Product Review – Carli Bybel x BH Cosmetics 21 Color Eyeshadow and Highlighter Palette

I was really excited about this palette when I ordered it and rightfully so. I really like the colors included, albeit they’re a little pinker than I would have liked since I’m so fair. However, I think they actually work for me, so I’m not upset about it. It also has a good assortments of matte and shimmery eyeshadow, so I’ve got something for every occasion.

So far, the middle row of eyeshadows is my favorite. I want to use the bottom row and the two metallics at the very bottom, but I haven’t had a reason yet. I also love the wide highlighter on the left. I haven’t tried the right one yet, but the left one is a great color for me, it gives me a great shine, and it’s long-lasting.

Most of this palette lasts really well, actually. It wasn’t very expensive ($18), so I was a little nervous about the quality. However, with setting powder, it lasted me about 8 hours yesterday, and it was pretty warm outside. I haven’t tried it without setting powder.

Has anyone else tried this palette or other things from BH Cosmetics? What were your thoughts? I think I may look into some of their other stuff, since this worked out so well. They have a zodiac palette that looks neat, but I don’t really need another palette at the moment (nor do I have space for one!).

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.

Holiday Party Makeup Guide

With the holidays in full swing, chances are, you’ve got at least one holiday party coming up. Whether it’s a work Christmas party, an ugly sweater party with friends, or a family get-together, it’s important to keep your makeup consistent with the party’s theme. Below are a few options that will look great, depending on how formal the gathering is.

Semi-formal Christmas Party

This year, my husband’s Christmas party for work is semi-formal. I’m planning to wear a long-sleeve, short black velvet dress with nude tights and flats. One of the great thing about little black dresses is that they give you more freedom for your makeup. Since black goes with everything, you don’t have to worry about your lip colors clashing with your dress. For a semi-formal affair, I suggest doing a deep red or berry-colored lipstick, a metallic eyeshadow, and a little darker blush than you would normally wear. You don’t want your eyeshadow to be too glittery, but a soft gold or silver will really make your eyes pop and dress up the whole outfit. For lip colors, you can choose from mauve, wine, deep red, or any other colors that will stand out, but still look professional. Either gloss or matte lip colors will work, but if there will be food and drink (which, is it really a party if there’s not?), I suggest matte, because matte lipsticks tend to stay on longer.

Ugly Sweater Party

Let’s face it, ugly Christmas sweaters are in. What’s more fun than digging through racks at Good Will to find the tackiest Christmas sweater you can find, pairing with jeans or leggings and cute boots, and partying with your friends? Since these tend to be more casual gatherings, I would go with a more natural look for your face and eyes, but dress it up with some red lipstick. Red lipstick can be formal or casual, and it’s great for a party like this, because it really adds to the festivities. Plus, it will look great in all those Instagram pictures you’ll be posting. For eyeshadows, choose matte nudes, rather than something sparkly. I like taupe and beige, but you can pretty much choose anything that won’t distract from the volume of your sweater.

Family Get-together

Family gatherings can be tricky, because it can be hard to know what the right attire is. I almost always choose nude lipsticks for family get-togethers, because if I don’t, inevitably someone will make a comment that I don’t care to hear, and the holidays are stressful enough as it is. My favorite nudes come from the NYX Lingerie Liquid collection, and they are only about $7 each. Corset is a little darker than I would normally wear, but I love the way it looks on me, and it would be great for a family party. While you may need to go nude on the lipstick, this doesn’t mean you can’t dress up your eyeshadow some. Mauves, browns, and deep violets are great eyeshadow colors to wear to family events, and they can be lightened easily, so you can get them to a shade where you feel comfortable. Don’t forget the contour and blush, because you know there will be family pictures at some point.

The most important thing to remember about these parties is have fun. Don’t stress too much about your makeup or what you’re wearing, because it’s all supposed to be a fun chance to dress up and do something a little different.

Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for a gift for a friend, coworker, family member, or maybe just a treat for yourself this holiday season? While it can be hard to choose makeup shades for other people, there are a few things that everyone will love. There are tons of makeup sets out there ranging anywhere from $15 to $50 and upwards. These sets include various items including eyeshadow palettes, lip colors, eyeliners, and other things that people love to use in their everyday beauty routines. My favorite place to get these is Ulta, because they almost always have sales and coupons available, and they’re easily returned if you don’t love them.

Another great thing that Ulta does around this time of year is their 5 for $5 sale. This sale is great to get stocking stuffers, and it includes items like bubble bath, bath bombs, lip colors, nail polishes, makeup remover wipes, and more. What’s great about these, is that you can buy for people who aren’t crazy about makeup, because there are so many things to choose from. I’m sure other places have deals like this, but I haven’t stumbled upon them yet.

One thing I really love is a good lip kit. I don’t wear lipstick often, but when I do, it makes me feel really empowered. I feel like I can take on the world. There are a lot of great lip kits available this time of year, with several different shades in one box.  This is perfect for gifts, because even if the recipient doesn’t use all the shades, she’s bound to find one or two that she loves. Plus, it gives her a reason to try something outside of her comfort zone, and she may find her new favorite shade because of it.

As far as brands go, I like NYX solid lipsticks and their lingerie liquid collection. The lingerie liquids are mostly neutral colors, but they last a long time, the shades seem really flattering on everyone, and they aren’t very expensive (around $7 per color). I really like Corset, Baby Doll, and Push Up for neutral shades. I’ve also had good luck with Stila lip colors. Ulta currently has an 8-piece gift set for $45, which looks like it includes some really great neutrals and winter shades.

If lip colors aren’t what you’re looking for, Ulta has a whole section of their website dedicated to holiday gifts. Their gift guide breaks it down by price point (gifts under $25, etc) , makeup type (lip colors, eyeshadows) , and even who you may be shopping for (friends, hostesses). It may not cover everything, but it’s a pretty good place to start if you’re stuck on what to get someone for the holidays. Don’t forget to treat yourself this holiday season, too. Shopping for everyone else is hard work, and you deserve a reward for getting it done.

3 Foundations for Everyday Wear

When you build a house, it’s natural to start with the foundation. I figured I’d do the same with this blog. To start, I want to go over a few different foundations that I’ve had good results with, and talk about prices and where you can get them. Please feel free to leave me questions or comments, and let me know if there’s anything I didn’t include that you wish I had.

$$$ – Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation – Priced at $41 a bottle, this is definitely the most expensive foundation I’ve ever worn. It is a medium to full buildable coverage foundation, which is great if you feel like you have a lot you want to cover up. It does last a long time, as advertised, but I don’t love the way it feels on my face.  That may just be a personal preference, but it feels really thick to me.  It also has SPF, which is great for everyday wear, but it’s not great for pictures, because it causes a glare. There are a lot of pros, but by far, my least favorite thing about this foundation is that there is no pump on the bottle, so you end up wasting a lot.  You just have to pour it out onto whatever you’re using to apply it to your face. As expensive as it is, I hate wasting any. I got mine from Macy’s and would rate this a 7 out of 10.

$$ – The Balm Even Steven Whipped Foundation – This is my favorite foundation of the 3. This foundation is $22 per jar, which seems like a lot, because the jar is pretty small. However, you don’t need much at all to cover your face. It goes on smooth and spreads evenly. It’s a medium coverage foundation, and it seems like you may need to go a shade darker than what you would normally buy. For example, I’m pretty fair and generally buy the lightest or second to lightest option available. For this foundation, I originally bought their Lighter than Light, but it was too light for me, so I went with light.  Just something to keep in mind when looking at this foundation. One of my least favorite things about it is that, once you’re about halfway through the jar, it gets a little difficult to get out. I got mine from Kohls and would rate it a 9 out of 10.

$ – Covergirl Tru Match Foundation – This is the best drugstore foundation I’ve found, and the best part is, it’s only about $10 or $11 depending on where you get it. It’s a sheer to medium coverage, and looks a lot better when you use a primer underneath. For me, it seems to last a long time, maybe not all day, but close. The bottle design is great, and it’s easy to get the right amount out. Plus, it goes on smoothly and doesn’t feel to thick on my face.  I wish it had an SPF, but it’s still really great for everyday wear. I wish it had a little more coverage, but again, use primer or a BB cream underneath, and you shouldn’t have a problem. I get mine from Kroger or Walmart, and I would rate this an 8 out of 10.

I hope this was helpful, and again, feel free to drop me a message if there’s anymore information you’d like.