Rio Inspired Makeup

While watching the Rio Olympics opening ceremony last night, I found myself inspired by 12-year-old MC Soffia, who raps about empowering black women and stopping racism. She came on stage in a black and taupe sparkly jumpsuit, pink dreadlocks, and a giant sparkly bow in her hair. So not only does she have talent and a powerful message to make, but she’s also got crazy cool style. Needless to say I woke up this morning and just had to do my own interpretation of that moment on stage.

So here it is and here’s what I used…


Brushes (from top to bottom):


        1. tarte the buffer airbrush finish bamboo foundation brush – I got mine in a makeup brush set around the holidays last year.  However you can buy this brush which has a bamboo finish instead of the gold.  Price: $34.00 Buy Now
        2. tarte foundation brush – I got mine in that same holiday set I described above.  Although it’s a foundation brush, I like to use it for blush and highlight when my double ended contour brush is dirty and needs washing (like today).  For a similar brush check out tarte double-ended highlighter brush Price: $34.00 Buy Now
        3. Mac 168 Large Angled Contour Brush – Again, this is a travel brush that I got as part of a holiday set last year.  If you haven’t realized yet, I like buying brush sets around the the holidays.  However the nice thing about mac brushes is that they’re normally numbered so you can find the individual one at any Mac store. Price $35.00  Or you can get the limited edition Troll Doll brush for $45.00.
        4. Mac Double Ended Brush – Again, this is one I got from a holiday set.  I believe it is a double ended version of the Mac 228 Mini Shader Brush and the Mac 209 Eyeliner Brush.  They are $20.00 each.
        5. Taste Angled Eyeliner Brush- This was a mini that I received with a liquid eyeliner gift from Sephora.  But the full sized brush is called the tarte etch & sketch double-ended bamboo liner brush Price: $15.00 Buy Now
        6. Tarte Swamp Queen Eyeshadow Brush- This is the eyeshadow brush that comes with the tarte limited-edition Swamp Queen palette (see below) Price: $45.00 Buy Now

Face (from left to right):


    1. Osea Atmosphere Protection Cream – I got this product in one of my FabFitFun boxes and love it. Sign Up for FabFitFun Today!  The box cost me $49 and had a number of full products, and if you go to the Osea Malibu website you’ll find this cream alone costs $48.  So the box is well worth it.  It’s all natural and non-toxic many of the ingredients are even organic.  Highly recommend this face cream and FabFitFub because I would not even know about this product if it weren’t for the box.
    2. Cover FX Mattifying Primer – I like this primer and it has anti-blemish properties, which I need when I’m feeling stressed.  My skin is sensitive and prone to acne when I’m stressed.  As weird as it may be, I never had problems with acne before I turned 25.  After 25 I started getting really bad stress related acne.  So this primer feels good and keeps my acne in check.
    3. Hourglass Vanish Foundation in “Ivory” – This is the most amazing foundation ever. I love it so much.  It gives me really great coverage but isn’t cakey or heavy feeling.  Feels like I’m wearing nothing.  Since I just got it, I’m not sure how long a tube will last, but it is so worth the money.
    4. Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Corrector – in “Warm Ivory”- I used this mainly under my eyes, on the bridge of my nose and the cupid’s bow above my top lip.
    5. Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette – Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette – I used the Deep Contour color to contour the hollows of my cheeks, my forehead, under my chin, and just a tiny bit under my bottom lip. Price: $45.00 Buy Now
    6. Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea Marine Boosting Mist- I used this as a setting spray but forgot to add it to the picture.  Price $25.00.  This is a Sephora exclusive.  It’s got a fragrant orange scent and is very refreshing.  You can use it as a primer and makeup setting spray.  And sometimes I use as a refreshing mist after I’ve been out doors or after I’ve cleaned my face.

Tarte Limited-Edition Swamp Queen Palette –

Price: $45.00 Buy Now – This is my new favorite thing in the entire world.  Today I used every aspect of this palette.  So it got it’s own category and picture. You need this.  There should be no doubt in your mind.  This is a MUST on your shopping list.  Besides the incredible product, please take note of the adorable packaging and the cute words written on the mirror.  “Believe in yourself.  Love yourself.  Embrace your individuality.”  Bunny (aka Grav3yardgirl) did an amazing job with this palette.  My mom and I each bought one!


  1. Highlighter – My favorite thing in this palette is the highlighter in “Gator Wings.”  I would have bought this palette just for this highlighter.  It is amazing.  I need not say more.  You MUST have this highlighter.
  2. Blush – I also used the blush in “Does This Thing Really Work?” I was hesitant because it looks very sparkly and I’ve been a matte girl forever.  But this blush is so beautiful and the pigment is fantastic.
  3. Eyes – I cannot get enough of the beautiful eyeshadows in this palette.  I wanted to use more of them.  But I settled for using just two.  I used “haunting” to highlight under my brows (but of course forgot to actually do my brows!  NEXT TIME!).  It is a sparkly pretty light pink that will quickly become your favorite.  And I also used “uncommon” on top of the LOC cream eyeshadow (see below) but specially in the inner corner of my eye.

EYES Continued:


  1.  Givenchy- Prisme Quatuor in “2-Ecume.”  Price $59.00.  I used the purple shimmery color in the bottom left hand corner of the palette.  I used the color to darken my crease.  As dark as it looks in the palette, it’s actually a really soft color but the intensity can be built.
  2. Benefit- roller lash curling mascara Price $24.00.  I love this mascara and specially love the shape of the wand.  Pictured is the travel sized that I got in a set.  I’ve purchased the full size before and will continue to do so.  But I also love having the travel-sized because it’s so easy to throw into my weekend bag when I’m going on a trip or even for after the gym makeup.
  3. Birchbox’s LOC + Tati one and done shadow stick in “Impress Me” – I used this over my lid in lieu of a primer (partially because I couldn’t find my primer). I found this to be a great base color, a pretty metallic taupe.  I have quite a few of these (available on and they are super long lasting and smudge proof.
  4. Anastasia Beverly Hills- Eyeshadow in “Black Diamond.”  This eyeshadow is a very pigmented black with golden sparkles.  At first I had intended to just use this sparkly shadow as an eyeliner.  I dipped my Tarte angled brush into water and then in the shadow and drew a dramatic cat eyeliner.  However, I wasn’t satisfied with the look.  I wanted it bolder.  So I also used it agin the outer corner of my eye, blending it into the crease to about mid eye.  My eyeshadow came in the Lavish eyeshadow palette, however you can buy this shade as an individual for $12.00
  5. Bite Beauty – High Pigment Pencil in “Quince” (see below).  I actually used the tarte eyeshadow brush to rub a tiny bit of the lipstick on my lower eyelid for a pop of color. So looking forward to getting Bite Beauty’s Multistick next week!  I really needed it today!

Lips (from left to right):

  1.  Birchbox’s Arrow Boost color enhancing lip balm- I used this to prep my lips because my lips were a little chapped today.  I wiped it off before I put on my lipstick.  It costs $14.00
  2. Bite Beauty- High Pigment Pencil in “Quince.”  No lip liner necessary.  This is a gorgeous bright pink shade, long lasting and not drying at all.  My pencil is a mini, which I got at Sephora in the perfect pair lip pencil set (two pencils for $14).  The regular pencil is $24.


  1. Amika’s The Shield Style Extending Spray – Price $24.00.  I’m going to do a whole post on Amika products at a later time so that’s why I didn’t photograph it and why I’m not going to spend a lot of time talking about it in this post.  But for now, know that this is definitely one to have.  After washing my hair, I sprayed it with this product.  I pulled the majority of my hair atop my head in a bun, leaving just a small layer of hair at the nape of my neck (enough for two braids).  I then divided the remaining hair in two and made two loose braids.  I pulled each of the braids up towards the crown of my head and to the opposite side of my head, pinning them at the back of my head.  Then I wrapped a pink ribbon in my hair (courtesy of my last box!) and released the hair in the bun.  I wore my hair long and curly, letting it air dry.  Thanks to the style extending spray the curls stayed intact and there was no frizz.

And that’s it!  Hope you enjoyed my look and enjoy the olympics.   



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