Current Makeup Routine

My current makeup routine, step by step

Whenever I post on my stories with some makeup on, I get a bunch of DM’s asking if I can do a makeup tutorial. Let me start off by saying I am NOT a professional LOL. I probably don’t do certain things correctly, but this works for me 🙂 I uploaded an IGTV video showcasing each step here.

#1 LOTION (ELF) || I put lotion all over my face before I put my primer on or anything else. My face tends to get really dry in every season, so if I do not put lotion on, my nose and cheeks will dry up and peel under my makeup && we don’t want that. It’s extremely weird lol. I have tried various hydrating lotions and have used the ELF one for almost a year now. Not only is it super affordable, but it does the job.

#2 FACE PRIMER PRIMER || I pat/rub this onto under my eyes and by my nose (underneath near my lip), on my chin, and a little on my forehead. It helps to hold my makeup and hide my larger pores. This primer has by far been the best one I have tried. I have been loving Tula products and this was no exception.

#3 FOUNDATION || Wearing the shade “465” when I have no tan and “490” when I have that sun kissed glow. I kind of just put some all over my face and neck and buff it in with this brush. I have tried using beauty blenders, but I do not get the same effect I do if I buff it in with a brush. I also bring the excess to my chest area if I am wearing a lower cut shirt. I find that I do not apply it as evenly with a beauty blender, than I do with a brush. Also, Jamie (@makeupbyjaysaunz) talked about this foundation on her story and then I saw Tricia (@hairby_trici) and she was wearing it, and I knew I needed to try it. It has the best wear and is such an amazing formula.

#5 CONCEALER || I use the shade “Light Beige.” I just started using like two months ago and prefer it over shape tape. I apply my concealer under my eyes, on the sides of my nose, under my nose, on my chin, on the top of my nose, and on my forehead; all in the shape of a triangle. I then damp my beauty blender, with this setting spray and buff/dab the concealer in to blend it into my face.

#6 SETTING POWDER || I use the shade “Translucent” to set my concealer! This has by far been the best one I have tried and used. I apply it with the same beauty blender I applied my concealer with here. I apply it to every place I put the concealer, as well as around my mouth because I get crease lines there. After 5 or so minutes, I wipe it off with a brush. No specific one, but I usually use one like this.

#7 BRONZER & CONTOUR || To apply my contour, I make a fish face and apply the bronzer to my cheek bones to make them look more defined. I then apply it on my forward and jawline. You end up applying it like the number 3. I then do the side of my nose and a small line across the bridge of my nose. I use this brush to apply the bronzer on my face and this brush (the largest one) to apply it to my cheeks bones, forehead, and jawline. I use either this brush set to contour my nose and then use the other brush in it to blend it out. I also sometimes use a foundation stick to just add a bit to the look before doing it with my bronzer, with this in “F11”

#8 BLUSH || Wearing shade “Berry Amore” which is my favorite! I love the baked blushes because they give me the best color. I apply this to the apple of my cheeks and towards my contour. I use the brush all the way to the right in this pack to apply the blush.

# EYES (PALETTE, PRIMER, TAPE) || I use the Huda Beauty or the Carli Bybel palette (which is no longer for sale) on a daily basis. Because I have brown eyes, I have found that pinks, purples, etc work best to really make my eyes pop. So first I use the eye primer. Then I will blend the “COLOR” and “COLOR” into my crease using this brush. Once I have a good base color I like, I then do the outside corners of my eyes with a brown or black eyeshadow to give it a slight smokey eye effect with this brush. Then, I use this brush (and wet it with my setting spray) to get some glitter or pigment onto the lid of my eye. Wetting it prior to using glitter or more pigmented eyeshadows will really glop it on for the brighter effect. Lastly I will put a little but more of the darker brown or black onto the end of my eye lid again and blend it using this brush.

#9 EYELINERS (BOTTOM, TOP) || I use a liquid eyeliner on the top lid and a regular pencil for the bottom lid. My eyes are extremely sensitive, and these are the only two that have not bothered me. To get a winged look, I tend to follow my eyelid up and just hope for the best LOL.

#10 MASCARA (CURLER, PRIMER, MAIN, MAGNETIC LASHES) || First I use the lash curler on both eyes. I then use the primer to really extend my lashes out as much as possible. I usually put it on one eye, top and bottom, and then put it on the other. Once they both have it, I go back to the first eye and put mascara on then do to the other so it gives the primer a chance to dry a little. Then, I use the magnetic lashes, if I want that extra boom, since I can’t apply lashes with glue (I literally just don’t get how people do it! It is so hard LOL), and my eyes are too sensitive to get extensions.

#11 HIGHLIGHTER || I am obsessed with Kylie Cosmetic’s highlighters. I have three of them and literally use them all the time. I use this brush to apply it to the bridge of my nose, the tip of my nose, above my eyebrow, right under my eyebrow, above my top lip, and above my cheekbones.

#12 LIPS (LINER, LIPSTICK, & MOISTURIZER) || Liner is the shade “dusty rose,” the lipstick is “velvet teddy.”

#13 SETTING SPRAY || I spray this all over my face once my makeup is complete. It helps to set it and keep it looking matte.

#14 OTHER ITEMS || (Items I use behind the scenes) Beauty Sponge Cleaner, Waterless Brush & Sponge Cleaner,

Hope this helps! You can also head to my instagram to watch me apply it on IGTV <3

Xo,
Nina

Save vs. Splurge – Vacation Edition

Hi babes! I have a trip coming up, and have been non-stop looking for some cute outfits and items. I have been obsessed with finding some cute kimonos for the beach, bikinis, and some more cute vacation items. I fell in love with the Valentino sandals, but couldn’t justify spending $345 on them, and knew I had to find a cheaper option/dupe. Thanks to amazon, I did!! I am sharing a few of my other save vs splurge ideas for you gals <3

SAVE

SPLURGE

Which is your favorite “Save” item?

Xo,

Nina

Favorite Shoes on Sale

Hi Babes,

I am seeing so many of my favorite shoes on sale so I wanted to share them all with you, and some are pairs I already have! I will include all links and prices/codes for you below 🙂

Boots & Booties –

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  1. $54 with code “49GOSHOP”. These are my favorite snow boots and the white is just so pretty. This is such an awesome price!
  2. 30% automatically taken off for a total of $84. I live in these boots for a little snowfall or the rain, they are so comfy and keep my feet dry and warm
  3. 50% automatically taken off for a total of $50.
  4. $70, no code necessary
  5. $50, no code necessary
  6. 60% automatically taken off for a total of $90. I just ordered these and they were fully restocked in all sizes!
  7. 60% automatically taken off for a total of $60.
  8. 60% automatically taken off for a total of $40.
  9. 60% automatically taken off for a total of $40.
  10. 50% automatically taken off for a total of $70.

Mules, Loafers, & Flats

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  1. 35% automatically taken off for a total of $45.
  2. $30 with code “49GOSHOP”.
  3. $33 with code “49GOSHOP”.
  4. 30% automatically taken off for a total of $70.
  5. 60% automatically taken off for a total of $80.
  6. 40% automatically taken off for a total of $78.
  7. $45, no code necessary.
  8. $50, no code necessary.
  9. $50, no code necessary.
  10. $50, no code necessary.

Sneakers & Slip-Ons

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  1. $50, no code necessary.
  2. $90, no code necessary. I wear these all the time and absolutely love them!
  3. $52, no code necessary.
  4. 30% automatically taken off for a total of $91.
  5. $90, no code necessary.
  6. $45, no code necessary.
  7. $35, no code necessary.

Let me know which ones are your favorites!

 

 

After Christmas Sales

 

LOFT: 50% off the entire site with the code “LOVEIT

 

NORDSTROM: Half-Yearly Sale Up to 50% off

 

LORD & TAYLOR: Extra 50% off Clearance Items; Use Code “DECEMBER” for extra $$ off select items

 

ABERCOMBIE & FITCH: Up to 60% off select styles & 25% off entire purchase

 

MISGUIDED: 50% off sitewide; use code “YEAREND50

 

JCREW: Extra 50% off final sale items

EXPRESS: Take an extra 30% off for up to 60% off select styles

NORDSTROM RACK: Extra 25% off clearance

SHOPBOP: Savings up to 70% off

REVOLVE: New markdowns on sale items up to 65% off

MACYS: Extra 15-25% off select items; use code “JOY

KOHLS: Markdowns up to 70% off on clearance items

 

A lot of stores are having some awesome sales between Christmas and New Years so I figured I would let you guys know where the sales were and some cute options! Now is the perfect time to use some of that Christmas Money/Gift Cards to buy some of your favorite items on sale! Happy Shopping 🙂

20 Over The Knee Suede Boots for Under $100

 

Happy Friday!

I am all about over the knee boots for the winter, and love my Stuart Weitzman ones. I know that they can be expensive, so I gathered all my favorite OTK boots for under $100. I think these are the perfect gift for the holidays or perfect shoe to wear with your outfit to the various parties you might be attending! I have tried on a few of these and couldn’t believe how amazing their quality is and how great they look.

Happy Shopping 🙂

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Xo,

Nina

Black Friday Haul Part 1

Hi Babes!

Happy almost Friday! Is it just me or has this week been dragging on?! I finally got some stuff in that I ordered on Black Friday and figured I would do a Haul for you. I also did a try on session in my stories on Instagram (@waterandwine_) so be sure to check it out!

Anyway, I was really looking for sweaters and cute but casual tops on Black Friday. Ones that can easily be dresses up and down depending on my mood or my plans. I’ll share all sizing info as well and will do another Haul when the rest of my stuff comes in! I ordered a few more things.

Outfit 1: Top, Jeans, Boots

Outfit 2: Top, Faux Leather Spanx, Booties

Outfit 3: Top

Outfit 4: Jacket

Outfit 1: I was looking for a top I could wear with a skirt for either work or everyday that wasn’t too low cut! Target definitely delivered. I would suggest sizing down in this. I thought it would be tight but it was kind of lose. I also thought I ordered the small but I got a medium so I am going to exchange it! The jeans I have had and I am wearing a 27 (size 4). These boots are so cute! They are Jessica Simpson and go to the shin. They are cute to wear with either jeans or a dress/skirt! They are TTS and I’m wearing my normal a 9.5!

Outfit 2: So I am slightly obsessed with this top. I really wanted it in black as well, but I waited to long and it was sold out. It’s the perfect little sweater top if you are hanging out or traveling. It’s extremely light weight and can be dressed up or down. I’m wearing a small here! The spanx faux leather leggings will likely become my favorite go tos. I’m so glad I invested in them. They really suck you in! I am wearing a medium. Lastly, I’ve blogged about my shoes before but I love these Calvin booties! I’m wearing a size 9.5 and they are TTS.

Outfit 3: Another Target find! Love this little casual sweater. The slits on the side make it a little dressier and it’s so comfortable!

Outfit 4: I wasn’t sure about this coat when I first got it but I LOVE it! I ordered a medium hoping I could layer underneath, and I totally can! I think it would look good with jeans or a dress!

What do you think of the outfits? Also let me know what you think of these blog posts of the hauls in the comments below!

Xo,

Nina


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