Little Life Update

Hey guys! ♥

Sorry I’ve been absolutely M.I.A. lately! My fourth semester of college really caught me off guard and I’ve been crazy busy with school, my new job, and trying to get some sleep every once in a while. I haven’t had very much time to do my crazy eye makeup and get some posts up! I’ve been feeling really defeated because of my lack of time and energy to work on posting regularly, but I’m really trying to figure out some times to post a little bit.

I wanted to update you all on my life really quickly in between studying for the insane amount of tests I have in the next couple of weeks. Life has been hectic, but I’m hanging in there and still LOVE makeup as much as I did when I was posting on a more regular basis. I’ve done a few fun looks for different events that I haven’t written about yet, so I wanted to share some of those here!

#1. Sorority Formal

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Of course, the only selfie I took the entire night is one that I used on my Instagram story. Go figure! I really loved this look, though, and can’t believe how great it turned out! I used a few different palettes, including my usual Morphe 25C as well as the new James Charles Artistry palette. Spoiler alert: I’m obsessed with James’ new palette! I also did a half cut crease because, honestly, what’s new?? I toned my hair with the new purple shampoo I’ve been obsessing over too, so if you guys want to see a review on my hair care nowadays I can definitely do that!

#2. EDM Concert

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So these are definitely not the highest quality pictures I’ve ever taken, but I knew I’d want to post them here so I made sure to have a couple! I did my own makeup for this concert, but I also did my friend’s makeup (who’s in the first picture with me). We both wanted to go for an icy blue look and I think both looks turned out amazing! I used the James Charles palette once again, as well as the Morphe 35V palette. I can’t stop using blue eyeshadows right now and this was the perfect occasion to be creative with my eyeshadow!

#3. Random Eye Look

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Okay, so there was one night that I didn’t have too much to do and I decided to play around with (you guessed it!) the James Charles palette. Obviously this one has become a staple in my makeup collection, and I’m pretty sure I use it every time I put any amount of color on my eyelids. I used my NYX Vivid Brights purple liquid eyeliner with a little bit of ColourPop “From the Valley” liquid eyeshadow on top to get a glittery wing. Then for inner corner highlight I had to use the ABH Moon Child Glowkit, and I used the shade “Blue Moon.” I’ve wanted to write about this look SO BAD but couldn’t find the time to write out an entire post, but if you want a more detailed description on this look, please let me know! I think it turned out so cool and so pretty!

#4. Travis Scott Concert

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I may or may not have wanted to include these pictures in this post just to rave about Travis Scott…that’s okay though, right?! It’s a little hard to see the colors I used on my eyes because I didn’t take these specifically for blogging purposes, but I used my Morphe 25C palette and used different shades of pink. It’s also a half cut crease, which is my new go-to look nowadays. I think my makeup turned out super fun and girly for this concert and I loved this look! I tend to use bold colors way more than neutrals, but I think pink is my new “neutral” color for eyeshadows. Incase you were wondering, by the way, Travis Scott was amazing!

I hope you’re not too annoyed with me for being a flaky blogger lately, but I promise that once my schedule calms down I’ll get some more looks posted! Thank you all for hanging in there with me! And I hope you enjoyed looking at some of the looks that I’ve done in the last couple of months! If there’s a specific look that you want me to post about more in-depth, don’t hesitate to contact me and let me know. Also, if you’d like to see different kinds of posts about hair care or skin care, I’ve been working on getting steady routines down and would love to share what I like so far. Once again, thank you for continuing to follow and support me! xoxo

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Night Out Makeup Look

Typically when I leave the house at night, I tend to wear neutral colors on my eyes. My comfort zone has always been warm brown tones and not too much color, unless I’m blogging about it. Now that I’ve become more confident in wearing a little bit of color on my eyes, though, I’ve decided to incorporate more fun colors into my looks when I do decide to go out. I came up with this fun purple look the other day and I’ve been obsessed ever since! Keep reading to find out how I accomplished the look shown below.

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I started this look by packing the pink-purple matte shade from the Morphe 25C palette onto my outer corner, blending it inward. This palette is one of my favorites and I use it so much that I included it in my Best of Makeup 2018 post! I made sure to take a clean fluffy brush to blend out the edges and give the color a gradient effect. Then I took the dark plum shade from the Jaclyn Hill palette and packed it onto my outer corner where I originally put the previous shade. I packed on the color, blended it out, and repeated this process until I achieved the blend and pigment that I wanted. I needed to darken the look a little bit more, so I added a small amount of black from the same 25C palette to the outer corner and continued to blend that in with my other colors. It took me a while to get the shape and pigmentation I wanted, but all I had to do was keep packing shadows on then blend them out!

Since it had been a while since I’d done a cut-crease, I decided to do one for this look. I used Tarte Shape Tape, as I describe in this post, then blended the outer corner concealer out with my finger. I packed the same colors I used in my crease onto the outer half of my lid to make sure the eye looked gradient and cohesive, then packed the silver shimmer from the Morphe 35K palette onto the rest of my eyelid. I finished the look by using one of the highlight shades from the Jaclyn Hill palette, popped on some false lashes by Ardell, and used mascara to blend my real eyelashes with the falsies.

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I love how this look turned out! I’m so happy that I’m figuring out new ways to add some color into my makeup for nights out. I usually stick to wearing warm neutral tones when I leave the house, but nowadays I’m starting to become more confident with wearing color. This look is perfect for a night out, paired with a nude or dark lip and a bold cheek highlight. It did take quite a bit of blending, but the end result is gorgeous and I can’t wait to incorporate more colors into my eye looks when I go out on the weekends!

Best of Makeup 2018

Last year was an insanely great one for makeup lovers! Between the much-needed expansion in foundation shades, to the tons of new palettes released, to some of the best collaborations, it was an amazing (and expensive!) year for everyone invested in the beauty industry. There has been so much makeup to try out and review that it can be a little overwhelming, but there is truly a product for everyone nowadays!

Personally, I have grown a lot in the last year with makeup. A year ago I never thought I would have a beauty blog, but now here I am! I spent the last half of 2018 trying to capture my creativity through eye looks, and teaching others about eye makeup and its application. I’ve learned a lot about makeup and what I love about it in the last year, which I reflected on in my previous post, “Why Do I Love Makeup?” I’ve gotten more confident in trying crazy colors on my eyes, as well as in doing makeup on other people. Last year was one to remember and appreciate, so to give a shoutout to 2018 I collected my ten favorite beauty products that I used all year. These are the staples in my makeup collection, the ones I can’t live without, and the products you’ll probably recognize from previous posts of mine!

Face Products

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1. Real Techniques Beauty Sponge

The most important parts of makeup application are the tools you use, so my first favorite product is obviously going to include my #1s. I’m obsessed with the Real Techniques Beauty Sponge because it makes foundation and concealer blend into your skin so effortlessly and naturally, without leaving streaks or patches. You can also use your sponge and a little loose powder to set your face, which is what I do most days to avoid shininess. In addition to this amazing little sponge, I’ve also been obsessed with the Real Techniques face brushes and decided they deserve an honorable mention.

Buy here: https://www.ulta.com/miracle-complexion-sponge?productId=xlsImpprod5960824

2. Maybelline Superstay Foundation

I used this foundation for the majority of 2018 and I wouldn’t trade it for the world! It absolutely covers everything but still manages to look like real skin. I really believe this foundation is magic in a bottle and I’d recommend everyone to try it out! You can put a little bit onto your sponge and make it look super natural, but then add a little more and you have a true full-coverage foundation. This formula lives up to its name and it’s definitely one of the best drugstore foundations I’ve tried.

Buy here: https://www.ulta.com/super-stay-full-coverage-foundation?productId=xlsImpprod17161541

3. ColourPop Highlighter in “Flexitarian”

Just from glancing at the picture of this highlighter, I’m sure you can see how bright and shimmery this product is. I use this on my inner corner almost every time I do my eye makeup and I don’t think I’ll ever stop! It’s super easy to apply and blend into your skin as a face highlighter too. I’ve found that you can use a brush for a more natural highlight, but use your finger to get some crazy shimmer on your cheekbones. And for the price, this product just can’t be beat!

Buy here: https://colourpop.com/products/flexitarian

4. Morphe Setting Spray

I’ve been searching for the perfect setting spray since I started doing my makeup, but could never find one that was exactly what I wanted. Most setting sprays are harsh and leave water marks on your face, but this one will never do that. It comes in an aerosol can so that the product sprays your face evenly and gently, and it makes your makeup last forever!

Buy here: https://www.morphebrushes.com/products/continuous-setting-mist

Eye Products

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5. Jaclyn Hill Palette by Morphe

It’s no secret that this palette is the most-used in my collection. You can tell just by looking at it that I use it like crazy! It’s the perfect palette for any type of look, whether you want a very neutral look or a pop of color. The shadows are extremely easy to blend and the shimmers are super pigmented. If you haven’t already tried this one out, I recommend you get around to purchasing it in 2019!

Buy here: https://www.morphebrushes.com/products/jh2-jaclyn-hill-ii-palette

6. 25C Palette by Morphe

I might have a slight obsession with Morphe eyeshadows, but I’m sure that’s nothing new to you! I recently fell in love with this palette for it’s brown tones, but also found that I can’t stay away from the pops of color. I’m a huge fan of warm-toned eyeshadows in my everyday life and this palette catered to my needs big time. It has become one of my most-used, up there with the Jaclyn Hill palette.

Buy here: https://www.morphebrushes.com/products/25c-hey-girl-hey-artistry-palette

7. Zulu Palette by Juvia’s Place

This. Palette. Wow! I hadn’t used many bright colors before I purchased this, but once I bought it I was drawn into the world of crazy eyeshadow looks. Almost every time I create a look incorporating some kind of crazy color, you can be sure that this palette was involved. I give all the credit to this palette for sparking my interest in colorful looks and I’m so happy that I found it!

Buy here: https://www.juviasplace.com/collections/eyeshadow-palettes/products/the-zulu-eye-shadow-palette?variant=42973304661

8. Stila Magnificent Metals

It’s no question that these were the biggest trend of 2018. I’m not sure if I could name more than a few people in my life who haven’t tried these, and everyone who has loves them! With so many different color choices and varying levels of glitteriness, you just can’t stay away from these guys! Every time I want to do a fun look for going out, I pop one of these onto my lid and I’m ready to go. This is another one of those products that you just have to try; I promise you’ll love them!

Buy here: https://www.ulta.com/glitter-glow-liquid-eyeshadow?productId=xlsImpprod15311017&_requestid=4171221

9. NYX Glitters

Alright, so I’m obviously a glitter-addict. When I have a big event to go to, like a formal, I reach for these loose glitters. They’re beautiful and extremely easy to apply, and they last for the entire night. These take a little bit more effort and focus than the Stila Magnificent Metals, but they’re definitely worth it when the look is complete!

Buy here: https://www.ulta.com/metallic-glitter?productId=xlsImpprod17451075

Lip Products

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10. Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colors

I’ve tried a decent amount of lip products this year, but I still go back to the same one. The formula and color selection of these liquid lips are hard to beat, and they’re super affordable! I’ve been using these for years, but I really started to try tons of different shades throughout 2018. These are some of the best lipsticks on the market right now and I can’t wait to try even more colors!

Buy here: https://www.ulta.com/ultra-hd-matte-lip-color?productId=xlsImpprod13541029

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This concludes my favorite products from 2018 and trust me when I recommend every single one of these. I tried out a lot of different products throughout the year, but these are the ones that I knew I couldn’t leave out. I’m so excited to try new products and improve my skills in the upcoming year, and to hopefully continue to teach all of you a little something about makeup. Thank you for supporting my blog in 2018, and thanks in advance for continuing to read and support in 2019! It’s going to be a great year for makeup!

Vibrant Purple Eyeshadow

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I’m gonna be completely honest with you…I’ve never been super into purple eye makeup. I’ve always loved pinks and blues in terms of using vibrant colors, but I’ve never really tried doing a completely purple look on myself. In the last few weeks, though, I’ve started trying out different shades of purple and the results have been so great! Keep reading to see how I accomplished this look that you see right here.

One of my favorite palettes that I’ve been using everyday has been the 25C Hey Girl Hey palette by Morphe. It has so many wearable warm tones for everyday looks, but also has a few pops of color. I wanted this look to be as vibrant as I could make it, so I used the matte magenta shade in the palette as my transition. Since this color is a lot brighter than my normal transition shades, I started with very little product on my brush, building up the color while making sure to blend it out on the edges.

I know I mention the Zulu palette by Juvia’s Place in most of my posts, but I can’t help it! The colors in that palette are insane! I used the dark purple shade to deepen the outer corner then continued to blend it into the magenta shade I used earlier. To make my outer corner even darker I added a little bit of the dark plum shade from the 25C palette, which made this look exactly how I wanted it to! This look took a lot of blending, so if you try to recreate it make sure to take your time. I blended these shades onto the outer 2/3 of my lower lash line as well.

Once I was happy with how I blended those two shades, I decided that I wanted to cut my crease. You can find an in-depth tutorial on how to do this in one of my earlier posts, which I’ll link right here. I do this a lot when I went the shimmer shade on my lid to really pop! After I cut my crease, I packed on the shade “Faso” from The Magic Mini palette by Juvia’s Place, making sure to blend my earlier purple shades with this shimmer on the outer corner for a seamless look. I finished this by using a pink highlighter on my inner corner and adding some mascara.

I’ve really been into using colors that are out of my comfort zone lately, and with enough blending and creativity, the results are amazing! Purple has always been one of my favorite colors, but I’ve been too nervous to put it on my eyes. Now I know how cool purple tones can look and I’m excited to play around with even more shades like these!

If you like purple eyeshadow looks, you’ll love the look I did on my sister using the Zulu palette, which I’ll link here! Make sure to check out all my other super colorful looks, like my rainbow eye and another super colorful one, and be sure to send me any type of look you’d like to see me try to recreate!

I Followed My Own Tutorial…And This Happened

My very first post on here was one of my favorite looks ever! It was a warm-toned smokey eye using the 35O2 palette by Morphe and I’ve been obsessed with how it turned out since I posted about it! I’ve seen this trend going around on YouTube and I obviously don’t have one of those, but I still wanted to try to follow my own post and see how it turned out! Check out the original post right here!

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So it definitely looks a little different from the first time I posted this look. I definitely intensified the colors a little bit more and made it even more smokey. I still love this look, though, and I think the colors I used really suit me! Unfortunately, this palette is no longer on Morphe’s website, but I looked into other palettes that have similar colors, just in case you want to try this one out! Two palettes from the Jaclyn Hill Vault Collection, Ring the Alarm and Armed & Gorgeous, have a lot of warm tones, and the colors are extremely similar. Also, try out the original Jaclyn Hill palette, since this one is one of my all-time favorites and has so many beautiful shades!

I started with a peach color as my transition then began to blend the vibrant orange into my crease. I added some red to darken it a little bit, then put a warm-toned brown on the outer corner. I’ve learned a lot of new techniques to make the colors pop even more, so I think that’s why my second try looks a little bit darker. Rather than going straight in with a shade and blending, I’ve been packing the color onto the area I want it to go then blending it out around the edges. This makes the color more intense, but because the shadows in Morphe’s palettes are so good, they’re super easy to blend out.

Like I did in the original picture, I cut my crease with concealer then set it with the gold shimmer in the palette. I repeated all the same steps on my lower lash line, then added one of the highlight colors from the Jaclyn Hill palette to my inner corner.

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Overall, I’m really happy with how both of these looks turned out. I think in just a few short months, I’ve learned a lot about blending and making colors even more intense, so it’s cool to see how the look has evolved. This is the perfect eye look for fall and it’s super easy to do! Let me know which one you liked more! I love both and I think these colors are some of my favorites!

Palette Review: Jaclyn Hill Vault Collection by Morphe

If you’ve followed me on Instagram (which you should! @natplewamakeup), then you’ve probably seen these two looks! I recently got the Jaclyn Hill Vault Collection and decided to try out a couple different looks to give you a little review on it! There are so many different looks you can achieve with these four palettes, but today I’m going to show you how I used three of them.

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The first look I created is this smokey forest green eye look. I used Dark Magic for this one and it was super easy! As always, I used Tarte Shape Tape as my base then set it with a translucent powder. I started the eyeshadow with a transition color, using “SHHH,” then began to blend “Potion” into the crease along with it. I deepened the outer corner with “Inside Job,” then finally added a little bit of “Temptress” to make it even darker. For the shimmery lid color I threw on the color “Power Cut.” I repeated all of these steps on the lower lash line and made sure to smoke it out. Since there wasn’t a color in this palette that I wanted to use on the inner corner, I used the ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in “Here We Go Again.” I think the yellow adds a pop of light to the eye look and I’m very happy with how it finished the look off!

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Now using the Bling Boss palette, I started with “Hush Hush” as my transition color, making sure to bring it high up on my eye. I knew I wanted to do something different, so I decided to try a spotlight eyeshadow look with these fun colors! On both the inner and outer thirds of my eye, I started adding “Rockstar,” then darkened it with “Mystic.” For the spotlight part of my eye, I mixed “Ballsy” with “Glitz & Glam” and the color turned out beautiful! I also wanted to try the Armed & Gorgeous palette, so I used the shimmery white, “VIP,” on my inner corner. I also threw a little bit of glitter onto the center of my lid to make it even more bold, and I used ColourPop’s Supernova Shadow in “From the Valley” to do that. It took a lot of blending and reapplying shadow to achieve this look, but I love how it turned out in the end!

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Overall, I think these palettes are absolutely gorgeous! You can really accomplish any look you want with all the different colors you get. I will admit, these were a little bit hard to blend at times, but I think the looks turned out so pretty! I would wear either one of these out and I would recommend trying out these palettes to anyone who wants to experiment with different colors!

If you want any more advice on how to apply eyeshadow with the same techniques and brushes I use, definitely check out my previous post on the basics of how I do my eye makeup.  I’d also recommend checking out my post about dramatic eye makeup and different techniques I use for that, especially if you want to amp up your look a little bit! These looks would so so fun if you use the glitters I posted about! Let me know if you try these looks or these palettes on your own; I would love to get your feedback!

Bold Purple Eye Look on My Little Sister

I know colorful eye makeup can be super intimidating – I was terrified to even try it out for a long time! Even though it can take a lot of steps and so much blending, using color on your eyes doesn’t have to be complicated. I did this purple eye look on my little sister to try out some new products, and it was definitely one of the easiest looks ever!

 

The Zulu palette was the first Juvia’s Place product I’ve ever tried, and let me tell you, it’s amazing! There are so many bright colors in this palette and they all blend like a dream! I knew I wanted to try the purple in this palette because it’s absolutely gorgeous! I started the look by setting down my base (Tarte Shape Tape then a translucent powder to lock it in) and used a neutral light brown from the Jaclyn Hill palette as my transition. Then, I started packing the purple eyeshadow from the Zulu palette on the outer corner. I used a clean blending brush to bring it into the crease, then continued to pack the purple on until it was intense as I wanted it. Like always, I repeated these steps on my bottom lash line as well, bringing the shades into the inner corner pretty far. I also wanted to try out one of the new ColourPop Supernova Shadows, so I put the shade From The Valley onto the inner ¾ of her lid. I highlighted her inner corner with a shimmer from the Jaclyn Hill palette, and the look was all done!

This look was one of the easiest ones I’ve ever done with bright colors! It’s easy to think that it takes a ton of work and hours of blending to accomplish a cool eye look, but it doesn’t have to! I’m so happy with how this turned out, and I’m pretty sure my sister liked it too! While I’m talking about my sister, can I just mention how awesome she is for always being my model?!

Please let me know if there are any brands or looks you want me to write about! I’d love to review more products and try out more techniques for all of you!