4.30.2010

April Favorites!

Top: MAC Light Over Dark blush
Bottom: Maybelline Pulse Perfection mascara, Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, NP l/s in Denver, Blistex Silk & Shine, MAC l/g in Perennial High Style, Organix Coconut Milk

So I basically wanted to include all of my purchases from the MAC Pret-A-Papier collection in this post but I decided against it in order to make my list a bit more diverse (I did sneak in one thing, though ;) ). I just wanted it to be known that I love everything I got from that collection! I've been using everything non-stop! Ok, enough with that and now onto  my April favorites...

1. MAC Mineralize blush in Light Over Dark: I've used this in the past two FOTDs so you can see how it looks from those photos. The color is beautiful and there is the perfect amount of shimmer! Definitely not too much or too little. And I would imagine the golden bronzey color would flatter most skintones.

2. Maybelline Pulse Perfection mascara: This mascara has the same wand as the Maybelline Define-a-Lash but also has a button you press to turn on soft vibrations. I just turn it on and gently wiggle the wand from the base of the lashes to the tips. The vibrations really make a difference and coat each lash really well to add volume and length. Perfection indeed.

3. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer: I got this when Lucky Magazine offered a 30% code about a month ago and it works amazingly well in keeping my foundation on all day and my oily skin at bay (awesome rhyming skills :D). The only thing is that the original price is $52 for 1oz. so it's not the cheapest primer on the market so I try to use sparingly.

4. NP lipstick in Denver: Read up on my rant and rave on this product here. Enough said.

5. Blistex Silk & Shine lip balm: This balm smells amazing! I'm terrible with scents, though, so I can't really say for sure what it smells like, just that it's fruity. An added bonus: it tastes as good as it smells! I like to use this under lipsticks that can be drying (YSL Rouge Volupte) or have a tendency to settle into the lines of my lips (MAC Cremesheens). It also helps to make the lipsticks a bit more sheer if the color is too opaque for my liking (YSL Rouge Volupte).

6. MAC lipglass in Perennial High Style: I didn't get this when I originally set out to make purchases from the Give Me Liberty of London collection, but after seeing how beautiful it was on so many different blogs I was convinced! So I walked into my local MAC store (which is actually a counter inside my school's bookstore...random) and crossed my fingers and to my surprise, they we NOT sold out! Yipee! And so it became mine and I've been in love with it ever since.

7.  Organix Coconut Milk Leave-In Nourishing Milk: This smells AMAZING! I like to spray it all over my hair after I've finished styling it, but making sure to not spray too much that my hair will become wet again. The scent lasts for hours...I'm not kidding! The nourishing and conditioning part is just an added bonus, in my opinion =)

What were some of your favorites for April?

4.28.2010

FOTD using Coral Crepe Paint Pot

As promised, here is a FOTD using the new Coral Crepe Paint Pot from the new MAC Pret-A-Papier collection. Like I said before, the color is absolutely beautiful and is perfect for spring and summer! And like all paint pots, Coral Crepe will act as the most amazing base to make you eyeshadows last all day. I actually tried to use all of my new items from this collection and I almost succeeded. It wasn't until after I applied my brown eyeliner that I realized I had wanted to use the Chromagraphic Pencil to show you guys how amazing it is at opening up the eyes and making them look more awake...I guess that FOTD will have to wait until later this week. Here's the look!

Face:
Revlon PhotoReady Foundation in 005 Natural Beige
MUFE HD Microfinish Powder
MAC Mineralize Blush in Light Over Dark

Eyes:
MAC Paint Pot in Coral Crepe (base)
MAC e/s in Trax (crease in inner half of lid)
MAC e/s in Sketch (crease in outer half of lid)
MAC e/s in Tissueweight (inner tear duct)
MAC e/s in Brule (blend up to brow bone)
Milani Liquif'eye Metallic Eye Liner Pencil in Brown
Maybelline Pulse Perfection Mascara in Blackest Black

Lips:
NP l/s in Denver






Well, that's all for now! Hope you all are having a wonderful day <3

Why Napoleon Perdis? Why?!




I recently discovered my new love, NP lipstick in Denver. It's described as a sheer blushy pink, but it reads a little more nude and a little less pink on my lips. The sheerness makes it feel a little bit like a gloss, but I've found that the color is quite buildable.  The applied color is much sheerer than it appears in the photo above. In the US, NP is available at Target and this lipstick retails for $15.


Denver is my absolute favorite nude lipstick! Not only is it perfect on its own, but it also looks lovely over other colors such as MAC Blooming Lovely because it adds a little bit of warmth to it, making cool-toned lippies a little more suitable with my warm skintone.


Only one MAJOR PROBLEM:






Why Napoleon Perdis? Why?!

It kills me that a such a beautiful color looks so ugly in the tube! It actually looked completely normal when I first got it, much like the photo at the beginning of this post. However, after applying it I noticed that the lipstick is not very stable at the base and tilts back when pushed up against your lips. I didn't know that it was tilted back so when I twisted the tube to put the lipstick away, the tube scraped the side of the lippie =(

At first I thought, "Maybe it's too hot in my purse and my lipstick is melting?" so I left it in my room to cool down. I used it again the next day and had the same problem! Basically what I've come to realize is that the formula the lipstick is quite soft and therefore, it's become cracked at the base and moves around everytime I press it up against my lips. I know I can still use it but I really like my beauty items to look beautiful as well.

My solution:







I went out and bought my very first BACK-UP!

I don't normally buy back-ups of anything and this is why:
1. There are always new products coming out and while I may find it hard to believe now, there will always be another product that catches my eye and will be equally if not more beautiful than the one I currently have. This isn't always the case...but it usually is.
2. I don't need more makeup!

I made an exception in this case because to be quite honest, I would have purchased a back-up regardless of whether or not my first one was broken because I am in love with the color! And it's not everyday that you find your perfect nude lippie =) The fact that my first one turned out a mess only reiterated the fact that I absolutely "needed" a back-up.

Anyways, I am quite happy now that I've secured the back-up because I must admit, the NP products at the Targets near where I live are not always fully stocked and I really had to hunt this one down.

What back-ups do you guys have?

4.26.2010

MAC Pret-A-Papier

Paint Pot in Coral Crepe, Frost e/s in Tissueweight, Mineralize blush in Light Over Dark
Chromagraphic Pencil in NC15/NW20


This collection launched last Thursday and from looking at the promo pictures, nothing really caught my eye. There is a MAC counter at my school, though, so between classes I decided to go in and check it out anyways and I am so happy that I did! The reason I was not initially excited by this collection is because when I think of spring and summer makeup, I think of color! This collection concentrates on more of a neutral and fresh-faced look with coral being the only real pop of color. However, upon seeing the collection in person, I noticed a few gems.



-Paint Pot in Coral Crepe: I was hesitant to purchase this since I rarely wear pink, reds, corals, and oranges on my lids but the color was too beautiful to pass up! Once I got home and was able to test it out as a base I was IN LOVE! It looks so amazingly beautiful on the lids and really brings out my brown eyes. I also think it would look equally amazing with other eye colors. If you don't have oily skin I think that Coral Crepe would look great by itself, as a simple wash of color over the lids. I've been using it as a base and have noticed that MAC Coppering looks really nice on top. I will post a few FOTDs using this paint pot soon...



-Eyeshadow in Tissueweight: This is a pearly, pinky white color with a frost finish. I think it would be a beautiful highlight color on cooler skintones, but on my warmer skintone I find it a bit too pink. I do, however, LOVE it in my inner tear duct! I am so glad I decided to get this and trust me, it is beautiful!



-Mineralize Blush in Light Over Dark: Believe it or not, this is my first mineralize blush ever! I wear the two sides mixed together to create the most beautiful shimmery bronze blush. I think this will be perfect for summertime, especially after I've gotten a little sun.



-Chromagraphic Pencil in NC15/NW20: This pencil works wonders for making your eyes look bigger and more awake! I've been using it on my lower waterline and it works like a charm! It applies really smoothly and has great staying power. This looks a lot more natural for opening up the eyes than does a tradition white pencil that can sometimes look clownish. I would definitely urge you to pick this up if you haven't already.


Coral Crepe, Tissueweight, Light Over Dark

Coral Crepe, Tissueweight, Light Over Dark

That's all for now...Did you guys get anything or are you planning on getting anything?

4.25.2010

Revlon Photo Ready Foundation Review


You guys have probably read TONS of reviews on this Revlon Photo Ready Foundation already, but I figured I'd put in my two cents as well =) I had a difficult time deciding between two shades: 005 Natural Beige and 006 Medium Beige. This is why I hate buying things like foundation in drugstores because you're not able to test the colors out beforehand. I finally settled on Natural Beige and luckily, the shade matches my skintone perfectly!

As you may already know, I've been loyal to my Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation for a long time now. The consistency is not too thin or too thick, and it gives medium coverage that is easily buildable if you want more coverage. Revlon Photo Ready foundation has a thinner consistency (but not watery) and has light to medium coverage. While I do believe that the color is buildable, I think it would be very difficult to ever achieve FULL coverage. If full coverage is what you are after, this foundation is NOT for you.

Another thing that many people may or may not like is that this foundation had subtle shimmers throughout. I don't think that it makes your whole face look shimmery, but rather illuminated.  When using my Laura Mercier foundation I would mix 2 pumps of foundation with 1 pump of LORAC Oil-Free Luminzer. I feel that with the Revlon Photo Ready foundation I can get the same effect simply by using it by itself.

Would I purchase it again?
Absolutely. At $12 a bottle compared to $42 a bottle for Laura Mercier (both are 1 fl.oz.), this foundation is a great budget-friendly foundation. And it's even more of a deal when I think of how I don't need to use my LORAC Luminizer when using this foundation! While I will definitely continue to use this, I'll probably still need to use my Laura Mercier foundation when I want more coverage.

Would I recommend it?
Yes! I have oily skin and I don't think that it has made my skin any more oily than usual ( I wouldn't really expect it to make it less oily since that's not what it's supposed to do.). And since the consistency is a bit thinner, I would imagine that this foundation would also work on dry, normal, and combination faces. I also found that it lasted all day on me. I thought that while the range of shades available was not the absolute greatest, it was pretty good for a drugstore foundation. I think that most people will be able to find a shade that suits them. The price makes it an affordable choice without sacrificing quality, which is always a plus!

Overall:
-Light to medium coverage
-Subtle shimmers give an illuminating effect (great for pictures, hence the Photo Ready name)
-Lasts all day
-Great deal for $12/ 1 fl.oz.!

4.24.2010

Thank you, thank you, thank you!



Thank you, thank you, thank you! Nadia from It's Always Summer on the Inside, Katie from MsKatie87, and Makeup Majesty tagged me for this award last week.  All three of these ladies are beautiful and have amazing blogs! It really means a lot to me that people enjoy reading my blog =)

The rules are: link back to the person who tagged you, nominate other 7 bloggers AND also list 7 facts about yourself.

I nominate:

1. I'm addicted to coffee. Once I tried to test myself to see if I could go a week without coffee and on the sixth day I said, "Who cares? I didn't bet anyone money!" and bought myself a cup of Starbucks =)

2. I wasn't officially allowed to wear makeup until I was 16 or 17...I think the fact that I couldn't wear makeup made me want it even more and ultimately led to my makeup obsession.

3. I've wanted a dog since I was a kid, and I hope to get one within the next 2 years.

4. I always feel like I'm in a hair rut. When it's short I wish it was long...and when it's long I wish it was short =/

5. I'm graduating college next month and I hope to one day be a pharmacist.

6. I've lived in Southern California my whole life.

7. Sushi is hands down my favorite type of food...especially salmon nigiri and spicy scallop rolls!



I was also given this award by Liana from Diary of a Spendaholic. Thanks Liana! Go check out her super cute blog!

4.22.2010

YSL Rouge Volupte

Peach Passion #13 and Rose Paris #27

I, along with tons of other beauty bloggers, LOVE YSL Rouge Voluptes! Sadly, they cost $34 USD and therefore I only have two. They're not very long-lasting but the application is so creamy and opaque that it doesn't really matter to me.  It's so opaque, in fact, that I prefer to apply it only on the center of my top and bottom lips and then spread the color to cover the rest. They have a watermelony scent that does not last after application.

#13 Peach Passion (not applied over a balm)

Peach Passion is a bright pinky peach color.  It reads more of a pale peach on me, maybe because my skin tone is not very fair.  I have to be careful not to apply too much of this because it can look too pale on me.  While the color is more peachy in read life than it is in the photo, I think the camera captured the paleness just right.

#27 Rose Paris (not applied over a balm)

Rose Paris is a bright, vibrant, pinky coral. This color is extremely bright if applied opaquely. When applied sheerly the color is beautiful, especially for summertime. I think there may have been too much light coming in my window but the color is actually much brighter in real life.

In addition to not being long-lasting, they are also kind of drying.  I have to use a lip balm before applying these...I like Blistex Silk & Shine. Without a balm these lipsticks settle into the creases and accentuate any dryness on my lips almost immediately.

I know it sounds that there are almost as many cons as there are pros but really once you figure out the best way to use them on your lips, it's really not that hard and the color payoff is worth it, in my opinion.



Peach Passion and Rose Paris


4.21.2010

Random Haul!

Top row: Peaches, Eye Bright Kit, Soft Ochre, #137 lashes
Bottom row: Primal, Recyle, Reuse, Twilight Lip Venom, Orgasm Illuminator, Peachstock, Rose Paris

Here are a few things I've picked up over the past few weeks since my last haul...
1) MAC sheertone blush in Peaches: I've been wanting to pick up more blushes lately because I've gotten kind of bored with the few that I have.  My blush collection is quite small and with a few exceptions, consists primarily of pinks. I thought Peaches would be the perfect addition to my collection since I have nothing like it, and it's the perfect shade for spring and summer!

2) Pixi Eye Bright Kit in No.2: It's no secret to those who have seen me sans makeup...I have hideous under-eye circles. I normally use Benefit Boi-ing in 02 Medium which is alright, but usually when a product is simply alright, it means I'm on the hunt for something better. Enter Pixi Eye Bright Kit. While Pixi is available in the U.S. at Target stores, the prices are more in line with brands you would find at Sephora. This kit was $24 but I consider it a steal because it consists of four products: 2 under-eye concealers (a lighter and a darker shade), a multipurpose highlighter (pale, shimmery pink), and an eye-brightening shade (pink but actually applies pinky white). So far, I'm pretty impressed with the quality of this product. It seems to work better with my oily skin than does Boi-ing because the consistency is a little drier and tackier but still easy to apply.

3) MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre: I already have Bare Study but I wanted Soft Ochre so that I could use it as an e/s base when I'm not doing a shimmery eye look. For me, Soft Ochre's yellow undertones are a better match than Painterly which has more pinky undertones.

4) Ardell Lashes #137: I haven't tried these out yet but they look beautiful! I wanted lashes that were a little bit more dramatic but didn't make me look like a Vegas showgirl. We'll see how these look...

5) Hourglass l/g in Primal: I ordered this when Lucky Magazine had a code for 30% off Hourglass products on the Hourglass website. Primal is a beautiful deep berry shade that has semi-opaque pigmentation that looks great on its own or layered over lipstick.

6) Tarte 24.7 lip sheers in Reuse and Recycle: This set was on sale on Sephora for $15, and I probably should have just saved my $15. I know they're not lip balms but I was surprised by how drying they are, even when used over a lip balm. Needless to say, I'm not impressed.

7) Duwop Twilight Lip Venom: I had to get this after seeing it on Em from Too Much Blush in the last photo from this post. Its not exactly red...more like a really deep raspberry, in my opinion. I think it does a really great job staining your lips and as with all lip venoms, the cinnamon scent is amazing!

8) Nars Orgasm Illuminator: I've wanted this for a long time and finally got it from Sephora while taking advantage of the 15% off!

9) MAC l/s in Peachstock: I caved and purchased this after seeing it labeled as "the perfect nude" on so many different blogs. The only other nude l/s I have is MAC Creme d'Nude and while I really love it, it can sometimes make me look a bit washed out.  Peachstock has a bit more color and is better suited for medium to darker skintones, in my opinion.

10) YSL Rouge Volupte in Rose Paris #27: I love Rouge Voluptes and I decided it was time to add to my collection...I now have TWO!  =D  Rose Paris is a bright pinky coral and it is BEAUTIFUL! I'm in love with it and can't wait to wear it everywhere this summer!


4.15.2010

Review: Greasepaint Sticks


The greasepaint sticks in Greengrease, Zinc Zone, and Dirty (Pearlglide Intense eyeliner on the right)

Today I am reviewing MAC's Greasepaint Sticks from the Art Supplies Collection.  I have three of the eight shades that were released including Greengrease, Zinc Zone, and Dirty.  They retail for $17.50 USD for 0.03 oz.

After reading so many mixed reviews on GPS from the Style Black and D Squared collections, I am actually pretty surprised by how much I like these.  I've definitely jumped on the GPS train!  My favorite of the three is Dirty, but I really do like them all! I already know that I'll be able to get a lot of use out of them.

How do I use it?
I like to use it in one of two ways:
   1.  As an eyeshadow base
   2.  As eyeliner, then smudged for a smokey look
For the purpose of this review I've also tried wearing it by itself (meaning no primer, base, or eyeshadow), which is something I would never do with creamy eye makeup since I have oily skin and it almost never lasts. The GPS was no exception to this rule.  The GPS has wonderful staying power (all day for me) when eyeshadow is applied over it to set the cream.  However, when used by itself, the GPS creases and fades on me within a couple of hours.  Perhaps someone with dry to normal skin would have more luck.  

I also find that the GPS is easy to smudge, which can be good or bad depending on what you want to use it for.  I don't like it as an eyeliner by itself because it smudges when I don't want it to and because the tip is much too thick.  However, if eyeliner is your primary purpose for the GPS, then you should use an angled eyeliner brush to apply it to get a more precise application.

Would I purchase it again?
YES!  I've been experiencing a bad case of laziness lately and the GPS has allowed me to come up with a  really fast, easy, and pretty eye makeup routine. I just apply the GPS like eyeliner to top and bottom lashes, smudge across my lid, and use my finger (yes, I am THAT lazy sometimes!) to set it with a sparkly champagne e/s. This is very similar to my simple smokey eye FOTD here.

Would I recommend it?
Honestly, while I love them, rather than just blindly recommending them to everyone, I suggest you go to MAC and test them out for yourself.  There seem to be enough makeup lovers out there that clearly were not as impressed as I was, and I think a lot of it has to do with your skin type and what you use the GPS for.  And while it's not dirt cheap, I personally don't think that $17.50 is a ridiculous amount of money to spend either if you end up not loving it.

Overall
-Multipurpose eye product
-Long-wearing (as long as you set it with e/s)
-Beautiful range of colors
-Try them out for yourself...your mileage may vary

Personally, I'm very impressed with the Greasepaint Sticks!

4.14.2010

Shu Uemura Gem Glam Look!



So yesterday I posted a promo pic from Shu Uemura for their Gem Glam summer collection. Today I did my take on the look and instead of just listing the products I used, I thought it would be fun to actually give step-by-step instructions on how I achieved the look as well.

Face:

Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation in Golden Beige/Vanilla Beige (mixed)
LORAC Oil-Free Luminizer in Pearl
MUFE HD Microfinish Powder
Revlon Skin Lights Face Illuminator in Warm Light
MAC Beauty Powder in Shell Pearl

Eyes:
MAC pigment in Vanilla
MAC pigment in Aquadisiac
Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in R.S.V.P
Urban Decay e/s in Alice (Painkiller)
Urban Decay e/s in White Rabbit (Polyester Bride)
Urban Decay e/s in Oraculum (Baked)
Urban Decay e/s in Muchness (X)
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Flipside
Covergirl Lashblast mascara in Blackest Black

Lips:
MAC l/s in Angel
MAC l/s in Ever Hip
Chanel Glossimer l/g in Constellation

Now let's get started!

For the FACE...
Step 1:  I applied my foundation by mixing the two Laura Mercier shades with one pump of the LORAC luminzer, but this time using a tiny bit less of the darker shade and a tiny bit more of the lighter shade.  (The look is not meant to be very tan.) 

Step 2:  Then I used another pump of the luminizer and applied it to the tops of my cheekbones and down the ridge of my nose to amplify the dewy effect.  I followed this step with a quick dusting of the MUFE powder, paying attention to avoid the areas where the luminizer had just been applied (That would negate the dewiness!)

For the EYES...
Step 3:  I then applied UD eyeliner in Flipside to the upper and lower lashlines, but only on the outer half of the eye.  I also applied it to the outer half of the lid and smudged it out to a little bit above the crease.  This will act as a beautiful base for our blue shadow.

Step 4:  Apply Benefit cream shadow in R.S.V.P to the lid up to the browbone, but only on the inner half of the eye.  This will act as a base for our gold shadow.

Step 5:  Apply MAC pigment in Aquadisiac over part of the lid where Flipside was applied and blend into the crease and slightly above.

Step 6:  Apply UD e/s in Alice over Aquadisiac, but only on the lid.  Blend slightly but not past the crease.

Step 7:  Apply a mixture of UD e/s in Oraculum and Muchness from the crease to the browbone on the inner half of the eye.  I also extended it in towards the side of my nose.

Step 8:  Apply UD e/s in White Rabbit on the lid of the inner half of the eye, the inner tear duct, and the lower lashline of the inner half of the eye.

Step 9:  Go over areas where White Rabbit was just applied with MAC pigment in Vanilla.  This will amplify the white shadow and add more shimmer.  Also apply Vanilla to the browbone, concentrating mostly on the outer half and avoiding the gold area.

Step 10: Apply Alice to the lower lashline over Flipside and use Aquadisiac to smoke it out a bit.

Step 11:  Apply only a single coat of mascara to the top and lower lashes.

For the CHEEKS...
Step 12:  Apply Revlon face illuminator in Warm Light to the cheeks, starting with the area directly under the pupils and blending out to the hairline.  Go over this same area with MAC beauty powder in Shell Pearl.

Step 13:  Apply Vanilla to the tops of the cheekbones over the area where the LORAC luminizer was applied at the beginning.

For the LIPS...
Step 14:  Apply MAC l/s in Angel all over lips. 

Step 15:  Apply MAC l/s in Ever Hip lightly over Angel.  This is just to give a little more color.

Step 16: Finish off your look with Chanel Glossimer l/g in Constellation and you're all done!

*Please excuse the terrible lighting...The sun was starting to set!





I hope you guys enjoyed this look!

4.13.2010

Inspiration: Gem Glam!


(Just ignore the random lines...that's how it appeared in the email.)
www.shuuemura-usa.com

I got an email today from Shu Uemura and the promotional picture is to die for! Their summer collection, Gem Glam, is now available on their website, and they are offering complimentary shipping with purchase of any Gem Glam product through April 16th. I'm thinking I'm going to try to re-create this look later this week...I absolutely love it!

4.12.2010

FOTD: Simple Smokey Eye

Today's FOTD is a super easy smokey eye that is very appropriate for a day look.  A lot of the makeup looks that I do are very wearable, although I do like to do dramatic looks every now and again. I've been getting a lot of use out of my Greasepaint Sticks...I've tried to use them as much as possible so that I can write a review on them soon! Now onto the look!

Face:
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
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
MAC Beauty Powder in Shell Pearl

Eyes:
MAC GPS in Dirty (top and lower lashlines, smudged on the top)
Maybelline Eye Studio Quad in Green Envy (second color from the left used all over lid)

MAC e/s in Sketch (lightly on the outer corner and on lower lashline)
L'Oreal Double Extend mascara

Lips:
Blistex Silk & Shine lip balm
YSL Rouge Volupte l/s in Peach Passion




I should have a review on the Greasepaint Sticks up later this week and hopefully another Spotlight post!
Hope everyone is having a great start to their week!

4.07.2010

My first 2 awards!!!

So I received my very first blog award a few days ago from the always beautiful Kaylena . She has an amazing blog...go check it out! Thanks again, Kaylena =)




The Rules:

*Post the award on your blog
*Link the person who has give you the award
*& Pass the award to other 15 blogs you've discovered

I know it's not 15, but I'm passing on this I <3 your blog award to:

I received my second award today from Ellie...She is absolutely adorable and so is her blog!



These are the rules for this award:
1) post the logo within your blog or post.
2) pass the award onto 12 fellow bloggers.
3) Link the nominees within your post.
4) let the nominees know they have received an award by commenting on their blog.
5) Share the love and link to the person whom you received this award from.

Again, it's not 12 but I'm passing on the Sunshine Award to:

All of you girls have amazing blogs!

Blooming Lovely and Grunge?!

These two names sound completely contradictory but I love them both! I have on simple makeup today...I've been super busy with school and I just got lazy with the makeup I guess =/  And Grunge is my favorite nail polish right now. It's absolutely the perfect taupey nude shade. I've been in love with Rescue Beauty Lounge ever since getting this polish for Christmas!

Face:
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (just got this in the mail...it's amazing!)
Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation in Golden Beige/Vanilla Beige (mixed)
LORAC Oil-Free Luminizer in Pearl (mixed with foundation)
MUFE HD Microfinish Powder

Revlon Skin Lights Face Illuminator in Warm Light


Eyes:
Covergirl Lashblast mascara in Blackest Black


Lips:
MAC l/s in Blooming Lovely



NOTD: Rescue Beauty Lounge in Grunge with Seche Vite topcoat.


Grunge

4.06.2010

Battle of the Black Eyeliners!

Blacktrack, Ebony, Zero, Black, Blackline

I decided to make a post comparing my black eyeliners.  I only have 5 but they're all so different.  Depending on the look I'm going for, I find myself gravitating towards a particular one based on the color payoff, how long it wears, how long it takes to put on, etc.

First is MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack. This is a fantastic gel eyeliner. I like gel liners because they're easier to apply than liquid liners, dry a lot faster than liquid liners which means it won't smear across your eyelid if you blink while waiting for it to dry, and it wears much longer than most pencil liners. I like Blacktrack in particular because it's very black and has the look of a liquid liner without all the hassle. I apply it with the MAC 209 eyeliner brush...I also love this brush because it will help you achieve the perfect cat eye!

Next is MAC Eye Pencil in Ebony. My poor Ebony is starting to get itty bitty. I've had it for a long time and I've definitely gotten a lot of use out of it! When I got it I was looking for a soft black liner and this one was perfect. It sometimes smudges on me after a few hours but that's not uncommon since I have oily skin. For the most part it wears well and applies smoothly on the lashline and waterline (I've never had any irritation). I like to use this one when I want a more natural and subtle looking eyeliner look.

My mini sized Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Zero came from my Alice in Wonderland palette. I've heard so many good reviews on these eyeliners that I wasn't surprised when I found it to apply really smoothly. While Zero is very black, it's not the blackest black eyeliner I have. It applies well on the lashline and waterline.

Next is Revlon Color Stay Eyeliner in Black. This one and Blacktrack are the two blackest black eyeliners I have. I love this eyeliner! It applies nicely (not as smoothly as Ebony or Zero) and is extremely long-wearing! It never smudges or smears on me. This is my favorite liner to use on my waterline.

Last but not least is MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner in Blackline. It's black with gold sparkles...sometimes I think it looks like a dark green. This eyeliner is absolutely beautiful! If I was someone that had the money to buy back-ups of beauty products, I would definitely buy a back-up of this baby! It applies smoothly but fades and creases on me if I use it by itself, meaning no eyeshadow or eye primer. Again, I blame this on my oily skin. Over eyeshadow, however, it wears much longer and doesn't really fade or crease at all.

Blacktrack, Ebony, Zero, Black, Blackline


Hope this was helpful and informative! I hope you all have a great day =)

4.05.2010

Recent Beauty Haul!



I've been on a beauty spending spree lately and I'm still expecting a few things in the mail (not good for my poor wallet)! I keep telling myself, "You don't need this. You do not NEED this," but it's called an addiction for a reason, right?

The eyeshadows are all from MAC. From left to right are: Yogurt, Beautiful Iris, Coppering, Plum Dressing, and Goldmine. Come to think of it, I also got Vanilla pigment but it's not pictured. So far I've found that it looks beautiful over other e/s if you want it to look more shimmery and also on it's own as a highlight on the brow bone and inner tear duct.



I've already included this here, but next to the e/s are my 3 new Greasepaint Sticks in Greengrease, Zinc Zone, and Dirty, and my 1 Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner in Blackline from the Art Supplies collection.



The 3 lipsticks from left to right are: Revlon ColorBurst in Carnation (bright pink), MAC Creme d' Nude (pale, peachy nude), and YSL Rouge Volupte in Peach Passion #13 (bright peach).



And lastly, my 3 new nail polishes are: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color in Mint Sprint (dark Kelly green), Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Lime Lights (shimmery light green), and Seche Vite top coat.


That's all for now...I've already done some looks with the new e/s and will probably do a few looks with the new Revlon and YSL l/s soon so stay tuned!


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