Saturday, November 26, 2011

EOTD Random Purples

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

Happy Thanksgiving!

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:

Happy eating and happy shopping!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

EOTD UD Creep and Hustle

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

NOTD China Glaze Pelican Gray

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

Dove Nourishing Oil Hair Care

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

EOTD MAC Shroom and Silver Ring

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

Monday, November 14, 2011

L'Oreal Lineur Intense in Carbon Black

TiffanyD has the most perfect eyeliner I've ever seen. So, naturally, I wanted to try out one of her favorites: L'Oreal's Felt Tip Lineur Intense in Carbon Black, supposedly the blackest black eyeliner on the market and a dupe for Lancome's $29 Artliner eyeliner.

I should have saved the $7.

For me, I had to re-dip the felt tip twice for each eye. And not just dip, but put it back in, seal it up and shake the hell out of it to get the applicator wet again. I also had to go over several areas to even out a line or darken it (which was odd, since this is supposed to be L'Oreal's darkest black available), but when I did that, I found it would "scratch" off the eyeliner underneath unless the felt tip was soaked with product.

Also, the felt tip wasn't as pointed as I would like, so my eyeliner's "flick" was thicker than I wanted, not that super sharp edge that I look for.

I think this eyeliner sealed the deal for me though. I do not like felt-tip eyeliners. I don't care how "easy" they're purported to be over brush-tip. I don't have nearly as many issues with brushes as I do the stupid felt-tip (this one, Maybelline Lash Stiletto, Palladio Eye Ink, Revlon ColorStay etc).

Lid: MAC Shroom
Eyeliner: L'Oreal Lineur Intense Carbon Black
Mascara: Cover Girl Lash Blast in Very Black

Thursday, November 10, 2011

LOTD Lancome Bronze Light & Burning Up

Still feeling nostalgic about my wedding, I thought I'd show the "lips" I had that day: Lancome's Le Rouge Absolu in Bronze Light, topped with Lancome's Color Fever gloss in Burning Up.

Bronze Light is a weird color to describe. In the tube it's like a gold and green glitter-bomb, encased in a copper/wine color. But when it goes on, the glitter is subtle and your lips have a pinkish-coppery look. The lipstick itself feels gritty when you apply it, but your lips don't feel like that when you're done.

Burning Up looks like a hot orange/coral in the tube, but it goes on more of a peachy color with subtle golden shimmer.

Nekkid lips.

Bronze Light and Burning Up.

One swatch of BL; three swatches of BL; Burning Up. Indoor.

In direct sunlight.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

EOTD Lancome Burnt Sand and Lezard

With all of the celebrities airing their weddings on TV lately (Shannon Tweed/Gene Simmons, Kim Kardashian...) I've been reminiscing about my own wedding. When I sat down to do my makeup the other day, I looked at my lonely Lancome eyeshadow in Burnt Sand and honestly couldn't remember the last time I'd used it. So, I thought I'd recreate my wedding makeup.

When my husband saw me later that day (we were working opposite shifts, so he didn't see me when I left the house), he smiled and said "You look really good." Four years later, I guess this eyeshadow combo is still working for me. And him, apparently. :)

Lid: Lancome Burnt Sand
Outer Corner/Crease: Lancome Lezard
Above Crease: Lancome Fabric
Highlight: MAC Shroom
Eyeliner: L'Oreal Pencil Perfect in Espresso, topped with Lancome Lezard
Mascara: Cover Girl Lash Blast in Very Black

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Preview: Zoya Feel Collection Winter 2011

Every season the color experts at Zoya create dozens of new color collection options. This year, one of those "secret collections" just had to be seen now rather than later.

The Zoya Feel Collection features six new full coverage shades that are perfect for winter. I can see myself buying several (ok, probably all) of them after they launch on November 15th.

Kristen: Full coverage, gull gray cream
Carey: Full coverage, periwinkle gray cream
Megan: Full coverage, taupe gray cream
Kendal: Full coverage, rose quartz beige cream
Kennedy: Full coverage, pale french beige cream
Avery: Full coverage, blonde beige cream

Sug. Retail $8.00 per 0.5 fl.oz. bottle.

Friday, November 4, 2011

EOTD BB Shimmering Nudes Palette

I have not one, but TWO Bobbi Brown Shimmering Nudes looks today. Unfortunately, I only know the exact colors for one of the looks.... since I apparently forgot about the other one and threw away the scrap of paper with the information scribbled on it. Whoops. But, it's all the same palette, so I figured, what the hell?

Bobbi Brown Shimmering Nudes look #1.

Lid: BB Nude Glow
Crease: BB Mica
Highlight: BB Nude Beach
Eyeliner: L'Oreal Pencil Perfect in Espresso, topped with BB Espresso eyeshadow
Mascara: Cover Girl Lash Blast in Very Black

Mystery BB Shimmering Nudes look...

If I had to guess, I think it's Naked Eye on the lid, Nude Spice in the crease, and Nude Beach for the highlight. Also, it looks like black eyeliner, topped with Espresso for a slightly smokier look.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

LOTD Maybelline Pink Wink

Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick in Pink Wink is a bright pink with a silvery frost. It might not be for everyone, due to the frost, but I think it's a fun alternative to red lips when doing a retro look.


Pink Wink.

One swatch; three swatches.