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Baby’s First Snaps

24 Feb

I did my first snaps tonight guys. 💯💯🍭I’m new to it so if it was scary/awkward to watch then well…it’s probably only going to get more awkward from here. 🍿🍎My snaps include me with no makeup…ZERO MAKEUP, MY WIG COLLECTION, & A HUGE PILE OF MAKEUP MESS.

Add me on there and I’ll add you back. My username is the same as my insragram @beautybyburden 💋💋

ABH GLOW KIT: LOVE/HATE

8 Feb

I usually post on Sundays, but I was preparing for a Superbowl party so things got a little pushed back. Sorry about that. 😦 Today I’m going to talk to you all about my love/hate relationship with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit. Because I am a makeup artist, I bought both, on myself I tend to use “gleam” more, rather than “that glow”  but both palettes contain a variety of colors that would work on a variety of skin tones.

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I’m wearing all four colors from the GLEAM GLOW KIT in different spots of my face.

OK, there’s the thing, I was not impressed with these palettes at first. I did not like how they were laying on my face or on my friend (i test products on myself and friends before I use on clients). It just looked patchy and just too uneven!

I’ve learned with these that you have to apply some sort of powder before you lay down the glow kit product. To me, that’s a little annoying because with my other highlighters or illuminators I never had to have a powder barrier.

They also weren’t working with the usual brushes that I’m so used to using with over highlights or strobing powders. I had to use a larger, dense, VERY SOFT and very fluffy brush for the glow kit to come out to how i like it (blended and not patchy). I ended up going with the Sephora 55 Airbrush -which is typically used with liquids. I bought this when it came with a brush kit. And I used to work for Sephora so I got a discount. Anastasia made a brush specially for her illuminators which is $25. I don’t have the brush so I can’t speak on it but I’ve heard is good.

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The Sephora 55 Airbrush $34

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It’s buildable which is nice so if you use a light hand you can put a nice natural glow. Crushed Pearl (Gleam’s lightest shade) is PERFECT for fair skin tones even though it looks dark in the pan. It’s slightly lighter and less yellow then starlight (ABH illuminator).

All of the colors are pretty misleading actually. And some of these swatches below aren’t accurate either (they are abh’s). Because as you can see in the first picture I posted (with me holding up the palette) i am fairer then the lightest skin in the swatches but crushed pearl is still lighter then my skin tone, making it a perfect highlight for the fairer skinned ladies.

Starburst also appears lighter on me then in the swatches below. I only use hard candy as a blush topper and Mimosa as a bronze topper on myself, but I know that these colors will work on a variety of skin tones.

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They are pretty decently priced. You can get a lot of product for $10 a pan ($40 total) and you can remove them out of the packaging if you want, but it’s really nice and sturdy so I’m keeping them in their packaging.

These are somewhat long lasting. I would definitely use a setting spray!

Are they worth it? Well, ABH says that these are limited edition palettes, but I bet that she will come out with singles of these. If you are strapped for cash, and you already have an ABH illuminator, I would wait on these. They’re very nice, but not AMAZING.

***I still prefer the Hourglass lighting/strobing powders to Anastasia Beverly Hills illuminators and highlights. Hourglass Cosmetics are expensive but so worth the money if you can splurge. Whenever I purchase them I make sure I can get them on a discount. BUT Hourglass doesn’t make their makeup mua friendly. The packaging is bulky (albeit beautiful), you can’t customizie, you can’t depot, so you’re just left with lugging around a bunch of compacts. They have made the lighting edit palette, but it’s so small that it’s insulting. I have purchased and repurchased the lighting palette, which is larger and contains one of the strobing powders.  IN SHORT, Hourglass needs to make a LARGER palette with all of the strobing powders -but in good sizes.

thanks for stopping by. 🙂 tell me what you think and let me know if you want swatches!

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SHADOW BATTLE: Viseart vs. MakeupGeek

31 Jan

OK you guys I’m finally doing this review/comparison on Viseart and Makeup Geek shadows. Please share your thoughts down below…hope you enjoy mine.

So I did similar eye shadow looks on two different days, basically a bronze/brown smokey eye. Now I’ve used these shadows before, you may have seen my holiday makeup looks. I’ve used both brands alone or simultaneously.  I’ve experimented with both brands and feel like I can make a good review at this point.

 

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These are kiss lashes in case anyone is wondering. They are my favorite. you can get them at wal-mart or drugstores. they are so comfortable!!!!

This is viseart shadow from the 01 matte palette and the 03 bridal satin palette and viseart gel liner (mixed with some inglot duraline solution)

 

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Pardon the top knot. I had just gotten back from a top knot party. 😋 so anyways… These are makeup geek shadows in moondust, glamourous, and bitten in the crease with an urban decay pencil liner I think.

UGH bitten…it looks so pretty in the pan but then once you start applying it, it just goes EVERYWHERE. it doesn’t look to bad in the picture but that’s because i put a bunch of concealer on top of it. There’s blendable and then there’s this…where it’s just like a two year old smearing food on a wall. That sh*t goes everywhere!

I will say that I do love most of their duochrome shadows (and probably darn near all of their foiled shadows). OMG typhoon is my favorite. just to give you a recap of typhoon:

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MAKEUP GEEK: Typhoon Duochrome (lid only) and of course VISEART hanging in the crease (from the 08 Editorial Matte palette)

 

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More Makeup Geek: Fortune teller, ritzy, and cocoa bear I really adore this gold and Viseart does not have one this quite yellow.

Some may argue that Makeup Geek Shadows are more unique and brightly colored…but Viseart did this:

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To get the sparkles i applied Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal liner in Glam Rock.

and this:

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Pardon all of the stray hairs

EFFORTLESS. That’s what I think when I think Viseart. Even when I was trying to do the negative space cut crease. The pigmentation is there, it’s blendable, it’s buildable, it’s beautiful. Overall, I would have to say that I prefer Viseart Eye shadows. I think they are better quality and have more consistent quality throughout their shadows. I have to work a lot less with all of the Viseart shadows and it’s pretty hit or miss with the makeup geek shadows. That being said, I do not think Makeup Geek has bad shadows. I think they have really nice ones and then they have a lot of duds. If I had to return one brand of of shadow and never use it again it would be Makeup Geek.

OK OK…right now you’re probably like, “are you sponsored by them or something?” ha no… i wish. I will say that in terms of inconsistency Viseart does have a select few shadows that appear different in the pan, but you are pleasantly surprised at the color once your swatch or apply. But that is really only with a handful of colors. Most of them are true to pan color and will glide on your lids like a dream and lay beautifully.

Here’s my score for the SHADOW BATTLE:

APPLICATION – Viseart wins

COLOR PREDICTABILITY – This one is tied, for the most part the colors are true to pan

COLOR PIGMENTATION – This one is tied, there a some let downs with each brand, but overall they are both very pigmented.

CUSTOMIZATION – Makeup Geek takes it, you can purchase what ever shadows you want or  ordered pre-made palettes, I will say though, Viseart arranges their shadows nicely in most of the palettes

QUALITY – Viseart takes this one. Although most of the foil and duochrome Makeup Geek Shadows are out of this world. BUT MG just has too much fallout.

PRICE – They are actually pretty comparable. This one is a tie, but leaning towards MG because you can customize and purchase less. Foiled shadows are a wopping $10 a piece (same size mind you) and the duochrome, shimmer, and matte shadows are $6 a piece. On average Viseart shadows are about $6.66 a piece. The bridal satin palette is the same quality of the foiled shadows (maybe a touch less foily) but you pay less for a great product.

OK so who won? Viseart 4 vs. Makeup Geek 4

Each brand of eye shadow shines in different ways.

Have you tried these brands? Which is your favorite?

And let me know in the comments if you want to see swatches!

Up next week is the Anastasia Beverly Hills LOVE AND HATE Glow Kits Review.

 

 

Holiday Makeup Challenge (29 of 30)

31 Dec

This is called “Happy Nude Year” because of the nude lips and all.

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30 Days of Holiday Makeup. Day 29 of 30. “Happy Nude Years”

I thought I’d do a nude lip and a simple two color eye makeup look. Most times new years eve outfits are brightly colored or sparkly so I so doing a nude and sparkle eye look would complement that well. I used the Urban Decay Heavy Metal Liner in Midnight Cowboy. I’ve talked about these before but I’ll say it again. These are the best! You just have to brush on the glitter and you can layer to your desired amount. And it STAYS PUT!

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Close up. Sorry it’s so blurry. My new years resolution is to take better quality pictures.

For this makeup look, I wanted to focus on the skin. When the ball is dropping or the whatever your state capital does, you want your skin to be radiant and glowing.

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Here is what I did to make this face:

“Happy Nude Year”

EYES

Eye Primer: Two faced – Shadow Insurance

Eye Shadow:

Viseart 01, 03, 05, 06, 07

Sephora Colorful Shadow and Liner (jumbo liner) 05 21, 28

Urban Decay – Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Midnight Cowboy (applied all over)

Mascara Primer/Serum: Diorshow Maximizer Lash Serum

Mascara: Armani Excess Eyes to Kill

Lashes: Ardell Lashes 410 Demi

 

FACE

Moisturizer: Caudelié – Primeir Cru

Eye Cream: Clinique – All About Eyes

Undereye corrector: Tarte CC for undereye

Primer: YSL BB Cream in Clear

Foundation: Nars All Day Luminous Powder

Concealer: Nars Radiant Creamy in Vanilla (around mouth) and

MUFE Lift Concealer in Pink Beige 1

Highlight: Laura Mercier Radiance Baked Powder Compact in Highlight 01

Blush: Nars – Unlawful

Bronzer: Hourglass Ambient Bronze in Luminous

 

LIPS

Lip Primer: Bite – Line and Prime

Lip Liner – Graftobian in Nude

Lipstick: M.A.C. in flesh

Topper: MUFE in N9

 

BROWS

Senna – Anastasia Brow Powder in Chocolate

 

SETTING POWDER

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder

 

Holiday Makeup Challenge (Day 27 of 30)

29 Dec
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30 Days of Holiday Makeup. Day 27. “Wintermint”

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30 Days of Holiday Christmas. Day 27. “Wintermint”

It’s time to get shimmery! I wanted to do a minty green look. I feel like that color is being used a lot these days. This is definitely a look that I would personally wear for nighttime because it is quite of bit of eye makeup. I love pairing green eye shadow with pink lips.

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If you follow my instagram @beautybyburden, you can get a sneak peak of all the lips. I post them after midnight.

I don’t think this look would be complete without some lashes. Faux lashes help to balance out heavily loaded eye shadow.

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These are some of my favorite lashes. They are by Ardell. So cheap!!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Let me know me if you’d want me to do a tutorial on this look. This is probably one of my favorite looks out of the 30 that I did for this challenge. I plan on starting a youTube channel next year!

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Here’s how I made this wintery minty fresh look:

“Wintermint”

EYES

Eye Primer: Urban Decay Original Primer Potion

Eye Shadow:

MAKEUP GEEK (typhoon – main color on lid. THIS IS MY FAVORITE SHADOW FROM MUG)

Viseart – Crease is from 08 editorial palette (teal matte)

Brow highlight – Viseart 05 sultry muse

Waterline: Inglot Kohl in 05

Eyeliner:Bobbi Brown Gel Liner

Mascara: Armani Eyes to Kill Excess

Faux Lashes – Ardel Curvy 415 (my FAV lashes from Ardel)

 

FACE

Serum: First Aid Beauty Anti Redness Serum

Eye Cream: Ginzing Eye Cream

Undereye corrector: Tarte CC for undereye

Bobbi Brown Undereye Brightner

Foundation: Nars Tinted Moisturizer in Terre-Nueve

Concealer: Nars Radiant Creamy in Chantilly

Highlight: Laura Mercier Baked Matte Radiance

Contour: M.A.C. Eye shadow in Fashion Fix

Blush: Hourglass Ambient Light Blush in Mood Exposure

Bronzer: Urban Decay from the Naked Flush palette

 

LIPS

Lip liner: M.A.C. in pum and Nars in El Agua

Lipstick: Bite Beauty Lip Cream in Cava and Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Madiera

 

BROWS

Anastasia Brow powder in Chocolate

Anastasia Brow Gel in Blonde

 

SETTING POWDER

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder

Holiday Makeup Challenge (24 of 30)

26 Dec

I know Christmas is over and we’re saying goodbye to family and heading back to our jobs, but the lights are still up because we are waiting for another celebration -new years! And we’re probably not ready to take down the lights yet anyways.

One year I left my Christmas decorations up until May. Needless to say, I did not put them up this year. That was partly due to the fact that I wasn’t going to be home for Christmas and I was too busy putting makeup on myself to care much about them! 🙂

Today’s look is called Holiday Lights. I initially was just going to do glitter on the liner and have the lid colors just be shimmery, but then i just covered my lids (not the crease or above the crease) with glitter! I didn’t apply the glitter haphazardly though, the colors were deliberate so that it would have a smooth transition.

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30 Days of Holiday Makeup. Day 24. “Holiday Lights”

If you would like I can post the alternate pictures of those to instagram. Just let me know in the comments below.

For the glitter I used my trusty Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner. It’s so easy to apply! You just brush it on. It comes in many great colors. I used all but two of them!

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Sorry the picture quality is not great.

If you’ve kept up with looking at my makeup looks all along you might think this one is similar to the “Christmas in Miami” DAY 12 makeup look. For “Christmas in Miami” I used the matte editorial palette 08 by Viseart. Holiday Lights mainly consists of shimmery (foil) Makeup Geek shadows with the Viseart matte shadow in the crease. I will do a review on Viseart and Makeup Geek in the new year!

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Here are the products I used for today’s look:

“Holiday Lights”

EYES

Eye Primer: Two Faced – Shadow Insurance

Eye Shadow:

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MAKEUPGEEK

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter in Midnight Cowboy, Distortion, Amp, Spandex, and ACDC (Yes, that’s almost all of them. I didn’t use the silver or the pink one)

Waterline: Inglot Kohl in Purple

Mascara: Nars Audacious

 

FACE

Moisturizer: Caudelié Premier Cream

Foundation: Hourglass Illusion in Ivory

Eye Cream: Origins Ginzing Eye

Undereye corrector: Tarte CC for undereye

Concealer: Nars Radiant Creamy in Vanilla

Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener

Highlight: Laura Mercier Radiance Baked Powder Compact in Highlight 01

Hourglass Ambient Light Palette

Blush: LaFemme Blush

Bronze: Urban Decay Naked Flush Blush

 

LIPS

Lipstick: Kat Von D Studded Lipstick in Sexer

Topper: Sephora Lip Cream Stain 08 (this particular color is not the greatest formula)

 

BROWS

Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Chocolate

 

SETTING POWDER

Sephora Brand Translucent Setting Powder

Holiday Makeup Challenge (Day 20 of 30)

22 Dec
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30 Days of Holiday Makeup. Day 20. “Mistletoe”

Green and red together at last! I paired an olive green crease/outer corner with a bright red lip using mistletoe as my inspiration. They have these beautiful white, cream colored flowers/berries/buds so I put that color on my highlight, inner corner and water line. The leaves are very curly so I made my wing do the same! I hope you enjoy!

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MUAH!

I don’t normally put green eyeshadow on, I always default to browns for an everyday look…i think I just found my new everyday color! It really brought out the green in my eyes! I would still consider this olive green color fairly neutral too, because it’s such an earthy color.

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I know I’ve posted quite a few looks with red lipstick, but I don’t normally wear red lipstick. I feel like I can sometimes look too much like Ronald McDonald because of how fair I am. When I do happen to wear red lips it’s usually with very little shadow and very light neutral eye colors so that i don’t look too garish. I was pleasantly surprised that this green olive color paired so nicely with the red.

WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK!?

WHAT DO YOU PAIR WITH YOUR RED LIPS?

COMMENT BELOW!

Thanks for reading my blog! If you’re a Tim Burton fan, you’re going to really enjoy tomorrows holiday look! Follow me on Instagram @beautybyburden

Theresa Burden

NC MAKEUP ARTIST

www.theresaburden.com

Here’s how I made my Mistletoe face:

“Mistletoe”

 

EYES

Eye Primer: Urban Decay – Eden

Eye Shadow:

Viseart 04, 05, 07

Smashbox Masterclass III

Waterline: Inglot Kohl Pencil 05

Mascara: Guerlain – Cils D’Enfer – Maxi Lash So Volume I

 

FACE

Moisturizer: M.A.C. Studio Moisture Cream Hydrate

Primer: Dr. Brandt – Pores No More

Eye Cream: 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffiene Eyecream

Undereye corrector: Tarte CC for undereye

Foundation: Clinique Perfectly Real – Shade 02

Clinique Superpowder Double Face Makeup 01 Matte Ivory

Concealer: Nars Radiant Creamy in Chantilly

Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer

Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener

Highlight: Laura Mercier Radiance Baked Powder Compact in Highlight 01

Blush: Hourglass Ambient Blush in Diffused Heat

 

LIPS

Lipliner: Lancomé Lip Pencil in Scarlette

Lipstick: Nars Audacious in Rita and Annabella

 

BROWS

Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Chocolate

 

SETTING POWDER

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder