XO, Noelle

#BBCChallenge | Orange, Red + Yellow

XO, Noelle 27 November 2015
Hey guys! I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving! We are back with our monthly #BBCChallenge! This month's theme is Orange, Red & Yellow - inspired by fall leaves. If you aren't familiar with the BBCChallenge it is a monthly challenge myself and the ladies of The Beauty Blog Coalition put together to challenge ourselves to create something awesome that we might normally not try out.
  • Face: CoverFX Custom Cover Drops (in N25) mixed with Josie Maran Cosmetics Argan Daily Moisturizer. It Cosmetics CC+ Concealer in Fair. Bronzer, Contour, Highlight and Blush from Smashbox Masterclass 3 Palette.
  • Eyes: Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix Palette > Lid: Analogue, Outer V: Vox + Rewind, Crease: Noble mixed with Analogue,  Inner Corner: Fran, Lower Lid: Rewind. ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in LAX for the liner. Ardell Demi Wispies for lashes. Jordana Extreme Lash for mascara.
  • Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Brunette
  • Lips: ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Limbo
Make sure to show some love to my beauty babes that took part in this month's challenge as well:

Mint Chocolate Chip

XO, Noelle 22 November 2015
Hey gorgeous! So. I'm sitting here, guzzlin' sippin' my coffee this morning (baby bear was up six times last night!) and I'm looking at these pictures and am a little disappointed in how they came out. I really wish the colors in them would pop out the way they are in real life. Do they look washed out to you? Maybe it's just my screen. Whomp whomp. I've been using natural light and sometimes it looks great; sometimes it doesn't. In my last post, a wonderful reader pointed out a color difference in my foundation when in real life, it matched and I always want to make sure you guys see what products and colors look like in real life. I never want you to be like, "Hey! That doesn't look like that!" Sigh. With that, any suggestions for lighting/ring lights? I've heard they make all the difference when it comes to making colors true to life. Let me know in the comments below! 

Anyway, onto this look. I really wanted to dip into my vault of barely palettes and pulled out the Too Faced Joy To The Girls Palette from last year. Can I just say that I can't believe I don't use this more often? Swoon, swoon, swoon! I came up with this mint chocolate chip look using the "spotlight" method (putting a bright/light/metallic/different color shadow in the middle of the lid to create a spotlight) and am really happy with the way it turned out. 

BEWARE: I went a little cray cray with the pictures!
  • FACE: CoverFX Custom Infusion Drops (in N25) mixed with Josie Maran Daily Moisturizer applied with a damp BeautyBlender. Smashbox MasterClass 3 Palette for highlight, contour and bronzer. MAC Melba for blush.
  • EYES: Too Faced Joy to The Girls Palette - Cookie Dough in the crease, Mulberry on the inner and outer corners of the eye with Joy (dampened) and patted onto the middle of the lid. Mulberry brought down to the lower lid. Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara for lashes. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (in Brunette) for brows.
  • LIPS: Kat Von D Everlasting Lipstick in Lovesick

All Greyed Out

XO, Noelle 19 November 2015
Hi guys! A few days ago, I was playing with the Inglot Matte It Be shadows and came up with a pretty, maybe not-so-wearable for everyday but still fun to play with look. It's a little dramatic and what I like to call "zombie chic" but I'm diggin' it.

  • FACE | It Cosmetics CC+ Cream (in Light) applied with a damp BeautyBlender. It Cosmetics CC+ Concealer (in Fair) to conceal. Bronzer, contour and highlight from Smashbox Master Class 3 Palette - also used to set foundation.
  • EYES | Inglot Matte It Be shadows were used for the whole look. I used #309 in the middle of the lid and #307 on the outer part and inner part. For the outer v to deepen the look, I used #306. Lastly, for the lower lid, I used #310 and blended it out to keep it smokey. Lastly, I used #308 for the inner corner. Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara to finish off the eye look.
  • BROWS | Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Brunette
  • LIPS | Inglot Black Swan Lipstick in #436

Inglot Matte It Be Eyeshadows #306, 307, 308, 309 + 310 | Swatches + Review

XO, Noelle 18 November 2015
Hey babes! Today I'll be showing you the five Freedom System new matte eyeshadows from the Inglot Matte It Be Collection released last month. This collection also includes four new shades of Inglot's AMC Eyeliner Gels, two new kohl shades and eight new matte O2M nail polishes. Let's check them out!

  • #308 - a matte mulled wine
  • #306 - a matte dark grey.
  • #309 - a matte oyster pink.
  • #307 - a matte light indigo blue.
  • #310 - a matte heather grey.
Overall: I have a confession. I'm SO in love with these Inglot mattes! I'm new to their shadows and can't believe I haven't tried them until now. Instead of reviewing each one, I can honestly just sum up all of them since they all performed the same. Each one was extremely soft and pigmented. I will admit they were a teensy bit on the dry side but it didn't affect the application at all and tends to be the norm with mattes.

(L-R: 306, 309, 307, 310 and 308)

(Middle lid: 309 | Outer and inner lid: 307 | Outer v: 306 | Inner corner: 308 | Lower lid: 310)
(This look will be up this weekend - using Inglot shadows and lipstick!)

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Star Wars Jedi Makeup Tutorial + Rite Aid & CoverGirl Beauty Sweepstakes

XO, Noelle 17 November 2015
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Hello my little Stormtroopers! Have you heard?! Rite Aid and CoverGirl are holding a Beauty Sweepstakes that is currently going on right now to November 26th. You can enter via Twitter or Instagram by uploading a photo of YOUR light side or dark side beauty looks using the hashtag #RiteAidBeautyForceSweeps! You must be a follower of @RiteAid at Twitter and Instagram and your account must be public. The two grand prizes winners will receive CoverGirl Star Wars products worth $360!

Here is my take on the Jedi look created by the ever-so-talented Pat McGrath for CoverGirl. I was going for a more wearable Jedi look (well, can't say I thought I'd ever say that!), complete with a hair braid headband. Legit. My fiance came out of the room and was like, "Is that your hair across your forehead?" I was like, "Yes. My Jedi would totally rock this." and then he walked away from me. Pff. Men.

Products used for this look!

  1. First things first, we're going to prime our eyelid with our favorite primer. This helps eyeshadows stick to the lid without creasing and moving throughout the day. It also helps neutral out our lid.
  2. Next we're taking #3 from the CoverGirl Notice Me Nudes Eyeshadow Quad and we're popping that into our crease. Depending on how much drama you're looking for, you can take this up above your crease or just leave it in the crease and blend it out.
  3. Now we're going to take #2 from the same quad and using a flat shade brush, we're going to pat the shadow on the sides of our lids but leave the middle as empty as you can.
  4. Next we're going to take #1 from the same quad and pat that into the middle of our lid and very gently blend it out.
  5. We're going to add some dimension to this look by adding #4 into our outer v of our eye and blend it into our crease.
  6. I wanted a little lightness in my inner corner so I just took #2 on my ring finger and patted that into my inner corner.
  7. Moving onto my lower lid, I took #4 onto the outer part of my bottom lid and blended that into #3 towards the inner corner.
  8. (Optional) Take a cotton ball with makeup remover and wipe away any glitter fall out under your eyes.
  9. Finishing up on the eyes, take the CoverGirl Star Wars Super Sizer Mascara and coat your lashes to your liking. I personally like to apply a little more mascara on the outer edges of my lashes to give the illusion of more volume. (Optional: I added false lashes to my look on top)
  10. Lastly, apply the CoverGirl Star Wars Colorlicious Lipstick in Gold and go kick some butt! :)

Looking for inspiration? Make sure to check out CoverGirl's Tumblr for ideas! I can't wait to see your looks! :) Good luck, dolls!

* Sponsored by Rite Aid & CoverGirl.

YoungBlood Perfect Pair Mineral Eyeshadow Duos | Swatches + Review

XO, Noelle 11 November 2015
Hi babes! Today I'll be reviewing YoungBlood Mineral Cosmetics Perfect Pair Duos in Charismatic, Virtue, Graceful and Desire - part of their Holiday Collection!

YoungBlood Cosmetics started when creator Pauline Youngblood, working as an aesthetician, noticed that her patients had severely traumatized skin from harsh laser treatments, acne, cosmetic surgeries and rosacea and had little options when it came to makeup that wouldn't clog their skin. Pauline worked with chemists to come up with natural mineral cosmetics that would cover raw, inflamed and/or discolored skin while still letting it breathe. In 1996, YoungBlood Cosmetics was born!

  • English Tea - a matte chocolate brown. I need to just warn you guys now. All of these shadows are amazing! So get ready for a whole bunch of "amazing" "super" gorgeous" and "ajsdkasjdksad" in these reviews. But seriously. English Tea is everything I could ask for in a velvety smooth chocolate brown matte. So buttery soft, opaque and little fall out.
  • Calla Lilly - a shimmery light peach champagne. Can I just marinade in this shade? Is that weird? Calla Lilly is stunning. Again, incredibly opaque and so, so soft. This is a gorgeous highlight as well!
  • Pink Rose - a light pink matte. I was expecting this to be really chalky but was very surprised with how soft and smooth it applied. It also held its own which is hard sometimes to do when you have a light matte. Sometimes they can kind of fade, especially when blending with another shadow. Pink Rose is very opaque (although you probably can't see it since it's basically my skin tone) and smooth to apply.
  • Iris - a dark purple satin. Can we just talk about this for a second. Hello! Iris is a gorgeous opaque, pigmented smooth-as-buttah shade that is just so, so stunning. It also blends out like a dream!
  • Pure -  a white matte. I always get nervous around matte whites because they almost always never play nice. They're usually dry, chalky and fade after a few hours of wear. Not for Pure! Pure is incredibly opaque for a white matte and no where near chalky. In fact, it's smooth like the others and applies very well with no kick up.
  • Passionate - a shimmery maroon with a subtle gold duochrome. When I opened the compact and saw this, I knew it was going to be awesome! I can't even begin to describe how smooth this was to apply. It is jam packed with pigmentation and is opaque with one swipe! This applied like a dream!
  • Apricot - a bright peach shimmer. I can't get enough of this. Slightly more peach-ier than Calla Lilly from the Charismatic duo. So buttery soft and smooth to apply.
  • Azure - a sea blue satin. I drool over this blue! Again, buttery soft, no fall out and so nice to apply. I can't get over how opaque and how it didn't sheer out over the course of the day. 
L-R: Graceful, Desire, Virtue and Charismatic

Can you guys tell I'm a huge fan? I'm almost positive this post could've turned into a drinking game for the amount of times I said "buttery soft" and "amazing". There's nothing better when you love a company's product and they love you back. As you can read from how YB got started, they really care about their customers. That being said, I absolutely loved all four of these duos and highly recommend checking them out!

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