Makeup I'm wearing/must haves


I know I talk about makeup a LOT, but I really do love it!!  I feel like if you're using the right products in the right way, you really will feel 100 times more confident!  Here are my current ride or dies...

1.  Primer.  I know, I know, one more thing to put on your face.  I encourage you to try it.  It makes a huge difference in your skin tone and makes your foundation look prettier.

2.  Foundation.  I like a luminous finish, as I think it makes my skin feel younger and more dewy. 

3.  Contour.  If you haven't ever contoured, try it.  If you need help, I'll come over and help you, or we can do it over a video chat!  (Seriously!)

4.  Highlighter.  There are a million out there at every price point.  I am currently using the Flower palette from Drew Barrymore's line.

5.  Brow gel.  This is non-negotiable at this point. I can't go a day without it.  Even on the days when I skip a full face, I always do a little brow gel.  

6.  The perfect red lip!  Splurge on a Lipsense or Anastasia Beverly Hills color or save with a Nyx tube! (I use the color Pure Red)

7.  Last but not least, a great mascara.  I still use Lash Love and think it's freaking fantastic for the price!

My skin is far from perfect and I am always learning, but it is so much fun to pick up tricks and ways to improve your skin and face, which in turn make you feel a bit more ready to take on the world each day!


Makeover Thursday


It's finally here...another Makeover Monday here on Honestly West!  Except I couldn't wait until Monday for this one.  I was just too excited!  So here you go, makeover Thursday.

How stunning is my friend Keri???  I helped her put together a simple and chic look.  We did hair and makeup and voila!  A total bomb shell.  

Products we used:

Smashbox contour set

Flower highlighting pallette (only $14 and from Drew Barrymore's new Flower line

Nyx brow gel

Mary Kay eyelash primer

Makeup forever fuschia lipstick

Find a less expensive lipstick option here



My top 3 beauty secrets


I suppose these aren't really secrets per se since I talk about them all the time, but these are my TOP 3 favorite beauty tips...

1.  Contouring.  I currently use the Smashbox contour kit to contour my cheeks, nose, a little on the top of the forehead, and jaw line.  This is a game changer.  It helps to define your face in a way that just plain foundation or a bit of bronzer just can't do.

2.  Thick, filled in brows.  I am SO glad that thick brows are the current trend.  I don't think anyone looks good with pencil thin brows (including me!)  I use the Nyx brow mascara.

3.  Neutral nails.  I absolutely love an understated polish.  Whites, nudes, tans, pale pinks...they just SCREAM chic sophistication to me rather than a crazy bright color.  Less is more, I always say.  My favorite polish colors are Orly kiss the bride, Opi alpine snow, and Opi pale to the chief.

Photos:  Tiffany Redmon