Professional Makeup

I’m very excited, because I recently got offered a new job, and today is my first day. With that, I wanted to talk a little today about what makeup is appropriate for a professional setting. While it does depend some on the kind of work you do and your office setting, the type of makeup that is acceptable is generally consistent.

When it comes to lip colors, I like to stay with nudes and neutrals or mauves. Red is sometimes acceptable depending on your field, but I would usually stay away from anything too dark or too bright. I like a good gloss, because it’s easy to apply throughout the day, it keeps my lips from drying out, and they usually aren’t terribly bright. Mattes are also a great option, especially if you can find one that lasts all day. One of my friends has had really good results with Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink, and I will definitely be checking some of their colors out soon.

For eyeshadow, again you probably want to stay with lighter colors or something more neutral. I would keep away from anything that is going to be too bright or distracting, because you want people to pay attention to your work and what you have to say, rather than your makeup. I would also recommend choosing something matte or that has a slight shimmer, rather than anything that’s glittery. I like to use ULTA’s colored eyeshadow primers, because they last quite a while and offer a good pigment without being overwhelming. I have a peach gold and a rose gold that both look good, have a slight shimmer, and really bring out the blue in my eyes, which I’m always a fan of.

When you’re in the office, you may not get much opportunity to touch up your makeup, so you’ll want to find ways to make it last. I recommend finding a good primer that works for your skin type and using a setting powder when you’re done. These two things will help keep your makeup in place, so you won’t have to worry about any touchups. I have several primers that I really like. BECCA Backlight Priming Filter is great, albeit a little expensive, as is Benefit’s Porefessional. For drugstore primers, I like NYX #NoFilter Blurring Primer and Maybelline’s Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser. For setting powder, I just use ULTA’s mineral setting powder.

Overall, keep it on the simple side, and you should definitely be safe. What are your favorite makeup tips for professional settings?

Why I Get Excited About Spring Makeup

There is a lot to love about spring. Great weather, flowers blooming, lots of baby animals, and the return of colors to the fashion world. Things get a little dark during the fall and winter (not that I’m complaining; I think gray might be one of my favorite colors), but when spring comes around, color starts to creep back in. This return of color is one of the things that excites me about spring makeup. Spring palettes give me a chance to step outside of my comfort zone and add a little color to my makeup routine.

Eyeshadow colors are one of my favorite things to play with during spring. Yesterday, I wore a light green eyeshadow instead of my normal nude/light gold look just because. The free Ulta palette I got in the bag I posted about a couple of weeks ago has several really cute spring colors. There is a pale shimmery pink that I have been wearing almost daily called Peony Bouquet. I am crazy about it, so if you’re in the market for something springy and simple, it’s definitely worth checking out. It also contains an off-white base, a light green, a lilac, a mauve, and a bronze color. I’m very excited to continue to play around with some spring combos and find one that works for me.

I also like spring lip colors. While at Ulta a couple of weeks ago, I was looking through their Color Rush Lip Gloss (which is probably one of my favorite gloss lines), and I picked up two. A mauve (Elizabeth) which is well within my comfort zone and I do really like, and then I got a brighter coral color (Audrey). Audrey is definitely not in my comfort zone, but I am challenging myself to wear it. I think stepping outside of your comfort zone is so important, because you may end up finding something you love.

If you’re having trouble finding ways to step outside of your comfort zone this spring, check out this lip gloss set from LORAC:

LORAC Mod Goddess Alter Ego Volume III Lip Gloss Set, Vanilla

Or this spring eyeshadow palette that has a bunch of really pretty pastels and nudes:

Best Pro Eyeshadow Palette Makeup – Matte + Shimmer 16 Colors – High Pigmented – Professional Vegan Nudes Warm Natural Bronze Neutral Smokey Cosmetic Eye Shadows

What are you favorite pieces of spring makeup? How do you plan to step outside of your comfort zone this spring?

Unpacking ULTA Freebies

I posted a few days ago about the freebies Ulta was giving away with purchase, so in true me fashion, I went up there and bought some makeup wipes and a couple of lip glosses, so I could get my free bag. It is so cute, and I got some really great stuff in it.

Look how cute! Even a couple of the palettes match! I wasn’t expecting to like the pink this much, because I’m not really a pink girl, but I really like it.

So, what did I get? Well, inside this adorable bag was:

  • Blush/bronzer palette
  • Eyeshadow palette with 6 adorable spring colors (I can’t wait to try these)
  • Blush brush
  • Lipstick in Pink Chocolate
  • Tinted Eye Primer in Peach Glow
  • Liquid Illuminator in Northern Lights (I’ve already tried it and I’m in love)
  • Plush Drama Volumizing Mascara
  • Clear Brow Shaping Gel
  • Juice Infused Lip Oil in Coconut (it smells amazing)
  • Dual-pencil sharpener
  • Lip Liner Pencil in Bittersweet
  • Mattifying Face Primer (always up for a good primer sample)
  • Eyeliner Pencil in Blackout
  • $5 off $15 coupon

One thing I love about Ulta’s gift bags is that they always give me things that are about to be in season. So far, I can’t think of anything I’ve gotten in one of their bags that I’ve been disappointed with. I haven’t been able to try everything out yet, but so far, my favorite thing is the liquid illuminator. It gives me a good highlight without being too bright, and it goes on really easily. Did anyone else go grab a freebie bag from Ulta? What was your favorite part of it?

New Year’s Resolutions You Can Keep

It’s January 11th, so why am I just now talking about New Year’s resolutions? Well, because let’s face it, if you had one, chances are, you’ve probably already cheated or dropped it. If you didn’t have one, here are a few you can drop when people ask you what yours was. They’re easy, and they won’t require much work on your part, but may help increase your self-confidence, which is always a good thing.

  1. Find a lipstick shade that makes you feel like you can take on the world. Whether it’s a rosy red, a deep wine, a playful pink, or even just a nude shade that makes you feel strong, I firmly believe there’s a lipstick shade out there for everyone. Now, I don’t where a ton of lipstick. Sometimes, I feel like I’m being too formal if I have lipstick on, so I wear gloss or chap stick instead. However, there are some days where I’m looking to kick ass and take names, and on those days, I reach for lipstick. If you haven’t found a lipstick color that gives you that feeling of empowerment, I challenge you to find one this year. Two if you’re feeling frisky.
  2. Moisturize your face more often. I’ve already talked about why moisturizer is important, but I’ll reiterate to save some time. Moisturizer keeps your skin hydrated, so it won’t overcompensate and produce too much oil. Your face won’t be as oily, your makeup will stay on better, and you won’t break out as much. Find a moisturizer that works for you, and try to use it at least once a day or every other day. You don’t have to spend a lot to find one that works, either. Mine is about $7 a bottle, and it’s lasted me a long time.
  3. Try a look that’s not in your comfort zone. I don’t mean you have to change your style completely. That’s terrifying, and unless you want to, I don’t recommend it. Your style is part of what makes you who you are. However, you may find something you like, so try things that make you a little nervous. Maybe you’re going out with your girls one night. Try a dark lipstick instead of a bright red or nude. Buy a piece of clothing that you think is super cute, but you’ve never worn anything like it before. No matter what it is, doing something outside of your comfort zone can be a real game changer, which is what New Year’s resolutions are all about.

What was your New Year’s resolution? If you try any of these out, I’d love to know how it goes! Make 2018 your year!

Product Review – NYX Butter Gloss in Angel Food Cake

I finally did it. I broke down and bought the lip gloss I’ve been eying for a couple of weeks. It wasn’t much of a sacrifice since it was only $5, but as I’ve said before, I’m lazy and try to avoid going to stores if I can help it. However, I can confidently say it was worth the trip. I love this lip gloss.

This lip gloss is perfect for everyday wear. It’s a medium nude pink that I think looks great with everything. It’s light, and the formula isn’t too sticky. It is very pigmented though, as you can see in the pictures, and I can wear it by itself, which I love. Plus, it’s not too shiny, so even you gloss skeptics out there might like it.

One thing I do dislike about it is that it dries out my lips some, so I definitely recommend putting on a colorless lip balm before applying. Of course, I am currently out of lip balm, so I don’t know that this would work for sure, but I imagine that it would. Anyone have any recommendations for some natural lip balms? I can’t seem to decide on one.

So far, this is my favorite everyday lip gloss I’ve found. I’ve worn it every day that I’ve worn makeup since I bought it, and it hasn’t let me down yet. You can get it at Target or Ulta among other places, and I’ve included the link below to get it on Amazon, just in case you’re like me and hate going into stores or don’t want to chance going to Target and coming out with $100 worth of things you don’t need.


Why Lip Gloss isn’t Just for High Schoolers

Lip gloss may seem juvenile, but with the advances made in recent years to increase pigments and longevity, lip glosses are no longer just for high schoolers. Lip gloss is great for lunch dates, every day wear, or even nights out where you’d rather wear bold eye makeup. Plus, lip glosses can help keep your lips moist, which is great for avoiding chapped lips in winter. Below are some lip glosses that can give you the powerful feel of wearing lipstick, without it being too thick or heavy.

One of my favorite glosses for evening wear is Moxie by BareMinerals in Maverick. It’s a rich reddish-brown that seems similar to the color of cinnamon candy. It also has a plumping agent that gives your lips more of a pouty appearance. It’s a little cold when you first put it on, but that’s just the plumping additive taking effect. Moxie is between $15 to $18 per color, and it works great by itself or as a topcoat to add some shine. You can find it at most makeup stores, or follow the link below to get it from Amazon.

bareminerals moxie plumping lip gloss maverick

Another gloss I like is Ulta’s Color Rush lip gloss in Olivia. It’s a medium pink color that’s great for every day wear. I actually wore it today when I met my husband for lunch. Because it is an Ulta brand product, you can only get it there, but they’re only $9, and currently, Ulta is running a promotion for buy 2 Ulta beauty products, get 2 free. With this deal, you can try out several colors, or get some other products to enhance your makeup routine, like a lip primer or some eyeshadow. The pigment on these are pretty rich, so I would wear it by itself.

NYX also has lip glosses with quite a few color options. They are $5 at Ulta, but I know you can get them at Target and Amazon, too. One color I’ve been looking to try is Angel Food Cake, but I haven’t gotten over to Ulta to test it out yet. It looks like a mauve color, which is my go-to color for fall and winter. I think mauve matches a lot, and I feel really empowered when I wear mauve lip products. You can get it in store or follow the link below to find it on Amazon.


While these glosses won’t work for every occasion, I do think they’re a great alternative for when lipstick feels to formal. Lip glosses have come a long way from the sticky, sparkly pink colors that they started as. Now, they’re available in a ton of colors that will complement any look. Let’s find better ways for adult women to add gloss to their makeup routines for those days where lipstick just seems like too much.

Winter Lip Colors

December is here, and, at least in Kentucky, winter is in full swing. Makeup trends change with the seasons, so let’s talk about some great winter lip colors. As the days get shorter and darker, you’ll want to stay with lip colors that are darker as well. I don’t mean wear black, of course you can if that’s what you like, but I just mean mauve instead of bright pink and wine instead of bright red. Below, I’ve got some great recommendations for different kinds of lip colors below, including glosses and mattes.

With the flood of matte lipsticks that have hit the market recently, it seems like lip glosses have been pushed to the side. However, I think glosses still have their place, and pigmented ones that have some lip plumping abilities are great for winter events. One of my favorites is Moxie by BareMinerals in Maverick. It’s a deep reddish-brown that reminds me of cinnamon candy, and it smells like mint. It also gets kind of cold when you first put it on, which I believe is the lip plumping ingredient taking effect. Its pigment is rich, and it works great by itself or as a topcoat. It runs between $15-$18 per color, which I feel is worth it.

Yesterday, I went to Kohls looking for some shoes and makeup to wear to my husband’s work Christmas party tonight. I got this lip kit from a brand called Academy of Color for $7. It contained a lip liner and matte lip cream in a color called “Reckless”. It’s a very dark red. I haven’t gotten a chance to test the longevity yet, but I like the color, and I think with lip primer, it would probably last as long as I’d need it to. They had some other great colors and some nice eyeshadow palettes that had 9 colors for $11, so if you’re near a Kohls and looking for new makeup, I’d go check it out. They were in their “Gifts under $20” section.

A lot of my friends use Kylie Jenner lip kits and love them, but I just have a hard time paying that much for them, plus they run out so quickly. I think the lip kits run about $25 per set, and the matte liquid lip colors alone are around $17 or $18 plus shipping. They do last a long time, but they dry out my lips. For matte colors, I prefer NYX. They are cheaper, around $7 per color, and I feel like they last well. My favorites are the NYX Lingerie Liquids, and Corset would be great for this time of year. They definitely work better with a primer. I use Ulta’s lip primer that comes in a stick. It kind of smells like sugar cookies and it goes on easily and keeps the color truer. Plus, it’ll help keep your lips from drying out so much.

Lip color preferences change from person to person and based on your skin tone. I am pretty fair, so these are my recommendations for fairer skin, although I think they’d look great on a variety of people. I hope this is helpful, and as always, feel free to drop me a message if you’d like anymore recommendations.