Thursday, January 29, 2015

TUTORIAL: Sophisticated Spring 2015 Makeup Look (Drugstore)



This natural, sophisticated Spring 2015 look is inspired by my recent trip to Japan! Many of the women in Tokyo were sporting bright pink blush, sheer glossy lips, and glowing skin with almost unreal clarity, which inspired me to recreate the look for you! Since the final result reminded me of the delicate budding sakura flowers — otherwise known as cherry blossoms — I decided it would be a suitable name for this tutorial. Best of all, the products used in this tutorial are affordable! Since I am only able to film a few drugstore videos each year, I know how much my teenage and college-aged viewers look forward to these. I hope you'll appreciate the change of pace and enjoy the look!

Don't forget to enter the Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit contest here. You could win the $5000 prize just for posting a video. Also, sign up for the giveaway so you, too, can try the Lash Extension Kit! Good luck and have fun experimenting!


Makeup Worn:
Physician's Formula City Glow Bronzer in New York
Physician's Formula Shimmer Gel Cream Eyeshadow (Nude Trio)
Physician's Formula Extreme Shimmer Eye Pencil in Natural (Nude Trio)
Physician's Formula 2-in 1 Eye Booster Serum + Eyeliner in Deep Brown
Physician's Formula Argan Wear Blush in Rose
Physician's Formula Plump Potion in Pink Crystal

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Hair:

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Giorgio Armani Eye Tints Review, Photos, Swatches [Obsidian, Gold Ashes, Shadow, Émeraude, Cold Copper, Green Iron] + Complete Look



Giorgio Armani's lovely new Eye Tints ($38 USD each) were inspired by the Maestro foundation, blending smoothly for a "no makeup" feel. I have been testing them for a few weeks now, and it is positively one of my favorite 2015 beauty launches thus far. We are seeing the 'fluid' trend build even more momentum in both eye and lip departments, and the improving performance of the products make it clear the trend is not going away any time soon! I tend to wear a lot of highlighter shades and less impact color like purple or navy eyeshadow, so I was very excited to see the fun yet wearable shade lineup. All swatches and a complete eye look are after the jump!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

REVIEW: Makeup Brush Guide + My Holy Grail Brushes by Chikuhodo, Wayne Goss, Hakuhodo, Tom Ford, and more



I can hardly believe it has been almost two years since my last favorite brushes video! I have garnered so much knowledge and experience since then, and my skin has been through hell and back, so my brush preferences are rather different. Since discovering the beauty of artisan brushes, I have not looked back. The craftsmanship and attention to detail oftentimes astound me, even if I've owned the brush for a year or two. Each brush is shaped by hand and the natural tips of the fibers are much finer, which ultimately lead to a much softer feel on the skin as opposed to laser-cut hairs. More details after the jump!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Tom Ford Lips&Boys Review, Photos, Swatches, and Comparisons


 
Tom Ford's Lips&Boys Lipsticks finally hit stores last month, and they have been selling like hot cakes! I have ten of the 50 "mini" color collection ($32 USD each) to share with you, and they are all individually unique and beautiful. These Lips&Boys boast 0.07 grams of product while the full-sized Lip Colors contain 1.0 grams. The quality is impressive and the colors are highly pigmented as expected. Check out the swatches after the jump!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Shu Uemura Spring 2015 Metallic Bouquet Collection Review & GIVEAWAY



Shu Uemura's new Spring 2015 Metal:ink liquid eyeliners are every winged liner aficionado's dream! The formula is ultra metallic yet smooth and pigmented, so only one or two layers are required for full color coverage! I love that the sponge tip applicator is firm yet just flexible enough to create sharp winged tips and precise lines without irritating my sensitive eyes.

Some of the colors are more bold when it comes to the shimmer content, like the gold and red. I especially love the red because it is so rare to see such a pure, true red in liquid eyeliner form. It makes a fabulous accent, especially when paired with black or even silver. If you love color and would rather experiment as opposed to playing it safe with brown, then try the red! The brown and the black have more of a metallic sheen, so they are more subtle and appropriate for day time wear. In my tutorial below, I paired the navy — one of my favorites — with the silver, which is slightly sheerer than the deeper 'definition' colors. Both, however, are truly lovely and are loaded with metallic sparkles that actually glide on! It's a very high tech upgrade from the older generation of metallic eyeliners that would flake or fade after a few hours (like Stila's). Please take a minute to admire the SWATCHES in the video!

Shu Uemura has offered a 15% off discount + free shipping, so take advantage of the coupon code RAEVIEW and start shopping here. Don't forget that you can also enter to win the entire Metal Bouquet Collection in their Contest now!


Makeup Worn:
SK-II Facial Treatment Cream Foundation in 330
Clé de Peau Concealer in Beige
Koh Gen Do Powder in OC-1
Burberry Brow Pencil in Ash Brown
Shu Uemura Metal:ink Eyeliners in Navy and Silver
Shu Uemura Shadows in Platinum Plumeria and Silver Viola
Shu Uemura Lipstick in Comet Pink
Tom Ford Bronzing Powder in Terra
Clé de Peau Highlighter in Delicate Pink
Clé de Peau Perfect Lash Mascara
Velour Lashes in Oops Naughty Me
*Get 15% off with code RAEVIEW

Blouse:
Jcrew Silk Cats

Hair:
Hot Tools 1.5" Curling Iron
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Best of 2014 | Top 14 Picks, Beauty Edition + Notable Mentions



Hello, everyone! I am finally back from my extended Asia trip and am so pleased to release my Best of 2014 Makeup Picks with you! I know this video has been long awaited, so again, I sincerely apologize for not being able to share this while on the road as I had planned. It can be quite tricky to find a fast yet reliable internet connection. Still, I hope you will enjoy reminiscing with my list of favorites. 2014 was chock full of the highest highs as well as the lowest lows, but it was (most importantly) a year of immense personal growth and self-reflection. Even if 2014 threw challenges and obstacles your way, please do not be discouraged! I wish us all a happier, healthier, and gorgeous makeup-filled 2015 xo
P.S. In case you missed it, please watch my Best of 2014 Skin Care Edition HERE for my favorite lip balm and moisturizer discoveries + lots more acne/acne scarring chat!

BEST of 2014 COSMETICS AWARDS
Clé de Peau Highlighters in Sand Beige & Delicate Pink (all swatches here)
Clé de Peau Perfect Lash Mascara
Charlotte Tilbury KISSING Lipsticks
Clé de Peau Foundation in O20
Chikuhodo Z-2 Brush (w/D&G Tan)
Velour Lashes in Extra Oomph
Tom Ford Eye Color Palettes in Seductive Rose + Cocoa Mirage
Clé de Peau Concealer in Beige
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow



Runners-Up:
Velour Lashes in Oops Naughty Me
Shu Uemura Tint in Gelato
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Liner
Tom Ford Matte Lip Color
By Terry Ombre Blackstar
Kevyn Aucoin Eyeshadow Duo in 202


Makeup Worn:
Clé de Peau Foundation in O20
Clé de Peau Concealer in Beige
Clé de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204
Dolce & Gabbana Blush in Tan
Clé de Peau Perfect Lash Mascara
Dolce & Gabbana Monica Lipstick in Natural
Velour Lashes in Oops Naughty Me
*Get 15% OFF with code RAEVELOUR

Earrings:
Jenny Bird Silver

Sweater:

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Best of 2014 | Top 14 Picks, Skin Care Edition



2014 was undoubtedly the most tumultuous skin care year of my life, but it taught me a lot about the resilience of our body's largest organ. As painful (aka miserable) as my cystic acne experience was, it was incredibly valuable and truly eye-opening. I am constantly working on reducing the minor scarring left behind, but at least I know first-hand what acne products actually do work! I hope my recommendations from my skin journey entry have given you a better idea of what to try first, but today, I wanted to focus on the Best Skin Care discoveries of 2014! Hope you enjoy the lineup and look forward to the makeup edition next week! xo


Products Reviewed
1. TATCHA Cleansing Oil
2. La Mer Cleansing Gel
3. Clé de Peau Gentle Cleansing Foam
dry skin, try the cleansing cream + oily skin, try the refreshing cleansing foam
8. Natura Bisse Glyco Extreme Peel
14. Clé de Peau Lip Balm
14. Sisley Nutritive Lip Balm

Also Mentioned:
SK-II Cellumination Day Surge UV SPF 30
Lancôme UV Expert XL-Shield SPF 50



Makeup Worn:
Clé de Peau Foundation in O20
Clé de Peau Concealer in Beige
Clé de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204
Dolce & Gabbana Blush in Tan
Clé de Peau Perfect Lash Mascara
Velour Lashes in Oops Naughty Me
*Get 15% OFF with code RAEVELOUR

Earrings:
Prudence C Crystals

Sweater:

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

REVIEW: First Impression of a new Mystery Mascara!



Mascara is an essential in my makeup bag despite having super short and sparse lashes, so I love testing new formulas and wands. I recently tried an amazing new mascara and decided to share a first impression review. CLICK HERE to find out how you can try this mystery mascara, too!
P.S. I filmed this video a few weeks ago (prior to my recent weight loss) xo

M A K E U P  WORN
The Mystery Mascara
Clé de Peau Foundation in O20
Clé de Peau Concealer in Beige
Koh Gen Do Powders in OC-1 & OC-2
Clé de Peau Eyebrow Pencil
em cosmetics eyeliner in bronze



Earrings:
Prudence C Crystals

Shirt:
Madison Marcus (old)
Similar HERE and HERE

Hair:
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Monday, January 5, 2015

FAVORITES: December 2014 Beauty HITS & MISSES (Lipsticks, Foundation, Acne + Skin Care)



Welcome back, everyone! I hope you've all had a wonderful start to 2015. I am very much looking forward to this new year, but December was a long and memorable month. I leaned on excuses like stress and work, and as happy as my taste buds and tummy were, I was definitely paying for it with my poor health. I weighed in at 117 pounds and officially decided it was time to turn my life back around. I have been eating very healthy (no Christmas gorging) and trying to get exercise whenever possible. Unfortunately, I was very sick for nearly a week due to the insane bug that's going around, which derailed all my video plans, but I am back and feeling more motivated than ever! I experienced an adrenaline rush while filming, though sadly, I totally crashed with exhaustion after filming this episode. Still, I hope you enjoy the last Favorites episode of 2014 and hope you look forward to the Best of 2014 reviews! xo


Products Reviewed
Theory Cashmere Sweater (On sale now, a super steal!)
Wayne Goss Powder Brush (LE)
Natura Bisse Glyco Extreme Peel
Dolce & Gabbana The Blush in Tan
Chikuhodo Z-2 Brush (NOT Z-4, sorry!)
*Best of NARS Review HERE
Clé de Peau Cream Foundation



Makeup Worn
Clé de Peau Concealer in Beige
Clé de Peau Foundation in O20
Dolce & Gabbana Blush in Tan
Clé de Peau Highlighter in Pink
Clé de Peau Perfect Lash Mascara
Burberry Holiday '14 Lip Glow in Oxblood
Velour Lashes in Whispie Me Away
*receive 15% OFF with code RAEVELOUR

Earrings:
Prudence C Crystals

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