3.31.2010

Feeling iffy...

I got a haircut today and I'm feeling pretty iffy about it.

Before:

After:






It's a little bit shorter than I was expecting but my main issue is that there are barely any layers in it! My hair looks huge in the first "After" picture! Maybe it'll look better after I style it myself tomorrow...

And the only thing that's different make-wise between the before and after pictures is that I'm wearing MAC l/s in Angel in the "Before" and MAC l/s in Creme d' Nude in the "After".

This huge chocolate/caramel covered apple made me feel much better!

(You can't really tell but it's a little bit bigger than a softball...YUM!)

Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick in Brownie


I've recently rediscovered my Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick in Brownie. I bought this about four years ago and have been in love with it ever since.  I'm actually pretty surprised I don't own more of them!

Shimmerbricks each have five strips of color that can be used individually or swirled together.  They can be used as a blush or swept over blush to illuminate it.  Since Brownie is one of the darker Shimmerbricks, I've only used it in place of a blush because I think it gives off quite a bit of color on its own. I've also found that I am able to use  the colors individually as eyeshadows, and I love beauty products that can multitask! The five strips in Brownie consist of pinks, mauves, and a reddish brown (all of which are shimmery, of course!).






Used individually as eyeshadows:



Used together as a blush:



And while we're at it, let's squeeze in a FOTD for the photo above.
Face:
Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation in Golden Beige/Vanilla Beige (mixed)
LORAC Oil-Free Luminizer in Pearl (mixed with foundation)
MUFE HD Microfinish Powder
Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick in Brownie

Eyes:
Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick in Brownie
MAC e/s in Sketch (just a bit on the lower lashline and in the crease)
Revlon Colorstay eyeliner in Black (smudged on top lashline)
Covergirl Lashblast mascara in Blackest Black

Lips:
MAC l/s in Angel
Chanel Glossimer in Constellation

3.29.2010

FOTD: Birds and Berries

Today's FOTD is an easy smokey eye using MAC e/s in Birds and Berries from the Give Me Liberty of London collection.  For the lips I decided to keep it neutral with a pinky nude lipstick but the natural pink color of my lips makes the lipstick look darker and pinker than it really is. Now onto the look!

Face:
Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation in Golden Beige/Vanilla Beige (mixed)
LORAC Oil-Free Luminizer in Pearl (mixed with foundation)
MUFE HD Microfinish Powder

Rimmel blush in Spicy Nude 
Revlon Skin Lights face illuminator in Warm Light 03 


Eyes:
MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study
MAC e/s in Birds and Berries

MAC e/s in Contrast
MAC e/s in Wedge
MAC e/s in Dazzlelight
Revlon Colorstay eyeliner in Black
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
Covergirl Lashblast mascara in Blackest Black

Ardell #110 lashes


Lips:
Revlon Color Burst l/s in Blush









These next two photos were taken with different lighting:



I hope everyone has a great day!

3.27.2010

FOTD: Green Eyes

Today's FOTD is a green eye look using mostly the Maybelline Eye Studio quad in Green with Envy.  This is the only quad I have by Maybelline and I have to say, I'm quite impressed.  Especially when used over a base or eye primer, these eyeshadows have really good pigmentation.  All four shades have a decent amount of shimmer in them and they work really nicely together.  Quads like these are great for travel because they have all the shades you need to create a beautiful eye look.  Now onto the look!

Face:
Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation in Golden Beige/Vanilla Beige (mixed)
LORAC Oil-Free Luminizer in Pearl (mixed with foundation)
MUFE HD Microfinish Powder 

Smashbox Soft Lights in Smashing Tint (cheeks)


Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Maybelline Eye Studio quad in Green with Envy
MAC e/s in Brule
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
Revlon Colorstay eyeliner in Black
Covergirl Lashblast mascara in Blackest Black
Ardell #110 lashes


Lips:
MAC l/s in Pretty Please
MAC l/g in Florabundance









Hope you all are having a great weekend!

3.25.2010

Red Lips!

Today is all about the red lips! I love red lips...they're so sexy and classic at the same time. My everyday makeup looks are generally pretty subdued, but I really wish I had more occasions to rock a red lip!

The first red lip is Rimmel Lasting Finish l/s in Temptation.  It's pretty opaque and has a nice shine to it. I also have lined my lips with Nars l/l in Jungle Red. The only thing I don't really like about this l/s is the scent. Cherries, I think? It's just so strong! It does fade after putting in on, though. My teeth look so white!

Temptation l/s and Jungle Red l/l

The second red lip is MAC l/s in Lady Bug. It's a lustre formula so it's perfect when you want a red lip but you don't want it to look too harsh or made-up. I find the color to be pretty buildable as well. This is how it looks with not quite 2 coats.

Lady Bug (no liner)


Lady Bug (L) and Temptation (R)

I know my pictures are terrible...I hate my camera! It CANNOT focus! It's so irritating. Maybe it's time for a new one. Any suggestions?

3.24.2010

FOTD

Face:
Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation in Golden Beige/Vanilla Beige (mixed)
LORAC Oil-Free Luminizer in Pearl (mixed with foundation)
MUFE HD Microfinish Powder 

Smashbox Soft Lights in Smashing Tint (cheeks)
MAC Beauty Powder in Shell Pearl (highlight)


Eyes:
MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study
MAC e/s in Wedge
MAC e/s in Antiqued
Urban Decay e/s in Baked
MAC e/s in Brule
Bobbi Brown e/s in Caviar
Revlon Colorstay eyeliner in Black
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
Covergirl Lashblast mascara in Blackest Black



Lips:
MAC l/s in Pretty Please
MAC l/g in Florabundance













3.23.2010

MAC lipstick in Gel


Gel was my first MAC lipstick ever and I bought it to layer under MAC lustreglass in Decorated to match my wine colored Winter Formal dress (very matchy matchy, I know). It's a frost lipstick that is described as "sheer metallic beige." When I bought Decorated at 17, I felt like it was a little too vampy for me and the MAC make-up artist suggest I try Gel underneath...and the rest is history! 

The only problem I have with Gel is that I don't find it wearable on its own. I know some people do but it's just not my taste. It's just too frosty...it is a Frost after all! I pretty much only wear it when layering:

Bare lips

MAC Gel alone

MAC Gel alone (slightly blotted)

Stila Lip Glaze in Pomegranate alone (discontinued shade, I think)

Gel with Pomegranate on top

MAC Decorated alone

Gel with Decorated on top

3.22.2010

MAC Give me Liberty of London

There was a lot of hype around this collection and for good reason.  The packaging is beautiful, in my opinion.  Some found it to be a little juvenile, but I thought it looked artsy and perfect for spring.  I had enough self-control to only pick up 3 things from this collection, including: Ever Hip l/s, Shell Pearl Beauty Powder, and Birds and Berries e/s.  Also from MAC but not this collection, I picked up Love Nectar Lustreglass.  I got it because I love the color and subtle shimmer, but it also looks great over Ever Hip.


Ever Hip, Love Nectar, Birds and Berries, Shell Pearl

Extremely poor swatches in the same order.
(Shell Pearl is more of a highlight color on my skin tone so the swatch in somewhat undetectable.)

Ever Hip with Love Nectar on top

Face of the Day (FOTD)


Face:
Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation in Golden Beige/Vanilla Beige (mixed)
LORAC Oil-Free Luminizer in Pearl
MUFE HD Microfinish Powder
MAC Beauty Powder in Shell Pearl (cheeks)

Eyes:
MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study (base)
Revlon Colorstay eyeliner (smudged on outer corner)
MAC e/s in Trax (lid)
MAC e/s in Wedge (crease)
MAC e/s in Brule (eyebrow bone)
MAC e/s in Dazzlelight (inner corner)
Covergirl Lashblast mascara in Blackest Black

Lips:
MAC Cremestick liner in Pink Treat
MAC Viva Glam l/s in VI Special Edition
MAC glimmerglass in Blackfire




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