7.26.2011

Update on my whereabouts...


Hi everyone!

I haven't posted as much over the past week as I normally do, and that's because I've been extra busy lately getting ready for my big move this weekend! I don't want to say where I'm moving to(for privacy reasons), but I'm going off for grad school somewhere quite a bit further than I've ever moved before, and it's been quite the task getting everything packed and ready to go...and I'm not even close to being done yet! o_0

I may or may not be able to get another post up before I leave, but in case I don't, I just wanted to let you guys know that due to all the madness, I may not be able to respond to your comments or emails until sometime next week, so hang tight. Normal posting should resume either next week or the week after - see you then!

Starting Saturday, I'll no longer be a California girl! OMG!!

Remember Brady? How freakin' adorable does she look here?! I love her frowny face.


Blogger Interrogation: The Beauty Bite





The blogger: Laura

The blogThe Beauty Bite 

What is the first blog you remember following?
 The very first blog I ever remember following with an incredibly weird pop culture site called BestWorst which mainly consisted of surreal drawings featuring Britney Spears wearing hats. When it comes to beauty though the site that initially got me hooked was British Beauty Blogger. It completely blew my mind being able to see visuals of products that weren't available to buy for another 6 months - WHO KNEW!? 

What is the last blog you followed? 
Heather Does Make Up - beautiful girl, beautiful products, beautiful tutorials, beautiful blog! 

Without checking, how many lipsticks do you think you own? 
I think about 20? 

How many do you really own?
 Oh My. You know that number I just said above? Times it by like 2 and then add 7. 

You can only use 3 makeup products for the rest of your life. Which ones will they be? 
I'm a pretty natural girl when it comes to my daily look so I guess it'd have to be quite a boring selection of simple, subtle items such as tinted moisturiser, a volumizing mascara and a pearly white liquid highlighter. The base and illuminator would both be Becca and I guess for the eyes I'd have to clump for old faithful itself, YSL Faux Cils.

 You have to get rid of 3 of your makeup products right now. Which ones will they be?
 Easy! My UNE cream blush - not a big fan of the colour OR texture. 

Rimmel True Match Gel Foundation - In general there's absolutely nothing wrong with this product, but if I don't completely dig a foundation then I really hate having to work my way through the pot. 

Max Factor Lash Extension Effect Mascara - I find this product so boring to use. It gives pretty decent wear but it just doesn't pack any kind of punch. 

What is your best makeup tip? 
Mix together a small amount of liquid illuminator and foundation on the back of your hand then apply to the cheeks, forehead and chin using a large bronzing brush. It gives the most delicious dewy effect, perfect for faking that I've-Just-Had-10-Hours-Sleep-And-Only-Eat-Healthy-Food glow. 

What is your makeup pet peeve? 
Sales Assistants who don't recommend the right foundation for the client's skin. I get so frustrated when I see people with sensitive, oily or dry complexions being sold bases that contain all the right ingredients to REALLY aggravate the problem. Not only is it unfair on the consumer but if they have a bad reaction to the product they'll almost never go back to that brand, even if they do sell the perfect base for their needs! 

What is the worst makeup crime you’ve ever committed? 
When I was 15 years old I became a little bit obsessed with this dramatic red L'Oreal lipstick. I hadn't quiet grasped the 'less is more' mantra and ended up teaming it repeatedly with heavy lined eyes, fakes lashes, heaps of blusher and a £3 foundation that was literally 2 shades too dark for me. No wonder I never had a boyfriend. 

What is one thing your readers don’t know about you? 
I used to be friends with Harry Potter's hand double - I only hang with the A-list, people! 

Please link us to your favorite post. 
I think it would have to be the Nars Douceur Blush post - an easily forgotten shade but so, so pretty to wear! 

  Thank you to Laura for letting us interrogate her!


For those who are still interested in taking part in the series, there will be all new questions starting with the next Blogger Interrogation post, and I'll also be taking new volunteers when the next post goes up - probably either next week or the week after. As always, I'll keep you updated as to what to do at the end of that post :)


7.25.2011

Products I'm Loving Right Now ♥ Vol.VII



+NARS Blush in Mounia+
I finally got my hands on Mounia...thank goodness for All Cosmetics Wholesale! Yes, I know, it's more of a Fall/Winter blush but I honestly don't care (probably because it's still a fairly new acquisition :D). The berry-red with tiny pink shimmer is absolutely gorgeous, and I just can't seem to get enough of it! Just a word of caution: Mounia is a fairly dark shade and extremely pigmented and as a result, may require some practice with the application and experimentation with different brushes in order to avoid the dreaded clown cheeks.

+Dior Matte Bronzer in 002 Honey Matte+
Surprise, surprise. If you've been a long time follower of my blog, you'll know that Honey Matte is my favorite bronzer. I recently got a few new bronzers that I'll probably review or compare at some point or other, but I always seem to go back to Honey Matte when I want the perfect, no-fuss sunkissed glow that doesn't require a particular brush or special application techniques to make it work. It just works.

+Benefit Sugarbomb+
Sugarbomb gives me the perfect subtle, glowy cheeks that works with pretty much any and every look. And for those who are wondering, I'm currently around NC25-27 and it definitely shows up on me :) 

+Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso+
I've been reaching for Luminoso on days when I still want glowy, luminous cheeks but want a bit more color than Sugarbomb. It's a gorgeous pinky-peach (it's more peach than pink), and it's so pigmented and applies so smoothly that you'd never know it came from the drugstore.

+L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara+
I have a love/hate relationship with L'Oreal Voluminous - the formula is fantastic but it always smudges on me! I just started a new tube of Cover Girl Lash Blast and I'm not sure if any one else knows what I'm talking about, but I just feel as though mascara generally isn't very good when it's a brand new tube. I love Lash Blast but in it's first few days/weeks, it doesn't pack on as much mascara to my lashes as I'd like, so I've been using Voluminous as a base for volume, and topping it off with a coat of Lash Blast to seal it in and prevent smudging throughout the day - win, win!!

+MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner in Calm Mode+
I've jumped back on the nude lip band wagon in recent weeks (I'll going to show you what I believe may be my new favorite nude gloss very soon!), and Calm Mode is one of the few nude lip products that I've put back into rotation. I actually find the formula really moisturizing, and the color translates to a subtle (meaning not opaque nude) pinky-nude on my lips. I love the lavender scent, too - too bad it's limited edition :( Oh, by the way, I'm thinking of getting MAC Hue Lipstick...any thoughts? Keep in mind, I'm not into the super nude lip...

+Sephora Jumbo Liner in Taupe+
I LOVE this. I've used it both on my lash line (top and bottom) and all over my lid before. It applies really smoothly from the pencil, and when I use it on my lid, I just use my ring finger to blend out the color at the crease. It's easy to blend immediately after you apply it but after that, it doesn't budge for hours...like, a lot of hours! For example, I wore it on my lower lash line last week for 15+ hours (7:15am to 10:45pm) and it was completely intact when I went to go remove my makeup. Another day when I wore it all over my lid over UDPP, it lasted at least 12 hours (I lost track after that and forgot to check later that night) and didn't crease or fade at all. AT ALL, you guys! I don't know if everyone else will experience the same awesomeness I did, but I just wanted to let you know that my experience with this jumbo pencil was AH-MAZING. I didn't swatch it today because the sun was going down, but I'm definitely going to do a more in-depth post about it (and maybe some other taupe-y things) in the next few weeks.

What have you guys been loving lately??


7.19.2011

Blogger Interrogation: Bug's Beauty Blog


The blogger: Bug


What is the first blog you remember following? 
My memory isn’t the best but some of the first blogs I remember following are Temptalia, Xina Rox, Lipstick Rules and Pretty in the Desert and they’re still some of my favourite blogs to read! 

What is the last blog you followed? 
Blogger has been going crazy on me so I’ve had to re-follow a lot of blogs in the last week but I think Fables in Fashion was the latest. I appreciate blogs with clean layouts and high quality photos and Celina’s blog has that in abundance plus it helps that she’s super talented and a fellow Aussie ;) 

Without checking, how many lipsticks do you think you own? 
I would say 30 maybe? 

How many do you really own? 
44 which worries me as an average makeup consumer but as a beauty blogger I say there’s always room for more! 

You can only use 3 makeup products for the rest of your life. Which ones will they be? 
1. Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation because it works well as both a foundation and a concealer and it makes your skin look fantastic! 

2. NARS Taj Mahal blush because it’s the most stunning colour which looks fabulous with any look. 

3. And lastly, some type of liquid liner because I’m a liquid liner addict! Shiseido’s Automatic Fine Eyeliner is my Holy Grail liquid liner when I can afford to splurge and NYX’s Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Black has become my new budget friendly favourite. 

You have to get rid of 3 of your makeup products right now. Which ones will they be? 
I have a green (yes green!) lip gloss from L’Oreal which I was sent as a free gift with purchase and which smells horrible and looks even worse so that would be first to go! 

Next would be my NARS Sparkling Loose Powder in Gold Rush which I purchased after watching a YouTube video by the Sublime Agent and which I have never actually used. It’s beautiful but I have better highlighters for my cheeks and I never powder my *ahem* décolletage so this product has been sitting in a drawer unloved. 

My last one would be my Guerlain Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl liner which I purchased on a whim because the bottle was so pretty but I have never figured out how to use it without getting a whole heap of kohl in my eye! 

What is your best makeup tip? 
This is one of those clichéd lines but ‘Less is more’.  

I always used to hear this line and think ‘uhmm no, more is more!’ but with age I’ve realized that good products are ones which perform well without you having to pack on a whole bunch of it! 

I’ve also realized that packing on the makeup usually does nothing but emphasise whatever it is you’re desperately trying to conceal. 

What is your makeup pet peeve? 
Ok, I have to confess that I have a lot of makeup pet peeves, so much so that I dedicated a whole post to it but my most hated one is unblended foundation. 

The worst case of this that I’ve ever seen was when I used to work in retail and a girl came in to the store who had used a foundation 2 shades too dark that was super orange and applied it like a mask with it covering her lashes AND lips. I’m still scarred K

What is the worst makeup crime you’ve ever committed?
 Lol, in the whole of my makeup wearing years I’m sure I’ve committed lots of makeup crimes including lipstick on teeth and mascara on my eyelids but my longest makeup crime was back when I first started wearing makeup and became guilty of the unblended foundation. 

This continued for a while until a kind friend took me aside one day and tough-loved me into realizing that the foundation I thought looked so flawless and ‘like I’m wearing no foundation at all’ was actually flawed to a major degree! That was right around the time I discovered the importance of good lighting when applying foundation. 

What is one thing your readers don’t know about you?
 I guess I don’t really share a lot of things about me on my blog so there’s a lot my readers probably don’t know about me but one thing is that Bug is my actual nickname.  My friends have been calling me Bug for years and I use it as my blog name because it allows me to maintain a certain degree of anonymity without feeling like I’m using a fake identity. 

Please link us to your favorite post. 
My blog is a mish mash of many things but EOTD’s are definitely my favourite posts to do and two of my favourite ones are: 
1. my Nicki Minaj inspired Smokey Teal EOTD because it won me second prize in my first makeup competition and
 2. my Sunset inspired look because it was the first time I’d really properly started experimenting with bright colours and I haven’t looked back since.  

 Thank you to Bug for letting us interrogate her!


Thank you so much for the overwhelmingly positive response on my Blogger Interrogation series! It seems there are quite a few people interested in being interrogated and already, I have bloggers lined up again for the next few weeks so unfortunately, I won't be taking any more volunteers at this time. I'll be sure to let you guys know when I am! Thanks so much for understanding :)


7.18.2011

Blush & Bronzer-in-One.

After posting about blush & highlight hybrids, it seemed only fitting to post about hybrids of the blush-bronzer sort as well :)

Clockwise from far left:
Dior Nude Glow Healthy Glow Summer Powder in Aurora
Korres Blush in #15 Natural
The Body Shop Baked-to-Last Bronzer in 01
MAC Mineralize Blush in Light Over Dark
MAC Blushcreme in Pleasureful


Left to right:
Dior Nude Glow Healthy Glow Summer Powder in Aurora
Korres Blush in #15 Natural
The Body Shop Baked-to-Last Bronzer in 01
MAC Mineralize Blush in Light Over Dark
MAC Blushcreme in Pleasureful

Dior Aurora has to be the most talked about blush-bronzer hybrid in recent months. Its smooth texture and flawless finish with a slight sheen are nothing short of heavenly. I believe it's meant to be a bronzer first and foremost, but its strong peachy-tan with a hint of pink undertone makes it a fantastic, Summery blush as well. When you apply it, you'll realize how great of a blush-bronzer-in-one it is because you'll be confused as to whether you should add a blush or bronzer to it, and that's simply because in actuality, you need neither as it is perfect on its own :)

I am still under the impression that despite talking it up so much on my blog, I am still the only person that has and likes Korres #15 Natural for some reason...fine by me, I guess :D It's a slightly shimmery neutral, pinky-brown blush that has a gorgeous sheen rather than true shimmer. I'm not sure what else there is to say about this blush that I haven't already said in the past, but it truly is the perfect neutral blush for me in that it flatters my skin tone at both its fairest and most tan, and it complements any and every makeup look.

The Body Shop baked bronzer in shade 01 is a bronzer (obvi!), but I find that it's much more flattering when it assumes more of a blush role than a bronzer role because it is SO shimmery! In my opinion, it really isn't suitable used as a traditional bronzer, unless you're going for the tanned disco ball look. When used just on the cheeks as you would a blush, however, it gives a beautiful, albeit potentially dramatic, golden glow to the skin. I find it's the most flattering on medium to darker skin tones and is more appropriate when used in the Summertime, especially on nights out.

Next is by far the most shimmery/glittery of the lot, and it is MAC Light Over Dark. The swatch is of both halves swirled together. It's more shimmery, golden, and orange-toned than The Body Shop bronzer, but the idea is the same for me. I sometimes find its shimmer a bit excessive, so I would definitely reserve it for nighttime use only nowadays.

Lastly, we have MAC Pleasureful, a shade that unfortunately, was discontinued even before the Blushcreme line was discontinued :( My lovely friend Danielle found this one for me at a CCO...thanks, Danielle! Pleasureful is a rosy, peachy-tan cream blush. I find that when I apply it, it appears much more peachy-tan than it does rosy like it does in the swatch. It isn't a bronzer at all, but the warmth it gives to the cheeks makes bronzer unnecessary, in my opinion.


What are some of your favorite blush-bronzer hybrids?


7.17.2011

A Duping Sunday.

I went through my makeup bag last night (by the way, does anyone else do this just for fun, too?) and was surprised that I had never noticed before how similar a few of my products look. 

Behold the potential dupes:
Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso (left) and MAC MSF in Stereo Rose

MAC Stereo Rose (left) and Milani Luminoso
(Note: Swatches are in opposite order from product photo.)

In their pans, the two look very, very similar, but Stereo Rose appears to be a bit darker. Swatched, Stereo Rose isn't actually any darker, but it is pinker, while Luminoso is much peachier. Luminoso isn't exactly shimmery, but it has a beautiful sheen, and the most apparent difference between the two blushes is that Stereo Rose's sheen is almost frosty and is like 10x the sheen of Luminoso.

Dior Matte Bronzer in 002 Honey Matte (left) and Bourjois Delice de Soleil in #12

Bourjois #12 (left) and Dior Honey Matte
(Note: Swatches are in opposite order from product photo.)

In their pans, the two bronzers look nearly identical, except for the Bourjois bronzer looks just a smidgen darker, more orange, and has tiny and sparse gold shimmers throughout. The shimmers are exactly like the "glints of sunshine" in their Delice de Poudre bronzer (aka the original chocolate bronzer) in that they don't really translate to the skin once applied, and it's really more of a matte bronzer. 

Swatched, Dior Honey Matte seems to be browner and a touch peachier, while the Bourjois one is noticeably more orange-undertoned. I also think it's worth noting that the Bourjois bronzer is the softest bronzer I've ever come across...almost to a fault. I find that it borderlines almost being powdery.



Left to right:
Dior Matte Bronzer in 002 Honey Matte
Bourjois Delice de Soleil in #12
Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso
MAC MSF in Stereo Rose

In conclusion, I'd say the two bronzers are much closer to being dupes than the blushes are. If I had to choose, I much prefer the color and texture of the Dior bronzer over the Bourjois one, and I prefer the color and non-frostiness of the Milani blush over the MAC MSF.

And I don't think I've talked too much about Milani Luminoso recently, but it's amazing! (Not to be confused with Milani Luminous from their regular, non-baked blush range, by the way.) It's so gorgeous and just has this way of brightening up your complexion and illuminating your cheeks. I also think it's a shade that would work on most skin tones because it's neither too pale nor too dark, and the blush itself is very pigmented. If you're able to, GET. IT. ASAP. If you want to see how it looks on, I've worn it in a few of my recent FOTDs, so just click on the label in the left column :)

And in other Harry Potter follow-up news, I saw it. I loved it. I'm sad it's over.


7.16.2011

Fresh Face & Summery Lips.

This week seems to be the week of excessive FOTD posting for me...I promise to resume normal posting shortly :D


1 :: Super simple eyes
MAC Paint Pot in Rubenesque (base)
MAC Pigment in Melon
UD 24/7 Liner in Whiskey
Cover Girl Lash Blast mascara


2 :: Fresh skin
Origins VitaZing
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer in Light
Maybelline Dream Matte Powder in Sand
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer
Illamasqua blush in Hussy
Dior Amber Diamond
MAC Fix + (for dewiness)


3 :: Bright, Summery lips
Cover Girl l/s in Fairytale


Happy Saturday!


7.15.2011

What happens when you don't plan ahead.

Besides Hocus Pocus, I also got Parisian Skies eyeshadow from MAC's Bloggers' Obsession collection and although it's a beautiful, shimmery, wearable blue shadow, I really did not do it any justice today.

On days like today when I have a bit more time to spend doing my makeup, I tend to apply it with more thought and purpose than I actually did. I had no idea what products I wanted to use when I began doing my makeup (besides my usual rotation of face products), and once I started doing my eyes, for some odd reason, I decided to slap on MAC Bare Study Paint Pot instead of the usual, trusty UDPP. 

After applying Bare Study, I made a spur of the moment decision to use Parisian Skies for the first time. Had I planned to use it beforehand, I would've opted to prime my lids with either UDPP or MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot instead, since it's the same color as my skin color and doesn't have any shimmer to compete with the shimmer in the eyeshadow, unlike Bare Study.



It's much more evident up-close in real life than it is in these photos, but when layered over Bare Study, Parisian Skies just seems kind of muddy and a bit...blah. If you look very, very closely, you may be able to see that the color on my lower lash line (almost a tiny bit purpley) is ever so slightly different than the color on my lid - it's actually much more true to color on my lower lash line because I didn't prime that area with Bare Study.

Anyway, you live and you learn. It actually doesn't look that bad...it's just that the eyeshadow is so much more beautiful on it's own that it really kind of frustrated me the more I realized how much I messed it up. Oh well. This just goes to show you that choosing the right primer and/or base needed for your eye look really can make a difference.


Face:
Origins VitaZing
Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in Light
Maybelline Dream Matte Powder in Sand
Bourjois Delice de Soleil Bronzer in 12
Milani Blush in Luminoso
Dior Amber Diamond

Eyes:
MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study
MAC e/s in Parisian Skies
WnW Walking on Eggshells Palette (brown and white shades)
Annabelle Smudge Liner in Ohmygoth!
Eyeko Graffiti Liner in Black
Cover Girl Lash Blast mascara

Lips:
Revlon l/s in Soft Nude

Oh, by the way, who's seen the new Harry Potter and loves it??? I'm going to go see it tomorrow! :D


Disclaimer: The Eyeko liner was sent to me free of charge for review purposes only. I am not affiliated with the company, nor am I getting paid for featuring it on my blog. The opinions expressed in this post are honest and based solely on my own experience with the product.

7.14.2011

Some Old, Some New.


H. from 25FLONDON recently sent over a Collection 2000 concealer and Bourjois bronzer for me, since I've been dying to get my hands on both but neither are available in the US...those are obviously the "new" products in today's FOTD :) Thanks, H.!

Everything else is "old", but posting about the similarities between the WnW and NARS shadows the other day made me want to use my Pleasures of Paris palette again, since admittedly, I don't seem to give it much love anymore. And for those who are curious, yesterday, I used the WnW Walking on Eggshells palette I talked about in that post and yes, it applies just as smoothly and pigmented as it swatches. I didn't find any of the shades to be too powder or chalky either.

Oh, and I also got a much needed trim the other day. I'm not so much a fan of how she cut my bangs (they're a little too pixie-ish for my personal taste), but I'm confident they'll grow out just fine :)




Face:
Sonia Kashuk Tinted Moisturizer in Linen
Collection 2000 Lasting Finish Perfection Concealer in Light
Maybelline Dream Matte Powder in Sand
Bourjois Delice de Soleil Bronzer in 12
Milani blush in Luminoso

Eyes:
TFSI
NARS e/s in Nepal (lid)
NARS e/s in Fez (crease)
NARS e/s in Abyssinia (highlight)
NARS e/s in Cordura (upper lash line)
Cover Girl Lash Blast mascara

Lips:
MAC l/s in Bare Again

I've been wearing MAC Sheen Supreme lipstick in Bare Again the past few days, and it's just reminded me how much I love it. The finish is really natural but with a lovely sheen (not exactly glossy, though), and Bare Again is totally the perfect MLBB (my lips but better) shade for me.

Hope you all are having a good Thursday!


three...two...one.




:: three :: I have 3 new additions to my bronzer collection...eeek! They are Bourjois Delice de Soleil in #12, Physician's Formula Multi-Colored Bronzer for Medium Skin Tones, and Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder.

:: two :: The remnants of a super simple, impromptu DIY project...if you could even call it a 'project'. I'll show off my new shorts in a post soon.

:: one :: I doggy-sat Brady this week (she's a Boston Terrier), and I just love her so much. Check out her pink leopard collar too (I picked it out, of course)...she's such a little fashionista :)

So those are 3 things I'm loving at the moment. I think this may be a new series...just something fun and easy to post about. Let me know what you think :)


7.12.2011

Blogger Interrogation: Fierce Nerditude


The blogger: Vijaya


What is the first blog you remember following?
 The first blog I ever read was Temptalia, but back then I didn’t really “follow” blogs: I bookmarked them and checked back once or twice a day. In fact, I didn’t start “following” blogs ‘til late last year. I think the first blog I officially “followed” was Phyrra’s

What is the last blog you followed? 
I’m actually not sure, but I think it was Swatch Storm

Without checking, how many lipsticks do you think you own? 
Goodness, I have no clue. 40? 50? That’s if you don’t count liquid lipstick, pencil-style lipstick products, etc. 

How many do you really own? 
Without counting anything other than items “traditionally” considered to be lipstick, 96 (excluding items that may or may not have fallen to the bottom of my dresser drawer). If we count less traditional items like liquid lipstick, potted lipstick and lipstick pencils? Let’s not go there. 

You can only use 3 makeup products for the rest of your life. Which ones will they be? 
MAC Prep + Prime Face Protect, because it’s a face primer with SPF that doesn’t leave me with a weird white cast. Also, MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NC50, because I need my foundation to be long-wearing and transfer-resistant. Lastly, Bare Escentuals Buxom Lip Polish in Dolly: it’s a good touch-of-color gloss that I can wear daily. Actually, on school days I usually have to get up so early that these three items are all I use! 

You have to get rid of 3 of your makeup products right now. Which ones will they be? 
I have these two Jordana “Quickliner” lip pencils in Currantly and Wild Orchid. They’re hard and not very pigmented, and the only reason I haven’t binned them already is because I’m determined to use them up. Also, there’s my Nyx Jumbo lip pencil in Pink Nude because it’s too light on me and doesn’t offer any staying power. If I can cheat and give you one more product that’s not really makeup, I also really should consider tossing my Clinique clarifying lotion. It’s just not as good for my skin as other toners I’ve tried! 

What is your best makeup tip?
 Be yourself and the rest will come. It doesn’t necessarily sound like a makeup tip per se, but trust me, it always seems so obvious to me when a girl (or guy!) is wearing their makeup in a way they don’t like to. People always look their best in the stuff they like to wear, whether that’s a polished, natural face or blue lips, green mascara and glitter all over. Don’t use makeup to hide you: use it to be you! Also, if you’re like me and you enjoy blue, green and black (or other unusual /otherwise fussy) lip products, try blotting it and then applying again on top. That makes everything look a lot smoother with minimal effort. 

What is your makeup pet peeve? 
When you buy a ‘non-sticky’ gloss and it feels like it’s just oil on your lips. Ew! 

What is the worst makeup crime you’ve ever committed? 
Not wearing eye primer! I started wearing makeup when I was 12, but until I was 15 or 16 I didn’t know about eye makeup primer. I would put my sparkly black eyeshadow on at the beginning of the day and by the end… Let’s just say that Too Faced Shadow Insurance has changed my life for the better! 

What is one thing your readers don’t know about you? 
Hmmm… Tough question! One of the things I’m really open about on my blog is that I’m a total gamer geek, but I guess they might not know I’m also a geek for sci-fi/fantasy literature, anime and manga, and—of all things—theater (especially musicals). Also, I know Latin. I took it for 3 years in high school, and can speak it conversationally because of a test I had to take. 

Please link us to your favorite post. 
I do a series of makeup posts inspired by the Final Fantasy series of games, and my favorite post might be the one inspired by Fran of Final Fantasy XII! If I can cheat just one more time (I’m so bad!) I also really like the one I did on Yuna from Final Fantasy X 

 Thank you to Vijaya for letting us interrogate her!


Thank you so much for the overwhelmingly positive response on my Blogger Interrogation series! It seems there are quite a few people interested in being interrogated and already, I have bloggers lined up again for the next few weeks so unfortunately, I won't be taking any more volunteers at this time. I'll be sure to let you guys know when I am! Thanks so much for understanding :)


7.10.2011

A Popular Combo (apparently).

I picked up the Wet n Wild eyeshadow trio in Walking on Eggshells last week and as I was admiring how pretty the brown crease shade was,  I couldn't help but notice its seemingly striking resemblance to NARS Fez, a shade I have from the Pleasures of Paris palette.

After I opened up my NARS palette to compare the two side-by-side, however, I was like, 'Whoa.' (I never claimed to have a high level of vocabulary ;)

Wet n Wild Walking on Eggshells (left) and NARS Pleasures of Paris

Don't the pink, brown, and white shades in the NARS palette look surprisingly similar to the shades in the Wet n Wild palette?

Left to right:
WnW 'Eyelid' shade
NARS Nepal
WnW 'Crease' shade
NARS Fez
WnW 'Browbone' shade
NARS Abyssinia

While the pairs of shimmery, beigey pink shades and warm, shimmery brown shades aren't exactly the same, the two pearly white, highlight shades are basically dupes.


I have yet to actually use the WnW trio on my lids but based on swatches, all 3 shades are buttery smooth and fantastically pigmented. I doubt those qualities won't transfer when the product is put to use, but I'll keep you posted just in case :) 

I find that the NARS shadows always look a lot nicer when used on the lids than in swatches, for some odd reason. They're not as soft as the WnW shadows, which is why you may be able to notice that the NARS swatches aren't as fluid towards the bottom of the swatch.

Anyway, if you always wanted half of the NARS Pleasures of Paris palette (hey, you never know), then I'd highly recommend checking out this Wet n Wild trio for only $3!


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