My go-to work look

June 7, 2018 | Beauty | 4 Comments »


Since I started work I’ve been doing my makeup on a regular basis. Prior to working I would only do my makeup if I went out or if I was working on a blog post. In between I’d let my skin breathe. My skin doesn’t get much breathing time these days, but on the plus side I’m getting a lot of practice in. I have a few go-to looks. This look is one of them. I like it because it’s super easy to put together and doesn’t take a lot of time. I also think it’s perfect for Summer! One thing I’d like to point out is the winged liner. No, I don’t always sit here for 45-60 minutes trying to complete this look with winged liner that may just ruin my entire look should I sneeze. Or breathe too heavy. If I have the extra time and I’m feeling confident, I’ll go in with my Tattoo Liner. I actually prefer this look with it, but it’s still bright and pretty without. Without winged liner this look takes anywhere from 20-30 minutes to complete. Here is a list of products I used to complete this look.

My go-to work look
My go-to work look

My Go-To Work Look

For my eye look I used Shell and Aura (LC) on my lid, Starfish (Kylie) and Rebirth (LC) in my crease, Venus (LC) in my outer crease, First Class (Kylie) in my inner corner, Island Girl (Kylie) on my lower lash line, Aloha (Kylie) on my brow bone, and a little Icon (LC) thrown in. I know it might sound weird, but somehow it works. I think The Venus Palette alone would be a bit much for work. The use of the Take Me On Vacation Palette tones it down a lot more. I still say it’s a great every day palette. But I love me some color so I had to reach for the Venus Palette to really liven this look up a bit more. I wouldn’t say it’s a neutral look, but it’s not so bold and in your face either.

These are the products that I’ve been reaching for the most. I switch up my eye look a bit here and there, but for the most part this is my go-to. Sometimes I’ll complete my look with a spritz or two of Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater or Fresh Rose Floral Toner.

Scentbird

Finally, just before heading out the door I spray on a little perfume. At the moment I’m loving Derek Lam 10 Crosby Drunk On Youth which was sent to me from the kind people at Scentbird. You can read all about it here.

I was planning to do new looks for the blog and photograph them before work. But I sometimes get a little heavy-handed when I know I have to take photos. I want to make sure that the product shows on camera. I just don’t think it would be appropriate for work. So I’m planning my looks around my days off. Which also happens to be my going out days. This way it’ll take a little stress off of me on days that I do have to work. I hate the added stress of having to plan out a look for the blog, figuring out how to tone it down, photograph it, and then drive to work without being a nervous wreck. If I do this not only will it make my life a whole lot easier, but it’ll give me 2 days to work on looks with 1 day left to give my skin the break it needs.

Who would have thought that in the midst of stressing over how to balance family life, housework, cooking healthy meals, exercise, a new job, overcoming my fear of driving, wondering how to keep Midwest Glam going, that I’d find inspiration to do just that? Keep Midwest Glam going! I’m suddenly full of ideas. Not a whole lot of time to execute them, but I’ll get there!

*I received some of these products complimentary. I was not paid or compensated in any way to write this review. All opinions are completely my own.

Jouer Lip Topper in Sweet Tooth

May 31, 2018 | Beauty, Jouer | 3 Comments »


Jouer Lip Topper in Sweet Tooth

Jouer Lip Topper in Sweet Tooth

Jouer Lip Topper in Sweet Tooth

Swatches: Jouer Lip Topper in Sweet Tooth, Jouer Lip Topper in Sweetheart

Y’all are probably wondering what’s going on around here? Well, I’m still here and trying very hard to rework my routine. Since I’ve started working my life has been sort of turned upside down. I work a retail job and if you’ve ever worked retail you know how it can be. Hours are sort of all over the place, they ask you to work extra shifts, and then there’s the constant schedule changes. It makes planning challenging. For the most part I work nights. My plan was to wake up early, do my housework, run errands, and then do a quick look for my blog posts. But my housework and errands take up so much time and before I know it I’m left with just one hour to get ready for work.

Jouer Lip Topper in Sweet Tooth

It’s a lot. But this is good for me. It’s forcing me to do things that terrify me. Like drive. Long story short, my husband bought me a car about 2 months ago. It sat in my garage for weeks. Finally I decided enough was enough and before I knew it I was driving myself to my new job. Being in the Midwest makes driving that much more interesting. One minute you’re dodging tornadic-like weather and the next you’re trying to maneuver your way around a tractor that’s taking up the entire road without driving yourself into a ditch. I’ve had my license since I was a teenager, but never actually drove. I’d rather not go into detail, but it was always a fear of mine. I don’t expect people to understand. Many don’t and the expressions on their faces when I tell them about it is a dead giveaway. But it’s ok. We all have fears and we might not understand what the other person has had to deal with. But I’m not going to allow it to control me anymore.

Jouer Lip Topper in Sweet Tooth

So what does this mean for Midwest Glam? Well, I don’t plan to quit my job or this blog any time soon. I just have to be better with managing my time. I’ll probably go down to blogging just once a week while trying to be more active on Instagram and Facebook. I will try to get back to my twice a week blogging schedule, but for the time being I can only manage to get out the one post. That being said, here is my post for the week!

Back in April I posted about the Jouer Lip Topper in Sweetheart. It still remains a favorite of mine. I ended up purchasing Sweet Tooth along with Sweetheart. Sweet Tooth was a collab between Jouer and Jeffree Star. So you just know I had to get it!

Jouer Lip Topper in Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth is described as a metallic shimmering candy pink. Like Sweetheart, you can wear this Lip Topper on its own or layered on top of your favorite lipstick. I usually wear it alone, but I can see this looking extra glamorous layered on top of a nice deep pink or berry shade. It applied beautifully. I found that it didn’t last nearly as long as Sweetheart, but touching up was very easy. It was a very comfortable wear and didn’t feel sticky at all. You can see Sweet Tooth in action below. In my photo I’m wearing just one layer of Sweet Tooth.

Jouer Lip Topper in Sweet Tooth

Overall, I’d have to say that I love Sweet Tooth. Surprisingly I ended up loving Sweetheart more, but Sweet Tooth is still beautiful and a great Lip Topper.

Info

Product: Jouer Lip Topper in Sweet Tooth
Price: $16.00
Purchase: beautylish.com

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Quad in Hasta La Costa Baby

May 17, 2018 | Beauty, Wet n Wild | 12 Comments »


Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Quad in Hasta La Costa Baby

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Quad in Hasta La Costa Baby

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Quad in Hasta La Costa Baby

Swatches

After my last experience with Wet n Wild I was hesitant about purchasing the full Flights of Fancy Collection Box. Instead I spent what little free time I did have trying to track down a few of the products I wanted to try in person. I was only able to find two products. One of them is the Color Icon Eyeshadow Quad in Hasta La Costa Baby. I was hoping to get Flock Party as well, but I haven’t been able to find it yet.

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Quad in Hasta La Costa Baby

Hasta La Costa Baby contains 4 eyeshadows. The shades look really pretty and colorful and really called to me. They swatched beautifully! For the most part they applied just as nicely. However, the crease and eyelid shades didn’t really pop. I ended up applying the eyelid shade on my lower lash line and the crease shade in my outer crease. I applied the eyelid shade with a dampened brush thinking it would pop more, but it didn’t. It just ended up looking dull. The crease shade too. I kept trying to pack it on hoping for it to pop even a little, but it just wasn’t happening.

I applied the other 2 eyeshadows the way they were intended. Those worked out much better. In the end I was pleased with my look, but if I’m being honest I was hoping for a little more color. If only they had applied the way they swatched this quad would have been perfect! You can see a look I created with Hasta La Costa Baby below. I applied the browbone shade on my eyelid and browbone, the transition shade in my crease, the crease shade in my outer crease, and the eyelid shade on my lower lash line.

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Quad in Hasta La Costa Baby
Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Quad in Hasta La Costa Baby

Overall, it’s an ok quad. I was still pleased with my look, but I really wish those 2 colorful shades popped more. But they did apply and blend beautifully. I was able to create a complete look using just this quad. And for just $2.99 you really can’t go wrong.

Have you purchased anything from the Flights of Fancy Collection? Did anything from the collection catch your eye?

Info

Product: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Quad in Hasta La Costa Baby
Price: $2.99
Purchase: wetnwildbeauty.com

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