MOTD feat. Carli Bybel x BH Cosmetics Deluxe Edition Palette 

Today I created a beautiful halo eye look using the Carli Bybel & BH Cosmetics Deluxe Edition eyeshadow and highlighting palette. For those of you who don’t know, Carli Bybel is a popular beauty blogger and influencer on YouTube and this is her second collaboration with BH Cosmetics. The shades are extremely pigmented and buttery and will flatter every skin tone!

Keep scrolling to see more pictures of the look I created as well as a full list of products that I used.


  • Carli Bybel x BH Cosmetics eyeshadow and highlighting palette
  • Ardell lashes- Demi Wispies
  • Maybelline Colossal volumizing mascara


  • Moisturized/ primed using the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream
  • Fiona Stiles Matte Finish foundation concentrate in shade 7 mixed with the NYX Pro Foundation Mixer shade white
  • Maybelline Fit Me concealer shade sand
  • Cream contoured using “shade” from the Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow palette and set this with the “sculpt” shade from the same palette.
  • Bronzed using the Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Cream Bronzer in warm tan
  • Milani baked blush in Luminoso
  • Highlighted using the gold shade from the Carli Bybel palette. I also applied the white highlighter shade to the very tops of my cheekbones for a more intense glow.
  • Set my concealer with the Coty Airspun loose powder


  • Filled in my brows using the Skone Cosmetics Brow pencil
  • Maybelline lipstick in Rum Riche

🌅 Sunset Makeup 🌅

I wanted this look to be very bright and bronzy, but also wearable. I love pairing orange and red together, especially for a Spring/Summer makeup look.

For pictures and a full list of the products I used to create this look, keep on reading. As always, be sure to follow me on Instagram @marinaleebeauty! 😘


  • Too Faced Born This Way foundation in warm beige (This shade is a little too dark for me, but I used it anyway for a more bronzer look. I typically wear the shade nude).
  • Tarte Shape Tape concealer
  • RCMA No Color powder to set concealer
  • Rimmel Stay Matte powder to set my face
  • MAC Give Me Sun! Mineralize Skinfinish to bronze up my face
  • Kay Von D Shade + Light contour kit to contour my nose and cheekbones
  • Colourpop Between The Sheets blush
  • Colourpop Wisp highlighter


  • Used the orange shades from the Morphe 35B palette in my crease
  • Created a halo-eye effect using Elixir Super Shock Shadow from Colourpop on the inner and outer corners of my eyes
  • Applied a metallic yellow/gold shade from the 35B palette to the center of my eyelids.
  • Smoked out the bottom lashline with the same orange shades.
  • Applied a coat of the L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara to my top and bottom lashes.
  • Applied a pair of the Andrea 110 lashes


  • Filled in my brows using a dark brown shadow from the Morphe 35O palette


  • Lined my lips with the Elf Matte Lip Color in Riach Red
  • Applied the NYX Butter Lipstick in Lifeguard overtop

10 Minute Back To School/Work Makeup (5 Steps)

Everyone is posting their back-to-school makeup looks, so I decided to post one as well. I am not going to be focusing on the actual products I used, but more on the steps it takes to make your skin look flawlessly natura in 10 minutes or less.

Step 1-Prime: Instead of taking the time to apply a typical primer, use a primer spray (something like the Mario Badescu Rosewater facial spray or the Smashbox Primer Water. I also have a recipe for a DIY primer water on my blog!) It seems to take less time for these to soak into the skin and all you have to do is give your face a few good sprays and you’re all set! 

Step 2-Foundation: If you are going to use a foundation, pick one that has a natural finish- not too dewy and not too matte- so that it makes your skin still look like your skin, just better! My favorite foundation to use to achieve the look is the Too Faced Born This Way. I recommend applying this with a damp beauty sponge for a healthy glow and even application. 

Step 3-Brows: I do not like to completely fill in my brows when I am not going to be wearing a lot of eye makeup because it can make the face appear to be more masculine, especially if you already have darker brows. What I recommend is using a tinted brow mascara, like the Benefit Gimmie Brow or Essence Make Me Brow (they are pretty much the same thing). This takes basically no time and will give your brows a “done, but undone” natural appearance. 

Step 4-Bronzer: To add some color and life back to your skin, apply your favorite bronzer with a STIPPLE BRUSH. This kind of brush will apply the product evenly and will not deposit too much pigment. It will help to give the skin a naturally tanned appearance that is not too concentrated in one area. Basically, you just want to focus on bronzing the skin and not so much on contouring. I also recommend using a bronzer that has a slight sheen or shimmer to it, so it can double as a highlighter and save you some time! 

Step 5-Mascara: the last step to my 10-minute makeup look is applying a couple of coats of mascara. For natural days I like to use the L’Oreal Carbon Black voluminous mascara. I find that it adds volume and length to my lashes without making them clumpy or unnatural. 

And that’s all! I typically only apply a little bit of Chapstick to my lips to keep things simple and easy to reapply throughout the day. Obviously all of these steps are optional and interchangeable but this is just how I typically apply my makeup when I do not want to spend a bunch of time on it. Hopefully this was a helpful post! 

Festival Makeup Look + Outfit Details


Today I decided to a do a festival-inspired makeup look because I wanted to jump outside my makeup comfort zone and experiment with white eyeliner! I did a soft orange cut-crease, white winged eyeliner, and a smoked out plum lower lash line. Since this a summery and bright look, I also wanted to make my skin really bronzed and glowy. Because I wanted the focus to be on the eye makeup, I paired this look with a nude and glossy lip.

Keep reading to see a list of all the products I used and where I got my choker and top!

My choker is from Wet Seal and my dashiki top is from I bought this over a year ago so it is no longer available on the site, but you can get a dashiki like this and in a ton of other colors on Amazon! This is the same tunic I wore in my previous post about sweat-proof concert makeup. It is so fun, colorful, and perfect for festivals!


Products Used:


  • I primed my eyes with the Elf eyeshadow primer and set it with the shade Stark from the Naked 2 Basics palette (but any shade that is a little lighter than your skin tone will work).
  • For the soft orange cut-crease, I used the three orange shades from the Morphe 35O palette (top three shadows on the far right column). Since the shadows have no names it is hard to describe, but they are the light, medium, and deeper toned orange shades from the palette. I started with the lighter orange as a transition shade, then went in with the medium shade, and then the deeper shade. Adding different shades, slowly building up the color and intensity, adds more dimension to the look. Also, I focused on softly winging out the orange shadow.


  • I applied more of that Stark shade to the lid to clean up the crease a little bit.
  • Next, I used the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk. This is just a true white shade and the formula is very creamy, so I found it was really easy to apply. I used the pencil and a separate liner brush to create a wing liner effect. I did not want this liner to be too thick.
  • Then, I applied a purple eyeshadow from a Sephora palette (sorry I do not know the name of this shade because I depotted it from the palette!) but any purple shade will be fine. I also used a little bit of the NYX eyeshadow in Flirt (it is just a matte light purple shade) to smoke it out a little and wing it up to meet the white liner and orange shadow.
  • Last for the eyes, I applied two coats of the Covergirl SuperSizer lengthening mascara and lined my lower water line with a nude eyeliner from Rimmel.


  • I primed my skin with my DIY Primer Water (I have a post all about this- go check it out if you’re interested, I love this stuff!).
  • For foundation I used the Milani Conceal + Perfect full coverage foundation (I also have a post reviewing this product!)
  • For concealer, I used the L.A. Girl Pro Conceal in shade Creamy Beige to highlight my under eyes and other high points of my face.
  • I set my under eye area with the NYC loose translucent powder and the rest of my face with the NYC loose powder in shade Naturally Beige.
  • I contoured using the Wet N Wild Mega Glo contouring palette in shade Caramel Toffee.
  • Instead of using a blush, I used the Milani Baked Bronzer on the apples of my cheeks and kind of on top of my contour for an extra bronzed glow.
  • I applied the gold highlighter shade from the Carli Bybel palette to the tops of my cheekbones and everywhere else you would typically highlight.
  • Lastly, I set my makeup with my DIY MAC Fix + spray (I made a post about this yesterday and I love it!)

Lips & Brows

  • For my brows I used the Make Me Brow from Essence.
  • I did not want to add any intense color to the lips so I just applied the L’Oreal Nude Balm in shade Nourishing Nude (this is a moisturizing sheer formula and just gives the lips a pretty hint of color).
  • I topped this with the Mega Shine Lip Gloss from NYX in the shade Frosted Beige.


That is all for this makeup look! I am going to be trying my best to post a makeup look every day or every other day, but I hope y’all enjoyed this look!

Instagram: @marinaleebeauty

Natural Summer Makeup Look

I have been posting a lot of makeup looks recently, but I have been feeling really inspired! This is a quick and easy natural makeup look that I did on my best friend Caroline. As much as I love doing my own makeup, I kind of like to do other people’s more because I get to play around with different eye colors, bone structure, and skin tones.


Since I wanted this to be a natural makeup look, I did not use any eyeliner or do any extreme contouring. Instead, I used a grey/brown eyeshadow to enhance the upper lash line and focused on bronzing up the skin rather than contouring her face. Also, instead of using foundation, I used a CC Cream for a more natural finish.

This makeup was really easy to do and is perfect for the summer!

Instagram- @marinaleebeauty

June Beauty Favorites!

I have a bunch of beauty products that I have been loving this month! Some of these I have had for a while that I have re-discovered and have been using the heck out of!

Wet N Wild Color Icon Bronzer in “Bikini Contest” 

june 13

This bronzer is GORGEOUS! It is the perfect bronze shade. The texture is very smooth and the pigmentation is great. This is not a matte bronzer, but it is also not glittery at all. It just gives the perfect bronzed and glowy look, perfect for summer. I would not recommend using this as a contour shade or if you are very fair because it is very warm- toned.

Covergirl Tru Blend Bronzer in “Bronze”

june 6

This is another drugstore bronzer that I have been obsessed with. This one is more subtle than the Wet N Wild one and is not as warm. This bronzer will work better with a wider variety of skin tones. Again, this is not a matte bronzer, but is not super glittery and gives a gorgeous summer glow.

Lancome Blush Subtil in “Blushing Tresor”

june 7

This is a beautiful blush that I have been using almost everyday. It is a peachy toned blush with golden reflects in it, so it gives a natural flushed and highlighted look.

MAC Eyeshadow in “Nylon”

june 10

This is one of MAC’s most popular eyeshadows and in my opinion, it is the perfect brow bone and inner corner highlight. It is a frosty highlight shade with a slight yellow undertone and it absolutely gorgeous. After using it for the first time, I understood why everyone always talks about this shade!

Wet N Wild MegaGlo Illuminating Palette june 1

This highlighting palette is so pretty! The colors are gorgeous and can be used individually or you can mix them all together. I love how the strips are big enough to dip your brush into each one if you just want a specific shade. There is a lot of kick off when you go to pick up the product with a brush, but the pigmentation is great and it looks beautiful on the cheekbones.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Air-Dry Waves foam 

june 8

I am not a big fan of putting styling products in my hair, but I love this stuff! It does not leave my hair feeling “crunchy” and gives a beachy wave look. My hair is already naturally wavy/ curly so this just enhances in a way that looks natural and effortless. All I do is I apply 2-3 pumps into the palm of my hands and massage/ squeeze it into my hair from root to tip. It gives great volume and reduces some of the frizz.

Murad Oil- Control Mattifier  

june 9

This product has been a life saver for me all month! You apply it as a moisturizer (I only like to use it on the days I am going to be doing my makeup) and it does a great job of keeping oily skin at bay. I also do not have any issues applying makeup over top of this, but you can still use your everyday makeup primer overtop of this between the Murad and your makeup. It is a pretty thick consistency (feels like my normal facial sunscreen) but it does not feel heavy and sinks into the skin quickly.

Johnson’s Baby Shampoo 

june 2

This might seem like an odd product, but this has been my favorite way to clean my brushes. It leaves them feeling extremely soft, rinses out really easily, and of course gets every bit of makeup out of the brush hairs.

Elf Stipple Brush

june 5

This has been my favorite brush to apply bronzer and even blush. The brush hairs are really soft and not too dense so they apply product very softly and evenly. Love it!

Real Techniques Small Setting Brush & Retractible Bronzing Brush 


The small setting brush is the only brush I have been using to set my under eye area and other places I have applied concealer. I have also been using this brush to clean up my contour underneath the cheekbone because it is just the perfect size!

The retractible bronzing brush has been my go-to brush not for bronzer, but for foundation. It is a stipple brush, but the brush hairs are more densely packed than the Elf stipple brush, so I find that it applied foundation beautifully without leaving patches and soaking up too much product.

Lip Combo: Wet N Wild MegaLast lipstick in “Just Peachy” and NYX Butter Gloss in “Fortune Cookie” 

I have been using this lip combo basically every time I have done my makeup the past few weeks. Y’all already know how much I love the NYX Butter Glosses, but this shade just looks so good just applied in the center of the lips overtop of the Wet N Wild lipstick. This combo looks so pretty with bronzed makeup!

My Everyday Makeup Look

This is the way I have been doing my makeup almost everyday when I am just going to go run some errands or meet up with a friend. It is very bronzed and “natural” looking, so perfect for summer!


Products I used:

  • Garnier BB Cream
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Translucent Powder
  • RCMA No Color Powder
  • Covergirl Tru Bronze in shade Bronze
  • Milani Baked Bronzer
  • Wet N Wild Colour Icon blush
  • Wet N Wild MegaGlo highlight palette
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Bronzer in Havana (as eyeshadow)
  • Jordana Best Lash mascara
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational (waterproof)
  • NYX Butter Gloss in Fortune Cookie
  • Milani Brow Gel

Hidden Gem At The Drugstore!: Hard Candy Strobing Drops

Actually, Hard Candy products can only be found at Wal-Mart (as far as I know), however these drops are a drugstore price and can be found online!

Hard Candy Look Pro! Illuminate & Strobing Mix- In Drops in White Pearl ($8)

hard candy

For me, Hard Candy products can be hit or miss, but I was drawn to this product the second I saw it! Also, I am not sure if they have other shades, White Pearl is the only one I have seen.

Just a few first impressions:

  • I am not a fan of the cardboard packaging. It kind of reminds me of cheap makeup I used to play with when I was younger (lol) but the product is really amazing.
  • When you screw off the lid, it has a dropper applicator and there is a button type thing on the top that you press to drop out the product.
  • The product is liquidy and if you tilt your hand, it will run down.
  • This can be mixed in with a foundation, moisturizer, or used on their own.
  • When I first dropped it onto the back of my hand it looked to be too glittery (common with drugstore products), but when I rubbed it in it created the most beautiful highlight. There is extremely fine micro-glitter in the product, but it is not chunky or obvious at all.
  • It blends out really easily and evenly.
  • A little goes a long way, so for $8 you are getting a great amount of product.


When I applied it on my skin… it created the most beautiful and natural looking white pearl highlight (hence the name). The micro- glitter is completely undetectable on the skin while still giving a gorgeous highlight. This product is so easy to use and is perfect if you want to achieve that summer glow. I have not tried using this mixed in with my foundation or moisturizer just because my skin is already oily and I do not need my face to look all- over glowy. BUT I love applying this on my cheekbones, cupid’s bow, browbone, inner corner (wherever you like to apply highlight) and I am obsessed! I have also used this on the tops of my shoulders and collar bone to really make my skin glow. This is also a great base to apply a powder highlight on top of to really enhance the color and make your highlight more intense (this is my favorite way to use this stuff!).

Overall, I love the versatility of this product and how it can be used in so many different ways. It blends out really nicely so it can be used on many different skin tones. I think this would work for you if you have deeper skin as well. If you are looking for an inexpensive liquid highlight option, definitely get your hands on this!

The Struggle is Real: Dark Underarms

This might seem like a strange post but I know I am not the only one who has naturally darker underarms. Dark underarms are usually caused by genetics, dead skin build up, using the wrong deodorant,etc. Here are a few easy and inexpensive tips to help lighten your underarms for so that you can feel comfortable wearing those cute tank tops and bikinis all summer long!

1. EXFOLIATE!! The underarm area is very sensitive, so use a loofah or a gentle body scrub to exfoliate the area and remove all the dead skin and bacteria that could be hiding under there (do this before shaving for a closer and smoother shave). Sugar scrubs can be a little pricey sometimes, so I recommend hitting up Pinterest for a good DIY scrub to make at home, that’s what I do!


2. Find a good, natural soap to clean the underarms after exfoliating. I really like the Orchid Skin Brightening Cleansing bar soap ($2.50). This soap is specifically made to lighten dark and even out the skin tone (also good for bikini area). Another bar soap I really like is the Kirk’s Original Coco Castile bar soap ($4 for pack of 3). This is a pure botanical coconut oil soap that is all natural and wont clog pores.


3. Find a good deodorant. My absolute favorite deodorant to use every day is the Dove Advanced Care Clear Tone deodorant ($5). It is a little pricey for a deodorant but this stuff is amazing and I have repurchased it probably 4 or 5 times! It is specifically made to restore skin to its natural tone and I noticed it working after one use! It is also a 48 hour anti-perspirant. I have tried a few natural deodorants, like the one from Tom’s, because it is recommended to use a deodorant that does not contain aluminum, but these just do not work for me personally (and gave me burns).

dove deodorant

4. Avoid using lemon juice or alcohol to “lighten” underarms. Like I said earlier, the underarm area is sensitive and these two are way too strong and can dry out the skin, causing rashes or burns.


There are many other ways and remedies to help lighten underarms, but these are the steps I use and that work for me. I hope this helped!