Max vs Min Makeup Challenge Using the Same Products

Hey guys! So I’ve seen this max vs. min makeup challenge going around when you do a makeup look that’s very minimalist and then one that very… maximalist? Basically, a simple look and a ‘more is more’ look. To challenge myself I wanted to use the same makeup products to show that you can do a lot using the same products.

So for my maximum look, I decided to use one of my products of the month, the Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Vol.1 Eyeshadow Palette. I did a colourful makeup look using the yellow, orange and green shade. I did a big wing and put on a big lash.

On my base, I used a full coverage foundation. I applied a lot of blush and highlight. And I also applied some faux freckles because more is more haha.

I finished off the look with a bright orange-red lip. I used my favourite NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in the shade Light My Fire. This shade is bright and just screams over the top.

Products I used for both looks

For my minimalist look, I used less of everything. On the eyes, I only used a bit of the yellow shade in the Alamar Cosmetics palette. Then I applied a healthy amount of my Lancome Monsieur Big mascara.

For my base, I applied less of my powder, which was the Hourglass Transculent Veil Setting Powder. This allows my natural glow to shine through. I did apply a good amount of my Alamar Cosmetics Blush because I find blush makes me look healthy.

Finally, I used the same NARS lipstick. I just used a little bit to create this sheer lip tint! I love that this lipstick is versatile enough that I can create two different looks using the same lipstick.

Let me know in the comments which of the two looks are your favourite! I typically wear the minimalist on a daily basis but there is just something about full glam that makes me happy!



Summer Makeup Routine using Cream Products

Hey guys! Today I am sharing my current summer makeup routine using cream products! It wasn’t until recently that I got into cream products but now that I have tried them I am in love. I think it just makes my skin look dewy and fresh and also much more natural. It’s also a pretty long-lasting routine since I do make sure to apply a bit of powder. I have been doing this routine almost every day for the past couple of weeks. I will also be posting a video of this routine on my Insta if you want to check it out!

The first step is to prime. I like to use a dewy primer because then I don’t have to use as much highlight. The primer I am currently using is one of my products of the month, the Touch In Sol Pretty Filter Glassy Skin Balm. This was is very dewy. As I wait for my primer to dry I do my eyebrows.

Next, I apply my foundation and concealer. I like the Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation. Because I am using a dewy primer I don’t need a super dewy foundation. This foundation is pretty long-wearing as well. The concealer I use is the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. The shade I have is just a touch to pale for me right now but I love the formula.

After comes the fun part. For my bronzer, I like to use the Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer. This one is just a great shade for me and it blends out so easily. My favourite brush to use is the Real Techniques Stippling Brush. And I use the same brush to blend out my blush as well. This helps create a seamless look between the two. My current favourite cream blush is the NudeStix Nudies Matte Blush in the shade In the Nude. It’s such a great cream blush. I finish my face with the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter. This is technically a complexion booster, so the colour is almost skin toned and it looks quite natural on the skin. It adds that light-from-within glow to my skin.

Now if you have dry skin you could probably get away with not setting the face. Because I have oily skin I have to set my face. I set my concealer and then place powder around my nose, chin and forehead. I also lightly dust powder around the rest of my face to set the cream products. This helps the base stay in place and also make my face not feel tacky. I currently am loving the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder. To help my face not look powdery I spray a healthy amount of a dewy setting spray. My current fav is the NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray.

Next up is the eyes. I usually keep my eyes pretty simple. Sometimes I’ll apply a little eyeshadow but if I’m just at home then I’ll apply mascara. My current favourite is the Lancome Monsieur Big mascara. I didn’t like it at first but once it dried out a bit then I liked it. It gives me long and fluttery lashes.

The final step is the lips. Most of the time I’ll just apply lip balm. If I’m at home I don’t wear anything because I eat food lol. If I’m going to a store I will wear a face mask and I don’t want any lip products to get all over my mask. But if I’m just chilling with my friends and socially distancing, then I’ll apply a bit of Colourpop Ultra Glossy Lip in the shade Champagne Mami.

And that is my current makeup routine guys! Let me know what some of your current favourites are to wear in the summertime.



Easy Holiday Glam

Hey guys! Today I have a super easy tutorial to create an easy holiday look. This look requires NO FALSE LASHES and is only six easy steps. I think this look is perfect for family gatherings because it has a little sparkle but it’s not too over the top. This look is simple enough that I think anyone could do it! I used my palette of the month, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam, to create this look but any neutral palette would do.

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The first step after prepping the eyes is to apply a light brown all across the crease. I used the shade Burnt Orange to do this.

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Next I deepen the crease by using a slight darker shade. I used the shade Rustic to do this. I concentrated this in the outer half of my eye.

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Now to brighten the eye up, I applied Tempera all over the lid. This shade has some light shimmer to it, but a matte shade would also work. I used concealer underneath and did a half-cut crease to make it look really bright, but just applying the shade over top of the other shades works as well.

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Next is the sparkle. I added Fairy, or any light gold shade, all over my inner corner. I brought this shade really high up to really brighten my eyes. I added a little gold glitter on top to really make it pop, but this is just extra. I used the Appeal Cosmetics Gold Liquid Eyeshadow.

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To finish off the eyes, I applied Cyprus Umber along my lash line. Then I applied a ton of mascara. I also applied just a little Burnt Orange under the eyes as well.

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Then I finished my face makeup and applied a red lip – because it isn’t an holiday look without a red lip 😉 I used the MAC matte lipstick in the shade Russian Red.

And that is my easy holiday glam! The red lip can be switched out for a nude to make it a more regular glam look as well. Let me know if you want to see a part two, maybe for New Years Eve?



Simple School/Work Makeup

Hey guys! Summer is almost over, only two more week! So I am starting up with some back to school/work content. I am personally super excited. I love fall and I am so tired of this hot weather. I am also ready for a change, and I’m excited to start my new program. So to start off my back to school series, I thought I would share my quick 10-minute makeup routine. This look is great for school or work because it’s quick and simple and lasts well. In this post I will be sharing all the products that I use, but check out my Instagram (@xoxoxoleelee) because I filmed myself doing the makeup! I am trying out doing some stuff for IGTV, so it should be up sometime this weekend!

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So to start off my makeup look I prime my eyelids and skin. I want my makeup to last me all day, so priming is super important t help it last. I use the Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer on my eyes and the Dr. Brandt Pores No More Luminizer Primer

For my eyes I use three eyeshadows – super simple! Today I am using all Colourpop. First I set my eye primer using Hear Me Out. You could also just use a face product to do this as well. I find that shades blend better when I set my primer. Then I use Bel Air to add a little definition to my crease. You can use as much or as little as you want. A bronzer could also be used instead of a shadow for a more monochromatic look. Then I take my Super Shock Shadow in the shade Ladybird and put it all over my lid. The little bit of sparkle and glitter takes the look from average to fun, but the champagne shade is still neutral enough for everyday wear. To finish off the eyes I apply my Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara

For my base I am currently doing a lot of mixing, just because I am in between shades right now. I used my Physicians Formula Healthy Foundation and Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation and buffed it out using a brush. Then I mixed my Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, placing my Nars concealer (which is paler) closer to my under eyes to help brighten them. Then I took my Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder and used my sponge to pack it under my eyes and around my nose. These are the areas that crease the most/get oily first, so that’s why I densely apply powder here. I lightly dusk the rest of my face with powder just to set it. 

Next I do my eyebrows with my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. If you are curious about my brows, I have a whole blog post about them. I didn’t set them with brow gel because I find that makes them look harsher, and since I want a simply makeup look I let them be. 

To finish up my face, I take my Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer and place in on my cheeks, forehead, nose and under my chin. Then I take my Milani Rose Powder Blush and place that on the apples of my cheeks and on my nose. Then I finish off with the Essence Pure Nude Highlighter for a soft glow. I like to use powders for my simple makeup look because I find them faster to apply then creams and they last way longer on the skin. I finish off the face with some NYX Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray. To finish all the whole look, I apply the Colourpop Lip Tint in the shade Rise N Shine to add a little colour and shine to my lips!

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And that is my quick and easy makeup look! I have a lot of back-to-school stuff plan, including a haul, an outfit lookbook and some content about my bullet journal! Ooooh I’m so excited!