Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Fast & Simple Look Of The Day

I woke up late today and only had 30 minutes to get ready before I left for work. I needed to do something on my face that would be super simple but pretty. I ended up leaving 40 minutes after I woke up, so I was only 10 minutes late to work, but I did the quickest full-makeup job I've done in a while. I really love the Darling Girl eyeshadows I used today, Donner and Dolce Peccato. I also love the Geek Chic shadow I used as a liner, Solid Snake. However, what I absolutely adored the most was the Raining Blood Holo-Gloss. You guys, it is the prettiest red lippie I think I've ever worn. I tried to get a good up-close photo of the gloss on my lips, but none of the photos turned out. Next time I wear it, I'll try again!

Here's the look I created today.

(as always, click on each picture to view a larger image)

Benefit Erase Paste under eyes and in a very fine line above brows
Holika Holika Watery (Green) BB Cream
MAC Prep + Prime Translucent Powder
Meow Mona Lisa Masterpiece Blush

TFSI around entire eye area
Pixie Epoxy around entire eye area
Benefit High Brow as tear duct highlight and below-brow highlight
Darling Girl Donner on lid
Darling Girl Dolce Peccato in crease and beneath lower lashes
MAC Brule on brow bone
Geek Chic Solid Snake to line upper lashline and outer 1/3 of lower lash line
Benefit They're Real! mascara
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Brow Pencil in Seal Brown

MAC Prep + Prime Lip
MAC Redwood lip pencil
Darling Girl Raining Blood Holo-Gloss

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Look of the Day with Darling Girl Cosmetics

I just adore Darling Girl Cosmetics, and I LOVED today's look -- the Darling Girl eye, cheek, and lip colors are all just so pretty, and it was so simple and easy to throw together. Bijou is really the winner of this look -- it's the most gorgeous greenish silver-brown taupe with a beautiful sheen.

(as always, click on each picture to view a larger image)

Tarte Under Eye Defense
MAC Prep + Prime Skin
Holika Holika Peach Girl BB Cream Shade 02
MAC Prep + Prime Translucent Powder
Darling Girl Doll Face blush

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Shadow Pencil in Sin as base around entire eye area
Darling Girl Bijou on lid
Darling Girl Belle on brow bone
MAC Brule to blend between Bijou and Belle
Darling Girl Texas Tea lining upper and lower lashes
Ben Nye MagiColor Cream Liner to line outer 1/3 of upper and lower lash lines (with more Texas Tea on top of it) and on upper and lower waterlines
MAC Fluidline in Backtrack lining upper lash line
Vincent Longo The Curl mascara
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Brow Pencil in Seal Brown

MAC Prep + Prime Lip
Darling Girl Hot Mama Holo-Gloss

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Mellow Yellow - Never Too Much Sparkle Challenge

This week's Never Too Much Sparkle challenge is "Mellow Yellow." I have never done a predominantly yellow look and it scared me! I started with one look, but disliked it, so I started grabbing random colors and packing them on to cover up the ugly look and try to make something wearable. I finally ended up with the look below, but telling you exactly what I used is going to be tough. You'll see that below the pictures is another photo of one of the palettes I used -- the Coastal Scents 88 Cool Shimmer Palette. I have no idea which colors I placed where, so I just put big X's on the colors I used. (Apologies also for the quality of that photo -- I took it on the fly after I'd used the shadows.) Sorry I wasn't more precise about everything! It was pretty much a random look that I put together as I went along.

My husband just said I look like I've done a partial clown face. :(

As always, click on the photos to view larger images.

Tarte Dark Circle Defense under eyes
Missha Signature Real Complete BB Cream Shade 21
MAC Prep + Prime Translucent Powder
Benefit Hoola bronzer
Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Starburst

MAC Claire de Lune around tear duct area
Sugarpill Buttercupcake in center of lid
Sugarpill Flamepoint on outer lid
Sugarpill Love+ on outer lid
Sugarpill Midori beneath lower lash line
Sleek Curious palette - black satin shade in crease
MAC Brule as transition color above crease
Coast Scents 88 Color Cool Shimmer Palette - see photo above to see what other colors I used on inner V, lid, and browbone
Benefit HighBrow on lower waterline
Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara
Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Liner in Perversion
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Brown Pencil in Seal Brown

A random chocolate brown lip liner I have
Sugarpill Flamepoint around outer edges of corners of lips
Sugarpill Buttercupcake in center of lips
Evil Shades Zombie Gloss in Antivirus

Monday, February 20, 2012

Experimental Look with My Beauty Addiction

I've been seeing a lot of eye looks lately done with colors I'd have never thought to put together. So today, I grabbed some random colors and decided to try putting together a look with colors I'd have never naturally associated with each other. I created a look using gold, brown, raspberry, white, and purple. I'm not sure how I feel about it -- I think I like it... but it's still a bit odd for me.

All of the eyeshadows are from My Beauty Addiction. Unfortunately, I can't tell you what colors most of them are because they're from a grab bag purchase and most don't have names. The crease color is Raspberry Martini. Other than that, they're all unnamed. This is the first time I've used My Beauty Addiction eyeshadows, and I love them! They are really, really nice and now I want more!

Here's the look I created with my random selection of eye colors.

Darling Girl Salmon Corrector under eyes
Benefit Erase Paste under eyes
Sephora Mineral Foundation in Claire Light 21
MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC25
Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Plum Wine

My Beauty Addiction - Rasberry Martini and other unnamed eyeshadows
Maybelline Eye Studio gel liner in Blackest Black lining upper lashes and upper and lower waterlines
Ben Nye MagiCream Color Liner in MC-1 Black smudged along outer 1/3 of lower lash line
Benefit They're Real! mascara
Shu Uemura Hard 9 brow liner pencil in Seal Brown

MAC Beet lip liner
Sephora Lip Attitude - Chic in #9

Sunday, February 19, 2012

LOTN - Blue and Red and White

I've been wanting to wear a gorgeous blue blingy eyeshadow  (Bellbottom Blues Bling Tone Eyeshadow by MyFace Cosmetics) that I got in my latest Beauty Army box, but it's such a vibrant, strong blue, and since I'm a bit gun-shy about blues, I've been waiting for just the right time to experiment with it.

With President's Day coming up tomorrow here in the USA, I guess I was feeling a bit patriotic last night. I really wanted to wear Bellbottom Blues, so I decided to pair it up with some red and white, but I wanted to avoid looking like the American Flag or Uncle Sam. This is what I created.

Darling Girl Salmon Corrector under eyes
Benefit Erase Paste under eyes
Sephora Mineral Foundation in Claire Light 21
Smashbox HALO powder
Detrivore Apocalyptic blush

TFSI around entire eye area where shadow would be placed
Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy around entire eye area where shadow would be placed
Geek Chic Kingslayer around tear duct and on brow bone
Aromaleigh v1 Velvet Dream on inner 2/3 of lid and beneath inner 1/3 of lower lash line
MyFace Cosmetics Bellbottom Blues on outer 1/3 of lid, in crease, and beneath outer 2/3 of lower lash line
Sugarpill Asylum Chromalust stippled over middle 1/3 of lid (on top of Velvet Dream and Bellbottom Blues) with a damp brush
Sugarpill Lumi lightly dusted over brow bone, over Bellbottom Blues, and dabbed onto outer corner of eye
Ben Nye MagiColor Cream Pencil in Black MC-1 on upper and lower waterlines
Maybelline Eye Studio gel liner in Blackest Black lining upper lashes
Benefit They're Real! mascara
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Brow Pencil in Seal Brown

MAC Naked To The Core lipstick
NYX Frosted Beige Mega Shine Lip Gloss

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Shiro Cosmetics My Nerdy Valentine - Binary Love Addendum

Yesterday, I posted swatches from Shiro Cosmetics' My Nerdy Valentine collection. In the Never Too Much Sparkle community on Facebook, I was asked what Binary Love Intertube looks like alone. I took a couple of pictures this morning to show her, and figured I'd post them here, too, as an addendum to yesterday's post.

And so, without further ado, I give you Binary Love! (It is such a gorgeous sheer color. I lurvs it!)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Shiro Cosmetics My Nerdy Valentine Swatches & Look

Hi! I haven't blogged in two weeks because I've been dealing with the Death Plague. I'm feeling much better today, but it's been and up-and-down crud, so we'll see how I'm doing tomorrow. Hopefully I'm finally on the mend for real this time!

I got a package in the mail last weekend from Shiro Cosmetics with my order from their "My Nerdy Valentine" collection. I didn't order the entire collection, just two eyeshadows and two Intertube lippies. However, I figured I'd swatch them and post a look using them, as well. They're all so pretty!

The eyeshadows I ordered are /love and /hug. Here are their descriptions:

/love - "Lovely shimmery off-white with bright golden sparks"

/hug - "Soft velvety brown base with strong gold shimmer."

The Intertubes I ordered are Less Than Three and Binary Love.  Here are their descriptions:

Less Than Three - "Color: Pinky-red rose. Opacity: Moderately opaque, may be built up to full opacity. Stains: Yes - please be careful!"

Binary Love - "Color - Light golden sparkle. Opacity: Sheer. Stains: Nope!"

And now, on to the swatches, and then, pics of the look I created using them. The swatches were taken in diffrerent lighting - indirect sunlight, direct sunlight, and with flash.

(As always, click on the picture to view a larger image.)

Eyeshadows - top row, L-R: /love, /hug
Intertube - bottom row, L-R: Less Than Three, Binary Love


Look at how shiny the Intertubes are in direct sunlight!

And here are photos of the eye look I created with the eyeshadows. The first photo in each set is taken in natural light and the second photo in each set was taken with flash.

For the lips, I applied Less Than Three without building it up to opacity. I layered Binary Love over it for some golden sparkle.

This first photo was taken with flash.

This second photo was taken in direct sunlight - you can definitely see the gold sparkle as the sun catches it!

Finally, the overall look, both photos taken in indirect sunlight.

Did you buy any of the My Nerdy Valentine limited edition items from Shiro? What did you get and what do you think of them?

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sick Face featuring L'Oreal Perpetual Purple Infallible Eyeshadow

Blah, I'm sick. I think I have strep throat. We'll find out when I go to the doctor tomorrow. I haven't worn makeup in a couple of days, and I thought if I put some on today, it might make me feel better. It didn't, but at least I had fun playing with it.

In the photos below, the purple color on my eyelids is L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Perpetual Purple. I spent years being a makeup snob and not wearing anything from the drugstore, but people have been raving about a few different drugstore brands lately, so I decided to test the drugstore waters, and I'm so glad I did. I now own a number of L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows and Maybelline Color Tattoos, and one Maybelline Bouncy Blush with a couple more ordered and on the way. They are all phenomenal products.

I actually have a few favorites among them, but today, my favorite is this Infallible Eyeshadow in Perpetual Purple. The Infallible eyeshadows are somewhere between a cream and a powder. You can apply them with your finger, but to get a ton of good, deep, rich color, I prefer to use a brush to pack it on and then smooth it over the lid.

Now that I think about it, I should do a post with all of my new and awesome Maybelline and L'Oreal products because I'm so impressed with them. I'll try to do one soon.

In the meantime, here is my sick face/sick eyes featuring L'Oreal Infallible in Perpetual Purple.

MAC Studio Fix foundation in NC25
Darling Girl Salmon corrector (under eyes)
Benefit Erase Paste (under eyes)
MAC Prep + Prime Translucent Powder
Red Hot Makeup blush in Flirt

L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in Perpetual Purple on lid and beneath lower lash line
Evil Shades Phoenix in outer V and in outer crease
Geek Chic Kingslayer on brow bone
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline lining upper lashes and waterline
Benefit They're Real! mascara
Shu Uemura Hard 9 brow pencil in Seal Brown

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