Sunday, November 27, 2011

Weekend Edition - First EOTD with Sugarpill

I have been lusting after Sugarpill for quite some time. I got some samples of several Sugarpill Chromalust loose shadows from a friend, and today, I decided to go to town with some of them. I am in absolute HEAVEN. The Chromalust colors are so gorgeous and I have never ever seen so much shimmer in my life. I'm really in love with them. 


I'm wearing pretty heavy brows today after yesterday's eyebrow waxing incident. I think I'll be wearing heavy brows for a while. :(


Also, the scarf on the head is not a fashion statement at all -- I just didn't feel like dealing with my hair today! :)






FACE:
Tarte Smooth Operator Concealer (under eyes)
Sweet Libertine yellow concealer (under eyes)
Sephora Mineral Foundation in Claire Light 21
Bare Minerals Mineral Veil
Fyrinnae Glow Blush in Enrapture

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
MAC Lingering brow liner
MAC Saddle eyeshadow on brows
A random matte black shadow lightly stippled on brows (all of this brow work is to fix my big OOPS! on my brow!)
Sugarpill Lumi Chromalust on inner corner and brow bone
Sugarpill Magentric Chromalust on center of lid
Sugarpill Weekender on outer 1/3 of lid and in crease
Sugarpill Starling beneath lower lashes and in inner V
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline lining upper lashes, outer 1/3 of lower lashes, and waterline
Maybelline Falsies mascara

LIPS:
MAC Beet lip pencil
MAC Spanking Rich Dazzleglass

Saturday, November 26, 2011

TGFM - THANK GOD FOR MAKEUP!!!

After the eyebrow incident in my last post, I went rushing out the door straight to the mall. I had no intentions of going to the mall during the holiday shopping season, but it actually wasn't too bad. Even the parking was decent. 


I went straight to the MAC counter and the girl who helped me said she'd done the very same thing to her own brows when she was in beauty school. She said it would take a good month at least to grow out, but in the meantime, there's a fix.


I bought MAC's Lingering brow pencil and Saddle eyeshadow to fix my brows. Close up, it's definitely noticeable:


But from a slight distance, it doesn't look too bad. I can live with it. I'm not sure I can live with my stupidity, but I can live with the MAC eyebrow-hole fix! 

Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing

I had a horrible eyebrow waxing incident a few minutes ago. I was using my Bliss Poetic Waxing kit. I HATE that wax, but it was so expensive that I've been using it anyway. After this, I'm throwing it away. That wax is the worst I've ever worked with, and it gets everywhere (I mean everywhere -- I spent an hour last week ironing wax off my hardwood floors because of how awful it is), and now... this. 


I guess I'll be posting reviews and no more looks for a few weeks. :(





To achieve this look, I used Bliss Poetic Waxing kit. 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Geek Chic's Fang Banger's Quartet EOTD

I don't have all four colors from Geek Chic Cosmetics' Fang Banger's Quartet because I didn't buy Purity Burns, as blues are so difficult to work with. However, I have the other three colors: Viking King, Eyes of the Werewolf, and Blood Bond. I've been wanting to do a look with these three colors together, and today was the day I pulled them all out at the same time. I just about swooned when I saw the beautiful orangey-pinky-copper color created from blending Blood Bond into Eyes of the Werewolf -- sooo pretty!


This is what I came up with. This first set of photos was taken in indirect sunlight, no flash:











This second set of photos was taken indoors, with flash:






Jewelry by Alicia Stardust of Elements & Artifacts.

FACE:
Minerologie Cream Concealer in U3
Sweet Libertine yellow concealer
Boscia BB Cream

Bare Minerals Mineral Veil
MAC Plum Du Bois blush
Smashbox Fusion Softlights in Baked Starburst

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Geek Chic Eyes of the Werewolf on lid and brow bone
Geek Chic Blood Bond in crease
Geek Chic Viking King beneath lower lashes and in the very innermost corner of the inner V
Wet’n’Wild Copper pencil on lower waterline
Maybelline Falsies mascara
Shu Uemura Hard 9 brow pencil in Seal Brown

LIPS:
MAC Prep + Prime Lip

MAC Redwood lip pencil
MAC Fresh Moroccan lipstick

Thanksgiving LOTD & Dogspam!

I hope all of you in the U.S. had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. I have a lot to be thankful for -- a wonderful husband, the two cutest Shih Tzus ever, a warm home, a car that runs, a good job, and so many friends all around the world that I can hardly count them all.


However, #1 on my list is my mom.  Back in late-winter 2006, my mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and was told she wouldn't survive the year and there was no hope, so she'd better get her things in order. Well, Mom didn't take that news lying down, and yesterday, she hosted a delightful Thanksgiving dinner at her house, almost six years after she was given that prognosis. That is what I am most thankful for this year. My mom is a really amazing lady who means the world to me and every additional year she's with us is the hugest blessing I could ever ask for.


Here's a photo of my mom feeding turkey to the hungry masses at her house yesterday (excuse the blurry phone photo!):



For yesterday's look, I was thinking of Thanksgiving Day and all of the delicious food, and my colors were selected based on my hungry tummy, so we've got gravy brown, cranberry red, pumpkin orange, etc. 

This first set of photos was taken indoors, with flash:






This second set of photos was taken in indirect sunlight, no flash:





FACE:

Milk of Magnesia (to control the oilies)
Minerologie Cream Concealer in U3
Sweet Libertine yellow concealer
Sweet Libertine green concealer
Boscia BB Cream
Sephora Mineral Foundation in Claire Light 21
Bare Minerals Mineral Veil
Clinique Rich Coral blush and Matte Bronze bronzer mixed together as cheek contour
Meow Mona Lisa Masterpiece blush

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
MAC Brule on brow bone
Darling Girl Pumpkin Eater applied over Pixie Epoxy in center of upper lid and center of lower lashline
Shiro Everything is Bears on outer corner upper and lower
Altered Ego Lives in crease and inner corner
Persephone Lost collection #42 above crease
Sugarpill Goldilux Chromalust very lightly applied in far inner corner
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
Smashbox Onyx Limitless Eyeliner on lower waterline
Benefit They’re Real! mascara
Shu Uemura Hard 9 brow pencil in Seal Brown
Anastasia brow gel

LIPS:
Shiro Rickrolled Intertube
Morgana Pimped Out Pumpkin Gloss

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tutorial - How I Use Loose Makeup - Part I

One of my blog readers asked me a whole bunch of questions regarding the use of loose powder makeup. I figured it would make for a great blog post! 


Here are the questions she asked:

  1. How do you get it out of the baggie and work with it?
  2. Doesn't it get mess everywhere?
  3. How do you make it stick to your eyes?
  4. How do you blend them? 
  5. How do you organize it so you can find it later?
  6. Whose loose powders are your faves?
  7. Do you like them more than regular pressed eyeshadows or are they just different?

I'm not going to answer all of these questions in this post, which is why it is titled "Part I", but I will get to the rest later! I believe this photo tutorial should answer questions 1-5. I should say "hopefully". I've never done a tutorial before, so this was an exciting challenge for me!

Please click beneath the cut to view the tutorial!

Shop Your Friends' Stash!

Last month, I read about Makeup Zombie's effort to shop her own stash rather than buying new makeup. I have read other bloggers who are picking up on the idea, because it really is a good challenge for makeup addicts. I mean, I have enough makeup to last a lifetime (especially eyeshadow), but I'm always drawn to new and different colors, shimmers, textures, and shades, despite having some really awesome unused or barely-used items in my own stash.


Yesterday, I had lunch my friend Blix MoonMaiden, and after lunch, we went to her house to look something up online before heading out again, but ended up falling into her makeup stash and spending hours playing with makeup. I discovered that a million times better than shopping your own stash is shopping Blix's stash!!! Because of her incredible generosity, I came home with 74 samples of Aromaleigh eyeshadows and 14 samples of Sugarpill's Chromalust loose shadows. I'm in awe, both of Blix's generosity and also the awesomeness of these shadows. They are sooo pretty! 


As we were looking at the colors, I pulled out a couple that I thought would go really well together, then added a third and said, "Oh wait, no... that would be too much." Blix said, "I'd do it!" and I told her my new motto is "WWBD?" -- What Would Blix Do? So I put the third "too much" color back in the stack, added yet another, and later today, I'm going to create a look using them. 


THANK YOU SO MUCH, BLIX!!!!


Here are photos of the haul from Blix's stash. I'll post a photo of my first look using some of them later today.





There are so many awesome and amazing new sparklies that I don't hardly even know where to start. But I'd say this will keep me playing with new, fun shadows for quite a while!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

First LOTD with Darling Girl Cosmetics

I received my first order yesterday from Darling Girl Cosmetics. It certainly won't be my last! (I have an order planned already for her Black Friday sale in a few days.) Not only is everything I ordered absolutely beautiful, but she threw in two blush samples and a lip gloss sample, too.


The colors I received were beautiful, and the diamond dusts are sooooo sparkly! I picked out a few colors last night for today's look and was so excited for morning to roll around so I could try them out. I put my makeup on around 10 am, and only had time to take photos tonight around 8 pm, so some of the makeup has worn away throughout the day.





Oops, looks like I missed the right corner of my mouth!!!

Jewelry by Alicia Stardust from Elements & Artifacts.

FACE:
Sweet Libertine yellow concealer
Boscia BB Cream
MAC Studio Fix powder foundation in NC20
Bare Minerals Mineral Veil
Darling Girl Virgin DuoChrome Blush


EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance

MAC Brule on brow bone
Darling Girl Showdown on outer corner
Darling Girl Sea Nymph over main lid and above Mercurial on brow
Geek Chic Kingslayer on inner corner, upper and lower
Darling Girl Mercurial in crease
Darling Girl Dark Crystal (Diamond Dust) beneath lower lashes
MAC Blacktrack lining upper lashes
MAC Sweet Sage lining lower waterline
Maybelline Falsies mascara
Shu Uemura Hard 9 brow pencil in Seal Brown


LIPS:
MAC Pink Treat creme liner

Darling Girl Bow Chicka Bow Wow Holo-Gloss

Monday, November 21, 2011

LOTD - Trying out some new shades

I don't really have much to say about today's look. I was just playing with some colors I hadn't used yet from several different brands.






FACE:

Tarte Smooth Operator concealer

Sweet Libertine yellow concealer
Boscia BB Cream
Sephora Mineral Foundation in Claire Light 21
Bare Minerals Mineral Veil
Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Starburst

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
MAC Brule on brow bone
Black Rose Squash on center of lid
Geek Chic Kingslayer on inner corner, upper and lower and above crease
Shiro Vileplume in crease
Altered Ego Honeymoon on outer corner
Persephone Lost Collection 42 beneath lower lashes
MAC Fluidline in Dipdown lining upper lashes
Sephora Coffee Nano Eyeliner on lower waterline

Fresh Supernova mascara

Shu Uemura Hard 9 brown pencil in Seal Brown

LIPS:

UD Lip Primer Potion

Nyx Nude Beige Lip Liner Pencil
Bobbi Brown Raisin Lip Gloss

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Review - RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner

Our next-door neighbors are in the beauty business, and we have a deal with them: Whenever they need computer work, my husband does it in exchange for beauty products for me. It's a win-win situation -- their computers work, and I get to try new things. I tell my husband it's a win for him because he has happy neighbors and a happy wife!

In September, my husband did some computer work for them and in exchange, I was giving a couple of items. One of them I was really, really excited about: RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner. The sample had been gifted to my neighbor by a RevitaLash representative that she knew, but she wasn't interested in using it, so it was passed into my grabby little hands. 

I naturally have short eyelashes, but have been extremely leery of trying a product like Latisse because of the scary things I've heard about what it can do to eye color, especially for people with blue eyes, like me. RevitaLash doesn't have any of those side-effects when used as directed, so I started using it that very night.  

RevitaLash was created by an ophthalmologist whose wife had damaged eyelashes as a result from chemotherapy. The doctor researched and worked with chemists to develop this formula.

This is what the packaging looks like:


Using the fine pointed brush, a thin line is applied to the base of the upper eyelashes at night before bed. 


I did this religiously for 2 months. My sample was 0.5 ml. A 2.0 ml tube is supposed to be a 3-month supply, but I had a 2-month supply from a quarter of that amount. Granted, the last 2 weeks or so involved pulling out the stopper and doing what I could to eek out every last drop until the tube was as dry as a bone. But my guess is that a 2.0 ml tube would actually last much longer than the 3 months that is advertised. 

These are before and after photos of what my eyelashes looked like on September 21, before I applied RevitaLash, and what my eyelashes look like as of today, November 20. Click on the photos to view full-size images. 

Both eyes - before:

Both eyes - after:


Left eye - before:  

Left eye - after: 

Right eye - before: 

Right eye - after:

But, does it work? 

YES!!! ABSOLUTELY!!! This product is, for me, the eyelash miracle I've been waiting for since I was a teenager. I don't have a scientific way of measuring the increase in lash length, but I would estimate that I had at least 20-25% growth, and on some crazy lashes, I had much, much more growth. I also noticed two other benefits I hadn't considered: 1) my eyelashes are healthier and stronger, and I lose fewer lashes than I did before using RevitaLash, and 2) I have slightly more lift and curl to the lashes than I did prior to RevitaLash. 

When I use an eyelash curler, I gently "walk" the curler up my lashes so I don't have a sharp angle to the curl, and after about 3 weeks of use, I noticed I had to "walk" it one more step further than I did before. I now have to "walk" it up two extra steps, and on some of the lashes that really responded, I have to get their ends an extra little pinch with the curler. For the first time in my life, I feel like I have a beautiful, long fringe of lashes framing my eyes. I really love what this product has done for my eyes. 

But here's the rub: A 3-month supply is $98 (U.S.). A 6-month supply is $150. 

Granted, if my experience with the sample tube is typical, I'm sure a 3-month or 6-month supply lasts longer than advertised, but that's still mighty steep in today's world economy when you're a middle-class family living on a budget.

Would I buy it? 

That's a hard question to answer. I have run out of my RevitaLash supply and while my lashes still look great, they won't look this great if I don't keep using it. But the price is quite steep for me. However, I'm leaning toward figuring out a way to afford it. It's worth skimping in other areas so I don't have to have skimpy eyelashes. So yes, I think I will be repurchasing, but I'm having to do some thinking long and twice about it because of the quite steep price. If I had a sudden windfall, I would absolutely buy up a supply of it, because it's really that good. 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sparkle Challenge - FIERCE!!!

This week's challenge in the Never Too Much Sparkle! group on Facebook is "FIERCE!" This is my submission. I didn't do my whole face because I'm not feeling that creative, plus it's late and I want to go to bed soon!




I USED:
Tarte Smooth Operator concealer
Sweet Libertine yellow concealer
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Sleek i-Divine Chaos Palette - both brown colors all around eyes, upper and lower
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama gel liner in Blackest Black
Geek Chic The Imp applied with Meow Glitz Glue
Sephora Nano eyeliner pencil in Coffee on lower water line and below lower lashes
Ardell Lashes #110
Maybelline Falsies mascara
Sleek i-Divine Chaos Palette - black on eyebrow

Weekend Edition - Fun with Fyrinnae

I'm always afraid to go too sparkly when I'm at work because I work in a very business professional environment. However, I'm on "staycation" for the next 9 days, so I hope to have some fun with my makeup this week. Today, I went to brunch with a friend and a movie afterward. I figured it was the perfect day to go super-shimmery, so I pulled out my Fyrinnae and went to town.


Here is the look I did today:



This first set of photos was taken outdoors, in natural light:

  



I don't usually take close-ups of my lips because I don't like my mouth, but the MAC Spanking Rich Dazzleglass from this season's holiday collection is AMAZING!!! It's the most beautiful shade of berry with sparkles that just don't stop. Naturally, the sparkles wouldn't be captured by the camera, but my lips looked like they were covered in diamond dust. Just amazing!


The below photos were all taken indoors, with flash:






Beautiful necklace by Alicia Dabney of Elements & Artifacts.


FACE:
Tarte Smooth Operator concealer
Tarte Dark Circle Defense concealer
Sweet Libertine yellow concealer
MAC Prep + Prime Skin

Boscia BB Cream
MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in NC20
MAC Prep + Prime Translucent Powder
Meow A Lick and a Promise LushBlush
MAC Pinch O' Peach blush


EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy
Fyrinnae Rapunzel Had Extensions on inner 1/2 of upper lid, inner 1/3 beneath lower lashes, and above crease color
Fyrinnae Arcane Magic Madame & Steve on outer 1/3 of lid, in crease, and beneath outer 2/3 of lower lashes
Fyrinnae Arcane Magic Sequined Master in center of upper lid
Fyrinnae Montlivet on brow bone
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama gel liner in Blackest Black lining upper lashes
Smashbox Onyx Limitless Eyeliner on lower waterline

Benefit They're Real! mascara
Shu Uemura Hard 9 brow pencil in Seal Brown


LIPS:
Urban Decay Lip Primer Potion

MAC Beet lip pencil
MAC Spanking Rich Dazzleglass