Thursday, August 18, 2011

FOTD: Under Grey

I realize I've been gone for a good bit of time there...family things are sort of in order. We're dealing with it. Unfortunately for my parents, I'll be moved out by the end of this month into my brand spankin' new house, so they're going to have give it their best alone. Never thought I'd be a parent to my parents at 26..Speaking of ages. Monday was my dad's 65th birthday! He's officially on Medicare and it's downhill from here on in LOL

So to say the least it's been stressful around my parents' house. It's only going to get more so with inspections, walkthroughs and signings coming up. I thought this look was kind of appropriate because I've been a little blue and under a grey cloud it seems. So for your scrutiny I share Under Grey FOTD.
Items Used
Eyes:
NYX Eyeshadow base in Skin Tone
NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow pencil in Milk (base)
MAC Blogger's Choice e/s Jealousy Wakes (inner 1/3 of lid)
MAC e/s in Climate Blue (Outer 2/3 of lid)
MAC Blogger's Choice e/s in Hocus Pocus (above crease & outer V)
MAC Pigment in Naked (highlight/blender)
Wet n Wild Mega Liner in 861 (Black)
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero (waterline)
NYX False lashes #120

Face
MAC Face & Body foundation in C5
MAC Studio Fix Foundation in NC43
Rock & Republic Blush in Immoral
Cargo Plant Love Bronzer

Lips:
MAC l/s in A Rose Romance 
Revlon l/g in Coral Reef


Next time I'd bring the Jealousy Wakes further out on my lid, it just got lost when blended with the Climate Blue and Hocus Pocus, but I still liked the look overall.


Wish my hair would grow faster, but I like the way it looks here. I should trim more off the ends, but I want it to grow longer...decisions.

Taken with my phone, I just like the way it looked LOL Kinda like an evil villain?

Oh, Jealousy Wakes & Hocus Pocus are indeed back in stock on MAC's site so grab them if you'd like!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

A Look At: Blogger's Choice Shadows..

I, like many of you, follow Temptalia to get the scoop on new collections coming out. I'm amazed at her work ethic on the site. I know I couldn't and wouldn't keep up such a blog, it's just too much...or rather I'm too lazy. I was very excited to see that she got the chance to work with MAC and create her own color along with a few other bloggers. I knew she would make something eye-catching and just had to pick it up when I saw the final product. Luckily, I'm addicted to my phone so I jumped as soon as the Twitter announcement went out that it was on the MAC site. Pays to be on your phone 24/7 LOL

I picked up Christine's (Temptalia) shadow Jealousy Wakes and Hocus Pocus by Lianne (The Makeup Girl)



Although they are different finishes they both appear similar in sparkliness LOL Sure not the professional way to describe it but we all understand, right?


Hocus Pocus is a nice smokey gray Satin finish. Doesn't it remind you of the perfect gray shirt? Maybe it's just me.


Jealousy Wakes is a jewel-tone green Veluxe Pearl Finish. It just calls to you, doesn't it.


Looks were a bit deceiving in the pan, I was scared that it was going to be too shimmery. Both, when applied are nicely pigmented and definitley not overboard on the shimmer! Hocus Pocus did apply a bit darker than I'd hoped it was going to but it's still a fine color. Jealousy Wakes reminds me of a green NARS shadow when applied. I'll have to take the time to compare them in the future.

I actually hesitated to make this post since these are both sold out on the MAC site. What fun is it to tell you about something you can't get ahold of? If you follow Temptalia's twitter she mentioned that MAC is going to try and do another production of these colors so it may be in your future yet!

On a personal note, I know I've been gone for a couple of weeks but I may be MIA again for a few more. We're dealing with some very personal family issues right now involving my mom and her well-being is more important than any amount of makeup in the world. If I feel up to it, I will definitely try to update, but between this and my potential move sometime next month (which means I'll be packing my makeup & polish here soon) I don't want you all to expect too much. Thanks for understanding and please push any good vibes our way, this is a situation I never would have imagined I'd be faced with...See you all soon..who knows, I might be able to post regularly to keep my mind off things.

NOTICE: Items featured in this post were bought by myself with my own money. In no way have the words and opinions featured been sponsored. These are my personal reactions to the products seen.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

HAUL: One Trip to Ulta..

I went into Ulta for one thing I walked out with 7 but not the thing I really went in for...Yep, that's me. Sometimes you go months of self control then, OOPS! It's alright, I think I have my fix now. At least I kept it to a minimum.


This was a last minute decision while I was waiting at the register. I saw this little sample set for $15 and decided to give it a try. I'm already a fan of Too Faced Shadow Insurance. But I've always wanted to try a lip primer and see if the face primer was any good. I used to use the MAC face primer when it first came out but I long since stopped using it. I'll have a little more on these later.
 

I normally use TFSI that I mentioned above but I really wanted to try out the NYX eyeshadow base. Why? It's a whole lot cheaper. TFSI is $18 for a 0.32 oz tube, this jar of NYX base (white or tinted) is 0.25 oz. for $6.99...So far I'm finding it's worth my 7 bucks. It's not as creamy as TFSI or UD Primer Potion. But it evens out my lid color very well. (I have pretty dark lids). My eye makeup doesn't smudge during the day and it has done all the good things that the more expensive brands have done for me. I'd definitely recommend this if you are on a budget.
 

I picked up this Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick in Smoked Peach for $6.99. I really like this color, it's a matte but I think it would look great with a peachy pink gloss on top as well. It applied smoothly and didn't feel drying like some mattes tend to. Not bad for a matte lipstick at all.
 
 

I, of course, had to pick up some nail lacquers...This addiction thing I have with polish is a problem xD
 

I finally dove in and picked up a couple of Butter London polishes. Both of these colors caught my eye immediately on the display stand.
 

I guess you pay $14 a piece for this packaging huh?...You have to lift the outter lid to get to the actual applicator...I thought it would have been pretty cool to have that whole top as an applicator, but whatever. Butter London polishes are 3-Free: no formaldehyde, toluene, or DBP.
 

Crowned crow...
 

The applicator was your normal round brush. It applied the polish evenly and held a good amount of lacquer.
 

This color is called Blagger. It's a little more teal in real life, but looks straight blue in pictures. Definitely a keeper but I find that I do have similar teals for cheaper.


This gem is called Jaffa, a nice and bright coral pink. It's much peachier in person and I think perfect summer color for that splash of color! I've been wearing it on my toes since I bought it.


I also picked up two Ulta Professional Nail Lacquers polished since it was 2 for $10 (normally $7.50/ea). Ulta has always impressed me with their in-store brand products like their eyeshadows, foundations and lipsticks (although their lipsticks used to have that old person smell...do they still have that smell? I haven't bought a lippie in a while).
 

The top screws off and the applicator is round, it's a bit shorter than a China Glaze or Orly brush so it feels thicker, but I don't think it is. It applied polish quite easy and controlled. The squared top didn't feel too uncomfortable in my hand but it might for some.
 

Cocktails Anyone? Is a nice deep plum color. To get to full opaque color I had to use three coats. This will probably get worn quite a bit this fall.
 

This one was my favorite, it's called Total Eclipse. It's the perfect gunmetal grey cream! Applied perfectly in two coats.
 

Just for fun I layered my Milani Jewel FX glitter polish on top of Total Eclipse. The gold is #531 Gold, the multi-color one is #530 Gems. I don't know if you've tried the Milani Jewel FX glitters but they are really great and the glitter actually applies to the nail. It's not like those polishes where you have to fight the clear jelly to get one piece of glitter on your nail. It's effortless with this stuff! These were two coats, so a third coat would have covered it all.
 

I think it was a successful trip to Ulta..even if I didn't end up with what I went for.. -___-

NOTICE: All products seen in this post were purchased by me with my own money. I have not been paid to purchase, review or display any of the products seen. All opinions are solely my own and no one else's, based on my own experiences with the products.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

HAUL: A Little Here & There...

This is not as much hauling as, I went to the store several times and bought random items. Saving for a house really cuts your haulage down, but one thing I'm really great at doing is being stingy when it is required! I pick up an item here and there and move out of the isle QUICKLY! So, it's been a while, let's get into it!



Liquid liner is one of those items I don't splurge on. I don't care how expensive it is, it's going to end up the same way on my lids. Wet N Wild Mega Liners are great, super cheap, and apply well. I used to use Rimmel liquid liner, but they don't seem to make it anymore...This is better just because of the cheap price alone.


A look at the brush, I get nice sharp lines with this brush, it stays together well and doesn't fray out after using several times. Holds a good amount of liquid so you're not having to redip the brush all the time.
 

I finally picked up one of these shadow trios. I always look at them when I go to CVS to pick up my medicine but I usually just leave them be.
 

I didn't know which one  to get, that was probably the harder choice. The little applicator brush was actually pretty soft, but I'll stick with my regular brushes.
 

This one has really good pigmentation and is definitely worth the small price. These all had a slight shimmer to them, using a good base you could really make the colors pop better.
 

Next I picked up this Revlon Super Lustrous lipgloss in Coral Reef. I probably put about 10 things in corals in my basket: nail polish, lip gloss, lip stick or blush. I only walked out with two, I was a good girl.
 
 

It's got a nice, soft sponge tip applicator.
 

The picture comes off rather pink, but it was a nice shade of coral, more like the image in the bottle.
 

I tried to compare it to some glosses I already had.
 

(Click Picture to Enlarge) The Revlon Gloss is 3rd from the left and you can see that they looked somewhat similar in the bottles but different when applied.
 

Another coral color with Revlon Super Lustrous creme in Kiss Me Coral.
 
 

It was a little too red for me as a coral color. But it's definitely a wearable one.


Again I tried to give a quick comparison..I could have sworn I had almost an exact match to this.


Next to the pinker colors it really looks orange in the picture. It had a good, smooth texture and no unpleasant smells for either the lipstick or gloss.


And of course I see a teal, you really thought I could turn it down?! I picked up Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Fairy Teal. I love teal...it's really an obsession. There will be a strong teal presence in my house.


It covered great in two coats and applied smoothly. The brush is similar to the Rimmel polishes. A flat square brush compared to the normal round brushes you get. It was however better than the Rimmel brush it's not quite as wide so it made application easy. I'll be getting more of these Sally Hansen polishes.


I saw many things I need to add to my list now while I was at the store today. I'm starting to buy a few items for the house here and there though so I'll keep slapping my hand away from the pretty stuff.

NOTICE: All items seen in this post were purchased by me with my own money. I have not been paid to discuss any of the products seen. All views are expressly my own based on my experiences with the products.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

EOTD: Cirque the Circus...

Did I tell you guys I'm going to see Cirque du Soleil's Dralion in Atlanta in August? Yes indeed. If you've never seen a Cirque show live, you need to really put it on your bucket list. My first Cirque show was Saltimbanco a couple of years ago. It was amazing, I couldn't even imagine training every day of your life to do the things they do in those shows! Ah~mazing!

The shows are always full of color and life. I wanted to do two things with this eye, make it colorful and see how this white stripe look turned out with my eye.

EOTD: Cirque the Circus..


Products Used:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Princessa Jumbo Eye Pencil in Opalescent Pink (base)
Sugarpill Flamepoint e/s (inner 2/3 of lid)
Sugarpill Poison Plum e/s (Outer 1/3 of lid into crease)
MAC Carbon e/s (crease
Sugarpill Afterparty e/s (lower lash line)
Sugarpill Midori e/s (below lash line)
Sugarpill Tako e/s (to make white line, highlight & blend out harsh lines)
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Zero (water line)
Wet N Wild Mega Liner in black (top Lid
Pur Minerals Brow Perfection brow powder
CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion mascara




NOTICE: I have not been paid to use/promote/feature any of the products used in this post. Look was inspired by others but I did not directly copy any specific look.

 
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