Tuesday, August 23, 2011

FOTD with Urban Decay Naked Palette

On Friday I had a lunch date planned with some friends so I decided to do a lil extra with the eyes. I hope you like it!

On another note, I think my skin is starting to come back to its senses. I've gone back to using my favorite face wash and drinking lots of water. *fingers crossed*

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MAC Studio Finish concealer for under eyes and to define brows
Eve Pearl HD Powder Duo
Stereo rose
Wet N Wild Color Icon bronzer in Princess

Indianwood paint pot
UD Darkhorse on lid and blended into crease
UD Virgin on inner lid & tear duct
NYX Blue liner on lower lash line and waterline
Maybelline Lash Stiletto and Lancome Hypnose Drama

Rimmel nude gloss lipgloss (the name is rubbed off)
Revlon Soft nude lipstick
NYX Brown lipliner

A dry mess of an attempted dry twist out (not the one I posted!), pulled back into a low bun. I used some shea butter mix for moisture and added some Argan oil eco styler gel to the edges.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Hair of the Week - Long post

Hi MakeupLovers! Today's post is all about hair. The other day I posted about my summer favorites and mentioned my Shea butter/Shealoe mix (click here to read the post and to see what I used in the mixture).

A few weeks ago I used the mixture to achieve a twist out style. Basically I co-washed and conditioned my hair, used a leave in conditioner and applied my Shea butter mixture to wet hair.

I parted my hair from ear to ear then flat twisted my hair in 2 layers and secured the ends with perm rods. I had a total of about 10 twists. After I allowed my hair to fully dry I released the twists in the morning and here are the results.

The pics were taken at the end of the day, hence the "friendly frizz". Click to enlarge.

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rough edges! lol!

2nd and 3rd day hair

4th day hair; pics taken in the morning on the way to work
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I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of hold I got my just using this mixture and my hair was super moisturized.

At night I preserved the style by pineappling my hair (gathering and securing my hair on top of my head in a loose, high ponytail using a scrunchy), taking it down in the morning and refreshing with Carols Daughter Black Vanilla Leave in Conditioner, maybe a little oil, and my fluffing with my fingers. (The 4th day hair has been given new life with a little more shea butter mix and oil).

If you guys have any questions about co-washing, twisting, etc. let me know. I'll be happy to clarify.

**I believe I got that headband at Target.

Friday, August 19, 2011

I jumped on the Bandwagon & other things

Hi MakeupLovers!!

Hope everyone is doing well. I've had the longest day ever and am SO glad its Friday. As you can tell by the title I have some news...I finally joined TWITTER!! I know, I am super late. But in a attempt to stay connected to you guys I decided to join. Feel free to follow me here or click in my side bar. Happy Tweeting guys!

Also, I'm sure you've noticed some changes to the blog - I was so sick of that god awful orange background thing lol. Let me know what you think about what I've done so far...more changes to come.


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Summer Faves

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Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine – This is an awesome lip balm that give a slight lip gloss sheen. It’s super moisturizing and has a lovely, light scent. I purchased this in a pack of 2 other lip butters and this is by far my favorite…I think because of the color and smell since they are all the same formula.

Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Leave in Conditioner – LOVE. Truth be told I’ve been using this for a few years so technically it’s not a summer fave, but more of a general love! The scent…the ingredients…seriously, all LOVE! I’ve tried other products but I always come back to this one. It can be used on freshly washed, soaking wet hair, as a refresher on dry hair, to dampen the hair to prep for a style, etc. I find that I see less shedding when I use this; it also gives the hair moisture and shine, and aids in detangling. I would recommend this to everyone.

Shealoe Mix - I didn't take a picture of this because I mixed this up in an old shea butter container, but this concoction consists of pure shea butter, aloe vera gel, and some oil (I think I was a little heavy handed with the oil). Though I got great results from using it on my skin, I was skeptical about using it in my hair because I didn’t think I would get adequate hold. I was WRONG! I used this on my last two twist outs and got great results. The hold was amazing! I’ll post do a separate hair post soon.

Eve Pearl Anti Shine Mattifying Gel – I picked these up during an Eve Pearl sale. I got one in Light/Med and one in Tan/Dark, which means nothing since they are both the same color…clear. Sure they come out of the tube a certain color, but they blend down to the same colorless hue. Really, Eve Pearl? Anywho, I’ve used this throughout the summer months and it definitely comes in handy for eliminating shine. What I do is dab it on top of my makeup and it quickly absorbs any oil or shininess. Works like a charm.

What are your summer favorites? Do we have any of the same favorites? Do tell!

Smokey Lower Lash Line

You know what I'm feeling lately...smoking out the bottom lash line with shadow. Yup! Makes me feel sexy. Especially with a bold lip.

Also, peep my lash game in the blue liner pics ---> Dior Lash Primer + Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara. Say what??!


After fixing my wet bun, adding MAC's Russian Red lipstick, going out for a drink, then crying off all of my makeup (seriously, don't ask)


On another night, heading out for drinks with the girls.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Dressmaker, Dressmaker

A good friend hosted a housewarming over the weekend and this is the look I went for. I wanted to keep things peachy and neutral so opted for no eyeshadow, heavy liner, and light lips. AS you can see my skin is not being nice to me at the moment UGH!

Does anyone else have MAC's lipstick in Dressmaker, Dressmaker? I think its a nice shade when you don't want anything over the top.

MAC Satinfish foundation + Lancome concealer
WNW bronzer used as a blush and bronzer

Lancome Artliner on top lash line
Urban Decay pencil in Zero on waterline
Lancome Hypnose Drama (I think)

MAC l/s in Dressmaker, Dressmaker

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Baby Shower Look

Here is a look I wore to a baby shower. I was going for DRAMA with the eyes...please excuse the open closet door and hair rollers.

On another note, I ordered this Rock & Republic lipgloss from a recent HauteLook sale and I am very pleased so far. I'll have to use it some more though. Does anyone have any R&R cosmetics?

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Lancome Concealer
Rock & Republic Pressed Powder
Stereo Rose MSF

Urban Decay Darkhorse packed onto lid
Urban Decay Smog pressed over Darkhorse
Lancome Artliner
Red Cherry lashes

Rock & Republic lipgloss in Hot Sauce

L'Oreal HIP Pigment in Intrepid

Hi Makeup Lovers! Its been a while - hope everyone is well. I haven't posted in while but I've been super busy with work and just plain tired. But I am BACK!!

Here is a look I wore to church a few weeks ago. I purchased the L'Oreal HIP pigment close to a year ago and never used it. I absolutely love it! Hope you like.

MAC Mineralized Satin Finish + MAC Moisture Tint ---> FAIL! This was way too oily for me, even with my dry skin
Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer under eyes
NYX Stick Concealer for blemishes on chin
MAC Weekend bronzer
MAC Sweet as Cocoa blush
Black Radiance Loose Powder to set

MAC GPS in Dirty
LOreal HIP pigment in Intrepid
Urban Decay Zero for outer area & crease
MAC Chromographic pencil on waterline
Dior Lash Primer
LOreal Million Voluminous Lash mascara

NARS Risky Business lipgloss
MAC Nymphette lipglass