How do you TLSP? Translucent Loose Setting Powder by Laura Mercier

I never was a translucent loose setting powder kind of gal. I use my Chanel VitaLumiere Foundation, a little bronzer and Hourglass highlighter and I am good to go. I recently received Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder (Thank you Influenster and Laura Mercier for the complimentary product!) and let me tell you, this setting powder is EVERYTHING. I highly recommend using the “baking” technique to set the powder under your eyes- your makeup does not move and looks great from day into evening. You simply let the powder sit on your skin for ten minutes and then brush of the remaining powder with a fluffy brush. I would definitely recommend this makeup product to any beauty gals out there. The TLSP absorbs oil and reduces shine all day so you’ll never have a shiny forehead in selfies!

Using it is super easy. Simply use the TLSP after you apply your foundation, and then go on to apply your bronzer and highlighter. Boom! You are ready for a night on the town.

Application Technique:

  1. Load your velour puff with TLSP
  2. Fold puff in half, work powder into puff, rubbing both halves together
  3. Tap off excess powder
  4. Fold puff into taco shape. Press and roll, puff onto skin to set foundation.

If you haven’t tried TLSP yet, you should try Laura Mercier’s! I love trying new techniques and when I want a more matte look, this is my jam.

Have you tried it before? How do you TLSP? Let me know!

XO.

Lex

Sweater: H&M

Photography by Brittany Benson.

Let’s Play with Eye Shadow Clay by Laura Mercier

I seem to go through phases when it comes to eye shadows depending on my mood. Lately, I go for a peachy sparkle all over my lid for a toned down day time look or a flared smokey eye and shimmery browns to transition from day to night. Recently, Laura Mercier’s Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays showed up at my door to play with and the palette is just as dreamy as I imagined.

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What I love most about these six highly pigmented clay-textured eye colors is that the colors are easily blend-able and you can soften or heighten them depending on what kind of look you are going for. All of the colors are soft and go on as almost a liquid shadow, if you will. Personally, I think they are super smooth and easy to work with- exactly what you want in a palette.

I loved when I first put on the Metallik Platinum color as a base- my brown eyes quickly became bright and fun, a more natural look, but just right if you want a little color on your eyes.

At first glance, I was concerned that the Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays  shades would be too shimmery or overpowering, but was quickly proven wrong at my first test blot on my arm. I really honed in on blending the darker metallic shades (Metallik Pewter and Metallik Rust) in my crease and on the outer edges of my eye to give it that smokey, intense look. (If you aren’t a pro at blending- here is an easy one brush tutorial that I find easy to follow!) swatch2

I then used the matte clays, Blackened Black Clay and Blackened Blue Clay just in the outer corners and lined the bottom of my eye with the Blackened Blue Clay. It went swimmingly with my NARS Larger than Life Long wear Eyeliner in Rue St. Honor. I used to only wear black on my water line but wanted something a little less intense so I went with this navy blue liner. It sways towards black but when I put it with the Blackened Blue Clay, it has a navy glow and different than the black smokey eye.swatch1

I ended up mixing all of the blackened clays in the corner of my eye by pressing my fingertip into the clays and applied it in a tapping motion onto my lid. I applied the metallics in the crease and outer edges by using a crease brush. As a final touch, I used the Air-light Setting Powder  to prolong the colors and avoid creasing.

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I would recommend a deep berry lip color like “Love Bite” from Kylie Cosmetics  or even a dark red/brown to compliment this makeup look for fair skin.

I had so much fun playing with this palette and would recommend it as a versatile palette to create an abundance of looks! You can easily find the Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays at Nordstrom or Sephora.

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XO.

-Lex

 

 

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

You Know You Like It: Kylie Cosmetics

Kylie Lip Kits

I can’t believe I am supporting the business of a 19 year old teenager BUT I have to. You guys, Kylie Lip Kits are actually great and I’ll tell you why. Matte lip sticks are notorious for drying out your lips but I really haven’t had that problem with these. Overall, the matte colors by Kylie don’t dry out my lips, they stay on FOREVER, and the colors are just fab. The deeper reds are perfect for Christmas parties and the days leading up to New Years Eve. When I am walking through Chicago in a white Christmas fashion (or slushy snow left and right), I love having some fun with a dab of color on my lips!

 

The Colors.

The shades are really made for anyone and you are bound to find your go-to color from her collection. As you might see from my photos in other posts, I wear Moon and Dolce K all the time because they go with anything and can be worn day into night. When I first got them I thought they were a nude color but maybe it’s my skin tone because it’s a more tan/light brown with a hint of grey at times. And I LOVE it. It is a color I never thought I would wear but I get compliments all the time. “I love your lip color” isn’t a compliment you hear everyday but I swear, from the nice lady at Target to a sweet compliment at a client meeting- people notice!

 

I don’t have all the colors (that would be a little too intense) but I do have a few I can chime in and give my two cents on!

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Dolce K

My first color I bought and always my go to if I am in a rush or just need something to spice up an outfit. To me, it is a year round color. Not too brown and not too light. My mom tried Dolce K and she loved it too and got one! Try being in Forever 21 and the cashier compliements how cute it is we both have the same color lip on and how good it looks. Too funny.

In any case, the liner for all of Kylie’s colors goes on smoothly and really helps bring out the richness of the colors. If you are going to try her products, highly recommend going with the Lip Kits no doubt.

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Moon

Moon is from Kylie’s fall collection and I fell in love right away with it cause it is a little darker and sexy. But the cool thing is it’s a “sexy/sultry” look again you can wear during the day or night. I would more so wear this on the weekends during the day or at night. Work.. eh. People might think I am going on a hot date every day if I wore this on the daily at work.

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Love Bite

Thee perfect go to color for a night out. This is a more purple/gray color and it is dark but goes with any outfit and it the perfect pop of color to make something a little more bold. I would recommend this with reds and neutrals (black, tan, gray, white) as it seems to really POP when my outfits incorporate those colors in some form or another.

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Spice

Oh how I love a good berry color. This color is fun. Pure fun. I love wearing it when I am out and about with girlfriends.. perfect to wear shopping or brunching and it is just a fabulous color. Spice comes from Kylie’s fall collection as well and it is definitely made to wear during the day. It doesn’t move from my lips (I can sip my Chai Tea Latte in peace!) and I usually like to wear it with a shimmery light brown eye shadow and chunky jewelry.

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Leo

Definitely a once in a while color when I am feeling ultra bold. It is a deep deep red.. almost Vampire Blood status. Since my skin is rather pale (womp.) I love my berries and my deep colors, so this is perfect for a fancy or special occasion. I wore this on Halloween where the theme was Victorian/Steam Punk themed and the color was a perfect fit- dramatic but fierce.

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Vixen

Part of Kylie’s Holiday Collection comes one of my favorite reindeer names: Vixen. To me, Vixen is similar to Leo, with a little bit more of a brownish/red tint and sparkles. I wouldn’t probably buy this color again because I am content with Leo BUT if you are looking for a Christmas Party color.. you won’t be disappointed!

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I hope this helps if you are looking for a new lip color to try, I would 100% give the Kylie Lip Kits a shot! I will be sure to do another post in the coming weeks with them on, but let me know what your go-to color is. Always looking to try new colors!

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Happy Holidays!

 

XO.

-Lex

 

‘Tis the Season to Love Your Skincare Products

Korres

I have been a dedicated Chanel makeup fan since high school (I hear my friends giving me a good chuckle in my head). But when it came to budgeting, I figured I needed to explore new moisturizers that kept my skin from being dry, one that really paired well with my foundation, Chanel VitaLumiere Aqua, and one that was quality but within a reasonable price. There are a few things I still purchase from Chanel because let’s be honest, the quality is amazing and you can splurge here and there on things you love and most importantly, WORK.

 

My must haves by Chanel when it comes to my skin is the Lotion Confort Toner and Creamy Milk Cleanser. I use the Lotion Comfort every morning before putting anything else on my face to make sure I get any dirt off my skin and to really wake my skin up! The milk moisturizer is great two-three times a week just as a creamy, soft cleanser. My skin loves it and I am always feeling revived after using it!

 

Then I had a friend recommend Korres. And let me tell you, the greek yogurt base is just what my skin needs to make sure it is well nourished all day long (and to get me through this cold winter!). The Wild Rose Line is my favorite so far! The Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil serves as my base serum (always recommend a serum before your moisturizer) to really lock in the moisture and then I use the 24 hour Brightening and Moisturizing Cream. My skin feels soft and ready for the day after I start with these two.

Korres 24 Hour Brightening and Moisturizer

 

At night I use the Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial and WOAH. I kid you not I wake up in the morning and my skin is so bright! Korres is affordable and really great for all skin types. I recently gave its Golden Krocus Ageless Saffron Elixir Serum a try (Thanks to Sephora!) and I thought it was great on my skin, but the Rose line is my overall favorite so far. Korres is my all time essential especially living through oh so famous Chicago winters. I also use Fresh Sugar Lip Polish once or twice a week when my lips are feeling super flakey and dry.. they always feel great the next morning!
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I encourage you to go into Sephora and ask for a few samples and give Korres a try. Let me know what you think!

 

XO.

-Lex

 

 

All thoughts and opinions are my own.