Sunday, March 30, 2014
Having recently fallen in love with flakes all over again because of Deborah's swatches, I pulled out one of my favorite shades, Zoya Opal.
here). Ah, that glorious green-blue shift!
What is your favorite "flakie" shade?
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Saturday, March 29, 2014
Remember when I promised that I'd have more KBShimmer Spring 2014 to share with you? Well today I'd like to show you two more shades in the form of nail art. Released alongside the 2014 Spring shades was a collection of cremes, including these two shades.
Friday, March 28, 2014
I was chatting with someone about matte/satin warm red lipsticks that leaned orange when I realized with shame that I had never blogged about NARS Heat Wave, the reigning red lipstick of my affection. I feel like I've been searching for this tomato red for years, now I am finally content. In fact, this is the shade I wore to our Vegas wedding last December.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
You know, I'm not usually a gourmand fan, I'm quite wary when it comes to fragrances that even have a whiff of food like notes. The only gourmand I've really liked in recent memory was Jo Malone Lemon Tart from the Sugar and Spice Collection and it still pains me a bit that I was foolish enough to pass on that. Let's not speak of that. When I recently acquired Laura Mercier Eau Gourmande Almond Coconut EdT, I had high hopes because I quite like both almond and coconut quite a bit. It was a risky "blind" buy and I'm a bit ashamed of myself for not sniffing it first.
Monday, March 24, 2014
Tonight I have a limited edition trio by Glam Polish to show you, called the Hangover Trio. These three shades are probably best described as super sparkle sauce contained in a bottle. I've swatched all three over black as I figured it was the best way to show off all the iridescent glitter contained within.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
I purchased Giorgio Armani Large Eye Contour Brush some time ago, last summer. It's definitely an interesting brush due to its versatility. The handle is a shorter but not annoyingly short to me like travel brushes are. I also like the aesthetic of the matte handle and the longer black ferrule.
Here I used just #22 to blend the brown in the outer V and to apply the lid color itself (Dior Nude Look Duo).
Giorgio Armani Large Eye Contour Brush #22 is pricey, I won't lie to you. At $41, I won't pretend that it is an absolute need in anyone's brush arsenal. I am mightly pleased to have it though! It can be purchased directly from Giorgio Armani USA or from stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue (free shipping with the code "FREESHIP").
What is your favorite tapered blending brush?
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Saturday, March 22, 2014
I ended up with only one picture from this look that I thought turned out decent, so here it is!
I've been going out of my way to use the Sigma Creme de Couture Palette I bought earlier this year. The colors are so pretty yet the textures aren't exactly a dream to work with. Alas, I found out after I tried to remove this look that the shade Elderberry stains like you would not believe. It stained my outer eye area, lower lash line and the outer half of my brow HOT HOT PINK. I kinda liked the hot pink brows to be honest, but looking like I have wicked conjunctivitis? No thank you!
Despite how much of a pain this palette has turned out to be, I still can't quite relinquish it. Is that a little nutty? I'm trying so hard to make it work! The colors just look so beautiful.
Brows: Sigma Creme de Couture shades in Blueberry Cream, Cassis, Elderberry
Eyes: UDPP, Sigma Creme de Couture shades in Blueberry Cream, Cassis, Elderberry, Cafe au Lait and Ginger Pumpkin, two pairs of cut up lashes (eBay, bulk), NYX Milk Jumbo Pencil, Rock & Republic Fatalistic
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Tonight I have the last three shades of the Glam Polish Rydell High Collectors Series to show you. These three shades are now available for pre order on the Glam Polish website (here).
My favorite out of this trio is You're the One That I Want. I'm a sucker for red holographic shades!
These shades are available to pre order now, like I've mentioned before, directly from Glam Polish. Click here for the list of international stockists (may not be in stock until later)
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Have a great night!
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Above: my take on corned beef hash. I adore corned beef like you would not believe, but since it is so very high in sodium, it's a rare indulgence. I actually love left over corned beef hash more than fresh simmered corned beef and cabbage! Since I don't really eat starchy foods any more, I used carrots instead of potatoes. The slight sweetness was different, but enjoyable.
Have some cat pictures:
Anyways, that's pretty much been my life for the last few weeks. Not terribly exciting, I'm afraid!
Monday, March 17, 2014
I hope that you are having a very wonderful St. Patrick's Day!
Here's my green overload manicure for the day. I pretty much just grabbed the nearest greens within reach and tried to make something of it.
I stamped with Winstonia W105, it's hard to see the clovers in the blinding sun. A lot of people really liked that super fine water marble so I think I'll attempt another with other colors soon.
Left to right, top to bottom: Nubar Reclaim, Color Club Halo Hues Kismet, Celestial Cosmetics Mrs Claus' Jugs, Le Chat Dare to Wear Enchanted Forest, OPI Here Today....Aragon Tomorrow Suede, Kiko Sugar Matt 643, KBShimmer Green Hex and Glam, Zoya Chita, Glitter Gal Lizard Belly, Zoya Opal
These also happen to be some of my favorite green shades! Green is hands down my favorite polish color though it often times clashes with my skin.
Did you do anything fun for St. Patrick's Day?
Sunday, March 16, 2014
A Trio of Sparkly Highlighters: Benefit Watt's Up!, Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Illuminator, NYX Liquid Illuminator
Saturday, March 15, 2014
My galaxy nails were one of his favorite nail designs and lately he has wanted me to GALAXY ALL THE THINGS. I went with lips because they weren't practical in the least bit.
NYX Jumbo in Black Bean, Wet'n'Wild Pandora shadow, Impulse Cosmetics Matte Opaque Lipstick in Melancholy, Space Cadet, Blow, Run Away and Smoking Gun. Random glitter. Bobbi Brown Crystal Gloss.
Despite his ardent hatred of glitter, Morgan thought these were pretty neat, especially once I blew the picture up.
Friday, March 14, 2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Either way, it's a good thing I tend to post details to Instagram, or else I would have long forgotten what products I used.
This was from about ten weeks ago.
Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder in Granite, Essence Brow & Lash Mascara
Eyes: LORAC Behind The Scenes Eye Primer, Laura Mercier Vanilla Nuts and Cafe au Lait, Mehron iNtense Carban and Red Earth, Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rampage, Jordana FabuLiner, CoverGirl Flamed Out Mascara
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Today I have an extremely long post and tutorial about how I apply contour and highlighting products that are cream in formula. Usually my goal is for a natural look that emphasizes how natural light hits the face and casts shadows. Recreating this effect is particularly rewarding for photographs as the face can look very flat and washed out through a camera. The skin also looks a bit more taut and overall the face can appear a bit slimmer, which hey - can't go wrong with that!
There are a few advantages and drawbacks to using cream instead of powder. It's particularly appealing to those with dry skin as powder can further emphasize dry patches but using another emollient product may not be the best choice if your skin really tends to shine with oil. I find using cream products to be more time consuming since I apply with one brush and then blend with another tool whereas with powder, I can apply and blend with the same brush. However, I do find cream to be more natural looking than powder
Rather than attempting to blend contour and highlight shades at the same time (a very daunting task as accidentally muddling the shades together can look horribly murky and quite dirty), I choose to apply one at a time.
What I like about Graftobian Hi Def Glamour Creme is how much high coverage it has. You only need a tiny bit of product. I've seen some tutorials out there where it looks like half the face is covered with the contouring product. However with the Hi Def Glamour Creme, I barely need a few swipes because of how much color payoff it has.
I start out with primer, concealer and foundation already in place (check this post out for the full face routine). The sponge should be damp but not soaking, I rinse it in water and then squeeze it out in a towel.
Using a concealer brush, I map out the areas for contouring with a few strokes. Again, less is more with this particular product and for the more natural effect I'm hoping to achieve. I trace right under the cheekbones, under my lower lip, down the sides and around the tip of my nose, the temples and the area closest to my hairline above my forehead. It's hard to see, but I also traced right under my jaw.
Using the bottom of the tear drop shaped sponge, I lightly bounce and pat to blend in the contouring product. I'm always advocating bouncing instead of dragging, we don't want streaks or worse; the dreaded completely caked look.
I use the tip of the sponge for the smaller areas such as the nose and under the lip. Again, light dabbing motions rather than dragging the sponge.
With contouring done, I reach for a lighter shade to highlight. I'm using another Graftobian shade, Graceful Swan which is a little lighter than MAC NC20. I'm opting for a shimmer/sparkle free product for this particular natural look. I apply product on the top of the cheekbones, the point of the chin, down the nose and a create a triangular shape on my forehead.
Naturally, I don't want to use parts of the sponge already dirtied by my contour color. Instead, I use the widest part of the sponge, where it curves. Bounce, bounce, bounce.
Hope this was helpful! Please, if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask!
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