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New video! January Favorites!

So it’s the time again! I skipped out on December because I was taking a vacation for basically that whole month but I’m back with a new video featuring my favorite products of January!

I apologize for my partially cut off head but new set ups are hard. I’ll be sure to make sure my full head is included in future videos! =P

Many of my favorite products of January have, not surprisingly, already been featured on my blog because I love to blog about products that I really like. The items featured in my January Favorites video are:

NYX Matte Lipstick – Two posts!

For a review of the formula and swatches of Sweet Pink, Indie Flick, Euro Trash, Butter & Hippic Chic – http://sultrysuburbia.com/nyx-matte-lipstick-swatches-review/

For swatches of Forbidden, Nude, Summer Breeze & Alabama – http://sultrysuburbia.com/nyx-matte-lipstick-swatches/

Melt Cosmetics Dark Matter Stack – http://sultrysuburbia.com/melt-cosmetics-dark-matter-review/

MAC Stone Lip Liner – http://sultrysuburbia.com/mac-lip-liners-soar-stone-nightmoth/

My Makeup Eraser was sent to me by – http://instagram.com/ahodge.makeuperaser/

So in addition to this video just going up, I also have an eyeshadow tutorial filmed that I need to edit and it should be up within a few days! The more videos I film, the more I really like it so I’m definitely going to keep this up. I have lots of suggestions from you guys written down for future videos but I am, of course, always open to more.

My video set up is such a pain though! It’s cramped, there is stuff everywhere and it takes a long time to get it all set up and ready to film. It kind of deters me from filming as much as I’d like to but very, very soon I’m going to reevaluate my makeup room and see what I can do to make a more easily usable set up happen so I can keep these videos flowing!

Let me know what you think of this video as well as your thoughts on the products! <3

ashleysignature

 

MAC Lip Liners in Soar, Stone and Nightmoth

Ahh, lip liners. Once upon a time I used to think that lip liners just weren’t a necessity in my makeup routine but looking back I can now see the err of my ways. Okay, so lip liners usually aren’t going to make or break your whole look but damn they can be really, really useful!

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For a long time the only lip liners I had were NYX’s Slim Lip Pencil and I have a lot of them. (Should I do a post on these?) I’d never used another lip liner before, I was happy with what they were doing and they’re super cheap so what’s not to love? But then I won a giftcard on Savvyist and decided to treat myself to my first MAC lip liner to see what all the buzz was about. And within the same week, I went out and bought two more. So yeah, they’re pretty awesome.

The first thing I noticed is that they are quite soft and glide on so easily, leaving behind a full opaque line. I like to apply a lip balm to my lips while doing my makeup so that they’ll be nice and soft when it comes time to apply lipstick but my other lip liners just couldn’t cope with the remnants of my lip balm and didn’t apply very well over the slick texture of it. Not a problem for these MAC lip liners!

Another impressive thing about these liners is the staying power! These liners really just go and go and go. Even when my lipstick starts to fade, these liners are still visible and  usually still nearly perfectly in place. This can create a bit of an unfortunate Cholaesque look if you aren’t careful but the staying power is super impressive, none the less!

In addition to keeping your lip products from bleeding, lip liners have several other useful benefits. A sharpened pencil makes it far easier to create precise lines vs. just applying lipstick straight out of the tube. You can also use your liner to “correct” any little mishaps you may have after applying your lipstick. These lip liners are quite matte and have some real staying power so they also make a fantastic base to make your lipsticks even  longer lasting! Just fill in your entire lip with liner first, apply lipstick on top and now you have a great matte base for added longevity.

MAC Lip Line Swatches in Soar, Stone and Nightmoth
MAC Lip Liner Swatches in Soar, Stone and Nightmoth
MAC Soar

My perfect pinky neutral shade. I ADORE this color for casual but still so put together lips.

MAC Lip Liner in Soar

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100 Days of Makeup Challenge – Week 1

I recently decided that I’m going to do a 100 Days of Makeup Challenge after seeing people on Instagram and around the web doing different makeup challenges. I’m not following any guidelines or rules, I’m just making myself do makeup every day for 100 consecutive days all while trying to learn as much as possible in that time.

I really want to push myself to improve and this seemed like a great and fun way to do so! I was only wearing makeup 4-5 days a week before this challenge and that left for 2-3 days a week where I’m not practicing and not learning anything! Of course, I don’t always feel like doing a full face every day but even when I don’t do a full face, I still plan on doing some sort of cool eye or lip look so I can get that sweet, sweet practice in! 😉

I know it’s early in the challenge but I already feel like it’s helping me a lot! Not long ago, I really struggled with cut crease looks. I would draw the line and then wipe it off and redraw it three more times before I would get it right and it usually got pretty frustrating. Lately I’ve done a couple of cut crease looks for the challenge and it’s already became pretty easy for me! No wiping off, just a little careful planning after realizing where I was messing up previously and ta-da! Cut crease.

Day 1

Okay,  so I counted my Sugarpill Tutorial for Day 1.

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Day 2

For this eye look I used the Melt Cosmetics Dark Matter stack for my eyeshadow, added Lit Cosmetics Glitter in Mexican Lucky to my inner corner and added some little dots to the outer portion of my eyes using various eyeliners. My lip combo here is MAC Stone lipliner + NYX Matte Lipstick in Butter with a dab of MAC’s Myth lipstick in the center.

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You can see the dots a little better here!

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Face Routine Video!

Hey guys! It’s been way too long since I last made a video but I really want to get back on it and start making them regularly. I posted on Instagram several days ago asking for suggestions for videos and many people said they wanted to see my face routine so I delivered!

So here it is! This is the method that I use virtually every single day for my face makeup and contains several products that I’ve featured on my blog such as the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit, Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, MAC Warm Soul Blush as well as the Beauty Blender.

This is actually the second time that I recorded this video! The first time I spent so much time setting up, recording and even EDITING just to realize after hours of work that part of the video didn’t get recorded. Ugh. But I pushed on! haha

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this video as well as what you’d like to see from me in the future!

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Sugarpill Burning Heart Palette Tutorial

Hey guys! So I finally got around to creating a tutorial for the look I did in my Sugarpill Burning Heart Palette Review post. Today I’m running on about 2 hours of sleep and ridiculous amounts of caffeine so I consider this a pretty big accomplishment! Let’s just try to excuse any mistakes I make along the way. 😛

Sugarpill Burning Heart Palette Tutorial

Before I get started with any shadow, I’m going to prime and put down a base. I’m using Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance primer and a thin layer of NYX’s White Eyeshadow Base.

Sugarpill Burning Heart Palette Tutorial

The first shadow I’m going to use is Blur (light peachy tan) from the Melt Cosmetics Dark Matter stack. I’m using my Makeup Addiction blending brush to place this in and above my crease, stopping a little under my brow bone to create a very natural looking transition.

Sugarpill Burning Heart Palette Tutorial

Next I’m going in with in with Sugarpill’s Buttercupcake (yellow) and that same brush and basically placing it in the same area only not taking it quite as high this time.

Sugarpill Burning Heart Palette Tutorial

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Recent Face of the Days 1/24/2015

Hey guys! Sorry that I haven’t been posting lately but life has kept me soo busy! We’re considering moving so I’ve been on this mad dash trying to find a good apartment in time and I haven’t had much time to dedicate to my blog recently but I’ve got big plans for the future and all of this craziness should be over very soon! 😉

I know that not all of you follow me on Instagram so I figured I’d make a quick post showing you some of my recent looks as well as the details for them.

For the natural part of this eyeshadow look, I used Makeup Geek’s Peach Smoothie, Beaches and Cream, Taupe Notch, Purely Naked and Sweet Dreams & the green is from my Coastal Scents 252 Palette. This white liner is Stila’s Stay All Day in Snow. It looks super cool but I wouldn’t really recommend it. It’s hard to get opaque. I really need to break and order a good white liner! I’m also wearing Make Up For Ever’s Rouge Artist Intense in #50 on my lips.

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This eyeshadow look was done with the Sephora Facets of Marsala Palette which I ADORE! The color choices in this palette are just blowing my mind since I’m a total sucker for reds and warm shades in general. Overall, I really love the Facets of Marsala Palette but certain shades have some serious fallout issues so you’ll probably want to do your eyes first with this! It appears to be sold out online but your local store might still have a few around! 😉

I’m wearing NYX Cosmetics Euro Trash on my lips and House of Lashes Temptress Wispy lashes.

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November Favorites!

Hey guys! Some of you may have read on here a few weeks ago that I was going to start sharing my monthly favorites with all of you. At that time, I was planning on doing it in blog posts but then I made a YouTube channel and figured “Hey, why not just start with a video?” so that’s what I did! 😛

So what are my favorite products for November?

And what’s on the rest of my face?

  • Eyes – Makeup Geek shadows in Beaches and Cream, Peach Smoothie & Chickadee Caramel and Sienna from the Anastasia Maya Mia Palette as well as Instigator from the Too Faced Pretty Rebel Palette.
  • Lashes – Ardell 206’s
  • Lips – MAC Ruby Woo
  • Brows – Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Medium Brown
  • Blush – MAC Warm Soul

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