Everyday Winter Makeup

Hi guys!

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I’m back today with my everyday makeup for this new year. I’ve been loving this look for work and everyday. It’s super simple, and using natural colors to make any eye color pop. As for the face, I’m using some new products that I am IN LOVE with!

Let’s jump in.

 

Okay, so, as always, I start out with my eyebrows. I’m just going to fill them in as usual with my Anastasia brow wiz.

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Now I’m going to take the Bobbi Brown Cream Shadow in Sandy Gold to  prime my eyes. This is essentially the same as a MAC paint pot. It’s a cream-based primer with a gold sheen to it that adds a warmth to the shadows i’ll be adding later.

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Now, surprise surprise, my NYX jumbo eye pencil in Milk. I’m going to blend this under my eyebrow and in my inner corner.ImageImage

 

 

Now I’m going to use my Too Faced “All of my Favorite Things Palette” that I got for Christmas. I’m going to use a fluffy angled brush and the color “Cream Colored Ponies” under my brow.

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Now, with the same brush, I’m going to take “Snowflakes”, a shimmery warm white, and apply this in my inner corner.

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Now I want to warm up the crease before adding my defining shade. I’m going to take “Chocolate Milk” and a fluffy blending brush and swirl this through the crease. This  is also going to make blending much easier.

 

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Now I’m going to apply “Honey Honey” to my lid with a flat shader brush.

 

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Now I want a dark but shimmery brown for the outer corner and crease. The dark brown will still give me the definition I want, but the shimmer will make it less harsh. I’m going to mis “Crisp Apple Strudel” and “Dark Chocolate” with a fluffy crease brush.

 

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Then I just blended the outer edges of the color.

 

Now I’m going to line my eyes with the L’Oreal Super Slim Liquid Liner in Black.

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Now apply your favorite black mascara. I used the Sephora Outrageous Volume mascara.

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Now moving on to the skin.

I’m going to use the Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation in the lightest shade (Pale People Problems :/  )  and dot that all over my skin, then blend it in with the Real Techniques Angled Kabuki Brush. 

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This foundation has AMAZING coverage. I mean, it’s crazy. It’s also super long wearinng. But don’t worry, I’ll do a full review on it.

 

Now I’m using the Covergirl + Olay concealer for under my eyes.

 

 

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Now I’m using the Clinique Transparency powder in the lightest shade, which, oddly enough, is number eight. What? 

 

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For bronzer, I’m heading back to that Too Faced Palette to use the Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in the bottom half of the palette.

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To contour my cheeks and nose, I’m using Hoolah Bronzer by benefit, which has an ashier tone.

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Now for blush, I’m taking Sin from my NARS One Night Stand blush Palette, a rose shade with cold flecks, and then I’m using the highlighter from the same palette.

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Now I’m going to use the NYX butter gloss in Creme Brulee, a peachy nude. Then I’m adding a bit more mascara. And yes, I changed clothes. I don’t like to put my foundation on in the clothes I’ll be wearing for the day, just incase.

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All done! I hope you enjoyed this post! Comment any requests, as always, and let me know if you liked it!

xoxo,
Pres

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Top High End Eye, Lip, and Brush products!

Hi lovelies! 

Last time I’ll be absent for awhile! Promise!

Today I’d like to follow up my previous post with my favorite High End Eye, lip, and brush products! I hope this helps you out!

 

Okay, so again, I’m starting with the order that I apply these things to my face, which means primer comes first.

My favorite high end primer is the MAC Painterly Paint Pot.

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This is a nude base that allows for more vibrant color application and crease-less all day wear. I love all the MAC paint pots, which all work as primers, but painterly is my most-used. $15, MAC

For a loose eyeshadow, my favorite is the MAC line of pigments, and my favorite color is Vanilla.

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Coming in at $21, these velvety pigments offer EXCELLENT color payoff with the right amount of shine. Vanilla is a warm, gold-toned white, but the color options are endless with MAC. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

For eyeshadows, I can’t help but choose the MAC single eyeshadows. My favorite is Expensive Pink.

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With MAC, what you see is HONESTLY what you get. The colors they have will blow your mind. They are extremely velvety, smooth, pigmented, and long-wearing. A must have, in my opinion. Expensive Pink will compliment Blue and Green eyes BEAUTIFULLY! It will look awesome on any eye color, nevertheless. At $15, you cannot go wrong with MAC.

For an eyeshadow palette, I have to go with any of the Urban Decay Palettes. My HOLY GRAIL palette is the Naked 1 palette.

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Yes, $50 from your local Sephora is pricey, but I love this particular palette so much I’m on my SECOND one! I’ve never used a palette up except for this one. The Urban Decay shadows remind me so much of MAC, it’s unbelievable. Any palette you get from Urban Decay will be a winner, but the Naked 1 is my favorite.

Liquid Liner Time! My favorite are the Urban Decay 24/7 liquid liners.

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They come in SO MANY COLORS, and they’re the best for any colored liner look. The pigmentation and formula are great.  $19, Sephora

 

For Pencil liner, I love the Urban Decay 24/7 liners in the pencil version.

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These creamy pencils come in all the colors of the rainbow… AND MORE! haha. I love the rich and creamy formula that allows for a glide on eyeliner look in seconds. for $19, they’re worth every penny.

For mascara, again, I allowed myself two choices. I love the MAC Extra Dimension Lash and the Clinique High Impact Curling.

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The Mac Mascara offers a long wearing dramatic lash look great for any occasion. 

The Clinique mascara’s curved wand and tube-creating formula offers long curled lashes great for anytime.

Love them both!

 

For Lipstick, My favorite are the MAC lipsticks.

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I cannot pick a favorite color, because I love every shade I’ve tried! This is Viva Glam Nicki, my most-reached for color. The Mac lipsticks come in a variety of colors and finishes, making it easy to find one for each occasion. Cannot go wrong!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!  $15

 

For long-wearing lip gloss, I like the MAC ProLongwear Lipglosses. My favorite is Persistent Peach.

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You’re going to think I’m lying, but these babies will last me 5 hours with no touch ups. It’s absolutely incredible. The opacity is unbelievable and the color selection is great. LOVE. $20

 

For a regular lipgloss, I love the MAC lipgloss/glass/dazzleglass lines. (Any MAC lipgloss!!) This one is my all time favorite, Pink Poodle.

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I love love love any Mac Lip Gloss. They are awesome for color, payoff, and staying power. Truly cannot go wrong.

Last but not least, My favorite High end brushes are the MAC brushes. I absolutely love them . They’re what I started out with, and will continue to use!

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My favorite eye brushes are pictured above, but I’m a fan of each and every Mac brush I get. (Prices Vary).

 

Thank you so much for reading! I hope this helped you out! Don’t forget to look for my post comparing the high end and drugstore products. Have a lovely Day! 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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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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