Wednesday, December 28, 2016

New Years Makeup & Outfit Inspiration (Video Tutorial)


Hey beauty babes, today I'm sharing a look to inspire you for those New Years parties you just may be attending soon! This video was actually live on my youtube channel before Christmas - But I am only just now getting around to posting photos here. (video also embedded at the end of this post)

Anyways, I'll be showing you how to recreate this makeup look, plus sharing outfit details with 4 different shoe options. I'm using a mix of high end & affordable products. (Urban Decay, Cover FX, Maybelline, Rimmel London etc.) But you can of course substitute any of these products with your own favorites or similar items you already have on hand!

Really the "star" of the show for the eye look is a gorgeous sparkly eyeshadow from indie brand 'Touch of Glam Beauty'*! This is the shade "Diva" and I LOVE how its got pink & blue sparkle in it - such a fun unique shade!!

*use code AGAPEGLAM15 for 15% off a purchase of $25 or more *NOT an Affiliate code*
In addition to my makeup look & outfit, this is actually a collab with beauty babe Sarah of Makeup by Saz.  I am so excited she asked me to join her "collabmas" series! So not only do you have my look to inspire you, but she has created a gorgeous look to inspire you as well! I LOVE her outfit too. OMG - be sure to visit her channel to see watch her video too! 

Outfit details:
Dress: "Open Shoulder Dress" Forever 21 (aff. link): 
Earrings: "Glitzy by Association" Agape Love Boutique
1st. Pair of shoes Rhinestone Pumps: Payless
2nd Pair of shoes Gold Bow: Betsey Johnson (via Ross Dress for Less)
3rd Pair of shoes Red Bling: Payless
4th pair of shoes Strappy & Studded: Rue21


Products used: 
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-Urban Decay Primer potion
-LA Girl Pro Primer in Black
-Sedona Lace EB11 brush
-UD Naked Ultimate Basics Palette (shades used: Extra Bitter, Blackjack, Nude & Blow)
-SedonaLace EB09 brush
-Touch of Glam Beauty Duochrome eyeshadow in Diva
-UD Perversion Mascara
-Maybelline Master Prime Blur & Illuminate Primer
-Make up for ever Ultra HD Foundation in the
shade 140=y305
-LA girl Pro Conceal in the shade creamy beige
-Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder in Transluscent Light
-Rimmel London Kate Sculpting Palette in Golden Bronze
-Touch of Glam Beauty Highlight in White Lies
-Maybelline brow drama in deep brown
-Maybelline Color Jolt in Red-dy or Not
-UD Setting Spray


*Music used in video:  Hip Hop Christmas by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (creativecommons)
Artist: twinmusicom

For full tutorial & details on this look, please watch the video!



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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Airbrush Eyeshadow Review & Video Demo | Luminess Air

Huge THANK YOU to Luminess Air & Firebelly marketing for sponsoring this video. And thank all of you who watch my videos and support me in so many ways! All thoughts and opinions are my own and honest - I'll always give you the good and the bad. As you all know, or should know by now, I will never recommend a brand or product that I do not enjoy and/or already love. A sponsorship like this, rather, is a wonderful blessing to have in helping me support my family by doing and sharing what I love! 
Hi beauties! Today I'm talking about Airbrush Eyeshadows! I have posted several videos and blog posts about airbrush makeup and Luminess Air reviews in the past, and they recently sent me some airbrush eyeshadows to try and demo for you all! So that's what I have for you today! I will be showing you how I created this eye look and I'll be sharing some tips for application as well as some of the pros and cons of airbrush eyeshadow!
For this look I used the Luminess Air CC+ Concealer in the shade light beige, Luminess Air Airbrush Eyeshadows in the shades 41, 28 & 8!

As you can see I did recieve 4 eyeshadows, and since I didnt use them all, I wanted to swatch them all on my arm for you to see how they all look on their own. You can also see live swatches in the video at the end of this post as well.
I encourage you all to watch the video demo & review at the end of this post so you can really see the products in action. But for those of you who are pressed for time... Here some things I enjoyed:

I really love the end result of using these airbrush eyeshadows.  And I am not the only one, I got so many compliments on my eye makeup the days I wore these shadows!

The colors are so vibrant, long lasting and light weight too. 

While using airbrush eyeshadows does take some getting used to, once you get the hang of it, its actually super quick and easy.

Some things that I thought are worth pointing out....

It definitely takes some trial and error when learning to use airbrush eyeshadows! And the Luminess Air website is not very helpful in this aspect. I would love for them to add some written instructions, directions or even some tips & tricks for beginners! I know they do have quite a few helpful videos for using airbrush makeup. But not really any specific to eyeshadows - and I think it would be beneficial to their customers to add that.

I would also love for Luminess Air to add descriptions of their eyeshadows or at least make a note as to which are matte and which are metallic. Its very unclear as to what type of shadow you are getting, and you have to just guess. I am sure customers want to know for sure what they are buying!

Lastly, You must be careful not to open your eyes while the product is still wet, otherwise there may be creasing.
Again, if you have the opportunity, I encourage you to watch my video below! I will walk you through my demo/tutorial on how to apply the airbrush eyeshadow, some tips and helpful info for you! And at the end of the video I go into more depth of the wonderful pros of using airbrush eyeshadow and some of the cons too. Thanks so much for joining me today! Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions you may have. And if you are familiar with airbrush eyeshadows, I would LOVE to hear any tips or tricks you might have to add or share! 

If you are interested in checking out Airbrush eyeshadows, you can find them on the Luminess Air website (here).




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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Best Nutrition For Skin Care In Winter | Guest Post

Best Nutrition For Skin Care In Winter

Winter is a very tough period for your skin. Several facts like low temperature, dry heat, biting breeze, reduced humidity give you a very hard time. The atmosphere will try to snatch the moisture away from your body and make it rough, harsh and stubborn. It is a difficult season, but if you are concerned about a few facts and can ensure sufficient nutrition supply, you can always get a flourished and healthy skin, regardless the weather.

Skin care includes rosy lips and luster cheek, but it is not limited to that. You have to take care of your harsh skin, dry face, joints as well as rough ankle. The weather is hostile, but sometimes the heater in your home is also injurious to your skin. Well, you can take plenty of measures from outside to protect your skin as well as you can make it stronger and healthier from the core. Today I will discuss some diet and nutrition tips which will make your skin prepared for this adverse situation.

Best Nutrition For Skin Care In Winter:
For the best skin in winter, you have to add a few food items from your daily menu.

1. Have Sufficient Lycopene:
Lycopene is an important element for a smoother skin. It is a kind of carotenoid which is usually found in the colorful fruits like pink grapefruit, tomato, red pepper, carrot, guava, watermelon, papaya and so on. The people who have higher lycopene in their body, tends to have a smoother skin. Add any of these fruits in your breakfast to strengthen your skin against this ambivalent cold weather.

2. Isoflavones Is A Cleaner:
Isoflavones in your body work as a wiper or cleaner. When you go out in the sun on a winter day, due to less humidity and dry air, the sunlight causes a higher damage to your skin. Isoflavones filter and scavenge the injurious free radicals from your body. Do not forget to add soybeans, green tea, peanut butter, tofu, edamame and cowpeas to eradicate the effect of this season on your skin.

3. Lutein for Sun protection:
Lutein is a carotenoid which will protect your skin from the harmful UV rays. You can have this core protection from UV rays by eating egg yolk, green leafy vegetables, carrot, spinach and any colorful vegetable. Lutein will also keep your eyes healthy.

4. Omega-3:
Omega-3 is a very important fatty acid if you want to have an overall healthy skin. It is also a trusted fighter against acnes and psoriasis. These skin conditions become very common in winter as your skin become weak losing its moisture. Omega-3 fat works to keep your skin moist, smooth and splendid. The cold water fish like salmon, sardines, tuna, spinach, soybeans and so on are rich in omega-3.

5. Vitamin C:
During winter, the skin gets dryer and age marks as well as wrinkles, try to take that opportunity. Have some vitamin C in your everyday meal to drive away all the wrinkles, age mark or dark mark. Vitamin skin also creates an internal glow of your skin. A glass of lemon juice, lemon, strawberry, broccoli, guava, pies, oranges, etc have a high amount of vitamin C.

6. Caffeine:
There are many well and woe theories about the effect of caffeine in our body, but during winter, it will work as a great support for your skin. The exposed skin to the sun possesses a higher risk of skin cancer in this season. The caffeine in your every day coffee and tea attack the precancerous skin cells and destroy them. But keep in mind, caffeine dehydrates your body, so drink water more than average during this season. The overdose of caffeine will not be well received by your body.


Are You A Sports Enthusiast?
The above-mentioned nutritional requirement is for the regular people who have moderate physical activity. If you are a sports enthusiast or love to do outdoor activities a lot, you have to be a little bit more cautious about your skin. Let’s have a look at the additional tips you need to follow as a highly active sports lover.

1. Hydrate Yourself:
 No matter what happen to you, always keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water. You can also drink natural juice, fruit pulps, and coconut water. Your skin tends to be dry in winter, additional activity sweets out some extra water; you need more water to keep your skin alive.  

2. Sun Protection:
The sunlight is harder on skin in the dry winter epoch. Never expose yourself directly to the sun without sufficient protection. You can use our #1 PROTECTME  to defend your skin from the sun. It will reduce the disastrous effect of UV rays and protect from skin cancer and sunburn.

Well, in a cold region people usually know a thousand external ways to protect the skin from the cold and dry weather during the winter. But, if you have a better hygiene and healthier skin, your skin alone can keep it well moisturized and nourished. A stronger skin from the core will reduce your additional concern for it. Have the necessary nutrition I mentioned above. Dryness is the main culprit in this season, so please drink plenty of water and always keep yourself hydrated.

Amber Kennedy from freskincare.com



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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

MBA Cosmetics Chromalights Foil FX Glitters Swatches & FAQs

Hey beauty babes, welcome and thank you so much for joining me today! Today I have a swatch video to  share with you of the amazing MBA Cosmetics Chromalights Foil FX Glitters, which have gained quite a bit of popularity since a huge feature by Insider Beauty! If you are a long time follower of my blog, you already know that I work for MBA Cosmetics and you are probably used to seeing me post about these glitters and have seen them featured in several of my makeup looks! However, since these glitters have gained some popularity, I wanted to share these swatches PLUS some helpful info and answer some FAQ's about these for anyone who is new around these parts! ;)

So as you may imagine, I have several MBA Cosmetics Pressed Glitters in my collection, but MBA Cosmetics has MANY more colors to choose from. As you watch this video I will show the names of each of these glitters on the screen, but I'll have them all listed here with their description for you to reference!!

I encourage you to please watch & listen ALL the way through my video, to make sure your question isnt already answered in the video before commenting with any questions! If I missed anything, I will be glad to help and give an answer. But I'd hate to have to be repetitive and write out an answer that is already in the video! Thanks! 

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Purchase Pressed Glitters here

Purchase Palettes & Adhesives here

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đź’–FEATURED GLITTERS (descriptions):

-Trixie is a beautiful lavender with a rainbow prismatic sparkle

-Ariella is an aqua green/blue with a rainbow prismatic sparkle

-Dakota Rose is a true Rose Gold with a rainbow prismatic sparkle

-Equinox is a bright warm gold with flecks of coral & copper

- Kissed by Cupid is a A light gold with a 
hint of rose/pink. 

-Golden Child is a bright, warm gold

-Bubbly is a very reflective metallic champagne gold glitter!

-Candy Land is a cool, metallic light pink that has a prismatic effect!! its gorgeous!

-Gypsy Rose is a metallic rose fuchsia pink glitter!

-Blush is a gorgeous, highly reflective metallic bronze  glitter with a warm peachy/coral undertone! 

-Prismatica!! This one is AMAZING!! Prismatica is a pale light  gold with multi-color prismatic like sparkles!! This one of of MBA's BEST sellers. you can see why! Its SO gorgeous!!

-Holy Grail is a light gold with silver sparks. This one would be perfect for the holidays!

-Jamaican Bay is a vivid blue green glitter.


Push Play to see the swatches (finger and brush swatches) and to learn more!
Leave a comment with any questions I may not have answered!!


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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Drugstore Color Correcting + Highlight & Contour Routine | Maybelline | LA Girl

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Hello my loves! Thanks so much for checking out this kind of "wacky" looking post! haha Today I am sharing my current Color Correcting +  (cream) Contour & Highlight routine - using affordable/drugstore products! Woop woop! I actually filmed this video quite a while back to go along with (this look) but I completely forgot about it until recently! 

At the time actually I wasnt specifically going for the "drugstore" routine, these are just products that had become part of my current routine... And after looking back to edit this video, I realized wow - these are all drugstore products! Which is a fabulous thing, because this full makeup look is one of my favorites I have done in a while. My face makeup looks practically flawless - which goes to show that you don't need super expensive makeup to look good!! ♥ 
Some of you may or may not recall that I am typically NOT a fan of cream products. In fact, aside from the MUFE Pro Sculping Contour Kit, I have not particularly liked any other cream products. But when Maybelline sent me some of their new cream products to used I wanted to give them a try. And I was surprised by how much I actually really liked them!

Their Contour Duos are so easy to work with, they blend out nicely and almost dry down to a powder finish. I dont thing they are considered a "cream to powder" formula, however they definitely do not have that waxy cream feeling that most cream products have (that I hate). So that was a bonus. And because I was SO impressed with the formula of these I was curious to see if maybe the ingredients matched up with the MUFE cream contour...

So I did a little research and didnt find them to be a match at all. But surprisingly I DID find a close ingredient list match to another high end brand. The Lancome Le Duo Sticks share 13+ of the same ingredients as the Maybelline contour duos! And the order is pretty close as well!

I put together the photo below to show the ingredient lists side by side. The bolded are same ingredient & same order and the bolded blue are same different but order. I know the photo is small, click on it to bring it to full size if you need. ♥ 


Anyways, I dont own the Lancome duo sticks, so I cannot say for sure if these are dupes - but judging by the ingredients, I bet they are pretty close!! And over all - I totally feel tha if I didnt know better, I would assume the Maybelline duos where a high end product. So I definitely recommend. ;)
Complete Makeup Details:

Face:
-LA Girl Pro Conceal Correctors in Yellow, Orange & Green
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-Beauty Junkees Sponge
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-Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Light Beige
-Maybelline FaceStudio Master Contour & Highlight V-Shape Duo Stick
-Maybelline FaceStudio Master Contour Palette

Eyes (get the tutorial here):
-It Cosmetics Build-a-Brow Gel in Dark Brown
-ABH Modern Renaissance palette shadows: Buon Fresco, Cyprus Umber, Love Letter, Tempura & Primavera
-MBA Cosmetics Pressed Glitter in Kaleidoscope (its also available in loose form)
-MBA Cosmetics Glitter, Foil & Line FX Serum (as adhesive)
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-Esqido Mink Lashes in the style Stephanie
-Esqido Lash Companion (latex free adhesive)

Lips:
MUFE Artist Rouge Lipstick in C603

Bracelet: Fornash via my LuxePineapple Post Subscription Box!

If you would like to see my color correcting + highlight & contour routine in action be sure to push play on the video below! I hope you enjoy and find this helpful. And if you have any amazing drugstore recommendation, please do leave a comment and let me know! 





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Monday, November 14, 2016

Skincare Tips & Favorites From a Skincare Junkie!

Hey beauty babes loves! Thank you SO much for visiting with me here today. ♥ So as you can tell from the title and photo here - I am talking about SKINCARE today. This is a topic that was heavily suggested/requested when I asked on my snapchat as well as instagram stories!! SO I went with it and filmed this video all about my favorite skincare products (in the order that you would use them) as well as my tips and "tricks" for helping out with acne, dry skin, oily skin, aging skin and more!! 

Please realize, however, I am not a skincare expert - but am fully a skincare junkie! I have been pretty into skin care - and just generally taking care of my skin, even before learning about products to use - ever since I was a very young girl. ;) So these are just things I have learned through the years from doing reviews and research for my blog here. I do hope you find this video helpful and informative. And if you have any questions or would like to me to elaborate or explain anything in more detail - please dont hesitate to ask! ♥

With all that being said, I also wanted to note that this video is a long one! So grab a drink or a snack if you need... Or watch this while you are cooking, doing the dishes or folding laundry. I know I enjoy long videos while I am doing those mundane house chores. lol So you may too. ;) And for those of you who maybe dont have a lot of time to watch - no worries... I got you covered too!

I have listed below a list of the topics, products & links mentioned as well as the general time-stamp in which you can find them! ♥ This way you can skip around and watch what you want to watch.

3:20 - INTERNAL SKINCARE
Since filming this video, I actually tried/reviewed a skincare system that utilizes both topical and internal skincare treatments, which I think is brilliant! Learn more (here)! 

4:30 - CLEANSERS + Tips
products mentioned:
-Be Natural Organics Bio Active Cleansing Treatment

6:57 - EXFOLIATION (Chemical & Physical)
Products Mentioned:
-TreSkinRX Review (how I cleared up my acne)

14:10 - MOISTURIZER  (Dry Skin + Oily Skin Tips)
Products Mentioned:
-Previse HydroMilk
-Hyaluronic Acid
-Pura'dor Argan Oil
Review/links on each of these products listed above can be found (here)
-Be natural Organics Sea Kelp Moisturizer

20:50 - EYE CARE
-Product used from my before & after eye photo (here)

24:44 - ACNE CARE (extracting white/black heads, medication)
Products mentioned:

29:08 - ALL IN ONE SKIN CARE SYSTEM




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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Easy Gold Halo Eye | MBA Cosmetics Vintage Romance Collection

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Hey, hey beauty babes! Welcome and thank you so much for visiting my blog! ♥ Today I am here to share some makeup inspiration for you using some shadows from my Collaboration Collection with MBA Cosmetics! What can I say - I am SO proud of this collection, I LOVE how all the shadows and colors turned out, and I really want to give you inspiration on all the different looks you can create with this collection. ♥ So expect a few more looks to come using this collection... And then I will try to move on to other products too. ;) On that note, if you happened to miss any of my other looks using Vintage Romance - you can find them all listed (here)!  And remember if you are interested in purchasing this collection, you can save 15% with code AGAPELOVE15 - and yes MBA Cosmetics Ships world wide!!

Today's look is a pretty easy going look. Nothing too dramatic or difficult to create. I didnt even use falsies for this look. ♥ I wanted to keep it low-key, something you can wear during the day, that isnt over the top but still adds a little oomph to your eyes. So I decided to make the shadow "Key To My Heart" the main focus of this look. Its hard to tell, but Key To My Heart isnt just your average metallic gold! It includes copper and purple sparkle in it and is just stunning. ♥ I tried my best to capture it on photograph but it was a little tough. Still if you look at the close ups below you can see a little bit of that pretty purple sparkle that makes this gold shadow so unique!
I did decide to go a little bold with my lip color, but a nice warm nude lipstick or a clear gloss would be perfect with this look too! Its all up to you - what you feel comfortable with and what you feel is day time and/or work appropriate! 
♥Product details♥

Products used: 
-Lorac Behind The Scenes Eye Primer
-MBA Cosmetics Shadows: Hearts A'fire, Love Letters, Key to my Heaty & Vintage Lace
-Rimmel London Wonderlash Volume Colourist Mascara
-MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Sculpting Brow in Brown
-Rimmel London Kate Sculpting Palette in Golden Glow
-Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Carina


I hope you like this look! Be sure to let me know you think! And if you feel inspired to create a similar look or ANY look using the Vintage Romance collection - please done hesitate to share them with me on facebook, twitter, instagram - or your blog/youtube if you have one! I have been loving the looks I have seen so far!! ♥


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