Friday, December 17, 2010

Thursday Night Party Makeup

Me smiling
full frontal makeup

full frontal eye closed makeup

Face: Urban Decay Primer Potion
PurMinerals Pressed Mineral Foundation in Blush Medium
Eyes: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
Maybelline Expert Eyes 8 Pan Eyeshadow in Sunbaked Neutrals
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Pencil in Whiskey
L'Oreal Voluminous Curved Brush Mascara
Brows: Smashbox's Brow Tech-to-go
Lips: L'Oreal Bare Naturale Lip Conditioner in Soft Peach

Thursday, December 16, 2010

CoverGirl Eye Enhancers 3 Kit Shadows

I bought this on a whim when I was taking my cousin to Ulta to help her pick out some new makeup, since I have that store memorized. And since i was in a makeup store, I had to get something(s). :)
This was during the time where i decided I'm going to start wearing eyeshadow, because I never really wore it before. I had heard some great reviews on CoverGirl shadows, especially this one. And for all the raving about this product, it fell a little short to me.
They were not as pigmented as i expected. It is buildable, but even then, its still a sheer, very shimmery color.The darkest color is the most pigmented, because its dark and it is a nice orangey/brown, I kinda like it.
My favorite out of the three is the lightest shade. A nice, light, lemony shade that is perfect in the corner of my eyes or as a highlighter. 
The absolute worst (to me) is the medium shade, which looks like a beautiful copper but turned out to look just plain orange on me. Its ugly, hands down. Also, it feels gritty compared to the others. 
(Golden Sunset)

(Golden Sunset)

(Golden Sunset)

Pros: good highlight color, good dark all over lid color. 2 out of 3 feel soft.
Cons: awful flimsy packaging. Awful medium color. gritty medium color. bad applicators. 
Bottom line is I will only repurchase this if i cannot find the shades in this kit that i like on their own. I might try the other colors that are offered but I'm not sure. 
One thumb up

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

NYC Individual Eyes Shadow Palette.

I bought this palette on a whim. I was strolling along during my weekly RiteAid trip looking for a loose champagne shadow, which NYC had. I noticed that everything from NYC was on sale and was eying this palette. My boyfriend told me since its all on sale to just get it, giving me that push. I was so excited for this palette that I'm sure I was setting myself up for disappointment, because I was disappointed.
I truly wanted to like this product. 4 shadows that complement my eye color, a primer, an illuminator and a shadow brush all in one?! That sounded too good to be true, and it was. The shadows are chalky, and I mean annoyingly chalky. You have to rub your brush back and forth the get the color on, which creates immense fallout. And the darkest shade has the worst and messiest fallout out of them all. This would be worth it if the pigment was more then just "ok". But thats all they are. 
The primer was surprising because it was creamy and it did work. But after about a week the primer became hard and chalky just like the shadows. I had to stop even trying to use it because it was making me mad. The illuminator was the exact same way. I used it in the corner of my eyes, the center of my bottom lip or just over my shadow for some extra sparkle. And just like the primer it became hard and the sparkle made it feel gritty.
(Central Park)

(Central Park)

(Central Park)

Pros: pigment. packaging. portable.
Cons: chalky. fallout. bad primer. bad illuminator. 

The bottom line is I won't be buying this again. I did not enjoy it at all and the cons definitely out way the pros in my opinion, and I threw it away after taking the pictures for this blog.
I won't even waste my time putting my thumbs down for this palette

Home made shadow palette and gift palette

 So yesterday at about 2 A.M I decided that I was going to depot the shadows that I could and make my own palettes and create more room in my makeup drawers. So i grab my shadows and tested to see which ones could handle being depotted and came up with 55 shadows, 3 CD cases, alot of ribbon, beads and hot glue.I decided that one palette would be filled with square shadows, and one with round.

The third I made because i was still feeling creative and is a surprise. The round palette is a classic black and white. White base, black bows, and a pearl bead in the bow. There is also a red rose in the corner, which i decided is going to be on all the palettes I make, like a signature. The inside cover also has the brand name and color of the shadows.

  This actually happens to be the first palette I made, it came out sort of messy, Uneven, wrapping paper, random beads, but I am pleased with it non the less. I think it looks great!
 This is my square palette. I covered it with wrapping paper i liked because it was super old, falling apart. I love the copper color and the designs on it, which i emphasized with the beads. The corner has my signature rose and the inside cover has the brand names and shadow colors. 
 This is my surprise palette. I think it looks the best, and came out the best.  If I would have known that this palette would come out this way, I would have made it for myself. HA. If your confused, I made this palette as a gift. I am not sure who is going to receive it yet, but I am definitely giving it away . 

Its a mostly neutral palette made out of loose shadow pots I had from an ULTA kit. There are some color to this palette, just because I think its nice to have some pops of color. I also added a silver, white and black for the classic smokey eye look. I used almost only ribbon all over this palette. There are a few simple touches that make it stand out. Like the 3 pictures on the inside, which is women from the Victorian age, just a beautiful inspiration, plus the beads on the bows, and my signature which is a rose in the corner. 

I am very pleased with how these palettes
turned out and I hope that the recipient of 
the gift palette thinks the same.
Two thumbs up for me :)

Monday, December 13, 2010

L'Oreal HIP Color Presso Lipgloss

This is my favorite lip gloss of ALL time. I love every thing about this gloss. The tube it's in. The colors they put together. The fact that you can mix them together for the shade you want. The feel, smell, taste. 
I wasn't really into coral/peach or pink colors but this has got me into them. I was on the L'Oreal website and you can create a beauty profile there and from that profile the site will show you what colors from which products you should try and the website suggested this for me. 
One day I had to go to CVS to return an awful mascara i bought the other day, but instead of just returning it I decided why not exchange it for something different, so i scooped this up and couldn't wait to put it on. The package was open and I was applying it before we reached the car. And that's all it took, i take it with me everyday now. 
The formula is thick and a bit sticky, which not everyone likes, but I love it, thats what helps it stay on your lips longer. It finishes with a nice sheen, and the color i mix it to is perfect, it even got my boyfriend to comment on how great my lips looked. It smells sweet and tastes sweet. (also my boyfriend doesen't like to kiss me if i have anything on my lips, even chap stick, but he doesn't mind kissing me with this on) 


(top right:coral/peach, bottom right: pink, left: snazzy)

Pros: Thick, customizable, sheen, smell, taste
Cons: price, sticky
This is a little on the pricey side, but I have spent more on worse lip glosses. Definitely going to buy more colors.
Two thumbs way up up up

Sunday, December 12, 2010

L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup

I never used liquid foundation before, only pressed powder, and not a drug store brand because I thought it would be too difficult to find my color. But a couple months ago i started noticing that the pressed powder was starting to make me look like the loose powders did, which i hated. Loose powders did not blend into my skin, more like sat on top of my skin, leaving a powdery, almost sand-like look on my skin. So I began searching online for liquid foundation and I've been seeing some reviews on Rimmel London's Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation and decided to ask my boyfriend to take me to my local Ulta store and just figure out what color I was, but one of the workers suggested True Match. She pulled out the shade matching swatch and found the shade that disappeared into my skin, (though at least 3 disappeared, we just picked which one we thought would be best) and I am absolutely glad she did. I like the glass bottle it comes in, i just wish it had a pump. The color is almost a perfect match and blends into my skin very easily, leaving a natural finish on my oily skin. Plus it doesn't break me out! Huge plus. Even my boyfriend noted how good it looked (and he doesn't lie when it comes to telling me if something is ugly on me, evenv if it hurts.)
(N1 soft ivory)

(N1 soft ivory)

Pros: natural, dewy finish. Blend-able. Doesn't break out my sensitive skin. Medium coverage that is able to hide my red cheeks and forehead.
Cons: no pump which can lead to a mess. The fact you have many shades that could work, and you have to guess the right one, or that you need two different shades to mix together to get your right shade. 
Bottom line is I will definitely repurchase. Not right away because I do want to try out other kinds, but for the price, and the finish, and the available colors, i will recommend this highly. 
Two thumbs up