Sunday, December 25, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
I feel like everyone loves a good dupe. If not a dupe, then at least a comparable product for less money. Maybelline Master Drama eyeliner quite possibly fits that bill for Stila Smudgestick lovers.
Maybelline Master Drama in Midnight Master on bottom; Stila Smudgestick in Stingray on top.
They're both twist up, non-retractable pencils with ultra smooth, creamy, black eyeliner. Maybelline retails for around $7 and Stila's is $20.
Maybelline, Maybelline smudged immediately after applying, Stila, Stila smudged immediately after applying.
The Stila side is a little smudgier, which is both a good and bad thing. If you like smudging out your looks, you might like having the extra time with Stila. But if you don't want your eyeliner to move, Maybelline might be the better choice because it seems just the tiniest bit drier of a formula.
Maybelline on left; Stila on right - scrubbed with a dry washcloth about 10 times, back and forth. (And in case anyone notices that the "boxes" look different, I did this experiment twice and the photographs came from different days, just to make sure one day wasn't a fluke over the other).
Bottom line? They're both a win! But for the price, you really can't beat Maybelline. So I'd save the $13 for your everyday black eyeliner. But if you wanted one of Stila's funky colors, then you're going to have to spend a little more.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Recently my husband and I had the chance to go to another murder/mystery dinner, only this time our friends were throwing it and we were assigned characters. I was Clair Voyant, a psychic, and was told to dress like a gypsy and wear heavy makeup. So, I did! I was actually going to post a whole FOTD, but the smokey eye and dark berry lips were waaay too much. Overkill, really. I can only have so many pictures haunting me on the internet. :)
So sorry for the weird angle. We were already running late and I just had the hubby snap a quick picture.
- Too Faced Shadow Insurnace
- MAC Quarry eyeshadow on lid
- MAC Copperplate eyeshadow in crease
- MAC Wedge eyeshadow above crease
- L'Oreal Lush Raven eyeshadow in outer V
- MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder
- Cover Girl Lash Blast in Very Black
Monday, December 19, 2011
Here's my Thanksgiving look, my EOTD from the Sunday after. :) It doesn't look like it, but I actually used all six colors in the Wet N Wild Baked, Not Fried palette. And I've come to the conclusion that working with wet eyeshadow is weird. It feels weird, it applies weird. But it looks really metallic and pretty, so I guess it's worth it. Right?
- Wet N Wild Baked, Not Fried palette
- Wet N Wild Color Icon Eye Pencil in Copper (the one that came with Baked, Not Fried)
- Clinique High Impact mascara, topped with Cover Girl Lash Blast
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Here's my belated Thanksgiving EOTD. I actually have two, since I had to work on the real holiday. This was my work look. It was a touch more green/purple in person, but I think the flash washed it out a bit.
- MAC Painterly Paint Pot
- ELF Natural Palette
- Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Blackberry
- Clinique High Impact Mascara, topped with Cover Girl Lash Blast
Thursday, December 15, 2011
If you're in the market for a basic-but-not-boring, wearable eyeshadow palette that won't break the bank, you should definitely check out NYX's 10-color Eyeshadow Palette in Champagne & Caviar. For around $11, you get 10 shimmery/satiny eyeshadows that work well in any color-combination and can easily go from day to night.
The shadows do lean a little warmer, but I think they could honestly work on every skin tone.
Swatch pic numero uno.
Swatch pic numero dos. I took them at two slightly different angles, so hopefully people can get a better idea of what they really look like.
And in case you were wondering, here is NYX Butt Naked over NYX Champagne & Caviar. BN is cooler and has the option of matte shadows (and blushes/bronzer/highlighters), while C&C is just shimmery eyeshadows. I think it's worth having both, but I think it should be obvious by now that I'm a sucker for neutrals.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
And here's my actual birthday FOTD. I had to get my driver's license renewed, so I took a little extra care with this makeup look, too. I mean, I'm going to have the same picture for the next 4-8 years so I want it to look good!
And this is pretty much what my driver's license picture turned out like, too. I couldn't be happier! Plus, I was only at the DMV for a half hour which is practically unheard of.
Sorry for the weird angle. My husband took it while he was lounging on the couch. But I liked that you could see the shimmer/glow.
- MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW15
- Benefit Powderflage
- MUFE Full Cover Concealer in 2 (which they might not even make anymore...)
- Clinique Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder in Stay Buff
- Physicians Formula Happy Booster Powder in Translucent
- Too Faced Shadow Insurance
- Maybelline Eye Studio Quad in Copper Chic
- Stila Smudgestick in Lionfish
- Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume in Very Black
- Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait
Sunday, December 11, 2011
I've only tried Wet N Wild once before and it was a disaster, to say the least. August 2007, a month before my wedding, I tried the Sandcastle palette that was all the rage. It could have been a coincidence that I was under a ton of stress for the wedding, but after I tried the Sandcastle eyeshadows, my eyelids turned hot pink and had some kind of reaction. I had to see a dermatologist and get a steroid cream prescribed to get it to go away. Like I said, it could have been a coincidence, but it was enough to scare me into steering clear of Wet N Wild.
Then I saw this palette...
Being the bronze/neutral fiend that I am (and since it's a baked eyeshadow as opposed to a regular, pressed eyeshadow), I figured I would give it a whirl. Especially since it was only $4.99. I heard these were going to be limited edition at Walgreen's, just as a heads up.
The packaging kind of sucks. The clear, plastic lid has to be lifted off and once you take the stuff out of the original box, there's no place to stick/store the mini eyeliner. But look at those colors!
Swatched dry. Not very impressive.
Swatched wet with some tap water. Holy moly! Look at the difference! Same eyeshadows, swatched in the same spot, yet completely different payoff.
The mini eyeliner that comes with it. It's a dark brown with golden shimmer, kind of similar to Stila Smudgestick in Lionfish, actually. It's maybe a little brighter, though. And it went on surprisingly well, very smooth and creamy.
I'll keep you guys posted if I have another blistering reaction. But so far, so good!
Friday, December 9, 2011
Normally I'm not a fan of pink eyeshadow. Pink blush? Definitely! Pink lipstick? I'm kind of obsessed. But pink eyeshadow...? Who wants to look like a rabbit? Thankfully Clinique's Colour Surge Eyeshadow Duo in Victorian Pink is a soft, pretty alternative to looking like you're ill.
One side is a "pearlized nude pink" while the other is a "dusty rose brown," according to Clinique. It is probably the most subtle pink you'll ever find, but it is a nice alternative to straight up brown and taupe. Plus, I really like the name. You could slap the word "Victorian" on almost anything and I'd probably buy it, being the history nerd that I am (which also explains my obsession with tracking down Sally Hansen's Dorian Gray and Crinoline nail polishes)...
Lid: the "pearlized nude pink"
Crease: the "dusty rose brown"
Eyeliner: Clinique QuickLiner for Eyes in Really Black
Mascara: Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume in Very Black
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Since my husband and I both have November birthdays, we more often than not celebrate them together by doing something fun. Last year we went to see Gabriel Iglesias (hilarious stand up comedian!) and this year I surprised him by taking him to a murder mystery dinner show. So, I decided to go extra fancy with the makeup, even though you can really hardly tell in pictures... :(
Since I used so much more makeup than usual, I'm going to break my products down into "areas" of my face. I hope it makes it easier. :)
- Clinique Perfectly Real Foundation in 01N
- MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW15
- Cover Girl Professional Loose Powder in Translucent Fair
- Benefit Powderflage (under the eyes only)
- MAC Accentuate Sculpt & Shape Powder
- Lancome Color Design Blush in Freeze Frame
- MAC Sheertone Blush in Tenderling
- Too Faced Shadow Insurance
- MAC Silver Ring eyeshadow (base color)
- Lancome The New Black eyeshadow (smoked along lashes)
- Urban Decay Gunmetal eyeshadow (packed on for more color_
- MAC Electra eyeshadow (blended upwards)
- Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow (blended on top of silvers)
- Urban Decay Virgin eyeshadow (highlight)
- Urban Decay Sin eyeshadow (inner corner)
- Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Zero (base for Lancome eyeshadow)
- Clinique Brush on Cream Liner in True Black (tightline and waterline)
- Physician's Formula Eye Booster in Ultra Black (upper lash line)
- Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume mascara in Very Black
- Flirt Chickstick lipstick in Obsess
Sunday, December 4, 2011
"Naked" and "Nude" palettes are still the hot items in makeup, it seems, what with the launch of Urban Decay Naked 2, theBalm Nude 'tude palette and now... NYX Butt "Naked" Eyes - which is kind of misleading, because the palette includes 4 blushes, 2 highlighters and 1 bronzer in addition to the 15 MAC-sized eyeshadows.
The eyeshadows are on top (with a full-sized mirror under the lid) and the blushes slide out from underneath. It kind of sticks a little bit, which is probably because it's new. But I don't really mind because I know it won't open in my makeup bag while traveling.
For those who are disappointed in the lack of cool toned, matte eyeshadows in Urban Decay Naked 2, the NYX palette might be more up your alley. There are 7 matte (and some possibly a satin) colors and 8 shimmery ones. Granted, the pigmentation is lacking in some of the colors, as you'll see in the swatches, but at $20-25* versus $50, and 3 extra eyeshadows plus the face powders, the NYX palette is a better value. *I say $20 because they're on sale right now at Ulta, but they're regular retail is $25.
Of the 4 blushes, 2 are shimmery and 2 are completely matte. The bronzer is a little dark for the uber-pale (like me) and the highlighters are ok. I prefer the champagne color in the center over the peachy/gold on the far right.
1st row of eyeshadows. I know it's hard to tell, but there are actually 5 swatches there. I feel like these would best be used as an all over color to make application smoother or as highlighters (especially the one on the far right) but not necessarily as a color in and of themselves. Unless you wanted a really naked look.
2nd row of eyeshadows. By far my favorite color in the palette is the purplish-gray taupe in the very center. I need to find out of NYX makes this as a single and buy 10. It is that gorgeous.
3rd row of eyeshadows.
Blushes on top, bronzer and highlighters on bottom.
The highlighters up close.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
I recently stumbled across a brilliant article on how to blow dry your hair (or do a "blow out" if you want to use fancy salon terms) at home so it looks like a professional's done it without a) costing you money or b) taking up your whole morning.
Beth Janes, from Good Housekeeping, breaks it down, step by step here, on the Life & Beauty Weekly website. Or you can just keep reading. :)
Thursday, December 1, 2011
E.L.F. (eyes lips face) Super Glossy Lip Shine in Miami is a peachy pink color with a subtle golden shimmer. It feels smooth and creamy, but there is a weird plastic smell to it. It's not my absolute favorite, but it's decent over a lipstick when you just want some extra shine. For a measly $1, you can't beat that.
See? It looks really pretty. It just doesn't translate super well on your lips for whatever reason.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
While browsing through the makeup pictures on my computer, I came across these EOTD shots with some random purple eyeshadows. I honestly have no idea what I even used. It was more than likely the Flirt! 40 eyeshadow palette, since I don't own that many purple eyeshadows.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
No makeup-related posts today since I have to work (boo!), but I wanted to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving. And if you're in the mood for some Black Friday beauty deals, the wonderful blogger Nouveau Cheap has everything you need to know here: http://nouveaucheap.blogspot.com/2011/11/black-friday-round-up.html
Happy eating and happy shopping!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
It's been a while since I used the Naked palette, so I thought I'd do another look. :) I wanted it to be purpley, but UD Toasted turns more brown on me than dark plum. So that was kind of disappointing, but I think the look still turned out ok.
Base Lid color: UD Toasted
Eyeliner: MAC Smolder Eye Kohl
Lashline: UD Creep
Blending on lashline/lid: UD Hustle
Above lid color: UD Naked
Highlight: UD Virgin
Inner Corner: UD Sin
Mascara: CG Lash Blast
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Gray nail polish is the trend for fall, it seems, and since I have yet to find Dorian Gray from the fall Sally Hansen collection, I opted for China Glaze's Pelican Gray. Pelican Gray was from the Spring 2011 Anchors Away collection and it's simply stunning for all seasons. It's a pale dove gray with subtle silver shimmer that is neutral enough for the most conservative office, but still trendy for those of us that like to mix it up.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Normally I would run away screaming at the words "oil" and "hair care." I mean, I thought the whole idea of shampoo and conditioner was to get rid of oily hair, not add more to it. But I was intrigued after reading some ridiculously rave reviews.
So, I headed out to my local Walmart and snagged the Dove Nourishing Oil shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in smoothing cream. I had to hunt down the serum at Walgreen's, since Walmart hadn't ordered any. Each bottle (or tube, if you will) runs about $5, give or take, so I wasn't too concerned about buying the whole line all at once considering I spend $20 on one bottle of my usual shampoo/conditioner (the ginormous version Redken All Soft, in case you were wondering).
The shampoo is your basic white, floral-y smelling shampoo. I was kind of hoping for a lot of almond smell, since this is infused with almond oil, but alas... no almond smell. Don't get me wrong, it still smells pretty good. And the fact that it lathers nicely and rinses clean is also beneficial. Oh, and if you're worried about the oils breaking you out, don't be. I haven't had any sort of problem with breakouts anywhere, and my skin is uber picky when it comes to oils and clog-inducing ingredients.
For my first time out, I figured I'd just get the "normal" conditioner as opposed to the Daily Treatment Conditioner which is supposed to have 3 times the moisture of the regular one. The conditioner has the same smell as the shampoo and a little goes a long way. I don't have to let this sit in my hair for very long before it starts to take effect. And no matter how often I use it, it has yet to weigh my hair down or make it look dull (which can sometimes happen when I get a little overzealous with the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle treatment).
I thought this was an ok leave-in smoothing cream. I've tried a few in my day and as a whole they don't really impress me. If I air dried my hair with this stuff in it was just meh, but I thought it looked/felt better if I used a flat iron. It would probably work well with blow-drying your hair, too, but I try to limit how much heat I use on my hair.
While it looks yellowy in the bottle, it's actually a clear serum. However, it is thicker than other serums I've tried. I don't know if it's the extra oil or what. Whatever it is, though, I really like it. It puts a nice shine on your hair, without making it look sticky or greasy, and I thought it helped define my waves/curls when I let my hair air dry.
Overall, I can say with absolute certainty that the shampoo and conditioner have officially knocked Redken All Soft off their high-end stool (and Biolage and Matrix and all the other expensive stuff I've tried, too). As long as Dove makes the Nourishing Oil line, I will buy them faithfully. Like I said, no matter how often I use them, they never weigh my hair down or make it dull. And while Redken and Aussie might have made my hair soft, the Dove products make my hair so silky, it's addicting. I can't keep my hands out of my hair after I've used this stuff. I don't even really have to brush my hair anymore! It sounds weird, but it's true. My hair is so silky and smooth when I use this that knots don't even have a chance to form. I usually just run a brush through my hair when I wake up and that's it. Seriously. I used to use this Biolage fortifying & de-tangling spray after I got out of the shower and I don't ever reach for it anymore because the comb just slides through. Like buttah!
For $10, I would say to at least try the shampoo and conditioner. You never know. You might become an "Oil + hair care" convert like me.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
For some reason, this didn't photograph as silver as it was in person. And I confirmed my dislike of L'Oreal's Carbon Black liner, too.
All over: MAC Shroom
Lashline: MAC Silver Ring
Eyeliner: L'Oreal Lineur Intense Carbon Black, corrected with Physician's Formula Eye Booster in Ultra Black
Mascara: Maybelline One by One in Very Black