Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Wet N Wild palette

I was drugstore shopping a few weeks ago and came across this Wet N Wild palette.

Wet n Wild Limited Edition Color Icon Soiree Eyeshadow Quads (retail: $4.99 each) – I picked up Sumptuous.

The gold shade is a cream, glitter shadow and the other shades all offer some sort of shimmer/glitter, but nothing overwhelming. First of all, you NEED a PRIMER AND BASE when dealing with these shadows. I used ELF Mineral Eyeshadow primer. I utilized all of the colors in this palette in the look. It turned out ok – the colors are soft, and as you can see, there is some fallout on my face. The colors are pigmented upon application but when you start to blend the color fades. I would recommend a colored base when using this palette.

For me, this palette is not a complete miss, because it is workable. But the problem is – you gotta really WORK. lol. Would you ladies purchase this palette?

Monday, April 19, 2010

Monday Morning FOTD

I am SUPER tired today but I attempted to pull myself together and "find a face" this Monday morning.

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No primer – I forgot to put on my Anti Dull Skin primer!!
Lancome concealer
Milani Pressed Powder
MAC X Rocks blush
MAC MSF in Glissade to highlight

MAC Cream Color Base in HUSH
Rimmel Glam’Eyes in Spicy Bronze - very pretty color for all over the lid
Concealer to highlight
Rimmel Sexy Curves mascara
I experieced some creasing my mid day. I attribute that to the MAC Cream Color base as opossed to the Rimmel shadow. I've had this happen before when I used HUSH as a base.

MAC Chestnut lipliner
NYX Diamond & Sparkle lipstick in 10 Sparking Flamingo
NYX Mega Shine lipgloss in 113 French Kiss

Sunday, April 18, 2010

A few things + NARS Angelika

Ever since I saw this post I have been hard pressed to get my hands on this blush.

I stopped at Sephora on my lunch break to pick up the NARS blush in Angelika (GORG!). I have been reading reviews on NARS Sheer Glow Foundation and have been wanting to give it a try - I was able to get a sample of this foundation in Cadiz which, unfortunately is too light for me. The next shade up is too dark. Guess its not meant to be:-(

Since I am a Beauty Insider, I also got a birthday gift from Sephora which included a Sephora Collection mini eyeshadow in Aspen Summit, a mini eyeliner in Silver Green, and a mini mascara lash plumper.

NARS Sheer Glow applied to the right side of my face (YOUR left side aka the side with the forehead pimple!). Even though I think this foundation is too light for my skin tone, it does leave a very natural looking, glowy, medium coverage. This foundation is very buildable.

NARS Angelika applied lightly to my right cheek. LOVE!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

120 palette sexy eyes

Hi Makeup Lovers!

Since I'm shopping my stash, I've decided to use my 120 palette for a smokey eye look. The goal is to use products that I've neglected and this palette is definitely one of them.

This look is great for a night out on the town. What do you ladies think? Do any of you have this palette?

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Here is what I am wearing:

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
Lancome Maquicomplet Concealer
Black Opal Concealer
Milani Pressed Powder
MAC X Rocks blush
NYX Pinky blush

ELF Mineral Eyeshadow Primer
NYX Jumo Eye Pencil in Slate
120 eyeshadow palette (top palette)
-1st row, 6th color on lid (shimmery silver)
-1st row, 8th color on outer corner (shimmery black)
-1st row, 2nd color on inner corner (white)
- 6th row, 3rd color to blend (soft brown)
concealer to highlight
Lancome Definicils mascara

NYX Mega Shine lipgloss in French Kiss (smells SO good)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

5 Minute face

I literally did this look in 5 minutes or so. Since my eyes are extra itchy these days due to allergies, I did not apply any under eye concealer.

L'Oreal Studio Secrets Anti Dull Skin Primer
Revlon ColorStay applied to the center of face
Rimmel blush in Plum
MAC MSF Natural

VS Primer
MAC Cream Color Base in Hush applied to inner corners, highlight
L'Oreal Hip duo in Foxy - tan color on lid, brown in crease
Maybelline Lash Stiletto mascara

no l/g in 2nd pic
Lancome Juicy Tube in Beach Plum in 1st pic

Natural FOTD

Hi Beauties! Here a quick a simple FOTD. Pics were taken at work with my cell, so I hope its clear enough.


L’Oreal Studio Secrets Anti- Dull Skin primer

Lancome Maquicomplet concealer applied with fingers to discoloration around nose area

Eve Pearl Dual Salmon Treatment & Concealer for under eye circles

MAC Joie de Vivre Cream blush applied to cheeks with a foundation brush

MAC MSF Natural applied after blush with a fluffy brush


VS Primer

L’Oreal HIP Cream Paint in Lofty to entire eye area

MAC Cream Colored Base in Hush applied to brow bone area

MAC Claire de Luna inner ½ of lid and slightly upward

Milani Sunset Sedona Quad

-tan color on outer ½ lid and blended slightly upward

-brown color applied to crease

Maybelline Lash Stiletto mascara


MAC Honey Flower lipstick

ELF clear lipgloss

Thursday, April 8, 2010


Hi Beauties!

Here is another quick EOTD - I was just messing around with my 120 palette. If any of you don't know about this palette or would like to see it, let me know.

I think it is great for beginners or those on a budget. Some of the colors are a bit "iffy", but overall I really love this palette...very good pigmentation and variety for a low price.

EOTD - Sushi Flower

I have had MAC Sushi Flower for the longest time and could not figure out how to make it work for me. I even attempted to do a FOTD using this color and it was a DISASTER! I looked sick!

Here is a much more scaled back use of Sushi Flower...how do you guys wear Sushi Flower?

ELF Mineral Eyeshadow Primer
MAC Yogurt in inner 1/3 of lid
MAC Sushi Flower on mid 1/3 of lid
MAC Beauty Marked on outer v and in crease
120 palette for highlight color
Wet n Wild gel eyeliner
NYC black liner on waterline
I forgot what mascara I used

Monday, April 5, 2010

Monday morning FOTD

So the weather in my area is really starting to warm up. Yaay! That means several things – A) My dry skin is starting clear up…somewhat, B) There is sunlight in the morning, C) I am in a makeup state of mind!

Here is my Monday FOTD using mostly drugstore makeup. Click pics to enlarge.

L’Oreal Studio Secrets Anti-Dull Skin Primer applied with fingers
Revlon ColorStay Foundation in Caramel applied with fingers
Eve Pearl Dual Salmon Concealer & Treatment applied with fingers
Rimmel blush in Plum applied with ELF blush brush

VS Primer
L’Oreal HIP Cream Paint in Lofty applied to entire lid with ring finger
Maybelline Quad in Designer Chocolates
Lightest color on lid – flat shader brush
Pinky color in crease and blended above – rounded blending brush
2 dark colors mixed to darken outer corner – applied with precision brush and bended with rounded blending brush
Maybelline Natural Smokes Quad
Lightest color to highlight – fluffy angled brush
Wet N Wild shimmer brown color on lower, outer lashline – precision brush
Maybelline Lash Stiletto mascara

Lancome Juicy Tube in Fifth Avenue Frosting

I did my makeup around 7 am and these pics were taken at 7 pm. I did not have to blot all day until right before I took the pics.

Preliminary Gushing for L'Oreal Studio Secrets Anti-Dull Skin Primer

I have been using the L’Oreal Studio Secrets Anti-Dull Skin Primer for the past few days. I don’t usually review a products so quickly after purchasing, but I had to let you guys know : THIS STUFF IS WONDERFUL! ERR’BODY NEEDS TO HAVE IT!

I have been applying it to my face after moisturizing and before foundation. I use less than a dime size amount to cover my entire face - the primer comes out orange with gold flecks but blends to an invisible, somewhat sparkly looking finish.

At first I didn’t know if I would be able to get past the sparkle, but baby, forget the sparkle! After about an hour I did not notice any obvious sparkle – it was more like a subtle glowiness. Yes, I just made up that word. This makes my pores look invisible and makes my foundation look flawless. I have not experienced oxidation or shininess and it is nearly 80 degrees here. I even walked around in the heat and did not have to blot at all when I came back inside.

I am impressed! I'll keep using this and give you a guys a more long term review in the near future.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Milani Wild Violets Quad

Happy Easter Makeup Lovers!

Because it is Easter Sunday, I did a FOTD using purples. When I think of Easter colors I think of pastels, pinks, purples, yellows, etc. I also stuck with a drugstore brand of makeup.

I purchased this Milani quad When CVS was having it's major 75% off sale (original price is $4.99) and have never used it. I decided to give it a go! This quad features 4 varying shades of purple - all of the colors have pretty average pigmentation with the lightest color being the softest/chalkiest. I've definitely seen much better pigmentation among drugstore makeup. I used all four colors in this look.

The colors are definitely more vivid in person, but nothing to write home about. I think that these shadows could be worn to work - what do you think? Am I pushing it?

L'Oreal Anti Dull Skin Primer
Revlon ColorStay Foundation applied to the center of the face
Milani Pressed Powder applied to face with a fluffy brush
MAC blush in X-Rocks

L'Oreal Cream Paint in Lofty
Milani 07 Wild Violets Quad
top left color applied to inner 1/2 of lid; inner bottom lash line
bottom left color applied to outer 1/2 of lid
top right color applied to crease area above, blended from inner to outer area
bottom right color used to darken crease, outer bottom lash line
Revlon ColorStay eyeliner in Black
Cover Girl LashBlast mascara

MAC Ever Hip lipstick
MAC Perennial High Style lipglass

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Minimal Look using Drugstore Makeup

Hi Beauties!

I've been forbidding myself from buying any makeup because I feel that I have quite enough and I am also trying to save money. With that said, I have put myself on a makeup budget which has forced me to choose wisely! It has also gotten me to fall back in love with drugstore makeup...honestly, I don't think I could ever fall out of love with drugstore makeup :-)

There are some great drugstore makeup gems out there, trust me. Lower end makeup is good for anyone on a budget or anyone who is just starting to get into makeup.

I did VERY minimal look today using all drugstore makeup. I was going for the barely-there-nude-but-bronze look (if that makes any sense). lol!

L'Oreal Studio Secrets Anti-Dull Skin Primer
Milani Pressed Powder in Honey Amber - brushed lightly over the face w a fluffy brush
Wet N Wild Bronzer in Bali Bronze ($2.99 from Rite Aid)

L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Concealer (used ring finger to blend from lashline to brown and under eye for dark circles)
Maybelline Lash Stiletto mascara

Rimmel lipgloss in Seduce