XO, Noelle

Makeup Revolution Affirmation Palette | Swatches + Review

XO, Noelle 10 February 2016
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Why, helllo. We are finally on the road to wellness over here. We ended up taking Hunter back to the doctor yesterday and they gave him antibiotics for an ear infection (where the hell did that come from?) so I'm hoping that helps him. I'm just over here overdosing on coffee and cough drops. Just not together. Because that sounds really gross.

Yeah, mine is totally scratched up. Oops!

Anywho, today I have for you a full review on the Makeup Revolution Affirmation Palette! This baby has 32 shadows that include neutrals, roses, coppers, chocolates, purples and smokes - a little somethin' somethin' for everyone in just about every finish imaginable.

Let's talk about the palette! The palette itself is a great size and is sturdy with a full-sized mirror on one side which makes it great for traveling. It also has a great clasp that closes the palette without any worry of it accidentally opening. 

Onto the shadows. At first swatch, a lot of the shadows felt hard and you almost had to dig at them to get pigmentation. Once you got through that first hard (but thin) layer, the majority of them were fine and easy to play with. It almost seems like the more you use the shadows, the easier they are to work with. My two problem shadows are the black shadow in the bottom right corner and the dusty plum in the third row, third from the right. They were both chalky and difficult to work with. The metallics in this palette were easily the smoothest and most pigmented but I was pretty surprised to see most of the mattes were nicely pigmented as well. 

Overall: I recommend this palette but be aware that the pigmentation gets better with more use. Does that even make sense? The metallics are amazing in this palette. The mattes come in a close second with pigmentation.  

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Looks To Love | Blue Cat Eye (with a Twist!)

XO, Noelle 08 February 2016
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MNYLooksToLove #CollectiveBias

Happy Monday, y'all! I hope everyone had a great Super Bowl weekend. Today I'm sharing with you this super gorgeous but a little out of the box Valentine's Day look. It's not your typical smokey eye look and I'm so excited over it, guys.

I know, I know. Normal Valentine's Day looks usually consist of bright red lips and smokey eyes (which I love!) but I decided to switch things up and give you something a little bit different: two blue cat eye looks that you can create with just one eyeshadow and black eyeliner.

Are you ready for the best part? All Maybelline products used in this look can be found at your local Walmart! Aww, yeah! 

Onto the tutorial...
  • So I've already gone ahead and put on my foundation and contour. If you guys are interested in seeing that routine, I've laid it all out tutorial-style here.
  • Next we're going to prime our lids. This keeps the eyeshadows from moving around and gives us a nice neutral base to work with. 
  • Taking the second shadow on the bottom from the Maybelline Rock Nudes Palette and a fluffy brush, I'm going to place that into my crease in a windshield wiper movement.
  • Next I'm taking a shader brush and spraying it with some setting spray before taking the fifth shadow (that gorgeous blue!) from the top of the same palette and patting it onto my lid. After that, I'm taking the same shadow and with setting spray on an angled brush, taking it and winging it out. It should all be connected together.
  • For an inner corner highlight, I'm using the light shimmer shade on the bottom from that same palette.
  • For eyeliner, I'm using the Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Ink Eyeliner and created a thin line above my eye. 
  • OPTIONAL: If you're looking to add more depth to your cat eye, you can outline the outer part with the eyeliner and then take the black eyeshadow to blend it into your lid.
  • Next, we're going to coat our top and bottom lashes with mascara. I'm using the Maybelline Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara! You can either leave your look here or apply falsies like I have. Putting mascara on first helps blend the falsies with your lashes together!
  • Lastly, finish the look with a nice pink lipstick. I chose Maybelline Color Sensational Lust for Blush (such a gorgeous pink!).
Whether it's your significant other, a pint of ice cream or drinks with the girls - go get 'em, tiger! 

You can only choose one: chocolates, makeup or diamonds?

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

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