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.