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Sharing is Caring: Hooded Eyes Makeup – Do’s and Don’ts

I love this video from Stephanie Lange because she does such a good job of explaining what to do and what not to do when working on yourself or a client who has hooded eyelids. I always remember a college roommate saying she liked my eye makeup and asking me to do hers the same way, and then when I started to do it, I realized I couldn’t do it the same way because her eyelids were completely hooded. I’ve also tried to copy a makeup tutorial in the past and then realized I can’t do it the same way because my eyes are slightly hooded. So, I’ve outlined the key points below for a quick overview of what Stephanie suggests.

(FYI, know that your actual eyelid is called the “mobile lid,” while the hood is the skin that covers the mobile lid. People with hooded eyes have skin that covers the mobile lid when looking straight on, with varying degrees of “hoodedness.”)

  1. Rather than applying eyeshadow to the mobile lid only, you want to blend it up over the hood, to create the illusion of a visible crease. (The real crease on hooded eyes is hidden under the hooded skin, if that makes sense.)
  1. Choose matte rather than shimmery or satin colors to go on your lid and hood. Using shimmery colors on the hood will emphasize the hood because they attract light, while using matte colors will push the hood back and create the illusion that the area is receding.
  1. Avoid winged liner or adapt it to suite the hooded eye. Winged liner, the way we typically see it done, makes the eye look even more hooded because all you see is the liner on the mobile lid. This emphasizes how limited the space is on the mobile lid. Instead, you can apply eyeliner to the water line only (or, if you’re really set on winged liner, search for adaptations for hooded eyes; I’ve found a couple).
  1. Apply highlighter only a small area right next to the brow without bringing it down too far. If you apply a highlighting color to too large of an area, it will literally be highlighting the hoodedness of the eye.
  1. Keep the top and bottom lids balanced. Applying too much liner or dark eyeshadow on the bottom compared the top will drag the eyes down and make them look droopy. Really this applies to any type of eyes or level of hoodedness.
  1. No matter how hooded the lids are, use a volumizing mascara because it will help to open up the eyes. Avoiding mascara when the hood comes up to or almost covers the eyelashes won’t do the eyes any favors.

That’s it! Check out the actual video for a really good visual on the do’s and don’ts, and find other helpful videos from Stephanie on her YouTube channel here.

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BH Cosmetics Birthday Haul!

I think I mentioned in a previous post that I was starting to slowly build my makeup kit. Emphasis on slowly. Well I took advantage of my birthday over a month ago and stocked up on some awesome things from BH Cosmetics! I’m loving everything and still working on trying everything out and playing with all these new colors I’ve never used before, but I still have a long way to go. I DO know enough about the quality to speak about the products overall though, so let’s get to it.

BH Day and Night Palette: I’ll just start by saying what everyone knows if they’ve used colors from BH Cosmetics before; they’re very pigmented. Eyeshadows, blush, lipsticks, all very pigmented. Beyond that, I wanted this palette for the mixture of matte and shimmery colors that are a little more bold and useful for, obviously, a day or night look, beyond 88 Matte Shadow Palette shown below. The colors are just really pretty to be honest, and that bright, bright pink in the middle IS actually that color on the skin.


10 Color Professional Blush Palette: I wanted a variety of blushes and was just feelin’ these colors over the Glamorous Blush Palette. I’ve probably tried half of them so far and I could see myself using them all on different clients for different looks.


28 Neutral Eyeshadow Palette: Although I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and get some very different colors, I also wanted a solid neutrals palette. This is a mixture of matte and shimmery.


88 Matte Eyeshadow Palette, BH Party Girl Palette, and 6 Color Contour & Blush Palette: I also wanted to get one palette that had the varying shades of the same colors, like the 88 Matte Palette has. I’m loving the Party Girl Palette for the same reasons I love the Day and Night Palette, and I really needed a contour palette as well.



Creme Luxe Lipstick in Berry Bite, Moody Merlot, Pop Cultured, Te Amo, Toasted, and Naked Peach (not pictured, oops!): Surprisingly long-wearing! I love how the lipsticks go on (very opaque) and I love that they actually have staying power. I was surprised to try out one of the darker colors for the first time and even hours later after running some errands and drinking, the color didn’t fade. I think it finally had to come off when I ate a giant, messy burger for dinner (my last meal before getting wisdom teeth out), but I was impressed. And for a couple dollars, come on.

Now that I feel like I’ve stocked up on some solid BH Cosmetics products, and have a good starter set of brushes from Crown Brush, I’m looking towards trying out Makeup Geek. Come October I might fill out my brush collection a little more and try some eyeshadows and/or pigments for sure. After seeing so many positive reviews and seeing their prices, it would be stupid not to, right? Right.

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Mini Ulta Haul Review

Talk about delayed posts. Every time I went to get this one done I’d either get interrupted or fall asleep or just not get to it because of school/work. Mostly work. I blame work. But here we are, and I’m plenty experienced with the products I bought like a month ago in order to give a review. Let’s get to it.


Starting with Loreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup (W4). I’m really liking this switch from the Neutrogena I was using before. It is most definitely “super blendable;” that’s the best part about it. You can use so little, and if you keep buffing it around you’ll get a really nice, even coverage without feeling it.

It took me a couple uses to notice that you really only need a small amount for your whole face, and I’m needing the coverage right now since my skin’s going through this phase of insanity (trading out the harsh skincare regimen I was using before starting esthetics + getting facial treatments that bring everything to the surface + stress from making a big life change/being a type A person = hopefully some good before and after pictures?)

The same product in concealer form gets just as positive a review; I decided to get a shade lighter than the foundation and use it as a highlighter. It definitely does the job well.

Then we get to the Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Liner, that apparently is everyone’s favorite. My only complaint about it is that it’s not as super opaque black as I’d like when it dries. Anyone else notice that? Or are you just using more? I use the brush that came with it and the positive is that it’s super easy to apply.

I’m gonna go ahead and skip to the NYX Studio Liquid Liner, because I need to compare this to the Maybelline liner. They both have their pros and cons. Where Maybelline lacks, NYX excels, and vice versa.


Pro: The NYX liner is SUPER opaque; like perfectly opaque. It also seems that once it’s on, it’s ON, and won’t rub off (only bad if you make a mistake!). Con: the formula is kind of sticky? or something, because if (when) it gets in my eyelashes, it makes them stick together. Obviously this is more user error than anything, but I try to get it right up to my eyelashes because any skin that shows through, even between my eyelashes, really seems to show through. I think Maybelline creeps in there and is like “hey I’ll take care of that for you,” and NYX is like “yeah you missed a spot, better take care of that.”

Also I just really need to practice a steady hand with the liquid liner; any and all mistakes show up easily.

Moving on! There’s a NYX Lip Liner in the top picture that is the bomb dot com. It seems to make the lip color stay better when I line my lips and then fill them in a little too. I’m also loving the NYX Matte Lipstick, more than the Butter Lipstick for sure. I like the matte look, but it’s also a lot more opaque than the Butter.

It may look like I got three of them from the pictures, but I really have two: Couture and Spirit. Couture definitely is a pink, although they’re both on the nude side. Spirit definitely has yellow undertones, and with the yellow undertones in my skin, this one comes off as more of a true nude on me than Couture.

And finally: NYX Baked Blush in Journey. Sometimes I just like to use this because the packaging is fun. Not to say I don’t love the blush; I do, and it makes me a little brighter than the BareMinerals shade of blush I’ve been using for quite a while.

Overall, loving everything, but I definitely want to practice/play with the liners more. If I master this liquid liner thing, everyone will hear about it for sure.

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Esthetician in Training

Oh man…it’s the start of the second week in my esthetician program, guys. I need to get more of a routine down so I can get some homework time in and also get to bed at a decent time, in addition to all the other stuff I need to do, but that’s about to get even more challenging…because I’m starting a new job in two days!

Late last week I accepted a position at a really nice salon/spa near me, where I’ll primarily be working in guest services. In addition to the relief of knowing I’ll have some money coming in, I’m also super excited because they know I’m in an esthetician program with an interest in makeup, so they’ll be holding makeup classes for me to be able to do makeup applications as well. That should start in another week or two, so I’ll be getting some solid experience with makeup way earlier than expected! They also seem supportive of the possibility of me transitioning to an esthetician position once I’m licensed, and that’s a huge bonus as well. Kinda feels like everything’s falling into place…

In terms of the program, I feel like I learned so much in my first five days, and this week has already started off the same. It’s crazy to feel so excited in the morning about what I’m going to learn that day and what we’re going to do. I gave a hand and foot treatment on the first day, and I’ve already given three or four facials. It’s also extremely awesome that we get to experience all these things for ourselves too…and I’ll be getting my second facial tomorrow. Better skin, here I come (eventually).

The skin analysis we performed on everyone today, jeez was that a lot to take in. As we learned, everyone has their skin conditions and it’s rare to see someone come in with “normal” type skin that has no issues, but it was still a little rough hearing about the stuff I already knew PLUS what they can see with the Wood’s lamp (it looks like a blacklight and shows everything that’s going on with your skin, including things that are under the surface just waiting to show themselves). For the love of God, people, take care of your skin and always wear sunblock!

Anyway, it is way past grandma’s bedtime, so I’ll leave you with a picture of some amazing sangria I made over Memorial Day weekend (and maybe a post to follow with how I made it):IMG_4308

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NYX Reviews and Comparisons

I recently bought a few NYX products I really wanted to try, and I have a few more on my list still, but I thought I’d give a little review now that I’ve been using them for a couple weeks.


Starting with the NYX Pore Filler: Honestly, I don’t notice any difference in my pores, and that’s disappointing because my nose has some monstrosities. It feels super smooth and seems to make my skin feel the same way, but looks-wise, I don’t see any difference unfortunately. I think it was also recommended for use under their BB cream, which is another product I want to try, but I used it under another brand of BB cream and still didn’t see any difference. Not really worth the extra step in your routine.

NYX Butter Lipstick in Candy Buttons: The product description on the site says “full, yet lightweight coverage with a luxurious satin finish,” which I only found to be partially true. It does have a nice buttery feel, but the coverage isn’t as opaque as I want in lipstick, and you definitely have to build it up. Personally, I need something more long-wearing as well, because apparently I have an incessant need to purse, smack, and chew on my lips. I’m chewing the inside of my lips as I type; gross.

Super Skinny Eye Marker in Carbon Black: As a beginner at liquid liner, this is perfect for me, EXCEPT for the need to build it up. I find myself shaking the pen a lot to get more to come out so it’s opaque black; otherwise it comes out sheer at times (which no one would want, right? weird). I even store it with the marker side down, hoping it’ll keep all the liquid towards the tip. I guess a potentially good thing, as a beginner, is that it’s really easy to smudge off mistakes before it dries. Overall, very easy to use, but once it runs out I’ll give a different brand a shot.

NYX Wonder Pencil in Light: It claims to be able to conceal blemishes, act as a lip liner, and brighten eyes when used on the water line. I was never really interested in using a pencil as a concealer, so I have to admit I didn’t even try that. Used on the water line though? Love. White liner seems to harsh on me, but this is awesome, and I think it stays put pretty well. In terms of a lip liner, I’ve only used it to line before using the Butter Lipstick, and that stuff really does seem to just melt over it. If Butter Lipstick were a sloppy drunk girl, the Wonder Pencil would be the sober friend who can’t completely control her despite her best efforts.

NYX Fresh Face Blotting Paper – I mean…it’s fine. It does the job satisfactorily. I would like to apologize to E.L.F. Shine Eraser Oil Blotting Sheets…I miss you! I’m coming back, I swear! (and for only $1, why would I not?)


BBBBBonus Review!

Simple Sensitive Skin Experts Cleansing Facial Wipes: Major disappointment. Major. This sounded so promising with it’s claims of being natural and good for the skin, but no, not good. #1, do not like the smell. I usually read reviews where people complain about the smell of the product and think who cares, but it’s such a weird smell. #2, the wipes feel harsh and not soft on your face, so they’re not enjoyable to use and I hate the feeling these have when I’m wiping off my makeup. #3, my skin does not feel or look good after using them. It says there’s no alcohol in these, but they’re still drying and leave a bad texture on my skin (like to the point of some serious flakiness).

Follow up recommendation: E.L.F. Studio Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths. OMG are these insanely better on all levels, plus they’re only $3. So soft, no smell, and takes all my makeup off. Not that I’m advocating this, but if I were to only use a wipe to take off my makeup, and then go to bed without putting a single other product on my face, I would wake up loving my skin. I know because this has happened more than a handful of times. And I have some annoying skin…it will break out and be dry and flaky at the same time, or seem to refuse any moisture in the morning but be super oily later in the day. These wipes…these wipes… (Robert De Niro) are awesome at removing makeup and seem to completely balance out dryness and oiliness.

Sorry I cheated on you twice, E.L.F. Please forgive me.

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Review: Naked 2

Head’s up: this post is clearly directed towards males.

I thought the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette was new until I actually did some research and found out it’s been out for quite a while. It feels exciting and new to me though, so I’m sharing. I couldn’t bring myself to spend $50 on any makeup item myself, but it just so happens to be my birthday in a couple weeks and I received this early present:


I’m obsessed with the colors. I liked them initially but after I actually used them…impressed. They’re very pigmented, so you don’t need to use a lot, but they’re also very easy to blend and build on. Having had this whole week to use the palette in the morning before work, I can also say that the shadows will stay put through the day.


Rather than experiment myself first, I wanted some tips for the best color combinations and techniques with this palette specifically. Who else would I go to except all the lovely ladies of YouTube who make makeup tutorials? I did a basic search for the palette and used a different video each day.

These are my finds, all of which I ended up liking (some are more nighttime type looks that I went lighter on for work):

Monday: Probably involves the heaviest shadow

Tuesday : Described as an “Easy Elegant Eye” tutorial

Wednesday : Loved this one. One of the evening ones I need to try again on the weekend.

Thursday : Perfect easy look for work

Friday: This is the other one that tied for my favorite, but definitely have to try this smokey eye look on the weekend.

I’ve been all about finding the cheaper, drugstore version of high-end brands lately, but I couldn’t resist with the Naked 2 palette and know I’ll get all the use out of it I can. Any other awesome tutorials or techniques you want to share? Tell me!

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