Saturday, December 29, 2012

EOTD with ELF and L'Oreal HIP

Eyeshadow: elf Mineral Eyeshadow in Bronzed and Celebrity, L'Oreal HiP Metallic Duo in Platinum
Liner: Too Faced Lava Gloss (waterline)
Mascara: Prestige Blackest Lashes

I just had fun with this look by being a little messy.  The key to making it pop is person was the silver shadow from the Platinum Duo (applied last to inner corners and swiped/blended onto the lid.  I also applied a heavy amount of Lava Gloss to my upper waterline as well.  This look can appear metallic taupe or brown depending on the angle.  I wish had better closeups but I hope you get the gist!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

EOTD with Coastal Scents Hot Pots

On Cyber Monday this year, Coastal Scents offered 50% off of everything so I bought the items that I had stored in my shopping cart.  I was so excited!  They are already fairly inexpensive and with half off, I couldn't pass it up.  I bought a bunch of eyeshadows, brushes, and a few other miscellanious items.

Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
Eye shadow: Dark Goldenrod (lid), Kodiak (crease), Burnished Brunette (outer crease), Caramel Ice (highlight)
*Messed up eyebrow alert, it goes through phases of full and sparce*
Mascara: Prestige Blackest Lashes

UPDATE: Better quality photos of a former FOTD post:

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Singles in Kitten, Envy, Lagoon, Penny (Review)

Firstly, I'll say that most of these have great pigmentation with or without primer and not just for the price.  I have some high end shadows that don't deliver as well as them.  I also have Nutty, Brulee, Unplugged, and Panther.  Nutty is simply the best and is beautiful, no one should be without it. I hate to say Unplugged was disappointing and I just threw it away, I can't imagine anyone using it for anything (it's white, glittery, and not that pigmented). 

In all of the following pictures, only the specifically mentioned eyeshadow is on my lids with Too Faced Shadow Insurance underneath.

It's a very pretty bright purple with golden flecks, but it does take some layering to get the full effect.  This is not one of my favorites.

 After Nutty, I think this is one of the nicer ones comparable to my Urban Decay or Too Faced eyeshadows.  It's smooth and highly pigmented and I love that it's really similar to my eye color so it makes it pop!

 Lagoon, is similar to Envy in shimmer and pigmentation, I look so ugly in blue eyeshadow.  I can only wear navy shades.  You can't wear too many funky eyeshadow colors with green eyes without dressing it up with black eyeliner or another eyeshadow.  Those of you with brown eyes are lucky because you can wear anything and look amazing.

Looks nothing like an actual penny, but I understand what they were going for.  It looks like a shiny new penny in the pan, but on the lid, it's very orangey/pink with gold shimmer.  It may just look that way on my skin tone.  Richly pigmented and smooth as well.  It is nearly a complete dupe for Smashbox Flamingo.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

EOTD w/ MAC and Wet n Wild, NOTD Sally Hansen

Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
Eyeshadow: MAC Moleskin (lid), Wet n Wild I Heart Matte Palette (bone shade as highlight and brown shade in outer corner)
Eyeliner: Essence Gel Eyeliner London Baby (top), Sephora Flashy Liner Waterproof Eye Pencil Flashy Taupe (waterline)
Mascara: Prestige Blackest Lashes
Eyebrow: MAC Dirty Blonde

Lip: Essence Stay With Me Lipgloss in 04 Trendsetter

So I LOVE these peel-and-stick nail polish strips.  I've tried the Kiss and Sally Hansen brands and I love them both.  However, I HATE the price!  They've gone up to about $10 and you're supposed to only get one wear out of a box.  That being said, I only buy these when they are dirt cheap.  I got these today at Five Below for $3 and they're not gross or beaten up like you see at some other super saver stores.  I bought the design Wishnets.  It's a pinky-red color with the obvious look of black fishnetting.

TIP: If you sport short nails like myself, you can get double or triple the usage out of one box by cutting the strips in half.  From there you can cut the cut the tab with which you are supposed to apply the strip.  Then carefully peel the front and back coatings (don't worry though about not having the tab, the strips don't stick to the fingers) and apply.  It may take a little extra time and your being crafty, but it's totally worth it.  I only ended up using 5 strips! There are 16 in a package. 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Victoria's Secret Metallized Eye Shadow in Buzz (Review)

I've noticed these in store for a couple weeks and I found them to be very pretty, but fairly expensive for me right now at $12 a piece.  I had a Secret Rewards card from a month back so I used that to justify yet another "eyeshadow I don't need" purchase.  I do have to say after wearing this that I do not have a color like it.  At first glance it appears to be a light shade of plum, but it can also look taupe as well as gray.  It's pretty cool how versatile it is. 

Characteristics: Shimmery (no glitter fall out like some of their other shadows), pigmented (can be sheered out or layered), large in size (likely to last a very long time), plus cute packaging.  Even at $12, I think this shadow is worth it.  I haven't tried the others yet, but they seem just as quality. 

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Black on top

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Zero on waterline

Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara Blackest Black

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

FOTD with Benefit and Urban Decay

First off, I need to start blogging more.  It's mostly taking pictures that represent the makeup well and then uploading them that sets me back.  Maybe I should learn more about my fancy camera!

Foundation: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua B30
Concealer: MAC Studio Finish NW15
Powder: MAC MSF Light Plus
Bronzer: Victoria's Secret Baked Mineral Bronzing Powder Glowing, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
Blush/Highlight: Smashbox Soft Lights Shimmer

Shadow: MAC Paint Pot Soft Ochre (all over), Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow Birthday Suit (all the way to brow bone), Too Faced Cocoa Puff (on lid and blended into brow bone), Urban Decay Busted (as liner and in the outer corners)
Mascara: Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara
Brows: MAC Impeccable Brow Pencil Taupe

My lips were suprisingly hydrated so when this happens I just let the MSF Light Plus graze them and it always delivers a soft nude look.  It also lasts for a while too.

I promise I'm happy, I'm just growing out of that myspace teen phase of enjoying taking pics of myself.

Update on my hair
This was the first round of highlights I did by myself.  I'm going for the balayage look so I'm  doing this slowly.  The FOTD pics are of the second round of highlights which I am extremely pleased with.  One more round in the near future and I'll be done for a little while.  I just can't escape the light haha.  I rarely enjoy myself with all dark hair.  I had a good base to work with though thanks to my hair colorist!

Friday, October 12, 2012

New Hair Color!

My hair colorist and I agreed upon light ash brown which currently came out very dark but will fade in time to be lighter and closer to my natural hair color.  From there, I'm thinking that I want balayage highlights just to add more dimension and to brighten up my face.

I secretly wish I could pull off really dark hair because I have a thing for Megan Fox and Jessica Lowndes, but sadly, it washes me out!

FIRST DAY (10/11/12)

SECOND DAY (10/12/12)

You can see that it already lightened up a little with my first shampooing.  She used demi permanent color and said that it would last six to eight weeks.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

FOTD with Naked 2 Palette

Foundation: Chanel Vitaumiere Aqua 30 Beige
Concealer (undereye): NYC Smooth Skin Liquid Concealer Light
Powder: MAC MSF Light Plus
Lip: MAC Gaga 2 lightly dabbed over clear lip plumper
Bronzer: Victoria's Secret Baked Mineral Bronzer Goddess
Blush: Jane Wisteria

Eyeshadow: UD Naked 2 Palette: Busted (lid and lower lash line), Pistol (crease), Bootycall (highlight)
Mascara: UD Supercurl Curling Mascara
Eyeliner: UD 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner Perversion

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips Nude Eyes and Revlon Kissable Lip Balm Stain in Honey

I love this palette, especially for quick neutral looks on the go.  Every single color is wearable and easy to pair up with one another.  The long lasting eyeliners that come with the set are just as compatible and really pretty.  Even worn alone, the liners add a pretty accent to my eyes. 

-Pigmented variety of neutral shadows
-Small enough to carry anywhere
-Eyeliners are longwearing
-Super cute packaging

-Just that like any other shimmer strips palette, the shadows are so difficult to get onto your brush because of the lack of separation between them!!



As for the Kissable Lip Balm Stain in Honey, I love this too.  It applies smoothly but almost dewy.  I have to admit that I do not enjoy the scent or flavor, mainly because it's minty and I'm a fruity flavor girl.  But it's not nasty for being minty, just not what I'd expect a pink lip balm called Honey to taste like!  Anyway, the color is a medium shade of pink, at least it turns up like that on me.