Tuesday, September 6, 2016

bareMinerals barePRO foundation | First Impression

I'm baaaaaack! I hate myself for letting nearly nine months go by without writing anything for you guys. I've gone through a lot of changes during those months and lost my passion for makeup along the way. BUT I'm finally back in a great place and have fallen in love with makeup and beauty all over again.

I figured what better way to get back to it than with a first impression/mini review of the hottest foundation launch of the summer - barePro! I've never been a huge bareMinerals user, but I've worked with their products a lot since it's a line I offer my clients. They finally discontinued the Ready Foundation (hallelujah! - I can't begin to describe my distain for that cakey mess of a formula) and replaced it with barePro.

barePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation

The new foundation is supposed to give you the ultimate coverage with a 12-hour wear while still letting your skin breathe. They released 30 new shades, which is 10 more than the original line offers. One thing I noticed off that bat is that matching is a bit trickier than I thought it'd be; meaning, I'm a Fairly Light in the original line, which is 3rd lightest. In the new line, though, I'm the shade Warm Natural - the 7th lightest. That tells me they extended the line to match people with lighter skin tones, but I would have loved to see more shades in the deeper colors.

Check out more details on Ulta's website.

One of the biggest shockers is that the first ingredient listed in the new formula is talc, which has always been a selling point of bare's other foundations - that they were talc-free. (I can only imagine is thanks to Sheseido, the parent company that bought out Bare Escentuals in 2012.) Talc doesn't bother me and won't stop me from using the product, but many people are sensitive to the filler and can often experience clogged pores. I also think it's strange the new formula is advertised to be "formulated with 90% vitamins and minerals." That begs the question: What's the other 10%?

The Core Coverage Brush is designed with synthetic hairs at the core to pack on the coverage and natural hairs surrounding it to blend the foundation seamlessly.

My Thoughts

While I do think the coverage is beautiful, I'd say it's more medium than full. In order to build it to a full coverage, I'm thinking I'll need to layer it over a lightweight liquid, like bare's Complexion Rescue or another BB cream. The finish is very natural and not overly powdery. I did pair it with bare's Mattifying Prep Gel to keep it from settling in any fine lines. I've had the foundation on for about 6 hours - so far, so good! And I'm not even oily. Bonus points.

Jury's still out on the Core Coverage Brush. I'll need to use it a few more times before I come to a firm opinion, but I wasn't super impressed with it at first. I think I actually prefer their Precision Face Brush, because it's got a larger radius and can apply more at a time. I'm also wondering if I can get a little more coverage with that brush.

I did notice while taking pictures for this post it that it does flash back (white cast), which I can only assume is the titanium dioxide. It's not horrible, but it was definitely noticeable. Keep that in mind if you're wanting to wear this to any special occasions where there will be flash photography.

So far, I'm really loving this foundation (it's 100 times better than their Ready foundation!) and the natural finish that it gives. I will keep you guys updated the more I use it if I change my mind, but my first impression is that I'm thoroughly... well, impressed!

Check out my instagram @makeupbyaundi to see the full list of products used for this look.

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FTC: Not sponsored, y'all.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

10 things you need to know before getting your makeup done professionally...

Paperlily Photography

I've had the privilege of working many, many weddings and special events over the last several years. I've put together for you a list of my top ten tips for getting your makeup done and making it as enjoyable as possible. I wrote this list with brides in mind, but it still applies if you're going to prom or another special event. If you're getting your makeup done, it's obviously a pretty important day in your life that will most likely involve lots of pictures, so you want to make the most of your experience. 

1. Perfect your skincare routine at least a month before the big day. 

Hopefully you have a current routine that already works for you but if not, you need to nail one down before getting your makeup done. If you're that person that rarely washes your face much less puts on any moisturizer, you probably don't know how your skin will react to new products, which is why you want to get a head start and not wait until the week of. You need to cleanse, exfoliate, and hydrate. Read my Skincare 101 for my very basic overview of skincare. Ideally, your skincare routine should be implemented about 30 minutes before your appointment, so that way your skin is still clean and well-hydrated. If your appointment is in the afternoon, reapply some moisturizer at the very least, so your skin is prepped and ready to go. Really go that extra mile while washing your face to remove all of last night's makeup, especially mascara. Your artist will love you forever!

2. Make sure your moisturizer doesn't ball up. 

This probably sounds strange if you have no idea what I'm talking about but this happens more often than you'd think. There is nothing worse than you or your artist buffing on foundation and it looks like dead skin falling off your face. Yes, this has actually happened with clients in the past and it's even happened to me. How embarrassing! It could be that the moisturizer is not a good fit for you - most likely it's not absorbing and just sitting on top of the skin. It could be that the moisturizer is expired. Or it could be the moisturizer has exfoliating properties, much like Philosophy's Renewed Hope in a Jar, in which case the gross particles falling off your face actually is dead skin.

3. Use a good lip scrub and balm.

If you have dry, cracked lips, it is extremely difficult for your artist to apply lip liner and lipstick. But more importantly, your lip products will not look as good if your lips aren't in good condition! I really like the Jack Black Intense Therapy lip balms. I often apply on my client at the beginning of the session and blot off just before applying the lip products. At the very least, slap on some Bert's Bees to make sure your lips are hydrated.

4. Don't get waxed the day of your event.

I feel like this tip should go without saying, but you'd be surprised how many times I've had this happen. If you've never gotten your brows shaped by a professional esthetician, I highly recommend it! The Benefit Brow Bars at Ulta are amazing - that's where I get my brows done every few weeks. If you are a brow newbie, I would recommend getting waxed at least once about a month out from your big day just to see how your skin reacts. Some people are more sensitive than others, but on average I would say to get waxed two to three days before your event.

5. Communicate with your artist.

Tell your artist what ideas you have for your overall look. Do your research and pair down a few pictures that really capture what you want. (Don't give your artist 12 pictures of completely different looks. Seriously... Been there.) Be specific - don't tell your artist, "You're the professional, do whatever you want!" only to tell them later that you want something completely different. (Again, been there.) Tell him/her about your skin type (dry, oily, combination, normal) so they can select the right products for you. If possible, request a trial run so the two of you can work through any kinks and perfect the look you want. I always recommend trial runs, especially for bridal makeup! Be honest about what you do and don't like. Your artist won't take it personally. But be polite about it... Nobody likes a Bridezilla! ;)

*If you are planning on tanning (self tan, spray tan, or tanning bed) try to do so before your trial run, so you know what tone your skin will be on the big day. This is not a must, but just makes it easier when finding your perfect foundation shade.

6. Sometimes more is more.

I love a good 'no makeup' makeup look as much as the next gal, but you want to wear a little more than usual for your special occasion. You would be surprised at how much photography can wash out the details of your makeup, so what may feel like a lot of makeup to you, can show up as very natural in your pictures and simply define your features. Again, communicate with your artist and be open to his/her advice. I will emphasize again the importance of trial runs!

7. Limit the mimosas.

While alcohol may take the edge off of the nerves you are experiencing, it also brings out the redness in your skin. If possible, save the alcohol for after your appointment. And probably after pictures!

8. Give yourself plenty of time.

When putting together your timeline for the big day, always leave yourself extra time. You never know what can happen, so it's always nice to have a little wiggle room. Things can get extremely stressful when pressed for time, which puts more stress on both you and your artist. Communicate with your artist on how much time you should allot for your appointment. Although it usually doesn't take the full time, I typically recommend pencilling in 45 minutes to an hour in your schedule.

9. Save the makeup for last.

I don't care how amazing your artist is, your makeup will not outlast that updo. Make sure you save your makeup appointment for very last. Get your hair done, nails done, and anything else that needs to be done first so your makeup will stay looking fresh and flawless all day.

10. You get what you pay for.

Depending on which route you take in booking your makeup artist, some avenues are more expensive than others. Freelance artists are typically more expensive because they are coming to you (usually for a trial run and the big day) and they also build and maintain their own makeup kit. If you book an appointment at a counter, your artist is most likely paid hourly from the company he/she works for and is able to use the makeup testers in store. I would advise you to do a little research and weigh your options. For instance, if you book at a retailer, your 'makeup artist' may not actually be an artist at all but a salesperson who is simply there to get you to buy everything applied to your face. If you go to a salon, the person may be very well trained in hair but may be lacking skills and training in the makeup department. Of course, you could always hire your best friend's sister who enjoys makeup as a hobby and looked up a bridal makeup tutorial on Pinterest. But remember, you get what you pay for. ;) Don't be afraid to ask questions. Ask how experienced the artist is in special event makeup. Ask to see a portfolio. Ask what is included in the price: trial run? false lashes? And in my opinion, false lashes are a must for any special occasion makeup!

Thank you for reading today's post. Best wishes on your upcoming event!
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Monday, July 13, 2015

Rocksbox | MakeupByAundi

Hello, lovely!

I wanted to share with you guys a fabulous new monthly subscription box, Rocksbox.

Rocksbox gives you unlimited access to rent from an ever-rotating closet of designer jewelry. You have the opportunity to borrow, buy, or swap whenever you like! First, you sign up to be a Shine Insider and complete a short style survey. You receive three pieces of jewelry that were hand-picked for you based on your style preferences. You can return your box at anytime to receive three new pieces! You can also earn credit (Shine Spend) to use toward purchasing pieces that you absolutely love.

You can also login to your account and rate the pieces you received as well as leave any feedback about the jewelry. That way, Rocksbox can customize your next box even more perfectly!

Each box includes an estimated $200 worth of designer jewelry that you receive for only $19 a month!

You can try a FREE month of Rocksbox by entering the code 'makeupbyaundixoxo' at checkout. 

Find out more at www.rocksbox.com!

House of Harlow 1960

I received my first set a couple weeks ago, and I've been wearing these three pieces nonstop. I think they pieced together a beautiful collection that represents my style so well. I love that there is a perfect balance of edginess and femininity. 

My favorite piece of the bunch is hands down this infinity gold ring. I've worn it both on my ring finger and as a midi ring on my middle ringer. I've gotten so many compliments on it, which is probably why I've rarely taken it off my finger. I even had to get a new manicure to pair with the ring. (I know it's a bit much, but you feel me.)

Wanderlust + Co
Each box is customized with you in mind, and the personal touches are what makes Rocksbox my all-time favorite subscription box. 

I'm thinking I should bring back Fashion Friday for my next box... What do you think?

If you haven't tried it, you are missing out! Sign up here and receive your first month FREE with the code 'makeupbyaundixoxo'!

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FTC: This is not a sponsored post.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Urban Decay Must Haves

I have been a huge Urban fan for years, so I thought I would put together a list of my personal faves from the line!

*If you love also love Urban (or share the same affinity for cosmetics that I do) and you live in the Atlanta area, I have the opportunity to work with Urban Decay in hosting a huge event in Kennesaw on June 13th! If you are interested in attending and working with National Urban Decay Makeup Artists, message me for details! 

 All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

All Nighter is the OG setting spray. I have tried more setting sprays than I can count, but none hold a candle to All Nighter! This guy is always in my kit and used on every client. I also keep a travel size in my on-the-go makeup bag so that it's always on hand. Urban also makes setting sprays based on skin type - Deslick for you oily gals and Chill for you dry gals like me. I love those as well, but All Nighter is hands down my fave. 

Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Enigma

This new, limited-edition of Urban's primer potion is absolutely a must have! This primer has the same formula as the cult-classic original primer potion, but has the perfect pigment that color corrects and primes the eye. The color reminds me of MAC's Painterly, which you guys know I'm obsessed with. Not only is it an awesome product, all proceeds of Enigma go to the Ultraviolet Edge, a women's empowerment initiative. How awesome is that?!

Subversion Primer & Perversion Mascara

I feel like this must have goes without saying, but if you're new to my blog you are probably unaware of my obsession with Subversion + Perversion. (Check out a before and after here!) I love each of these on their own (meaning the primer paired with any mascara - not on it's own. Just to clarify.) but there is something so magical about the two of these together. I get so many compliments when I wear this mascara that it makes me never want to purchase another mascara again! The only complaint I can find about it is that I wish it came in waterproof. If it did, I would use it on all my brides!

Naked Palette

I clearly can't have a UD must haves list without mentioning the ever-popular Naked Palette! This palette truly revolutionized the cosmetic industry. It (along with the Naked 2 & 3) are still the most popular shadow palettes around. While all three palettes are beautiful, the original has always been my favorite. I think the warm tones look so flattering on everyone. It's super versatile, giving the options of both natural and dramatic looks. I also love that it contains different finishes, including matte, satin, and shimmer. If you prefer matte shades, you can't go wrong with the Naked Basics palettes, 1 or 2. 

24/7 Velvet Liner in Black Velvet

This eyeliner is hands down my favorite pencil liner. It is intensely black, super creamy, and is literally the only black pencil liner I own that does not smudge on me. If you have the same issue with liners, give this one a try. I am sure you'll love it as much as I do!

Revolution High-Color Lipgloss in Bittersweet

The Revolution Lipglosses are part of Urban's newest launch, and this guy is the newest addition to my Urban collection. This gloss is beautiful on its own or layered over another lippy. It's slightly on the sticky side, but it's not unbearable and actually helps the gloss to wear longer. It also has a staining quality that is great for those days when you don't have time to touch up! I love this gloss and can't wait to add more colors to my collection!

I've got my eye on these beauties...

... brand new Afterglow blushes!

Come see me at the event on June 13th so we can try the new blushes together! I would love to see you there!

Until then, what are your Urban Decay must haves?!
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Monday, April 20, 2015

Fresh, Spring Makeup | MakeupByAundi

Happy Spring! The old adage "April showers bring May flowers" is definitely ringing true this year. I am currently typing this while under a tornado watch and I've officially lost count on how many days in a row it's been raining. I'm not one to complain (much) about the weather, but I'm so ready for some sunshine!

I just wanted to share with you guys today my go-to look for spring. It's really fresh and natural, even though I'm using several products. 

The lighting is terrible with it being so darn cloudy out, but hopefully you get the idea!

Products Used:


Smashbox Pore Minimizing Primer
MAC Mineralize Moisture Liquid Foundation 
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer 
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Translucent
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Makeup Geek Blush in Spellbound
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Rose Gold
Benefit Watts Up


Tartelette Palette (force of nature in crease, wanderer in lower crease, super mom on lid and brow bone)
Urban Decay Subversion Lash Primer
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara


Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Soft Brown
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel


MAC Lipstick in Blankety
Smashbox Lip Laquer in Flushed

I also finished off the look with MAC's Fix+ to give me even more of a glow!

What are your spring beauty must haves? 
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

whim. Nail Lacquer | Review

If you follow me on any social media networks, you probably know that I've recently been on a huge nail kick. I love doing my own nails at home -  I can't even tell you the last time I got my nails done at a salon. I am partial to Essie nail polishes, which is typically the only brand I use (although I do throw in an OPI color on occasion, which usually ends up in chip city after a couple days!). 

I decided a couple months back to start experimenting with different brands of polish to see what truly gives the best result in terms of color payoff, quality, staying power and durability. I scored some Deborah Lippman polishes for crazy cheap, which normally run $18-20, and I must say that I wasn't overly impressed. They were okay, but if I'm going to pay $20 a pop it better be magic in a bottle. I also tried the Sally Hansen Gel Polish, which was again, just okay. For some reason I have a hard time forking over $10 for a bottle of Sally Hansen. Is that just me? 

As if the nail polish gods somehow knew my journey, Ulta released a brand new line of gel-like polish. Perfect timing!

Whim polish is an Ulta exclusive that is a "high-shine, gel-like lacquer whose unique patented three step system goes on like a polish but wears like a gel for long lasting color and superior shine." The line is also 5 free, meaning free of DPB, toluene, formaldehyde, camphor, and formaldehyde resin. The line includes 58 colors, so there is a shade for everyone!

I first purchased the shade 'Sheer Nightie' along with the base and top coat. I never use base coats because I've never found one that actually made a huge difference, but I wanted to give this one a chance. I applied all three with two coats of the color. The consistency is a bit thicker and slightly more difficult to work with than other polishes. The first time I used it, it was a mess. The best way I can describe the texture is gummy. With all the layers, it was extremely thick and actually started peeling off within two days. I was incredibly disappointed. I decided to remove the polish on night two and the base coat had dried my nails out. Ugh. 

I didn't want to give up on the polish just yet, so I actually reapplied that night - this time without the base coat. I could already tell a difference. I received numerous compliments on my nails while wearing the polish; two people even asked where I got them done! The top coat maintained its shine the entire time I wore it. I was very pleased with the finish, considering so many top coats start to look dull after a couple days. I wore the polish for nine days before I got my first chip! NINE DAYS! 

I returned the base coat to Ulta and purchased two more shades from the line. I hope the two new colors wear as well as the first one did. I just applied the purple shade and will be keeping you guys updated on Instagram with pictures on how it wears and when it starts chipping, so make sure you are following me! 

Overall, I am beyond impressed with this nail polish. I am trying to refrain myself from purchasing all 58 colors! Don't forget to find me on Instagram @makeupbyaundi to see if the new shade lasts as long as the first one did!

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Pretty & Sweet | Date Night Makeup

Happy (almost) Valentine's Day! 

I wanted to create a soft look for a romantic date night, perfect for Valentine's day! I love a good red or hot pink lip, but it's not always the most practical look for date night (especially if you want the night to end in a kiss!). I wanted to keep it sweet and not too over the top - a look that makes me feel pretty. :)

Products used:

MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation - NW20
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer - NW20 (used as concealer & shadow primer)
NARS Laguna Bronzer
Coastal Scents 10 Color Blush Palette
MAC MSF - Soft & Gentle
Tartelette Palette by Tarte (force of nature - crease, best friend - all over lid, heartfelt - liner, super mom - brow bone)
Stila Shadow - Kitten (inner corner)
Urban Decay Subversion Lash Primer & Perversion Mascara
Anastasia of Beverly Hills Brow Wiz - Medium Brown
NYX Control Freak Brow Gel
MAC Lipstick - Blankety
Milani Brilliant Shine Lipgloss - Pink Lady
Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

I hope you guys love this look as much as I do! I've also mentioned the Tartelette palette on Insta, but I freaking love it. I've been using it non-stop for the past month. Would you be interested in seeing more looks from the palette? Let me know!

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