Monday, December 17, 2012

Weekend in Makeup: 12/14/12-12/16/12

I realize my weekend in makeup posts aren't quite consistent.. but I still love making these blog entries! I suffered from lady problems* and the flu earlier in the week but still managed to spend some time with great friends! Some of the makeup/products I used this weekend:

Stayed home sick w/ the flu but managed to make myself look presentable using my new favorite lashes: Ardell Demi 102. (Loveeeee!) on Friday...

Went for a glamorous make-up look on one of my girlfriends for her Christmas party using eyeshadows: MAC Humid (inner and outer third), Gold in the Lorac Palette (middle), Taupe in the Lorac Palette (crease), Ardell Demi Wispies for lashes and my favorite Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl for her "glow" on Saturday...

& no makeup on Sunday, but I couldn't pass up a picture of ice cream & red wine! Two of my favorite things!

*I HATE LADY PROBLEMS!

Until Next Time! :)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Happy "ThanksgiveWing!" | Makeup Play




You know I'm so behind when I post a look back in Thanksgiving..well, more like "ThanksgiveWing." A bunch of college friends started an annual "ThanksgiveWing" celebration, and this year was our second year. If you want to check out last year's ThanksgiveWing look, click HERE. This look compared to last years is a little bit more subdued and "sweeter."


FACE
Embryolisse Lait Creme Moisturizer
  Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer - SX08
Guerlain Meteorites Tient Dore (setting powder) 
Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette - under eyes
Benefit Erase Paste - Salmon Concealer (under eyes, salmon corrector)
Ben Nye Banana Visage Powder - (set the under eye concealer)

EYEBROWS
  MAC Brow Pencil - Spiked
Flirt! Eyeshadow Coconutty

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Urban Decay Naked Palette 2 - Verve & Pistol (mixed all over lid, inner tear duct)
Urban Decay Naked Palette 1 - Buck (Outer-V, lower lashline)
Urban Decay Naked Palette 1 - Naked (blending and socket bone color)
Urban Decay Naked Palette 1 - Half Baked (inner tear duct)
L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara
Cover Girl Lash Blast

CHEEKS
MAC Dark Careblend Powder (to bronze outside of my face)
NARS Blush Dolce Vita
  Dior Amber Diamond (highlight- cheekbones, down the center of nose)

LIPS
Vaseline Lip Therapy
Revlon Lip Butter Candy Apple


Love them! <3

Until Next Time! :)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Review: Rimmel London Kate Moss Lipsticks


Rimmel Kate Moss Lipsticks: 04, 11, 14, 06

Yes, I know! ANOTHER lipstick review! Can you sense a trend? I picked up these babies not too long ago at Wal-Mart for a very very steep price of $3.97/each. I couldn't resist Kate Moss, the beautiful colors and the wonderful price point. More often than not drugstore lipsticks can be better than higher end lipsticks... at least if these didn't work out for me I wouldn't be too depressed over how much I paid :)

 Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick Swatches: 04, 11, 14, 06 (one swipe)

Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 04 (two swipes on lips)

04 is a dark purple/grey tinged lipstick, somewhat reminiscent of an eggplant. Not going to lie this color was the most difficult one to apply just because of how patchy it first swiped and how much extra bleeding it crept over my lips. I didn't put any balm or lip liner to show the true effect of the colors... and 04 was very quick to bleed. Not only is it difficult to apply but it is a color that many people find jarring. This lipstick though I believe deserves a second chance w/ more love: lip brush application & lipliner (MAC Nightmoth maybe?). If put very meticulously it can look absolutely gorgeous and I think it's worth the extra effort.

Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 11 (two swipes on lips)

I would describe 11 as more of a muted red, neither strikingly too bright or vampy. It's a very pretty color that would work well to 'shy' individuals who are scared to rock this type of lippie.  This particular color lasted around 3-4 hours on the lips and when faded left a very beautiful stain. 

Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 14 (two swipes on lips)

14 is brown/nude that can lean gray or mauve depending on the pigment on your lips. My lips are very pigmented so this color leaned a little bit more mauve on me. My face does look washed out with this color, but I can guarantee it would work very well with an intense smokey eye. 

Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 06 (two swipes on lips)

06 is a very pretty bright coral pink that would look PERFECT in the summer. It was such a flattering color on me and I believe it would work well on very many skin tones. It has that perfect "pop" that someone would want, or that "pick me up" that someone is craving. This was definitely my favorite color out of the bunch. 

Though these colors are very beautiful they do also have some drawbacks. These lipsticks swiped very nicely on my lips, but after 30-45 minutes I find my lips becoming SO DRY. A very moisturizing lip balm is recommended when wearing these. Like previously mentioned, these lipsticks do have a slip and slide feel to it, so be wary of these if you don't decide to wear lipliner. 

I've worn 11 and 06 before and they both lasted 3-4 hours on me before needing reapplication. The good thing about them is that when they do fade, it fades into a nice stain. These can be found at ULTA, CVS, Walgreens & Wal-Mart (from what I've personally seen).

BTW: If you're wondering what lashes I'm wearing: Ardell 102 Demi's (looooove!)

Have you ever tried these lipsticks? Any colors that you find more beautiful than these four? Let me know!

Until Next Time! :)

Taking "The Diva" out for a spin | Makeup Play

I have so many looks, products, reviews to share w/ everyone... I'm finding it to be a bit ridiculous! There are no excuses for me being gone for about 3 weeks...but I digress. This is a look that I wore to the movie theaters (Yes, it was when i watched James Bond for the first time about 3-4 weeks ago). I had just purchased the very lovely MAC lipstick in DIVA, so I wanted to take my new baby out for a spin.

Diva is a huge rage in the makeup lovers world, it's a cult classic and has been w/ MAC for very many years. It's the quintessential vamp/brick red that is very suitable across very many skin tones. If you 'google' this shade you'll see rave  reviews so here I am, just giving you a look that I wore w/ Diva being the main focus.



FACE
Embryolisse Lait Creme - Moisturizer
  Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer - SX08
Guerlain Meteorites Tient Dore (setting powder) 
Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette - under eyes
Benefit Erase Paste - Salmon Concealer (under eyes, salmon corrector)

EYEBROWS
  MAC Brow Pencil - Spiked
Flirt! Eyeshadow Coconutty

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Wet N' Wild Brule eyeshadow (all over lid)
Naked Palette 1 - Naked/Buck eyeshadow (socket bone)
Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner in Black
Covergirl Lash Blast
Ardell Demi Wispies

CHEEKS
MAC Dark Careblend Powder (to bronze outside of my face)
NARS Blush Deep Throat
  Dior Amber Diamond (highlight- cheekbones, down the center of nose)

LIPS
Vaseline Lip Therapy
MAC Burgundy Lip Liner
MAC Diva


Until Next Time! :)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My 5 minute face! | Makeup Play

Whenever I go out I never have any qualms taking my sweet ass time to get ready. If I can intricately work on my face for two hours, I wouldn't mind it. Not to say there are random moments when I have no time for anything and I need to look polished. The products I use for my 5 minute face are tried and tested, giving me the best results with the least amount of time and work. It's really simple and fresh-faced and I think very pretty and girly!


FACE
 Garnier BB Cream in Light/Medium
Benefit Erase Paste - Salmon Concealer (under eyes, salmon corrector)

EYEBROWS
Flirt! Eyeshadow in Coconutty

EYES
Benefit They're Real Mascara

CHEEKS
NARS Blush in Dolce Vita

LIPS
Revlon Lip Butter in Peach Parfait

Garnier BB Cream gives such a glowy beautiful finish and completely evens out my skin tone. I apply it with my fingers to get the most coverage - and of course because it's extremely fast. My Benefit Erase Paste is my darling and my savior because of its peachy/pink tones. I have very dark under-eye circles and this baby makes my eyes a little bit more bearable to look at. The one thing I will never forget to do is neglect my eyebrows because the eyebrows really shape the face... my Flirt! eyeshadow in Coconutty does the trick every time (Flirt! cosmetics is exclusive to Kohl's.) I just recently purchased Benefit They're Real Mascara and I'm so so so in love. I only got the trial version because it was only $10. The original is $22 and I just couldn't get myself to pay that much but it really lengthens my eyelashes making them more doll-like. NARS blush in Dolce Vita is the perfect "I just got out of the cold and my face is trying to get back its color" blush. It is so so so beautiful. Revlon lip butter in Peach Parfait is my favorite lip butter and probably favorite lip product EVER. It is so natural on my lips and has the hydrating factor of a lip balm and the glosiness of a lip gloss. I actually have about 5 of these lying around everywhere. You can check out my review of Revlon lip butters here.

w/ flash

I hope this post was helpful! Please let me know if you have any suggestion of products that help with time constraint! haha!
Until Next Time! :)

Skyfall James Bond 007 - Severine Makeup Inspiration

I went to watch to watch the new James Bond movie last Friday with a few of my friends. Can you believe it was the first Bond movie I've ever seen? The Bond girl in the movie is named Severine, and I was enamored by how beautiful her makeup was in one of the scenes. I was inspired to try out the look and surprisingly this is also one of the fall/winter trends. Just to preface like any previous makeup inspiration, I'm not saying that I look like her (though I would love to be) or copying her makeup right down to the very last bit.


Severine's makeup is very bold with a black cat-like smokey eye and a dark burgundy/purple lip. The rest of her makeup is matte with some contour on the cheeks and a natural looking blush. I personally love this makeup look and anyone can rock this just as long as they have the confidence to wear it.

FACE
Embryolisse Lait Creme - Moisturizer
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer - SX08
Guerlain Meteorites Tient Dore (setting powder) 
Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette - under eyes
Benefit Erase Paste - Salmon Concealer (under eyes, salmon corrector)
Ben Nye Banana Powder (set the undereye)

EYEBROWS
  MAC Brow Pencil - Spiked
Flirt! Eyeshadow in Coconutty

EYES
Black- Lorac Pro Palette (dark gray/black eyeshadow all over lid)
Blackout - Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (to form the cat eye, winged line, line the undereye)
L'Oreal Lineur Intense Black Liquid Liner
L'Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner in Black (tightline, waterline)
Covergirl Lash Blast (orange tube) & L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara

CHEEKS
MAC Dark Careblend Powder (to contour and bronze outside of my face)
Tarte Blush in Exposed/ NARS Blush in Deep Throat


LIPS
Vaseline Lip Therapy
MAC Burgundy Lip Liner (lined all over lips and filled out)
MAC Prince Noir (bottom layer of lips)
Mac Diva (top layer of lips mixed with Prince Noir)

Tips for the cat-like black smokey eye:
- pack the lid on with dark grey/black eyeshadow and make sure not to go past your socket bone.
- grab a slanted brush w/ black eyeshadow and carve out the half moon crescent shape on your lid and socket bone. (Since my eye is hooded, for it to become visible I had to go PAST my socket bone so when my eyes are open the shape is seen.)
- take the slanted brush with black eyeshadow and form a line from the end of your eye and connect it with the half-moon crescent shape that you formed on your lid.
- line your lowerlid with black eyeshadow and connect it to the line formed at the end of the eye.
- blend the black eyeshadow on your lid very lightly, making sure the cat eye in the end is still sharp.

Hope these tips help!
Until Next Time! :)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Weekend in Makeup: 11/16/12-11/18/12

I haven't done one of these in a while! This past weekend I just hung out with great friends over a movie, dinner, music and some night caps. Some of the makeup/products I used this weekend:

Took out my MAC Diva lipstick for a movie night and dinner with some friends on Friday,

Went to my best friends going away party wearing NARS Luster Blush on Saturday,

Instantly felt pulled together doing errands while only wearing MAC Red Russian lipstick on Sunday.


I hope everyone had a great weekend! I'm really looking forward to Thanksgiving!

Until Next Time! :)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Small MAC & Ulta Haul

I purchased a few things this past week just because. I have a lot of just because moments and I admit, it is not at all healthy given my state of makeup obsession. To my credit I've been meaning to get these lipsticks for a while... the brushes I did need back up's for miscellaneous gigs, I had a MAC gift card AND the brushes were BOGO :p Whatever makes me sleep at night, right?

MAC Russian Red, NYX Alabama, MAC Diva

Swatches: MAC Russian Red, NYX Alabama, MAC Diva

Obviously I've been having an affinity for reds, given that I just reviewed Revlon Black Cherry and earlier I had an FOTD w/ MAC Prince Noir & MAC Media. I wanted a bright statement red such as MAC Russian Red. I already have MAC Ruby Woo which many people compare to each other, but Ruby Woo is so so so drying on the lips (albeit, beautiful), while Russian Red seems to glide a little bit better and leans more neutral. NYX Alabama was a color I just found on a whim at Ulta and I was drawn to it's wine/brown undertones a'la Revlon Black Cherry...maybe I should compare these two? MAC Diva is such a statement color with it's dark red and plum colors I couldn't resist...I wonder if this will become my new "power" lip? Hopefully I'll be having FOTD's and swatches for these beautiful colors soon... There's no such thing as too many red lipsticks! ;)


I looooove Real Techniques brushes. They are currently BOGO 50% off (Buy One Get One 50%) at Ulta until Saturday. They are extremely soft and great brushes for a very affordable price(both $8.99). The brush on the left is the Blush Brush and I have two other backups currently in my stash. I wouldn't consider it as a very dense brush, so it deposits just the right amount of color for the cheeks. I also use it as an all over face brush w/ my setting powder...It's very versatile. The brush on the right is their Expert Face Brush and this is my first time buying it. I believe its main task is for foundation but since it's very densely packed and rounded, I could see this brush working beautifully for contour on the cheekbones as well. I'm a big believer in highlighting and contouring or what I like to call "temporary surgery" so hopefully this holds up well... I'll try and review these two as soon as I can.

Until Next Time! :)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry



Black Cherry w/ flash (Check out those thumbprints! yuck! :p)

Revlon Black Cherry is one of my favorite fall color shades. It is a very sophisticated dark wine burgundy w/ a hint of brown and plum undertones. This can be easily used in the daytime as a stain or brushed on the lips straight from the tube for a more vampy effect. Wearing this instantly makes me feel pulled together. If you're going to describe this sort of lip color as a person, it's the very put together, go-getter, take on any challenge type of woman. It seems funny that I'm describing it that way but it really is true! Try it out! haha!


Black Cherry w/o flash (ahh! fingerprints again!)


swatch w/o flash

Black Cherry is considered a lustrous lipstick - just w/ that title alone it entails that it's creamy and non-drying. However, since it is creamy it may tend to slip and slide ( makeup term: bleed) which is why a lip pencil is recommended. It has worn about 3 hours on me w/o eating, but I imagine having to reapply again if you do so. The great thing about it is that when it does fade, it blends into a nice berry stain.



Do you own Black Cherry? Are there any other burgundy-wine lip colors I should be obsessing over? Suggestions are welcome! :)

Until Next Time! :)

Makeup Inspiration: Audrey Hepburn Dramatic Cut Crease

 I was inspired by a really beautiful picture I saw online of Audrey Hepburn and wanted to slightly recreate it w/ products I have at home. Just to preface before anything, I am not saying that I look like her, nor saying I am wearing the exact same makeup she is wearing...inspiration more like it is the word.

The makeup she has here is a very dramatic cut crease w/ silver glitter, pink cheeks and pink nude lips. As I have hooded eyes, the cut crease won't look as dramatic as hers, but I tried my best so that it caters to my eye type.




Products Used: 
FACE
Embryolisse Lait Creme - Moisturizer
 L'Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation W4
Guerlain Meteorites Tient Dore (setting powder) 
Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette - under eyes
Benefit Erase Paste - Salmon Concealer (under eyes, salmon corrector)

EYEBROWS
  MAC Brow Pencil - Spiked
Flirt! Eyeshadow Coconutty

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
2nd Color in Sonia Kashuk Matte Eyeshadow Palette (to even out eyelid color)
Urban Decay Blackout Matte Eyeshadow (Naked 2 Palette - to etch out black cut crease)
Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner in Black (darken the cut crease, upper lash line)
Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Fantasme (white glitter all over lid)
Covergirl Lash Blast

CHEEKS
MAC Dark Careblend Powder (to bronze outside of my face)
Wet N' Wild Blush in Heather Silk
  Dior Amber Diamond (highlight- cheekbones, down the center of nose)

LIPS
Vaseline Lip Therapy
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Pink in the Afternoon

Tips for the cut crease:
- whether you have hooded eyes, monolids, or deep set eyes, always follow the outline of your socket bone which should shape to somewhat of a half moon. (to find out where your socket bone is, press on your eyes and wherever the hollow part is, that's the socket bone.)
- outline with an eyeshadow first so if you make any mistakes, it can easily be erased
- use small brushes for precision
- keep practicing! and have fun! :)

...If you're feeling adventurous & extra bold, replace pink lip w/ a dark burdundy:


Until Next Time! :)

Friday, November 9, 2012

Quick Tip: How to make your lashes appear fuller w/ tightlining

This is a very simple trick to make your lashes appear fuller and thicker. As you can see I have VERY sparse & thin lashes. Some of the ways I use for an appearance of thicker lashes are loading them with mascara, adding false lashes and/or this simple and quick technique.


 
Tools you need: 
1.) Angled Brush (or any brush you're comfortable lining the inner lid with) 
2.) Matte black eyeshadow (or dark brown if you prefer your mascara to be brown), black/brown gel eyeliner or black/brown eye kohl pencil.


How To:
Step 1: Grab some of your matte eyeshadow, kohl pencil or gel eyeliner. (I'm using UD Blackout matte black eyeshadow in the Naked 2 Palette.)
Step 2: PUSH it on the top inside of your lash line (shown above).

I realize that this picture looks freaky because of my green contacts not being aligned w/ my real eyes but this is the only good picture I had! haha! sorry! Don't worry! it doesn't hurt at all! For beginners/individuals with sensitive eyes use small strokes to line the inner lids.

One eye tightlined: notice the right side appearing to be a bit more fuller than the left side.

w/ both eyes tightlined

I hope this technique is useful to you! Do you have any tips/tricks in tightlining? Let me know! :)

Until Next Time!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

MAC Lipstick in Violetta

MAC Violetta (w/ flash)


MAC Violetta is one of the MAC lipsticks I've recently purchased and fell completely in love with. As I grow older, my love for bright eyeshadows are diminishing - not because I feel like I can't pull it off, but because I find it jarring, personally, for myself if I'm wearing too many bright colors. Lipsticks will always be an exception and I will always try to rock any color not matter the time, season or place.

(w/o flash)
swatch (w/o flash)

Violetta is a bright violet-purple with tiny flecks of blue shimmer and a hint of a red undertone. It isn't for the faint-hearted and I love to wear this lipstick w/ a barely there face so it stays the main focus. It also has an amplified finish meaning it is very opaque with one swipe. This lipstick for me was not at all drying (in comparison to Ruby Woo - the DRIEST lipstick you can get) and it wore on me for 3-4 hours w/ drinking and eating.

(w/o flash)
 (w/flash)

In this picture I lightly added a brown cream eyeshadow, but it's faint enough to keep the focus on the lips. Bear in mind, you might not have heard of Violetta because it WAS a PRO only (available ONLY to individuals who have the PRO card) color, but recently MAC started selling them on their website to the general public. MAC, if I'm not mistaken has three different levels of stores: MAC at the Macy's counter, free standing stores, and PRO stores. You still can't buy this lipstick at MAC at Macy's or any free standing stores, but it is available for grabs at MAC PRO Stores & the MAC Cosmetics website.

Do you have this lipstick? Suggestions on how to wear this beauty is always welcome!

Until Next Time! :)