To All my BusyBee’s, I Present to You: MAKEUPBEE “A Fun Way to Discover New Looks & Makeup Products”

Searching for New Makeup Inspiration, My Little Londoners?

Confessional:  Working full time in the wedding industry is phenomenal fun!  It is also phenomenal work!  So I do apologize for my lack-o-looks this past month.  Shame on myself, I know.  You know it’s bad when your husband says, “Love, when was the last time you did a makeup blog?”……  Oops!

So, I believe every apology should be accompanied by a GIFT!  And so without further ado…  Here is mine to you!!

Find London Moore on MakeupBee

MakeUpBee… What is it?  It is like Facebook for the “makeup-ly creative”.  This site is like a vault, filled to the brim with thousands of different looks, styles, personalities, products, and colorful amazing-ness; the code for the vault, you ask: join through Facebook as you are in!!  So, the next time I am pulled away from my blog to hand wedding-madness…. here is a “London-Approved” site that is not out to mail your e-mail address to everyone they know, or charge you to get inspiration!  They are purely for the joy of creativity in the form of makeup-art!

…and if you are looking for a makeup challenge….

MakeUpBee hosts (I believe…) monthly competitions with different themes, inspirations, and prizes!!  I just joined this months 2 minutes ago- the theme is “MARIE ANTOINETTE”, in celebration of Lime Crime’s new line “Palette D’Antoinette”.  I believe the prize is the palette as well- which, of course, anything Lime Crime or Sugar Pill I am dying to get my hands on!!  And I have no products of theirs- but people swear by them- so I want my readers to know weather I swear by them or not too ; ) !!

When in Need… Check MakeUpBee

The moral to this story my friends: (of course keep reading my blog, because I love your visits & comments, buuuut….) check MakeUpBee for new fun looks, artists, products, reviews, tutorials, etc… and let me know your thoughts!!  There are dozens of makeup communities out there- but MakeUpBee is my favourite and (for now) the only one I keep up to date with!!

NYX Colour Swatches: Jumbo Eye & Lip Pencils, Thin Lip Liners, Eye Liners, Liquid Liner & Lipsticks

NYX Colour Swatches: Jumbo Eye & Lip Pencils, Thin Lip Liners, Eye Liners, Liquid Liner & Lipsticks

I just decided to go through and show you some swatches of colours that I have had and use frequently.  I’m sure there are many of these products that you can spot on my tutorials, however I have never shown you exactly how they look with a flash and without.  Feel free to browse, check out, and see if they are up to your taste!!

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils:

These JEP are one of my favourites that NYX produces!! They come in an array of colours and you can use them as a spectacular base!!

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NYX Lip Liners, Eye Liners, Jumbo Lip Pencil, & Liquid Liner:

Lip Liners: Coral, Rose, Pinky, & Red Hot

Jumbo Lip Pencil: Hera

Eye Liners: Gold, Teal

Liquid Liner: Extreme Blue

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Eye Liners receive: 

Eyeliners come in many gorgeous colours, and work beautifully on the skin.  If you are putting them on your skin on your eyelid or under your waterline, they work perfectly!! However, if you wise to use them in your waterline- I would think twice. Although they perform well on skin, their ability to give pigment to your waterline is not that great.

Lip Liners receive:

Lip liners give great pigmentation and are of great quality!!

Jumbo Lip Pencil receives:

The JLP are just as the JEP!! They are great quality and come in an array of gorgeous colours!!

Liquid Liner receives:

NYX Lipstick:

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NYX Lipsticks come in ENDLESS colours and are beautiful.  Some have a nice sheen to them and other are a beautiful matte finish.  Some of MAC’s matte finishes are a little TOO matte because they can flake off…  But the NYX matte colours are the perfect balance of hydration and matte finish!!

Et c’est fin!!

Hard Candy Haul: The Metallic Eyeshadows, Cheek Tints, & Divine Smelling Lipstick!!

Hard Candy Haul: Colour Swatches

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So I got a SPECTACULAR haul of Hard Candy cosmetics and I am so excited to show you the colours swatches and possibilities!!  The colours are sensational and the quality of the products are well respected.  So go ahead & check them out!!

Hard Candy EYE DEF Metallic Eyeshadow:

To give a good understanding of what the colours look like when packed on with colour & when smoothed and blended out- I gave 2 swatches of each colour.  That way you can judge for yourself if you like how they blend out :]

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Hard Candy Duo Hide & Glow Cheek Tint:

The cheek tint works quite beautifully.  Although it is difficult to see in photograph- the colour is beautiful and blends quite nicely.  It is important to not have the colour of your blush POP too much… You’re not a China doll after all 😉

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Hard Candy Lipstick

Oh. My. Gosh.  This lipstick SMELLS divine!!  I had multiple people smell it to give feedback on what they smelled because it just smells so good to everyone- YET smells different to everyone as well.  Some people said ti smelled of  orange & brown sugar.  Others: vanilla and honey. The list goes on and on, but the consensus is that it smells FANTASTIC!!  It also puts a nice peachy sheen on your lips and hydrates them nicely!!

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All of these products can be found on Hard Candy as well as in stores as WalMart! If you order online- in the “order comments” box at the bottom of your check out, just let them know that LondonMooreBeauty sent ya!!

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Smokey Narrow Crease Cut Makeup Tutorial

The Crease Cut

There are a couple of handfuls of ways to do makeup!!  There are many eyeshadow shapes, blending methods, and colour schemes…  Everyone of course has their own favourite method, shape, and look- and one that I am quite fond of is the crease cut.

Although this look seems to be a bit more dramatic and/or formal, it can be toned down to wear during the daytime.  The way to do that is to NARROW the crease!!  So, this look is a daytime look, perfect for school or a lunch date with your mom :]. Now, the crease cut look is when you BOLDLY create a line of colour that separates the soft colour on your lid from the harsh contrasting colour that you’ve popped into your crease [where your eyelid folds when you look straight].  Crease cutting is a way to make your eyes seem longer and tilted.

Smokey Narrow Cut Crease Tutorial

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Start off by padding on your NYX Eyeshadow Base all over you eyelid.

Pick out a shadow that is your skin tone colour [the colour above is what I used from BH Cosmetics 3rd Edition palette] and pad it in across your eyelid, but do not go above your crease!

The next colour you are going to use is one that is a medium brown colour.  You want it to be darker than the skin tone colour, but not the darkest brown…  You want the 2 browns to be able to blend nicely.  You can just use your finger for this- you are going to pad it into the outer v of your eye [the outer corner].

NEXT, take a small pencil brush [very small tip that makes intricate work easier] and a black eyeshadow [I used an unknown palette that has a nice matte black…]. You are going to create a wing shape that jets out from the corner of your eye, come down a bit, and then follows your crease in ALMOST to the inner v.

Now take the deepest brown you have [I used “EMBARK” from MAC] and a fluffy dome brush [or a tapering blending brush, that works too] and work that colour into the black and on top of it.  You want it to blend realllllly well so harsh lines disappear .  In fact, looking at my zoomed in pictures I could have done some more blending on the inner v area… But c’est la vie.

Once the deep brown is blended in, take a light brown colour [that is darker than the skin tone eyeshadow you used first], and pop it ABOVE.  This will help create a nice gradual flow of colour.


Take a NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil and draw a dot below your eyebrow bone and on the outside of your tear duct.  Then, smooth it out and blend it in.  Once that is done, use a nice cream-matte colour and fill in all the areas.  [See picture to really understand where the locations are- but it is right bellow the outer most part of your eyebrow & downward.  Just right outside your tear duct]

Now put on your eyeliner.  Make sure to wing it out on top [and follow the line already created], and pop some into your waterline on the top and bottom, if you can.  I know some people can only get their bottom waterline because otherwise they tear up… So just do what you can :]




Now use that small pencil brush again and pop all the colours you used UNDER your waterline.  Start at the outer v and go in this order: black, deep brow, light brown, cream colour.

Pop on your marcara or falsies!

And fill in your brows if you haven’t yet!!

For the rest of the face- I did contouring work because I wanted my bone structure to really POP!!  Now I don’t have phenomenal bone structure to begin with [thanks a lot genetics…] so I create it with BH Cosmetics contouring palette.  In the picture above I put on the darker brown colour and didn’t blend it in so you can see where I put it for this look.

You can put the darker brown right below the apples of your cheeks.  So when you make the “fish face”, instead of putting the colour above where you cheeks indent, you actually want to put the contouring brown IN the indent!!  You also want to put it below your chin, but where your chin and neck meet [so kind of a place naturally hidden because it faces downward].  And then lastly, put the darker brown colour along your hair line on your forehead.

NOW, you’ll use the lighter highlighter colour from the palette and put it in the center of your forehead, the apples of your cheeks, your chin, and the sides of your nose.

NOW BLEND!!

Lastly, for my lips I used NYX Lipliner “CORAL” and NYX Lipstick “PUMPKIN PIE”

The Look

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Products Used By London:

-BH Cosmetics 3rd Edition Palette

-BH Cosmetics 6 Color Contouring Palette

-MAC Eyeshadow “EMBARK”

-MAC Studio Fix C4

-NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil “MILK”

-NYX Lipliner “CORAL”

-NYX Lipstick “PUMPKIN PIE”

-NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder “BLONDE”

-MAYBELLINE Liquid Liner

-MAYBELLINE Falsies Volume Express Mascara

London’s Christmas BH Cosmetics Haul: 120 Palettes & More

London’s Christmas BH Cosmetics Haul

For Christmas this year my grandmother-in-law gave me money to spend on whatever I wished…  Which was great because it’s been a really long time since I had money to BURN!!

So thanks to day-after Christmas sales I was able to get 2 things I have been wanting for a really long time!!

1.) Friends DVD Box Set- which I had in high school, but it was some rip off Japanese remake that I actually WORE OUT… Like they stopped playing because I had literally played them too many times.  So, now I have a legit copy!!

ANNNNNND…

2.) A 120 palette!!

BH Cosmetics 120 Palette & More

Rumor has it [so don’t quote me on this… it’s just what my research on Google has showed me] that ANY 120 palettes are actually made from an outside manufacture that then sells the palettes to cosmetic companies like BH Cosmetics, Coastal Scents, Manly, ect…  People try and compare Company X’s palettes versus Company Y’s for a quality comparrison- but whenever you read the reviews, it’s pretty obvious that both palettes are pretty much the same quality… BECAUSE they all come from a manufacturer!!

So, if you’re pretty much getting the same product no matter where you go- then your purchase of these items is based off of whichever company you like more.  I based this decision off of PRICE!! Plus, I had heard of BH Cosmetics first, and so I had researched it longer… So I felt some sort of pull with them.

However, BH Cosmetics is also wonderful because they usually have SALES going on!!  Register with them online and they’ll send you notifications of when they sales are going on.  I waited a couple of months to watch sale prices and see what was a reasonable offer.  I ended up purchasing my AMAZING HAUL during their LAST OF THE YEAR Count Down- where select palettes were 50% OFF!!  It was spectacular!!

TOP Makeup Products: BH Cosmetics HAUL!!

It has ARRIVED!! Woot Woot!!

The 120 Palette’s:

I purchased palettes 1, 2, and 3.

This is the outside casing of the 120 Color Palettes- a nice glossy 9″x6″ hard case.

120 Palette 1st Edition

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This palette [1st Edition] has an interesting spotted row on the right hand side.  The colours are brilliantly matched and create such an amazing effect.

120 Palette 2nd Edition

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120 Palette 3rd Edition

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The palettes also feature a purple ribbon that is like a bookmark.  It sticks out from the bottom so that you can easily lift the plates out of the case.

The way the case works is that there are  TWO plates in there that are stacked on top of each other.    This is a wonderful feature because it makes it so that the case is 1/2 the size [taking up less of mine and your counter space], while we still get all the gorgeous colours!!

10 Colour Blush

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6 Colour Contour & Blush Palette

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I don’t have any sort of review for these palette yet because I obviously just got them.  However, I have done LOTS of research on the products and I highly suggest YOU going and taking a look at what BH Cosmetics has to offer!!  And check out the sales they have going on AND coming up.

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When you purchase a product of BH Cosmetics: Make sure to put in “Order Comments” that you found them off of LondonMooreBeauty!!

Et c’est fin!!