enticing names I know).

-Blush colors. A little will go a long way in natural lighting so pick a color that compliments your coloring and brush over the top angle of your cheekbone. Don’t place it only on the apples of your cheeks- big misconception. You should start the brush on the very top of your apple and blend it upwards towards your ear with the product applying evenly. Go light handed on this as well. If you are unsure of what color looks best on you- peach tones are universal for all skin types i.e.

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OR Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso – don’t have a pic for this sorry ($7.50 at Target/Walgreens/CVS)

-Blend blend blend! Blending is one of the things that has been my savior for makeup. After you make sure your foundation is a good match to your coloring and tone, blend it into your neckline so there are no harsh lines. Blend bronzer (MATTE ONLY!!!!) into your hairline and the angles of your face to frame your beautiful face. Blend your eyeshadow so there are no edges to see where color starts/ends.

-Last, skip the eyeliner all together. Dip a small, angled brush in chocolate or black shadow, lining your eyes as close to the roots as possible. The thinner the brush the better.

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These are a few of my tips for a flawless interview look! Remember, soft and subtle is good! You want your personality to shine and your beauty is just a backup for it 😉

Xo, Lesley Hope

No Makeup Monday

Published February 18, 2014 by lesleyhope

Hello beauties! BIG POST TONIGHT! Finally right? I fell quite hard tonight on my tush running to the bus. How embarrassing! Not that that has anything at all to do with this post but I thought I would share because I needed to get it off my chest. Okay. There’s my post secret for the night.

I was thinking on something I could do this entire week and share it with you guys… I decided on a no-makeup week. Now, let’s just clarify what this means. It’s the no makeup, makeup look. It’s popular right now with all the metallic and “naked” colors out there (maybe we should be thanking Urban Decay for started the Naked trend). I’ve always been one to love the nude tones. A nude lip, a nude-ish eye, muted barely there blush. Then I thought… I’ve never worn all together. I’ve always gone with one and not the others. So I took the challenge upon myself to go this entire week wearing makeup- but nude makeup for a no-makeup look.

It’s harder than you would think! Especially for me, someone who loves her radiant orchid! You do still have to use products, but just be more aware of the finishes, the shades and the tones to ensure they all are very natural. I also mixed it up with a couple drugstore products that you can pick up at Walgreens.

I used the following today:

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L’oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder for my primer. I have the shade 318 Natural Buff. I use it as a foundation on days where I’m just looking for the bare minimum coverage (like on a Sunday when I have to leave just to go to the grocery store and I want to even out my skintone without getting dolled up). This stuff is great. It really is a liquid that is SO smooth and light when you rub it on it feels like a powder. Non greasy and very quick drying. $10

Lush Colour Supplement for my foundation in Light Yellow. A new product for me. I read a little about Lush’s skin care products and so I popped into Macy’s to see for myself. All natural ingredients (smells great as well). It looks a little scary when you first put it on your skin but it is so blendable which is always a plus when I’m looking for a foundation. The great thing about this is, you can use it as a concealer, foundation, and pair it with moisturizer for a tint. This is $16.95 and comes in 4 different colors. When the specialist helped me, she told me I could use either Light Yellow or Light Pink with my skin. I chose this one as it would probably be easier to transition into summer with. FYI… 12 + hours later and even after I have worked out, this is the best foundation I’ve used by far. It doesn’t run, it doesn’t make my skin feel gross or greasy now. I’m supremely impressed.

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Benefit Bronzer/Blush Dallas on my cheekbones. This is fairly new. I had been looking at all my bronzers thinking about how much I needed a tan- none of them transitioned with my fair skin into the winter abyss! I haven’t been a big user of Benefit but wanted to try it out, and this color was perfect for a winter look. It’s a natural dusty, plum color which I love because it serves as a great bronzer for winter OR a little pop of color once you have a tan going in the summer. It isn’t matte but it’s not quite “shimmery” either.  It’s also one of Benefit’s most popular selling product and I know why! $28 so… definitely another splurge.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light. This is a pricey item but I love this product. There’s 6 shades, this is the lightest one. I use it on my t zone to give my skin a beautiful finish and highlight a little bit. This powder gives skin another dimension. I was going to call it a finishing powder but it’s so much more. It perfects the way light bounces on the skin almost- really amazing, love it. Splurge but worth it! ($45 at Sephora).

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Darkside. This is the Naked 3 version (each Naked palette has a version of the double ended pencil). The other color on this pencil is Blackheart which I have also swatched for reference. If you don’t already know, I am OBSESSED with Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils. They’re my FAVORITE. They are so pigmented, so creamy, long lasting and come in a rainbow array of colors. This one is $16 but normally they are $19. Darkside is the color on the top. I used this lightly under my bottom eyelash for just enough definition. Darkside is a deep mauve, taupe. Blackheart is a dark burgundy brown with specs of red in it. Both are beautiful, I think Blackheart is a little more unique but it was a little bold for my look.

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Maybelline Great Lash Mascera on my eyes in Blackest Black. I have never spent the big bucks on mascera. Why? Because I can buy this little hott pink baby for $6 and I have ever since highschool. Goes on thick, love the deep pigmented black, doesn’t clump.

L’OREAL Colour Rich Lipstick in 760 Silverstone. I’ve been trying to think how I want to describe this color. It’s a silvery tan with gold tones. Can something be silver AND gold? It has a little shade of each in it, which is why it can look good on anyone. It also goes on very sheer so you do need a few coats to create more color. It’s buff enough to make the cut for “no makeup Monday”. Oh and it’s $8.

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Dun dun dun…. the final look is……….

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This! Day 1 of my challenge. I’ll try something new each day and let you guys know about it 🙂 Oh and I completely forgot I used two colors in the Naked 3 palette on my eyes. But as I’m almost done with this post… I will swatch that entire palette later this week because it’s SO PRETTY!

I survived the first day of no makeup week. And I liked it! And I don’t think I looked like a zombie that woke up on the wrong side of the bed 🙂 To conclude for tonight… I’ll leave you guys with one nail swatch:

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Coney Island Cotten Candy by none other than OPI. It’s a light peachy light pink. Reminds me a little of Bubble Bath but slightly more warm tones. Pretty huh?

Okay I hope you all enjoyed tonight. I’ll let you know how my butt feels tomorrow (I think I have a bruise).

If you guys have suggestions on what I should blog about let me know! I won’t be blogging much this week because I am booked solid… with dates! Imagine that! I am getting back into the game and this week starts it all. But I never kiss and tell.

Kisses,

Lesley Hope