Monday, September 12, 2016

Day to Night Fall-Inspired Look 9/4/16

Hi guys!  Fall is almost here and I have been really rocking warm tones prematurely (before the end of summer).  Sometimes, I cling to summer and bold and bright colors like a bird clings to a tree branch on a windy day.  Today just wasn't one of those days.  That doesn't mean I will stop posting bright and bold until next year, let's not get crazy.  However, I do really enjoy warm, earth tones and spicy, vampy lip shades. I was asked to create a simple day look and then add to it to turn it into a night look.  This is what I came up with.  I've never posted anything like this before and I hope you guys enjoy the post.

To create the ultra-simple day look:
NARS Cosmetics Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base - eye brows
Origins Plantscription Anti-aging Power Eye Cream - eyes
Dermalogica UltraCalming Serum Concentrate - face
Clinique Turnaround Daytime Revitalizing Moisturizer - face
Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion - eyes
Anastasia Beverly Hills Medium Brown DipBrow Pomade - eye brows
Laura Mercier Flax Eye Basics - eyes
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows:
M534 - under brows
M650 - brow bone, crease area for blending
I702 - inner 1/2 eyelid
M704 - outer corner
M656 - outer corner, lower lash line
M626 - outer 1/2 lower lash line
D712 - inner 1/2 eyelid (for added sparkle)
Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Tinted Primer - lashes
Guerlain L'or Radiance Concentrate With Pure Gold - face
Dior Diorskin Nude Air Nude Healthy Glow Ultra-Fluid Serum Foundation With Sunscreen in shade 021 - face
MAC Cosmetics Whirl Lip Pencil - natural lip line
NARS Cosmetics Coup De Coeur lip gloss - lips

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To morph this from day to night:
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows:
M626 mixed with M620 - outer eyelid corner
M620 - outer 1/2 lower lash line
D716 - tear duct area to highlight
Sephora High Precision Eyeliner in Black - upper lash line, wing shape
Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Super-Curling & Lifting Mascara - lashes
Chanel Vitalumiere Moisture Rich Radiance Sunscreen Fluid Makeup 50 Naturel - hollows of cheeks, forehead and jawline
Marc Jacobs 4 Glow Re(marc)able Full Cover Concealer - under eyes, nose crease
Laura Geller Medium Balance -N- Brighten Foundation - face
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit: Banana - under eyes, Havana - hollows of cheeks and forehead, Fawn - jawline to contour
Becca Cosmetics Wild Honey Mineral Blush - cheeks
Laura Geller Peach Glow Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator - tops of cheek bones
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel - eye brows
MAC Cosmetics Whirl Lip Pencil - natural lip line
Marc Jacobs 146 Cabaret Lovemarc Lip Gel - lips
Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray - spritzed on face

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Crisis Averted Look 8/10/16

Happy hump day guys! This look... Oh you know, just a simple everyday look... I tried out a bunch of products with this look. One is a holiday palette that I may have used once since I bought it. I did use the palette for the majority of the color in this look. I had a bit of trouble with one of the shades I used. When I say a bit, I mean fading and creasing, which is just not going to work for me. When I thought I was done, I started taking pictures and that's when I saw the color I had initially chosen, Ooh la Orchid, (which was problematic upon application so it didn't surprise me that it just didn't work on it's own) had not performed the way it should. So instinctively, I reached for my trusty MAC eye shadow, but that didn't do the trick, not even a little. Then I opted for my tried and true, the highly-pigmented, one-of-a-kind Make Up For Ever No. 92. The heavens opened up and the dark cloud disappeared. This sealed the deal and really completed the look, making it one of my favorite combinations to date. The Coquet shade is actually really beautiful on it's own, but when I foiled it, whoa it was on a whole other level. For a moment, I was really worried that all my work had gone to the dogs, but Make Up For Ever saved the day. I so wish they would bring back this shade-- totally not over it.

Also, this was my first time trying out a liquid lipstick. This one didn't set and stayed soft throughout wear. I wasn't 100% crazy about the shade on its own, but with that little touch of purple, it really absorbed the color and turned into a really beautiful shade. I did see some settling in my lip lines and it did make me self-conscious enough to have to keep pressing my lips together to ensure the product stayed smooth. Eventually, I did get tired of doing that and I wiped it off.


NARS Cosmetics Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base - eye brows
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dark Brown Brow Wiz - eye brows
Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Power Eye Cream - eyes
Urban Decay Cosmetics Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion - eyes
Lancome Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Lifting and Firming Moisturizer - face
Too Faced Cosmetics A Few of my Favorite Things:
Cream Colored Ponies eye shadow - under the brow
Chocolate Milk eye shadow - crease for blending
Ooh la Orchid - on the inner and outer eyelid
Coquet eye shadow applied using MAC Cosmetics Fix + to foil the shade - on the middle eyelid
Honey Honey eye shadow - lower lash line
Dark Chocolate eye shadow - the tiniest bit directly on the lower lash line, blended out
MAC Cosmetics Purple Haze eye shadow - inner and outer eye lid
Make Up For Ever No. 92 Powder Blush - inner and outer eye lid
Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes 11L - waterline
Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara - lashes (mine is already low and didn't perform as it typically does, but still works)

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MAC Cosmetics Prep + Prime Skin - face
Guerlain Lingerie De Peau BB in 3 Natural - face
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Dual-Use Powder Compact in shade 5.5 - face
Too Faced Cosmetics Chocolate Soleil bronzer - cheeks, forehead
Too Faced Cosmetics Melt into Spring - cheeks
Anastasia Beverly Hills Sweets Glow Kit shade Sassy Grape - tops of cheek bones, very blended out
Anastasia Beverly Hills Moon Child Glow Kit shade Purple Horseshoe topped with Pink Heart - tear duct for highlight
Anastasia Beverly Hills Fawn - to contour nose, very blended out
Guerlain Météorites Light Revealing Pearls of Powder Perles D'Étoile - finishing powder
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel - eye brows
MAC Cosmetics Whirl Lip Pencil - natural lip line
BareMinerals Swag Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor topped with just a smidgen of Anastasia Beverly Hills Grape Jelly Lip Gloss - lips

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Max Factor is Back! -- Double Wing Look 8/7/16

Hello again! I am excited to announce that Max Factor has returned to the United States for a limited time. Working with legendary Pat McGrath, they have created a new limited edition collection. I am extremely pleased and honored to have to been selected to present the collection to you all. Max Factor was one of my favorite brands when I was first starting with makeup. (They had this product called the 3000 Calorie Mascara and it was my favorite. Once I couldn't buy it anymore, I was truly bummed.) As part of this collection, I was sent the Masterpiecemax High Volume & Intensity Mascara, Masterpiece High Precision Liquid Eyeliner, and Simply Nude and Maroon Dust Colour Elixir Lipticks. This collection is available at Amazon, drugstore.com, Walgreens online and in-store, Target, Wal-Mart and CVS Pharmacy. For today's look, I incorporated all the products, along with items I already had in my collection. Plus, I tried out new things, as well. Below you will find photos of the all new items and pictures of the look, too. I hope you guys like the look I created. I did create an entirely different eye look that I have never tried before.

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NARS Cosmetics Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base - eye brows
Dermalogica UltraCalming Serum Concentrate - face
Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Power Eye Cream - eyes
Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion - eyes
Laura Mercier Tawny Eye Basics - eyes
Anastasia Beverly Hills Medium Brown DipBrow Pomade topped with Anastasia Beverly Hills Ebony Brow Powder Duo (lighter shade) - eye brows
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette:
Tempera eye shadow - under brow
Burnt Orange eye shadow topped with Raw Sienna eye shadow - crease
Red Ochre eye shadow - eye lid
Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Mark eye shadow - outer corner, lower lash line
Urban Decay Solstice eyeshadow applied using Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Primer Water - middle eye lid
MAC Cosmetics Parrot eye shadow (frost) - lower lash line
Urban Decay Lounge eyeshadow applied using Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Primer Water - lower lash line
NARS Cosmetics Via Veneto Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner - waterline
Max Factor X Masterpiece High Precision Liquid Eyeliner in 01 Velvet Black - upper lash line in wing shape, with added wing for double wing effect (The applicator for this liner is not the type I have mastered. I ended up applying it to a brush to create the design. It has a shiny rich black finish.)
Max Factor X MasterpieceMax High Volume + Definition Mascara - lashes (Love this mascara: it does exactly what I remember the 3000 Calorie one doing, has the versatility to create very natural looking lashes and layered, like today's look, creates fuller more intense lashes.)

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Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer - face
Dior Diorskin Nude Air Nude Healthy Glow Ulta-Fluid Serum Foundation with Sunscreen in shade 021 - face
Marc Jacobs 4 Glow Re(marc)able Full Cover Concealer - under eyes, nose crease
NARS Cosmetics Altai Matte Multiple - hollows of cheeks, forehead and jawline
NARS Cosmetics Eden Soft Velvet Loose Powder - face
Marc Jacobs 102 Tantric O!Mega Bronze Perfect Tan Bronzer - hollows of cheeks, forehead, jawline
Becca Cosmetics Flowerchild Mineral Blush - cheeks
Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun Dipped Glow Kit in shade Summer - tops of cheek bones; Bronzed - lightly on forehead
Anastasia Beverly Hills Moon Child Glow Kit shade Lucky Clover - tearduct area for highlight
MAC Cosmetics Whirl Lip Pencil - natural lip line
Max Factor Maroon Dust lipstick - lips
Max Factor Simply Nude lipstick - middle of the lips for subtle ombré effect (I did notice some settling in the middle of my bottom lip, but I'm completely in love with the colors. They're both gorgeous!)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel - eye brows
Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray - face

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Warming Up Look & First Impressions: Modern Renaissance 7/16/16

Hi guys! We are right in the middle of summer and I find myself reaching for warm tones to go with this exceptionally warm weather. I may be channeling fall.

Moving on, this week I have been trying out the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette. I have used almost all the shades and I will post the other looks I have created using this palette below. (There was one look that I didn't photograph, sorry guys.) So, after a few uses, I can say I do really like all I have tried out. The colors are pigmented and I don't have to work hard to get them to show up on my skin. I will say the reds, when used together, are very close in color and it can be difficult to get them to vary enough on the lid. This caused me to add extra product to see more of the difference between the shades. Plus, I did notice that when I dipped my brush into the colors, they did kick up excess product, so you see the powder get in the other shades and is a little wasteful. (With the size of my collection, however, that doesn't bother me too much, but it is worth mentioning.) Another thing is this palette is a stand-alone palette, meaning I don't have to use another palette or other shades to create a complete look. Modern Renaissance is very versatile: you can create super simple everyday looks to dramatic and eye-catching with just the one palette. In person, the effect of the makeup is quite striking and I really love the overall finish of the shades. Based on my first impressions, I would say this is a good palette and I do recommend it. Anastasia Beverly Hills really does go above and beyond to make outstanding products. I haven't been disappointed with any of my purchases and the line is superb.

Please note: I do have a couple more shades in the palette to try out and if their use changes my mind in any way, I will update this post with the details on that. If not, my thoughts stand.

For today's look, the products I used are listed below. Once again, I included the Marc Jacobs Tantric Bronzer. Seriously, it is my favorite bronzer now. I can't believe how fantastic it is! Hate to rave about the same product twice but I am just head over heels for this one.

Nars Cosmetics Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base - eye brows
Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm - eyes
Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion - eyes
Clinique Turnaround Daytime Revitalizing Moisturizer - face
Anastasia Beverly Hills Medium Brown DipBrow Pomade - eye brows
Anastasia Beverly Hills Ebony Brow Powder Duo (lighter shade) - eye brows
Laura Mercier Flax Eye Basics - eyes
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette:
Tempera eye shadow - under brows
Raw Sienna eye shadow - crease
Antique Bronze eye shadow - inner 2/3 eye lid
Love Letter eye shadow - outer corner
Cyprus Umber eye shadow - lower lash line
Buon Fresco eye shadow - lower lash line to blend out and soften previous color
Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in 0L (black) - waterline
MAC Cosmetics False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara - lashes

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Marc Jacobs 30 Invisible Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer - face
Dior Diorskin Nude Air Nude Healthy Glow Ultra-Fluid Serum Foundation With Sunscreen in shade 021 - face
Marc Jacobs 4 Glow Re(marc)able Full Cover Concealer - under eyes, nose crease
Benefit Cosmetics Dew The Hoola - hollows of cheeks, forehead
Nars Cosmetics Eden Soft Velvet Loose Powder applied using a damp Beauty Blender - face
Marc Jacobs 102 Tantric O!Mega Bronze Perfect Tan Bronzer - hollows of cheeks, forehead, jawline
MAC Cosmetics Plum Foolery Sheertone Shimmer Blush - cheeks
Anastasia Beverly Hills Sweets Glow Kit in Sassy Grape - tops of cheek bones; Taffy - tear duct area
MAC Cosmetics Whirl Lip Pencil - natural lip line
Laura Geller Beauty Rosato Lipstick - lips
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel - eyebrows
Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray - spritzed on face

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The other looks I created with the Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette are below and even in black and white it's still gorgeous:

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Party Peacock Look 7/10/16

Hi guys! I wanted to share how I created this look using the Kat Von D Serpentina Eyeshadow Palette that was newly released. I will include a link to my review of the palette for your reference here. It took me a considerable amount of time to create this look but when I was done, I did love it. I felt like the face was just perfect. It was fun, and it was one of those moments that I felt all the shades and all the face products hit the nail on the head. Everything was blended just so and I just felt beautiful.

I have a new love of my life, the Marc Jacobs Tantric Bronzer. This bronzer is my absolute favorite and I literally just received it a couple of days ago. I can't put it down. Isn't that crazy? Have you ever had one of the moments where you try something and it's flawless? It just works perfectly. The color is perfect for my skin tone. I won't lie and say this will look great on every skin tone but it absolutely will suit a good range. It applies smooth, even, and is pigmented. It blends seamlessly and is very natural once applied. It's not dusty or powdery. Just the right amount of product is released when you dip your brush in it. I am head over heels for this color. I highly encourage you to check this shade out in store to see if it would be a good fit for your skin tone. On to the makeup...

Nars Cosmetics Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base - eyes
Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion - eyes
Anastasia Beverly Hills Medium Brown DipBrow Pomade topped with Ebony Brow Powder Duo (same brand, darker shade) - eye brows
Laura Mercier Flax Eye Basics - eyes
Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette: 
Stark topped with Anaheim - crease and slightly above
Blonde - under eye brow for highlight
Kat Von D Serpentina Eyeshadow Palette:
Scarab - inner 2/3 eyelid
Nile - outer corner, reapplied using Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Primer Water spritzed on brush with eyeshadow after initial application due to lack of pigmentation
Medusa - lower lash line (hardly any vibrant pigmentation, mostly dull, which is why I used the next item)
Prophet loose eyeshadow - lower lash line
Chanel Le Volume De Chanel Mascara in 10 Noir - lashes
Velour Lashes in the style Got It From My Momma applied using Duo Lash Adhesive With Vitamins - upper lash line (so pretty)

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Guerlain L'or Radiance Concentrate With Pure Gold - face
Benefit Cosmetics The PoreFessional - nostril area, innermost cheek area
Marc Jacobs 46 Golden Deep Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate - face (the best full coverage foundation that I own)
Marc Jacobs 4 Glow Re(marc)able Full Cover Concealer - under eyes
Nars Cosmetics Eden Soft Velvet Loose Powder applied using a Beauty Blender - face (this just melted into my skin, OMG)
Marc Jacobs 102 Tantric O!Mega Bronze Perfect Tan Bronzer - below the cheek bones/ hollows of cheeks (the perfect bronzing product, so in love, best of life)
TheBalm Toile Instain Long Wearing Staining Powder Blush - cheeks
Christian Dior Diorskin Nude Air Glowing Gardens Illuminating Powder in 001 Glowing Pink - tops of cheek bones (another stunning item, so wish that this was a permanent color, it's amazing; posted a close up shot of the highlight for you guys to check out)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun Dipped Glow Kit shade Summer - tear duct area for highlight
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel - eye brows
Nars Cosmetics Rikugien Satin Lip Pencil - lips
MAC Cosmetics Whirl Lip Pencil - natural lip line, to intensify the color and define the shape
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Kat Von D Serpentina Eyeshadow Palette Review 7/10/16

Hi everyone! I have been using the newly released Kat Von D Serpentina Eyeshadow Palette. This review will include pictures of one of the looks created with the palette. The second look will be in a separate blog post that will be posted shortly after this one. Together, they include all shades from the palette.

This palette is available at both the Kat Von D and Sephora websites and retails for $45.00. It is currently out of stock on the Sephora website, but upon re-stock will be available once again.

As per the Sephora website, this is the description of the palette:

What it is:
A limited-edition eye shadow palette with a gold loose pigment jar and eight rich, jeweled tones, inspired by the essence of Egypt. 

What it does:
Serpentina Eyeshadow Palette captures the opulence and beauty of ancient Egypt with a versatile design—unlike any other Kat Von D palette. The configuration features eight pressed powders in matte and metallic shimmer finishes, plus a removable jar of gold loose pigment for ultimate versatility. 

This signature triple-milled, high-pigment eye shadow formula delivers instant, true color payoff and silky blendability, so you can experiment with layering and mix and match finishes for a stunning dimensional look. Then, let your creativity run wild with Prophet, the gold loose pigment. From gilding lids to flecking brows, this little pot takes Serpentina to the next level. With exclusive artwork hand-drawn by Kat Von D, this palette will inspire you to channel your inner Egyptian queen to create rich, jeweled eye looks. 

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates 

What else you need to know:
"The inspiration for this palette came more from a sentiment versus an actual muse. But if I had to choose a physical representation, I'd say it's inspired by the essence of Egypt—Cleopatra to be specific. Although she's portrayed as one of the most beautiful women in history, the truth is, her most powerful qualities were her intelligence and self-creation. She was the original pioneering woman."—Kat Von D 

Serpentina Eyeshadow Palette is completely free of animal-derived ingredients. 

Shades and shade descriptions: Bloodmilk (matte brick red), Medusa (bronze shimmer), Ankh (matte black with gold glitter), Queen (rust glitter), Hieroglyph (copper shimmer), Nile (ocean blue shimmer), Scarab (emerald shimmer), Venom (matte royal purple), Prophet (fool's gold loose pigment).


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My thoughts:

The packaging is a tomb/casket-like design made of cardboard with a mirror. To the sight, the colors look vivid and beautiful. However, when applied, the color payoff is poor. Typically, Kat Von D has intense and saturated color but this palette did have something lacking: the "true color payoff." I really struggled upon application with the majority of the shades to be honest. I kept layering and layering the color in hopes of getting at least decent opacity but it was a total flop.  And that's despite using both primer and a base, which is my insurance policy to guarantee great color. This was a fail, as I had to use Smashbox Primer Water to get any kind of color. I shouldn't have to work that hard to get eyeshadow to work for me. After a lot of time and work, I was able to create some beautiful looks. That being said, if I would have touched the color in any way, it would have disappeared. The orange shade, Hieroglyph, was chunky and applied unevenly. The chunks did not blend out no matter how hard I tried. The purple matte shade, Venom, took heavy layering to get decent color intensity. The slightest touch and it was gone. The blue shade, Nile, had very little color payoff, as well, and I had to use the Primer Water to get better color. The red shade, Bloodmilk, was just ok (at best) since I used it layered over other colors but that as well faded away upon blending. It, too, required a heavy hand of layering product. The dark shade, Ankh, as well as Queen, were ok but certainly did not live up to the high standard previously achieved by the brand. The green shade, Scarab, was the best performer in the bunch but again, it was not the best of life and certainly not enough to carry the entire palette. I will say I loved the loose pigment, Prophet. It was glorious, had intense color saturation, was easy to blend, and is just a great color. Plus, another noteworthy thought, you can't use this palette alone as there are no skin-tone or blending shades. You would have to use whatever you have in your collection to create a complete look. For the price and the amount of shadows in the palette, there is not enough room for there to even be one poor performer, let alone several. Something else that bothered me, when I was finally done with the look, practically my entire face was covered in product.  Literally had it in my pores, especially in my nose. I literally was inadvertently inhaling the powder and it burned my nose for some time after I had been done with the application. As far as how long they last, I did notice there was some fading in the crease area at the end of the day.

Another thing that did make me suspicious of the palette, even before I received it, was the lack of presence on social media. Typically, I see tons of swatches all over but this palette only had 1 single set of pics going around. If it were good, if they were proud of it, many people would have posted all kinds of swatches and looks before the release. I am uncertain if it just wasn't sent out to bloggers and social media people or if they were trying to contain it because they knew the quality just wasn't up to par. Ultimately, the palette will be going back. I wasn't satisfied with the palette, to say the least, and I don't recommend it. I simply do not have the space to keep something that I won't use. I am not happy writing this negative review but if I can help someone save themselves the frustration I went through, then I did someone a favor.

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