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FOTD: Senior portraits!

I have the eye combination posted tomorrow.

Face: Primed with L’oreal Magic Correcting Base

Concealer: Mac Prolongwear “NC30”

Foundation: Revlon Nearly Naked “Fresh Beige”

Powder: Lightly dusted with a fan brush NYC Loose powder “Naturally Beige” on the Tzone and cheeks lightly.

Blush: Mac Cosmetics “Springsheen”

Contour: NYC “Sunny” Bronzer.

Hair Tip:

Since I am a swimmer, my hair is drier than it should be due to sun and chlorine. I maintain it by putting on a coconut hair mask or coconut on the ends of my hair!

  • Organic Coconut Oil

For the coconut hair mask:

  • It’s best to use dirty hair with this mask. This is super simple!
  • Put that coconut oil into your hair, and just make sure it gets on ALL of it!
  • It could get messy, but it’ll be worth it. Tie all your hair up!
  • Put on a shower cap, and have this on for about 15 minutes.
  • Do your regular hair wash routine, and omfg…. Can’t explain to you the feeling! Dry your hair as usual too. :)

Usual use of coconut oil:

  • After wash of hair, or anytime your hair feels dry and dull!
  • Get less than a dime size amount of coconut oil, and rub it into the ends.
  • DO NOT DO NOT put any near your roots or the crown of your head (it’ll make it look greasy) who wants that look.
  • Easy, peezy, voila!

My in depth review on Sedona Laceeee!

  • 4 Face brushes.
  • 8 Eye brushes.
  • 1 lip brush.
  • Retails for 79.95$
  • With zipper belt 89.95$
  • Black Friday deal was 50% when I purchased,  really good deal… sorry guys! I’m only a bargain shopper.
  • Made by professional make-up artist/youtuber MakeupbyRenRen

FB= Face Brush

EB= Eye Brush

     I’ll start with the service! I was so glad when they had a black Friday sale, this is for my kit. So definitely the 50% I could NOT ever pass up! Plus free shipping over 50$?! Hellllll yea! Order was placed, but I was so disappointed my brushes did not ship until two weeks later. I know they had a lot of orders, but people got their stuff way before me when they ordered Friday, I ordered Thursday night. They also took away my free samples, (“They we’re out of stock”), and since I also ordered the zipper belt. They also ran out of stock, that will not ship until January.

     When my package arrived, I was not pleased at all… But I did not lose hope in what the brushes would have in store for me. A lot of the brush hairs we’re not packed on tightly, and the brush guards we’re a mess!

     Moving on… I forgive them because the brushes are amazeballs.

Face Brushes:

  • Jumbo Fan - FB 01-I don’t really care too much about fan brushes, but a lot of people seem to likke this. It’s really densely packed, I like that. Used for face powder, highlighter, or bronzer!  (Goat Hair)
  • Tulip Contour - FB 03- (Mac 138) I was so devastated when this brush came, and I was most excited for… It’s a little too fluffy for contouring which I wanted to use it for. But it does work great with brush and highlighter. The point after the first wash already went away, now looks like the Real Technique’s Blush Brush. Shedded a little, not too much. Black dye did fade a bit! (Goat Hair)
  • Dome Contour - FB 05- (Mac 109)Second brush I was most excited about, biggest disappointment. Shedded right when I first got it, I’ve already tried washing it 3 times for it to quit shedding but it just keeps on going! Hopefully it’ll stop soon. But I do like it, for blush and highlight. Hopefully when it stops shedding I’ll be able to test it for foundation. :) (Goat Hair)
  • Flat Top Buffer - FB 07-(Compared to Sigma Flat Top Kabuki) This brush is soooooo effortless. It’s soft, blends smoothly, flawless application. Maybe even better than any flat top brush I’ve ever used! Used mostly for foundation, and it’s synthetic. Makes the application go on so effortlessly, and flawless. No shedding, my favorite face brush! (Synthetic Hair)

Eye Brushes:

  • Universal Blender - EB 09-(Mac 217) I have used the 217 from my bestfriend, and really it’s not all that GREAT for $23.00 out the pocket. This brush is in my opinion much smoother, the 217 can have a few bristles that poke out and hurt. This works wonderful for creams, packing on shadows, and blending anywhere. The name works for it, universal. No shedding what so ever. (Goat Hair)
  • Flat Synthetic - EB 11-  I love this brush. I’ve used synthetic brushes before to pack on shadow, and those just do not work great. They’re stick hard, but this one is definitely “the one!” It is easy to clean, easy to pack on shadows. My favorite eye brush in this set. (Synthetic Hair)
  • Synthetic Blender - EB 13- Brush that can be used for concealing, really densely packed and soft. No shedding, it makes blending in my concealer and eye shadows 10 seconds faster. Can be used for creams, and all around products. (Synthetic Hair)
  • Pointed Crease - EB 15- I’m not so big on this brush at all, but not disappointed. After being washed the point stays, but just not as pointed as it first came. Great for precise crease details. Did not shed. (Goat Hair)
  • Brow Spoolie Duo - EB 17- This brush is double ended, and I love that! MakeupbyRenRen made the brow brush very packed, but that’s not my type of favorite brush since I have thin brows that need to be precisely filled. Great for clients who have fuller brows. But the spoolie is really nice. (Synthetic Hair)
  • Bent Liner - EB 19-I was excited about this brush because it’d be my first bent liner! I expected more out of it honstly… But it is harder than an angled liner brush. Once you get used to it, it smoothes easier. This is easy to wash, and care for. (Synthetic Hair)
  • Detailed Shader - EB 21-This fits perfectly on the lashline and precise details for the lid and tear duct. One of my favorite in this bunch, it’s soft. Does not shed, and doesn’t hurt my sensitive lash line.
  • Angled Detail - EB 23-This is perfect for eyebrows as well, I like using gel liner for this and it runs so smooth and precise. It is dense, and it’s form stays after washing. 

Overall: 8/10 A solid 8, the face brushes are not too impressive. But the eye brushes really opened my eyes, and I do like them. :) This is great to start your freelance kit with, and I love it. If I can buy the eye brushes in a set separately I would, but for now it’s okay! 

All you need is

  • tape
  • GOOD QUALITY, nail polish
  • and your brushes!

1.) Apply the tape to the ends of your brush until you desire, I know I know it’s hard to make it even but it’s not really a big deal to me. It’s up to you.

(Note* make sure the tape reaches the end together and sticks out. It’ll be easier to peel off.)

2.) Apply one coat (works a little better looks more natural).

3.) Let it dry on a SURFACE THAT LAYS FLAT, AND THE ENDS DON’T TOUCH IT! It can leave marks on the paint unfixable.

(Note* over night is preferred.)

4.) Take the tape off, it’ll be easier to use sicssors as well. It will have left over residue, just rub it off.

Enjoy your customized brushes, so no “friend” can take em’! :)

Brows really frame your face, and that’s no joke… People say I look tired without my brows!

Updated Routine :)

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion or any primer/concealer will do!
  • Maybelline Define-A-Brow Pencil “Medium Brown” or any brown brow pencil.
  • Mac’s Charcoal Brown E/S, or any brown and color that goes with your hair color.
  • Mac’s Studio Finish Concealer, or any concealer liquid or cream is fine! (optional)
  • Setting powder
  • An angled eyeshadow brush
  • A synthetic flat brush.

Steps to achieve:

  1. Prime your eyelid/eyebrows and it’ll make the brows last longer and shine free up to 8 hours! (works wonders for me) 
  2. Line your brow, and this part is up to how you like the shape and arch! I line just the bottom of my brow usually. This shapes and defines.
  3. Fill it in with your brown eyeshadow using your angled brush and perfect the lines and set them.
  4. Clean up either top of brow or bottom is up to your preference with your flat brush. (optional).
  5. Use the setting powder to set the concealer and brow, easy as that! (optional).

Hope you try it out and hashtag #makeupwithcrystal 

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    I am far from perfect, and I don’t even wear makeup everyday. I like to be comfortable in my own skin, no matter what circumstances. 5 out of 7 days I don’t wear makeup. I suffer from PCOS, and sadly theirs no cure but I can always love myself.

    Steps:

    1. Moisturize! No matter what skin type you have, your skin needs to be moisturized. I love putting concealer on a freshly moisturized face. Blendds flawlessly.
    2. I like to switch off my concealer techniques, but to get this look I go to my synthetic brushes. Blends effortlessly with a tiny amount. I like to use my Sedona Lace (http://www.sedonalace.com/Cosmetic-Brushes/68/Synthetic-Blender-EB-13.aspx) for my quick go to days or my Real Technique’s Stippling brush for a full face flawless. 
    3. The concealer technique I like going for is dabbing on my problem areas, and then blending in circular motions works fastest and looks flawless.
    4. After that I just set with powder, with my powder I just use a big fluffy brush and dab on the area to set it. DO NOT swirl the powder it’ll move the concealer.
    5. *Optional, you can spray with Elf’s setting mist or Fix+ also to set it again. 

    Oh oh oh my… What took me so long to review this? Mac’s blush in “Melba”.

    This blush should be that “one” blush from MAC everyone should own! It goes with any lip color (which is why I love it so much, and wear it so often!) I’ve always eyed this blush but never thought about buying it. But I definitely “yolo’d” it and bought it.

    • $20
    • Permanent collection to blushes.
    • Matte (meaning no shimmer, flex, anything. Flat color)
    • 6 grams.

    Color: A soft peach, with a orange undertone and a little bit of pink in person. Easy for anyone to wear with anyone’s skin tone.

    Longevity: Blushes all last depending on what you’re wearing that day, and this by itself is pretty long. I’ve worn it just with powder, and it lasts up to 5 hours, you can reapply if you like.

    This is definitely a holy grail for me, it’s diverse on all skin tones and works with any lip color. Gives you a nice flawless glow.

    10/10

    I tag you make-up lovers!

    1. GREED:  What is your least expensive beauty item? What is your most expensive?

    My least expensive make-up item… My NYX Gold Glitter. My most expensive wouldn’t be a wide one but it would probably be my whole MAC Palette. 

    2. WRATH:  What beauty products do you have a love/hate relationship with?

    Fake eyelashes… getting it on is annoying, but after that i’m in love. 

    3. GLUTTONY:  What are your most delicious beauty products?

    Mac lipsticks, smell like cupcakes!

    4. SLOTH:  What beauty product do you neglect, due to laziness?

    Primer, I have combination skin so it has it’s benefits, and non-benefits. 

    5. PRIDE:  What beauty product gives you the most self confidence?

    Concealer, because it hides the things that make me insecure. Oh and eyebrow products! My eyebrows are crazy thing without it. 

    6. LUST:  What attributes do you find most attractive in the opposite sex?

        Smile. And also a great sense of humor!

    7. ENVY:  What items would you most like to receive as a gift?

        Nars anything, or OCC. I would love to own something from those brands!

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    Review: Mac Cosmetics “Dipdown” Fluidline

    On the website: Ultra-smooth, Fluidline’s gel formula provides the precision of a liquid liner with a silkier, softer finish. Goes on “foolproof” with a brush in an easy dip-and-stroke action. Long-wearing. Smudge-proof. Lines up in a rich array of colours and finishes.

    Hi make-up lovers! Long time no review, I’ve been extremely busy and enjoying my summer. 

    Dipdown is a brown fluidline, and from my experience with fluidlines— they’re wonderful and creamy don’t smudge one bit. Dipdown brows are all over instagram, and I wanted to catch onto the hype and see if it is really what it lives up to.

    •  $16.00
    • 3 g/0.1 ounce

    Okay, lets get to it… It is creamy, and a little goes a long way. I’ll be posting up ways for softer natural brows and the more dramatic clean brow in another post. It is smudge proof, and it does take a strong make-up wipe to take this off. Dip down is also a little tiny bit water proof. I’ve only used this on my brows, and it’s easy to work with. What I love about this is that it can be built up and natural but dramatic if wanted. This product lasts all day, I swear by it. When I wore this everyday in Vegas, it wouldn’t smudge or budge! 

    9.5/10, for the half a point it’s probably the price point. It breaks my wallet, but a little of this goes a long way. 

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    Sinful Colors Shine Nail Polish W/Gel Tech

    • $2.99
    • Long lasting with gel technology.
    • Collection is mostly creams and has similar colors in the regular line. 

    First when I saw this, I was very skeptical because it’s so cheap. But I said “might as well, yolo.” Haha, this is a beautiful lavender cool toned pink color. 

    Application: OH mannnn! So shiny with just one coat, it’s sheer but it builds up so beautifully just after two coats! The shine is definitely there, even without an topcoat. 

    Lasting Power: Lasted all week, crazy and the shine still stayed. 

    I fell in love so much I don’t like trying out any new colors. This color and application+ lasting power, it’s everything I want in an nail polish.

    Try this out, it’s CHEAP & amazing!

    10/10

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