Beauty Bite: 7 LIT AF Highlighting Hacks!

Who else is addicted to highlighter?!?! I own a variety of products that to keep my glow game LIT AF! I love highlighting hacks because they take my highlight to a new level…  so naturally I must share with you all because I love you all and am obsessed with keeping my A Gang glamorous! Side note: if you are reading/following my  blog and/or subscribed to my YouTube channel you’re apart of the A Gang. You’re welcome xoxo

Hack 1 Prime to Glow: Add a glow to your favorite primer to get the glow from within look. The technique is to mix a liquid highlighter (or event a loose pigment) with your favorite primer or you can try a primer that is a radiance formula (aka they put the highlight in for you). My current favorite radiant primer is by Smashbox which you can buy here ; I like to even wear it alone on a minimal day and it is also great for photography makeup.

Hack 2 Foundation Glow Bomb: Mixing a liquid highlighter into my foundation to give a glow from within. The NYX Liquid Highlighter is so affordable and perfect shade range for all skin tone Check it out my tutorial when I use this hack here

Hack 3 Lit Up Moisturizer: I add a little bit of pigment to a moisturizer for the days I go without makeup. You can also scrap a little highlighter out of the pan and sprinkle it into a moisturizer too. I love to do this with lotion so I achieve a healthy glow. I usually use the Mel

Hack 4 Glow Intensifying Facial Mist: If you want to amp up your setting spray then add pigment to it. I have a mixture of 3 pigments ranging from rose golds to golds in MAC Fix +, shake to mix, and spray after applying my makeup.

Hack 5 Oil + Highlighter = Dewy Amp Up: This is my latest discovery and boy does it enhance the skin. After my foundation is complete I add 2 drops of my Smashbox Primer Oil to beauty blender and dab it on my cheekbones. I go over it with my powder highlighter, then melt it into the skin with the same beauty blender and lastly add one highlighter to amp it up. By the way you can do this to pop you collar bones and shoulders which is amazing when you wear off-the-shoulder tops.

Hack 6 Shoulder Highlight: A body glow in my opinion is equally important as blending your foundation to your neck. I like to use a fluffy fan brush and dust the high points of my shoulders, collar bones, and even boobs.

Bonus Tip! I always melt the highlighter into the skin with a beauty blender! This blending technique will ALWAYS leave your highlighter flawless and avoid the streaky look. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Check out my favorite highlighters here. P.S. for these formulas listed there is a shade perfect for every skin tone, but the shade I use will be in parenthesis.

  1. Carli Bybel Palette (this is an amazing value to get both shadows and highlighters)
  2. Laura Mercier Face Illuminator (Addiction)
  3. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Radiance
  4. Smashbox Highlighter palette
  5. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick (Bronze)
  6. NYX Born to Glow Liquid highlighter (Gleam & Sun Goddess)
  7. MAC Cream Color Base ” Hush”
  8. Smashbox Primer Oil
  9. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (Champange Pop)

 

My Skincare Secrets Revealed!

Great makeup application starts with skin care! I used to not value this fact until around 2 years ago. I’m spilling ALL of my secrets after struggling for years (and wasting money) to find all of the product I have to treat my concerns with my skin.

I used to hate skincare because I felt like nothing, NOTHING, ever worked. Even when applying make up I would still notice uneven texture and going without makeup (even to the grocery store) was an unbearable thought. One day at work this all changed when my friend, a cosmetics manager, forced me to sit in a chair and have a facial treatment. I started to feel pampered and special and thought I should always treat my skin well. So that day I decided to invest in Dr. Dennis Gross products  that I had never tried after hearing finally a pitch that made sense and was backed by ingredients aside from salicylic acid (the status quo of managing problematic skin). I was terrified and didn’t have high hopes since everything I tried produced lack-luster results.  Yet a few weeks I started to notice that this Dr. Dennis stuff actually works.

Last year I ventured into the Mario Badescu and started to fall in love with it. There is a variety of products that I’ve tried and that have made it into my daily routine giving me some good results. Also, it has a charming simplistic & hipster vibe; oh, and yes the price is good. Currently Dr. Dennis Gross and Mario Badescu products fuel my addiction to skin care.

All of my skin care secrets are for combination skin.My main concerns I had trouble finding products and a regiment to address before are the following: even tone & texture, even moisture distribution, improving hyper-pigmentation, managing breakouts, refining pores/pore reduction, deep pore cleansing, and preventing premature aging signs (in the past year).

 

PRODUCTS SHOWN:

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NYX Lip Lingerie NEW Release 2017

NYX is one of, if not, my absolute favorite affordable makeup brands. I’m always drawn to their vast selection in lipstick shades. THERE ARE SO MANY!

My latest go-to shade range for lip colors are nudes and moody/muted tones. I think they’re the most sexy and effortless on me. I love the shades offered in the NYX Lip Lingerie collection. You can find nudes and muted hues to create super on-trend makeup looks. NYX originally released this collection early 2016 and I purchased 5 colors alone last year. There was mixed reviews on the formula, but like most liquid matte lipsticks you need to initially take care of your lips.

This year I picked up 3 and it was so hard not to buy more. Side note, I have promised myself that this years I would be a responsible spender and not buy every single thing on impulse. So back to the lipsticks, I purchased the 3 that I know I would wear and adore.

The colors I purchased are: Seduction, Cashmere Silk, and Cabaret Show. Seduction is my favorite! I also recommend After Hours, Bustier, and French Maid, especially for deeper skin tones. Check out my swatches and review in the video below and shop the collection at Ulta Beauty here.

Divatress Affordable Wig Review Pt 1

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I don’t hide my love for affordable wigs, in fact I celebrate it proudly. I’ve been wearing synthetic lace front wigs for a little over a year and have reviewed a ton in different styles, lengths, and hair colors. I have been able to satisfy my desire to be versatile without breaking the bank or damaging my hair by wearing wigs.

Divatress.com sent me a unit to review and I was overjoyed. Before I speak on the wig, let me reassure you that this site has a TON of affordable wig options, so check them out here.

The first wig I reviewed on my YouTube Channel is the  Isis Brown Sugar Lace Front Wig BS219 and you can shop the wig here. I’ve included my list of pros, cons, and styling tips and please watch my un-boxing and try-on as well below.

Pros:

  1. Price is $40 super affordable
  2. Color on the wig is amazing and perfectly blended
  3. The wig shape is an angled bob with flattering layers.
  4. The lace on this wig is super soft and blends well!
  5. Did not have to pluck the part at all. Sometimes the part is too dense and has to be plucked with tweezers.
  6. Large head friendly!

Con:

  1. I wish the back of the wig was denser.
  2. The curls fell easy when I picked them apart by hand.
  3. This wig doesn’t state being heat friendly and says that the hair blend is called human hair style-mix; very confusing.

Styling Tips:

  1. I picked out the curls to achieve more volume and desired texture.
  2. I also sheared the side bang so it will lay perfectly.
  3. I added my concealer to the part to define it more

 

Fall Favorites Tag 2016

Which season do you look forward to the most? For me it’s Fall. There’s not one single thing I dislike about Fall and that’s hard for a picky girl like me. The change in the air brings something alive within me each year, and I can’t help but smile about it. To be honest it’s probably the caffeine that kicks in after the iced pumpkin spiced latte, but oh heck who knows?!?! Speaking of those iced pumpkin spiced lattes, a cult favorite… Fall is full of year-after-year favorites for me that I had to share!

I had so much fun creating this video and sharing my seasonal favorites. I hope you enjoy this and get to know me a little bit more. Don’t forget to let me know some of your favorites too! Below will be shopping links in case you see something that you want to buy. Stop by my YouTube channel and subscribe too l so you will never miss out on weekly videos 🙂

xoxo A

 

Shop my featured items below:
Bath & Bodyworks Mahogany Teakwood Candle
Diptyque Baies Candle http://go.magik.ly/ml/2e5s/
Sephora Always Red http://go.magik.ly/ml/2e5t/
MAC Fever Blush http://go.magik.ly/ml/2e5q/
Topshop Camo Jacket http://go.magik.ly/ml/1rq3/
Rhianna Rogue Fragrance http://go.magik.ly/ml/2e5u/
Steve Madden Edit http://go.magik.ly/ml/2e5m/

Fall Favorites List
Favorite fall candle, favorite fall lip color, favorite fall drink, favorite fall blush, favorite fall clothing item, favorite fall movie, favorite fall TV show, favorite thanksgiving food, favorite Halloween costume, favorite fall activity, favorite fall fragrance, favorite fall shoe, favorite fall accessory, favorite fall hair style.

CONNECT WITH ME
INSTAGRAM: @lipstickandanissa
E-MAIL: lipstickandanissapromo@gmail.com

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Say YES to Non-Touring!

Non-touring, yet another beauty trend?!?! I know beauty trends are everywhere and if you live a jammed-packed life you may not be able to keep up. I’m here to tell you to slow down and try this one trend. Why? To put it simply, non-touring is a game-changer that you can do daily. Oh, and yes, how can I forget… IT’S WAAAY EASY! In the video below I’m showing you how to get this look step-by-step and I promise you will feel fresh & fab!  Under the video are all of the products that I used so you can shop and enjoy 🙂

 

PRODUCTS USED:
Laura Mercier Moisturizer http://go.magik.ly/ml/2ao4/
Mario Badescu Facial Spray http://go.magik.ly/r/lipstickan/28eed/
Laura Mercier Blemish-less primer http://go.magik.ly/ml/2ao5/
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer “Walnut” http://go.magik.ly/ml/2ao1/
NYX Liquid Illuminator in “Gleam” http://bit.ly/2emWtrx
NARS Dual Intensity Blush Palette http://go.magik.ly/ml/2aoa/
Laura Mercier Face Illuminator “Addiction” http://go.magik.ly/ml/2ao2/
Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop http://go.magik.ly/ml/2aoe/
Lancome Definicils Mascara http://go.magik.ly/ml/1l4r/
NARS Audacious Mascara http://go.magik.ly/ml/2aod/
Laura Mercier Lip Glace “Baby Doll” http://go.magik.ly/ml/2aob/
NARS Velvet Lip Glide “Unspeakable” http://go.magik.ly/ml/2aoc/
WHAT I’M WEARING
Free People Star Choker (ON SALE) http://go.magik.ly/ml/26ts/
Free People Lace Insert Camisole http://go.magik.ly/ml/26tt/

HAIR
Zury Sis Chia 14 wig in 1B

Valentine’s Day Glam

Whether you’re going out with a new boo, your main flame, or just with your girls you want to look your best for Valentine’s Day, right? Right! The key to any glam look is to enhance your inner sexy goddess personality. Some of us gals are a fierce and smoking type of sexy, it almost makes you a tad uncomfortable, but in the best way. While on the other hand, some of us are a little more the sweet type of sexy. The palette that will unleash all sorts of glam is the Lorac Unzipped Palette. It’s been the answer to unleashing my inner goddess lately. The quality, pigment, and ease of blending is GRADE A and the shade range is exactly what you need. I can go from office to bad-ass and everything in between. So, in shorter words YOU NEED THIS PALETTE!

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In honor of Valentine’s Day (aka Singles Appreciation Day) I got inspired to create 2 looks using this holy grail of a palette. Grab a box of chocolates, watch and enjoy! Click here to buy or usually you can find this at your local Ulta 😉