Current Makeup Deals

Sorry I’ve been a little MIA lately. I’m getting ready to go full-time at my job, and the transition period has just been a little crazy. Lately, I’ve gotten some emails about good makeup deals, and I wanted to share them with you in case you needed some new things and hadn’t heard.

  • ULTA is doing their free 13-piece free gift when you spend at least $19.50 on Ulta branded things. I’ve done it before and usually really liked what I’ve gotten.
  • Tarte is running 25% off, but I think it ends today. You may also get an extra 10% if you’re on their mailing list but I’m not totally sure.

What makeup deals are you taking advantage of this weekend?

Night Out Makeup

Good morning! I am very excited for this evening because I’m finally getting a night out with some of my girls. It’s been far too long, because we’re all adults and have our own lives now. However, every once in a while, we like to get together at our favorite bar downtown, have a couple drinks, sing some karaoke, and just let loose a little. Today, I’m going to talk about one of my favorite makeup looks for going out.

To start, I like to use BECCA’s backlight priming filter, because it gives my skin a nice glow. Then, I add my foundation. Currently, I’m using CoverGirl Tru Match, which is a drugstore brand, but I really like it. Next, I contour with a matte bronzer from Ulta. I put this under my cheeks, at my jawline, and on the sides of my nose. I know some people do their forehead as well, but I usually don’t. Next I use Tarte’s live boldly blush, pictured in the photo above. I just sweep on a little to give my face some color. Finally, I highlight with Tarte’s posse, also pictured in the above photo.

That is traditionally my routine for my everyday makeup, which I also follow when going out, because I like the way I look in it. Playing with my eye makeup is where I like to have more fun than with my everyday makeup. For this eye look, I use Tarte’s Double Duty Beauty Palette, an Ulta black eyeliner pencil, Ulta eye primer in satin blush, and No.7 mascara. Start with Ulta eye primer in satin blush, which is a really pretty rose gold color. I like to use this for my primer, because it layers easily, but I can also wear it alone. Next, I use a large eyeshadow brush to add date night (top left) all over my lid up to my brow bone. Then, with a small, flat brush, I dab messy bun (one to the right) in the center of my lid. On either side of that, I dab glam girl (in between date night and blush), so my eyelids have three color blocks for the moment. Once that is done, I sweep a little bit of girl code (next to glam girl) into the lid. Finally, I blend it all, so it looks seamless and add a little eyeliner. I can never pull off a winged look, because my eyelids are too thin, so I just put a small line. I finish with my No.7 mascara.

Finally, I choose my lip color. Currently, I’m wearing NYX Butter Gloss in Angel Food Cake, but I may switch to something a little bolder when the time comes to actually get ready for the night. I like dark lipsticks, especially in winter, so I may pull one of those out tonight. What are your favorite going out lip colors or looks? Let me know in the comments, and have a great weekend!

Product Review – Tarte Double Duty Beauty Happy Girls Shine Brighter Eye and Cheek Palette

This weekend, I took advantage of a sale Ulta was having and bought a palette from Tarte that includes a blush, highlighter, four eyeshadow colors, and an eyeliner. It’s travel-sized, which was great because we spent the weekend with my husband’s parents in their cabin, so I didn’t want to take a ton of makeup with me. This palette has now become one of my favorite things.

The blush is a peachy pink color that looks great on most skin tones. It is pretty pigmented, so just get a little on your brush. The highlighter is a great pearlescent beige. I just wish the slot was a little bigger. I also love the eyeshadow shades because they combine well or look great on their own. I haven’t tried the eyeliner yet, because I forgot my brush, but I’m excited to try a powder eyeliner.

Tarte is usually an expensive brand, so I’ve been hesitant to try it, but I’m glad I did. It has definitely moved to my list of prestige brands I don’t mind paying for. Plus, I love that this palette comes in such a cute little compact! What are some prestige brands you’ve fallen for?