12/30/09

New Year's Eve Blue Cat-Eye Makeup


Products Used:
Benefit F.Y.Eye
MAC Greasepaint Stick in B, (shimmery navy blue), or Loreal HiP cream liner in Midnight Blue
MAC Freshwater eye shadow (shimmery, bright navy blue)
Urban Decay 24/7 pencil eye liner in Electric (bright blue), or MAC Blue Peep Fluidline
Benefit Eye Bright Pencil (pale, bright pink)
Rimmel Maxx Volume mascara
MAC So Ceylon MSF (bronze with light shimmer)
MAC Prism powder blush (rosy muted tan)
MAC Myth lipstick (nude)
YSL Golden Gloss, #10 (sheer pink with gold shimmer)
YSL Touche Eclat, lightest pink shade













12/27/09

Lash Enhancing Eyeliner? Buxom Lashliner from Bare Escentuals


How did I not know about this stuff? Actually, with all the lash-enhancing products out there now, how did other brands not think of this sooner? Especially since you apply them all "as you would an eyeliner".

I guess as a long-time MAC Blacktrack Fluidline fan, I've never felt the need to look elsewhere for a good black gel liner. I came across the Buxom Lashliner by Bare Escentuals on a trip to Sephora about a week ago. I had to do a double take as I glanced over the little selection of gel liners claiming to be a "Lash Enhancing & Conditioning Treatment". Sold. Seriously, why didn't I own something like this already? We all know how much I adore my black eye liner and wear it pretty regularly. Adding a lash treatment in the mix just makes good sense. And at $15 for a 2gram jar (MAC Fluidline is 3 grams, just to give you some comparison), I felt like that's reasonable for the quality ingredients and if it actually delivers. It comes in three shades, a black, brown, and a black with silver micro-glitter. I purchased Leatherette, the black shade.

So I've been using this product for a week straight, mainly looking at the actual wear and quality of the liner. Just because it hasn't been enough time to see any benefits where the lash-enhancement is concerned.
To my surprise, (Because honestly, lets face it...this stuff seems kind of too good to be true) it applied easily and has great pigmentation. And even better, sets to a smudge-proof finish. However, it does take a little longer to dry than fluidline, but that's not a problem for me since I have a habit of setting liners with black eyeshadow anyway-- even gel liners. Other than that, it's very comparable to Fluidline.

Then for the really rewarding part-- The formula contains natural ingredients and no parabens, which is always a little added bonus. It contains ingredients that actually stimulate hair growth as well as other great ingredients that support healthy lash growth and keep them conditioned.
Now I've never used any lash-enhancing products before and mine are naturally pretty thick, black, and long to begin with. Like I said, I haven't used it long enough to see real results, but I'll report back in a month :)

This is available at Sephora and most everywhere else you can purchase Bare Escentuals products. Click here to read more about the product and for shade info.





*Products mentioned in this post were purchased by me and I am in no way affiliated with any brands or companies mentioned.

12/19/09

"Reverse" Eyeliner Technique: Rihanna-Inspired


*Notice I've described the colors beside the actual product. Don't feel like you need the exact products. If you do, great, but if not, you can find similar shades using my descriptions as a guide :)

Products Used:
Benefit F.Y.Eye (primer to prevent creasing)
MAC Painterly Paint Pot (skin-toned cream shadow)
Stila Kajal eye liner in Onyx (dark black creamy pencil)
MAC Carbon eye shadow (matte black)
Urban Decay eye shadow in Ruthless (frosted light taupe)
MAC Shale eye shadow (medium muted frosted purple)
MAC Crystal eye shadow (silvery light purple)
MAC Mystery eye shadow (matte dark cool brown)
MAC Soft Brown eye shadow (matte light-medium warm brown)
MAC Mylar eye shadow (satin light cream)
Rimmel Volume Flash "The Max" mascara (black volumizing mascara)
MAC Creme de Nude lipstick (shiny nude lipstick)
MAC powder blush in Prism (muted rosey tan)








12/18/09

Blu-Ray nails... kind of.

Sally Hansen HD Hi-Definition nail color in "Blu"

When I was last at the drugstore, this "HD" line of brightly colored nail polishes really stood out to me. Mostly this blue shade. Since blue is my absolute favorite color, I had to pick this stuff up. The actual color is much more unique than it photographs.
While the shade range of these HD polishes are insanely bright and unique, I have a few complaints about the actual formula. To me, it seemed (in this shade at least) to be a bit thin and applied a little streaky. It was hard to get an even first coat. The first coat was extremely sheer. I was really disappointed at first. But after applying the second coat, it looked beautiful. Pictured is only two coats however, next time I'll probably try three just to make the color even more intense.
If you like bright, unique colors, this line is something to try! I might go back for the green and orange shades.



12/12/09

Everyday Makeup using Few Products

Products Used:
*Benefit F.Y.Eye primer

*MAC Painterly Paint Pot (cream eye
shadow in a natural color)

*MAC Mystery eye shadow (dark brown shadow)

*MAC So Ceylon Mineralize Skin Finish (bronzer)

*Stila eye kajal in Onyx (creamy eye pencil)

*Covergirl Lashblast Mascara

*MAC Syrup lipstick


12/1/09

Makeup: Victoria's Secret Fashion Show '09


WOOOO! Get ready! The show airs tonight! (Tues, Dec 1st at 10pm EST on CBS) Who's watching!??

Products Used:
Benefit F.Y.Eye primer
Benefit creaseless cream shadow/liner in Skinny Jeans
MAC eye shadows:
Typographic
Soft Brown
Folie
Grain
Chill
MAC Cream Color Base in Hush
MAC Cream Color Base in Pearl
Stila Kajal Eye liner in Onyx
MAC False lashes #36
Cover Girl Lashblast Mascara
MAC Ravishing Lipstick
YSL Golden Gloss #10
MAC So Ceylon Mineralized Skinfinish
MAC Cantaloupe powder blush (pro)
MAC Shape Powder in Emphasize (pro)