KIMANDMAKEUP

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Bridal Party Makeup Artist | Non- Professional Experience

Last month I had the awesome opportunity to do makeup for my friend Kendra’s bridal party.  We were friends in college and when she got engaged and decided to do her own makeup for her wedding, we got a lot closer as she researched products and makeup tutorials.  I’ve never done wedding makeup, so this was really exciting for me. I thought I’d talk about the experience in case anyone out there is in the same situation as me! There weren’t any resources that I could find on this topic for rookies doing bridal party makeup when I was looking.

bridesmaid makeup

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Greige Lipstick Collection

Greige liquid lipsticks

Limecrime Cashmere was such a big deal a few years back, and it was a major staple in the online makeup-sphere.  Searching for the perfect dupe, looking up reviews on the formula, and finally buying it (along with a backup) reminds me of a time when I could not stop wearing it.  If I remember correctly, the hype of it died a little when the “Kylie Jenner” brownish nude lip color started trending.

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Best Self Tanning Products

Darkest Fake Tan blog post

Over the years I have tried so many self tanning methods and feel like I have it down.  I wanted to share the range of types from lightest to darkest, so no matter what you’re looking for you can find a good suggestion here if you want some color. My personal strategy with tanning is to get it as dark and affordable as possible because I do it so often. I’ll start with the lightest and go down to the darkest shades.  

Darkest Fake Tanner

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Fall Eyeshadow Obsession + Lip Combo I Love

Trophy Wife highlight by Fenty Beauty ignited a love of chartreuse green/yellow in me.  It’s a great fall color that reminds me of the 70’s and mustard yellow.  If you need a dupe of Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife, get Colourpop Telepathy or Juvia’s Place Wodabe.  It gives a bold gold wearable look, but the chartreuse greenish tone of that eye lid shade is bright enough to be almost a bold colorful eyeshadow.  Wearable but stands out…. two birds with one stone.

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The Saharan Palette by Juvia’s Place |Review

I’m not sure what took me so long to try out Juvia’s Place.  The eyeshadow palettes have been popping up in makeup tutorials for a couple years now with rave reviews, but I was turned off by all the bright colors if I’m being honest. I love warm tones and neutral colors, and already own way too many.  

The saharan palette

What finally sold me was the price point and the colors of The Saharan Palette.  It was $26.66 with shipping, and arrived very quickly.  The color selection of this palette is great because you have your warm and neutral brown mattes, neutral shimmers, but also some fun bold colors that can be added to accent a look.  These are a different formula than Anastasia Beverly Hills, Makeup Geek, or Kat Von D shadows- the mattes and shimmers both get much less powder kick up.  The pans seem to be pressed a little harder, which I like. I can get an even wash of color that you can build up, rather than depositing a bunch of pigment on my skin right away that I need to blend out. The shimmers are gorgeous and all swatched well.

 

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Nail Colors of the Month |September 2017

september nails

During September I kept track of all the nail colors I used. It was half out of curiosity because I really do use quite a few, and half to make blog content. I used to do seasonal polish picks but this is a more realistic version since it shows what I actually paint on my hands month to month.  Along with the colors, I’ll mention if there were any crap formulas that I noticed. 

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September 2017 Favorites

September went by so fast! I’m loving every day that it doesn’t hit above 75.  Check out my favorites from this month:

september favorites

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Wishlist Wednesday |Fall 2017 Nail Polishes

ww nail polishes

I’ve been on such a nail polish and nail painting kick recently that I needed to do a Wishlist Wednesday post on all the shades I’ve been eyeing.  I haven’t always been a DIY manicure person- years ago I used to go get gels and acrylic nails all the time, wasting a ton of money and ruining my nails.

While I love how gels look and last, I have plenty of other frivolous things to waste my money on, so I opt for painting my fingers and toes myself.  It so relaxing to go through the process of base coat, color, gel coat (Essie Platinum Gel Couture is everything), and fast dry top coat.  Another thing I don’t miss about getting my nails done was sitting in the salon for hours, then hoping they were dried all the way before I left.  I could always count on getting them dinged up reaching for my wallet or car keys before I could even get out of the parking lot. Anyway, here are the polishes on my wishlist-

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New Lipstick, Lashes, & Red Eyeshadow Look

Hello! For this post I wanted to talk about some new lashes and a lipstick I’m currently loving, plus a red eyeshadow look I did last night with the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette.

iikonn black magic

Lashes

I found Iikonn Lashes through Instagram, and went to purchase the style Black Magic. Ever since trying Koko Stella lashes, I’ve been getting more into super long styles.  These ones looked beautiful online, so I went ahead and got Black Magic and Slay.  These lashes are PRICEY, so I was expecting a lot from them because I’m wearing them to a wedding this weekend. I wasn’t disappointed when they came in the mail. The lash band is thin, they are ultra lightweight, and super long.  These are stunner lashes that made my eyeshadow instantly look 10x more glam than with just mascara. I reached out to iikonn for a coupon code- kimandmakeup gets you 30% off. This is my first coupon code so if you use it, thank you!

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Fenty Beauty Foundation Review

Fenty

I’m a big Rihanna fan, but when Fenty Beauty was first revealed there was nothing I wanted.  Trophy Wife, the beaming yellow gold highlight was beautiful in the pan, but looked like something for dark skin tones.  The Match Stix were a good idea and cream contouring is huge right now, but I feel like I can buy good ones at the drugstore.  Everything was a pass for me, including the foundation and primer.  I have so many foundations so I don’t usually jump on new releases, but when I was watching reviews my mind was changed.

I bought the Fenty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation on Monday because all the reviews were saying how nice it was for oily skin.  My skin is a greasy mess so I was definitely interested. I went into the Sephora inside the JcPenney store in an effort to avoid a crowd at the main store.  Everything was perfectly stocked and there was no one around so I was able to swatch a ton of the shades and walk around for a few minutes to see how they dried down on my arm.

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