Top High End Face Products!

Hi Lovelies!

This week, Celeb Saturday will be on hold due to these posts! Anyway, today I’m going to show you my top High-End face products. High End products and things that you would find at MAC or Sephora, etc. Let’s Jump Right In!

CORRESPONDING VIDEO: http://youtu.be/dm_NpAi44kQ

For Primer, I LOVE the Smashbox Photo Finish Light.

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This is a lightweight, translucent primer that controls my oily skin and helps my face makeup stay put throughout the day. Smashbox has a primer for just about any skin type depending on what issues you may have. I love the way this feels on my skin and the results are great. $36, Sephora

For BB Cream, I like the Smashbox Photo Finish BB Cream.

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This is a lightweight tinted-moisturizer type product that provides sheer coverage and is great for skin. I like the way this makes my skin look: Natural, healthy, and glowing. Great Product. $39, Sephora

For foundation, no surprise, is my Clinique Acne Solutions Foundation.

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As I’m sure you all know due to how much I talk about this, it is my FAVORITE high end foundation. It helps treat my acne, control my oil, and makes my skin look natural, healthy, and flawless. I can’t really ask for anything more. $27, Clinique

For Face Powder, my all-time favorite has to be the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural.

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This product is just the perfect lightweight setting powder. It sets any foundation beautifully and helps you achieve that “flawless” look on it’s own or over foundation. $30, MAC

Now for Bronzing and Contouring. My favorite Bronzer is the Clinique True Bronze in 02.

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Just the perfect bronzer to create a natural sunkissed glow! $25, Clinique

For Contouring, I love the Benefit Hoola Bronzer.

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Although this is a bronzer, it is ashy enough to really carve out the “sculpted” cheekbone look. $28, Sephora

For Cream blush, I love Sephora’s line of cream blushes. My favorite color is Poppy Pink.

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This applies very opaque for days that I really want a pop of pink on my cheeks. They are very creamy, long-wearing, and easy to apply. $16, Sephora

For Powder blush, I love the Stila Custom Color Blush in Pink.

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Super Pretty Pink color payoff that adjusts to your skin tone. My most used blush…. EVER.

For Highlighter, I love the Benefit line of Highlighters.

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These are liquid highlighters that add the perfect amount of light and shimmer to any look. Love, Love, LOVE these.  $26, Sephora

For brows, I love the Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow.

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I apply this with an angled brush and it makes my brows look polished and perfect all day long. $20, Sephora

And that is it for my Top High End Face Products! I hope this helped you out! Don’t forget to watch the corresponding video linked at the beginning of this post!

Comment any requests!

xoxo

Pres

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Top Drugstore Face Products!

Hi Lovelies!

Today I’m starting a new set of videos showing you my favorite high end and drugstore products. Today I’ll be showing you my favorite drugstore face products, and on thursday I’ll show you my top high end face products. Then. I’ll do a video comparing the products. Next week, I’ll do the same for Eye, Lip, and Face products. Let’s jump right in!

CORRESPONDING VIDEO:Top Drugstore FACE Products!

Okay, so I’m going to start in the order that  I would put these things on in the morning, meaning I’ll start with face primer. My favorite Drugstore face primer is the L’Oreal Magic Perfecting Base.

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It feels almost like a creamy foam if that makes any sense, but I just apply this where I have problems with pores or redness. It works well with my oily skin. My aunt, who has drier skin, also loves this product. It just helps your face products, whether you apply foundation, bb cream, powder, or whatever your preference is, apply more smoothly. It looks to be a light pinkish color, but blends in translucently. It claims to minimize pores (IT DOES!), and reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. I’m a teenager, so I don’t have fine lines and wrinkles yet, however,  I’m definitely a fan of this primer.   $9.99, Target

For foundation, I’m loving the Revlon Colorstay Whipped foundation.

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I bought this on a whim, but have been extremely impressed with it. It is a medium to full coverage foundation that doesn’t feel as heavy as some foundations do. It gives me a flawless finish and lasts for HOURS. It controls the oil in my skin, but has also been shown to work on dry skin as well. I really like the way this blends into my skin. Although it feels a bit heavy when you apply it, that feeling goes away after blending it in. Also, If you’ve tried the original revlon colorstay, this foundation gives you a LOT more time to blend the product in before drying. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!   $10.99, Target

I also chose to include a BB Cream from the drugstore along with a foundation. If you don’t know what a BB Cream is, it is basically a skin treatment and foundation/tinted moisturizer all in one. They originated in Asia, but American Cosmetic companies have come out with american versions of the product. BB cream stands for blemish balm, but the products also help hydrate the skin and keep it healthy overall. My favorite BB cream from the drugstore is the Physicians Formula Super BB Cream.

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This BB Cream is, in one word, AWESOME. I absolutely love the light texture it has. It does, however, offer medium buildable coverage. I like the way it gives me a naturally flawless finish. They have two colors: Light medium, and Medium dark, but it blends effortlessly into the skin allowing for your skin to match it with itself. I have pretty fair skin, and the light medium blended with my skin perfectly. I love this BB Cream! $13, Target

For Face Powder, I love the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.

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This is a translucent setting powder that doesn’t cake up, but also controls the oil on my skin. Rimmel is one of my favorite drugstore brands, and I was definitely not let down when I purchased this powder.  It has a creamy velvety texture that I absolutely love.  $4.00, Target

For Concealer, I love the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touche Highlighting Concealer in Radiant.

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I like this concealer for highlighting my under eye area and my cheekbones. The pinky-salmon color helps counteract the deep purple tones of dark circles or a dark eye area. This Concealer works wonders for the under eye area. $7.99, Ulta

For Bronzing and Contouring, I like one product for both from the drugstore. I use the L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Powder in Mahogany.

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This powder is cool enough to contour, yet warm enough to use as a bronzer. It doesn’t look to harsh on my pale skin and just gives me a bronzed glow.  $10, Ulta

For blush, I chose a cream and powder blush depending on your preference. My favorite Cream blush is the whole like of Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blushes.Unknown-3 images-4

These blushes have a really interesting “bouncy” texture and apply sheer allowing for buildable coverage depending on the look you desire. I  love the color selection they have available and these also hold up very well on my oily skin, and are also perfect for dry skin. LOVE LOVE LOVE. $6.00, Target.

For powder blush, I love the line of NYX powder blushes.

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They are extremely velvety and easy to apply. They color selection is AMAZING. They have colors to suit every skin tone. I LOVE THESE. $6.00, Ulta

For highlighter, I chose a liquid primer that I actually use as a highlighter. It is the L’Oreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer.

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This “highlighter” gives a natural radiant glow without looking too shimmery. You can use this on the tops of your cheekbones after foundation, as I do, as a primer, it’s intended use, or mix it in with foundation for a radiant glow. Love this. $10, Target

Last but not least, is BROWS. Eyebrows, to me, are an extremely important component of the face and can really complete a look. My favorite drugstore brow product is the NYX eyebrow pencil.

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It is hard enough in texture to create the natural look of eyebrow hairs and creates a polished eyebrow look without looking too harsh. $4.00, Ulta.

And those are my favorite face products form the drugstore! Don’t forget to look for my videos on my favorite high end face products and comparing the two! Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to check out the video linked at the beginning of this post!

xoxo,

Pres

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Travel Makeup Bag Essentials!

Hello Lovelies! 

Today, I wanted to share with you what is in my travel makeup/skincare bags. I’m going on vacation and figured this would be the perfect opportunity. I love watching videos and reading blogs on this topic because I find them so helpful when I am packing. I am impressed with how light I packed on this trip. These, however, are my absolute necessities. 

CORRESPONDING VIDEO:http://youtu.be/I4grcD9hWjg

When packing my makeup, I use this makeup bag with a brush case that I bought from Sephora. I find it to be the perfect size and I absolutely love the print.

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This is the Sephora Izak bag collection, which was around $25. It is still available on Amazon and Ebay. I highly recommend it.. Perfect size and super cute!

Okay, so i’ll begin with what I brought for brushes. I feel like you should always bring too much then not enough when it comes to brushes, but that’s just me.

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These are all of the eye brushes that I am bringing with me. I know it looks like a lot, but these are the ones I use on a daily basis. From left to right: MAC 217 (Crease), Sigma E35 (buffing), Tigi angled brush (Highlight), Tigi angled liner brush (Liner), Another MAC 217 brush (I always seem to need an extra),Sigma E20 brush (Lower lash line) , MAC 239 brush (lid application) Sigma E25 (For blending cream products),  Tigi Blending brush (Blending), Mac 266 angled brush (eyebrow product), MAC 219 pencil brush (smudging liner).

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From left to right: MAC 168 angled face brush (contour), Real techniques expert face brush (foundation), Real Techniques multi task brush (powder), Sigma F20 (bronzer), Sigma F35 (highlighter), Sigma F10(blush).

Now for actual makeup!

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Clinique Acne Solutions foundation

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Clinique Perfectly Real Powder

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Maybelline Dream Lumi Touche Highlighting concealer

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MAC prolongwear concealer

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Clinique True Bronze

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Laura Mercier Eye Basic in Wheat (Primer)

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NYX Jumbo eye pencils in Milk and Cashmere 

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Maybelline Color Tattoo in Precious Pearl

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Too Faced Natural Eye Palette

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Maybelline Quad in Gusty Green

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MAC Omega Eyeshadow (brows)

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Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow in 15.

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MAC Expensive Pink eyeshadow

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Sephora pencil sharpener

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Benefit Bene-tint cheek stain and High Beam highlighter

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Benefit Hervana Blush

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Ardell Brow Gel

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Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes mascara and Make Up For Ever Aqua Smokey Lash Waterproof mascara.

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Urban Decay Perversion eyeliner and L’Oreal The Super Slim Liquid Liner

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Tweezerman Tweezers 

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Tarte Inner Rim Brightener and Urban Decay Liner in Roach

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Elf Makeup remover pen

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Urban Decay De Slick Makeup Setting and Oil Control Spray

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Mayelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me, Revlon Lip Butter in Peach Parfait, and Benefit Lipstick in Jing-a-ling

Now for Skincare! I’ve been trying out the Simple skincare brand and have been pleasantly surprised! It has really cleared up my skin in a short amount of time and controls the oil extremely well.

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Simple Oil Balancing Makeup Remover Wipes

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Simple Protective mousturizer, Simple sensitive skin foaming cleanser, and Hawaiian Tropic after sun aloe hydration in Papaya.

And that is what I bring in my travel makeup bag! I hope this post helped you out and don’t forget to watch the corresponding video linked at the beginning of this post.

Thanks for reading!

xoxo,

Pres

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Foundation Routine!

Hello!

Today I’m going to show you my everyday foundation routine! Now, sometimes I just pop on some powder, but this is when I want to lookextra put together! Let’s get started!

CORRESPONDING VIDEO: Foundation Routine!

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I’m going to take my Clinique Acne Solutions foundation in shade 01 and put a dime size amount on my hand. To apply this, I’ll be using my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, a.k.a., THE BEST BRUSH EVER. I love this foundation and brush combination because the foundation alone gives me a flawless, airbrushed  effect, but combines with the brush it makes blending a breeze.

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Next, I take my finger and dot the foundation on to a CLEAN, MOISTURIZED FACE.

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I know it looks a little crazy right now, But it makes blending SO much easier! I will apply some to my forehead later on.

Now, I’m just going to begin to blend this out with my Real Techniques brush, as mentioned earlier.Image

As you can see, I’m pulling the brush in a downward motion. You ALWAYS want your finishing strokes to go in a downward motion because the hair follicles on your face tend to grow in a downward motion and this gives a more natural effect.

Foundation: $27.00, Clinique. Brush:$8.99, Ulta Beauty

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Again, just on the opposite side of my face, I’m just blending out my foundation and ending with downward strokes.

Now for my forehead, I just repeat the same process, but in between the brows, you want to finish with upward strokes as opposed to the rest of the forehead.

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REMEMBER: always blend down the jawline and neck to avoid any harsh lines!

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Next is Concealer! I personally use two types of concealer, but this is totally optional. For blemishes, I use my Holy Grail concealer, my MAC Prolongwear concealer in “NW20”. This covers my blemishes and DOES NOT BUDGE throughout the day no matter what I end up doing.

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I just take my finer and dot this on any areas that need extra coverage and blend it out with my foundation brush, patting in a downward motion as opposed to dragging the product downward.Image

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I also use my fingers to blend if needed. $18.00, MAC Cosmetics. *It looks a bit pricey, but this concealer lasts FOR. EVER.*

Now for Undereye Concealer! I love my Maybelline Dream Lumi Touche Highlighting Concealer in “Radiant”.

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I just place this under my eyes and blend with my foundation brush and fingers if needed! I do not have bad undereye circles, so this just highlights the area. If you have bad dark circles, try using the MAC concealer with a fluffy eyeshadow brush under your eyes.

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POWDER TIME! I have extremely oily skin, therefore, I set my foundation with a powder all over my face. For dry skin, try putting the powder throughout your T-Zone only, unless you like to powder it all. *Your T-Zone is your forehead, your nose, and chin.*

For powder, I use Clinique Perfectly Real Pressed Powder in shade 102. To apply it, I use my MAC 182 Kabuki brush.

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Just get some powder and PAT, not rub, again in a downward motion in those areas where you get oily, or just feel you need powder.

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Powder:$25.00, Clinique.

Now for Bronzer, Contour, Blush, and Highlighter! For those in a hurry, contour and highlighting can be optional. Blush and bronzer, just a tad, I feel are a MUST.

Bronzer is first. I use my Clinique True Bronze in shade 02, “Sunkissed”. Remember, Bronzer is just to add a “Glow” to your face, not to give you a complete tan.

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To apply this, I use my Real Techniques Blush Brush.

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I apply this bronzer in a “3 E” motion, starting at your temples and edge of forehead, down under the cheekbones, and down the jawline.

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Also apply just a tad across your nose, chin, and forehead.

Bronzer: $25.00 Clinique

Now for Contour. Contouring, when applied correctly, gives the appearance of a more sculpted face and more facial structure. The idea is to apply a shade that is darker than your skin tone to the hollows of your cheeks. For this, I use my Benefit Hoola Bronzer (This is not for traditional bronzing as in the previous step) and my MAC 168 Angled face brush.

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You can do the “Fishy Face” haha, if needed to find the hollow of your cheeks, or simply, under your cheekbones.

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Just lightly buff, *cough cough* DOWNWARD MOTION *cough cough*, underneath your cheekbones. $28.00

Now for BLUSH! Blush adds life and color to your face! I’m going to use my sigma blush brush and my Stila Custom Color Blush in Pink, MY FAVORITE BLUSH!

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This blush may look scary, but it works with the natural temperature of your skin to create a flattering pink color. Just take some on your brush and pop in on to the apples of your cheeks blending it back towards your temples. $20, Sephora

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Now for Highlighting! Highlighting goes hand-in-hand with contouring in the fact that it makes your cheekbones appear higher and gives the look of more facial structure. For this I use my NARS Albatross Highlighter and my Sigma Tapered Highlighting brush.

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Although it looks white, It is actually a golden shimmery cream color. $29, Sephora

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Apply a highlight shade on top of the cheekbones and around the tail of your eyebrow and on the browbone if you’d like.

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And you’re done! Thank you so much for reading!

xoxo,

Pres

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Colors of the Rainbow TAG!

Hello!

Today I decided to do the Colors of the Rainbow tag!

The tag consists of the colors of the rainbow each representing a favorite beauty product of that color, also including pink and multicolored. I had so much fun doing this tag! Let’s jump right in.

1. RED

For the color red, I chose the “Not Your Mother’s Heat Protectant”.

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This heat protectant is my HOLY GRAIL of heat protectants. It sprays a fine mist, not completely soaking my hair like other products like this do. I also have chemically straightened hair, therefore, my hair requires a little bit of extra protection! This product leaves my hair silky and soft, but i also feel that it really protects my hair.   $5.99 Ulta Beauty

2. ORANGE

For orange, i love the Revlon Photo Ready cream blush in “Coral Reef”.

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This cream blush is such a gorgeous bright coral-y orange color, and it is so pigmented! A little goes a long way. I have oily skin, yet it still blends perfectly and stays all day. I use a duo fibre brush to apply it to the apples of my cheeks BEFORE i apply my face powder. This shade is perfect for spring and summer.    $12.99 Ulta Beauty

3. YELLOW

For yellow, my favorite is the Ck One (Calvin Klein) Glossy Eyecolor in #600, “Spin”

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Although sheer, this creamy eyeshadow pencil can completely transform the look of certain eyeshadows. It’s glossy finish requires a powder to be applied over it to prevent creasing. I am in love with this pencil under Urban Decay’s eyeshadow in “Vanilla”. Ck One pencil: $17.00, Ulta Beauty

4. GREEN

My favorite product for the green category is the Covergirl “Clump Crusher Mascara”.

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This mascara is great for definition, volume, and added length with a couple coats. It is extremely long lasting and I haven’t found it to smudge on my skin. $8.99, Ulta Beauty

5.BLUE

For blue, I chose the MAC mineralize eyeshadow in “Ether”. This product was limited edition, which I hate to use, but I love this shadow.

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This blend of green and blue makes for the perfect summery shadow. The pigmentation is perfect, and it is velvety in texture. I use it over top a white liner on my lower lashline. A similar product is the Urban Decay eyeshadow in “Shattered”. Urban Decay: $18.00, Sephora

6.INDIGO

For Indigo, I went with the Essie nail polish in “Bobbing for Baubles”.

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This polish is a beautiful matte indigo color that is perfect year round. One coat, and you’re good to go. $8.00, Essie

7.VIOLET

For Violet, i cheated and chose two products, but only one is beauty related. The first product I chose is the Sephora Collection eyelash curler in Purple.

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This lash curler provides my lashes with a perfect curl. I was pleasantly surprised in buying this.      $16.00, Sephora

The second purple product is my purple Lifeproof iphone case

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This case protects my phone from water, dropping, LIFE, and most importantly, ME. 🙂

8. PINK

For pink, I’ve been loving the Revlon lip butter in “Sorbet”.

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This color is perfect for the summer months. The Lip Butters keep your lips moisturized, without feeling glossy or goopy. I am a HUGE fan.  $6.49, Target

9. RRAAIINNBBOOWW!!!

Ah, my favorite. Rainbow. For this I chose my Sephora Disney Storylook Collection Jasmine Eyeshadow Palette.

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I am OBSESSED with this palette. It is the perfect assortment of summery shadows comined with a gorgeous golden bronzer and plum-pink blush. This palette would work for anyone. Although it is a bit pricey, it is limited edition and TOTALLY worth it.  $55.00, Sephora.

And that does it for my “Colors of the Rainbow Tag”! I hope you enjoyed it!

video:    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9c9R2KUHzXo&feature=youtu.be

Thanks for reading!

xoxo, Pres

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