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Bee Beauty is a blog devoted primarily to all things makeup, with tutorials, product reviews, look books, new trends and much more all with a dark somewhat spooky undertone and pale gal friendly. You’ll also find lifestyle articles, fitness, plus-sized fashion, pop culture, technology trends, interior design and even some humor!BEE BEAUTY.png

I’m Anna Bankester, author of Bee Beauty. I’m a  freelance makeup artist and blogger with a passion for cosmetology. I have a background in art and design, but my true love is all things makeup.

Don’t forget to check out my Instagram for the day to day life of a Beauty Blogger/MUA and Makeup Challenges, Facebook, for blog updates and makeup LOLs  Pinterest for inspo and current obsessions, Bloglovin and Twitter for updates!

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Snow Cats – Makeup Tutorial Inspired by AFI feat. Kat Von D Beauty

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Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen, this morning I have a new tutorial for you guys inspired by AFI’s music video for their single Snow Cats off of the new album, Blood.

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There are two versions of the look, one with and one without the washed out teal glow. Both feature a bold red wing and a red lip.  fotorcrdecdcddatedFor this look, I wanted to keep things very simple color wise much like the video. The colors are for the most part are complementary shades which create very striking imagery. The colors are stark, yet washed out giving them a retro feel. I tried to imitate that tones in the makeup.

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Theses opposing shades are paired with minimal geometrics shapes over trippy but muted galaxy background. I drew inspiration from the shapes and tried to create a very graphic and angular wing.

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If you want to see how I got this look, just keep reading below.
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Last Week in Pictures. Life + Makeup. February 1st – 12th

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Good Evening! Tonight I have my first Last Week in Pictures Post, instead of waiting for a whole a month and doing a huge post, I decided to do weekly or bi-weekly updates depending on how much I have to post about.

In these posts, I will have all my MOTD’s and whatever else I got up this past week.

I also have a new posting schedule of Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. This year is all about being organized and getting things done right.

On to the pics, Let’s jump in!

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Nars Light Refecting Pressed Powder Review

stories-1Review time once again! Today, I have a review of the Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Powder and spoiler, it’s one of the most beautiful products of life photo nars light reflecting pressed powder 3_zpsupqrcp1v.jpg.

I have been using this setting powder for well over two years now. It’s my go-to when I want a flawless skin. I mean bridal flawless. photo nars light reflecting pressed powder 4_zpshgozxjze.jpgAs you can see mine is indeed well loved. I used it on a regular basis to set my undereye, and my face. It is available in a loose or pressed form. I haven’t tried the loose but I find the pressed to be incredibly convenient. I can bring it along for touch ups throughout the day. Not that I need many touch-ups when I use this powder. It’s very long wearing. Like the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and Nars Luminous Weightless Foundation, I have found it to withstand the busiest, most hectic of days, such as weddings. I used this powder on my own wedding day and on other brides and it lasted through the tears and sweat perfectly. photo nars light reflecting pressed powder 6_zpsv9owoduc.jpgThe powder itself is white with a very subtle sheen of reflecting which is completely undetectable and translucent on the skin once applied with a super silky texture, it’s very finely milled. photo nars light reflecting pressed powder 5_zpsfrkamhpd.jpgWhy is this setting powder so magical? It’s formulated with what Nars calls Photochromatic Tech which diffuses light and adjusts to new light sources.
It’s also made with glycerin, antioxidants and vitamin E to protect against dryness, which one thing you will not experience with this powder. You will never look dry, or cakey. It minimizes the look of pores, blurs fine lines and wrinkles like a dream. This is a holy grail powder. Who know, the fountain of youth came in powder form.

I love that it comes with this cute little carrying pouch too. I keep it inside this for when I bring it in my bag. photo nars light reflecting pressed powder 2_zpsjbqwd5sg.jpgAll this raving, but how does it look on the skin? Below is a close up of my face using the Nars Light Reflecting Powder to set my face after using the Nar Luminous Weightless Foundation and the Nars Radiant Concealer. photo nars light reflecting pressed powder 8_zpsfdebujoz.jpg photo nars light reflecting pressed powder 7_zpsb8cqc88k.jpgThe powder feels weightless and pretty undetectable on the skin in my opinion. My skin type is dry and it works great on me without emphasizing any dryness. I think it would work fine for all skin types and in my experience as an MUA it has.

The finished face. photo nars light reflecting pressed powder 1_zpsnotkedg6.jpg I feel like the Nars products I used are all formulated to work together flawlessly while still working great with other products as well. It’s just magic when you use them together. photo Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer 4_zpsc8lyxt9d.png photo Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer 1_zpsmqilkfnq.png photo Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer 5_zps0yc7wldu.jpgAll in all, if you haven’t gathered it by now. This is my holy grail setting powder. I have yet to find anything that compares, there is a reason it’s achieved such a cult status. If you have a suggestion, please leave it below.

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January in Makeup + Favorites

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Good afternoon guys! Today I have a round-up of my MOTD’s and Beauty Obsessions for the month of January.  Kind of a long post so let’s grab a coffee and jump right on in.   photo OUTLINES GIRLS II - LITTLEDR3AMS 12_zpsfq4id3kn.jpg

Question. Would MOTD’s be better in a weekly post and just include all my favorites in my Month in Pics posts? I feel like this is too much for one post and it makes more sense to have all the favorites together. I’m going to give that a try for February. I think I will just do weekly updates with both types of post together.

Okay, let’s get on with all the MOTD’s for January.

January 3rd – Winter Purple Look.  photo 5y5ye5y5_zps8vez0es2.png

Primer: Maybelline Master Prime Blur + Redness

Foundation: L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow

Concealer: NYX Gotcha Covered + Elf Concealer

Setting Powder: Covergirl Advanced Radiance

Contour: Sephora – Tranquil

Blush: Too Faced – Skyline

Bronzer: Physicians Formula BB Bronze Booster

Highlight: Nyx Strobe Palette – Lavender + Elf Baked Highlighter – Pink Diamonds + L’Oreal True Match Lumi – Cool 

Eyelid Primer: Elf

Brows: Anastasia Dip Brow – Taupe + Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance – Cyprus Umber

Eyeshadow: Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance – Boun Fresco. Love Letter, Vermeer + Kat Von D Metal Matte – Velvet, Volt, Silk, Bone

Liner: Nyx Slide on – Jewel + Nyx Wonder stick – Light

Mascara: Kat Von D Immortal Lash + Too Faced Better than Sex

Lips: Glips Matte Lipstick – Cupcake
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January 7th – Antique Bronze  photo fefef_zpsiq0nayj5.png

Eyeshadow: Anastasia Modern Renaissance – Antique Bronze, Cyprus Umber, Raw Sienna, Tempera, Primavera 

Lips: Glips Matte Lipstick – Boho Chic

January 8th – Experiments 
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January 10th – Keeping it Simple 
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Primer: Studio Gear

Foundation: L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow

Concealer: Maybelline Age Rewind

Cream Contour: Nyx Sculpt & Highlight Face Duo – Taupe/Ivory

Contour: Tarte Tarteist Contour

Blush: Tarte Tarteist Contour

Bronzer: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer –  Luminous Light Bronze 

Finishing Powder: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder – Diffused Light

Highlight: L’Oreal True Match Lumi – Cool  + Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder – Iridescent Light

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow – Taupe + Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance  – Cyprus Umber + Warm Taupe 

Eyelid Primer: ELF

Eyeshadow: Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance – Vermeer, Venetian Red, Buon Fresco

Mascara:  L’Oreal Voluminous Feline

Lips: Glips Matte Lipstick – Cupcake 

January 11th – Kind of Glam + Love Affair with Rag Curls.  photo BeautyPlus_20170109054756_save_zpsfbw45hlb.jpg photo dthgrgr_zpsmfuhhuqd.png
Primer: ELF Color Correct – Green

Foundation: Elf Flawless Finish

Concealer: Maybelline Age Rewind

Cream Contour: NYX Sculpt and Highlight Face Duo – Taupe/Ivory

Setting Powder: Covergirl Advanced Radiance

Contour: Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette

Blush: Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette

Highlight: L’Oreal True Match Lumi – Cool + ELF Baked Highlighter – Pink Diamonds

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow – Taupe + Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance  – Cyprus Umber + Warm Taupe 

Eyeshadow: Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance – Tempera, Vermeer, Buon Fresco, Venetian Red, Love Letter, Antique Bronze 

Liner: Tarte  –  Midnight Plum 

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Feline

Lips: Glips Matte Lipstick – Cupcake
January 12th – Rainforest After Dark
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Primer: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Radiance + Estee Edit Pore Vanishing Stick

Foundation: ELF Beautifully Bare Serum Foundation + Nyx Pro Foundation Mixer – White

Concealer: Maybelline Age Rewind

Cream Contour: NYX Sculpt and Highlight Face Duo – Taupe/Ivory

Setting Powder: ELF HD Setting Powder

Contour: Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette

Blush: Tarte Rainforest After Dark

Bronzer: Tarte Park Ave Princess

Finishing Powder: ELF Illuminating Palette

Highlight: Tarte Rainforest After Dark

Brows: Colourpop Brow Color – Taupe 

Eyeshadow: Tarte Rainforest After Dark

Liner: NYX Faux White – Linen + Kat Von D Tattoo Liner – Trooper

Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex

Lips:  Maybelline Loaded Bolds – Gone Greige 

January 13th – Birthday Makeup for B-Day Dinner and Drinks
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Primer: Studio Gear

Foundation: Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation + Nyx Pro Mixer – White

Concealer: Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer

Cream Contour: NYX Sculpt and Highlight Face Duo – Taupe/Ivory

Setting Powder: Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder + Nars Light Refecting Pressed Powder

Contour: Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette

Blush: Hourglass – Mood Exposure

Bronzer: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer – Luminous Light

Finishing Powder: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder – Diffused Light + Dim Light

Highlight: Wet N Wild Gold Bar

Brows: Kat Von D Metal Matte Palette – Oak + Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil

Eyeshadow: Kat Von D Serpentina – Queen, Bloodmilk, Hieroglyph  + Kat Von D Metal Matte – Bone, Flash + Wet N Wild Gold Bar

Liner: Nyx Faux Black – Oxblood 

Mascara: Tarteist Lash Paint + L’Oreal Voluminous Feline

Lips: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick – Damned for the vampy lip and Nyx Liquid Suede – Soft Spoken for the neutral
January 15th – January Birthdays Party at the Bar
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Primer: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Radiance + Estee Edit Pore Vanishing Stick

Foundation: ELF Flawless Finish + Nyx Pro Mixer – White

Concealer: Maybelline Age Rewind

Setting Powder: Revlon Photoready

Contour: Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette

Blush: Too Faced –  Mademoiselle 

Finishing Powder: ELF Illuminating Palette

Highlight:  Wet N Wild Gold Bar

Eyeshadow:  ABH Modern Renaissance – Tempera, Burnt Orange, Cyprus Umber, + Kat Von D Serpentina – Scarab, Medusa, Ankh 

Liner: Make Up For Ever XL in Black

Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex + L’Oreal Voluminous Feline

Lips: Maybelline Loaded Bolds – Raging Rasin 

January 20th – Snow Cats, An Upcoming Tutorial 
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January 25th –  Lived in Glittery Smoky Eye photo FotorCreatexsxsxsxssxsxd_zpsxe2xmmba.png

Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Vice 2 – Rewind, Lovesick, Habit, Dope 

Liner: Kat Von D Lightning Liner – Jett 

Lips: Colourpop Liquid Lipstick – Kapow + Maybelline Loaded Bolds – Gone Greige 

January 26th – Messy Wing + Red Lips 
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Liner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner – Trooper

Lips: Sephora Rouge Cream – #49 Belly-Dancing 

January 27th –  Soft Monochromatic Look  photo djmjgmhnfn_zpsjrzmw8nl.png

Primer: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Radiance + Estee Edit Pore Vanishing Stick

Foundation: Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation + Nyx Pro Mixer – White

Concealer: Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

Setting Powder: Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Powder

Contour: Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette

Blush: Too Faced  – Stardust

Bronzer – Too Faced- Snow Bunny + Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer – Luminous Light. 

Finishing Powder: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder – Diffused Light

Highlight:  Too Faced – Flushed 

Eyeshadow: ABH Modern Renaissance – Tempera, Raw Sienna, Golden Ochre, Red Ochre, Venetian Red, Cyprus Umber

Liner: NYX Faux White – Linen 

Mascara: Too Faced Better than Sex

Lips: Nyx Liquid Suede – Soft Spoken

And that wraps up the MOTD’s

Sometimes you just gotta play with filters because they can make for some cool pictures.  photo ggbgb_zpskxzbmhsc.pngAnd you gotta document those good brow days!
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I also posted A Winter Makeup Tutorial in January, you can check it out here: Ghost Song – Winter Makeup Tutorial feat. Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance + Kat Von D Metal Matte

Time for some makeup products I have been obsessing over this past month.

Obviously, if you couldn’t tell from my MOTD’s I was in love with the ABH Modern Renaissance Palette. I can’t stop reaching for this one.  photo 20161208_085038_zpsbwdbdoge.jpg

On the lips, I have been loving these Matte Lipsticks from a Columbian Makeup Brand called Glips. I couldn’t find their website so I’ll link you their Instagram here: @glipscosmetics
 photo 20170103_104414_zpsp9pcy20f.jpgI have really really really been like this Faux Whites Eyeliner from NYX on the inner water line. It’s super brightening,  eye opening, natural and long wearing.
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Next is the NYX Faux Blacks in Oxblood. I need more reasons to use this guy! I love it. Such great quality.
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This! The NYX Pro Foundation Mixer is White is such a lifesaver, it allows me to customize the tone of my foundations so I get the perfect match on my pale ass face. It’s light weight, adds no additional coverage or cake to your foundation.
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and lastly, for skincare, I have been enjoying the Lumapro-C Brightening Pigment Corrector Serum from Hydropeptide. I think it’s been helping my skin out and fading my hyperpigmentation.  photo 20170111_075422_zps1l5akysv.jpg

You can see my review here:  LUMAPRO-C: Brightening Pigment Corrector Serum Reviewelevate

And incase you missed it:

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer Review + DemostoriesJanuary in Pictures + Non-Makeup Favoritesjanuary-in-pictureL’Oreal Everpure Volume Shampoo & Conditioner ReviewdcdHoliday Haul. Home Decor, Books, and Music. (Xmas Gifts)december-in-makeupCollective Makeup Haul Fall/Winter 2016makeup-haulCollective Clothing and Accessory Haul Fall/Winter 2016 + Xmas Giftson-now

Yeah, I’m definitely going to break these post up into a weekly/bi-monthly posts. These take way to long to type up. lol!  photo giphy 5_zpskronamae.gif

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Maybelline Loaded Bold Lipstick Review and Swatches.

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Welcome back Beauty Bees. (god, that sounded lame) Today, I have a review of the Maybelline Loaded Bolds range, I have four of the shades to show you with swatches. So let’s get started! maybelline-loaded-boldsFirst up, as you probably know from my reviews, I like to talk about the packaging. These are of the same shape and make as all of Maybelline’s lipsticks. Each collection is differentiated by the color and finish of the cap. In the Loaded Bolds case, the cap is a translucent royal blue with a silver metal bullet. Nice, sleek but nothing too fancy but they look great in a grouping on the vanity. They will get kind of messy looking with fingerprints.

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The formula I think is pretty unique. While I’m not familiar with Maybelline’s other traditional lipsticks. I can tell you these are different than any I have tried at the drugstore or from a high end line. Here’s what’s different about them, they have a very prominent silicone feel much like a face primer. I have never felt that in a lipstick before so I looked up the ingredients and the lipsticks are made with silica.  This is going to be something that is a personal preference if you think that’s a good feel on the lips or not. I don’t mind it one bit.  According to Maybelline’s website, they are a clay based formula and made with Honey Nectar to leave a creamy texture. I’m no scientist but I know silica is found in nature and in sand… so would that be the clay they are referring too? Anyway, the honey nectar does keep the lipstick from being too drying on the lips and keeps it comfortable while still being a nice creamy matte.

The lipstick is very long wearing and wears away gracefully over a few hours. They are not kiss or food proof by any mean. They will transfer just like any other lippy.

They have a fragrance that is very synthetic smelling but goes away.

Let’s see some swatches. carpe-1Pitch Black is not the best performing shade, it’s patchy as hell in fact. I applied black liner then the lipstick to get it to look good. While I am tickled to find a black lipstick at the drugstore, from Maybelline no less. This one hard to work with but you can get it there.  Out of the four I have, this is the only dud. carpe-2Next, is Raging Rasin, a beautiful warm plum shade goes on smooth and wears great, has killer pigmentation. I love this one. carpe-3

Mauve it is a cool smoky purple shade. It some lights it comes off more of a dusty rose tone and in others a purple shade. It’s a great shade and just like Raging Rasin, it wears great, pigmented and smooth. carpeAnd lastly, I have Gone Griege. This is that perfect gray/beige shade. Again, it’s a win. Pigmented smooth and wears great. It makes a nice “Nude” if you wanna shake things up a bit. Oddly flattering.

Overall, these are great lipsticks with a creamy matte finish. Comfortable and pigmented. Maybe avoid the vampy shades as they may be patchy like the black.

The shade range is quite impressive. From the grayed out smoky shades. vibrant reds and coral oranges, vampy bolds to avant-garde navy, white, black and purples. The shades are great for all skin tones. 

The Maybelline Loaded Bolds retail for around 7 bucks and you can find them anywhere Maybelline is sold.

Have you tried these lippies? What is your favorite shade from the range?

*This post was not sponsored

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