Wednesday, January 30, 2013
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Monday, January 28, 2013
Today I was tempted to keep on using my new favorite palette, the Mehron E.Y.E. 207 with its rich buttery matte neutral shades. But I thought I'd branch out and use my Tarte Carried away palette instead. I used the quad that includes these shades:
- Pearl River - a ballet pink with pearly blue shimmer
- Seychelles Sand - a pale mink pink matte
- Martha's Vineyard - a deep deep plum
I put Pearl River all over my lids, then started with Seychelles Sand in my crease, and deepened it with an outer V using Martha's Vineyard, which was plummier than I thought. It looks pretty brown in the pan.
Overall, I'd say these Tarte shadows are not as smooth as the Mehron ones. I love the subtlety and variety of shades, though. And this basically lavender gray eye shadow look is a nice alternative to the mauve and brown neutral looks.
I used the MAC Fluidline gel in Blacktrack for a slightly winged cat eye, then found I wanted to redo it using the Maybelling Eye Studio liner pen. I love how easy this is to use! It seems I have yet to find a holy grail eye liner. So far Makeup Geek's has my favorite consistency. I may end up just sticking to my eye liner pen from Maybelline. Milani also has a great one.
For the lip I went back to the Maybelline Lip Butters and chose Sugar Plum 085. These don't last on me more than an hour, but very few things do. I love how emollient it feels on my lips, which are so dry in this winter weather!
For eyebrows I was loving my Selma Hayak Nuance pen in Medium Blonde today. This one works as well as the Anastasia one, but costs less. On some days it has a bit too much red in it, but mostly, it's my fave. The one I own is a repurchase. I hope this line lasts at the drugstores. Not sure how well it's doing. I haven't seen many bloggers writing about it, or many YouTubers talking about it.
For blush I used the Sleek Face Form in light with a bit of my BeautyStar peachy blush from their latest box. Love Beautystar!
Have a great day, Lovely readers! Happy Monday!
Thursday, January 24, 2013
I created this simple elegant look with my new IMATs purchase - the Mehron E.Y.E. palette of eight neutral shades. The subdued cat-eye look uses Make Up Geek's gel eye liner in Mobster, another IMATs buy.
Cheeks - Sleek Face Face Form in Light:
- I love the contour in this palette, which is only slightly warm in tone.
- The blush is a really gold-kissed coral peach which looks a bit crazy bright in the pan, but which blends like a dream with a light touch.
- The highlighter is a bit gold, a bit pink, and very pretty. I love how easy it is to do all three of these steps with this pretty little palette.
- If I lived in the UK, Sleek would be my favorite drugstore brand, by far.
- Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment - Ah, spots, will I have you in the old age home? Maybe. But this stuff can definitely reduce you, as long as I use it regularly. It has 2.5 percent benzoil peroxide, which is just enough to dry out the problems areas, but not enough to turn them into a flaky mess. That's what 5 percent would do, so I don't recommend that you use products that have that much.
- LaRoche-Posay Age Defying Primer - I love that this primer has an SPF of 50, and it goes on very smoothly.
- Tarte Maracuja Miracle Foundation in Light: The girl at Sephora said I have golden toned skin, so she recommended this, but I find it's just a touch too yellow. So I mix it with the following product:
- skin79 Triple Function Beblesh Balm in the Orange Packaging: This one is too white for me, so it benefits from mixing it with other products.
- Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in 004 Sandstone: Since I really got into makeup again around this time last year, I have only used a few powders. This one goes on easily and makes my skin matte right away. I got this on a Tanya Burr YouTube recommendation. I do notice I usually need to use it in two coats, probably because I'm using a lot of creamy products for my base.
- This was my first time using the MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot, and right away, I'm sold! Instant coverage, sets up right away, and made all of the shadows I put on top much more vivid, yet easier to blend.
- Mehron Palette: Natural Wheat all over lid - this is the second lightest shade. White on brow bone and tear duct. Fawn in crease and on outer third of lid. Espresso in the crease to define it more strongly. I used Toffee to blend the crease color up into the brow bone color. This was my first time using this palette, and I have to say, it is fabulous. I had compared this one to the Viseart #1 palette, which is Nikkie Tutorials' favorite, and that one does have more colors, a few more corally neutrals and more grays, but this one was $40, and that one seems to average twice that online, partly because it's a European brand. I love this one. I'll probably buy that Viseart palette in Europe, if I can find it, but this one will probably go with me.
- Makeup Geek Gel LIner in Mobster: I was inspired to use this after watching Continuum on SyFy the night before. What a great show! The lead girl, Rachel Nichols, has these amazing pale blue eyes, and on the show they seem to simply line them with brown all around. So gorgeous on her. If you like Science Fiction, definitely check this show out. So about this liner. I love the consistency. I love the color and pigmentation. But under it eyes, like everything else, it moved around a lot in about two hours, so I am going to have to powder it with a matching shade of eye shadow and see if that helps. That's a bit disappointing, but not a deal breaker. I don't know of any products that don't need to be sealed under the eyes in order to not migrate.
IMATs was amazing, people! I saw so many of my favorite beauty gurus, got to say hi and take pictures! Thanks, Phyrra, Marlena and EleventhGorgeous!
I wasn't ready for how much cool special effects makeup there was to check out at IMATs, and I saw what seemed to be the entire cast of Face Off from all the seasons. Very cool! The Makeup Museum had some pretty darned cool stuff!
So I keep promising myself I'll do a video on my IMATs Haul, so look for that.
Oh, and I also did the Tinker Bell Half Marathon on that same day! So it was kind of a biggie for me. I probably would have bought more at IMATs if I hadn't done that. As it was, I couldn't believe I made it through that MAC line. I would have probably done the same at Sigma, but I was starting to crash.
I really want that Paris Palette, darn it. No, I don't need it, but I want it!
Well, it's raining here in L.A. and spring is coming. I'm going to France in April, and to Paris for the first time since 1998, so get ready for some great stuff!
Cheers, Beauty Fans!
Friday, January 18, 2013
Here are a few looks from this and last week, including todays simple classic look with a neutral eye, cherry glossy lip and winged out eyeliner.
I used It Bye Bye Under-Eye with Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrée for foundation, a neat trick I learned from Wayne Goss's latest video. Check out Goss Makeup Artist on Youtube for more of his really helpful tips. Bit of a focus problem on these. Sorry. :(
For this eye I used my Tarte We Wish You Wealth palette, and I'm sorry, I don't know the shade names. You can't get this palette anymore, but on the lid it was a pinky shade with a bluish shimmer. Top row left on the lid. Bottom row second from right in crease. Second from top row second from left on tear duct. I love love love this palette, and I'm sorry because you can't get it. Every shadow except the medium and dark brown seems to be a duochrome. So subtle, though. This palette has some really nice glosses in it, too.
My skin is a mess. Stress? Hormones? Who knows. Yeesh.
This is Urban Decay Naked Palette Toasted on top of a whole bunch of matte neutrals from the Pixi Soft Focus Fresh on my lids. I love that bronzey taupey shimmer. This big palette has so many fun pretty neutrals. I love the gloss, and the blushes, too. Here's a picture of it.
Here's another of my faces from this week. Lots of fun neutrals from the Sedona Lace 28 Neutral palette. Kind of a fifties look with the winged liner and rosy cheeks. I love a minky brown shade on the crease like this!
And finally, here's a Burgundy eye look based on Maybelline Color Tattoo Pomegranate Punk. Yay for smokey eyes!
Thursday, January 17, 2013
I tried my Sleek Drama Eyes purple mascara and it was so goopy! I tried to declump a bit with Anastasia Lash Genius, bit it didn't really fix the issue. Oh, well.
Check out this purple eye look done with my depotted Phyician's Formula Shimmer Strip Pop for Green eyes. These shades are lots of fun. I used my purple Eyeko eye liner pen, which is great at helping me make quick, clean defined cat eye flick. I also used the Urban Decay 24/7 pencil in Psychedelic Sister to tight line the upper lash line. Monochromatic all the way!
How do you wear purple eye shadow?
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Today, I wanted to try a matte neutral eye with a black cat-eye liner look, and some bright coral lipstick, so here's what I used. I have a bunch of photos from last week and Monday, so I'm going to do some quick FOTD posts to get up to date. Gonna work my way backwards.
- Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrée
- MUFE HD Primer
- Tarte Maracuja Foundation in Light mixed with
- skin79 Orange Triple Function BB Cream
- Revlon Photo Finish pressed powder
- Sleek Face Form palette in Light
- Urban Decay Primer Potion Original
- Sedona Lace Neutral 28 Palette (see my photo with my fab made-up names above!) Muslin from lash line to browbone, Po in crease and along lash line; Coco on outer third of lid; Lazarus in the middle third; Citrine on inner third
- Eyebrows: Anastasia Eyebrow Express kit
- Maybelline Eye Studio Line Precise eye liner pen
- Clinique High Impact Mascara in black
- Under eyes: Cinema Secrets light peach concealer
- Laura Mercier Concealer in SC-3
- Tarte Smooth Operator loose powder
- Revlon Just Bitten Balmstain in Rendezvous
So, tomorrow, an all purple eye shadow look? What do you think of all this O faithful Beauty Fans? Please comment below and let me know.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Thought I'd try out the Tarte Carried Away palette today. The result was a stronger look than any I did this week. I wore this with a bright red blouse and the reddest of the Maracuja glosses that came in the kit.
I put Georgia Peach all over the lid from crease to brow, then did a gradient from inner to outer edge of the lid: Tuscan Sun on the inner third, Coral Reef in the middle third, then Acai Jungle on the outer third, and in the crease, blended up into Georgia Peach on the browbone.
Was a touch disappointed with the pigmentation of the Coral Reef shade. It looked so bright and pretty in the pan, but took some building to get impact on my eye. Maybe it's better wet, or over a base cream like the NYX jumbo eye pencil in Milk. Acai Jungle had a bit of green in it, which was a surprise, and it made for a more strong, makeup artisty type look. I think that Acai Jungle has a color shift from brownish burgundy to deep forest green. Definitely psyched to try more of these quads, so thanks to my sister Mary for getting me this awesome kit!
What do you think?
The rest of the products were pretty much the same things I used on the rest of the looks this week. The Tarte Maracuja foundation in light is still shockingly yellow to me, but just a touch of my skin79 BB cream lightens it enough to match my skin better.
Didn't have time to do my brows. Eek! My bangs hid it, mostly.
The Maracuja red gloss wore off within an hour, so I put on my new L'Oréal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Endless Red. Have you tried these yet? I really like these! They go on wet, and once they set, they feel kind of like gelatin, lots of staying power, but they feel emollient. I think there's some alcohol in there, which evaporates and leaves that long-wearing soft slick feeling stuff. Once even that wears away, there's a stain left on your lips. Really interesting product, not like anything I've tried. Go check them out! I have the Lilac one, the Caramel one, the Red, and the the Coral.
Doing the Tinker Bell Half Marathon in ten days, People!
Hope you had a nice Thursday!
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
I had some CVS coupons, so on the recommendation of several YouTubers, thought I'd try the L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows. Got Endless Pearl and Amber Rush, since these were pretty close to Maybelline Color Tattoo shades I'd failed to score because some other more obsessed shopper had got there first.
I wonder, are drugstore makeup marketers aware of how some products become cult objects and get snapped up at CVS right on the Friday they go onto shelves? Target has had lots of success publicizing this kind of thing with their own designer capsule collections. I still feel like many folks I know don't know how amazing certain drugstore products can be. I think, down the road, I'll do a post listing my favorites. Hmmm.
Anyway, also thought I'd check out that nice brown shade from my MAC runway Spring Forecast palette. It's cool, and it blends pretty nicely with a synthetic concealer brush. I used a bdellium one I got at The Makeup Show LA.
I'm going to IMATS weekend after next on January 19th. If you're coming, too, comment below.
So here's what I used for this FOTD
- Anthelios Primer with Sunscreen - Got this because I was worried I needed more coverage now that the sun's out again here in LA.
- skin79 Orange BB Cream mixed with Dr. Jart BB cream to get my shade. Gotta go back to the Hot Pink version of skin79's BB cream. I actually liked that it started out gray and oxidized to match my skin tone. The orange one is way too light for me, and ends up looking, I don't know, a little Crypt Keeper? by the end of the day. The Dr. Jart helps tone down the whiteness, but this is a stopgap for now.
- Applied BB cream mixture with a moistened Beauty Blender. It really does leave the smoothest finish
- Milani Stay Matte pressed powder in Sandstorm
- Concealer under eye: Cinema Secrets light peach shade sealed with Tarte Smooth Operator -- this stuff works very well and doesn't look cakey! This was from my Tarte Carried Away kit, which I got for Christmas - Yay! I'll be buying a full sized one when this runs out.
- Lids: L'Oréal Infallible in Endless Pearl
- Crease: MAC Runway Spring Forecast 2013 palette, the bottom one, a nice warm brown cream shadow
- Lash lines: Same shade from above MAC palette
- Milani brow pen in blonde on eyebrows
- Maybelline Eye Studio felt-tipped liquid liner on upper lashline
- NYX Slide-On Pencil in Tropical Green tightlined on top lashline, and over liquid liner to make that mutha green!
- Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Adventurous
- Tarte Maracuja gloss in Jena. Ugh--when companies give their products girl's names, I just cringe. Do you feel the same way? Comment below. Anyway, this gloss has a gentle minty feel, and the colors are so gorgeous. This one's a kind of pinkish terra cotta that is like a Your Lips But Better for me. It seems to last a few hours, which is pretty long for a gloss.
Hope you enjoy, Beauty Fans!
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Vichy Age Defying Primer
skin79 Orange Triple Function Beblesh Balm mixed with
Tarte Miracle Maracuja Miracle Foundation in Warm Beige
Milani Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Sandstorm
Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Shadow in Bad to the Bronze on lids to crease and under eyes
Sephora Jumbo Liner 12HR Wear Waterproof in Marine tight lined on upper and lower waterlines, and sealed with navy shade from Sleek i-Divine Matte v.2 Palette
Sleek Face Form in Light, the contour shade in the crease
Concealer: Light Peach from Cinema Secrets, sealed with Tarte Smooth Operator Finishing Powder
Sleek Face Form in Light, blush, highlighter and contour
17 from Boots Lip Gloss from the Be Bronzed Kit