Mix and Match Nail Art using Depend Cosmetic GelLack

Hey Guys :)

I’m sure you already know by now that I’m totally obsessed with the Depend Cosmetic GelLack polishes and LED system, the color selection is amazing, the final results and longevity is ten fold of traditional nail polish and it’s pretty budget friendly.

Currently I’m pretty into doing mix and match nails, it gives me a chance to wear several shades when I can’t make up my mind (because they’re all soooo pretty!!). Plus it’s a fast and effective way to spice up your mani with pretty little effort.

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From left to right I used the shades Midnight Glitter, Romantic Plum & French White, Fresh Mint & French White & Black As Night, French White and Twinkle Gold

You can check out my tutorial for how to create polka dots and leopard print here

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From left to right I used shades Candy Floss, Sweet Purple, Princess Sparkle Glitter, Pink Daisy, Pink Lady Glitter

I’ll be be doing some new designs soon so keep an eye out for those. In the meantime totally tag me on Instagram @binkydiamonds so I can see your recreations.

Hugs from Beauty Land

Makeup Tips and Tricks for Creasing Concealer, Winged Liner, and Other Beauty Blunders

Hey Guys and Dolls,

Dont you just hate when your under eye concealer starts creasing, or your winged liner is uneven or your eyebrows just wont stay in place? Well in today’s post id like to share some of my tips and tricks for battling common makeup hardships from mascara mishaps, unruly brows and so many other makeup and beauty dilemmas. So keep reading to uncover some of my easy to do makeup tips and tricks with products you probably already own in your stash!!

makeup_tips&TricksHow to stop concealer from creasing under the eye area?

This is an issue many people struggle with and it could be due to the consistency of the product you are using, generally speaking the thicker the product the more probability it will crease. I prefer a liquid concealer as a apposed to a cream as I feel they crease less under my eyes. My favorite has got to be the Mac Pro Longwear Concealer. This stuff is super high coverage and barely ever creases on me.

mac_pro_longwear_concealerUnfortunately some people genetically have more fine lines under the eyes and maturing skin doesn’t help much either. So to help plump up and fill the the spaces try using the Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer. This stuff is really great at creating an even surface and to help with longevity.

Smashbox_PhotoFinish_Hydrating_UnderEyePrimerIf you don’t have this in your stash, don’t worry, try using an eyeshadow primer before you apply your under eye concealer. This should help fill in the fine lines and keep the product in place all day long. I like to use the Mac Paint Pot in Painterly or the Too Faced Shadow Insurance. Don’t for get to set the concealer with the tiniest amount of powder for extra longevity.

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Favorite_longwear_beauty_products_TooFaced_ShadowInsuranceHow to keep eyeliner in the waterline from running?

Ive struggled with this for years now and have tried almost every eyeliner under the sun now and they just never seem to last or stay put. The best trick I’ve found for this issue is setting you waterline eyeliner with some eyeshadow, as you would perhaps set your liquid foundation with powder. Its keeps the color bolder and vibrant for much longer. Give it a try and I’m sure you’ll notice a huge difference. Plus its a great way to create your own eyeliner shades by mixing your liners with shadow colors you already have. No need to buy every color out there when you can make your own. Ive been almost exclusively using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Covet Waterproof Eyeliner in Noir and my MUFE Eyeshadow in shade nr.04 when Ive been rocking black in the waterline.

AnastasiaBeverlyHills_CoverWaterProofEyelinerHow to get a perfect and even cat eye?

Cat eyeliner is definitely one of the things I used to struggle the most with. It takes a lot of practice and patience. Ive finally gotten the art down but for those of you who struggle with getting a sharp and even line then try using a bit of scotch tape.

Cute a small piece and place it on the outer corners of each eye following your bottom lash line pointing towards the end of your eyebrow. This will help ensure the angle of the line is equal on both sides. Then go in and start lining. The tape will also ensure that you have a nice crisp and sharp line.

Remember to peel the tape on and off the back of your hands a few times before applying it to the eye area so you don’t irritate the delicate skin around the eye area. And do you under eye concealer afterwards to eliminate accidentally removing some of it as you peel off the tape. Diana Lianto created this great  pictorial for this technique and other eyeliner techniques which you can check out on her fabulous blog Make Me Up Before You Go Go right here.

How to turn a glossy lipstick into a matte one?

I have pretty dry lips and although I love the look of matte lipsticks I find them to be unflattering on my dry crispy lips. So instead of going out and purchasing matte finishes I make my own with the hydrating and glossy formulas I already own by dusting a small amount of translucent powder over the lips to create a matte finish. I normally use my MUFE HD Powder loose or pressed version.

Take a tissue and rip the layers apart. Place it in front of your lips and dab the translucent powder over it to give a light dusting which will create a perfect matte lip with the colors you already own in your stash.

MUFE_HDPRESSEDPOWDER_YSL_TooFaced_D&G_Lipstick(Lipstick from left to right: YSL Rouge Volupte Shine nr5, Too Faced La Creme Lip Cream in Juicy Melons , and Dolce & Gabbana Lipstick in Scarlet)

How to keep eyebrows in place?

I love to spend time on my brows trying to create a perfect and sharp brow. But after Ive spent 10 minutes my hairs tend to become unruly and start to act a little wild. If you don’t have a brow gel at home spray a small amount of hairspray on a spooly and run through your brows to keep those bad boys in place all day. I Like to use the Got2b 2 Sexy Collagen Lift Effect Big Volume Hairspray with Extra Hold, doesn’t make my brows look or feel crunchy which is imperative.

GotToBe_HairSpray_SpoolyHow to avoid getting mascara all over your eye lid and under eye area?

Of course this is another thing that takes practice, and even up to this day sometimes I manage to get mascara all over my nose. But don’t worry if you happen to make some mascara messes. Just let it completely dry, take a Q-tip and lightly rub the spot, and the mascara spot should just flake off with ease leaving your eyeshadow and any other work in tact. Ive found this to work with most mascaras, even waterproof ones.

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(Mascara from left to right: L’Oreal Miss Manga and MUFE Smokey Extravagant)

Well those were just a few of my tips and tricks for some of the most common issues Ive noticed people come across when applying and doing makeup. I hope that this post has been some what helpful and If you have any great tips and tricks do leave a comment below!!

Hugs from Beauty Land

Amazing Products from Make Up For Ever That Will Tranform Your Make Up Routine

Hey Guys,

best_products_makeupforeverSo life has been super exciting recently. I have so much great news :) I got my date for my oral exam to defend my masters thesis in early April and Ive been freelancing for some great brands working an event doing nails for YSL, makeup consultations for Elizabeth Arden, and Ive been freelancing with my favorite brand Make Up For Ever (MUFE). Ah wow oh wow am I one lucky gal because I got the full time position for make up artist at MUFE… YEY!!!!!!! Since Ive been a huge fan of MUFE for years now I thought I would share some of my absolutely favorite products from the brand that will surely revamp your collection and makeup routine.

Aqua Liner

Oh wow is this liquid liner the best thing to ever come into my life. I used to be a strict gel liner girl but ever since discovering this bad boy I haven’t touched my gel liners since. The tip is absolutely fab for creating perfectly thin or thicker lines and great to make that perfect wing. Plus its waterproof. If your looking for a great liquid eyeliner this is the best on the market for sure. Right now I only own shade nr. 13 the blackest black, and shade nr. 8, a metallic purple.

MUFE_AquaLinerAqua Cream

So the Aqua Creams are a bit like Mac’s Paint Pots but in a range of way more fun shades. These gals are waterproof and crease proof. Can be used alone or as a base for your shadow. My favorite ones are shades nr.18, a cool lavender and nr. 15. a beautiful bronze.

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(Top: Nr. 18, Bottom: Nr. 15)

HD Powder Pressed

Ive been using the HD Loose Powder in my freelance kit for years and MUFE have recently launched a pressed version. This one I use on myself, surprise right since its powder!!! But this stuff isn’t drying or cakey in the least bit. Since spring is kicking in which means a whole bunch of humidity which makes my make up melt so badly, this stuff has been amazing at keeping my make up in place. I dust a very light amount on my T zone and I’m set to go for the whole day, no touch ups needed.

MUFE_HD_PressedPowderMUFE_HD_PressedPowder_openMatte Eye Shadows

One of my favorite products from MUFE are their matte eye shadows. Holy Moly are these guys pigmented. They are a joy to blend, last ages without fading or creasing, and you get so much product for your buck!!! Some of my favorites are shades nr. 09 the perfect lavander, nr. 05 a gorgeous peachy coral, and nr. 75. the most pigmented hot pink!

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(Left to Right: nr. 09, nr. 05, and nr. 75)

Rouge Artist Natural Lipsticks

Well no surprise I threw in a few lipsticks. The Rouge Artist Natural line is absolutely fab, great pigmentation, but not overly pigmented either so easier to manage on a day to day basis. The consistency is smooth and moisturizing. They feel so great on the lips and leave a subtle shine. Im obsessed with this bright rosy pink in shade nr. N34 and this great warm nude in shade nr. N14.

MUFE_RougeArtistNatural_LipstickMUFE_RougeArtistNatural_Lipstick_Swatches(Left to right: nr. N34, nr. N14)

Oh how I love everything about MUFE products, long wearing, pigmented, comfortable to wear, the list goes on really. I’m so happy I have these products in my life and wouldn’t know what to do without them, haha, a little dramatic but you know what I mean. Id love to hear some of your favorite MUFE products so totally leave a comment below :)

Hugs from Beauty Land