Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Finish Six by Christmas Update

In case you missed it, or want to compare photos, here is the original Finish Six by Christmas post.

As you can see, I finished the big bottle of Mario Badescu Facial Spray and have made a nice dent in the smaller bottle. Likewise with the Ralph Lauren Romance Body Mist. I should easily polish that off in the next month.

I know it's hard to see any sort of progress on the mascara and the concealer, but I figured I'd photograph them anyway. I've been using the concealer regularly since April, so it's got to be close to being finished. And I've already noticed a textural difference in the Cargo mascara. It seems to be drying out more and more, which is good, since the first few weeks it had a really wet formula, which I don't personally care for. I'm definitely most proud of the pan on UD Sellout! There wasn't anything and then all of a sudden BAM! Beautiful, silver pan. I showed my husband and he was less than impressed, but I knew you guys would be proud. I'm also quite pleased with the progress on the Maybelline Nearly There. I figure it'll probably last me through November at this rate.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

FOTD: Autumnal Bridal featuring the Lorac Pro Palette

Yesterday I posted my Bridal Beauty Inspiration post, and today I felt like recreating one of the looks for you. Since autumn is my favorite season, it was only natural that I picked the second "bride" picture/makeup. It centers around the gorgeous golds, browns, and garnet in the Lorac Pro Palette and I felt it was definitely appropriate given the season.

In sunlight.
In sunlight.
Indirect lighting.
Indirect lighting....and photobombed by my Cairn.
Products Used

It Cosmetics CC Cream in Fair

Lancome Maquicomplet Concealer in Ivoire under eyes and on blemishes

Cover Girl Clean Powder in 510 Classic Ivory

Lancome Blush Subtil in Miel Glace

It Cosmetics Brow Power pencil + Benefite Gimme Brow in Light/Medium

Lorac Behind the Scene Eye Primer

Lorac Pro Palette
  • Light Bronze on the inner half of the eye
  • Gold on the outer half of the eye and underneath the inner half of lower lashline
  • Cream and Taupe to blend out the transition/crease
  • Garnet in the outer corner and under the outer half of the lower lashline
  • Sable to deepen the outer corner
  • Nude and Cream mixed together on the brow bone and inner corner
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Damsel, smudged out

Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume Mascara in Black/Brown

It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush Butter in Pillow

It Cosmetics CC + Lip Serum in Laugh

Friday, October 17, 2014

Bridal Beauty Inspiration

Today I'm bringing you something a bit different. I was contacted by the lovely Carolyn from a new-ish wedding planning website called Loverly. Basically, Loverly is like Pinterest with the added benefit of being able to shop directly from its site, but it's focused entirely on weddings. They have everything from stationary to dresses to beautiful inspiration pictures. It's been seven years since I was a blushing bride, but that doesn't mean I don't get all girly at the thought of planning hypothetical weddings, especially when you have such an awesome site like Loverly.

Carolyn asked me to style the makeup for three dresses from their vast inventory (click here to see for yourself) and these are the three I picked. I hope you guys like them! 

David's Bridal
smokey navy bridal

For the first bride, I envision an urban sophisticate. Her wedding takes place at evening, with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, either in a gallery or even a yacht club. She keeps the classic elements of a wedding dress, but it's sleek and modern. Naturally, her makeup has to be elegant, but not ho-hum everyday. 

IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Palette
  • Soft Light on the lid
  • Warmth in the crease
  • Midnight in the outer corner and underneath the lower lashes
  • Noir to darken the outer corner
  • Sheer Joy on the brow bone and inner corner

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Midnight

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

MAC Sculpt and Shape powder duo 

Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick in Whisper

David's Bridal

Autumn bridal beauty

The second bride is a true romantic, blending together the magic of a Medieval lady with the beauty of nature. The delicateness of her dress is offset by the rustic, autumnal colors of her makeup, making this the perfect look for a country church wedding or a gazebo beneath blazing maple trees. 

Lorac Pro Palette
  • Light Bronze on the inner half of the eye
  • Gold on the outer half of the eye and underneath the inner half of lower lashline
  • Cream and Taupe to blend out the transition/crease
  • Garnet in the outer corner and under the outer half of the lower lashline
  • Sable to deepen the outer corner
  • Nude and Cream mixed together on the brow bone and inner corner

Lancome Blush Subtil in Miel Glace 

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Damsel

Lancome Hypnose Mascara

IT Cosmetics Vitality Butter Gloss in Naturally Pretty

Oleg Cassini

Classic bridal beauty

The third bride is classic, through and through. Getting married in a gorgeous cathedral, she channels her inner Grace Kelly. She pairs a princess ball gown with a timeless look, centered on winged black liner and red lips. Everything about her is perfectly sculpted,  but still soft, like the beautiful Hollywood icon-turned-real-life-princess. 

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer in Milk Chocolate

MAC Lipstick in Russian Red

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
  • Suspect all over the lid and under lower lashes
  • Tease lightly through the crease
  • Foxy and Bootycall together on the brow  bone and inner corner
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner in Intense Black

Chanel Inimitable Mascara

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NOTD: OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest

OPI's Every Month is Oktoberfest has got to be one of my all-time favorite nail polishes. Ever since it debuted in the 2012 Germany collection, I've picked this bottle up umpteen times in the store, only to discover it's Oktoberfest. Since I'm on vacation this week, I figured I could actually wear a dark color on my nails (my day job has a policy on nail polish, if you're curious. Only pale, neutral, conservative colors for me while working for The Man). 

It's a dark reddish purple base with what looks like reddish/golden shimmer in it. In indirect light, it's so dark that it looks black, but as you can tell from the bottle shot, it's definitely got warmth and dimension in the light. Oh, and please excuse the sloppy edges/cuticles. I was doing this in minimal light and I didn't realize how much product had pooled near my cuticles until it was too late. 

Update: 10/17/14

I re-did my nails and tried to be uber careful with them, but I still ended up flooding the cuticle area. I think it's just the formula. The first layer goes on rather patchy, so when you use a little more for the second layer, it ends up getting a little runny. I still love the color, so I don't really care. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Perfect Palette Tag

I've seen umpteen videos on YouTube featuring the Perfect Palette Tag and I thought it was a great idea to convert it to a blog questionnaire. I like it because I think it really hones in on what people like/look for in their palette choices, which can help other people decide if something is a yay or nay for them. 

Perfect Palette Tag Questions

1. Best Packaging  Urban Decay Naked 3 - I love the tin casing and the wavy, rose gold color. Naked 2 was on the right track, but the color is just too boring for me. 

2. Best Color Payoff  This one is a toss up between the Lorac Pro Palette and the Lorac Pro 2 Palette. The colors in both of these are just gorgeous and they don't require a ton of effort to get them to show up true to pan. And I appreciate that they don't turn into a muddy mess if I get a little overzealous with my blending.

3. Most Versatile  Probably the Lorac Pro Palette, because of the mix of mattes and shimmers and the wide (but wearable) color range. Not that the Pro 2 is bad by any stretch of the imagination, but I think some people might not like the Plum, Navy, or Jade in Pro 2, whereas the original Pro palette's Garnet and Deep Purple are actually pretty wearable, even for the color-phobes like me.

4. Best for Traveling  Lorac Unzipped because it's sleek, light weight, and has a nice mirror. The colors are great for daytime or nighttime. There's a nice mid-tone brown (Unspoken) that works well to fill in my eyebrows (someone with darker coloring would probably need something darker, obviously, or less red-based), and the darkest color (Untamed) also doubles as eyeliner, if you wanted a softer look. The golden or pink champagne colors (Undiscovered and Unreal) also work as a cheek highlight, depending on your preference for shimmer. I personally love shimmery highlights. You may not be able to tell from this description, but I've gotten a lot of love and use out of this palette while traveling. :) 

5. Biggest Regret  Definitely the Bobbi Brown Shimmering Nudes palette. It was expensive for the time (I think it was $52, but only had seven shadows versus the Naked palettes, which have twelve, and thus is slightly more justifiable to me). It was one of my first forays into higher end makeup, which is why I think I've held on to it for so long, although I'll be honest and admit that it is currently sitting in Makeup Purgatory while I try and decide what to do with it. In the six years that I've owned it (Let's just take a minute with that one... six years. SIX!) I've probably only used it a dozen or so times, not including the week I took it to New Orleans on vacation. It's shimmery and neutral and pretty, but there's only one matte in it and it's such a super dark brown that I'm disinclined to use it in the crease on a regular basis; I prefer it for eyeliner, instead. So... really, it's just varying shades of shimmery beige, which you all know I looooove, but I'm looking for a palette with a teensy bit more versatility these days.

6. Best Color Names  Hands down the Cargo Vintage Escape Eye Palette. If you recall from my original review here, I bought this solely for the autumnal names. Fall is my favorite season for a litany of reasons. If I could, I would leave fall stuff up around my house year-round. I mean, I kind of do, with some pictures or the unity candle from our wedding (it has maple leaves on it, if you're curious). But, back to the palette. Black Crow, Harvest Moon, Withered Leaves? I can't even stand it! They're named so perfectly! I'm not usually one that pays too much attention to makeup names, but in this instance, I make an exception.

7. Least Used  This one is another toss up, this time between Bobbi Brown Shimmering Nudes, Sonia Kashuk Eye on Neutral Palette, and the Flirt! 40 eyeshadow palette. Like I said, Bobbi is chillin' in my "I don't know what to do with you" box, I'm actually planning on giving the Sonia Kashuk one away because I prefer the IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty or Naked Basics/Naked2 Basics palettes if I'm going for mattes, and I've purged over almost half of the Flirt! shadows because the color payoff was lacking or I have duplicate/better colors in other palettes. 

8. Most Used  Since I made it a point to start rotating my collection, I'd say they all get pretty even wear time. Right now, I'm all about Urban Decay's Naked2 Basics. But when the weather finally starts cooling off for good in Po'Dunk, I'll probably gravitate toward the Cargo Vintage Escape and the Lorac Pro 2 Palette. This summer was all about the Lorac Unzipped, though. 

9. Most Loved  For nostalgia sake, I'll go with my MAC and Lancome shadows that I have depotted into my MAC palettes. Some of the Lancome colors are from my wedding, need I say more?

10. Desert Island  Again, I'd have to say my MAC/Lancome customized palettes, just because a) I've had them the longest, b) they cost the most when you tally up all of the pieces, and c) I customized them to me, so I know I have everything I want/need. Then again, I could definitely be happy with something like the Lorac Pro Palette. But since it's a "desert island," I might go for Lorac Unzipped by itself.