Wednesday, July 30, 2014

EOTD: Silk Naturals - Plush, Gobble Tov, Merry, Nuit, and Bone

I purchased this.

I absolutely adore Silk Naturals. Plush and Gobble Tov are two of my favorite colors by Silk Naturals. I'm glad I was able to get the limited Gobble Tov when it was available last fall.





Silk Naturals Look
Urban Decay Anti-Aging Primer all around eye area
Darling Girl Glitter Glue all around eye area
Silk Naturals
  - Bone on brow bone
  - Gobble Tov on inner 2/3 of lid and lower lash line
  - Plush on outer 1/3 of lid and lower lash line
  - Merry around tear duct area
  - Nuit to line outer 1/2 of upper and lower lash lines
Brija Cosmetics Wide-Eyed Waterliner on lower waterline
Benefit They’re Real! mascara
Chinovi Cosmetics Brow Powder in Dark Brown and Deep Auburn


Are there any Limited Edition products you own that you're really grateful you were able to get when you could? 

Monday, July 28, 2014

EOTD: Chequered Lily Dustland Fairytale

I purchased this.
PR samples.

I did this look a few months ago and just found it in my files. It's so simple, but The Chequered Lily's Dustland Fairytale eyeshadow is so pretty that I think it's a really beautiful look. I think it's great for an office-appropriate look, as it's a really pretty shade that's simple and sophisticated.





WHAT I USED:
Urban Decay Anti-Aging Primer Potion over entire eye area
Darling Girl Glitter Glue over entire eye area
Chequered Lily Dustland Fairytale as single-color wash for lid and crease
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural on brow bone
Urban Decay Rockstar 24/7 Glide-on Liner Pencil smudged beneath lower lashes
Yanqina Liquid Eye Liner lining upper lashes
Benefit They’re Real! mascara
Chinovi Brow Powders in Dark Brown and Deep Auburn

Saturday, July 26, 2014

EOTD: Darling Girl Fira and Dark Ember

I purchased this.

Here's another one from the vault that I never posted. Unfortunately, I don't recall every product I used, but I remember the important part, which are the eyeshadow colors. The gold shade in the crease and beneath inner lower lash line is Darling Girl Cosmetics' Fira. The reddish shade on the lid and outer lower lash line is also by Darling Girl and called Dark Ember. Before applying the eyeshadows, I used a black base just on the outer corner and blended into the outer crease, which is what gives Dark Ember an even deeper tone on the outer portion of my eye.

I just adore how these two colors work together. They're both such rich and luxurious colors.




Thursday, July 24, 2014

EOTD: Geek Chic Cosmetics - The Righteous Man, Across The Narrow Sea, Born in Fire, and Moonchild

I purchased this.

This is a look I wore to work last week using mostly eyeshadows from Geek Chic Cosmetics. For work, it's a pretty bright look, but I felt like it wasn't too over-the-top. I really like this color combo.




WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance all around eye area
Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue all around eye area
Sephora Mineral Foundation in Light 21 on brow bone
Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Bella Champagne in crease
Geek Chic Cosmetics:
  - Born in Fire on outer third of lid and lower lash line
  - Across The Narrow Sea on inner third of lid and lower lash line
  - The Righteous Man on inner third of lid and lower lash line
  - Moonchild to highlight tear duct area
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline lining upper lashes
Maybelline Volum' Express Pumped Up! Colossal Waterproof Mascara in Classic Black
Chinovi Cosmetics Brow Powder in Dark Brown and Deep Auburn

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

EOTD: Chinovi Cosmetics - Tears, Nieces, and Leather

PR samples. 
I purchased this.

I did this look one day last week. I love the way these colors blended together. 




WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance all around eye area
Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue all around eye area
Chinovi Cosmetics: 
  - Leather on outer corner, in crease, and beneath outer 1/3 of lower lash line
  - Tears on outer half of lid
  - Nieces on inner half of lid
  - Declaration to highlight tear duct area
Smashbox Full Exposure Palette #M2 beneath inner 2/3 of lower lash line
Smashbox Full Exposure Palette #M4 on brow bone
Benefit They're Real! Push-Up Liner lining upper lashes
Maybelline Pumped Up! Colossal Waterproof Mascara in Classic Black
Ofra Universal Eyebrow Pencil

Sunday, July 20, 2014

EOTD: Darling Girl Anam Cara and Sunset Strip

I purchased this.

I did this look primarily using two of my favorite eyeshadows from Darling Girl Cosmetics, Anam Cara and Sunset Strip.

Anam Cara has very special meaning for me. It's a gorgeous smoky purple that was a custom eye shadow I commissioned from Susan of Darling Girl, which she ended up adding to her general catalogue. Anam Cara is a Gaelic word and the simple translation is something akin to "soul friend," although the meaning is much more extensive and deeper than that.  I gave this eyeshadow that name as a tribute to a beloved group of girlfriends who will be my anam cara forever.

Sunset Strip is a gorgeous peachy-pink that reminds me of living near the ocean in San Diego and the beautiful sunsets I regularly watched from a place called Sunset Cliffs.




WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance all around eye area
Darling Girl Cosmetics:
  - Glitter Glue on main lid only
  - Calla on brow bone
  - Anam Cara in crease and outer lower lash line
  - Sunset Strip on lid and inner lower lash line
  - Nestling (d/c) around tear duct area
  - Zero Gravity Eye Candy Gel Liner lining upper lashes
Lancôme Hypôse Custom Volume Mascara
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Brow Pencil in Seal Brown

Friday, July 18, 2014

EOTD: Milani Bella Eyes - Gold, Teal, Cappuccino, Caffé, and Ivory

I purchased this.
PR samples.

I did this look a couple of weeks ago right after I bought my first few Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder eyeshadows and it was playing with this look that is what convinced me to track down some of the other shadows that I couldn't find the first time around.

My eyes were watering something fierce on this day, and it looks like most of the Bella Ivory that I placed around my tear duct area ended up washing off with my tears. Oh well!




WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance all around eye area
Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow:
  - Bella Caffé as transition between crease and brow bone
  - Bella Cappuccino in crease
  - Bella Gold on lid
  - Bella Teal beneath lower lash line
  - Bella Ivory around tear duct area
Wet'n'Wild Cover All Powder in Fair/Light on brow bone
Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus in Absolute Black lining upper lashes
EM Cosmetics Waterliner in Teal Tease on lower waterline
Benefit They're Real! mascara

Monday, July 14, 2014

Swatches: Tom Ford Silvered Topaz Eyeshadow Quad

I purchased this.

I will never forget the day I first set eyes on the Tom Ford Silvered Topaz Eyeshadow Quad. It was September 7, 2014. I was fighting off jet-lag on my first full day in London and spending a day with two really fun and lovely women--Robyn from Stay Beautiful, and Jade, who works at MUA. They were showing me all of the best makeup shopping in London, and took me into a gorgeous department store called Liberty. We meandered around the cosmetics department, and when I saw the Tom Ford counter, I swear the heavens opened up and I heard the angels sing.

I had never seen a Tom Ford product in person before. I'd only drooled after the brand while shopping online. I ran over to the counter and the first thing I saw was the display of all Tom Ford eyeshadow quads lined up one after another. They were all gorgeous, but the one I had to stick my fingers all over first and foremost was the Silvered Topaz quad. I swatched it on the back of my hand, and fell head over heels in love. I swatched the others, too. They were pretty, but Silvered Topaz stole my heart. I saw it again later that day at Selfridges, and was sorely tempted to buy it, but at a U.S. equivalent of $92, that wasn't the type of impulse purchase I was ready to make. I saw it again when I took my husband to Liberty a few days later and I showed it to him. He said I should get it, but again... $92 is a lot of money! So I observed a modicum of self-control and did not buy it.

Since then, not a day has gone by that I haven't thought about the Tom Ford Silvered Topaz Quad. At the beginning of 2014, I told myself that if I got enough money for my birthday, I would buy it. Well, I got more than enough cash for my birthday this year, so I placed an order. I'm glad I got it in the U.S. In the U.K., it was the equivalent of $92 U.S. dollars, but in the U.S., it was "only" $79. Still, it's the most money I've ever spent on an eyeshadow palette, so it still felt frivolous. I'm sure it is frivolous, but since it arrived, I couldn't care less. My #1 "Only In My Dreams!" makeup wish has come true.

Look how pretty it is!!!


This photo was taken in direct sunlight, no flash:


This photo was taken in direct sunlight with a flash fill:


Do you see why I fell so hard for it? I'm a neutral-loving gal, and to me, this is the neutral quad to end all neutral quads.

The individual shadows don't have names, so I've named them Pretty Sparkling Champagne, Pretty Satin Gray, Pretty Satin Plummy-Taupe, and Pretty Chocolate Brown Matte.

This swatch photo was taken in direct sunlight, which seems to have washed them out a bit.


This swatch photo was taken in the shade with flash.


There are simply no words to describe just how silky, rich. and luxurious these eyeshadows are.  I desperately want all of the Tom Ford eyeshadow quads now, but I need to come to terms with the fact that is simply not going to happen...unless I win the lottery. In the meantime, I'll just be super happy I have this one Tom Ford quad, and bask in its glory as much as possible.

Still, I may just have to start buying lottery tickets now!

What is the #1 item on your "Only In My Dreams!" makeup wishlist?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

EOTD with Darling Girl "One Hit Wonders" Eyeshadows

I purchased this.

This look was created using three colors from Darling Girl Cosmetics' One Hit Wonders collection. I need to pick up a few more shades from this collection now!




WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance all around eye area
Darling Girl Cosmetics:
  - Glitter Glue all around eye area
  - Calla on brow bone
  - I Melt With You in crease
  - Mexican Radio on outer third of lid and lower lash line
  - I Want Candy on inner two-thirds of lid and lower lash line
  - Trust Fund (d/c) around tear duct area
  - Chocolate Cherries Eye Candy Gel Liner 
Elizabeth Mott They're So Big mascara
Chinovi Cosmetics Brow Powders in Dark Brown and Deep Auburn

EOTD: Featuring Sugarpill Olivia

I purchased this.

I posted swatches yesterday of Sugarpill's newest Limited Edition eyeshadow, Olivia. I was so excited when I first saw Sugarpill post about it, since olive green is my favorite shade of green. This is the first look I created using Olivia.




WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance all over lid, crease, and beneath lower lashes
Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue all over lid, crease, and beneath lower lashes
Sugarpill Cosmetics:
  - Stella on outer 1/3 of lid
  - Olivia on lid and blended into crease
  - Mix of Lumi and Tipsy around tear duct area
  - Weekender beneath lower lashes
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper lining upper lashes
Maybelline Pumped Up! Colossal Waterproof Mascara in Classic Black
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Brow Pencil in Seal Brown

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Swatches: Sugarpill Olivia Loose Eyeshadow

I purchased this.

Earlier this week, Sugarpill Cosmetics released a limited number of the Chromalust loose eyeshadow they created for IMATS London. There were only 600 jars of Olivia made, and I'm excited that I was able to get one.



Sugarpill describes Olivia as "a lustrous metallic olive eyeshadow with twinkling flecks of gold."

This is what Olivia looks like in the jar:


And here's a nice little scoop of it:


These swatches were done over Darling Girl Glitter Glue and taken in direct sunlight:



These are the same swatches taken with flash:



I really love Olivia. It's such a beautiful olive green with a ton of sparkle and gorgeous gold sheen. It looks terrific with my warmer skin tone. I'll be posting a look with it tomorrow, so stay tuned!

What is your favorite Sugarpill loose eyeshadow? 

EOTD: Milani Bella Eyes - Chiffon, Champagne, Caffé, Purple, and Black

I purchased this.

I posted swatches recently of some of the Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder eyeshadows that were recently released. Today, I have a look using three of the eyeshadows.




WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance all around eye area
Darling Girl Glitter Glue all around eye area
Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow:
  - Bella Chiffon all over lid and tear duct area
  - Bella Champagne gently patted on top of Chiffon on lid and by itself beneath inner 2/3 of lower lash line
  - Bella Purple on outer corner, outer 1/3 of lower lash line, and in crease
  - Bella Caffé to blend out crease
  - Bella Black to line outer 1/2 of top lashes and outer 1/3 of lower lashes
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural on brow bone
Kat Von D Tattoo Eye Liner in Trooper in a very thin line close to base of top lash line
Maybelline Volum' Express Pumped Up! Colossal Waterproof Mascara in Classic Black

Friday, July 11, 2014

Swatches: Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow - Part 2

I purchased this.

A couple of weeks ago, I posted swatches of eight of Milani's new Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows. I had only found a 12-shade display, and have been searching for one of the larger displays. Well, this past weekend's wanderings took me to a Walgreens across town, where I found the larger 20-shade display. It had one Bella Champagne left, which I was super excited about, as it's the #1 shade on my Bella Eyes wish list. I ended up picking up five of these Milani eyeshadows to add the eight I've already collected. Once they're fully released and incorporated into Milani's permanent drugstore displays (or at least for sale on their website!), there are a good eight (or so) more that I "need" to get.

Top row, L-R: Bella Bronze, Bella Champagne
Bottom row, L-R: Bella Black, Bella Chiffon, Bella Emerald

The weather was dark and overcast the day that I had time to take pictures and do swatches, so I don't have as many pictures of the eye shadow pans as I'd like. But I do have swatches of them!

The first swatch photo was taken in indirect sunlight.

Left column, top-bottom: Bella Bronze, Bella Black
Center: Bella Champagne
Right column, top-bottom: Bella Emerald, Bella Chiffon

The second swatch photo was taken in indirect sunlight with flash:

Left column, top-bottom: Bella Bronze, Bella Black
Center: Bella Champagne
Right column, top-bottom: Bella Emerald, Bella Chiffon

Bella Champagne really is everything I hoped it would be. I love champagne-type shades. I was surprised at how much I like Bella Chiffon. It's got a gorgeous gold cast about it that doesn't show up well in my photos, but is clearly there on the skin. It'll pair beautifully with Bella Emerald. I'm also highly impressed by the depth of blackness of Bella Black. I swatched it on my skin next to Sugarpill's Bulletproof eyeshadow, which was previously the blackest black I've found. Amazingly, Bella Black is not only just as black as Bulletproof, but it's softer and matter (more matte?). Next to Bella Black, Bulletproof actually has a bit of sheen to it, sort of like an eggshell paint finish, where Bella Black's finish would be more equivalent to a pure matte paint finish.

I'm so excited about these Milani Bella Eyes eyeshadows and can't wait to find a few other shades like Bella Rouge, Bella Mandarin, Bella Cappuccino, Bella Taupe, Bella Khaki, Bella Copper, Bella Rose, and Bella Diamond. They're such amazing quality, especially for the low price ($3.99) and the colors are beautiful.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

EOTD: Featuring Sugar Skull Minerals Prude

PR samples. 
I purchased this.

The other day, I posted swatches of some eyeshadows from the upcoming "Young Love" collection from Sugar Skull Minerals. Yesterday, I wore Prude, my favorite eyeshadow from this collection. I used my Smashbox Full Exposure palette with it, as I wanted to use the matte colors from the palette to emphasize the beautiful duochrome of Prude.




WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance all around eye area
Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue all around eye area
Sephora Mineral Foundation in Light 21 on brow bone
Sugar Skull Minerals - Prude on lid
Smashbox Full Exposure Palette:
  - M1 in crease
  - M2 above M1 between crease and brow bone
  - M3 above M2 to transition to brow bone
  - M4 around tear duct area
  - M5 beneath lower lash line
MAC Dipdown Fluidline lining upper lashes
Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil on lower waterline
Maybelline Volum' Express Pumped Up! Colossal Waterproof Mascara in Classic Black
Chinovi Cosmetics Brow Powder in Dark Brown and Deep Auburn

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Review: Maybelline Pumped Up! Colossal Waterproof Mascara

I purchased this.

I needed a new mascara. After getting some input from others and researching online, I decided to try Maybelline's Volum' Express® Pumped Up! Colossal Waterproof Mascara in Classic Black.


Here's a little history behind why I decided to try a new mascara after years of being a loyal user of Benefit's They're Real! mascara since it was first introduced.

I have "National Geographic" eyelashes (i.e., they point straight down!) and found that with a good eyelash curler and They're Real! mascara, my lashes were full, long, and stayed curled all day long. However, about six weeks ago, my eyelashes started straightening back out as soon as I applied mascara. It doesn't matter if it was They're Real! or the numerous other mascaras I own (thanks to Sephora for all the samples I've gathered up with various orders.) It doesn't matter if I prime my lashes first, heat my lash curler, wiggle the wand at the base of my lashes to keep them from being top-heavy, or even lightly re-curl them after the mascara dries. No matter what I do, within minutes, my lashes come crashing down to their natural, point-straight-down position.

I consulted the ladies in a makeup group I'm in online, and the consensus seemed to be that waterproof mascara will keep my lashes curled and in place all day. I decided to go ahead and try a waterproof mascara, since I've tried all the other tips and tricks for keeping my lashes curled. Even though I've preferred higher-end mascaras for years and years, I decided to start the experiment with a less expensive, drugstore brand to make sure the waterproof concept works to keep my lashes curled. That way, if it didn't keep my lashes curled, I would have only spent $8 or $9 rather than $18-$25.


My nearest drugstore didn't have the Maybelline Colossal Waterproof mascara, but they did have the newer version, Pumped Up! Colossal Waterproof mascara. I don't have a clue what the difference is, but it was only $8.49 for 0.32 fl oz (a lot less than the $23 I've been paying for 0.3 fl oz of Benefit's They're Real! mascara) of the Pumped Up! Colossal, so I picked it up.



Maybelline's website claims:

Our biggest mascara brush with the double curved stem delivers a double shot of mascara. Smoother formula with double the collagen plumps without clumps.
Why You'll Love It - Pumped up volume up to 16x with the first double shot brush that scoops up an extra shot of plumping formula for the most pumped up volumizing lashes ever.
For Best Results - Sweet the double shot brush from root to tip for instant volume and bigger lashes. 

Here's what the mascara wand with the double curved stem looks like. I have no idea how the curve of a stem can improve a mascara, but then, I'm hardly a mascara expert. 


This is what the "double shot" brush looks like. Once again, I feel a little clueless about mascara, because after looking closely at this brush, for the life of me I can't figure out what Maybelline means by "double shot."


This is what my lashes look like naturally, without any curling or any mascara. 



This is what my lashes look like when I've curled them, but not applied anything to them.



These are my lashes with one coat of Maybelline's Volum' Express® Pumped Up! Colossal Waterproof Mascara.



These are my lashes with two coats of Maybelline's Volum' Express® Pumped Up! Colossal Waterproof Mascara.


You can see there's a big difference between my "before" point-straight-down lashes and my "after" lashes with the Pumped Up! Colossal mascara. They are fuller, longer, and definitely have a nice curl. They give my lashes what they need without looking caked on or spider-leggy. What's best is that the curl lasts absolutely all day long! There is absolutely no clumping, flaking, or anything else unpleasant with this mascara. It is rocking my world right now! It even holds up well in the water.

Here are pictures of what my lashes looked like after about six hours of wear, including time spent in the pool, with plenty of water that got onto my face.



After being in the water, they did lose a bit of length, volume, and curl, but there was absolutely no smudging at all. When I got out of the pool, I still had mascara on, didn't have even the remotest hint of a raccoon eye, and still enough mascara on to frame my eyes and keep them looking fresher than they would without any mascara at all.

I use coconut oil to remove stubborn eye makeup, so that's what I've used to remove this waterproof formula. It removes quickly and easily with a little cotton oil on a small cotton ball, sliding cleanly off the lashes and my skin, leaving zero dark residue behind.

The final verdict is that I love this mascara and am sticking with it. I'm quite surprised that I found a mascara I love on my very first attempt at a waterproof mascara. I'm also surprised that it's a drugstore mascara that I'm going to stick with, since I haven't worn drugstore mascaras on a daily basis since I was a teenager.

Do you have a favorite mascara and if so, what do you love about it?