XO, Noelle

Valentine's Day | Soft Pink

XO, Noelle 03 February 2016
Happy Thursday, y'all! Today I have a soft pink look for you that's a great option for Valentine's Day! I was also dying to try out these new lashes I spotted by Kiss called the Blooming Lash. Apparently, they're multi-dimensional with layers to create a gorgeous, full lash. I got the ones in "Tulip". What do you think?

  • FACE: It Cosmetics CC+ Cream Foundation in Light applied with a damp Beauty Blender. It Cosmetics CC+ Concealer in Fair. Smashbox Master Class 3 Palette bronzer and contour. 
  • BROWS: Maybelline Eye Studio Brow Palette in Dark
  • EYES: Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette (Semi-Sweet in the crease, Amaretto on the lid, Cherry Cordial in the outer-v, Champagne Truffle in the inner corner). Maybelline Master Preciser Eyeliner. Too Faced Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara. KISS lashes in Tulip.
  • LIPS: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Requiem 

Valentine's Day Blog Hop Giveaway!

XO, Noelle 03 February 2016

For this super-awesome Valentine's-themed blog hop, 38 fabulous bloggers have teamed up to give away some epic prizes, all beauty-related, of course! If you've been wanting to splurge on some fun items for yourself...you're in the right place! Here’s How it Works: Each of the blogs participating are giving away their own prize on their blog. Yes, you heard that right — this blog hop has 38 separate giveaways that you have a chance to win! So after you’ve entered my giveaway, make sure you hop to all the other blogs (linked below) for more beauty products that you could win! GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY: Because we like to spice it up a bit, we didn't stop at 38 giveaways...we wanted to make it a nice, round 40 with an epic grand prize that you could win! So, if you go around the blog hop and enter all the giveaways, you’re eligible to enter to win a $400 eGiftcard to Sephora or Ulta (winners choice!). If you live in a country that Sephora or Ulta doesn’t ship to, no worries! You’ll be given the money via PayPal to use at whatever beauty store you have nearby! International Readers: There are some blogs who do not have their giveaway open worldwide, but you can still enter to win the grand prize giveaway! Here's how that will work -- for all the blogs in this hop that do not have their giveaway open worldwide, all you have to do is check out their giveaway, complete the ONE required entry, and leave them a comment on their giveaway post letting them know you’re international but still did the required entry so that you can have a chance to win the grand prize! Then click the link below that will take you directly to where you can fill out the form to enter the grand prize giveaway.
You got all that? Any questions, just ask below! Let’s get into this hop!
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In the event that you get an ERROR message when clicking on any of the links below, try clicking on the HOME page of that blog. Or come back later and try again. There are often hiccups that happen in the beginning of a pre-scheduled blog hop such as this. Thank you for your patience!

Looks To Love | Soft and Simple Contouring for Valentine's Day Tutorial

XO, Noelle 24 January 2016
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MNYLookstoLove #CollectiveBias

Contouring. You either hate it, love it, think it's a miracle-worker or maybe a little bit of all three. I'm a huge fan of contouring but understand it's a slippery slope. So what is contouring? Contouring is playing with light and shadows to minimize or emphasize your favorite (or not so favorite) features. To contour is to add shadow (think under your cheekbones to make them pop or down your nose to make it appear slimmer) while highlight is adding emphasis and light to it.

I think I find contouring so much fun because one minute you can go hardcore and just completely change your face shape or you can do a much softer look and really just make your favorite features pop. Where else can you get results that you can wash off and change around? The power of makeup, people.

Contouring can be extremely intimidating at first but I'm here to show you a simple, natural-looking contoured look that with a bright pink or red lip is perfect for a quick Valentine's Day look and get this - it's using all Maybelline products that you can find at your local Walmart. Saving money and looking gorgeous!? Total win/win!
Can you tell they were VERY popular?

So let's get started!

  • So after applying my favorite moisturizer and primer, we're going to be using the new Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation (shade: Ivory) as the foundation in this look. Guys, I have never been so excited to try a foundation out in my entire life. This baby was sold out everywhere which naturally added to my absolute need to find it. The hype did not disappoint! The foundation is a fun consistency of a gel/whipped feel that applies nice and smoothly. It leaves a natural (medium coverage!) matte finish.
  • I first dotted the foundation all over my face and then went in a damp Maybelline Dream Blender (WHAT WHAT!?) and blended the rest in. Let's go back. MAYBELLINE CAME OUT WITH A BLENDER. All the yes in the world! I really love the shape and I'll tell you why. It allows you to get into all the curves of your face. Around your nose, up near your eyes without actually touching your eyeball. It's love! The blender itself is great and blends the foundation very nicely without pushing it around and leaving weird streaks on your face. I'm impressed.
  • (Not pictured) I quickly went in with some concealer under my eyes and then set it with a transparent setting powder.
  • Onto the contouring! First, from the Maybelline Contour Palette (in Light), I took the contour shade and drew two lines right under my cheekbones. You can find the hollows of your cheeks by sucking your lips in, making a fishy face. I also contoured down my nose, my forehead and under my chin. Taking a fluffy brush, blend all of them in. With your cheekbones, make sure to blend upward onto your cheek. PS. I didn't expect this palette to be as pigmented as it is. High-five, Maybelline!
  • Next, we're moving onto highlighting. Again, the highlight in this palette is SO on point! Taking a brush, I like to highlight right on top of my cheekbones, my cupid's bow and right above my eyebrows.
  • Lastly, let's talk blush! I highly recommend using blush with contouring. With all the shadows and light, it can sometimes look a little flat. Adding blush to your look, brings in warmth. This blush in the Maybelline Contour Palette is super flattering! Taking a fluffy blush brush, I popped this right onto the apples of my cheeks.
  • Finish with a bright red or pink lipstick if you're feeling in the Valentine's Day spirit and you're good to go!
What are your plans for Valentine's Day? Have you ever tried contouring before?

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MNYLookstoLove #CollectiveBias

ColourPop Week | Soft Focus

XO, Noelle 14 January 2016
Hi love muffins! Happy New Year! Sheesh. Two weeks in and just now I'm wishing it to y'all? We've been fighting this nasty cold over here and it just won't kick. UGH. 

Onto the post, right? So today I'll be sharing with you a look I put together from some ColourPop Christmas presents I received. I'm thinking of doing a ColourPop week where it's just a whole week of ColourPop goodies and looks. Let me know what you think!

  • FACE: CoverFx Custom Cover Drops mixed with Rouge Bunny Rouge Seas of Illumination applied with a damp Beauty Blender. 
  • CHEEKS: ColourPop Under The Sheets, Aphrodisiac and Stole The Show
  • EYES: ColourPop Hanky Panky on the lid, Acorn in the inner corner, Cop A Feel on the lower lid and outer v + Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
  • LIPS: ColourPop Kapow
  • BROWS: It Cosmetics Build-A-Brow in Dark Brown

Benefit They're Real! Tinted Lash Primer | Review + Swatches

XO, Noelle 06 January 2016
Happy New Year, love muffins! So with my last order to Sephora, I received a sample of the new Benefit They're Real! Tinted Lash Primer and couldn't wait to try it out! I'm a huge, huge fan of Benefit's They're Real! Mascara so I was excited to try the primer and see how it matches up to others.
So this primer comes in the shade mink brown only (for now) for a super gorgeous natural tint to your lashes. It can be worn by itself to define and tint your lashes or under your favorite mascara for a huge boost on your lash length and separation. The consistency of this primer is very light and gel-like. It conditions the lashes with Provitamin B5. It also boasts that it leaves your lashes so soft that you can apply mascara up to six hours later. 

The Custom ExtraFlex brush is specially formulated to separate lashes and evenly apply the primer.

Before / After

How gorgeous and wispy are they!? So natural. This is exactly what I look for in a mascara - nonetheless a primer. I actually prefer this without a coat of mascara over it. I did try this with a mascara over it (Jordana Extreme Mascara) and it came out a little clumpy. I just wasn't a fan but this primer by itself, man, it's amaze. Super even application with the wand and dried fairly fast. I didn't experience any "raccoon" eyes or flaking through the day. Thumbs up! 

PS. I know this might sound weird but even though I really like this primer, I do have to note that this is a sample size and I have found that sometimes samples vs. the full size are completely different. Weird, right? Bottom line: I like this enough to try the full size but am aware they may be completely different formulas. I have no clue why that happens but have noticed it before, so just a little warning :)

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Smokey Brown for NYE

XO, Noelle 31 December 2015
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Hey babes! I had a whole series of New Year's Eve looks I was going to do - and then I got this horrible cold. Ugh. Sore throat, puffy eyes, the works. Not to mention Hunter has one too so that's been a huge blast. 

Speaking of, what will you be doing for New Year's Eve? This mama will be eating lots of food and watching the ball drop. Maybe. Who am I kidding? I probably won't make it to midnight.

  • Smashbox Primer Water (LOVE this!)
  • CoverFX Custom Drops (N25) + Rouge Bunny Rouge Seas of Illumination + Covergirl Outlast All Day Primer 
  • It Cosmetics CC+ Cream Concealer in Light
  • Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
  • Too Faced Papa Don't Peach Blush
  • MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
  • ColourPop I Spy in the crease
  • ColourPop Boy Band on the lid
  • ColourPop Stereo on the lower lid blended into Boy Band
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Brunette (that casually just ran out as I was using it)
  • ColourPop Acorn in the inner corner
  • ColourPop Platform

I hope you all have a fab and safe night and I'll see you in the new year! xx