Younique product reviews are in!

 

I am so excited to talk about makeup today.  I've reviewed 4 products today in detail, so check them out below!! 

1.  First up, touch glorious face primer.  I have blogged about face primers before and how important I think they are, but let me reiterate.  Primers are not just a gimmick or something to overlook.  For a long time, I did think this to be true, but now that I actually use one, I understand that this is not the case at all!  This 'glorious' face primer in particular is wonderful because it fills in your pores and gives you a velvety smooth finish before you even get to your foundation.  Who knew a little clear gel could do all that?  When you apply your foundation on top of a primer, it then looks more smooth and flawless.  Plus the bonus?  Your foundation will stay on longer.  I love this product and it really does make my skin look smoother.  It feels softer as well!

2.  Next up, let's talk shadow.  I tried two different colors of mineral shadow, and love them both for different reasons.  One is a gold/bronze color called 'confident' and has a little bit of a shimmer to it, and the other is a bold matte shadow in the color 'corrupted.'  I love the gold color as it is perfect for a summer beach goddess type of look.  Smear a little under the eye as well for a smokey bronze effect.  The black/grey matte shadow is also a fun color and can be used as eyeliner as well.  If I do a darker smokey eye with 'corrupted,' I'll keep the lips neutral with either a nude lipstick, or just a clear gloss.  Side note:  a little bit of this product goes a LONG way, so use sparingly.  You can always add more later if needed.

3.  Third... eye shadow application with a shadow brush.  I generally don't use a loose shadow or apply it with a shadow brush, but this combo is actually SUPER easy to use!  I found myself sweeping it on with the brush and blending it in nicely even when I was in a hurry to get out the door!  It blends easily with this brush and looks really pretty!  I usually use my finger, or one of those tiny sponge tips to apply my shadow, and it takes me a million years to blend it and get it how I want it to look.  So this was definitely a nice change.

4.  Lastly, eyeliner.  Finding the perfect eyeliner has been hard for me.  Most of the time, I feel like the pencil is too thick, and if it's too thick and wide, then it looks bad on your eye.  This is another topic I often talk about, and I feel so strongly that so many women are doing it wrong, (including myself in the past!)  By merely trying to look BETTER with a thick line, we are unintentionally making ourselves look WORSE!  Stick to a very thin pencil like this precision liner, and only do the top of your eye.  If you have a thicker pencil, ONLY DO THE WATERLINE! 

Seriously, if there is one thing anyone takes from all of my blog posts, this is the one I want to impress upon people!  You will look beautiful and confident, and people will notice and compliment you!  Another tip for shadow/liner that I love and often use...if you love the look of liner on the bottom, just use your shadow and smudge a little under your bottom lash instead of a harsh eyeliner.  It still makes your eye look smokey and beautiful but is softer looking and won't completely close your eye off like a big fat line of black liner under your eye!

In the pictures above, I am wearing Younique glorious face primer,  Younique mineral shadow in the color confident, and the Younique precision pencil eyeliner.  All products are linked above.

Linen tank top from H&M

 

-Thank you to Younique presenter Melanie Scoffield for collaborating for this post-

 

Holiday cheer

 

I am getting so excited for the upcoming holidays!!  I am also very excited about my new patched shirt!  I love the military style and the patches are so much fun.  My favorite patch is the one on the sleeve that says, "dare to be different."  I saw that and knew this little number had to be mine. 

I hope you all have a lovely week, and a very happy Thanksgiving!  I'll be spending it with some lovely relatives in Atlanta trying to kick this sinus infection to the curb.  Love to you all!!!!

Love,

Anna

Thanks again to Tiffany Redmon Photography for these pics, and to Brittany Byrd for an awesome job on my color melt this week!!!

Nyx pure red matte lipstick

Here is an awesome similar shirt from Asos

Another great patched option from Nordstrom

 

Free people vibes

 

I'm channeling my free people vibes today.  I adore their clothing and I feel like every good outfit in their catalog is finished off with a wide brimmed hat.  I am feeling pretty rotten this weekend as we all have horrible colds, so I'm trying to at least look a tad bit better than I feel.  For some reason, a hat always fits the bill when I'm not feeling well.  It's like I can hide behind it a little....or something?!?  Hope you all are healthy and enjoying this lovely weekend! Love y'all! As always, thanks for stopping by honestly west!

Floppy hat (on sale for $15.36!)

Leather jacket