New Video! International Swap with Anouchka!

Today started out as a bummer kind of day.  Not for any specific reason, I was just in a bit of a funk.  Ever have one of those days?

But all of that quickly changed when I checked my mailbox and found a package that came all way from Belgium!!  My sweet friend Anouchka (from lifeofbun) and I have been in contact over the past couple months about doing a swap of products.  We were both excited to try affordable products from brands that are not easy to find in our native countries.  I had lots of fun shopping for her products!  You can see her swap post here.

I felt like a kid at Christmas!  My package contained a selection of Catrice eyeshadows, lipsticks and a nail polish.  She included a nail polish and eyeliner from essence as well!  Her selection of colors was perfect, exactly the kind of colors I would have chosen!

I was so excited that I made a video!  🙂  Click the pic to check it out to see all the wonderful goodies!

Nothing like a sweet friend to brighten up a gloomy day!!

Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you, Anouchka!!  I love everything you picked out!!  Mwah! 🙂

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Fun & Colorful Eyeshadow Look

Some days a girl just needs some color.

This was one of those days!

This was done with mineral eyeshadows.  I love how easily they blend!  And look at how vibrant the colors are!

I used these eyeshadow samples that I purchased from the All Natural Face:

Then I used the pressed eyeshadow duo in Vanilla/Mocha from Real Purity as a brow bone highlight and to fill in my brows.

I used the Onyx gel eyeliner from Pixi.

And threw on a couple of coats of L’Oreal False Fiber Mascara.

So was my color craving satisfied?

Nope.  Next came my nails.

Stay tuned for that!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Favorite All Natural Products Video

Click this link to check out the first video on the TrueBeautyUVideo Channel on You Tube!

Favorite All Natural Products

I would love to know if you would like to see more videos!

Thanks for watching!  Have a great day!

Prom 2012!

Prom 2012

Getting Ready!

I had the opportunity to do makeup for a sweet young lady for her Prom this year.  She had chosen a beautiful hot pink dress to wear, so we decided to go with a silver and grey smokey eye to compliment it.

Products Used:

For the eyes:

Prom 2012

Finished Look!

Just look at this girl, isn’t she gorgeous??!!  It was so fun to work with her!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

TBU All-Stars – Makeup Edition

There are always so many new and exciting products coming out and sometimes its fun to try something new. But there are also products that are tried and true and these are the things I reach for time and time again. These are my favorites, my “All Stars”.

Lauren Brooke Creme Foundation

Lauren Brooke Creme Foundation & Concealer: This stuff is the best. No really. THE BEST! I use it on myself & my clients. It looks like skin, feels like skin – no heavy, cakey look or feeling on your face. Once set with powder, it lasts all day!

Lauren Brooke Creme Concealer

The coverage can meet all needs: light, medium, or full depending on how its applied. The concealer has more coverage than the foundation. It covers circles and blemishes well. They are organic, all-natural, and have great ingredients that are actually beneficial to the skin. It doesn’t aggravate my sensitive skin. I wear makeup about 5 days a week and my personal jar of foundation will last me about 6 months or so. Hands down, my favorite foundation & concealer ever. I’ve tried others in the past and I like this so much I have no need to try anything else.

TKB Silk Powder

TKB Trading Silk Powder: I use this as a setting powder: the final step to set all the makeup and help it last all day. This stuff works great and is affordable. It’s great for toning down shine without looking heavy or cakey. Love it!

Sula Blush in Forget Me Not:

Sula Powder Blush in Forget Me Not

This is the perfect peach-toned blush that works for any skin tone. It brightens the face and looks beautiful all year round. It’s got great pigmentation and lasts all day. It’s not totally natural, but it is silicone free! (Silicone is another ingredient that I am highly sensitive to.)

Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Eyeliner Trios:

These eyeliners aren’t natural, but they work great – the pigmentation is rich, they last all day, glide on easily, and stay well on the

PF Shimmer Strips Trio for Green Eyes

waterline. They come in 3 packs with colors geared toward specific eye colors, but don’t let that limit your selection. I use several sets and love them all.

Eyeshadows:

Mineral Shadows

The world of eyeshadow is so vast! Whether you like to keep things neutral or experiment with new colors, there are so many options out there.

My personal favorites are mineral shadows. They are natural, the colors are great, and they blend beautifully. I’ve tried colors Lauren Brooke (favs: Toffee, Mystic Ice, and Cappuccino), Bare Escentuals, Everyday Minerals (fav: In the Garden), and All Natural Face (samples are super cheap! favs: Honey Peach, Deep Mauve). I like them all!

Wet N Wild Color Icon Shadows

For those on a budget, I also really like the Wet N Wild Color Icon Eyeshadows. They aren’t natural, but they are highly pigmented, blend well and have a great selection of colors. My favs are the Silent Treatment palette and the single shadows in Nutty and Brule. They can be found at your local drugstore and they are cheap!!

Cover Girl Professional All-In-One Mascara:

Cover Girl Professional All In One Mascara

I know, this isn’t natural either, but a girls gotta save money somewhere! I like to try different mascaras, but this is one that I keep coming back to because it delivers results – length, volume, no smudges, no clumps. And its cheap!

That was a long post! Thanks for making it this far!

Let me know what your favorite makeup products are!

Stay tuned for more “All Stars” in other categories!

FOTD: Date Night!

Hooray for Date Night!  I love spending time with my hubby, especially when it involves sushi!  Yum!

Lauren Brooke Creme Foundation in N3

Lauren Brooke Creme Concealer in Warm Light applied under eyes

Silk Powder from TKB Trading

Sula Blush in Forget Me Not

Maybelline Color Tatoo in Tough as Taupe, applied to lid and blended out into crease and lower lash line

Wet N Wild eyeliner in Charcoal (only $.69 at Walgreens through the end of April!) – smudged on top lash line and applied to waterline

Jetsetter eyeshadow from the Prestige Indulge Me Palette (see my review here) smudged on top of eyeliner to set and blended out

L’Oreal False Fiber Lash Mascara in Black

Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish in Bunny

UPDATE: FOTD featuring Indulge Me Palette from Prestige

After those sad-looking swatches from the review, I wanted to share a look to help show what the shadows look like in action.

 

For this look I used the Unbudgable Primer first to prep my lids.  Then I placed the color First Class over the whole lid and up to the brow bone.  This is a sheer champagne/beige color that leaves a sheen after the glitter is blended away.  Next I applied the color Royalty to the outer corner and crease areas and blended it over slightly into the inner corner.  I then applied a very light layer of the color Majestic in the crease to add a little depth.  I lined the upper lash line with the black pencil liner from the kit.  It applied smoothly without dragging or pulling.  I smudged it slightly and added a layer of the color V.I.P. on top to set it.  Finished it off with a couple of coats of Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara in Black.

This lasted through an afternoon and evening of running errands with my family.

I hope this helps to give a better idea of how these products perform.