I have been absolutely loving this blush palette! The Makeup Revolution Blush Palette in Queen is seriously the best blush palette I have tried in quite a while. I love how buildable the formula is and how healthy it makes your skin look! I use this palette on both my eyes and cheeks so it's super versatile which is awesome! Let me know in the comments if you guys have tried this palette and what you think of the final look. I linked all the products I used off camera and the blush palette down below. Be sure to head to my YouTube Channel for more tutorials and beauty tips!
Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler Demo! I'm still obsessing over my Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler I got on Black Friday this year! This device has cut my dry time in half and eliminates my need for a straightener! I don't like to put a lot of heat on my hair because I'm trying to grow it super long again. I want my mermaid hair back! Has anyone else tried this hair tool out yet? Leave a comment below and let me know!
There is nothing better than a Glam eye look for the Holidays or New Yew Years Eve party! This look includes Stila Liquid Eyeshadow and my favorite Lorac Pro Palette 4! The combo was perfect and helped me achieve this awesome cut crease! I linked all the products used below!
The Lorac Palette 4 has become my favorite eye palette of 2018. This Palette is so bendable, pigmented, and easy to use! I think this would be a wonderful eyeshadow palette for anyone who likes purple and pink tones! This can create so many different eye looks and would be great for both beginners and advanced makeup users! I honestly can't say enough good things about this beautiful eyeshadow Palette!
As many of you know, I struggle when it comes to applying winged eyeliner on myself. I can draw a wing on any client easily but somehow when it comes to my own eyes, I am not so smooth lol! I was so excited to try the Vamp Stamp and can honestly say that this little device has my stamp of approval! In this video, I used their Vixen Wing Eyeliner Stamp. Enjoy this winged eyeliner tutorial on how I use the Vamp Stamp.
I rounded up some of my favorite makeup products that are extremely user friendly. There are so many makeup brands to choose from these days and I wanted to make a list of products for those of you who are feeling a little bit intimidated by doing your makeup or trying a new product.
Here is a quick view of all the products that will be discussed in this post. Be sure to read why I love each one and how I use them below!
Primer: I’m not going to lie to you, I don’t always use a primer. If you are just starting out, I would suggest using a good moisturizer under your makeup. My favorite moisturizer at the moment is Paula;s Choice Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer.
Foundation: My holly grail foundation is Smashbox Studio Skin 15 hour hydrating foundation. This foundation looks beautiful on just about anyone. Because of my oily skin, I didn’t try this foundation for so long because I typically don’t use anything with the word “hydrating” in the title when it comes to foundations. I am shocked by how long I can wear this foundation without touching up. It is a thin consistency that is not cakey at all, yet covers so well. My favorite way to apply this foundation is with my hands or a foundation brush.
Setting Powder: I recently picked up this product and have quickly fallen in love with it. Smashbox Halo Hydrating Powder Foundation is great for setting your face and also adds some extra coverage. It also works great for spot concealing!
Concealer: I am not the biggest under eye concealer person but out of all the concealers I have tried, I keep coming back to this one because of its dependability and overall natural finish. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer is only $9.99 and puts other higher end concealers to shame.
Bronzer: Have you ever applied bronzer only to have it betray you and get patchy and streaky and basically ruin your entire look? Nobody has time for streaky bronzer, especially if you are on the go and in a hurry like most of us always tend to be! My go to, streak free / extremely user friendly brozer is Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer. This product is a must try for anyone who is tired of their bronzer being too orange or streaky!
Blush: Just like Bronzer, blush can also get streaky depending on the formula. The e.l.f. Cosmetics Powder Blush Quad is super bendable and only $6! I love that it comes with different shades so you can mix and match. This is also a very pigmented blush so a little goes a long way.
Highlighter: The most error proof highlighter award goes to BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter. This luxurious formula never looks powdery and gives that perfect glow from within look. It is not cheap but I have had my Champagne pop color for over around two years and I haven’t even hit pan yet.
Eyeshadow: Stila Cosmetics came out with their liquid eyeshadow collection and I just about lost it. These are so blend able and literally error free! All you do is dot some on your eyelids and call it a day! You can spice things up by putting some a touch of bronzer or eyeshadow in the crease and you will look like you know what you are doing 100%. They come in individual colors but to save money I got the mini sets which are the same price as one but come with three mini versions. I have Shimmering Heights Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set and Triple Threat Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set.
Eyeliner: I am always on the hunt for a good eyeliner but I recently started using L.A. Girl Ultimate Eye Intense Wear Auto Eye Liner. I love this eyeliner because it doesn’t budge and it is super affordable. (Note: Only roll up a little at a time otherwise the tip will break. That is the case with any eyeliner though!)
Mascara: I have been using L’Oreal Voluminous Original Mascara since high school! This stuff doesn’t clump and I have never had issues with it flaking. I don’t get the waterproof version, I just get the original.
Eyebrows:One of my favorite brow pencils is the is the NYX Micro Brow Pencil. The reason I love this product is because it makes filling in your eyebrows so easy and effortless. The pencil works so well and it’s a lot more affordable than some of the higher end brands.
Lips: My favorite error proof lip product are the NYX butter glosses. These non-sticky lip glosses makes your lips look healthy with a touch of color. They are so wearable and I always get compliments every time I wear this on my lips.
For a list of my favorite Makeup brushes, click here.
How to fight acne and wrinkles at the same time post, click here.
I made this tutorial showing you all of these products AND how to use them. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for my beauty tutorials and reviews!
I am not down to pay $30 to tint my eyebrows now that I know this new eyebrow hack! Get ready to say hello to the best eyebrows of your life babes! You aren’t going to believe your eyes as I transform my light brown eyebrows into defined, fierce brows using Just For Men Mustache and Beard Hair Color! Be sure to subscribe to my channel for more Makeup Tutorials and Beauty Hacks!
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I have tried several different whitening systems over the years and always have a hard time sticking to them for various reasons. Some of these reasons include bulky mouth pieces that are uncomfortable, strips that slide right off my teeth, or intense sensitivity! I was beginning to think that teeth whitening just wasn’t for me until I found Smile Brilliant.
How it works: After you order your Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening kit, they send you your entire kit with instructions and the material you need to make a mold of both your top and bottom teeth. Once you have completed this step, you send your molds back to them with the prepaid package that they provide to you! In about one to two weeks you will get your whitening trays back and you will be ready to start.
Details about my experience: When I got my trays back I was so shocked by both how comfortable they were and how unnoticeable they were. I actually ended up wearing my trays at work and no one even noticed! I was expecting to experience sensitivity since I have struggled with that side effect in the past with other whitening systems. To my disbelieve, I experienced very minor sensitivity because of the desensitizing gel that they give you. Overall I was shocked by how easy it was to implement this in my daily routine.
The Results: My teeth were significantly whiter after just 6 treatments! I only used one tube of whitening gel and it comes with a bunch of tubes in the kit. I can keep the extra product in the fridge and use it for more sessions in the future! I honestly don’t think I will be running out for quite some time!
Would I recommend Smile Brilliant? HECK YES! I was so impressed by this kit and would highly recommend it. This is such an affordable option compared to getting your teeth whitened at the dentist and honestly gives very similar results!
Glowing skin that looks healthy and well rested is the goal of a lot of women. Sure, this angelic appearance may be your goal - but who here gets 8 hours of sleep, goes to the gym more than 4 times per week, and eats enough leafy greens, and drinks a gallon of water a day? Yeah…. didn’t think so.
I’m here to show you a couple of products that can trick anyone into thinking that you are a glowing goddess! And good news, they can all fit in your purse and be applied in the car while you are running late to work!
It’s all about that base: One of the best ways to fake a luminosity from within look is to add a radiant primer as your first step in your makeup routine! My go to is the NYX Born to glow liquid illumination ($7.49). Put some of this under your foundation and you will be a glow getter instantly!
Top two Natural looking Highlighters: I’m all about a blinding highlight, but for that natural glow look -you are not going to want to over do it! I have a high end and a drugstore option for you. The high end option is a cult favorite for good reason. The Becca highlighter in Champagne pop ($38) is seriously stunning and looks good on almost any skin tone! Another great affordable option is the Wet n Wild highlighter in precious petals ($4.99). This highlighter is a close dupe to Becca’s highlighter and a wonderful option if you are on a budget!
There you have it! Those are products that keep me looking like I have naturally glowy and radiant skin no matter how busy and hectic my life has been. For more makeup tips and tricks, be sure to follow me on Instagram and join the Hannah With The Lipstick beauty community!
These are my all time favorite products from Sephora! I thought this would be a helpful post since they are kicking off their insider sale! If you are planning to purchase any beauty or skincare items before the end of the year, this is the idea time! August 24th-29th anyone who is a Sephora Rouge member gets first dibs to shop top beauty finds at 20% off with code YESROUGE a full week before VIB and Beauty insiders. August 30th-Sept 3rd all VIB members will be granted access to shop event products at 15% with code YESVIB. Beauty insiders will be able to shop the same sale at 10% with code YESINSIDER. PS: Becoming a beauty insider is free!
Now that you have the details, click on any of the images below to shop my favorite products! I added a little description below each product explaining why I love each one!
Your Brushes Matter!
Good quality makeup brushes might not seem like a big deal to the average makeup user. It seems like an extra, unnecessary expense compaired to the makeup itself. I used to think the exact same thing until I felt the difference first hand.
A good makeup brush can be the difference between blotchy makeup or seamlessly smooth perfection. In fact, you might have great high-end makeup but your look falls short because you aren't' using the right tools! Not all of these are drugstore prices but I promise you when I say that you get what you pay for! Also, these are going to last you years because they are amazing quality!
Liquid Foundation - THE BEAUTY BLENDER *Okay, I know what you're thinking. That isn't a brush Hannah! I know, but I just had to mention it because it truly does create a flawless finish! If you aren't down to pay for one this is a good cheap alternative, however, isn't 100% as good.
Liquid and Powder foundation - IT COSMETICS HEAVENLY LUXE FLAT TOP BUFFING FOUNDATION BRUSH #6 *This brush is literally THE best at getting you a smooth flawless finish. I use this mostly for powder foundations and setting powders although it also works wonders on a liquid foundation as well! It isn't cheap but man is it worth every penny!
Flawless Bronzer Application - IT COSMETICS HEAVENLY LUXE WAND BALL POWDER BRUSH #8 *Ever had streaky bronzer application that made you want to light your vanity on fire? Same! This brush has NEVER done me wrong and gives me the perfect bronzer application every single time. Case closed, this is it!
Blush or contour - IT COSMETICS HEAVENLY LUXE FRENCH BOUTIQUE BLUSH BRUSH #4 *This brush is incredible at achieving a soft / diffused blush application, however, I also have used it to contour my cheeks and it works wonders! I love getting more than one use out of a brush!
Highlight - MORPHE M510 PRO ROUND BLENDER BRUSH *So affordable! I love the size of this highlight brush because it gets the product exactly where you want it.
Eyeshadow Brush Set - MORPHE EYE SLAY BRUSH COLLECTION *Full disclosure, I do not own this set. I have a lot of random eyeshadow brushes and it would be a very confusing list if I were to try to link each one. I saw this set and feel like this would be a very good starting point for anyone who needs eyeshadow brushes. It has all of the essential brushes you would need for pretty much any look plus a brush you can use for your brows or a winged look! Also, it comes with a bag so bow all your brushes have a new home!
Thanks for reading! Be sure to leave a comment or question below! Also, don't forget to follow me on Instagram for more beauty advice!
I have been getting some questions about my favorite mascaras of all time. I believe that a good mascara can make ALL the difference. These are the mascaras that I wear and constantly get asked if my eyelashes are real or extensions!
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I get it, you're frustrated. You are an adult and struggling with unpredictable acne and at the same time combating fine lines and wrinkles! In a perfect world, we would be done with acne forever once we get out of those awkward middle school years. We are not living in a perfect world and you and many others (including myself), are trying to fight what feels like two losing battles.
The problem with fighting acne and wrinkles at the same time lies in the unfortunate fact that a lot of products that fight acne are over drying (accentuating wrinkles) and a lot of products that fight wrinkles are very moisturizing and can clog pores ( causing acne). So what the heck do we do if we are trying to combat both at the same time??? And no the answer is not crying and becoming a hermit.
I have gone through hundreds of products and have finally stumbled upon the acne fighting, wrinkle diminishing holly grail face routine! I can't promise this will work for you, however, I have told many friends and family about my routine and they have raved about how their skin has completely transformed and they are now able to take or leave foundation in the morning - best feeling EVER! So if you are tired of spending loads of money on products that don't solve both problems or don't solve any at all, this could be a long-awaited solution to your acne/wrinkle dilemma.
Morning Skincare Routine:
Good news! My morning routine is very simple so even if you are the farthest thing from a morning person - you can do this. I wash my face with lukewarm water and CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser. This face wash is wonderful because it makes your skin feel clean but is not going to strip you of the natural oils your skin needs. I used to use these crazy acne washes that would over dry my skin but in the end, made my skin overly dehydrated (causing overproduction of oil and acne). This would also accentuate my fine lines and pretty much just defeat the purpose of EVERYTHING we are all trying to accomplish. After my skin is washed and I have patted it dry ( don't rub), I moisturize with my CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM with Sunscreen. If you don't use SPF during the day, you are doing it all wrong. A lot of people hate products with sunscreen in them because they can feel greasy but this product does not add to unwanted shine or have a greasy feel - I promise. Plus, the BIGGEST way to combat wrinkles is preventing them in the first place- so just stop arguing with me and do it! Lastly, I gently tap some Alpha Skincare Nourishing Eye Cream under my eyes. You're under eyes need some extra TLC once you hit your twenties and on. I saw a huge difference in my fine lines once I started doing this about a year ago.
Nighttime Skincare Routine:
I think what you do to your skin at night is the most important. Your skin is able to heel and regroup while you are sleeping so now is your chance to give it the fuel it needs to do the best job it possibly can by morning. I start by massaging my makeup off using Avocado oil from my kitchen cabinet. No, you will not break out, we are about to wash our face anyways. Next, I use lukewarm water and I go back in with my CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser combined with my Foreo LUNA 2 Pro Facial Cleansing & Anti-Aging Device. This helps me get every last trace of makeup off my face and feels amazing. Gently pat dry your face. I then go in with a cotton pad and my Paulas Choice SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid. This stuff is where the magic starts to happen. If you hear ANYTHING I am saying to you, you need this magic potion in your life. This will completely transform your skin's texture and help with acne AND fine lines. In fact, ever since I started using this I have literally been stopped by strangers wanting to know what I do to my skin to make it so glowy and even. I have recently started using Paulas Choice CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment every other night after I apply my BHA which has significantly helped even out my skin tone, minimize my fine lines, and combat my acne. I would suggest using this sparingly at first to let your skin get used to it because it is pretty powerful and can irritate your skin if you go too hard too fast. For my night time moisturizer, I use CeraVe Facial Moisturizer PM. This is lightweight enough to not clog my pores while providing enough moisturizer to aid in my anti-aging goals. Lastly, I go back in with Alpha Skincare Nourishing Eye Cream. If you have an active breakout you can spot treat those areas. My favorite spot treatment is CLEAR Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide. This won't dry your skin out as much because it does not contain any alcohol. (Use caution as this can bleach bedding a white pillowcase on those nights to be on the safe side.)
There you have it beauties! I hope this was helpful and that you will be able to solve your skin dilemma with these products. They have worked magic on my skin and I can't wait to hear how they work for you! Comment below if you try them out with any success or if you have any more skincare related questions!
Here is a short video on how to cover acne and acne scars with makeup!
Get that glow!
I love all makeup, but there is definitely a special place in my heart for highlighters. I honestly can't imagine my makeup routine without highlighter because it just adds a special glow and takes your makeup to the next level. I have a couple of higher end highlighters and some drugstore. It's crazy because I love them all and they all perform incredibly well.
1. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed Highlighter - This was one of the first highlighters I ever bought and it has a very special place in my heart and in my makeup routine. I am convinced that this is straight from heaven. It is such a luxurious highlighter and I love how smoothly and effortlessly it applies. This highlighter was created because of a collaboration between Jaclyn Hill and Becca and it became so popular that it is now a permanent color in their line and a cult favorite.
2. JAPONESQUE COLOR Kumadori Highlighter - This gorgeous highlighter only comes in one color but the good news is that it looks good on pretty much any skin tone. I love this beautiful rose gold highlighter so much. My ONLY complaint is that it is not quite as pigmented but for those who only want a subtle glow it would be perfect. I, on the other hand, like to be pretty heavy handed so that is probably just a personal problem!
3. WET N WILD MegaGlo Highlighting Powder - This highlighter is such a steal! It performs like a high-end luxury highlighter but it is only $4.99. In the photo above two shades are pictured but my all-time favorite shade is Precious Petals. My second favorite is Crown of My Canopy which is amazing for darker skin tones!
Cover all your bases with these easy tips!
First of all congratulations! If you are reading this blog post, chances are you are engaged or soon to be! There are so many decisions that need to be made surrounding your wedding and choosing the right Makeup Artist can be a tricky and confusing task.
Where to look: I believe that one of the best places to find a local MUA is on Instagram! The first place I would start is looking up hashtags specific to your location. An example of this would be #sandiegomakeupartists or #sdmua. You would be surprised how many people will pop up and how many local amazing artists you will find. You can also check out their feed and some of their work before you reach out to them which can save you a lot of time when it comes to artists that do not have your desired style you are going for.
Schedule a trial: I cannot stress this enough Brides! No matter what, even if you love an MUA's gallery on their website or Instagram, you need to not only see how their style looks on you, but you also need to have a game plan for your wedding day. I always encourage my brides to make a trial appointment so that on their wedding day everything is as stress-free for both you and the artist.
Take Photos: Take lots of photos of your trial run. See how it performs with flash photos. Is there flashback? These are all things that your Makeup Artist must keep into consideration.
Don't be cheap: I strongly believe that you get what you pay for when it comes to hair and makeup! You do not have to go with the most expensive artist you can possibly find, however, you need to be willing to spend money in order to get the beautiful photos and the look you are dreaming of. Makeup is key when it comes to your wedding photos (TRUST ME).
Stalk Pinterest: Pinterest is your best friend! I love it when my clients bring me inspirational photos to show me the look they are going for. This takes all the guesswork out of verbalizing what you want and it will immediately put you both on the same page.
Be realistic: This one is a bonus tip. No matter how incredible your MUA is, they can't give you a brand new face. I kid you not, I have been asked to pretty much perform plastic surgery via contour and highlight before! I get it, on the wedding day you want to look flawless, but you need to come into this experience knowing that you are simply asking for a highlighted version of yourself. There is nothing more stressful as an artist than dealing with someone who is unhappy about the way they look in general and who blames the MUA for that. This is just a side note but it needs to be said... (okay rant over sorry). Also, you are beautiful so just stop.
I hope that was helpful and that you have a little bit more of a grasp on what to do and how to find your perfect MUA! Be sure to leave a comment with any more helpful tips for other Brides reading this.
Photo Credit: Lex.photoandfilm (find her on Instagram)
Dry shampoo is my best friend...
I will start by saying that I have semi low maintenance hair. One of the blessings and the curses of my hair is that it is very thick. Thick hair is great, but also means it can feel heavy and lack volume. I am also someone who struggles with an oily scalp. I don't like the idea of washing my hair every single day, so I need a product that can combat the oil to prolong my hairstyle. If you are like me and want healthy voluminous hair that you only have to wash a couple times per week, then you have come to the right blog post.
Let's start from the beginning of my hair styling process. When I get out of the shower, I spritz a generous amount of my Pravana "Perfect Blonde Leave-In Treatment" on my hair from about the ear down. I love this product because it provides moisture without being too heavy or weighing down my hair. This product is a must-have (especially if you are a blonde).
After I have brushed through my damp hair, I typically blow dry it and throw in a couple of loose curls with a curling wand. Once my style is the way I want it, I go in with my Kendra Professional "Platinum Dry Texture Spray 6". Not to be dramatic, but this styling product has changed the hair game for me. I have never liked the feeling of hairspray and have always hated that crunchy, stiff feeling it gives my hair. This texture spray gives me just the right amount of hold and maintains long-lasting volume.
Last but not least is dry shampoo! I honestly don't know what I would do without the stuff because I use it almost every day (even on clean hair for volume). I have been around the block when it comes to all the different brands of dry shampoo and I always seem to find my way back to Batiste. There is something about their formula that achieves a weightless feel while providing amazing oil control. I can go several days without washing my naturally oily hair if I have this product on hand. If you are trying to avoid heat damage, this will definitely prolong your hairstyle which means less heat on your hair overall.
These three styling products have been amazing addtions to my hair routine and have helped me achieve my hair goals! If you would like more beauty tips, please leave a comment and click on the heart button bellow.
- Hannah With The Lipstick
Enjoy this video on some of my other favorite hair care products and tips!