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Back To School Must Haves & Wishlist

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Monday, August 14, 2017
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Can you believe that back to school mode is only few weeks away? Shopping for brand new stationery, gadgets and other school supplies is always the most exciting part of the back to school season. But for many prep period is a very stressful time of year and it is better to be prepared in the best way possible. August is the best month to start preparing for an upcoming school year in advance. But how to choose the best stationery without wasting a lot of money on the unnecessary stuff?

Today's blog post I dedicate to everyone who is getting ready for school and want to know what supplies are the best to buy. I gathered few back to school must haves with a help of UncommonGoods - a Brooklyn based store with the best handmade and environmentally friendly goodies. Started in 1999 as an unusual idea, UncommonGoods have become more than just an online store, it is a special marketplace that connects unique creations with customers.

Start your back to school shopping with a large and comfortable school bag that can hold all your copybooks and stationery. A Custom Tote Bag is made from soft and sturdy cotton fabrics and you can easily clean it in washing machine. Send your favorite picture of your beloved cat or dog and they will always be next to you. Custom stationery and other stuff were always my favorite, it is nice to own an item with a personal touch. Check out the whole range of personalized goodies here. Am I the only one who always lose my favorite pencils and pens? The solution is simple: a cute pencil case and you won't lose them again!

back to uni back to school gifts supplies ideas must have wishlist blogger liz breygel

1. Picture Your Pet Custom Tote Bag - incredibly roomy tote bag with your lovely pet friend;
2. Woof Dog Watches - keep an eye on time while doing homework;
3. Inspirational Pencil Set - these cute pencils will be your daily inspiration;
4. Hatch Ideas Notebook - use this notebook to plan your time and write down the craziest ideas;
5. Travel Journal - write down your travel impressions and use your experience for new projects;
6. Meteorite Pen - a regular pen features an authentic fragment of meteorite;
7. Llamarama Large Zipper Pouch - keep your writing utensils in place in this cute case.

Do not let your school work and projects make you feel stressed and tired. There is a time for studies and there always must be a place for leisure! During a nice after school rest your brain rebuilds itself and renews 'software'. As a result brains works better, so it is very important to organize your spare-time. A couple of cozy pillows will keep you well-rested and a mug of aromatic tea refreshed. By the way, a mug and a tea set is the best gift for your dormitory roommates and a nice excuse to make friends. And the last, but not the least thing that will help you to survive through the school season is a tiny portable speaker. I know I`m not the only person out there who can not live without music. Gather you close friends, set a dorm room dance party and tiredness will vanish right away.

back to uni back to school gifts supplies ideas must have wishlist blogger liz breygel

1. Recipe Mug Set - a very handy mug set for those who need some cooking help;2. Chromosome Pillows - take a short nap on these playful chromosome pillows;
3. Novel Teas - tea is the best alternative if you are tired of drinking coffee;
4. Great Civilizations - Set of 5 - stimulate your intellect with a help of these puzzles while resting;
5. Homesick Candles - burn a homesick candle if you missed your home state;
6. Pocket Tin Speaker - music always makes me feel happy and relaxed.

Happy back to school season guys, I hope this post will help ou to organize your ideas. Don`t forget to check out the UncommonGoods website. They offer the most creative and unusual assortment of designer gifts, business and home supplies for every taste and budget range. Trying to find the most interesting anniversary and graduation gifts out there? UncommonGoods will help you to choose gifts for your family and friends they will never forget. Have you started your back to school shopping yet? 

Lots of love,
Liz

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My Favorite BB Creams | Review & Swatches

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Friday, August 11, 2017
beauty balm etude house macely essence bb korean asian cream foundation blogger review liz breygel skin care
beauty balm etude house macely essence bb korean asian cream foundation blogger review liz breygel skin care
beauty balm etude house macely essence bb korean asian cream foundation blogger review liz breygel skin care
beauty balm etude house macely essence bb korean asian cream foundation blogger review liz breygel skin care
beauty balm etude house macely essence bb korean asian cream foundation blogger review liz breygel skin care
beauty balm etude house macely essence bb korean asian cream foundation blogger review liz breygel skin care

My makeup obsession have started about five years ago and one of the first thing I have discovered in a beauty world is a magical power of BB cream. BB Cream is a perfect choice for a day to day usage, especially if you can`t stand a heavy full coverage foundations or have an exhausted dry skin. The first BB cream I have ever tried was a tube of Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector and it was not good. This cream was too dark for my skin, it had alcohol in the formula and overall was very awful, the only positive thing about this product was an SPF 15. Since that time I have tried tons of  BB creams and it is probably the only thing I would like to take with me on the deserted island. As a huge fan of BB creams today I want to show you my favorite products at the moment. All of these beauties have a very special place on my beauty shelf , they have different undertones and formulas, so without further ado let me talk about them in details.

BB cream was invented in 1960s by dermatologist Dr. Christine Schrammek and it was meant to protect her patients' skin after facial treatments and surgeries. BB cream stands for a `beauty balm` - multi-functional beauty cream, that hydrates the skin, evens out the imperfections and protects face from the UV lights.

Palma Christie Ultra BB Cream | Review & Swatches

The first BB cream I want to talk about is a lightweight Palma Christie Ultra BB Cream. This product is has a very smooth and creamy texture. It is not greasy therefore perfect for oily and acne prone skin type. At first when you apply it on the skin it looks a little bit too light, but when you start working the cream in the skin it turns your skin shade. This product has a light coverage and it is better to use it on the days when your skin feels healthy and even. But once you apply Palma Christie BB cream on your face it instantly brightens up your complexion and hides red spots and discolorations. As far as hiding pimples and acne scars, I think you will need to use some concealer over the BB cream for better results.

Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream | Review & Swatches

The next product in my list is a Precious Mineral BB Cream by famous brand Etude House. Once applied on the skin it absorbs in no time and provides a medium  to full coverage. I really enjoy how Etude House BB cream feels on my skin, but it can emphasize dry patches. To make the application of this beauty balm easier and smoother first exfoliate your facial skin. The formula of Etude House cream is buildable, so if you feel like you need some extra coverage here and there you can reapply the product. It is water based, so the people with oily and acne prone skin will like to use this BB cream.

Essence Camouflage 2 in 1 Make-up & Concealer | Review & Swatches

One of my favorite full coverage BB Creams is an Essence Camouflage Makeup. It is 2 in 1 concealer and BB cream, so it provides an even and thick coverage. It perfectly hides all the blemishes, dark areas and hyper pigmentation and is great to use on those 'bad skin' days. Even though Essence Camouflage Makeup is water based it can make your skin feel a little bit too dry. I like to use it together with a hydrating skin primer or moisturizer. Thanks to its opaque formula a little bit of this cream goes a long way and because of its quick absorbing abilities you can use this cream without a setting powder. I use shade #20 nude beige with warm yellowish undertone and it is great for summer season, when my skin has a light tan.

And the last, but definitely not the least beauty balm I want to talk about is a Good Afternoon BB Cream by Macely. It has such a nice lightweight formula and sweet yummy scent! Berry Berry Tea has a light coverage, but it beautifully smooths out enlarged pores and acne scars. The undertone of the BB cream is neutral and sometimes I like to use to dissolve heavy foundations. The formula of this cream is very moisturizing, it makes my dry skin feel silky and healthy. I definitely recommend this cream for everyone who needs some extra nourishment and skin care.

To sum up, all the beauty balms I mentioned today in my list are amazing in their own special way and I like to use them all. Almost every makeup brands tries to make their own perfect BB cream and many of these attempts were successful. BB creams work differently and may look differently depending on a skin type and condition. If you are wondering how do they look on the skin check out my full reviews on every of these beauty balms by clicking on the links. And don`t forget to check out my previous My Favorite BB Creams post. Love you guys 

What`s your favorite BB cream at the moment?
Lots of love,
Liz

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Rainbow Unicorn Highlighter | Review & Swatches

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Tuesday, August 08, 2017
liz breygel makeup blogger beauty step by step tutorial born pretty store review
liz breygel makeup blogger beauty step by step tutorial born pretty store review
liz breygel makeup blogger beauty step by step tutorial born pretty store review
liz breygel makeup blogger beauty step by step tutorial born pretty store review
liz breygel makeup blogger beauty step by step tutorial born pretty store review

During the hot summer days I prefer to highlight my cheekbones using powder highlighters. Dry illuminators, shimmers and highlighters are not greasy therefore they are the best option for everyone with an oily skin type, especially during the summer. I personally have a dry skin type, but even my skin starts to melt in the summer`s heat and I can`t imagine using an oil based highlighters for my cheekbones. Pastel rainbow highlighter is such a huge trend at the moment and as always I`m the last person on this planet to try it out myself. That`s why today I`m going to review a Rainbow Highlighter Powder* by a famous Born Pretty Store: an online makeup, fashion and jewelry retailer for beauty junkies.

First off let me talk about the packaging of this product. Rainbow Unicorn Highlighter comes in a thin cardboard box and immediately after I unwrapped the aluminium pan I threw away the packaging and placed the pan inside of a magnetic makeup case. The packaging looks absolutely useless to me, but I`m happy about the fact that it is recyclable and it does not take too much space. The surface of the Rainbow Unicorn Highlighter is very beautiful and reminds me of the tropical ocean`s water. Stunning and colorful! I like to apply this product on my cheekbones and the rainbow effect makes me feel like a mermaid :)

The formula of this Unicorn Highlighter is slightly disappointing. Of course all of the pastel shades are very pretty, they are pastel, so the highlighter does not loo weird on the skin. You can use all six shades at the same time or one by one, as you like. The brightest color of all is blue, but pinks and purple look nice as well. But the downside of the rainbow highlighter is its texture: it is too dry and chunky. It looks like the highlighter was baked for a better color pay off. The shimmering particles in the product are too big and rough, though the final result looks nice on the skin. You can use this highlighter in two different ways: dry use, for a soft and dewy finish and wet use for more intense color and more blinding effect. 

Overall, I wanted to say that it is a perfect highlighting eye shadow for everyone who is not afraid of trying something new and different. Thanks to a special baked formula this Rainbow Unicorn Highlighter will last forever and you can use it in many ways. Hurry up to buy this highlighter, while Born Pretty Store has a huge discount on this product, at the moment it retails for $3.99. And don`t forget to use a special code LIZH to receive 10 % discount on your purchase, click the banner below to check out the Born Pretty Store product range. Hugs and kisses :*

What is your favorite highlighter at the moment?
Lots of love,
Liz

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Peridot Makeup Tutorial | August Birthstone

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Saturday, August 05, 2017
green smokey smoky eye makeup tutorial for brown amber green eyes liz breygel
green smokey smoky eye makeup tutorial for brown amber green eyes liz breygel

August the last summer month and we all can feel the fresh breath of the forthcoming autumn. But luckily for everyone who was born in August this month has probably the most beautiful birthstone - the mysterious and peculiar Peridot gemstone. Peridot, also known as 'the Evening Emerald', is one of the few gemstones that occur in only one color: an olive - green. The intensity of the green color can vary from a very light lime green to a deep forest green shade and if you look closely on a raw Peridot gemstone you will catch all shades of yellow - green color. I think this gemstone and it`s color perfectly represents month of August and the transition between summer and autumn. Inspired by the raw Peridot gemstones and the beautiful August I`ve decided to create a very simple and sultry smoky eye makeup and I think you can easily recreate this look following my easy step by step tutorial.

1. Start your makeup with an eyeshadow primer, apply it all over your eyelid and then blend with a help of your ring finger. Eyeshadow primer will help your eyeshadow to last all day long without fading and creasing. 

2. Don`t forget to fill in your eyebrows, you can se eyeshadow or eyebrow pencil as you prefer. To make our eyeshadow super intense apply black eye kohl all over your eyelid, blend the edges with a help of soft synthetic brush. 

3. Now it is start to apply dark green eyeshadow, try to choose an eyeshadow with a yellowish undertone. Use a dense natural brush for an application and dab the product on the top of eye kohl.

4. Highlight the brow bone and the inner corner of the eye, I`ve decided to use a champagne satin eyeshadow. To make your smoky eye even more deep and intense tightline your upper and lower waterline and lashline, using the same black eye kohl..

5. To finish up Peridot makeup curl your eyelashes and apply few coats of your favorite mascara, you can also apply false eyelashes.

I want to congratulate everyone who was born in August and wish them all the best! Green smoky eye is one of my favorite makeup looks and I think it looks absolutely stunning on everyone. I really hope you liked my Peridot Birthstone makeup and my tutorial helped you to recreate this look. Don`t forget to follow my blog, because we have four more beautiful birthstone makeup looks ahead. Love you ♡

Lots of love,
Liz

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Makeup Mixing Palette & How To Use It?

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Thursday, August 03, 2017
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makeup artist blogger liz breygel beauty basics
makeup artist blogger liz breygel beauty basics
makeup artist blogger liz breygel beauty basics
makeup artist blogger liz breygel beauty basics

Do you love to create creative makeup look, but tired of makeup mess? Maybe you are a professional makeup artist or beauty blogger and need to invent a brand new lipstick shade or mix some foundation? Take your makeup passion on another level and stop using a back of your hand to mix your makeup products. Today we are talking all about a stainless steel mixing paw palettes and how to use them.

Stainless Steel Disinfects Itself


What is stainless steel and why it is so widely used? Stainless steel, also known as inox steel, is a special alloy of Iron with a minimum of 10.5% Chromium. This metal is well - known for its corrosion resistance abilities and therefore commonly used at medicine, food and other industries. There is no need at special sterilizing machine when you are using stainless steel tools - you can easily steam clean or sterilize them with alcohol and use them again. 

What Is Mixing Makeup Palette?



A Stainless Steel Makeup Palette is a must have tool for every makeup artist and junkie and considered a pro classic for a very long time. Whether you are are working with a client, friend or applying your makeup, stainless steel palette is always helpful. You can use it to mix a liquid makeup products, such as foundation, eyeliner and lipstick, or to mix a dry textures - eyeshadows and powders. Basically it is possible to use  all types of products  (even a special makeup effect ) as well as corrosives products. 
 
When you are working with a client or a model sanitary and safety comes before everything else, even your skills. Even the most clean hands contain a big amount of bacteria. That`s why using the back of your own hand is unhealthful and looks unprofessional. A clean stainless steel makeup palette provides the perfect sanitary working surface for blending makeup products.



Types Of Stainless Steel Palettes

There are a huge variety of makeup mixing palette on a beauty market and every artist can find a palette that will fit their needs. Some of the palettes are solid and come with a special `ring` or a `bracelet` this helps you to place a palette on your finger or a wrist. Other palettes come with a thumb - hole and a special wells where you can mix the liquid textures. Sizes and shapes of the palettes vary from brand to brand, but the main idea is the same - all of the palettes have a smooth surface, it is easy to clean and maintain.

How To Use?

It is very simple to use and maintain a stainless steel mixing palette, they are very durable and do not require a special storage conditions. You can take it on a photo shoot right in your makeup case, it is lightweight and does not take much space. Before and after the usage clean a surface with rubbing alcohol or simply wash it with antibacterial soap. To remove grease of the surface use a dish wash, but don`t forget to sterilize it after, because dish wash does not kill germs. Steel is magnetic, so you can also use this palette to carry a metal pans full of the makeup products.

Stainless Steel Palette* by Born Pretty Store is a full - sized mixing palette, which is 15 cm (5.9 inch) long and 10 cm (3,9inch) wide. It is big enough to use liquid and powders textures at the same time, so you don`t need to clean up the surface each time. Even though this palette is quite big, it is light and easy to work with. Steel makeup palette features a thumb hole and five 'mixing areas' for the products. I also received a dual - ended mixing spatula (15 cm long) - one side of the spatula is pointy and the end is slightly curved, while the other side rectangular with rounded edges. 

Forget an annoying habit of using the back of your hand for makeup mixing, no matter if you are a professional makeup artist, makeup lover or just learner,  stainless steel makeup palette is a must have for everyone who likes makeup. This steel makeup palette at the moment retails at $8.99 and you can receive a special 10% discount on every purchase from born pretty store if you use my special code LIZH10. Click the banner below to check out new makeup arrivals right now. Hugs & kisses :*
Lots of love,
Liz

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